Part 31 - The New Wiltshire Somerset Line Rev 26

PART THIRTY-ONE

 

The New Wiltshire Somerset Line 1550 to 2000

 

Updated December 2019

 

 

This is the family line of Ian King of Plymouth whose great great grandmother was Sarah Elizabeth Collett (Ref. 31O44) and Carol Lyn Davis from Fort Worth in Texas whose mother was Barbara Jean Collett (Ref. 31R34), their line indicated by the names in capital letters.  It was the information generously provided by Carol in 2014 that resulted in her family line being established here in Part 31 when, prior to this, it was included in Part 44 – The First Broughton Gifford Line.

 

Previously this line started with William Collett (Ref. 44K7) whose family, dating back to 1595, can now be found in Part 44 – The First Broughton Gifford Line. 

 

However, new information received from Brian Townsend during 2011 indicated that this family line had earlier ancestors living within the village of South Wraxall near Bradford-on-Avon, where this line of the Collett family now starts.  Furthermore, the details provided by Brian have now been fully validated by the details received from the aforementioned Carol Lyn Davis.  It is also of interest that Part 44 also includes another contingent of the Collett family of South Wraxall, butcher John Collett (Ref. 44K12), his wife Hester Little, and their seven children.  The members of their family were confirmed by the Wiltshire parish records which have been transcribed by the Wiltshire Family History Society, with copies of the Collett entries generously provided by Stephen Carpenter in 2019.

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All of the locations referred to in this family line, such as South Wraxall, Bradford-on-Avon, Bradford Leigh, Atworth, Box, Monkton Farleigh, Walcot in Bath, Frankleigh in Bradford, and Melksham, all lie within a few miles of each other

 

In addition to the Colletts of South Wraxall listed in this family line (and in Part 44), many others with a South Wraxall connection have been found during the research.  So, for completeness, and for future reference, in the hope that they might one day be included in the main body of one of the family lines, the so far unconnected Colletts of South Wraxall have been placed in two appendices at the end of this file.  Appendix One focuses on one family, that of Thomas Collett who was born at South Wraxall in 1819, while Appendix Two includes details of unplaced South Wraxall Collett families taken from the various census records.

 

This family line also leads to Llanelly and Abertillery in South Wales where other Colletts were also living from the time of census that was conducted in 1881.

 

Within the Wiltshire Wills Index at Sarum (Salisbury) are five Colletts of South Wraxall, four of them husbandmen and one a broad-weaver.  The first was for Richard Collett, dated 13th January 1539, which mentioned his wife and their eldest son John Collett.  Next was John Collett, who may have been the son of Richard, whose Will was dated 26th December 1584, another husbandman.  The third of them was John Collett (Ref. 31G1) and made on 4th May 1620, while the fourth was for William Collett made in 1632.  The last of them was for Thomas Collett (Ref. 31I1), the broad-weaver, made on 13th September 1671.  Some Inventories were also listed, and they were for John Collett is dated 9th February 1548 and Anthony Collett in 1602, as were two Bonds, for William Collet (above) in 1633 and John Collett in 1650.  The 1620 Will of John Collett is very interesting as it mentions a Thomas Batten, the Batten and Collett families being united many years after through the marriage of Jonathan Collett (Ref. 31L9) and Betty Batten in 1778.  In addition to that, the wife of John Collett was also still alive, as were at least six of his children.  They were named as John, Anthony, Thomas, Richard, Margaret and Elizabeth.  His son Anthony was also one of the executors of the Will.  It is thanks to the aforementioned Carol Lyn Davis that we now have these details.

 

 

John Collett [31G1] is the earliest member of the family with a link to South Wraxall, it being his son John who was baptised there on 14th January 1588.  The only other child, recorded in the parish records at South Wraxall, was Joan Collett who was baptised on 15th September 1593.  John the elder would have possibly been born during the 1550s into the 1560s.  The Wiltshire land records include the name of John Collett who was a freeholder of land at South Wraxall during the sixteenth century.  It is therefore very likely that it was his Will that was made on 4th May 1620.

 

31H1 - John Collett was born at South Wraxall around 1587

31H2 - Joan Collett was born at South Wraxall around 1593

 

THOMAS COLLETT [31G2] was another member of the family who lived at South Wraxall, where he married Joan Saunders on 21st February 1589.  It would therefore be logical to conclude that Thomas was the younger brother of John Collett (above), who may have been born during the 1560s.  Of the three sons listed here, only the eldest has been confirmed as the son of Thomas Collett, although it is also highly likely and William and John were the brothers of Thomas the younger

 

31H3 - Thomas Collett was born at South Wraxall around 1590

31H4 - William Collett was born at South Wraxall around 1595

31H5 - John Collett was born at South Wraxall around 1600

 

Thomas Collett [31H3] was born around 1590 and may well have been the older brother of William and John Collett of South Wraxall (below).  According to the Bishop’s Transcripts for South Wraxall the baptism of Thomas Collett, the son of Thomas Collett, was recorded at South Wraxall on 17th July 1623, while the later baptism on 14th November 1627 for Elizabeth Collett, the daughter of Thomas Collett, described him as a parish clerk.  During the following year the death and burial of Margery Collett, the daughter of Thomas Collett was recorded at South Wraxall on 26th April 1628.  The Will of Thomas Collett of South Wraxall was signed on 9th July 1650

 

31I1 - Thomas Collett was born at South Wraxall in 1623

31I2 - Margery Collett was born at South Wraxall in 1625

31I3 - Elizabeth Collett was born at South Wraxall in 1627

 

William Collett [31H4] was born around the end of the sixteenth century, another son of Thomas Collett, and likely brother of Thomas (above) and John (below).  William and his wife Hannah were both buried at St James’ Church in South Wraxall.  According to the Bishop’s Transcripts it was during 1626 that William Collett was married at South Wraxall, although the actual date and the name of the bride were not recorded.  His son Thomas, who was likely named after William’s father, was baptised at South Wraxall on 27th May 1627.  It is understood that the marriage produced a number of other children, including Jonathan Collett, who was later referred to as Jonathan Collett of Monkton Farleigh

 

William Collett was a husbandman who was buried at South Wraxall on 23rd March 1672.  His Inventory was drawn up on the eleventh day of September 1672 by William Watts and Bartholomew Groome, which was signed off on seventeenth day of October that same year.  It was seven years later that his widow passed away, following which she was buried there on 11th April 1679, when she was described Anna Collett, a widow.  The Inventory for Hannah Collett, clothier of South Wraxall, was drawn up on April the fourteenth in 1680 by William Gibbons and William Moxam and was signed off by them three days later on the seventeenth day of April

 

31I4 - Thomas Collett was born at South Wraxall in 1627

31I5 - Jonathan Collett was born at South Wraxall in 1630

 

JOHN COLLETT [31H5] was very likely a brother to Thomas and William Collett (above), and therefore the third son of Thomas Collett, the elder.  John was probably born around 1610 and was confirmed as the father of John junior upon his baptism at South Wraxall in 1632, when his wife’s maiden name was recorded as Joan Millard

 

31I6 – JOHN COLLETT was born at South Wraxall in 1632

 

Thomas Collett [31I1] was baptised at South Wraxall on 17th July 1623, the son of Thomas Collett and his wife Joan Millard.  At the time of the birth of his third son, Thomas was a carpenter (as was his cousin John - below) whose wife was also Mary.  The couple’s three sons were all baptised at St Peter’s Church in Monkton Farleigh, where their father was later buried whilst, only nine months after being widowed, Mary was buried at South Wraxall.  At the time of writing his Will, three years before he died and dated 13th September 1671, Thomas Collett of South Wraxall, was a broad-weaver.  It was on 24th March 1674 that Thomas Collett, a carpenter, was buried at Monkton Farleigh, but at South Wraxall that his widow Mary Collett was buried on 31st December 1674

 

31J1 - William Collett was born at Monkton Farleigh in 1651

31J2 - John Collett was born at Monkton Farleigh in 1654

31J3 - Robert Collett was born at Monkton Farleigh in 1657

 

Jonathan Collett [31I5] was born at South Wraxall around 1630, the younger of the two known sons of William and Hannah Collett.  Later in his life, he was referred to as Jonathan Collett, yeoman of Monkton Farleigh, when he was instrumental in producing the Inventories for John and Mary Collett (below)

 

31J4 - Jonathan Collett was born at Monkton Farleigh around 1660

 

JOHN COLLETT [31I6] was baptised at South Wraxall on 24th March 1632, the son of John Collett and Joan Millard.  His marriage to Mary produced seven children, all identified below.  John was a carpenter and a churchwarden of South Wraxall and his Inventory, and that of his wife, was drawn up with the help of Jonathan Collett, a yeoman of Monkton Farleigh - most likely his cousin (above), and Thomas Godwyn of Ford Farm, following his death and burial at South Wraxall on 19th February 1698.  John’s Inventory was made on 5th April 1698 and signed off on 16th May 1698.  It was also on 5th April 1698 that the Inventory of his wife Mary was made, which stated they were living at Monkton Farleigh at that time in their lives

 

The seven children of John Collett, carpenter of South Wraxall, were all named in his Will made on 10th February 1697.  They were his married daughters Mary, Sarah, Jane and Elizabeth, each of whom received one shilling, his son John who received four acres of first lands, his unmarried daughter Dorothy who inherited the house, orchard, garden and barkside of Thomas Chambers, while his wife Mary was bequeathed six pounds every year for the rest of her natural life, with their son Thomas receiving the rest and the residue of his estate.  The Will was signed by John Collett and witnessed by Thomas Garstain, John Little and Mary Gibbins and was proved on 16th May 1698, the same date as his Inventory, while the sole executor was named as his son Thomas.  It has been assumed, that the order of the children named in the Will was also the order in which they were born

 

31J5 - Mary Collett was born at South Wraxall around 1654

31J6 - Sarah Collett was born at South Wraxall around 1656

31J7 - Jane Collett was born at South Wraxall around 1658

31J8 - Elizabeth Collett was born at South Wraxall around 1660

31J9 – THOMAS COLLETT was born at South Wraxall around 1662

31J10 - John Collett was born at South Wraxall around 1664

31J11 - Dorothy Collett was born at South Wraxall around 1666

 

William Collett [31J1] was born at Monkton Farleigh in 1651, where he was baptised on 25th November 1651, the eldest son of Thomas and Mary Collett

 

John Collett [31J2] was born at Monkton Farleigh in 1654, another son of Thomas and Mary Collett who was baptised at Monkton Farleigh on 7th August 1654

 

Robert Collett [31J3] was born at Monkton Farleigh in 1657 and was baptised there on 27th June 1657, the last son of Thomas and Mary Collett, his father described as a carpenter

 

Jonathan Collett [31J4] was possibly born around 1660, or later, at Monkton Farleigh, the son of Jonathan Collett a yeoman of Monkton Farleigh.  After marrying Anne, the couple settled in Monkton Farleigh where their three daughters were born and baptised

 

31K1 - Mary Collett was born at Monkton Farleigh in 1694

31K2 - Elizabeth Collett was born at Monkton Farleigh in 1696

31K3 - Abigail Collett was born at Monkton Farleigh in 1698

 

Mary Collett [31J5], who was very likely born in the 1650s and probably at South Wraxall, was the first-born child of John and Mary Collett.  As with all of her siblings (below), no record of her birth or baptism has been found.  At the time of the death of her father during February 1698, she was named in his Will, made in 1697, as his loving daughter Mary, the wife of Samuel Flower, who received one shilling

 

Sarah Collett [31J6], who was very likely born in the 1650s and probably at South Wraxall, was another daughter of John and Mary Collett, although no birth or baptism records have been found.  At the time of the death of her father in early 1698, Sarah was named in his Will as his loving daughter Sarah, the wife of Richard Escourt, who received one shilling

 

Jane Collett [31J7], who was very likely born in the 1650s and probably at South Wraxall, was yet another daughter of John and Mary Collett.  At the time of the death of her father in 1698, she was named in his Will, made in 1697, as his loving daughter Jane, the wife of Cornelius Broad, who received one shilling

 

Elizabeth Collett [31J8], who was very likely born in the late 1650s and probably at South Wraxall around 1660, was the fourth child of John and Mary Collett.  At the time of the death of her father in 1698, she was named in his Will, as his loving daughter Elizabeth, the wife of Thomas Hillier, who received one shilling

 

THOMAS COLLETT [31J9] was born at South Wraxall around 1662 one of the seven children of John and Mary Collett.  Upon the death of his father in 1698, Thomas - as executor of his 1697 Will, received the rest and residue of the estate of carpenter John Collett, his house, lands, leases, tenements, goods and chattels, moneys and debts.  All of his six siblings were also beneficiaries under the terms of the Will.  Within two years of losing his father, Thomas Collett, a carpenter of South Wraxall, married Elizabeth James, of South Wraxall, at Monkton Farleigh on 26th November 1699.  Elizabeth was born in 1664 and presented Thomas with five children, with only two of them named in the later Will of Thomas Collett.  Also, by the time he made his Will, he had been a widower for two years, following the death of Elizabeth Collett who was buried at South Wraxall on 20th October 1726.  After almost three years after her passing, Thomas Collett died at South Wraxall, where he was buried with his wife on 14th September 1729.  His Will, made and signed by him on 7th October 1728, was proved at Salisbury (Sarum) on the ninth day of May in 1731.  The Will is transcribed below

 

“In the name of God amen, I Thomas Collett of South Wraxall in the Parish of Bradford in the County of Wiltshire, carpenter, being of sound and proper mind and memory do make and ordain this my Last Will and Testament in manner and form following.  I give and bequeath unto my daughter Mary one guinea.  Then I give unto my son-in-law William Blathly five shillings.  Then all the rest and residue of my goods and chattels, lands, tenements and farmhouse, whatsoever and wheresoever I give and bequeath unto my son John Collett and him the said John Collett I do make and ordain be sole and only executor of this my Last Will and Testament.  In witness whereof I have now unto set my hand and seal the seventh day of October in the second year of the reign of our sovereign lord King George the Second over Great Britain”

 

An article published in the Trowbridge Chronicle on 10th January 1880 provided details of the Church of St James at South Wraxall.  One section of the article made a reference to Thomas Collett who was the churchwarden in 1769, the same year that the six bells in the church tower were re-cast.  It is therefore possible that he may have been a descendent of Thomas Collett of South Wraxall (1662-1730)

 

31K4 – JOHN COLLETT was born at South Wraxall in 1700

31K5 - Mary Collett was born at South Wraxall in 1701

31K6 - Elizabeth Collett was born at South Wraxall in 1703

31K7 - Sarah Collett was born at South Wraxall in 1704

31K8 - Elizabeth Collett was born at South Wraxall in 1706

 

John Collett [31J10] was born at South Wraxall around 1664, the younger of the two sons of the seven children of John and Mary Collett.  Just as with all of his siblings, no record of his birth or baptism has been found.  The only evidence that he, and his six siblings, were the children of John and Mary is through his father’s Will of 1697, in which John Collett, his son, received four acres of land.  With no mention of a wife, it must be assumed that he was not married before 1697, unlike his four older sisters whose husbands were named in the Will

 

Dorothy Collett [31J11] was born at South Wraxall around 1666, the last child of John and Mary Collett.  She appears not to have married prior to the death of her father since, in his Will of 1697 she was a beneficiary, referred to as follows.  “My unmarried daughter Dorothy to inherit my house, orchard and garden called Rainbows, occupied by tenant Thomas Chambers”

 

Mary Collett [31K1] was born at Monkton Farleigh in 1694, where she was buried on 26th May 1695.  It is likely she was the eldest of the three daughters of Jonathan and Anne Collett

 

Elizabeth Collett [31K2] was born at Monkton Farleigh in 1696, and it was there that she was baptised on 25th March 1696, another daughter of Jonathan and Anne Collett

 

Abigail Collett [31K3] was born at Monkton Farleigh in 1698, the third and last known child of Jonathan and Anne Collett, who was baptised at Monkton Farleigh on 7th June 1698

 

JOHN COLLETT [31K4] was born at South Wraxall, where he was baptised on 6th November 1700, the eldest child of Thomas Collett, a carpenter, and his wife Elizabeth James.  He was a carpenter and a wheelwright and it was around the time he was thirty years old when he married Elizabeth of South Wraxall, with whom he had ten children, although only nine were named in his Will.  The year after his wedding, John’s father passed and, within his Will, was a bequeath to John’s sister Mary (below), with all the rest and residue of the estate (goods, chattels, lands, tenements and farmhouse), passing to son John Collett.  John was also the sole executor of the Will

 

At the time of the baptism of his fourth child, daughter Mary, John Collett was a parish clerk, and was a churchwarden when his daughter Jane was baptised at South Wraxall.  In addition to this, the fact that his two youngest children were baptised at South Wraxall, when John would have been fifty, may suggest that his wife was much younger than John.  Either that or Elizabeth was also the name of a second wife.  It is also very interesting that around that same time those two children were born, “the lease of land, some 39 acres, from Thomas Long Esq, at a yearly rent of £40 was leased for three years in February 1750 to John Collett and Thomas Collett”, the latter being John’s eldest son

 

Just over ten years later, the Will of John Collett, wheelwright and carpenter, signed by him, was made on 29th March 1761.  Five years later, John Collett was buried at South Wraxall on 4th June 1766, following which, his Will was proved at Salisbury on 5th December 1775, when his son Jonathan Collett of Corsham and Thomas Spencer of Little Chalfield were named as Trustees.  His widow Elizabeth was present at the proving of his Will, while it was many years later that she passed away.  Her Will, made on 7th February 1778, was proved on 19th April 1785 by her son Jonathan Collett who was duly sworn in at Winkfield, the sole executor.  Elizabeth had signed the Will by making the mark of a cross

 

The following children of John Collett were recorded in his Will, each of them receiving one shilling.  They were Thomas, William, Jonathan, Elizabeth, Bridget, Mary, Jane, Anne and Eleanor.  The remainder of his estate was inherited by his wife Elizabeth.  Within the later Will of Elizabeth Collett, the following children and grandchildren were specifically named.  Sons Thomas and William and daughters Elizabeth and Bridget – each receiving five shillings.  The grandchildren of her late daughter Mary Gearish by her husband Edward Gearish, plus the grandchildren of her late daughter Jane Pillanger by her husband William Pillanger – each receiving one shilling.  Her daughter Ann Cottle, the wife of James Cottle, received ten pounds, while daughter Eleanor received five pounds.  The remainder of her estate, including several pieces and parcels of freehold ground at South Wraxall, were inherited by her son Jonathan.  The Cottle name also features on two further occasions in this family line with the marriages of William Collett and Ellen Cottle in the 1840s and Mary Arabella Collett and William Augusta Cottle in 1872

 

31L1 – Elizabeth Collett was born at South Wraxall in 1733

31L2 - Thomas Collett was born at South Wraxall in 1735

31L3 - John Collett was born at South Wraxall in 1737

31L4 - Bridget Collett was born at South Wraxall in 1739

31L5 - Mary Collett was born at South Wraxall in 1742

31L6 – WILLIAM COLLETT was born at South Wraxall in 1744

31L7 - Jane Collett was born at South Wraxall in 1746

31L8 - Ann Collett was born at South Wraxall in 1748

31L9 - Jonathan Collett was born at South Wraxall in 1750

31L10 - Eleanor Collett was born at South Wraxall in 1752

 

Mary Collett [31K5] was born at South Wraxall in 1701, the second child of carpenter Thomas Collett and Elizabeth James, and was baptised at South Wraxall on 11th November 1701.  She was named in her father’s Will of 1731, by which time she was married to William Blathly, with Mary receiving one guinea and son-in-law William bequeathed five shillings

 

Elizabeth Collett [31K6] was born at South Wraxall, where she was baptised on 3rd March 1703.  Tragically, it was later that same year that she was buried at South Wraxall on 22nd July 1703, the daughter of carpenter Thomas and Elizabeth Collett

 

Sarah Collett [31K7] was born and baptised at South Wraxall on 18th May 1704, another daughter of carpenter Thomas and Elizabeth Collett. No mention of her, either as married or unmarried, was included in her father’s Will of 1731.  No mention of her, either as married or unmarried, was included in her father’s Will of 1731

 

Elizabeth Collett [31K8] was born and baptised at South Wraxall on 19th September 1706, another daughter of carpenter Thomas Collett and Elizabeth James, who again was not a beneficiary under the terms of her father’s Will in 1731

 

Elizabeth Collett [31L1] was the eldest child of carpenter John and Elizabeth Collett and was baptised at South Wraxall on 16th September 1733.  Elizabeth was around twenty-two years old when she married George Morris by licence at South Wraxall on 30th December 1755.  The two bondsmen for the licence were Thomas Collett, most likely Elizabeth’s brother (below), and George Morris who deposited £100.  Elizabeth’s father’s Will of 1761 provides the proof of her marriage into the Morris family.  In the document, John Collett, wheelwright and carpenter, bequeathed one shilling to his daughter Elizabeth Morris

 

Elizabeth was widowed when her husband died, while the Will of George Morris, made in 1784, named only his wife and two minor children Walter Morris and Ann Morris.  By that time the couple’s older daughter Charlotte Morris, who was baptised at South Wraxall during 1764, was married at South Wraxall in 1782.  She was the ancestor of the wife of Duncan Pierce who provided this new information in 2016.  It is interesting to note that the only son of Elizabeth’s brother William Collett (below) was a widower when he married Ann Morris in 1791.  Ann had been born at Lower Wraxall in 1771 and was very likely the minor child mentioned in the 1784 Will of George Morris

 

Thomas Collett [31L2] was born at South Wraxall and was the eldest son of John and Elizabeth Collett.  He may have been a few years old when he was baptised at South Wraxall on 7th August 1735, since he must have been at full-age to join his father as co-lease holder of 39 acres of land belonging to Thomas Long Esq, at a yearly rent of £40, for a period of just three years from February 1750.  Sometime during that decade, Thomas Collett was married to Ann, with whom he had ten children who, according to the parish records, were all born and baptised at South Wraxall.  Thomas Collett was 82 when he died at South Wraxall, where he was buried on 16th June 1817, while his widow was buried with him four years after on 27th January 1822, when Ann Collett was 84

 

31M1 - Thomas Collett was born at South Wraxall in 1761

31M2 - Bridget Collett was born at South Wraxall in 1763

31M3 - Elizabeth Collett was born at South Wraxall in 1765

31M4 - Ann Collett was born at South Wraxall in 1767

31M5 - Simon Collett was born at South Wraxall in 1769

31M6 - Harry Collett was born at South Wraxall in 1772

31M7 - Betsy Collett was born at South Wraxall in 1774

31M8 - Mary Collett was born at South Wraxall in 1776

31M9 - Jenny Collett was born at South Wraxall in 1778

31M10 - Mary Collett was born at South Wraxall in 1780

 

John Collett [31L3] was born at South Wraxall, where he was baptised on 31st July 1737, the third child of carpenter John Collett and his wife Elizabeth.  Recorded within the parish registers at South Wraxall are two burials for John Collett, one of which applies to this John, the other his father.  No age was indicated on either entry but, knowing that his father only made his Will in 1761, it is the early date which must apply to John junior.  This therefore means that this John Collett was buried at South Wraxall on 12th November 1759, when he would have been only twenty-two years old

 

Bridget Collett[31L4] was born at South Wraxall and was baptised there on 15th July 1739, another daughter of carpenter John and Elizabeth

 

Mary Collett [31L5] was born at South Wraxall and baptised there on 14th March 1742, another daughter of carpenter John Collett by his wife Elizabeth.  It was also at South Wraxall that Mary Collett married Edward Gearish on 11th July 1761.  Upon the death of her widowed mother in 1785, the grandchildren of Elizabeth Collett, including the children of her late daughter Mary Gearish, by her husband Edward Gearish, each received one shilling

 

WILLIAM COLLETT [31L6] was born at South Wraxall, where he was baptised on 10th June 1744, another son of carpenter John and Elizabeth Collett.  It was on 12th September 1764 at St James’ Church in South Wraxall that William Collett, aged 22 and a carpenter from Wraxall, was married by licence to Jane Spencer, aged 30 and a widow, also of Wraxall.  Both the bride and the groom were described as residing in the Chapelry of Wraxall, while the first bondsman was John Chivers junior, a schoolmaster from Melksham.  As far as can be determined, the marriage only produced two sons, although only one of them survived.  William senior was mentioned in the Will of his father in 1775, when he received one shilling, whilst it was five shillings that he received following the death of his mother three years later

 

Unlike his brother Jonathan (below), who took over the family’s carpentry business from his father, no Will has been found for William Collett, nor would it appear that William was ever involved in the family carpentry business.  Instead, William may have taken up the occupation of a butcher, which was carried on by his only surviving son and namesake.  No birth or baptism record has been found within the South Wraxall parish records for his son Jonathan, where he was buried on 21st April 1780, when he was confirmed as the son of William Collett and Jane Spencer

 

31M11 – WILLIAM COLLETT was born at South Wraxall in 1767

31M12 – Jonathan Collett was born at South Wraxall, where he died in 1780

 

Jane Collett [31L7] was born at South Wraxall in 1746 and it was there also that she was baptised on 3rd August 1746, a daughter of carpenter John Collett and Elizabeth Collett.  Jane was only eighteen years of age when she married William Pillanger at Christ Church in Bradford-on-Avon on 31st March 1764.  Their marriage produced issue, each of whom received one shilling through the Will of Jane’s widowed mother in 1785, the Will including a reference to her grandchildren, the children of her late daughter Jane Pillanger, by her husband William Pillanger

 

Ann Collett [31L8] was born at South Wraxall, perhaps towards the end of 1748, where she was baptised on 25th April 1749, another daughter of carpenter John Collett.  When she married James Cottle at South Wraxall on 15th September 1777, Ann was curiously described as a spinster of South Wraxall who was only 23.  Her husband was described as bachelor James Cottle of Box, who was 21 and a carpenter.  Did Ann say she was younger than her years, or was 23 an error in transcription for 28. Upon the death of her widowed mother, Ann was named in her Will, as her daughter Ann Cottle, the wife of James Cottle, who was to receive ten pounds

 

Jonathan Collett [31L9] was born at South Wraxall, possibly in 1750, where he was baptised on 1st July 1751, the son of carpenter John Collett and his wife Elizabeth.  According to the parish records for St James’ Church in South Wraxall (pictured below), Jonathan Collett was 26, single and a carpenter of that parish, when he married Betty Batten, aged 25 and spinster of that parish, on the 23rd March 1778.  The first bondsman was George Morris, a yeoman of South Wraxall.  Betty was Elizabeth Batten

 

 

An alternative source, within the Wiltshire parish records, suggests that Jonathan and Betty were married at Bradford-on-Avon, where their last five children were baptised, when Betty was the name of their mother.  The couple’s first three children were born at South Wraxall, where the first and third were baptised to Jonathan, a carpenter, and Elizabeth Collett.  The missing baptism record, not found at South Wraxall, is that of the couple’s eldest son Jonathan Collett.  Their youngest son, James, was buried at South Wraxall nearly three years after he was baptised at Bradford and, two years after that, the couple’s teenage daughter, Mary, was also buried at South Wraxall.  However, just over ten years later, when Jonathan Collett, the elder, passed away, around the age of 58, he was said to be living in the hamlet of Bradford Leigh, within the parish of South Wraxall and two miles south of that village

 

Following the death of his father John Collett around 1774-75, bachelor Jonathan Collett received one shilling under the terms of the Will proved at Salisbury on 5th December 1775, plus a half share in the family’s carpentry and wheelwright business.  Then, following the death of his mother three years later, he was named as Jonathan Collett the sole executor of her estate, and inherited several pieces or parcels of freehold land in South Wraxall, plus the rest and residue of her goods, chattels, rights and effects of her estate.  Jonathan died after 24th March 1808, since that was the day the last Will and Testament of Jonathan Collett, a carpenter of Bradford Leigh, was made, the document later proved at Salisbury.  The document was signed that day, with his full name, when the two witnesses were John Batten, a relative of his wife, and Edward Luxford

 

Thanks to Carol L Davis we now have a copy of the 1808 Will of Jonathan Collett, a transcribed copy of which can be found in Legal Documents on the Collett website.  Mentioned in the Will are his wife Elizabeth Collett, his son John Collett, and his three daughters Jane Collett, Ann Collett and Elizabeth Wiltshire - the wife of Thomas Wiltshire.  As regards his four remaining children, two are known to have died young, but why the other two, sons Jonathan and William, were not mentioned, remains a mystery

 

31M13 – Elizabeth Collett was born at South Wraxall in 1779

31M14 – Jonathan Collett was born at South Wraxall in 1780

31M15 – Mary Collett was born at South Wraxall in 1781

31M16 – Jane Collett was born at South Wraxall in 1783

31M17 – John Collett was born at South Wraxall in 1787

31M18 – Ann Collett was born at South Wraxall in 1788

31M19 – William Collett was born at South Wraxall in 1790

31M20 – James Collett was born at South Wraxall in 1792

 

Eleanor Collett [31L10] was born at South Wraxall around 1752, the last child born to John and Elizabeth Collett.  Whilst no birth or baptism record has been found for Eleanor, her existence in the family has been provided by her inclusion in the 1761 Will of her father, when she received one shilling – as did all of her siblings, and then again in the 1778 Will of her mother, when she received five pounds.  It seems highly likely that she never married, since the premature death of Eleanor Collett took place at South Wraxall in 1779, where she was buried on 3rd June 1779

 

Thomas Collett [31M1] was born at South Wraxall and baptised there on 15th June 1761, the first-born child of carpenter Thomas Collett and his wife Ann.  Thomas married Mary S Watson on 29th July 1784 at Holy Trinity Church in Bradford-on-Avon.  All of their children were born and baptised at South Wraxall.  Another son may have been Harry Collett whose later occupation was also that of a carpenter at South Wraxall.  The only reason for querying his baptism at South Wraxall on 4th June 1786, was that his father Thomas Collett, whose wife was Mary, was recorded as a smith and not a carpenter, as it was for his other ten children.  Thomas Collett died at South Wraxall in 1831, where he was buried on 31st July 1831, when he was described as being a former parish clerk, a position also taken on by his youngest son Thomas.  Thirteen months after being made a widow, Thomas’ wife passed away at the age of 71, following which she was buried with Thomas on 31st August 1832

 

31N1 – Hannah Collett was born at South Wraxall in 1785

31N2 – Harry Collett was born at South Wraxall in 1786

31N3 – William Collett was born at South Wraxall in 1787

31N4 – Hannah Collett was born at South Wraxall in 1789

31N5 – Rachel Collett was born at South Wraxall in 1791

31N6 – Thirza Collett was born at South Wraxall in 1793

31N7 – Anna Collett was born at South Wraxall in 1796

31N8 – Mary Collett was born at South Wraxall in 1799

31N9 – Harriet Collett was born at South Wraxall in 1801

31N10 – Thomas Collett was born at South Wraxall in 1802

31N11 – Bridget Collett was born at South Wraxall in 1805

 

Bridget Collett [31M2] was born at South Wraxall and was baptised there on 9th February 1763, the eldest daughter of Thomas, a carpenter, and Ann Collett.  Almost five months later she died and was buried at South Wraxall on 1st July 1763

 

Elizabeth Collett [31M3] was born at South Wraxall, where she was baptised on 14th April 1765.  She was another daughter of Thomas and Ann Collett, who was nineteen years old when she died, when she was buried at South Wraxall on 23rd June 1784

 

Ann Collett [31M4] was born at South Wraxall, another daughter of carpenter Thomas Collett and his wife Ann.  It was also at South Wraxall where she was baptised on 13th March 1768

 

Simon Collett [31M5] was born at South Wraxall during 1769, where he was baptised on 18th December 1769, the second son of Thomas and Ann Collett

 

Harry Collett [31M6] was born at South Wraxall and baptised there on 15th November 1772, another son of carpenter Thomas Collett and Ann.  He was thirteen years of age when he died and was buried at South Wraxall on 1st February 1786.  The burial record confirmed that his father was Thomas Collett senior, a carpenter

 

Betsy Collett [31M7] was born at South Wraxall, where she was baptised on 11th December 1774, another daughter of Thomas and Ann Collett, when her father’s occupation was confirmed as that of a carpenter.  She was four years old when she died, and was buried with her sister Bridget at South Wraxall on 12th April 1779, where their sister Elizabeth and brother Harry were later buried in 1784 and 1786 respectively

 

Mary Collett [31M8] was baptised at South Wraxall on 9th June 1776 and was not yet four years old when she died.  She was buried in the family grave at South Wraxall on 7th March 1780, where two of her older siblings had already been laid to rest by then, and where two more were buried during the next six years

 

Jenny Collett [31M9] was baptised at South Wraxall on 1st March 1778, the ninth child of carpenter Thomas Collett and Ann Collett

 

Mary Collett [31M10] was baptised at South Wraxall on 27th August 1780, the last child born to carpenter Thomas Collett and his wife Ann

 

WILLIAM COLLETT [31M11] was born at South Wraxall in 1767, the only known child of William Collett and Jane Spencer and was baptised there on 5th June 1767.  It was around 1787 when he was first married, that marriage lasting less than four years, leaving widower William Collett free to marry Ann Morris at South Wraxall on 6th October 1791.  Ann had been born at Lower Wraxall in 1771 – see earlier details regarding the marriage between Elizabeth Collett (William’s aunt) and George Morris who were married at South Wraxall in 1755, whose daughter Ann Morris was named as a minor in her father’s Will of 1784

 

New information, kindly provided by Carol Lyn Davis in Fort Worth, Texas, in 2014, confirmed that George, Thomas and William were indeed the sons of William Collett by his second wife Ann Morris.  However, it has always been believed that William had a total of twelve children from his two marriages, while only ten of the, both to William and Ann, are listed below.  The majority of the baptism records confirm that William was butcher, when all ten children were baptised at South Wraxall

 

William Collett of South Wraxall, a butcher, died at South Wraxall, where he was buried on 29th June 1829, at the age of 62.  His widow Ann Collett, nee Morris, passed away during the following years, presumably before 1841, since no record of her has been found in the census that year

 

31N12 – John Morris Collett was born at South Wraxall in 1794

31N13 – George Collett was born at South Wraxall in 1796

31N14 – Charles Collett was born at South Wraxall in 1798

31N15 – Elizabeth Collett was born at South Wraxall in 1801

31N16 – Thomas Collett was born at South Wraxall in 1802

31N17 – Harry Collett was born at South Wraxall in 1803

31N18 – William Collett was born at South Wraxall in 1805

31N19 – Ann Collett was born at South Wraxall in 1808

31N20 – Charlotte Catherine Collett was born at South Wraxall in 1810

31N21 – Jane Collett was born at South Wraxall in 1812

 

Elizabeth Collett [31M13] was born at South Wraxall nine months after her parents, Jonathan Collett, a carpenter, and Betty Batten, were married there.  She was their first-born child and was baptised at South Wraxall on 31st January 1779, as Betty Collett, when her mother was recorded as Elizabeth Collett, rather than Betty Collett, which was how she was described for the baptism of her five youngest children at Bradford.  It was on 24th August 1804 when Elizabeth Collett, of Bradford, married Thomas Wilshere, a farmer of South Wraxall.  The first bondsman was Uriah Aust, a wool-sorter of Bradford.  Four years later, the contents of the 1808 Will of her father, Jonathan Collett, a carpenter of Bradford Leigh, confirmed that she was the wife Thomas Wiltshire, both of whom were still alive in March that year, with Elizabeth receiving the sum of Twenty Pounds

 

Jonathan Collett [31M14] was born at South Wraxall, either at the end of 1779, or early in 1780, and was the eldest son of Jonathan Collett and Betty Batten.  He later married Jane Collett at St Nicholas’ Church in Winsley, near Bradford-on-Avon, on 27th November 1809.  The couple’s eldest child was also given his grandmother’s maiden name.  He and, his five younger siblings were all baptised at South Wraxall, when their father Jonathan was described as a labourer of Upper Wraxall.  It was in 2013 that the discovery of Jane Collett in the census of 1841, confirmed she was a pauper and a widow, with a rounded age of 60, who was residing at White Hill, off Woolley Street, in Bradford-on-Avon.  Living there with her were her two youngest children, George Collett who was 17 and Harriet Collett who was 14, both of them born in Wiltshire and both of them employed as farm servants

 

His absence from the census in 1841, means that labourer Jonathan Collett may have passed away sometime between 1826 and 1841, although no record of his death has yet been found.  The later record of the marriage of his youngest son George Collett, in 1847, stated that his father, Jonathan Collett, was a shepherd

 

31N22 – John Batten Collett was born at South Wraxall in 1811

31N23 – Mary Collett was born at South Wraxall in 1813

31N24 – Caroline Collett was born at South Wraxall in 1816

31N25 – Anna Collett was born at South Wraxall in 1819

31N26 – George Collett was born at South Wraxall in 1822

31N27 – Harriet Collett was born at South Wraxall in 1826

 

Mary Collett [31M15] was born at South Wraxall, where she was baptised on 25th February 1781, the daughter of labourer Jonathan Collett and his wife Elizabeth.  Mary was sixteen years old when she died at Bradford Leigh and was subsequently buried at South Wraxall on 27th August 1797, where she was confirmed as the daughter of Jonathan and Elizabeth Collett

 

Jane Collett [31M16] was the fourth child of Jonathan Collett and Betty Batten, but first one not born at South Wraxall.  It was on 12th October 1783 that she was baptised at Bradford-on-Avon when, for the first time, her parents were named as Jonathan and Betty Collett.  When her father made his Will in 1808, unmarried Jane Collett was one of only four of his eight children named therein, each of them to receive Twenty Pounds

 

John Collett [31M17] was another child of Jonathan and Betty Collett, who was baptised at Bradford-on-Avon on 12th February 1786.  He was around twenty-two when his father died, following which, John Collett was one of the four siblings, together with their mother, who were named as beneficiaries under the terms of his Will made in 1808.  Three years later, John Collett was married at Melksham by banns to Charlotte Crook on 28th November 1811.  The marriage register entry confirmed that John was a bachelor of Bradford and that Charlotte was a spinster of the parish of Melksham.  Both signed the book in their own hand and one of the witnesses was Richard Crook, Charlotte’s father or brother.  Once married, the couple initially settled in the hamlet of Bradford Leigh, to the south of South Wraxall, where their first two children were born and where John was a carpenter. Those two children were baptised at South Wraxall, where their remaining children were born and where John was a farmer.  John Collett was a yeoman farmer when he died at South Wraxall, two years before his wife passed away, where he was interred in the family tomb on 22nd August 1835 at the age of 48. See details below, for other members of the family place in the same tomb

 

Farmer John Collett of South Wraxall, made his Will on 2nd March 1833, in which just his wife Charlotte and his son William were specifically named.  It was exactly seven months after his death that an affidavit was signed by his wife on 22nd March 1836, following which the Will of John Collett was proved on 11th September 1837.  His widow Charlotte Collett, nee Crook, was born in 1789 and came from the village of Beanacre, near Melksham.  She died at South Wraxall on 9th September 1837, at the age of 48, just two days before her husband’s Will was proved, following which she was buried with her husband in the family tomb on 14th September.  Upon the earlier death of his father in 1808, John helped his widowed mother on the family’s farm and, following her later death, he inherited 2½ acres of leasehold land at South Wraxall, plus an equal share of the rest of her estate

 

Up until his death in 1835, farmer John Collett had leased Court Farm (pictured below), the lease for which was subsequently taken over by his son William Batten Collett, who is known to have continued to farm there during the 1840s.  In the first national census in 1841, the children of John and Charlotte Collett were still living at South Wraxall within the Wraxall Chapelry of Bradford-on-Avon, when married William Batten Collett was the head of the household, his siblings being Betsy, John, Arabella and Andrew, all of them described as yeomen

 

 

The Will of yeoman farmer John Collett made on 2nd March 1833, filed on 22nd March 1836 and proved at Bradford on 11th September 1837, named his wife Charlotte as the executor of his estate, in which everything was bequeathed to his wife Charlotte and, upon her death, to his son William - providing that she did not re-marry following his demise.  With Charlotte dying just two years after John, the estate presumably then passed onto their surviving children.  It was shortly after the census in 1841, that the children of John and Charlotte moved to London, with the exception of their son Andrew who went to live in Bath

 

 

The churchyard of St James in South Wraxall contains the tomb of this particular Collett family, where John and his wife Charlotte were laid to rest with their children Matilda and Edward, and possibly others, although the names have long since disappeared with age.  On one side are the words, “Also Edward the infant son of John and Charlotte Collett who died Feb 27th 1828 aged 14 months.  Also Matilda their daughter who died May 14th 1841 aged 24 years”

 

31N28 – Elizabeth Collett was born at South Wraxall in 1812

31N29 – William Batten Collett was born at South Wraxall in 1815

31N30 – Matilda Collett was born at South Wraxall in 1817

31N31 – Betsy Collett was born at South Wraxall in 1818

31N32 – John Collett was born at South Wraxall in 1820

31N33 – Arabella Jane Collett was born at South Wraxall in 1822

31N34 – Edward Collett was born at South Wraxall in 1826

31N35 – Andrew William Collett was born at South Wraxall in 1829

 

Ann Collett [31M18] was baptised at Bradford-n-Avon on 13th April 1788, the daughter of Jonathan and Betty Collett.  Like her older sisters, Elizabeth Wiltshire nee Collett and Jane Collett (both above), Ann Collett also received Twenty Pounds under the terms of the 1808 Will of her father

 

William Collett [31M19] was the seventh child of carpenter Jonathan Collett by his wife Elizabeth, and was baptised at Bradford-on-Avon on 26th September 1790.  When William married the much younger Ann Boyer at Limpley Stoke, a few miles west of Bradford-on-Avon, on 19th November 1817, he said he was 24 (sic), compared to Ann who was 21.  Ann and William were both recorded as being from South Wraxall, while Robert Jonathan Webb, aged 59, a housekeeper from Atworth, was the first bondsman.  Eleven months later, the first of their two daughters was born and baptised at South Wraxall, when William was working as a butcher.  Just two years after that, the couple’s second child, Catherine was born and baptised at South Wraxall, when once again her father’s occupation was that of a butcher.  In 1846 Catherine Collett married Stephen Collett (Ref. 35N68) at Shaw, near Melksham, with whom she raised a family of her own

 

By the time of the first census in 1841, butcher William Collett had passed away, leaving his widow Ann Collett, aged 50 and an agricultural labourer, living at Lower Wraxall with her daughter Catherine Collett, who was 18 and also working as an agricultural labourer, presumably with her mother.  Ten years after that, in 1851, Ann Collett of Wraxall was 60 and was a visitor at the Melksham home of her married daughter Catherine Collett, nee Collett.  Just over one month later, the death of Ann Collett was recorded at Melksham (Ref. viii 278) during the second quarter of 1851, following which she was buried with her husband at South Wraxall on 2nd May 1851

 

31N36 – Eliza Collett was born at South Wraxall in 1818

31N37 – Catherine Collett was born at South Wraxall in 1821

 

James Collett [31M20] was baptised at Bradford-on-Avon on 20th May 1792, the last child of Jonathan Collett and Elizabeth (Betty) Batten.  Tragically, he was only three years old when he died at Bradford Leigh, after which he was buried at the parish church in South Wraxall on 1st April 1795, the son of Jonathan Collett

 

Hannah Collett [31N1] was born at South Wraxall and was baptised there on 1st May 1785, the first child born to Thomas Collett (no occupation stated) and his wife Mary S Watson.  Sadly, not quite four years after, she died and was buried at South Wraxall on 23rd January 1789

 

Harry Collett [31N2] was born at South Wraxall and that may have been in 1786, his baptism recorded there on 4th June 1786, which might place him as the second child of Thomas and Mary Collett.  However, the occupation of Thomas Collett, husband of Mary, was that of a smith in 1786, whereas for his other eight child, Thomas was a carpenter, the trade that Harry pursued.  Harry Collett married Mary Gisford at nearby Winsley on 21st February 1811, with whom he had ten children, all born and baptised at South Wraxall, each baptism confirming that Harry was a carpenter.  His youngest child died in 1832, and six years later the death of Harry Collett was recorded at Bradford-on-Avon (Ref. viii 185) during the first three months of 1839.  That was confirmed in the census of 1841, when his widow Mary Collett, aged 57, was living at Upper Wraxall with her two of her three surviving sons Thomas and William.  Mary’s eldest son Henry was married by then and had already started a family of his own

 

Another surviving child was her absent daughter Rachel, who was 17 and already working as a servant at the home of uncle and her mother’s older brother, farmer Henry Gisford and his wife Ann, at Mount Pleasant in Upper Wraxall.  Ten years later, it was Rachel’s mother who had moved in with her widowed brother Henry, where she had taken on the role of housekeeper.  Head of the household Henry Gisford was 68 and a retired farmer in the Upper Wraxall census of 1851.  Widow Mary Collett from South Wraxall was 65 and an agricultural labourer and housekeeper, while it was five years later, that Mary Collett was buried (in Wiltshire) on 17th April 1856, who was said to be 74 (sic)

 

31O1 – Betsy Gisford Collett was born at South Wraxall in 1811

31O2 – Henry Gisford Collett was born at South Wraxall in 1813

31O3 – Mary Gisford Collett was born at South Wraxall in 1815

31O4 – Ann Maria Collett was born at South Wraxall in 1817

31O5 – Ann Collett was born at South Wraxall in 1819

31O6 – Thomas Collett was born at South Wraxall in 1821

31O7 – Rachel Collett was born at South Wraxall in 1823

31O8 – William Gisford Collett was born at South Wraxall in 1825

31O9 – Philip Gisford Collett was born at South Wraxall in 1827

31O10 – Ann Thirza Collett was born at South Wraxall in 1831

 

William Collett [31N3] was baptised at South Wraxall on 29th July 1787, another son of Thomas Collett, confirmed as a carpenter, and Mary S Watson.  William was 22 years of age when he married Elizabeth Deverill on 1st October 1809 at Winsley, just west of Bradford-on-Avon.  The list of their children (below), has been compiled from the South Wraxall parish register, coupled with the details in the census of 1841.  The only baptism records found are those for Eliza, William and Rachel.  Two years prior to that day, on Boxing Day in 1839, William Collett signed the marriage register at the South Wraxall Chapel, on the occasion of the wedding his youngest brother Thomas (below) and Sarah Humphries

 

In the census for Lower Wraxall in June 1841, William Collett was 53 years old and a carpenter living on Ivy Lane with his family.  His wife was Elizabeth Collett was 55, and living with the couple that day were four of their children.  They were Eliza Collett who had a rounded age of 25, William C Collett who had a rounded age of 20 and a carpenter working with his father, Rachel Collett who was 18 and Urbane Collett who was 16 and also a carpenter.  Ten years later, William Collett of South Wraxall was 65 and was still working as a carpenter, while he and his wife Elizabeth, also of South Wraxall and aged 67, were then living in Bradford-on-Avon.  Staying with the couple that day was their granddaughter Charlotte Adams, aged seven years, who was the eldest of the four children of Daniel and Eliza Adams, nee Collett, the couple’s eldest daughter, who were living nearby in Bradford

 

William and Elizabeth were still living at South Wraxall, near their daughter Elizabeth, in 1861 when William was 75 and Elizabeth was 77.  Just over four years late, Elizabeth Collett nee Deverill, from Winsley in Wiltshire, died at South Wraxall on 12th October 1865 and, it was less than two years later, when William Collett passed away on 28th May 1867.  A single headstone in the graveyard at St James Church in South Wraxall marks their grave, which also includes the body of their youngest son, Urbane Collett, who died seven weeks prior to the death of his mother.  Another link between the Collett and Deverill families is detailed in Appendix Three at the end of this file

 

31O11 – Eliza Collett was born at South Wraxall in 1812

31O12 – William Collett was born at South Wraxall in 1816

31O13 – Rachel Collett was born at South Wraxall in 1822

31O14 – Urbane Collett was born at South Wraxall in 1824

 

Hannah Collett [31N4] was born at South Wraxall and was baptised there on 4th October 1789 the second child of that name in the family, her older sibling and namesake having died at the start of that same year.  Tragically, like her older sister Hannah, the family’s second Hannah was six years old when she died and was buried at South Wraxall on 29th January 1796, the daughter of Thomas and Mary Collett

 

Rachel Collett [31N5] was born at South Wraxall, where she was baptised on 22nd May 1791, another daughter of carpenter Thomas Collett and his wife Mary S Watson.  She had not reached her fourth birthday when she died at South Wraxall where she was buried on 8th February 1795

 

Thirza Collett [31N6] was born at South Wraxall and baptised there on 22nd September 1793, the fifth child of Thomas, a carpenter, and Mary Collett.  It is understood that she married Samuel Mizen around 1816

 

Anna Collett [31N7] was born at South Wraxall, where she was baptised as Anna Collett on 1st May 1796, another daughter of Thomas and Mary Collett.  It is possible that she was actually Hannah Collett, the name given to the couple’s eldest child who suffered a premature death in 1795

 

Mary Collett [31N8] was born at South Wraxall in 1798, a daughter of Thomas Collett and Mary Watson, who was baptised there on 12th May 1799, when she was confirmed as the daughter of carpenter Thomas Collett and his wife Mary.  She later married Thomas Rudman at St James’ Church in South Wraxall on 4th January 1820, when Mary was confirmed as the daughter of carpenter Thomas Collett and his wife Mary.  Nineteen years later, Thomas Rudman was one of the witnesses at the wedding of Thomas Collett, Mary’s brother (below), and Sarah Humphries.  It is interesting, that another Thomas Rudman was the father of Thirza Sophia Rudman who married Urbane Collett (Ref. 31O14) at South Wraxall in 1861

 

Thomas Rudman was baptised at South Wraxall on 11th March 1798 and his marriage to Mary Collett produced ten children for the couple, and all of them baptised at South Wraxall.  They were Samuel Rudman (bap. 12.08.1821), William Rudman (bap. 25.12.1822 - died 30.04.1864), Thomas Rudman (bap. 29.08.1824), George Rudman (bap. 07.06.1827), Michael Rudman (bn. 27.03.1831 - died b/f 1839), John Rudman (bap. 23.02.1834), Mary Watson Rudman (bap. 10.06.1836), Caleb Rudman (bap. 18.03.1838 - died b/f 1880), Michael Rudman (bap. 09.06.1839), and Henry Rudman (bap. 27.03.1842)

 

Thomas Rudman was a journeyman blacksmith, a profession also taken up by his son and namesake Thomas Rudman junior.  It is interesting that in 1851, when he was 28, Thomas Rudman junior was a lodger at the Grittleton, near Chippenham, home of Thomas Collett aged 30 and from Broughton Gifford.  The third blacksmith at the dwelling was William Granger Hulbert from Rowde, between Melksham and Devizes, who was 18.  He was the eldest son of Mary Ann Collett (Ref. 35N24) from Broughton Gifford and William Granger Hulbert, while the aforementioned Thomas Collett (Ref. 35N25) was the younger brother of Mary Ann Hulbert

 

Harriet Collett [31N9] was born at South Wraxall and baptised there on 26th July 1801, another daughter of carpenter Thomas and Mary Collett.  The parish register recorded that it was Mary’s father James Watson who represented his daughter at the baptism

 

Thomas Collett [31N10] was born at South Wraxall in 1802, the last son of carpenter Thomas and Mary Collett, who was baptised at South Wraxall on 28th November 1802.  He was approaching forty years of age when Thomas Collett married Sarah Humphries on 26th December 1839 at the Chapel in the parish of South Wraxall.  The marriage register for that couple contains the following details.  Thomas Collett was a bachelor of 36 years and a resident of South Wraxall, a parish clerk and the son of Thomas Collett who was a carpenter and a parish clerk.  Sarah Humphries was a spinster of 27 and a domestic servant from Notton at Lacock, the daughter of John Humphries, a gardener.  The couple signed the book in their own hand and, in addition to the two the witnesses, the parish record also included the name of William Collett, who signed his name as Wm Collett.  He was most likely Thomas’ older brother (above).  The two witnesses were Jessie Pearce and Thomas Rudman, the latter being the brother-in-law of Thomas Collett and the husband of his sister Mary Collett (above)

 

By the time of the South Wraxall census of 1851, Thomas from South Wraxall was 48 and was still working as a carpenter and was also a parish clerk.  His wife Sarah was 38 and her place of birth was confirmed as Lacock, just north of Melksham (as confirmed in their marriage record).  The five children living with them at Upper Wraxall in the village of Wraxall were Mary aged 10, Thomas who was eight, Sarah who was six, Thirza who was four and Henry who was one year old, with the three oldest children attending the village school.  It is very interesting that living next door to the family in 1851 was Daniel Adams and his wife Eliza Collett, the daughter of William Collett [65 in 1851] and Elizabeth Deverill [67 in 1851], while Thomas’ brother William (below) [42 in 1851] had married Mary Ann Deverill.  It seems likely that, immediately after the census day in 1851, Sarah gave birth to a daughter, Ann Maria Collett, who was baptised at South Wraxall on 6th April 1851, but who sadly did not survive

 

After a further ten years Thomas Collett was 59 and a carpenter residing at Water Lane in Lower Wraxall.  His wife Sarah from Lacock was 49 and their four children on the day of the census in 1861 were Thomas Collett who was 18 and an ag lab, Sarah who was 16, Henry who was 11 and Harriet who was nine years of age.  The couple’s missing daughters had already left the family home by then.  Mary Collett from South Wraxall was 19 and was recorded in the Bridgwater area of Somerset, while Thirza Collett was living in the Corsham area of Wiltshire, where she was referred to as Theresa A Collett, aged 14, who was also born at South Wraxall

 

By the time of the census in 1871 the family was living at South Wraxall, where Thomas Collett was 68 and a carpenter and also the parish clerk.  His wife Sarah was 58, and the only children still living with the couple were their unmarried sons Thomas who was 28 and Henry who was 21, neither of them described as having any occupation.  It was later that same year when Thomas Collett died, following which he was buried at South Wraxall on 20th December 1871.  His death was recorded at Bradford-on-Avon (Ref. 5a 82) when he was 69 years of age.  His passing was confirmed in the next census of 1881, when Sarah Collett was a widow living with her married daughter Thirza Gale at 1 Bridge Cottages, in the village of Box in Wiltshire

 

Curiously in the census of 1881, the birth place of the widow Sarah Collett, aged 69, was stated as being South Wraxall, rather than Lacock.  Her daughter, Thirza A Gale was 34 and her place of birth was correctly given at South Wraxall, so perhaps it was Thirza who provided the census enumerator with her mother’s details.  Thirza’s husband was Samuel Gale, aged 39, a stone quarry foreman who had been born at Box.  And living with them was their son George H Gale who was 10 and their daughter Sarah Gale who was seven years old, both of them recorded as having been born at Box, only a couple of miles north of South Wraxall.  With no later record of Sarah Collett in the census of 1891, it is probably safe to assume that she died during the 1880s

 

31O15 – Mary Collett was born at South Wraxall in 1841

31O16 – Thomas Collett was born at South Wraxall in 1842

31O17 – Sarah Collett was born at South Wraxall in 1843

31O18 – Thirza Ann Collett was born at South Wraxall in 1847

31O19 – Henry Collett was born at South Wraxall in 1849

31O20 – Eliza Harriet Collett was born at South Wraxall in 1852

 

Bridget Collett [31N11] was born at South Wraxall, where she was baptised on 23rd October 1805, the last child of carpenter Thomas Collett and his wife Mary S Watson.  For clarity, her father was referred to in the parish register as Thomas Collett senior.  It was original believed that Bridget also died in 1805, although no death record or burial record has been found to verify that

 

John Morris Collett [31N12] was born at South Wraxall where he was baptised on 25th May 1794, the first child born to butcher William Collett and Ann Morris.  Ann was his second wife, but no details are available relating to his first wife, with who he made have had issue

 

George Collett [31N13] was born at South Wraxall and was the second son of William Collett and his second wife Ann Morris, who was baptised there on 4th December 1796.  The marriage of George Collett, a labourer of Upper Wraxall, and Anna Collett of Holt – two miles east of Bradford-on-Avon, took place at Holt on 4th January 1820 and produced four children, the first baptised only two months after their wedding day, all of them born and baptised at South Wraxall. For the first two children, George was working as a labourer, while for the last two, his occupation was that of a sawyer.  It was as Ann Collett, the daughter of James and Ann Collett, that she was baptised at Holt on 20th September 1801, when sadly her mother did not survive the ordeal.  The premature death of Anna Collett was recorded at Bradford-on-Avon (Ref. viii 155) during the third quarter of 1838.  Where her father fits in with the Wiltshire Collett families, is still to be resolved

 

Least than three years later, the census in 1841, included George Collett as a widower who was living at Upper Wraxall with just three of his children, son Walter having died not long after he was born, ten years earlier.  George Collett had a rounded age of 45 and was a sawyer, Thomas Collett was 20, George was 19 and Sarah was 14 years old.  Living next door to George Collett and his family in 1841, on one side, was his unmarried brother Thomas (below), while on the other side was his widowed brother William Collett (below) with his young family

 

Over the following years, the two widowed brothers, George and William, joined forces and, by 1851, they were sharing the same abode at Upper Wraxall in the village of South Wraxall.  Head of the household was George Collett, aged 54 and born at South Wraxall, whose occupation was still that of a sawyer.  The only member of his immediate family, still living with him, was his unmarried son Thomas who was 30.  The three other members of the household were William Collett aged 49, described as brother, John Collett aged 18, who was George’s nephew, and Jane Collett aged 15, who was described as ‘niece at home’, presumably indicating that she was acting as housekeeper for the men of the house.  George’s own daughter Sarah, was very likely married by then.  Seven years later, the burial of George Collett of Upper Wraxall took place at South Wraxall on 8th July 1858 when his age was recorded as being 61 years

 

31O21 – Thomas Collett was born at South Wraxall in 1820

31O22 – George Collett was born at South Wraxall in 1821

31O23 – Sarah Collett was born at South Wraxall in 1827

31O24 – Walter Collett was born at South Wraxall in 1831

 

Charles Collett [31N14] was born at South Wraxall and was baptised there on 29th July 1798, the son of butcher William Collett and his wife Ann.  What happened to him during his short life is not known, except that he died at South Wraxall, where he was buried on 8th April 1834, at the age of 35 years

 

Elizabeth Collett [31N15] was born at South Wraxall, where she was baptised on 6th December 1801, the fourth child of butcher William and Ann Collett

 

Thomas Collett [31N16] was born at South Wraxall at the end of 1802 or early in 1803, another son of butcher William Collett and Ann Morris.  In the census of 1841, he had a rounded age of 35 and, at that time, he was living in Wraxall Chapelry, Bradford, where he was working as a carpenter.  Living in the dwelling next to Thomas, was his widowed brother George (above) with his family and, next door to him, was his other widowed brother William (below) with his family.  It now seems highly likely that Thomas Collett of South Wraxall married Sarah Baggs

 

Harry Collett [31N17] was born at South Wraxall and it was there that he was baptised on 27th October 1803, the sixth child of William Collett, a butcher, and Ann Morris

 

WILLIAM COLLETT [31N18] was born at South Wraxall where he was baptised on 23rd October 1805, the son of butcher William Collett by his second wife Ann Morris.  It was on 5th December 1825 that he married (1) Jane Walters at Biddestone.  As far as can be determined the marriage produced at least one child for William and his wife before she died, either during the birth of their son or during the birth of a second child who also did not survive.  Following the death of his wife, William was then married at South Wraxall by banns to (2) Mary Ann Deverill from Winsley on 23rd March 1835.  Their daughter was born sometime during the next twelve months and she was named after William’s late wife.  It is understood that William fathered a total of four children, although only the three listed below are confirmed at this time

 

It may be of interest that another older William Collett [Ref. 31M2] married Elizabeth Deverill around 1810 and, in 1851, their daughter Eliza and her husband Daniel Adams, were living next door to the family of William’s brother Thomas Collett (above)

 

According to the census in 1841, widower William Collett, aged 34, was an agricultural labourer living at Upper Wraxall in the Wraxall Chapelry of Bradford with his two children, John who was eight and Jane who was seven years old.  Living next door to the family was William’s brother George (above) with whom they were living by the time next census was conducted in 1851.  Widower William Collett, aged 44 and an agricultural labourer from South Wraxall, was recorded as the brother of head of the household George Collett aged 54.  Likewise, his two children were confirmed as John Collett aged 18, the nephew of George Collett, and Jane Collett aged 15, the niece of George Collett

 

It was at Upper Street in South Wraxall that William Collett was living in 1861 when he was 53 and still working as an agricultural labourer.  Living there with him was his daughter Jane Collett who was 25.  Also staying with them were two of William’s grandchildren and they were Tom (Henry Thomas) Collett who was five and born at South Wraxall and John (William John) Collett who was two years old and also from South Wraxall.  This raises speculation that they were the children from an earlier marriage of his son John who was living in South Wales by then, although he said he was a bachelor when he married in 1862.  Equally they could have been the children of one of William’s unlisted sons or the base-born children of his unmarried daughter Jane.  However, with the lack of any further information, it is under the latter assumption that they have been included in this family line.  It is known that William Collett died at South Wraxall during the 1860s, perhaps even, just prior to the 1871 census

 

31O25 – JOHN COLLETT was born at South Wraxall in 1833

The following are the daughters of William Collett by his second wife Mary Ann Deverill:

31O26 – Jane Collett was born at South Wraxall in 1835

31O27 – Anne Collett was born at South Wraxall in 1837

 

Ann Collett [31N19] was born at South Wraxall, where she was baptised on 7th February 1808, another daughter of butcher William Collett and his wife Ann

 

Charlotte Catherine Collett [31N20] was born at South Wraxall, the ninth child of William and Ann Collett, who was baptised on 15th April 1810.  Unlike her older siblings, Charlotte’s baptism record did not confirm that her father was a butcher.  Tragically, she was only nine years old when, as simply Catherine Collett, she died and was buried at South Wraxall on 6th May 1819

 

Jane Collett [31N21] was born at South Wraxall and was the last child of William Collett by his second wife Ann Morris.  Like all of her older nine siblings, Jane was also baptised at South Wraxall, on 8th March 1812

 

John Batten Collett [31N22] was born in 1811 at South Wraxall, where he was baptised on 14th April 1811, the eldest child of Jonathan Collett and his wife Jane Collett – also her maiden name.  As simply John Collett aged 23, he died at Woolley Green, between South Wraxall and Bradford-on-Avon, but was buried at South Wraxall on 22nd June 1834

 

Mary Collett [31N23] was born at South Wraxall in 1813, the eldest daughter and second child of labourer Jonathan and Jane Collett, who was baptised there on 13th June 1813

 

Caroline Collett [31N24] was born at South Wraxall and baptised there on 14th April 1816, another child of labourer Jonathan and Jane Collett.  She married agricultural labourer William Hancock from Box around 1840 and by 1851 the family was living in Box near Chippenham.  William Hancock was 31 and Caroline Hancock was 33, their three Box-born children were Henry who was nine, Martha who was five and Edward who was three.  Ten years later, the family was residing at Box Hill (Box) when William was 42, Caroline was 45, Henry was 18, Martha was 15, Edward was 11 and Eliza was nine years old.  Only the eldest and youngest child was still living at Box with William, aged 50, and Caroline, aged 51, in 1871, and they were Henry who was 28 and Elizabeth was 15

 

Caroline was widowed during the 1870, as confirmed in the Box census on 1881, by which time she was living at Quarry Hill, a charwoman and head of the household.  Staying there with her, was her married daughter Elizabeth Stenchcombe, aged 26, her husband Alfred Stenchcombe, and their two children Maud and Edward, aged two years and under one year.  Although no record of her has been found in the Box census of 1891, it was two years after that date, that the death of Caroline Hancock was recorded at Chippenham (Ref. 5a 47) during the first quarter of 1893, at the age of 66

 

Anna Collett [31N25] was born at South Wraxall, where she was baptised on 4th April 1819, the fourth child of labourer Jonathan and Jane Collett

 

George Collett [31N26] was born at South Wraxall and baptised there on 28th July 1822, the youngest son of Jonathan and Jane Collett.  George’s father died sometime after the birth of his younger sister in 1926 since, by the time of the census in 1841, George and his sister Harriet were the only ones living with their widowed mother at White Hill in Bradford-on-Avon.  George Collett was 17 on that occasion, while sometime later he left Wiltshire to seek work in Yorkshire.  Just prior to him becoming a married man he was living in the Holbeck district of South Leeds, and it was there that he met his future wife

 

The marriage of labourer George Collett of Holbeck, the son of shepherd Jonathan Collett, took place at St Peter’s Church in Leeds on 22nd November 1847 when he wed Susannah Child of Holbeck, the daughter of mason William Child.  Both the bride and the groom made the mark of a cross when signing the register.  Within two years the couple moved to Halifax and it was there that their only known child was born.  In the census of 1851 George was a mason’s labourer aged 25 when he was living at 5 Davy’s Yard on Foundry Street in Halifax.  With him was his wife Susanna who was 20 and a worsted reeler from Calverly near Horsforth in West Yorkshire, together with their son William Collett who was one year old and born in Halifax

 

Another family move took place during the 1850s when they left Yorkshire and moved to the Middlesbrough area of the country where they were recorded in the census of 1861.  George Collett from South Wraxall in Wiltshire was 35 when he was living at Kirkleatham near Guisborough with his wife Susannah who was 29 and their Halifax born son William Collett who was 11.  Ten years later the same family was living at Chaloner Street in Guisborough, near Middlesbrough, when George was 45, Susannah was 39 and their son William was 21.  Also listed with the family was Hannah J Collett who was two years old and from Eston in Yorkshire (see 1881 Census below for explanation), and Sarah Walker a servant.  It was two years later that their son William Collett became a married man and moved out of the family home

 

George Collett, aged 55, and his wife Susannah, aged 49 and from Idle in Bradford, were living at 16 Chaloner Street in Guisborough in 1881, where George was a grocer from Wraxall in Wiltshire.  Living with the couple on that occasion was their niece Hannah J Child, who was 12 and from Eston in Middlesbrough, while Sarah Bennard, who was 15 and from Marske in Yorkshire, was employed by the couple as a domestic servant.  The niece Hannah J Child, previously Hannah J Collett in 1871, may have been the base-born child of Susannah’s sister and as such was taken in by the Collett family shortly after she was born, but for some reason later reverted to her mother’s maiden name

 

It was two years later that George Collett from South Wraxall passed away at the age of 57, his death recorded at Guisborough register office (Ref. 9d 361) during the second quarter of 1883.  His widow Susannah was still living at Guisborough in 1901 when she was listed as being 68 and a retired grocer.  It cannot be ignored that an unconfirmed internet record states that the parents of George Collett, who married Susannah Child, were William Collett and Elizabeth Blissett.  However, this completely conflicts with the information contained within the record of his marriage

 

Hannah Jane Collett, aka Hannah Jane Child, was born at Guisborough in 1868, where her birth was recorded (Ref. 9d 459) during the third quarter of that year.  She later married John Teasdale when she was only 18, the marriage being recorded at Guisborough (Ref. 6d 685) during the second quarter of 1886 when the witnesses were William Millward and Emma Taylor

 

31O28 – William Collett was born at Halifax in 1849

 

Harriet Collett [31N27] was born at South Wraxall, the last child of Jonathan Collett, a labourer of Upper Wraxall, and his wife who was born as Jane Collett.  Harriet was baptised at South Wraxall on 18th June 1826

 

Elizabeth Collett [31N28] was born at the hamlet of Bradford Leigh in 1812.  She was the eldest child of John Collett and Charlotte Crook and was baptised at South Wraxall on 10th March 1813.  The parish baptism record confirmed that her father was John Collett a carpenter from Bradford Leigh.  While she and her parents were still residing in Bradford Leigh, her mother, pregnant with the couple’s second child, Elizabeth Collett suffered a premature death there and was buried at South Wraxall on 3rd March 1815

 

William Batten Collett [31N29] was born at Bradford Leigh and was baptised at South Wraxall on 4th June 1815, the son of carpenter John Collett of Bradford Leigh and his wife Charlotte Crook.  His second forename coming from his grandmother’s maiden name.  Around the time that he was twenty years old his father died during 1835 and, two years after that, his mother died in 1837 leaving William to look after the welfare of his four younger surviving siblings.  That he did by taking over the lease of Court Farm in South Wraxall, which was previously held by his father, thus providing a place for the young family to continue to live.  William, as the eldest son, was the only child named in the Will of farmer John Collett, which was made in 1833 when William was only eighteen years old.  His father’s Will was subsequently proved on 11th September 1837, two days after the death of his widow, leaving son William to take on the family’s farm

 

After a further two years yeoman farmer William Batten Collett, aged 24 and from South Wraxall, the son of John Collett farmer, married Sarah Penelope James, from nearby Holt, at the Chapel in South Wraxall on 13th June 1839.  The marriage was witnessed by William’s sister Matilda Collett – who died within two years – and Eleanor Collett, although it is not yet determined who she was.  All four of them signed the book in their own hand.  The marriage was registered at Bradford-on-Avon during the second quarter of that year.  Sarah was also 24 years old and had been born at Newgate Street in London in 1816, the daughter of Francis James, an officer in the army, and his wife Mary Miles.  Once they were married the couple initially settled in South Wraxall at Court Farm, where their first child was born in 1840

 

The census of 1841 recorded that William and Sarah were living at Wraxall Chapelry, Bradford, in Wiltshire with their first child Matilda who was one-year old.  William’s occupation was stated as being that of a yeoman, def. ‘a man who cultivates his own land’.  It was as Wm Collett, aged 24, that he was recorded, while his wife Sarah was 23.  Living at Court Farm with the couple and their daughter were four of William’s siblings, and they were Betsey aged 23, John aged 20, Arabella who was 19 and Andrew who was 11.  All of them were recorded as being yeoman.  Serving the family at that time was Ann Shepherd, aged 20, who was employed as a servant

 

Shortly after the census day in June that year the family was extended by the birth of a son while William and Sarah were still living at Court Farm in South Wraxall, where they are known to have lived and worked until sometime later in the 1840s.  By the time of the birth of the couple’s fourth child the family had left Wiltshire and was living in London where the children, including their second son, were baptised.  The second child’s second forename, like that of five of his siblings, was Miles, most likely a tribute to Sarah’s mother Mary Miles

 

It now also appears that three out of the four siblings of William, who were living with him at South Wraxall in 1841, also made the journey to London, either with him or sometime thereafter.  Only his youngest brother Andrew William Collett (below) seems not to have made that move, since he is known to have moved to Bath when he was still in his teenage years.  It is also interesting that, after the move to London, some of his younger siblings may have been supported by the Reverend Robert Miles who later employed William’s sister Arabella Collett (below) and eventually took her to Nottinghamshire

 

It seems rather curious that no further children were added to William and Sarah’s family during the remainder of the 1840s, unless of course they suffered premature death, which is certainly the case for three of their known children.  By the time of the 1851 Census, William and Sarah were living in London, when their family home was at 20 Prospect Place in St Mary Stoke Newington, within the Finsbury & Hackney registration district of the city.  William, aged 36 and from Bradford, Wilts, was a gardener, and with him was his wife Sarah, aged 35 and from London, and their three children

 

Curiously William and his two eldest children were all recorded as having an impediment, either indicating that they were blind, deaf or dumb, since for each of them there was a tick in the final column of the census return.  A number of the later members of this family line were deaf or had hearing problems, which may have been hereditary.  The three children living with William in 1851 were Mary Matilda Collett, aged 11 and a scholar from Bradford in Wiltshire, William Henry Miles Collett who was nine and also a scholar from Bradford, and John Miles Collett who was only two months old and born at Stoke Newington

 

The family’s time at Stoke Newington was limited, when they then moved a few miles north to Tottenham.  Eighteen months after that census day, Sarah gave birth two more daughters at Tottenham, neither of whom survived, their death, and that of their slightly older brother John, were all recorded at Edmonton towards the end of 1853

 

Ten years later in 1861 William B Collett, aged 46 and from Bradford in Wiltshire, was still a gardener but with the addition of being a journeyman as well.  On that occasion he and his family were living at Sewerage Cottage within the High Cross Ward of the Tottenham registration district, and with him was his wife Sarah P Collett, aged 45, and three of their five surviving children.  They were Henry who was 20, Amy who was seven and Francis who was four years old.  Their son Edward, aged nine years, was a pupil at a school in nearby Edmonton on the day of the census

 

William’s occupation had changed back to farmer by 1871, that being consistent with him being described as a yeoman, thirty years earlier.  The family living at Tottenham comprised William B Collett aged 56, his wife Sarah Collett, aged 54, their daughter Amy Collett who was 15, and their son ‘Frank’ Collett (Francis) who was 13

 

According to the next census of 1881 William and his wife were living at The Poplars, 9 Markfield Road in Tottenham.  Markfield Road was still there in 2009, and at that same time in 1881 William’s eldest son William was living nearby at 2 Markfield Road with his family.  William Collett senior gave his place of birth as South Wraxall, his age as 67, and his occupation was that of a dairyman.  His wife Sarah was 63 and her place of birth was confirmed as the City of London.  Living with William and Sarah was their youngest daughter Amy who was then married to James Watson of London

 

Also listed with the family in 1881 was granddaughter Ada Collett, aged 13, a milkmaid born at Tottenham, who was the daughter of the couple’s aforementioned eldest son William Henry Miles Collett.  It can safely be assumed that Ada was working with her grandfather William at that time, in the same dairy business

 

Sarah Penelope Collett nee James died at Tottenham on 22nd May 1888, her death recorded at Edmonton during the second quarter of 1888.  She was followed one year later by her husband William Batten Collett who also died at Tottenham on 14th April 1889 and whose passing was also recorded at Edmonton during the second quarter of 1889

 

31O29 – Mary Matilda Collett was born at South Wraxall in 1840

31O30 – William Henry Miles Collett was born at South Wraxall in 1841

31O31 – Charlotte Louisa Collett was born at South Wraxall in 1842

31O32 – John Miles Collett was born at Stoke Newington, London in 1851

31O33 – Constance Jessie Miles Collett was born at Tottenham, London in 1852

31O34 – Charlotte Miles Collett was born at Tottenham, London in 1853

31O35 – Amy Charlotte Miles Collett was born at Tottenham, London in 1854

31O36 – Francis James Miles Collett was born at Tottenham, London in 1857

 

Matilda Collett [31N30] was born at South Wraxall in 1817, the daughter of yeoman John and Charlotte Collett.  She was baptised there on 25th February 1818, and following the death of her father in 1835, and then her mother in 1837, Matilda Collett died at Upper Wraxall and was interred in the family tomb at South Wraxall on 11th May 1841 at the age of 24.  The tomb, in the grounds of the Church of St James, already contained the bodies of her parents and her younger brother Edward Collett (below)

 

Betsy Collett [31N31] was born at South Wraxall in 1818, the daughter of John and Charlotte Collett, although no baptism record for Betsy has been found, despite finding the baptism details for her siblings.  It is therefore her inclusion, with the family, in the Wraxall census of 1841, that has placed her as another daughter of farmer John Collett and his wife Charlotte Crook.  With both of her parents having died during the six years prior to the census on 6th June 1841, Betsy and her three younger siblings were looked after by her older married brother William Collett and his wife Sarah.  That situation was confirmed in the 1841 census return for Wraxall Chapelry in Bradford-on-Avon, when Betsy Collett was 23 and living at the Upper Wraxall home of her brother William, together with all of her surviving brothers and sister, who were helping him work the family farm

 

Just a short while later, Betsy’s married brother William Batten Collett left South Wraxall when he and his family moved to London.  Betsy and her brother John and her sister Arabella also travelled to London, although it has not been determined if that happened at the same time as William’s move, or a little while thereafter.  With no further record found of Betsy Collett, it must be assumed that she was very likely married in London during the 1840s

 

John Collett [31N32] was born at South Wraxall in 1820, but was baptised at Bradford-on-Avon on 17th May 1820, the son of farmer John of Wraxall and his wife Charlotte Collett.  He was only 15 years old when his father died, and two years after that his mother died in 1837.  According to the census in 1841, John Collett was 20 and was living in Upper Wraxall within the Wraxall Chapelry of Bradford-on-Avon, at the home of his older married brother William, who was head of the household.  Other members of his family living in the same dwelling were John’s sisters Betsy and Arabella, together with his younger brother Andrew.  All of them, including the girls, were described as yeoman

 

It is known that John’s married brother William Batten Collett settled in London during the early 1840s, and that John and his sisters Betsy and Arabella also left Wiltshire for the city, either at that same time or shortly thereafter.  It is established that the orphaned siblings had some contact with the Reverend Robert William Miles while in London, with John’s older brother William naming his children after him and his younger sister Arabella being employed by him.  It is also known that when the Reverend Miles and his wife left London for Bingham in Nottinghamshire during 1845/46, Arabella Jane Collett (below) went with them.  It is therefore possible that John also ended up in Bingham, since it was there that the death of John Collett was recorded (Ref. xv 348) died during the first quarter of 1851

 

An alternative could be the John Collett, a labourer from Bradford in Wiltshire, who was living at 6 West Row in the Chelsea St Luke area of London in 1851 with his wife Ellen Collett from Kent, who was 21 and a laundress.  Maybe, out of embarrassment for the near ten-year difference in their ages, John said he was 28 years old.  Ellen was already expecting the birth of their first child, with the birth Arabella Jane Collett recorded at Chelsea (Ref. iii 50) during the third quarter of 1851.  After that, other children were added to the family at Chelsea who were given names similar to the siblings of John Collett from South Wraxall.  They were John Collett in 1853 (Ref. 1a 159/Q3), Ellen Collett in 1855 (Ref. 1a 155/Q3) and William Charles Collett in 1859 (Ref. 1a 154/Q1).  Unfortunately, no member of the Chelsea family has been found within the census of 1861.

 

Arabella Jane Collett [31N33] was born at South Wraxall in 1822 and was baptised there on 25th August 1822, the youngest daughter of farmer John Collett by his wife Charlotte.  It was as Arabella Collett, aged 19, that she was recorded in the 1841 census for the Wraxall Chapelry at Bradford-on-Avon, when she was living at Upper Wraxall with her older married brother William Batten Collett, following the deaths of both of their parents during the previous five years.  It was also during the 1840s that the orphaned Collett children gave up living in Wiltshire, when they moved to London, either with or just after their married brother William moved there.  It may have been after they arrived in London that they were comforted in their grief at the loss of their parents by the Reverend Robert Miles.  At the time of the census in 1841 the Rev. Miles was living in London, where he was receiving training for the ministry

 

What is known is the Rev. Miles became a married man during the 1840s and that after that he left London when he took up a position at Bingham in Nottinghamshire.  His move north may have also coincided with his offer of work to Arabella Collett, who eventually joined him and his wife there.  By the time of the Bingham census in 1851 the Rev. Robert Henry William Miles, aged 32, and his wife Mary Miles, aged 27, had six children, and to help look after the family they employed eight servants, Arabella Collett from South Wraxall was 28 and a lady’s maid.  Ten years later Arabella Collett was still one of eight paid servants of the Reverend Miles (Rector of Bingham) when, according to the census in 1861, she was unmarried at the age of 38, a lady’s maid from Wraxall in Wiltshire.  At that time the Miles family was living at a house in Church Street, Bingham, just to the east of Nottingham

 

It was five years later at Bingham, and during the first quarter of 1866, that Arabella Collett married widower George Oaks.  At the time of the Bingham census in 1871, the couple was residing at a dwelling in the Market Place where George Oakes, aged 54 and from Nottinghamshire, was a printer and an auctioneer, while his wife Arabella Oakes from Wraxall in Wiltshire was 48.  George Oaks was born in 1817 at Mansfield Woodhouse in Nottinghamshire and, at the time of the previous census in 1861, he was married to Ann by whom he had a daughter Jane who was born in 1844.  Sadly, for George, his second marriage to Arabella only lasted for ten years, when he died at Derby during 1876, at the age of 59

 

Following the death of her husband, Arabella was living at Alma Cottage in Chilwell, to the west of Nottingham, in 1881, when she was recorded as being an annuitant.  It was also while she was still living in Nottinghamshire that she died there in 1890, at the age of 68

 

Edward Collett [31N34] was born at South Wraxall near the end of December 1826.  Perhaps for health reasons, his baptism was delayed until he was one year old, at South Wraxall on 31st January 1828, another son of farmer John Collett and wife Charlotte.  Tragically, one month later, when he was fourteen months old, Edward Collett and was buried at South Wraxall on 27th February 1828.  With the death of his parents in 1835 and 1837 and then the death of his sister Matilda in 1841, a family tomb was erected in the churchyard of St James Church in South Wraxall, where they were all laid to rest

 

Andrew William Collett [31N35] was born at South Wraxall and was baptised there on 1st April 1829 at St James’ Church in South Wraxall, the son of John Collett, farmer, and Charlotte Crook.  Following the death of his father, when he was only six years old, followed by the death of his mother when he was only eight years of age, Andrew William Collett was placed under the care of his older married brother William Batten Collett and, in 1841, at the age of 11, Andrew Collett was a farm servant living at Upper Wraxall with his family

 

At the time of his marriage to Sarah Curnick, nine years later on 12th May 1850 at Walcot Parish Church in Bath, Andrew was a resident at 7 Guinea Lane in the Walcot district of the city.  In addition to that, the marriage register also confirmed that his late father’s name was John Collett and that he was a farmer.  Sarah was the daughter of Robert and Hester Curnick and was baptised on 3rd June 1827 at Winsley, a village to the west of Bradford-on-Avon.  In 1841 Sarah was living with her parents at Beanacre near Melksham but, at the time of the wedding, her address was given as being 5 Myrtle Place in Walcot

 

Ten months after their wedding day the couple was living at Atworth in the Melksham registration area where they were recorded in the 1851 Census.  Andrew, aged 22, was a cabinet maker, and his wife Sarah was 24.  Shortly after that the couple moved to live at Portsea in Portsmouth where their first child was born.  It would appear that they were only at Portsea for a short while, since their next two children were born while the family was living south of the River Thames in London.  However, their fourth and fifth children, Sarah and William, were born at Shepton Mallet and at Clifton in Bristol respectively, before the family returned to London where the last two children were born.  The rapid change of address in quick succession perhaps indicated that it was Andrew’s occupation as a cabinet maker that was the reason for their mobility

 

At the time of the birth of their son John Collett in March 1856, Andrew and Sarah were living at 54 Hardwick Place in Plumstead near Woolwich, but five years later in 1861 the census confirmed that the family had moved again and, on that occasion, they were living at 20 Holywell Row in Shoreditch.  The family at that time comprised Andrew, who was 32, his wife Sarah, and their children, Margaret Collett (who must have been Mary) was eight years old and born at Portsmouth, Thomas R Collett (who must have been John R) was five, Sarah E Collett was three and William A Collett was under one year old.  In addition to the changed names for the couple’s two oldest children, there was no daughter Charlotte.  Instead there was a child by the name of Blanche who was the corresponding age of six years that Charlotte would have been.  The differing name for their oldest son continued in subsequent censuses

 

Further changes of address took place during the 1860s and the 1870s.  In 1871 they were living at 5 Pleasant Row in Shoreditch, at which time the family comprised Andrew, aged 42, his wife Sarah who was 44, and their children Mary A Collett aged 18, John R Collett aged 15, William A Collett aged 11, Henry Collett who was five and George Collett who was two years old.  It may be of interest to note that in 1881, 11 Pleasant Row, in nearby Islington, was the home of Frederick William Collett (Ref. 62M43) who was born at Shoreditch, the son of William Collett from Melksham

 

By the twenty-second of April in 1877 the family was residing at George Street in Bethnal Green, but four years after that they had moved yet again and were recorded in the 1881 Census as living at 31 Homer Road in the Homerton area of Hackney.  The family at that time was made up of cabinet maker Andrew who was 52, Sarah who was 54 and an upholstress born at Winsley in Wiltshire, their married son Thomas Collett [John Robert] who was 24 and of Woolwich together with his pregnant wife Sarah from Shoreditch who was 23, and their three other sons William Collett aged 20 who had been born at Bristol, Henry Collett aged 15 who had been born within the City of London and George Collett who was 11 who had been born at Shoreditch.  The house at 31 Homer Road must have been a fairly substantial property since it was also home to Andrew’s and Sarah’s eldest married daughter Mary and her husband William Cottle and their four children

 

Sometime during the next ten to fifteen years Andrew and Sarah moved to 2 The Grove in Mare Street in Hackney where they were living at the time of Andrew’s death.  Andrew William Collett died at the Homerton Infirmary (Hackney Wick Infirmary) in Hackney on 28th October 1899, the cause of death being recorded as senile decay and acute pneumonia with which he had suffered during the previous eight days.  Following the death of her husband, Sarah left The Grove and settled in her new home at 72 Chalgrove Road in Hackney, where she continued to work as an upholsterer.  However, Sarah was only a widow for just over two years when she died on 12th January 1902 at the Braxton Infirmary in Hackney.  The cause of death was recorded as senile decay and bronchitis

 

31O37 – Mary Arabella Collett was born at Portsea, Hampshire in 1852

31O38 – Charlotte Matilda Collett was born at Peckham, Kent 1854

31O39 – John Robert Collett was born at Woolwich, London in 1856

31O40 – Sarah Elizabeth Collett was born at Shoreditch, London in 1858

31O41 – William Andrew Collett was born at Clifton, Bristol in 1860

31O42 – Henry John Collett was born at Shoreditch, London in 1865

31O43 – George Collett was born at Shoreditch, London in 1869

 

Eliza Collett [31N36] was born at South Wraxall and was baptised there on 18th October 1818, the eldest of the two daughters of butcher William Collett and his wife of eleven months Ann Boyer.  Tragically, she was only nineteen years of age when she died while working in Bath, after which Eliza Collett was buried at South Wraxall on 8th January 1837

 

Catherine Collett [31N37] was born at South Wraxall, where was baptised on 28th January 1821, the youngest daughter of butcher William Collett and Ann Boyer.  Catherine Collett, of South Wraxall, married Stephen Collett (Ref. 35N68) from Melksham in the village of Shaw, near Melksham, in 1846

For the continuation of her family, go to

Part 35 – The Melksham to Wisconsin and Ontario Line (Ref. 35N68)

 

Betsy Gisford Collett [31O1] was born at South Wraxall in 1811, where she was baptised on 22nd December 1811, the first-born child of Harry Collett and Mary Gisford.  When Betsy was twenty-one years of age, she gave birth to a base-born daughter who was living with her after she became a married lady.  The marriage of Betsy Collett, the daughter of carpenter Harry Collett, and Job Smith took place at Box on 17th April 1840 and was recorded at Chippenham (Ref. viii 435) during the second quarter of 1840. Just under a year later, Job Smith was 28 when he was residing in Colerne with his wife Elizabeth Smith, who was 30, and her daughter Rebecca Collett, aged seven year.  The census return confirmed that Job and Betsy were born within the county of Wiltshire, while Rebecca was not.  It seems Betsy had given birth to Rebecca in Bath, although there was probably a return to South Wraxall, where Rebecca was said to be born in later census records

 

Job Smith was born at Broad Hinton, midway between Wroughton and Avebury, and was baptised there on 11th January 1813, the son of Thomas and Martha Smith.  By 1851, the marriage of Job and Betsy had not produced any surviving children, instead the two of them, and Betsy’s daughter, were staying at the Colerne home of William and Sarah Tiley.  Job was 36 and a shepherd working on a farm, Betsy was 38 and described as the wife of a visitor, while her daughter Rebecca Collett was 16, both of them from South Wraxall

 

During the following decade, the family group left Colerne and by 1861 was recorded living at Lower Street in Bradford-on-Avon.  On that occasion, the census return described them as Job Smith who was 48 and from Broad Hinton, who was still working as a shepherd, Elizabeth Smith who was 50 and Rebecca Collett who was 27, both of them born at South Wraxall and neither of them in employment.  It was almost the same situation ten years later, when the three of them had been joined by Job’s widowed mother Martha Smith at South Wraxall, as recorded in the census of 1871.  By that time, Job was 57 and a farm servant, Elizabeth was 58, Rebecca was 34, and Martha was 86 and born at Rodbourne Cheney, near Swindon.  The census return stated that Rebecca Collett had been born at Bathford in Somerset, to the north-east of Bath

 

Elizabeth Smith nee Collett died shortly before the day of the next census in 1881, her death recorded at Bradford-on-Avon (Ref. 5a 87) during the second quarter of that year, at the age of 65.  The census that year, recorded the remainder of her family still residing at Bradford-on-Avon, where widower Job Smith from Broad Hinton was 66 and a farm labourer, her daughter Rebecca Collett was 47 and born at Bathford, and completing the family was Elizabeth’s granddaughter Mary Elizabeth Collett from South Wraxall, who was six years of age. After five years as a widower, the death of Job Smith was recorded at Bradford-on-Avon (Ref. 5a 75) during the second quarter of 1886, when he was 71

 

31P1 – Rebecca Collett was born at Bathford, near Bath in 1834 on an unknown father

 

Henry Gisford Collett [31O2] was born at South Wraxall in 1813 and was baptised there on 16th May 1813, the eldest son of carpenter Harry Collett and his wife Mary, his second forename being his mother’s maiden name.  Henry followed his father and, in later census returns, he was described as a sawyer.  He also married Ann during the late 1830s and by 1841 was recorded living at While Hill in Bradford-on-Avon with his wife and their first child.  Henry and Ann both had rounded aged of 25 years, while son Stephen Collett was two years of age.  Three more children were added to the family during the following decade, all as confirmed in the Bradford census of 1851.  Sawyer Henry Collett from South Wraxall, said he was 40, Ann from Chippenham was 36, Stephen Collett was 11, Elizabeth Collett was eight, Arthur Collett was six and Mary Jane Collett was one year old.  All four children had been born at Bradford

 

One year after that census day, Ann gave birth to the couple’s fifth child, their son William Collett, with their last child born at Bradford six years later.  It was at Slades Brook in Bradford that the family was residing in 1861, where Henry Collett was 50 and an agricultural labourer, his wife Ann was 45, Stephen Collett was 22, William was nine and Kezia Collett was three years of age.  The census in 1871 records the incorrect ages for Henry and Ann, but the correct ages of their two youngest children still living at Bradford-on-Avon with them.  Henry Collett from Wraxall was a labourer and his wife Ann Collett was born at Chippenham, both said to be younger than they were in 1861.  Their son William was 19 and daughter Kezia Collett was 14, both born at Bradford.  It was also just a few months later that the death of Henry Collett was recorded at Bradford-on-Avon (Ref. 5a 77) during the third quarter of 1871

 

Widow Ann Collett from Chippenham and her eldest son Stephen were inmates at Westwood-with-Iford to the west of Bradford-on-Avon in 1881, which may have been a workhouse.  Stephen Collett from Bradford was 44, single, and a sawyer, while his mother Ann was 66.  Four and a half years later, the death of Ann Collett, aged 70, was recorded at Bradford-on-Avon (Ref. 5a 70/160) during the last three months of 1885.  The details for the couple two youngest daughters are as follows.  The baptism of Mary Jane Collett was conducted at Bradford on 4th November 1848, while the birth of Kezia Collett was recorded there (Ref. 5a 123) during the third quarter of 1857.  Kezia never married and was living in the Swindon area when she died at the age of 79, her death recorded at Swindon register office (Ref. 5a 7) during the third quarter of 1936

 

31P2 – Stephen Collett was born at Bradford-on-Avon in 1838

31P3 – Elizabeth Collett was born at Bradford-on-Avon in 1842

31P4 – Arthur Henry Collett was born at Bradford-on-Avon in 1844

31P5 – Mary Jane Collett was born at Bradford-on-Avon in 1849

31P6 – William Collett was born at Bradford-on-Avon in 1852

31P7 – Kezia Collett was born at Bradford-on-Avon in 1857

 

Mary Gisford Collett [31O3] was born at South Wraxall and baptised at St James Church in South Wraxall on 14th May 1815.  She was the third child of Harry Collett, a carpenter, and his wife Mary Gisford

 

Ann Maria Collett [31O4] was born at South Wraxall, where she was baptised on 4th May 1817.  She was the first child of Harry and Mary Collett not to be given her mother’s maiden name as a forename.  Perhaps, because she was a poorly child who did not survive, hence the couple’s next child was also given the name Ann

 

Ann Collett [31O5] was born at South Wraxall in 1819, another child of Harry and Mary, who was baptised at South Wraxall on 8th August 1819.  She was two years of age when she died and was buried at South Wraxall on 30th November 1821

 

Thomas Collett [31O6] was born at South Wraxall in 1821 and was only the second son of the first six children of carpenter Harry Collett and wife Mary.  It was on 12th August 1821 that he was baptised at South Wraxall.  Twenty years later, Thomas and his brother William (below) were still living at Upper Wraxall with their widowed mother Mary, when they were both agricultural labourers.  By a process of elimination, it believed that he was the Thomas Collett who married Sarah Pearce, the daughter of James and Sarah Pearce who was born at Poulshot, near Devizes, who was baptised at Poulshot on 20th October 1816.  Although no record of their wedding has been identified, it would have taken place later on during the second half of the 1840s, with their first child born in 1850 at South Wraxall.  That child was recorded with her parents at their home in Bradford-on-Avon in 1851

 

Thomas Collett was 28 and an agricultural labourer from South Wraxall, Sarah Collett from Poulshot was 30 and their daughter Anna Maria Collett was just four months old.  Staying with the family that day was niece Louisa Collett who was three years of age and born at South Wraxall, the daughter of Thomas’ younger brother William (below)

 

Shortly after that census day, the family moved to Yatton Keynell, where Sarah presented Thomas with four more children.  The birth of the first of those four children was recorded at Chippenham (Ref. 5a 47) during the last three months of 1852, after which he was baptised at Yatton Keynell on 10th October 1852, the son of Thomas and Sarah Collet.  Tragically, he did not survive, with the death of Philip Henry Collett recorded at Chippenham (Ref. 5a 2) during the second quarter of 1857, at the age of four years.  It was adjacent to Sidney Cottages on Biddestone Road in Yatton Keynell, that the family was living at the time of the census in 1861.  Thomas Collett from South Wraxall was 42 and was working as a quarryman.  His wife Sarah was 44 and her place of birth was recorded as Bromham which, like Poulshot, is also near Devizes.  Their four children were Anna Maria Collett who was 11 and born at South Wraxall, William Collett who was five, Elizabeth Collett who was three and Job Collet who was just one year old, all three of them born at Yatton Keynell

 

According to the next census in 1871, the family was then living at West Yatton in the parish of Yatton Keynell.  Thomas Collett was 52 and his place of birth was again confirmed as South Wraxall, when his occupation on that occasion was a stone-cutter and a quarryman.  His wife Sarah was 52 and from Poulshot, while the three surviving children still living with their parents were William Collett who was 16 and an agricultural labourer, Elizabeth Collett who was 13 and Job Collett who was 12 years old, who was already working as an agricultural labourer with his older brother.  The couple’s eldest daughter, Anna Maria Collett, had died during the previous year

 

Tragically, six months later, the death of Thomas Collett was recorded at Chippenham (Ref. 5a 32) during the third quarter of 1871, at the age of 53, following which he was buried on 13th September 1871, most likely at Yatton Keynell.  As a result of her loss, Sarah was recorded as a widow in the census of 1881,  when Sarah Collett, aged 63 and from Poulshot, was described as being ‘kept by her sons’, a reference to her unmarried sons William 26 and Job 22, who were still living with their mother in the hamlet of Giddea Hall in the parish of Yatton Keynell.  Completing the family on that occasion was Sarah’s grandson, Lot Collett, who was seven years old and also born at Yatton Keynell, the base-born son of her unmarried daughter Elizabeth

 

It may be of interest that living at Giddea Hall over forty years earlier was Hester Collett (Ref. 62L8) and her husband Henry and their family, Hester’s maiden name also Collett.  Hester died at Giddea Hall during January 1842, the marriage of Henry Collett and Hester Collett having taken place at Yatton Keynell on 27th October 1814.  In 2019, Don Cameron in Australia (Part 62) provided details of the 1840 marriage of Betsy Collett, the daughter of Henry and Hester Collett who was born at Yatton Keynell shortly after they were married, where she was baptised on 22nd July 1821.  There is still a mystery waiting to be solved regarding where Henry Collett, a master butcher, and his family came from and to which family they were related

 

Ten years later, the census in 1891, included Sarah Collett from Poulshot who was 73 years old, when she was still living at Slaughterford Lane in the hamlet of Giddea Hall, although, by then, all of her children had left the family home.  Instead, at that time in her life in 1891, she was described as a female companion to widow Ann Porch who was 90 years old and from Andover in Hampshire

 

31P8 – Anna Maria Collett was born at South Wraxall 1850

31P9 – Philip Henry Collett was born at Yatton Keynell in 1852; died in 1857

31P10 – William Collett was born at Yatton Keynell in 1855

31P11 – Elizabeth Collett was born at Yatton Keynell in 1857

31P12 – Job Collett was born at Yatton Keynell in 1859

 

Rachel Collett [31O7] was born at South Wraxall, where she was baptised on 13th July 1823, the fifth daughter of carpenter Harry Collett and his wife Mary Gisford.  At the age of 17, she was a servant at the Upper Wraxall home of her uncle Henry Gisford, a farmer, and his wife Ann, with Rachel’s widowed mother and two brothers Thomas and William living nearby.  Rachel was 26 in 1852, when she was a house servant with the Redman family at Seend near Melksham, while six years later the marriage of Rachel Collett and Joseph Viles was recorded at Bradford-on-Avon (Ref. 5a 215) during the third quarter of 1857

 

Two children were born to the couple, Rebecca Viles born on 28th March 1861 and Albert Viles born on 21st May 1863, who was baptised at Holy Trinity Church in Bradford on 19th July that year, or though no later record of the family of four has been found after that time

 

William Gisford Collett [31O8] was born at South Wraxall and it was there that he was baptised on 10th March 1825, one of the three surviving sons of Harry and Mary Collett.  As William Collett, he was 16 years old when he was still living at Upper Wraxall with his widowed mother Mary and his older brother Thomas (above), with whom he was working as an agricultural labourer.  It is speculated that he was married around 1847, when he would have been twenty-two, and that his wife gave birth to a daughter at South Wraxall during the following year.  According to the census in 1851, Louisa Collett was three years of age when she was living at South Wraxall with her uncle Thomas Collett and his family.  Having possibly lost her mother during her birth, it should be noted that the death of William Collett was recorded at Bradford-on-Avon (Ref. viii 203) during the fourth quarter of 1851, thus making her an orphan

 

31P13 – Louisa Collett was born at South Wraxall in 1848

 

Philip Gisford Collett [31O9] was baptised at South Wraxall on 3rd June 1827 and was only six years old when he died and was buried at South Wraxall on 10th May 1833.  He was the only child of carpenter Harry Collett and his wife Mary to suffer a young death

 

Ann Thirza Collett [31O10] was born at South Wraxall and was the last child born to Harry Collett, a carpenter, and Mary Gisford.  It was also at the Church of St James in South Wraxall where she was baptised on 24th April 1831, when she was one or two months old.  Upon her death at South Wraxall, Ann Collett was recorded as being eighteen months old, when she was buried there on 26th August 1832

 

Eliza Collett [31O11] was born at South Wraxall on 4th April 1813 and had a rounded age of 25 when she was living at Ivy Lane in Lower Wraxall, with her parents William Collett and Elizabeth Deverill, in 1841.  She was a school teacher and, it was during the following year, that she married Daniel Adams, from Atworth, on 28th August 1842.  The event was recorded at Bradford-on-Avon (Ref. viii 357). Daniel was a plasterer, as was his father Daniel Adams.  Their first child was born at South Wraxall during the next year and by 1851 their marriage had given them two daughters and two sons.  Furthermore, on the day of the census that year, their eldest daughter Charlotte Adams was seven years old and was staying with Eliza’s parents in Bradford-on-Avon, not far from her parents.  Plasterer Daniel Adams was 39, Eliza Adams, nee Collett, was 38, William Adams was five Daniel Urbane Adams was three, and Louisa Adams was still under one year old.  All four children had been born at South Wraxall.  By 1861, Daniel was 50, Eliza was 48, and sons William was Daniel were 15 and 13, both of them working as farm servants

 

By 1871 Daniel Adams was 59 and his wife Eliza Adams was 58 and a schoolmistress.  Two members of their family were living with them at South Wraxall on that occasion and they were their unmarried daughter Louisa Adams who was 20 and their grandson William Henry Adams who was six years old.  Five years earlier, their daughter Charlotte Adams, was one of the witnesses at the wedding of Thirza Anne Collett (Ref. 31O18) and Samuel Gale, which was recorded at Bradford-on-Avon in 1866.  A headstone in the churchyard of St James Church in South Wraxall confirms that Eliza Adams nee Collett died at South Wraxall on 3rd November 1895.  The inscription reads “A worthy instructress of children of this village ....  Many of her grateful scholars and other friends have joined the vicar and her sons in raising this memorial to a good and useful life”.

 

William Collett [31O12] was born at South Wraxall, where he was baptised on 1st December 1816, the eldest son of carpenter William Collett and Elizabeth Deverill.  By 1841, as William C Collett with a rounded age of 20, he was still living with his family at Ivy Lane in Lower Wraxall, when he was a carpenter like his father.  Three years later, during the third quarter of 1844, the marriage of William Collett and Ellen Cottle was recorded at Bath (Ref. xi 11).  Ellen Cottle had been born at Monkton Farleigh, where she was baptised on 18th March 1819, the daughter of Jeremiah and Ann Cottle.  The village of Monkton Farleigh lies three miles east of Bath and three miles north of Bradford-on-Avon, the latter being where the birth of their Monkton Farleigh born children was recorded

 

By the time of the next census in 1851, the family of William and Ellen Collett was living at Rubble Hill (Rubble Heap in 1861 and 1881) in Monkton Farleigh, where William from South Wraxall was 34 and a carpenter.  His wife Ellen from Monkton Farleigh was 32 and, on that day, William and Ellen already had four children, all born at Monkton Farleigh.  They were Edwin Collett who was five, Ann Collett who was four, Whyatt Collett who was three and William Collett who was two years old.  The family was supported by a general domestic servant, Mary Elliott who was 15 and from Bradford-on-Avon.  Not long after that census day, Ellen presented William with another son, Frederick, who suffered an infant death one year later

 

In addition to the birth and death of son Frederick, four more children were born into the family at Rubble Heap during the 1850s.  Therefore, the family was listed within the census of 1861 as still residing at Rubble Heap in Monkton Farleigh, where William Collett, aged 44 and from South Wraxall, was a carpenter, while his wife Ellen was 42 and from Monkton Farleigh.  Living with them were their eight surviving children who were all born at Monkton Farleigh, and they were Edwin Collet, aged 15 who was also a carpenter, Ann Collett, aged 14 who was a servant, Whyatt Collett, aged 13, who was still at school, as was William Collett who was 12, Thomas Collett who was eight and Helena Collett who was four.  The two youngest members of the family were George Collett who was three, while the couple’s youngest child was Mary Collett, who was one year old

 

Part of the family was still living at Monkton Farleigh in 1871, when William Collett was 56, Ellen Collett was 52, and the four children still living at home with them were Whyatt who was 23, Ellen who was 15, George who was 12, and Mary who was 10 years old.  By the time of the census in 1881, a much-reduced family was still living at Rubble Heap in Monkton Farleigh.  William Collett, aged 64 and from South Wraxall, was still working as a carpenter, and with him was his wife Ellen Collett who was 62.  The only child still living with the elderly couple was their unmarried son George Collett who was 22.  George was confirmed as having been born at Monkton Farleigh and his occupation was that of a carpenter, like his father William, and his older brothers Edwin and Whyatt

 

With their advancing years, William and Ellen were being looked after at their Monkton Farleigh home by their unmarried daughter Annie in 1891.  William was still managing to work as a carpenter at the age of 71, when Ellen was 69 and their daughter were the only occupants in the property.  It is possible that it was Annie who gave the census enumerator her parents’ ages, as they were both incorrect, with William being around three years older than stated.  Two years later, the death of Ellen Collett was recorded at Bradford-on-Avon register office (Ref. 5a 81) during the second quarter of 1893, when she was 74.  Having been widowed, and with his three eldest children living in Bath, it would appear that William moved there, to live with one of them for the last few years of his life.  And it was at Bath register office (Ref. 5c 368) that the death of William Collett was recorded during the fourth quarter of 1898 when he was 82

 

31P14 – Edwin Collett was born at Monkton Farleigh in 1845

31P15 – Ann Cottle Collett was born at Monkton Farleigh in 1846

31P16 – Whyatt Collett was born at Monkton Farleigh in 1847

31P17 – William Collett was born at Monkton Farleigh in 1849

31P18 – Frederick Thomas Collett was born at Monkton Farleigh in 1852

31P19 – Thomas Collett was born at Monkton Farleigh in 1853

31P20 – Ellen Helena Collett was born at Monkton Farleigh in 1856

31P21 – George Collett was born at Monkton Farleigh in 1858

31P22 – Mary Jane Collett was born at Monkton Farleigh in 1860

 

Rachel Collett [31O13] was born at South Wraxall in 1822, the youngest daughter of carpenter William and Elizabeth Collett, who was baptised there on 17th November 1822

 

Urbane Collett [31O14] was born at South Wraxall in 1824, the last child of William Collett and Elizabeth Deverill.  In 1841 he was 16 and a carpenter working alongside his father and older brother William.  It was also at South Wraxall on 13th August 1861, where Urbane Collett married Thirza Sophia Redman, the daughter of Thomas Redman, with whom he had two sons.  The event was recorded at Bradford-on-Avon (Ref. 5a 189), where the bride’s name was registered as Rudman.  It is therefore possible that Thomas Rudman, father of Thirza Sophia Rudman, was in fact the son of Thomas Rudman who married Mary Collett (Ref. 31N8) at South Wraxall in 1820

 

Urbane was a marine artillery man, based at Portsmouth, where the newly married couple initially settle, with their first child born at Portsea Island.  It was two years later that Thirza gave birth to their second child, his birth recorded at Bath, before the family of four moved to High Ongar in Essex.  Not long after the family arrived in High Ongar, the death of Urbane Collett was recorded there (Ref. 4a 52) during the third quarter of 1865.  Following his death on 23rd August 1865, his body was transported back to Wiltshire where a gravestone close to the rear wall of St James Church in South Wraxall records the death of Urbane Collett, together with those of his parents.  The epitaph reads as follows: “In Memory of William Collett died 28 May 1867 aged 83 and Elizabeth his wife died October 12 1865 aged 84 - Also Urbane their son who died August 23 1865 age 40”

 

On the occasion of the next census in 1871, Thirza Collett from Wraxall in Wiltshire was a widow at 38 years of age, when she was a schoolmistress who was living at High Ongar with her two sons.  They were William Collett who was eight years of age and born at Portsea, and Arthur Collett who was six years old and born at Bath.  During the next decade, her two sons left home to make their own way in the world, leaving schoolmistress and widow Thirza Collett, aged 49 and from Wraxall, living on her own at Paslow Common, High Ongar, in 1881.  Only son Arthur, has been positively identified in that year’s census, and he was living and working in the City of London, within the parish of St John Zachary, not far from St Paul’s Cathedral

 

It was just over nine years after that, when Thirza Sophia Collett nee Redman died at the age of 58, her death recorded at Ongar register office (Ref. 4a 163) during the third quarter of 1890.  During her life Thirza was a school mistress at Nine Ashes Infant School in High Ongar which was built in 1865.  In addition to this, the Kelly’s Directory in 1878 also confirmed that there was an average of 33 children at the school.  It is interesting that Elizabeth Adams nee Collett (above), the older sister of Thirza’s husband Urbane Collett, was also a school teacher, so perhaps they worked together at South Wraxall before they were married

 

31P23 – William Thomas Collett was born at Portsea in 1862

31P24 – Arthur Collett was born at Bath in 1864

 

Mary Collett [31O15] was born at South Wraxall in 1841, the eldest child of Thomas Collett and Sarah Humphries.  In the census of 1851 Mary Collett was 10 years old when she and her family were residing at Upper Wraxall in the village of Wraxall.  However, ten years later Mary Collett from South Wraxall was 19 when she was recorded in the Bridgwater area of Somerset.  No other member of her family has been identified within the census of 1861 except for Mary’s younger sister Thirza, recorded in error as Theresa A Collett aged 14, who was a nursemaid, living and working in the Wiltshire village of Box

 

Thomas Collett [31O16] was born at South Wraxall in 1842, where he was baptised on 16th October 1842, the son of Thomas and Sarah Collett.  He was eight years old in the 1851 Census for Upper Wraxall in the village of South Wraxall, within the Bradford-on-Avon South-Eastern registration district where he was living with his parents Thomas and Sarah, and the rest of his family.  Twenty years later at the age of 28 Thomas was living within the north-western registration area of Bradford which once again confirmed he was born at South Wraxall

 

It was four years later that he married (1) Martha Legg who was ten years younger than Thomas, Martha having been born at Annington-on-Avon (?) in 1852.  Their marriage was recorded at Bradford-on-Avon (Ref. 5a 210a) during the third quarter of 1875, when she was only 31.  According to the 1881 Census Thomas Collett of South Wraxall was 38 and was employed as a sawyer and parish clerk at Lower Wraxall, while his wife Martha was 28.  The marriage had produced four children for the couple by that time and all of them had been born at South Wraxall.  They were Thomas Jonathan (?) Collett who was four, Henry Collett who was three, Alice Collett who was two and William Collett who was just three months old

 

Less than four years later, the death of Martha Collett was recorded at Bradford-on-Avon (Ref. 5a 82) during the fourth quarter of 1884.  After two years as a widower, Thomas Collett married (2) Cecilia Ann Morris during the second quarter of 1887, the event recorded at Bradford-on-Avon (Ref. 5a 241).  Cecilia was the daughter of George Morris of South Wraxall and his wife Ann, with whom she was still living at Lower Wraxall in 1881 aged 28.  In the next two censuses of 1891 and 1901, Thomas and his wife Cecilia were still residing in South Wraxall.  In the first of them, Thomas was 48 and Cecilia was 38, when all four children from his first marriage were again living with him.  They were Thomas who was 14, Henry who was 13, Alice who was 12 and William who was 10 years of age

 

However, just after the turn of the century only Thomas, at the age of 58 and Cecilia, aged 50, were still living at South Wraxall.  The census of 1901 confirmed that Cecilia was born at South Wraxall like Thomas, who was working as a domestic gardener.  Their daughter Alice had left home to be married by then and two of their sons had moved to Yorkshire, where they were employed on the railway.  The couple’s other son Henry was still living locally in Bradford-on-Avon.  Eight years later, the death of Cecilia Collett was recorded at Devizes register office (Ref. 5a 48) during the third quarter of 1909, when she was 56.  Losing his wife may be the reason that Thomas has not been easily identified with the census of 1911, while it was after a further eight years that his death was recorded at Bradford-on-Avon register office (Ref. 5a 127) during the last four months of 1919

 

31P25 – Thomas Emanuel Collett was born at South Wraxall in 1876

31P26 – Henry Collett was born at South Wraxall in 1877

31P27 – Alice Collett was born at South Wraxall in 1879

31P28 – William Collett was born at South Wraxall in 1880

 

Sarah Collett [31O17] was born at South Wraxall at the end of 1843 and was baptised there on 5th January 1844, another child of Thomas Collett and Sarah Humphries.  She was six years old in the 1851 Census, when she was living at Upper Wraxall with her family.  However, no record of her or her family has been located in the census of 1861, nor has any record of Sarah been found in 1871, by which time she was very likely married

 

Thirza Anne Collett [31O18] was born at South Wraxall in 1847 where she was four years old in 1851, when living at Upper Wraxall with her parents.  In 1861, at the age of 14, when she was recorded as Theresa Collett, a nursemaid, who was living and working at ‘Henley’ in the Wiltshire village of Box, the home of the Pinchin family.  Five years later Thirza Anna Collett married Samuel Gale, the son of George Gale, at South Wraxall on 26th December 1866, when her father was confirmed as Thomas Collett.  Thirza had met Samuel while she was in Box, where he had been born, and with whom she had three children.  Their marriage was recorded at Bradford-on-Avon register office (Ref. 5a 275) during the last three months of 1866, when the witnesses were Charles Gullis and Charlotte Adams, the likely daughter of Elizabeth Collett (Ref. 1841/2) and Daniel Adams.  According to the 1881 Census Thirza A Gale, aged 34, and her husband Samuel, who was 39 and a stone quarry foreman, were living at 1 Bridge Cottages in Box.  Living with them were their two daughters Alice Gale, aged 12, and Sarah Gale who was seven and their son George H Gale who was 10, and all three of them born at Box.  Also living with the family was Thirza’s widowed mother Sarah Collett, aged 69, whose relationship to Samuel Gale as head of the house was that of mother-in-law.  Just under six years later, the death of Thirza A Gale was recorded at Chippenham (Ref. 5a 42) during the first three months of 1887, when she was 40 years old

 

Henry Collett [31O19] was born at South Wraxall in 1849, where he was baptised on 8th July 1849 and was one year old at the time of the 1851 Census.  On that occasion he was the youngest of the five children living at Upper Wraxall with his parents, carpenter Thomas Collett and his wife Sarah.  No other record has been found for Henry until the 1881 Census by which time he was married with three children.  During those intervening years Henry had married Elizabeth Drew on 27th October 1876 and shortly after their first child was born.  Although Elizabeth had been born at Marshfield in Gloucestershire in 1853, once they were married the couple lived at Bath, where their three children were born

 

According to the census of 1881, Henry and his family were living at 2 Yew Cottages in the Lyncombe-with-Widcombe district of Bath, just a mile from the city centre.  Henry of South Wraxall was 31 and was working as a dairyman.  His wife Elizabeth of Marshfield was 27 and listed with the couple were their three children Alice who was four, Thomas who was three and Frank who was just three months old, all confirmed as having been born at Bath

 

Ten years later the family still living at Lyncombe-with-Widcombe was Henry aged 41, Elizabeth aged 38, Alice aged 14, Thomas aged 13 and Frank who was 10.  It is this link to Lyncombe-with-Widcombe which may be the key to unlocking the family’s origins in the late 1700s and early 1880s.  The whole family was still living at Bath just after the turn of the century.  In the Bath census of 1901 Henry was no longer a dairyman, but was described as a farmer aged 51, when he was residing at Violet Bank Farm with his wife Elizabeth who was 48, and their unmarried children Alice aged 24, Thomas aged 23 and Frank who was 19.  Just a month earlier, Henry’s niece, Alice Collett, the only daughter of his older brother Thomas (above), died at Violet Bank Farm, where she had been working with the family.

 

It was four years later on 21st March 1905 that Elizabeth Collett nee Drew died at Bath, as confirmed by the census of 1911 in which Henry was a widower at the age of 61.  The census return also confirmed that he was a farmer who had been born at South Wraxall.  On that occasion he was living at Violet Bank Farm, Widcombe Hill in Bath, at the home of his eldest son Thomas Henry Collett and his wife and their three daughters

 

31P29 – Alice Elizabeth Collett was born at Bath in 1876

31P30 – Thomas Henry Collett was born at Bath in 1877

31P31 – Frank Albert Collett was born at Bath in 1880

 

Eliza Harriet Collett [31O20] was born at South Wraxall in 1852, the last child of Thomas Collett and Sarah Humphries.  She was baptised at South Wraxall on 7th March 1852, when her parents were confirmed as Thomas and Sarah Collett.  In the census of 1861, it was as Harriet Collett aged nine years that she was living with her family at Water Lane in Lower Wraxall.  She had not reach full age, when she married William Adams, the event recorded at Bradford-on-Avon (Ref. 5a 175) during the first three months of 1869, when she was around eighteen years of age

 

Thomas Collett [31O21] was born at South Wraxall in 1820 just after his parents George Collett of South Wraxall and Anna Collett of Holt, were married at Holt on 4th January 1820.  Anna was well advanced in the pregnancy on that day, the baptism of Thomas Collett being conducted just two months after, at South Wraxall on 5th March 1820.  Thomas was still living with his father at Upper Wraxall in the Wraxall Chapelry, Bradford in 1841, when he was 20 and was working as an agricultural labourer with his brother George and sister Sarah (below).  He was still unmarried in 1851 when he was 30 and he was still living with his father George at Upper Wraxall, where he was still employed as an agricultural labourer.  Living with him and his father, was his uncle William Collett and his two cousins John Collett and Jane Collett, they being the two children of widower William Collett.  It was three year later, during the fourth quarter of 1854, that Thomas Collett married Harriet Nate, the event recorded at Bradford-on-Avon (Ref. 5a 253).  It was on 1st October 1854 that they were married at South Wraxall, when Thomas’ father was confirmed as George Collett and Harriet’s father was named as Joseph Nate.  Harriet had been born on 13th December 1833, the child of Joseph and Ellen Nate.  It is interesting, that an alternative and contradictory marriage record at Bradford also carried the same reference number 5a 253, when the bride and groom were named as Harriet Slade and Thomas Collett

 

No positive sighting of the couple has been found within the census of 1861 and that may be because, at Bradford-on-Avon during the second quarter of 1859, the death of Harriet Collett was recorded (Ref. 5a 81), while previously, on 1st July 1856, Thomas Collett was laid to rest at South Wraxall, following his death being recorded at Bradford-on-Avon (Ref. 5a 68) during the third quarter of that year.  Unfortunately, neither record provides any indication as to how old they were when they died

 

George Collett [31O22] was born at South Wraxall in 1822 and was the son of sawyer George Collett and his wife Anna.  It was there also where he was baptised on 8th September 1822.  In 1841 George junior was living at Upper Wraxall in the Wraxall Chapelry, Bradford-on-Avon, with his widowed father and his older brother Thomas (above) and his sister Sarah, when he was 19 and an agricultural labourer, working with his brother and sister

 

Sarah Collett [31O23] was baptised at South Wraxall on 26th August 1827, the last child of George Collett, a sawyer, and his wife Anna Collett from Holt.  By the time of the census in 1841, Sarah Collett was 14 years old and was living with her widowed father at Upper Wraxall.  Also living there were Sarah’s two older brothers Thomas and George (above).  In 1851, unmarried Sarah Collett from South Wraxall was 23 and domestic servant at the Taunton, Somerset, home of the large Reeves family on Middle Street in the town. Just over three years later, the marriage of Sarah Collett, daughter of George Collett, and Arthur Waterfall, son of James Waterfall, took place at South Wraxall on 27th June 1854.  By 1861, Sarah had given birth to a son, when Arthur Waterfall from Gloucestershire was 33 and a confectioner, Sarah Waterfall from South Wraxall was 33, and their son James Collett Waterfall was one year old, were living at Marshall Street in Birmingham

 

Missing from the family in 1861 was their first child Edwin Collett Waterfall, who was born in Birmingham, like his brother James, in 1857.  Edwin’s place in the family was taken by the couple’s final son, George Arthur Waterfall, who was also born in Birmingham in 1862.  It was also in Birmingham, that the death of Arthur Waterfall was recorded (Ref. 6d 41) during the last quarter of 1869, when he was 41 years old.  Probate for his Will was resolved at Birmingham on 9th April 1870.  Sarah Waterfall was 63 when her death was recorded at Aston in Birmingham (Ref. 6d 221) during the fourth quarter of 1890

 

Walter Collett [31O24] was born during the month of January in 1831 at South Wraxall, where he was baptised on 13th February 1831, the last child born to George Collett, a sawyer, and his wife Anna Collett, who was Collett before she married George.  It was later that same year when he died and was buried at South Wraxall on 27th June 1831, when he was just five months old

 

JOHN COLLETT [31O25] was born at South Wraxall on 26th August 1833, the eldest known child of agricultural labourer William Collett and his first wife Jane Walters.  During the next year or so, John’s mother died, mostly likely in childbirth, after which his father re-married.  However, further tragedy struck the family when John’s stepmother Mary Ann Deverill also died during childbirth in 1837.  So, by the time of the census in 1841, John and his half-sister Jane (below) were living at Wraxall Chapelry, Bradford, with their widowed father.  By that time, even at the age of only eight and seven respectively, both John and Jane were recorded as being agricultural labourers, which very likely means that they did not receive a school education.  Living next door to the family of three was John’s uncle George Collett, and it was with him and his son Thomas that John and Jane and their father were living in 1851.  On that occasion ‘nephew’ John Collett from South Wraxall was 18 and was still working as an agricultural labourer, probably working alongside his father, while he was living at Upper Wraxall

 

During the next decade John moved to Daren Velen (now Darenfelen) in South Wales where he was a lodger at the home of widow Mary Jones and her son on the occasion of the census in 1861 when he was a coal miner at the age of 27.  It was just over a year later on 13th May 1862 at Bersheba Baptist Chapel in Llanelly when John, a bachelor and a miner of 28 from Daren Velen and the son of William Collett husbandman, married Mary Hannah Jenkins a spinster of Daren Velen who was 27.  She was born at Llanelly on 7th August 1835, the daughter of colliery worker Benjamin Jenkins who was one of the two witnesses at the wedding ceremony (Ref. 11b 220).  Both the bride and the groom were unable to sign the register, so made their marks, each with a cross.  One-year earlier Mary was employed as a mine tipper at Penffyddlwyr in the census of 1861.  It was also in Llanelly that the couple settled after they were married and there also where all of their children were born.  Up to the time of the census in 1871 Mary had presented John with four children, although sadly two of them did not survive

 

According to the census return that year for Slopes in Llanelly Hill in 1871, John Collett, aged 38 and from South Wraxall, was working as a coal miner.  His wife Mary was 35, and just three of their children were listed with them.  They were Mary A Collett who was eight, John Collett who was six and Jane Collett who was eleven months year old who had probably been named after John’s late mother and perhaps even his half-sister who was living nearby in Llanelly.  Staying with the family was Jane’s eldest son Tom H Collett from Wraxall who was 15.  Sadly, baby Jane died less than two years later

 

Three more children were added to the family during the 1870s, so by 1881 John and Mary had five children living with them at Slopes, Llanelly Hill in Llanelly within the Crickhowell registration district.  John from South Wraxall was 48 and a coal miner, his wife Mary was 45 and was from Llanelly, and their five Llanelly born children were Mary A Collett, aged 18, who was a general labourer, John D Collett who was 16 and a coal miner, William who was eight and Henry who was six, both attending school, and daughter Harriet who was four years old

 

Ten years later, John Collett from South Wraxall, was still living at Llanelly in 1891, when he was 58, his wife Mary was 55, and the children still living with them on that occasion were William Collett who was 18, Henry Collett who was 16 and Harriet Collett who was 13.  Tragically, over eight years later, Mary Hannah Collett nee Jenkins died at Gilwern, Llanelly, on 19th December 1899 at the age of 64, following which she was buried with her two young children in the churchyard of St Elli’s Church in Llanelly

 

By 1901 John Collett of South Wraxall was a widower at the age of 68.  Even at that age, he was still working as a coal miner and hewer, while he was still living at Slopes Houses in Llanelly with two of his unmarried adult children.  John Dd Collett was 36 and a coal miner hewer, and keeping house for him and his father was Harriet Collett who was 23.  Living in the house but one next door was George Collett (Ref. 1O69) from Painswick and Cirencester and his second wife Mary Ann Collett, together with George’s stepson John Pritchard, both men working as coal miners and hewers.  George and his family had also been living in the Clydach area of Llanelly since the late 1850s.  See Part 1 – The Gloucestershire Main Line 1800 to 1830 for details of his separate Collett family

 

During the next year John’s only surviving daughter Harriet was married, but died three years later.  By the time of the census in 1911, John was living in the Clydach area of Llanelly and Crickhowell at the age of 78, when he was described as a widower being dependent on his son. And it was his unmarried son John David Collett who was 46, the only person living there with John.  It was four years later that John Collett died on 2nd March 1915 when he was 82.  He was then buried at the Church of St Elli in Llanelly with his wife and their two children, where a single headstone marks the grave.  The headstone also includes the names of two grandchildren who died as infants prior to 1901 and, with a lack of any better information, they have been assumed to be the first two children born to their son Henry Albert

 

31P32 – Mary Ann Collett was born at Llanelly in 1863

31P33 – John David Collett was born at Llanelly in 1865

31P34 – William Collett was born at Llanelly in 1867

31P35 – Jane Collett was born at Slopes, Llanelly Hill, Llanelly in 1870

31P36 – WILLIAM COLLETT was born at Slopes, Llanelly Hill, Llanelly in 1873

31P37 – Henry Albert Collett was born at Slopes, Llanelly Hill, Llanelly in 1875

31P38 – Harriet Collett was born at Slopes, Llanelly Hill, Llanelly in 1877

 

Jane Collett [31O26] was born at South Wraxall where she was baptised on 26th July 1835 and was the daughter of labourer William Collett and his second wife Mary Ann Deverill from Winsley, who sadly died during childbirth in 1837.  It would also appear that she was named after her father’s first wife who also died in childbirth.  By the time of the census in 1841 Jane, aged seven years, was living at Wraxall Chapelry, Bradford, with her widowed father William and her older half-brother John (above).  Surprisingly at such a young age, Jane was already classed as an agricultural labourer

 

However, the position changed for her over the following years, when she and her family moved in with her uncle George Collett who was living next door to the family in 1841.  According to the South Wraxall census of 1851, Jane Collett, aged 15 of South Wraxall, was working as the housekeeper for her father and her brother, at the Upper Wraxall home of her uncle George and her cousin Thomas Collett.  She was still with her father ten years later, when the census in 1861 confirmed that she was 25 and living at Upper Street in South Wraxall.  The census that year raises a number of issues, the first being that living with Jane and her father were two grandchildren of William Collett, they being Tom Collett who was five and John Collett who was two, both born at South Wraxall.  Jane’s half-brother John was living at Daren Velen in South Wales on that day and was an unmarried man, who was described as a bachelor when he was married in 1862.  So, with her younger sister Anne (below) having died some years earlier, those two grandchildren must have been the base-born children of unmarried Jane Collett

 

It would appear that Jane left South Wraxall following the death of her father during the 1860s, to be reunited with her half-brother John, since it was there at Slopes in Llanelly Hill where John was living with his family in 1871, which included Jane’s son Tom H Collett who was 15 and from Wraxall.  Living nearby at Waenllapria in Llanelly Hill was Jane Collett who was 35, whose place of birth was given as Bradford-on-Avon.  On that occasion Jane was unmarried and was the housekeeper for widower Joseph Piner and his two children.  At that same time in 1871 her youngest son William J Collett, aged 13, was a general servant at Pippet Street in Bradford, the home of widow and retired publican Elizabeth Fielding

 

During the next decade Jane was reunited with her youngest son when he left Bradford to join her in Llanelly.  At the time of the next census in 1881, Jane Collett, aged 45, was living at a property referred to as Llamarch in Llannelly, with her coal miner son William J Collett who was 22.  Both Jane and William were listed in the census return as having been born at Bradford-on-Avon, with Jane also described in error as a widow.  However, it was after 1881 that she married widower Richard Bradley who already had seven children, because thereafter she was known as Jane Bradley.  In 1891 Jane Bradley was 55 and Richard Bradley was 57, when they were still living in Llanelly.  However, by 1901 Jane Bradley, aged 65, was a widow living at Llanelly

 

31P39 – Henry Thomas Collett was born at South Wraxall in 1855

31P40 – William John Collett was born at South Wraxall in 1858

 

Anne Collett [31O27] was baptised at South Wraxall on 10th December 1837, the daughter of labourer William Collett of Bradford Leigh and his wife Mary Ann.  Her absence from the family in the census of 1841 suggests that she suffered an infant death

 

William Collett [31O28] was born at Halifax during 1849 the only known child of George Collett and Susannah Child.  He was one year old in the Halifax census of 1851 but by 1861 he and his parents were living at Kirkleatham near Guisborough, Middlesbrough when he was 11.  It was at Guisborough that William was living with his parents in 1871 at the age of 21, while it was just over two years later that he married Emma Jane Storey.  The event was recorded at Guisborough register office (Ref. 9d 1027) during the last three months of 1873 when the two witnesses were John Hewison and Hannah Upton

 

By the time of the census in 1881 William Collett from Halifax was 29 (sic), while his wife Emma J Collett was 24.  Living with them at 25 and 27 Redcar Road in Guisborough were their three children who were Edith J Collett who was six, George W Collett who was four and Maud M Collett who was one year old.  Emma and her children were all born at Guisborough.  William’s occupation was that of a grocer like his father George, and he and his family were supported by Eliza Bennett, aged 15 and from Bransby in Lincolnshire, who was a servant at their home

 

Living in the premises next door, at 29 and 31 Redcar Road was the family of George Collett from Wortham in Suffolk (Ref. 20P14).  George was also a grocer who, at the age of 36, was married to Sarah Jane from Leeds who was 35.  Living with them were their five children, and they were Ada E Collett aged 11, Maria A Collett who was nine, Sarah E Collett who was six, Maud E Collett who was four and George E Collett who was two.  All of the children had been born at Guisborough and the family was support by servant Amelia Nincks who was 17 and from Germany.  See Part 20 – The Suffolk to Australia Line for further details of that family

 

In 1891, the family of William Collett from Halifax comprised William who was 41, his wife Emma who was 38, and their children Edith J Collett aged 16, George W Collett aged 14, Maud M Collett aged 11, Elizabeth E Collett who was nine, Ethel Collett who was five, Evelyn Collett who was two and Arthur Collett who was under one year old.  Emma was very likely expecting her last child on that day, as the couple’s son Arthur was born later that same year

 

By March 1901 William Collett of Halifax was 51 and was working as a house painter, while he was still living at Guisborough with his family.  His wife Emma J Collett was 48, and the only children still living at the family home with them were Edith Collett who was 26 and a cook/domestic servant, Ethel Collett who was 15, Evelyn Collett who was 12 and Arthur Collett who was 10 years old.  Ten years later in April 1911, William Collett of Halifax and his wife had left Guisborough in the North Riding of Yorkshire, and had settled north of the River Tees at Stockton, in the neighbouring county of Durham.  William was 61, his wife Emma Jane Collett was 58, and still living with the couple were their two unmarried daughters Ethel who was 25 and Evelyn who was 22, although it is established that Ethel was later married during 1916

 

Perhaps William later returned to Guisborough to be nearer his son and grandchildren, because it was at Guisborough that the death of William Collett was recorded on 14th March 1921.  At that time, he and Emma Jane were residing at 18 Chapel Street in Guisborough and it was to his wife that probate was granted in Yorkshire on 6th May 1921, William’s personal effects amounting to £1,260 11 Shillings 6d.  Emma Jane lived the life of a widow for a further ten years and she was still living at 18 Chapel Street in Guisborough when she passed away on 10th March 1931.  Emma Jane Collett nee Storey was 78 when her death was recorded at Guisborough register office (Ref. 9d 808).  Probate of her personal effects valued at £869 9 Shillings 9 Pence was granted at Durham jointly to her two eldest sons George William Collett, a tailor, and Arthur Collett who was a draper

 

31P41 – Edith J Collett was born at Guisborough in 1874

31P42 – George William Collett was born at Guisborough in 1877

31P43 – Maud M Collett was born at Guisborough in 1879

31P44 – Elizabeth E Collett was born at Guisborough in 1882

31P45 – Ethel Collett was born at Guisborough in 1885

31P46 – Evelyn Collett was born at Guisborough in 1888

31P47 – Arthur Collett was born at Guisborough in 1891

 

Mary Matilda Collett [31O29] was born at South Wraxall during the first quarter of 1840, her birth recorded at Bradford-on-Avon (Ref. viii 292), following which she was baptised at Holt on 9th March 1840, the eldest child of William Batten Collett and Sarah Penelope James.  She was described as being one year old in the 1841 Census for Bradford-on-Avon registration district which included South Wraxall. Towards the end of the decade the family moved to London and in 1851 they were recorded in the census that year at 20 Prospect Place in St Mary Stoke Newington, where Mary Matilda from Bradford in Wiltshire was 11 years of age.  The same census return also described Mary and her father and her brother William as being either blind, deaf or dumb.  The marriage of Mary Matilda Collett was recorded at Clerkenwell (Ref. 1b 610) in London during the first quarter of 1861, when she married Charles Simpson, although no record of the couple after that time has been discovered

 

William Henry Miles Collett [31O30], who was referred to as Henry, was born at South Wraxall in 1841, with his birth recorded at Bradford-on-Avon (Ref. viii 252) during the third quarter of the year.  It was also at South Wraxall that he was baptised on 21st October 1841, the eldest son of William Batten Collett and Sarah Penelope James.  At the age of nine years, William Collett from Bradford, Wilts, was living with his family at 20 Prospect Place in Stoke Newington in 1851, when he was described as being blind, deaf or dumb, as was his father and older sister Mary (above).  By the time of the census in 1861 he was 20 and an agricultural labourer living with his parents at the family home at Sewerage Cottage in Tottenham.  By the end of that same year William Henry Collett had married either (1) Esther Butler or Betsey Jones, the event recorded at Lambeth in London (Ref. 1d 629) during the last quarter of 1861.  However, it would appear that she presented William with his first child, but died either during the birth or shortly thereafter

 

Faced with a two-year old son to look after, William married (2) Elizabeth Page on 7th January 1864 at Christ Church with St Mary & St Stephen in Spitalfields within the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, the event recorded at Whitechapel (Ref. 1c 631).  The marriage licence confirmed that William Henry Miles Collett was 23 and a publican, the son of farmer William Batten Collett, and that Elizabeth Page was a spinster aged 26 from 30 Brick Lane, the daughter of carpenter Barlow Page.  The witnesses were William Bastin and Catherine Bastin, while it is significant that William was not described as a bachelor, nor was he named as a widower.  Virtually nine months later Elizabeth gave birth to the first of their two children, while a double tragedy struck the family around the time of the birth of the couple’s second child.  That was when William was once again made a widower, for the second time in just a few short years, and when his son and name sake William Henry Miles Collett suffered an infant death

 

It was therefore at the same church in Spitalfields that William then married (3) Mary Ann Herbert on 19th March 1867.  By that time widower William was 26 and was again named as the son of William Batten Collett, with Mary Ann being 31 and the daughter of Edward Herbert.  That marriage for William produced a further two children although, once again, the younger of the two children did not survive beyond a few years.  According to the census return for 1871 William Henry Miles Collett, aged 29, was living with his family in the Edmonton & Tottenham district of London.  His wife was Mary Ann Collett, aged 35, while just three of William’s five children were listed with the couple, when it is known that four of them were still alive at that time.  The three children were Sidney Collett who was nine, Ada Miles Collett who was three and Henry Miles Collett who was under one year old, all three of them having been born at Tottenham.  Where missing daughter Elizabeth was at that time is not known when she would have been five years old

 

Just after that census day the family suffered with the death of baby Henry Miles Collett, as a result of which there was only one child living with William and Mary in 1881, although it is established that another two were also still alive at that time.  The family of three was recorded as living at 2 Cambrian Cottages on Markfield Road in Tottenham in 1881, where William H Collett, aged 39, was an out of work publican who had been born at South Wraxall, his wife Mary A Collett was 48 and had been born at Ipswich, while previously absent daughter Elizabeth Collett from Tottenham was 15

 

The couple’s younger daughter Ada Collett was 13 and was recorded in that same census as living close by at the home of her grandfather William Collett at The Poplars, 9 Markfield Road in Tottenham.  Her occupation was that of dairymaid, so she was presumably working with her grandfather who was a dairyman, while their missing son Sidney was already working in a London Hotel.  Whatever happened to the family after 1881 is not known at this time, nor has their whereabouts been revealed in the next census of 1891.  What is known is that William Henry Miles Collett died when he was 56, his death being recorded at Edmonton register office (Ref. 3a 181) during the second quarter of 1897

 

31P48 – Sidney Collett was born at Tottenham, London in 1862

The following two children are from William H M Collett and his second wife Elizabeth Page:

31P49 – William Henry Miles Collett was born at Tottenham, London in 1864

31P50 – Elizabeth Collett was born at Tottenham, London in 1865

The following two children are from William H M Collett by his third wife Mary Ann Herbert:

31P51 – Ada Miles Collett was born at Tottenham, London in 1868

31P52 – Henry Miles Collett was born at Tottenham, London in 1870

 

Charlotte Louisa Collett [31O31] was born at South Wraxall, towards the end of 1842 with her birth recorded at Bradford-on-Avon (Ref. viii 257) during the last quarter of the year.  She was the daughter of William Batten Collett and Sarah Penelope James and was baptised at South Wraxall on 19th January 1843.  Shortly thereafter her parents moved to London where they were living in 1851.  However, Charlotte Louisa Collett had died two years earlier when she was nearly seven years old, her death recorded at Romford in Essex (Ref. 12 156) during the last three months of 1849

 

John Miles Collett [31O32] was born at 20 Prospect Place in Stoke Newington, London in 1851, with his birth recorded at Hackney (Ref. iii 240) during the first quarter of the year.  Shortly thereafter, John aged two months, and his family, were confirmed as living at 20 Prospect Place within the Hackney parish of St Mary Stoke Newington.  Thirty-one months later, John Miles Collett died and was buried at St John’s Church in Hackney on 30th October 1853, his death recorded under his full name at Edmonton (Ref. 3a 84) during the last two months of that year

 

Constance Jessie Miles Collett [31O33] was born at Tottenham, London on 27th August 1852, her birth recorded at Edmonton (Ref. 3a 125), another daughter of William Batten Collett and his wife Sarah Penelope.  Rather curiously, it was at Cheshunt in Hertfordshire where she was baptised on 26th September that same year.  Tragically, the death of Constance Jessie Miles Collett was recorded at Edmonton register office (Ref. 3a 86) during the last three months of 1853, where the deaths of her older brother John Miles Collett and her younger sister Charlotte Miles Collett were also recorded during the same quarter of the year

 

Charlotte Miles Collett [31O34] was born at Tottenham in 1853, her birth recorded at Edmonton (Ref. 3a 113) during the fourth quarter of that year.  With no baptism for her having been found, it is very likely that she died around the same with, particularly since her name was also given to the next daughter born into her family

 

Amy Charlotte Miles Collett [31O35] was born at Tottenham on 22nd October 1854, her birth recorded as such in the parish register for the Borough of Haringey, the daughter of William Batten Collett and his wife Sarah Penelope.  It was also at Tottenham that she was living with her family at the age of seven years in 1861 and again in 1871 when she 15 years old.  She was recorded simply as Amy Miles Collett when she married James Edward Watson at All Hallows Church in Tottenham on 16th December 1880.  The Haringey parish register confirmed that Amy was 26 and the daughter of William Batten Collett, while James, aged 25, was the son of John James Watson.  The marriage of Amy and James was recorded at Edmonton (Ref. 3a 341), while the baptism of James Edward Watson was conducted at the Church of St Sepulchre in the City of London on 29th June 1856, following his birth on 15th March 1856, the son of John James and Sophia Watson

 

Three months after their wedding day, James and Amy were living with Amy’s parents at The Poplars, 9 Markfield Road in Tottenham on the day the census was conducted in 1881.  James Watson was still 25 and a hairdresser who had been born within the City of London, while Amy Watson was still 26.  Over the following decade Amy gave birth to at least three children, with a big gap between the second and the third child, when perhaps there may have been a fourth child who did not survive.  All three children were born while James and Amy were still living in Tottenham, and it was there also that the family was still living in 1891

 

The census that year listed the family as James Watson, a perfumer, and his wife Amy from Tottenham, who were both incorrectly recorded as being 34, their daughter Hilda Watson was nine, son Leslie Watson was eight and Claude Watson was four years old.  Staying with the family on that day was the daughter of Amy’s older married brother William (above), niece Ada Miles Collett who was 21 and from Tottenham, who had no occupation, so was likely to be helping Amy with her young children or assisting her uncle with his perfumery business

 

During the following year another daughter was added to their family and two years after that Amy presented James with their last child, by which time the family had left Tottenham and were living in Hackney.  Their time at Hackney was short-lived because, in the March census of 1901, the family was residing at 8 Beaulieu Villas on the Seven Sisters Road in Stoke Newington.  Living there with the couple were their five children, the first four born at Tottenham and the last at Hackney.  By that time in their lives James from Clerkenwell and Amy from Tottenham were both 45 and described as living on their own means.  Their children were confirmed as Hilda Watson who was 20, Leslie Watson - who was 19 and a wholesale newsagent’s assistant, Claude Watson who was 14 - with no stated occupation so perhaps he was in his last year at school, Violet Watson who was eight and Lilian Watson who was six

 

Seven years later James Edward Watson passed away, his death recorded at Hackney register office (Ref. 1b 205) during the second quarter of 1908, following which he was buried at Abney Park Cemetery in Stoke Newington during the month of April that year.  It is interesting that the probate process provided information that he had addresses at 95 Stamford Hill and 25 Dalston Lane, Dalston in Middlesex and that he died on 26th April 1908 at 95 Stamford Hill in Stoke Newington.  His widow Amy Charlotte Miles Watson was named as the executor of his personal effects valued at £1,890.  That sad event may have been the reason why the family moved house and why Amy had to become the breadwinner for her family.  The census in 1911 placed Amy Watson, aged 57, living just five hundred metres from Stamford Hill at 32 Forburg Road in Stoke Newington when she was described as a widow and a wholesale newsagent.  Still living with her was her unmarried daughter Hilda who was 29, and her two youngest daughters Violet who was 18 and Lilian who was 16

 

Not long after the census day, Amy made another very local move, on that occasion to 32 Darenth Road in Stamford Hill.  Tragically, it was there that Amy Charlotte Miles Watson nee Collett, aged 57, died on 26th July 1911, her death recorded at Hackney register office (Ref. 1b 453).  Probate was granted to her daughter Hilda Mary Amy Watson, a spinster, for her personal effects amounting to £989 5 Shillings 10d.  The baptism records for her two sons are as follows.  Leslie Allan Wilfred Watson was baptised at All Hallows Church in Tottenham on 8th February 1883, as was his brother Claude Julian Samuel Miles Watson, who was baptised there on 21st April 1887

 

Francis James Miles Collett[31O36], who was often referred to as Frank, was born at Tottenham in 1857.  He was four years old and 13 years of age in the censuses of 1861 and 1871, when he was living with his parents at their home in Tottenham.  Six years later Francis James M Collett married Elizabeth Jane Atkinson on 27th January 1877 at Holy Trinity Church in Hoxton, the event record at Shoreditch (Ref. 1c 204).  The parish register for the Borough of Hackney gave their age as 20, when the father of the groom was William Batten Collett and the father of the bride was Walter William Atkinson.  The couple’s first child was born at Hoxton at the end of that same year, with their second child born a year after that, but sadly neither of the survived

 

By the time of the census in 1881, the couple and their third child were residing at 12 Bridport Place in Hoxton, overlooking Shoreditch Park, the home of the Atkinson family.  Head of the household was Elizabeth’s widowed mother Ellen Atkinson, aged 56, and with her were two unmarried daughters Ellen who was 27 and Alice who was 20.  Completing the family group was lodger Francis J Collett who was 24 and a packing-case maker and carpenter, his wife Elizabeth Collett who was 25 and a wooden box maker, and their four-month old daughter Florence Collett.  Every member of the household was confirmed as having been born at Tottenham

 

Five more children were added to their family over the next twenty years, two of them born prior to the census in 1891.  On that occasion the family was residing in Tottenham, where Francis Collett was 35 and a cabinet maker, Elizabeth was 36, Florence was 10, Matilda was six and son Leslie was two years old.  Elizabeth was expecting the couple’s sixth child on the day of the census, with another daughter being born just six weeks later.  Over the next eight years the couple’s final two children were added to their family.  All of this was verified in the next census conducted at the end of March 1901 when the completed family was living at 28 Steele Road in Tottenham.  Francis James Collett of Tottenham was 44 and a cabinet maker, his wife Elizabeth Jane from Shoreditch was 45, and their eldest child was Florence Amy Collett who was 20 and from Hoxton.  All of the other children had been born at Tottenham, and they were Matilda A Collett who was 16, Leslie Wm Collett who was 12, Edith May Collett who was nine, Lilian Penelope Collett who was six and Alice Elizabeth Collett who was two

 

Ten years later in April 1911 the family was still living in Tottenham, although by that time the couple’s eldest daughter had left the family home and was living and working nearby in Hackney.  The remainder of the family at Tottenham was recorded as Francis Collett who was 54, Elizabeth Collett who was 55, Matilda Collett who was 26, Leslie Collett who was 22, May Collett who was 19, Lillian Collett who was 14 and Alice Collett who was 12.  It was eleven years after that when Francis James Miles Collett died at the age of 65, his death being recorded at Edmonton register office (Ref. 3a 866) during the first three months of 1922.  Elizabeth Jane Collett nee Atkinson was a widow for the next six years and was still living in Tottenham when she passed away aged 72.  Her death was also recorded at Edmonton register office (Ref. 3a 704) during the first quarter of 1928

 

31P53 – Elizabeth Louisa Miles Collett was born at Hoxton, London in 1878

31P54 – Francis William Miles Collett was born at Hoxton, London in 1879

31P55 – Florence Amy Collett was born at Tottenham, London in 1880

31P56 – Matilda Ellen Miles Collett was born at Tottenham, London in 1885

31P57 – Leslie William Miles Collett was born at Tottenham, London in 1888

31P58 – May Edith Miles Collett was born at Tottenham, London in 1891

31P59 – Lilian Penelope Miles Collett was born at Tottenham, London in 1894

31P60 – Alice Elizabeth Miles Collett was born at Tottenham, London in 1898

 

Mary Arabella Collett [31O37] was born at Portsea in Portsmouth during either later 1852 or early 1853, since her birth was registered at Portsea (Ref. 2b 407) in the first three months of 1853.  Shortly after she was born, the family moved to London where, in 1856, they were living at 54 Hardwick Place in Plumstead.  Rather oddly she was referred to as Margaret aged eight in the 1861 Census and was living with her family at 20 Holywell Row in Shoreditch.  Ten years later, at the age of 18, she was listed as Mary, when she was still living with her parents who, by then, had moved to 5 Pleasant Row in Shoreditch St Leonards, from where she was working as a carpet sewer

 

It was at Shoreditch in 1872 when Mary married chair maker and cabinet maker William Augustus Cottle who had been born at Shoreditch in 1850.  Over the next nine years the marriage produced four children for the couple.  In 1881 the census revealed that the family was living at 31 Homer Road in Hackney, which was the home of Mary’s parents Andrew and Sarah Collett.  The census also confirmed that she was born at Portsmouth and that she was 28.  Her occupation at that time was stated as being that of a carpet sewer as it had been ten years earlier, that being the same occupation also taken up by her sister Sarah (below)

 

Mary and William’s first child was Andrew Cottle who was seven and named after his grandfather, who had been born at Shoreditch, followed by William Cottle who was three and named after his father, who had been born at the City Road Hospital in London.  In addition to them there were two further grandchildren who were both 18 months old and they were daughter Alice Cottle and a second William Cottle, and both of them had been born at Hackney.  It seems rather curious that the couple’s second and fourth child appear to share the same christian name being listed in the census as ‘William Collett’ and ‘Wm Collett’.  However, it was later confirmed they were William John and William Henry

 

The family was still living in Hackney on 28th October 1899, but on that date had moved to 2 Grove Passage off Mare Street, although no record of them at all has so far been found in the census of 1901.  The couple’s four children were Andrew Cottle who was born in 1873 at Shoreditch, William John Cottle who was born in London in 1877, Alice Cottle who was born at Hackney during September 1879 and William H Cottle who was born at Hackney in March 1881.  William John Cottle later married Elizabeth Rebecca who was also born in 1877, and by 1911 they were living at 19 Northampton Grove in Canonbury within the London Borough of Islington.  They already had four children by then, while staying with the family at that time was William’s widowed mother Mary Arabella Cottle who was 58 and a carpet sewer from Portsmouth

 

Charlotte Matilda Collett [31O38] was born at Peckham near Southwark in Kent during 1854.  In 1856 she was living with her parents at 54 Hardwick Place in Plumstead but by 1861 they had moved to 20 Holywell Row in Shoreditch where she was referred to as Blanche aged six years.  Ten years later as Charlotte Collett, aged 16, she was a resident of St Lukes in Finsbury.  Three years after in 1874 she married (1) Charles Pollikett at Bethnal Green.  He was the son of John and Hannah Pollikett and was born in the City of London during 1853.  In 1861 he and his parents were living at 2 Constitution Hill off Southwood Lane in Hornsey and ten years later they had moved to 5 Constitution Hill.  It was at that latter address that Charles and Charlotte made their home and it was there also where all of their eight children were born

 

According to the 1881 Census, Charlotte, aged 26 and born at Woolwich, was living with her husband Charles, aged 27, a domestic gardener who had been born at City Road Hospital.  Living with them were their first three children Edith Pollikett who was six, Frederick Pollikett who was four and William Pollikett who was 18 months old.  Also listed with the family was lodger and widower Alfred Pearl, aged 40, a harness maker.  In 1881 Charlotte’s mother-in-law Hannah Pollikett, a widow and a nurse of 66 years was a visitor at Seeley’s Farm in Back Lane, Streatham in Surrey, the home of cowman John and Eliza Hart

 

The family lived all of their life at 5 Constitution Hill in Hornsey as confirmed by the census returns for 1881, 1891 and 1901.  By the time of the latter census, Charlotte from Woolwich, who was 46 by then, had been made a widow by the earlier death of Charles Pollikett and still had her whole family living there with her, with the exception of her married son Frederick.  He had left the family home and was married to Alice Beatrice Housden and, at the age of 24, he was living at another address in Hornsey from where he was working as a toilet attendance at a local museum.  The Hornsey born children of Charles and Charlotte were Edith Pollikett born in 1875, Frederick Pollikett born in 1877, William Pollikett born in 1879, Arthur Pollikett born in 1883, Sidney Pollikett born in 1885, Walter Pollikett born in 1887, Herbert Pollikett born in 1890 and Ethel Pollikett who was born in 1894

 

Sometime during the first decade of the new century widow Charlotte Matilda Pollikett married for a second time in Edmonton when she became Charlotte Matilda Newman, the wife of Henry James Newman.  In the Edmonton census of 1911, the couple was residing in Hornsey where Henry and Charlotte were both 55.  Still living with Charlotte were five of her Pollikett children, and they were Arthur George who was 28, Sidney who was 26, Walter who was 24, Herbert who was 21 and Ethel Pollikett who was 15.  In addition to those five children, Henry also had his son William Newman still living with him at the age of 18.  Twenty years later the death of Charlotte M Newman was recorded at Edmonton register office (Ref. 3a 754) during the first three months of 1931 when she was 76

 

John Robert Collett [31O39], who was referred to in different ways during his life, was born on 21st March 1856, the son of Andrew Collett and Sarah Curnick.  At the time of his birth they were living at 54 Hardwick Road in Plumstead near Woolwich.  In the 1861 Census he was referred to as Thomas R Collett aged five years, when he was living with his family at 20 Holywell Row in Shoreditch.  By 1871 he and his parents had moved house and were living at 5 Pleasant Row in Shoreditch where he was referred to as John R Collett, aged 15.  Exactly five years later, and immediately following his twentieth birthday, he became a married man

 

He married Sarah Elizabeth Sharpington on 27th March 1876 at St Thomas’ Church in Bethnal Green.  Sarah was born in 1857 at St Lukes in Shoreditch and was the daughter of John and Frances Sharpington of 10 Hill Street in Shoreditch.  In the 1871 Census Sarah’s occupation was that of a domestic servant.  According to the next census in 1881 he was again named as Thomas Collett, aged 24, who had been born at Woolwich.  His occupation at that time was that of a French polisher.  His wife Sarah was 23 and of Shoreditch and was also listed as a French polisher.  Missing, was their son William Andrew Collett who would have been one-year-old.  On that occasion Thomas (aka John) and Sarah were living at 31 Homer Road, within the Hackney suburb of Homerton, the home of his parents Andrew and Sarah Collett.  It was also in Homerton, where all of their five children were born, with the first two certainly born at 31 Homer Road

 

It was in 1891 that John Collett was 35 and again working as a French polisher, when he and his wife Sarah, aged 33, were residents in the West Hackney area of London.  Living with the couple by then were their first four children.  William Collett who was 11, Sarah Collett who was eight, John Collett who was three and Henry Collett who was one year old.  It is also known that their son John had been born at 25 Homer Road in Homerton.  Just less than three years later, John Robert Collett died on 23rd January 1894 while he was living at 3 Haywoods Buildings in Homerton.  It is not known if he died before or after the birth of his final child.  However, following the death of her husband Sarah married (2) John Cook in 1896, with whom she had three more children.  By the time of the next census in March 1901 Sarah Cook, aged 43 and from Shoreditch, was living with her husband brick-maker John Cook, aged 44 and from Wandsworth, at 1 Suther Street in Hackney.  Also living at that address were the five Hackney born children of Sarah and John Collett, as well as Sarah’s three children by John Cook

 

Sarah’s eldest son William Collett, aged 21, was working as a glass blower, while his sister Sarah Collett, aged 18, was a Gladstone bag maker.  Sarah’s three youngest sons were listed as John Collett aged 14, Henry Collett aged 12, and Frank Collett who was six years old, and all of them were still attending school.  The three Cook children were twins Robert Cook and Thomas Cook, both four years old, plus Harriet Cook who was two years old.  Sarah’s daughter Sarah Matilda Collett had left the Cook’s family home prior to the census in 1911, presumably to be married, as had her son John George Collett

 

By the time of the census that year only Sarah’s three sons William, Henry and Frank Collett were still living with Sarah and John at 32 White Post Lane, Victoria Park at Hackney Wick, a five roomed dwelling.  Sarah Cook was 54, while John Cook was 57.  The couple had been married for fifteen years and John was a boot finisher from Salisbury in Wiltshire and Sarah’s place of birth was Shoreditch.  The five children of John Cook by his wife Sarah were Charles Cook, aged 28 and a glass bottle maker, Elizabeth Cook, aged 21 who was working in a jam factory, Robert Cook, aged 14 who was a printer’s boy, Thomas Cook, also 14 who was a printer’s joiner, and Harriet Cook who was 12 and still attending school

 

The three remaining members of the Collett family still living with the Cook family in 1911 were William Collett, who was 31 and a glass bottle maker, Henry Collett, who was 21 and a printer’s joiner, and Frank Collett who was 17 and a printer’s layer-on.  All three of them were confirmed as having been born at Hackney, as had all of the Cook children.  One other person was living with the family on that occasion, and he was one-year old Frank Cook from Poplar, who was described as the grandson of John Cook.  It was thirteen years after that, when Sarah Cook formerly Collett, nee Sharpington, died at Bow during 1924

 

31P61 – William Andrew Collett was born at Homerton, Hackney in 1879

31P62 – Sarah Matilda Collett was born at Homerton, Hackney in 1883

31P63 – John George C Collett was born at Homerton, Hackney in 1887

31P64 – Henry Francis Collett was born at Homerton, Hackney in 1890

31P65 – Frank Collett was born at Homerton, Hackney in 1894

 

Sarah Elizabeth Collett [31O40], who was also known as Elizabeth, was born at Town Street in Shepton Mallet on 23rd April 1858.  Within the first two years of her life her parents moved from Shepton Mallet to Clifton in Bristol and, shortly after, back to London, where they had lived before Sarah was born.  That was confirmed by the 1861 Census in which Sarah was three years old and was living with her family at 20 Holywell Row in Shoreditch.  Upon leaving school she took up the occupation of a carpet sewer like her older sister Mary Arabella (above).  She married Walter Clarence William Lifford on 22nd April 1877 at St Thomas’ Church in Bethnal Green, when her address was given as George Street in Bethnal Green.  Walter’s address was given as Cambridge Heath Road, also in Bethnal Green.  Walter was the son of Joseph and Amelia Jane Andrews of 9a Seabright Street in Bethnal Green, who was born on 26th March 1858 at 2 Wood Street in Clerkenwell.  He was baptised at St Thomas Charterhouse in Finsbury on 24th April 1859.  His first job was as an errand boy, but his later occupation was that of a French polisher

 

What is of interest is that in 1871 Sarah and Walter were neighbours and possibly childhood sweethearts.  The Collett family was living at 5 Pleasant Row, while the Lifford family home was at 4 Pleasant Row in Shoreditch.  Eight months after they were married Sarah gave birth to their first child while living in Shoreditch.  However, at the time the birth was registered, their address was given as 31 Homer Road in Hackney, the home of Sarah’s parents Andrew and Sarah Collett

 

In 1881 Sarah and Walter had moved back to Shoreditch where all of their other children were born.   Living with them at that time at 32 Union Street in Shoreditch were their daughters Sarah Amelia aged three years and baby Agnes who was seven months old.  By 1891 the family had moved back to Hackney and were living at 11 Bower Road where Walter and Sarah spent the remainder of their lives together.  In April 1911 Walter was 53 and Sarah was 52, and the only members of the family still living with them were Harry who was 24 and Jane who was 20.  It was over eleven years later that Sarah Elizabeth Lifford nee Collett died at 11 Bower Road in Hackney Wick on 3rd September 1922, the cause of death being valvular disease of the heart.  Walter Clarence William Lifford died very soon after his wife on 16th October 1922, by which time he was listed as living at 230 High Street in Hackney.  He officially died of pulmonary congestion from a throat wound caused by suicide whilst of unsound mind.  Perhaps he found it difficult to come to terms with the death of his wife only six weeks earlier

 

31P66 – Sarah Amelia Lifford was born at Shoreditch, London in 1877

 

William Andrew Collett [31O41] was born at Clifton in Bristol during 1860 and shortly after he was born the family returned to London.  For the census the following year, and under one year old, William was living with his parents at 20 Holywell Row and ten years later at 11 years of age they had moved again and were living at 5 Pleasant Row, both in Shoreditch.  By 1881 the family had left Shoreditch and had moved to Hackney and were living at 31 Homer Road where William was 20 and his occupation was that of a porter.  Shortly after that in 1883, William married Emily Smith at West Ham in London.  Emily was born in 1863 at Bow in London.  Their first child was born while the couple was living at Clapton, with all of their remaining children born at 229 Wick Road in Hackney

 

In 1901 the family had moved again and was living at 222 Morning Lane in Hackney.  The census recorded William aged 40 as having been born in Bristol and that he had changed his occupation and was a carpet planner, a trade allied to that of his older sisters who were carpet sewers.  The rest of his family living at Morning Lane comprised his wife Emily aged 37 who was born at Bow, and their daughters Emily aged 17, Isabella aged 13, Harriett aged 11, Maud who was four and Rose who was two years old.  Ten years later in 1911, William and his daughters were living in the West Ham area of London but, so far, no trace has been found of his wife.  William was 51, Emily was 27, Isabella was 23, Harriet was 21, Edith was 14 and Rose was 12.  What happened over the next twenty-five years is not known at this time, but it was at the South-Western register office for Essex where the death of William Andrew Collett was recorded (Ref. 4a 298) during the final three months of 1936 when he was 76 years old

 

31P67 – Emily Collett was born at Clapton, London in 1883

31P68 – Isabella Collett was born at Hackney, London in 1887

31P69 – Harriet Louise Collett was born at Hackney, London in 1889

31P70 – Edith Maud Collett was born at Hackney, London in 1896

31P71 – Rose Collett was born at Hackney, London in 1898

 

Henry John Collett [31O42] was born in the City of London in 1865.  In both 1871 and 1881 he was living in the family home at 5 Pleasant Row in Shoreditch and at 31 Homer Road in Hackney respectively, and while at the latter he was working as a carman’s van boy at the age of 15.  By the time he was 25 he was still single when he was living at 4 Union Street in Chatham in Kent from where he was working as a horse keeper in 1891.  Three years later Henry married Marion Rider in 1894 at Hackney with Marion having been born at Poplar in London during 1869.  Their first two children were born while the couple were living at Hackney, while the last three children were born at Stoke Newington

 

According to the 1901 Census the family was living at 26 Arthur Road in Stoke Newington from where Henry aged 36 was employed as a bricklayer’s labourer.  Marian was confirmed as being aged 32 and born at Poplar, while their children were Sarah Collett who was six, Marian Collett who was four, Edith Collett who was three, Henry Collett who was two and Andrew Collett who was one year old.  Tragically, for the young family, Henry John Collett died when he was only 44, his death recorded at Hackney register office (Ref. 1b 340) during the first quarter of 1909, but not before he had fathered two more children

 

By the time of the census in April 1911, Marion Collett was a widow of 46 (sic) who was working as a charwoman, while living in the Hackney area of London with four of her five children.  They were Sarah Collett who was 16, Marion Amelia Collett who was 14, as were Henry C Collett who was 12 and Andrew Collett who was 11.  The two new arrivals were Edwin Frank Collett who was eight and Eleanor V Collett who was six years of age, both of them born at Homerton.  Missing daughter Edith would have been thirteen years of age so, had perhaps not survived long after the day of the previous census

 

31P72 – Sarah Collett was born at Hackney, London in 1895

31P73 – Marion Amelia Collett was born at Hackney, London in 1896

31P74 – Edith Charlotte Collett was born at Stoke Newington, London in 1897

31P75 – Henry C Collett was born at Stoke Newington, London in 1898

31P76 – Andrew Collett was born at Stoke Newington, London in 1899

31P77 – Frank Edwin Collett was born at Hackney, London in 1903

31P78 – Eleanor Victoria Collett was born at Homerton, Hackney in 1905

 

George Collett [31O43] was born at Shoreditch in London during 1869, the son of Andrew William Collett and Sarah Curnick.  Two years after the birth he was living with his family at 5 Pleasant Row at the age of two, and ten years after that they were living at 31 Homer Road when he was11.  Both addresses were in Shoreditch.  Rather curiously, no obvious record of George has been found in any census after 1881, and only one other George, who was actually George Frederick Collett (Ref. 28O49) from Holborn, was born around the same time and he and his family can be found in Part 28 – The Faringdon Line

 

Rebecca Collett [31P1] was born at Bathford, near Bath in 1834 on an unknown father, the base-born daughter of Betsy Gisford Collett, who later married Job Smith in April 1840.  From then, Rebecca lived with her mother and stepfather at Colerne in 1841 at Upper House, when she was seven years old, and again in 1851 when she was 16, at Thickwood Farm.  By 1861, when Rebecca Collett was 27, she was still living with Betsy and Job Smith, but at Lower Street in Bradford-on-Avon.  It was only for the censuses conducted in 1871 and 1881 that she gave her place of birth as Bathford.  In the first of them, she was 34 (sic) and, by the latter, her mother had died, when Rebecca Collett was 47, with a six-year-old daughter Mary Elizabeth Collett, and was still living in Bradford with her stepfather, at Channels. 

 

Her base-born daughter was named after her grandmother (Mary Gisford) and her own mother, and was Rebecca’s third child born out of wedlock.  The first of them was Thomas Collett, whose birth was recorded at Bradford-on-Avon (Ref. 5a 122) during the first quarter of 1856.  He was baptised at South Wraxall on 9th March 1856 and was confirmed as the son of Rebecca Collett, but tragically suffered an infant death at the end of June that same year.  The death of Thomas Collett was recorded at Bradford-on-Avon (Ref. 5a 68) during the third quarter of 1856, following his burial at South Wraxall on 1st July 1856.  Less than four years after losing her son, Rebecca found herself with-child again and gave birth to another son, whose birth was recorded at Bradford-on-Avon (Ref. 5a 135) during the second quarter of 1870.  The baptism of George Edward Collett took place at South Wraxall on 5th June 1870, when his mother was again confirmed as Rebecca Collett.  That child, like her first, also did not survive and, died around eight months later, his death recorded at Bradford-on-Avon (Ref. 5a 98) during the first quarter of 1971.  He too was buried at South Wraxall, on 6th March 1871

 

Three years later, Rebecca gave birth to her third base-born child by an unnamed father, the birth of Mary Collett recorded at Bradford-on-Avon (Ref. 5a 134) during the last three months on 1874.  On the day she was baptised at South Wraxall, on 10th January 1875, Mary Elizabeth Collett was confirmed as the daughter of Rebecca Collett.  The next big event in her life, was the death of Rebecca’s mother Elizabeth, who died late in the month of March in 1881, just before the census day that year.  Towards the end of 1890, the death of Rebecca Collett, aged 56, was recorded at Bradford register office (Ref. 5a 74) during the last quarter of that year.  A few months later her daughter, Mary Collett was 16 years old, when she was working as a general domestic servant at the home of cabinet maker Charles Long, his wife and their five children at The Shambles in the centre of Bradford-on-Avon

 

Ten years later, in 1901, Mary Elizabeth Collett was a visitor at the Alderley home of the Hulance family, near Hawkesbury in Gloucestershire, where she was working as a general domestic servant at the age of 26, when her place of birth was curiously recorded as Bathwick, not far from where her late mother had been born.  The only other Collett living within that registration district, on that day, was an Emily M Collett who was 31 and the wife of Doctor Robert William Collett (Ref. 18P34) – as detailed in Part 18 – The Suffolk Line. Upon being married to Frederick James Rogers, aged 44 and the son of Samuel Francis Rogers, at Bishopston in Bristol on 18th November 1905, Mary Elizabeth Collett was 31 and gave her father’s name as Job Collett, aka her stepfather Job Smith

 

31Q1 - Thomas Collett was born at South Wraxall in 1856; died in 1856

31Q2 - George Edward M Collett was born at South Wraxall in 1870; died in 1871

31Q3 - Mary Elizabeth Collett was born at South Wraxall in 1874

 

Stephen Collett [31P2] was born at Bradford-on-Avon in either late 1838 or early in 1839, his birth recorded there (Ref. viii 258) during the first three months of 1839.  He was the eldest child of Henry Collett, a sawyer, and his wife Ann from Chippenham, and was two years old when living with his parents at White Hill in Bradford in 1841.  Ten years later, Stephen was 11 years of age when he still attending school in Bradford-on-Avon where his family was still living.  It was at Slades Brook in Bradford that the family was recorded in 1861, by which time unmarried Stephen was 22 and working as an agricultural labourer, possibly alongside his father.  His father died in 1871, but where Stephen was has not yet been discovered.  However, wherever he was at that time, he returned to be the only child living with his widowed mother in 1881.  Both of them were inmates, most likely in the workhouse at Westwood-with-Iford west of Bradford, when Stephen Collett was 44 (sic) and a sawyer, like his late father.  It was four years after that when his mother passed away, and only days later, the death of Stephen Collett was recorded at Bradford-on-Avon (Ref. 5a 70/180) during the last quarter of 1855 at an estimated age of 45

 

Arthur Henry Collett [31P4] was born at Bradford-on-Avon in 1844, his birth recorded there (Ref. viii 268) during the first quarter of that year.  When he was baptised at Bradford on 7th April 1844, the entry in the parish register recorded him as simply Arthur Collett, the son of Henry and Ann Collett.  In 1851 Arthur was six years old when living in Bradford with his family, but was absent from the family home at Slades Brook in 1861.  Approximately five years later, the marriage of Arthur William Collett and Harriet Hayward was recorded at Bradford (Ref. 5a 149) during the first quarter of 1867.  Harriet, the daughter of Daniel and Sarah Hayward, was some years older than Arthur, having been born around 1831, and already had a daughter born out of wedlock at Bearfield in Bradford in 1858.  In addition, and prior to their wedding day, Harriet had given birth to Arthur’s first child, although registration of the birth, or baptism has been found.  Once married, they continued to live in Bradford, where Harriet gave birth to at least two more children, two of them living with the couple in Bradford-on-Avon in 1871

 

The census that year recorded the family as Arthur Collett who was 27 and a labourer, Harriet Collett who was said to be 34 instead of 40, and their sons William Collett who was five and Henry Collett who was two years old.  Completing the family was Harriet’s daughter Emily (Hayward) Collett who was 13.  Ten years earlier, Harriet Hayward and her three-year-old daughter were living with Harriet’s widowed at Bearfield in Bradford-on-Avon, when Harriet was 29, having been 20 years of age in the census of 1851.  The third known child of Arthur and Harriet was born at Bradford during the summer of 1874 (Ref. 5a 121), who was six years of age in the Bradford census of 1881.  Sadly, when she was only two years old, the death of her father was recorded at Bradford (Ref. 5a 73) during the third quarter of 1876, when he was only 32 years of age, despite being recorded as 34 by his wife.  Arthur Collett was buried in Bradford-on-Avon on 18th July 1876

 

As a consequence, Harriet Collett was a widow in the census of 1881, when she was earning a living as a laundress at the age of 50.  Her unmarried daughter Emily Hayward was 23 and a cloth weaver in wool, and her two children by Arthur were Harry (Henry) Collett who was 12 and Sarah Collett who was six.  Missing from the family was Arthur’s eldest son, whose death was recorded at Bradford-on-Avon (Ref. 5a 83) as Arthur William Collett, during the first three months of 1881, when he was 15.  Just over three years later, the marriage of Emily Hayward and Frederick William Knott was recorded at Bradford (Ref. 5a 251) during the last three months of 1884. By 1891, it was only Harriet and her daughter Sarah who were still living in Bradford-on-Avon, Harriet being 60 and a retired laundress, while Sarah Collett was 16 and a quill winder

 

When Sarah Collett was 23, she married Herbert John Dainton, the event recorded at Bradford-on-Avon register office (Ref. 5a 165) during the first three months of 1898.  Three years after, widow Harriet Collett, aged 73, was living at the Bradford home of her oldest married daughter Emily Knott and her husband and their two children.  Five years later, the death of Harriet Collett was recorded at Bradford-on-Avon register office (Ref. 5a 75) during the fourth quarter of 1906, when she was said to be 78

 

31Q4 – William Collett was born at Bradford-on-Avon in 1866

31Q5 – Henry Collett was born at Bradford-on-Avon in 1868

31Q6 – Sarah Collett was born at Bradford-on-Avon in 1874

 

William Collett [31P6] was born at Bradford-on-Avon, where his birth was recorded (Ref. 5a 140) during the first quarter of 1852.  It was also at Bradford that he was baptised there on 13th April 1852, another son of Henry and Ann Collett.  He and his family were living at Slades Brook in Bradford in 1861, when William was nine years of age, and was 19 years old and working as a labourer at Bradford ten years later, when he was still with his family.  Four years later, the marriage of William Collett and Emma Gulliford was recorded at Bath (Ref. 5c 983) during the second quarter of 1875.  At the start of the next decade William and Emma and their first child were living at Corn Street in Bath in 1881.  William Collett from Bradford was 29 and again employed as a labourer, his wife Emma from Bath was 30, and daughter Lucy Collett was not yet one-year-old, although she was later referred to as Louisa A Collett

 

No more children were added to the family and, during the 1880s, William took over the management of an inn at Bath.  That was also the situation in 1891, when William Collett was 39 and a licenced refreshment house keeper, who also took in boarders.  Emma Collett was 30 and their only child was Louisa A Collett who was 10 years of age.  Two years after that census day, the death of William Collett was recorded at Bath (Ref. 5c 392) during the second quarter of 1893, when he was 41.  Tragically for their daughter, it was just less than two years as a widow, when the death of Emma Collett was recorded at Bath (Ref. 5c 476) during the first three months of 189, at the age of 43

 

31Q7 – Louisa Ann Collett was born at Bath in 1880 Qrt 3 (Ref. 5c 621)

 

Anna Maria Collett [31P8] was born at South Wraxall towards the end of 1850, the eldest child of Thomas Collett and his wife Sarah Collett from Poulshot, near Devizes.  Her birth was recorded at Bradford-on-Avon (Ref. 8 300) during the first three months of 1851 and she was four months old on the day of the census in 1851.  It was during the following week that Anna Maria Collett was baptised at South Wraxall on 6th April 1851, the daughter of Thomas and Sarah Collett.  Later that same year her father’s work resulted in a family move to Yatton Keynell, where her four younger siblings were born.  In 1861 Anna Maria Collett was 10 years old and living with her family on Biddestone Road in Yatton Keynell.  It is not clear where she was nine years later, but the death of Anna Maria Collett was recorded at Devizes (Ref. 5a 69) during the second quarter of 1870, when she was only 20 years of age

 

William Collett [31P10] was born at Yatton Keynell in 1855, the eldest son of Thomas and Sarah Collett, whose birth was recorded at Chippenham (Ref. 5a 37) during the second quarter of the year.  It was also at Yatton Keynell that he was baptised on 22nd July 1855.  He was five years old and 16 years old in the two census records for Yatton Keynell in 1861 and 1871.  On the latter occasion, he was working as an agricultural labourer but, upon the death of his father during the 1870s, it would appear that William took on his work as a quarryman.  He was still unmarried by the time of the census in 1881 when he was still living with his mother and younger brother Job Collett (below) at Giddea Hall in Yatton Keynell.  The census confirmed that he was a stone quarryman aged 26 from Yatten Keynell, and that he and his brother, were supporting their widowed mother.  No record of William Collett has been found after 1881

 

Although not proved, it is possible that William married Emily Jane Bath, the event recorded at Chippenham (Ref. 5a 131) during the last three months of 1887.  However, no record of William or Emily Jane has been found after that day

 

Elizabeth Collett [31P11] was born at Yatton Keynell near the end of 1857 and was the youngest of the two known daughters of Thomas and Sarah Collett.  Her birth was recorded at Chippenham (Ref. 5a 45) during the first quarter of 1858 and was baptised at Yatton Keynell on 4th April that year.  She was three years old in 1861 and was 13 years old in 1871 when she was still attending the village school at West Yatton.  By 1881, at the age of 23, Elizabeth Collett from Yatten Keynell was working as a domestic servant at the vicarage in Sutton Benger, to the north of Chippenham, the home of Frederick Griffiths, the Curate of Sutton Benger.  The baptism record, at Yatton Keynell, for her son Lot Collett on 22nd February 1874, named the boy’s parents as just Elizabeth Collett.  What is perhaps a little surprising is that Elizabeth must have been only sixteen years old when she conceived

 

The birth of her son Lot Collett was recorded at Chippenham (Ref. 5a 57) during the first quarter of 1874 and, by 1881, Lot Collett of Yatton Keynell was seven years old when he was living with his grandmother Sarah Collett at Giddea Hall.  Whether he was ever reunited with his mother is not known, since he was only ten years old when his death was recorded at Chippenham (Ref. 5a 37) during the first quarter of 1884

 

31Q8 - Lot Collett was born at Yatton Keynell in 1874

 

Job Collett [31P12] was born at Yatton Keynell in 1859, the youngest of the four known children of Thomas and Sarah Collett, whose birth was recorded at Chippenham (Ref. 5a 39) during the fourth quarter of that year.  He was baptised at Yatton Keynell on 27th May 1860 and was one year old in 1861, and was 12 years old in 1871 when he was working as an agricultural labourer, while he was still living at Yatton Keynell with his family.  Ten years later, and following the death of his father, Job Collett was 22 and a general labourer while he was living with his widowed mother, for whom he was providing financial supporting together with his older brother William (above)

 

Job was thirty when he married Alice Sheppard, the event recorded at Chippenham (Ref. 5a 129) during the second quarter of 1890.  The couple’s first child was born immediately prior to the census day in 1891 when Job Collett was 30 and an agricultural labourer of Yatton Keynell and his wife Alice from Marshfield in Gloucestershire who was 22.  Their daughter was described as ‘a female child - name not known, born at Yatton Keynell’, with the parents still to decide upon a name for the child.  It was two years later that the couple’s second child was born at Yatton Keynell and, a year later, twins were added to the family.  Tragically, around the time of the birth of the twins, the death of Job Collett was recorded at Chippenham (Ref. 5a 33) during the last three months of 1894 when he was only 35 years of age.  Nearly three years after losing her husband, Alice Collett, widow, married widower George Hayes of Chippenham, their wedding recorded at Chippenham register office (Ref. 5a 124) during the third quarter of 1897.  George was many years older than Alice and still had a son, Dan Hayes, living with him at Cattle Lane in Biddestone on the day of the census in 1901

 

The census return that year listed the family as George Hayes who was 52 and working at Stam Mills, his new wife Alice Hayes, also from Chippenham, was 33 and his son Dan Hayes from Yatton Keynell who was 13.  All four children of the late Job Collett, were also recorded with the surname Hayes and they were Mabel Hayes who was 10, Wilfred Hayes who was eight, and the twins Alfred and William Hayes, all four of them born at Yatton Keynell.  Completing the family was Alice’s latest child fathered by George Hayes and he was Maurice Hayes, not yet one year old, who had been born after the couple had settled in Biddestone.  He was the first of George and Alice’s five children.  The family remained at Biddestone until after the fifth child had been born, after which the young family moved to Long Dean, a hamlet to the west of Yatton Keynell and south of Castle Combe

 

According to the next census in April 1911 the enlarged Hayes family was residing in a seven-roomed property at Long Dean near Yatton Keynell.  George Hayes was a farm labourer at the age of 63 and the census return confirmed Alice Hayes, aged 43, had been married to George for fourteen years and that during her life she had given birth to eight children, of which two had already died.  On that occasion Alice’s place of birth was recorded as Ashwick, an area within Marshfield, South Gloucestershire.  Living with the couple that day was Alice’s eldest son by Job Collett, who was listed as Wilfred H Collett aged 18, who was working as a farm labourer, mostly likely with his stepfather.  The H in his name may have been the start of the word Hayes, which was crossed through.  Alice’s five surviving children by her second husband were Maurice Charles Hayes 10, Frederick Georges Hayes nine, Herbert Edwin Hayes seven, Allen Hayes three and Katherine Norah Hayes who was two.  The two deceased children were Frederick George Hayes (born Qtr2 1901, died Qtr4 1901) and Alice Laura Hayes (born Qtr4 1907, died Qtr4 1908), the latter being the twin sister of Allen Hayes.  By that time Alice’s three other Collett children were making their own way in world

 

31Q9 - Florence Mabel Hannah Collett was born at Yatton Keynell in 1891

31Q10 - Edward Wilfred Collett was born at Yatton Keynell in 1893

31Q11 - Alfred Job Collett was born at Yatton Keynell in 1894

31Q12 - Ernest William Collett was born at Yatton Keynell in 1894

 

Edwin Collett [31P14] was born at Monkton Farleigh during 1845, the eldest child of carpenter William Collett his wife Ellen Cottle, who was baptised there on 10th August 1845.  The birth of Edwin Collett was recorded at Bradford-on-Avon (Ref. viii 354) during the third quarter of that year.  By the time of the census in 1851, Edwin from Monkton Farleigh was listed as being aged five years, when he was living at Rubble Hill in Monk Farleigh.  Ten years later, in 1861, he was 15 and had already left school and was working with his father as a carpenter.  On both occasions he was living with his family in Monkton Farleigh and, for the latter, their dwelling was described as being at Rubble Heep

 

It seems likely that it was his occupation as a carpenter that resulted in him travelling around a lot to find work and, at the time of the next census in 1871, Edwin Collett aged 25 and from Monkton Farleigh, was a lodger and a trainee with bootmaker Thomas W Smith within the Bath & Abbey registration district of Somerset.  Around thirty months after that census day, the marriage of Edwin Collett and Mary Ann Gane was recorded at Bath (Ref. 5c 1151) during the last three months of 1873.  Mary Ann was born at Bath, the daughter of William and Ann Gane.  It was also at Bath, where their first child was born and within a year, the family of three had moved to Bristol, where their second child was born, before returning to the Walcot area of Bath for the birth of their last two children.  It is possible that it was during those years in the late 1870s that Edwin suffered an accident that rendered him blind, which forced him to give up his work as a bootmaker or a carpenter

 

According to the 1881 Census, Edwin and Mary Ann Collett were living at 7 Dover Terrace in the Walcot district of Bath.  The census return, on that occasion, confirmed that Edwin Collett was 35 and had been born at Monkton Farleigh, and described him as being blind and an out of work carpenter.  His wife was 31 and her place of birth was confirmed as Bath.  The couple’s three sons at that time were listed as William H Collett who was six years old and born at Bath, Edwin G Collett who was four and born at Bristol, and Reginald H Collett who was ten months old, who had also been born at Bath

 

With Edwin unable to earn a wage, his wife Mary Ann was the income provider through her work as a milliner.  The family also took in lodgers to supplement Mary’s income and, living with them at that time, was lodger and bird stuffer Julia Stower aged 24 from Box.  The couple’s fourth son was born during the following year, when the family was still living at Walcot in Bath.  Sometime after 1882 and before Christmas Day in 1887, the family moved from 7 Dover Terrace to nearby 2 Snow Hill, still in the Walcot area of the City of Bath.  And it was there that Edwin Collett died on 25th December 1887, his death, at the age of 42, recorded at Bath (Ref. 5c 399).  The Will of Edwin Collett of 2 Snow Hill was proved at Bristol on 30th April 1888, when his widow was named as Mary Anne Collett of 2 Myrtle Place, Walcot, who was the sole executor of his personal estate amounting to £50 6 Shillings

 

By the time of the next census in 1891 his widow and three of his four sons were still living at 2 Myrtle Place in Walcot.  Mary Ann Collett was 41 and a milliner, William H Collett was 16, Edwin G Collett was 14 and Arthur T Collett was eight years old.  Staying with the family that day, was Mary Ann’s younger sister Emma Gane who was 32.  By 1901, Mary A Collett from Bath, was 51 years old and a widow who was continuing her occupation as a milliner, while still living in Bath.  With her was her youngest son Arthur Collett who was 18 and also born at Bath.  Mary Ann Collett was again recorded as living at Bath in April 1911 when she was 61.  And it was while she was living at 6 Highbury Terrace in Bath during October 1917 that she received the tragic news of the death of her youngest son Arthur who was killed at Ypres in the Great War

 

The death of Mary Anne Collett, the former wife of Edwin Collett, was recorded at Bath register office (Ref. 5c 593) during the second quarter of 1934, when she was 84.  An obituary published at that time confirmed the date of her passing as 2nd June 1934, the widow of Edwin Collett deceased

 

31Q13 – William Herbert Collett was born at Bath in 1874

31Q14 – Edwin George Collett was born at Bristol in 1876

31Q15 – Reginald Harry Collett was born at Walcot, Bath in 1880

31Q16 – Arthur Thomas Collett was born at Walcot, Bath in 1882

 

Ann Cottle Collett [31P15] was born at Monkton Farleigh in 1846, where she was baptised on 9th August 1846, the daughter of William and Ellen Collett.  Her birth, as simply Ann Collett, was recorded at Bradford-on-Avon (Ref. viii 267) during the third quarter of 1846.  She was four years old in the Monkton Farleigh census of 1851 when she was one of four children living there at Bubble Hill with her parents.  Ten years later, in the Monkton Farleigh census of 1851, she was still living there at Rubble Heep with her family when she was 14 years old.  At the age of 24, Ann Collett from Monkton Farleigh was still a spinster, when she was working as a dressmaker and was one of five servants at the Abbots Leigh home, near Bristol, of alderman and solicitor Henry Abbot, his wife and children.  Ten years later, the census in 1881 recorded her as housemaid Annie Collett aged 35, when she was living and working at the home of George R Woodward, a magistrate, alderman and vinegar maker of 1 Cornwallis Grove in Clifton, Bristol

 

It is evident that she never married and, by 1891, Annie Collett aged 44 was back at Monkton Farleigh with her elderly parents.  It is likely that she was looking after them in their old age, since she was not credited with any occupation or job of work.  Shortly after that census day, first her mother passed away at Monkton Farleigh, followed a few years later by her father.  Upon the death of her mother, Annie and her father moved into nearby in Bath where, the death of her father was recorded and where Annie was living in 1901.  By that time in her life Anne Collett from Monkton Farleigh was 54 when she was living and working at Bath, within the Bathwick parish of St John the Baptist, where she was the housekeeper at the home of 51-year-old bachelor Frank Beck from Exeter who was a coach builder’s manager

 

It is not known as to the state of her relationship with Frank Beck, except that they were still living together in Bath in 1911, but at 6 Norfolk Buildings in the St Michael district of Bath, the home of Harry Pym.  He was 57 years of age and a leather harness maker from Combe St Nicholas near Chard, whose wife Jane Elizabeth Pym had died in 1904.  On that occasion, Harry had living there with him, Elizabeth Ann Collett from Truro who was 54 and described as being a fruiterer and a florist up until 1909.  Completing the household was Ann Collett from Monkton Farleigh aged 64 and a retired housekeeper and Frank Beck who was 62 and a retired manager of a local coach builder.  It is very interesting that Ann Collett was recorded as being the sister-in-law in Elizabeth Ann Collett, who is now know to be the widow of Ann’s youngest brother George Collett (below)

 

Harry Pym died the following year and three years later, the death of Frank Beck was recorded at Bath register office in early 1915.  Ann remained living in Bath for the rest of her life, perhaps even with her sister-in-law Elizabeth, and it was at Bath register office (Ref. 5c 565) that the death of Ann Collett was recorded during the last quarter of 1931, at the age of 85.  Elizabeth had also died there, earlier that same year

 

Whyatt Collett [31P16] was born at Monkton Farleigh, where he was baptised on 14th November 1847, the son of William and Ellen Collett.  It was at Bubble Hill that he and his family were living in 1851 and at Rubble Heep in Monkton Farleigh in 1861 when he was 13 and still attending the village school.  It was there also that he was living ten years later in 1871 when he was 23.  Two years later, the marriage of Whyatt Collett and Jane Goldstone was recorded at Bradford-on-Avon (Ref. 5a 295) during the fourth quarter of 1873.  Jane was born at Churchill in 1844, the daughter of John and Eliza Goldstone.  By the time of the census in 1881, Whyatt Collett was 33 and a carpenter like his father and eldest brother Edwin (above), when he was living at 8 Lambridge Street in the Walcot district of Bath.  Living with him was his wife Jane Collett, aged 37, who was confirmed as having been born at Churchill in Somerset.  Listed with the couple were their three sons Edgar Collett, who was six years old and from Atworth, Whyatt Collett, who was three years of age and from Frankleigh in Bradford-on-Avon, and Frederick Collett, who was one year old and born at Walcot.  The final member of the household was their daughter Frances Collett who was five years old and also born at Frankleigh

 

Three more children were added to the family over the next ten years and, sometime between 1884 and 1888, the family left Walcot and were recorded as living at West Avenue in Twerton to the west of Bath, in 1891.  That year’s census recorded the family as Whyatt Collett aged 43 and a carpenter, Jane Collett aged 47 and their children Edgar W Collett who was 16, Frances E Collett who was 15, Whyatt Collett who was 12, Frederick J Collett who was nine, Sidney Collett who was eight, Albert Collett who was five and Helen who was four years old

 

After the turn of the century they were still living at West Avenue in Twerton, where 53-year-old Whyatt Collett was employed as a carpenter and a binder.  Jane was then 57 when just five of their children were still living in the family home with them, and they were Whyatt Collett aged 23, Frederick J Collett aged 21, Sidney Collett aged 18, Albert E Collett aged 16 and Helen Collett who was 14 years of age.  The Bath census of 1911 confirmed that Whyatt and Jane had been married for 37 years and that they were living at 106 West Avenue in Twerton.  Carpenter and joiner Whyatt Collett of Monkton Farleigh was 63 and working within the building industry, while his wife Jane Collett from Churchill near Weston-Super-Mare in Somerset was 67.  The only member of their family still living with them at that time was their married son Whyatt Collett who was 33 and a house painter and decorator

 

Fifteen years later, the death of Whyatt Collett was recorded at Bath register office (Ref. 5c 638) during the second quarter of 1926, when he was 78 years old.  It was during the following year that his widow died on 8th August 1927, her death recorded at Bath register office (Ref. 5c 510), when she was 83.  Settlement of her estate took a while for some reason, and was resolved at Bath on 25th February 1928 in favour of beneficiaries Whyatt Collett and Frederick John Collett

 

31Q17 – Edgar William Collett was born at Atworth in 1874

31Q18 – Frances Eliza Collett was born at Frankleigh in 1876

31Q19 – Whyatt Collett was born at Frankleigh in 1877

31Q20 – Frederick John Collett was born at Walcot, Bath in 1879

31Q21 – Sydney James Collett was born at Walcot, Bath in 1882

31Q22 – Albert Edward Collett was born at Walcot, Bath in 1884

31Q23 – Helen Edith Collett was born at Twerton, Bath in 1887

 

William Collett [31P17] was born at Monkton Farleigh in 1849, where he was baptised on 13th May 1849.  He was living with his family at Bubble Hill in 1851 and at Rubble Heep in 1861, at the age of two and 12.  Just after he was twenty years of age, he married Harriet who was eight years older than William, she having been born in London in 1840.  Although no picture of William Collett has been unearthed to date, the smart young lady shown below is believed to be his wife, Harriet ‘Hetty’ Collett, the photograph possibly being taken on her wedding day.  The eldest daughter of married Florence Collett (Ref. 31R24) from Bath was Olive L Fry, also born there in 1928, who remembers visiting her ninety-year-old Great Aunt Hetty Collett during the early half of the 1930s, which ties in with the fact that Hetty Collett passed away during 1934 aged 93.  It was Olive’s son, Paul Martin, who provided some family details in 2014

 

 

The early married years for the couple were spent in London, initially at Putney where their first child was born, and later at Hoxton just north of Shoreditch.  Like many of the Collett men in this family line, William was a carpenter and joiner and it was his work that then took him to Birmingham, where the couple’s third child was born.  From the later census in 1911 is in now known that the couple had a fourth child who did not survive.  By 1881 William and his family had left Birmingham and were then living at 84 Warrington Road in Prescot near St Helens in Lancashire.  He was 33 and was working as a joiner.  His wife Harriet was 40 and their three children were Annie Collett who was 10, Helen Collett who was eight and Minnie Collett who was seven years of age

 

Although no record of the family has so far been located in 1891, William and Harriet left Prescot sometime during the twenty years after 1881 and had moved to the Manchester area.  That move, like those before, may have been as a result of William securing new work.  By the end of the century all of the couple’s three daughters were married and had moved out of the family home, leaving their parents living alone at Salford in Manchester.  In the 1901 Census for Salford, William was 52 and a timber joiner from Monkton Farleigh, while his wife Harriet was 60 and of Islington in London.  On the day of the next census in April 1911, William Collett from Monkton Farleigh near Bradford in Wiltshire was a visitor at 123 Henry Street in Church near Blackburn in Lancashire, the home of his youngest married daughter Minnie Heys and her husband James Henry Heys.  William Collett was married and a joiner at the age of 62.  On that same day William’s wife Harriet Collett from London was 70 when she was visiting her eldest married daughter Annie Jackson and her husband Fred at 10 Davy Street in Accrington.  The census return described Harriet as the mother-in-law of Fred Jackson, who had been married for forty years, during which time she had given birth to four children, three of them still living.  It is established that Harriet Collett was a widow when she died in 1934

 

31Q24 – Annie A H Collett was born at Putney, London in 1870

31Q25 – Helen Collett was born at Hoxton, London in 1872

31Q26 – Minnie Collett was born at Birmingham in 1873

 

Frederick Thomas Collett [31P18] was born at Bubble Heep in Monkton Farleigh early in 1852 and was baptised there on 14th March 1852, another son of William Collett and Ellen Cottle.  The premature death of Frederick Thomas Collett was recorded at Bradford-on-Avon (Ref. 5a 99) during the second quarter of 1853, when he was one year old

 

Thomas Collett [31P19] was born at Monkton Farleigh in 1853 and was eight years old in the April census of 1861 when he and his family were living at Rubble Heep in the village.  By the time of the next census in 1871 Thomas was no longer living with his family and, after a further ten years, he was listed in the census of 1881 as being a bachelor at the age of 27.  The census record also confirmed that his place of birth had been Monkton Farleigh.  On that occasion in his life, Thomas working as a butler in the service of Justice of the Peace for Wiltshire Horatio N Goddard at his home at The Manor, Clyffe Pypard south of Wootton Bassett.  Seven other servants were employed at the house supporting Horatio and his wife, their daughter and her husband, and their two grandchildren children

 

During the next few years Thomas married Mary, as confirmed by the census in 1891, when Thomas was 40 (sic) and Mary, described in error as May Collett aged 41 and from Spalding in Lincolnshire who were living within the St Augustine district of Bristol.  According to the next census in 1901 Thomas Collett from Bradford-on-Avon was head of the household at Bristol St Paul when he was described as an ex-butler at the age of 47.  His wife Mary Collett was 53 and again her place of birth was named as Spalding in Lincolnshire

 

Ellen Helena Collett [31P20] was born at Monkton Farleigh in 1856, her birth recorded at Bradford-on-Avon (Ref. 5a 12) during the first three months of that year.  Helen Collett was four years old at the time of the 1861 Census, when she was living with her family at Rubble Heep, while attending the village school in Monkton Farleigh.  It was as Ellen Collett, aged 15, that she was still attending school, when she was recorded with her parents in the next census for Monkton Farleigh in 1871.  As with her younger sister Mary Jane (below), no record of Ellen or Helena Collett has so far been found

 

George Collett [31P21] was born at Monkton Farleigh in 1858, his birth recorded at Bradford-on-Avon (Ref. 5a 128) during the first quarter of that year.  He was baptised at Monkton Farleigh on 14th February 1858, the youngest son of William Collett and Ellen Cottle.  He was three years old and living at Rubble Heep in Monkton Farleigh with his family in 1861.  Upon completing his schooling, he joined his father and old brothers in the family carpentry business, as confirmed in the next census of 1871, when George was 12 years of age and already working as a carpenter when he was still living with his family at Rubble Heep or Bubble Heep in Monkton Farleigh.  By 1881, George Collett was a bachelor at the age of 22, when he was still living with his parents William and Ellen Collett at Bubble Heap in Monkton Farleigh, when his occupation was again that of a carpenter like his father and his older brothers Edwin, Whyatt and William (above)

 

Four and a half years after that census day, the marriage of George Collett and Elizabeth (Ann) Jane was recorded at Bath (Ref. 5c 1127) during the last quarter of 1885.  Elizabeth Ann Jane was born in Cornwall, her birth recorded at Truro (Ref. 5c 201) during the second quarter of 1856, following which she was baptised there on 6th May 1856, the daughter of George John Jane and his wife Elizabeth Jane.  In the census of 1861, Ann Jane, aged five years and born at St Clement, just south-east of Truro, where she was one of seven children living there with her parents.  Tragically, within the next nine months, her millwright father died at St Clement, his death recorded at Truro during the final quarter of 1861, at the age of 39

 

Towards the end of that decade, and on leaving school, Elizabeth Ann Jane left her family in Cornwall, when she was taken into the care of her late father’s married sister Jane Fussell from Truro and her husband George Fussell from Bath.  They had no children of their own, but managed a greengrocer’s shop in the Walcot area of Bath, where Elizabeth was trained to become a greengrocer.  That situation was confirmed in the census of 1871, when coachman George Fussell from Bath was 48 – a greengrocer with his wife in 1861, Jane Fussell from Truro was 49 and a greengrocer, and their niece Elizabeth A Jane from Truro was 14 and a greengrocer’s assistant.  Elizabeth’s mother, together with four of Elizabeth’s siblings, were all still living in the St Clement area of Cornwall on that same day

 

It was at Monmouth Street in Walton (Bath) that the three of them were living and working in 1871 and again in 1881, when it was exactly the same situation.  George was continuing his work as a coachman, while Jane and Elizabeth continued to manage the greengrocery business.  Unmarried Elizabeth A Jane from Truro was 24 on that occasion, with her marriage to George Collett only four years away

 

In the end, George and Elizabeth were married for just four years, when the premature death of George Collett was recorded at Bath register office (Ref. 5c 393) during the last three months of 1889, at the age of only 31.  Over four months later, the probate process of his Will was concluded at Bath on 14th April 1890, the sole beneficiary being his widow, Elizabeth Ann Collett.  One year later, Elizabeth A Collett from Cornwall was 34 and a widow who was still managing the business of being a fruiterer and a greengrocer in the St Paul’s district of Bath.  Living there with her, was her mother elderly mother, Elizabeth Jane, aged 74, and two of her siblings, George Jane who was 41 and Louisa Jane who was 32, all three of them born in Cornwall, with the two siblings described as greengrocer’s assistants

 

After a further ten years, Elizabeth A Collett was described as a widow of 44 from Truro, in the Bath census of 1901, by which time she still had premises within the St Paul’s area of Bath, but as a fruiterer and a florist.  Supporting her, as an assistant, was Alice Bryant from Downend in Gloucestershire who was 31.  Something happened in 1909, when Elizabeth gave up the business, perhaps selling it as a going concern, because after that date she embarked on a return journey to the United States of America.  Who, or where, she visited is not known, but by 1911 she was back living in Bath St Michael at 6 Norfolk Buildings, the home of Harry Pym who passed away in 1912

 

The census return completed by widow Elizabeth Ann Collett from Truro aged 54, mentioned her trip to America and that she had been a fruiterer and a florist at 14 Monmouth Street in Bath up until 1909, when she no long had an occupation.  An additional handwritten note at the bottom of the form reads “I am in favour of women’s suffrage on principle, if qualified to pay rates and taxes”.  Staying there with Elizabeth that day, and maybe even for the rest of their lives, was her sister-in-law Ann (Cottle) Collett (above), the older unmarried sister of Elizabeth’s late husband George.  It is the fact that both ladies died at Bath during 1931, which possibly indicates that they lived together until the end.  The death of Elizabeth Ann Collett Bath took place on 24th March 1931, when she was 74.  An obituary was printed in the Bath Chronicle on 28th March which confirmed that she was the widow of George Collett, deceased, and a resident of Bath St Michael.  Probate was granted to Elizabeth Mary Bowden, a spinster, at Bristol on 29th June 1931, the sole beneficiary of her personal effects valued at £2,536 5 Shillings 1d

 

Mary Jane Collett [31P22] was born at Monkton Farleigh in 1860, her birth recorded at Bradford-on-Avon (Ref. 5a 99) during the third quarter of the year.  On the day of the census in the following year, Mary Collett was one year old, the youngest child of William Collett and his wife Ellen Cottle.  After ten more years, Mary Collett of Monkton Farleigh was 11 years of age, when she was again living there with her family in 1871.  What happened to her after that time is still not known

 

William Thomas Collett [31P23] was born at Portsea Island, Portsmouth, in 1862, his birth recorded there (Ref. 2b 387) during the third quarter of that year.  He was the first of two sons born to Urbane Collett and Thirza Sophia Redman of South Wraxall.  Within a few months of being born, his parents moved to Bath, possibly on the retirement of his father from the navy, where William’s brother (below) was born.  When his brother was only a few months old, the family moved again, on that occasion to High Ongar in Essex.  It was there, that during the summer of 1865, that William’s father died, leaving him and his brother living with their widowed mother at High Ongar in 1871.  On the census day that year, William Collett was eight years old and was confirmed as having been born at Portsea.  However, no obvious record of him has been found anywhere in Britain after that day

 

Arthur Collett [31P24] was born at Bath, near the end of 1864, and after his parents had moved there from Portsmouth.  It was there also that his birth was recorded during the first quarter of 1865 (Ref. 5c 755), the second and last known child of mariner Urbane Collett and his wife Thirza.  Not long after his birth, the family travelled across the country to High Ongar in Essex, where Arthur’s father died when he was around nine months old.  And it was at High Ongar that six-year-old Arthur Collett from Bath was living with his mother and older brother (above) in 1871

 

Upon leaving school in High Ongar, Arthur secured work as a cashier in the City of London, while staying at the home of Henry and Rhoda Cooper in Gresham Street, not far from St Paul’s Cathedral.  Arthur Collett, from Bath, was 16 years old in 1881 when he was described as the nephew of the Cooper family, most likely through Rhoda Cooper who was 47 and born at South Wraxall, and therefore possibly his mother’s sister.  Whilst no record of Arthur has been found within the census of 1891, it was during the third quarter of the following year, that the marriage of Arthur Collett and Edith Mary Barltrop was recorded at Ongar register office (Ref. 4a 447), the death of his mother recorded there two years earlier.  Edith had been born at High Ongar in 1866, the daughter of farrier Henry Barltrop and his wife Susannah.  By the time of the next census in 1901, Arthur and Edith were still residing in High Ongar, where Edith had given birth to their son seven years earlier

 

On that day, Arthur Collett from Bath was 35 and a solicitor’s clerk, Edith M Collett was 33 and Basil A Collett was seven years of age, both of them confirmed as having been born at High Ongar.  A decade later, the same family group was living at Chipping Ongar, just west of High Ongar.  Once again Arthur Collett was employed as a solicitor’s clerk, at the age of 46, Edith Mary Collett was 43, and Basil Arthur Collett was 17 and a clerk with a local gas company.  Arthur Collett died on 11th February 1922, his death recorded at Ongar register office (Ref. 4a 717) during the first quarter of 1922, when he was 56.  Probate was proved at Essex on 25th April 1922 in favour of his widow Edith Mary Collett

 

31Q27 – Basil Arthur Collett was born at High Ongar, Essex in 1893

 

Thomas Emanuel Collett [31P25] was born at South Wraxall in 1876, the son of Thomas Collett and Martha Legg.  It was as Thomas Emanuel Collett that he was baptised at South Wraxall on 14th May 1876 when his parents were confirmed as Thomas and Martha.  However, he was described in error as Thomas Jonathan Collett aged four years in the Lower Wraxall census of 1881 when he was living there with his parents and where his father was the parish clerk.  He was still there ten years later when, simply as Thomas Collett, he was 14 years old while, within the following decade, he travelled north to Yorkshire.  By the time of 1901 Census he was a lodger with the Haywood family at Wombwell, just south of Barnsley, where he was 24 and was working as a railway goods guard, with South Wraxall confirmed as his place of birth

 

It was three years after that when he married the widow (1) Emily Gill, nee Wheeler, who already had three daughters and two sons by her first husband William Henry Gill.  It was around that time in his life that he began referring to himself by his baptised name of Thomas Emanuel Collett.  In fact, he signed his name as Thomas Emanuel Collett in the census of 1911, by which time he and his wife and her Gill family were residing at Farm Lea, 60 Long Lane in Hollinwood, one mile south of Chadderton to the west of Oldham in Lancashire.  The census return confirmed that Thomas from South Wraxall near Bradford-on-Avon was 34 and a gardener and a labourer employed by Oldham Corporation who had been married to Emily for seven years.  Emily was 55 and had been born at West Bromwich.  She had been married previously for twenty-two years, during which time she had given birth to eight children, five of whom were still living with Thomas and Emily.  They were twins Ethel and May Gill who were 21, Florrie Gill who was 20, and twins Herbert and Horace Gill who were 18, all of them born at Darley Dale in Derbyshire

 

Curiously there were four other Colletts living in Wombwell in March 1901, two of whom were also working on the railway.  They were Thomas J Collett, aged 45 of Bidford–on-Avon who was the station master, his wife Emily H E Collett, aged 48 of Stonehouse in Gloucestershire, and their two sons Martin who was 21 and a college student, and Walter 18 who was a railway clerk.  The details of Thomas James and Emily Harriet Elizabeth Collett, and their family, can be found in Appendix 1 within Part 56 – The Alcester & Bidford-on-Avon Line under Ref. 56o1

 

Being over twenty years older than Thomas, it was not surprising that Emily Collett, aged 61 and of 16 Knowl Street in Hollinwood, died on 25th November 1916, her death recorded at Oldham register office (Ref. 8d 819).  Three days later she was buried at Hollinwood Cemetery on 28th November 1916.  Nearly eighteen months after losing his first wife, Thomas Emanuel Collett, a widower, married Catherine Curran on 12th April 1918 at St Charles Chapel in Glasgow.  The marriage certificate not only confirmed that the father of the groom was Thomas Collett, a farmer labourer, but also that he was deceased.  In fact, Thomas’ stepmother had passed away nine years earlier, while his father only died towards the end of 1919 at South Wraxall.  It is therefore possible that father and son had not been in contact with each other since Thomas had left Wiltshire over thirty years ago

 

During the First World War, Thomas Emanuel Collett served as a Corporal with the Royal Artillery Medical Corps and, on the day of his wedding to Catherine, his address was stated as being the War Hospital in Crookston, Glasgow, where he may have been working or convalescing from some injury sustained during the campaign.  Catherine Curran had been born in Glasgow during 1888 and was a spinster, whose occupation was that of a hospital laundress.  It was therefore possible that they met while Thomas was working there or as a patient in the hospital.  Six years after they were married, Catherine presented Thomas with their only child, their daughter Mary Collett who was born in Leeds on 6th December 1924.  On that day, the pair of them were living at Kirby Wiske in North Yorkshire, from where Thomas was employed as a gardener at the nearby Sion Hill Hall.  And it was at Kirby Wiske that he died at the end of 1960, the death of Thomas E Collett, aged 84, recorded at Thirsk register office (Ref. 1b 1062) during the first three months of 1961

 

31Q28 – Mary Collett was born at Leeds in 1924

 

Henry Collett [31P26] was born at South Wraxall in 1877 and was three years old in 1881 when he was living with his parents at Lower Wraxall where his father was the parish clerk.  He was still living there in 1891 and in 1901, at the age of 23, he was working as a groom while living at Bradford-on-Avon Without Entire

 

Alice Collett [31P27] was born at South Wraxall in 1879, her birth recorded at Bradford-on-Avon (Ref. 5a 144) during the first three months of that year, following which she was baptised at South Wraxall on 16th February 1879, the daughter of Thomas Collett and Martha Legg.  She was two years old in 1881 and was living with her family at Lower Wraxall where she was also living ten years later at the age of 12.  A search for her, following her absence from the next census in 1901, has revealed that Alice Collett died at Violet Bank Farm, Widcombe Hill in Bath, the home of her uncle Henry Collett (Ref. 31O19), and was buried at South Wraxall on 22nd February 1901.  She was only twenty-two years of age and, at that time in her life, Alice was presumably working for or with her grandfather

 

William Collett [31P28] was born at South Wraxall either at the end of 1880 or early in 1881, with his birth recorded at Bradford-on-Avon (Ref. 5a 134) during the first three months of 1881.  He was subsequently recorded as being three months old on the third of April 1881, the census day that year.  At the age of ten years he was still living at Lower Wraxall with his parents but, like his older brother Thomas (above), he too moved north to Yorkshire to seek work around the turn of the century.  According to the 1901 Census he was a boarder at a large boarding house on West Street in Normanton near Wakefield where, at the age of 20, he was working as a railway horse driver.  Ten years later he was still unmarried, when he was a railway engine shunter with the Midland Railway at Altofts, just north of Normanton

 

It would appear that William continued to work on the railway since, in the 1939 Register, he was recorded as being a married man who was still living at Normanton.  The only occupants at the property in Normanton, simply referred to as No. 3, were William Collett, whose date of birth was recorded as being 21st December 1880, and his wife Elizabeth.  At that time in his life, William was employed as a shunter with the London, Midland & Scottish Railway Company.  This valuable information has enabled his marriage record to be unearthed.  In fact, it was at Altofts, where he was living in 1911, that he was married to Sarah Elizabeth Craven three years later at the Church of St Mary Magdalene in Altofts on 14th February 1914.  The church register confirmed that groom was a bachelor and a shunter, the son of Thomas Collett, deceased, a gardener, and that Sarah was a spinster of Altofts and the daughter of George Craven, a plate layer.  William was 33 years of age and Sarah was 37 and their wedding day was recorded at Wakefield register office (Ref. 9c 2).  No record of any children has been found.  The death of Sarah E Collett was recorded at Pontefract register office (Ref. 2c 424) during the third quarter of 1955, when she was said to be 79 years of age

 

Alice Elizabeth Collett [31P29] was born at Bath in 1876 not long after her parents Henry Collett and Elizabeth Drew were married.  Her birth was recorded at Bath (Ref. 5c 598) during the third quarter of the year.  She was four years old in the census of 1881 and, at that time, the family was living at 2 Yew Cottages in the Lyncombe-with-Widcombe district of Bath.  By the turn of the century Alice was still a spinster at the age of 24, when she was continuing to live with her parents and two younger brothers in the Bath sub-district of Lyncombe.  She was not credited with a job of work in 1901, but was very likely making plans to be married later that same year.  The marriage of Alice Elizabeth Collett, aged 25 and daughter of Henry Collett, and Frank Eacott took place on 9th September 1901 at St Peter’s Church in Twerton and was recorded at Bath register office (Ref. 5c 1075) during the third quarter of the year.  Frank was the son of James and Elizabeth Eacott

 

Three children were born to the couple during the next ten years, with the family of five residing within the Lyncombe area of Bath in 1911.  Frank Eacott was 33 and a carpenter working in the building trade, Alice Eacott was 34, Gwendoline Eacott was nine, Dorothy Eacott was six, and Marjorie Eacott was four years old.  All five members of the family were recorded as having been born at Bath.  During the following year Alice presented Frank with their last child, when the birth of Vera G Eacott was recorded at Bath (Ref. 5c 886) during the third quarter of 1912, her mother’s maiden name confirmed as Collett.  Alice Elizabeth Eacott, nee Collett, died in 1936 at the age of 60, when her death was recorded at Bath register office (Ref. 5c 487) during the third quarter of the year.  Just over thirty years after being widowed, the death of Frank Eacott was also recorded at Bath (Ref. 7c 4) during the second quarter of 1967, when he was 89 years of age

 

Thomas Henry Collett [31P30] was born at Bath in 1877, his birth recorded there (Ref. 5c 614) during the third quarter of the year.  Three years later he was living with his family at 2 Yew Cottages in Lyncombe-with-Widcombe, just one-mile south-east from the centre of Bath.  The whole family was still together twenty years later when Thomas was 23 and a farmer’s son, who was working with his father Henry at Violet Bank Farm on Widcombe Hill, just south-east of Bath.  It was later that same year that Thomas married (1) Florence Buck on 26th December 1901 with whom he had three daughters over the following four years.  It was during that period in his life when his mother Elizabeth Collett nee Drew died, so Thomas and his wife and their family remained living with Thomas’ father to help him run the farm

 

By April 1911, the family was confirmed as still living with Thomas’ father, the widower and farmer Henry Collett at Violet Bank Farm, Widcombe Hill.  Thomas Henry Collett, aged 33 and born at Widcombe, was described as a farmer and the son of Henry Collett.  His wife of nine years was Florence Collett, aged 34 and also of Widcombe, who was described as daughter-in-law.  Living with them were their three daughters Gladys Winifred Collett who was seven, Kathleen Florence Collett who was six and Margery Millicent Collett who was five years old, and all three of them listed as having been born at Widcombe.  Three more children were added to their family over the following years, although it is likely others may have been born between 1905 and 1913, but did not survive

 

When their youngest child was eight years of age, Florence Collett, nee Buck, passed away when she was 48, her death recorded at Bath register office (Ref. 5c 578) during the second quarter of 1925.  Around eighteen months later, the second marriage of Thomas H Collett and (2) Miriam Cunningham was recorded at Bath (Ref. 5c 1200) during the third quarter of 1927.  After sixteen years with Miriam, the death of Thomas Henry Collett was recorded at Bath register office (Ref. 5c 555) during the second quarter of 1943, when he was 65.  The later death of Miriam Collett was also recorded at Bath (Ref. 7c 83) during the last three months of 1965, when she was 85 years old

 

31Q29 – Gladys Winifred Collett was born at Widcombe, Bath in 1903

31Q30 – Kathleen Florence Collett was born at Widcombe, Bath in 1904

31Q31 – Margery Millicent Collett was born at Widcombe, Bath in 1905

31Q32 – Esme V Collett was born at Widcombe, Bath in 1913

31Q33 – Kenneth Henry Collett was born at Widcombe, Bath in 1914

31Q34 – Eileen M Collett was born at Widcombe, Bath in 1917

 

Frank Albert Collett [31P31] was born at Bath in December 1880, his birth recorded at Bath (Ref. 5c 603) during the first few weeks of 1881.  Shortly after he was born the family was recorded as living at 2 Yew Cottages in the Bath district of Lyncombe-with-Widcombe.  The 1881 Census gave his age as being just three months.  Like his older brother Thomas (above), Frank also worked with his father when he left school and, in 1901, he was 19 and was described as a farmer’s son, when he was still living with his family at Violet Bank Farm, Widcome Hill in Bath.  During the second quarter of 1905, Frank married Ada Alice Stennard who was born at Bath on 4th November 1878, the event recorded at Bath register office (Ref. 5c 1105).  Their marriage produced four children, although the second of those four children did not survive and had already died by 1911

 

According to the census that year, the family of three was living at Lyncombe Vale Farm in Bath, where Frank Albert Collett aged 30 was a dairyman.  Living there with him was his wife Ada who was 31 and his four-year-old son Henry.  Frank Albert Collett was residing at ‘Byculla’ in Lyncombe Vale, Bath, when he passed away on 13th April 1938, his death recorded at Bath register office (Ref. 5c 557) when he was 57 years old.  It was on 24th June that year when probate of his estate was resolved at Bristol in favour of Ada Alice Collett, his widow, when his estate was valued at £772 8 Shillings 3 Pence.  Ada survived for many years and was in her nineties when she died at Bath, where her death was recorded (Ref. 7c 728) during the spring of 1969

 

31Q35 – Frank Henry Collett was born at Bath in 1906

31Q36 – Margaret Alice Collett was born at Bath in 1908

31Q37 – Cyril T H Collett was born at Bath in 1912

31Q38 – Reginald Arthur E Collett was born at Bath in 1915

 

Mary Ann Collett [31P32] was born at Llanelly in 1863, the eldest child of John Collett and Mary Hannah Jenkins, her birth recorded at Crickhowell (Ref. 11b 138) during the second quarter of that year.  As Mary A Collett she was eight years of age and 18 years old when she was living at Slopes, Llanelly Hill in Llanelly in 1871 and 1881, and by the latter census she was working as a general labourer.  Her marriage to William James Williams was recorded at Crickhowell (Ref. 11b 114) with whom she had a son Thomas John Williams and a daughter Mary Ann Williams.  The family lived at Llanelly Hill and it was during January 1942 that Mary Ann Williams nee Collett passed away.  Her daughter married Thomas Miles and it was in Birmingham that they raised their three children John Miles, Clifford Miles and Edna Miles

 

John David Collett [31P33] was born at Llanelly in 1865, his birth recorded at Crickhowell (Ref. 11b 142) during the first quarter of the year.  In 1871 he was simply recorded in the census that year as John Collett aged six years when his family was settled at Slopes, Llanelly Hill in Llanelly, where he was also living in 1881, by which time he was 16 and a coal miner.  No record of him has so far been found in 1891, but in the next census in 1901 he was back living with his widowed father, his mother having died two years earlier.  By that time unmarried John D Collett was 36 and a coal miner and a hewer.  He was once again living with his father at Llanelly in 1911 when, as John David Collett, he was still a bachelor at the age of 46 and was still working as a coal miner and hewer.  The census return that year, also confirmed that his father John Collett was dependent on his son John David.  He was 73 when he died, the death of John D Collett recorded at Crickhowell register office (Ref. 11b 100) during the second quarter of 1938

 

William Collett [31P34] was born at Llanelly towards the end of 1867 and was the second son and third child of John and Mary Collett.  His birth was recorded at Crickhowell (Ref. 11b 123) during the final quarter of the year.  He only survived for twenty-one months and passed away at Llanelly on 24th September 1869.  He was then the first to be buried in the family plot at the Church of St Elli in Llanelly where he was later joined by his sister Jane (below) and both of his parents.  A single headstone with their four names engraved on it marks the grave

 

Jane Collett [31P35] was born at the family home in Slopes, Llanelly Hill in Llanelly during the second quarter of 1870.  She was still living there with her family at the time of the census in 1871 when she was eleven months old.  It was less than two years later when Jane Collett, the fourth child of John and Mary Collett, died at Slopes on 25th January 1873 when she was recorded as being two years and nine months old, her death recorded at Crickhowell (Ref. 11b 100) during the first quarter of the year.  She was then buried with her brother William (above) in a grave at St Elli Church in Llanelly where her parents were also later buried

 

WILLIAM COLLETT [31P36] was born at Slopes, Llanelly Hill in Llanelly on 1st January 1873, the son of miner John Collett of South Wraxall and his wife Mary Hannah Jenkins from Llanelly.  It was his mother who registered the birth, the entry bearing her mark of a cross rather than her written signature. He was attending school with his brother Henry (below) in 1881 when he was eight years old and living with his family at Slopes in Llanelly.  Ten years after that, in 1891 and at the age of 18, William was still living there with his family.  However, it was later that same decade when William Collett was married to Sephorah Rosser from Abertillery at Bersheba Chapel in Brynmawr on 1st February 1897, with whom he had a daughter two years later, the first of the couple’s four children.  That child, like all of their children, was born at the family home at 31 Princess Street in Abertillery

 

 

Sephorah Rosser, who was 23 on her wedding day, which was recorded at Crickhowell (Ref. 11b 123), was the daughter of John Rosser and Jane Rees and was born on 15th October 1872.  The Rosser family grave can be found in the grounds of St Elli Church in Llanelly where a single headstone includes the names of John Rosser who died on 28th October 1907 aged 77, Jane Rosser who died on 7th January 1915 at the age of 81, and their son Thomas Rosser who died on 19th June 1893 when he was only 37.  The last name on the headstone is that of Rosser Rosser who passed away on 6th September 1943.  He was a coal hewer who died of pneumonia at Waenlapra in Llanelly Hill at the age of 65 yrs.  It was his niece Beattie Jane Smith of 8 Cromwell Road in Abertillery who informed the register office of his passing

 

In March 1901 William was 28 and a coal miner and a hewer living at 31 Princess Street with his wife who was 27 and their daughter Ethel May Collett was one year old.  Sephorah was well into the pregnancy for her second child on the day of the census, with their son being born within the next three months.  The couple’s third child was added to the family six years later, and by April 1911 the family was living at Ty Bryn, 68 Duke Street in Abertillery.  The census that year listed the family as William and Sephorah who were both 38, and their children as Ethel May Collett who was 11, John Gordon Collett who was nine and Evelyn Collett who was three years old.  Just like ten years earlier Sephorah was again expecting the birth of their fourth child and last child on that day, her third daughter being born just over three months later

 

William was a coal miner all his life, a job he really loved and enjoyed, and he and Sephorah, together with their youngest daughter Beattie, remained living at 68 Duke Street in Abertillery for the rest of the lives.  His current family have a number of safety certificates associated with his work, starting with a mining certificate for examiners to fire shots made out on 13th July 1912.  That same year, on 16th December, he was awarded a second certificate of qualifications for a fireman examiner or deputy.  The next three certificates relate to Vivian Pit: a certificate for an officer, fireman and shot-man; a certificate for a fireman dated 21st March 1929; and two certificates for a fireman dated 14th July 1937 and 2nd January 1945

 

On 19th May 1925 William Collett completed an Unemployment Insurance Act 1920 form for the Employment Exchange, when his home address was confirmed as 68 Duke Street in Abertillery, the same form confirming his place and date of birth, together with the names of his parents, including his mother’s maiden name.  Twenty-nine years later Sephorah Collett nee Rosser died on 3rd September 1954 at 68 Duke Street and was buried in the grounds of the Church of St Elli in Llanelly when she was referred to as the beloved wife of William Collett of Abertillery

 

A lengthy obituary for Sephorah Collett was printed in the South Wales Gazette on 8th October 1954 which ran over two columns of the newspaper.  It opened with the words “The death has occurred of Mrs Sephorah Collett, the wife of William Collett of 68 Duke Street in Abertillery.  Mrs Collett was a member of one of the most highly respected families in the district and held in high esteem by a large circle of friends. The funeral took place at Llanelly Churchyard following services at Ebenezer Baptist Church and Llanelly Church.  The mourners were: Messrs William Collett, widower; John Gordon Collett, son; H B Collett, nephew; Frank Collett, cousin” plus many others.  The mourners at home included: “E M Bainton, E Rogers and B J Collett, daughters; E Collett, daughter-in-law; Miss M Collett, niece” plus many others

 

It was just over five years after losing his wife that William Collett died in Tredegar Hospital on 12th February 1961 at the age of 88 and, following a funeral service at Ebenezer Baptist Church on 15th February, he was buried with Sephorah where a single headstone marks their joint grave.  The family home at 68 Duke was then inherited by the couple’s youngest child Beatrice Jane Collett.  The local newspaper printed the following tribute in respect of the late William Collett.  It read as follows:  “The death has taken place of William Collett, and again the church has lost a most loyal and faithful member.  He was a winsome character, ever ready with a smile, whose interest was in God’s house, the success of the Gospel and the praise and songs of Zion.  Our deepest sympathy is extended to the son, daughters – one of whom is Mrs E M Bainton, secretary of the church – and the rest of the family”

 

31Q39 – Ethel May Collett was born at Abertillery in 1899

31Q40 – JOHN GORDON COLLETT was born at Abertillery in 1901

31Q41 – Evelyn Collett was born at Abertillery in 1907

31Q42 – Beatrice Jane Collett was born at Abertillery in 1911

 

Henry Albert Collett [31P37] was born at Llanelly in 1875, his birth recorded at Crickhowell (Ref. 11b 126) during the third quarter of that year.  As Henry Collett he was six years old in 1881 when he was living with his family at Slopes in Llanelly, from where he was attending the local school.  He was still living with his family in 1891 when Henry was 16.  He was employed as a miner at the Vivian Colliery and, like a true Welshman, he was very interested in choral music.  It was during the first three months of 1899 that he married Mary Hannah Evans (1875-1948), the event recorded at Crickhowell (Ref. 11b 115)

 

 

Their marriage produced seven children, although only two of them survived.  The first two of those children had already died by the time of the census in March 1901.  Henry Collett, who was 25 and coal miner and a hewer by then, was living at 20 Cromwell Street in Abertillery with his wife Mary H Collett who was 26.  Both of them were recorded as having been born at Llanelly.  Over the next decade Mary gave birth to five more children and sadly it was only the last two who survived.  That was confirmed in the Abertillery census of 1911, when the four members of the family were confirmed as Henry Collett who was 35 and a coal miner hewer, Mary Hannah Collett who was 36, Henry Byron Collett who was three and Marion Augusta Collett who was one year old

 

Henry Albert Collett was 66 when he died on 22nd November 1941 at 20 Cromwell Street in Abertillery and was buried at the Church of St Elli in Abertillery.  After six years as a widow Mary Hannah Collett nee Evans passed away on 13th March 1948 at the age of 73, following which she was buried with her husband.  Her death was recorded at Crickhowell register office (Ref. 11b 137), when the family home passed to the unmarried daughter Marion.  The obituary for Henry Albert Collett was printed in the local newspaper, as follows:  “The death has taken place of Mr Henry Collett of 20 Cromwell Street who was a native of Llanelly Hill and came to Abertillery forty years ago.  He worked at the Vivian Colliery during most of that time.  The mourners were Messrs H Byron Collett, son; William Collett, brother; and nephews T I Watkins, Wilfred Rogers and Albert Bainton.  At the house was Mrs M H Collett, widow; Miss Marion A Collett, daughter; Mesdames R Meredith and W Collett, sisters-in-law; and nieces E Roger, E Bainton, and Miss Beatrice Collett”

 

31Q43 – Elizabeth May Collett was born at Abertillery in 1899

31Q44 – Gertrude Collett was born at Abertillery in 1900

31Q45 – Lily Collett was born at Abertillery in 1902

31Q46 – May Collett was born at Abertillery in 1903

31Q47 – Reginald Clifford Collett was born at Abertillery in 1905

31Q48 – Henry Byron Collett was born at Abertillery in 1908

31Q49 – Marion Augusta Collett was born at Abertillery in 1909

 

Harriet Collett [31P38] was born at Slopes, Llanelly Hill, Llanelly in 1877, the last child of John Collett and Mary Jenkins, whose birth was recorded at Crickhowell (Ref. 11b 133) during the fourth quarter of that year.  Harriet was four years old in 1881 and was 13 in 1891.  Following the death of her mother in 1899 it was Harriet, aged 23, who was acting as housekeeper for her widowed father in March 1901 when they were living at Slopes Houses in Llanelly.  It was sixteen months later when Harriet Collett married widower Thomas Watkins, the event recorded at Crickhowell (Ref. 11b 174) during the third quarter of 1902.  During the following year Harriet presented Tom with a son Tom I Watkins (1903-1978).  Tragically it was just two years later that Harriet Watkins nee Collett (below) died during 1905 at the age of 28

 

 

Henry Thomas Collett [31P39] was born at South Wraxall in 1855 and is assumed to be the base-born son of unmarried Jane Collett by an unknown father.  In the census of 1861, he was recorded as Tom Collett aged five years, the grandson of William Collett whose daughter Jane was also living at the dwelling in Upper Street in South Wraxall with Tom’s younger brother John (below).  Following the death of his grandfather, Tom and his mother Jane left South Wraxall when they moved to Llanelly to live with Jane’s married brother John Collett and his family.  And it was with that family that Tom H Collett, aged 15 and a coal miner from Wraxall, was living in 1871, when his mother Jane was living nearby in Llanelly.  In 1881, when his brother was staying with their mother Jane at Llamarch in Llanelly, Henry T Collett from South Wraxall was a bachelor aged 25 who was still working as a coal miner, when he was a lodger in the Ystradyfodwg home of Rees James at 80 Dumfries Street in Llanelly.  Seven years later Henry Tom Collett married Mary Rebecca Hughes during the first three months of 1888.  The marriage was recorded at Crickhowell register office (Ref. 11b 155) when the witnesses were Joseph John Maynard and Caroline Palmer.  Mary was born at Llanelly and later presented Henry with three children before his untimely death in 1892.  Just prior to the next census the birth of their daughter Lily Jane Collett was recorded at Crickhowell register office (Ref. 11b 112) during the first quarter of 1890

 

Henry T Collett from South Wraxall was residing at Old Road in the village of Aberbaiden within the parish of Llanelly in 1891 when he was 35 and a colliery timber-man.  His wife Mary Rebecca was 25, their son Idris Thomas Collett was three and their daughter Lily Jane Collett was fifteen months old.  Living with the family was Mary’s widowed grandmother Mary Ann Hughes who was 74.  On the day of the census Henry’s wife was expecting the birth of their third child who was born later that same year.  Twenty years prior to that Mary R Hughes, aged five years, was living with her grandmother, while in 1881 Mary Rebecca Hughes was 15 and a domestic servant living and working at the Old Road home in Aberbaiden of her widowed grandmother Mary Ann Hughes.  It is likely that the young Collett family was living in the same dwelling in Old Road during 1891

 

Living just four dwellings away from the family in 1891 was another Collett family, that of James Collett (Ref. 1P51), a coalminer of 31 from Clydach, Llanelly.  His wife was Sarah Ann Collett who was 33 and their son Beignalt James Collett who was one year old.  The details of that family can be found in Part 1 – The Gloucestershire Main Line 1830 to 1880

 

Tragically Henry Thomas Collett was killed while working underground in Abertillery, as result of a mining accident in 1892, following which his death was recorded at Newport register office (Ref. 11a 141) during the second quarter of that year.  By then Mary had presented Henry with their second son, while two years after the death of her husband Mary gave birth to a daughter, the father of which is not known.  By March 1901, Mary was described as Rebecca Collett a widow at 35, with no occupation, when she and her family were living at Station Road in Clydach, Llanelly – four dwellings from Clydach Station.  Missing from the family at that time was her eldest daughter Lily Jane Collett who was 11 and was living with the family of her uncle John Thomas at 2 Hope Street in Aberystruth.  Still living with Mary were her three other children.  Idris Collett was already a coal miner and a hewer at the age of 13, while the two other children were still attending school and they were William Collett who was 10 and Mary Collett who was six years old

 

The birth of Mary Ann Collett was recorded at Crickhowell (Ref. 11b 100) during the first three months of 1895 and, therefore, she could not have been the daughter of Henry Thomas Collett, as he had died at least two years earlier.  One year after the census in 1901, the marriage of Mary Rebecca Collett and William Phipps was recorded as Crickhowell register office (Ref. 11b 153) during the first quarter of 1902.  By 1911 Mary Rebecca Phipps had living with her at Clydach, her daughter Alice May Phipps, who was eight, together with her two unmarried sons Idris Collett who was 23 and his younger brother William Henry Collett who was 19.  Their sister Mary Ann Collett was 17 and she was living and working in nearby Abergavenny.  Ten years earlier, William Phipps, a coal miner and hewer who was 36, was still living with his elderly widowed mother Mary Phipps at Station Road in Clydach, where the Collett family was also living at that time.  His absence from his wife and daughter in 1911 was because he was again visiting his aging mother in Clydach, when he was described as being 46, a married man, who was a timberman working underground in a nearby coal mine

 

31Q50 – Idris Thomas Collett was born at Aberbaiden, Llanelly in 1887

31Q51 – Lily Jane Collett was born at Aberbaiden, Llanelly in 1890

31Q52 – William Henry Collett was born at Aberbaiden, Llanelly in 1891

31Q53 – Mary Ann Collett was born at Aberbaiden, Llanelly in 1895 (father unknown)

 

William John Collett [31P40] was born at South Wraxall in 1858 the younger of the two likely sons of Jane Collett.  He was known as John Collett, aged two years in 1861, when he and his brother Tom (Henry Thomas above) were with their mother Jane at the home of her William Collett at Upper Street in South Wraxall.  His grandfather died during the 1860s at which time his mother and older brother Tom travelled to Llanelly to be with Jane’s married half-brother John and his family.  Ten years later, when his mother and his brother were confirmed to be living in Llanelly, William J Collett was 13 and a general servant for Elizabeth Fielding, a widow and retired publican at her home on Pippet Street in Bradford-on-Avon.  On that occasion the census enumerator entered ‘birthplace unknown’ on the census form

 

Ten years later, at the time of the next census in 1881, Jane Collett, aged 45, was living at Llanmarch in Llanelly with her coal miner son William J Collett who was 22.  Rather curiously Jane and William were both listed as having been born at Bradford-on-Avon.  Around seven of eight months later, the marriage of William John Collett and Emma Williams was recorded at Crickhowell (Ref. 11b 233) during the last quarter of 1881.  Their marriage provided at least six known over the next twelve years, although his wife was named as Emily Collett in all the records.  It was as John William Collett, aged 32 and from Wiltshire, that he was listed in the Llanelly census of 1891 when he and the family was living on Butchers Row, from where John was a coal miner.  His wife Emily Collett was 33 and their four children were Flora Jane Collett who was eight, Frank Henry Collett who was six, Ernest Tom Collett who was three and Frederick William who was two years old.  Serving the family was domestic servant Elizabeth Puddle who was 16.  On that day, Emily was pregnant with the couple’s fifth child, while two years later their family was completed with the birth of a sixth child

 

The census of 1901 confirmed that William John Collett from Bradford-on-Avon was 42 and was he was living at Abertillery where he was a coal miner and a grocer.  His wife Emily from Llanelly was 43, while just four of their six children were still living with the couple.  They were Frank Hy Collett who was 16 and a coal miner and a hewer, Frank (Fred) Wm Collett who was 11, Mary Ann Collett who was nine and Frances Emily Collett who was seven years old.  The couple’s eldest daughter, Florrie Collett who was 18, was still living in the Llanelly area, where she was working as a shop assistant, and it was also in Llanelly that their son Ernest was living at the age of 13, perhaps even with his sister

 

During the first few years of the new century, the three eldest children were married.  By April 1911 the children still living with their parents at Clydach were the three youngest ones.  William John Collett was a grocer aged 52, as was his wife Emily, while the three children were Frederick William Collett who was 21, Mary Ann Collett who was 19 and Frances Emily Collett who was 17 and a milliner working for Thomas & Sons.  It is very likely that, although born at South Wraxall, William was very young when he settled in Bradford-on-Avon which caused him to say he was born there in every census after 1871.  William was 66 when he died, the death of William J Collett recorded at Crickhowell register office (Ref. 11b 130) during the third quarter of 1924

 

31Q54 – Flora Jane Collett was born at Llanelly in 1882

31Q55 – Frank Henry Collett was born at Llanelly in 1884

31Q56 – Ernest Tom Collett was born at Llanelly in 1887

31Q57 – Frederick William Collett was born at Llanelly in 1889

31Q58 – Mary Ann Collett was born at Llanelly in 1891

31Q59 – Frances Emily Collett was born at Llanelly in 1894

 

George William Collett [31P42] was born at Guisborough, where his birth was recorded (Ref. 9d 545) during the second quarter of 1877.  He was the second child and eldest son of William Collett and Emma Jane Storey and was four years old in the Guisborough census of 1881, when he was living with his parents at 25-27 Redcar Road.  He was still living in Guisborough with his family ten years later at the age of 14, where he had left school and was employed as a tailor’s apprentice.  Nearly five years after that census day, George was in Cornwall where the marriage of George William Collett from Guisborough and Eliza Eddy from Glendurgan was recorded at Falmouth register office (Ref. 5c 275) during the third quarter of 1899.  It was at the Church of St Mawnan in that town where they were married on 28th August 1899, when both the bride and the groom were 22.  George was confirmed as the son of William Collett, a painter.  Elizabeth Eddy was born at Durgan in Cornwall on 26th February 1877 and was baptised at St Mawnan on 25th March 1877, the daughter of William Eddy, a gardener and labourer, and his wife Mary Ann Eddy.  Her birth was recorded at Falmouth (Ref. 5c 192) during the first quarter of 1877

 

According to the census return completed by the family in March 1901, George and his wife and their first child were still residing in Guisborough, not far from his parents.  George W Collett from Guisborough was 24 and a tailor, his wife Eliza Collett from Falmouth in Cornwall was also 24, and their son Harold Collett had been born at Guisborough around six months earlier.  It is likely further children were added to their family during the first ten years of the new century, even though only two children were living with the couple in 1911.  By that time, the family was still living in Guisborough where tailor George William Collett was 34 and his wife Eliza Collett, from Mawnan (Cornwall) was also 34.  The couple’s eldest son Harold William Collett was 10, while the other male child had only just been born and had yet to be given a name.  He was simply referred to as ‘baby Collett’ and had been born just over two weeks earlier.  Sadly, the couple’s eldest son suffered a premature death in 1923.  Eight years later George’s widowed mother passed away at Guisborough, when George William Collett, a tailor, was named as joint executor of her estate with his brother Arthur who was a draper

 

After a further four years, the death of George W Collett was recorded at Guisborough register office (Ref. 9d 585) during the fourth quarter of 1935, when he was 58 years old.  It was at 16 Chaloner Street in Guisborough where he died on 21st October 1935, after which his Will was proved at Durham on 9th March 1936, when his widow Eliza Collett was named as the executor of his estate, initially valued at £1,715 5 Shillings 9 Pence, but re-sworn as £1,771 5 Shillings 9 Pence.  Following that sad event, the 1939 Register, compiled at the start of the Second World War, recorded his widow and surviving son still residing in Guisborough, when Eliza Collett was 62 and carrying out unpaid domestic duties.  Nineteen years later, the death of Eliza Collett was recorded at Middlesbrough register office (Ref. 1b 716) during the last quarter of 1958, at the age of 81.  She passed away on 29th December 1958, when she was a patient at The General Hospital in Middlesborough, at a time in her life when her home address was 11 Hollymead Drive in Guisborough.  Her Will was proved at York on 11th February 1959, when her son Ronald Collett, a moulder, inherited £1,689 5 Shilling 8 Pence

 

31Q60 – Harold William Collett was born at Guisborough in 1900

31Q61 – Ronald Collett was born at Guisborough in 1911

 

Ethel Collett [31P45] was born at Guisborough in 1885, the daughter of William Collett and Emma Jane Storey.  She was five years old in the Guisborough census of 1891 and was 15 when she was still living there with her family in 1901.  The family moved to Stockton-on-Tees during the next few years, and it was there that Ethel Collett, aged 25, was still living with her elderly parents in 1911 although they returned to live in Guisborough once again shortly thereafter.  Ethel was married five years later at the age of thirty.  A record of the marriage was made at the Guisborough register office (Ref. 9d 897) during the fourth quarter of 1916 when Ethel Collett became Ethel Phelps

 

Arthur Collett [31P47] was born at Guisborough in 1891, the last child of William Collett and Emma Jane Storey, whose birth was recorded at Guisborough register office (Ref. 9d 513) during the first quarter of that year.  He was only a few weeks old in the census of 1891 and was 10 years old in 1901, on both occasions he was with his family at Guisborough.  By 1911 he had left home and was 20 years of age and a lodger at the boarding house of Annie Atkinson in Sunderland.  No record of a marriage has been found, while the death of Arthur Collett, who was born at Guisborough in 1891, was recorded at Sheffield register office (Ref. 2d 19) during the first three month of 1955, when he was 64

 

Sidney Collett [31P48] was born at Tottenham in London during 1862, the only child of William Henry Miles Collett and his first wife who died around the same time he was born.  In 1871 he was nine years old when he was living with his father in Tottenham who, by that time had been married three times.  Sidney had left the family home after a further ten years and, on finishing his education, it seems likely he entered into domestic service.  The census in 1881 confirmed that he was working as a waiter at a hotel in London, while residing at 19 Smithfield, in the St Sepulchre without Newgate district of the city.  He was recorded as Sidney Collett who was 19 and a lodger who had been born in London.  However, no record of him or any member of his family has been found after that time, while it is known that his father died in 1897

 

William Henry Miles Collett [31P49] was born at Tottenham in London while his birth was recorded at Edmonton register office (Ref. 3a 142) during third quarter of 1864.  He was the son of William Henry Miles Collett and his second wife Elizabeth Page who were married nine months before he was born.  Tragically he only survived for around twelve months, when the death of William Henry Miles Collett was recorded at Edmonton (Ref. 3a 103) during the third quarter of 1865

 

Elizabeth Collett [31P50] was born at Tottenham in 1865, the daughter of William Henry Miles Collett and Elizabeth Page, who sadly died not long after she was born.  According to the census in 1871 Elizabeth was not living with her family on that day, nor has her whereabouts been discovered at that time.  However, she was back living with her father and his third wife Mary Ann in 1881, when she was 15 years old and the only one of William’s children living with them at 2 Cambrian Cottages, Markfield Road in Tottenham

 

Ada Miles Collett [31P51] was born at Tottenham in 1868 the first of the two children of William Henry Miles Collett and Mary Ann Herbert.  She was three years old in the census of 1871 and was 13 in 1881.  By that time Ada was a milkmaid working with her grandfather dairyman William Collett of South Wraxall, while living with him at his home at The Poplars, 9 Markfield Road in Tottenham.  Ten years later, according to the Tottenham census of 1891, Ada Collett, aged 21 and from Tottenham who had no stated job of work, was describe as the niece of perfumer James Watson, with whose family she was living, James being the husband of Amy Charlotte Miles Collett, Ada’s father’s younger sister.  It was two years later, on 20th March 1893 at St Faith’s Church in Stoke Newington, that Ada Miles Collett married Edmund Cuttriss Clark, the son of John Clark.  Edmund was 35, while Ada was only 25, and named as the daughter of William Henry Miles Collett

 

According to the census in 1911 Ada Miles Clark from Tottenham was 42 when she was living at 90 Brighton Road in Stoke Newington with her family.  The census return that year confirmed that she had been married for 19 years to Edmund Cuttriss Clark who was 52.  The three children living with them were Edmund Miles Clark who was 17, Sidney Herbert Clark who was 15 and Ada Elizabeth Cuttriss Clark who was 11.  During the next few years Ada was made a widow by the death of her older husband and at the time of her death on 11th March 1929 Ada Miles Clark nee Collett was still living at 90 Brighton Road in Stoke Newington.  Administration of her personal effects was resolved in London on 31st July 1929 and was granted jointly to her son Edmund Miles Clark, a sorter with the General Post Office, and her married daughter Ada Elizabeth Cuttriss Elkin nee Clark

 

Henry Miles Collett [31P52] was born at Tottenham in 1870, the youngest child of William Henry Miles Collett by his third wife Mary Ann Herbert.  He was under one year old at the time of the Tottenham census in 1871, but sadly died shortly after, his death recorded at Edmonton (Ref. 3a 132) during the third quarter of 1871

 

Elizabeth Louisa Miles Collett [31P53] was born at Hoxton, London in 1878, the first-born child of Francis James Miles Collett and Elizabeth Jane Atkinson, whose birth was recorded at Hackney (Ref. 1b 490) during the first three months of that year.  Tragically, just one year later, the death of Elizabeth Louisa M Collett, aged one year, was also recorded at Hackney (Ref. 1b 350) during the first quarter of 1879

 

Francis William Miles Collett [31P54] was born at Hoxton towards the end of 1879, his birth recorded at Hackney (Ref. 1b 484) during the fourth quarter of the year.  Unlike his older sister (above), who had died at the start of that year, Francis only survived for a few days, when his death was recorded at Hackney (Ref. 1b 341) during that same quarter of 1879

 

Florence Amy Collett [31P55] was born at Hoxton during the last couple of months of 1880 and was baptised at Shoreditch on 19th December 1880.  She was four months old in the census of 1881 when she and her parents, Francis James Miles Collett and Elizabeth Jane Atkinson, were living at 12 Bridport Place in Hoxton.  The family then moved to Tottenham where Florence was 10 years old in 1891.  By 1901 she was 20 and was still living with her parents in Tottenham, although she may have been supporting her mother as she had no stated occupation at that time.  However, during the next few years Florence Amy Collett did leave home, most likely for work reasons, and was 30 years old in the Hackney census of 1911 when her place of birth was given as Tottenham.  The address at which she was living and working as a domestic servant was 13 Gloucester Road in Finsbury Park, the home of William and Elizabeth Gamble and their three children

 

Matilda Ellen Miles Collett [31P56] was born at Tottenham in London on 1st April 1885, the daughter of Francis and Elizabeth Collett.  Matilda was six years old in the Tottenham census of 1891 and in 1901 she was 16 and living with her family at 28 Steele Road in Tottenham.  She was still unmarried in 1911 when Matilda was 26 and the oldest child still living with her family at Tottenham.  It was also at Tottenham just over three years later that she married Arthur Charles Ballard on 1st August 1914.  Arthur was born 10th July 1880 and it was his sister Jane Ballard who married Matilda’s brother Leslie Collett (below).  Matilda Ellen Miles Ballard nee Collett was living at Clacton-on-Sea when he died on 4th July 1967.  It is known that one of the older sisters of Leslie William Miles Collett, either Matilda or Florence (above) was deaf, an affliction for their great grandfather William Collett in 1851 and his two eldest children

 

Leslie William Miles Collett [31P57] was born at the home of his grandparents at 9 Markfield Road in Tottenham on 24th December 1888 and was baptised there on 10th March 1889, the third child and only son of Francis James Miles Collett and Elizabeth Jane Atkinson.  It was as Leslie Colletts aged two years that he was listed with his family in the Tottenham census of 1891, and it was at 28 Steele Road in Tottenham that Leslie Wm Collett was still living with his parents when he was 12.  He was also still living at the family home in Tottenham in 1911 when he was 22.  During the following year Leslie emigrated to Brisbane in Australia and it was at Brisbane on 28th October 1912 that he married Jane Ballard the sister of Arthur Ballard who later married Leslie’s sister Matilda (above).  Jane was born on 2nd May 1882 at 35 Suffolk Road, Haggerston within the London Borough of Hackney

 

The year after they were married, Leslie William Miles Collett was recorded within the 1913 Electoral Rolls for the town of Oxley in Queensland, Australia, where was still residing in 1925.  However, the death of Leslie William Miles Collett was recorded at Brisbane on 29th December 1949 when his parents were confirmed as Francis and Elizabeth Collett, his mother’s maiden name written in error as Aitkenson.  His widow survived him by just over sixteen years when Jane Collett nee Ballard died on 3rd March 1966.  It is understood that the marriage of Leslie and Jane produced just one child, their daughter Rita who had two daughters, Cathy (1859-1988), who married Mark, and Margaret who had twin girls in 1992

 

31Q62 – Rita Collett was born at Brisbane, Australia, date unknown

 

May Edith Miles Collett [31P58] was born at Tottenham on 22nd May 1891, the third of the five daughters of Francis and Elizabeth Collett.  As Edith May Collett she was nine years old in 1901 when she and her family were residing at 28 Steele Road in Tottenham, where they were still living in 1911 when May Collett was 19.  The marriage of May Edith Miles Collett and George Alfred James Carney took place at Holy Trinity Church in Tottenham on 28th August 1918 when May was 27 and George was 26.  The bride’s father was confirmed as Francis James Miles Collett, while the father of the groom was named as James Carney.  Over the following years May presented George with three children.  Joyce Carney was born at Reading, a son who lived on the Isle of Wight and another daughter Moira Carney, the two youngest children both suffering with hearing difficulties, an ailment suffered by previous generations of this family.  At the end of her life May was living within the Croydon area of Surrey, and it was at Croydon register office (Ref. 11 1734) that the death of May Edith M Carney was recorded on 18th April 1980 when she was 89

 

Lilian Penelope Miles Collett [31P59] was born at Tottenham on 12th April 1904, the daughter of Francis and Elizabeth Collett, when her birth was recorded at Edmonton (Ref. 3a 872).  As Lilian Penelope Collett, she was six years old in 1901 when she and her family were recorded at 28 Steele Road in Tottenham, where she was still living in 1911, simply as Lilian Collett, when she was noted in error as being only 14.  Eight years later Lilian P M Collett married William Robert Taylor at West Ham on 19th April 1919, where the event was also recorded (Ref. 4a 477).  Sometime after they were married, the couple moved to Herefordshire where, according to the 1939 Register, they were residing at Lloyds Bank Chambers in Hereford.  William R Taylor was 45 and a bank messenger, while his wife Lilian was also 45 and an assistant supervisor at the bank.  The only other known fact about Lilian is that she died on 9th October 1973 at the Herefordshire village of Burghill, her death recorded at Hereford register office (Ref. 9a 71)

 

Alice Elizabeth Miles Collett [31P60] was born at Tottenham on 17th June 1898, the last child of Francis James Miles Collett and Elizabeth Jane Atkinson.  It was as Alice Elizabeth that she was two years old in the census of 1901 when she was recorded with her family at 28 Steele Road in Tottenham.  It was on 23th November 1932 when she married Frederick Augustus Monk at Edmonton in London.  He was over twenty years older than Alice, having been born on 14th May 1877.  They had only married for sixteen years when Frederick died on 26th August 1949 at Walthamstow, while Alice Elizabeth Miles Monk nee Collett was living at Clacton-on-Sea when she died on 21st December 1983, where her older sister Matilda died in 1967

 

William Andrew Collett [31P61] was born at 31 Homer Road in Homerton (South Hackney), his birth recorded at Hackney (Ref. 1b 604) during the last three months of 1879.  For some reason, he was absent from the family home in 1881 when he would have been one years old.  Three years before the death of his father John in 1894, the census in 1891 placed William Collett, aged 11, living with his parents and his three younger siblings in the West Hackney district of London.  Following the death of his father, his mother married John Cook in 1896.  At the age of 21 years William Collett was a glass blower living at 1 Suther Street in Hackney with his widowed mother Sarah and his stepfather John Cook.  Also living there were William’s sister Sarah, and his three brothers John, Henry, and Frank (below), together with his two half-brothers Robert and Thomas Cook and half-sister Harriet Cook

 

In April 1911 William Collett from Hackney was 31 and was still earning a living as a glass bottle maker while living at the home of his re-married mother Sarah Cook and her family at 32 White Post Lane near Victoria Park in Hackney Wick.  Around eighteen months later, the marriage of William A Collett and Elisa Elizabeth Lloyd was recorded at Hackney (Ref. 1b 1210) during the third quarter of 1912.  They only had one child, their son Peter Collett, whose birth was recorded at Wandsworth register office (Ref. 1d 1144) during the first three months of 1913, when the mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Lloyd.  Tragically, the death of Peter Collett was recorded at Chelsea register office (Ref. 1a 408) during the third quarter of that same year.  The only other known fact is, that William A Collett died less than two years after his son, his death recorded at Poplar (Ref. 1c 596) during the first quarter of 1915, when he was only 35.  With no apparent involvement in military service, it is possible that he may have been a civilian casualty of the Great War

 

31Q63 – Peter Collett was born at Wandsworth, London in 1913; died in 1913

 

Sarah Matilda Collett [31P62] was born at 31 Homer Road in South Hackney on 30th December 1882, the daughter of John Robert Collett and Sarah Elizabeth Sharpington.  Her birth was notified to the South Hackney register office on 9th February 1883 by her mother, who made the mark of a cross.  In 1891 she was eight years old, and by the time of the census in 1901, Sarah Collett, aged 18, was a Gladstone bag maker living with her mother Sarah Cook and stepfather John Cook.  Also living at 1 Suther Street in Hackney were her four brothers and the three children from her mother’s second marriage

 

Five years later in 1906 she married George Perkins at Hackney.  According to the next census conducted in April 1911, Sarah and her new family were living in the three-roomed dwelling that was 19 Abbotsford Avenue in Tottenham within the Edmonton registration district of London.  George Perkins was a housepainter from Bethnal Green who was 28, as was his wife of five years Sarah Matilda Perkins from Hackney.  During those five years Sarah had given birth to two children and they were Doris Perkins who was three and Ivy Velina Perkins who was one year old.  The couple’s first child had been born in Hackney, while the second was born after the family had settled in Tottenham.  Sarah was with-child on the day of the census, with her only son born later that same year

 

Tragically, it was just six years later that Sarah Matilda Perkins nee Collett died during 1917 when she was only around thirty-four years of age, around the same age as her brother William (above) who had died two years earlier.  Her daughter Ivy Velina Perkins (1909 to 1988) later married Albert William Townsend, and it was her son, Brian Townsend in Wales, who kindly provided some details about his ancestors.  Of her two other children, Doris May Perkins (1907 to 1996) was married three times, the first marriage producing two children, while her son George Alfred John Perkins (1911 to 2000) married Enid Roberts

 

John George C Collett [31P63] was born at 25 Homer Road in the Homerton suburb of Hackney, where his birth was recorded (Ref. 1b 600) during the third quarter of 1887, the son of John and Sarah Collett.  He was three years old in the West Hackney census of 1891 when he was living there with his family.  John was six years old when his father died in 1894, following which his mother married John Cook in 1896.  According to the census in 1901, John Collett was 14 and was still attending school, while he was living at 1 Suther Street in Hackney with his mother and his stepfather and their three Cook children, plus the other four members of his Collett family

 

Ten years later, at the start of 1911, the marriage of John G C Collett and Elizabeth Davenport was recorded at Poplar register office (Ref. 1c 631) during the first three months of 1911.  On the day of the census that year, John George Collett, aged 23 and born at Hackney, was still living in the Hackney area of London, just after he married Elizabeth.  It was also later that same year, in September, that the couple’s first child was born when the family was living at 30 Marsh Hill, near Hackney Marsh, when John was working as a horsekeeper (a groom).  That first child was followed by a further three children over the next six years although, tragically, the last of them died when he was just one year old.  The couple’s youngest child was born early in 1917, by which time his father was a rifleman and Private John G Collett, service number 323979, serving with the 6th Battalion of the London Regiment in France.  He may therefore not have seen his youngest child, when he was killed in action at Arras on 21st May 1917, at the age of 29.  His military record confirmed that his widow was Elizabeth Collett

 

31Q64 – John George Collett was born at Hackney, London in 1911

31Q65 – William Henry F Collett was born at Hackney, London in 1913

31Q66 – Sarah Elizabeth Collett was born at Hackney, London in 1915

31Q67 – Frederick Collett was born at Hackney, London in 1917

 

Henry Francis Collett [31P64], who was also known as Harry, was born at Hackney on 8th March 1890 and was baptised at the Church of St Barnabas in Homerton on 23rd January 1891, the son of John Robert Collett and Sarah Elizabeth Sharpington.  It was as Henry Collett that he was recorded in the West Hackney census of 1891 when he was one year old and living with his family.  Three years after that his father died and two years later his mother married John Cook in 1896 with whom she had three children before 1901.  On the day of the census in March that year Henry Collett from Hackney was 12 and was still attending school when he was living at 1 Suther Street in Hackney with his mother and her new husband, their three children, and Henry’s brothers and sister

 

Henry was still living with his mother and stepfather ten years later in April 1911 who, by then, were living at 32 White Post Lane near Victoria Park in Hackney Wick.  Stepson Henry Collett from Hackney was 21 and was employed as a printer’s joiner on that occasion.  However, another eighteen years would pass before he married Gladys Rose Wood in 1929, by which time he was forty years old.  Gladys may have been of a similar age, since no children arising from the marriage have been found

 

Henry Francis Collett later married Metabella Robinson who were both listed in the Electoral Roll for 1939.  At that time in their life they were residing at 47 Southdown Road in Eltham in Kent, and it was at that same address that they were both living when they passed away.  Whatever his occupation, Harry must have been very successful because, at the proving of his Will he was credited with a considerable fortune, including two other adjacent properties in Eltham.  Henry Francis Collett died on 2nd May 1945 at 25 Egerton Drive in Hale, Cheshire, when probate was granted to his widow Metabella Robinson Collett for his estate valued at £30,194 9 Shillings 4d.  The same report confirmed the couple’s home address was at 47 Southwood Road in Eltham and that Henry also owned the properties at 387 and 389 Footscray Road in Eltham, South London.  Today Footscray Road is the A211 running from Eltham to Sidcup

 

It is known that his widow survived him by over twenty years since she was recorded in the Electoral Roll for 1965, when Metabella R Collett was still living at 47 Southwood Road in Eltham within the Parliamentary Constituency of Woolwich West

 

Frank Collett [31P65] was born at Hackney in 1894, the youngest child of John Robert Collett and Sarah Elizabeth Sharpington.  His birth may have taken place just before, or just after, his father died in January 1894.  Two years later his mother re-married and by the census in 1901, Frank Collett aged six years was living at 1 Suther Street, the home of John Cook and his wife Sarah, Frank’s mother.  Also living there were Franks’ four siblings, and with the three Cook children of his mother.  He was still living with them at 32 White Post Lane near Victoria Park in Hackney Wick in 1911 when he was 17 and was working with his brother Henry (above) as a printer’s layer-on.  Just eleven years after that Frank Collett married Mabel E Lutterloch in 1922 and they had two children.  Sadly, the youngest child was only two years old when Frank Collett died in 1934 at the age of only 40

 

31Q68 – Frank Collett was born at Hackney, London in 1923

31Q69 – Gerald Collett was born at Hackney, London in 1932

 

Sarah Amelia Lifford [31P66], who was often referred to as Amelia, was born on 12th December 1877 at Shoreditch – as recorded in the 1881 Census.  However, at the time of registration of the birth, and perhaps because of problems after her birth, Sarah Amelia (and presumably her mother) was living at the home of her grandfather Andrew William Collett at 31 Homer Road in the Homerton area of Hackney.  That appears to have been only a temporary arrangement since by 1881 she and her parents, together with her younger sister Agnes were listed as living at 32 Union Street in Shoreditch.  Ten years later she and the family were living at 11 Bower Road in Hackney.  Sarah left the family home in the Spring of 1898 when she married (1) William John Challis in Poplar.  William was born in 1876 but tragically died shortly after they were married.  He died between October and December 1899 at St Olaves in Bermondsey.  According to the census of 1901, Amelia Challis at 23 was a widow living at 12 Bower Road in Hackney and her occupation was given as being a carpet sewer, that being the same occupation as her mother who was still living at 11 Bower Road in Hackney

 

After four and a half years as a young widow Sarah married (2) William Charles Pocock on 23rd July 1904 at the Parish Church of St Mark in Victoria Park, Poplar.  At the time of the wedding Sarah’s address was curiously given as 11 Bower Road in Poplar rather than in Hackney.  That might also indicate she was living with her mother, rather than at 12 Bower Road.  William’s address was given as 1 Salter Street in Poplar.  However, by the end of 1904 Sarah and William were living at 18 Finnisen Road in North Finchley, as confirmed by the registration of the birth of their first child in December that year.  Further changes of address were recorded for the birth of the couple’s other children and they were 2 Frederick Place at Friern Barnet in North Finchley in June 1906, 13 Fifth Avenue in Enfield in August 1907, and 155 Bynes Road in South Croydon in February 1910

 

The census of 1911 confirmed that the family living at Bynes Road was made up of William Pocock, aged 28, Amelia Pocock, aged 33, and their children William Pocock who was six, Amelia Pocock who was four, Walter Pocock who was three and Charley Pocock who was just one year old.  By 1912 the family had moved a few doors along the street to 131 Bynes Road from where the couple’s remaining children were born.  They were Richard Pocock (26.03.1912), Elizabeth Pocock (02.08.1914), Jane Pocock (25.05.1916), Mary Ann Pocock (23.09.1919), Molly Pocock (08.07.1921) and Henry Pocock (05.09.1923).  It was also there that Sarah Amelia died on 13th March 1934 and where William died two years later on 7th February 1936

 

William Pocock was born on 22nd April 1882 and was the son of Charles Pocock and Mary Ann Crittle.  His parents were living at Stone Street Farm in Crockham Hill, Westerham near Sevenoaks in Kent, at the time of his birth.  In 1891 he and his parents were living at Station Approach in Oxted, Surrey and ten years later they were living at 8 Stanhope Road in Finchley.  His occupation at the time of his marriage to Sarah Amelia Challis was that of a general labourer.  In 1907 he was working for a stonemason but returned to being a general labourer until around 1918 when he was employed by the local corporation, gaining promotion to road foreman in the late 1920s

 

The eldest child, William Charles Pocock, who was referred to as Bill, was born on 26th December 1904 at 18 Finnisen Road in North Finchley.  He married Sarah Gladys Dyer on 25th December 1931 at St Augustine’s Church in Croydon.  At that time, he was a scaffolder living at 141 Bynes Road in Croydon just a few doors along the road from where his parents lived at 155 Bynes Road.  His wife Sarah was born on 20th September 1904 and she was the daughter of Albert James Dyer and Mary Murrell.  It is interesting to note that Sarah and her family lived at 141 Bynes Road in Croydon, the same address given by William at the time of their wedding

 

Following their wedding day William C Pocock and Sarah G Dyer lived the whole of their lives as residents of Bynes Road, although it was from 147 Bynes Road that William Pocock died on 21st January 1975, followed by his wife Sarah on 24th October 1978.  William’s death certificate recorded that he was a retired painter and decorator and that he died of chronic bronchitis and pulmonary emphysema.  The second child of Sarah Amelia Lifford and William Charles Pocock, Amelia Pocock, was born on 1st June 1906 and she married Lionel Ernest King.  The couple was known within the family as Millie and Ernie and they were the grandparents of Ian King of Plymouth who kindly provided details for this family line

 

Richard Pocock was the fifth child of Sarah Amelia Lifford and William Charles Pocock who was born on 26th March 1912 in the family home at 131 Bynes Road in Croydon.  However, after a bout of measles which lasted for twelve days, following by three days of croup, Richard died on 24th April 1915 after eight hours of convulsions

 

Henry Pocock was born on 5th September 1923 in the family home at 131 Bynes Road in Croydon.  He was the last child of Sarah Amelia Lifford and William Charles Pocock, and was a clerical officer in the general register office in Croydon.  He never married and died on 15th March 1994 while living at 147 Bynes Road in Croydon.  The cause of death resulted from a ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm, atherosclerosis, and chronic obstructive airways disease.  His final address perhaps suggests that he lived with his much older brother William Pocock and his wife Sarah or that he inherited or took over the property when William and Sarah died in 1975 and 1978 respectively

 

Emily Collett [31P67] was born at Clapton in London during 1883 but shortly after she was born her parents moved to 229 Wick Road in Hackney.  On leaving school she took up the work of a tailoress and was living with her parents at 222 Morning Lane in Hackney in 1901 at the age of 17.  Sometime during the years following 1901 Emily’s mother died and by April 1911 unmarried Emily, who was 27, was living at West Ham with her father and all of her sisters

 

Isabella Collett [31P68] was born at 229 Wick Road in Hackney in 1887.  At the age of 13 she had left school and was working as a boot beader while living in the family home at 222 Morning Lane in Hackney.  By April 1911 Isabella Collett of Hackney was 23 and was living in the West Ham area of London with her widowed father William Collett and her four sisters

 

Harriet Louise Collett [31P69] was born at 229 Wick Road in Hackney during 1889, the third of the five daughters of William Andrew Collett and Emily Smith.  By 1901, when Harriet was 11, she and her family were living at 222 Morning Lane in Hackney.  It would appear that her mother died during the next decade, since in 1911 Harriet at 21 was living with her father and her four sisters in the West Ham area of London.  Just over four years later she married Ernest Edward Cockett at St Mary’s Church in West Ham on 28th August 1915.  Their marriage produced two children, one of whom was Olive Margaret Cockett, who was born in 1920, who died in 1995.  The other child is presumed to have been alive in 2013.  – Harriet Louise Collett was born at Hackney, London in 1889

 

Edith Maud Collett [31P70] was born at 229 Wick Road in Hackney during 1896, the daughter of William and Emily Collett.  According to the census in 1901 Edith was four years old when she and her family were recorded at 222 Morning Lane in Hackney, shortly after which, perhaps prompted by the death of her mother, the family moved to West Ham.  In the West Ham area census of 1911 Edith Collett was 14 years old when she was living there with her father and all four of her sisters.  Edith Maud Collett married Victor Wright at West Ham during 1924

 

Rose Collett [31P71] was born at 229 Wick Road in Hackney during 1899, the last of the five children of William Andrew Collett and his wife Emily Smith.  By 1901 the full family was living at 222 Morning Lane in Hackney where Rose was two years old.  During the next few years her mother passed away and in 1911 Rose and her family were living in West Ham when she was 12 years old.  Rose later married Leonard G Lloyd at West Ham in 1923 with whom she had two children, Patricia Lloyd who was born in 1931 and Maureen Lloyd who was born in 1937

 

Sarah Collett [31P72] was born at Hackney in 1895, where her birth was recorded (Ref. 1b 577 839) during the first quarter of that year, the eldest of the seven children of Henry John Collett and his wife Marion Rider.  She was six years old in the Stoke Newington census of 1901 and was 16 in 1911, when she was working as a daily servant, while still living with her widowed mother and the rest of her family.  She was twenty-one years old when the marriage of Sarah Collett and Theophile Hallemans was recorded at Hackney register office (Ref. 1b 839) during the last three months of 1916

 

Marion Amelia Collett [31P73] was born at Hackney on 11th August 1896 and it was there that her birth was recorded (Ref. 1b 486) during the third quarter of the year.  She was four years old and 14 years of age in the two censuses conducted in 1901 and 1911.  She never married and, at the end of her life she was residing in the Hendon area of North London, where her passing was recorded (Ref. 13 0615) during the spring of 1974

 

Edith Charlotte Collett [31P74] was born at Stoke Newington in 1897, where she was simply Edith Collett aged three years in the census of 1901.  No record of her birth or baptism has been found but, tragically for her family, the death of Edith Charlotte Collett, aged eight years, was recorded at Hackney register office (Ref. 1b 351) during the fourth quarter of 1905

 

Henry C Collett [31P75] was born at Stoke Newington in 1898, the four child and eldest son of Henry and Marion Collett.  Curiously, no record of his birth, baptism, marriage or death has been found, despite the fact he was living with his family in 1901, when he was two years of age, and again in 1911, when Henry C Collett was 12 and still attending school

 

Andrew Collett [31P76] was born at Stoke Newington in 1899, where he was living with his family in 1901, aged one year, and in 1911 when he was 11 and at school.  As far as in known, he never married and passed away in 1961 and the age of 60, his death recorded at Stepney register office (Ref. 5d 486) during the third quarter of that year

 

Frank Edwin Collett [31P77] was born at Homerton in 1903 with his birth recorded at Hackney register office (Ref. 1b 585) during the third quarter of the year.  By the time of the next census, his father had died and as Edwin Frank Collett was eight years old and living with his widowed mother and the rest of his family.  However, it was as Frank E Collett that his marriage to Alice Moffat was recorded at Hackney register office (Ref. 1b 727) during the first three months of 1937.  After around only five years being a married man, the death of Frank Collett was recorded at Hackney (Ref. 1b 487) during the first quarter of 1942, when he was 39

 

Eleanor Victoria Collett [31P78] was born at Homerton in 1905, her birth recorded at Hackney register office (Ref. 1b 530) during the second quarter of the year, the last child born to Henry John Collett and Marion Rider.  She was twenty-two when she married Joseph Haggerty, the event recorded at Hackney (Ref. 1b 483) during the first three months of 1927

 

Henry Collett [31Q5] was born at Bradford-on-Avon in 1868, where his birth was recorded (Ref. 5a 125) during the third quarter of that year.  He was the second of the three children of Arthur Henry Collett, aka Arthur William Collett, and his much older wife Harriet Hayward.  Early in his life he used the name Harry, as in the census of 1881, when Harry Collett was 12 years of age and was living in Bradford with his mother and younger sister Sarah, by which time their mother had been a widow for four years.  Not only had the family lost their father, just prior to that census day, Henry’s older brother died and was buried with their father at Bradford-on-Avon.  On completing his education, Henry enlisted with the British Army and in 1891 he was unmarried Private Harry Collette from Wiltshire who was 23 years old and attached to the 1st King’s Dragoon Guards based at Canterbury

 

It would appear that since joining the army, he used the Collette spelling of his surname and, later on in 1891, he adopted his mother’s maiden name as a second forename.  It was during the fourth quarter of 1891, that the marriage of Harry Hayward Collette and Amy Husband was recorded at the Woolwich register office in London (Ref. 1d 1932).  Amy was the same age as Harry and was born at Canterbury in 1868, the daughter of Henry and Mary Ann Husband, who was baptised there on 29th November 1868.  Eight months earlier, Amy Husband was an unmarried dressmaker, who was living with her parents in Canterbury at the age of 23.  The couple had fled to London to be married for the single reason that Amy was already expecting the birth of their first child, who was born early in 1892

 

Whether Harry had already finished his military service by then, or finished sometime during 1892, it was certainly at Canterbury that the birth of their son Harry George Collette was recorded.  However, upon the occasion of the birth of their second child, the young family was residing in the Ramsgate area of Kent, but later, settle at 113 Brookdale Road in Catford, within the London Borough of Lewisham, where two more children were born.  The Polling Registers for Catford placed Harry Collette, from at least 1899, through to 1905, at 113 Brookdale Road, after which, no record of the family has been found, and not even in the census of 1911, except that is for the couple’s eldest daughter

 

The Catford census in 1901 confirmed the family living at 113 Brookdale Road, from where 32-year-old Harry H Collett was an agent for a life insurance company, who had been born at Bradford-on-Avon in Wiltshire.  The other members of his family were his wife Amy Collette from Canterbury who was also 32, Harry G Collette who was nine and also born at Canterbury, Elsie Collette who was six and from Ramsgate, Margery N Collette who was four years old and born at Catford, and Leslie N Collette who was still under one year old and born at 113 Brookdale Road.  Three years later, Amy presented Harry with their last child, when the family was again residing at 113 Brookdale Road in Catford

 

It is rather curious that the only member of the family found within the next census was their eldest daughter Elsie Collette who was 16 and a pupil at Christ’s Hospital School on Fore Street in Hertford, where her place of birth was confirmed as Ramsgate.  Two years after that day, the name of Harry Hayward Collette was amongst those listed in the Chelsea Pensioners’ Service Records published in 1913, with a note that he was born in Wiltshire in 1868.  Twenty-four years late, Harry and Amy were living in Essex where Harry Hayward Collette died on 1st April 1937.  His Will was proved there on 29th May 1937, the main beneficiary being his widow Amy Collette

 

The only other family details are as follows:  the birth of Harry George Collette was recorded at Canterbury (Ref. 2a 821) during the first three months of 1892; the birth of Elsie Collette was recorded at Thanet register office (Ref. 2a 964) during the first quarter of 1895; with the next three births recorded at Lewisham register office.  Margery Norah Collette (Ref. 1d 1132) during the second quarter of 1897, Leslie Newing Collette (Ref. 1d 1178) during the second quarter of 1900, and Masie Collette (Ref. 1d 1216) during the first three months of 1905.  The last known detail relates to Leslie N Collette, whose marriage to Rosina A M Buttenshaw was recorded at Medway (Kent) register office (Ref. 2a 2365) during the third quarter of 1928

 

31R1 – Harry George Collette was born at Canterbury, Kent in 1892

31R2 – Elsie Collette was born at Ramsgate, Kent in 1894

31R3 – Margery Norah Collette was born at Catford, London in 1896

31R4 – Leslie Newing Collette was born at Catford, London in 1900

31R5 – Masie Collette was born at Catford, London in 1904

 

Florence Mabel Hannah Collett [31Q9] was born at Yatton Keynell in 1891, the eldest of the four children of Job Collett and Alice Sheppard, her birth recorded at Chippenham (Ref. 5a 71) during the second quarter of 1891 when her name was recorded as Florence Mabel H Collett.  Shortly thereafter Florence Mabel Hannah Collett was baptised at Yatton Keynell on 31st May 1891, the daughter of Job and Alice Collett.  By the time of the next census in 1901, Florence’s father had died and her widowed mother had married George Hayes, with whom she gave birth to a further seven children at Biddestone, although two of them did not survive.  All four children of the late Job Collett were recorded with their stepfather’s surname at Biddestone on that census day, including Mabel Hayes who was 10 years of age.  Nineteen years later, the marriage of Florence M H Collett and William G Butt was recorded at Chippenham (Ref. 5a 187) during the fourth quarter of 1920.  She was only married for just over six years, when the death of Florence M H Butt was recorded at Chippenham register office (Ref. 5a 102) during the first three months of 1927, when she was 35 years old

 

Edward Wilfred Collett [31Q10] was born at Yatton Keynell either late in 1892 or early in 1893, whose birth was registered at Chippenham (Ref. 5a 69) during the first quarter of that year.  It was on 26th February 1893 that he was baptised at Yatton Keynell, the eldest son of Job and Alice Collett.  Sadly, he was only two years old when his father died and his two younger brothers were born at Yatton Keynell.  A few years later his mother married George Hayes from Chippenham, following which the family settled in Biddestone, where Alice gave birth to seven more children.  At the time of the census in 1901, Edward and his three Collett siblings recorded in error with the Hayes surname.  Like his sister (above) and his youngest brother (below), Edward was included on the census return using his second forename, when Wilfred Hayes from Yatton Keynell was eight years old.  After the birth of the last of his mother’s Hayes children, the family left Biddestone when they moved to Long Dean, to the west of Yatton Keynell, where they were living in 1911.  On that occasion Edward was working alongside his stepfather, both of them employed as farm labourers, when he was described as Wilfred H Collett aged 18.  This raises the questions, was the H the start of the writing of the surname Hayes, before the name was corrected as Collett

 

Presumably Edward saw active service during the First World War and certainly survived the ordeal since, it was as Edward W Collett that he married Amelia Blanche Whiting.  The wedding was recorded at the Chippenham register office (Ref. 5a 183) during the second quarter of 1919, although it was very likely the wedding service was actually conducted at the Church of St Margaret in Yatton Keynell.  However, by that time Amelia had already given birth to a base-born daughter Enid who may or may not have been the child of Edward Collett.  Amelia herself was born at Lacock near Chippenham in 1887, the eldest daughter and second child of James Whiting of Yatton Keynell and his wife Louisa Whiting, who were living at Yatton Keynell in 1901, where James was a carter on a farm.  By that time, and at the age of only 13, Amelia was living and working as a domestic servant in Chippenham.  Ten years later, Amelia Blanche Whiting was the only one of that surname living and working at a dwelling in Bath, when she was unmarried at 23 years of age

 

It was during the year following their marriage that Amelia presented Edward with their second child.  The birth was recorded at Chippenham register office (Ref. 5a 109), where the child’s mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Whiting.  The family lived out most of their life at Yatton Keynell, but in 1942 Edward W Collett and his wife Amelia B Collett were living at 8 Mount Pleasant in Chippenham, when they received the sad news of the death of their married daughter Enid Hawkins who had died at her home during a German bombing raid on the City of Bath.  It was ten years later that Amelia Blanche Collett nee Whiting died on 5th April 1952 when she was 64.  After a further seven years Edward Wilfred Collett died during the second quarter of 1959 when he was 66, his passing being notified to the Registrar at the Bath Register Office, where the death was recorded for Edward W Collett.  Both of them were buried in a single grave in the grounds of St Margaret’s Church in Yatton Keynell where their combined headstone has the following inscription:

 

“In Loving Memory of Amelia Blanche Beloved Wife of Wilfred Collett died April 5th 1952 aged 64 Rest in Peace - Also of Wilfred Collett died May 31st 1959 aged 66 In Gods Keeping”

 

31R6 – Enid K Collett was born at Yatton Keynell in 1918

31R7 – Reginald Graham George Collett was born at Yatton Keynell in 1920

 

Alfred Job Collett [31Q11] was born at Yatton Keynell in 1894 and was the twin brother of Ernest William Collett (below).  His birth was recorded at Chippenham (Ref. 5a 59) during the fourth quarter of the year.  It was also there, during that same quarter of that year, that the premature death of his father was recorded.  The combined baptism of Alfred Job Collett and his twin brother was conducted at Yatton Keynell on 30th December 1894, when they were confirmed as the sons of Job and Alice Collett.  His widowed mother then married George Hayes and by 1901 Alfred and his three Collett siblings were living with their mother and stepfather in Biddestone, where Alfred was recorded in error as Alfred Hayes aged six years and from Yatton Keynell.  Towards the end of the next decade Ernest’s mother and stepfather moved to nearby Long Dean and, on the day of the census in 1911, the twins were still together but living at Roundway in Devizes, where Alfred Job Collett and William Ernest Collett from Yatton Keynell were both 17 years of age

 

Ernest William Collett [31Q12] was born at Yatton Keynell in 1894, the twin brother of Alfred Job Collett (above).  His birth entry recorded at Chippenham (Ref. 5a 60) followed that of his brother during the last quarter of the year.  He was baptised with his brother at Yatton Keynell on 30th December 1894, the sons of Job Collett (deceased) and his wife Alice Sheppard.  By the time he was baptised, his father had already died and, not long after, his mother married George Hayes, with whom the family was living at Biddestone in 1901.  On that occasion Ernest was incorrectly recorded as William Hayes who was six years old.  Ten years later William Ernest Collett and his twin brother were living at Roundway in Devizes at the age of 17.  Just over fourteen years after that day, the marriage of Ernest W Collett and Frances M Lewis was recorded at Calne register office (Ref. 5a 197) during the last three months of 1925, while no record of any children has so far been found

 

William Herbert Collett [31Q13] was born at Bath, where his birth was recorded (Ref. 5c 621) during the last three months of 1874, the eldest child of Edwin Collett and Mary Ann Jones.  It was as William H Collett that he was recorded in the census of 1881 when he was six years old and living with his family at 7 Dover Terrace within the Walcot district of Bath.  Ten years later, and following the death of his father, William had left school and was already a carpenter’s apprentice at the age of 16, when he and his widowed mother and his young siblings were residing at 2 Myrtle Place in Walcot.  When he was 21 years of age, William Herbert Collett married Clara Maud Witcombe, the event recorded at Bath (Ref. 5c 1113) during the second quarter of 1896.  Shortly thereafter, Clara presented William with the first of their three children.  By the end of March in 1901, William H Collett was 28 and his occupation was that of a joiner.  He was still living in the Walcot area of Bath on that occasion, at Upper Mount Pleasant, and living there with him was his wife Clara M Collett who was 24, and four-year-old son Edwin H Collett, when all three of them were confirmed as having been born at Bath

 

Ten years later the family was still living in Bath, but at 4 Hanover Place in the Kensington district of the town.  All four occupants of the premises were confirmed as having been born at Bath, and they were William Collett, who was 37 and a carpenter, his wife C Collett who was 30 (sic), their son Harry Collett who was 13 and their daughter Ethel Collett who was seven years of age.  Just less than three years later a third child was added to the family with the arrival of Dorothy May Collett in February 1914.  Many years later, a certain William H E Collett died at Bath, where his death was recorded (Ref. 7c 29) during the first three months of 1954, when he was 79 years old

 

31R8 – Edwin Harry Collett was born at Bath in 1897

31R9 – Ethel Maud Collett was born at Bath in 1902

31R10 – Dorothy May Collett was born at Bath in 1914

 

Edwin George Collett [31Q14] was born at Bristol, where his birth was recorded (Ref. 6a 24) during the fourth quarter of 1876.  As Edwin G Collett from Bristol, he was four years old in the census of 1881 when he and his family were living at 7 Dover Terrace in Walcot (Bath).  Towards the end of the century, the marriage of Edwin George Collett and Lily May Flower was recorded at Bath register office (Ref. 5c 1071) during the third quarter of 1899.  Lily May was the daughter of Joseph and Mary Flower and was born at Wellow, just south of Bath, in 1878.  She and Edwin had five daughters and all of them were born while the family was living in the Walcot area of Bath.  According to the Bath census of 1901, the couple’s first child had already been born.  Edwin G Collett from Bristol was 24 and his occupation was that of a plumber and a gas fitter.  His wife Lily M Collett from Wellow (Bath) was 22 and their daughter Violet M Collett was one year old

 

Ten years later in 1911, the family was still living at Walcot and the census that year recorded their address as 5 Dover Terrace in Walcot in Bath.  It also confirmed that Edwin and Lily had been married for twelve years.  Edwin George Collett, aged 34 and from the St Pauls district of Bristol, was still working as a plumber and a gasfitter.  His wife Lily May Collett was 33 and their five children were Violet May Collett who was 11, Gladys Mary Collett who was nine, Kathleen Lily Collett who was seven, Hilary Edith Collett who was four, and Georgina Daisy Collett who was two years old.  Also living with the family at that time was ‘step-brother’ George William Batch who was 13 and from Compton Martin near Cheddar.  In addition to him, seventy-one-year-old widower James R Hooper of Bath and ‘of independent means’ was also living with the family on that occasion

 

Two more children were added to the family, George in the summer of 1912 (Ref. 5c 904) and Doris possibly at the end of 1913, the birth of Doris E Collett recorded at Bath register office (Ref. 5c 837) during the first three months of 1914, when her mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Flower.  Her father’s military discharge record, completed in 1919, stated that Edwin George Collett from Somerset, was 42 years old and had been a member of the 5th Battalion of the Royal Army Medical Corps.  Edwin was 70 years old, when the death of Edwin G Collett was recorded at Bath register office (Ref. 7c 25) during the third quarter of 1947.  His widow survived for another eighteen years, when the death of Lily M Collett was recorded at Bath register office (Ref. 7c 54) during the third quarter of 1965, at the age of 87

 

31R11 – Violet May Collett was born at Walcot, Bath in 1899

31R12 – Gladys Mary Collett was born at Walcot, Bath in 1901

31R13 – Kathleen Lily Collett was born at Walcot, Bath in 1903

31R14 – Hilary Edith Collett was born at Walcot, Bath in 1906

31R15 – Georgina Daisy Collett was born at Walcot, Bath in 1908

31R16 – George E Collett was born at Walcot, Bath in 1912

31R17 – Doris E Collett was born at Walcot, Bath in 1913

 

Reginald Harry Collett [31Q15] was born at 7 Dover Terrace, Walcot in Bath in 1880, his birth recorded at Bath (Ref. 5c 610) during the third quarter of the year.  And it was at 7 Dover Terrace where he and his family were living on the day of the census in 1881, when Reginald H Collett was said to be ten months old, meaning he was actually born at the end of the second quarter of 1880.  Just less than two years later, the death of Reginald Harry Collett was recorded at Bath (Ref. 5c 473) during the first three months of 1893, when he was two years of age

 

Arthur Thomas Collett [31Q16] was born at Bath, where his birth was recorded (Ref. 5c 627) during the first quarter of 1883, and most likely at 7 Dover Terrace in the Walcot area of the city where his family had been living two years earlier.  He was the youngest of the four sons of Edwin Collett and Mary Ann Flower and, following the death of his father when he was only a few years old, Arthur T Collett aged eight years was living with his widowed mother and two older brothers at Walcot in 1891.  At the age of 18, he was still living with his widowed mother Mary at the family home in Bath, when his occupation was that of a leather renderer.  While no record of him has been found so far in the census of 1911, it was at Bath where Arthur Thomas Collett married Beatrice E Owen, the event recorded at Bath register office (Ref. 5c 1088) during the third quarter of 1912.  Beatrice Ella Owen was a draper’s assistant and was born at Bath on 2nd January 1888, the daughter of Frederick and Louise Owen.  As far as can be determined Arthur and Beatrice had just one child, Joyce Beatrice Louise Collett, whose birth was recorded during the second quarter of 1914 at the Bath register office (Ref. 5c 669), when the mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Owen

 

When he was around thirty years old, he joined the British army to fight for King and Country.  He was Private T/205129 with The Queen’s Royal West Surrey Regiment and was tragically killed during The Third Battle of Ypres on 4th October 1917, aged 34.  At that time, he was married to Beatrice E Collett of 26 Belgrave Crescent in Bath.  The details recorded at the time of his death confirmed that he was the son of Mrs M A Collett of 6 Highbury Terrace in Bath, and that corresponds to Mary A Collett, a milliner, who was married to Edwin Collett and was living at 7 Dover Terrace in Walcot in 1881.  Arthur’s name appears on the Tyne Cot Memorial (Panel 14 to 17, 162) which is situated north-east of Ieper.  It is one of four memorials to those missing in the Belgian Flanders area of the Ypres Salient.  The memorial bears the names of 35,000 officers and men whose graves are not known.  His widow was 83 years old, when the death of Beatrice Ella Collett, nee Owen, was recorded at Bath register office (Ref. 7c 754) during the spring of 1971

 

31R18 – Joyce Beatrice Louise Collett was born at Bath in 1914

 

Edgar William Collett [31Q17] was born at Atworth in 1874 and, shortly after he was born, he and his parents moved from Atworth to live at Monkton Farleigh north of Bradford-on-Avon and three miles east of Bath.  And it was at Monkton Farleigh where he was baptised on 8th November 1874, when he was confirmed as the son of Whyatt Collett and Jane Goldstone.  The move there only lasted a few years before the family moved again to Walcot in Bath, where Edgar was recorded as being six years old in the 1881 Census.  The family was living at 8 Lambridge Street in Walcot but, five years later in 1886, the family moved house again, that time to the west side of Bath, to settle at Twerton.  Ten years later Edgar and his family were still living at Twerton, where Edgar W Collett was 16 and a draper’s assistant

 

It was during the summer of 1900 that Edgar became a married man, when the marriage of Edgar William Collett and Ellen Elizabeth Holborrow was recorded at Tetbury register office (Ref. 6c 797) in Gloucestershire during the third quarter of that year.  Ellen had been born at Westonbirt in Gloucestershire in 1876 and, immediately after they were married, the couple moved north to Lancashire.  By the end of March in 1901, Edgar was a journeyman carpenter and joiner aged 27, and it was his work that had taken him and his new bride to the Old Trafford district of Manchester.  The pair of them were residing at Collins Street at that time, when his wife was confirmed as Ellen Collett who was 24 and from Westonbirt near Tetbury.  Ellen may well have been with-child on the census day, since it was later that year when their first child was born.  Within the following year the family of three travelled south and, in 1903, they were living in Swindon, where the second of their two daughters was born

 

Not long after that, Edgar and Ellen returned to Bath where they were recorded in April 1911 when living at 196 Coronation Avenue in Twerton.  Edgar William Collett was 36 and he gave his place of birth as being the Wiltshire village of Monkton Farleigh near Bath.  His occupation at that time was still that of a journeyman carpenter, employed by a house builder.  The census also confirmed that the couple had been married for ten years.  Edgar’s wife was listed as Helen Elizabeth Collett, aged 34 and from Westonbirt, and their two daughters were nine-year-old Helen Elizabeth Collett from Manchester and Dorothy Melinda from Swindon, who was seven years of age.  Just two years later, the death of Edgar W Collett was recorded at Wells register office (Ref. 5c 490) during the third quarter of 1913, when he was just 38 years of age

 

31R19 – Helen Elizabeth L Collett was born at Manchester in 1901

31R20 – Dorothy Melanda Jane Collett was born at Swindon in 1904

 

Frances Eliza Collett [31Q18] was born at Frankleigh near Bradford-on-Avon in 1876 and it was at the latter where her birth was recorded (Ref. 5a 138) during the second quarter of the year.  However, like her older brother Edgar (above), she was baptised at Monkton Fairleigh on 4th June 1876, the daughter of Whyatt and Jane Collett.  She was recorded in the 1881 Census as being five years old, when she was living at 8 Lambridge Street in Walcot with her family. Ten years later Frances and her family were living at Twerton where she was 15 years of age.  While no record of Frances has been found within the next census 1901, it was just over four years later that the marriage of Frances Eliza Collett and Alfred Small was recorded at Bath register office (Ref. 5c 1194) during the fourth quarter of 1905.  Alfred had been made a widower in 1898 when his wife Ada had died during the birth of their second child.  By 1911 Frances had given birth to two children, with all six members of the family residing in Twerton.  Alfred Small was 42, Frances Small was 35, Charles Small was 14, Irene Small was 11, Dorothy Small was five and Charlotte Small was three years of age

 

Whyatt Collett [31Q19] was born at Frankleigh in 1877, his birth recorded at Bradford-on-Avon (Ref. 5a 136) during the second quarter of that year, the third child of Whyatt Collett and Jane Goldstone.  He was three years of age in April 1881, when he and his family were living at Walcot, and was 12 years old in 1891 after the family has settled in nearby Twerton.  He took up work as a painter and glazier and in 1901 was living with his parents at Twerton.  His place of birth on that occasion was given as Bath and his age was 23.  Although he was recorded as being a married man in the next census of 1911, he was still living with his elderly parents at their house at 106 West Avenue in Twerton.  Whyatt Collett was 33 and a house painter and decorator and his place of birth was confirmed as Frankleigh.  It was three years earlier, when the marriage of Whyatt Collett and Florence Honor Raggatt was recorded at Bristol register office (Ref. 6a 234) during the third quarter of 1908

 

The birth of Florence Honor Raggatt was recorded at Barton Regis in Bristol (Ref. 6a 89) during the first three months of 1879, the third child and eldest daughter of William Raggatt and Harriet Goldstone.  At the age of 12 years, Florence was the only person living with her elderly maternal grandmother Eliza Goldstone, who was 74, at her home in Churchill Batch within the Somerset parish of Winscombe.  It seems likely she had already left school and was waiting on her grandmother, possibly as her housekeeper.  Ten years earlier, widow Eliza Goldstone was living with Florence’s family at Higham Road in Bedminster, to the south of Bristol.  Eliza was also, not only Florence’s grandmother, she was also the maternal grandmother of Whyatt Collett, being the mother of Jane Goldstone who married his father, who was living with the Collett family Twerton in 1901.  Eighteen months later, the death of Eliza Goldstone was recorded at Bath during the summer of 1902

 

When Whyatt was visiting his parents at 106 West Avenue in Twerton on the day of the census in 1911, his wife and their first child were visiting her parents in Bristol.  The census return that year recorded the family group as William Raggatt who was 58 and a circular distributor from Oxford, his wife Harriet Raggatt who was 63 and from Churchill in Somerset, their daughter Florence Collett who was 33 and born at Montpelier in north Bristol, together with her one-year-old son Whyatt Collett who was born at Bath

 

In all probability Florence Collett was staying with her parents in 1911 because she was already with-child and, within the next six months of that year, she gave birth to the first of her two daughters.  The five-year gap between those two children may have been the result of Whyatt’s absence during the first years of the Great War.  Both girls were possibly born at Twerton, with their births recorded at Bath register office, Hilda H Collett (Ref. 5c 830) in Q4 1911 and Gladys M Collett (Ref. 5c 867) in Q2 1916.  The couple’s youngest daughter was 29 years only when the death of Whyatt Collett was recorded at Bath register office (Ref. 5c 642) during the last three months of 1945, when he was 67 years old.  His widow survived him by nearly twelve years, when the death of Florence H Collett, nee Raggatt, was also recorded at Bath register office (Ref. 7c 38) during the third quarter of 1957, when she was 78

 

31R21 – Whyatt Collett was born at Bath in 1909

31R22 – Hilary Harriet Collett was born at Bath in 1911

31R23 – Gladys M Collett was born at Bath in 1916

 

Frederick John Collett [31Q20] was born at Larkhall in the Walcot area of Bath in 1879, his birth recorded at Bath (Ref. 5c 602) during the last three months of that year.  By the time he was one year old, he and his family were living at 8 Lambridge Street in Walcot, while in 1891 it was at West Avenue in Twerton, near Bath, that he was 11 years old.  He was the son of Whyatt Collett and Jane Goldstone and a school photograph of ‘Jack Collett’, on the right, is believed to be Frederick John Collett, since it is in the same style as the school photograph of his younger brother Albert Collett (below) taken a few years later.  Perhaps Jack was his school name

 

 

According to the Twerton census conducted in 1901, Frederick J Collett from Larkhall Bath was a stonemason aged 21 who was still living there with his parents.  Just six months after that census day Frederick John Collett married Rhoda Mills, who was also born at Bath in 1879, the event recorded at Bath (Ref. 5c 1103) during the fourth quarter of 1901.  The couple remained living in Bath and it was there also that their four children were born and where the family was living in April 1911.  The census that year confirmed the family was living at 49 Lower Bristol Road where Frederick John Collett, aged 33, was a mason and a builder who had been born in Bath and who had been married for ten years.  His wife was Rhoda Collett aged 33 and their children were Florrie Collett who was eight and Emily Collett who was two years old

 

It was during the next few years, after the census in 1911, that Frederick and Rhoda added to their family with a third daughter.  However, it was much later that their only son was born.  That time lapse was caused by the Great War, in which Frederick saw active service with the 8th Battalion of the Manchester Regiment as Private 302272 Frederick John Collett.  It was during the campaign that he sustained an injury.  The certificate issued to Frederick at the time of his discharge from the army carried the following words: “No 302272 Pte Frederick John Collett of the Manchester Regiment - Served with honour and was disabled in the Great War.  Honourably discharged on 20th December 1918”

 

 

The family group photograph (above) was taken in the back garden of their Bath home during 1924, when Frederick’s and Rhoda’s youngest child was one year old.  From left to right, the picture shows the couple’s three daughters: 16-year-old Emily Collett (standing); 22-year-old Florence Collett (seated); and Ivy Collett (holding a book).  Standing behind them is the suited Frederick John Collett himself, who would have been in his mid-forties and seated in front of him and holding their baby son Edgar, is his wife Rhoda Collett nee Mills.  Frederick was 83 when he passed away when he was still living in the Bath area of Somerset.  The death of Frederick J Collett was recorded at Bath register office (Ref. 7c 15) during the first three months of 1963

 

31R24 – Florence Jessie Collett was born at Bath in 1902

31R25 – Edith May Collett was born at Bath in 1906

31R26 – Emily Collett was born at Bath in 1908

31R27 – Ivy Collett was born at Bath in 1913

31R28 – Edgar William Collett was born at Bath in 1922

 

Sydney James Collett [31Q21] was born at Larkhall in Walcot in 1882, his birth recorded at Bath (Ref. 5c 611) during the fourth quarter of the year.  In 1881 his parents were living at 8 Lambridge Street in Walcot, where he may have been born.  He was eight years old in 1891 when he was living with his family in nearby Twerton at West Avenue.  On leaving school he joined the Royal Navy and in 1901 he was 17 and was serving with the navy at Devonport (Plymouth, where he was described as Sidney James Collett having been born at Larkhall, a boy first class, a boy under training.  No record of Sydney or Sidney has been found in 1911, when he may have been serving overseas.  However, he later returned to Bath, where the marriage of Sidney J Collett and Elizabeth Anthony was recorded (Ref. 5c 853) during the first quarter of 1924.  Tragically, it was exactly eight years later that Sidney died, his death recorded at Bath (Ref. 5c 789) as Sidney J Collett during the first three months of 1932, when he was said to be 49 years old

 

Albert Edward Collett [31Q22] was born at Larkhall in Walcot in 1884, another son of Whyatt and Jane Collett, whose birth was recorded at Bath (Ref. 5c 623) during the last three months of that year.  This may have taken place at 8 Lambridge Street where Albert’s family was living four years earlier in 1881.  Not long after he was born his family moved from Walcot when they settled in Twerton to the west of the city and where Albert was five years old in 1891.  On leaving school he began his working life as a carpenter, working alongside his father Whyatt.  That was confirmed in the census of 1901 when Albert E Collett from Larkhall Bath was 16 and described as a house carpenter, who was still living at Twerton with his parents.  The photograph of Albert (below)was likely taken during the last year of his schooling

 

 

Four years after that day, the marriage of Albert Edward Collett, the son of Whyatt Collett, and Florence Annie Ethel Ferris, the daughter of William Ferris, took place at Wootton Bassett on 7th August 1905, when the bride and the groom were both 21 years of age.  By April 1911, Albert Collett from Bath was 26 and a carpenter and a joiner working in the building industry, when he was living at Eglwysilan, Caerphilly in Glamorganshire, South Wales.  With him that census day was his wife Florence Collett from Dauntsey – a few miles west of Wootton Bassett, who was also 26, and the couple’s first child, two-month-old Ellen Collett who had been born in Caerphilly.  Four years later their son was born at Caerphilly, where he was baptised at the Church of St Martin, when the family was residing at 9 Southern Street in Caerphilly.  The births of both children were recorded at Pontypridd register office, Ellen during the first month of 1911 and Sidney during the third quarter of 1915

 

31R29 – Ellen Collett was born at Caerphilly in 1911

31R30 – Sidney James Collett was born at Caerphilly in 1915

 

Helen Edith Collett [31Q23] was born at Twerton in Bath on 19th January 1887, the last child of Whyatt Collett and Jane Goldstone.  It was at Bath that her birth was recorded (Ref. 5c 555) during the first quarter of 1887.  It was at West Avenue in Twerton where she was living with her parents in 1891, when she was four years old, and again in 1901 when Helen was still attending the local school at the age of 14.  Seven years after that day, Helen Edith Collett married Alick Percy Viles, the event recorded at Bath register office (Ref. 5c 897) during the first three months of 1908.  Helen gave birth to two daughters before the next census, the first born at Bradford-on-Avon, the second at Bath, while it was at Twerton that the family of four was residing in 1911.  Alick Viles from Bradford-on-Avon was 25, his wife Ellen Viles from Bath was 24, Iris Amelia Viles was two years of age and Doris Edith Viles was not yet one-year-old.  Two sons were added to their family at Twerton in the following years and they were Roy A Viles and Cyril P Viles whose births were recorded at Bath register office (Ref. 5c 826 in Q4 1913) and (Ref. 5c 693 in Q4 1918) when, in each case, the mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Collett.  After a long life living in the Bath area, it was there that her death was recorded (Ref. 22 0218) during the spring of 1974, when she was 87

 

Annie A H Collett [31Q24] was born at Putney in London during 1870, the eldest of the three surviving daughters of William and Harriet Collett.  Although no record of the family has been discovered in the census of 1871, it is established that her parents had travelled from London to Birmingham by 1873, where her sister Minnie (below) was born that year.  Their time in Birmingham seems limited since, according to the census in 1881, Annie Collett from Putney was 10 years old when she was living with her family at 84 Warrington Road in Prescot near St Helens in Lancashire.  Once again, the family has not been identified in 1891 and in March 1901 her parents had settled in the Manchester area of Lancashire, by which time Annie had already married Fred Jackson.  Annie A H Jackson from Putney was 30 and a waitress who was living in Accrington with her husband Fred Jackson who was 29 and a house painter.  Ten years later the childless couple was still residing in Accrington at 10 Davy Street where Annie Jackson from Putney was 40 and Fred Jackson was 39.  Staying with them on the day of the census in 1911 was Annie’s mother Harriet Collett from London who was 70, while on the same day Annie’s father William was visiting Annie’s youngest married sister Minnie in Blackburn

 

Minnie Collett [31Q26] was born at Birmingham in 1873 after her parents, William and Harriet, moved there from London, while during the following years the family continued to travel northwards and, by 1881, they were recorded in Lancashire.  At that time in her life Minnie Collett from Birmingham was seven years old and living at 84 Warrington Road in Prescot with her family.  Unfortunately, the whereabouts of Minnie and her family has not yet been unearthed in the next census on 1891, but during the latter half of the following decade Minnie Collett married James Henry Heys with whom she had a son.  The census in March 1901 confirmed that Minnie Heys from Birmingham was 27, with no occupation, when she was recorded at Church near Blackburn, Lancashire with her son John H Heys who was two years old and born at Church.  On that day Minnie’s husband may have been working away from home or perhaps he was a member of the armed forces.  However, the three of them were together for the 1911 census when Minnie Heys aged 38 and her husband James Henry Heys aged 44 and their son John Heys, who was 12, were recorded living at 123 Henry Street in Church.  Visiting the family that day was Minnie’s father William Collett from Monkton Farleigh who was a joiner aged 62

 

Basil Arthur Collett [31Q27] was born at High Ongar, Essex, at the end of 1893, the only known child of Arthur Collett from Bath and Edith Mary Barltrop from High Ongar.  His birth was recorded at Ongar register office (Ref. 4a 396) during the first three month of 1894.  Two years after the Great War, the marriage of Basil A Collett and Ethel Willett was recorded at Dunmow in Essex (Ref. 4a 1390) during the first three months of 1920, with their only known child born during the summer of the following year.  The birth of Barbara M Collett was recorded at Epping register office (Ref. 4a 886) during the third quarter of 1921, when the mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Willett.  Just over forty years later, the death of Basil Arthur Collett was recorded at West Ham register office (Ref. 5a 658) during the final quarter of 1962, when he was 68

 

31R31 – Barbara M Collett was born at Epping, Essex in 1921

 

Mary Collett [31Q28] was born at Leeds on 6th December 1924, the only child of Thomas Emanuel Collett and Catherine Curran, whose birth was recorded at Leeds register office (Ref. 9b 637), when her mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Curran.  Mary left the family home when she was 14 years of age and worked as a nursery maid and later as an assistant nurse at a TB hospital in South England.  She was eventually taken on as a trainee nurse at the Derby Royal Infirmary during 1942.  Ten years later she married David Bertram Sugden, a doctor at the DRI, the event recorded at Thirsk in Yorkshire (Ref. 1b 1419) during the last three months of 1952.  Mary Sugden, nee Collett, passed away on 17th November 2010 and was buried at St Martin's Parish Church in Alfreton, Derbyshire.  The couple’s only child, Ruth E Sugden, was born on 19th April 1963, the birth recorded at Mansfield register office (Ref. 3c 225) in Nottinghamshire.  It was at Chesterfield that the marriage of Ruth E Sugden and Michael A Bacigalupo was recorded (Ref. 6 604) during the spring of 1988.  And it was Ruth who generously provided all of the new details regarding her mother and her grandfather T E Collett in 2017.  Ruth is trying to trace the families of her grandfather’s siblings, one of which was her mother’s cousin Violet May Collet in Australia, with whom she corresponded during the 1960s and 1970s.  It is understood that Violet’s married name may have been Bose

 

Gladys Winifred Collett [31Q29] was born at Widcombe near Bath on 19th May 1903, the eldest of the three daughters of Thomas Henry Collett and his wife Florence Buck, whose birth was recorded at Bath (Ref. 5c 316).  In 1911 Gladys Winifred Collett was seven years of age when living at Violet Bank in Widcombe Hill.  It would appear that she was known within the family as Winnifred and she married Arthur Reginald F Chapman on 17th December 1926, Arthur having been born on 23rd June 1901.  The marriage is known to have produced at least one child, Martin H Chapman of Cheltenham, who kindly provided the information for the May 2012 update of this family line.  Gladys Winifred Chapman nee Collett died on 11th June 1963, while her husband survived for a further fourteen years when he died on 2nd July 1977

 

Kathleen Florence Collett [31Q30] was born at Widcombe in 1904, her birth was recorded at Bath (Ref. 5c 497) during the third quarter of that year, the second child of Thomas and Florence Collett.  She was six years old in 1911 when her family was residing at Violet Bank in Widcombe Hill near Bath.  Kathleen was twenty-five when she married William L Silcox, their wedding recorded at Bath register office (Ref. 5c 1331) during the fourth quarter of 1930.  Seven years later Kathleen presented William with the first of their two known children, Roger W Silcox, whose birth was recorded at Bath (Ref. 5c 532) during the last three months of 1937.  The birth of their daughter, Margaret K Silcox, was also recorded at Bath (Ref. 5c 1577) during the first quarter of 1940.  On both occasions, the children’s mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Collett

 

Margery Millicent Collett [31Q31] was born at Widcombe in 1905, with the birth recorded at Bath (Ref. 5c 479) during the first three months of that year, and it was at Violet Bank in Widcombe Hill that Margery was five years old in 1911.  The marriage of Margery M Collett and Kenneth S Burgess was recorded at Bath (Ref. 5c 1322) during the third quarter of 1933

 

Esme V Collett [31Q32] was born at Widcombe Hill near Bath in 1913 and it was at Bath register office where her birth was recorded (Ref. 5c 836) during the first quarter of the year, when her mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Buck, the fourth daughter of Thomas and Florence Collett

 

Kenneth Henry Collett [31Q33] was born at Widcombe Hill in 1914, his birth recorded at Bath (Ref. 5c 808) during the last three months of that year, when his mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Buck.  It was also at Bath that his death, at the age of four years, was recorded (Ref. 5c 518) during the third quarter of 1919, perhaps from the influenza pandemic that swept across the country after the Great War

 

Eileen M Collett [31Q34] was born at Widcombe, perhaps at the end of 1917, the last known child of Thomas Collett and Florence Buck.  Her birth, like those of her older siblings, was also recorded at Bath register office (Ref. 5c 630) during the first quarter of 1918 when, once again, her mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Buck.  She was twenty-three years old when she married Roy L Luxton, the event recorded at Bath (Ref. 5c 1927) during the second quarter of 1941.  After three years, their son Anthony R Luxton was born, his birth recorded at Bath (Ref. 5c 765) during the second quarter of 1944, when the mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Collett

 

Frank Henry Collett [31Q35] was born at Bath on 1st December 1906, where his birth was recorded (Ref. 5c 463) during the first three months of 1907, the eldest child of Frank Albert Collett and Ada Alice Stennard.  He may have been born at Lyncombe Vale Farm in Bath, where Henry Collett aged four years was living with his parents in 1911, where his father was a dairyman.  He was still living within the Bath area of Somerset in 1936 when he married Isabel Short, the event recorded there (Ref. 5c 1333) during the second quarter of 1936.  As far as can be determined, their marriage produced two daughters and, in both cases, the mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Short.  The death of Frank Henry Collett was recorded at Bath register office (Ref. 22 0002) during the spring of 1982

 

31R32 – Margaret Collett was born at Bath in 1938

31R33 – Marion Collett was born at Bath in 1939

 

Margaret Alice Collett [31Q36] was born at Southview Terrace in Bath and was baptised on 21st June 1908, the daughter of Henry Collett, a farmer, and his wife Ada Alice Collett, nee Stennard.  Her birth was recorded at Bath register office (Ref. 5c 495) during the second quarter of 1908 while, less than three years later the death of Margaret A Collett, aged two years, was also recorded at Bath register office (Ref. 5c 396) during the first three months of 1911

 

Cyril T H Collett [31Q37] was born at Bath in 1912, with his birth recorded there (Ref. 5c 888) during the third quarter of the year, when his mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Stennard.  He was still residing within the Bath area of the country when he married Gwendoline M Broom in 1936, since it was at Bath that the event was recorded (Ref. 5c 1389) during the final three months of the year.  No record of the birth of any children for the couple has been found

 

Reginald Arthur E Collett [31Q38] was born at Bath on 23rd June 1915, where his birth was recorded (Ref. 5c 760) during the third quarter of the year.  He was the youngest of the three sons of Frank Collett and Ada Stennard.  It has not been confirmed whether or not he ever married, but he was still living in the Bath area when he died in 1995, where his death was recorded towards the end of that year

 

Ethel May Collett [31Q39] was born at 31 Princess Street in Abertillery on 6th October 1899, the eldest of the four children of William Collett and Sephorah Rosser.  She was one year old in the Abertillery census of 1901 and was 11 years of age in 1911 when she and her family were living at Ty Bryn, 68 Duke Street in Abertillery.  Although, in the first of them she was recorded as Ethel Mary Collett, the following census confirmed that she was Ethel May Collett.  Despite being a longstanding member of Ebenezer Baptist Church, she was confirmed within the Church of England on 12th March 1923, just three months before she was married, when this photograph was taken

 

 

Ethel May Collett married Albert Edward Bainton from Blaina at St Michael’s Church in Abertillery on 18th June 1923 with whom she shared a very long life.  The marriage was recorded at Bedwelty register office (Ref. 11a 144), while the birth of Albert was recorded at Swansea (Ref. 11a 979) during the third quarter of 1900, the son of the late Mr & Mrs John Bainton.  Albert was Under-Manager at the Arreal Griffin Pit for twelve years and a Relief Under-Manager for the No 6 Area, including Abertillery, and ultimately became Under-Manager of the Six Bells Colliery.  Ethel and Albert never had any children and lived in a Coal Board owned house just across from the Six Bells Lancaster Colliery at 1 Cefn Bryn on Six Bells Road in Abertillery.  It was on 31st July 1958 when Albert Edward Bainton died at the age of 58

 

Ethel May Bainton was a widow for forty years and was ninety-nine years of age when she died on 30th July 1998, the colourful headstone at her grave in the Church of St Elli in Llanelly confirming that she was the eldest daughter of William and Sephorah Collett of Abertillery.  Her obituary read as follows: “Bainton: On Thursday 30th July at The Chestnuts Nursing Home in Llangattock, Ethel, devoted wife of the late Albert (formerly of Six Bells, Abertillery).  Funeral service at Ebenezer Baptist Chapel, Abertillery, on Monday 10th August at 1.30 pm prior to interment at Llanelly Church”

 

JOHN GORDON COLLETT [31Q40], who was always known as Gordon, was born at 31 Princess Street in Abertillery on 22nd June 1901, the only son of William and Sephorah Collett.  At the time of the March census in 1901 his father was a coal miner, while his mother was preparing for the birth of the couple’s second child, having already had a daughter, John’s older sister Ethel who was one year old on the day of the census.  The family of five was living at Ty Bryn, 68 Duke Street in Abertillery in April 1911 when John Gordon Collett was nine years of age and within the next four months Gordon’s mother gave birth to another sister for him, when the family was still residing at Ty Bryn, 68 Duke Street in Abertillery.  On leaving school Gordon initial worked with his father William, and the pit ponies, in the Garry and Vivian Coal Pits, but did not like going down into the mines

 

 

Gordon later married Evelyn Harris of 9 Griffin Street, Six Bells in Abertillery who was born on 16th May 1903, one of the five daughters of William Harris (real name William Collins) and his wife Eva Giles.  It was on 6th August 1928 at the Presbyterian Church on Alexandra Road in Abertillery that Gordon and Evelyn were married.  The newspaper report of their wedding read as follows: “A Wedding at Six Bells – a very pretty wedding was celebrated on Monday morning, the contracting parties being Miss Evelyn Harris, daughter of Mr & Mrs William Harris of Six Bells, and Mr Gordon Collett of Llanbradach, son of Mr & Mrs Collett of Duke Street.  The ceremony was performed by the Rev. W Thomas at the Presbyterian Church, Six Bells.  The service was fully choral, Mr Bert Powis being at the organ.  The bride was given away by her father, and was attended by three bridesmaids and a page boy.  She was attired in beige crepe-de-Chine and a picture hat to match.  The bridesmaids, who wore Georgette dresses, large hats and silver shoes, were Miss Anita Williams, Miss Evelyn Collett – sister of the groom, and Olwen Harris – sister of the bride.  Over forty guests sat down to breakfast which was laid in the vestry of the church, reference being made to the useful work the bride had rendered on behalf of the church.  The bride was an assistant mistress at the Six Bells Infant’s School and a member of the Six Bells Tennis Club”

 

Prior to being married Gordon lived in a tent in his parents’ garden in order to save for his wedding expenses instead of paying for rent elsewhere, Evelyn was still living with her mother at Griffin Street in Abertillery.  After their marriage the couple rented a house in Llanbradach.  Gordon eventually left the coal mining industry and his first job after leaving the pits was to become a bookkeeper for the East India and China Tea Company Limited at the Llanbradach Branch.  And it was at 18 Garden Street in Llanbradach, Glamorgan, where his daughter and only child Barbara Jean Collett was born on 26th April 1929 and where his wife Evelyn was a teacher at the local Infants & Primary Elementary School

 

The family moved to Mablethorpe in Lincolnshire during the month of August in 1937 where Gordon opened shops for the firm of Lewington's Stores, one being on Mablethorpe High Street.  Once they were established Gordon went into business for himself as a grocer, also selling wines and spirits, while Evelyn taught at Mablethorpe Primary School from 1940 to 1948.  During the Second World War, when Gordon was 41, he was called up to work as a Manager for the NAAFI in 1942.  He later transferred to No 48 Unit of the Graves Registration Corps, 21st Army Group and landed in France six days after D-Day.  He reached the rank of Supply Corporal, keeping the burial records ledger books from the Normandy Beaches all the way up to Arnhem.  After the war he received the Battle of Britain 1939-45 Star, the Atlantic Force & Germany Star, and Oak Leaf War Medal 1939-1945

 

After the war the family moved to Ramsgate in Kent where another grocery shop was opened while Evelyn continued to teach at Margate Primary and Canterbury Primary Schools.  Evelyn's sister Olwen (Harris) Watkins and her husband Thomas (Tom) Watkins were long-time residents of Ramsgate before the Collett family moved there.  After Gordon and Evelyn retired, they bought and moved into a house on 6th December 1966 at 67 Summerfield Avenue in Tankerton near Whitstable in Kent.  They later sold the property and moved into a flat at 4 Frobrisher Court on Hereson Road in Ramsgate

 

John and Evelyn died within two years of each other, with Evelyn Collett nee Harris passing first on 16th December 1991 while at Margate Hospital.  Following the loss of his wife Gordon moved out of their flat not long after, primarily for health reasons.  It was therefore as a resident at the Ogden Home for the Blind in Ramsgate that John Gordon Collett died on 6th June 1993.  Evelyn was cremated on 23rd December 1991 at Thanet Crematorium where her ashes were scattered, with Gordon being buried on 21st July 1993 at the burial ground of St Elli’s Church in Llanelly where a headstone has been erected by their children which includes the name of Evelyn Collett and confirms that John Gordon Collett was the only son of William and Sephorah Collett of Abertillery

 

An obituary for Gordon was published in the local Mablethorpe newspaper as follows:  “The death has occurred, at the age of 92, of Mr Gordon Collett.  Mablethorpe’s older residents will remember him well, and with affection.  Mr Collett was born in South Wales in 1901, moving to Mablethorpe in 1937, where he and his family made their home in St Andrew’s Road.  He began working for Levington’s, the grocers on Mablethorpe’s High Street, and remained with them until 1943.  It was in this capacity that many will remember him, a small man with sparkling eyes and full of fun.  On one occasion, whilst loading the delivery van during the war, a German aircraft opened fire straight above him in the High Street.  Pushing his young assistant to safety in an alley way, Mr Collett quickly followed and the two of them escaped unscathed.  Mr Collett was an ambulance driver with the Red Cross before joining the Royal Army Service Corps and working for the NAAFI during World War II.  His wife Evelyn was a teacher at Mablethorpe Primary School.  After the war, they moved to Margate where Mr Collett opened a small grocers and off-licence and Mrs Collett carried on her teaching career at the junior school.  Their daughter, Jean, attended Louth Grammar School and later went on to college in London.  She became a teacher there before leaving to live in America.  After retiring, Mr Collett and his wife went to live in Whitstable, later returning to the Margate and Ramsgate area”

 

31R34 – Barbara Jean Collett was born at Llanbradach in 1929

 

Evelyn Collett [31Q41] was born at 31 Princess Street in Abertillery on 2nd June 1907, the third of the four children of William Collett and his wife Sephorah, who was three years of age in the census of 1911, by which time the family was living at Ty Bryn, 68 Duke Street in Abertillery.  Evelyn was a primary school teacher in Chadwell Heath when she married Wilfred Alan Rogers (40.03.1906-21.05.1997) on 4th February 1939 at the Chadwell Heath register office.  It was in Abertillery that they lived at 25 Grosvenor Road, a house that Evelyn purchased with her teacher’s salary, while her husband, known as Wilf, was stationed with the Army in India, working as a clerk at army headquarters.  Ev, as she was known, continued to teach at Cwmtillery School in Abertillery until she finally retired.  After the war Wilf entered into, and eventually retired from, local County School Administration. Their marriage produced no children for the couple, who were long time Rotary Club members, with Wilf being very active as an officer for the local football club.  Evelyn Rogers nee Collett died while she was residing in a local nursing home on 24th February 1986.  Both Eveline and her husband were cremated, with their ashes being scattered at Gwent Crematorium

 

 

Ev, as she was known, continued to teach at Cwmtillery School in Abertillery until she finally retired.  After the war Wilf entered into, and eventually retired from, local County School Administration. Their marriage produced no children for the couple, who were long time Rotary Club members, with Wilf being very active as an officer for the local football club.  Evelyn Rogers nee Collett died while she was residing in a local nursing home on 24th February 1986.  Both Eveline and her husband were cremated, with their ashes being scattered at Gwent Crematorium

 

Beatrice Jane Collett [31Q42] was born at Ty Bryn, 68 Duke Street in Abertillery on 17th July 1911 and was the last of the four children of William Collett and Sephorah Rosser.  The birth of Beatrice, who was known as Beattie, was recorded at Bedwelty register office (Ref. 11a 162), her arrival being a surprise to her mother who thought her family had been completed after the birth of her third child.  Beattie Collett never married and remained a spinster all her life, during which she was an officer employed by the Gwent Youth Employment Service.  She continued to live in the family home at 68 Duke Street which she inherited after the death of her parents

 

 

And t68 Duke Street was her home address at the time of her death on 9th April 1987, when she was patient at the Nevill Hall Hospital in Abergavenny.  Following her passing, her funeral service took place at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Abertillery, after which she was cremated on 14th April 1987 at Gwent Cwmbran Crematorium

 

Elizabeth May Collett [31Q43] was very likely born during November 1898, since she was fifteen months old when she died on 7th February 1900.  Her name, together with that of her sister Gertrude (below), was included on the headstone of their grandparents

 

Gertrude Collett [31Q44] was born on 31st May 1900 but died on 2nd June 1900 aged just two days.  Her name, together with that of her sister Elizabeth May (above), was included on the headstone of their grandparents

 

Lily Collett [31Q45] was born in 1902, her birth recorded at Bedwelty register office (Ref. 11b 92) during the third quarter of the year, the same quarter that her death was recorded there (Ref. 11a 50)

 

May Collett [31Q46] was born in 1903, her birth recorded at Bedwelty register office (Ref. 11a 103) during the second quarter of the year, the same quarter that her death was recorded there (Ref. 11a 55)

 

Reginald Clifford Collett [31Q47] was born during July 1905, his birth recorded at Bedwelty register office (Ref. 11a 85) during the third quarter of the year, the same quarter that his death was recorded there (Ref. 11a 52)

 

Henry Byron Collett [31Q48] was born during the first three months of 1908 at 20 Cromwell Street in Abertillery, his birth recorded at Bedwelty register office (Ref. 11a 83), the eldest surviving child of Henry Albert Collett and Mary Hannah Evans.  In the Abertillery census of 1911 he was recorded as Henry Byron Collett who was three years old.  He later married the widow Marjorie Blosse at Weston-Super-Mare who had previously been married and whose son Michael Blosse was married with four children living in Abertillery.  Marjorie was living at 1 Windsor Road in Six Bells, Abertillery, when she married Henry.  During the Second World War Henry served with the Royal Air Force and upon his later death he was buried in the New Cemetery in Abertillery

 

 

The death of Henry B Collett was recorded at Bedwelty register office (Ref. 8c 25) during the last three months of 1963, when he was 55.  Later in her life his widow Marjorie Collett nee Green was living at 11 Thurber Road in Worthing, Sussex, where she died during August 1985.  The obituary for Henry Byron Collett printed in the local newspaper read as follows:  “The funeral took place at new cemetery of Mr Henry Byron Collett of 1 Windsor Road, Six Bells.  The mourners were Mr M Blosse, stepson; Messrs W E Evans, J G Collett, W Rogers, T Watkins, cousins; R Green, brother-in-law; G Green, nephew.  Among the mourners at the house were Mrs M Collett, widow; Miss M Collett, sister; and cousins Miss B Collett and Miss G Collett”

 

Marion Augusta Collett [31Q49] was born at 20 Cromwell Street in Abertillery on 9th May 1909, the youngest child of Henry Albert Collett and Mary Hannah Evans, whose birth was recorded at Bedwelty register office (Ref. 11a 103).  As Marion Augusta Collett she was one year old in the census of 1911 when in fact she was just one month short of her second birthday.  On leaving school Marion, who loved botany and ornithology, became a school teacher

 

 

She never married and lived with her parents at 20 Cromwell Street in Abertillery, and it was at that same address that she was still living in 1978 following the deaths of both her father and her mother in 1941 and 1948.  Upon her death on 11th December 1984 at the age of 74, her estate passed to Joan Kingham of Dursley in Gloucestershire.  Both of them had graduated from Stockwell College of Teachers and Joan had been evacuated to Wales during the Second World War.  Marion was a member of the Tabernacle Congregational Chapel

 

Idris Thomas Collett [31Q50] was born at Aberbaiden, Llanelly, in the family home at Old Road, possibly at the end of 1887 or within the first few weeks of 1888.  His birth, as Idris Tom Collett, was recorded at Crickhowell (Ref. 11b 117) during the first three months of 1888, the eldest child of Henry Thomas Collett and Mary Rebecca Hughes.  He was three years old in the census of 1891 when he and his family were still living at Old Road.  After his father died in 1892, when he was five years old, he was still living with his widowed mother at Station Road in Llanelly in 1901, when he was 13.  By that time, he was already working as a coal miner and a coal hewer.  Ten years later, Idris Collett was still living with his widowed other at Clydach, where he was 23 and a colliery timberman working at a nearby coal mine.  Other members of the family were his brother William Henry Collett and Alice May Phipps.  Curiously, every member of the household was credited as having been born at Clydach

 

The records at Crickhowell (Ref. 11b 116) confirm that Idris T Collett married Elizabeth Jane Williams during the first quarter of 1912.  Four years later, the couple’s only known child was born, the birth of Idris R J Collett recorded at Crickhowell register office (Ref. 11b 138) during the first quarter of 1916, when his mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Williams.  Idris Tom Collett senior was residing at 7 Bath Row in Llanelly when he died on 27th December 1942.  His death at the age of 54 was recorded in Monmouthshire at Bedwelty register office (Ref. 11a 57).  Following his passing the administration of his personal effects of £652 1 Shilling was granted to Elizabeth Jane Collett

 

31R35 – Idris R J Collett was born at Crickhowell in 1916

 

Lily Jane Collett [31Q51] was born at Old Road in Aberbaiden during the first three months of 1890, her birth recorded at Crickhowell register office (Ref. 11b 112).  It was also at Old Road that she was living with her family for the census of 1891 when she was fifteen months old.  When Lily Jane Collett was 11 years old, she was living with her uncle John Thomas at 2 Hope Street in Aberystruth, rather than her own family, which may have been something to do with the fact that her father had died nine years earlier in the spring of 1892.  By the time of the census in 1911 Lily Jane Collett from Clydach, the daughter of Henry Thomas Collett and Mary Rebecca Hughes was a married lady with two children.  She was listed as Lily Jane Jenkins, aged 21, when she was living at Old Road in Clydach near Abergavenny in Monmouthshire with her husband of three years James Jenkins who was 23, her son Emrys James Jenkins who was three and her daughter Irene May Jenkins who was one year old.  It was during the second quarter of 1908 when Lily was most likely already carrying her first child that she married William James Jenkins.  The marriage was recorded at Crickhowell register office (Ref. 11b 166), when the witnesses were named as Edward Richards and Elizabeth Walker

 

William Henry Collett [31Q52] was born at Aberbaiden towards the end of 1891, his birth having been recorded at Crickhowell register office (Ref. 11b 98) during the last three months of the year.  He was around six months old when his father died, following which he was 10 years old and still attending school in the March census of 1901, when he was living at Station Road in Clydach, Llanelly, with his widowed mother and his older brother Idris (above) and half-sister Mary Ann Collett who was born two years after the death of his father.  He was still living with his mother in 1911 who, by then was Mary Rebecca Phipps, the wife of William Phipps.  At that time in his life William Henry Collett from Clydach was 19 and a coal miner and hewer

 

Thirty months after that, the marriage of William H Collett and Eliza A Edmunds was recorded at Crickhowell register office (Ref. 11b 184) during the last quarter of 1913.  Over the following thirteen years Eliza gave birth to six children, all of their births recorded at Crickhowell, when the mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Edmunds.  The birth of the couple’s first child was recorded in the third quarter of 1914 (Ref. 11 176) and their last child during the third quarter of 1926 (Ref. 11b 142).  No further record of either of them has been found.  The death of William H Collett was recorded at Crickhowell register office (Ref. 11b 78), at the age of 55, during the second quarter of 1946

 

31R36 – William Henry T Collett was born at Crickhowell in 1914

31R37 – Lewis M Collett was born at Crickhowell in 1916

31R38 – Ivy Collett was born at Crickhowell in 1918

31R39 – Agnes S Collett was born at Crickhowell in 1921

31R40 – Emrys N Collett was born at Crickhowell in 1923

31R41 – Idris T Collett was born at Crickhowell in 1926

 

Flora Jane Collett [31Q54], who was known as Florrie, was born at Llanelly in 1882 and was the eldest child of John William Collett and Emily (Emma) Williams.  Her birth was recorded at Crickhowell (Ref. 11b 118) during the last quarter of the year.  It was also at Llanelly that she was living with her family in 1891 when she was eight years old.  During the next few years her family moved to Abertillery and, on leaving school, Flora started work as a shop assistant.  That was confirmed by the census in 1901 when, as Florrie Collett, aged 18, she was still living in Llanelly with just her younger brother Ernest (below) living with her

 

 

Four years later, Florrie Jane Collett married David Samuel Davies during the fourth quarter of 1905, the event recorded at Crickhowell register office (Ref. 11b 212).  According to the next census in 1911, the childless couple was living at Clydach where both of them were recorded as being aged 28 and listed in the census under their full names

 

Frank Henry Collett [31Q55] was born at Llanelly on 3rd November 1884, the eldest son of John and Emily Collett, his birth recorded at Crickhowell (Ref. 11b 109).  He was six years old in 1891 and was 16 in 1901, by which time he and his family were living at Abertillery where he was working as a coal miner and a hewer.  It was towards the end of the next decade that Frank married Mary Elizabeth Eynon, the wedding recorded at Crickhowell (Ref. 11b 137) during the first quarter of 1908.  The marriage had produced two children for the couple prior to the next census in 1911.  By then the family was living at Llanelly, where Frank H Collett had been born, who was 26 and still working as a coal miner and hewer.  His wife Mary E Collett was also 26, and their two children were Lily M Collett who was two years old and Edna M Collett who was only five months old, all of them also born at Llanelly.  Two more children were added to their family but sadly, in 1912/1913, the middle two children suffered infant deaths

 

When the 1939 Register was compiled, at the start of the Second World War, Frank H Collett was 59 and living at Waenllapria in Llanelly Hill, to the east of Brynmawr, in a dwelling immediately adjacent to his younger brother Frederick William Collett (below).  His occupation was that of a colliery hewer working below the surface – like his brother, when his wife was Mary Elizabeth Collett who was undertaking unpaid domestic duties.  The only child still living there with them was Masie Evelyn Collett who was nearly 23 and an unmarried, who was employed at a local hat manufacturer.  Just over one year later, the death of Mary E Collett, nee Eynon, was recorded at Crickhowell (Ref. 11b 270) during the final quarter of 1940.  Nearly thirty years later, Frank H Collett passed away at the age of 75, his death recorded at Crickhowell (Ref. 8a 166) during the summer of 1969

 

31R42 – Lily M Collett was born at Llanelly in 1909

31R43 – Edith M Collett was born at Llanelly in 1910

31R44 – Ernest T Collett was born at Clydach in 1912

31R45 – Maisie Evelyn Collett was born at Clydach in 1916

 

Ernest Tom Collett [31Q56] was born at Llanelly in 1887, the third child of John and Emily Collett, whose birth was recorded at Crickhowell (Ref. 11b 116) during the third quarter of that year.  He was three years old when he was living at Llanelly with his family in 1891.  During the 1890s it would appear that his family moved to the Abertillery area, while Ernest remained in Llanelly, at Llanmarch, with his older sister Flora (above) since, in the census of 1901, Ernest Collett was 13, when Florrie was a shop assistant

 

Just over eight years later, when he had reached the age of twenty-one, he became a married man, the marriage of Ernest Tom Collett and Frances Rhoda Wallbank was recorded at Crickhowell register office (Ref. 11b 191) during the second quarter of 1909.  After a further two years, Frances had given birth to a son, the family of three recorded within the next census as residing at Llanelly, where Ernest Tom Collett from Llanelly was 23 and a coal miner hewer, his wife Frances Collett was 22 and from Coumlin in Monmouthshire, and their son William John Collett was seven months old.  His birth, as William J Collett, was recorded at Crickhowell register office (Ref. 11b 93) during the last quarter of 1910.  Tragically, the death of William J Collett was also recorded there during the first three months of 1912 (Ref. 11b 167)

 

Five further children were born into the family over the next twelve years, although only one record of just one of them being married has been found, which may indicate the family later left Britain for a new life elsewhere.  The births of four of those five children were all recorded at Crickhowell register office, and they were Nancy Collett (Ref. 11b 163 in Q4 of 1912, whose death was also recorded at Crickhowell Ref. 11b 135 in Q2 1921), Howis E Collett (Ref. 11b 157 in Q4 1916), Ernest R Collett (Ref. 11b 137 in Q1 1919) and William J Collett (Ref. 11b 171 in Q2 1923).  In every case, the mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Wallbank

 

31R46 – William John Collett was born at Llanelly in 1910; died in 1912

31R47 – Nancy Collett was born at Llanelly in 1912; died in 1921

31R48 – Frank H Collett was born at Llanelly in 1914

31R49 – Howis E Collett was born at Llanelly in 1916

31R50 – Ernest R Collett was born at Llanelly in 1919

31R51 – William J Collett was born at Llanelly in 1923

 

Frederick William Collett [31Q57] was born at Llanelly on 6th April 1889, the son of John and Emily Collett, his birth recorded at Crickhowell (Ref. 11b 113) during the second quarter of the year.  It was at Llanelli that Frederick William Collett was two years old in 1891, whereas by 1901 he and his family were living in Abertillery when Fdk Wm Collett was 11 years of age.  After a further ten years Frederick William Collett, aged 21 and a coal miner and hewer employed by T & E Williams, was still with his family which was then residing in Clydach in 1911.  Three years later Frederick W Collett married Mary Jane Powell, as recorded at Crickhowell (Ref. 11b 112) during the first three months of 1914.  And it was also at Crickhowell register office that the births of all of their children were recorded

 

In an earlier version of this family line, it had stated that Frederick and Mary left Wales, when they crossed the Atlantic Ocean to settle at Bedford in Indiana in the United States of America, but that their daughters were still living in Great Britain during the war years.  A review of the 1939 Register has therefore confirmed that Frederick and his family were still living in Wales in September that year, and right next door to his older brother Frank H Collett (above).  It was at Waenllapria in Llanelly Hill, just east of Brynmawr, that the family was residing, where Frederick William Collett was a coal hewer, working below surface.  His wife Mary Jane Collett was carrying out unpaid domestic duties, and their three daughters were recorded as Myra I Collett, an unpaid shop attendant, Ada Collett, a student, and Annie Collett who was still at school

 

As far as can be determined, it was only the couple’s eldest child who was born and died in Wales.  Of the next three children, no record of any of them has been found in Great Britain after the day of their respective marriages, while no record at all of the couple’s fifth child has been born after the record of his birth.  So, there is some speculation that some, or all of them, moved to America after the Second World War, where Frederick and Mary visited them in the early 1950s.  The reason for saying this, is that the couple sailed into Southampton from New York on 15th July 1953.  The ship’s passenger list included Frederick and Mary Collett, both 63 years old, whose home destination was Waenllapria in Llanelly Hill, with Frederick described as being retired

 

31R52 – Myra Irene Collett was born at Clydach in 1915

31R53 – Ada Collett was born at Clydach in 1917

31R54 – Edwin J Collett was born at Clydach in 1919

31R55 – Annie Collett was born at Clydach in 1924

31R56 – Wilfred H Collett was born at Clydach in 1926

 

Mary Ann Collett [31Q58] was born at Llanelly in 1891, with her birth recorded at Crickhowell (Ref. 11b 107) during the third quarter of the year, the daughter of John and Emily Collett.  She and her family were residing in Abertillery for the census in 1901 was recorded at Crickhowell (Ref. 11b 101) during the second quarter of the year when she was recorded under her full name at the age of nine years.  It was also using her full name that she was 19 years old and working as a dressmaker, when she was still living with her parents but at Clydach by the time the census was conducted in 1911.  Ten years later, the marriage of Mary A Collett and William L Emery was recorded at Crickhowell register office (Ref. 11b 185) during the third quarter of 1921.  Despite all of those records, she was known within the family as Polly

 

Frances Emily Collett [31Q59] was born at Llanelly in 1894, the last child of John Collett and Emily Williams, whose birth was recorded at Crickhowell (Ref. 11b 101) during the second quarter of that year.  She was seven years of age in the census of 1901 and was 17 and a milliner employed by Thomas & Sons in Clydach in 1911, when she was still living there with her family.  Just over five years later, the marriage of Frances Emily Collett and Alfred R Thomas was recorded at Crickhowell register office (Ref. 11b 157) during the last three months of 1916.  Their sons Alfred J Thomas and Alfred L Thomas were born in 1917 and 1923, with their daughters Frances Y Thomas and Megan Thomas were born in 1922 and 1928, all of their births were recorded at Crickhowell, when their mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Collett

 

Harold William Collett [31Q60] was born at Guisborough, where his birth was recorded (Ref. 9d 540) during the third quarter of 1900, the first of the two known children of George William Collett and Eliza Eddy.  As Harold Collett, he was around six months old in the Guisborough census of 1901 and as Harold William Collett he was 10 years of age in 1911.  Tragically, he was only 23 when he died, his death recorded at Guisborough register office (Ref. 9d 551) during the last three months of 1923, as Harold W Collett

 

Ronald Collett [31Q61] was born at Guisborough on 13th March 1911, the second child of George and Eliza Collett.  Just over two weeks later, he had still not been named by his parents and was simply listed as baby Collett in the census return for that year.  It was a few weeks later that the birth of Ronald Collett was recorded at Guisborough register office (Ref. 9d 517) during the second quarter of 1911.  No record has been found to suggest he was married.  His father died at 16 Chaloner Street in Guisborough in 1935, and it is established that he was still living with his widowed mother in 1939, when Ronald Collett was 28 years of age, a bachelor, employed as a heavy worker and steel moulder.  He may also have been living with his mother at 11 Hollymead Drive in Guisborough when she died in Middlesborough hospital in 1958.  Many years later, when he was 90 years old, it was at the Redcar and Cleveland register office (Ref. 3491a a91) that his death was recorded during the summer of 2001.  Redcar is just a few miles north of Guisborough

 

John George Collett [31Q64] was born at 30 Marsh Hill near Hackney Marsh on 24th September 1911, approximately nine months after the marriage of his parents John George C Collett and Elizabeth Davenport.  It was there also that he was baptised on 29th October 1911.  By 1939 John G Collett was a wood machinist living at Walthamstow with his wife Maria C Collett.  The death of John George Collett was recorded at the Middlesex Enfield register office (Ref. 12 0692) during the early months of 1975, when he was 63 years old

 

William Henry F Collett [31Q65] was very likely born at 30 Marsh Hill, where his family was living in 1911.  His birth was recorded at Hackney register office (Ref. 1b 988) during the first quarter of 1913, when his mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Davenport.  It was possibly as William H Collett, aged 18, that he married Jane Vagg in 1931, the event recorded at Hackney (Ref. 1b 517), although no children have so far been credited to the couple. Certainly, the death of William H Collett was recorded at Hackney register office (Ref. 5c 654) during the second quarter of 1964, when he was 51

 

Sarah Elizabeth Collett [31Q66] was born in 1915, her birth was recorded at Hackney register office (Ref. 1b 837) during the third quarter of that year, when his mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Davenport.  She was twenty-two years of age when she married Philip J Bradford, their wedding day recorded at Poplar register office (Ref. 1c 870) during the third quarter of 1937

 

Frederick Collett [31Q67] was born early in 1917, the last child of John George C Collett and Elizabeth Davenport.  His birth was recorded at Hackney register office (Ref. 1b 810) during the first three months of the year, when his mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Davenport.  It is likely that Frederick never got to meet his father, since John G C Collett was killed in action in France in May that same year.  Even if his father had returned home safely after the war, father and son would never have met each other, since the death of Frederick Collett, aged one year, was recorded at Hackney register office (Ref. 1b 1087) during the last three months of 1918

 

Enid K Collett [31R6] was born in 1918, although no record of her birth or baptism has been found.  She was possibly born at Chippenham, or at Yatton Keynell where her parents were married in the second quarter of the following year.  She was therefore the base-born daughter of Amelia B Whiting, while it is not known if her father was Edward W Collett, the husband of Amelia.  Two years into the Second World War she married Royal Navy Petty Officer Edwin Hawkins, as pictured here on her wedding day.  The wedding of Enid K Collett and Edwin C Hawkins was recorded at Bath register office (Ref. 5c 1777) during the last quarter of 1941, after which they settled in Bath

 

 

However, tragically, within the next six months, Enid was killed while working at 29 The Paragon during the Bath Blitz in April 1942.  The aerial attacks by German bombers on Saturday 25th April and Sunday 26th April 1942 were revenge attacks, specifically carried out in retaliation for the bombing of the beautiful towns of Lübeck and Rostock in Germany, which had been bombed by the Royal Air Force on the previous Thursday.  Enid Hawkins nee Collett died during the third air-raid on Sunday 26th April and was one of eight occupants of 29 The Paragon to be killed, where she was employed as a maid.  The others were three members of the Holmes family, three members of the Middlemas family, and Freda Baker who was 17 and a maid like Enid.  The Paragon is in the Walcot area of the city and it was numbers 28 to 32 which were damaged by the bombing raids, all of which have since been fully restored.  The death of Enid Hawkins, aged 24, was recorded at Bath register office (Ref. 5c 996) during the second quarter of 1942

 

Reginald Graham George Collett [31R7] was born at Yatton Keynell on 24th September 1920, his birth recorded at Chippenham register office (Ref. 5a 109).  He was the son of Edward W Collett and his wife Amelia B Whiting who were married in 1919.  Like his older sister Enid (above) Reginald also settled in Bath, where he later married Elizabeth Lillian Morris who was born at Shoreditch in London on 17th May 1926, with whom he had two children who were both born in Bath.  The marriage of Reginald G G Collett and (1) Bessie L Morris was recorded at Bath register office (Ref. 7c 43) during the last three months of 1948.  During his working life Reginald was a policeman in Bath, as shown in the photograph below

 

 

Reginald was widowed in 1982, when the death of Bessie Lillian Collett was recorded at Westminster register office in London (Ref. 15 1577) during the third quarter of that year, when she was only 56 years of age.  Six years later, the marriage of Reginald G G Collett and (2) Joan E Hughes was recorded at Bath register office (Ref. 22 2) during the fourth quarter of 1988.  It was during 1998 that Reginald Graham George Collett died at the age of 78, his death recorded at Bath register office (Ref. 3001a a57c) during the summer of that year.  Arm with information received from his grand-daughter Lesley Anne Reed nee Collett in 2019, that Reginald actual had three wives, a further search has revealed that the first marriage of Reginald G G Collett and Vera M Hancock was recorded at Chippenham register office (Ref. 5a 131) during the first three months of 1941.  However, that marriage end in divorced, after Reginald discovered his wife had been unfaithful to him during his absence in the war years

 

31S1 – Graham William Collett was born at Bath in 1949

31S2 – Georgina Blanche Collett was born at Bath in 1951

 

Edwin Harry Collett [31R8] was born at Upper Mount Pleasant in Bath during the second quarter of 1897 where his birth was recorded (Ref. 5c 531) and it was at that address that he was living with his family as Edwin H Collett in 1901 when he was four years of age.  By the end of that decade, his family was living at 4 Hanover Place within the Kensington district of Bath, when Harry Collett was 13 with no occupation

 

Ethel Maud Collett [31R9] was born at Upper Mount Pleasant in Bath in 1902, her birth also recorded at Bath (Ref. 5c 496) during the fourth quarter of that year.  Ethel Collett was strangely recorded as seven years old in 1911, perhaps an error for nine, when she and her family were living in Bath at 4 Hanover Place, in the Kensington area of the town She was nearly thirty years of age when she married Alex R Hillman at Bath (Ref. 5c 1163) during the third quarter of 1932

 

Dorothy May Collett [31R10] was born at Bath on 26th February 1914, the third and last child of William Herbert Collett and Clara Maud Witcombe.  It was during the first quarter of 1938 that the wedding of Dorothy May Collett and Ernest J Davidge was recorded at Bath register office (Ref. 5c 973).  Their marriage produced a daughter Gillian M Davidge (born in 1941) a son Anthony P C Davidge (born in 1951), their births recorded at Bath, when their mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Collett.  Anthony married Susan A Stoffols in the summer of 1975, and it was Tony Davidge who kindly provided the information about his mother’s family.  Dorothy May Davidge nee Collett died on 6th December 1996, as recorded at Bath register office

 

Helen Elizabeth L Collett [31R19] was born at Manchester in 1901, her birth recorded at the Lancashire register office in Chorlton-cum-Hardy (Ref. 8c 903) during the last three months of 1901, following which she was baptised as Helen Elizabeth L Collett at the Church of St Michael in nearby Hulme on 3rd November 1901, the older of the two daughters of Edgar William Collett and Helen Elizabeth Collett

 

Dorothy Melanda Jane Collett [31R20] was born at Swindon in 1904, after her parents had moved there from Manchester, with her birth recorded at Swindon register office (Ref. 5a 31) during the second quarter of 1904.  She later married Lester Rogers in Dorset, the wedding taking place in the village of Broadwindsor, just north-west of Beaminster, on 1st October 1925.  Lester was 25 and the son of Charlie Rogers and Dorothy Melanda Jane was 21 and the daughter of Edgar William Collett

 

Whyatt Collett [31R21] was born at Bath on 22nd October 1909, where his birth was recorded (Ref. 5c 455) during the final three months of that year.  He was the eldest of the three known children of Whyatt Collett and Florence Honor Raggatt and, by the time he was baptised at the end of the year, his parents were living in the Knowle area of Bristol, where the church service took place on 30th December 1909.  Just fifteen months later Whyatt’s father was working in Bath as a house painter and decorator, while mother and son were staying with Florence’s parents in Bristol, where Whyatt Collett junior was one year old.  Whyatt was 24 years old when he married Dorothy P Blank, their wedding day recorded at Bath register office (Ref. 5c 1305) during the last quarter of 1933.  Over the next ten years Dorothy presented Whyatt with three children, the births of all of them recorded at Bath register office, with their mother’s maiden name confirmed as Blank.  The birth of daughter Joyce was recorded there during the first quarter of 1943 (Ref. 5c 689).  Whyatt appears to have lived all of his later life in Bath, since it was there that his death was recorded (Ref. 22 0102) during the summer of 1974, when he was 63

 

31S3 – Kenneth J Collett was born at Bath in 1935

31S4 – Brian A Collett was born at Bath in 1938

31S5 – Joyce M Collett was born at Bath in 1943

 

Gladys M Collett [31R23] was born at Bath in 1916, the youngest of the three children of Whyatt Collett and Florence Honor Raggatt, her birth recorded there (Ref. 5c 867) during the second quarter of the year.  It was towards the end of 1938 that the marriage of Gladys M Collett and Charles W Chivers was recorded at Bath register office (Ref. 5c 1480) during the last quarter of that year

 

Florence Jessie Collett [31R24], who was known as Florrie, was born at Bath in 1902, the eldest of four children of Frederick John Collett and Rhoda Mills.  Her birth was recorded at Bath register office (Ref. 5c 475) during the last three months of 1902.  It was as Florrie Collett aged eight years and from Bath, who was living there at 49 Lower Bristol Road with her family in 1901.  The marriage of Florence J Collett and Sidney G Fry was recorded at Bath register office (Ref. 5c 1246) during the third quarter of 1927.  Their marriage produced two daughters, the first of them was Olive L Fry, whose birth was recorded at Bath (Ref. 5c 642) during the first quarter of 1928, when her mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Collett.  She later married Colin E Martin, from Stokesley in North Yorkshire, their wedding day recorded at Bath (Ref. 7c 17) during the last quarter of 1958. Olive was still living at Bath in 2014 and it was her son Paul Martin, that year, who kindly provided the new information on the family and children of Frederick John Collett and his wife Rhoda Mills.  The second daughter of Florence and Sidney Fry was Eileen E J Fry, whose birth was recorded at Bath (Ref. 5c 587) during the first three months of 1933, and it was during 1955 that she married Dennis S R Britton at Bath (Ref. 7c 17).

 

Edith May Collett [31R25] was the second child of Frederick and Rhoda Collett who was born and died at Bath prior to the census of 1911.  It was there that her birth and death was recorded, the first during the third quarter of 1906 (Ref. 5c 466), and the second during the first quarter of 1910 (Ref. 5c 371), when she was three years of age

 

Emily Collett [31R26] was born at Bath in 1908, the second child of Frederick John Collett and Rhoda Mills.  Her birth was recorded at Bath register office (Ref. 5c 438) during the fourth quarter of 1908.  It is possible that she was born at 49 Lower Bristol Road in Bath, where she and her family were living in 1901.  The 1929 picture of Emily on the right is part of a larger group photograph, probably taken to mark the second birthday of her niece Olive, the daughter of Emily’s older sister Florence (above).  That event may have also coincided with Emily’s own twenty-first birthday celebration.  Emily later married Jeremiah McCarthy at Bath during the summer of 1942 (Ref. 5c 1471).

 

 

Ivy Collett [31R27] was born at Bath in 1913, where her birth was recorded (Ref. 5c 847) during the second quarter of the year.  The photograph on the right shows Ivy in 1929 when she was around sixteen years of age.  This head-shot was extracted from a larger family group picture which also included Ivy’s older sister Emily Collett (above), her brother Edgar Collett (below), and her niece Olive, the first child of her elder married sister Florence (above).  The marriage of Ivy Collett and William Foy was recorded at Bath register office (Ref. 7c 42) during the first quarter of 1949

 

 

Edgar William Collett [31R28] was born at Bath on 5th August 1922, the only son of Frederick John Collett and Rhoda Mills.  His birth as Edgar W Collett was recorded at Bath register office (Ref. 5c 809), when his mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Mills.  This snapshot of Edgar has been extracted from a larger group photograph that was taken of him and his two sisters (above) around 1929, when he was about seven years old

 

 

During his life Edgar worked in the building trade while, it was during the second quarter of 1945, that the marriage of Edgar W Collett and Gladys R Richmond was recorded at Bath register office (Ref. 5c 1373).  Gladys Rosina Richmond was born on 13th December 1925, somewhere in the Birmingham area of the country, and she presented Edgar with a son William.  Gladys Rosina Collett died in Bath, where her passing was recorded (Ref. 22 276) during the month of May in 1988.  Three years later, on 9th July 1991, Edgar William Collett passed away at the age of 68, his death recorded at Bath register office (Ref. 22 15).  At that time in his life Edgar had been living at ‘The Sycamore’ in the village of Priston, south-west of Bath.  His Will was proved at Bristol on 1st August 1991, when it was stated that the value of his estate did not exceed £125,000

 

31S6 – William Edgar Collett was born at Bath in 1947

 

Margaret Collett [31R32] was born in 1938, her birth recorded at Bath register office (Ref. 5c 584) during the second quarter of the year, the older of the two daughters of Frank Henry Collett and Isabel Short.  She was just twenty years old when she married Maurice Williams at Bath (Ref. 7c 63) during the first three months of 1958

 

Marion Collett [31R33] was born in 1939 and her birth was also recorded at Bath register office (Ref. 5c 851) during the third quarter of that year, when her mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Short.  It was also during the first quarter of 1958 that the marriage of Marion Collett and Stafford H R Carey was recorded at Bath register office (Ref. 7c 80), just after the wedding day of her older sister (above).  Very shortly after they were married, Marion gave birth to a son, Stephen M Carey, who birth was recorded at Bath during the second quarter of that same year.  Less than two years later, the couple’s second son was born, the birth of Paul R L Carey also recorded at Bath register office during the first three months of 1960.  On both occasions, the mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Collett

 

BARBARA JEAN COLLETT [31R34] was born at 18 Garden Street in Llanbradach on 26th April 1929, the daughter of John Gordon Collett and Evelyn Harris.  She was eight years old when her parents settled at Mablethorpe in Lincolnshire in August 1937.  Jean, as she is known, was evacuated to 68 Duke Street in Abertillery during the Second World War, the home of her paternal grandparents William and Sephorah Collett.  She also spent some time with her maternal grandmother Eva Harris at 9 Griffin Street at Six Bells in Abertillery.  After the war she received a scholarship to King Edward VI Grammar School for Girls in Louth and became Deputy Head Girl

 

 

She later entered St. Catherine's Teacher's College in London and upon graduation she taught for two years at Shoreditch Central School before moving to Margate in Kent.  She met her future American husband at the Royal Air Force base at Manston in Kent and made her first trip to the United States in 1953 on board the RMS Corona.  Barbara subsequently married Robert Lee Davis, from whom she was later divorced.  However, it was her daughter Carol Lyn Davis of Fort Worth in Texas who, during 2014, was instrumental in providing a great amount of family information for updating this family line.  The picture of Barbara (above) was taken during August 2014 at The Vintage Flying Museum in Fort Worth

 

In all, Jean gave birth to three children, her daughter being the first of them.  Carol Lyn Davis was born in 1953 at West Palm Beach in Florida and her father was Robert Lee Davis of the United States Air Force Air Sea Rescue Services, the son of Walter Davis of Florida and Mary Elizabeth Davis nee Davis from Freshwater in Newfoundland.  Carol is currently the Museum Manager at White Settlement Historical Museum in White Settlement, Texas.  Jean’s and Robert’s son Grant Lee Davis was born in 1957 at Augsburg in West Germany while his father was stationed with the 101st US Army Airborne.  Grant, who married Texas-born Mary Margaret Womack Sherrod, a real estate agent, on 4th November 1995 at Nisbett Plantation in Nevis, BWI, currently works within the U S Food and Drug Administration.  Like his sister Carol, Grant and his wife are also residents of Fort Worth in Texas.  Jean’s youngest child is Gordon Scott Davis who was born in 1960 at Fort Campbell in Kentucky who has been estranged from the family since the early 1990s

 

Barbara Jean Davis nee Collett of Fort Worth in Texas passed away in the early hours of Friday morning, 10th July 2015, from complications of congestive heart failure and blood pressure issues.  According to her daughter Carol, Barbara had been so happy to have been included with her family members in the Collett Family History website and surprised to hear of so many other Colletts around the world via the website and the monthly Collett newsletters, copies which were read out to her as her cataracts condition had caused her to stop reading.  She grew up thinking she was the only Collett around in her area, other than immediate family members, when she had been living in Llanbradach, Mablethorpe, Abertillery and Margate, before moving to America.  It was her dying wish that she be returned to Wales to be buried at St. Eli Church in Llanelly, Gilwern, Gwent, where the vast majority of her family were buried, including her father John Gordon Collett, her grandparents William Collett and Sephorah Rosser Collett, and her great-grandparents John Collett and Jane Rees Collett.  Her former husband, and the father of her children, Robert Lee Davis, passed away on 31st May 2017

 

Lewis M Collett [31R37] was born in 1916, the second child of William Henry Collett and Eliza A Edmunds.  His birth was recorded at Crickhowell register office (Ref. 11b 136) during the first three months of the year, when his mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Edmunds.  The later marriage of Lewis M Collett and Megan Lewis was also recorded at Crickhowell (Ref. 11b 200) during the last three months of 1942.  The couple’s first child was born within six months of their wedding day, suggesting that Megan was already with-child on that day.  Two more children were added to the family, with the birth of all three children recorded at Crickhowell register office, when the mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Lewis.  The birth of Keith Collett was recorded there during the second quarter of 1944 (Ref. 11b 81) and the birth of Dianne Collett was recorded there during the first three months of 1947 (Ref. 8a 50).  Lewis M Collett died in 1969, when his death was recorded at Crickhowell (Ref. 8a 57) during the first few months of 1969, when he was 53 years old

 

31S7 – Lily M Collett was born at Crickhowell in 1943

31S8 – Keith Collett was born at Crickhowell in 1944

31S9 – Dianne Collett was born at Crickhowell in 1947

 

Ivy Collett [31R38] was born in 1918 and her birth was recorded at Crickhowell (Ref. 11b 152) during the second quarter of the year, when her mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Edmunds.  She was twenty-one when she married Trevor Alexander in 1939, the event recorded at Crickhowell register office (Ref. 11b 341) during the final quarter of that year.  Their only known child Roy G Alexander was born in 1946, the birth recorded at Crickhowell (Ref. 11b 82) during the first three months of the year, when his mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Collett

 

Agnes S Collett [31R39] was born in 1921 and her birth, like those of her siblings, was recorded at Crickhowell (Ref. 11b 151) during the first quarter of that year, when her mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Edmunds.  It was during the second quarter of 1943 that her marriage to Gwynedd R Evans was recorded at Crickhowell register office (Ref. 11b 167).  The marriage provided the couple with four children, all of their births recorded at Crickhowell.  They were Norman G Evans (Q3 1944), Gwynedd C Evans (Q3 1945), Heather Evans (Q3 1948) and Vernon I Evans (Q4 1952), when their mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Collett each time

 

Emrys N Collett [31R40] was born in 1923, with his birth also recorded at Crickhowell (Ref. 11b 171) during the second quarter of the year, when his mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Edmunds, he being one of the four sons of William Henry Collett and Eliza A Edmunds.  It was during the summer of 1942 that he became a married man, when the marriage of Emrys N Collett and Beryl E Purslow was recorded at Bedwellty register office in Monmouthshire (Ref. 11a 243) during the third quarter of that year.  Little is known about the family except that the births of their three known children were recorded at Crickhowell register office, where the children’s mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Purslow.  Sheila C Collett was born during the first three months of 1946 (Ref. 11b 80), Emrys N Collett was born during the second quarter of 1948 (Ref. 8a 67) and Jeanette E Collett was born during the first quarter of 1954 (Ref. 8a 39).  It is also established that Jeannette E Collett married Leslie J Luce in 1971 (Ref.8a 189) during the third quarter of that year.  Their sons were Dean Leslie Luce who was born at Bedwellty in 1972, Lee Mark Luce who was born at Pontypool in 1974, as was Nicholas John in 1979

 

31S10 – Sheila C Collett was born at Crickhowell in 1946

31S11 – Emrys N Collett was born at Crickhowell in 1948

31S12 – Jeanette E Collett was born at Crickhowell in 1954

 

Lily M Collett [31R42] was born at Llanelly in either late 1908 or early in 1909, the eldest of the four children of Frank Henry Collett and Mary Elizabeth Eynon, her birth recorded at Crickhowell register office (Ref. 11b 86) during the first quarter of 1909.  She was two years old in the Llanelly census of 1911 and it was twenty years later when the marriage of Lily M Collett and William L Thomas was recorded at Crickhowell register office (Ref. 11b 152) during the third quarter of 1932

 

Edna M Collett [31R43] was born at Llanelly during the month of November 1910 and was five months old in 1911 when she and her family were living in Llanelly.  Her birth, like those of her three siblings, was recorded at Crickhowell (Ref. 11b 98).  Nine months later, the death of Edna M Collett was recorded at Crickhowell register office (Ref. 11b 162) during the first three months of 1912

 

Ernest T Collett [31R44] was born at Clydach in 1912, the only son of Frank and Mary Collett, with the birth recorded at Crickhowell register office (Ref. 11b 173) during the third quarter of that year, when the mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Eynon.  Six months later, his death was also recorded there (Ref. 11b 153) during the first quarter of 1913

 

Maisie Evelyn Collett [31R45] was born at Clydach on 9th November 1916, the last of the four children of Frank Henry Collett and Mary Elizabeth Eynon.  Her birth was later recorded at Crickhowell register office (Ref. 11b 137) during the first weeks of 1917.  Maisie was twenty-two when her marriage to James S Allport was recorded at Crickhowell (Ref. 11b 327) during the last three months of 1939.  Just prior to their wedding day, Masie E Collett was still living with her parents at Waenllapria in Llanelly Hill, near Brynmawr, when she was 23 and a roller machine operator at a nearby fur and felt hat factory.  Although no children have been identified, it is very interesting that twenty years later, at Pontypool register office (Ref. 8c 382), the birth of Sarah C J Collett was recorded during the first three months of 1959, when the mother’s maiden name was Allport

 

Frank H Collett [31R48] was born at Llanelly, the third child of Ernest Tom Collett and Frances Rhoda Wallbank, whose birth was recorded at Crickhowell register office (Ref. 11b 168) during the third quarter of 1914.  Although there were two men with the name Frank H Collett of South Wales in this family line, it is more likely that it was this particular Frank H Collett who was married to Hannah Matthews in 1947, their marriage recorded at Crickhowell register office (Ref. 8a 155) during the second quarter of that year.  No record of any issue has been found

 

Myra Irene Collett [31R52] was born at Clydach on 27th August 1915, the first child of Frederick William Collett and Mary Jane Powell who were married in 1914.  At the age of 24, Myra I Collett was still living with her parents at Waenllapria in Llanelly Hill, near Brynmawr, from where she was working as an unpaid shop attendant, as confirmed by the 1939 Register.  Eight years later, on 22nd September 1947, Myra I Collett married Frank J Stratton of The Briars at Maesgywartha, near Gilwern, the event recorded at Crickhowell register office (Ref. 8a 147) during the third quarter of 1947.  Their daughter, Anita Stratton, later married M. Withers to become Anita Withers.  They lived at Pontypool in Gwent and had two children, Benjamin Withers who was born in 1981, and Rachel Withers who was born in 1982.  Myra and Frank, who was born in 1905, owned the Wool Shop in Brynmawr, near Clydach.  Myra Irene Stratton nee Collett died on 29th November 2005 at Monmouth in Wales and Frank J Stratton passed away two years later in June 2008

 

Ada Collett [31R53] was born at Clydach on 13th May 1917, another daughter of Frederick and Mary Collett.  Her birth was recorded at Crickhowell register office (Ref. 11b 163) during the second quarter of the year, when her mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Powell.  On completing her time at secondary school, Ada embarked on a course of further education and at the age of 22 years, she was described as a student in the 1939 Register.  At that time in her life she was one of the three sisters living with their parents at Waenllapria in Llanelly Hill.  Just after the Second World War, on 12th August 1946, Ada Collett married Ronald G Howell, their wedding recorded at Crickhowell (Ref. 8a 118) during the third quarter of 1946.  No further record of the couple has been revealed in Great Britain after that day, and the reason maybe that they emigrated to America

 

Edwin J Collett [31R54] was born at Clydach in 1919, and his birth was also recorded at Crickhowell (Ref. 11b 149) during the third quarter of that year.  He was the fourth of the six children of Frederick and Mary Collett.  On the day the 1939 Register was compiled, Edwin was not living with his family at Waenllapria in Llanelly Hill, most likely because he may already have been involved in the war effort.  Four years later, with the Second World War still ongoing, the marriage of Edwin J Collett and Dora E Birt was recorded at Abergavenny register office (Ref. 11a 83) during the second quarter of 1943.  Just like his sister Ada (above, no record of Edwin and or his wife has been discovered in Great Britain after that day, and the reason maybe that they emigrated to America

 

Annie Collett [31R55] was born at Clydach on 12th December 1924, although it was at Crickhowell that her birth was recorded (Ref. 11b 146) during the first three months of the year, her mother’s maiden name confirmed as Powell.  Annie was fourteen years of age and still attending school, when she was included with her family at Waenllapria in Llanelly Hill, in the 1939 Register.  Four years later, when she was still only nineteen, the marriage of Annie Collett and Harry B Duncan was recorded at Crickhowell register office (Ref. 11b 160) during the first quarter of 1944.  Once again, as with two of her older siblings, no record of Annie and Harry Duncan has been found after that day, leading to the idea that they may have emigrated to America

 

Wilfred H Collett [31R56] was born at Clydach in 1926, the last child of Frederick William Collett and Mary Jane Powell, whose birth was recorded at Crickhowell register office (Ref. 11b 150) during the third quarter of the year.  The life of Wilfred H Collett remains a mystery, since his was not living with his family at Waenllapria in Llanelly Hill in 1939, when he would have been 13 years old, nor has any record of his death or marriage been found

 

Graham William Collett [31S1] was born at Bath on 31st July 1949, the eldest of the two children of Reginald Graham George Collett and his wife Bessie Lillian Morris.  The birth was recorded at Bath register office (Ref. 7c 28) when the child’s mother’s name was confirmed as Morris.  Graham later married (1) Rosemary Anne Small during the spring of 1976 and the marriage produced three children for George and Rosemary.  The pair were later divorced, following which Graham W Collett married (2) Anna Kimmins, the event recorded at Bath register office (Ref. 22 183) during the month of June 1989

 

31T1 – Lesley Ann Collett was born at Bath in 1976

31T2 – Shaun Aaron Collett was born at Bath in 1978

31T3 – Annette Marie Collett was born at Bath in 1981

 

Georgina Blanche Collett [31S2] was born at Bath on 11th May 1951 and was the daughter of Reginald and Bessie Collett.  Her birth was recorded at Bath register office (Ref. 7c 50) during the second quarter of 1951, when her mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Morris.  Twenty-six years later, she married Roger Allen with whom she had two children, their marriage recorded at Bath register office (Ref. 22 0002) during the spring of 197.  Eighteen months after that event, Georgie gave birth to a daughter who was named after her maternal grandmother Amelia Whiting.  The birth of Amelia Claire Allen was recorded at the Sussex Crawley register office (Ref. 18 924) towards the end of 1978.  A second child followed and sometime around the second half of the 1980s, Georgie and her husband and their two children left England to live in America

 

It was in New Jersey that she was living in April 2011, when she passed away after a four-year battle with cancer.  During the years between arriving in America and her death, Georgina Blanche Allen changed her name back to Collett, perhaps on the break-up of her marriage, which was the name under which her death was recorded.  Her daughter Amelia, who was known as Amy, also changed her name to Amelia Claire Collett and she served in the US Army and later went on to work at a Texas prison as a guard, achieving the rank of sergeant.  She worked as a prison guard for thirteen years, but like her mother, was diagnosed with bowel cancer which eventually spread to other parts of her body, causing her death at Texas on 17th July 2018

 

Kenneth J Collett [31S3] was born at Bath in 1935, the eldest of the three children of Whyatt Collett and Dorothy P Blank, his birth recorded at Bath register officer (Ref. 5c 631) during the third quarter of that year, when his mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Blank.  He was 21 years old when he married Julia M Day, the event recorded at Bath (Ref. 7c 23) during the third quarter of 1956.  Five years later the couple was blessed with the birth of a son, whose birth was also recorded at Bath register office (Ref. 7c 61) during the third quarter of 1961.  The register confirmed that the child’s mother’s maiden name was Day

 

31T4 – Geoffrey D Collett was born at Bath in 1961

 

Brian A Collett [31S4] was born at Bath in 1938, his birth recorded at Bath (Ref. 5c 542) during the third quarter of the year, when his mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Blank.  It was during the third quarter of 1961 when the marriage of Brian A Collett and Joan V Wootten was recorded at Bath register office (Ref. 7c 27).  It was also there that the births of their two children were recorded, Carole (Ref. 7c 90) in Q2 1966 and Stephen (Ref. 7c 637) in Q3 1970, in both cases the records confirmed their mother’s maiden name was Wootten.  Many years later, the marriage of Carole A Collett and Martin A Kiely was also recorded at Bath register office (Ref. 22 171) during the second quarter of 1988

 

31T5 – Carole Ann Collett was born at Bath in 1966

31T6 – Stephen John Collett was born at Bath in 1970

 

 

William Edgar Collett [31S6] was born at Bath in 1947, where his birth was recorded (Ref. 7c 62) during the second quarter of the year, when his mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Richmond.  He was the only son of Edgar William Collett of Bath and Gladys R Richmond from the West Midland.  Throughout his life he has been known as Billie Collett and in 2010 he was living in the village of Priston, to the south-west of Bath

 

Lily M Collett [31S7] was born in 1943 and her birth was recorded at Crickhowell register office (Ref. 11b 76) during the first three months of the year.  Her mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Lewis, being the eldest child of Lewis Collett and Megan Lewis.  She was twenty years old when she married John D Wall, their wedding day recorded at Crickhowell (Ref. 8a 115) during the first quarter of 1963

 

Lesley Anne Collett [31T1] was born at Bath on 22nd July 1976, the eldest of the three children of Graham William Collett and his wife Rosemary Anne Small.  Her birth was recorded at Bath register office (Ref. 22 37) when her mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Small.  Lesley married Martyn L Reed during March 2003, the wedding recorded at the South & West Dorset register office (Ref. 432 0323) and they have three children.  And it was Lesley who provided all of the details relating to her family which were added to this family line in March 2012.  During 2015, Lesley Anne and her family emigrated to America and initially settled in California, eventually moving to Pennsylvania, where they were residing in 2019

 

Shaun Aaron Collett [31T2] was born at Bath on 20th May 1978, the son of Graham and Rosemary Collett, whose birth was recorded at Bath register office (Ref. 22 56) when his mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Small.  His later marriage to Kimberley F Bruce, known as Kim, was recorded at Southampton register office (Ref. 500 0875) towards the end of 1999.  That first marriage for Shaun produced two daughters.  From his second marriage he had a son and, upon his birth being recorded at the Bath and North-Eastern Somerset register office (Ref. 3001d d9d), his mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Strickland

 

31U1 – Kiara Collett was born at Bath in 2000

31U2 – a daughter Collett was born at Bath in 2002

31U3 – William Graham Collett was born at Bath on 10th September 2005

 

Annette Marie Collett [31T3] was born at Bath in the spring of 1981.  She was the youngest of the three children of Graham William Collett and Rosemary Anne Small, whose birth was recorded at Bath register office (Ref. 22 345), when her mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Small.  In 2019 Annette and her partner were residing in Melksham