PART THIRTY-THREE

 

The Bourton-on-the-Water Line 1685 to 2010

 

Updated October 2017

 

 

Part 14 – The John Kyte Collett Line also deals with many Colletts of Bourton-on-the-Water

 

It seems likely, although not yet proved, that the origins of this line stem from

William Collett (Ref. 2H20) who was baptised at Bourton in 1624

 

This is the family line of Carole Hiscock to whom thanks must go for

providing much detailed information and photographs relating to her family

 

An earlier version of this family line included John Brain Collett and his great granddaughters Shirley and Trisha Collett of New Zealand, who kindly provided details of their family.  However, a major discovery in 2015 revealed that their origins actually lay within Part 2 – The Second Gloucestershire Line (Ref. 2O5).

 

 

 

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WILLIAM COLLETT was born at Bourton-on-the-Water around 1685 and may have been the grandson of William Collett (Ref. 2H20) of Bourton-on-the Water.  It seems likely that he married Elizabeth with whom he had a number of children, all of them baptised at Bourton-on-the-Water where they were possibly born.  The dates of baptism of four of the children all fall within three years, with the latter three of them being baptised within a period of only eight months.  The dates may therefore not be necessarily indicative of the age of each child, but perhaps just the order in which they were born.  It is more than likely that those four children were actually born during the years 1720, 1722, 1723 and 1724.

 

 

 

33K1

Thomas Collett

Born in 1718 at Bourton; died 1718

 

33K2

WILLIAM COLLETT

Baptised on 25.06.1721 at Bourton

 

33K3

John Collett

Baptised on 10.11.1723 at Bourton

 

33K4

Thomas Collett

Baptised on 24.01.1724 at Bourton

 

33K5

Joshua Collett

Baptised on 05.07.1724 at Bourton

 

33K6

Elizabeth Collett

Born around 1728 at Bourton

 

33K7

Jane Collett

Date of birth unknown, at Bourton

 

 

 

 

33K2

WILLIAM COLLETT was baptised at Bourton-on-the Water on 25th June 1721 when he might have been nearly one year old.  The baptism record confirmed that he was the son of William and Elizabeth Collett and not the son of William Collett and Mary Below, as suggested by an alternative source.  William also married an Elizabeth who may well have been Elizabeth Keen who was born at Stow-on-the-Wold on 31st January 1721.  She may have been the daughter of Samuel Keen and his wife Elizabeth Beal, whose daughter Rebecca Keen married Richard Collett at Stow-on-the-Wold on 3rd October 1741, around the same time that William and Elizabeth were married.  Who Richard Collett (born circa 1717) was has still to be resolved and for the time being his brief family details are contained within the Appendix at the end of Part 2 – The Second Gloucestershire Line 1550 to 1830 (Ref. 2PA3).

 

 

 

So far, only two sons have been identified as the children of William and Elizabeth and, while the first of them was born when the couple was living at Lower Slaughter, the birth was recorded in the non-conformist records at Bourton Baptist Church.  However, neither of the couple’s sons were baptised until much later in their life, when they were baptised together in a joint ceremony at Upper Slaughter during June 1768.

 

 

 

33L1

WILLIAM COLLETT

Born in 1743 at Lower Slaughter

 

33L2

Henry Collett

Born in 1755 at Bourton-on-the-Water

 

 

 

 

33K4

Thomas Collett was born at Bourton-on-the-Water, most likely during 1722 or possibly in 1723, and it was there also that he was baptised on 24th January 1724.  He married Sarah and all of their children were born and baptised at Bourton.  From the later details relating to their eldest son Thomas, it might appear that the child was not baptised during his infant years but perhaps when he was around seven years of age.  And this would support the idea that Thomas married Sarah when he was in his late twenties, rather than during his mid-thirties.

 

 

 

33L3

Thomas Collett

Baptised on 22.05.1757 at Bourton-on-the-Water

 

33L4

John Collett

Baptised on 14.06.1761 at Bourton-on-the-Water

 

33L5

William Collett

Born around 1763 at Bourton-on-the-Water

 

33L6

Elizabeth Collett

Born around 1765 at Bourton-on-the-Water

 

 

 

 

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Elizabeth Collett was born at Bourton-on-the-Water around 1726, the eldest daughter of William and Elizabeth Collett.  It was also at Bourton where she later married Thomas Smith on 7th October 1748.

 

 

 

 

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Jane Collett, whose date of birth is not known, was possibly the youngest child of William and Elizabeth Collett, since it was during 1756 that she married Richard Packer at Bourton.

 

 

 

 

33L1

WILLIAM COLLETT was born at Lower Slaughter on 28th March 1743, the son of William Collett by his wife Elizabeth of the parish of Lower Slaughter.  The birth was registered at Bourton Baptist Church, the entry for which states “the birth was registered, by his own request, by me Thos Coles Protestant Dissenting Minister” who is known to have made a great many later entries in the register, some dated as late as 12th November 1811.  However, it would also appear that he was not baptised until he was 25 years of age, the event taking place as an adult baptism at Upper Slaughter during June 1768, when his parents were recorded as William and Elizabeth Collett.  Six years prior to that, William had married Anne Matthews on 12th May 1762 at Upper Slaughter, just one mile from his place of birth.  Anne or Anna was also later referred to as Hannah.  In 1802 Sarah Collett, the eldest daughter of William’s cousin Thomas Collett, married William Matthews at Bourton-on-the-Water, thus creating another link between the two families.

 

 

 

It was one year after the birth of the couple’s third child that William was the subject of his adult baptism, and it would have been around that time when his wife Anne announced she was expecting their fourth child.  So perhaps that may have been the reason why he then decided to be baptised.  The Upper Slaughter baptism register confirmed that William Collett was the husband of Anne Collett and the son of William and Elizabeth Collett.  The same register also included the adult baptism of his much younger brother Henry Collett in June that same year, both baptisms possibly conducted on the same day.

 

 

 

All of William and Anne’s children were born and baptised at Upper Slaughter where, in 1772, it is established that blacksmith William Collett of Upper Slaughter took on land, the blacksmith’s shop, and Pool’s Close, all as part of a 99-year lease from 29th September 1772.  The owner of the property, from whom it was leased, was Mary Tracy the widow of Thomas Tracy.  The lease also made reference to his sons William Collett and Joseph Collett, the former eventually taking over the lease on the death of his father.  William Collett died in 1820, aged 78, and was buried on 10th December 1820 at Bourton-on-the-Water, as recorded in the non-conformist records at the Baptist Church. 

 

 

 

The Will of William Collett, blacksmith of Upper Slaughter, was made on 1st October 1801 and signed in his own hand.  Within the short document there is no mention of his wife who therefore must have passed away between the birth of the couple’s last child and that time.  Of his ten children only nine were named in the Will, daughter Hannah being the one that was missing.  Curiously the three children appointed as executors of the estate of William Collett were Thomas, Richard and Sarah.  However, following his death it was only his daughter Sarah Iles who was sworn in at the proving of the Will, which took place on 5th June 1822.  It was during the following year that the lease for land, the blacksmith’s shop, and Pool’s Close was formally transferred to his eldest son Thomas Collett in 1823.  (see Will in Legal Documents)

 

 

 

Further evidence that Sarah Iles was the daughter of the late William Collett was provided by the Account of the Property of William Collett, deceased, which was administered to Sarah Iles at Stow-on-the-Wold on 5th June 1822 in the sum of £88 11 Shillings.  That sum comprised: £20 for the lease the house, blacksmith’s shop and garden; £25 4 Shillings for household furniture; £36 7 Shillings for stock in trade; plus £7 being the balance of cash after the payment of debts.

 

 

 

33M1

Mary Collett

Baptised on 29.07.1764 at Upper Slaughter

 

33M2

WILLIAM COLLETT

Baptised on 24.12.1765 at Upper Slaughter

 

33M3

Hannah Collett

Baptised on 24.05.1767 at Upper Slaughter

 

33M4

Joseph Collett

Baptised on 25.09.1768 at Upper Slaughter

 

33M5

Sarah Jane Collett

Baptised on 22.10.1770 at Upper Slaughter

 

33M6

John Collett

Baptised on 14.06.1773 at Upper Slaughter

 

33M7

Richard Collett

Baptised on 26.06.1774 at Upper Slaughter

 

33M8

Thomas Collett

Baptised during 1776 at Upper Slaughter

 

33M9

Edward Collett

Baptised on 15.02.1778 at Upper Slaughter

 

33M10

Benjamin Collett

Baptised on 10.01.1780 at Upper Slaughter

 

 

 

 

33L2

Henry Collett was born at Bourton-on-the Water in 1755, but was not baptised at that time.  Instead he was the subject of a joint baptism with his older brother William Collett (above) at Upper Slaughter in June 1768. 

 

 

 

 

33L3

Thomas Collett was born at Bourton-on-the-Water and baptised there on 22nd May 1757.  It is possible that Thomas was around ten years of age when he was baptised.  And it was at Bourton on 8th October 1778 that he married Elizabeth Cooper of Lower Slaughter.  From her age on the date of her death, it is established that Elizabeth was born around 1750 so, assuming she was a similar age to Thomas, he would have been around seven years old at the time of his baptism.

 

 

 

Whilst all of their children were baptised at the church in Bourton, it is possibly that the family was living at nearby Lower Slaughter, from whence Elizabeth came and where she was buried.  The Will of Thomas Collett was made on 1st March 1804, shortly after which he died.  His wife Elizabeth was named as the sole executrix, and the only other members of his family named therein were his daughters Sarah and Mary who would inherit his estate in the event that his widow remarried.  His eldest son Thomas was also mentioned, but only in the capacity of being able to use the farmland passed onto his mother, who would determine the appropriate and proper cost.  No mention was made of his youngest son John would have been 13 years of age, and the absence of his name in the Will very likely indicates that he did not survive beyond infancy.

 

 

 

The document provided sufficient information to confirm that Thomas Collett was a yeoman of Lower Slaughter having cows and horses, a dairy farmer with pasture land and an arable farmer growing grain crops.  And it was his widow Elizabeth Collett who was sworn in on the day the Will was proved on 7th June 1804, placing the date of his death sometime during the months of April and May that year.  (see Will in Legal Documents)

 

 

 

Elizabeth Collett nee Cooper died on 26th October 1827 and was buried in the churchyard of St Mary’s Church at Lower Slaughter.  The headstone epitaph there reads; “Elizabeth wife of Thomas Collett died October 26th 1827 aged 77”.  Her Will, made during April 1825, refers to her as Elizabeth Collett, widow of Lower Slaughter.  There were two main beneficiaries under the terms of the Will, the first named was her brother Richard Cooper, a gentleman of Little Rissington, the other being her son Thomas Collett, a yeoman of Slaughter Hill, who jointly shared her estate.  A sum of money was also placed in trust for her daughter Sarah, the wife of William Matthews, an innkeeper at Bourton-on-the-Water, and for John, Sarah, William, Thomas and Elizabeth Smith, the children of her late daughter Mary, deceased.  Elizabeth Collett nee Cooper signed the Will in her own hand.

 

 

 

33M11

Sarah Collett

Baptised on 15.05.1780 at Bourton

 

33M12

Thomas Collett

Baptised on 25.12.1781 at Bourton

 

33M13

Mary Maria Collett

Baptised on 09.10.1786 at Bourton

 

33M14

John Collett

Baptised on 01.04.1791 at Bourton

 

 

 

 

33L5

William Collett was born at Bourton-on-the-Water around 1763, the third known son of Thomas and Sarah Collett.  William was around seven years old when he died and was buried at Bourton on 20th February 1770.

 

 

 

 

33L6

Elizabeth Collett was born at Bourton-on-the-Water around 1765, the only known daughter of Thomas and Sarah Collett.  It was also at Bourton that she died and was buried on 19th July 1777.

 

 

 

 

33M1

Mary Collett was born at Upper Slaughter where she was baptised on 29th July 1764, the eldest child of William Collett and Anne Matthews.  For some reason Mary Hall, the daughter of blacksmith William Collett, and her younger brother Edward Collett (below), were only left one shilling in the 1801 Will of their father, compared to much larger sums for their other siblings.  Mary had already married Anthony Hall on 23rd February 1792 at Eyford, which lies to the north of Upper Slaughter and south-west of Stow-on-the-Wold.

 

 

 

 

33M2

WILLIAM COLLETT was born at Upper Slaughter where he was also baptised on 24th December 1765, the eldest son of William and Anne Collett.  He married Sarah Hollands by licence on 12th August 1789 at Upper Slaughter, and it was at Upper Slaughter that all of their children were later baptised.  As the eldest son of blacksmith William Collett it is curious why William was not named as one of the three executors of his late father’s estate, that duty being assigned to three of his younger siblings Richard, Thomas and Sarah.  The Will did however bequeath ten pounds to son William, while it was William’s brother Thomas who took over the family blacksmith business upon the death of their father.  William Collett was buried at Upper Slaughter on 2nd September 1847 at the age of 81.  Just over six years before that William was 75 years old when he was recorded as a widower in the Upper Slaughter census of 1841.  It is interesting that in the later national census returns some of his children gave other nearby locations as the place of their birth. 

 

 

 

33N1

Anne Collett

Baptised on 25.07.1790 at Upper Slaughter

 

33N2

Paris Collett

Baptised on 22.02.1792 at Upper Slaughter

 

33N3

James Collett

Baptised on 14.07.1793 at Upper Slaughter

 

33N4

Thomas Collett

Baptised on 11.01.1795 at Upper Slaughter

 

33N5

John Collett

Baptised on 07.05.1797 at Upper Slaughter

 

33N6

Hannah Collett

Baptised on 21.09.1800 at Upper Slaughter

 

33N7

RICHARD COLLETT

Baptised on 01.01.1804 at Upper Slaughter

 

 

 

 

33M3

Hannah Collett was born at Upper Slaughter where she was baptised on 24th May 1767, the daughter of William and Anne Collett.  Hannah, who may have been known as Betty, married Thomas Yearp at Upper Slaughter on 28th July 1794 and they had a daughter Rachel Yearp and a son Thomas Yearp who were both baptised at Bourton-on-the-Water.  Their daughter Rachel was recorded as Rebecca Yearp when she married George Collett in 1831, while their son Thomas was a farmer at Lower Slaughter in 1881.  Living and working with Thomas Yearp in 1881 was Charles Collett (Ref. 33P6), age 15 from Maugersbury, the great grandson of Hannah’s brother William Collett (above).

 

 

 

33N8

Rachel Yearp – see Ref. 33N8

Baptised on 22.04.1807 at Bourton

 

33N9

Thomas Yearp – see Ref. 33P6

Baptised on 14.03.1813 at Bourton

 

 

 

 

33M4

Joseph Collett was born at Upper Slaughter in 1768 where he was baptised on 25th September 1768, the son of William and Anne Collett.  He was left five pounds in his father’s Will of 1801.  In the Upper Slaughter census of 1841 Joseph was 73, and again in 1851 he was 82, when he was living with his younger brother Thomas Collett (below) at his Upper Slaughter home.  Both men were described as an ‘annuitant born at Upper Slaughter’.

 

 

 

 

33M5

Sarah Jane Collett was born at Upper Slaughter where she was baptised on 22nd October 1770, the daughter of William Collett and Anne Matthews.  It would appear that she lived with her parents well into their later years since she was forty-nine when Sarah Collett was married to John Iles at Upper Slaughter during 1819, as listed in the Boyd’s Marriage Index.  Sarah and her two younger brothers Richard and Thomas were named as the three executors for her father’s Will which was made in 1801.  However, following his death in 1822, the only one of the three of them present at the proving of the Will in Stow-on-the-Wold on 5th June 1822 was Sarah Iles the daughter of the deceased, even though it is known that her younger brother Thomas was still alive at that time.  According to the census in 1841 John and Sarah Iles were still living at Upper Slaughter and eight years later the death of Sarah Iles was recorded at Bourton-on-the-Water during 1848 when she was 77.

 

 

 

 

33M6

John Collett was born at Upper Slaughter and was baptised there on 14th June 1773, the son of William and Anne Collett.  He too was left five pounds in his father’s Will of 1801.  From the Upper Slaughter lease agreements for his brother Thomas (below) it has been ascertained that John was very likely married twice during his life.  It would appear that he married (1) Martha around 1800 with whom he had at least two children and then, following the death of Martha around 1810, he married (2) Leah Hobbs at Cheltenham on 30th October 1811, with whom he had at least two more children. 

 

 

 

All of the children of John Collett were born and baptised at Stow-on-the-Wold, and it was there also that his widow Leah Collett was living in 1841 at the age of 60, meaning that she was around eight years younger than John.  According to the census return that year Leah had her unmarried son William still living at Stow with her.  It is assumed that she died during the next decade, since no record of her has been found in the next census of 1851, by which time her son was married.

 

 

 

33N10

Mary Collett

Born in 1801 at Stow-on-the-Wold

 

33N11

George Collett

Born in 1806 at Stow-on-the-Wold

 

The following are the two children of John Collett and his second wife Leah Hobbs:

 

33N12

Jane Collett

Born in 1812 at Stow-on-the-Wold

 

33N13

William Collett

Born in 1816 at Stow-on-the-Wold

 

 

 

 

33M7

Richard Collett was born at Upper Slaughter and was baptised there on 26th June 1774, the seventh child and fourth son of blacksmith William Collett and his wife Anne Matthews.  Nothing more is currently known about Richard except that he was named as one of the three executors of his father’s Will at the time of the making of the Will in 1801 but that he was not present for the proving of the Will in 1822 when it was just his older sister Sarah (above) who was sworn in.  So perhaps the death of Richard Collett had preceded that of his father, whilst it is established that the third executor to the Will, his brother Thomas (below), was still alive but was absent from the proving of the Will at Stow-on-the-Wold on 5th June 1822.

 

 

 

 

33M8

Thomas Collett was born in 1776 at Upper Slaughter where he was baptised that same year, the son of William and Anne Collett.  It was Thomas, his brother Richard and their sister Sarah (both above), who were named as the three executors of their father’s Will made in 1801, although it was only Sarah who was sworn in at the proving of the Will at Stow-on-Wold on 5th June 1822.  Thomas Collett, a smith from Upper Slaughter like his father, was mentioned in the Lease of Thomas Tracy, when the land in question had previously been leased by two generations of the Andrews family back to 1763, prior to it being assigned to Thomas Collett on 28th February 1811.  At that time the estate of the late Thomas Tracy was being managed by his widow Mary Tracy who died in 1812, following which it passed to the Rt Hon John Dutton, Lord of Sherborne.

 

 

 

In 1823 the Right Honorable John Dutton leased land, the blacksmith’s shop, and Pool’s Close to Thomas Collett, blacksmith of Upper Slaughter, the property formerly occupied by William Collett [his father] deceased.  Ten years earlier on 4th January 1813 the Rt Hon John Dutton leased land to farmer Thomas Collett who was already the leasee of the former Tracy/Andrews land referred to above.  That same lease agreement also made reference to his nephews Thomas Collett (Ref. 33N4) who was 17 and Richard Collett (Ref. 33N7) who was nine, the sons of his brother William (above), who presumably helped Thomas work the land.

 

 

 

It is slightly curious that the later lease of 1823, transferred to Thomas upon the death of his father in 1822, made reference to the nephews of Thomas Collett, they being George Collett (Ref. 33N11), who was 16 years old and the son of John and Martha Collett, and William Collett (Ref. 33N13) who was seven and the son of John and Leah Collett.  It is now believed that they were the two sons of the same John Collett, the older boy being the son of his first wife and the younger boy being his son by his second wife.

 

 

 

Thomas Collett was married to Elizabeth and in the first national census in June 1841 Thomas of Upper Slaughter was 65 and his wife Elizabeth was 49.  Ten years later in the 1851 Census the couple was listed as Thomas Collett, age 75, an annuitant of Upper Slaughter, and his wife Elizabeth of Kingham who was 58.  Living with them at Upper Slaughter was Thomas’ older brother Joseph Collett (above) who was also described as an annuitant, born at Upper Slaughter.

 

 

 

 

33M9

Edward Collett was born at Upper Slaughter where he was baptised on 15th February 1778, the son of William and Anne Collett.  Edward was named in his father’s Will made in 1801 when he was given the sum of one shilling, compared to five pounds set aside for his younger brother Benjamin (below).  Whether he was alive at the time of his father’s death in 1822 is not known.

 

 

 

 

33M10

Benjamin Collett was born at Upper Slaughter and it was there also that he was baptised on 10th January 1780, the last child born to blacksmith William Collett and his wife Anne Matthews.  He was named in his father’s Will of 1801 in which it was stated he would receive five pounds, but whether he was alive to receive it in 1822, when his father passed away, is not known.

 

 

 

 

33M11

Sarah Collett was born at Bourton-on-the-Water and was baptised there on 15th May 1780, the eldest child of Thomas Collett and his wife Elizabeth Cooper.  She later married William Matthews (born in 1772) at Bourton on 2nd September 1802.  Just less than two years later her father passed away and in his Will made on 1st March 1804 she was simply referred to as Sarah, one of the two daughters of Thomas Collett.  It is of interest that in 1762 William Collett (Ref. 33L1), who was the cousin of Sarah’s father Thomas Collett, married Ann Matthews at Upper Slaughter, thus creating an earlier link between the two families.

 

 

 

The marriage between Sarah and William Matthews produced a number of children, including Thomas C (Collett?) Matthews (who was born in 1804), twins Elizabeth Matthews and John Matthews (who were born in 1809), and Marianne (Mary Ann) Matthews (who was born during 1818).  By the time Sarah’s mother made her Will in April 1825, William Matthews was an innkeeper in Bourton-on-the-Water, where presumably Sarah, a beneficiary under the terms of the Will, and her family were living around that time.

 

 

 

The couple’s eldest son Thomas married Ann and they lived the early part of their married life at Bourton before moving to live in Surrey, but it seems likely their first born son was William Matthews born in 1831.  In 1861 farmer William Matthews, age 29, was living at Lower Slaughter with his young wife Mary Matthews nee Stephens, age 20, and their eight months old daughter Mary.  Living with them was Mary’s brother Thomas Stephens, who was 15, and a 16-years old servant girl Elizabeth Collett (Ref. 33O17) of Bourton, the daughter of Richard Collett and his wife Sarah Cross.

 

 

 

Sarah’s and William’s youngest daughter Marianne Matthews married Thomas Downing at Bourton on 5th July 1838 and the ceremony was witnessed by Marianne’s brother Thomas Matthews and her mother Sarah Matthews nee Collett.  According to the census of 1851 William Matthews was 79 years old and a widower who had been born at Bourton, when his occupation was stated as being that of church warden.  Living with him on 30th March 1851 was his married daughter Elizabeth Colin, age 40, who was working as a dressmaker.

 

 

 

As Elizabeth Matthews she had married William Colin at Bourton on 27th May 1829.  By 1861 William Matthews had passed away, but his daughter Elizabeth Colin, then a milliner aged 52, was still living at Bourton and again without her husband who, it is believed died when he was 45.  Elizabeth Colin was 60 and was retired by the time of the census in 1871 when she was still a resident at Bourton, but during the next few years she must have passed away during the 1870s since she was not listed in the 1881 Census.

 

 

 

 

33M12

Thomas Collett was born at Bourton-on-the-Water where he was baptised on 25th December 1781, the eldest son of Thomas Collett and Elizabeth Cooper.  It may have been around the time of the death of his father in the spring of 1804, or during the previous year, when Thomas married Elizabeth who was born at Northleach around 1780.  All of their children were baptised at Bourton, although it seems very likely that the family lived at nearby Lower Slaughter.  Sadly the first child born to the couple only survived for a few months, when their son Thomas, who was born during October 1805, died in February 1806.  Under the terms of his father’s Will of 1804 Thomas may have taken over the running of the family farm at Lower Slaughter which had been left to Thomas’ mother to managed as she saw fit.

 

 

 

Just over twenty years later in 1827 Thomas’ mother Elizabeth Collett died and was buried in the graveyard of the Church of St Mary at Lower Slaughter.  The grave is marked by a headstone with an inscription that includes her grandson.  It reads; “Elizabeth wife of Thomas Collett died October 26th 1827 aged 77 – Also Thomas their grandson who died February 1806 aged 4 months”.  Under the terms of the Will of his mother, Thomas Collett a yeoman of Slaughter Hill jointly inherited his mother’s estate with her brother Richard Cooper, a gentleman of Little Rissington.

 

 

 

Two other events confirm a connection with Lower Slaughter.  The first being that their son Joseph was born there in 1814, and secondly that it was there that Thomas Collett died on 4th June 1850.  And it was there also where he was buried in a tomb in the churchyard of St Mary’s Church.  The tombstone he shared with his wife confirmed that “Thomas Collett died June 4th 1850 aged 68”.

 

 

 

Following the death of her husband Elizabeth appears to have moved to the nearby village of Wick Rissington, where she was residing at the time of the census in 1851.  The census return recorded that she was the head of the household at 71, and that she was a widow.  At that time she was the farmer of 350 acres of land, while living there with her was her son Joseph Collett, age 36, from Lower Slaughter.

 

 

 

Also with her was her grand daughter Elizabeth Amelia Collett who was four years old and born at Wick Rissington, the child of her son Thomas James Collett who also farmed in Wick Rissington.  The family was supported by two servants, Sarah Earle who was 32 and from Northleach and Thomas Harris who was 24 and from Churchill in Oxfordshire.  When Elizabeth died just over five years later she was buried with her husband in the tomb in the ground of St Mary’s Church at Lower Slaughter.  The tombstone epitaph above that of her husband’s reads; “Elizabeth wife of Thomas Collett who died September 25th 1856 aged 77 years”.

 

 

 

33N14

Thomas Collett

Born in 1805 at Lower Slaughter

 

33N15

Thomas Collett

Born in 1807 at Lower Slaughter

 

33N16

Elizabeth Collett

Baptised on 29.05.1809 at Bourton

 

33N17

Thomas James Collett

Baptised on 07.01.1812 at Bourton

 

33N18

John Collett

Baptised on 13.07.1813 at Bourton

 

33N19

Joseph Collett

Born in 1814 at Lower Slaughter

 

 

 

 

33M13

Mary Maria Collett may have been born at Lower Slaughter and was baptised at Bourton-on-the-Water on 9th October 1786, the second known daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth Collett.  It was as Mary Collett that she was recorded in the 1804 Will of her father, who died during the month of April of May that same year.  Mary later married Jonas Smith with whom she had at least five children, there being five children named in the Will of Mary’s mother Elizabeth Collett nee Cooper who died in 1827.  Furthermore, Mary had already died by the time the Will was written in 1825.  The section from the Will, which established money in trust for the children, read as follows; ”John, Sarah, William, Thomas, and Elizabeth Smith, the children of my late daughter Mary deceased.”

 

 

 

 

33M14

John Collett was very likely born at Lower Slaughter but was baptised at Bourton-on-the-Water on 1st April 1791, the youngest of the four known children of Thomas Collett and his wife Elizabeth Cooper.  He would have been thirteen years of age at the time of the death of his father, but upon the proving of the Will on 7th June 1804 there was no mention of John in the Will.  The omission of his name, when his three siblings were all listed, clearly indicates that John Collett died as a child.

 

 

 

 

33N4

Thomas Collett was born at Upper Slaughter and was baptised there on 11th January 1795.  Upon leaving school Thomas worked on the farm in Upper Slaughter run by his uncle Thomas Collett, and he and his younger brother Richard were both specifically named in the lease agreement produced on 4th January 1813.  Just over ten years later Thomas married Ann Eden at Lower Slaughter on 13th October 1823.  Not long after they were married, the couple moved just over the county boundary into Oxfordshire, where they settled in the village of Fifield where their first two children were born.

 

 

 

The fact that nothing so far has been revealed about Thomas’ older brother Paris Collett might indicate that he suffered an early death and that it was that sad event which prompted Thomas to name his first born son after his late brother.  Sometime later the family moved to Longborough north of Stow-on-the-Wold where their first daughter was born and baptised. Their time at Longborough was short-lived since their next three children were born and baptised at Little Rissington.

 

 

 

Sadly by June 1841 Thomas was a widower living at Little Rissington with five of his six children.  That year’s census revealed the family was made up of Thomas, with a ‘rounded age’ of 45, and his children Paris, who was 16, George, who was 13, Hannah, who was 11, William, who was nine, and Lucy who was seven.  One of the children was missing from the census and that child was the latest addition to the family, Stephen.  His absence may indicate that he died shortly after the baptism and that the event may have even been related to the death of his mother Ann who very likely died around the same time.

 

 

 

By the time of the next census in 1851 family life had been further shattered by the death of the children’s father, with Thomas Collett having died during 1850.  Thomas’ eldest son Paris was living with Thomas’ brother John Collett (below) at Little Rissington in 1851, but the whereabouts of his other children is unclear at this time.

 

 

 

33O1

Paris Collett

Born in 1825 at Fifield by Burford, Oxon

 

33O2

George Collett

Born in 1827 at Fifield by Burford, Oxon

 

33O3

Hannah Collett

Born in 1829 at Longborough

 

33O4

William Collett

Born in 1831 at Little Rissington

 

33O5

Lucy Collett

Born in 1833 at Little Rissington

 

33O6

Stephen Collett

Born in 1835 at Little Rissington

 

 

 

 

33N5

John Collett was born at Upper Slaughter and was baptised there on 7th May 1797.  He was an agricultural labourer and he married (1) Mary Greening at Upper Slaughter on 21st November 1822.  That first marriage for John produced all of his children, with the first four being born at Bourton-on-the-Water and the last one listed below born at Little Rissington.  There may have been other children born between 1832 and 1840.  By June 1841 the family was established at Little Rissington and comprised John, age 40, and Mary who was 35, and their four children William who was 13, Thomas who was 11, Elizabeth who was eight, and Job who was just one year old.  However, the couple’s eldest daughter, who would have been 15, was missing, so either she was away from home or she had died prior to 1841.

 

 

 

Less than two years later Mary tragically died on 13th March 1843 at the age of 40 and was buried in the family grave at St Lawrence’s Church Cemetery in Bourton.  John later married (2) Phoebe from Wilstone near Aylesbury and in 1851 they were living at Little Rissington.  Living with the couple were John’s son Job Collett and his nephew Paris Collett who had lived with John since the death of his brother Thomas Collett (above) during the previous year.

 

 

 

The census return recorded that John was 53 and had been born at Upper Slaughter, and that Phoebe was also 53 years of age.  John’s son Job was confirmed as being 10 years old and born at Little Rissington, while his nephew Paris was an agricultural labourer at 26, who has been born at Fifield by Burford.  By the time of the next census in 1861 John and Phoebe were living on their own, with three of John’s children having already died and the other two having left home by then.  John was 64 and was still working as an agricultural labourer, while Phoebe was 63. 

 

 

 

Phoebe Collett died at Bourton on 14th December 1869 aged 72, and was followed by husband just over two years later when John Collett died on 23rd March 1872 aged 76.  However, following the death of his wife John spent the last years of his life living with the family of his youngest son Job, as confirmed by the census in 1871 when John Collett was 74.  Both Mary and John were buried in the family grave in the cemetery at St Lawrence’s Church in Bourton.  In total the family grave contained the bodies of John, his two wives and his three eldest children.  (see Headstone Epitaphs)

 

 

 

33O7

Sarah Collett

Born on 09.04.1825 at Bourton

 

33O8

William Collett

Baptised on 27.08.1827 at Bourton

 

33O9

Thomas Collett

Born on 18.10.1829 at Bourton

 

33O10

Elizabeth Collett

Baptised on 30.07.1832 at Bourton

 

33O11

Job Collett

Born in 1840 at Little Rissington

 

 

 

 

33N6

Hannah Collett was baptised at Upper Slaughter on 21st September 1800, the youngest daughter of William Collett and his wife Sarah Hollands.  It is possible that she was married to John Fox at Bourton-on-the-Water on 3rd January 1822, since listed there in the records of the Baptist Chapel is a Hannah Collett who was married by licence.

 

 

 

 

33N7

RICHARD COLLETT was born at Upper Slaughter and was baptised there on 1st January 1804 in the Reign of King George III.  After completing his schooling Richard joined his older brother Thomas (above) working on the farm at Upper Slaughter managed by their uncle Thomas Collett, as confirmed in the lease agreement signed on 4th January 813 in which the brothers were mentioned, even though Richard was only nine years old at the time.  It also seems likely that when his brother married in 1823, Richard continued to work with his uncle, possibly up until the occasion of his own marriage. 

 

 

 

Richard Collett married Sarah Cross at Bourton-on-the-Water on 6th January 1830 with whom he had eight children, and all of them born and baptised at Bourton where Sarah had been born in 1810.  Richard and his family were listed in consecutive census records for Bourton from 1841 to 1871 as being an agricultural labourer.  The family listed in the first of them was made up of Richard, who was 37, Sarah, who was 32, Ann – actually Amy, who was 10, Robert who was six, John who was four and Emma who was one year old.

 

 

 

Ten years later in 1851 Sarah was listed as being 42 and a charwoman, while the children recorded with her and her husband were Robert, age 17 and a shepherd, John, age 14 and an agricultural labourer, Emma, age 11, Job who was nine, Elizabeth who was six, and Esther who was only four months old, and all of them born at Bourton.  The couple’s eldest daughter Amy was 21 and was working away from home on that occasion, while it seems likely that their younger missing daughter Ann, who would have been two or three years old, may have suffered an infant death.

 

 

 

By the time of the next census in 1861 nearly all of the children had left home.  Only the youngest daughter Esther, who was 11, was still living with Richard and Sarah, but the extra space in the house had been occupied by Sarah’s mother, 73 years old Elizabeth Cross, a labourer of Bourton.

 

 

 

All of the children had left the family home at Bourton by 1871, but on the day of the census Richard, age 67, and Sarah, age 62, were looking after their granddaughter Lydia Collett (Ref. 33P24) who was six years old and born at Stow-on-the-Wold, the second child of their son John Collett.  She may have been a sick child as she did not appear in the census ten years later and it is known that two of her siblings also died while very young.

 

 

 

The details recorded in the later census of 1881 for Bourton-on-the-Water listed only Richard Collett as a general labourer at the age of 77, who was born at Upper Slaughter, and his wife Sarah Collett, who was 71 and born at Bourton.  On that occasion they were living at a house on Sherborne Street in Bourton.  Ten years later the Bourton census of 1891 included Richard, then 87, and Sarah, who was 82, the only change being that Richard had retired by then and was described as a former general labourer.  It is interesting to note that Hannah Collett, the widow of Richard and Sarah’s son Job Collett, was also living in Sherborne Street in both 1881 and 1891, and only about five doors away from Richard and Sarah.

 

 

 

33O12

Amy Collett

Born in 1831 at Bourton

 

33O13

Robert Collett

Born in 1834 at Bourton

 

33O14

John Collett

Born in 1836 at Bourton

 

33O15

Emma Collett

Born in 1839 at Bourton

 

33O16

JOB COLLETT

Born in 1842 at Bourton

 

33O17

Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1844 at Bourton

 

33O18

Ann Collett

Born in 1848 at Bourton

 

33O19

Esther Collett

Born in 1850 at Bourton

 

 

 

 

33N10

Mary Collett was born at Stow-on-the-Wold in 1801, and was baptised there on 10th May 1801, the daughter of John Collett and his first wife Martha.

 

 

 

 

33N11

George Collett was born at Stow-on-the-Wold in 1806, where he was baptised on 7th January 1807, the son of John Collett and his first wife Martha.  Apart from his baptism record, it is the lease agreement of 1823 held by his uncle Thomas Collett (Ref. 33M8) that confirms his place within this family line, in which he was named as the nephew of the aforesaid Thomas Collett, and the son of John and Martha Collett, john being Thomas’ brother.  This would also indicate that George joined his uncle to work on his farm at Upper Slaughter upon leaving school.

 

 

 

It is also known that George Collett married Rebecca (Rachel) Yearp at Upper Slaughter on 15th August 1831 when she was around 36 years of age.  It was as Rachel Yearp that she was baptised at Bourton-on-the-Water on 22nd April 1807, the daughter of George’s aunt Hannah Collett and her husband Thomas Yearp, Hannah being the sister of George’s father William Collett.  That being the case, George and Rebecca were first cousins.  Also of interest is the fact that at the time of the census in 1881 Rebecca’s brother Thomas Yearp had living with him on his farm at Lower Slaughter, one Charles Collett (Ref. 33P6) another member of this family line.

 

 

 

The marriage of George and Rebecca produced five children for the couple, with the first four being baptised at Upper Slaughter, while the fifth was baptised just two miles away at Wick Rissington.  The baptism of each of the five children recorded the parents as George and Rebecca Collett.  At the time of the census in June 1841, the family was living at Upper Slaughter within the Stow-on-the-Wold & Bourton-on-the-Water registration district, when the family was recorded as George Collett, age 34, his wife Rebecca who was 30, and their four children, Charles who was eight, Edward who was seven, Frederick who was five, and Martha who was three years of age.

 

 

 

Ten years after, the 1851 Census confirmed that the family was living at Bourton-on-the-Water, where George was a blacksmith at the age of 44, while his wife was then recorded as ‘Rachel Collett aged 56’.   The fact she used her baptism name was slightly curious, after many years of being Rebecca, while the incorrect age must have been an error in transcription.  The family at that time comprised sons Charles who was 19 and a porter, Edward who was 17, Frederick who was 15 and a blacksmith/agricultural labourer, and daughter Martha A Collett who was 14.  Emma, the couple’s fifth child was not listed with the family and therefore may have been subject to an infant death.

 

 

 

Sometime during the next ten years Rebecca (Rachel) died leaving George a widower, as confirmed in the census of 1861.  At that time he was 54, when his place of birth was confirmed as Stow-on-the-Wold, while he was still living at Bourton with his unmarried children.  They were Edward, who was 26 and an agricultural labourer, Frederick who was 25 and a blacksmith like his father, and Martha who had taken on the role of lady of the house and housekeeper at the age of 23.

 

 

 

By the time of the next census in 1871 only the blacksmith father and son partnership of George and Frederick were still recorded as continuing to live in Bourton.  George was 64 and Frederick was 36, and it may be assumed that daughter Martha Ann Collett was married by that time.  George Collett died on 31st August 1879 at the age of 71 and was buried in the churchyard of St Lawrence’s Church in Bourton-on-the-Water, where a headstone marks the site of the grave.  Buried in the same plot, but five years earlier, was George’s son Frederick Collett.  (see Headstone Epitaphs)

 

 

 

33O20

Charles Collett

Born in 1832 at Upper Slaughter

 

33O21

Edward Collett

Born in 1834 at Upper Slaughter

 

33O22

Frederick Collett

Born in 1836 at Upper Slaughter

 

33O23

Martha Ann Collett

Born in 1837 at Upper Slaughter

 

33O24

Emma Collett

Born in 1842 at Wick Rissington

 

 

 

 

33N12

Jane Collett was born at Stow-on-the-Wold during 1812 and was baptised there on 8th November 1812, the daughter of John Collett and his second wife Leah Hobbs.

 

 

 

 

33N13

William Collett was born at Stow-on-the-Wold in 1816, the son of John Collett and Leah Hobbs.  The name of William Collett, the son of John and Leah Collett and the nephew of Thomas Collett (Ref. 33M8) was included in the lease agreement of 1823 relating to farm land, a blacksmith’s shop, and Pool’s Close, all in Upper Slaughter, possibly because it was with his uncle that is was planned that he would work on completing his education.

 

 

 

By the time of the census in 1841 William Collett, age 25, was living at Stow-on-the-Wold with his widowed mother Leah who was 60.  Shortly after that his mother died and William married Lucy, although the order of the events is not known.  Certainly by 1851 his mother had passed away and William and Lucy were living in premises on the Market place in Stow-on-the-Wold, where William was working as a tailor and a grocer.  William Collett of Stow was 34, while his wife Lucy Collett was 43 and a milliner from Naunton.  With the couple on that occasion was their nephew Edward Walford who was 17 and a solicitor’s writing clerk from Finstock in Oxfordshire, and Eliza Marshall who was 15 and a house servant from Swell.

 

 

 

No record of Lucy Collett has been found in any census other than the one in 1851, so it would seem that she passed away during the 1850s.  Similarly no trace of her young husband has been found, so they may have left the country together for one of the colonies.

 

 

 

 

33N14

Thomas Collett was born at Lower Slaughter during October 1805, the first child born to Thomas and Elizabeth Collett.  Tragically he died just a few months later and was buried at Lower Slaughter during February 1806, when he was laid to rest in the grave of his grandmother.

 

 

 

 

33N15

Thomas Collett was born at Lower Slaughter in 1807 and was baptised at Bourton-on-the-water on 1st December 1807.  It would also seem logical that, like the first born child of Thomas and Elizabeth Collett after whom he was named, he too died while still a child since the couple’s next son was also given the name Thomas.

 

 

 

 

33N17

Thomas James Collett was very likely born at Lower Slaughter where his father had a farm, although he was baptised at nearby Bourton-on-the-Water on 7th January 1812, the son of Thomas and Elizabeth Collett.  New information discovered in 2013 suggests, although not proved, that Thomas married Elizabeth Amelia Allen who was born at Northleach in 1822.  Not long after they were married the couple moved to Wick Rissington where their children were born and baptised.

 

 

 

Previously it seemed very likely from the naming of their third and fifth child that Thomas’ wife maiden name may have been Elizabeth Amelia Hall.  There were also later ‘Hall’ connections when three of the couple’s grandchildren were given the name, and one of their own children was staying with John Hall Clack and his wife Elizabeth from Henley-in-Arden.  In addition to that it is understood that the married name of Amy Collett (Ref. 33O12) was Amy Hall.

 

 

 

At the time of the 1851 Census, Thomas James Collett, age 39, was farming 220 acres of land at Wick Rissington.  The census listed his place of birth as Lower Slaughter and living with him was his wife aged 29, their son Thomas James Collett who was two, and daughters Mary Hall Collett who was one year old, and Martha Collett who was just three months old.  All three of them had been born at Wick Rissington.  Also with the family at that time was Hannah Wilcox, a nurse from Great Rissington, and Jane Bowl an 18-year old servant from Lower Slaughter.

 

 

 

Their eldest daughter Elizabeth Amelia Collett was not at the family’s farm on the day of the census, instead she was staying with her elderly grandmother on a neighbouring farm in Wick Rissington.  Four-year old Elizabeth Collett was recorded as the grandchild of Elizabeth Collett, age 71, who had living with her her unmarried son Joseph Collett, age 36, the younger brother of Elizabeth Amelia’s father Thomas James Collett.

 

 

 

Two years later the couple’s last child was born, and sometime after that the family left Wick Rissington when they moved to Oldberrow, a village midway between Studley and Henley-in-Arden.  And it was there that the family was living in 1861, but not with all five of their children.  Farmer Thomas J Collett of Lower Slaughter was 49, his wife Elizabeth A Collett from Northleach was also 49, and their three children were Elizabeth A Collett 14, Martha J Collett 10, and John Hall Collett who was seven years old.  The Collett family was supported at that time by five servants, including one carter, two cowmen, one plough boy, and one housemaid.

 

 

 

The couple’s missing son Thomas J Collet, age 12 and a scholar from Wick Rissington, was living with his uncle, farmer Joseph Collett of Lower Slaughter and his wife Eliza from Lower Swell, at their farmhouse in Lower Slaughter, where he was recorded as nephew.  Joseph Collett (below) was the brother of Thomas’ father.  Their missing daughter Mary Hall Collett, age 11 of Wick Rissington, was a visitor at Church Street in Warwick, where she was staying at the home of London builder John Hall Clack, age 29, his wife Elizabeth, age 25, from Henley-in-Arden.  Whether she was related in some way to the family, is not known at this time, although the ‘Hall’ name may well confirm a link.

 

 

 

Once again the family was divided ten years later, according to the census in 1871.  Thomas James Collett was 59 and was a visitor at the Upper Slaughter farm of his brother Joseph Collett (below).  Living with him was his daughter Martha Jane Collett who was 20 and born at Wick Rissington.  At that same time, in 1871, his wife Elizabeth Amelia Collett, age 59 and from Northleach, was recorded as married and a farmer’s wife, while living at Bishop’s Farm in Oldberrow, with three of her children.  They were Elizabeth Collett who was 24, Mary Hall Collett who was 21, and John Hall Collett who was 17.  The family was supported by two farm servants, Thomas Hutton who was 20, and Walter Whyatt who was 17.

 

 

 

Of the couple’s five children, only their eldest son, Thomas James Collett, has not been located in the census of 1871, when he would have been 22.  It must be assumed that Thomas James Collett (senior) died sometime during the 1870s since as he does not appear anywhere in Great Britain in the census of 1881.  His widow, Elizabeth A Collett of Northleach, was 69 and was an annuitant living in a property in the High Street in Wootton Wawen in Warwickshire, just south of Henley-in-Arden.  Residing there with her was her youngest daughter, spinster Martha J Collett, age 30 and from Wick Rissington.

 

 

 

33O25

Elizabeth Amelia Collett

Born in 1846 at Wick Rissington

 

33O26

Thomas James Collett

Born in 1848 at Wick Rissington

 

33O27

Mary Hall Collett

Born in 1849 at Wick Rissington

 

33O28

Martha Jane Collett

Born in 1851 at Wick Rissington

 

33O29

John Hall Collett

Born in 1853 at Wick Rissington

 

 

 

 

33N19

Joseph Collett was born at Lower Slaughter in 1814, the youngest son of Thomas Collett of Bourton-on-the-Water and his wife Elizabeth from Northleach.  It would appear that he married later in his life, possible during the 1850s when he was around 40 years old.  By the time of the 1851 Census Joseph, age 36, was a farmer at his mother’s 350 acre holding at Wick Rissington.  With him on the day of the census was his niece Elizabeth Amelia Collett who was four years old and the daughter of his brother Thomas James Collett (above). It was during the following decade that Joseph Collett married Eliza who was born at Lower Swell in 1822.

 

 

 

Ten years later and Joseph Collett was 46 and was a farmer of only 50 acres at Lower Slaughter, having moved there from Wick Rissington.  To assist him with working the farm, Joseph employed two men and 2 boys.  With him on that occasion was his wife Eliza Collett, age 38, and their nephew Thomas J Collett who was 12 and born at Wick Rissington, the son of Joseph’s brother Thomas (above).  It was three years later that the couple were surprised by the birth of their only child.

 

 

 

By 1871 Joseph had moved again, this time to Upper Slaughter where he was still a farmer at the age of 56.  Living with him was his wife Eliza who was 48, together with their daughter Mary Eliz. Collett who was six years old.  Also visiting the family was Joseph’s brother, farmer Thomas James Collett (above), age 59, who had with him his daughter Martha Jane Collett, who was 20.  Although farming on a much smaller scale than in earlier times, the family still had a servant in the form of Ann Arthurs who was 17 years old and from Stow-on-the-Wold.  With no record of Joseph found after that time, it must be assumed that he died during the 1870s.  By the time of the census in 1881, his widow Eliza Collett, from Lower Swell was 58, and was a visitor at the home of tailor, draper, and postmaster, William Walton, age 60 and a widower from Longborough, at the Market place in Stow-on-the-Wold.

 

 

 

33O30

Mary Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1864 at Upper Slaughter

 

 

 

 

33O1

Paris Collett was born in 1824 just a short distance from Little Rissington in the Oxfordshire village of Fifield by Burford.  And it was there that he was baptised on 28th October 1824.  The Bishop’s Transcript for the parish church at Fifield near Burford confirmed that his parents were Thomas and Ann Collett.  At sometime after he was born his family first moved to Longborough and then to Little Rissington where they were in June 1841 and where Paris was aged 16.  His mother Ann had died just a few years earlier leaving Paris and his siblings to be brought up by their widowed father Thomas.

 

 

 

Ten years later Paris’ occupation was that of an agricultural labourer and according to the 1851 Census he was 26 and was not married, but was living with his late father’s brother John Collett (Ref. 33N5) at his home in Little Rissington, his father having died in 1850.  He married Lucy Ann Palmer and by 1861 he and his young family were living at Bourton-on-the-Water.  Paris was 37, Lucy 37 was a dressmaker born at Bourton, and their children were William who was nine, Lucy Ann who was five, and Paris who was one year old, all of whom were born at Bourton.

 

 

 

Living with them was Lucy’s father and agricultural labourer William Palmer, age 71 and a widower who was born at Bourton in 1790.  There is an earlier reference to a Thomas Palmer who was born in 1800 and was a grocer of Bourton in 1851 but not in 1861 by which time Charles Collett (above) had taken over the business.  Therefore William and Thomas Palmer may have been brothers.  In all, the marriage between Paris and Lucy produced five children, the fifth being born at Bourton around the mid 1860s.  By 1871 the family was still living at Bourton and comprised Paris and Lucy, both age 46, and their children William age 19 an agricultural labourer like his father, Lucy age 15, Paris age 11, and Thomas who was four.  Still living with the family was Paris’ father-in-law William Palmer who was 81.

 

 

 

According to the Bourton 1881 Census, Paris Collett, age 56 a labourer of Fifield, and his wife Lucy Ann also 56 of Bourton, were living at The Bank in Bourton with four of their children and two of their grandchildren.  They were sons William 27, Paris 23, and Thomas 15, and daughter Lucy Ann 25.  Only eldest son William was married, although tragically his wife had died leaving him a widower with his two children Emily, aged six, and Helen S Collett, aged three, again both having been born at Bourton.  It is of interest that in 1881 The Bank was also the address for Albert Collett (Ref. 2O56) age 40.

 

 

 

Ten years later in 1891 Paris and Lucy Ann were still living in Bourton, both of them then 66 years old.  Living with them on that occasion was their unmarried daughter Lucy Ann Collett who was incorrectly recorded as being 30 rather than 35, their unmarried son Paris who was 27 instead of 32, and unmarried Thomas who was correctly recorded at 24 years of age, both of them employed as agricultural labourers.  In addition to them the family was also caring for three grandchildren, and they were their granddaughters Emily Collett who was 15 and Ellen Collett who was 13, the children from the first marriage of their son William, and grandson William Collett who was seven years old and the base-born son of their married daughter Mary Ann Bowles nee Collett who was living a few miles away with her husband at Donnington.

 

 

 

Just after the turn of the century Paris, then a retired farm labourer at 76, and his wife Lucy also 76, were still living at Bourton and the only member of the family still living there with them on that occasion was their grandson William George Collett who was 17.

 

 

 

33P1

William Collett

Born in 1853 at Bourton-on-the-Water

 

33P2

Lucy Ann Collett

Born in 1855 at Bourton-on-the-Water

 

33P3

Paris Collett

Born in 1859 at Bourton-on-the-Water

 

33P4

Mary Ann Collett

Born in 1860 at Bourton-on-the-Water

 

33P5

Thomas Collett

Born in 1866 at Bourton-on-the-Water

 

 

 

 

33O2

George Collett was born at Fifield in 1827.  Not long after he was born the family moved north to Longborough where they stayed for just over a couple of years.  Another moved followed, that time to Little Rissington where George was 13 in June 1841.

 

 

 

 

33O3

Hannah Collett was born in 1829 at Longborough north of Stow-on-the-Wold and was baptised there on 25th October 1829.  By the time of the census of 1841 Hannah and her widowed father, together with her siblings, were living at Little Rissington where she was listed as being 11.  On leaving school Hannah entered into domestic service and by 1851 she was 21 and a house servant from Longbrough (sic) in Gloucestershire, employed at Oriel House on Bath Road in Cheltenham, the home of stone mason Robert Hewer.  Shortly thereafter she appears to have married William Spragg, since Hannah Spragg from Longborough was 51 in the census of 1881.

 

 

 

 

33O4

William Collett was born at Little Rissington in 1831 and was nine years old in the 1841 Census for that village.  No further record of William has so far been located.

 

 

 

 

33O5

Lucy Collett was born at Little Rissington in 1833 and was baptised there on 19th October 1834.  She was still there in 1841 when she was seven years of age, although later record of Lucy has been found in any subsequent census record.  It is very likely that she was nearly twenty-two when she married the much older John Davis in 1855, the wedding recorded at Shipston-on-Stour register office in neighbouring Warwickshire during the final three months of that year.  The witnesses were Thomas lively and Mary Sarah Tandy.  John Davis was a widower with three children and in the census of 1861 Lucy Davis from Little Rissington was 27, John Davis from Upper Slaughter was 40 and a farm labourer, while his three children were William Davis age 15, Mary A Davis age 14 and Charles Davis who was 12, all of them still attending school in the parish of Blockley where the family was living.

 

 

 

 

33O6

Stephen Collett was born at Little Rissington early in the year of 1835.  And it was there that he was baptised on 12th April 1835, the son of Thomas and Ann Collett.  It seems very likely that Ann and Stephen both died shortly after the christening, since neither of them appeared in the 1841 Census, in which Stephen’s father Thomas was listed as a widower.

 

 

 

 

33O8

William Collett was born at Bourton-on-the-Water in 1827 and was baptised there on 27th August 1827.   He was recorded as being 13 in the 1841 Census and it has not be determined if he ever married.  William Collett died at the age of 32 on 26th November 1859 at Bourton, where he was buried in the family grave at St Lawrence’s Church. (see Headstone Epitaphs)

 

 

 

 

33O9

Thomas Collett was born at Bourton-on-the-Water on 18th October 1829 and in 1851 Thomas was 20 when he was working as a servant on the 900 acre farm of 70-year old Thomas Hyatt at Snowhill.  It has not been determined whether he married or not over the following eight years, but he died on 19th March 1859 at the age of 30 and was buried in the family grave at St Lawrence’s Church in Bourton.  (see Headstone Epitaphs)

 

 

 

 

33O10

Elizabeth Collett was baptised at Bourton-on-the-Water on 30th July 1832.  In 1851 Elizabeth was 19 and was working as a servant on the 300 acre farm of 50-year old George James at Guiting Power.  Tragically she died three years later on 31st July 1854 when she was only 22, following which she was buried in the family grave at St Lawrence’s Church in Bourton.  (see Headstone Epitaphs)

 

 

 

 

33O11

Job Collett was born at Little Rissington in 1840 and was one year old in June 1841.  He was listed in the 1851 Census as being 10 years of age when he was living with his parents at Little Rissington.  His cousin Paris Collett (above), age 26, was also with the family at that time.  Job married Mary of Maugersbury, near Stow-on-the-Wold, where the couple set up home and where their son and five of their six daughters were born.  Their sixth child was born at Sherborne before the family returned to Maugersbury where their last child was born.

 

 

 

By the time of the census in 1871 the family living at Maugersbury comprised Job Collett who was 30 and from Little Rissington, his wife Mary who was 27, and three of their child, Charles who was five, Emma who was four and Ellen who was two.  Living with the young family was Job’s father, John Collett who was 74.  The family appeared in the 1881 Census for Maugersbury as follows.  Job was 40 and a non-domestic groom from Little Rissington, his wife Mary was 38 and of Maugersbury, and their daughters were Helen, age 12, Annie, age 10, Agnes who was eight, Rosa who was six, and Edith who was only five months old.  Living with the family at 22 Well Lane in Maugersbury was unmarried lodger John Jenkins, age 67, an agricultural labourer from Bibury.

 

 

 

It would appear from the census ten years later that Job who was listed as Joseph was 50 and was living at Stow with his wife Mary who was 47, and with them was their daughter Edith May who was ten years old.  By March 1901 Job was still referred to in error as Joseph when he was 60 and still living at Stow with his wife Mary who was 58.  During the next ten years Mary passed away, leaving Job Collett a widow.  When that happened, his two unmarried daughters Agnes Mary and Edith May returned to the family home in Stow to look after him.  That situation was confirmed in the census of 1911 when Job Collett from Little Rissington was 70 and his two daughters were described as Mary Collett aged 38 and Edith May Collett who was 30 and undertaking household duties. 

 

 

 

It was at Enoch Row in Stow-on-the-Wold that the three of them were living in April 1911, the census return confirming that Job and his wife had given birth to nine children, seven of whom were still living.  That means there are two children missing from the list of their offspring below.  It was fourteen years after that when Job Collett died at the age of 84, with his death recorded at Stow-on-the-Wold register office (Ref. 6a 547) during the first three months of 1925.

 

 

 

33P6

Charles Collett

Born in 1865 at Maugersbury

 

33P7

Emma Collett

Born in 1866 at Maugersbury

 

33P8

Helen E Collett

Born in 1868 at Maugersbury

 

33P9

Annie Collett

Born in 1870 at Maugersbury

 

33P10

Agnes Mary Collett

Born in 1872 at Maugersbury

 

33P11

Rosa Collett

Born in 1874 at Sherborne

 

33P12

Edith May Collett

Born in 1880 at Maugersbury

 

 

 

 

33O12

Amy Collett was born at Bourton-on-the-Water in 1831, the eldest child of Richard Collett and his wife Sarah Cross, with whom she was living at Bourton in 1841 at the age of 10, although she was named as Ann Collett.  It seems likely that she later married and became Amy Hall, as in 1871 she was living at Bourton where she was looking after Emily Rebecca Collett (Ref. 33P29) who was 11 and the daughter of Charles and Sarah Collett.

 

 

 

 

33O13

Robert Collett was born at Bourton-on-the-Water and was baptised there on 14th September 1834.  In the Bourton census of 1841 Robert Collett was six years old.  Ten years after that, at the age of 17, Robert was still living at home with his parents in Bourton where, in the Census of 1851, he was listed as an unmarried shepherd born at Bourton. 

 

 

 

During the latter half of the 1850s he married Sarah at Great Rissington where she was born in 1840.  The couple’s first six children were thought to have been born and baptised at Bourton-on-the-Water, the next three were born at Upper Slaughter, and their last child was born at Cold Aston.  However, in subsequent census records there are conflicting birthplaces for the older children between Bourton and Upper Slaughter.  By 1871 Robert, age 37, and Sarah, age 31, had moved to Upper Slaughter.  Living there with them were their children Emily, who was 11, Ann who was nine, Charles who was seven, and John who was five, all born at Upper Slaughter, and Mary who was three, and Job who was nine months old, both of whom had been born at Bourton.

 

 

 

The later census of 1881 revealed Robert had moved away from Upper Slaughter and was then living in the village of Guiting Power, about five miles away, where he was then working as an agricultural labourer and shepherd at the age of 47.  Living with him was his wife Sarah, age 41 and born at Great Rissington, and seven of their nine children.  The seven listed children of Robert and Sarah were Ann Collett, age 20, John Collett, age 16, Mary, age 12, Job, age 11, and all of them born at Bourton-on-the-Water, plus Frank who was eight, Thomas who was five, and Ellen who was four years old, who were all born at Upper Slaughter.  The missing children were their eldest daughter Emily, who was married by then, and their eldest son Charles who was working away from home by that time in his life.

 

 

 

By 1891 the family had moved again, that time to Bibury, and was made up of Robert 55, an agricultural labourer, his wife Sarah 51, and their sons John, age 25, and Thomas, age 15, both agricultural labourers, their daughter Ellen, who was 12, and their most recent arrival Amy who was seven and had been born at Cold Aston.  Robert Collett died sometime during the next ten years, as in the March census of 1901 Sarah Collett was a widow and a laundress at the age of 60, who was still living at Bibury.  That same year her youngest daughter Amy Collett, age 17 and from Bourton-on-the-Water, was employed as a domestic nurse at a house in Mayfield in East Sussex.

 

 

 

33P13

Emily Collett

Born in 1859 at Upper Slaughter

 

33P14

Ann Collett

Born in 1861 at Upper Slaughter/Bourton

 

33P15

Charles Collett

Born in 1863 at Upper Slaughter

 

33P16

John Collett

Born in 1865 at Upper Slaughter/Bourton

 

33P17

Mary Collett

Born in 1868 at Bourton-on-the-Water

 

33P18

Job Collett

Born in 1870 at Bourton-on-the-Water

 

33P19

Frank Collett

Born in 1873 at Upper Slaughter

 

33P20

Thomas Collett

Born in 1876 at Upper Slaughter

 

33P21

Ellen Collett

Born in 1877 at Upper Slaughter

 

33P22

Amy Collett

Born in 1883 at Cold Aston

 

 

 

 

33O14

John Collett was born at Bourton-on-the-Water in 1836 and he was four years old in the Bourton census of 1841.  Just like his older brother Robert Collett (above), he married a girl from Great Rissington.  So the question might be, were the two girls sisters?  John Collett married Ruth Caroline Timms on 9th February 1862 by licence at Great Rissington, Ruth having been born there in 1840.  In the two censuses that preceded his wedding John was listed as being aged 14 and an agricultural labourer living and working at Bourton in 1851, and was 24 and an unmarried carter working at the Lower Slaughter home of miller Edward Bee in 1861.

 

 

 

There would appear to be other connections between the Collett and Timms families.  In the 1851 Census shoemaker John Timms, age 36 from Chipping Norton, was lodging with shoemaker Joseph Collett (Ref. 2N41) of Sherborne and his wife Elizabeth at Little Rissington.  John and Caroline are believed to have had four children.  However, it may have been only the youngest daughter who survived beyond childhood and she was born after John and Ruth had left Gloucestershire, following the death of their only son.  The move to Cudham near Biggin Hill in Kent took place around 1867.  It was at Cudham that the family was living in 1871, and where their daughter was baptised, when her parents were confirmed as John and Ruth Caroline Collett. 

 

 

 

According to the Cudham census of 1871 John Collett, age 34, was a carman who said he was born at Slaughter, his wife was named as Caroline Collett, who was 31 and from Great Rissington, and their two daughters were Elizabeth Collett, who was nine and born at Bourton-on-the-Water, and Eliza Collett, who was two years old and born at Cudham.  At that time the family was living at Cottage No. 2 on Horns Green Road in the Horns Green area of Cudham.  Their son John must have died by then, while the couple’s other daughter Lydia, age six, was staying with her paternal grandparents Richard and Sarah Collett at Bourton-on-the-Water.

 

 

 

By the time of the next census in 1881 John was 44 and on that occasion he gave his place of birth as Bourton-on-the-Water.  He and his wife Caroline, age 41, were living at 10 Devonshire Street in Camberwell in Surrey, from where John was continuing to work as a carman.  Living there with them was their daughter Eliza Collett who was 12 and from Cudham who was still attending the local school.  It is interesting to note that another John Collett (Ref. 14N24) who was 45 and born at Bourton in 1835, the son of Thomas Collett and Mary Ransford, was living nearby in Camberwell at that same time in 1881.

 

 

 

Ten years later the family of three was recorded as still living at Camberwell at the time of the census in 1891, when John was 52 (sic), Caroline was 51, and their daughter Eliza was 22.  By March 1901 Caroline may have died because john Collett from Gloucestershire was recorded in London as a retired carman, although his age was 68 which may be a transcription error for 63.  In April 1911 John was living in an institution in the Lewisham district of London, when he was 74 and his place of birth was once again confirmed as Bourton-on-the-Water.

 

 

 

33P23

Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1862 at Bourton-on-the-Water

 

33P24

Lydia Collett

Born in 1864 at Stow-on-the-Wold

 

33P25

John Collett

Born in 1866 at Stow-on-the-Wold

 

33P26

Eliza Collett

Born in 1868 at Cudham, Kent

 

 

 

 

33O15

Emma Collett was born at Bourton-on-the-Water during 1839, the daughter of Richard and Sarah Collett, and was one year old in the census of 1841 when she was living there with her family.  Ten years later she was still living with her family in Bourton, when she was 11, whereas after a further ten years Emma Collett from Bourton-on-the-Water was a servant at a residence in the St Michael’s district of Coventry.  On that occasion though, her age was stated as being 23.

 

 

 

 

33O16

JOB COLLETT was born at Bourton-on-the-Water in 1841 where he was baptised on 17th June 1842 and probably at St Lawrence’s Church.  He was confirmed as being nine years and of Bourton in the 1851 Census when he was living there with his family.  Ten years later he was 17 and was working as a servant and carter at the Northleach home of George Giles, a master baker and grocer of Cirencester.

 

 

 

Just over three years later Job married Hannah Freeman Goodway at the Church of St Michael on Market Street in Paddington during the third quarter of 1874.  The marriage certificate confirmed that Job was 32 and a bachelor living at 30 Market Street.  It also confirmed that he was a railway stoker and that he was the son of Richard Collett.  Hannah was described as a spinster at 30 years of age indicating she was born around 1844.  However, in the earlier census of 1851 for Bourton-on-the-Water, Hannah Goodway was 10 years old and the daughter of Joseph Goodway and Elizabeth Goodway (nee Freeman).  The census return also stated that she had been born at Bagendon in 1841.

 

 

 

Also prior to her marriage to Job Collett, the Bourton census in 1861 included Hannah as 20 and born at Bagendon, living with her parents Joseph, age 60, and an agricultural labourer of Great Rissington and Elizabeth, age 58, a laundress of Coln St Dennis.  Also making up the rest of the family was Hannah’s older brother John who was 27 and her sister Elizabeth who was 17.  What the census also revealed was that the Goodway family was living right next door to the family of Richard Collett, the father of Hannah’s future husband Job Collett.  About nine months after the census day Hannah gave birth to a base-born daughter at Bourton-on-the-Water, the child being Ellen Elizabeth Goodway who was born on 27th January 1862.  The event was also confirmed in the 1871 Census when Hannah, age 28, was still living with her parents at Bourton but with the addition in the family of a granddaughter, being Hannah’s daughter Ellen who was nine and from Bourton.  At that time Hannah’s occupation was that of a laundress, like that of her mother Elizabeth.

 

 

 

The next big event in Hannah’s life was her marriage to Job which took place in London sometime during the period from July to September 1874, as detailed above.  Less than a year after year that Hannah presented Job with a son Joseph who was born at Bourton indicating that Hannah and Job had returned to their home town from London.  Tragically Job Collett died two years later during 1877 at the relatively young age of 34, his death being recorded at Stow-on-the-Wold.  There is also a theory that he actually died while he was in India, where he may have travelled as a result of his association with the railways.  It is hoped that further information may be received in due course to verify this.

 

 

 

Four years after the passing of her husband Hannah was confirmed as a widow in the census of 1881.  At the age of 38 she was still working as a laundress when she was living at Sherborne Street in Bourton-on-the-Water, just a few doors from her parents-in-law Richard and Sarah Collett.  The census that year also revealed that living with her was her son Joseph who was six who had been born at Bourton, and her grandson John C Parsons who was one month old and born at Charlbury in Oxfordshire.  Also living with her was her unmarried older brother John Goodway, age 47, a general labourer who was born at Moorwood in Gloucester, which was also where Hannah said she was born on that occasion, even though the earlier information suggested she was born at Bagendon.

 

 

 

The existence of the grandson indicates that Hannah’s base-born daughter Ellen had in turn given birth to the child and the census also confirmed that she was unmarried at the time, when she was 20 and a domestic servant living and working with farmer John Gee at Welford in Northamptonshire.  In 1891 Hannah was still a laundress living in Bourton but by then was 50 and her only living companion was her brother John Goodway.  Unlike ten years earlier, when he gave his place of birth as Moorwood like his sister, on that occasion it was stated more accurately as Bagendon near Cirencester which was as it was stated in the census returns for 1851, 1861 and 1871.  By 1901 Hannah Collett was a retired laundress of 61 years and was still at Bourton.

 

 

 

33P27

Ellen Elizabeth Goodway

Born in 1862 at Bourton-on-the-Water

 

33P28

JOSEPH COLLETT

Born in 1875 at Bourton-on-the-Water

 

 

 

 

33O17

Elizabeth Collett was born at Bourton-on-the-Water in 1844, as confirmed in the 1851 Census when she was six years old.  Ten years on and Elizabeth at 16 was working as a servant at the Lower Slaughter home of 29-year old farmer William Matthews of Fifield and his wife Mary Stephens who was 20 and their eight months old daughter Mary.  The great grandparents of Elizabeth Collett were William Collett (Ref. 33L1) and his wife Anne Matthews and the cousin of William Collett was Thomas Collett (Ref. 33L4) whose daughter Sarah Collett married William Matthews of Bourton.  William Matthews of Fifield (above) was very likely the nephew of William Matthews of Bourton, being the eldest son of his brother Thomas Matthews.

 

 

 

 

33O18

Ann Collett was born at Bourton-on-the-Water in 1848, the daughter of Richard and Sarah Collett.  Sadly she was no longer alive and living with her family at Bourton in the spring of 1851, so had probably died within the first two years of her life.

 

 

 

 

33O19

Esther Collett was born at Bourton-on-the-Water during the month of December in 1850, the last of the children born to Richard Collett and his wife Sarah Cross.  She was four months old at the time of the Bourton census of 1851 and was 11 in 1861.  However, upon leaving school she entered into domestic service like her older sister Emma (above), and in 1871 Esther Collett from Bourton was employed as a servant at the Cheltenham home of William and Emma Gillard when she was 20 years of age.

 

 

 

 

33O20

Charles Collett was born at Upper Slaughter in 1832, where he was baptised on 9th September 1832.  In 1851 he was 18 when he was working as a porter while living at home in Bourton-on-the-Water with his family.  Sometime prior to 1859 he married Sarah who was born at Bourton, also in 1832.  It seems very likely that Sarah was Sarah Thornton who was 19 at the time of the census in 1851, when she was a servant at the Bourton home of grocer Thomas Palmer, particularly as Charles Collett himself was listed as a grocer by 1861, so it may have been through Thomas Palmer that they met.

 

 

 

The marriage produced six children for Charles and Sarah, and all of them were born and baptised at Bourton.  Only their daughter Emily Collett appeared with her parents in the census return for 1861, which indicated that their son Charles was born after 7th April, the day the census was carried out that year.  By the time of the next census in 1871 grocer Charles Collett, age 38, and his wife Sarah, age 39, were still living at Bourton with their children Charles, who was nine, Albert, who was four, and George, who was two.  The family at that time was supported by two servants George Bowles, age 14, and Elizabeth Townsend who was 15.  On that same day Charles’ eldest daughter Emily, age 11, was listed as staying with Mrs Amy Hall nearby in the town of Bourton-on-the Water, whereas no record has been found of his other missing daughter Amy L Collett who was living at Lansdowne in Bourton in both 1881 and 1891.

 

 

 

According to the 1881 Census the family was living at Lansdowne in Bourton-on-the-Water when Charles was 48 and grocer from Upper Slaughter.  His wife Sarah and their six children were all described as being of Bourton, including daughter Emily Rebecca Collett, who was 21 and absent from the family home ten years earlier.  Only the family’s eldest son John, age 19, was working in 1881 and he was a grocer like his father.  Daughter Amy, age 17, who was also absent from the household in 1871 had returned to the family and was listed with Albert, who was 14, George, who was 12, and Florence who was seven.  Working in the family business with Charles and his son John, was Albert T Edgington who was 16 and an apprentice grocer from Turkdean.

 

 

 

Charles and Sarah were still living at Bourton in 1891 and were 58 and 59 respectively.  Charles’ occupation was still that of a grocer, as was that of his son Albert who was 24, while his son George was described as a grocer’s assistance at the age of 22.  Charles other son John had already left home to be married by then, although he and his wife were living nearby in Bourton.  Of his daughters, neither Amy who was 27, nor Florence who was only 17, were married, whereas his absent daughter Emily was married by 1891 and was living in Sevenoaks in Kent.  Supporting the Collett at Bourton was just one servant that year, and she was Sarah Weller who was 15 and from Filkins to the north of Lechlade.

 

 

 

By 1901 Charles, at the age of 68, had expanded his grocer’s business in Bourton to include an agency agreement which allowed him to sell coal.  He was still with Sarah his wife, who was 69, and living with the couple was their unmarried daughter Florence, age 27, and their unmarried sons Albert who was 34 and George who was 32.  However, just over four years later Sarah Collett died at Bourton on 29th April 1904 aged 72 and was followed by Charles Collett who died two years later on 19th May 1906 aged 73.  Both of them were buried at Bourton-on-the-Water was a gravestone bears their names.  (see Headstone Epitaphs).  It may be of interest to note that Charles’ son Albert was living at Lansdowne with his own family in 1911.

 

 

 

33P29

Emily Rebecca Collett

Born in 1859 at Bourton-on-the-Water

 

33P30

John Charles Collett

Born in 1861 at Bourton-on-the-Water

 

33P31

Amy L Collett

Born in 1863 at Bourton-on-the-Water

 

33P32

Albert William Collett

Born in 1866 at Bourton-on-the-Water

 

33P33

George F Collett

Born in 1868 at Bourton-on-the-Water

 

33P34

Florence Mary Collett

Born in 1873 at Bourton-on-the-Water

 

 

 

 

33O21

Edward Collett was born at Upper Slaughter during 1834, and was baptised there on 22nd June 1834.  He appeared in the census of 1851 at the age of 17, when he was living with his parents at Bourton-on-the-Water, and again in 1861 when he was 26 and living with his widower father.  By 1871 he had left the family home and was perhaps married.  However, no obvious match for him has been found in the 1881 Census, so he may have died by then or emigrated and left the country.

 

 

 

 

33O22

Frederick Collett was born in 1836 at Upper Slaughter where he was baptised on 25th December 1836.  By 1851 Frederick, age 15, and his parents had moved to Bourton-on-the Water where he was residing at the time of each of the two following censuses in 1861, age 25, and again in 1871 when he was 36 and was living with his widower father George Collett, while having the same occupation as his father, that of a blacksmith.  Tragically, unmarried Frederick Collett died on 18th September 1874 aged 38 and was buried in the churchyard at St Lawrence’s Church in Bourton-on-the-Water.  A headstone marks the site of the grave which was shared with his father George Collett who died five years later in 1879.  (see Headstone Epitaphs)

 

 

 

 

33O23

Martha Ann Collett was born at Upper Slaughter in 1837, and it was there also that she was baptised on 25th December 1837, the daughter of George Collett and his wife Rebecca/Rachel Yearp.

 

 

 

 

33O24

Emma Collett was born at Wick Rissington in the latter part of 1841 and was baptised there on 18th July 1842, the child of George and Rebecca Collett.  Tragically she died sometime after 1842 and before the census in 1851.

 

 

 

 

33O25

Elizabeth Amelia Collett was born at Wick Rissington in 1846, the eldest known child of Thomas James Collett of Lower Slaughter and his wife Elizabeth Amelia from Northleach.  She was not living with her parents on their farm at Wick Rissington in 1851, instead she was staying at the nearby farm of her grandmother Elizabeth Collett, where her unmarried uncle Joseph Collett was also still living with his mother.  Later, in the middle of the next decade, Elizabeth’s parents left their farm at Wick Rissington, when they took over Bishop’s Farm at Oldberrow near Studley and Henley-in-Arden.  And it was there that Elizabeth A Collett, age 14 and from Wick Rissington, was living with her family in 1861. 

 

 

 

Ten years later Elizabeth, age 24, was still unmarried when she was living with her mother at Bishop’s Farm, while her father was visiting his brother Joseph Collett in Upper Slaughter.  In 1875 Elizabeth Amelia Collett married Thomas Alward at Stratford-on-Avon and in 1881 the childless couple was living at Stratford Road in Lapworth near Hockley Heath in Warwickshire.  That year Elizabeth A Alward from wick Rissington was 34, as was her husband Thomas who was a carpenter.  During the next ten years Thomas’ work took the couple the short distance to Nuthurst, just west of Lapworth where they were living in 1891.  Staying with the couple of that occasion was Elizabeth’s youngest sister Martha Jane Collett.  Sadly it was seven years later that Elizabeth Amelia Alward nee Collett died, her death recorded at Solihull in 1898.  Following the death of her sister, Martha Jane Collett was acting as the housekeeper to Thomas Alward.

 

 

 

 

33O26

Thomas James Collett was born at Wick Rissington in 1848, the only son of Thomas James and Elizabeth Amelia Collett.  At the age of two years he was one of three children still living with his parents on their farm at Wick Rissington in 1851, when his older sister Elizabeth (above), was living close by with their grandmother.  It was around four years later that Thomas’ parents moved to a new farm at Oldberrow in Warwickshire, and it was there that his family was recorded in both 1861 and 1871.  However, in 1861 Thomas J Collet, age 12 and a scholar from Wick Rissington, was living with his uncle, farmer Joseph Collett and his wife Eliza at their farmhouse in Lower Slaughter, where he was recorded as their nephew.  Curiously no record of him has been found in 1871 when he would have been 22.

 

 

 

 

33O27

Mary Hall Collett was born at Wick Rissington in 1849, the second of three daughters of Thomas Collett and Elizabeth Amelia Allen.  She was one year old in the census of 1851, when she was living with her parents on their farm at Wick Rissington.  Ten years later, and by the time her parents were living at Oldberrow near Studley, Mary Hall Collett, age 11 from Wick Rissington, was a visitor at Church Street in Warwick, where she was staying with the family of John Hall Clark, age 29, his wife Elizabeth, age 25, from Henley-in-Arden, and their two daughters Elizabeth who was two, and Kate who was just four months old.  John Hall Clack was a builder of some considerable business, since he employed 35 men and 3 boys, and a general domestic servant.

 

 

 

It is still not known why she was there, or whether she was related to them in some way.  Ten years after that in 1871, Mary Hall Collett, age 21, was once again living at her parents’ farm, Bishop’s Farm in Oldberrow, although her father was away at Upper Slaughter on the day of the census.  It was later that same year Mary Hall Collett married David Reuben Pritchett at Oldberrow on 22nd November 1871.  Reuben, as he was named on the day of the wedding, was the son of Edmund Suckling Pritchett, while Mary’s father was confirmed as Thomas James Collett.

 

 

 

Not long after they were married Mary and Reuben emigrated to America and settled in the State of Kansas where their four known children were born.  They were Raymond Pritchett (born 1880), Albert Edmond Pritchett (born 1883), Nellie May Pritchett (born 1888) and Elizabeth A Pritchett (born 1889).  Mary’s youngest child was only ten years old when she died in Texas on 12th April 1899.  The Will of Mary Hall Pritchett was proved at London, back in England, on 30th June 1900, when it was stated that she was of Jasper County in Texas, the wife of farmer David Rueben Pritchett to whom probate was granted for her personal estate of £514 3 Shillings.

 

 

 

As a result of the death of his wife Reuben travelled to England with his two daughters and a nursemaid later that same year.  It was on board the passenger ship Cymric that the group sailed out of New York on 12th October 1900 bound for Liverpool when Rueben Pritchett, aged 49, was described on the passenger list as a clergyman travelling with Nellie Pritchett and Elizabeth Pritchett, plus Miss Ariss.

 

 

 

 

33O28

Martha Jane Collett was born at Wick Rissington in January 1851 and was just three months old at the time of the Wick Rissington census of 1851, when she was living there with her parents and two older siblings (above).  During the mid 1850s the family gave up their farm at Wick Rissington, when they moved to another farm at Oldberrow.  And it was there that she was living with her parents in 1861 when as Martha J Collett she was 10 years old.  With her family still living at Bishop’s Farm in Oldberrow in 1871, Martha Jane Collett age 20 was a visitor with her father Thomas James Collett at his brother’s farm in Upper Slaughter.  Not long after that census day Martha’s father passed away and by April 1881 Martha and her widowed mother Elizabeth Amelia Collett had left Oldberrow and were living at Wootton Wawen in Warwickshire.  Unmarried Martha J Collett of Wick Rissington was 30 years old with no stated occupation, so presumably she was looking after her elderly mother, who died during the 1880s.

 

 

 

By the time of the next census in 1891 Martha Jane Collett, age 40 and from Wick Rissington, was living and working in the Tanworth-in-Arden area of the Solihull census registration district, while ten years after that she was living and working with a family at Nuthurst near Hockley Heath in Warwickshire, less than three miles east of Tanworth.  According to the census in March 1901 Martha J Collett was 50 and was a domestic housekeeper from Wick Rissington in Gloucestershire.  She was still living at Nuthurst in April 1911 where Martha Jane Collett was recorded as being 59.  It was just over eight years later that Martha Jane Collett of Nuthurst, Hockley Heath, died on 10th November 1919.  Her Will was proved at Birmingham on 31st January 1920, when her personal estate of £877 1 Shilling 9d was managed by her executors.  They were her older brother Thomas James Collett (above), a gentleman, and Jane Elizabeth Astbury, the wife of Charles Astbury, who was the eldest daughter of Martha’s brother John Hall Collett (below).

 

 

 

 

33O29

John Hall Collett was born at Wick Rissington in 1853, the youngest of the five known children of Thomas James Collett and his wife Elizabeth Amelia Hall.  Not long after he was born his parents left their farm in Wick Rissington when they moved to Oldberrow, near Studley and Henley-in-Arden.  And it was there that he was living with part of his family in 1861, at the age of seven.  He was still living there, at Bishop’s Farm, in 1871 with his mother and two of his sisters, Elizabeth and Mary, while his father was away at Upper Slaughter.  John Hall Collett of Wick Rissington, age 17, was simply listed as a farmer’s son.

 

 

 

John Hall Collett married Jane Wilson from Kibworth in Leicestershire around 1874.  The following year John and Jane were living in Norfolk for the birth of their first child.  However, virtually immediately after the child was born the family moved to the village of Goldington in Bedfordshire where their next two children were born.  There then followed a move into the town of Bedford itself, where the couple’s fourth child was born.  According to the census in 1881, John Hall Collett, age 27 and from Wick in Gloucestershire, was a farm manager and a farm bailiff living at the Goldington Road Irrigation Farm in the St Cuthbert parish of Bedford.  Living there with him was his wife Jane who was also 27, and their four children, Jane E Collett who was five, Mary H Collett who was four, Thomas J Collett who was two years old, and Amelia W Collett who was only eleven months old.  Supporting the family was servant Elizabeth Ann Bone, age 20.

 

 

 

A further four children were added to the family over the next ten years, and by 1891 John and Jane were still residing in Bedford with their eight children.  John and his wife Jane were both 38, and their children were Jane E Collett 15, Mary H Collett 14, Thomas J Collett 12, Amelia W Collett 10, Olive A Collett who was seven, Margaret H Collett who was five, John H Collett who was three, and Joseph W Collett who was one year old.

 

 

 

The final two children were born into the family at Bedford during the next four years and, by the time of the next census in March 1901, John’s two eldest daughters Jane and Mary had left the family home by 1901 when they would have been 25 and 24 respectively.  The remainder of the family living at the Sewage Farm in Bedford St Cuthberts comprised farm manager John H Collett, age 47 and an employer from Wick, his wife Jane also 47 and from Kibworth, and their eight children, Thomas 22, Amelia 20, Olive 18, Margaret 16, John 13, Joseph 11, Winifred who was eight, and Jessie who was five years old.

 

 

 

John Hall Collett died during the first decade of the new century, so by the time of the next census in April 1911, Jane Collett was a widow at 58, when she was living within the Kempston district of Bedford, but with just three of her children.  They were Thomas James Collett of Goldington who was 32, Winifred Annie Collett who was 18, and her youngest daughter Jessie Wilson Collett who was 15.

 

 

 

33P35

Jane Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1875 at Massingham, Norfolk

 

33P36

Mary Henrietta Collett

Born in 1877 at Goldington, Beds

 

33P37

Thomas James Collett

Born in 1878 at Goldington, Beds

 

33P38

Amelia Wilson Collett

Born in 1880 at Bedford

 

33P39

Olive Allen Collett

Born in 1882 at Bedford

 

33P40

Margaret Hall Collett

Born in 1885 at Bedford

 

33P41

John Hall Collett

Born in 1887 at Bedford

 

33P42

Joseph William Collett

Born in 1889 at Bedford

 

33P43

Winifred Annie Collett

Born in 1892 at Bedford

 

33P44

Jessie Wilson Collett

Born in 1895 at Bedford

 

 

 

 

33P1

William Collett was born at Bourton-on-the-Water in 1853, the eldest child of Paris Collett and Lucy Ann Palmer.  He was unmarried in 1871 and must have married when around twenty years of age, but tragically he was a widower and the father of two daughters a few years later.  His wife may have died during the birth of their second child in 1877 or sometime thereafter, but certainly prior to April 1881.  According to the census record for that year, William of Bourton was a widower at 27 and was working as a labourer while he was living with his two daughters Emily Collett, who was six, and Helen S Collett, who was three, at the home of his father Paris Collett at The Bank in Bourton.  Both children were confirmed as having been born at Bourton.

 

 

 

Following the death of his first wife, widower William married (2) Sarah Jane Waring, a spinster of Bledington, in that village on 25th December 1886.  William’s occupation was that of a postman, while his father was confirmed as Paris Collett, a labourer.  Sarah was the daughter of labourer John Waring and was thirteen years younger than William.  The witnesses at the wedding ceremony were William Stratford and Mary Waring, possibly Sarah’s mother or her sister.  Once married Sarah presented William with at least four children before the end of the century.  The first of them was born in Bledington, where Sarah was born and therefore may have taken place at her parents’ house, while the second and fourth child was born at Bourton, with the third child being born at Lower Slaughter, perhaps indicating that the family moved as William’s work changed.

 

 

 

In the 1891 Census the two children from his first marriage were still in the care of their grandparents Paris and Lucy Ann Collett at Bourton.  The only change from 1881 being the slightly different interpretation of the name for the second child to Ellen, age 13, rather than Helen as in 1881.  Also William and his new wife Sarah and their two sons were living back in Bourton.  William was 39 and a general labourer, while Sarah was 26, and their sons were Percival who was three years old and Ernest who was just ten months.  During the next decade two daughters were added to the family, the first at Lower Slaughter and the second at Bourton.

 

 

 

The family of six was still living together at the fifth dwelling along Clapton Row from Sherborne Street in Bourton for the census in 1901.  William Collett from Bourton was 49 and was still working as a general labourer, while his wife Sarah J Collett from Bledington was 36.  The couple’s eldest son was referred to as Percival W Collett age 13 also born at Bledington, while their youngest son was referred to as Ernest R J Collett age 10 from Bourton.  The couple’s two daughters were recorded as Blanche B M Collett who was seven and Winnifred G M Collett who was just three months old.

 

 

 

During the next ten years the two sons left the family home and went away to work for the Great Western Railway.  By April 1911 the family comprised William of Bourton who was 59, his wife Sarah 46 and of Bledington, and their two daughters Blanche 17, and Winifred who was ten.  Six years later William and Sarah took over the care of William’s granddaughter Dorothy Jepson who was born in 1917, whose mother, the former Edith Emily Collett, William’s eldest daughter, was unable to look after her.  It seems likely that it was the death of William Collett that resulted in the child then being raised by his married daughter Blanche.

 

 

 

33Q1

Edith Emily Collett

Born in 1875 at Bourton-on-the-Water

 

33Q2

Helen Louisa Collett

Born in 1877 at Bourton-on-the-Water

 

The following children are from the marriage of William Collett and his second wife Sarah:

 

33Q3

Percival William Collett

Born in 1887 at Bledington

 

33Q4

Ernest Reginald John Collett

Born in 1890 at Bourton-on-the-Water

 

33Q5

Blanche M Collett

Born in 1893 at Lower Slaughter

 

33Q6

Winifred Olive May Collett

Born in 1901 at Bourton-on-the-Water

 

 

 

 

33P3

Paris Collett was born at Bourton-on-the-Water in 1859 and was the son of Paris and Lucy Collett.  During the earlier census returns in his life his date of birth fluctuated between 1857 and 1860, for example in 1881 he was 23 and a labourer living with his parents at The Bank in Bourton.  In September 1892 he married Kate Burdock with whom he had four children during the following nine years.  Kate was the sister of Ruth Burdock who married Paris’s distant cousin (two times removed) Joseph Collett (Ref. 33P28) at Bourton in 1895.

 

 

 

By March 1901 Paris and his family was living at Bourton where he was 41 and employed as a general labourer, his wife Kate was 34, and their four children were Herbert P Collett, who was seven, Arthur E Collett, who was six, Walter Collett, who was four, and Kathleen who was one year old, all four children having been born at Bourton.

 

 

 

During the next few years a second daughter was added to the while they were still living at Bourton, where they were also living in April 1911.  The census return that year recorded the family as Paris 51, Kate 43, Herbert Paris 18, Arthur Edward 16, Walter George 14, Kathleen Eva, who was 11, and Amy who was seven years old.  Over twenty-five years later Paris Collett passed away at the age of 76, when his death was recorded at Stow-on-the-Wold register office (Ref. 6a 504) during the second quarter of 1936.

 

 

 

33Q7

Herbert Paris Collett

Born in 1893 at Bourton-on-the-Water

 

33Q8

Arthur Edward Collett

Born in 1895 at Bourton-on-the-Water

 

33Q9

Walter George Collett

Born in 1897 at Bourton-on-the-Water

 

33Q10

Kathleen Eva Collett

Born in 1899 at Bourton-on-the-Water

 

33Q11

Amy Collett

Born in 1903 at Bourton-on-the-Water

 

 

 

 

33P4

Mary Ann Collett was born at Bourton-on-the-Water in 1860.  When she was around 20 years of age she was working and living away from the family home and two years later she gave birth to a base-born son at Bourton.  That child was William George Collett and following his illegitimate birth he was raised by his grandparents Paris and Lucy Ann Collett at Bourton, with whom he was living in 1891 at the age of seven.  Three years earlier in 1888 Mary Ann Collett had married Charles Bowles from Broadwell.  Once married the couple settled in the Gloucestershire village of Donnington near Stow-on-the-Wold where Mary Bowles was 31 and Charles Bowles was 28.

 

 

 

Not long after that Mary gave birth to a daughter Alice Maud Bowles who was born during the third quarter of 1892 at Donnington, where the family of three was residing in March 1901.  The census revealed that Charles Bowles was 38 and a general carter from Broadwell, his wife Mary Ann Bowles was 41 from Bourton-on-the Hill, while their daughter was eight years old.  It seems very likely that it was through his mother’s Donnington connection that Mary Ann’s son William, who was still living with his grandparents in 1901, eventually met and married Margaret Iles whose father worked for the Donnington Brewery Company.

 

 

 

According to the next census in 1911 Mary Ann Bowles from Bourton-on-the-Hill was 51 when she was living at Donnington near Moreton-in-Marsh with her husband Charles Bowles who was 48.  The same census return stated that Mary had given birth to two children who were both still alive in 1911, and that she and Charles had been married for twenty-three years, which confirmed that they were married around 1888.  Also living nearby in the same Stow-on-the-Wold registration district was their daughter Alice Maud Bowles who was 18 and a domestic servant.  It was twenty-seven years after that when Mary Ann Bowles nee Collett died in Gloucestershire on 3rd March 1938, although it was seventeen years later that probate of her personal effects was granted to Frank Bowles, a gardener, at Oxford on 12th May 1955.  What caused that considerable delay is not known at this time.

 

 

 

33Q12

William George Collett

Born in 1883 at Bourton-on-the-Water

 

 

 

 

33P5

Thomas Collett was born at Bourton-on-the-Water in 1866 and was 15 in 1881 and living with his family at The Bank in Bourton.  Ten years later he was 24 and was still living with his parents at Bourton, where he was employed as an agricultural labourer.  It was around 1897 that he married Mary Jane from Great Rissington and shortly thereafter Mary presented him with their only child.  So by the time of the Bourton census in 1901 the family was residing on the High Street in the town from where Thomas, age 34, was employed as a general labourer, his wife Mary J Collet was 29 and their daughter Dorothy M Collett was two years old.  Their home was just three doors from the Rectory of St Lawrence’s Church.

 

 

 

Ten years later in April 1911 Thomas and his wife and daughter were living in a three-roomed dwelling in Bourton-on-the-Water when Thomas Collett from Bourton was 45 and a mason working for a local builder.  His wife of fourteen years was named as Mary Jane Collett from Great Rissington who was 39, while their daughter Dorothy Mary Collett was 12 years of age and still attending school.  The census return also confirmed that only the child had been born to the couple during their fourteen years.

 

 

 

33Q13

Dorothy Mary Collett

Born in 1898 at Bourton-on-the-Water

 

 

 

 

33P6

Charles E Collett was born at Maugersbury in 1865 and was the eldest son of Job and Mary Collett.  At the time of the 1871 census, Charles Collett was five years old and was living with his parents at Stow-on-the-Wold.  The village of Maugersbury lies less than one mile from Stow where Charles said he was born in later census records.  Ten years later, at the age of 15, he had left the family home, which was then in Maugersbury, and instead was living and working in the picturesque village of Lower Slaughter.  His occupation was stated as being that of an agricultural servant and his employer was sixty-eight years old Thomas Yearp, a farmer of Lower Slaughter.  Thomas Yearp was the son of Hannah (Betty) Collett (Ref. 33M3) and Thomas Yearp, which means that he was a distance relative of Charles Collett, being the cousin of Charles’ grandfather John Collett. 

 

 

 

In addition to Charles Collett, the Yearp household in 1881 comprised Thomas and his wife Ann aged 70 and of Ashton-under-Hill, his married son Thomas Yearp, a butcher, and his wife Sarah Ann (both aged 35 and of Lower Slaughter), and general servant Lucy Ann Pearce 21 of Lower Slaughter.  It is interesting that from his experience of living with the Yearp family, that Charles later became a butcher himself.  It would appear that within the next decade Charles married a girl from Stow-on-the-Wold by the name of Fanny Arthurs, who may have been the daughter of Edward and Mary Arthurs of Chadlington, just over the border in Oxfordshire.  Once they were married the couple left Gloucestershire for Birmingham, where they were living when their three known children were born.  It seems rather odd that no record of any member of the family has so far been found in the next census of 1911, which may indicate that they had left England for one of the colonies.

 

 

 

33Q14

Ellen E Collett

Born in 1888 at Birmingham

 

33Q15

Frederick Collett

Born in 1892 at Birmingham

 

33Q16

Frances Collett

Born in 1894 at Birmingham

 

 

 

 

33P7

Emma Collett was born at Maugersbury near Stow-on-the-Wold in 1866 and was four years of age at the time of the Stow census of 1871.  Ten years later she had left school and, at the age of 14, was working at The Manse House on the High Street in Bourton-on-the-Water where she was a general servant at the home of miller George Bumpus and his family.  On that occasion, as later on, her place of birth was recorded as being Stow-on-the-Wold.  By the time of the next census in 1891 Emma Collett from Stow-on-the-Wold was 24 when she was a servant at the Cheltenham home of eighty-five year old Caroline Bernard. 

 

 

 

 

33P9

Annie Collett was born at Maugersbury in 1870, another daughter of Job and Mary Collett.  She was ten years of age in the census of 1881 when she and her family were living at 22 Well Lane in Maugersbury.  She later married to become Annie Draney who by 1901, was living at Holyhead in Anglesey.  Staying with her on the day of the census was her younger unmarried sister Edith May Collett from Stow-on-the-Wold who was 19.

 

 

 

 

33P10

Agnes Mary Collett was born at Maugersbury in 1872.  Just after she was born her parents first moved south to Sherborne before returning to Maugersbury near to Stow-on-the-Wold, where the family was living at 22 Well Lane at the time of the census of 1881 when Agnes was eight years old.  In her later life Agnes more commonly used her second name of Mary.  However, it was as Agnes M Collett from Stow-on-the-Wold that she was recorded in the census of 1891 when she was 18 and a servant in the employ of Fitzroy Jones and his wife Eva at their home in Portsea, Hampshire.  Ten years later she was still in domestic service at the home of Charles O’Brian Harding and his large family at Eastbourne in Sussex.  On that occasion Agnes Collett gave her age as 30 and her place of birth as Stow-on-the-Wold.  By 1911 she had returned to Stow with her sister Edith (below) to look after their elderly widowed father.  The census return for Stow that year, recorded Agnes simply as unmarried Mary Collett of Stow who was 38 years of age, living at Enoch Row in the town.

 

 

 

 

33P11

Rosa Collett was born in 1874 and was the only member of her family to be born at Sherborne.  It was also at Sherborne that she was baptised on 25th October 1874, the baptism record confirming that she was the daughter of Job and Mary Collett.  Shortly after she was born her parents moved back to Maugersbury near Stow-on-the-Wold, and by 1881 the family was living at 22 Well Lane in Maugersbury, where Rosa was listed as being six years old and from Sherborne.  On leaving school she entered domestic service and in 1891 Rosa Collett from Sherborne was 17 when she was one of ten servants employed at Adlestrop House in Adlestrop, the home of Lieutenant Colonel Stanley Arnold, a Justice of the Peace from Liverpool, when she was described as the schoolroom maid, presumably looking after the needs of the two Arnold daughters who were 13 and 14.

 

 

 

Rather curiously, living next door to the Arnold family was Harry Collett who was one year old and born at Stow-on-the-Wold.  He was described as the grandson of Thomas Haynes of Adlestrop who was 58 and an agricultural labourer.  His wife was Maria Haynes and she was 54 and from Charlbury in Oxfordshire.  The household at Adlestrop Lodge was completed by the couple’s son Charles Haynes who was a gardener aged 25 and their daughter Ada Haynes who was 23, both of them born at Adlestrop.  Ten years later Harry Collett was 11 years old when he was living at Stow-on-the-Wold with his father Henry William Collett from Broadwell.  It is therefore possible that Harry’s mother had died during the birth and that he had been temporarily placed in the care of the Haynes family.  Upon re-marrying Henry William Collett was then able to have his eldest child back living with him.

 

 

 

The census in 1901 recorded the family residing at Oddfellows Row on Well Lane in Stow as Henry W Collett who was 41 and a baker, his wife Annie Collett who was 37 and also from Broadwell, Harry Collett who was 11, Emily S Collett who was eight, Daisy E Collett who was four and William C Collett who was one year old, the four children all born at Stow.  Annie gave birth to their last child three years later, so in 1911 the Stow family was recorded as Henry William Collett age 51, Annie Collett age 47, William Charles Collett age 11 and Kathleen Mabel Collett who was six years old.  No record of daughters Emily and Daisy have been found in 1911.  By that time Harry Collett from Stow-on-the-Wold was 21 when he was living and working in the Islington district of London.

 

 

 

Curiously in 1911 Thomas Haynes, age 78, and his unmarried daughter Ada Haynes, age 43, had living with them at Adlestrop Helen Hope Collett from Stow-on-the-Wold, his granddaughter of 20 years, who was the base-born child of Emma Collett (Ref. 55Q18) from Devizes, the daughter of Richard Isaac Collett from Leeds and his wife Mary Ann Few from Devizes as detailed in Part 55 – The Wakefield & Leeds Line.  Twenty years earlier, when Helen Hope Collett was only five months old, she was described as the niece of Harry Jeffries from Wantage, age 38, and his wife Marie Jeffries, aged 32 and from Adlestrop, with whom she was living  at 17 Cross Street in Winchester.  This raises the question; was Marie Jeffries the daughter of Thomas and Marie Haynes?

 

 

 

 

33P12

Edith May Collett was born at Maugersbury (one mile from Stow-on-the-Wold) in November 1880 and it was there at 22 Well Lane that her family was living in April 1881 when Edith was just five months old.  Edith appeared to be the only member of the family still living with her parents at Stow by the time of the census of 1891 when she was ten.  According to the next census in 1901 Edith May Collett aged 19 was staying with her married sister Annie Draney at Holyhead in Anglesey.  Edith later returned to Stow to look after her elderly widowed father, as did her sister Agnes Mary (above).  It was as Edith May Collett aged 30 and from Stow-on-the-Wold that she was listed in the April census of 1911 living at Enoch Row in Stow-on-the-Wold, where she was described as being unmarried and performing household duties.

 

 

 

It was at the end of the following year when Edith May Collett married Joseph Sowden on 8th December 1912.  The wedding took place at Stow-on-the-Wold, the parish register recording that Edith was 31 and the daughter of Job Collett, while Joseph was 36 and the son of Hart Sowden.  During the next two years Edith presented Joseph with a son, Leonard Snowden Sowden, and in 1915, when Joseph entered the war, the family of three was residing at 4 Buckingham Road in Bicester, Oxfordshire.  His military records confirm that his occupation at the time of enlisted was that of a grocer, that he served in Salonika, and that after the war the family was living at Filkins, a village near Lechlade in Gloucestershire.

 

 

 

 

33P13

Emily Collett was born at Bourton-on-the-Water in 1859 and was eleven years old by the time of the census of 1871 when she was living with her family at Upper Slaughter. On 14th February 1880 Emily married James Pearse who was born at Kingham in Oxfordshire in 1854, where he was baptised on 4th June 1854 the son of Charles Pearse and Maria Howes.  Once they were married it would appear that they lived their life together at Kingham, where Emily Pearse nee Collett died and was buried on 23rd August 1950.  The couple are known to have had a son James Pearse who was born in 1887 and who was still living with Emily and James at Kingham in 1911.  It was the Kingham census of 1901 in which Emily’s place of birth was confirmed as being Bourton-on-the-Water.  Emily was 40 and her husband James was 46 and an engine driver, and their son James was 13.

 

 

 

 

33P14

Ann Collett was born at Bourton-on-the-Water in 1861.  Ten years later Ann and her family were living in Upper Slaughter where she was recorded as being nine years old.  Towards the end of the 1870s her parents moved again and by 1881 the family was living at Guiting Power where Ann was 20 and her occupation was that of a domestic servant.

 

 

 

 

33P15

Charles Collett was born at Bourton-on-the-Water in 1863 as confirmed by the census of 1881.  However, according to the 1871 Census he was born at Upper Slaughter.  By the time of the census of 1881 his family had moved to Guiting Power while Charles had left his family and was working on a farm ten miles north-west of Bourton.  The census return listed Charles Collett as being 18, unmarried and a carter and agricultural labourer who was born at Bourton.  At that time he was employed by Alfred Barrett, who was 48 and of Cheltenham, on his 130 acre Little Brockhampton Farm at Snowhill. 

 

 

 

It was at Cirencester (Ref. 6a 778) during the last three months of 1884 that Charles Collett married Lucy Ann Woolley, the daughter of witness Alfred Woolley, with whom he had had five children by the spring of 1901.  According to the March census that year Charles was living at Winstone where he was a carter on a farm.  His age was given as 37 and his place of birth as Bourton-on-the-Water.  His wife Lucy A Collett was also 37, but had been born at Winstone, where all of the couple’s children were born.  Only four of their five children were recorded with them and they were Charles R Collett who was 12, Albert E Collett who was five, Gladys Collett who was two, and Amy Collett who was only eleven months old.  Charles’ eldest son Charles was very likely working with his father since he was also a carter on a farm.

 

 

 

Absence from the family home was son George who was known by later generations of the family, but where he was in 1901 when he would have been eleven years of age or older is not known, nor was there a child of that name in the census return for 1911, by which time the family had moved north to live in Cheltenham.  The census in April 1911 recorded the family at Cheltenham as Charles and Lucy both 47, and three of their children Albert 15, Gladys 12, and Amy who was ten.  All three children were confirmed as having been born at Winstone, like their mother.

 

 

 

33Q17

Charles Robert Collett

Born in 1888 at Winstone

 

33Q18

George Collett

Born in 1889 or before 1888 at Winstone

 

33Q19

Albert E Collett

Born in 1895 at Winstone

 

33Q20

Gladys Collett

Born in 1898 at Winstone

 

33Q21

Amy Collett

Born in May 1900 at Winstone

 

 

 

 

33P16

John Collett was born at Upper Slaughter in 1865 although, in the census of 1881 when he was 16 and an agricultural labourer living with his family at Guiting power, his place of birth was Bourton-on-the-Water.  By the time he was 35 he was living at Bibury where he was a general labourer, although the census return in 1901 gave his place of birth as being Lower Slaughter.

 

 

 

 

33P17

Mary Collett was born at Bourton-on-the-Water in 1868.  By the time she was 22 she was still unmarried and living at Bibury, where she worked as a servant at the home of 93-years old widow Hannah Miles of Coln St Dennis who was listed in the 1901 as a ‘parish relief’.

 

 

 

 

33P22

Amy Collett was born at Cold Aston in 1883, the youngest child of Robert and Sarah Collett.  Sometime after she was born her family settled in Bibury, where they were living in 1891 when Amy was seven years old.  Upon leaving school Amy entered into domestic service, and by March 1901 she was living and working at Mayfield in East Sussex, where she was employed as a domestic nurse at the age of 17.  No record of Amy Collett has been found within the census of 1911 when, around that time, she may have married Job Jeffries who was actually Evan Jeffries or Evan Jeffreys.  However, in 1911 Job Jeffries, age 22, was still a bachelor living with his father Charles Jeffries, age 65, and his sister Jennie Jeffries, age 18, within the Northleach registration district not far from Bibury and Bourton-on-the-Water, so this would indicate that he married Amy after 1911, if indeed his bride was this particular Amy Collett, which still has to be proved.

 

 

 

 

33P23

Elizabeth Collett was born at Bourton-on-the-Water towards the end of 1862, following the wedding of her parents John Collett and Ruth Caroline Timms in February that same year.  Perhaps it was her father’s work as a carman, or the premature death of her brother John (below) when the family was living in Stow-on-the-Wold, that prompted the family to move to Kent in 1867.  Curiously her sister Lydia did not travel with the family, instead she was looked after by her paternal grandparents.  Elizabeth Collett, from Bourton-on-the-Water, was nine years old in the census of 1871, when she was living at 2 Horns Green Road in the Horns Green area of Cudham with her parents and her younger sister Eliza (below).  However, no further record of Elizabeth has been found in any subsequent census return.

 

 

 

 

33P24

Lydia Collett was born at Stow-in-the Wold in 1864, the daughter of John and Ruth Collett.  Following the death of her younger brother, her parents moved to Kent, although it would appear that Lydia went to live with her grandparents Richard and Sarah Collett at Bourton-on-the-Water, where she was six years old in 1871.  By 1881 when Lydia would have been 16 her parents were living at 10 Devonshire Street in Camberwell, London, while no record of Lydia has been found in that year’s census returns.  However, ten years later Lydia Collett from Bourton-on-the-Water was 26 when she was employed as servant at the Portsea, Hampshire home of Ann Beckley who was 43.  She was still working in domestic service in March 1901 when she was recorded in error as Lydia Colleth aged 36 from Bourton at the Hammersmith home of elderly William Daunt and his family.  In the next census of 1911 it was her age that was incorrect, when Lydia Collett from Bourton-on-the-Water was 42 (sic) and working as a cook at 36 Brunswick Place in Hove near Brighton in Sussex, the home of Caroline Cameron who was 72.

 

 

 

 

33P25

John Collett was born at Stow-on-the-Wold in 1866, but sadly he was only a few months old when he died at there.  Not long after that his parents John and Ruth left Gloucestershire when they took two of their three daughters to Kent.

 

 

 

 

33P26

Eliza Collett was born at Cudham in Kent during 1868, where she was baptised on 6th June 1869.  She was very likely the only one of the four children of John and Ruth Caroline Collett to survive beyond childhood.  In 1871 Eliza was two years old when she was living with her parents and older sister Elizabeth (above) at 2 Horns Green Road in the Horns Green area of Cudham.  Ten years later in 1881 when she was 12 and still at school, Eliza was the only child living with her parents at 10 Devonshire Street in Camberwell.  Eliza was still living with her parents at Camberwell in 1891 when she was 22.  However, it seems that her mother died before the end of the century because her widowed father was recorded living alone in London in 1901 and again in 1911 when he was at an institution in Lewisham.  On the occasion of the census in 1901 Eliza was described as Elizabeth Collett, age 32 and from Cudham in Kent, when she was still living in Camberwell where she was employed as a shirt machinist.

 

 

 

During the next few years Eliza married the much younger Charles Filmer who was born at Rye in Sussex in 1882.  He was the son of William and Harriet Filmer who also had a great many years between them, with William being 51 in 1881, while his wife was 35, when they were living at the Main Street in Rye with their five eldest children.  Ten years later in 1891, when Charles Filmer was eight years old, he was one of seven children still living with William and Harriet at Rye.  At the time when Eliza was a shirt machinist in Camberwell aged 32, Charles Filmer was 18 and a bricklayer’s labourer at Gillingham in Kent.  During 1905 Eliza presented her young husband with a daughter, as confirmed in the next census in 1911, when the three members of the family were recorded living within the Chelsea area of London.  Charles Filmer from Rye was 28, Eliza Filmer from Cudham was 42, and Dorothy Filmer was five years old.

 

 

 

 

33P27

Ellen Elizabeth Goodway was born at Bourton-on-the-Water on 27th January 1862 and was the base-born daughter of Hannah Freeman Goodway of Bagendon who married Job Collett (Ref. 33O11) in 1874.  By the time of her nineteenth birthday in January 1881 Ellen was unmarried but was carrying the baby of John Parsons.  And so it was that in February or March that year she gave birth to a base-born son.  That was confirmed in the April census that year, but by then the child aged one month was in the care of its grandmother Hannah Collett at Bourton, the child having been born at Charlbury in Oxfordshire.

 

 

 

Further investigation of the 1881 census return revealed two important facts.  The first was, that disgraced Ellen Goodway had been sent away to a family in Northamptonshire, as it was the accepted custom in this middle England area that unmarried mothers were separated from their child and invariably ended up in Northamptonshire.  In the case of Ellen Goodway, she was sent to the home of John Gee Esquire, farmer of 530 acres employing 16 men and 6 boys, the farm being situated at Inn Street in the village of Welford.  And it was there in 1881 that unmarried Ellen Goodway, age 20 and from Rissington, was living and working as a domestic servant.

 

 

 

The second interesting fact was that John Parsons, age 18 and of Northleach, the father of Ellen’s illegitimate baby, was a lodger and agricultural labourer at the Colcutt home of grocer Isaac Smith in Coln St Dennis.  Ellen’s connection with Coln St Dennis was that it was the village where her grandmother Elizabeth Goodway nee Freeman was born.  In addition to which there was also a lodger at the house in Colcutt who was Arthur Hall, age 22 and from Northleach, another agricultural labourer, there being earlier Collett connections with Northleach and the Hall family.

 

 

 

33Q22

John C Parsons

Born in February 1881 at Charlbury

 

 

 

 

33P28

JOSEPH COLLETT was born at Bourton-on-the-Water during March in 1875.

 

At the age of 16, according to the 1891 Census, Joseph was an apprentice carpenter and wheelwright at the Bourton home of 62 years old Joseph Griffin of Lower Slaughter and his wife Elizabeth aged 66 of Bourton.  By 1901 Joseph Collett was a fully fledged carpenter at Bourton.

 

Nine months after his twentieth birthday, on 25th December 1895, he married Ruth Burdock at St Lawrence’s Church in Bourton.  Three years earlier, Ruth’s sister Kate Burdock from Birmingham had married Paris Collett (Ref. 33P3) at Bourton.

 

 

 

Ruth, who was born in 1877 at Great Rissington, was the daughter of journeyman baker Edward Burdock of Ablington in Gloucestershire and his wife Hannah of Enstone in Oxfordshire.

 

At the time of the 1901 Census Joseph was 26 and Ruth was 24 when they were living at Sherborne Street in Bourton with sons Wilfred Collett, who was four, and Victor Collett, who was two, from where Joseph was working as a house carpenter.  1901 was also the year that the couple’s only daughter Doris was born, but that happen just six weeks after the census date.

 

 

 

All of Joseph and Ruth’s children were born at Bourton-on-the-Water, and the previous inclusion of a son John Edward Collett was proved to be incorrect according to the census of 1911, when there was no such child listed with the family.  He has therefore been removed.  According to the April census of 1911, the family comprised Joseph, age 36, his wife Ruth, age 34, and their five surviving children Wilfred, age 14, Victor, age 12, Doris, who was 10, Allan who was seven, and Ivor who was two years old.

 

 

 

Joseph Collett died on 8th May 1950 at Frenchay Hospital in Bristol and was buried that same month at St Lawrence's Church Cemetery in Bourton.  Almost five years later Ruth Collett nee Burdock passed away on 13th April 1955 and was laid to rest with her husband at St Lawrence’s Church, where a long side stone on the grave carries their names.  (see Headstone Epitaphs)  Ruth did not leave a Will, instead her personal effects, amounting to £208 1 Shilling, were subject to administration at Gloucester on 16th June 1955, when her son Allan George Collett, a carpenter, was named as the administrator for her estate.

 

 

 

33Q23

Wilfred Harry Collett

Born in 1896 at Bourton-on-the-Water

 

33Q24

Frank Collett

Born in 1897 at Bourton-on-the-Water

 

33Q25

Victor Joseph Collett

Born in 1898 at Bourton-on-the-Water

 

33Q26

DORIS MAY COLLETT

Born in 1901 at Bourton-on-the-Water

 

33Q27

Allan George Collett

Born in 1903 at Bourton-on-the-Water

 

33Q28

Ivor John Collett

Born in 1910 at Bourton-on-the-Water

 

 

 

 

33P29

Emily Rebecca Collett was born at Bourton-on-the-Water on 5th December 1859.  She was one year old in the 1861 Census when she was the only child at that time living with her parents Charles Collett, a grocer in Bourton, and his wife Sarah, who may have been Sarah Thornton.  Ten years later, on the occasion of the census in 1871, Emily was 11 and living with her auntie Amy Hall a 42-years old milliner of Bourton.  The new census in 1881 for Bourton revealed that Emily was back living with her family at the age of 21 and was not yet married.  However it is established from her gravestone in the churchyard of St Lawrence’s Church in Bourton that she later married Thomas Parsons who was born at Islington in London in 1860.

 

 

 

By 1891 Emily Parsons was 31 and her husband Thomas was 30, when they were living at Sevenoaks in Kent with their daughter Dora Mary Parsons who was two years old.  Over the next ten years further children were born into the family, including Basil, Ruby, Florence, William and Eva.  Just after the turn of the century the family was still living at Sevenoaks and comprised Emily R Parsons, age 41 and from Bourton-on-the-Water, Thomas Parsons who was 40 and born at Islington, and their children Basil Parsons 13, Dora Parsons 12, Ruby Parsons, who was nine, Florence Parsons, who was seven, William Parsons, who was two, and Eva Parsons who was one year old.  All of the children had been born at Sevenoaks, where Thomas was working as a chemist and a druggist.

 

 

 

Emily Rebecca Parsons nee Collett lived an exceptionally long life and died on 12th August 1960 at the age of 101.  She was buried with her husband at St Lawrence’s Church in Bourton, where a gravestone bears her married name and her maiden name.  The grave adjoining that of Emily and her husband was shared by her brother George Collett (below) and his wife.  (see Headstone Epitaphs)  Thomas Parsons died on 29th September 1939 aged 79, and the couple’s joint headstone reads as follows: “In Loving Memory of Thomas Parsons who entered into rest on 29th September 1939.  Also Beloved wife of above Emily Rebecca (nee Collett) born 5th December 1859 died 12th August 1960.”

 

 

 

 

33P30

John Charles Collett was born at Bourton-on-the-Water in the second half of 1861 and appeared in the 1871 Census as Charles Collett aged nine years, but was restored to being John C Collett by 1881.  In that year’s census he was living at Lansdowne in Bourton with his parents, where he was a grocer like his father Charles Collett.  During the following decade he married Kate Elizabeth who was born at Notgrove in 1861 and together the couple appear in the 1891 Census for Bourton-on-the-Water, but with no children at that time.  John was described as a farmer of Bourton aged 29, with his wife Kate also 29 but of Notgrove. 

 

 

 

By March 1901 farmer John C Collet (sic) from Bourton-on-the-Water was 39 when he and his family was residing in the village of Little Rissington.  His wife Kate E Collet was also 39 and completing the family was their son Cyril C Collet who was six years old, and his place of birth was confirmed as Bourton-on-the-Water.  During the following year their daughter was born while the family was still living in Little Rissington.  Therefore by the time of the Little Rissington census in 1911 the family was made up of John Charles Collett and Kate Elizabeth Collett who were both 49, their son Cyril Charles who was 16, and their daughter Doris Irene who was eight, the household being completed by visitor Gertrude Ada Castin who was 48.  The census return also confirmed that farmer John and Kate had been married for twenty-one years, during which time Kate had given birth to just the two children listed with them on that day.

 

 

 

Kate Elizabeth Collett of Little Rissington, the wife of John Charles Collett, died on 1st February 1928.  However, her estate of £140 8 Shillings 3d was not settled until after the death of her husband, which was subject to administration at Gloucester on 9th January 1940 in favour of her son Cyril Charles Collett, a farmer.  It was six years earlier that John Charles Collett, aged 73, had died in 1934, his death recorded at Stow-on-the-Wold register office (Ref. 6a 466) during the last three months of that year.  Probate for his personal effects valued at £3,131 13 Shillings 9d confirmed that John Charles Collett of Little Rissington passed away on 8th October 1934 at Bourton-on-the-Water and that the executors of his estate were his son Cyril Charles Collett, a farmer, and Cecil Vivian Watkins, a retired grocer.

 

 

 

33Q29

Cyril Charles Collett

Born in 1894 at Bourton-on-the-Water

 

33Q30

Doris Irene Collett

Born in 1902 at Little Rissington

 

 

 

 

33P31

Amy L Collett was born at Bourton-on-the-Water in 1863, but curiously she was absent from the family home on 2nd April 1871.  However, she was back with her family at Lansdowne in Bourton in 1881 and in 1891 when she was 17 and 27 respectively and unmarried.  It was not long after the census day in 1891 that Amy L Collett married John Wilkins, which was witnessed by Emma Harris and Reuben John White.  The event was recorded at Stow-on-the-Wold (Ref. 6a 701) during the second quarter of 1891.  However, by the time of the Bourton census in 1901 Amy L Wilkins from Bourton-on-the-Water was a widow and head of the household at the age of 37 when she was described as living on her own means.

 

 

 

 

33P32

Albert William Collett was born at Bourton-on-the-Water in 1866 and, like his sisters and his brother he was living with his parents at Bourton in 1871 and 1881, and again 1891 when he was unmarried.  His occupation was that of a grocer like his father, with whom it is assumed he worked at the family business.  It was sometime during 1893 or 1894 when Albert married Edith Florence who was born at Lower Slaughter in 1868.  Albert was still a grocer at Bourton in 1901 at the age of 33, while his wife was Edith F Collett who was 32.  The marriage had produced two children for the couple by that time, son Walter who was three and daughter Freda who was two years old, both of the children having been born at Bourton.

 

 

 

Two further daughters were added to the family, one just after the census in 1901 and the second during the following year.  So at the time of the next census in April 1911 the family was still living in Bourton at Lansdowne when it comprised Albert who was 44 and a grocer, Edith who was 42, and their four children Walter 13, Freda 12, Hilda 10, and Iris who was eight.  The couple’s three oldest children were attending the local school, but curiously not Iris.

 

 

 

At that time in 1911, the Collett family was supported by a general domestic servant by the name of Gladys Davis who was 17 and from nearby Naunton.  The census return also stated that Albert and Edith had been married for seventeen years, and during that time Edith had given birth to just the four children who were still living with the couple.  It is interesting to note that their address in 1911 was Lansdowne, the same as where Albert was living with his family in 1881.  All five members of the family were buried in the same grave at St Lawrence’s Church in Bourton.  Albert William Collett died on 1st April 1947 aged 80, and was followed exactly five months later by Edith Florence Collett who passed away on 1st September 1947 aged 79. (see Headstone Epitaphs)

 

 

 

33Q31

Walter John Collett

Born in 1897 at Bourton-on-the-Water

 

33Q32

Freda Mary Collett

Born in 1898 at Bourton-on-the-Water

 

33Q33

Hilda Gertrude Collett

Born in 1901 at Bourton-on-the-Water

 

33Q34

Iris Marjorie Collett

Born in 1902 at Bourton-on-the-Water

 

 

 

 

33P33

George F Collett was born at Bourton-on-the-Water in 1868.  As with his older brother Albert (above), he too was listed in the 1871, 1881 and 1891 census returns as living at the home of his grocer father and mother.  And just like his brother he followed in his father’s profession as a grocer and was a grocer’s assistance in 1891, when he was 22, becoming a fully fledged grocer by 1901.  Although it was recorded that he had not married by 1891, he later married Mary Jane during the middle of the 1890s with whom he had three sons.  Mary may have been Mary Jane Batsford since on 17th December 1899 their three-month old son Roy Batsford Collett died and was buried at St Lawrence’s Church in Bourton.  (see Headstone Epitaphs) 

 

 

 

According to the March census of 1901, the family was living at Bourton where George was 32 and a grocer of Bourton.  His wife Mary J Collett was 31 and from Whatcote, near Shipston-on-Stour in Warwickshire, and their two surviving sons were Bernard Collett who was three, and Howard Collett who was two.  Ten years later the complete family was still living in Bourton where George was 42, Mary Jane was 41, Bernard George Collett was 13, and Howard John Collett was 12.

 

 

 

George F Collett died on 11th June 1925 aged 57, while many years later his widow Mary Jane Collett died on 23rd May 1958 at the age of 88.  Both of them were buried at St Lawrence’s Church in Bourton where a single gravestone marks the plot.  (see Headstone Epitaphs)  Also buried with George and Mary Jane in the adjacent and adjoining grave was George’s sister Emily Rebecca Parsons nee Collett (above), who died thirty-one months after Mary Jane, and who was buried with her late husband Thomas Parsons. (see Headstone Epitaphs)

 

 

 

33Q35

Bernard George Collett

Born in 1897 at Bourton-on-the-Water

 

33Q36

Howard John Collett

Born in 1898 at Bourton-on-the-Water

 

33Q37

Roy Batsford Collett

Born in 1899 at Bourton-on-the-Water

 

 

 

 

33P34

Florence Mary Collett was born at Bourton-on-the-Water in 1873 and was listed in the 1881 and 1891 census returns as seven years old and 17, when living with her parents and her family at Lansdowne in Bourton.  She was still not married at the time of the 1901 Census when she was 27 and was still living at home with her parents.  It was during the last three months of 1904 when Florence Mary Collett married Christopher Potter, the event recorded at Stow-on-the-Wold register office (Ref. 6a 923).  And it was as Florence Mary Potter, age 37 and from Bourton-on-the-Water, that she was living in Oxford in April 1911 with her husband Christopher Potter who was 44, together with their two sons Christopher Bruce Potter who was five and John Gordon Potter who was two years old.

 

 

 

 

33P35

Jane Elizabeth Collett was born at Massingham in Norfolk during 1875, the eldest child of John Hall Collett and his wife Jane Wilson.  Almost immediately after she was born her parents moved to the village of Goldington in Bedfordshire, and a few year later the family was living within the town of Bedford where Jane E Collett was five years old in 1881.  She was 15 in the Bedford census of 1891 when she was still living there with her family.  She later left the family home to take up the occupation of a draper’s assistant in the St Peter le Bailey district of Oxford City, where she was recorded in the 1901 Census as Jane E Collett, age 25, from Massingham.  Later that same year she married Henry George Astbury with whom she had two children.  Sadly it was only their daughter Catherine Olive Astbury who survived, and she was born during 1908 so was very likely the second of the couple’s two children.

 

 

 

In April 1911 the family of three was living in the Croydon area of Surrey where Henry George Astbury was 41, Jane Elizabeth Astbury was 35, and their daughter was two years of age.  The census return also confirmed that Henry was a broker at the Stock Exchange, that he had been married to Jane for ten years, during which time they had given birth to two children.  Curiously in 1919 within the Will of Jane’s aunt, the spinster Martha Jane Collett, one of the three executors of the Will proved in Birmingham on 31st January 1920 was named as Jane Elizabeth Astbury, the wife of Charles Astbury.  That appears to have been a genuine mistake on the part of her aunt, because Henry George Astbury was still alive nearly twenty years later.

 

 

 

Henry George Astbury died on 18th March 1939 when he and Jane were residing at Nuthurst on Copse Lane in Walberton, near Arundel, Sussex, following which probate of his estate of £3,345 5 Shillings 8d was granted to his widow Jane Elizabeth Astbury.  His death at the age of 69 was recorded at Chichester register office (Ref. 2b 710) during the first quarter of 1939.  Jane survived for a further twenty-five years, by which time she was living at Ravenna House on Richmond Avenue in West Bognor Regis, Sussex. Probate for the personal effects valued at £13,210 of the widow Jane Elizabeth Astbury, who died at home on 8th January 1964, was granted in London on 17th February 1964 to her married daughter Catherine Olive Latham.

 

 

 

 

33P36

Mary Henrietta Collett was born at Goldington in Bedfordshire in 1877, the second child of John and Jane Collett.  Her birth was recorded at Bedford register office (Ref. 3b 347) during the first three months of that year.  She and her family were living at the Goldington Road Irrigation Farm in the St Cuthbert parish of Bedford in 1881 when the census that year included Mary H Collett who was four, and was still there in 1891 when she was 14.  Although no record of her has been found in 1901 it was on 14th September 1902 that Mary Henrietta Collett married Alfred George Board at St John’s Church in Melcombe Regis near Weymouth in Dorset.  The banns confirm that Mary was a spinster from the Parish of St Cuthberts in Bedford.

 

 

 

By the time of the census in 1911 Mary and Alfred were still living within the Weymouth registration district and had living with them their three children.  Alfred George Board was 35, Mary Henrietta Board was 33, Milner Hall Board was five, Clifford Collett Board was two, and Ellen Doreen Board was ten months old.  Later members of this family were later recorded at Edmonton in Alberta, Canada.  Mary Henrietta Board nee Collett was still residing in Weymouth when she died on 15th April 1956 at the age of 79.  A record of her death was reported to Weymouth register office (Ref. 6a 560) when her address was 1 Spring Avenue in the Rodwell area of Weymouth.  By that time it would appear that she was already a widow, since probate of her personal effects amounting to £9,751 18 Shillings 2d was granted to Williams Frank Davies, a company director.

 

 

 

 

33P37

Thomas James Collett was born at Goldington near Bedford in 1878, the third child and eldest son of John Hall Collett and his wife Jane Wilson.  He was still an infant when his father’s work as a farm bailiff took the family to Goldington Road Irrigation Farm in the St Cuthbert parish of Bedford, where Thomas J Collett was two years old in 1881.  It was also as Thomas J Collett that he was recorded in the next census of 1891 when he was 12, and again in 1901 when he was 22, by which time he was employed as a gas fitter.  Following the death of his father in the early 1900s, unmarried Thomas James Collett, age 32 and from Goldington, was living in the Kempston area of Bedford with his widowed mother and two younger sisters.

 

 

 

Thomas eventually married Harriet Ellen and they lived in Bedford for the remainder of their lives together.  They were residing at 4 Pembroke Street in the town when Harriet died on 11th December 1951.  The administration of her estate of £56 11 Shillings 3d was handled at Peterborough on 20th March 1952 by her husband, Thomas James Collett, a retired fitter.

 

 

 

 

33P38

Amelia Wilson Collett was born at Bedford around May 1880, the daughter of John Hall Collett and Jane Wilson whose birth was recorded during the second quarter of the year.  She was eleven months old in the Bedford census of 1881 when Amelia W Collett was living at Goldington Road with her family, as she was ten years later in 1891 when she was 10 years old.  Upon leaving school Amelia became a draper’s assistance, as confirmed in the Bedford census of 1901 when she was 20.  It was most likely through her work that Amelia was introduced to the much older Ernest Winpenny the son of Francis Winpenny a woollen draper and a tailor who employed a large workforce.

 

 

 

It was at Wandsworth register office in London that her marriage to Ernest Winpenny was recorded (Ref. 1d 1097) during the second quarter of 1907 when she was 27.  He was the son of Francis and Jane A Winpenny and was many years older than Amelia, having been born at Barnard Castle in County Durham.  It was at Teesdale in County Durham where the birth was recorded during the first three months of 1862 (Ref. 10a 211).  Once married the couple left London and moved north to County Durham where their first child was born later that same year, either as a honeymoon baby or because Amelia was already with-child on her wedding day.  According to the April census in 1911 the family was residing in Stockton, by which time Amelia had given birth to two children, only one of which had survived.  The census return stated that Amelia Wilson Winpenny from Bedford was 30, while her husband Ernest Winpenny was 49.  Living with the couple at Stockton was their second son George Ernest Winpenny who was only ten months old, the couple’s first son having died before his first birthday.

 

 

 

Nine years later, following the death of Amelia’s maiden aunt Martha Jane Collett, Amelia Wilson Winpenny, the wife of Ernest Winpenny, was named as one of the three executors of her Will in Birmingham on 31st January 1920, together with her married sister Jane Elizabeth Astbury nee Collett (above) and Martha’s brother Thomas James Collett.  Amelia Wilson Winpenny nee Collett died in County Durham when her passing was recorded at Durham North-Western register office (Ref. 10a 473) during the second quarter of 1948, Ernest having died eighteen years earlier at Stockton, his death recorded at Durham in the third quarter of 1930 (Ref. 10a 3).

 

 

 

Their first son was Charles Collett Winpenny who was born at Teesdale in County Durham during the last three months of 1907 (Ref. 10a 283), but tragically he died at Stockton, his death recorded during the third quarter of 1908.  George Ernest Winpenny was born at Stockton in the second quarter of 1910 (Ref. 10a 90) and he died at Central Cleveland in Yorkshire during the third quarter of 1992 (Ref. 3 2566).  It was in the second quarter of 1940 when he married Margaret Paling Wray at Middlesbrough (Ref. 9d 1632), where she had been born in the last quarter of 1918 (Ref. 9d 910).  She died at Stockton in County at the end of 1999.

 

 

 

Margaret presented George with two children; Susan M Winpenny was born at Durham South Eastern in the second quarter of 1944 (Ref. 10a 169) and Richard E Winpenny was also born there during the third quarter of 1948 (Ref. 10a 880).  Richard appears to have remained a bachelor all his life and the records at Stockton confirm that he died during the second quarter of 2003.

 

 

 

 

33P39

Olive Allen Collett was born at Bedford in 1882, her birth recorded at Bedford register office (Ref. 3b 313) during the third quarter of 1882.  She was seven years old in 1891 and was 18 in 1901, when she was working as a draper’s assistant, possibly with her older sister Amelia (above).  Like her sister Amelia, Olive also met her future husband through her work in the drapery business, since she later married John Hemstock from Bristol.  John, who was born in 1879 and the son of Henry and Grace Hemstock, was a draper’s assistant in Northampton in 1901.  Once they were married Olive and John travelled to the north of England like her sister, and in 1911 they were recorded in the Tynemouth area where John Hemstock from Bristol was 31 and Olive Aclan (sic) Hemstock from Bedford was 28.

 

 

 

 

33P40

Margaret Hall Collett was born at Bedford in 1885 and was five years old in the Bedford census of 1891.  For whatever reason she was not baptised at Bedford until 7th May 1895 when she was confirmed as the daughter of John Hall Collett and his wife Jane.  She was still living in the family home at Bedford in 1901 when she was the third daughter of John Hall Collett and Jane Wilson to be employed as a draper’s assistant when she was 16 years of age.  It is assumed that she was married by 1911 as no record of her has been found in great Britain that year.  She may have been the wife of William Moore who, in 1906 was named as the brother-in-law of Margaret’s brother Joseph Collett (below) and the person who paid for his passage to Baldwin in Kansas.  However, this is purely supposition.

 

 

 

 

33P41

John Hall Collett was born at Bedford on 28th October 1887, the son of John Hall Collett senior and his wife Jane Wilson.  John H Collett was three years old in the Bedford census of 1891 and was 13 in 1901, but by 1911 he was no longer living there with his family, having already emigrated to America three years earlier, perhaps prompted by his younger brother Joseph (below) who had already gone to Kansas via Canada in 1906.  It was on board the SS Saint Paul that he sailed out of Southampton on 25th July 1908 later arriving in New York.  The passenger list described him as single and a butcher, whose ultimate destination was Baldwin in Kansas, where his aunt (his father’s older sister) Mary Hall Collett had settled during the 1870s after she was married in England.  His brother Joseph was already living in Baldwin by that time at the home of William Moore who was described as their brother-in-law

 

 

 

Once Stateside John worked as a hired man and a farm labourer while living in the Jarden household at Willow Springs in Douglas County in Kansas, where he was recorded as John Collette (sic) age 22 from England in the census of 1910.  Five years later he married Millie from Illinois after the couple settled in the township of McPherson in Pratt County, Kansas.  Their only known child was also born there in early 1917, the same year in which John later joined the army.  His military record confirmed that he was from Bedford in England, a married farmer living in Pratt County with his wife and child.  It was also in McPherson township that he was recorded as living in the census returns for 1920, 1930 and 1930.

 

 

 

In the first of them John H Collet (sic) was 32, his wife Millie was 30, and their son John Hall Collett junior was three years old.  It was the same situation in 1930 when farmer John H Collett was 42, Millie Collett was 40 and John Hall Collett was 13.  Their son eventually left the family home in McPherson and in 1940 John and Millie were still living in the same house as ten years previous.  With his advancing years John H Collett aged 52 was employing a hired hand by then to help him on the farm.  Charley Hildreth of Kansas was 33, while John’s wife Millie was 50.  Thirty-three years later John Hall Collett died at Pratt County in Kansas during 1973 when he was 85.

 

 

 

33Q38

John Hall Collett

Born in 1917 at McPherson, Kansas

 

 

 

 

33P42

Joseph William Collett was born at Bedford on 28th October 1889, another child of John and Jane Collett.  As Joseph W Collett aged one year he was listed with his family at Bedford in 1891, where he was again in 1901 when he was 11.  Just five years late Joseph sailed across the Atlantic Ocean on board the SS Kensington which left Liverpool on 14th June 1906, arriving at Quebec in Canada on 24th June 1906.  The passenger listed included his details as being single and a farmer, with a final destination of Kansas. In his possession was £80, while his passage had been paid by his brother-in-law, William Moore in Baldwin of Douglas County in Kansas, with whom he was intending to stay.

 

 

 

After nine years in the New World Joseph became a married man according to the Pratt County Marriage Records in Kansas.  Joseph William Collett, age 25 and of Pratt, was married to Effie Alice Herrick, age 22 and also of Pratt on 25th September 1915 in a service at Pratt conducted by Minister Loren W Kemp.  The marriage produced a total of six children over the following ten years, all of them born in Kansas and most likely the first two in Pratt County with the others born in Barber County.  The next record found for Joseph was in 1917 and that was in the First World War Draft Registration Card, when his home address was RR No 1, Pratt County in Kansas, where his brother John Hall Collett (above) and his family was living that same year.  At that time in his life he was described as a farmer from Bedford in England who was married with two children. 

 

 

 

Three years later the census in 1920 placed the family living in neighbouring Barber County at Kiowa in Kansas, so not far away from his brother John Hall Collett.  Joseph W Collett was 28 and a farmer, his wife Effie A Collett from Missouri was 26, and their children were daughter Jessie M Collett who was three and Ethel Collett who was one year old.  Where the couple’s eldest child Raymond was on that day is not known, while living with the family in 1920 was Fred O Womble who was 23 and also from Missouri, so he may have been related to Effie, particular as one unconfirmed source says she was Effie Alice Womble. 

 

 

 

Three more children were added to the family during the next five years, although in the census of 1930 the family’s surname was recorded as Collette.  Farmer Joseph W Collette was 39 when he and his family were still residing in Kiowa.  Effie A Collette was 37, Raymond A Collette was 19 (?), Jessie M Collette was 13, Ethel Collette was 11, Bernard Collett was nine, son Loran T Collette was seven, and Edward P Collette was five.  Both daughters and the couple’s eldest son had left the family home in Kiowa Township by the time the next census was conducted in 1930.  Joseph W Collett was 50, Effie A Collett was 46, Bernard W Collett was 19, Loran T Collett was 17 and Edward P Collett was 15.  It was forty-five years later when Joseph William Collett died in Kansas on 29th January 1985 at the age of 95.

 

 

 

33Q39

Raymond R Collett

Born in 1915 at Pratt County, Kansas

 

33Q40

Jessie M Collett

Born in 1917 at Pratt County, Kansas

 

33Q41

Ethel Collett

Born in 1919 at Kiowa, Barber County

 

33Q42

Bernard W Collett

Born in 1921 at Kiowa, Barber County

 

33Q43

Loran T Collett

Born in 1923 at Kiowa, Barber County

 

33Q44

Edward P Collett

Born in 1925 at Kiowa, Barber County

 

 

 

 

33P44

Jessie Wilson Collett was born at Bedford in 1895, the youngest child of John Hall Collett and his wife Jane Wilson.  Jessie was five years old in 1901 and in 1911 she was recorded in the census that year under her full name of Jessie Wilson Collett who was 15.  Tragically it was during 1915 that Jessie Wilson Collett died in Bedford, her death recorded at Bedford register office (Ref. 3b 567) during the first three months of that year.

 

 

 

 

33Q1

Edith Emily Collett was born at Bourton-on-the-Water in 1875.  Her mother died before 1881 at which time she and her sister Helen (below) and their widowed father William were living with their grandparents at The Bank in Bourton.  Over the next five years the girls’ father remarried and by turn of the century Emily had two half brothers and two half sisters.  However, Emily and her sister Helen continued to live with their grandparents and in 1891 Emily was 15.  Around the middle of the 1890s Emily married William Packer of Bourton-on-the-Water and not long after they were married their first child was born at Bourton.  The couple then moved to Birmingham where their daughter was born after the turn of the century.  It was very likely William’s work that took them north since in 1901 his occupation was that of a railway goods porter.

 

 

 

According to the census of 1901 the family was recorded as residing within the Aston district of Birmingham where railway goods porter William was 33 and Emily, who was referred to as Edith, was 25, and both of them described as being from Bourton-on-the-Water.  Their son was listed as William Packer who was five years old.  Emily may have been expecting the couple’s second child on the census day in 1901, since later that year or early in the following year she gave birth to a daughter.  During the next few years the family of four returned to Bourton where they were living in 1911.  William was 43, Edith Emily was 35, and their son Harlon William Packer was 15, while their daughter Polly Packer was nine.

 

 

 

What happened to the family after 1911 is not known for sure.  One option is that William Packer died within the next few years, following which Emily remarried someone by the name of Jepson.  In 1917, when she would have been around 41, Emily Jepson (formerly Collett) gave birth to a daughter, Dorothy Mary Jepson.  Perhaps through reasons of poor health, baby Dorothy was initially passed into the care of her grandfather William Collett and his second wife Sarah, prior to being raised by her mother’s half-sister Blanche Humphries nee Collett (below).  Edith Emily Jepson was still living in Bourton-on-the-Water in 1923/24 as her daughter Dorothy recalls visiting her there when she was six or seven years old.

 

 

 

 

33Q2

Helen Louisa Collett was born at Bourton-on-the-Water in 1877.  Following the death of her mother shortly after she was born, she and her sister Emily (above) were taken in by their grandparents Paris and Lucy Collett to live with them in their home at The Bank in Bourton.  It was at The Bank that Helen was living with her sister, and the girls’ father, in April 1881 when she was recorded as Helen L Collett aged three years.  Ten years later she was still living with her grandparents at the age of 13.

 

 

 

Where Helen was living in 1901 has not been determined, whilst it is established that she married William Stanford during that same year.  The couple initially settled in Bourton where all of their four children were born before the family left Gloucestershire and move south to Shaftesbury in Dorset.  By April 1911 William and Helen Louisa Stanford were both 33 when they were curiously living at Cote Mead in the Dorset village of Bourton near Gillingham and Shaftesbury.  The census return confirmed that they had been married for nine years, while their children were Charlotte Annie Stanford who was six, Agnes Helen Stanford who was four, Ethel Harriet Stanford who was three and George William who was two years old.  Helen Louisa Collett confirmed her place of birth as being Bourton-on-the-Water, as it was for all of her children.  Living with the family was William’s brother Walter Stanford, age 27, and supporting the family was two domestic servants Kate Elizabeth Moores who was 25 and Beatrice Mabel Fozard Harcourt who was 15.

 

 

 

 

33Q3

Percival William Collett was born at Bledington on 24th October 1887 and possibly at the home of his grandparents on his mother’s side of the family, since his parents are known to have been living at Bourton-on-the-Water at that time.  It was also at Bledington that he was baptised on 29th January 1888, when his parents were confirmed as William Collett, a labourer, and his wife Sarah.  By 1891 Percival, who was three, and his brother Ernest (below) were living with their parents at Bourton.  Just after the turn of the century in March 1901 the family had been increased by two daughters and the family of six was still living at Clapton Row, Sherborne Street in Bourton where Percival W Collett was then employed as a grocer’s errand boy at the age of 13.

 

 

 

Almost exactly five years later, on 13th March 1906 at the age of 18, Percival was taken on by the Great Western Railway.  Where that actually happened was not noted in the GWR Staff Records, but just over twelve months later he finished with the GWR on 26th March 1907 and that happened at Fairford.  Four years later at the time of the census of 1911, an unmarried Percival Collett of Bledington was 23 and was still living at Fairford.

 

 

 

 

33Q4

Ernest Reginald John Collett was born at Bourton-on-the-Water on 6th June 1890 and was ten months old and living in Bourton with his family according to the census of 1891.  He was recorded as Ernest R J Collett, age 10, in the census return of 1901 when he was still living at Clapton Row in Bourton with his parents, his brother Percival (above) and his two younger sisters.  Six and a half years after that, his full name and date of birth was listed in the Great Western Staff Records as starting work with the company on 25th September 1907.  He continued working for the company until 18th October 1910 when his employment was recorded as ending while at Chippenham.  And it was at Chippenham that single Ernest Reginald Collett was still living by April 1911 when he was listed in the census return as being twenty years old and from Bourton-on-the-Water.

 

 

 

Just over two years later, at St Marylebone (Ref. 1a 1611) during the third quarter of 1913, Ernest R J Collett married Emma Elizabeth Griffin following which, it is believed, that the couple continued to live in Chippenham where their known son was very likely born.  It was also at Chippenham that the couple was recorded as living during the Second World War when they received the news that their son had been killed in action in August 1942.  It was six years after that when the death of Ernest R J Collett was recorded at Chippenham register office (Ref. 7c 1135) during the third quarter of 1948.  The same entry also gives the surname of his spouse as Watson, which may indicate that he was married twice during his life.

 

 

 

33R1

Stanley John Collett

Born in 1920 at Chippenham

 

 

 

 

33Q5

Blanche M Collett was born at Lower Slaughter during 1893, the daughter of William Collett and his second wife Sarah.  It may have been only a short few years that the family lived at Lower Slaughter since, at the time of the census two years earlier and the next one eight years later, Blanche’s parents had been recorded in Bourton-on-the-Water.  In 1901 she was described as Blanche B M Collett when she was seven years of age, and ten years later she was still living in Bourton with her parents when she was 17.

 

 

 

During the next decade she married Gladwyn Humphries and sometime later Blanche and Gladwyn took over the care of baby Dorothy Mary Jepson, the daughter of Blanche’s older half-sister Edith Emily Collett (above), who had originally been looked after by Blanche’s parents William and Sarah Collett from the time of her birth in 1917.  Whether the child’s mother suffered with some ailment or illness that made it impossible to care for her own baby is not known, but certainly Dorothy was eventually brought up as the child of Blanche and Gladwyn Humphries and was adopted by them.

 

 

 

It is also of interest that a trust fund was set up by the people of Bourton-on-the-Water for the education of Dorothy Mary Jepson, who recalled later in her life that she had visited her real mother at Bourton up to around the time she was six or seven years old.  Dorothy, who also talked about her Aunt Lucy (Ref. 33P2), and her Aunt Kate and Uncle Paris Collett (Ref. 33P3), was the grandmother of Liz Wood who kindly provided these new family details during 2012. 

 

 

 

 

33Q6

Winifred Olive May Collett was born at Bourton-on-the-Water in January 1901, the youngest known child of William Collett and his second wife Sarah.  Her birth was recorded at Stow-on-the-Wold register office (Ref. 6a 405) during the first three months of the year under the name of Winifred Olive M Collett.  She was living with her family at Clapton Row in Bourton for the census of 1901 when she was three months old, although on that occasion she was incorrectly recorded as Winnifred G M Collett.

 

 

 

She never married and her death was recorded at Cheltenham register office (Ref. 7b 314) during the second quarter of 1965 at the age of 64, following which she was buried in the churchyard of St Lawrence’s Church in Bourton-on-the-Water.  A headstone marks her grave with the inscription “In Loving Memory of Winifred Olive May Collett, died 19th April 1965, aged 64”.  (see Headstone Epitaphs)

 

 

 

 

33Q7

Herbert Paris Collett was born at Bourton-on-the-Water in 1893 and it was there that he was living with his family in March 1901 when he was seven, and again in April 1911 when he was 18.  With the onset of the Great War three years later Herbert joined the 7th Battalion The Queen’s Royal West Surrey Regiment with whom he was Private Collett 242048.  The regiment had previously been known as the Somerset Light Infantry.  Sadly towards the end of the war he was killed in France whiling fighting in the Aisne area of the country.  Herbert Paris Collett died on 23rd May 1918 and was buried in the British Extension of the Chauny Communal Cemetery at Aisne.  The British Extension to the cemetery was established after the Armistice and was used for the burial of remains brought in from the battlefields of Aisne and the smaller cemeteries from the surrounding countryside.

 

 

 

Over 1,000 casualties from the 1914-18 War are commemorated on the site, the majority of them having died in 1918.  Included in the total figure are six soldiers of the United Kingdom whose identity has been established with reasonable, but not absolute certainty, who are commemorated by special memorial headstones bearing the superscription 'Believed To Be'.  In addition to them, there are 26 soldiers of the United Kingdom and five from Canada whose graves can be identified collectively, but not individually, and who are commemorated by special memorial headstones bearing the superscription 'Buried Near This Spot'.

 

 

 

 

33Q8

Arthur Edward Collett was born at Bourton-on-the-Water in 1895.  At the time of the census of 1901 he was recorded as Arthur E Collett who was six years old and living at Bourton with his family.  Ten years later in the April census of 1911 he was listed under his full name of Arthur Edward Collett when he was still living in the family home at Bourton at the age of 16.  It was four years later that Arthur enlisted with the army when he was 20.  Arthur was given the service number 23693 and upon entry his occupation was that of a gardener when he was still living at Station Road in Bourton-on-the-Water, the address given by his brother Walter (below).  In the battlefield he suffered a compound fracture of the arm which resulted in it being amputated, following which he was discharged in 1917.  He was awarded the Star Medal and Victory War Medal.

 

 

 

On 29th June 1918 Arthur, as A E Collett of Station Road in Bourton, formerly of 10th Gloucestershire Regiment, wrote a letter to Infantry Records Office No. 7 District in Warwick saying “I should very much like to have one of the certificates awarded by the King for discharge and hope it will not be putting you under any great inconvenience I feel I should very much to have one if you would kindly forward it on as soon as possible and should be greatly obliged.”

 

 

 

So it was sometime later that Arthur eventually married Irene Strange of Oxford with whom he had three daughters.  However, because of the ten years difference in their ages, it seems highly likely that the marriage took place during the mid 1920.  Irene Violet Strange was born at Oxford in 1904, the fourth of the twelve children of James H Strange from Manchester and his wife Sarah from Oxford.  In March 1901 James was 22 and his occupation was that of a bookmaker and repairer.  At that time his wife Sarah was 20, and living with the couple in the St Thomas district of Oxford was their first child Florence M Strange who was one year old.

 

 

 

Ten years later the family was still living in Oxford, when the family comprised James Strange 32, his wife Sarah who was 30, and their seven children.  They were Florence Strange who was 11, Gladys Strange who was nine, son Leslie Strange who was eight, Irene Strange who was six, Marjorie Strange who was four, Gwendoline Strange who was two and Margaret Strange who was eleven months old.  Further children were added to the family after 1911 and they included Muriel, Ronald, Winifred, Eileen, and Evelyn.

 

 

 

33R2

Barbara Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

33R3

Marion Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

33R4

Doreen Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

 

 

 

33Q9

Walter George Collett was born at Bourton-on-the-Water during 1897, the third child of Paris and Kate Collett.  In the Bourton census of 1901 Walter Collett was four years of age and ten years later he was still living there with his family when the census of 1911 recorded him as Walter George Collett aged14.  Four years after that, and following the outbreak of World War One, Walter enlisted with the Gloucestershire Bantam Regiment.  His entry record stated that he was19 and residing at Station Road in Bourton-on-the-Water and was allocated the service number 25562.  However, after only serving for 109 days he was discharged on the grounds it was unlikely that he would ever become an efficient soldier.  After the war it seems that he wrote to the War Office requesting a war badge which he felt he was entitled to, and eventually he did receive a war badge and an accompanying certificate.  Nothing more is known about him except that the death of Walter G Collett was recorded at Oxford register office (Ref. 6b 949) during the third quarter of 1967 when he was 70 years of age.

 

 

 

 

33Q12

William George Collett was born at Bourton-on-the-Water in 1883 the base-born son of Mary Ann Collett.  Following his birth he was taken into the care of his grandparents Paris and Lucy Collett with whom he was living at Bourton in 1891 at the age of seven and again in 1901 when he was 17 by which time he was working as a railway porter

 

Around three years earlier William’s mother married general carter Charles Bowles and in 1892 she gave birth to a half-sister to William at their home in the village of Donnington, just north of Stow-on-the-Wolds, where they were living in 1901 and 1911. 

 

 

 

It is possible that it was through his mother living in Donnington that William eventually met and married Margaret Amelia Iles.  In 1891 Margaret was seven years old when she was living with her parents at Fairford.  Ten years later, at the age of 17, she was working as a domestic servant at Bibury at which time she gave her place of birth as being Barnsley near Cirencester.  This could mean that she was the daughter of farm carter Henry Iles and his wife Martha, both of Ampney St Mary and living at The Lodge in Barnsley in 1881.  On the occasion that William married Margaret her father was working at the brewery in the village of Donnington where William’s mother also lived.  William appears to have been employed by the Great Western Railway for most of his life, during which he is known to have worked at stations in the villages of Fairford in Gloucestershire, and Langford and Alvescot in Oxfordshire.

 

 

 

William and his young family were living at Fairford in 1911.  By that time his marriage to Margaret had produced three children for the couple.  The census return listed the family as William George Collett, age 27 and born at Bourton, his wife Maggie Amelia was 26, and their children were Maggie Amelia Collett, who was five, Cyril George Collett, who was four, and Harold who was just one months old on 2nd April that year.  His continued employment with the Great Western Railway was confirmed after 1911, with it being established by his later family, which recall that he held the post of Station Master at Alvescot.  That was confirmed in the GWR Records (undated) which show W G Collett as the Station Master at Kelmscot, three miles south of Alvescot.  From the six different classifications of employees, William was Class 6, with a salary of 27 shillings.

 

 

 

33R5

Margaret Amelia Collett

Born in 1905 at Fairford

 

33R6

Cyril George Collett

Born in 1906 at Fairford

 

33R7

Harold Collett

Born in 1911 at Fairford

 

33R8

William George Collett

Born after 1912 at Fairford

 

 

 

 

33Q17

Charles Robert Collett was born at Winstone in 1888, the son of Charles Collett and Lucy Ann Woolley.  He was still living there with his family in March 1901 when he was 12 years old and had already started work as a carter on a farm, probably with his father Charles who was also a carter on a farm in Winstone.  During the following few years Charles’ family moved north to Cheltenham although he was not living there with them in April 1911.  Instead unmarried Charles Robert Collett, age 22 and of Winstone in Gloucestershire, had moved much further north to Derbyshire, where he was living within the registration district of Bakewell.  The census return on that occasion described him as boarding with the Hill family at Bank Terrace in the village of Tideswell, from where he was working as a railway porter.

 

 

 

Charles Robert Collett was 42 and a railway employee when he married Violet Mary Mounsey on 5th January 1931 at St Paul’s Church in Monk Bretton near Barnsley, Yorkshire.  The marriage register confirmed that the groom’s father was Charles Collett, a farm worker, while Violet’s father was named as Joseph Mounsey.  However, it would seem that Charles had known Violet since just after the start of the First World War.  At the time he enlisted with the British Army in 1915 he was in lodgings at Lowick House, Barnsley Road in Cudworth near Barnsley, the home of a Mrs Mounsey.  Charles Robert Collett was 27 when he joined the H Machine Gun Corps Training Battalion on 20th November 1915.  His trade on entry was that of a railway sidings porter, his place of birth was named as Winstone (between Cirencester and Gloucester) and his next-of-kin was Charles Collett of Clapton-on-the-Hill, Cheltenham.  His service number was 181224 and on leaving the army in 1919 his address was stated as Laurel House in Cudworth near Barnsley, Yorkshire.

 

 

 

The Mrs Mounsey named in his military record was the widow Mary Jane Mounsey who was born at Cudworth in 1863.  Four years earlier in the census of 1911 she was 47 and had living with her within the Holbeck area of Leeds her son Joseph who was 21, Elizabeth Ellen who was 19, and Violet Mary who was 17, meaning that she was five years younger than her future husband.

 

 

 

 

33Q18

George Collett was born at Winstone, the son of Charles and Lucy Collett whose birth was recorded at Winchcomb (Ref. 6a 388) during the last quarter of 1889.  It is possible that he was the eldest member of the family and had been born a few years earlier, which may account for his absence from the family home in 1901 and 1911.  What is known is that he was married and the marriage produced two sons for George and his wife, one of which later married Queenie Whitfield.

 

 

 

33R9

a Collett son

Date of birth unknown

 

33R10

a Collett son

Date of birth unknown

 

 

 

 

33Q19

Albert E Collett was born at Winstone in 1895 and was five years old by March 1901 and was still living in Winstone with his family.  A little later Albert and his parents moved to Cheltenham where they were recorded as living in 1911 when Albert was 15.  It is established that Albert was married and that he and his wife had four children.  It is also known that his only son married Ena Goodhall and that they in turn had a Collett son of their own.  The information relating to all of these members of the family has been withheld upon request as they are living in 2007.

 

 

 

33R11

a Collett daughter

Date of birth unknown

 

33R12

a Collett son

Date of birth unknown

 

33R13

a Collett daughter

Date of birth unknown

 

33R14

a Collett daughter

Date of birth unknown

 

 

 

 

33Q23

Wilfred Harry Collett was born at Bourton-on-the-Water in 1896, the eldest child of Joseph Collett and his wife Ruth Burdock.  This was confirmed by the Bourton census in 1901, when he was four years old and living there with his parents and brother Joseph (below) at Sherborne Street.  Ten years later he had left school and was already working at a grocer’s shop in Bourton at the age of 14, while he was still living at the family home.  He later married Agnes Botrill of Witney in Oxfordshire who was a nursery nurse.

 

Wilfred is also known to have worked in sales at the company of McVitie & Price.

 

 

 

A calendar printed in the name of W H Collett Grocer Confectioner Fruiter and Tobacconist of Lansdown in Bourton-on-the-Water seems likely to relate to Wilfred.  The marriage of Wilfred and Agnes produced two children, but up until 2016 their names had been with-held.  However, they can now be revealed thanks to receipt of new information initially received from Wilfred’s granddaughter Felicity Vaughan, and subsequently confirmed by Wilfred’s daughter Sue.  Wilfred Harry Collett died at Oxford during 1988.  The 1935 Kelly’s Directory for Gloucestershire includes Harry Collett, a butcher of Church Street in Bourton-on-the-Water.

 

 

 

33R15

Gordon Clifton Collett

Born in 1933 at Bourton-on-the-Water

 

33R16

Susan Maureen Collett

Born in 1940 at Oxford

 

 

 

 

33Q24

Frank Collett was born at Bourton-on-the-Water on 15th November 1897, the second son born to Joseph and Ruth Collett.  Tragically the child did not survive beyond infancy and died shortly after he was born, as a result of which he was not mentioned in the Bourton census of 1901.

 

 

 

 

33Q25

Victor Joseph Collett was born at Bourton-on-the-Water in 1899, the son of Joseph and Ruth Collett, as confirmed in the Bourton 1901 Census.  The census return confirmed that he was two years old, and that he was living with his family at Sherborne Street in Bourton.

 

Victor was a motor engineer and founded the company V J Collett Garage at Bourton in 1921.  He married Phyllis Winifred Ravenhill who was born at Knighton in Radnor in 1898, the daughter of Alfred S Ravenhill and Mary A Lloyd who were from Leominster in Herefordshire.

 

 

 

The couple had a total of five children born at Bourton, of which two were still alive in 2007, the youngest son being the current owner of V J Collett Garage at Bourton.  Victor Joseph Collett died from a heart attack at 9 a.m. on 14th March 1959 and was buried in St Lawrence’s Church Cemetery at Bourton on 17th March 1959.  Phyllis lived as a widow for the next seventeen years before she too died on 20th February 1976, following which she was buried with her husband at Bourton.  (see Headstone Epitaphs)

 

 

 

33R17

Olive Beryl Collett

Born in 1924 at Bourton-on-the-Water

 

33R18

Donald Victor Collett

Born in 1927 at Bourton-on-the-Water

 

33R19

Brian John Collett

Born in 1935 at Bourton-on-the-Water

 

33R20

Shirley Collett

Born in 1937 at Bourton-on-the-Water

 

33R21

Michael Collett

Born in 1942 at Bourton-on-the-Water

 

 

 

 

33Q26

DORIS MAY COLLETT was born at Bourton-on-the-Water on 12th May 1901, where she was baptised on 7th July 1901, the daughter of Joseph and Ruth Collett.  She was Confirmed on 13th December 1916 and received her First Communion on Christmas Day that same year.

 

She married Bert Owen Hiscock of Salem Avenue at Wimborne in Dorset, Doris being his third wife.  It would appear that the wedding possibly took place in 1928 after which the couple seem to have moved to live at The Mill House in Lansdowne at Bourton.  The property is still there today, and it was at Bourton-on-the-Water that their three sons were born.

 

 

 

In the early 1940s the family returned to live at Wimborne where their eldest son attended the Canford School for Boys.  Tragically Bert died from a sudden heart attack in 1947 leaving Doris with three young sons.  Some years later for just a couple of years Doris lived in a caravan, but by the 1970s she was living at 70 West Borough in Wimborne.

 

 

 

Doris Hiscock nee Collett, who was known to play the mandolin (see photo above), died at Poole General Hospital on 27th March 1978 and was buried in Wimborne Cemetery with her husband in an un-consecrated plot (grave 10182) having no memorial plaque.  An update received from Carole Hiscock in December 2013 informs us that a memorial stone was placed on their graves by their son Victor just one year prior to his own death in 2010.

 

 

 

33R22

Derek Owen Joseph Hiscock

Born on 25.05.1929 at Bourton-on-the-Water

 

33R23

a Hiscock son

Born on 28.12.1934 at Bourton-on-the-Water

 

33R24

VICTOR BERT HISCOCK

Born on 08.02.1939 at Bourton-on-the-Water

 

 

 

 

33Q27

Allan George Collett was born at Bourton-on-the-Water on 9th September 1903.  He married Mabel Lord of Sherborne in Gloucestershire, but shortly after the ceremony he was made a widower when Mabel died.  As a result of that tragic event Allan remained a single gentleman for the rest of his life and lived with his parents Joseph and Ruth Collett at Bourton.  His occupation was that of a carpenter and in the 1920s he was working for a Gloucester builder.  That fact was confirmed in 1955 when Allan George Collett, a carpenter, was named as the administrator for his mother’s estate of just over £200. 

 

 

 

It was nine years after the death of his mother that Allan George Collett died at Bourton on 9th December 1964 aged 61, following which he was buried at St Lawrence’s Church Cemetery on 11th December 1964 where a memorial stone marks the grave.  (see Headstone Epitaphs)  Also buried at Bourton, but so far unconnected to this family, was Winifred Olive May Collett who died on 19th April 1965 aged 64.  (see Headstone Epitaphs)

 

 

 

 

33Q28

Ivor John Collett was born at Bourton-on-the-Water in 1910 and his occupation was that of a garage mechanic.  He married (1) Alice Winifred James who came from Littlebredy near Weymouth and with whom he had three children. In 2007 the eldest child was living in the London area, the second at Swindon, and the third at Weymouth.

 

Tragedy struck the family in 1943 when Alice died at only 36 years of age.  Her gravestone in the churchyard of St Lawrence’s Church in Bourton reads; “Cherished Memories Alice Winifred Collett 1907 – 1943 Beloved wife of Ivor - Dear mother of John, Pat and Gill”.  (see Headstone Epitaphs)

 

 

 

Ivor later married (2) Edith Northing probably at the end of the Second World War and this coupling produced a further two children for Ivor.  The youngest daughter Pauline was living at Oxford in 2007.  It was at Oxford in the Radcliffe Hospital that Ivor John Collett died on 28th February 1961.  He was buried a few days later at St Lawrence’s Church Cemetery in Bourton on 3rd March 1961 but, at the time, without a memorial to mark the plot.  However, by the summer of 2008 this had been rectified with a new headstone for both Ivor and Edith.  It reads; “Treasured Memories Ivor John Collett 1910 – 1961 Beloved husband and father Edith Collett 1914 – 2005 Loving wife and mother of Peter and Pauline”.  (see Headstone Epitaphs)

 

 

 

33R25

John Collett

Born in 1930

 

33R26

Patricia Collett

Born in 1932

 

33R27

Gill Collett

Born in 1940

 

The following are the children of Ivor John Collett and his second wife Edith Northing:

 

33R28

Peter Collett

Born in 1946

 

33R29

Pauline Collett

Born in 1952

 

 

 

 

33Q29

Cyril Charles Collett was born at Bourton-on-the-Water during 1894, the only son of John Charles Collett and Kate Elizabeth Collett.  Within the census of 1901 he was incorrectly recorded as Cyril C Collet aged six years when he and his parents had settled in nearby Little Rissington.  However, the enlarged family was recorded at Rissington Road in Bourton in April 1911 by which time Cyril Charles Collett had a sister and had left school to be assisting his father on their farm at the age of 16.  It would appear that he never married, since the only member of his family mentioned during the probate of his Will was his cousin Walter John Collett (below).  His mother Kate died at Little Rissington in 1928, although her estate was not settled until 1940, six years after his father died there in 1934.  On both occasions Cyril Charles Collett was named as executor, when his occupation was that of a farmer.

 

 

 

The death of Cyril C Collett was recorded at the North Cotswold register office (Ref. 6a 706) during the first three months of 1946 when he was 51.  The probate process for his Will described him as Cyril Charles Collett of Hill View in Bourton-on-the-Water who died on 14th February 1946 at Meadow Side, Rissington Road in Bourton. This might indicate that he died while working at the farm at Meadow Side, while his place of residence was a property known as Hill View.  Probate of his personal estate of £5,935 5 Shillings 10d was granted jointly to his cousin Walter John Collett, a coal merchant, and Donald Leslie Driver, a bank clerk.  In the churchyard of St Lawrence’s Church in Bourton-on-the-Water there is a headstone that reads “In Loving Memory of Cyril Charles Collett passed away 14th February 1946”.  (see Headstone Epitaphs)

 

 

 

 

33Q30

Doris Irene Collett was born at Little Rissington during 1902 and was eight years old in the Little Rissington census of 1911 when she was living there with her parents John Charles Collett and Kate Elizabeth Collett, and her brother Cyril Charles Collett (above).  All that is currently known about her is that she married Frederick E Hayward during the third quarter of 1932, the event recorded at Stow-on-the-Wold register office (Ref. 6a 1088), and that she died in Gloucestershire on 4th February 1962, following which her Will was proved on 14th June 1962.

 

 

 

 

33Q31

Walter John Collett was born at Bourton-on-the-Water in 1897 and was three years old when she was living at Bourton with his family in 1901.  He was 13 and still attending school at the time of the next census in 1911 when he and his family were residing at Lansdowne in Bourton.  It was at Wootton Bassett in Wiltshire on 15th August 1931 that at the age of 34 he married 23 year-old Ena Katherine Goodall who was born on 28th August 1908.  The father of Walter John Collett was confirmed as Albert William Collett, while Ella’s father was named as Charles Goodall.

 

 

 

Walter was living at 1 The Avenue in Bourton-on-the-Water when he died on 18th April 1966.  He was 68 and his death was recorded at the North Cotswold register office (Ref. 7b 503) during the second quarter of the year, following which probate for his estate of £10,228 was granted to Lloyds Bank and to solicitor William Geoffrey Davies.  His widow survived him by eight years, when Ena Katherine Collett nee Goodall passed away at Bourton in 1974 at the age of 66, following which her death was also recorded at North Cotswold register office (Ref. 22 1886) during the third quarter of that year.

 

 

 

Twenty years before he passed away Walter John Collett, a coal merchant, was named as one of the joint executors of the Will of Cyril Charles Collett (above) his cousin.  The only other information currently to hand regarding Walter has been gathered from his gravestone at Bourton.  This indicates that he married Ena Katherine, that he was born in 1897 and died in 1966.  Ena Katherine died in 1974 and both of them were buried with Walter’s parents and his two spinster sisters Freda and Hilda (below) in the churchyard of St Lawrence’s Church at Bourton.  (see Headstone Epitaphs)

 

 

 

 

33Q32

Freda Mary Collett was born in Bourton-on-the-Water in 1899 and was two years of age and 12 years old in the next two Bourton census returns in 1901 and 1911.  She never married but lived a long life and died on 7th June 1979 aged 80.  Freda was buried with her parents and two siblings at St Lawrence’s Church in Bourton where a headstone, coupled with her brother’s flat gravestone, identify the location of the grave.  (see Headstone Epitaphs)

 

 

 

 

33Q33

Hilda Gertrude Collett was born at Bourton-on-the-Water in the latter part of 1901 and certainly after the first of April that year, meaning that she was 10 years old in the Bourton census of 1911.  She died on 6th July 1983 aged 82 and just like her older brother and her sister (both above), Hilda was buried in the churchyard of St Lawrence’s Church in Bourton.  Hilda also remained a spinster during her life like her sister.  (see Headstone Epitaphs)

 

 

 

 

33Q34

Iris Marjorie Collett was born at Bourton-on-the-Water on 17th July 1902, the youngest of the four known children of Albert William Collett and his wife Edith, her birth being recorded at Stow-on-the-Wold register office (Ref. 6a 424) during the third quarter of the year.  It was simply as Iris aged eight that she featured with her family in April 1911 when they were living in Lansdowne in Bourton.  Sixteen years after that Iris M Collett married Frederick H Wheeler, the event recorded at the register office (Ref. 6a 976) in Stow-on-the-Wold during the second quarter of 1927.  Iris Marjorie Wheeler nee Collett was living in Somerset when she died in 1990 at the age of 88, her death recorded at West Somerset register office (Ref. 23 1668) during the last quarter of the year.

 

 

 

 

33Q35

Bernard George Collett was born at Bourton-on-the-Water on 1st May 1897, the eldest of the three known sons of George F Collett and his wife Mary Jane Batsford, who was three years old in 1901.  It was under his full name that he was one of the two surviving sons still living at Bourton in 1911 when he was 13.  Having already suffered the loss of their youngest sibling, Bernard and his brother Howard (below) lived to a good age, although nothing is currently known about their lives after 1911, except that the death of Bernard George Collett was recorded at North Cotswold register office (Ref. 7b 1021) during the month of September in 1969 when he was 72 years of age.

 

 

 

 

33Q36

Howard John Collett was born at Bourton-on-the-Water on 25th August 1898, the second son of George and Mary Collett who was two years of age in 1901 and as Howard John Collett was 12 in the Bourton census on 1911.  Like his sole surviving brother Bernard (above), Howard John Collett enjoyed a long life when his death was also recorded at North Cotswold register office (Ref. 22 2091) during the month of December 1982 when he was 84.

 

 

 

 

33Q37

Roy Batsford Collett was born at Bourton-on-the-Water during September 1899, the third of three sons of George F Collett and his wife Mary Jane Batsford.  Sadly he survived for only three months when he died at Bourton on 17th December 1899.

 

 

 

 

33Q38

John Hall Collett was born at McPherson Township in Pratt County, Kansas in 1917, the only child of John Hall Collett from England and his wife Millie from Illinois.  He was three in the McPherson census of 1920 and was 13 ten years later when he was still living there with his parents.  By 1940 he had moved out, and the only possible record of him after that may have been the John H Collett who was residing at Mulvane in Kansas in 1987 when the only other Collett living there was Mary, who may have been his wife.

 

 

 

 

33R1

Stanley John Collett was born in 1920 and very likely at Chippenham where it is known his father was living prior to marrying and where Stanley’s parents were recorded as living during the Second World War.  At the outbreak of war in 1939 he joined the Royal Air Volunteer Reserve and eventually rose through the ranks to become Flight Sergeant Collett 1186962.  Sadly he was killed in action on 22nd August 1942 at the age of 22.  His parents were named as his next-of-kin and these were Ernest Reginald John and Emma Elizabeth Collett of Chippenham.  The name of Stanley John Collett is included on Panel 73 of the Runnymede Air Forces Memorial at Englefield Green in Egham.  The Runnymede Memorial commemorates the names of over 20,000 airmen who lost their lives in Europe during WWII who have no known grave.

 

 

 

 

33R2

Barbara Collett, whose place and date of birth is not known at this time.  She was the daughter of Arthur Edward Collett of Bourton-on-the-Water and Irene Strange of Oxford.  Barbara later married and became Barbara Mollyneaux.  It is thanks to new the information received from Barbara’s granddaughter, Jaye Mollyneaux, that this family line has been extended.  It is also hoped that further information about this branch of the family, and that of Jaye’s great grandfather Arthur Edward Collett, will be received in due course.

 

 

 

 

33R6

Cyril George Collett was born on 17th March 1907 and probably at Fairford, where he was living with his family in 1911 at the age of four.  His parents were William George Collett and Margaret Amelia Iles.  He later married Doris Cooper, very likely in the 1920s, following which their daughter was born.  He was 86 when he died in 1993, his passing recorded at the West Oxfordshire register office (Ref. 22 261) during the last three months of that year.

 

 

 

33S1

Phyllis Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

 

 

 

33R7

Harold Collett was born at Fairford during February or March 1911, to William and Margaret Collett.  He was one month old at the time of the Fairford census of 1911.

 

He later married Kate Jefford at the start of the 1930s and the marriage produce a son for Harold and Kate.

 

And the only other detail known about him is that Harold Collett died at Langford in 2000.

 

 

 

33S2

Mervyn Collett

Born circa 1933/34

 

 

 

 

33R8

William George Collett, whose date of birth is not known, was born a few years after 1911 when his parents William and Margaret were living at Fairford.

 

What is known is that he married Ethel Surman with whom he had a daughter and a son.

 

Ethel’s brother, Harry Surman, was a plumber and lived at Carterton in one of two bungalows near to St Joseph’s Hall.

 

 

 

33S3

Jean Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

33S4

Donald Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

 

 

 

33R15

Gordon Clifton Collett was born at Bourton-on-the-Water on 22nd August 1933, the eldest of the two children of Wilfred and Agnes Collett.  Gordon was twenty-nine when he married Pamela Eastham during the month of August in 1962.  Their marriage produced three children before Gordon passed away in 2009.

 

 

 

33S5

Marita Collett

Date of birth unknown; after 1963

 

33S6

Adrian Collett

Date of birth unknown; after 1963

 

33S7

Fiona Collett

Date of birth unknown; after 1963

 

 

 

 

33R16

Susan Maureen Collett was born in Oxford during 1940, the daughter of Wilfred Harry Collett and Agnes Botril.  She was 21 when she married (1) Peter Vaughan at Christchurch Cathedral in Oxford during 1961, with whom she had four children, two girls and two boys.  In 1968 Sue and her family moved north to Scotland and lived in Glasgow for three years before settling at Helensburgh in Argyll & Bute.  Following a divorced in 1991, Sue married (2) James Conyers Ashby during 2008 and continues to live in Helensburgh.  At the end of 2015 Sue’s daughter Felicity Vaughan provided new details for the family, and this was followed by the receipt of further information from Sue herself in January 2017.

 

 

 

 

33R17

Olive Beryl Collett was born at Bourton-on-the-Water on 9th June 1924, the first child of Victor Joseph Collett and his wife Phyllis Winifred Ravenhill.  She married Toric Zachariah, an Indian Royal Air Force Officer, at Calcutta on 3rd July 1949.  Toric was the son of Seema Cohen (1885-1968) and Shaikh Mohammed Joseph Zachariah (1881-1948) whose family possible originated in Persia.  Joseph Zachariah was a Muslim who converted to Judaism in order to marry Seema whose ancestors were persecuted Jews who left Spain for India during the Spanish Inquisition.

 

 

 

Olive and Toric’s family lived in India until around 1960 when they returned to Harrow in Middlesex, where Toric became an insurance advisor.  The married produced five children, four of which were born in India with the third child born in Gloucestershire, while four of the five was still alive in 2007.  The only that had passed away was Toric David Zachariah who was born on 27th June 1950 but died just over a month later on 2nd August 1950 and was buried in a Jewish Cemetery in Delhi.  Olive was believed to have written a book about her early life in the town of Bourton before she died in 2001, her husband having died eleven years earlier in 1990.

 

 

 

 

33R18

Donald Victor Collett, referred to as Don, was born at Bourton-on-the-Water on 27th April 1927, the son of Victor Joseph Collett and his wife Phyllis Winifred Ravenhill.  He married Patricia Lawrence of Morden in Surrey in 1953.  Following the death of his father in 1959, Don took over running the garage at Bourton established by his father and continued to operate the business under the name V J Collett Garage.  This he did until his death in 1983 and there is a memorial plaque at St Lawrence’s Church in Bourton to mark his passing.  It reads; “In Loving Memory of Donald Victor Collett 9th May 1983 aged 54”.  After the death of Don Collett the ownership of the garage was transferred to the founder’s youngest son Michael Collett (below).  The marriage between Don and Patricia produce three children and all are still alive in 2007 and living in Wales, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire.

 

 

 

33S8

Nicola Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

33S9

Sharon Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

33S10

Victor John Collett

Born on 03.06.1960

 

 

 

 

33R19

Brian John Collett was born at Bourton-on-the-Water in 1935 to Victor and Phyllis Collett, but tragically he died that same year.

 

 

 

 

33R20

Shirley Collett was born at Bourton-on-the-Water in 1937, the daughter of Victor and Phyllis Collett, and she was later married to become Shirley War.

 

 

 

 

33R21

Michael Collett was born at Bourton-on-the-Water in 1942, the last child born to Victor Joseph Collett and Phyllis Winifred Ravenhill.  Upon the death of his father in 1959 Michael’s older brother Don Collett (above) took over the running of V J Collett Garage of Bourton, and following his death in 1983 Michael took over management of the family business.

 

 

 

 

33R22

Derek Owen Joseph Hiscock, referred to as Joe, was born at Bourton-on-the-Water on 25th May 1929 where he was baptised on 18th August 1929.  His Godparents at the ceremony were his father Bert Owen Hiscock, his grandfather Joseph Collett, and Linda Hiscock the daughter of Bert Owen Hiscock from a previous marriage.  Derek was educated at Canford School of Boys in Wimborne and later enlisted with the Dorsetshire Regiment as Private 19193363.  He was awarded ‘Best Recruit’ in No 14 platoon and travelled extensively while in the army.

 

 

 

He married (1) Cecilly a hotel keeper in Brighton but they were divorced without issue.  He later married (2) a lady from County Cork in Ireland but again there were no children.  During his life Derek was an insurance advisor, a printer, a freemason, and was a computer wizard and collector of stamps and coins.  Derek and his second wife lived in Chertsey in Surrey where he suffered an unexpected heart attack while at home and was rushed to Chertsey District Hospital where he died.  Following his death Derek’s widow returned to Ireland to live at Cobh in County Cork.

 

 

 

 

33R24

VICTOR BERT HISCOCK was born on 8th February 1939 at Park View Nursing Home in Bourton-on-the-Water. 

 

He was an accomplished power boat racer and was awarded a gold medal for first place in an event at Bristol Docks.

 

He married Rita Irene Russell on 15th February 1958 and they had two children, a son and a daughter born at Tamworth in Staffordshire.

 

 

 

In 2007 Victor was a widower living at Heath Hayes in Cannock and was the retired former proprietor of the Heath Hayes Marines/HHM Black & Decker & Dewalth authorised service centre now operated jointly by his son and his daughter but under his watchful eye.  Sadly he died at home on 12th March 2010 at the age of 71.

 

 

 

33S11

ANTHONY HISCOCK

Born on 22.12.1961

 

33S12

? Hiscock (daughter)

Born in 1966

 

 

 

 

33S1

Phyllis Collett, whose date of birth is not known, is known to have married (1) David Cooper and later (2) Terry Cox.  The first marriage resulted in no children for Phyllis whereas her second marriage produced a son Martin Cox and a daughter Alison Cox.

 

 

 

 

33S2

Mervyn Collett was born around 1933 and 1934 and he later married Lorna Wotton with whom he had two daughters. 

 

In December 2007 Mervyn was aged 73 and was living at Langford.

 

And it was at Langford almost two years later that Mervyn Collett died on Sunday 4th October 2009 and was buried there on 9th October 2009 at the age of 76.

 

 

 

33T1

Nickola Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

33T2

Sarah Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

 

 

 

33S3

Jean Collett, whose date of birth is not known, is known to have married Kenneth Tinson with whom she had a son Paul Tinson.

 

 

 

 

33S4

Donald Collett, whose date of birth is not known, is known to have married Margaret Ann Oakey.  Margaret was the daughter of Baden Pryor Oakey and Martha Florence Eustace. 

 

The marriage produce two children for Donald and Margaret before Donald died at the Radcliffe Infirmary in Oxford in 1985.

 

Following the death of her husband, Margaret married (2) Leslie Albert Prew.

 

 

 

33T3

Jane Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

33T4

Andrew Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

 

 

 

33S5

Marita Collett was born August 1962, following the marriage that month of her parents Gordon Clifton Collett and Pamela Eastman, the first of their three children.  All that is currently known about Marita is that she married Robert Collins, with whom she had no children of her own.

 

 

 

 

33S6

Adrian Collett was the only son and second child of Gordon and Pamela Collett who were married in 1962.  Adrian later married Daniella, with whom he had two sons, and from whom he was subsequently divorced.

 

 

 

33T5

Giorgio Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

33T6

Tomaso Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

 

 

 

33S7

Fiona Collett, whose date of birth is not known; but was third child of Gordon Clifton Collett and Pamela Eastman who were married in the summer of 1962.  Fiona later married Paul Clanfield and over the following years Fiona presented Paul with two children, daughter Zoe Clanfield and son Max Clanfield.

 

 

 

 

33S8

Nicola Collett, whose date of birth is not known, later married to become Nicola Harrison.

 

 

 

 

33S9

Sharon Collett, whose date of birth is not known, married to become Sharon Roberts.

 

 

 

 

33S10

Victor John Collett was born on 3rd June 1960, the only son of Donald Victor Collett and his wife Patricia Lawrence.  Today Victor is married with three children, and it is his son Joseph who has kindly provided the information for the new version of this family in June 2012.

 

 

 

33T7

Jennifer Diana Collett

Born on 26.05.1986

 

33T8

Sarah Victoria Rosemary Collett

Born on 09.03.1990

 

33T9

Joseph Victor Henry Collett

Born on 07.01.1992

 

 

 

 

33S11

ANTHONY HISCOCK was born at Tamworth on 22nd December 1961.  He married Carole Sylvia Clemson on 3rd October 1992 at St Luke’s Church in Cannock.  Carole, who was born on 14th November 1961 at Stafford was the daughter of Cyril Clemson (born 14th February 1915 at Chasetown near Burntwood) and Lily White (born 26th July 1920 at Hednesford).  All three of their children were born at Stafford, with the two boys being interested in music and playing the guitar, while their daughter is a dancer and gymnast. 

 

 

 

Currently Anthony is a resting Formula 1 Power Boat Racer and holds the record for the youngest person to race at Bristol Docks.  He has also raced power boats around the world including Spain, Italy, Northern Ireland and South Africa where he became engaged to water-colourist Carole.  Anthony, who is a marine engineer and power tool technician, works in the family business alongside his sister.  See their website http://www.freewebs.com/hhmblackanddeckerdewaltservicecentre for more details, and for details of Carole’s art go to her website - </