PART THIRTY-FIVE

 

The Melksham to Wisconsin & Ontario Line – 1600 to 1850

 

This is the first of two sections of this family line

 

Updated November 2016

 

 

 

A big thank you must go to Rob Campbell of Lake Mills, Wisconsin in the USA, who has been researching the early settler families of Pierce County in Wisconsin.  During the project Rob discovered two, seemingly separate, Collett families from the same Wiltshire village of Broughton Gifford.  Prior to November 2014 those two branches of the family had been identified as two unrelated families, as set out in Part 35 and Part 62, the family of James Collett in the former and the family of Samuel Collett in the latter.

 

 

 

 

 

Samuel had sailed across the Atlantic in 1856 and was following by James in 1858.  However, a significant discovery in the autumn of 2014 revealed that they were related and that Samuel Collett (Ref. 35N34) and James Collett (Ref. 35N41) were first cousins, the grandsons of James Collett (Ref. 35L4) of Broughton Gifford.  Therefore, the previous line of Samuel Collett in Part 62 has been removed from that file and is now correctly installed here in Part 35.

 

 

 

 

 

In addition to this major change, another significant transfer of data has also taken place for the update in November 2014.  This involves the discovery that John Collett of Broughton Gifford, whose family details had previously been entered in Part 31 – The Third Wiltshire Line, was in fact the son of Stephen Collett (Ref. 35L13) and his wife Hannah Mortimer, and possibly the twin brother of Henry Collett (Ref. 35M45).  Therefore, the branch line from John Collett (Ref. 35M44 – previously Ref. 31M8) - has been removed from Part 31 and inserted here, which extends to Ontario, hence the title change and the need to divide, this now much larger file, into two sections.

 

 

 

 

 

The aforementioned Part 62 – The Trowbridge to New Zealand Line was first launched on the Collett Family History website in October 2012 using information previously included in Part 35 – The Melksham line and Part 44 – The Wiltshire to New Zealand Line.  Earlier information generously provided by Maureen Iliffe nee Collett (Ref. 64R23) in 2009 confirmed that Part 44 – The Wiltshire to New Zealand Line also commenced in Broughton Gifford and confirmed the vital link that connects Part 35 to Part 44.

 

 

 

 

 

A previous update of this file was thanks to information received from Gloria Davies which has helped to determine some of the earlier generations of this family, which previously had just been estimations.

 

 

 

 

 

The information used in the December 2008 update of this file was kindly provided by Barry Collett of the USA who was then carrying out a Collett DNA Study.  The line confirmed by DNA testing is denoted by the names that are underlined.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The village of Broughton Gifford lies approximately one mile west of Melksham and it was there that this family line commenced in the late 1500s, as set out in Part 44 – The New Malmesbury Line.  Broughton Gifford also features in Part 62 – The Trowbridge to New Zealand Line.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Luke Collett, who starts this line, was the younger brother of William Collett (Ref. 44H1) of Broughton Gifford, and the second known son of Daniel Collett (Ref. 44G1) of Broughton Gifford, who in turn was the son of Anthony Collett (Ref. 44F1) of Great Chalfield, a very small hamlet just one mile from Broughton Gifford.  All of these details can be found in Part 44 – The New Malmesbury Line.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

35H1

LUKE COLLETT (Ref. 44H2) may have been born around 1640 to 1645.  He was married to Grace around 1666, and all of their children were baptised at Broughton Gifford.

 

 

 

35I1

Thomas Collett

Baptised on 24.05.1668 at Broughton Gifford

 

35I2

Luke Collett

Baptised on 31.01.1669 at Broughton Gifford

 

35I3

William Collett

Baptised on 18.02.1671 at Broughton Gifford

 

35I4

JOSEPH COLLETT

Born circa 1673 at Broughton Gifford

 

35I5

John Collett

Baptised on 20.09.1674 at Broughton Gifford

 

35I6

Jane Collett

Baptised on 04.12.1681 at Broughton Gifford

 

35I7

Grace Collett

Baptised on 11.11.1683 at Broughton Gifford

 

 

 

 

35I3

William Collett was baptised at Broughton Gifford on 18th February 1671, the third of seven known children of Luke and Grace Collett.  It would appear that he was married around 1693 with his wife presenting him with a son during the following year.

 

 

 

35J1

John Collett

Born in 1694 at Broughton Gifford

 

 

 

 

35I4

JOSEPH COLLETT was baptised at Broughton Gifford on 20th September 1674 in a joint ceremony with his brother John.  The two boys may have been twin brothers, although there is a possibility that Joseph was born in 1672 or 1673, a year or two before his brother John.  Joseph later married Mary Wakeley at Broughton Gifford around 1695, with whom he had seven children, and all of them were baptised at Broughton Gifford.  The Wakeley surname appears many times in the records for Broughton Gifford and, on two occasions, it was again linked to the Collett family.  The first of them was the marriage of Martha Collett (Joseph’s granddaughter through his son Joseph) to John Wakeley in 1762 and later when the daughter of Joshua Mortimer and Ruth Wakeley married Benjamin Collett.  In addition to this, the Mortimer family also had many ties with the Collett family.

 

 

 

35J2

Martha Collett

Born circa 1695 at Broughton Gifford

 

35J3

Mary Collett

Born circa 1699 at Broughton Gifford

 

35J4

Jane Collett

Born circa 1701 at Broughton Gifford

 

35J5

JOHN COLLETT

Born circa 1705 at Broughton Gifford

 

35J6

Joseph Collett

Born circa 1714 at Broughton Gifford

 

35J7

Leah Collett

Born circa 1717 at Broughton Gifford

 

35J8

Daniel Collett

Born circa 1720 at Broughton Gifford

 

35J9

James Collett

Born circa 1722 at Broughton Gifford

 

 

 

 

35J1

John Collett was born at Broughton Gifford around 1694, his father confirmed as ‘Wm Collett’, with no mention of the mother’s name.  It was also at Broughton Gifford that he later married Ann Archer on 18th April 1720.

 

 

 

 

35J2

Martha Collett was born at Broughton Gifford around 1695, the eldest daughter of Joseph Collett and Mary Wakeley.  However, it was four years later that she was baptised there in a joint ceremony with her sister Mary (below) on 15th October 1699.  And it was also at Broughton Gifford that a Martha married Stephen (Steven) Dark on 25th December 1714, while another record there states that Martha Collett married John Young at Broughton Gifford on 4th March 1716, which seems the more likely regarding her birth.

 

 

 

 

35J3

Mary Collett was born at Broughton Gifford and was baptised there on 15th October 1699 in a double baptism with her older sister Martha (above).  She later married John Bull and the couple settled in Broughton Gifford where their son William was born and was baptised on 15th October 1732.  Almost twenty years later William Bull married Martha Mortimer at Broughton Gifford on 17th September 1752.  The couple were only married for twenty-six years, when Martha died and was buried in the churchyard of the parish church at Broughton Gifford on 16th July 1778.  It is very likely that the couple’s grandchild was Martha Bull who was born in 1779, who married George Mortimer in 1801.  However, following her death in 1804 George married Amelia (Millicent) Collett (Ref. 35L11).

 

 

 

 

35J4

Jane Collett was baptised at Broughton Gifford on 11th June 1701, the daughter of Joseph Collett and Mary Wakeley.  Twenty years later she married William Brossire at Broughton Gifford on 8th June 1721.

 

 

 

 

35J5

JOHN COLLETT was baptised at Broughton Gifford on 5th August 1705.  He later married (1) Millicent (Millie) Gearish at Broughton Gifford on 7th August 1729, with whom he had four children, and all of them baptised at Broughton Gifford.  Millie was born around 1707, and it would appear that she died around 1740, following which John married (2) Ann who may have been much younger than John, possibly by nearly fifteen years, judging by the baptism dates of their children.

 

 

 

One hundred and twenty-five years after John Collett married Millicent Gearish, Samuel Collett (Ref. 35N34) married Sarah Etta Gearish (Gerrish) at Broughton Gifford in 1855 prior to sailing to America the following year, while four years earlier in Broughton Gifford Samuel’s father Thomas Collett (Ref. 35M6) was living three dwellings from the family of James Gearish (Gerrish) and Mary Collett (Ref. 35M12) who were married in 1843.  Thomas and Mary were brother and sister.

 

 

 

35K1

Patience Collett

Baptised on 11.06.1730 at Broughton Gifford

 

35K2

Mary Collett

Baptised on 30.08.1733 at Broughton Gifford

 

35K3

Millicent Collett

Born circa 1736 at Broughton Gifford

 

35K4

John Collett

Born circa 1739 at Broughton Gifford

 

The following are the children of John Collett by his second wife Ann:

 

35K5

Mary Collett

Baptised on 11.09.1743 at Broughton Gifford

 

35K6

William Collett

Baptised on 19.04.1745 at Broughton Gifford

 

35K7

John Collett

Baptised on 04.04.1748 at Broughton Gifford

 

35K8

Sarah Collett

Baptised on 26.12.1750 at Broughton Gifford

 

35K9

HENRY COLLETT

Born circa 1746 at Broughton Gifford

 

 

 

 

35J6

Joseph Collett was possibly born at Broughton Gifford, where he was baptised on 24th October 1714.  He married (1) Anne Redman at Broughton Gifford during 1736 and together they had five daughters who were all baptised at Broughton Gifford.  Anne’s name was spelt without an e until the baptism of the fifth child, when both the child’s name and the mother’s name were recorded as ‘Anne’.  What happened next in the life of Joseph and Anne is not known precisely, but it is possible that Anne may have died after the birth of their fifth child, following which Joseph then married (2) Mary with whom he had a further two children, both of them being baptised at Broughton Gifford.  It is also conceivable that Ann and Mary was one and the same person, only from the fact that Joseph’s first child was named Mary and that Marianne (Mary Ann) was a name used by later generations of the family.

 

 

 

35K10

Mary Collett

Baptised on 14.07.1738 at Broughton Gifford

 

35K11

Martha Collett

Baptised on 24.02.1739 at Broughton Gifford

 

35K12

Betty Collett

Baptised on 17.04.1743 at Broughton Gifford

 

35K13

Sarah Collett

Baptised on 23.06.1745 at Broughton Gifford

 

35K14

Anne Collett

Baptised on 14.01.1749 at Broughton Gifford

 

The baptism records for the next two children gave the parents as Joseph and Mary:

 

35K15

Rebecca Collett

Baptised on 16.11.1751 at Broughton Gifford

 

35K16

Joseph Collett

Baptised on 20.10.1754 at Broughton Gifford

 

 

 

 

35J7

Leah Collett was baptised at Broughton Gifford on 8th September 1717, the daughter of Joseph and Mary Collett.

 

 

 

 

35J8

Daniel Collett was possibly born around 1720, the son of Joseph and Mary Collett.  He later married (1) Ruth Burbridge at Broughton Gifford during 1752 and their two known children were also baptised there.  It is also possible, although not proved, that Ruth died during or shortly after the birth of her second child.  That tragic event would then have enabled Daniel to marry (2) Ann with whom he had another daughter soon after.

 

 

 

35K17

Thomas Collett

Baptised on 25.12.1753 at Broughton Gifford

 

35K18

Ruth Collett

Baptised on 02.02.1756 at Broughton Gifford

 

35K19

Ann Collett

Baptised on 24.02.1758 at Broughton Gifford

 

 

 

 

35J9

James Collett was baptised at Broughton Gifford on 17th March 1722, the youngest child of Joseph Collett and Mary Wakeley.

 

 

 

 

35K2

Mary Collett was baptised at Broughton Gifford on 30th August 1733, the daughter of John and Millie Collett.  It was at Broughton Gifford where she married James Keen during 1763.

 

 

 

 

35K3

Millicent Collett was born at Broughton Gifford and it was there that she was baptised on 9th August 1736, the daughter of John Collett and Millicent Gearish.  And it was at Broughton Gifford that she married James Hill on 3rd February 1761.

 

 

 

 

35K4

John Collett born at Broughton Gifford where he was baptised on 16th May 1739, the only son of John Collett and his first wife Millicent Gearish.  When he was around 24 years of age he married Ann (Anna) Matthews at Broughton Gifford on 11th March 1763.  With their son James being born within three months of their wedding, Ann was obviously with-child on the day that they were married.  At the child’s baptism in Broughton Gifford on 22nd May 1763 his parents were stated as being John and Anna Collett, whereas their names were recorded as John and Ann for the baptism of their other two children.

 

 

 

35L1

James Collett

Born in 1763 at Broughton Gifford

 

35L2

Martha Collett

Baptised on 11.05.1766 at Broughton Gifford

 

35L3

Henry Collett

Baptised on 19.02.1769 at Broughton Gifford

 

 

 

 

35K6

William Collett was born at Broughton Gifford where he was baptised on 19th April 1745, the son of John and Ann Collett.  Tragically four days later the parish register at Broughton Gifford confirm that he died there on 23rd April 1745.

 

 

 

 

35K7

John Collett was born at Broughton Gifford and was baptised there on 4th April 1748, the son of John and Ann Collett. 

 

 

 

35L4

James Collett

Born circa 1785 at Broughton Gifford

 

 

 

 

35K8

Sarah Collett was baptised at Broughton Gifford on 26th December 1750, the youngest known daughter of John and Ann Collett, who died there on 13th January 1751.

 

 

 

 

35K9

HENRY COLLETT was born at Broughton Gifford around 1746.  Twenty years later he married Mary Hayward at Broughton Gifford on 20th June 1768, where all of their children were born and baptised, as confirmed for some of them by the Wiltshire IGI Records.  Curiously a Henry Collett and his wife Anne had a son James who was baptised at Broughton Gifford on 5th April 1777 who would sit comfortably in this family.  So for completeness James Collett has been inserted into the family, until such time as it can be verified or dismissed.

 

 

 

35L5

Ann Collett

Baptised on 25.12.1768 at Broughton Gifford

 

35L6

John Collett

Baptised on 20.10.1771 at Broughton Gifford

 

35L7

Harry Collett

Baptised on 31.01.1774 at Broughton Gifford

 

35L8

HENRY COLLETT

Born circa 1775 at Broughton Gifford

 

35L9

James Collett

Baptised on 05.04.1777 at Broughton Gifford

 

35L10

William Collett

Baptised on 28.09.1778 at Broughton Gifford

 

35L11

Amelia (Millicent) Collett

Baptised on 04.03.1781 at Broughton Gifford

 

35L12

Thomas Collett

Baptised on 30.05.1784 at Broughton Gifford

 

35L13

Stephen Collett

Baptised on 04.03.1787 at Broughton Gifford

 

35L14

Mary Collett

Baptised on 25.07.1789 at Broughton Gifford

 

 

 

 

35K11

Martha Collett was baptised at Broughton Gifford on 24th February 1739, the daughter of Joseph and Ann Collett.  It was also there where she married John Wakeley in 1762, her grandmother having been Mary Wakeley, so it seems likely that John was a member of the same family.

 

 

 

 

35K13

Sarah Collett was baptised at Broughton Gifford on 23rd June 1745, another daughter of Joseph and Ann Collett.  And it was at Broughton Gifford that she married Stephen Bevan on 24th April 1768.

 

 

 

 

35L1

James Collett was born at Broughton Gifford in 1763 and was baptised there on 22nd May 1763.  His parents John Collett and Anna Matthews had only been married eleven weeks prior to his baptism.  James Collett married Margaret Adams at Broughton Gifford on 21st October 1787 and, two years later, they were still living there when their three known sons and one daughter were born.

 

 

 

35M1

John Collett

Baptised on 01.11.1789 at Broughton Gifford

 

35M2

Daniel Collett

Baptised on 20.11.1794 at Broughton Gifford

 

35M3

James Collett

Baptised on 20.06.1799 at Broughton Gifford

 

35M4

Mary Collett

Baptised on 25.01.1808 at Broughton Gifford

 

 

 

 

35L3

Henry Collett was baptised at Broughton Gifford on 19th February 1769, the son of John and Ann Collett.  It was also at Broughton Gifford that Henry married Hannah Mortimer on 4th January 1801 and nine months later their only known child was born.  The IGI baptism record for the child noted the parents as Mary and Anna which, it is assumed, was a misinterpretation of Henry and Hannah.  Another Hannah Mortimer, the daughter of William Mortimer and Mary Redman, married Stephen Collett at Broughton Gifford in 1808, while Hannah’s brother George married Amelia Collett (below) at Broughton Gifford in 1804, Amelia and Stephen being cousins of Henry Collett.  The death of Hannah Collett, the likely wife of Henry Collett, was recorded at Bradford-on-Avon in 1842.

 

 

 

35M5

Thomas Collett

Baptised on 27.09.1801 at Broughton Gifford

 

 

 

 

35L4

James Collett was born at Broughton Gifford around 1785 and he later married Sarah Clack at Broughton on 25th May 1806, where all of their children were born and baptised.  James and Sarah of Broughton Gifford both featured in the first national census in June 1841, when they were both recorded with a rounded aged of 55.  Living with them at that time were five of their children, Elizabeth 25, Sarah, Mary and Henry - all with a rounded age of 20, and Jane with a rounded age of 15.  No record has so far been found in 1841 for their son James who would have been 22, so he may have died by then.  Also by that time their eldest surviving son Samuel was married with children of his own, and that may also have been the reason for the absence of their eldest daughter Ann.

 

 

 

With the discovery in the autumn of 2014 of James’ widow living with their son Thomas and his family at Broughton Gifford in 1851, and the baptism of that hitherto missing son Thomas in 1807, this family line has been dramatically revised.

 

 

 

35M6

Thomas Collett

Baptised on 01.11.1807 at Broughton Gifford

 

35M7

Samuel Collett

Baptised on 25.12.1808; likely infant death

 

35M8

Ann Collett

Baptised on 05.08.1810 at Broughton Gifford

 

35M9

Samuel Collett

Baptised on 15.11.1811 at Broughton Gifford

 

35M10

Elizabeth Clack Collett

Baptised on 21.11.1813 at Broughton Gifford

 

35M11

Sarah Collett

Born circa 1815 / 1816 at Broughton Gifford

 

35M12

Mary Collett

Baptised on 23.02.1817 at Broughton Gifford

 

35M13

James Collett

Baptised on 18.10.1818 at Broughton Gifford

 

35M14

Henry Clack Collett

Baptised on 02.07.1820 at Broughton Gifford

 

35M15

Jane Collett

Baptised on 20.01.1823 at Broughton Gifford

 

 

 

 

35L6

John Collett was born at Broughton Gifford where he was baptised on 20th October 1771, the eldest son and second child of Henry Collett and his wife Mary Hayward.  It was also at Broughton Gifford when he was twenty-one that he married Mary White on 20th November 1792 who gave birth to their first child within the next four months.  The baptism records for nearly all of the children have been found at Broughton Gifford, with two exceptions, when the parents were named as John and Mary.  Mary White was baptised at Yatton Keynell in Wiltshire on 14th February 1771.  Two of their children appear to have been born in 1795 and, unless they were twins, although it is possible that Mary, the couple’s second child was around one-year old when she was baptised.

 

 

 

35M16

William Collett

Baptised on 17.02.1793 at Broughton Gifford

 

35M17

Mary Collett

Baptised on 05.04.1795 at Broughton Gifford

 

35M18

Robert Collett

Born in January 1795 at Broughton Gifford

 

35M19

Henry Collett

Baptised on 29.04.1798 at Broughton Gifford

 

35M20

Elizabeth Collett

Baptised on 23.11.1800 at Broughton Gifford

 

35M21

Millicent Collett

Baptised on 11.09.1803 at Broughton Gifford

 

 

 

 

35L8

HENRY COLLETT was born at Broughton Gifford around 1775, and it was around the turn of the century that he married Maria.  Three of their children, listed below, were baptised at Broughton Gifford where the others may have also been born and baptised.

 

 

 

35M22

William Collett

Born in 1801 at Broughton Gifford

 

35M23

Daniel Collett

Born in 1805 at Broughton Gifford

 

35M24

Thomas Collett

Baptised on 18.10.1807 at Broughton Gifford

 

35M25

Maria Collett

Born in 1812 at Broughton Gifford

 

35M26

STEPHEN COLLETT

Born in 1817 at Broughton Gifford

 

 

 

 

35L9

James Collett was baptised at Broughton Gifford on 5th April 1777, where he was described as being the son of Henry and Anne Collett, rather than Henry and Mary Collett as in the case of all of the other children.  This therefore may indicate that he was not of this family, but has been included in the absence of any better information.

 

 

 

 

35L10

William Collett, who was baptised at Broughton Gifford on 28th September 1778, married Mary and they are known to have had at least two children who were baptised at Broughton Gifford.

 

 

 

35M27

James Collett

Baptised on 12.04.1807 at Broughton Gifford

 

35M28

Mary Ann Collett

Baptised on 14.01.1811 at Broughton Gifford

 

 

 

 

35L11

Amelia (Millicent) Collett was born at Broughton Gifford, where she was baptised in the parish church on 4th March 1781.  She was the daughter of Henry and Mary Collett of Broughton Gifford and, at the time of her marriage, she was referred to as Millicent Collett.  It was at the parish church in Broughton Gifford that, on 24th September 1804, she married widower George Mortimer of Broughton Gifford.  George was the youngest son of William Mortimer and Mary Redman and was baptised at Broughton Gifford on 9th October 1785.  George’s sister Hannah Mortimer married Amelia’s brother Stephen Collett (below).

 

 

 

Immediately prior to his marriage to Amelia, George had married Martha Bull on 18th January 1801 who died just three years later and was buried at Broughton Gifford on 10th January 1804.  It was just over eight months later that same year when he married Amelia.  George died sometime between 1841 and 1850, and was followed by Amelia who was buried at the Baptist Chapel in Broughton Gifford on 23rd November 1850.

 

 

 

Amelia’s and George’s eldest son Henry (Harry) Mortimer, who was baptised at Broughton Gifford on 30th June 1805, later married (1) Eliza Gay at Broughton Gifford on 7th April 1828.  Just as had happened to his father George Mortimer, Harry’s first wife also died shortly after they were married, and less than a year later, on 15th January 1829, he married (2) Anne Mortimer who was born at Kington Langley in 1809.  It seems highly likely that Anne was his cousin.  Harry Mortimer was 47 when he died in 1852, following which he was buried in the graveyard at the Baptist Chapel in Broughton Gifford on 27th March 1852, just sixteen months after his mother Amelia had been buried there.

 

 

 

35M29

Henry (Harry) Mortimer

Bapt on 30.06.1805 at Broughton Gifford

 

35M30

Joseph Mortimer

Born in 1807 at Broughton Gifford

 

35M31

Sarah Mortimer

Born in 1809 at Broughton Gifford

 

35M32

Hannah E Mortimer – see 35M9

Born in 1813 at Broughton Gifford

 

35M33

George Mortimer

Born in 1815 at Broughton Gifford

 

35M34

Joseph Mortimer

Born in 1817 at Broughton Gifford

 

35M35

Elizabeth Mortimer

Born in 1818 at Broughton Gifford

 

 

 

 

35L12

Thomas Collett was baptised at Broughton Gifford on 30th May 1784, the son of Henry Collett and his wife Mary Hayward.  He married (1) Maria Spencer at Melksham on 26th August 1805 and once married they lived in Broughton Gifford, where their sons were born and baptised.  Maria was born at Biddestone, near Chippenham, on 3th August 1784, where she was also baptised on 19th December 1784, the daughter of Anthony and Elizabeth Spencer.  It is also believed that there were several more children born into the family prior to the death of his wife Maria.  Thomas Collett then married (2) Jane Marks of Melksham - where their son Job was born - before they emigrated to America in 1826 with Thomas’ sons Jacob, John, Thomas, and baby Job.  It was in the village of Winsley, near Bradford-on-Avon, that Thomas married Maria on 16th September 1823, his second wife born on 30th November 1801, the daughter of Moses and Martha Marks, who was baptised at St Edmund’s Church in Salisbury on 30th December 1801.  Sometime after the couple had settled in America it would appear that Thomas’ son John returned to England and was once again living in Wiltshire in 1851 and 1861.

 

 

 

The family entered America through New York, following which they resided at Hamden in Connecticut and Lowell in Massachusetts, before finally settling in Bangor, Maine in 1845 where they founded a file cutting business to serve the lumber trade.  In 1846 both Thomas senior and Thomas junior were both living on Pine Street in Bangor, both working as file cutters.  Following the death of his second wife Jane at home in Bangor on 23rd April 1862 at the age of 68, Thomas was visiting relatives at St. Louis in Missouri when he died, after which he was buried there.  However, his wife Jane and other members of his family were buried at Mount Hope Cemetery in Bangor, where six Collett memorial headstones are set aside in a family group.

 

 

 

35M36

Stephen Collett

Baptised on 30.08.1807 at Broughton Gifford

 

35M37

William Collett

Baptised on 12.02.1809 at Broughton Gifford

 

35M38

Thomas Collett

Baptised on 02.06.1811 at Broughton Gifford

 

35M39

Jacob Collett

Born circa 1813 at Broughton Gifford

 

35M40

John Collett

Born circa 1815 at Broughton Gifford

 

The following is the son of Thomas Collett by his second wife Jane Marks:

 

35M41

Job Collett

Born in 1825 at Melksham

 

 

 

 

35L13

Stephen Collett was possibly born in 1786, but was baptised on 4th March 1787 at Broughton Gifford.  He married Hannah Mortimer on 21st May 1808 at Broughton Gifford, where their children were born and baptised.  Hannah Mortimer was the sister of George Mortimer who married Stephen’s sister Amelia (above) in 1804.  They were still living at Broughton Gifford at the time of the marriage of their daughter Mary, when Stephen Collett was recorded as being a shoemaker, a trade that was later taken up by his sons Henry and Simeon.  The death of Hannah Collett, the likely wife of Stephen Collett, was recorded at Bradford-on-Avon in 1853.

 

 

 

35M42

Sarah Collett

Baptised on 25.12.1809 at Broughton Gifford

 

35M43

Anne Collett

Baptised on 21.05.1812 at Broughton Gifford

 

35M44

John Collett

Born in 1816 at Broughton Gifford

 

35M45

Henry Collett

Born in 1817 at Broughton Gifford

 

35M46

Mary Collett

Born in 1819 at Broughton Gifford

 

35M47

Simeon Collett

Born in 1823 at Broughton Gifford

 

 

 

 

35M1

John Collett was born at Broughton Gifford in 1789 and was baptised there on 1st November 1789, the son of James Collett and Margaret Adams.  Around the time he was 22, John married Sarah Elmes at Broughton Gifford on 29th July 1811.  Sarah was the daughter of William and Jane Elmes and was baptised at North Wraxall on 8th February 1789, whereas previously it had been stated here that she had been baptised at Broughton Gifford on 9th May 1790.  It was also at Broughton Gifford where they settled after they were married and where all of their nine known children were born and baptised.  In the first national census held in the UK in June 1841, John was recorded with a rounded age of 50, as was his wife Sarah.  Living with them at that time Church Brook in the village were four of their children, and they were Samuel who was 25, William who was 20, Sarah who was 11 and Eliza who was nine years old.

 

 

 

Ten years later the Broughton Gifford census of 1851 revealed that agricultural labourer John Collett was 62 and his wife Sarah from Broughton Gifford was 60.  Living at the same dwelling was the widowed daughter of John and Sarah, Elizabeth Ashman from Broughton Gifford who was 32, who had with her, her son James Ashman aged seven years and from Marylebone in London, described as the couple’s grandson.  Next door was an unoccupied property, while adjacent to that was the home of John’s brother’s family, wool weaver Sarah Collett aged 58, the widow of Daniel Collett (below), with her son James Collett who was 17 and another agricultural labourer.

 

 

 

35N1

Anne Collett

Baptised on 13.10.1811 at Broughton Gifford

 

35N2

Thomas Collett

Baptised on 25.09.1814 at Broughton Gifford

 

35N3

Samuel Collett

Baptised on 22.09.1816 at Broughton Gifford

 

35N4

Elizabeth Collett

Baptised on 18.10.1818 at Broughton Gifford

 

35N5

William Collett

Baptised on 01.04.1821 at Broughton Gifford

 

35N6

Anne Collett

Baptised on 01.06.1823 at Broughton Gifford

 

35N7

Mary Collett

Baptised on 05.03.1826 at Broughton Gifford

 

35N8

Sarah Collett

Baptised on 14.11.1830 at Broughton Gifford

 

35N9

Eliza Collett

Baptised on 18.11.1832 at Broughton Gifford

 

 

 

 

35M2

Daniel Collett was baptised at Broughton Gifford on 20th November 1794, the son of James Collett and Margaret Adams.  He was just over 21 years of age when he married Sarah Gowin at Broughton Gifford on 24th December 1815.  The parish register confirmed the event as follows.  “Daniel Collett, aged 21 years of this parish, and Sarah Gowin, aged 23 years of this parish, were married in this church by banns this twenty-fourth day of December in the year One Thousand eight hundred and fifteen by me James Gisborne, curate.  This marriage was solemnised between us Daniel Collett (who signed his name) and Sarah Gowin (who made her mark) in the presence of Thomas Gowin and James Bugg.”

 

 

 

In 1841 Daniel and Sarah were both 45 when they and their family were recorded in the census for Broughton Gifford.  Their children on that day were listed as George who was 20, Mary who was 15, Daniel who was 10, and James who was seven years old.  The absence of earlier son James and his sister Sarah have both been confirmed by the record of their deaths, fifteen years and five years earlier respectively.  As regards the couple’s two eldest daughters, Ann had married Thomas Collett (Ref. 62M28) during the previous year when she was 21, so it is possible that the slightly older Maria was also married by that time or perhaps she too had suffered the same fate as her two younger siblings.  Just over five years later Daniel Collett died at Broughton Gifford on 23rd August 1846, his death recorded at Bradford-on-Avon (Ref. 8 164) during the third quarter of the year.

 

 

 

The Broughton Gifford census in 1851 listed just Sarah Collett, a widow of 58 who was a wool weaver, who had living with her James Collett aged 17, her youngest child.  Both of them were born at Broughton Gifford and, while the adjacent dwelling was unoccupied, the next property contained the family of John Collett (above) her late husband’s brother and his wife Sarah.  Living with the couple was their widowed daughter, Elizabeth Wheeler aged 32 and from Broughton Gifford who had with her, her son John Wheeler who was seven years of age and from St Marylebone in London.

 

 

 

35N10

Maria Collett

Baptised on 22.09.1816 at Broughton Gifford

 

35N11

Ann Collett

Baptised on 18.10.1818 at Broughton Gifford

 

35N12

George Collett

Baptised on 18.02.1821 at Broughton Gifford

 

35N13

Mary Collett

Baptised on 09.05.1824 at Broughton Gifford

 

35N14

James Collett

Baptised on 30.04.1826; died 28.10.1826

 

35N15

Sarah Collett

Baptised on 25.12.1827; died 18.09.1836

 

35N16

Daniel Collett

Baptised on 13.03.1831 at Broughton Gifford

 

35N17

James Collett

Baptised on 30.03.1834 at Broughton Gifford

 

 

 

 

35M3

James Collett was baptised at Broughton Gifford on 20th June 1799, the son of James Collett and Margaret Adams.  James was still living at Broughton Gifford when he married Martha Tarrant on 2nd June 1821.  According to the census of 1841 James had a rounded age of 40, while his wife Martha was 44.  Their children were Mary and Ann, both 15, George who was 12, Elizabeth who was 10, Margaret who was nine, (Mary) Jane who was six, and Martha who was two years old.  Also recorded at Broughton Gifford was the death of Martha Collett on 11th November 1860, just three months after her youngest daughter Martha was married there.

 

 

 

35N18

Mary Collett

Baptised on 06.07.1823 at Broughton Gifford

 

35N19

Anne Collett

Baptised on 21.08.1825 at Broughton Gifford

 

35N20

George Tarrant Collett

Baptised on 11.11.1827 at Broughton Gifford

 

35N21

Elizabeth Collett

Baptised on 06.06.1830 at Broughton Gifford

 

35N22

Margaret Collett

Baptised on 30.09.1832 at Broughton Gifford

 

35N23

Jane Collett

Baptised on 18.10.1835 at Broughton Gifford

 

35N24

Martha Collett

Baptised on 25.07.1839 at Broughton Gifford

 

 

 

 

35M5

Thomas Collett was baptised at Broughton Gifford on 27th September 1801, the son of Henry and Hannah, although the IGI listed the parents as Mary and Ann.  It is possible that he was married twice, but this has not been fully confirmed.  On the first occasion, a Thomas Collett married (1) Ann Taylor at Melksham on 26th May 1823.  Ann was the daughter of William and Ann Taylor who had been born at Melksham in 1801 but was not baptised at Melksham until 1822.  She may have died after presenting Thomas with three children, and may even have died during the birth of the third child. 

 

 

 

Thomas Collett was then recorded as marrying (2) Ann at Melksham around 1830, with whom he had a further five children.  All of the children from both marriages were born at Whitley near Melksham, and baptised at St Michael & All Angels Church in Melksham.  According to the first national census in June 1841, Thomas and his family were still residing in Whitley.  Thomas, age 40, was a butcher, Ann was 35, and their children were listed as Stephen 15, Jane 15, Maria 12, James 10, William who was seven, Henry who was five, Sarah who was two, and Frederick who was just two months old.

 

 

 

Ten years later in 1851, when Thomas Collett was 50, his occupation was still that of a butcher while he was living at the family home in Whitley.  With him was his wife Ann, who was 48 and from Melksham, James Collett, age 20, William Collett, age 17, Sarah Collett, who was 12, and Frederick Collett who was 10 years old and still attending the local school.  By that time the couple’s eldest son Stephen was married with children of his own, and that was very likely the same reason for the absence of their missing daughter Jane, while their son Henry had died during the 1840s. 

 

 

 

Although no census record for the family has been located in 1861 and 1871 it is established that Thomas Collett died during the month of June in 1872, while his wife Ann died less than two years later on 10th January 1874.

 

 

 

35N25

Stephen Collett

Born in 1824 at Whitley, nr Melksham

 

35N26

Jane Collett

Born in 1826 at Whitley, nr Melksham

 

35N27

Maria Collett

Born in 1829 at Whitley, nr Melksham

 

The following were the children of Thomas Collett and his second wife Ann:

 

35N28

James Collett

Born in 1831 at Whitley, nr Melksham

 

35N29

William Collett

Born in 1834 at Whitley, nr Melksham

 

35N30

Henry Collett

Born in 1835 at Whitley, nr Melksham

 

35N31

Sarah Collett

Born in 1838 at Whitley, nr Melksham

 

35N32

Frederick Collett

Born in 1841 at Whitley, nr Melksham

 

 

 

 

35M6

Thomas Collett was born at Broughton Gifford in 1807 and was baptised there on 1st November 1807, when he was confirmed as the son of James Collett and Sarah Clack.  Unfortunately, all of the following details have previously been listed under another, slightly younger, Thomas Collett (Ref. 62M28) who was the son of John and Sarah Collett of Broughton Gifford, baptised there on 25th September 1814.  By the time of the census in 1841 Thomas Collett had been married for nearly eleven years, since it was on 14th October 1830 at Broughton Gifford that he had married Joan Elizabeth Button when he was nearly twenty-three years of age.  The individual baptism records for all of their children, listed below, described them as the children of Thomas and Elizabeth Collett, while in that first census in 1841 his wife was curiously recorded as Ann Collett.  However, she was correctly named as Betty (Elizabeth) in 1851.

 

 

 

The couple’s eldest son Samuel was baptised at Broughton Gifford on the same day as Jane Collett (Ref. 35N79), the daughter of James Collett and his wife Sarah.  Thomas and James were second cousins, having the same great-grandfather.

 

 

 

The Broughton Gifford census of 1841 listed the family as Thomas and Ann Collett, both with a rounded age of 30, while their children were confirmed as Samuel who was eight, Ann who was six, Elizabeth who was four and James who was one-year old.  Sadly, by then, the family had suffered the loss of their eldest daughter and their fifth child, the first of the couple’s two son named James.  Two more children were added to the family over the next two years, with Thomas’ wife expecting the birth of the first of them on the day of the census, son Henry being born just a few weeks later.

 

 

 

The family was still living in Broughton Gifford in 1851 when they were living at Sliber (?) Lane off Church Street.  Thomas Collett, age 43, was an agricultural labourer, and his wife Betty Collett, age 42, was a washing woman.  The children living with them on that occasion were Betsy Collett, age 14, James Collett, age 11, Henry Collett who was nine and Simeon Collett who was seven years old.  Every member of the family was confirmed as having been born at Broughton Gifford, while staying with Thomas and his family was his widowed mother Sarah Collett who was 68 and a pauper, together with his unmarried sister Mary Collett, who was described as a general servant at the age of 32.  Thomas’ other two children were also living nearby in the village, and they were Samuel Collett who was 18 and Ann Collett who was 16. 

 

 

 

Next door to the Collett’s dwelling were two unoccupied properties, but adjacent to them was the home of James Gerrish (Gearish), age 33, and his wife Mary, who was 28 and the youngest sister of Thomas Collett (below).  Living there with them their three children Sarah, who was eight, Elizabeth, who was five, and Mary Anne who was four months old.  It was another Sarah Gerrish, the daughter of Samuel Gerrish and his wife Hannah Bull, who married Thomas’ son Samuel Collett (Ref. 35N34) at Broughton Gifford in 1855 before they sailed to America in 1856.

 

 

 

After that time every member of the family was missing from the next census in 1861.  However, by 1871 three of them were once again listed as residing in Broughton Gifford and they were Thomas Collett who was 60, as was his wife Elizabeth, while the only child living there with them was their son James who was still a bachelor at the age of 32.  Thomas Collett died in 1880 and was buried at Broughton Gifford on 9th October 1880 at the age of 73.  While no record of any other member of his family has been found in Great Britain after 1871, it is possible that during the 1870s some of them travelled to America where the couple’s eldest son Samuel has positively been identified within the US Census of 1880.

 

 

 

35N33

Caroline Collett

Born in 1830 at Broughton Gifford

 

35N34

Samuel Collett

Born in 1832 at Broughton Gifford

 

35N35

Anna Maria Collett

Born in 1834 at Broughton Gifford

 

35N36

Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1836 at Broughton Gifford

 

35N37

James Collett

Born in 1838 at Broughton Gifford

 

35N38

James Collett

Born in 1840 at Broughton Gifford

 

35N39

Henry Collett

Born in 1841 at Broughton Gifford

 

35N40

Simeon Collett

Born in 1843 at Broughton Gifford

 

 

 

 

35M9

Samuel Collett was born at Broughton Gifford in 1811.  He was the son of James and Sarah Collett, and was baptised at Broughton Gifford on 15th November 1811.  He later married (1) Hannah E Mortimer (Ref. 35M32) on 6th June 1837.  Hannah was Samuel’s cousin ‘one-step removed’ and was baptised at Broughton Gifford on 24th July 1813.  She was the daughter of George Mortimer and Amelia (Millicent) Collett (Ref. 35L11), who was a cousin of Samuel’s father.

 

 

 

This was yet another of the many links between the Collett and Mortimer families.  Others were (a) Ann Mortimer who married James Gay, who were the parents of Jacob Gay who later married Mary Collett (Ref. 35M46), the daughter of Stephen Collett and Hannah Mortimer, and (b) Ruth Mortimer the daughter of Joshua Mortimer and Ruth Wakeley, who married Benjamin H Collett (Ref. 35O9) the son of Stephen and Catherine Collett. 

 

 

 

By June 1841 the family living at Broughton Gifford comprised Samuel, with a rounded age of 30, his wife Hannah who was 25, and their two children, James aged two years, and baby Sarah who was not yet one-year old. 

 

 

 

All of Samuel’s and Hannah’s children were born and baptised at Broughton Gifford and, according to the next census in 1851, Samuel was an agricultural labourer at 39 and was living in the main street in Broughton Gifford with his wife Hannah, age 37, and the rest of his family.  The children listed with them on that occasion were children James 13, Sarah 11, and George who was two years old.  Missing from the family home in Broughton Gifford, which was only two doors from the home of Samuel’s ‘one step removed’ cousin Simeon Collett (Ref. 35M47), was their son Edwin who was five.  He was staying elsewhere but within the same registration area at that time, perhaps to ease the burden on Samuel’s wife Hannah, who may have been troubled by illness at that time in her life.

 

 

 

Tragedy struck the family in late 1853, when Hannah died and was buried at the Baptist Chapel in Broughton Gifford on 1st December 1853.  Sometime during the following years Samuel married (2) Fanny who was 14 years younger than him, and to whom he was married by the time of the census in 1861.  The couple moved to nearby Bradford-on-Avon and within the next few years Fanny presented Samuel with three further children.  By 1871 the family had left Bradford and, on that occasion, they were living at Bedminster near Bristol, where Samuel was 59, Fanny was 45, and the only children still living with them were Ann who was 10, Eliza who was eight, and Samuel who was three.

 

 

 

Ten years later in 1881, Samuel was a gardener aged 69 and was recorded as living at 154 East Street in Bedminster with his wife Fanny, age 55, who was the proprietor of a grocer’s shop employing one assistant.  The census details confirmed that Samuel was born at Broughton Gifford and that that his wife Fanny had been born at Corston near Malmesbury.  Living with them was their 18 years old daughter Eliza Collett who was born at Bradford-on-Avon, and it was she that was the aforementioned grocer’s shop assistant to her mother.

 

 

 

No further record of the family has been found after 1881, so it is likely that both Samuel and Fanny died during the 1880s. 

 

 

 

35N41

James Collett

Born circa 1837 at Broughton Gifford

 

35N42

Sarah Collett

Born circa 1840 at Broughton Gifford

 

35N43

Edwin Collett

Born circa 1843 at Broughton Gifford

 

35N44

George Collett

Born circa 1848 at Broughton Gifford

 

The following are the three children of Samuel Collett by his second wife Fanny:

 

35N45

Ann Collett

Born circa 1861 at Bradford-on-Avon

 

35N46

Eliza Collett

Born circa 1863 at Bradford-on-Avon

 

35N47

Samuel Collett

Born circa 1867 at Bradford-on-Avon

 

 

 

 

35M10

Elizabeth Clack Collett was baptised at Broughton Gifford on 21st November 1813.  By June 1841 she was still a spinster and was living with her parents.  For the census she was recorded with a rounded age of 25.

 

 

 

 

35M11

Sarah Collett was very likely born at Broughton Gifford, although the exact date is not known.  It may have been in 1815 or 1816, or she might even have been a twin with her sister Mary (below).  What is known is that she was baptised with her sister Mary in a joint ceremony on 23rd February 1817.  She was also listed with a rounded age of 20 in the 1841 Census, when she was still living with her parents James and Sarah Collett.

 

 

 

 

35M12

Mary Collett was baptised at Broughton Gifford on 23rd February 1817 in a joint ceremony with her sister Sarah (above).  It seems likely that she was born there in 1816 or in early 1817.  At the time of the 1841 Census she was given a rounded age of 20, the same as her sister Sarah, which may indicate that they were twins.  It was less than two years later that Mary Collett married James Gearish at Broughton Gifford on 4th February 1843.  By the time of the census in 1851 the young couple were living in Church Street in Broughton Gifford.  James and Mary were living three doors from Mary’s older brother Thomas Collett (above) and his family.  James Gerrish was 33 and an Agricultural labourer, his wife Mary Gerrish was 28 and their children were Sarah Gerrish who was eight, Elizabeth Gerrish who was five and Mary Anne Gerrish who was four months old, all members of the household born at Broughton Gifford.

 

 

 

 

35M14

Henry Clack Collett was born at Broughton Gifford, where he was baptised on 2nd July 1820.  His age was confirmed as being 20 in the census of 1841, when he was still living at the family home in Broughton Gifford.  Just over four years later Henry married Maria Gore at Broughton Gifford on 30th October 1845, where Maria had also been born during 1822.  It was at Broughton Gifford that the couple initially settled, where their first child was born, before moving to Combe Down, just south-east of Bath, where the second of their four known children was born.  By 1851 the family of four was still residing at Combe Down where Henry Collett was 31, Maria Collett was 30 and their two children were Elizabeth Collett who was five and Thomas Collett who was one-year old.

 

 

 

Some time thereafter Henry took his family to Monkton Combe, close by Combe Down, where the couple’s last two children were born.  In was also at Monkton Combe that Henry and Maria appear to have lived out their lives.  The census in 1861 confirmed the birth there of their third child when Henry was 41, Maria was 39, Elizabeth was 15, Thomas was 10 and Jane was four years of age.  Two years later the final child was added to the family while, perhaps towards the end of the next decade, the two older children left the family home.  So, according to the Monkton Combe census of 1871, Henry was 50, Maria was 47, their daughter Jane was 14, and their son James was seven. 

 

 

 

Ten years after that Henry Collett was 61 and a shepherd living there with just his wife Maria and his son James.  Living with the family in 1881, as a boarder and described as a domestic servant, was James Allan who was 18 and from Glasgow.  Son James was still a bachelor living with his parents in 1891 when Henry Collett 70 and his wife Maria was 67.

 

 

 

35N48

Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1846 at Broughton Gifford

 

35N49

Thomas Collett

Born in 1850 at Combe Down near Bath

 

35N50

Jane Collett

Born in 1856 at Monkton Combe nr Bath

 

35N51

James Collett

Born in 1863 at Monkton Combe nr Bath

 

 

 

 

35M15

Jane Collett was baptised at Broughton Gifford on 20th January 1823 and was given a rounded age of 15 in the 1841 Census, when she was living there with her family.

 

 

 

 

35M16

William Collett was baptised at Broughton Gifford on 17th February 1793, the eldest child of John Collett and his wife Mary White who was only married there on 20th November the previous year.  It was also at Broughton Gifford that William Collett married Jane Webb.  What is slightly curious was that Jane was recorded using her maiden name at the baptism of their first child, perhaps indicating that the couple were not yet married at that time.

 

 

 

35N52

Tabitha Collett

Born circa 1816 at Broughton Gifford

 

35N53

Elizabeth Collett

Born circa 1821 at Broughton Gifford

 

35N54

William Collett

Born circa 1828 at Broughton Gifford

 

 

 

 

35M19

Henry Collett was born at Broughton Gifford, where he was baptised on 29th April 1798, the son of John and Mary Collett.  Henry married Mary Morris on 3rd May 1825 at Melksham, where they settled and where all of their children were born.  By the time of the census in June 1841, the family living at Town Tything in Melksham comprised Henry, age 40, who was listed as Harry, his wife Mary who was also 40, and their seven children.  They were Henry and Sarah who were both 14, Eliza age 12, Elizabeth who was nine, Ann who was six, Everest who was four and John who was two years old.

 

 

 

Henry Collett from Broughton Gifford was described as being 51 and a widower and a shoemaker in the Melksham census of 1851.  Living with him on that day was his daughter Sarah who was 24 and acting as his housekeeper, his son Henry who was also recorded as being 24, together with four more of his children.  They were Eliza who was 22, Ann who was 16, Everest who was 14 and John Collett who was 11 years old.  It is unclear at this time exactly when Henry Collett passed away, although at the time of the marriage in London of his youngest daughter Everest in 1868 he was referred to as Henry Collett deceased.

 

 

 

35N55

Henry Collett

Born in 1826 at Melksham

 

35N56

Sarah Collett

Baptised on 17.06.1827 at Melksham

 

35N57

Eliza Collett

Baptised on 05.04.1829 at Melksham

 

35N58

Elizabeth (Betsy) Collett

Baptised on 11.12.1831 at Melksham

 

35N59

Ann Collett

Baptised on 31.05.1835 at Melksham

 

35N60

Everest Collett

Born in 1837 at Melksham

 

35N61

John Collett

Born in 1839 at Melksham

 

 

 

 

35M20

Elizabeth Collett was born at Broughton Gifford in 1800 and was baptised there on 23rd November 1800, the daughter of John Collett and Mary White.  When Elizabeth was 24 years old she married Francis Miles of Weston near Bath, the marriage taking place in the village of Weston on 12th October 1824.  Francis had been born at Priston in Somerset during 1799.  The marriage produced four children for Elizabeth and Francis, and they were Mary Miles who was born in 1825, John Miles born in 1827, Francis Miles born in 1830, and Thomas Miles who was born in 1836.  By the time of the first national census in June 1841, the family was still living within the Bath registration district and comprised Francis who was 40 (rounded age), Elizabeth who was 35 (rounded age), and their four children, Mary 15, John 13, Francis 10, and Thomas who was four years old.

 

 

 

Ten years later the family was recorded living in the Bath & Lansdown area, which included the village of Weston.  The census of 1851 listed the family as Francis 52, Elizabeth 49, and their two sons Francis who was 22 and Thomas who was 14.  By 1861 Elizabeth was a widow aged 59 who was living within the Bath & Walcot area with her unmarried son Francis Miles, who was 30 years old.  It was eight years later that Elizabeth Miles nee Collett died at Bath in 1869.

 

 

 

Her son Thomas Miles, born at Bath during November 1836, later married Emma Viner Russell who was born during 1839 at Walcot in Bath, and they had a daughter Emily Clara Miles who was also born there on 29th October 1866.  Emily later married William Albert Smith who was born on 6th September 1865 at Limpley Stoke, Bradford-on-Avon, whose parents were Henry Charles Smith and Sylvia Wicks.  Sylvia was the sister of Sarah Deborah Wicks who married Charles Collett (Ref. 64O17), Sarah being the great grandmother of Maureen Iliffe Collett (Ref. 64R15), who kindly provided this information.

 

 

 

 

35M22

William Collett was born at Broughton Gifford and was baptised there on 27th October 1801, the son of Henry and Maria Collett.  He later married Jane Walters at Biddestone near Chippenham on 5th December 1825.  It seems likely that once they were married the couple moved south to the Melksham area near Broughton Gifford.  It was while they were living within that area that their first child was baptised at Melksham on 24th February 1828, the child’s parents being confirmed as William and Jane Collett.

 

 

 

Around the same time that William’s daughter was born, another Elizabeth Collett was baptised at Christian Malford to the north-east of Chippenham.  That Elizabeth Collett was born at Christian Malford on 3rd February 1827, and was baptised there one year later on 11th March 1828, the daughter of William Collett and his wife Mary.  That Elizabeth Collett never married and she was still living in Christian Malford when she died on 13th June 1866.  William and Mary also had a second daughter Anne Collett who was baptised at Christian Malford on 8th February 1829.  Their details have been included here for completeness.

 

 

 

New information has revealed that there is a headstone at the Church of St Nicholas in Biddestone which bears the name of William Collett and his wife Jane Gardner.  The date of his death is 15th September 1844 when he was 44.  The same headstone also carries the name of his wife Jane Gardner who died on 26th November 1858 aged 50 years.  This raises the question, was Jane Gardner William’s second wife.  It may also be interesting that William Collett (Ref. 62M2), who was baptised at Biddestone, and his wife Mary Benjamin had Joseph Gardner and his wife Hannah lodging with them in 1861.

 

 

 

35N62

Elizabeth Collett

Baptised on 24.02.1828 at Melksham

 

 

 

 

35M23

Daniel Collett was probably born during the first decade of the 1800s, the son of Henry and Maria Collett of Broughton Gifford, where he was very likely also born, as were his other siblings.  In the Broughton Gifford census of 1841 Daniel had a rounded age of 30 and by that time he was married to Sarah who also had a rounded age of 30.  It was ten years or so earlier that he had married Sarah, since the three children with them in 1841 were Ann Collett who was eight, Stephen Collett who was three and Mary Collett who was still under one-year old.  The five years between their eldest child and the second one was possibly filled by a further child who may have been the victim of an infant death.  No record of any member of the family has been found after 1841.

 

 

 

35N63

Ann Collett

Born in 1832 at Broughton Gifford

 

35N64

Stephen Collett

Born in 1837 at Broughton Gifford

 

35N65

Mary Collett

Born in 1840 at Broughton Gifford

 

 

 

 

35M25

Maria Collett who was born at Melksham around 1812 later married to become Maria Daniels.  In 1881 she was a widow aged 69, living with her brother Stephen Collett (below) at Broughton Road in Melksham, when her place of birth was given as Melksham.

 

 

 

 

35M26

STEPHEN COLLETT was born at Melksham around 1817.  By 1841 he was living at Woodrow Tything in Melksham.  St that time in his life he was a woollen weaver, while twenty years after that he was living at Broughton Road in Melksham, where he was an agricultural labourer.  He was married to (1) Grace Brinsdon who was five years older than Stephen and with whom he had ten children, and all of them born and baptised at Melksham.  The Melksham census in June 1841 confirmed that Stephen was married to Grace and that by then their marriage had produced the first of their children.  The census return that year recorded both Stephen and Grace with a rounded age of 20, while their son George was still under one-year old.

 

 

 

In 1851 the family comprised Stephen 31, Grace 34, George 10, Hannah who nine, Jemima who was seven, Emma who was six, John who was three, and baby William who was not one-year old on the thirtieth of March that year.  By the time of the Melksham census of 1861 only eight of the ten children were still living with Stephen who was 41 and Grace who was 46.  They were George, age 20, Emma, age 15, John, age 13, William, age 11, Ellen, who was nine, Thomas, who was six, Maria, who was five, and Frederick who was three years.

 

 

 

Sometime during the next decade Grace died, but by the time of the Melksham census of 1871 Stephen had remarried and was still living there with his three youngest children Thomas 17, Maria 16, and Frederick 13.  Also living nearby in Melksham at that time was Stephen’s son William 22 and his new wife Sarah A Collett who was 21.  It would appear that Stephen had married (2) Susan H Hayward who was born at Plymouth in 1832, prior to the census in 1871, but on that particular day she seems to have been staying with her parents in Plymouth, perhaps because she was pregnant with Emily, the first of the three children she had with him.  The Plymouth Charles district census in 1871 placed Susan Collett living there at the age of 38.

 

 

 

Ten years later, according to the 1881 Census, Stephen Collett was a gardener at 64, and was born at Melksham.  Living with him at that time were his two of his three youngest children.  They were Emily who was nine, and Sidney who was six, both of them having been born at Melksham.  Stephen’s wife Susan H Collett, who was 48 and from Plymouth, was described in the 1881 Census as a gardener’s wife and a visitor at the Plymouth home of James Taylor and his family.  Accompanying Susan on her trip to Devon was her youngest son Frank S Collett who was three and born at Melksham.

 

 

 

During his wife’s absence in April 1881, Stephen’s married sister Maria Daniels nee Collett (above) was living with him and his two children at Broughton Road in Melksham, presumably taking over the role of housekeeper.  It was also in Broughton Road that Stephen’s two cousins, the brothers Henry and Simeon Collett, were living at that time.  Also by 1881 five of Stephen’s older children had left England and had sailed to North America, where they had settled in Michigan and Connecticut.

 

 

 

Stephen and Susan were reunited for the census of 1891.  Stephen was 71 and Susan was 58, and living with the couple at Melksham was their youngest child Frank Collett who was 13.  No record of their daughter Emily or their son Sidney has been found in 1891.  By March 1901 Stephen and Susan were recorded as living at Melksham Within, where gardener Stephen was 81 and his wife from Plymouth was 69.

 

 

 

35N66

George Collett

Born circa 1840 at Melksham

 

35N67

Hannah Collett

Baptised on 27.03.1842 at Melksham

 

35N68

Jemima Collett

Baptised on 31.12.1843 at Melksham

 

35N69

Emma Collett

Baptised on 26.10.1845 at Melksham

 

35N70

John Collett

Born circa 1848 at Melksham

 

35N71

WILLIAM COLLETT

Born circa 1849 at Melksham

 

35N72

Ellen Collett

Baptised on 25.01.1852 at Melksham

 

35N73

Thomas Collett

Born circa 1854 at Melksham

 

35N74

Maria Collett

Baptised on 25.11.1855 at Melksham

 

35N75

Frederick Collett

Born circa 1858 at Melksham

 

The children from Stephen’s second marriage and living with him in 1881 were:

 

35N76

Emily Collett

Born circa 1871 at Melksham

 

35N77

Sidney Collett

Born circa 1875 at Melksham

 

35N78

Frank S Collett

Born circa 1877 at Melksham

 

 

 

 

35M27

James Collett was baptised at Broughton Gifford on 12th April 1807, the son of William and Mary Collett.  It seems likely that James married Sarah, and in late 1832 or very early in 1833 Sarah presented James with a daughter Jane who was baptised at Broughton Gifford.  Coincidentally, on that same day, 20th January in 1833, Samuel Collett (Ref. 62N25) was baptised at Broughton Gifford, and he was the son of Thomas Collett and his wife Elizabeth.

 

 

 

35N79

Jane Collett

Baptised on 20.01.1833 at Broughton Gifford

 

 

 

 

35M28

Mary Ann Collett was baptised at Broughton Gifford on 14th January 1811, the daughter of William and Mary Collett.

 

 

 

 

35M36

Stephen Collett was born around 1805 at Broughton Gifford, where he was baptised on 30th August 1807, the son of Thomas and Maria Collett.  It seems possible that before he was twenty he married Mary who was around five or six years older than Stephen.  It would also appear that the marriage produced just three children for the couple, before Stephen died just after 1841.

 

 

 

By the time of the first national census the family had left the Melksham area, where their son was born, and had moved to the Chepstow & Monmouth registration district.  Stephen’s rounded age was 35, while Mary’s was 40, and living with them were their two daughters Sarah 14 and Caroline who was nine years old.  Ten years later in 1851 Mary was a widow aged 52, when she was living within the area of Usk & Pontypool with her daughters, Sarah who was 23 and Caroline who was 20.

 

 

 

35N80

Sarah Collett

Born in 1827 at Melksham

 

35N81

Caroline Collett

Born in 1830 at Melksham

 

 

 

 

35M37

William Collett was born at Broughton Gifford when he was baptised on 12th February 1809, the son of Thomas and Maria Collett.  It was on 8th October 1840 that William married Elizabeth Gunstone at Melksham and during the next eleven months their first child was born.  Elizabeth was baptised at Melksham on 23rd July 1812, the daughter of John Gunstone and Sarah Gale.  William would have been approaching thirty-two when he married Elizabeth, so it is possible that William may have first married Catherine when he was around twenty-one since a certain Mary Collett, the daughter of William and Catherine Collett, was baptised at Broughton Gifford on 29th April 1832, who could have been named after his mother.

 

 

 

35N82

Sarah Collett

Born in 1841 at Melksham

 

 

 

 

35M40

John Collett was born at Broughton Gifford around 1815, the youngest son of Thomas and Maria Collett.  John Collett from Broughton Gifford, together with his wife Jane, was still living there in 1851 and 1861.  In the earlier census the childless couple was recorded as John Collett who was 36 and Jane Collett who was 43, while ten years later they were John who was 46 and Jane aged 53.

 

 

 

 

35M41

Job Collett was born at Melksham on 26th May 1825 and was the son of Thomas Collett by his second wife Jane Marks.  Job was four years old when his father took the family to live in America during 1829.  In America the family lived initially at Hamden in Connecticut, then at Lowell in Massachusetts, and finally at Bangor in Maine, where Job eventually lived and worked as a file cutter.  For many years the first column on the front page of the Bangor Daily Whig and Courier promoted the successful file cutting business of Job Collett of Exchange Street in Bangor with the following words.  Now is the time to sharpen up and get ready for business. I have on hand 1000 files and am finishing off 150 dozen per week which I am selling at the lowest prices and will warrant them equal to any imported.  Call and see them.  Old files re-cut as usual”.  In 1851 Job was first listed in the Bangor City Directory as being employed at Woodbury & Collett File Factory and Hardware Store at 35 Exchange Street in Bangor, but it was during the following year that his established his very own lucrative file cutting company.

 

 

 

Job was twice married, the first time to (1) Julia born in England on 1st April 1828 who sadly died when she was only 25 years of age on 16th September 1853, following which she was buried at Mount Hope Cemetery in Bangor where a tombstone marks her grave.  That first marriage produced one child for Job and Julia who was Jennie M Collett (1850-1872).  Job then married (2) Elizabeth A Sawyer from Old Town, Maine, and their marriage produced a son who was born during January 1856 but who died in March that same year.  Three more children were added to their family and tragically the second of those also died when she was only two months old in 1866.  A joint memorial for Willie and Lille at Mount Hope Cemetery in Bangor has a sheep resting on the top and is situated in an area of the cemetery set aside for the Collett family. Job Collett died on 26th July 1894 and was also buried in Mount Hope Cemetery, where his wife was later laid to rest following the death of Elizabeth A Collett nee Sawyer on 4th November 1906, her birth recorded as 17th May 1834.

 

 

 

Other elaborate memorial stones within the Collett area of Mount Hope Cemetery at Bangor include those of Jane Collett nee Marks, the wife of Thomas Collett and mother of Job, Julia M Collett the first wife of Job Collett, Jennie M. Collett the only child Job and Julia M Collett.  Beside the grand memorial for Job Collett is one for Charles T Collett who was born on 26th December 1857 who died on 16th November 1913, his third child.

 

The photograph on the right shows in the background, the large memorial to Job Collett which is built fine-grained gray granite and stands at the head of a family plot containing six graves, while in the foreground is the smaller memorial stone for his first wife Julia M Collett.  To the left of the latter are the other four gravestones.

 

 

 

Following the death of Job Collett the Bangor Daily Whig published an article which read: “The late Mr Job Collett was a pioneer in this city in advertising by a cut of himself.  Many of The Whig readers will remember the ad and the position it occupied for years at the head of the first column on the first page with the injunction - “Files! Files! Now is the time to sharpen up,” while below was a cut of M Collett sitting at a file block in the act of cutting a file.  He used this ad for years and became well known all over the State thereby”.  Sadly, seventeen years after the death of Job Collett, nearly everything he had created over fifty years of hard work and dedication was destroyed during the Great Fire of Bangor in 1911.

 

 

 

35N83

Jennie M Collett

Born on 26.07.1850 at Bangor; died 22.02.1872

 

The following are the five children of Job Collett by his second wife Elizabeth A Sawyer:

 

35N84

Willie Thomas Collett

Born in 1856 at Bangor, Maine; died 30.03.1856

 

35N85

Charles T Collett

Born in 1857 at Bangor, Maine

 

35N86

Carrie Collett

Born in 1864 at Bangor, Maine

 

35N87

Lillie Collett

Born in 1866 at Bangor, Maine; died 19.07.1866

 

35N88

Henry Eugene Collett

Born in 1872 at Bangor, Maine

 

 

 

 

35M44

John Collett was born at Broughton Gifford around 1816, where he was later baptised on 23rd February 1817 in a joint ceremony with his brother Henry (below), the sons of Stephen Collett and Hannah Mortimer.  There is also the chance that the two boys were in fact twins since, later in their lives, the widow of John Collett was living next door to John’s widowed brother Henry in the village of Atworth, where John’s two children were born.  Sometime before during the 1840s John married school mistress Sarah Halstead Whitby from Harwich in Essex and by the time of the census in 1851 John and Sarah were living at Rose Cottage in Atworth Chapelry, near Melksham, where their two known children were born during the next decade.

 

 

 

The Atworth census return for 1851 included John Collett aged 31 who was born at Broughton Gifford, who was described as a master shoemaker employing two men and two boys.  His wife Sarah Collett was 27 and from Harwich.  Recorded with the couple on that occasion was widow Sarah Whitby, who was 60 and also from Harwich in Essex, who was very likely Sarah’s mother.  In addition to those three adults there were also two young females staying at the Collett household, and they were sisters Emily Lewis who was 14 and Laura Lewis who was 12 who were both born at Atworth and who may have been pupils of school mistress Sarah Collett.

 

 

 

Sarah presented John with two children over the following six years, as confirmed by the census in 1861 when the family of four was still living at Rose Cottage in Atworth.  John Collett was 42, his wife Sarah was 37, their daughter Sarah M Collett was eight years old and their son John S Collett was three years old.  Still living with the family was Sarah Whitby from Harwich who was 71 by then.  It was just less than nine years later that the death of John Collett of Atworth and Broughton Gifford was recorded at Bradford-on-Avon (Ref. 5a 96) during the first three months of 1870 when his age was said to be 55.

 

 

 

The census return for the Bradford-on-Avon South-Eastern district listed the widow, and head of the household, Sarah Halstead Collett as being 48 years of age and from Harwich, whose occupation was a school mistress.  She and her two children were still living at Rose Cottage on the main street in Atworth, where her daughter Sarah Mary Collett was 18 and her son John Stanier Collett was 13 and an errand boy.  Living in the dwelling next to Rose Cottage was Henry Collett (Ref. 35M45), a widower from Broughton Gifford, with his two children Sarah Ann and Thomas who were both born in Birmingham.  And in the next but one dwelling was 71-year old widower John Collett (Ref. 44L8) from South Wraxall with his son Thomas from Atworth.

 

 

 

But it is Henry Collett from Broughton Gifford who is the key to unlocking the mystery of John Collett, the late husband of Sarah Halstead Collett.  John and Henry were both baptised at Broughton Gifford on 23rd February 1817 and were the two eldest sons of Stephen Collett and Hannah Mortimer, who may even have been twin brothers.

 

 

 

By the time of the census in 1881 Sarah H Collett, age 59 and from Harwich in Essex, was a widow living at Main Street in Bradford-on-Avon with her unmarried son John S Collett, age 23, who was a carpenter who had been born at Atworth.  Her absent, unmarried daughter, Sarah Mary Collett was 27 and had already left the family home and was living and working at Shaw Hill House on the Bath Road in Melksham. Curiously the move to Bradford and also happened for the aforementioned near neighbour John Collett who was also living on Main Street that same year when he was 81 years old and still had his eldest son Thomas Collett (Ref. 44M8) from Atworth still living with him.

 

 

 

35N89

Sarah Mary Collett

Born in 1853 at Atworth

 

35N90

John Stanier Collett

Born in 1857 at Atworth

 

 

 

 

35M45

Henry Collett was born at Broughton Gifford and may have been the twin brother of John Collett (above) with whom he was baptised on 23rd February 1817.  It was around 1840 that Henry married (1) Jane and in 1851 and 1861 the couple was living in the Aston district of Birmingham with their children.  By 1851, when Henry Collett from Broughton Gifford was 35 and his wife Jane was also 35, their marriage had produced three children, Edwin who was eight and from Wiltshire, Albert who was seven, and Francis who was three.  Two further children were added to the family in Aston, so by 1861 the family living at Deritend comprised Henry age 44, Jane age 44, Edwin age 18, Albert age 17, Francis age 15, Amy A Collett who was eight and Sarah A Collett who was two years old.  Another son, Thomas, was added to the family during the following year.

 

 

 

Henry’s wife died during the 1860s, following which he returned to Wiltshire where he initially settled in the village of Atworth where he occupied the dwelling next door to his brother John and his wife Sarah from Harwich in Essex.  Tragically John died in the first quarter of 1870, so by 1871 the census that year confirmed that his widow Sarah Halstead Collett, age 48 and a school mistress was the next door neighbour of widowed Henry Collett from Broughton Gifford who was 50 and a boot and shoe maker.  On that occasion Henry had living there with him his daughter Sarah Ann Collett who was 12 and his son Thomas Collett who was nine, both born in Birmingham and both of the attending the village school where Sarah Halstead Collett was very likely their teacher.

 

 

 

Sometime during the following decade Henry Collett married (2) Elizabeth who was born at Holt in Wiltshire in 1829.  By the time of the census in 1881 Henry, aged 64, was a bootmaker from Broughton Gifford, who was living with his wife Elizabeth, age 52, at Broughton Road in Melksham.  Living just three doors away in Broughton Road was his cousin Stephen Collett, and also living further along in the same street was his bootmaker brother Simeon (below).  By 1891 Elizabeth had died, leaving Henry at 74, still living in Melksham, although he must have died not long after that as there is no record of him in the next census of 1901.

 

 

 

35N91

Edwin Collett

Born in 1842 at Biddestone

 

35N92

Albert Collett

Born in 1843 at Aston, Birmingham

 

35N93

Francis Collett

Born in 1846 at Aston, Birmingham

 

35N94

Amy (Annie) Collett

Born in 1852 at Aston, Birmingham

 

35N95

Sarah A Collett

Born in 1858 at Aston, Birmingham

 

35N96

Thomas Collett

Born in 1862 at Aston, Birmingham

 

 

 

 

35M46

Mary Collett was born at Broughton Gifford in 1819.  At the age of twenty years, Mary married Jacob Gay at Broughton Gifford on 25th December 1839.  Jacob was born at Brought Gifford in 1819 and was the son of weaver James Gay and Hannah Borns.  It may be of interest that there had been earlier marriages at Broughton Gifford between the Collett and Gay families.  They were Ann Collett to Timothy Gay on 12th April 1701 and Edith Collett to William Gay on 12th May 1714.

 

 

 

By the time of the first national census in June 1841 Mary and Jacob, whose rounded ages were both 20 years, were living at Broughton Gifford with their first child James Gay, who had been born there, but who was not yet one-year old.  Ten years later Mary was confirmed as being 30, while her husband Jacob was 31, when they and their five children were still living at Broughton Gifford, where all of their children at that time had been born.  The children were James who was 10, Ann who was eight, John who was six, John who was four, and Mary who was one-year old.

 

 

 

A further three children were added to the family over the next decade, so by 1861, the family comprised Mary, age 41, Jacob who was 42, and their children James 21, Ann 18, John 16, John 14, Mary 11, Isaac who was eight, Frank who was six and George who was three.  At that time, the family was listed as living in Trowbridge, where the most recent children had been born.

 

 

 

A year or two after the 1861 Census, Mary died, probably during the birth of the couple’s tenth child.  A little while later, in 1865, Jacob married Emma Randall, with whom he had a further five children.  The marriage certificate confirmed he was a widower and the son of weaver James Gay, and a witness to the marriage was Jacob’s brother Isaac Gay, who was born in 1826.

 

 

 

Sixteen years later, according to the 1881 Census, Jacob, age 61, was working as a woollen weaver.  He was living at 2 Silver Street Lane in Trowbridge with his wife Emma who was 45 and was a woollen weaver from Bradley in Wiltshire.  Living with the couple were their five children Jane 14, William 12, Enos who was eight, Obadiah who was five, and Dinah who was two, all of the children having been born at Trowbridge.  Also still living with his father was Charles Gay, age 19, the only remaining child from Jacob’s first marriage.

 

 

 

The full name of Mary’s and Jacob’s son Frank, who was six years old in 1861, was Frank Stephen Collett Gay.  When in his mid-twenties he married Ada Searl from Portsmouth and both of them were woollen weavers in 1881, when they were living at 78 Dursley Road in Trowbridge, with no children.

 

 

 

Also living at Trowbridge in 1881 was Ephraim Gay and his wife Ruth Ricketts, who was possibly related to Jacob Gay.  However, this was not Ephraim Gay of Broughton Gifford who was living there in 1881 when he was incorrectly listed as Ephraim Jay.  It was the son of Ephraim Gay of Broughton Gifford, George Edward Gay, who married Lilly May Bunker in 1909.  Lilly May was the great great grand-daughter of Elizabeth Collett (Ref. 1L2) of Kempsford. 

 

 

 

See Part One – The Main Line 1700 to 1800 for further details of this family link

 

 

 

 

35M47

Simeon Collett was born at Broughton Gifford around 1823.  He later married Sophia Stinchcomb who was also born there in 1827.  Sophia was baptised on 25th November 1827, the daughter of Nathaniel and Ruth Stinchcomb, her surname being given to Simeon’s second son.  Sophia would appear to have been under twenty years of age when the couple were married around 1845.  All of their children were born at Broughton Gifford and baptised there, although so far, no record as been found for their first born child.  The births of their second and third child were registered at Bradford-on-Avon (Ref. 8 274) during the first quarter of 1847 under the name of Frank Stinchcomb Collett and Albert Collett (Ref. 8 265) during the third quarter of 1849.  Tragically neither of them survived with first, the death of Albert Collett on 5th April 1850, followed by the death of Frank Stinchcomb Collett which was recorded at Bradford-on-Avon (Ref. 8 204) during the last quarter of 1851.

 

 

 

According to the census of 1851 the family was living in the main street in Broughton Gifford, two dwellings away from Simeon’s ‘one-step removed’ cousin Samuel Collett and his family.  Simeon, age 27, was a cordwainer, his wife Sophia was 23, and the only child listed with them on that occasion was their son James who was four years old, when all three of them were confirmed as having been born at Broughton Gifford.  Where their son Frank was that day is not known, even though his death was recorded towards the end of that same year.  Samuel’s wife Sophia would have been with-child on the day of the census since shortly after she gave birth to their fourth child who was baptised four months later.  Sadly, that child also died before reaching her fourth birthday, when the death of Ruth Hannah Collett was recorded on 27th February 1855 and less than one month later the baby of the family Alicia Collett died and was buried at Broughton Gifford on 15th March 1855 at the age of one year.

 

 

 

By 1861 Simeon was 37 and was still a cordwainer living with his family in the main street in Broughton Gifford.  Sophia was 33 and the only child listed as living with the couple at that time was their daughter Matilda who was five years old.  It therefore seems highly likely that all of their other children died as a result of some common illness.  Once again Sophia was with-child on the day of the census and three months later she gave birth to another daughter.

 

 

 

Ten years later, according to the 1871 Census for Broughton Gifford, Simeon was 46 and his wife Sophia was 45.  Living with them were their two sole surviving children, they being their daughters Matilda, who was 15, and ‘Amelia’, who was nine years old.  Simeon was a shoemaker (a cordwainer) like his brother Henry Collett (above) and, again like his brother and his cousin Stephen (above), he was living at Broughton Road in Melksham by the time of the census in 1881.  Living with him was his wife Sophia who was 53, together with their youngest daughter Abijah Collett who was 19, and also born at Broughton Gifford.

 

 

 

What was interesting about Simeon was that, according to the IGI, he was the subject of an adult baptism at Broughton Gifford on 21st August 1870.  The record also confirmed that he was the son of Stephen Collett and his wife Hannah Collett (nee Mortimer).  It is possible that he had been persuaded to take this action in order to safeguard the lives of his two surviving daughters.  By 1891 Simeon Collett was 69, when he was living within the Trowbridge & Melksham registration district with his wife Sophia Collett who was 63.  Still living with the couple was their unmarried daughter Abijah A Collett who was 29.  Over three years later, when the death of Simeon Collett was recorded at Melksham (Ref. 5a 64) during the last three months of 1894, he was estimated to be 70 years of age.

 

 

 

35N97

James Collett

Born in 1846 at Broughton Gifford

 

35N98

Frank Stinchcomb Collett

Baptised on 28.03.1847 at Broughton Gifford

 

35N99

Albert Collett

Baptised on 23.09.1849 at Broughton Gifford

 

35N100

Ruth Hannah Collett

Baptised on 13.07.1851 at Broughton Gifford

 

35N101

Alicia Collett

Baptised on 10.07.1853 at Broughton Gifford

 

35N102

Maria Collett

Baptised on 10.07.1853 at Broughton Gifford

 

35N103

Matilda Collett

Baptised on 10.02.1856 at Broughton Gifford

 

35N104

Abijah Alice Collett

Baptised on 08.06.1861 at Broughton Gifford

 

 

 

 

35N1

Anne Collett was born at Broughton Gifford and was baptised there on 13th October 1811, the first children of John Collett and Sarah Elmes.  Tragically it was exactly one week later when her death was recorded at Broughton Gifford on 20th October 1811.

 

 

 

 

35N2

Thomas Collett was born at Broughton Gifford where he was baptised on 25th September 1814, the eldest son of John and Sarah Collett.  He was twenty-five when married his cousin Ann Collett at Broughton Gifford on 4th April 1840.  Ann (Ref. 35N11 -below) was twenty-one and the daughter of Daniel and Sarah Collett of Broughton Gifford who was baptised there on 18th October 1818.  Next year, according to the census of 1841, the recently married couple was still living in Broughton Gifford where Thomas Collett was 26 and his wife was recorded as being only 20 years of age, perhaps an enumerator’s error.  During the following years Thomas and Ann moved to London when in 1851 the childless couple was living at 18 West Street in the St George Hanover Square area, where Thomas was incorrectly recorded as 31 – a mistake perhaps for 37 – when he was a police constable, Ann was 32, and visiting them was Thomas’ sister Mary Collett (below) who was 25.  All three of them had been born at Broughton Gifford.  So far no record of Thomas and Ann has been unearthed after 1851.

 

 

 

It is possible, although not confirmed, that Thomas may have later returned to Broughton Gifford, where a Thomas Collett aged 53 was buried on 2nd July 1868.

 

 

 

 

35N3

Samuel Collett was born at Broughton Gifford on 9th June 1816 and was baptised there three months later on 22nd September 1816.  He was the son of John and Sarah Collett and he was still a bachelor in June 1841 when he was recorded as having a rounded age of 25.  He was still in Broughton Gifford when he married Hannah Tailor on 4th July 1842, but shortly after the couple left Wiltshire and moved to Monmouthshire in South Wales.  No records have so far been found to suggest that they might have had any children.

 

 

 

In the census of 1861 Hannah was 46 and by 1871 the couple were living within the Newport & Caerleon registration district where Samuel Collett was 55, while his wife Hannah was 57.  Ten years later in April 1881, Samuel and Hannah were living at 17 Liswerry Common in Christchurch near Newport.  Samuel was still working as a general labourer at the age of 65, when he gave his place of birth as Norrington, which is the hamlet adjacent to Broughton Gifford.  His wife was 67 and from Melksham.  Although not a direct link, this is yet another connection between the Collett families of Wiltshire and the Collett families of Christchurch near Newport, whose details are provided in Part 53 – The South Wales Branch Line.

 

 

 

 

35N4

Elizabeth Collett was born at Broughton Gifford in 1818 where she was baptised on 18th October 1818, the daughter of John and Sarah Collett.  By the time of the census in 1841 Elizabeth had left the family home in Broughton Gifford and was possibly living in London where, eighteen months later she married James Ashman on 19th September 1842 at St James’ Church in Paddington.  James Ashman was a bachelor and a gardener residing at Conduit Street in Paddington, the son of George Ashman, a weaver.  His bride was described as Elizabeth Collett a spinster of Maida Vale whose father was John Collett, a farmer, while the witnesses were William Hogg and Elizabeth Mills.  The marriage of Elizabeth and James produced just one child before James died during the 1840s.  Being a widow with a young son, Elizabeth returned to Broughton Gifford, where she was living with her parents on the day of the census in 1851.  Elizabeth Ashman from Broughton Gifford was 32 and her son James Ashman was seven years and had been born at Marylebone in London.

 

 

 

 

35N5

William Collett was baptised at Broughton Gifford on 1st April 1821 and was listed as being 20 years old in the census of 1841 when he was still living there with his family.

 

 

 

 

35N7

Mary Collett was baptised at Broughton Gifford on 5th March 1826, the daughter of John and Sarah Collett.  When her brother Thomas (above) was married in 1840 he and his wife moved to London sometime after 1841.  Upon leaving school around that same time Mary travelled to London, where she stayed at her brother’s home while she was working elsewhere as a servant.  It was in the census of 1851 that Mary Collett, age 25 and from Broughton Gifford, was described as a visitor at 18 West Street in the St Georges Hanover Square who was employed as a servant.  The other occupants of the house were her brother Thomas Collett and his wife Ann, both from Broughton Gifford

 

 

 

 

35N8

Sarah Collett was born at Broughton Gifford during 1829, where she was baptised on 14th November 1830, the daughter of John and Sarah Collett.  She was 11 years old in the 1841 Census when she was still living with her parents at Church Brook in Broughton Gifford with just three of her siblings. 

 

 

 

 

35N9

Eliza Collett was baptised at Broughton Gifford on 18th November 1832 and was nine years old at the time of the 1841 Census when she was recorded as living there with her family.  She was the last child born to John Collett and his wife Sarah Elmes.

 

 

 

 

35N10

Maria Collett was born at Broughton Gifford on 30th June 1816 and it was there that she was baptised on 22nd September 1816, the first born child of Daniel Collett and Sarah Gowin.  Tragically she died a year later when she passed away at Broughton Gifford on 17th September 1817 and was buried there that same day.

 

 

 

 

35N11

Ann Collett was born at Broughton Gifford where she was baptised on 18th October 1818, the second child of Daniel Collett and Sarah Gowin, and it was on 4th April 1840 that she married Thomas Collett at Broughton Gifford.  The register stated that Ann was 21 and the daughter of Daniel Collett, while Thomas was 25 and the son of John Collett.  Ann and Thomas were first cousins, their respective fathers being brthers.  See Thomas Collett - Ref. 35N2 (above).

 

 

 

 

35N12

George Collett was baptised at Broughton Gifford on 18th February 1821 and was 20, according to the census of June 1841, when he was still living with his family.  It was also at Broughton Gifford that George Collett the son of Daniel Collett married Ruth Mayall on 8th September 1845.

 

 

 

 

35N13

Mary Collett was baptised at Broughton Gifford on 9th May 1824 and was 15 years of age in 1841 when she living there with her family.

 

 

 

 

35N15

Daniel Collett was baptised at Broughton Gifford on 13th March 1831 and was listed as living with his parents in 1841 at the age of 10 years.

 

 

 

 

35N16

James Collett was baptised at Broughton Gifford on 30th March 1834 and his age was given as being seven years in the census of 1841.

 

 

 

 

35N18

Mary Collett was born at Broughton Gifford and was baptised there on 6th July 1823 the daughter of James Collett and his wife Martha Tarrant.  She was twenty-two years of age when she married Gains Smith at Broughton Gifford on 25th December 1845, the record confirming that her father was James Collett and that the father of bachelor Gains Smith was John Smith.

 

 

 

 

35N20

George Tarrant Collett was born at Broughton Gifford on 25th October 1827, where he was baptised on 11th November 1827, the only son and the third of seven children of James Collett and his wife Martha Tarrant.  At the age of twenty-two he married Mary Ann Hill at Broughton Gifford on 28th February 1850, and just a few months later the couple emigrated to America.  Their crossing of the Atlantic Ocean took place during May 1850 when they were passengers on board the sailing ship Sibernia which sailed out of Liverpool bound for Philadelphia. 

 

 

 

Once in America the couple settled in Chester Town, Delaware County in Pennsylvania.  It was at Chester that their three children were born, before George’s untimely death on 27th October 1856 when he was only 29.  His death was the result of an accident at the lumber yard where he worked.  By 1870 the census conducted that year in Chester included the widow Mary Collett from England, who was 46.  Still living with her were her three children, Martha, who was 19, Mary, who was 17, and James who was 15.

 

 

 

35O1

Martha Tarrant Collett

Born on 26.02.1851 at Chester, Penn.

 

35O2

Mary Collett

Born on 11.05.1853 at Chester, Penn.

 

35O3

James Tarrant Collett

Born on 27.03.1855 at Chester, Penn.

 

 

 

 

35N23

Jane Collett was baptised at Broughton Gifford on 18th October 1835, the daughter of James and Martha Collett.  In the Broughton Gifford census of 1841 Jane was recorded with her family as Mary Collett aged six years.  She later married to become Jane Jones and moved to Brecon in Powys, South Wales.  Already that is currently known about her apart from this, is that she was the great grandmother of the wife of Val Llewellyn of Brecon and Australia.

 

 

 

 

35N24

Martha Collett was baptised at Broughton Gifford on 25th July 1839, the youngest of the seven children of James Collett and his wife Martha Tarrant.  It was also at Broughton Gifford on 9th August 1860 that she married Michael Rudman.

 

 

 

 

35N25

Stephen Collett was born in the hamlet of Whitley within the parish of Melksham during the early weeks of 1824, and was baptised in Melksham on 29th February 1824, the eldest child of Thomas Collett and his first wife Ann Taylor.  Tragically his mother died when Stephen was around six years old.  His father remarried shortly after the death of his mother so, in the Whitley census of 1841, Stephen had a rounded age of 15, when he was living with his father Thomas, his stepmother Ann, and his two sisters and his five half-siblings.

 

 

 

Just over five years later Stephen married Catherine Collett (Ref. 31M15) from South Wraxall, at Holy Trinity Church at Shaw in the parish of Melksham, the wedding taking place on 21st September 1846.  The marriage certificate confirmed that Stephen Collett from Whitley near Melksham was a yeoman and the son of Thomas Collett.  Stephen and Catherine were both listed as being of full age, and both signed the certificate with the mark of a cross.  One of the witnesses to the ceremony was named as Sarah H Collett, who may have been one of Stephen’s sisters-in-law.

 

 

 

By the time of the Melksham census of 1851 the marriage had produced three sons for the couple, the first two born at Corsham and the third at Whitley near Melksham where the family was living in 1851.  Stephen Collett was 27 and a farmer of 7 acres, his wife Catherine Collett was 26 and from Raxall, and their three sons were Henry John Collett, who was three, Tom Collett, who was two, and William Collett who was under one-year old.  Also living with the family at that time was Catherine’s widowed mother Ann Collett of Raxall [Wraxall] who was 60, the whole household being supported by Mary Ann Davis, age 15, who was employed as a servant.

 

 

 

Ten years earlier, in June 1841, Catherine and her widowed mother were living together at Lower Wraxall, where Ann Collett was 50 and an agricultural labourer, and her daughter Catherine was 18, and also working as an agricultural labourer.  That situation followed the death of Catherine’s father William Collett (Ref. 31L9) from South Wraxall, prior to 1841.

 

 

 

For details of the family of William Collett and his wife Ann Harding see Part 31

 

 

 

During the following decade a further four children were born into the family, the first three of them while the family was still living in Whitley, with the couple’s last child being born after the family had moved to Norrington Common near Broughton Gifford.  Curiously the recorded names of the children and their ages vary in the subsequent census returns. 

 

 

 

According to the Norrington Common census in 1861 the family comprised Stephen Collett, age 36 and from Melksham, who was a butcher like his father before him, Catherine Collett, age 35 and from South Wraxall, Henry Collett, age 13 and from Corsham, who was an agricultural labourer, John (previously Tom) Collett who was 12 and a shoemaker also from Corsham, William Collett who was 10 and also an agricultural labourer, James Collett who was nine and Sarah Ann Collett who was five, both of them attending school, Benjamin Collett who was three, and Mary J Collett who was seven months old.  Supporting the family was the same servant as ten years earlier, Mary A Davis from Box who was 24.  The birth place for William, James, Sarah, and Benjamin was simply Melksham.

 

 

 

By 1871 the family at Norrington Common was made up of Stephen Collett, age 48, Catherine Collett, age 44, and their children John Collett, age 21, Thomas Collett, age 18, James Collett, age 16, Sarah A Collett age 14, and Benjamin Collett who was 12.  Tragically the couple’s last child, Mary Jane Collett did not survive and had died just three years after the day of the census in 1861.  Their son William had already left the family home by then and in fact had emigrated to New Zealand in 1874.

 

 

 

It was nine years after that when Stephen Collett died on 10th February 1880 and his death was recorded at Bradford-on-Avon at the age of 56.  Following the death of her husband, Catherine Collett was listed as a widow in the census of 1881 when she was living at Norrington Common, immediately to the north of Broughton Gifford.  Rather curiously her age was recorded as 45, perhaps a simple transposing error of 54, although she confirmed her place of birth as South Wraxall, at a time in her life when she was working as a greengrocer.  Living with her were her three sons Henry J Collett, age 28, James Collett, age 24, and Benjamin H Collett who was 21.  The first of them was confirmed again as having been born at Corsham in Wiltshire, with the other two having been born a few miles away at Whitley near Melksham.  Visiting the family on that occasion was 15 years old Annie Box from Broughton Gifford.

 

 

 

By 1891 Catherine was still recorded as living within the area of Broughton Gifford when she gave her age as being 57, while ten years later in 1901 she was listed as being 71, when she was still working as a greengrocer, but with the additional role of that of a poultry dealer.  It is from this information that it is believed that Catherine was some years younger than her late husband Stephen and that, perhaps in their early days together, she inflated her age out of embarrassment.  It is therefore assumed that her age of 71 in 1901 would appear to be the most accurate, and would place her date of birth around 1830.

 

 

 

35O4

Henry John Collett

Born in 1847 at Corsham

 

35O5

Thomas John Collett

Born in 1848 at Corsham

 

35O6

William Collett

Born in 1851 at Whitley, Melksham

 

35O7

James Collett

Born in 1854 at Whitley, Melksham

 

35O8

Sarah Ann Collett

Born in 1856 at Whitley, Melksham

 

35O9

Benjamin H Collett

Born in 1858 at Whitley, Melksham

 

35O10

Mary Jane Collett

Born in 1860 at Broughton Gifford

 

 

 

 

35N26

Jane Collett was born at Whitley near Melksham in 1826 and was not baptised at Melksham until 1st March 1829 when there was a double christening with her sister Maria (below).  Jane was the second child of Thomas and Ann Collett, and was 15 years old in the Whitley census of 1841 when she was still living there with her family.  She appears to have been approaching forty years of age when she was married to David Chapman, the event recorded at Melksham (Ref. 5a 241) during the last three months of 1865.

 

 

 

 

35N27

Maria Collett was born at Whitley but was baptised at the parish church in Melksham on 1st March 1829, the third and last child of Thomas Collett and his first wife Ann Taylor.  Her mother may have died either during or just after the birth, because not long after she was born her father married another Ann.  Maria Collett was 12 years old in the first national census in 1841 when she was still living at Whitley with her father and her stepmother.  She was no longer living with them ten years later since, by then at the age of 22, she was working as a servant at Shaw Hill House in Melksham, the home of the Heathcote family.  Curiously it was Maria who was the first member of the Collett family to travel to Brighton to be married, and she was followed by her brother William and sister Sarah (below).

 

 

 

Four years later at Brighton on 7th March 1855 Maria Collett married George Funnell who was born on 4th December 1817 at Rodmell, east of Brighton in Sussex, the son of Henry Funnell and Deborah Deddemeir Burtenshaw.    The marriage of Maria and George produced five children who were all born at Brighton, and they were George Collett Funnell born in 1857, twins Henry John Funnell and William Thomas Funnell born in 1859, Frederick William Funnell born in 1861, Florence Funnell born in 1865.  In 1861 the family was residing at 11 Windsor Street in Brighton from where George was working as a poulterer’s assistant. 

 

 

 

By 1871 the completed family was living at Buckingham Street in Brighton, although curiously no record of them has been found in 1881.  Not long after that George Funnell died at Hailsham in Sussex, while his widow Maria Funnell nee Collett died during March 1895.  Their daughter Florence married Alfred Peckham during the summer of 1886 and in 1891 she and her two children and her mother-in-law Mary A Peckham, were living at 28 Artillery Street in Brighton.  The enlarged family was living at that same address in 1911, by which time Alfred and Florence still had five of their children still living there with them.

 

 

 

It was their daughter Lily Eliza Peckham (1889- ) who married Victor George Boxall at Brighton on 20th May 1909.  In turn they had a daughter Nancy Lillian Boxall (1912-1998) who was the grandmother of Moana Shortland nee Boxall of Whangarei in New Zealand who kindly provided the details for this February 2013 update of this family line.

 

 

 

 

35N28

James Collett was born at Whitley in 1831, the first child born to Thomas Collett by his second wife Ann.  James was 10 years old in the Whitley census of 1841 and was 20 in 1851 when he was still living there with his family, by which time he was employed as a gentleman’s servant.

 

 

 

 

35N29

William Collett was born at Whitley near Melksham in 1834, the son of Thomas and Ann Collett.  He was seven years old in the census of 1841 and was 17 and a cordwainer in 1851 when, on both occasions, he was living with his family in Whitley.  During the next five years he became a married man, as confirmed by the next Melksham census in 1861.  William Collett married Elizabeth Fox in Brighton on 12th October 1856, where his older sister Maria (above) had been married during the previous year.  Elizabeth Fox was baptised at Melksham on 28th August 1836, the daughter of Charles and Hannah Fox.  Their choice of Brighton for their wedding raises the question that Elizabeth was already with-child when they fled from Melksham in shame.  And this was borne out by the fact that their son William was born at Brighton, either before or just after their wedding day.  This would then suggest that they ‘ran away’ to be with William’s sister Maria, thus avoiding shaming themselves and their families.

 

 

 

So with William and his wife and their first born child living in Brighton during 1856 and 1857, it made sense for William’s younger sister Sarah (below) to join him there during the summer of 1857 to be married when she was under adult age and very likely married without her parent’s consent.  When William’s and Elizabeth’s son was around one-year old, the couple left Brighton when they moved to Devizes where their second child was born, and shortly after that, the family returned to live in Melksham.  On the occasion of the Melksham census in 1861, William Collett was 26, and his wife Elizabeth was 24, and their address was simply ‘city’ of Melksham.  At that time in his life William was a shoemaker and his wife was a (shoe) binder, and for both of them their place of birth was confirmed as Melksham.  The census return that year also confirmed the details for their three children, and they were William T Collett who was four and born at Brighton, Maria Collett who was two and born at Devizes, and Sarah J Collett who was four months old.

 

 

 

Two more children were added to the family during the next three years, but then tragically, around the time of the birth of the last child, William Collett died at Melksham on 06.08.1864 when he was only 30 years old.  As a tribute to her late husband, Elizabeth added the name William to that of her latest son.  Sometime during the following years Elizabeth married George Truman and moved in with him at his home in Semington Road in Melksham.  The house on Semington Road was adjacent to the New Inn.  And it was there that Elizabeth was living in 1871, but only with her three youngest children.  What had happened to her eldest daughter Maria Collett has not been discovered at this time, whereas more is known about her missing eldest son William.

 

 

 

The Melksham census return for 1871 listed the household as George Truman who was 30 and a labour at the local ironworks, Elizabeth Truman who was 34 and a boot builder, and George’s three stepchild, Sarah Jane Collett 10, James Collett who was eight, and Fredk W Collett who was six years old, and all of them were born at Melksham.  Ten years later at the time of 1881 Census, George and Elizabeth Truman had a child of their own, although Elizabeth two sons from her previous marriage were still living with the family.  Their address on that occasion was given as Semington Lane in Melksham from where George, who was 40, was a sawyer.  His wife Elizabeth was 44, and their daughter Eliza Truman was eight.  The two Collett brothers were James who was 18 and a mat maker, while Frederick was 16 and a blacksmith’s labourer.

 

 

 

35O11

William Thomas Collett

Born in 1856 at Melksham

 

35O12

Maria Collett

Born in 1858 at Melksham

 

35O13

Sarah Jane Collett

Born in 1860 at Melksham

 

35O14

James Collett

Born in 1862 at Melksham

 

35O15

Frederick William Collett

Born in 1864 at Melksham

 

 

 

 

35N30

Henry Collett was born at Whitley in 1835, although it was at Melksham that he was baptised on 18th October 1835, the son of Thomas Collett and his second wife Ann.  He was five years old in the Whitley census of 1841, but was absent from the family which was still living there in 1851.  Furthermore, no record of a Henry Collett born anywhere in Wiltshire in 1835 has been located in the census of 1851, so it is possible that he had suffered a childhood death before then.

 

 

 

 

35N31

Sarah Collett was born at Whitley during 1838 and was baptised at Melksham on 26th August 1838, the daughter of Thomas Collett and his second wife Ann.  She was two years old in June 1841 and had left school prior to March 1851 to start work as a shoe binder while living with her family at Whitley.  Six years later, when Sarah was 19, she was the third member of her family to ‘run away to Brighton’. That move might indicate that she did not have her parents’ consent when she married Frederick White in Brighton on 6th July 1857.  Frederick was the son of John White and Deborah Dicks, and was born in 1831 and was baptised at Melksham on 1st December 1832.  With the bride and the groom both being of the parish of Melksham perhaps underlines the fact that the wedding took place in Brighton against the wishes of Sarah’s parents, with her not having reach full adult age.

 

 

 

The selection of Brighton was the obvious choice for the couple to run away to, since it was there that her older sister Maria was married in 1855 and where her older brother William was married in 1856, and both of them were still living with his family in July 1857.  It was however over a year after they were married that Sarah presented her husband with their first child, and that event also took place in Brighton, thus dispelling any idea that she may have been with-child when they ran away from Melksham.

 

 

 

In total, the marriage produced six known children for the couple and they were (a) Frederick White who was born at Brighton on 24th October 1858, who died there two weeks later on 9th November 1858, (b) Louise Jane White who was born at Brighton on 19th July 1860, who died in May 1883, (c) Sarah Amelia White who was born on 2nd February 1863, (d) Francis William White who was born at Brighton on 5th September 1865, and (e) Clara Mabel White who was born at Brighton on 14th June 1868.  The couple’s sixth child was reputed to have been born at Powick in Worcestershire on 31st May 1871.  That was Herbert Henry White who emigrated to America, where he died on 11th December 1940 at Boston in Massachusetts, following which he was buried at Wayland in Middlesex, Massachusetts.  Sarah White nee Collett died on 24th December 1892, and that may have taken place at Brighton.

 

 

 

 

35N33

Caroline Collett was born at Broughton Gifford in 1830 and was baptised on 6th March 1831, the eldest child of Thomas and Elizabeth Collett.  Tragically she was under three years of age when she died at Broughton Gifford on 29th January 1833.

 

 

 

 

35N34

Samuel Collett was born at Broughton Gifford on 31st December 1832.  He was baptised there on 20th January 1833, the eldest son of Thomas Collett and Elizabeth Joan Gibbons, the same day that Jane Collett (Ref. 35N79), the daughter of James Collett and his wife Sarah, was also baptised at Broughton Gifford.  Samuel was eight years old in the Broughton Gifford census of 1841 when he was living there with his family.  With his family being expanded by the addition of two further children it was during the 1840s that Samuel left the family home in Church Street, although he was living nearby in 1851 when he was 18.  Also living three dwellings from his parents was the Gerrish family into which he married less than four years later.

 

 

 

It was at Broughton Gifford on 18th January 1855 that Samuel Collett married (1) Sarah (Etta) Gerrish who was born in Wiltshire on 5th March 1833, the daughter of Samuel Gerrish and his wife Hannah Bull.  Their first child was a honeymoon baby born at Broughton Gifford nine months after their wedding day.  During the following year the young family sailed to America, where they settled in Wisconsin and where their next six children were born.  Her youngest child was only three years old when Sarah Collett nee Gerrish died at Union in Pierce, Wisconsin on 15th April 1877.

 

 

 

Shortly after the death of his wife, Samuel married (2) Melissa Patrick at Salem in Pierce, Wisconsin on 22nd November 1877, the daughter of J and Lucinda Patrick.  Tragically Samuel was made a widower for the second time when Melissa died within the first two years of their married life.  So by the time of the US Census of 1880 Samuel Collett, age 48 and from England, was a farmer at residing at Union in Pierce, Wisconsin with just his three youngest surviving children.  James Collett, age 18, was working with his father on their farm, Henry Collett was 11, and A B Collett was six years old, all three sons having been born in Wisconsin.

 

 

 

It is of some interest that in 1880 James Collett (below) who was also born at Broughton Gifford but in 1837, who travelled to America in 1858, was also living in Pierce, Wisconsin, at the same time as Samuel, they being first cousins.

 

 

 

Just over twenty years later when Samuel was 71 he married (3) Rebecca Coulson at Spring Valley in Pierce, Wisconsin on 24th April 1902.  She was twenty years younger than Samuel, and was the daughter of Mark Coulson and his wife Mary Knott who had been born in Wisconsin during June 1850.  Samuel and Rebecca have not been located within the 1920 US Census, and it is believed that Rebecca died in St Louis County, Minnesota on 1st December 1933, although it is unknown where she was buried.  Samuel Collett had died nearly eight years earlier on 16th February 1926 at the age of 95.  There is no headstone for Samuel in the Ono Cemetery at Salem Township, Pierce County, Wisconsin, where he was buried, while his obituary in the local newspaper read as follows:

 

 

 

“Samuel Collett, one of the oldest settlers in the county, died at the home of his son Henry Collett, near Maiden Rock Tuesday of last week.  He was 95 years of age.  Three sons and two daughters survive.  They are Bert Collett at Ellsworth, James Collett at Elmwood, Henry Collett at Maiden Rock, Mrs Anna Campbell at Exeland, Mrs Mary Martin at Ponoka, Alberta in Canada.  The funeral took place on Thursday afternoon from Ono Church, Salem Township, Pierce County in Wisconsin.”

 

 

 

35O16

Anna Maria Collett

Born in 1855 at Broughton Gifford

 

35O17

Mary Jane Collett

Born in 1857 at Wisconsin

 

35O18

an unnamed Collett

Born in 1860 at Wisconsin

 

35O19

James Collett

Born in 1862 at Wisconsin

 

35O20

Henry S Collett

Born in 1869 at Wisconsin

 

35O21

Ida May Collett

Born in 1872 at Wisconsin

 

35O22

Albert B Collett

Born in 1874 at Wisconsin

 

 

 

 

35N35

Anna Maria Collett was born at Broughton Gifford and it was there that she was baptised on 31st August 1834 under that name, to parents Thomas and Elizabeth Collett.  However, by the time of the census in 1841 she was listed with her family as Ann Collett, when she was six years old.  After a further ten years Ann Collett, age 16, was still living in Broughton Gifford but not with her family, which was residing at a dwelling in Church Street.  Sometime thereafter it is very likely that she became a married lady.

 

 

 

 

35N36

Elizabeth Collett was born at Broughton Gifford and baptised there on 25th September 1836, the daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth Collett.  She was four years old in 1841 but was not living with her family at Church Street in Broughton Gifford in 1851.  However, it has now been determined that she married her cousin, two steps removed, John Collett (Ref. 35N61) of nearby Melksham, the youngest of the known children of Henry Collett and Mary Morris, the wedding taking place at Holy Trinity Church in Bradford-on-Avon during the third quarter of 1862 (Ref. 5a 189).  For further details go to Ref. 35N61).

 

 

 

 

35N37

James Collett was born at Broughton Gifford where he was baptised on 8th July 1838, but he died shortly after, the son of Thomas and Elizabeth Collett, for their next child to be given the same name.

 

 

 

 

35N38

James Collett was born at Broughton Gifford and baptised there on 23rd August 1840, the son of Thomas and Elizabeth Collett.  He was one-year old at the time of the census in June 1841 and was 11 in 1851 when he was living with his family at Church Street in Broughton Gifford.  James was still living with his parents at the time of the census in 1871 when he said he was 32, but tragically just a few months later he died.  The death of James Collett was recorded at Bradford-on-Avon register office (Ref. 5a 75) during the third quarter of 1871

 

 

 

 

35N39

Henry Collett was born at Broughton Gifford where he was baptised on 29th August 1841, the son of Thomas and Elizabeth Collett.  He was nine years old in 1851 when he was living at Church Street in Broughton Gifford with his family.  Although no record of him has been found in 1861, it was a few years later that Henry married Anne Rebecca Derrick, the daughter of Ann White and James Derrick who had been born at Bradford-on-Avon, where the couple’s first child was also born.  Not long after the birth of the child, Henry and Anne left Bradford-on-Avon and moved to Downton, just south of Salisbury.  It was probably Henry’s employment as a policeman that prompted this move.  While at Downton a further three children were added to the family.

 

 

 

Around 1873 the family moved again, on that occasion to Biddestone near Chippenham, where three more children were added to the family.  However, seven years later in 1880 the family moved the relatively short distance to Langley Burrell, where they were recorded as living in April 1881.

 

 

 

The full family was living in a police house in Langley Burrell, to the immediate north-east of Chippenham, which was referred to as the Police Station.  By that time Henry had been promoted to the rank of sergeant at the age of 38, and his place of birth was confirmed as Broughton Gifford.  Living with him was his wife who was listed as Anne R Collett who was 34, together with their seven children Harry 15, Sarah 13, Arthur 12, James who was nine, Annie who was seven, Frederick who was three, and Mary who was one-year old.  Anne may well have been expecting the birth of the couple’s eighth child on the day of the census since another son was added to the family during the remainder of that year.

 

 

 

Also after 1882 Henry and Anne added four more children to their family, as confirmed by the census in 1891 when they had eight of their twelve children living with them at Malmesbury, the four eldest children have left the family by then.  In between living at Langley Burrell and Malmesbury, the family spent a few years residing in Pewsey, six miles south of Marlborough, where two children were born, before the birth of their last two children after the family arrived in Malmesbury.  At that time Henry may still have been working as a policeman.

 

 

 

The family at Malmesbury in 1891 comprised Henry Collett age 49, Annie R Collett age 44, Annie L Collett age 17, Fredk G Collett age 13, Mary B Collett age 11, William Collett who was nine, Francis Collett who was six, Edith J Collett who was five, Clara Collett who was three, and Reginald Collett who was one-year old.  Sometime after that Henry left the police constabulary and returned to working on the land, and by 1901 he and the younger members of his family were recorded at Melksham Without. 

 

 

 

The census return that year listed the family as Henry Collett, who was 59 and a farmer from Broughton Gifford, his wife Annie R Collett who was 54 and from Bradford-on-Avon, together with their four youngest children.  Francis Collett was age 16 and a farmer’s son, Edith J Collett was age 15 and a dressmaker, Clara Collett was 13, and Reginald Collett was 11, with the two youngest children still attending school. 

 

 

 

According to the next census in April 1911 sons William and Francis had both left the family home to be married, while Henry and his reduced family had moved yet again, on that occasion to Byde Mill Farm at Hannington near Highworth to the north of Swindon.  Henry Collett was 69, a farmer and a police pensioner, and his wife Ann Rebecca Collett was 64, the couple’s birth places once again confirmed as Broughton Gifford and Bradford-on-Avon.  The only children still living with them by that time was their daughter Edith Jessie Collett from Pewsey who was 24, and the son Reginald Collett from Malmesbury who was 21.  The census return also confirmed that during their life together Ann had presented Henry with thirteen children, of which twelve were still alive.  This means there is one child missing from the list below.  On that particular day the family was supported by Dora Cresser who was 19 and very likely a domestic servant.

 

 

 

Thanks to Angela Chilcott in The Netherlands we now know that her ancestor Henry Collett from Broughton Gifford died seven years later during 1918 at the age of 75, while his widow survived him by sixteen years, when Anne Rebecca Collett nee Derrick passed away during 1934 aged 88 years.  They were buried together in the same grave at St Michael’s Church in Melksham where a single headstone confirms that Henry passed away on 17th April 1918 and that Annie Rebecca Collett died on 18th June 1934.

 

 

 

35O23

Harry D Collett

Born in 1865 at Bradford-on-Avon

 

35O24

Sarah Jane Collett

Born in 1867 at Downton

 

35O25

Arthur H Collett

Born in 1869 at Downton

 

35O26

James Collett

Born in 1871 at Downton

 

35O27

Annie Louisa Collett

Born in 1873 at Biddestone

 

35O28

Frederick George Collett

Born in 1877 at Biddestone

 

35O29

Mary Blanche Collett

Born in 1879 at Biddestone

 

35O30

William Collett

Born in 1881 at Langley Burrell

 

35O31

Francis Collett

Born in 1884 at Pewsey

 

35O32

Edith Jessie Collett

Born in 1886 at Pewsey

 

35O33

Clara Collett

Born in 1888 at Malmesbury

 

35O34

Reginald Collett

Born in 1890 at Malmesbury

 

 

 

 

35N40

Simeon Collett was born at Broughton Gifford where he was baptised on 9th October 1843, the last child of Thomas and Elizabeth Collett.  Apart from his baptism record, the only other reference to him in England is the census in 1851 when he was living with his family at Church Street in Broughton Gifford when he was seven years old.

 

 

 

 

35N41

James Collett was born at Broughton Gifford on 11th December 1837 and was baptised there on 14th January 1838, the eldest child of Samuel Collett and Hannah E Mortimer.  He was two years old in the Broughton census of 1841 and was still living with his family in the main street there ten years later when he was 13 and working as an errand boy.  At the aged of 21 James left Wiltshire and followed his cousin Samuel Collett (above) to North America and initially settled in Waukesha County where he farmed for three years.  Following that, he then moved to Dodge County where he and later married Mary A Holcomb on 2nd March 1862 at Rubicon, Dodge County in Wisconsin.  She was born at Jasper in New York State in America on 6th August 1843, daughter of Levi Holcomb and Angeline Rathborn.  James was 25, while Mary was only 19.

 

 

 

One married the couple settled remained living Rubicon, where their first child was born, before the family moved to Rock Elm in Pierce County during the autumn of 1863.  And it was at Rock Elm that all nine of their other children were born, and where James and Mary spent the rest of their life together.  On 9th March 1865 James joined the 50th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry and was posted to St Louis, and from there to Fort Rice and the Indian territory, where they fought the Indians.  He was discharged from his duties on 4th June 1866, following which he returned to his life as a farmer.

 

 

 

The United States census for Rock Elm in 1880 confirmed that James Collett from England was 43 and that he was a farmer.  His wife Mary was 37 and was confirmed as having been born at Jasper NY.  She was described as ‘keeping house’.  Eight of their ten children were recorded as living with the family on that occasion, although it is known that both missing children at that time lived beyond 1905.  The two missing children were Vida Collett, and Belle Collett who was later known to have been married.  Of the remainder Sarah Jane was 17, Libbie 15, Edwin 13, Minnie 10, Fred was nine, Martha was six, Albert was four, and William was one-year old.  However, it was son Bertie (Albert) who died at the age of 20, ten years prior to the death of his father.

 

 

 

James Collett died at Rock Elm in Pierce County, Wisconsin on 23rd June 1905 at the age of 68, and was followed by his wife Mary eleven years later who died at Spring Valley in Pierce County on 14th January 1916 at the age of 73.  In between times James’ widow Mary Collett went to live at Spring Valley with her youngest son and his second wife Alma, where she was recorded in 1910 at the age of 67.  Following the death of Mary Collett, nee Holcomb, a lengthy article was published in the local newspaper and this has been reproduced in full below.

 

 

 

The shorter obituary for James Collett read as follows: “James Collett was born at Broughton, England on December 11th 1837.  He came to America at the age of twenty-one years and settled at Mapleton, where he lived for three years.  He then went to Rubicon, Dodge County, where he married Miss Mary Holcombe on March 2nd 1862.  In the fall of 1863 he moved to the town of Rock Elm, where he has since resided.  March 9th 1865 he enlisted in Company G 5th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry and was discharged June 4th 1866.  To James and Mary Collett were born ten children: Sarah [Mrs John Raab] living at Red Wing Minnesota; Libbie [Mrs Jake Jackson] of Olivet; Ed of Hayward; Minnie [Mrs Joe Taylor] of Glen Wood; Fred of Somo; Mattie [Mrs Henry Hess] of Elmwood; Bertie now deceased; Will of Spring Valley; Bell and Vida living at home.  Forty years ago Mr Collett joined the Methodist Episcopal Church, and has been an earnest, faithful work to the last. He was a kind, loving husband and father, and will be missed by a host of friends.”

 

 

 

Twenty-five years prior to his death, James Collett and his cousin Samuel Collett (above) were both living within Pierce County in Wisconsin.  However, while James was at Rock Elm, his cousin Samuel was at Union near Madison, around two hundred miles away so, sadly, it seems unlikely that they were ever reunited.

 

 

 

35O35

Sarah Jane Collett

Born in 1862 at Rubicon, Dodge

 

35O36

Hannah Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1865 at Rock Elm, Pierce

 

35O37

Edwin James Collett

Born in 1868 at Rock Elm, Pierce

 

35O38

Minnie A Collett

Born in 1870 at Rock Elm, Pierce

 

35O39

Frederick Levi Collett

Born in 1871 at Rock Elm, Pierce

 

35O40

Martha Ellen Collett

Born in 1874 at Rock Elm, Pierce

 

35O41

Albert H Collett

Born in 1875 at Rock Elm, Pierce

 

35O42

William Arthur Collett

Born in 1878 at Rock Elm, Pierce

 

35O43

Belle H Collett

Born in 1883 at Rock Elm, Pierce

 

35O44

Vida Leona Collett

Born in 1888 at Rock Elm, Pierce

 

 

 

Newspaper article published following the death of Mary Collett nee Holcomb

 

 

 

“Mary Holcomb was born in the town of Jasper, New York, august 6, 1843, but when a small child she came to Wisconsin with her parents, settling in Dodge County.  She married James Collett March 2nd 1862 at Rubicon.  Two years later they moved to Rock Elm where they lived for over forty years, until her husband died June 23rd 1905.  Soon after this she can to Spring Valley to live, and here she died January 14th 1916 of acute asthma.  The funeral was held Sunday, Rev D L Holbrook officiating.  Services were held at the home at 11am and at 2pm at the M E Church at Rock Elm, burial was made at the family lot at Poplar Hill Cemetery.

 

 

 

She was a member of a family of nineteen children, of whom three sisters, - Mrs Fannie Howard of Hillsboro, Ill, Mrs lucy Phelps of Grand Forks, North Dakota, and Mrs Betty Gerrish of Ono, and two brothers – Alfred Holcomb of South Hill, and Albert Holcomb of Rock Elm survive her.  She was the mother of ten children, nine of whom are left to mourn the loss of a good mother – Mrs Sarah Raab of Bradley, Ed and Will Collett of Hayward, Mrs Libbie Jackson and Fred Collett of Olivet, Mrs Mattie Hess of Elmwood, Mrs Minnie Taylor and Mrs Belle Weldon of Spring Valley, and Mrs Vida Hamilton of South Hill.  One son, Bert, died January 7th 1895.  She also leaves twenty grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

 

 

 

Mrs Collett joined the Methodist Church about fifty years ago at Rock Elm; sometime after moving to Spring Valley she transferred her membership to the Congregational Church her.  At both Rock Elm and Spring Valley she was a devoted and beloved member.  Mrs Collett’s death removes the older living settler from the town of rock Elm.  Not a person is left who lived in that town when she and her husband came there during the hard times of the Civil War. 

 

 

 

Soon after the move to Rock Elm, Mr Collett enlisted in the army and, the young wife, with a baby only a few months old, was left to take care of the farm.  The story is the old one, familiar to the settlers of those days, but incredible to this ease-loving generation, of hardships and privations which they bore with cheerfulness, but which we would think intolerable.  At that time the only post office was at Waverley, where mail was brought from ‘The Rock’ once a week.  Letters from the soldier boys was eagerly looked for.  Once, in going to Waverley after the expected letter from her husband, Mrs Collet found Plum Creek so swollen by rains that water was running six inches over the log which formed the only bridge; but she didn’t turn around and go home – she walked that log, even though she knew a slip probably meant drowning in the deep swift waters.

 

 

 

The little clearing grew to a farm; the log cabin changed to a fine brick house; the children were all given an education and a start in life – and a careful training on the right road.  To such women this country and this section owes a great and unpayable debt; their unselfish and constant care has made a prosperous and cultured community out of the pioneer country of a few years ago”

 

 

 

 

35N42

Sarah Collett was born at Broughton Gifford and baptised there on 29th March 1840, the daughter of Samuel Collett and Hannah Mortimer.  In the Broughton Gifford census of 1851 Sarah was 11 years old and was still attending school, while living with her family in the main street.  It is understood that she later married, to become Sarah Bashaw, but searches through various census records have not revealed the whereabouts of Sarah or her husband.  However, new information received from Rob Campbell in Lake Mills, Wisconsin, reveals that she was living near Arkansaw in Wisconsin.

 

 

 

 

35N43

Edwin Collett was baptised at Broughton Gifford near Melksham on 11th February 1844, the son of Samuel and Hannah Collett.  He was five years old in 1851 when he was still living with his family but on leaving school Edwin stayed in the Bradford-on-Avon area when his family moved to Bedminster in Somerset.  So it was as Edwin Collett age 15 that he was there in 1861.

 

 

 

 

35N44

George Collett was born at Broughton Gifford around 1848 and was two years old in the census of 1851 when he was living with his family at the main street in Broughton Gifford.  George was barely five years old when his mother Hannah died in 1853.  Around twenty years later George married Emily with whom he had two children prior to 1881.  The census that year confirmed that George was married to Emily and that they were living at 126 Broke Street in Shoreditch with their two children.

 

 

 

George was 32 and his place of birth was confirmed as Broughton Gifford, while Emily was 29 and had been born at Islington in London around 1851.  George’s occupation was that of a cheesemonger’s traveller.  Their two young children were Ernest who was five, and Minnie who was two years old, the first born at Bethnal Green and the second at Shoreditch.

 

 

 

By the end of the 1880s George had died at Islington, where his wife and two children were still living in April 1891.  Emily was 39, while her two children were Ernest, who was 15, and Minnie, who was 12 years old.  Ten years later Emily was listed as being 49, when she was living within the St Leonards Shoreditch registration district of London.  Her place of birth was given as Bethnal Green where her son had been born who had left the family home by then.  Only her daughter Minnie was still living with Emily.  It would appear that by 1911 Emily, who was 58, was living alone in Bethnal Green.

 

 

 

35O45

Ernest Collett

Born in 1875 at Bethnal Green

 

35O46

Minnie Collett

Born in 1878 at Shoreditch

 

 

 

 

35N46

Eliza Collett was born at Bradford-on-Avon in 1863.  Before the end of the decade Eliza and her family had left Bradford, by which time they were living in Bedminster near Bristol where, in April 1871, Eliza was eight years old.  Within the next decade she left school and by April 1881 she was working with her mother in the family’s grocer shop.  Eliza Collett of Bradford-on-Avon was 18 and her occupation was that of a grocer’s shop assistant, while she was still living with her parents at 154 East Street in Bedminster.

 

 

 

 

35N49

Thomas Collett was born at Combe Down south-east of Bath during 1850, the eldest son of Henry Clack Collett and Maria Gore, who was one-year old on the day of the Combe Down census in 1851.  During the following five years the family moved the short distance to nearby Monkton Combe where they were living in 1861 when Thomas was 10 years old.  Presumably, upon leaving school, it would appear that Thomas left the family home in Monkton Combe since both him and his older sister were absent in 1871.  However, the whereabouts of twenty-year old Thomas has not yet been discovered at that time.

 

 

 

The next census in 1881 revealed that Thomas Collett from Combe Down was working as a gardener at the age of 30.  By then he was married to Mary Ann Collett from Combe Down who was 28, when the pair of them was residing at the curiously named Old Brass Knocker in Combe Down within the parish of Monkton Down.  The marriage of Thomas and Mary produced no children for the pair, who were still living with the parish of Monkton Combe in 1891 when they were 40 and 38 respectively.  After a further ten years the working pair was recorded at nearby Claverton, still within the parish of Monkton Combe.  Thomas was still working as a gardener, while his age on that occasion was curiously 53.  His wife Mary A Collett was 49 and was a matron.

 

 

 

It was during the first decade of the new century that Thomas Collett died, leaving his widow Mary Ann Collett living alone in the Bath area in April 1911 when she was 61.

 

 

 

 

35N50

Jane Collett was born at Monkton Combe near Bath in 1857 and was 14 in 1871.  By 1881 she had left the family home in Combe and was working as a general domestic servant at the age of 24.  Her employer was homeopathic chemist Edmund Capper, at his home at 33 Gay Street in Walcot, Bath.  It would appear that she never married and in 1911, as Jane Collett from Monkton Combe, she was 53 and was sharing a house at Bathwick with her brother James (below).

 

 

 

 

35N51

James Collett was born at Monkton Combe in 1863 and was seven in 1871.  On leaving school, he became an apprentice cabinet maker and by April 1881 he was 17 when he was still living in the family home at Combe village with his parents.  By April 1891 bachelor James Collett of Monkton Combe was 27 when he was recorded in the census that year as still living within the Bathwick & Bath registration district with his parents.  Twenty years later in 1911 he was 46 and of Monkton Combe, when he was living in Bathwick with his sister Jane (above).

 

 

 

 

35N52

Tabitha Collett was born at Broughton Gifford on 28th March 1816.  It was also there that she was baptised on 7th July 1816, when her parents were confirmed as William Collett and Jane Webb.

 

 

 

 

35N53

Elizabeth Collett was baptised at Broughton Gifford on 22nd April 1821, the daughter of William Collett and Jane Webb.

 

 

 

 

35N54

William Collett was born at Broughton Gifford in 1828.  He married Harriet Austin who was born at Chippenham in 1829, and it was there that the marriage took place on 30th October 1855.  By 1861 he and Harriet had three children.  William was 31 at the time of the Melksham census that year, and had with him the two older children Paulina who was four, and Albert who was three years old.  His wife Harriet, who was also 31, was away at Chippenham in April 1861 and was accompanied by her son William who was just one-year old.  It may have been that Harriet was visiting her parents at that time.  Ten years later their family was complete and they were all living together in Melksham.  William was 42, and Harriet was 41, while their children at that time in 1871 were Paulina 14, Albert 13, William 11, Ada who was eight, Charles who was six, and Florence who was one-year old.

 

 

 

William Collett died in 1880, so by the time of the census of 1881 Harriet was listed as a widow at 51, when she was living at Holbrook Farm in Melksham with her children.  The farm comprised 58 acres, and Harriet was employing one labourer to work there.  Living with her were sons Albert 23 and Charles 16, and her daughter Florence who was 11.  All of the children of William and Harriet were born at Melksham, and the aforementioned two sons were described as farmer’s sons.  Also listed as living with the family on the day of the census, was unmarried Sarah Sheat aged 33, a servant and a dairymaid.

 

 

 

Rather curiously, two of the couple’s missing children were recorded as living at Linden Hall in Melksham.  This was the home of John Hayter, a wealthy master tailor from London, who was employing sixteen people in his tailoring business.  The two children of William and Harriet who were there on that occasion were their son William who was 21, and their daughter Ada who was 18.

 

 

 

William’s and Harriet’s oldest daughter Paulina had already left the family to be married by 1881.  Over the next decade other children left the family home, so by 1891 Harriet, age 61, only had son Charles and daughter Florence still living with her.  It looks very much as though Charles had taken over running the family farm, following the death of his father.

 

 

 

Just after the turn of the century Harriet was still living Melksham where she was described as a retired farmer, although she gave her age as 66 rather than 71.  Still living with her was her unmarried children Charles who was 37 and Florence who was 31.  It was virtually the same arrangement ten years later in April 1911.  The census return on that occasion listed the group as Harriet Collett 81, her son Charles Collett age 46 and her daughter Florence Collett of 40 years.  Also living with them at that time was Harriet’s twenty-eight years old granddaughter Lilian Collett, the daughter of her son Albert Henry Collett.

 

 

 

35O47

Paulina V S Collett

Born in 1856 at Melksham

 

35O48

Albert Henry Collett

Born in 1857 at Melksham

 

35O49

William James Collett

Born in 1859 at Melksham

 

35O50

Ada J Collett

Born in 1862 at Melksham

 

35O51

Charles S Collett

Born in 1865 at Melksham

 

35O52

Florence E Collett

Born in 1869 at Melksham

 

 

 

 

35N55

 

Henry Collett was born at Melksham in 1826, and was the first child and eldest son of Henry Collett and Mary Morris.  He was 14 in June 1841 when he was living with his family in Melksham.  He was in his mid twenties when he married Ann Pepler at Melksham on 1st April 1851, with whom he had four children while living at Melksham.  The youngest of the couple’s known children was Everest Morris Collett, whose name derives from Henry’s youngest sister Everest, coupled with that of his mother’s maiden name.  Tragically though, Henry Collett died around 1860 or 1861 and possibly before the birth of his last child.

 

 

 

According to the census in 1861 Ann Collett from Bradford (on-Avon) was a widow of 32 and was named as head of the household at Lowbourne (Road) in Melksham, where the income for her and her family came from her work as a seamstress.  The members of her young family recorded with her at that time were her three daughters, Eliza A Collett who was nine, Mary J Collett who was three, and Everest Collett who was only two months old, and her only son Harry Collett who was five years of age, all of them confirmed as having been born in Melksham.  One other point of interest in the census of 1861 is that residing just two doors along Lowbourne Road from Ann Collett was James Wiltshire, a tailor of 48, with his wife and their two children – see below.

 

 

 

It was a similar situation ten years later when widow Ann Collett was 43 was still living at Lowbourne in Melksham in 1871 but with just her three youngest children.  They were Henry Collett who was 15, Mary Collett who was 13, and Everest Collett who was 10 years old.  Ann’s eldest daughter Eliza Ann Collett was living and working nearby in Melksham at the age of 19.  No record of widow Ann Collett has been found in the census of 1881 although it is now established that she married for a second time, possibly during the 1870s or 1880s, to become Ann Wiltshire.  By the time of the census in 1891 Ann Wiltshire was 63 and a laundress who gave her place of birth as Atworth, a village between Melksham and Bradford-on-Avon.  Living there with her at Lowbourne in Melksham was her grandson Sidney Collett who was eight years old and born in Melksham – see below.

 

 

 

It now seems likely that Sidney was the base-born son of Ann’s unmarried daughter Mary Jane Collett, although it is worth highlighting that all three of her daughters were not married at the time of the birth of her grandson.  However, within the census of 1901 Ann Wiltshire, age 73 whose place of birth was ‘not known’, was suffering with paralysis and was being looked after by her unmarried daughter Mary Collett, age 42 and from Melksham, who was the housekeeper.  The third member of the household was Ann’s grandson Sidney Collett age 18 who was an ironmonger from Melksham.  As no record of Ann has been found after March 1901 it has been assumed that she passed away during the first few years of the new century.

 

 

 

35O53

Eliza Ann Collett

Born in 1851 at Melksham

 

35O54

Henry John Collett

Born in 1855 at Melksham

 

35O55

Mary Jane Collett

Born in 1857 at Melksham

 

35O56

Everest Morris Collett

Born in 1861 at Melksham

 

 

 

 

35N56

Sarah Collett was born at Melksham where she was baptised on 17th June 1827, the second child and eldest daughter of Henry and Mary Collett.  It was at Town Tything in Melksham that Sarah aged 14 years was living with her family in 1841.  Following the death of her mother during that decade, Sarah never married and in 1851, and at the age of 24, she was acting as the housekeeper for her shoemaker father and some of her younger siblings.  It seems likely that her father died during the 1850 and, while no record of her has been identified within the census of 1861, by 1871 Sarah Collett was living with her younger married brother, his wife and their four children in Melksham.  Curiously her age was recorded as 40 rather than 44, while she was described as the sister of John Collett from Melksham.  

 

 

 

Ten years later, in 1881, unmarried Sarah Collett from Melksham was 52 and an annuitant who was still living with her inn keeper brother John (below) and his wife and three children at Bath Road in Melksham.  During the 1880s her brother passed away, but it was at his home in Bath Road that Sarah was again living in 1891 with her sister-in-law, the widow Elizabeth Collett.  Sarah was 64 and living on her own means, and the only other person in the dwelling was Sarah’s nephew, engineer Frederick Collett who was 24.  It was just two years later that the death of Sarah Collett, aged 63 (?), was recorded at Bradford-on-Avon (Ref. 5a 94) during the first three months of 1893.

 

 

 

 

35N60

Everest Collett was born at Melksham where she was baptised on 30th April 1837, the youngest daughter of Henry Collett and Mary Morris.  She was four years old in the census of 1841, by which time her mother had died, possibly during the birth of her youngest sibling John (below).  Everest Collett was 14 in the Melksham census of 1851, while ten year later she was working as a servant at the Paddington, London, home of the widow Emma Duff and her family, when she was recorded as Everest Collett aged 23 from Melksham.  Seven years after the census in 1861 Everest Collett was married by banns to George Durnford, the wedding being recorded at Kensington in London (Ref. 1a 215) during the second quarter of 1868 when the bride’s father was confirmed as bootmaker Henry Collett deceased.  The father of the groom was named as widower George Durnford whose occupation was that of a butler.

 

 

 

In the census of 1911 Everest Durnford from Melksham was 72 when she and her husband George, age 76, were residing at 40 Oakington Road off Elgin Avenue West in Paddington.  The census return confirmed they had been married for forty-two years, during which time they had given birth to five children who were all still alive.  It was exactly sixteen years later that the death of the widow Everest Durnford nee Collett was recorded in Middlesex on 23rd April 1927.  Administration of her personal estate of £111 5 Shillings was granted to her son Edward Collett Durnford, who was a builder.

 

 

 

 

35N61

John Collett was born at Melksham around 1839, the last known child born to Henry Collett and Mary Morris.  John was two years old in the Melksham census of 1841 when he and his family were residing at Town Tything.  His mother passed away while he was still very young, while in 1851 John was living with his widowed father when he was 11 years old, with his eldest sister Sarah performing the role of housekeeper.  During the third quarter of 1862 he married his cousin, two steps removed, Elizabeth Collett (Ref. 35N36) at Holy Trinity Church in Bradford-on-Avon (Ref. 5a 189).  In the later census records Elizabeth gave her place of birth as Melksham, while it was in 1835 or early 1836 that she was born and baptised at Broughton Gifford on 25th September 1836, the fourth of the eight known children of Thomas Collett and Joan Elizabeth (Betty) Button.  Broughton Gifford is just over one mile from Melksham.

 

 

 

By the time of the Melksham census of 1871 Elizabeth had presented John with four children, all of whom had been born at Melksham.  The census return for that year recorded the family as John Collett 31, his wife Elizabeth who was 35, and their children Henry Charles Collett who was seven, William J W Collett who was six, Frederick W Collett who was four, and Emily M Collett who was two years old.  Living with the family since the death of their father, was John’s unmarried sister Sarah (above).

 

 

 

In 1881, John Collett, at the age of 41 was an inn keeper living at Bath Road in Melksham.  Still living with him was his wife Elizabeth, who was 45, was his unmarried sister Sarah Collett aged 52.  Completing the family at that time were just three of John’s and Elizabeth’s four children.  The oldest son Henry was 17 and was a plumber’s apprentice, the younger son William was 16 and was a grocer’s apprentice, while their daughter Emily was 12 years old.  The absence of the couple’s third son Frederick was due to him attending Weston School in Somerset as a boarder.

 

 

 

John Collett passed away during the 1880s and, on the day of the census in 1891, his widow Elizabeth, aged 63, was still residing in Bath Road, Melksham, and with her was her unmarried son Frederick and her sister-in-law Sarah Collett.  Elizabeth from Wiltshire was described as an inn keeper, having taken on the role following the loss of her husband.  No positive record of Elizabeth has been found within the next census of 1901, by which time she may have passed away.

 

 

 

35O57

Henry Charles Collett

Born in 1864 at Melksham

 

35O58

William John Collett

Born in 1865 at Melksham

 

35O59

Frederick W Collett

Born in 1867 at Melksham

 

35O60

Emily Matilda Collett

Born in 1869 at Melksham

 

 

 

 

35N66

George Collett was born in 1840 at Melksham and was under one-year old in the Melksham census in June 1841 when he was living there with his parents Stephen and Grace Collett.  This would place the time of his birth to be either in the second half of 1840 or the first half of 1841.  In the following two census returns for Melksham in 1851 and 1861, George was 10 and 20 years respectively.  During the next few years George’s mother Grace died, and it may have been this sad event that prompted George to seek a new life, since shortly after that he left England and sailed to America, where he was married in the mid 1860s.

 

 

 

By the time of the US Census of 1880 George and his wife and their family were living in Hartford, Van Buren in the state of Michigan.  George, age 39, was described as being an R R Agent (railroad agent).  His American wife was Sarah Ada Collett who was 34 and of Indiana who was ‘keeping house’ for the family, supported by 45 years old servant Susan Byres from New York.  Their two children at that time were Edith who was 13 and at school, and George who was eight, and both of the children had been born in Michigan.

 

 

 

35O61

Edith Collett

Born in 1867 in Michigan

 

35O62

George Collett

Born in 1872 in Michigan

 

 

 

 

35N68

Jemima Collett was born at Melksham in 1843 where she was baptised on 31st December 1843, the third child of Stephen Collett and Grace Brinsdon.  She was seven your old in the Melksham census of 1851 but was not living there with her family in 1861, by which time she may have settled in America.  She later married Joseph Pavis (1852-1920) the son of Mary Tillie and Thomas Pavis.  Their daughter Tillie Brinstone Pavis was born in 1881 but died in 1882 and was buried at Whitneyville Cemetery in Hamden, Connecticut.  Others of that name who were buried in the same grave were Mary Pavis and Thomas Pavis and in a nearby plot their daughter Charlotte Pavis Gadd.  Jemima Pavis nee Collett died in 1914 and was also buried in Whitneyville Cemetery.

 

 

 

 

35N70

John Collett was born at Melksham in 1848 and was three years old and thirteen in the census records for Melksham in 1851 and 1861.  Over the next few years, and following the death of his mother, John sailed to America, either with his older brother George (above) or shortly after.  Either way, John was living in Hamden in New Haven in the state of Connecticut by 1880.  The US Census that year recorded him as being 32 and married to Sarah who was 36.  John’s occupation at that time was a worker in an auger factory.

 

 

 

It has not been established whether the couple every had any children, but what is known is that also living in Hamden at that same time were three other members of John’s family from Melksham.  They were siblings Ellen, Thomas, and Frederick (below).

 

 

 

 

35N71

WILLIAM COLLETT was born at Melksham around 1849, the son of Stephen and Grace Collett.  He later became a blacksmith and it was around 1870 that he married Sarah A Hayward of Melksham, where they initially settled before moving to Wantage.  It may be of interest to note a possible family connection with the second wife of William’s father Stephen Collett, who was Susan H Hayward, who was born at Plymouth in 1832.  According to the census of 1871 William was 22 and his wife Sarah A Collett was 21.  On that occasion the couple were living near to where William’s father, widower Stephen Collett, was living in Melksham with William’s three youngest siblings.  Over the following ten years Sarah presented her husband with four children.

 

 

 

By April 1881 Sarah A Collett, age 31 and of Melksham, was described as the wife of a shoeing smith.  At that time, she was living at Partridges Yard in Wantage with her four children, William who was eight and born at Melksham, Fanny who was six, Ellen who was four, and Frederick who was one-year old, the three of them were all born at Wantage.  The children’s father, William Collett, age 32 and of Melksham, was not with them on the census day in 1881, but was in lodgings at 38 Newport Street in Swindon, where he was working at that time as a blacksmith.

 

 

 

Sometime in the late 1880s the family moved to Gloucester, where William worked at the Gloucester Wagon Works.  So by 1891 the family, excluding eldest son William who had already left the family home, was living in the South Hamlet registration district of Gloucester.  The census record for 1891 confirmed the family as William Collett, age 41, his wife Sarah who was 40, and their three children as Fanny who was 16, Ellen who was 14, and Fred who was 11 years old, and all three of them born at Wantage.  William later set up his own coach building company under the name Wm Collett & Sons, and this was confirmed in the 1901 Census.

 

 

 

The census records show the family living in the city of Gloucester.  William’s age was given as 51, as was Sarah’s, and both of them were confirmed as having been born at Melksham.  Also still living with their parents at that time was their daughter Fanny E Collett, age 26 from Wantage, and their youngest son Frederick, age 21 and also of Wantage.  The occupation of their father William Collett was recorded as coach builder, while the youngest son Frederick was a coach painter, working in his father’s business.  Also working with William at Wm Collett & Sons at that time, was his eldest son William who was married with children of his own by March 1901.  Their absence from the census in 1911 may indicate that both had passed away by then, since still living in Gloucester, was their daughter Fanny, who was married by then, and their sons William and Frederick who were also both married and both managing the family company of Wm Collett & Sons.

 

 

 

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William Thomas Collett

Born in 1872 at Melksham

 

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Fanny Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1874 at Wantage

 

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Ellen Collett

Born in 1876 at Wantage

 

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FREDERICK COLLETT

Born in 1879 at Wantage

 

 

 

 

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Ellen Collett was born at Melksham where she was baptised on 25th January 1852.  In 1861 she was listed as living with her parents in Melksham at the age of nine.  Following the death of her mother in the 1860s and her father taking a second and much younger wife in the early 1870s, it seems likely that it was around that time when she left England to join her two older brothers in America.  No trace of Ellen has been found in the UK Census of 1871, although her two younger brothers Thomas and Frederick were still living with their father at Melksham at that time.  By 1880 she was recorded as living at Hamden, New Haven in Connecticut with her youngest brother Frederick (below) and the home of William Conn and his wife Maria, both of them from England.  Ellen Collett was still single and was described as being 27 and someone who ‘does housework’.  It is not known at this time if she was married at some later date.

 

 

 

 

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Thomas Collett was born at Melksham in 1854 and was six years old in the census of 1861 when he was living with his parents at Melksham.  During the next decade his mother died and by April 1871 he was 17 and was still living at Melksham with his widowed father Stephen, and his younger siblings Maria and Frederick (below).  With his father then marrying for a second time during the following year, Thomas sailed to America with his sister Ellen (above) and his younger brother Frederick (below).  The exact date of the voyage has not yet been determined.  Once in America the three young people travelled to Connecticut where their older brother John Collett (above) was already established.  The US Census of 1800 confirmed that Thomas Collett was already married to Julia Collett of Connecticut, Julia’s father being from Canada and her mother from Ireland.  Thomas was 25 and Julia was 20 and, on that occasion, Thomas was working at the same place as his two brothers, that being an auger factory.  Julia was described as ‘keeping house’.

 

 

 

 

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Maria Collett was baptised at Melksham on 25th November 1855.  Her mother Grace died in the 1860s and, by 1871 when Maria was 16, she was still living at Melksham with her widowed father Stephen.  By the time of the next census in 1881 she was referred to as Mary J Collett, age 25, when she was an unmarried parlour maid at the home of Thomas H Tooke, the Rector of Monkton Farleigh.

 

 

 

 

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Frederick Collett was born at Melksham in 1858 and was three years old when living with his parents at Melksham in 1861.  Ten years later, and following the death of his mother, he was 13 and was living at Melksham with his widowed father and just two of his siblings, Thomas and Maria (above).  Sometime during the 1870s Frederick, together with his sister Ellen and brother Thomas, sailed to America to be reunited with their older brother John Collett, who was living in Connecticut at that time.  According to the US Census of 1880, all four of them were living at Hamden, New Haven in Connecticut.  Frederick, age 22, and his sister Ellen, were both staying with William Conn and his wife Maria, who were also from England.  William Conn was employed in an auger shop, where Frederick was also working.

 

 

 

 

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Emily Collett was born at Melksham in 1872 and was the daughter of Stephen Collett of Melksham and his second wife Susan H Hayward of Plymouth.  By 1881 she was living with her father at Broughton Road in Melksham, while her mother and her younger brother Frank (below) were visiting family and friends in Plymouth.  For whatever reason, Emily was not baptised until she was thirteen years old.  This happened at Melksham on 15th November 1885 at which time her parents were confirmed as Stephen and Susan Collett.  No trace of Emily has been found after that time, probably because she was later married.

 

 

 

 

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Frank S Collett was born at Melksham in 1877, the youngest child of Stephen Collett of Melksham and his second wife Susan H Hayward of Plymouth.  When he was three years old Frank S Collett of Melksham was with his mother Susan, when both of them were listed as visitors at the Plymouth home of James Taylor and his family.  At that same time his father and his two older siblings were still living at Broughton Road in Melksham, where their needs were temporarily being cared for by Stephen’s sister Maria Daniels nee Collett (above), who was described as their housekeeper.  Also by that time in 1881, Frank’s older half-children from his father’s first marriage had left England and had sailed to North America, to settle in Michigan and Connecticut.

 

 

 

Ten years later the census of 1891 placed 13 years old Frank Collett living with his parents at Melksham.  No record of Frank has been found in Great Britain in 1901 or 1911 and, it is believed that the reason for this was, that he was a solder in the army and was serving abroad.  According to the British Army records, there was a Private Frank S Collett No. 3-6813 who served with the Somerset Light Infantry from 11th October 1915 onwards, who fought on the front line in France during the Great War.  Further verification is required to confirm whether this was Frank S Collett from Melksham, but is seems highly likely that it was.

 

 

 

 

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Sarah Collett was born at Melksham in 1841, where she was baptised on 17th September 1841, the daughter of William Collett and Elizabeth Gunstone.  Sarah was around thirty years old when she married George Young at Melksham on 8th May 1871.

 

 

 

 

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Charles T Collett was born at Bangor in Maine, USA on 26th December 1857, who was most likely the third child of Job Collett and his second wife Elizabeth A Sawyer.  He died at Bangor on 16th November 1919 and was buried in the Collett area of the Mount Hope Cemetery in Bangor where a memorial stone marks the grave.

 

 

 

 

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Henry Eugene Collett was born at Bangor in Maine on 4th April 1872, the last child of Job Collett from Melksham in England and his second wife Elizabeth A Sawyer.  He married Charlotte Ethel Ray who was born in 1881, who died in 1954.  Prior to the First World War Charlotte presented Henry with five children, although only the details of the three eldest are currently known.  Henry Eugene Collett died on 1st October 1961.  He was also the great grandfather of Holly Hendricks from Wakefield in Massachusetts, just north of Boston, who supplied the brief details of her family line back to Thomas Collett of Broughton Gifford who emigrated to America in 1829.

 

 

 

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Roy Eugene Collett

Born in 1904; died 1991

 

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Floyd L Collett                 twin

Born in 1907; died 1982

 

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Louis E Collett                twin

Born in 1907;

 

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a Collett child

Born circa 1910

 

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a Collett child

Born circa 1913

 

 

 

 

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Sarah Mary Collett was born at Atworth in 1853, her birth recorded at Bradford-on-Avon (Ref. 5a 113) during the second quarter of that year.  It was as Sarah M Collett aged eight years she was recorded in the Atworth census of 1861 with her brother John S Collett (below) when the family was living at Rose Cottage.  Sadly, her father John died just one year prior to the next census in 1871 in which Sarah Mary Collett, aged 18, was still living at Atworth with her widowed mother and her brother.  Sarah eventually left the family home in Atworth and, according to the 1881 Census, Sarah Mary Collett was 27 and a spinster who was working as a parlour maid for Thomas Jenkins Heathcote, a 63-year old magistrate, at Shaw Hill House in the Bath Road in Melksham.  It was on 2nd June 1884 when Sarah Mary Collett married Enos Axford at Atworth.  Enos was two or three years younger than Sarah and had been born at Market Drayton in Shropshire.

 

 

 

By the time of the census in 1891 Sarah had given birth to her first three children when, on that day, the family was residing in Chippenham.  Enos Axford said he was 34, while his wife Sarah M Axford from Atworth did not admit she was 37 or 38, instead she said she was only 35.  Their three children were listed as Ernest T W Axford who was five and born at Atworth, Arthur M Axford who was four and Frederick R Axford who was two years of age, the two younger sons both born at Marshfield in South Gloucestershire.  Sarah’s next two children were born at Chippenham before the family eventually moved to Bath in Somerset.  The census in March 1901 confirmed that Enos was a grocer and shopkeeper, while once again Sarah did not offer her correct age, probably through embarrassment of being older than her husband.  Enos and Sarah were both entered on the census return as 45, Ernest was 15, Frederick was 12, Francis was 10 and Mabel was eight years old.  Missing son Arthur was back with his family at Bath in 1911 when Enos was 53, Sarah was 55, Ernest was 25, Arthur was 24, Frederick was 22, Francis was 21 and Mabel was 18.

 

 

 

 

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John Stanier Collett was born at Rose Cottage in Atworth near Melksham on 27th December 1857, the son of master shoemaker John Collett and his wife Sarah Halstead Whitby.  His birth was recorded at Bradford-on-Avon (Ref. 5a 123) during the first quarter of 1858 and it was on 24th January 1858 that he was baptised at Atworth.  As John S Collett he was listed in the census of 1861 as being three years old, while it was ten years late, in the census of 1871, that his full name was recorded as John Stanier Collett when he was 13 and an errand boy.  At that time in his life he was still living at Rose Cottage in Atworth, but with his widowed mother and his sister, following the death of his father early in the previous year.

 

 

 

At the time of the 1881 Census, bachelor John S Collett was 23 and by then had taken up the occupation of his earlier ancestors by becoming a carpenter.  His place of birth was once again confirmed as being Atworth and, at that time in his life, he was still living with his widowed mother Sarah H Collett who had left Atworth and was residing in a dwelling on the Main Street, in Bradford-on-Avon.

 

 

 

It was on his birthday in 1884 when John Stanier Collett, age 27, married Mary Ann Simpson, age 26, at Portsmouth in Hampshire where Mary had been born on 18th December 1858.  The marriage produced seven children for the couple who initially made their home in Atworth where their first two children were born, before moving to live in Reading where the remainder were born.  On the occasion of the baptism of his second son at Atworth in June 1889 the child’s father was named in error as John Stanyard Collett.

 

 

 

That was confirmed by the census conducted in April 1891 when the family was living in Reading where carpenter John was then working.  However, missing from the family group in the census that year was John’s wife Mary who would have been 32.  Instead, the census return simply listed the family was made up of John S Collett 33 and his two sons John E Collett who was four, and Harry T Collett who was three, both of them, like their father, having been born at Atworth.

 

 

 

Four further children were added to the family during the following decade and all of them born while the family was living in Reading.  By March 1901 the family was almost complete, with pregnant Mary awaiting the arrival of the couple’s last children sometime after the day of the census.  The full listing for the Reading family was carpenter John Collett, age 43, Mary Collett, age 42, John Collett who was 14, Henry Collett who was 13, Rose Collett who was nine, Elsie Collett who was seven, Frederick Collett who was five, and Edward Collett who was two years old, the last four children all confirmed as having been born in Reading.

 

 

 

Later that year Mary presented John with a daughter while they were living at Reading, and it was at 12 Hart Street in Reading that the family was still living in April 1911.  John gave his place of birth as Melksham, the nearest large town to the village of Atworth, and his occupation as carpenter and builder.  He was 53 and his wife of 26 years was confirmed as Mary who was 52.  That year’s census recorded the children of John and Mary as John Collett age 24, Henry Collett age 23, Rose Collett age 19, Elsie Collett age 17, Frederick Collett age 15, Edward Collett age 12 and Kate Collett who was nine years old.

 

 

 

During 1921 John was living at 43 Williams Street in Reading, as confirmed on the passenger list for his youngest son Edward when he emigrated to Canada to join his brother Henry.  It was also at that same address that John and Mary were living when their daughter Elsie sailed to a new life in Canada in 1924, where she was married in 1926.  It was two years later when John S Collett was 70 years of age that he died in Reading on 26th June 1928, and it was also there that his passing was recorded (Ref. 2c 401) during the second quarter of the year.  His widow survived him by just over nine years, when Mary Ann Collett nee Simpson passed away on 13th October 1937.

 

 

 

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John Edward Collett

Born in 1886 at Atworth

 

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Henry Thomas Collett

Born in 1887 at Atworth

 

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Rose E Collett

Born in 1891 at Reading

 

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Elsie Sarah Collett

Born in 1893 at Reading

 

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Frederick George Collett

Born in 1896 at Reading

 

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Edward William Collett

Born in 1898 at Reading

 

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Kate Alice Collett

Born in 1901 at Reading

 

 

 

 

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Edwin Collett was born at Biddestone in 1842, the eldest known child of Henry and Jane Collett.  Almost immediately after he was born his parents moved north to settle in the Aston area of Birmingham, where all of his siblings were born.  In the census of 1851 Edwin from Wiltshire was eight years old, and was 18 in 1861.  With no record of any member of his family found within the census returns for 1871, it was in 1881 that he and his youngest brother Thomas (below) were living with their marriage sister Annie Arnold (below) at 43 Ryland Street in Aston.  Edwin Collett, age 38 and from Biddestone, was described as the brother-in-law of the head of the household John Arnold, while his occupation was that of a brass window fitter.  No other record of him has been found in Great Britain after that, so he may have joined his brother Albert abroad.

 

 

 

 

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Albert Collett was born at Aston, Birmingham in 1843, the second son of Henry and Jane Collett.  He was seven years old and 17 years of age in the next two census returns for Aston, but thereafter no record of him has been found in Great Britain so he may have sought a new life overseas.

 

 

 

 

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Amy (Annie) Collett was born at Aston, Birmingham in 1852.  In the census of 1861 she was recorded as Amy H Collett, who was eight years old, but it was Annie Arnold that she was recorded in the Aston census of 1881.  Amy Collett married John Arnold from West Bromwich during the early 1870s and they settled in the Birmingham where all of their children were born.  By 1881 the Arnold family was living at 43 Ryland Street in Aston, where John Arnold, age 30, was a perambulator maker, his wife Annie, age 28, was a dressmaker, and their children were Ada Arnold, who was five, and Arthur Arnold who was four.  Living there with them was Annie’s two brothers Edwin (above) and Thomas (below).

 

 

 

 

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Thomas Collett was born at Aston, Birmingham in 1862, the youngest known child of Henry and Jane Collett and although no record of him or his father has been located in 1871, by 1881 he was living with his brother Edwin (above) at the Aston home of their married sister Annie Arnold (above).  Thomas Collett from Birmingham was 18, and was working as a blacksmith’s apprentice, while residing at 43 Ryland Street.

 

 

 

It may have been around five year later that he married Rosa in Birmingham, after which the couple moved to Kingston-upon-Hull where they were living at West Sculcoates in 1891.  Thomas Collett was 29, his wife Rosa Collett was 27, and by then their marriage had produced the couple’s firth two children.  Minnie Collett was three, and Clarence H Collett was one-year old; both of them born at Hull.

 

 

 

Two more children were added to their family, the first before 1901 and the second just after the census that year.  According to the March census of 1901 the extended family was living at 10 Brompton Terrace on Park Road in Sculcoates and was made up of Thomas Collett, age 38 from Birmingham, who was a whitesmith, Rosa Collett, also from Birmingham, who was 36, Minnie Collett, age 13, Clarence Collett, age 11, and Albert E Collett who was seven years old.

 

 

 

By April 1911 the family still residing with the Sculcoates district of Hull was Thomas, age 49, Rosa, age 47, Minnie, age 23, Clarence Henry, age 21, Albert Edward, age 17, and Beatrice who was nine years old.  During the summer of 1916 Thomas and Rosa received the sad news that their eldest son Clarence had been killed on the front line at Thievpal.  Their address at that time was “Melksham”, East Ella Drive, Anlaby in Hull.

 

 

 

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Minnie Collett

Born in 1887 at Sculcoates, Hull

 

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Clarence Henry Collett

Born in 1889 at Sculcoates, Hull

 

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Albert Edward Collett

Born in 1893 at Sculcoates, Hull

 

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Beatrice Collett

Born in 1901 at Sculcoates, Hull

 

 

 

 

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Matilda Collett was born at Broughton Gifford, where she was baptised on 10th February 1856.  In 1861 she was five years old, and was 15 in 1871.  On both occasions she was living with her parents in the Bradford-on-Avon South Eastern registration district.  In 1881, at the age of 25 she was unmarried and was working as a domestic servant and a nurse for Mauritius born Alan Brodrick, the 54 years old Rector of Broughton Gifford at his home in Broughton Street in the village.

 

 

 

 

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Abijah Alice Collett was born at Broughton Gifford and was baptised there on 8th June 1861.  According to the 1871 Census she was ‘Amelia aged nine years’ while in 1881 she was 19 with no occupation, when she was still living with her parents at Broughton Road in Melksham.  Ten years later Abijah A Collett was still a spinster aged 29, when she was still living with her parents who, by then, were living in Trowbridge.  It would appear that both of her elderly parents passed away during the last decade of the century, with the result that Abijah A Collett from Broughton Gifford wa