PART THIRTY-FIVE

 

The Melksham to Wisconsin & Ontario Line – 1600 to 1850

 

This is the first of two sections of this family line

 

Updated September 2017

 

 

 

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.  That involved 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. 35L19) and his wife Hannah Mortimer, and possibly the twin brother of Henry Collett (Ref. 35M53).  Therefore, the branch line from John Collett (Ref. 35M52) 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 eight 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 possibly around 1715 that he married Eleanor (Ellenor) who was also born in Wiltshire but around 1695, with whom he had at least three children.  Upon the baptism of all three children the parents were named at ‘John and Ellenor Collet’.

 

 

 

35K1

Martha Collett

Born in 1716 at Broughton Gifford

 

35K2

Sarah Collett

Born in 1719 at Broughton Gifford

 

35K3

John Collett

Born in 1722 at Broughton Gifford

 

 

 

 

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 Collett 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 unverified source suggests that John Collett died at Broughton Gifford around 1775.

 

 

 

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. 35M9) was living three dwellings from the family of James Gearish (Gerrish) and Mary Collett (Ref. 35M15) who were married in 1843.  Thomas and Mary were brother and sister.

 

 

 

35K4

Patience Collett

Baptised on 11.06.1730 at Broughton Gifford

 

35K5

Mary Collett

Baptised on 30.08.1733 at Broughton Gifford

 

35K6

Millicent Collett

Born circa 1736 at Broughton Gifford

 

35K7

John Collett

Born circa 1739 at Broughton Gifford

 

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

 

35K8

Mary Collett

Baptised on 11.09.1743 at Broughton Gifford

 

35K9

William Collett

Baptised on 19.04.1745 at Broughton Gifford

 

35K10

John Collett

Baptised on 04.04.1748 at Broughton Gifford

 

35K11

Sarah Collett

Baptised on 26.12.1750 at Broughton Gifford

 

35K12

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.

 

 

 

35K13

Mary Collett

Baptised on 14.07.1738 at Broughton Gifford

 

35K14

Martha Collett

Baptised on 24.02.1739 at Broughton Gifford

 

35K15

Betty Collett

Baptised on 17.04.1743 at Broughton Gifford

 

35K16

Sarah Collett

Baptised on 23.06.1745 at Broughton Gifford

 

35K17

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:

 

35K18

Rebecca Collett

Baptised on 16.11.1751 at Broughton Gifford

 

35K19

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.

 

 

 

35K20

Thomas Collett

Baptised on 25.12.1753 at Broughton Gifford

 

35K21

Ruth Collett

Baptised on 02.02.1756 at Broughton Gifford

 

35K22

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.

 

 

 

 

35K1

Martha Collett (previously Ref. 44K1) was born at Broughton Gifford in 1716 and was baptised there on 20th April 1716, the eldest child of ‘John and Ellenor Collet’.

 

 

 

 

35K2

Sarah Collett (previously Ref. 44K2) was born at Broughton Gifford in 1719 where she was baptised on 1st January 1720, the daughter of ‘John and Ellenor Collet’.

 

 

 

 

35K3

John Collett (previously Ref. 44K3) was born at Broughton Gifford in 1722, the only known son of ‘John and Ellenor Collet’ who was baptised at Broughton Gifford on 10th December 1722.  He later married (1) Ann with whom he had five children who were all born at Broughton Gifford.  Although not proved, it would appear that Ann died after 1750 and that ten years later John married (2) Sarah at Broughton Gifford and that second marriage provided a further son for John.

 

 

 

35L1

Mary Collett

Born in 1743 at Broughton Gifford

 

35L2

William Collett

Born in 1745 at Broughton Gifford

 

35L3

Mary Collett

Born in 1748 at Broughton Gifford

 

35L4

John Collett

Born in 1749 at Broughton Gifford

 

35L5

Sarah Collett

Born in 1750 at Broughton Gifford

 

The following is believed to be John’s son by his second wife Sarah:

 

35L6

Henry Collett

Born in 1761 at Broughton Gifford

 

 

 

 

35K5

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.

 

 

 

 

35K6

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.

 

 

 

 

35K7

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.

 

 

 

35L7

James Collett

Born in 1763 at Broughton Gifford

 

35L8

Martha Collett

Baptised on 11.05.1766 at Broughton Gifford

 

35L9

Henry Collett

Baptised on 19.02.1769 at Broughton Gifford

 

 

 

 

35K9

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.

 

 

 

 

35K10

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

 

 

 

35L10

James Collett

Born circa 1785 at Broughton Gifford

 

 

 

 

35K11

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.

 

 

 

 

35K12

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.  Henry Collett died at Broughton Gifford in 1824.

 

 

 

35L11

Ann Collett

Baptised on 25.12.1768 at Broughton Gifford

 

35L12

John Collett

Baptised on 20.10.1771 at Broughton Gifford

 

35L13

Harry Collett

Baptised on 31.01.1774 at Broughton Gifford

 

35L14

HENRY COLLETT

Born circa 1775 at Broughton Gifford

 

35L15

James Collett

Baptised on 05.04.1777 at Broughton Gifford

 

35L16

William Collett

Baptised on 28.09.1778 at Broughton Gifford

 

35L17

Amelia (Millicent) Collett

Baptised on 04.03.1781 at Broughton Gifford

 

35L18

Thomas Collett

Baptised on 30.05.1784 at Broughton Gifford

 

35L19

Stephen Collett

Baptised on 04.03.1787 at Broughton Gifford

 

35L20

Mary Collett

Baptised on 25.07.1789 at Broughton Gifford

 

 

 

 

35K14

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.

 

 

 

 

35K16

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

Mary Collett (previously Ref. 44L1) was born at Broughton Gifford in 1743 where she was baptised on 11th September 1743, the daughter of John and Ann Collett.  It would seem highly likely that she died before she was five years old, as a later child of John and Ann was also baptised as Mary Collett.

 

 

 

 

35L2

William Collett (previously Ref. 44L2) was born at Broughton Gifford in 1745 and was baptised there on 19th April 1745, the son of John and Ann Collett.

 

 

 

 

35L3

Mary Collett (previously Ref. 44L3) was born at Broughton Gifford in 1748 and was the second daughter of John and Ann Collett to be given the name Mary.  She was baptised at Broughton Gifford on 4th April 1748.

 

 

 

 

35L4

John Collett (previously Ref. 44L4) was born in 1749, the son of John and Ann Collett, and was baptised at Broughton Gifford on 11th September 1749.  He was married to Elizabeth Knapp and the couple is known to have been living at Trowbridge in Wiltshire when their marriage was blessed with the birth of three children.  Elizabeth Knapp was the eldest of the six children of John Knapp and Mary Tucker, and was baptised at Trowbridge on 16th August 1749.  At the time of her marriage to John Collett at St James’ Church in Trowbridge on 9th May 1774 she was recorded as being Betty Knapp.  Betty would have been with-child on their wedding day.  The Ahnentafel Report confirmed that John Collett and Elizabeth Knapp were the parents of the three children listed below.

 

 

 

35M1

Thomas Collett

Born in 1774 at Trowbridge

 

35M2

Stephen Collett

Born in 1777 at Trowbridge

 

35M3

Mary Collett

Born in 1780 at Trowbridge

 

 

 

 

35L5

Sarah Collett (previously Ref. 44L5) was born at Broughton Gifford in 1750, and it was there that she was baptised on 26th December 1750, the daughter of John and Ann Collett.

 

 

 

 

35L6

Henry Collett (previously Ref. 44L6) was born at Broughton Gifford in 1761 and was baptised there on 5th July 1761, the only child of John Collett and his second wife Sarah.

 

 

 

 

35L7

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.

 

 

 

35M4

John Collett

Baptised on 01.11.1789 at Broughton Gifford

 

35M5

Daniel Collett

Baptised on 20.11.1794 at Broughton Gifford

 

35M6

James Collett

Born in 1797 at Broughton Gifford

 

35M7

Mary Collett

Baptised on 25.01.1808 at Broughton Gifford

 

 

 

 

35L9

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 (below) at Broughton Gifford in 1808, while Hannah’s brother George Mortimer married Amelia Collett (below) at Broughton Gifford in 1804.  Amelia and Stephen were siblings and cousins of Henry Collett.  The death of Hannah Collett, the likely wife of Henry Collett, was recorded at Bradford-on-Avon in 1842.

 

 

 

Over the years following the birth and baptism of their known son Thomas, three other Collett children were baptised at nearby Melksham.  They were William Collett (Ref. 35M8a) in 1806, Ann Collett (Ref. 35M8b) baptised on 7th September 1806 and Hannah Collett (Ref. 35M8c) baptised on 5th June 1808.  In each case their parents were named as Henry and Ann Collett.

 

 

 

35M8

Thomas Collett

Baptised on 27.09.1801 at Broughton Gifford

 

 

 

 

35L10

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.

 

 

 

35M9

Thomas Collett

Baptised on 01.11.1807 at Broughton Gifford

 

35M10

Samuel Collett

Baptised on 25.12.1808; likely infant death

 

35M11

Ann Collett

Baptised on 05.08.1810 at Broughton Gifford

 

35M12

Samuel Collett

Baptised on 15.11.1811 at Broughton Gifford

 

35M13

Elizabeth Clack Collett

Baptised on 21.11.1813 at Broughton Gifford

 

35M14

Sarah Collett

Born circa 1815 / 1816 at Broughton Gifford

 

35M15

Mary Collett

Baptised on 23.02.1817 at Broughton Gifford

 

35M16

James Collett

Baptised on 18.10.1818 at Broughton Gifford

 

35M17

Henry Clack Collett

Baptised on 02.07.1820 at Broughton Gifford

 

35M18

Jane Collett

Baptised on 20.01.1823 at Broughton Gifford

 

 

 

 

35L11

Ann Collett was baptised at Broughton Gifford on 25th December 1768, the daughter of Henry and Mary Collett.  It was on 25th October 1790 that Anne Collett of the parish of Broughton Gifford was married by banns to Aaron Gay, also of the same parish.  Each of them signed the church register with the mark of a cross.

 

 

 

 

35L12

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.

 

 

 

35M19

William Collett

Baptised on 17.02.1793 at Broughton Gifford

 

35M20

Mary Collett

Baptised on 05.04.1795 at Broughton Gifford

 

35M21

Robert Collett

Born in January 1795 at Broughton Gifford

 

35M22

Henry Collett

Baptised on 29.04.1798 at Broughton Gifford

 

35M23

Elizabeth Collett

Baptised on 23.11.1800 at Broughton Gifford

 

35M24

Millicent Collett

Baptised on 11.09.1803 at Broughton Gifford

 

 

 

 

35L14

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.

 

 

 

35M25

William Collett

Born in 1801 at Broughton Gifford

 

35M26

Daniel Collett

Born in 1805 at Broughton Gifford

 

35M27

Thomas Collett

Baptised on 18.10.1807 at Broughton Gifford

 

35M28

Maria Collett

Born in 1812 at Broughton Gifford

 

35M29

STEPHEN COLLETT

Born in 1817 at Broughton Gifford

 

 

 

 

35L15

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.  However, there is within the records for Broughton Gifford, the death of a James Collett who died in 1849 at the age of 73.

 

 

 

 

35L16

William Collett, who was baptised at Broughton Gifford on 28th September 1778, married Mary Line from Winkfield (today Wingfield), where they were married on 17th April 1804.  Once married, the couple settled in Broughton Gifford, where their three known children were baptised.  Tragically their son James did not survive to adulthood and was buried at Broughton Gifford on 12th January 1826.  The couple’s second son was baptised on the same day as another William Collett, the son of Thomas and Maria Collett (below).  Eighteen years after the birth of the couple’s first grandchild, William Granger Hulbert, the eldest son of their married daughter Mary Ann, William Hulbert was living at Grittleton with his unmarried uncle Thomas Collett, aged 30 and from Broughton Gifford.  If the census in 1851 was absolutely correct in stating their relationship to each other, then that would indicate that Thomas Collett was the brother of Mary Ann Hulbert nee Collett, and therefore a later son of William Collett and Mary Line, hence his inclusion below.

 

 

 

35M30

James Collett

Baptised on 12.04.1807 at Broughton Gifford

 

35M31

William Collett

Baptised on 12.02.1809 at Broughton Gifford

 

35M32

Mary Ann Collett

Baptised on 14.01.1811 at Broughton Gifford

 

35M33

Thomas Collett

Born in 1820 at Broughton Gifford

 

 

 

 

35L17

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.

 

 

 

35M34

Henry (Harry) Mortimer

Bapt on 30.06.1805 at Broughton Gifford

 

35M35

Joseph Mortimer

Born in 1807 at Broughton Gifford

 

35M36

Sarah Mortimer

Born in 1809 at Broughton Gifford

 

35M37

Hannah E Mortimer – see 35M9

Born in 1813 at Broughton Gifford

 

35M38

George Mortimer

Born in 1815 at Broughton Gifford

 

35M39

Joseph Mortimer

Born in 1817 at Broughton Gifford

 

35M40

Elizabeth Mortimer

Born in 1818 at Broughton Gifford

 

 

 

 

35L18

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 three sons were born - before they emigrated to America in 1829 with sons Thomas, John, Job and Jacob.  The absence of Maria’s youngest child Harry might indicate that he may have suffered an infant, perhaps his birth being the event that took the life of his mother.  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.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

35M41

Stephen Collett

Baptised on 30.08.1807 at Broughton Gifford

 

35M42

William Collett

Baptised on 12.02.1809 at Broughton Gifford

 

35M43

Thomas Collett

Baptised on 02.06.1811 at Broughton Gifford

 

35M44

Harriet Collett

Baptised on 19.12.1813 at Melksham

 

35M45

John Collett

Born around 1814/1815 at Broughton Gifford

 

35M46

Harry Collett

Baptised on 29.09.1816 at Melksham

 

The following are the sons of Thomas Collett by his second wife Jane Marks:

 

35M47

John Collett

Baptised on 21.11.1824 at Melksham

 

35M48

Job Collett

Born on 26.05.1825 at Melksham

 

35M49

Jacob F Collett

Baptised on 23.07.1826 at Melksham

 

 

 

 

35L19

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.

 

 

 

35M50

Sarah Collett

Baptised on 25.12.1809 at Broughton Gifford

 

35M51

Anne Collett

Baptised on 21.05.1812 at Broughton Gifford

 

35M52

John Collett

Born in 1816 at Broughton Gifford

 

35M53

Henry Collett

Born in 1817 at Broughton Gifford

 

35M54

Mary Collett

Born in 1819 at Broughton Gifford

 

35M55

Simeon Collett

Born in 1823 at Broughton Gifford

 

 

 

 

35M1

Thomas Collett (previously 44M1) was born at Trowbridge in 1774 where he was baptised on 11th September 1774, the son of John Collett and Elizabeth Knapp who were married only four months earlier.

 

 

 

 

35M2

Stephen Collett (previously 44M2) was baptised at Trowbridge on 10th August 1777, the son of John Collett and Elizabeth Knapp. 

 

 

 

 

35M3

Mary Collett (previously 44M3) was born at Trowbridge in 1780 and it was there also that she was baptised in April that year.  When she was twenty-one, Mary married John Watts on 5th August 1801 at St James’ Church in Trowbridge.

 

 

 

 

35M4

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

 

 

 

 

35M5

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 her cousin Thomas Collett (Ref. 35N2) 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 at Broughton Gifford

 

35N16

Daniel Collett

Baptised on 13.03.1831 at Broughton Gifford

 

35N17

James Collett

Baptised on 30.03.1834 at Broughton Gifford

 

 

 

 

35M6

James Collett was born at Broughton Gifford during 1797, where he was baptised 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.  James Collett died at Broughton Gifford in 1858 when he was 61, thus meaning he was one or two years old when he was baptised there.  It was two years later, and also at Broughton Gifford, that his widow Martha Collett died 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

 

 

 

 

35M8

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

 

 

 

 

35M9

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 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’ eldest son Samuel Collett 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

 

 

 

 

35M12

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. 35M37) on 6th April 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. 35L17), 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. 35M54), 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 three years, and baby Sarah who was 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 who was 13, Sarah who was 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. 35M55), 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

 

 

 

 

35M13

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 that year she was recorded with a rounded age of 25.

 

 

 

 

35M14

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.

 

 

 

 

35M15

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.

 

 

 

 

35M17

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 two children were born, before moving to Combe Down, just south-east of Bath, where the third of their five known children was born.  Sadly, their second child died shortly after he was born.   James Collett, whose birth was recorded at Bradford-on-Avon (Ref. viii 271) during the third quarter of 1848, mother’s maiden name Gore, died at Broughton Gifford on 19th September 1849.  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.

 

 

 

Sometime 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

James Collett

Born in 1848 at Broughton Gifford

 

35N50

Thomas Collett

Born in 1850 at Combe Down near Bath

 

35N51

Jane Collett

Born in 1856 at Monkton Combe nr Bath

 

35N52

James Collett

Born in 1863 at Monkton Combe nr Bath

 

 

 

 

35M18

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.

 

 

 

 

35M19

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.

 

 

 

35N53

Tabitha Collett

Born circa 1816 at Broughton Gifford

 

35N54

Elizabeth Collett

Born circa 1821 at Broughton Gifford

 

35N55

William Collett

Born circa 1828 at Broughton Gifford

 

 

 

 

35M22

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.

 

 

 

35N56

Henry Collett

Born in 1826 at Melksham

 

35N57

Sarah Collett

Baptised on 17.06.1827 at Melksham

 

35N58

Eliza Collett

Baptised on 05.04.1829 at Melksham

 

35N59

Elizabeth (Betsy) Collett

Baptised on 11.12.1831 at Melksham

 

35N60

Ann Collett

Baptised on 31.05.1835 at Melksham

 

35N61

Everest Collett

Born in 1837 at Melksham

 

35N62

John Collett

Born in 1839 at Melksham

 

 

 

 

35M23

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.

 

 

 

 

35M25

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 Gardner and once they were married the couple settled in Melksham area of Wiltshire, not far from Broughton Gifford.  It was while they were living there, that their daughter 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.

 

 

 

35N63

Elizabeth Collett

Baptised on 24.02.1828 at Melksham

 

 

 

 

35M26

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.

 

 

 

35N64

Ann Collett

Born in 1832 at Broughton Gifford

 

35N65

Stephen Collett

Born in 1837 at Broughton Gifford

 

35N66

Mary Collett

Born in 1840 at Broughton Gifford

 

 

 

 

35M28

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

 

 

 

 

35M29

STEPHEN COLLETT was born at Melksham in 1819 and by June 1841 he was married with a child when living at Woodrow Tything in Melksham with his widowed father Henry Collett.  It was in 1840 when the marriage of Stephen Collett and (1) Grace Brinsdon was recorded at Melksham.  Stephen was 21 and confirmed as the son of Henry Collett, while Grace was 23 and named as the daughter of John Brinsdon.  In the census of 1841 Stephen was described as a woollen weaver with a rounded age of 20, the same rounded age given to his wife Grace who is known to have been slightly older than her husband.  The very recent marriage of Stephen and Grace had already produced their first of the couple’s ten children born and baptised at Melksham, their son George was still under one-year old.

 

 

 

In 1851 the family comprised Stephen 31 who was an agricultural labourer, Grace 34 who was a yarn wool quiller, George who was ten, Hannah who was 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 next census in 1861 only eight of the ten children were still living with their parents at Broughton Road in Melksham.  On that day Stephen Collett was 41, and employed as an agricultural labourer, and Grace Collett was 46.  Their children were George aged 20, Emma aged 15, John aged 13, William aged 11, Ellen who was nine, Thomas who was six, Maria who was five, and Frederick who was three years old.

 

 

 

It was just shortly before the next census that Grace Collett nee Brinsdon passed away, her death recorded at Melksham (Ref. 5a 81) during the first three months of 1871 when she was 54.  As a consequence, by the time of the Melksham census of 1871, Stephen Collett was a widower and a gardener at the age of 51 years.  Still living there with him were his three youngest children, Thomas Collett who was 17, Maria Collett who was 16, and Frederick Collett who was 13.  Living nearby in Melksham on that same day was Stephen’s son William, age 22, and his new wife Sarah A Collett who was 21.  It would appear that Stephen may have already remarried by that time since, his second wife (2) Susan H Hayward, who was born at Plymouth in 1832, was recorded in the Charles district of Plymouth in the census in 1871 as Susan Collett aged 38.  On that day she seems to have been visiting or staying with her parents in Plymouth, perhaps because she was pregnant with Emily, the first of the three children she had with Stephen.

 

 

 

Ten years later, according to the 1881 Census, Stephen Collett was a gardener at 61, 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, Emily and Sidney, 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.  Gardener Stephen was 71 and Susan was 58, and living with the couple at Union Street in 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 New Broughton Road in Melksham Within, where gardener Stephen from Melksham was 81 and his wife from Plymouth was 69.  Eight years later the death of Stephen Collett was recorded at Melksham register office (Ref. 5a 83) during the first quarter of 1909 when his aged was thought to be 89.

 

 

 

35N67

George Collett

Born circa 1840 at Melksham

 

35N68

Hannah Collett

Baptised on 27.03.1842 at Melksham

 

35N69

Jemima Collett

Baptised on 31.12.1843 at Melksham

 

35N70

Emma Collett

Baptised on 26.10.1845 at Melksham

 

35N71

John Collett

Born circa 1848 at Melksham

 

35N72

WILLIAM COLLETT

Born circa 1849 at Melksham

 

35N73

Ellen Collett

Baptised on 25.01.1852 at Melksham

 

35N74

Thomas Collett

Born circa 1854 at Melksham

 

35N75

Maria Collett

Baptised on 25.11.1855 at Melksham

 

35N76

Frederick Collett

Born circa 1858 at Melksham

 

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

 

35N77

Emily Collett

Born circa 1871 at Melksham

 

35N78

Sidney Collett

Born circa 1875 at Melksham

 

35N79

Frank S Collett

Born circa 1877 at Melksham

 

 

 

 

35M32

Mary Ann Collett was baptised at Broughton Gifford on 14th January 1811, the daughter of William Collett and Mary Line.  She later married William Granger Hulbert at some time prior to 1833, with whom she had nine children.  That was confirmed in part by the census in 1841 when William and his wife Mary Ann Hulbert were living within the Melksham area of Wiltshire.  Listed with the couple were their six older children, all of whom were baptised at Rowde, midway between Melksham and Devizes.  The couple’s five youngest children were born after 1837 and are shown in the GRO index with mother's maiden name Collett.

 

 

 

Ten years later, in the census of 1851, William and Mary Ann were both listed as having been born at Broughton when they were living at North Petherton, in Somerset, with eight of their nine children, just the eldest son missing.  He was William Granger Hulbert, baptised on 4th March 1833 at Rowde, and 1851 he was one of three men working as a journeyman blacksmith who were living and working at Grittleton, north of Chippenham.  William Hulbert was 18 and born at Rowde, the nephew of head of the household Thomas Collett who was 30 and born at Broughton Gifford.  The third blacksmith was Thomas Rudman, aged 28 and born at South Wraxall, who was one of the sons of Mary Collett (Ref. 31L14) and Thomas Rudman, a journeyman blacksmith himself.

 

 

 

 

35M33

Thomas Collett was born at Broughton Gifford around 1820, although it is yet to be proved that he was the son of William Collett and Mary Line.  The only reason for his inclusion here is that in 1851 he was the uncle of William Hulbert, the eldest son of Mary Ann Hulbert nee Collett (above).  That year he was a journeyman blacksmith and head of the household at Grittleton, when the census return confirmed he was 30 years old and born at Broughton Gifford.  William Hulbert was also a journeyman blacksmith at the age of 18 and had been born at Rowde.  The final person at the same dwelling was Thomas Rudman, another journeyman blacksmith, who was 28 and from South Wraxall, the son of Mary Collett (Ref. 31L14) and Thomas Rudman.

 

 

 

Ten years later unmarried Thomas Collett from Broughton (sic) in Wiltshire was 38 and a blacksmith, a boarder at the home of the Burdon family in Devers Lane at Bathford in Somerset.  No further record of Thomas Collett from Broughton Gifford has been found, although the death of a Thomas Collett was recorded at Chippenham (Ref. 5a 32) during the third quarter of 1871.  However, whoever reported his passing on 13th September 1871, gave his age as 53.

 

 

 

 

35M41

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

 

 

 

 

35M42

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

 

 

 

 

35M43

Thomas Collett was baptised at Broughton Gifford on 2nd June 1811, another son of Thomas and Maria Collett. He may have been around ten years old when his mother died, following which his father was remarried and in 1829 Thomas sailed to America with his father, step-mother and three half-brothers John, Job and Jacob (below).  Initially Thomas worked with his father at Bangor in Maine where, in 1845, they founded a file cutting business to serve the local lumber trade and during the following year father and son were both living on Pine Street in Bangor, where they were recorded as file cutters.  During the next few years Thomas’ half-brother John was married, most likely in Maine, before moving to Hamden in New Haven, Connecticut.  According to the Hamden census in 1850 the half-brothers were living next door to each other, when they were both described as butchers, perhaps even working together.

 

 

 

Also by that time, Thomas from England age 37, was married to Ann, who was 34 and from England, and they had a daughter Harriet A Collett who was two years of age and born at Connecticut.  Ten years later Thomas and Ann were still residing in Hamden, when the 1860 recorded their slightly larger family as Thomas Collett who was 47, Ann Collett who was 45, Harriet Collett who was 12, Daniel Collett who was nine and Stephen Collett who was seven.  Thomas was no longer living next door to his half-brother John, who had moved away by then.

 

 

 

It was after a further ten years when Thomas H Collatt (sic) aged 59 and from England was granted American citizenship at New Haven on 16th March 1870.  That same year, the census included just Thomas aged 59, Ann who was 55 and their son Daniel who was 19.  By then Thomas was a farmer, Ann was keeping house and Daniel was working at an auger shop.

 

 

 

35N83

Harriet Ann Collett

Born in 1848 at Hamden, Connecticut

 

35N84

Daniel T Collett

Born in 1850 at Hamden, Connecticut

 

35N85

Stephen Collett

Born in 1852 at Hamden, Connecticut

 

 

 

 

35M45

John Collett was born at Broughton Gifford around 1814/15, another son of Thomas and Maria Collett.  His mother died when he was only a few years old, following which his father remarried and eventually in 1829 the family sailed off to a new life in America.  However, John Collett from Broughton Gifford may have stayed in the village of his birth, where he was a married man in the census returns for 1851 and 1861.  In the first of these, the childless couple was recorded as John Collett who was 36 and Jane Collett who was 43, while ten years later they were still residing in Broughton Gifford when John was 46 and Jane was 53.  The death of John Collett, aged 55, was recorded at Bradford-on-Avon (Ref. 5a 96) during the first three months of 1870.

 

 

 

 

35M47

John Collett was baptised at Melksham on 21st November 1824, having been born earlier in that year, the eldest of the three sons of Thomas Collett by his second wife Jane Marks.  John was around five or six years of age when his father took the young family to live in America.  On the occasion of the US Census in 1850, John Collett from England was 25 years of age and had been married to Ann for around two years, with whom he already had two young children.  On that day the family of four was living in Hamden, New Haven in Connecticut, where John was a butcher.  His wife Ann A Collett was also 25 and had been born in Maine.  The couple’s first child Charles H Collett, who was one year old and had also been born in Maine, before settling in Connecticut where their second child, baby Jason S Collett, had only just been born.  Staying with the family was mechanic James Simpson 23 and Mercy H Simpson 29, both from Maine, possibly related to John’s wife.  Living in the adjacent dwelling was the family of butcher Thomas Collett from England, who was 37, and his wife Ann who was 34 and from England, and their daughter Harriet A Collett aged two years and born in Connecticut.  Thomas was John’s half-brother from his father’s first marriage.

 

 

 

In April 1854 their daughter Emma Jane Collett was born at Hamden, when her parents were confirmed as John Collett and Ann A Collett.  That event was confirmed in the next census of 1860, by which time the family was living at Princeton in Bureau County, Illinois.  The family that year was listed as: John Collett, a drover of 35; Ann A Collett 36; Charles H Collett 12; Jason S Collett 10; Mary E Collett who was eight; Emma J Collett who was six; John H Collett who was four; and George E Collett who was one year old.  At least two more children were added to the family, while the death of George E Collett was recorded at St Louis City in Missouri where he was buried in Bellefontaine Cemetery.  That move to Missouri was confirmed again in the census of 1870 when John was a farmer aged 48.  His wife Ann was 46, daughter Mary was 18, Emma was 16, John H Collett was 14, and George was curiously stated as being only four years of age, when he was nearer seven years old.

 

 

 

According to the next census in 1880 John Collett and his family were living at Blue Mound in Vernon County, Missouri, where John from England was a farmer at the age of 56 and Ann was 58 and from Maine.  The only children living with them that day were their daughter Emma A Collett (sic) who was 26 and born in Connecticut, John Collett junior who was 20 and born in Illinois, and George D Collett who was 17 and born in Missouri.  Twenty years later John Collett was still living at Blue Mound where he was described in the 1900 Census as being widower who was 76, who had been born in England during October 1824, and who entered America in 1829.  Looking after John in his old age was married couple and servants John and Laura Rupard, who also had living there with them, their one year old son George Rupard, all of them born in Missouri.

 

 

 

35N86

Charles H Collett

Born in 1849 at Maine

 

35N87

Jason S Collett

Born in 1850 at Hamden, Connecticut

 

35N88

Mary E Collett

Born in 1852 at Hamden, Connecticut

 

35N89

Emma Jane Collett

Born on 03.04.1854 at Hamden

 

35N90

John H Collett

Born in 1856 in Illinois

 

35N91

George E Collett

Born in 1859 in Illinois; died 1864

 

35N92

John Collett

Born in 1860 in Illinois

 

35N93

George Dexter Collett

Born in 1863 in Missouri

 

 

 

 

35M48

Job Collett was born at Melksham on 26th May 1825 and was the second son of Thomas and Jane Collett.  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 grey 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.

 

 

 

35N94

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:

 

35N95

Willie Thomas Collett

Born in 1856 at Bangor, Maine; died 30.03.1856

 

35N96

Charles T Collett

Born in 1857 at Bangor, Maine

 

35N97

Carrie Collett

Born in 1864 at Bangor, Maine

 

35N98

Lillie Collett

Born in 1866 at Bangor, Maine; died 19.07.1866

 

35N99

Henry Eugene Collett

Born in 1872 at Bangor, Maine

 

 

 

 

35M49

Jacob F Collett was baptised at Melksham on 23rd July 1826, the youngest of the three sons of Thomas Collett and his second wife Jane Marks.  Jacob was three years old when Thomas and Jane sailed to America with their young family in 1929.  His first appearance in America was on the occasion of the census in 1870, by which time he was married and residing in the state of Maine.  Jacob from England was 44 and a merchant tailor, his wife Augusta Collett from New Hampshire was 36, and their children were Frances M Collett who was 17 and born in Massachusetts, as was son Harry A Collett who was 14, with Frank Collett aged 11 from New Hampshire, while Albert L Collet aged four years had been born after the family had settled in Maine.

 

 

 

Ten years later it was at Corinna in Penobscot County, Maine, that Jacob F Collett was 54 and still working as a merchant tailor.  Augusta was 47, and the children still living with the couple was their married daughter Fannie M Green, aged 26, with her younger husband Edgar M Green who was 23 and from Maine, plus their Jacob’s youngest son Albert L Collett who was 15 and youngest daughter Valentine E Collett who was six years old.  Curiously the census return recorded that both Albert and Valentine had been born in Nebraska, which is contrary to the previous census, and the fact that in 1870 and 1880 the family had been recorded in Maine, a long way from Nebraska.

 

 

 

During his twilight years Jacob returned to Massachusetts and, in the census conducted in 1900, he was 75 and described as a cutter of men’s clothing, living at Somerville City Ward 4 in Middlesex County.  The census form that year described his wife as Hannah A Collett who was 67 who had been born at New Hampshire during October 1833.  Four years earlier, on the tragic occasion of the premature death of their youngest child, shortly after she was married, her death certificate revealed that the wife of Jacob F Collett from England was Hannah Augusta Brown who had been born at Concord in New Hampshire.