PART THIRTY-FIVE

 

The Melksham to Wisconsin & Ontario Line – 1600 to 1850

 

This is the first of two sections of this family line

 

Updated December 2019

 

At the end of 2019 Stephen Carpenter generously provided copies of the Wiltshire Parish Registers of Birth, Deaths & Marriages, transcribed by the Wiltshire Family History Society

 

The version of this file, released in April 2019, was produced with the help of

Roger H Collett (Ref. 35R48) of London, Ontario, who provided lots of early records of

the Collett families of Broughton Gifford.  The work involved, has resulted in a complete

re-ordering of the early generations of this family line, through to the present day.

 

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. 35O38) and James Collett (Ref. 35O45) were first cousins, the grandsons of James Collett (Ref. 35M4) 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. 35M8) and his wife Hannah Mortimer, and the brother of Henry Collett (Ref. 35N39).  Therefore, the branch line from John Collett (Ref. 35N38) 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 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 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, including twin sons Joseph and John Collett.  When the couple’s youngest child was barely three years old, Grace Collett, wife of Luke Collett, died at Broughton Gifford, where she was buried on 11th December 1684.  After losing his wife, Luke entered into a relationship with Edith who, upon her death in 1688, three months after the death of Luke’s youngest child Grace, she was referred to as the ‘pretend wife of Luke Collett, following which she was buried at Broughton Gifford on 30th April 1688.

 

 

 

35I1

Thomas Collett

Baptised on 24.05.1668 at Broughton Gifford

 

35I2

Luke Collett

Baptised on 31.01.1670 at Broughton Gifford

 

35I3

William Collett

Baptised on 18.02.1672 at Broughton Gifford

 

35I4

Joseph Collett             twin

Baptised on 20.09.1674 at Broughton Gifford

 

35I5

John Collett                   twin

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

 

 

 

 

35I2

Luke Collett was baptised at Broughton Gifford on 31st January 1670, the second child of Luke and Grace Collett.  No record of a marriage has been discovered so far, while it was at Broughton Gifford that Sybilla Collett, wife of Luke Collett, was buried there on 24th May 1710.  Two and a half years later, Luke Collett was also buried at Broughton Gifford on 7th November 1712.

 

 

 

 

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.  If his wife was Jane, then she outlived her husband, since Jane Collett, a widow, was buried at Broughton Gifford on 18th December 1727.

 

 

 

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 twin brother John (below).  Joseph later married Mary Wakeley early in 1699, although the parish register at Broughton Gifford stated that ‘the marriage did not take place here’.  Once they were married, Mary presented Joseph with eight children, 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.  By the time Mary Collett nee Wakeley died at Broughton Gifford in 1738 she was already a widow, when she was buried there on 4th April 1738.

 

 

 

35J2

Martha Collett

Born before 1699 at Broughton Gifford

 

35J3

Jane Collett

Born in 1701 at Broughton Gifford

 

35J4

John Collett

Born in 1705 at Broughton Gifford

 

35J5

Mary Collett

Born in 1710 at Broughton Gifford

 

35J6

Joseph Collett

Born in 1714 at Broughton Gifford

 

35J7

Leah Collett

Born in 1717 at Broughton Gifford

 

35J8

Daniel Collett

Born in 1720 at Broughton Gifford

 

35J9

James Collett

Born in 1722 at Broughton Gifford

 

 

 

 

35I5

John Collett was the twin brother of Joseph (above), with whom he was baptised at Broughton Gifford on 20th September 1674, another child of Luke and Grace Collett.  Under two months later he died and was buried at Broughton Gifford on 15th November 1674.

 

 

 

 

35I6

Jane Collett was born at Broughton Gifford where she was baptised on 4th December 1681, the penultimate child of Luke and Grace Collett.  When she was just over six years of age, Jane died and was buried at Broughton Gifford on 9th February 1688.

 

 

 

 

35J1

John Collett was born at Broughton Gifford in 1694, the only known child of William Collett.  It was also at Broughton Gifford that John later married Ann Archer of Melksham on 18th April 1720, although no record of any issue for John and Ann has so far been found.  John Collett died at Broughton Gifford, where he was buried on 28th September 1729.  Ann Collett, nee Archer, died in Broughton Gifford, where she was buried over thirty years after her husband on 7th December 1766.

 

 

 

 

35J2

Martha Collett was born at Broughton Gifford, most likely prior to 1699, the eldest daughter of Joseph Collett and Mary Wakeley, who was baptised there on 15th October 1699.  It was also at Broughton Gifford that a Martha Collett married Stephen Dark, of Calne, on 25th December 1714, while another record states that Martha Collett married John Young at Broughton Gifford on 4th March 1716.  Having regard to the date of her baptism, it would seem more than likely that her husband was John Young.

 

 

 

 

35J3

Jane Collett was baptised at Broughton Gifford on 11th June 1701, another daughter of Joseph and Mary Collett.  Two years and two days later, she died and was buried at Broughton Gifford on 13th June 1703.  Therefore, she was not the Jane Collett who married William Brossire, of Bradford-on-Avon, at Broughton Gifford on 8th June 1721.

 

 

 

 

35J4

John Collett was baptised at Broughton Gifford on 5th August 1705, the eldest son of Joseph Collett and Mary Wakeley.  He was twenty-three years old when he married Millicent (Millie) Gearish at Broughton Gifford on 7th August 1728, when he was confirmed as the son of Joseph Collett.  Millie had been born around 1707 and she presented John with four children, and all of whom were born and baptised at Broughton Gifford.  John Collett died at Broughton Gifford during February 1766, and was buried there on 20th February 1766.  His widow, described as Milly Collett died nine years later, during 1775, and was buried with her husband at Broughton Gifford on 7th July 1775.

 

 

 

35K1

Patience Collett

Born in 1730 at Broughton Gifford

 

35K2

Mary Collett

Born in 1733 at Broughton Gifford

 

35K3

Millicent Collett

Born in 1736 at Broughton Gifford

 

35K4

John Collett

Born in 1739 at Broughton Gifford

 

 

 

 

35J5

Mary Collett was born at Broughton Gifford in 1710 and was baptised there on 31st January 1711, another daughter of Joseph and Mary Collett.  She later married John Bull at Broughton Gifford on 16th November 1728, when they were both described as junior.  Once married, 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.  They were 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. 35M6).

 

 

 

 

35J6

Joseph Collett was probably born at Broughton Gifford, where he was baptised on 24th October 1714, another child of Joseph and Mary Collett.  He married (1) Anne Redman at Broughton Gifford on 23rd December 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’.  Shortly after the birth of their fifth child, or even during the birth itself, Anne Collett nee Redman, died and was buried at Broughton Gifford on 7th January 1750, the child baptised there one week later.  Within the next twelve months Joseph married (2) Mary with whom he had a further two children, both of them being baptised at Broughton Gifford.  Joseph and Mary Collett both died very close together, since they were buried together at Broughton Gifford on 24th October 1766, when their youngest child was only twelve years old.

 

 

 

35K5

Mary Collett

Born in 1738 at Broughton Gifford

 

35K6

Martha Collett

Born in 1740 at Broughton Gifford

 

35K7

Betty Collett

Born in 1743 at Broughton Gifford

 

35K8

Sarah Collett

Born in 1745 at Broughton Gifford

 

35K9

Anne Collett

Born in 1750 at Broughton Gifford

 

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

 

35K10

Rebecca Collett

Born in 1751 at Broughton Gifford

 

35K11

Joseph Collett

Born in 1754 at Broughton Gifford

 

 

 

 

35J7

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

 

 

 

 

35J8

Daniel Collett was possibly born around 1720, the son of Joseph and Mary Collett.  He later married Ruth Burbridge from Seend on 19th February 1752 at Broughton Gifford, where their first three children were born and baptised there.  The couple’s last two children were born and baptised at Great Cheverell and, the day after the second of them was baptised there, Ruth Collett nee Burbridge, was buried at Broughton Gifford on 21st April 1767, having not survived the ordeal of the birth of her last child.  The parish burial record described her husband as Daniel Collett of Great Cheverell, which lies five miles south of Devizes.  After just over six years as a widower, Daniel Collett was buried at Broughton Gifford on 10th May 1773.  The parish burial record described him as Daniel Collett of Melksham, Broughton Gifford being less than two miles from Melksham.

 

 

 

35K12

Thomas Collett

Born in 1753 at Broughton Gifford

 

35K13

Ruth Collett

Born in 1756 at Broughton Gifford

 

35K14

Ann Collett

Born in 1758 at Broughton Gifford

 

35K15

Daniel Collett

Born in 1762 at Great Cheverell

 

35K16

William Collett

Born in 1767 at Great Cheverell

 

 

 

 

35J9

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

 

 

 

 

35K1

Patience Collett was born at Broughton Gifford and was baptised there on 11th June 1730, the eldest of the four children of John Collett and Millicent Gearish.  It was much later in her life, when Patience married widower Samuel Mayell at Broughton Gifford on 27th December 1778.

 

 

 

 

35K2

Mary Collett was baptised at Broughton Gifford on 30th August 1733, the second daughter of John and Millie Collett.  It was also at Broughton Gifford where she married James Keen on 17th November 1753.

 

 

 

 

35K3

Millicent Collett was born at Broughton Gifford and it was there that she was baptised on 9th August 1736, another daughter of John and Millie Collett.  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 fourth and last child of John Collett and Millicent Gearish.  When he was around 24 years of age, he was married by banns to Ann Matthews at Broughton Gifford on 31st March 1763.  John signed the register in his own hand, when the witnesses were William and Elizabeth Gearish.  Four months earlier, and on the same page of the parish register, was the marriage of John’s cousin Martha Collett (Ref. 35K9) and John Wakeley.  The first-born child of John and Ann Collett, James, was born shortly after their wedding day and was baptised two months into their married life together.  At the baptism of all of their children in Broughton Gifford, the parents were confirmed as John and Ann Collett.

 

 

 

35L1

James Collett

Born in 1763 at Broughton Gifford

 

35L2

Martha Collett

Born in 1766 at Broughton Gifford

 

35L3

Henry Collett

Born in 1769 at Broughton Gifford

 

 

 

 

35K5

Mary Collett was born at Broughton Gifford and baptised there on 14th July 1738, the first-born child of Joseph Collett by his first wife Anne Redman.  It was also at Broughton Gifford that Mary Collett married Moses Hooper on 13th December 1763.

 

 

 

 

35K6

Martha Collett was baptised at Broughton Gifford on 24th February 1740, the daughter of Joseph and Anne Collett.  It was also there where she was married by banns to John Wakeley on 5th December 1762, her grandmother having been Mary Wakeley, so it seems likely that John was a member of the same family.  Martha and John signed the register with the mark of a cross, while the witnesses were Isaac Rudman and John Bull, two more surnames with links to the Collett family.

 

 

 

 

35K7

Betty Collett was baptised at Broughton Gifford on 17th April 1743, the third child of Joseph Collett and Anne Redman.

 

 

 

 

35K8

Sarah Collett was baptised at Broughton Gifford on 23rd June 1745, another daughter of Joseph and Anne Collett.  It was also at Broughton Gifford, on 24th April 1768, that she married Stephen Bevan of North Bradley.

 

 

 

 

35K9

Anne Collett was born at Broughton Gifford very early in 1750 and, tragically during the birth or just after Anne’s mother died and was buried at Broughton Gifford on 7th January 1750.  One week later, Anne Collett, the daughter of Joseph and Anne Collett, was baptised there on 14th January 1750.  She was therefore the last child of Joseph Collett by his first wife Anne Redman.  Anne Collett was nine months old when she died and was buried at Broughton Gifford on 11th October 1750.

 

 

 

 

35K10

Rebecca Collett was born at Broughton Gifford, where she was baptised on 16th November 1751, the first child of Joseph Collett by his second wife Mary.

 

 

 

 

35K11

Joseph Collet was born at Broughton Gifford and was baptised there on 20th October 1754, the last child of Joseph Collett and his second child by his second wife Mary.  Joseph was not yet three years old when he died at Broughton Gifford, where he was buried on 24th April 1757.

 

 

 

 

35K12

Thomas Collett was born at Broughton Gifford, where he was baptised on 25th December 1753, the eldest of the four known children of Daniel Collett of Broughton Gifford and Ruth Burbridge from Seend.

 

 

 

 

35K13

Ruth Collett was named after her mother when she was baptised at Broughton Gifford on 2nd February 1756, the second child of Daniel and Ruth Collett.  

 

 

 

 

35K14

Ann Collett was born at Broughton Gifford and was baptised there on 24th February 1758, the third child of Daniel and Ruth Collett.  No further information is known about her, except that at Broughton Gifford on 21st April 1794, an Ann Collett was buried there.

 

 

 

 

35K15

Daniel Collett was born at Great Cheverell in 1762, the fourth of the five known children of Daniel and Ruth Collett, who was baptised there on 14th June 1762.

 

 

 

 

35K16

William Collett was born at Great Cheverell, where he was baptised on 20th April 1767, the last known child of Daniel Collett and Ruth Burbridge.  Tragically, his mother never recovered from the ordeal of his birth and was buried at Broughton Gifford the following day.  His father died six years later and was also buried at Broughton Gifford, where William Collett was buried on 6th December 1778, when he was 11 years old and confirmed as the son of Daniel and Ruth Collett.

 

 

 

 

35L0

HENRY COLLETT was originally thought to have been born at Broughton Gifford around 1746, a son of John and Ann Collett.  That has now been proved to be incorrect, since the parish register does list all of the children of John and Ann Collett, but not one named Henry.  Who his parents were, has now to be determined.  However, he did marry Mary Hayward at Broughton Gifford on 20th June 1768, where all of their children were born and baptised, as confirmed by the parish records, kindly supplied by Stephen Carpenter in 2019.  In the earlier edition of this family, line the Wiltshire IGI Records stated, in error, that Henry and Anne Collett were the parents of James who was baptised at Broughton Gifford on 5th April 1776, now re-affirmed as the child of Henry and Mary.  On the occasion of the birth of the couple’s last child, both Henry’s wife died, as did the child, one week later.

 

 

 

It was on 26th July 1789 that Mary Collett, the wife of Henry Collett, was buried at Broughton Gifford, the same day that her baby daughter Mary was baptised there.  Following his loss, it is assumed, but not proved, that Henry would have had eight children, the eldest child, Ann, perhaps acting as the family’s housekeeper.  Henry Collett survived his wife by nearly thirty-five years when he died at Broughton Gifford, where he was buried on 22nd February 1824.

 

 

 

35M1

Ann Collett

Born in 1768 at Broughton Gifford

 

35M2

John Collett

Born in 1771 at Broughton Gifford

 

35M3

HENRY (Harry) COLLETT

Born in 1774 at Broughton Gifford

 

35M4

James Collett

Born in 1776 at Broughton Gifford

 

35M5

William Collett

Born in 1778 at Broughton Gifford

 

35M6

Amelia (Millicent) Collett

Born in 1781 at Broughton Gifford

 

35M7

Thomas Collett

Born in 1784 at Broughton Gifford

 

35M8

Stephen Collett

Born in 1787 at Broughton Gifford

 

35M9

Mary Collett

Born in 1789 at Broughton Gifford

 

 

 

 

35L1

James Collett was born at Broughton Gifford in 1763 and was baptised there on 22nd May 1763.  His parents, John Collett and Ann Matthews, had only been married for less than two months prior to his baptism.  James Collett was married by banns to Margaret Addams of Chalfield, at Broughton Gifford on 31st October 1787.  Both of them signed the register with the mark of a cross, when the witnesses were John Baggs and Thomas Oating.  Two years later, James and Margaret were still living there when their three known sons and one daughter were born.

 

 

 

35M13

John Collett

Born in 1789 at Broughton Gifford

 

35M14

Daniel Collett

Born in 1794 at Broughton Gifford

 

35M15

James Collett

Born in 1799 at Broughton Gifford

 

35M16

Mary Collett

Born in 1808 at Broughton Gifford

 

 

 

 

35L2

Martha Collett was born at Broughton Gifford, where she was baptised 11th May 1766, the daughter of John and Ann Collett.  Nearly eighteen months later Martha Collett died and was buried at Broughton Gifford on 28th October 1767.

 

 

 

 

35L3

Henry Collett was baptised at Broughton Gifford on 19th February 1769, the third child of John Collett and Ann Matthews, who must have been married twice in his life.  It was also at Broughton Gifford that Henry Collett, a widower, was married by banns to Susannah Mortimer, a widow, on 4th January 1801, both of them signing the register with the mark of a cross.  Nine months later the first of their five children was born and baptised at Broughton Gifford, before the family settled in or near Melksham, where their remaining children were baptised.  The parish baptism record for that first child named the parents as Harry and Ann, most likely a shortening of Susannah.  It is possible their second child may have been born at Broughton Gifford, with the baptism delayed until after the move to Melksham, where their second and third child were baptised together on the same day.  In each case, as with the last child, their parents were named as Henry Collett and his wife Ann.  Before the couple’s youngest child was four years old, Susannah Collett nee Mortimer, and the wife of Henry Collett, died and was buried at Broughton Gifford on 5th February 1812.

 

 

 

Another member of the Mortimer family linked to the Collett family, was Hannah Mortimer, the daughter of William Mortimer and Mary Rudman, and she married Stephen Collett (below) at Broughton Gifford in 1808, while Susannah’s brother, George Mortimer, married Amelia Collett (below) at Broughton Gifford in 1804.  Amelia and Stephen were siblings and cousins of Henry Collett

 

 

 

35M17

Thomas Collett

Born in 1801 at Broughton Gifford

 

35M18

William Collett

Born in 1804 at Broughton/Melksham

 

35M19

Ann Collett

Born in 1806 at Melksham

 

35M20

Hannah Collett

Born in 1808 at Melksham

 

35M21

Maria Collett

Born in 1811 at Melksham

 

 

 

 

35M1

Ann Collett was baptised at Broughton Gifford on 25th December 1768, the first child of Henry Collett and Mary Hayward.  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.

 

 

 

 

35M2

John Collett was born at Broughton Gifford where he was baptised on 20th October 1771, the eldest son and second child of Henry and Mary Collett.  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 all of their children have been found at Broughton Gifford, when the parents were named as John and Mary Collett.  Mary White was baptised at Yatton Keynell in Wiltshire on 14th February 1771 and, as Mary Collett the wife of John Collett, she died at Broughton Gifford, where she was buried on 25th December 1813, at the age of 41.

 

 

 

35N1

William Collett

Born in 1793 at Broughton Gifford

 

35N2

Mary Collett

Born in 1795 at Broughton Gifford

 

35N3

Robert Collett

Born in 1796 at Broughton Gifford

 

35N4

Henry Collett

Born in 1798 at Broughton Gifford

 

35N5

Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1800 at Broughton Gifford

 

35N6

Millicent Collett

Born in 1803 at Broughton Gifford

 

 

 

 

35M3

HENRY (Harry) COLLETT was born at Broughton Gifford, either at the end of 1773 or very early in 1774, and was baptised there on 31st January 1774, the third child of Henry Collett and Mary Hayward.  It was around the turn of the century that he married Maria.  All of their children were born at Broughton Gifford, although only the baptism records for three of them have been found so far.

 

 

 

35N7

William Collett

Born in 1801 at Broughton Gifford

 

35N8

Daniel Collett

Born in 1805 at Broughton Gifford

 

35N9

Thomas Collett

Born in 1807 at Broughton Gifford

 

35N10

Maria Collett

Born in 1812 at Broughton Gifford

 

35N11

STEPHEN COLLETT

Born in 1819 at Broughton Gifford

 

 

 

 

35M4

James Collett was born at Broughton Gifford and baptised there on 5th April 1776, a son of Henry and Anne Collett.  James was thirty years of age when he married Sarah Clack at Broughton on 24th May 1806, where all of their children were born and baptised.  Sarah was slightly younger than James, having been baptised at Broughton Gifford on 14th July 1782, the daughter of Thomas and Betty Clack.  James and Sarah, of Broughton Gifford, both featured in the first national census.  On that day in June 1841, James Collett had a rounded age of 65, while his wife Sarah had a rounded age of 55.  Living with the couple, at their home on Broughton Street that day, were five of their children, Elizabeth who was 25, Sarah, Mary and Henry - all with a rounded age of 20, and Jane with a rounded age of 15.  Their son James, who would have been 22, had already 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.  Eight years later, the death of James Collett was recorded at Bradford-on-Avon (Ref. viii 221) during the third quarter of 1849, following which he was buried at Broughton Gifford on 19th September 1849, at the age of 73.

 

 

 

During his life, James Collett was a publican/inn keeper from around 1813 until after the baptism of his son James in 1818, as confirmed by the baptism records of his four children during that time.  On the occasion of the baptism of his last child, his occupation was that of a labourer.  Less than two years later, James’ widow was living with their married son Thomas and his family at Slipper Lane, off Church Street, in Broughton Gifford.  The census in 1851 described her as a pauper. 

 

 

 

35N12

Thomas Collett

Born in 1807 at Broughton Gifford

 

35N13

Samuel Collett

Born in 1808 at Broughton Gifford

 

35N14

Ann Collett

Born in 1810 at Broughton Gifford

 

35N15

Samuel Collett

Born in 1811 at Broughton Gifford

 

35N16

Elizabeth Clack Collett

Born in 1813 at Broughton Gifford

 

35N17

Sarah Collett

Born in 1815 at Broughton Gifford

 

35N18

Mary Collett

Born in 1817 at Broughton Gifford

 

35N19

James Collett

Born in 1818 at Broughton Gifford

 

35N20

Henry Clack Collett

Born in 1820 at Broughton Gifford

 

35N21

Jane Collett

Born in 1825 at Broughton Gifford

 

 

 

 

35M5

William Collett, who was baptised at Broughton Gifford on 28th September 1778, another son of Henry and Mary Collett, 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.

 

 

 

35N22

James Collett

Born in 1807 at Broughton Gifford

 

35N23

William Collett

Born in 1809 at Broughton Gifford

 

35N24

Mary Ann Collett

Born in 1811 at Broughton Gifford

 

35N25

Thomas Collett

Born in 1820 at Broughton Gifford

 

 

 

 

35M6

Amelia (Millicent) Collett was born at Broughton Gifford, where she was baptised in the parish church on 4th March 1781.  She was the sixth child and second daughter of Henry and Mary Collett of Broughton Gifford and was married twice before she reached twenty-five years of age.  At the time of her marriage to (1) Thomas Gore at Broughton Gifford on 24th August 1801, she was referred to as Millicent Collett, when both of them made the mark of a cross.  However, within a very short time, she was made a widow.  As a result of her loss, it was just three years after she was first married that Amelia, a widow, married (2) George Mortimer, widower, at the parish church in Broughton Gifford on 24th September 1804.  George was the youngest son of William Mortimer and Mary Rudman and was baptised at Broughton Gifford on 9th October 1785.  George’s sister Hannah Mortimer married Amelia’s brother Stephen Collett (below).

 

 

 

Prior to his marriage to Amelia, George had been married to Martha Bull at Broughton Gifford on 18th January 1801.  Tragically, Martha died just three years later and was buried at Broughton Gifford on 10th January 1804.  It was over eight months later, that same year, when he married Amelia Collett.  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.

 

 

 

The only member of the family to have their life story extended, is that of George and Amelia’s fourth child, their daughter Hannah.  The couple’s other Broughton Gifford-born children, apart from eldest son Henry, were Joseph (1807-1808), Sarah (born 1809), George (born 1815), Joseph (born 1817) and Elizabeth (born 1818).

 

 

 

35N26

Hannah E Mortimer

Born in 1813 at Broughton Gifford

 

 

 

 

35M7

Thomas Collett was baptised at Broughton Gifford on 30th May 1784, another 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 children were born and baptised, when Thomas was a weaver, before the family moved to Melksham.  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.  Maria Collett, wife of Thomas, died at the age of 38 and was buried at Melksham on 2nd June 1822.  Thomas Collett, a butcher, then married (2) Jane Marks of Melksham, at Winsley, on 16th September 1823, their three sons born at Melksham.  For the birth of the third of those children, Thomas Collett was working as an inn keeper.  The couple emigrated to America in 1829 with their 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.

 

 

 

35N27

Stephen Collett

Born in 1807 at Broughton Gifford

 

35N28

William Collett

Born in 1809 at Broughton Gifford

 

35N29

Thomas Collett

Born in 1811 at Broughton Gifford

 

35N30

Harriet Collett

Born in 1813 at Broughton Gifford

 

35N31

John Collett

Born in 1815 at Broughton Gifford

 

35N32

Harry Collett

Born in 1816 at Melksham

 

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

 

35N33

John Collett

Born in 1824 at Melksham

 

35N34

Job Collett

Born in 1825 at Melksham

 

35N35

Jacob F Collett

Born in 1826 at Melksham

 

 

 

 

35M8

Stephen Collett was possibly born in 1786 and was baptised on 4th March 1787 at Broughton Gifford.  Stephen married Hannah Mortimer, after the reading of banns, on 31st May 1808 at Broughton Gifford, where their children were born and baptised.  The church register was signed by the bride and the groom with the mark of a cross, while the two witnesses were Stephen’s older brother James and Collett and Eliza Mortimer in her own hand.  Hannah Mortimer was the sister of George Mortimer who had 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, as he was on the birth certificates for his sons John and Harry.  It was also the trade that was later taken up by his sons Harry and Simeon.  The death of Hannah Collett, the likely wife of Stephen Collett, was recorded at Bradford-on-Avon in 1853.

 

 

 

On 6th April 1837, another Hannah Mortimer married Samuel Collett at Broughton Gifford, although Samuel has not yet been positively identified.

 

 

 

35N36

Sarah Collett

Born in 1809 at Broughton Gifford

 

35N37

Anne Collett

Born in 1812 at Broughton Gifford

 

35N38

John Collett

Born in 1816 at Broughton Gifford

 

35N39

Henry Collett

Born in 1817 at Broughton Gifford

 

35N40

Mary Collett

Born in 1819 at Broughton Gifford

 

35N41

Simeon Collett

Born in 1823 at Broughton Gifford

 

 

 

 

35M9

Mary Collett was born at Broughton Gifford and was the last child of Henry Collett and his wife Mary Hayward.  Just like all of her older siblings, Mary Collett was also baptised at Broughton Gifford on 25th July 1789, the same day that her mother was buried there, having died during the birth.  One week later, baby Mary Collett was buried at Broughton Gifford on 2nd August 1789.

 

 

 

 

35M10

John Collett 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.

 

 

 

 

35M11

Thomas Collett was baptised at Trowbridge on 10th August 1777, the son of John Collett and Elizabeth Knapp. 

 

 

 

 

35M12

Mary Collett 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.

 

 

 

 

35M13

John Collett was born at Broughton Gifford in 1789 and was baptised there on 1st November 1789, the eldest child of James Collett and Margaret Addams.  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 known children were born and baptised, their baptism records confirming their father John was a labourer.  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.

 

 

 

35N42

Anne Collett

Born in 1811 at Broughton Gifford

 

35N43

Thomas Collett

Born in 1814 at Broughton Gifford

 

35N44

Samuel Collett

Born in 1816 at Broughton Gifford

 

35N45

Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1818 at Broughton Gifford

 

35N46

William Collett

Born in 1821 at Broughton Gifford

 

35N47

Anne Collett

Born in 1823 at Broughton Gifford

 

35N48

Anne Collett

Born in 1825 at Broughton Gifford

 

35N49

Mary Collett

Born in 1826 at Broughton Gifford

 

35N50

Sarah Collett

Born in 1830 at Broughton Gifford

 

35N51

Eliza Collett

Born in 1832 at Broughton Gifford

 

 

 

 

35M14

Daniel Collett was baptised at Broughton Gifford on 23rd November 1794, the second son of James and Margaret Collett.  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. 35N43) 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.

 

 

 

35N52

Maria Collett

Born in 1816 at Broughton Gifford

 

35N53

Ann Collett

Born in 1818 at Broughton Gifford

 

35N54

George Collett

Born in 1821 at Broughton Gifford

 

35N55

Mary Collett

Born in 1824 at Broughton Gifford

 

35N56

James Collett

Born in 1826 at Broughton Gifford

 

35N57

Sarah Collett

Born in 1827 at Broughton Gifford

 

35N58

Daniel Collett

Born in 1831 at Broughton Gifford

 

35N59

James Collett

Born in 1834 at Broughton Gifford

 

 

 

 

35M15

James Collett was born at Broughton Gifford around 1797, where he was baptised on 20th June 1799, the third son of James and Margaret Collett.  James was still living at Broughton Gifford when he married Martha Tarrant on 2nd April 1821, both with the consent of their parents.  According to the census of 1841 James had a rounded age of 40, while his wife Martha was 44.  On the occasion of the baptism of each of his children, James’ occupation was that of a labourer.  The children living with the couple at Broughton Street in 1841 were Mary and Ann, both 15, George who was 12, Elizabeth who was 10, Margaret who was nine, Jane who was six, and Martha who was two years old, having suffered the loss of their sixth child seven years earlier.  On the day of the Broughton Gifford census in 1851, James Collett was 53 and an agricultural labourer, his wife Martha was 55, and the only children still living with them were Elizabeth who was 20 and Martha who was 11. 

 

 

 

Seven years later, James Collett died at Broughton Gifford, his death recorded at Bradford-on-Avon (Ref. 5a 66) during the third quarter of 1858, when he was 61, following which he was buried at Broughton Gifford on 26th September 1858.  It was two years later, and also at Broughton Gifford, that his widow Martha Collett was buried there on 11th November 1860, just three months after her youngest daughter Martha was married there.  The death of Martha Collett, aged 64, was also recorded at Bradford-on-Avon (Ref. 5a 68).

 

 

 

35N60

Mary Collett

Born in 1823 at Broughton Gifford

 

35N61

Anne Collett

Born in 1825 at Broughton Gifford

 

35N62

George Tarrant Collett

Born in 1827 at Broughton Gifford

 

35N63

Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1829 at Broughton Gifford

 

35N64

Margaret Collett

Born in 1831 at Broughton Gifford

 

35N65

Jane Collett

Born in 1833 at Broughton Gifford

 

35N66

Jane Collett

Born in 1835 at Broughton Gifford

 

35N67

Martha Collett

Born in 1839 at Broughton Gifford

 

 

 

 

35M16

Mary Collett was born at Broughton Gifford in 1808 and was baptised there on 25th December 1808, the last child of James Collett and Margaret Addams, according to the parish records.  Curiously, the IGI records the date as 25th January 1808.

 

 

 

 

35M17

Thomas Collett was born at Broughton Gifford, where he was baptised at Broughton Gifford on 27th September 1801, the son of Henry Collett and Susannah Mortimer.  The parish register recorded them as Harry Collett, a widower, and Ann Mortimer, a widow.  On the first occasion, a Thomas Collett married 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.  Once they were married, Thomas and Ann settled in the hamlet of Whitley, two miles north-west of Melksham, with all of them baptised at St Michael & All Angels Church in Melksham.  The parish records for each child described Thomas Collett as being weaver of Whitley.

 

 

 

According to the first national census in June 1841, Thomas and his family were still residing in Whitley.  Thomas had a rounded age of 40 and Ann had a rounded age of 35.  Their children were listed as Stephen Collett was 15, as was Jane Collett, Maria Collett was 12, James Collett was 10, William Collett was seven, Henry Collett was five, Sarah Collett was two years of age, and Frederick Collett was just two months old.

 

 

 

Ten years later, in 1851, when Thomas Collett was 50, his occupation was no longer that of a weaver, instead he was a butcher who was living at the family home in Whitley.  With him was his wife Ann, who was 48 and from Melksham, James Collett, aged 20, William Collett, aged 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, daughter Jane was a domestic servant at Shaw Hill House in Melksham, while son Henry had already died by then.  

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

35N68

Stephen Collett

Born in 1824 at Whitley, nr Melksham

 

35N69

Jane Collett

Born in 1826 at Whitley, nr Melksham

 

35N70

Maria Collett

Born in 1829 at Whitley, nr Melksham

 

35N71

James Collett

Born in 1831 at Whitley, nr Melksham

 

35N72

William Collett

Born in 1834 at Whitley, nr Melksham

 

35N73

Henry Collett

Born in 1835 at Whitley, nr Melksham

 

35N74

Sarah Collett

Born in 1838 at Whitley, nr Melksham

 

35N75

Frederick Collett

Born in 1841 at Whitley, nr Melksham

 

 

 

 

35M18

William Collett was possibly born at Broughton Gifford around 1804 before his parents moved to Melksham, where William was baptised in a combined service with his sister Ann (below) on 7th September 1806, the children of Henry and Ann (Susannah).

 

 

 

 

35M19

Ann Collett was baptised at Melksham on 7th September 1806, the same day as her brother William (above), the daughter of Henry and Ann Collett.

 

 

 

 

35M20

Hannah Collett was baptised at Melksham on 5th June 1808, another daughter of Henry and Ann Collett.  She was said to be 17 years old, when Hannah died and was buried at Melksham on 10th May 1826.

 

 

 

 

35M21

Maria Collett was baptised at Melksham on 19th May 1811, the last child of Henry Collett and Susannah Mortimer.

 

 

 

 

35N1

William Collett was baptised at Broughton Gifford on 17th February 1793, the eldest child of John Collett and his wife Mary White, who were only married there on 20th November the previous year.  It was also at Broughton Gifford that William Collett married Jane Webb, where Mary Collett married James Webb on 18th December 1813.  What is slightly curious is, that the first child born to William and Jane was baptised using her mother’s maiden name, when William Collett was a cordwainer and Jane Webb was a weaver. This may indicate that the couple was still to be married.

 

 

 

Although no record has been found for the premature death of Jane Collett nee Webb shortly after or during the birth of her daughter Elizabeth, the mother of William’s last three children was Elizabeth, according to their baptism records.  Also, no record of a second marriage for William has been found, but in each case, as with his first two children, his occupation was confirmed as that of a shoemaker.

 

 

 

35O1

Tabitha Collett

Born in 1816 at Broughton Gifford

 

35O2

Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1820 at Broughton Gifford

 

The following are the three children of William Collett and Elizabeth:

 

35O3

Hannah Collett

Born in 1822 at Broughton Gifford

 

35O4

Eliza Collett

Born in 1826 at Broughton Gifford

 

35O5

William Collett

Born in 1828 at Broughton Gifford

 

 

 

 

35N2

Mary Collett was born at Broughton Gifford, where she was baptised on 5th April 1795, the second child of John Collett and Mary White.  It seems that she may have been the twin sister of Robert Collett (below), as they were both baptised on the same day.

 

 

 

 

35N3

Robert Collett was born at Broughton Gifford and was baptised there on the same day as his sister Mary (above), that being 5th April 1795, another son of John Collett and Mary White.

 

 

 

 

35N4

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.  Very shortly after their wedding day, Mary gave birth to their first child, who did not survive.  At the baptism of all of his children, Henry Collett was described as a shoemaker or a cordwainer.  By the time of the census in June 1841, the family living at Town Tything in Melksham comprised Henry aged 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 aged 12, Elizabeth (Betsy) who was nine, Ann who was six, Everest who was four and John who was two years old.  The family had been reduced in number by then, following the premature deaths of the couple’s first-born child Ann, a later child being given the same name.

 

 

 

Eighteen months later, Mary gave birth to her second set of twins but, tragically first Mary and then the twins all suffered premature deaths.  The death of Mary Collett, the mother, was recorded at Melksham (Ref. viii 247) during the third quarter of 1842.  Her two babies, George and Mary, were baptised together at Melksham on 11th August 1842, when their parents were confirmed as Henry and Mary Collett.  After losing his wife, Henry then suffered the death of his to recent arrivals.  The births of George and Mary Collett were recorded at Melksham (Ref. viii 344) during the third quarter of 1842, the same period that their deaths were recorded there (Ref. viii 248).

 

 

 

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 was seven years later that the death of Harry Collett was recorded at Melksham (Ref. 5a 56) during the third quarter of 1858.  Ten years after that, at the time of the marriage in London of his youngest surviving daughter Everest in 1868, her father was referred to as Henry Collett deceased.

 

 

 

35O6

Ann Collett

Born in 1825 at Melksham

 

35O7

Henry Collett                 twin

Born in 1827 at Melksham

 

35O8

Sarah Collett                 twin

Born in 1827 at Melksham

 

35O9

Eliza Collett

Born in 1829 at Melksham

 

35O10

Betsy (Elizabeth) Collett

Born in 1831 at Melksham

 

35O11

Ann Collett

Born in 1835 at Melksham

 

35O12

Everest Collett

Born in 1837 at Melksham

 

35O13

John Collett

Born in 1839 at Melksham

 

35O14

George Collett                twin

Born in 1842 at Melksham

 

35O15

Mary Collett                     twin

Born in 1842 at Melksham

 

 

 

 

35N5

Elizabeth Collett was born at Broughton Gifford in 1800 and was baptised there on 23rd November 1800, the last child 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.

 

 

 

 

35N6

Millicent Collett was born at Broughton Gifford and baptised there on 11th September 1803, the last child of John Collett and Mary White.  Although not proved to be this Millicent, a Millicent Collett was buried at Broughton Gifford on 25th December 1803, with parents named or age stated.

 

 

 

 

35N7

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 children were born and baptised, when the parents were described as William Collett, a weaver of Melksham Forest, and his wife Jane.

 

 

 

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 (Ref. 35O16a) 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 (Ref. 35N7a) 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 (Ref. 35O16b) who was baptised at Christian Malford on 8th February 1829.  Their details have been included here for completeness.

 

 

 

It was at Cannonfield Tything in Melksham that the family was recorded on the day of the c ensus in 1841.  William Collett was 35, his wife Jane Collett was also 35, while their three surviving children were Elizabeth Collett who was 13, Thomas Collett who was 10 and William Collett who was seven years of age.

 

 

 

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, on which 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.

 

 

 

35O16

Charles Collett

Born in 1826 at Melksham

 

35O17

Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1828 at Melksham

 

35O18

Thomas Walters Collett

Born in 1830 at Melksham

 

35O19

Thomas Walters Collett

Born in 1832 at Melksham

 

35O20

William Collett

Born in 1834 at Melksham

 

 

 

 

35N8

Daniel Collett was probably born during the middle of 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.

 

 

 

35O21

Ann Collett

Born in 1832 at Broughton Gifford

 

35O22

Stephen Collett

Born in 1837 at Broughton Gifford

 

35O23

Mary Collett

Born in 1840 at Broughton Gifford

 

 

 

 

35N9

Thomas Collett was born at Broughton Gifford and baptised there on 18th October 1807, another son of Henry and Maria Collett.

 

 

 

 

35N10

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.

 

 

 

 

35N11

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, aged 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 when, 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 age was thought to be 89.

 

 

 

35O24

George Collett

Born circa 1840 at Melksham

 

35O25

Hannah Collett

Baptised on 27.03.1842 at Melksham

 

35O26

Jemima Collett

Born in 1843 at Melksham

 

35O27

Emma Collett

Baptised on 26.10.1845 at Melksham

 

35O28

John Collett

Born circa 1848 at Melksham

 

35O29

WILLIAM COLLETT

Born circa 1849 at Melksham

 

35O30

Ellen Collett

Born in 1851 at Melksham

 

35O31

Thomas Collett

Born circa 1854 at Melksham

 

35O32

Maria Collett

Born in 1855 at Melksham

 

35O33

Frederick Collett

Born circa 1858 at Melksham

 

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

 

35O34

Emily Collett

Born circa 1871 at Melksham

 

35O35

Sidney Collett

Born circa 1875 at Melksham

 

35O36

Frank S Collett

Born circa 1877 at Melksham

 

 

 

 

35N12

Thomas Collett was born at Broughton Gifford in 1807 and was baptised there on 1st November 1807, when he was confirmed as the first-born child of James Collett and Sarah Clack.  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 labourer 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 at Chally Mead, 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 Slipper Lane off Church Street.  Thomas Collett, aged 43, was an agricultural labourer, and his wife Betty Collett, aged 42, was a washing woman.  The children living with them on that occasion were Betsy Collett aged 14, James Collett aged 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 dwelling were two unoccupied properties, but adjacent to them was the home of James Gerrish, aged 33, and his wife Mary, who was 28 and the youngest sister of Thomas Collett (below).  Living there with them, their three children were 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 during 1857.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

35O37

Caroline Collett

Born in 1830 at Broughton Gifford

 

35O38

Samuel Collett

Born in 1832 at Broughton Gifford

 

35O39

Anna Maria Collett

Born in 1834 at Broughton Gifford

 

35O40

Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1836 at Broughton Gifford

 

35O41

James Collett

Born in 1838 at Broughton Gifford

 

35O42

James Collett

Born in 1840 at Broughton Gifford

 

35O43

Henry Collett

Born in 1841 at Broughton Gifford

 

35O44

Simeon Collett

Born in 1843 at Broughton Gifford

 

 

 

 

35N13

Samuel Collett was born at Broughton Gifford, where he baptised on 25th December 1808, another son of James and Sarah Collett.  Six weeks after being baptised, Samuel died and was buried at Broughton Gifford on 7th February 1809.  Two and a half years later, Sarah gave birth to her third child, who was also given the name Samuel, in honour of the couple’s first child. 

 

 

 

 

35N14

Ann Collett was born at Broughton Gifford and it was there also that she was baptised on 5th August 1810, the first daughter of James and Sarah Collett.

 

 

 

 

35N15

Samuel Collett was born at Broughton Gifford in 1811 and was the fourth child of James and Sarah Collett and was baptised at Broughton Gifford on 15th November 1811.  He later married (1) Hannah E Mortimer (Ref. 35N26) 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. 35M6), 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. 35N40), 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. 35O106) 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, aged 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. 35N41), was their son Edwin who had died six years earlier.

 

 

 

Further tragedy struck the family in late 1853, when Hannah Collett died and was buried at the Baptist Chapel in Broughton Gifford on 1st December 1853.  Possibly following his loss, Samuel took his family at live in Bradford and, towards the end of the decade, he married (2) Fanny, who was 14 years younger than Samuel.  That was confirmed in the Bradford census of 1861, when Samuel Collett was 49 and a gardener, living in the Budbury area of the town.  Living there with him was his new wife, Fanny Collett who was 36 and their daughter Anne Collett who was under six months old.  Completing the household were three of Samuel’s children from his previous marriage, and they were Sarah Collett who was 21, George Collett who was 14 and Mary Ann Collett who was 12.  No record of birth or baptism has been found for Mary Ann Collett, nor was she listed with the Collett family ten years earlier.  She was therefore most likely to be the daughter of Fanny, possibly from an earlier marriage, who had taken on her mother’s new married name.

 

 

 

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, aged 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-year-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.  

 

 

 

A little over four years later, the death of Samuel Collett was recorded at Bedminster (Ref. 5c 456) during the last three months of 1855, when he was 74.  It was also at Bedminster, in Bristol, where he was buried on 22nd December 1855 in the churchyard of St John’s Church.

 

 

 

35O45

James Collett

Born in 1837 at Broughton Gifford

 

35O46

Sarah Ann Collett

Born in 1840 at Broughton Gifford

 

35O47

Edwin Collett

Born in 1844 at Broughton Gifford

 

35O48

George Collett

Born in 1848 at Broughton Gifford

 

(dau of Fanny)

Mary Ann Collett – adopted?

Born in 1848 at Bradford-on-Avon

 

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

 

35O49

Annie Collett

Born in 1860 at Bradford-on-Avon

 

35O50

Eliza Collett

Born in 1862 at Bradford-on-Avon

 

35O51

Samuel Collett

Born in 1867 at Bradford-on-Avon

 

 

 

 

35N16

Elizabeth Clack Collett was baptised at Broughton Gifford on 1st November 1813, another daughter of publican James Collett and Sarah Clack.  By June 1841 she was a spinster with a rounded age of 25, when she was still living with her parents at Broughton Gifford.

 

 

 

 

35N17

Sarah Collett was probably born at Broughton Gifford sometime between her siblings Elizabeth (above) and Mary (below), although the exact date is not known.  It is also possible that she may have been a twin with her sister Mary, since they were both baptised at Broughton Gifford in a joint ceremony on 23rd February 1817.  On that occasion her father, James Collett, was described as an inn keeper. Both of his daughters were also listed with a rounded age of 20 in the Broughton Gifford census of 1841, when they were still living with her parents James and Sarah Collett.

 

 

 

 

35N18

Mary Collett was baptised at Broughton Gifford on 23rd February 1817 in a joint ceremony with her sister Sarah (above).  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.  Ten years later, her age was more accurately recorded as 32 in the Broughton Gifford census of 1851.  Unmarried Mary Collett, aged 32 and a general domestic servant, was with her recently widowed mother Sarah, staying at the home of her older married brother Thomas Collett and his family, at Slipper Lane off Church Street. Also living there, was Mary’s recently married youngest sister Jane Tippett (nee Collett) and her husband Alfred.

 

 

 

 

35N19

James Collett was born at Broughton Gifford and baptised there on 18th October 1818, another son of inn keeper James Collett and his wife Sarah Collett.  The death of James Collett, aged 20 years, was recorded in Wiltshire, following which he was buried on 28th February 1839, most likely at Broughton Gifford.

 

 

 

 

35N20

Henry Clack Collett was born at Broughton Gifford, where he was baptised on 2nd July 1820, the last son born to James Collett, a labourer, and Sarah Clack.  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, bachelor Henry Collett and the son of James Collett, married spinster Maria Gore, the daughter of Thomas 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.

 

 

 

35O52

Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1846 at Broughton Gifford

 

35O53

James Collett

Born in 1848 at Broughton Gifford

 

35O54

Thomas Collett

Born in 1850 at Combe Down near Bath

 

35O55

Jane Collett

Born in 1856 at Monkton Combe nr Bath

 

35O56

James Collett

Born in 1863 at Monkton Combe nr Bath

 

 

 

 

35N21

Jane Collett was the last child of James Collett and Sarah Clack, who was possibly born around 1827, considering her stated age in the census of 1851.  She was therefore around six years of age when she was baptised at Broughton Gifford on 20th January 1833, while in the Broughton Gifford census of 1841, Jane Collett had a rounded age of 15 years.  By 1851 she was married to Alfred Tippett from Lower Easton in Gloucestershire.  The census that year recorded the couple as Alfred Tippett who was 23 and a plasterer and Jane Tippett from Broughton Gifford who was 27, when they and Jane’s mother Sarah Collett, and older sister Mary Collett, were staying with Jane’s older married brother Thomas Collett and his family at Slipper Lane off Church Street in Broughton Gifford.

 

 

 

 

35N22

James Collett was born at Broughton Gifford where he was baptised on 12th April 1807, the eldest of the four known children of William Collett and Mary Line.  Whether it was an injured sustained at work, or natural causes, James Collett was only 18 years of age when he was buried at Broughton Gifford on 12th January 1826.

 

 

 

 

35N23

William Collett was born at Broughton Gifford and it was there he was baptised on 12th February 1809, another son of William and Mary Collett.

 

 

 

 

35N24

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 in 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. 31N8) and Thomas Rudman, a journeyman blacksmith himself.  Another member of the later Collett family, Martha (Ref. 35N67), married Michael Rudman at Broughton Gifford on 9th August 1860.

 

 

 

William Granger Hulbert was born in 1805, whose death was recorded at Bradford-on-Avon (Ref. 5a 74) during the last three months of 1872, when he was 67 years old.  Just under two months later, probate was granted at Salisbury on 18th January 1873 to his widow Mary Ann Hulbert, the document also confirmed that William passed away on 25th November 1872.  Nearly seven years after losing her husband, Mary Ann Hulbert died at Atworth, where she was buried on 17th October 1878, her death also recorded at Bradford-on-Avon (Ref. 5a 83) at the age of 66.  Likewise, it was at Salisbury, on 28th December 1878, that the executors of her estate were named as her sons Frederick and William Hulbert.

 

 

 

The inscription on the Hulbert family tomb at Atworth, although badly frost damaged, is known to read as follows: “Sacred to the memory of Betty Hulbert who departed this life January 26th 1827 aged 72 years.  Also to the memory of William Hulbert who departed this life April 16th 1829 aged 74 years. Also to the memory of William Granger Hulbert grandson of William and Betty Hulbert who died November 25th 1872 aged 68 years.  Also to the memory of Mary Ann the beloved wife of William Granger Hulbert who died October 17th 1878 aged 67 years. Frederick Hulbert son of the above died May 1st 1926 aged 77. Sarah Anna wife of Frederick Hulbert died April 20th 1932 aged 82.”

 

 

 

 

35N25

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. 31N8) and Thomas Rudman.

 

 

 

Ten years later unmarried Thomas Collett from Broughton 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.

 

 

 

 

35N26

Hannah E Mortimer was born at Broughton Gifford and was baptised there on 24th July 1813.  She was the daughter of George Mortimer and Amelia (Millicent) Collett and eventually married one of her Collett cousins – go to Ref. 35N15 for the continuation of her life as Hannah E Collett. 

 

 

 

 

35N27

Stephen Collett was born around 1805 at Broughton Gifford, where he was baptised on 30th August 1807, the first-born child of Thomas and Maria Collett.  It seems possible that, before he was twenty years of age, 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.

 

 

 

35O57

Sarah Collett

Born in 1827 at Melksham

 

35O58

Caroline Collett

Born in 1830 at Melksham

 

 

 

 

35N28

William Collett was born at Broughton Gifford when he was baptised on 12th February 1809, the second 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.

 

 

 

35O59

Sarah Collett

Born in 1841 at Melksham

 

 

 

 

35N29

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.

 

 

 

By that time, Thomas from England, aged 37, was married to Ann, who was 34 and from England, and they had with them 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 Collett 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.

 

 

 

35O60

Harriet Ann Collett

Born in 1848 at Hamden, Connecticut

 

35O61

Daniel T Collett

Born in 1850 at Hamden, Connecticut

 

35O62

Stephen Collett

Born in 1852 at Hamden, Connecticut

 

 

 

 

35N30

Harriet Collett was born at Broughton Gifford, but was baptised at nearby Melksham on 19th December 1813, the only daughter of Thomas Collett, a weaver, and Maria Spencer, who had five sons.

 

 

 

 

35N31

John Collett was born at Broughton Gifford around 1815, 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 them, the childless couple was recorded as John Collett who was 36, an inn keeper and a shoemaker, and Jane Collett who was 43 from Wales, when they were living in Bradford-on-Avon, with a servant girl and an elderly gentleman lodger.  Ten years later they were residing at The Common in Holt, two miles from Bradford-on-Avon, when John from Broughton Gifford was 46 and a shoemaker, and Jane from South Wales was 53.  To supplement the income earned by her husband, Jane took in lodgers and, on that census day in 1861, there were three middle-aged boarders staying with the couple.  Nine years later, the death of John Collett, aged 55, was recorded at Bradford-on-Avon (Ref. 5a 96) during the first three months of 1870.

 

 

 

 

35N32

Harry Collett was baptised at Melksham on 29th September 1816, the last of the six children born to weaver Thomas Collett by his first wife Maria Spencer.  Although baptised at Melksham, like his sister Harriet (above), it is more than likely that he was born at Broughton Gifford during the first three months of 1816, where his older siblings were born.  Harry Collett was one year old when he died and was buried at Broughton Gifford on 27th April 1817.

 

 

 

 

35N33

John Collett was baptised at Melksham on 21st November 1824, having been born earlier in that year, the eldest of the three sons of butcher 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.

 

 

 

35O63

Charles H Collett

Born in 1849 at Maine

 

35O64

Jason S Collett

Born in 1850 at Hamden, Connecticut

 

35O65

Mary E Collett

Born in 1852 at Hamden, Connecticut

 

35O66

Emma Jane Collett

Born in 1854 at Hamden, Connecticut

 

35O67

John H Collett

Born in 1856 in Illinois

 

35O68

George E Collett

Born in 1859 in Illinois; died 1864

 

35O69

John Collett

Born in 1860 in Illinois

 

35O70

George Dexter Collett

Born in 1863 in Missouri

 

 

 

 

35N34

Job Collett was born at Melksham on 26th May 1825, 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.

 

 

 

35O71

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:

 

35O72

Willie Thomas Collett

Born in 1856 at Bangor, Maine; died 30.03.1856

 

35O73

Charles T Collett

Born in 1857 at Bangor, Maine

 

35O74

Carrie Collett

Born in 1864 at Bangor, Maine

 

35O75

Lillie Collett

Born in 1866 at Bangor, Maine; died 19.07.1866

 

35O76

Henry Eugene Collett

Born in 1872 at Bangor, Maine

 

 

 

 

35N35

Jacob F Collett was baptised at Melksham on 23rd July 1826, the youngest of the three sons of Thomas Collett, an inn keeper, 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.

 

 

 

35O77

Frances M Collett

Born in 1853 in Massachusetts

 

35O78

Harry A Collett

Born in 1856 in Massachusetts

 

35O79

Frank Collett

Born in 1859 in New Hampshire

 

35O80

Albert L Collett

Born in 1866 in Maine

 

35O81

Valentine E Collett

Born in 1874 at Newport, Maine

 

 

 

 

35N36

Sarah Collett was born at Broughton Gifford and was baptised there on 25th December 1809, the first child of Stephen Collett and Hannah Mortimer.

 

 

 

 

35N37

Anne Collett was born at Broughton Gifford, the second child of Stephen and Hannah Collett, her baptism conducted at Broughton Gifford on 24th May 1812.

 

 

 

 

35N38

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 shoemaker Stephen Collett and Hannah Mortimer, who may have been twin brothers.  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 following year, the census return for 1871, widow and head of the household at Rose Cottage on ‘The Street’ in Atworth, Sarah Halstead Collett, was 48 years of age and from Harwich, whose occupation was that of a school mistress.  Her two children were confirmed as daughter Sarah Mary Collett who was 18 and a dressmaker and her son John Stanier Collett who was 13 and an errand boy.  Living in the dwelling next to Rose Cottage was Henry Collett (below), 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 and cottager John Collett (Ref. 44L11) from South Wraxall with his son Thomas (Ref. 44M13) from Atworth who was 46 and a servant out of employment.

 

 

 

By the time of the census in 1881 Sarah H Collett, aged 59 and from Harwich in Essex, was a widow living at Main Street in Bradford-on-Avon with her unmarried son John S Collett, aged 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 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 from Atworth still living with him.

 

 

 

35O82

Sarah Mary Collett

Born in 1853 at Atworth

 

35O83

John Stanier Collett

Born in 1857 at Atworth

 

 

 

 

35N39

Henry Collett was born at Broughton Gifford around 1816 and may have been the twin brother of John Collett (above) with whom he was baptised on 23rd February 1817 as Harry Collett, their father confirmed as shoemaker Stephen Collett.  It was at Limpley Stoke, three miles west of Bradford-on-Avon, where Henry Collett married (1) Jane Lovelock on 10th October 1841.  Both of them were of full-age, a bachelor and a spinster, Henry a shoemaker and Jane a dressmaker, both residing in Bradford.  Henry’s father was confirmed as Stephen Collett, a shoemaker, while Jane’s father was Jacob Lovelock who was a labourer.  Both Henry and Jane signed the register in their own hand, with the two witnesses not any member of either family.  After giving birth to three children in Wiltshire, Henry’s work took the family to the Aston district of Birmingham, where they were living at Cheapside in 1851.  Henry Collett from Broughton Gifford was 35 and a master boot and shoemaker, his wife Jane Collett was also 35, but born in Bradford-on-Avon, and their children were, Edwin Collett who was eight and Albert Collett who was seven – both born at Holt in Wiltshire, and Francis Collett who was three and born at Biddestone.