PART THIRTY-FIVE

 

The Melksham to Wisconsin & Ontario Line – 1850 to 2000

 

This is the second of two sections of this family line

 

Updated June 2016

 

 

35O1

Martha Tarrant Collett was born at Chester, Pennsylvania on 26th February 1851, the eldest of the three children of George Tarrant Collett and his wife Mary Ann Hill.  Martha was 19 in the 1870 census for Chester when she was still living with her widowed mother following the death of her father in 1856.  She married James H Martin on 1st March 1884.  William died on 24th January 1907, while Martha survived for a further thirty-seven years, when she died at Chicago Heights in Illinois on 26th January 1944.

 

 

 

 

35O2

Mary Collett was born at Chester on 11th May 1853 the second of the three children of George and Mary Collett.  She was only three years old when her father was killed in an accident, and in 1870 she was living with her mother and two siblings in the Chester census of 1870.  Mary Collett never married and died at Chester on 14th February 1897.

 

 

 

 

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James Tarrant Collett was born at Chester, Pennsylvania on 27th March 1855, the only son of George Tarrant Collett and his wife Mary Ann Hill.  James was only nineteen months old when his father was involved in an accident at the lumber yard where he work, which resulted in his premature death.  The Chester census in 1870 recorded James, age 15, as the youngest of the three children still living with his widowed mother Mary.  It was about seven years later when James married Mary Emma Start who was born on 14th June 1857.  By the time of the census in 1880 James and Mary were still living in Chester.  Tragically the couple’s first born child had died shortly after he was born two years earlier, so only their second child was living with them on that occasion.  James T Collett, age 25, was an iron foundry worker, his wife Mary E Collett was 22 and from Maryland, and their daughter Mary Ann Collett was only ten months old. 

 

 

 

During the following year the couple’s third child was born, but just like his older brother, he too did not survived beyond a few months. Over the next fifteen years a further four children were added to their family, and by 1900 the larger complete family was residing within Ward 5 of Chester City.  James T Collett, age 45, and Mary E Collett, age 43, had been married for twenty-three years, while still living with them were all five of their children.  They were Mary A Collett, who was 21, Harry S Collett, who was 18, Martha T Collett, who was 16, James H Collett, who was 10, and Ethel L Collett who was five years old.

 

 

 

The family, albeit reduced in size, was still living in Ward 5 ten years later, when the census in 1910 listed them as James Collett, age 55, Mary Collett, age 53, their unmarried daughter Mary Collett, age 30, their son Howard Collett, who was 20, and their daughter Ethel Collett who was 14.  Also living with the family was their married, but already widowed daughter Martha Howery who was 25, and with her, her two children Anita Howery, who was three, and Helen Howery who was one year and ten months old.

 

 

 

It was seven years after that when Mary Emma Collett nee Start died on 26th August 1917, at the age of 60.  James continued to live in Chester, as confirmed by the census in 1920 and 1930, and on both occasions he had his married daughter Martha living with him.  In 1920, James T Collett was 62, and Martha T Howery was 35.  Still residing at the same address was Martha’s two daughters, together with James’ unmarried daughter Ethel L Collett who was 24.  Ten years later, when James was 75, his only living companion was Martha Howery who, by then was 41 (sic). It was during the spring of the following year when James Tarrant Collett died at Chester on 22nd March 1931.

 

 

 

35P1

George M Collett

Born in 1878 at Chester, Penn.

 

35P2

Mary Ann Collett

Born in 1879 at Chester, Penn.

 

35P3

George S Collett

Born in 1881 at Chester, Penn.

 

35P4

Henry Sheppard Collett

Born in 1882 at Chester, Penn.

 

35P5

Martha Tarrant Collett

Born in 1884 at Chester, Penn.

 

35P6

James Howard Collett

Born in 1890 at Chester, Penn.

 

35P7

Ethel Lee Collett

Born in 1896 at Chester, Penn.

 

 

 

 

35O4

Henry John Collett was born at Corsham in 1847 and was baptised there on 28th May 1848, the eldest child and first of five sons of Stephen and Catherine Collett.  By 1850 Henry and his family were living in Whitley near Melksham and where Henry Collett was three years old in the census of 1851.  Around 1860 his family moved again, on that occasion to Norrington Common near Broughton Gifford, where he was 13 and an agricultural labourer in 1861.  Henry was missing from his Norrington Common family in 1871, but curiously upon his return ten years later, and following the death of his father, Henry J Collett from Corsham was 28 (sic) when he should have been 33.  At that time his was living with his widowed mother, and his occupation was that of a bootmaker.

 

 

 

Ten years later he was listed as John Collett in the census of 1891 when he was still living with his mother at the age of 37 (sic), again an error, since he should have been 43.  It was as John Collett that he later married Annie who was many years younger than John, having been born at Dauntsey in Wiltshire in 1865.  By March 1901, and again as John Collett, he was 45 (sic) instead of 53, when his place of birth was also confirmed as Corsham.  On that occasion he was living in the village of Whitley, near Melksham, with his wife Annie and their first child, when he was continuing to work as a bootmaker.  The next four children were also born at Whitley, where John’s family was still living in April 1911.

 

 

 

The census that year recorded the Collett family at Whitley as John Collett of Corsham, age 54 and not 63, together with his wife Annie who was 40, and their five children.  It seems obvious perhaps that Henry John Collett was embarrassed by the great difference in their actual ages, that he pruned his own age by nearly ten years.  The children of Henry John and Annie Collett in 1911 were John Collett who was 10, Stephen Collett who was eight and named after Henry John’s father, Alice Collett who was six, Tom Collett who was three and named after Henry John’s brother, and Ethel Catherine Collett who was ten months old and named after Henry John’s mother.

 

 

 

35P8

John Collett

Born in 1900 at Whitley, Melksham

 

35P9

Stephen Collett

Born in 1902 at Whitley, Melksham

 

35P10

Alice Collett

Born in 1904 at Whitley, Melksham

 

35P11

Tom Collett

Born in 1907 at Whitley, Melksham

 

35P12

Ethel Catherine Collett

Born in June 1910 at Whitley, Melk’m

 

 

 

 

35O5

Thomas John Collett was born at Corsham in 1848, and was baptised there on 22nd April 1849, the second child of Stephen and Catherine Collett.  By the time of the census in 1851, Thomas and his family were living at Whitley near Melksham, when he was recorded as Tom Collett aged two years and from Corsham.  Around 1860 the family left Whitley, when they moved to Norrington Common near Broughton Gifford.  And it was there that they were living in 1861, although there was no Thomas or Tom amongst the seven children with Stephen and Catherine, but there was a John Collett who was 12 who had already left school who was working as a shoemaker.

 

 

 

In 1871 it was the same situation, with no Thomas or Tom, but a John Collett who was 21 living with his parents at Norrington Common.  Around five years later Thomas (John) Collett married Sarah Elizabeth who was born at Trowbridge in 1853, and the couple settled in the village of Shaw, near Melksham and not far from Norrington Common, where his widowed mother was still living around that time.  By the time of the census of 1881, the marriage had produced the couple’s first child.  The family of three was living in a house on the Corsham Road in Shaw, where ‘Tom Collett of Corsham’ was 28 (sic) and a stone cutter, his wife Elizabeth was 27, and their son Herbert was just three months old.  Thomas John Collett would have been 32 at that time, so was continuing the family trait of not giving the correct information.

 

 

 

Over the next ten years a further four children were added to the family.  According to the 1891 Census for the Melksham area, the head of house was referred to as Tom Collett, age 39 (sic), his wife was Sarah E Collett 37, and their five children were Herbert who was 10, Amelia who was six, Agnes who was four, Frederick who was three, and Francis who was under one.  It was around that time when the family moved to Broughton Gifford, where their next child was born, and where they were still living in 1901.  By that time Tom had given up being a stone cutter and was then an inn keeper at the age of 49 (sic), while his wife was then referred to Elizabeth Sarah Collett who was 46.

 

 

 

Their children on that occasion were Amelia 16, Agnes 14, Frederick 13, and Francis 11, all born at Shaw, and Sarah who was nine, Florence who was four, Arthur who was three, and John who was under one, and all of them born at Broughton Gifford.  Only the couple’s eldest son Herbert was missing from the family and he was living and working in South Wales.

 

 

 

Curiously in April 1911, Tom and Elizabeth were listed at different locations, perhaps for work reasons.  Tom Collett of Corsham stated he was 62 (his correct age for a change), and at that time he was recorded within the Bradford-on-Avon registration with his sons Herbert 29, Frederick 23, Arthur 13.  Acting as housekeeper for the four of them was Tom’s daughter Agnes Collett who was 22, but was actually 24.  At the same time Tom’s wife, Elizabeth Sarah Collett, age 57, was living at Shaw within the Melksham registration district, where the family had been living twenty years earlier.  Listed with Elizabeth were her two youngest daughters Sarah who was 19, and Florence who was 14, together with her youngest son John who was 10 years old.

 

 

 

35P13

Herbert J Collett

Born in 1880 at Shaw, Melksham

 

35P14

Amelia Catherine Collett

Born in 1884 at Shaw, Melksham

 

35P15

Agnes Mary Collett

Born in 1886 at Shaw, Melksham

 

35P16

Frederick Thomas Collett

Born in 1887 at Shaw, Melksham

 

35P17

Francis Collett

Born in 1890 at Shaw, Melksham

 

35P18

Sarah Ann Collett

Born in 1892 at Broughton Gifford

 

35P19

Florence Maria Collett

Born in 1896 at Broughton Gifford

 

35P20

Arthur Martin Collett

Born in 1898 at Broughton Gifford

 

35P21

John Collett

Born in 1900 at Broughton Gifford

 

 

 

 

35O6

William Collett was born at Whitley near Melksham in 1850 or 1851, but before the census day in 1851 which was on 30th March, since he was listed as being under the age of one year, when with his parents and his two older brothers at Whitley.  By 1860 the family was living at Norrington Common, and by the time of the census in the following year William had already left school.  At the age of 10 he had started work on the land, when he was recorded as an agricultural labourer. 

 

 

 

By the time of the next census in 1871 William Collett was no longer living with his parents, who by then had seven children.  Where he was on that occasion has not yet been determined, but it is known that three years after that he sailed on the ship James Wishart to New Zealand, where he landed on 5th July 1874.  It was there that he married Esther Ellen Sweeney on 6th February 1881 at Hamilton.  Esther was the daughter of Peter Sweeney and Esther Ellen Leach and was born at Hunau on 30th September 1864, so was many years younger than William.  On their wedding day Esther was already six months into the pregnancy for their first child, who was born three months and two weeks after they were married. 

 

 

 

Once married William and Esther settled on a farm at Karangahake, just south of the town of Paeroa, in the Thames Valley, where all of their fourteen children were born.  The name of William Collett was listed in the New Zealand Electoral Roll of 1893 when he was described as a miner of Karangahake.

 

 

 

William Collett died on 24th April 1929, and a headstone at Pukerimu Cemetery in Paeroa marks his grave, which he shares with his wife and daughter Annie who both died during May 1906.  The details on the headstone read as follows:

 

 

In Loving Memory of

William Collett

died 24th April 1929 aged 70 years

Also his beloved wife Esther Ellen died 12th May 1906 aged 42 years

And their beloved daughter Annie died 30th May 1906 aged 14 years

At Rest

 

 

 

 

The double death of his wife and daughter within three weeks of each other might suggest that they both suffered from the same cause of death, although it is now known that Esther Ellen Collett nee Sweeney died suffering with gastro enteritis and syncope, while her daughter Annie Maria died from acute pneumonia.  William’s death certificate poses a few questions, perhaps because his family did not know a lot about him and his origins back in England.  The certificate first confirmed that he died in Thames Hospital in Paeroa, and that his occupation was that of a labourer.  The cause of death was heart failure, with which he had been suffering for over six months.  His parents were named as Stephen and Catherine Collett, his father being a butcher.  He was buried two days after he passed away, on 26th April 1929

 

 

 

Rather strangely his place of birth was given in error as Epping Forest in Wiltshire, the latter word having been crossed out and replaced with Essex.  It did however correctly confirm that he had been living in New Zealand for the past 55 years.  However, his age given for the time he married Esther Ellen Sweeney, deceased, was very much in error at 22 years, when in fact he would have been 30 or possibly 31, and that may have been a result of his wife being only seventeen when they married.  The informant of the death was undertaken G F Twentyman, rather than a member of his family.

 

 

 

Of his family, the certificate listed his children in error as four males rather than five, aged 39, 35, 29, and 27, (and they would have been John, William, James, and Thomas), and eight daughters even though he only had seven who had survived.  The eight ages for the girls actually included the missing son Albert, who was 44.  The remainder were 47, 45, 30, 29, 26, 25 and 23 (who would have been Sarah, Catherine, Rose, Mary, Lucy, Ivy, and Violet).

 

 

 

35P22

Sarah Ann Collett

Born in 1881 at Karangahake, NZ

 

35P23

Catherine Collett

Born in 1883 at Karangahake, NZ

 

35P24

Albert George William Collett

Born in 1885 at Karangahake, NZ

 

35P25

Rose Jubilee Collett

Born in 1887 at Karangahake, NZ

 

35P26

John Henry Collett

Born in 1888 at Karangahake, NZ

 

35P27

Annie Maria Collett

Born in 1891 at Karangahake, NZ

 

35P28

William Ivan Collett

Born in 1893 at Karangahake, NZ

 

35P29

Mary Jane Collett

Born in 1895 at Karangahake, NZ

 

35P30

Esther Ellen Collett

Born in 1897 at Karangahake, NZ

 

35P31

James Leach Collett

Born in 1899 at Karangahake, NZ

 

35P32

Thomas Henry Collett

Born in 1900 at Karangahake, NZ

 

35P33

Lucy Collett

Born in 1902 at Karangahake, NZ

 

35P34

Ivy Myrtle Collett

Born in 1904 at Karangahake, NZ

 

35P35

Violet May Collett

Born in 1905 at Karangahake, NZ

 

 

 

 

35O7

James Collett was born at Whitley near Melksham around 1854.  However, over the following years his parents recorded his age as 9 in 1861, as 16 in 1871, and 24 in 1881 when, on each occasion, he was living with his family at Norrington Common near Broughton Gifford.  At the time of the latter census in 1881 he was still living with his widowed mother in the family home, and at that time in his life his occupation was that of a stonemason.  Just after the census day in 1881 James married Louisa who was born at Bristol in 1857.  The couple initially lived in the nearby village of Shaw where their first child was born, before moving two miles north to Corsham where all of their remaining children were born.

 

 

 

According to the Corsham census of 1891 James was 34, Louisa was 32, and their three children at that time were Louisa Frances who was seven, Reginald William who was five, and three-year old Harold Edward Collett.  And it was again at Corsham that the family was living in March 1901.  James Collett of Whitley was now a house builder at the age of 46 and was employing his two oldest sons in the family business.  He wife Louisa was 43.  The couple’s children were Louisa, age 17, Reginald, age 15, Harold, age 13, Hilda who was nine, Elsie who was six, and Emily who was three.  Ten years later in April 1911 James was listed as still living at Corsham in the Chippenham registration district where he was 56 and Louisa was 53.  The only children still living with them were Reginald William Collett 25, Elsie Kathleen Collett 16, and Emily Estella Collett who was 13, although the couple’s eldest daughter Louisa was also still living nearby in Corsham.

 

 

 

35P36

Louisa Frances Collett

Born in 1883 at Shaw, Melksham

 

35P37

Reginald William Collett

Born in 1885 at Corsham

 

35P38

Harold Edward Collett

Born in 1887 at Corsham

 

35P39

Hilda Collett

Born in 1891 at Corsham

 

35P40

Elsie Kathleen Collett

Born in 1894 at Corsham

 

35P41

Emily Estella Collett

Born in 1898 at Corsham

 

 

 

 

35O8

Sarah Ann Collett was born at Whitley in 1856, the daughter of Stephen and Catherine Collett.  By the time of the census in 1861 Sarah Ann Collett was five years old, when she was living with her family at Norrington Common.  Ten years later she was still living there with her parents at the age of 14.  With no record of her found in the next census of 1871, it must be assumed that she was married by that time in her like.

 

 

 

 

35O9

Benjamin H Collett was born at Whitley around 1858 and was three years old in the Norrington Common census in April 1861 and was still living there with his family in 1871 when he was 12.  In 1881 at the age of 21 Benjamin was still living at the family home in Norrington Common, just south of Whitley, with his widowed mother Catherine, when his occupation was that of a carpenter.  Nearly twenty months after that census day in 1881 he married Ruth Mortimer at Bradford-on-Avon on 28th November 1882.  Ruth was born at Broughton Gifford during the third quarter of 1858 and was the daughter of Joshua Mortimer and Ruth Wakeley who were both born in Broughton Gifford and who both died at nearby Norrington Common.

 

 

 

During the first seven years of their life together, Ruth presented Benjamin with six of their nine children, the first being born while the couple were still living at Broughton Gifford, the next two after the family had moved to Frome and the next three at Trowbridge.  At the time of the 1891 Census for the Trowbridge and Melksham area Benjamin was 31, Ruth was 32, and their six children were William Collett who was seven, Sarah A Collett who was five, Ewart Collett who was three, Lena M Collett who was two, and Kerwin Collett who was only a few months old.

 

 

 

Over the following decade four further children were added to the family.  The first three of them was born while the family was still living in Trowbridge, and the last child was born after the family had moved to Twerton in Bath.  Less than six months into the new century tragedy struck the family when Benjamin Collett died during the second quarter of 1900 while the family was living at Twerton, leaving Ruth a widow to look after her young family alone.

 

 

 

According to the census recorded in the March of the following year, Ruth Collett from Bradford-on-Avon was 42 and was living on her own means with eight of her children at Maybrick Road in Twerton.  They were William Collett who was 17, Ewart Collett who was 13, Lena Collett who was 12, Amy Collett who was 10, Kerwin Collett who was eight, Ashleigh Collett who was six, Nelson Collett who was five and Alice Collett who was three years old.  Ten years later in April 1911 Ruth still had seven of her children living with her at Maybrick Road in Twerton.  Ruth was 52, and with her were her sons Ewart aged 23, Kerwin aged 20, Ashleigh aged 16 and Nelson aged 14, and her daughters Lena aged 22, Amy aged 18 and Alice who was 13.

 

 

 

At the time of the earlier census in 1901, the widow Ruth Collett was living right next door to Arthur Mortimer (1894-1960) of 47 Maybrick Road in Twerton who was the great grandfather of Roger F Mortimer (born 1947) who kindly supplied the information about his Mortimer/Collett family.  Roger’s father was Francis Arthur Mortimer who was born eight years later on 27th January 1919

 

 

 

However, by 1911, the Mortimer family of James and Maria, son Arthur and daughter Edith had left the Bath area and had moved to Norton Road in Southborough in Tunbridge Wells in Kent.  James Mortimer had become the pastor of the Strict and Particular Baptist Chapel in Western Road, Southborough around that time where he continued until his death on 6th September 1943 when he was buried in the churchyard at Broughton Gifford with Maria who had died earlier.  Benjamin’s widow Ruth Collett remained living at Twerton for the rest of her life and survived her husband by almost 25 years when she died at Bath during the first quarter of 1925.

 

 

 

35P42

William Collett

Born in 1883 at Broughton Gifford

 

35P43

Sarah Ann Collett

Born in 1885 at Frome, Somerset

 

35P44

Joshua Ewart Collett

Born in 1887 at Frome, Somerset

 

35P45

Lena Mary Collett

Born in 1888 at Trowbridge

 

35P46

Kerwin Collett

Born in the autumn of 1890 at Trowbridge

 

35P47

Amy Ruth Collett

Born in 1892 at Trowbridge

 

35P48

Benjamin Ashleigh Collett

Born in 1894 at Trowbridge

 

35P49

Nelson Collett

Born in the summer of 1896 at Trowbridge

 

35P50

Alice Catherine Collett

Born in 1898 at Twerton, Bath

 

 

 

 

35O10

Mary Jane Collett was born at Broughton Gifford around September 1860 and was baptised there on 20th December 1861, the youngest of the seven known children of Stephen and Catherine.  Although included with her family in the census of 1861 at seven months of age, Mary Jane Collett died at Broughton Gifford three years later and was buried there on 3rd March 1864.

 

 

 

 

35O11

William Thomas Collett was born at Brighton in Sussex in 1856, the eldest son of William Collett and Elizabeth Fox, both of Melksham, who were only married in October 1856, so William may have actually been base-born.  Certainly his parents fled from Melksham to Brighton to be married, which may indicate that this was the reason why.  Two years after he was born, William and his parents were living in Devizes, where his sister Maria (below) was born.  After she was born, the family returned to their home town of Melksham, where William’s sister Sarah (below) was born four months prior to the census in 1861.

 

 

 

At the time of the census William T Collett from Brighton was four years old, when he was living in Melksham with his father William, who was a shoemaker, his mother Elizabeth, who was a binder, and his two sisters.  Sadly, just three years later in 1864, and following the addition of two more children into the family, William’s father died at Melksham at the age of 30.  A little while after that, William’s mother married George Truman and in 1871 she and her new husband were still living in Melksham with William’s three youngest siblings.  Where William, age 14, and his sister Maria, age 12, were on that occasion has not been determined, since a thorough search of the census in 1871 has revealed nothing of the pair.

 

 

 

Upon achieving adult age, William married Sarah Ann who was the same age as William, but had been born in Wiltshire, possibly at Keevil just three miles from Melksham.  Once married the couple headed north-east towards Northamptonshire and were living at Lower Havelock Street, Kettering in 1881.  According to the census William Collett, age 24 and from Brighton, was a labourer at an iron works and was married to Sarah Collett, also 24, who was recorded as having been born at Leenal Head in Wiltshire.  This is error in translation and seems likely to be a reference to Seend Cleeve or Seend in Wiltshire, where Sarah said she was born in both the census returns for 1891 and 1901.

 

 

 

It was during the next decade that Sarah presented William with two children, and both of them born at Kettering, where the family was still living at the time of the census in 1891.  The family of four was residing at 123 Havelock Street in Kettering where William Collett from Brighton in Sussex was 34 and was working as a labourer at a nearby foundry in the town.  His wife Sarah A Collett from Seend in Wiltshire was also 34, while their two children were Willie Collett who was three and Fred Collett who was one year old.  A third son was born into the family four years later, while it is highly likely that tragedy struck the family before the end of the century, when they suffered the death of their first born child, since no record of Willie or William Collett has been identified in any later census.  According to the next census in March 1901 William T Collett and Sarah A Collett were both 44 when they were still living at 123 Havelock Street in Kettering, but with just their two youngest sons.  William from Broughton (sic) was still working at the iron foundry, but as an iron moulder by then, and once again Sarah’s place of birth was recorded as Seend in Wiltshire.  Their two boys were named as Frederick Collett who was 11 and Archie Collett who was five years of age.

 

 

 

However, ten years later in April 1911, William and Sarah were once again recorded as living in the town of Kettering, but on that occasion the only one of their three known children still living with them, was their youngest son Edward Archie Collett, age 15.  William Collett from Brighton was 54, and his wife from Wiltshire was Sarah Ann Collett who was 53.  The couple’s other surviving son, Frederick, was married with a family of his own by then, and was also living in Kettering – see individual entry.

 

 

 

35P51

William (Willie) Collett

Born in 1887 at Kettering

 

35P52

Frederick Collett

Born in 1889 at Kettering

 

35P53

George Edward Archibald Collett

Born in 1895 at Kettering

 

 

 

 

35O12

Maria Collett was born in 1858 at Melksham where she was baptised on 26th December 1858, the eldest daughter of William and Elizabeth Collett.  The only other record of her so far found was in the census of 1861 when she was two years old and living at Melksham with her family.  Three years later her father died and it is not sure what happened to Maria, or her older brother William, after her mother remarried George Truman.

 

 

 

 

35O13

Sarah Jane Collett was born at Melksham in December 1860, and was baptised there on 27th January 1861.  The baptism record confirmed that she was the daughter of William and Elizabeth Collett, and the census later that year listed Sarah J Collett as being just four months old.  With her father dying at the age of thirty when Sarah was just four years old, her mother remarried and in 1871 Sarah Jane Collett was 10 years old and, together with her two younger brothers James and Frederick, she was living at Semington Road in Melksham (right next door to the New Inn).  That was the home of George Truman and his wife Elizabeth, the children’s mother.  Ten years later in 1881, Sarah Jane Collet, age 20 of Melksham, was a housemaid and a domestic servant at the Uppingham Boarding School in Rutland.  The school was situated on the London Road and it would appear that Sarah was living at Redgate House.

 

 

 

 

35O14

James Collett was born at Melksham in 1862, the son of William and Elizabeth Collett.  James was just two years old when his father died in 1864, following which his widowed mother married George Truman of Melksham.  According to the Melksham census of 1871 James Collett of Melksham was eight years old and was described as the stepson of George Truman of Semington Road.  Also living with their mother and her new husband was James’ sister Sarah (above), and brother Frederick (below).

 

 

 

With the passing of another ten years, James was 18 and by the time of the census of 1881 he was working as a mat maker.  At that time in his life he was still living in Melksham with his brother at the home of his mother Elizabeth Truman and her second husband George Truman, at Semington Lane.  It was around four years later that James married Sarah who was seven years older than James.  The marriage produced two daughters for the couple, both born at Melksham, where the family was living at Woodview Road in 1891, and again in 1901.

 

 

 

It is possible that James worked at a quarry or similar establishment, since in 1891 he was described as being 28 and an engine driver of a stationary engine, which perhaps indicates it was not a railway engine, and therefore not with the Great Western Railway.  His wife Sarah was 35 in 1891 and was employed as a yard sorter in a local matting factory, despite having two young children.  The couple’s two daughters were listed as Beatrice M Collett, who was four, Lily E Collett, who was two years old.

 

 

 

Ten years later James was 38 and was continuing to work as a stationary engine driver, while living Woodview Road with Sarah who was 44, Beatrice who was 14, and Lily who was 12 years old.  By 1911 the couple’s eldest daughter was married and had left the family home, although she was still living in Melksham with her husband.  So at that time James Collett was 48, his wife Sarah was 56, and the youngest daughter was listed in the census return as Lily Elizabeth Collett aged 22.

 

 

 

35P54

Beatrice Maud Collett

Born in 1886 at Melksham

 

35P55

Lily Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1888 at Melksham

 

 

 

 

35O15

Frederick William Collett was born at Melksham in 1864, around the time that his father William died.  It seems very likely that, in view of the fact that he already had an older brother called William, his mother Elizabeth decided to give him the additional name of William as a tribute to her late husband.  Following the death of his father, Frederick’s mother married George Truman of Semington Road in Melksham.  And it was there that Fredk W Collett, age six, was living with his mother and stepfather in 1871.  Also living with him, was his older siblings Sarah and James (above).

 

 

 

On leaving school Frederick became a blacksmith’s labourer, as recorded in the Melksham Census of 1881 when he was 16 and living in Semington Lane with his brother James Collett (above) and their mother Elizabeth Truman.  Although no record of Frederick has been found in either of the census returns for 1891 and 1901, he was living in Melksham with his wife Emma in April 1911.  Frederick William Collett of Melksham was 47, while his wife Emma was 52.  There were no children living with them at that time, but this does not necessarily mean that it was a childless marriage.

 

 

 

 

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Anna Maria Collett was born at Broughton Gifford on 12th October 1855, the eldest child of Samuel Collett and his wife Sarah Gerrish.  She was only one year old when her parents left England for Wisconsin in America, where she later married William Harkness Berlin Campbell at Union Township in Pierce, Wisconsin on 26th November 1873.  He was the son of William H Campbell and Phebe Jane Huller and had been born in Pennsylvania on 28th January 1851.  Anna Maria Campbell nee Collett died at Exeland in Sawyer, Wisconsin on 4th June 1942, her husband having died there seventeen years earlier on 10th November 1924.  Both of them were buried in the Windfall Cemetery in Exeland.

 

 

 

The marriage of Hannah and William produced six children for the couple, and the first two were Edward Campbell who was born on 12th February 1875 and who died on 2nd March 1875, and Ella May Campbell who was born at Rock Elm in Pierce, Wisconsin on 18th April 1876.  She married Archie Alonzo Veness at Maiden Rock in Pierce on 19th November 1896, the son of Leroy Alonzo Veness and Violetta Place, who was born on 1st February 1874 at Arkansaw in Pepin, Wisconsin.  Archie died on 21st February 1946, while Hannah M Veness nee Collett died in Wisconsin on 13th October 1967.  The four other children were Emma Campbell, who became Emma Veness, Jennie Campbell, who became Jennie Sewal formerly Jennie Crownhart and Jennie Boortz, Walther Campbell, and Esther Ethel Campbell, who became Ethel Hewitt.

 

 

 

 

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Mary Jane Collett was born at Wisconsin, most likely at Dodge County, during September 1857 shortly after her parents arrived there from England.  She married William Alexander Martin on 2nd March 1876 at Maiden Rock, he having been born in Canada on 28th April 1853, the son of Abijah Martin and his wife Emily Harris.  It was during the previous year that her mother Sarah Collett nee Gerrish had died, living her father Samuel Collett and her three brothers (below) living at Union at the time of the census in 1880.  William Alexander Martin died on 5th June 1933, probably in Orange County, California, where his widow Mary Jane Martin nee Collett may have died sometime before 1941.

 

 

 

Mary Jane presented William with eleven children as follows.  Nellie M Martin was born in Wisconsin during March 1877 who married Reno Norman Holt in 1898, the son of Henry Stewart Holt and Olive Araminta (Minnie) Clark, who was born on 28th July 1875 in Wisconsin and who died on 10th May 1941 at Snohomish in Washington.  Mattie A Martin was born in Wisconsin in 1879.  Eddy Arlo Martin was born in Toronto on 3rd September 1881 and he later married Ella Posey.  Leon Everette Martin was born at Brookings in South Dakota on 23rd October 1883.  Merrel Uriah Martin was born at Brookings on 13th October 1885 and he died in Los Angeles on 20th September 1955, having married Edna Mae Mealey on 12th October 1910 at Maiden Rock in Pierce, Wisconsin, the daughter of William B Mealey and Mary Jane Herbison, who was born at Pierce on 14th December 1883 in Pierce, and who died at Red Wing, Goodhue in Minnesota on 20th July 1966.  Lorenza Edward Martin was born in Jun 1887 in South Dakota.  Ina Vida Martin was born at Brookings on 29th September 1889.  Ethel Eunice Martin was born at Brookings on 23rd April 1892.  Myrtle Adell Martin was born at Brookings on 2nd June 1893.  William Alexander Martin was also born at Brookings on 8th May 1897, as was Amos Martin who was born in 1899, who sadly died that same year.

 

 

 

 

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James Collett was born at Stonebank in Waukesha, Wisconsin on 13th August 1862.  James was fifteen when his mother Sarah died in 1877 and three year later when he was 18, he was working with his father Samuel on their farm at Union in Pierce, Wisconsin and was living there with his two younger brothers Henry and Albert (below).  He later married (1) Alice Cary Kingsbury, the daughter of Asa Kingsbury and his wife Margaret Thalheimer.  Alice was born in Illinois on 4th September 1867.

 

 

 

It would appear that by the end of the century James and Alice were separated since, James Collett married (2) Nora Cushing at Pipestone in Minnesota on 22nd December 1900.  She was the daughter of James Cushing and his wife Mary Ellen Lillis, and was born on 1st November 1872 in Mason City, Cerro Gordo in Iowa.  James Collett died at Elmwood in Pierce, Wisconsin on 8th December 1941, and was buried at Ono Cemetery in Salem Township, Pierce.  Alice Cary Collett nee Kingsbury died in Sacramento, California on 29th January 1945, and Nora Collett nee Cushing died on 17th May 1948 at Ellsworth in Pierce, Wisconsin, and was also buried at Ono Cemetery.

 

 

 

The three children of James and his first wife Alice were born after the couple moved to South Dakota:

 

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Edythe M Collette

Born in 1890 in South Dakota

 

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Walter Burton Collette

Born in 1892 at Brookings in South Dakota

 

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Alfred Collette

Born circa 1895, died before 1941

 

The following is the only child of James Collett by his second wife Nora Cushing:

 

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Etta May Collett

Born in 1902 at Union, Pierce, Wisconsin

 

 

 

 

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Henry S Collett was born at Union in Pierce, Wisconsin on 6th April 1869 in Union and was only eight years old when his mother Sarah died.  He was simply named as Henry Collett, age 11, when he and his two brothers James (above) and Albert (below) were living with their widowed father Samuel on the family farm at Union.  Twelve years after that he married Eva Etta Clark at Union on 22nd November 1893.  She was the daughter of John Calvin Clark and his wife Maranda Crandall, and was born at Shannon in Carroll, Illinois on 20th August 1872.  Henry S Collett was living at Plum City in Pierce when died there on 15th February 1946, following which he was buried at Ono Cemetery in Salem.  And it was also at Plum City where his wife Eva Etta Collett nee Clark later died on 4th February 1950, after which she was also buried at Ono Cemetery.  It would appear that the couple spent the whole of their early life together at Union, where their seven children were born.

 

 

 

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Gladys Collett

Born in 1895 at Union, Pierce, Wisconsin

 

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Myrtle Collett

Born in 1897 at Union, Pierce, Wisconsin

 

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Willard Faye Collett

Born in 1901 at Union, Pierce, Wisconsin

 

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Leafy Gaynel Collett

Born in 1903 at Union, Pierce, Wisconsin

 

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Ralph Dinsmore Collett

Born in 1905 at Union, Pierce, Wisconsin

 

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Donald Milton Collett

Born in 1911 at Union, Pierce, Wisconsin

 

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Gail Winslow Collett

Born in 1915 at Union, Pierce, Wisconsin

 

 

 

 

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Ida May Collett was born at Wisconsin on 18th April 1872, where she died on 19th November 1872, the youngest of the three daughters of Samuel and Sarah Collett.  She was buried in the family lot at Ono Cemetery.

 

 

 

 

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Albert B Collett, who was known as Bert, was born at Union in Pierce, Wisconsin on 23rd February 1874, the last child born to Samuel Collett and his wife Sarah Gerrish who died when Albert was only three years of age.  It was as A B Collett aged six years that he was recorded living on the family farm at Union with his father and his two older brothers in the census of 1880.  He married Lula May Harrison at Maiden Rock in Pierce, Wisconsin on 28th November 1894.  She was the daughter of John Strange Harrison and his wife Minerva Jane Keeler, and was during August 1879 in Wisconsin.  Albert B Collett died at Ellsworth in Pierce, Wisconsin on 16th December 1936, and was buried at Ono Cemetery. 

 

 

 

Following the death of her husband Lulu married August Wilkens, the son of John Wilkens Louise Brown, and it was some years later that Lula May Wilkens formerly Collett nee Harrison passed away on 20th May 1949.  During their married life together Lula presented Albert with six children who were all born within the state of Wisconsin.  Sadly for the family two of the couple’s three sons did not survive, with both of them dying within a year of them being born.

 

 

 

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Grace Minerva Collett

Born in 1895 in Wisconsin

 

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Russell H Collett

Born in 1897 in Wisconsin

 

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Lyle Clayton Collett

Born in 1899 in Wisconsin

 

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Bernice Winifred Collett

Born in 1904 in Wisconsin

 

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Ada Isabel Collett

Born in 1907 in Wisconsin

 

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Herbert Collett

Born in 1908 in Wisconsin; died 1908

 

 

 

 

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Harry D Collett was born at Bradford-on-Avon in 1865, the eldest child of Henry Collett and his wife Anne Rebecca Derrick.  By April 1881 he was living at Langley Burrell, just outside Chippenham, with his family where he was working as an apprentice painter and plumber aged 15.  Harry eventually join the army and served overseas, and this was the reason was he was not located in Great Britain in the next census in 1891.  However, it was around that time that he was serving in Ireland, and it was there that he met and married Mary.

 

 

 

The marriage produced five children for the couple, the first two of which were born at Limerick, the next one during a posting to Valetta on the island of Malta, the next one at Plumstead near Woolwich in London, while their last child was born at South Tidworth in Wiltshire, following Harry’s tour of duty.

 

 

 

It was in March 1901 that family was recorded as living in the South Tidworth area of Wiltshire, midway between Amesbury and Andover.  The family comprised Harry Collett from Bradford-on-Avon, age 35, who was described as an ex-soldier and clerk with the Royal Engineers Office, his wife Mary Collett, age 34 and from Ireland, and four of their ultimate five children, they being John, age nine from Ireland, Annie seven also from Ireland, Frederick who was four from Malta, and Clara who was one year old from Plumstead.

 

 

 

Whether his retirement was due to an injury sustained during his time in the army is not known, but it is known that by April 1911 Mary Collett was a widow living in the Windsor area with four of her five children.  Mary Josephine Collett was 45, and her children were Annie Evelyn 17, Frederick Victor 14, Clara Kathleen Collett 11, and Eileen Norah Collett who was nine years old.  By that time Harry’s and Mary’s eldest son John Henry Collett was 19 and was employed as a plumber, while lodging at the home of his uncle Frederick George Collett (below) at Burleston Cottages in Shipton Bellinger, to the east of Amesbury.

 

 

 

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John Henry Collett

Born in 1891 at Limerick

 

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Annie Evelyn Collett

Born in 1893 at Limerick

 

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Frederick Victor Collett

Born in 1896 at Valetta, Malta

 

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Clara Kathleen Collett

Born in 1899 at Plumstead, London

 

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Eileen Norah Collett

Born in 1901 at South Tidworth, Wilts

 

 

 

 

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Sarah Jane Collett was born at Downton south of Salisbury in 1867, the second of the twelve children of Henry and Anne Collett.  Her father’s job as a policeman meant the family moved around a lot, and after she was born Sarah’s parents moved first to Biddestone, and then to Langley Burrell.  On leaving school, as the eldest daughter, Sarah worked in the family home (a police station) as a general servant, supporting her mother in caring for the family.  In 1881 she was 13 years old.  It seems highly likely that she was married by the time of the next census.  Sarah Jane Collett later married David James Payne and one of their daughters, Phyllis Lydia Payne, was the maternal grandmother of Angela Chilcott who provided some of the details for the updated version of this family line released in April 2016.  Phyllis and her parents, together with her husband Harry Douglas Carter, are all buried within the grounds of the Parish Church of St Michael in Melksham, where Sarah Jane’s parents are also laid to rest.  Angela Chilcott spent the first fifty-three years of her life living in the Warminster area of Wiltshire before settling in the Netherlands in 2013.

 

 

 

 

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Arthur H Collett was born at Downton near Salisbury in 1869, the son of Henry and Anne Collett.  He was 12 years old at the time of the 1881 Census for Langley Burrell, where his parents were living and where his father was a policeman.  By 1891 Arthur H Collett from Slaughterford (sic) in Wiltshire was 24 when he was living and working in the Clapham area of London, while it was three years after that when he married Alice Maud Mary Bull at Weston-Super-Mare in Somerset on 18th September 1894.  The record of the marriage confirmed he was the son of Henry Collett and that he was 26 years of age, while his bride Alice was from Weston near Bath in Wiltshire.  Over the following years Alice presented Arthur with at least three children. 

 

 

 

Curiously no record of the young family has been identified with the census of 1901, but in the next census conducted in early April 1911 Arthur and his family were living at 17 Linton Road in Barking, Essex.  Arthur Collett from Salisbury was 42, his wife Alice Maud Mary Collett from Weston was also 42, and their three children were named as Ida Rayonette Collett who was 15, Norman Temple Collett who was 13 and Clarence Arthur Collett who was also 13, so perhaps the two boys were twins.

 

 

 

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Ida Rayonette Collett

Born in 1896

 

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Norman Temple Collett

Born in 1898

 

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Clarence Arthur Collett

Born in 1898

 

 

 

 

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Annie Louisa Collett was born at Biddestone in 1873, the daughter of Henry and Anne Collett.  She was seven years old in the census of 1881, when she and her family were living in a police house at Langley Burrell. Over the following years her family moved first to Pewsey and then to Malmesbury, and it was at the latter that Annie L Collett was 17 in 1891.  It must have been sometime during the following decade that she was married and became Annie Louisa Winchcombe.

 

 

 

 

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Frederick George Collett was born at Biddestone in 1877, the son of Henry and Anne Collett.  He was three years old in the Langley Burrell census of 1881, and was 13 in 1891 when he was recorded as Fredk G Collett, living with his family in Malmesbury.  No record of him has been found in 1901 when he may have been abroad with the army, perhaps even in South Africa, taking part in the Boer War.  What is known is that in 1896 Frederick married Harriet Hannah Bannister who was born at Grays in Essex in 1877 but, just like her husband, Harriet was also absent at the time of the 1901 Census.

 

 

 

By April 1911 Frederick George Collett from Biddestone was employed by the War Department as a range warden, while living with his wife and only child at Burleston Cottages in Shipton Bellinger, to the east of Amesbury.  Frederick was 34, Harriet was 33, and their son Frederick John Henry was four and had been born at Shipton Bellinger.  Lodging with the family were William Smith 50 a bricklayer from Stroud; Charles Woodley 47 a bricklayer from Goring; and John Henry Collett aged 19, a plumber’s labourer from Limerick in Ireland.  The latter was Frederick’s nephew, the son of his older brother, the late Harry D Collett (above).

 

 

 

 

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William Collett was born at Langley Burrell in 1881 but after 3rd April that year, and was the son of policeman Henry Collett and his wife Anne.  On leaving Langley Burrell the family moved first to Pewsey and then to Malmesbury, where they were living in 1891 when William was nine years old.  It may have been military service that was the reason for his absence from the census in 1901, but shortly after that he married Christine with whom he had at least two children.  By 1911 he and his young family were recorded in the Chippenham area, as William Collett, age 29, Christine Collett, age 30, Henry Edward Collett, who was seven, and Frances Margaret Collett who was four.

 

 

 

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Henry Edward Collett

Born in 1903 at Chippenham

 

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Frances Margaret Collett

Born in 1906 at Chippenham

 

 

 

 

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Francis Collett was born at Pewsey in Wiltshire during in 1884, the son of Henry and Anne Collett.  By the time he was six, in 1891, he and his family were living in Malmesbury, and ten years later he was 16 and a farmer’s son living and working on the family farm at Melksham Without.  Towards the end of the first decade of the new century Francis married Elizabeth Anne, and by 1911 the childless couple was living within the Swindon registration district when Francis Collett from Pewsey was 27, and Elizabeth Anne Collett was 30.

 

 

 

 

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Edith Jessie Collett was born at Pewsey in 1886, the tenth of the twelve children of Henry and Ann Collett.  She was five years of age and living with her family at Malmesbury in 1891 and by 1901 the family was living in Melksham Without where Edith J Collett, age 15 and from Pewsey, was a dressmaker.  In 1911, at the age of 24, she was still living with her parents who, by that time, were living at Byde Mill Farm in Hannington near Highworth, Swindon. 

 

 

 

It was three years later that Edith Jessie Collett married George E Humphries, the event recorded at Leicester register office (Ref. 7a 359) during the first three months of 1914 in front of witnesses Ethel V B Beard and Richard C Dewey.  The marriage produced two daughters for the couple, the first being born later that same year, when the birth of Enid S Humphries was recorded at Leicester register office (Ref. 7a 542) although it was also during the third quarter of the year that her death was recorded there (Ref. 7a 300).  Just over one year later Edith gave birth to a second child, the birth of Dorothy I Humphries being recorded at Leicester (Ref. 7a 471) during the last three months of 1915.

 

 

 

 

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Clara Collett was born at Malmesbury in 1888, the eleventh child and youngest daughter Henry Collett and Ann Rebecca Derrick.  She was three years old in the census of 1891 and by 1901 her family was living in Melksham Without when she was 13 and still at school.  During the middle of the next decade she married Bernard Woodbridge and by 1911 the couple had three children and were living in Chippenham.  Clare Woodbridge from Malmesbury was 23, her husband Bernard was 24, and their three children were Jessie Woodbridge, who was three, Edna Woodbridge, who was one, and Irene Woodbridge who was just three months old.

 

 

 

 

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Sarah Jane Collett was born at Rock Elm in Pierce County, Wisconsin on 26th November 1862.  By the time of the US census of 1880 she was 17 and was still living with her parents on their farm at Rock Elm.  In 1884 she married John George Raab who was the son of Adam Raab and Anna Caroline Eberwein.  John Rabb was born in Germany on 2nd May 1855.  The couple was living at Stevens in Minnesota when John died on 8th September 1916.  Less than seventeen years later, at the time of her death, Sarah was living at Brooks, Marion in Oregon when she died on 19th January 1933.  Upon the death of her father James at Rock Elm in 1905 Sarah was confirmed in the obituary as Mrs John Raab, who was living at Red Wing, Goodhue in Minnesota.

 

 

 

The marriage of Sarah and John produced four children.  Edwin John Raab was born at Red Wing on 15th September 1889, and he died there on 24th July 1979.  He married (1) Elsie Alvina Sens who was born during 1895 in North Dakota.  He later married (2) Rachel Ophelia and she was born on 21st September 1883.  When she died at Goodhue on 27th January 1964 Edwin married (3) Florence A Moberg at Goodhue on 4th February 1978, Florence having been born in 1897.

 

 

 

The couple’s second child was Clarence George Raab who was born at Red Wing on 6th August 1891.  He died while at Ramsey in Minnesota on 20th March 1982.  He married Ione Wolf at Deuel in South Dakota on 1st December 1930.  She was born on 4th December 1897 and died in Ramsey on 11th December 1986.

 

 

 

Minnie Angeline Raab was their third child and she was born at Red Wing on 17th November 1894.   in Red Wing, Goodhue, Minnesota, USA.  She married Fred Henry Crandall who was born at Waterville, Pepin in Wisconsin on 7th October 1891.  He died at Rhineland in Wisconsin, while Minnie died on 13th November 1959.

 

 

 

The last child born to Sarah Jane Collett and John George Raab was Florence M Raab who was born at Red Wing on 1st February 1901.  She married Mercer Charles Smith who was born in Wisconsin on 18th August 1898 and who died at Riverside in California on 8th September 1996, two years short of him reaching the age of one-hundred.  His wife Florence had passed away nearly thirty years earlier, when she died on 24th August 1967.

 

 

 

 

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Hannah Elizabeth Collett was born at Rock Elm in Pierce County on 2nd March 1865 and was named as Libbie Collett, age 15, in the 1880 census for Rock Elm.  On 21st July 1883 she married Jacob Jackson who was born on 12th November 1857 at Bradford, Pennsylvania, the son of Jacob Jackson and Sarah Morris.  In the 1905 obituary for her father, Hannah was again named as Libbie, when she was listed under her married name of Mrs Jake Jackson of Olivet.  And it was while the couple was still living at Olivet, Gilman in Pierce County that her husband died on 7th April 1925.  Hannah Elizabeth (Libbie) Jackson died thirty years later on 5th June 1955.  During their life Hannah presented Jacob with just two children, Fred Jackson, and Hazel G Jackson who was born in Wisconsin during September 1890.  She married William McCardle, the son of Mike McCardle and Mary Cunningham, and was born in Wisconsin during 1884.  William died in 1958 and on 12th May 1976 Hazel McCardle nee Jackson passed away at Menomonie in Dunn, Wisconsin.

 

 

 

 

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Edwin James Collett was born at Rock Elm in Pierce County during February 1868, the eldest son of James Collett and his wife Mary A Holcomb.  At the age of 13 he was referred to as Edwin Collett in the US census of 1880.  Thirteen years later he married Lulu Nelson at Ashland in Wisconsin on 4th July 1893, who had been born in Norway during July 1866.  By the time of the census in 1900 Lulu had presented her husband with their first two children and the family of four was living at Precinct One in Hayward Town, Sawyer County, Wisconsin.  Edwin was named as Edward Collett was 32, Lulu Collett was 34, Florence Collett was three, and Raymond Collett was one year old.  However in the next census of 1905 the family was recorded as Edwin J Collett, age 38, as was his wife Lulu from Norway, and by then they had four children.  Florence was eight, Raymond was five Marie was three, and Vernice was just eight months old.  Also in 1905, at the time of the death of his father James, Edwin was one of the ten children listed in the obituary, when he was described as Ed Collett of Hayward.

 

 

 

Two more children were added to their family over the next six years, the first born before the census in 1910, and the second just after.  The Hayward census of 1910 recorded the family under the name of Collette, when once again the head of the household was listed as Edward, who was 48.  His wife Lulu was 44, and their five children were Florence, age 13, Raymond, age 10, Mentia (Marie), who was nine, Verna (Vernice), who was six, and Prudence who was two years of age.  It would appear that the name of their youngest daughter was changed over the following years, since every record of her after 1910 gave her name as Isadore Collett.

 

 

 

The couple’s eldest daughter left home to be married around 1916, so by the time of the Hayward census in 1920 there were still five children living at the family home, following the birth of their last child.  On that occasion the family was listed as Ed Collett, age 53, Lola (sic) Collett, age 55, Raymond Collett, age 20, Marie Collett, age 18, Vernice Collett, age 15, Isadore Collett, who was 12, and Howard Collett who was eight years old.

 

 

 

By 1930 only unmarried Raymond and the two youngest children were still living at the family home in Hayward.  Ed J Collett was 63 by that time, and his wife Lulu was 64.  Raymond was 30, while Isadore was 23 and Howard was 18.  Lulu Collett nee Nelson died at Hayward in Sawyer County, Wisconsin during 1942, and eleven years after that Edwin James Collett also died at Hayward during 1953.  During their life together they had six children.

 

 

 

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Florence Collett

Born in 1897 at Hayward,Wisconsin

 

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Raymond Collett

Born in 1899 at Hayward, Wisconsin

 

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Marie Collett

Born in 1901 at Hayward, Wisconsin

 

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Vernice Collett

Born in 1904 at Hayward, Wisconsin

 

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Isadore Collett

Born in 1907 at Hayward, Wisconsin

 

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Howard Collett

Born in 1911 at Hayward, Wisconsin

 

 

 

 

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Minnie A Collett was born at Rock Elm in Pierce County during March 1870 and was ten years old in the US census of 1880 for Rock Elm.  She married Joseph B Taylor at Rock Elm on 10th September 1895 in a joint ceremony with her sister Martha (below).  Joseph was the son of Joseph Taylor and Rosabelle Demo who was born in New York in August 1861.  In her father’s obituary published in 1905 she was described as Minnie, Mrs Joe Taylor of Glen Wood.  Minnie Jackson nee Collett died during 1931, while her husband passed away in 1948.

 

 

 

 

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Frederick Levi Collett was born at Rock Elm in Pierce County during October 1871, the son of James and Mary Collett.  The Rock Elm census of 1880 included Fred Collett as being nine years old, when his parents were confirmed as James Collett, a farmer from England, and Mary Collett from Jasper, New York.

 

 

 

It was over seventeen years later that he married Anna Sophia Braatz at Durand, Pepin in Wisconsin on 21st December 1897, the daughter of Fredrick Braatz and Augusta Bryan.  Anna was born in Wisconsin on 19th June 1876 and over the next few years she presented Frederick with two sons.  The first of them was born prior to the census of 1900, by which time the family was living at Eau Galle Town in Dunn County, Wisconsin.  Fred L Collett was 29, his wife Annie L M Collett was 24, and their son was named as Clyde Collett aged two years.  It was as Fred Collett of Somo that he was listed as a child of James Collett in his obituary of 1905.

 

 

 

By 1910 the family of four was residing at Cassian in Oneida County, Wisconsin when Fred L Collett was 37, Anna Collett was 32, Clyde E Collett was 11, and Earl C Collett was six years old.  During the next ten years Fred took his family back to Pierce County where the family was living in 1920.  By that time Fred Collett was 48, Anna S Collett was 42, Clyde E Collett was 20, and Earl C Collett was 15.  It was around three years after that when the couple’s eldest son left home to be married, so by 1930 there were only three of them living at the family home in Cassian.  Fred was 57, Anna was 52 and Earl was 25.  Two years later Frederick Levi Collett died in 1932 and his wife Anna Sophia Collett nee Braatz survived for a further thirty-eight years, when she died at Spring Valley in Pierce County on 28th July 1970.

 

 

 

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Clyde Elmer Collett

Born in 1898 at Wisconsin

 

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Earl Claire Collett

Born in 1904 at Wisconsin

 

 

 

 

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Martha Ellen Collett was born at Rock Elm, Pierce during 1874 and was six years old in Rock Elm census of 1880.  Fifteen years later she married Henry L Hess at Rock Elm on 10th September 1895 in a joint ceremony with her sister Minnie (above).  Henry was the son of Lewis A Hess and Augusta Brose and was born in Wisconsin in August 1871.  The 1905 obituary for Martha’s father James Collett listed Martha as one of his ten children using the description Mattie, Mrs Henry Hess, of Elmwood.  Henry Hess died at Hennepin in Minnesota on 27th January 1941 and eleven years later Martha died there on 10th October 1952.

 

 

 

The marriage of Martha and Henry resulted in the births of three children.  Earl Lamont Hess was born in Wisconsin on 1st July 1901 and he died on 26th December 1951, having married Emily Katherine (Katie) Heuftle.  She was born in Nebraska on 17th July 1895 and she died on 20th August 1985.  The couple’s second child was Vida May Hess who was born on 19th November 1905, and who sadly died on 13th July 1907.  Their last child was Myrtle M Hess was born in Wisconsin on 23rd May 1907, who died in St Paul, Ramsey in Minnesota on 12th January 1975.

 

 

 

 

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Albert H Collett was born at Rock Elm, Pierce on 27th December 1875, the only child of James Collett and his wife Mary A Holcomb who did not survive his father.  He was four years old in the census of 1880, but sadly when he was just nineteen years old when he died on 6th January 1895.  At the time of the death of his father in 1905 the obituary for James Collett included in the list of his ten children the name of ‘Bertie, now deceased’.

 

 

 

 

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William Arthur Collett was born at Rock Elm, Pierce on 11th November 1878 and was one year old in the census of 1880.  He was the youngest son of James and Mary Collett and before his nineteenth birthday he married (1) Elsie Delsia Fox at Rock Elm on 11th October 1897.  She was the daughter of Sylvester John Fox and Juliette White, and was born at Rock Elm on 10th August 1877, so was 21 on the day of her wedding.  By the time of the census in 1900 Elsie had presented William with their first child, and at that time the family of three was residing at Spring Valley in Pierce County, Wisconsin.  William Collett was 22, his wife Elsie was 23, and their son George was two years old.

 

 

 

It was still just the three of them again living at Spring Valley in 1905, having lost their second child during the previous year, on the same day that it was born.  William A Collett was 26, Elsie A Collett was 27, and George W Collett was six.  In that same year William Arthur Collett was named as Will Collett of Spring Valley, Wisconsin in his father’s obituary, and it was also 1905 that William’s wife died three days after giving birth to the couple’s third child who also did not survive.

 

 

 

Just over three years after the death of his first wife at Spring Valley on 6th December 1905, William married (2) Alma Regina Peterson there on 31st March 1909.  She was the daughter of John Peterson and Anna Linder and had been born at Stockholm in Pepin, Wisconsin on 20th April 1880.  Although they had four children, only two of them survived, with the other two being twins who died on the day that they were born.

 

 

 

According to the Spring Valley census conducted in 1910 W A Collett was 31, his wife Alma Collett was 29, and William’s son George Collett was 11.  Living with the family was William’s widowed mother Mary Collett, and someone by the name of Emma Johnson, who was 21.  Following the death of his mother in 1916, and the departure from the family home of his son George, William and Alma moved to Sawyer County in Wisconsin where they were living in 1920.

 

 

 

The census that year recorded the family as William A Collett, age 41, Alma R Collett, age 39, while their daughter Allene was incorrectly listed as Allian I Collett who was six years old.  Living with the family in 1920 was Grace A Luke who was 17.  On the day of the census that year Alma was expecting the arrival of the couple’s fourth child, and only their second to survive.  That was confirmed in the next census of 1930, by which time William’s married son George had returned to live with the family at Hayward in Sawyer County.

 

 

 

Hayward Town census in 1930 recorded the family as William A Collett, who was 51, Alma R Collett, who was 50, their two children Allene I Collett, who was 16, and Harland L Collett, who was 10, together with George W Collett, age 32, and his much older wife Mary L Collett who was 49.  Supporting the family was servant Exelda M Nicolas age 21.  William and Alma were married for twenty-five years, when William Arthur Collett died at Duluth, St Louis in Minnesota on 24th March 1934.  Alma survived her husband by thirty-three years, when she passed away at Douglas in Wisconsin on 19th November 1967.

 

 

 

35P91

George William Collett

Born in 1898 at Wisconsin

 

35P92

An unnamed infant Collett

Born on 18.09.1904; died same day

 

35P93

 An unnamed infant Collett

Born on 03.12.1905; died same day

 

The following are the children of William Collett by his second wife Alma:

 

35P94

Allene Irene Collett

Born in 1914 at Wisconsin

 

35P95

An unnamed infant Collett          twin

Born on 16.05.1917; died same day

 

35P96

An unnamed infant Collett          twin

Born on 16.05.1917; died same day

 

35P97

Harland Leroy Collett

Born in 1920 at Wisconsin

 

 

 

 

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Belle H Collett worn at Rock Elm, Pierce on 30th July 1883, but was missing from the family home in Rock Elm at the time of the 1880 US Census.  Belle was still a spinster in 1905 when her father died, and it was his obituary that confirmed Belle, and her sister Vida (below), were unmarried and still living at home on that occasion.  It was during the following year that she married Warren J Weldon at Red Wing, Goodhue in Minnesota on 5th July 1906.  He was the son of Elias E Weldon and Annie B Hamilton and was born in Wisconsin on 3rd May 1883.  Warren died at Eau Claire in Wisconsin on 10th September 1867, and just four months later Belle died there during January 1968.  Over the years after they were married Belle presented Warren with four children in Wisconsin, and they were Gail F Weldon – he was born in 1907 and died in 1912, Wayne A Weldon – born in 1910, Lawrence E Weldon - born in 1913, and Robert F Weldon who was born in 1916.

 

 

 

 

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Vida Leona Collett was born at Rock Elm, Pierce on 24th October 1888, the last of the ten children of James Collett and his wife Mary A Holcomb.  In 1905 Vida and her sister Belle (above) were still living at the family home at Rock Elm when their father passed away.  The obituary also confirmed that they were both unmarried at that time.  It was two years later that Vida married Milton John Hamilton at Spring Valley on 12th March 1907.  John was born at Rock Elm on 14th January 1879, the son of John Hamilton and Anna Belle Condit.  The marriage produced three children for the couple at Spring Valley, and they were Annabel Marie Hamilton (born 29.01.1908), Lucille Vida Hamilton (born 02.07.1909), and Clarence Hamilton (born 10.07.1913).  Milton died at Eau Claire on 12th May 1951, and Vida Leona Hamilton nee Collett died at Baldwin, St Croix in Wisconsin on 17th December 1958.

 

 

 

There were three Hamilton children born to the couple in Pierce County, and the first of them was Annabelle Marie Hamilton who was born at Spring Valley on 29th September 1908.  She married Arthur Hatch on 21st August 1929, who was born in Wisconsin during 1906, the son of Frank Welsey Hatch and Ethel Brown.  Annabell Hatch nee Hamilton died at Eau Claire in Wisconsin on 7th April 1939.

 

 

 

The second child of Vida and Milton was Lucille Vida Hamilton who was born at Rock Elm on 2nd July 1909, who married Elmer Kafus Olson on 10th August 1932 at Grange Hall, Pierce in Wisconsin.  Elmer was born at Eau Galle in Dunn, Wisconsin on 18th December 1895, and he died on 18th July 1985 at Baldwin, St Croix in Wisconsin, where Lucille died on 12th April 1999.

 

 

 

The last of the couple’s three children was Clarence Larence M Hamilton who was born at Spring Valley on 10th July 1913.  He married Alma Thompson at Spring Valley on 2nd June 1937, who had been born in Wisconsin in 1919.  Clarence died at Baldwin, St Croix in Wisconsin on 16th April 1977.

 

 

 

 

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Ernest Collett was born in 1875 at Bethnal Green, where his mother Emily was also born.  And it was with his family at 126 Broke Street in Shoreditch that he was living in 1881 when he was five years old.  During the following few years his father George Collett died leaving him and his sister Minnie (below) living with their mother by April 1891 when he was 15.  By the end of the century Ernest had left the family home and, in March 1901, he was living in the Hackney area of London where he was working as a quantity surveyor at the age of 22.

 

 

 

 

35O46

Minnie Collett was born at Shoreditch in 1878 and was living there with her family at 126 Broke Street in 1881 at the age of two years.  Following the death of her father she was living with her mother and brother Ernest (above) ten years later in the Islington & Upper Holloway registration district of London.  On leaving school she took up work as a vellum binder, as confirmed by the census of 1901, when she was 22, and was still living with her mother in the St Leonard Shoreditch area of London.

 

 

 

 

35O47

Paulina V S Collett was born at Melksham in 1856.  She was listed with her father in 1861 as being aged four years, and was 14 in 1871 when she was living with her family at Melksham.  When she was twenty-one years old she married painter, plumber and glazier William Blake of Melksham who had his own business.  By April 1881 Paulina had presented her husband with their first child. William Henry Blake was two years old and was living with his parents at Union Street in Melksham.  Neither Paulina, nor her husband, have been located in later census records, although in 1911 their son William Blake of Melksham was 32 when he was married to Susan who was 31.  The childless couple living at Eastbourne in Sussex on that occasion.

 

 

 

 

35O48

Albert Henry Collett was born at Melksham in 1857 and was 23 in 1881 when he was living with his recently widowed mother Harriet Collett at Holbrook Farm in Melksham, where his brother Charles and sister Florence (below) were also living at that time.  Plans for his wedding may have already been underway at that time, since it was shortly after the April census day that he married Emily Ann of Trowbridge.  The marriage produced two confirmed children for the couple, and in 1891 the family of four was living at Melksham where Albert was 32, Emily was 33, and their children were aged eight years and three years respectively.

 

 

 

Ten years later the same family was living in the Melksham Without registration district where Albert Collett was listed as a farmer at 42, living there with his wife Emily who was also 42.  Living with them was their daughter Lillian, who was 18, and their son Albert, who was 13.  According to the next census in 1911 Albert Henry Collett from Melksham was 52, and was living in the Romsey district of Hampshire with his wife Emily Anne Collett from Trowbridge.  By that time both of their children had left the family home to make their own way in the world.

 

 

 

Albert Henry Collett passed away before his wife, although when that happened is not known at this time.  However, it was on 10th November 1938 that his widow Emily Ann Collett of 4 Westbourne Road in Trowbridge died while she was a patient at the Trowbridge & District Hospital in Adcroft Street, Trowbridge.  Probate was processed at Winchester on 29th January 1939 when her son and daughter were both named, when he estate was valued at £152 0 Shillings 9d.

 

 

 

35P98

Lillian Edith Collett

Born in 1882 at Melksham

 

35P99

Albert Edwin Collett

Born in 1887 at Melksham

 

 

 

 

35O49

William James Collett was born at Melksham in 1859 and by the time of the 1881 Census he was 21 and was working as a butcher, while living in Melksham at Linden Hall, the home of London tailor John Hayter.  Also living there was William’s younger sister Ada who was 18.  Around five years later William married Annie of Bulkington, midway between Devizes and Trowbridge.  The couple settled in Melksham and it was there that their two known children were born, and where the family was living in 1891 and again 1901.  In the first of the census returns, the family comprised William and Annie who were both 31, and their son Gilbert W Collett who was three years old.  The later census recorded William, age 41, who was a butcher of Melksham, his wife Annie who was also 41, and their two children Gilbert W Collett who was 13, and Olive E Collett who was seven years old.

 

 

 

It would appear that Annie died during the first decade of the twentieth century, since no record of her has been found in the census of 1911.  William James Collett was 51 and he was living in Calne with his daughter Olive Ethel Collett who was 17, when both of them were confirmed as having been born at Melksham.  William’s son Gilbert William Collett of Melksham had swapped Wiltshire for Surrey by then, and was living in Croydon at the age of 23.

 

 

 

35P100

Gilbert William Collett

Born in 1887 at Melksham

 

35P101

Olive Ethel Collett

Born in 1893 at Melksham

 

 

 

 

35O51

Charles S Collett was born at Melksham in 1864 and in 1881 he was 16 when he living with his widowed mother Harriet Collett at Holbrook farm in Melksham, where his older brother Albert Henry (above) and younger sister Florence (below) were also still living.  Ten years later he was still a bachelor farmer at 27, when he was still living at Melksham with his mother and sister Florence.  By the start of the next century he was a retired farmer at the age of 37, when he was still unmarried and was still living with his mother and sister.  By 1911 he was simply listed as Charles Collett, who was 46 and from Melksham, who was still living there with his eighty-one years old mother Harriet and his unmarried sister Florence.  Also living with them was Lillian Collett, age 28, who was Charles’ niece and the daughter of his brother Albert Henry Collett (above).

 

 

 

 

35O52

Florence E Collett was born at Melksham in 1869, the daughter of William Collett and Harriet Austin and in 1871 she was one year old.  Sadly when Florence was ten years old her father died during 1880, so by the time of the census in 1881 Florence was 11 and was living with her widowed mother and her family at Holbrook Farm in Melksham, where her two brothers Albert and Charles were also living at that time.  Florence never married and in the subsequent census returns, right up to April 1911, she and her brother Charles (above) continued to live with their mother at Melksham.  In the 1911 Census she gave her age as 40.

 

 

 

 

35O53

Eliza Ann Collett was born in 1851 at Melksham and was baptised there on 28th December 1851, the daughter of Henry Collett and Ann Pepler.  In 1861 at the age of nine, Eliza A Collett was living with her widowed mother Ann at Lowbourne in Melksham.  Upon leaving school, Eliza also left the family home to seek work, and in 1871 she was 19 and was still living close to where her mother was living in Melksham.  Ten years later in 1881, Eliza was an unmarried domestic servant living and working at Melksham Hall, the home of clergyman Edward L Barnwell.  Her age was recorded as 29.

 

 

 

 

35O54

Henry John Collett was born at Melksham in 1855, the only son of Henry Collett and Ann Pepler.  Sadly when Henry was around four or five years old his father died, hence the reason he was not listed with the family in the census of 1861.  On that occasion Henry and his three sisters were living with their widowed mother at Lowbourne in Melksham, when he was described as Harry Collett from Melksham who was five years old.  According to the next census in 1871, Henry was 15 when he was still living at Lowbourne with his widowed mother Ann and just his two younger sisters.  In the mid 1870s Henry married Martha Feltham who was born at Keevil in Wiltshire in 1853.  In 1881 the couple and their first two children were living at Church Street in Steeple Ashton near Trowbridge, where Henry John, age 27, was a wheelwright, a carpenter and a blacksmith, while his wife Martha F Collett from Keevil was 28.

 

 

 

Living with them was their daughter Everest M Collett aged three years, who had been born at Keevil, together with their son Henry John Collett.  He was two years old and had been born after the family had moved to Steeple Ashton.  The villages of Keevil and Steeple Ashton lie adjacent to each other.  The next three children were all born at Steeple Ashton, but by 1891 the family was once again living in Keevil, where the couple’s last five children were born.  However, it would appear that, by 1891, their oldest child Everest had died, since she was missing from the census. 

 

 

 

The census return only included the names of Henry John Collett 36, Martha Feltham Collett 38, their sons Henry John 12, Joseph Herbert who was nine, Edward Clement who was six, and William Frederick who was two, and their daughters Lillian Mary who was eight, and Amy Florence who was three years old.  Henry’s and Martha’s marriage was blessed with three more children before the end of the century.  By the time of the next census in 1901 Martha and her children were still living in Keevil following the death of her husband during the years between 1898 and 1901.  Martha F Collett was 47 and was being supported by her eldest son Henry J Collett who was 22.  The other children living with Martha on that occasion were sons William F Collett aged 11, Reginald F Collett who was eight, and Walter G Collett who six, and her daughters Amy aged 13, and Elsie M Collett who was just two years old. 

 

 

 

Ten years later, in April 1911, Martha Feltham Collett of Keevil was 58 and was still living at Keevil with some of her children.  They were Edward Clement Collett, age 26 of Steeple Ashton, and Reginald Frank Collett 18, Walter George Collett 16, and Elsie May Collett who was 12, all of whom were confirmed as having been born at Keevil.

 

 

 

35P102

Everest Collett

Born in 1877 at Keevil

 

35P103

Henry John Collett

Born in 1878 at Steeple Ashton

 

35P104

Joseph Herbert Collett

Born in 1881 at Steeple Ashton

 

35P105

Lilian Mary Collett

Born in 1882 at Steeple Ashton

 

35P106

Edward Clement Collett

Born in 1884 at Steeple Ashton

 

35P107

Amy Florence Collett

Born in 1887 at Keevil

 

35P108

William Frederick Collett

Born in 1888 at Keevil

 

35P109

Reginald Frank Collett

Born in 1892 at Keevil

 

35P110

Walter George Collett

Born in 1894 at Keevil

 

35P111

Elsie May Collett

Born in 1898 at Keevil

 

 

 

 

35O55

Mary Jane Collett was born at Melksham in 1857 where she was baptised on 30th May 1858, the daughter of Henry Collett and Ann Pepler.  It would appear that her father died just prior to the 1861 Census since, at that time, Mary J Collett was three years old when she was living with her widowed mother in the Lowbourne area of Melksham.  Ten years after that the census in 1871 placed Mary Collett as 13 years of age when she was still living at Lowbourne with her widowed mother Ann and her brother Henry (above) and sister Everest (below).  Her eldest sister Eliza (above) had already left the family home by then and was living and working nearby in Melksham.

 

 

 

Where Mary was when the census was conducted in 1881 has still not been discovered, but it seems highly likely that she gave birth to a base-born son during the following year, who was born in Melksham.  It is even possible that he was born at the Lowbourne home of Mary’s mother who, by then, was remarried and known as Ann Wiltshire.  It was certainly with Ann Wiltshire, his grandmother, that Sidney Collett from Melksham, age eight years, was recorded in the Lowbourne census of Melksham in 1891 although, once again, the whereabouts of Mary Jane Collett age 33 has not been revealed.

 

 

 

With her mother’s advancing years, and that fact that she was suffering with paralysis and unable to properly look after her grandson, Mary returned to live with her mother during the last decade of the old century.  This was confirmed in the March census of 1901 when the widow Ann Wiltshire had living with her at Lowbourne her daughter Mary Collett, age 42 and a spinster, who was her housekeeper, together with her grandson Sidney Collett who was 18.  No record of mother or daughter has been located after that day.

 

 

 

35P112

Sidney Collett

Born in 1882 at Melksham

 

 

 

 

35O56

Everest Morris Collett was born at Melksham in 1860 and was baptised there on 31st March 1861, the daughter of Henry Collett and Ann Pepler.  One week later in the Melksham census of 1861, Everest was recorded as being under one year old.  By that time in her young life, her father Henry had already passed away.  Ten years later, at the age of ten, she was still living in Melksham with her widowed mother and the rest of her family, but by 1881, at the age of 21, Everest was an unmarried parlour maid at Semington House, in Semington near Melksham, the home of land-owner Thomas Bruges.  At the start of the next decade Everest Collet was still a spinster when, according to the census in 1891, she was 30 and was living and working in the Kensington district of London.  No record after that time has been found, which may indicate that she was married during the 1890s.

 

 

 

 

35O57

Henry Charles Collett was born at Melksham in 1864, where he was still living with his family in 1881.  They were living at Bath Street in Melksham at that time, from where Henry was working as an apprentice plumber at the age of 17.  It was around four years later that he married Eliza who was born in 1861.  It was then that they left Melksham to make their home at Radstock in Somerset, where the couple’s first two children were born.  They were only there for a few short years before they briefly lived at Holcombe three miles south of Radstock, where their next child was born.

 

 

 

For some reason it was around that time in his life that Henry reversed his christian names.  So by 1891 the family of five was living in the Nunnery district of Frome, when it comprised Charles Henry Collett 28, Eliza M Collett 30, Amy R Collett who was five, Mabel L Collett who was four, and Reginald Collett who was two years old.  Three further children were added to the family over the following six years, and all of them born in Frome.  The first two were born in the area of the town known as Marston Bigot, while the last was born in the Selwood district of the town.

 

 

 

According to the census of 1901, Charles and his family were still living at Selwood, where he was 38 and his occupation was that of a plumber and a painter.  His wife Eliza M Collett was 40, and the children were Amy 15, Mabel 14, Reginald 12, Percy who was eight, Leonard was six, and William who one year old.  The two oldest daughters had left school and were gainfully employed as a dressmaker, and a printing stitcher, respectively.  Two years later Eliza presented Charles with their seventh and last child.  Seven years after that, in April 1911, most of the family was still living at Frome; only Amy, Reginald, and Leonard were absence at that time.  For the remainder, Charles was 46, Eliza was 48, Mabel was 21, Percy was 18, William was 12, and latest arrival Jack was seven years old.

 

 

 

35P113

Amy R Collett

Born in 1885 at Radstock, Somerset

 

35P114

Mabel L Collett

Born in 1886 at Radstock, Somerset

 

35P115

Reginald Collett

Born in 1888 at Holcombe, Somerset

 

35P116

Percy Collett

Born in 1892 at Marston Bigot, Frome

 

35P117

Leonard Collett

Born in 1894 at Marston Bigot, Frome

 

35P118

William Collett

Born in 1899 at Selwood, Frome

 

35P119

Jack Collett

Born in 1903 at Selwood, Frome

 

 

 

 

35O58

William John Collett was born at Melksham in 1865.  On leaving school he became an apprentice grocer, as confirmed by the census of 1881 when he was still living with his parents at Bath Street in Melksham.  Towards the end of the next decade, around 1887 or 1888, William married Ellen who was born at Shaw near Melksham and, by the time of the census of 1891, they had two children.  The first of them was born at nearby Biddestone and before the family settled in Castle Combe just three to the north.  The Castle Combe census of 1891 recorded the young family as William and Ellen, both 26, and their children William I Collett who was two, and Francis E Collett who was under one year old.  Ellen may well have been with-child on the census day in 1891, since later that year the couple received their third child.  A fourth child followed two years later, when the family was still living at Castle Combe.

 

 

 

Sometime during the second half of the 1890s the family moved west towards Weston-super-Mare and it was at Banwell, just outside the town, where their last child was born and where the family was living in March 1901.  The census on that occasion listed the family as William J Collett, age 36, whose occupation was that of a non-domestic coachman, his wife Ellen, also 36, and their children William, age 12, who was a grocer’s errand boy, Francis who was 10, Eleanor who was nine, Alaric who was seven, and Harold who was three years old.

 

 

 

Over the next few years William and his family left the village of Banwell and moved into Weston-super-Mare, and by April 1911 they were living at 21 Stanley Grove Road.  By that time the couple’s eldest son William had left the family home and, at the age of 23, he was living and working in Swindon.  William John Collett of Melksham was 46 and by that time he had reverted to his earlier occupation of being a grocer and a shopkeeper.  Ellen Collett of Shaw was 46 and was assisting her husband of twenty-three years in the family business.

 

 

 

The four children still living with them were Francis, age 20 and of Castle Combe, was a grocer’s assistant, Eleanor, age 19 of Castle Combe, was an assistant in a music shop, ‘Alasie’ who was 17 and also of Castle Combe, was a goods agent’s clerk with the Great Western Railway, and Harold who was 13 and of Banwell was still attending school.  Visiting the family on that occasion was lady’s companion Annie Frost 25 of Weston-super-Mare, and Florence Membery, 29 from Bath, who was a trained nurse.

 

 

 

35P120

William I Collett

Born in 1888 at Biddestone

 

35P121

Francis E Collett

Born in 1890 at Castle Combe

 

35P122

Eleanor Collett

Born in 1891 at Castle Combe

 

35P123

Alaric Collett

Born in 1893 at Castle Combe

 

35P124

Harold Collett

Born in 1897 at Banwell, Weston-s-Mare

 

 

 

 

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Frederick W Collett was born at Melksham in 1867 and it was there that he was living with his family in 1871 at the age of four years.  Ten years later in 1881, at the age of 14, he was attending Weston School in Somerset, the establishment of school-master Albert Browning and his wife Ann.  Just after the turn of the century Frederick Collett of Melksham was 34 and his occupation was that of an engineer.  At that time in March 1901, he was living within the Twerton area, to the west of Bath city centre, with his sister Emily (below).

 

 

 

 

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Emily Matilda Collett was born at Melksham in 1869 and was two years old at the time of the Melksham census of 1871.  She was baptised at Melksham on 2nd May 1869, when her parents were confirmed as John and Elizabeth Collett.  In 1881 Emily was still living with her parents at Bath Road in Melksham, when she was recorded as being aged 12 years.  By 1901 Emily was 32, when she was working as a schoolteacher while she was living with her brother Frederick (above) in the Twerton area of Bath.  Shortly after that she married Henry Clement Durnford who was four years younger than Emily.  The marriage is known to have produced one son for the couple since, by April 1911, the family of three were living in the Petersfield district of Hampshire.  Emily Matilda Durnford of Melksham was 42, her husband was 38, and their son Clement George Durnford was five years old.

 

 

 

 

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William Thomas Collett was born at Melksham in December 1872, the eldest child of William Collett and Sarah Hayward.  By April 1881 William, who was eight years old and born at Melksham, was living at Partridges Yard in Wantage with his mother Sarah and his three younger siblings, while his shoeing smith father was away working in Swindon and was in lodgings at 38 Newport Street in the town.  No trace of William has been found in the census of 1891 when he would have been 18, and when the rest of his family was living in the South Hamlet area of Gloucester, where his father established the family coach building business of Wm Collett & Sons.

 

 

 

However, William did eventually returned to Gloucester, where he joined forces with his father William Collett in the family business.  It was also around the middle of the 1890s that William married Rosa who was born at Gloucester in 1870.

 

 

 

By the time of the census in 1901 William Collett, age 28 and from Melksham, was a coach-smith working with his father and younger brother Fred in the family business in Gloucester.  Living there with him was his wife Rosa M Collett, age 30, and their sons William F Collett who was two years old, and Granville L Collett who was five months old.  All three of them were confirmed as having been born at Gloucester.

 

 

 

The family of four was recorded at Gloucester ten year later in the April census of 1911.  William Thomas Collett of Melksham was 39, his wife Rosa Minnie Collett of Gloucester was 41, and their two sons were William Frederick Collett who was 11, and Granville Livingstone Collett who was 10.  At a later time in their lives William and Rosa settled in the village of Hucclecote to the east of Gloucester, and it was there that they both died and were buried in the same grave in the grounds of the Methodist Church.  Rosa Minnie Collett died in 1947 at the age of 78, and it was nine years after that William Thomas Collett passed away in 1956 when he was 83.

 

 

 

35P125

William Frederick Collett

Born in 1898 at Gloucester

 

35P126

Granville Livingstone Collett

Born in 1900 at Gloucester

 

 

 

 

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Fanny Elizabeth Collett was born at Wantage in 1874 and was listed as living there with her mother and her siblings at Partridges Yard in 1881 when she was six years old.  Over the following years her family settled in Gloucester, where Fanny Collet was 16 in 1891.  When Fanny set out in the world on her own, she moved north to Birmingham, where she was recorded as living March 1901.  The census that year confirmed that Fanny Collett, age 26 and from Wantage, was working as a watch finisher in the city, although on that occasion she had referred to herself as Annie Collett.

 

 

 

It must have been just after that, when she returned to Gloucester, where she married Walter John French.  By the time of the census in 1911, their marriage had produced a daughter for Fanny and Walter, when they were still living in Gloucester.  Walter John French was 34, his wife Fanny Elizabeth French from Wantage was 36, and their daughter Doris Fanny French was six years old.  There is a chance that further children were added to the Gloucester family over the following years.

 

 

 

 

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FREDERICK COLLETT was born at Wantage in Berkshire in 1879.  In 1974 local government changes to county boundaries meant Wantage became part of Oxfordshire.  In 1881, aged just one year old, Frederick Collett was living with his family at Partridges Yard in Wantage.  Only his mother Sarah A Collett and his two sisters and older brother were at home with him on 4th April that year, since his father William Collett was working in Swindon, where he was in lodgings.

 

 

 

In 1901 Frederick was working with his father William Collett and older brother William Collett at the family business of Wm Collett & Sons coach builder in Gloucester.  Frederick’s job title at that time was coach painter and he later went on to take over and manage the business, which was eventually handed down to his grandson.

 

 

 

It was in 1906 that Frederick married Julia, who may have been Julia Ricketts since, living with the couple in April 1911, was 72 years old widow Emily Ricketts.  Frederick was 31 in 1911 and was living at 2 Robinson Road in Gloucester with his wife and daughter.  The census confirmed that Frederick was a coachbuilder and that was had been born at Wantage.  His wife Julia of Gloucester was 30, and their daughter Vera was three years old.

 

 

 

35P127

Vera Julia Dorothea Collett

Born in 1908 at Gloucester

 

35P128

OLIVE COLLETT

Born in 1912 at Gloucester

 

 

 

 

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John Edward Collett was born at Atworth near Melksham on 30th May 1886, where his father John Stanier Collett had been born nearly thirty years earlier.  By April 1891 John’s parents had left Wiltshire and were living in Reading where John was recorded in the census return as John E Collett aged four years and from Atworth.  Ten years later in March 1901 John Collett from Atworth in Wiltshire was 14 and was already working as a labourer at the Huntley & Palmers Biscuit factory.  See historical note (below) within the notes relating to his sister Elsie Sarah Collett who was also working there by 1911, perhaps arranged by John.

 

 

 

John was also still an employee at the biscuit factory in April 1911 when he was 24 and single.  On that occasion he was still living with his family at 12 Hart Street in Reading when his place of birth was recorded as Melksham, the same as his father and younger brother Henry (below).  Thirty years later it was also as John E Collett aged 54 that he died in Reading on 17th August 1940, where his death was recorded (Ref. 2c 848) during the third quarter of that year.

 

 

 

 

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Henry Thomas Collett, who was referred to as Harry T Collett aged three years in 1891, was born at Atworth near Melksham on 12th December 1887 and was baptised at Atworth on 9th June 1889 as Henry Thomas, the son of John Stanyard (sic) Collett and his wife Mary.  At the time of the 1891 Census he was living at Reading with his father John S Collett and his older brother John E Collett.  His mother Mary must have been away visiting family or friends at that time.  Ten years later in 1901 he was recorded simply as Henry Collett aged 13 from Atworth in Wiltshire, while he was still living with his family in Reading, where his father John was working as a carpenter. 

 

It was just over four years later that Henry Thomas Collett signed on with the Great Western Railway in Reading on 4th September 1905.  The work appears to have only last for just over one year, since the GWR Staff Records confirmed that he left the company on 8th October 1906.  By April 1911 Henry was 23 and was still living with his parents at 12 Hart Street in Reading.  However, sometime after October 1906 Henry was re-employed by the Great Western Railway since his occupation at the time of the 1911 Census was recorded as being that of ‘G W railway labourer’.

 

 

 

The 1911 Census return listed his place of birth as Melksham rather than nearby Atworth, and it was also Melksham that was stated as being the birth place of his older brother John (above) and his father John, whereas they too had been born at Atworth.  It is assumed that later in that same year Henry Thomas Collett left England for a new life in Canada where, after initially arriving in Halifax, Nova Scotia, he later went to work on a farm near Tobermory overlooking Lake Huron in Bruce County, Ontario.  After around ten years of living in Canada it was on 9th November 1921 when Henry Thomas Collett married Ada Elizabeth Smith the daughter of Joseph Henry Smith and Cornelia Elliott. 

 

 

 

The wedding took place at Fairfield Plain in Brant County, Ontario, where Ada was born on 2nd November 1891, and over the next nine years she presented Henry with four children who were all born in Brant County.  Henry Thomas Collett, who was known as Harry throughout his life, died at St Joseph’s Hospital, Brantford in Brant County on 23rd February 1959, whereas his wife survived him by nearly thirty years.  Ada Elizabeth Collett nee Smith also died at Brantford on 1st October 1988 and was buried with her husband in Fairfield Cemetery in Fairfield, Burford Township in Brant County, Ontario (right).

 

 

 

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Leonard Stanier Collett

Born in 1922 at Brantford, Brant County

 

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Austin Edward Collett

Born in 1924 at Burford, Brant County

 

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Howard Glen Collett

Born in 1927 at Burford, Brant County

 

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Wilmer James Collett

Born in 1930 at Brantford, Brant County

 

 

 

 

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Rose E Collett was born at Reading on 25th July 1891, the eldest daughter of John Stanier Collett and Mary Ann Simpson.  In the census of 1901 she was nine years old and ten years later, at the age of 19, she was working as a laundry maid while still living with her family at 12 Hart Street in Reading. 

 

Tragically she was only thirty-one when she died in the Royal County of Berkshire on 12th October 1922.

 

 

 

 

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Elsie Sarah Collett was born at Reading on 31st March 1893 and was listed as being seven years old in the Reading census conducted on 31st March 1901.  In April 1911 she was 17 and was still living with her family at 12 Hart Street in Reading from where she was employed as a packer at the local Huntley & Palmers Biscuit factory – see historical note below.

The Huntley & Palmers factory was on the Kings Road in Reading not far from the railway station to which it was linked with its own internal railway line for distributing the biscuit worldwide.  At the peak of its success in 1903 the company was largest biscuit maker in the world, producing around 400 different types of biscuit, and employing over 5,000 workers.

 

 

 

It is now established that Elsie followed her brother Henry Thomas Collett (above) when he emigrated to Canada during the latter months of 1911, although it was thirteen years later that she crossed the Atlantic Ocean.  She eventually left Reading, where she had been living and working since 1911, and it was on the ship ‘Empress of France’ that she sailed from England on 7th June 1924, arriving in Quebec on 14th June 1924.  The ship’s passenger list confirmed that Elsie was 30, single and a Baptist from Reading, whose occupation was that of a packer.  The reason for her trip to Canada was noted as “to be married”, while her ultimate destination was 131 Merritt Street in St Catharines, Lincoln County, Ontario, the home of Mr H J Fulker her fiancée.  Curiously it was her mother Mrs M A Collett of 43 Williams Street in Reading who was named as her nearest relative, even though her father was still alive at that time and died four years later in 1928.

 

 

 

Just over two years after her arrival in Canada Elsie Sarah Collett married Hubert John Fulker on 2nd October 1926 in St Catharines in Lincoln County.  It was as Hubert John Fulker aged 17 that he was living in Reading in April 1911 where he had been born during January 1894, the son of William James Fulker and Helen Meredith.  Elsie Sarah Fulker nee Collett died at St Catharines in Lincoln County on 28th April 1968 and had lived as a widow for the previous twelve years following the death of her husband on 17th November 1956, also at St Catharines.  Elsie was buried with her husband in Victoria Lawn Cemetery at St Catharines in Lincoln County, Ontario, where a single marble headstone marks their last resting place.  It has the following inscription:

“FULKER

Hubert John 1894 – 1956

his wife

Elsie Sarah 1893 – 1968”

 

 

 

 

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Frederick George Collett was born at Reading on 12th January 1896 which was where he was living with his family in 1901 aged five years and again in 1911 when he was 15.  By that time he had left school and was working as a boot repairer while living at 12 Hart Street.  Just less than five years later he enlisted with the regular army and signed a declaration form on 10th February 1916 when he was 20 and living at 42 Williams Street in Reading from where he was still working as a repairer of boots.  He was described as being five feet three inches tall and was assigned to the cavalry of the line.  It appears he only served for 112 days and was discharged on 9th October 1916 when he was described as being honest and hard working, although he was apparently unfit for combat, according to the military medical officer. 

 

 

 

Nothing more is known about him at this time except that he was still living in the Royal County of Berkshire when he died in 1969.

 

 

 

 

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Edward William Collett was born at Reading on 15th May 1898 and was two years old in the census of 1901 and was 12 by April 1911 when he and his family were living at 12 Hart Street in Reading.  Not long after the census day in 1911 Edward’s older brother Henry (Harry) Thomas Collett (above) left the family home in Reading and sailed to Canada to embark on a new life in the New World. 

 

On leaving school Edward, or Ted as he was known within the family, enlisted with the army at the outbreak of the Great War, and the photograph (right) of him in his uniform is an extract from a larger photograph with Ted sitting alongside his older brother Fred (above).

 

 

 

 

After the war, and with his brother Harry then settled in Canada, Ted sailed across the Atlantic Ocean to be reunited with him on board the ship ‘Minnedosa’.  The passenger list of the vessel, which sailed out of the Port of Liverpool, England, and arrived at Quebec on 20th April 1921 included the following description of him.  Edward Collett was aged 21 years and a labourer with 25 Dollars who could read and write, who was intending to live with his brother in Canada, the son of J Collett of 43 Williams Street in Reading. 

 

 

 

On arrival in Canada, Ted joined his brother Harry at Burford, Brant County in Ontario.  Three years later in 1924 their sister Elsie Sarah Collett (above) also sailed to Canada, where she was married in 1926.  It was at Simcoe in Norfolk County, Ontario, that Edward (Ted) William Collett married Constance Edith Richardson on 11th October 1928.  Constance was the daughter of Owen Richardson and Jessie Cleare and was born at Great Hockham in the English county of Norfolk on 24th June 1897.  Edward William Collett died on 12th June 1973 while residing at Brantford in Brant County, Ontario, while it was also at Brantford where his wife passed away nearly eleven years after on 27th May 1984.

 

 

 

A single flat gravestone laid in the ground at Farringdon Burying Ground in Brantford marks the spot where they were both laid to rest.  The simple stone reads

“COLLETT

Edward W 1898 – 1973 Constance 1897 – 1984”

 

 

 

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Edward Cleare Collett

Born in 1933 at Simcoe, Norfolk County

 

 

 

 

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Kate Alice Collett was born at Reading on 18th August 1901, the last child of John Stanier Collett and Mary Ann Simpson.  Ten years later she was nine years old when she was living with her family at 12 Hart Street in Reading, from where her father John was a carpenter and a builder.  It would appear that she remained a spinster all her life, as the death of Kate A Collett was recorded at Reading register office (Ref. 6a 133) during the third quarter of 1968 at the age of 66.

 

 

 

 

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Clarence Henry Collett was born at Sculcoates, Hull during 1889, the second child and eldest son of Thomas Collett and his wife Rosa from Birmingham.  He was one year old in the census of 1891 and was 11 years old in March 1901 when he was living at 10 Brompton Terrace on Park Road in Sculcoates with his family.  Clarence was still living with his family ten years later, but at the outbreak of war he joined the army.

 

 

 

Midway through the Great War Clarence Henry Collett was a private [service no. 14/165] with 8th Battalion East Yorkshire Regiment when he was killed in action on 14th July 1916.  He was 27 years old and his name is amongst those listed on the Thievpal Memorial.  It was his parents Thomas and Rosa Collett of “Melksham”, East Ella Drive, Anlaby in Hull, who were named as his next-of-kin.

 

 

 

 

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George M Collett was born at Chester, Pennsylvania on 4th July 1878, the first of the seven children of James Tarrant Collett and Mary Emma Start.  Tragically he only survived for twenty days, when he died there on 24th July 1878.

 

 

 

 

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Mary Ann Collett was born at Chester on 10th July 1879, the eldest daughter of James and Mary Collett, and she was recorded as being only ten months old in the Chester census of 1880.  Twenty years later in 1900, when she was 21, Mary A Collett was still living with her family in Ward 5 of Chester City, and was still there in 1910 when she was 30.  Mary Ann Collett lived a long life and died at Chester on 14th March 1974 at the age of 95, only two months after her sister Martha (below) passed away.

 

 

 

 

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George S Collett was born at Chester during 1881 and was named in honour of his brother who died very young.  Sadly he too did not survive and died at Chester on 20th July 1882.

 

 

 

 

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Henry Sheppard Collett was born at Chester on 23rd November 1882, and he was still living in Pennsylvania when he died on 24th February 1956 at the age of 73.

 

 

 

 

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Martha Tarrant Collett was born at Chester on 12th August 1884.  She was 16 in the Chester City census of 1900, and it was five years later that she married Clayborne G Howery on 30th June 1905.  During the following three years she gave birth to two daughters, after which Clayborne suffered a premature death.  As a widow with two young children Martha returned to live with her parents at Chester, where she and the two girls were recorded in 1910, when Martha Howery was 25, Anita Howery was three years old, while Helen Howery was one year and ten months of age.  The three of them were still living with Martha’s widowed father in 1920, following the death of her mother three years earlier.  By then Martha was 35, Anita C Howery was 13, and Helen E Howery was 11.

 

 

 

According to the next Chester City census in 1930 both of Martha’s daughter had left the home of their grandfather leaving just Martha Howery, age 41 (sic) looking after her elderly father James, who passed away during the following year.  Martha Tarrant Howery nee Collett was still living in Pennsylvania at the time of her death on 15th January 1974, when she passed away just two months before her older unmarried sister Mary Ann Collett (above).

 

 

 

 

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James Howard Collett was born at Chester on 14th March 1890, the youngest son of James Tarrant Collett and his wife Mary Emma Start.  As James H Collett he was 10 years old in the Chester census of 1900, and as Howard Collett he was 20 in 1910, when he was still living at the family home in Chester.  It is established that James married Elsie Emma Rost around five years later, with whom he had one child who was born at Chester before 1920.  There appears to be a great mystery surrounding what happened to James after he was married, as no record of him or his wife, or his son, have been found in the census of 1920.  Furthermore no record of any of the three of them has been discovered in 1930.

 

 

 

However, ten years later in 1940 James and Elsie were living apart.  Howard James Collett was 50 and was a lodger at the Chester home of the widow Elizabeth Edwards, who was 42.  At that same time his wife and son were recorded in the census at Collingwood Borough in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, where Elsie Collett was 41 and her son James Collett was 23, indicating he had been born in 1917, whereas he was actually born in 1919.  It was on the 6th March 1962 that James Howard Collett died while he was still living in Pennsylvania.

 

 

 

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James Martin Collett

Born in 1919 at Chester, Pennsylvania

 

 

 

 

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Ethel Lee Collett was born at Chester on 1st December 1896, the youngest of the seven children of James Tarrant Collett and Mary Emma Start, and was five years of age in the Chester census of 1900 and was 14 in 1910.  The only other detail known about her is that Ethel Lee Collett died on 4th July 1986.

 

 

 

 

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Herbert J Collett was born at Shaw near Melksham in December 1880 and was just three months old at the time of the census of 1881.  His family was still living at Shaw ten years later, when Herbert was ten years old.  His family later left Shaw and moved to Broughton Gifford, where they were living at the time of the census in 1901.  By that time Herbert was an employee of the Great Western Railway and on the thirty-first of March that year he was recorded as 20 and living at Griffithstown, near Pontypool in Monmouthshire, where he was working as a locomotive engine fireman.  On that occasion he gave his place of birth as Whitley, which is the village adjacent to Shaw, and was where his father’s family lived for many years.

 

 

 

Ten years later Herbert was listed as being 29 in the April census of 1911, and on that occasion he was living and working in Bradford-on-Avon with his father Tom, his brothers Frederick and Arthur (below), and his sister Agnes.

 

 

 

 

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Amelia Catherine Collett was born at Shaw in 1884 and was six years old in 1891.  Shortly after the census day that year, her family moved from Shaw to nearby Broughton Gifford and, towards the end of the next decade, Amelia left school and entered the world of education.  By March 1901 she was 16 when she was recorded as living with her family at Broughton Gifford, and at that time was described as a paint monitress in a national school.

 

 

 

 

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Agnes Mary Collett was born at Shaw in 1886 and was four years old in the Shaw census of 1891. During the following year Agnes and her family travelled the very short distance from Shaw to Broughton Gifford, where they were living in 1901 when Agnes was 14.  By 1911 Agnes Collett was 22 (sic) – she was actually 24, and was performing the role of housekeeper for her father and three of her brothers, Herbert, Frederick and Arthur, in the Bradford-on-Avon area, while her mother was away from the family home at that time.

 

 

 

 

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Frederick Thomas Collett was born at Shaw in 1887.  He was three years old in 1891, while still at Shaw, and was 13 in 1901 after his family had moved to Broughton Gifford.  Ten years later when he was 23, Frederick was living within the Bradford-on-Avon registration district with his father Tom, his brothers Herbert (above) and Arthur (below), and his sister Agnes (above).

 

 

 

 

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Francis Collett born at Shaw in 1890 just before his parents moved to Broughton Gifford, and it was there that he was living with his family aged 11 years in 1901.  Within the next ten years he moved out of the family home and was living and working in Devizes in 1911.  The census that year recorded him as Frank Collett, age 20, who was from Shaw.

 

 

 

 

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Sarah Ann Collett was born at Karangahake, just south of Paeroa, in New Zealand on 22nd May 1881, the eldest child of William Collett and his wife Esther Ellen Sweeney who were only married just over three months earlier.  Sarah married (1) Charles McKenzie on 9th February 1899 with whom she had three children all of them born in New Zealand.  They were honeymoon baby William Joseph McKenzie, who was born in 1899, Hector Charles Ash McKenzie, who was born in 1907, Josephine Amelia McKenzie who was born in 1909.  Just over ten years later she married (2) William Joseph Simpson during 1920.  Sarah Ann Simpson nee Collett died on 17th August 1941, and was buried at Waikumete Cemetery.

 

 

 

 

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Catherine Collett was born at Karangahake on 21st October 1883, the second child born to William and Esther Collett.  It was in 1906 that she married Samuel Henry Roulston.  And it was on 28th July 1969 that Catherine Roulston nee Collett died and was buried at Old Te Puk Cemetery.

 

 

 

 

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Albert George William Collett was born at Karangahake on 22nd August 1885, the third child and eldest son of William and Esther Collett.  He married Helen Tomlinson on 4th July 1814.  Whilst nothing was previously known about him, it was as George Collett that he ended up living in Australia where he was married.  Tragically he was killed in a mining accident on 25th July 1928.  His death was reported in the Sydney Morning Herald on Thursday 26th July 1928.  Contact with one of his grandchildren is currently being pursued and it is hoped this will reveal more details about his wife and their children.

 

 

 

“George Collett, 40, a miner, residing at Pelaw Main, and James Gilmour, 38, a miner, residing at Kurri Kurri, were killed by a fall of coal in the Pelaw Main Colliery on Wednesday 25th July.  The men were removing pillars, when about nine tons of coal came away without warning and buried them.  When the men were extricated about half an hour later they were dead.”

 

 

 

 

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Rose Jubilee Collett was born at Karangahake on 1st August 1887, the daughter of William and Esther Collett.  She married Reginald Ivan Roberts in 1908 and it was over fifty-four years later that Rose Jubilee Roberts nee Collett died on 15th December 1962, following which she was buried at Pukerimu Cemetery in Paeroa.

 

 

 

 

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John Henry Collett was born at Karangahake on 2nd July 1888, one of the thirteen children of William Collett from Wiltshire in England and his wife Esther Ellen Sweeney.  He later married Sarah Radford on 12th September 1912, and it was on 3rd March 1959 that he died and was buried at Hamilton Park Cemetery in Newstead.  No details are available concerning his children, but it was his great grandson Regan Silcock from Hamilton in New Zealand who kindly provided the details of the family of William Collett, his great great grandfather.

 

 

 

 

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Annie Maria Collett was born at Karangahake during 1891 and sadly she died just eighteen days after her mother Esther Ellen Collett nee Sweeney, when she passed away on 30th May 1906 at the age of 14 years, the cause of death being acute pneumonia.  Annie was buried in the same grave as her mother, and they were joined in 1929 by Annie’s father William Collett.  The headstone bearing the names of all three of them marks the grave in New Zealand.

 

 

 

 

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William Ivan Collett was born at Karangahake in 1893, the son of William and Esther Collett.  In 1924 he married Thelma Gladys Ardern.  William Ivan Collett died on 23rd July 1963 and was cremated at Waikumete. 

 

 

 

 

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Mary Jane Collett was born at Karangahake on 3rd November 1895, the daughter of William and Esther Collett.  She married Walter Harold Llewelyn in 1916, and died in 1974.

 

 

 

 

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Esther Ellen Collett was born at Karangahake on 29th October 1897, the daughter of Esther Ellen Collett and her husband William.  She married Eugene Hogan in 1916, and died on 13th September 1972, after which she was cremated at Waikumete.

 

 

 

 

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James Leach Collett was born at Karangahake on 28th July 1899, the son of William and Esther Collett.  It was during 1926 that he married Mary Margaretta Karl.  James Leach Collett was 94 years old when he died at Papakura on 9th January 1993.

 

 

 

 

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Thomas Henry Collett was born at Karangahake in 1900, the youngest son of miner William Collett and his wife Esther Ellen Sweeney.  He was eighteen when he was married at Cambridge in 1918 to Alice Mabel McEntee who had been born in 1899, the daughter of Lawrence Henry and Eliza McEntee. It is not known at this time whether or not they had any children.  What is known is that Thomas was recorded as Thomas Henry Collett when he died in 1947 at the age of 46 years, as listed on the New Zealand BDM Database, Registration No. 1947/23010.

 

 

 

 

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Lucy Collett was born at Karangahake on 8th February 1902, the daughter of William and Esther Collett.  Lucy later married Christopher Hoole in 1922, and she died on 12th July 1990, and her ashes were buried at North Shore.

 

 

 

 

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Ivy Myrtle Collett was born at Karangahake in 1904 and she married William Edward Potter during 1924.  It was on 13th March 1980 that she died and was cremated at Purewa.

 

 

 

 

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Violet May Collett was born at Karangahake on 12th October 1905, the last child born to William Collett and Esther Ellen Sweeney.  She married Percy Edward Woodman in 1930 and died on 28th June 1997 at Maunu Cemetery in Whangarei.

 

 

 

 

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Louisa Frances Collett was born at Shaw in 1883 and was seven years old in 1891.  By the end of the century her parents had moved to Corsham where they were living in 1901, when Louisa was seventeen.  By 1911 she had left the family home in Corsham, but was living and working close by, and still in Corsham within the Chippenham registration district.  However, on that occasion the census had reversed her forenames, so she was recorded as Frances Louisa Collett, age 27, unmarried and from nearby Shaw.

 

 

 

 

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Reginald William Collett was born at Corsham in 1885 and it was there he was living with his parents in 1891 at the age of five years.  His father James Collett was a stonemason and a house builder so, on leaving school, Reginald joined his father in the family business, as confirmed by the census of 1901, when he was 15 and his occupation was that of a house builder.  Ten years later in April 1911, Reginald William Collett was 25, when he was still living at Corsham with his family, and was still working there in the family business.

 

 

 

 

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Harold Edward Collett was born at Corsham in 1887 and was three years old in the Corsham census of 1891.  Ten years later he had left school and, at the age of 13, he was working as a house builder with his father and older brother Reginald (above).  No record of him has been found in the census of 1911.

 

 

 

 

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Emily Estella Collett was born at Corsham in 1898 the daughter of James and Louisa Collett who registered her birth at the Chippenham register office (Ref. 5a 67) during the first three months of that year.  She was still living at Corsham with her family in 1901, when she was three, and again in 1911 when she was 13.

 

 

 

 

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William Collett was born at Broughton Gifford during the last quarter of 1883.  On leaving school it would appear that he worked with his father Benjamin Collett who was a carpenter, until his early death in 1900.  By March 1901 William was 17 when he was living with his widowed mother and working as a joiner man with his younger brother Ewart (below).  No record of William has been located in the census of 1911.

 

 

 

 

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Sarah Ann Collett was born at Frome during the third quarter of 1885.  When she was around three years old her family left Frome and moved to Trowbridge where they were living in 1891, when Sarah was curiously listed as being seven years old, which may have been an error in transcription.  Ten years later her widowed mother was living at Twerton in Bath, while Sarah Collett at the age of 15 was living and working in Broughton Gifford.

 

 

 

Around the time that she was twenty-two Sarah married Samuel Champion at Malmesbury during the second quarter of 1907.  So by April in 1911 Sarah Ann Champion, age 25, was living at Twerton with her husband Samuel who was 28.  It was at Broughton Gifford that Samuel died on 21st November 1962, and he was followed by Sarah sixteen years later, when she also died there on 20th August 1978.  Both of them were buried in the grounds of the Broughton Gifford Baptist Chapel.

 

 

 

 

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Joshua Ewart Collett was born at Frome during the spring of 1887.  Shortly after he was born his family left Frome and moved to Trowbridge, where they stayed for almost ten years, before finally settling in Twerton near Bath.  It was as Ewart aged three years that he was listed in the census of 1891.  Ten years later he had left school and had taken up the same trade as his late father, who was a carpenter.  It was again as Ewart Collett that he was listed in the census of 1901, when he was still living with his mother in Twerton.  His occupation at the age of 13 was that of a joiner man, like his brother William (above), with whom he was probably working.

 

 

 

By 1911 he was the oldest member of his family still living with his mother at Twerton when, at the age of 23, his place of birth was confirmed as Frome.

 

 

 

 

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Lena Mary Collett was born at Trowbridge in 1888, although her birth was curiously recorded at Melksham register office (Ref. 5a 115) during the fourth quarter of the year.  And it was at Trowbridge that she was living with her family in 1891 at the age of two years.  Towards the end of the next decade Lena’s family moved from Trowbridge to Twerton in Bath, where she was living with her widowed mother, when she was 12 years old.  When she was 22, Lena was still living with her mother at Twerton.  It seems possible that she never married and the only other known fact about her is that she died at Broughton Gifford and was buried at the Baptist Chapel there on 23rd September 1951.

 

 

 

 

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Amy Ruth Collett was born at Trowbridge during the third quarter of 1892.  Towards the latter part of that decade her family left Trowbridge and moved to Twerton where, sadly, her father died not long after.  By March 1901 she was recorded as being 10 years old, when living with her mother and the rest of her family at Twerton.  Ten years later in April 1911, Amy was 18 and was still living with her family at Twerton.  Sometime later she married Albert Ralph, who was born in 1895.  The marriage produced one daughter for Amy and Albert, and that was Margaret Ralph.  Amy Ruth Ralph nee Collett died while living at Trowbridge on 5th February 1965 and was buried with other members of her family at the Baptist Chapel in Broughton Gifford.  And it was there also that Albert was buried, following his death on 27th August 1977.

 

 

 

 

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Benjamin Ashleigh Collett was born at Trowbridge in the third quarter of 1894.  Within a few years his family moved to Twerton in Bath, where his father died and where, in 1901, he was listed as Ashleigh Collett aged six years.  And ten years later in April 1911, he was still listed with his family as Ashleigh Collett, when he was 16.  It was twelve years later, during the autumn of 1923, that he married Nellie Cam who was seven years old that Benjamin.  The wedding took place at Calne in Wiltshire, although there are currently no details to confirm whether or not they had any children.

 

 

 

What is known is that Benjamin Ashleigh Collett died on 23rd November 1963 and was buried in the grounds of the Broughton Gifford Baptist Chapel.  Nellie his wife survived for a further two years, before she died on 3rd November 1965 and was also buried at Broughton Gifford with her husband.

 

 

 

 

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Alice Catherine Collett was born at Twerton immediately to the west of Bath in 1898.  Within two years of being born her father was dead, following which sad event she and her brothers and sisters were looked after by their mother.  The Twerton census records of 1901 and 1911 confirmed that Alice was three years old and thirteen years old respectively.  Just a few months after her brother Benjamin (above) was married in 1923, Alice Collett married William Ferris Wilfred Day, towards the end of that year.  William was born in 1897 and their marriage produced a daughter for the couple.

 

 

 

Alice Day nee Collett died on 10th February 1972 and was buried at the Baptist Chapel in Broughton Gifford like many of her Collett family.  Her husband passed away just over twelve years later on 12th July 1984, and he too was buried at Broughton Gifford.  Ruth Day (Alice’s daughter) went on to marry Leslie Richards with whom she had four children – David J Richards, Philip G Richards, Rachel M Richards, and Sarah R Richards.

 

 

 

 

35P52

Frederick Collett was born at Kettering in 1889, the second known son of William Thomas Collett of Brighton and Melksham and his wife Sarah Ann Collett from the village of Seend in Wiltshire.  Fred was probably born at 123 Havelock Street where he was living with his family in 1891 when he was one year old.  It would appear his older brother Willie, who was three years old in 1891, did not survive since it was just Frederick, aged 11, and his younger brother Archie (below) who were still living at 123 Havelock Street in Kettering in 1901.

 

 

 

Around the time that he was approaching twenty years of age, he married Frances Mary who presented him with two children prior to the next census in April 1911.  At that time Frederick, age 21, and his family were still living in Kettering, where his two sons had been born.  His wife was confirmed as Frances Mary Collett, also 21, and their two sons were Frederick William Collett who was one year old, and Leslie Edward Collett who was just six months old.  Also still living in Kettering at that time, was Frederick’s parents, together with his younger brother Edward Archie Collett.  It is possible that the marriage of Frederick and Frances Mary Collett produced more children over the years following the census in 1911.

 

 

 

The War Memorial outside the Alfred East Art Gallery & Museum in Kettering bears the names of the two brothers Frederick Collett and George Edward Archie Collett.  However, no obvious record of the death of Frederick during the Great War has yet been found.  Within the list of 112 British men who lost their lives only one could be Frederick, and he is simply recorded by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission as F Collett who died on 10th October 1918.  He was a gunner with the Royal Garrison Artillery, service number 86413.  Whether this was Frederick Collett from Kettering is still not confirmed.

 

 

 

35Q2

Frederick William Collett

Born in 1909 at Kettering

 

35Q3

Leslie Edward Collett

Born in October 1910 at Kettering

 

 

 

 

35P53

George Edward Archibald Collett was born at 123 Havelock Street in Kettering in 1895, the third son of William and Sarah Collett.  It was as Archie Collett aged five years that he was included in the census of 1901 when he and his older brother Frederick (above) and their parents were again recorded at the terraced house that was 123 Havelock Street in Kettering.  Edward Archie Collett was the only child of William and Sarah Collett who was still living in Kettering with them in 1911, when he was 15, by which time his older brother was married with two children and living nearby in Kettering.

 

 

 

Upon entering military service at the start of the First World War the records gave his name as George Edward Archie Collett.  He originally enlisted with the Huntingdonshire Cyclist Battalion when he was allocated the service number 1425, following which he was posted to the 1st Battalion.  At that time he gave his place of abode as Kettering, presumably he was still living there with his parents.  He was later transferred to 7th Battalion of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment (Territorial Force) and eventually saw action in Flanders Field with 5th Battalion of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment as Private 203402.  George Edward Archie Collett was killed in action on 9th August 1917 during the Third Battle of Ypres and was buried in Track 'X' Cemetery at St Jean-Les-Ypres, grave Plot D, Row 14.

 

 

 

 

35P54

Beatrice Maud Collett was born at Melksham in 1886 and was four years old in 1891, when she was living with her family at Woodview Road in Melksham.  Ten years later she was still living there with her family, when she was 14 and was working as a dressmaker’s apprentice.  Sometime during the latter half of the next decade, Beatrice married Albert Edward Pearce and, once they were married, they too settled in Melksham.  And it was there that the childless couple were living in April 1911 when Albert Pearce was 35 and his much younger wife Beatrice was 25.

 

 

 

 

35P56

Edythe M Collette was born in South Dakota on 28th March 1890, the eldest of the three children of James Collett by his first wife Alice Cary Kingsbury.  She married John W Winters on 6th April 1909 in Minneapolis, Hennepin, the son of William Milton Winters and Mary Victoria Cattron, who was born in Indiana during October 1883.  John died in Washington on 8th August 1952, Edythe died on 19th February 1967 at King in Washington.

 

 

 

Edythe and John had one child, Helen Winters who was born in Minnesota during 1910.  She married Harold C Johansen who was born in 1914 and who died at Tumwater in Washington on 22nd January 1981, while his wife died nearly twenty years later in 2002.

 

 

 

 

35P57

Walter Burton Collette was born at Brookings in South Dakota on 22nd November 1892.  He was eighteen years old when he married Alice Olive Slayton on 23rd March 1911.  She was the daughter of James Woods Slayton and Cora May Banker, and was born at Watsonville in Santa Cruz, California on 24th April 1892.  The marriage of Walter and Alice produced the three children listed below.  Walter died in his forties on 2nd August 1938, following which Alice lived the life of a widow until the time of her death in Sacramento on 22nd December 1965.

 

 

 

35Q4

Alice Cora Collette

Born in 1912 in California

 

35Q5

Walter Burton Collette

Born in 1913 in California

 

35Q6

Richard Asa Collette

Born in 1918 in California

 

 

 

 

35P59

Etta May Collett was born at Union in Pierce, Wisconsin on 5th November 1902, the only known child of James Collett and his second wife Nora Cushing.  She married (1) Winton Cyrus Peterson at Ellsworth in Pierce, who was the son of Edward A Peterson and Bertha Mary Olson.  Winton was born on 22nd July 1900 in Wisconsin and he died on 6th July 1948 while in Goodhue, Minnesota.  Following his death Etta May married was married for a second time, and later died at Ellsworth in Pierce on 17th August 1972.

 

 

 

 

35P60

Gladys Collett was born at Union in Pierce, Wisconsin during May 1895, the first born child of Henry S Collett and his wife Eva Etta Clark.  She married (1) Frank Jasper Martin on 11th June 1913 at Grange Hall in Pierce.  He was the son of James Martin and Minnie Belle Greene, and was born at Union on 16th March 1890.  Gladys was the first of three siblings from her immediate family, see Myrtle and Willard (below), to marry into the Martin family, her father’s sister Mary Jane Collett having previously married William Alexander Martin in 1878, who may or may not have been related.  Gladys’ husband died at Maiden Rock in Pierce on 3rd February 1968, following which Gladys then married (2) William Wilbelt.

 

 

 

During their life together Gladys presented Frank with two children.  Gerald Wayne Martin was born on 27th April 1917 at Grange Hall in Pierce, and he died at Hamilton Fields in California during 1942.  Marion Vesta Martin was born on 7th March 1919 in Wisconsin, and she died on 5th September 1985 at Santa Barbara in California, where she had married Joseph E Knowles on 6th April 1967.  He was born in 1908. 

 

 

 

 

35P61

Myrtle Collett was born at Union in Pierce, Wisconsin on 14th February 1897, the second child of Henry and Eva Collett.  She married Forest S Martin at Union on 19th April 1916, the son of William Martin and Lulu Estella Burgess.  Forest was also born at Union on 20th July 1893, and he died at Pepin in Wisconsin on 11th July 1990.  His wife Myrtle had died thirteen years earlier, when she passed away on 30th December 1976 while at La Crosse in Wisconsin.  Myrtle and Forest had two children and they were Gilbert William Martin, who was born in Wisconsin on 18th January 1918, who died at Calumet in Wisconsin on 26th July 1990, and William H Martin who was born on 27th October 1923 in Wisconsin, who died in Minneapolis, Hennepin on 6th April 2001.

 

 

 

 

35P62

Willard Faye Collett was born at Union in Pierce, Wisconsin on 12th June 1901, the third child and eldest son of Henry and Eva Collett.  He was the third sibling to marry someone with the surname Martin, when he married Alice Martin on 14th September 1921.  She was the daughter of Christian (Chris) and Antonia (Dona) Martin, and was born at Salem in Pierce on 9th March 1902.  Alice Collett nee Martin died at Plum City in Pierce on 30th June 1982, while Willard Faye Collett had died just over three years prior to that, when he passed away at Goodhue in Minnesota on 11th March 1979, and was buried at Ono Cemetery in Salem Township at Pierce County, Wisconsin.  The marriage of Willard and Alice produced the five children listed below.

 

 

 

35Q7

Valera Donna Collett

Born in 1922 in Wisconsin

 

35Q8

Lorna Collett

Born in 1924 in Wisconsin

 

35Q9

Marjorie Collett

Born in 1926 in Wisconsin

 

35Q10

Maxine Helen Collett

Born in 1927 in Wisconsin

 

35Q11

Gail Collett

Born circa 1929 in Wisconsin

 

 

 

 

35P63

Leafy Gaynel Collett was born at Union in Pierce, Wisconsin on 8th September 1903, where she died on 21st May 1921 when she was 17.  She was buried in the family lot at Ono Cemetery.

 

 

 

 

35P64

Ralph Dinsmore Collett was born at Union in Pierce, Wisconsin 15th April 1905, the son of Henry and Eva Collett.  He married Edith Louisa Miller at Red Wing in Goodhue, Minnesota on 6th May 1926, the daughter of George L Miller and Louisa Baumgardner.  She was born at Elgin in Fayette, Iowa on 24th January 1909 and she died on 2nd October 1987 while at Plum City in Pierce, Wisconsin.  Ralph Dinsmore Collett had died three and a half years earlier at Durand in Pepin, Wisconsin on 23rd March 1984, following which he was buried at Ono Cemetery.  The marriage of Ralph and Edith produced the following four children, the youngest of whom are still alive in 2012, so their details have been withheld.

 

 

 

35Q12

Vernon R Collett

Born in 1931 in Wisconsin

 

35Q13

Bernard Henry Collett

Born in 1939 in Wisconsin

 

35Q14

a living Collett

Date of birth unknown in America

 

35Q15

a living Collett

Date of birth unknown in America

 

 

 

 

35P65

Donald Milton Collett was born at Union in Pierce, Wisconsin on 22nd January 1911, the son of Henry and Eva Collett.  He married Dorothy M Henn on 3rd May 1934, the daughter of John Henn and Anna Dose.  She was born at Union on 18th May 1916 and died at Eau Claire, Eau Claire, Wisconsin on 14th November 1993, just three weeks after Donald had passed away at Durand in Pepin, Wisconsin on 24th September 1993.  The marriage of Donald and Dorothy produced the three children listed below.

 

 

 

35Q16

Jayd Collett

Born in 1950 in America

 

35Q17

Donna Collett

Born circa 1953 in America

 

35Q18

Adela Collett

Born circa 1956 in America

 

 

 

 

35P66

Gail Winslow Collett was born at Union in Pierce, Wisconsin on 24th June 1915, the youngest of the seven children of Henry S Collett and his wife Eva Etta Clark.  Sadly he only survived for five years, when he died at Union on 29th December 1920.

 

 

 

 

35P67

Grace Minerva Collett was born in Wisconsin on 7th November 1895, the eldest child of Albert B Collett and his wife Lula May Harrison.  She married Clarence L Clare at Union in Pierce on 11th February 1920, the son of Henry Clare and Margaretha Meyers.  He was born at Lake City in Wabasha, Minnesota on 4th October 1892.  Clarence was at Hennepin in Minnesota when he died on 6th November 1971, and it was twenty years after that when Grave Minerva Clare nee Collett died at Pierce on 11th April 1992, and was buried at Ono Cemetery.

 

 

 

As a result of their marriage Grace and Clarence had the three children.  Elaine Clare was born on 20th December 1921 and she married Dwight Albert Perry at Tucson in Pima, Arizona on 30th May, and died on 11th August 1989.  Vernon A Clare was born on 17th April and he married Dorothy Batho on 12th September 1945 the daughter of Lester Batho and Leola (Lola) Betterley, Dorothy having been born in Wisconsin during 1924.  Vernon died at Plum City in Pierce, Wisconsin, on 14th October 2006.  While their last child Eugene C Clare was born at union in Pierce on 20th October 1931 and he married Arvilla Bradshaw on 18th April 1952 and died 10th February 2005 at Duluth in St Louis, Minnesota.

 

 

 

 

35P68

Russell H Collett was born in Wisconsin on 28th May 1897, the eldest son of Albert and Lulu Collett.  His family had not celebrated his first birthday when he died on 17th February 1898 and was buried at Ono Cemetery.

 

 

 

 

35P69

Lyle Clayton Collett was born in Wisconsin on 2nd September 1899, the only surviving son of Albert and Lula Collett.  He married Caroline Christine Larson at Salem in Pierce on 11th June 1924.  She was the daughter of Hans L Larson and Annie Suter, and was born in Wisconsin on 29th December 1900.  Caroline died at Goodhue in Minnesota on 12th October 1980, and had spent the last thirteen years as a widow, following the death of her husband Lyle Clayton Collett which also took place at Goodhue on 30th July 1967.  However, he was yet another member of the Collett family to be buried at Ono Cemetery in Salem Township, Pierce County, Wisconsin.

 

 

 

 

35P70

Bernice Winifred Collett was born at Maiden Rock in Pierce, Wisconsin on 4th August 1904, the daughter of Albert and Lula Collett.  She married John Howard Riley at St Paul in Hennepin, Minnesota on 5th January 1929.  He was the son of Charles Riley and Mary Reagan and was born at Ellsworth in Pierce on 19th April 1905.  He died before his fiftieth birthday, when he passed away on 1st January 1953.  Bernice outlived her husband by nearly thirty years, when she died at Ellsworth on 6th March 1982.  During their married life Bernice presented John with two children, Jane Arlin Riley, who was born on 16th January 1933, who died on 7th January 1934, and Charles Howard Riley who was born on 7th November 1940 at Goodhue in Minnesota.

 

 

 

 

35P71

Ada Isabel Collett was born in Wisconsin on 2nd August 1907 the youngest surviving child of Albert B Collett and Lula May Harrison.  She married George Dennis Driscoll who was the son of John and Anna Driscoll, who was born in Pierce on 20th December 1903.  George died at River Falls in Pierce on 18th April 1974 and just over ten years later Ada Isabel Driscoll ne Collett died at River Falls, St Croix, Wisconsin on 20th December 1985.  The couple only had one child, and that child was still alive in 2012.

 

 

 

 

35P75

Frederick Victor Collett was born in 1896 at Valetta in Malta where his father Harry D Collett was serving with the army.  By the time of the census in 1901 when Frederick was four years old he and his family were settled in South Tidworth in Wiltshire between Amesbury and Andover.  It would appear that his father died during the first decade of the new century so by 1911 Frederick Victor Collett, aged 14 and from Malta, was living with his widowed mother Mary Josephine Collett and three of his siblings in the Windsor area of Berkshire.

 

 

 

Within a few years he was a soldier with the Royal Warwickshire Regiment, service number 9461.  However, at the outbreak of war Frederick and while still at Windsor, he enlisted with the 2nd Battalion of the Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry where he was a private with the service number 20160.  In 1915 he was undertaking frontline duties in France and Flanders when he was critically injured and never recovered and died of his wounds on 10th June 1915.

 

 

 

 

35P81

Henry Edward Collett was born at Chippenham on 11th November 1903, the eldest of the two known children of William and Christine Collett.  It was also in Chippenham that his young family was recorded in the census of 1911, when Henry Edward Collett was seven years of age and his sister Frances Margaret Collett was four.   Nothing further is known about the life of Henry Edward Collett at this time, except that his death was recorded at Swindon register office (Ref. 23 2695) during the first month of 1985 when he was 81 years old.

 

 

 

 

35P83

Florence Collett was born at Hayward Town in Sawyer County, Wisconsin on 23rd February 1897, the eldest of the six children of Edwin James Collett and his wife Lulu Nelson, and was three years old at the time of the Hayward census in 1900.  It was there also that she was living in 1905, where she was eight, and again in 1910 when she was 13.  It was around six years later that Florence married Elmer Elsworth Blaisdell, the son of Ernest Rufus Blaisdell and Rosa Knott, who was born in Wisconsin on 25th November 1897.  Elmer died on 6th January 1980 at Ramsey in Minnesota, and was followed ten years later by Florence who died at Chippewa in Wisconsin on 15th March 1990.

 

 

 

Florence and Elmer had four children.  Elmer E Blaisdell - born in Wisconsin in 1917, Eldon R Blaisdell - born in Texas in 1919, Donald B Blaisdell -  born in Minnesota in 1922, and Jack K Blaisdell who was also born in Minnesota during 1925.

 

 

 

 

35P84

Raymond Collett was born at Hayward in Sawyer County on 17th July 1899, and was one year old in the Hayward census of 1900.  He was five years old in 1905, was 10 years old in 1910, and was 20 years of age in the Hayward Town census of 1920.  It is possible that he never married, because he was still living with his parents at Hayward in 1930 when he was 30.  He died on 20th December 1972 while at Ashland in Ashland County, Wisconsin.

 

 

 

 

35P85

Marie Collett was born at Hayward in Sawyer on 9th August 1901, the third child of Edwin and Lulu Collett, who was three years old in the Hayward census of 1905.  Five years later her name was recorded in error in the Hayward census of 1910 as Mentia Collette, who was nine years of age, although after a further ten years she was Marie Collett, age 18, who was still living with her family at Hayward Town.

 

 

 

 

35P86

Vernice Collett was born at Hayward in Sawyer on 5th September 1904, and was eight months old at the time of the Hayward census in 1905.  Five years after that she was named as Verna Collett, age six years in the Hayward census of 1910, but was Vernice again in 1920, when she was 15 and still living at Hayward with her family.  She later married Raymond Waldemar Bergin, who was born on 3rd January 1907 at Minneapolis, Hennepin, the son of Carl John Bergin and Alma Josephine Holt.  He also died there on 8th November 2004, Vernice having passed away at Hennepin twenty years earlier on 5th August 1984.  Vernice and Raymond had a son Raymond W Bergin who was born in Minnesota in 1930.

 

 

 

 

35P87

Isadore Collett was born at Hayward in Sawyer on 8th May 1907 and was two years old on the occasion of the 1910 census for Hayward, when she was curiously named as Prudence Collette.  However, in both the census returns for 1920 and 1930 she was named as Isadore Collett who was 12 and 23 respectively, when she was still residing at Hayward with her parents.  She later married Floyd Otto Gobler who was born in Minnesota on 15th October 1907, the son of Otto Gobler and Theresa Alvina Stieve.  Isadore Gobler nee Collett died in Los Angeles on 8th August 1983, while Floyd died there on 15th September 1990.  Isadore and Floyd had a son Robert Gobler who was born in Wisconsin in 1935.

 

 

 

 

35P88

Howard Collett was born at Hayward in Sawyer County, Wisconsin on 28th October 1911, the youngest of the six children of Edwin James Collett and his wife Lulu Nelson.  He was eight years of age and 18 years old in the two Hayward censuses of 1920 and 1930, when he was still living with his family at Hayward.  The only other piece of information regarding Howard Collett is that he died in San Francisco on 3rd October 1960.

 

 

 

 

35P89

Clyde Elmer Collett was born in Wisconsin on 27th January 1898, the eldest of the two sons of Frederick Levi Collett and his wife Anna Sophia Braatz.  He may have been born at Eau Galle Town in Dunn County, Wisconsin, where his parents were living in 1900 when Clyde Collett was two years old.  By the time he was 11 in 1910, he and his family were residing at Cassian in Oneida County, Wisconsin, but by 1920 the family had moved again, that time to Pierce County where his father had been born and where Clyde was 20 years old.  It was three years after that when Clyde Elmer Collett became a married man.

 

 

 

He married Anna Arthfield in Wisconsin who was born there on 28th September 1906.  Once married the couple settled in Rhinelander in Oneida County where their children were born and where the family was living in 1930.  By that time Anna had already presented Clyde with their first three children, although within the census that year their surname was incorrectly recorded as Colletts.  Clyde was 31, Anna was 23, Dorothy was six, Elaine Collett was three, and Betty Collett was one year old.

 

 

 

Two more children were added to their family shortly after 1930, and by 1940 the complete family was living at Cassian in Oneida County, where his family had died seven years earlier and where his widowed mother was presumably still living.  On the occasion Clyde E Collett was 41, Anna A Collett was 33, and their five daughters were Dorothy M Collett, who was 16, Elaine M Collett, who was 13, Betty M Collett, who was 11, Shirley A Collett, who was nine, and Carol J Collett who was three years of age.  In addition to a lodger, Dorene Dewey age 28, also staying with the family was Leona A Saude who was 19 and described as sister-in-law to head of the household Clyde.  The relationship must have been on his wife’s side of the family, since his brother’s wife was Marguerite.

 

 

 

Anna Collett nee Arthfield died at Hartford in Washington County, Wisconsin on 26th April 1973, and it was seven years later that Clyde Elmer Collett also died there on 9th March 1980.  During their life together they had five children who were all born in Wisconsin.

 

 

 

35Q19

Dorothy M Collett

Born in 1924 in Wisconsin

 

35Q20

Elaine M Collett

Born in 1927 in Wisconsin

 

35Q21

Betty M Collett

Born in 1929 in Wisconsin

 

35Q22

Shirley A Collett

Born in 1931 in Wisconsin

 

35Q23

Carol J Collett

Born in 1933 in Wisconsin

 

 

 

 

35P90

Earl Claire Collett was born in Wisconsin on 17th March 1904, the younger of the two sons of Frederick and Ann Collett, and he may have been born at Eau Galle Town in Dunn County, Wisconsin, since it was there that his parents had been living in 1900.  However, by 1910 the family were recorded at Cassian in Oneida County, Wisconsin, where Earl C Collett was six years old.  It was at Pierce County in Wisconsin that the family was living in 1920, when Earl was 15, although it was again at Cassian that he and his parents were living in 1930 after his brother Clyde had left to be married.  Earl C Collett was 25 at that time.

 

 

 

It was in 1935 that he married Marguerite Elizabeth Wilcox who was born in Michigan on 6th October 1905, the daughter of James Wilcox and Rosary Jensen.  Not long after they were married they had two children who were born while Earl and Marguerite were still living at Cassian in Wisconsin.  The Cassian census in 1940 also confirmed that they had been living at the same address in 1935 following their marriage that year.  Earl C Collett from Wisconsin was 36, Marguerite E Collett from Michigan was 34, and their two daughters were Phyllis L Collett, who was four, and Sharon P Collett who was two years old.

 

 

 

Marguerite Elizabeth Collett nee Wilcox died while at Collin in Texas on 14th October 1992 over eleven years after Earl Claire Collett had died in Los Angeles on 19th January 1981.

 

 

 

35Q24

Phyllis L Collett

Born in 1936 in Wisconsin

 

35Q25

Sharon P Collett

Born in 1938 in Wisconsin

 

 

 

 

35P91

George William Collett was born at Spring Valley in Pierce County, Wisconsin on 12th September 1898, the eldest child of William Arthur Collett and his first wife Elsie Fox.  He was the only one of their three children who survived, his mother dying three days after the birth of the couple’s third child when George was seven years old.  George’s father was remarried in 1909 and that married produced two half siblings for George, with yet another two (twins) who died at birth.  When George was 11 in 1910 he was still living at Spring Valley but with his father and his stepmother Alma.  By 1920 George was no longer living with his father who, by then, was living at Hayward in Sawyer County. 

 

 

 

No corresponding record of George has been found within the census of 1920, but by 1930 he was married to the much older Mary L Collett who was 49 and born in Wisconsin, when George W Collett was only 32.  On that occasion the couple was living at the home of George’s father at Hayward in Sawyer.  George W Collette (sic) was living at Contra Costa in California when he died on 18th February 1969, his death record confirming that his mother’s maiden name was Fox and that he had been born in Wisconsin.

 

 

 

 

35P97

Harland Leroy Collett was born at Hayward in Sawyer County, Wisconsin on 24th January 1920, the last of the seven children of William Arthur Collett and the fourth child by his second wife Alma Regina Peterson, and only the second of those four children to survive to adulthood.  In 1930 Harland L Collett, who was 10 years old, was living at Hayward in Sawyer County, Wisconsin, with his parents and older sister Allene I Collett who was 16.  He later married Vivian who had also been born in Wisconsin during 1919.  Harland Leroy Collett died while he was at Cameron in Texas on 19th March 1985.

 

 

 

 

35P98

Lillian Edith Collett was born at Melksham in 1882, the only daughter of farmer Albert Henry Collett and his wife Emily Ann from Trowbridge.  She was eight years old in 1891 and 18 in 1901, and on both occasions she was living with her family in Melksham.  When her parents moved to Romsey in Hampshire, Lillian stayed in Melksham and in 1911 she was living at the Melksham home of her uncle Charles S Collett and her aunt Florence, Charles’ younger sister.  Also living there with them was Lillian’s grandmother, the octogenarian Harriet Collett and the mother of Charles and Florence.

 

 

 

During the following years Lillian married Percy Edginton whose occupation was that of a gentlemen’s outfitter.  That was confirmed at the time of the death of her already widowed mother in 1938, when Lillian Edith Edginton and her husband were named during the probate of her late mother’s estate in January 1939 at Winchester.

 

 

 

 

35P99

Albert Edwin Collett was born at Melksham in 1887, the only son of farmer Albert Henry Collett and his wife Emily Ann.  He was three years old in 1891 and 13 in 1901, and on both occasions was living with his family at the family home in Melksham.  Like his sister Lillian (above), Albert also stayed in Melksham when his parents moved to Romsey in the neighbouring county of Hampshire.  And in 1911 Albert Edwin Collett was unmarried at the age of 23.  His occupation as that of a butcher was confirmed in 1938 on the death of his mother, when Albert Edwin Collett was named, together with his sister Lillian (above) and her husband, during the proving of his mother’s Will at Winchester in 1939.

 

 

 

 

35P100

Gilbert William Collett was born at Melksham in 1887 and he was three years old in the census for Melksham of 1891.  Ten years later he was still living in Melksham with his parents when he was 13 years old.  Upon leaving school, he headed for London to seek work, and in 1911 unmarried Gilbert William Collett from Melksham was 23, when he was living and working in the Croydon registration district of Surrey.

 

 

 

 

35P103

Henry John Collett was born at Steeple Ashton in 1878 and was two years old when living at Church Street in Steeple Ashton with his parents in 1881.  Ten years later he was 12 years old and, although it is known that his youngest sibling was born in 1898, there was no record of his father in 1901.  Instead Henry, who was 22 and working as a wheelwright, was living at Keevil with his widowed mother Martha F Collett and his younger siblings, Amy Collett 13, William F Collett 11, Reginald F Collett who was eight, Walter G Collett who was six, and Elsie M Collett who was two years old.  His missing brother Edward Clement Collett (below) was living and working at Lacock at that time.

 

 

 

Very shortly after the census day in 1901 Henry married Minnie Louisa Long from the nearby village of Poulshot with whom he had four children before his premature death on 7th September 1910, which may have been the result of an accident at work with him being only 32.  It was at Belle Vue Farm in Poulshot that his children were born and where Henry worked as a wheelwright.  The Poulshot census in 1911 recorded his family as his widow Minnie Collett, who was 39, Reginald Collett, who was nine, Herbert Collett, who was seven, Arthur Collett, who was four, and May Collett, who was two years old.

 

 

 

According to the administration records at Salisbury Henry John Collett, wheelwright of Belle Vue Farm, Poulshot died on 7th September 1910 at the General Hospital in Bristol.  His estate to the value of £264 1 Shilling 8d was left to his widow Minnie Louisa Collett on 27th January 1912.

 

 

 

Minnie Louisa Long was the daughter of farmer and sawyer William Long of Poulshot Green and his wife Harriet Perrin from the adjacent village of Potterne.  On leaving school Minnie worked in London and was recorded in the Wandsworth & West Battersea census of 1891 as Minnie Line from Poulshot, age 19.  Her father died during the next decade which prompted Minnie to return to Poulshot to be with her mother, as confirmed by the census in 1901 when Minnie L Long was 29 and living there with her mother Harriet, a farmer, and her sister Edith H Long who was 24.

 

 

 

35Q26

Reginald Collett

Born in 1901 at Poulshot, near Devizes

 

35Q27

Herbert Collett

Born in 1903 at Poulshot, near Devizes

 

35Q28

Arthur Collett

Born in 1906 at Poulshot, near Devizes

 

35Q29

May Collett

Born in 1908 at Poulshot, near Devizes

 

 

 

 

35P104

Joseph Herbert Collett was born at Steeple Ashton in 1881, but after the third of April that year.  He was nine years old in 1891 when living with his family in the nearby village of Keevil.  No trace of him has been found around the turn of the century, when he would have been approaching twenty.  However, by April 1911 Joseph Herbert Collett of Steeple Ashton was 29 when he was living within the Melksham registration district.

 

 

 

 

35P105

Lilian Mary Collett was born at Steeple Ashton in 1882, the daughter of Henry John Collett and Martha Feltham.  By 1891 she and her family were living at Keevil, where they had lived some years before Lilian was born.  At that time Lilian Mary Collett was eight years old, but ten years after that, at the age of 18, she was working as a general domestic servant at Bremhill near Calne in Wiltshire.  On that occasion she gave her place of birth as Keevil.  During the next decade Lilian left Calne to seek work in Bradford-on-Avon, and it was there that she was recorded at the time of the census in 1911.  However, she was recorded as Lilian Callett (sic), age 28 and from Steeple Ashton.

 

 

 

 

35P106

Edward Clement Collett was born at Steeple Ashton in 1884 and was six years old in 1891, when he was living with his parents in the next village of Keevil.  By 1901 he was living at Lacock to the south of Chippenham where he was 17 and where he was working as a baker.  By April 1911 he was once again living with his family at Keevil, when he was 26 and his place of birth was confirmed as Steeple Ashton.

 

 

 

 

35P108

William Frederick Collett was born at Keevil in 1888 and that happened just after his parents returned to live there from nearby Steeple Ashton, and where they had lived during the early years of their marriage life.  And it was at Keevil he was living with his parents in 1891, when he was two years old.  He was still living there with his family in 1901, when he was 11, but towards the end of the next decade William travelled south-west to seek work at Yeovil in Somerset.  The census in 1911 located him in the Yeovil area, where he was William Frederick Collett from Keevil who was unmarried at 22.

 

 

 

 

35P112

Sidney Collett was born at Melksham in 1882.  He was the base-born son of one of the three daughters of Henry Collett and Ann Pepler, most likely their daughter Mary Jane Collett.  It is also possible that he was born at Lowbourne in Melksham the home of his grandmother with whom he was living in 1891 at the age of eight years.  According to the next census return he was still living with his grandmother Ann Wiltshire, formerly Ann Collett nee Pepler, in 1901.  By that time in his life Sidney Collett, age 18 and from Melksham, was employed as an ironmonger, while the third member of the household at Lowbourne was Mary Collett his grandmother’s daughter.  It is for this reason that it has been assumed that Mary Jane Collett was the mother of Sidney Collett.

 

 

 

Not long after that, perhaps around 1904, Sidney married Ellen Mary and by April 1911 the couple was living in Melksham with their first three children.  Sidney and his wife were both 29, and their children were listed as Phyllis Collett who was five, Vera Collett who was two, and Gervyn Collett who was just nine months old, whose name made have been recorded incorrectly, he possibly being Mervyn Collett.  All three children had been born at Melksham and others may have been added to the family after 1911.

 

 

 

35Q30

Phyllis Collett

Born in 1905 at Melksham

 

35Q31

Vera Collett

Born in 1908 at Melksham

 

35Q32

Gervyn [Mervyn] Collett

Born in 1910 at Melksham

 

 

 

 

35P120

William I Collett was born at Biddestone during 1888 and was the eldest child of William John Collett of Melksham and his wife Ellen.  Not long after he was born his parents moved to Castle Combe where the family was living in 1891 when William I Collett was two years old.  After three of his siblings were born at Castle Combe the family moved again to Banwell near Weston-super-Mare, where they were residing in 1901.  By the time William had left school, and at the age of 12 was already working as a grocer’s errand boy.

 

 

 

During the next decade his family went to live at 21 Stanley Grove Road in Weston-super-Mare, but by April 1911 the census that month recorded that William was no longer living there with his family.  Sadly very little else is known about William at this time, except that in Biddestone Church there is a Roll of Honour for those men of the village who lost their life during the First World War, and this includes the names of A Collett – who may have been William’s brother Alaric Collett, W Collett and Wm Collett – one of whom could have been this William I Collett.

 

 

 

 

35P125

William Frederick Collett was born at Gloucester in 1898, the eldest of the two sons of William Thomas Collett and his wife Rosa.  His birth was recorded at Gloucester register office (Ref. 6a 274) during the first three months of the year under the name William Collett.  He was listed in the Gloucester census of 1901 as being William F Collett who was two years of age and was William Frederick Collett, age 11, ten years later when he and his family were still living in Gloucester.

 

 

 

 

35P126

Granville L Collett was born at Gloucester in October 1900.  It would appear that he married fairly late in his life judging by the date of birth of his known son John.  It is also very likely that there were other children born out of Granville’s marriage.  The extension of this family line to Granville’s son John has been achieved and confirmed through the use of a combination of records and a DNA study conducted by Barry Collett in the USA.

 

 

 

35Q33

John Collett

Born in February 1941 at Gloucester

 

 

 

 

35P127

Vera Collett was born on 26th March 1908 and celebrated her 99th birthday in March 2007.

 

 

 

 

35P128

OLIVE COLLETT was born in 1912 and she was later married, when she became Olive Simnett, and her marriage produced a son.

 

 

 

35Q34

ALLAN SIMNETT

Date of birth not disclosed

 

 

 

 

35P129

Leonard Stanier Collett was born at Brantford in Brant County, Ontario on 19th September 1922, the eldest of the four sons of Henry Thomas Collett and Ada Elizabeth Smith.  He was named after his grandfather John Stanier Collett and he later married Genice Victoria Mauney on 18th April 1953 at Prescott in Yavapai County, Arizona.  Genice was born in Mississippi, USA, on 7th December 1927 the daughter of George Homer Mauney and Lizzie Rebecca Rickles.  Once married the couple settled in Ottawa, Carleton County, Ontario, where their son was born.  Leonard Stanier Collett was still a resident of Ottawa when he died there on 9th March 2011 in Ottawa Civic Hospital. 

 

 

 

His brother Howard (below) died in January 2013 and in his obituary the widow of Leonard Collett was referred to as Genice Collett of Ottawa.  The obituary for Leonard Stanier Collett was published in the Ottawa Citizen newspaper two days after he died and read as follows:  Len passed away peacefully after a struggle with Mesothelioma (a form of lung cancer).  He was predeceased by his son Ronald who died in 1973 and is survived by his devoted and loving wife Genice Collett (nee Mauney) and by three younger brothers Austin ( and his wife Finnie), Howard (and his wife Helen), and Wilmer (and his wife Anne).  He leaves behind several nieces and nephews from both the Collett and Mauney families as well as close friends Keith Adam and family.  Len spent his pre-university years on a farm near Burford, Ontario, graduated from Manchester University with a degree in Physics and Chemistry, then completed his masters in Geophysics at the University of Toronto.  After four years with Newmont Mining in Arizona he joined the Geographical Survey of Canada for a full and valued career in Ottawa, retiring finally in 1990.  His greatest joy outside of his professional life was creating a haven of self-taught cabinet making on their farm near Hopetown, including the propagation of nut trees surrounded by a thriving grove of black walnut.  As a humanitarian, Len was active in community affairs, supported the arts and cultural life of Ottawa, and was a strong advocate of scholarships for students of geo-sciences.”

 

 

 

35Q35

Ronald Bryan Collett

Born in 1957 at Ottawa, Carleton County

 

 

 

 

35P130

Austin Edward Collett was born at Burford in Brant County on 22nd March 1924, the son of Henry and Ada Collett.  He first married (1) Golda Marie Chapman on 28th March 1951 at Kingston in Frontenac County, Ontario.  It was there also that Golda was born on 25th August 1926, the daughter of Alfred Earl Chapman and Ethel Mary Smith.  The couple settled at Brockville in Leeds County, Ontario, where Golda presented Austin with three children, the first child suffering an infant death shortly after she was born.  Golda Marie Collett nee Chapman died on 1st July 1996 at Maitland in Grenville County, Ontario, following which Austin married (2) Josephine Preston on 4th October 1997 at Maynard in Grenville County.

 

 

 

Josephine was born on 27th January 1923 at Grenville County, Edwardsburgh Township in Ontario and was previously married to Egbert Fretwell with whom she had a son Dale Fretwell.  Austin Collett and his wife Finnie of Prescott, Ontario were referred to in that way in the obituary of Austin’s brother Howard in 2013.  It was thirteen months after that when Josephine (Finnie) Collett nee Preston passed away on 27th February 2014 and following which her funeral took place at Maynard Cemetery in the Spring on Tuesday 4th March 2014 at 11 am.  Her obituary is reproduced below.

 

 

 

“Peacefully at Wellington House, Prescott, on Thursday February 27th 2014, the former Josephine ‘Finnie’ Preston aged 91 years.  Beloved wife of the late Egbert Fretwell and is survived by her husband Mr Austin Collett.  Dear mother of Dale Fretwell (and his wife Denise) of Prescott and the late Joene Preston.  Loving grandmother of Carly, Joe and Chadd Fretwell.  Mrs Collett is survived by her step-children Jo Ann Collett of Nepean, Brent Collett (and his wife Karen) of Brockville, Judy Burns (and her husband Steve) of Ottawa and step-grandchildren David and Matthew Burns, Leah, Justin and Anna Collett, a sister-in-law Vi Preston of St Lawrence Lodge as well as several nieces and nephews.  Pre-deceased by her parents Bill and Josephine (Robishud) Preston and siblings Hilda Seeley, Korleen Ewart, Madeline Gentile, Ruth Fortier, Joseph Preston, Jerrold ‘Joe’ Preston and Clifford Preston.”

 

 

 

35Q36

a Collett daughter

Born in 1957 at Brockville, Leeds County

 

35Q37

Jo Ann Coleen Collett

Born in 1958 at Brockville, Leeds County

 

35Q38

William Brent Collett

Born in 1959 at Brockville, Leeds County

 

35Q39

Judith Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1961 at Brockville, Leeds County

 

 

 

 

35P131

Howard Glen Collett was born at Burford in Brant County on 1st June 1927, the third son of Henry and Ada Collett.  It was at Norwich in Oxford County, Ontario, that he married Helen May Everett on 4th April 1953.  Helen was born at Norwich on 17th May 1932, the daughter of David Everett and Flossie Evelyn McMullen.  The couple stayed in Oxford County after they were married and it was at Woodstock that they were living when all four of their children were born. 

 

Howard Glen Collett died on 30th January 2013 while in the Tillsonburg Memorial Hospital in Oxford County, and it was just over three years later that his wife passed away at Tillsonburg – see below.

 

 

 

His obituary stated that he was in his eighty-sixth year, was formerly of Otterville, Norwich and Woodstock in Ontario, the beloved husband of Helen Collett nee Everett of Tillsonburg, and cherished father of Bev Esseltine of Tillsonburg, Roger Collett of London, and Harvey Collett also of Tillsonburg.  He was the father-in-law of Sylvia (Collett nee Audebert) of Kelowna in British Columbia and very proud grandfather of Ashley Collett and her fiancé Ryan Charlton of St Thomas, and Jack Collett of Kelowna.  He was the brother of Austin Collett and his wife Finnie of Prescott Ontario, Wilmer Collett and his wife Annie of Ottawa, and brother-in-law of Genice Collett of Ottawa and Harold and Jean Everett of Markham.  He was predeceased by his son Gord Collett, who died in 2002, and brother Len Collett who passed away in 2011.  Howard was a proud member of H A S C, Tri-Lakes Region since 1960 and had 36 years of service with W O B I.

 

 

 

The obituary for his widow Helen May Collett nee Everett read as follows:

“Peacefully, at Maple Manor Nursing Home, Tillsonburg on Friday April 29, 2016, Helen Collett, formerly of Otterville, Norwich and Woodstock, died at the age of 83.  Beloved wife of the late Howard Glen Collett who died in 2013.  Beloved Mom of Bev (John) Esseltine of Tillsonburg, Roger of St Thomas, and daughter-in-law Sylvia (the late Gordon – 2002) Collett of Peachland BC.  Cherished grandmother of Ashley (Ryan) Charlton of St Thomas and Jack Collett of Peachland BC.  Sister of Harold (Jean) Everett of Markham.  Predeceased by mother Flossie Everett (1977), son Harvey (2014), sister Bertha Burdge (1989).  A private family service will be held on Wednesday May 4, 2016 at the Interment Oxford Memorial Park Cemetery, Woodstock, Ontario.”

 

 

 

35Q40

Beverley Ann Collett

Born in 1953 at Woodstock, Oxford County

 

35Q41

Roger Howard Collett

Born in 1955 at Woodstock, Oxford County

 

35Q42

Gordon Mark Collett

Born in 1960 at Woodstock, Oxford County

 

35Q43

Harvey Alan Collett

Born in 1961 at Woodstock, Oxford County

 

 

 

 

35P132

Wilmer James Collett was born at Brantford in Brant County on 5th August 1930, last child of Henry Thomas Collett and Ada Elizabeth Smith.  He later travelled to New Zealand for reasons of work and it was there in Wellington that he married Anne Mary Phyllis Johns from London, England, on 15th July 1961.  His work took the family all over the world, but upon retirement the couple now live at Ottawa in Canada.  It was as the brother of Howard Collett (above) that Wilmer Collett and his wife Annie were said to be of Ottawa in Howard’s obituary of 2013.

 

 

 

36Q44

Michelle Anne Collett

Date and place of birth withheld

 

35Q45

David James Collett

Date and place of birth withheld

 

 

 

 

35P133

Edward Cleare Collett was born at Simcoe in Norfolk County, Ontario, on 8th February 1933, the only child of Edward William Collett and Constance Edith Richardson.  He married Doreen Margaret White, daughter of Edward James White and Elizabeth Black Cornelius on 10th May 1958 at Brantford in Brant County, Ontario.

 

 

 

35Q46

Stephen Edward Collett

Born in 1964 at Brantford, Brant County

 

35Q47

Karen Diane Collett

Born in 1966 at Brantford, Brant County

 

 

 

 

35Q1

James Martin Collett was born at Chester, Pennsylvania on 23rd April 1919, the only child of James Howard Collett and his wife Elsie Emma Rost.  No record of him or his parents has been found in 1920 and 1930, but by 1940 his father was in lodgings in Chester, while James, age 23, and his mother were living at Collingwood Borough in Delaware County, Pennsylvania.

 

 

 

James later married Eleanor Marie Smith and they had three sons who are all living today in Pennsylvania.  James Martin Collett died in Philadelphia on 10th March 1995.  All of the information for this Pennsylvania family has been kindly provided by Kristen Collett who lives in Brookhaven in Pennsylvania, which is just two towns away from Chester, where the majority of her ancestors lived and were born.

 

 

 

35R1

a Collett son

Name/Date of birth not disclosed

 

35R2

a Collett son

Name/Date of birth not disclosed

 

35R3

a Collett son

Name/Date of birth not disclosed

 

 

 

 

35Q4

Alice Cora Collette was born at San Joaquin in California on 13th January 1912, the eldest child of Walter Burton Collette and his wife Alice Olive Slayton.  Alice married Alfred W Schopf and died on 25th October 1998.

 

 

 

 

35Q5

Walter Burton Collette was born in California on 29th October 1913, the eldest son of Walter and Alice Collette.  Nothing more has been revealed about him at this time, except that he died on 6th March 2005.

 

 

 

 

35Q6

Richard Asa Collette was born at Los Angeles in California on 22nd June 1918, the youngest of the three children of Walter Burton Collette and Alice Olive Slayton.  The only other known fact about him at this time is that he died at Sacramento on 31st August 1999.

 

 

 

 

35Q7

Valera Donna Collett was born at Plum City in Pierce, Wisconsin on 10th April 1922, the first child born to Willard Faye Collett and his wife Alice Martin.  She later married Gerald Joseph Shafer on 22nd June 1948 at El Paso in Pierce.  He was the son of Mathew Shafer and Julia Andersen, and was born at El Paso on 25th January 1922.  Valera died at Spring Valley in Pierce on 25th January 1995, and was followed by her husband who passed away on 2nd March 2007 when he too was still living in Spring Valley.  Four children were born to Valera and Gerald and they were Gary Shafer who married Kathy, Dennis Shafer, Peg Shafer who married Toby Vorlicek, and Diane Shafer who married Doug Lee.

 

 

 

 

35Q8

Lorna Collett was born in Wisconsin on 13th January 1924 and she later married E L Herbaly who was known as Herb.

 

 

 

 

35Q9

Marjorie Collett, who was known as Margie, was born at Salem in Pierce on 24th February 1926, the third of the four daughters of Willard and Alice Collett.  Tragically she was only three years old when she died at Red Wing in Goodhue, Minnesota on 25th May 1929.

 

 

 

 

35Q10

Maxine Helen Collett was born at Grange Hall in Pierce on 24th April 1927, the fourth child of Willard and Alice Collett.  She married Ralph Matzek at Ellsworth in Pierce on 20th August 1946, and she died at Maiden Rock in Pierce on 18th June 2010.  Their three children were Douglas Matzek, who married Mary, Robert Matzek, who married Lori, and Nancy Matzek who married Doug Weiss.

 

 

 

 

35Q11

Gail Collett was born possibly around 1929, but certainly after 1927.  He was the only son and fifth child of Willard Faye Collett and Alice Martin and he later married Marion with whom he had a daughter.

 

 

 

35R4

Linda Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

 

 

 

35Q12

Vernon R Collett was born in Wisconsin on 7th April 1931, the eldest of the four children of Ralph Dinsmore Collett and his wife Edith Louisa Miller.  All that is known about him at this time is that he died in Pierce on 2nd October 1971.

 

 

 

 

35Q13

Bernard Henry Collett was born in Wisconsin on 5th April 1939 the second of the four children of Ralph and Edith Collett.  His wife was a member of the King family with whom he had four children.  In 2012, as his widow, she was still alive, Bernard Henry Collett having died many years earlier during April 1985.

 

 

 

35R5

a living Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

35R6

a living Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

35R7

a living Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

35R8

a living Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

 

 

 

35Q16

Jayd Collett was born in America on 15th April 1950, the eldest of the three children of Donald Milton Collett and Dorothy M Henn.  He was twenty-five when he married Roxanne D Aune on 19th December 1975 at Clay in Minnesota, Roxanne having been born in 1952.

 

 

 

 

35Q17

Donna Collett was born in America, possibly around 1953 and certainly after 1950, and was the daughter of Donald and Dorothy Collett.  She later married Don Ginsbach.

 

 

 

 

35Q18

Adela Collett was born in America, possibly in the mid to late 1950s, and was the youngest of the three children of Donald and Dorothy Collett.  It is established that she later married to become Adela Kehl.

 

 

 

 

35Q34

ALLAN SIMNETT inherited the company Wm Collett & Sons established by his great grandfather William Collett (Ref. 35N62).  In 1973 he set up the export division of the company under the trading name of Collett Export Limited.  The business is now based at Ledbury in Herefordshire where it is controlled by Allan, his son and his daughter.

 

 

 

 

35Q35

Ronald Bryan Collett was born at Ottawa in Carleton County, Ontario, Canada on 26th November 1957, the only child of Leonard Stanier Collett and Genice Victoria Mauney.  Nothing further is known about him at this time except that he died on 1st July 1973 while still in Ottawa, Carleton County, as the result of a traffic accident when he was struck by a car while on his bicycle.

 

 

 

 

35Q36

a Collett daughter was born at Brockville in Leeds County, Ontario, during June 1957, the first child born to Austin Edward Collett and his wife Golda Marie Chapman.  Tragically she died shortly after being born, her death also recorded during the month of June 1957.

 

 

 

 

35Q37

Jo Ann Coleen Collett was born at Brockville in Leeds County on 3rd June 1958, the eldest child of Austin Edward Collett and Golda Marie Chapman.  Following the death of her mother in 1996 her father married Finnie Preston in 1997 and, at the time of her death in February 2014, Jo Ann Collett was recorded as residing at Nepean in Ottawa, Ontario.

 

 

 

 

35Q38

William Brent Collett was born at Brockville in Leeds County on 28th October 1959, the son of Austin and Golda Collett.  It was also at Brockville that he married Karen Darlene Evelyn Poole on 20th August 1988.  Karen was also born at Brockville on 31st October 1960, the daughter of Percy Everett Carson Poole and Verna Marilyn Poole White.  On the occasion of the death of his stepmother William and his family were mentioned in her 2014 obituary in the following way - Brent and Karen Collett of Brockville and their three children Leah, Justin and Anna.

 

 

 

31R9

Leah Ada Evelyn Collett

Born on 22.02.1994 at Kingston, Frontenac

 

31R10

Justin William Craig Collett

Born on 05.06.1996 at Kingston, Frontenac

 

31R11

Anna Sarah Rose Collett

Born on 14.03.2000 at Brockville, Leeds Cty

 

 

 

 

35Q39

Judith Elizabeth Collett was born at Brockville in Leeds County on 24th July 1961, the daughter of Austin and Golda Collett.  On 1st October 1983 at Brockville she married Stephen Michael Burns who was born at Kingston in Frontenac County on 14th June 1958, the son of Michael John Burns and Betty Phyllis Tinkess.  The couple adopted two boys, David Alexander Burns who was born on 23rd July 1992 at Kingston in Frontenac County, and Matthew Michael Burns who was born on 12th January 1995 at Greater Napanee in Lennox and Addington County, Ontario, Canada.

 

 

 

In the obituary of her stepmother in February 2014 Judith and her family were referred to in the following way – Judy and Steve Burns of Ottawa and their two sons David and Matthew Burns.

 

 

 

 

35Q40

Beverley Ann Collett was born at Woodstock General Hospital in Oxford County on 27th October 1953, the eldest child of Howard Glen Collett and Helen May Everett.  She first married (1) Ivan Russell Day who was born on 25th September 1956, their wedding taking place at Woodstock in Oxford County on 17th July 1976.  She was married for a second time just three years later on 15th September 1979 when she wed (2) John Warren Esseltine, the son of Henry Warren Esseltine and Helen Marguerite Empy, who was born at Springfield in Elgin County, Ontario, on 11th April 1949.  In the obituary for her father in 2013 the couple was simply named as Bev and John Esseltine of Tillsonburg.

 

 

 

 

35Q41

Roger Howard Collett was born at the General Hospital in Woodstock on 10th January 1955, the son of Howard and Helen Collett.  His first partner was Kimberly Elaine Palmer who was born on 19th October 1956 at St Thomas in Elgin County, Ontario, and together they had a daughter while residing in St Thomas.  And it was Roger who kindly provided all of the details of his family line from Henry Thomas Collett (Ref. 31O20).  At the time of the death of his father in January 2013 his son was described as Roger Collett of London, while his granddaughter was confirmed as Ashley Collett who was engaged to be married to Ryan Charlton.  By the time of the death of his mother in April 2016 Roger was described once again as being of St Thomas.

 

 

 

31R12

Ashley Brooke Collett

Born in 1986 at St Thomas, Elgin County

 

 

 

 

35Q42

Gordon Mark Collett was born at the General Hospital in Woodstock on 4th January 1960, another son of Howard and Helen Collett.  He was known as Gord and he married Sylvia Audebert on 20th February 1993 at London in Middlesex County, Ontario.  She was the daughter of Roland Ugen Audebert and Jacqueline Suzanne and was born at Woodstock on 4th June 1967 in the Woodstock General Hospital.  Their son was born in the General Hospital at Kelowna within the Central Okanagan Regional District of British Columbia in Canada.  Tragically Gordon Mark Collett was killed in an aviation accident while working as a commercial helicopter pilot.  The incident happened on 11th September 2002 on Pink Mountain at Fort St John within the Peace River Regional District of British Columbia.  At the time of the passing of Gordon’s mother Helen in April 2016 his widow Sylvia Collett and her son Jack were living at Peachland in British Columbia.

 

 

 

31R13

Jack Mark Collett

Born on 20.09.2001 in Toronto

 

 

 

 

35Q43

Harvey Alan Collett was born at the General Hospital in Woodstock on 5th September 1961, the youngest of the four children of Howard Glen Collett and Helen May Everett.  It seems likely that Harvey was not married by the time of the death of his father in 2013, since it was simply as Harvey Collett of Tillsonburg that he was named within his obituary. 

 

Tragically just fifteen months after the death of his father, Harvey Alan Collett was killed in a road traffic accident while riding on an e-bike on the morning of 25th April 2014 at the age of only 52.  His obituary, kindly provided by his brother Roger, is reproduced below:

 

 

 

“Harvey Collett of Tillsonburg, in his 53rd year.  Beloved son of Helen Collett of Tillsonburg.  Brother of Bev and John Esseltine of Tillsonburg, Roger of London, and brother-in-law of Sylvia Audebert-Collett of Kelowna BC.  Uncle of Ashley and Ryan Charlton of St Thomas, and Jack of Kelowna BC.  Predeased by his father Howard (2013) and brother Gord (2002).  Harvey was a proud and dedicated member of the Tillsonburg Lions Club.  Friends will be received at The Arn-Lockie Funeral Home, 45 Main Street West, Norwich on Tuesday 29th April, cremation to follow.  A Lions service will be held Tuesday evening at 6.30pm at the funeral home.

 

 

 

 

35Q45

David James Collett was the son of Wilmer James Collett and Anne Mary Phyllis Johns.  He later travelled to the homeland of his father and it was at Toronto in Canada that David married Kimberly Mouland with whom he had two children.

 

 

 

31R14

Elizabeth Sarah Anne Collett

Date and place of birth withheld

 

31R15

Ethan Wilmer Bruce Collett

Date and place of birth withheld

 

 

 

 

35Q46

Stephen Edward Collett was born at the General Hospital in Brantford, Brant County, on 8th July 1964, the eldest of the two children of Edward Cleare Collett and Doreen Margaret White.  He first married (1) Anne Pettigrew at Brantford in Brant County on 21st September 1991 with whom he had a daughter.  Anne Pettigrew was born on 7th June 1965.  Stephen later married (2) Olga Vrentzos who was born on 25th June 1964, the wedding taking place at the Greek Orthodox Church in Kitchener, Ontario on 15th June 2002.

 

 

 

31R16

Rachel Ellen Collett

Born on 03.08.1994 at Brantford, Brant Cty

 

 

 

 

35Q47

Karen Diane Collett was born at the General Hospital in Brantford on 27th December 1966, the daughter of Edward and Doreen Collett.  It was also at Brantford on 6th June 1993 that she married Mario Baldassara who was born on 20th September 1965.  Their two children were also born in the hospital at Brantford and they were Anthony Joseph Baldassara who was born on 12th January 1998 and Julia Elizabeth Baldassara who was born on 5th November 2001.

 

 

 

 

35R4

Linda Collett, the daughter of Gail and Marion Collett, whose date of birth is not known, married Don Fedie and they had a daughter Sara Fedie.

 

 

 

 

35R12

Ashley Brooke Collett was born at the General Hospital in St Thomas, Elgin County, on 21st January 1986 the daughter of Roger Howard Collett and Kimberly Elaine Palmer.  It was also while she was still living in St Thomas that Ashley married Peter Ryan Charlton on 6th July 2013.  He was the son of Peter Charlton and Rhonda Roberts and was also born at St Thomas Elgin General Hospital on 5th June 1985.  Upon the death of her grandfather Howard Glen Collett in January 2013 his granddaughter Ashley Collett and her fiancé Ryan Charlton of St Thomas were mentioned in his obituary.  Ashley and Ryan were also included in the obituary for uncle Harvey Alan Collett who was killed in a road accident in 2014.  They were also named in the obituary for Ashley’s grandmother Helen May Collett nee Everett in April 2016.

 

 

 

 

35R13

Jack Mark Collett was born in Toronto on 20th September 2001, the son of Gordon Mark Collett and Sylvia Audebert.  Tragically his father, who was known within the family as Gord, died as a result of an aviation accident in September 2002 just nine days before Jack first birthday.  And it was simply as Jack Collett of Kelowna that he was named with his mother Sylvia Collett in the 2013 obituary of his grandfather Howard Glen Collett.  Jack and his mother were still residing at Kelowna in April 2014 when they were both named in the obituary for Harvey Alan Collett, Jack’s uncle.  During the next two years Jack and his mother moved to Peachland in British Columbia, as confirmed in the April 2016 obituary Helen May Collett, the mother of Jack’s father.