PART THIRTY-SIX

 

The Barwick-in-Elmet (Leeds) Line

 

This is the first of two sections of the Collett family of Yorkshire

 

Section Two is The Birstall, Heckmondwike, Batley Line

 

Updated June 2016

 

 

All Saints Church at Barwick-in-Elmet (pronounced Bar-rick)

lies within the Church of England Diocese of Ripon & Leeds.

 

New information has been received from Christina Hammond nee Collitt (Ref. 27R11),

following her meeting with Joyce Hidden nee Collett (Ref. 36S17) in the autumn of 2010 during

which she was shown a family tree produced by Keith Walker relating to the Featherstone Colletts.

The brief details contained therein indicate that this family line has its origins with

William Collett in 1496, who possibly came from Featherstone.

This discover, although unverified, takes this family line back a further four generations

from Ralph Collett (Ref. 36I1) to the said William Collett in 1496.

 

The August 2010 update was a radical change to this family line, resulting from the

removal of the complete family line from Richard Collett (Ref. 36L2) of Barwick-in-Elmet,

whose details are now contained in Part 55 – The Wakefield & Leeds Line.

During this process, a number of other families were displaced, and these can now

be found in the new Appendix 5 at the end of this file, until such time as they

can be correctly reconnected to a branch of this Collett family.

 

 

This is the family line of Mark Collett (Ref. 36T1), the line denoted by the names in capitals,

and Joyce Collett (Ref. 36S17) whose line is denoted by the names underlined,

 

 

And it was Mark who was instrumental in contact being made with the

publisher of the magazine The Barwicker which included two articles

on the Collett blacksmiths of Barwick-in-Elmet, the information from which

has now been incorporate into this family line as Appendices 2 to 4

 

During an earlier update there was one Collett family with a Barwick connection

that remained unresolved due to the apparent early death of the male

head of the household.  Therefore, for completeness, the details of his wife

and his two known daughters are included in Appendix 1

 

 

 

36E1

WILLIAM COLLETT was born in 1496, and possibly at Featherstone.  He is believed to have married Isabel Dearden who was born in 1499. 

 

 

 

36F1

WILLIAM COLLETT

Born in 1518 at Featherstone

 

 

 

 

36F1

WILLIAM COLLETT was born at Featherstone in 1518, the son of William Collett and Isabel Dearden.  William later married Elizabeth of Featherstone around 1540, with whom he is known to have had at least two children, before he died in 1591, also at Featherstone.

 

 

 

His wife Elizabeth had been born at Featherstone around 1521 and died three years before William, when she passed away at Featherstone on 15th September 1588.  It is understood that, in addition to the four children listed below, two further children were added to the family in 1850 and 1854, although no precise details are known at this time.  At the time of the death of William Collett in 1591, only his two eldest children were still alive.

 

 

 

36G1

WILLIAM COLLETT

Born in 1541 at Featherstone

 

36G2

Edward Collett

Born in 1543 at Featherstone

 

36G3

Isabel Collett

Born in 1545 at Featherstone

 

36G4

George Collett

Born in 1548 at Featherstone

 

 

 

 

36G1

WILLIAM COLLETT was born at Featherstone in 1541, the eldest son of William and Elizabeth Collett.  William was twenty-two years old when he married Isabel Shilito at Featherstone on 14th November 1563.  William was still alive in 1591, when his father died during that year.

 

 

 

36H1

John Collett

Born in 1569 at Featherstone

 

36H2

Thomasine Collett

Born in 1572 at Featherstone

 

36H3

EDWARD COLLETT

Born in 1573 at Featherstone

 

 

 

 

36G2

Edward Collett was born at Featherstone in 1543, the second son of William Collet and Elizabeth Shilito.  On 26th August 1565 Edward Collytt (sic) married (1) Agnes Greenwood at Featherstone, and so far, their only known child is their son Edward, who was born around eight years later.

 

 

 

Other children may have been born into the family, and it may have been during the birth of one of them, around 1775 that Agnes died.  Following her passing, Edward Collett married (2) Agnes Nockytt (Nockett?) at Featherstone on 3rd November 1577.  Edward was still alive in 1591, when his father died during that year.

 

 

 

36H4

Thomas Collett

Born in 1569 at Featherstone

 

36H5

William Collett

Born in 1571 at Featherstone

 

36H6

Edward Collett

Born in 1574 at Featherstone

 

 

 

 

36G3

Isabel Collett was born at Featherstone in 1545, the daughter of William and Elizabeth Collett.  It is believed that she was around thirty years of age, when she died at Featherstone in 1575.

 

 

 

 

36G4

George Collett was born at Featherstone in 1548, the third son of William and Elizabeth Collett.  It is understood that he may have died around 1591, the same year that his father passed away.

 

 

 

 

36H1

John Collett was born at Featherstone in 1569, and it was there also that he was baptised on 9th October 1569, the son of William Collett.

 

 

 

 

36H2

Thomasine Collett was born at Featherstone in 1572, where she was baptised on 26th October 1572, the daughter of William Collett.  She only survived for just over one week, when she was buried on 6th November 1572.

 

 

 

 

36H3

EDWARD COLLETT was born at Featherstone in 1573, the son of William Collett and Isabel Shilito.  He was baptised at Featherstone on 1st January 1574, when it was only his father’s name that appear on the baptism record.  It was around twenty-four years later that Edward married (1) Frances of Featherstone in 1598.  It seems likely that Frances died around the turn of the century, perhaps during childbirth, since on 18th October 1601 at Normanton, just west of Featherstone, Edward Collett married (2) Mary Roebuck.  Edward Collett had only been married to Mary for twelve years, when he died at Featherstone in 1613.

 

 

 

36I1

RALPH COLLETT

Born circa 1610 at Featherstone

 

 

 

 

36H4

Thomas Collett was born at Featherstone in 1569, but was baptised at Ackton near Normanton on 3rd July 1569, under the name of Thomas Collytt, the son of Edward Collytt of Ackton.

 

 

 

 

36H5

William Collett was born at Featherstone in 1571, and was baptised at Ackton near Normanton on 21st October 1571, the son of Edward Collett and Agnes Greenwood.  He later married Katherine Laborne at Featherstone on 16th December 1589 and the first of their six known children was born within six months of the day of their wedding.

 

 

 

36I2

William Collett

Baptised on 03.05.1590 at Featherstone

 

36I3

Anne Collett

Baptised on 20.08.1593 at Featherstone

 

36I4

Robert Collett

Baptised on 10.10.1594 at Featherstone

 

36I5

John Collett

Born circ 1597 at Featherstone

 

36I6

Thomas Collett

Baptised on 25.06.1598 at Featherstone

 

36I7

Robert Collett

Baptised on 01.01.1599 at Featherstone

 

 

 

 

36H6

Edward Collett was born at Featherstone in 1574, although he was baptised at Ackton near Normanton on 13th March 1574, the son of Edward Collett and Agnes Greenwood.  It would appear that his mother may have died during the birth of a subsequent child, since his father was married for a second time in 1577.  At the time of the baptism of his children, Edward was referred to as Edward Collet of Ackton, and it is understood that his wife was Mary, although her name does not appear in any of the baptism records.

 

 

 

36I8

Thomas Collett

Baptised on 12.11.1601 at Featherstone

 

36I9

Edward Collett

Baptised on 28.09.1605 at Featherstone

 

36I10

Mary Collett

Baptised on 17.02.1612 at Featherstone

 

 

 

 

36I1

RALPH COLLETT was born around 1610, and very likely at Featherstone near Pontefract, since that was where his father Edward Collett died in 1613.  It was on 13th February 1631 that, with a licence from the Court, Ralph married Anne Vevers at Barwick-in-Elmet, which was presumably where Anne was living at that time, and where she may have been born.  After they were married the couple appear to have lived the rest of their lives together at Barwick, where their seven known children were born, and where Ralph and Anne both died.  Anne Collett nee Vevers died at Barwick in 1663, and was followed by Ralph who died there seven years later in 1670.

 

 

 

The Vevers family of Scholes and Potterton originally came from Evre (Iver in Buckinghamshire) in the 14th Century.  They were yeoman farmers and tenants of the lord of the manor and landowners in the parish of Barwick-in-Elmet, although very secondary to the Gascoigne family who owned the Manor and after whom the current village inn is named ‘The Gascoine Arms’.

 

 

 

William Vevers lived at Scholes Hall, but also owned land in Morwick and Potterton.  His cousin Stephen Vevers owned Morwick Hall.  Although the male line of this branch died out in 1767, the eldest son, and to a lesser extent the second son, was always married off as well as possible.  The daughters and younger sons mostly married within the local area, although the head of the house tended to try and check whether their choice of spouse was worthy of the family

 

 

 

36J1

William Collett

Born in 1632 at Barwick-in-Elmet

 

36J2

RALPH COLLETT

Born in 1634 at Barwick-in-Elmet

 

36J3

Edith Collett

Born in 1637 at Barwick-in-Elmet

 

36J4

Robert Collett

Born in 1639 at Barwick-in-Elmet

 

36J5

Mary Collett

Born in 1643 at Barwick-in-Elmet

 

36J6

Richard Collett

Born in 1646 at Barwick-in-Elmet

 

36J7

Jane Collett

Born in 1650 at Barwick-in-Elmet

 

 

 

 

36I2

William Collett was born at Featherstone during January 1590, and it was there also that he was baptised on 3rd May 1590, the eldest child of William Collett and Katherine Laborne.  It is not evident from his children’s baptism records as to who his wife was, since they only gave the father’s name.  However, the IGI does include the marriage of William Collett and Margaret Bouth, which took place at Featherstone on 9th December 1617, which corresponds perfectly with the birth of their first child nine months later.

 

 

 

36J8

Edward Collett

Baptised on 30.08.1618 at Featherstone

 

36J9

Mary Collett

Baptised on 01.11.1620 at Featherstone

 

36J10

Mary Ann Collett

Baptised on 12.09.1627 at Featherstone

 

36J11

Isabel Collett

Baptised on 23.11.1628 at Featherstone

 

 

 

 

36I3

Anne Collett was baptised at Featherstone on 20th August 1593, the daughter of William and Katherine Collett, but tragically she only lived for short of four months, when she died and was buried on 16th December 1593.

 

 

 

 

36I4

Robert Collett was baptised at Featherstone on 10th October 1594, the son of William and Katherine Collett.  He only survived for less than four years, when he died at Featherstone on 26th July 1598, where he was buried.

 

 

 

 

36I5

John Collett was born at Featherstone around 1597, to William Collett and his wife Katherine Laborne.  The name of his wife is not known, since it was simply John’s name that was recorded as the father of their son.  However, there is a record at Featherstone which states that John Collett died there on 3rd January 1648.

 

 

 

36J12

Edward Collett

Baptised on 06.01.1619 at Featherstone

 

36J13

George Collett

Baptised on 06.07.1620 at Featherstone

 

 

 

 

36I9

Edward Collett was baptised at Featherstone on 28th September 1605, the son of Edward Collett of Ackton and his wife Mary.  He may have been living at Featherstone, since it was there in April 1660 that an Edward Collett died, and this may have been the father or the son.

 

 

 

36J14

Edward Collett

Baptised on 09.12.1625 at Featherstone

 

 

 

 

36J1

William Collett was born at Barwick-in-Elmet around 1632.  It was also there that he was baptised at All Saints Church on 11th November 1632, the eldest son of Ralph Collett and Anne Vevers.  Sadly, he died during the following year.

 

 

 

 

36J2

RALPH COLLETT was around 1634 at Barwick-in-Elmet where he was baptised at All Saints Church on 7th May 1635, the second son of Ralph Collett and Anne Vevers.  He later married Elizabeth with whom he had two known sons before he died, when the youngest child was only two years old.  Ralph Collett died at Barwick in 1670, while his wife Elizabeth survived him by over thirty years, when she died at Barwick in 1701.

 

 

 

36K1

Ralph Collett

Born in 1664 at Barwick-in-Elmet

 

36K2

WILLIAM COLLETT

Born in 1668 at Barwick-in-Elmet

 

 

 

 

36J3

Edith Collett was born at Barwick-in-Elmet in 1637 and was baptised there at All Saints Church on 5th November 1637, the eldest daughter and third child of Ralph Collett and Anne Vevers.  She was around twenty years of age when she married James Hopwood at Barwick on 28th May 1657.

 

 

 

Over the next twelve years Edith presented James with five children, and all of them born while the family was still living at Barwick.  However, in each case the baptism record at All Saints Church in Barwick gave only the father’s name, which was David Hopwood.

 

 

 

The five children of David Hopwood were Mary Hopwood (baptised on 14th March 1662), Jennet Hopwood (baptised on 7th August 1664), Christopher Hopwood (baptised on 11th March 1666), Isabell Hopwood (baptised on 8th March 1668) and Elizabeth Hopwood (baptised on 13th February 1670).

 

 

 

 

36J4

Robert Collett was born at Barwick-in-Elmet in 1639.  He was baptised at All Saints Church on 2nd April 1640, the son of Ralph Collett and Anne Vevers.  Robert was twenty-one when he married Jennet Taylor at Barwick on 18th November 1661, Jennet having been baptised there on 2nd October 1636.  Their marriage produced eight children for the couple between 1662 and 1678, and all of them were born while the family was living in Barwick. 

 

 

 

The youngest of their eight children was only eighteen years old when both his parents died during the same month of the same year.  Tragically Robert Collett was 57 and his wife Jennet was 60 when they died during November 1696.  During his life Robert Collett was a churchwarden in 1673 and was an overseer of the poor in 1673 and 1689.

 

 

 

36K3

Richard Collett

Born in 1663 at Barwick-in-Elmet

 

36K4

Robert Collett

Born in 1665 at Barwick-in-Elmet

 

36K5

William Collett

Born in 1667 at Barwick-in-Elmet

 

36K6

John Collett

Born in 1669 at Barwick-in-Elmet

 

36K7

Anne Collett

Born in 1671 at Barwick-in-Elmet

 

36K8

Anne Collett

Born in 1672 at Barwick-in-Elmet

 

36K9

Mary Collett

Born in 1673 at Barwick-in-Elmet

 

36K10

Matthew Collett

Born in 1676 at Barwick-in-Elmet

 

36K11

Thomas Collett

Born in 1678 at Barwick-in-Elmet

 

 

 

 

36J5

Mary Collett was born at Barwick-in-Elmet in 1643, the daughter of Ralph and Anne Collett.  All that is known about Mary is that she married John Taylor on 6th November 1666 at All Saints Church in Barwick, and they had four children who were born while Mary and John were still living at Barwick.  And they were John Taylor (baptised on 27th August 1667), Thomas Taylor (baptised on 16th November 1671), William Taylor (baptised on 15th October 1673), and Ann Taylor (baptised on 23rd May 1677).

 

 

 

 

36J6

Richard Collett was born at Barwick-in-Elmet in 1646, the youngest son of Ralph Collett and Anne Vevers.  Later in his life Richard married Margaret, and he and his wife had three children.  Margaret Collett died at Weeton in September 1705, and was followed four years later by her husband Richard Collett who died at Weeton in 1709, and who was buried at All Saints Church In Harewood on 23rd November 1709.

 

 

 

36K12

Richard Collett

Born in 1667 at Barwick-in-Elmet

 

36K13

Ann Collett

Born in 1670 at Barwick-in-Elmet

 

36K14

Ralph Collett

Born in 1673 at Barwick-in-Elmet

 

 

 

 

36J7

Jane Collett was born at Barwick-in-Elmet in 1650, the youngest child of Ralph Collett and Anne Vevers.  She was born during the time of the English Republic established between 1649 and 1653 which followed the execution of King Charles I on 30th January 1649, this being referred to as ‘The Commonwealth Period’.  Jane Collett was twenty-three when she married David Tuke at Barwick on 6th August 1673.

 

 

 

 

36J10

Mary Ann Collett was baptised at Featherstone on 12th September 1627, the second daughter of William Collett to be given the name Mary, so it may be assumed the earlier one had died before this Mary was born.  It would appear that Mary Ann Collett later married Robert Hall at Featherstone on 24th June 1649.

 

 

 

Robert Hall was born at Monk Fryston where he was baptised on 14th May 1627, the son of Lancelot Hall and his wife Katherine Richardson.  The married produced at least four children for the couple, they being Frances Hall (born in 1650), Prudence Hall (born in 1653), Mary Hall (born in 1655), and Ellen Hall (born in 1659).  All four daughters were born and baptised at Featherstone.

 

 

 

 

36J12

Edward Collett was born at Featherstone during 1618, where he was baptised on 6th January 1619, the son of John Collett.  He may have only been less than one year old, when he died at Featherstone on 18th March 1619.

 

 

 

 

36J13

George Collett was born at Featherstone in March 1619, and was baptised there on 6th July 1620, the son of John Collett.  A George Collett of Ackton near Normanton married (1) Elizabeth in 1653 and around two years later their daughter was born and died at Featherstone the following year.  It would seem that George’s wife also died not long after their daughter, since on 8th November 1659 George Collett married (2) Grace Marsden at Featherstone.

 

 

 

36K15

Elizabeth Collett

Baptised on 06.05.1655 at Featherstone

 

 

 

 

36J14

Edward Collett was baptised at Featherstone on 9th December 1625, the only known son of Edward Collett.  Although it is established that Edward married Anna Yates, at the baptism of his three known children, only the name of Edward Collitt appeared in the parish records.

 

 

 

36K16

Ann Collett

Baptised on 26.05.1649 at Featherstone

 

36K17

Edward Collett

Baptised on 24.12.1650 at Featherstone

 

36K18

Margaret Collett

Baptised on 29.04.1652 at Featherstone

 

 

 

 

36K1

Ralph Collett was born at Barwick-in-Elmet around 1664 and was the eldest son of Ralph and Elizabeth Collett.  He was baptised at Barwick on 9th February 1665, and it was also at Barwick that Ralph married Hannah Breatcliffe on 17th November 1686.  Their marriage resulted in the birth of four known children, and they were all born at Barwick where they were also baptised, and where two of them are known to have died while still very young.

 

 

 

36L1

Jane Collett

Born in 1689 at Barwick-in-Elmet

 

36L2

Mary Collett

Born in 1691 at Barwick-in-Elmet

 

36L3

John Collett

Born in 1693 at Barwick-in-Elmet

 

36L4

Matthew Collett

Born in 1695 at Barwick-in-Elmet

 

 

 

 

36K2

WILLIAM COLLETT was born at Barwick-in-Elmet around 1668, and it was there also that he was baptised on 3rd June 1668, the son of Ralph and Elizabeth Collett.  It now seems highly likely that William of Barwick-in-Elmet was around twenty-two when he first married (1) Margaret Briggs at Barwick on 18th December 1690.  That first union produced three children over the next five years, as listed below, who were all baptised at Barwick where the father’s name was confirmed as William Collett.  Margaret Collett nee Briggs would appear to have died in 1695, perhaps during the birth of her third and last child.  What is known is the William Collett later married (2) Margaret Berry of Featherstone Moor at Featherstone on 7th February 1696.  Once William and Margaret Berry were married, the couple settled in Barwick-in-Elmet, where ten of their eleven children were born and baptised.  For the baptism of the first six of those eleven children William was recorded as Gulielmi Collet.  The eleventh and last child was added to the family after they had left Barwick and following a move to Leeds, and it was also at Leeds that William Collett died nearly thirty years later in 1748.

 

 

 

The Will of William Collett was made on 7th May 1743 and proved on 17th June 1749.  In that document there is reference to his four surviving sons Thomas, Richard, Benjamin, and Arthur, and his three surviving daughters Margaret Collett, Sarah Hebden and Elizabeth Pitt (see Will in Legal Documents).  It is also from his Will that we learn that William Collett of Leeds was a schoolmaster.  Other records for Barwick confirm that he was a schoolmaster and churchwarden in the village in 1692, and that in 1699 and 1700 he was a constable.

 

 

 

36L5

Mary Collett

Born in 1691 at Barwick-in-Elmet

 

36L6

Jane Collett

Born in 1693 at Barwick-in-Elmet

 

36L7

William Collett

Born in 1695 at Barwick-in-Elmet

 

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

 

36L8

Sarah Collett

Born in 1697 at Barwick-in-Elmet

 

36L9

Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1698 at Barwick-in-Elmet

 

36L10

Margaret Collett

Born in 1699 at Barwick-in-Elmet

 

36L11

Margaret Collett

Born in 1700 at Barwick-in-Elmet

 

36L12

John Collett

Born in 1702 at Barwick-in-Elmet

 

36L13

Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1704 at Barwick-in-Elmet

 

36L14

Thomas Collett

Born in 1707 at Barwick-in-Elmet

 

36L15

Richard Collett

Born in 1710 at Barwick-in-Elmet

 

36L16

Benjamin Collett

Born in 1712 at Barwick-in-Elmet

 

36L17

Joseph Collett

Born in 1715 at Barwick-in-Elmet

 

36L18

Arthur Collett

Born in 1719 at Leeds

 

 

 

 

36K3

Richard Collett was born at Barwick-in-Elmet in 1663, where he was baptised on 21st February 1664, the eldest child of Robert Collett and Jennet Taylor.

 

 

 

 

36K4

Robert Collett was born at Barwick-in-Elmet towards the end of in 1665, and was baptised at All Saints Church in Barwick on 9th January 1666, the son of Robert and Jennet Collett.

 

 

 

 

36K5

William Collett was born at Barwick-in-Elmet in 1667, and was baptised there on 2nd October 1667, the third son of Robert Collett and Jennet Taylor.  William was only around eighteen years old when he married Mary Batley on 19th October 1685 at Whitkirk, midway between Leeds and Garforth.  Following their wedding day the couple returned to William’s place of birth, where they set up home and where all of their five children were born.  This may or may not be correct since in 2016 the same five children have been credited to William Collett (above) by his wife Margaret Briggs.  The difficulty is that at the baptism of the children only the father’s name was used.

 

 

 

36L19

Mary Collett

Born in 1691 at Barwick-in-Elmet

 

36L20

Jane Collett

Born in 1693 at Barwick-in-Elmet

 

36L21

William Collett

Born in 1695 at Barwick-in-Elmet

 

36L22

Margaret Collett

Born in 1699 at Barwick-in-Elmet

 

36L23

John Collett

Born in 1702 at Barwick-in-Elmet

 

 

 

 

36K6

John Collett was born at Barwick-in-Elmet in 1669, and was baptised at All Saints Church in the village on 17th December 1669, the son of Robert Collett and Jennet Taylor.

 

 

 

 

36K7

Anne Collett was born at Barwick-in-Elmet in 1671, where she was baptised on 19th March 1671, the eldest daughter Robert Collett and Jennet Taylor.  She survived for just over ten months, when she died on 26th January 1672.

 

 

 

 

36K8

Anne Collett was born at Barwick-in-Elmet shortly after her older sister of the same name (above) had died whilst still under one year old.  The second Anne Collett born to Robert Collett and Jennet Taylor was baptised at Barwick on 14th March 1672, where she was simply recorded as the daughter of Robert Collett.

 

 

 

 

36K9

Mary Collett was born at Barwick-in-Elmet towards the end of 1673, and it was there at All Saints Church that she was baptised on 23rd February 1674, the youngest daughter of Robert Collett and Jennet Taylor.

 

 

 

 

36K10

Matthew Collett was born at Barwick-in-Elmet in 1676, where he was baptised on 6th September 1676, the son of Robert Collett who died in 1696.

 

 

 

 

36K11

Thomas Collett was born at Barwick-in-Elmet in 1678, the youngest child of Robert Collett and Jennet Taylor.  Thomas was baptised at All Saints Church in Barwick on 7th August 1678. 

 

 

 

 

36K12

Richard Collett was born at Barwick-in-Elmet in 1667 where he was baptised on 6th February 1668, the eldest of three known children of Richard Collett.  In the early 1690s Richard married Hannah with whom he had eight children.  During his life he was known as Richard Collitt of Weeton, which was a hamlet midway between Harrogate to the north and Leeds to the south, lying within the parish of Harewood. 

 

 

 

The continuation of this family line is provided in

Part 27 – The Yorkshire Line

 

 

 

 

36K13

Ann Collett was born at Barwick-in-Elmet in 1670 and was baptised there at All Saints Church on 26th May 1670, the only known daughter of Richard Collett.  It seems very likely that Ann married Stephen Barrett in 1691, when she would have been twenty-one years old.

 

 

 

The IGI records confirm that Stephen Barrett of Healthwaite Hill in Weeton married Ann Collett at Harewood on 5th November 1691.  It was also at Healthwaite Hill that Stephen and Ann raised their family.  Ann was 72 years old when she died at Healthwaite Hill in Weeton in September 1743.

 

 

 

 

36K14

Ralph Collett was born at Barwick-in-Elmet in 1673 the youngest of the three known children of Richard Collett.  Ralph was baptised at All Saints Church in Barwick on 7th May 1673, and it was there also, that he married Anne Glover on 3rd August 1715.  However, there is a record of a Ralph Collett who died at Weeton in November 1689.  Further work therefore needs to be undertaken to resolve if it was this Ralph Collett who died in 1689 or married in 1715.

 

 

 

 

36K15

Elizabeth Collett was baptised at Featherstone on 6th May 1655, the daughter of George Collett of Ackton and his first wife Elizabeth.  Elizabeth was around fifteen months old when she died at Featherstone on 19th August 1656, and was followed by her mother who died some time during the next couple of years.

 

 

 

 

36K16

Ann Collett was baptised at Featherstone on 26th May 1649, the daughter of Edward Collett and his wife Anna Yates.  Although not actually confirmed as this Ann Collett, someone of that name married Thomas Turner at Featherstone on 6th June 1681.

 

 

 

 

36K17

Edward Collett was baptised at Featherstone on 24th December 1650, the son of Edward Collett and his wife Anna Yates.  It is not clear to whom he was married, since the baptism record for his two known children only included the father’s name.  Although not confirmed as this Edward Collett, a seaman of that name from Featherstone made his Will on 28th September 1703 while on board Her Majesty’s ship Windsor.  Within the document a brother William Collett, an apothecary, received twenty pounds to cover seventeen pounds that was owing to him which, in the case of the death of his brother was to be paid to an uncle Edward Collett of Featherstone.  At the moment no brother or uncle of this Edward Collett born around 1650 has been identified.  Of course Edward Collett (Ref. 36K17) may well be the uncle.  See Will in Legal Documents

 

 

 

36L24

Judith Collett

Baptised on 07.11.1688 at Featherstone

 

36L25

Kenneth Collett

Baptised on 22.08.1690 at Featherstone

 

 

 

 

36L1

Jane Collett was born at Barwick-in-Elmet in 1689, the eldest of the four children of Ralph Collett and Hannah Breatcliffe.  It was at All Saints Church in Barwick that Jane Collett was baptised on 20th March 1689.

 

 

 

 

36L2

Mary Collett was born at Barwick-in-Elmet in 1691, where she was baptised on 25th May 1691, the daughter of Ralph and Hannah Collett.

 

 

 

 

36L3

John Collett was born at Barwick-in-Elmet in 1693, the eldest of two sons of Ralph Collett and Hannah Breatcliffe.  John was baptised at All Saints Church on 17th May 1693, but sadly he died when he was around three years old.

 

 

 

 

36L4

Matthew Collett was born at Barwick-in-Elmet in 1695, the youngest of the four children of Ralph and Hannah Collett.  He was baptised on 20th August 1695, but died just one year after his brother John (above), when he passed away in 1697.

 

 

 

 

36L5

Mary Collett was born at Barwick-in-Elmet in 1691 where she was baptised on 25th October 1691 when her father was named as Will. Collett.

 

 

 

 

36L6

Jane Collett was born at Barwick-in-Elmet in 1693 and was baptised there on 23rd February 1693, the daughter of William Collett.

 

 

 

 

36L7

William Collett was born at Barwick-in-Elmet in 1695 and it was there also that he was baptised on 3rd July 1695 the son of William Collett.  The boy’s mother was William’s first wife Margaret Briggs who, it is assumed, did not survive the ordeal of the birth of the couple’s only son.

 

 

 

 

36L8

Sarah Collett was born at Barwick-in-Elmet in 1697, the eldest child of William Collett of Barwick and his second wife Margaret Berry from Featherstone.  Sara Collet (sic) was also baptised at Barwick on 23rd December 1697, the daughter of Gulielmi Collet.  When she was twenty years old Sarah and her family left Barwick and moved to live in Leeds.  And it was in Leeds, at the age of twenty-four, that Sarah Collett married Thomas Hebden on 11th April 1721.  Twenty-seven years later, and following the death of her father in 1748, Sarah was named as a beneficiary under the terms of his Will as follows “Unto my daughter Sarah, the wife of Thomas Hebden of Leeds, butcher, I give the sum of Five Pounds”.

 

 

 

 

36L9

Elizabeth Collett was born at Barwick-in-Elmet in 1698 where Elizabetha Collet (sic) was baptised on 18th April 1698 another daughter of Gulielmi Collet.  It has been assumed that, with another Elizabeth being added to the family in 1704, that this second daughter of William Collett and Margaret Berry died sometime between 1700 and 1704.

 

 

 

 

36L10

Margaret Collett was born at Barwick-in-Elmet in 1699 and was baptised there on 8th November 1699 as Margareta Collet (sic) the daughter of Gulielmi Collet.  Like her older sister Elizabeth (above), it seems highly likely that Margaret also suffered an infant death as the next child was also named Margaret.

 

 

 

 

36L11

Margaret Collett was born at Barwick-in-Elmet in 1700 and was it there at All Saints Church on 28th August 1700 that she was baptised as Margareta Collet (sic), the daughter of Gulielmi Collet.  When she was nearly seventeen years old her family moved to Leeds, taking Margaret and her other surviving siblings with them.  It would appear that Margaret never married, since in the 1743 Will of her father William Collett, which was proved in 1749, she was named as a beneficiary in the following way. “Unto my daughter Margaret Collett, servant to Sir Basil Dixwell, I give the sum of Five Pounds”.

 

 

 

Her employer, Sir Basil Dixwell, was the Second Baronet of Broome House in Kent, and he died during 1750, so what became of Margaret after his death is not known, unless she was retained by Sir Basil’s sister Elizabeth Oxenden (see historical note below).  The Baronetcy of Dixwell of Broome House, Kent was created on 19th June 1660 for Basil Dixwell the great nephew and heir of Sir Basil Dixwell of Tirlington, from whom he inherited the Broome House estate.  His son, the aforementioned Sir Basil Dixwell, the Second Baronet, was Governor of Dover Castle and Member of Parliament for Dover from 1689 to 1690, and from 1699 to 1700.  The Broome House estate then passed to his sister Elizabeth Oxenden.

 

 

 

 

36L12

John Collett was born at Barwick-in-Elmet in late 1702 and, as Johannes Collet the son of Gulielmi Collet, he was baptised there on 13th January 1703.

 

 

 

 

36L13

Elizabeth Collett was born at Barwick-in-Elmet in 1704 and was very likely named in memory of her older sister who had just recently died.  It was at All Saints Church in Barwick that Elizabetha Collet, the daughter of Gulielmi Collet, was baptised on 14th April 1705.  Around 1717 her parents took the family to live in Leeds, and it was there, seven years later when Elizabeth was twenty, that she married John Pitt on 28th May 1724.  All of the seven children were born while Elizabeth and John were living in Leeds.

 

 

 

The seven children were Margaret Pitt (born on 17th March 1725; bapt 22nd March 1725), Joseph Pitt (born in 1727; died on 11th February 1730), Elizabeth Pitt (born on 15th March 1729; bapt 31st March 1729), Benjamin Pitt (born on 5th February 1730; bapt 11th February 1730), John Pitt (born on 3rd March 1733; bapt 22nd March 1733), William Pitt (born on 2nd May 1736; bap 20th May 1736), and Thomas Pitt (born on 9th September 1738; bapt 26th September 1738).

 

 

 

Elizabeth’s husband, John Pitt, died when the couple’s youngest child was only eighteen months old, when he passed away at Leeds on 5th March 1740.  As a result of this, Elizabeth was referred to in her father’s Will of 1743 as “my daughter Elizabeth Pitt, widow” who received Eight Pounds and her father’s bed and all the rest of his household goods.

 

 

 

 

36L14

Thomas Collett was the son of William Collett of Barwick-in-Elmet and Margaret Berry of Featherstone Moor.  He was born at Barwick-in-Elmet, perhaps in 1707, where he was baptised on 22nd August 1707, the son of Willm Collet.  When he was around ten years old his parents left Barwick when they went to live in Leeds, presumably for work reasons.  However, unlike most of his siblings, Thomas appears to have returned to Barwick after a few years in Leeds.  As an adult he married Elizabeth Watkinson at Barwick on 23rd February 1730 and they subsequently had six children of their own, all of whom were also baptised at Barwick. 

 

 

 

At the time of the writing of his father’s Will in 1743, William Collett referred to his eldest son as ‘Thomas Collett of Barwick-in-Elmet, butcher’ who received Five Pounds.  This was also the previously known occupation of Thomas’s youngest son Benjamin Collett of Barwick, so very likely handed down father to son.  In addition to the aforementioned Five Pounds left to him by his father, a later clause in his Will bequeathed Thomas Collett and his brother Richard Collett (below) a further Three Pounds each.  Thomas Collett died at Barwick-in-Elmet on 27th January 1792.

 

 

 

A headstone in the churchyard of All Saints Church marks his grave, with the inscription “Sacred to the Memory of Thomas Collett of this town, who died the 27th day of January 1792, aged 85 years.  Also of his son Thomas Collett of Garforth, who died the 13th day of January 1794 aged 57.  This stone was erected by William Collett of Garforth, the son of the last named T Collett, the 4th day of March 1817”.

 

 

 

36M1

William Collett

Baptised on 29.12.1734 at Barwick-in-Elmet

 

36M2

Thomas Collett

Baptised on 16.05.1736 at Barwick-in-Elmet

 

36M3

James Collett

Baptised on 25.08.1740 at Barwick-in-Elmet

 

36M4

Betty Collett

Baptised on 28.04.1745 at Barwick-in-Elmet

 

36M5

Sarah Collett

Baptised on 28.04.1745 at Barwick-in-Elmet

 

36M6

BENJAMIN COLLETT

Baptised on 07.06.1749 at Barwick-in-Elmet

 

 

 

 

36L15

Richard Collett was born at Barwick-in-Elmet in 1710, where he was baptised on 1st May 1710.  He married Mary Healey of Wakefield on 3rd June 1734 at All Saints Church in Wakefield, where the couple settled and where all of their nine children were born and baptised.

 

 

 

For the continuation of this family line see

Part 55 – The Wakefield & Leeds Line

 

 

 

 

36L16

Benjamin Collett was born in 1712 at Barwick-in-Elmet where he was baptised on 3rd September 1712, the son of William and Margaret Collett.  At the time of writing his Will in 1743, Benjamin’s father referred to his son Benjamin Collett as “of the Excise Office in London” for which he received Five Pounds.

 

 

 

 

36L17

Joseph Collett was born at Barwick-in-Elmet in 1715 the son William Collett and Margaret Berry, who was baptised at All Saints Church in Barwick on 3rd August 1715.  Sadly he only survived for a short while, when he died later that same year.

 

 

 

 

36L18

Arthur Collett was born at Leeds on 13th February 1719 and was baptised at St Peter’s Church in Leeds on one month later on 12th March 1719, the youngest child of William Collett of Barwick-in-Elmet and Margaret Berry of Featherstone.  Arthur was twenty-nine years old when his father died in Leeds and his Will, made in 1743 and proved in 1749, indicates that Arthur had remained in Leeds when his family returned to Barwick-in-Elmet.  Being the youngest son, Arthur Collett of Leeds, only received Four Pounds under the terms of the Will.

 

 

 

 

36L19

Mary Collett was born at Barwick-in-Elmet in 1691, the eldest child of William Collett and Mary Batley who was baptised at All Saints Church in Barwick on 25th October 1691, when she was recorded as the daughter of Will Collett.

 

 

 

 

36L20

Jane Collett was born at Barwick-in-Elmet in 1693 where she was baptised on 23rd February 1693, the daughter of William Collett and Mary Batley.

 

 

 

 

36L21

William Collett was born at Barwick-in-Elmet in 1695, and was baptised there on 3rd July 1695, the eldest of two sons of William Collett and Mary Batley.

 

 

 

 

36L22

Margaret Collett was born at Barwick-in-Elmet on 8th November 1699, the youngest daughter of William Collett and Mary Batley.  She was baptised at All Saints Church in Barwick on 28th August 1700 when the IGI records the event using the names ‘Margareta Collet the daughter of Gulielme Collet’.

 

 

 

 

36L23

John Collett was born at Barwick-in-Elmet in 1702, the youngest of the five children of William Collett and Mary Batley.  It was at All Saints Church in Barwick that ‘Johannes Collet’ was baptised on 13th January 1703, the son of ‘Gulielme Collet’, according to the IGI.

 

 

 

 

36M2

Thomas Collett, the son of Thomas Collett and Elizabeth Watkinson died at Garforth, south of Barwick, on 13th January 1794 at the age of 57.  This places his date of birth around 1736, when an unnamed child of Thomas and Elizabeth Collett was baptised at Barwick-in-Elmet on 16th May 1736.  The actual baptism record indicated that the child was female, which may have been made in error.  Thomas Collett (junior) was buried at All Saints Church in Barwick in the same grave used for his father Thomas Collett of Barwick, who was a butcher in the village, who died there exactly two years earlier in January 1792.  The headstone that marks the joint grave was erected on 4th March 1817 by William Collett of Garforth, the son of Thomas Collett (junior).  This provides the confirmation that Thomas Collett (junior) was married, while the double reference to the town of Garforth is also an indication that it was there that the Collett family lived at some time.

 

 

 

Thomas Collett was around 36 years of age when he married (2) Ann Wilson at Aberford near Garforth on 14th April 1772.  During the early years of their marriage the couple lived at Garforth where their son, the aforementioned William Collett of Garforth, was born and where he was baptised.  After he was born the family was living in nearby Kippax, where the next three children were baptised, before spending a short time at Whitkirk east of Leeds.  Although the next two children were recorded as having been born and baptised at Barwick-in-Elmet, it is possible they were both born when the family was living at Brown Moor, just west of Garforth.  The reason for saying this is based on the census of 1851 when the couple’s youngest son John gave Brown Moor as his place of birth, prior to the family eventually settling in Barwick-in-Elmet where, just five years after the birth of his last child, Thomas Collett of Garforth died and was buried at the age of 57.

 

 

 

In addition to all of this it would appear that Ann Wilson was the second wife of Thomas Collett since, on 21st February 1757, when he would have been nearly twenty-one years old, Thomas Collett married (1) Agnes Thompson at Barwick-in-Elmet and their daughter Sarah was baptised at Garforth three years later.  No other children from that marriage have been found.

 

 

 

36N1

Sarah Collett

Born on 15.05.1760 at Garforth

 

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

 

36N2

William Collett

Born on 04.11.1775 at Garforth

 

36N3

Ann Collett

Baptised on 27.10.1777 at Kippax

 

36N4

Susannah Collett

Born circa 1779 at Kippax

 

36N5

Susannah Collett

Baptised on 13.02.1783 at Kippax

 

36N6

Mary Collett

Baptised on 14.08.1785 at Whitkirk

 

36N7

Sarah Collett

Born on 12.03.1787 at Barwick

 

36N8

John Collett

Born on 16.09.1789 at Barwick

 

 

 

 

36M6

BENJAMIN COLLETT was baptised at Barwick-in-Elmet on 7th June 1749, the son of Thomas Collett.  Benjamin married Elizabeth Knapton at Barwick on 2nd May 1768 and the couple were named as the parents of their sons Thomas Collett in 1768 and John Collett in 1777.  It was at the time of the registration of the birth of their son William Collett at Barwick-in-Elmet in 1771 that Benjamin was confirmed as being a butcher.

 

 

 

In addition to the couple’s four confirmed children listed below, it would be realistic to assume that there were other children born to Benjamin and Elizabeth and that one of these may have been Richard Collett who originally started this line when it was first compiled.  However, no further information about Benjamin or his wife Elizabeth, or any other children is available at this time, although it is hoped that this might be resolved in the future.

 

 

 

36N9

Thomas Collett

Born in 1768 at Barwick-in-Elmet

 

36N10

William Collett

Born in 1771 at Barwick-in-Elmet

 

36N11

Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1774 at Barwick-in-Elmet

 

36N12

John Collett

Born in 1777 at Barwick-in-Elmet

 

36N13

Sarah Collett

Born in 1784 at Barwick-in-Elmet

 

 

 

 

36N2

William Collett was born on 4th November 1775 at Garforth, two miles to the south of Barwick-in-Elmet, and just a short distance from Aberford where his parents were married just over two years earlier.  William was baptised at Garforth on 7th November 1775, the son of Thomas Collett and Ann Wilson.  Not a great deal was previously known about William, except that on 4th March 1817 he erected the headstone on the combined grave of his father Thomas Collett (junior) and his grandfather Thomas Collett (senior) in the churchyard of All Saints Church at Barwick-in-Elmet.

 

 

 

However, thanks to Alison Reid of Tapitallee near Nowra in the New South Wales, Australia, we now know more about William, who was Alison’s great great great grandfather.  It appears that he first married (1) Elizabeth Morret at All Saints Church in Wakefield on 10th February 1800.  So far the only record of any children seems to be Thomas Collett, named in honour of his grandfather, who was born at Wakefield in July 1807, where he was baptised the following month.  The baptism also took place at All Saints Church, when the boy’s parents were named as William and Betty Collett.

 

 

 

Following the death of his first wife, and just over three years before William erected the headstone for his father, he married (2) Hannah Stringer at St John’s Church in Wakefield on 2nd January 1814.  And it was also there, later that same year that their daughter Betty Collit (sic) was born.  She was apparently named in honour of William’s late wife.

 

 

 

William’s second wife Hannah was baptised at All Saints Church in Wakefield on 1st November 1788, the fifth child of Richard Stringer and his wife Mary Teal, and although she was may have been in her late twenties when she married William, her two daughters are the only children from the marriage that have been found to date.  Upon the occasion of the marriage of his youngest daughter Sarah in July 1837, William Collett was recorded on the marriage certificate as having the occupation of a joiner.

 

 

 

According to the first census in 1841, William had a rounded age of 60, while his wife Hannah had a rounded age of 50, and at that time in their life the two of them were living in the Hunslet area of Leeds.  It was also within the same area that William’s son Thomas Collett and his family were living in 1841 and 1851.

 

 

 

By the time of the 1851 Census William Collett, age 58 (sic), and Hannah Collett, age 63, were still living at Hunslet, where William Collett from Garforth was a wheelwright.  However, it is understood that he died during the following year, so by the time of the next census in 1861 his widow Hannah Collett, age 73 and from Wakefield, was still living in Hunslet, where she was recorded as a beer house keeper in Hillidge Road.  By 1871 Hannah Collett nee Stringer was living at the home of her married daughter Sarah Grant.

 

 

 

36O1

Thomas Collett

Born in 1807 at Wakefield

 

36O2

Elizabeth (Betty) Collett

Born circa 1814 at Wakefield

 

36O3

Sarah Collett

Born circa 1816 at Wakefield

 

 

 

 

36N4

Susannah Collett was baptised at Kippax near Garforth on 3rd September 1779, the daughter of Thomas Collett and Ann Wilson.  She was just seventeen months old when she died at Kippax on 6th February 1781, following which the next daughter born to her parents at Kippax was given the same name.

 

 

 

 

36N7

Sarah Collett was born at Barwick-in-Elmet on 12th March 1787, where she was also baptised on 8th April 1787 the daughter of Thomas Collett and Ann Wilson.  While it has still to be proved, it is possible that Sarah gave birth to a base-born son Frederick Collett who was baptised at Birstall on 16th September 1810.

 

 

 

For further details about the possible continuation of this branch of the family

go to Appendix 5 at the end of this file, starting with Frederick Collett (Ref. Ap5/1)

 

 

 

 

36N8

John Collett was born at Barwick-in-Elmet on 16th September 1789, and it was there too that he was baptised on 1st November 1789, the youngest child of Thomas Collett and Ann Wilson.  Before settling in Barwick John’s parents had lived at Garforth, Kippax, Whitkirk and Brown Moor, all within a few miles of each other to the south of Barwick.  On the occasion of the census in 1851 John reported to the census enumerator that he had been born at Brown Moor, Leeds – see details below.  John Collett was twenty-one when he married Mary Kitson from Norwich on 2nd June 1811, with whom he had at least seven daughters and one son who were all baptised at St John’s Church in Wakefield.  According to the 1848 marriage record for their daughter Elizabeth, John Collett was a millwright, as also confirmed in the census returns for both 1841 and 1851. 

 

 

 

By the time of the first national census in 1841 millwright John Collett had a rounded age of 50 when he and his family was living in Wakefield between Providence Place and Thornes Avenue on a short street containing only four dwellings.  Living with John was his wife Mary Collett with a rounded age of 45, son Henry Collett who was 13 and daughter Jane Collett who was nine years of age.  Living and working in the first of the four dwellings was John and Mary’s daughter Mary Collett who was 25 and a domestic servant at the home of widower Jonathan Senior aged 40 and his two children Elizabeth who was ten and Thomas who was seven.  On that day Mary may well have been pregnant with Jonathan’s child.

 

 

 

Although absent from the family home in 1841, it was during the following year that John’s daughter Susan Collett became a married woman.  It was at Thornes Lane in Alverthorpe-with-Thornes that the family was recorded in the next census of 1851.  By then John Collett, aged 62, was a retired millwright whose place of birth was stated to be Brown Moor in Leeds.  His wife Mary Collett was 59 and from Norwich, while the only members of their family still living with them were their youngest child Emma Collett who was 21, a dressmaker who had been born at Thornes Lane.  Also living with John and Mary was their granddaughter Mary Senior who was nine years old and the daughter of Mary Collett and Jonathan Senior who had also been born at Thornes Lane.

 

 

 

Apparently ten years later John and Mary, from Norwich, were still residing in Thornes Lane although the census return for 1861 remains undiscovered.  After a further seven years John Collett was 79 when he passed away, his death recorded at Wakefield (Ref. 9c 37) during the first three months of 1868.  Following his death, and accompanied by her unmarried daughter Maria, Mary went to live with her married daughter Emma and her Speak family at Averthorpe-with-Thornes.  Perhaps it was her son-in-law who completed the census return in 1871 since, on that occasion, her place of birth was recorded in error as Wakefield, when Mary Collett was 80 years old.  Mary Collett nee Kitson from Norwich was 86 when she died, her death recorded at Wakefield (Ref. 9c 54) during the last three months of 1878.

 

 

 

Footnote: the first five children listed below had previously been credited in error to John Collett of Wakefield (Ref. 55N7), but this was rectified in the file update of June 2016.

 

 

 

36O4

Sarah Collett

Born in 1812 at Wakefield

 

36O5

Mary Collett

Born in 1814 at Wakefield

 

36O6

Ann Collett

Born in 1816 at Wakefield

 

36O7

Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1818 at Wakefield

 

36O8

Susan Collett

Born in 1821 at Wakefield

 

36O9

Henry Collett

Born in 1826 at Wakefield

 

36O10

Maria Collett

Born in 1828 at Wakefield

 

36O11

Emma Jane Collett

Born in 1832 at Wakefield

 

 

 

 

36N9

Thomas Collett was born around 1768 and was baptised at Barwick-in-Elmet on 9th September 1768, the son of Benjamin and Elizabeth Collett.  By the time of the first census in June 1841 Thomas was living at Barwick-in-Elmet with his wife Martha.  That year’s census gave a rounded age of 70 for, Thomas with his wife being slightly older at 75.  Still living with them was their unmarried son William who was incorrectly recorded as being age 25, instead of 31.

 

 

 

Their son Thomas was baptised at Barwick-in-Elmet in 1799 when the records confirmed the child’s parents were Thomas and Martha Collett.  Nearly ten years later the couple’s other son William was also born and baptised at Barwick.  It seems highly likely that other children were born into the family during the intervening years.

 

 

 

In 1851 Thomas Collett, age 82, and his wife Martha, age 85, were still living at Barwick-in-Elmet, within the Tadcaster & Aberford registration district, with again just their unmarried son William Collett, age 39, for company.

 

 

 

36O12

Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1797 at Barwick-in-Elmet

 

36O13

Thomas Collett

Born circa 1799 at Barwick-in-Elmet

 

36O14

William Collett

Born in 1809 at Barwick-in-Elmet

 

 

 

 

36N10

William Collett was born at Barwick-in-Elmet in 1771 and it was there that he was baptised on 3rd November 1771, the son of butcher Benjamin Collett and his wife Elizabeth.  William did not follow into the trade of his father instead he became a blacksmith and was the first of many in the family.  His occupation as a blacksmith was first confirmed in 1796 when he married Frances Pool who was born at Barwick-in-Elmet in 1761.

 

 

 

After they were married William and Frances lived in Potterton Lane where their two sons were born.  Frances died in 1846 at the age of 84 and William followed nine years later when he died at Barwick in 1855 aged 83.  However no record of him has been found in the 1851 Census.

 

 

 

In June 1841 William was aged 65 and living with him and his wife Frances was his grandson John Collett, the oldest son of William Collett and Elizabeth Dalby.  Even though the house address was not stated in the census, it is thought their home was at what was later 70 Main Street close to where their son William was living at what was later 50 Main Street.

 

 

 

William was affectionately referred to as William Collett the First (blacksmith of Barwick-in-Elmet) and was followed in the family business by his son William Collett (the Second), his grandson John Collett, and then by his great grandson William Richardson Collett (the Third).

 

 

 

36O15

John Collett

Born in 1797 at Barwick-in-Elmet

 

36O16

William Collett

Born in 1799 at Barwick-in-Elmet

 

 

 

 

36N12

John Collett was born at Barwick-in-Elmet on 10th June 1777 and was baptised there on 13th July 1777, the son of Benjamin Collett and Elizabeth Knapton.

 

 

 

 

36N13

Sarah Collett was born at Barwick-in-Elmet on 31st December 1784, and it was there also that she was baptised 23rd January 1785, when she was confirmed as the daughter of Benjamin Collett and Elizabeth Knapton.

 

 

 

 

36O1

Thomas Collett was born at Wakefield on 9th July 1807, and was baptised there at All Saints Church on 15th August 1807, the son of William Collett and his wife of seven years Elizabeth Morret.  The church register listed the names of his parents as Wm and Betty Collett.

 

 

 

Thomas would have been around twenty-one years of age when he married Mary, and by the time of the first census in June 1841 the couple already had six children.  Mary was born at Widnes in Lancashire and was a year or two younger than Thomas, and it would appear from the birthplaces of their children that the family initially resided in Liverpool, where the couple’s eldest child was born.

 

 

 

From Liverpool the family returned to Yorkshire and settled within the Hunslet area of Leeds where they were recorded in June 1841.  Thomas Collett was incorrectly listed in the census as being 30, a rounded down age like that of his wife Mary, who said to be 28, whereas she was more likely nearer 33.  Living at Hunslet with them were five children, they being Elizabeth, who was 11, Harriet, who was nine, William, who was six, Joseph, who was three, and Ann who was one year old.

 

 

 

The baptism records for the couple’s eldest daughter took place at St Peter’s Church in Liverpool, while the baptism of the couple’s next three children was conducted at St Peter’s Church in Leeds, even though the later census returns gave their place of birth as Hunslet.  One more child was added to the family shortly after 1841, but by the time of the next census in 1851 Thomas’ youngest daughter Ann, who would have been eleven, was missing from the family.  It is possibly that she had died while still very young, presumably as the result of a childhood illness.  In addition, no baptism record for her has been found.

 

 

 

In March 1851 the family was residing at a property in Branston Street in Hunslet from where Thomas Collett, age 45 and from Wakefield, had the occupation of a crown glass maker.  It seems highly likely that he and his two sons were all employed at the renowned Hunslet Crown Glass Manufactory which operated out of premises in Jack Lane and Joseph Street between 1814 and 1861, making bottles and window glass.  The two sons who were also Crown Glass Makers were William, who was 16, and Joseph, who was 14, both of them born at Hunslet.

 

 

 

Thomas’ wife was listed as Mary Collett, age 44 and from Widdens [Widnes], while the remaining children were Elizabeth Collett, age 20, a flax spinner from Liverpool, Harriet Collett, age 18, from Hunslet who was also a flax spinner, and John Collett who was a scholar aged six years and from Hunslet.  To date, no baptism record for son John has been found.

 

 

 

It would appear that Thomas Collett died during the 1850s since Mary Collett was a widow in the Hunslet census of 1861 when, at the age of 53, she only had still living there with her, her two sons Joseph, who was 23, and John who was 15.  It was a similar situation ten years later in 1871 when Mary Collett, age 64, was still living in Hunslet but with only her youngest son for company, John Collett who was 23 (sic).

 

 

 

Mary’s age had increased further by the time of the census in 1881.  On that occasion she was living and working at 26 Merrion Street in Leeds, the home of 76 years old widow Sarah Russell.  The premises appear to have been a boarding house, where Mary Callett (sic), age 75 and from Widnes, was employed as a general domestic servant.

 

 

 

36P1

Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1830 at Liverpool

 

36P2

Harriet Collett

Born in 1832 at Hunslet, near Leeds

 

36P3

William Collett

Born in 1835 at Hunslet, near Leeds

 

36P4

Joseph Collett

Born in 1837 at Hunslet, near Leeds

 

36P5

Ann Collett

Born in 1839 at Hunslet, near Leeds

 

36P6

John Collett

Born in 1845 at Hunslet, near Leeds

 

 

 

 

36O2

Elizabeth Collett was born at Wakefield, either towards the end of 1814 or during the first few months of 1815.  She was baptised at Wakefield on 20th May 1815 when she was referred to as Betty Collit, the daughter of William and Hannah Collit (sic).  It seems that Betty was named after her father’s first wife who was Betty (Elizabeth) Morret.

 

 

 

 

36O3

Sarah Collett was born around 1816 at Wakefield where her parents were married in 1814, and where she was baptised on 7th February 1818, the daughter of William and Hannah Collitt (sic).  It was before reaching her twenty-first birthday that Sarah was married by banns to Joseph Claughton [pronounced Clafton] Grant on 10th July 1837 at St Peter’s Parish Church in Leeds.  The marriage certificate for the couple reflected that Joseph was of full age, and a clothier from Bramley [in Leeds], while his bride was recorded as a minor.  Joseph’s father was named as Stephen Grant, who was also a clothier.

 

 

 

Sarah and Joseph had a daughter Ann Grant who was born in 1856, and she married David Bennett Smith.  Their daughter Beatrice Irene Smith married Lawrence James Blackburn and their son was Lawrence Gerald Blackburn who married Dorothy Eastwood.  The aforementioned Alison Reid is their daughter.

 

Lawrence and Dorothy emigrated to Australia in 1967 through the ‘ten pound poms’ assisted passage, and today in 2011 their daughter Alison Reid nee Blackburn, who kindly provided her family details, lives on the south coast of New South Wales at Tapitallee.

 

This photograph of Sarah Grant, nee Collett, and supplied by Alison Reid, was possibly taken around 1882, the year before the birth of her first of six grandchildren by her daughter Ann Smith. 

 

 

 

It was a few years after the photograph was taken, when Sarah was living with Ann and David Smith at their home in Arkholme-with-Cawood in Lancashire that she died in 1891.

 

 

 

A tape recording provided by Alison Reid which was made in 1982 by her grandmother Beatrice Irene Blackburn nee Smith, age 85, in conversation with her daughter Margaret reveals that Sarah Claughton nee Collett was known as Lockie Collett, because of her very curly locks (hair).  It also reveals that Sarah Claughton ran the Punchbowl Inn on Stocks Hill in Bramley.  Stocks Hill and Bramley was destroyed during the blitz in the Second World War, and today the Stocks Hill has been renamed Town Street (A657).

 

 

 

 

36O4

Sarah Collett (previously Ref. 55O7) was born at Wakefield on 16th May 1812 just eleven months after her parents were married.  She was later baptised at St John’s Church in the town on 13th September 1812, the eldest child of John Collett and his wife Mary Kitson.  It is assumed that Sarah was married prior to 1841 since no record of her using her maiden name has been found.

 

 

 

 

36O5

Mary Collett (previously Ref. 55O8) was born at Wakefield during 1814 and was baptised there at St John’s Church on 30th October 1814, the second daughter of John and Mary Collett.  Mary was still a spinster in June 1841 when she was 25 and working as a domestic servant at the home of forty-year old widower Jonathan Senior.  He had two children, Elizabeth who was ten and Thomas who was seven, and lived just two dwellings from Mary’s parents in a Wakefield thoroughfare between Providence Place and Thornes Avenue.  On that same day Mary may well have been pregnant with Jonathan’s child who was born later that year and ten years later was being looked after by Mary’s parents.  Mary Senior aged nine years and born at Thornes Lane was living with her grandparents John and Mary Collett at Thornes Lane in Alverthorpe-with-Thornes.

 

 

 

 

36O6

Ann Collett (previously Ref. 55O9) was born at Wakefield in 1816, where she was baptised at the Church of St John on 1st September 1816, the third daughter of John and Mary Collett.  It is assumed that she was married by 1841 since no record of her as Ann Collett has been found.

 

 

 

 

36O7

Elizabeth Collett (previously Ref. 55O10) was born at Wakefield around 1818, and it was at the Church of St John that she was baptised on 11th April 1819, the fourth daughter of John and Mary Collett.  It was at St James’ Church in the Chapelry of Thornes, one mile south of Wakefield, that Elizabeth Collett married Elias Goodall on 5th November 1848.  Their respective fathers were named as John Collett, a millwright, and John Goodall, a baker.  The witnesses were John Norbury and Thomas Putt.  Elias Goodall was born at Old Basford within the city of Nottingham, but at the time of his marriage he was living in the parish of St. Lukes, Horsforth.

 

 

 

Eight years later the couple had a son, Elias Goodall, who was born at Horsforth on 30th November 1856 to parents Elias Goodall and Elizabeth Goodall, formerly Collett.  Elias Goodall [senior] died while in the Lunatic Asylum at Stanley-with-Wrenthorpe in Wakefield on 5th March 1867 aged 43 years, the cause of death being phthisis.  However, it is believed that he was actually 46 when he died.  Also living in Stanley-with-Wrenthorpe prior to that sad event was Elizabeth’s married sister Susan Megson (below).

 

 

 

Following the loss of her husband, Elizabeth Goodall married William Pettinger on 29th November 1869 at Leeds.  The marriage register confirmed that William Pettinger was 55 and a widower, and that Elizabeth Goodall was 51 and a widow.  The fathers were named respectively as William Pettinger, an Inland Revenue Officer, and John Collett, a millwright.  The witnesses on that occasion were William Parsons and Maria Collett.  Elizabeth’s son Elias Goodall eventually married Emma Leavens and they had a son, John Collett Goodall, who was born at Horsforth on 29th June 1893.

 

 

 

 

36O8

Susan Collett (previously Ref. 55O11) was born at Wakefield in 1821, where she was baptised on 25th November 1821 at St John’s Church, another daughter of John Collett and his wife Mary Kitson.  It was during the third quarter of 1842 (Ref. 22 441), around the time of her twenty-first birthday, that Susan Collitt (sic) married Longley Megson at Wakefield on 4th August 1842.  He was the son of David and Margaret Megson and was also born during 1821 but at Sheffield.  In June 1841 David Megson was still living with his family at Stanley in Wakefield where all of his children with Susan were born.  By the time of the census in 1851 Susan and Longley had three children living with them at Stanley Green in the hamlet of Stanley-with-Wrenthorpe in Wakefield.  Longley Megson was 30 and a journeyman carpenter, his wife Susan was also 30, and their three children were Julia Megson who was eight and baptised on 26th March 1843, Edward Megson who was five and baptised on 8th November 1846 and Clement Megson who was three years of age and baptised on 1st July 1849. 

 

 

 

Tragically two other children, John Megson who was also baptised on 26th March 1843 and Alfred George Megson who was baptised on 22nd September 1844, had not survived.  A further son was added to the family during 1853, when the baptism of Albert Megson, the son of Longley and Susan Megson, was recorded at Stanley in Wakefield on 3rd April 1855.  The last known child was born around 1863 and that was Margaret Megson.  Where the family was in 1861 has not yet been discovered, but sadly Longley Megson died at the age of 44, just two years after the birth of their last child, with his death recorded at Wakefield (Ref. 9c 45) during the second quarter of 1865.  Susan, on the other hand, lived a very long life and went on to become a grandmother, then a great grandmother. 

 

 

 

According to the census in 1871 the widow Susan Megson was 49 and a laundress living in Wakefield with three of her surviving children.  They were Edward Megson who was 25, Albert Megson who was 17 and Margaret Megson who was just seven years old.  Twenty years later the census in 1891 listed Susan as 68 and still earning a living as a laundress when she was residing at Russell Street in Wakefield with her just youngest child Maggie Megson who was 26.  By that time Susan’s eldest daughter Julia was a grandmother following the birth of a granddaughter Florrie Dyson who was born at Mirfield in 1889. Susan Megson was still alive in 1912 when she attended the wedding of her youngest great granddaughter Florrie Dyson who was married at Mirfield.  That happy event took place just two and a half years before Susan Megson nee Collett died at the end of 1914 at the age of 93.  It is therefore quite likely that Susan may have lived long enough to hold and admire her first great-great-grandchild.

 

 

 

 

36O9

Henry Collett was born at Wakefield around 1826 or 1827, the only known son of John and Mary Collett who also had seven known daughters.  Whilst no baptism record for the child has been found, Henry Collett aged 13 years was living with his parents in Wakefield between Providence Place and Thornes Avenue in 1841 when there was no indication as to whether he was still attending school or in employment.  No further record of Henry Collett from Wakefield has been unearthed after that time.

 

 

 

 

36O10

Maria Collett was born at Wakefield in 1828 and was baptised at Wakefield on 25th December 1828, the penultimate child of John and Mary Collett.  On leaving school Maria entered domestic servant and in 1851 when she was 22 years old she was described as an unmarried house servant in the census that year while employed at the Wood Street Wakefield home of London born Percival Phillips and his large family.  It was a similar situation ten years later, with the census in 1861 identifying Maria Collett from Thornes in Wakefield as a spinster aged 31 who was the servant and domestic cook at the home of Thomas and Katherine Folzambe at Thornes Village in Alverthorpe-with-Thornes in Wakefield.

 

 

 

Upon the death of her father in 1868, Maria returned to look after her elderly widowed mother.  However, by 1871 both unmarried Maria Collett, aged 39 and from Wakefield, and her mother Mary were staying with Maria’s younger sister Emma Speak (below) at Alverthorpe-with-Thornes in Wakefield.

 

 

 

 

36O11

Emma Collett, who may have been Emma Jane Collett, was born at Wakefield most likely in 1831.  However, it was simply as Emma Collett that she was baptised at Thornes-by-Wakefield on 2nd December 1832 when her parents were confirmed as John and Mary Collett.  The census conducted in June 1841 identified her as Jane Collett aged nine years living with her parents between Providence Place and Thornes Avenue in Wakefield.  In the next census of 1851 Emma Collett was 21 and a dressmaker who was still living with her parents who, by then, were residing at Thornes Lane in Alverthorpe-with-Thornes.  Curiously the census return that year gave her place of birth as Thornes Lane.

 

 

 

Sometime during the mid-to-late 1850s Emma Collett married the much younger Thomas Speak from Sheffield who was a cocoa mat weaver.  Over the following years Emma gave birth to an undefined number of children but by 1871 she and Thomas were living at Alverthorpe-with-Thornes in Wakefield with just two surviving children.  Thomas Speak was 32, Emma Speak was 42, Adelaide C Speak was 10 and John H Speak was one year old, both born in Wakefield.  Staying with the family was Emma’s widowed mother Mary Collett who was 80, together with Emma’s sister Maria Collett (above).

 

 

 

The death of Thomas Speak at the age of 46 was recorded at Wakefield (Ref. 9c 10) during the first quarter of 1884, while his wife survived him by fifteen years.  The death of Emma Speak nee Collett was also recorded at Wakefield (Ref. 9c 43) during the second quarter of 1899 at the age of 69.

 

 

 

 

36O12

Elizabeth Collett was born at Barwick-in-Elmet on 29th January 1797, and less than two months later was baptised there on 5th March 1797, the daughter of Thomas and Martha Collett.

 

 

 

 

36O13

Thomas Collett was born at Barwick-in-Elmet in 1799, where he was baptised on 24th September 1799, the son of Thomas and Martha Collett.  At some time in his life, possibly during the mid to late 1820s, he married Elizabeth and by 1841 the pair of them were still living at Barwick within the Tadcaster & Aberford registration district with their four children.  Thomas Collett was 40, his wife Elizabeth was 45, George Collett was 13, Richard Collett was 10, Ann Collett was seven, and Emma Collett was three years old.

 

 

 

There is something curious about the census in 1841, since it is established that Thomas and Elizabeth had five children baptised at Barwick-in-Elmet between 1827 and 1837, but that only four of them were living at the family home that year.  Missing was son Thomas who was baptised only seven weeks before their son Richard.  Tradition might dictate that the eldest son carried the name of the father, as had been the case for Thomas, himself named after his father.  However, it seems more likely that Thomas junior may have been the twin brother of Richard, whose baptism was delayed for some reason, perhaps through illness.  And it may have been his failing health which was the reason no other record of him has been found after 1841

 

 

 

In 1851 Thomas Collett was 52 and was living in Barwick with his wife who was recorded as Bessy Collett, age 57, and their son George Collett who was 23.  By that time their two daughters, Ann, age 17, and Emma who was 13, had left home and were working and living together in Bingley.  Ten years after that, in 1861, Thomas was 61 and his wife Elizabeth was 67, when they granddaughter Martha Collett, age seven years, was living with them.  After a further ten years the elderly couple was recorded as being aged 71 and 77 respectively, although on that occasion Thomas’ wife was referred to as Betty Collett.

 

 

 

According to the census of 1881 agricultural labourer Thomas Collett, age 81 and born at Barwick, was living at Potterton Lane in Barwick.  The only person living with him at that time was his wife Elizabeth Collett who was 87 and from Brotherton, just north of Pontefract.  With no record of them after that time, it must be assumed that they both died at Barwick during the 1880s.

 

 

 

36P7

George Collett

Born in 1827 at Barwick-in-Elmet

 

36P8

Thomas Collett

Born in 1830 at Barwick-in-Elmet

 

36P9

Richard Collett

Born in 1830 at Barwick-in-Elmet

 

36P10

Ann Collett

Born in 1833 at Barwick-in-Elmet

 

36P11

Emma Collett

Born in 1837 at Barwick-in-Elmet

 

 

 

 

36O14

William Collett was born at Barwick-in-Elmet on 22nd March 1809, and was baptised there on 7th May 1809, the youngest son of Thomas and Martha Collett.  At the time of the first national census in June 1841 William was still living with his parents in Barwick, where he was recorded as unmarried at the age of 25, when in fact he was 31.

 

 

 

Ten years later he was still living with his elderly parents at Barwick when, on that occasion, he gave his age as 39 rather than 41, even though his place of birth was confirmed as Barwick.  Following the death of his parents during the 1850 it would appear that William later became a married man, although no record of him and his wife has been found in the census of 1861.

 

 

 

However, by 1871, when he was 60, and again in 1881 when he was 70, William Collett was already a widower.  The census in 1881 placed the former agricultural labourer as a pauper living at the Tadcaster Union Workhouse in West Tadcaster, about five miles north-east of Barwick, where it is assumed he passed away sometime after 1881.

 

 

 

 

36O15

John Collett was born at the family home in Potterton Lane in Barwick-in-Elmet on 12th December 1797, and was baptised in the village on 7th January 1798.  He was the eldest son of blacksmith William Collett and Frances Pool, but it seems likely that he may not have survived beyond childhood as it was his younger brother that is known to have taken over the family blacksmith business.

 

 

 

 

36O16

William Collett was born at the family home in Potterton Lane in Barwick-in-Elmet on 5th November 1799, and was baptised at Barwick on 1st December 1799.  He was the son of blacksmith William Collett and Frances Pool.  He married (1) Elizabeth Dalby of Barwick-in-Elmet at the parish church there on 1st January 1821 and their first child was born in November that same year, but tragically did not survive and died in 1823.  In addition to that child William and Elizabeth are known to have had eight further children and all of them were born and baptised at Barwick-in-Elmet.

 

 

 

By 1841 the family living at Barwick-in-Elmet was complete and comprised parents William and Elizabeth, both aged 40, with six of their children.  They were sons George, age 15, Joseph, age 13, Benjamin, who was five, and Thomas who was two, and daughters Ann, who was 11, and Emma who was nine years old.  The couple’s eldest son John Collett was living in Barwick-in-Elmet at that time but with his grandfather William Collett perhaps because of overcrowding in his own home.  Also missing from the family was their son William who was born in 1834 and who had died shortly after.

 

 

 

Although the census in 1841, being the first national census, is rather vague in the exact location of dwellings, it is believed that the family at that time was living at 50 Main Street or very close thereto.  William’s parents were also believed to be living just a few doors away at No 70.  Just over two months after the census day in 1841, William’s wife Elizabeth died in the August of that year leaving William, age 42, with a young family to look after.  However, he wasn’t a lone parent for long as just two doors away was thirty-five years Isabella Groves who was working as a servant to the elderly couple of Edward and Jane Wales.

 

 

 

William married (2) Isabella Groves at the parish church in Leeds, rather than at Barwick, and that may have been out of deference for his late wife and her family.  Isabella was the daughter of linen weaver Joshua Groves, and had been born in Northumberland.  It seems more than likely that the marriage may have been made out of necessity and perhaps because of propriety, or an attempt to protect the reputation of his new wife, the marriage does not appear to have produced any children for William and Isabella.

 

 

 

Although William’s father William Collett did not die until 1855, in the census of 1851 William junior was living with his family at 70 Main Street, the house previously occupied by his father.  Living with William at the age of 51 was his wife Isabella aged 45 and their sons George 24, Joseph 21, Benjamin 15, and Thomas aged eleven.  Living right next door in the adjoining cottage at 72 Main Street was William’s eldest son John aged 25 who was still a bachelor but who was married shortly thereafter.

 

 

 

In early April in 1861 the family living at Barwick had reduced in size.  William was 61 and Isabella was 56, and still living with them was William’s youngest son Thomas, age 21.  Also back living at the family home was William’s youngest daughter Emma aged 28.  By the end of the next ten-year period William, age 71, was recorded as being a retired blacksmith and was living alone with his wife Isabella, age 66, all of their children having left the family home by then to make their own way in the world.

 

 

 

Isabella died five years later during 1876 at the age of 74, leaving William as a widower for the second time in his life.  The census of 1881 recorded William Collett as being aged 81 and was still living on Main Street in the Up Town part of Barwick-in-Elmet.  His place of birth was simply stated as Potterton.  The only other person listed with William on 3rd April 1881 was his housekeeper, 66 years old Ann Dearlove from Huddersfield.  And it was just two months later, in June 1881 that William Collett died at the age of 81 years.

 

 

 

During his life William was a staunch Methodist and played a very active role in the church.  A typical Sunday would be spent at communion in the parish church, with Sunday School at 9.00 am followed by Chapel at 10.00, a further service at 1.30 in the afternoon, following by a second Sunday School session from 2 to 4 p.m.  Such was William’s standing in the local community that the following obituary was written by the prominent Barwick Methodist minister William Varley and was printed in the Methodist 'Book of Obituaries' and quoted in Arthur Bantoft's 'A Greater Wonder - A History of Methodism in Barwick'.

 

 

 

‘William Collett of Barwick was a member of the Wesleyan Methodist Society for upwards of 60 years.  He filled the office of class leader and Sunday School Superintendent and was regular and efficient in the discharge of his duties until compelled to resign on account of deafness and failing health.  During his latter days in great suffering and weakness he gave clear testimony to the sustaining power of divine grace - in fact he lived in anxious expectation of the Master's coming and in constant readiness for it’

 

 

 

36P12

John Collett

Born in 1821 at Barwick-in-Elmet

 

36P13

John Collett

Born in 1823 at Barwick-in-Elmet

 

36P14

George Dalby Collett

Born in 1825 at Barwick-in-Elmet

 

36P15

Joseph Collett

Born in 1828 at Barwick-in-Elmet

 

36P16

Ann Collett

Born in 1830 at Barwick-in-Elmet

 

36P17

Emma Collett

Born in 1832 at Barwick-in-Elmet

 

36P18

William Collett

Born in 1834 at Barwick-in-Elmet

 

36P19

Benjamin Collett

Born in 1836 at Barwick-in-Elmet

 

36P20

Thomas Collett

Born in 1838 at Barwick-in-Elmet

 

 

 

 

36P1

Elizabeth Collett was born at Liverpool in 1830 and was baptised there at St Peter’s Church on 28th April 1830, where her parents were confirmed as Thomas and Mary Collett.  Sometime during the year after she was born her father’s work took the family to the Hunslet area of Leeds where Elizabeth was 11 years old in 1841.  She was still living with her parents at Branston Street in Hunslet in 1851, by which time in her life she was working as a flax spinner with her sister Harriet (below).  Elizabeth Collett was 20 and her place of birth was confirmed as Liverpool.

 

 

 

 

36P2

Harriet Collett was born at Hunslet, near Leeds in 1832, and was nine years old in the Hunslet census of 1841.  Harriet was baptised at St Peter’s Church in Leeds on 30th December 1832, the daughter of Thomas and Mary Collett.  Ten years later, when Harriet was 18, she was living with her family at Branston Street in Hunslet, from where she was employed as a flax spinner, alongside her older sister Elizabeth (above).

 

 

 

 

36P3

William Collett was born at Hunslet in 1835, and was named after his grandfather.  It was at St Peter’s Church in Leeds that he was baptised on 18th October 1835, the eldest son of Thomas and Mary Collett.  In the Hunslet census returns for 1841 and 1851 William was recorded as being six years old and 16 years of age.  By the time of the latter he was working with his father and younger brother Joseph (below) as a crown glass maker, while he was still living with his family at Branston Street in Hunslet.

 

 

 

What happened to William after that time is still a mystery, even though it is established that his father died during the 1850s and that his two younger brothers Joseph and John (below) were still living at Hunslet with their widowed mother in 1861.  All three brothers would appear not to be living in England by 1881. 

 

 

 

 

36P4

Joseph Collett was born at Hunslet in 1837, and was baptised on 4th December 1837 at St Peter’s Church in Leeds, the son of Thomas and Mary Collett.  Joseph was three years old in the Hunslet census of 1841, and was 14 years of age in 1851 when he was living with his family at Branston Street in Hunslet.  On leaving school he had joined his father and his brother William (above) who were both working as crown glass makers.

 

 

 

Ten years after that, Joseph was only one of two children living with his widowed mother at Hunslet in 1861 when he was 23, but by 1871 he had left the family home in Hunslet to make his own way in the world.  So far no record of him or his younger brother John has been found after that time, which may be an indication that they travelled to one of the colonies like other members of their extended family.

 

 

 

 

36P5

Ann Collett was born at Hunslet in 1839, the youngest daughter of Thomas and Mary Collett.  Ann was one year old in the Hunslet census of 1841, but never reappeared in any later census, so it has been assumed that she suffered an infant death.  Furthermore, unlike her older siblings no record of her baptism has been found to date.

 

 

 

 

36P6

John Collett was born at Hunslet in 1845, although no record of his baptism as the youngest child of Thomas and Mary Collett has been found.  John was six years old in 1851 and was attending school in Hunslet, while he was living with his family at Branston Street in the town.  Following the death of his father during the next decade, John Collett, age 15, was living at Hunslet with his widowed mother and older brother Joseph in 1861.

 

 

 

According to the next census in 1871 John Collett was 23 when he was the only child still living with his mother in Hunslet.  No record of John or his older brother Joseph (above) has been found thereafter.

 

 

 

 

36P7

George Collett was born at Barwick-in-Elmet in 1827 and was baptised there on 4th November 1827, the eldest child of Thomas and Elizabeth Collett.  He was recorded as being 13 years old in the Tadcaster & Aberford registration district in 1841, which included Barwick, while ten years after that at the age of 23 he was still living at Barwick with his mother and father in 1851.  What exactly happened to George after that time is currently not known, since the only George Collett from Barwick born around the same time was George Collett, the son of William and Elizabeth Collett. 

 

 

 

However, despite having not identified him within the census returns for 1861, 1871, and 1881, there is recorded at Tadcaster (Ref. 9c 378) during the third quarter of 1881 the death of George Collett who was 56, which does not correspond with his year of birth, or his age in the two earlier census returns.

 

 

 

 

36P8

Thomas Collett was born at Barwick-in-Elmet in 1830 where he was baptised on 9th September 1830, the son of Thomas and Elizabeth Collett, although curiously he was not listed with his family in the census of 1841.  Sometime around 1850 he married (1) Rachel who was born at Wortley in Leeds during 1829, and between 1851 and 1867 the marriage produced seven children for the couple, all of whom were born at Wortley in Leeds.  However, by the time of the census in 1851 the childless couple was residing in Wortley, where Thomas was 19, and Rachael was 21, and it was later that same year that the first of their children was born.

 

 

 

While no obvious record has been found for the family in 1861, by 1871 the complete family was living at Windmill Hill in Wortley.  On that occasion Thomas Collett, age 40, was working as a coal and clay miner, although he gave his place of birth as Birstall, near Batley and Gomersal.  His wife Rachel from Wortley was 41, and their seven children were Robert, age 19, Clara, age 18 who was a woollen weaver, Kezia, age 14, Lavina, age 12, Albert who was 10, Ann who was seven, and Flora who was four years old.

 

 

 

Sometime within the next few years Rachel died, following which Thomas married (2) Hannah, with whom he had another daughter named after his first wife.  However, not long after the child was born Thomas either died or was perhaps killed during an accident at work in the mine.  Following his death, Hannah married George Furniss of Gomersal and took with her all of Thomas’ children.

 

 

 

That situation was confirmed in the census of 1881 when Hannah Funess (sic), age 49 and from Armley, was living at Hill End Road in Armley, the home of her husband George Funess (sic), who was 55 and a domestic coachman and gardener.  Living there with the couple were seven of the eight Collett children, and they were Robert, age 29, Kezia, age 25, Lavina, age 22, Albert, age 20, Ann, age 17, Flora, who was 14, and Rachel A Collett who was only four years old.  All of the children of Thomas and Rachel Collett were recorded as having been born at Wortley, whereas the daughter of Thomas and Hannah Collett had been born at Batley.

 

 

 

Only one of the Collett children was still living with George, age 65, and Hannah Furniss, age 60, in the Wortley-in-Bramley area of Leeds at the time of the next census in 1891, and that was Hannah’s daughter Rachel A Collett who was 14.

 

 

 

36Q1

Robert Collett

Born in 1851

 

36Q2

Clara Collett

Born in 1853

 

36Q3

Kezia Collett

Born in 1855

 

36Q4

Lavina Collett

Born in 1858

 

36Q5

Albert Collett

Born in 1860

 

36Q6

Ann Collett

Born in 1863

 

36Q7

Flora Collett

Born in 1866

 

The following is the only known child of Thomas Collett by his second wife Hannah:

 

36Q8

Rachel A Collett

Born in 1876

 

 

 

 

36P10

Ann Collett was born at Barwick-in-Elmet in 1833, where she was baptised on 28th November 1833, the daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth Collett.  She was seven years old in the census of 1841 when she and her family with living within the Tadcaster & Aberford registration district which, at that time, included the village of Barwick.  Ten years later in 1851, Ann and her sister Emma, had left the home of their parents and were living and working together in the Keighley & Bingley registration district, when Ann Collett was 17.

 

 

 

 

36P11

Emma Collett was born at Barwick-in-Elmet in 1837, and was baptised there on 20th August 1837, the youngest child of Thomas and Elizabeth Collett.  Emma was three years old at the time of the census in 1841 when she and her family were living within Tadcaster & Aberford registration district which, at that time, included the village of Barwick.  Upon leaving school Emma joined her older sister in seeking work, and by 1851 Emma, age 13, was living and working with her sister Ann (above) within the Keighley & Bingley registration district, when Ann Collett was 17.

 

 

 

 

36P12

John Collett was born at Barwick-in-Elmet in 1821, where he was baptised on 12th November 1821, the eldest son of William and Elizabeth Collett.  It was appear from the name given to the couple’s next child that John died within the same year.

 

 

 

 

36P13

John Collett was born at Barwick-in-Elmet and this most likely took place at the end of 1823 or very early in 1824, as it was there that he was baptised on 21st January 1824.  At the time of the June census of 1841 John was 15 and was living with his grandparents William and Frances Collett at their home in Potterton Lane in Barwick-in-Elmet.  It was probably while he was there that he was trained to be a blacksmith like his father and his grandfather.

 

 

 

Ten years later John was aged 25 and was the sole occupant of 72 Main Street when living in the adjoining cottage to his father who lived at 70 Main Street at that time.  However, within a year or so of the 1851 Census day he was no longer living alone.  He married Elizabeth who was nine years younger than John, she having been born at Leeds in 1832.  It would appear that the marriage took place when Elizabeth had just reached the legal age to do so, as their first child was born around 1853.

 

 

 

The census of 1861 confirmed that John was married to Elizabeth and they were living at Potterton Lane in Barwick-in-Elmet.  Blacksmith John was 36, his wife was 26, and living with them were their three children, William who was four, Emma who was two, and Ann who was not yet one year old.

 

 

 

All of the couple’s eleven children listed below were born at Barwick-in-Elmet and by April 1871 the whole family was still living there in Potterton Lane.  They comprised blacksmith John Collett, age 45, his wife Elizabeth Collett, age 35, and their children William Richardson Collett 14, Emma Collett 12, Ann 10, Albert Batty Collett, who was seven, John Thomas Collett, who was five, Benjamin Collett, who was three, and Charles Collett who was one year old.

 

 

 

By 1881 the family had made the short move to Potterton, just one mile north of Barwick.  This may have happened during the few months prior to the census day that year as all of John’s and Elizabeth’s children were confirmed as having been born at Barwick.  John was aged 58 and his occupation was confirmed as being that of a blacksmith like his father William and also his brothers George and Thomas.  And at least three of John’s sons also continued in that profession. 

 

 

 

The 1881 census also confirmed that John was born at Barwick-in-Elmet and that his wife Elizabeth aged 49 was born at Leeds.  Since the previous census a further four children had been added to the family.  The full list on that occasion was William aged 24 and a blacksmith, John 15, Benjamin 13, Charles 11, George, who was nine, Fred, who was six, Mary, who was three, and Ernest who was one year old.

 

 

 

In 1891 the family living at Barwick was reduced to John, age 68, Elizabeth, age 56, and living with them were their sons John T Collett, who was 25, Charles Collett, who was 21, and Ernest Collett, who was 11, and their daughter Mary H Collett who was 13.  John Collett, a blacksmith of Barwick-in-Elmet, was listed in the 1893 edition of Kelly’s Directory.  The house and blacksmith’s shop were situated at 70 Main Street, the house having been built by the Collett family some two hundred years earlier.

 

 

 

Both John and Elizabeth were still living in Barwick just after the turn of the century.  According to the Barwick census in 1901, John was aged 77 and his wife was 68, although this may have been an error in transcription, since she was nearer 66 judging by most of the earlier census returns.  Even at the age of 77 John’s occupation was still recorded as being a blacksmith.

 

 

 

When John eventually retired from the family blacksmith business in Barwick, it was his eldest son William took it over.  He was supported by his much younger brother Frederick who worked under William as an apprentice.  The boys’ father John Collett died sometime during his eighties in the first decade of the new century.  John Collett, blacksmith of Barwick-in-Elmet, died on 6th March 1905 following which his personal estate valued at £90 18 Shillings 8d was subject to administration at Wakefield on 25th May 1905 in favour of his widow Elizabeth Collett.  Six years later the census in 1911 recorded Elizabeth Collett from Leeds as a widow who was still living in Barwick-in-Elmet at the age of 75.

 

 

 

36Q9

William Richard Collett

Born in 1856 at Barwick-in-Elmet

 

36Q10

Emma Collett

Born in 1858 at Barwick-in-Elmet

 

36Q11

Ann Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1860 at Barwick-in-Elmet

 

36Q12

Albert Batty Collett

Born in 1863 at Barwick-in-Elmet

 

36Q13

John Thomas Collett

Born in 1865 at Barwick-in-Elmet

 

36Q14

Benjamin Collett

Born in 1867 at Barwick-in-Elmet

 

36Q15

Charles Collett

Born in 1869 at Barwick-in-Elmet

 

36Q16

George H Collett

Born in 1871 at Barwick-in-Elmet

 

36Q17

Frederick Collett

Born in 1874 at Barwick-in-Elmet

 

36Q18

Mary H Collett

Born in 1877 at Barwick-in-Elmet

 

36Q19

Ernest Collett

Born in 1879 at Barwick-in-Elmet

 

 

 

 

36P14

George Dalby Collett was born at Barwick-in-Elmet in 1825 and his second name came from his mother’s maiden name.  He was baptised at Barwick on 4th September 1825, the son of William and Elizabeth Collett.  In 1841 he was 15 and was 24 years old at the time of the 1851 Census when he was working as a blacksmith, while living with his father and mother, and his younger brothers at 70 Main Street in Barwick.

 

 

 

A few years later towards the end of the 1850s George married Ada who was born at Barwick-in-Elmet in 1832.  All of their children were born at Barwick-in-Elmet and the first two of them were present at the time of the 1861 Census.  They were Edwin Collett, who was two years old, and Henry Collett who was under one year, while George Collett was 34 and Ada Collett was 28.

 

 

 

Three more children were added to the family over the next decade, so by 1871 the family living at Potterton Lane in Barwick comprised blacksmith George 44 and his wife Ada 38, and their children Edwin, who was 12, Henry, who was 10, John, who was eight, Joseph, who was six, and Alfred who was three years of age.

 

 

 

In 1881 the family was still living at Potterton Lane in Barwick-in-Elmet, where many other members of this branch of the Collett family also lived at that time.  The family then was made up of blacksmith George aged 53, his wife Ada 48, and five of their seven children.  They were Edwin, age 22, and John W Collett, age 18, who were both blacksmiths working with their father, Alfred, who was 13, George Arthur, who was nine, and Kate who was six years old.

 

 

 

It has not been established where son Henry was at that time, but the couple’s other missing son Joseph was working as a farm servant in the Up Town part of Barwick on that occasion.  A search of the 1881, 1891 and 1901 Census records has reveal no evidence that Henry was living in England, so it might be that he had left the country or had died between 1871 and 1881.

 

 

 

Sometime in the 1880s it would appear that George and his wife Ada were separated, perhaps for work reasons.  In 1891 George Collett was living alone in Keighley at the age of 63, while his wife Ada, who was 58, was still living in Barwick with her son John W Collett 28, and daughter Kate Collett 16.

 

 

 

During the next decade it would appear that Ada passed away, since no record of her has been found in the 1901 Census.  However, George Collett of Barwick, who was 73 years, was still living at Keighley where he was described as a farmer.  Also living in Keighley in April 1901 was George’s nephew Richard Collett and his family.  Richard was born at Barwick-in-Elmet in 1852 and was the oldest son of George’s brother Joseph (below).

 

 

 

36Q20

Edwin Collett

Born in 1858 at Barwick-in-Elmet

 

36Q21

Henry Collett

Born in 1860 at Barwick-in-Elmet

 

36Q22

John William Collett

Born in 1862 at Barwick-in-Elmet

 

36Q23

Joseph Collett

Born in 1865 at Barwick-in-Elmet

 

36Q24

Alfred Collett

Born in 1867 at Barwick-in-Elmet

 

36Q25

George Arthur Collett

Born in 1871 at Barwick-in-Elmet

 

36Q26

Kate Collett

Born in 1874 at Barwick-in-Elmet

 

 

 

 

36P15

Joseph Collett was born at Barwick-in-Elmet in 1828 as confirmed by the 1841 Census in which he was listed as being aged 13 years and living with his parents in Barwick.  By 1851 he was aged 21 and was living at 70 Main Street in Barwick where he was working with his father in the family blacksmith business.

 

 

 

Soon after the census day in 1851 Joseph married Catherine who was a dressmaker who was also born at Barwick-in-Elmet in 1831.  In the Barwick census ten years later Joseph was listed as being aged 32 while his wife Catherine was 30, and with them on that occasion were their children Richard who was eight and Martha who was seven.

 

 

 

No record of the family has been found in 1871 although it is assumed that Joseph died sometime during this phase of their family life.  According to the census of 1881 Catherine was a widow aged 50 and was living alone at Potterton Lane in Barwick where she continued with her work as a dressmaker.  Catherine was still living in Barwick in 1891 at the age of 60 but was missing from the 1901 Census so it must be assumed that she passed away during the 1890s.

 

 

 

36Q27

Richard Collett

Born in 1852 at Barwick-in-Elmet

 

36Q28

Martha Collett

Born in 1854 at Barwick-in-Elmet

 

 

 

 

36P16

Ann Collett was born at Barwick-in-Elmet in 1830.  At the time of the first nation census in June 1841 Ann was living with her family in Barwick and was eleven years of age.  Ten years late at the age of 21 Ann had left the family home and was working as a servant for Wesleyan minister Joseph Sawton at his home in Springfield Terrace in Leeds.

 

 

 

 

36P17

Emma Collett was born at Barwick-in-Elmet in 1832 and was aged nine years at the time of the June census in 1841 when with her family at Barwick.  Like her sister Ann (above), Emma also entered into domestic service and in 1851 when she was 19 she was working at 5 Elmwood Grove in Leeds, the home of forty years old widow Mary Ann Scarthe.  After working away from home for some years, Emma had returned to Barwick by April 1861 and at the age of 28 was once again living with her father and her stepmother.

 

 

 

 

36P18

William Collett was born at Barwick-in-Elmet in 1834 and it was there that he was baptised on 2nd November 1834, the son of William and Elizabeth Collett.  Tragically he died within a few weeks of being born.

 

 

 

 

36P19

Benjamin Collett was born at Barwick-in-Elmet in 1836 and in June 1841 he was five years of age.  Ten years later at the age of 15 Benjamin had left school and was working with his father and older brothers as an apprentice blacksmith from their home at 70 Main Street in Barwick.  At some point in his life before the end of the 1850s he left Barwick and moved to Gomersal near Cleckheaton, south-west of Leeds where he married Mary who was born there in 1836.  It was also at Gomersal that all of the couple’s children were born. 

 

 

 

All of this was confirmed in the 1861 Census for Gomersal when Benjamin of Barwick was aged 26 and was living with his wife Mary aged 24 and their first born child Joseph who was under twelve months old at that time.  In addition to leaving the family home it would also appear that Benjamin stopped being a blacksmith and took up the trade of a painter and later in his life he became a master painter.  By 1871 the family living at Gomersal comprised Benjamin, age 35, his wife Mary who was 34, and their five children.  They were Joseph A Collett, who was ten, William H Collett, who was nine, Alfred Collett, who was seven, George H Collett, who was four, and Charles who was under one year old.

 

 

 

In the census of 1881 master painter Benjamin of Barwick was 45, Mary his wife of Gomersal was 44, and with them at Oxford Road in Gomersal were four of their five children.  These were Joseph Collett, age 20, Alfred Collett, age 17, George H Collett, age 15, and Charles Collett who was 11.  Benjamin’s eldest son Joseph was also a painter presumably working with his father.  Their missing eighteen years old son William was living nearby in Oxford Road in Gomersal.  At that time in 1881 the family employed a domestic servant Hannah Millner from Knaresborough who was aged 13.

 

 

 

Ten years later Benjamin and Mary were still living at Gomersal where they were 55 and 54 respectively.  Only two of their sons were still living with the couple and these were Joseph aged 30 and William aged 29.  Just after the turn of the century Benjamin was 65 and was then working as a painter and paper-hanger.  He was still living in Gomersal with his wife Mary aged 64 and still working with him was his son Joseph who was also a painter.

 

 

 

Also living in Gomersal in 1901 was Benjamin’s nephew 33 years old Benjamin Collett of Barwick-in-Elmet the son of John Collett of Barwick and Benjamin’s older brother.  According to the census in April 1911, Benjamin Collett from Barwick-in-Elmet was seventy-five years old and was still living at Gomersal, but on that occasion he had living with him as his housekeeper, twenty-three years old Lillie Collett from Barnsley, the daughter of his late son Alfred Collett.

 

 

 

36Q29

Joseph Arthur Collett

Born in 1860 at Gomersal

 

36Q30

William Henry Collett

Born in 1862 at Gomersal

 

36Q31

Alfred Collett

Born in 1863 at Gomersal

 

36Q32

George Herbert Collett

Born in 1865 at Gomersal

 

36Q33

Charles Henry Collett

Born in 1869 at Gomersal

 

 

 

 

36P20

Thomas Collett was born at Barwick-in-Elmet in 1838 and was two years old by June 1841.  The census of 1851 recorded Thomas as being aged 11 and living at 70 Main Street in Barwick with his stepmother, and his father and older brothers who were all blacksmiths at that time.  By April 1861 Thomas was aged 21 and was the only son still living at the family home in Barwick where he was still working in the family blacksmith business with his father William Collett.

 

 

 

It was towards the end of the 1860s that he married Ann who was born in 1839 but at Gosberton north of Spalding in Lincolnshire.  The records so far seem to reveal that Thomas and Ann only had the one son.  It was in the census registration district of Leeds & Kirkstall that the family of three was living in 1871.  Thomas was 31, Ann was 32 and baby son Walter was not yet one year old.

 

 

 

Ten years later according to the census of 1881 Thomas and Ann were living at Burley Village in Headingley-cum-Burley, just north of Leeds city centre.  Both were 40 years of age and living with them was their only son Walter who was born at Bramley in Leeds and who was ten years old.

 

 

 

So far neither Thomas nor his wife Ann have been identified in the census records for 1891 and 1901, although their son Walter aged 20 was living at Kirkstall & Leeds registration area in 1891, and by 1901 he was married and living with his wife and child in Leeds.

 

 

 

36Q34

Walter Ewart Collett

Born in 1870 at Bramley in Leeds

 

 

 

 

36Q1

Robert Collett was born at Wortley in 1851, the eldest child of Thomas and Rachel Collett.  He was 19 and was still living with his family at Windmill Hill in Wortley in 1871, when he was working as a brick-maker.  Following the death of his mother in the early half of the 1870s, his father married again but sadly died shortly after fathering a half-sister for Robert. 

 

 

 

At the age of 29 he was still a bachelor and was working as a brickyard labourer with his brother Albert (below), while they were living with their other siblings at the Hill End Road home of their stepmother Hannah Furniss and her new second husband George at Armley in Leeds.

 

 

 

 

36Q3

Kezia Collett was born around 1856, the third child of Thomas and Rachel Collett.  She was 14 years of age in the Wortley census in 1871, when she was living with her family at Windmill Hill, from where she was employed as a woollen mule piecer.  With both of her parents dying within the next decade, and her father remarrying just prior to his death, Kezia was 25 in 1881 when she was living at Hill End Road in Armley with her stepmother and her new husband George Furniss. At that time in her life, unmarried Kezia was a woollen weaver working with her sister Lavina (below).

 

 

 

 

36Q4

Lavina Collett was born at Wortley in Leeds around 1858 and 12 years old in 1871 when she was living with her family at Windmill Hill in Wortley.  On the occasion of the census that year Lavina had already left school but was not in employment, and was described as being at home.  After the deaths of her parents during the 1870s Lavina and most of her siblings were living at the home of their father’s second wife in 1881 who, by then had remarried.  Lavina Collett, age 22, was a woollen filler working with her sister Kezia (above), while living at the home of George and Hannah Furniss at Hill End Road in Armley.

 

 

 

 

36Q5

Albert Collett was born at Wortley in Leeds around 1860, the fifth child and the youngest son of Thomas and Rachel Collett.  In 1871 Albert was 10 years of age when he was attending school and living with his family at Windmill Hill in Wortley.  One of his first jobs that that of a brickyard labourer working with his older brother Robert (above), both of whom were still living together with most of their other siblings at the home of their stepmother Hannah Furniss, their father’s second wife who had remarried following his death.  On that occasion Albert was 20 and was residing at Hill End Road in Armley in 1881 with the rest of his family.

 

 

 

Two or three years later Albert married Mary Ellen Lawton of Leeds with whom he had seven sons.  In 1891 Albert was 30 and Mary Ellen was 25 and they were living in the Wortley and Bramley registration district of Leeds with their three sons were five, three and one year old respectively.  Ten years later the family was recorded as living at Armley in Leeds where 40 years old Albert was working as a brick-maker.  His wife Mary E Collett was 35 and their seven sons were 15, 13, 11, seven, five, three and one year, all having been born at Leeds.

 

 

 

Albert’s wife was probably expecting the imminent arrival of the couple’s eighth child on the day of the census in 1901, because later that same year she gave birth to their only daughter.  A further child was added to the family five years after that, and it may have been during the birth of her ninth child that Mary Ellen Collett nee Lawton died, since no record of her has been found with her family in 1911.  The census return for that year listed the family at Armley as Albert who was 50, David, age 17, Harold, age 15, Walter, age 13, Norris, age 11, Lily, who was nine, and Clarence who was four years old.

 

 

 

During the Great War, Albert Collett was still living at Armley where he received the tragic news of the deaths of two of his sons.  At the time of the death of son William in July 1917 both Albert was recorded as living at Armley.  However, by November 1918 when son Albert died of his injuries, the reference to his parents read “son of the late Albert and Ellen Collett”.  From this it can be deduced that Albert died after July 1917 and before November 1918, but it is not clear from the war graves commission record whether ‘the late’ also referred to Ellen who may have already died around 1906, as indicated above.

 

 

 

36R1

Arthur Collett

Born in 1885 at Leeds

 

36R2

Albert Edward Collett

Born in 1887 at Leeds

 

36R3

William Lawton Collett

Born in 1889 at Leeds

 

36P4

David Collett

Born in 1893 at Leeds

 

36R5

Harold Collett

Born in 1895 at Leeds

 

36R6

Walter Collett

Born in 1897 at Leeds

 

36R7

Norris Collett

Born in 1899 at Leeds

 

36R8

Lily Collett

Born in 1901 at Leeds

 

36R9

Clarence Collett

Born in 1906 at Leeds

 

 

 

 

36Q9

William Richard Collett, who was later referred to as Bill, was born at Barwick-in-Elmet in 1856 and was the eldest child of blacksmith John Collett.  He was listed as William in the censuses of 1861 and 1871 when he was four years old and 14 respectively, while living with his parents at Potterton Lane in Barwick.  By 1881 and at the age of 24 he was a blacksmith like his father and his grandfather before him.  He was not married and was still living at the family home which was now one mile north of Barwick in the village of Potterton.

 

 

 

It is understood that shortly after the census day William married Mary Hannah Todd at Barwick and at some later date the couple left Potterton and settled at Roundhay on the outskirts of Leeds where William continued his trade as a blacksmith.  It would appear from the odd birthplace of the couple’s first child that the baby was born at Mary Hannah’s home in Thorner.

 

 

 

After a few years living and working at Roundhay, William and his family returned to Barwick where they were living in 1891 when William R Collett was 34 and Mary H Collett was 29.  Their children were recorded as Ella R Collett, who was nine, Annie J Collett, who was five, Albert V Collett, who was three, Hilda Collett, who was one year old, and baby Sarah who was under one year old.

 

 

 

By 1901 William was 44 and his occupation at Barwick was confirmed by the census as being that of a blacksmith.  His wife was listed in the census as Mary H Collett of Thorner aged 39.  Living with them at that time were their daughters Ella, who was 19 and born at Thorner like her mother, Hilda 11, Sara 10, Mabel 8, and their sons Albert 13, and William who was one year old.  Daughter Lina had already left the family home.

 

 

 

The marriage of William and Mary produced a total of eleven children for the couple, the last being son Leslie who was born in 1904.  In addition to the blacksmith business William doubled as a horse doctor, while his wife Mary performed the role of a quack doctor for the village people.  More information on this is provided in Appendix 4.

 

 

 

William took over the family blacksmith business upon the death of his father in the first ten years of the twentieth century.  In those early days William also employed his much younger brother Frederick Collett (below) as an apprentice blacksmith who had left the business by April 1911.

 

This photograph was taken around 1909 and shows Bill Collett (on the right) outside the blacksmith’s shop with Sidney Plews who married Bill’s daughter Sally.  The small boy in the picture is Bill’s youngest son John Leslie Collett.

 

 

 

According to the census return for 1911, the family living at Barwick-in-Elmet at that time comprised blacksmith William Richard Collett 54, his wife Mary Hannah Collett 49, and their children Lina Collett 26, Albert Victor 23 and a blacksmith working with his father, Hilda, age 21, Olive Irene, age 13, William Edward, age 11, John Leslie, who was six, and grand-daughter Marrion Braithwaite Collett who was two years old and the base-born daughter of Lina Collett.  All of them except Mary Hannah were born at Barwick-in-Elmet.

 

 

 

YE OLDE SMITHY

 

 

 

The building containing the blacksmith’s shop and smithy was originally built with a thatched roof (as seen in the photo above) and was attached to the back of two adjoining cottages that fronted Main Street.  The two cottages were ‘Ye Attic Abode’ and ‘The Drop Inn’ – see previous article from the Leeds Mercury of June 1930.  Early one morning in 1911 Bill Collett opened up the smithy in the usual way to light the forge for the day’s work, following which he returned to the house for his breakfast.  All of a sudden the thatched roof collapsed and fell in on the smithy, but fortunately, under the weight of the thatch, the fire was smothered. 

 

 

 

However, the structure of the smithy suffered severe damage and had to be demolished and a new workshop was built on the site.  The two adjoining cottages were also demolished shortly after and they too were rebuilt.  At that time the artists occupying ‘Ye Attic Abode’ moved to alternative premises at The Boyle in Barwick.  The replacement buildings are still there today and the workshop is now used as a garage by the present occupants of number 70 Main Street.  And it was the dwelling today known as 70 Main Street that had been built by the Collett family over two hundred years earlier and had remained in their ownership until 1966 when Hilda, the last daughter of blacksmith Bill Collett, died there.

 

 

 

Frederick Collett later left the family business in the capable hands of his brother Bill who continued to manage it until his death in 1936 at the age of eighty.  At that time with no further male members of the family to take it over the business passed out of the Collett family after nearly one hundred and fifty years.  In June 1930 the Leeds Mercury ran a story with the headline “Blacksmith of 76 – The Oldest in Yorkshire”.  The full transcript of the article can be found in Appendix 2 at the end of this family line.

 

 

 

In a later article in the same newspaper printed in April 1932, Bill Collett recalls earlier times in his life in the village of Barwick and a copy of this is provided in Appendix 3.  An article in The Barwicker Magazine in 2008 written by Joyce Hidden nee Collett of Frinton-on-Sea referred to this William Collett as William the Third (Collett blacksmith).  Joyce’s great great grandfather was William Collett the Second and her grandfather was the aforementioned apprentice blacksmith Frederick Collett.

 

 

 

36R10

Ella R Collett

Born in 1882 at Thorner

 

36R11

Lina Collett

Born in 1884 at Barwick-in-Elmet

 

36R12

Annie J Collett

Born in 1886 at Barwick-in-Elmet

 

36R13

Albert Victor Collett

Born in 1887 at Barwick-in-Elmet

 

36R14

Hilda Collett

Born in 1889 at Barwick-in-Elmet

 

36R15

Sarah Collett

Born in 1890 at Barwick-in-Elmet

 

36R16

Edith Mabel Collett

Born in 1892 at Barwick-in-Elmet

 

36R17

unknown Collett

Infant death at Barwick-in-Elmet

 

36R18

Olive Irene Collett

Born in 1898 at Barwick-in-Elmet

 

36R19

William Edward Collett

Born in 1899 at Barwick-in-Elmet

 

36R20

unknown Collett

Infant death at Barwick-in-Elmet

 

36R21

John Leslie Collett

Born in 1904 at Barwick-in-Elmet

 

 

 

 

36Q10

Emma Collett was born at Barwick-in-Elmet during 1858, the second child and eldest daughter of John and Elizabeth Collett.  In the census records of 1861 and 1871 she was listed as being two years of age and 12 years old and, on both occasions, she was living with her family at Potterton Lane in Barwick.  Ten years later in April 1881 Emma Collett, age 22 and of Barwick, was working as a domestic servant and housemaid at the home of the Reverend Vicar William H Elliot at Blue Bell Road in Stainton, Middlesbrough.

 

 

 

In 1885 Emma was married at Tynemouth to the much younger Robert Henry Foster who was born at Stockton in County Durham around 1863.  Robert was a blacksmith like Emma’s well-known uncle Bill Collett of Barwick-in-Elmet, so it may have been through her uncle that she met Robert Foster.  Once they were married the couple settled in the town of Hebburn, to the east of Gateshead, and it was there that all of their children were born.

 

 

 

By the time of the Hebburn census in 1891 Emma had presented Robert with their first five children, although on the day of the census Emma was not with her family in Hebburn, but was recorded a few miles south at Houghton-le-Spring where she was simply listed as Emma Foster, age 32 from Potterton.  The rest of her family was recorded as Robert H Foster, age 28 from Stockton, Edith Foster, who was eight, Rosa Foster, who was four, Ivy Foster, who was two, Albert Foster, who was one, and Alice Foster who was under one year old.

 

 

 

Ten years later, a further son had been added to the family which comprised Robert H Foster, age 36, who was a coach builder, his wife Emma Foster, who said she was 37 instead of her actual age of 42, Edith, age 18, Rosa, age 14, Ivey, who was 12, Albert who was 11, and Harold who was two years old.  It is assumed that their youngest daughter Alice had not survived beyond infancy.

 

 

 

It was about six years later that Emma’s daughter Ivey Foster left the family home and often visited her Uncle Bill Collett in Barwick, where she became involved with the artists at the Attic Abode, next door to the smithy, one of whom, George Duxbury, painted her portrait.  In 1909 she married George Ernest W Robson at Newcastle and they had a daughter Ivy Robson.  By that time in her life Ivey had a flourishing theatrical career, and later progressed from being a dancer to a classical and acrobatic dancer performing in many countries in Europe and in India. 

 

 

 

Her stage name was Ivey Collette and in 1916 she took part in a production of ‘Theodore & Co’ at the Gaiety Theatre in London, the first production by Ivor Novello and Jerome Kern.  The show, in which she played the part of Lady Diana Camden, ran for 503 performances, and in 1921 The Tatler magazine published a very glamorous photograph of her with the words “Miss Ivey Collette formerly of the Gaiety Theatre, is now delighting visitors at Spa in Belgium with her dancing in the ballroom”.

 

 

 

When Ivey’s married failed sometime after that, she was remarried in 1926 at St George’s Church in Hanover Square to shipping businessman Thure F R Reuter.  Sadly during the 1960s Ivey died from asphyxia, when she fell asleep in bed while reading and smoking, the fallen cigarette causing the mattress to smoulder away.  At that time her daughter, who had changed her name to Cynthia, went to live in Majorca with Ivey’s second husband.

 

 

 

As regards her parents, in April 1911 Emma Foster nee Collett was 52, and was living in South Shields with her husband Robert Henry Foster, age 47, daughter Rosa Foster, age 24, and her sons Albert Foster, age 21, and Harold Henry Foster who was 12.

 

 

 

 

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Ann Elizabeth Collett was born at Barwick-in-Elmet in 1860 and was one year old in 1861 when living at Potterton Lane in Barwick with her family and ten years old in 1871.  In 1881 at the age of 20 years Ann was working as a kitchen maid at Potterton Hall in Barwick, the home of Justice of the Peace and landowner Bathurst E Wilkinson who was born in India.

 

 

 

 

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Albert Batty Collett was born at Barwick-in-Elmet in 1863 and was aged 7 in the census of 1871, although no further record of him has been found in subsequent census listings.

 

 

 

 

36Q13

John Thomas Collett was born at Barwick-in-Elmet in 1865 and was aged 5 in the census of 1871 and 15 in 1881 when it was confirmed that he was living with his family at Potterton, just north of Barwick.  Ten years later John T Collett aged 25 was continuing to work in the family business and was a blacksmith still living in Barwick with his parents.  Around five years after this he married Annie from Bradford, and by March 1901 they had two children and were living with them in Barwick.

 

 

 

On that occasion John T Collett was 35, his place of birth was confirmed as Barwick-in-Elmet and his occupation was that of a blacksmith.  Living with him at Barwick was his wife Annie who was 40, and their two sons Norman Collett who was three, and Ackroyd Collett who was just one year old.

 

 

 

Annie may well have been expecting the couple’s third child on the day of the census, since later that year she gave birth to a daughter while the family was still living at Barwick.  And it was there that they were recorded in April 1911 when John Thomas Collett was 45, Annie Collett was 50, Norman Collett was 13, Ackroyd Collett was 11, and Margaret Elizabeth Collett was nine years old.

 

 

 

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Norman Collett

Born in 1897 at Barwick-in-Elmet

 

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Ackroyd Collett

Born in 1899 at Barwick-in-Elmet

 

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Margaret Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1901 after 31st March at Barwick

 

 

 

 

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Benjamin Collett was born at Barwick-in-Elmet in 1867 and was aged 3 in 1871 and was 13 years of age by 1881 when he was living with his family at Potterton near Barwick.  He married Lucy Ann Broome of Huddersfield during the third quarter of 1888, the event recorded at Leeds (Ref. 9b 749).  The witnesses were Ada Johnson and Walter Vollans.  The marriage is known to have produced at least four children and once married the couple settled in Castleford where their first three children were born, before moving to Gomersal towards the end of the century where the fourth child was born.

 

 

 

In 1891 Benjamin Collett was 23, Lucy A Collett was 24, and baby Amy E Collett was one year old, while the family was living at Castleford.  Also living with them was Benjamin’s cousin George Arthur Collett from Barwick-in-Elmet who was 19.  The Gomersal census of 1901 confirmed that Benjamin was 33 and Lucy Ann was 34, and their four children were Amy, age 11, John, who was nine, Harry, who was seven, and George who was two years old.  Benjamin’s occupation at that time was stated as being a gas meter inspector.

 

 

 

The census return for the Gomersal census in 1911 recorded the family as Benjamin and his wife Lucy Ann who were both 43, daughter Amy Elizabeth who was 21, and sons John Elvin 19, Harry 17, and George Albert who was 12.  At the time of the announcement of the death of their son Harry Collett in May 1916 Benjamin and Lucy Ann were living at The Gasworks in Gomersal, which is very likely where they were still residing in February 1917 when they received notification from the War Office that their eldest son John Elvin had been killed at Flanders.

 

 

 

The death of gas worker Benjamin Collett was recorded at Bradford register office (Ref. 9b 212) during the first three months of 1927 at the age of 59, just two years before the marriage of his youngest and only surviving son.

 

 

 

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Amy Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1889 at Castleford

 

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John Elvin Collett

Born in 1891 at Castleford

 

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Harry Collett

Born in 1893 at Castleford

 

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George Albert Collett

Born in 1898 at Gomersal

 

 

 

 

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Charles Collett was born at Barwick-in-Elmet around 1869 and was one year old in 1871 and was aged 11 in 1881 when living with his family at Potterton near Barwick.  At the age of thirty in 1901 Charles was still living at Barwick where he was a tracking engine driver.

 

 

 

Not long after that Charles married Florence at Barwick where the couple’s two children were also born.  And it was at Barwick-in-Elmet that the family was still living at the time of the census in 1911.  The census return on that occasion listed the family as Charles Collett from Barwick-in-Elmet who was 41, his wife Florence 40 and also of Barwick, and son Stanley 6, and daughter Violet who was 4.

 

 

 

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Stanley Collett

Born in 1904 at Barwick-in-Elmet

 

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Violet Collett

Born in 1906 at Barwick-in-Elmet

 

 

 

 

36Q16

George H Collett was born at Barwick-in-Elmet in 1871 and was aged nine in April 1881 when living with his family at Potterton Lane in Barwick.  Whether he died over the next few years has not been established, except that no record of George has been found in any later census.

 

 

 

 

36Q17

Frederick Collett, who was referred to as Fred, was born at Barwick-in-Elmet in 1874, the ninth child of blacksmith John Collett and his wife Elizabeth.  He was six years of age in the April census of 1881.  Upon leaving school Fred became an apprentice blacksmith, working with his older brother William and his father John Collett in the family business at Potterton.  In the Barwick census of 1891 he was referred to as Fred Collett and his age was confirmed as being sixteen.

 

 

 

Around 1898 he married Mary Ellen Burnett, who was known as Polly, and who was also born at Barwick.  The marriage resulted in the birth of five children for Fred and Mary, some born at Barwick, while John was born at Garforth.  Tragically, however the first two children both suffered infant deaths. 

 

 

 

By the time of the census in March 1901, the couple’s first child had been born and passed away.  In this way Fred and Mary were recorded as a childless couple living in Barwick, where blacksmith Fred Collett was 26, while his wife Mary E Collett was 25.

 

 

 

Fred’s father died during the first ten years of the new century, at which point he continued to work as a blacksmith at Potterton with his brother William for a short time.  During that decade Mary presented Fred with their next four children.  It was also around this time that Fred left the family business and took up a blacksmith’s job at a local coal mine, where he looked after the pit ponies.  When that happened, the family blacksmith business passed solely into the hands of his brother William Richard Collett (above).

 

 

 

Sadly in 1907, one year after the death of his second child, Fred was taken ill and suffered attacks.  Over the following years he was cared for in a home, but was final admitted into hospital in 1910.  The hospital in question was the Wakefield Lunatic Asylum at Stanley, just to the north of Wakefield.  It was a year later, during the first three months of 1911 that Frederick Collett died, with his death being reported to the Wakefield register office (Ref. 9c 38) when he was described as being only 35.

 

 

 

The census in April 1911 recorded that Mary Ellen Collett from Barwick, was living at the Barwick home of her brother Edward Burnett, with her two young sons.  Mary Ellen was 35 and a widow, and her two sons were John (later known as Jack) who was four and born at Garforth, and Ernest who was two years old and born at Barwick.  It is not clear where Mary’s daughter Florrie or Florence was at that time.

 

 

 

Edward Burnett was 31 and was married with three children of his own by then.  He later established himself as the celebrated ‘Maypole Master’ of Main Street in Barwick-in-Elmet.  It is also interesting to note, that possibly following the death of his father, the aforementioned John (Jack) Collett, the son of Fred and Mary Ellen, lived with his uncle Dick Burnett at The Boyle in Barwick, prior to settling down to live in Main Street and almost next door to his uncle Edward Burnett.

 

 

 

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Wilfred Collett

Born in 1899; died in 1900 at Barwick

 

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Fred Collett

Born in 1902; died in 1906

 

36R33

Florrie Collett

Born in 1904 at Barwick-in-Elmet

 

36R34

John Collett

Born in 1906 at Garforth

 

36R35

Ernest Collett

Born in 1908 at Barwick-in-Elmet

 

 

 

 

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Mary H Collett was born at Barwick-in-Elmet in 1877 and was three years old in April 1881 and 13 in 1891.  Just after the turn of the century she was not married and was still living with her parents at the family home in Barwick aged 23.

 

 

 

 

36Q19

Ernest Collett was born at Barwick-in-Elmet in 1879 and was one year old in April 1881 and 11 years old in 1891, on both occasion he was living with his family in Barwick.  However, ten years later at the age of 21, Ernest was living at Castleford where he was working as a general cart man.  During the previous year he had married Lily who was born at Castleford in 1876, and by the time of the census in March 1901 the marriage had been blessed with the couple’s first of two known children.  This was their son Harry who was not yet one year old.

 

 

 

The following year their daughter was born while Ernest and Lily were still living in Castleford.  Some tragedy must have befallen the family after 1903 and before 1911, since the two children were still living in Castleford according to the 1911 Census, but not with father.  It is therefore possibly that he had died, and that his wife Lily had re-married by then.

 

 

 

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Harry Collett

Born in 1900 at Castleford

 

36R37

Annie Collett

Born in 1902 at Castleford

 

 

 

 

36Q20

Edwin Collett was born at Barwick-in-Elmet in 1858 and was two years old in the 1861 Census.  Twenty years later Edwin was aged 22 and was still living at the family home in Potterton Lane in Barwick where he was working as a blacksmith with his father and younger brother John (below).

 

 

 

 

36Q22

John William Collett was born at Barwick-in-Elmet in 1862 and by the time of the 1881 Census he was still living there aged 18 and working as a blacksmith with his father and older brother Edwin (above) in the family business.  Something rather strange happened to his family during the next decade, since by 1891 his father George Collett had left Barwick and was living in Keighley.  John W Collett was 28, and was still living in Barwick at that time, with his mother Ada Collett 58, and his youngest sibling Kate Collett who was sixteen.  Not long after that, and before 1901, John’s mother died.

 

 

 

Just after the end of the century John was 38 and was still living at Barwick where he had given up being a blacksmith to become a general labourer.  However, no record of him has been found after the census in 1901.

 

 

 

 

36Q23

Joseph Collett was born at Barwick-in-Elmet in 1865 and was listed as being aged 6 in the census of 1871.  By the time he was 15 years old in April 1881 he was employed as a farm servant on the 140 acre farm belonging to widow Sarah Wilkinson in the Up Town district in Barwick.  In 1891 he would have been twenty-five years of age but so far no record of him has been found in the census for that year.  It was sometime during the 1890s though that he married Mary who was born at Little Ribston just north of Wetherby.

 

 

 

Just after the turn of the century Joseph was recorded as being aged 35 and at that time he was living at Holbeck township in Leeds where his occupation was that of a flock mill drayman.  The census confirmed that he was of Barwick and that he was married to Mary who was 36 and born at Little Ribston.  Up until that time it would appear that their marriage had produced no children for the couple, but it is possible that there might have been children born during the following next few years.

 

 

 

 

36Q24

Alfred Collett was born at Barwick-in-Elmet in 1867 the son of George Dalby Collett and his wife Ada.  In 1881 he was living at the family home in Potterton Lane in Barwick when he was 13.  Sometime during the latter half of the 1880s he met his future wife (1) Eliza Buckborough who was born at Harewood seven miles from Barwick to the north of Leeds.  They were eventually married at Harewood on 17th October 1888 when Alfred’s father was confirmed as George Collett and Eliza’ father was named as George Buckborough.  It would appear that the first years of their married life was spent at Harewood where their two known children were born.  By 1891 Eliza, who was aged 25, had presented Alfred, age 23, with two daughters, Kate who was two and Lucy who was one year old.  The family of four at that time was living in the Wortley & Bramley registration district. 

 

 

 

However, no further children appear to have been added to their family, possibly resulting from the death of Eliza a little while later.  Following the death of his wife Alfred married the much younger (2) Sarah Jane Ibbetson from Knaresborough on 22nd February 1998, the wedding taking place at Christ Church in Harrogate.  On that occasion Alfred was 30 and a brewer living in Armley, whose father George was deceased, while Sarah’s father was named as Christopher Ibbetson. 

 

 

 

So by the time the census was conducted in March 1901 Alfred had fathered a son and a daughter with Sarah and by then the family was residing at 5 Gledhow Street in the Armley area of Leeds.  The census return described the family as Alfred Collett who was 33 and born at Barwick who was employed as a beer brewer, his wife Sarah J Collett was 20, his two daughters were Kate who was 12 and Lucy who was 11, both born at Harewood, son Arthur from Harrogate who was one year old, and daughter Bertha who was seven months and born in Leeds, presumably at 5 Gledhow Street.

 

 

 

One more child was added to their family three years later, but tragically after a further four years the death of Alfred Collett was recorded at Bramley register office (Ref. 9b 254) during the first three months of 1908 when he was 40.  What happened to the young family following that is unknown, although it seems likely that Sarah Jane remarried, since no record of her as Sarah Collett has been found within the census of 1911.  What has been determined is that Alfred’s eldest daughter Kate was married by then, while no trace of daughter Lucy has been found.  The three youngest children appear to have been split up with Arthur and Evaline taken into the care of a family relative in Leeds, while Bertha was recorded in the Keighley district of West Yorkshire.

 

 

 

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Kate Collett

Born in 1889 at Harewood

 

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Lucy Collett

Born in 1890 at Harewood

 

The following are the children of Alfred Collett by his second wife Sarah Jane Ibbetson:

 

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Arthur Collett

Born in 1899 at Harrogate

 

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Bertha Collett

Born in 1900 at Armley, Leeds

 

36R42

Evaline Collett

Born in 1904 at Armley, Leeds

 

 

 

 

36Q25

George Arthur Collett was born at Barwick-in-Elmet in 1871 but after the census that year.  In 1881 George was nine years old and was living with his parents George Dalby Collett and Ada Collett at Potterton Lane in Barwick.  Ten years later at the age of 19, and following the death of his mother, George A Collett was living in Castleford at the home of his cousin Benjamin Collett (above) from Barwick, his wife and their first child.  No record of George has been found in the next census of 1901, although is it known that he became a married man during the following decade.

 

 

 

He married Caroline Amelia who was six years younger than George, and with whom he had had two children prior to April 1911.  According to the census that year, George Arthur Collett was 39 and was living with his young family within the Maidenhead registration district of Berkshire.  His wife was confirmed as Caroline Amelia Collett aged 33, and their two children were Constance Emily Collett who was three, and Florence Sybil Collett who was one year old, although neither child was born at Maidenhead.

 

 

 

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Constance Emily Collett

Born in 1907

 

36R44

Florence Sybil Collett

Born in 1909

 

 

 

 

36Q27

Richard Collett was born at Barwick-in-Elmet in 1853.  He married Ann around 1872 and they lived at Keighley where Ann and all of their children were born.  In 1881 the family was living at 18 Orleans Street in Keighley where Richard’s occupation was that of a carter.  He and his wife were both 28 and their children were Jane, who was eight, Hiram, who was six, and Harry who was nine months old.

 

 

 

Over the following years the marriage produced two more children, both born at Keighley, and in 1891 the complete family comprised Richard, age 38, Ann, who was also 38, Jane, who was 18, Hiram, who was 16 (who was referred to as Edwin), Harry who was 10, John who was seven, and Willie who was three.  The family was still living at Keighley in 1901, the only change being that daughter Jane had left home and was very likely married by then, although no details are currently known.  Her father Richard was then working as a coal carter aged 48 and confirmed as born at Barwick.  His wife was also 48 and the remaining children still living in the family home were Hiram 26, Harry 20, John 17 and Willie who was 13.

 

 

 

Over the next few years all of the couple’s children left the family home, with some of them still living within the Keighley area in 1911, so the census that year revealed that Richard and Ann Collett were both 58 and living alone in Keighley, when Ann’s place of birth was once again confirmed as Keighley. 

 

 

 

Sometime after 1911 and before 1929 Richard Collett died at Keighley, as confirmed at the time of the death of his wife when she was referred to already as a widow.  It was at 27 Braithwaite Road in the Braithwaite district of Keighley that widow Ann Collett died on 28th February 1929.  During the probate process for her Will, which was proved in London on 24th April that year, no member of her family was named as executor.  Instead they were recorded as Samuel Dixon Wood, a farmer, and Samuel Clapham, a solicitor, when her personal effects amounted to £815 16 Shillings.

 

 

 

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Jane Collett

Born in 1873 at Keighley

 

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Hiram Collett

Born in 1875 at Keighley

 

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Harry Collett

Born in 1880 at Keighley

 

36R48

John Collett

Born in 1884 at Keighley

 

36R49

William Collett

Born in 1887 at Keighley

 

 

 

 

36Q29

Joseph Arthur Collett was born at Gomersal in 1860 and was aged 20 at the time of the 1881 Census.  He was still living with his parents at Oxford Road in Gomersal from where he was working with his father as a painter.  Joseph was 30 years old by the time of the census in 1891 and was still working with his father at Gomersal.  It was the same situation ten years later in March 1901, when Joseph was 40 years old and was still living at Gomersal where he was still employed by his father and was working as a painter. 

 

 

 

It would appear that he married in his mid-forties to the much younger Evelyn from Barnsley who had presented him with two children by April 1911.  On that occasion also, Joseph A Collett aged 50 was living at Gomersal with his wife Evelyn who was 32, and their two children Mary Ellen who was 4, and Archibald Collett who was two years old.  It is quite possible that there were further children born to the couple after 1911.

 

 

 

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Mary Ellen Collett

Born in 1906 at Gomersal

 

36R51

Archibald Collett

Born in 1908 at Gomersal

 

 

 

 

36Q30

William Henry Collett was born at Gomersal in 1862.  In 1881 he was 18 when he was working as a servant and butcher at the Oxford Road home in Gomersal of 23 years old butcher John Ellison also of Gomersal.  That was very near to William’s own family who also lived in Oxford Road in Gomersal.  John Ellison’s elderly father Joseph Ellison, a builder, lived in the adjacent property next door to the two young men.  Ten years later in 1891 William H Collett was 29 and still a bachelor living in Gomersal.

 

 

 

However, he married Hanna Maria from Gomersal not long after the census day in 1891 and the following year Hannah present William with their only child while the couple were still living in Gomersal.  This was confirmed in the March census in 1901, by which time the family had moved to Liversedge, midway between Cleckheaton and Heckmondwike.

 

 

 

William was 39 and a butcher, Hannah was 47, and their daughter Annie was eight years old.  And it was at Liversedge that the family was still living ten years later in April 1911 when William Henry Collett was 48, his wife Hannah Maria Collett was 55, and their daughter Annie Collett was 18.

 

 

 

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Annie Collett

Born in 1892 at Gomersal

 

 

 

 

36Q31

Alfred Collett was born at Gomersal in 1863 and was seven years old in 1871 when he was living there with his family.  Ten years later at 17 he and his family were living in the Oxford Road in Gomersal.  By 1891 Alfred was married to Jane who was born at Devizes in 1859, and the couple already had two children by then.  Shortly after they were married Alfred and Jane were living in Barnsley where their daughter was born, before moving to Wakefield where their son was born.

 

 

 

The census in 1891 listed the family of four living within the Bradford area of Yorkshire, where Alfred was 27 and a grocer’s assistant, his wife Jane was 32, their daughter Lillie was three, and their son George L Collett was two years old.  It would appear that Alfred died very shortly after this, at which point Jane took solace in the arms of John W Roebuck who was the same age as her late husband and possibly his friend.

 

 

 

That relationship resulted in the marriage of Jane and John, and the birth of a daughter for the couple who was born at Batley near Gomersal.  According to the census in March 1901, Jane Roebuck was living at Bradford Road in Gomersal with her husband and her three children.  Jane Roebuck from Devizes was 41, while her husband was John W Roebuck from Swillington near Leeds who was 37 and a tram engine driver.  The couple’s only child was named as Winnie Roebuck from Batley who was eleven years old. 

 

 

 

Living with the family were Jane’s two children from her previous marriage, and they were recorded as Lillie Collett from Barnsley who was 13 years old and working as a domestic nurse, and George L Collett from Wakefield who was 12 years of age and still attending school.

 

 

 

Ten years later in April 1911, both of Jane’s two old children had left the Roebuck home.  Her daughter Lillie was living in Gomersal with her grandfather, whereas it is not known what happened to her son George, since no record of him has been found in that year’s census when he would have been 22.  However, Jane Roebuck (formerly Collett), age 52 and from Devizes, was still living in Gomersal with her second husband John William Roebuck who was 47, together with their daughter twenty-one years old Winnie Roebuck.

 

 

 

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Lillie Collett

Born in 1887 at Barnsley

 

36R54

George Lancelot Collett

Born in 1888 at Wakefield

 

 

 

 

36Q32

George Herbert Collett was born at Gomersal in 1865 and was four years old and 15 in the censuses of 1871 and 1881 while living at Oxford Road in Gomersal with his family.  On both occasions he was simply named as George H Collett.  By 1891 he had left the family home and was living in Pontefract aged 25.  He was still a bachelor at that time.

 

 

 

Ten years after George H Collett was still a bachelor living in Pontefract.  The census in March 1901 confirmed that he was 34 years of age and born at Gomersal, and that he working as a colliery book-keeper.  It was during the following months that George married Mary Elizabeth Dawson and once married they settled in Pontefract where, a year later, the first of two known children was born. 

 

 

 

By April 1911 the family of four was still living in Pontefract where George Herbert Collett from Gomersal was 44, and his wife Mary Elizabeth Collett was 40.  The couple’s two daughters were both confirmed as having been born at Pontefract, and they were Mary Lilian Dawson Collett, who was eight, and Margery Collett who was six.

 

 

 

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Mary Lilian Dawson Collett

Born in 1902 at Pontefract

 

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Margery Collett

Born in 1904 at Pontefract

 

 

 

 

36Q33

Charles Henry Collett was born in 1870 at Gomersal and was under one year old in the census of 1871.  The family was living at Oxford Road in Gomersal in 1881 when Charles was eleven years of age, and ten years later when he was twenty-one he was still living with his family in 1891, although just after that he became a married man.  Charles married Emma from Leeds shortly after 5th April 1891 with whom he had five children, and all of them born while the couple were living in Leeds.  Charles had followed in his father’s footsteps and became a house painter like his older brother Joseph (above). 

 

 

 

By March 1901 the family living in Leeds was made up of Charles who was 30 and from Gomersal who was working as a house painter, his wife Emma from Leeds was also 30, and sons Harry who was seven, Charles who was four and Archie who was two years of age.  Emma may have been with-child on the census day, since she gave birth to the couple’s only daughter later that same year.  Although a fifth child was added to the family two years later, Charles and Emma suffered the loss of their son Charles who died between 1901 and 1911.  This was confirmed by the census in 1911 when the remainder of the family was living at 150 Woodhouse Street in Leeds.

 

 

 

The census also confirmed that house painter Charles Collett from Gomersal was 40, like his wife Emma, and that their four children were Harry aged 17, Archie aged 12, Elsie who was nine and Fred who was seven years old.  By the time son Harry had left school and was working with his father as a painter.

 

 

 

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Harry Collett

Born in 1893 at Leeds

 

36R58

Charles William Collett

Born in 1896 at Leeds

 

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Archie Collett

Born in 1898 at Leeds

 

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Elsie Collett

Born in 1901 at Leeds

 

36R61

Fred Collett

Born in 1903 at Leeds

 

 

 

 

36Q34

Walter Ewart Collett was born at Bramley in Leeds in 1870 and was under one year old in 1871 and was ten years of age in 1881.  For the latter he was living with his parents at Burley Village just north of Leeds in the Headingley-cum-Burley area of the city.  Ten years later in 1891 he was 20 when he was living alone within the Kirkstall & Leeds registration district which included Burley.  Around the middle of the next decade Walter married Sarah Ellis of Leeds and by 1901 Sarah had presented Walter with a daughter who was also born at Leeds. 

 

 

 

This was confirmed in the census of 1901 when Walter E Collett and his wife were both 30 years of age, and their daughter Florence E Collett was two years old.  No further children were added to the family, which later moved to the Wigan area, where they were living in 1911.  The census that year listed the family as Walter Ewart Collett aged 40, Sarah Collett aged 41, and their daughter Florrie Ellis Collett who was 12.

 

 

 

Walter Ewart Collett was still alive and living in Leeds with his wife when she died in 1924.  Sarah Collett nee Ellis died at the family home at 19 Burley Lodge Road on 1st December 1924, and her Will was proved in Wakefield three weeks later on 24th December that same year.  Under the terms of her Will, it was her husband Walter Ewart Collett, a tailor’s cutter, who was the sole beneficiary, inheriting £195 3 Shillings 2d.

 

 

 

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Florence Ellis Collett

Born in 1898 at Leeds

 

 

 

 

36R1

Arthur Collett was born at Leeds in 1885 and was five years old and 15 in the two following censuses.  For the latter he was living with his family at Armley in Leeds.  Arthur married Minnie from Leeds just prior to the next census in 1911, when the couple were living at Armley with their son, although it is not established whether this was the first of many children.  The census return recorded the young family as Arthur Collett 25, his wife Minnie 26, and their son as William Arthur who was only one month old.  Also living with the family at that time, was Arthur’s younger brother William Lawton Collett (below).

 

 

 

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William Arthur Collett

Born in February 1911 at Armley

 

 

 

 

36R2

Albert Edward Collett was born at Leeds in 1887.  He was three in 1891 and was 13 in 1901 and for the latter was living with his family in the Armley district of Leeds.  Eight years later in 1909 at the age of 22 Albert E Collett married Margaret H MacDonald at St Bartholomews Church in Armley.  Margaret was the eldest of four daughters of John S MacDonald from Scotland and his wife Mary A MacDonald from Rugby.

 

 

 

In the 1901 Census 15 years old Margaret was employed as a cotton weaver while living at Fulstone in West Yorkshire with her family.  Within the first eighteen months of their married life together Margaret gave birth to a daughter, who may have been the first of a number of children.  In earlier April 1911, the family of three were living at Armley where Albert Edward Collett was 24, his wife Margaret was 25, and their daughter Elsie Roma was just three months old. 

 

 

 

Shortly after that Albert and Margaret, together with their daughter, left England and emigrated to New Zealand.  However, at the outbreak of war in 1914 Albert would appear to have returned to England where he joined the Army Service Corps and became Driver Collett T/327134.  Although not confirmed, it would appear that he saw active service during the campaign but later died of the injuries he sustained.  It would also appear that Albert returned to his parent’s home at Armley in Leeds, where he died on 9th November 1918 just eight days after the Armistice was signed.

 

 

 

The War Graves Commission recorded the event in the following way.  Albert Edward Collett aged 31, the husband of Margaret Collett of 67 Esplanade Kaiti, Gisborne in New Zealand and the son of Albert and Ellen Collett of Armley in Leeds died on 19th November 1918 aged 31 and was buried in Leeds Wortley Cemetery.

 

 

 

From this it is assumed that Albert’s wife Margaret was living in New Zealand at the time he completed the army records with the details of his next of kin, and that Margaret was made a widow without ever seeing her husband return to New Zealand after the Great War.

 

 

 

36S2

Elsie Roma Collett

Born in December 1910 at Armley

 

 

 

 

36R3

William Lawton Collett was born at Leeds in 1889.  It was as William Lawton Collett that he appeared in the 1891 Census aged one year.  In the later census of 1901 he was simply William aged 11 and born at Leeds and was living with his parents at Armley in Leeds at that time.  According to the census in 1911, William Lawton Collett from Leeds was 21 and was living at Armley with his married brother Arthur Collett (above) and his wife and child.  It would be two years later that William became a married man.

 

 

 

He married Ada B Nicholson at St Peter’s Church in Leeds in 1913 just prior to the outbreak of war.  Ada was born at Armley and was a similar age to William, being aged 12 in 1901 when she was still living at Armley with her family.  William Lawton Collett enlisted with the 14th Foot Battalion of Prince of Wales’ Own West Yorkshire Regiment and was Rifleman 30647725.  In the days approaching the Third Battle of Ypres aka The Battle of Passchendaele, which was planned to commence on 31st July 1917, General Sir Hubert Gough led the allied troops to secure the strategic vantage point of Gheluvelt Plateau overlooking Ypres. 

 

 

 

This involved a four-day bombardment by field guns, to which the Germans retaliated by bringing in more troops to reinforce their defences and to introduce for the first time in warfare the use of the deadly mustard gas.  It was during this offensive that William was killed on 25th July 1917.  The War Graves Commission record of his death referred to his parents as Albert and Ellen Collett of Armley and included the note that he was aged 28 and that he was buried at Coxyde Military Cemetery in Belgium.  However, it seems strange there was no mention of his wife as his immediate next-of-kin.

 

 

 

 

36R5

Harold Collett was born at Armley in 1895 and was five years of age in the census of 1901, while he was living with his family at Armley.  In 1920 Harold married the widow Elsie Goodchild with whom he had a son.  As Elsie Bladen she was born in 1893 at Carlton, just south of Leeds, and was the daughter of John and Elizabeth Bladen of Hemsworth, although John Bladen was originally from West Bromwich.

 

 

 

It was in 1915 that Elsie had married Joseph Henry Goodchild of Leeds who was tragically killed on 12th April 1918 while serving on the front line with the Machine Gun Corps.  From this marriage Elsie had a daughter Edith Goodchild and she later married George Penney.

 

 

 

36S3

Kenneth Collett

Born after 1920

 

 

 

 

36R7

Norris Collett was born at Armley in 1899 and was just one year old at the time of the 1901 Census.  Norris was the youngest son of Albert Collett and Mary Lawton.  He was around thirty-four years old when he married Amy Russell in 1933.

 

 

 

 

36R10

Ella R Collett was born at Thorner in 1882, where her mother had been born in 1861.  Thorner is approximated two mile from Barwick-in-Elmet where her father was born and where Ella lived for most of her formative years.  According to the census of 1901 Ella was working as a general domestic servant in nearby Leeds at the age of 19.  Ella was later married and became Mrs Ella Goodall, following which she presented her husband with a son Reg Goodall.

 

 

 

 

36R11

Lina Collett was born at Barwick-in-Elmet in 1884 and rather curious she was listed as Lunn Collett aged 6 in the census of 1891.  On that occasion she was listed as having been born in Barwick-in-Elmet within the Chorlton & Hulme registration district of Manchester where she was a visitor without her parents or any member of the Collett family being with her at that time.  By the time she was 16 years old in 1901 she was back living in Yorkshire and was listed in the Headlingley-with-Burley area of Leeds where she was working as a domestic servant.

 

 

 

It may be of interest to note that also living at Burley in 1901 were two other seemingly unrelated Colletts.  These were (a) George H Collett who was born at Barnstaple in 1880 and who is featured in Part 34 – The Appleford Line under Ref. 34Q10, and (b) Clara A Collett nee Elliott, a 26 years old photographer born at Moorthorpe in Yorkshire in 1874 and the daughter of Richard and Barbara Elliott who was aged 6 in 1881.  So far no details are forthcoming about this family.

 

 

 

Lina was once again living in Barwick-in-Elmet towards the latter half of the next decade when she gave birth to a base-born daughter Marion.  The father of the child was farmer Tom Braithwaite, and in the census of 1911, Lina and her daughter were living with her parents William Richard Collett and his wife Mary Hannah.

 

 

 

The census return recorded Lina Collett of Barwick as 26, with the married or single column of the form left blank, and her daughter as Marrion Braithwaite Collett aged two years and also of Barwick.  It would appear that she later married Tom Braithwaite, at which time their daughter became Marion Braithwaite.

 

 

 

36S4

Marion Braithwaite Collett

Born in 1908 at Barwick-in-Elmet

 

 

 

 

36R12

Annie J Collett was born at Barwick-in-Elmet in 1886 and was five in the census of 1891 and was 14 in the 1901 Census, and on both occasions was living with her family in Barwick.

 

 

 

 

36R13

Albert Victor Collett was born at Barwick-in-Elmet in 1887 and was 13 in 1901 when listed as still living with his family in Barwick.  By April 1911 he was recorded in that year’s census as Alvert Victor Collett aged 23, a bachelor and a blacksmith working with his father William Richard Collett, while living in the family home in Barwick.  He later became a farmer and lived at Main Street in Barwick from where he was married and is known to have had four sons.

 

 

 

36S5

Edward (Ted) Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

36S6

Raymond Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

36S7

Geoffrey (Geoff) Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

36S8

Peter Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

 

 

 

36R14

Hilda Collett was born at Barwick-in-Elmet in 1889 and was aged eleven in the 1901 Census for Barwick where she was living with her parents.  Ten years later she was still living with her parents at Barwick at the age of 21.

 

 

 

Hilda never married and had her unmarried sister Olive Irene Collett (below) living with her for most of her life at the house in Main Street in Barwick built by the Collett family two hundred years earlier.  Upon her death in 1966 the Collett family house in Main Street was sold.  As a result it was the first time in its two hundred year history that it was not own and occupied by a Collett.

 

 

 

 

36R15

Sarah Collett was born at Barwick-in-Elmet in 1890 and was under one year old by the time of the 1891 Census.  In the Barwick census of 1901 when she was ten years of age, she was listed as Sara Collett, although she was also known as Sally. 

 

 

 

Sarah Collett, who was born in 1890 in the census of 1911 was 20 years of age and was curiously located at Ringwood in Hampshire at that time, when she gave her place of birth as being Potterton (in Barwick-in-Elmet).  The other confirming fact was that living with her was her sister Edith Mabel Collett (below).

 

 

 

Sometime later Sarah married Sidney Plews who worked with her father Bill Collett the blacksmith in Barwick, and after they were married the couple left Barwick and moved to Collingham near Wetherby.  And it is there that their son Laurie Plews was still living in 2008.

 

 

 

 

36R16

Edith Mabel Collett, who was known as Mabel, was born at Barwick-in-Elmet in 1892 and was eight years old in 1901.  Ten years later Edith Mabel Collett aged eighteen was recorded living in the Ringwood district of Hampshire, and with her was her sister Sarah Collett (above).  Edith never married and became a nursing sister and later in her life she ran a nursing home in Keighley.

 

 

 

 

36R18

Olive Irene Collett was born at Barwick-in-Elmet in 1898, while her birth was recorded at Leeds register office (Ref. 9b 565) during the first three months of the year.  She was three years old in the Barwick census of 1901 and ten years later, at the age of 13, Olive was still attending the school in Barwick while living there with her family.  Like two of her older sisters, Hilda and Edith Mabel (above), Olive never married and lived all her life with her unmarried sister Hilda in the Collett family home in Main Street in Barwick until her death in 1963 aged 66.

 

 

 

 

36R19

William Edward Collett, who was referred to as Ted, was born at Barwick-in-Elmet in 1899.  At the time of the Barwick census of 1901 he was just one year old.  In April 1911 he was eleven and was attending school in Barwick where he was still living with his family.  Later in his life he established himself as a keen cricketer and billiards player.  He was married and lived at Garforth just south of Barwick where his marriage produced three daughters.

 

 

 

36S9

Kathleen Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

36S10

Marjorie Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

36S11

Dorothy Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

 

 

 

36R21

John Leslie Collett was born at Barwick-in-Elmet in 1904 and was six years old at the time of the Barwick census in 1911 when he was listed with his family as John Leslie Collett, although it would appear that he was later referred to as Leslie.  He later married and had a son John Collett.

 

 

 

36S12

John Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

 

 

 

36R25

Amy Elizabeth Collett was born at Castleford on 26th September 1889, the eldest child of Benjamin Collett and Lucy Ann Broome.  It was at Gomersal that she was living with her family in 1901, at the age of 11, and again in 1911 when she was 21 and listed as Amy Elizabeth Collett.  It would appear that she eventually married to become Amy Elizabeth Clegg and it was at Dewsbury register office that her death was recorded (Ref. 4 1297) at the age of 95 during the first quarter of 1985.

 

 

 

 

36R26

John Elvin Collett was born at Castleford in 1891, the eldest son of Benjamin and Lucy Ann Collett.  It was simply as John Collett aged nine years that he was living with his family in Gomersal in March 1901, but was recorded as John Elvin Collett, age 19, in the Gomersal census of 1911.  A second tragedy struck his family in 1917, following the death of his younger brother Harry (below) in 1916, when John Elvin Collett, Private 40682 with the Northumberland Fusiliers, was killed in action during the Great War on 11th February 1917.  The memorial at Ploegsteert bears his name.  His military record confirms he enlisted with the army at Halifax, that he was attached to 23rd Battalion of the Tyneside Scottish Regiment, and that he was killed at Flanders.

 

 

 

 

36R27

Harry Collett was born at Castleford in 1893, the son of Benjamin and Lucy Ann Collett.  Not long after his was born his family moved to Gomersal where Harry was seven and 17 is the census returns for 1901 and 1911.  He joined the Royal Navy and saw active service as Ordinary Seaman J/49879 with the torpedo-boat destroyer HMS Shark.  Tragically he was killed on 31st May 1916 when the Shark was sunk by German destroyers at the Battle of Jutland, the only major sea battle of the First World War.  Only six of the original 91 officers and crew survived.

 

 

 

The ship’s Commander Loftus William Jones lost a leg when under fire from the destroyers and was helped onto a life raft by a petty officer but died shortly after.  His body was later washed up on the coast of Sweden where he was buried.  As a result of his actions during the Battle of Jutland and the earlier ‘Scarborough Raid’, he was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross medal.  The name of Harry Collett appears amongst those listed on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial (reference 14) who lost their lives and of which only six of the original 37 crew members survived.

 

 

 

 

36R28

George Albert Collett was born at Gomersal on 2nd August 1898, the youngest of the children of Benjamin Collett and his wife Lucy Ann Broome, his birth recorded at Dewsbury register office (Ref. 9b 637).  George was two years old in the Gomersal census of 1901 and as George Albert Collett he was 12 years of age in 1911.  It was on 5th November 1929 that George Albert Collett married (1) Dorothy Houghton, the daughter of Thomas Houghton, at St John the Baptist Church in Wakefield.  The event was recorded at Wakefield register office (Ref. 9c 127) when George Albert Collett was described as a civil servant of 10 Bond Street in Wakefield, while his bride, Dorothy Houghton, was a spinster of Manchester.   The family of the groom was confirmed as Benjamin Collett, deceased, a former gas worker, with Dorothy’s father described as Thomas Houghton, deceased, a former clothier.

 

 

 

So far as is currently known George and Dorothy had three children, the first of whom was born in Doncaster, the second born within the same year but after the family had settled in Wakefield, where the couple’s third child was born.  George Albert Collett was living within the Leeds area when he died in 1982 at the age of 83, following which his death was recorded at Leeds register office (Ref. 05 0220) during the first quarter of that year.  In April that same year his son Peter wrote a letter which confirmed his father had very recent passed away and that he and his sister Pauline had travelling to Leeds to be with their stepmother, thus indicating that George’s wife Dorothy had died at an earlier time, and that he had remarried following her death.  Go to Anthony Peter de Houghton to see a copy of that letter.

 

 

 

36S13

John Albert de Houghton Collett

Born in 1931 at Doncaster

 

36S14

Anthony Peter de Houghton Collett

Born in 1931 at Wakefield

 

36S15

Pauline Yvonne de Houghton Collett

Born in 1935 at Wakefield

 

 

 

 

36R33

Florrie Collett was born in 1904 and very likely at Barwick-in-Elmet, the only daughter of Fred Collett and Mary Ellen Burnett.  Rather curiously, no record of her has been found in the census of 1911, when her mother and two brothers were living in Barwick.  Florrie Collett later married and became Florrie Morehouse, and eventually she died during the early 1990s.

 

 

 

 

36R34

John Collett who was known as Jack, was born at Garforth in 1906, the eldest surviving son of blacksmith Fred Collett of Barwick-in-Elmet and Mary Ellen Burnett.  The year he was born, also was the year his brother Fred died, and by the time of his fifth birthday his father had died while only 35.  At the time of the census in 1911, John was four years old, and he and his widowed mother and younger brother Ernest were living at Barwick with his uncle Edward Burnett, his mother’s brother.

 

 

 

As a child he lived with his other uncle, Dick Burnett, at The Boyle in Barwick.  Later in his life, he also lived at Main Street in Barwick, just two doors from (uncle) Edward Burnett the celebrated Maypole Master, with whom he was living at the time of the census in 1911.

 

 

 

In 1929 Jack Collett married Gladys Avison at Westgate Hill in Bradford.  Gladys was the eldest daughter of Walter and Martha Ann Avison, and was born within the Bramley, Leeds area. 

 

The marriage produced five children for Jack and Gladys, and all of them very likely born at Bradford. 

 

The family photograph here, was taken at the 70th Wedding Anniversary celebration in 1999.

 

 

 

Seated on the left is Jack Collett (senior) and between him and his wife Gladys, is their son Jack.  Standing behind are (from the left) daughters Sheilagh, Edith, Gloria, and Joyce.  Jack Collett was still living in Bradford in 2003, when he died at the age of 97.

 

 

 

36S16

John (Jack) Collett

Born in 1930; died in 2006

 

36S17

Joyce Collett

Born in 1932

 

36S18

Gloria Collett

Born in 1937

 

36S19

Edith Collett

Born circa 1942

 

36S20

Sheilagh Collett

Born circa 1947

 

 

 

 

36R35

Ernest Collett was born at Barwick-in-Elmet in 1908, the youngest son of Fred and Mary Ellen Collett.  In 1911, the year his father died, Ernest was three years of age and was living with his mother and brother John at the Barwick home of his uncle Edward Burnett.  It is known that Ernest was married during his life, and that he had a son who provided him with two granddaughters who are still alive in 2010.  Like his sister Florrie (above), Ernest Collett also died during the first half of the 1990s.

 

 

 

36S21

Brian Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

 

 

 

36R38

Kate Collett was born at Harewood in 1889, the eldest child of Alfred Collett and Eliza Buckborough.  By 1891 when Kate was two years of age she and her family were living in the Wortley & Bramley district of Leeds.  Before she was ten years old her mother died and her father remarried, and at the time of the next census in 1901 when Kate was 12 she was living at 5 Gledhow Street in Armley with her father, her stepmother Sarah, her sister Lucy (below), and her two half-siblings Arthur and Bertha Collett.  Her father passed away in 1908 and shortly after that Kate married Walter Ernest Henson.  In the census of 1911 the childless couple was living in Wharfedale where Walter was 27 and Kate from Harewood was 22.

 

 

 

 

36R39

Lucy Collett was born at Harewood in 1890 and was one year old in the Wortley & Bramley census of 1891 and was 11 years of age by the time of the census in 1901.  By that time her mother had died and her father had remarried, the new family then residing at 5 Gledhow Street in Armley, Leeds.  Her father died less than seven years later and no record of Lucy Collett has been found in 1911 after it is evident that family was broken up.

 

 

 

 

36R40

Arthur Collett was born at Harrogate in 1899, the son of Alfred Collett and his second wife Sarah Jane Ibbetson.  He was one year old in March 1901 when he and his family were living at 5 Gledhow Street in Armley, Leeds.  Upon the death of his father in the first few months of 1908 his and his younger sister Evaline (below) were taken into the family of drayman Albert Robinson and his wife Sarah Annie Robinson at their three-roomed home at 3 Jacksons Court, Park Lane in Leeds.  They had been married for twenty-two years, during which time they had given birth to two children, James Wear Robinson who was 18 and Mary Ann Robinson who was 16.  Arthur Collett, aged 11 years and from Harrogate, was described as nephew to Albert Robinson, who wife had been born at Knaresborough twenty years before Arthur’s own mother Sarah Jane had been born there.

 

 

 

 

36R41

Bertha Collett was born at 5 Gledhow Street in Armley, Leeds during August 1890, the daughter of Alfred and Sarah Jane Collett who was seven months old in the Armley census of 1901.  What happened to her mother after the death of her father in 1908 is not known, except that she and her two siblings Arthur and Evaline were not living together in 1911.  On that occasion Bertha Collett from Leeds was 10 years old and staying with a family within the Keighley registration district of the West Riding of Yorkshire.

 

 

 

 

36R42

Evaline Collett was born at 5 Gledhow Street in Armley in 1904, the last know child of Alfred Collett and his second wife sarah Jane Ibbetson.  She was around three years old when her father died, which appears to have resulted in a break-up of the family.  By April 1911 Evaline Collett from Leeds was six years old and the niece of Albert and Sarah Annie Robinson with whom she and her brother Arthur (above) were living at 3 Jacksons Court in Park Lane, Leeds

 

 

 

 

36R46

Hiram Collett was born at Keighley in 1875 and was six years old at the time of the 1881 Census when he was living with his parents at 18 Orleans Street in Keighley.  He was aged 16 in 1891 although his name was recorded as Edwin Collett.  By 1901 Hiram was 26 and was still a bachelor living with his family at Keighley where his stated occupation was that of a cabinet maker.  He was still not married after a few ten years, when Hiram Collett from Keighley was listed in the Keighley census of 1911 as living alone at the age of 36.

 

 

 

 

36R47

Harry Collett was born at Keighley in July 1880 and was recorded as being nine months old on 3rd April 1881.  All of his early years were spent at the family home at 18 Orleans Street in Keighley where he was aged 10 years in 1891 and was 20 in 1901 by which time he was working as a grocer’s assistant.  Around seven or eight years later it would appear that he married Clara, and by the time of the next census in 1911 she had presented Harry with two children, both of them born in Keighley where the family was still living in April that year.  Harry Collet was 30, his wife Clara was 32, and their two daughters were Catherine Collett who was one year old, and Alice Collett who was just five months of age.

 

 

 

36S22

Catherine Collett

Born in 1909 at Keighley

 

36S23

Alice Collett

Born in November 1910 at Keighley

 

 

 

 

36R48

John Collett was born at Keighley on 23rd August 1884, the son of Richard and Ann Collett.  He was seven years old in the Keighley census of 1891, and ten years later in March 1901 he was 17 when he was working as a milk seller, while still living with his parents in Keighley.  It was almost five years after that when John married Blanche Letitia Jackson at Keighley in Yorkshire, following which the couple then emigrated to New Zealand where their two children were born.  This new information has been obtained through John’s military records, which have been kindly supplied by Susan Jenkins in the Archives Office in New Zealand.  Four years prior to their wedding day the census in 1901 identified Blanche L Jackson as still living in Keightley, where she had been born during the third quarter of 1880, when she was working as a wool drawer at the age of 20.

 

 

 

To further confirm the details, Kelvin Parker in New Zealand kindly provided this additional information in the autumn of 2014.  The marriage of John and Blanche was recorded at Keightley (Ref. 9a 322) during the final quarter of 1905, immediately after which they sailed out of Liverpool on board the ship Ayrshire, bound for Auckland in New Zealand.  The couple arrived at Auckland on 8th February 1906, the immigration records stating that John Collett was 22 years of age and a farmer, while his wife Blanche L Collett was 25.  Just over four months later the couple’s first child was born in Auckland during the second week of June 1906. 

 

 

 

The family of three was still living in Auckland when their daughter was born fourteen months after the birth of their son.  It was ten years later that John enlisted with the New Zealand Expeditionary Force, completing the Attestation for General Service on 28th February 1917.  This confirmed his date of birth, the names of his parents in England, and the fact that he had lived in Auckland for eleven years.  He was described as being 33, 5 feet 7½ inches tall, weighing 9 stone, with light brown hair, blue eyes, and a fair complexion.  With no ailments declared at that time, he was signed off as being fit for duty.

 

 

 

Also at that time he was employed by J J Craig of Auckland, when he was residing at Avoca House on St Georges Bay Road in the Parnell district of Auckland, which was his address on entry into service on 31st May 1917.  Curiously his wife and next-of-kin was listed as living at a different address.  Mrs John Collett’s address was 46 Seafield View Road, Grafton in Auckland, just a short distance from Parnell.  Private John Collett, service number 396/6315, had only been in service for three days when he was granted leave of absence without pay.  That happened on 4th June 1917 and followed him having a medical examination on 2nd June at Trentham Camp in Wellington, during which it was discovered that he had severe flat feet.  The decision of the Medical Board was that he was unfit for service.

 

 

 

However, prior to all of this, on 23rd July 1915, the following article was printed in the Auckland Star under the headline HER HUSBAND GAMBLED.  “John Collett did not appear to answer his wife's complaint of ill-treatment, and her request for maintenance.  Mr C E Matthews appeared for the complainant.  Mrs Collett stated that she was married in 1905 in Yorkshire, and had two children.  The trouble with her husband was that he lost his money by gambling.  All she wanted was an allowance for her two children.  She would not live with her husband again, as he had a very violent temper.  She also stated that her husband had burnt her father's photo, also some of her books, as well as table cloths and other linen.  Her husband was suspicious and jealous, but the whole trouble was that he would not give up his money.  Mr Kettle made an order for separation, also giving the mother guardianship of the two children, and maintenance to the extent of £1 per week.” 

 

 

 

Then, just three weeks before John enlisted with the army the following item was published in the Auckland Star on 9th February 1917.  “John Collett was brought up from Christchurch, where he was earning a guinea a day, to appear this morning in answer to an action taken by his wife, Blanche Letitia Collett, for separation, maintenance and guardianship of two children.  Mr Allan Moodie appeared for the complainant, who said her husband was a carter before he went away.  They had been married in Yorkshire, and had come to New Zealand eleven years ago.  The only money she had received from him for some time was £1, and this was increased by £40 she had collected on a fire insurance policy when her house was damaged.  She had taken out separation orders against him before, but had allowed him to come back to her.  The last time he left her was on December 22, and he had never returned.  A young lady who stayed with complainant corroborated these statements in full.  John Collett said he had nothing against his wife.  As a carter in Auckland he had been earning three guineas a week, but at Christchurch he had been earning upwards of a pound a day.  He had left her only thrice, and each time in order to better himself.  His Worship fixed the maintenance at 30/- a week gave guardianship of the children to the complainant, and adjourned the separation action sine die.”  Def. sine die - without assigning a day for a further meeting or hearing.

 

 

 

It was twelve years after that when the following legal notice appeared in the New Zealand Herald on 22nd August 1929.  On the ground of adultery decrees nisi were made in the following cases.... which including. Blanche Letitia Collett (Mr Allan Moodie) against John Collett.  John Collett was 76 years of age when he died in 1959, while his wife Blanche Letitia Collett, who never remarried after their divorce, died two years later in 1961 when she was 80.

 

 

 

36S24

John Collett

Born in 1906 at Auckland

 

36S25

Lillian (Lily) Collett

Born in 1907 at Auckland

 

 

 

 

36R49

William Collett, also known as Willie, was born at Keighley in 1887 and was three years old at the time of the census in 1891 and was 13 in 1901.  On both occasions he was living with his parents in Keighley where he was employed as a worsted doffer working in the cloth industry in 1901.  In both census records he was referred to as Willie.  It must have been around five or six years later that he married Amelia with whom he had a son which he named after his father.  The child, who may have been the first of many, was born at Keighley where the family of three was living in April 1911.  Willie Collett of Keighley was 22, his wife Amelia was 24, and their son Richard Collett was two years old.

 

 

 

36S26

Richard Collett

Born in 1908 at Keighley

 

 

 

 

36R53

Lillie Collett was born at Barnsley in 1887, the daughter of Alfred Collett from Gomersal and his wife Jane from Devizes.  In the 1891 Lillie and her family were living at 147 Beamaby Street in Manningham in Bradford where he father Alfred was working as a grocer’s assistant.

 

 

 

Shortly after that her mother Jane married for a second time, and with no record of her father from 1891 onwards it must be assumed that he had died not long after the census day that year.  Her mother then had a child by John William Roebuck, and by 1901 the new family was living at Bradford Road in Gomersal.  By then Lillie Collett from Barnsley was 13 and was already working as a domestic nurse, while still living with her mother Jane Roebuck, her brother George L Collett, and stepfather John W Roebuck and half sister Winnie Roebuck.

 

 

 

During the following years Lillie left the Roebuck household, when she went to live with her elderly grandfather Benjamin Collett in Gomersal.  This was confirmed by the census in 1911 when Lillie Collett from Barnsley, who was 23, was living at the house of 75 years old widow Benjamin Collett where she was performing the role of housekeeper.

 

 

 

 

36R54

George Lancelot Collett was born at Wakefield in 1888, the only son of Alfred and Jane Collett.  His birth was recorded at Wakefield register office (Ref. 9c 77) during the last three months of that year.  George L Collett from Wakefield was two years old in 1891 when he was living with his family in Bradford.  Shortly after that George’s father tragically died, following which his mother re-married and settled at Bradford Road in Gomersal where the family was living in 1901.  On that occasion George L Collett was 12 when he was living with his mother and sister Lillie (above) at the home of his stepfather John W Roebuck and his half-sister Winnie Roebuck.

 

 

 

 

36S3

Kenneth Collett was the son of Harold Collett and Elsie Goodchild nee Bladen and was born after 1920.  Kenneth later married Patricia and the marriage produced a son for the couple who was born at home in Armley.  Sometime later in the 1970s Kenneth and Patricia were divorced and Patricia married Peter Blackburn, at which point in time, her son adopted the name Mark Patrick Blackburn.

 

 

 

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Mark Patrick Collett

Born in February 1964

 

 

 

 

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John Collett, whose date of birth is not known, was the son of Leslie Collett of Barwick-in-Elmet.  He is known to have married and the marriage produced two daughters for John and his wife.  And it was John that had published in The Barwicker village magazine an article about his family that provided some of the details for this update, together with other information written for the same magazine by Joyce Hidden nee Collett (below).

 

 

 

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Beverley Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

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Andrea Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

 

 

 

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John Albert de Houghton Collett was born in the Doncaster area where his birth was registered (Ref. 9c 1359) during the first few weeks of 1931, the eldest child of George Albert Collett and his wife Dorothy Houghton.

 

 

 

 

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Anthony Peter de Houghton Collett was born after his family had settled in Wakefield where his birth was recorded (Ref. 9c 50) during the last few weeks of 1931, the same year that his brother John (above) was born.  In 1982 Peter, as he was known, was residing at a property names Dominoes on Cobham Way in East Horsley in Surrey, and at some time in his life he was a director of the finance company of Piper Wheatley Associates and a director of The Rehearsal Orchestra..

 

 

 

On 11th April 1982 Anthony Peter de Houghton Collett wrote the following letter to Peter Collett (Ref. 24P47) in Oslo:

            Dear Mr Collett,

Your name and address has been given to me by a business associate in Norske Shell who knows your cousin Ove Collett.  In England I do not often meet people with the surname Collett and I have never come across anyone with both my christian name and my surname.  My sister Pauline is likewise intrigued.  Recently my father George Collett died in Leeds and last weekend my sister and I travelled from the London area where we both live to visit our stepmother.  Because I had heard about you and that fact that you are celebrating this year the 300th Anniversary of the arrival of James Collett from this country to Norway we both decided to start some research into our own Collett family history.  We visited a village near Leeds called Barwick-in-Elmet which is famous for its very tall Maypole.  We are told that over the last two hundred years a member of the Collett family has climbed this pole – about 30 metres high – to put a weathervane in the shape of a fox on the top of it.  In the graveyard of the local church we found a large family tomb of the Colletts dated back to 1820.  We realise we know very little about my father’s family.  On the other hand my mother comes from a Lancashire family with a long traceable history.  There was a television programme of interest to us a year ago on the subject of the Roots of England focusing on the Houghton family and its history from Saxon times.  If we can help to carry out and further research for you in this country please let me know.  I hope we can meet one day as I occasionally visit Oslo.  I should be very interested to learn what celebrations you are arranging and when, and we wish you all success with them.

Yours very sincerely, Peter Collett

 

 

 

 

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Pauline Yvonne de Houghton Collett was born at Wakefield in 1935 and it was at Wakefield register office that her birth was recorded (Ref. 9c 59) during the last quarter of that year, when her mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Houghton.  She was the youngest known child of George Albert Collett and Dorothy Houghton.

 

 

 

 

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Joyce Collett was born in 1932, the second of five children of Jack Collett and Gladys Avison of Bradford, where Joyce was possibly born.  She later married Norman Hidden who died in 2006.  In 2008 Joyce Hidden was living at Frinton-on-Sea and was instrumental in providing some details for this family line through an article she had published in The Barwicker magazine in 2008.  Today in 2010, Joyce is still living in Frinton and has once again provided important details to enhance this family line.

 

 

 

 

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Brian Collett, whose date of birth is not known, was the son of Ernest Collett of Barwick-in-Elmet.  Although by 2010, Brian had died, it is known that he was married, and that the marriage produced two daughters for Brian and his wife.

 

 

 

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a Collett daughter

Date of birth unknown

 

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a Collett daughter

Date of birth unknown

 

 

 

 

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John Collett was born in Auckland on 10th June 1906, four months after his parents John Collett and Blanche Letitia Jackson had arrived in New Zealand, and around nine months after their wedding day.  His birth was recorded under reference 1906/12833.  Nothing further is known about John at this time, except that his death was recorded in New Zealand in 1981 (Ref. 1981/30122).  However, there was a John Collett who applied to the City of Auckland No.1 Licensing Authority in February of 1927 to run a bus service between Sturdee Street, City to Lake Road, Ellerslie, that it is possible that he may well have been this John Collett.

 

 

 

 

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Lillian (Lily) Collett was born at Auckland on 28th August 1907, her birth recorded under the name of Lilian Collett (Ref. 1907/14683) to parents John and Blanche Letitia Collett.  It may have been later in her life that she was known as Lily.  When she was around eight years of age her parents separated leaving Lillian and her brother John (above) to be looked after mainly by her mother following their separation in 1915.  After that there was a short reconciliation, followed by another separation in 1917, before their divorce in 1929.  It is thought that the marriage reported below in the New Zealand Herald, on 18th February 1931 relates to this Lillian Collett.

 

 

 

“WILLSON—COLLETT:  The marriage was celebrated at St Sepulchre's Church [Auckland] recently of Miss Lillian Collett, only daughter of Mrs L Collett, of Khyber Pass, to Mr Arthur Willson, of Wellington, third son of Mrs L. Willson, of Petone.  The Rev. J. E. Draper performed the ceremony.  The bride, who was given away by Mr G Smith, wore an ankle-length frock of white satin, with a tight-fitting bodice and flared tiered skirt.  Her veil was of embroidered tulle, and she carried a sheaf of St Joseph's lilies, white carnations, roses and lily of the valley.  In attendance as bridesmaid was Miss Ethel Ross, who wore an ankle-length, flared frock of coral pink satin georgette, with a pink tulle head-dress, edged with silver leaves.  She carried a shower bouquet of pink sweet peas, carnations and blue delphiniums.  The little flower girl, Jessie Best, wore an early-Victorian frock of pink crepe de chine, and carried a posy to tone.  Mr M Brennen, of Hamilton, was best man.  Mrs L Collett received her guests at the reception which followed, wearing a frock of beaded georgette over pink satin and silk fillet lace, and a hat to tone.

 

 

 

 

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Mark Patrick Collett was born at Armley in February 1964, but when his mother separated from his father in the 1970s and married Peter Blackburn, Mark also took the Blackburn surname.  It was thanks to Mark that this up date of The Leeds Line has been possible.  Today he lives just a few miles from Leeds, but is planning to move to Scotland in the very near future.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Appendix 1 – The Family of the Unknown Barwick Colletts

 

 

 

And yet another Collett son was born at Barwick-in-Elmet around 1832.  He married Emma who was born in 1836 at Barwick-in-Elmet and their two known children were born at Bradford and Keighley respectively.  However, it seems very likely that Emma’s husband died after the birth of the second child sometime around 1870, since the census of 1871 only listed Emma aged 33 and her two daughters Ann E Collett aged seven years and Martha who was one year old.  All three were living at Keighley. 

 

 

 

The 1881 Census confirmed Emma as a 44 years old widow living at 35 Bower Street in the Horton district of Bradford.  Her occupation at that time was stated as being a sweet confectioner, and 35 Bower Street was described as a cottage and a sweet shop.  Her daughter Ann aged 16 was still living with her mother and was working as a woollen spinner, while her youngest daughter Martha was eleven years of age.  Living with them as a boarder was 40 years old brewer Peter Fetherston of Sheffield.

 

 

 

No record of Emma or her daughters has been found in either of the 1891 and 1901 Census records, although a Martha aged 31 and born at Keighley was living at Bradford with the name Martha Pilling, which may have been Emma’s youngest daughter.  In addition to this, there was an Annie Collett aged 40 who was born at Bradford who was living in Barwick-in-Elmet in 1901.

 

 

 

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Ann E Collett

Born in 1864 at Bradford

 

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Martha Collett

Born in 1869 at Keighley

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Appendix 2 – Article printed in the Leeds Mercury in June 1930

 

 

 

BLACKSMITH OF 76 – THE OLDEST IN YORKSHIRE (Ref. 36Q9)

 

Who is the oldest working blacksmith in Yorkshire?  At the age of 76 Mr William Richard Collett of Barwick-in-Elmet can lay claim to the title, for he still does every kind of blacksmith’s work, including shoeing horses.  He carries on the business founded by his great great grandfather, and is very proud of the fact that his family has lived in Barwick longer than any other.  He and his wife and two daughters live in a stone-built house which was built by his great great grandfather and which is over two hundred years old.

 

At one time the village blacksmith combined the duties of doctor and horse-doctor as well, and in the kitchen there are still the various medicines for the blacksmith’s human patients.  His veterinary medicines are kept in similar drawers in the smithy.  Mr Collett remembers his grandfather being called in to stitch the head of a woman who had had a heated argument with her husband.  When Mr Collett was speaking about the incident his wife broke in laughingly, “I bet he stitched it with a rusty needle and a piece of tar-band”

 

In his youth Mr Collett had a great reputation as a runner and walker.  The hardest work he ever did was when he and his brother made and fitted 68 shoes.  There had been a heavy fall of snow on the previous night and an unusual number of horses had to be shod.  Another interesting point about Mr Collett’s family is that the first iron harrow used in the Barwick district was made by his grandfather from a model he saw at the Great Yorkshire Show.

 

Due to a shooting accident, in which he lost the use of the toes in his left foot, Mr Collett cannot move about so quickly but still is able to do every job a blacksmith is supposed to do.  In these days of motor transport he does not have to shoe as many horses as he did previously but he still does all that come to him.

 

Four years after this article was published Bill Collett passed away aged 80.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Appendix 3 – Article printed in the Leeds Mercury in April 1932

 

 

 

THE BLACKSMITH OF BARWICK

 (An insight into the early life of Bill Collett – Ref. 36Q9)

 

A Family Tradition and a Look at Other Days

 

Barwick-in-Elmet, where the Maypole stands, is the obvious place for a village blacksmith of ancient descent, and William Collett, now 74 years of age, represents the fifth generation of blacksmith of that name in this picturesque spot near Leeds.  But even with the heyday of shoeing to look back on, and a craft handed down to him from great great grandfather’s time, it is not particularly upon horse-shoeing that Mr Collett looks back for his liveliest reminiscences.

 

Rather do these concern the time when a colony of Leeds artists and writers made Barwick their week-end and holiday home, in two old thatched cottage, one called ‘Ye Attic Abode’ and the other ‘The Drop Inn’.  These two cottages have long been done away with and most of the other thatched roofs in the village have gone but it is still easy to see why Barwick should have appealed to these young fellows of lively mind and artistic bent.  Lying away from the main roads, it is a typical English scene.  Its trees are of great beauty, it retains its old world air and it has friendly inns.

 

Ernest Forbes was a particularly lively member of a very lively party, and others in the colony were W Alban Jones the architect, J T Friedensen the black and white artist, Oliver Onions the novelist, Ospovat the most brilliant of them all, who died young, but some of whose work has been secured by the British Museum, and Edmund Bogg, with his great stride, writing his guides to the Yorkshire Dales; he must smile now at all this new ‘pother’ about hiking, as if men had never trusted to their two legs before.

 

“Sometimes they had no money, and sometimes they had” said Mr Collett.  “They were lively lads.  They locked Mr Jones in a cubby hole and left him, and we had to let him out, but he got his own back by stealing their clothes in the night”

 

These young chaps painted their cartoons on the doors and old-fashioned shutters, both sides, but when the cottage were pulled down, somebody cleaned and repaired the doors for another purpose, and has bemoaned the fact ever since.  They made Barwick a lively place.  “And no doubt they’ve all settled down now” said Mr Collett.

 

‘Ye Attic Abode’ adjoined Mr Collett’s smithy.  There are not the horses to shoe now that there were, and there are no joiners in Barwick now to build carts and wagons, though there were three once, with all the work they could cope with.  Before they could inherit the family smithy, Mr Collett and his father had both in their turn to turn out to work the smithy at Potterton.  It was here that Mr Collett’s father used to send to him the awkward horses which he was too old to manage himself, and Mr Collett used to throw them to the ground on the green turf behind the smithy, rope their legs and then shoe them.  Mr Collett never shod cattle, but his still has some of the thin, peculiarly-shaped plates which were used by his father and grandfather for that purpose.

 

And as for the Maypole and Barwick Fea