PART THIRTY-SIX

 

The Birstall, Heckmondwike, Batley (Yorkshire) Line

 

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

 

Section One is The Barwick-in-Elmet (Leeds) Line

 

Updated April 2017

 

 

 

 

The members of the Collett family recorded in this file were found during the research into Part 36 – The Barwick-in-Elmet (Leeds) Line.  The earliest records so far found initially centre on Birstall which lies two miles north-west of Batley and two miles north of Heckmondwike in the Dewsbury area of Yorkshire.  Members of the family eventually migrated to each of those three towns.  For all of the records in the 1700s the name was written as Collit or Collitt, but once into the new century the spelling switched to the more commonly used form of Collett, and it is this which is used throughout this file.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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John Collett was born around 1730 and he married Elizabeth Gill at Birstall on 30th April 1754.  It seems highly likely that Elizabeth was with-child on their wedding day since, less than seven months later she presented John with the first of their two known children, their son John whose brother was born the following year.  It is assumed that his first daughter suffered an infant death for John’s second daughter to be given the same name two years later.  The last three known children were all baptised at Birstall on the same day, so the order in which they were born is not known.

 

 

 

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John Collett

Born circa 1754 at Birstall

 

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Samuel Collett

Born circa 1757 at Birstall

 

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Sarah Collett

Baptised on 16.04.1760 at Birstall

 

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Sarah Collett

Baptised on 11.04.1762 at Birstall

 

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Elizabeth Collett

Baptised on 25.02.1773 at Birstall

 

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James Collett

Baptised on 25.02.1773 at Birstall

 

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William Collett

Baptised on 25.02.1773 at Birstall

 

 

 

 

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John Collett was baptised at Birstall on 15.10.1754, the eldest son of John and Elizabeth Collett.  He was still living at Birstall when his son was born.

 

 

 

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John Collett

Baptised on 07.10.1775 at Birstall

 

 

 

 

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Samuel Collett was baptised at Birstall on 3rd March 1757, the son of John Collett and Elizabeth Gill, and he married Frances (Fanny) Preston at Birstall on 2nd December 1777.  Exactly nine months after they were married the couple’s first child was baptised at Birstall and, as with the next two baptisms, the parents were confirmed at Samuel and Frances Collett.  However, the fourth child listed below may or may not be the son of Samuel since, as yet, no birth or baptism record has been found.

 

 

 

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James Collett

Born circa 1778 at Birstall

 

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Mary Collett

Baptised on 17.09.1780 at Birstall

 

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Susanna Collett

Baptised on 23.01.1785 at Birstall

 

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George Collett

Born circa 1790 at Birstall

 

 

 

 

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James Collett was baptised at Birstall on 2nd August 1778, the son of Samuel Collett and Frances (Fanny) Preston.  He married Elizabeth Hinsliff (Hinscliffe) on 21st September 1801 at St Peter’s Church in Leeds, where their first child was baptised, although it would appear that the couple later settled in Birstall where their son Thomas was baptised.  Although yet to be unearthed, it seems very likely that the marriage of James and Elizabeth produced more than just the two children listed below.

 

 

 

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Samuel Collett

Baptised on 21.03.1802 at Leeds

 

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Thomas Collett

Baptised on 24.05.1807 at Birstall

 

 

 

 

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George Collett was born at Birstall around 1790, the likely son of Samuel Collett and Frances Preston, although no actual birth or baptism record has so far been discovered for him.  This means that he may have been a brother or a cousin to James Collett (above) who was born before the end of 1778.  George Collett married (1) Mary Fawcett at Birstall on 25th December 1810 and it would appear that Mary was with-child on the day of the wedding since, just five months later, their first child was born and baptised at Birstall.  It would appear from the later records that Mary may have died during the years after the birth of their son to allow George to subsequently marry the much younger (2) Jane Collinson at Birstall on 7th November 1819.  Jane Collinson was the daughter of William and Ann Collinson who was baptised at Middleham in Yorkshire on 17th January 1800.

 

 

 

That second marriage for George produced seven known children who were all born at Heckmondwike although they were baptised at Birstall.  However, no record of George and Jane or their family has been located in the June census of 1841, when it is established that it was during the 1840s that George Collett died, he being around ten years older than his second wife.  So by the time of the census in 1851 Jane Collett, age 56 and a widow, was living within the Dewsbury, Liversedge & Heckmondwike registration district with her daughter Hannah who was 20, and sons Jeremiah who was 18 and Jonathan who was 14.

 

 

 

Ten years later Jane was 65 in the census of 1861 when she still had Hannah, aged 30, and Jonathan, aged 24, living with her at Heckmondwike.  However, her absence from the census in 1871 very likely means that she passed away during the 1860s.

 

 

 

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James Collett

Baptised on 09.06.1811 at Birstall

 

The following are the children of George Collett by his second wife Jane Collinson:

 

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John Collett

Born in 1820 at Heckmondwike

 

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Mary Collett

Born in 1823 at Heckmondwike

 

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Thomas Collett

Born in 1825 at Heckmondwike

 

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George Collett

Born in 1828 at Heckmondwike

 

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Hannah Collett

Born in 1830 at Heckmondwike

 

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Jeremiah Collett

Born in 1832 at Heckmondwike

 

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Jonathan Collett

Born in 1836 at Heckmondwike

 

 

 

 

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John Collett was probably born at Heckmondwike within six months of the marriage of his parents which took place at Birstall on 7th November 1819.  He was then baptised at Birstall on 2nd April 1820, the first child of George Collett and Jane Collinson.  He later married Eliza from Batley during the 1840s with whom he had at least the six children listed below.  According to the census in 1851 the family was living at Stanningley in Heckmondwike when John Collett from Heckmondwike was 31 and an engine tester (in a rag factory), Eliza from Batley was also 31, and their two sons on that day were George who was two and John Wm Collett who was only nine months old.

 

 

 

The family was almost completed during the next decade when three more children were added to their family, which was still living in Heckmondwike in 1861.  John and Eliza were both 41, George was 12, John W Collett was 10, Joseph was nine, Elizabeth A Collett was seven and Mary was five.  The couple’s last child was born during the following year, but later that same decade John Collett died at Heckmondwike.  It may have been his death which caused the family to leave Heckmondwike, all of which was confirmed in the next census of 1871 when his widow Eliza Collett was 51 when she and all of her six children were residing within the nearby Liversedge registration area.  George was 22, John William was 20, Joseph was 19, Elizh Ann was 17, Mary was 15 and Eliza was eight years old.

 

 

 

Sometime during the following decade Eliza left Liversedge and returned to her home town of Batley where she was living with some of her children in 1881.  The census return that year placed Eliza Collette (sic), age 61, as living at Bunkers Lane in Batley with her three of her six children.  They were John William Collett who was 30 and sisters Mary and Eliza Collett who were 25 and 18 respectively who were both working as blanket weavers.

 

 

 

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George Collett

Born in 1848 at Heckmondwike

 

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John William Collett

Born in 1850 at Heckmondwike

 

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Joseph Collett

Born in 1852 at Heckmondwike

 

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Elizabeth A Collett

Born in 1854 at Heckmondwike

 

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Mary Collett

Born in 1856 at Heckmondwike

 

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Eliza Collett

Born in 1862 at Heckmondwike

 

 

 

 

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Mary Collett was born at either Birstall or Heckmondwike during 1823 and was baptised at Birstall on 11th April 1824, the daughter of George and Jane Collett.

 

 

 

 

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Thomas Collett was born at Heckmondwike in 1825 and was baptised at Birstall on 30th April 1826.  With no apparent record of Thomas and his family in 1841 ten years later he was listed in the census of 1851 as being 25 years old and a bachelor living and working in the Dewsbury, Liversedge & Heckmondwike census registration district near to where his widowed mother was living.  During the mid 1850s he married Ruth and prior to the next census in 1861 the couple had two sons and two daughters.  The census return for the Dewsbury & Liversedge area listed the family as Thomas 35, his wife Ruth who was also 35, and their daughters Sarah who was four years of age and Jane who was one year old.  It is not clear where their son Joshua was on that occasion.

 

 

 

Two more children were added to the family over the next decade while the family was still in Heckmondwike and by 1871 the family was made up of Thomas 45, Ruth 45, Joshua 17, Sarah 14, Jane 11, Elizabeth who was nine and George who was seven years old.  Sadly Ruth was made a widow during the 1870s and in 1881, at the age of 55, when she was described as being ‘formerly a weaver’.  Her four youngest children were still living with her at the family home on Commercial Street in Heckmondwike where they were all recorded as having been born.  Ruth’s three daughters were all employed as woollen blanket weavers.  Sarah was 24, Jane was 21, and Elizabeth was 19, while Ruth’s son George was a butcher at the age of 17, as was his older brother Joseph in 1881.

 

 

 

Ten years later widow Ruth Collett was 65 and still had living with her at Heckmondwike her daughter Elizabeth Collett who was 29 and her son George Collett who was 27.  Also listed with the three of them was Ruth’s granddaughter Mary Collett who was nine years old, who may have been the base-born daughter of Ruth’s youngest daughter Elizabeth.  Either way she was still listed as Mary Collett from Heckmondwike in the next census in 1901 when she was 19.

 

 

 

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Joshua Collett

Born in 1853 at Heckmondwike

 

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Sarah Collett

Born in 1856 at Heckmondwike

 

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Jane Collett

Born in 1859 at Heckmondwike

 

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Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1862 at Heckmondwike

 

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George Collett

Born in 1864 at Heckmondwike

 

 

 

 

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George Collett was born at Heckmondwike during 1828 and was baptised at Birstall on 22nd June 1828, the son of George and Jane Collett.  Around the mid-1840s George married Nancy and by 1851 they had two children.  The census return for Heckmondwike that year recorded the family as George Collett who was 23, Nancy was 22 and sons George and John were two years and one year respectively.  Ten years later only the couple’s youngest son was still living with them in 1861 which may indicate the their eldest son had suffered an infant death shortly after 1851.  George was 31, Nancy was 30 and John was 11, and on that day in 1861 Nancy was expecting the birth of her last child, with her daughter born later that same year.

 

 

 

So for the census in 1871 the family was listed as George and Nancy Collett, who were both 42, and living with them in Heckmondwike was their son John who was 21 and their daughter Martha who was nine.  By 1881 George Collett from Heckmondwike was 52 as was Nancy who was also born at Heckmondwike when they were living at Milton Square in Heckmondwike with their unmarried daughter Martha H Collett who was 19 and a woollen blanket weaver as was her mother.  George was described as a woollen yarn spinner.  Whether George died during the 1880s has not yet been determined but by 1891 it was just Nancy at the age of 60 who was living in Heckmondwike where she was being visited by her son John and his eldest child, her grandson George Collett who was nine years of age.

 

 

 

It is assumed that Nancy Collett died during the 1890s as no record of her has been found within the census of 1901.

 

 

 

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George Collett

Born in 1848 at Heckmondwike

 

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John Collett

Born in 1850 at Heckmondwike

 

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Martha H Collett

Born in 1861 at Heckmondwike

 

 

 

 

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Jeremiah Collett was born at Heckmondwike in 1832 where he was baptised as Jeremiah Collitt on 12th May 1833, the son of George and Jane Collett.  During the 1840s his father passed away so by the time of the census in 1851 Jeremiah was 18 when he was still living with his widowed mother Jane Collett who was 56.  A few years after that Jeremiah Collett married Elizabeth and by 1861 they already had two children.  At that time in their lives the family was living at Heckmondwike within the Dewsbury & Liversedge registration district of Yorkshire.  Jeremiah was 28, his wife was 26, and their children were George H Collett who was four and Mary J Collett who was two years old.

 

 

 

Two more children were added to the family during the following decade at Heckmondwike, so by 1871 the family comprised Jeremiah 38, Elizabeth 36, George H Collett 14, Mary J Collett 12, John F Collett who was nine and curiously another John Collett who was under one year old.  According to the next census in 1881 the family was living at King Street in Heckmondwike from where Jeremiah was working as a woollen over-looker (an inspector) at a nearby woollen mill.  He was 48 and his place of birth was confirmed as Heckmondwike, where every member of the household had also been born.  His wife Elizabeth was 46 and all four of their children were still living with them.  George H Collett was 24 and a moulder at the local iron works, Mary J Collett was 22 and a woollen weaver, while the couple’s 19 year-old son John Collett was a fettler at the woollen mill and their youngest son John Collett was 10 years of age and was still attending school.

 

 

 

Over the next few years the two eldest sons left the family home, leaving just Mary Jane Collett aged 32 and John Collett aged 20 still living with their parents at Heckmondwike in 1891 when Jeremiah was 58 and Elizabeth was 56.  In addition to the four of them, staying with the family that day was William Law who was 37 and with him, his son Percy Law who was only seven months old.  Sometime during the next decade Jeremiah retired from working at the woollen mill and his youngest son also left home.  So in March 1901 it was just Jeremiah and Elizabeth who were still living in the family home at Heckmondwike.  The census that year described Jeremiah as 68 and a retired spinning foreman, while Elizabeth was 66.  Jeremiah Collett died during the first ten years of the new century, as confirmed by the April census in 1911 when Elizabeth Collett, age 76, was a widow living on her own at Heckmondwike.

 

 

 

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George Henry Collett

Born in 1856 at Heckmondwike

 

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Mary Jane Collett

Born in 1858 at Heckmondwike

 

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John Fawcett Collett

Born in 1861 at Heckmondwike

 

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John Collett

Born in 1870 at Heckmondwike

 

 

 

 

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Jonathan Collett was born at Heckmondwike during 1836 and was baptised at Birstall on 19th February 1837, the last child of George Collett and Jane Collinson.  He was still living with his widowed mother Jane at the time of the Heckmondwike census of 1851 when Jonathan was 14.  He was still living with his mother Jane in 1861 when he was 24.  It was around 1868 that he married Hannah from Paddock, Huddersfield in Yorkshire.  The couple was blessed with the birth of two children in quick succession and by the day of the census in 1871 the family of four was living in Heckmondwike where their two children had been born.  Jonathan was 34, Hannah was 32, Mary J Collett was over one year old and John B Collett was under one year old.  However, just over nine months later the family suffered the loss of their son during the first quarter of 1872 and it seems that whatever ailment he may have had also took the life of his older sister Mary, as she too was missing from the family in 1881.

 

 

 

It may have been the trauma caused by their loss which resulted in Jonathan and Hannah returning to Hannah’s place of birth, to perhaps even her parents’ home, since it was at Paddock that their next child was born.  No more children were added to their family after that and, by the time of the next census in 1881, the family was living at Thornton Road in Huddersfield, where Jonathan Collett was 44 and an over-looker (an inspector) working in a woollen and textile factory.  His wife was recorded as Hanna Collett from Paddock who was 42, and their daughter Laura Collett from Paddock was eight years old and was attending school.

 

 

 

It was a similar situation ten years after that, except the family of three had left Huddersfield and was recorded residing within the Castleton area of Rochdale.  Jonathan was 54, Hannah was 52 and Laura was 18.  No record of any member of the family has been identified in the next census of 1901. 

 

 

 

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Mary J Collett

Born in 1869 at Heckmondwike

 

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John Bentley Collett

Born in 1870 at Heckmondwike

 

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Laura Collett

Born in 1872 at Paddock

 

 

 

 

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George Collett was born at Heckmondwike in 1848 the eldest child of John Collett from Heckmondwike and his wife Eliza from Batley.  He was two years old in 1851 when he and his family were living at Stanningley in Heckmondwike.  In the next two Heckmondwike censuses George was 12 and 22 when he was still living with his family, although by 1871 his father had passed away following which his widowed mother returned to live in Batley with three of George’s five sibling.  It was very shortly after the census in 1871 that George married (1) Mary from Gomersal with whom he settled in Heckmondwike where their three children were born.

 

 

 

By 1881 the couple and their three children had left Heckmondwike and were residing at Common Side in Soothill near Batley.  According to the census that year George was 32 and was employed as a woollen spinner over-looker (an inspector), his wife Mary was 31 and his three children were James Collett who was eight, Fred Collett who was six and Betsy E Collett who was two years old.  No more children were added to their family and it was during the early years of the next decade that Mary Collett died, possibly during the birth of a further child who also did not survive.  Following the death of his wife, George married (2) Sarah Ann sometime just prior to 1891.

 

 

 

That was confirmed in the census return for Batley in 1891 when George Collett was 42, his new wife Sarah Ann Collett was 38, and his three children were James who was 18, Fred who was 16 and Betsy E Collett who was 12.  Sometime during the latter half of the 1890s George’s eldest son had left home to be married and was living nearby in Batley in 1901 when he was presumably still working for or with George.  On that occasion George and his reduced family were living at 11 Longlands Road in the hamlet of Staincliffe midway between Batley and Dewsbury.

 

 

 

The Collett household in 1901 comprised George 51 from Heckmondwike who was a shoddy manufacturer, his wife Sarah Ann from Liversedge near Heckmondwike was 47, and George’s two children were Fred who was 26, and Betsy who was 22.  It is interesting that the family employed an unmarried servant girl by the name of Edith Collett who was 24 and from Batley, although it is currently unclear how she may have been related.  Ten years later George was 62 and Sarah was 58 and the only people recorded with them at Batley were George’s unmarried son Fred Collett who was 35 and his unmarried daughter Betsy who was 32.

 

 

 

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James Collett

Born in 1872 at Heckmondwike

 

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Frederick Collett

Born in 1874 at Heckmondwike

 

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Betsy E Collett

Born in 1878 at Heckmondwike

 

 

 

 

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John William Collett was born at Heckmondwike during June 1850, the second son of John and Eliza Collett, who was nine months old on the day of the census in 1851 when he was named as John Wm Collett.  On that occasion he and his family were living in the Stanningley area of Heckmondwike.  Ten years later John W Collett was recorded in the Heckmondwike census with his family at the age of 10.  With the death of his father John’s mother took the family to nearby Liversedge where they were living in 1871 when John William Collett was 20.  Another family move happened during the 1871 when his mother took some of the family to nearby Batley where John was 30 in 1881 and an engine driver in a rag factory.  Living at Bunkers Lane in Batley that day with John and his mother were his two youngest sisters.  John was still unmarried in 1891 when he was 40 and still living in Batley, either with or close to his brother George (above).

 

 

 

 

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Joseph Collett was born at Heckmondwike in 1852 and was the third child of John and Eliza Collett and was nine years old in the census of 1861.  Not long after his father died during the 1860s Joseph’s mother moved her family to nearby Liversedge where they were living in 1871 when Joseph was 19.  It was therefore at Liversedge that he met his future wife and around the middle of the 1870s he married Eliza of Liversedge.  By 1881 they had two sons living with them at Brighton Street in Heckmondwike.  Joseph Collett was 29 and a butcher, the same trade as his younger cousin George (below).  Eliza was 27 and their two Heckmondwike born sons were named as Horace Collett who was two and Harry Collett who was one year old.

 

 

 

While other members of Joseph’s family had settled in Batley prior to 1881, Joseph and Eliza were recorded at 109 Mill Road in nearby Dewsbury by the time of the census in 1891.  That move had taken place after the birth of the couple last known child at Heckmondwike.  Recorded in the census in error under the surname Callett every member of the family was confirmed as having been born at Heckmondwike.  Joseph was 39 and a butcher, Eliza was 36, Horace was 12, Harry was 10, Louis was six and Reginald was three years of age.  Supporting the family was 15 year-old domestic servant Lucilla Roebuck from Sheffield.  What happened to Joseph and Eliza after that time is not known except that they were not living with, or looking after their young family by March in 1901.  Nor have they been located in the census of 1911 while every member of their family has been identified in 1901 and 1911.

 

 

 

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Horace Collett

Born in 1878 at Heckmondwike

 

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Harry Collett

Born in 1880 at Heckmondwike

 

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Louis Collett

Born in 1884 at Heckmondwike

 

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Reginald Collett

Born in 1887 at Heckmondwike

 

 

 

 

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Joshua Collett was born at Heckmondwike in 1853, the eldest child of Thomas and Ruth Collett who was not with them on the day of the 1861 census when he would have been seven.  However, Joshua was living at the family home in 1871 at the age of 17.  Although Joshua was once again absent from the census in 1881 it was also around that time when he married Ruth and during the next decade their marriage produced four children who were all born at Heckmondwike.  The census for Heckmondwike in 1891 therefore listed the family as Joshua Collett who was 37, Ruth who was 33, Ella who was 10, Thomas who was eight, Joseph who was six, and Edith Annie who was only one year old.  Ruth was very likely expecting the birth of the couple’s fifth child, who was born later that same year.

 

 

 

In total three more children were added to the family during the next six years, although Joshua died before the end of the century.  Whether it was his death that forced the family to move to Bradford is not known, nor is it known whether he had died before the birth of his last child who was born in Bradford.  By March 1901 the family was living at 8 Oakwood Street in Bradford where Ruth Collett was 44 and a widow.  With no occupation she was reliant on the income from her two eldest children, her son Thomas having already left home by then.  Ruth’s daughter Ella was 20 and was working as a stuff weaver, while her son Joseph was 15 and working as a worsted spinner’s bobbin sorted.  Ruth’s four youngest children were listed as Edith who was 11, Fred who was nine, Arthur who was five and Agnes who was three.

 

 

 

Ruth died during the first ten years of the new century and following that sad event her three youngest children were looked after by her married daughter Ella who was married in 1906.

 

 

 

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Ella Collett

Born in 1881 at Heckmondwike

 

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Thomas Collett

Born in 1883 at Heckmondwike

 

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Joseph Collett

Born in 1885 at Heckmondwike

 

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Edith Annie Collett

Born in 1889 at Heckmondwike

 

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Frederick Collett

Born in 1891 at Heckmondwike

 

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Arthur Collett

Born in 1895 at Heckmondwike

 

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Agnes Collett

Born in 1897 at Bradford

 

 

 

 

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Elizabeth Collett was born at Heckmondwike in 1862 the youngest daughter of Thomas and Ruth Collett.  At the age of nine years she was living with her family in Heckmondwike and during the next decade her father passed away.  It was at Commercial Street in Heckmondwike that Elizabeth, age 19, was still living with her widowed mother, as she was ten years later when she was 29.  On that occasion in 1891 nine-year old Mary Collett from Heckmondwike was living at the same address who, it has been assumed, was Elizabeth’s base-born daughter, although it is also possible she was the base-born child of one of Elizabeth’s two older sisters.  By 1901 Mary Collett was 19 when she was employed as a blanket weaver in Heckmondwike where she was living, and by which time Elizabeth may have been married.  Where Elizabeth was in 1901 has not been discovered although in 1911 she was recorded in the census that year as living in Dewsbury as Eliza Collett from Heckmondwike who as 48.

 

 

 

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Mary Collett

Born in 1881 at Heckmondwike

 

 

 

 

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George Collett was born at Heckmondwike in 1864, the youngest child of Thomas and Ruth Collett.  He was seven years of age in 1871, was 17 in 1881 by which time he was working as a butcher while still with his widowed mother at Commercial Street in Heckmondwike, and was 27 in 1891 when he was only one of two siblings still living in Heckmondwike with his mother.  Within a couple of years he married Elizabeth who was also born in Heckmondwike and by the time of the census in 1901 they had completed their family with the birth of two daughters

 

 

 

It was at Heckmondwike where the family of four was still living in March 1901 when George was 37 and a dyer’s labourer, his wife Lizzie was 34, while their daughters were Rhoda Collett who was five and Ethel Collett who was still under one year old.  Ten years later it was a similar situation with George 47, Elizabeth 44, Rhoda 15 and Ethel who was 10.

 

 

 

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Rhoda Collett

Born in 1895 at Heckmondwike

 

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Ethel Collett

Born in 1900 at Heckmondwike

 

 

 

 

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John Collett was born at Heckmondwike around 1850 the eldest child of George and Nancy Collett both of Heckmondwike.  During the latter years of the 1870s John married Susan Wood of Heckmondwike, the daughter of George Wood a grocer and warehouseman.  By the time of the census in 1881 the childless couple was living with widower George Wood at his home in Nunroyd, Heckmondwike.  John Collett, his son-in-law, was 31 and a carpet weaver, while his wife Susan was 26 with no occupation as she very most likely acting as housekeeper for the two men.  Susan was expecting the couple’s first child, when their son was born later that same year, with their second son being born during the following year.

 

 

 

According to the next census in 1891 for the Dewsbury & Liversedge registration district John was visiting his elderly mother at her home and had taken his eldest son with him, while Susan was at their own home with the couple’s youngest son.  John Collett was 40 and son George was nine years old, while Susan was 36 and son Jeremiah was eight years old.  It would seem likely that John Collett died before the end of the century, since the census in March 1901 only recorded Susan Collett who was 47 and her son Jeremiah who was 18 still living in Heckmondwike.  By that time Susan’s eldest son was living in nearby Dewsbury.  During the first decade of the new century Jeremiah left home to make his own way in the world, leaving Susan Collett nee Wood living alone at Liversedge near Heckmondwike in 1911 at the age of 56.  By that time her two sons were both married and living in the Doncaster area.

 

 

 

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George Collett

Born in 1881 at Heckmondwike

 

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Jeremiah Collett

Born in 1882 at Heckmondwike

 

 

 

 

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George Henry Collett was born at Heckmondwike in 1856, the eldest son of Jeremiah and Elizabeth Collett.  He was four years old in 1861 and was 14 in the census of 1871.  By 1881 he and his family were living at King Street in Heckmondwike when bachelor George was 24 and his occupation was that of a moulder at the local iron works.  Almost immediately after the census day in 1881 George married Emily who was also born at Heckmondwike but in 1857.  Over the following twenty years the marriage produced four children for the couple and all of them born at Heckmondwike, where the family was living in 1901.

 

 

 

George Henry Collett was 44 and was still working as an iron moulder but on that occasion he was employed at an engine works.  His wife Emily was 43 and their four children were Walter who was 19 and an iron moulder at an engine works, Norman who was 13 and a telegraph messenger, Hilda who was eight and Edna who was five years old.  The same family of four was still together and living in Heckmondwike in April 1911 when George Henry was 54, Emily was 52, Walter was 29, Norman was 23, Hilda was 18, and Edna was 15.

 

 

 

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Walter Collett

Born in 1881 at Heckmondwike

 

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Norman Collett

Born in 1887 at Heckmondwike

 

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Hilda Collett

Born in 1892 at Heckmondwike

 

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Edna Collett

Born in 1895 at Heckmondwike

 

 

 

 

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John Fawcett Collett was born at the end of 1861 at Heckmondwike since, earlier that year on the third April, his father Jeremiah Collett was still a bachelor.  John was therefore very likely ‘a honeymoon baby’.  The name Fawcett was a reference back to Mary Fawcett who married George Collett at Birstall near Heckmondwike in 1810.  John Fawcett Collett married Annie from Mirfield, to the south-west of Dewsbury, in the first half of the 1880s and their marriage appears to have given the couple at least three children.  In 1891 John and Annie already had the first two children with them when the family was living at Heckmondwike within the Liversedge & Dewsbury registration district.  John F Collett was 29, his wife Annie was 26, his son Arthur L Collett was five years old and his daughter Clara was not yet one year old.

 

 

 

Midway through the next decade the couple’s third known child was born, again at Heckmondwike like the first two.  So by the time of the Heckmondwike censuses in 1901 and 1911 the family comprised the same five members.  They were John Fawcett Collett, his wife Annie, their two daughters Clara and Ethel and their son who in 1901 was named as Arthur L Collett as he was in 1891, but who was incorrectly recorded as Arthur Ledgard Collett in 1911.

 

 

 

In 1901 head of the house John Faweek (sic) Collett from Heckmondwike was 39 and was employed as a carding over-looker (an inspector) at a local mill.  His son Arthur, even at the age of 15, was already working as a woodcarver for a cabinet maker, while his two daughters, aged ten years and four years respectively, were both attending school.  Annie Collett from Mirfield was 36 in 1901 and 46 in 1911 when her husband was 49.  By that time Arthur was 25, Clara was 20 and Ethel was 14.

 

 

 

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Arthur Leigh Collett

Born in 1885 at Heckmondwike

 

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Clara Collett

Born in 1890 at Heckmondwike

 

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Ethel Collett

Born in 1896 at Heckmondwike

 

 

 

 

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John Collett was born at Heckmondwike in 1870, the youngest child of Jeremiah and Elizabeth Collett.  He was under one year old in the census of 1871 and was attending school at the age of 10 in 1881 when John and his family were residing at king Street in Heckmondwike.  No record of him has been found within the next twenty years and by March 1901 he was married to Hannah who was also born in Heckmondwike.  The census that year placed the couple in Heckmondwike where John was 30 and a carpet weaver and Hannah was 25 and a rag weaver. 

 

 

 

Three years later Hannah gave birth to a son and the family of three was living in the Liversedge area in April 1911.  John Collett was 40, Hannah Collett was 35, and their son Harry Collett was six years old.

 

 

 

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Harry Collett

Born in 1903 at Heckmondwike

 

 

 

 

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John Bentley Collett was born at Heckmondwike on 31st December 1870, the son of Jonathan and Hannah Collett, who birth was recorded at nearby Dewsbury (Ref. 9b 608) during the first quarter of the following year.  John Bentley Collett was baptised at St Peters Church in Birstall on 9th April 1871 when once again his parents were named as Jonathan and Hannah Collett.  However, it was less than one year later that the death of John Bentley Collett was recorded at Dewsbury (Ref. 9b 429) during the first three months of 1872.

 

 

 

 

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James Collett was born at Heckmondwike in 1872 and was eight years old at the time of the census in 1881 when he and his family were living at Common Side in Soothill in Batley.  His mother died during the early half of the 1880s, after which his father remarried.  In 1891 James was 18 and was working for his father while he was still living at the family home.  Towards the end of the 1890s James married Edith from Liversedge near Heckmondwike and by the time of the census in 1901 the marriage had produced the couple’s first child. 

 

 

 

At that time James was still working for his father and was living in Batley close to where his father and stepmother were living.  James was 28 and was working as a traveller for his father George Collett who was a ‘cotton’ shoddy manufacturer.  James’ wife Edith was 25 and their daughter Mary was still under one year old in March 1901.  Two more children were added to the family during the first ten years of the new century.  So by April 1911 the family at Batley was made up of James Collett who was 38, Edith Collett who was 35, Mary Collett who was 10, Kathleen Collett who was six and George Collett who was one year old.  It is possible that further children may have been added to the family over the following years.

 

 

 

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Mary Collett

Born in 1901 at Batley

 

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Kathleen Collett

Born in 1906 at Batley

 

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George Collett

Born in 1910 at Batley

 

 

 

 

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Horace Collett was born at Heckmondwike in 1878, the eldest of the four sons of Joseph and Eliza Collett.  He may have been born at the couple’s home in Brighton Street in Heckmondwike where Horace was two years old in 1881.  Sometime in the months after 1887 the family moved to Dewsbury and 109 Mill Road where the family was residing in 1891 when Horace was 12.  Whether some major tragedy hit the family during the next decade is not known, but what is known for sure is that Horace left home to pursue a career with the General Post Office which initially took him to Cambridgeshire.

 

 

 

That move south was confirmed in the next census of 1901 when Horace Collett from Heckmondwike was living in St Neots at the age of 22 where he was employed as a post office clerk and telegraphist.  Within the next few years he returned north where he married Mary Ethel with whom he had a son before the next census in 1911.  Just after the child was born the couple settled in Chapel en le Frith in Derbyshire where in 1911 Horace Collett from Heckmondwike was 32, Mary Ethel Collett was 25 and Neil Collett was three years of age.  Neil was very likely the first of many children for the couple.

 

 

 

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Neil Collett

Born in 1907 not in Derbyshire

 

 

 

 

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Harry Collett was born at Brighton Street in Heckmondwike during 1880 the son of butcher Joseph Collett and his wife Eliza.  It was at that address that he and his family were recorded in 1881 when Harry was one year old.  By 1891 the family had left Heckmondwike and was settled in a dwelling at 109 Mill Road in Dewsbury where Harry was 10.  Over the next few years the family suffered some trauma, but what that was is still unknown.  Where it was the result of the deaths or separation of Harry’s parents has not been determined, since no record of them has been unearthed in the two census returns for 1901 and 1911.

 

 

 

By March 1901 it was Harry Collett, age 21 and from Heckmondwike, who was named as the head of the three-roomed household at 13 Hillary Street in the hamlet of Staincliffe between Batley and Dewsbury, when he was described as a shoddy warehouseman, while living there with him were his two younger brothers Louis and Reginald (below).  Supporting the three brothers was domestic servant Annie Denton from Batley who was 40.  Curious further records of his three brother have been located in the next census of 1911, but no record of Harry has been found anywhere in Great Britain.  Whether he travelled abroad or passed away is not known.

 

 

 

 

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Louis Collett was born at Heckmondwike in 1884 and that may have taken place at Brighton Street where his family was living three years earlier.  When he was around four or five years of age his parents took the family to live at 109 Mill Road in nearby Dewsbury where Louis was six years old in 1891.  Did his parents both die during the next decade, as no record of them has been found in 1901 or again in 1911.  Louis was 17 and a rag machine joiner according to the next census in 1901 when he was living at 13 Hillary Street in Dewsbury where his older brother Harry was the head of the household.  Louis Collett from Heckmondwike was 27 in the Dewsbury census of 1911 when he was still a bachelor.

 

 

 

 

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Reginald Collett was born at Heckmondwike in 1887 the youngest of the four son of butcher Joseph Collett and Eliza Collett.  Shortly after he was born his family left Heckmondwike and by the time Reginald was three years old in 1891 the census that year placed the family at 109 Mill Road in Dewsbury.  Where his parents were ten years later is not known, nor have they been identified at any time after 1891.  It was his older brother Harry who was the head of the family at 13 Hillary Street in Dewsbury by 1901 when Reginald was only 13.  By that time he had already left school and was an errand boy working for a local chemist.  After a further ten years Reginald Collett, age 23 and from Heckmondwike, was recorded as a bachelor living within the North Brierley district of the West Riding of Yorkshire.

 

 

 

 

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Ella Collett was born at Heckmondwike in 1881 but towards the end of that year, which was possibly the same year that her parents Joshua and Ruth Collett were married.  She was 10 years old in 1891 when she was still living with her family in Heckmondwike.  Her youngest sibling Agnes was born in 1897 and that happy event may have been shortly after the death of her father.  It may have been his passing that was the reason why the family was no longer living in Heckmondwike, but had settled in Bradford.  It was also in Bradford, at 8 Oakwood Street, that Ella was supporting her widowed mother and the rest of the family as only one of two members of the family who were working.  Ella Collett was 20 when she was employed as a stuff weaver.

 

 

 

During the next decade there were two major events in the life of Ella Collett, although it is not yet known which came first.  What is known is that it was during 1905 or 1906 that she married John Burton from East Dereham in Norfolk.  One year later she gave birth to the first of two sons who were both recorded with Ella and John in 1911.  Also by that time Ella’s mother had died and so Ella’s three youngest siblings were living with her and her new family.  John Burton was 31 and a coachsmith working for a coach building shop in Batley, when the family was recorded in a four-roomed dwelling at 87 Taylor Street.  Ella Burton from Heckmondwike was 30, although she was named as Helah Burton, who had been married for five years during which she had given birth to two children.  It is possible that more children were added to the family in the years after 1911.

 

 

 

Ella’s two children on that day were named as Lloyd Burton who was four and Frank Burton who was six months old, both of them born after the couple had settled in Batley.  Ella’s three siblings were Fred, Arthur and Agnes Collett (see below for details).

 

 

 

 

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Thomas Collett was born at Heckmondwike in 1883, the son of Joshua and Ruth Collett.  Thomas was eight years old when he was with his family in Heckmondwike in 1891, but sometime after around 1897 his father died and his family left Heckmondwike to live in Bradford.  As one of the older children in the family Thomas had left home prior to the census of 1901 and was working as a hall porter in Harrogate at the age of 19.  After a further ten years the census in 1911 recorded Thomas Collett from Heckmondwike as being unmarried and 29 living and working within the Leeds registration district. 

 

 

 

 

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Frederick Collett was born at Heckmondwike in 1891 but after the census day that year.  Whether his birth was registered under the name Frederick is not known, but in the next two census returns he was referred to simply as Fred.  Two things occurred in the life of the young Fred; one was death of his father when he was around five or six years old, and the other – perhaps a result of the first – saw the family leave Heckmondwike and settle in Bradford.  It was at 8 Oakwood Street in Bradford, a four-room property, that Fred aged nine years was living with his widowed mother and other members of his family in 1901.

 

 

 

Following the death of his mother between 1901 and 1911 Fred and his two younger siblings Arthur and Agnes were taken into the Batley home of their eldest married sister Ellen (above).  The census in April 1911 recorded Fred Collett from Heckmondwike as being aged 19 who was employed as a domestic chauffeur, the brother-in-law of head of the household at 87 Taylor Street, that being John Burton the husband of Ella Burton nee Collett. 

 

 

 

 

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Arthur Collett was born at Heckmondwike in 1895, the youngest son of Joshua and Roth Collett.  When he was five years old his father had been dead for a few years and his family had left Heckmondwike to live in Bradford.  The census in 1901 recorded Arthur living with his widowed mother and the family at 8 Oakwood Street.  A few years later his mother died, so at that sad time Arthur, his brother Fred (above) and sister Agnes (below) went to live with their married sister Ella in Batley.  On leaving school Arthur took up employment at a local clothing mill where he was involved in cloth finishing.  In 1911 he was 15 when living with his sister at 87 Taylor Street in Batley.

 

 

 

 

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Agnes Collett was born at Bradford in 1897 and was the last child born to Joshua Collett and his wife Ruth.  It is possible that her father had died shortly before was born as the family had only recently settled in Bradford, having moved there from Heckmondwike.  So by the time of the census in 1901 Agnes was three years of age when she was living with her widowed mother at 8 Oakwood Street in Bradford, together with her older siblings.  Agnes was around ten years old when her mother died, after which she and her two siblings Fred and Arthur went to live at 87 Taylor Street in Batley, the home of her older married sister Ella Burton.  At the age of 13 in 1911 Agnes from Bradford was already working as a rug maker at a nearby rug warehouse.

 

 

 

 

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George Collett was born at Heckmondwike in 1881, the eldest of the two sons of John and Susan Collett.  He was nine years old in the census of 1891 but was not still living with his widowed mother and his younger brother Jeremiah (below) in 1901.  Instead he was living and working in nearby Dewsbury when he was 19 and towards the end of the decade he moved to Doncaster where he was married and started a family.  According to the census in April 1911 George Collett from Heckmondwike was 29 and a steel wire galvaniser at the local Wire Works who had been married to Gertrude Alice Collett, age 35 and from Hexthorpe in Doncaster, for two years.  Living there with them in the 5-roomed dwelling at 11 Hirck Street was their seven month-old son George Arthur Collett who was also born at Doncaster.  Further children may have been added to their family after 1911.

 

 

 

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George Arthur Collett

Born in September 1910 at Doncaster

 

 

 

 

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Jeremiah Collett was born at Heckmondwike in 1882, the youngest of the two sons of John and Susan Collett.  At the age of eight years he was living with his mother, his father and his older brother George (above) in Heckmondwike.  With the death of his father during the last decade of the century, Jeremiah was still living with his mother in Heckmondwike in 1901 when he was 18 and employed as a dyer’s labourer.  His moved eventually moved to nearby Liversedge and it may also have been around that time that Jeremiah moved to Doncaster to be near his old brother.

 

 

 

The two brothers were married within a few years of each other and both had a child before the next census in 1911 when both families were residing within the same census registration district.  Jeremiah Collett from Heckmondwike was 28, his wife Edith Mary Collett was 27, and their daughter Doris Collett was one year old.  Neither his wife nor his child had been born in Doncaster.

 

 

 

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Doris Collett

Born in 1909 not in Doncaster

 

 

 

 

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Arthur Leigh Collett was born at Heckmondwike in 1885 where he lived with his parents up until the First World War.  In 1891 he was five years old and by the time he was 15 in March 1901 he had left school and was working as a woodcarver for a local cabinet maker in Heckmondwike.  He was still there ten years later in 1911 when he was 25, but under the census name Arthur Ledgard Collett.  At the outbreak of the war Arthur enlisted with the Eighth Battalion Gloucestershire Regiment and two years into the campaign he reached the rank of Second Lieutenant.  Sadly he was killed in action on 18th November 1916 at the Battle of the Somme and was buried at Grandcourt Road Cemetery in Grandcourt.

 

 

 

The struggle to take Grandcourt began on 1st July 1916, the first day of the Battle of the Somme, and was secured during the night of 5th February 1917.  It was briefly taken back by the Germans between April and August in 1918.  The cemetery at Grandcourt is sited on the Ancre Battlefield to the north of Thievpal.  It is perhaps curious that another military record states that Lieutenant Arthur Leigh Collett of the 8th Battalion, was 25 years of age when he died of wounds in France on 18th November 1916, after which he was buried in Grandcourt Road Cemetery, Grandcourt.

 

 

 

 

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George Arthur Collett was born at Doncaster during September 1910, the firstborn child of George and Gertrude Alice Collett.  He was recorded in the Doncaster census of 1911 as being just seven months when living with his parents at 11 Hirck Street.  Although not yet proved, there is currently ongoing research into the fact that in 2016 there was an Englishman also named George Arthur Collett, who was married to Lise Marie Haugen, a hairdresser, who was working and residing in the small town of Sparbu in central Norway.  The only brief details about that present-day George Arthur Collett is that he was born in 1979, has a younger sister - Camilla Collett Eriksen a hairdresser in Levanger, and that his father was also George Arthur Collett, as was his grandfather, which could bring us back to George Arthur Collett born in 1910.