PART THIRTY-EIGHT

 

The Oxford Stonemasons Line

 

Updated November 2017

 

 

By May 2010 the size of this file was such that it was too large for emailing. It was therefore decided

to separate the details and provide two files, one for the village of Combe and one for the village of Wolvercote

 

As the title indicates, this line is inextricably linked to the prominent family occupation of being stonemasons and affects the families in the Oxfordshire villages of Combe and Wolvercote.  There are clues that perhaps suggest the families in these two villages are related, but for now they are shown as two separate families.

 

 

SECTION TWO – COMBE   (1730 to 1920)

 

In order to avoid any conflict or confusion with the Colletts in Section One – Wolvercote,

this section is distinguished from it by the use of a corresponding lower case middle reference letter

 

The first link to Section One – Wolvercote occurs with James Collett (Ref. 38m8),

the youngest son of Thomas and Elizabeth Collett of Combe, who start this section.

In addition to this, other links between the two branches of the family were later established in 1847,

through the marriage of Ann Collett (Ref. 38o11) and Matthew Collett (Ref. 38N6), and more recently in 1930 through the marriage of Kathleen Grace Ellen Collett (Ref. 38q61) and Cyril Edward Collett (Ref. 38Q27), the parents of Wendy Kathleen Rattray nee Collett, who kindly provided the details of her family.

 

Stone was quarried at Combe in the 18th century and probably earlier for local use.  The stone pit at the south-east edge of Peagle Wood was worked in the mid-18th century by William Baggs, in the latter part of 18th century and the earlier years of the 19th century by John Loyt or Lloyd, and subsequently by the COLLETT family, while the quarry seems to have fallen into disuse in the early 20th century.  In the second half of the 19th century around 15 stonemasons were regularly recorded living in Combe, nearly all of them with the name Collett, some probably working in the larger quarries at nearby Bladon and Hanborough.  In total there are NINETEEN members of this Collett family who were stonemasons throughout the whole of the nineteenth century.

 

The start of this section, and the order of appearance of the early members of the family and their referencing, has been further complicated by the life of William Collett (Ref. 38n5) whose widow Phoebe married William’s cousin Richard Collett (Ref. 38n9) who subsequently married his late wife’s sister Rachel

 

 

 

 

38l1

THOMAS COLLETT was born possibly around 1733 although no actual record of his birth or baptism has so far been located.  What is known is that he married Elizabeth who was born around 1742 but, yet again, no record has been found relating to the date or the place where their marriage took place.  What is known is that their children were born and baptised at Combe in Oxfordshire, as confirmed by the parish register.  The village of Combe lies just north of Long Hanborough and to the west of Blenheim Palace at Woodstock.

 

 

 

The burial records for Combe confirm Thomas died at 83 years of age and was buried at Combe on 8th March 1816.  His wife Elizabeth survived for a further thirteen years and was also buried at Combe on 27th December 1829 aged 87.  A recent discovery has revealed that a Thomas Collett was baptised on 19th November 1732 at Enstone, less than five miles from Combe, the baptism record confirming that he was the son of Thomas and Sarah Collett.

 

 

 

38m1

Joseph Collett

Born in 1768 at Combe

 

38m2

Rose Collett

Born in 1770 at Combe

 

38m3

John Collett

Born circa 1771 at Combe

 

38m4

Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1773 at Combe

 

38m5

Rhoda Collett

Born in 1776 at Combe

 

38m6

Anthony Collett

Born in 1778 at Combe

 

38m7

Robert Collett

Born in 1781 at Combe

 

38m8

JAMES COLLETT

Born in 1784 at Combe

 

 

 

 

38m1

Joseph Collett was born at Combe in 1768, where he was baptised on 14th August 1768, the eldest child of Thomas and Elizabeth Collett, although the surname was recorded as Collatt.  He later married Rachel Collier at Combe on 13th June 1791 and it was later that same year that their first child was born at Combe.  Rachel died in 1835 at the age of 76 and was buried at Combe on 3rd May 1835.  In the 1841 Census for Combe, Joseph was aged 70 and was living alone.  He was a stonemason living a few doors from his stonemason brother Anthony (below), while living nearby was his eldest son Edward and his wife Elizabeth.  Joseph survived as a widower for another twelve years after the death of Rachel before he died and was buried at Combe on 12th May 1847.

 

 

 

38n1

Amy Collett

Baptised on 20.11.1791

 

38n2

Edward Collett

Born in 1793

 

38n3

Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1795

 

38n4

Thomas Collett

Born in 1797

 

38n5

William Collett

Born in 1799

 

 

 

 

38m2

Rose Collett was born at Combe in 1770, and it was there that she was baptised on 3rd February 1771, the eldest daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth Collet, although the surname was recorded as Collar.  Rose Collett married Samuel Winchester on the 30th June 1794 at North Hinksey near Oxford, when she was described as a lodger living in the St Clements district of Oxford.  Their first two children were Elizabeth Winchester, who was born in 1796, and Rhoda Winchester, who was born in 1799.  Both daughters were baptised at St James Church in the Cowley area of Oxford, when their parents were confirmed as Samuel and Rose Winchester.  Elizabeth was baptised during May in 1796, while Rhoda was baptised on 18th August 1799. 

 

 

 

It is also understood that Rose presented Samuel with at least two sons, Joseph who was born in 1803, and Samuel who was born in 1810, both born in Oxford.  At the time of the first national census in June 1841, Rose Winchester, age 70, was a widow living at New Street in the St Ebbs district of Oxford, with her son Joseph and his family.  Joseph was 35, his wife Mary was 25, and their children were Henry who was nine, Sarah who was five, Jane who was three, and Charles who was two.  Joseph had originally married (1) Maria Petty with whom he had Henry Petty Winchester prior to her death.  Joseph had then married the much younger (2) Mary who was the mother of his three younger children in 1841.

 

 

 

Rose’s other son Samuel was also living in Oxford, where he was 34 and his wife Emily was 24.  On that occasion they had one child, their son James who was one year old.  And it was four years after that, when Rose Winchester nee Collett died in Oxford during 1845.  By the time of the next census in 1851 Joseph Winchester, age 47, was still living in Oxford wife his wife Mary who was 37, and four of their youngest children, Jane who was 13, Charles who was 11, Joseph who was nine, and James who was four years old.

 

 

 

A Samuel Winchester born in Oxford around 1811, who was a gardener’s labourer, was living at 9 Carters Yard in St Aldates Oxford in 1881 when he was 69.  His wife was Emily Winchester, age 60 from Oxford, who was a charwoman.  Living with the couple was their Oxford born grandson, Alfred Simons (or Simeons), who was an errand boy at the age of 15.  It was Rhoda Winchester, the daughter of Rose Winchester nee Collett, via her lineage through the Buckett family and the Brown family, that was the ancestor of Gillian Shaw who provided much of the detail for the April 2011 update of this family line.

 

 

 

As regards the aforementioned Henry Petty Winchester, who was absent from the family home in 1851, he had already sailed to New Zealand on the first of four immigrant ships bound for the Canterbury province.  He was on the ‘Charlotte Jane’ which left Plymouth on 7th September 1850 and arrived at Lyttelton on 16th December 1850.  He was with three other printers sent out from Oxford to set up a newspaper.  The Canterbury Association decided that the new colony should have a newspaper and made arrangements with Ingram Shrimpton to send out his son John, age 17, with three printing hands, a small press, and all the other bits and pieces necessary to produce a paper.  A wooden building was erected in Lyttelton and was divided into three rooms for composing, editorial and press.  The first Lyttelton Times was published on Saturday 11th January 1851.  

 

 

 

It was two years later that Henry married Sarah Anne Hamilton in Wellington on 3rd January 1853.  They were only married for thirteen years when Henry died when he was 35 years old at Dunedin in New Zealand on 8th January 1866.  Following that sad event his widow remarried and it is believed that Henry's sons were left to fend for themselves.  Henry Petty Winchester was the great great grandfather of Jane McQuin of New Zealand, the daughter of Dorothy Elizabeth Winchester, who kindly provided the details of his short life.

 

 

 

 

38m3

John Collett was born at Combe around 1771, although no actual record has been found to confirm or deny that he was the son of Thomas and Elizabeth Collett of Combe.  He married Mary Busby at All Saints Church in Oxford on 4th May 1785 at which time he was listed as ‘John Collett from Combe’.  Both of the couple’s two known children, listed below, were born and baptised at Combe.  In view of the time interval between the birth dates of their daughters it is very likely that there were other children born to John and Mary during that decade.  In the census of 1841 a John Collett aged 73 was listed as living within the Banbury, Witney & Woodstock registration district, so it was very likely John Collett of Combe. If so, it would place his year of birth around 1768 rather than 1771.

 

 

 

38n6

Jane Collett

Baptised on 22.10.1792 at Combe

 

38n7

Rose Collett

Baptised on 29.11.1801 at Combe

 

 

 

 

38m4

Elizabeth Collett was born at Combe in 1773, and was baptised there on 5th September 1773, the daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth Collett, although the surname was recorded as Collier.

 

 

 

 

38m5

Rhoda Collett was born at Combe in 1776, where she was baptised on 21st July 1776, the daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth Collett.

 

 

 

 

38m6

Anthony Collett was born at Combe where he was baptised on 25th December 1778, the son of Thomas and Elizabeth Collett.  According to the parish register, the Bishop’s Transcripts and the IGI, Anthony Collett married Martha Hathaway on 19th September 1808 at Bletchingdon, six miles to the east of Combe.  The couple’s first child was born in the following year and was baptised at Combe on 13th August 1809.  The actual parish register appears to have recorded the child’s name as “Anthony Colcutt the son of Anthony and Martha” but it must be assumed that this was an error in the handwriting. 

 

 

 

The first national census in June 1841 recorded the family as Anthony with a rounded age of 60 and Martha with a rounded age of 50, their eldest son Anthony 30 (rounded), Richard 25 (rounded), John 25, Charles 20 (rounded), and James who was 16.  Certainly in the 1881 Census there was an Anthony Collett aged 71 who was born at Combe and whose occupation was that of a stonemason.  Following their marriage, all of Anthony’s and Martha’s subsequent children were also born and baptised at Combe.

 

 

 

38n8

Anthony Collett

Baptised on 13.08.1809

 

38n9

Richard Collett    (see also Ref. 38n5)

Baptised on 03.11.1811

 

38n10

John Collett

Baptised on 05.05.1816

 

38n11

Charles Collett

Baptised on 01.11.1818

 

38n12

Robert Collett

Baptised on 16.02.1822

 

38n13

a son Collett

Baptised on 22.12.1822

 

38n14

James Collett

Baptised on 16.07.1824

 

 

 

 

38m7

Robert Collett was born at Combe where he was baptised on 25th May 1781, the son of Thomas and Elizabeth Collett.  He was a mason and he married Elizabeth around 1804/05 with whom he had four children.  Sadly, it was only their daughter that survived beyond childhood.  The family of three continued to live at Combe, where Robert carried on his work as a mason up until the end of 1830s when Robert and Elizabeth discovered that their unmarried daughter was with-child. 

 

 

 

Their base-born granddaughter Leah was born at Combe in 1840, and perhaps it was for that reason, and the shame and embarrassment it brought to the family, that the family left Combe and moved into Oxford City.  The census in June 1841 registered the family of four living in the St Giles district of the city, and that may have been at Summertown, where Robert and his daughter and granddaughter were living ten years later in 1851.

 

 

 

However, it was during that next ten years that Robert’s wife died, possibly at Summertown.  So, in the census return for 1851 he was recorded as living in the Summertown district of Oxford within the St Giles area to the north of the city centre.  At that time Robert was described as being 70 and a widower and a mason from Combe.  Living with him was his daughter ‘Esther’ Collett who was 37 and from Combe who, with no stated occupation, was very likely keeping house for her elderly father.  Also listed with Robert and Esther, and described as daughter, was Leah Collett who was ten years of age, who had also been born at Combe.

 

 

 

38n15

George Collett

Baptised on 11.11.1805

 

38n16

Charles Collett

Baptised on 14.08.1808

 

38n17

Hester Collett

Baptised on 18.01.1811

 

38n18

Robert Collett

Baptised on 23.01.1814

 

 

 

 

38m8

JAMES COLLETT was born at Combe in 1784 and it was there that he was baptised on 7th November 1784, the youngest child of Thomas and Elizabeth Collett.  He was a stonemason, a trade that was passed along to at least four of his five sons.  He married Mary Ladson at St Ebbes in Oxford on 16th April 1809.  Mary was born at Wolvercote in 1786 where she was baptised on 26th March 1786.  Wolvercote lies immediately to the north of the City of Oxford and it was there that the couple set up home and where all nine of their children were born and baptised.

 

 

 

For the continuation of this family line see SECTION ONE – WOLVERCOTE (Ref. 38M8)

 

 

 

 

38n1

Amy Collett was baptised at Combe on 20th November 1791. Amy never married and died at the age of 27 and was buried at Combe on 4th April 1819.

 

 

 

 

38n2

Edward Collett was born in 1793 and was believed to have been the son of Joseph Collett.  It is understood that Edward was married twice, the first time recorded in the Combe Parish Register when he married (1) Mary Woods on 2nd February 1818, Mary having been born around 1796.  Further parish register confirmation was recorded the following year for the baptism of a son to Edward Collett, a mason, and his wife Mary.  The child was born in mid-December that same year and virtually nine months later after their wedding.  Tragically the child survived for only four weeks and it may have been that event that prompted Edward and Mary to leave Combe.  It may also have been at that time when Edward ceased to work in the family business as a stonemason.

 

 

 

A subsequent entry in the parish records indicated that Edward’s wife died and was buried at Combe on 20th August 1823 aged 27.  It would therefore seem very likely that Mary died either shortly after or during the birth of their daughter Elizabeth in 1823.  Neither the child’s birth nor her baptism was recorded in the parish register at Combe.  It must therefore be assumed that, following the death and burial at Combe of their first child in January 1819, Edward and Mary moved away from the village to live elsewhere, where their daughter Elizabeth was born and baptised.

 

 

 

Six months after the death of his wife Edward married (2) Elizabeth Gunnis at Oxford St Aldates on 28th February 1824.  It maybe that it was at Oxford that Edward and his late wife Mary were living at the time of the birth of their daughter Elizabeth.  And that also may have been the birth place of Edward’s third child and his and Elizabeth’s first child.  Certainly, it has been confirmed that the child was not born or baptised at Combe.  It was, however, to Combe that Edward and Elizabeth returned around 1826 and it was there that their remaining seven children were born.  It was also there where Edward worked as a baker rather than as a stonemason, his previous occupation before leaving the village seven years earlier.

 

 

 

Fifteen years later the 1841 Census confirmed the family was living at Combe where Edward was listed as being a baker aged 45.  Elizabeth was aged 40 but it should be noted that ages for adults were recorded to the nearest five years in that first national census.  Likewise, Edward’s two eldest daughters Elizabeth and Mary were both aged 15, while the younger children starting with Jane were 13, Fanny 12, Henry 10, Joseph, who was eight, Emma, who was five, and William who was two years old.

 

 

 

By the time of the next census in 1851 more accurate records were made, thus Edward was now aged 57 and Elizabeth was 53.  The children of Edward and Elizabeth listed below have been confirmed by both the Combe parish records and the census records, with all of them born at Combe.  Excluding his late son John who was born at Combe, it was only Edward’s two daughters Elizabeth and Mary who were not born at Combe. 

 

 

 

It is interesting to note that living with the family in 1851 were two other members of the Collett family.  They were niece Mary Collett (Ref.38o21) aged 23 and a glove maker of Combe who was the daughter of Edward’s brother William Collett, and eight-month old Julia Collett their grand-daughter, the base-born child of Edward’s daughter Fanny (below).  It is known that Edward’s sons Joseph and William followed in their father’s footsteps and both worked as bakers during their lives.  It has also been established that Edward was still alive in 1871 when he was living at Woodstock aged 77.  However, it must be assumed that his wife Elizabeth had passed away prior to 1861 since she was not listed in that year’s census.

 

 

 

38o1

John Collett

Born in December 1818

 

38o2

Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1823

 

38o3

Mary Collett

Born in 1825

 

The following are the children of Edward Collett by his second wife Elizabeth Gunnis:

 

38o4

Jane Collett

Baptised on 23.12.1827

 

38o5

Fanny Collett

Baptised on 24.05.1829

 

38o6

Henry Collett

Baptised on 14.08.1831

 

38o7

Joseph Collett

Baptised on 27.10.1833

 

38o8

Emma Collett

Baptised on 06.03.1836

 

38o9

William Collett

Baptised on 04.12.1838

 

 

 

 

38n3

Elizabeth Collett was born in 1795 as confirmed by the Combe Burial Register which stated that she was buried on 22nd December 1821 aged 26.  In addition, the stray baptism records also revealed that she had a base-born daughter Rachel, who was named after Elizabeth’s mother who presumably cared for the child after Elizabeth had died.

 

 

 

38o10

Rachel Collett

Baptised in 13.12.1818

 

 

 

 

38n4

Thomas Collett was born at Combe in 1797.  He married Sophia Smith at Combe on 20th October 1820 at a time when Sophia was pregnant with Thomas’ child.  A few days after the wedding Sophia gave birth to a daughter who was baptised at Combe on 29th October 1820.  All of the couple’s other children were also born and baptised at Combe, where the family was living in 1841 at Long Combe, and again in 1851.  In 1841 Thomas and Sophia had rounded ages of 40, while their children were listed in the census as being John and Mary both 15, Elizabeth 12, William 10, Jane who was seven, Thomas who was three, and Charles who was two years of age.

 

 

 

According to the next census for Combe conducted in 1851 the family comprised Thomas Collett who was 53 and a mason - confirming that he was born at Combe in 1797, his wife Sophia Collett from Hampton was 52, and with him were six of his eight children, only eldest daughters Ann and Mary were missing.  Both had already left the family home, Ann four years earlier to married Matthew Collett (Ref. 38N6) of Wolvercote in 1847, while unmarried Mary was living nearby in Combe with an uncle and aunt.  The other six children were recorded as John aged 28, Elizabeth aged 22, William aged 20, Jane aged 16, Thomas who was 13 and Charles who was 10. 

 

 

 

No record of Thomas Collett or his wife Sophia has been found within the census returns for 1861, even though both of them were still alive on that day.  The death of Sophia Collett nee Smith was recorded at Woodstock (Ref. 3a 396) during the second quarter of 1867, when she was 69, and it was during the following year that the death of Thomas Collett was also recorded at Woodstock (Ref. 3a 398) in the last three months of 1868 at the age of 72, he having passed away on 4th November that year.  Probate of the Will of Thomas Collett, a mason of Combe, was proved at Oxford on 31st December 1868, when Charles Collett, a mason, and Enoch Stoker, a servant, both of Combe, were named as the executors of his personal effects valued at under £200. 

 

 

 

38o11

Ann Collett

Baptised on 29.10.1820

 

38o12

John Collett

Baptised on 07.12.1822

 

38o13

Mary Collett

Baptised on 22.05.1825

 

38o14

Elizabeth Collett

Baptised on 10.08.1828

 

38o15

William Collett

Baptised on 20.02.1831

 

38o16

Jane Collett

Baptised on 15.06.1834

 

38o17

Thomas Collett

Baptised on 11.06.1837

 

38o18

Charles Collett

Baptised on 23.06.1839

 

 

 

 

38n5

William Collett was born around 1799 and, although not confirmed, he seems very likely to have been the brother of Thomas Collett (above).  He married Phoebe Woodward at Combe on 9th November 1822 and the marriage produced five children for the couple before William’s untimely death in 1827.  Phoebe was baptised at Combe on 29th October 1800, the daughter of Robert and Elizabeth Woodward.  She may also have been a cousin to Rachel Woodward (below).

 

 

 

38o19

Emma Collett

Baptised on 08.02.1823

 

38o20

Sophia Collett

Baptised on 14.11.1824

 

38o21

Elizabeth Amy Collett

Baptised on 06.03.1826

 

38o22

John Collett                   twin

Baptised on 18.09.1827

 

38o23

Mary Collett                   twin

Baptised on 18.09.1827

 

 

 

Tragically William died during an accident while at work.  The Combe parish burial record confirmed that he died and was buried on 29th October 1827 aged 28.  The register has the added comment that he was killed by a fall of rubble while working in a quarry closely adjoining the village of Combe.  Five years after his death, Phoebe married for a second time when she married the much younger Richard Collett at St Aldates in Oxford on 15th July 1833 and with whom she had a further three children as listed below.  Richard was her late husband’s cousin.

 

 

 

38o24

Martha Collett

Baptised on 02.02.1834

 

38o25

Abraham Collett

Baptised on 05.07.1835

 

38o26

Jane Collett

Baptised on 05.10.1837

 

 

 

That second marriage for Phoebe lasted just six years, her death coming only four months after the death of their third and last child.  Phoebe was buried at Combe on 25th August 1839 aged 38.  Phoebe’s widowed husband Richard Collett (below) was, by the time of 1841 Census, back living with his parents Anthony and Martha in Combe.  With him were his two surviving children Martha 7 and Abraham 5.  It has not yet been established where the children of William and Phoebe were at that time.

 

 

38n9

Richard Collett was baptised at Combe on 3rd November 1811 where he had been born earlier that same year, the second child of Anthony Collett and Martha Hathaway.  He married (1) the widow Mrs Phoebe Collett formerly Phoebe Woodward (above) who was eleven years older than Richard.  Phoebe came into the marriage with the five children from her first marriage to William Collett (1799-1827) who was Richard’s older cousin (see details above).

 

 

 

Following her death, and having lived with his two children at the home of his parents in Combe for two and a half years, Richard also married for a second time.  That took place sometime during the three months from July to September in 1843 and the lady in question was possibly his late wife’s much younger cousin (2) Rachel Woodward who was ten years younger than Richard.  The marriage was recorded in the Woodstock parish register.  Rachel was born at Long Hanborough near Combe in 1822 and Richard brought to the marriage the two surviving children from his first marriage, Martha and Abraham.  His marriage to Rachel produced a further four children for Richard all born at Combe, the first being born during the year following their wedding.

 

 

 

By the time of the census in 1851 the family living at Combe comprised Richard Collett who was 38, Rachel Collett who was 27, stepdaughter Martha Collett who was 17, stepson Abraham who was 15, William Collett who was six and Amelia Collett who was only eight months old.  Just over five years later Richard Collett died at Combe aged 44 and was buried there on 4th February 1856, just a week after his latest child was baptised.

 

 

 

Fifteen years after his death the Combe census in 1871 revealed that his widow Rachel Collett was 48 and had living with her, her stepdaughter, Martha Collett who was 37, while her unmarried son William Collett was 26.  After a further ten years Rachel Collett of Long Hanborough was a widow aged 58 whose occupation was that of a glove maker, while she was still living in the village of Combe.  Still living there with her was her son William Collett a bachelor and a general labourer aged 36 who was born at Combe, and her stepdaughter Martha Collett, another glove maker, who was 47 and also from Combe.  The same three members of the family were still together on the day of the census in 1891, recorded as residing at Church Street in Combe.  Rachel survived her husband by thirty-eight years before she died and was buried at Combe on 22nd November 1894.

 

 

 

Footnote:  Sarah Woodward, who was born in 1812, married James Collett (Ref. 38N2) in Wolvercote during 1833.  It is possible that Phoebe Woodward, who was born in 1801, was her sister, while Rachel Woodward, who was born in 1822 may have been their cousin.

 

 

 

38o27

William Collett

Baptised on 26.05.1844

 

38o28

Sarah Anne Collett

Baptised on 12.04.1846

 

38o29

Amelia Collett

Baptised on 11.08.1850

 

38o30

Amelia Jane Collett

Baptised on 27.01.1856

 

 

 

 

38n8

Anthony Collett was baptised at Combe on 13th August 1809 where he was born that same year, the son of Anthony and Martha Collett.  He was a stonemason and he married Sarah Mary Edgington at Combe on 13th August 1838, the marriage recorded at Woodstock (Ref. 16 161).  Sarah was born at Bledington in Gloucestershire in 1818 and was the daughter of baker Richard Edgington.  All bar one of their children was born while the family was living at Combe, where they were still living in 1851.  Anthony Collett was 41 and a mason, Sarah M Collett was 33, Jane Collett was 11, Eliza Collett was 10, Rhoda Collett was eight, Richard Collett was seven, Robert Collett was five and Mary E Collett was two years of age.

 

 

 

Sometime thereafter they moved to Oxford and initially settled in Summertown, to the north of the city centre, where the last of the couple’s children was born.  In 1861 the family living at Grove Street in Summertown comprised Anthony aged 51 and a mason, his wife Sarah age 42, Eliza 19, Rhoda 18, Richard 16, Robert 15, Mary E Collett 12, Anthony who was nine, and Emily S Collett who was four years old and born at Summertown.  The couple’s eldest daughter Jane Collett was 21 and was already living and working in Oxford by then.  Ten years later mason Anthony was 61 and Sarah was 53 and they only had their three youngest children living with them at Summertown on the occasion of the 1871 census.  They were Mary E Collett who was 23, Anthony Collett who was 19 and Emily S Collett who was 13.  Sometime after that the family moved to the Cowley area of Oxford.

 

 

 

It was at Magdalen Road in the Cowley that the family was living at the time of the 1881 Census.  By then son Anthony had left the family home leaving Anthony aged 71, whose occupation was confirmed as a stonemason, his wife Sarah aged 63 and their two youngest unmarried daughters.  Mary E Collett, a milliner and dressmaker, was 32 and born at Combe, and Emily S Collett was a dressmaker’s assistant aged 23 and born at Summertown.  The couple’s sons had left home to be married between 1862 and 1866 and their daughter Rhoda had living quarters at the Radcliffe Infirmary in Oxford, where she was working.

 

 

 

The death of Anthony Collett was recorded at Headington (Ref. 3a 575) during the first three months of 1890, when he was 80 years old. One year later his widow, Sarah M Collitt (sic) aged 73, was living on Charles Street in Cowley with her two unmarried daughters Mary and Emily, and Sarah’s grandson Thomas A Collitt (sic) who was 12 years of age and the sixth child of her son Richard Edgington Collett.

 

 

 

38o31

Jane Collett

Baptised on 06.01.1840

 

38o32

Eliza Collett

Baptised on 20.06.1841

 

38o33

Rhoda Collett

Baptised on 12.03.1843

 

38o34

Richard Edgington Collett

Baptised on 26.05.1844

 

38o35

Robert Collett

Baptised on 26.04.1846

 

38o36

Mary Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1848

 

38o37

Anthony Collett

Born in 1851

 

38o38

Emily Sarah Collett

Born in 1857

 

 

 

 

38n9

Richard Collett was born at Combe where he was baptised on 3rd November 1811, the second child of Anthony Collett and Martha Hathaway.  Due to the fact that he married the widow and former wife of his cousin William, Phoebe Collett nee Woodward, his family details are fully described under William Collett (Ref. 38n5).

 

 

 

 

38n11

Charles Collett was baptised at Combe on 1st November 1818 where he was born and where he lived and worked all his life as a stonemason.  During the three months from October to December 1863 he married Ann Blake who was also born at Combe in 1818 and whose occupation was glove maker like other female members of the family.  In nearby Woodstock there were two established and well-respected companies involved in the production of gloves.  These were the Savernake Glove Factory and the Pullmans Glove Factory.  The gloves made by the workers at these factories were of the highest quality and were made for the likes of the Lord Mayor of London and members of the royal family.

 

 

 

The 1871 Census confirmed Charles and Ann as husband and wife and that they were living with Ann’s mother Ann Blake at Combe.  In view of their advancing years at the time of their marriage it would appear most unlikely that they ever had any children.  The census records reveal that both Ann and her mother aged 81 were blind.  Ten years later according to the 1881 Census both were still living at Combe and their home at that time was within the premises known as the grocer’s shop in the village.  Charles was aged 62 as was Ann.  Living with them was Ann’s unmarried sister Jane Blake who was aged 50 and of Combe and who was another glove maker.  Also living at the grocer’s shop but separately from the Colletts, was retired baker William Blake aged 52 of Combe, the brother of Ann and Jane, together with his wife Charlotte aged 56 of Combe.

 

 

 

In addition to all of that, the actual grocer’s shop was, at that time, being managed and run by John Walker aged 38 and his wife Mary Ann aged 40 of Stadhampton in Oxfordshire and their daughter Clara, who was the grocer’s assistant aged 15 and born at Eynsham.  John Walker was the older brother of Thomas Walker who married Emily Sarah Collett (Ref. 38o38).

 

 

 

 

38n12

Robert Collett was baptised at Combe on 16th February 1822, but died shortly thereafter and was buried at Combe on 5th March 1822.

 

 

 

 

38n13

Another Collett son was born at Combe later that same year on 22nd December 1822 but only survived for three hours before he died and was buried on 27th December 1822.

 

 

 

 

38n14

James Collett was baptised at Combe on 16th July 1824.  He was the youngest son of Anthony and Martha Collett.  What is known is that James followed in his father’s footsteps by becoming a stonemason.  He was also married, possibly to Adelaide Emma Slatter, the marriage witnessed by Charles and Fanny Collett.  The marriage may have produced a number of children for James although only one is listed below. 

 

 

 

His confirmed daughter Emily was born at Combe and it was in Combe that widower James and his then married daughter and her family were living in 1881.  James was a stonemason aged 56, his daughter Emily Walker was 27 and was the housekeeper for her father.  Also living with James, was Emily’s husband Thomas and their eight-month-old son Benjamin.  James was still living there ten years later in 1891 when he was 67 years old, the census return for Combe confirming that he was born there.  No record of him has been found in 1901, so it must be assumed that he died during the 1890s.

 

 

 

38o39

Emily Collett

Born in 1853

 

 

 

 

38n15

George Collett was born at Combe and was baptised there on 11th November 1805.  As the oldest child, he was the longest surviving son of Robert and Elizabeth Collett.  He died when he was just nine years, following which he was buried at Combe on 11th April 1815.  His death almost coincided with that of his younger brother Charles (below), being only two months earlier, so perhaps indicating some sort of shared illness.

 

 

 

 

38n16

Charles Collett was born at Combe where he was baptised on 14th August 1808.  His death in early 1815 was the second infant death in the family following that of his baby brother Robert (below) the year before.  He was buried at Combe on 14th February 1815 aged six years.

 

 

 

 

38n17

Hester Collett was born at Combe where she was baptised on 18th January 1811.  Tragically her three brothers all died when she was only a few years old.  It would appear that Hester continued to live with her parents, but in 1840 she gave birth to a base-born daughter at Combe.  It would appear that it was the shame and embarrassment caused to the family that resulted in them leaving Combe and moving south to Oxford where Hester and her daughter were living with her parents at the time of the census in 1841, when he illegitimate child was under one year old.  During the 1840s Hester’s mother died and by the time of the census in 1851 Hester was acting as housekeeper to her elderly widowed father at a house in the Summertown district of Oxford.  According to the census return, Ester Collett from Combe was 37, and her daughter Leah Collett was ten years of age.

 

 

 

38o40

Leah Collett

Born in 1840 at Combe

 

 

 

 

38n18

Robert Collett was born at Combe and baptised on 23rd January 1814.  He was the youngest son of Robert and Elizabeth Collett and tragically he died just over five weeks after he was born.  He was the first of the three sons of Robert and Elizabeth to die within almost a year of each other.  He was buried at Combe on 5th March 1814, and was followed by the passing of his two brothers during the spring of 1815.

 

 

 

 

38o1

John Collett was a honeymoon baby, born nine months after the marriage of his parents Edward Collett and Mary Woods.  He was born at Combe in mid-December 1818 where he was baptised on 3rd January 1819.  Tragically he only lived for four weeks and was buried at Combe on 17th January 1819 just two weeks after he was baptised there.

 

 

 

 

38o2

Elizabeth Collett was born around 1823 and her birth may have coincided with the death of her mother Mary who died in August 1823.  Elizabeth does not appear to have been born at Combe which is where the majority of her father’s subsequent children, following his remarriage, were born and where the family was living in 1841, when Elizabeth was aged 15 – see earlier note about the 1841 census ages.  It is however possible that Elizabeth was born in Oxford, although that has not yet been proved.

 

 

 

 

38o3

Mary Collett was the first-born child of Edward and Elizabeth Collett and was born around 1825.  It would also appear that Mary was not born at Combe where the remaining members of the family were born and where the family was living in 1841, when Mary was aged 15 – see earlier note about the 1841 census ages.  Like her step-sister Elizabeth (above), it is very likely that Mary was born in Oxford where her parents were married in February 1824.  It would appear that Mary was not married at the time of the censuses of 1851 and 1861 in which she was listed as being aged 25 and 35 respectively.  Thereafter she may have married as there are no obvious sightings of her in any of the subsequent census records.

 

 

 

 

38o4

Jane Collett was baptised at Combe on 23rd December 1827.  She never married and would appear to have spent the majority of her life living Combe.  In successive censuses Jane was aged 13 and 23, her age being given by her parents.  However, in the census of 1861 she referred to herself as being 30.  That seems to have set the trend for all future census returns when in 1871 she said she was 40, 50 in 1881, 60 in 1891, and 70 in 1901.  At the time of the Combe census in 1881 she was working as the assistant school mistress at the village school, whereas twenty years later she was listed at Combe with no occupation.

 

 

 

 

38o5

Fanny Collett was baptised at Combe on 24th May 1829 and was aged 12 years at the time of the 1841 Census for Combe.  Nine years later Fanny gave birth to a base-born daughter.  The 1851 Census listed Fanny as being 21 but she was not living with her family or her new baby on that day.  Instead the child was living at the home of her grandparents Edward and Elizabeth Collett in Combe where she was recorded as being eight months old.  It is possible, but not yet proved, that during the following years Fanny either married a Mr Shaw or simply changed her name.  Either way by 1861 at the age of 31 Fanny Shaw was living in Deddington to the north of Woodstock.

 

 

 

38p1

Julia Collett

Baptised on 11.08.1850

 

 

 

 

38o6

Henry Collett was baptised at Combe on 14th August 1831.  At the time of the first national census for Combe in 1841 Henry was ten years old and was 19 years of age in 1851.  His occupation was that of a draper.  It would seem likely that he married (1) around 1860.  After they were married Henry and his wife settled in Woodstock where their three children were born before tragedy struck the family with the death of Henry’s wife sometime around or just after the birth of their third child in 1867.  The 1871 Census placed Henry 39 as a widower living at Woodstock with just two or his three children Flora, who was ten, and Harry who was eight.  Living with the family at that time was a servant, the 27 years old Rachel Wilson Freeborn, whom Henry married (2) later that same year at Woodstock.

 

 

 

By 1881 the family comprised draper Henry aged 49 of Combe, wife Rachel 37 of nearby Wootton, and their four children Harold 13, Elsie 8, Hedley 6 and one-year old Henry.  At that time the family was living at Park Street in Woodstock and was supported by nineteen years old domestic servant Sarah Quartermain of Lewknor in Oxfordshire.  Park Street is one of the main streets in Woodstock today and comprises many large and grand houses.

 

 

 

Henry was still living at Woodstock in 1901 where he was 69 and still working as a draper ably assisted by his daughter Elsie and son Henry.  Henry’s wife Rachel was aged 56 and completing the family was their youngest daughter Hilda aged 15.  It was four years later, on 17th April 1905 that draper Henry Collett died at his home in Park Street in Woodstock.  His Will was proved in Oxford on 8th July 1905 in favour of his wife Rachel Wilson Collett who was the sole executor of his personal estate of £1,222 12 Shilling 7d.  Six years after his death his widow had some of their children still living with her at Woodstock.  The census in 1911 recorded Rachel Wilson Collett as 66 years of age, her sons Hedley Joseph Collett as 36 and Henry Francis Collett as 31, and her daughter Hilda Esther Collett as 25.

 

 

 

Just over a year later Rachel Wilson Collett nee Freeborn, widow of Woodstock, died on 15th June 1912 following which her Will was proved at Oxford on 21st October that same year.  Probate was granted to two of her sons, Hedley Joseph Collett and Henry Francis Collett in the sum of £1,051 12 Shillings 7d.  Hedley and Henry were both described as drapers.

 

 

 

38p2

Flora Collett

Born in 1861

 

38p3

Harry Collett

Born in 1863

 

38p4

Harold William Collett

Born in 1867

 

The following are the children of Henry Collett by his second wife Rachel Wilson Freeborn:

 

38p5

Elsie Elizabeth Anne Collett

Born in 1872

 

38p6

Hedley Joseph Collett

Born in 1874

 

38p7

Henry Francis Collett

Born in 1879

 

38p8

Hilda Esther Collett

Born in 1885

 

 

 

 

38o7

Joseph Collett was born at Combe and was baptised there on 27th October 1833, the son of Edward Collett and Elizabeth Gunnis, his second wife.  In 1841 Joseph was eight years old and was living with his family in Combe.  Ten years later he had left school and was living and working in the Witney & Eynsham registration district when he was 17.  Like his father Edward Collett, Joseph’s occupation was that of a baker.  It may therefore have been his work that took him from Oxfordshire to Birmingham where he was married to Naomi of Coseley near Dudley in the late 1850s.

 

 

 

It was while the couple was residing in Birmingham that all of their children were born.  Joseph’s and Naomi’s first child was named after Joseph’s mother Elizabeth Gunnis and was seven years of age in 1871.  The other children at that time were Edward Josh Collett who was five, Rose Albina Collett who was two, and Blanche Emma Collett who was under one year old.  Rather oddly Joseph from Combe, a baker, gave his age as being 34 and Naomi from Coseley said she was 33, whereas in reality they were 37 and 34 respectively.  That year’s census recorded the family living at Bordesley within the Deritend & Bordesley district of Aston in Birmingham, although absent that day was their son Ernest who would have been four years old.  Waiting on the family were two domestic servants John Emms who was 19 and Alice Vaughan who was 12.

 

 

 

Ten years later, at the time of the 1881 Census, Joseph Collett of Combe and aged 48, was a master baker with his own baker’s shop at 46 Larches Street in Aston.  Listed living with him was his wife Naomi aged 45 of Coseley and their seven children.  Elizabeth Gunnis Collett was 17, Edward Joseph was 16, Ernest William Collett was 13, Rose Albina Collett was 12, Blanche Emma Collett was 11, Maud Mary Collett was eight and Percy Henry was four years old.  It was nine years later that the death of Joseph Collett was recorded at Aston (Ref. 6d 212) during the first three month of 1890 when his age was stated in error as 55.  His widow Naomi Collett was aged 54 years in Aston census of 1891 when she had taken over her late husband bread shop, when she was living at Lawden Road in the Bordesley area of Aston.  Still living with her were two sons, Ernest who was 23 and Percy who was 14, and three daughters, Rose who was 21, Blanche who was 20 and Maud who was 16.  By the end of March in 1901 Naomi was aged 64 and was still living at Aston.

 

 

 

38p9

Elizabeth Gunnis Collett

Born in 1863 at Aston in Birmingham

 

38p10

Edward Joseph Collett

Born in 1864 at Aston in Birmingham

 

38p11

Ernest William Collett

Born in 1867 at Aston in Birmingham

 

38p12

Rose Albina Collett

Born in 1869 at Aston in Birmingham

 

38p13

Blanche Emma Collett

Born in 1871 at Aston in Birmingham

 

38p14

Maud Mary Collett

Born in 1873 at Aston in Birmingham

 

38p15

Percy Henry Collett

Born in 1876 at Aston in Birmingham

 

 

 

 

38o8

Emma Collett was born at Combe where she was baptised on 6th March 1836.  In 1841 she was five years old and 15 in 1851 when, on both occasions, she living with her family at Combe.  By 1861 she was living in the St Clements district of Oxford and was aged 24.  Ten years later she was still living in St Clements where she was then aged 35.  It is possible that she married later in her life as no further record of her as Emma Collett has been found.

 

 

 

 

38o9

William Collett was born at Combe where he was baptised on 4th December 1838.  He was listed as being two years old in 1841 and 12 years old in 1851 in the census registration district of Woodstock.  So far no trace has been found of William in 1861, when he would have been 22.  It is not clear what happened to him during that time, except it is known that he married Frances Laughton of Stonesfield and that probably took place as part of a joint ceremony with Frances’ sister Sara who married James Prior at Stonesfield in the second quarter of 1868.  Frances (and Sara) formed part of the ninth generation of a farming family and was born at Woodstock in 1843 but had moved to Stonesfield with her family by 1851.  Ten years later Frances was a candidate pupil teacher in Headington lodging at the house of William Woodward and Mary Davis.

 

 

 

Three years after they were married William 32 and his wife Frances 28, were confirmed as living in the Deritend & Bordesley area of Aston in Birmingham during early April in 1871.  Also living with them was their first-born child Alice Elizabeth Collett who was just one year old.  It should be noted that William was notoriously bad at giving the couple’s correct ages in subsequent census returns.  That may have been intentional if he did not want to admit he was five years older than Frances.  Their correct ages are therefore included in brackets in each case.

 

 

 

Just one further chid was added to the family in the middle of the next decade and by 1881 the family was living at 207 Bordesley Green in Deritend.  William stated that he had been born at Combe but that he was 40 (42) while Frances was 37 and confirmed she had been born at Woodstock.  In addition, the census return stated that William was working as a post master and baker employing three men.  It would therefore appear that he had followed his older brother Joseph (above) to Birmingham where they both continued to work as bakers, as their father Edward Collett had done so before them.

 

 

 

Their two children at that time were Alice who was 11 and Laughton who was five, both having been born in Birmingham.  Also living with them was Frances’ nine years old niece Emma M Prior who was born at Stonesfield, the daughter of Sara and James Prior.  The family was supported by 14 years old domestic servant Mary Bennett and helping William in the baker’s shop was Annie J Smith aged 25, a baker’s assistant from Pershore.

 

 

 

Sometime between 1881 and 1891 William and his family moved house, going from 207 Bordesley Green to 79 Bordesley Green, where the aforementioned Emma Prior was still living with the family in 1891 at the age of 18.  The Deritend census of 1891 listed William’s family as head of the household William who was 48 (52), Frances who was 45 (47), and their two children Alice 21, and Laughton who was 15. 

 

 

 

Ten years later in March 1901 the census that year confirmed that William from Combe in Oxfordshire was 59 (62) and his occupation was that of a baker and post-master.  His wife Frances from Woodstock was 56 (57), and only son Laughton who was 25 and born at Birmingham was still living with the couple.  Also still living and working with the family was Emma M Prior who was 28 and from Stonesfield who was employed by William as an assistant in the post office.

 

 

 

With their daughter Alice already married by March 1901, it was not long after that Laughton became a married man and started a family of his own in Aston.  So, by April 1911 William and Frances were living alone in Aston.  William said he was 70 (instead of 72), while Frances gave her correct age of 67.  It was almost exactly three years later that William died at Aston during the first quarter of 1914, following which he was buried at Stonesfield.  Frances survived for another seventeen years before she died on 2nd April 1931 while living within the Birmingham South registration district.  Frances was 88 when she died and she was buried with her husband at Stonesfield, where a single gravestone marks the spot.

 

 

 

38p16

Alice Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1869

 

38p17

Laughton William Collett

Born in 1875

 

 

 

 

38o11

Ann Collett was born at Combe in 1820 and was baptised there on 29th October 1820.  She was the eldest child of Thomas Collett and Sophia Smith of Combe and she later married Matthew Collett of Wolvercote in Oxford in 1847.

 

 

 

For the continuation of this family line see Section One – Wolvercote (Ref. 38N6)

 

 

 

 

38o12

John Collett was born at Combe and was baptised there on 7th December 1822.  He was the eldest son of Thomas and Sophia Collett and it is known that he became a stonemason like many of the Collett family.  In the Combe census of 1841 John had a rounded age of 15 when he was living there with his family at Long Combe.  Ten years later he was still living with the rest of his family at Combe when he was 28 and a mason.  Around the middle of the 1850s John Collett married Ann Matilda Hunt who was born at Stonesfield in 1830, and who was more commonly referred as Matilda.

 

 

 

The marriage produced two known daughters for John and Matilda who, by 1871 were living at Stonesfield.  John was confirmed as being 48 and a mason who was born at Combe.  His wife Matilda was 40 and a dressmaker from Stonesfield, and their youngest daughter was ten-years old Elizabeth Collett who was born at Combe.  The whereabouts of eldest daughter Matilda in 1871 has not been fully confirmed.  And it was at Stonesfield that the couple were still living ten years later.  The census return for 1881 confirmed that John Collett of Combe was a stonemason of 58 and that his wife was Matilda aged 46 (sic) of Stonesfield who was a dressmaker.  At that time they were living alone in a house on Boot Street in Stonesfield.  At that same time their two daughters were living and working in Chertsey with their cousin Charles Hunt of Stonesfield, the nephew of their mother.

 

 

 

According to the next census in 1891, John Collett was 67 and his wife Ann M Collett was 60, when they were living on Combe Road in Stonesfield.  Living with the couple was their married daughter Elizabeth S Oliver who was 30 and dressmaker, with her husband Job Oliver who was 46 and an insurance agent, together with their three children.  Ernest Oliver was seven, John J Oliver was five and Matilda H Oliver was not yet one-year old.  It was almost the same situation ten years later, except missing from the dwelling on Woodstock Road in Stonesfield was Job Oliver, perhaps away on business.  The remainder of the family group was listed as John Collett who was 78 years of age and was still listed as a stonemason having his own account, who was born at Combe.  His wife Matilda Collett was 70, and with them again was their daughter Elizabeth S Oliver with her three children.

 

 

 

It was during the next decade that Ann Matilda Collett nee Hunt died at Stonesfield, following which John was taken in by his youngest daughter.  According to the census in 1911 John Collett, age 88 and from Combe, had no stated occupation and was a widower living at Hump Wood Farm in Stonesfield.  Interestingly the census entry stated that he had been the father of five children of which only two had survived, those two being his daughter Matilda, who never married, and Elizabeth Oliver nee Collett, with whose family he was living.  It must have been shortly after 1911 that John Collett died at Stonesfield.

 

 

 

38p18

Matilda M Collett

Born in 1854

 

38p19

Elizabeth S Collett

Born in 1860

 

 

 

 

38o13

Mary Collett was born at Combe. where she was baptised on 22nd May 1825, the baptism record confirmed that she was the daughter of Thomas and Sophia Collett.  By the time of the census in June 1841, Mary was 15 years old and still living with her family at Long Combe in Combe.  Perhaps shortly after that day, and maybe because of overcrowding in Collett home as the children grew up, Mary left to go and live with relatives.  That was certainly the case in 1851, when the census that year placed her still living in Combe, where she was described as Mary Collett who was 25 and working as a gloveress, the niece of the head of the household.  After a further twenty years, unmarried Mary was still living in Combe at the age of 43 (sic) where, once again, she was a glove maker from Combe.  However, on the day of the census in 1871, she was the head of the household, when the only other person living with her was her base-born daughter Emma Collett who was 17 years old and also born at Combe.

 

 

 

The birth of Emma Collett was recorded at Woodstock (Ref. 3a 503) during the third quarter of 1854, although no record of her or her mother Mary has been identified within the census of 1861.  By the time of the census in 1881 Mary Collett was the sole resident of a dwelling ‘in the village of Combe’ where she was continuing to work as a glove maker, when her age was again recorded incorrectly as being 52.  At the start of the next decade unmarried Mary was living in Church Street, in Combe, when her age was recorded correctly as 66, with the census enumerator recording her occupation as a gloveress.  It was the same situation in March 1901, except that her age on the occasion was recorded in error as 72, when she was again residing in Church Street.  With no census record of Mary Collett in 1911, it must be assumed she passed away during the first decade of the new century.

 

 

 

38p20

Emma Collett

Born in 1854

 

 

 

 

38o14

Elizabeth Collett was born at Combe where she was baptised on 10th August 1828.  Elizabeth was twelve years old in 1841 and 22 in 1851 and, on both occasions, she was living in the family home at Combe, where she was a glove maker in 1851.  During the early half of the 1850s she married George Neville of Begbroke near Kidlington who was born there in 1830.  It would appear that the marriage of George and Elizabeth only produced one son for the couple who was born after they had made their home in Yarnton one mile south of Begbroke.  And it was at Yarnton that the family was living in 1881.  The census that year revealed that the family was living in a private house in the village where fifty years old George Neville was a tailor.  His son was Frederick Neville who was 23 and who occupation was also that of a tailor, working with his father.

 

 

 

Possibly out of embarrassment of being older than her husband, Elizabeth gave her age as being fifty the same as George, whereas in reality she would have been 52.  Living with the family was Elizabeth’s nephew Thomas W Collett who was also working with George Neville as a tailor.  Thomas William Collett was the son of Elizabeth’s younger brother William Collett (below).  He was 20 years old in April 1881 and his place of birth was confirmed as Burmington near Shipston-on-Stour.

 

 

 

 

38o15

William Collett was born at Combe where he was baptised on 20th February 1831.  By the time of the first census in 1841 William was recorded as being ten years old while living at Combe with his family, and he was still there ten years later in 1851 when he was 20 and was a mason working alongside his older brother John (above).  Towards the end of the 1850s William married Betsy Powell who was born at Shipston-on-Stour in 1836.  Her name was written as ‘Betsey’ in the majority of the records that have been found for her, including her baptism at Shipston on 11th December 1836 which also recorded that she was the daughter of Thomas and Mary Powell.

 

 

 

Once married William and Betsy settled in the village of Burmington just two miles south of Shipston where their first six children were born.  The 1861 census return for the Shipston-on-Stour registration district listed the family as William Collett, age 29, his wife Betsy as 24, and with them their first child Thomas William who was still under one year old.  During the next decade a further four children were added to the family when they were living at Burmington, but shortly after there was a move to nearby Cherington where the couple’s last two children were born. 

 

 

 

According to the census of 1871 the family was William 41, Betsy 35, and their children Mary Jane Collett, who was nine, William Collett, who was seven, Alice Powell Collett, who was five, Mary Sophia Collett, who was three, and Betsy Powell Collett who was one year old.  The couple’s oldest son Thomas William Collett was missing on that occasion.  After only living in Cherington for around five or six years the family moved again during the second half of the 1870s, on that occasion to Shipston-on-Stour where they were recorded as living in the census of 1881.

 

 

 

The census return for Shipston confirmed that the family was living in Powells Cottage which was, presumably, where Betsy’s parents had lived and which she probably inherited at the time of their deaths.  At that time the family was made up of William Collett who was fifty and who was working as an agricultural labourer, his wife Betsy of Shipston who was 42 (sic), and three of their children.  These were William T Collett who was 17 and described as being ill in bed, Mary Sophia Collett who was 13 and born at Burmington as was her older brother, and six years old Eli Powell Collett who was born at Cherington.

 

 

 

The other children from the marriage of William and Betsy had already left the family home by then and three of these were also listed in the census of 1881.  See separate entries for their son Thomas William Collett, and daughters Mary Ann Collett and Alice Powell Collett.  The only child for whom no later records have been found is their youngest daughter Betsy Powell Collett, so it might be assumed that she suffered a childhood death sometime between 1871 and 1881.

 

 

 

William and Betsy did not stay long at living at Powells Cottage, since a few years later the couple moved south and in 1981 they were living within the Charlbury & Chipping Norton registration district, where William was 60, Betsy was 52, and the only children still living with them were sons Thomas who was 29, and Eli who was 16.

 

 

 

Ten years later the census of 1901 contained some conflicting information regarding William and Betsy who, by then were living further south at Alvescot.  William’s age was 65 although that was very likely an error in translation and should have been 69.  Betsy’s age was given as 60 when is fact she would have been 64.  William’s place of birth was confirmed as Combe in Oxfordshire, while Betsy’s birthplace was confirmed as Shipston-on-Stour.  Still living with the couple at their Alvescot home was their youngest son Eli P Collett who was 25 and ‘a farmer’s son’ whose birthplace was confirmed as Cherington.

 

 

 

It is interesting to note that, having been an ordinary agricultural labourer up to 1881, that William was described as being ‘a farmer’ twenty years later.  It therefore seems likely that as well as inheriting Powells Cottage from his late in-laws, William also took over the running of a farm.  During the next few years William Collett died leaving Betsy Collett as widow by the time of the Alvescot census of 1911.  On that occasion her age was given more accurately as being 74.  Betsy from Shipston had only one person living with her at that time, and that was her unmarried son Eli Powell Collett who was 37.

 

 

 

38p21

Thomas William Collett

Born in 1860

 

38p22

Mary Ann Collett

Born in 1861

 

38p23

William Thomas Collett

Born in 1863

 

38p24

Alice Powell Collett

Born in 1865

 

38p25

Mary Sophia Collett

Born in 1867

 

38p26

Betsy Powell Collett

Born in 1869

 

38p27

Eli Powell Collett

Born in 1874

 

 

 

 

38o16

Jane Collett was born at Combe where she was baptised on 15th June 1834.  The baptised record confirmed that her parents were Thomas and Sophia Collett and that, in June 1841, Jane was living with her family at Combe at the age of seven years.  She was still living at Combe with her family in 1851 when she was 16 years old and working with her older sister Elizabeth (above) as a glove maker.  Jane was very likely married during the latter half of the next decade since she was not listed as Jane Collett of Combe in the census of 1861.

 

 

 

 

38o17

Thomas Collett was born at Combe where he was baptised on 11th June 1837 and was three years old in the Combe census of 1841.  Ten years later, he was 13 years of age and working as an agricultural labourer, when he was still living with his family in Combe.  It was later, when he was old enough, that he took up the same profession as his father and his older brothers, when he became a stonemason.  He later married Elizabeth who was born in 1836 at Aston in Oxfordshire, midway between Faringdon and Witney.

 

 

 

By the time of the 1881 Census the family was living at 25 Stockmore Street in the St Clements district of Oxford.  Stockmore Street runs between Cowley Road and the Iffley Road (A4158) and is still there today.  Thomas aged 43 was still a stonemason, his wife was 44 and the children still living with them were Thomas aged 18 an unemployed mason, Alfred 15 and Elizabeth 12.  The two sons had been born at Woodstock while Elizabeth had been born at (New) Hinksey on the outskirts of Oxford.

 

 

 

No record of Thomas Collett has been found in the census of 1891 so it must be assumed that he had died during the 1880s.  Following his death, it would appear that his wife moved out of Oxford to be near her husband’s family in Combe since, according to the census return for 1891, Elizabeth M Collett was 54 and living within the Woodstock registration area.  By the end of March in 1901 the widow Elizabeth Collett was 64.  Her place of birth was confirmed as Aston in Oxfordshire and, at that time the census confirmed that she was living with her son Alfred at his home in the Oxford parish of Cowley St John which included the area of New Hinksey.

 

 

 

38p28

Thomas George Collett

Born in 1862

 

38p29

Alfred Henry Collett

Born in 1865

 

38p30

Elizabeth M Collett

Born in 1868 at Hinksey, Oxford

 

 

 

 

38o18

Charles Collett was born at Combe in late 1838 or early 1839.  He was baptised at Combe on 23rd June 1839 and was the youngest child of Thomas and Sophia Collett.  In the census conducted in June 1841 he was two years old and was living with his family in Combe.  But within the Combe census of 1851 his parents described their son in error as being ten years old, when he was attending the village school.  Charles was yet another Collett from the little village of Combe who later became a stonemason.

 

 

 

He married Fanny Selena Buckingham during the second quarter of 1859 as recorded in the Headington District register.  Fanny was born in 1840 at Eynsham midway between Oxford and Witney.  It may be of interest that on 6th April 1859 a Fanny Buckingham was the single mother of Selena Buckingham who was baptised that day but who sadly died and was buried at Combe less than two weeks later on 18th April 1859.  It would appear that Fanny married Charles Collett shortly after that tragic event.  The couple spent the first six or seven years of their life together living at Combe, where their first four children were born, with the fifth child born after the family had settled in Bletchingdon around eight miles from Combe, although no record of the couple has been identified in the census of 1861.

 

 

 

For the census in 1871 the family was confirmed as residing in Bletchingdon where Charles was 31, Fanny was 32, Frederick C Collett was 10, William T Collett was seven, Thomas W Collett was five, Mary A Collett was three and Elizabeth Collett was one year old.  It was at Bletchingdon that all of the couple’s remaining children were born and where the family was still living at the time of the census of 1881.  According to the census return in 1881 Charles Collett of Combe was a stonemason at 46 and his wife Fanny was 41 and from Eynsham.  By then the couple’s eldest son had left the family home, probably due to overcrowding, and was lodging in a house in the same village street in Bletchingdon.  Therefore the two eldest sons still at home were Combe born William who was 18 and Thomas who was 16, both of whom were employed as agricultural labourers.

 

 

 

The other children were Maryanne, age 13 and also from Combe, Elizabeth, age 11, Emma, who was eight, Charles, who was six, Alice, who was four, George, who was two, and baby Richard who was only eleven months old.  The birthplace of the six youngest children was named as Bletchington rather than Bletchingdon.  Charles and Fanny were still living in Bletchingdon in 1891 when both of them were recorded as being 52 years old.  Listed with the couple were four of their children Charles who was 16, Alice who was 14, George who was 12, and Richard who was ten.

 

 

 

Ten years later stonemason Charles from Combe was 62 in the census of 1901 when he was still a resident of Bletchingdon.  His wife Fanny Selena Collett of Eynsham was not with her husband on the day of the census. Instead she was staying with her married daughter Elizabeth Watts, who had just given birth to Fanny’s grandchild.  The census return described her as Fanny Kena Collett who was a nurse at the age of 62 at the home of farm labourer Jonathan Watts, his wife Elizabeth and baby son Cuthbert Percy Watts, at Main Street in Wardington near Banbury.  That was very likely only been a temporary measure, since Fanny was back with Charles in Bletchingdon for the census in 1911.  In March 1901 Charles had living with him at Bletchingdon his two sons Charles H Collett and Richard H Collett, together with his granddaughter Margaret M Collett, who was eight years old and born at Bletchingdon, and his cousin one-step removed William Collett (Ref. 38o27).

 

 

 

Margaret M Collett was Margaret May Collett who was living and working within the City of Oxford in 1911 at the age of 17.  It seems highly likely that she was the base-born daughter of Emma Collett, Charles’ and Fanny’s unmarried daughter.  By April 1911 her grandparents Charles and Fanny were both recorded in the Bletchingdon census return as being 72 years of age.  Living with them, and probably looking after them in the old age, was their unmarried daughter Emma Collett who was 38, and Hilda Knight from Nuneaton in Warwickshire who was five years of age and described as the niece of Charles Collett who, in fact, was his granddaughter, the child of his married daughter Alice Knight.

 

 

 

38p31

Frederick Charles Collett

Born in 1860 at Combe

 

38p32

William Thomas Collett

Born in 1862 at Combe

 

38p33

Thomas William Collett

Born in 1864 at Combe

 

38p34

Mary Anne Collett

Born in 1867 at Combe

 

38p35

Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1869 at Bletchingdon

 

38p36

Emma Collett

Born in 1872 at Bletchingdon

 

38p37

Charles Henry Collett

Born in 1874 at Bletchingdon

 

38p38

Alice Collett

Born in 1876 at Bletchingdon

 

38p39

George Arthur Collett

Born in 1878 at Bletchingdon

 

38p40

Richard H Collett

Born in 1880 at Bletchingdon

 

 

 

 

38o19

Emma Collett was born at Combe where she was baptised on 8th February 1823.  Sadly, she only survived until the age of just six years when she died and was buried at Combe on 25th December 1829.

 

 

 

 

38o22

John Collett was a twin with Mary (below) and was born at Combe, where he was baptised on 18th September 1827 in a joint ceremony with his twin sister.  He was one of five children born to William Collett who died just over a month after John was baptised.  Nothing more has been discovered about John Collett from Combe who does not seem to appear in any future census records, whereas his twin sister Mary does.

 

 

 

 

38o23

Mary Collett was a twin sister to John (above) who was born at Combe and who was baptised there on 18th September 1827 in a joint ceremony with her brother.  The baptism took place just over a month before the death of her father and tragically her mother, who remarried after his death, died elevens later in 1839.  By 1851 Mary was living in Combe with her uncle Edward Collett (Ref. 38n2) where she was working as a glove maker.

 

 

 

She never married and lived all her life in the village of Combe.  In the 1881 Census for Combe she was single and aged 52.  Her occupation was stated as being that of a glove maker.  So, it is likely that Mary lived close by to Rachel Collett, the widow of Richard Collett (Ref. 38n9), and her stepdaughter Martha Collett (Ref. 38o24), both of whom were glove makers in Combe in 1881.  Mary was still alive in 1901 when she was 72 years old.  She was still living at Combe where she continued to be involved in the making of gloves, since she was described on that occasion as being a gloveress.

 

 

 

 

38o24

Martha Collett was born at Combe in 1834.  Following the death of her mother in 1839 she and her brother (below) lived for a few years with their father at his parent’s home in Combe.  Upon her father remarrying Rachel, it was in the Combe census of 1851 that Martha Collett, age 17, was living with her father and stepmother and her brother Abraham (below) and two stepchildren from their father’s second marriage.  It would appear that Martha never married as, in 1871 she was 37, and in 1881 she was 47, and on both occasions, she was still single and was living with her widowed stepmother Rachel, following the death of her father in 1856.  Like her stepmother Martha was worked as a glove maker in Combe.

 

 

 

 

38o25

Abraham Collett was born at Combe in 1836.  Like the vast majority of the Collett family of Combe and Wolvercote, Abraham worked in the building trade.  In the Combe census of 1851 he was 15 when he was living with his father Richard and his stepmother Rachel.  He married Emma Bates in September 1867.  Emma was born at Oxford in 1839 and her marriage to Abraham produced six children for the couple, all of whom were born at Combe where the family was living in 1881.  According that year’s census, the family comprised Abraham, who was 45 and a slater and plasterer, his wife Emma, age 41, and their children Annie, who was 13, Phoebe, who was nine, Frederick, who was six, Anthony, who was five, Ralph, who was two, and Arthur who was eleven months old.

 

 

 

By 1891 Abraham was 55 but on that occasion his wife was listed as being Phoebe Mary Collett aged 49.  Living with the couple were their sons Frederick 17, Anthony George 15, Ralph 12, and Arthur John who was ten.  Their eldest child, daughter Annie had moved to London to seek work by then.

 

 

 

Ten years later the couple were once again referred to as Abraham, who was 65, and Emma, who was 60.  The 1901 Census confirmed that they were still living at Combe where Abraham was still working as a slater and plasterer, while his wife was now employed in the local glove making industry as a gloveress.

 

 

 

Abraham Collett, a stonemason of Combe, died on 11th March 1906 although his personal estate of £48 was only subject to administration at Oxford on 8th May 1912 in favour of Frederick Richard Collett, a plasterer - Abraham’s eldest son.  One year earlier, according to the census in 1911, his widow Emma was 73 and was still living in Combe where she said she was born.  Living nearby was her son Arthur and his family and they were the only Colletts living in the village of Combe at that time.  So it may have been that Emma Collett nee Bates had died between March 1911 and 8th May 1912.

 

 

 

38p41

Annie Mary Collett

Born in 1867 at Combe

 

38p42

Phoebe Mary Collett

Born in 1872 at Combe

 

38p43

Frederick Richard Collett

Born in 1874 at Combe

 

38p44

Anthony George Collett

Born in 1875 at Combe

 

38p45

Ralph Collett

Born in 1878 at Combe

 

38p46

Arthur John Collett

Born in 1880 at Combe

 

 

 

 

38o26

Jane Collett was born at Combe, was baptised there on 5th October 1837, and died there in April 1839.

 

 

 

 

38o27

William Collett was born at Combe where he was baptised on 26th May 1844, the son of Richard and Rachel Collett.  He was six years old in 1851 and five years later his father passed away.  In 1871 he was unmarried at 26 and was still living with his mother and stepsister Martha Collett (above) at Combe.  He was a general labourer and by 1881, at the age of 36, he was not married and was still living with his widowed mother Rachel in Combe.  Living with them was his stepsister, the spinster Martha Collett.  Ten years after that William Collett was 46 and a general labourer who was still living with his mother Rachel Collett and his stepsister Martha Collett.

 

 

 

No record has ever been found to suggest that William was married and by the start of the next century he had moved to live at Bletchingdon where, in 1901, he was 57 years of age and was employed as a mason’s labourer, perhaps even working for his cousin, stonemason Charles Collett (Ref. 38o18) above, with whom he was living as a boarder in 1901.  Ten years later in April 1911 William Collett of Combe was 66 and was an inmate at Woodstock Union Workhouse which was situated in Hensington-within-Woodstock.  The census return also described him as married and a former farm labourer, while next in the list of inmates was William’s cousin Robert Collett from Combe who was 65.

 

 

 

 

38o28

Sarah Anne Collett was born at Combe in March 1846 and baptised on 12th April 1846.  However, just over one month after the baptism she died and was buried at Combe on 14th May 1846 aged two months.

 

 

 

 

38o29

Amelia Collett was born at Combe where she was baptised on 11th August 1850.  At just over two years of age she died and was buried at Combe on 3rd October 1852.

 

 

 

 

38o33

Rhoda Collett was born at Combe where she was baptised on 12th March 1843.  Rhoda was employed as a domestic servant and a nurse at the Radcliffe Infirmary in St Giles in Oxford and at the age of 35 she was not married.  According to the Oxford census of 1881, Rhoda Collett was sharing accommodation with two other single nurses at the infirmary, these being 22 years old Kate Mitchell of St Clements in Oxford and Jane Dumbleton aged 24 of Woodstock.  By 1891 Rhoda was still a single lady at the age of 44.  The census that year confirmed she was born at Combe and that she was living in the St Clements area of Oxford.

 

 

 

 

38o34

Richard Edgington Collett was born at Combe and baptised there on 26th May 1844.  It would appear that he followed the family profession by being associated in some way with stonemasonry and the building industry.  He left home around 1866 which probably coincided with him marrying (1) Mary of Bletchingdon in Oxfordshire.  Richard and Mary then moved to Wokingham in Berkshire shortly after they were married, and it was there that their first two children were born.  They were only at Wokingham for a couple of years before they moved again, on that occasion to Godalming in Surrey where a further two of their children were born, the first of them recorded with the family in 1871. 

 

 

 

That year the family was residing somewhere referred to as Crownpik in Godalming, where Richard E Collett from Long Combe in Oxfordshire was 26 and a mason, his wife Mary was 27, and their three children Albert C Collett who was three and Alfred R Collett who was one, both born at Wokingham, and Mary E Collett who had only just been born after arriving in Surrey.  As previously mentioned, the next child added to the family was born at Godalming, before the family returned Summertown, just north of the City of Oxford, prior to 1875, where a further two children were born.  However, after the birth of the second of those two children the family moved into a larger property within the affluent St Giles district in the centre of Oxford.

 

 

 

The 1881 Census recorded the family at Wykeham Cottage in George Street, close to the city centre, where Richard E Collett was a builder employing two men and that he was 37 and had been born at Combe.  His wife Mary Collett was also 37 and from ‘Bletchington’, and living with them were their children Albert E Collett who was 13, Arthur R Collett who was 11, both born at Wokingham, Mary Jane Collett who was 10, Rosa E Collett who was nine, both born at Godalming, and Lillian E Collett aged five and Thomas A Collett who was three years old, and both of them born at Summertown.

 

 

 

A short while after the 1881 Census, Richard’s wife tragically died leaving Richard to look after and bring up his young family.  However, it was on 25th July 1884, at St Giles Church in Oxford, that Richard Edgerton Collett (sic) married (2) Emma Whitlock, the daughter of Alfred and Jane Whitlock, and that marriage produced another four children for Richard.  No record has so far been found for Richard in 1891, but his wife Emma and his family were living at Sunnymead in Summertown where Emma Collett from Kidlington was 37, and her three Summertown born children by Richard Collett were her son Willie E Collett who was five, Gertrude E Collett who was three and Elizabeth E Collett who was under one year old.  Also living at the same dwelling were two of Richard’s sons from his first marriage, and they were Albert E Collett aged 23 and Arthur R Collett aged 21, both of whom had been born at Wokingham.  The final member of the family was Emma’s aunt Elizabeth Whitlock who was 54 and also born in Kidlington.

 

 

 

Not long after that census day in 1891, the Collett family left Sunnymead and moved the short distance to Iffley, on the south side of Oxford, where their fourth child was born.  Sometime during the next six years the family moved again, that time east across the River Thames to the Cowley St John area of the city.  And it was there, at 34 Stanley Road, that Richard and Emma were living at the time of the census in 1901.  Richard was listed as being 56 and his occupation was that of a stonemason.  Living with him was his wife Emma who was 48 and their four children Willy aged 15, Gertrude aged 13, Elizabeth who was 10 and Margaret who was seven years old.

 

 

 

During the next ten years Richard died leaving Emma as a widow with her three youngest children.  According to the census of 1911, it would appear that following the death of her husband, Emma left her home at 34 Stanley Road in the Iffley area of Oxford, when she moved to nearby Headington.  Emma Collett was 58 and still living with her were two daughters Elizabeth who was 20 and Margaret who was 17.  Also listed with them was Emma’s recently married stepson Arthur Collett who was 41 and who had been born at Wokingham.  The census in 1911 also revealed that the house at 34 Stanley Road, previously occupied by Emma and her family, had been taken over by Albert Edward Collett, the eldest son of the late Richard Edgington Collett.

 

 

 

Author’s note:  as a child in the 1950s I recall a building company Collett & Rogers that had their offices and builder’s yard a few miles to the west of Oxford in Wootton village to the north of Abingdon-on-Thames, just a short distance from where I was living with my family.

 

 

 

38p47

Albert Edward Collett

Born in 1867 at Wokingham

 

38p48

Arthur Richard Collett

Born in 1869 at Wokingham

 

38p49

Mary Jane Collett

Born in 1871 at Godalming

 

38p50

Rosa Edith Collett

Born in 1872 at Godalming

 

38p51

Lillian Ethel Collett

Born in 1876 at Summertown

 

38p52

Thomas Anthony Collett

Born in 1878 at Summertown

 

The following are the children of Richard E Collett by his second wife Emma Whitlock:

 

38p53

William Edgington Collett

Born in 1885 at Oxford

 

38p54

Gertrude Ellen Collett

Born in 1888 at Oxford

 

38p55

Elizabeth Emma Collett

Born in 1891 at Summertown

 

38p56

Margaret Lucy Collett

Born in 1893 at Iffley, Oxford

 

 

 

 

38o35

Robert Collett was born at Combe where he was baptised on 26th April 1846.  Apart from being listed with his family at Combe in 1851 when he was five years old, and again in 1861 at Headington when he was 15, Robert appears in later census records as a ‘misfit’.  According to the census of 1881 he was a vagrant living at The Union Workhouse in Crawley Road at Horsham in Sussex.  He was 33 and from Oxford and was a general labourer.  No other record for him has been found until in April 1911 Robert Collett, formerly a general labourer from Combe, was 65 when he was an inmate at the Woodstock Union Workhouse in Hensington-within-Woodstock.  Also living there on that occasion was Robert’s cousin William Collett (above) from Combe who was 66.

 

 

 

 

38o36

Mary Elizabeth Collett was born at Combe in 1848 and by 1861 when she was 12, she and her family had left Combe and had moved to Summertown within the Headington St Clements area of Oxford.  It was there also that Mary E Collett, aged 23 and a dressmaker, was still living with her parents ten years later in 1871.  At the age of 32 in April 1881 she was not married and was still living with her elderly parents at their home on Magdalen Road in the Cowley area of Oxford, from where she was working as a milliner and a dressmaker.  Working with her was her younger sister Emily (below).

 

 

 

In 1891 Mary E Collett of Combe was 42 and living within the St Clements registration district in Oxford and ten years later at the age of 51 she was living in the Oxford St Giles district, at Oakthorpe Road in Summertown, which runs between Woodstock Road and Banbury Road.  On that day in 1901, Mary E Collett from Combe was a dressmaker and head of the household.  Living there with her, was her younger sister Emily S Collett, plus two boarders, Albert Wiggins and Robert Rillip.  By April 1911 the two sisters were still living together at that same address, but both of them recorded under their full names.  Mary Elizabeth Collett from Combe was 63 years old and again working as a dressmaker, who was still taking in boarders; on that occasion, mother and daughter Edith and Pamela Wilson.  Mary’s sister Emily, completed the household.

 

 

 

The death of Mary E Collett was recorded at Headington register office (Ref. 3a 1210) during the final three months of 1930, when she was described as being 83 years of age.

 

 

 

 

38o37

Anthony Collett was born at Combe in 1851, his birth recorded at Woodstock (Ref. 16 157) during the second quarter of that year.  He was nine years old in the census of 1861 when he was living with his family at Grove Street in Summertown, and he was still living there with his parents ten years later at the age of 19, by which time he was working as a mason, most likely with his stonemason father Anthony Collett senior.  However, by 1881, Anthony Collett junior was employed as an agent for a building society and had taken lodgings at 2 Commercial Road in the St Ebbes district of Oxford.  The census return confirmed he was born at Combe and that he was 29, when he was a boarder at the home of cab proprietor George Porter.

 

 

 

It was one year later when Anthony married Emily Ann Mathews who was born in Oxford during 1853, the daughter of turner and painter William Mathews and his wife Elizabeth.  The event was recorded at Oxford (Ref. 3a 799) in the first three months of 1882.  According to the census in 1891, the childless couple was living on Banbury Road, north of Oxford city centre, where Anthony Collett was 39 and a house and estate agent, and his wife Emily A Collett was 37.  During the 1890s the couple left Oxford and moved to the south coast where, in March 1901, they were living at Whitworth Road in Portsmouth.  Anthony from Combe was 49 and his occupation was again that of a house and estate agent, while his wife Emily Ann Collett of Oxford was 47.

 

 

 

Emily Ann Collett nee Matthews passed away some time after April 1901 and before April 1911, leaving her husband as a widower in the Sussex census of 1911.  Anthony Collett from Combe near Woodstock in Oxfordshire was 59 and was living in Hove near Brighton, within the Steyning registration district of Sussex.  The census return that year described Anthony as being a widower, whose occupation was that of a builder and stonemason.  Eight years after that census day, the death of Anthony Collett was recorded at Steyning register office (Ref. 2b 389) during the first quarter of 1920 when he was 67 years old.

 

 

 

FOOTNOTE:  It may be interesting to note that there were fourteen other Colletts living within the Steyning registration district in 1911, although none of them were born there.  One group of six was the family of George Collett aged 64, who was from Birmingham, while another was bachelor Herbert Collett (Ref. 1P138) who had been born at Devonport near Plymouth around 1886.

 

 

 

 

38o38

Emily Sarah Collett was born at Summertown in 1857 where she and her family were living in 1861.  In 1871 Emily S Collett was 13 and was still living with her family in Summertown.  By 1881, and at the age of 23, she was still living with her parents at their home in Magdalen Road in Cowley from where she was working as a dressmaker’s assistant, presumably assisting her older sister Mary (above).

 

 

 

In 1891 she was listed as Emily S Collett aged 33 of Summertown and just after the start of the new century she was still a single lady.  Again in 1901 she confirmed that she was from Summertown and, at the age of 43, she was still working a dressmaker, and by then she was living at Oakthorpe Road in Summertown at the home of her older sister Mary Elizabeth Collett (above).  The two sisters were still living there ten years later, where they were recorded in the census of 1911.  The census return that year listed Emily under her full name, as Emily Sarah Collett who was still unmarried at the age of 53, who had been born at Summertown.

 

 

 

 

38o39

Emily Collett was born at Combe in 1853.  Judging by the age of her son, Emily married Thomas Walker probably in the mid to late 1870s.  Thomas was two years older than Emily and worked as an attendance at a local institute or asylum.  That may have been the Radcliffe Lunatic Asylum in Headington which opened in 1826.  However, eight months after the birth of their son Emily and Thomas were living with the child at the home of Emily’s widowed father, stonemason James Collett, in Combe where Emily performed the role of housekeeper to her father.

 

 

 

The census of 1881 confirmed that Emily was aged 27 and was born at Combe, as was her husband.  The brother of Thomas Walker was John Walker and it was he, his wife and daughter that had taken over the running of village grocer’s shop by 1881.  Five further children were added to the family during the next decade, so by 1891 the family was Thomas 36, Emily 36, Benjamin, age 12, Albert, who was nine, James, who was seven, George Harry, who was five, Lora Maria, who was one year old, and baby Charles who was under one year old.

 

 

 

During the following ten year the older sons left the family home in Combe and by 1901 agricultural labourer Thomas, age 47, and Emily, age 46, only had their son George Harry who was 15 and their daughter Lora Maria, who was 11, still living with them.  By that time the couple’s sons Albert and James had moved towards London where they were working as bakers.  Ten years later in April 1911 it was the same situation with Thomas 58 and Emily 57 having only George Harry Walker 24 and Lora Maria Walker 21 living with them at Combe.  By that time the couple’s eldest son Benjamin Thomas Walker of Combe in Oxfordshire was 30 and was living at East Retford in Nottinghamshire with his wife Annie who was 29.

 

 

 

 

38p1

Julia Collett was base-born at Combe in July 1850 and was baptised there on 11th August 1850.  From the time of her birth she was taken into the care of her grandparents with whom she was living at the end of March 1851 aged eight months.  Although Julia has not been traced in the 1861, she was listed in 1871 as being aged 20 and was still living in the Combe where she later married John Busby towards the end of the 1870s.

 

 

 

By 1881 Julia had given birth to the couple’s first child which was born in Combe where Julia’s husband was also born.  However, by the time of the census in 1881 Julia and John were living at 23 Penton Place in the Walworth area of London with their daughter Maud who was just four months old.  At that time Julia Busby of Combe was 30 years old, while John Busby was only 25 and his occupation was that of a stonemason.

 

 

 

Three years later Julia presented her husband with their second daughter, but shortly after that John Busby died, either from an illness or from an accident at work, since by 1891 Julia was a widow at the age of 40 with two children, Maud Julia Busby who was ten, and Eliza Jane Busby who was seven.  By that time in her life Julia had returned to her home village of Combe where she lived for the rest of her life.  Ten years later in 1901 she was 50 years old and was 60 in April 1911.

 

 

 

 

38p2

Flora Mary Collett was born at Woodstock in 1861 and was aged ten in 1871.  By the time of the 1881 Flora had left the family home at Park Street in Woodstock and was working as an assistant draper to Thomas C Fyson of St Ives in Huntingdonshire.  Flora’s father was a draper in Woodstock and may have been influential in securing her with job with Mr Fyson who employed twelve assistants and eleven apprentices.  The census record confirmed that Flora Mary was aged 20 and was born at Woodstock.

 

 

 

Around three or four years later it would appear that Flora married Arthur R Lay and that the couple settled to live at Woodstock where all of their children were born.  Arthur was born at Woodstock in 1858.  According to the 1901 Census, Arthur aged 42 was a glove manufacturer living at Woodstock with his wife Flora aged 39 and their three children Minnie G Lay who was 14, Dorothy M Lay who was eight and Richard H Lay who was four years of age.  No further children were added to the family so by April 1911 the family still living in Woodstock was made up of Arthur Robert Lay aged 52, Flora Mary Lay aged 49, and two of their three children Dorothy Mary Lay aged 18 and Richard Henry Lay who was 14.

 

 

 

 

38p3

Harry Collett was born at Woodstock in 1863 and, whilst he appeared in the 1871 Census aged eight, no trace of him has been found in any of the subsequent census records.  That may indicate that he suffered a childhood death.

 

 

 

 

38p4

Harold William Collett was born at Woodstock in 1867 and was 13 and still attending school in 1881.  At that time he was living with his family at Park Street in Woodstock.  Harold followed in his father’s footstep and worked as a draper.  He married Hannah E Bowl who was born at Warborough near Wallingford in Oxfordshire in 1872.  At the age of nine Hannah had attended a private school at Broad Street in Bampton as a boarder with her sister Edith who was eight and her brother William who was six.

 

 

 

Harold and Hannah were married in the mid-1890s and by the turn of the century they had moved to Odiham near Basingstoke in Hampshire, where Harold continued his work as a draper.  The 1901 Census confirmed that Harold was 33 and from Woodstock and that Hannah was 27 and from Warborough.  At that time the marriage had produced no children for the couple.  Ten years later Harold and Hannah were still living in Hampshire, but at Hartley Wintney where in April 1911 Harold William Collett was 43 and his wife Hannah E Collett was 37.  Again there were no children listed with them, so it must be assumed that they never had any.

 

 

 

 

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Elsie Elizabeth Anne Collett was born at Woodstock in 1872 and was aged 8 at the time of the 1881 Census and was living with her family at Park Street in Woodstock.  By the end of the century she had not married and was aged 27 and was still living with her parents at Woodstock, where she was working as an assistant draper to her draper father Henry Collett.  It was just after the census year that Elsie married Thomas David Hughes with whom she had two sons before 1910.  That was confirmed by the census in 1911 when Thomas Hughes was 42, his wife Elsie Elizabeth Annie Hughes of Woodstock was 38, and their two children were John Henry Hughes who was seven, and Percy Myfanny Hughes who was two years old both of whom were born at Woodstock.

 

 

 

 

38p6

Hedley Joseph Collett was born at Woodstock in 1874 where he was living with his family in 1881 at the age of six.  He later became a commercial traveller and may have chosen to reverse his Christian names because in 1901 he was living at Edgbaston in Birmingham where he referred to himself as Joseph H Collett, age 26 and from Woodstock.  It seems very likely that he returned to Woodstock around the time of the death of his father.  And it was at Woodstock that Hedley was living with his mother Rachel, his brother Henry, and his sister Hilda (both below) in 1911 when he was still a bachelor at the age of 36.  It was in June of the following year that his mother passed away, following which her Will was proved in favour of draper Hedley Joseph Collett and his brother Henry Francis (below) on 21st October 1912, the value of her estate being just over £1,000.

 

 

 

 

38p7

Henry Francis Collett was born at Woodstock in 1879 and was one year old at the time of the 1881 Census when he and his family were living at Park Street in Woodstock.  On leaving school he supported his father as a draper’s assistant.  By March 1901 when Henry was 21 he was still living at the family home in Woodstock where he was an assistant draper working with his father Henry and his sister Elsie (above).  Shortly after that Henry’s father died and by 1911 he was still a bachelor living with his widowed mother Rachel and two siblings.  The census for Woodstock of 1911 recorded that unmarried Henry Francis Collett of Woodstock was 31.  Just over a year later Henry’s mother died, when he and his brother Hedley (above) were named during the probate process on 21st October 1912.  That confirmed the brothers were both drapers, so they may have been working together in Woodstock. The total value of her estate was just over £1,000.

 

 

 

 

38p8

Hilda Esther Collett was born at Woodstock in 1885 and was 15 and was living with her parents in Woodstock in 1901.  During the next ten years her father died and by 1911 Hilda Esther Collett was twenty-five and was still living at Woodstock with her widowed mother Rachel and her two older brothers Hedley and Henry (above).

 

 

 

 

38p9

Elizabeth Gunnis Collett was born at Aston in Birmingham in 1863 and was named after her grandmother.  In the 1871 Census for Deritend & Bordesley in Aston Elizabeth was aged 7.  Ten years later at the age of 17 she was described as a scholar so was still in full-time education.  She was also living with her father’s baker shop at 46 Larches Street in Aston.  It seems likely that during the following years she was married as she was not listed in any census after 1881 as Elizabeth Collett.

 

 

 

 

38p10

Edward Joseph Collett was born at Aston in 1864, where his birth was recorded (Ref. 6d 260) during the fourth quarter of that year.  He was five years old in 1871 and was 16 in 1881 when he was living at 46 Larches Street in Aston.  Around the middle of the 1880s he married Ada Mary.  By the time of the 1891 Census the marriage of Edward and Ada had produced two children for the couple, both born at Deritend in Aston.  They were Alec Collett who was three years old and Alfred E Collett who was under twelve months, while their parents were named as Edward J Collett who was 26, and Ada M Collett who was 25.  The couple’s third child was born during the following year, and the birth of their first daughter was recorded at the Aston register office (Ref. 6d 245) during the first three months of 1894 when the child was named as Flora Blanche Collett.

 

 

 

During the following seven years a further two children were born to the couple, again while they were living at Deritend.  Sometime between 1898 and the turn of the century the family left Aston on the north side of Birmingham and had moved to Yardley on the south side near to where Edward’s brother Ernest (below) was living at Balsall Heath.  The family at Yardley in 1901 comprised Edward, age 36, who was working as an engineer’s pattern maker, his wife Ada who was 35, and their five children, Alec, age 13, Alfred, who was 10, Victor, who was eight, Flora, who was seven, and Rose who was three.  At the time of the census on the thirty-first March in 1901 it seems highly likely that Ada was expecting the birth of the couple’s sixth children, who was born later that same year.

 

 

 

 

 

So by April 1911 the completed family comprised Edward Joseph, age 46, Ada Mary, age 45, and their children Alexander age 23, Alfred age 20, Victor age 18, Flora age 17, Rose who was 13 and Leslie who was nine years old.  By that time the family had moved the short distance to the Shirley area, to the west of Solihull.  Also in the 1911 Census the birth place for the last four children was given simply as Birmingham, rather than as in 1901 when it was given as Aston in Birmingham.  Edward was 78 when he died in 1943, his death was recorded at Birmingham register office (Ref. 6d 419) as Edward J Collett during the quarter of that year.

 

 

 

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Alexander E W Collett

Born in 1887 at Aston, Birmingham

 

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Alfred Edward Collett

Born in 1890 at Aston, Birmingham

 

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Victor J Collett

Born in 1892 at Aston, Birmingham

 

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Flora Blanche Collett

Born in 1894 at Aston Birmingham

 

38q5

Rose Lillian Collett

Born in 1897 at Aston Birmingham

 

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Leslie Thomas Collett

Born in 1901 at Birmingham

 

 

 

 

38p11

Ernest William Collett was born at Deritend in Aston in 1867, his birth recorded at Aston (Ref. 6d 263) during the last three months of that year, but as William Ernest Collett.  However, within every subsequent record of his life, the two forenames were reversed, as in the census of 1871 when he was aged four years, and again in 1881 when he was 13 and still attending school and living at the family home at 46 Larches Street in Aston.  By 1891 he was 23 years of age and still unmarried and living at the family home where he worked with his father in his baker’s shop.  Only a few months later Ernest married Ellen who was born at Birmingham in 1869.  Around the time they were married or soon after, the couple moved to Balsall Heath to the south of Birmingham where their two children were born.  According to the 1901 Census Ernest was 33 and was working as a bread salesman, while Ellen was 31 and was employed as a sales woman in a shop.  Their two children were Elsie who was 9 and Wilfred who was seven.

 

 

 

A further three children were added to the family during the next decade and by 1911 the family was living in the Shirley area to the west of Solihull.  Ernest William was 42, his wife Nellie was 41, and with them were four of their five children Elsie May, age 19, Doris Maggie, who was nine, Nellie, who was five, and Rose who was four.  No record of their eldest son Wilfred has been found anywhere in the UK in the census of 1911 when he would have been 17.

 

 

 

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Elsie May Collett

Born in 1891 at Balsall Heath

 

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Wilfred Collett

Born in 1893 at Balsall Heath

 

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Doris Maggie Collett

Born in 1902 at Birmingham

 

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Nellie Collett

Born in 1905

 

38q11

Rose Collett

Born in 1907

 

 

 

 

38p12

Rose Albina Collett was born at Deritend in Aston in 1869, her birth recorded at Aston (Ref. 6d 257) during the fourth quarter of that year.  She was two years old in the 1871 Census and was 12 in 1881 when she was living at the family home at 46 Larches Street in Aston.  Ten years later she was listed in the Aston census as being aged 21 and sometime during the next few years she married Benjamin Laver who was born at Enfield in Middlesex in 1866.

 

 

 

Rose and Benjamin were both listed as living in the Aston area of Birmingham in 1901 when they were 32 and 34 respectively, and where Benjamin was working as a cycle saddle maker.  Their children by then were Percival Laver aged 13, Florence Laver aged 12, Edith Laver who was eight, Augustus B Laver who was six and Rose May Laver who was four.  All of the children were confirmed as having been born in Birmingham.  By 1911 Rose and Benjamin Laver were living in the Solihull area with their nine children.  Benjamin was 44, Rose was 41, and their children were Florence 22, Edith 19, Benjamin 17, May 15, Violet, who was 10, Roland who was eight, Colin who was five and twins Clarice and Miriam who were three.

 

 

 

 

38p13

Blanche Emma Collett was born at Deritend in Aston in 1871 and was under twelve months old in early April 1871.  Ten years later she and her family were living at 46 Larches Street in Aston and Blanche was listed as being 11.  She was still there in 1891, then aged 20.

 

 

 

 

38p14

Maud Mary Collett was born at Deritend in Aston in 1873.  She was eight years old in 1881 when she was living with her family at 46 Larches Street in Aston, although curiously ten years later her age was recorded as being 16.  It is assumed that she was married sometime before 1901.

 

 

 

 

38p15

Percy Henry Collett was born at Deritend in Aston in 1876 and was four years old at the time of the 1881 Census for Aston.  Whilst he was listed as being aged 14 in 1891, there was no trace of him in the UK at the turn of the century which may indicate he was serving with the military, perhaps even in South Africa.  However, during the first few years of the new century Percy married Florence with whom he had two children.  So by April 1911 Percy Henry Collett was 34, his wife Florence was 33, and their two children were Winnie Rose who was four, and Leslie Henry who was two years old, when the family was living in the Aston district of Birmingham.

 

 

 

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Winnie Rose Collett

Born in 1906 at Birmingham

 

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Leslie Henry Collett

Born in 1908 at Birmingham

 

 

 

 

38p16

Alice Elizabeth Collett was born at Deritend in Aston in 1869.  She was 11 years old at the time of the Aston census of 1881 when she was living with her parents at 207 Bordesley Green.  The family was still living in Aston in 1891 but on that occasion, it was at 79 Bordesley Green where Alice was 21.  It was during September 1894 that Alice married Stephen Arnold with whom she had four children over the next eight years.  Having been raised the son of the Superintendent of Boys Reformatory School at Mamilad in Newport, South Wales, Stephen took up a similar position at the King’s Norton Reformatory in Birmingham, where Alice became Matron, as well as bringing up her own children.  Alice and Stephen eventually retired to Stonesfield where Stephen died on 26th January 1946, followed by Alice Elizabeth Arnold nee Collett who died there just over six years later on 12th September 1952.

 

 

 

38q14

Mary Frances Arnold

Born on 04.08.1895

 

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Nancy Grace Arnold

Born on 15.01.1897

 

38q16

Samuel Collett Arnold

Born in 1898; died in 1899

 

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Joan Elizabeth Arnold

Born on 06.04.1902

 

 

 

 

38p17

Laughton William Collett was born at Deritend in Aston in 1875 and his named derived from his mother’s maiden name.  In April 1881 he was five years old when living with his parents at 207 Bordesley Green in Aston.  During the next ten years the family moved to 79 Bordesley Green where they were living by 1891.  At that time Laughton was 15 and was still attending school.  Having shortly after the census day he completed his schooling and joined his father to train as a baker which he was by the time he was 25 according to the Aston census of 1901 when he was still living there with his parents.  Not long after the census day in March 1901 Laughton married Charlotte Louisa with whom he had four children before the end of the decade.

 

 

 

According to the census of 1911, the family of six was still living in the Aston area of Birmingham, and it seems very likely that Laughton had taken over his father’s bakery business.  Laughton was 35, his wife Charlotte was 34, and their children on that occasion were William, who was nine, Leslie, who was seven, Kathleen, who was six, and Harold who was three.  It is possible, although not known for sure, that Charlotte may have presented her husband with more children after April 1911.

 

 

 

Laughton William Collett was residing at 224 Somerville Road in Small Heath, Birmingham, when he died on 7th December 1939.  Probate of his Will was completed at Birmingham on 18th January 1940 when his youngest child Harold Francis Collett was named as one of the two executors of his personal effects valued at £372 0 Shillings 5d.  The second executor was John Howard, a Lloyd’s Bank cashier.

 

 

 

38q18

William Edward Collett

Born in 1901 at Aston, Birmingham

 

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Leslie Arnold Collett

Born in 1903 at Aston, Birmingham

 

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Kathleen Louisa Collett

Born in 1905 at Aston, Birmingham

 

38q21

Harold Francis (Thomas) Collett

Born in 1907 at Aston, Birmingham

 

 

 

 

38p18

Matilda M Collett was born at Combe in 1854.  No record of her or her family has so far been located in the census of 1861.  Ten years later her parents and younger sister Elizabeth (below) were living in Stonesfield but again no census record has actually been confirmed for Matilda.  What is known is that she left the family home in Oxfordshire to enter domestic service and the only possible appearance of her in 1871 was in the Rugeley & Lichfield registration district in Staffordshire where there was listed a Matilda Collett aged 16. 

 

 

 

Ten years later in 1881 she was employed as a child’s nurse at the home of Surrey Magistrate William C Scott and his family at Church Road in Chertsey.  It would appear that at the time that Matilda was offered the job there was also a vacancy for a lady’s maid and that was filled by Matilda’s younger sister Elizabeth (below).  Certainly the 1881 Census listed both sisters as living and working at the house, where Matilda was 26 and Elizabeth was 20, when both girls were confirmed as having been born at Combe in Oxfordshire.

 

 

 

Matilda M Collett never married and by 1911, and following the death of her mother during the first ten years of the new century, she was still working as a lady’s maid at the age of 54, when she was living with her married sister Elizabeth Oliver (below) at Hump Wood Farm in Stonesfield.  Also living there was her widowed father John Collett who was 88.

 

 

 

 

38p19

Elizabeth S Collett was born at Combe in 1860, although no record of her, or her parents, or her older sister Matilda, have been found in the census the following year.  However, by the time of the census in 1871 Elizabeth Collett of Combe was ten and was living with her parents in her mother’s home village of Stonesfield.  On leaving school she entered into the world of domestic service and was a lady’s maid, working with her older sister Matilda (above) at the home of William C Scott in 1881 when she was 20.  The Scott household at Church Road in Chertsey comprised William Scott aged 30 of London, his wife Ursula K Scott 21 of Clapham and their two months old daughter Katherina Alethia Scott born at Brompton.  Today Church Road runs between the M25 and the Brighton Road (A318).

 

 

 

It therefore looks very much like the two sisters were employed either just before or around the time of the birth of the baby.  In addition to all of these, there were a further two people living at the address and they were Emma Hart, the 26 years old cook and 18 years old footman Charles Hunt.  Charles Hunt was previously known to the two Collett sisters.  He was their cousin from Stonesfield, being the nephew of the girl’s mother who, before marrying their father, was Matilda Hunt.

 

 

 

It was during the following year that Elizabeth married the much older Job Oliver who was born at Stonesfield near Combe in 1844, the son of Joseph Oliver.  The couple’s first child was born at Aldershot in Hampshire, but thereafter the family returned to Stonesfield where two more children were added to the family, and where they remained living for the rest of their life.  In 1891 the family was living at Combe Road in Stonesfield, at the home of Elizabeth’s elderly parents John and Matilda Collett.  The family comprised Job Oliver from Stonesfield who was 45 and an insurance agent, Elizabeth S Oliver from Combe who was 30 and a dressmaker, and their three children.  They were Ernest Oliver who was seven, John J Oliver who was five, and Matilda H Oliver who was not yet one year old.

 

 

 

Job Oliver must have been away on business on the day the next two consecutive censuses were conducted, since he was absent from the couple’s Stonesfield home, both in 1901 and 1911.  In the former his wife and three children were still living with his parents-in-law but at Woodstock Road in Stonesfield.  His wife Elizabeth S Oliver was 39 and dressmaker with her own account, Ernest F Oliver from Aldershot was 17 and a horseman working on a farm, John J Oliver was 15 and a stonemason’s assistant, and Matilda C H Oliver was ten years of age.  Elizabeth’s mother died at Stonesfield during the years following 1901, at which time her widowed father John and her older unmarried sister Matilda moved in with Elizabeth and her family at Hump Wood Farm in Stonesfield.

 

 

 

That situation was confirmed by the next census in 1911 when the occupants of the six-roomed dwelling known as Hump Wood Farm were recorded as: S Elizabeth Oliver from Combe who was a farmer and an employer at the age of 50 who had been married for 28 years with three children all of whom had survived and were living there with her; Ernest F Oliver, age 27 a farmer and an employer from Aldershot; John Joseph Oliver a farmer from Stonesfield who was 25; and Matilda M Oliver who was also from Stonesfield, who was 20 with no stated occupation, so presumably was helping her mother keep house.  The other two occupants were John Collett from Combe who was 88 and described as the father of Elizabeth, and Matilda M Collett, age 54 from Combe who was a lady’s maid and named as the sister of Elizabeth Oliver.

 

 

 

It was six years later that the death of Job Oliver was recorded at Woodstock register office (Ref. 3a 1605) during the first three months of 1917, when he was 74 years of age.

 

 

 

 

38p21

Thomas William Collett was born at Burmington near Shipston-on-Stour.  He was the eldest son of William and Betsy Collett and was named after his grandfather Thomas Collett of Combe.  He was baptised at St Barnabas & St Nicholas Church in Burmington on 27th May 1860.  The following year Thomas W Collett was recorded as being ten months old and living with his parents at Burmington where they remained until his was around eight years old when the family moved to nearby Cherington.  Curiously Thomas was missing from the census return for Cherington in 1871.

 

 

 

By the time of the census in 1881 Thomas W Collett was twenty and was living with his aunt Elizabeth Collett who was then married to fifty years old George Neville from Begbroke near Kidlington.  George was a tailor and he and his wife and son Frederick Neville lived in a private house in nearby Yarnton.  The two cousins Thomas W Collett and Frederick Neville, who was three years older than Thomas, were both tailors and were working with George Neville.  Thomas’ place of birth was confirmed as having been Burmington.

 

 

 

By that time in his life Thomas’ parents William and Betsy Collett had inherited farm property left to them following the deaths of Betsy’s parents.  The dwelling was known to have been Powells Cottage in Shipston, which also seems likely to have had some farmland attached to it.  So, in a few short years William Collett progress from being an agricultural labourer to being a farmer.  By the time of the census of 1891, and with their advancing years, it would appear that William and Betsy persuaded their eldest son Thomas to return home to help out on the farm.

 

 

 

The census that year placed Thomas W Collett, age 29 and of Burmington, back living with his parents and his youngest brother Eli Powell Collett (below) at their new home within the Charlbury & Chipping Norton area.  Shortly after the census day in 1891 Thomas married Jane and the couple settled in Leafield near Burford.  Over the next few years up to 1901 Jane presented her husband with the first three of their four children and by March 1901 Thomas W Collett was 40, Jane was 34, and the children were William C Collett, who was nine, Harold G Collett, who was seven, and Grace P Collett who was four.

 

 

 

At that time in his life Thomas’ occupation was confirmed as being that of a farmer and his place of birth as Burmington.  Two years later the couple’s four and last child was born while Thomas was still farming at Leafield.  However, by the time of the census in 1911 two of the sons of Thomas and Jane had left the family home in Leafield, so the incomplete family was simply Thomas William Collett who was 51, his wife Jane who was 44, and their two youngest children Grace 14, and Bennie who was seven.

 

 

 

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William Charles Collett

Born in 1891 at Leafield, near Burford

 

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Harold George Collett

Born in 1894 at Leafield, near Burford

 

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Grace Powell Collett

Born in 1896 at Leafield, near Burford

 

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Benjamin Collett

Born in 1903 at Leafield, near Burford

 

 

 

 

38p22

Mary Ann Collett, sometimes referred to as Mary Jane Collett, was born at Burmington and was baptised there at the church of St Barnabas & St Nicholas on 4th January 1862 as Mary Ann Collett.  It was as Mary Jane Collett aged nine years that she appeared in the Shipston-on-Stour census of 1871, when she was living with her parents a Powells Cottage.  With her mother being Betsy Powell, it is assumed that Mary Jane’s mother and father inherited the cottage upon the death of her grandparents.

 

 

 

On leaving school some six years later Mary entered into domestic service and by 1881 she had left the family home and moved into the city of Oxford where was working at the home of master ironmonger William Wyatt.  The connection with the Wyatt family seems most likely through the wife of William Wyatt since she was from Cherington where two of Mary Ann Collett’s younger siblings were born.

 

 

 

The census return for 1881 confirmed that Mary A Collett was 19 and from Burmington and that she was a general domestic servant at the Wyatt house ‘Canterbury’ on the Kingston Road in the St Giles district of Oxford city centre.  William Wyatt’s wife was Edith Wyatt who had two very young children at that time, a daughter who was one year old and a son who was only one week old.  She was formerly Edith Wheeler who was born at Cherington in 1852 and the daughter of forty-nine years old widow Sarah J Wheeler who was also living with the Wyatt family on that occasion.

 

 

 

It was almost ten years later that Mary Ann Collett married William Ferriman who was born at Leafield near Burford in 1863.  The marriage produced four children for Mary and William and all of them were born at Leafield where the family was living in 1901 and 1911.

 

 

 

By the time of the end of March in 1901 the couple already had three children and on the day of the census Mary Ann was expecting their fourth and last child which was born a little later that year.  William was 39 and a stonemason, while Mary was also 39 and from Burmington.  Their three children on that occasion were Frederick Ferriman who was eight, Edith S Ferriman who was four, and Albert Ferriman who was two years old.  Ten years later in April 1911 the complete family was listed as William 47, Mary Ann 48, Frederick William 19, Edith Sarah 14, Albert 12, and Mary Sophia Ferriman who was 10.

 

 

 

 

38p23

William Thomas Collett was born at Burmington, where he was baptised on 28th June 1863.  Like his older brother Thomas (above), he too was named after his father and his grandfather.  In 1871 William and his family were living in nearby Cherington where William was seven years old, and ten years later in 1881 the family had moved to Shipston-on-Stour and were living at Powells Cottage.  The census return that year recorded that William T Collett of Burmington was ‘ill in bed’ at the age of 17.

 

 

 

And since no further record of him has been revealed in any subsequent census, it seems likely that he never recovered from the illness and passed away.  Whenever ailment William suffered with, may have been the same cause of the death of his younger sister Betsy Powell Collett (below) who was no longer with the family by 1881 when she would have been just ten years old.

 

 

 

 

38p24

Alice Powell Collett was born at Burmington and was baptised there on 22nd September 1865, the records confirming that she was the daughter of William Collett and Betsy Powell.  By 1871 her family had moved the short distance to the village of Cherington where Alice Powell Collett was recorded as being aged five years.  Just prior to the next census in 1881 Alice left the family home to take up employed as a domestic servant in Shipston-on-Stour, to where he parents had also recently moved.  The census return confirmed that Alice Powell Collett of Cherington (sic) was 15 and that she was working at the home of retired draper William Roberts at the family’s house in London Road in Shipston.

 

 

 

Sometime during the next decade, Alice’s work took her into the city of Oxford where she was recorded as living and working in 1891.  On that occasion she described herself in the St Clements & Headington area census as Alice P Collett aged 25 and from Burmington.  So far no record of Alice has been found in either the census returns for 1901 or 1911, so it seems likely that she was married sometime after 1891.

 

 

 

 

38p25

Mary Sophia Collett was born at Burmington in 1867.  She was named after her grandmother Sophia Smith of Combe and was baptised at the church of St Barnabas & St Nicholas in Burmington on 12th May 1867.  By the time of the census in 1871 her family had moved to nearby Cherington where she was listed as Mary Sophia Collett aged three years.  The next census in 1881 confirmed that Mary and her family had moved again, that time to Powells Cottage in Shipston-on-Stour which had been the former home of her grandparents.  The census return also confirmed that Mary Sophia Collett was 13 and had been born in Burmington.

 

 

 

Mary was still single in 1891, but by March 1901 she was married to Leonard Hadland of Leafield near Burford in Oxfordshire where the couple were living with their four years old son William C Hadland.  Leonard was 35 and an inn keeper in Leafield and his wife Mary S Hadland was 34 and from Burmington.  The family eventually left Oxfordshire and moved to south Wales, where in 1911 they were recorded as living within the Merthyr Tydfil area of Glamorgan.  Leonard Hadland was 45 and from Leafield, Mary Sophia was 44 and from Burmington, and their son William C Hadland was 14 and from Leafield.

 

 

 

 

38p26

Betsy Powell Collett was born at Cherington, but with no church there, it is very likely that she was baptised at Burmington where all of her siblings were baptised.  That happened on 30th January 1869 when her parents were confirmed as William and Betsy Collett.  Rather oddly Betsy Powell Collett was listed as being just one year old in the Cherington census of 1871, when in fact she was over two years old.  The only way she could be one year old is if the year she was baptised was 1870 instead on 1869.  No further record of Betsy has been discovered after that time, so it might be safe to assume that she died while she was still in her infant years.

 

 

 

 

38p27

Eli Powell Collett was born at Cherington in 1874 and unlike all of his siblings (above) no record of his baptism has so far been found.  At the time of the census of 1881 Eli was six years old and was living with his parents at Powells Cottage in Shipston-on-Stour, the former home of his maternal grandparents.  He was attending school at that time ad his birthplace was confirmed as Cherington.  Ten years later he was one of only two children still living with his parents within the Charlbury & Chipping Norton area of Oxfordshire.  He was 16 years old and was working on his father’s farm.

 

 

 

By March 1901 Eli was 25 and was the only member of his family still living with his parents, who had then moved to Alvescot near Witney, where many other Colletts also lived, as detailed in Part 28 – The Faringdon Line.  In the census return Eli P Collett of Cherington was described as a farmer’s son, while he and his father worked the farm known as Kenn’s Farm at Carterton near Alvescot.  Kenn’s Farm is still there to this day, and until very recently was owned by Thomas Edmonds of Alvescot.  This information was received from Barbara Edmonds during August 2010.

 

 

 

During the following years Eli’s father died and by April 1911 he was still a bachelor and was still living at Kenn’s Farm with his mother Betsy Collett.  At that time Eli Powell Collett was 37 and his mother was 74.  In 1919 when he was 45, and presumably following the death of his mother, Eli married Louisa Jane Pratt, the union being registered in Witney.  It is established that the couple continued to live in Alvescot after they were married and that it was there that Eli Powell Collett died, following which he was buried in the churchyard there, where a headstone marks the grave.

 

 

 

 

38p28

Thomas George Collett was born at Woodstock in 1862.  At the age of 18 he was an unemployed mason living with his parents at 25 Stockmore Street in the St Clements district of Oxford.  It would appear that he was still living in the St Clements area ten years later, by which time he was married to Helen with whom he had a daughter.  The St Clement, Headington census of 1891 listed him simply as George Collett aged 28 and from Woodstock.  His wife was Helen who was also 28, and their daughter Hilda was seven years old.

 

 

 

Ten years later he was once again recorded as George Collett who was 38 and of Woodstock, who was a stonemason living in the Cowley St John area of Oxford.  His wife was confirmed as Helen aged 38 who was born at Abingdon-on-Thames, and their daughter Hilda was 17 and born in Oxford.  Towards the end of the next decade it would appear that Helen died, and by 1911 George was living in Abingdon-on-Thames where it seems very likely that Helen died and was buried.  George Collett of Woodstock was 48.

 

 

 

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Hilda Collett

Born in 1883 at Oxford

 

 

 

 

38p29

Alfred Henry Collett was born at Woodstock in 1865.  By the time of the census of 1881 Alfred’s family was living at 25 Stockmore Street off the Iffley Road in the St Clements district of Oxford, by which time Alfred was 15.  The place of his birth was confirmed as having been Woodstock.  By the turn of the century Alfred was working as a stonemason while living at Cowley St John in Oxford with his family.  On that occasion his wife Elizabeth’s place of birth was given as Sholeham (Sholden) in Kent, while for his three daughters it was simply Oxford.

 

 

 

Alfred was 35, Elizabeth was 44, Rose was 13, ‘Lily’ was eight, and Eva was two years old.  Also living with them was Alfred’s widowed mother Elizabeth who was 64.  In April 1911 Alfred and his family were living at 72 Hurst Street in the St Clements district of Oxford.  Alfred who was 45 was a stonemason from Woodstock.  His wife Elizabeth, to whom he had been married for twenty-five years, was 44 and from Sundridge near Sevenoaks in Kent.  Still living with the couple were their three daughters.  Rose was 23 and a dressmaker, Lillian was 18 and was working as a domestic daygirl, while Eva was 12 and still attending school.

 

 

 

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Rose Collett

Born in 1887 at Oxford

 

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Lillian Collett

Born in 1892 at Marston, Oxford

 

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Eva Collett

Born in 1898 at Oxford

 

 

 

 

38p31

Frederick Charles Collett was born at Combe on 1860.  It would appear that he moved out of the overcrowded family home in the spring of 1880 when the family was expanded by the birth of a baby brother and the ninth child of the family.  According to the census record for the following year Frederick aged 20 was living as a lodger at the house of widower, 52 years old William Palmer who was a boot and shoe maker.  The house was only five houses from the home of Frederick’s family in the village of Bletchingdon.

 

 

 

The census record also confirmed that Frederick had been born at Combe and that he was employed as a bricklayer.  It seems that it was very likely that also immediately following the census date that Frederick married Eliza Ann Tuffrey and that their first child was born at the end of that year or very early in 1882.  His wife Eliza was born at Bletchingdon in 1863 and she was the daughter of agricultural labourer Thomas Tuffrey of Weston-on-the Green (the next village to Bletchingdon) and his wife Charlotte Tuffrey of Bletchingdon.

 

 

 

Ten years later Frederick and Eliza were still living in Bletchingdon where Frederick was 30 and his wife was 26.  Listed with them in the census return were just two of their children, Thomas who was seven, and Anne who was one year old.  By 1901 Frederick was 40 and was still employed as a bricklayer while working with him was his eldest son Thomas who was also a bricklayer.  Frederick’s wife Eliza was 37 and their daughter Annie was ten, both of the children were recorded as having been born at Bletchingdon.  According to the census of 1911 Frederick Charles Collett of Combe was 50 and was continuing to live in Bletchingdon with his wife Eliza Ann 47 and two of their three known children, Thomas who 29 and Winifred Maud who was seven.

 

 

 

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Thomas Collett

Born in 1881 at Bletchingdon

 

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Anne Collett

Born in 1890 at Bletchingdon

 

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Winifred Maud Collett

Born in 1903 at Bletchingdon

 

 

 

 

38p32

William Thomas Collett was born at Combe in 1862.  Like his brother Thomas (below) he was an agricultural labourer after leaving school as confirmed by the 1881 Census in which he was aged 18 and living with his parents at Bletchingdon.  However, around 1885 William married Sarah Ann who was born at Bletchingdon in 1861.  By the time of the Bletchingdon census in 1901 William T Collett, age 38, said he was born at Bletchington, when his occupation was that of a stonemason like his father.  His wife Sarah A Collett was confirmed as being 39 and born at Bletchingdon, where all of the couple’s children were born.  They were Charles F W Collett, age 12, Fanny M Collett, age 11, Thomas, who was nine, George A Collett, who was six, Henry W Collett, who was four, and Elsie L M Collett who was one year old.

 

 

 

Ten years later the census return for 1911 listed the family as living in Bletchington where William was 47 and a bricklayer from Combe, his wife Sarah Ann was 49, and their children were Charles Frederick 22, George Albert 16, Henry Willie 14, Elsie Lucy Mary 11, plus a very late addition to the family.  That was one-year old Ethel Violet Ann who was described in the census return as the daughter of William and Sarah.  As Sarah would have been 48 when the child was born it possibly brings into question whether Sarah was the mother, or whether Ethel was the illegitimate child of the couple’s oldest daughter Fanny.

 

 

 

It is also interesting to note that the census return recorded that the family was actually living at Oxford Road in Bletchington within the Parish of Bletchingdon in the Bicester registration district of Oxfordshire.  William and Sarah were still living at Bletchingdon in 1914 at Corner House on Oxford Road, when they received the sad news that their son Henry had been killed while serving his King and Country in the Great War.

 

 

 

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Charles Frederick William Collett

Born in 1888 at Bletchingdon

 

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Fanny Millicent Collett

Born in 1889 at Bletchingdon

 

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Thomas Collett

Born in 1892 at Bletchingdon

 

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George Albert Collett

Born in 1894 at Bletchingdon

 

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Henry William Collett

Born in 1897 at Bletchingdon

 

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Elsie Lucy Mary Collett

Born in 1899 at Bletchingdon

 

38q39

Ethel Violet Ann Collett

Born in 1909 at Bletchingdon

 

 

 

 

38p33

Thomas William Collett was born at Combe in 1864.  Like his brother William (above) he was an agricultural labourer after leaving school as confirmed by the 1881 Census in which he was aged 16 and living with his parents at Bletchingdon.  By the turn of the century, and just like his older brother William, Thomas had made the transition from agricultural labourer in 1881 to stonemason in 1901.

 

 

 

Just prior to the end of the old century Thomas married Elizabeth Snowsell and in the Bletchingdon census of 1901 they were recorded as Thomas W Collett, age 30 and a mason from Combe, and Elizabeth S Collett also from Combe who was 27.  By that time Elizabeth had already presented Thomas with the first of their three known children, when Albert Ed. Collett who had been born at Bletchingdon was still under one year old.  Over the next ten years the marriage produced two more children for the couple while they were living in Bletchingdon, and it was there also that the family was still living in April 1911.

 

 

 

Thomas William Collett of Combe was 46, his wife of ten years was Elizabeth Snowsell Collett, who was 37 and also of Combe.  Their three children at that time were Albert Edward Collett aged 10 who was attending school, Ronald James Collett who was five and Mabel Emma Collett who was two years of age.  On that occasion the census return recorded that the family was living at Islip Road in Bletchington within the Parish of Bletchingdon in the Bicester district of Oxfordshire.

 

 

 

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Albert Edward Collett

Born in 1901 at Bletchingdon

 

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Ronald James Collett

Born in 1905 at Bletchingdon

 

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Mabel Emma Collett

Born in 1908 at Bletchingdon

 

 

 

 

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Mary Anne Collett was born at Combe in 1867 and was three years old in 1871 and 13 in 1881.  By 1891 she had left the family home and was living and working in Oxford city centre at the age of twenty-three.

 

 

 

 

38p35

Elizabeth Collett was born at Bletchingdon in 1870, the fifth child of Charles Collett and Fanny Selena Buckingham, her birth recorded at Bicester (Ref. 3a 672) during the first three months of that year.  She was one year old in the Bletchingdon census of 1871 and was 11 years old in 1881 when she was still living with her parents at Bletchingdon.  No census record for her has been found in 1891, but ten years later she was married to Jonathan Watts, by whom she already had a son Cuthbert Percy Watts.  On that census day in 1901, Elizabeth’s mother Fanny Selena Collett of Eynsham was staying with the young family, Fanny being a nurse mostly likely helping to care for her grandson Cuthbert who was only one year old.  Elizabeth Watts from Bletchingdon was 30 and farm labourer Jonathan Watts of Wardington was 29, the family residing at Main Street in Wardington, near Banbury.

 

 

 

No more children were added to the family which, in 1911, was still living in Wardington, where Jonathan Watts was 38, Elizabeth Watts was 39, and Cuthbert P J Watts was 11, having been born at Bletchington.  Lodging with the family was Lewis Davies of Wardington who was 42.

 

 

 

 

38p36

Emma Collett was born at Bletchingdon in 1872 where she was living with her parents in 1881 aged eight years.  No positive record for Emma has been found in 1891, perhaps because she was with-child and had been sent away from the family home.  However, at the age of 28 she was not married and was working in the St Giles district of Oxford as a domestic cook with her sister Alice (below).  Also in the census of 1901, Emma’s parents had living with them their granddaughter Margaret M Collett who was eight years old and from Bletchingdon.  It is therefore likely, that she was the base-born daughter of unmarried Emma Collett, as her older sister Elizabeth (above) was already married with a child of her own by then.

 

 

 

The birth of Margaret May Collett was recorded at Bicester register office (Ref. 3a 863) during the second quarter of 1892.  In 1911 Margaret May Collett was living and working in Oxford St Mary Magdalen and, at the age of 17 she was a servant at the home of mother and daughter Hannah and Amy Anna Knapp.  During the next decade she returned to Bletchingdon to take up the role of housekeeper for her elderly parents Charles and Fanny Selina Collett.  Emma was still a spinster at the age of 38.

 

 

 

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Margaret May Collett

Born in 1892 at Bletchingdon

 

 

 

 

38p37

Charles Henry Collett was born at Bletchingdon in 1874.  In the 1901 Census Charles H Collett from Bletchingdon was 26 and a carter on a farm while his was still living at Bletchingdon with his father Charles and his brother Richard (below).  During the next decade Charles married Annie and by April 1911 the childless couple was living within the Woodstock registration district where Charles Henry Collett of Bletchingdon was 37 and his wife Annie Elizabeth Collett was 41.

 

 

 

 

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Alice Collett was born at Bletchingdon in 1876 and was four years old in April 1881.  Ten years later she was 14 and was still living at Bletchingdon with her parents.  It would appear that just after that Alice joined forces with her older sister Emma (above) and entered into domestic service in Oxford.  Just after the turn of the century at the age of 24 she was unmarried when she was working as a domestic housemaid at a house in the St Giles district of Oxford with Emma.  Soon after 1901 Alice seems to have married Daniel Knight who was around ten years older than Alice, and with whom she had five children by April 1911.  At that time Alice and her family were living in Nuneaton.  She was 35, Daniel was 44 and their children were Elsie Knight, who was nine, Gladys Knight, who was seven, Charles Knight, who was two, and Emma Knight who was two months old.

 

 

 

One of their children, missing from the family home in Nuneaton, was staying with her grandparents, Alice’s parents Charles and Fanny Collett, who were still living at Bletchingdon.  Recorded in the census of 1911 was Alice and Daniel’s daughter Hilda Knight from Nuneaton in Warwickshire who was five years of age and described incorrectly as the niece of Charles Collett.

 

 

 

 

38p39

George Arthur Collett was born at Bletchingdon in 1878 and at the age of 22 years he was a baker living at Maidenhead.  During the next couple of years George married Elizabeth with whom he had two daughters before 1906.  By the time of the census of 1911 the family of four were living in the Croydon area of London where George Arthur Collett from Oxfordshire was 32, his wife Lizzie was 30, and their two girls were Connie Pamela aged seven and Doris who was five.

 

 

 

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Connie Pamela Collett

Born in 1903

 

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Doris Collett

Born in 1905

 

 

 

 

38p40

Richard H Collett was born at Bletchingdon in May 1880, having been eleven months old in the 1881 Census.  Twenty years later and he was described in the census of 1901 as Richard H Collett who was 20 and employed as a stonemason’s labourer at Bletchingdon, where he was still living with his father Charles and his brother Charles (above).  A little while later Richard married Margaret and the couple settled in Reading where their daughter was born.  And it was at Reading that the family was living in 1911 when Richard was 30, Margaret was 28, and their daughter Margaret Alice was two years old.

 

 

 

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Margaret Alice Collett

Born in 1908 at Reading

 

 

 

 

38p41

Annie Mary Collett was born at Combe in 1867 and was three and 13 in the Combe census returns for 1871 and 1881.  By the time she was 23, Annie M Collett was living and working within the Wandsworth & West Battersea area of London.

 

 

 

 

38p42

Phoebe Mary Collett was born at Combe on 20th January 1872 and was nine by the time of the 1881 Census.  By 1901 she was unmarried and aged 29 and was still living at Combe with her parents, but not long after she married George Thomas Williams.  Phoebe continued to live in Combe after she was married, and she presented George with three children who were born there prior to the census of 1911.  These were Mildred Annie Williams (born 1903), Winifred Mary Williams (born on 1905), and Myra Kate Williams (born 1907).  Perhaps it was around the time of the Great War, or sometime thereafter, that Phoebe and George took their family to Canada.

 

 

 

Phoebe Mary Williams nee Collett was living in Victoria, British Columbia in Canada when she died on 19th September 1973 at the age of 101.  The death certificate confirmed her date of birth, as stated above, and that she was already a widow.  Her place of birth was recorded simply as Oxfordshire, while her late husband was named as George Thomas William and her parents were recorded as Abraham Collett and Dora (sic) Bates.

 

 

 

 

38p43

Frederick Richard Collett was born at Combe in 1874 and was six years old in April 1881.  He and two of his younger brother left Oxfordshire sometime during the early 1890s and headed for London.  It was during that time in his life that he met Helena Louise of New Cross whom he married around 1896/97.  By the time of the census of 1901 the marriage of Frederick and Helena had produced two children for the couple, who were then living in the Catford area of London (within the Lewisham registration district) where Frederick was working as a printer. 

 

 

 

He was 26 and from Combe, Louise H Collett of New Cross in London was 27, and their two children were Helen Phoebe aged three who was born at Greenwich, and Ralph Frederick who was one and born at Catford.  Three more children were added to the family during the following decade.  By April 1911 the family, which was still living at Catford was made up of Frederick 36, Helena 37, and their five children Helena aged 12, Ralph aged 11, Henry George who was eight, Kathleen Annie who was six and Constance Victoria who was four.  Five years earlier, in March 1906, Frederick’s father passed away at Combe and it was Frederick Richard Collett who was named and described as a plasterer at the time of the administration of his father’s personal estate of £48 in May 1912.

 

 

 

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Helena Phoebe Collett

Born in 1897 at Greenwich

 

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Ralph Frederick Collett

Born in 1899 at Catford, London

 

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Henry George Collett

Born in 1902 at Catford, London

 

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Kathleen Annie Collett

Born in 1904 at Catford, London

 

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Constance Victoria Collett

Born in 1906 at Catford, London

 

 

 

 

38p44

Anthony George Collett was born at Combe in 1875 and he was six years of age in April 1881.  Sometime in the late 1890 Anthony and his two brothers Frederick and Ralph left the family home in Combe and made their way to a new life in London.  It seems likely from the 1901 Census that Anthony and Ralph were probably working together and perhaps even sharing the same lodgings, as both were listed as living within the Lewisham registration district where they were employed as plasterers.

 

 

 

 

38p45

Ralph Collett was born at Combe in 1878 and was two years old for the 1881 Census.  Like his two older brothers, Ralph headed for London towards the end of the century and by 1901 was working as a plasterer and living within the Lewisham registration area, where his two brothers Frederick and Anthony (above) were also living and working.  During the next couple of years Ralph married Lydia and by April 1911 their marriage had produced two children for the couple, both of whom had been born at Catford just south of Lewisham.  Within the census return that year the family was listed as Ralph Collett aged 32 and from Combe, his wife Lydia Georgina who was also 32, and their two children Ralph George who was five, and Harold James who was just nine months old.

 

 

 

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Ralph George Collett

Born in 1905 at Catford, London

 

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Harold James Collett

Born in July 1910 at Catford, London

 

 

 

 

38p46

Arthur John Collett was born at Combe in May 1880 and was the son of Abraham Collett and Emma Bates.  He was eleven months old on the day of the 1881 Census for Combe.  He was still living with his family at Combe by 1901 when he was working as a cabinet maker aged 20.  Arthur married (1) Louie a few years later and continued to village in Combe where his two daughters were born.  It would also appear from the census of 1911 that Arthur was by then referring to himself simply as John Collett.  John of Combe was 30, his wife Louie was 26, and their two children were Emma who was four, and Dora who was not yet one year old.  Apart from John’s widowed mother Emma Collett who was 73, John and his family were the only Collett residents in Combe village at that time.

 

 

 

His eldest child was named after his mother who, very interestingly was named as Dora, the name given to his second child, at the time of the death of Arthur’s sister Phoebe (above).  Like his sister Phoebe Mary Collett, Arthur also eventually settled in Canada and it was at Oak Bay, Victoria in British Columbia that he married (2) Agnes Kathleen Alice Baillie on 31st March 1932.  Arthur John Collett, a widower, was 51 from Combe in Oxfordshire, England, the son of Abraham Collett and Emma Bates.  His wife was a spinster of 47 from Ireland, the daughter of Thomas Baillie and Agnes Hagan.

 

 

 

38q54

Emma Collett

Born in 1906 at Combe

 

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Dora Collett

Born in 1910 at Combe

 

 

 

 

38p47

Albert Edward Collett, who was known as Bert, was born at Wokingham in 1867, where his birth was recorded (Ref. 2c 351) during the last three months of that year, the eldest child of Richard Edgington Collett and his first wife Mary.  He was three years old in 1871 when he and his family were living at Godalming in Surrey, although ten years later, at the age of 13, Albert was living with his parents at Wykeham Cottage in George Street in Oxford St Giles.  After a further ten years, Albert E Collett from Wokingham was 23 and a painter, most likely working alongside his brother Arthur (below), when they were both living at the family home which, by then, was at Sunnymead in Summertown, Oxford.  It was on 29th August 1892 at St Matthew’s Church on Marlborough Road in the Grandpont district of south Oxford that Albert married Ellen Rose Spooner.  Ellen was born at Bromley in Kent in 1871, the daughter of schoolmistress Margaret Spooner from Ampthill in Bedfordshire and carpenter John Spooner of Bromley.  By 1881 Ellen R Spooner, aged nine years, and her family were living at Burnham Green in Hertfordshire, where they were still living in 1891 when she was 19.

 

 

 

At the time of her marriage to Albert Collett, Ellen’s address was given as 26 Chiswell Road in Oxford, which was where Albert was also living at that time.  Following the wedding the couple initial settled in the Grandpont district of Oxford, where their first three children were born, before moving to the Cowley area of Oxford around the end of the century, where the remaining children were born.  By the time of the census in March 1901, Albert and his family were living at Howard Street, between Iffley Road (A4158) and Cowley Road (B480), just a few streets from Stanley Road, where Albert’s father and stepmother were living at that same time.  Albert’s occupation at that time in his life, when he was 33, was still that of a house painter.  His wife Ellen R Collett was 29 and their four children on that occasion were Albert P Collett who was eight, Basil S Collett who was six, Cyril E Collett who was four and Reginald J Collett who was less than one year old.

 

 

 

Upon the death of his father during the first decade of the new century, Albert and Ellen appear to have inherited the house at 34 Stanley Road, since that was where the family was living in 1911.  The census that year revealed that Albert Edward Collett, age 43 and from Wokingham, was a painter, while his wife of eighteen years was Ellen Rose Collett, age 39 and from Bromley in Kent.  Their children were Percy Albert aged 18, Cyril Edward aged 14, Reginald John aged 10, Frank Henry who was seven, Kathleen Grace Ellen who was four and Leonard Frederick S Collett who was two years old.  Their son Basil Sydney Collett was not living with his family at that time, but instead was recorded in the 1911 Census as being 16 years of age and living in the Stow-on-the-Wold area of Gloucestershire.  Albert Edward Collett lived a long life in Oxford where his death was recorded (Ref. 6b 1203) during the first quarter of 1956 when he was 88 years of age.

 

 

 

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Albert Percy Collett

Born in 1893 at Grandpont, Oxford

 

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Basil Sidney Collett

Born in 1894 at Grandpont, Oxford

 

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Cyril Edward Collett

Born in 1897 at Grandpont, Oxford

 

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Reginald John Collett

Born in 1900 at Cowley, Oxford

 

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Frank Henry Collett

Born in 1903 at Cowley, Oxford

 

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Kathleen Grace Ellen Collett

Born in 1906 at Cowley, Oxford

 

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Leonard Frederick S Collett

Born in 1908 at Cowley, Oxford

 

 

 

 

38p48

Arthur Richard Collett was born at Wokingham in 1869, where his birth was recorded (Ref. 2c 367) during the third quarter of that year.  On the day of the census in 1871, when Arthur was just one year old, he and his family were residing in Godalming in Surrey, but later moved to Oxford. It was at Wykeham Cottage in George Street near the city centre in Oxford that he was living with his family at the age of 11 years in 1881.  That was a fairly affluent area of the city thus indicating that his father was a successful business man running his own building company.  By 1891 Arthur R Collett was 21 and a painter, when he and his family were living at Sunnymead in Summertown.  According to the 1901 Census, Arthur Richard Collett from Wokingham had left the family home in Oxford and was living at Union Road in Hitchin, Hertfordshire, where he was employed as a bricklayer aged 31.  He was described as a boarder at the home of Matilda Beach, when he was still a bachelor.  It would appear from the census of 1911 that, upon the earlier death of his father Richard Collett, Arthur had briefly returned to Oxford to be with his stepmother Emma Collett at her home in the Cowley area of Oxford when he was recorded as being 41 and from Wokingham, and a married man.

 

 

 

The wedding of Arthur Richard Collett and Florrie Jepps, the daughter of Charles and Fanny Jepps, was recorded at Ampthill in Bedfordshire (Ref. 3b 857) during the second quarter of 1908, Florrie having been born at Hitchin in Hertfordshire during 1888.  On the day that her husband was visiting his widowed stepmother in Oxford, Florrie Collett and their two daughters were recorded in the 1911 Census at Hitchin.  Florrie Collett was 22 and a confectioner from Hitchin, Florence Collett was two years old and Mary Collett was one year old, both daughters having been born at Shillington in Bedfordshire, four miles north-west of Hitchin.  It is interesting that it was at Church Yard in Hitchin that the family was living in 1911, the same location where the unmarried Florrie Jepps was living with her parents in 1901.

 

 

 

The birth of daughter Florence Collett was recorded at Ampthill register office (Ref. 3b 332) during the second quarter of 1908 and the birth of her sister Mary Collett was also recorded at Ampthill (Ref. 3b 304) during the last three months of 1909.  So far, the records do not reveal a marriage for Mary, while Florence Collett married James E Gorham at Hitchin (Ref. 3a 3119) during the second quarter of 1945.

 

 

 

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Florence Collett

Born in 1908 at Shillington, Beds.

 

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Mary Collett

Born in 1909 at Shillington, Beds.

 

 

 

 

38p49

Mary Jane Collett was born at Godalming in Surrey in 1871 just before the census day that year, with her birth recorded at Guildford (Ref. 2a 78) during the first quarter of the year.  Therefore, in the Godalming census of 1871, she was only a few weeks old.  Mary was 10 years of age at the time of the 1881 Census Mary was living with her family at Wykeham Cottage in George Street in the St Giles district of the City of Oxford.  On that occasion her parents stated that she had been born at Godalming in Surrey as had been her younger sister Rose.  However, twenty years later Mary then aged 30 was unmarried and a dressmaker still living at the family home in Oxford but for the census record she gave her place of birth as being Oxford, it being there that the family moved when Mary was only a couple of years old.

 

 

 

 

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Rosa Edith Collett was born at Godalming in 1872, with her birth record at Guildford (Ref. 2a 76) during the second quarter of that year.  It was as Rosa E Collett that she was record in the census of 1881, when she was nine years old and living with her family at Wykeham Cottage in George Street in the St Giles district of the city.  No record of her has been identified in 1891, but in the mid-1890s she married Edward Harmer of St Leonards near Hastings.  Once married the couple settled in the Hastings parish of St Mary Magdalen where their children were born and where the family was living in 1901 and 1911.

 

 

 

By March 1901 the marriage had produced two daughters for Rose and Edward.  Rose Harmer, as she was listed, was 32 and had been born in Iffley, while he husband was a jobbing garden who was well over ten years older than Rose, even though he gave his age as being 41.  It is interesting to note that Rose and Edward must have been very aware of the difference in their ages, as they both recorded their ages incorrectly.  Instead of 32, Rose was 29, while Edward was 43 rather than 41.  Their two children at that time were Gladys who was 3, and Maud who was not yet one year.

 

 

 

Over the next ten years a further five children were added to the family, so by April 1911 it comprised Edward who was 53, Rose who was 40, Gladys Harmer aged 12, Maud Harmer aged 10, Jack Harmer who was nine, Nellie Harmer who was seven, Harry Harmer who was five, Grace Harmer who was three and baby Ernest Harmer who was eleven months old.

 

 

 

 

38p51

Lillian Ethel Collett was born in 1876 at Summertown and her birth was recorded at Headington (Ref. 3a 659) during the second quarter of that year, the last daughter born to Richard and Mary Collett.

 

 

 

 

38p52

Thomas Anthony Collett was born at Summertown in 1878, the last known child of builder Richard Edgington Collett and his first wife Mary, whose birth was recorded at Headington (Ref. 3a 682) during the second quarter of 1878.   On the day of the census in 1881 Thomas A Collett who was three years old and living with his family at Wykeham Cottage in George Street, within the St Giles district in the centre of Oxford. 

 

 

 

 

38p53

William Edgington Collett was born at Oxford in 1885, the first child of the second marriage of Richard Edgington Collett by Emma Whitlock who were married in 1884.  His birth was recorded at Headington (Ref. 3a 750) during the third quarter of 1885, under the name Willie Edgington Collett.  His family may have been living at Wykeham Cottage in George Street in the St Giles district of the city at that time, as that was where his father was living with his first wife prior to her death around 1882.  However, in 1891 Willie E Collett, aged five years, was listed with his family in the Sunnymead area of Summertown, just north of the city centre.  Upon leaving school he did not follow in his father profession as a builder and stonemason, but according to the census of 1901, he was employed as a grocer’s apprentice living with his family in the Cowley area of the city.  In the census he was recorded as Willy aged 15, although in his later years he was known as Will.

 

 

 

About four years later Will was married in Oxford to Ada who was born in the parish of Cowley St John.  By the time of the census of 1911 Ada had presented her husband with two daughters, although it is possible that further children were born into the family after April 1911.  The census return for that year placed the family of four living at 68 Sunningwell Road, off the Abingdon Road in the New Hinksey district, to the south of Oxford city centre.  William Collett aged 25 gave his place of birth as being Summertown and his occupation was that of a provisions assistant.

 

 

 

His wife Ada from Cowley was 28, and the census confirmed that the couple had been married for five years.  Their two children were Doris who was three and who had been born at Witney, and one-year old Florence who was born within the parish of Cowley St John in Oxford.  The other known fact about William Collett is that from around 1934, Will and his wife took into their care Will’s niece Jacqueline Ruth North.  That move was to safeguard the health of the child who was eight years old, her mother (Will’s sister Gertrude below) being ill with typhoid in Brazil at that time.  The birth of the couple’s own two daughters were recorded at Headington register office, presumably having moved to the Cowley area almost immediately after the first child was born.  The birth of Doris Winifred Collett was recorded there (Ref. 3a 1118) during the first three months of 1908, with the birth of Florence Ada Collett recorded during the first three months of 1910 (Ref. 3a 1006).

 

 

 

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Doris Winifred Collett

Born in 1908 at Witney

 

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Florence Ada Collett

Born in 1910 at Cowley St John

 

 

 

 

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Gertrude Ellen Collett was born at Oxford in 1888, her birth recorded at Headington (Ref. 3a 811) during the first quarter of that year.  She was three years old in 1891 when living with her mother Emma in the Headington area of Oxford.  No record of her father Richard has so far been found on that occasion.  By 1901 and at the age of 13, Gertrude was still at school and was living with her parents, her brother William (above) and her two younger sisters (below) within the Cowley St John registration area of Headington in Oxford.

 

 

 

Like a lot of the Oxford Colletts, Gertrude headed for London to seek work and ten years later in 1911 she was working at an institution within the Poplar registration district of the capital city.  She was listed in the census return as Gertrude Ellen Collett aged 23 of Oxford.  Prior to being married, it is known that Gertrude worked as a nurse and that at some time after the Great War she had left England and was working in Brazil in South America.  And it was at Sao Paulo where she married to John Frederick North.  The wedding took place between 1921 and 1925 and resulted in the birth of a daughter in 1926.  However, in 1934 Gertrude fell ill with typhoid fever and her daughter was placed on a ship and returned to England where she was raised by her uncle Will Collett (above) and his wife.  Sadly Gertrude died in Brazil eight months after she was parted from her daughter.

 

 

 

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Jacqueline Ruth North

Born in 1926

 

 

 

 

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Elizabeth Emma Collett born at Sunnymead in Summertown in 1891, with her birth recorded at Headington register office (Ref. 3a 872) during the second quarter of 1891.  She was 10 years old in the Iffley, Oxford census of 1901, when living with her family at 34 Stanley Road and, upon the death of her father, she was living with her widowed mother and younger sister Margaret in 1911.  

 

 

 

 

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Margaret Lucy Collett was born in 1893 at Iffley in Oxford, her birth also registered at Headington Ref. 3a 843) during the third quarter of that year.  She may have been born at 34 Stanley Road in Iffley, where she was living with her family in 1901, when she was seven years of age.  Following the death of her father, Margaret was living with her widowed mother in 1911 at the age of 17.

 

 

 

 

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Mary Frances Arnold was born on 4th August 1895.  Mary later became a teacher and in 1922 she married her childhood sweetheart Hubert John Dixon.  Eleven years later Hubert became headmaster of King’s College at Wimbledon in 1933.  And it was at Wimbledon that the couple remained living until Mary died in 1960.  Hubert retired two years later.  The marriage produced two children for Mary and Hubert and these were Joan Rachel Dixon who was born on 8th January 1924, and Christopher John Arnold Dixon who was born on 17th August 1928.  And it was Christopher’s son, Tony Dixon from Twickenham, who kindly provided the details relating to his family.  It is also interesting to note that the great grand aunt of Tony Dixon’s wife was married to Sir Charles Henry Collett who was Lord Mayor of London in 1933.  See Part 51 – The Descendants of the Gloucestershire Line under Ref. 51P1 for more details of that family.

 

 

 

 

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Nancy Grace Arnold was born on 15th January 1897.  Like her sister Mary (above), Nancy also became a teacher and taught physical education at the North London Collegiate until she was recalled to Stonesfield to tend her ageing parents during the Second World War.  They lived at 1722 Laughton’s Hill and after Nancy died in April 1973 the cottage was sold for the first time.

 

 

 

 

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Joan Elizabeth Arnold was born on 6th April 1902.  She married Andrew Allen during the second quarter of 1932 and raised two children while living in Birmingham.  Upon retired Joan and Andrew returned to Stonesfield in 1965 where they lived in Church Close until 1995.  The couple’s two children were Francis Andrew Allen who was born in 1934, and Joan Margaret Allen who was born in 1936.

 

 

 

 

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Harold Francis (Thomas) Collett was born at Aston in Birmingham during 1907, the youngest child of Laughton William Collett and his wife Charlotte Louisa.  In the Birmingham census of 1911 Harold was three years old when he was living there with his family.  On that occasion he was named as Harold Thomas Collett.  It seems likely that he later changed his second forename to Francis, perhaps after his grandmother Frances Laughton.  When Harold was 32 his father passed away at 224 Somerville Road in Small Heath, following which one of the joint executors of his estate was referred to as Harold Francis Collett, a public works contractor’s clerk.   The other executor was John Howard or John Howard Lloyd, who may have been the husband of Harold’s sisters Kathleen Louisa Collett.

 

 

 

 

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William Charles Collett was born at Leafield near Burford in 1891 and was living there with his parents on their Leafield farm at the age of nine years in 1901.  Sometime after leaving school William left the family home in Faringdon when he moved to Faringdon where he was recorded as being twenty in 1911.

 

 

 

 

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Harold George Collett was born at Leafield to the south of Chipping Norton in 1894, his birth being recorded at Chipping Norton register office (Ref. 3a 914) during the first quarter of that year.  He was seven years old in March 1901 when he was living at the family farm in Leafield.  Ten years later he had been sent by his father Thomas Collett to the home of his elderly mother Betsy Collett nee Powell and his youngest brother Eli Powell Collett, where Harold helped his grandmother and his uncle with the running of their farm at Alvescot.  It was in 1936 that Harold eventually became a married man, the event being registered at Wantage.  That year he married the much younger Maleta Christine Breakspeare who was only 22 compared to Harold who was 43, Maleta having been born around 1914.  No information is currently available to suggest whether or not the marriage produced any children for the couple.

 

 

 

Harold and Maleta (Melita) had twenty-four years together before Maleta premature death at the age of 45 at Alvescot on 5th November 1960, where she was buried.  Harold survived his wife by almost exactly eighteen years, when he died at Alvescot on 6th November 1978 at the age of 84.  A headstone marks their shared grave in the churchyard of St Peter’s Church in Alvescot, the inscription on which reads as follows  “In Loving Memory of Harold George Collett passed away on 6th Nov 1978 aged 84 – Also his wife Maleta Christine Collett passed away 5th Nov 1960 aged 46 – God Bless You Rest in Peace”

 

 

 

 

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Charles Frederick William Collett was born at Bletchingdon in 1888 and was 12 at the time of the census of 1901 when he was still living at the family home in Bletchingdon where he was recorded as Charles F W Collett.  By the time of the census of 1911 Charles Frederick Collett was twenty-two and still living in the family home in Oxford Road in Bletchingdon from where he was working as a cowman on a farm, possibly the same farm where his two brothers (below) were also employed.

 

 

 

 

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Fanny Millicent Collett was born at Bletchingdon in 1889 and was 11 years old in 1901 when living at Bletchingdon with her family.  On leaving school she entered into domestic service and by April 1911 she was working in service in the Cowley area of Oxford and was recorded as being 21 and from Bletchingdon.  It is possible, although not proved, that Fanny may have given birth to a base-born child, since her parents in Bletchingdon had listed with them a daughter who was one year old who would have been born when Fanny’s mother was forty-eight years old.

 

 

 

 

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Thomas William Collett was born at Bletchingdon in 1892 the son of William Thomas Collett and his wife Sarah Ann.  In the Bletchingdon census of 1901 Thomas Collett was nine years old when he was still living there with his family.  Perhaps because of overcrowding in the family home, by 1911 Thomas William Collett was still living in Bletchingdon but not with his parents where four of his siblings were still living.  Instead he was not living with any member of the Collett family when he was 19.

 

 

 

 

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George Albert Collett was born at Bletchingdon in 1894 and was six years old in 1901.  On leaving school George worked on a local farm and was recorded as a farm labourer aged 16 in the census of 1911 when he was living with his family at Corner House on Oxford Road in Bletchingdon.

 

 

 

 

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Henry William Collett was born at Bletchingdon in 1896 and was four years old in March 1901.  Ten years later, at the age of 14 and listed as Henry Willie Collett, he was working with his brother George (above) as a farm labourer.

 

 

 

Out the outbreak of war Henry enlisted with the Royal Navy and while serving on board HMS Bulwark as Henry Willie Collett Boy First Class J/18135 he was tragically killed on 26th November 1914.  The notification of his death read ‘Henry Willie Collett aged 18 the son of William Thomas and Sarah Ann Collett of Corner House at Bletchingdon in Oxfordshire died on 26th November 1914’.  His name is amongst those that are listed on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial, reference 3.

 

 

 

On the afternoon of Thursday, November 26th, 1914, Winston Churchill made the following statement to the House of Commons.  "I regret to say I have some bad news for the house.  The Bulwark battleship, which was lying in Sheerness this morning, blew up at 7.35 o'clock.  The Vice and Rear Admiral, who were present, have reported their conviction that it was an internal magazine explosion which rent the ship asunder.  There was apparently no upheaval in the water, and the ship had entirely disappeared when the smoke had cleared away.  An inquiry will be held tomorrow which may possibly throw more light on the occurrence.  The loss of the ship does not sensibly affect the military position, but I regret to say the loss of life is very severe.  Only 12 men are saved.  All the officers and the rest of the crew, who, I suppose, amounted to between 700 and 800, have perished.  I think the House would wish me to express on their behalf the deep sorrow with which the House heard the news, and their sympathy with those who have lost their relatives and friends."

 

 

 

HMS Bulwark, a battleship of 15,000 tons, was moored to No.17 buoy in Kethole Reach on the River Medway, almost opposite the town of Sheerness, Isle of Sheppey, Kent.  It was one of the ships forming the 5th Battle Squadron.  She had been moored there for some days, and many of her crew had been given leave the previous day.  They had returned to the Bulwark at seven o'clock that morning and the full complement was onboard.  The usual ship's routine was taking place.  Officers and men were having breakfast in the mess below deck, while others were going about their normal duties.  A band was practising while some men were engaged in drill when the disaster struck.  The explosion was heard in Whitstable, 20 miles away, and in Southend where the pier was shaken by the explosion but not damaged.

 

 

 

 

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Albert Percy Collett was born at Grandpont, Oxford in 1893, the eldest child of Albert Edward Collett and his wife Ellen Rose Spooner.  By March 1901 he and his family were living at Howard Street in the Iffley/Cowley district of Oxford, when he was recorded as Albert P Collett aged eight years.  Ten years later he was still living with his parents, but on that occasion the address was 34 Stanley Road, the house previously occupied by Albert’s grandfather Richard Edgington Collett who had only died in the few years prior to 1911.

 

 

 

Curiously within the census of 1911, Albert was recorded as Percy Albert Collett, age 18, who had been born at Grandpont, and who was working with his father as a painter. 

 

A few years later, and during the First World War, Albert and his brothers Basil and Cyril (below) all served with the Army Medical Corps.

 

The photograph on the right has been extracted from a large group photo which included his brother Basil, both in the uniform of the Army Medical Corps.  The photo of Albert Percy Collett, supplied by Wendy Rattray nee Collett, was taken in France on 22nd November 1917.

 

 

 

 

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Basil Sidney Collett was born at Grandpont, Oxford in 1894 and was six years old by the time of the census in 1901, when he and his family were living at Howard Street in the Iffley/Cowley district of Oxford.  On living school, it would also appear that Basil left Oxford, because at the time of the next census in April 1911 he was recorded as Basil Sydney Collett, age 16 and from Oxford, residing in the Stow-on-the-Wold area of Gloucestershire

 

 

 

Like his brothers Albert Percy Collett (above), and Cyril Edward Collett (below), Basil also enlisted with the Army Medical Corps at the outbreak of the Great War.

 

The photograph on the right was taken in France on 22nd November 1917 and has been extracted from a large group picture which included his brother Albert, both of them in the uniform of the Army Medical Corps.  The original photograph was kindly provided by their niece Wendy Rattray nee Collett, the daughter of their sister Kathleen Grace Ellen Collett (below).

 

It is also established that Basil later married Winnie and the couple are known to have lived at Magdalen Road in Oxford at some time during their life together.

 

 

 

Their marriage produced two children for Basil and Winnie.  Their daughter Beryl married an American GI and it may have been that act which caused a falling out with Winnie, which resulted in Beryl going to live with her aunt Kathleen Grace Ellen Collett (below).  It was while she was living with Kathleen and her husband Cyril Edward Collett from Wolvercote that Beryl gave birth to a son Michael.  A little while later, Beryl and her son travelled to America where they settled in Vermont, and where she and her husband Scotty, had a daughter.  Basil’s and Winnie's other child was a boy, who was known within the family as Don, so it might be safe to assume that he was Donald Collett.

 

 

 

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Beryl Collett

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Donald Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

 

 

 

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Cyril Edward Collett was born at Grandpont, Oxford in 1897, who birth was recorded at Oxford register office (Ref. 3a 584) during the second quarter of that year.  He was four years old when he was living at Howard Street in the Iffley/Cowley area of Oxford in 1901 with his family.  The picture below of Cyril was kindly provided by his niece Wendy Rattray nee Collett, the daughter of Cyril’s sister Kathleen Grace Ellen Collett (below) who married another Cyril Edward Collett who was born at Wolvercote in 1905.

 

 

 

Ten years later, Cyril was living with his family at 34 Stanley Road which, ten years earlier, had been the home of his grandfather Richard Edington Collett, who had passed away during the first ten years of the new century.

 

According to the census in 1911, Cyril Edward Collett was 14 and had been born at Grandpont in Oxford.  He had already left school by then and was working as a domestic houseboy. 

 

The only other known fact about Cyril at this time, is that he served with the Army Medical Corps during the First World War, as did his older brothers Albert Percy and Basil Sidney (above), and this photograph of him in his uniform was taken on 6th February 1915.

 

 

 

Cyril’s sister, Kathleen Grace Ellen Collett (below), is known to have married Cyril Edward Collett from Wolvercote (Ref. 38Q27) towards the end of 1930, the event recorded at the Headington register office which covers the village of Wolvercote.  However, recorded at Oxford City register office was the marriage of Cyril Edward Collett and Elizabeth S A Dodson, which took place during the third quarter of 1952 (Ref. 6b 2107).  Since the Cyril from Wolvercote died in 1977 and is not known to have taken a second wife, it seems reasonable to assume that this was the marriage of Cyril Edward Collett from Grandpont.  Because of his age on being married, it is not likely there were any children born to Cyril and Elizabeth, while it is confirmed that the death of Cyril Edward Collett, aged 70, was recorded at Oxford (Ref. 6b 1054) during the second quarter of 1967.

 

 

 

 

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Reginald John Collett was born at Howard Street in the Iffley/Cowley area of Oxford on 19th July 1900 and, according to the census of 1901, he was under one year old when he was living with his family at Howard Street.  Following the death of his grandfather, who in 1901 was living at 34 Stanley Road, Reginald and his family took over that property at Stanley Road, where they were confirmed as living in 1911.  The census that year also confirmed that Reginald John Collett, age ten years and born within the Cowley St John area of Oxford, was still attending a local school.

 

 

 

Just before his sixteenth birthday, according to the GWR Staff Records, Reginald Collett commenced employment with the Great Western Railway at Oxford on 3rd July 1916.  Unlike similar records, that one did not include the date that Reginald completed his employment with the company.  Although not a great deal more is known about Reginald, it is known that he served his king and country during the Second World War, and was a dispatch rider with the Royal Air Force, based at Heliopolis in Egypt.

 

 

 

 

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Frank Henry Collett was born in 1903 at Howard Street, Cowley in Oxford, and his birth was recorded at Headington register office (Ref. 3a 987) during the last three months of that year, another son of Albert and Ellen Collett.  He was seven years old in the Cowley census of 1911 when living at 34 Stanley Road with his family.

 

 

 

 

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Kathleen Grace Ellen Collett was born at Stanley Road in Oxford during 1906, and was four years old in Cowley census in April 1911.  She was the only daughter of Albert Edward and Ellen Rose Collett and the sixth of their seventh children. 

 

At the time of the census in 1911 Kathleen and her family were living at 34 Stanley Road in the Iffley/Cowley district of Oxford, from where she had already started school.

 

This photograph of Kathleen, provided by her daughter Wendy Rattray nee Collett, was taken on 28th August 1927, around the time of her twenty-first birthday.

 

 

 

Just over three years later, when Kathleen was 24 years old, she married Cyril Edward Collett in Oxford at the end of 1930 with whom she had two daughters.  Cyril Edward Collett was born at Wolvercote in 1905 and, unbeknown to the couple, they were very distantly related through James Collett (Ref. 38m8 & 38M8) who was born at Combe, but who raised his family at Wolvercote.

 

 

 

For the continuation of this family line, go to Part 38 – The Oxford Stonemasons Line (Wolvercote) commencing with Cyril Edward Collett (Ref. 38Q27)

 

 

 

 

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Leonard Frederick S Collett was born at Stanley Road in Oxford during 1908, and was the youngest child of Albert Edward Collett and Ellen Rose Spooner.  At the time of the Cowley census in 1911, Leonard Frederick S Collett was just two years old when he was living at 34 Stanley Road with his family.

 

 

 

Upon leaving school Leonard joined the Royal Corps of Signals, and the photograph here, was taken when he was around twenty years of age in India on 25th March 1928.

 

Rather curiously within the Collett family Leonard was known as Ben and Uncle Ben, and not Len or Uncle Len as one might expect.

 

How long Leonard served in the army is not known at this time, although during the Second World War it is established that he reached the rank of Captain with the Royal Corps of Signals.  It was also during the conflict that he was based at Calcutta in India for part of the campaign. 

 

However, nothing further is known about ‘Ben Collett’ at this time.

 

 

 

 

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Jacqueline Ruth North was born in Brazil in 1926.  At the age of just eight years she was sent back to live in England and was taken into the family of Will Collett, her mother’s brother, to be raised by Will and his wife.  Jacqueline later married and became Jacqueline Wood, the marriage producing a daughter Ros.  And it was Ros Wood of Essex who kindly provided details of her family that enabled this family line to be update.  Ros’ mother Jacqueline died in 1995.