PART THIRTY-NINE

 

The Clanfield Oxfordshire Line

 

There was a possibility that this line commenced with William Collett (Ref. 28L3)

from The Faringdon Line.  However, it has been determined that he married Rachel and their children were all born at Buscot near Lechlade

 

Updated October 2017

 

 

This is the family line of Anthony Wayne Collett (Ref. 39S1) and his sister

Hilary McLean nee Collett (Ref. 39S2) whose family line in denoted by the names in capitals.

 

It is also the line of Hugh Hudson (see Ref. 39O42)

who kindly provided the majority of the information.

It is also the family line of Mary-Jane Hooker (see Ref. 39O18)

of Kurrimine Beach, Queensland in Australia

 

The October 2008 update was thanks to Martin Collett (Ref. 3R3) who brought to my attention

an article in the Witney Gazette regarding Onesiphorus Oliver Collett (Ref. 39O39)

 

This revision follows on from the October 2008 update with additional information

being provided by Mr Moody of Brampton regarding Onesiphorus Collett

 

 

 

39L1

WILLIAM COLLETT was born in 1751 and that may have taken place at Clanfield, a village in Oxfordshire just north of Faringdon.  It is known that he married Elizabeth Walker and that the marriage took place at Faringdon on 29th April 1771.  Within the marriage register William was described as being ‘of Clanfield’ which was most likely a reference to where he was living at that time, rather than where he was born.

 

 

 

All of William’s and Elizabeth’s children were born at Clanfield and were baptised at the village church of St Stephen’s, pictured on the right.

 

The only other mention of the name Collett in the Clanfield Parish Records around that time related to Thomas Collett.

 

He was buried there in 1773, although no age at the time of his death was given, so he may have been the first-born child of William and Elizabeth Collett.

 

 

 

William’s wife, Elizabeth Walker was baptised at Faringdon on 24th February 1754.  She died on 20th March 1802 and was buried at Clanfield on 23rd March 1802.  Almost thirty-one years after her death, William Collett died on 10th January 1833 at Clanfield where he was buried on 17th January 1833.  William and his wife Elizabeth were buried in the same grave (plot A57) in the churchyard of St Stephen’s Church, the plot being immediately adjacent to plot A58 where a number of their children were already buried, including Thomas in 1773.

 

 

 

The first daughter born into the family, and included in the list below, may be an error as the child’s parents in that case were recorded in the Clanfield parish register as William and Mary Collett, unless Elizabeth Walker was Elizabeth Mary Walker.

 

 

 

Within St Stephen’s Churchyard stands a large stone tomb which bears the following inscription:

 

William Collett died 10 Jan 1833 aged 81 - Also Elizabeth, his wife, died 20 Mar 1802 aged 48.

 

Also named are Thomas, Mary and Elizabeth, the children of William and Elizabeth, who died in infancy

 

 

 

39M1

Thomas Collett

Born during 1772 at Clanfield

 

39M2

Mary Collett

Baptised on 13.02.1774 at Clanfield

 

39M3

Jemima Collett

Baptised on 17.09.1775 at Clanfield

 

39M4

Henry Collett

Baptised on 03.01.1779 at Clanfield

 

39M5

WILLIAM COLLETT

Baptised on 02.10.1781 at Clanfield

 

39M6

Elizabeth Collett

Baptised on 24.10.1784 at Clanfield

 

39M7

Elizabeth Collett

Baptised on 24.09.1786 at Clanfield

 

39M8

Mary Collett

Baptised on 13.11.1788 at Clanfield

 

39M9

THOMAS COLLETT

Baptised on 20.03.1791 at Clanfield

 

39M10

Jemima Collett

Baptised on 26.05.1793 at Clanfield

 

39M11

James Collett

Baptised on 25.12.1795 at Clanfield

 

39M12

Rachel Collett

Baptised on 13.05.1798 at Clanfield

 

 

 

 

39M1

Thomas Collett was born at Clanfield in 1772, the eldest and only child of William and Elizabeth Collett for whom no baptism record has been found.  The reason for that may be that, when he died during 1773, his parents had not yet considered his baptism.

 

 

 

 

39M2

Mary Collett was baptised at St Stephen’s Church in Clanfield on 13th February 1774 and was buried there fourteen years later in 1788.  Mary was buried in plot A58, the same grave that had been already used for her sisters Jemima in 1785 and Elizabeth in 1786, and was later used for two of her brothers Henry and James.

 

 

 

 

39M3

Jemima Collett was born at Clanfield in 1775 and it was there that she was baptised on 17th September 1775.  Tragically she died six months before her tenth birthday and was buried at Clanfield on 30th March 1785.  She was buried in plot A58 in St Stephen’s Churchyard where she was joined by her sisters Elizabeth and Mary over the following three years and by her brother James six years later.

 

 

 

 

39M4

Henry Collett was born at Clanfield in 1778 and baptised there on 3rd January 1779.  He was a Yeoman of Clanfield and died there in 1858 aged 80.  He was buried in plot A58 at St Stephen’s Church on 10th August 1858.  The same plot had already been used in the previous century for Henry’s sisters Mary, Jemima and Elizabeth, and his brother James, all of whom died during their infancy or childhood. 

 

 

 

 

39M5

WILLIAM COLLETT was born at Clanfield in 1781 where he was baptised on 2nd October 1781.  He became a farmer in Clanfield and he married Rachel who was born in 1780.  It would appear that William and Rachel lived all of their life at Clanfield where their children were born and baptised.  At the time of the census in June 1841 Rachel was 67 and at that time she was living in The Swan Inn at Glympton with three of her sons, Thomas who was 30, George who was 25 and James who was 21.  Just over five years later Rachel died and was buried on 13th August 1846.  The census of 1851 recorded William Collett from Clanfield as residing in the St Giles area of the City of Oxford, where he was described as being 69, head of the household, a widower and a labourer.  It was the next census in 1861 which placed William Collett, aged 79 and born at Clanfield, a farmer of 80 acres, employing three men and one boy, who was still living at Clanfield.  The only member of his family still living there with him was his son Thomas Collett, who was described as an unmarried farmer’s son, who was 48 and also born at Clanfield.  Acting as housekeeper at the farm, was Esther Gardner from Eynsham who was 60 years of age.  Just over five years later William Collett died at Clanfield on 18th August 1866, where he was buried at Clanfield on 23rd August 1866.

 

 

 

The Will of William Collett of Clanfield, together with two codicils, was proved at Oxford on 18th September 1866 by the oaths of William Collett Beechey of Wokingham in Berkshire, a schoolmaster, Henry Collett Ward of Devizes in Wiltshire, a clerk and a steward, and Benjamin Ward of Witney, an attorney’s clerk, the executors.  William Collett Beechey was his nephew, the eldest son of William’s sister Mary Beechey nee Collett (below), while Henry Collett Ward was the grandson of William’s sister Elizabeth (below), he being the son of the aforementioned Benjamin Ward and his wife Mary Ann Weller.  The fact that none of the children of William and Rachel Collett were named as executors might indicate that most of them had died before their father, although it is established that his youngest son James was still alive and living in Clanfield, where he was buried in 1878.  The personal estate of William Collett was valued at under £600.

 

 

 

39N1

Henry Collett

Baptised on 18.11.1805 at Clanfield

 

39N2

William Collett

Baptised on 19.02.1807 at Clanfield

 

39N3

Elizabeth Collett

Baptised on 20.04.1809 at Clanfield

 

39N4

Thomas Collett

Baptised on 19.10.1810 at Clanfield

 

39N5

Rachel Collett

Baptised on 05.11.1812 at Clanfield

 

39N6

Mary Ann Collett

Baptised on 15.08.1814 at Clanfield

 

39N7

George Collett

Born during 1816 at Clanfield

 

39N8

JAMES COLLETT

Born on 12.06.1818 at Clanfield

 

 

 

 

39M6

Elizabeth Collett was born at Clanfield in 1784 and was baptised there on 24th October 1784.  However, she died before her second birthday and was buried at Clanfield on 24th June 1786.  Her grave in St Stephen’s Churchyard was plot A58 which was also used by four of Elizabeth’s siblings.

 

 

 

 

39M7

Elizabeth Collett was born at Clanfield in 1786 where she was baptised on 24th September 1786.  Elizabeth married William Weller at Clanfield on 30th April 1805 and it was there, later that same year that their daughter was born.  Elizabeth was an inn keeper at Clanfield during her life which she may have taken on following the death of her husband.  It was at Clanfield that she died and was buried on 16th December 1868 aged 82.  The grave in the churchyard of St Stephen’s Church was plot A55.

 

 

 

39N9

Mary Ann Weller

Born in 1805 at Clanfield

 

 

 

 

39M8

Mary Collett was born at Clanfield in 1788 and it was there that she was baptised on 13th November 1788.  It was also at Clanfield that she married James Beechey on 10th February 1808.  James was the son of Kezia Sly and farmer Samuel Beechey who was also born at Clanfield and baptised there on 8th December 1785.  Rather strangely all bar two of Mary’s and James’ children were born and baptised at Clanfield, the other two having been born at Black Bourton, but all of them appear to have died at Wokingham in Berkshire.  It was Mary and James’ son William Collett Beechey who was living at Rose Street in 1881, while another member of the Beechey family is understood to have worked at the Greyhound Inn at nearby Finchampstead, which is still there today.  Wokingham is also where Hilary McLean nee Collett (Ref. 39S2) is living in 2015, who kindly provided all of the details for the May 2015 update of this family line.

 

 

 

It is also interesting that James’ younger brother William Beechey, who was born two years after James, also died at Wokingham.  So perhaps it was the children’s uncle William Beechey who was the reason for James’ children to move there.  Mary and James however continued to live at Black Bourton where Mary Beechey nee Collett died during 1822 at the age of 34, followed by James who died in 1840.

 

 

 

39N10

Rachel Beechey

Baptised on 20.04.1809 at Clanfield

 

39N11

William Collett Beechey

Born during 1810 at Clanfield

 

39N12

Kezia Beechey

Baptised on 02.10.1812 at Clanfield

 

39N13

Elizabeth Beechey

Baptised on 05.03.1815 at Clanfield

 

39N14

Samuel James Beechey

Born during 1817 at Black Bourton

 

39N15

Henry Beechey

Born during 1821 at Black Bourton

 

 

 

 

39M9

THOMAS COLLETT was born at Clanfield in 1791 and was also baptised there on 20th March 1791.  There is a family grave at St Stephen’s Church (plot A58) which indicates that an earlier Thomas Collett died and was buried there in 1773.  However, there is also a record in the Clanfield parish register that Thomas Collett died at Clanfield and was buried there on 11th January 1864.  It therefore seems likely that he was the second of two Thomas Colletts born to William Collett and Elizabeth Walker.

 

 

 

The surviving Thomas Collett married Sarah Pawling who was born in 1790 at Grafton just south-west of Clanfield.  Sarah was baptised on 16th February 1791 at Langford near Clanfield and was the daughter of John Henry and Appalonia Mary Pawling of Clanfield.  The wedding took place at Stephen’s Church in Clanfield on 21st December 1815 and it was at Clanfield that their son was born and baptised.  Thomas and Sarah were both recorded as being 50 years old in the Clanfield census of 1841 and living with them was their twenty-five years old son William.  At that time the census recorded Thomas as a farmer.

 

 

 

By 1851 the family was still together with Thomas and Sarah both then 60, while their son William was recorded error as 32.  On that occasion Thomas was a farmer of eight acres employing one man, who may have been his own son.  Just two years later Sarah died living Thomas to appear alone in the Clanfield census of 1861 in which he was described as a 70 years old widower and a farmer.  Three years later in 1864 and at the age of 73 Thomas passed away.  Sarah had died eleven years before her husband and was buried at Clanfield in 1853 aged 63.  Both Thomas and his wife were buried in the same grave in St Stephen’s Churchyard, that being plot A2.

 

 

 

39N16

WILLIAM COLLETT

Baptised on 21.12.1816 at Clanfield

 

 

 

 

39M10

 

Jemima Collett was born at Clanfield in 1792 where she was baptised on 26th May 1793.  She married John Knapp at Clanfield on 3rd August 1811.  John, who was baptised on 8th April 1787 and was a baker, possibly came from a fairly wealthy background judging by the stone chest burial tomb in the graveyard of St Stephen’s Church in Clanfield in which he and his wife were interred.  Jemima died first in 1834 aged 41 and was buried on 1st January 1835, while John died nine years later at the age of 55 and was buried on 6th April 1843.  The tomb at Clanfield has the grave reference A35.  All of their children were born and baptised at Clanfield except the last two, who were baptised at nearby Bampton.

 

 

 

39N17

George Knapp

Baptised on 01.03.1812 at Clanfield

 

39N18

Ann Knapp

Baptised on 15.08.1814 at Clanfield

 

39N19

Elizabeth Knapp

Baptised on 13.01.1817 at Clanfield

 

39N20

William Knapp

Baptised on 01.03.1819 at Clanfield

 

39N21

John Thomas Knapp

Baptised on 14.09.1821 at Bampton

 

39N22

Mary Miriam Kinch Knapp

Baptised on 31.10.1826 at Bampton

 

 

 

 

39M11

James Collett was born at Clanfield in 1795 where he was baptised on 25th December 1795.  It is possible that there were two sons of William and Elizabeth Collett named James who were born in quick succession.  This idea stems from the belief that a James, who was born at Clanfield in early 1795, also died there shortly after he was born.  What is known is that the surviving James Collett later married Ann Tarrant at Stanford-in-the-Vale in Berkshire on 1st March 1824, where Ann was born and where she was baptised on 19th May 1804, the daughter of William and Ann Tarrant.  The couple spent all of their married life living at Clanfield and it was there that all of their children were born and baptised.

 

 

 

By the time of the census in June 1841, the family had already suffered the loss of their daughter Mary who died in April 1836 at the age of four years.  The census return listed the family as James Collett, age 45, his wife Ann who was 35, and their seven children.  William was 15, Ann was 11, Thomas was eight, Rachel was five, Mary who four, Henry was two, and Pamela was under one year old.  A triple tragedy struck the family during the next five years when first their son William died in 1842, then James, and he was followed a year later in 1846 by his daughter Rachel.  All three died at Clanfield where James was buried in the graveyard of St Stephen’s Church on 26th May 1845.

 

 

 

According to the next census in 1851, Ann Collett was a retired widow at the age of 46, and still living with her at Clanfield were all of her six surviving children.  They were Ann who was 21, Thomas who was 18, Mary who was 14, Henry who was 11, Pamela who was 10, and Jemima who was eight years old.  Having already suffered the loss of three of her children, her daughter Mary died two years later in 1853.

 

 

 

Ten years later in 1861 Anne was 56 and still had three of her children living with her.  They were Henry age 21, Pamela age 20 and Jemima who was 18.  By that time Ann Collett was a farmer of 62 acres, and was employing one man and one boy, the one man very likely being her own son Henry.  Ann survived for another nine years and died at Clanfield in 1870 where she was buried with her husband in grave plot A67 on 10th June 1870.  The parish burial record described her as Ann Collett, mother of Pamela and Jimmi (meaning Jemima).

 

 

 

39N23

William Collett

Baptised on 13.08.1826 at Clanfield

 

39N24

Ann Collett

Baptised on 09.08.1829 at Clanfield

 

39N25

Mary Collett

Baptised on 14.08.1831 at Clanfield

 

39N26

Thomas Collett

Baptised on 04.11.1832 at Clanfield

 

39N27

Rachel Collett

Baptised on 14.09.1834 at Clanfield

 

39N28

Mary Collett

Baptised on 27.11.1836 at Clanfield

 

39N29

Henry Collett

Baptised on 09.06.1839 at Clanfield

 

39N30

Pamela Collett

Baptised on 12.12.1840 at Clanfield

 

39N31

Jemima Collett

Baptised on 27.11.1842 at Clanfield

 

 

 

 

39M12

Rachel Collett was born at Clanfield in 1797 and was baptised there on 13th May 1798.  And it was there that she married William Horn on 9th November 1816.  William had been born at Thrupp in Berkshire in 1794.  In the earlier records relating to William’s family the spelling of their surname was as above, that is without the ‘e’.  It was only in later generations, around the end of the nineteenth century, that it was changed to the more familiar spelling of Horne.  It would appear that all of their children were born at Clanfield, where Rachel died and was buried on 25th May 1872.  Her husband had died nearly nine years earlier and was buried at Clanfield on 4th December 1863.  According to the census of 1861 Rachel was 64 and William was 68.

 

 

 

39N32

Henry Horn

Baptised on 17.08.1817 at Clanfield

 

39N33

Eliza Horn

Baptised on 24.12.1820 at Clanfield

 

39N34

Louisa Horn

Baptised on 21.09.1823 at Clanfield

 

39N35

Charles Horn

Baptised on 21.05.1826 at Clanfield

 

39N36

William Horn

Baptised on 04.01.1829 at Clanfield

 

39N37

Jesse Horn

Baptised on 21.10.1832 at Clanfield

 

39N38

George Horn

Baptised on 17.10.1839 at Clanfield

 

 

 

 

39N4

Thomas Collett was born at Clanfield and was baptised there on 19th October 1810, the son of William and Rachel Collett.  He was still not married in June 1841 when he had a rounded age of 30 and was still living with his mother Rachel and his younger brothers George and James (below) at The Swan Public House in Glympton.  Where his father was that day has not been determined.  Thomas was again a single man on the day of the next census in 1851 when Thomas Collett from Clanfield was 38 years old and living and working in Glympton, but not with any member of his family, his mother having passed away five years earlier.  He was described as a servant and an agricultural labourer at the property where he was recorded.  Despite what was previously written here, regarding the marriage of Thomas Collett and Mary Ann Kerly, it is now known that Thomas Collett from Clanfield remained a bachelor all of his life.  For details relating to Thomas Collett and his wife Mary Ann Kerly, go the Appendix One at the end of this file.

 

 

 

By the time of the next census in 1861, Thomas Collett had returned to Clanfield, where he was most likely one of the three men employed on his father’s 80 acres farm.  On that day Thomas was 48 and simply described as a farmer’s son.  Rather curiously, ten years later, and following the death of his father, unmarried Thomas Collett was recorded in the Clanfield census of 1871 as being 62 years of age, nearer to his actual age than stated in all of the previous census returns.  On that day he was staying with his younger married brother James (below) on his farm in Clanfield, where he was described as an annuitant.

 

 

 

According to the census in 1881, Thomas Collett was still residing in Clanfield, but as a retired boarder with the family of Walter and Elizabeth Clack.  See Ref. 39N37, 39O3 and 39n1 for more references to the Clack family.  On that occasion he was described in the census return as being only three years older than his recorded age ten years earlier in 1871, when he was recorded in error as 65 years of age.  It was over nine years later that the death of Thomas Collett was recorded at Witney (Ref. 3a 529) during the last three months of 1890, when his age was again recorded in error, as 77 years.

 

 

 

 

39N6

Mary Ann Collett was born at Clanfield, where she was baptised on 15th August 1814, the baptism record confirming her parents as William and Rachel Collett.

 

 

 

 

39N7

George William Collett was in 1816 and most likely at Clanfield.  By June 1841 as George Collett he was 25 when he was living with his mother Rachel Collett at The Swan Inn, Glympton, together with his two brothers Thomas (above) and James (below). 

 

 

 

 

39N8

JAMES COLLETT was born at Eynsham on 12th June 1818, where he was also baptised on 22nd September 1818, the last child of William and Rachel Collett.  The census of 1841 listed James as being 21 and that he was living at The Swan Public House in Glympton, just north of Woodstock, with his mother Rachel and his older brothers Thomas and George (above).  Two years later James married Mary Hartley at Woodstock in 1843 and their first child was born shortly thereafter.  Mary was the daughter of Thomas Hartley who, according to the census in 1851, was born at Wootton near Woodstock around 1817, although the later census details placed her date of birth around 1819 or 1820.  On the day of the June census in 1841, Mary Hartley had a rounded age of 20, when she was living in Glympton with her widowed father Thomas, and her older married brother William, his wife Ruth, and their two young children, Ann Hartley and Alfred Hartley.

 

 

 

Following their wedding day, James and Mary initially set up home at Glympton, where all of their children were born.  Four of the children’s births took place prior to the census in 1851 and all four of them were recorded at Woodstock in 1843, 1847, 1849 and 1851.  The same four children were also recorded with their parents in the census return that latter year, when the family of six was living at the Glympton home of Mary’s widowed father Thos Hartley age 77, a carpenter from Glympton.  The Collett family comprised James and Mary, who were both 33, with James described as a drillman from Eynsham, while their four children were recorded as Jas Collett who was seven, Geo Collett who was three, R Collett who was two, and F Collett who was only one month old.  One other person was living at the dwelling, and that was the niece of Thomas Hartley, Mary Ann Bayliss who was 14 and from Oxford.

 

 

 

Sometime during the next decade James and Mary left Glympton and moved south and settled within the Bampton & Witney registration district of Oxfordshire, which includes Clanfield, where they were living by the time of the next census in 1861.  According to the census that year the family comprised James Collett, aged 41 who was a farmer of 40 acres employing two men and one boy, his wife Mary Collett who was 40 and from Wootton near Woodstock, Rachel Collett who was 12, Frederick Collett who was 10, Francis who was eight, Mary Ann Collett who was five and Elizabeth Collett who was three, and all of them confirmed as having been born at Glympton.  Also living with the family that census day was nurse Catherine Merren from Scotland who was forty-seven.

 

 

 

Ten years later the couple was still living in the Clanfield area where both James and Mary were listed as being 51 in the Witney & Bampton census of 1871 when James from Eynsham was still working as a farmer.  The only one of their children listed as living with them at that time was their son George, aged 23, who was confirmed as having been born at Glympton.  Also staying with the family, was James’ older brother Thomas Collett (above) and widow Elizabeth Bailey from Wootton, who was described as the sister-in-law of James Collett, making her his wife’s older sister. The marriage lasted for thirty-two years before James died in 1878 aged 58.  He was buried on 29th January 1878 in the churchyard of St Stephen’s Church at Clanfield in grave plot B7.  So by 1881 Mary, aged 61 and an annuitant, was a widow living with her eldest son Henry George Collett at his family’s home in Clanfield.

 

 

 

Henry’s wife died in 1882 and she may have been followed by Henry sometime later.  That may have been the reason why Mary left Clanfield and moved in with her son Frederick at his home in Lower Mitton near Stourport in Worcestershire where, in 1891, she was 71.  No further record of Mary has been found so it may be assumed that she passed away before the end of the century.

 

 

 

39O1

James Collett

Born in 1843 at Glympton

 

39O2

George Henry Collett

Born in 1847 at Glympton

 

39O3

RACHEL ANN COLLETT

Born in 1849 at Glympton

 

39O4

Frederick William Collett

Born in 1851 at Glympton

 

39O5

Francis Charles Collett

Born in 1853 at Glympton

 

39O6

Mary Ann Collett

Born in 1855 at Glympton

 

39O7

Elizabeth Emma Collett

Born in 1857 at Glympton

 

 

 

 

39N9

Mary Ann Weller was born at Clanfield in 1805.  She married Benjamin Ward at Burford on 14th June 1830.  Benjamin was born at Alveston near Stratford-on-Avon in 1793 and was a printer and later, was Master of the Witney Workhouse.  The couple’s first three children were born at Burford.  Shortly after, Mary and Benjamin moved to the village of Curbridge, just south-east of Witney, where all of their remaining children were born.  Mary died at Witney in 1853.

 

 

 

39O8

Thomas Ward

Baptised on 12.08.1831

 

39O9

Henry Collett Ward

Baptised on 21.02.1833

 

39O10

Jane Ward

Baptised on 01.10.1834

 

39O11

Elizabeth Ward

Baptised on 27.01.1836

 

39O12

Benjamin Ward

Born in 1837

 

39O13

William Ward

Born in 1839

 

39O14

Lydia Ward

Born in 1841

 

39O15

Samuel Ward

Born in 1846

 

39O16

Walter Alfred Ward

Born in 1848

 

 

 

 

39N10

Rachel Beechey was born at Clanfield where she was baptised on 20th April 1809.  She never married and followed her brother William to Wokingham with whom she was recorded as living in the 1871 Census at the age of 62.  It would appear that she lived the rest of her life with her brother as confirmed by the Wokingham Census of 1881 when she was 72.  And it was there that Rachel died in 1888.

 

 

 

 

39N11

William Collett Beechey was born at Clanfield and was baptised on 12th August 1810.  He married Elizabeth Evans at Wokingham where they settled during the 1830s and where all of their children were born.  Elizabeth was the daughter of Thomas and Sally Evans and was born in 1809.  By the time of the 1851 Census William, age 40, and Elizabeth, age 42, and their children were confirmed as living at Wokingham.  Ten years later Elizabeth was still there aged 52, but on the day of the census William was working in Staines.  The children living with Elizabeth in 1861 were William, who was 23, Frederick, who was 18, Charlotte, who was 17, Alfred, who was 13, Maria, who was 11, Minnie, who was nine, and Maud who was seven.

 

 

 

In the 1871 Census for Wokingham William was aged 60 and Elizabeth 62 and living with them was William’s older sister Rachel Beechey aged 62.  The 1881 Census confirmed William C Beechey as being aged 70 and a school master born at Clanfield, and that he was living at Rose Street in Wokingham with his wife Elizabeth who was 72 and who had been born at Wokingham.

 

 

 

Living with them was William’s unmarried older sister Rachel, age 72, and five of the children, all not married.  They were Sarah E M Beechey, age 45, Margaret E Beechey, age 35, Alfred B C Beechey a clergyman without care of souls a Bachelor of Arts of T C D, who was 33, Rachel E M Beechey, age 30 and Minnie K A Beechey, age 28, both of them listed as school governesses and teachers.  All of them were born at Wokingham.  It was at 63 Rose Street that William Collett Beechey died four years later on 28th November 1885, followed five years after by Elizabeth who died on 5th February 1890 while she was still living at the same address.

 

 

 

One of the windows in All Saints Church in Wokingham was inserted in 1894 to the memories of William Collett Beechey (1810-1885) and his wife Elizabeth (1809-1890) by their children.  The theme of the window is the christian grace of charity.  The centre panel represents Jesus bearing the cross along the road to Calvary with, underneath, the words Charity suffereth long.  In the left hand panel is a scene depicting one of last visits that Jesus made to Jerusalem.  He is meeting the opposition and the insults of the crowd with the declaration Before Abraham was I am.  The people reply with an attempt to stone him.  Above that are the words Charity endureth all things.  The right-hand panel shows the scene in the Pharisee's house and Jesus' acceptance of the ministrations of the woman who was a sinner.  Above are the words Charity hopeth all things.  At the top of the window, in the scrolls in the angels' hands, the subject of the window is expressed in the words of John iv.7 - Let us love one another: for love is of God.  At the bottom of the window is the memorial inscription - In pious memory of William Collett Beechey died Nov 28 1885 aged 75 and of Elizabeth his wife died Feb 5, 1890, aged 80.  Erected by their children.

 

 

 

The church records confirm that William was a native of Clanfield in Oxfordshire and came to Wokingham in the eighteen twenties where he founded an academy for young gentlemen.  He and Elizabeth, and their surviving five sons and three daughters, resided on the premises in Rose Street.  In civic life he held the positions of registrar of marriages, deputy registrar of births and deaths; relieving officer and inspector of nuisances, churchwarden for the town and Churchwarden for Wiltshire.  Over the years he was an agent to the Hope Mutual Guarantee Insurance Company and was secretary to the Literary Institution.  It was said that William took an active interest in everything relating to the church and his powers of sympathy and simple unselfish character won him the respect and affection of a large circle of friends.  He was also noted for having a clear intellect and large range of knowledge, which always made him an interesting companion.

 

 

 

39O17

Sarah Elizabeth Mary Beechey

Born in 1835; died 1920

 

39O18

Prince William Thomas Beechey

Born in 1836

 

39O19

William Jones Henry Beechey

Born in 1837; died 1909 at Wokingham

 

39O20

George Evans Beechey

Born in 1838; died 1930 Black Bourton

 

39O21

James Samuel Robert Beechey

Born in 1840

 

39O22

Frederick Mainzer Charles Beechey

Born in 1842; died 1874

 

39O23

Margaret Eleanor Charlotte Beechey

Born in 1844

 

39O24

Jane Kezia Priscilla Beechey

Born in 1846; infant death pre 1851

 

39O25

Alfred Barnard Collett Beechey

Born in 1847; died 1930

 

39O26

Francis Edward Richard Beechey

Born in 1849; died 1850 at Wokingham

 

39O27

Rachel Eliza Marian Beechey

Born in 1850; died 1919

 

39O28

Minnie Katharine Annie Beechey

Born in 1852

 

39O29

Maud Alice Louisa Beechey

Born in 1854; died 1868

 

 

 

 

39N12

Kezia Beechey was born at Clanfield and it was there that she baptised on 2nd October 1812.  At some time in her life, and possibly following the early death of her mother, Kezia moved to live at Wokingham near her older siblings William and Rachel (above), where she later died in 1885.

 

 

 

 

39N13

Elizabeth Beechey was born at Clanfield where she was baptised on 5th March 1815.  It seems very likely that she married Mr Hemming or Mr Kennedy and was living in the Faringdon & Witney registration district in 1841.  However, the couple eventually moved to live in Aylesbury where Elizabeth died before 30th March 1851.

 

 

 

 

39N14

Samuel James Beechey was born at Black Bourton and was baptised there on 23rd November 1817.  It would appear that while still living at Black Bourton Samuel married (1) Ellen there, possibly around 1840.  Sometime after 1861 Ellen died following which Samuel moved to Wokingham as did all of his siblings.  What is known is that during the twenty years following their marriage Ellen died.  And so it was, that in 1862 Samuel met and married (2) Sarah Over.  Sarah was born at Farnham in Surrey during 1824, as confirmed by the 1871 Census, at which time Samuel who was 53 and Sarah who was 46 were living at Wokingham.

 

 

 

According to the 1881 Census Samuel J Beechey, aged 60 and of Black Bourton, was the inn keeper and licenced victualler of The Greyhound Inn at Finchampstead just south of Wokingham in Berkshire.  He was also a baker by trade and at that time the couple had living with them Sarah’s brother Herbert John Over of Finchampstead, a baker and general assistant aged 29.  On that occasion Sarah’s age was given as being 55 and her place of birth confirmed as being Farnham in Surrey.

 

 

 

 

39N15

Henry Beechey was born at Black Bourton around 1820.  It would appear that he was born shortly before his mother died and he may have stayed with his father at Black Bourton when the rest of his family appear to have moved to live at Wokingham.  What is known is that he married Jane Harris at Witney in 1848.

 

 

 

39O30

Phoebe Mary Beechey

Date of birth unknown

 

 

 

 

39N16

WILLIAM COLLETT was born at Clanfield, or even Langford near Clanfield where his mother Sarah Pawling was born, but was baptised at nearby Grafton on 21st December 1816.  He married (1) Harriet Monk at Witney after 6th June 1841 and it would appear that Harriet, who was born at Clanfield in 1819, conceived William’s first child before the couple were married as the child also was baptised with Harriet’s maiden name.

 

 

 

William and Harriet both featured in the 1851 Census with their five children and one year after the census day Harriet presented William with their sixth child.  The census also revealed that William was a farmer employing three men.  All six children from William’s first marriage were baptised at Bampton, the next village north-west of Clanfield, although his son Thomas Cornelius later stated that he had been born in the hamlet of Weald, midway between Clanfield and Bampton.  It is likely that Harriet died while the family was at Bampton, although she was buried at St Stephen’s Church in Clanfield on 25th March 1854.

 

 

 

The census seven years later recorded the family as living at the Red Lion Inn at Clanfield where farmer William, age 44, his eldest daughter Sarah Collett was 20, Thomas C Collett was 18, Appolonia Collett was 17, Sarah S Collett was 16, Harriet E Collett was 14 and William H Collett was nine years old.  Some years after the death of his first wife William married (2) Sarah Kench, most likely during the first half of the 1860s, with the first of their four children born at Clanfield in 1866.  Sarah was the daughter of Mary Ann Kench and had been born at Faringdon in 1833.  By a sheer coincidence another William Collett married his second wife, another Sarah Kench, at nearby Witney in 1868.  He was William Collett (Ref. 46N27), while Sarah was the widow of John Kench who had died in 1867 and she had been born at Eynsham in 1822, the daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth Martin.

 

 

 

What is known is that the new partnership produced a further four children for William, with the first three children having been born at Clanfield and the last one born after the family had moved back at Bampton.  Three of the four children from William’s second married were listed with the couple at Mill Street in Bampton in 1871, just prior to the birth of their last child who was born a year later.  William was 54, Sarah was 37, and their three children were Jonathon N Collett, who was five, Julia J Collett, who was three, and Onesiphorus, who named in error as Omiphones O Collett, who was one year old.  William was then a miller and a farmer of 200 acres employing five men and two boys.

 

 

 

Also still living with his father, was William’s youngest son from his first marriage, nineteen years old William H Collett.  Over the following decade William’s farm holding reduced from 200 acres to just 4 acres as confirmed in the 1881 Census.  Whether that was by choice or for health reasons is not known, but it is known that none of his sons continued in farming so it was not passed onto any of them.

 

 

 

By the time of the 1881 Census the family was still living at Mill Street in Bampton where, at the age of 64, William’s occupation was then recorded as being that of a miller with the four acres of land.  His place of birth was given as Grafton and his wife Sarah of Faringdon was 47 years of age.  The only children living with them on 3rd April in 1881 were their two sons Jonathan Nathaniel Collett, age 15, and Onesiphon (Onesiphorus) Oliver Collett, who was 11, and their two daughters Julia Isabella Collett, age 13, and Susannah Ada Collett who was eight.  The census record confirmed that Jonathan, Julia and Onesiphorus were born at Clanfield, while Susannah was born at Bampton. 

 

 

 

William Collett died at Bampton on 22nd January 1888, following which his Will was proved at Oxford on 21st February.  In addition to his wife Sarah, the Will of William Collett, Yeoman of Bampton, which was proved at Oxford on 21st February 1888 also named Robert Pigott, a corn dealer from Swindon, as the joint executors.  His personal estate was valued at £104 19 Shillings and 5 Pence.  By the time of the census in 1891 the widow Sarah Collett from Faringdon was still living in Bampton with just her three youngest children.  Sarah was incorrectly listed as being 36 which was very likely a mistake for 56, while Julia I Collett was 22, Onisiphorus (Onesiphorus) Collett was 21, and Susannah A Collett was 18.  With no record of Sarah in 1901 it must be assumed that she passed away during the last decade of the century.

 

 

 

In between the death of her husband and the census in 1891 Sarah Collett nee Kench was named as in the granting of administration of her eldest son’s personal effects, following his premature death at Basildon during the month of June in 1890.  Sarah Collett of Bampton, widow, was described as being his mother and his only next-of-kin.

 

 

 

39O31

Sarah Catherine Collett Monk

Baptised on 10.03.1841 at Bampton

 

39O32

THOMAS CORNELIUS COLLETT

Baptised on 26.08.1842 at Bampton

 

39O33

Appolonia Hannah Collett

Baptised on 08.10.1843 at Bampton

 

39O34

Sarah Selina Collett

Baptised on 27.08.1845 at Bampton

 

39O35

Harriet Eliza Collett

Baptised on 27.08.1847 at Bampton

 

39O36

William Henry Collett

Baptised on 30.02.1852 at Bampton

 

The following were the children of William Collett by his second wife Sarah:

 

39O37

Jonathan Nathaniel Collett

Born in 1866 at Clanfield

 

39O38

Julia Isabella Collett

Born in 1867 at Clanfield

 

39O39

Onesiphorus Oliver Collett

Born in 1869 at Clanfield

 

39O40

Susannah Ada Collett

Born in 1872 at Bampton

 

 

 

 

39N18

Ann Knapp was born at Clanfield and was baptised there on 15th August 1814.  She never married and died in 1841 aged 27.  Ann was buried on 3rd April 1841 in plot A35 in the grounds of St Stephen’s Church with her sister Elizabeth (below).

 

 

 

 

39N19

Elizabeth Knapp was born at Clanfield where she was baptised on 13th January 1817.  Like her sister Ann, Elizabeth also died while still a spinster, in 1838 at the age of 22.  Elizabeth was buried on 22nd July 1838 in plot A35 in the grounds of St Stephen’s Church with her sister Ann (above).

 

 

 

 

39N21

John Thomas Knapp was born at Bampton and was baptised there on 14th September 1821.  He was a builder and married (1) Jane Richardson Lay at Oxford in 1846 with whom he had eight children before she died.  Jane was born in 1823 and was buried at Clanfield on 4th February 1860.  All of their children were born and baptised at Clanfield.  A couple of years after her death John married (2) Ann Clare at Headington in 1862 with whom he had a further three children, all born at Clanfield.  Ann was born at Black Bourton in 1827.

 

 

 

The eight children of John and Jane were Leonard Randolph Knapp, who was baptised on 21st July 1847, who died on 4th August 1926, Elizabeth Ann Knapp, who was baptised on 4th October 1848, who was buried on 20th February 1863, George Knapp, who was baptised 9th May 1850, who died in 1889, Sarah Jane Knapp, who was baptised on 15th October 1851, Caroline Knapp, who was baptised on 23rd July 1854, Alice Knapp, who was baptised 8th September 1856, who was buried on 10th September 1856, William Knapp, who was baptised on 15th October 1859, who was buried on 1st November 1859, and Richard J Knapp who was born in 1861.

 

 

 

The three later children of John and his second wife Ann were Bessy Knapp, who was baptised on 6th November 1863, Miriam Martha Knapp, who was baptised on 24th December 1865, who was buried on 30th April 1883, and Thomas Knapp, who was baptised on 22nd January 1868, who was buried on 24th October 1889.

 

 

 

 

39N23

William Collett was born at Clanfield and it was there that he was baptised on 13th August 1826.  He was fifteen years of age in the census of 1841, but died just over a year later and was buried at Clanfield on 13th July 1842.

 

 

 

 

39N24

Ann Collett was born at Clanfield where she was baptised on 9th August 1829, the eldest daughter of James Collett and Ann Tarrant.  She was eleven years old in the Clanfield census of 1841 when she was living there with her parents and six siblings.  During the next five years she suffered the loss of three members of her family.  First to die was her older brother William (above) in 1842, and he was followed three years later by her father, and one year after that by her sister Rachel (below). 

 

 

 

Four years before the 1841, the family had suffered the loss of Ann’s sister Mary (below).  So by the time of the next census in 1851, Ann at the age of 21 was living at Clanfield with her widowed mother Ann, and with her five surviving siblings.  Just over one year later Ann married Richard Griffin at Clanfield on 3rd July 1852.  However, the couple’s only child, Mary Miriam Griffin, was born at nearby Black Bourton during 1853, but died shortly afterwards and was buried at Clanfield on 7th January 1854.  Just over a year later Ann died and was also buried at Clanfield on 6th February 1855.

 

 

 

 

39N25

Mary Collett was born at Clanfield and was baptised there on 14th August 1831.  Tragically she died before reaching her fifth birthday and was buried at Clanfield on 24th April 1836.

 

 

 

 

39N26

Thomas Collett was born at Clanfield and was baptised there on 4th November 1832.  At the time of the census in 1841 he was eight years old and living at Clanfield with his parents, and was 18 in 1851 when he was still living there with his widowed mother and five siblings.  It is also understood that Thomas died at Clanfield on 1st October 1890, although to date, no record of him has been located in any of the census returns for 1861, 1871 and 1881.  This may therefore indicate that it was another Thomas who died in 1890.

 

 

 

 

39N27

Rachel Collett was born at Clanfield where she was baptised on 14th September 1834 and was five years old in 1841.  However, just like other members of her family, she died while still very young and was buried at Clanfield on 10th October 1846.

 

 

 

 

39N28

Mary Collett was born at Clanfield and was baptised there on 27th November 1836.  She was four years old in 1841 and was 14 years of age in 1851.  Sadly, just over two years later she was yet another member of the family to die before reaching adulthood and was buried at Clanfield on 25th October 1853.

 

 

 

 

39N29

Henry Collett was born at Clanfield in 1839 and it was there that he was baptised on 9th June 1839, the youngest son of James Collett and Ann Tarrant.  He was two years old in June 1841 and in 1845 his father died when he was only six years old.  Henry was eleven years old in the Clanfield census of 1851, when he was living in the village with his mother and his five siblings.  By 1861 Henry was still living at Clanfield with his mother and his two younger sisters Pamela and Jemima (below) when he was 21.  At that time in his life, his mother had a farm of 62 acres on which she employed one man and one boy, Henry very likely being the man.  Ten years later he was still not married and was still living with his spinster sisters Pamela and Jemima at Clanfield. 

 

 

 

Henry Collett died at Abingdon-on-Thames on 29th November 1875, although his Will was proved in Oxford on 22nd June 1876.  The probate process revealed that Henry Collett, formerly of Clanfield in the County of Oxford, a yeoman, but late of Abingdon in Berkshire, was a sack contractor when he died.  The named executors of his personal effects valued at under £600 were his sisters Pamela Collett and Jemima Collett both of Clanfield, spinsters.

 

 

 

 

39N30

Pamela Collett was born at Clanfield during the second half of 1841, and it was there that she was baptised on 12th December 1840.  The census in June the following years indicated that she was under one year old.  Four and a half years after she was born her father died at Clanfield, and either side of his passing two of Pamela’s siblings, William and Rachel also died.  After those sad events she continued to live at Clanfield with her mother and was 10 years old in 1851, and 20 years old in 1861, when just herself, her brother Henry (above), and her sister Jemima (below) were the only members of the family still living with their mother.  Nine years later Pamela’s mother died at Clanfield and in the census the following year the unmarried Pamela Collett, age 30, was still living in the village with her two unmarried siblings Henry and Jemima.  Four years later her brother Henry died, when Pamela and her sister Jemima were named as joint executors of his Will.

 

 

 

Pamela never married and in 1881 was still living at Clanfield at the age of 40, when she was an out of work housekeeper.  By 1891 Pamela had left Clanfield and was living in the Hendred & Wantage registration district at the age of 50.  The census record confirmed that she had been born at Clanfield.  Just after the turn of the century Pamela was 60 years of age and was living at Chilton Entire where she was employed as a domestic housekeeper.  On that occasion she was recorded as Pammie Collett of Clanfield.  During the next few years she travelled to Kent, and it was in the village of Ringwould near Dover that she was living alone in 1911.  The census return that year listed her as Pamela Collett, a spinster of 70 from Clanfield, living on her own means in a three-room tenement.

 

 

 

When Pamela Collett died at Ringwould at the age of 76 her death was recorded at Dover register office (Ref. 2a 1416) during the second quarter of 1917.  Probate was granted jointly to Margaretha Baynes, the wife of the Reverend Malcolm Charles Baynes, and the said Rev Malcolm Charles Baynes, her personal effects amounting to £192 10 Shillings 8d.  The Reverend Malcolm Baynes was the son of Sir William John Walter Baynes who was the Rector of Ringwould from 1907 to 1915.

 

 

 

 

39N31

Jemima Collett was born at Clanfield where she was baptised on 27th November 1842, the youngest child of James Collett and Ann Tarrant.  She was just thirty months old when her father died in 1845, following which she continued to live with her mother at Clanfield.  She was eight years old in 1851 and by the time of the census in 1861 she was 18 and, on both occasions, she was living with her mother and other members of her family.  Following the death of her mother in 1870 Jemima Collett, at the age of 28, was living with her brother Henry and sister Pamela (above) at Clanfield in 1871.  Just over four years later her brother Henry passed away leaving Jemima and her sister Pamela as the executors of his Will.  It would appear that she never married, since Jemima Collett died at Headington in Oxford in 1888, although no record of her has been found anywhere within the census of 1881.

 

 

 

 

39N32

Henry Horn was born at Clanfield and was baptised there on 17th August 1817.  He was a plumber and a glazier and he married Elizabeth Wheeler at Lechlade on 22nd December 1839.  Elizabeth was born at Lechlade on 14th November 1820.  All of their children were born at Abingdon-on-Thames where Henry died in 1875, followed by his wife in 1884.  Tragically the death of their eldest son at Abingdon preceded their own deaths.

 

 

 

It is believed that there were more children born into the family than just the three indicated below, and that some of them were also victims of infant death.  In Abingdon around that time it is known there were other Horn families, but to date it has not been exactly determined which children came from one family or the other.  What is known is that the Horn children of that family were not baptised at any parish church in Abingdon.

 

 

 

39O41

Charles Henry Horn

Born in 1843; died 1864

 

39O42

Rachel Ann Horn

Born in 1848

 

39O43

Eliza Jane Horn

Born in 1851

 

 

 

 

39N33

Eliza Horn was born at Clanfield where she was baptised on 24th December 1820.  She married carpenter Henry Kerly at Clanfield on 16th August 1841.  Henry was born at Faringdon in 1824 and was very likely the brother to Mary Ann Kerly who married Thomas Collett (above).  Within a year of the date of their marriage Eliza and Henry were living at Poplar in London where all of their children were born and where Eliza died in 1857.  Henry died in 1872 at West Ham.

 

 

 

Their six children were Elizabeth Kerly, who was born on 12th September 1842, William Collett Kerly, who was born on 10th November 1844, Louisa Susan Kerly, who was born on 3rd December 1846, Henry John Kerly, who was born in 1849, who died at Poplar in 1856, John Charles Kerly, who was born in 1851, who died at Stepney in 1893, and Rachel Pamela Kerly who was born in 1853.

 

 

 

 

39N34

Louisa Horn was born at Clanfield where she was baptised on 21st October 1823.  Around the time of 1851 she was working as a domestic servant and she later married William Martin at Headington in 1852.  William had been born in 1828 at Bicester.

 

 

 

 

39N35

Charles Horn was born at Clanfield and was baptised there on 21st May 1826.  He married (1) Ann Brooks at Clanfield on 18th November 1848 who had been born there in 1828.  All of their children were born and baptised at Clanfield.  The family lived their whole life at Clanfield where, in 1881, Charles was working as a sawyer at the age of 54.  With him was Ann, age 52, who was employed as a laundress, together with three of their children, Eliza who was 17 and an assistant laundress, Walter 14 and Annie 11.  Charles’ wife Ann died at Clanfield seventeen years later and was buried there on 15th July 1898.

 

 

 

In all Ann presented Charles with ten children, and they were Henry Charles Horn, who was baptised on 19th August 1849, who died in 1877, Rachel Horn, who was baptised and buried on 5th October 1850, Troilus Horn, who was baptised on 4th January 1852, who died in 1903, Elizabeth Horn, who was born in 1855, George Horn, who was born in 1858, Emily Horn, who was born in 1859, Eliza Horn, who was born in 1864, Walter Horn, who was born in 1865, who died on 18th December 1916, Edward Horn, who was born in 1867, and Ann Horn who was born in 1870.

 

 

 

Fifteen years after her death Charles married the widow (2) Mrs Amelia on 25th October 1913 at Clanfield.  However, after just over two years with Amelia, who was born in 1825, Charles died on 30th December 1915 and was followed by Amelia only five days later on 4th January 1916.

 

 

 

 

39N36

William Horn was born at Clanfield where he was baptised on 4th January 1829 and where he married Rebecca Charlotte Ham on 7th April 1851.  Rebecca was born at Knightsbridge in London in 1828.  All of their children were born and baptised at Clanfield and it was there that William died and was buried on 7th March 1879.  In 1881 the family living at Clanfield was made up of William’s widow Rebecca, age 52 and from Knightsbridge, sons Willoughby, age 18 and Henry who was 11 - both of them working as agricultural labourers, and daughter Jane who was 23 and a general servant.  Rebecca Horn died before the turn of the century and was buried at Clanfield on 10th June 1896. 

 

 

 

The couple had nine children who were Charles William Horn, who was baptised on 4th January 1852, Georgina Horn, who was baptised on 5th February 1854, Frederick Horn, who was baptised on 17th February 1856, who died in 1878, Jane King Horn, who was baptised on 16th May 1858, Agnes Horn, who was baptised on 27th May 1860, Willoughby George Horn, who was baptised on 9th November 1862, Edith Horn, who was baptised on 29th April 1866, Elizabeth Adelaide Horn, who was baptised on 26th April 1868, and Henry Thomas Horn who was baptised on 29th May 1870.

 

 

 

 

39N37

Jesse Horn was born at Clanfield and it was there that he was baptised on 21st October 1832.  He married Caroline Clack at Clanfield on 21st May 1853 and all of their children were born at Clanfield.  Caroline was born at Clanfield in 1837 and it was there that she also died on 27th December 1918.  Jesse, who was a labourer, had died over fifty years earlier and was buried there on 19th June 1867 exactly a year after the birth of his last child.  According to the 1881 Census widow Caroline, age 43 and an agricultural labourer, was living at Clanfield with three of her sons who were all agricultural labourers, even the youngest, ten years old John.  The other boys were Albert age 21 and Jessie who was 14.

 

 

 

A total of nine children were born into the family are they were William Horn, who was baptised on 11th February 1855, Edwin James Horn, who was baptised on 28th September 1856, Catherine Horn, who was baptised on 10th March 1858, who died in 1858, Albert Horn, who was baptised on 11th September 1859, Louisa Horn, who was baptised on 23rd February 1862, who that same year, Alice Horn, who was baptised on 24th May 1863, Sarah Jane Horn, who was baptised on 26th February 1865, Jesse Horn, who was baptised on 24th June 1866, and John Horn who was born in 1870.

 

 

 

 

39N38

George Horn was born at Clanfield where he was baptised on 17th October 1839.  He married Harriet Shayler on 18th August 1860 at Leafield between Witney and Shipton-under-Wychwood.  The couple’s first five children were all born at Leafield, while the last one was born at Ramsden north of Witney.  Harriet was born at Leafield and was baptised there on 15th October 1837.  In 1881 the family was living at an address referred to as ‘By the Pool’ in Leafield.  The census confirmed that George was a carpenter and joiner at 41 who came from Clanfield, and that his wife Harriet was 43 and from Leafield.

 

 

 

Their children with them at that time were Randolph, age 16, Frederick, age 14, Jane, age 11, and Annie who was four.  Eldest son Randolph was listed as having no occupation.  George and Harriet returned to live at Clanfield late in their life, since it was there that they both died and were buried, George on 8th July 1914, followed by Harriet on 4th April 1918.

 

 

 

The couple’s first to deceased children were Walter Horn, who was baptised on 15th March 1861, who died later that same year, and Randolph Horn who was baptised on 1st June 1862 and also died during that year.  So their four surviving children were Randolph Leonard Horn who was born in 1864, Frederick Walter Horn who was born in 1866, Jane Elizabeth Horn who was born on 7th December 1869, and Annie L Horn who was born during 1876.

 

 

 

 

39O1

James Collett was born at Glympton in 1843 and his birth was recorded at Woodstock register office that same year, the eldest son of James and Mary Collett.  He was Jas Collett aged seven years at the time of the Glympton census of 1851 when he and his family were living at the home of his grandfather Thomas Hartley.  However, ten years later when he would have been 17, he was not listed with his family who had moved to Clanfield and, so far, no further record of James Collett has been found in Great Britain after 1851.

 

 

 

 

39O2

George Henry Collett was born at Glympton in 1847 while his birth was recorded at Woodstock register office when he was named as George Henry Collett the son of James and Mary Collett.  He and his family were still living at Glympton in 1851 when Geo Collett was three years of age at the home of his grandfather Thomas Hartley.  Curiously in the census of 1861 George Collett from Glympton was 15 when he was listed as living in Wokingham while, by that time, his family had left Glympton and had settled in Clanfield, not far from where his father had been born.  And it was also to Clanfield that George eventually moved, to be reunited with his family and where he married Emily Louise Collett (Ref. 39o2) on 29th April 1873.  Emily was born at Clanfield, either at the end of 1853 or very early in 1854, but was not baptised there until 13th June 1858.  She was the daughter of landowner Thomas Collett (Ref. 39n1) and his wife Mary Ann Kerly of Faringdon and, it is possible that, Emily may have been with-child on the day of their wedding, or that the couple’s first child was a honeymoon baby.

 

 

 

George was a baker, as was his younger brother Francis (below), and all of the children of George and Mary were born in the village of Clanfield, where they were also baptised.  Emily’s brother Lancelot Collett (Ref. 39o1) was an assistant baker in 1871, so perhaps he was working with his future brother-in-law.  That same year, the family was residing in Clanfield when George was recorded as Henry Collett.  He was listed as being 33 and born at Glympton, while his wife Emily was 27 and from Clanfield.  Their children at that time were Miriam E Collett who was seven and named after Emily’s deceased sister, Mary C L Collett who was five, and James Collett who was one year old.  Living with them was Henry’s widowed mother, sixty-one years old annuitant Mary Collett of Walton in Oxford.  Within eighteen months of the census date Henry’s wife Emily died at Clanfield, where she was buried on 25th September 1882, her passing recorded at Witney (Ref. 3a 426).

 

 

 

No record of the family has so far been found in either of the census returns for 1891 or 1901.  However, in 1911 Henry’s eldest daughter was recorded living in the Alton registration district of Hampshire, while his youngest daughter was living in Henley-on-Thames.

 

 

 

39P1

Miriam Eleanor Collett

Born in 1873 at Clanfield

 

39P2

Mary Charlotte L Collett

Born in 1876 at Clanfield

 

39P3

James George Collett

Born in 1880 at Clanfield

 

 

 

 

39O3

RACHEL ANN COLLETT was born at Glympton in 1849 and her birth was recorded at Woodstock.  Within the Glympton census of 1851 she was simply listed as R Collett aged two years, the granddaughter of Thomas Hartley in whose home her family was living at that time.  Some time prior to 1861 Rachel’s parents left Glympton and moved back into the Bampton & Witney area where her father was born, and it was at Clanfield that she was listed in the census of 1861 when she was 12 years old.  Like her brother George (above), Rachel also retained the longstanding family links to Clanfield, as it was there that she married Thomas Cornelius Collett (Ref. 39O35) on 12th June 1866.

 

 

 

Thomas was the son of William Collett and Harriet Monk, which again resulted in the fact that the couple were cousins, but one step removed.  He was born in the hamlet of Weald near Bampton and it was at Bampton that he was baptised on 26th August 1842 and in the census of 1861 he was listed as Thomas C Collett aged 18.  All of the children of Rachel and Thomas were born and baptised at Clanfield.  According to the census of 1871, the family living at Clanfield comprised Thomas C Collett aged 28 and a farmer, his wife Rachel A Collett who was 22 and from Glympton, together with their first three of their eight children, Alfred E Collett who was four, Edith K Collett who was two and baby Albert B (sic) Collett who was six months old.

 

 

 

Tragically Rachel died eight years later in 1879, within days of the birth of her last child and, just two days before Ernest was baptised, Rachel was buried at Clanfield on 25th April 1879.  The same child’s absence from the census in 1881 suggests that he too did not survive.  The 1881 Census recorded that widower Thomas Cornelius Collett was a carpenter at 51 (sic) and confirmed his place of birth as Weald Bampton.  Living with him in Clanfield at that time were his daughters Edith K Collett aged 12 and Mary who was four, and his sons Albert E Collett aged 10, William J Collett who was nine, Thomas C Collett who was seven and Frederic (sic) C Collett who was five years old, all born at Clanfield

 

 

 

By the time of the next census in 1891 Thomas Collett was still residing in a dwelling on Bampton Road, within the parish of St Stephen’s Clanfield, situated just two properties away from the Baptist Chapel.  The census return that year confirmed that, at the age of 48, his occupation was still that of a carpenter, a widower from Weald Bampton.  Living there with him was his son Frederick C Collett who was 15 and an agricultural labourer and his daughter Mary E Collett who was 14 and a general servant, both of them born in Clanfield.  The housekeeper on that day was named as widow Sarah Clack aged 49 from Kelmscott, who was assisted by her daughter Annie Clack who was 13 and a general servant from Clanfield.  Just over five years later Thomas Cornelius Collett was buried with his wife in the graveyard at St Stephen’s Church on 13th September 1896.

 

 

 

39P4

Alfred Ernest Collett

Baptised on 24.02.1867 at Clanfield

 

39P5

Edith Kate Collett

Baptised on 11.11.1868 at Clanfield

 

39P6

Albert Edward Collett

Baptised on 13.11.1870 at Clanfield

 

39P7

WILLIAM JAMES COLLETT

Baptised on 25.01.1872 at Clanfield

 

39P8

Thomas Cornelius Collett

Baptised on 20.04.1873 at Clanfield

 

39P9

Frederick Charles Collett

Baptised on 18.01.1876 at Clanfield

 

39P10

Mary Elizabeth Collett

Baptised on 04.04.1877 at Clanfield

 

39P11

Ernest Leopold Collett

Baptised on 27.04.1879 at Clanfield

 

 

 

 

39O4

Frederick William Collett was born at Glympton during February 1851 and, as F Collett, was one month old on the day of the Glympton census of 1851 when he and his family were living at the home of his maternal grandfather Thomas Hartley.  Around eight or nine years after he was born his family moved to Clanfield where they were living in 1861 and where Frederick was ten years old.  He married Lydia Wall at Bridgnorth in Shropshire in 1874, she having been born at Morville in Shropshire in 1850, the daughter of Francis and Sarah Wall.  The couple’s first six children were born at Birmingham, with the last two born at Stourport in Worcestershire.

 

 

 

In 1881 the family was living at 405 Monument Road in Birmingham where Frederick, age 30, was a grocer from Glympton.  His wife was Lydia from Morville was 30 and their children were Nellie who was four, Frederick who was three, and one-year old Frank; all confirmed as being born at Birmingham.  The couple’s ‘missing’ eldest daughter Edith, age six, was a visitor at the home of her grandfather Francis Wall who was a boot maker living at The Post Office in Morville.

 

 

 

Living with the Collett family at Monument Road in 1881 was Frederick’s nephew Alfred E Collett, age 14, who was working with him as a grocer’s assistant.  Alfred was born at Clanfield and was the son of Frederick’s sister Rachel Ann Collett (above).  The family was also supported by Phoebe H Steadman who was 26 and a general servant from Tipton in Staffordshire.

 

 

 

During the next decade Frederick and his family left Birmingham and travelled south to Worcestershire where they settled at Lower Mitton near Kidderminster.  By April 1891 the family was almost complete, with the birth of Frederick’s and Lydia’s last child due to be born shortly after the census day that year.  The actual census return in 1891 listed the family as residing at 17 Lion Hill in Lower Mitton, which was the address of the Bell Hotel where Frederick W Collett, age 40 and from Glympton, was the hotel keeper.  His wife Lydia from Morville in Salop was also 40 and their children were Edith Collett, age 16, Nellie G Collett, age 14, Frederick J Collett, age 13, Frank W Collett, age 11, Lillian S Collett, who was eight, Harold P Collett, who was four, and Mary Collett who was just two years old.  All of the children had been born in Birmingham except the youngest child Mary, whose place of birth was recorded on the census return as Stourport.  Also living with the family on that day was Frederick’s widowed mother Mary Collett from Wootton in Oxfordshire who was 71 and described as living on her own means.

 

 

 

It seems highly likely that Lydia was with-child on the day of the census since later that same year she presented Frederick with their final son.  Frederick William Collett died at Kidderminster just two years later in 1893, following which it would appear that his widow took over the management of the Bell Hotel.  Eight years after losing her husband Lydia Collett, age 50, was described as a licenced victualler still living at Lower Mitton in March 1901.  Recorded as living with her on that occasion were her daughters Nellie G Collett, age 24, and Mary Collett who was 12, and her sons Frederick J Collett, age 22, Harold P Collett, age 14, and Ernest H Collett who was nine years old and whose place of birth was given as Stourport rather than Lower Mitton, the same as for his sister Mary.

 

 

 

Ten years later in April 1911 when Lydia Collett was 60 she was still living at Lower Mitton, by which time nearly all of her children had left the family home to make their own way in the world.  Only Lydia’s daughter Lillian Sarah Collett was listed with her in the census return that year, and she had returned from Birmingham where she had been employed as a pupil teacher in 1901.

 

 

 

39P12

Edith Collett

Born in 1875 at Birmingham

 

39P13

Nellie Gertrude Collett

Born in 1876 at Birmingham

 

39P14

Frederick James Collett

Born in 1877 at Birmingham

 

39P15

Frank Ward Collett

Born in 1879 at Birmingham

 

39P16

Lillian Sarah Collett

Born in 1882 at Birmingham

 

39P17

Harold Percy Collett

Born in 1886 at Birmingham

 

39P18

Mary Collett

Born in 1889 at Stourport

 

39P19

Ernest Harry Collett

Born in 1891 at Stourport

 

 

 

 

39O5

Francis Charles Collett was born at Glympton in 1853 with his birth being recorded at nearby Woodstock (Ref. 3a 509) during the second quarter of that same year.  Around six years after he was born his family moved to Clanfield where they were living in 1861 and where Francis Collett from Glympton was eight years old.  On leaving school Francis became a baker, like his older brother George (above), as confirmed by the census in 1871.  At that time in his life he was residing in the village of Shilton, just north of Clanfield, where Francis C Collett from Glympton was 18 and a lodger at the home of Samuel Gardner.  Three years later he married Emma Selina Barnett on 4th August 1874 at Clanfield, Emma having been baptised at Alvescot on 1st August 1852.  The couple’s first child was born at Wantage, but baptised at Clanfield, while the second child was born at Walsall and again baptised at Clanfield.  The third child was also born at Walsall and the couple’s next four children were all born at Birmingham.

 

 

 

It was at 2 Brighton Place, off the Winson Green Road, in Birmingham that the family was living in 1881.  Francis was a baker of 27 and born at Clanfield, where his wife, age 28, stated that she had also been born.  Living with the family as a boarder was 21 years old Louisa Barnett, a dressmaker from Clanfield who was very likely Emma’s younger sister.  According to the next Birmingham census conducted in 1891, the family of baker Francis Collett was recorded in Cape Street, where head of the household was 38, his wife Emma was 39, and their six children were Ann 16, Mary 15, Emma 12, Francis 11, Louisa who was nine and Albert who was five.  Just five years after that, Francis and Emma were still living in Birmingham, where Francis Charles Collett died in 1896, his death recorded there (Ref. 6d 136) during the first three months of that year.  In 1901 Emma was 47 and a widow from Alvescot, when she was still living in Birmingham, at Moilliett Street, with three of her children, Kate, Francis and Albert.

 

 

 

39P20

Anne Selina Collett

Born in 1874 at Wantage

 

39P21

Mary Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1875 at Walsall

 

39P22

Kate Collett

Born in 1877 at Walsall

 

39P23

Emma Gertrude Collett

Born in 1878 at Birmingham

 

39P24

Francis Walter Collett

Born in 1880 at Birmingham

 

39P25

Louisa Collett

Born in 1882 at Birmingham

 

39P26

Albert Collett

Born in 1885 at Birmingham

 

 

 

 

39O6

Mary Ann Collett was born at Glympton in 1855, the birth being recorded at Woodstock that same year.  Towards the end of the decade her family settled in the village of Clanfield, and it was there that they were living in 1861, when Mary Ann Collett from Glympton was five years old.  Mary and her sister Elizabeth (below) were later sent to a private school in Handsworth near West Bromwich, hence the reason for their absence from the family home in Clanfield where the girl’s parents were still living 1871.  Instead at that same time Mary Ann Collett, age 17 (sic) and from Clanfield, was one of only eight pupils at the school managed by widow Emma Oldham and her sister Ellen E Hall.

 

 

 

 

39O7

Elizabeth Emma Collett was born at Glympton in 1857, the last child of James Collett and Mary Hartley.  Shortly after she was born her family left Glympton and settled in Clanfield near Witney where in 1861 Elizabeth Collett was three years old.  Like her older sister Mary (above), Elizabeth Collett from Clanfield, age 14 (sic), was also recorded in the census of 1871 as attending the private school in Handsworth run by Emma Oldham and Ellen E Hall.  Seemingly the school was recording where the girl’s parents lived rather than the village of their birth which may not have been notified to the school.

 

 

 

 

39O8

Thomas Ward was born at Burford where he was baptised on 12th August 1831.  He married Ellen Ward in 1859 at Headington.  Ellen was born at Alveston near Stratford-on-Avon in 1832.  During his life Thomas was employed as a piano tuner and a piano maker.

 

 

 

 

39O9

Henry Collett Ward was born in 1833 and was baptised at Burford on 21st February 1833.  He worked as an asylum clerk and steward and married Ann Feaster at Scarborough in 1875, Ann also having been born in 1833.

 

 

 

 

39O18

Prince William Thomas Beechey, who was referred to as Tom, was born at Wokingham in 1836 and baptised there on 10th April 1836.  The order in which his names were given varied from time to time.  As Thomas P W Beechey he was listed in the 1861 Census for the Guildford area as being 24 and born at Wokingham.  Whereas ten years later he was referred to as Prince W T Beechey, age 34 and of Wokingham, to where he had returned in 1871.  Five years later he married Amy Reeve in 1876.  Amy was nineteen years younger than Tom having been born at Leighton Buzzard in May 1855, the daughter of Charles Reeve and Frances Mary Deverell.

 

 

 

Whilst it is established that Tom’s and Amy’s first four of their fourteen children were born at Pinchbeck just north of Spalding in Lincolnshire, no trace of the family has so far been found in the 1881 Census.  All of the sons of Tom and Amy had the additional christian name of Reeve and the first four children were Barnard (1877-1915), Charles (1878-1915), Maud (1879-1885) and Leonard (1881-1917).

 

 

 

It is known that their fifth child, Christopher William Reeve Beechey who was born in 1883, emigrated to Australia in 1910 where he died in 1969.  He was an Anzac and fought at Gallipoli during WW1 and was shot by a Turkish sniper but survived to live to the age of 85 years – see below.

 

 

 

Of the couple’s other children after son Christopher, there was Frances Mary Deverell Beechey (1885-1977), Frank Collett Reeve Beechey (1886-1916), Eric Reeve Beechey (1889-1954), Harold Reeve Beechey (1891-1917), Katherine Agnes Beechey (1893-1971), Margaret Eleanor Beechey (1894-1963), Winifred Lucy Beechey (1895-1976), Edith Emily Beechey (1897-1992) and Samuel St Vincent Reeve Beechey (1899-1977).

 

 

The photograph on the right provided by Mary-Jane Hooker shows Edith Emily Beechey who, when the picture was taken in 1960, was Edith Emily Mucklow.

 

 

 

In 1901 the census entry for Tom referred to him as Prince W T Beechey, age 64, and confirmed his place of birth as Wokingham.  At that time he was living at The Rectory in Friesthorpe with his family, where he had been the Church of England clergyman since 1890.  His wife was listed as Amy, who was 45 and from Leighton Buzzard.  All six of the couple’s children living with them on 31st March 1901 were born at The Rectory in Friesthorpe.  They were Harold, who was 10, Katherine, who was eight, Margaret, who was seven, Winifred, who was five, Edith, who was three, and Samuel aged one year.

 

 

 

Five of Tom’s and Amy’s older children, who had left the family home by the turn of the century, were also listed in the 1901 Census.  The first of them was their oldest son Barnard, age 23 and confirmed as having been born at Pinchbeck in 1877.  He was living in the City of Lincoln in 1901 where he was working as an assistant (school) master.  He was referred to as Bar by members of the family.  Their two sons Leonard, who was 19 and Christopher who was 17 were living together in Kensington where they were working as clerks, and both were confirmed as having being born at Pinchbeck.

 

 

 

The fourth was daughter Frances, age 16, who was also confirmed as born at Pinchbeck in 1884.  She was living in Bristol in 1901 where she may have been receiving her education.  The last and youngest of the five was Frank Collett Reeve Beechey, age 14, who was confirmed as having been born at Friesthorpe in 1886 and who was being educated in Surrey in 1901.  With their father being the Reverend P W Thomas Beechey, the family enjoyed the benefit of living in the very grand accommodation that was the eight-bedroom rectory built in 1860, which was provided by the church while he was the vicar at Friesthorpe.  That therefore would have been the reason for his widow to vacate the property upon his death.

 

 

 

And so it was on 5th May 1912, that Tom died at Friesthorpe and was buried in the churchyard of St Peter’s Church.  Following the death of her husband, Amy left Friesthorpe five months later and moved to her new home at 14 Avondale Street in Lincoln in September that same year.  That was confirmed in a letter written by Amy’s sister Agnes and dated 5th September 1912.  The letter also made reference to the twenty pounds a year ‘church’ pension that Amy received, with a comment that ‘those members of her family who were earning and can, must allow her something’.

 

 

 

That was a particularly sad time for Amy as her mother Frances Mary Reeve died in 1913 and over the next five years she lost five of her sons – see below.  At some stage over the following years Amy moved house for a final time and, twenty-four years after Tom’s passing, Amy died on 26th December 1936 while living at 197 Wragby Road.  She was buried in Lincoln.  In 2006 a book entitled ‘Brothers in War’ written by British journalist Michael Walsh was published which tells the tragic story of the eight sons of Tom and Amy who fought in the Great War, of whom only three returned alive.  The back cover of the book carries a photograph of Amy Beechey makes very interesting reading about the life and times of a typical English family.

 

 

 

Inside St Peter’s Church in Friesthorpe there is a plaque commemorating the five sons of the Reverend P W T Beechey who lost their lives between 1914 and 1919 which reads as follows.

 

And it was Mary-Jane Hooker of Australia, whose great aunt was Amy Beechey, who kindly provided the details of the Beechey family line.

 

 

 

 

39O31

Sarah Catherine Collett Monk was conceived before her parents were married and was baptised at Bampton on 10th March 1841.  There is a possibility that she was born at Clanfield where her mother had previously lived, although later census records revealed her place of birth to be Bampton.  Sarah’s mother died when she was thirteen years old in 1854 and by the time of the census of 1861 she was 20 years of age and was still living within the family home at Bampton with her widowed father.

 

 

 

Three years later Sarah married Joseph Lapworth at Clanfield on 28th April 1864, Joseph having been born in 1830 at Buckland in Berkshire.  Joseph’s occupation was that of a farmer and both of his children were born at Buckland, although his son Joseph Victor Lapworth was baptised at Clanfield on 15th March 1870.  In 1881 the family of four was living at Mount Owen Farm in Bampton where Joseph was listed in the census as an agricultural labourer.

 

 

 

Twenty years later Joseph had retired and he and Sarah had moved away from Bampton and were living at Worth in Crawley, East Sussex.  The 1901 Census confirmed Sarah was 58 and of Bampton, while her husband Joseph, age 68, was listed as a domestic gardener.  Her absence from the census in 1911 was because Sarah Lapworth died during the first three months of that year, her death at the age of 69 being recorded in Hertfordshire at Watford register office (Ref. 3a 479) in the first quarter of 1911.  Her husband died just a couple of months later that same year at the age of 83 (?) when his death was also recorded at Watford.

 

 

 

Their daughter Fanny Lapworth, who was born in 1867 and who was a dressmaker in 1881, married Henry Eugene Clayton at Marylebone in 1889, he also having been born in 1867 at St James in London.  Sadly the marriage only last a few years, before Fanny died at St Pancras in 1896.  Sarah’s and Joseph’s son Joseph married Edith Askew who was born at Oxford in 1869, the wedding taking place at Strood in Kent in 1892.

 

 

 

 

39O32

THOMAS CORNELIUS COLLETT was born during the first six months of 1842 in the hamlet of Weald near Bampton and was baptised at Bampton on 26th August 1842, the son of William Collett and Harriet Monk.  Thomas’ mother died in 1854 so, by the time of the census of 1861, Thomas C Collett was 18 years of age when he was still living within the family home at Bampton with his widowed father.  Thomas later married Rachel Ann Collett (above) who was his cousin one-step removed.  See reference 39O6 for more details.

 

 

 

 

39O33

Appolonia Hannah Collett was born at Bampton where she was baptised on 8th October 1843.  She was just over ten years old when her mother died in 1854, and was 17 at the time of 1861 Census when living with her widowed father and the rest of her family.  Eight years later Appolonia married John Holliday Turner at Clanfield on 15th February 1869.  John was from Gloucestershire and was born at Northleach in 1836 and his occupation in 1881 was that of a baker and grocer at Clanfield.  All of their children were born at Clanfield, where three of them also were buried.  According to the Bampton census of 1891, the family by that time comprised John Holiday Turner, who was 54, Appolonia H Turner, who was 48, and their daughters Edith Bertha Turner, age 21, Emma Jane Turner, age 19, Annie Beatrice Turner, age 17, and Charlotte Mabel Turner who was seven years old.

 

 

 

The three children who had died when they were still infants were Clara Rose Turner, who was born in 1871, who was buried on 1st May that same year, Kate Selina Turner, who was born in 1875 and who was buried on 14th June 1877, and John William Turner who was born in 1879, who was buried on 7th December that year.  The death of their father, John Holliday Turner, was recorded at Witney in 1896.  Just after the turn of the century Appolonia Turner was fifty-seven and her place of birth was confirmed in the 1901 Census as Bampton.  By then she was living in the Aston & Cote area of Oxfordshire which are both neighbouring villages to Bampton, and it was there that she was described as living on her own account.

 

 

 

Charlotte’s eldest daughter Edith Bertha Turner married Thomas Henry Martin at Witney during 1891 but after the census that year, Thomas Martin having been born at Witney in 1867.  Her daughter Annie Beatrice was also married at Witney but during 1901, while her youngest daughter Charlotte was married during the first ten years of the new century, and her story is told below.

 

 

 

Charlotte Mabel Turner was born at Clanfield on 23rd November 1883, the youngest of seven children of Appolonia Hannah Collett and John Holliday Turner.  Upon leaving school Charlotte entered into domestic service and at one time in her life she was employed as a nanny by the Bonham Carter family.  At the time of the census in March 1901 Charlotte M Turner was 17 when she was living in Abingdon-on-Thames where she was employed as a mother’s help.  Her place of birth on that occasion was stated as being Bampton rather than Clanfield.

 

 

 

Sometime during the first decade of the new century she married Charles Lawrence Barnard who was born at Farmington near Northleach in 1882, and the couple initially settled in Thornton Heath in London where the first of their three children was born.  By the time of the census in April 1911 the couple’s second child had been born and the family by then was living in the Edmonton area of London.  The family on that occasion comprised Charles Lawrence Barnard who was 29, Charlotte Mabel Barnard who was 27, and their two daughters Enid Mabel who was two and Olive Lavinia who was five months old.

 

 

 

During the following year the family was completed with the arrival of a son for Charlotte and Charles.  Sometime later the family lived in the Battersea, and much later at Edgware in Middlesex where Charles died in 1953.  Following his death, Charlotte moved to Southgate in north London where she died five years later on 23rd October 1958.

 

 

 

The couple’s three children were Enid Mabel Turner Barnard who was born on 19th May 1908 and who died in July 1989, Lavinia Olive Barnard who was born during November 1910 and who died in 1987, and Henry Lawrence Barnard who was born in 1912 and who died in 1986.  Enid Mabel Turner Barnard was the mother of Susan (Sue) Jacqueline Smethers nee Reynolds who kindly provided the details of her grandmother’s family.  Each of Enid’s siblings was married and each marriage produced just one child.  For Lavinia Olive Barnard, she became Lavinia Clarke and had a daughter Ann Clarke, while Henry Lawrence Barnard had a son Andrew Barnard.

 

 

 

 

39O34

Sarah Selina Collett was born at Bampton and was baptised there on 27th August 1845.  When she was just around nine years of age her mother died in 1854 and by 1861 at the age of 16 she was living with her father and her siblings.  Four and a half years later Sarah married Richard Walter Brooks on 25th October 1865 at Clanfield, where Richard had been born in 1842.  Richard’s occupation was that of a baker.  Sarah’s first five children were born at Clanfield following which, between 1872 and 1874, the family emigrated to Canada and the remaining three children were born at Ontario.  Tragically two of the children died whilst still in infancy and they were John Thomas Brooks, who was born in 1870 and who was buried on 16th April 1871, and Louise Blanche Brooks, who was baptised on 28th August 1872 and who was buried on 10th September 1872.

 

 

 

The six children who survived were Selina Beatrice Brooks, who was baptised on 26th October 1866, Richard Walter Brooks, who was baptised on 22nd January 1868, Florence Clementina Brooks, who was baptised on 15th February 1869, Cornelius Brooks, who was born in 1875, Henry Brooks, who was born in 1876, and Raymond Brooks who was born during 1880.

 

 

 

 

39O35

Harriet Eliza Collett was born at Bampton and was baptised there on 27th August 1847 seven years before her mother died.  In the 1861 Census for Bampton she was 14 years old and was living there with her father and her brothers and sisters.  It seems more than likely that she was eventually married before the date of the next census since no record of her as Harriet Collett has been found to date.

 

 

 

 

39O36

William Henry Collett was born at Bampton where he was baptised on 30th June 1852.  Two years and one month after he was baptised his mother died at the age of 35, possibly during the birth of another baby.  As it was William was the last child of William and Harriet.  Six years after the passing of his mother William was listed in the Bampton census of 1861 as being aged nine years, when he was living with his widowed father and the rest of his family.  Ten years later in 1871 William was the only child from his father’s first married to still be living with him and his new wife.  Five years later, on 31st January 1876, William was admitted to the lunatic asylum in Oxford, most likely at Littlemore in Oxford, where he died on 9th February 1880 at the age of 27.  His funeral was held five days later, when unmarried William Henry Collett was buried in the churchyard of St Stephen’s Church in Bampton on 14th February 1880.

 

 

 

 

39O37

Jonathan Nathaniel Collett was born at Clanfield in 1866, the eldest of the four children of William Collett and his second wife Sarah Kench.  At the age of 15 he was still at school and was living with his parents at Mill Street in Bampton, as he had been in 1871 when he was five years old.  Tragically he was around twenty-four years of age when he died on 8th June 1890 at Basildon in Berkshire, his death being recorded at Bradfield register office (Ref. 2c 182) during the second quarter of that year.  Administration of his personal effects was granted at Oxford on 31st July 1890 to Sarah Collett of Bampton, who was described as widow, the mother, and the only next-of-kin.  Jonathan Nathaniel Collett was described as a bachelor, whose occupation was that of a carpenter, and who estate was valued at £150 8 Shillings 4d.

 

 

 

 

39O38

Julia Isabella Collett was born at Clanfield in 1867 and in 1881 she was 13 when she was living at Mill Street with her family.  By the turn of the century she was still unmarried and was working as a draper and China dealer while living at Cheapside in Bampton with her sister Susannah (below) and next door to where her brother (below) lived.  The 1901 Census confirmed she was born at Clanfield and was 33 years old.  During the next ten years Julia left Oxfordshire and moved to Wokingham in Berkshire where she was recorded as living in April 1911.  The census return that year confirmed she was Julia Isabella Collett, age 43, who had been born at Clanfield.  It was previously understood that one of the two sisters of Onesiphorus Oliver Collett left Bampton and was later married, but this now seems to be incorrect since both sister were still spinsters when they passed away – see below.

 

 

 

Julia I Collett died in 1959 at the age of 91, when her death was recorded at Reading register office (Ref. 6a 157) during the first three months of the year.  It was just over three years after her passing that her sister Susannah, with whom she most likely lived in Reading, also died there.

 

 

 

 

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Onesiphorus Oliver Collett was born at Clanfield in 1869, as confirmed by the 1871 and 1881 census returns in which he was aged one and eleven years respectively.  On both occasions he was living with his family at Mill Street in Bampton.  He was a very clever and astute business man and at the age of only seventeen he opened a watchmakers and jewellery business at Cheapside in Bampton where his sisters Julia (above) and Susannah (below) also lived right next door. 

 

 

 

It was in 1888 that his father died and that Onesiphorus began renting the shop at Cheapside from William Angel Smith with the adjoining premises being used by blacksmiths Cripps & Sons.  Three years later, at the time of the census in 1891, Onisiphorus (sic) O Collett was 21 and was living there with his mother Sarah and two sisters Julia and Susannah.

 

This picture shows Onesiphorus (middle) in front of Cheapside holding one of his cycles in the 1890s.                    See Cheapside in 2008 below

 

 

 

Over the following years many improvements and extensive alterations were made to the building as Onesiphorus’ developed his business interests.  Towards the end of the century he took up with Mary Emma Warner whom he married at Witney in 1899.  Mary had been born in 1871 at The Mumbles on the Gower Peninsula in Wales.  Interestingly her brother Robert Joseph Warner ran a cycle shop in nearby Witney, where another brother was a watchmaker, while another brother had a garage at Charlbury.  It is therefore possible that it was through his business connections that Onesiphorus met Mary Emma Warner.

 

 

 

Following their wedding day, the couple settled down to live at Cheapside where their children were born.  Onesiphorus was obviously burdened by his christian name and therefore used the name Oliver at the time of the 1901 Census, in which he was recorded as being 31 and born at Clanfield.  Living with him at Bampton was his wife Mary who was 29, together with their two young daughters, Florence aged two and Ethel who was under one year old.  Oliver’s occupation at that time was confirmed as that of a watchmaker and jeweller.

 

 

 

In addition to mending watches Oliver had thoughts about motorised travel and around 1900 he built a motorcycle to which he later added a sidecar which was the first of its kind in that part of Oxfordshire.  Between 1901 and 1902 he concentrated less on his jewellery business in order to expand his motorcycle business which he did by taking over the adjoining premises known as Cromwell House.  It was there that he built his first small motorcar which he named the Bampton Voiturette which is pictured below with Oliver and Mary and daughter Ethel, the grandmother of Brenda Daphne Florence Rockall.

 

 

 

The vehicle had the engine positioned in front of the radiator as favoured by Renault in France at that time. 

 

It should also be noted that the Bampton Voiturette was completed ten years before William Morris produced the Bullnose Morris car.

 

However, it was not easy to sell the idea of motorised transport in England at that time, which was seen purely as a luxury for the rich.  That negative attitude, coupled with a period of recession in 1907, resulted in Oliver abandoning his plans to build motor vehicles by 1908.

 

 

 

Paradoxically that was the same year that William Morris began production of his very successful Bullnose.  And it was also in 1908 that the blacksmith Mr Cripps died and upon his death his sons sold the business to Messrs Townsend & Wheeler.  Oliver was then given the chance to take over the tenancy of the whole of the building.

 

 

 

In the Kelly’s Directory of 1911 he was simply listed as “Mr O. O. Collett, watchmaker”.  In addition to that the census conducted in April 1911 listed the Bampton based family still living at Cheapside.  Onesiphorus was named again in error as A Phorus Oliver Collett, age 42 and from Clanfield, who was described as being a watchmaker, dealer, repairer, engineer, and motor repairer, who had been married for eleven years.  His wife Mary Emma Collett was 39 and from The Mumbles in South Wales, while their daughter Ethel Cecilia Mary Collett was 10 years old and born at Bampton who was still attending school there.  Also living with the family on that occasion was unmarried Susannah Ada Collett, Oliver’s younger sister.

 

 

 

Although their son was believed to have been born after the census day in 1901, no trace of him has been found in the census of 1911.  Only one Christopher Collett born in Oxfordshire appears in that census and he was ten years old and recorded in the Headington district of Oxford City with his own family.  Therefore Christopher, the son of Onesiphorus Collett, must have been born after April 1911.

 

 

 

Oliver eventually purchased Cheapside from William Angela Smith in the earlier 1920s.  In 1922 with the launch of the radio and the British Broadcasting Corporation, Oliver immediately spotted another business opportunity and added ‘wireless set repairs’ to his many skills.  It was also around that time when he installed a petrol pump at his Cheapside garage, where he also repaired motor cars and motor cycles.

 

 

 

Oliver Collett died in 1934 when his business and the premises at Cheapside were passed on to his son Christopher who maintained it until after the Second World War when it was sold to Leonard Hughes.  More recently Cheapside has been renamed as Exeter House (see below).

 

 

 

During the First World War, when everyone was collecting parcels for Christmas 1916 to send to the Bampton soldiers, Oliver heard that the lads in the trenches were making tea in cocoa tins over candles.  He thought he could make it easier for them by putting a hollow funnel up through the middle to get the heat round better.  His daughter Ethel recalls “So we got everyone to give us their spare tins and my father and my mother and I spent ages soldering the new bits in, and we stuck some wire on top to act as a holder.  We worked in his workshop until late in the evening sometimes and packed 120 off to the Tommies as our family contribution to the parcel, together with the fruit cakes and tobacco for everyone else.  It was a good idea too, because several of the men when they came back said they had been glad to have the Collett Cocoa Tins.”

 

 

 

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Florence Collett

Born in 1899 at Bampton

 

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Ethel Cecilia Mary Collett

Born in 1900 at Bampton

 

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Christopher Collett

Born in 1911 at Bampton

 

 

 

 

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Susannah Ada Collett was thought to have been born at Clanfield in 1872.  However, in the 1881 Census her place of birth was given as Bampton, and it was there at Mill Street that she was living with her family in April that year at the age of eight.

 

Following the death of her father in 1888, Susannah A Collett was 18 in the census of 1891, when she was living at Cheapside with her mother Sarah, her sister Julia and her brother Onesiphorus.

 

 

 

By 1901, and at the age of twenty-eight, Susannah was still a spinster living with her sister Julia (above) at Cheapside in Bampton and next door to her brother Onesiphorus.  The census record also confirmed her place of birth as being Bampton and that she was working as a housekeeper.

 

 

 

Cheapside today is known as Exeter House and proudly stands near the centre of Bampton having been beautifully preserved for all to see in 2008.  The picture above was taken during a visit to the exhibition at Bampton Library in honour of Susannah’ brother Onesiphorus Oliver Collett who used the premises for his many businesses and was owned by the family until after WW2.

 

 

 

It was previously stated here that one of Onesiphorus’ two sisters was eventually married and that she must have been Julia Isabella Collett (above) as it could not have been Susannah.  This has now been disproved since Julia was still a spinster when she died in 1959.  Furthermore, Susannah Ada Collett of Bampton was still unmarried in April 1911 at the age of 38 when she was living at Cheapside in Bampton with her brother Onesiphorus (above) and his wife and their youngest daughter.  At that time in her life Susannah’s occupation was that of a draper’s assistant, presumably working for a draper in the town of Bampton.

 

 

 

It was over fifty years later, after she had been living with her unmarried Sister Julia in Reading, that Susannah A Collett passed away at the age of 90.  Her death was recorded at Reading register office (Ref. 6a 86) during the third quarter of 1962.

 

 

 

 

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Rachel Ann Horn was born at Abingdon-on-Thames in 1848.  She married (1) George Samuel in Abingdon on 26th December 1872.  On the marriage certificate George, who was an engineer, gave his address as being at Greenwich in London.  However, it is understood that he was born at Glasgow in 1842 and was the son of carpenter William Samuel.  During the year following their wedding Rachel presented her husband with a baby son George William Henry Samuel but he tragically died in 1874.  It would also appear that it was around the same time that Rachel’s husband also died.

 

 

 

Rachel then married (2) Henry Josiah Eeles at Abingdon on 2nd April 1878, with whom she had a further seven children and all bar one (see below) was born at Abingdon between 1879 and 1890.  Henry was born at Bampton in 1852 and died in 1891 shortly after the birth of their last child, while Rachel died many years later in 1936.

 

 

 

The third child of Rachel and Henry was Margaret Ellen Eeles who was born on 7th May 1883 at Birmingham.  On 23rd August 1906 she married shopkeeper Rupert Stanley Beak at Abingdon.  Rupert was born at Southrop near Lechlade on 22nd March 1879 and died at Hatford near Faringdon on 21st January 1949, while Margaret died at Faringdon on 30th April 1970.  Margaret’s and Rupert’s second son was Percy Beak and he was the grandfather of Hugh Hudson who kindly provided the vast majority of the information in this family line.  Percy spent about twenty years of his life compiling a fairly comprehensive family tree which, upon his death, was passed onto Hugh to maintain.

 

 

 

 

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Eliza Jane Horn was born at Abingdon in 1851 where she married Samuel Keates in 1875.

 

 

 

 

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Miriam Eleanor Collett was born at Clanfield where she was baptised on 2nd November 1873, the eldest child of cousins Henry George Collett and Emily Louise Collett.  Her birth, simply as Miriam, was recorded at Witney (Ref. 3a 696) during the last quarter of 1873. She was seven years old in the Clanfield census of 1881 but, following the death of her mother during September 1882, the family has not been located in 1891 or 1901.  However, in April 1911 unmarried Miriam Eleanor Collett from Clanfield in Oxfordshire was 36 and was living in the Alton area of Hampshire.

 

 

 

 

39P2

Mary Charlotte L Collett was born at Clanfield and was baptised there on 4th June 1876.  There is a possibility that her birth was recorded at Witney (Ref. 3a 686) during the last three months of 1875, simply as Mary Collett, but this may also refer to Mary Elizabeth Collett (Ref. 39P10) the daughter of Thomas Cornelius Collett and Rachel Ann Collett.  Mary Charlotte was the second child of Henry George Collett of Glympton and Emily Louise Collett of Clanfield and was five years old in the Clanfield census of 1881 when she was described as Mary C L Collett from Clanfield.  Mary’s mother died during the following year and the remaining members of the family have not been traced thereafter. 

 

 

 

 

39P3

James George Collett was born at Clanfield in early 1880, his birth recorded at Witney (Ref. 3a 778) during the first three months of 1880, the last known child born to Henry and Emily Collett.  Simply as James Collett aged one and from Clanfield was how he was recorded with his family at Clanfield in 1881.  Ten years later his baker father had entered James into a boarding school in Beckley, north of the city of Oxford, within the Headington registration district, where James Collett of Oxfordshire was ten years of age and a boarder.  Although no record of him has been found in the census of 1901, it was six years after that when James George Collett was married to either Ella Smith or Alice Maud Surman, the marriage recorded at the Headington register office.  Coincidently, the birth of both Ella and Alice was recorded at Headington during the first quarter of 1887.  Curiously no record of James with either of them has been unearthed within the census of 1991.  It was at Chipping Norton that the death of James Collett, aged 55, was recorded during the last three months of 1936.

 

 

 

 

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Alfred Ernest Collett was born at Clanfield and was baptised there on 24th February 1867, he being named as Alfred E Collett aged four years in the Clanfield census of 1871.  At the age of 14 years he was working as a grocer’s assistant with his grocer uncle Frederick William Collett (Ref. 39O7) at 405 Monument Road in Birmingham.  Alfred married Jane Matilda Price in 1895 at Dudley, Jane having been born at nearby Cradley Heath in 1876.  Shortly after they were married Jane presented Alfred with a son who was born in Birmingham.

 

 

 

Five year later in 1901, the family of three was still living in Birmingham, where Alfred Collett from Clanfield was 34, his wife Jane from Cradley Heath was 24, and their son Alfred was five years old.  The census on that occasion did not reveal an occupation for Alfred.  No further children were added to the family, and by April 1911 the family of three was living at Balsall Heath in the Kings Norton district of Birmingham.  Alfred Ernest Collett senior was 45, Alfred Ernest Collett junior was 15, and the family was completed by Jane Mathilda (sic) Collett who was 35.

 

 

 

In the autumn of 1917 Alfred and Jane received the sad news that their only son had been injured while fighting at Flanders and had died subsequently as a result of the injuries he had sustained.  Five years later Alfred Ernest Collett and his wife were still living at Balsall Heath when he passed away at the age of 54, his death being recorded at Kings Norton register office (Ref. 6d 94) during the second quarter of 1922.  Jane survived as a widow for a further eighteen years when she was living at 22 Edward Road in Balsall Heath, Birmingham.  She was 64 when her death was recorded at Birmingham register office (Ref. 6d 1090) during the last three months of 1940.  Her Will was proved in Birmingham when it was confirmed that widow Jane Matilda Collett ne Price had died on 13th December 1940 while at Raddlebarn Road in Selly Oak, Birmingham.  The joint executors of her Will were named as Thomas Cooksey, a solicitor, and William Alfred Carr, a retired secretary, while her personal estate was valued at £1,353 9 Shillings 1d.

 

 

 

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Alfred Ernest Collett

Born in 1895 at Birmingham

 

 

 

 

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Edith Kate Collett was born at Clanfield and was baptised there on 11th November 1868, the eldest child of Thomas Cornelius Collett and his cousin Rachel Ann Collett.  It was as Edith K Collett aged two years that she was living with her family at Clanfield in 1871, and again the same in 1881 when she was 12 years old.  By the time of the next census in 1891 Edith was probably married, as no record of her under her maiden name has been found.

 

 

 

 

39P6

Albert Edward Collett was born at Clanfield, while his birth was recorded at Witney (Ref. 3a 648) during the third quarter of 1870.  He was later baptised at Clanfield on 13th November 1870, the eldest son of cousins Thomas Cornelius Collett and Rachel Ann Collett.  In Clanfield census of 1871 he was six months old but his name was incorrectly recorded as Albert B Collett, which could be an error in transcription.  When he was only nine years of age his mother died so by 1881 he was confirmed as being 10 years old and was living at Clanfield with his widower father and the rest of his family. 

 

 

 

On the day of the census in 1891 Albert E Collett, aged 22 (sic) and a general labourer from Clanfield, was a visitor as the home of Charles and Caroline Margetts in the village of Taynton within the Burford & Witney registration district.  The only other visitor at that address was Mary Lane who was 26 and from Gloucestershire.  Interestingly it was within the next three months that Albert Edward Collett married Mary Lane, the event recorded at Witney (Ref. 3a 1193) during the second quarter of 1891, so perhaps that was the reason why he enhanced his age in the 1891 Census.

 

 

 

Of further interest, and also listed in the census of 1891, was another Albert Collett who was 21 and an agricultural labourer from Clanfield who was a lodger at premises in Westwell Road in Burford not far from Taynton village.  Where it becomes even more complicated, it was during the following year that Albert Collett aged 23 passed away on 19th April 1892, his death taking place and recorded at Witney (Ref. 3a 489).

 

 

 

 

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WILLIAM JAMES COLLETT was born at Clanfield and it was there that he was baptised on 25th January 1872, the son of Rachel Ann Collett and her cousin Thomas Cornelius Collett.  His mother died when he was only seven years of age so by 1881 William J Collett, age nine, was living in Clanfield with his widowed father and the rest of his family.  Around the middle of the 1890s he married Caroline Guyatt at Clerkenwell where she had been born in 1876 according to the census of 1901, by which time she had presented William with their first two children.  The Clerkenwell census return that year included the young family as William Collett of Clanfield who was 28 and working as a gas stoker, his wife Caroline who was 24, together with their two children, William James Collett who was three and George Collett who was one year old.

 

 

 

During the next five years Caroline gave birth to three more children to complete her family.  The next census in 1911 does however contain a bit of a mystery.  The original Clerkenwell census return that year listed the family as William James Collett of Clanfield who was 39, his wife Catherine Collett who was 35, and their five Clerkenwell born children.  They were William James Collett who was 13, George Collett who was 11, Charles Collett who was nine, Florence Collett who was seven and Alice Louisa Collett who was four years old.  What is known is that Caroline Collett nee Guyatt of Clerkenwell died in London during 1943, her death recorded at Islington register office (Ref. 1b 196) during the third quarter of that year when Caroline was 68.

 

 

 

39Q2

WILLIAM JAMES COLLETT

Born in 1897 at Clerkenwell

 

39Q3

George Collett

Born in 1899 at Clerkenwell

 

39Q4

Charles Henry Collett

Born in 1901 at Clerkenwell

 

39Q5

Florence Maud Collett

Born in 1903 at Clerkenwell

 

39Q6

Alice Louisa Collett

Born in 1906 at Clerkenwell

 

 

 

 

39P8

Thomas Cornelius Collett was born at Clanfield, where he was baptised on 20th April 1873.  By the time he was seven years of age his mother had already died, and in 1881 Thomas was living with his widowed father in Clanfield.  He later worked as a labourer and married (1) Mary Bennett in 1897 on the Gower in South Wales.  Mary was born in 1876 at Llanrhidian, which is also on the Gower.  Thomas was a general labourer and, just over a year after the birth of their daughter, Mary gave birth to a son, William John Collett, who sadly did not survive.  The birth and death were both recorded at Llanrhidian in 1900.  According to the 1901 Census Thomas, age 27, was recorded in error by the enumerator as having been born at Mansfield in Oxfordshire, not Clanfield.  At that time his wife Mary, age 24, was listed as having been born at Llanrhidian Higher, where their daughter Edith K Collett, aged two years, was also born and where the family was living on that occasion at 23 Mill Lane. 

 

 

 

During the following year Mary gave birth to the couple’s third child, which tragically died two years after.  The couple’s fourth child, Thomas Cornelius Collett, was born at Llanrhidian during the first week of 1907, after which the family moved to Bridgend.  It was also at Bridgend that Mary Collett nee Bennett died around 1908, after which Thomas married (2) Ellen Hyland shortly after the death of his first wife.  The wedding taking place at Bridgend and produced a further six children for Thomas.  The information contained in the April census of 1911 revealed a great many inaccuracies and misleading details, perhaps mostly due to the fact that Thomas was around thirteen years old that his new wife.  

 

 

 

Thomas Collett said he was 34 (when he was actually 38) and from Bridgend, a labourer working from home at 13 Australian Terrace in Bridgend.  The two children living there with him were Kate, who was 12, and Thomas who was four.  His wife of two years was simply described as Mrs Collett aged 25 years.  Against the name of Thomas Collett it stated that he had fathered three children who had died, with another two still living – the numbers crossed out.  Under that the confused enumerator had then written alongside his wife’s name, that she had given birth to three children, of which two were still alive.  In fact, it was very likely that Ellen was already expecting the birth of her first child with Thomas, the child being born later that same year.  That child, the first of the couple’s six children, died during the following year, with all of the births recorded at Bridgend register office, when the mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Hyland.

 

 

 

Although Ellen’s place of birth was illegible on the census return in 1911, her Collett grandchildren remember visiting her and Thomas when they were living at Pendre, just north of Bridgend, when she spoke with an Irish accent. 

 

 

 

The death of Thomas C Collett was recorded in Glamorganshire at Bridgend register office (Ref. 8b 53) during the first three months of 1963 when he was 89.

 

 

 

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Edith Kate Collett

Born in 1898 at Llanrhidian, Wales

 

39Q8

William John Collett

Born in 1900 at Llanrhidian, Wales

 

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Frederick George Collett

Born in 1902; died in 1904

 

39Q10

Thomas Cornelius Collett

Born in 1907 at Llanrhidian, Wales

 

The following are the children of Thomas Cornelius Collett by his second wife Ellen Hyland:

 

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Frederick George Collett

Born in 1911; died in 1912

 

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Florence M Collett

Born in 1913 at Bridgend

 

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William James Collett

Born in 1915 at Bridgend

 

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Ernest L Collett

Born in 1917; died in 1918

 

39Q15

Margaret Collett

Born in 1920 at Bridgend

 

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Kenneth Collett

Born in 1921 at Bridgend

 

 

 

 

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Frederick Charles Collett was born at Clanfield and was baptised there on 18th January 1876.  He was five years old in 1881, although his mother had died in childbirth during 1879, so Frederick was brought up by his widowed father Thomas.  Ten years later in 1891 Frederick was 15 when he and his sister Mary (below) were the only members of the family still living with their father.

 

 

 

It was eight years later when Frederick was a tram driver that he married Jessie Matilda Janette Cross at Islington in London on 28th October 1899.  Jessie was born at Highbury in 1879, as confirmed by the 1901 Census and by which time she had given birth to the couple’s first child.  On that occasion the family of three was residing at 30 Flint Road in Hampstead where Frederick Collett, age 23 and from Clanfield, was employed as a stage carriage driver, his wife Jessie Collett was 21, and their son Frederick C Collett was still under one year old.

 

 

 

Frederick Charles Collett was 33 in the census return for 1911 when he was living at the three-roomed accommodation which was 42 Victoria Road in Kentish Town within the St Pancras area of London.  His occupation at that time was a carman for wines and spirits although rather curiously he gave his county of birth as Gloucestershire rather than Oxfordshire.  The census return confirmed that he had been married for twelve years and that during those years he and his wife had given birth to three children of which only two were still alive.  It would appear that his son and namesake had only just died as the name of Frederick Charles Collett junior was included on the form but with no stated age, his name being ruled through.  The boy’s mother was named as Jessie Matilda Collett from Highbury who was twenty-nine, while the couple’s two surviving children were named as Edith Florence Collett who was eight and born at Hampstead and Elsie Mary Collett who was three and a half years old and born after the couple settled in Kentish Town.  Not long after the census day in 1911 Jessie presented Frederick with another child which was given the name of the deceased son.

 

 

 

With the outbreak of war in 1914 Frederick Charles Collett served in the British Army but was later discharged and received a pension.  The cause of his discharge was that he was suffering from malaria and had defective vision, perhaps as a result of exposure to gas or chemical warfare.  On discharge from the army his address was given as 40 Victoria Road in Kentish Town, the same street where the family was living in April 1911.  For his time involved with the Great War he received the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.  It was on the Electoral Roll for 1918 that Frederick Charles Collett was listed with his wife and son Frederick, the family residing in Camden by that time.

 

 

 

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Frederick Charles Collett

Born in 1900 at Hampstead

 

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Edith Florence Collett

Born in 1903 in Hampstead

 

39Q19

Elsie Mary Collett

Born in 1907 at Kentish Town

 

39Q20

Frederick Collett

Born after 1911 at Kentish Town

 

 

 

 

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Mary Elizabeth Collett was born at Clanfield where she was baptised on 4th April 1877, although her birth as Mary Collett was recorded at Witney (Ref. 3a 686) during the last three months of 1875.  In the censuses of 1881 and 1891 she was four years old and 14 years of age respective when on both occasions she was living with her widowed father Thomas Collett, following the death of her mother when she was just two years old.  It was at Bampton Road in Clanfield that Mary E Collett was 14 and a general servant in 1891, together with two other domestic servants serving her father and her brother Frederick (above).  On the day of the census in 1901 Mary E Collett from Clanfield was 25 when she was living and working in London.  That day she was recorded at Russell Road in Islington where she was working as a live-in domestic servant at the home of grocer and shopkeeper Fred H Stannard.  Mary was still not married by April 1911, when she was recorded as living in the area of Henley-on-Thames in Berkshire.  The census return confirmed that she was simply Mary Collett from Clanfield who was 35 years old.

 

 

 

 

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Ernest Leopold Collett was born at Clanfield but sadly what should have been a happy event resulted in the death of his mother Rachel.  Ernest was baptised at St Stephen’s Church in Clanfield on 27th April 1879, two days after his mother’s funeral at the same church.  Further tragedy followed, when Ernest also passed away while still an infant and was therefore missing from the family at the time of the census in 1881.

 

 

 

 

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Edith Collett was born at Birmingham in 1875 and according to the 1881 Census she was a visitor, aged six years, at the home of her grandfather Francis Wall and his wife Sarah at Morville in Shropshire.  That situation may have been to ease the pressure on Edith’s mother who had just given birth to a baby brother.  Edith was around twenty years of age when she married Harold (Harry) Kemp in 1895 or 1896.  Harry, who was also born at Birmingham but 1871, was an employer and a pork butcher living at 140 Adderley Street in the St Basil’s Parish of Aston in 1901 when he was 29.  Living at the same address was his wife Edith Kemp who was 26, and his daughter Doris G Kemp who was three.  Also listed with the family were four other people, the first of them being Edith’s brother Frank W Collett (below) who was employed by his brother-in-law as an assistant pork butcher.  The other three members of the household were servants and they were Ernest W Barr, age 28 and another assistant pork butcher, Louie Walker, age 25 who was a female general domestic, and Naomi Cope who was 19 and a domestic nurse.

 

 

 

Although Edith was later described as still being married, the census return for 1911 placed her and her daughter living at 162a Alcester Road in Moseley within the Kings Norton registration district of Birmingham.  Living at the two-roomed accommodation was Edith Kemp of Birmingham who was 36 and an employer, the shop keeper of a ladies’ outfitters, while her daughter Doris G Kemp was 13 and was still attending the local school.  No record of her husband Harry or Harold Kemp has been found at that time, even though it was stated that Edith had been married for fifteen years and that her marriage had produced just the one child.  It is therefore possible that Edith had been recently made a widow.

 

 

 

 

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Nellie Gertrude Collett was born at Birmingham in 1876, her birth being recorded there during the last three months of the year (Ref. 6d 8).  She was recorded as Nellie G Collett in each of the next three census returns.  She was four years old in the 1881 when she was living at 405 Monument Road in Birmingham, she was 14 in 1891 when living at 17 Lion Hill (The Bell Hotel) in Lower Mitton, and was 24 in 1901 when she was still living at the family home in Lower Mitton in Worcestershire with her widowed mother.

 

 

 

 

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Frederick James Collett was born at Birmingham in 1877 and was living with his family at 405 Monument Road in Birmingham in 1881 when he was three years old.  Following his parents move to Stourport some seven years later Frederick J Collett was 13 in 1891 when he was living in The Bell Hotel at 17 Lion Hill in the Lower Mitton area of the town where his father was the hotel keeper.  He was still living there with his widowed mother Lydia at the age of 23 in March 1901 when his occupation was that of a commercial clerk.

 

 

 

Around the middle of the next decade Frederick married Amy, and by April 1911 their marriage had produced the couple’s first child.  According to the census at that time, the family was living in Stourport and comprised Frederick James Collett from Birmingham who was 33, as was his wife Amy Elizabeth Collett, while their daughter Edith Muriel Collett who had been born at Stourport was two years old.  It would seem highly likely that further children were born into the family after that time, although no records have so far been found to confirm this.

 

 

 

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Edith Muriel Collett

Born in 1908 at Stourport

 

 

 

 

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Frank Ward Collett was born at Birmingham in 1879, his birth being recorded there during the final quarter of that year (Ref. 6d 40).  It is possible that he was born at 405 Monument Road, since that was where his family was living in April 1881.  By the time of the census that year Frank W Collett was one year old, while ten years later he and his family were living at 17 Lion Hill in Lower Mitton, which was the Bell Hotel managed by his father when the next census was conducted in 1891.  On that occasion Frank W Collett was 11 years old.  Four or five years later his sister Edith (above) married Harry Kemp who was a pork butcher, and on leaving school Frank was employed by Harry Kemp in his butcher’s shop.  According to the census in 1901 Frank W Collett, age 21 and from Birmingham was an assistant pork butcher living with his sister and his brother-in-law at 140 Adderley Street in the Aston St Basil district of Birmingham.  

 

 

 

Nine years later Frank Ward Collett married Lydia Hannah Tortoishell and one year after that the couple was living at the home of Lydia’s elderly parents Thomas and Lydia Tortoishell at 26 Whitby Road, Balsall Heath in Birmingham.  The census in 1911 confirmed that Frank Ward Collett was 32 and a butcher from Birmingham, while his wife of one year Lydia Hannah was 27 and a laundress with her own account.  The marriage had not produced any child by that time although there may have been offspring born after that time.

 

 

 

The premature death of Frank Ward Collett at the age of 42 was recorded at Birmingham register office (Ref. d 215) during the second quarter of the year, following his passing in Birmingham on 23rd April 1922.  His Will was proved at Birmingham on 20th May 1922 when his home address was revealed as 358 Monument Road in Birmingham, close to where his family had been living in 1881.  It also confirmed that his occupation was that of a pork butcher and that the administration of his personal effects amounting to £412 12 Shillings 2d was granted to his widow Lydia Hannah Collett.

 

 

 

 

 

It may be of interest at a later date that born in Birmingham around the same time as Frank Ward Collett was a certain Frank Howard Collett, the son of Henry Collett and his wife Elizabeth.  Henry Collett was born in Birmingham and was 26 and an electro-plate stamper in 1881 when he and Elizabeth, age 25, were living at 2 Harrow Place, Crab Tree Road in the All Saints parish of Birmingham with their two sons Henry E Collett, who was one year old, and Frank H Collett who was five months old.  The census confirmed that all members of the family had been born in Birmingham.  The birth of Frank Howard Collett was recorded at Aston register office (Ref. 6d 399) during the last quarter of 1880, while his death was recorded at Birmingham register office (Ref. 6d 141) during the first three months of 1885 when he was only four years old.  It is hoped to eventually place this family within the appropriate Collett family line.

 

 

 

 

39P16

Lillian Sarah Collett was born at Birmingham in 1882 and very likely at 405 Monument Road where her grocer father and her family were living in 1881.  By 1891 her family had moved to Worcestershire and was living in The Bell Hotel at 17 Lion Hill in Lower Mitton where Lillian S Collett was eight years old.  Following the death of her father in 1893, when she was only ten years old, Lillian and her family continued to live at Lower Mitton, but by March 1901 Lillian had returned to Birmingham where she was living and working as a pupil teacher at the age of 19.

 

 

 

Possibly as a result of her older sisters being married in the early years of the new century, it would appear that the unmarried Lillian returned home to Lower Mitton to be with her mother Lydia.  The April census in 1911 confirmed that Lillian Sarah Collett from Birmingham was 28 and that she was living at Lower Mitton with her mother Lydia Collett who was 60.

 

 

 

 

39P17

Harold Percy Collett was born at Birmingham in 1886 and shortly after he was born his parents left Birmingham to settle in the Lower Mitton area of Stourport.  And it was there at The Bell Hotel at 17 Lion Hill that he was living with his parents in 1891 at the age of four years.  Two years later in 1893 Harold’s father – the hotel keeper at The Bell - died and by March 1901 Harold was 14 years old was still attending school in Stourport while living with his mother at Lower Mitton.  Sometime during the following years Harold left Stourport and settled over the county boundary in Warwickshire, probably for work reasons.  In April 1911 unmarried Harold Collett from Birmingham was 25 and was living and working in an institution in Feckenham area of the Alcester registration district.

 

 

 

It was just over two years later that Harold P Collett married May L Attwood at Kings Norton where the event was recorded (Ref. 6d 59) during the third quarter of 1913.  The witnesses at the wedding were Florence M Aston and Alfred Baker.  Over fifty years later the death of Harold Percy Collett was recorded at Birmingham register office (Ref. 9c 467) during the second quarter of 1964, following his death on 6th June at the age of 77 when he was a patient in Queen Elizabeth Hospital.  The Will of Harold Percy Collett of 175 Haunch Lane in Birmingham was proved at Birmingham on 13th August 1964 in favour of his widow May Laura Collett, the sole executor of his personal estate of £630.

 

 

 

 

39P19

Ernest Harry Collett was born at The Bell Hotel, 17 Lion Hill in Lower Mitton in Stourport, Worcestershire during 1891, but after the fifth April that year.  Ernest was only two years when his father Frederick William Collett died in 1893 as a result of which he was living with his widowed mother Lydia Collett and the rest of his family at Lower Mitton in 1901 when he was nine years of age.  The information in the census return that year suggested that he had been born at Stourport rather than Little Mitton.  Curiously no record of Ernest has so far been located within the next census in 1911.  What is known is that he married and joined the Royal Navy with which he saw active service during the First World War.

 

 

 

During the Great War he was attached to the battleship HMS Vanguard and performed the role of Leading Cook’s Mate service number M/2997.  It is now known that he married Ethel Blanche Dale at Rochester in Kent on 27th October 1916.

 

 

 

Tragically in 1917 while the battleship HMS Vanguard was in Scapa Flow, off the Orkney Islands, the vessel suffered an internal explosion killing all but nineteen of the crew of 823.  One of the victims was Ernest Harry Collett, age 25, whose death was recorded as 9th July 1917, and whose name appears on the Chatham Naval Memorial Ref. 25.  Curiously his next-of-kin at that time was recorded as Mrs F B Weeks, formerly Collett, of 6 Elm Terrace, Cobham Road at Strood in Kent.  What is known for sure is that the Will of Ernest Harry Collett of 10 Church Street at Rochester in Kent was proved in London on 23rd February 1918 when his widow Ethel Blanche Collett was named as the executor of his personal effects valued at £292 12 Shillings 8d.

 

 

 

 

39P20

Annie Selina Collett, who was referred to as Annie, was born at Wantage in 1875, but was baptised at Clanfield on 16th May 1875.  It was also at Wantage that the birth of Annie Selina Collett was recorded (Ref. 2c 303) during the second quarter of 1875.  Annie and her family were living at 2 Brighton Place, off the Winson Green Road, in Birmingham in 1881, and just after the turn of the century in March 1901 Annie Collett from Wantage was 26 and was working as a watch finisher in Birmingham, when she was still unmarried and living with her family, but at Moilliet Street.  Sometime during the first decade of the new century Annie married Herbert Lane and in 1911 the childless couple was living at Kings Norton in Birmingham where Herbert Lane was 38, while his wife Annie Selina Lane from Wantage was 37

 

 

 

 

39P21

Mary Elizabeth Collett was born at Walsall in 1876, where her birth was recorded (Ref. 6b 757) during the second quarter of that year.  She married Jesse Keep during the last three months of 1900, the event recorded at Birmingham register office (Ref 6d 57), just a few months after her sister Emma (below) was married.  Jesse was born at Faringdon in 1872 and, according to the census in 1911, Mary Elizabeth Keep from Walsall was 35, her husband Jesse Keep from Faringdon was 38, and by that time the marriage had produced four children for the couple.  They were Francis Herbert Keep, who was nine, Elsie Doris Keep, who was seven, Edith Mary Keep, who was four, and William Jesse Keep who was one year old.

 

 

 

 

39P22

Kate Collett was born at Walsall in 1877, her birth recorded there (Ref. 6b 777) during the second quarter of the year.  This was confirmed by the details in 1881 Census, when she and her family had settled in Birmingham, but by 1901, when she was 24, she was unmarried and her place of birth was stated as being Birmingham.  At that time in her life she was working as a general domestic servant and still living at the family home in Birmingham with her widowed mother and two sisters.

 

 

 

 

39P23

Emma Gertrude Collett was born at Birmingham in 1878, and like her sister Annie (above) she too was baptised at Clanfield on 29th December 1878.  Emma Gertrude Collett married Henry Richard Ives in Birmingham, where he was born in 1875, their marriage recorded there (Ref. 6d 262) during the third quarter of 1900.  Six months later the pair of them were living at Moilliett Street in Birmingham, the same street where Emma’s widowed mother Emma Collett was living with three of Emma’s siblings.  Henry R Ives was 25 and a metal plater, while his wife Emma G Ives was 22 and was working in a metal warehouse, most likely where her husband was also employed.  Tragically, exactly two years later, the death of Emma Gertrude Ives nee Collett was recorded at Birmingham register office (Ref. 6d 110) during the first three months of 1903, when she was 24 years old. 

 

 

 

Although no record of her husband has been found within the census of 1911, his military record in 1919 confirmed the following details.  Henry Richard Ives was 43 and residing in Birmingham, who had served with the Labour Corps, service number 247305, in 627th and 446th Battalions of the Agricultural Company, during the Great War.

 

 

 

 

39P24

Francis Walter Collett was born at Birmingham in 1880 and his birth was recorded at Birmingham (Ref. 6d 48) during the first three months of 1880.  As Francis W Collett he was one year old in the Birmingham census of 1881, when he and his family were living at Winson Green Road.  Ten years later Francis W Collett aged 11 years was living with his large family at Cape Street in Birmingham.  At the age of 21 he was still living in the family home and his occupation was that of a caster metal-plater.  Over the next few years he married Elizabeth with whom he had two children prior to April 1911.  The census at that time recorded the family of four living in the Kings Norton district of Birmingham where Francis Walter Collett was 31, his wife Elizabeth Catherine Collett was 30, and their two children were John Thomas Collett who was five, and Olive Gertrude Collett who was two months old.

 

 

 

39Q22

John Thomas Collett

Born in 1905

 

39Q23

Olive Gertrude Collett

Born in January 1911

 

 

 

 

39P25

Louisa Collett was born at Birmingham in 1882, where her birth was recorded (Ref. 6d 236) during the first quarter of that year.  On leaving school she entered into domestic service and in 1901 she was living with the family of John and Mary Nash at Dudley Road in Birmingham All Saints, where she was employed as a general domestic servant.  Louisa was still unmarried in 1911, by which time she was 29 and still working as a domestic servant with the same Nash family, but within the Ladywood district of Birmingham.

 

 

 

 

39P26

Albert Collett was born at Birmingham in 1885, where his birth was recorded (Ref. 6d 195) during the last three months of the year.  By the time he was 15 he had left school, when he gave his occupation as being that of a salesman in the 1901 Census.  Four years after that, Albert Collett married Louisa Marie Crausaz (Ref. 6d 164) during the first quarter of 1905.  By the time of the next census in 1911 Albert was 25 and working as a butcher while living within the Ladywood area of Birmingham with his wife Louisa Marie who was 26 and from Smethwick, and their one-year old son Frank.  Nothing much more is known about the family, except that the death of Albert Collett was recorded at Birmingham register office (Ref. 9c 531) during the third quarter of 1957 when he was 71 years old.

 

 

 

39Q24

Frank Collett

Born in 1909 at Birmingham

 

39Q25

Muriel Collett

Born in 1914 at Birmingham

 

 

 

 

39P44

Florence Collett was born at Cheapside in Bampton during 1899 and was two years old in the Bampton census of 1901 when she was still living at Cheapside with her parents and sister Ethel (below).  As the older of the two sisters, Florence was not living with her family at Cheapside in Bampton in April 1911, although she was still recorded as living in the village as Florence Collett of Bampton, age 13.

 

 

 

 

39P45

Ethel Cecilia Mary Collett was born at Cheapside in Bampton in 1900 and was one year old at the time of March census in 1901 when she was still living there with her parents and her sister Florence (above).  It is understood from her granddaughter Brenda Daphne Florence Rockall, that it was Ethel who was pictured in the Bampton Voiturette with her father Oliver, the designer and builder of the vehicle, and her mother Mary.  Ten years later Ethel was still living at Cheapside with her parents and was recorded in the census of 1911 as Ethel Cecilia Mary Collett of Bampton who was ten years old.

 

 

 

Working for Ethel’s father in his car building business in Bampton was an apprentice mechanic by the name of Percy George Moss.  He was eleven years younger than Ethel, but in 1932 they were married, following which Ethel was ostracised by the Collett family, firstly because Percy Moss was not a member of the Plymouth Brethren, and secondly because he was a servant employed by her family and therefore deemed not fit to marry their daughter.

 

 

 

The marriage of Ethel and Percy resulted in the birth of two daughters, the eldest child being Dorothy Ethel Moss who later married to become Dorothy Ethel Rockall.   In turn Dorothy and her husband had two daughters, and they were Susan Dorothy Frances Rockall and Brenda Daphne Florence Rockall.  And it was the latter who kindly provided the new information regarding the life of her grandmother Ethel Cecilia Mary Collett.

 

 

 

 

39P46

Christopher Frederick O Collett was born at Cheapside in Bampton on 30th June 1911, the birth being registered at the Witney register office (Ref. 3a 2223) in the third quarter of that year.  His mother’s maiden name was recorded as Warner, while his name was recorded as Christopher F O Collett.  Thanks to Shane Bywaters it is now established that Christopher married Hilda Phyllis Wearing during the summer of 1932, the event being registered at the Wantage register office (Ref. 2c 865) during the September quarter of that year. Hilda was six years older than her husband having been born on 24th June 1905, and very likely in Berkshire.  Their marriage produced three known children, although no further details about them is known at this time, apart that is from daughter Muriel who was later married but had no children.

 

 

 

What is known is that upon the death of his father, Onesiphorus Oliver Collett in 1934, he took over the family shop and garage at Cheapside, which he continued to manage until sometime after the Second World War when the business, and presumably the premises, were sold to Leonard Hughes.  Christopher Frederick O Collett from Oxfordshire died in 1983 when he was 72, his death being recorded at the Abingdon-on-Thames register office (Ref. 20 2095) during the last quarter of that year.  Although older than her husband, Hilda Phyllis Collett nee Wearing of Berkshire survived him by over ten years, when she passed away in January 1994 at the age of 88, her death also recorded at Abingdon (Ref. 21b 6971-77). 

 

 

 

Having regard to the fact that Christopher, whose last forename may have been Onesiphorus or Oliver after his father, managed the family business at Bampton until after the birth of his three children, it is curious that they appear to have been born in different counties, although the birth of each of them was recorded at the Witney register office.  The birth of daughter Muriel was recorded during the last quarter of 1933 (Ref. 3a 1580) when it was stated her inferred county was Buckinghamshire.  The birth of son Michael was registered during the third quarter of 1938 (Ref. 3a 2255), when the inferred county was Hertfordshire, while for daughter Valerie, whose birth was recorded in the first quarter of 1941 (Ref. 3a 3031), under inferred county was listed Hertfordshire, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire.  In every case the mother’s name was recorded as Wearing.

 

 

 

39Q26

Muriel J Collett

Born in 1933 in Buckinghamshire

 

39Q27

Michael H O Collett

Born in 1938 at Hertfordshire

 

39Q28

Valerie D Collett

Born in 1941 at Oxfordshire

 

 

 

 

39Q1

Alfred Ernest Collett was born in Birmingham during the latter half of 1895, the only child of Alfred Ernest Collett and his wife Jane Matilda Price who were only married earlier that same year.  He was five years old in 1901 and was 15 in 1911 when on both occasions he was living with his parents within the Kings Norton district of Birmingham.  Following the outbreak of the First World War, it was at Birmingham where Alfred enlisted with the Royal Horse & Royal Field Artillery as a driver and was allocated the service number 845344.  He saw action in France and at Flanders where he died from his wounds on 11th September 1917 at the age of 21.

 

 

 

 

39Q2

WILLIAM JAMES COLLETT was born at Clerkenwell during 1897, the eldest child of William James Collett and his wife Caroline Guyatt.  As William James Collett he was three years old in the Clerkenwell census of 1901 and was 14 ten years later when he and his family were still residing within the Clerkenwell district of London.  Just over eleven years after that William James Collett married Lilian Beatrice Brinkley, who was known as Lily, on 3rd September 1922.  William worked for the Admiralty in Bath, while Lily worked at Hatton Garden.  The early years of their life together were spent at Islington in London where their three children born, following which in 1963 the couple retired to the Isle of Wight where they settled in the picturesque fishing village of Seaview.  And it was there that William James Collett died in 1978.

 

 

 

39R1

WILLIAM COLLETT

Born in 1923 at Islington, London

 

39R2

Jeanne Collett

Born in 1929 at Islington, London

 

39R3

Beryl Collett

Born in 1932 at Islington, London

 

 

 

 

39Q4

Charles Henry Collett was born at Clerkenwell in 1901, the third child of William and Caroline Collett, who was born after the end of March that year when the census was conducted.  By the time of the next in 1911 the family was still living at Clerkenwell where Charles Collett was nine years old.  From the much later recollections of Hilary Collett, the granddaughter of Charles’ brother William (above), Charles was married to Rose and around the same time Hilary’s grandfather was living on the Isle of Wight so were Charles and his wife Rose.  Hilary also recalls that her Uncle Charlie and Auntie Rose had a daughter June Collett.

 

 

 

39R4

June Collett

Date and place of birth unknown

 

 

 

 

39Q6

Alice Louisa Collett was born at Clerkenwell in 1906, the youngest of the five children of William and Caroline Collett, who was four years old in the Clerkenwell census of 1911.  Very little is known about Alice, except that she married Charles Edward Savage sometime during her life.

 

 

 

 

39Q7

Edith Kate Collett, who was known as Kate as an adult, was born at Llanrhidian Higher in Wales on 31st August 1898.  She was the daughter of Thomas Cornelius Collett of Clanfield and his wife of one year Mary Bennett, who was also born at Llanrhidian on the Gower.  It was also at 23 Mill Lane in Llanrhidian that Edith K Collett, aged two years, was living with her parents on the day of the census in 1901.  It was simply as Kate Collett aged 12 years that she was living with her father and her stepmother in 1911, following the death of her mother two years earlier.  At that time in her life Kate and her brother Thomas (below) were recorded at the family home which was 13 Australian Terrace in Bridgend.

 

 

 

In 1921 Kate gave birth to a base-born son Edgar Vines, after which she married the child’s father Edward George Vines.  Together they had a total of four children, starting with Edgar, whose birth was registered at Cardiff, who was married in Oxford during 1944 and who subsequently had two sons - their births recorded as Headington register office - and a daughter Rowena Vines.  Beryl Vines was born in 1928 and upon her marriage at Oxford in 1948 she became Beryl Blewitt.  Joan Vines was born at Headington in 1932 and she married Edward Smith at Oxford during 1954.  The fourth child of Edith Kate Vines nee Collett was Peggy Vines, about whom nothing is known.

 

 

 

 

39Q10

Thomas Cornelius Collett was born on 7th January 1907 at Llanrhidian Higher and possibly at 23 Mill Lane where his family had been living in March 1901.  As just Thomas Collett, he was four years of age in the Bridgend census of 1911 when he was living at 13 Australian Terrace with his sister Kate (above), his father and his stepmother.  It was also when he was still living in Bridgend around 1930/1931 that Thomas married Dorothy Enid Llewellyn from Bridgend.  Their first four children were born at Bridgend before Thomas sought work in Oxford, where the couple’s last two children were born.  The reason family moved to Oxford around 1940 was because there was very little work to be had in Wales at that time.

 

 

 

39R5

Valenta Mary Collett

Born in 1933 at Bridgend

 

39R6

David Llewellyn Collett

Born in 1935 at Bridgend

 

39R7

Peter Collett

Born in 1937 at Bridgend

 

39R8

Brian Thomas Collett

Born in 1939 at Bridgend

 

39R9

Carolyn Ann Collett

Born in 1945 at Oxford

 

 

 

 

39Q12

Florence M Collett was born at Bridgend during the first quarter of 1913, the eldest surviving child of Thomas Cornelius Collett and his second wife Ellen Hyland.  In 1930 Florence married Trevor Powell in Bridgend with whom it is understood she had two sons.

 

 

 

 

39Q13

William James Collett was born at Bridgend during the first quarter of 1915, the son of Thomas and Ellen Collett.  Bill, as he was known, married Peggy (maiden name not known) and had a family comprising one daughter and two sons.  While the daughter has been confirmed as Maureen, the names of the sons are not currently known.  However, it is established that the family continued to live within the Bridgend area for some years and are understood to have lived, at some time in their life, at Litchard Terrace, Pendre, near Bridgend.  By the 1950 the family had moved to Bryncethin, three miles north of Bridgend, and it was there that Bill was in the process of building a new house during 1951.  It was during 1988 when William James Collett was 73 that he died at Newport Market, his death recorded at Ogwr register office.  In 1996 the greater part of Ogwr became part of the County Borough of Bridgend, confirming that it is likely he lived all his life within Bridgend area of South Wales.

 

 

 

39R10

Maureen Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

39R11

a Collett son

Date of birth unknown

 

39R13

a Collett son

Date of birth unknown

 

 

 

 

39Q15

Margaret Collett was born at Bridgend during the first three months of 1920 and it was in the third quarter of 1937 that she married to become Margaret Lockings.

 

 

 

 

39Q16

Kenneth Collett was born at Bridgend during the first quarter of 1921 and was the youngest of the six children of Thomas Cornelius Collett and his second wife Ellen Hyland.  Although it is known that he married a lady by the name of Fitzgerald, it is not known whether they ever had any children.  It is believed that Kenneth was living in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada when he died on 22nd September 2003.

 

 

 

 

39Q18

Edith Florence Collett was born at Hampstead in London on 18th January 1903, the eldest of the two daughters of Frederick Charles Collett from Clanfield and his wife Jessie Matilda Cross from Highbury.  She was eight years old in the census of 1911 when she and her family were residing at 42 Victoria Road in Kentish Town.  Edith was not yet twenty years of age when she married Francis Alfred Chamberlain at Hungerford during 1922 with whom she is known to have had three children.  Her daughter Elsie Chamberlain was born in 1923 and died in 2007, her daughter Lesley Chamberlain was born in 1925 and died in 1962, and her son Ronald Chamberlain was born in 1926.  Edith Florence Chamberlain nee Collett died at Marlborough in Wiltshire during 1990, while it was fifteen years earlier that she had been made a widow when Francis Alfred Chamberlain passed away at Marlborough in 1975.

 

 

 

 

39Q19

Elsie Mary Collett was born at Kentish Town in London on 19th August 1907, the second daughter of Frederick and Jessie Collett.  It is very likely that she was born at 42 Victoria Road in Kentish Town where her family was living in 1911 when she was three and a half years of age.

 

 

 

 

39R1

WILLIAM COLLETT was born at Islington in London on 20th July 1923, the eldest of the three children of William James Collett and Lilian Beatrice Brinkley.  William was living and working in Bath when he met his future wife Joan who was born there.  They were married at Bath on 15th April 1950 and lived there until 1951 when they first moved to Amersham in Buckinghamshire, where their son and first child was born, before settling in Stanmore, Middlesex, where their daughter was born.  William was a wedding photographer and it was his work which eventually took the family to Pinner in Middlesex.  Joan Collett died on 22nd February 2005, while her husband survived her but ten years, when William Collett died on 24th February 2015.

 

 

 

39S1

ANTHONY WAYNE COLLETT

Born in 1952 at Amersham

 

39S2

Hilary Collett

Born in 1957 at Stanmore

 

 

 

 

39R2

Jeanne Collett was born at Islington on 16th May 1929, the eldest daughter of William and Lily Collett.  In 2015 Jeanne is married to David and they are living in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, and they have a daughter Sarah who was born in 1965.

 

 

 

 

39R3

Beryl Collett was born at Islington on 13th July 1932, the youngest child of William and Lily Collett, and she died on 28th August 2013.

 

 

 

 

39R4

June Collett, whose date and place of birth is not known, was the only child of Charles Henry Collett and his wife Rose who may have been married during the mid-to-late 1920s, thus making it likely that June was possible born then or during the 1930s.  All that is currently known about her is that she married Robert (Bob) Groom after which they lived at Bembridge Lodge in Bembridge on the Isle of Wight where June’s parents also lived after their retirement in 1963.

 

 

 

 

39R5

Valenta Mary Collett was born at Bridgend in 1933, the eldest of the five children of Thomas Cornelius Collett and Dorothy Enid Llewellyn.  It was in Bridgend where she grew up, initially with her parents then living with her mother’s family from the age of about seven years until she was 17.  During those years she would spend school holidays in Oxford with her own parents and her four siblings.  She eventually met Adolf Bazylkiewicz, whilst she was still living in Bridgend, and when she moved to Oxford around 1950, he joined her there.  It was also at Oxford that they were married during 1951.  The marriage produced five sons, the first of them was Anton who married Yvonne and they have two boys, Luke and Jordan, although they were later divorced.  Julian married Lorraine in 1979 and has a daughter Jade.  Stefan, who married Shirley, has two daughters, Steffi and Nina, and Tristan and Adam are not married.  They all live in Oxfordshire with the exception of granddaughter Jade, who moved to Wales, following her marriage to Anthony.

 

 

 

 

39R6

David Llewellyn Collett was born at Bridgend in 1935 and today lives in Oxford, where he is a bachelor.

 

 

 

 

39R7

Peter Collett was born at Bridgend in 1937, but shortly after he was born his family moved to Oxford where he grew up.  Peter was married twice, his son being the only issue from his first wife Margaret.  Father and son continued to live in Oxfordshire, and it was in Oxford that Peter Collett died in 2012.

 

 

 

39S3

Karl Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

 

 

 

39R8

Brian Thomas Collett was born at Bridgend 1939, his birth registered there during the first quarter of that year.  He was the fourth child of Thomas and Dorothy Collett and the last of their children to be born there before the family settled in Oxford.  Brian married Pauline May Leakey during 1958 in the Jericho area of Oxford City.  Today, in 2015, Brian and Pauline are retired and residing in Llanddulais near Abergele, Conwy in North Wales.  During their first six together Pauline presented Brian with three children. 

 

 

 

39S4

Sharon Beverley Collett

Born in 1961 at Oxford

 

39S5

Deborah Denise Collett

Born in 1963 at Oxford

 

39S6

Kevin Paul Collett

Born in 1966 at Oxford

 

 

 

 

39R9

Carolyn Ann Collett was born at Oxford in 1945, the youngest of the five children of Thomas Cornelius Collett and Dorothy Enid Llewellyn.  She later married John Town in early 1969 and the first of their three children was born later than same year.  The first of them was Andrew Town who was born in Oxford in 1969, was brought up in Wales and now lives in Wiltshire.  The second was Matthew Alexander who was also born in Oxford during 1971 and also brought up in Wales.  He later married Sarah Johns at the local church and they have a son, Oliver James Johns and a daughter Charlotte Grace Johns, and continue to live in Carmarthenshire, Wales.  The youngest of the three children is Alison Town who was born at Banbury in 1976 but who was also lived her early life in Wales.  While attending King Alfred’s College in Winchester, Alison met Michael Hannon, an Irish lad from County Galway, whom she married in Ireland during 2005.  Their marriage has produced twins Liam Hannon and Ciara Hannon, plus a son Cian Hannon.  Carolyn Ann Town nee Collett is now divorced and living in Carmarthenshire.  And it was Carolyn, supported by her sister Val (above) and their niece Sharon (below), who kindly provided a great deal of new information regarding her family which has been inserted for the October 2015 edition of this file.

 

 

 

 

39S1

ANTHONY WAYNE COLLETT, who is known as Tony, was born at Amersham in Buckinghamshire on 18th September 1952, the son of William and Joan Collett.

 

 

 

 

39S2

Hilary Collett was born at Stanmore in Middlesex on 6th July 1957, the daughter of William and Joan Collett.  Hilary was married in the 1980s and has two children, Sarah Louise McLean who was born in 1988 and Christopher Steven McLean who was born in 1991.  In 1992 Hilary and her family settled in Wokingham and later discovered that they were living within one mile of Rose Street where William Collett Beechey (Ref. 39N11) was living in 1881.  Our thanks go to Hilary for supplying the details for the May 2015 update of this family line.

 

 

 

 

39S4

Sharon Beverley Collett was born at Oxford on 25th January 1961, the daughter of Brian Thomas Collett and Pauline May Leakey.  She married (1) Martin Pomroy in 1982 although they were divorced six years later, there having been no children arising from the marriage.  Two years later Sharon married (2) Paul Clarke in 1990 from whom she was divorced during 2012.  Three children were born in the intervening years and they were Alexander William Thomas Clarke, Rebecca Amy Jessica Clarke and Joseph Oliver Elliott Clarke.  In 2015 Sharon was living in Cambridgeshire.

 

 

 

 

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Deborah Denise Collett was born during 1963 and is the youngest daughter of Brian and Pauline Collett.  She has not married but has a daughter Daisy May, and the two of them will be moving to Cambridgeshire during the later months of 2015

 

 

 

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Daisy May Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

 

 

 

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Kevin Paul Collett was born at Oxford on 1st June 1966, the third child and only son of Brian and Pauline Collett.  It was on 23rd December 2004 that he married Debbie Sharp on 23 December 2004.  Although the couple have not had any children together, Debbie has a daughter from a previous relationship, being Jenna Milligan, Kevin’s stepdaughter.  Today, in 2015, the three of them live on the island of Malta where they have lived for many years.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

APPENDIX ONE

 

 

 

The baptism of Thomas Collett took place at Bampton, two miles east of Clanfield, on 4th September 1808, when his only parent was named as Catherine Collett.  This raises the so far unsolved question, was Catherine a single lady, and therefore was her son born out of wedlock, or was she a married woman whose husband was not around.  The birth of her son took place very close to the birth of Thomas Collett (Ref. 39N4) who was the son of farmer William Collett and his wife Rachel, who was baptised at Clanfield in 1810.  That Thomas never married and died at Clanfield in 1890, whereas it seems likely that Catherine’s son Thomas married Mary Ann Kerly at Wallingford in 1852.  Mary Ann was born at Faringdon, a few miles south of Clanfield.

 

 

 

Their marriage produced three children, although only two survived, and by the time of the census in 1861 Mary Ann Collett from Faringdon was a widow.  The death of a Thomas Collett was recorded at Witney (covering Clanfield and Bampton) during the second quarter of 1860, and he was buried at Clanfield on 16th June 1860.  It is therefore very likely that he was the husband of Mary Ann Collett nee Kerly.

 

 

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Catherine Collett, about whom nothing is currently known, gave birth to a son, either as a married woman or a single lady, the child baptised at Bampton in 1808.  Also baptised at Bampton two years later, was Sophia Collett, the daughter of Carorine Collett, whose actual name could be either Caroline or Catherine.

 

 

 

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Thomas Collett

Baptised on 04.09.1808 at Bampton

 

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Sophia Collett

Baptised on 04.11.1808 at Bampton

 

 

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Thomas Collett was baptised at Bampton on 4th September 1808.  Although not proved, he may have married Mary Ann Kerly during the last quarter of 1852, but at Wallingford-on-Thames (Ref. 2c 709) in south Oxfordshire, twenty-six miles from Faringdon.  It was at Faringdon where Mary Ann Kerly was baptised on 6th October 1822, the daughter of Noah Collett and Catherine Jacobs.  Curiously in the census of 1841, Mary Ann Kerly, aged 18 and not born in Oxfordshire, was living at Clanfield, in the home of Amos and Pamela Shayler.  A fourth person named in the census return was nineteen years old Vashte Clack.

 

 

 

It is therefore very interesting that both surnames, Shayler and Clack, had connections with the Collett family.  The aforementioned bachelor Thomas Collett (Ref. 39N4) above, was lodging with the family of Walter Clack in Clanfield on the day of the census in 1881 and that it was at Bampton, just east of Clanfield, that George Collett (Ref. 47M1) married Elizabeth Shayler in 1819.

 

 

 

Again, it is possible, but not proved, that Mary Ann Kerly may have been with Amos and Pamela Shayler as a live-in domestic servant for the middle-aged couple, while ten years later she was recorded back with her parents at London Street in Faringdon in the census of 1851.  Mary Ann Kerly was 26 and an unmarried dressmaker, her father described as a carpenter and joiner (later a master carpenter).  Eighteen months after that she married Thomas Collett at Wallingford, following which she gave birth to a son and two daughters, all three children born at Clanfield.  However, the last of the three children only survived for three weeks.

 

 

 

Further tragedy struck the family when, two years later, Thomas Collett died at Clanfield where he was buried on 16th June 1860.  His death was recorded at Witney (Ref. 3a 406) and was confirmed in the census of 1861, in which Mary Ann Collett from Faringdon was a widow living at Clanfield with just her two surviving children.  Mary Ann was 37 and an owner of land, her son Lancelot was eight, and her daughter Emily was seven years old.  According to the next census in 1871, Mary A Collett was 47 when she was still living in Clanfield, at Clanfield Street, with just her son Lancelot who was 18.  Mary’s place of birth was confirmed as Faringdon and, under occupation, the census return simply read ‘landowner’.  Lancelot’s place of birth was confirmed as Clanfield and his occupation at that time was assistant baker.

 

 

 

It would appear that Mary Ann’s daughter Emily had already left the family home in Clanfield by 1871 and was in fact being educated at Brill, a village north-west of Oxford, where she was described pupil E L Collett of Clanfield who was eighteen.  By the time of the census of 1881 Mary Ann Collett was 57 and was still living at Clanfield with her son Lancelot, when once again she was described as being an owner of land.

 

 

 

FOOTNOTE:  Another Mary Ann Kerly was also born at Faringdon and she and her older sister Louisa Kerly were the daughter of Lot Kerly and Ann Tovey who were married at St Mary’s Lambeth in London on 10th September 1818.  It was only after the death of Lot Kerly on 27th January 1825 that his two daughters were baptised in a joint ceremony later that same year on 7th October 1825 who, in the census of 1841, were staying with the large family of Thomas Richens at Littleworth, north-west of Faringdon and a few miles south of Clanfield.  Louisa Kerly had a rounded age of 20, while Mary Kerly’s rounded age was 15.

 

 

 

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Lancelot Collett

Born in 1852 at Clanfield

 

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Emily Louise Collett

Born in 1854 at Clanfield

 

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Miriam Anne Collett

Baptised on 05.06.1858 at Clanfield

 

 

 

 

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Lancelot Collett (previously Ref. 39O1) was born at Clanfield in 1852, and was baptised there on 24th April 1853, the eldest son of Thomas Collett and Mary Ann Kerly.  His birth was recorded at Witney (Ref. 3a 584) during the first three months of 1853. The Clanfield census of 1861 confirmed that Lancelot was eight years old and was little in the village with just his widowed mother and his sister Emily (below).  His father and his younger sister Miriam had already died by then.  It was a similar situation ten years later, when Lancelot was 18 and a baker’s assistant still living with just his widowed mother at Clanfield Street in Cranfield.  Rather strangely, according to the next census in 1881, Lancelot was stated as being 21, most likely an error for 27, when once again, he was still living with his mother, although he was not credited with any occupation at that time.

 

 

 

It has not been determined when he eventually became a married man, but it is known that he married Ann Poole who was born at Bampton in 1859 and baptised there on 4th September 1859, the daughter of carter George Poole and his wife Elizabeth.  As Annie Poole, she was 22 years old in 1881, when she was working as a domestic servant at the home of Richard Sheaf, a draper of Market Square in Witney.  Working alongside her was Elizabeth Lapworth also 22 and of Southrop near Lechlade.  See Ref. 39O34 for another possible connection to the Lapworth family.

 

 

 

By 1891 Lancelot and his wife were living alone at Bulling Row in Horspath, south-west of Oxford City.  Lancelot was 38 and a shop dealer from Clanfield, and Annie was 30 and from Aston in Oxfordshire.  After a further decade the childless couple were living in the village of Headington Quarry, at Brasenose Villa in 1901.  Lancelot Collett from Clanfield was 46 and a greengrocer having his own account, while his wife Annie was 42 and from Aston, Bampton - a hamlet one mile to the east of Bampton and four miles south of Witney.  Ten years later the census in April 1911 placed the couple living in a two-roomed house back at Horspath.  Annie Collett was 52 and she gave her place of birth as Clanfield, the same as her husband, when Lancelot Collett was 58 and his occupation was that of a horse dealer with his own account.

 

 

 

To the question on the census return of ‘how many years married’ was included the initials N.K, presumably for not known, whilst alongside the question about children, the answer was none.  In addition to all of this there was something written under occupation for Annie, but sadly it is illegible.  Lancelot Collett was 72 when he died and that may have taken place at Horspath, since his death was recorded at Headington register office (Ref. 3a 1189) during the first three months of 1926.

 

 

 

 

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Emily Louise Collett (previously Ref. 39O2) was born at Clanfield in 1854 but was not baptised there until 13th June 1858, shortly before her younger sister Miriam (below) died.  However, her birth was recorded at Witney (Ref. 3a 562) during the first quarter of 1854.  She was therefore the only surviving daughter of Thomas Collett and Mary Ann Kerly of Faringdon.  At the time of the census in 1861 Emily was seven years old when she and her older brother Lancelot (above) were living at Clanfield with their widowed mother, following the death of their father six months earlier.  Ten years later, the census of 1871, recorded her mother and her brother were still residing in Clanfield, whereas the only possible record of Emily, may have been that of E L Collett who was 18 and from Clanfield, a female pupil at the school of Paul Clarke, a minister, at Brill in Oxfordshire.

 

 

 

What is known is that two years after the census day she married her George Collett at Clanfield on 29th April 1873.  George Henry Collett (Ref. 39O1) was the son of James Collett and Mary Hartley and was born at Glympton in 1847.  The married produced three children for the couple before Emily died at Clanfield in September 1882 and was buried in the churchyard of St Stephen’s Church in the village on 25th September 1882.  Her death, as Emily Collett, was recorded at Witney (Ref. 3a 426) during the third quarter of that year.  For further details of the continuation of this family go to Ref. 39O1 in the main body of this file.

 

 

 

 

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Miriam Anne Collett (previously Ref. 39O3) was born at Clanfield where she was baptised on 5th June 1858, the daughter of Thomas Collett and Mary Ann Kerly.  Tragically she died least than three weeks later and was buried at Clanfield on 24th June 1858.  When her sister Emily (above) became a married woman, she named her first child Miriam, in honour of her deceased baby sister.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another Bampton Collett Family

 

 

 

During an earlier investigation, members of an unrelated Collett family were discovered living in the village of Bampton from 1819 through to 1871.  It is now believed that they originated from the family of George Collett (Ref. 47L1) and his wife Mary from Eastleach Martin near the Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire county boundary, and just a few west miles from Bampton where their eldest son was married in 1819.  For further details of this family go to Part 47 – The Fyfield & Eastleach Martin Line.