PART FORTY-ONE

 

The Middlesex Ickenham & Ruislip Line - 1720 to 1910

 

(see also The Middlesex Harefield Line - 1772 to 2011)

 

Updated August 2015

 

 

Prior to August 2012 this section of the Collett family was contained within an appendix to

Part 41 Ė The Middlesex Harefield Line, but for easier handling it has now been given its own file.

 

 

It seems very logical that the following families may well have a direct relationship with the Collett family from Kempsford in Gloucestershire that settled in the village of Harefield in Middlesex.Not only might there be local links within the Harefield, Ickenham and Ruislip area, but also through a known connection earlier between John Collett, an illustrator, and J Goldar (or Golding), an engraver, the agent for both being a member of the Weatherley family.In addition to which William Weatherley who married Mary Ann Collett (Ref. 41o7) spent some of his previous married life at South Cerney in Gloucestershire, not far from Kempsford.This then is their story.

 

 

 

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Giles Collett, the elder, married Margaret Paine at St Paulís Church in Shadwell at Tower Hamlets in Middlesex on 31st October 1708 and their known son of the same name was born there during the following year.

 

 

 

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Giles Collett

Born 1709 at Shadwell, Middx.

 

 

 

 

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Giles Collett was married to Rebecca and so far it is confirmed that they had two sons, Samuel and John. It was three years after the birth of John that Giles Collett died and was buried on 12th April 1762 at St Maryís Church in Bromley St Leonard within the London Borough of Tower Hamlets in Middlesex.An alternative record gives the date of his death as 25th August 1760.

 

 

 

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Samuel Collett

Baptised in 1754 at Battersea

 

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John Collett

Baptised in 1757 at Bromley, Middx

 

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John Collett

Baptised in 1760 at Bromley, Middx

 

 

 

 

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Samuel Collett was the son of Giles and Rebecca Collett, and he was baptised at St Maryís Church in Battersea within the London Borough of Wandsworth in Surrey on 4th October 1754.Apart from the fact he married and had a son, the only other known fact about him at this time is that he died in 1828.

 

 

 

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Thomas Collett

Born circa 1780 in London

 

 

 

 

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John Collett was the son of Giles and Rebecca Collett, and he was baptised at St Maryís Church in Bromley St Leonard within the London Borough of Tower Hamlets in Middlesex.It is likely, although not proved, that John married Elizabeth Calton at old Church in St Pancras on 22nd February 1789 and that around two years later their son John was born.

 

 

 

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John Collett

Born circa 1790 in London

 

 

 

 

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Thomas Collett was born around 1780, and was baptised at St Marylebone Church in Westminster on 19th March 1780, the son of Samuel and Mary Collett.It seems highly likely that Thomas and John (below) were cousins, making their respective fathers, Samuel and John, brothers.It is confirmed that Thomas married Sarah Weedon at Ickenham on 16th August 1824, Sarah having been baptised at Ickenham on 20th February 1791, the daughter of Thomas and Sarah Weedon.Over the next decade the couple may well have had a number of children, although the only two so far confirmed was born at Ickenham eight years later in 1832.Sarah was considerably younger than Thomas, and was born at Ickenham in 1790, where she was baptised on 20th February 1791, the daughter of Thomas and Sarah Weedon.

 

 

 

On the occasion of the Ickenham census in 1841 Thomas Collett was 60 and his wife Sarah was 50.By that time they had two children, their son James who was eight, and their daughter Elizabeth who was five.It may be assumed that Elizabeth did not survive, because ten years later in 1851 she was missing from the family that year which was residing at Long Lane in Ickenham where she would have been 15.

 

 

 

Thomas Collett from Brentford in Middlesex was 70 by then, and his occupation was confirmed as being that of a Registrar of Birth & Deaths, his wife Sarah from Ickenham was 60, and their son James was 18 and also born at Ickenham, who was working as a clerk.The three of them were supported by a servant, Harriet Humphreys, age 18, and from Hillingdon.No record of Thomas Collett has been found after that so it must be assumed that he passed away during the 1850s.

 

 

 

According to the next census in 1861 Sarah Collett of Ickenham was a widow of 71 when she was living with her married son and his young family in Ickenham, but very likely died not long after that.

 

 

 

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James Weedon Catherock Collett

Born in 1832 at Ickenham

 

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Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1835 at Ickenham

 

 

 

 

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John Collett was born around 1790, possibly in the Pinner district of Ruislip in Middlesex.However, it may have been to Pinner that his family moved shortly after he was baptised at St Marylebone Church in Westminster on 12th August 1791, the son of John and Elizabeth Collett.He married Charlotte Montague of Ickenham around 1815 and all of their children were born and baptised at Ickenham.Charlotte was the daughter of George Montague and Anna Scaffold and was born at Ruislip in 1796.No baptism record for the coupleís eldest child has been found, although he was still living with the family in 1841, by which time their first born daughter Elizabeth had left home to be married and the coupleís second daughter had died within a year of being born.

 

 

 

According to the census in 1841 the family had moved to Ruislip, just south of Ickenham, by then and were closer to Pinner where John had been born.The census that year recorded the family as John, age 50, Charlotte, age 44, and their children who were George Collett, age 23, Charlotte Collett, age 17, Mary Collett, age 15, John Collett, who was 12, William Collett, who was 10, and Thomas Collett who was eight years old.

 

 

 

The family, albeit reduced in size, was still living in Ruislip in 1851, at a dwelling which was referred to as being in Sharps Village, which may have been Sharps Lane.Only the two youngest children were still living there with their parents by that time.John Collett from Pinner was 60 and a hay dealer, his wife Charlotte was 57 (instead of 54) and from Ruislip, while their two sons was recorded as both having been born at Ickenham, and both were employed as agricultural labourers.They were William, who was 19, and Thomas, who was 17.

 

 

 

It was seven years later that John Collett died during 1858, and it may have been that sad event which resulted in Charlotte having to move out of the family home in Ruislip.It was also at that time when Charlotte had to seek employment and became a childrenís nurse. By 1861 she was the only Collett living in the Hendon & Harrow registration area, where she was recorded as Charlotte Collett, age 68 (instead of 64) and from Ruislip, who was employed as a servant at the home of Charles and Charlotte Hart, where she was very likely the nursemaid of their son Arthur.

 

 

 

However, it was during the following ten years that she returned to Ruislip, where she was living in 1871 with her unmarried daughter Charlotte and her two granddaughters Mary Ann and Emily, the two base-born children of her other daughter Mary Ann Collett.At that time in her life Charlotte was a widow of 78 (instead of 74) from Ruislip, who was described as being formerly a nurse, while living next door to the Swan Inn.The reason Charlotte Collett nee Montague was not recorded in the next census, conducted on 3rd April 1881, was because she had died just a few days earlier and was buried at Ruislip on 2nd April 1881. The parish record confirmed she was 87 and of Eastcote Lodge Cottages in nearby Eastcote.

 

 

 

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George Collett

Born in 1817 at Ickenham

 

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Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1820 at Ickenham

 

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Mary Collett

Born in 1822 at Ickenham

 

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Charlotte Collett

Born in 1824 at Ickenham

 

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Mary Ann Collett

Born in 1826 at Ickenham

 

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John Collett

Born in 1829 at Ickenham

 

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William Collett

Born in 1831 at Ickenham

 

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Thomas Collett

Born in 1833 at Ickenham

 

 

 

 

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James Weedon Catherock Collett was born at Ickenham in 1832, there he was baptised 6th January 1933, the only known son of Thomas Collett and his wife Sarah Weedon.He was eight years old in June 1841 when he was living at Ickenham with his parents and his younger sister.Ten years later he was still living at Long Lane in Ickenham, the home of his parents, by which time he was 18 and was working as a clerk, possibly with his father who was a registrar of births, deaths and marriages.

 

 

 

During the next decade both of his elderly parents passed away and James became a married man when he married Angelina Rafield (Rayfield).The wedding took place on 8th February 1857 at Old Church in St Pancras where James was recorded under his full name, as he was at the time of his baptism.Angelina, or Angela, was the daughter of John Rayfield and his wife Christian Nelson Whitehead and was born at Stockbury near Sittingbourne in Kent.It was around six months later that same year that their daughter was born and baptised at Ickenham.

 

 

 

It was also at Ickenham that the family of three was living in 1861.The census return confirmed the family as James Collett, age 28, his wife Angelina, who was 29, and their daughter Elizabeth S Collett who was three years old.Living with them on that occasion was Jamesí widowed mother Sarah Collett, age 71, who probably continued to live with the family until she passed away sometime during the 1860s..After a further ten years no additional children had been added to the family, which was still residing in Ickenham, and which comprised James, who was 39, Angelina, who was 38, and their daughter Elizabeth Sarah Collett who was 14.

 

 

 

Tragedy hit the family in the 1870s with the death of Angelina, so by the time of the census in 1881 James Collett, age 48, was still living at Ivy Cottage in Long Lane in Ickenham, where he had lived with his parents as a child, but with just his daughter Elizabeth.Jamesí occupation was that of a collector of rates and taxes, while his place of birth was confirmed as Ickenham, although his status was still that of a married man, rather than a widower.Visiting James and Elizabeth was William Wilshire, a widower from Denham in Buckinghamshire who was 80 years old.

 

 

 

Sometime after 1881 James and his daughter left Ickenham, when they moved nearer to the centre of London to settle in Acton, and it was there that they remained and where James retired.In 1891 the pair of them was listed at Acton as James Collett from Ickenham, who was 58, and Elizabeth Collett, who was 39.By March 1901 James Collett was working as a gardener at the age of 68, and still performing the role of housekeeper was his daughter Elizabeth, who on that occasion was recorded as Bessie Collett.James Weedon Cathrock Collett died in the Acton area during the first ten years of the new century, leaving his daughter still living there in 1911.

 

 

 

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Elizabeth Sarah Collett

Born in 1857 at Ickenham

 

 

 

 

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George Collett was born at Ickenham in 1817 although, unlike his siblings below, no baptism record for him has so far been found.He was however, living with his family in Ruislip in 1841 when he was 23.No other record of George Collett has been found after that time which may indicate that he travelled abroad.

 

 

 

 

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Elizabeth Collett was born at Ickenham during in 1820, where she was baptised on 25th December 1820, the daughter of John Collett and his wife Charlotte Montague.During the first quarter of 1840 she married (1) Joseph Wood of Kensal Green at Kensington in London, the son of William Wood and his wife Ann Hood from Gloucestershire. By the time of the June census in 1841 Elizabeth had given birth to their first child.The young family was living at Willesden within the Hendon registration district of Middlesex where Joseph Wood was 20, as was his wife Elizabeth, together with their daughter Mary Ann Wood who was eleven months old.

 

 

 

Three more children were added to the family during that decade, but sadly in either late 1850 or during the first couple of months of 1851 Elizabeth Wood was made a widow by the loss of her husband.That fact was confirmed in the census of 1851 when Elizabeth Wood, a widow from Ruislip was 30 and head of the household at Willesden.Her four children were listed with her as Mary A Wood, age ten, William H Wood, who was eight, George Wood, who was six, and Sarah E Wood who was two years old and was Sarah Elizabeth.All of the children were confirmed as having been born at Willesden.

 

 

 

It was seven years later, on 31st May 1858, that Elizabeth Wood married (2) Henry Martyn, a bricklayer, at St James Church in Paddington, when her father was confirmed as John Collett, with William Martyn named as the father of the groom.The married produced at least two sons, one of whom was living with the couple within the Westminster St John registration district in 1861.The census that year recorded the family as Henry Martin, age 43, Elizabeth Martin, age 42, and Henry junior who was not yet one year old.The coupleís second son was born during the following year.

 

 

 

By 1881 the family was residing at 26 Heathfield Road in Clapham, by which time their eldest son had already left home. Henry Martin was 63, and a bricklayer from Torrington in Devon, his wife Elizabeth Martin from Ruislip was 60, and their son Walter Martin was 18 and a carpenter who had been born in Westminster.

 

 

 

 

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Mary Collett was born at Ickenham in 1822 and was baptised there on 15th March 1823, the third child of John and Charlotte Collett.Tragically she died at Ickenham five months later on 20th August 1823.

 

 

 

 

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Charlotte Collett was born at Ickenham in 1824, where she was baptised on 22nd August 1824, the daughter of John and Charlotte Collett.By 1841 Charlotte and her family was living in Ruislip, where she was recorded as being 17 in the census of 1841.No record of her has been found in the census of 1851, but certainly during the following year she was in Ruislip for the birth of her daughter Sarah who was born out of wedlock.

 

 

 

According to the Ruislip census of 1861 unmarried Charlotte Collett, age 36, was blind and a former domestic servant who was living there with Sarah Collett who was eight years old and born at Ruislip, who was curiously referred to as niece.Lodging with Charlotte and Sarah were two unmarried brothers, and they were Thomas Mann, age 23, who was a blacksmith, and George Mann who was 19 and a gardener.By that time in her life Charlotteís father had already died and her mother was living in the nearby Harrow area, but by the time of the next census in 1871 Charlotte and her mother Charlotte had been reunited and were living together in Ruislip Village.

 

 

 

The census return that year had head of the household as the widow Charlotte Collett, age 78, while her unmarried daughter Charlotte, age 47 and from Ickenham, was an annuitant who was blind and paralysed.Her disabilities may have been the result of an accident while working as a domestic servant, rather than being a condition from birth, otherwise why was she not being cared for by her parents in 1851, when her two younger brothers William and Thomas were the only siblings still living at home on that occasion.

 

 

 

Also living with the two Charlottes, were two grandchildren who, it now transpires, were the two base-born children of Charlotteís sister Mary Ann Collett (below).They were Mary Ann Collett, age 17 and from Ruislip, and Emily Collett who was 15 and born at Kensal Green.No record of either Charlotte has been found in the next census of 1881, by which time the two granddaughters may well have been married.

 

 

 

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Sarah Collett

Born in 1852 at Ruislip

 

 

 

 

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Mary Ann Collett was born at Ickenham during the latter months of 1826 and was baptised at Ickenham on 20th May 1827, the daughter of John and Charlotte Collett.During the second half of the 1830s Maryís parents took the family to live in Ruislip where they were recorded in 1841 when Mary has a rounded age of 15.Mary Collett was 24 at the time of the census in 1851 when she was living and working within the Uxbridge & Hillingdon registration district, the only Collett recorded there. At that time in her life Mary Ann Collett was a domestic servant at the home of Charles and Frances MacNamara.Two years later Mary Ann may have been employed at the home of widower James Robert Bristow as a childrenís nurse, following the recent death of his wife, and it seems highly likely that James was the father of Mary Annís first illegitimate daughter.

 

 

 

In the next census of 1861 Maryan Collett, age 31 (sic) and from Ickenham, was a visitor at the Hillingdon home of the East family headed by Thomas East and his wife Ellen.Living there with her were her two base-born children, Maryan Collett, who was seven, and Emily Collett who was four.Three years later it is established that Mary Ann Collett became the second wife of William Weatherley when they were married at Hillingdon on 10th April 1864.The parish record at the Church of St John the Baptist in Hillingdon named the couple as William Weatherley and Mary Ann Collett, while the two witnesses were the aforementioned Thomas East and Esther Stone.

 

 

 

The marriage register for Mary Ann and William gave the name of Mary Annís father as John, while William was listed as having been born at Harefield in Middlesex.Only Mary Ann signed the register in her name, while William made the mark of a cross.There is a chance that William Weatherley was the son of John Weatherley and Charlotte Woodley, although it should be noted that a William Weatherley was baptised at Ickenham on 16th October 1831, the son of Edward Fern Weatherley and his wife Mary Ford.In addition to which, in the census of 1861 [see below] William Weatherley said he was born at Ruislip, which is very close to Ickenham.It should also be noted that eighteen months after they were married Mary Ann presented William with a son, George Weatherley, the first of the three children born to the couple during the 1860s.

 

 

 

The second of those three children, John Weatherley, was born at the family home on Sharps Lane in Ruislip, which was very likely within the Kings End area of Ruislip where the family was living when the subsequent censuses were conducted.It is also interesting that in the census of 1901 the same John Weatherley and his family were residing in Home Cottages on Sharps Lane in Ruislip.

 

 

 

William and his first wife Eliza Sherman had spent much of their married life together in the village of South Cerney near Cirencester in Gloucestershire.The marriage had produced two children for William and Eliza, but it was shortly after the census in 1861 that Eliza Weatherley nee Sherman died.The census that year placed Eliza Weatherley, age 34, living at the home of her parents within the Cirencester registration district, which included South Cerney, with her two children, William Weatherley who was three, and Eliza Weatherley who was one year old.Her absent husband on that occasion was living at Kings End in Ruislip, where the census return described him as William Weatherly, age 32 and from Ruislip, who was a married man, working as a farm labourer.Living there with him was another farm labourer Thomas Ball who was 29.

 

 

 

Page 16 of that same Ruislip census return in 1861 was very interesting because of two deleted entries from the household of William Weatherley and Thomas Ball.The two names crossed through, with a note alongside saying that they had been re-entered on Page 19, related to widower James Weatherley, age 74, and his son Edward Weatherley, age 35, who were both farm labourers, who had been caught ďsleeping in the barnĒ, presumably attached to the premises occupied by William Weatherley.

 

 

 

When Mary Ann Collett married William Weatherley she did not enter the partnership with her two illegitimate child.Instead they were placed in the care of their grandmother, the widow Charlotte Collett in Ruislip, which is where they were recorded in 1871.At that same time the new Weatherley/Collett family was also living nearby in Ruislip, where their surname was written in error as Weatherly.By that time William Weatherly had living with him his two children from his first marriage, plus his new wife and their three children.

 

 

 

The full household was listed as William Weatherly, age 43, his wife Mary Ann Weatherly, age 45, William Weatherly, 12, Eliza Weatherly, age 11, George Weatherly, who was six, John Weatherly, who was three, and Ellen C Weatherly who was two.On the date of the census Mary Ann may have already been pregnant with the coupleís fourth child who was born around the end of that year.

 

 

 

According to the next census in 1881 the family was living at Kings End in Ruislip, where William had been living in 1861, and where the family may have been living in 1871, although no address was given in the census return that year.By 1881 Mary Annís two step-children William and Eliza had left the Weatherleyís home, so the family comprised just William Wetherly (sic), who was 52 and an agricultural labourer from Harefield, his wife Mary Ann Wetherly, who was 53 and from Ickenham, and their four children, all born at Ruislip.They were George Wetherly, age 16, John Wetherly, age 14, Eliza (Ellen) Wetherly who was 11, and Alice Wetherly who was nine years old.The two sons were also working as agricultural labourers, and very likely with their father.

 

 

 

The Weatherley dwelling was next door to Kings End Farm where William and his two sons may have been working at that time.Also living at Kings End on that same occasion was the family of John Weatherley, age 62, a former hay binder, and Mary Annís brother John Collett (below) with his family whose dwelling was adjacent to Primrose Hill Farm, the farm of Walter Weedon who employed two labourers and a boy.The Weedon name is interesting since Thomas Collett [the registrar] had married Sarah Weedon in 1824.

 

 

 

After a further ten years Williamís and Mary Annís two eldest children had left the family home in Ruislip, so the census of 1891 only listed the family as William Weatherley, age 62, Mary Ann Weatherley, age 63, Ellen C Weatherly, age 22, while the coupleís youngest daughter Alice, age 18, was incorrectly named as Alia Weatherley, a likely transcription error.William Weatherley died at Ruislip during the 1890s and, in the March census of 1901, his widow was still living in Ruislip where she was recorded as Mary Am Weatherley, who was 73 and from Ickenham.Mary Ann Weatherley, age 84, was still living alone in Ruislip in April 1911, when again she was confirmed as having been born at Ickenham.

 

 

 

Mary Ann Weatherley nee Collett died at Ruislip ten years later when she was living at Church Houses in the village.Her death, at the age of 93, was recorded during the first quarter of 1921.Mary Ann must have been a good influence on her husband during their thirty odd years together, because, as stated earlier, he signed their wedding register with a cross but many years later, when he came to sign the wedding register for his eldest son from his first marriage, he managed to sign his name in full.

 

 

 

The following two children were the offspring of Mary Ann Collett by an unknown father or fathers:

 

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Mary Ann Bristow Collett

Born in 1853 at Ruislip

 

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Emily Collett

Born in 1856 at Kensal Green

 

The following children are the result of Mary Annís married to William Weatherley:

 

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George Weatherley

Born in 1864 at Ruislip

 

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John Weatherley

Born in 1866 at Ruislip

 

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Ellen C Weatherley

Born in 1869 at Ruislip

 

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Alice Maria Weatherley

Born in 1871 at Ruislip

 

 

 

 

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John Collett was born at Ickenham in early 1829 and it was there also that he was baptised on 23rd August 1829, the son of John and Charlotte Collett.He was 12 years by the time of the census in 1841, and by that time he and his family were living in Ruislip.While two of his younger siblings were still living at the family home in 1851, John was a married man and had already started his own family.

 

 

 

According to the Ruislip census that year John Collett, age 21, was married to Mary, age 22, and their son George Collett had not long been born.Over the next decade three more children were added to their family at Ruislip, so by 1861 it was made up of John Collett, who was 32, Mary Collett, who was 33, and their four children.They were George, who was 10, William, who was six, Susannah, who was two, and Ellen who was under one year old.Living nearby was Johnís older sister Charlotte

 

 

 

One more child was added to the family during the following year, and was listed with the family in 1871, although by then the coupleís eldest son George had left home by the time of the census that year and was living close by.The family residing at Ruislip comprised John 42, Mary 44, William 16, Susannah 12, Ellen, age 10, and Rosa who was eight.

 

 

 

All of their children had left home by 1881, so it was just John Collett, age 52 and from Ickenham, who was a hay binder, and his wife Mary, age 51 and from Hoddesden in Hertfordshire, who were the only members of the family still living at Kings End in Ruislip.The coupleís youngest child, Rose Collett, age 18, was a general domestic servant at the Bury Street home in Ruislip of farmer William Mason and his wife Elizabeth.

 

 

 

No record of John has been found after 1881, which may indicate that he died during the 1880s.His wife Mary was a widow in Ruislip census of 1891 when, at the age of 63, she had living at Kings End with her, her married son William with his wife and their family.It seems likely that Mary passed away during the following decade since no trace of her has been found in the census of 1901.

 

 

 

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George Hubert Collett

Born in 1850 at Ruislip

 

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Sarah Collett

Born in 1852 at Ruislip

 

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William Collett

Born in 1854 at Ruislip

 

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Susannah Collett

Born in 1858 at Ruislip

 

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Ellen Collett

Born in 1860 at Ruislip

 

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Rosa Collett

Born in 1862 at Ruislip

 

 

 

 

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William Collett was born at Ickenham during the first six months of 1831, and was baptised there on 28th August 1831, the son of John and Charlotte Collett.Before the end of the decade the Collett family moved the short distance to Ruislip where they were living in 1841 when William was 10 years old.He was one of just two children still living with his parents at Sharps Lane in Ruislip in 1851 when he was 19 and was employed as an agricultural labourer possibly working alongside his brother Thomas (below).

 

 

 

It was during the middle of the 1850s that William Collett of Ickenham married Hannah Edmonds of Ruislip, who was born there on 6th April 1829 and baptised there on 5th July 1829, the daughter of labourer John Edmonds and Elizabeth Biggs. It is therefore very likely that the wedding ceremony was also conducted at Ruislip, where they were both living at that time.Hannah entered into the marriage having already given birth to a son, Stephen John Edmonds, who was born during 1849.What happened to that child is currently not known.Once married, Hannah presented William with two children during the remainder of that decade and by 1861 the family was confirmed as still living at Ruislip, where all of their children were eventually born.However, in the census of 1861 the surname was recorded in error as Callett.William was 29, Hannah was 31, son William was three and daughter Mary Ellen was one year old.The census ten years later in 1871 recorded the family at Ruislip as William Collett who was 39 and from Ickenham, Hannah who was 41, William who was 13, Mary who was 11, James who was nine, Sarah who was seven, Charlotte who was five, Alice who was two and Louisa who was under one year old.

 

 

 

Just one more child was born into the family at Ruislip, so in 1881 William and his family were still living at Bury Street in Ruislip.William from Ickenham was an agricultural labourer at the age of 50, his wife Hannah of Ruislip was 51, and just four of their Ruislip born children were still living there with them.They were James who was 20, Alice who was 13, Louisa who was 11 and Rose who was nine.Supporting the family was general domestic servant Eliza Allcock from Tring in Hertfordshire who was 25, who eventually married into the Collett family when she wed Williamís eldest son.

 

 

 

Ten years after that all bar one of their children had left the Collettís family home in Bury Street in Ruislip, as recorded in the census of 1891 when William Collett was 59, his wife Hannah was 61, and their son Arthur J Collett was 29.After a further ten years it was just William and Hannah living there, although by then the coupleís eldest son William was living very nearby in Bury Street with his family.By that time in his life William senior was 69, when he was employed as a labourer on a local sewage farm, while his wife Hannah was 71.

 

 

 

Before the end of that decade the death of Hannah Collett nee Edmonds of Bury Street in Ruislip, aged 80, took place on 6th April 1910, the informant of her passing being her son James Collett of The Common in Ruislip.She had been in a coma for four days, after suffering a cerebral haemorrhage, and was buried at Ruislip on 12th April 1910.Her road labourer husband survived her by over three years and in April 1911 widower William Collett of Ickenham was still living at Ruislip at the age 79, while it was on 4th November 1913 that he died while still living at Bury Street in Ruislip, although his death was recorded by the registrar at Uxbridge.He was 82 years of age and a former road labourer who had suffered with bronchitis for fourteen days, coupled with cardiac failure.The informant of his death was his daughter Charlotte E Watts of Reservoir Lane in Ruislip.Six days later he was buried at Ruislip on 10th November 1913.

 

 

 

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William George Collett

Born in 1857 at Ruislip

 

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Mary Ellen Collett

Born in 1859 at Ruislip

 

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Arthur James Collett

Born in 1861 at Ruislip

 

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Sarah Collett

Born in 1863 at Ruislip

 

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Charlotte E Collett

Born in 1865 at Ruislip

 

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Harriet Alice Collett

Born in 1867 at Ruislip

 

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Emma Louisa Collett

Born in 1869 at Ruislip

 

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Rose Ann Collett

Born in 1872 at Ruislip

 

 

 

 

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Thomas Collett was born at Ickenham in 1833, the youngest child of John Collett and his wife Charlotte Montague, as confirmed by his baptism record at Ickenham on 10th November 1833.Not long after he was born his parents took the family to live in nearby Ruislip, which is where they were living in 1841 when Thomas was eight years old, and again in 1851 when he was 17.On that occasion the family, comprising his parents and his brother William (above), was residing at Sharps Lane in Ruislip from where Thomas was working as an agricultural labourer with his brother.

 

 

 

Thomas was a man of mystery after that, since no record of him has been found in any of the census returns from 1861 through to 1901, which has raise the question, was he abroad either through choice or because of transportation to one of the colonies following a misdemeanour.Whatever the reason he was back living in Ruislip in April 1911.It would appear from the census that year that he returned to the village where he was described as Thomas Collett, age 70 from Ruislip, who was living with his nephew William Collett and his wife Harriet.He was the eldest son of his brother John Collet (above) and it may have been William Collett who completed the census return on behalf of Thomas, for which he was unaware he had been born at Ickenham and that he was actually nearer 77 years of age.

 

 

 

 

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Elizabeth Sarah Collett was born at Ickenham in 1857 only six months after her parents were married.It was also at Ickenham that she was baptised on 23rd August 1857, the daughter of James and Angelina Collett, although the IGI recorded her motherís name in error as Selina.It was as Elizabeth S Collett aged three years that she was noted in the census of 1861 when she was living in Long Lane in Ickenham with her parents, and as Elizabeth Sarah Collett, age 14, in 1871.

 

 

 

Not long after that her mother passed away, leaving Elizabeth to look after her father, and that may have been the reason why she never married.In 1881 she and her father were still living at Ivy Cottage, Long Lane in Ickenham, where unmarried Elizabeth Collett, age 24 and from Ickenham, was working as a municipal laundress, perhaps even at the local council offices where her father was employed in the rates and taxes department.

 

 

 

Between 1881 and 1891 Elizabeth and her father left Ickenham when they moved east to Acton, where they were living in 1891 and 1901.In the Acton census of 1891 Elizabeth Collett was 33, and in 1901 she was recorded as Bessie Collett, age 42, when she was still working as a laundress.The census enumerator incorrectly recorded her place of birth as Tikenham, the same as for her father, instead of Ickenham.

 

 

 

Elizabethís father died at Acton sometime during the ten years after March 1901 since, in the next census of 1911, Elizabeth Collett from Ickenham was living alone at Acton at the age of 50.

 

 

 

 

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Mary Ann Bristow Collett was born at Ruislip in December 1853 and was baptised at Islington on 29th October 1854, the base-born daughter of Mary Ann Collett. However the baptism record stated that her father was James Robert Collett who was a cooper.In fact her mother Mary Ann Collett was a childrenís nurse for widower James Robert Bristow whose occupation was that of a cooper.Therefore it is believed that these two gentleman were indeed the same man.In 1861 Mary Ann, and her mother and her sister Emily (below), were visiting the East family at their home in Hillingdon when, as Maryan Collett, she was seven years old.Three years later her mother was married to William Weatherley, at which time Mary Ann and her sister Emily were given into the care of their grandmother Charlotte Collett in Ruislip.And it was there, immediately next door to The Swan Inn at Ruislip Village, that Mary Ann Collett of Ruislip was living in 1871 when she was 17 years old and working as a general servant.

 

 

 

It was nearly five years later that Mary Ann Collett married Frank Lacey at Ruislip on 15th December 1875.Frank was ten years older than Mary having been born at Great Missenden in Buckinghamshire in 1843.On their marriage register there was no reference to Mary Annís father, while the two witnesses were James Bryant, the likely Best man, and Patience Collett, who was the wife of Maryís cousin George Hubert Collett (below). According to the next census in 1881 Frank Lacey was 30 (sic) and a journeyman bricklayer.Mary A B Lacey from Ruislip was 26 and by then she had presented Frank with three children; Frank B Lacey was four, Mabel M Lacey was two, and Albert G Lacey had only just been born at their home on Eastcote Road in Ruislip.Fifteen years later Mary Ann very likely gave birth to the coupleís last child, when Alice Grace Lacey was born in 1896 at Eastcote in the parish of Ruislip who, at the time of the census in 1911, was recorded as Grace Lacey, age 14, who living with Mary Annís sister Emily Warner nee Collett (below).

 

 

 

 

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Emily Collett was born at Kensal Green in 1856, the second base-born daughter of Mary Ann Collett of Ruislip.She was four years old at the time of the census in 1861, when she and her mother and her older sister Mary Ann (above) were visitors at the Hillingdon home of Thomas East and his wife and family.†† In 1864 Emilyís mother married William Weatherley and it was either then or before that, when Emily and her sister Mary Ann were taken in by their grandmother Charlotte Collett in Ruislip.That move was confirmed by the census in 1871 when Emily Collett from Kensal Green was 15 and working as a general servant like her sister.

 

 

 

Ten years later according to the census in 1881 unmarried Emily Collett, age 26 and from Paddington, was a housemaid, one of many servants at the home of Sir Edward William Berkeley Portman at Knighton House in Blandford, Dorset.Edward was ultimately a descendant of the Tudor landowner Sir William Portman.He was the son of William Henry Berkeley Portman, the Second Viscount Portman and Mary Selina Charlotte Fitzwilliam.Eleven years later he married the Honourable Constance Mary Lawley in 1892 and he died in 1911.He was educated Christ Church College in Oxford, was a Major with the Dorset Yeomanry, held the office of the High Sheriff of Somerset, and was Justice of the Peace.

 

 

 

It was during the final quarter of 1882 that Emily Collett married the much older Benjamin Michael Warner, the event recorded at the Dorset Shaftesbury register office (Ref. 5a 491), when Emily gave her fatherís name as William Ė a servant, which may have been a reference to her stepfather William Weatherley.It was at Seabera House in Chine Crescent, West Bournemouth that the couple was living in 1911.Emily Warner was described as being 55 years of age and from Kensal Green who had been married to Benjamin, age 63, for 27 years.Staying with them in 1911 was Grace Lacey who was 14 and the youngest daughter of Emilyís sister Mary Ann Bristow Lacey nee Collett (above).

 

 

 

 

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George Weatherley was originally thought to have been born at Ruislip on 30th October 1865, the first children born to William Weatherley by his second wife Mary Ann Collett.However, it may have been one year earlier he was born because the baptism of George Weatherly, the son of William and Mary Ann Weatherley, is now known to have took place at Ruislip on 7th May 1865.It was also written here in the earlier version of this file that George Wetherley (sic) had been baptised at St Andrews Church in Enfield on 7th October 1866, the son of William and Mary Wetherly, which now appears to be incorrect having received the new baptism details from Gemma Dales in January 2014.

 

 

 

By 1871, and at the age of six years, George was living with his family in Ruislip and was still there ten years later when he was 16 and he and his family were recorded in the Kings End area of the village.On that occasion George was already working as an agricultural labourer with his father and younger brother John (below).George was still unmarried in 1891 when he was 26 and living and working in the Uxbridge area.

 

 

 

Possibly around six years later he married Ellen Buckingham from Devon and they had a son George Henry Weatherley who was born at Uxbridge in 1898.The census in 1901 placed the family still living in Uxbridge, where George Weatherley, age 37 and from Ruislip, was a sub-contractor at the Edith Works, his wife Ellen from Devon was 43, and their son George was two years old.Ten years after that the family was still living in Uxbridge when George was 46, Ellen was 54, and George Henry was 12.It seems highly likely that Ellen Buckingham may well have been related in some way to Edwin Ernest Buckingham who married Georgeís sister Alice Maria Weatherley (below) at Ruislip in 1899.

 

 

 

 

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John Weatherley was born at Sharps Lane in Ruislip on 21st June 1866, his birth being registered at Ruislip on 30th June 1866 by his mother Mary Ann Weatherley formerly Collett. In the Ruislip census of 1871 he was three years old, and by 1881 he and his family were living at Kings End in Ruislip, by which time he was 14 and already working as an agricultural labourer with his older brother George (above) and their father.

 

 

 

By the time of the next census in 1891 John Wetherley from Ruislip was 24 when he was listed as being at an institution in Gillingham in Kent.In fact he was a soldier billeted at Brompton Barracks, where he was a sapper with the Royal Engineers.It therefore seems highly likely that he was undergoing his military training in Kent at that time.Also his absence from the 1901 Census in England was the result of him being involved in the Boer War in South Africa.

 

 

 

The correct John Weatherley from Ruislip, of this family line, met Grace from Whitstable in Kent when he was based in that county in the early years of the 1890s.They were married around the 1895 and had three children before the end of the century, the first two children being born at Whitstable, according to the census in 1901, although that was not their place of birth by 1911.When he knew he was to be sent to fight the Zulus in South Africa, he moved his young family from Whitstable to be near to his own family in Ruislip.For the time he spent in South Africa, Sapper J Weatherley 25316 of the 26th Field Company of the Royal Engineers received the South Africa Medal and clasps for his involvement at Johannesburg, Cape Colony, and Orange Free State.

 

 

 

The young Weatherley family was living at Home Cottages in Sharps Lane in Ruislip by March 1901 when, in the absence of her husband John, Grace Weatherley, age 26 and from Whitstable in Kent, had no stated occupation, but had with her the coupleís three children.They were Mabel A Weatherley, who was five, Victor A Weatherley (Victor Adolphus), who was three, and Alice M Weatherley (Alice Mona) who was one year old and born at Ruislip, whereas her two older sisterís place of birth was Whitstable.On that occasion the Weatherley family was living right next door to the Collett family of William Collett and his wife Harriet Blackford (below).

 

 

 

On his later return from South Africa, and on being discharged from the Royal Engineers on 11th July 1902, John Weatherley continued with his former occupation, being that of a bricklayer, and over the following years he bought and repaired houses, and then let them out for rent.It was at The Old Police Station near St Martinís Church in Ruislip that he and his enlarged family were living in April 1911, although the childrenís names and age were very mixed up.John Weatherley from Ruislip was 46 and a bricklayer and an employer, Grace Weatherley from Whitstable was 36, while only seven of their known eight children were living there with them.And they were Mabel, who was 16; Mona (Alice Mona), who was 14; Grace, who was 11; Victor (Victor Adolphus), who was eight; Percy, who was five; Jackie, who was two; and baby Ruth who was under one year old.

 

 

 

Sometime after 1911 John and Grace moved away from London and to return to Graceís home county of Kent, and it was there at Queenborough on the Isle of Sheppey, that John Weatherley died during 1947, when his age was recorded as 83 which, if correct, means he may have been born around 1864.His son Victor Weatherley died on the Isle of Sheppey in 1950.This is the family line of the great granddaughter of Mary Ann Collett and her Weatherley family, to whom we are grateful for all of the Weatherley details that she has so generously provided.

 

 

 

 

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Ellen C Weatherley was born at Ruislip in 1869, the eldest daughter of William and Mary Ann Weatherley.She was described as Ellen C Weatherly, aged two years, in the Ruislip census of 1871, the initial C perhaps being for Charlotte, the name of her Collett grandmother.Ten years later it was as Eliza C Wetherly, age 11, that she was still living at Kings End in Ruislip with her family.

 

 

 

 

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Alice Maria Weatherley was born at Ruislip towards the end of 1871 and certainly after the census that year.She was the youngest of the four children of William Weatherley and his second wife Mary Ann Collett and was nine years old at the time of the Ruislip census in 1881 when she was living with her family at Kings End.It was as Alia Weatherley of Ruislip that she was still living with her parents and sister Ellen at Ruislip in 1891, when Alice was 18.

 

 

 

It was eight years later, as Alice Weatherley, age 26 and the daughter of William Weatherley, that she married Edwin Ernest Buckingham, age 30 and the son of Henry Buckingham, at Ruislip on 30th April 1899.Three years earlier Aliceís brother George Weatherley had married Ellen Buckingham who may have been Edwinís sister.

 

 

 

 

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George Hubert Collett was born at Ruislip in 1850 and was 10 years old in the Ruislip census of 1861, when he was living there with his family, and he was 20 in 1871, by which time he was still living and working in Ruislip not far from his parents and the rest of his family.He married Patience during the following year, and by 1881 the marriage had produced three children for the pair of them.At the time of the birth of their first child George and Patience were living at Iver in Buckinghamshire, but returned to Ruislip shortly after, where the next two children were born.

 

 

 

However, by 1881 the family was settled in Kingston-upon-Thames and were recorded at 3 Avenue Terrace in the town.George was 30 and hay binder like his father John, and his place of birth was confirmed as Ruislip.His wife Patience was 31 and from Oxford, and their three children were George, who was seven, William, who was five, and Albert who was two years old.There was one other person staying with the family at that time, and he was Arthur Lavender, a lodge age 22 from Ruislip.

 

 

 

Two or three years later the family left Kingston and moved to nearby New Malden where their daughter was born.Life then became a little complicated with names and ages as far as the census returns were concerned, because in 1891 the family at New Malden was curiously recorded as George Collett, age 40, Patience Collett, age 42, Herbert Collett, age 14, Henry Collett, age 11, and latest addition to the family May Collett who was six years of age.

 

 

 

Only the coupleís youngest child, their only daughter, was still living with George and Patience by March 1901.The New Malden census that month listed the three of them as George H Collett, who was 50 and a hay binder from Ruislip, Patience M Collett, age 52 from Headington in Oxford, and their daughter Ellen M Collett who was 16 and a dressmaker who was born at New Malden in Surrey.

 

 

 

Daughter Ellen presumably eventually left the family home in New Malden, since she was not living with her parents in April 1911.Instead her place had been filled by the return of her older brother Albert Henry who may have been a soldier involved in the Boer War ten years earlier.The census that year recorded George Hubert Collett from Ruislip as 60, his wife Patience was 62, and their unmarried son Albert Henry Collett was 31.

 

 

 

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George Herbert Collett

Born in 1873 at Iver, Bucks

 

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William Walter Collett

Born in 1875 at Ruislip

 

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Albert Henry Collett

Born in 1878 at Ruislip

 

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Ellen May Collett

Born in 1884 at New Malden

 

 

 

 

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Sarah Collett was born at Ruislip in 1852 and was baptised there on 6th February 1853, the daughter of John and Mary Collett.

 

 

 

 

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William Collett was born at Ruislip in 1854, the second son of John and Mary Collett.He was six years old in 1861 and was 16 years of age in 1871 when on both occasions he was living with his family in Ruislip.He would have only been around 20 years old when he married Harriet Blackford from Brightwalton in Berkshire.Harriet was slightly older than William, so on most occasion when he was required to give his age he inflated it was a few of years.

 

 

 

So in the first census after the couple had been married William Collett, an agricultural labourer from Ruislip said he was 30 instead of 26, compared to his wife Harriet who was 31.At that time they were living in Ruislip Village with their first two children.They were Ellen Collett, who was four, and John Collett who was two years old.Living with the family was Williamís cousin, William Collett, age 22 and from Ruislip, who was also an agricultural labourer.He was William George Collett (below).

 

 

 

Four other agricultural labourers were listed at the dwelling on that occasion and three of them were described as the brother-in-laws to head of the household William Collett.They were also born at Brightwalton and they were Simeon Blackford, age 22, Isaac Blackford, age 20, and Richard Blackford, age 18.The fourth member of the team was John Bowden who was 24 and from nearby Hillingdon.

 

 

 

Over the next decade two more children were added to the family and, following the death of his father at Ruislip during the 1880s, Williamís mother was living with him and his family at Ruislip in 1891.The census that year recorded the family as William, age 38, Harriet, age 40, Ellen, who was 14, John, who was 12, Richard, who nine years old, and Emily who was two years of age.Ellen had already left school and was working nearby.

 

 

 

By the time of the next census in 1901 only the two youngest children were still living at Home Cottages in Sharps Lane, Ruislip with William and Harriet.On that occasion the familyís surname was misspelt with just one t, so William Collet, age 45 and from Ruislip, was a farmer labourer, and had working with him his son Richard Collet who was 20.Harriet Collet was 48 and their daughter Emily Collet was 12.Living with the family was unmarried Thomas Brill or Brile, age 58, a woodcutter of Ruislip.Living in the dwelling next door was the family of John Weatherley (above), although John himself was away fighting in the Boer War in South Africa at that time.John was the son of William Weatherley and his wife Mary Ann Collett, the sister of Williamís father John Collett.

 

 

 

Curiously ten years later in April 1911 the two youngest children had left home in Ruislip by then, but had been replaced by their older brother John who had possibly returned to his family having been serving abroad with the army in 1901.Even more curious was the arrival of Williamís uncle, his fatherís brother Thomas Collett who had not been listed in any previous census after 1851.So the complete household at Ruislip comprised William Collett, age 57 from Ruislip, his wife Harriet, age 59, their son John Collett, age 31, and uncle Thomas Collett who was incorrectly stated as being 70 instead of 77 and from Ruislip rather than Ickenham where he only spent the first few years of his life.

 

 

 

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Ellen Collett

Born in 1876 at Ruislip

 

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John Collett

Born in 1878 at Ruislip

 

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Richard Collett

Born in 1882 at Ruislip

 

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Emily Collett

Born in 1888 at Ruislip

 

 

 

 

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Ellen Collett was born at Ruislip in 1860 and she was the daughter of John and Mary Collett.She was one year old at the time of the Ruislip census of 1861 and was 10 years old by 1871.Where she was in 1881 when she would have been 20 is not known, but there is a chance that she had already married George Tobutt of Ruislip by then.Over the following decade she presented George with five children, and by 1891 the family was living at Denham in Buckinghamshire. This has additional interest because Tobutt was one of the married surname options for Ellenís cousin Charlotte Collett (below).

 

 

 

The Denham census that year listed the family as George Tobutt 35, Ellen Tobutt 30, Rosa Tobutt who was nine, Edith Tobutt who was six , Leonard Tobutt who was four, George Tobutt who was one, and Jesse Tobutt who was under one year old.Three more children were added to the family during the following six years, and again all of them were born at Denham where the family was still living in 1901.

 

 

 

George Tobutt was a general labourer, age 45, Ellen was 40, and their eldest daughter Rosa had already left the overcrowded family home by then.So the remaining children were Edith 16, Leonard 14, George 12, Jesse 10, Arthur Tobutt, who was eight, Harry Tobutt, who was six, and Emily Tobutt who was three years old. After a further ten years it was just the four youngest children who were still living at Denham with their parents.George Tobutt was 55 by then and his wife was 50.Their four children on at that time were recorded as Jessie Tobutt, age 20, Arthur Tobutt, age 18, Harry Tobutt, age 16, and Emily Tobutt who was 13.

 

 

 

 

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William George Collett was born at Ruislip in 1857, the eldest son of William and Hannah Collett.It would appear that he lived all his life at Ruislip, where he was living with his family in 1861 when he was three years old, and again in 1871 when he was 13.By the time of the next census in 1881 William Collett was an agricultural labourer at 22, when he was living at the Ruislip home of his older married cousin William Collett (above), with whom he was presumably also working at that time.

 

 

 

It is very interesting that living nearby at Bury Street in Ruislip was Williamís own family, where they employed a domestic servant by the name of Eliza Allcock from Tring in Hertfordshire.Eliza was 25 and, despite being a few years older than William, they were eventually married later that same year.In fact it may well have been her presence in the Collett household at Bury Street that had resulted in William being sent to stay with his cousin.

 

 

 

Once they were married William and Eliza settled in Ruislip where all of their children were born.However, so far no census return for any member of the family has been located in the census of 1891 when William would have been 33, Eliza would have been 35, and by which time they had two children George, who was have been five, and Rose who was have been three.However, with a six year gap between the coupleís second and third offspring born at Ruislip it is very likely that some of those intervening years were spent elsewhere, even overseas, hence the reason for the familyís absence in 1891.

 

 

 

By March 1901 the family had increased in size with the addition of three more children and was living in Bury Street, just a few doors from where Williamís parents were still living.At that time in his life William was working with his son George and his elderly father at the local sewage works, where they were employed as labourers.Once again the familyís surname was spelt with only one t.William Collet was 44, his wife Eliza Collet from Tring was 45, and their five children were George Collet, age 15, Rose Collet, age 13, Thomas Collet, who was seven, May Collet, who was four, and Sidney Collet who was two years old.

 

 

 

On the day of the census it is likely that Eliza was expecting the birth of the coupleís last child, since she presented William with another daughter later that same year.Five years later William and Eliza were made grandparents by the birth of their first grandchild.Which of their children was the parent has not been determined precisely, but the age of the child at the time of the census in 1911 dictates that it was either their son George or, more likely, their daughter Rose.Either way the child was living with its grandparents on that occasion.

 

 

 

The family living at Bury Street in Ruislip was missing three of the children, so was made up of William George Collett, a labourer of Ruislip who was 54, his wife Eliza Collett from Tring who was 55 and to whom he had been married for thirty years, and their three remaining children.They were Thomas Collett who was 17 and a carter, Sidney Collett who was 12, and Emmie Collett who was nine years of age.Both of the younger children were still attending the local school.The grandson of William and Eliza was named as Harold Collett of Ruislip who was four years old.

 

 

 

The coupleís three missing children, George, Rose and May, were living nearby within the Uxbridge registration district, but not in Ruislip where it was confirmed that they were all born.By that time their son George was married although his wife was only 21, so she would have only been around seventeen years old when she gave birth to grandson Harold.This therefore makes it more than likely that grandson Harold was the son of their eldest daughter Rose Collett.

 

 

 

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George Collett

Born in 1885 at Ruislip

 

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Rose (Kate) Collett

Born in 1887 at Ruislip

 

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Thomas Collett

Born in 1893 at Ruislip

 

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May Collett

Born in 1896 at Ruislip

 

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Sidney Collett

Born in 1898 at Ruislip

 

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Emily (Emmie) Collett

Born in 1901 at Ruislip

 

 

 

 

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Mary Ellen Collett was born at Ruislip in 1859 and was baptised there in the parish church of St Martin (pictured right) on 2nd October 1859, the daughter of labourer William Collett and his wife Hannah Edmonds.

 

She was named as Mary Ellen Collett aged one year at the time of the Ruislip census of 1861 when she was living there with her family.

 

Ten years later she was listed simply as Mary Collett aged 11 years in the Ruislip census of 1871, when she was again still living there with her family.

 

Curiously, so far, no record of her has been found within the census of 1881 when she would have been around twenty-one years of age.

 

 

 

 

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Arthur James Collett was born at Ruislip in 1861, the third child of William and Hannah Collett.As James Collett he was living with his family at Bury Street in Ruislip in 1871, when he was nine years old, and again in 1881, when he was 20 and was an agricultural labourer, probably working alongside his father.Ten years later he was the only member of his family still living at Ruislip with his parents, and on that occasion he was recorded as Arthur James Collett, age 29.It is possible he was a member of the armed forces around the end of the century, since no record of him has been found in the census of 1901.However, it is now confirmed that Arthur James Collett of Ruislip Common was 49 when he died in 1910 and was buried there in the parish church on 9th June 1910.

 

 

 

 

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Sarah Collett was born at Ruislip in 1863, the daughter of William and Hannah Collett, and the only record of her living with her parents at Bury Street in Ruislip was in 1871 when she was seven years old.It is possible that the Sarah Collett, age 16, who was a servant at the home of 50-year old widow Sarah M Groome from Fulham at 12 Apsley Villas in Hampton Road in Twickenham, was Sarah Collett from Ruislip, even though the census return gave her place of birth as which may have been a misinterpretation of Ickenham.However, it is understood, although not confirmed, that she married George Jones and that by 1911 George Jones was 48 and his wife Sarah Jones from Ruislip was 47, when they were living in Acton.

 

 

 

 

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Charlotte E Collett was born at Ruislip in 1865, the daughter of William and Hannah Collett.Like her sister Sarah (above) she was another child who was only recorded living with her parents in Ruislip in 1871, when she was five years old.Thereafter it is unclear where she was located.However, upon the death of her father in November 1913, it was Charlotte E Watts, daughter, residing at Reservoir Lane, The Common in Ruislip, who was the informant of his death.That information from later in her life has revealed that she was married to Henry watts from Ruislip who was a farm labourer in 1901 when he was 41, his wife Charlotte was 36, and their son Arthur T Watts was nine years of age.On that same day Charlotte was expecting the birth of a daughter, who was born shortly thereafter.

 

 

 

Over the next six years Charlotte and Henry had a further two daughters, all of their children born at Ruislip, where the family was living in 1911.By that time Henry Watts was 50, Charlotte Watts was 45, Arthur Watts was 19, Lilian Watts was nine, Kate Watts was six and Grace Watts was four years of age.

 

 

 

 

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Emma Louisa Collett was born at Ruislip in 1869, the daughter of William and Hannah Collett.She was one year old in the Ruislip census of 1871, and was 11 in 1881 when she was living with her family at Bury Street in Ruislip.It was during 1890 that she married William Anderson from St Albans, and shortly afterwards Louisa presented William with their first child.Their daughter was born at Paddington, as were all their subsequent children, with the family living there in 1891, 1901, and again in 1911.

 

 

 

At the time of the first of these, William Anderson was 26, his wife Louisa was 22, and their daughter Mabel was not yet one year old.Ten years later the couple had three children, so that family comprised William Anderson, age 36, whose occupation was that of a baker, Louisa Anderson from Ruislip who was 32, Mabel Anderson, age 10, Percy Anderson, who was six, and Reginald Anderson who was four.A further two children were added to their family during the next five years, so by 1911 the family still living in the Paddington area of London was made up of William 47, Louisa 41, Mabel 20, Percy 17, Reginald 14, Stanley who was eight and Ernest who was five.

 

 

 

 

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Rose Ann Collett was born at Bury Street (pictured here around 1911) in Ruislip on 19th September 1872, the daughter of farm labourer William Collett and his wife Hannah Edmonds.Although she was nine years old in the Ruislip census of 1881 when she was living there at the family home in Bury Street, upon leaving school she also left home, most likely for work reasons.No further record of her as Rose Collett has been found, even though it seems highly likely that it was after 1901 that she was married.

 

 

 

Thanks to Max Hamilton, the great grandson of Rose Ann Collett, it is now established that Rose married John Joseph Kenny (1865-1948) at St Margaretís Church in Westminster on 2nd October 1903. Rose was 31 and a spinster of 36 Catherine Street.John was a butler and a bachelor of 36 who was living at 8 The Sanctuary, the son of Thomas Kenny.Over the following years Rose and John had seven children and they were Edward Kenny, Alice Kenny who was born in 1904, Thomas Kenny who was born in 1906, William Kenny who was born in 1909, Sandra Kenny who were born in 1910, Agnes Kenny who was born on 23rd March 1912 Ė who died during March 1936, and Bessie Kenny who was born at Hammersmith on 22nd August 1914, where she died on 6th November 1953.

 

 

 

Some of the above details were confirmed in the census of 1911 when the family was recorded residing within the Fulham registration district of London.John J Kenny was 41 and his wife Rose Kenny from Ruislip was 39, while curiously it was only their three sons who were living there with the couple.They were listed as Edward Kenny who was 10 [was he really born before they were married?], Thomas Kenny who was five and William Kenny was two years old.This raises the question, what had already happened to missing daughters Alice Ė who would have been six, and Sandra who would have been one year old.

 

 

 

It was on 9th June 1943 when 73 year-old Rose Ann Kenny nee Collett died at home at 17a Guinness Buildings, Fulham Palace Road in Hammersmith from a cerebral haemorrhage, and was buried at Mortlake Cemetery. By that time her husband John Joseph Kenny was a retired foreman cleaner, having worked for a wholesale caterer.Five years after losing his wife, the death of John Joseph Kenny was recorded on 29th September 1948, following which he was buried with his late wife.The youngest of their seven children, Bessie, married Henry Sanders (1910-1987) and it was their daughter Janette Sanders (08.11.1942-13.07.2001) who, with her husband Matthew Sydney Hamilton (11.04.1941-), were the parents of the aforementioned Maximilian Hamilton who was born at Hammersmith on 23rd August 1962, who generously supplied his family details for inclusion in the August 2015 update of this family line.

 

 

 

 

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George Herbert Collett was born at Iver in Buckinghamshire during 1873, the eldest of the four children of George Hubert Collett and his wife Patience.After he was born his parents settled in Kingston-upon-Thames for a couple of years, and it was there as George Collett aged seven years he was living with his family at 3 Avenue Terrace in 1881.Another move following within the next two years, which saw the family finally settle in nearby New Malden.

 

 

 

It was there during the next census in 1891 that he was still living with his family when he was described as Herbert Collett, age 14, rather than 17, his real age.George was approaching his mid-twenties when he married Mary Ellen from Sunderland and by 1901 their first child had been born.George and his new family were still living in New Malden not far from his parents, at a time when George was employed as a hay binder like his father.So they may have still been working together on a local farm.

 

 

 

The family of George Herbert Collett, age 27 and from Ruislip, was completed by his wife Mary Ellen, who was 26, and their son Herbert O Collett who was two years old.Six more children were added to their family during the first ten years of the new century and by April 1911 all seven children were still living in New Malden where they had been born.However, only six of them were living with George and Ellen on the day of the census, since their daughter, Gladys Beryl Collett age two years, was staying with Georgeís married sister Ellen May Aldridge who had just suffered the loss of her first child.

 

 

 

The eight members of the New Malden family who were residing there at the same address were George Herbert Collett, age 37 from Iver, his wife Mary Ellen Collett from Sunderland who was 36, together with six of their seven children.They were Herbert Oswald Collett, age 12, Harry Reginald Collett, who was eight, Ivy Collett, who was six, Violet Collett, who was four, George Victor Collett, who was two, and Harold Jack Collett who was only six months old.

 

 

 

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Herbert Oswald Collett

Born in 1898 at New Malden

 

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Harry Reginald Collett

Born in 1902 at New Malden

 

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Ivy Collett

Born in 1904 at New Malden

 

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Violet Collett

Born in 1906 at New Malden

 

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George Victor Collett†††† twin

Born in 1908 at New Malden

 

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Gladys Beryl Collett†††††† twin

Born in 1908 at New Malden

 

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Harold Jack Collett

Born in Oct 1910 at New Malden

 

 

 

 

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William Walter Collett was born at Ruislip in 1875, the second son of George and Patience Collett.†† He was around four years old when his parents took the family to living in Kingston-upon-Thames and, after only a few years spent there, the family moved again to New Malden not far from Kingston.It may have been the short time he spent at each of these places that was the reason why he seemed confused in later census returns when he was required to give his place of birth.

 

 

 

In 1881 he and his family were living at 3 Avenue Terrace in Kingston-upon-Thames, when William Collett was five years old and his place of birth was confirmed by his parents as Ruislip.It was around 1883 that the family moved to New Malden and upon leaving school William also left the family home to obtain work with horses.According to the next census in 1891 William Collett, age 15, was the only one of the Collett name residing in the Kingston & Esher census registration district.On that occasion it would had been his employer who entered his place of birth, which curiously was not Ruislip, Kingston or New Malden.

 

 

 

His work as a groom eventually took him to Cambridgeshire and the village of Sutton, five miles west of Ely.It was while he was working there that he met and married Florence Louise from Pimlico in London.It was very likely around the turn of the century that they were married, and by the time of the next in March 1901 Florence was expecting the arrival of their first child.The census that year confirmed that couple living at Sutton as William Walter Collett from Malden, who was 25 and a non-domestic groom, and his wife Florence Louise Collett who was 21 and from Pimlico.

 

 

 

After the birth of their first child later that same year, the family remained in Sutton until around 1907 when Williamís work eventually took him to London where the family was residing in April 1911.However, it is unclear at the moment where their third child was born.According to the census in 1911 William Walter Collett from Ruislip was 35, Florence Louise Collett from Pimlico was 31, and their three children were Sutton born Francis Jack William Collett, who was nine, and Esma Florence Collett, who was five, and Marjorie Ida Collett, who was born elsewhere, who was two years of age.

 

 

 

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Francis Jack William Collett

Born in 1901 at Sutton, near Ely

 

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Esme Florence Collett

Born in 1905 at Sutton, near Ely

 

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Marjorie Ida Collett

Born in 1908

 

 

 

 

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Albert Henry Collett was born at Ruislip in 1878 and was the son of George and Patience Collett.Just after he was born his family left Ruislip and settled for a few years in Kingston-upon-Thames where they were living in 1881.On that occasion Albert, age two years, and his family were residing at 3 Avenue Terrace in Kingston.Another family move took place two or three years later, when they travelled the short distance to nearby New Malden where they were living from 1884 onwards.

 

 

 

In the New Malden census of 1891 Albert was listed with his family as Henry Collett, who was 12.Ten years later Albert, or Henry, was no longer living with his family in New Malden, instead it is anticipated that he may have joined the army with his cousin John Collett (below).Both of them have not been located in Great Britain in 1901, so it is possible that they were in South Africa involved in some way in the Boer War.Also like his cousin John, Albert Henry Collett, age 31 and a bachelor, was once again living with his parents in New Malden in 1911.

 

 

 

 

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Ellen May Collett was born at New Malden in 1884, just after her parents had moved there from Kingston-upon-Thames.She was the last child born to George Hubert Collett by his wife Patience and in the census of 1891 the child was recorded at New Malden with her family as May Collett aged six years.She was still there ten years after that, when she was described as Ellen M Collett, age 16 and from New Malden, who was employed as a dressmaker.

 

 

 

It was in 1906 that Ellen married John Aldridge from Kingston Vale, midway between Richmond Park and Wimbledon Common, who was the son of George and Ann Aldridge.During the following years Ellen presented John with a child who tragically died not long afterwards.By the time of the census in April 1911 they were recorded residing at 29 South Lane, a five roomed dwelling in New Malden, where John Aldridge was 27 and his wife Ellen May Aldridge from New Malden was 26.The census return confirmed that John was a carpenter, and that he had been married to Ellen for four years, during which time they had one child, no longer living.Staying with the couple on that occasion was Ellenís niece Gladys Beryl Collett who was two years old and also born at New Malden, the daughter of Ellenís older brother George Herbert Collett (above).Ellen and John eventually had a daughter of their own, when Gladys S Aldridge was born during 1915.

 

 

 

 

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Ellen Collett was born at Ruislip in 1876, the first child of William Collett and his wife Harriet Blackford.She was four years old and 14 in the next two census returns for Ruislip when she was still living there with her family.It would have been around six years later that she married William Collins of Ruislip, and by 1901 they had two children.The Ruislip census that year listed the four of them as William Collins, age 27 and a carter on a farm, his wife Ellen who said she was 27 instead of 24, their son William F Collins, who was three, and their daughter Florence E Collins who was two.

 

 

 

Whether William Collins was away from his family for years after that, or whether there were other children who did not survive, is not known.But by 1911 only one more child had been added to their family and she was born during 1910.The full family was recorded as William Collins, age 36, Ellen Collins, age 35, Frederick Collins, age 13, Florrie Collins, age 12, and baby Olive Collins who was eleven months old.Every member of the household had been born at Ruislip, where they were still living.

 

 

 

 

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John Collett was born at Ruislip in 1878, the second child and eldest son of William and Harriet Collett.In both 1881 and 1891 he was living with his family in Ruislip when he was two years old and 12 respectively.It is very likely that on leaving school that he joined the army and was perhaps even involved in the Boer War in South Africa, because he was absent from the family home in Ruislip in 1901.

 

 

 

However, he was once again living with his parents in Ruislip in April 1911, when he was confirmed as John Collett, age 31 and from Ruislip, who was still a bachelor.Whether he was ever married is not known at this time.It was exactly the same scenario for his cousin Albert Henry Collett (above), who was also absent from his home in 1901, but who had returned by 1911.He too was 31 in 1911 so there is a remote chance that both of them were in the army together.

 

 

 

 

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Richard Collett was born at Ruislip in 1882 and was the son of William and Harriet Collett.In the Ruislip census of 1891 Richard was nine years old while living there with his family, and ten year later in 1901 he was working as a farm labourer with his father at the age of 20.It was sometime after that when he left the family home in Ruislip and, by the time of the next census in 1911 he was a married man.

 

 

 

Shortly before the census day that year Richard had married Mary, as confirmed by the census which recorded the childless couple residing within the Uxbridge registration district.Richard Collett from Ruislip was 29 and his wife was Mary Collett who was 21.No details are currently available regarding any children that might have been born to Richard and Mary.

 

 

 

 

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Emily Collett was born at Ruislip in 1888, the last child born to William Collett and Harriet Blackford.Emily was two years old and 12 years of age in the following two census returns for Ruislip, and it was around 1909 or 1910 that she married William John Rogers.Once married the couple settled within the Uxbridge registration district where they were living with their first child in April 1911.William John Rogers was 20, Emily Rogers was 23, and their son William Rogers was only five months old.

 

 

 

 

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George Collett was born at Ruislip in 1885, the eldest of the six children of William George Collett and his wife Eliza Allcock.After the birth at Ruislip of his sister Rose (below) it is likely that the family were living abroad since there is no record of them in England at the time of the census in 1891.It was a Bury Street in Ruislip that George and his family were living in 1901, when George Collet (sic) from Ruislip was 15 and working as a labourer at the local sewage works with his father and his grandfather.

 

 

 

Towards the end of the next decade George married Maud Annie and by April 1911 the childless couple was living within the Uxbridge registration district but not in Ruislip.George Collett from Ruislip was 25 and his wife Maud Annie Collett was only 21, perhaps indicating that they had only very recently become a married couple.This, and the fact that Maud Annie would have probably been too young to have already given birth to a four year old son, virtually confirms that the grandson Harold Collett who was living with Georgeís parents in 1911, was the base-born son of his sister Rose (below).

 

 

 

 

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Rose (Kate) Collett was born at Ruislip in 1887, the eldest daughter of William and Eliza Collett.She was 13 years old in the Ruislip census of 1901, while no record of her or any member of her family has been located in 1891 when she would have been three years old.It would appear that five years later, when Rose was around 19 years of age, she gave birth to a base-born son Harold who was born at Ruislip.Following the birth it would also appear that the child was raised by Roseís parents at Bury Street in Ruislip, with whom he was living at the time of the census in 1911 when he was four years old.At that same time, unless she was married by then, Rose may have been working as a domestic servant somewhere in the Uxbridge area.The reasoning behind this assumption is that the only possible record of her is as Kate Collett from Ruislip who was 22, particularly since there was no record of a Kate Collett of Ruislip in 1891 or 1901 or a Rose of Ruislip who was married in 1911.

 

 

 

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Harold Collett

Born in 1906 at Ruislip

 

 

 

 

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Thomas Collett was born at Ruislip in 1893, the second son of William and Eliza Collett, and he was seven years old in the Ruislip census of 1901.He was still living at the family home in Bury Street, Ruislip ten years later, by which time he was 16 and had already left school and was working as a carter.

 

 

 

 

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May Collett was born at Ruislip in 1896, the fourth of six children of William and Eliza Collett.She was four years old in 1901 when she was living with her family at Bury Street in Ruislip, but ten years after that, have left school, she was already working away from home in the Uxbridge registration district, where she was recorded as May Collett age and 14 from Ruislip.

 

 

 

 

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Harry Reginald Collett was born at New Malden during 1902, the son of George Herbert Collett and his wife Mary Ellen, who were still living in New Malden in 1911 when Harry was eight years of age.Later on in his life he was a Chief Petty Officer with the Royal Navy and was married to Lillian May.By the 1950s he was receiving a Royal Navy pension, when Lillian May Collett died on 30th May 1955.At that time in their life Harry and Lillian were residing at 147 Hayling Avenue within the Copnor district of Portsmouth.Administration of her personal effects was dealt with by her husband at Winchester on 29th June 1955, the value of her estate being £698 7 Shillings 6d.