PART FORTY-THREE

 

The Staffordshire Line to Kentucky and Michigan 1870 to 2014

 

This is the second of two sections of this family line

 

Updated March 2016

 

 

 

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John Robert Thomas Collett, who was known as Robert, was born in Missouri on 11th December 1871 and this probably happened at Millard where his father Robert Collett died in May 1880 when John was just eight years old. 

 

Also at the time of the US Census in June 1880, Robert was recorded as being eight years old, when he was living with his widowed mother Elizabeth and the rest of his family at Pettis in Adair County in Missouri.

 

A little while later, during that same year, Robert was recorded as boarding with his mother and sister Katie (above) at the Atchison home of his uncle John Collett.  According to the census return, eight years old Robert had been born in Missouri and was attending the school in Atchison.  He was described as nephew to head of the household John Collett.

 

 

 

Robert married May Edna Hoolan in the early 1920s with whom he had a daughter.  The date of birth for their daughter may suggest that May was much younger than Robert, since he would have been 55 when the child was born.  The alternative may be that the date of 1927 is incorrect.

 

 

 

Two years earlier Robert was living at St Louis when he heard the news that he and his brothers and sisters were to share in a considerable amount of money left to them by their grandparents back in England.  The full details were printed in the San Antonio Express on 4th February 1925 and are re-produced in Appendix One at the end of this family line.  Joan, as their daughter was better known, was a librarian and was very keen on genealogy and is believed to have spent some time researching her family roots.  Robert Collett died in St Louis in Missouri.

 

 

 

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Mary Joan Collett – known as Joan

Born in 1927

 

 

 

 

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Helen Maude Collett, who was sometime referred to as Ellen Maude but more commonly as Nellie, was born in Missouri on 4th May 1874.  This may have taken place at Millard where her father died or at Pettis where Helen was living with her family in 1880.  The 1880 Census for Pettis in Adair County listed Nellie as being five years of age.  Later that year Nellie’s mother was living with Nellie’s uncle John Collett at Atchison in Kansas with her older siblings Katie and Robert (above).  This meant that Nellie and her sister Minnie, and brothers Arthur and William must have been looked after by another family, possibly in Missouri.

 

 

 

In 1916 Helen was living at 608 West Craig Place in San Antonio.  Family legend tells the story that Nellie attempted to take her own life using a pair of scissors.  Apparently she was a patient at the State Mental Hospital in Kerrville, near San Antonio in Texas where she died in 1919.  The real tragedy of this story is that six years after she had died she would have been one of the beneficiaries to the estate of her English grandparents, the parents of her mother Martha Elizabeth Simons, which had been placed in trust at Leicester in England since 1894.

 

 

 

 

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William Francis Collett was born in Missouri on 19th August 1877.  He was the son of Robert Collett of Colwich and Martha Elizabeth Simmons of Essington and was born eleven years after his family had emigrated to America from England. 

 

It seems likely that he was born at Millard in Missouri where it is known his family was living at the time of the death of his father Robert, when William was only one or two years old.  The US Census of 1880 for Pettis in Adair County, Missouri simply recorded that ‘Willie Collett’ was two years old and born in Missouri.

 

On that occasion he was living with his widowed mother Elizabeth and five of his older siblings, they being Arthur, Minnie, Katie, Robert, and Nellie.

 

 

 

It is not clear exactly what happened to his family following the death of his father, except that later that same year his mother, together with his sister Katie and brother Robert were living as boarders with his father’s brother John Collett and his family at Atchison.  Where William and his other ‘missing’ siblings were on that occasion has still not been resolved, or what happened to them over the following years.

 

 

 

Sometime later and possibly before the end of the century, William left Missouri and moved south into Texas where he met Maje L Townsend whom he eventually marriage in 1906.

 

The couple’s marriage certificate confirmed that the wedding took place on St Valentine’s Day in 1906 in Maverick County, Texas.  The document was drawn up in the registrar’s office in the town of Eagle Pass.

 

Maje L Townsend was born in Texas around 1885 and this photograph of her may have been taken around the time of her marriage.

 

 

 

Over the next four years William and Maje lived over the border in Mexico where their first child was born, before returning to settle in Texas where their remaining children were born.  It is established that it was at Crystal City in Texas that his son William was born, and it may have been there also that his second daughter was born.  By 1st January 1920 (the US Census Day) the family of five was living at Alpine in Brewster County in Texas and was recorded as follows:

 

 

 

William F Collett of Missouri was 42, his wife Maje was 35, and their three children were Margaret of Mexico who was 13, William, who was seven, and Martha who was four years and eleven months old, both of Texas.  Shortly after the census the family left Alpine and move to San Antonio, where the couple’s last child was born.  In 1925 William and his family were living at 104 Haynes Avenue in San Antonio from where he worked for the Southern Pacific Railroad.  It was on 4th February 1925 that the San Antonio Express (newspaper) published an article about William and his four surviving siblings inheriting a shared fortune of $200,000.  The full transcript of the article is re-produced in Appendix One at the end of this family line.

 

 

 

By the time William died at Houston in Texas in 1943 he was 65 and had been separated from Maje for several years due to his busy work schedule and had been staying in a boarding house.  Maje survived her husband by twenty-two years when she died at San Antonio in Texas during 1965.

 

 

 

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Margaret Frances Collett

Born in 1908 at Mexico

 

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William Bruns Collett

Born in 1912 at Crystal City, Texas

 

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Martha Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1915 at Alpine, Texas

 

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Mary Belle Collett

Born in 1921 at San Antonio, Texas

 

 

 

 

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Dorothy Louise Collett, who was known as Lulu, was born at Aughton Park in Ormskirk, Lancashire on 3rd June 1858.  Around the time she was ten years old her family emigrated to America and by 1880 they were living in Atchison.  The census that year listed Dorothy as being 22 and working at home supporting her mother Mary.  Seven years later she married James Waters McKelvey, who was known as Jim, on 13th April 1887 at Merriam Park in St Paul in Minnesota.  Jim was a ‘scotch tinner’ and their marriage produced four children for Lulu and James who were all born at Atchison in Kansas.

 

 

 

Dorothy Louise McKelvey nee Collett died whilst at Kansas City on 23rd January 1925 and was buried at Mount Vernon Cemetery in Atchison in Kansas on 25th January 1925.  Her husband James (although referred to as John in Lulu’s obituary) died eighteen months later on 19th June 1926 at Kansas City and was buried with his wife in Atchison.  An obituary in the Atchison Globe newspaper read:

 

 

 

 “Mrs. Dorothy Louise McKelvey, wife of John W. McKelvey, Kansas City, formerly of Atchison, dies Friday in Kansas City after a long and painful illness.  Mrs. McKelvey was a sister of William Barrow Collett.  She spent most of her girlhood and many years of her married life in Atchison.  She was stricken with the illness which caused her death several years ago, since when she has been almost entirely helpless. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Collett who lived in Atchison for years.  Her father died a number of years ago, but her mother survives and lives in Richards with another daughter, Mrs Uberrein formerly of Atchison. Besides her husband, mother and brother and sister, Mrs McKelvey is survived by four children: John McKelvey, who is editor of a paper in a town in Kansas, James McKelvey of St. Louis, Mrs. Bessie Mair of Sioux City, and Mrs. Florence Ellis of Kansas City.  Mrs. McKelvey was a staunch Episcopalian and was instrumental in the building of St. Andrew's Chapel in West Atchison and it was hoped the funeral might take place from the chapel.  But the main entrance to the chapel is too small for the casket to be taken through, so the funeral will take place at 2 o'clock this afternoon from the Hawin & Douglas Chapel”

 

 

 

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John (Jack) Francis McKelvey

Born on 21.07.1888; died on 24.02.1967

 

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James Brook McKelvey

Born on 1890

 

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Florence McKelvey

Born on 1900; died on 03.02.1925

 

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Elizabeth (Bessie) McKelvey

Born on 1902

 

 

 

 

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Elizabeth Copeland Collett was born at Eastham, across the River Mersey from Liverpool, on 15th June 1859.  By 1870 Elizabeth and her family had emigrated to America, and by 1880 they were living at Atchison where Elizabeth was twenty-one years of age.  It was much later in her life that she married banker Karl Ueberrhein on 19th December 1901 in Atchison, and he was many years younger than Elizabeth.  She was an accomplished water-colour artist and she died on 14th January 1927 and was buried in Whites Cemetery near Richards Township.  The cause of death was pneumonia with influenza.

 

 

 

Following the death of his wife, Karl is understood to have married Della and the couple lived at 528 West Lee, Nevada in Missouri.  He was the Secretary and Treasurer of the Vernon County National Farm Loan Association of Nevada, Missouri and after Elizabeth died he continued to manage Edgewood Farm at Richards which was still owned by the Collett family.

 

 

 

 

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Robert William Barrow Collett was born at Liverpool on 31st July 1860.  He sailed to America with his mother and younger sister Eliza (below) when he was just eight years old, his father and two older sisters having gone on ahead a couple of years earlier.  The crossing from Liverpool was on board the sailing ship ‘City of Baltimore’ which arrived in New York on 24th April 1867.  Once in America, the family made their home at Atchison, Kansas.  And it was there that they were living at the time of the US Census of 1880.  This recorded that William aged 20 and from England, was still living at the family home from where he was working as a clerk.

 

 

 

He later married Annie Heermance the daughter of Henry Philip Heermance and Elizabeth Fonda.  Annie was five years older than William, having been born at Glenco, New York on 26th February 1855 and baptised there five months later on 31st July 1855.  William and Annie remained at Atchison after they were married, and it was there that their three children were born.

 

 

 

It was on becoming a naturalised American citizen at the age of 55 on 11th January 1916, that William Barrow Collett (the first) chose to drop his initial name of Robert.  William Barrow Collett died on 1st September 1930 at Cleveland in Ohio, and was buried in Mount Vernon Cemetery in Atchison where his wife was also buried following her death nearly seven years later on 2nd February 1937.  The Atchison Daily Globe carried the following obituary on 3rd September 1930:

 

 

 

"Funeral services for the late William Barrow Collett, 70, former Atchison insurance man who died Monday morning at his home in Cleveland, Ohio were held this afternoon.  The body arrived at the Burlington station at 1.33pm and was taken from the train to Mount Vernon Cemetery, where the Rev. Early Poindexter, Rector of the Trinity Episcopal Church conducted a short service at the grave.  Pallbearers were Martin Jensen, John Kaff, Herb Mine, Wirth Hetherington, and Arthur and Ed Lukens.  Hawin and Douglas were in charge.  Mr. Collett first went into the insurance business in Atchison in 1887 with Dick Selts as partner.  They engaged in the fire insurance business until 1893 when Mr. Collett became the fourth district agent appointed in the state of Kansas for the North-Western Mutual Life Insurance Co.  Together with Mr. K.W. Poindexter, Swift, and P.M and E.H. Anderson, Mr Collett formed the Kansas "Old Guard" of the North-Western Company.  Mr. Collett took part in various civic and public enterprises in Atchison.  He was appointed receiver of the Atchison Coal Company and closed up it affairs.  Together with the late Dr. E. T. Shelly and others, he helped to organise the Committee of Forty, and was instrumental in organising the Atchison YMCA and the Rotary Club.  Mr. Collett's illness began in 1919 with an attack of intestinal flu.  From 1922 to 1924 he lived in Fort Scott, Kansas in order to be near his farm interests.  He returned to Atchison in 1924, which he always claimed as his home, and lived here until 1929 when he went to Cleveland.  At the time of his death Mr. Collett was still listed as an active agent by the North-Western Mutual Life Insurance Company.  His son, William Barrow Collett Jr is now production manager of the company in the Detroit, Michigan."

 

 

 

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a Collett daughter (stillborn)

Born on 16.09.1887 at Atchison

 

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Mary Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1888 at Atchison

 

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William Barrow Collett II

Born in 1895 at Atchison

 

 

 

 

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Eliza Collett was born in 1861 and very likely at Liverpool where her brother William (above) was born two years earlier.  When she was only a couple of years old her father John Collett sailed to America with her two oldest siblings Dorothy and Elizabeth.  The remainder of the family, comprising Eliza and William and their mother Mary, followed in due course, when they sailed out of Liverpool on the ship ‘City of Baltimore’ which sailed into New York harbour on 24th April 1867.  The ship’s passenger list included the names of Mary E Collett aged 36, and her two children William who was eight, and Eliza who was six.  Whether it was the sea voyage or the one thousand mile trek across America that caused the death of Eliza is not known, but she appears not to have survived the journey since she was not listed with the family when it settled at Atchison in Kansas and where they were living in 1880.

 

 

 

 

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Mary Ellen Collett, who was known as Ella, was born at Ashby-de-la-Zouch at the end of 1860 and in the April census of 1871 she was living at The Castle Inn with her parents and was ten years old.  Ten years later Mary’s father was still the inn keeper at The Castle when Mary was 20 years old and working as a draper’s assistant.  By 1891 Ella was married to Jack Hollis and was no longer living with her parents who had moved to Burton-on-Trent around 1885.

 

 

 

 

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Annie Collett was born at Ashby-de-la-Zouch in 1862 and in the census of 1871 she was living at The Castle Inn with her parents and was nine years old.  Ten years later Annie was nineteen and with no specified occupation it seems likely she was working with her mother looking after their large family.  Around the mid 1880s the family left Ashby-de-la-Zouch when they swapped The Castle Inn for The Albion Hotel in Burton-on-Trent where they were living in 1891 when Annie was 28.

 

 

 

 

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Charlotte Collett was born at Ashby-de-la-Zouch in 1863 and was missing from the family home at The Castle Inn in 1871 when she would have been six years old.  Her sister Alice (below) was also absent at that time, although both featured in later census returns.  However, the census for Burton-on-Trent in 1871 included Charlotte Collett, aged eight years, as living with her aunt and uncle, Margaret and Richard Geddes.  Charlotte was 17 in 1881 and had returned to the family home at The Castle Inn and, like her sister Annie, she too was listed as having no occupation.  During the next ten years Charlotte’s father took over as proprietor of the Albion Hotel in Burton-on-Trent, which was where the family was living in 1891.  Charlotte was still living with her parents at that time when she was 26 years old.

 

 

 

Curiously in the census of 1901, Charlotte was recorded as being 32 while she was still unmarried and was still living with her parents at The Albion Hotel.  Her actual age would have been nearer 37, so perhaps it is an error in transcription.  Ten years later she was a 47-year old spinster still living with her parents at The Albion Hotel where she was assisting her father in the hotel business.  Charlotte Collett of the Albion Hotel died in Burton-on-Trent on 15th December 1926.  She was a spinster and it was through the office in London that probate was completed on 12th March 1927 when her sister Agnes Collett (below) was named as the sole executor of her personal effects amounting to £217 6 Shillings.

 

 

 

 

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Alice Collett was born at Ivanhoe Road in Ashby-de-la-Zouch on 27th October 1865 and, just like her sister Charlotte (above), Alice was also missing from the family home in April 1871.  That was perhaps a temporary arrangement because of overcrowding or some other reason, since both sisters appeared in subsequent census records.  By 1881 Alice was 15 and was the oldest child in the family that was still attending school while still living with her family at The Castle in Ashby-de-la-Zouch.  Alice has not been found with her family in the census of 1891 since, by then she was married to Arthur Crofts Blant who was born on 16th November 1870.  Alice and Arthur would appear to have been married around 1889, and over the following thirteen years they had seven children. 

 

 

 

They were Gladys Ellen Blant (born 22.10.1890), Alice Maud Blant (born 04.02.1892), Agnes Elizabeth Blant (born on 26th September 1894), Charlotte Mildred Blant (born on 27th November 1895), John Samuel Blant (born on 19th November 1897), Henry Edward Blant (born on 18th September 1900) and Gerald Charles Blant (who was born on 6th October 1902).  And it was their youngest child Gerald who, with his wife Hilda Gladys Gee, was the father of David Blant who made contact in 2013 and kindly provided all of the new information regarding this branch of the Collett family.

 

 

 

 

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Lottie Collett may have been born around 1866 at Ashby-de-la-Zouch where all twelve of her siblings were born.  Her non-appearance with her large family in any census return might indicate that she suffered an infant death before 1871.  However, it seems highly likely that she was the Lottie Winifred Selbey, a married woman, who was granted administration of the personal estate of her brother Richard Edward Collett (below) in 1962, when she would have been in her early nineties.

 

 

 

 

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Agnes Collett was born at Ashby-de-la-Zouch in 1867 and was three years old by April 1871 when she was living with her family at The Castle Inn at Ashby-del-la-Zouch.  Agnes was 13 in 1881 and was still at school and still living at The Castle Inn.  By 1891 Agnes’ parents were living at Burton-on-Trent, although by then she was not living with them at The Albion Hotel.  It is not clear where Agnes was in 1901, but by April 1911 she was once again living with her parents at The Albion Hotel.  The census that year recorded that she was unmarried at the age of 43.  Agnes was still a spinster in 1927 when she was the sole executor for the Will of her sister Charlotte Collett (above).  Agnes Collett was 78 when she died at Burton-on-Trent in 1946, her death being recorded at the Burton register office (Ref. 6b 325) during the month of June that year.

 

 

 

 

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William Henry Collett was born at Ashby-de-la-Zouch in 1869.  At the time of the census for Ashby in 1871 William was two years of age and was living at The Castle Inn with his family, while ten years later he was still there at the age of eleven.  He was 21 in 1891 by which time he had moved with his parents from Ashby-de-la-Zouch to Burton-on-Trent where the family was living in The Albion Hotel of which William’s father was the proprietor.  It must have been around nine years later that William married Emily, the wedding most likely taking place in Ashby-de-la-Zouch where Emily was born.  Shortly after that Emily presented William with a son, by which time the family of three were living in Burton.  The census in 1901 listed them as William H Collett, a licenced victualler age 32 and from Ashby-de-la Zouch, his wife Emily who was 25, and their son William M Collett who was just seven months old.  At that time in his life William was the landlord of the British Oak Inn at 36 Byrkley Street in Burton-on-Trent.  Helping the family was servant Alice E Bradley who was 17 and from Burton.

 

 

 

Four years after that the couple added a daughter to their family, but sadly when she was around four years of age her father died.  The family was residing at 35 Derby Street in Burton when William Henry Collett passed away on 14th August 1910 at the age of 41.  His Will was proved at Lichfield on 7th September 1910, when his widow Emily was named as the administrator of his estate of just £100.  Six months after his death Emily Collett from Ashby-de-la-Zouch was 34 and had living with her in Burton her two children.  They were William Mark Collett, who was 10, and Eveline Martha Margaret Collett who was five years old.  The family was still living at 35 Derby Street, where they were supported by servants Elsie May Topliss who was 13, while visiting the family was Alfred Alexander Gray who was 26.

 

 

 

Nothing much more is known about William Mark Collett except that he was only 26 years old when he died at Burton-on-Trent in 1927, his death being recorded at Burton register office (Ref. 6b 364) during the month of June.

 

 

 

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William Mark Collett

Born in August 1900 at Burton-on-Trent

 

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Eveline Martha Margaret Collett

Born in 1905 at Burton-on-Trent

 

 

 

 

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Frederick Charles Collett was born at The Castle Inn in Ashby-de-la-Zouch in 1870 just prior to the census of 1871 in which he was recorded as being under one year old.  At that time he was living at The Castle Inn where his father William was the inn keeper.  By 1881 he was ten years old.  Around 1885 Frederick and his family took over The Albion Hotel in Burton-on-Trent where they were living in April 1891 when Frederick was 20.  By the time of the next census in March 1901 Frederick was a married man living at 55-56 Worcester Street in Coventry.  Fredk Chas Collett from Ashby-de-le-Zouch was 30 and a grocer’s assistant.  His wife Ellen was 39 and from Coventry, and with her was her married daughter from her previous marriage.  She was Lizzie Evelyn Stanton, age 20, who was married to John Stanton, a plasterer from Coventry who was 27, with whom she had already had two grandchildren.  Evelyn Annie Stanton was one year old, while her unnamed brother was only 12 days old.

 

 

 

After another ten years Frederick Collett from Coventry (?) was 42 and employed as the hall keeper at the Hippodrome in Coventry when residing at 46 Cope Street in the city.  Living there with him was his wife Ellen Collett who was 50 and their daughter Doris Collett who was only seven years old.  It seems the family of three were residents in the theatre, the census in 1911 also listing five other adults who may have been performers or staff.  The death of Frederick C Collett was recorded at Birmingham register office (Ref. 6d 352) during the second quarter of 1924 when he was 54.

 

 

 

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Doris Collett

Born in 1903 at Coventry

 

 

 

 

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Robert Collett, who was known as Bob, was born at The Castle Inn in Ashby-de-la-Zouch in 1871 but after the census that year which was conducted on second of April, and he was nine years old in the census of 1881 when he was still living at The Castle with his family.  About four years later the family left The Castle Inn and moved to Burton-on-Trent where they set up home in The Albion Hotel and where, in 1891, Robert was 17 years of age.  It was ten year later when Robert Collett married Martha Hyde during the second quarter of 1901, the event being recorded at Burton register office (Ref. 6b 703) when the witnesses were named as William James Orton and Amy Beatrice Shilton.

 

 

 

Their marriage had produce three children by the time of the census in 1911 when the family was living at 14 Mill Hill Lane in Winshill, Burton-on-Trent.  Robert Collett from Ashby-de-la-Zouch was 38 and was working at a local brewery.  He had been married for ten years to Martha who was 37, while their three children were May Collett who was nine, Katie Collett who was five, and Robert Collett who was three.  Only three years later Robert Collett died at Burton at the age of 43, when his death was recorded at the register office (Ref. 6b 553) during the first three months of 1914.

 

 

 

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May Collett

Born in 1901 at Burton-on-Trent

 

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Katie Collett

Born in 1905 at Burton-on-Trent

 

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Robert John W Collett

Born in 1908 at Burton-on-Trent

 

 

 

 

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Kate Elizabeth Collett was born at The Castle Inn in Ashby-de-la-Zouch in 1874 where she was still living with her family in April 1881 at the age of six.  Ten years later Katie, or Elizabeth, was not listed with her parents in the census return for Burton-on-Trent to where they had moved after leaving Ashby-de-la-Zouch in the mid 1880s.  Kate was still living at The Albion Hotel in 1901 when she was 25 with no stated occupation, and was there also, ten years later at the age of 36 when she was still an unmarried lady and was assisting her father with the running of hotel.  Within six months of the census Kate E Collett married Charles M Robinson, the event recorded at Burton-on-Trent register office (Ref. 6b 693) during the third quarter of 1911.

 

 

 

 

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John Barrow Collett was born at The Castle Inn in Ashby-de-la-Zouch, perhaps at the end of 1876, since his birth was recorded at Ashby-de-la-Zouch (Ref. 7a 109) during the first quarter of 1877.  He was four years old in the Ashby census of 1881 when he was still living at The Castle Inn with his family.  Four years later John and his family gave up The Castle Inn to take on The Albion Hotel in Burton-on-Trent where, in 1891, they were living and where John was 14.  Just after the end of the century, John was working as a brewer’s number taker and in 1901 was 23 years old and still living with his parents at The Albion Hotel.  It is understood within the family that John’s father was a brewer of ‘Burton Beer’ so it is likely that John, and his brother Richard (below), were both working for or with their father.

 

 

 

It was just over six months after that census day in 1901 when John Barrow Collett married Clara Agnes Jones, the marriage recorded at Bourton-on-Trent register office (Ref. 6b 764) during the last quarter of 1901.  Once married the couple settled in Burton-on-Trent where their two children were born.  Tragically John’s wife died during the birth of their second child, at which time his two children were taken into the care of their grandparents at the Albion Hotel where they were recorded in error in April 1911 as Ivy Ellinor Collett who was nine, rather than Ivy Eileen Collett, and John Edwin Collett who was six years old, both of them having been born in Burton-on-Trent. 

 

 

 

Following the death of his first wife, John remarried in 1907 and by April 1911 his second wife had already presented him with a further two children when they were living at Coventry and Birmingham respectively.  The birth of the second of those two children was recorded at Aston register office (Ref. 6d 223) during the second quarter of 1910.  Nine months later John and the two children were living as boarders at 7 Emmeline Street in Birmingham, the home of cabinet maker Frederick William Spilsbury and his family.  John Barrow Collett from Ashby-de-la-Zouch was a motor steerer at the age of 34 who had been married for three years, during which time he had given birth to two children, both living.  They were recorded as Leonard Collett who was two and Florence Collet who was one year old.  Where his wife was on that day has still to be discovered.

 

 

 

Twenty-eight years later the Electoral Roll for the Yardley area of Birmingham recorded John Barrow Collett as residing at 8 Everton Road in Birmingham, where he had been living since 1927.  It was twelve years after that when the death of John Barrow Collett was recorded at Birmingham register office (Ref. 9c 292) during the third quarter of 1951 when he was 74.

 

 

 

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Ivy Eileen Collett

Born in 1901 at Burton-on-Trent

 

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John Edwin William Collett

Born in 1904 at Burton-on-Trent

 

The following are the two children of John Barrow Collett by his second wife (name unknown):

 

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Leonard Collett

Born in 1908 at Coventry

 

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Florence Collett

Born in 1910 at Birmingham

 

 

 

 

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Richard Edward Collett was born at The Castle Inn in Ashby-de-la-Zouch in 1878 where his father was the inn keeper.  The census of 1881 recorded that Richard was two years old while living at The Castle Inn with his family.  A few years after the census day, the Collett family left Ashby-de-la-Zouch and made their new home at The Albion Hotel in Burton-on-Trent.  That was confirmed by the census of 1891 when Richard was twelve years of age.  Richard was still living there ten years later in March 1891 when he was 21 and was employed as a brewer’s number taker with his brother John Collett (above).

 

 

 

At the end of the next decade Richard Edward Collett was a brewery employee and was still living with his parents at The Albion Hotel where he was recorded as being unmarried and 33 years of age.  Shugborough Hall at Great Haywood, and four miles from Stafford, is today a museum which includes a brewery.  Four letters written in 1895 to Richard E Collett are held there.  They came from the Midland Railway Telegraph Department, Superintendent's Office in Derby and were address to Mr Richard E. Collett at The Albion Hotel, Shobnall in Burton-on-Trent relating to a job.

 

 

 

It is possible that he never married, and it was in 1962 that Richard Edward Collett of 324 Shobnall Street in Burton-on-Trent died while a patient at Andressey Hospital in the town.  He was 82 and his death was recorded at the Burton register office (Ref. 9b 75) in June 1962.  Administration of his personal effects amounting to £488 9 Shillings was granted to Lottie Winifred Selby, a married woman.

 

 

 

 

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Walter Collett was born at The Castle Inn in Ashby-de-la-Zouch in either December 1880 or January 1881 with the birth recorded in the town (Ref. 7a 101) during the first three months of 1881.  Furthermore Walter was included in the census of 1881 as being just three months old.  The next census in 1891 listed Walter as being 10 years of age when he was living with his family at The Albion Hotel in Burton-on-Trent.  On leaving school it would appear that Walter helped out his father by working with him at The Albion Hotel since, in the census of 1901, Walter was 20 and his occupation was described as being a hotel proprietor’s assistant.  Whether it was an accident or through illness is not known at this time, but the death of Walter Collett was recorded at Burton-on-Trent (Ref. 6b 253) during the last three months of 1906 when he was only 25 years old.

 

 

 

 

43P80

James Henry Collett was born at Wolverhampton on 6th November 1868, the eldest child of James Collett and Sarah Georgia Hopkins.  He was 11 years of age in April 1881 when he was living with his family at Canterbury Villa on the Warwick Road in Solihull.  Ten years later he was still living with his family at Warwick Road in Solihull when he was 21 and employed as a brass founder.  It was on 17th April 1897 when James Henry Collett aged 27 married Clara Luckman aged 30 at St Giles Church in the Parish of Sheldon in Birmingham.  James was confirmed as the son of James Collett, while Clara, who was born in Birmingham on 15th May 1866, was named as the daughter of William Luckman.  Over the following decade the marriage produced six children for James and Clara, the first three being born at Birmingham before James and his family returned to settled in Solihull.

 

 

 

James’ occupation was that of a canvasser and by March 1901 he was living at Lyndon End on the Coventry Road in Solihull where he was working as a canvasser.  On that occasion the census confirmed that Henry J Collett, age 32, had been born at Birmingham rather than Wolverhampton.  That may have been stated as a direct result of the fact that he and his parents only lived in Wolverhampton for a few months after he was born, following which the family moved to Birmingham where all of his younger siblings were born.  The remainder of his family in 1901 were recorded as his wife Clara who was 35 and from Birmingham, and their three daughters Ruth E Collett who was three years of age, Georgina M Collett who was one year old, and baby Dorothy M Collett who was under one month old.  All three children were described as being born in Birmingham which, if true, meant that the family had only just moved into the dwelling at Lyndon End.

 

 

 

Staying with the family on that census day at the end of March in 1901 was James’ younger brother Frederick John Collett, another canvasser from Birmingham, who was separated from his wife, pending his decree absolute which was granted three months after.  The next three children of James Henry Collett and Clara Luckman were born at Solihull over the next five years so, by April 1911, the family living at Shirley, to the west of Solihull, comprised James Henry Collett who was 41, his wife Clara who was 44, and their six children Ruth aged 13, Georgina aged 11, Dorothy aged 10, Gladys who was eight, Norman who was seven and Phyllis who was five years old.  James’ occupation at that time was a steam and automobile engineer.

 

 

 

The death of James H Collett was recorded at Solihull register office (Ref. 6d 820) during the second quarter of 1936 when he was 66.  It was just over two years later that his wife passed away on 23rd August 1938, following which her Will was proved in Birmingham on 17th October 1938.  The Probate Service confirmed that Clara Collett of 204 Coventry Road at Yardley in Birmingham, a widow, died on 23rd August 1938 at Lyndon on Queslett Road in Streetly, Staffordshire.  The executors of her estate valued at £1,143 11 Shillings 8d were her eldest daughter Elizabeth Ruth Cetti, the wife of Albert Victor Cetti, Norman Noel Collett, a pattern maker, and the said Albert Victor Cetti, a stockbroker’s clerk.

 

 

 

43Q98

Elizabeth Ruth Collett

Born in 1897 at Sheldon, Birmingham

 

43Q99

Georgina Mary Collett

Born in 1899 at Sheldon, Birmingham

 

43Q100

Dorothy Mabel Collett

Born in March 1901 at Birmingham

 

43Q101

Gladys Clara Collett

Born in 1902 at Solihull

 

43Q102

Norman Noel Collett

Born in 1903 at Shirley, Solihull

 

43Q103

Phyllis May Collett

Born in 1906 at Small Heath, Birm’ham

 

 

 

 

43P81

Frederick John Collett was born at Birmingham on 19th July 1870.  His age was given at being nine years in the census of 1881 which might suggest the year of birth was 1871 rather than 1870, since he was 19 years old ten years later, by which time he was working as a merchant’s apprentice while he was still living with his family at Warwick Road in Solihull.  It was on 20th January 1894 that Frederick married spinster Ada Marian Lea at the Wesleyan Chapel in Sparkhill, Solihull, where he may have been working at that time, and where Ada, who was known as Marian, had been born in 1873.  The marriage was also recorded at Solihull register office (Ref. 6d 713).

 

 

 

Ada was six months pregnant on the day of their wedding and gave birth to a son just three months after.  That child was followed by three more, two of whom had died by the summer of 1900 when Ada Marian Collett, formerly Lea, filed for divorce from her husband on the grounds of his adultery and cruelty.  It was at the High Court of Justice, Probate Divorce and Admiralty Division on 25th June 1900 that the petitioner was named as Ada Marrian Collett of Solihull, the wife of Frederick John Collett.  The report confirmed that the then Ada Marrian Lea, spinster, was on the twentieth day of January 1894 lawfully married to the Frederick John Collett at Sparkhill Chapel near Birmingham.  It continued that after her marriage the petitioner lived and cohabited with her husband at Sparkbrook in Worcester and at other places.  The same report also listed the names and dates of birth of their four children two of whom, Howard and Gordon, were described as already deceased, while it also stated that the petitioner, who was now pregnant with the couple’s fifth child, had been assaulted by her husband within one month of their wedding day.

 

 

 

Six month after filing for divorce, the High Court of Justice sitting at the Royal Courts of Justice in The Strand, London, issued the decree nisi on 19th December 1900.  The President, the Right Honorable Sir Francis Henry Jeune KCB, having taken the oral evidence of the Petitioner and of the Witness produced on her behalf in support of the Petition filed in this cause, and having heard Counsel thereon, the Respondent not defending the Suit at the hearing, pronounced that the Petitioner had sufficiently proved the contents of the said Petition.  It was also at The Royal Courts of Justice in The Strand that the decree absolute was granted on 1st July 1901 when it was stated that the marriage was dissolved on the grounds of the adultery, coupled with cruelty, towards the Petitioner, called Marrian Collett, by Frederick John Collett.

 

 

 

Three months earlier, at the time the census was conducted in 1901, Ada M Collett from Solihull was 27 when she and her three surviving children were residing at the Grocer’s Shop on the High Street in Solihull, the home of her mother Mary A Lea.  Mary was a widow of 64, a grocer and a shopkeeper who had her own account.  Supporting her as assistant grocer was her son Howard P Lea who was 30, and her daughters Jessie M Lea age 26 and Elsie B lea who was 23.  The three children of Ada Collett were recorded as Cyril F Collett who was six years old and born at Sparkhill, Phyllis M G Collett who was four and from Stechford near Yardley, and Margery M Collett who was just five months old and born at Solihull. 

 

 

 

On that same day the children’s father, Frederick J Collett who was 29 and from Birmingham and whose occupation was that of a canvasser like his older brother James (above), was staying at his brother’s home at Lyndon End off Coventry Road in Solihull.  That was the last known record of Frederick John Collett who died five years later during 1906 by which time, it is thought, he may have been a serving member of the British Army.

 

 

 

By the time of the census in April 1911 Ada Marian Collett was 37 when she was still living with her mother at the grocer’s shop on the High Street in Solihull.  The census return confirmed that Ada was divorced and that she was working as a nurse with her own account.  The form also confirmed that she had given birth to five children, only one of which had survived, this presumably being Cyril whose whereabouts in 1911 have not been discovered.  Ada’s mother Mary Ann Lea was 74 and was still a grocer and a shopkeeper, while still living with her were Ada’s two younger sisters Jessie May Lea who was 34 and Elsie Beatrice Lea who was 32, both with no occupation but described as at home. 

 

 

 

43Q104

Cyril Frederick Collett

Born on 30th April 1894 at Sparkhill

 

43Q105

Phyllis Mary G Collett

Born in 1896 at Stechford

 

43Q106

Howard Collett

Born in 1898 at Solihull; infant death

 

43Q107

Gordon Collett

Born in 1899 at Solihull; infant death

 

43Q108

Margery Martin Collett

Born in October 1900 at Solihull

 

 

 

 

43P82

Mary Georgia Collett was born at Birmingham on 14th March 1872.  When she was seven years of age her family moved out of Birmingham and made a new home in Solihull where they lived until the end of the century.  The census of 1881 confirmed that the family was residing at Canterbury Villa in Warwick Road in Solihull where Mary G Collett was eight years old.  She was 18 in 1891 and was still living with her parents at the property in Warwick Road, Solihull.  During the next decade Mary married John Arthur Young who was born in 1868.  Following the death of her mother in 1899 Mary’s father moved to Newport in South Wales with Mary’s three sisters (below) as confirming by the census of 1901.  Mary also moved to Newport at some time and she and John are known to have lived at 40 Summerhill Avenue in the town.

 

 

 

 

43P83

Rosa Polly Collett was born at Birmingham on 27th April 1874.  By April 1881 her family were living at Canterbury Villa on Warwick Road in Solihull where Rosa was six years old.  She was also recorded as Rosa P Collett in the census of 1891 when she was 15 and still attending school when she was still living at Warwick Road in Solihull with her family.  However, after her mother died in 1899, her father took Rosa and her two younger sisters (below) to live with him at Newport in South Wales where her mother had been born and where she may have been buried.  According to the Newport census of 1901 she was recorded as Rosie Pollie Collett aged 25 and from Birmingham.  The only other fact known about Rosie within the family is that she died at Hereford on 30th May 1932.

 

 

 

 

43P84

Nellie Mabel Collett was born at Erdington on 4th August 1877, her birth being recorded at Aston register office (Ref. 6d 403) during the third quarter of that year.  By the time of the census in 1881 she was living with her family at Canterbury Villa on the Warwick Road in Solihull at the age of three.  She was still there at Warwick Road ten years later in 1891 when she was 13 and still at school.  Following the death of her mother in 1898 her father moved to Newport in Monmouthshire, taking his three youngest daughters with him including Nellie M Collett from Erdington who was 23 in 1901. 

 

 

 

Seven years later Nellie Mabel Collett married Edwin Hubert Harrison, their marriage being recorded at Newport register office (Ref. 11a 379) during the second quarter of 1908, when the witnesses were Maggie Brankley and Albert Edward Walkley.  Tragically they were not married very long when Nellie Mabel Harrison nee Collett died during 1915 when the couple was living at White Cross in Hereford.  It may also be significant that Nellie’s sister Rosa Polly Collett (above) died in Hereford during 1932.

 

 

 

 

43P85

Hilda Ann Collett was born within the Olton district of Birmingham on 11th September 1881, which is rather strange since her family was living at Warwick Road in Solihull in both 1881 and 1891.  By the time of the census in 1891 Hilda A Collett from Olton was nine years old.  He mother died when Hilda was around 18 years of age, and when the census was conducted in March 1901 she and her two older sisters were living with their widowed father in Newport, when Hilda Ann Collett from Olton in Birmingham was described as being 21 rather than 19. If she was born on 11th September 1880, as previously stated here, there is still the mystery as to where she was in early April 1881 to cause her absence from the census that month.  It is also established that she later married A G Harrison who was born around 1876 and that the couple spent some years living in India before returning to England to live at Church Road in Minehead in Somerset.

 

 

 

 

43P86

Alfred Shawcross Collett was born at Salford in 1861 where he died in March 1865.  He was originally the base-born son of Georgiana Collett of Stafford and Rugeley and his father may have been John Shawcross who married his mother shortly after he was born.

 

 

 

 

43P87

Peter Shawcross was born at Manchester in 1862 and was aged 18 in 1881.  At that time he was working was a machine grinder with the company of E & M.  Shortly after the census day he changed his name to that of his mother’s and as Peter Collett he met and married Jane (?) who was born in Manchester in 1865.  By the time of the 1891 Census the family comprised Peter aged 29 and Jane aged 25, and their four children all born at Manchester.  They were Mary, who was eight, Peter, who was four, Herbert, who was two, and baby Martha who was not yet one year old.  At that time the family of six was living in the Ancoats area of Manchester, and living with them was Peter’s widowed mother Georgiana aged 50, who was confirmed as born in Stafford.

 

 

 

It seems likely that some tragedy struck the family during the next ten years as the children’s father was missing from the family home in 1901.  Either that or he may have been away fighting in the Boer War, or was somewhere else.  What is known for sure is that his four children were still living with their mother Jane aged 35 in Manchester.  The ages of the children on the census day were Mary 17, Peter 14, Herbert 12 and Martha 10.  Sometime during the next ten years Peter Collett [senior] died.

 

 

 

Following the death of her husband, Jane Collett later married a gentleman by the name of Cadman and he may have been William, Henry or John.  That was confirmed by the census of 1911 in which Jane Cadman who was born in Manchester was still living there and was 46 years of age.  During the war years Jane was living at 62 Junction Street in Ancoats, and it was there in September 1915 she received the sad news that her son Peter had been killed while serving King and country in France.

 

 

 

43Q109

Mary Jane Collett

Born in 1883 at Ancoats, Manchester

 

43Q110

Peter Collett

Born in 1886 at Ancoats, Manchester

 

43Q111

Herbert Collett

Born in 1888 at Ancoats, Manchester

 

43Q112

Martha Collett

Born in 1890 at Ancoats, Manchester

 

 

 

 

43P88

Mary Shawcross was born at Manchester in 1868 and was 12 years old in 1881.  By 1891 she was 21 and was living at Regent Road in Salford.

 

 

 

 

43P89

Georgina Collett was born at Manchester on 5th June 1869.  At the time of her birth, Georgina’s mother was Georgiana Shawcross, she having married John Shawcross around 1862.  However, the fact the child was given her mother’s maiden name might suggest that Georgina was not a product of her marriage to John Shawcross.  No census record for Georgina has been found in either 1871 or 1881, perhaps indicating that she had been removed from the family.  It is certainly confirmed that her mother was living with two of her Shawcross siblings at Salford in 1881.

 

 

 

What is known though is that on 28th September 1889 Georgina married William Ernest Holt at St Andrew’s Church in Manchester.  It is interesting that the marriage certificate initially shows the father of the bride to be John Shawcross, but the name has been subsequently crossed out perhaps resulting from an objection from her mother.  William E Holt was born at Chorlton-on-Medlock in Manchester on 9th March 1869, the son of William Holt of Prescot near St Helens in Lancashire and Anne Moore of Hampshire.

 

 

 

The marriage produced twelve children for the couple all of whom were born in Manchester, the first group while the couple were living at Chorlton-on-Medlock and the latter ones at Miles Platting.  In the 1891 Census, seven months after they were married, Georgina was listed as being aged 20, while her husband George was 21, the pair of them living in central Manchester.  Ten years on in 1901, William E Holt was aged 32 and was working as a stonemason’s labourer, while still living in Manchester.

 

 

 

It would appear that Georgina and George lived all of their life together in the Manchester area.  And it was in the Ancoats district of the city that George Collett died on 6th July 1943, following which he was buried at Philips Park in Miles Platting on 10th July 1943.  Sometime during the fourteen years following her husband’s death, Georgina moved to the Crumpsall area of Manchester where she died on 2nd June 1957.  She too was buried at Philips Park in Miles Platting four days after her passing on 6th June 1957.

 

 

 

 

43P90

Alfred Thomas Collett was born at Salford in 1868.  He was the base-born son of Fanny Collett and in 1871 the pair of them were living with Alfred’s grandmother, 60 years old Mary Collett in her home at 12 Corporation Square in Salford.  Alfred was three years old at that time.  Following the marriage of his mother Fanny to Thomas Lowe in 1878, Alfred changed his name to Alfred Thomas Lowe as confirmed in the 1881 Census when he was 13 and was living in the family home at 9 West Charles Street in Salford.

 

 

 

It was originally written here that it may have been through his stepfather’s family that Alfred met and married Elizabeth Ann Lowe (who was born during 1872) around 1890, she being the daughter of James and Mary Ann Lowe of 6 Frampton Street in Salford, James being the brother of Thomas Lowe.  However, that perhaps was not the case, because the details of the marriage at Christ Church in Salford on 21st December 1889 provide a different story.  The groom was named as Alfred Thomas Collett Lowe, age 20 and a grinder and a bachelor of 4 West Elizabeth Street in Salford.  The bride was Elizabeth Ann Barlow, 19 and a jack tenter and a spinster of 15 West Elizabeth Street in Salford.  The groom's father was Thomas Lowe (deceased), a spinner, while the bride's father was John Barlow, a maker-up.  The witnesses were William Ernest Holt and Fanny Lowe – the groom’s mother.

 

 

 

According to the 1891 Census for Manchester, Alfred was 23 and Elizabeth was 18 when the childless couple was residing at 2 Heaps Court in the Greengate district of Salford where their first child had been born, who had tragically died shortly after.  Just after the turn of the century the March census of 1901 recorded Alfred Thomas Collett as 33 and Elizabeth Ann Collett as 28, when they were living at 15 Market Street in Salford with their daughters, Elizabeth Collett, who was six, Emily Collett, who was four, and Alice Collett who was one year old.  Also living with the family on that occasion was Alfred’s widowed mother Fanny Lowe, who was 53, and her son William Lowe who was 20. 

 

 

 

Three further children were added to the family over the next six years, and it was at Salford that the family was still living in April 1911, although by then the couple had suffered another loss with the death of their daughter Sarah Ellen.  Alfred Thomas Collett was 43 and his wife Elizabeth Ann was 38.  Their three eldest daughters were confirmed as Elizabeth Ann Collett, 16, Emily Collett, who was 14, and Alice Collett who was 11, while the two new arrivals were listed as James Collett who was six, and Elsie Collett who was three years old.  On the occasion of the registration of the birth of his son James, Alfred’s occupation was that of an electrical engineer’s labourer, while his youngest son Alfred was only five years old when Alfred Thomas Collett died in Salford at the age of 50 during 1918.  He was survived by his widow, with Elizabeth Ann Collett passing away in Salford in 1837. 

 

 

 

Over the years, the Collett family appear to have moved a great many times, but all the known addresses were within the Trinity area of Salford and, in addition to those already mentioned above, the other addresses included Cobbett Street in 1895, Arlington Court in 1905, Rigby Street in 1907, Corporation Square in 1913 and Brewery Street in 1923.

 

 

 

43Q113

Mary Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1891 at Salford, Lancs.

 

43Q114

Elizabeth Ann Collett

Born in 1895 at Salford, Lancs.

 

43Q115

Emily Collett

Born in 1897 at Salford, Lancs.

 

43Q116

Alice Collett

Born in 1899 at Salford, Lancs.

 

43Q117

Sarah Ellen Collett

Born in 1902 at Salford, Lancs.

 

43Q118

James Collett

Born in 1905 at Salford, Lancs.

 

43Q119

Elsie Collett

Born in 1907 at Salford, Lancs.

 

43Q120

Alfred Collett

Born in 1913 at Salford, Lancs.

 

 

 

 

43Q1

Oliver Otto Collett was born at Keokuk in Iowa in 1887.  He settled in Wapello County in Iowa where his father died in 1912 and where his son was born in 1920.  And it was at Wapello that Oliver Otto Collett senior died in 1976.

 

 

 

43R1

Oliver Otto Collett junior

Born in 1920 at Wapello County, Iowa

 

 

 

 

43Q5

George William Collett was born in Kentucky on 17th September 1873, the first child of John W Collett and his older wife Rebecca.  It was at Leslie County that he was living with his family in 1880 when George W Collett was six years of age.  In 1893 George married Elizabeth Chappel of Bad Creek in Leslie County where the couple was living at Marrowbone when the census was conducted in1900.  George was 26 and a farmer who had been married to Elizabeth for seven years.  His wife, Lizzie Beth Collett was 24 and had given birth to four children, all still living.  They were Emily Collett who was six, Bertha Collett who was four, Shelby Collett who was three and Wilson Collett who was four months old.

 

 

 

Four more children were added to the family during the next decade but sadly by the time of the Bad Creek census in 1910 two of the couple’s eight children had died.  The surname was recorded as Collette, with farmer George being 36 and married to Elizabeth for sixteen years.  She was 33, while their surviving six children were listed as Emily who was 15, Bertha who was 13, son Shelby who was 11, Sarah Jane who was six, Birchell who was four and Reuben who was thirteen months old.

 

 

 

The US Army draft record completed on 12th September 1918 described him in the following way.  George Collett, serial number 296, had blue eyes, dark hair, was tall and of medium build.  He was 44 years old and a resident of Roark in Leslie County where he was farming.  His nearest living relative was Elizabeth Collett of Roark, who was most likely his wife, while the name of his employer was George Collett, perhaps indicating he was self-employed.  The form was signed by the registrar McKinley Asher.

 

 

 

Less than two years later the census in 1920 listed the family still living at Bad Creek as farmer George aged 46 who owned the property in which they were living, his wife Lizzie B who was 45, Shelby who was 21, Sarah J who was 15, Bertchel who was 12, Reuben who was nine, Charley who was six and Mary who was four.  A few dwellings from the family was tenant farmer James Collett (#43q5) aged 40 and his wife Sinthly (?), also 40, and their daughter Martha Collett (#43r2) who was four months old.  Who they were is not known at this time.

 

 

 

After a further ten years George and his reduced family was still residing in Bad Creek at Bowens Creek Road, although their ages were at variants to the ages stated ten years earlier in 1920.  George Collett was 60 and still managing the farm, his wife Betsey Collett was 56, unmarried son Shelby Collett was 34, Reuben Collett was 23, Charlie Collett was 18 and Mary was 15.  The two younger sons were both labourers and unemployed Shelby was suffering with bad health.  Once again the census return confirmed that George had been first married at the age of twenty-one, while in the case of his wife it was seventeen.

 

 

 

During the following years George was widowed by the death of Elizabeth, after which he married Martha.  According to the Bad Creek census in 1940, farmer George was 66 and still living on Bowen Creek Road, Martha was 65, Shelby Collett was 42 and Mary Collett was 25.  Living next door was George’s married son Reuben Collett who had living with him his wife Mary and their first four children.  Another family living on Bowen Creek Road comprised farmer Wiley Collett (#43q6), aged 56, his wife Chloe Collett, aged 63, Mollie Collett (#43r3), aged 35, WPA labourer Harrison Collett (#43r4), aged 34, farmer Ballard Collett (#43r5), aged 25, Lucy Collett (#43r6), aged 20, Elizabeth Collett (#43r7), aged 14, Opal Collett (#43r8), aged 10, Joe Collett (#43r9) who was eight and Ada Collett (#43r10)  who was seven years of age.

 

 

 

George William Collett died on 27th March 1948 at Essie in Leslie County, Kentucky, and was buried at Bowens Creek Cemetery.

 

 

 

43R2

Emily Collett

Born in 1894 at Bad Creek, Leslie County

 

43R3

Bertha Collett

Born in 1896 at Bad Creek, Leslie County

 

43R4

Shelby Collett – died in 1969

Born in 1897 at Bad Creek, Leslie County

 

43R5

Wilson Collett – infant death

Born in 1900 at Bad Creek, Leslie County

 

43R6

a Collett child – infant death

Born in 1902 at Bad Creek, Leslie County

 

43R7

Sarah Jane Collett

Born in 1904 at Bad Creek, Leslie County

 

43R8

Birchell Collett

Born in 1906 at Bad Creek, Leslie County

 

43R9

Reuben Collett

Born in 1909 at Bad Creek, Leslie County

 

43R10

Charley Collett

Born in 1914 at Bad Creek, Leslie County

 

43R11

Mary Collett

Born in 1916 at Bad Creek, Leslie County

 

 

 

 

43Q6

Joseph Collett was born at Kentucky in 1876 and was four years old in the Leslie County in 1880.  He was around eighteen years old when he married Dorcas with whom he had one child who sadly did not survive.  That situation was confirmed in the Bad Creek census of 1910 when the couple had been married for sixteen years.  Joseph Collette (sic) was 34 and a farmer, while his wife Dorkus was 38, the pair of them living next door to Joseph’s younger brother Elias (below).

 

 

 

 

43Q8

Elias Collett was born in Kentucky, at Leslie County on 2nd January 1880 and was just five months old in the June census of Leslie County that year.  He was still living in Leslie County, at Bad Creek, in 1910, by which time he had been was married for ten years.  The census that year revealed that Elias was married to Carla who already had a daughter from a previous marriage.  Elias Collett was a farmer at the age of 30, his wife Carla Collett was 31 and had given birth to a total of four children, one of whom had already died.  Elias’ stepdaughter was Martha Ann Collett aged 15, and the couple’s two children were named as Elmer Collett who was four and John Collett who was two years of age.  Living on either side of the family were two more Collett families, but whose surname was recorded as Collette.  They were farmer Joseph Collette who was Elias’ older brother (above) with his wife Dorkus Collette, and John Collette (Ref. 43P21) who was 56 and another farmer, who had with him his wife of thirty-seven years Jane, who was 67 and who had given birth to five children, only three of them still alive in 1910.

 

 

 

According to the next census in 1920 the family was living on Bowens Creek Road in Leslie County was Elias was still farming at the age of 39.  Carla Collett was 43 and her daughter Martha Ann had left the home by then.  Her place in the house had been filled by a third child for Elias and Carla.  Elmer Collett was 14 and helping his father on their farm, as was John Collett who was 12, while the newest addition to the family was daughter Della Collett who was nine years of age.  The aforementioned John and Collett were still living next door and described as John W Collett aged 66 and Jane Collett who was 76.

 

 

 

Further along Bowens Creek Road were two more Collett families, living adjacent to one another.  They were L M Collett with his wife Delora and their daughter Martha Collett, and the larger family of farmer Manford Collett (Ref. 43Q16).

 

 

 

The US Army draft record completed on 27th April 1942 described him in the following way.  Elias Collett of Essie Town in Leslie County was 5 feet 6 inches tall, weighing 180 pounds, with black eyes, a fair complexion and grey hair.  He had been born in Leslie county and was 62 and farming at home.  His next-of-kin was named as Carly Collett, also residing at Essie, who was very likely his wife.  The draft form for the Medical Board at Hayden was signed by registrar John L Collett.  The earlier draft record for 1917-1918 confirmed his date of birth and also stated he was born at Roark.

 

 

 

The death of Elias Collett took place on 13th February 1948 at Essie in Leslie County, Kentucky, when he was 67.  By that time he had been a widower for a few months following the death of Carly Howard Collett in 1947.  The death certificate confirmed she was the daughter of John W Howard and Linda Pennington, and the wife of Elias Collett.

 

 

 

43R12

Elmer Collett

Born in 1906 at Bad Creek, Leslie County

 

43R13

John Collett

Born in 1908 at Bad Creek, Leslie County

 

43R14

Della Collett

Born in 1911 at Bad Creek, Leslie County

 

 

 

 

43Q16

Manford Collett was born at Leslie County in Kentucky on 12th December 1877 and was two years old in the Leslie County census of 1880 when he was living there with his parents William and Alice E Collett and his younger baby sister Lucy.  In 1898 he married Nancy (Nanie) Sizemore as confirmed by the Leslie County census in 1910 which stated the couple had been married for twelve years.  On that census day he, his wife and their children were residing at Bad Creek.  Manford Collett was 38 and a farmer, his wife Nannie Collett was 28, Sudie Collett was 11, Ruth Collett was eight, James F Collett was six and Lucy was three years of age.  Staying with the family was Manford’s younger brother Samuel Collett (43Q16a) who was 15 and a labourer on the farm.  Curiously he was not living with Manford’s family in 1900 when Samuel would have been five years old.

 

 

 

Another Collett resident of Bad Creek, who was living next door to Manford’s family, was James Collette (#43q17) senior and his family.  James was 44 and also working as a farmer.  His (second) wife Nancy was 24, and the only child from his previous marriage still living with him was Chester Collette (#43r15) who was 13.  The two youngest children of James and Nancy were Floyd Collette (#43r16) who was two and Thomas Collette (#43r17) who was one month old.  The census return confirmed that James and Nancy had only been married for eighteen months.  It is not currently known where this family might have a connection with this family line, so the names have been included here for completeness in the hope that a link may be found at a later date.

 

 

 

Further children were added to Manford’s family between 1910 and 1920 which was living at Bowens Creek Road in Bad Creek on the census day in 1920.  Manford Collett was a farmer of 42, Nancy Collett was 38, James F Collett was 15 and a farm labourer and Lucy Collett was 12 and also a labourer working on the farm.  Daughter Cornella Collett was nine, William Collett was eight, son Billie Collett was three and a half and son Berry Collett was sixteen months old.  Living next door that year was the unidentified family of L M Collett who was 27, whose wife Delora Collett was 23 and whose daughter Martha Collett was two years and two months.

 

 

 

On the day the census was conducted at Bad Creek in 1930, farmer Manford Collett was 53, Nanie Collett was 48, son Billie Collett was 14, son Berry Collett was 11, Mary Collett was nine and Ruth Collett was six years of age.  The census form also stated that Manford was nineteen years old when he married, while Nancy was 15.  The adjacent home that year was occupied by farmer Charlie Collett (#43q18) who was 22, his wife Laura Collett was 19 and their son Fred Collett (#43r18) was eleven months old.  Charles had married Laura when he was 20 and she was 17.

 

 

 

According to the census in 1940 all of their children had left the family home, which that year was at Little Creek in Clay County.  Manford Collett was 62 and Nanie Collett was 57 and the farm where they were living was rented by them, not owned by them.  Two years later, on 27th April 1942, a US Army draft registration form was completed for Manford which included the following details.  He was 5 feet 7 inches tall, weighed 140 pounds, with brown eyes, black hair and a dark complexion.  He was 64 years of age and his place of residence was Roark in Leslie County where Nanie was still living with him.  It would appear that he lived his whole life in Leslie County, since it was there that his death was recorded just over twenty years later on 23rd February 1963 at the age of 85.

 

 

 

There is a very sad story involving Manford’s youngest son Berry Collett.  Just prior to being twenty years of age he married Opha Cox, but tragically before reaching the age of maturity his death was recorded at Beverly in Bell County, Kentucky, in 1939.  The death certificate confirmed the name of his spouse, together with the names of his parents, Manford Collett and Nanie Sizemore.

 

 

 

43R15

Sudie Collett

Born in 1899 at Bad Creek, Leslie County

 

43R16

Ruth Collett

Born in 1902 at Bad Creek, Leslie County

 

43R17

James F Collett

Born in 1904 at Bad Creek, Leslie County

 

43R18

Lucy Collett

Born in 1907 at Bad Creek, Leslie County

 

43R19

Cornella Collett

Born in 1911 at Bad Creek, Leslie County

 

43R20

William Collett

Born in 1912 at Bad Creek, Leslie County

 

43R21

Billie Collett

Born in 1917 at Bad Creek, Leslie County

 

43R22

Berry Collett

Born in 1919 at Bad Creek, Leslie County

 

43R23

Mary Collett

Born in 1921 at Bad Creek, Leslie County

 

43R24

Ruth Collett

Born in 1924 at Bad Creek, Leslie County

 

 

 

 

43Q18

JOHN COLETT was born at Clay County in Kentucky during May 1884, perhaps at Otter Creek where John, aged 16, was living with his father William and his stepmother Catharine in 1900.  It was four years after that when John married Dora Smith on 20th March 1904 at Otter Creek in Clay County, Kentucky when John was 21 and Dora was only 14.  According to census in 1910 the family of John Collett, aged 30, was still residing at Otter Creek in Clay County, where his wife Dora Collett was 25, and their daughters were named as Elsie (Elzie) Collett who was four and Bertha Collett who was two years old.  It is established that at least three further children were born into the family during the next decade, as confirmed by the next census in 1920.  On that occasion the family was living at Manchester in Clay County when John Collett was 39, Dora Collett was 32, and their children were Elsie (Elzie) Collett who was 16, Bertha Collett who was 12, Elbert Collett who was nine, Cordelia Collett who was seven and Burchell Collett who was four years of age.  Every member of the household had been born in Kentucky.

 

 

 

Just two more children were added to the family, one just before and one just after 1830.  By the time of the census that year the family was still living in Clay County, but in District 8, when it comprised John Collett who was said he was 53 instead of 49, Dora Collett who said she was 40 instead of 42, Elbert Collett who was 21, Cordelia Collett who was 18, Burchell Collett who was 14 and most recent arrival Norma Collett who was just two years old.  It was within the Magisterial District 2 in Bell County, Kentucky, that the family was living in 1940.  Head of the household John Collett was 68 (who surely should have been nearer 58), his wife Dora Collett was 51 (which more or less corresponds with her age in the two previous census returns).  Still with the couple were their two youngest daughters Norma Collett who was 12 and Opal Collett who was eight.  Completing the household was their married son Burchell Collett and his wife Della and their two children.

 

 

 

43R25

Elsie Collett

Born in 1905 at Otter Creek, Clay County

 

43R26

Bertha Collett

Born in 1908 at Otter Creek, Clay County

 

43R27

Elbert Collett

Born in 1911 at Otter Creek, Clay County

 

43R28

Cordelia Collett

Born in 1913 at Clay County, Kentucky

 

43R29

BURCHELL COLLETT

Born in 1915 at Clay County, Kentucky

 

43R30

Norma Collett

Born in 1918 at Clay County, Kentucky

 

43R31

Opal Collett

Born in 1922 at Clay County, Kentucky

 

 

 

 

43Q28

Arthur Collett was born at Leslie County in Kentucky on 10th October 1894, the son of Ingrim Collett and his first wife Renio Cope.  Arthur was eight years old in the census of 1900 when he and his family were living at Marrowbone in Bad Creek, Leslie County in Kentucky.  Shortly after 1906 his mother died and his father married the much younger Sarah who was only one year older than Arthur, as confirmed in the Bad Creek census of 1910 when Arthur Collett was 18.  He served with the US Infantry in 1917 and 1918, when his military records gave his date of birth as 10th October 1892 and his place of birth as Asher in Kentucky. 

 

 

 

It is also established that Arthur married Frances Morgan, known as Francy, and that their son Troy, the couple’s seventh child, was born during the same year that Arthur died at Asher.  His death certificate confirmed that he died on 24th July 1926 and that he was the son of Ingram Collett and Renio Cope.  An earlier son of Arthur and Frances, Troy’s older brother Corbett, also had a son with the same name.  After the death of Arthur Collett, his widow remarried, and it was Frances and Willie Brock who raised the Collett children.

 

 

 

43R32

Fred Collett

Born in 1917 at Asher, Leslie County

 

43R33

Emanuel Collett

Born in 1918 at Asher, Leslie County

 

43R34

Corbett Collett

Born before 1926 at Asher, Leslie Cty

 

43R35

Troy Collett

Born in 1926 at Asher, Leslie County

 

 

 

 

43Q32

Shelby Collett was born at Bad Creek in Leslie County during 1906, the youngest child of Ingrim Collett and Renio Cope, who was four years old in the Bad Creek census of 1910.  He married Martha around the middle of the 1920s and by 1930 she had given birth to their first two children when the family was living at Marrowbone in Leslie County.  Shelby Collett was 24, Martha Collett was 21, their son Huy (Dewey) Collett was four and their daughter Gracy (Grace) Collett was two years old, every member of the household having been born in Kentucky.

 

 

 

Three more children were born into the family during the next decade but tragically the last of them died three years before the Leslie County census of 1940.  According to the census return that year Shelby and Martha Collett were both 35, and their four surviving children were recorded as Dewey Collett who was 15, Grace Collett who was 13, Rufus Collett who was nine and Sternel Collett who was seven years old.

 

 

 

43R36

Dewey Collett

Born in 1926 at Leslie County

 

43R37

Grace Collett

Born in 1928 at Leslie County

 

43R38

Rufus Collett

Born in 1931 at Leslie County

 

43R39

Sternel Collett

Born in 1933 at Leslie County

 

43R40

George Collett

Born in 1936 at Leslie County; died 1937

 

 

 

 

43Q47

Robert Collett was born at Bad Creek in Leslie County, Kentucky in 1895, the son of Pleasant Lee and Rusho J Collett, who was five in the Bad Creek census of 1900 when he and his family were living at Marrowbone.  Like his two younger brothers (below) and his father, Robert was residing within Clay County by the time of the census in 1920, by which time he was married with a son.  Robert Collet was 23, his wife Dora Collett was 19, and their son P L Collet who was two years and two months and named after Robert’s father.  Staying with the family was Mary Jane Brock who was 18.

 

 

 

43R41

Pleasant Lee Collett

Born in 1918 at Clay County, Kentucky

 

 

 

 

43Q48

Ingrim Collett was born at Bad Creek in 1897, the son of Pleasant Lee and Rusho J Collett.  He was three years old in the Bad Creek census in 1900 when he and his family were residing at Marrowbone.  It was just prior to 1920 that Ingrim married Sallie and within the census that year Ingram Collet was 22 and Sallie Collet was 19 when they were living not far away from his brother Dewie (below) and his father in Clay County.

 

 

 

 

43Q50

Dewie Collett was born at Bad Creek in 1900, the son of Pleasant Lee and Rusho J Collett.  By the time he was 20 Dewey Collet was living at Clay County, Kentucky in 1920 with his father P L Collet and his possible stepmother Lottie Collet.  He was still unmarried ten years later in the Bad Creek census in 1930 when he was listed at the family home as Dewie Collett aged 30.  Shortly after 1930 he became a married man and his wife presented him with two daughters.  However, in the Leslie County census of 1940 Dewie and his two girls were without their mother, when they were living at the home of their grandfather Pleasant Lee Collett.  Dewie Collett was 40, while Dorothy Collett was five and Leitha Collett was four.

 

 

 

43R42

Dorothy Collett

Born in 1935 at Leslie County

 

43R43

Leitha Collett

Born in 1936 at Leslie County

 

 

 

 

43Q67

Joseph Collett Griffin was born at Clay County in Kentucky on 14th March 1874, the only son of Theophilus Garrard Collett and wife Lucy J Brumley.  Where the Griffin surname came from is still being investigated.  What is known is the Joseph Collett Griffin died at Clay County on 11th March 1954, a few days before his eightieth birthday.

 

 

 

 

43Q77

Margaret Frances Collett, who was known as Peggy, was born in Mexico in 1908 shortly after her parents were married.  The US Census of 1920 listed Margaret as 12 and placed her and her family living at Alpine in Brewster County in Texas.  Five years later in 1925 Peggy was living with her family at 104 Haynes Avenue in San Antonio when her father received the news that he and his brothers and sister were heirs to a fortune of $200,000 left to them by a distant relative in England.  Following an interview with the San Antonio Light, the newspaper ran the headline “Miss Peggy Collett Elects to Get Education with Share of Fortune”.  At that Peggy and her three siblings were all students attending a local public school and Peggy expressed a desire to enter a career in journalism.  Tragically she died only eight years later at San Antonio in Texas in 1933 when she was only in her mid twenties, so never did realise her life’s ambition.

 

 

 

 

43Q78

William Bruns Collett was born at Crystal City in Maverick County in Texas on 9th November 1912.  His second christian name was apparently the name of the medical attendant who assisted at his birth. 

 

According to the census of 1920, William was seven years old and was living with his family at Alpine in Brewster County in Texas. 

 

It would appear that William was married twice, the first time to (1) Anna Ruth Strong with whom he had a daughter.

 

William later married (2) Jimmie Evelyn Petersen just prior to the Second World War with whom he had a further five children. 

 

The first of them was born at Mississippi, while the next four were all born in Texas.

 

 

 

William Bruns Collett was only fifty-four years of age when he died at Lubbock County in Texas on 13th October 1966.  His wife Jimmie, who was born in Brazoria County on 8th December 1921, died eighteen years after William, when she passed away on 24th July 1984 at Lubbock.

 

 

 

43R44

Elizabeth Ann Collett

Born on 22.08.1935

 

43R45

William James Collett

Born in 1941 in Mississippi

 

43R46

Beverly Sue Collett

Born in 1943

 

43R47

James Robert Collett

Born on 27.09.1947

 

43R48

Sandra Lea Collett

Born on 20.10.1948

 

43R49

Sylvia Jean Collett

Born on 17.02.1957

 

 

 

 

43Q59

Martha Elizabeth Collett was born at Alpine in Texas on 26th January 1915 and was four years and eleven months old at the time of the US Census of 1920.  At that time her parents, William F Collett and Maje Collett, were living at Alpine in Brewster County in Texas.  Also listed were Martha’s two siblings Margaret 13, and William 7. 

 

Some years later Martha married Clyde Edgar and the marriage resulted in the birth of one child for the couple.  Martha was made a widow in 1976 when Clyde died at San Antonio.  Today Martha lives in the original family home of her father William Francis Collett at San Antonio and, at the age of 93, she has three grandchildren.

 

Her daughter Mary Patricia Edgar married Richard G Weil in San Antonio from whom she is now divorced, but not before the couple were blessed with three children, Marsha K Weil, Richard G Weil, and Melinda E Weil.  By the time she was 95, and due to her physical limitations, Martha Elizabeth Edgar nee Collett was a resident at Morningside Manor.  However, in January 2011 she was taken from there to Nix Hospital in San Antonio where she died on 30th January 2011, just four days after her 96th birthday.  Following her passing, Martha was buried at San Fernando III Cemetery in San Antonio on Wednesday 3rd February 2011.  The obituary that was displayed at the Mission South Funeral Home read as follows:

 

 

 

“Martha E. Edgar born on January 26, 1915 went to be with the Lord on January 30, 2011 at the age of 96. She died peacefully, of natural causes, surrounded by loving family.  She is preceded in death by her beloved husband Clyde Edgar, parents William and Maje Collett, and siblings Peggy Collett, Bill Collett, and Mary Turner.  Survivors include her loving and dedicated only child Patricia Edgar Weil, grandchildren Marsha K. Williams (Steve), Richard G. Weil (Elizabeth), Melinda E. Taylor, six great grandchildren Matt, Ryan, Cole, Skye, Zeke, and Townsend, numerous nieces, nephews, and other loving family members and friends.  Mrs. Edgar was born in Alpine, Texas.  She was the niece of E. E. Townsend, Father of Big Bend National Park.  She was a homemaker and a caregiver of loved ones throughout her amazing life.  She gave of her time and effort unconditionally to those around her.  She was a lifetime member of McKinley Avenue United Methodist Church, where she had many dear friends.  She is also survived by her loyal canine companion, Sugar.”

 

 

 

Martha Elizabeth Collett was the sister of William Bruns Collett (above), whose daughter Sue Flanagan provided the details of her aunt’s passing.

 

 

It was also Sue who kindly sent in the photograph on the right, showing Sue with her Aunt Martha which was taken during her 95th birthday celebrations at Morningside Manor on 26th January 2010.

 

 

 

43R50

Mary Patricia Edgar

Born in 1937 at San Antonio

 

 

 

 

43Q80

Mary Belle Collett was born at San Antonio in Texas in 1921.  She married John Mack Turner and they had two sons before John’s accidental death in 1955 at Hannibal in Missouri.  Mary Belle lived for almost another forty years after her husband died, until her death around 1994.  Both of her sons were married and each presented Mary Belle with a grandchild.  Troy Turner being the son of John, and Katrina Turner being the daughter of Mark who died at San Antonio in 2007.

 

 

 

43R51

John Mack Turner

Born in 1953

 

43R52

Mark Townsend Turner

Born in 1954; died in 2007

 

 

 

 

43Q86

Mary Elizabeth Collett was born at Atchison on 30th July 1888.  She initially attended a public grade school in Atchison but went to high school at a private College Preparatory School also in Atchison.  She entered Wellesley College in 1906 and graduated with an AB degree in 1910 and she received her Masters Degree from the University of Pennsylvania to which she returned in 1917 for her PhD.

 

 

 

After securing a Fellowship in Biology at Clark University she took up a teaching post in the School of Medicine at the University of Buffalo.  In 1922/23 she was awarded a Fellowship by the American Scandinavian Foundation for which she attended the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm.  On her returned to America she spent one year teaching at Tulane University in New Orleans before completing thirty years teaching at Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio in 1954.  Doctor Mary Elizabeth Collett, a college professor, died on 28th June 1969 at Wellesley in Massachusetts and was buried with other members of her family at Mount Vernon Cemetery in Atchison.

 

 

 

 

43Q87

William Barrow Collett (the second) was born in Atchison, Kansas on 2nd September 1895. 

 

When he was seventeen he attended Culver Military Academy in Indiana.  He later trained as an American Cadet with the Royal Flying Corps of Canada and became a Second Lieutenant at Fort Worth in Texas on 14th February 1918.

 

During the following week he sailed to France with 139th Aero Squadron where he learned to fly rotary engine Nieuports at Issoudon.  The trained had not been completed when volunteers were asked to form 12th Aero Squadron, the second American squadron which was equipped with A5 Avion Renaults.  Four months later Lt. Collett was relieved to the command of the Ferry Pilot Landing Field at Gamaches on the Somme near Dieppe and Abbeville.

 

 

 

Following the Armistice, William was made officer-in-charge of field inspection, First Aviation Acceptance Park at Orly near Paris.  Here he was offered the command of the Aeroplane Courier Service between Germany and the Peace Conference, but he declined as he wished to return to America.  After the war he returned to Nortonville, Kansas in the early spring of 1919 where he renewed his work at the First National Bank where he had been employed in 1916.  It was later that same year that he married Vera Frances Groff on 3rd September 1919 at Nortonville.  Vera was born on 13th July 1890.  It was during William’s time at the bank in 1916 that he had first met Vera.  The five years following their wedding saw the couple blessed with three children, all of whom were born in Atchison.

 

 

 

It was at that same time in their life when William swapped banking for insurance.  That happened between 1921 and 1925 when William Barrow Jr worked alongside his father William Barrow senior in the field of life insurance.  At the end of that time William Jr and his wife and family moved to 7310 Wyoming Street in Kansas City, Kansas and the following year the family moved again, this time to Detroit, Michigan.

 

 

 

Less than four months after the attack on Pearl Harbour, William returned to active duty as a Captain in the Air Corps on 3rd April 1942 and was assigned to Dow Field, Bangor, Maine as Post Intelligence Officer and Public Relations Officer.  He was second in command at Dow Field which was the principal embarkation point for all B-17 Flying Fortresses going to Europe.  In October 1942 he was promoted to Major and was sent to England and returned three year later in 1945.  He was discharged as Lt. Col. Collett at the end of that year.

 

 

 

William Barrow Collett died from a heart attack at Evanston, Illinois on 17th May 1956 and was buried at Arlington National Cemetery – Section 3 Grave 2206A.  Vera survived her husband by nearly thirty years when she died on 22nd October 1985 at Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.  She was buried with William at Arlington.

 

 

 

43R53

William Barrow Collett III

Born on 07.08.1921

 

43R54

Groff Collett

Born on 08.05.1923

 

43R55

Catherine Ann Collett

Born on 15.11.1924

 

 

 

 

43Q93

Robert John W Collett was born at Burton-on-Trent on 22nd July 1908 where his birth was recorded (Ref. 6b 443) during the third quarter of the year.  He was 61 when he died in 1970, his death recorded at Lichfield register office (Ref. 9b 759) during the second quarter of that year.

 

 

 

 

43Q95

John Edwin William Collett was born at Burton-on-Trent during 1904 and was six years old at the time of the Burton census of 1911.  He was the son of John Barrow Collett and Clara Agnes Jones who tragically died during the birth or shortly thereafter.  Following the death of his mother, John and his older sister Ivy were raised by their paternal grandparents who managed The Albion Hotel in Burton-on-Trent.  It was under his full name of John Edwin William Collett that on 20th August 1932 when he married Edith Aileen Harvey at Winshill in Derbyshire.  John, who was 28 years of age and confirmed as the son of John Barrow Collett, and Edith had only one child, their daughter Aileen.  John and Edith were residing at of 57 Reservoir Road in Burton-on-Trent when John Edwin William Collett died there on 7th September 1951.  His Will, proved in London on 12th November 1951, named the executors of his estate of £2,422 9 Shillings 5d as his widow Edith Aileen Collett and her brother Leonard Arthur Harvey, a civil servant.

 

 

 

43R56

Aileen Collett

Born in 1935 at Burton-on-Trent

 

 

 

 

43Q98

Elizabeth Ruth Collett was born at Sheldon in Birmingham during 1897 the eldest child of James Henry Collett aged 27 married Clara Luckman.  It was as Ruth E Collett aged three years, that she was living with her family at Lyndon End on the Coventry Road in Solihull in 1901.  Shortly after the census day that year the family settled in the Shirley area of Solihull where Ruth Collett was 13 in April 1911.  At the time of the death of her father in 1936 Elizabeth Ruth Collett was married to stockbroker Albert Victor Cetti, when both of them were named as executors of her father’s personal effects of just over £1,143.

 

 

 

 

43Q102

Norman Noel Collett was born at Shirley in Solihull on 12th December 1903.  At the time of the census of 1911 Norman was seven years old when living with his family in Solihull.  He was later employed as a wood and metal pattern-maker in the process of model-making for metal castings.  Around the early 1930s he married Lillian Evans who was born on 24th November 1910, with whom he had three sons.  Norman was still a pattern maker in 1936 when he was named as one of the three executors of his father estate.  In 2009 contact was made with Norman’s son David Luckman Collett who does not wish to provide any details relating to his family or those of his two brothers, the names of whom have been deleted.  Norman Noel Collett died on 12th June 1996.

 

 

 

 

43Q104

Cyril Frederick Collett was born at Sparkhill in Solihull on 30th April 1894 following the marriage of his parents Frederick John Collett and Ada Marian Lea on 20th January 1894.  However, it was during the third quarter of 1894 that the birth was recorded at Solihull register office (Ref. 6d 521), perhaps nearer nine months after the couple was married.  Sadly during the summer of 1900 Cyril’s mother filed for divorce on the grounds of his father’s adultery and cruelty, which was granted by the High Court in London during the summer of the following year.  At the time of the earlier census in 1901 Cyril F Collett was six years old when he was living with his mother and two younger sisters (below) at the Solihull home of his maternal grandmother Mary Ann Lea.  Having already lost his two younger brothers to infant death, both of Cyril’s sisters died within the next twelve months, while no record has yet been found for Cyril in 1911 when he would have been sixteen.

 

 

 

It may be that he had joined the British Army by then, since it is established that he was a private, Service No. 13375, with the 2nd Battalion of Worcestershire Regiment and a resident of Palmers Green in London at the start of the First World War.  Tragically he was one of the early casualties of war when he was killed in action on the Flanders Fields during the First Battle of Ypres on 31st October 1914.  His military record confirms that he was born in Birmingham, that he enlisted at Oxford, and that his name appears on the Menin Gate Memorial in Ypres.  His death, at the age of twenty, meant that not one of the five children of Frederick John Collett survived to carry on the family line.

 

 

 

 

43Q105

Phyllis Mary G Collett was born at Stechford near Yardley to the east of Birmingham either towards the end of 1896 or early in 1897, when her birth was recorded at Solihull (Ref. 6d 626) during the first three months of 1897.  By the time of the census in March 1901 her mother had separated from her father, pending their decree absolute, which was granted three months later.  On the day of the census Phyllis M G Collett was four years of age and living with her mother and two surviving siblings in the High Street of Solihull, the home of her grandmother.  It was just over six months later that the death of Phyllis Mary G Collett was recorded at Solihull register office (Ref. 6d 388) during the final quarter of 1901 when she was five years old.

 

 

 

 

43Q108

Margery Martin Collett was born at Solihull in October 1900 (Ref. 6d 606), the last child of Frederick John Collett and Ada Marian Lea.  Four months before she was born her mother filed for divorce from her father for reasons of his adultery and his cruelty, so on the day of the census in 1901, when Margery was only five months old, she and her mother and her two older surviving siblings were living with Margery’s grandmother in Solihull.  Sadly she died one year later, when the death of Margery Mary G Collett was recorded at Solihull register office (Ref. 6d 344) during the second quarter of 1902, following which she was laid to rest in Solihull on 16th April 1902 aged seventeen months.

 

 

 

 

43Q109

Mary Jane Collett was born at Ancoats in Manchester in 1883, the eldest child of Peter Collett, formerly known as Peter Shawcross, and his wife Jane.  In the 1891 Census she was living with her parents in Ancoats where she was eight years of age.  Ten years later, at the age of 17, she was working as a cardboard box maker while living with her mother and brothers and sister in Manchester.

 

 

 

 

43Q110

Peter Collett was born at Ancoats in Manchester in 1886 and was living there with his family in 1891 and again in 1901 when he was four years old and 14 years of age respectively.  On leaving school he took up work as a machine moulder, this being a similar occupation to that of his father who was a machine grinder.  Out the outbreak of the First World War, Peter enlisted with the King’s Liverpool Regiment and became Private Collett 20137.  Tragically he was killed in action with D Company of the 12th Battalion on 25th September 1915 aged 28 and the sad news was reported to his mother Jane Cadman, formerly Collett, at her home at 62 Junction Street in Ancoats.

 

 

 

He was buried at Estaires Communal Cemetery.  Estaires is a town in northern France which was held by the British army from 15th October 1914 and was the subject of fierce fighting and staunch resistance by the allied forces over the following years of the war, finally falling into German hands on 10th April 1918.

 

 

 

 

43Q110

Herbert Collett was born at Ancoats in Manchester on 14th November 1888, following which his birth was recorded at Manchester register office (Ref. 8d 220) during the last three months of that year.  It was at Ancoats that he was living with his family in 1891, when he was two, and ten years later when he was 12 years old.  His father died during the first decade of the new century and his mother was subsequently married for a second time.  By the time of the census in April 1911 Herbert Collett, age 22 and from Manchester, was living and working at Hawarden in Flintshire to the west of Chester.  He was still residing in the Manchester area where the death of Herbert Collett was recorded during December 1976 at the age of 88 years.

 

 

 

 

43Q113

Mary Elizabeth Collett was born at Salford in Lancashire on 29th March 1891, the first child born to Alfred Thomas Collett and his wife Elizabeth Ann Barlow.  She was born at 2 Heaps Court in Salford where her parents were living one week later, as recorded in the census of 1891.  Her absence from the family home on that day may indicate that she was in hospital with some complication following the birth.  However, it was later that same year that the death of Mary Elizabeth Collett, who was under one year of age, was recorded at Salford (Ref. 8d 56) during the last quarter of 1891.

 

 

 

 

43Q114

Elizabeth Ann Collett was born at 4 Cobbett Street in Salford on 19th January 1895, the second child of Alfred and Elizabeth Collett.  Elizabeth was six years old in the census of 1901 when she and her family were residing at 15 Market Street in Salford.  It was as Elizabeth Ann that she was recorded in the Salford census of 1911 when she was 16.  It was also at 41 Brewery Street in Salford that she was still living with her widowed mother in 1923 and from where she married John Kershaw at St Phillip’s Church, Salford, on 22nd December 1923.  That was also the same time and place that her sister Alice (below) married Ernest Bebbington.  John Kershaw was also born in Salford during 1897.  Tragically they were only married for around eleven years when John died at Salford during 1934.

 

 

 

During those eleven years together Elizabeth presented John with three children.  Doreen Kershaw was born in 1925, Joan Kershaw was born in 1927 and Edna Kershaw was born in 1930.  At the time of the Second World War Elizabeth and her three daughters were living at a dwelling in Shepherd Street in Salford which was hit by an incendiary bomb around 1941, following which the family then moved to Tennyson Street in Salford.  Elizabeth Ann Kershaw nee Collett had been a widow for forty-five years when she died at Salford on 3rd August 1979.

 

 

 

 

43Q115

Emily Collett was born at 15 Market Street in Salford 1897 and was four years of age in 1901 and was 14 in 1911 when she and her family were still living at 15 Market Street in Salford.  She later married Edward Turner at St Phillip’s Church in Salford during 1919 with whom she had two children.  Edward was born in Manchester during 1895 and he died in 1943.  Emily Turner nee Collett was living in Manchester when she died on 22nd April 1975.

 

 

 

 

43Q116

Alice Collett was born at 15 Market Street in Salford on 7th August 1899 and was just one year old in the census of 1901 and was 11 years of age in 1911 when she was still living at 15 Market Street with her family.  On 22nd December 1923 at St Phillip’s Church in Salford, in a joint wedding ceremony with her eldest surviving sister Elizabeth (above), Alice married Ernest Bebbington.  He was born at Salford on 7th September 1899 and together they had two sons Ernest and Eric before his untimely death in Salford on 25th January 1935.  Alice Bebbington nee Collett was still residing in Salford when she passed away on 16th May 1973.

 

 

 

 

43Q117

Sarah Ellen Collett was born at Salford during 1902 but was not alive at the time of the next census in 1911, and was therefore the second of the eight children of Alfred Thomas Collett and Elizabeth Ann Barlow not to survive.

 

 

 

 

43Q118

James Collett was born at 3 Arlington Court in Salford on 2nd March 1905 and was listed as being six years of age in the Salford census of 1911 when he and his family were residing at 15 Market Street in Salford.  It was during 1932 at Christ Church in Salford when he married Emily Moss who was born at Salford on 10th June 1908.  James and Emily had one child and appear to have lived all of their life in Salford, where James Collett died on 6th September 1976, and was followed exactly twelve years later by his wife Emily Collett nee Moss who passed away on 6th September 1988.

 

 

 

43R57

a Collett daughter

Born circa 1935 at Salford

 

 

 

 

43Q119

Elsie Collett was born at 38 Rigby Street in Salford in 1907 and was three years old in the April census of 1911.  When Elsie was thirty-five she gave birth to a base-born son in 1942, the child believed to have been adopted by Italian family when he was around seven months old.  Sadly it was during the following year that Elsie Collett died at Manchester in 1943.

 

 

 

43R58

a Collett son

Born in 1942 at Manchester

 

 

 

 

43Q120

Alfred Collett was born at 5 Corporation Street in Salford, Lancashire, during 1913, the youngest child of Alfred Thomas Collett and his wife Elizabeth Ann Barlow.  He later married Elizabeth Ford with whom he had a son, and it was also while Alfred was still living in Salford that he died in 1980.  His son is married but he is the last of this family line.  All of the latest information was kindly provided by John Holland in spring of 2014 whose links to the Collett family are through his mother and his grandmother.

 

 

 

43R59

a Collett son

Date of birth unknown at Salford

 

 

 

 

43R1

Oliver Otto Collett junior was born in 1920 at Wapello County in Iowa.  He married around the time of the Second World War and his son was born at Jefferson County in Iowa.  Oliver was still living in Iowa state when he died at Polk County in 1997 at the age of 77.

 

 

 

43S1

Barry Oliver Collett

Born in 1944 at Jefferson County, Iowa

 

 

 

 

43R8

Burchell Collett was born at Hayden, Bad Creek in Leslie County during 1906 and as Birchell Collette was four years old in the census of 1910 when living with his parents George and Elizabeth Collett.  He later married Mollie Asher and their son was born at Harlan (to the south of Hyden) in Kentucky during May 1929, all three of them living at Bad Creek in Lesley County in 1930.  The census conducted on 3rd April listed the family as: Burchell Collett, a farmer of 23, who was married at 21 and was renting the family home at 5$ a month; his wife Mollie Collett was 31 and first married at the age of 17, Burchell being her second husband; and their son Junior Collett who was only eleven months old.  Living six properties from that Collett family was the family of farmer Lillie Bowling and his wife and their son Ed, who employed 47 years-old widow Rachel Collett as a domestic servant, who had first been married at the age of 21.

 

 

 

The death of Burchell Collett took place at Covington in Kenton County, Kentucky on 8th February 1959.  His death record confirmed that he was 53 years old and had been a welder, who was born at Hyden and the son of George W Collett and Elizabeth Chappel.  His wife Mollie Collett had already passed away fifteen years earlier during 1944.

 

 

 

Whilst Burchell is an unusual christian name, it may not be a coincidence that there were two other Burchell Colletts born in Kentucky around the same time, thus raising the question that there was very likely a common link somewhere.  The first of them, a cousin two steps removed, is included below, while the brief details for the other one are included in Appendix Three at the end of this file.

 

 

 

43S2

Junior Collett

Born in May 1929 at Harlan, Kentucky

 

 

 

 

43R9

Reuben Collett was born at Bad Creek in Leslie County during 1909, the son of George William Collett and his first wife Elizabeth Chappel.  He remained living with his family at Bowen Creek Road through 1910, 1920 and 1930 when he was thirteen months, nine years and 23 years respectively.  It was around 1933 when he married Mary who was born around 1913.  The Bad Creek census of 1940 identified Reuben, aged 31 and a labourer with W P A, living next to his father on Bowen Creek Road who, by then, had taken a second wife following the death of Reuben’s mother a few years earlier.  Mary Collett was 27 and by then she had given Reuben four children.  They were Sallie Collett who was six, Martha Collett who was five, Walter Collett who was three and Ruth Collett who was one year old.

 

 

 

43S3

Sally Collett

Born in 1934 at Bad Creek, Leslie County

 

43S4

Martha Collett

Born in 1935 at Bad Creek, Leslie County

 

43S5

Walter Collett

Born in 1937 at Bad Creek, Leslie County

 

43S6

Ruth Collett

Born in 1939 at Bad Creek, Leslie County

 

 

 

 

43R29

BURCHELL COLLETT was born at Clay County in Kentucky on 5th March 1915, the fifth known child of John Collett and Dora Smith.  When Burchell was four years old he was living with his family which was then living at Manchester in Clay County.  After a further ten years he was 14 years of age and was still at the family home which was in District 8 in Clay County.  Within the next few years Burchell Collett married Della and by 1940 Della had presented him with their first two children.  The census that year recorded the family of four living at the home of Burchell’s parents in Magisterial District 2 in Bell County, Kentucky.  Burchell Collett was 24, his wife Della was 20, and their two children were Lee Collett who was five and Leonard P Collett who was two years of age.  It is possible that further children may have been added to the family after 1940.  However, it was during June 1980 that Burchell Collett died.

 

 

 

It seems likely that one of the later children of Burchell Collett was Lindy Collett (#43s9) whose death was recorded at Pineville in Bell County, Kentucky, in 1943 when her parents were named Burchell Collett and Ella Slusher, who may also have been known as Della.

 

 

 

43S7

Lee Collett

Born in 1935 at Clay County, Kentucky

 

43S8

LEONARD P COLLETT

Born in 1937 at Clay County, Kentucky

 

 

 

 

43R32

Fred Collett was born at Asher in Leslie County, Kentucky on 1st June 1917 and was the eldest child of Arthur Collett and Frances Morgan.  During his life he was married to (1) Nora Brock, (2) Polly Joyce Morgan and (3) Etta Mae Cress and he died on 22nd June 2010.

 

 

 

 

43R33

Emanuel Collett was born at Asher in Leslie County on 31st December 1918, a son of Arthur and Frances Collett.  He was a veteran of the Second World War and died on 10th September 1979.

 

 

 

43S9

Edmond Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

 

 

 

43R35

Troy Collett was born at Asher in Leslie County on 1st April 1926 the seventh son of Arthur and Frances Collett.  As a result of the death of his father when Troy was less than four months old and his mother’s subsequent marriage to Willie Brock, Troy was raised by his mother and stepfather until he was 15 years of age.  At that time in his life Troy was not honest about his actual age and joined the Civilian Conservation Corps and worked on Mammoth Cave.  He was still in his teenage years when he married (1) Ruth Muncy and although that the marriage produced a son Ross Collette who was born in 1944, soon after Troy abandoned his wife and their son, when he took a second wife after arriving in Ohio. 

 

 

 

It was there that he (2) Opsie H Couch who was also born at Leslie County.  Once married the couple moved back to Leslie County where their seven children were born, although only the three listed below are known at this time.  Troy’s occupation at that time in his life was that of a coal miner.  Troy’s son Corbett was named after his brother, about whom nothing is currently known. 

 

 

 

In 1964 Troy was crushed in the coal mine, resulting in a broken back and leg, plus his left lung was punctured by one of his ribs.  His fighting spirit helped him to recover and even to regain his ability to walk using crutches despite being informed that he would never walk again.  He was however, paralysed from the waist down and four years later the family moved to London in Laurel County, Kentucky in 1968, where Troy lived until he passed away on 19th February 2003.  Two years earlier in 2001, Troy Collett was residing at 2091 Somerset Road in London, Kentucky.  According to one internet source he was related to Benjamin Collett who is most likely his grandson Benjamin Wesley Collette, the son of Troy’s son Denver Collette, who has been researching the family tree.

 

 

 

43S10

Ross Collette

Born in 1944

 

The following are the two children of Troy Collett by his second wife Opsie H Couch:

 

43S11

Corbett Leonard Collette

Born in 1946

 

43S12

Mary Helen Collette

Born in 1948

 

43S13

Nancy Sue Collette

Born in 1950

 

43S14

Betty Collette

Born in 1952

 

43S15

Dwayne Collette

Born in 1954

 

43S16

Denver Collette

Born in 1956

 

43S17

Glenda Carol Collette

Born in 1959

 

 

 

 

43R44

Elizabeth Ann Collett, who is known as Ann, was born at San Antonio in Texas on 22nd August 1935, the only child of William Bruns Collett and Anna Ruth Strong.  She married Roger (Buddy) Kondoff on 20th April 1957 with whom she had three children who were all born at San Antonio.  They were Keith Brian Kondoff who was born on 20th July 1958, Karen Elaine Kondoff who was born on 14th October 1959 and Kevin Wayne Kondoff who was born on 16th October 1960.

 

 

 

 

43R45

William James Collett, who is known as Bill, was born at Mississippi on 24th November 1941. 

 

He was married, although none resulted in the birth of any Collett children.

 

In 2008 Bill participated in the Collett DNA Project managed by Barry Collett of Iowa (Ref. 43S1).

 

 

 

 

43R46

Beverly Sue Collett, who is known as Sue, was born at San Antonio in Texas on 25th March 1943.

 

She married (1) Buford Ray Flanagan on 9th April 1963 with whom she had two children.  Sue and Buford were divorced in 1976.

 

Buford was born at Marion County in Alabama on 26th July 1941 and he died at Garza County in Texas in 1984.

 

Sue married (2) Jerry Donald Collier on 16th February 1984 and they were divorced six years later in 1990, following which Sue resumed using the surname Flanagan.

This photograph of Sue was taken in September 2009

 

 

 

43S18

Laura Lynn Flanagan

Born on 09.02.1966; died 07.11.2011

 

43S19

Daniel Ray Flanagan

Born on 24.06.1970

 

 

 

 

43R47

James Robert Collett, who was referred to as Bobby, was born at McAllen in Hidalgo County, Rio Grande Valley in Texas on 27th September 1947. 

 

He was a banker and, in his leisure time, he created beautiful Faberge style eggs. One such egg was gifted to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Museum where it is displayed to this day.

 

Bobby never married and he sadly died at the age of just forty-three years and six months at Homestead in Florida on 9th March 1991.

 

 

This photograph of Bobby was taken around 1989.

 

 

 

 

43R48

Sandra Lea Collett was born at Hidalgo in Texas in the Rio Grande Valley on 20th October 1948.  Towards the end of the 1960s Sandra married William Charles Peters with whom she had two sons.  Today Sandra is employed as a mitigation specialist working with defence lawyers on murder cases at Lubbock in Texas.

 

 

 

43S20

Bryan Scott Peters

Born on 24.07.1969

 

43S21

Jeffrey Lee Collett formerly Peters

Born on 18.11.1970

 

 

 

 

43R49

Sylvia Jean Collett was born at Bellaire in Texas on 17th February 1957.  Sylvia married Darrell Wilson in 1986 and the marriage produced one child for the Sylvia and Darrell.  In May 1999 Sylvia married Robert Kyle and today they live at Hockley County in Texas.  Their son Taylor Ryan Wilson was born on 3rd May 1987.

 

 

 

 

43R53

William Barrow Collett III was born in Atchison, Kansas on 7th August 1921 when his parents were living at 319 T Street. 

 

He graduated from Central High School in St Joseph Missouri and started college at Westminster College where Winston Churchill made one of his famous war-time speeches.

 

He transferred to the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland shortly before the US joined World War II.  He graduated in 1943 and married Dorothy Alyce Butler, who was known as Stormy, at Annapolis in September 1943 just before he was assigned to sea duty on the US cruiser Nashville.

 

Dorothy was the daughter of retired US Navy Captain Willard/William Cornwallis Butler and his wife. 

 

 

 

It is interesting to note that in 1944 a Japanese kamikaze pilot crashed his plane into the cruiser Nashville with the loss of 138 lives.  The long separation was too much for them and they were divorced soon after William's return to the States.  He then entered flight school and became a naval pilot and was transferred to Ottumwa in Iowa where he met his second wife Corrine Phillips who was born there in 1920.  It was on 29th May 1948 that William married (2) Corinne at West Orange, New Jersey and the couple originally settled in Florida before moving to Washington in 1951, where William was becoming proficient in the Russian language.

 

 

 

William used to fly with the navy just at weekends in order to retain his pilot’s rating.  It was during one of those flights that he was tragically killed on 13th January 1952 at Wayne City when the plane crashed into the frozen over Detroit River.  He was buried at Arlington National Cemetery, where his father and mother had also been buried.

 

 

 

His obituary appeared in the Ottumwa newspaper and read as follows:  Corrine Phillips’ Husband Dies in Navy Plane Crash.  Lt. William B Collett III, U. S. Navy, was killed in a plane crash near Detroit on Sunday afternoon when flying a navy Beechcraft patrol plane from Washington to Detroit.  He was the son-in-law of Mr and Mrs Howard Phillips of 1805 North Court Street.  His wife, the former Corinne Phillips, was at home with their baby daughter in Washington, D. C. when she learned of the accident.  Lieutenant Collett was a flying officer in the navy but for the past year he has been stationed in Washington, D. C. in intelligence duty.  However, he maintained his flight status by flying regularly.  It was on one of these routine flights that he was killed.  Following the death of her husband, Corrine was remarried first to Bob Long and then to Dick Smith.

 

 

 

43S22

Cosette Louise Collett

Born on 28.03.1949 in Florida

 

 

 

 

43R54

Groff Collett was born at Atchison on 8th May 1923.  In 1926 the family moved to Detroit, Michigan where he attended Cooke School in Rosedale Park.  In 1935 they moved to St. Joseph, Missouri.

 

On 29th June 1946 Groff married Lila Grace Wiggin who was born at Pittsburgh on 6th April 1923.  This took place at Oak Park in Cook City in Illinois.

 

It was in Ohio four years earlier in 1942 that Groff had first met Lila.  He was attending Kenyon College in Gambier in Ohio, while Lila was attending Dennison College in Granville, Ohio.

This photograph of Groff was taken in 1990

 

 

 

His college was interrupted by World War II and after teaching for a short period he joined the Navy where he became an Electronic Technician.  It was when he was discharged from the navy in June of 1946 that he and Lila were married, following which they and then moved to Gambier, Ohio where Groff finish his degree in mathematics at Kenyon College.  In 1947 they moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts where Groff entered graduate school at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  He received his Masters degree in Business and Engineering Administration in 1949.  They moved to Appleton, Wisconsin in 1949 where Groff joined an organisation doing research for the paper industry.

 

 

 

In 1954 Groff joined Consolidated Papers in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin and became a Vice president in 1966.  He retired in 1988 and he and Lila still live in Wisconsin Rapids.  They had four children.  It is thanks to Groff’s generosity in kindly providing the details of his family that has enabled them to be added to this Staffordshire family line.

 

 

 

43S23

Tama Louise Collett

Born on 04.10.1948

 

43S24

Chrisanne Collett

Born on 24.12.1949

 

43S25

Kent Groff Collett

Born on 13.11.1952 at Wisconsin Rapids

 

43S26

Leslie Wiggin Collett

Born on 17.08.1961 at Wisconsin Rapids

 

 

 

 

43R55

Catherine Ann Collett was born at Atchison on 15th November 1924.  She graduated from Central High School in St Joseph in Missouri in 1942.  Four years later Catherine and her family moved to Chicago where she was a teacher at a nursery school in Oak park.  A little later she was an assistant teacher at the Girl’s Latin School of Chicago.  After a spell at a school in Elgin, Catherine returned to Boston where she had undertaking her earlier training and in 1950 she graduated from Boston University with a degree in Nursery School Education.  She then returned to Chicago to live with her parents.  On 10th May 1952 Kate, as she was called by the family, married Robert (Bob) Louis Buck in Chicago.  Bob was born on 1st October 1921 at Lakewood in Ohio.  In 1965 the couple moved to Barrington in Illinois where Kate still lives today and where Bob died on 31st March 2009.

 

 

 

 

43R56

Aileen Collett was born at Burton-on-Trent where the birth was recorded (Ref. 6b 512) during the first quarter of 1935, the only child of John Edwin William Collett and Edith Aileen Harvey.  Upon being married she became Aileen Hawkins, although she was subsequently married for a second time later in her life.  Aileen was understood to have still been alive in 2013, but no details have been forthcoming.

 

 

 

 

43S1

Barry Oliver Collett was born at Jefferson County in Iowa in 1944.  He is married and his son was born in Lee County in Iowa.

 

 

 

43T1

Barry Oliver Collett junior

Born in 1968 at Leo County, Iowa

 

 

 

 

43S8

LEONARD P COLLETT was born at Knox County in Kentucky on 2nd November 1937, the second child of Burchell and Della Collett.  He was two years of age in the census of 1840 when he and his family was staying with his paternal grandparents John and Della Collett at Magisterial District 2 in Bell County, Kentucky.  Leonard later married Lola Cloud with whom he had a son after the couple settled in the town of Dowagiac in Michigan.

 

 

 

43T2

MARK COLLETT

Born in 1965 at Dowagiac, Michigan

 

 

 

 

43S9

Edmond Collett, whose date of birth is not known, was the son of Emanuel Collett and the grandson of Arthur and Frances Collett.  He was a successful lawyer in Kentucky and was also one of the largest landowners in the state.  He was one of three men charged and convicted of conspiracy in the use of false absentee ballots in the US election of 1977.  The case was reported in the Kentucky newspaper on 29th October 1980, when the three co-conspirators were each fined $5,000 and sentenced to four years in prison.  One of the men named with Edmond was C Allen Muncey who may have been related to the wife of Troy Collett, the younger brother of Edmond’s father Emanuel.  The only other known fact about Edmond at this time is that he has a daughter Angela.

 

 

 

43T3

Angela Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

 

 

 

43S10

Ross Collette was born in 1944, the son of Troy Collett and his first wife Ruth Muncey.  Sadly his father left his mother for another woman when Ross was still a baby and in fact Ruth also looked after Ross’ half brother for a short while.  Ross later married Sharon Kaye Caudill and it was Ross and Sharon’s daughter, Angela Collette, who kindly provided details of her family line from Sarah Collett (Ref. 43N2) and Dillion Asher, whose children all retained the Collett surname.

 

 

 

43T4

Angela Collette

Date of birth unknown

 

 

 

 

43S11

Corbett Leonard Collette was born on 26th March 1946, the son of Troy Collett and his second wife Opsie H Couch.  Corbett was named after his father’s brother and was referred to as Little Corbett.  He attended college and later joined the Coast Guard.  Corbett went on to have three children of his own, Joseph Troy, Stacy, and Debbie.  He was only fifty years old when he passed away on 3rd November 1996 at the age of 50.  It was his daughter Debra Lynn Collett, now Debbie Lee, of Richmond in Indiana, who made contact in 2014 and supplied the latest details about her family.  Joseph Troy Collett is her half-brother, her father having been married twice.

 

 

 

43T5

Joseph Troy Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

43T6

Stacy Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

43T7

Debra Lynn Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

 

 

 

43S16

Denver Collett was another son Troy Collett and his second wife Opsie H Couch.  All that is currently known about Denver is that he is married to Melissa and that his son Ben has researched the Collett family and is building a website in early 2014.  The couple’s other son Dustin (Dusty) Collett was born in 1984.

 

 

 

43T8

Benjamin Wesley Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

43T9

Dustin Clay Collett

Born in 1982 at Louisville, Kentucky

 

 

 

 

43S20

Bryan Scott Peters was born on 24th July 1969 at the Carswell Air Force Base at Fort Worth in Texas. 

 

Today Bryan lives in Wisconsin.

 

 

 

 

43S21

Jeffrey Lee Collett was born as Jeffrey Lee Peters on 18th November 1970 at Carswell Air Force Base at Fort Worth in Texas.  When he was sixteen years of age he legally changed his surname to his mother’s maiden of Collett.  Today Jeff, as he is known, lives at Watford in Hertfordshire in England with his wife Karen.  Jeff works in the field of information technology for a Boston based company, while Karen is a Special Educational Needs Teacher.

 

 

 

 

43S22

Cosette Louise Collett was born in Florida on 28th March 1949.  Her father William Barrow Collett (the third) died before she was three years old, following which her mother remarried.  By 1990 she was living at Coon Rapids in Minnesota.

 

 

 

 

43S23

Tama Louise Collett was born in Boston, Massachusetts on 14th October 1948.  She attended public schools in Wisconsin Rapids and then entered Rockford College in Illinois.  While a student there she developed a relationship with a foreign student and delivered a baby girl out of wedlock.  The father of the child decided not to continue the relationship so it was agreed that the baby should be offered up for adoption and was fortunate to be selected by an outstanding family.  Today the child of Tama Louise is married with two children of her own, and both she and her husband, currently living in Minneapolis, Minnesota, have a good relationship with the Collett family.

 

 

 

Tama married Oliver Udemmadu Ogbonnia Mobisson on 4th October 1969 at Cambridge in Suffolk City.  He was a graduate student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and was born at Awo-Idemili, Orlu in Nigeria on 23rd April 1943.  The marriage produced four children for Tama and Oliver, the first three born in Massachusetts and the fourth in Wisconsin.  From 1981 to 1991 Tama and Oliver Mobisson lived in Nigeria, following which she returned to Wisconsin Rapids.  The following year she joined Pilgrim Healthcare as a staff accountant.

 

 

 

Oliver was Professor Oliver Mobisson at the Enuga State University where he was a computer scientist at the forefront of modern computer technology.  When Tama returned to America he stayed on in Nigeria to carry on his development work, but in March 1995 he suffered a stroke, at which time Tama flew out to Lagos and returned with him to Boston.

 

 

 

43T10

Geoffrey Emeka Mobisson

Born on 10.05.1970 at Cambridge, Mass.

 

43T11

Kathrine Chinyere Mobisson

Born on 10.06.1972 at Lynn, Mass.

 

43T12

Laura Nneka Mobisson

Born on 10.03.1975 at Cambridge, Mass.

 

43T13

Jidenna Theodore Mobisson

Born on 04.05.1985 at Wisconsin Rapids

 

 

 

 

43S24

Chrisanne Collett was born at Appleton, Wisconsin on 24th December 1949.  She married (1) Douglas Harold Freund on 30th June 1979 at Wisconsin Rapids.  Douglas was born at McHenry in Illinois on 14th May 1956, and his marriage to Chrisanne produced two daughters for the couple.  They were later divorced and on 24th July 1997 Chrisanne married (2) Jeffrey Mark Waldo who brought two adopted Korean children into the marriage.

 

 

 

43ST14

Kori Elise Freund

Born on 10.01.1982 at Woodstock, Illinois

 

43ST15

Kristin Ashley Freund

Born on 24.02.1985 at Woodstock, Illinois

 

43ST16

Michael Lee Waldo

Born on 21.02.1984

 

43ST17

Elizabeth Ann Waldo

Born on 24.10.1988

 

 

 

 

43S25

Kent Groff Collett was born at Appleton, Wisconsin on 13th November 1952.  He married Constance Hagen on 22nd January 1972 at the Moravian Church in Wisconsin Rapids.  During the first six years of their life together Constance presented her husband with four children, including a set of twins.  They were later divorced.  After high school Kent attended Bucknell University in Pennsylvania and after his marriage he earned his degree in marketing from the University of Wisconsin.  In 2009 Kent was working as a manufacturer's representative and was living in St. Louis, Missouri.

 

 

 

43T18

Jamie Marie Collett

Born on 16.08.1972 at Madison, Wisconsin

 

43T19

Roberta Ann Collett

Born on 19.05.1977 at Wisconsin Rapids

 

43T20

Jefferey Charles Collett

Born on 03.12.1978 at Fond du Lac County

 

43T21

Gregory Groff Collett

Born on 03.12.1978 at Fond du Lac County

 

 

 

 

43S26

Leslie Wiggin Collett was born Wisconsin Rapids on 17th August 1961.  She attended public schools in Wisconsin Rapids and later earned a degree in mathematics from the University of Wisconsin in Platteville, Wisconsin.  It was at Wisconsin Rapids that on 1st October 1988 Leslie married Stephen John Moss who was also born in Wisconsin on 23rd March 1961.  They have three children and in 2009 were living in DePere, Wisconsin.

 

 

 

43T22

Alexander Stephen Moss

Born on 30.12.1990 at Green Bay, Wisc.

 

43T23

Laura Kathrine Moss

Born on 24.01.1994 at Green Bay, Wisc.

 

43T24

Samuel Patrick Moss

Born on 11.04.1998 at Green Bay, Wisc.

 

 

 

 

43T2

MARK COLLETT was born at Dowagiac in Michigan on 19th December 1965, the only known child of Leonard P Collett and Lola Cloud.

 

 

 

43U1

JASON COLLETT

Born in 1990 at Dowagiac, Michigan

 

 

 

 

43T5

Joseph Troy Collett was the son of Corbett Leonard Collett, although his date and place of birth is not known.  He is the half-brother of Debbie Lee, formerly Debra Lynn Collett, who provided the details of his family.  In 2014 Joseph lives in Alabama and has a daughter Hailee Collett and a son Payton Collett.  Through his marriage Joseph also has another child, the daughter of his wife, who has also taken the Collett family name, she now being known as Stacey Collett.

 

 

 

43U2

Hailee Collett

Born circa 1992

 

43U3

Payton Collett

Born circa 2006

 

 

 

 

43T9

Dustin Clay Collett was born at Louisville in Kentucky on 9th October 1982, a son of Denver and Melissa Collett.  He was raised in Ohio and when his family moved to Tennessee, Dustin remained in Ohio where he continued his schooling. 

 

Known as Dusty, he was a senior and a business management major at Northern Kentucky University, but tragically passed away on 7th May 2005.

 

 

 

 

43T19

Roberta Ann Collett was born at Wisconsin Rapids on 19th May 1977.  On 11th January 2003 she married Matthew Neuwirth at St Louis in Missouri with whom she has a son Nicolas David Neuwirth who was born on 12th February 2008 at the Missouri Baptist Medical Centre in St Louis.

 

 

 

 

43T20

Jefferey Charles Collett was born at Fond du Lac in Fond du Lac County on 3rd December 1978.  He married Christina Brianne de Venney on 29th July 2006 at the First Christian Church in Columbia, Missouri and has a son who was born during the following year.

 

 

 

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a Collett son

Born in 2007

 

 

 

 

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JASON COLLETT was born at Dowagiac in Michigan on 15th August 1990, the son of Mark Collett of Dowagiac.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

APPENDIX ONE – SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS

 

Wednesday 4th February 1925

 

 

 

30 YEAR SEARCH FOR HEIRS OF $200,000 ESTATE ENDS WITH THE FAMILY FOUND HERE

 

 

 

William Collett of 104 Haynes Avenue, a travelling tariff inspector for the Southern Pacific Railroad will become joint heir with four others to a fortune estimated at $200,000.  The announcement terminates a search for missing heirs carried out since 1894.

 

Information of the legacy reached San Antonio Tuesday morning in a letter to Chief of Police T O Miller asking him to assist in finding Miss Helen Collett who lived at 608 West Craig Place in 1916.  Inquiries developed the fact that Miss Collett had died in 1919, but a brother William Collett lived on Haynes Street.

 

Collett was in Houston on a business trip and Mrs Collett called at police headquarters and conferred with the Chief of Police in establishing the identity of the heirs.

 

The letter confirming the information was sent by a law firm in Leicester, England and said that the estate had been held in trust since 1894 for the heirs of Mrs Elizabeth M Collett.  Mrs Collett died several years ago at Moberly in Missouri. 

 

The family originally numbered six children, and five of them are still living.  Beside William Collett of San Antonio the other participants are Miss Minnie Collett of Moberly, Mo; Mrs Katherine Barker of Crystal City, Texas; Robert Collett of St Louis; and Arthur Collett of Seattle, Wash.

 

The letter did not have the legator and members of the Collett family could give no indication of the benefactor as several near relatives are known to be living in Leicester.

 

The Collett family came to America fifty years ago and settled in Missouri.  William Collett was born in that state.  Later he spent several years in Mexico before going with the Southern Pacific.  He has lived in San Antonio for five years.

 

 

 

 

 

Later correspondence dated 18th May 1925 from Toller, Poohin & Wright (Solicitors) at 2 Wycliffe Street in Leicester, England revealed the amount of money in trust was in fact only £670 and that the benefactor was Miss Catherine Mary Simons who died on 2nd April 1892.  She was the sister of Elizabeth Martha Simons (Mrs Elizabeth M Collett in the article above) who married Robert Collett and who together with their first two children emigrated to America in 1867.  It was Robert and Elizabeth who had the six children that are referred to in the newspaper article above.

 

Robert Collett is Ref. 43O10 and his six children were:

 

Arthur Collett of Seattle (Ref. 43P56); Minnie Collett of Moberly (Ref. 43P57); Katherine Barker nee Collett (Ref. 43P58); Robert Collett of St Louis (Ref. 43P59); and William Collett of San Antonio (Ref. 43P61).

 

The deceased sixth child was the aforementioned Helen Collett (Ref. 43P60)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

APPENDIX TWO

TWO COLLETT BAD BOYS – Cases 1 and 2

(go to Appendix Two in Part 60 for Cases 3 to 7)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Case 1

In addition to bad boy Thomas Collott (Ref. 60N5 - previously Ref. 43o5), who was arrested for burglary in 1821 and subsequently transported to Tasmania, there were other members of the Collett family who suffered the same fate.  This appendix includes two of them, not yet identified as belonging to any oof the known Collett family lines, while .  The first of them is George Collett who married Arabella Lawman at St Mary’s Church on St Marylebone Road in London on 21st May 1803, who was baptised at St Bartholomew’s Church in London on 2nd February 1783.  He was the likely son of Henry Collett and his wife Sarah, as referred to under Ref. 43M13 in the main body of this family line.  His eldest son is the first of our two bad boys.  Other bad boys, previously detailed here can now be found in Appendix Two within Part 60 – The Cambridgeshire Line from Tamworth in Staffordshire to Australia.

 

 

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Henry Collett was married to Sarah and their son George was born in London in either late 1782 or early 1783.  Following the marriage of George Collett to Arabella Lawman in 1803 the couple initially settled at Sacombe just north-west of Ware in Hertfordshire, where their first child was born and baptised.  That child was followed by at least five more, but only after the family had moved into the Putney area of London.

 

 

 

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John Collett

Baptised on 25.03.1804 at Sacombe, Herts.

 

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Mary Anne Collett

Born on 11.02.1806 at Putney

 

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Sarah Ellen Collett

Born on 21.01.1808 at Putney

 

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Jane Weedon Collett

Born on 28.03.1810 at Putney

 

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Anne Agnes Collett

Born on 21.09.1812 at Putney

 

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George Collett

Baptised on 09.01.1815 at Putney

 

 

 

 

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John Collett was baptised at Sacombe near Wareham in Hertfordshire on 25th March 1804, the eldest of the six children of George Collett and Arabella Lawman.  John Collett was the great great great grandfather of Carlene Smelt of Queensland in Australia.  It was in Surrey on 30th December 1822, at the age of eighteen, that he was tried and convicted of housebreaking and, together with his accomplices William Sawyer and John Perry, he was given a life sentence.  The three of them then arrived in Australia during 1823 on the sailing ship ‘Commodore Hayes’ with 220 other convicts. 

 

 

 

The following notice was published by the Police Office in Hobart on 17th March 1825.  Runaway John Collett, 5 feet 7 inches, with dark brown eyes, dark brown hair, 22 years of age, a labourer, tried at Surrey in December 1822, sentenced to life, arrived in this Colony per Commodore Hayes in 1823, native of Sandon (in Hertfordshire), scar on left cheek bone and one on left side of upper lip, absconded from the Prisoners' Barracks on December 21st 1824.  Reward £2.

 

 

 

John later married Elizabeth Ives on 1st January 1832, Elizabeth having been born in England during 1814.  Their daughter Sarah Roseanna Collett (1833-1919) was born in Tasmania and she later married Richard William Thompson in Hobart Town, Van Diemen’s Land, Tasmania, with whom she had seven children.  John Collett and Elizabeth Ives also had three other children before he died at the age of 32, following which he was buried at St David’s Park in Hobart, Tasmania, on 6th May 1837.

 

 

 

During his married life John Collett, who was living at Oatlands during the autumn of 1834, was called as a witness in two cases of cattle stealing.  In the first of them on 9th December 1834 John Collett had been employed as a servant on the farm of Mr Cawthorne for the previous six to seven years, when George Steel and Samuel Pullen Wells were charged with stealing an ox belonging to Mr Riley which had been grazing on Mr Cawthorne’s land.  During the second court case on 10th March 1835, John Collett was living at Oatlands and lodging there with him and his family was the accused James Goodwin, who was charged with stealing four oxen from the Sutherland brothers farm in Launceston, some seventy miles away from Oatlands.  The presiding Judge ruled that there was no evidence to convict the prisoner of stealing the beasts, in as much, as the witness Collett had sworn that the prisoner had not been away from his house, at any time, sufficiently long enough to have gone to Mr. Sutherland's farm and return.  Neither did it appear that he had received the four bullocks with a guilty knowledge.  He therefore entered a verdict of not guilty.  However, perhaps for some other reason, the prisoner was still remanded to gaol.

 

 

 

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Sarah Roseanna Collett

Born circa 1832 in Tasmania

 

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a Collett child

Born circa 1834 in Tasmania

 

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a Collett child

Born circa 1835 in Tasmania

 

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a Collett child

Born circa 1837 in Tasmania

 

 

 

 

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Mary Anne Collett was born at Putney on 11th February 1806 and was six years old when she was baptised at St Mary’s Church in Putney on 18th October 1812 in a combined ceremony with her three younger sisters (below).

 

 

 

 

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Sarah Ellen Collett was born at Putney on 21st January 1808 and was three years of age when she was baptised with her three sisters on 18th October 1812 at the Church of St Mary in Putney.

 

 

 

 

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Jane Weedon Collett was born at Putney on 28th March 1810 where she was baptised on 18th October 1812 with her three sisters at St Mary’s Church.

 

 

 

 

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Anne Agnes Collett was born at Putney on 21st September 1812 and was four weeks old when she was baptised at St Mary’s Church in Putney on 18th October 1812, it being a joint baptism ceremony with her three older sisters, the four daughters of George Collett and Arabella Lawman

 

 

 

 

Case 2

The second case is that of Olliver Collett which took place at Knox County Circuit Court in Barbourville, Kentucky in October 1815.  Who Olliver or Oliver was is still not known for sure, except that he may have been the eldest son of William Collett (Ref. 43M4) who was named in the tax lists for Clay County, and was a chain carrier for John Gilbert in Clay County during 1810.  It was on a murder charge that Olliver was up before the Judge.  In the end the jury found him to be not guilty of the murder of John Haynes, but that he was guilty, without malice aforethought, of manslaughter, and was sentenced to six years confinement in the Jail and Penitentiary Home of the State in Frankfort.

 

 

 

Another school of thought suggests that Olliver Collett may have been Olliver Sizemore, a surname that appears many times within this family line.  Apparently some people in Eastern Kentucky attempted to avoid being called upon to serve with the military, some of whom took the name Collett.  In those days Kentucky did not strictly or accurately record the dates of births and deaths, so it was easy for them to do change name and subsequently vanish, their original identity gone or changed forever.  As a result there is a lot of confusion among people who are or are not from the Collett family line in Eastern Kentucky.  Olliver may well be one of them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

APPENDIX THREE – THE FAMILY OF THE OTHER BURCHELL COLLETT OF KENTUCKY

The first Burchell (Birchell) Collett born 1906-1959 can be found at Ref. 43R8

The second Burchell Collett 1915-1980 can be found at Ref. 43R29

 

 

 

The third, so far unknown, Burchell Collett (born in 1907) was 20 years old when he married Pauline who was 19 and in 1930 Burchell was described as a home owner of 23 years living at Precinct 35, Hazard City in Perry County, Kentucky from where he was employed as a mechanic with the railroad company.  The house was valued at 500$, where also lived Pauline who was 21 and their two children George W Collett who was seventeen months and Ada M Collett who was four months old.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

APPENDIX FOUR – THE OTHER COLLETTS OF KENTUCKY

WITH THE MAJORITY IN LESLIE COUNTY

 

 

 

Sadie Roark was born on 19th January 1918 at Leslie County, the daughter of Jonathan Roark and Bertha Collett.  She married Jesse Roark and died on 17th April 2010.

 

 

 

Rose (Rosie) Asher Collett was born on 29th January 1922 at Ashers Branch in Hyden, Leslie County.  She was the daughter of Richard Asher and Lucy Hensley, and she married Frank Collett.  She died on 31st December 2009 at Leslie County and was buried at Bowens Creek Cemetery in Essie, Leslie County.

 

 

 

Grant Collett was born on 3rd December 1923, the son of John Collett and Elizabeth Cox.  He married Nancy Jane Baker and died on 10th December 2009 at Williamsburg in Kentucky. 

 

 

 

Hailey Collett was born on 26th June 1924 at Red Bird, Bell County in Kentucky, the daughter of Silas Collett and Catherine Asher.  She married Silas (Babe) Brock and died on 25th November 2009 at Pineville in Bell County, Kentucky. Brock, when she was buried at Pinelawn Cemetery in Pineville.  Sillous (sic) Collet, who had been born in Kentucky and was seven years old in 1910, was the youngest child on the day of the census living at Left Fork in Bell County with his parents Thomas Collet, age 50 and from Kentucky, and Ellen Collet, age 44 and from Virginia.  The other children were Robert Collet, who was 15, George Collet, who was 13, and Finley Collet who was 11, all born in Kentucky.

 

 

 

The Reverend Joe Charles Collett was born on 7th December 1925 at Harlan County in Kentucky, the son of Wiley J Collett and Delia Lyttle.  He married Hosea Lewis and died on 7th September 2009 at Dayton in Ohio.  Wiley Collet was eight years old in the census of 1910, one of four children on that day living at Left Fork in Bell County, Kentucky with his parents Joe Collet, age 34, and Catherine Collet, age 29, who had been married for 15 years during which they had given birth to five children, one of which had died by then.  All members of the family born in Kentucky and the three siblings of Wiley were his sisters Ollie Collet, who was 13, and Nancy Collet who was four, and his brother Shelby Collet who was 10 years of age.

 

 

 

Essielene Epperson was born on 31st October 1931 and was the wife of Matthew (Matt) Collett.  She died at London in Kentucky on 19th September 2009.

 

 

 

Clyde Collett was born on 12th March 1936, the son of Dewey Collett and his wife Ruth.  He died on 21st August 2006 at South Point in Ohio and was buried at Bowens Creek Cemetery in Essie, Kentucky.  Dewey Collet was an unmarried man of 24 in the census of 1930 when he was living in Bell County with his family.  He was the son of Hiram Collet, age 53, and his wife Polly who was 53, both of them from Kentucky, as were Dewey’s siblings Edward Collett who was 18 and Lawrence Collett who was 16.  Twenty years earlier, according to the census in 1910, Hiram Collet, age 28, was living at Left Fork in Bell County with his wife Pollie Collet, who was 25, and their four eldest children.  They were daughter Cordie Collett, who was eight, son Dewey Collet, who was seven, and daughters Haly Collet, who was three, and Bertha Collet who was one years and two months old.

 

 

 

Tommy Collett was born on 24th January 1940, the son of Edward Collett and Oka Lee Shepherd.  He married a lady with the surname of Arce and he died on 13th January 2002 at Fayette, CO.

 

 

 

Oakie Shepherd was born on 6th April 1941, the daughter of Roy Shepherd and Rose Collett.  She later married David Collett and died on 5th January 2010. 

 

 

 

Helen Collett was born at Leslie County on 3rd February 1942, the daughter of Fred H Collett and Lucy Roark.  She married Farmer Collett and died on 10th November 2009 at Somerset in Kentucky. 

 

 

 

Wayne Collett was born on 14th May 1943, he married Mildred Gilbert, and he died on 4th June 2010 at Atlanta. 

 

 

 

Eunice Collett was born in Leslie County on 12th April 1945, the daughter of Reuben Collett and Mary Whitehead.  It seems likely Mary was the sister of Nettie Whitehead who married John R Collett (Ref.43P20) in Leslie County.  Eunice Collett was married two times; her first husband was (1) Oakley Morgan, while her second husband was (2) Curtis Lee Collett.  Eunice died at Hazard in Perry County, Kentucky on 26th January 2010.

 

 

 

Lana Rue Hacker was born at Laurel County in Kentucky on 24th February 1946, the daughter of James Harvey Hacker and Laura Collett.  She married Samuel Ernest Begley and died 14th January 2010.

 

 

 

Wilma Collett was born in Leslie County on 28th April 1947, the daughter of Elizabeth Sizemore Collett and Charlie Hoskins.  She later married Howard P J Holland and died in Leslie County on 3rd September 2009, following which she was buried at Bowens Creek Cemetery in Essie, Kentucky.  It may be of interest that: (a) Joel Dyer Collett (Ref. 43O5) married Emily Jane Sizemore in 1865; (b) their son Thomas Joel Collett (Ref. 43P50) married Mary Sizemore in 1889; and (c) Chester Lee Sizemore, who was born in Kentucky during 1910, was living with the family of Pleasant Lee Collett (Ref. 43P43) and his wife Lottie Collett and their son Dewey Collett who was 20 at Clay County in Kentucky on the occasion of the census in 1920.  In addition to these, Manford Collett (Ref. 43Q16) married Nancy Sizemore in 1898.

 

 

 

Darrell Allen Collett was born in Bell County, Kentucky on 1st July 1955, the son of William (Willie) Collett and his wife Loshia (Lucia).  He married Jessie Chloe Collett and died at Pineville, Bell County on 19th December 2009.  He was then buried at Collett Cemetery in Essie, Kentucky.

 

 

 

Linda Ruth Collett was born in Leslie County on 9th January 1957, the daughter of Carl Collett and Hazel Barrett.  She first married (1) Charlie B Brown, and later married Wilburn Partin.  It was at Leslie County that she died on 20th February 2010.

 

 

 

Arthur Collett was born on 7th June 1963, the son of Clarence Collett and Nettie Mosley.  He later married Carrie Jean Couch, and died on 18th June 2010 and was buried at Osborne Cemetery in London, Kentucky.

 

 

 

Della Rosa Barrett was born in Leslie County on 11th March 1964, the daughter of Elmer Barrett and Fern Collett.  She married Clarence Dewayne (Wayne) Simpson and died on 2nd June 2010 in Leslie County.

 

 

 

 

 

Ernest Sheldon Collett was born in Leslie County on 27th December, the son of John L Collett and Phronia Morgan.  He later married Vina Osborne and died of 27th May 2010, when he was buried at Bowens Creek Cemetery in Essie, Leslie County.

 

 

 

Ruth Saylor was born at Ceco, Letcher County in Kentucky on 12th February, the daughter of James Saylor and Pearlie Collett.  She married Robert Leroy Scott and died in Lincoln Park, MI on 16th June 2006 and was buried at the Jenson Cemetery in Jenson, Kentucky.

 

 

 

 

 

Special Notice:  The Second Memorial Service at the Little Creek Cemetery in Red Bird, Beverly, Kentucky, took place on Sunday 8th October 2006 at 11 a.m.  The event was organised by Mitchell and Elaine Asher during 2005.  Close to 100 people were in attendance and it was a most moving ceremony with the Reverend Ted Collett presiding over the service.  Elias Collett performed beautifully on the fiddle.

 

 

 

The Reverend Ted Collett, the son of Hazel Collett nee Roark, also presided at the Sixth Memorial Service honouring deceased descendents.