PART FORTY-FOUR

 

The First Broughton Gifford Line – 1590 to 1900

 

Updated October 2017

 

 

 

Thanks to information received during 2014 from Carol Lyn Davis of Fort Worth in Texas a whole branch of a South Wraxall family, previously included here in Part 44, has now been removed and inserted in its rightful place within the new Part 31 – The Third Wiltshire.  This action has greatly reduced this particular family line and resulted in the need to change the name.

 

 

 

 

 

This file also received two major updates in 2012.  The first in May following information received from Martin Chapman who confirmed that John and Drinkwater Collett were indeed brothers, and that their grandparents were Thomas Collett and Jane Woodman (Ref. 44J12).  The second was in October when it was proved by Martin Collett in New Zealand that William and Joseph were brothers and not cousins, and that they were the sons of Henry and Martha Collett of Trowbridge.  Joseph has therefore been removed from this family line and placed within his correct family in Part 62 – The Trowbridge to New Zealand Line.

 

 

 

 

 

The primary focus of this family line is the Wiltshire villages of Monkton Farleigh, South Wraxall and Atworth near Broughton Gifford.  The Colletts of Broughton Gifford are also featured in Part 35 – The Melksham to Wisconsin Line, and Part 62 – The Trowbridge to New Zealand Line, while South Wraxall and Atworth also feature in Part 31 – The Third Wiltshire Line.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Earlier information suggested that Thomas Collett, who previously started this family line, may have been linked to the Collett families of Kempsford in Gloucestershire as detailed in Part 1 – The Main Line.  However, the information received from Maureen Collett dispels this theory

 

 

 

 

Other Collett records which have been found that specifically relate to Broughton Gifford, but which have so far not been included in the main body of this file are:

 

William and Mary Collet whose son William was baptised on 20th August 1671

and William, baptised on 27th July 1677, the son of ‘Will Collet’

 

Edward Collett whose son Edward and whose daughter Jane were both baptised on 15th October 1666

 

John Collett whose son Nicholas was baptised on 22nd March 1666,

whose own daughter Edith was baptised on 2nd December 1694 who married Wm Gay on 12th May 1714 at Broughton Gifford.  She may have had a sister Ann Collett who married Timothy Gay there on 12th April 1701

 

John Collett whose son John was baptised on 19th February 1670

 

Robert and Mary Collett’s daughter Anne was baptised on 28th December 1686,

while their other daughter Mary was baptised on 23rd December 1688

 

 

 

 

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Anthony Collett was born around 1594 and he married Katherine who was also born around the same time.  The couple are known to have lived at Great Chalfield where their son was born.

 

 

 

44G1

Daniel Collett

Born in 1618 at Great Chalfield

 

 

 

 

44G1

Daniel Collett was born either in late 1617 or early in 1618 in the very small hamlet of Great Chalfield, just one mile from Broughton Gifford, where he was baptised on 17th January 1618.  He was the only known child of Anthony and Katherine Collett of Great Chalfield.  Daniel was married and is known to have had at least two sons who were born and baptised at Broughton Gifford, although no record of his wife’s name has so far been discovered.

 

 

 

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William Collett

Born in 1638 at Broughton Gifford

 

44H2

Luke Collett

Born in 1640 at Broughton Gifford

 

 

 

 

44H1

William Collett was born at Broughton Gifford in 1638, the son of Daniel Collett.  He is known to have married Elizabeth at Broughton Gifford in 1663, and it was also there that Elizabeth presented William with seven children.  It would appear that William Collett lived at Broughton Gifford well into his eighties, since it was there that he was buried on 18th April 1725.

 

 

 

44I1

William Collett

Born in 1665 at Broughton Gifford

 

44I2

William Collett

Born in 1666 at Broughton Gifford

 

44I3

Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1667 at Broughton Gifford

 

44I4

Thomas Collett

Born in 1671 at Broughton Gifford

 

44I5

Daniel Collett

Born in 1673 at Broughton Gifford

 

44I6

Francis Collett

Born in 1682 at Broughton Gifford

 

44I7

Edward Collett

Born in 1687 at Broughton Gifford

 

 

 

 

44H2

Luke Collett was born at Broughton Gifford and most likely between 1640 and 1645.  He was the son of Daniel Collett of Great Chalfield and Broughton Gifford.

 

 

 

Prior to the January 2010 update of the Collett Family History website, Luke Collett was the first member of the family listed in Part 35 – The Melksham Line.  As a result of the update to this file in January 2010 Part 35 and Part 44 are now known to originate from the same family.  However, the task of combining these two large files would be a major logistical exercise so, for the time being at least, they will be retained as separate files.

 

 

 

Further details of the extension of this family line from Luke Collett (Ref. 35H1)

can therefore be found in Part 35 – The Melksham to Wisconsin Line

 

 

 

 

44I1

William Collett was born at Broughton Gifford in 1665, the son of William and Elizabeth Collett, and it was there also that he was baptised on 11th June 1665 the son of ‘Will Collet’.  The fact that the couple’s next child was also baptised William probably suggests that this William died shortly after he was born.

 

 

 

 

44I2

William Collett was born at Broughton Gifford in 1666, the son of William and Elizabeth Collett, and it was on 10th September 1666 that he was baptised at Broughton Gifford, the son of ‘William Collet’.  William Collett from Broughton Gifford was in his late twenties when he married Sarah Butler of the parish of Westbury on 24th March 1694 at Westbury in Wiltshire, with whom he had at least four children.

 

 

 

44J1

John Collett

Born in 1698 at Broughton Gifford

 

44J2

William Collett

Born in 1700 at Broughton Gifford

 

44J3

Sarah Collett

Born in 1703 at Broughton Gifford

 

44J4

Isaac Collett

Born in 1704 at Broughton Gifford

 

 

 

 

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Elizabeth Collett was born at Broughton Gifford in late 1667 and was baptised there on 27th January 1668, the only known daughter of William and Elizabeth Collett.

 

 

 

 

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Thomas Collett was born at Broughton Gifford in 1671 and it was there that he was baptised on 10th January 1672, the son of ‘William and Elizabeth Collet’.  Thomas married Alice Brind at Marlborough in Wiltshire on 29th July 1694.

 

 

 

 

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Daniel Collett was born at Broughton Gifford in 1673 and baptised there on 15th March 1673, the son of William and Elizabeth Collett.  He later married Jane and all of their children were baptised at Broughton Gifford.

 

 

 

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Jane Collett

Baptised on 01.04.1694 at Broughton Gifford

 

44J6

Ann Collett

Baptised on 01.11.1696 at Broughton Gifford

 

44J7

Margaret Collett

Baptised on 19.05.1701 at Broughton Gifford

 

44J8

Mary Collett

Baptised on 25.07.1704 at Broughton Gifford

 

 

 

 

44I6

Francis Collett was born at Broughton Gifford in 1682 and was baptised at Broughton Gifford on 22nd November 1682, the son of ‘Wm and Elizabeth Collet’.  It was also at Broughton Gifford that he married Joan Hutton on 6th April 1702, and it was at Broughton Gifford that all of their children were baptised.  It seems highly likely that prior to 1714 Joan presented Francis with their first son who was named Thomas after his father, who sadly died at the start of that year and was buried at Broughton Gifford on 23rd January 1714.  Joan was expecting the couple’s next child at that time, which turned out to be another son, who was given the same name.

 

 

 

44J9

Elizabeth Collett

Baptised on 01.01.1705 at Broughton Gifford

 

44J10

Thomas Collett

Date of birth unknown at Broughton Gifford

 

44J11

Ann Collett

Baptised on 21.10.1711 at Broughton Gifford

 

44J12

Thomas Collett

Baptised on 31.03.1714 at Broughton Gifford

 

44J13

Daniel Collett

Baptised on 23.11.1718 at Broughton Gifford

 

44J14

Sarah Collett

Baptised on 27.05.1722 at Broughton Gifford

 

 

 

 

44I7

Edward Collett was born at Broughton Gifford before the summer of 1687.  He was baptised there on 24th July 1687, the youngest son of ‘Wm and Elizabeth Collet’.  In 1687 William would have been nearly fifty years old, so his wife Elizabeth may have been much younger, or Edward may have been born some years before he was baptised.

 

 

 

 

44J1

John Collett may have been born at Westbury, where his parents were married, or at Broughton Gifford either during or before 1698, the first known child of William Collett and Sarah Butler.  He was also baptised Broughton Gifford on 22nd November 1698, when he was named as the son of ‘Wm and Sarah Collett’.  It was also at Broughton Gifford that John later married Ann Archer on 18th April 1720. No record of any issuer for John and Ann has so far been found, but does not mean there were no children born to the couple.

 

 

 

 

44J2

William Collett was born at Broughton Gifford around the latter part of 1700 and was baptised there on 8th February 1701, the son of ‘Wm and Sarah Collett’.

 

 

 

 

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Sarah Collett was born at Broughton Gifford around 1703 and was baptised there on 7th June 1703, the only known daughter of ‘Wm and Sarah Collett’.

 

 

 

 

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Isaac Collett was born at Broughton Gifford towards the end of 1704 and was baptised there on 7th January 1705, the youngest known child of ‘Wm and Sarah Collett’.

 

 

 

 

44J12

Thomas Collett was born at Broughton Gifford where he was baptised on 31st March 1714, the son of Francis Collett and Joan Hutton, although the baptism record only recorded the name of his father.  Thomas was around twenty-five years old when he married twenty years old Jane Woodman at Melksham on 25th April 1739.  It was at Melksham that the couple settled and it was there that all of their children were born and baptised, the baptism records confirming only the father as Thomas Collett.  Whether the family was troubled by illness or not is not known for sure, but within two years of being born the couple’s first child died and was buried at Melksham on 17th September 1742.  The reason for assuming this related to son Thomas, rather than son Henry, is that the last child born into the family was also given the name of Thomas.

 

 

 

Thomas Collett died during the first two weeks of September in 1746 and was buried at Melksham on 14th September 1746, when his wife Jane was well into the pregnancy of her last child.  Just over one month later, and just a few days before the birth of her last child, Jane had the unpleasant task of burying one of her children.  The burial of Sarah Collett took place at Melksham on 12th October 1746.  In addition to all of this, and earlier that same year, Henry Collett was buried at Melksham on 6th February 1746, and he may have been the four-year old son of Thomas and Jane.

 

 

 

What is known from the information provided by Martin Chapman, and referred to in the introduction, is that one of the sons of Thomas Collett and Jane Woodman survived into old age, and may well have been twice married, the second marriage producing possibly five sons, but certainly John and Drinkwater Collett, as they were named as the grandsons of the aforementioned Thomas and Jane.  It therefore must have been their son William who was the elderly father of the brothers.

 

 

 

44K1

Thomas Collett

Baptised on 30.03.1740 at Melksham

 

44K2

Henry Collett

Baptised on 23.12.1741 at Melksham

 

44K3

Sarah Collett

Baptised on 18.09.1743 at Melksham

 

44K4

William Collett

Baptised on 02.07.1745 at Melksham

 

44K5

Thomas Collett

Baptised on 26.10.1746 at Melksham

 

 

 

 

44K4

William Collett was baptised at Melksham on 2nd July 1745, the son of Thomas Collett and Jane Woodman, although it was only his father’s name that appeared on the baptism record.  Once married William and his wife settled in the village of South Wraxall, five miles west of Melksham.  The two sons of William Collett by his unknown wife were confirmed as the grandchildren of Thomas Collett and Jane Woodman and they were John and Drinkwater.

 

 

 

Prior to December 2014 three other children of William Collett (George, Thomas and William) were included in the list below as they were also born at South Wraxall to William Collett around the same time as sons John and Drinkwater.  However, thanks to new information received from Carol L Davis at Fort Worth in Texas we now know that they were the sons of William Collett (Ref. 31L3) and his wife Ann Morris, who was the only known son of William Collett (Ref. 31K1) and his wife Jane Spender.

 

Their family details can be found in Part 31 – The Third Wiltshire Line

 

 

 

44L1

John Collett

Born in 1799 at South Wraxall

 

44L2

Drinkwater Collett

Born in 1801 at South Wraxall

 

 

 

 

44K5

Thomas Collett was baptised at Melksham on 26th October 1746, the youngest son and last child born to Thomas Collett and his wife Jane Woodman.  As with his brother William (above), it was only his father’s name that was recorded at the baptism.  It was at Melksham on 17th November 1771 that Thomas married the much younger Mary Jones who was born at Trowbridge on 19th March 1755.  Mary, who was not yet seventeen years old when she married Thomas, was expecting the couple’s first child on their wedding, who was baptised at Melksham just two months later.  Four more children were added to their family over the following twelve years, and all of them were also born and baptised at Melksham.

 

 

 

44L3

Mary Collett

Born in 1772 at Melksham

 

44L4

Sarah Collett

Born in 1774 at Melksham

 

44L5

James Collett

Born in 1778 at Melksham

 

44L6

Catherine Collett

Born in 1781 at Melksham

 

44L7

Thomas Collett

Born in 1784 at Melksham

 

 

 

 

44L1

John Collett was born at South Wraxall in 1799, although the exact details of his birth still need to be determined, even though his parents were William Collett and his second wife Ann Morris.  What is known is that on 29th October 1823, at Kington St Michael, John Collett married Elizabeth Pinnigar from Kington Langley, just north of Chippenham.  Once married the couple settled in the village of Atworth where their children were all born.

 

 

 

Baptism records at Atworth confirm the children’s parents as John and Elizabeth Collett, although so far no record of the birth or baptism of the couple’s first child has been found, and that may have happened before they settled in Atworth.  By the time of the Atworth census in 1841 John and Elizabeth had six children living there with them.  The couple’s rounded ages did not reflect their true age, with John being 35 rather than 40, and his wife was 30 when she was also nearer forty.  Their children at that time were Eliza Collett, age 14, John Collett, age 12, Mary Collett, who was nine, George Collett, who was seven, Alfred Collett, who was four, and Henry Collett who was not yet one year old.  The couple’s eldest son Thomas Collett had already left home to make his own way in the world in South Wales, where he was later reunited with his younger brother John.

 

 

 

The family was still living within the Chapelry of Atworth in 1851 when agricultural labourer John Collett from South Wraxall was 51, his wife Elizabeth from Kington Langley was 50, and their four children on that occasion were Eliza Collett who was 24, John Collett, who was 22 and a cabinet maker, Henry Collett, age 10 who was attending the local school, as was his brother Edwin Collett who was five years old.  Sadly for the family it would seem that the three missing children [Mary, George and Alfred] did not survive beyond childhood, since no further record of any of them has been found.

 

 

 

It would appear that Elizabeth Collett nee Pinnigar died sometime during the next decade, since by 1861 John Collett, age 60, was a widower living in Atworth with just his youngest child Edwin Collett, age 15, living there with him.  After a further ten years widower John Collett from South Wraxall was still living at Atworth in 1871 when he was 71 years old, and living with him was his eldest son Thomas who was a bachelor of 46. It is interesting to note that at Atworth in 1871 there were three Collett households in a row, with just the elderly Marriott couple separating John and Thomas from Henry Collett (Ref. 35M45) of Broughton Gifford and his two young children Sarah Ann and Thomas, who were living next door to Rose Cottage, the home of his sister-in-law Sarah Halstead Collett, the widow of John Collett (Ref 35M44) from Broughton Gifford and her two Atworth born children Sarah and John.

 

 

 

Shortly after that John and Thomas moved into the town of Bradford-on-Avon, where they were residing at the time of the next census.  According to the census in 1881, widower John Collett was 81 and was working as a general labourer, while living at Main Street in Bradford-on-Avon.  Living with him was his unmarried son Thomas Collett who was confirmed as having been born at Atworth.  It was the same situation in 1891, except by then John Collett, age 91, was once again living in Atworth with just his eldest son Thomas for company.  From this, and his absence from the census in 1901, it is safe to assume that John Collett from South Wraxall and Atworth died at Atworth during the 1890s.

 

 

 

44M1

Thomas Collett

Born in 1824 at Atworth

 

44M2

Eliza Collett

Born in 1826 at Atworth

 

44M3

John Collett

Born in 1828 at Atworth

 

44M4

Mary Anne Collett

Born in 1831 at Atworth

 

44M5

George Collett

Born in 1833 at Atworth

 

44M6

Alfred Collett

Born in 1836 at Atworth

 

44M7

Henry Collett

Born in 1840 at Atworth

 

44M8

Edwin Collett

Born in 1845 at Atworth

 

 

 

 

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Drinkwater Collett was born at South Wraxall in 1801, the son of William Collett and Ann Morris, and the brother of John Collett of South Wraxall (above).  Around the mid-to-late 1820s he married Ann with whom he had four children, and all of them were born at nearby Atworth.  It was also at Atworth around that time when the family of Drinkwater’s brother John Collett (above) and his wife Elizabeth were living there with their family, the children of both families having similar names.

 

 

 

That similarity in names is perhaps another indicator that Drinkwater and John were brothers.  In the census of 1841 Drinkwater Collett was listed with a rounded age of 40, as was his wife Ann, while their children were John Collett, age 14, Hannah Collett, who was five, Thomas Collett, who was one year old.  Their son Thomas tragically died during the months shortly after the census day in 1841, and the loss to the family was offset by the birth of another son William.  However, further tragedy struck the family over the following years when Drinkwater’s wife Ann and their youngest son both died, perhaps at the time of the birth of the child, or as a result of an illness afterwards.

 

 

 

Although Drinkwater was recorded as being 42 in the next census in 1851, it is highly likely that this was an error in translation, having regard for his given age ten years later in the census of 1861.  The census return for 1851 described Drinkwater Collett as a widower who was working as an agricultural labourer, while he was living at Upper Wraxall.  His place of birth was confirmed as South Wraxall.  The only member of his family still living with him at Upper Wraxall was his daughter Hannah who was 17 and born at Atworth.  She was described as being ‘at home’, presumably because she was looking after her father as his housekeeper.

 

 

 

Hannah may have married during the next ten years since, ten years later in 1861, Drinkwater Collett was a lodger at the home of James Pearce in Lower Street in Chalfield-by-Wraxall.  He was described as a widower of 60 years of age from South Wraxall, at which time he was still working as an agricultural labourer.

 

 

 

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John Collett

Born in 1829 at Atworth

 

44M10

Hannah Tabitha Collett

Born in 1836 at Atworth

 

44M11

Thomas Collett

Born in 1840 at Atworth

 

44M12

William Collett

Born in 1841 at Atworth

 

 

 

 

44L3

Mary Collett was born at Melksham in 1772 and was baptised there on 12th January 1772 as Mary Collet (sic), the daughter of Thomas and Mary Collett.

 

 

 

 

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Sarah Collett was born at Melksham in 1774 where she was baptised as Sarah Collet (sic) on 11th December 1774, the second of the four known children of Thomas and Mary Collett.  Sarah later married James Gingell at St Michael’s Church in Melksham on 8th June 1794 with whom she had two daughters, Sarah and Susannah Gingell, who were born during 1797 and 1799, although both were baptised at Melksham on the same day, that being 14th April 1799.  It was Susannah Gingell who later married Jacob Silverthorne at Melksham on 16th October 1821 whose descendent is David Hankey from Leicestershire who kindly provided these new details.

 

 

 

 

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James Collett was born at Melksham and it was there that he was baptised on 22nd March 1778 as James Collett the eldest son of Thomas and Mary Collett.

 

 

 

 

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Catherine Collett was born at Melksham in 1781 and was baptised there as Catherine Collet (sic) on 19th August 1781, the daughter of Thomas and Mary Collett.

 

 

 

 

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Thomas Collett was born at Melksham in 1784 where he was baptised as Thos Collett on 21st March 1784, the last known child of Thomas and Mary Collett.

 

 

 

 

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Thomas Collett was born at Atworth in 1824, where he was baptised on 20th February 1825, the eldest child of John and Elizabeth Collett.  By the time of the census in 1841 Thomas had left the family in Atworth, possibly to make room in the house for his six younger siblings and although no actual record of him has been located he would have been around 16 years of age.  Ten years later, in 1851, he was confirmed as having been born at Atworth and was 26, when he was residing at Maesteg near Bridgend in South Wales.

 

 

 

The only possibly record of Thomas in 1861 was the one who was 36 years of age, who was living alone in the Bath Lansdown registration district.  What is known for sure is that just after that he was back living at Atworth in 1871 where he was looking after his elderly widowed father John who was 71.  Thomas Collett from Atworth was still a bachelor at the age of 46, when he was described as a servant out of employment.  During the next few years Thomas and his father left Atworth and moved into the town of Bradford-on-Avon and it was there, in Main Street, that they were residing in 1881 when Thomas was described as a former domestic servant, perhaps indicating that he had retired from that work to care for the needs of his father.  He was still unmarried by that time when he was 56.

 

 

 

With his father’s advancing years, Thomas and his father may have decided it was time to return to their home village of Atworth, since it was there that they were still living together in 1891, when Thomas was 66 and his father John Collett was 91.  Neither of them was recorded in the following census in March 1901, so it seems very likely that both of them passed away before the end of the century while they were still living in Atworth.

 

 

 

 

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Eliza Collett was born at Atworth in 1826, where she was baptised on 18th February 1827, the daughter of John and Elizabeth Collett.  Eliza was 14 by the time of the census in 1841, when she was living at Atworth with her family, where she was also living ten years later in 1851 when she was 24.  It is assumed that she was married shortly after that, as no record of her as Eliza Collett has been found in 1861.

 

 

 

 

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John Collett was born at Atworth in 1828, and was the son of John and Elizabeth Collett, although curiously he is their only child for whom no baptism record has been found to date.  However, in the Atworth census of 1841 John Collett, age 12, was living there at the home of his parents John and Elizabeth Collett.  He was still living with his family in the Chapelry of Atworth in 1851, when he was a cabinet maker, age 22 and from Atworth. 

 

 

 

It is believed that he followed his older brother Thomas to South Wales during the 1850s and, although in a later census he had a child who was born in 1856, it would appear that he was living alone as John Callett (sic), age 31, within the Neath & Margam registration district in 1861.  Certainly by 1871 he was married to Ann and, by that time, the couple and their daughter Mary, were living within the Bridgend & Maesteg area of Wales.  No record of Ann or her daughter has been found in 1861 when they may have been listed under a different surname but, according to the census of 1871, John Collett from Atworth was 43, his wife Ann Collett was 48, and their daughter Mary A Collett was 14 years old.

 

 

 

Sometime during the next decade, perhaps after the wedding of their daughter, the couple move to 2 Concrete Cottages in Cwmdu in Glamorgan, where they were living in April 1881.  John’s occupation was that of a carter and haulier at the age of 52, while Ann was 58.  No place of birth was given for either of them in the 1881 Census, by which time their married daughter Mary Ann Evans was also living at Cwmdu with her young family.  Neither of them was recorded in the next census in 1891, so they both may have died during the 1880s.

 

 

 

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Mary Ann Collett

Born in 1856 at Maesteg, Wales

 

 

 

 

44M4

Mary Anne Collett was born at Atworth in 1831, and was baptised there on 21st August 1831, the daughter of John and Elizabeth Collett.  She was nine years old in the Atworth census of 1841, but was not living with her family at Atworth in 1851 when she would have been 19.  At that age she may have been too young to be married, so her absence might mean that she did not survive.

 

 

 

 

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George Collett was born at Atworth in 1833, where he was baptised on 16th February 1834, the son of John and Elizabeth Collett.  In the Atworth census of 1841 George was seven years of age, although no further record of him has been found in any later census return.

 

 

 

 

44M6

Alfred Collett was born at Atworth in 1836, and it was there also that he was baptised on 26th February 1837, the son of John and Elizabeth Collett.  Like his brother George (above), Alfred was living at Atworth at the age of four in 1841, but was not living there with his family ten years later.  Nor has any record of him been found after that time.

 

 

 

 

44M7

Henry Collett was born at Atworth in 1840, and baptised there on 7th March 1841, the son of John and Elizabeth Collett.  Unlike his two older siblings George and Alfred (above), Henry was recorded living with his family at Atworth in two consecutive censuses.  He was under one year old in 1841, and was 10 years of age in 1851.  However, just like three of his older siblings, no further record has been found for him, so he too may have suffered a childhood death.

 

 

 

 

44M8

Edwin Collett was born at Atworth where he was baptised on 10th August 1845, the youngest child born to John and Elizabeth Collett.  By the time of the Atworth census in 1851 Edwin was five years old when he was living there with his family.  During the next decade Edwin’s mother died, so in the census of 1861 he was living with his widowed father John Collett at Atworth at the age of 15.  No further record of this particular Edwin Collett has been found after 1861.  He should not be confused with the Edwin Collett (Ref. 31O1) of the same age who was born at Monkton Farleigh to William and Ellen Collett.

 

 

 

 

44M9

John Collett was born at Atworth in 1829 where he was baptised on 9th August 1829, the eldest of the four known children of Drinkwater Collett and his wife Ann.  In the Atworth census of 1841 John’s age was recorded as being 14, whereas ten years later his age was again record in error as 19, and by that time he was living and working in Chippenham.

 

 

 

 

44M10

Hannah Tabitha Collett was born at Atworth in 1836 and was baptised there on 25th September 1836, the only daughter of Drinkwater and Ann Collett.  It was as Hannah Collett age five years that she was recorded living with her family at Atworth in 1841.  Over the following years, the family was struck by the triple tragedy of the deaths of her mother and two of her three brothers.  So by 1851 Hannah Collett, age 17 and from Atworth, was living with just her father in Bradford-on-Avon.

 

 

 

 

44M11

Thomas Collett was born at Atworth in 1840 and it was there also that he was baptised on 14th June 1840.  He was the son of Drinkwater and Ann Collett Atworth and was listed with them in the census of 1841 as being one year old, but sadly he died not long after the census day that year.

 

 

 

 

44M12

William Collett was born at Atworth just after the census day in 1841, the last child of Drinkwater and Ann Collett.  Whether during the birth or sometime thereafter, both mother and child passed away.

 

 

 

 

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Mary Ann Collett was born at Maesteg in Wales in 1856 and was 14 in the Bridgend & Maesteg census of 1871 when she was living there with her parents John and Ann Collett.  Just before her twentieth birthday she married coal miner James Evans who was four years older than Mary and who had been born at Carew in Pembroke.  In 1881 the couple was living at 3 MacGregor Row in Cwmdu where Mary Ann Evans was 24 and her husband was 28.  On that occasion Mary’s place of birth was confirmed as Maesteg, as it was for all of her children, and their children Edith Alice Evans, who was five, James John Evans, who was two, and Eliza Jane Evans who was just six months old.