PART FORTY-SIX

 

The Charlton-on-Otmoor (Oxon) Area Line 1870 to 2011

 

Updated March 2017

 

This is the second of two sections of this family line

 

 

46O65

George Thomas Collett (previously Ref. 46o2) was born at Crawley Road in the hamlet of Hailey near Witney in May 1850, the only son of William Collett and Harriet Hunt.  It was also at Crawley Road where George T Collett was only ten months old on the day of the census in 1851, while it was simply as George Collett aged 10 years that he was recorded as the only child still living with his parents at Hailey on the day of the census in 1861.  George was only seventeen when his mother died in 1867, after which his father re-married during the first three months of 1868.  A few months later, teenager George Collett married Fanny Stone at Bicester (Ref. 3a 899) during the second quarter of 1868.  They were married by banns at the parish church in Bicester on 13th April 1868 when the witnesses were named as John Faunt and Rebecca Faunt, both of whom were listed as husband and wife in the Bicester Market census returns in 1861 and 1871.

 

 

 

Fanny Stone was a spinster of 28 years who had been born in Bicester, the daughter of labourer William Stone.  Neither George nor Fanny signed the register in their own hand, while bachelor George, who was around ten years younger than his bride, stated he had already attained the full age of 21.  His occupation was that of a labourer and it was the fact that he confirmed he was the son of carter William Collett that has enabled his family to be relocated from place in an appendix to the main body of this file.  The place of residence for both the bride and the groom on their wedding day was recorded as Bicester M2.  Once married the couple settled in Bicester and it was there also where all of their children were born. 

 

 

 

The census in 1871 confirmed that the young family was living at Market End in Bicester, immediately adjacent to the Rose & Crown Inn, where George may have been working as a brewer’s labourer.  George Collett from Witney said he was 25 instead of 21, his wife Fanney Collett was 32, and their son and first child James Collett was eight months old.  Four further children were added to their family during the next decade, so by 1881 the family comprised George Collett from Witney who said he was brewer’s labourer at the age of 34, his wife Fanny was 42, while their children were named as James Collett who was 10, Lucy who was nine, Emily who was seven, Julia who was four and Thomas who was one year old.  By that time the family was residing in Water Lane in Market End.  Lodging with the family was out-of-work ostler and widower Thomas Shrewsbury of Bicester who was infirmed at the age of 63.

 

 

 

It would appear that no more children were added to the family which by 1891 was still living in Bicester, but at Church Lane.  On that occasion the family was listed as George who said he was 46 instead of 41, while Fanny was 52, James T Collett was 20, Lucy E Collett was 19, Emily J Collett was 17, Julia S Collett was 14 and Thomas was 11 years of age.  Boarding with the family was William Grundy of Bicester who was also a brewer’s labourer, presumably working with George Collett. 

 

 

 

According to the next census in 1901 all of their children bar one had left the family home, leaving just George who was said he was 53, rather than 51, who was still employed as a brewer’s labourer while he was still living on Church Lane in Market End Bicester.  On that day it was rather curious that his wife gave her name as Sarah Collett who was 62 and from Bicester.  The only one of their children still living there with them was their eldest married daughter who was using her second name of Ellen Walduck.  The census return was completed by the inclusion of Ellen’s husband Henry Walduck and two of George’s and Fanny’s grandchildren.  They were Herbert Collett who was two years old and Louisa Walduck who was one, the two children of their daughter Lucy Ellen.

 

 

 

It was the order in which the six individuals were recorded in the census return in 1901 which indicates that Herbert Collett was very likely the base-born son of Lucy Ellen Collett prior to her marriage to Henry Walduck, with whom she subsequently had three children, although only one appears to have survived.  It was also a similar situation ten years later.  The Market End Bicester census in April 1911 recorded the household as George Collett from Witney who said he was 64 and not 61, his wife of forty-three years, Fanny Collett who was 72, and their grandson Herbert John Collett who was 11.  Also still living with them in the dwelling at 2 Church Lane was the couple’s daughter Lucy Ellen Walduck, her husband Henry and their sole surviving child, their daughter Doris May Walduck.

 

 

 

George Thomas Collett, a brewer’s labourer, was said to be 69 when he died on 5th November 1917 at 2 Church Lane in Bicester in the presence of his married daughter L E Walduck, who probably did not know that he was actually 67.  The cause of death was chronic rheumatic arthritis, coupled with bronchitis and cardiac failure.  Throughout his married life George had never given his actual age, presumably out of embarrassment that his wife was around ten years older than him.  His widow, Fanny Collett nee Stone, who was born at Bicester around 1839, died in 1921 at the age of 82, following which her death was recorded at Bicester register office (Ref. 3a 1210) during the first three months of that year.

 

 

 

46P110 (46p3)

James Thomas Collett

Born in 1870 at Bicester

 

46P111 (46p4)

Lucy Ellen Collett

Born in 1872 at Bicester

 

46P112 (46p5)

Emily Jane Collett

Born in 1874 at Bicester

 

46P113 (46p6)

Julia Susan Collett

Born in 1877 at Bicester

 

46P114 (46p7)

Thomas Collett

Born in 1880 at Bicester

 

 

 

 

46O67

Walter Wentworth Collett was the base-born child of Charlotte Collett and was born at Fencott in 1857.  In 1861 he was three years old and was living at Fencott with his unmarried mother and younger brother Thomas (below).  It is possible his second name might indicate the surname of his father.  Walter Wentworth Collett died at Fencott during 1870 and was buried at Charlton-on-Otmoor on 11th December 1870 aged 13.

 

 

 

 

46O68

Thomas Cooper Collett was born at Fencott in 1859 and seems likely to have been the second of the eight children born to spinster Charlotte Collett who was living with 50-year old bachelor Thomas Cooper at Fencott in 1881.  It would also appear that during all of his life Thomas Cooper Collett was referred to as Tom, and from the time he was born until 1911 he lived in Fencott.  In 1861 he was two years of age, and in 1871 Tom Collett was 11.  It was as Tom Cooper Collett that he was recorded in 1881 when he was 22 and, on that occasion, he was working as an agricultural labourer like his father while living with his parents at Fencott, together with six of his seven siblings.

 

 

 

Ten years later in 1891 Tom was 30 and but by March 1901 he was once again listed simply as Tom Collett of Fencott.  He was still a bachelor at 40 years of age, and his occupation at that time was that of a hay binder.  On that occasion he was still living at Fencott with his elderly parents Thomas Cooper and Charlotte Collett.

 

 

 

Following the death of his father during the next few years Tom Collett became Tom Cooper, he following the example set by his mother who became Charlotte Cooper.  According to the April census of 1911, Tom Cooper was 51 and was living at Fencott with his mother Charlotte Cooper who was 76, when both of them were listed as having been born in Fencott.

 

 

 

 

46O69

Georgina Cooper Collett was born at Fencott in March 1862 and in the census of 1871 she was simply listed as Georgina Collett aged eight years.  Ten years later, according to the 1881 Census, Georgina’s unmarried mother Charlotte Collett was living with agricultural labourer Thomas Cooper at Charlton-on-Otmoor with their seven children.  At that time in her life Georgina of Fencott was 19 and was working as a domestic servant with the name Georgina Cooper Collett.  It was two and a half years after the census day when Georgina married Henry Probets on 13th August 1883 at the parish church of St Mary the Virgin in Charlton-on-Otmoor.  The marriage register confirmed that her father was Thomas Cooper.

 

 

 

By the end of the century Georgina Probets and her family were living within the Thame registration district of Oxfordshire.  She was 39 years old and her place of birth was given as Charlton-on-Otmoor.  Her husband Henry, age 38 and from Brill, was working as a domestic groom and gardener.  Their family comprised seven children, they being Caroline 13, Richard 12, Thomas, who was nine, all born at Brill, and Charles, who was eight, Mary, who was five, Fred, who was three, and Frank (Francis Buller Dundonald) who was one year old, and all of them born after the family had settled in Thame.

 

 

 

The family was still living in the Thame area ten years later in April 1911.  Georgina was 48, Henry was 47, and their children still living with them were Braham (Richard) who was 21, Thomas who was 19, Frederick (Frederick Toddy) 12, Buller (Frank) who was 11, plus the latest additions to the family being daughter Ellie who was nine, and son Berie who was eight.  At some time in her life, and possibly on the death of her mother after 1911, Georgina took up using her mother’s name to become Charlotte Georgina Probets.

 

 

 

And it was as Charlotte Georgina Probets that she died on 18th March 1948 while she was living at 23 Hollybush Lane in the Hampton area of Twickenham.  She was 86 years of age at that time and the informant was E Yates, daughter of the deceased, who was the aforementioned Ellie Probets. 

 

 

 

Thomas William Probets, the third child of Georgina Collett and Henry Probets, was the great grandfather of Jackie Eldridge who kindly provided the details regarding the life of Georgina Cooper Collett.  Thomas William Probets’ wife died shortly after giving birth to their daughter Irene, following which the child was brought up and cared for by her grandmother Charlotte Georgina Probets.  Irene Probets was also the grandmother of Jackie Eldridge.

 

 

 

 

46O70

Barry Cooper Collett was born at Fencott in 1865 and was listed as Berea Collett aged six years in the 1871 Census.  In 1881 he was listed as Beeri Cooper Collett, age 15, when he was working as an agricultural labourer while living with his mother Charlotte Collett at the home of Thomas Cooper in Fencott.  He was still living at Fencott with his family in 1891 at the age of 25.  However, no record of a Barry, Berea, or Beeri has been found in the 1901 Census.

 

 

 

 

46O71

Abigail Cooper Collett was born at Fencott in 1867 but was listed as Dorcas Collett aged three years in 1871.  Ten years later she was still living with her mother Charlotte Collett at the home of Thomas Cooper when she was 13 and was an agricultural labourer like his older brother Barry (above).  No trace of Abigail has been found in the census of 1891, by which time she may have been married.

 

 

 

 

46O72

Jonah Cooper Collett was born at Fencott in 1869 and was one year old in 1871 when he was recorded in the census as Jana Collett.  It was ten years later, when he was 11, that he was listed as Jonah Cooper Collett, following which he was 21 in 1891.  It would appear from the 1901 Census for Charlton-on-Otmoor that Jonah, by then a married man with a daughter, had dropped the Collett from his name and was simply Jonah Cooper, age 31 and a carter on a farm from Fencott.  His wife was Henrietta Cooper who was 24 and their daughter was Beatrice E Cooper who was three years old and born at Charlton as her mother had been.

 

 

 

That was also the situation in the next census of 1911, by which time two further children had been added to the family.  The census return listed the family as Jonah Cooper from Fencott who was 42 and a hay binder, Henrietta Cooper who was 34, Beatrice Cooper who was 13, Cecil Richard Cooper who was seven, and Christopher Jonah Cooper who was two.

 

 

 

 

46O73

Richard Cooper Collett was born at Fencott in 1871, but after 2nd April, and he was nine years old at the time of the 1881 when he was living with his unmarried mother Charlotte Collett at the home of Thomas Cooper.  The only other record of him was in 1891 when he was 18, after that he may have left England since there was no record of him in 1901 or 1911.

 

 

 

 

46O74

Anne Cooper Collett was born at Fencott in 1876 and was four years old in 1881.  She was the last of the eight children of unmarried mother Charlotte Collett who had earlier taken up living with bachelor Thomas Cooper, the father of seven of the eight children.  Anne was 14 in 1891 but no further record of her has been found after that time, most likely because she was married by 1901.

 

 

 

 

46P1

William Collett was born in 1866 with the birth registered when his parents were living at Waterloo Road in Lambeth, while it was originally thought that it may have been at that address where he was born.  In 1871 William, at the age of four, and his parents, were still living at Waterloo Road although during the next ten years the family of three left Lambeth and was living at Featherstone Larches in Norwood by 1881, where William was still attending school at the age of 14.  The census on the occasion gave his place of birth as Lambeth.  However, in both the 1891 and 1901 census returns William gave his place of birth as being Brill in Buckinghamshire, not far from his father’s Oxfordshire roots. 

 

 

 

Around the middle of the 1880s William married Louisa who was born at Southgate in North London.  It seems very likely it was at Southgate that the couple were married and it was also at Southgate that all of their children were born.  By the time of the 1891 Census the family was just William, age 26 and from Brill, Louisa who was 28, and their son William who was three years old, and both of them born at Southgate which lay within the Edmonton registration district of London.  While the age difference between William and Louisa was correct, the ages they gave were in error.

 

 

 

Ten years later the family was still living at Southgate and had been extended by the addition of a further four children.  So the census for Southgate in 1901 listed the five Collett children as William, age 14, Percy, who was nine, Sidney, who was seven, Eva, who was five, and Horace who was one year old.  Louisa was 36, while her husband was two years younger at 34.  Once again William was listed as being from Brill, and at that time his occupation was recorded as being that of a domestic gardener.

 

 

 

It seems very likely that two further children were added to the family after April 1901, and again they were born while the family was still living at Southgate.  And it was at Southgate in Edmonton that the family was still living in April 1911.  William was 45, Louisa was 48, and their children were (Percy) William, age 20, Sidney, age 18, Eva, age 17, Horace, who was nine, Victor, who was eight, and Ivy who was six.  The couple’s eldest son had left home by then and was living and working in the St Marylebone area of London.

 

 

 

46Q1

William Collett

Born in 1887 at Southgate

 

46Q2

Percy William Collett

Born in 1891 at Southgate

 

46Q3

Sidney Collett

Born in 1893 at Southgate

 

46Q4

Eva Collett

Born in 1895 at Southgate

 

46Q5

Horace Collett

Born in 1900 at Southgate

 

46Q6

Victor Collett

Born in 1902 at Southgate

 

46Q7

Ivy Collett

Born in 1904 at Southgate

 

 

 

 

46P2

Emily Collett was born at Daventry in 1864 where she was baptised on 16th December 1864, the eldest of the nine children of Albert Collett of Fencott and his wife Elizabeth from Daventry.  In the census of 1871 she was seven years old, and in 1881 she was 17 with no occupation, living at 24 Sheaf Street in Daventry with her family.  Emily was married in London during 1890 to Alfred Durbin.  Although no record of the couple has been found in 1901 it is established from the census in 1911 that they already had a daughter who born seven years after they were married.  In 1911 the three of them were living in the Norwood area of Uxbridge, where Alfred Durlin (sic) was 45, his wife Emily Durlin (sic) from Daventry was 47 and their daughter Ruby Durlin (sic) was 13.

 

 

 

 

46P3

Mary Ann Collett was born at Daventry in 1865 and was baptised there on 18th October 1865, the daughter of Albert and Elizabeth Collett.  Although she was known by the family as Polly, it was as Mary A Collett, age five, that she was listed in the Daventry census of 1871 when she was living with her family.  On leaving school she entered into domestic service and, according to the census in 1881, she was once again recorded as Mary Ann Collett from Daventry who was 16.  She was employed as a general domestic servant at the home of retired bank manager Thomas Willoughby from Northampton and his wife Margaret Elizabeth from Daventry, where their two children had also been born.  It was at 1 Wellesley Terrace, Higher Wellesley Road in Tormoham-with-Torquay, Devon that the family and Mary were living at that time.

 

 

 

By 1891 Mary A Collett was recorded in that year’s census as unmarried at the age of 25, while she was living and working in the Wandsworth & Putney registration district of London.  It was around six years after that when Mary Ann Collett was married to Joseph John Jenkins from Barnsbury in London and, although it is known to have taken place in 1897, no details are currently available.  Their daughter was daughter at Fulham, where the family was living in March 1901.  Joseph Jenkins was 28 and was working as a messenger at London University, his wife Mary Jenkins from Daventry was 34 and their daughter Nora was not yet one year old.  By the time of the next census in 1911 the family of three was residing in the Brentford district of London, where Joseph John Jenkins was 38, Mary Ann Jenkins from Daventry was 45 and Nora Ethel Jenkins was 10 years of age.

 

 

 

 

46P4

Elizabeth Ann Collett was born at Daventry in 1868, and it was there that she was baptised on 12th December 1868, the daughter of Albert and Elizabeth Collett.  The Daventry census return for 1871 included Elizabeth, age two years, living there with her parents, but ten years later, when he was recorded as Eliza Collett, age 12, she was already working as a general domestic servant at the home of draper William Edgar and his family at 25 Sheaf Street in Daventry.  It was also either next door to, or across the street from, the Edgar family that Elizabeth’s parents were living at 24 Sheaf Street at that same time.

 

 

 

Elizabeth Ann Collett married butcher George Sharp at Daventry in 1890, the wedding recorded at Daventry register office (Ref. 3b 224) during the third quarter of the year.  That was confirmed by the Daventry census of 1891 when the childless couple was listed as George Sharp, age 25, and Elizabeth A Sharp who was 22.  However, the marriage resulted in the birth of five children at Daventry before her tragic death just after the census day in 1901, possibly during the birth of a sixth child.  In the Daventry census conducted on 31st March 1901 the family was recorded as George Sharp, age 35, who was a butcher and a manager, his wife Elizabeth Sharp, age 33, and their five children.  Albert George Spencer Sharp, who was known as Bertie, was nine, Harry Sharp and Dorothy Emily Sharp (see below), Arthur Sharp was three and Hubert Sharp (sometimes called Herbert) was two years of age.

 

 

 

In all probability Elizabeth was not very well on that day, since two of her older children, Harry and Dorothy, were staying nearby with Elizabeth’s parents in Daventry.  The two absent children were living with their grandparents at The Plume of Feathers Inn on Chapel Lane in Daventry, where they were recorded as Harry Sharpe who was five and Dorothy Sharpe who was four.  Not long after that the death of Elizabeth Ann Sharp nee Collett was recorded at Daventry register office (Ref. 3b 62) during the second quarter of 1901 when she was only 33 years of age.  The cause of death was tuberculosis, which she had suffered for the previous two years.

 

 

 

A further tragedy struck the family a year after when, Elizabeth’s daughter Dorothy, died in 1902 from complications with whooping cough, and she was followed in 1903 by the death of her father George Sharp, who also died from tuberculosis.  Those two tragic events left the four sons as orphans who, were initially taken in for a short while by their grandparents.  However, none of them were living with the elderly couple in 1911.  Perhaps because of their grandparents advancing years or their failing health, it is established that Arthur Sharp was sent away to Canada, most likely as Barnado boys.  It was on board the ship Dominion, of the Dominion Line, that the passage of Arthur Sharp, aged just eight years, was recorded when the vessel sailed out of Liverpool on 2nd August 1906, bound for Quebec.  It was around 1960 that Arthur Sharp and his wife visited England from their home in America, when they were reunited with other members of their extended family.

 

 

 

It is now known that the name of Harry Sharp, the son of George Sharp and Elizabeth Ann Collett, appears on the Daventry War Memorial who died of his wounds on 11th August 1917, his body being laid to rest in Etaples cemetery.  Six years earlier, according to the census in 1911 Harry Sharp was 15 years old when he was living as a boarder in Croydon where he was training as a telegraphist with the General Post Office.  It was a few years later that he enlisted with the Royal Engineers and served in a signals company.  Upon joining the army, Harry gave his next-of-kin as Bertie Sharp who, he said, was a farmer in Ontario, together with his uncle Will Collett of Daventry.

 

 

 

This information also confirms that Harry’s brother Albert George Spencer Sharp (aka Bertie) was also sent away to Canada, and that the final brother Hubert Sharp was also living in North America later in his life – all as confirmed by Jan Dennis, who kindly provided all these new details in 2015.

 

 

 

 

46P5

Edith Collett was baptised at Daventry on 17th July 1871, the fourth daughter of Albert and Elizabeth Collett.  In the census earlier that year she was recorded as being under one year old, which very likely means that she was born during 1870.  Although absent from the family home in Daventry in 1881, she was back with her parents by 1891 when she was 20.  Sometime towards the end of the century Edith married Thomas Harris who was born around 1868.  At the time of the census in 1901 Edith Harris from Daventry was 30, when she was living at Norwood in Middlesex with her one year old daughter Evelyn Harris, who was also born at Daventry.  No record of Edith’s husband has been found at that time, which might indicate he was with the army and out of the country on that occasion.

 

 

 

Ten years later, Edith Harris, age 40 and from Daventry with still living at Norwood with her daughter, but also had living there with them her husband.  Thomas Harris was 43, while Evelyn Harris was 11 and again her place of birth was confirmed as Daventry.  The present-day family member, Janet Dennis recalls that Evelyn was referred to as Eva, and that she had a brother William Harris.

 

 

 

 

46P6

Spencer Collett was born at Daventry in 1872, the eldest of four sons of Albert and Elizabeth Collett, and was baptised at Daventry on 23rd October 1872.  In 1881 he was eight years old and attending the local school when he was living with his family at 24 Sheaf Street in Daventry.  He was still living with his parents in Daventry ten years later when he was 18 in 1891, although it was eight years later during the summer of 1899 that Spencer Collett married Isabella Kate Simpson of Daventry and the following year their only known child was born at Daventry.  Their marriage was recorded at Daventry register office (Ref. 3b 263) during the third quarter of the year in front of the witnesses John William C Elliott and Judith Alice Harris.

 

 

 

The young family was residing at a property that was 76 Warwick Street in Daventry in 1901, when Spencer Collett was 28 and a clothier with his own account, his wife Isabella Kate Collett was also 28, and their daughter Edith Simpson Collett was just six months old.  According to the next census in 1911 Spencer Collett of Daventry was 38, as was his wife Isabella Kate Collett, and living with them at Daventry was their daughter Edith Simpson Collett who was 10.

 

 

 

Spencer Collett was 88 when he died at Daventry where his death was recorded (Ref. 3b 498) during the last three months of 1960.  After all those years he was still living at 76 Warwick Street in Daventry when he passed away on 4th November 1960.  His Will was proved at Oxford on 1st February 1961 when Alfred John Paxman, a surveyor, and John Waters, a chartered accountant, were named as the executors of his personal estate of £6,943 7 Shillings.  His wife Isabella K Collett had passed away three years earlier when her death was recorded at Daventry on 26th July 1957 at the age of 84 (Ref. 3b 400). 

 

 

 

The Will of Isabella Kate Collett named her husband as Spencer Collett of 76 Warwick Street, who was a joint executor with the aforementioned surveyor Alfred John Paxman.  Her estate was valued at £2,859 11 Shillings 6d, while Spencer Collett’s occupation was stated as being that of an outfitter.  It should be noted here that Alfred John Paxman was the couple’s son-in-law, having married their daughter Edith in 1937.

 

 

 

46Q8

Edith Simpson Collett

Born in 1900 at Daventry

 

 

 

 

46P7

Clara Collett was born at Daventry in 1874 and was baptised later that year on 28th November 1874.  It is possible she was born at 24 Sheaf Street in Daventry, which is where she was living with her family in 1881 when she was six years old.  At the age of 16 she was still living in Daventry with her parents, as she was ten years later in March 1901 when she was 26.  By that time in her life her father Albert was the landlord at The Plume of Feathers Inn at Chapel Lane in Daventry and although Clara was not listed in the census as having an occupation, it seems likely that she was helping her parents manage the public house. 

 

 

 

It may have been in the middle of the next decade that she married William Biddel of Daventry, and by 1911 the marriage had produced two children for the couple.  William Biddel was 38, his wife Clara Biddel was 36, and their two children were Ida Biddle who was three years old, and Emily Mary Biddel who was eleven months old, born girls having been born at Daventry.

 

 

 

 

46P8

Edwin Collett was born at Daventry in 1876, although he was baptised the following year on 3rd March 1877, the son of Albert and Elizabeth Collett.  By 1881 he was already attending the local school in Daventry where he was living with his family at 24 Sheaf Street in the town.  In the census of 1891 he was simply described as ‘Ed Collett’ while he was still living with his parents in Daventry at the age of 14.  Just prior to the next census in March 1901 Edwin married Katherine of Daventry, and they were still living in Daventry on the day of the census when Edwin was 24 and Katherine was 25.  On that occasion Edwin was working as a boot clicker.

 

 

 

Not long after that the couple were still living in Daventry when the first child was born, but shortly after that the family moved to Uxbridge in Middlesex where they were living in April 1911.  It was at Uxbridge that their second child was born, although it is possible that further children were born to the couple after 1911.  According to the Uxbridge census that year Edwin Collett from Daventry was 34, his wife Katherine Collett also from Daventry was 35, and their two daughters were Bertha Kate Collett who was eight years old, and Ivy Collett who was three years old.

 

 

 

46Q9

Bertha Kate Collett

Born in 1902 at Daventry

 

46Q10

Ivy Collett

Born in 1907 at Uxbridge

 

 

 

 

46P9

Arthur Albert George Collett was born at Daventry in 1878 to parents Albert and Elizabeth Collett, although no baptism record for him as yet been located.  It is very likely that he was born while his parents were living at 24 Sheaf Street in Daventry, which is where the family was living in 1881 when Arthur Collett was two years old.

 

 

 

It was as Arch A G Collett that he was listed in the next Daventry census in 1891 when he was 11, but it was as Arthur Collett that he was recorded in 1901 when he was 22 and a clicker working in the shoe trade, like his older brother Edwin (above).  At that time he was one of only three children still living with his parents at The Plume of Feathers Inn at Chapel Lane in Daventry, the others being Clara (above) and William (below).  There were however, two other children living at the public house on that occasion and they were two of the three children of Arthur’s older married sister Elizabeth Ann (above), Harry and Dorothy Sharpe.

 

 

 

Just over three years later Arthur married Agnes Annie Smith at All Saints Church in Wellingborough on 1st August 1904.  The marriage had produced one child for the couple by the time of the census in 1911, when the family was living in Daventry, where the child had also been born.  Arthur Collett was 32, his wife Annie Collett was 30, and their daughter was Marjorie Collett was three years old.

 

 

 

46Q11

Marjorie Collett

Born in 1908 at Daventry

 

 

 

 

46P10

William Collett was born at Daventry in 1882, the youngest of the nine children of Albert Collett of Fencott and his wife Elizabeth from Daventry.  The year before he was born his family was living at 24 Sheaf Street in Daventry, so there is a possibility that it was there also that he was born.  In the census of 1891 that William was entered on the census return as Wm Collett, who was eight years old and born at Daventry.  Ten years later he had started work at a draper’s shop in the town and was described as William Collett, age 18 from Daventry, whose occupation was that of a draper’s assistant.  Also at that time he was still living with his parents who were running The Plume of Feathers Inn at Chapel Lane in Daventry.

 

 

 

It may have been around five years later that he married Edith and just a year or so later she presented him was a daughter, which may have been the first of a number of children.  The child was born at Daventry where the family was still living in April 1911.  William Collett of Daventry was 28, his wife Edith was 29, and their daughter was Margaret Elizabeth Collett who was three years old.  It is established that shortly after the census day in 1911 William and Edith had a son who was known within the family as Peter Collett, although that may not have been the name used when the birth was registered or when he was christened.  The name of William Collett of Daventry was one of the next-of-kin of his orphaned nephew Harry Sharp when he enlisted with the Royal Engineers at the start of the Great War.

 

 

 

46Q12

Margaret Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1907 at Daventry

 

46Q13

Peter Collett

Born after 2nd April 1911 at Daventry

 

 

 

 

46P14

Sidney S Collett was born at Wimborne Minster in Dorset in 1874 and was six years old in 1881 when he was living with his parents at Leigh Road in Wimborne Minster.  Upon leaving school he joined his father in the transportation and delivery business.  By 1891 Sidney Collett of Wimborne was 16 and was living and working in the Christchurch registration district of Bournemouth while the remainder of his family was still living at Wimborne.  When in his early twenties, Sidney married Marion in 1897 and by the start of the next century the couple had been blessed with two children, with a third following shortly after the census day in 1901.

 

 

 

Although listed as being married in March 1901, Sidney at the age of 26, was recorded on the census day as staying with his widowed father Philip in Wimborne where he was also working with his brother Edgar (below).  Both were described as motorcar drivers and it was very likely that they were working in the family business set up by their father. 

 

 

 

Sidney’s wife and his children were then living at Hanwell in East London on that same day.  Marion J Collett was 23 and was born at Hanover Square in London.  The couple’s two children were Ethel Collett, who was two, and Olive Collett who was not yet one year old, both of them born at Southall just a couple of miles to the east of Hanwell.

 

 

 

Living with Marion and the girls was Marion’s maiden aunt Juliana Wheeler of Hatcham in London who was 45.  Shortly after the census day in 1901 the family was reunited and together they moved to Boscombe near Christchurch, where Sidney had been just over ten years earlier.  Upon the death of his father in 1909, Sidney and his brother Edgar took over the management of the family motorcar business and closed the business in Wimborne, to re-open at new premises in Salisbury.

 

 

 

By April 1911 Sidney and Marion and their children had left the Bournemouth area and were living at 88 Exeter Street in Salisbury in Wiltshire, where Sydney S Collett was 37 and a motor agent with a garage.  Once again his place of birth was confirmed as being Wimborne in Dorset.  The census also confirmed that the couple had been married for thirteen years and that Sidney’s wife was Marion I Collett, age 33, of St Georges London.  Their three children were Ethel Collett, who was 12, Olive M Collett, who was 10, and Edward Collett who was eight years old, the two daughters having been born at Hanwell, while their son had been born at Boscombe near Bournemouth.  And, as ten years earlier, Marion’s maiden aunt Juliana Wheeler, age 55 and from Hatcham in Surrey, was still living with the family.

 

 

 

46Q14

Ethel Collett

Born in 1898 at Southall

 

46Q15

Olive M Collett

Born in 1900 at Southall

 

46Q16

Edward Collett

Born in 1902 at Boscombe

 

 

 

 

46P15

Reginald Philip Collett was born at Wimborne Minster in 1876 and was four years old in April 1881 while he was living with his family at Leigh Road in Wimborne Minster.  Ten years later at 14 years of age, he was stilling living at the family home in Wimborne with his widowed father Philip.  On reaching adulthood it would appear that he left Dorset to seek his fortune in Derbyshire, where he married Louie.  Following their wedding day the couple settled in Belper where their first child was born.  Other children may have followed, but no details are available at this time.

 

 

 

According to the census of 1901, Reginald Collett of Wimborne said he was 29, perhaps to make him one year older than his wife Louie who was 28.  In reality he was 24 years of age.  His occupation at that time in his life was that of the manager at a men’s outfitters.  Listed with the couple at Belper was their two-year old son Bertie who had been born there.  Louie’s place of birth was given as Stonebroom in Derbyshire.

 

 

 

Five months later on 9th September 1901 Reginald Philip Collett died (or was killed) at the age of only 25, although the exact circumstances behind that tragic event have still to be determined.  What is known is that his body was returned to Wimborne, where he was buried in the same grave as his mother who had died just nineteen years earlier.  The details of the headstone epitaph can be found under the name of his father.

 

 

 

It is not clear what happened to Reginald’s wife and child at that time but, by April 1911 his son Herbert Collett, who was twelve years old, was listed in the census as being at an ‘institution’ in the St George area of London – see individual entry for more details.

 

 

 

No obvious record of Louie Collett, Reginald’s widow, has been found in the census of 1911.  One possible entry refers to a Louisa Collett aged 37 who was living at Belper, although that lady stated she was born at Belper, rather than ten miles further north at Stonebroom.  However, as there was no corresponding Louisa Collett, aged 27, ten years earlier in the 1901 Census, it perhaps can be assumed that she was Reginald’s widow, which begs the question, why she was not with her son?

 

 

 

46Q17

Herbert Collett

Born in 1898 at Belper

 

 

 

 

46P16

Edgar William Collett was born at Wimborne Minster in 1877 where he was living with his family a few years later.  The 1881 Census confirmed the address as Leigh Road in Wimborne Minster and that Edgar was three years old, and he was still living there ten years later when he was 13.  Edgar followed his older brother into their father’s family delivery business, so by 1901 he was 23 and his occupation at Wimborne was that of a motorcar driver like his brother Sidney (above).

 

 

 

Shortly after the 1901 Census Edgar’s father died at which point Edgar and Sidney took over the motorcar business.  The two brothers and their sister Louisa (below) then left Wimborne and took over garage premises at 88 Exeter Street in Salisbury, where they continued to work in the motor trade.

 

 

 

Also during the first half of the first decade of the new century, Edgar married Mabel and their marriage produced a daughter for the couple, who was born after they had made the move to Salisbury.  All of which was confirmed by the census of 1911, which listed the family living at Salisbury as Edgar William Collett, age 33 and from Wimborne, his wife Mabel Collett, age 35, and their daughter Evelyn Collett who was six years old.

 

 

 

Edgar and Mabel were residing at 6 Burford Avenue in Salisbury during the Second World War although, with Edgar in his sixties, it was at the Glenfulen Nursing Home that he was a patient when he died on 18th November 1941.  His Will was proved at Winchester on 5th January 1942 when his widow Mabel Collett was named as the sole executor of his estate of £4,716 17 Shillings 4d.

 

 

 

46Q18

Evelyn Collett

Born in 1904 at Salisbury

 

 

 

 

46P17

Edith Louisa Collett was born at Wimborne in July 1880 and was nine months old at the time of the census.  It seems very likely that she was born at Leigh Road in Wimborne Minster where the family was living in April 1881 and again in 1891 when she was 10 years old.  No record of her has yet been found in 1901, even though she was still unmarried when her father passed away in March 1909.  Spinster Edith Louisa Collett was named in his Will, which was proved at Blandford on 13th May 1909.

 

 

 

 

46P18

Louisa Collett was born in July 1882 and probably born at Leigh Road in Wimborne Minster.  However, it was her birth that caused the tragic death of her mother, after whom she was named.  In 1891 she was eight years old and was still living with her family at Wimborne.  By 1901 Louisa was 18 and was living with her widowed father Philip at Wimborne where she acted as his housekeeper.  Upon the death of her father in 1909 her brothers Sidney and Edgar took over the motor car business that had been established by her father.

 

 

 

Her two brothers also moved the family business from Wimborne to Salisbury around that time, as confirmed by the census of 1911 which identified the Collett garage at 88 Exeter Street in Salisbury where brother Sidney lived with his family.  Edgar was also living in Salisbury with his family at that time.  According to the Salisbury census record, Louisa was also living there and was described as a spinster, age 28, who had been born at Wimborne.

 

 

 

 

46P20

Auten William Collett was born at Southampton in 1877 and in 1881 he was living with his parents at 5 Osborn Road Hill in the Millbrook district of Southampton.  By 1901 he was 23 and was living with his father and stepmother in the Shirley area of Southampton.  His father was a licenced victualler, while Auten was a barman.  Within the census of 1911 for Southampton, Auten was referred to as Antin Collett who was 33 and from Southampton.

 

 

 

 

46P21

Ernest Wilfred Collett was born at Southampton in 1879 and probably at the family home at 5 Osborn Road Hill in the Millbrook.  At the age of 21 he had left the family home in Shirley and was living at Hampshire St Mary where he was employed by the London South Western Railway Company as a ticket collector.  Sometime during the following years Ernest married Alice Margarite who was born at Southampton in 1880.  The marriage may have taken place at Southampton in 1904, but immediately after they were married the couple moved away from the town.

 

 

 

Over the next seven years the marriage produced four children for Ernest and Alice who were living at South Stoneham about three miles from Southampton by April 1911.  Ernest was 31, Alice was 30, and their children were Elsie Margarite Collett who was five, Violet Hilda Collett who was four, Lily Alberta Collett who was three and Ivy Amy Collett who was one year old.  None of the children were recorded as having been born at South Stoneham.

 

 

 

Although so far thought to be unrelated, a certain Gwendoline Collett, the widow of the late Bert Collett (Ref. 46q1), died at South Stoneham on 26th April 2002 and was buried at South Stoneham Cemetery, Mansbridge Road in Southampton on 2nd May.  Announcements in the local newspaper included those from: her son David Collett (Ref. 46r1) and his wife Margaret; her son Brian Collett (Ref. 46r2), his wife Vita and their daughters Lisa Collett (Ref. 46s1) and Clair Collett (Ref. 46s2); her son Barry Collett (Ref. 46r3); her daughter Margaret (Collett) (Ref. 46r4) and husband Jeff; her daughter Karen (Collett) (Ref. 46r5) and son Tyrone and Brian; her daughter Violet (Collett) (Ref. 46r6) and husband Alfie; and her daughter Paula (Collett) (Ref. 46r7) and her husband Mark.

 

 

 

46Q19

Elsie Margarite Collett

Born in 1905

 

46Q20

Violet Hilda Collett

Born in 1906

 

46Q21

Lily Alberta Collett

Born in 1907

 

46Q22

Ivy Amy Collett

Born in 1909

 

 

 

 

46P22

George Robert Collett was born at Shirley in 1881 but after the 3rd April census day.  He was still living with his family at Shirley in 1901 when, at the age of 19, he was working as a picture frame maker.  By April 1911 George Robert Collett was 29 and was married to Alice Frances Leah Collett who was 30 and from Southampton, and together the couple and their first child were still living in Southampton.  The daughter Kathleen Mary Leah Collett was just ten months old.

 

 

 

46Q23

Kathleen Mary Leah Collett

Born during June 1910 at Southampton

 

 

 

 

46P23

Arthur Sydney Gubbins Collett was born at Shirley in 1883 and was still living there in 1901.  At that time he was still living at the family home from where he was working with his older brother Ernest (above) as an apprentice frame maker.  By 1911 Arthur was 27 and he was still living at Southampton.  Sometime later he married Florence May Ransome who was born in 1883, the daughter of John and Elizabeth Ransome.  Around the start of the Second World War the couple were living at 12 Beckynden Terrace in Southampton.  It has not yet been determined if the marriage produced any children for the couple.

 

 

 

Tragically during the war Arthur and Florence were both inside the Railway Tavern in Beckynden Terrace when it was razed to the ground during a bombing raid, resulting in the death of the couple.  That happened on 22nd June 1941 when Arthur was 57 and Florence was 58, following which the couple were buried at Southampton County Borough Cemetery.  The record of the event confirmed that Arthur’s father was Spencer Collett.

 

 

 

 

46P25

Harold P Collett was born at Shirley in 1889 and was one year old in 1891.  During the following decade his mother died and his father remarried.  So by 1901 Harold was eleven years old and was living at Shirley with his father, his stepmother, and his siblings.  By 1911 he was still living in the family home and was 22 years old. 

 

 

 

 

46P26

Albert Edward Collett was born at Lambeth in 1877.  His father Auten Collett established a greengrocer’s business which Albert took over around the turn of the century.  It is possible, although not proved, that around that same time Albert may have married Edith from London and in 1901 the couple were living in Tunbridge Wells, not far from Albert’s parents, his father then working as a licenced victualler.  Albert from London was 23 and his occupation was confirmed as fruiterer, while his wife Edith was 21. 

 

 

 

 

46P27

Arthur Ernest Collett was born at Brixton in 1883, but later moved with his family to live in Tunbridge Wells where in 1901 he was 17 years of age and was working as a carpenter.  It was about two years later that he married Catherine with whom he had two children during the following four years.  It has not been determined if the family was added to after 1911.  By April 1911 the family of four was living at Hornsey in London where Arthur was 27, Catherine was 28, their daughter Ivy was six, and their son Arthur was four.

 

 

 

Arthur was thirty when war was declared, at which time he joined the Queen’s Royal West Kent regiment where he was Private Collett 25936.  Sadly Arthur Ernest Collett died on 4th October 1918, possibly from the injuries he sustained during the Great War.  At the time of his death his wife Catherine Lillian Collett was living at 97 Sydney Road in Hornsey.  She was named as his next-of-kin in his military records, where he was also described as the son of A & E Collett of 41 High Road in Wood Green in London, they being Auten and Elizabeth.

 

 

 

46Q24

Ivy Collett

Born in 1904

 

46Q25

Arthur Collett

Born in 1906

 

 

 

 

46P30

Harry Austin Collett was born in 1892 and in 1901 his place of birth was given at Brixton where his older siblings were born, whereas ten years later in 1911 it was said to be Reading, where his younger sister Florence was born.  By the time of the 1911 Census he was listed as Harry Austin Collett, age 18, and was living and working at Wandsworth in London.

 

 

 

 

46P32

Eleanor Mary Collett was born at Hampton in 1872, the eldest child of Thomas and Frances Collett.  According to the census in 1881, Eleanor Mary Collett was living with her parents at 9 Wolsey Road in Hampton, within the Teddington area of Middlesex, when she was eight years old.  Upon leaving school, and up until she was married, Eleanor was employed as a servant at Hampton Court, where she lived with her Granny Muckle at her ‘grace and favour’ apartment.  It was during the 1890s that Eleanor married Arthur George Pipe from Suffolk, and by March 1901 she had presented George, as he was known, with a daughter who was born at Bermondsey in London. 

 

 

 

Arthur George Pipe was the son of a police inspector, and was born at Wesselton in Suffolk.  He trained as a schoolmaster, but then moved to work at Butler’s Wharf, near the Tower of London, where he was chief clerk.  After he retired, he supplemented his pension by preparing financial accounts for various local doctors and by venturing.  The census in 1901 recorded the family living in the St Margaret & St John district of London, where Eleanor M Pipe from Hampton Hill was 28, and her daughter Ivy E Pipe, who had been born on 6th November 1900, was one year old.  Eleanor’s husband on that occasion was a wharf clerk working in Bermondsey, where he was recorded as Arthur G Pipe, age 28, from Suffolk.

 

 

 

Ten years later the family was living in East Dulwich, within the borough of Camberwell in London, where Arthur George Pipe was 38, his wife Eleanor Mary Pipe (known as Nell) was also 38, and their daughter Ivy Evelyn Pipe was 11.  Ivy Evelyn Pipe later married Jim Whiteway and they had two children, Daphne and Dick.  Daphne Whiteway died soon after the Second World War from tuberculosis of the stomach, while Dick and his wife Barbara were still living in East Dulwich up to 23rd June 2011, when Dick passed away at the age of 82.

 

 

 

 

46P33

Elizabeth Frances Collett was born at Hampton on 4th October 1874 and was six years old in the census of 1881 when she was living with her family at 9 Wolsey Road in Hampton.  Upon leaving school Elizabeth entered into domestic service, and by the time of the next census in 1891, she was described as Elizabeth Frances Collett, age 16, who had left the family home to be living and working at Godalming in Surrey.  By the time of the March census of 1901, she was recorded as Elizabeth F Collett, age 26 and from Hampton and unmarried, who was still living and working in Godalming, where she was employed as a domestic housemaid. 

 

 

 

It was while she was at Godalming, that she met William Henry Colpus, the son of George and Elizabeth Colpus of Manor Road in Godalming.  And it was sometime during the first decade of the new century that they were married at Godalming, and where the childless couple were living in April 1911.  According to the census on that occasion, William Henry Colpus was 37, and his wife Elizabeth Frances Colpus was 36.  It is also established that the marriage did not produce any children for the couple, and that William suffered shell-shock in the First World War, became a semi-invalid, and died at Brookwood sometime before the start of the Second World War.

 

 

 

Following the death of her husband, Bess, as she was more commonly known, let out her big front room to railway workers for some time.  Her house at Farncombe in Surrey, also provided a country refuge and holiday base for various younger members of the family, whilst Dick and Daphne Whiteway, the children of Ivy Evelyn Pipe and Jim Whiteway, were evacuated there in the early part of the war.  In addition to all of this, it was from that same house that Isabel Doris Collett was married during 1940.  Later on in her life, Bess Colpus moved to 107, Crystal Palace Road, East Dulwich to live with her sister Nell Pipe nee Collett and her husband Arthur Pipe, and outlived both of them.

 

 

 

 

46P34

William Thomas Collett was born at Hampton in 1875 and was five years old in 1881 while he was living at 9 Wolsey Road in Hampton with his family.  Sometime towards the end of the 1880s William’s parents left the Teddington area when they moved to nearby Hanworth, where they were living in 1891 when William was 15.  The census confirmed he had been born at Hampton, and that by then he was working as a florist’s assistant, while living in the Hounslow Road, next to the Jolly Sailor Inn.

 

 

 

Once into his twenties, William continued his occupation as a florist while he was still living in Hanworth.  The census in March 1901 recorded that William Collett was a bachelor at 25 and that he was living with his sister Isabella (below).  The census also confirmed their place of birth as Hampton Hill.  A little while later William married Florence Amelia and in 1911 their first child was born.  William must have eventually returned to Hanworth, since it was there that he bought land and set up his own market garden.  Upon his death, the land was inherited by his children, and it was his two daughters who each had a house built on their plot, where they both continued to live next door to each other, right up to 2010.

 

 

 

46Q26

Maisie Collett

Born in 1911

 

46Q27

Bert Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

46Q28

Mabel Collett

Born in 1926

 

 

 

 

46P35

Frances Jane Collett was born at Hampton in 1876.  She was four years old in the Hampton census of 1881, but by 1891, she and her family were living at Hounslow Road in Hanworth.  Frances J Collett from Hampton was 14 and had left school, but was not credited with an occupation.  Frances was still unmarried by March 1901 when she was aged 24 and was living in nearby Feltham where she was working as a servant.  Her place of birth was listed as Hampton Hill.  However, within the next year she married Daniel Wild.

 

 

 

Daniel Wild was a charcoal burner from the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire.  He and Frances had three children prior to the census in 1911, by which time the family was living at Hanworth.  On that occasion the Wild family was recorded as Daniel who was 30, Frances Jane who was 34, and their three children Thomas George Wild who was eight, Eleanor Elizabeth Wild who was six, and Wilfred Victor Wild who was two years old.

 

 

 

One of the later recollections of Edith Collett, the daughter of Andrew Ralph Collett (below), was that she only knew of three Wild cousins, and they were Bessie, Wilfred, and Bertha who was born around 1913.  For about four months during 1923, and around the time when she was four years old, Edith Collett was staying with Granny Collett (Frances Isabella Collett nee Muckle) at The Rectory in Hanworth, where she was helping to look after two visiting missionaries.  Edith recalls that during that same time, she was taken for walks by her older cousin Bertha who would have been about 15 years old and living nearby in the Feltham area.

 

 

 

 

46P36

Isabella Muckle Collett was born at Hampton in 1877 and was three years old in 1881 when living with her family at 9 Wolsey Road in Hampton.  By 1891 the family was living at Hounslow Road in Hanworth when Isabella M Collett, age 13 from Hampton, was still attending the local school.  Ten years later, the census in 1901 placed her as Isabel Collett, age 23, still living at Hanworth where she was working as a domestic housemaid, while living with her brother William (above).  Each of them gave their place of birth as Hampton Hill.  At some time in her life Isabella became an invalid, resulting from an accident on a flight of stairs.

 

 

 

 

46P37

Andrew Ralph Collett was born at Hampton on 31st August 1880 and was seven months old on 3rd April 1881, the day of the national census, when he and his family were living at 9 Wolsey Road in Hampton.  Some years later his family moved the short distance to Hanworth where, in 1891, he was 10 years old and attending school, while living there at Hounslow Road with his family. 

 

 

 

By the time of the next census in 1901, Andrew Ralph Collett was in South Africa as part of the British Territorial Army fighting in the Boer War.  Andrew was under age when he enlisted but managed to convince the army that he was a few years older.

 

He was with the 20th Battalion of the Imperial Yeomanry City of London Yeomanry, which was more commonly referred to as ‘Rough Riders’, a name adopted from the United States cavalry regiment that fought in the Spanish-American War.  The 20th Battalion was disbanded in 1901 and was replaced by the 22nd Battalion of the City of London Imperial Yeomanry (Rough Riders).

 

On his return to England, Andrew married (1) Edith Austin, a widow who already had a daughter, Irene Edith Austin, from her first marriage.  He also took up work in London as a horse bus driver with Thomas Kellings, before switching to trams as a conductor, when Kellings changed to petrol buses.

Photograph courtesy of Janet Wood

 

 

 

Edith Austin had been born at Bushey in Hertfordshire as Edith Narroway, the daughter of William Narroway and his wife Ellen.  William was a City of London Missioner working amongst the poor of the city.  By the time of the census in March 1901 Edith was married and was recorded living in the Camberwell area as Edith Austin, age 21.

 

 

 

By the time of the census in April 1911, the couple had their first two children.  The family at that time was living at East Dulwich in the Camberwell area of London, where Andrew Ralph Collett from Hampton was 30.  His wife Edith Collett from Bushey was 31, and their two children were Thomas Ralph Austin Collett who was two years old, and Isabel Doris Collett who was only seven months old.  Also living with the family was Edith’s six years old daughter Irene Edith Austin. 

 

 

 

Three more children were added to the family during the next eight years, the first two being born before Andrew saw action in the Great War with the Royal Artillery, the third being born just nine months after his return from the campaign.  Having survived through the war years, the young family was devastated when Edith died during the birth of the couple’s last child in December 1919.  Edith’s daughter from her first marriage, who was known as Rene, had taken the name Irene Edith Austin Collett, although it was to her maternal grandparents that she went to live, following the death of her mother.  At that time she was around 15 years of age.  However, her departure from the family home at that critical time apparently caused a split in the family.

 

 

 

The children of Andrew Ralph and Edith Austin did occasionally visit their maternal grandparents after that time, and a few years later Andrew’s eldest daughter Isabel Doris Collett was a bridesmaid at the wedding of her half-sister Rene Austin Collett and even attended her funeral shortly after she had given birth to a son.  The cause of death was tuberculosis, which had already taken her father around 1907.  Contact was lost with her husband and his son during the Second World War and, it is feared that they may have both perished in the London Blitz.

 

 

 

It was two years after the death of his wife Edith, that widower Andrew Ralph Collett married (2) May Farmer in 1921.  May was a war widow who had two daughters from her previous marriage, Dorothy Farmer and Winifred Farmer.  That second marriage for Andrew produced five children, but sadly only one of them survived beyond childhood.  The house in London, in which the Andrew and his family were living at the start of the Second World War, was destroyed during the London Blitz which took place between September 1940 and May 1941.

 

 

 

Andrew Ralph Collett died at Dulwich Hospital on 28th March 1953 aged 72, and was buried at the Camberwell New Cemetery, while his first wife Edith was buried in 1919 at The Old Cemetery in Camberwell which was also destroyed by a direct hit during the London Blitz of 1940-1941.

 

 

 

46Q29

Irene Edith Austin Collett (formerly Austin)

Born in 1904

 

46Q30

Thomas Ralph Austin Collett

Born in 1909 at Camberwell

 

46Q31

Isabel Doris Collett

Born in 1910 at East Dulwich

 

46Q32

Olive May Collett

Born in 1913 at East Dulwich

 

46Q33

Mabel Eileen Collett

Born in 1915 at East Dulwich

 

46Q34

Edith Collett

Born in 1919 at East Dulwich

 

The children of Andrew Ralph Collett and his second wife May Farmer were as follows:

 

46Q35

Arthur Collett

Born in 1922; died 1928

 

46Q36

George Collett

Born in 1923; infant death

 

46Q37

Eric Collett

Born in 1924; infant death

 

46Q38

Stanley Collett

Born in 1925; infant death

 

46Q39

Joan Kathleen Collett

Born in 1926

 

 

 

 

46P38

Arthur M Collett was born at Hanworth in 1890, when his family was living at Hounslow Road in Hanworth, where his parents had moved from Hampton.  He was the youngest child of Thomas Collett and Frances Isabella Muckle, and was only five months old in the Hanworth census of 1891.  However, no record of him has been located after 1891, when it perhaps can be assumed that he suffered an infant death.  Certainly it was known within the family that his brother Andrew Ralph Collett (above) was the youngest member of the family to survive.

 

 

 

 

46P39

Henry Herbert Collett was born at Newbold-on-Avon in Warwickshire in 1873.  In 1881 he was seven years old and was with living his parents and younger sister Anne at Church Terrace in Harbury in Warwickshire.  Sadly his mother died around four years later, following which his father Henry remarried.  Upon leaving school it would appear that he left the family home and moved to the Holy Trinity district of Coventry where he was living in 1891 at the age of 17.

 

 

 

Within the next decade he left Warwickshire and headed for the industrial north to find work.  By the time of the 1901 Census he was still a bachelor and was working as a stone miner while living at Woolley in the West Riding of Yorkshire.  His place of birth was confirmed as Newbold-on-Avon although he gave his age as 24 rather than 27.  So far the whereabouts of Henry Herbert Collett of Newbold-on-Avon has not been discovered in the census of 1911, although his stepmother Eliza Collett was a widow by then and was living in the Warwickshire village of Knightcote, where members of the Kirtlington line of the Collett family were living.  See Part 49 – The Kirtlington to California Line.

 

 

 

 

46P40

Anne Maud Mary Collett was born at Hillmorton in 1876 even though at the turn of the century she stated she had been born at Harbury.  It was at Church Terrace in Harbury that she was living with her parents Henry and Charlotte Collett in 1881 when she was listed as four years old Anne Marie M Collett who had been born at Hillmorton.  Her mother died during the mid-1880s and her father then married for a second time around 1886.  It was simply as Maud Collett aged fourteen that she listed with her father and stepmother at Harbury in 1891, and ten years after that she was described as spinster Ann Maud Mary Collett, age 24 of Harbury, who was still living at Harbury with her family, when her occupation was that of a domestic servant.

 

 

 

 

46P41

Eliza Anne Collett was born at Harbury in 1888, the only daughter of Henry Collett and his second wife Eliza Burgess.  Her baptism as Harbury Church in 1889, confirmed that her father was a police constable.  And it was at Harbury that she was living with her parents in 1891 at the age of two years.  She was still living there with her parents ten years later in March 1901 when she was 12.  She was not married ten years after that and was referred to in the 1911 Census for Atherstone as Eliza Annie Collett age 22 and of Harbury.  No other Collett was living at Atherstone at that time.

 

 

 

 

46P42

Frederick William Clark Collett was born at Horton-cum-Studley in 1868 but was baptised at Piddington where his parents had been married during the previous year.  He was baptised as Frederick William Clark Collett on 29th November 1868, the first child born to William Collett, a labourer of Horton and his wife Emma Parker from Piddington.  By the time he was two years old he and his parents were living at Fencott which was also named as his place of birth from that time onwards.  He was 12 years old in the Fencott census of 1881 when he was still attending school but to date no record of him has been found in 1891. 

 

 

 

By the turn of the century he was married to Alice who was born at Worminghall in Buckinghamshire and in the census of 1901 Frederick was 32 and Alice was 25.  At that time in their lives they were living at Glympton with their first two children where Frederick was working as a carpenter.  The couple’s two sons were recorded as Thomas, who was six and born at Charlton, and Albert who was one year old and born after the family had settled in Glympton.  During the next six years a further three children were added to the family while they were still residing in Glympton.

 

 

 

According to the next census in April 1911 the family was still living at Glympton and confirmed the births of the additional children.  Head of the household Frederick Collett of Fencott was 42, Alice Collett was 35, and their children were Thomas W Collett, age 17, Albert Edward Collett, age 11, Edward G Collett who was eight, Lucy Collett who was six, and George Collett who was three.  It is possible, although not proved, that after the death of his father in 1918 Frederick’s widowed mother lived with him and his family at Glympton, and later at Woodstock, where she died in 1937.

 

 

 

46Q40

Thomas W Collett

Born in 1894 at Charlton-on-Otmoor

 

46Q41

Albert Edward Collett

Born in 1899 at Glympton

 

46Q42

Edward Collett

Born in 1902 at Glympton

 

46Q43

Lucy Collett

Born in 1904 at Glympton

 

46Q44

George Collett

Born in 1907 at Glympton

 

 

 

 

46P43

Ellen Rebecca Collett was born at Fencott at the end of 1872 and was baptised at Charlton-on-Otmoor on 23rd February 1873.  She was recorded as Elen R Collett in the Fencott & Murcott census of 1881 when she was eight years old.  On leaving school she also left the family home in Charlton-on-Otmoor and by 1891 when she was 19 Ellen Rebecca Collett was living and working in Bicester.  She was still there ten years later when she was living at Market End in Bicester where she was listed as being a 28 years old spinster who was working as a domestic servant.  Around the time of the census in 1901, or just before or just after, Ellen had an affair which resulted in the birth of a base-born son towards the end of the year.  Ten years later in April 1911 Ellen Collett was 38 and was still unmarried when she was living within the Headington registration area of Oxford, while he son was living with Ellen’s parents at Charlton-on-Otmoor.

 

 

 

46Q45

Jack Collett

Born in 1901 at Charlton-on-Otmoor

 

 

 

 

46P44

Annie Elizabeth Collett was born at Fencott during 1875 and was baptised at Charlton-on-Otmoor on 15th August 1875, the daughter of William and Emma Collett.  It was as Anne E Collet, age five years, that she was living with her family in Fencott in 1881.  Like her sister Ellen (above), on leaving school she entered into domestic service and in 1891 at the age of 15 she was already living and working within the Headington area of Oxford.  She would have been approaching 21 when she married Joseph Marriott, a brewer’s drayman from Bicester at Charlton-on-Otmoor on 18th March 1896.  On that occasion she was described as spinster Elizabeth Anne Collett, age 21 of Charlton, the daughter of carpenter William Collett, while bachelor Joseph was recorded as being 27 and a mason’s labourer, the son of carter William Marriott.  The witnesses were Annie’s sister Ellen Collett, and William Mouring.

 

 

 

By March 1901 their marriage had given the couple four children all born at Bicester, with a further two being added to their family during the first few years of the next decade.  Annie and Joseph were living at Market End in Bicester at the time of the census, but only had three of their four children living with them on that day.  The missing child was staying with her grandparents William and Emma Collett at Charlton-on-Otmoor, the reason possibly being that Annie had just given birth to the couple’s fourth child.  However, that absence child, Ellen Marriott, age three years, was no longer alive in 1911, so she may have been poorly in 1901 and was being nursed by her grandmother.

 

 

 

According to the census return for 1901 Joseph Marriott was 27, Annie E Marriott was 26, Joseph W Marriott was four, Beatrice M Marriott was two, and Arthur E Marriott was only a few weeks old.  Ten years later the enlarged family was still living at Market End in Bicester, when Joseph and Annie Elizabeth were both 37, Joseph William was 14, Beatrice May was 11, Arthur Edwin was 10, Frederick was eight, and Florence Elizabeth was six years old.

 

 

 

 

46P45

Edwin Charles Collett was born at Fencott in 1877 and was baptised on 8th July 1877 at the parish church in Charlton-on-Otmoor, the son of William and Emma Collett.  He was recorded as Edwin Collett age three in 1881 and in the census of 1981 he was listed in error as Edward Collett who was 13.  Ten years later, at the age of 24, Edwin was still living in Charlton-on-Otmoor where he was working as a yardman on a farm.  By 1911 he was 33 and was a married man living in the Barnet registration district of Middlesex with his wife Rose May Collett who was 27, and their first child Edwin who was four years old.

 

 

 

46Q46

Edwin Collett

Born in 1906

 

 

 

 

46P46

William Collett was born at Fencott in September 1880 and was baptised at Charlton-on-Otmoor on 24th October 1880, the son of William and Emma Collett.  He enlisted as Private Collett 12223 with the 6th Battalion Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry at the outbreak of the Great War, but tragically William Collett died, age 36, on 5th September 1916 just a few weeks after the death of his younger brother Arthur (below).

 

 

 

 

46P47

Louisa Collett was born at Fencott in 1883 and was baptised on 27th May 1883 at Charlton-on-Otmoor Parish Church.  She was married at Bicester Parish Church on 18th May 1901 to bachelor Albert Pitts of that parish, age 24, a mason and the son of labourer William Pitts.  Louisa was 20 and a spinster of the parish, the daughter of carpenter William Collett.  The witnesses were Louisa’ brother Edwin Charles Collett, and Mary Ann Pitts.

 

 

 

 

46P48

Arthur John Collett was born at Charlton-on-Otmoor during 1885, where he was baptised on 1st November that year, the son of William and Emma Collett of Charlton-on-Otmoor.  He was five years old in 1891 and by March 1901, at the age of 16, he was working as a yardman on a farm in Charlton.  Ten years later, in April 1911 Arthur John Collett was 26 and was still living with his parents at Charlton-on-Otmoor.  His father William was 73 and his mother Emma was 63, and living with them was the couple’s grandson Jack Collett who was nine.

 

 

 

During the First World War he joined the Middlesex Regiment as Private Collett G/4765.  Tragically Arthur John Collett was killed while on active service on 18th August 1916 at the age of 31, and his name appears on the Thievpal Memorial.  His death was the first of two in the family, his brother William’s death being reported back to their family just three weeks later.

 

 

 

 

46P49

Beatrice Collett was born at Charlton-on-Otmoor in 1888, the youngest daughter of William Collett of Headington and his wife Emma from Piddington, who was baptised at Charlton on 14th October 1888.  In 1891 Beatrice was two years old and was living with her carpenter father and the rest of her family at Charlton.  Beatrice was 12 years old in 1901 and was still living with her family in Charlton-on-Otmoor, but ten years later she was living and working within the city of Oxford at the age of 23, when her place of birth was confirmed at Charlton-on-Otmoor.

 

 

 

 

46P51

Albert Collett was born at Murcott in 1874 and at the age of six years he was living with his family at South Street in Farthinghoe in Northamptonshire.  Apart from his appearance in the census of 1891 at the age of 16 in Edgcote just to the north of Banbury, no other record of Albert has so far been located.  By 1911 Albert was living in Bicester at the age of 36.

 

 

 

 

46P52

Edith Elizabeth Collett was born at Farthinghoe in 1876 and was four in 1881 when she was living at South Street in Farthinghoe with her family.  The family later moved to nearby Edgcote where Edith was 14 in 1891.  Just after the turn of the century unmarried Edith was 24 and had left Edgcote and was living and working at Turweston as domestic housemaid.  Turweston lies just north of Brackley on the county boundary between Northamptonshire and Buckinghamshire.

 

 

 

 

46P53

Lewis Spencer Collett was born at Farthinghoe in 1879 and was just two years old in April 1881 when living at Farthinghoe with his family.  They later moved to Edgcote when in 1891 Lewis was aged 12.  He followed in his father’s footsteps and in 1901 was recorded as being a carter on a farm while still living with his parents at Edgcote.  The 1901 Census confirmed he was 21 and that he had been born at Farthinghoe, but was listed under the name of Spencer Collett on that occasion.  However, no record of him using either name has been found in the census of 1911.

 

 

 

 

46P54

Autine Collett was born at Farthinghoe in 1881 but after the census which took place at the start of April that year.  By the time of the next census in 1891 Autine was nine years old and was living with his family at Edgcote near Banbury.  A further ten years later and he was still living in the family home at Edgcote where he was 19 and was working as a groom.

 

 

 

 

46P55

Mary Katherine Collett (Mary Emily Kathleen) was born at Farthinghoe in 1884 and it was as Mary Collett aged six years that she was listed in the 1891 Census for Edgcote to where her family had moved after a short spell living in nearby Croughton.  She was still living with her family at Edgcote in 1901 when she was described as Kate Collett, age 15, who was employed as a domestic housemaid.  During the following decade Mary left the family home and moved south to Berkshire, where in April 1911, she was 27 and living at Easthampstead.  Her place of birth was confirmed as Farthinghoe although on that occasion her name was recorded as Mary Emily Kathleen.

 

 

 

 

46P56

George H Collett was born at Croughton south-west of Brackley in 1887 where he and his family only stayed for a short while.  By 1891 the family had moved the eight miles north to Edgcote where George was three years old.  Ten years later he was still there when he was 13 and had not yet started work.  Sometime early in the new century the family left Northamptonshire and moved across the county boundary to live in Buckinghamshire.  The census of 1911 recorded George Collett as being 23 and still living with his family.

 

 

 

 

46P57

Frances Eliza Collett was born at Edgcote in Northamptonshire in 1890 and was under one year old by April 1891.  It was as Fanny Collett that she was listed with her parents at Edgcote in 1901 when she was 10 years old.  It was as Francis Eliza Collett that she was listed in the 1911 Census for Buckingham.

 

 

 

 

46P58

Arthur Collett was born at Edgcote in 1892 and was eight years old in the Edgcote census of 1901.  By 1911 he was 18 and was living with his family in Buckingham.

 

 

 

 

46P59

William H Collett was born at Edgcote in 1895 and was the youngest son of Lewis and Mary Collett.  In 1901 he was still living at Edgcote with his family and was five years old.  By 1911 he was 15 and was living with his family who had moved to the Buckingham area.  Around three years later, at the outbreak of World War One, William enlisted with the 547th Agricultural Company Labour Corps in which he was Private 529075.

 

 

 

During the war he transferred to the 3rd Battalion Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry with whom he saw active service as Corporal 11239.  Tragically it was as the campaign was drawing to a close that William H Collett died on 28th October 1918 at the age of 23.  It would appear that he was not married, since his next-of-kin were named as Lewis and Selina Collett of Lillingstone Lovell in Buckinghamshire.  His mother Mary had used her alternative christian name of Selina since just before the turn of the century.  The fact that he was buried at Lillingstone Lovell very likely indicates that he died from injuries he sustained in action and that it was in England that he passed away.

 

 

 

 

46P60

Minnie Collett was born at Edgcote in 1898 and was two years of age in the Edgcote census of 1901.  By 1911 she was 12 and was living with her family in Buckingham.

 

 

 

 

46P61

William Collett was born at Horton-cum-Studley in 1888, where he was living in 1891 at the age of two years.  In 1901 at the age of 12, William was still at school while still living at Horton.  His father was William Collett of Murcott although it has not yet been established whether his mother was William’s first wife Emily L Collett of Wytham who died in the 1880s, or William’s second wife Charlotte from London.  By April 1911 William was married to Elizabeth when the couple living at Horton-cum-Studley with William’s parents.  William was 23 and Elizabeth was 20, perhaps indicating that they were only very recently married.

 

 

 

 

46P63

Kate Collett was born at Murcott in 1895 and was five years old in 1901.  After ten years she had left the family home and was either, 15 and living in the Headington area of Oxford, or was 16 and living in the Woodstock area.

 

 

 

 

46P66

William Collett was born at Hendon in 1898, the son of Walter and Ellen Collett who recorded the birth at the Hendon register office (Ref. 3a 263) during the first quarter of that year.  He was three years old and 13 years of age and living with his family in Hendon in 1901 and 1911.

 

 

 

 

46P68

Lucy Ellen Collett was born at Elsfield in Oxfordshire in 1879.  By 1881 her family had left Oxfordshire and was living at Shootlands Farm in Wotton near Dorking where her father Richard Collett was a farm bailiff.  The census that year referred to Lucy and Lucy Helen who was two.  A few years later the family moved again, that time to Ockley just south of Dorking where they were living in 1891 and where Lucy E Collett was 11.  During the next decade the family moved the short distance to Capel in Surrey where in 1901, Lucy was 21 and was working as a laundress.  And it was at Capel that Lucy was still living with her parents in April 1911.  Lucy Ellen Collett, age 31 was confirmed as having been born at Elsfield near Oxford.

 

 

 

 

46P69

Martha Alice C Collett was born at Ockley in Surrey in 1886 and was stilling living there with her family in 1891 aged four years.  On that occasion she was listed as Martha A B Collett whereas in subsequent census records the B was replaced by C.  At the start of the next century the family of four was living in the village of Capel, two miles to the east of Ockley.  And in the Capel census of 1901 Martha was recorded as Martha A C Collett, age 14, who was still attending school.  Upon leaving school or sometime thereafter, Martha returned to Oxfordshire, where in April 1911 she was living at Charlton-on-Otmoor with her eighty years old grandmother Lucy Collett. She was 24 years old and was listed as Martha Alice C Collett of Ockley in Surrey.  Also living at the same address were two of Martha’s aunties, they being Esther Collett and Beatrice M Collett.

 

 

 

 

46P72

Lucy Ruth Collett, who was known as Ruth, was born at Boarstall during the first quarter of 1897.  She married Charles Edgington and they had a son Gerald.  Lucy Ruth Edgington nee Collett died at Abingdon-on-Thames around 1980.

 

 

 

 

46P73

Annie Elizabeth Collett was born at Boarstall during the fourth quarter of 1899.  She later married Frederick Shirley by whom she had three children, Colin who died in 2004, Mary who died in 2005 and Margaret.  Annie Elizabeth Shirley nee Collett died at Witney in 1985 where she was buried.

 

 

 

 

46P74

Mary Margaret Collett was born at Old Arngrove in Boarstall between July and September in 1901.  She later married James Honour, the marriage producing two children for the couple being Mary Ellen and John.  See early references to connections between the Collett and Honour families.  Mary Margaret honour nee Collett died at Bicester sometime after 1980.

 

 

 

 

46P75

Hilda Maud Collett was born at Boarstall on 4th October 1902 at Old Arngrove in Boarstall.  She later married Horace Busby at Charlton-on-Otmoor on 25th November 1926.  Horace was the son of James Percival Jones and Helen Franklin, who were not married.  After Albert Edward Busby married Helen Franklin on 29th December 1903, Albert informally adopted Horace, who was henceforth known as Horace Busby.  The marriage of Hilda Collett and Horace Busby produced two children for the couple, they being Dorothy Maud Busby born in 1927, and John Horace Busby born in 1934.

 

 

 

Horace Busby died at Culworth on 2nd February 1977 and was buried there six days later.  His widow survived him by nearly fourteen years when Hilda Maud Busby nee Collett died at Banbury on 8th December 1993 and was later buried with Horace at Culworth on 17th December.  Culworth (in Northamptonshire) lies close to the Edgcote Battle site mentioned earlier in this family line.  And it was the aforementioned John Horace Busby’s son Stephen John Busby of Findhorn in Scotland who kindly provided the details of his family line which has made it possible for this branch of the Collett family to be developed.

 

 

 

 

46P78

Lillian Edith Collett was born at Old Arngrove in Boarstall on 19th November 1908.  In 1937 she married Henry William Haynes at Charlton-on-Otmoor with whom she had three children.  Henry was the son of William Haynes and Ann Franklin.  Their children were William Haynes who was born in 1938 at Redhouse Farm on Panshill in Boarstall who later married Betty Shurrock in 1953, Angela Haynes who was born in 1944, and Susan Haynes who was born in 1949.  Lillian Edith Haynes nee Collett died on 29th April 1995 and was buried at Charlton-on-Otmoor.

 

 

 

 

46P79

William Collett was born at Clew Hill Farm in Arncott in 1889 and was recorded as living there with his parents in the 1891 Census aged just one year.  Ten year later, and following the deaths of his sister Lillian (below) and his mother, the family had moved to Boarstall where, at the age of 11, William was living with his widowed father and younger brother Richard (below).  However, while William’s two younger brothers, Richard and Hubert (below), were both living and working with their father at his farm in Brill in 1911, no such census record has so far been found to locate the whereabouts of William Collett at that time in his life.

 

 

 

 

46P80

Lillian Esther Collett was born at Clew Hill Farm in Arncott during the fourth quarter of 1891, the birth being registered at Bicester.  Sadly she survived for less than three years when she died at Boarstall in April 1894 where she was buried aged two years.

 

 

 

 

46P81

Richard J Collett was born in 1892 at Clew Hill Farm in Arncott.  Two years after he was born his sister Lillian (above) died at Arncott and her death was followed by Richard’s mother before the end of the century.  Possibly as a result of those tragic events the family left Arncott and moved to Boarstall.  So by March 1901 Richard was eight years old and was living with his widowed father and older brother William (above) at Boarstall.  Around 1906 Richard’s father was married for a second time and that may have coincided with a move to the nearby village of Brill, where the family was living in 1911.  The census that year confirmed that Richard J Collett of Arncott was 17 and that he was living with his family at Panshill Farm in Brill where he and his brother Hubert (below) were both working on the farm with their father.

 

 

 

 

46P82

Hubert Walter Collett was born at Clew Hill Farm in Arncott during 1895 but tragically, it would appear, his mother died during the ordeal of his birth.  With two older brothers to look after, baby Hubert was taken in by his father’s younger unmarried sister Edith Bessie Collett who had him living with her up until his father re-married in 1906.  So, within the census conducted in March 1901, six-year old Hubert W Collett from Cluehill (sic) was a visitor at The Limes in Tetsworth, three miles south of Thame, where his maiden aunt Edith was employed as the housekeeper by James Griffin, a 76-year-old widower.  However, by the time of the next census in April 1911 Hubert was once again living with his father and his step-mother, who had settled at Brill.  On that occasion Hubert W Collett from Arncott was working on the family’s farm at Panshill, alongside his father and his older brother Richard (above).  Many years later Hubert Walter Collett, a farmer, was named as one of the joint executors of the Will of his aunt Edith Bessie Harding nee Collett (Ref. 46O47) who died in 1939.

 

 

 

 

46P84

Murray James Collett was born at Murcott in early 1897 and was living at nearby Arncott with his parents at the time of the 1901 Census.  His birth was registered at Bicester during the period January to March 1897, the first child of James Bottrell Collett and his wife Ellen Martha Cox.  Murray would have only been a few years old when his family left Oxfordshire and moved to Warwickshire, since it was within the Rugby area that they were living in April 1911.  Murray James Collett of Murcott was 14 at that time.  He later married Mary Coles with whom he is known to have had just one daughter.

 

 

 

46Q47

Doris Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

 

 

 

46P85

Cyril John Collett was born towards the end of 1901 and after his parents had left Murcott and had settled in nearby Arncott.  His birth was registered within the Bicester registration district between October and December 1901 when he was confirmed as the second son of James and Ellen Collett.  Shortly after he was born his family left Oxfordshire and moved to the village of Willoughby in Warwickshire where they were living in 1911 when Cyril John Collett was recorded as being nine years old and born at Arncott.  Cyril later married Doreen and the married produced two daughters for the couple.

 

 

 

46Q48

Joy Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

46Q49

Gloria Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

 

 

 

46P86

Rowland Thomas Collett was born at Willoughby in Warwickshire during 1904, the third son James and Ellen Collett.  By April 1911 Rowland Thomas Collett was seven years old when he was living with his family in the village of Willoughby.  It would appear that he married Gladys Frost around the early 1930s, following which the couple were blessed with two sons.  Rowland Thomas Collett lived a long life and died on 16th December 1998 aged 94.

 

 

 

46Q50

Roy Allan Collett

Born in 1934

 

46Q51

Brian Rowland Collett

Born in 1941

 

 

 

 

46P87

Basil Dean Collett was born at Willoughby in 1906 and was four years old at the time of the Willoughby census of 1911 when he was recorded as Bazil Dean Collett from Willoughby.  He was the youngest son of James and Ellen Collett and his birth was recorded at the Rugby register office (Ref. 6d 626) during the third quarter of 1906 under the name Basil Deane Collett.  He was twenty-two when he married Olive M Goode at Rugby, the event being recorded at the Rugby register office (Ref. 6d 1649) during the second quarter of 1929.  Olive Mary Goode was born in 1909 and was the daughter of Charles and Judith Mary Goode and over the eight years following their marriage she presented Basil with three children.  The only other known fact at this time is that the death of Basil Dean Collett was recorded at Warwick (Ref. 9c 1246) during the last quarter of 1957 when he was 51.

 

 

 

46Q52

Gordon Dean Collett

Born in 1931

 

46Q53

Eileen R Collett

Born in 1933

 

46Q54

Alice M Collett

Born in 1937

 

 

 

 

46P91

Percival Thomas Collett was born at Southmoor in 1894, the son of Walter George Collett and Ellen Busby.  In 1901 when he was six years old he and his family were living at Tiddington near Waterstock. His absence from the census ten years later would appear to indicate that he had left the family home in Waterstock by April 1911.  All that is currently known about him is that he was the grandfather of Erica Robinson from Ohio in America.

 

 

 

 

46P93

Herbert Collett, who was known as Bert, was the son of Herbert Spencer Collett of Fencott and his wife Mary from Fencott.  It seems likely that Bert was born at Murcott where his parents were residing in April 1911, perhaps indicating that he was born later that same year.  What is known is that he later married Lizzie.

 

 

 

 

46P94

Doris Collett was born at Ludgershall in 1899

 

 

 

 

46P99

Cecil John Collett was born at Piddington, south-east of Bicester, during 1897.  He was the second child of Albert John Collett and his first wife Maud Cox.  By the time of the census in 1901 Cecil, aged three years, was living with his family on their farm at Tubney.  Cecil was around eight years old when his mother died during childbirth, after which his father remarried.  Her death may have also prompted the next move for the family since they were living at Shotteswell near Banbury in April 1911 when Cecil John Collett was 13.

 

 

 

It was during the mid-1920s that Cecil married (1) Edith May Hedges with whom he had four children.  At the time of the birth of their son Bernard J Collett during 1928 his birth was recorded at the Bicester register office (Ref. 3a 1746) during the third quarter of that year, when his mother’s maiden name was stated as being Hedges.  During his life Cecil was a tennis umpire at Wimbledon and members of the family often played tennis with the grandparents of Tim Henman.  Just after the Second World War he was living in the Brighton area.  That move very likely followed the sale of the farm at Hampton Poyle which was inherited by Cecil from his uncle John Collett (Ref. 46O62), where previous generations of the family had worked up until it was sold during the late 1940s.

 

 

 

Although only four children are shown below, it is possible that there were others, including Cyril, Thomas and Richard about whom nothing is known. 

 

 

 

New information received in early 2017 from Cecil’s granddaughter Frances, the daughter of his Cecil’s son Gerald, reveals that Cecil was eventually divorced from Edith, after which he married (2) Kathleen with whom he had a daughter Susan who was born twenty years after his previous child.

 

 

 

46Q55

Bernard John Collett

Born in 1928 at Oddington

 

46Q56

Gerald Albert Collett

Born in 1931

 

46Q57

Barbara Collett

Born in 1934

 

46Q58

Cecily Collett (Hedges)

Born in 1936 at Hampton Poyle

 

46Q59

Susan Collett

Born in 1956 at Brighton

 

 

 

 

46P101

Percy Thomas Collett was born in 1901 but after the 31st March and may have taken place at Tubney where his parents had been living on a farm in April that year.  Sometime after 1905 his mother died, possibly giving birth to his younger sister Maud, following which his father later remarried.  By April in 1911 Percy who was nine years old, together with his sister Edith who was sixteen, and brother Cecil (above) who was 13, had moved north with their father and stepmother and were living in the village of Shotteswell, just north of Banbury. 

 

 

 

As a young man Percy emigrated to America where he was a minister who travelled widely across the country preaching the word of God.  It is established that he became a married man, and that the marriage produced at least one child for the couple.  Percy’s known daughter was the grandmother of Erica Robinson of Orient in Ohio who kindly provided the above details on his life in America.  Prior to that contact with Erica, it was believed within the Collett family in England that Percy was someone who had a dubious international reputation, whatever that meant.  The only other known detail regarding Percy Thomas Collett, is that he died at Palm Beach in Florida.

 

 

 

 

46P103

Robert John Collett was born at Shotteswell near Banbury on 3rd October 1911 after his father Albert John Collett had married Mary Edith Stanger, who was his second wife.  In 1947 Robert married Margaret Cossar who was born at Oxford in 1927 and with whom he had four children.  Just prior to the couple’s thirtieth wedding anniversary Margaret passed away in 1976 and was followed five years later by Robert John Collett who died during 1981 aged 79.  During his life Robert followed in the family tradition and was a farmer, as were many generations of his family before him, and in 1951 he was farming at Henfield in Sussex, having previously farmed land at Hampton Poyle, that farm being sold in the late 1940s to Bill Rogers whose family farmed there until 2009.

 

 

 

46Q60

Aubrey Collett

Born in 1949

 

46Q61

Stephen Collett

Born in 1951

 

46Q62

Rachel Collett

Born in 1954

 

46Q63

Sarah Collett

Born in 1963

 

 

 

 

46P110

James Thomas Collett (Ref. 46p3) was born at Bicester in 1870, the eldest child of George Thomas Collett and Fanny Stone.  It was also at Bicester where his birth was recorded (Ref. 3a 624) during the second quarter of 1870.  It was simply as James Collett that he was recorded with his parents at Market End in Bicester in 1871 when he was eight months old.  The family home at that time was two doors from the Rose & Crown Inn.  Ten years later the family dwelling was described as being situated in Water Lane at Market End where James Collett, aged 10 aged years, and it was there also that he was still living with his parents in 1891.  On that occasion the census return confirmed that James T Collett was 20 years old.

 

 

 

Midway through the next decade James met and married Emily Smith who was born at Worthing in Sussex.  They were married at Horsham in Sussex with the event recorded at Horsham register office (Ref. 2b 675) during the last three months of 1896.  The witnesses at the wedding on 3rd October were George Frogley and Minnie Parker.  Once married the couple settled in Cirencester, where their two sons were born during the next four years.

 

 

 

According to the next census in March 1901 the completed family was still living in Cirencester at 7 Queens Street, where James T Collett from Bicester was 30 and a shoeing smith, his wife Emily Collett from Worthing was 26, William G Collett of Cirencester was three and James F Collett, also of Cirencester, was one year old.  Living with the family on that occasion were the two youngest sisters of James, they being Emily J Collett who was 26 and Julia S Collett who was 24, both of whom were working as laundresses and both of whom had been born at Bicester.  Lodging with the family as a boarder was George Webb who was 23 and a boilermaker with the Great Western Railway.

 

 

 

During the following months the family moved to Emily’s home county of Sussex and in 1902 the couple’s third and last child was born at Chichester, after which the family eventually settled in Horsham.  By April 1911 the family of four was residing at 4 Victoria Street in Horsham, Sussex, when James Thomas Collett, age 40 and from Bicester, was a blacksmith.  His wife Emily was 35 and their two sons were recorded as William George Collett who was 13 and James Frank Collett who was 11 years old, both confirmed as being born in Gloucestershire.  However, the same census return also stated that James and Emily had given birth to three children, with only the two eldest sons surviving.

 

The registration of the birth of the couple’s eldest son William George Collett took place at the Cirencester register office (Ref. 6a 348) during the first quarter of 1898. 

 

 

 

The photograph above was taken during 1945 and shows James with his wife Emily holding their first great grandchild Peter Gwyn Collett, the child of John James Peter Collett.  One year after the photograph was taken James and Emily celebrated their fifth wedding anniversary, the event reported in the local newspaper, as follows:  “When Mr and Mrs James Collett, 5 Trafalgar Road in Horsham celebrate their Gold Wedding on Thursday, over 20 members of the family will be present.  Mr Collett, who was born at Bicester, Oxon, married Miss E Smith at Horsham Parish Church on October 3rd 1896.  Immediately after the marriage they went to live in Cirencester, Glos, returning to Horsham seven years later.  For several years Mr Collett was employed by Messrs H & E Lintott Ltd, and in 1930 he became blacksmith at the West Sussex County Council depot at Horsham.  He was forced to give up through ill-health in November last year.

 

 

 

There are two sons, Mr William Collett, who is an engine drive with the Southern Railway, and Mr Frank Collett, a service representative of Hoovers.  They also have a grandson, an Old Collyerian who, until last year, was in the R.A.F. who is now at Queen’s College, Cambridge, and one great grandson who is 14 months old.  Mr Collett had one brother living in Horsham who died several years ago from wounds inflicted during the 1914-18 war.  His widow will be present at the Gold Wedding celebrations.  Mr and Mrs Collett, both came from families of 13 children, are 76 and 73 years respectively”.

 

 

 

It was nine years later that James Thomas Collett died at the age of 85 while he was living at Chanctonbury near Pulborough in West Sussex, where his death was recorded (Ref. 5h 484) during December 1955.

 

 

 

46Q64 (46q1)

William George Collett

Born in 1898 at Cirencester

 

46Q65 (46q2)

James Frank Collett

Born in 1899 at Cirencester

 

46Q66 (46q3)

Arthur Thomas Collett

Born in 1902 at Chichester

 

 

 

 

46P111

Lucy Ellen Collett (Ref. 46p4) was born at Bicester in 1872, the eldest daughter of George and Fanny Collett.  As Lucy Collett she was nine years old in 1881 and it was as Lucy E Collett aged 19 in 1891 that she was working as a dressmaker while living at Church Lane, Market End in Bicester with her parents.  Near the end of the century Lucy gave birth to a base-born son by a father unknown.  That was before she married Henry Walduck of Bicester in 1900, the marriage being recorded at Bicester register office (Ref. 3a 1047) during the first three months of the year.  The two witnesses were John Bates and Florence Ellen Kirby.  It seems likely that Lucy was already with-child on the day they married, as the couple’s daughter was born at Bicester not long after. 

 

 

 

At the time of the census in 1901 Lucy, her husband and Lucy’s two children were living with Lucy’s parents at Church Lane, Market End in Bicester.  On that occasion Lucy was described as Ellen Walduck from Bicester who was 28, her husband Henry was 33 and a carter on a farm, her son was Herbert Collett who was two, and her daughter was Louisa Walduck who was one year old.  It was over three years later that the death of Louisa Emily Walduck was recorded at Bicester (Ref. 3a 576) during the last three months of 1904.  That same year Lucy also gave birth to her and Henry’s second daughter.

 

 

 

The census in 1911 recorded the family still living at 2 Church Lane, the Market End home of Lucy’s parents George and Fanny Collett.  The family was recorded as Henry Walduck who was 42 and his wife Lucy Ellen Walduck who was 38, and their daughter Doris May Walduck who was six and also born at Bicester.  Also residing with the two families was Lucy’s base-born son Herbert John Collett of Bicester who was 11 and described as being part scholar and part page boy.

 

 

 

That same census return also stated that Lucy and Henry had been married for 11 years and that Lucy had given birth to four children, of which only two were still alive which would perhaps indicate that she gave birth to another Walduck child around 1903.  The birth of Doris May Walduck was recorded at Bicester register office (Ref. 3a 1077) during the first three months of 1905 and she later married Ernest Turner at Bicester during the summer of 1927.  It was twenty-two years later that the death of Lucy E Walduck, nee Collett, was recorded at Ploughley in Oxfordshire (Ref. 6b 897) in the last three months of 1949 when she was 78.

 

 

 

46Q67 (46q4)

Herbert John Collett

Born in 1898 at Bicester

 

 

 

 

46P113

Julia Susan Collett (Ref. 46p6) was born at Bicester in 1877 the third daughter of George and Fanny Collett.  She was four years old in 1881 when Julia and her family were living at Water lane in the Market End area of Bicester, and was 14 in 1891 when the family was recorded at Church Lane in Market End.  By March 1901 she was one of two sisters living at 7 Queens Street in Cirencester, the home of their married brother James.  At that time in her life Julia S Collett from Bicester was 24 and a laundress working with her sister Emily.

 

 

 

It was at Cirencester that Julia Susan Collett married Arthur Edwin Spackman, their wedding being recorded at Cirencester register office (Ref. 6a 655) during the first three months of 1902.  The marriage produced two sons for Julia and Arthur, both of them born at Cirencester before the family moved to Coventry.  The Coventry census of 1911 confirmed the family as Arthur Edward Spackman, who was 32, Julia Spackman from Bicester who was 33, William George Spackman who was seven and Henry John Spackman who was six, Cirencester being confirmed as the birthplace of both sons.

 

 

 

 

46P114

Thomas Collett (Ref. 46p7) was born at Bicester in 1880, the youngest of the five children of George Collett and Fanny Stone.  He was one year old in 1881 when he was living at Water Lane in Market End with his family, and he was still living with his family in 1891 when he was 11.  No record of him has been found anywhere in Great Britain in 1901 when it is possible he was serving with the British Army, perhaps in South Africa.  When he did eventually return to England he became a married man around 1907 and had two children prior to the census day in April 1911.  By that time the family was living within the Chesterfield registration district of Derbyshire and, although his wife was not born within that county, both of their daughters had been.  Thomas Collett from Bicester was 31, Ada Collett was also 31, and their daughters were Nellie who was two years of age and Ida who was two months old.

 

 

 

A little while later, before the outbreak of war, the young family was still living in the Chesterfield area, where the death of baby Ida Collett, aged two years, was recorded in 1913.  It is evident that Thomas served King and Country during the Great War of 1914-18, during which he was wounded.  Sometime after the war Thomas, Ada and daughter Nellie, moved south to Sussex where Thomas’ eldest brother James Thomas was living at Horsham.  And it was at Horsham in 1933, at the time of his death, that the local newspaper there reported that Thomas Collett had died as a result of the injuries sustained during the First World War.

 

 

 

46Q68 (46q5)

Nellie Collett

Born in 1908 in Derbyshire

 

46Q69 (46q6)

Ida Collett

Born in February 1911 in Derbyshire

 

 

 

 

46Q1

William Collett was born at Southgate in Edmonton in 1887 and was three years old in 1891.  Ten years later he was recorded in the 1901 Census for Southgate as being aged 14.  During the next decade he left the family home in Southgate and by April 1911 he was living and working in St Marylebone in London and was 23.  Also living at St Marylebone was Dorothy Collett who was also 23 who may well have been his wife.

 

 

 

 

46Q2

Percy William Collett was born at Southgate in 1891 but after the 5th April that year.  He was still living at Southgate in 1901 when he was referred to as Percy Collett aged nine years.  In the census of 1911 there was no Percy Collett of the right age who was born at Southgate but, as his older brother William had left home by then, it would appear that he was referred to as William Collett, age 20 of Southgate, while still living there with his family.

 

 

 

 

46Q8

Edith Simpson Collett was very likely a honeymoon baby born at Daventry in 1900 following the marriage of her parents Spencer Collett and Isabella Kate Simpson at Daventry during the summer of 1899.  Edith was six months old in the Daventry census of 1901 when she and her parents were living at 76 Warwick Street, where her parents lived for all of their married life.  She was 10 years old in 1911 although it was not until 1937 that she eventually became a married woman.  Her marriage to Alfred John Paxman was recorded at Daventry register office (Ref. 3b 181) during the second quarter of 1937.  Alfred was a surveyor and was named as a joint executor of the Will of his mother-in-law who died in 1957, and again in 1961 following the death of his father-in-law.

 

 

 

 

46Q11

Marjorie Collett was born at Daventry in Northamptonshire on 27th January 1908, the only child of Arthur Albert George Collett and his wife Agnes Annie Smith.  Marjorie married John Hubert Reynolds in Daventry on 14th August 1937, and it was her daughter Janet Reynolds, later Janet Dennis of Swindon, who kindly supplied the latest information about the family of her great grandfather Albert Collett (Ref. 46O5) in 2011.

 

 

 

 

46Q17

Herbert Collett was born at Belper in 1898 where he was living with his parents Reginald and Louie Collett in 1901 when he was referred to as Bertie aged two years.  It was just five months later when his father died at the age of twenty-five, leaving Bertie and his mother still residing in Belper.  A little while later there may have been a problem with his health since, on the day of the next census in 1911, a poorly Herbert Collett aged 12 years and from Belper in Derbyshire was a patient at Westminster Hospital.  The hospital was situated by the Broad Sanctuary and on the northern side of the nave of Westminster Abbey within the St George area of London.  On that same census day Bertie’s widowed mother is likely to have been the Louisa Collett who was aged 37 and who was still living in Belper.

 

 

 

 

46Q26

Maisie Collett was born in 1911, but after the census day that year, the eldest child of William Thomas and Florence Amelia Collett.  She later married Horace with whom she had a son Geoff.  Upon the death of her father, Maisie and her sister Mabel (below) inherited the land that he had used as a market garden.  Both Maisie and her sister had a house built on the land where they were still living in 2011 when Maisie Collett died just a few weeks after celebrating her one-hundredth birthday.

 

 

 

Each day Mabel popped across the back garden to check that her older sister Maisie was alright.  Sadly on Monday 11th July 2011 Mabel discovered Maisie lying on the floor, having had a stroke.  She called the emergency services, but by the time the paramedics arrived Maisie had suffered a second stroke.  She was subsequently rushed to hospital where she died later that same day.

 

 

 

 

46Q27

Bert Collett, whose date of birth is not known, later married Ethel from the West Country.  Since they did not have children of their own the couple adopted.

 

 

 

 

46Q28

Mabel Collett was born in 1926 and she married Cyril Freeman.  The married produced two children for the couple, they being Marion Freeman and Stuart Freeman.  Following the death of her father, the market gardener William Thomas Collett, Mabel and her sister Maisie (above) were bequeathed the land, upon which the two sisters built two separate dwellings, in which they were still living in 2011.  It was Mabel who alerted the emergency services on 11th July 2011, when she found her sister Maisie on the floor of her home, having suffered the effect of a stroke, from which she died in hospital later that day.

 

 

 

 

46Q30

Thomas Ralph Austin Collett, who was known as Tom, was born within the borough of Camberwell, London on 16th March 1909, the eldest child of Andrew Ralph Collett and his first wife Edith.  In the East Dulwich census of 1911 he was two years and was living there with his family, which also included his stepsister Irene Edith Austin, his mother’s daughter from her first marriage.  Thomas married Amy Maud Arthey, but sadly the marriage produced no children for Thomas and Amy.  When that happened, the couple adopted a daughter.  Thomas Ralph Austin Collett, whose forenames derived from his grandfather, his father, and his mother, died on 13th January 1990.

 

 

 

Tom’s wife Amy survived him by just over ten years, when she died in July 2000.  The funeral for Tom took place at Forest Hill Methodist Church 24th January 1990, following which his ashes were placed in his father’s grave at Camberwell New Cemetery.  Following the passing of his widow, when her ashes were also placed there, a memorial stone was erected on the grave, and contains the following inscription.

 

 

 

In Loving Memory Of

 

 

My Dear Husband

Thomas R A

Collett

(Tom)

who died

on 13th Jan 1990

Aged 80

 

Amy Maud

Collett

 

who died

30th July 2000

Aged 95

 

 

Together at Last

 

 

 

 

46Q31

Isabel Doris Collett was born at East Dulwich on 27th August 1910 and was seven months old in early April 1911.  She was the eldest daughter of Andrew and Edith Collett.  Her mother died in 1919, following which her father remarried.  Isabel attended St John's NP School in Northcross Road, and then won a scholarship to James Allen's Girls' School.  It was while she was at St John’s School that she fell out with her stepmother, which resulted in her going to live with her aunt Nell Pipe (formerly Eleanor Mary Collett Ref. 46P32) and her husband, uncle Arthur Pipe.  And it was with them that she lived through to her twenties.

 

 

 

On leaving school she worked for Unilever and was a teacher of evening classes at the Comptometer School where she had previously completed her education.  From the late 1930s to the start of the Second World War, Isabel was involved with the Red Cross, eventually working the night-shift at Dulwich Hospital.  During that same time in her life she joined the St John’s Ambulance Brigade as a first aider at Unilever House, and became engaged to her future husband in November 1939.

 

 

 

It was at the end of the following year, on 14th December 1940, under a special licence from the Army, that Isabel married Richard Alfred Wood at Compton in Surrey.  Because of the war, Richard had to return to camp the day after they were married.  He was later posted to Ripon in Yorkshire as an RSME Instructor, causing Isabel to request a transfer to the Unilever office in Leeds.

 

 

 

The marriage produced two children for Isabel and Richard, the first being Edith Janet Wood who was born in 1942, while the couple were living at Ripon, and Nigel Richard Wood who was born in 1946, after the family had returned to London at the end of the war.  Sadly Nigel died from cancer on 23rd September 1991 while he was living at Bath.  In May 1947 the family moved again, that time to ‘Failand’ at 5 Bray Road in Stoke d’Abernon near Cobham in Surrey.

 

 

 

Isabel Doris Wood nee Collett died at Markfield near Leicester on 24th January 2000, following a nasty fall on the night of 15th December 1999, from which she never recovered.  Her husband Richard Alfred Wood survived her by nearly five years, when he passed away on 20th November 1904.  It was Isabel’s daughter Janet Wood of Hinckley, who first made contact to extend this branch of the Collett family, and it was also Janet who arranged for contact to be made with her Auntie Edie, Edith Ballard nee Collett (below). 

 

 

 

 

46Q32

Olive May Collett was born at East Dulwich on 1st January 1913.  She later married a widower by the name of Nip West, who was a farm labourer.  The couple lived at Horley in Surrey and had five children, three boys and two girls.  Olive later became a matriarch with both grandchildren and great grandchildren and it was on 2nd September 2004 that Olive May West nee Collett passed away.  Her eldest child, Geoffrey West, died on Saturday 24th August 2013 aged 70.  The cause of death was lung cancer following a short illness while he was staying at a hospice, having lived most of his life in the town of Horley in Surrey.

 

 

 

 

46Q33

Mabel Eileen Collett was born at East Dulwich in 1915 and died in 1926, the cause of death being diphtheria.

 

 

 

 

46Q34

Edith Collett was born at East Dulwich on 16th December 1919, the youngest of the five children of Andrew and Edith Collett.  Tragically her mother died during the birth, so for almost two years Edith and her siblings were looked after by their father and their grandmother, until he remarried in 1921.  Edith married Ernest James Ballard on 29th November 1947, and their marriage produced two children for Edith and Ernest.  Colette Frances Ballard was born in 1952, and Howard Andrew Ballard was born in 1959.  Colette married Ronald James Cook with whom she had two children Heather Louise Cook who was born in September 1985, and Douglas Edward Cook who was born in November 1988.

 

 

 

Howard Andrew Ballard married and had three children, Miriam Ballard born in 1992, Joshua Ballard born in 1995, and Benjamin Ballard who was born in 1998.  Sadly, it was between the births of those latter two grandchildren that Ernest James Ballard passed away on 6th September 1996 at the age of 81.  In the autumn of 2010 Edith Ballard, who is Auntie Edie to the aforementioned Janet Wood of Hinckley, was living in the Chingford area of Essex, and it is thanks to her and Janet that the story of their family can be told.

 

 

 

 

46Q39

Joan Kathleen Collett was the last child of Andrew Ralph Collett and his second wife Mabel Farmer, and was born on 14th October 1926.  She married Cyril Carr with whom she had a son, and in the autumn of 2010, Joan was living in Leicestershire, having lost her husband in 2005.

 

 

 

 

46Q41

Albert Edward Collett was born at Glympton during 1899, the second of the five children of Frederick William Clark Collett and his wife Alice.  He was one year old and 11 years of age in the Glympton census returns for 1901 and 1911.  Nothing more about him or his life is known at this time except that it seems highly likely that the death of a certain Albert Edward Collett at Reading was a reference to this particular gentleman.

 

 

 

Albert Edward Collett was 61 years old when he died on 13th March 1961, his death being recorded at Reading register office (Ref. 6a 202) that same month.  Although it was in the Royal County of Berkshire that he died, it was at Oxford that his Will was proved on 11th July 1961.  During the probate process it was confirmed that Albert Edward Collett had died when he was a patient at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading, while his home address recorded as 13 Wakemans at Upper Basildon in Berkshire.  It was also confirmed that he died on 13th March 1961 and that administration of his personal effects, amounting to £647 9 Shillings, was Edith Collett widow.

 

 

 

 

46Q45

Jack Collett was born at Charlton-on-Otmoor in 1901, most likely at the home of his Collett grandparents.  He was the base-born son of Ellen Rebecca Collett and was baptised at Charlton on 10th November 1901, when the only parent named was his mother Ellen Collett.  It was eight months later that he was received into the congregation of the parish church in Charlton on 20th July 1902.  He later married Freda Charlotte Anne Honour, age 24, a spinster of Fir Tree House in Murcott, the daughter of Herbert Edwin Honour, a hay-dealer.  The wedding ceremony took place in the Charlton parish church on 14th July 1926, when Jack was recorded as being a bachelor of 24, who was a Metropolitan Police Constable of 58 Sirday Road in Notting Dale, W11.  Interestingly, the section where it usually states ‘the groom was the son of’, was left blank.  Notting Dale lies just west of Notting Hill.  It is not known at this time whether Jack and Freda ever had any children.

 

 

 

 

46Q46

Edwin Collett was born possibly born within the Barnet area of Middlesex during 1906, since it was there that he was living with his parents, Edwin Charles and Rose May Collett, in 1911.  An Edwin Collett, who may have been this particular Edwin Collett, died on 3rd September 1948 at 143 Oxford Road in the London area of East 17.  He was married to Florence Hannah Collett who was the administrator for his personal effects of £366 3 Shillings 2d, his Will being proved in London on 26th October 1948.

 

 

 

 

46Q51

Brian Rowland Collett was born during 1941, the youngest of the two sons of Rowland Thomas Collett and Gladys Frost.  In September 2015 Brian and his wife were still living in Northamptonshire where their children were born, when his son Martin made contact and offered to provide information currently missing for this particular family.  All that is known at the moment is that Martin lives in Forest Hill in London, while his brother Gary lives in the Clerkenwell area of the city.

 

 

 

46R1

Martin Collett

Born at Moreton Pinkney, Northants.

 

46R2

Gary Collett

Born at Moreton Pinkney, Northants.

 

 

 

 

46Q52

Gordon Dean Collett was born in Warwickshire on 27th August 1931 and his birth was recorded at the Rugby register office (Ref. 6d 1093) during the last three months of that year.  He was the eldest of the three children of Basil Dean Collett and Olive M Goode.  Gordon was married in 1953 to (1) Gladys M Goode from whom he was later divorced but with whom he had four children.  It was during the fourth quarter of 1953 that the marriage was recorded at the Rugby register office (Ref. 9C 1531), when it would appear that his wife was related to a member of Gordon’s mother’s family.  Much later in his life he married (2) Patricia Bidwell, that wedding taking place during July 1993 and recorded at the Mid-Warwickshire register office (Ref. 31 688).  The children from his first marriage are as listed below.

 

 

 

Gordon was a colourful and well-respected, high-powered figure within the local politics of Warwickshire for a great many years.  He was twice the Leader of Warwickshire County Council, from 1978 to 1987 and again from 1989 to 1995, while holding the office of Mayor of Rugby in the year 1977/78.  During that year his name was included on a brass plate to mark the opening of St Andrews Garden in Rugby to commemorate the Queen’s Silver Jubilee.  He was a champion for climate change and, in the council chamber, he was known for his quips, often referred to as Collettisms, such as ‘a pig with one ear can't walk straight’.  He farmed at Malvern Hall Farm in Broadwell, Warwickshire, up until the time he moved into the town of Dunchurch.  Gordon Dean Collett died at Rugby on 4th November 2012.

 

 

 

The following day the article below was published in the Rugby Advertiser newspaper. 

 

“Gordon Collett has sadly died aged 81.  The former Rugby borough councillor died yesterday (Sunday) after battling with cancer.  Rugby MP Mark Pawsey led the tribute to Mr Collett saying ‘I was very sad to hear the news about Gordon.  It came as a shock.  I was very involved on a couple of local political issues.  We have a lot to be grateful to Gordon for.  It’s a great sadness.’  Mr Collett from Dunchurch served as a borough councillor for 34 years.

 

 

 

Gordon, who was also a Warwickshire county councillor, is chiefly remembered as one of the forerunners who fought off plans to build a huge airport on two Rugby villages.  When Mr Collett stepped down from his borough councillor role in May 2007 he said ‘It has been an extraordinary experience.  I took on the role of councillor in 1973 to help ensure that people living in rural parishes get a fair crack of the whip, and I hope I have achieved that.  I came into the council as an independent but later became a Conservative councillor.  But I have never been one to agree to things just because it was a Conservative idea.  The two biggest things I will take away with me is being a small cog in a big wheel which help resist the development of Rugby Airport, and helping to keep Leamington Hastings School open against all the odds.”

 

 

 

46R3

Valerie A Collett

Born in 1955

 

46R4

Philip G Collett

Born in 1956

 

46R5

David Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

46R6

Angela Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

 

 

 

46Q55

Bernard John Collett was born on 23rd May 1928, the son of Cecil John Collett and Edith May Hedges.  It was at the Bicester register office that his birth was recorded just over one week later at the start of the third quarter of the year.  He later married Mavis Heritage at the end of the 1940s with whom he had eleven children, the first of them born prior to their wedding day.  The couple’s seventh child Nicholas Mark Collett was born on 23rd June 1960 at Banbury and he confirmed that his father came from a farming background at Hampton Poyle.  Bernard John Collett died on 27th March 1980 at Weedon Bec in Northamptonshire.

 

 

 

His son Nicholas recalls that he and his family lived at Culworth in Northamptonshire for a short period before moving to Preston Fields Farm, between nearby Preston Capes and Charwelton.  In addition to this, when the family was living at Preston Capes it was known that the inn at Moreton Pinkney was managed by Brian Collett who in 2013 was a member of the Parish Council in Moreton Pinkney.  He is Brian Rowland Collett (Ref. 46Q51) a distant cousin of Bernard John Collett.

 

 

 

46R7

Maureen Jane Collett

Born in 1948 at Brighton

 

46R8

Penelope Collett

Born in 1953

 

46R9

Catherine Collett

Born in 1954 at Guildford

 

46R10

Diana Collett

Born in 1956 at Guildford

 

46R11

David John Richard Collett

Born on 21.09.1957 at Banbury

 

46R12

Sally Ann Collett

Born in 1959 at Banbury

 

46R13

Nicholas Mark Collett

Born in 1960 at Banbury

 

46R14

Isabel Bernice Collett

Born in 1961 at Banbury

 

46R15

Sarah Rose Collett

Born in 1963 at Banbury

 

46R16

Michele Caroline Collett

Born in 1964 at Banbury

 

46R17

Suzanne Josephine Collett

Born in 1966 at Banbury

 

 

 

 

46Q56

Gerald Albert Collett was born in 1931, the second of the four children of Cecil Collett and Edith May Hedges.  Gerald married Lillian Joyce Lester during the first half of 1951 and their daughter was born in her grandmother's cottage at Hampton Poyle, just north of Kidlington in Oxfordshire.  Four years later the family moved north to Chacombe, just over the county boundary into south Northamptonshire.  It was while they were living at Grange Farm in Chacombe that the couple’s remaining three children were born, the first two of them actually born in the Neithrop Hospital at Banbury, while the last of them was born in the Radcliffe Infirmary in Oxford.  During the early 1970s Edith eventually divorced Gerald because of his womanising, following which he was married for a second time in 1974.

 

 

 

46R18

Frances Collett

Born in 1951 at Hampton Poyle

 

46R19

Andrew Collett

Born in 1956 at Banbury (Chacombe)

 

46R20

Peter Collett

Born in 1958 at Banbury (Chacombe)

 

46R21

Michael Collett

Born in 1968 at Oxford (Chacombe)

 

 

 

 

46Q59

Susan Collett was born in 1956, possibly at Brighton, the daughter of Cecil Collett and his second wife Kathleen.  She later married Paul Alexander during 1977, the marriage producing two sons for the couple.  Susan and Paul were thought to be living in Oxford during 2013.

 

 

 

 

46Q61

Stephen Collett was born at Henfield in Sussex during 1951, the youngest of the two sons of Robert John Collett and Margaret Cossar.

 

He later married Christine Cole at Olney in Buckinghamshire in 1980, Christine having been born at Bedford in 1956.

 

The marriage produced two children for Stephen and Christine while they were living at Filgrave near Newport Pagnell, and both children were born at the Barrett Maternity Hospital in Northampton.

 

Stephen had been a farmer like his father before him, but had retired by 2009, when he and Christine were living at Ixworth in Suffolk. 

 

 

 

In June 2011 Stephen was hoping to write a book about his experiences surrounding his attempts to secure the release of his sister, Rachel (below), and her husband Paul, from Somali pirates who had kidnapped them in October 2009.  However, by 2015 and after giving up on the book, Stephen had established a company investing in solar power.  He and Chris love to travel and recently visited Cuba and Vietnam, while Stephen and his son Oliver spent two weeks cycling in Japan in the early 2015.

 

 

 

46R22

Leah Collett

Born in 1981 at Northampton

 

46R23

Oliver Collett

Born in 1983 at Northampton

 

 

 

 

46Q62

Rachel Collett was born at Henfield in 1954, the eldest of the two daughters of Robert John Collett and Margaret Cossar.  She later married Paul Chandler and upon their retirement they embarked on a sailing trip around the world.  However, during October 2009, the couple and their yacht were taken by Somali pirates off the coast of the African continent.  For thirteen months they were held captive, until their release in November 2010, thanks to the tremendous efforts of Rachel’s brother Stephen (above).  Due for release in September 2011 is Rachel’s account of their ordeal, which is entitled ‘Hostage – A Year at Gunpoint with Somali Gangsters’.  Rachel and Paul are still sailing in 2015, but now in the safer waters of the Caribbean, after having sailed much of the east coast of South America down to Argentina.

 

 

 

 

46Q64

William George Collett (46q1) was born at Cirencester in 1898 where his birth was recorded (Ref. 6a 348) during the first quarter of 1898.  He was the eldest of the two sons of James Thomas Collett from Bicester and Emily Smith from Worthing and was three years old in March 1901 when he and his family were living at 7 Queens Street in Cirencester.  However, by the time of the next census in 1911 the family was living at 4 Victoria Street in Horsham where William George Collett was 13.  It was at Wood Green in Haringey, London where on 21st December 1918, he married Gwendoline Lily Burage the daughter of William Burage, a house decorator, Gwendoline having been born on 18th March 1897.  At that time in his life William was a locomotive fireman living at 13 Station Road in Wood Green, and his father was confirmed as James Thomas Collett, a blacksmith.  There is a strong indication that the marriage produced no children for the couple.

 

 

 

In April 1940 William was employed by the London & Brighton South Coast Railway Company at Horsham, and it was at a property by the name of ‘Highlands’ on Highland Avenue in Horsham that William George Collett, age 53, died on 24th October 1951, the death being recorded at Horsham (Ref. 5h 507).  His Will was proved in London on 29th December 1951 when his widow Gwendoline Lily Collett was the sole executor of his personal effects which amounted to £648 3 Shillings 8d.  It was many years later, during the first three months of 1965, that Gwendoline remarried to become Gwendoline Lily Smithers, which was how she was recorded at the time of her death at Crawley in West Sussex during March 1977 when she was 80 years of age.

 

 

 

 

46Q65

James Frank Collett (46q2) was born at Cirencester on 22nd December 1899, the second son of James and Emily Collett.  He was one year old in the Cirencester census of 1901 when he and his family were living at 7 Queens Street in the town, although the family later moved to Horsham in Sussex, where James Frank Collett was 11 years old in the census of 1911.  During the early months of 1918 James joined the Royal Flying Corps, where he served as an air mechanic, having been a motor mechanic prior to enlisting.  He later married Isabel Mary Pelling at Horsham during the third quarter of 1922, the wedding being recorded at the Horsham register office (Ref. 2b 788).  Their marriage produced a son and at some time later in their life together Frank and Belle, as they were known, took over the running the Fox and Hounds at Small Dole in Sussex, where Frank was the publican for a number of years.  James Frank Collett died at Horsham on 30th May 1975.

 

 

 

46R24 (46r1)

John James Peter Collett

Born in 1924 at Horsham

 

 

 

 

46Q66

Arthur Thomas Collett (46q3) was born at Chichester during July 1902, just after his family had moved there from Gloucestershire.  Not long after he was born the family went to live in Horsham, and it was there that Arthur Thomas Collett died at the age of five years during 1907.

 

 

 

 

46Q67

Herbert John Collett (46q4) was born at Bicester in 1898, the base-born son of Lucy Ellen Collett, his birth recorded at Bicester (Ref. 3a 871) during the last three months of that year.  His mother married Henry Walduck of Bicester during 1900 and it was as Herbert Collett aged two years that he was living at the Church Lane home of his grandparents with his mother, his stepfather and his half-sister, on the day of the census in 1901.  It was the same situation ten years later when grandson Herbert John Collett, age 10, was still living at 2 Church Lane in Market End, Bicester with his grandparents.  At that time in his life the census return indicated he was still attending school, whilst holding a part-time job as page boy.

 

 

 

All that is currently known about Herbert after 1911 is that he married Lillian Ayris at Bicester (Ref. 3a 2913) during the summer of 1921 with whom he had four children.  One of those children was George H Collett who was born at Bicester in 1927 who was later described as the couple’s eldest son, rather than their eldest child.  From this scant information the list below is just an approximation as to the make-up of their family, which may have been a daughter with three sons or with the eldest and youngest child being daughters.  It is also established that at some time in his life Herbert John Collett was a groundsman for Bicester Sports Association's playing fields, off Oxford Road.

 

 

 

46R25 (46r2)

a Collett daughter

Born circa 1922 at Bicester

 

46R26 (46r3)

a Collett daughter

Born circa 1925 at Bicester

 

46R27 (46r4)

George Herbert Collett

Born circa 1927 at Bicester

 

46R28 (46r5)

a Collett son

Born circa 1930 at Bicester

 

 

 

 

46Q68

Nellie Collett (46q5) was born in Derbyshire during 1908 and was two years of age in the census of 1911.  After the war years, Ida’s parents made the move south to Sussex and it was at Horsham where Nellie Collett married Frederick Alexander Worrall during 1931.  Their only known child, Josephine Worrall, was born at Horsham during 1934 when the child’s mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Collett.  Nellie lived a long life and was residing in North Yorkshire during 1999 where the death of Nellie Worrall nee Collett was recorded at the age of 91.

 

 

 

 

46R3

Valerie A Collett was born in Warwickshire during 1955, the eldest of the four children of Gordon and Gladys Collett. Valerie was around twenty-two years of age when she married Thomas H Bostock in 1977.

 

 

 

 

46R4

Philip G Collett was born in Warwickshire during 1956, the eldest son of Gordon Dean Collett and Gladys M Goode, his birth being recorded at the Warwick register office (Ref. 9c 1701) during the third quarter of that year.  Philip later married Wendy P Hall during the third quarter of 1978 at Market Harborough (Ref. 6 2734).  The marriage produced twin sons for Philip and Wendy and their birth was recorded at the Rugby register office (Refs. 31 0390 and 31 0391) during the first three months of 1983.  Following the death of his father in November 2012 Philip drove his thirty-five-year old classic Ford 4600 Tractor from John O’Groats to Lands’ End during seven days in April 2013 to raise money for MacMillan Cancer Support which had cared for his father during the last few weeks of his life. 

 

 

 

46S1

Adam Philip Collett

Born in 1983

 

46S2

Robin Philip Collett

Born in 1983

 

 

 

 

46R7

Maureen Jane Collett was born at Brighton on 15th November 1948, the first child of Bernard John Collett and Mavis Heritage who were not married at the time of her birth.  Upon her marriage she became Maureen Jane Keeves.

 

 

 

 

46R8

Penelope Louise Collett was born at Bromsgrove in Worcestershire on 18th February 1953, the daughter of Bernard and Mavis Collett who, through marriage, later became Penelope Wooliscroft.

 

 

 

 

46R9

Catherine Mary Collett was born at Guildford on 7th December 1954 and was later Catherine Belcher when she was married.  Her parents were Bernard and Mavis Collett

 

 

 

 

46R10

Diana Lesley Collett was born at Guildford on 25th July 1956, the fourth child of Bernard and Mavis Collett.  She later married to become Diana Lewis.

 

 

 

 

46R12

Sally Ann Collett was born at Banbury on 11th January 1959, the daughter of Bernard John Collett and his wife Mavis Heritage.  It was under her married name of Sally Harris that she and her brother Nicholas Mark Collett kindly provided details of her family during the summer of 2013.  Sally has six children, including a set of twins.  The first of them was Daniel James Harris who was born at Banbury on 07.05.1975 but who sadly died there just five days later on 12.05.1975.  Sally and her husband then moved to Northampton where their remaining children were born at the Barratt Maternity Hospital.  They were Claire Louise Harris who was born on 26.06.1976, Joanne Marie Harris who was born on 17.02.1982, Isobel Ann Bernadette Harris who was born on 20.12.1984, and the twins Stephanie Jayne Harris and Dianne Kayleigh Harris who were born on 28.03.1986.

 

 

 

In 2013 Sally has seven grandchildren who, with one exception, were all born at the Barratt Maternity Hospital through four of her five daughters: (a) Claire married Antony Bazeley and has three children, Owen Nathan Bazeley (born 07.05.2000), Megan Joyce Bazeley (born 09.08.2001), Luke Antony Bazeley (born 27.11.2003); (b) Joanne married Adam Clifford and has one child, Grace Alice Persephone Clifford (born 10.10.2002); (c) Stephanie married Daniel French and has one child, Jackson Raymond French (born at Kettering on 07.09.2013); and (d) Dianne married Elliott Badger they have two children, Willow Danielle Badger (born 25.0.2011) and Darcie Jayne Badger (born 24.06.2013).

 

 

 

 

46R13

Nicholas Mark Collett was born at Banbury on 23rd June 1960, the son of Bernard and Mavis Collett.  One week short of his twenty-fourth birthday he married Helen Zambo on 16th June 1984, following which the couple settled in the Duston area of Northampton.  Over the subsequent years Helen presented Nicholas with three children, all of whom were born at the Barratt Maternity Hospital in Northampton.  It is thanks to Nicholas that he and his family and his siblings have been added to this family line.

 

 

 

46S3

Andrew Mark Collett

Born on 29.07.1986 at Northampton

 

46S4

Zoe Margaret Rose Collett

Born on 23.10.1988 at Northampton

 

46S5

Thomas Nicholas Collett

Born on 16.10.1998 at Northampton

 

 

 

 

46R14

Isabel Bernice Collett was born at Banbury on 5th November 1961 and was the daughter of Bernard and Mavis Collett who later became Isabel Wright after she was married.

 

 

 

 

46R15

Sarah Rose Collett was born at Banbury on 12th July 1963, the daughter of Bernard and Mavis Collett, who eventually became Sarah Yarlet.

 

 

 

 

46R16

Michele Caroline Collett was born at Banbury on 10th December 1964.  She was the daughter of Bernard and Mavis Collett and she later married when she became Michele Chapman.

 

 

 

 

46R17

Suzanne Josephine Collett was born at Banbury on 23rd September 1966, the youngest of the eleven children of Bernard John Collett and his wife Mavis Heritage.  She later married to become Suzanne Dunn.

 

 

 

 

46R18

Frances Collett was born at Hampton Poyle near Kidlington in 1951, the first of the four children of Gerald Albert Collett and Lillian Joyce Lester.  It was in 1970 when she married John Gilman, with whom she has four children.  They are: Michelle Gilman who was born in 1971; Ann-Marie Gilman who was born 1972; Philip Gilman who was born in 1981; and Clare Gilman born in 1984.  From their four children, Frances and John now have four grandchildren - two granddaughters and two grandsons.  And it was Frances who made contact in early 2017, when she kindly supplied new details relating to her immediate Collett family.

 

 

 

 

46R19

Andrew Collett was born at Neithrop Hospital in Banbury during February 1956, when the family home was Grange Farm in Chacombe to the north-east of Banbury.  On being married, Andrew has two sons and two daughters.

 

 

 

46S6

a Collett son

Date of birth unknown

 

46S7

a Collett son

Date of birth unknown

 

46S8

a Collett daughter

Date of birth unknown

 

46S9

a Collett daughter

Date of birth unknown

 

 

 

 

46R20

Peter Collett was born at Neithrop Hospital, Banbury, in 1958, the third child of Gerald and Lillian Collett of Grange Farm in Chacombe.  Today, in 2017, Peter is married and has three sons and seven grandsons.

 

 

 

46S10

a Collett son

Date of birth unknown

 

46S11

a Collett son

Date of birth unknown

 

46S12

a Collett son

Date of birth unknown

 

 

 

 

46R21

Michael Collett was born at the Radcliffe Infirmary in Oxford during 1968, the last child of Gerald Albert Collett and Lillian Joyce Lester of Grange Farm in nearby Chacombe.  Forty years later Michael has a son and two daughters.

 

 

 

46S13

a Collett son

Date of birth unknown

 

46S14

a Collett daughter

Date of birth unknown

 

46S15

a Collett daughter

Date of birth unknown

 

 

 

 

46R22

Leah Collett was born at Northampton Barrett Maternity Hospital during 1981, the eldest of the two children of Stephen Collett and Christine Cole of Filgrave near Newport Pagnell.  She married Paul Mickleborough from Attleborough in Norfolk on 19th September 2009.  Once married they settled in Attleborough and their son Maxwell Mickleborough was born on 18th March 2014 at Norwich Hospital. In 2015 Leah works for the local district council, while her husband Paul works as a specialist within the insurance industry.

 

 

 

 

46R24

John James Peter Collett (46r1) was born at Horsham in 1924, the only child of James Frank Collett and Isabel Mary Pelling.  He attended Collyer's School in Horsham where, it is understood, he was Head Prefect.  He then attended Queen’s College Cambridge, serving with the Royal Air Force as an officer in 1944 and 1945 before returning to Cambridge after the war to complete his studies.  He subsequently took up various teaching and further education posts and, at the time of his premature death, he was the training officer for the Council of Ironfoundry Associations.

 

 

 

It was during the second quarter of 1944 that he married Iris Margaret Davies at Hampstead where the marriage was recorded (Ref. 1a 1296).  Over the following years Iris presented John with four children prior to his death in Hertfordshire on 31st May 1958 when he was only 34.  That sad event was recorded at Watford register office (Ref. 4b 238) during the month of June that year.  His Will was proved in London on 23rd September 1958 when his widow Iris Collett of 3 Huntercrome Gardens, Watford was named as his sole executor of his personal estate amounting to £1,530 6 Shillings 8d.

 

 

 

46S16 (46s1)

Peter Gwyn Collett

Born in 1945 at Hampstead

 

46S17 (46s2)

Jennifer Ann Collett

Born in 1947 at Hampstead

 

46S18 (46s3)

David J W Collett

Born in 1956

 

46S19 (46s4)

Richard James Collett

Born in 1957 at Watford

 

 

 

 

46R27

George Herbert Collett (46r4) was born at Bicester where his birth was recorded (Ref. 3a 1739) during the second quarter of 1927, the eldest son of Herbert John Collett and his wife Lillian Ayris.  George attended Crockwell School on Field Street in Bicester and was eleven years old at the start of World War Two and was seventeen when he joined the Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry in 1945.  He later served with the King's Shropshire Light Infantry as a driving and transport instructor and by the time he completed his military service he was a warrant officer and had seen action in Japan and Korea, for which he was awarded the Korean Medal and United Nations clasp. 

 

 

 

On his return to England he initially worked as a crane driver and later became an insurance agent for the Prudential.  It was during 1960 that he eventually returned to Bicester, by which time he was married with four sons.  Once settled in Bicester he worked for Len Hughes’ scrap metal and coal business, which he later bought.  He then established his own company in Bicester as a coal merchant which he expanded by purchasing S G Jones Coal Merchants.  He eventually sold off the coal merchants and formed G H Collett Limited, a haulage company, which he closed down in the late 1970s.  From that time until 2001 George was a driver for his son Martin Collett.

 

 

 

He was a Chelsea and Oxford United football fan and during his life he became involved in boys football and helped to found the Woodfield Boys under 11 football team in 1967-68.  He was also a supporter and contributor to Bicester and District Under 11 Boys League and was qualified football referee.  Although no details are available, George was twice married and twice divorced and had four sons, Michael, Martin, Graham and Phillip.  Upon his retirement he spent his last years living with his son Graham, while it was his son Michael who continued with the family business.  George Herbert Collett was 77 when he died at Bicester during the first two months of 2005 after a short illness.

 

 

 

46S20 (46s5)

Michael Collett

Date of birth unknown at Bicester

 

46S21 (46s6)

Martin Collett

Date of birth unknown at Bicester

 

46S22 (46s7)

Graham Collett

Date of birth unknown at Bicester

 

46S23 (46s8)

Philip Collett

Date of birth unknown at Bicester

 

 

 

 

46S6

Peter Gwyn Collett (46s1) was born at Hampstead during 1945, the eldest of the four children of John James Peter Collett and Margaret Davies.  A photograph of Peter as a baby is included under the name of his great grandfather James Thomas Collett, and in the newspaper report on his great grandparents golden wedding anniversary in October 1946, baby Peter was referred to as being 14 months old.  This would place his month of birth as August 1945. 

 

 

 

During 1968 Peter Gwyn Collett married (1) Karen Devlin with whom he had a son born in the previous year.  When that marriage ended in divorce, Peter married (2) Jennifer Wilkinson in 1977, that second marriage producing two daughters for the couple.  Jennifer Collett nee Wilkinson passed away in 2014.  It was Peter’s daughter Hannah who kindly provided the new details for the September 2015 update of this family line.

 

 

 

46T1 (46t1)

Simon Patrick Devlin Collett

Born in 1967

 

46T2 (46t2)

Hannah Rachel Collett

Born in 1977

 

46T3 (46t3)

Rebecca Louise Collett

Born in 1979

 

 

 

 

46S7

Jennifer Ann Collett (46s2) was born at Hampstead in 1947, the only daughter of John and Margaret Collett.  It was during 1970 that Jennifer married Phillip Taylor with whom she had three sons.  Daniel Phillip J Taylor was born in 1973, Benjamin Robert Taylor was born in 1975 and Joel Thomas Taylor was born in 1980.  Tragically the youngest child was only four years old when Jennifer Ann Taylor nee Collett died in 1984.

 

 

 

 

46S8

David J W Collett (46s3) was born in 1956, possibly at Watford where his younger brother Richard (below) was born during the following year.  David married Deborah Pitt in 1993 and they have a daughter Charlotte.

 

 

 

46T4 (46t4)

Charlotte Collett

Born in 1995

 

 

 

 

46S9

Richard James Collett (46s4) was born at Watford in 1957, the youngest of the four children of John James Peter Collett and Margaret Davies.  He married Janina Surma during 1988 and they had a daughter.  Sadly the marriage failed and, after their divorce, Janina moved to Australia with her daughter Ella.  Tragically Richard James Collett committed suicide in 2003.

 

 

 

46T5 (46t5)

Ella Surma Collett

Born in 1989

 

 

 

 

46T1

Simon Patrick Devlin Collett (46t1) was born in 1967, the son of Peter Gwyn Collett by his first wife Karen Devlin.  In 1999 Simon Patrick Collett married Kate Bareham (formerly Kate Allston) and, although they have had no children together, Kate has children from her previous marriages.

 

 

 

 

46T2

Hannah Rachel Collett (46t2) was born in 1977, the first of the two daughters of Peter Gwyn Collett by his second wife Jennifer Wilkinson.  Hannah married Andrew Taylor during 2010, but has retained her maiden name of Collett.  The couple, who live in Leicestershire, have two daughters, Matilda Eliza Taylor who was born in 2012 and Edith Daisy Jennifer Taylor who was born in 2014.  The September 2015 update of this family line is, for the most part, largely due to the new information kindly supplied by Hannah.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

APPENDIX

 

 

 

OTHER ‘LOCAL’ COLLETTS NOT YET LINKED TO THIS FAMILY LINE

 

 

 

Section One - Marriages

 

 

 

Sarah Collett of Charlton-on-Otmoor was married by banns to William Hutton of Oddington on 18th July 1822 at the Church of St Mary in Charlton-on-Otmoor.  The witnesses were James Hutton and Sarah Waddup.

 

 

 

 

 

Susanna Collett of Charlton-on-Otmoor was married by banns to Henry Goven of Oakley on 19th February 1824 at the Church of St Mary in Charlton-on-Otmoor.  The witnesses were William Goven and Alice Cooper.  Susanna was possibly the sister of Sarah (above).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Section Two – Burials

 

 

 

Sharma Collett of Fencott was born in 1825 and was buried at Charlton-on-Otmoor on 9th September 1827 aged just two years.

 

 

 

 

 

Anne Collett of Fencott was born in 1820 and was buried at Charlton-on-Otmoor on 17th July 1842 aged 22 years.

 

 

 

 

 

Maria Collett of Fencott was born on 2nd July 1842 and was buried at Charlton-on-Otmoor on 24th July 1842 aged 22 days and was possibly the daughter of Anne Collett (above) who died one week earlier.

 

 

 

 

 

Henry Shirley Collett of Murcott was born in 1857 and was buried at Charlton-on-Otmoor on 9th September 1857.

 

 

 

 

 

Jessie Collett of Murcott was born in January 1858 and was buried at Charlton-on-Otmoor on 31st January 1858 aged two weeks.

 

 

 

 

 

Caroline Collett of Fencott was born in April 1860 and was buried at Charlton-on-Otmoor on 16th July 1860 aged three months.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Section Three – Another Collett Family of Fencott

 

 

46A3/1

Thomas Collett was born at Fencott around 1841 where he married Sarah, and it was there also that the couple’s two known children were born.  No further records of this family have so far been located, so the brief details have been included here in the hope they might eventually be placed within one of the many Collett families of Oxfordshire.

 

 

 

46A3/1/1

James Thomas Collett

Born in 1871 at Fencott

 

46A3/1/2

Sarah Collett

Born in 1873 at Fencott

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Section Four – Other Collett Families

 

 

46A4/1

Charles Collett was born around 1816 and was married to Emma.  In 1841 Charles was 24 and Emma was 23.  Living with them in the Bicester, Brackley, Buckingham and Woodstock registration district were their two daughters Ann who was three and Emma who was one year old.

 

 

 

46A4/1/1

Ann Collett

Born in 1838

 

46A4/1/2

Emma Collett

Born in 1840

 

 

 

 

46A4/2

William Collett was a labourer and was married to Mary and they lived at Murcott where their son was born, although he was baptised at Charlton-on-Otmoor.  The baptism for the child in the parish records gave the parents simply as William and Mary.

 

 

 

46A4/2/1

William Collett

Baptised on 20.07.1845

 

 

 

 

46A4/3

Arthur Collett was born at Murcott in 1854 and in 1881 he was an unmarried ‘in door agricultural servant’ aged 26 working for John Blake on his forty-acre farm at Lower Arncott in Ambrosden.

 

 

 

 

46A4/4

Elizabeth Collett was born at Murcott in 1855.  Upon leaving school she left Oxfordshire and moved to London.  In 1881 she was a spinster of 25 years and was working as a cook and domestic servant at Guys Hospital in St Thomas Street on the south side of the River Thames.

 

 

 

 

46A4/5

John Collett was born at Boarstall in 1824.  He was an agricultural labourer and was married to Catherine who was born at nearby Brill in 1825.  It seems likely that they were married around 1860, since they were recorded together at Brill in 1861 but without any children.  John was 38 and his wife Catharine (sic) was 36, and it was at Brill during the next decade that their marriage produced four children for John and Catherine.  The Brill census of 1871 recorded the family as John, age 46, Catherine, also 46, and their four children Emily, who was nine, William, who was seven, Jane, who was five, and James who was three.

 

 

 

Within the census of 1881 the family was recorded in error under the surname of Collot.  According to the census return John Collot, age 55 and from Boarstall, was an agricultural labourer, and his wife Catherine Collot of Brill was 56 when they were living on the Thame Road in Brill with just their two sons.  They were William Collot who was age 17 and James Collot who was 13, both of them working as agricultural labourers by that time.  Where their two daughters were has not been determined, if indeed they were still alive.  Living with the family was John’s niece Maud S Linders, who was two years of age and from Brill, and boarder Alfred Godfrey who was another agricultural labourer, who was 22 and also from Brill.

 

 

 

Ten years later John was 65 and Catherine was 66, and it was only their son James, age 23, was still living with them at Brill.  John Collett died during the 1890s so by 1901 his widow Catherine was 76 and was still accompanied at Brill by her son James who was then a labourer at a brickyard at 32.  Catherine Collett died at Brill sometime between 1901 and 1911, and she may still have been alive when her son James was married around the end of 1901.

 

 

 

46A4/5/1

Emily Collett

Born in 1861 at Brill

 

46A4/5/2

William Collett

Born in 1863 at Brill

 

46A4/5/3

Jane Collett

Born in 1865 at Brill

 

46A4/5/4

James Collett

Born in 1867 at Brill

 

 

 

 

46A4/5/4

James Collett was born at Brill in 1867, the son of John and Catherine Collett.  In 1871 he was three years old and was 13 in 1881 when he was living with his family at Thame Road in Brill.  He was 32 and a brickyard labourer in 1901 when he was the only child living at Brill with his elderly widowed mother.  It was probably later that same year that he married Sarah Anne, and by 1911 their marriage had produced five children.  The family recorded in the Brill census that year was made up of James, age 43, Sarah Anne, age 36, George, who was eight, Sarah Anne, who was five, Cyril john, who was three, and twins Edith Kathleen and Fred who were one year old.  All occupants of the household, with the exception of James’ wife Sarah, were born at Brill.

 

 

 

46A4/5/4/1

George Collett

Born in 1902 at Brill

 

46A4/5/4/2

Sarah Anne Collett

Born in 1905 at Brill

 

46A4/5/4/3

Cyril John Collett

Born in 1907 at Brill

 

46A4/5/4/4

Edith Kathleen Collett     twin

Born in 1910 at Brill

 

46A4/5/4/5

Fred Collett                     twin

Born in 1910 at Brill

 

 

 

 

46A4/7

Two other Colletts living in Charlton-on-Otmoor in 1901 were Susannah Collett, age 49 from Shillingford, and her son Charles W T (William Thomas) Collett of Fencott who was 11.  Ten years later in April 1911, the widow Susannah Collett was 59 and was still living with her was her son Charles W T Collett who was 21, but on that occasion they were living at Fencott.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Section Five – The Beckley Village Colletts

 

 

 

The village of Beckley lies on the south side of Otmoor, less than five miles north-east of the centre of Oxford and close to the Headington district of the city.  The earliest residents found during the compilation of this family line are:

 

 

46A5/1

Richard Collett and his wife Grace Collett, whose daughter Elizabeth Collett was baptised at Beckley on 30th September 1750.

 

 

46A5/2

John Collett and his wife Elizabeth Collett, whose son John Collett was baptised there on 30th October 1768, and whose daughter Mary Collett was baptised there on 22nd March 1772.

 

 

46A5/3

Sarah Collett, who was 80 in June 1841, was the widow of Thomas Collett whose two known children were Mary Collett who was baptised at Beckley on 17th October 1784 and John Collett who was baptised there on 27th April 1788.

 

 

 

 

46A5/4

 

46A5/6

In addition to these there was a Richard Collett and his wife Ann, whose daughter Ann Collett was baptised at Beckley on 11th April 1787, following which there are baptisms for Grace Collett on 23rd November 1788 and Elizabeth Collett on 5th January 1791, the two daughters of Richard Collett and his wife Elizabeth Collett.  This raises the question, was Elizabeth the second wife of Richard, Ann having died during or after the birth of their daughter Ann.

 

 

 

 

46A5/7

Richard Collett, who was 55 in 1841, was baptised at Beckley on 28th April 1784, the son of Richard Collett and his wife and Mary Collett.  In 1841 Richard had living with him his son Robert Collett (below) who was 14 years old, but with no mentioned of his wife Ann.  Robert Collett was baptised at Beckley on 1st June 1827, the son of Richard and Ann Collett.  Seven years earlier Ann had presented Richard with a daughter Ann, who was baptised at Beckley on 21st May 1820.  Two other daughters and another son were added to the family, although it would appear that it was only their son Robert who survived.  They were Elizabeth, who was baptised on 1st May 1825, Sarah who was baptised on 28th August 1830, and Charles who was baptised at Beckley on 14th August 1836.

 

 

 

46A5/7/1

Ann Collett

Born in 1820 at Beckley

 

46A5/7/2

Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1825 at Beckley; died 30.05.1826

 

46A5/7/3

Robert Collett

Born in 1827 at Beckley

 

46A5/7/4

Sarah Collett

Born in 1830 at Beckley

 

46A5/7/5

Charles Collett

Born in 1836 at Beckley

 

 

 

 

46A5/7/3

Robert Collett was born at Beckley in 1827, and baptised there on 1st June 1827, the only surviving child of Richard and Ann Collett.  Robert later married Hannah, with whom he had a son Robert who was baptised at Beckley on 30th April 1848.  In 1851 Robert, age 23, and Hannah, age 24, were living in Beckley with their daughter Elizabeth who was one year old, which may indicate that their son Robert had already suffered an infant death.

 

 

 

46A5/7/3/1

Robert Collett

Born in 1848 at Beckley

 

46A5/7/3/2

Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1850 at Beckley

 

 

 

 

46A5/8

 

Richard Collett may have been the younger brother-in-law of Sarah Collett (above).  He married Elizabeth and in 1794 their marriage produced a son William who was baptised at Beckley.  Although very likely, it has not been confirmed that John was the son of Richard and Elizabeth.

 

 

 

46A5/8/1

William Collett

Born in 1794 at Beckley

 

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John Collett

Born in 1796 at Beckley

 

 

 

 

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William Collett was baptised at Beckley on 22nd April 1794, the son of Richard and Elizabeth Collett, and it was there also that he later married Mary Cave on 6th September 1819.  Their children included Mary and William who were both baptised on 24th March 1822, John who was baptised on 5th October 1823, Elizabeth was baptised on 20th November 1825, Jane baptised on 9th March 1828, Charles baptised at Beckley on 30th May 1830, Sophia baptised on 27th April 1834, Emma baptised on 20th March 1836, Sarah baptised on 18th March 1838, and a second John who was baptised on 18th July 1841.  Even though there are records to show that their eldest son William reached adulthood and had a family of his own, it is curious that there is a second William baptised at Beckley on 8th April 1832, the son of William and Mary Collett.

 

 

 

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Mary Collett

Born in 1819 at Beckley

 

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William Collett

Born in 1821 at Beckley

 

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John Collett

Born in 1823 at Beckley

 

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Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1825 at Beckley

 

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Jane Collett

Born in 1827 at Beckley

 

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Charles Collett

Born in 1829 at Beckley

 

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William Collett

Born in 1831 at Beckley

 

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Sophia Collett

Born in 1833 at Beckley

 

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Emma Collett

Born in 1835 at Beckley

 

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Sarah Collett

Born in 1837 at Beckley

 

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John Collett

Born in 1840 at Beckley

 

 

 

 

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John Collett, who was living at Beckley in June 1841 when he was 45, his wife Desmey was 25, and their daughter Sarah was two years old.  It seems highly likely that he married Decima around 1834, following which all of their children were baptised at Beckley, John and Decima Collett being named as the parents.  By 1851 Decima appears to be a widow, since it was just her living with her children at Beckley when she was recorded as Dessmey Collett, age 40.  With her were Sarah, who was 11, Emma, who was 10, Jane, who was eight, and John who was five.

 

 

 

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Ann Eliza Collett

Baptised on 30.11.1834 at Beckley

 

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Mary Collett

Baptised on 27.11.1836 at Beckley

 

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Sarah Elizabeth Collett

Baptised on 14.04.1839 at Beckley

 

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Emma Collett

Baptised on 21.03.1841 at Beckley

 

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Jane Collett

Baptised on 16.04.1843 at Beckley

 

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John Thomas Collett

Baptised on 08.03.1846 at Beckley

 

 

 

 

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Mary Collett was born at Beckley in 1819 and was baptised in a joint ceremony with her brother William (below) at Beckley on 24th March 1822, the daughter of William Collett and Mary Cave.  She never married and in 1881 she was living at 12 Upper Street in Islip, where she was described as being 60 years of age and of independent means.  Twenty years earlier, in 1861, Mary Collett was 40 when she was listed in the Headington & St Clement district, which includes Beckley, where she was also living ten years later at the age of 52.

 

 

 

 

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William Collett was born at Beckley in 1821 where he was baptised on 24th March 1822, the eldest son of William Collett and Mary Cave. His older sister Mary (above) was also baptised on that same day.  In 1871 William, at the age of 50, was married to Ann who was 51 and they had a son John, age 19, when they were living within the Headington & Wheatley registration district which includes Beckley.  No baptism record has been found at Beckley for their son John.

 

 

 

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John Collett

Born in 1851 at Beckley

 

 

 

 

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John Thomas Collett was baptised at Beckley on 8th March 1846, the youngest known child of John and Decima Collett.  His father died when he was very young, and in 1851 John Collett age five years was living at Beckley with his widowed mother and his three older sisters.  There were many John Collett born at the same time and so far his whereabouts in 1861 and 1871 have not been accurately places.  The following details were previously incorrectly credited to John Collett (Ref. 46O21) who was born at Horton-cum-Studley.

 

 

 

However, sometime during the second half of the 1870s he married the much younger Ann from Northall near Leighton Buzzard in Buckinghamshire.  By the time of the census in 1881 Ann had presented John with a daughter after the couple had settled in Wolverton, midway between Buckingham and Newport Pagnell.  However, she was not living with the couple at 452 Ledsam Street in Wolverton, nor has her whereabouts been determined on that day.  Instead the only occupants of the house were John T Collett, age 35 and an engine driver from Beckley, his wife Ann Collett who was 24 and from Northall, and a boarder Thomas Mobbs, age 18, who was a labourer from Syresham in Northamptonshire.

 

 

 

Their daughter Sarah returned to live with her parents after the census day and ten years later she was still living with them at Wolverton within the Potterspury registration district of Northamptonshire.  John T Collett was 45 and his wife Ann was 35, while daughter Sarah E Collett was 12.  However, the three members of the family were not living together at the time of the next census in 1901.  John was still living and working in Wolverton, while the two ladies in his life were recorded at Bedford.

 

 

 

John Collett was 55 and at Wolverton, where he was working as a stationary engine driver.  On that same day his wife Ann, age 43, and his daughter Sarah, age 21, were recorded in the St Paul’s area of Bedford, perhaps even working together, because Ann Collett was a housekeeper, while Sarah E Collett was a domestic housemaid.  Sarah was very likely married during the next decade, since John and Ann were living alone together at Wolverton, when John Thomas Collett of Beckley was 65 and his wife Ann Collett of Northall was 56.

 

 

 

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Sarah E Collett

Born in 1878 at Wolverton

 

 

 

 

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John Collett was born at Beckley in 1851, the only known son of William and Ann Collett.  He was nine and 19 in 1861 and 1871 when he was still living with his parents.  It may have been during the 1870s that john left Oxfordshire and moved south to Sussex where he may have met his future wife.  In 1881 John Collet (sic) from Beckley was 29, while his wife was Annie Collett, age 34 and from Hambledon in Hampshire.  At that time in their lives the childless couple was living at the Gardener’s Cottage in Broyle near Lavant in Sussex.  There time in Sussex was short-lived, since by 1891 the pair of them were living in Annie’s home county of Hampshire.

 

 

 

The census that year confirmed they were residing at Portsea on Portsea Island when John Collett from Beckley was 39 and his wife Annie was 44.   Ten years after that they were recorded at Southwick in Hampshire where John Collet (sic) was 49 and from Beckley and in 1911 when he was 57 (sic) they were living at nearby Cosham within the Hampshire registration district of Fareham.  John’s place of birth was again confirmed as Beckley in Oxfordshire, and his wife Annie was 62.

 

 

 

 

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In addition to the above, there were other Colletts living at Beckley in 1841 and they may have been more children of the aforementioned Richard and Elizabeth.  They were Ann Collett, age 35, Robert Collett, age 30, and Dorothy Collett, age 25, who may have been Robert’s wife.  With the three of them were two daughters, Sarah Collett who was two and Emma Collett who was not yet one year old.  All of them were listed in the 1841 Census as living in the Abingdon, Bicester, Headington and Thame registration district, which included Beckley village.

 

 

 

 

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Richard Collett was born at Beckley in 1818.  It would appear that he married Ruth around the mid-1840s, because by 1851 they had two children.  The census that year recorded the family at Stanton St John as agricultural labourer Richard Collett from Beckley, who was 31, his wife Ruth, age 24 and from Horton-cum-Studley, and their two children Richard who was three and born at Horton, and Ann who was one year old and born after the family settled in Stanton St John.  During the next eleven years a further six children were added to their family.

 

 

 

By 1861 Richard was 42 and Ruth was 36 and they were living at Beckley.  Their marriage had produced seven children by then, and they were Richard, age 13 from Horton, Ann, age 11, and John, age nine who were both born at Stanton St John, William, who was six, Jane, who was two, Walter, who was one, and Emma R Collett who was under one year old.  One further child was born into the family two years after the census day, so ten years later in 1871, Richard’s and Ruth’s eldest three children had left the family home, and it would appear two of the younger children had died.  The only children still living at Beckley within the Headington St Clement registration district with Richard and Ruth were William, age 16, Jane who was 13, and Robert who was eight.

 

 

 

Whatever happened to Richard and Ruth and their three youngest children has not been revealed in any of the census records from 1881 to 1901, so it is possible that they had emigrated in the 1870s.

 

 

 

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Richard Collett

Born in 1847 at Horton-cum-Studley

 

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Emma Ann Collett

Born in 1849 at Stanton St John

 

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John Collett

Born in 1851 at Stanton St John

 

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William Collett

Born in 1854 at Beckley

 

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Anne Jane Collett

Born in 1857 at Beckley

 

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Walter Collett

Born in 1859 at Beckley; infant death

 

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Emma R Collett

Born in 1860 at Beckley; infant death

 

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Robert Collett

Born in 1862 at Beckley

 

 

 

 

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Richard Collett was born at Horton-cum-Studley near Beckley in 1847, and was baptised at Beckley on 26th December 1847, the eldest child of Richard and Ruth Collett.  In 1851 he was three years old, when living at Stanton St John with his family, and by 1861 he was 13, by which time the family had settled in Beckley. He married (1) Elizabeth of Appleton in Berkshire (another Collett stronghold) and by 1881 the marriage had produced one son and a daughter for the couple, when Richard was 33 and Elizabeth was 26.

 

 

 

Their son was born at Mottingham in Kent, which lies just south of Eltham, where the family was living at Court Yard in 1881.  Richard’s occupation was that of a coachman.  However, no trace has been found of Richard’s daughter, although she was back living with the family in 1891.  Furthermore, there would appear to have been a possible death in the family, and that may have been the passing of Richard’s wife Elizabeth since in 1891 his wife was listed as Eliza and she was from Norfolk and was a different age to Elizabeth.

 

 

 

According to the census in 1891 Richard was married to (2) Eliza and the family of four was living within the Lewisham & Eltham area of Kent, and it was at Eltham that Richard was presented with a second son.  Richard was 43, Eliza was 42, son Charles was 13, and daughter Bertha was 11, while Eliza was very likely expecting the birth of Richard’s third child later that same year.  Just after the turn of the century the family were still living at Eltham where Richard was still working as a non-domestic coachman at the age of 53 and son Bertie who was 10.  His wife Eliza was 52 and her place of birth was confirmed as West Raynham in Norfolk.

 

 

 

It was at 23 Elizabeth Terrace in Eltham that Richard Collett died on 14th March 1920.  His Will was proved in London on 20th April that same year when his widow Eliza Collett, his eldest son Charles Richard Collett, an engineer, and his youngest son Bert Collett, a solicitor’s clerk, were named as the executors of his personal estate amounting to £756 17 Shillings 6d.

 

 

 

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Charles Richard Collett

Born in 1878 at Mottingham, Kent

 

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Bertha Margaret Collett

Born in 1879 at Eltham

 

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Bertie Collett

Born in 1891 at Eltham

 

 

 

 

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Emma Ann Collett was born at Stanton St John near Beckley in 1849, the daughter of Richard and Ruth Collett.  It was as Ann Collett aged just one year that she was recorded with her family at Stanton St John in 1851.  She was again simply Ann Collett, age 11, in 1861 after her family had moved to Beckley.  Twenty years later in 1881 she was unmarried at the age of 31 and was a domestic servant at the home of widow Louisa Cook a laundress and dairywomen living at 67 George Street in the St Mary Magdalen district of Oxford city centre.

 

 

 

 

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John Collett was born at Stanton St John near Beckley in 1851, the son of Richard and Ruth Collett.  He was nine years old in the Beckley census of 1861, and by the time of the 1871 Census John had left the family home and was living in Westbury on Trym near Bristol at the age of 19, where the only other Collett was Augusta Collett (Ref. 9N27) from Quenington who was 19 and a domestic servant at the home of Charles Lemon at 3 Woodfield Road in Westbury.

 

 

 

Around the early 1870s he married Thirza Harvey who was born at Lezant in Cornwall in 1850 and by 1881 the marriage had produced two children for the couple, when the family was residing at 3 School Lane in Walgrave near Henley in Berkshire.  The two children were Rosa A Collett, who was six and born at Stanton St John, and John H Collett, who was two, who had been born after the family had moved to Wargrave.

 

 

 

Like his older brother Richard (above), John Collett, age 29, was a coachman and domestic servant who, on that occasion said his place of birth was Beckley rather than Stanton St John.  His wife Thurza (sic) H Collett was 30.  And he was still employed in that capacity over the next twenty years, and during the next decade a further four children were added to his family which had left the Henley area for South Wales.  By 1891 the larger family was living at Treflis in Brecknockshire (Brecon) and was recorded as John Collett from Beckley who was 39, his wife T H Collett, age 40, Rosa A H Collett, age 16, Jno H Collett, age 12, Fred G Collett, who was nine, Wm R Collett, who was seven, Ethel M Collett, who was four, and Florence M Collett who was one year old.  Sometime after 1891 the family moved again, on that occasion to Stansted in Essex.

 

 

 

According to the census in 1901, John was 49 and once again stated that he had been born at Stanton St John, when his occupation description was slightly changed to non-domestic coachman.  He and his family were living at Mountfitchet near Stansted in Essex at that time.  Therza (sic) H Collett from Lezant was 50 and just three of their children were still living with the couple, and they were Ethel M Collett, who was 14, and Florence M Collett, who was 11, both of them born at Llangammarch in Wales, and son Thomas A Collett, who was eight years old who had been born after the family had settled in the Stansted area.

 

 

 

Their second son William, who had been born at Wargrave, had left home and was working and living in London.  He was 18 years of age in 1901 and was a waiter in the Westminster St James area of the city.  No trace of the other two children has so far been found.  By 1911 John and Thirza had moved again, the very short distance to Takeley in Essex, midway between Bishop’s Stortford and Great Dunmow.  John Collett from Beckley was 60, as was his wife Thirza Harvey Collett, while the only child still living with them was Thomas Archibald Collett who was 18.

 

 

 

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Rosa A Collett

Born in 1874 at Stanton St John, Oxon.

 

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John Henry Collett

Born in 1878 at Wargrave, Berkshire

 

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William R Collett

Born in 1882 at Wargrave, Berkshire

 

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Ethel M Collett

Born in 1886 at Leavy Amarch, Wales

 

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Florence M Collett

Born in 1889 at Leavy Amarch, Wales

 

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Thomas Archibald Collett

Born in 1892 at Stansted

 

 

 

 

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William Collett was born at Beckley in 1854 and was another child of Richard and Ruth Collett.  He was six years old in 1861 and was 16 in 1871.  He was still a bachelor in 1881 when he was 27 and was employed as a coachman, like his brother John (above), and was a lodger at the house of widow Jane Beatty at 2 Pensons Gardens in the St Ebbes area of Oxford city centre.

 

 

 

 

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Anne Jane Collett was born at Beckley in 1857 and was referred to as Jane who was two years old in 1861 and 13 years of age in 1871 when she was still living with her family at Beckley.  As Annie J Collett, age 23, she was working as a housemaid at 4 Bernards College in Woking in 1881 which was a school managed by Schoolmaster and Clerk in Holy Orders Henry Sealy of India who was a bachelor of 28 years.

 

 

 

 

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Charles Richard Collett was born Mottingham in Kent during 1878, the eldest child of Richard and Elizabeth Collett, who were living at Court Yard in Mottingham at the time of the census in 1881 when Richard was three years old.  During the next decade he and his family moved to Eltham in Kent where they were residing in 1891 when Richard was 13.  No traced of Richard has been found anywhere in Great Britain on the occasion of the census in both 1901 and 1911 and that is because he sailed to a new life in South Africa when he was just 16.  It is believed that it was the adventure stories of H Ryder Haggard, such as King Solomon’s Mines, which encouraged him to make that dramatic move.

 

 

 

So it was during 1894 that he left his home at Mottingham and headed for Johannesburg where he worked for a few months as elevator boy with the Jumpers Deep Gold Mine Co.  From there he went to Cape Town and worked as a Customs Official until he joined up with Earl Kitchener's Horse Regiment for action in the Boer War.  After the war was over he left for Rhodesia where he worked for Penhalonga Proprietary Mines Limited, a silver-lead mining company.  There he helped in the erection of a new concentrator and eventually became the shift boss.

 

 

 

In 1906 Charles returned to England to be married, returning later that same year to Penhalonga Valley with his bride.  However, after the birth of a son Mrs. Collett was forced to return to England when she and her son were in poor health.  Eight years later, just before the start of the First World War, Charles returned to England and became the owner of the King's Head Hotel at Fakenham in Norfolk.  At the outbreak of the Great War, when he was 36, he joined the Ministry of Munitions, taking a mechanic's course and eventually being appointed to the Ordnance Works in Coventry, where he served until the end of hostilities.

 

 

 

A short time after the war Charlie, as he was known, returned to Africa and worked for Abbontiakoon Mines Limited in Tarquah, British West Africa.  He held the position of shift boss in the Cyanide Works of that company until 1924.  Four years earlier he was named as one of the three executors of his father’s Will in 1920, when he was recorded as Charles Richard Collett, an engineer.  In 1925 there was a major change in his life when he travelled to Canada where he worked as a shifter in the cyanide department of the Hollinger Gold Mine at Timmins in Ontario.  In the spring of 1926 he left Ontario and travelled west to British Columbia where, in the town of Trail, he was employed by the C M & S Company for a short while.  From Trail he was immediately transferred to Kimberley where he started to work in the Testing Department at the Concentrator.  During that time he experimented in the recovery of tin from Sullivan ore.

 

 

 

In 1927 his family joined him from England and together they made their home at Chapman Camp in British Columbia.  That same year Charles and Tom Bray, who was an old friend from his African days, together with a mining engineer, journeyed once more to Africa.  On that occasion they went to Lagos in Nigeria where the three of them prospected for tin for the Cominco Company.  However, Charles Collett was recalled to Kimberley early in 1928 because of the illness and subsequent death of his son, Richard.  After that he remained with Cominco until he left its employ in December 1946.  Despite his adventurous nature, Charles Richard Collett was a quiet man who was little known outside of the circle of his family and a few friends.

 

 

 

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Richard Collett

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Bertie Collett was born at Eltham in 1891 but after 5th April that year.  In 1901 he was still living at Eltham with his parents and was ten years of age.  Ten years later in 1911 he was 20 and was living at Bromley in Kent.  It was as Bert Collett, a solicitor’s clerk, that he was named as the third executor of his father’s Will in 1920, the other two being his widowed mother Eliza Collett and his older brother Charles Richard Collett (above).

 

 

 

 

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John Henry Collett was born at Wargrave near Henley in Berkshire in 1878 and was two years old in the Wargrave census in April 1881.  During the 1880s his father’s work took the family to South Wales where Jno H Collett was 12 in 1891.  In the 1890s the family returned to England and settled at Mountfitchet in Essex, but by 1901 John H Collett from Henley was 22 and was a grocer in Fulham.  Just over four and a half years later John Harry Collett married Annie May Edwards at Fulham in London where the event was recorded (Ref. 1a 753) during the last three months of 1905.  The witnesses were named as Elizabeth Bonnie and Samuel Robert Cooper.

 

 

 

Over the next five years Annie presented John with two children, neither of whom survived.  In the census of April 1911 the childless couple was recorded as John Henry Collett from Wargrave who was 33 and his Leicestershire wife of six years Annie May Collett who was 30.  At that time they were residing within the Bromley registration area of Kent, when the census return also confirmed they had two children not living.  Whether any children were added to their family after 1911 is not known.

 

 

 

 

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Ann Collett was born at Beckley in 1837.  By 1871 Ann was living in the Faringdon area at the age of 34, while the census in 1881 confirmed that she was a spinster at 43.  At that time in her life Ann was employed as the housekeeper for George F Rhodes, a farmer of 600 acres at Little Faringdon in Oxfordshire, six miles north-west of Faringdon in Berkshire.

 

 

 

 

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Charles Collett was born at Beckley in 1840 and very likely the brother of Ann Collett (above).  He married Jane who was born in 1838 and in 1871 the couple were living in the Headington St Clement area of Oxfordshire.