PART FORTY-SEVEN

 

The Fyfield & Eastleach Martin Line

 

Updated September 2017

 

This is the family line of Timothy Mark Collett (Ref. 47R2) of Cirencester,

which is denoted by the names in capital letters,

and Frances Francis (see Ref. 47P13)

 

 

The settlement that this line centres on is ‘Fifield’ near Eastleach Martin in

Gloucestershire, very close to the county boundary with Oxfordshire.

Today it is spelt Fyfield, and is NOT the Fifield in Oxfordshire which is

situated midway between Burford and Upper Slaughter in Gloucestershire.

 

Being a hamlet, Fyfield did not have a church of its own in those early

days and this was why baptisms, marriages and burials were conducted

at the parish church of St Michael & St Martin in nearby Eastleach Martin

 

The research so far has not revealed any links to any of the other Gloucestershire lines

and the only common ground is the village of Cowley.  In 1881 members of this

branch of the family were living there with Colletts from The Chedworth Line

 

 

47K1

Unknown COLLETT parents

 

 

 

47L1

GEORGE COLLETT

Born circa 1760

 

47L2

Richard Collett

Born in 1763

 

 

 

 

47L1

GEORGE COLLETT was born around 1760 and is thought to be the brother of Richard Collett (below).  He later married Mary and their two known sons were baptised in a joint ceremony at Eastleach Martin.  It has not been determined if the boys were twins, but it is more likely that they were not.  Previously listed as a child of this family was Richard Collett, but it has since been discovered that he was not the child of George and Mary, nor was he born at Fifield in Gloucestershire, but at Fifield in Oxfordshire.  His details have therefore been removed and placed in Appendix Two at the end of this file.

 

 

 

47M1

George Collett

Baptised on 12.10.1796

 

47M2

CHARLES COLLETT

Baptised on 12.10.1796

 

 

 

 

47L2

Richard Collett was born at Fyfield in 1763 and his would appear to be the first Collett name recorded for that area of Gloucestershire.  Around 1793 he married Mary who was ten years younger than Richard, and all of their children were probably born at Fyfield, although they were all baptised at Eastleach Martin.  Mary died at Fyfield and was buried at Eastleach Martin on 24th July 1822 at the age of 49.  Eleven years later Richard died and was buried with his wife on 17th April 1833.  The entry in the parish register described Mary as being ‘of Fifield’, while her husband was recorded as ‘Richard Collett of Eastleach Martin alias Burthorpe’.

 

 

 

47M3

Thomas Collett

Baptised on 11.02.1794

 

47M4

Henry Collett

Baptised on 18.03.1798

 

47M5

Jane Collett

Baptised on 03.08.1800

 

47M6

Eleanor Collett

Baptised on 16.10.1803

 

47M7

Mary Collett

Baptised on 19.04.1807

 

47M8

Richard Collett

Born in 1811 at Fyfield

 

47M9

Esther Collett

Born in 1812 at Fyfield

 

47M10

Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1814 at Fyfield

 

 

 

 

47M1

George Collett was born at Fyfield, the son of George and Mary Collett.  He was baptised at Eastleach Martin on 12th October 1796, the same day that his brother Charles (below) was baptised there.  It is his brother Charles’ connection with Alvescot, three miles east of Eastleach Martin, which may be confirmation enough that George also moved east into Oxfordshire where he met and married Elizabeth Shayler.  Elizabeth may have been a few years old when she was baptised at Bampton, midway between Faring and Witney, on 9th June 1805, the daughter of William and Elizabeth Shayler.  It was also at Bampton that George Collett married Elizabeth Shayler on 12th April 1819, and there also that all of their children were born.

 

 

 

Just over six months after they were married Elizabeth presented George with their first child, who was baptised at Bampton, as were the couple’s subsequent children.  Tragedy seems to have struck the family between the birth of the last child and the census in June 1841, because by then there would appear to be no record of George or his wife Elizabeth.  Likewise, no record has been found of their eldest three children, while their two youngest sons, William and George, were living apart but within the Witney & Bampton registration district.  The couple’s two youngest daughters were inmates at Witney Union Workhouse, where they were presumably orphans.

 

 

 

47N1

Mary Anne Collett

Born in 1819 at Bampton

 

47N2

Job Collett

Born in 1821 at Bampton

 

47N3

Joseph Collett

Born in 1823 at Bampton

 

47N4

William Collett

Born in 1825 at Bampton

 

47N5

George Collett

Born in 1827 at Bampton

 

47N6

Esther Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1830 at Bampton

 

47N7

Martha Collett

Born in 1835 at Bampton

 

 

 

 

47M2

CHARLES COLLETT was born at Fyfield and was baptised at Eastleach Martin on 12th October 1796.  He later married Sophia in 1830 when she was 20 years of age, having been born at Alvescot around 1810.  The marriage produced eleven children for Charles and Sophia and all of them were born at Fyfield.  It is also confirmed that the baptism of the couple’s first two children was conducted at the parish church in Eastleach Martin.

 

 

 

According to the first national census held on 6th June 1841 Charles was given the rounded age of 40, while his wife Sophia had a rounded age of 30.  Charles was employed as an agricultural labourer and living with the couple at Fyfield were their first six children.  They were Mary aged 11, Charles 10, Robert who was eight, Eleanor who was six, Luanna who was four, and Enos who was two years old.  The family was extended by a further three children during the next decade, although the family suffered the loss of one of these with the death of seven years old Josiah in 1850. 

 

 

 

So, by the time of the census of 1851 for Fyfield, Charles and Sophia were listed as being aged 53 and 40 respectively.  Their children on that occasion were named as Mary Collett who was 21, Charles Collett who was 20, Robert Collett who was 18, Eleanor Collett who was 16, Susanna Collett who was 14, Enos Collett who was 12, John Collett who was 10, Obadiah Collett who was five and Emmanuel Collett who was three years old.

 

 

 

During the next decade the format of the family changed and by the time of the census in 1861 they were still living in the hamlet of Fyfield within the parish of Eastleach Martin.  The family comprised Charles who was referred to as Charley Collett, age 63 and from Eastleach Martin, his wife Sophia, age 51 and from Alvescot in Oxfordshire, and their children Obadiah 16 – who was listed as Henry Collett, Emmanuel 12, and Neamiah who was nine years old.  All three sons were confirmed as born at Eastleach Martin, and all were employed as agricultural labourers just like their father, with whom they may have been working.  Also staying with the family at that time was the couple’s grandson William Collett, who was four years old and born at Northleach, who was the base-born son of Charles’ and Sophia’s daughter Luanna Collett.

 

 

 

According to the next census for the Northleach & Bibury registration district in 1871, the family of Charles and Sophia Collett was still living in Fyfield.  Charles Collett, age 75 and from Fyfield, was described as ‘out of employ’, while his wife Sophia from Alvescot was 63.  Living with the couple was their son Nehemiah Collett, age 19 and from Fyfield, who was an agricultural labourer, and their grandson William Collett who was 14 and from Northleach, who was also an agricultural labourer.

 

 

 

Charles Collett died in 1879, so his wife was recorded as a widow in the census of 1881.  Sophia Collett, age 69 and from Alvescot, was listed as head of the household and formerly the wife of a labourer.  Living with her in the Eastleach Martin census area, which included Fyfield, was her unmarried son Emmanuel Collett of Fyfield in Gloucestershire.  Also staying with them was Sophia’s granddaughter Ellen Silman of Black Bourton in Oxfordshire, the daughter of Charles’ and Sophia’s married daughter Luanna, who was recorded as attending school.  Ten years later in April 1891 Sophia gave her age as being 80 at a time when she was a visitor at the Black Bourton home of her daughter Luanna Silman.  Sophia died during the following year and was described as being 'of Fifield' in the burial register for 1892.

 

 

 

47N8

Mary Ann Collett

Baptised on 25.12.1829

 

47N9

Charles Collett

Baptised on 06.02.1831

 

47N10

Robert Collett

Born in 1832 at Fyfield

 

47N11

Eleanor Collett

Born in 1835 at Fyfield

 

47N12

Luanna Collett

Born in 1837 at Fyfield

 

47N13

Enos Collett

Born in 1839 at Fyfield

 

47N14

John Collett

Born in 1841 at Fyfield

 

47N15

Josiah Collett

Born in 1843 at Fyfield

 

47N16

Obadiah Collett

Born in 1845 at Fyfield

 

47N17

Emmanuel Collett

Born in 1849 at Fyfield

 

47N18

NEHEMIAH COLLETT

Born in 1851 at Fyfield

 

 

 

 

47M3

Thomas Collett was born at Fyfield and was baptised at Eastleach Martin on 11th day of a month in 1794, the name of which is illegible.  He was the son of Richard and Mary Collett of Fyfield and it is believed that he married Ann.

 

 

 

 

47M4

Henry Collett was born at Fyfield and was baptised at Eastleach Martin on 18th March 1798.  He only survived for a short while and died during the following year.

 

 

 

 

47M5

Jane Collett was born at Fyfield and was baptised at Eastleach Martin on 3rd August 1800.  When she was twenty-seven years old she gave birth to a base-born baby daughter and two years later she married John Stanton at Eastleach Martin on 19th September 1829.

 

 

 

47N19

Mary Jane Collett

Born in 1827 at Fyfield

 

 

 

 

47M6

Eleanor Collett was born at Fyfield and was baptised at Eastleach Martin on 16th October 1803.  Sadly Eleanor died in 1820 when she was only seventeen years of age.

 

 

 

 

47M7

Mary Collett was born at Fyfield and was baptised at Eastleach Martin on 19th April 1807, the daughter of Richard and Mary Collett.

 

 

 

 

47M8

Richard Collett was, according to the Family Bible compiled by his son George Collat (sic), born on 17th June 1811 at Fyfield and was initially recorded as Richard Collat.  In addition to which the IGI listing includes Richard Collett who was baptised at Eastleach Martin on 15th July 1810, the son of Richard and Mary Collett.  However, as the Bible date has been confirmed by the Gloucestershire Records Office, it must therefore be assumed the IGI entry is in error and should read as 15th July 1811 for the date of his baptism.

 

 

 

Richard later married (1) Priscilla Brown on 15th March 1840 at Cowley just south of Cheltenham in Gloucestershire, but not before she had given birth to their first child one year earlier.  Curiously Richard gave his place of birth as Eastington near Northleach, rather than Eastleach.  Priscilla was the daughter of Joseph and Mary Brown and at the time of their wedding Priscilla was expecting the birth of the couple’s second child.

 

 

 

Less than three months after they were married Priscilla presented Richard with his first son and by the time of the June census of 1841 Richard, Priscilla and George were living right next door to Priscilla’s parents in Cowley.  The absence of their daughter Emily was confirmation that she had died while still an infant.  Exactly three years after the birth of the couple’s first son Priscilla presented Richard with a second son, from which it would appear she never recovered.  Tragically just over two months after this happy event Priscilla died on 16th September 1843, the cause of death stated as being ‘decline’, this presumably being the decline in her health since giving birth. 

 

 

 

Richard spent the rest of his life at Cowley where his two surviving sons from his first marriage were born.  And it was also at Cowley nearly seven years later on 9th March 1850 that Richard married (2) Esther Broad who was born in 1813 and who was the daughter of Thomas Broad.  His second married produced no children for Richard and a year after they were married Richard and Esther were living together in Cowley, as recorded by the 1851 Census.  Richard was aged 37, his wife Esther was 35, and his two sons George and James were aged 10 and seven years respectively.

 

 

 

Within the next ten years Richard and Esther seem to have parted company due to Esther’s mental state, since in the Cowley census of 1861, Richard was 49 and only had living with him his two sons George who was 20 and James who was 17.  At that same time in 1861 Esther was a patient at the County Lunatic Asylum in the North Hamlet area of Gloucester, where she was listed as being aged 45 and born at Cowley, and the wife of a labourer.

 

 

 

During the next ten years the couple were reunited and by 1871 they were both living together at Cowley.  Richard Collett was 61 and Esther was 55.  Living with them, and listed as a visitor, was Richard’s widowed sister Elizabeth Lafford who was 59, a nurse.  Another separation of Richard and his wife appears to have taken place over the next decade, since the 1881 Census only listed Richard ‘of Fifield in Gloucestershire’ aged 70, an agricultural labourer living at Hill Cottages in Cowley.  Still living with him was his sister Elizabeth Lafford. 

 

 

 

He was still recorded as being married, while his estranged wife Esther, age 66 and born at Cowley, was living at the workhouse in nearby Cheltenham, where she was recorded as a widow and a pauper.  In exchange for her accommodation, Esther was employed at the workhouse as a general servant.  Just seven years after the census date Richard Collett died at Cowley in 1888, while it is understood that his wife Esther had died earlier during 1887.

 

 

 

47N20

Emily Collett

Born in 1839 at Cowley

 

47N21

George Richard Collett

Born in 1840 at Cowley

 

47N22

James Collett

Born in 1843 at Cowley

 

 

 

 

47M9

Esther Collett was born at Fyfield in 1812, although no baptism record has so far been located for her.

 

 

 

 

47M10

Elizabeth Collett was born at Fyfield in 1814 and was the youngest of the children of Richard and Mary Collett.  She later married George Lafford at Eastleach Martin on 27th October 1832 when she was already carrying his child.  George was born at Broughton Poggs in Oxfordshire around 1808, the base-born son of Sarah Lafford who was baptised Sarah Lawford on 30th August 1778 at Eastleach Turville.  Sarah appears to have married Joseph Titchener when George was around five years of age.  Their son Thomas Titchener was baptised at Broughton Poggs on 3rd March 1816. 

 

 

 

The marriage of Elizabeth and George produced only one known child for the couple, Mary Ann Lafford who was born at Fyfield not long after they were married.  Sometime after her birth the family of three settled in Broughton Poggs, where they were living on the day of the census in 1841.  On that occasion George Lafford had a rounded age of 30, his wife Elizabeth was 27 and their daughter Mary Ann was eight years old.  Living with the family was George’s widowed mother Sarah Titchener who was 60, together with George’s half-brother Thomas Titchener who was 25 – whose death was recorded at Witney at the end of 1875 when he was 60.  Completing the household was Thomas’ son Thomas junior who was four.

 

 

 

Ten years later George Lafford from Broughton Poggs was still living there at the age of 42.  Recorded there with him was his wife Elizabeth Lafford aged 38 from Fyfield, his daughter Mary Ann Lafford aged 18 and also born at Fyfield, and his mother Sarah Titchener, a widow of 71 years.  The couple was still residing there in 1861 when Geo Lafford was 52 and Eliz Lafford 48.  Elizabeth must have been made a widow sometime during the next decade since, in the census of 1871, Elizabeth Lafford was then living with her brother Richard Collett (above) and his wife Esther at Cowley near Cheltenham.  In the 1871 Census she was listed as Elizabeth Lafford from Fyfield who was 59 years old when her occupation was that of a nurse.

 

 

 

By the time of the Cowley census of 1881 the widow Elizabeth Lafford, who was 68, was continuing to live with her brother Richard Collett at Hill Cottages in Cowley.  Her place of birth was confirmed as being ‘Fifield in Gloucestershire’.  Also living at Hill Cottages in Cowley at that same time was baker Henry Collett (Ref. 3O33), age 33 and of Painswick, together with his wife Sarah Ann Collett from Huntley who were living at the home of Henry’s mother-in-law Sarah Long of Cowley.  Henry was the son of John Collett of Chedworth.  Elizabeth Lafford nee Collett may have moved into Cheltenham following the death of her brother in 1888, since her death was recorded there (Ref. 6a 301) during the first three months of 1896 when she was 82.  Where she was in 1891 has not yet been discovered.

 

 

 

Her daughter Mary Ann Lafford would have been 18 or 19 when she married James Farmer at Witney, where the event was recorded during the third quarter of 1851.  James came from the village of Langford near Broughton Poggs and in the subsequent census returns for 1861, 1881, and 1891 James and Mary Ann were residing in Langford, Faringdon, when her birthplace recorded as Broughton Poggs.  However, in the census of 1871 Mary Ann's birthplace was recorded in error as Fyfield.  By April 1911, and following the death of her husband in 1906, Mary Ann Farmer was a widow living alone in Langford, when once again her birthplace was recorded as Fyfield.  The couple’s first-born child was Sarah Ann Farmer, while their second child was named George.  Their fourth child was born in 1859 and he was Joseph Farmer the grandfather of Shirley Kinniburgh’s stepfather.  And it was Shirley who kindly provided the information for the file update in December 2015.

 

 

 

 

47N1

Mary Anne Collett was born at Bampton in 1819 where she was baptised on 24th October 1819 just six months after her parents George Collett and Elizabeth Shayler were married there.  The baptism record gave her name as Mariann Collett.  If Mary Anne survived it is very likely that she was married by the time of the census in 1841.

 

 

 

 

47N2

Job Collett was born at Bampton during1821, the second child and eldest son of George and Elizabeth Collett who was baptised at Bampton on 5th May 1822. No further record of Job has been found in any of the census returns for Great Britain, whereas his brothers William and George (below) were still living in the Bampton area in 1841 following the probable deaths of both of their parents between 1836 and 1840.

 

 

 

 

47N3

Joseph Collett was born at Bampton in 1823, the third child of George and Elizabeth Collett. Curiously no record of him or his parents have been found in 1841, when his two youngest siblings were inmates at Witney Union Workhouse.  This may indicate that his parents had died by then, when Joseph would have only been around seventeen years old.  In addition, no record of him has been found in either of the census returns for 1851 and 1861 although, it was around two or three years later that he married Susan who had also been born in Bampton, but around 1835, she being twelve years younger than Joseph.

 

 

 

It seems likely that they were married at Bampton, or possibly at Cirencester where all their children were born and where they were living in 1871.  From his occupation it is clear that Joseph had been a professional soldier, and that was most likely the reason for his absence in the earlier census records.  The census in 1871 listed Joseph Collett from Bampton as being 47, his wife Susan A Collett was 35 and from Bampton, and their four Cirencester born children were Victor George Collett, who was five, whose second name was from his grandfather, Eliza Ann Collett, who was three, her name being that of her grandmother, Sidney Joseph Collett, who was one-year old, and Wilfred Harry Collett who was still an infant.

 

 

 

One more child appears to have been added to the family five years later, although there may have been others born to the couple during the intervening years who did not survive.  According to the census in 1881 the family was living at 15 Church Street in Cirencester, where Joseph as 57 and a Chelsea pensioner, Susan Ann was 45, Victor G Collett was 15, Eliza Ann Collett was 13, Sydney J Collett was 11, Wilfred H Collett was 10, and Harold W Collett was four.

 

 

 

Ten years later Joseph and Susan only had two of their children still living with them at Cirencester.  By that time Joseph was 67, Susan was 55, Eliza was 23, and Harold was 14.  After a further ten years the Cirencester census in March 1901 recorded Joseph Collett from Bampton as an army pensioner at the age of 77, his wife Susan A Collett from Bampton as 65, and still living with them was their eldest daughter, unmarried Eliza Ann Collett aged 33.  It was just over two years later that Joseph Collett died at Cirencester, when his death at the age of 80 was recorded at the register office there during the third quarter of 1903 (Ref. 6a 201).  It would also appear that his widow Susan passed away not longer after that, because she was not listed in the census of 1911.

 

 

 

47O1

Victor George Collett

Born in 1865 at Cirencester

 

47O2

Eliza Ann Collett

Born in 1867 at Cirencester

 

47O3

Sydney Joseph Collett

Born in 1869 at Cirencester

 

47O4

Wilfred Harry Collett

Born in 1871 at Cirencester

 

47O5

Harold William Collett

Born in 1876 at Cirencester

 

 

 

 

47N4

William Collett was born at Bampton in either late 1824 or early in 1825 and was baptised there on 30th January 1825, the son of George and Elizabeth Collett.  William may have been only ten years old when his mother died, possibly during the birth of his sister Martha (below).  Apart from him being listed in the Witney & Bampton census of 1841, as William Collitt at the age of 16, no later record of him has been found in England after that time.

 

 

 

 

47N5

George Collett was born at Bampton during 1827 and it was there also that he was baptised on 20th May 1827, the youngest of the four sons of George and Elizabeth Collett.  Following the death of his mother when he was only eight, and the subsequent death of his father shortly thereafter, George Collett, age 15, was still living in Bampton in 1841, but not with any member of his family, although his brother William (above) was also living there at that same time.

 

 

 

 

47N6

Esther Elizabeth Collett was born at Bampton in 1830 where she was baptised under her full name on 7th March 1830, the daughter of George and Elizabeth Collett.  Esther would have only been five years old when her mother died, and not long after which her father also passed away, since by the time of the census in 1841 Esther Collett, age 10 years, and her younger sister Martha were inmates at the Witney Union Workhouse in the village of Curbridge to the south-west of the town.  This, and the absence of any record of their parents at that time, more or less confirms that the two girls were orphans.

 

 

 

It was possibly around nine years later that the two sisters became separated, when Esther returned to live in Bampton where she gave birth to a base-born daughter towards the end of 1850.  From the child’s baptism record it is likely that the surname of unnamed father was Steptoe.  So, by the end of March in 1851, the Bampton Census that year included Esther Collett, age 20 and from Bampton, with her baby daughter Elizabeth, who was only six months old.  Esther was still a spinster when she gave birth to three more children during the 1850s, although there is speculation that the father may have been Alfred Corke with whom she was living at Bampton in 1861 and to whom she was later married in 1868.

 

 

 

The census that year recorded Esther as unmarried Ester Collett, age 30 and from Bampton, who was the housekeeper of bachelor and agricultural labourer Alfred Corke, age 38 and also of Bampton, at his home at 4 Bridy Anns Cottage in Bampton.  Esther, who was also described as an agricultural labourer, had with her three Bampton born children, and they were Elizabeth Collett, age 10 and another agricultural labourer, Alfred Collett who was six, Ann Collett who was four, and Walter Collett who was one-year old.  Her two daughters had both been baptised at Bampton, although no similar record has been found for her sons Alfred and Walter, and on both occasions the parish record only gave the name of the mother, that being Esther Collett.

 

 

 

After a further seven years together the marriage of Esther Collett and Alfred Corke was recorded at Witney (Ref. 3a 951) during the second quarter of 1868.  By that time the three children born since 1861 had been given the surname of Corke.  In addition to this, Esther’s earlier Collett children had also taken the Corke name by the time of the next census in 1871.  Alfred Corke had been baptised at Bampton on 5th October 1825 and was the son of Edmund and Mary Corke.  Therefore, he would have been nearer 36 years of age in 1861, rather than the 38 recorded in the census return.  Certainly in the later census returns his age was given more realistically as 66 and 76.

 

 

 

According to the Bampton census of 1871, agricultural labourer Alfred Cork (sic) was 42 (instead of 46)), his wife Hester (sic) was 40 and was also an agricultural labourer, as was her son Alfred Cork, formerly Collett, who was 16, and her daughter Ann Cork, formerly Collett, who was 14.  On that occasion the family was living in a dwelling on Mill Lane in the hamlet of Weald midway between Bampton and Clanfield.  The other children completing the family were Ada Cork who was nine, Alma Cork, who was four, and Florence Cork who was two years old.  Missing was Walter Cork, formerly Collett, who would have been eleven years of age had he been alive.  However, living with the family was another Walter Collett who was one-year old and born at Bampton who was described as Esther’s grandson.  He was most likely the base-born son of Esther’s eldest daughter Elizabeth Steptoe Collett.

 

 

 

During the following year another child was added to the Corke family with the birth at Bampton of Edith M Corke in 1872, who was most likely the last child of Esther Collett and Alfred Corke.  For whatever reasons, most of the family had left home by 1881, when the Bampton census that year only recorded Alfred as an agricultural labourer at 59 (sic), his wife Esther who was 55 instead of 50, and their daughter Alma who was 14.  What is of immense interest is that the only other person living with them was Esther’s grandson John Collett, who was 11 and also born at Bampton.

 

 

 

By the time of the next census in 1891 Alfred Corke was 66 and his wife Esther was 60 and all of their children had left the family home by then, and it was the same situation in 1901 when the census that year only recorded at Bampton, Alfred Corke, age 76, who was still working as a general labourer, and Esther Corke who was 70.  It was just less than two years later that the death of Alfred Corke was recorded at Witney register office (Ref. 3a 595) during the first quarter of 1903 when he was 77, and he was survived by his wife for a further seven years.  Esther Elizabeth Corke nee Collett was 79 years old when she died, her death recorded at Witney register office (Ref. 3a 559) during the last three months of 1910.

 

 

 

47O6

Elizabeth Steptoe Collett

Born in 1850 at Bampton

 

47O7

Alfred Collett

Born in 1854 at Bampton

 

47O8

Ann Maria Collett

Born in 1857 at Bampton

 

47O9

Walter Collett

Born in 1859 at Bampton

 

47O10

Ada Corke

Born in 1861 at Bampton

 

47O11

Alma Louisa Corke

Born in 1866 at Bampton

 

47O12

Florence Ellen Corke

Born in 1868 at Bampton

 

47O13

Edith Mary Corke

Born in 1872 at Bampton

 

 

 

 

47N7

Martha Collett was born at Bampton in 1835, the last of the seven children of George Collett and Elizabeth Shayler, as confirmed by her baptism at Bampton on 3rd January 1836.  It seems highly likely that Martha’s mother died during the birth or shortly after, and that tragedy may also have been a contributing factor to the later death of her father, since by 1841 at the age of six years she was an inmate at the Witney Union Workhouse in Curbridge with her older sister Esther (above).  Ten years later the only Martha from Bampton was recorded in the census of 1851 at Martha Colles who was 17 and living within the Witney Union & Eynsham registration district.

 

 

 

 

47N8

Mary Ann Collett was born at Fyfield and was baptised at Eastleach Martin on 25th December 1829, the eldest of the eleven known children of Charles and Sophia Collett. At the time of the first national census in 1841 Mary was 11 years old and was living with her family in the Eastleach Martin registration district.  In 1851 Mary was still living with her parents at Fyfield when she was 21.  By that time in her life she was an unmarried mother, having given birth to a base-born daughter during the previous year.  It was during the following year that her daughter was baptised at Eastleach Martin, in a joint ceremony with Mary Ann’s youngest brother Nehemiah Collett (below).

 

 

 

Sometime thereafter Mary Ann married Luke Carter who was born in 1828, just two miles away in the village of Filkins in Oxfordshire.  By 1881 Luke was 52 and Mary was 51 and they were living at Gardiners Row in Filkins, where both Luke and Mary were listed as being general labourers.  Living with them on that occasion were the couple’s three youngest children, Robert Carter, age 14 and another general labourer, Elizabeth Carter who was 11, and James Carter who was eight years old, and all of them born at Filkins.  What happened to Mary’s daughter Ann Collett has not been determined at this time, while widow Mary Ann Carter from Fifield (sic) in Gloucestershire was 80 years old and a pensioner in the census of 1911 when she was residing at Rouses Lane in Filkins and Broughton Poggs near Lechlade.

 

 

 

47O14

Ann Collett

Born in 1850 at Fyfield

 

 

 

 

47N9

Charles Collett was born at Fyfield and baptised at Eastleach Martin on 6th February 1831, the eldest son of Charles and Sophia Collett.  By June 1841 he was recorded as being 10 years old, when he was living with his family in Fyfield.  By the time of the census in 1851, Charles was 20 and was still living at the family home in Fyfield, from where he was working as an agricultural labourer.  His place of birth was confirmed as being Fyfield.  Four and a half years after the census day, and at the age of 24, Charles married Elizabeth Newman on 29th October 1855 at the parish church in Kempsford, where their children were subsequently baptised.  Elizabeth was the daughter of Whelford agricultural labourer William Newman and his wife Elizabeth.

 

 

 

Just over five years later the marriage had produced three children for Charles and Elizabeth, all of which had been born at Kempsford.  The 1861 Census for Kempsford confirmed that agricultural labourer Charles Collett, age 28 and of Southrop (next to Fyfield), was married to Eliza, age 23 and of Whelford, and that their three children were Sophia Collett who was four, Sarah Collett who was three, and William Collett who was only nine months old.

 

 

 

One further child seems to have been added to the family four years later, so by 1871 the family was still living within the Kempsford area and comprised Charles Collett, age 41 and from Fyfield, who was working as an agricultural labourer, his wife Elizabeth, age 32 and from Whelford, and three of their four known children.  They were their daughters Sophia Collett, age 12, and Kate Collett, who was five years old, and their son William who was 10.  All of them on that occasion were recorded as having been born at Whelford.  With the passing of another decade the family was reduced in size by the departure of the two eldest daughters, who left home to be married. 

 

 

 

So by April 1881 the family was made up of Charles, age 49, who was an agricultural labourer, his wife Elizabeth, age 39, and their son William who was 20 and who was also working as an agricultural labourer.  No trace has so far been found of the couple’s youngest daughter Kate.  On that occasion the census return recorded Charles’ place of birth was as ‘Fifield in Gloucestershire’, while his wife and son had both been born at Kempsford, where they were living at that time.

 

 

 

It would appear that Charles and Elizabeth spent the rest of their lives living at Kempsford, where they were recorded as still living in March 1901.  Charles Collett of Fyfield in Gloucestershire was still employed as an agricultural labourer at the age of 69, while his wife Elizabeth Collett of Kempsford was then 59.  Also still living with the couple in Kempsford at that time was their son William who was also still working as an agricultural labourer with his father.  By April 1911 Charles had died leaving Elizabeth as a widow aged 73.  The census return confirmed that she had been born at Whelford and that she was living at Horcott near Fairford with her son William who was also a widower.  Also living with them was William’s daughter Kate Collett who was 15.

 

 

 

47O15

Sophia Collett

Born in 1856 at Whelford

 

47O16

Sarah Ann Collett

Born in 1858 at Whelford

 

47O17

William Collett

Born in 1860 at Whelford

 

47O18

Kate Collett

Born in 1865 at Whelford

 

 

 

 

47N10

Robert Collett was born at Fyfield in 1832 and was listed as being eight years old in the June census of 1841, when he was living there with his family.  He was still living with his parents at Fyfield in 1851 when he was 18, by which time he was employed as an agricultural labourer like his father and his older brother Charles (above).  His place of birth was confirmed as Fyfield, while it was six years after that when he married Mary Ann Woodward at Charlton Kings on 10th October 1857.  Robert Collett was a labourer and the son of Charles Collett, also a labourer, with Mary Ann Woodward described as a laundress.

 

 

 

 

47N11

Eleanor Collett was born at Fyfield in 1835 and was six years old by the time of the census of 1841, and was 16 years old in the census of 1851, when she was still living with her family at Fyfield.  No further record of her has been found, which may be because she was married within the next decade.

 

 

 

 

47N12

Luanna Collett was born at Fyfield in 1837 and appeared in the 1841 Census as Luanna Collett aged four years, while ten years later she was referred to as Susanna Collett who was 14 in 1851.  She was also addressed as Luanna in the later census of 1881, although it is thought that her name may have actually been Louisianna or Louisa.  Before Luanna reached her twentieth birthday she gave birth to a base-born son at Northleach, although previously thought to have been at Fyfield, following which the child was brought up by his grandparents.  In the Fyfield census return for 1861, the family of Luanna’s parents, Charles and Sophia Collett, included their grandson William Collett who was four years old and from Northleach.  However, no such record has so far been found for his mother on that census day.

 

 

 

Shortly after April 1861 it would appear that Luanna Collett married Alfred Silman when she became Luanna Silman of Black Bourton in Oxfordshire.  Over the next decade the marriage produced three known children for Luanna and Alfred and they were Charles Silman who was born in 1865, Sarah Silman who was born in 1867, and Ellen Silman who was born in 1875, and all of them born at Black Bourton.  However, sometime after 1875 and before 1881 Alfred Silman died.

 

 

 

According to the next census in 1881 Luanna Silman was a widow, when she was listed as the only occupant of a house in Black Bourton, from where she was employed as an agricultural labourer.  Luanna Silman was 45 and her place of birth was confirmed as Fyfield in Gloucestershire.  Her son Charles Silman, who was 16, was a lodger at the Black Bourton home of shepherd George Giles.  Luanna’s youngest child Ellen Silman was living with Luanna’s widowed mother Sophia Collett within the Eastleach Martin census district which included Fyfield, where she was confirmed as being six years old and born at Black Bourton.  No trace has been found of daughter Sarah Silman in 1881, although she was back living with her mother by 1891.

 

 

 

Luanna Silman remained living at Black Bourton for the rest of her life.  In 1891 she was 54 and was listed in that year’s census as Hannah Silman.  Recorded as living with her were her two daughters Sarah Silman, age 24, and Ellen Silman, who was 15.  Also living with them was Luanna’s grandson, five years old James Silman who may have been Sarah’s child, and her elderly mother Sophia Collett, who died during the following year.  Just after the turn of the century Luanna was referred to as Louisa Silman of Fyfield in Gloucestershire in the census of 1901.  At that time she was 63 and was living at Black Bourton with just her young grandson for company.  James Silman was 15 and was working as a horseman working on a local farm.

 

 

 

It is particularly interesting that Luanna’s son Charles Silman married Minnie Wise (Ref. 28P60), the eldest daughter of William Wise by his wife Mary Ann Collett (Ref. 28O51), Minnie being the great aunt of Jennie Cordner.  Charles’ and Minnie’s daughter Louisa Silman married John William Cox whose mother was Edith Jane Wise (Ref. 28P62), so making Louisa and John first cousins.  More details on this branch of the family can be found in Part 28 – The Faringdon Line.

 

 

 

47O19

William Edward Collett

Born in 1856 at Northleach

 

 

 

 

47N13

Enos Collett was born at Fyfield in 1839 and was recorded as being just two years of age in the 1841 Census for the registration district of Eastleach Martin.  It was two months later, on 22nd August 1841 that he was baptised at Southrop near Fyfield in a joint ceremony with his brother John (below).  The parish record confirmed that they were the sons of Charles and Sophia Collett.  By 1851 he was 12 years old, when he was still living with his family at Fyfield.  However, with no later record for Enos has been found in 1861, by which time he may have died or left England.

 

 

 

 

47N14

John Collett was born at Fyfield in 1841 and was baptised at nearby Southrop not long after he was born.  The baptism took place on 22nd August 1841 and was a joint naming ceremony with his older brother Enos (above).  He was 10 years old in 1851 when he was still living with his family at Fyfield. 

 

 

 

By the time of the census in 1881, John was recorded as being married at the age of 38, and from Fyfield.  He was working as a shepherd, while he was living at Kempsford.  Living there with him was unmarried domestic housekeeper Jane Batts of Lechlade and her son John Collett Batts, who was two years old and also born at Lechlade.  John Collett Batts was listed as the son of John Collett.  Also living with the family, as a boarder, was William Bridgeman, age 18 and from Little Somerford, who was an agricultural labourer.  The later census of 1891 gave the name of Jane and her son John as Bates, so the record as Batts in 1881 may have been an error in translation.

 

 

 

And so it was that the three of them were still living in Kempsford in 1891.  Their dwelling was within that part of the village known as Dudgrove, where married John Collett, age 48 and from Fyfield, was continuing his work as a shepherd.  Still living with him was single Jane Bates who was 46, and her son John Bates who was 12.  It would appear that sometime after 1891 John officially married Jane and around that same time the family of three left Kempsford and returned to Lechlade, where they were living in 1901. 

 

 

 

At the age of 58, John Collett of Fyfield was recorded in the census return for the Lechlade area as still working as a shepherd.  With him was his wife Jane Collett who was also 58, and their son John Collett who was 22 and employed as a machine man at a local dairy.  The birthplace of both mother and son was once again confirmed as Lechlade.  It would appear that John and Jane continued to live their lives together at Lechlade, since it was there at Mount Pleasant that they were still living in April 1911.  John Collett from Fyfield in Gloucestershire was 69 and was still working as a cowman on a farm, while his wife Jane from Lechlade was 68.  By that time their son was married and was living in the Faringdon area.

 

 

 

Not long after that John and Jane also moved to Faringdon and it was there that their deaths were recorded before the end of the next decade.  Jane Collett nee Bates passed away during 1915 when her passing at the age of 73 was recorded at Faringdon register office (Ref. 2c 377) during the last quarter of that year.  John Collett was 78 when he died and again his death was recorded at Faringdon (Ref. 2c 410) during the first three months of 1918.

 

 

 

47O20

John Collett (formerly John Collett Bates)

Born in 1878

 

 

 

 

47N15

Josiah Collett was born at Fyfield in 1843, the son of Charles and Sophia Collett, but tragically died in 1850 aged just seven years.

 

 

 

 

47N16

Obadiah Collett was born at Fyfield in 1845, the son of Charles and Sophia Collett.  In the census of 1851 he was living with his family at Fyfield at the age of five years.  Curious, ten years later he was listed as Henry Collett aged 16 in the census of 1861 when he still living at the family home in Fyfield.  However, thereafter there is a mystery with the age that he gave in subsequent census returns.  In 1871 he was recorded as Obed Collett of Fyfield who was 20 years old and was working as a farm servant at the Elkstone home of John Cripps a farmer of 250 acres.  After a further ten years, he was still unmarried at the age of 30, when he was a lodger at the home of farm labourer John Cross and his family at Old Whitlenge, near Hartlebury in Worcester.  On that occasion he was described as Abadiah Collett from Fyfield in Gloucestershire, who was working as an agricultural labourer.

 

 

 

Where he was at the time the census was conducted in 1891 and 1901 has still to be discovered.  However, it was within nine months of the latter that he died.  The death of Obadiah Collett was recorded at Bromyard register office in Hereford (Ref. 6a 351) during the last quarter of 1901 when he was 57.

 

 

 

 

47N17

Emmanuel Collett was born at Fyfield in 1849 and was three years old and 12 years old in the census returns in 1851 and 1861, while living with his parents at Fyfield.  Twenty years later Emmanuel was still a bachelor at the age of 32 and was living with his widowed mother Sophia at Fyfield where, he was working as a farm labourer.

 

 

 

 

47N18

NEHEMIAH COLLETT was born at Fyfield in 1851 and was baptised at Eastleach Martin in 1852, the youngest of the eleven known children of Charles and Sophia Collett.  He was baptised at Eastleach Martin on the same day as his niece Ann Collett, the base-born daughter of Nehemiah’s oldest sister Mary Ann Collett (above).  By the time of the 1861 ‘Nehmiah’ was aged nine years and was still living with his parents in Fyfield, although no record for him has so far been found ten years later in the census of 1871.  Previously it was assumed that he was married during the first few years of the 1870s since his son Charles was born at Fyfield around the middle of that decade.  However, new information discovered in 2013 may suggest that he was married on two occasions, even though only one record has so far been found.

 

 

 

It is now known that Nehemiah Collett married Elizabeth A Hackling during the last three months of 1877, the event being recorded at Northleach (Ref. 6a 799).  The witnesses at the wedding were James Baxter and Ann Jeffries, and Elizabeth entered her second marriage with a child from her first husband.  It is this which suggests that the eldest child of Nehemiah Collett was in fact from an earlier marriage.

 

 

 

The census of 1881 revealed that the family was living at Fyfield in the Eastleach Martin registration district and that ‘Neamiah’ of Fyfield was 29 and was working as an agricultural labourer.  His wife Elizabeth A Collett of Southrop was 25, while curiously their only child was their son Charles Collett of Fyfield who was recorded as two years old when he was a few years older.  The census also raises the question as to the whereabouts of the couple’s daughter Mary Collett would have been two years of age.  The only other child living with the Collett family on that day was five years old Edith Ackley (sic), Elizabeth’s daughter from her first marriage who was also born at Fyfield in Gloucestershire.

 

 

 

It would appear that Elizabeth presented her husband with a further two children while they were stilling living at Fyfield, after which the family moved to the Cirencester area of the county where a further four children were born.  According to the census return for 1891 the family was residing within the Fairford & Cirencester area which it comprised Nehemiah Collett who was 40, his wife Elizabeth who was 37, and their seven surviving children, their son William having suffered an infant death shortly after he was born during 1880.

 

 

 

The seven children were Charles, age 16, who he must have been older than his two years in 1881, Mary who was 12 and absent in 1881, Sarah who was eight, Henry who was five, William who was four, John who was two, and George who was under one-year old.  It is possible, although not yet proved, that Nehemiah was employed on Langford Downs Farm near Cirencester and that it was at ‘Langford Downs’ that the couple’s three Cirencester children were born, with their youngest son George known to have been born at Meysey Hampton.  Two further children were added to the family at Cirencester before the untimely death of their father, who was not alive for the birth of his final child.

 

 

 

The death of Nehemiah Collett was recorded at Cirencester register office (Ref. 6a 203) during the second quarter of 1894 when his age was recorded in error as being 41.  Following the death of her husband Elizabeth gave birth to a final son, while a few years later she was married for a third time when she wed the slightly younger John Hulbert of Cirencester with whom she had a daughter who was also born at Cirencester in 1898.  The census in 1901 placed Elizabeth Hulbert, age 43, and her large family living at 73 Watermoor Road, the Cirencester home of John Hulbert, age 38, whose occupation was that of a railway labourer.  At 72 Watermoor Road was domestic gardener Edwin Collett (Ref. 47n4) of Cirencester who was 60, whose family details are included in Appendix One at the end of this file.

 

 

 

Living with the couple, in addition to their daughter Martha Hulbert who was two years of age, were five of Elizabeth’s children by Nehemiah Collett.  They were Harry Collett who was 16 and a domestic groom, John Collett who was 12, George Collett who was 11, Annie Collett who was seven, and Frank Collett who was five, all of them recorded as having been born at Cirencester. 

 

 

 

Living in the adjacent property, at 72 Watermoor Road, was Edwin Collett of Cirencester who was a widower of 60 and a domestic gardener, the only occupant of the 3-room dwelling.  Whilst it is established that he was the youngest son of Richard and Ann Collett, the husband of Emily Robbins of Cirencester, and the father of Annie, Herbert, Emily, Lizzie, Louisa and Alice, he and his branch of the Collett have still to be positively identified.  For further details of this family line go to Appendix One at the end of this file.

 

 

 

Elizabeth Hulbert, formerly Collett nee Hackling, may well have been expecting her second child by John Hulbert on the day of the census in 1901.  However, further tragedy appears to have struck the family during that first decade of the new century since Elizabeth had yet another change of name when she married David Dance.  That four wedding for Elizabeth Ann Hulbert was recorded at Cirencester (Ref. 6a 836) during the last quarter of 1908, when the sole witness was Obediah Loveridge.  In addition to the loss of her third husband Elizabeth she also appears to have suffered the loss of her first child by John Hulbert, since she was absent from the census in 1911.

 

 

 

The census return that year confirmed that Elizabeth Dance, age 53, was still residing at 73 Watermoor Road in Cirencester when the only Hulbert child living there with her was her daughter Daisy Hulbert who was nine years old.  Elizabeth had been married to David Dance, age 50, for just two years, while still living with her were the three youngest children from her marriage to Nehemiah Collett.  They were George who was 20, Annie who was 15 and Frank who was 14, the latter two both stated to have been born north of Cirencester at Duntisborne Abbots, rather than at Cirencester as in the previous census.

 

 

 

47O21

Charles Edward Collett

Born in 1875 at Fyfield

 

47O22

Mary A Collett

Born in 1878 at Fyfield

 

47O23

William Collett

Born in 1880 at Fyfield

 

47O24

Sarah A Collett

Born in 1882 at Fyfield

 

47O25

Henry Collett

Born in 1884 at Langford Downs

 

47O26

William Collett

Born in 1886 at Langford Downs

 

47O27

JOHN COLLETT

Born in 1888 at Langford Downs

 

47O28

George Collett

Born in 1890 at Meysey Hampton

 

47O29

Annie Collett

Born in 1893 at Cirencester

 

47O30

Frank Collett

Born in 1895 at Cirencester

 

 

 

 

47N20

Emily Collett was born on 24th March 1839 and this may have taken place at Cowley where her parents were married in March 1840, and where her two brothers were also born.  Sadly Emily Collett died during 1840.

 

 

 

 

47N21

George Richard Collett was born at Cowley on 3rd July 1840 where he was living with his father and his brother James (below) in 1851 and 1861, when he was aged 10 and 20 respectively.  With them in 1851 only was the boys’ stepmother Esther Collett, their father’s second wife.  On 7th February 1866 at the Elkstone parish church George Collett married Emily Newcombe.  Emily, from the neighbouring hamlet of Winstone, was the daughter of William and Mary Ann Newcombe.  And it was at Winstone where George and Emily settled and where their first five children were born.

 

 

 

By the time of the census of 1871 the marriage had produced two children for the couple, in addition to which Emily was expecting their third child.  The Winstone census of 1871 confirmed that George, an agricultural labourer of Cowley, was 30 and his wife Emily listed as ‘Emma of Winstone’ was 28.  Living with them was their son James who was three and their daughter Jane who was one-year old.  Also living with the family was lodger James Mitchall who was 19 and an agricultural labourer from Cowley.  Their son Richard was born exactly three months after the census day, but he did not survive.

 

 

 

Over the next ten years Emily presented George with a further four children.  The first two of them were born while the family was still living at Winstone, but shortly after the birth of the second child, around 1874, the family moved back to George’s home parish of Cowley, where his last three children were born.  According to the 1881 Census the family were living between The School and The Lodge in Cowley and it may have been around that time when George began to compile the Family Bible which later provided valuable clues to his family’s background.

 

 

 

The census on that occasion recorded that George Collett, age 40 and of Cowley, was an agricultural labourer who was probably employed at Cowley Manor.  His wife Emily of Winstone was also 40, and their children at that time were Jim Collett 13, Jane Collett 11, Janet Collett who was nine, and Charles Collett who was seven, who were all born at Winstone.  The two youngest children at that time, Richard Collett who was five, and Emily Collett who was three years old, were both born after the family had moved to Cowley.  In the same way that Emily was pregnant on the day of the 1871 Census, she was also with-child again on 3rd April 1881 and gave birth to the couple’s last child five months later.

 

 

 

Over the following ten years two of the couple’s four daughters left the family home, so by 1891 George and Emily, both aged 51, were living at Cowley with James 22, Charles 17, Richard 15, Emily 13, and Annie who was nine years of age.  Before the end of the century two of George’s sons, plus one of their cousins, left Gloucestershire and followed their two sisters south to Cobham in Surrey where they had both settled. 

 

 

 

So by the census of 1901 only daughter Annie Collett, age 19, was still living with her parents at the family home in Cowley.  George was then working as a cattleman on a farm at the age of 60, while his wife Emily was 61.  George’s and Emily’s eldest son James was also living in Cowley in 1901, as were two other people with the Collett name.  They were baker Henry Collett (Ref. 3O32), age 53 and from Stonehouse (Painswick), and his wife Mary, age 52 and from Elkstone.

 

 

 

According to the next census in 1911, George Collett was 70, and his wife Emily was 72.  Still living with them at Cowley was their unmarried son Jim Collett who was 42.  And it was at Cowley that George Collett died just over seven months later on 25th November 1911.  At the time of his death, as in the census that year, his occupation was that of a cowman working at Cowley Manor, where his eldest son James was also employed as a gardener.

 

 

 

Emily Collett survived as his widow for a further seven years after George’s passing and was eventually reunited with her husband on 27th January 1919.  The headstone at Cowley that marks their grave has the following inscription “In Memory of George Collett died 25th November 1911 aged 71 years, Also Emily Collett beloved wife of the above, died 27th January 1919 aged 81 years – Rest in Peace”

 

 

 

The aforementioned Family Bible produced by George Collett was passed onto his eldest son James at the time of his death.  The Bible remained in his possession until his death, when it was passed onto his youngest sister Ann.  Today the Bible, together with a book in which the words ‘James Collett’ and ‘Cobberley School’ appear inside, are held by one of Ann’s granddaughters.  It is known that Ann attended Cobberley School, so perhaps James did as well, which would probably indicate that all of the children in between may have also been educated there.

 

 

 

47O31

James Collett

Born in 1868 at Winstone

 

47O32

Jane Collett

Born in 1869 at Winstone

 

47O33

Richard Collett

Born in 1871 at Winstone

 

47O34

Janet Collett

Born in 1872 at Winstone

 

47O35

Charles Collett

Born in 1873 at Winstone

 

47O36

Richard Collett

Born in 1875 at Cowley

 

47O37

Emily Collett

Born in 1877 at Cowley

 

47O38

Ann Collett

Born in 1881 at Cowley

 

 

 

 

47N22

James Collett was born at Cowley on 10th July 1843 and was seven years old, and 17, respectively in the censuses of 1851 and 1861.  On both occasions he was living with his father Richard and his brother George (above).  The boys’ stepmother Esther was only present in 1851.  At the age of 27 James was living in the Kingsholm area of Gloucester, but within the next few years he married Martha Stallard who was born at Coberley in 1846.  Cowley and Coberley lie adjacent to each other being only about half a mile apart.

 

 

 

Once married the couple initially set up home in the village of Elkstone just south of Cowley and it was there that their first two children were born.  Around 1877 the family of four moved the two and a half miles to Colesbourne where their next two children were born and where the family was still living in April 1881.  The census that year confirmed that James of Cowley was aged 36 and was employed as a slatter and plasterer while living with his family in a cottage in Colesbourne.  His wife Martha was 34 and their four children at that time were Percy, who was seven, Joseph, who was five, John, who was three, and Tom who was one-year old.

 

 

 

The cottage accommodation occupied by the family of six must have been of a reasonable size since they also had three lodgers living there with them.  These were farm labourers and bachelors John Smith aged 40 of Colesbourne, John Hill aged 21 of Withington, and George Smith aged 17 of Woodmancote.  Martha may have been with-child on the day of the census in 1881 since later that year she presented James with the fifth of his seven children.  Two more children were added to the family before the end of the decade and both of them born while the family was still living at Colesbourne.

 

 

 

According to the Colesbourne census conducted in 1891 the family was recorded in error under the surname Collet.  James Collet was a plasterer of 47 from Cowley, his wife Martha Collet from Coberley was 43, and their six children were Joseph J Collet a farm labourer from Elkstone who was 15, John Collet who was another farm labourer at 13, Thomas Collet a servant boy at 11, Edith M Collet who was nine and at school, as was Annie L Collet who was six, and William A Collet who was only one year old, the youngest five children all born at Colesbourne.

 

 

 

Just after the turn of the century the family was still residing in Colesbourne where James aged 56 and from Cowley was continuing his occupation as a slatter and plasterer.  In addition to his wife Martha aged 53 and of Coberley, the only members of their family still living with them were sons John 23 and William 11, and daughter Edith aged 19.  James’ wife Martha died sometime during the following ten years since, according to the census of 1911, he was a widower and a plasterer still living in Colesbourne with just two of his children.  They were Edith who was 29 and William who was 21.

 

 

 

47O39

Percy E Collett

Born in 1873 at Elkstone

 

47O40

Joseph James Collett

Born in 1875 at Elkstone

 

47O41

John Collett

Born in 1877 at Colesbourne

 

47O42

Thomas Henry Collett

Born in 1879 at Colesbourne

 

47O43

Edith May Collett

Born in 1881 at Colesbourne

 

47O44

Anne Louise Collett

Born in 1884 at Colesbourne

 

47O45

William Archibald Collett

Born in 1889 at Colesbourne

 

 

 

 

47O1

Victor George Collett was born at Cirencester during 1865 and was the eldest known child of Joseph and Susan Ann Collett of Bampton in Oxfordshire.  He was five years old in the Cirencester census of 1871 and on leaving school in Cirencester as a scholar, he took a position possibly at the same school as a pupil teacher, which was how he was described in the census of 1881 when he was living at 15 Church Street with his family.  With the experience he gained at Cirencester he was later offered a post at a school in Manthorpe-cum-Little Gonerby just north of Grantham in Lincolnshire, where he was recorded in the census of 1891.  The census return that year included unmarried Victor G Collett from Cirencester, who was 25, as a lodger living at a property in Albion Street.  By that time in his life he was described as a certified schoolmaster.

 

 

 

Sometime during the next decade Victor George Collett married Mary Elizabeth Palmer who was born at Grantham, the daughter of Robert and Betsy Palmer.  That was confirmed by the census in 1901 when once again he was a schoolmaster, but then at a private school in the town of Bottesford, five miles west of Grantham.  The census that year recorded Victor G Collett, age 35 and from Cirencester, as living at Grantham Road in Bottesford with his wife Mary E Collett from Grantham, who was 33.  The only other person living with them was Mary’s nephew Wilfred Joseph Barrand, the eldest son of her married sister Maria, who was very likely attending the school where Victor was teaching.  Ten years later the childless couple were still residing in Bottesford, where Victor George Collett from Cirencester was 45 and the Head Teacher at Bottesford Elementary School near Grantham, and his wife Mary Elizabeth Collett was 43. 

 

 

 

Living with the couple in April 1911 was Mary’s elderly father Robert Percival Palmer, together with her widowed sister Maria Percival Barrand and her two children Wilfred Joseph and Victor Percival Barrand.  Fourteen years later Victor and Mary were still living in Lincolnshire, and it was at Grantham register office (Ref. 7a 509) that the death of Victor George Collett was recorded during the second quarter of 1925 when he was 59.  His Will was proved in London on 21st August 1925 following his passing on 25th April that year, with his widow Mary Elizabeth Collett named as the executor of his estate valued at £1,499 7 Shillings 5 Pence.  Mary continued to live in Grantham after her loss and survived her husband by twenty-seven years, with her death at the age of 84 also recorded at Grantham register office (Ref. 3b 71) during the second quarter of 1952.

 

 

 

 

47O2

Eliza Ann Collett was born at Cirencester in 1867, the second child and only daughter of Joseph and Susan Collett.  In the following census returns for Cirencester she was three years old, 13, 23 and 33 when she was living with her parents for each year from 1871 through to 1901, the family home being at 15 Church Street in Cirencester in 1891.  Following the death of her father in 1903, Eliza remained living with her mother until she passed away.  It was on 27th October 1910 when Eliza Ann Collett married the much younger Frederick Charch at Rodborough in Gloucestershire.  Eliza was a dressmaker, who said she was 39 instead of 42, the daughter of Joseph Collett – army officer, deceased, while Frederick was 30 years old and working as a bailiff.  A few months later the couple was residing in Cirencester when the census of 1911 listed them as Frederick Church aged 28 and from Berkshire, and Eliza Ann Church from Cirencester who was 42.  This confirms that both the bride and the groom gave incorrect ages on their wedding day, presumably out of embarrassment for the great difference in their years.

 

 

 

 

47O3

Sydney Joseph Collett was born at Cirencester in 1869, the third of the five known children of Joseph and Susan Collett, whose birth was recorded at Cirencester (Ref. 399) during the third quarter of 1869.  However, he was baptised at Cirencester on 11th July 1869 as Sidney Joseph Collett.  It was also as Sidney Joseph that he was one-year old in the census of 1871, while ten years later in 1881 it was as Sydney J Collett that he was living with his family at 15 Church Street in Cirencester.  On that occasion he was a pupil at the local school, where his older brother Victor (above) was employed as a pupil teacher.  After another ten years Sidney was absent from the family home on the day of the census in 1891 when he would have been twenty-one.

 

 

 

Unlike his two brothers Victor and Wilfred (below), who both settled in the East Midlands, Sydney remained in Gloucestershire and was residing at Butter Row in Rodborough near Stroud in 1901.  Seven months prior to the day of the census Sydney Joseph Collett had married Elizabeth Chapman by banns at St Lawrence’s Church in Stroud on 15th August 1900.  The census return in March 1901 listed Sidney J Collett from Cirencester as being 31 and a draper’s assistant, while his wife Elizabeth Collett from London was 30.  Rather strangely their ages ten years later were slightly at variants when Sydney Joseph Collett of Cirencester was 40 and was still living in Rodborough, where his wife Elizabeth Collett from London said she was 38.  Up until that time in his life Sidney’s name had been variously recorded as Sidney and Sydney, while it was certainly as Sydney that his birth was recorded although shortly after it was as Sidney that he was baptised, the baptism record confirming his parents as Joseph and Susan Ann Collett.

 

 

 

 

47O4

Wilfred Harry Collett was born at Cirencester in 1871 and was the fourth of the five children of Joseph Collett and his wife Susan Ann.  He had only just been born prior to the census that year and was 10 years of age in 1881 when he and his family were living at 15 Church Street in Cirencester.  On leaving school just a few years after he took work in the city of Gloucester where in 1891 he was recorded in that year’s census as Wilfred Harry Collett from Cirencester who was 20 and living and working within the parish of St Nicholas.

 

 

 

Wilfred may have been influenced by his eldest brother Victor (above) because, during the 1890s, he too left Gloucestershire when he travelled north and settle in Warsop near Mansfield, which today is known as Market Warsop.  It was at Warsop that he was living in 1901, when Wilfred Collett, age 30 and from Cirencester, was a wheelwright and the only Collett living in Warsop on that occasion.  It was very likely in Warsop that he married Kate Osborne during the first three months of 1905, the event being recorded at Mansfield register office (Ref. 7b 115).  The witnesses were George Herbert Hough and Esther Bourn.  It was also at the end of that same year that the couple’s first child was born at Warsop.

 

 

 

By the time of the census in 1911 Kate had presented Wilfred with their second child, when the family of four was still living at Warsop.  Wilfred Harry Collett from Cirencester was 40, his wife Kate Collett was 33, and their two children were Wilfred Leslie Chandler Collett who was five, and Florence Elizabeth Collett who was two years of age.  The death of Wilfred Harry Collett was recorded at Mansfield in Nottinghamshire (Ref. 7b 102) during the second quarter of 1942 when he was 71.  At the proving of his Will it was revealed that he died on 19th June 1942 while residing at 65 King Road in Warsop, Nottinghamshire, when administration of his personal effects of £807 15 Shillings was granted to his widow Kate Collett.

 

 

 

47P1

Wilfred Leslie Chandler Collett

Born in 1905 at Warsop, Mansfield

 

47P2

Florence Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1908 at Warsop, Mansfield

 

 

 

 

47O5

Harold William Collett was born at Cirencester in 1876 the youngest child of Joseph and Susan Collett.  He was recorded in the census of 1881 as Harold W Collett aged four years when he was living with his family at 15 Church Street in Cirencester.  Ten years later is was just Harold, then 14, and his older sister Eliza, who were he only children still living with their parents at the family home in Cirencester.  Whether it was as the result of an accident at work, or possibly during military service, the death of Harold William Collett was recorded at Cirencester (Ref. 6a 264) during the first three months of 1898 when he was only 21 years of age.

 

 

 

 

47O6

Elizabeth Steptoe Collett was born at Bampton during September 1850, where she was baptised on 5th January 1851, the base-born daughter of Esther Elizabeth Collett.  Her second forename was very likely the surname of her unnamed father.  It was simply as Elizabeth Collett age six months that she was recorded with her mother in the Bampton census of 1851.  By 1861 her mother had taken up the role of housekeeper for unmarried Alfred Corke at his Bampton home where Elizabeth Collett was 10 years old.  Around six or seven years later Elizabeth gave birth to her own base-born child which was taken into the care of her mother who had since married Alfred Corke.  The boy was named after Elizabeth’s youngest brother Walter who had died shortly after the census in 1861, and it was Elizabeth’s mother Esther, under her maiden of Collett, who was entered in the parish baptism register as the child’s only parent.

 

 

 

By the time of the census in 1871 Elizabeth was married to James Smith and was living in the Bampton area where Elizabeth was expecting the birth of the couple’s first child.  Although no actual census return for the expectant couple has been found, it was the next census in 1881 that confirmed their first child was born at Bampton.  Also by 1881 Elizabeth had presented James with a further four children.  According to the census that year the family was living in a cottage in South Hinksey near Oxford where James Smith was 30 and an agricultural labourer from Appleton in Berkshire.

 

 

 

His wife Elizabeth Smith from Bampton was 31, and their five children were Herbert W Smith, age nine and also from Bampton, Ellen Smith from Wootton in Berkshire who was six, Alfred G Smith who was five, Thomas H Smith who was three, and Ada Mary Smith who was one-year old, all three of whom had been born after the family arrived in South Hinksey.  Living with the family on that day in 1881 was Florence E Corke who was 12 and from Bampton, who was described as wife’s sister, she being Elizabeth’s half-sister and the daughter of Esther Elizabeth Collett and her husband Alfred Corke.

 

 

 

47P3

Walter John Collett

Baptised on 27.02.1868 at Bampton

 

 

 

 

47O7

Alfred Collett was born at Bampton during 1854, the base-born son of Esther Elizabeth Collett, who was baptised at Bampton with his younger sister Ann Maria on 18th March 1857.  Only his mother’s name, as Esther Collett of Bampton, was written in the parish register.  It was as Alfred Collett, age six years and from Bampton, that he was a scholar living with his mother and his three siblings at the Bampton home of Alfred Corke in 1861.  His mother later married Alfred Corke, so by 1871 the former Alfred Collett was named as Alfred Corke, age 16, whose occupation was that of an agricultural labourer in the Bampton census that year when he and his family were living in the nearby hamlet of Weald.

 

 

 

 

47O8

Ann Maria Collett was born at Bampton in early 1857, her birth recorded at Witney (Ref. 3a 581) during the first three months of that year.  It was also at Bampton that she was baptised on 18th March 1857 with her brother Alfred (above), the third base-born child of Esther Elizabeth Collett.  In 1861, at the age of four years, Ann Collett was living at the Bampton home of Alfred Corke, where her unmarried mother was his housekeeper.  Following the marriage of her mother to Alfred Corke in 1868 the four base-born children of Esther Elizabeth Collett took the name Corke, and it was as Ann Corke, age 14, that she was living in the hamlet of Weald near Bampton with her family in 1871, by which time she was employed as an agricultural labourer.

 

 

 

By a strange twist of fate, having had to give up her surname of Collett, it was ironic that when Ann Marie Corke, the daughter of Alfred Corke, was married on 19th October 1878, she once again became Ann Marie Collett.  Her marriage to William James Collett (Ref. 38P1) of Wolvercote took place at Wolvercote near Oxford and, by the time of the census in 1881, she was expecting the birth of their first child.  William who was 24, was a stonemason, living at village street in Wolvercote with his wife Annie M Collett, age 24 and from Bampton, who was described as a former domestic servant.  Visiting the couple on the day of the census was Ann’s youngest half-sister Edith M Corke (below), who was nine years old and also from Bampton.

 

 

 

For the continuation of this family go to

Part 38 – The Oxford Stonemasons Line (Wolvercote)

 

 

 

 

47O9

Walter Collett was the fourth base-born child of Esther Elizabeth Collett, and was born at Bampton during 1859.  He was one-year old in the Bampton census of 1861 when he was with his fatherless family at the home of agricultural labourer Alfred Corke, by whom his mother was employed as his housekeeper.  Tragically if the seven years later when Walter was only eight years old that he died, his death being recorded at Witney (Ref. 3a 410) during the first three months of 1868.  It seems highly likely that the base-born son of his older sister Elizabeth Steptoe Collett (above) was named Walter in his memory.

 

 

 

 

47O10

Ada Corke was born at Bampton during 1861 and was the first child legally born to Esther Elizabeth Collett and her husband Alfred Corke.  By 1871 the family was residing in Mill Lane in the hamlet of Weald to the south of Bampton where Ada Cork (sic) was nine years old.  Upon leaving school Ada entered into domestic service and at the time of the next census in 1881 she was working as a live-in servant at the home of the Gray family at Folly Bridge in North Hinksey, to the west of the City of Oxford.  Ada Corke from Bampton was 19 and was described as a dairy maid and agricultural labourer who was employed by dairyman Job Gray.  It was towards the end of the following year that Ada Corke married Charles Lay, their wedding recorded at Witney (Ref. 3a 1267) during the fourth quarter of 1882.  The marriage produced a total of eight children who were all born at Bampton.  Ada Lay died in 1947, while her husband Charles, who had been born in 1860, had passed away three years earlier in 1944.

 

 

 

 

47O11

Alma Louisa Corke was born at Bampton during 1866, the second child of Alfred and Esther Corke.  By 1871, when Alma was four, she was living with her family in Mill Lane within the hamlet of Weald close by Bampton, and it was simply at Bampton that she was living in 1881 when she was 14 and the only child still living with her parents.  After a further ten years, the census in 1891 revealed that Alma L Corke, age 25 and from Bampton, was living on her own means while a boarder at the Meadow View, Wolvercote home of her older half-sister Ann Marie Collett (above) and her husband and their three children.  Six years later the marriage of Alma Louisa Corke and Thomas Tanner was recorded at Witney (Ref. 3a 1555) during the fourth quarter of 1896.  By 1901 the pair of them was residing at Church View in Bampton where Thomas Tanner from Walford in Herefordshire was 29 and Alma Tanner from Bampton was 33.

 

 

 

 

47O12

Florence Ellen Corke was born during 1868 at Bampton, the third child of Alfred and Esther Corke, whose birth was recorded at Witney (Ref. 3a 669).  Florence may have been born in the hamlet of Weald near Bampton, since it was there that she and her family were living at Mill Lane in 1871 when Florence Cork (sic) was two years old.  When Florence E Corke from Bampton was 12 and still attending school in 1881, she was staying with her older half-sister Elizabeth Steptoe Collett (above) at her cottage in South Hinksey who, by then, was Elizabeth Smith with a husband and five children.

 

 

 

 

47O13

Edith Mary Corke was very likely born in the hamlet of Weald near Bampton where her family was living at Mill Lane in the census of 1871.  It was during 1872 that she was born, her birth recorded at Witney (Ref. 3a 665), the last child born to Alfred Corke and his wife Esther Elizabeth Collett.  On the occasion of the next census in 1881 Edith M Corke was nine years old and was a visitor at the Wolvercote home of her older married half-sister Ann Marie Collett who was expecting her first child.  After a further ten years Edith M Corke, age 20 and from Bampton, was a servant at a house in the St John the Baptist district of Oxford, after which it is assumed she was married.

 

 

 

 

47O15

Sophia Collett was born in the hamlet of Whelford in 1856, but was baptised at the parish church in Kempsford on 29th June 1856.  She was aged four years in 1861, but was recorded as being aged 12 in 1871 when her place of birth was confirmed as Whelford.  It is now understood that Sophia Collett later married Thomas Hayward and not Thomas Fincher, as he married Sophia Bullock, so further work needs to be done to confirm this.

 

 

 

 

47O16

Sarah Ann Collett was born at Whelford in 1858 and was baptised at Kempsford on 23rd May 1858.  Sarah was three years old in the Kempsford census of 1861 which confirmed that she was born at Whelford.  She was not living with her family ten years later.  However, by 1881 Sarah was 23 and was married to 31 years old James Gosling, an agricultural labourer of Kempsford.  It would appear that they had not long been married as living with them was their first-born child Harry Gosling who was just one-month old.

 

 

 

From 1891 onwards the census returns reveal that Sarah was a widow.  That year’s census recorded just Sarah aged 32 and her son Harry aged 11, as living within the Cirencester registration district.  Ten years later Sarah A Gosling of Kempsford was 42 and was working as a sick ward attendant at the Cirencester Union Workhouse.  Her son Harry Gosling from Whelford was 21 and his occupation was that of an assistant civil engineer in Cirencester.

 

 

 

 

47O17

William Collett was born at Whelford around 1860 and was baptised at nearby Kempsford on 5th August 1860.  The earliest census records for Kempsford of 1861, 1871 and 1881 confirmed that it was there that he had been born and that his age of those occasions was respectively nine months, ten years and twenty years.  At the time of the latter he was an agricultural labourer working with his father Charles Collett.  He was still living with his parents Charles and Elizabeth Collett at Kempsford just after the end of the century, by which time he had been married and was already a widower with two daughters.

 

 

 

According to the census return for 1901, William Collett was 39 and an agricultural labourer, living in the hamlet of Horcott within the parish of Kempsford, where his two daughters had been born.  These were Annie who was six, and Kate Elizabeth who was four years old.  During the next few years William’s father died and by April 1911 William’s widowed mother Elizabeth was living with him at Horcott.  By that time William, who was 52, was employed as a shepherd on a farm, and the only daughter still living with him was Kate Collett who was 15.

 

 

 

47P4

Annie Collett

Born in 1894 at Horcott

 

47P5

Kate Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1896 at Horcott

 

 

 

 

47O18

Kate Collett was very likely born at Whelford near Kempsford in 1865 and was living in that area with her parents in 1871 when she was five years old.  However, no record of Kate or Katherine has been found in any subsequent census which might indicate that she had died sometime during the 1870s with her absence from the 1881 Census.

 

 

 

 

47O19

William Edward Collett was born at Northleach in 1856, the base-born child of Luanna Collett of Fyfield.  He was simply listed as William Collett aged four years in the census of 1861, when he was living with his grandparents Charles and Sophia Collett in the hamlet of Fyfield, within the parish of Eastleach Martin.  Over the next decade he continued to be brought up by his grandparents at Fyfield, so by the time of the next census in 1871, William Collett from Northleach was 14 and working as an agricultural labourer.

 

 

 

Ten years after that he was unmarried at the age of 24, when he was recorded as being the head of the household, a servant and an agricultural labourer to his landlord, while living in part of the house at Downs Farm House in Little Barrington.  Once again his place of birth was given as Northleach.  There were two other people listed with William in April 1881 and they were Amos Radburn, age 18, a servant and agricultural labourer, and Caroline Tovey who was seven years old and of Little Barrington who was recorded as the daughter of the head of house and described as a farmer’s daughter.  New information discovered in 2013 has however revealed that Caroline Tovey was the daughter of unmarried Joseph Brown who was 29 and an agricultural labourer from Little Barrington who was also living in another part of Downs Farm House in 1881.

 

 

 

It seems rather curious that no record of William Edward Collett has been found in any census return after that time, so what actually happened to him from 1881 onwards is currently not known.

 

 

 

 

47O20

John Collett was born at Lechlade in 1878.  He was originally the base-born child of John Collett of Fyfield and Jane Bates of Lechlade, and at the time of the census of 1881 he was listed as John Collett Batts aged two years.  On that occasion he was living at the Kempsford home of his father John Collett whose housekeeper was Jane Batts (sic), both adults being listed as unmarried.  In the Kempsford census of 1891, John was recorded as John Bates, age 12, who was living with his ‘married’ father John Collett and his ‘single’ mother Jane Bates at Dudgrove in Kempsford.

 

 

 

During the next decade John’s parents appear to have married, at which time the family moved away from Kempsford and settled in Lechlade.  By March 1901 John Collett Bates was referred to as simply John Collett.  At that time he was 22, and was a machine man working at a local dairy in Lechlade, while still living there with his parents John and Jane Collett.

 

 

 

It was three years later that John gave up his status as a single man when he married Ada.  By April in 1911 the census return that month confirmed that the couple had been married for six years, during which time their union had not been blessed with any children.  John Collett from Lechlade was 32 and a dairyman living at Gravel Walk in Faringdon with his wife Ada Collett who was 28 and from Poole Keynes, to the south of Cirencester.  Living with them on that occasion was Thomas Joseph Godwin who was 25.  Sadly their marriage only endured for a relatively short time, since it was just ten years later that Ada Collett died at Faringdon in 1921 when she was 38.  Her death was recorded at Faringdon register office (Ref. 2c 298) during the second quarter of that year.

 

 

 

 

47O21

Charles Edward Collett was born at Fyfield around 1875.  However, the exact year is difficult to pinpoint due to the differing ages given for him in all of the census records.  This also brings into question as to who his mother might have been, since his father only married Mrs Elizabeth A Hackling at the end of 1877.  In 1881 he was aged two years when he living with his father Nehemiah at Fyfield, although this is known to be an error as his sister (or half-sister Mary below) was that age, when she was curiously absent from the family group.  By 1891 he and his family had left Fyfield and had moved into Cirencester where his age was given as being sixteen.  Sometime during the next ten years Charles left Cirencester and moved ten miles north and was living at Elkstone by 1901, where he was working as a labourer on a farm.  On that occasion his age was given as being 24 and he was still a bachelor.

 

 

 

 

47O22

Mary A Collett was born at Fyfield in 1878, but strangely was missing from her family in Fyfield for the 1881 Census.  She would have been two years old, but instead her older brother Charles (above) was recorded in error as being aged two.  By 1891 Mary was 12 and was living with her parents in Cirencester.  Although no trace of her mother Elizabeth Collett has been found in 1901, following the death of her father in 1894, Mary A Collett of Fyfield and her sister Sarah A Collett of Fyfield were living and working in service together in Great Malvern.  Mary was then 21 and was employed as a domestic housemaid.

 

 

 

 

47O23

William Collett was born at Fyfield in January 1880 but suffered an infant death and was buried at Eastleach Martin on 17th January 1880.  The parish burial record confirmed that he was ‘of Fyfield’.

 

 

 

 

47O24

Sarah A Collett was born at Fyfield in 1882 and shortly after she was born her parents moved from Fyfield to Cirencester where she was living in 1891 when she was eight years old.  Three years later her father passed away, after which it would appear that upon living school she joined her older sister Mary who was working in domestic service at a house in Great Malvern in Worcestershire.  According to the census in 1901 she was described as Sarah A Collett, age 17 and of Fyfield, who was employed as a domestic servant and kitchen maid.

 

 

 

 

47O25

Henry Collett was born at ‘Langford Downs’ near Cirencester in 1884 and was living there with his family in 1891 at the age of five years.  Just over three years later his father died, following which his mother eventually remarried.  In the Cirencester census of 1901 Henry was recorded as Harry Collett aged 16 whose place of birth was confirmed as Cirencester.  On that occasion he was living at 73 Watermoor Road in Cirencester, the home of his stepfather John Hulbert and his mother Elizabeth Hulbert, when his occupation was that of a domestic groom.  He was the eldest of the six children still living with their mother who had also given birth to a daughter by John Hulbert by then.

 

 

 

 

47O26

William Collett was born at ‘Langford Downs’ near Cirencester in 1886 and was four years old in the 1891 Census for Cirencester and was only seven years old when his father died in 1984.  So far though, no further record of him has been found after that time, which might indicate that he too had not survived. 

 

 

 

 

47O27

JOHN COLLETT was born at ‘Langford Downs’ near Cirencester in 1888 and was two years old by April 1891 and was 12 years of age by the end of March 1901.  On both occasions John was living in Cirencester although, following the death of his father in 1894, for the latter he was living with his mother and four siblings at 73 Watermoor Road the home of John Hulbert to whom his mother had been married a few years earlier.

 

 

 

Ten years later in April 1911 he was twenty-two and was still a bachelor living in Cirencester.  However, that was about to change since, within a year or so of the census day John married Millicent and, within a further year, the couple was blessed with the birth of a son, their only child.  It is possible that the couple were married at Holy Trinity Church in the Watermoor district of Cirencester, where it is known they were living during the Second World War when John and Millicent received the news that their son Robert had been killed in action in France.

 

 

 

47P6

ROBERT JOHN COLLETT

Born in 1913 at Cirencester

 

 

 

 

47O28

George Collett was born at Meysey Hampton near Cirencester in 1890 and was under one-year old at the time of the census of 1891.  He was around four years old when his father died and within a further couple of years his mother Elizabeth married John Hulbert.  According to the census in 1901 George Collett, age 11 and from Cirencester, was living at 73 Watermoor Road in Cirencester the home of his mother and his stepfather.  Having first suffered the death of his father, George then had to deal with the death of his stepfather John Hulbert and his mother’s subsequent married to David Dance, his mother’s fourth husband. 

 

 

 

The census conducted in April 1911 placed George still living at 73 Watermoor Road in Cirencester with his mother, his new stepfather, and his two younger Collett siblings Annie and Frank.  He was described as being 20 years of age, as having the occupation of a gardener, with his place of birth confirmed as being ‘Maiseyhampton’.

 

 

 

 

47O31

James Collett, who was referred to as Jim, was born at Winstone on 22nd June 1868 and was three years old in the 1871 Census of Winstone.  In 1874 his parents left Winstone and moved the three miles north to Cowley.  By 1881 he and his family were living at Cowley where Jim was working as an agricultural labourer with his father at the age of 13.  This was probably at Cowley Manor where it is known he was working later in his life.

 

 

 

Ten years later James was aged 22 still living there with his family.  He was not married by the time of the census of 1901 but was still a bachelor then aged 32 and living at Cowley from where he was employed as a domestic gardener at Cowley Manor.  Cowley Manor was built by the architect George Somers Clarke in 1860 and today is a grand 30 bed room luxury hotel with restaurant, bar and spa.  James was 54 years old when he married Mary Jane Winter on 23rd February 1922.  Sixteen years later Mary died on 23rd July 1938 and was followed by James ten years later on 21st August 1948, just two months after his eightieth birthday.

 

 

 

 

47O32

Jane Collett was born at Winstone on 11th June 1869 and was one-year old in 1871 while still living at Winstone.  In 1874 her parents moved to Cowley where in 1881 she was aged 11.  Towards the end of the 1880s Jane had left the family home and moved to Dorking in Surrey where she was working as a domestic servant in early April 1891.  Just six weeks after the census day Jane married William Sims on 18th May 1891 at Effingham parish church in Surrey.  William was born at Effingham around 1868 and once they were married the couple settled in Cobham in Surrey where they lived for the first twenty-five years of their life together.  Before the end of the century they adopted their daughter, who had been born at Cobham in 1893.

 

 

 

According to the 1901 Census for Cobham, Jane was 31 and from Winstone in Gloucestershire, her daughter Dorothy W Sims was seven, and her husband William, aged 32, was a general labourer.  Lodging with the family were Jane’s’ two brothers Charles Collett and Richard Collett and their cousin Joseph Collett (all below).  It must have been Jane’s move to Surrey that encouraged the other members of her family to join her there, which also included her sister Janet who lived nearby in Cobham.  Around the time of the outbreak of war Jane, William and Dorothy left Surrey and moved to Barnet in Hertfordshire.  Later in their life they moved again, this time to Wivenhoe in Essex.  Their daughter Dorothy married Wilfred Stevens but the marriage produced no children for the couple.

 

 

 

 

47O33

Richard Collett was born at Winstone in 1870, but must have died shortly after since he did not appear in the census of 1871 with his family.

 

 

 

 

47O34

Janet Collett was born at Winstone on 3rd July 1872 and by the time of the 1881 Census she was aged 9 and was living with her family at Cowley.  Like her sister Jane (above), Janet also left Gloucestershire during the late 1880s and had moved to Surrey where she was living in Dorking and working as a domestic servant in 1891.  Just over five years later Janet married Walter John Stanbridge at Dorking on 02.08.1896.  Walter was born in 1866 at East Grinstead in Sussex and was the eldest son of Walter and Emma Stanbridge.  At the time of the birth of Janet’s and Walter’s first child the couple were living at Emsworth near Portsmouth which might indicate that Walter was a sailor in the navy.

 

 

 

Certainly Walter was absent from the family home in Cobham in Surrey two years later and Janet aged 29 and from Winstone in Gloucestershire was listed as ‘receiving war pay’ in the 1901 Census.  Living with her at that time was her son Ernest who was two years old and of Emsworth in Hampshire.  Walter returned to the family home shortly after 1901 resulting in a further six children being born into the family over the next ten years.  Tragically though, three of the children, including a set of twins, died as babies in 1905, which followed the earlier death of another baby in 1902. 

 

 

 

It may have been just after that sad event when Janet and Walter left Cobham and moved the four miles to Claygate where the family was living at Vale Road in 1911.  The marriage between Janet and Walter suffered a breakdown after this time when Walter left Janet who continued to live in Vale Road until her death in 1945 when the house was taken over by her son Norman.  Janet’s estranged husband Walter died twenty-three years earlier in 1922.  Around the time that Janet’s husband left the family home in Claygate, her brother Richard (below) moved into the house in Vale Road, as that was the address given in his wartime service record.

 

 

 

47P7

Ernest Charles Stanbridge

Born in 1899

 

47P8

Walter Stanbridge

Born in 1902

 

47P9

John Stanbridge           twin

Born in 1905

 

47P10

Janet Stanbridge          twin

Born in 1905

 

47P11

Walter Charles Stanbridge

Born in 1905

 

47P12

Ruby Florence Stanbridge

Born in 1907

 

47P13

Norman Walter Stanbridge

Born in 1910

 

 

 

 

47O35

Charles Collett was born at Winstone on 22nd August 1873 and was seven years old in the 1881 Census while living with his family at Cowley.  He was still there ten years later but shortly after he and his brother Richard (below) and their cousin Joseph (below) followed his two sisters to Surrey.  Both brothers were employed as non-domestic gardeners by the time of the 1901 Census for Cobham where they were living with their sister Jane Sims nee Collett (above).  Charles was confirmed as being aged 27 and born at Winstone in Gloucestershire.  Charles never married and joined the army during the last year of the First World War when he would have been forty-five years old.  From his wartime service record, he is known to have worn spectacles.

 

 

 

Thanks to new information received from Frances Francis at the end of 2016 we now know that Charles Collett died on 29th September 1940 at Cobham in Surrey following an accident.  At that time in his life, he was employed as a gardener at the grand house known as Pyports on Downside Bridge Road in Cobham – designated a Grade II listed building in 1969.  Having been home for breakfast on 27th September, he was cycling back to work at Pyports when he was in collision with a car.  He suffered serious head injuries from which he died two days later.  According to statements in the Coroner's Report, Charles had been a keen cyclist since his youth and also took part in races.  In addition to this, he was also a keen cricketer and became an umpire for local matches later in life.

 

 

 

 

47O36

Richard Collett was born at Cowley on 23rd December 1875 following his family’s recent move from Winstone.  The census of 1881 placed the family as living at Cowley where Richard was aged five.  Ten years later he was still living there with his family at the age of 15, but sometime after he and his brother Charles (above) and their cousin Joseph Collett (below) left Gloucestershire to start a new life in Surrey.  By 1901 Richard aged 25 and from Cowley in Gloucestershire was living at the Cobham home of his married sister Jane Sims nee Collett.  Also living with them was his brother Charles and cousin Joseph Collett.  Both of the brothers were employed as non-domestic gardeners.

 

 

 

And also just like his brother Charles, Richard never married.  Sometime later, probably after 1914, Richard went to live at Vale Road in Claygate with his married sister Janet Stanbridge nee Collett (above) who was separated from her husband.  Richard played an active part with the army in the Great War and was still living at Claygate with his sister Janet when he died from heart failure on 29th December 1925.

 

 

 

 

47O37

Emily Collett was born at Cowley on 1st February 1877 and she was three years of age and 13 years old respectively in the Cowley censuses of 1881 and 1891.  By the end of March 1901 Emily had left Gloucestershire and was working in service as a domestic servant at a house in Kidlington near Oxford.  She was 23 and her place of birth was confirmed as Cowley, Cheltenham.  Emily was still living in Kidlington ten years later when she married Joseph Thomas Tuffrey there on 17th October 1911.  Not long after they were married the couple moved to Rushden in Northamptonshire where their two daughters were born.

 

 

 

Northamptonshire was the main centre for the manufacture of footwear at that time and it was at Rushden that Joseph Tuffrey was a bespoke boot and shoe maker.  The six-year gap between his two children possibly indicates that Joseph took an active role in the First World War and was absent from the family home for some years.  Twenty years after the birth of her first child Emily died at nearby Wellingborough on 19th August 1933 at the age of 56.

 

 

 

47P14

Lily Tuffrey

Born in 1913

 

47P15

a second Tuffrey daughter

Born in 1920

 

 

 

 

47O38

Ann Collett, who was known as Annie, was born at Cowley on 13th September 1881 and by 1891 she was listed as Annie Collett aged nine years, while living with her family at Cowley.  It is understood that she was educated at nearby Cobberley School.  She was still living at Cowley with her parents in 1901 aged 19.  The census did not give her as having an occupation but as the only child still living with her parents she was very likely looking after them in their advancing years.

 

 

 

Just as two of her sisters and two of her brother had ten years earlier, Annie also moved to Surrey in the early years of the new century.  And it was there at Cobham that she married Thomas Clements on 5th June 1911, just five months before her father died.  Thomas Clements was a gardener as were Annie’s two brother Charles and Richard (above).  So it seems likely that she was introduced to her husband through her brothers knowing him by working with him in Cobham, where they also living and worked.

 

 

 

Annie lived the rest of her life at Cobham where her two children were born and where in 1936 her gardener husband Thomas died.  After his death Annie worked in the kitchens of the White Lion Hotel in Cobham and survived for thirty years after her husband, before she died on 5th June 1966.  Upon the death of her oldest brother James Collett (above), Annie inherited the Family Bible produced by her father George Richard Collett, which in turn was passed to one of her granddaughters.  Also with the Bible was a Cobberley School book belonging to James Collett.

 

 

 

47P16

Marjorie Nellie Clements

Born in 1911

 

47P17

James Hector Clements

Born in 1913

 

 

 

 

47O39

Percy E Collett was born at Elkstone in 1873.  Apart from being recorded as being aged seven years and living with his family at Colesbourne in 1881, no further details have so far been discovered as to what happened to Percy later in his life.

 

 

 

 

47O40

Joseph James Collett was born at Elkstone in 1875 although his family moved to Colesbourne just after he was born.  In the 1881 Census for Colesbourne he was aged five years when he was living there with his parents, as he was again in 1891 when Joseph J Collet (sic) was 15 and a farm labourer.  It would appear that during the 1890s he joined his four cousins (above) in a move that took them from Gloucestershire to Surrey.  By 1901 Joseph was 25 when he was living with his cousin Jane Sims nee Collett at her Cobham home, where his occupation was that of a bricklayer.

 

 

 

However, it was at Cirencester (Ref. 6a 851) that the marriage of Joseph James Collett and Kate Selina Winstone was recorded during the fourth quarter of 1904, when the witnesses were named as Emily Louisa Gilder and Albert Edward Hale.  Kate had been born at Cirencester in 1878 and by 1911 she had presented Joseph with their first three children.  According to the census year that year Joseph James Collett of Elkstone was 35 and was living at Chertsey in Surrey with his wife Kate Selina Collett who was 32.  Their three children at that time were Myrtle Collett who was five, Edith Emmeline Collett who was three and William Joseph Collett who was one-year old, and all of them born at Chertsey.

 

 

 

Whether the couple had further children during the next few years who did not survive is not known, while their last child was born much later in 1921.  Their eldest child Myrtle married David Sleet, their daughter Edith was also married and died at Bristol in 1988, as was their youngest daughter Betty who died in 1982.  Joseph James Collett died on 4th November 1956 when he was residing at 1 Osbourne Road in Severn Beach, near Bristol.  His Will was proved at Bristol on 27th March 1957 when his son William Joseph Collett was named as the sole executor of his personal effects amounting to £1,010.

 

 

 

47P18

Myrtle Collett

Born in 1905 at Chertsey

 

47P19

Edith Emmeline Collett

Born in 1907 at Chertsey

 

47P20

William Joseph Collett

Born in 1909 at Chertsey

 

47P21

Betty Winstone Collett

Born in 1921 at Chertsey

 

 

 

 

47O41

John Collett was born in 1877 at Colesbourne just after his parents had moved there from Elkstone.  John was aged three at the time of the census in 1881 and was living at Colesbourne with his family.  By 1891 he had left school and at the age of 13 he was working with his brother Joseph (above) as a farm labourer.  John was still living with his parents at Colesbourne twenty years later when he was 23 and was still employed as a farm labourer.  Two major events in John’s short life happened in the new few years, although it is not yet known which occurred first.

 

 

 

One was the death of his mother Martha, and the other was his marriage to Sarah Frances who was also born at Colesbourne.  By April 1911 the marriage had not produced any children for the couple who, by that time, had left Colesbourne and were living in the Cirencester area, where John Collett was 33 and his wife Sarah Frances Collett was 30.

 

 

 

 

47O42

Thomas Collett was born at Colesbourne in 1879, the son of James and Martha Collett, and was listed as Tom Collett aged one year in the Colesbourne census of 1881.  It was also at Colesbourne that he was still living with his large family in 1911, although the surname was recorded as Collet, when Thomas Collet was 11.  Tragically he only survived for a further five years, with his death at 16 being recorded at Cirencester (Ref. 6a 241) during the first three months of 1896.

 

 

 

 

47O43

Edith Mary Collett was born at Colesbourne in 1881, but after 3rd April that year.  Edith Collet (sic), age nine years, was recorded in the Colesbourne census of 1891 and was still living there with her parents at the time of the 1901 Census.  She was listed as being 19 years of age when she was working as a domestic servant.  Edith’s mother died at Colesbourne during the first decade of the new century, so by the time of the census of 1911 she had taken over housekeeping duties for her elderly father James.  Unmarried Edith Mary Collett was 29 and was also working as a supplementary teacher, while living with her and her father was her youngest brother William (below).

 

 

 

 

47O44

Anne Louise Collett, who was referred to as Annie, was born at Colesbourne in 1884, and it was as Annie L Collet that she was still living with her family at Colesbourne in 1891 when she was six years old and attending the local school with her sister Edith (above).  Upon leaving school she took up employment with the family of Church of England clergyman Francis Edward Brown Witts and in 1901 she was recorded as Anne Louisa Collett from Colesbourne who was 16 and a kitchen-maid at The Rectory in Upper Slaughter.

 

 

 

 

47O45

William Archibald Collett was born at Colesbourne in 1889, the youngest child of James and Martha Collett.  He was one-year old in the census of 1891 when he was recorded in error as William A Collet.  Just after the turn of the century, when he was 11, he was still living with his family at Colesbourne according to the census in March 1901.  Ten years later William Archibald Collett was 21 and was still living in the family home in Colesbourne, although the family had been reduced to just his father and sister Edith Mary Collett (above) by then, following the earlier death of his mother.

 

 

 

 

47P1

Wilfred Leslie Chandler Collett was born at Warsop near Mansfield on 14th December 1905 around nine months after his parents Wilfred and Kate were married there.  However, his birth was not recorded at Mansfield register office (Ref. 7b 69) under the first few weeks of 1906.  Apart from the Warsop census of 1911, when he was five years old and recorded under his full name, very little else is known about him, the exceptions being the details of his marriage and his death.  Wilfred L C Collett was twenty-nine years old when he married Lucy Smith at Southwell in Nottinghamshire (Ref. 7b 1233) during the second quarter of 1935.  The death of Wilfred Leslie C Collett at the age of 73 was recorded at Mansfield register office (Ref. 8 0308) during the second quarter of 1979, while it was three years after his passing that the death of widow Lucy Collett was recorded at Mansfield (Ref. 8 0189) during the last quarter of 1982.  The record of her death also gave her date of birth as 4th May 1912.

 

 

 

 

47P2

Florence Elizabeth Collett was born at Warsop in 1909, her birth recorded at Mansfield register office (Ref. 7b 67) during the first three months of that year.  Within the Warsop census of 1911 Florence Elizabeth Collett was two years old, but tragically it was eight year later that the death of ten-year old Florence E Collett was recorded at Mansfield register office (Ref. 7b 57) during the second quarter of 1919.

 

 

 

 

47P3

Walter John Collett may have been born in the hamlet of Weald near Bampton at the end of 1867, and was very likely the base-born son of Elizabeth Steptoe Collett.  Presumably to overcome any embarrassment to the family Walter was raised by his grandmother Esther Elizabeth Corke nee Collett, who also arranged his baptism at Bampton on 27th February 1868.  It is also of interest that the baptism record did not include the name of his father and, more curiously, his mother was named as Esther Collett.  It was as Walter Collett, age one year (sic) and from Brampton, that he was living at Mill Lane in Weald with his grandmother’s Corke family.  However, after a further ten years he was using his second name when he was still living with the Corke family at Bampton, where he was described as John Collett from Bampton who was 11 (sic).  By that time in his life, when he would have been 12 or even 13, his birth mother Elizabeth had been married for almost ten years and as Elizabeth Smith she was living at South Hinksey near Oxford with her husband and their five children.  No trace of Walter Collett or John Collett of Bampton has been found after 1881.

 

 

 

 

47P6

ROBERT JOHN COLLETT was born at Cirencester in 1913 and probably at Watermoor, the son of John and Millicent Collett.  It is known that Robert, who was known as Jack, married Betty May Butler at Cirencester in 1939, Betty having been born on 27th February 1918 the daughter of William John Butler and his wife Alice May Butler.  It was also at Watermoor in Cirencester that the couple was residing when their three children were born.  Having lived through the First World War as a child, Jack was actively involved thirty years later in the Second World War.  He joined 2nd Battalion South Wales Borders, in which he was Private Collett 14590673.  Tragically on 8th July 1944 at the age of 31, he was killed during the heavy fighting in the Bayeux

 

and Caen area of France and was buried at the Hottot-les-Bagues War Cemetery fourteen kilometres from Bayeux.  His next-of-kin were named as his parents John and Millicent Collett, and his wife Betty May Collett of Watermoor.  The War Memorial in Cirencester bears the name of Robert John Collett.  Sadly, he never saw his youngest child who was born after he had died.

 

 

 

After the war probate of the personal effects of Robert John Collett of 78 Melmore Gardens in Cirencester, amounting to £625 2 Shillings 8d, was granted to Alice May Butler, wife of William John Butler, Jack’s mother and father-in-law.  Following the death of her husband, and with three small children to support, Betty May Collett married Arthur Frank H Goscombe who was born on 22nd November 1913.  That marriage produced another child for Betty, when Jenny Goscombe was born sometime around 1948 or 1949.  Arthur Goscombe died at the age of 82 during the third quarter of 1996, his death recorded at Cirencester register office (Ref. 33d 191).  Betty May Goscombe was 84 when she died in 2002, her death also being recorded at Cirencester (Ref. 42d 54) during the second quarter of that year.  Their daughter Jenny was still alive in 2014.

 

 

 

The photograph of Robert John Collett (above) was generously provided by his granddaughter Michelle Downes-Hall nee Collett, the youngest child of his son Rodney James Collett, who also kindly provided the photograph of her great grandfather John Collett (Ref. 47O27).

 

 

 

47Q1

David John Collett

Born circa 1940 at Watermoor

 

47Q2

RODNEY JAMES COLLETT

Born in 1942 at Watermoor

 

47Q2

Tony Collett

Born in 1944 at Watermoor

 

 

 

 

47P7

Ernest Charles Stanbridge was born at Emsworth near Portsmouth on 9th January 1899.  By the end of March 1901 he was two years old and was living at Cobham in Surrey with his mother Janet.  His father Walter was absent from the family home at that time for which his mother was in receipt of war pay.  Ernest was married later in his life and the marriage produced five children for the couple.

 

 

 

 

47P8

Walter Stanbridge was born at Cobham in 1902 and died within three months of being born.

 

 

 

 

47P9

John Stanbridge was one half of a set of twins born at Cobham in earlier 1905.  Tragically both he and his twin sister Janet (below) died during the same March quarter of 1905.

 

 

 

 

47P10

Janet Stanbridge was one half of a set of twins born at Cobham in earlier 1905.  Tragically both she and her twin brother John (above) died during the same March quarter of 1905.

 

 

 

 

47P11

Walter Charles Stanbridge was born at Cobham in late 1905 and tragically did not survive beyond the end of that year.  Walter’s death was the fourth infant death that the family had suffered in just three years.

 

 

 

 

47P12

Ruby Florence Stanbridge was born in 1907 and this may have been at Cobham, or after her parents moved to nearby Claygate.  Sadly she died from rheumatic fever when she was just 15 years of age, when she passed away on 21st August 1922.

 

 

 

 

47P13

Norman Walter Stanbridge was born at Vale Road in Claygate on 6th October 1910.  He later married Alice Preece in 1936 and the marriage produced two daughters for Norman and Alice.  Following the death of his mother Janet Stanbridge nee Collett in 1945, Norman and his family took over the house in Vale Road.

 

 

 

 

47P14

Lily Tuffrey was born at Rushden in Northamptonshire on 20th December 1913.  She never married and died in Oxfordshire on 12th January 1982.

 

 

 

 

47P15

The youngest Tuffrey daughter of Emily Collett and Joseph Tuffrey was born in Rushden during 1920.  She was still alive and living in Oxfordshire in 2008, by which time she was married with three daughters.

 

 

 

 

47P16

Marjorie Nellie Clements was born at Cobham on 13th September 1911.  She later married Robert Craven Wakeman who was born in 1913 with whom she had two daughters.  The eldest daughter emigrated to Australia and has four children and seven grandchildren.  Marjorie and Robert were divorced in 1947, with Robert remarrying in 1948.  Marjorie had a long-term partner with whom she had another daughter.  Marjorie and her new daughter eventually emigrated to Australia in 1960 to be reunited with their eldest daughter and it was at Adelaide in 1978 that Marjorie died.  Robert died in England two years later in 1980.

 

 

 

Marjorie’s and Robert’s youngest daughter Frances was a scientific and technical information officer before retraining as a secondary school teacher.  Frances is now retired and still lives in the United Kingdom and has two children and six grandchildren.  And it is Frances Francis who kindly provided the basic details that has enabled this family line to be developed.

 

 

 

 

47P17

James Hector Clements was born at Cobham on 30th July 1913.  He later married Joan Margaret Francis Taylor who was born in 1922 and with whom he had a daughter.  Joan died in 1977 and was followed by James who died at Effingham in Surrey in 1989.  During his life James was a commercial artist with the Milk Marketing Board.

 

 

 

 

47P20

William Joseph Collett was born in 1909 and when he was only one-year old he and his family were living within the Chertsey area of Surrey.  He was twenty-nine at the outbreak of the Second World War, and it was around then that he joined the Royal Army Medical Corp with which he was Private Collett 7535348.  He was posted to the Far East where he was involved in the campaign against the Japanese.  Tragically he was killed on Saint Valentine’s Day in 1942 at the age of 31 and his name appears on the Singapore War Memorial (Column 105) amongst the 24,000 casualties who have no known grave.

 

 

 

However, all of this information must now relate to another William Joseph Collett since it has now been determined that William Joseph Collett, the son of Joseph James Collett, died at Taunton Deane during 1990.  Furthermore, William Joseph Collett was named in 1956 as the executor of his father’s Will, when his occupation was that of a local government officer.  The records also show that he was a married man.

 

 

 

 

47Q1

David John Collett, who was the eldest son of Robert John (Jack) Collett and his wife Betty May, was born at Watermoor in Cirencester around the start of the Second World War.  He never married and died around 1989.

 

 

 

 

47Q2

RODNEY JAMES COLLETT was born at Watermoor in Cirencester on 15th June 1942, the youngest of the two sons of Jack and Betty Collett.  He married Doris Lillian George, from St Helena in the South Atlantic, and they had three children who were all born at Watermoor, where the family still live today.

 

 

 

47R1

Deborah Jane Collett

Born at Watermoor, Cirencester

 

47R2

TIMOTHY MARK Collett

Born at Watermoor, Cirencester

 

47R3

Michelle Collett

Born at Watermoor, Cirencester

 

 

 

 

47R1

Deborah Jane Collett was born at Watermoor in Cirencester, the eldest of the three children of Rodney James Collett and his wife Doris Lillian George.  In 2012 Deborah is married and is Deborah Jane Bryson and has three sons, James Bryson, Scott Bryson, and Danny Bryson, while the family is still living in Cirencester.

 

 

 

 

47R2

TIMOTHY MARK COLLETT, who is known as Tim, was born at Watermoor in Cirencester, the only son of Rodney and Doris Collett.  Today, in 2012, Timothy is married and lives in Cirencester with his family.

 

 

 

47S1

Karl Collett

Born at Cirencester

 

47S2

Fabienne Collett

Born at Cirencester

 

47S3

Rosie Collett

Born at Cirencester

 

 

 

 

47R3

Michelle Collett, who is known as Shelley, was born at Watermoor in Cirencester the youngest of the three children of Rodney and Doris Collett.  Shelley is now married and is Michelle Downes-Hall.  Shelley has two sons and there is a tradition within the Downes-Hall family of her husband that any sons born into the family carry an addition name.  Hence Shelley’s two sons are William Connor ffoxe Downes-Hall, and Brendan Jack ffoxe Downes-Hall.  It is thanks to the new information received from Shelley during 2012 that this family line has been extended by a further three generations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Appendix One for Edwin Collett – born 1841 in Cirencester

 

 

47m1

Richard Collett was born at Kemble, just four miles south of Cirencester, around 1797 and was married to (1) Ann in the early 1820s.  By the time of the census in 1841 they and their family were living in Cirencester, in the Caswell Ward of the town, where Richard and Ann both had a rounded age of 40, and by which time they had four children living there with them.  It is possible other children had been born to the couple to fill the gaps between the children’s ages.  The four children were named as Thomas Collett and Frederick Collett, both with a rounded age of 15, Ann Collett who was nine and Edwin Collett who was under one-year old. 

 

 

 

Ten years later it was only the couple’s youngest child who was still living with Richard and Ann at their home on Cricklade Street in Cirencester.  Richard Collett was a labourer of 53 who had been born at ‘Kemble in Wiltshire’.  His wife Ann was 55 and from Cirencester, while their Cirencester born son Edwin was only 10 years old and had already started working as an agricultural labourer.  After a further ten years, Richard and Ann were still residing in Cricklade Street where their eldest son Thomas was in lodgings in 1861.  According to the census return that year, labourer Richard from Kemble was 60 (when he was nearer 64) and Ann from Cirencester was 66.  Richard was made a widower within eighteen months, with the passing of his wife, whose death was recorded at Cirencester (Ref. 6a 166) during the third quarter of 1862.

 

 

 

It was during the years from 1862 up to 1871 that Richard married (2) Emily Bowler, a widow with children from her first marriage, who were all living together in Cirencester on the day of the census in 1871.  Richard Collett of Kemble was 76 (sic), his wife Emley Collett from nearby Harnhill was 56, and her three Harnhill born children were named as Elizabeth Bowler aged 21, Francis Bowler aged 19, and Mary Bowler aged 10 years.  Just over eight years later, the death of Richard Collett was recorded at Cirencester (Ref. 6a 197) during the third quarter of 1879, at the age of 83.

 

 

 

Two other records of Colletts with a Kemble connection have been found and they may have been related to Richard in some way.  The first of them might have been the sister of Richard’s father – Elizabeth Collett who married William Waight at Kemble on 25th September 1799.  The second may have been an older sister of Richard, when Amy Collett was married there to John Blackwell on 24th October 1814.

 

 

 

47n1

Thomas Collett

Born in 1823 at Kemble

 

47n2

Frederick Collett

Born in 1825 at Cirencester

 

47n3

Ann Collett

Born in 1831 at Cirencester

 

47n4

Edwin Collett

Born in 1841 at Cirencester

 

 

 

 

47n1

Thomas Collett was born at Kemble on 6th September 1823, where he was baptised on 2nd November 1823, the eldest child of labourer Richard and Anne Collett.  He had a rounded age of 15 in the Cirencester census of 1841 when he was still living there with his family.  Where he was in 1851 has still to be discovered, when his parents and youngest brother Edwin were recorded at Cricklade Street in Cirencester, where Thomas’ parents were still living in 1861.  On the occasion of the census that year, Thomas Collett from Cirencester was still a bachelor at the age of 38, and working as a labourer, when he was a lodger at the Cirencester home of Ann Swinford, also in Cricklade Street.  Head of the household Ann, was described as having been born at North Cerney, was 41 years old and employed as a glover.  Two months later Thomas Collett was married by banns to Ann Swinford from Fairford, where she had been living and working in 1841 at the home of William Baker and his teenage son in Mill Town End.  The details of their wedding day, on 25th May 1861, were recorded at the parish church in Cirencester (Ref. 6a 549) during the second quarter of 1861, as follows:

 

 

 

Both Thomas and Ann signed the church register by making the mark of a cross.  Thomas Collett was a bachelor and a labourer, aged 37, who was residing at Cricklade Street in Cirencester, the son of labourer Richard Collett.  His bride Ann was a widow, who gave her age as being 40 (sic), who had no stated occupation and who was the daughter of labourer James Sly.  From this, we now know that Ann Sly was baptised at South Cerney on 14th April 1918, the daughter of James Sly and Ann (Susannah) Cruse.

 

 

 

According to the 1871 census return completed by the couple at Cirencester ten year after they were married, Thomas Collett of Cirencester was 47 and a labourer, his wife Ann was 54 and from Fairford, while lodging with them on that day was Jane Lewis from Taunton who was 38.  Just less than six years later the death of Ann Collett, formerly Swinford nee Sly, was recorded at Cirencester (Ref. 6a 257) during the first three months of 1877, when her age was incorrectly recorded 70.  Her death appears to have resulted in widower Thomas being evicted from her home because, in the next census of 1881, Thomas Collett was an inmate at the Cirencester Union Workhouse. 

 

 

 

Curiously he gave his age as 61, while his place of birth was confirmed as being Kemble in Wiltshire, while he was described as being a blind road labourer.  It was the same situation in 1891, when Thomas was still an inmate at the Cirencester Union Workhouse at the age of 69, and again in 1901 when he was 79 although, by then, he was listed as being a pauper and a former general labourer from Kemble.  It was just over seven years later when the death of Thomas Collett was recorded at Cirencester register office (Ref. 6a 217) during the second quarter of 1908 when he was 86.  Also recorded as an inmate at the Cirencester Union Workhouse in March 1901, was Lily Collett aged six years.  She was the granddaughter of Thomas’ youngest brother Edwin (below).

 

 

 

 

47n4

Edwin Collett was born at Cirencester in 1841, the youngest of the four known children of Richard and Ann Collett of Castle Street, who was baptised there on 6th June 1841.  He was therefore listed with his parents in the census return completed that same day in 1841.  It was the same situation again in 1851, when living with his parents at Cricklade Street in the Caswell Ward of Cirencester, by which time he was 10 years old and already working on the land as an agricultural labourer.  Possibly following the deaths of both of his parents, Edwin left Cirencester and, at the time of the census in 1861, he was working within the Bedminster area of Bristol when he was 20, a railway policeman and one of four boarders staying at the home of Henry Jones in Colston Street.  His time in Bristol was short-lived because it was two years after that when Edwin Collett, aged 23 and a policeman living in Wootton Bassett, the son of Richard Collett, was married by banns to Emily Robbins, who was 21, on 25th May 1863, the event recorded at Cirencester (Ref. 6a 562) during the second quarter of 1863.  Emily Anne Robbins was the daughter of William and Jane Robbins, her birth recorded at Cirencester (Ref. 6 323) during the third quarter of 1841.  By 1861 she was the only child living with her widowed mother at Watermoor Road in Cirencester when she was 19 and a laundress.

 

 

 

Their marriage is now known to have produced eight children, even though only six of them, in the list below, are confirmed as the offspring of Edwin and Emily.  Although their first child was born in Cirencester, the early years of their marriage were spent in Wootton Bassett where the second child was born, perhaps up until Edwin ceased to be a policeman.  From Wootton Bassett, the young family eventually returned to Cirencester where all of the couple’s remaining children were born and where the family was living at 6 Sealeys Row in Watermoor Road in 1871, by which time Edwin’s occupation was that of a (stone) mason.  Edwin from Cirencester was 30, his wife Emily was 29, their two Cirencester born daughters were Annie Collett who was six and Emily Collett who was just six months old, while their son Herbert Collett, who was four, was confirmed as having been born at Wootton Bassett.  The next three children added to their family were all baptised together in a joint ceremony at Cirencester on 27th October 1880, when labourer Edwin and wife Emily were residents of Watermoor.

 

 

 

It was at 72 Watermoor Road in Cirencester that the enlarged family was residing at the time of the census in 1881 when Edwin Collett was a general labourer at the age of 41.  His wife Emily was 40, son Herbert was 14, and their four daughters were Emily who was 10, Lizzie who was eight, Louisa who was five and Alice who was three.  Where their eldest child Annie, was on that day, is not yet known, since no record of her has been found within the 1881 census.  Just three of the couple’s four youngest children were still living with Edwin and Emily at Watermoor Road in 1891, when Edwin was 49 and employed as a gardener, Emily was 48, Emily junior was 20, Lizzie was 18, and Alice was 13.  Still living nearby in Cirencester was their daughter Louisa Collett who was 16 and a servant.

 

 

 

Some confusion has been caused by the next census in 1901 when Edwin Collett, age 60 and a domestic gardener, was living alone at 72 Watermoor Road in Cirencester, where he was described in error as a widower.  The accommodation comprised three rooms and was right next door to the family of the late Nehemiah Collett (Ref. 47N18), whose widow Elizabeth had remarried John Hulbert.  On that same day Edwin’s wife, aged 59 and a laundress, was staying at 68 Watermoor Road, the home of her son-in-law Richard Merchant who had married her daughter Louisa a few years earlier.  Also, living nearby, was Edwin and Emily’s unmarried daughter Emily who, with her base-born daughter Lily, were inmates at the Cirencester Union Workhouse.  The couple’s youngest child was living and working at Stonehouse near Stroud where, at the age of 22, Alice Collett from Cirencester was employed as a domestic housemaid.

 

 

 

After a further ten years the family was recorded together, according to the census conducted in April 1911.  The family was still residing at 72 Watermoor Road in Cirencester, when Edwin Collett was a general labourer at a nearby nursery at the age of 69, as was his wife Emily, to whom he had been married for 47 years.  During that time Emily had given birth to eight children with only six of them surviving.  Living there with the couple were their unmarried daughters Emily Collett who was 36 and Alice Collett who was 30.  Every member of the family was confirmed as having been born at Cirencester and, in reality, Emily – who had suffered the loss of her second base-born daughter during the previous year - would have been nearer 40 years of age and Alice nearer 33.

 

 

 

Although not proved, one of the two children missing from the list below could be Frank Collett who was born in 1868, who died in 1869.  He was born in Cirencester, where his death, at the age of one-year, was recorded (Ref. 6a 211) during the third quarter of 1869.  The other may have been Jane Collett, whose birth was recorded at Cirencester (Ref. 6a 333) during the third quarter of 1869.  The death of Edwin Collett was recorded at Cirencester register office (Ref. 6a 435) during the second quarter of 1918, when he was 77, following which he was buried in the grounds of the parish church on 1st May 1918.  His wife survived him by eight months, when the death of Emily Anne Collett nee Robbins, aged 77, was recorded at Cirencester register office (Ref. 6a 673) during the first quarter of 1919.  Emily was buried with her husband on 16th January 1919.

 

 

 

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Annie Collett

Born in 1864 at Cirencester

 

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Herbert Collett

Born in 1866 at Wootton Bassett

 

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Frank Collett – not confirmed

Born in 1868 at Cirencester

 

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Jane Collett – not confirmed

Born in 1869 at Cirencester

 

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Emily Collett

Born in 1870 at Cirencester

 

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Lizzie Collett

Born in 1872 at Cirencester

 

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Louisa Collett

Born in 1875 at Cirencester

 

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Alice Jane Collett

Born in 1877 at Cirencester

 

 

 

 

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Annie Collett was born at Cirencester in 1864, most likely at the home of her maternal grandparents, since her father Edwin was a policeman at Wootton Bassett, where her brother was born during the following year.  By 1871 her family had settled in Cirencester where Annie was six years of age.  She was not living with her family in 1881, nor has her whereabouts been identified in the census conducted that year.  However, Annie Collett from Cirencester was 27 and a dairymaid/servant at the Park Street home of the Earl and Countess of Bathurst in Cirencester on the day of the 1891 Census.  With no record of her as Annie Collett after that day, it is highly likely she was married before the end of the century.  However, if she never married, there is a death recorded at Cirencester (Ref. 7b 312) of an Ann Collett aged 92, who passed away during the third quarter of 1956.  So, if this is Annie, then it raises the question, why can she not be identified in the census returns for 1901, 1911, etc.

 

 

 

 

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Herbert Collett was born at Wootton Bassett in 1866, the eldest son of Edwin Collett and Emily Robbins, although his birth was recorded at Cricklade (Ref. 5a 24) during the second quarter of 1866.  However, it was a Wootton Bassett where he was baptised on 10th June 1866.  Not long after he was born his family moved to Cirencester where Herbert was four in the census of 1871.  Ten years later, when Herbert from Wootton Bassett was 14 and a farm labourer, he was still living with his family at Watermoor Road in Cirencester.  What happened to Herbert after 1881 is not currently known.

 

 

 

 

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Emily Collett was born at Cirencester (Ref. 6a 336) during the last quarter of 1870, the third of the six surviving children of Edwin and Emily Collett.  She was baptised at Cirencester on 30th January 1871 and was six months old in the census of 1871.  it is likely that she was born at 72 Watermoor Road in Cirencester, where she was living with her family in 1881 at the age of 10, and again in 1891 when Emily was 20, the last two occasions when her correct age was informed to the census enumerator.  Three years later the births of her base-born twin daughters Lily and May were recorded at Cirencester (Ref. 6a 336 and 6a 337) respectively, during the second quarter of 1894.  Both daughters were baptised in a joint ceremony at Cirencester on 4th May 1894 when their mother was confirmed as Emily Collett, an inmate at the Cirencester Union Workhouse.  Tragically, May died very shortly after being christened, her death recorded at Cirencester (Ref. 6a 206) during that same quarter of 1894. 

 

 

 

Life in the workhouse could not have been easy for single parent Emily who, on 3rd December 1900, was charged by the court with ‘neglecting to send her daughter to school’ and ordered to pay a fine of 11 Shillings.  On that day, Emily Collett was described as being 27 years of age, a laundress, who was 5 feet 2½ inches tall, and a member of the Church of England from Cirencester.  It was made clear that, failure to pay the fine, would result in seven days in prison.  By the time of the census on 31st March 1901 Emily and her daughter Lily were still inmates and paupers at the Cirencester Union Workhouse.  Emily was 27 and single - formerly a laundress, while Lily was six years of age, both born in Cirencester.  When Emily did not settle the payment, she served her seven days in The County Gaol in Gloucester from 21st June 1901, from where she was discharged on 27th June.

 

 

 

Six months before the next census, the death of Lily Collett aged 16 years was recorded at Cirencester register office (Ref. 6a 190) during the third quarter of 1910.  That second tragedy in her life resulted in Emily returning to live with her parents, where she was recorded in the census of 1911.  The three-room dwelling at 72 Watermoor Road in Cirencester was occupied by Emily’s parents, who were both 69 years old, and her youngest sister Alice (below).  Emily, or her parents, stated in error that she was 36 years of age, instead of 40, who had no occupation, and was described as being “feeble-minded from birth”.  Neither Emily, nor her parents, admitted to the census enumerator that she had given birth to two children, neither of which was living.

 

 

 

Once again, as previously recorded in census returns completed in 1901 and 1911, the age of Emily Collett from Cirencester was incorrectly stated at the time of her death.  It was during the first three months of 1920, just a year after her widowed mother died, that the passing of Emily Collett was recorded at Cirencester register office (Ref. 6a 505), when she was said to be 48 years old.  Only a couple of months after her death, her younger sister Alice (below) was married.

 

 

 

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Lily Collett

Born in 1894 at Cirencester

 

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May Collett

Born in 1894 at Cirencester

 

 

 

 

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Lizzie Collett was born at Cirencester in 1872, where she was baptised with her two sisters Louisa and Alice (below) on 27th October 1880.  Her birth was recorded at eight years earlier at Cirencester (Ref. 6a 345) during the last three months of 1872.  According to the census returns for 1881 and 1891 Lizzie Collett aged eight years and 18 years of age respectively was living with her family at 72 Watermoor Road in Cirencester.

 

 

 

 

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Louisa Collett was born at Cirencester in 1875, her birth recorded at Cirencester (Ref. 6a 379) during the second quarter of that year.  It was also at Cirencester that she was baptised on 27th October 1880 in a combined ceremony with her older sister Lizzie (above) and younger sister Alice (below), the three daughters of Edwin and Emily Collett.  She was five years old in the census of 1881, when listed with her family at 72 Watermoor Road in Cirencester.  On leaving school she entered domestic service and by 1891, Louisa from Cirencester was 16 and a general domestic servant at a house on Victoria Road in Cirencester, the home of widow Elizabeth Lawrence.  Four years after that, at the end of 1895, Louisa gave birth to a base-born son, and three years later Louisa Collett was married by banns to Richard Merchant at Cirencester (Ref. 6a 726) during the last three months of 1898.  Richard was the son of Mildred and Mary Ann Merchant, whose birth was recorded at Cirencester (Ref. 6a 394) during the second quarter of 1876.

 

 

 

The marriage took place on 24th December 1898 at the parish church in Cirencester, the certificate for which provides the following information.  Richard Merchant was 22 and a bachelor and a labourer living at 64 Whatleys Row in Cirencester, the son of Mildred Merchant, who was a painter.  Spinster Louisa Collett was also 22, with no occupation, who was residing at 72 Whatleys Row in Cirencester, the daughter of labourer Edwin Collett.  The couple signed the register in their own hand, while one of the witnesses was Edwin Merchant, Richard’s brother, who made the mark of a cross. 

 

 

 

The couple’s first child was living with them at 68 Watermoor Road in 1901, when Richard Merchant was 23 and a general labourer, his wife Louisa Merchant was 24 and a laundress, and their son Richard E Merchant was one-year old.  The other two occupants at the property that day were Louisa’s son Percival Collett who was five years of age and the stepson of Richard Merchant, and Louisa’s mother Emily Collett who was 59 and described as the mother-in-law of Richard Merchant and another laundress.

 

 

 

Five more children were added to their family during the first decade of the new century, which was once again residing at 68 Watermoor Road in Cirencester.  Richard Merchant was 34 and a foundry worker, Louisa was 35 and had been married to Richard for twelve years, during which time they had given birth to six children, all living.  The couple’s five son were named as Richard who was 11, Herbert who was eight, John who was six, William who was five and Edgar who was three.  Completing the family was their daughter Louisa Merchant who was just seven months, and Percy Collett who was 15 and stepson to Richard Merchant.  Every member of the household had been born at Cirencester.

 

 

 

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Percival Arthur Collett

Born in 1895 at Cirencester

 

 

 

 

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Alice Jane Collett was born at Cirencester (Ref. 6a 385) during the third quarter of 1877, most likely at 72 Watermoor Road, and was baptised there on 27th October 1880, on the same day that her two sisters Lizzie and Louisa were also baptised there. It was at 72 Watermoor Street that Alice was three years old in 1881, where she was again living with her parents in 1891 aged 13.  After a further ten years, Alice Collett was 22 and a domestic housemaid at a property in Stonehouse.  By the time of the census in 1911, unmarried Alice Collett was an employee at the Steam Laundry in Cirencester when she was still living with her family at 72 Watermoor Road in Cirencester, although her age was incorrectly recorded as 30, rather than 33.  Following the death of her father in 1918, her mother in 1919, and her sister Emily in 1920, spinster Alice Collett, aged 40 (sic) was married by banns to bachelor Percy Robert Soles at the parish church in Cirencester on 10th May 1920.  Alice was actually 43, but perhaps intentionally gave a reduced age because her husband was only 28.  Percy was a farm labourer residing at 184 Gloucester Street in Cirencester, the son of deceased farm labourer Stephen Soles, while Alice was still residing in her late parents’ home at 72 Watermoor Road, and both of them signed the register in their own hand.

 

 

 

Percy Robert Soles was born at Crudwell, Wiltshire, on 4th September 1891, his birth recorded at Malmesbury (Ref. 5a 51) but during the fourth quarter of that year, and was the youngest son of Stephen and Eliza Soles of Gloucestershire.  He was therefore around fourteen years younger than his wife Alice.  It was during 1914, when he was 23, that he enlisted for military service at the outbreak of the First World War, following which he served with the 8th Battalion of the Gloucestershire Regiment – service number 12051.  The death of Alice J Soles, aged 62, was recorded at Cirencester register office (Ref. 6a 982) during the third quarter of 1940.  She was survived by her husband, whose later passing was recorded at Cheltenham register office (Ref. 7b 759) during the month of June in 1972 when he was 80.

 

 

 

 

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Percival Arthur Collett was born at Cirencester on 23rd December 1895, the base-born son of unmarried Louisa Collett.  His birth was recorded at Cirencester (Ref. 6a 344) during the first three months of the following year, where he was baptised on 18th January 1896 when his mother was described as Louisa Collett, a single woman, residing t the Union Workhouse.  He was three years old when his mother married Richard Merchant and, in the census of 1901, stepson Percival Collett, aged five years, was living at the Cirencester home of Richard and Louisa Merchant in Watermoor Road, the same location of Percy’s maternal grandparents.  Shortly after leaving school, Percy worked as a grocer’s errand boy while still living with his mother and stepfather in Cirencester. 

 

 

 

Eight years later the marriage of Percival Arthur Collett and Beatrice Jennings took place at the parish church in Cirencester on 21st June 1920.  Not much more is currently known about his life, except that it was at Cirencester register office that the death of Percival Arthur Collett, aged 80, was recorded (Ref. 22 2163) during the first three months of 1976.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Appendix Two for Fifield in Oxfordshire

 

 

 

The following information had previously been incorrectly placed in this family, but has now been removed to this appendix because it relates to the alternative village of Fifield near Burford in Oxfordshire.

 

 

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William Collett was a sawyer and was married to Elizabeth, whose son Richard was born at Fifield near Burford in 1803.

 

 

 

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Richard Collett

Born in 1803 at Fifield, Oxfordshire

 

 

 

 

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Richard Collett was born in 1803 and was baptised at Fifield by Burford in Oxfordshire on 10th July 1803, when his parents were confirmed as being William and Elizabeth Collett.  He was a sawyer, like his father, and was married and widowed shortly after, although no records of his first marriage have yet been found.  It was on 29th August 1847 that sawyer Richard Collett, a widower, was married by banns to the widow Mary Cawcott at Bledington.  The church register confirmed the groom’s father was William Collett, a sawyer, while the bride’s father was named as labourer W Hathaway.  The witnesses at the ceremony were Amos and Lois Cook, while the register was signed by the bride in the name of Callcutt, rather than Cawcott. 

 

 

 

Richard and Mary were still living in Bledington at the time of the census in 1851, when Richard Collett was 48 and a sawyer from Fifield in Oxfordshire, and his wife Mary was 52 and from Salford near Chipping Norton in Oxfordshire.  On that occasion the couple had taken in two lodgers.  It was a similar same situation ten years later when once again Richard’s place of birth was recorded as Fifield in Oxfordshire when he and Mary were still residing in the village of Bledington which was midway between Fifield and Chipping Norton. 

 

 

 

However, by the time of the next census in 1871 the couple was residing within the Shipston-on-Stour area of Warwickshire, albeit under the incorrect name of Colleet.  Richard was 68 and had been born at Fifield in Oxfordshire, while his wife Mary was 73.  It was just two years later that Richard Collett passed away, his death recorded at Shipston-on-Stour (Ref. 6d 386) during the third quarter of 1873.

 

 

 

Prior to her marriage to Richard Collett, Mary had presented her first husband Thomas Callcott with ten children who were all baptised at Bledington.  The eldest was baptised as William Calcut on 20th April 1817, while the youngest was baptised as Edward Caucutt on 8th October 1835.

 

 

 

Further work is therefore needed to determine where William and Richard Collett fit into the wider Collett family.