PART FORTY-EIGHT

 

The Dudley West Midlands Line

 

Updated March 2017

 

This is the family line of cousins John Paul Collett (Ref. 48Q2)

and Elizabeth Maysmor Trenchard nee Collett (Ref. 48Q3) of Somerset

as denoted by the names in capital letters

 

It is also the family line of Marilyn Stoddard nee Flanagan

who has kindly provided details of the fascinating life of

Sarah Collett (Ref. 48N25) of Sedgley who was married three times

 

Valuable new information received from Linda Binding in Australia in February 2011

has enabled the family of John Collett (Ref. 48M6) to be confirmed, where previously

there were two options included in an appendix at the end of the file.  Therefore

the family previously depicted as Option One has now been assimilated into the

main body of the file, while Option Two has been retained in the appendix.

 

 

The following information is listed here in case it can be confirmed at a later date

 

Questions have been raised concerning Richard Collett of Dudley who would appear to have been married three times.  Recent research has revealed that there were two Richard Colletts born around the same time who came from the Dudley area, both of whom were living in Dudley in April 1871.  The only one previously shown here in this family line is the Richard (Ref. 48M9) who was thought to have been married three times.  The ‘new’ Richard Collett was baptised at St Bartholomew’s Church in Wednesbury (not far from Dudley) on 25th July 1802.  He was the son of Abraham Collett and his wife Ann Addich who were married at West Bromwich on 28th March 1796.  So was Abraham Collett (Ref. 48L3) the brother of Samuel Collett (Ref. 48L2) who previously started this family line?

 

This recent discovery therefore reveals that Richard (Ref. 48M9) was NOT married three times, but just once, and that the other ‘two wives’ were in fact the wives of the second Richard.

 

In 1871 one Richard Collett, who was a bricklayer, was married to Sarah and they were living at Walters Row in Dudley while the other Richard Collett, who was a farmer, was living at St John Street in Dudley with his second wife Hannah and three of their sons.

 

This update therefore includes both Richard Colletts for the first time, in order to clarify all of the details relating to both of their families, the compilation of the first one having been aided by the fact that Richard’s brother George, and his son Noah (also of Walters Row) were also bricklayers.

 

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Also in a previous version of this family line there was reference to a Thomas Collett in the introduction who, at that time could not be placed within the family.  However, new information gratefully received from Lavinia Phillips (see Ref. 48P6) confirmed the fact that Esther Collett (Ref. 48N13) married Benjamin Moss and in that previous introduction Mary Moss who married Thomas Collett turns out was the sister of Benjamin Moss.  This information has therefore helped to tie in the family of Thomas Collett, although not as accurately as one would like.  The father of Thomas Collett, who married Mary Moss, was another Thomas Collett, and his father has been revealed as John Collett, and it is he that starts this family line, alongside Samuel Collett from where the original line started.  Lavinia Phillips, who died on 3rd August 2016 when she was 89 years old, also supplied other information to assist in the compilation of this family line.

 

 

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There are two other Collett families with a Dudley connection that have not yet been located within this family line and they are (a) William 45, his wife Ann 45, and their children Henry 18, Charles 16 and Eliza 14, all of whom appear in the Dudley Census of 1841, and (b) the larger family of Thomas Collett of Colborn Brook near Stourbridge which was living in Dudley in 1891.  Thomas was 41, his wife Catherine was 39, and their Dudley born children were Thomas 14, Caroline 13, Clara 11, Samuel 10, Sydney who was seven and George who was two years of age.

 

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In addition to this line, there was another Collett family whose children were all born at Dudley after 1860, the details of which can be found in Part 14 – The Bourton-on-the-Water Line (Ref. 14N24).

 

The reference to Samuel Collett and Ann Clifford as possibly being the parents of Samuel Collett (Ref. 48L2) in the previous version of this file, has been removed and can now be found in the Appendix to Part 5 – The Tewkesbury Line.  This follows the receipt from Marilyn Stoddard of a family tree produced by Betty Judge which shows the family of Samuel and Ann to be unrelated to the Collett families of Dudley.   Instead it is now being considered that, according to Alan Stanier, his parents were John Collett (Ref. 14K11) and Sarah Paxford whose family line is depicted in Part 14 – The John Kyte Collett Line.

 

 

48L1

John Collett may have been born around 1770 and he may have been a cousin to Samuel and Abraham Collett (below, although it is possible that he was a brother to one or other of them.  Despite a thorough search, no suitable parents have been found for either John or Abraham (Ref. 48L3).  There is however a common occupation that could link John and Abraham, since it is established that John’s son Thomas was a master gardener, while Abraham’s son Richard was a farmer and gardener.

 

 

 

Around 1790 or just after, John Collett married Susannah and their known son Thomas was baptised at Throckmorton in Worcestershire.  It seems very likely that other children were born into this family, but so far none have been found, apart that is from a Richard, who was baptised at Throckmorton on 14th March 1802, but was the son of John and Mary Collett rather than John and Susannah.  This therefore raises the questions, was he the same John Collett, and was Mary his second wife.

 

 

 

48M1

Thomas Collett

Born in 1796 at Throckmorton

 

48M2

Richard Collett (not proved)

Baptised on 14.03.1802 at Throckmorton

 

 

 

 

48L2

SAMUEL COLLETT (Ref. 14L12) was born at Upper Slaughter in Gloucestershire around 1773, but was baptised at the age of four years at St Within’s Church in Worcester on 22nd October 1777, the son of John Collett and his wife Sarah Paxford, as detailed in Part 14 – The John Kyte Collett Line, Ref. 14K11. 

 

 

 

Samuel Collett was married by banns to Esther Southall on 13th January 1794 at St Thomas’ Church in Dudley with whom he had twelve children and all of them were born at Dudley.  The wedding was conducted by banns and the witnesses to the church ceremony were W Bridgewater and Joseph Bond.  It was also at St Thomas’ Church that all of their children were baptised.

 

 

 

Esther Southall was the daughter of Joshua Southall and Elizabeth Evans and was baptised at St Thomas’ Church in Dudley on 30th May 1773 when she was about five years old.  The details would seem to suggest that Samuel and Esther were both born around 1770.

 

 

 

Double baptisms of their children were carried out at the same church in 1796, 1802, and 1806.  However, there is no evidence to indicate that the children involved were twins, and it is more likely that they were born separately when taking into consideration the years in between.  Therefore, the dates of birth of the early children listed below are only an approximation, in the absence of any better information.

 

 

 

Samuel Collett was still alive on the occasion of the first marriage of his youngest daughter Elizabeth Collett in 1839, but it was three years later that he died at Dudley during the second quarter of 1842.  Five years prior to that his wife Esther Collett nee Southall had died at Dudley on 29th July 1837 at the age of 69.  This would place her date of birth around 1768, thus making her slightly older than Samuel.  The cause of death for Esther was recorded as inflammation of the bowels, while the informant for the family was her son John Collett, who was a carpenter.  It is also known that during his life Samuel Collett was a carpenter, as confirmed in the parish register for the baptism and the second marriage of his youngest daughter Elizabeth Collett.

 

 

 

48M3

Ann Collett

Born in 1794 at Dudley

 

48M4

Sarah Collett

Born in 1795 at Dudley

 

48M5

Mary Maria Collett

Born in 1797 at Dudley

 

48M6

John Collett

Born in 1800 at Dudley

 

48M7

Richard Collett

Born in 1802 at Dudley

 

48M8

Mary Maria Collett

Born in 1804 at Dudley

 

48M9

Richard Collett

Born in 1806 at Dudley

 

48M10

William Collett

Born in 1808 at Dudley

 

48M11

George Collett

Born in 1810 at Dudley

 

48M12

Joseph Collett

Born in 1813 at Dudley

 

48M13

Mary Collett

Born in 1815 at Dudley

 

48M14

Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1820 at Dudley

 

 

 

 

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Abraham Collett, like John and Samuel (above), may also have been born in the early 1770s, although no records of his birthplace or parents have been found at this time.  What is known is that on 28th March 1796 Abraham Collett married Ann Addich at West Bromwich.  Their known son Richard Collett was baptised at St Bartholomew’s Church in Wednesbury on 25th July 1802, Wednesbury being just a short distance from Dudley. 

 

 

 

It would also be unreasonable to accept that Richard was their only child, so further work on investigating a possible Wednesbury branch of the Collett will be required at sometime in the future.

 

 

 

48M15

Richard Collett

Born in 1802 at Wednesbury

 

 

 

 

48M1

Thomas Collett was born in 1796 and baptised at Throckmorton on 16th October 1796, the son of John and Susannah Collett.  By 1841 Thomas was married to (1) Elizabeth and living with them at Dudley was their son Charles.  Thomas had a rounded age of forty, while his wife was older with a rounded age of fifty, and their son Charles was 15.  It would appear that Elizabeth died during the following decade, at which time Thomas married the much younger (2) Phoebe with whom he had another son born at Dudley in 1849.  No record of the family, or Thomas’ son Charles, has been found in the census of 1851, but by 1871 the family of three was living at 7 Rowley Road in Dudley.

 

 

 

Thomas Collett of Throckmorton was 73 and his occupation was that of a master gardener at a local nursery.  His wife Phoebe from Dudley was 63, and their twenty-one years old son Thomas was working as a whitesmith.  As with the family of Abraham’s son Richard (Ref. 48M15), this Collett family also employed a servant at the house in Rowley Road, and this was William Wilkinson aged sixteen from Market Harborough in Leicestershire.

 

 

 

During the 1870s Thomas Collett senior died and also during that same period his son Thomas married Mary Ann Moss, the daughter of Reuben and Mary Moss of Dudley.  Following the death of her husband, his widow Phoebe Collett, together with her widowed sister Mary Girzell, were recorded in 1881 as living with Thomas Collett and his wife Mary Ann at Wolverhampton Street in Dudley when Phoebe was 74.  Phoebe Collett died during the next few years.

 

 

 

48N1

Charles Collett

Born in 1825 at Dudley

 

48N2

Thomas Collett

Born in 1849 at Dudley

 

 

 

 

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Ann Collett was born at Dudley and possibly in late 1794.  She was baptised at St Thomas’ Church in Dudley on 27th March 1796 in a joint ceremony with her sister Sarah (below), when her parents were confirmed as Samuel and Esther Collett.  She later married Joseph Smith and this took place at St Thomas’ Church in Dudley on 24th April 1814 and happened two months after the birth of their first child.  The marriage is known to have produced at least three children for the couple and all of them born at Dudley and baptised at the Church of St Thomas.

 

 

 

48N3

William Smith

Baptised on 20.02.1814 at Dudley

 

48N4

Joseph Smith

Born on 31.07.1818; bapt. on 16.08.1818

 

48N5

Samuel Smith

Baptised on 26.12.1819 at Dudley

 

 

 

 

48M4

Sarah Collett was born at Dudley around late 1795.  She was baptised in a joint ceremony with her sister Ann (above) on 27th March 1796 at St Thomas’ Church in Dudley, when her parents were confirmed as Samuel and Esther Collett.

 

 

 

 

48M5

Mary Maria Collett was born at Dudley possibly in late 1797.  She was baptised at the Church of St Thomas in Dudley on 4th February 1798, the daughter of Samuel and Esther Collett.  Sadly, Mary died during that same year.

 

 

 

 

48M6

John Collett was born at Dudley around 1800 and was baptised with his brother Richard (below) in a joint ceremony at St Thomas’ Church in Dudley on 19th September 1802.  He was the eldest son of carpenter Samuel Collett and it was logical that he followed in his father’s footsteps by becoming a carpenter.  His occupation was later confirmed in the death certificate for his mother Esther Collett, who died at Dudley in 1837, when her son John Collett, a carpenter, was named as the informant of her death.

 

 

 

It was around twenty-three years prior to the death of his mother when John married Martha Chance at West Bromwich on 22nd November 1824.  Once married the couple settled in Dudley where the four known children of John and Martha were born.  However, it may have been during the birth of a fifth child in the first half of the 1830s that Martha died, since she was not recorded living with John and his children in the census of 1841.

 

 

 

The census that year confirmed that John Collett was a carpenter, and that he had a rounded age of 35 (sic).  At that time in his life he was living at the Minories in Dudley with his four children, John and Mary both aged 13, Catherine who was 11, and Harriet who was nine years old.  The parish records confirm that all four of them were baptised at St Thomas’ in Dudley, when they were confirmed as the children of John and Martha Collett.

 

 

 

The fact that there were no further children born to John after 1831 would seem to confirm that his wife had died after the birth of their daughter Harriet.  In addition to the five members of the Collett family, the census also listed 25 years old Emma Perry as living at the same address, and she may well have been acting as the housekeeper to John Collett, and was looking after and caring for his children while he was at work.

 

 

 

By 1851 John’s eldest daughter Mary was married and had already started a family of her own.  Living with Mary and her family at 22 George Street in Dudley was John’s youngest daughter Harriet.  No record of John or his other two known children have been located at that time in their lives.  John himself would have been around fifty years old, but there is a possibility that he had died prior to the census in 1851.

 

 

 

The 1841 Dudley family of a second John Collett, and his wife Ann, is detailed in the appendix at the end of this file, and has been included in this family line in the hope that the family may be connected to a member of this family line at some time in the future.

 

 

 

48N6

Mary Collett

Born in 1825 at Dudley

 

48N7

John Collett

Born in 1827 at Dudley

 

48N8

Catherine Collett

Born in 1829 at Dudley

 

48N9

Harriet Collett

Born in 1831 at Dudley

 

 

 

 

48M7

Richard Collett was born at Dudley in 1802.  He was baptised there in a joint ceremony with his brother John (above) at St Thomas’ Church on 19th September 1802, the son of Samuel and Esther Collett.  Sadly, within the next six months, Richard died at Dudley on 6th March 1803.

 

 

 

 

48M8

Mary Maria Collett was born at Dudley around 1804 and was named in the memory of her sister who had already passed away.  She was baptised with her brother Richard (below) on 6th April 1806 at St Thomas’ Church in Dudley.  Mary was the third child of the first six children of Samuel and Esther Collett to die within the space of just a few years.

 

 

 

 

48M9

Richard Collett (the bricklayer) was born at Dudley, and most likely around 1806.  He was named after his brother who had died just three years earlier and was baptised at the Church of St Thomas in Dudley on 6th April 1806 in a joint ceremony with his sister Mary (above) when his parents were confirmed as Samuel and Esther Collett.  It was originally thought that Richard may have been married more than once during his life.  However, the discovery of another Richard Collett with a similar age and birthplace has led to a complete review of the life of Richard the bricklayer. 

 

 

 

It is established that Richard the bricklayer Collett of Dudley did married Sarah Pearson on 27th February 1827 at Kingswinford just two miles west of Dudley, and that Sarah was born in 1804.  A further link between the two families happened in 1864 when Joseph Collett, the son of Richard’s brother Joseph (below), married Mary Jane Pearson at nearby Stourbridge just south of Kingswinford.  In addition to these two connections, there was a further much later link to the Pearson family.  This happened after Richard’s youngest sister Elizabeth Collett (below) married Thomas Whitehouse, and it was their granddaughter Emily Whitehouse who married James Pearson around the end of the century.

 

 

 

The marriage of Richard Collett and Sarah Pearson initially produced three daughters and two sons prior to the census of 1841.  In an earlier version of the family history, it was suggested that Sarah may have died after the birth of the fifth child and that Richard then married Sarah Bedall with whom he had a further two children, the first of which was born before the census of 1841, the other the year after.  However, this has been discounted in the light of new research which shows that Sarah Bedall married James Norris at Kidderminster on 8th September 1839, the same day and place she was previously believed to have married Richard Collett.  So it must be assumed that Richard was only ever married to Sarah Pearson.

 

 

 

Although this new information shows that Sarah Pearson survived to old age, there had been two known deaths in the Collett family between 1832 and 1841.  They were Richard’s and Sarah’s two sons Samuel and Matthew, both of whom were missing from the family listed at Dudley in 1841.  No actual record of the death of Samuel Collett has been found, but Matthew Collett was just over one-year old when he died at Dudley on 8th April in 1838, when his parents were confirmed as Richard and Sarah Collett.

 

 

 

For the process of updating this version of the family history, it has been assumed that the Richard Collett who married Sarah Bedall during the third quarter of 1839 was Richard the farmer Collett (Ref. 48M15).  The wedding of this couple took place at Kidderminster and this does not correspond to the details given in later census records which indicate that Sarah was of Dudley and not Kidderminster.  By the time of the first national census in June 1841 the family of Richard and Sarah Collett was living at Church Field Row in Dudley, and comprised Richard and Sarah, both with a rounded age of 35, and their five surviving children, Sarah aged 14, Eliza aged 12, Esther who was six, and baby son Noah who was only three months old. 

 

 

 

Unfortunately, the census of 1851 is not reliable, as there two Richard Colletts of the right age, one living in the Wolverhampton & Bilston area, and one in the Wolverhampton & Tettenhall area, but neither with any apparent connection to Dudley.  What is known is that in August 1853 Richard’s daughter Eliza Collett, aged around 24, was living at Queens Cross in Dudley, and that it was she who was the informant of the death of William Coulson, the second husband of Richard’s youngest sister Elizabeth (below).

 

 

 

According to the next census in 1861, the family was incorrectly listed under the name ‘Collin’.  Richard of Dudley was 57 and his occupation was that of a bricklayer, while his wife was Sarah who was also 57 and from Dudley.  Only the couple’s two youngest children were listed as living with them at Vicarage Prospect on West Wellington Road in Dudley, and they were Noah Collett, who was 21, and Maria Collett, who was 19, both of them confirmed as having been born at Dudley.  By that time Richard’s and Sarah’s three daughters Sarah, Eliza, and Esther were all married with families of their own.  See their individual records for exact details.

 

 

 

All of their children had left the family home by 1871, leaving Richard Collett, age 67 and from Dudley, who was still working as a bricklayer.  During the years since the previous census the couple had left Vicarage Prospect, and instead Richard and Sarah were living at Walters Row in Dudley, where Sarah Collett of Dudley was 69 (sic).  Again no record has been found of the deaths of Richard and Sarah who are understood to have died during the next decade, since neither of them feature in the census of 1881.

 

 

 

48N10

Sarah Collett

Born in 1827 at Dudley

 

48N11

Eliza Collett

Born in 1829 at Dudley

 

48N12

Samuel Collett

Born in 1832 at Dudley

 

48N13

Esther Collett

Born in 1835 at Dudley

 

48N14

Matthew Collett

Born in 1837 at Dudley

 

48N15

Noah Collett

Born in 1841 at Dudley

 

48N16

Maria Collett

Born in 1842 at New Dock, Dudley

 

 

 

 

48M10

William Collett was born at Dudley possibly in late 1808 and he was baptised there at St Thomas’ Church on 6th March 1808, the son of Samuel and Esther Collett.  William later married Ann and by the time of the June census in 1841 the couple had had three children and were living in Dudley.  William Collett, a stone-miner, and his wife Ann both had rounded ages of 30, while their children were Elizabeth Collett, who was nine, Ann Collett, who was five, and Emma Collett who was three years old.  Two further children were added to the family, the first not long after the census day.  However, just over a year later the couple’s last child was born at Dudley and just prior to the family leaving Dudley for the town of Witney in Oxfordshire. 

 

 

 

It was just after they arrived in Witney that William Collett died during the July to September quarter of 1842.  Eight years later, according to the Witney census of 1851, Ann Collett, age 43 and from Dudley, was a widow and a charwoman staying at the Witney Union Workhouse with four of her five children.  They were Ann Marie Collett, age 14, Emma Collett, who was 12, Jane Collett, who was 10, and John Collett who was eight years old.

 

 

 

Ten years later in 1861, it was only Ann’s son John Collett [recorded as Callett] who was still living in the Witney area, when he was 17, and his place of birth was again confirmed at Dudley.  No record of any other member of the family has been located, nor is it known what happened to them after 1851.  It is also curious that the only baptism record so far found for the children of William and Ann Collett is their daughter Emma who was born on 28th March 1838, and was baptised at St Thomas’ Church in Dudley on 15th April 1838.

 

 

 

48N17

Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1831 at Dudley

 

48N18

Ann Marie Collett

Born in 1835 at Dudley

 

48N19

Emma Collett

Born in 1838 at Dudley

 

48N20

Jane Collett

Born in 1841 at Dudley

 

48N21

John Collett

Born in 1842 at Dudley

 

 

 

 

48M11

George Collett was born at Dudley in 1810 and was baptised on 21st October 1810 at St Thomas’ Church in Dudley, the son of Samuel and Esther Collett.  When he was twenty-seven he married (1) Jane Brickes and the marriage took place on 27th December 1837 at Tipton just one mile from Dudley.  Around nine months later and during the third quarter of the following year Jane presented George with the first of their two children, both of which were born at Dudley.  So by June 1841 the family of three were recorded in the census as living in the Cross Guns to Freebodies Lane district of Dudley.  George had a rounded age of 30, Jane was 25, and their son Thomas was two years of age.  All three were simply listed as having been born within the county of Worcestershire.

 

 

 

Within two years of the census day in 1841 the size of the family was increased with the arrival of the couple’s second son in the first three months of 1843.  Tragically when the new baby was just over two years old George’s wife Jane died leaving her husband with his two young sons to look after.  The Dudley census of 1851 confirmed that George, age 39, was a widower, and that living with him were his two sons Thomas, aged 12, and Samuel who was six years old.

 

 

 

It is of interest that on the occasion of the census of 1841 and 1851, and at the registration of his wife’s death, the surname was recorded as Cullett whereas on all other occasions it was Collett.  It would appear that George remained a widower for almost nine years that is, until he married (2) Eliza Turner at Dudley during the first three months of 1854.  Eliza was the daughter of Arthur and Sarah Turner of Dudley.

 

 

 

It is worth pointing out at this stage that Eliza Turner was baptised at St Thomas’ Church in Dudley on 28th March 1802 and that she was around two years old at the time.  It is very likely that she gave a much younger age in the census records because she was ten years older than George and that this was done to save embarrassment for the couple.  Her greater age would also account for the reason why their marriage produced no further children for George, as Eliza would have been 54 compared to her husband who was 44.

 

 

 

Six years later, at the time of the census of 1861, George was 49 and was working as a bricklayer.  He and his family were living at Angel Street in Dudley where his wife was listed as Eliza who was 48 and born at Dudley.  With the couple were George’s two sons Thomas 21 and Samuel 17.  Also staying with the family at that time was George’s nephew, eleven years old Thomas Whitehouse of Dudley.  He was the son of George’s younger sister Elizabeth Collett (below) and her late husband Thomas Whitehouse senior who had died in the early 1850s.  It is interesting to note in both 1861 and 1871 that George’s sister Elizabeth Hill nee Collett, formerly Elizabeth Whitehouse (below) was also living in Angel Street in Dudley.

 

 

 

It seems very likely that during the 1860s George died at Dudley since no record of him has so far been found in the census of 1871.  Instead his widow Eliza ‘Cullett’ was still living at Dudley, and on this occasion she gave her age more accurately as being 70 years old.  On that occasion, in April 1871, Eliza was living with her stepson Samuel and his wife Elizabeth at Dock Lane Court in Dudley, where Elizabeth’s mother Ann Haden was also living at that time.  Eliza only survived for a further three and a half years when she died at Dudley during the last quarter of 1874 aged 74, thus confirming her year of birth as 1800.

 

 

 

48N22

Thomas Collett

Born in 1838 at Dudley

 

48N23

Samuel Collett

Born in 1843 at Dudley

 

 

 

 

48M12

Joseph Collett was born at Dudley in late 1812 or early in 1813 and was baptised there at St Thomas’ Church on 28th March 1813, the youngest son of Samuel and Esther Collett.  Joseph married Esther Hartshorn by banns at the parish church in Kingswinford on 12th September 1838.  The marriage certificate confirmed the following details for the couple.  Joseph was a carpenter and bachelor of full age and was residing at Buck Pool prior to the wedding.  Buck Pool was an area between Brierley Hill and Wordsley and was formerly known as Brewer Street.

 

 

 

Joseph’s father was acknowledged as Samuel Collett carpenter deceased.  Spinster Esther’s father was Edward Hartshorn a collier deceased, and her address was also stated as being Buck Pool.  The witnesses at the ceremony were Joseph’s youngest sister Elizabeth Collett (below), and William Taylor.

 

 

 

By June 1841 the marriage had produced the couple’s first child.  At that time the family of three was living with Esther’s widowed mother sixty years old Hannah Hartshorn and her sister Sarah Hartshorn at Grave Yard in Sedgley, just north of Dudley, and within the Dudley, Wolverhampton and Seisdon registration district.  Joseph and Esther were both listed with a rounded age of 25, while their son Samuel, who was named after the child’s grandfather, was one-year old.  It is possible that Esther was with child on the day of the census, since later than same year she gave birth to a daughter Sarah who was born at Sedgley.

 

 

 

The next child was also born at Sedgley but after that the family moved to Dudley where the couple’s fourth child was born.  The census of 1851 recorded the family living at Dudley where Joseph was 37, Esther 35, their daughter Sarah was nine, and sons Joseph and Richard were seven and four respectively.  The couple’s first born child Samuel was not listed with the family on this occasion as he had died almost exactly one year after the previous census.  At the time of the 1861 Census the name was spelt with just one ‘t’.  The family was confirmed as living at Vicarage Prospect on the West Wellington Road in Dudley and comprised Joseph 47, his wife Esther 46, and their two sons Joseph of Sedgley who was 17 and Richard of Dudley who was 15.

 

 

 

Joseph’s occupation was that of a carpenter and his place of birth was confirmed as Dudley, whereas his wife had been born at Sedgley.  Living with the family was their married, and already widowed, daughter Sarah Guest aged 19 and her one-year old son Thomas Guest.  The next census of 1871 confirmed that Joseph was 56, that Esther was 54, and that their son and his wife and their first child were living with them at Dudley.  Richard was 24, his wife Elizabeth was 23, and their daughter Sarah was not yet one-year old.

 

 

 

Six years later on 10th March 1877 Joseph died while he and Esther were living at 24 Cromwell Street on Kates Hill in Dudley.  He was 63 and a carpenter and the cause of death was cancer in the stomach.  Esther was present at his passing and it was she also that informed the authorities.  Following the death of her husband, Esther went to live with her son Richard and his family.  This was recorded in the 1881 Census when Esther was listed as a widow and a servant aged 66 while living at the Dudley home of Richard Collett.  Also living in the house at 29 Price Street was two of Esther’s grandsons. 

 

 

 

The first was Joseph Guest, age 19, the second child of her daughter Sarah from her first marriage, while the other grandson was John Bowen, the son from her daughter Sarah’s second marriage.  Just over ten years later Esther died at 16 Price Street on Kates Hill in Dudley on 24th December 1890 at the age of 74.  The death certificate revealed that the cause of death was paralysis and bronchitis, and that the informant was her daughter Sarah Flanagan of 29 Stone Street in Dudley who was present at the death.

 

 

 

48N24

Samuel Collett

Born in 1839 at Sedgley

 

48N25

Sarah Collett

Born in 1841 at Sedgley

 

48N26

Joseph Collett

Born in 1843 at Sedgley

 

48N27

Richard Collett

Born on 06.11.1846 at Dudley

 

 

 

 

48M13

Mary Collett was born at Dudley on 15th November 1815 and was named after her two older sisters, both of whom had died while very young.  She was nearly three years old when she was baptised at Dudley in the Church of St Thomas on 1st November 1818, the daughter of Samuel and Esther Collett.

 

 

 

 

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Elizabeth Collett was born at Dudley in late 1819 or very early in 1820 and like all of her eleven siblings before her she was baptised there in St Thomas’ Church on 9th January 1820, the last child of carpenter Samuel Collett and his wife Esther.  During her life she had three husbands. On the first occasion she married (1) Thomas Whitehouse at the Parish Church in Rowley Regis in Staffordshire on 8th July 1839, the witnesses being John Breasier and Edward Bridgewater.  The parish register confirmed she was a spinster of Tividale (between Dudley and West Bromwich) and that her father’s name was Samuel Collett, a carpenter.

 

 

 

That marriage produced three children for Elizabeth and Thomas, and they were Samuel Whitehouse, Emily Whitehouse, and Thomas Whitehouse.  The census for Dudley in 1851 listed the family living at 183 Minories as Elizabeth 30, Thomas 33, and their children Samuel, who was five, Emily, who was three, and one-year old Thomas junior.  However, not longer after the census day Thomas Whitehouse senior died.

 

 

 

It was just four months after his death that Elizabeth Whitehouse married William Coulson on 3rd August 1851 at the Church of St Thomas in Birmingham.  Both gave their place of residence as Washington Street, and while William was a bachelor and a saddler, the son of baker John Coulson, Elizabeth was curiously listed as a spinster rather than a widow.  Tragically for Elizabeth, they were only married for two years, when William Coulson died on 9th August 1853, aged 34.  The couple was living at Queen’s Cross in Dudley at the time, and the informant of the death was Eliza Collett of Queen’s Cross.  Eliza was the daughter of Elizabeth’s older brother Richard Collett (above).

 

 

 

Six months later Elizabeth married (3) Eli Hill on 6th February 1854 at Netherton within the parish of Dudley.  On that occasion Elizabeth Coulson [Coleson] was recorded as being a widow aged 34, while Eli was a bachelor of 35 and his occupation was that of a miner.  Both were listed as being residents of Queen’s Cross.  Elizabeth’s father was again confirmed as carpenter Samuel Collett (deceased), and likewise Eli’s father was named as tailor William Hill (deceased).  The witnesses at the wedding were James MacKay and Elizabeth Binal.

 

 

 

This second marriage produced just one child for Elizabeth and Eli with the birth of a son.  By 1861 the family was living at 21 Angel Street in Dudley and comprised Elizabeth, age 42, and coal miner Eli also 42 of Wolverley, and their son William was four years old.  Also living with the family were two of Elizabeth’s three children from her first marriage, they being Samuel Whitehouse and Emily Whitehouse.  It was also in Angel Street that Elizabeth’s brother George Collett (above) was living at that time in 1861, and staying with him was Elizabeth’s other son Thomas Whitehouse. 

 

 

 

Elizabeth and Eli Hill were still living at Angel Street in Dudley in April 1871 when both of them were 52 and their son William Hill was then 14.  Also living at the same house at 21 Angel Street but as boarders was Elizabeth’s son Thomas Whitehouse and his wife and child.  It was on 2nd September 1872 that Elizabeth Hill, formerly Coulson, formerly Whitehouse, nee Collett, died at 7 Angel Street in Queen’s Cross, Dudley at the age of 53.  Present at her passing was her husband Eli Hill, and the cause of her death was stated as ‘scirrhus uteri’.

 

 

 

By April 1881 Eli Hill, age 62 and from Wolverley in Worcestershire, was recorded as a widower living at No. 52 Court, Queen’s Cross in Dudley with his son William Hill who was a bachelor of 24 from Dudley.  Both of them were described as unemployed coal miners.

 

 

 

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Samuel Whitehouse

Born in 1845 at Dudley

 

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Emily Whitehouse

Born in 1847 at Dudley

 

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Thomas Whitehouse

Born in 1849 at Dudley

 

The following is the only child of Elizabeth Collett by her third husband Eli Hill:

 

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William H Hill

Born in 1856 at Dudley

 

 

 

 

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Richard Collett (the farmer) was born in 1802 and was baptised at St Bartholomew’s Church in Wednesbury on 25th July 1802, the son of Abraham and Ann Collett.  Richard was married when he was in his late forties and seems to have been a man of mystery in his younger years, since no record of him has been found in the census of 1841, or 1851 by which time it is known that he was married.

 

 

 

Richard married (1) Esther Broad at Cheltenham during the first three months of 1850.  Tragically it would appear that Esther died before the marriage produced any children for the couple, perhaps even during childbirth.  Following the loss of his wife it would seem, that prior to 1854 or at the start of that year, Richard married (2) Hannah Day with whom he had four children, three of which were born before the census in 1861.  It also seems likely that Hannah was with child on the day of the census that year, in which it is worth noting the family was recorded in error as Callett and not Collett.

 

 

 

On that day, April the seventh in 1861, the family was living at Dixons Green in Dudley.  Richard Callett, age 58, was no longer working as a farmer and his occupation was that of a gardener and day worker.  His wife Hannah Callett, age 48, had been born at Himley just south of Wombourne in Staffordshire, while their three children Mary Callett, who was seven, John Callett, who was five, and William Callett who was three, had all been born at Dudley. 

 

 

 

Richard’s place of birth was curiously listed as Thomastown in Worcestershire which was a reference to the area of Dudley known as St Thomas Town, so named after the parish church.  It was perhaps Richard’s former occupation as a farmer that had brought some wealth to the family, since the census of 1861 also listed a nurse / housemaid living with the family.  This was 16 years old Ellen Hartill of Dudley.

 

 

 

By 1871 the family was living at St John Street in Dudley where Richard was 67 and of Worcestershire, his wife Hannah was 58 and from Staffordshire, and the children still living with them on that occasion were their sons John 14, William 13, and Thomas who was nine years old, and all of Worcestershire.  Richard died just prior to the census in April 1881.  The census return stated that Hannah was a widow aged 67 and that she was living at 47 St John Street in Dudley with her two youngest sons, William who was 23 and Thomas who was 19.  Hannah’s place of birth was confirmed as Himley in Staffordshire.

 

 

 

Ten years later in 1891 widow Hannah Collett from Himley was seventy-seven and was still living at 47 St John Street, and still living with her were her two bachelor sons William and Thomas.  Also living with the family at that time was Amelia Lloyd, age 13 and from Dudley, who was employed as a general servant.  It must be assumed that Hannah passed away during the next few years, since no record of her has been found in the census of 1901.

 

 

 

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Mary Collett

Born in 1854 at Dudley

 

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John Collett

Born in 1856 at Dudley

 

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William Collett

Born in 1857 at Dudley

 

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Thomas Collett

Born in 1861 at Dudley

 

 

 

 

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Charles Collett was born in 1825 and was the son of Thomas Collett and his first wife Elizabeth.  Charles was fifteen at the time of the census on 1841 when he was living with his parents in Dudley, where it is likely that he was born, although no later census records have been found to verify this.

 

 

 

 

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Thomas Collett was born at Dudley in 1849 and was the son of Thomas Collett and his second wife Phoebe.  He first appeared in the Dudley census of 1861 at the age of thirteen, and ten years after he was twenty-one when he was living at 7 Rowley Road in Dudley with his parents.

 

 

 

It seems highly likely that, prior to this date, he was introduced to the Moss family by his cousin Esther Collett (below) through her married in 1855 to Benjamin Moss the son of Reuben Moss.  The Moss family comprised father Reuben who was baptised in Dudley at the Church of St Thomas on 29th October 1809, his wife Mary who was born in 1810, and their two children Benjamin who was born in 1833 and Mary who was born in 1836.  Reuben Moss was a whitesmith and, on leaving school Thomas Collett was probably employed by Reuben who taught him the trade of a whitesmith. 

 

 

 

A whitesmith is a person who works with "white" or light-colored metals such as tin and pewter. While blacksmiths work mostly with hot metal, whitesmiths do the majority of their work on cold metal, making things such as tin or pewter cups, water pitchers, forks, spoons, and candle holders.

 

 

 

In 1871 the Moss family was recorded was residing in Dudley where Reuben was 61, his wife Mary was 60, and living there with them was their daughter Mary Moss who was 34.  Thirty years earlier the complete family comprised Reuben 30, Maria 30, Benjamin, who was eight, and Mary who was five.  Through his working relationship, Thomas Collett became friendly with Reuben’s much older daughter Mary Moss whom he eventually married during the 1870s, possibly around the time of the death of his father.  Perhaps because of her advanced years, the marriage did not produce any children for the couple.

 

 

 

By the time of the census of 1881 Thomas Collett of Dudley was 31 and by then he had taken over a draper’s shop at 177 and 178 Wolverhampton Street in Dudley.  Living there with him was his wife Mary Ann Collett who was 44, together with his father-in-law Reuben Moss, age 71, who was described as a whitesmith.  Also living with Thomas and Mary was Thomas’ widowed mother Phoebe Collett who was 74 and from Dudley, and her widowed sister Mary Girzell who was 71.  Working for Thomas Collett in his draper’s shop was draper’s assistant Emily Ward who was twenty-eight and from Dudley.

 

 

 

What happened after 1881 is not known precisely but, in addition to the deaths of Thomas’ mother and his parents-in-law, it would appear that his wife Mary also died.  All of this prompted Thomas to leave Dudley and he moved to Bradford.  However, following the death of his first wife Thomas married another Mary Ann of Dudley who was four years younger than Thomas.  It seems logically that the couple met while they were in Dudley, but whether they were married there has not been discovered. 

 

 

 

Thomas and Mary were living in Bradford from around 1885 and it was there during the following year that the first of their four children was born.  All four children were born at Bradford where the family appeared to have settled for the rest of their life.  In 1891 Thomas Collett of Dudley was 41, while his wife Mary Ann also of Dudley was 37, and with them were their two sons Frederick William who was four and one-year old Harry, and their daughter Edith Annie who was three.  During the next ten years three more children were added to the family.  

 

 

 

Although one more child was added to the family before the end of the century, there was a tragedy in the family when son Harry died since he was not listed with the family in either 1901 or 1911.  According to the Bradford census of 1901, Thomas Collett was 51, Mary A Collett was 47, and their children were Frederick Wm Collett 14, Edith A Collett who was 13, and Sidney was seven years old.

 

 

 

Thomas’ occupation on this occasion was stated as being that of a commercial traveller in steel, so during his working life he had gone from whitesmith, to manager of a draper’s store, to selling steel items, perhaps the tin or pewter cups, water pitchers, forks, spoons, and candle holders, previously mentioned.  By April 1911 the family was still living in Bradford where Thomas Collett from Dudley was 61, his wife Mary Ann Collett was 57, and the three children still living with them were Frederick William Collett, who was 24, Edith Annie who was 23, and Sidney Collett who was 17.

 

 

 

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Frederick William Collett

Born in 1886 at Bradford

 

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Edith Annie Collett

Born in 1887 at Bradford

 

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Harry Collett

Born in 1889 at Bradford

 

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Sidney Collett

Born in 1893 at Bradford

 

 

 

 

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Mary Collett was born at Dudley towards the end of 1825, almost one year after her parents were married there in November 1824.  Mary was only a few months old when she was baptised at St Thomas’ Church in Dudley on 12th February 1826, the eldest child of John Collett and his wife Martha Chance.  At the time of the census in 1841, Mary Collett and her brother John (below) were both recorded as being 13 years old, when in fact she was 15.  On that occasion they were living at the Minories in Dudley with their father and their two younger siblings Catherine and Harriet.  Mary’s mother had died during the previous decade, and she and her brother and sisters were being cared for by Emma Perry age 25, while her father carried on the family occupation of being a carpenter.

 

 

 

It was around 1847 when Mary was 22 that she married Sargent Parsons who was baptised at the Church of St Thomas in Dudley on 27th April 1823, the son of John and Frances Parsons.  By the time of the census in 1851 Mary had presented her husband with their first two children, when she and her family were living at 22 George Street in Dudley. Mary’s husband was recorded in error as Serjent Parsons, who was 27 and a shoe maker.  Mary was 26, and their two daughters were Martha Parsons, who was two years old, and Harriet Parsons who was eleven months old.  Living with the family was Mary’s youngest sister Harriet Collett, age 20, who was a housemaid and described as sister-in-law.

 

 

 

Over the following years further children were added to the family, although no record of the family has been located in the census of 1861.  Ten years later Mary Parsons was 45, and was still living in Dudley were her husband Sargent Parsons, age 49, her daughters Martha (Maria) Parson who was 23, and Amelia Parsons who was 12, and her son William Henry Parsons who was 14.

 

 

 

In 1871 Harriet Parsons married William Dark at Dudley, the marriage producing three children for the couple.  Ten years later the census in 1881 confirmed that Mary and Sargent Parsons and their family were living at Court No. 3 on Newhall Street in Dudley, from where Sargent, age 56, was still employed as a shoe maker.  Mary was 55, and the only children still living with them were William H Parsons, age 24 and a clog maker, and Amelia Parsons who was 22 and a dressmaker.

 

 

 

 

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John Collett was born at Dudley in 1827 and baptised at the Church of St Thomas on 15th July 1827, the only son of John and Martha Collett.  In the Dudley census of 1841 he was recorded by his widowed father as being 13 years of age, the same as his sister Mary (above) who was actually nearly two years older.  No record of John, or his father or his sister Catherine, has been found in the census if 1851.  However, it is known that John married Susan Smith at Stourbridge during the fourth quarter of 1851, the daughter of Mary Turner.  The marriage producing a total of nine children within the following twenty years with the first six being born and baptised at St Thomas’ Church in Dudley, when they were confirmed as the children of John and Susan Collett.

 

 

 

By April 1861 the family was living at Bath Street in Dudley and comprised John who was 33 and a carpenter and joiner, Susan who was 31, and their children Mary Ann Collett who was eight, John Collett who was six, Sarah J Collett who was three, and nine-month old twins Thomas and Edward.  Every member of the family had been born at Dudley.  Also living with them was Susan’s older unmarried sister Elizabeth Smith, who was 40 and also from Dudley.  The surname was recorded as Collet in 1861, and just a year later the family of John and Susan was completed with the birth of their last child.

 

 

 

It was on just over one year later, that John and his entire family travelled down to London, from where they sailed on 23rd July 1863 on board the sailing ship Brother’s Pride, bound for New Zealand.  The total cost of the assisted passage to the Provincial Government for the majority of each single man and woman was 13 pounds and 6 shillings.  The cost of the voyage for the Collett family amounted to 66 pounds and 10 shillings.  The 1236-ton ship, built at Sackville in New Brunswick, Canada in 1852 measured 179 feet long by 37 feet wide.  The vessel’s passenger list recorded the Collett family as follows:

 

 

 

John Collett, age 36 and a carpenter, Susan Collett age 35, Mary Ann Collett age 10, John Collett who was eight, Sarah Jane Collett who was six, Edward Collett who was two, Thomas Collett who was also two, and Elizabeth Collett who was one-year old.  The total number of passengers on board the ship was 371, of which only 120 were males of the age 15 years and upwards.  This included 69 from England, 48 from Scotland, and 3 from Ireland.

 

 

 

The edition of The Lyttelton Times published on 8th December announced the imminent arrival of the ships Bahia and Brother's Pride in the following way.  “During the whole of yesterday the signals on the flagstaff at Diamond Harbour announced two vessels in sight.  They were seen in offing on Sunday evening towards dusk.  Early on Monday morning Captain Sproul left with his man, and on boarding the Bahia, and on enquiry made out the other to be the Brother’s Pride, both from London.  They left at the latter end of July, about the 22nd and 23rd.  The Bahia was seven weeks in getting to the line, and was there becalmed.  The Brother’s Pride met with similar drawbacks and, in addition, has had to put into the Cape for medical and other necessaries.  The circumstances will, to some extent, account for their non-appearance earlier.  The Bahia is anchored off Port Levy Heads, and the other some distance to the north of Godley Head.  Captain Sproul is on board the Bahia; all her passengers are well. It is not intended to bring her to the anchorage till the south-west gale moderates.”

 

 

 

The Brother’s Pride arrival at Lyttelton on 8th December 1863 was the end of an horrendous 103 days voyage and, two days after the first published item in The Lyttleton Times (above), there was printed the following article in the same newspaper on 10th December 1863.  This read as follows:

 

 

 

“On Tuesday last we briefly noticed the arrival of this vessel at the Heads, and although we possessed the information, since proved to be too true, respecting the amount of sickness on board, for the sake of the friends on shore we refrained from publishing the melancholy intelligence that forty-four deaths had occurred during the passage.  In our columns will be found a list of sufferers as well as the number of births.  We hear that Captain Sproul, on board the vessel, was refused the charge of the ship, and the offer of the pilot to place his boat and crew at the service of the ship to obtain fresh supplies for the sick children was also refused.

 

 

 

On Tuesday evening the anchor was raised and sail made before half a gale of wind blowing from the south-west, and at daylight the next morning the vessel was out of sight.  She returned yesterday morning when off Camp Bay, and was immediately ordered to hoist the Yellow Jack.  This pre-emptory order of the Health Commissioner not appearing to suit this cavalier officer, in two or three hours the anchor was again up and, with the assistance of the light breeze from the north-east, the Brother's Pride was brought up just astern of the Lancashire Witch.  We presume the authorities will not permit their orders, to be set at defiance, and the law treated with contempt.”

 

 

 

Included in the 44 deaths that occurred during the voyage was that of the twins Thomas Collett, who died on 26th November 1863, and Edward Collett who died on 29th November 1863, within one week of the ship’s arrival in New Zealand.  And tragically for the family, just three weeks earlier, John Collett, age 8½, died on 2nd November 1863.  Susan was expecting the birth of the couple’s seventh child on their arrival in Christchurch, and three months later she successfully presented John with another son, who was named John.  Two more children were subsequently added to the family but in 1869 when the family was still living in Christchurch John and Susan’s daughter Elizabeth died at the age of 17, making her the fourth child death in the family.

 

 

 

On Tuesday 29th December 1863 The Lyttelton Times printed a long letter sent to the Editor from the Surgeon of the Brother's Pride, giving an account of what had happened during the voyage.  Because the boat had been in quarantine for two weeks, all communication with the shore had been forbidden and he had not been able to respond to the remarks and gossip.  There was an Inquiry into the voyage and conditions.  Commissioners visited Camp Bay and a number of passengers made a statement, amongst them one from John Collett.  He said, as a married immigrant on Brother's Pride that he had lost three children on the voyage.  He further added, that the decks were always very wet, and when we were crossing the line (the Equator), six or seven sailors came into my berth and demanded money. (This referred to a practice of paying up or being shaved when crossing the line; and general conditions on the boat).  In addition to this, the passengers of the Brother's Pride also prepared a written petition to the Provincial Government requesting that inquiries be made, a copy of which is available at the Christchurch Branch of National Archives.

 

 

 

It is currently not known what happened to the family after their traumatic arrival in New Zealand, except that the family was residing at Canal Reserve in 1880/81 and at Devonport near Auckland in 1889 when their youngest son died.  It was there also that John and Susan were living nine years later when Susan Collett nee Smith suffered a cardiac arrest and died on 26th February 1908.  She was followed six years later by her husband John Collett who died at Devonport on 4th September 1914.  His age at that time was given in error as 93, and that may be from a transcription error of the year he was born, being 1827, but misinterpreted as 1821.  The death certificate also confirmed that his parents were John and Martha Collett, formerly Chance, and that he was a retired builder.

 

 

 

A single headstone in the O’Neill’s Point Cemetery at Auckland includes the names of John, his wife Susan, and their eldest daughter Mary Ann, as follows:

“In Memory of Susan, beloved wife of John Collett, died 26th February 1908 aged 83 – a precious one from us is gone, a voice we loved is stilled, a place is vacant in our home which now cannot be filled – Also John Collett, dearly beloved husband of the above, died September 4th 1914 aged 93 years – Also Mary Ann Collett, beloved daughter of the above, died April 5th 1927 aged 74 years”.  Also buried at O’Neill’s Point Cemetery was John and Susan’s youngest son John Collett, together with his wife Lucinda Ann and their unmarried daughter Mary Lucinda. 

 

 

 

It is very interesting that the death certificates for both John and Susan show that they only had one male child and two female children still living at the time of their passing, out of a total of nine children, and they were Mary Ann Collett, Sarah Jane Kelsall nee Collett, and the second John Collett.  New information received in 2016 from Bruce Robertson of Canberra in Australia, a great great grandson of John Collett, indicates that John and Susan had rent land and built a house on it, which was burnt down, leaving the couple bankrupt and owing over 206 pounds.  Included in that sum was an outstanding debt of 35 pounds, that being the final payment of the family’s sea journey to New Zealand.

 

 

 

According to the G R MacDonald Dictionary of Canterbury Biographies in the Christchurch Museum, “John Collett, in 1869, lost everything in a fire and in 1870 he was declared bankrupt.  He had rented a piece of land from Harman and Stevens and had built a house on it.  Harman and Stevens had claimed the house for rent.  There was no opposition and his Honour, Justice Gresson, made the final order of discharge in January 1871.

 

 

 

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Mary Ann Collett

Born in 1852 at Dudley

 

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John Collett

Born in 1854 at Dudley

 

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Sarah Jane Collett

Born in 1856 at Dudley

 

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Thomas Collett

Born in 1860 at Dudley

 

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Edward Collett

Born in 1860 at Dudley

 

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Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1862 at Dudley

 

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John Collett

Born in 1864 at Christchurch

 

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Eliza Collett

Born in 1866 at Christchurch

 

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Thomas Edward Collett

Born in 1871 at Christchurch

 

 

 

 

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Harriet Collett was born at Dudley in 1831, where she was baptised St Thomas’ Church on 3rd April 1831 the youngest of the four children of John Collett and Martha Chance.  It seems highly likely that Harriet’s mother either died during the birth, or at the birth of a subsequent child who also did not survive.  At the time of the Dudley census of 1841 Harriet Collett was nine years old, when she was living at the Minories in Dudley with her widowed father and her three old siblings.  Following the marriage of her eldest sister Mary (above), it would appear that Harriet went to live with her married sister, where she was employed as a housemaid.  That was confirmed in the Dudley census of 1851, when ‘Harriett’ Collett, age 20 and from Dudley, was living at 22 George Street with Mary and her husband and their two young children.  On that occasion Harriet was described as the unmarried sister-in-law of head of the household Serjent Parsons.

 

 

 

 

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Sarah Collett was born in 1827 according to the census of 1841 in which she was listed with her family living at Church Field Row in Dudley at the age of fourteen.  Whilst baptism records have been found at St Thomas’ Church in Dudley for her next three siblings, no such record has been found for Sarah.  No record Sarah or her family have been found in the 1851 Census, but thirty months later she married Richard Hawkins at Dudley where the marriage was registered during the third quarter of 1853.  Over the next decade Sarah presented her husband with the first four of their six known children.

 

 

 

All of the children were born at Dudley, and in April 1861 Sarah and her family were living at Vicarage Prospect in West Wellington Road in Dudley, where her married sister Eliza (below) and their parents Richard and Sarah Collett were also living at that time.  The census return listed the family as Richard Hawkins, a coalminer who was 38, and his dressmaker wife Sarah who was 34.  The couple’s four children at that time were Sarah, who was six, Eliza who was four, Samuel, who was two, and Alma who was just two months old, with every member of the family having been born at Dudley.

 

 

 

Sadly, baby Alma Hawkins did not survive beyond infancy, but the loss to the family was partially compensated by the birth of another daughter just after.  So by the time of the next census in 1871 the family comprised Richard 48, Sarah 44, and daughters Sarah 16, Eliza 14, and Myra who was seven.  By that time the family had left Vicarage Prospect and was living at Furnace Row in Dudley, and although their son Samuel was not included with the family, he was back living with his mother by 1881.

 

 

 

According to the Dudley census of 1881, Sarah Hawkins was a widow of 54, and living with her was her son Samuel, who was 22 and a bachelor working as a nail warehouseman, and her daughter Myra who was 17 and a machinist working in the boot trade.  On that occasion the family was living at 14 Himley Street in Dudley.

 

 

 

 

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Eliza Collett was born at Dudley in 1829 where she was baptised at St Thomas’ Church on 25th October 1829, the baptism record confirming that she was the daughter of Richard and Sarah Collett.  By the time of the census of June 1841 Eliza was recorded with her family aged twelve years when living at Church Field Row in Dudley.  During the second quarter of 1853 Eliza married James Castle at Dudley but it would appear from the subsequent census returns that the marriage never produced any children for Eliza and James.  By 1861 the couple were living at Vicarage Prospect in Wellington Road in Dudley, where Eliza’s sister Sarah Hawkins (above) and their parents were also living at that time.  James Castle of Dudley was a shoeing-smith aged 35, and his wife Eliza was 31 and employed as a boot binder.

 

 

 

Ten years later in 1871 the childless couple were 45 and 41 respectively and by then had moved to Furnace Row in Dudley, where Eliza’s sister Sarah and her family were also living on that occasion.  By 1881 James and Eliza were still living at 5 Furnace Row where James was 55 and was still working as a shoeing-smith, while Eliza was 51 and was still working in the boot trade.  The couple later moved house and ended up living very close to Eliza’s widowed sister Sarah.  Sarah was living at 14 Himley Street in 1881, and it was at 45 Himley Street in Dudley that James 65 and Eliza 60 were living in 1891, when James was described as a blacksmith.

 

 

 

 

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Samuel Collett was born at Dudley on 31st August 1832 and it was there that he was baptised at the church of St Thomas on 16th September 1832.  His absence from the family in the 1841 Census probably indicates that he suffered an infant death, although no actual record has been found to confirm this.

 

 

 

 

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Esther Collett was born at Dudley in 1835 and she was baptised at St Thomas’ Church in Dudley on 25th January 1835.  By the time of the 1841 in June that year Esther was six years old, when she was living with her family at Church Field Row in Dudley.  Esther married Benjamin Moss in Dudley during the third quarter of 1855 and by 1861 the marriage had produced two children for the couple, who were living at Dixons Green in Dudley.  The census that year described Benjamin as being of Dudley, age 27, and with an occupation as a draughtsman working within a fire fender iron manufacturing company.

 

 

 

His wife Esther of Dudley was 25, and their two children on that occasion were Reuben Moss who was two years and one-year old Milton Moss, both sons having been born at Dudley.  Two more boys were born into the family during the next decade, and during this period the family left Dixons Green and moved to Vicarage Prospect in Dudley where Esther’s two sisters had been living ten years earlier.  According to the 1871 Census, Benjamin was 37, Esther 36, and their eldest son Reuben who would have been 12 was not with them on this occasion.  The only children with the couple were Milton 11, and the two newest members of the family, Benjamin W Moss who was eight, and William H Moss who was six.  The couple’s last child was born at Dudley during the following year.

 

 

 

By 1881 the Moss family had moved again, this time to Furnace Row in Dudley, near to where Esther’s sister Eliza was also living in 1881.  At this time the complete family was listed in the census return, this being Benjamin 47 and a whitesmith, Esther 46, Reuben 22, Milton 21, Benjamin 18 – the three sons working as a whitesmith working with their father, William 16, and nine years old Frederick Eli Moss.

 

 

 

Within the passing of the next ten years, all bar one of the children of Benjamin and Esther left the family home to make their own way in the world.  Another family move also took place during this time in their life, when the couple left Furnace Row to live at 91 King Street in Dudley.  And it was there that they were living in April 1891.  Head of the house Benjamin was 57 and was still working as a whitesmith, while his wife Esther was 55.  The only child still living with then was their youngest son Frederick who was 19 and a whitesmith like his father.

 

 

 

 

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Matthew Collett was born at Dudley on 21st January 1837 and was the last of the five children born to Richard Collett and Sarah Pearson.  Matthew was baptised at St Thomas’ Church in Dudley on 5th March 1837 but he died just over a year later, his death being recorded at Dudley on 8th April 1838.

 

 

 

 

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Noah Collett was born at Dudley on 27th February 1841 where he was baptised in St Thomas’ Church on 21st March 1841, the baptism record confirming that he was the son of Richard and Sarah Collett.  By the time of the census in June 1841, Noah was recorded as being three months old and living with his family at Church Field Row in Dudley.  By the time of the census of 1861 Noah, who was twenty-one and was working as a bricklayer with his father Richard, was still living his family at Vicarage Prospect in West Wellington Road in Dudley.

 

 

 

Just over six years later Noah married Elizabeth Davies who was born at Kidderminster in 1837.  The wedding took place at Dudley during the third quarter of 1867 following which they are known to have had at least three children born at Dudley, the first named after Noah’s father and the second after his mother.

 

 

 

Three and half years after they were married the family was confirmed in the Dudley census of 1871 as Noah aged 31, Elizabeth was 34, and their two children at that time were Richard aged 2 and Sarah who was one-year old.  It seems very likely that Noah and his family were living at Walters Row at that time, with his parents Richard and Sarah living close by also at a Walters Row address.  By 1881 the family was living at 33 Walters Row in Dudley and whilst their new son was listed with them, there was no trace of daughter Sarah.  Noah was confirmed as working as a bricklayer at the age of 40, his wife Elizabeth was 44, and his two sons were Richard, age 12, Noah who was four years old.

 

 

 

The family was still living at Dudley in 1891 and, although they were at a different address, they were still living in Walters Row.  Their new address was Back 7 in Walters Row where Noah was 51 and a cow keeper, his wife Elizabeth was 50, and the only children still living with them were sons Richard 21 and Noah who was 14.  It can perhaps be assumed that Noah’s daughter Sarah was married by 1891, and had since left the family home in Dudley.  Noah Collett died at Dudley less than four years later, and it was at the register office in the town (Ref. 6c 63) that his death was recorded during the first three months of 1895 when he was 54.   His wife Elizabeth was confirmed as being a widow living in Dudley in March 1901, when she was listed in the census that year as being 60 years of age and was working as a milk cow keeper.

 

 

 

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Richard Collett

Born in 1869 at Dudley

 

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Sarah Collett

Born in 1870 at Dudley

 

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Nicholas Collett

Born in 1872 at Dudley

 

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Noah Richard Collett

Born in 1876 at Dudley

 

 

 

 

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Emma Collett was born at Dudley in 1838, the third daughter of William and Ann Collett.  In 1841 Emma, aged three years, was living with her family in 1841, but by the time of the death of her father in 1842 the family was living in Witney in Oxfordshire.  Whether because of the death of her father or not, Emma and her family were living in the Witney union workhouse in 1851, when Emma was 13.

 

 

 

It was over eight years later that Emma married George Preston at Witney during October 1859, and not long after she gave birth to a daughter.  The next census in 1861 placed the young Preston family residing at Turley Lane in Witney, where George Preston, age 32 and from Hailey - two miles north of Witney, was a carter and an agricultural labourer, Emma Preston was 23 and from Dudley, and their daughter Mary A E Preston, also of Hailey was two months old.  Ten years later their daughter was referred to as Elizabeth Preston who was 10 and her parents were George, age 43, and Emma, age 36.  Just after the census day Emma presented George with a son who was also born at Hailey.

 

 

 

By 1881 the family had moved out of Witney and was living in the hamlet of New Yatt midway between Hailey and the village of North Leigh, just north-east of Witney.  At that time their daughter Mary A Elizabeth Preston had left the family home, so the occupants of the dwelling were George Preston, age 52 and born at Hailey, who was still working as an agricultural labourer, his wife Emma Preston, age 49 and born at Dudley, who was a maker of leather gloves, and their son Frank who was a nine-years old scholar from Hailey.

 

 

 

During the next decade the family returned to the town of Witney, and in 1891 they were back living in a dwelling in Turvey Lane.  It may have been the lure of a new job for George, because on that occasion he was a shepherd at the age of 62.  His wife Emma was 60, and their son Frank was 20 and a shepherd’s assistant, presumably working alongside his father.  With no record of George and Emma in the census of 1901, it may be safe to assume that they both died during the 1890s.

 

 

 

 

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Thomas Collett was born at Dudley during the third quarter of 1838 and by the time of the 1841 census he was listed as living with his parents in the Cross Guns to Freebodies Lane area of Dudley.  It seems highly likely that the Cross Guns may have been an inn or a public house since there are three establishments with this name in that area of the West Midlands today.  Sadly, Thomas’ mother Jane died in 1845 when he was seven years old and his brother Samuel (below) was two.  Thereafter for the next nine years the two boys were brought up by their father. 

 

 

 

Six years after his mother died, according to the 1851 Census, Thomas was 12 and was still living at Dudley with his younger brother Samuel (below) and the boys’ father George.  The family name was once again recorded as Cullett, as it had been ten years earlier in the census of 1841.  Three years later in 1854 when Thomas was 15 his father marriage Eliza Turner at Dudley so, by 1861 Thomas was living at Angel Street in Dudley with his father George and his brother Samuel, together with his stepmother Eliza.  Thomas was 21 and his occupation was that of a vice maker.

 

 

 

Thomas has been difficult to locate in the years following 1861 simply because he left the family home in Dudley and moved to Manchester.  He also changed his occupation and seemed to be confused as to when he was born, giving varying ages in the subsequent census records, in addition to which his surname was incorrectly spelt in the 1881 Census.  In the first of them in 1871 he was a lodger at premises in Crown Street in Manchester, but by which time he was a carriage spring maker.  On this occasion he gave his age as being 28 rather than 31 although his place of birth was correctly given as Dudley.

 

 

 

Ten years later in 1881 Thomas was still a bachelor and was still living in Manchester where he was still working as a carriage spring maker.  At this time his name was recorded as Thomas Colit of Dudley but his age was more accurately recorded as 43.  The address at which he was staying in Manchester on this occasion was 7 Gaythorne Street.  The premises were managed by the widow Mary Smith nee Hooley aged 35 and her two younger brothers William and George Hooley.  It must have been an enormous property since in addition to the three Hooleys there were also sixty-one male lodgers.  Mary Smith was the only female living there.

 

 

 

During the next decade Thomas may have lost his job as a carriage spring maker in Manchester and this may have prompted his return to the West Midlands.  By the end of the decade he was in Wolverhampton where he married Ann Glover during the first quarter of 1891.

 

 

 

His wife Ann was six years older than Thomas, having been born at Broseley in Shropshire around 1832.  From 1841 when she was 11 until 1871 when she was 38 and a milliner she had remain living with her parents in Broseley High Street until their deaths, following which she took over looking after the family.  By April 1881 Ann had moved to Barbers Row in Broseley where she was a dressmaker aged 52.  The only relative still living with her was her nephew Edward Eyre aged 16 who was an unemployed general labourer from Bilston.

 

 

 

The 1891 Census took place just a few weeks after Thomas and Ann were married and this placed the couple as lodgers at Court 7 on the High Street in Willenhall.  Thomas’ occupation at that time was that of a blacksmith and on this occasion he gave his age as 48 instead of 53, although this might have been an error in transcription.  Ann gave her age correctly as being 59.

 

 

 

The couple were still together ten years later and had settled in Wednesfield near Willenhall.  Thomas was listed in the 1901 Census as being 59 and from Wolverhampton (sic), while Ann gave her age as 64 which may have been a misinterpretation of 69, which would have been her correct age.  Thomas was still working as a blacksmith, but this was then at a local colliery and the full description for him was ‘coalmine blacksmith’.  The 1911 Census may reveal that Ann had died by then, since there was a Thomas Collett, age 70 who had been born at Dudley, who was living there at that time.

 

 

 

 

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Samuel Collett was born at Dudley during the first quarter of 1843.  Just over two years after he was born his mother Jane died at Dudley so by the time of the 1851 Census, Samuel was six years old (sic) when he was living with his father George and older brother Thomas (above).  His correct age would have been seven or eight.  In 1854 Samuel’s father married for a second time so by 1861 the family living at Angel Street in Dudley comprised George and his two sons Thomas and Samuel, and their stepmother Eliza.  By that time Samuel was working as an agricultural labourer and was 17 years of age.  Towards the end of 1867 Samuel married (1) Elizabeth Haden who was the daughter of William and Ann Haden, the event being recorded at Dudley in the final quarter of that year.

 

 

 

Just over three years later Samuel and Elizabeth were living at Dock Lane Court in Dudley, although as before in 1841 and 1851 the couple’s surname was recorded as Cullett.  At that time in April 1871, Samuel was 28 and Elizabeth was 30, and living with the childless couple were Samuel’s widowed mother Eliza Cullett and Elizabeth’s widowed mother Ann Haden.  No record of Samuel or his wife Elizabeth has been found in the census of 1881.  Sadly it would appear that Elizabeth died sometime during the latter part of the 1880s, following which Samuel married (2) Mary Jane Pettifer, the marriage being recorded at Walsall during the December quarter of 1890 under the name of Collett. 

 

 

 

However, as before, the census carried out during the next year recorded the couple’s surname as Cullett and listed them living at 24 New Hall Street in Dudley.  Samuel was 48 and a labourer from Dudley, while his wife Mary who was born at Claverley in Shropshire was six years older at 54.  Neither Samuel Collett nor Samuel Cullett has been located in the 1901 Census, and no trace has been found of his wife Mary Jane.

 

 

 

 

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Samuel Collett was born at Sedgley during April 1839 and was the eldest child of Joseph Collett and Esther Hartshorn.  In June 1841 he was listed with his parents and was one-year old.  Tragically, just over one year later he died at Dibdale Bank in Sedgley on 26th June 1842.  His death certificate confirmed he was two years and ten months at the time he died, and that he was the son of carpenter Joseph Collett.  The cause of death was ‘hydrophobia caused the bite of a mad dog’, or rabies.  The informant was Henry Smith, the Coroner for Wolverhampton.

 

 

 

 

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Sarah Collett was born at Sedgley on 2nd October 1841 when her parents were living at the Grave Yard.  They were carpenter Joseph Collett and Esther Harthorn.  At the time of the Dudley census of 1851 she was nine years old and was living with her parents and two brothers (below).  Towards the end of the next decade she married (1) Isaac Guest and the wedding took place at Tipton near Dudley during the third quarter of 1859.  Around nine months later she gave birth to a son, Thomas Guest, who was born at Dudley.  By the time of the 1861 Census, as Sarah Quest, she was 19 and was living with her parents at Vicarage Prospect, West Wellington Road in Dudley.  Sarah’s occupation was that of a dressmaker and with her was her son Thomas Guest who was one-year old.  It would also appear that Sarah was expecting her second child by Isaac Guest, since shortly after the census day she gave birth to the couple’s second son, Joseph Collett Guest.

 

 

 

It would now appear that Sarah, by living with her parents, had already separated from her husband for the reason stated below.  Previously written here in error was the mention of the tragic death of Sarah’s husband, Isaac Guest, four years later at Dudley during 1865.  However, the recently discovered record of the death of Isaac Guest shows that he was only six months old and the son of John Guest, the older brother of Isaac Guest.  A second death certificate has now also been found which confirms that Isaac Guest, who had been born in 1839 and the former husband of Sarah Collett, actually passed away at Snowhill in Dudley during 1893 at the age of 54.  Isaac was a fender moulder from Snowhill and the cause of death was reported as a paralytic stroke.

 

 

 

Therefore, back in the 1860s, when Sarah Guest had two young children to look after and support, she turned to (2) John Bowen, whom she married during the last quarter of 1865.  That second marriage took place when Sarah was still legally married to Isaac Guest and consequently was not recorded in the parish register.  Instead the wedding was recorded under ‘select marriages’, a reference to civil marriages, and took place at Sedgley just north of Dudley, when Sarah Guest was confirmed as the daughter of Joseph Collett.  By the time Sarah was married to John, her ex-husband was back living with his parents, Joseph and Rhoda Guest, and was in lodgings in 1881 and 1891.  The census in 1881 described Isaac Guest, aged 41 and from Dudley, as a boarder living at the Snowhill home of whitesmith Joseph Rodway and his family who was an employer of three men, one of them being whitesmith Isaac Guest.  By 1891 he was 51 when he was residing in Sedgley.

 

 

 

As regards Sarah Bowen, she presented her new husband with a daughter who was born in 1867 and a son who was born in 1870 before Sarah was made a widow during the first three months of 1871 with the death of John Bowen.  That was confirmed shortly after his passing by the census in 1871, which identified Sarah Bowen as a widow at the age of 29 when she was again living with her parents, at 25 Cromwell Street in Dudley.  Living there with her was her daughter Rachel Bowen aged four years and her son John Bowen who was one-year old.  Also still living with her at that time were her two earlier sons, Thomas Guest who was 11 and Joseph Guest who was nine years of age.  Also living in Cromwell Street at that time was widower Patrick Flanagan, who was a lodger at 16 Cromwell Street, from where he was working as an upholsterer.  It was within this close local community that Sarah must have been introduced to John Patrick Flanagan who was considerably older than Sarah.

 

 

 

It is therefore established that, two years later, Sarah Bowen went to live with John Patrick Flanagan at 29 Stone Street in Dudley.  As a consequence of that arrangement, Sarah gave birth to five further children in 1874, 1875, 1878, 1881 and 1883, all of them being fathered by John Flanagan.  They were Elizabeth Flanagan, Patrick Michael Flanagan, King Roderick Flanagan, Daniel Flanagan, and Mary Flanagan, who were all born at 29 Stone Street.

 

 

 

Of particular interest are the details on the birth certificates of those children.  Elizabeth was born at 29 Stone Street on 6th March 1874 to Sarah Bowen formerly Collett, a washerwoman living at 25 Cromwell Street.  On 16th August 1875, Patrick Michael Flanagan was born at 29 Stone Street, and again no father was named, just the mother as Sarah Bowen, mattress maker, living at 29 Stone Street.  Next to be born to the couple was King Roderick Flanagan on 11th May 1878 at 29 Stone Street, and on that occasion the parents were recorded as Patrick Flanagan and Sarah Flanagan, formerly Collett.  Just one week after the census in 1881, Sarah gave birth to Daniel Bowen Flanagan at 29 Stone Street on 15th April 1881, the child of Patrick Flanagan and Sarah Flanagan, formerly Collett.

 

 

 

It is therefore not surprising that on the day of the census in 1881, when Sarah was due to give birth, that her two sons Joseph A Guest, age 19 and a brass caster from Dudley, and John Bowen, age 11, were living with Sarah’s brother Richard Collett and his family at 29 Price Street in Dudley.  Also living there was Sarah’s widowed mother Esther Collett.  Only one of Sarah’s two missing children has been located in 1881.  By that time Thomas Guest was a married man and was living with his wife Clara at 21 Brook Road in Sedgley.  Both of them were 22, while Thomas’ occupation was that of a whitesmith.  No record of her daughter Rachel Bowen, who would have been 14, has been found at all.

 

 

 

According to the census of 1881, Sarah Bowen was recorded as Sarah Flanagan, who was married to upholsterer Patrick Flanagan, age 53 and from Ireland, with whom she was living at 29 Stone Street in Dudley, even though the couple did not marry until 1894 – after the death of Sarah’s first husband Isaac Guest.  Sarah was 38 and stated she was born at Gornal, Upper Gornal being an area to the south of Sedgley.  Living with the couple were their three children, Elizabeth Flanagan aged six and attending the local school, Patrick [Michael] Flanagan who was five and also at school, and two years old Roderick, who was described as King Roderick Flanagan.  All three children were confirmed as having been born at Dudley.

 

 

 

Following the birth of her son Daniel Flanagan in mid April 1881, Sarah suffered another loss less than two years later when Daniel Flanagan died on 6th January 1883 at 29 Stone Street.  The death certificate confirmed that he was the son of Patrick Flanagan, upholsterer, and that his death had been reported by his mother, Sarah Flanagan.  The cause of his death was bronchitis and exhaustion.

 

 

 

Almost exactly ten months after the death of her son Daniel, Sarah’s and Patrick’s fifth and final child was born.  The birth certificate for Mary Flanagan, who was born at 29 Stone Street on 4th November 1883, confirmed her parents as Patrick Flanagan and Sarah Flanagan, late Bowen, formerly Collett.  And it was at that same address, nine years later, that Sarah was still living when she reported the death of her mother in December 1890.  The death certificate confirmed the address of the informant, Sarah Flanagan, as being 29 Stone Street in Dudley.

 

 

 

Sarah Bowen, formerly Guest nee Collett, married (3) John Patrick Flanagan at St John’s Church in Dudley on 17th June 1894.  The marriage certificate confirmed that mattress maker John was a widower of 65, and that Sarah was indeed the widow Sarah Bowen, who was 50.  John’s father was named as Patrick Flannigan, a farmer deceased, while Sarah’s father was named as Joseph Collett, a carpenter deceased.  The witnesses at the wedding were Benjamin Grundy and Elizabeth Williescraft.

 

 

 

John Flanagan, who was born at Tulsk in County Roscommon in Ireland in 1830, was well-known in the Dudley area for establishing, with his brother Michael, the mattress factory that made Hushabye and Easibed, the company being passed down through three subsequent generations of the Flanagan family until its closure in 1970.  Sadly, John passed away just shortly before the census day in 1901. 

 

 

 

It was at 29 Stone Street (next door to the mattress factory) that he died from bronchial asthma and exhaustion on 8th March 1901, at the age of 70.  The death certificate confirmed he was a mattress manufacturer, and that it was his daughter Elizabeth Paskin who was present at his death, she also being the informant.  Elizabeth Flanagan, who was born on 6th March 1874, had married Samuel Paskin on 22nd February 1897 at the Roman Catholic Church in Dudley, their marriage producing two children, Elizabeth Paskin who was born at 29 Stone Street in 1897, and Samuel Patrick Paskin who was born in 1902.

 

 

 

Just over three weeks later Sarah Flanagan was recorded as being 58 in the census held on the thirty-first of March 1901.  She was still living at 29 Stone Street, while living with her was her married daughter Elizabeth Paskin and her husband Samuel Paskin.  Sarah’s occupation was stated as being a case maker with her own account working at home, which indicated that she was producing the cases for the mattress factory.  And again she gave her place of birth as Gornal near Sedgley.

 

 

 

According to the next census in April 1911, Sarah Flanagan, age 64, was still living at 29 Stone Street.  On that occasion she had living with her, her married daughter Mary Taylor and her husband Alfred.  Alfred Taylor was a coal miner, and by that time Mary had presented him with two daughters, Jenny Patricia Taylor, who was four, and Ida Agatha Taylor, who was two years old.  Sarah Flanagan was once again described as a case maker, working at home for the mattress factory.

 

 

 

John’s widow Sarah survived for another sixteen years, when she died on 12th August 1917 at the age of 73.  At that time, she was living at 81 Park Lane in Tipton, and the cause of death was pernicious anaemia.  The informant on that occasion was her daughter Rachel Curthrop nee Bowen at whose house Sarah had been living.

 

 

 

For completeness, Sarah’s son Patrick Michael Flanagan, who was born on 16th August 1875, married Florence Clarke during the first quarter of 1897, and between then and 1903 they had four children, Florence, John, Kathleen, and Bernard.  The family was living at 4 Titchbourne Court in Dudley in 1899.  Sarah’s son King Roderick Flanagan was born on 7th May 1877, and he married Lottie Danks on 27th December 1897 and they had five children, Eva, Nora, Roderick, Daniel, and Leonard.  His family was living at 14 Cross Street in Dudley in 1899.  Sarah’s last child, Mary Flanagan, was born on 4th November 1883 and she later married Alfred Taylor at Dudley during the summer of 1906 with whom she had four daughters, May, Jenny, Fanny, and Ida.

 

 

 

And it was Sarah Collett’s third husband, John Patrick Flanagan, who was the great grandfather of Marilyn Stoddard nee Flanagan of California, who kindly provided the details of her family back to Samuel Collett and Esther Southall, the grandparents of Sarah Collett.

 

 

 

 

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Joseph Collett was born at Sedgley in 1843 and was listed as being seven years old and 17 years of age in the Dudley census returns of 1851 and 1861.  In the latter he was living with his family at Vicarage Prospect in West Wellington Road in Dudley and around three years later he married Mary Jane Pearson at Stourbridge in the first quarter of 1864.

 

 

 

Mary Jane was born at Dudley during the June quarter of 1845.  She was the daughter of John Pearson (deceased) and his wife Ann Hodgetts who in 1861 was a tailoress and a widow living with her widowed mother Mary Hodgetts, a house proprietor, at her home at Vicarage Prospect in Wellington Road in Dudley – the same address as her future son-in-law.  Mary Jane Pearson was listed as being aged 15 and a dressmaker.

 

 

 

By 1871 the marriage of Joseph and Mary Jane had produced three children for the couple and all of them were registered with the name Pearson, as were all of the following children.  Two years earlier Joseph and his brother Richard (below) were baptised at St Thomas’ Church in Dudley during April 1869.  The census in April 1871 revealed that Joseph and his young family were living at 13 Pensnett Road in Dudley where he was aged 28, his wife Mary Jane was 26, and their three children were Martha 4, Sarah 2, and Mary who was under one-year old.

 

 

 

During the next ten years a further four children were added to the family so by 1881 the family living at Occupation Street in Dudley comprised Joseph aged 36 who was a carpenter, Mary Jane also of Dudley who was 34, and their seven children.  They were Martha, age 14, Sarah, age 12, Mary, age 10, Joseph, who was eight, Richard, who was five, Ada, who was two, and baby John who was only eight months old.  Four more children were added to the family during the next seven years, although it was also during this time that the three eldest daughters left the family either to be married or to seek work.

 

 

 

So by early April in 1891 the family was still living at 10 Occupation Street in Dudley and was made up of Joseph 47, Mary Jane 46, Joseph 18, Richard 16, Ada 14, John 11, and new arrivals Ruth who was nine, Alice who was eight, Mabel, who was five, and son Horace who was three years old.  Head of the house Joseph was still employed as a carpenter, and working with him was his two sons Joseph and Richard.  It was stated that every member of the family, with the exception of daughter Ada, was born at Dudley.  According to the census record Ada was born at Birmingham.

 

 

 

It is not certain that Mary Jane died during the 1890s but by 1901 Joseph was living in South Wimbledon with his son John and daughter Ruth.  Joseph was a 56 years old carpenter, while his son was 20 and his daughter was 19.

 

 

 

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Martha Pearson Collett

Born in 1866 at Dudley

 

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Sarah Ann Pearson Collett

Born in 1868 at Wolverhampton

 

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Mary Pearson Collett

Born in 1870 at Dudley

 

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Joseph Pearson Collett

Born in 1872 at Dudley

 

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Richard Pearson Collett

Born in 1875 at Dudley

 

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Ada Pearson Collett

Born in 1877 at Birmingham

 

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John Jabez Pearson Collett

Born in 1880 at Dudley

 

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Ruth Pearson Collett

Born in 1881 at Dudley

 

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Alice Pearson Collett

Born in 1883 at Dudley

 

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Mabel Pearson Collett

Born in 1885 at Dudley

 

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Horace Pearson Collett

Born in 1887 at Dudley

 

 

 

 

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Richard Collett was born at Dudley on 6th November 1846 and was four years old in March 1851.  Ten years later he was fifty years of age according to the census in 1861, when he was living with his parents at Vicarage Prospect in West Wellington Road in Dudley.  Eight years later in April 1869 Richard and his older brother Joseph (above) were baptised at St Thomas’ Church in Dudley in a joint adult ceremony and this event for Richard may have been prompted by marriage of Richard being planned for the following year.

 

 

 

And so it was that less than one year later Richard marriage to Elizabeth Warne at Stourbridge during the first quarter of 1870.  Once married, the couple settled in Dudley where their first child was born and where the family was living in April 1871.  The census recorded that Richard was 24, Elizabeth was 23, and their daughter Sarah was not yet one-year old.

 

 

 

It may be worth highlighting that there was another Collett marriage at Stourbridge during the first quarter of 1870, and that this was between Richard Collett and Eliza Guest.  This is of interest since Richard’s sister Sarah Collett (above) had married Isaac Guest at Dudley in 1859.

 

 

 

Over the next few years two more children were added to the family.  According to the census of 1881 Richard of Dudley was 34 and was working as a railway carpenter.  He was living at 29 Price Street in Dudley with his wife Elizabeth who was 33 and who occupation was that of a laundress.  Listed with them were their three children, Sarah, age 10, Samuel, who was seven, Elizabeth, who was two, and all of them born at Dudley.  Also living with the family was Richard’s widowed mother Esther Collett aged 66 and two of her grandsons.  They were Joseph A Guest, a brass caster aged 19, and John Bowen aged 11, both of Dudley, who were two of the children of Richard’s sister Sarah who was twice married.

 

 

 

Sometime later in that same year, but after the April census day in 1881, Elizabeth presented Richard with their fourth and last child.  During the 1880s the family left Dudley and moved to Stourbridge where the complete family was living in 1891 at 88 Worcester Road.  The census that year recorded Richard as 44, Elizabeth as 43, and their four children as Sarah 21, Samuel 17, Elizabeth 12, and Joseph who was nine years old.

 

 

 

And it was at Stourbridge that some of the family were still living ten years later in 1901.  Richard of Dudley was aged 53 and was still working as a carpenter for the railway company.  His wife Elizabeth was 52 and her place of birth was simply stated as London.  By that time their eldest daughter Sarah had left the family home and was married, but still living with their parents were Samuel aged 27, Elizabeth aged 22 and Joseph who was 19.  All of them were confirmed as having been born at Dudley.  In 1911 Richard was 64 and Elizabeth was 62 and they were both still living at Stourbridge.  Also still living at Stourbridge were their two sons Samuel and Joseph.

 

 

 

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Sarah Collett

Born in 1870 at Dudley

 

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Samuel Collett

Born in 1873 at Dudley

 

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Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1878 at Dudley

 

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Joseph Collett

Born in 1881 at Dudley

 

 

 

 

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Samuel Whitehouse was born at Dudley in 1845 and was aged 5 at the time of the 1851 Census when he was living with his family at 183 Minories in Dudley.  Only a very short time after the census Samuel’s father Thomas Whitehouse died around the age of 34, leaving Samuel’s mother Elizabeth with three young children.  Three years after the death of his father, his mother married Eli Hill at Dudley where the family continued to live.  For the census of 1861 Samuel should have been 15.  He had left school and was working as a glass cutter while living with his mother and stepfather at Angel Street in Dudley.  Rather oddly, he gave his age as being 20, an error he also made ten years later in 1871 and again in 1881.

 

 

 

According to the 1871 Census Samuel of Dudley was married to Elizabeth of Wolverhampton where the childless couple were living at Brook Street and where Samuel’s occupation was still that of a glass cutter.  On this occasion he gave his age as 32, while his wife was 31 and was employed as a laundress.  Ten years later the couple were still living in Wolverhampton but had moved to Peel Street where they were the residents of Court 4.  Both Samuel and his wife gave their age as being 41 and their respective places of birth were again Dudley and Wolverhampton.  Samuel had now given up being a glass cutter and instead was working as a gardener.

 

 

 

 

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Thomas Whitehouse was born at Dudley in 1849 and was just over one-year old when his father died shortly after the Dudley census of 1851.  Three years later Thomas’ widowed mother married Eli Hill with whom she had a further daughter and son, although it appears that the daughter did not survive.  This might have been the reason why Thomas at the age of eleven was living at the home of his uncle George Collett just along Angel Street in Dudley from where his mother was living in 1861 and 1871.

 

 

 

Towards the end of the 1860s Thomas married Mary who was born at Stourport in 1847 and by 1871 their marriage had produced a son for the couple.  In April 1871 Thomas and Mary, together with their one-year old son William Whitehouse, were boarders at the Angel Street home of Thomas’ mother in Dudley.

 

 

 

Over the next decade a further four children were born into the family of Thomas and Mary, the first at Dudley but then around 1876 the family moved to Wollescote near Halesowen.  By 1881 the family of seven was living at Brook Street in Wollescote from where 31 years old Thomas was an iron plate worker.  With him was his wife Mary who was 33, and their five children – William, age 11, Thomas, who was nine, Elizabeth, who was eight, Mark, who was three, and Emily who was one-year old.  Shortly after the census day in 1881 the family moved again and this time it was the very short distance to nearby Lye where the couple’s last two children were born.  Then sometime between 1886 and 1891 the whole family moved to Mary’s home town of Stourport.

 

 

 

According to the census in 1891 Thomas was still working as an iron plate worker and on this occasion he and his family were living at 26 Bagley Street in Stourport.  Thomas and Mary were both recorded as being 32, while the couple’s two oldest sons William 21 and Thomas 19 were both working with their father as iron plate workers, and 13 years old son Mark was a blacksmith’s labourer.  The remaining four children were confirmed as Elizabeth, age 18, Emily, age 11, Diana, who was eight, and John Edward Whitehouse who was six years.  Sometime during the 1890s the family moved again, this time from Stourport back to Wollescote where they were living just after the end of the century.

 

 

 

The 1901 Census recorded Thomas as being 52 and from Dudley, living at Wollescote where he was still employed as an iron plate worker.  His wife Mary was 52 and still living with the couple were sons William, Mark and Edward who were all working with their father as iron plate workers.  The only daughter still living with the family was seventeen years old Diana who was a tailoress.  Also living close by to the family in Wollescote was Thomas’ and Mary’s married daughter Emily, now Emily Pearson and married to iron plate worker James Pearson.  It may be worth pointing out that the census records for 1891 and 1901 both indicate the place of birth for Thomas’ last four children was Lye, which conflicts with information in the 1881.

 

 

 

During the compilation of this Whitehouse family an interesting discovery has been made.  And that is that in 1881 53 years old widow Mary Whitehouse a dressmaker from Upton Warren south-west of Bromsgrove in Worcestershire was living at the home of Thomas Collett at Broomfield in Harborne midway between Halesowen and Birmingham.  Thomas Collett was a shoe maker of 53 and had been born at Bromsgrove.  His wife was Elizabeth Collett aged 50 who had been born at Upton Warren like her married but widowed sister Mary Whitehouse.  Thomas and Elizabeth had four children and all of them born at Smethwick just north of Harborne.  They were William Collett 18 (a turner), Laura 13, Jane 10, and Minnie who was six.

 

 

 

 

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William H Hill was born at Dudley in 1856, the only son of Elizabeth Collett and her third husband Eli Hill.  He was living with his parents at 7 Angel Street in Queen’s Cross, Dudley when his mother died during September 1872 when William was just sixteen years of age.

 

 

 

 

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Mary Collett was born at Dudley during the third quarter of 1854.  By the time of the census of 1861 Mary was seven years old and was living with her parents at Dixons Green in Dudley.  Within the next ten years the family moved to St John Street in Dudley where Mary’s parents lived for the remainder of their life.  When Mary was 17 in 1871 she was not listed with the family living at St John Street but was living and working in the West Bromwich area at that time.  It was at Dudley nine years later during the third quarter of 1880 that Mary Collett married John Vernon Orchard.

 

 

 

Six months after they were married the couple was living at a private house in Rectory Street in Kingswinford.  Glass engraver John Orchard was 27 years old and had been born at Birmingham, while his wife Mary was 26 and her birthplace was confirmed as having been Dudley.  Living with the couple was Mary’s younger brother John Collett (below).

 

 

 

 

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John Collett was born at Dudley during the third quarter of 1856.  By 1861 he was listed as living with his parents at Dixons Green in Dudley when he was five years old.  Ten years late the family was living in St John Street in Dudley by which time John 14.  On leaving school he entered the world of education and by April 1881 he had moved to Kingswinford near Stourbridge where he was a schoolmaster at the age of 24.  At that time, he was a boarder at the home of engraver John Vernon Orchard at his home in Rectory Street in Kingswinford.  Living with John Orchard was his wife Mary Orchard nee Collett who was John’s older sister.  It is curious though, why the census record did not refer to him as the brother-in-law of John Vernon Orchard.

 

 

 

Towards the end of the following year John married (1) Fanny Mary Holmes during the October to December quarter of 1882 and this took place at nearby Stourbridge.  Fanny was born at nearby Clent during the fourth quarter of 1859 and was referred to as Kit by the family.  Once married the couple settled in Wordsley, where all of their children were born.  The family lived at New Street in Wordsley from where John was a teacher at Wordsley School.  Sometime later, perhaps in the early 1890s John was made the Headmaster of Wordsley School, a position he was certainly holding in 1894.

 

 

 

Historical note:  The deputy headmaster at the school during the 1950s was another John Collett who was also a cabinet maker, so perhaps he was the woodwork teacher.  Since then the school has closed and been demolished.

 

 

 

The 1891 Census for Kingswinford & Stourbridge, which included Wordsley, listed the family as John Collett, age 34, his wife Fanny, who was 31, and their three children.  They were Fanny Collett, who was seven, Frederick Collett, who was six, and Katie G Collett who was three years old.  By that time their son Richard had already died two years earlier.

 

 

 

Tragically John’s wife died during the birth of the couple’s last child in 1893, so was left to bring up his children on his own while still continuing to be a teacher at Wordsley School.  According to the next census in 1901 widower John Collett was 44 and from Dudley, a school master, living at No 1 New Street in Kingswinford.  Living there with him were four of his children, Mabel F Collett, age 17, who was his housekeeper, Fredrick J Collett, age 16, a watchmaker’s apprentice, Katie G Collett, who was 13, and Tom H Collett who was eight years old.  It was three years later that John Collett married (2) Ellen during 1904, although she was not readily accepted into the family by John’s children.

 

 

 

Seven years later in April 1911 only two members of John’s family were still living with him and Ellen at Stourbridge. 

 

At that time John was 54, Ellen was 52 and the two children were his sons Fred, who was 26, and Tom who was 18.

 

This photograph of John was taken around 1915, and sitting alongside him is his youngest son Tom, who was very likely preparing to leave home to take up active service in the Great War.

 

 

 

Because of the difficulties with their stepmother, Fred and Tom eventually left the family home shortly after 1911 and emigrated to Australia but they returned to England just a few years later to serve King and country during the First World War.  John Collett continued his teaching work at Wordsley School up until the time that he died there in 1931, following which he was buried in the churchyard of Holy Trinity Church in Wordsley.

 

 

 

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Fanny Mabel Mary Collett

Born in 1883 at Wordsley

 

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Frederick John Richard Collett

Born in 1885 at Wordsley

 

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Kate Gwendolyn Pauline Collett

Born in 1887 at Wordsley

 

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Richard Collett

Born in 1889 at Wordsley

 

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Tom Herbert Collett

Born in 1893 at Wordsley

 

 

 

 

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William Collett was born at Dudley in 1857 and was three years old and thirteen respectively in the Dudley census records of 1861 and 1871, when he was living with his family at Dixons Green and St John Street in Dudley.  William’s father Richard Collett died around 1880, so in the following year he was living with his widowed mother Hannah at 47 St John Street in Dudley.  William was 23 and was working with his younger brother Thomas (below) as a shop assistant in a local boot and shoe shop.  Both of the brothers were listed as bachelors born in Dudley.

 

 

 

By the time of the census of 1891, William was 33 and was still a bachelor working with his brother Thomas in the shoe shop while they were both still living at 47 St John Street in Dudley with their mother Hannah.  Almost exactly one year later William married Annie Elizabeth Cox at Dudley during the first quarter of 1892.  Annie was born at Lye Cross in nearby Rowley Regis in 1859 and was the daughter of licensed victualler Joseph Cox and his wife Sophia. 

 

 

 

In 1881 Annie was 21 and was still living with her family at 35 Oakham (Road/Street) in Rowley Regis.  This included her sister Mary Sophia Cox aged 19 who, only a few months before Annie’s own wedding to William Collett had married William’s brother Thomas Collett (below).  Sometime after William and Annie were married, and before the end of the century, the couple moved to Tipton where, in 1901, William’s brother Thomas and Annie’s sister Mary were also living with their family.

 

 

 

According to the census in 1901 William was aged 43 and from Dudley and was living at Tipton with his wife Annie E Collett aged 41 of Rowley Regis.  Just as he had been ten and twenty years earlier, William had an occupation within the boot and shoe trade, but on that occasion he had been elevated to being the manager of a boot shop manager, the same description given to his brother Thomas (below).  The whereabouts of William and his wife after that time has not been discovered and so far, no record of them has been found in the census of 1911.

 

 

 

 

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Thomas Collett was born at Dudley in 1861 but after the second of April that year as he was not listed with his parents on the day of the census.  It seems very likely though that his mother Hannah was with-child on that occasion.  He first appeared living with his family at St John Street in Dudley at the time of the census of 1871 when he was nine years old.  Ten years later Thomas was 19 and was living with his widowed mother at 47 St John Street in Dudley.  The census recorded that his place of birth was Dudley and that his occupation was that of an assistant in a boot and shoe shop where his older brother William (above) also worked.

 

 

 

He was still living with his mother and his older brother William ten years later in April 1891 at the age of 29, and was still working with William as a boot shop assistant.  It was during the final quarter of 1891 that Thomas Collett married Mary Sophia Cox the daughter of Joseph and Sophia Cox of Rowley Regis and the sister of Annie Elizabeth Cox (above) who married Thomas’ brother William. 

 

 

 

Immediately prior to both weddings, the two Cox sisters were living with their parents at 1 Turners Hill, Wednesbury in Tividale.  Annie was a 31 years old spinster, while her spinster sister Mary was 29.  The closeness of the relationship between the two couples continued after they were married when they both ended up living at Tipton, as recorded in the 1901 Census.

 

 

 

By that time Thomas was 39 and had risen to be a boot shop manager, the same as his brother, and possibly at a shop they ran in joint ownership.  Listed with Thomas was his wife Mary Sophia Collett aged 39 from Rowley Regis and their three children.  The first child, Anne aged seven, had been born at Dudley, while the next two were born after the family had moved to Tipton around 1894, and were Nellie who was five and William who was three.  By 1911 Thomas was 49 and was living at Stourbridge with his wife Mary Sophia who was also 49.  However, for whatever reason their three children were listed at Dudley at that time and were Annie Gwendoline 17 of Dudley, Nellie Sophia aged 15 of Tipton, and William John aged 13 of Tipton.

 

 

 

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Anne Gwendoline Collett

Born in 1893 at Dudley

 

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Nellie Sophia Collett

Born in 1895 at Tipton

 

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William John Collett

Born in 1897 at Tipton

 

 

 

 

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Mary Ann Collett was born at Dudley on 13th September 1852, where she was baptised on 17th October 1852, the eldest of the nine children of John Collett and Susan Smith.  It was as Mary Ann Collett that she was recorded in the census of 1861, at the age of eight years, when she was living with her family at Bath Street in Dudley.  On 23rd July 1863 Mary Ann’s parents took the family on a sea journey of just over one hundred days, from London to Lyttelton in New Zealand.  The voyage, on board the Brother’s Pride, ended tragically on 8th December 1863, by which time three of Mary Ann’s brothers had died at sea.

 

 

 

Fifteen years after arriving in New Zealand, Mary Ann’s younger sister Elizabeth (below) died at the age of 17.  So the only children of John and Susan Collett to survive to adulthood were Mary Ann (above), her sister Sarah Jane and her brother John (below).  It is now established, from the record of her death, that Mary Ann never married, since it was as Mary Ann Collett, spinster, that she died at Devonport near Auckland on 5th April 1927 at the age of 74, following which she was buried with her parents at O’Neill’s Point Cemetery in Auckland.  The very brief notice of her passing, published in the New Zealand Herald on 7th April, stated that she was residing at 16 Cameron Street in Devonport, but perhaps surprisingly, it did not mention her only surviving sibling, her youngest brother John Collett (below) who outlived Mary by twenty years.

 

 

 

 

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John Collett was born at Dudley on 23rd July 1854, and was baptised four months later on 19th November 1854 at St Thomas’ Church, the eldest son of carpenter John Collett and his wife Susan.  According to the census return for 1861 John, age six years, was living with his family at Bath Street in Dudley.  In 1863 John and his family emigrated to New Zealand to seek a new life in the colony.  However, it was on board the ship Brother’s Pride, on 2nd November 1863, after already spending seventy-two days at sea, that John Collett died on 2nd November, one month before the ship arrived at its final destination of Lyttelton.  Sadly, he was followed three weeks later by his brothers, the twins Thomas and Edward.

 

 

 

 

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Sarah Jane Collett was born at Dudley on 7th April 1856, and was baptised there at the Church of St Thomas on 24th August 1856, the third child of carpenter John Collett and his wife Susan Smith.  By the time of the Dudley census in 1861, Sarah J Collett was recorded as being three years old and was living at the family home in Bath Street.  Sarah Jane was six years old when her parents decided to leave Dudley and emigrate to New Zealand.  From Dudley the whole family headed south to London where, on 23th July 1863, they boarded the sailing ship Brother’s Pride, which was bound for Lyttelton just south-east of Christchurch.

 

 

 

The terrible 103 days spent at sea had a dire effect on the young family, resulting in the deaths of all three of Sarah Jane’s brothers.  In 1880 her younger sister Elizabeth (below) died, leaving just Sarah Jane, her old sister Mary Ann (above) and her youngest sister Eliza (below) still living with their parents.  It was seven years later, on 4th June 1887 at St Luke’s Church in Christchurch, that Sarah Jane Collett married Joseph Isiah Kelsall, with whom she had six children.  Bachelor Joseph Kelsall was 44 and a farmer from Lancaster, the son of John Kelsall and Mary Dickinson.  His bride was described as Sarah Jane Collett who was 29 and a spinster from Worcester.  Both of them were recorded as residents of Christchurch.  At the time of the birth of the couple’s fifth child in January 1895, the birth certificate also gave the age of the mother as being 38, which corresponds closely with the year that Sarah Jane Collett was born.  It is further known from the death certificate for her father that Sarah was still alive in 1914.

 

 

 

The six children of Joseph and Sarah Jane Kelsall were: Dorothy (Dolly) Anne Kelsall who was born on 9th February 1889 at Palmerston North who married Frederick William Colson at Ashurst on 12th April 1913 and who died at Tokoroa on 9th December 1987; Winifred (Winnie) Kelsall who was born on 10th April 1890 who later married Len Tremewan; Every (Ted) Kelsall who was born on 19th July 1891 who married Ivy; May Kelsall who was born in 1893 and died in 1895 when her nightdress caught fire; Ruahine Kelsall who was born in 1895 and became Ruahine Robinson; and Ashton Kelsall who was born in 1897, married Pearl, and died on 15th May 1964.  And it was Ruahine who was the grandmother of Linda Binding, who kindly provided all of the information that has enabled this family line to be included here, having previously only been listed in the appendix at the end of the file.  Sarah Jane Kelsall nee Collett died at Levin in New Zealand on 22nd July 1929 when her age was recorded in error as being 79, when in actual fact she would have been 73, so that might be an error in transcription.  Eleven years earlier the death certificate for Joseph Kelsall indicates that he died from a valvular disease of the heart, an old standing illness, on 22nd September 1918, after which he was buried at Palmerston North following a service in the Methodist Church.

 

 

 

 

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Thomas Collett was one half of a set of twins born at Dudley on 12th June 1860, where he was also baptised with his twin brother Edward (below) on 15th July 1860, the son of John and Susan Collett.  Thomas, and his brother, were both recorded as being nine months old in the census of 1861 when they were living at Bath Street in Dudley with the rest of their family.  Thomas was just three years old when his family emigrated to New Zealand in July 1863.  However, the arduous sea journey took its toll on the Collett family when, following the death at sea of his brother John (above), Thomas Collett died on board the ship Brother’s Pride on 26th November 1863, just one week prior to the ship’s arrival at Lyttelton, and three days before his twin brother Edward passed away.

 

 

 

 

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Edward Collett was the twin brother of Thomas (above) and was born at Dudley on 12th June 1860.  He was also baptised there in a joint ceremony with his twin brother on 15th July 1860, the third son of John and Susan Collett.  Edward, like his brother, was just nine months old when living at Bath Street in Dudley on the day of the census in 1861.  Following his family leaving England for a new life in New Zealand on 23rd July 1863, Edward died at sea on 29th November 1863, nearly 100 days after sailing out of London on board the ship Brother’s Pride.  His death was the third in the family on that fateful voyage, his parents having already lost his older brother John three weeks earlier and his twin brother Thomas just three days prior to Edward’s passing.

 

 

 

 

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Elizabeth Collett was born at Dudley on 11th April 1862, the daughter of John and Susan Collett.  She was nearly nine months old, when she was baptised at St Thomas’ Church in Dudley on 25th January 1863 at Dudley.  When Elizabeth was just sixteen months old, her entire family emigrated to New Zealand, but sadly during the sea journey Elizabeth lost three of her brothers.  Having survived the terrible voyage at such a young age, it appears that she only lived for a further sixteen years when she too passed away, making her the fourth child of John and Susan Collett to die while still very young.  Within the New Zealand register of birth, deaths and marriages, is a record of her death which confirmed that Elizabeth Collett, age 17, died at Christchurch on 16th May 1880, the cause of death being diphtheria.  The address at which she was living at the time of her passing was given as Canal Reserve in Christchurch.

 

 

 

 

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John Collett, who was known as Jack, was born at Christchurch in New Zealand just three months after his parents arrived in the country from England.  He was born on 28th February 1864 and the registration of his birth confirmed that he was the son of John and Susan Collett formerly Smith, although the surname was spelt with just one t.  He was one of nine siblings, while his three Dudley-born older brothers died on arrival in the country after their long sea voyage.  His sister Elizabeth (above) died when John was sixteen, and he later lost his two younger siblings Eliza and Thomas Edward before the end of the century.  The records at the Anglican Church in Christchurch confirm that John Collett was baptised there in 8th January 1865, his parents being John and Susan Collett, a joiner of Addington.

 

 

 

It was on 22nd March 1894 at Holy Trinity Church in Devonport that John married Lucinda Ann Dunne, who was known as Lucy and who was born in 1865, the daughter of Richard Dunne and Jessie Fraser.  Their daughter, born during the following year, was to be the couple’s only child.  John and two of his sisters, Mary and Sarah (above), were the only children of John and Susan Collett who survived and were still alive at the time of the death of their mother in 1908 and their father in 1914.  John Collett died on 12th June 1947 at the age of 83.  His wife Lucinda Ann Collett had died ten years earlier when she had passed away on 7th August 1937 at the age of 72.  Following his death, John was buried at O’Neill’s Point Cemetery at 122 Bayswater Avenue in Bayswater, Auckland on 14th June 1947 when his body was laid to rest in Plot 137 immediately adjacent to his wife in Plot 136.  It was also there that their daughter was buried three years after her father.

 

 

 

Two identical headstones in red marble, set side by side, carry the following inscriptions: “In Loving Memory of John Collett, dearly beloved husband of Lucinda Ann Collett, died 12th June 1947 aged 82 years”; to the left of which is: “In Loving Memory of Lucinda Ann Collett, died 7th August 1937, Also her beloved daughter Mary Lucinda Collett died 18th July 1950 aged 53 years”.

 

 

 

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Mary Lucinda Collett

Born in 1896 at Devonport

 

 

 

 

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Eliza Collett was born at Christchurch on 8th March 1866, the daughter of John and Susan Collett.  Eliza, or Nell as she was known, was baptised as Eliza at St Michael’s Church in Christchurch on 8th March 1866.  She later married Robert Stuart Foster in 1897 and tragically it was later that same year that she died, possibly during child birth.  Prior to her marriage to Robert, Eliza gave birth to a son Tom, about whom nothing is currently known.

 

 

 

 

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Thomas Edward Collett was born at Christchurch on 21st May 1871, the ninth and last child of John Collett and Susan Smith.  He was named after his twin brothers, both of whom had died during the journey from England to New Zealand when they were just three years old.  He attended Christchurch East School from January 1882, where he was recorded as the son of John Collett and living at Canal Reserve in Christchurch.  He later attended Gloucester Street School, but only survived until his late teenage years when, like five of his siblings, he suffered a premature death.  Thomas Edward Collett died at Devonport on 11th August 1889 at the age of 18, following which he was buried at the Mount Victoria Cemetery, Victoria Road in Devonport, Auckland, Plot 249.

 

 

 

It is also interesting that a certain Helen Collett, the daughter of John Collett of Canal Reserve, was admitted into Christchurch East School on 1st February 1881, while her birth was recorded as 15th January 1871.  This was just four months before Thomas was born, which may indicate the date was recorded in error, while her last school was named as Bingsland School.  The entry in the School Records may possibly refer to an older sister of Thomas, not currently listed as a member of his family sister, or may be a reference to his sister Nell (Eliza) above.

 

 

 

 

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Richard Collett was born at Dudley in 1869 and was two years old in the census of 1871.  In 1881 he was living with his family at 33 Walters Row in Dudley where he was listed as being age 12.  By 1891 Richard was 21 and was still living with his parents at Walters Row in Dudley from where he was working as a coach builder.  No record of him has so far been found in 1901 and 1911.

 

 

 

 

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Noah Richard Collett was born at 14 Himley Street in Dudley during the third quarter of 1877 and he was four years old in 1881 when he was living with his parents at 33 Walters Row in Dudley.  Ten years later in 1891 he was still living with his family at Walters Row in Dudley at the age of 14.  By 1901 he was 25 and was still in Dudley where he was working as a brass bedstead fitter and in 1911 he was 33 and still at Dudley.

 

 

 

 

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Martha Pearson Collett was born at Dudley in 1866 and like, all of the children of Joseph Collett and Mary Jane Pearson, was given Pearson as a christian name at the time of the registration of the birth. However, none of the children was ever recorded with the name in any subsequent census records.  Martha was four years old at the time of the Dudley census of 1871 and was fourteen ten years later when she and her family were living at Occupation Road in Dudley.  A further ten years later in 1891, her family was still living in Dudley at 10 Occupation Street but, by which time, Martha was not with them and was very likely married.

 

 

 

 

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Sarah Ann Pearson Collett was born at Wolverhampton in 1868 and in 1871 she was aged two and was living in Dudley with her parents.  Ten years later and aged twelve years, Sarah was still living with her family at Occupation Road in Dudley.  A few years later, on leaving school, Sarah left the family home and went into domestic service and according to the April census of 1891 Sarah Ann Collett was 23 and was employed as a domestic servant by the Gray family who lived at 46A King Edmund Street in Dudley.

 

 

 

During the third quarter of 1898 she married Alfred Turner and the wedding took place at St John’s Church in Netherton near Dudley.  Sarah was 32 in 1901 but Alfred was not with her at that time, nor has he been located anywhere in the UK.  It therefore seems likely that he may have been aboard, for example with the army in South Africa.  Alfred was born at Netherton in 1871 and he was a bricklayer.  By 1911 the couple were living in Wolverhampton where Sarah was 42 and Alfred was 41.

 

 

 

 

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Mary Pearson Collett was born at Dudley in 1870 and was under one-year old at the time of the 1871 Census for Dudley.  By 1881 she was ten years old and living at Occupation Road in Dudley with her family.  No further record of her as Mary Collett has been found which probably indicates that she was married just prior to April 1891.

 

 

 

 

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Joseph Pearson Collett was born at Dudley in 1872 and was eight years old in April 1881.  At that time, he was living with his family at Occupation Road in Dudley and was still living there ten years later, although the address was stated as being 10 Occupation Street.  On that occasion he was 18 and was a carpenter working with his father and his brother Richard (below).  During the next decade Joseph’s mother passed away and his father and some of his younger brothers and sisters moved to South Wimbledon.  Those events also may have coincided with, or been the reason for, Joseph ceasing to be a carpenter, since by 1901 at the age of 28 his occupation was that of a house painter.  He was still living in Dudley at that time as he was ten years later when he was 37.

 

 

 

 

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Richard Pearson Collett was born at Dudley in 1875.  He was five years old in 1881 when living with his family at Occupation Road in Dudley and was still living in Dudley ten years later aged 16.  On leaving school he had taken up working with his father and older brother Joseph (above) as all three of them were listed as being carpenters in 1891.  The family was then living at 10 Occupation Street in Dudley.  He entered military service and this may account for his absence in 1901 at the time of the Boer War, but by 1911 he was still serving with the military at the age of 34 and was based on the Isle of Wight.

 

 

 

 

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Ada Pearson Collett was born at Birmingham in 1877 but was living at Occupation Road in Dudley by April 1881 and was three years old.  Ten years later she was 14 and was still living at the family home in Dudley which was then described as 10 Occupation Street.  No record of Ada has been located after this time so it is assumed that by 1891 she had left home and was married.

 

 

 

 

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John Jabez Pearson Collett was born at Dudley in August 1880 and was eight months old by the time of the April census of 1881 when he and his family were living at Occupation Road in Dudley.  Ten years later he was eleven years old and was still living in the Dudley although the family’s place of residence was recorded in the 1891 Census as being 10 Occupation Street.

 

 

 

On leaving school and following the death of his mother during the 1890s, John followed the example of his older brother Richard (above) when he joined the army.  By 1901 at the age of 20 he was a soldier based at South Wimbledon in Surrey.  Listed with him at South Wimbledon was his father Joseph aged 56 and his sister Ruth (below) who was 19.  It was while John was in Surrey that he met his future wife and the following year, during the fourth quarter of 1902, he married Constance Sarah Dowden at Kingston-upon-Thames.  Constance was born in 1882.

 

 

 

Nine years after they were married the couple were living at Epsom in Surrey where John Jabez was 30 and his wife Constance Sarah was 28.  Listed in the census with them were their two known children aged seven and five, while it is possible there were other children born to the couple after 1911.

 

 

 

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Constance Kate Collett

Born in 1903 at Epsom

 

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John William Collett

Born in 1905 at Epsom

 

 

 

 

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Ruth Pearson Collett was born at Dudley in 1881 and was living there with her family at 10 Occupation Street in Dudley at the age of nine in 1891.  Following the death of her mother sometime during the 1890s, Ruth’s father Joseph, together with the youngest members of the family, left Dudley and moved to London.  By 1901 Ruth was 19 and was living with her father and her brother John (above) at South Wimbledon.  She was not married and her occupation was that of an ironer at a local laundry.  She later married George Goldsmith and by 1911 the marriage had produced three children for the couple.  The family was living at Kingston-on-Thames where George was 30, Ruth was 29, and their children were Grace, who was four, and the twins Joseph and Alice who were both two years of age.

 

 

 

 

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Alice Pearson Collett was born at Dudley in 1883 and was seven years old at the time of the 1891 Census when she was still living at 10 Occupation Street in Dudley with her family.  When her mother Mary Jane Collett passed away in the 1890s Alice moved to South Wimbledon with her father and brother John (above) and sisters Ruth (above) and Mabel (below).

 

 

 

By the time of the 1901 Census Alice was no longer living at South Wimbledon with her family, but instead had moved to North Wimbledon where she was in domestic service and was employed as a cook at the age of eighteen.  According to the next census in 1911, Alice was still unmarried at the age of 27 and was still living in Surrey. But by then she had left Wimbledon and had moved to nearby Kingston-on-Thames where her married sister Ruth (above) was then living with her family.

 

 

 

 

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Mabel Pearson Collett was born at Dudley in 1885, the birth being registered there during the third quarter of the year.  In April 1891 Mabel was five years old and was living at 10 Occupation Street in Dudley with her family.  Shortly after the death of her mother in the 1890s, the family left Dudley for South Wimbledon where her father was living in 1901.  All though no precise details are known, both Mabel and her sister Alice (above) were employed in domestic service at North Wimbledon by 1901.  Alice was a domestic cook, while fifteen years old Mabel was employed as a nursery maid.

 

 

 

 

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Horace Pearson Collett was born at Dudley in 1887 and was three years old at the time of the 1891 Census.  That year’s census recorded him living with his family at 10 Occupation Street in Dudley but no further trace of him has been found in any later records.  It is established that his mother died before the end of the century, and that his father and other younger siblings left Dudley for South Wimbledon.  Curiously though a Horace Dowden aged 13 and born at Dudley was also living at South Wimbledon in 1901.

 

 

 

 

48O29

Sarah Collett was born at Dudley in 1870 and was one-year old by April 1871.  Ten years later she and her family were living at 29 Price Street in Dudley when Sarah’s age was given as being ten.  She was still living with her parents in 1891 but by then they had moved to Stourbridge where she was 21 years of age.  Towards the end of the following year, in the last quarter of 1892, Sarah married Abraham Merchant at Stourbridge. 

 

 

 

He was the son of Edward Merchant and Miriam (Maria) Garbett and was born at Stourbridge.  The birth was recorded there during the final quarter of 1866 but under the name of Abel Merchant, even though in 1871 he was listed as Abraham Merchant aged 5 living at Bowling Green in Stourbridge.  And again in the census of 1881 he was recorded as being Abraham Merchant who was living with his family at 24 Bowling Green Lane in Stourbridge where he was already employed as a rope spinner’s labourer at the age of 14.

 

 

 

Ten years later, and just eighteen months before he married Sarah Collett, he was once again referred to as Abel Merchant.  On this occasion he was a bachelor of 24 whose occupation was that of a bricklayer living with his widowed mother Myra Merchant and younger brother at 24 Green Street in Stourbridge.  After they were married, Abraham and Sarah continued to live at Stourbridge, and in 1901 the childless couple were recorded as Abel Marchant aged 32 of Stourbridge, who was still working as a bricklayer, and his wife Sarah Marchant who was 31 and from Dudley.

 

 

 

 

48O30

Samuel Collett was born at Dudley in 1873 and was seven years old in April 1881 when he was living with his parents at 29 Price Street in Dudley.  Sometime during the following decade his family moved to Stourbridge where they were living in 1891 and 1901.  Samuel was 17 and 27 respectively in the two census records and for the latter his occupation was listed as being a general carter.  It would appear that he did not marry and in 1911 was still living with his mother and father, and brother Joseph (below) at Stourbridge.

 

 

 

 

48O31

Elizabeth Collett was born at Dudley in 1878 and was two years old by April 1881 when she was living at the family home at 29 Price Street in Dudley.  By the time she was 12 she and her family had moved to Stourbridge where they were living in 1891.  She was still living with her parents and her two brothers at Stourbridge in 1901 at the age of 22 but may have married not long after as she was not listed in the 1911 Census as Elizabeth Collett.

 

 

 

 

48O32

Joseph Collett was born at Dudley after the census day in 1881, the youngest child of Richard Collett and his wife Elizabeth Warne, although his birth may have taken place during the first couple of months of 1882.  When he was just a few years old his family left Dudley and moved to Stourbridge where they were recorded as living from 1891 onwards.  At that time Joseph was nine.  Ten years later the Stourbridge census of 1901 confirmed that at 19 Joseph was still living at the family home with his brother Samuel (above) and his sister Elizabeth.  With the passing of another decade Joseph was still a bachelor living with his parents at Stourbridge by 1911.

 

 

 

 

48O33

Fanny Mabel Mary Collett, who was known as Mabel and later as ‘Aunt Mab’, was born at New Street in Wordsley during the fourth quarter of 1883, the eldest child of John Collett and his first wife Fanny Mary Holmes.  She was listed as being seven years of age in the Kingswinford & Stourbridge census of 1891.

 

Two years later her mother died giving birth to Fanny’s youngest brother.  So by 1901, as Mabel F Collett, age 17, she was acting as housekeeper for her widowed father and the rest of her family at 1 New Street in Wordsley.  When her father remarried in 1904 Fanny and her sister Gwen (below) went to live in West Bromwich where, in 1911, Fanny Mabel Mary was working as a cookery teacher at the age of 27 when she and her sister were boarders at 14 Legge Street, the home of widow Ann Woodbridge.

 

 

 

It is understood within the family that Fanny’s youngest brother Tom (below) was blamed by their father for the death of his wife during the birth in 1893.  John Collett took the loss particularly badly and in his grief he virtually rejected his son Tom who, as a result, was cared for and brought up by his sister Fanny after John remarried.  Fanny later married Alfred King during the fourth quarter of 1922 and that took place at Evesham.  Alfred was known as Fred within the family.

 

 

 

 

48O34

Frederick John Richard Collett, who was known as Fred, was born at New Street in Wordsley and his birth was registered at nearby Stourbridge during the second quarter of 1885 by his parents John and Fanny Collett.  He was listed with his family in 1891 as being aged six years and was only eight years old his mother died in childbirth during 1893.  Eight years later in 1901 Frederick J Collett, age 16, was living with his reduced family at 1 New Street in Wordsley, from where he was employed as a watchmaker’s apprentice.  Three years later in 1904 Fred’s father remarried but it was not long before there was turmoil within the family as the new wife was not welcomed into the family.

 

 

 

By the time of the census of 1911 Fred was 26 and was still living in the Stourbridge area with his father John, his stepmother Ellen, and his younger brother Tom.  According to family stories, the past seven years had not been a particularly happy time for the new family and eventually Fred and Tom walked out on the family and went to live in Australia.  However, their move down under was short-lived when they returned to England to take an active part in the First World War and during the second quarter of 1915 Fred married Constance Huggett at West Ham in London.  Constance was a similar age to Fred having been born at Mile End in London in 1886.

 

 

 

In 1901 Constance Huggett was 14 and was living at Hackney where she had already started work as a pupil teacher.  She came from a family of teachers with her mother Emily being a school mistress and her brother Harry Percy, who was referred to as Percy, being a school master.  Ten years later in 1911 Constance was 24 and was living in Lewisham in London. 

 

 

 

After they were married Fred took Constance out of London during the war to the relative safety of Stourbridge where the first of their two children was born.  Once everything settled down again after the war the family of three returned to London and were living in Walthamstow when their second child was born.  Around eighteen months after the birth of their son Peter, the family elected to leave London again and on that occasion they moved to Wickhamford, just south of Evesham in Worcestershire, where Fred’s brother Tom was living with his new wife who was born there.

 

 

 

48P4

John Frederick Collett

Born in 1917 at Stourbridge

 

48P5

Peter Harry Stanley Collett

Born in 1921 at Walthamstow

 

 

 

 

48O35

Kate Gwendolyn Pauline Collett, who was known as Gwen, was born at New Street in Wordsley, Kingswinford on 18th July 1887, the birth being registered at Stourbridge during the third quarter of that year.  And it was there also that she was living with her family in 1891, when she was listed as Katie G Collett who was three years of age. 

 

Sadly, just two years later, during the birth of Gwen’s youngest brother Tom (below) in 1893, her mother died.  However, her father kept the family together at 1 New Street in Wordsley until he remarried in 1904.

 

This photograph was taken around 1913 and, at that time, when she would have been around 26, she was she referred to as Katie Gwendoline.

 

 

 

The census conducted in March 1901 confirmed that the family was still living at 1 New Street, where Katie G Collett, age 13, was still attending school, possibly at the same school where her widowed father was a school master.  Ten years later Katie Gwendolen (sic) was 23 and an elementary teacher boarding with her sister Fanny Mabel Mary (above) at the home of widow Ann Woodbridge at 14 Legge Street in West Bromwich.

 

 

 

It was also as Katie G Collett that Gwen married Francois Paul Pellman at Evesham, during the second quarter of 1923, when she was around 36 years old, and when her parents were confirmed as John Collett and Fanny Mary Holmes.  Francois was born at Brussels in Belgium on 13th December 1891 and was a grenadier soldier in the Great War, during which he was injured and taken to England.  His marriage to Gwen produced two daughters for the couple.  Catherine Mary ‘Kit’ Pellman was born at Birmingham during the last three months of 1923 and was named after her grandmother Fanny Mary Holmes, while the second daughter was Rosemary Pauline ‘Bobbie’ Pellman who was also born in Birmingham during the first three months of 1925.  Both daughters later travelled to Canada where they were both married.

 

 

 

Once she was married Kit Pellman became Kit Pilgrim and she had a son Roderick ‘Roddy’ Pilgrim.  He changed his name by deed pole to Roderick Knowles when Kit married her second husband Frederick J Knowles at Westminster during the fourth quarter of 1959.  Fifteen years later, in 1974 as Catherine M Knowles, Kit married Arthur E Wilkes at Ellesmere Port in Cheshire, where her mother was living at that time.  Roddy Knowles, formerly Pilgrim, was a merchant seaman and in 2012 he is retired and is living in Australia. 

 

 

 

Gwen’s youngest daughter Bobbie, who was believed to still be alive in early 2009, lived in Canada for a while with her sister.  It was on her return sailing to England in September 1956 that she met James D Stelle, a Canadian, whom she married at Honiton in Devon during the last three months of that year.  She later married Kenneth Harry D Bole at Kingsbridge in Devon during July 1984, where they lived until his death in 1998.

 

 

 

In 1940 The London Gazette published a notice that Francois Paul Pellman had changed his name to Francis Paul Pellman, which he used up until his death in Southport, Lancashire during the last three months of 1964 when he was 72.  His widow Gwen Pellman nee Collett survived him by thirteen years and was living in Cheshire when she died during the December quarter of 1977, her death being recorded as Ellesmere Port.

 

 

 

 

48O36

Richard Collett was born at New Street in Wordsley during the third quarter of 1889, but sadly only survived for a short while as his death was registered at Stourbridge during the same quarter of that year.

 

 

 

 

48O37

Tom Herbert Collett was born on 24th March 1893 at New Street in Wordsley and the birth was registered at Stourbridge during the second quarter of that year with the name of Tom and not Thomas.  Sadly, at the time he was born his mother did not survive the ordeal and died giving birth to baby Tom.  Tom’s father John Collett struggled to come to terms with his wife’s death and laid the blame for her passing with his young son who was never permitted to celebrate his birthday and who was virtually rejected by his father to such an extent that Tom was brought up by his oldest sister Fanny Mabel (above).

 

 

 

In March 1901 Tom and his family were still living at 1 New Street in Wordsley when Tom was eight years old and was attending school there, perhaps even the same school where his father was a master.  He was still living with his father and his brother Fred (above) within the Stourbridge area in April 1911, by which time his father had remarried, when Tom Herbert Collett from Wordsley was 18.

 

 

 

Tom’s stepmother Ellen was also listed with the family at Stourbridge in 1911, and over the years since their wedding day in 1904 there had been friction within the family as Ellen was not easily accepted by Tom and his siblings.  The bad atmosphere in which they all lived eventually resulted in Tom and his brother Fred leaving England, when the pair of them emigrated to Australia.  The story within the family is that Tom and Fred left with a ‘cart load of belongings’, some of which have been handed down through the generations and are still in possession of the family today.

 

 

 

It was only as a result of the call to arms back home that both sons returned to England at the outbreak of the First World War.  See John Collett (Ref. 48N33) for a photograph of Tom, in his army uniform, sitting with his father in 1915.  Like many of the men that took part in front line activities during the Great War, Tom was subjected to pepper gas attacks which resulted in him being advised to seek outdoor work.

 

 

 

It was a few years after the end of the war that Tom married Priscilla Marjorie Pethard who was born on 6th April 1899 at Wickhamford near Evesham in Worcestershire.  The couple were married at Wickhamford in 1925 and it was there that they lived for the rest of their life together.  Tom and his brother Fred were once again reunited when Fred and his wife and their two children left London in 1924 to set up home close by Tom in Wickhamford.  Tom’s and Priscilla’s first child was born at Wickhamford early in the year following their wedding.  Within the next few years the family of three moved to 37 Pitchers Hill in Wickhamford where they were living at the time of the birth of their daughter. 

 

 

 

Following his being gassed during the Great War, Tom was advised by his doctor that he would be better off seeking working in the open air, and it was this advice that led he to become a market gardener – see footnote below.

 

Later on in his life he became a school teacher at Blackminster School at Badsey where he taught woodwork until his retirement in 1959.  The villages of Badsey and Wickhamford are approximately half a mile apart.

 

Although known as Tom by most people, his wife always referred to him as Bert.

 

This photograph of Tom was taken outside 37 Pitchers Hill in 1956.

 

 

 

And it was also at the same house on Pitchers Hill that Tom and Priscilla were still living fifty years after retirement when he died on 5th January 1975.  His burial took place at Cheltenham in Gloucestershire. 

 

 

Footnote

It may be of interest to note that a market gardening family of Colletts lived in the village of Badsey between 1871 and 1911, although no connection has yet been formed with this family which is believed to have originated just across the Gloucestershire boundary in village of Willersey, just two miles away.  For further details see Part 57 – The Bakers of Abbots Morton in Worcestershire Line.

 

 

 

48P6

Anthony John Collett

Born in 1926 at Wickhamford

 

48P7

Pamela Ann Collett

Born in 1929 at Wickhamford

 

 

 

 

48P1

Mary Lucinda Collett was born at Devonport in Auckland during 1896, the only child of John Collett and Lucinda (Lucy) Ann Dunne.  Mary never married and died at Devonport on 18th July 1950, three years after her father, next to whom she was buried in O’Neill’s Point Cemetery at Bayswater, Auckland on 21st July 1950, and in the same grave as her mother.  Two adjacent headstones mark the graves.

 

 

 

 

48P4

John Frederick Collett was born at Stourbridge in 1917 but it might seem that the birth was registered at West Ham in London during the third quarter of that year.  John was twenty-two years old at the start of the Second World War and he enlisted with the First Battalion Durham Light Infantry.  During his time with the British Army he reached the rank of Private J F Collett 4919271.

 

 

 

Tragically just five months before peace was declared in Europe, John was killed in action at Forli as part of the Italian Campaign.  He died on 15.12.1944 aged 27 and was buried at the Forli War Cemetery.  His next-of-kin were named in the War Office Records as being Frederick and Constance Collett of Stourbridge in Worcestershire.  Fred and Constance Collett, the parents of John Frederick Collett, are known to have visited the cemetery after the war. 

 

 

 

 

48P5

Peter Harry Stanley Collett was born at Walthamstow in north London during the third quarter of 1921 and the birth was registered at West Ham like his brother John (above).  He was educated at Loughborough Technical Collage and he later married Margaret Jean Neale at Leicester in 1949. The marriage produced two children for Peter and Margaret, both of which are living in 2009, one of them being John Collett who kindly provided the details relating to his family.  Peter Harry Stanley Collett died on 26th March 2004.

 

 

 

During his life Peter recorded his experiences as a schoolboy attending Badsey School in the next village, north of Wickhamford, where his family moved just after he was born and where his brother Anthony (below) was born.  The introduction to the story was written as follows: “Peter Collett was born during August 1921 and lived at 7 Pitchers Hill in the village of Wickhamford just over a mile from Evesham.  He attended nearby Badsey Council School from 1926 to 1932 and then proceeded to Prince Henry’s Grammar School in Evesham after gaining a scholarship.  He trained as a teacher and taught at a school in Kingswinford.  He died in early 2004.  His essay, ‘Memories of Badsey Council School’, has been lent by his former classmate Mrs Janice Gresty née Allard”.  The full short story was published in the Monthly Collett Newsletter in August 2014 – Issued No. 98.

 

 

 

48Q1

Ann Jane Collett

Born after 1954

 

48Q2

John Paul Collett

Born after 1957

 

 

 

 

48P6

Anthony John Collett, who was known as Tony, was born at Wickhamford on 22nd January 1926.  He later attended Loughborough Technical College where he trained as a school teacher.  His teacher training enabled him to enter service with the Royal Navy, and in 1946 he took up a commission as an instructor and was given the affectionate nickname of ‘Schoolie’ of which he was very proud.  During his twenty-five years in the navy he served with nine different vessels, all as detailed below.

 

 

 

Tony was first assigned to the shore-based training establishments at HMS St Vincent and HMS Ganges, before joining the aircraft carrier HMS Indefatigable.  After that he served on board the battleship HMS King George V prior to returning to the land based training camp of HMS Gamecock at Bramcote (near Nottingham) which was primarily for training navy airmen and aircraft mechanics.

 

 

 

At the time of the Suez Crisis in 1956 Tony was serving with the cruiser HMS Jamaica.  This vessel was a celebrity among the navy in that it was featured in the film ‘The Battle of the River Plate’ in 1956 and later that same year became the flagship of the Mediterranean when it led the attack on the beaches of Port Said during Operation Musketeer.

 

This photograph shows Tony in uniform on board HMS Jamaica in 1956.

 

After the conflict at Suez, HMS Jamaica returned to the UK at the end of 1957 when the cruiser was decommissioned.  At this time Tony then joined HMS Barracks followed by another spell at HMS Ganges, before spending time with the frigate HMS Woodbridge Haven.

 

 

 

Tony later served in the Far East during the Indonesian Confrontation of 1963 to 1966 which related to the island of Borneo.  On this occasion he served on board the minesweeper HMS Manxman before returning to England to serve his final spell with HMS Vernon at Portsmouth.  By the time he retired from the Royal Navy Tony had reached the rank of Lieutenant Commander.

 

 

 

It was while he was serving with HMS Indefatigable that Tony met Josephine Nowill whom he later married at Holy Trinity Church in Brompton, London on 12th October 1957.  Josephine was referred to as Jo and was born in Athens in Greece on 4th October 1931 and was baptised there at the Church of St Pauls by the Rev. Richmond Raymer, Colonel DSO.  The marriage produced two children for Tony and Jo and it was their daughter Elizabeth, together with her aunt Lavinia Phillips nee Nowill and sister of her mother Jo, who kindly provided the detailed information relating to her family.

 

 

 

 

Following his completion of service with the Royal Navy, Tony returned to his teaching background when in 1971 he took up the post of Science, Design and Technology lecturer at Cams Hill School of Fareham in Hampshire. 

 

This he continued to do for nearly the next twenty years, until his retirement in 1990.

 

 

The photograph to the right was taken during this period in his life and shows Tony in 1984.

 

 

 

Tony died at Southampton General Hospital on 29th May 2004 and was cremated on 16th June 2004 at Portchester Crematorium.  His ashes were later buried with his wife’s in the churchyard of St Peter’s Church in Titchfield near Fareham on 18th March 2005.  At the time of his death Tony was living at Littlecroft, a house in Catisfield in Fareham.

 

 

 

48Q3

Elizabeth Maysmor Collett

Born on 25.01.1960

 

48Q4

Nicholas John Collett

Born on 27.04.1962

 

 

 

 

48P7

Pamela Ann Collett, who is known as Pam, was born at 37 Pitcher’s Hill in Wickhamford on 14th November 1929.  And just like her brother Tony (above), Pam also trained as a school teacher.  She later married Charles William Amos on 19th January 1964 at Wickhamford Church.  He was known as Bill Amos and was born in Kent on 30th August 1924.  The marriage produced a daughter for the couple, Rosemary Anne Amos, who was born at Corbridge in Northumberland, and who was still alive in 2009, as was her mother Pam Amos.  Rosemary Anne Amos, who is referred to as Robey, was born on 15th February 1964 and she married Peter William Moore at St Mary Magdalen Church in Ashford Carbonell near Ludlow in Shropshire on 21st October 2000.  Peter was born at Dartford in Kent on 13th September 1963.  He was the son of Leslie Francis Moore who was born at Townsville in Queensland, Australia in 1927 and his wife Doris Margery Whitehead who was born at Chatham in Kent in 1928.

 

 

 

 

48Q1

Ann Jane Collett who was born in 1954 later married Stephen Howard Danks in 1979.

 

 

 

 

48Q2

John Paul Collett was born in 1957.  He later married Judith Margaret Cane in 1980 with whom he had two children.

 

 

 

48R1

Jennifer Anne Collett

Born in 1988

 

48R2

Victoria Grace Collett

Born in 1990

 

 

 

 

48Q3

Elizabeth Maysmor Collett was born on 25th January 1960.  She later married Mark John Trenchard at St Peter’s Church in Titchfield in Hampshire on 12th October 1996, the exact same day on which her parents were married thirty-nine years before.  Mark was born on 31st July 1960 and was the son of meteorologist John Trenchard and his wife Valerie ‘Val’ Margaret Griffiths.  The marriage produced a son for Elizabeth and Mark when Adam Luke Trenchard was born on 7th April 2001.  The naval history for her father Tony Collett, together with the family photographs displayed in this family line, have been kindly provided by Elizabeth.

 

 

 

 

48Q4

Nicholas John Collett, who is referred to as Nick, was born on 27th April 1962.  It was at Holy Trinity Church in Fareham on 21st September 1991 that he married Susan Ann Young, known as Sue, who was born on 16th April 1961, the daughter of Ellis Ronald Young and his wife Joan May Brunger.  It was in November 2004 that Sue presented her husband Nick with their daughter Kristin.

 

 

 

48R3

Kristin Jaye Collett

Born on 07.11.2004

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

APPENDIX

 

 

 

The need for this appendix originally stemmed from there being two John Colletts in the Dudley census of 1841.  However, thanks to new information received during February 2011 from Linda Binding in Australia, the first John, previously listed in this appendix as Option One, has now been removed and inserted in the main body of the file under Ref. 48M6.  The information on the second John Collett, who was previously Option Two, has been retained in this appendix for completeness, and in the hope that he too may be added in at a later date.

 

 

 

 

48m/6

John Collett had a rounded aged of 40 according to the 1841 Census for Dudley.  This would place his date of birth around 1800, which coincides with the date of birth of John Collett (Ref. 48M6), whose identity has now been verified, and hence he has now been included in the main body of this file.  He was married to Ann whose rounded age was 35 and their children at that time were Mary 14, William who was eight, Hannah who was six, John who was three, and Daniel who was one-year old.  A further child, Elizabeth was added to the family in 1843 and all of them born within the Dudley area, which includes the district referred to as Bowling Green, midway between Cradley heath and Rowley Regis.  The children were baptised at St Thomas’ Church in Dudley and when they were confirmed as the children of John and Ann Collett.

 

 

 

Sometime between 1843 and 1861 Ann must have died, since in the Dudley census of 1861 Census John was a widower at 61 and was living with his son John and his family.  No further record of John senior has been found after 1861, so it may be assumed that he died during the 1870s.

 

 

 

48n/1

Mary Ann Collett

Born in 1825 at Dudley

 

48n/2

William Collett

Born in 1832 at Dudley

 

48n/3

Hannah Collett

Born on 31.12.1835 at Dudley

 

48n/4

John Collett

Born on 03.12.1838 at Dudley

 

48n/5

Daniel Collett

Born in 1840 at Bowling Green, Dudley

 

48n/6

Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1843 at Bowling Green, Dudley

 

 

 

 

48n/1

Mary Ann Collett was born at Dudley in 1825 and was baptised there at St Thomas’ Church on 18th March 1827, the daughter of John and Ann Collett.  She was first recorded as being 14 years old in the census of 1841, when she was still living with her family in Dudley.  It was almost exactly six years later when she married James Freeman Green at the Church of St Thomas in Dudley on 8th August 1847.  Once married the couple appear to have moved to Wolverhampton where they had at least eight children who were all living with James and Mary at Wolverhampton East in 1871.

 

 

 

The family at that time comprised James Green 50, Mary Ann Green 45, Harriet Green 26 (possibly not the daughter of Mary Ann), William 17, Mary Ann Green 12, Henry Green 10, Emma Green who was eight, John Green who was six, Alice Green who was four, and Clara Green who was two years old.  The family was living at 11 Hill Street in Wolverhampton in 1881, when James Green, age 59 and from Birmingham, was working as a general labourer. His wife Mary A Green from Dudley was 56, and the children still living with the couple were Henry, age 21 and a general labourer, Emma, age 20 and a labourer at the local ironworks, John, age 16 and a boatman working on the nearby canal, and Alice and Clara who were 13 and 12, who were still attending school.

 

 

 

 

48n/2

William Collett was born at Dudley in 1832 and was baptised at St Thomas’ Church on 14th April 1833.  He was eight years old in June 1841 and was 28 in April 1861.  By that time, he was married to Mary who was 33.  No further record of the couple has been found after that time.

 

 

 

 

48n/3

Hannah Collett was born at Dudley on 31st December 1835, where she was baptised at the Church of St Thomas on 1st September 1839, the daughter of John and Ann Collett.  Hannah was six years old in the Dudley census of 1841, when she was living there with her family.

 

 

 

 

48n/4

John Collett was born at Dudley Wood on 3rd December 1838 and was baptised on 1st September 1839 at St Thomas’ Church.  He was three years old in June 1841 while living with his family in Dudley.  By 1861 John at 23 was married to Mariah who was 24, and their marriage had so far produced two children for the couple.  They were Uriah Collett who was four, and one-year old Ann Collett who, it would appear, was named after her mother whose name changed between Mariah and Ann in subsequent census records.

 

 

 

Over the following ten years a further three more children were added to the family.  So by 1871 chain-maker John and his wife Ann M Collett were both listed as being 33 and living with them within the Rowley Regis & Dudley registration district were Uriah 14, Ann 11, Thomas who was four, David who was two, and Elizabeth who was under one year.  Every member of the family on that occasion was recorded as having been born at Dudley.  Sometime within the next two or three years the family left the West Midlands and moved to Gainsborough in Lincolnshire where their next two children were and they were living in 1881.

 

 

 

According to the 1881 Census John was listed as John Collitt, while his wife was Mariah on that occasion as it was twenty years earlier.  The census recorded that the family was living at 37 Waterworks Street, and that living at 39 Waterworks Street was their eldest son Uriah and his family.

 

 

 

John Collitt of Dudley Wood was a chain-maker of 44 and his wife Mariah of Netherton was 45.  Their children were confirmed as sons Thomas 14 and David 12, and daughters Elizabeth 11, Ellen who was six and Florence who was four.  The first three children had been born at Newtown in Dudley, while the last two were born after the family had moved to Gainsborough.  The house at Waterworks Street must have been a fairly large property since boarding with the Collett family was the family’s eldest daughter Ann, her husband, and their first child. 

 

 

 

Within the next ten years John and Mariah Ann and the younger members of the family left Gainsborough and returned to Dudley where they were living by 1891.  John was 53 and his wife was listed as Annie aged 55.  The children living with them at Dudley were Elizabeth 20, Lizzie 17, Nellie 16, and Florence who was 14.  No trace of the family has been found after 1901, although it is established that son David had returned to Dudley, where he was living with his wife and their first two children in 1901.

 

 

 

48o/1

Uriah Collett

Born in 1856 at Dudley Wood

 

48o/2

Ann Collett

Born in 1859 at Bowling Green, Dudley

 

48o/3

Thomas Collett

Born in 1866 at Newtown, Dudley

 

48o/4

David Collett

Born in 1868 at Newtown, Dudley

 

48o/5

Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1870 at Newtown, Dudley

 

48o/6

Lizzie Collett

Born in 1872 at Newtown, Dudley

 

48o/7

Ellen Collett

Born in 1874 at Gainsborough

 

48o/8

Florence Collett

Born in 1876 at Gainsborough

 

 

 

 

48n/5

Daniel Collett was born at Bowling Green, midway between Cradley Heath and Rowley Regis with the Parish of Dudley, during 1840 and was one-year old in June 1841 when he was living at the family home in Dudley.  Twenty years later he was 21 and was living at Dudley with his sister Elizabeth who was 17.  It was around two years later that Daniel Collett married Lucy with whom he had a number of children, although not all of them survived.  By the time of the next census in 1871 the couple and their young family were recorded as Collet when they were residing within the Dudley & Rowley Regis registration district.  Daniel Collet was 34, Lucy Collet was 32, and their three children were Alice Collet who was six, Catherine Collet who was four and Ellen Collet who was just one-year old.

 

 

 

After a further ten years, according to the 1881 Census, Daniel was 40 and was living at 36 Bowling Green (Road) just south of Dudley with his wife Lucy who was also 40 years of age.  On that occasion the three children living there with them were Annie Collett who was eight, Adeline Collett who was five, as was Wilfred Collett.  However, the later census details prove that the two youngest children in fact were not twins and that Wilfred may have been five months not five years.  Every member of the household was listed as having been born at Bowling Green in Dudley and Daniel’s occupation was recorded as that of a chain-maker like his brother John (above) and his nephew Uriah (below).

 

 

 

It was at St Andrews, Netherton, immediately to the south of Dudley, that the family was living in 1891, by which time their daughter Alice, absent in 1881, had returned to the family home.  Daniel Collett was 51, his wife Lucy was 52, and their three daughters were Alice Collett who was 26, Annie Collett who was 18 and Adelaide who was 16.  Completing the family was their son Wilfred Collett who was 10 years old.  Daniel Collett died during the last decade of the old century and in the census of 1901 his widow was recorded at 27a Bowling Green at Netherton within Dudley St Andrews.  Lucy Collett from Dudley was 60 years of age and a chain-maker who was working at home.  The only member of her family still living there with her was her son Wilfred who was also another chain-maker aged 20.

 

 

 

Mother and son were still together ten years later, when they were living at Court 1, No 3 Mouse Sweet Lane, Old Hill in Netherton.  Lucy Collett was head of the household at the age of 72, who was described as an old age pensioner.  Her unmarried son Wilfred Collett was 30 and still working as a chain-maker.  Living at that same address was two younger people, Harriet Mallen aged 15, a small chain-maker, and her brother Arthur Mallen who was eight years old, both born in Dudley.  Although they were described as simply visitors, the Mallen (Mallin) children were Lucy’s grandchildren, two of the children of her married daughter Catherine.

 

 

 

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Alice Collett

Born in 1864 at Bowling Green, Dudley

 

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Catherine Collett

Born in 1867 at Bowling Green, Dudley

 

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Ellen Collett

Born in 1869 at Bowling Green, Dudley

 

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Annie Collett

Born in 1872 at Bowling Green, Dudley

 

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Adelaide Collett

Born in 1875 at Bowling Green, Dudley

 

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Wilfred Collett

Born in 1880 at Bowling Green, Dudley

 

 

 

 

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Uriah Collett was born at Dudley Wood in 1856, where the birth was recorded (Ref. 6c 133) during the final three months of that year.  He was four years old and 14 years of age respectively in the Dudley census records for 1861 and 1871 when, for the latter, he and his family were living in Rowley Regis.  He was not yet seventeen years old when he married Joanna Ashman on 12th August 1873 at Rowley Regis, the marriage record confirming that Uriah’s father was John Collett and Joanna’s father was Richard Ashman.  Joanna may well have been with-child on their wedding day since, long after they were married, she gave birth to their first child who was born at Old Hill near Rowley Regis before the end of that same year.  Perhaps because of the shame placed on the family Uriah, Joanna and their daughter, together with Uriah’s parents and the rest of the family, all moved to Gainsborough in Lincolnshire around that same time.  It was at Gainsborough that the three eldest children of Uriah and Joanna Collett were baptised on 21st April 1877, the same day that four of Uriah’s younger sibling were also baptised there.

 

 

 

Once settled in Gainsborough Joanna presented Uriah with ten more children, although not all of them survived, and at the time of the census in 1881 the two families of John Collett and his son Uriah Collett were recorded as living in adjacent dwellings in the same street in Gainsborough, but by which time the surnames of both was recorded as Collitt.  Uriah was 24 and his wife Joanna was 26.  With them at 39 Waterworks Street in Gainsborough were their four children Elizabeth Collitt who was seven, John Collitt who was five, Ann Collitt who was two and Sarah Collitt who was just three months old.  Uriah’s occupation at that time was that of a chain-maker like his father who lived at 37 Waterworks Street.

 

 

 

In the next census in 1891 the child named as Ann Collitt in 1881 was missing from the family list.  Therefore, it seems very likely that she was Lily Ann or Lillian, since her death as Lillian Collett, aged just three years, was recorded at Gainsborough register office (Ref. 7a 446) during the last three months of 1882.  Furthermore, the couple’s eldest son Richard did not survive and died when only six months old.  The couple’s two eldest children Elizabeth Collett and John Henry Collett were baptised in a joint ceremony with their younger brother Richard on 21st April with four of their father’s younger siblings.  The later baptism of the couple’s next two children was also conducted on the same day, they being the aforementioned Ann Collett (who had died within a few weeks) and her sister Sarah Jane Collett, who were baptised at Gainsborough on 30th September 1882.

 

 

 

Nine years after the loss of their daughter Lillian, Uriah and Joanna were again recorded as Collitt when they were living at 10 Hawksworth Street in Gainsborough in April 1891.  Uriah was 34 and his wife was 36 and listed with them were six of their eight children.  They were John Hy Collitt, age 15, Sarah J Collitt, age 10, Eliza Collitt who was eight, Maria Collitt who was six, Uriah Collitt who was five and Thomas Collitt who was not yet one-year old.  The two missing children were Uriah’s two eldest daughters Elizabeth and Ann who is now believed to be Lillian.  Two further baptisms took place during the 1890s, the first being that of Amy Collitt who was baptised at Gainsborough on 15th October 1895, whose absence in 1901 seems to suggest that she was yet another child who did not survive.  The second was for Thomas Collitt on 16th February 1896 when he would have been around five years old.  All of the afore-listed baptisms gave the parents names as Uriah and Joanna or Johanna Collett or Collitt.

 

 

 

Just after the start of the new century Uriah and Joanna Collitt were residing at 28 Heckman Street in Gainsborough when in March 1901 Uriah Collitt from Dudley was 44 years old and was still working as a chain-maker.  His wife Johanna also from Dudley was 46 and still living at the family home with them were six of their children.  They were daughters Eliza (Liza) Collitt who was 18 and Maria Collitt who was 16, both of whom were employed as general domestic servants, sons Uriah Collitt, age 13, and Thomas Collitt age 10, and latest arrived Dorothy A Collitt who was five years old.  The couple’s sixth child living with them on that day was their married and widowed daughter Sarah J Close who was 20 years of age and had with her, her one-year old daughter Frances Close who was described as granddaughter to head of the household Uriah.  After a further ten years the family was still living in Gainsborough where Uriah Collitt was 54, Johanna was 56, John Henry Collitt was 34, Uriah Collitt was 23, and Dorothy Adeline Collett was 15.  The death of Uriah Collitt two years later, at the age of 56, was recorded at Gainsborough register office (Ref. 7a 828) during the second quarter of 1913. 

 

 

 

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Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1873 at Old Hill, near Rowley Regis

 

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John Henry Collett

Born in 1875 at Gainsborough

 

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Richard Collett

Born in 1877 at Gainsborough

 

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Ann Lillian Collett

Born in 1878 at Gainsborough

 

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Sarah Jane Collett

Born in Dec 1880 at Gainsborough

 

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Eliza Collett

Born in 1883 at Gainsborough

 

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Maria Collett

Born in 1885 at Gainsborough

 

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Uriah Collett

Born in 1886 at Gainsborough

 

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Thomas Collett

Born in 1890 at Gainsborough

 

48p/10

Amy Collett

Born in 1893 at Gainsborough

 

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Dorothy Adeline Collett

Born in 1895 at Gainsborough

 

 

 

 

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Ann Collett was born at Bowling Green in Dudley in 1859 and was one year and eleven years in the Dudley censuses of 1861 and 1871.  A few years later her family left the West Midland for Lincolnshire where they settled in the town of Gainsborough and it was there that she met her future husband.  It seems likely was it was during the first half of 1880 that Ann realised she was with child.  She eventually married the child’s father but it is not known whether this took place was before or after the birth of the child.  What is known is Ann returned to Dudley, perhaps out of embarrassment, since it was there that her son was born in June 1880.

 

 

 

By April 1881 Ann and was married to Harry Darley who was from Brigg in Lincolnshire.  With no home of their own the couple, with their nine months old baby John W Darley, spent the first few years of their life living at the home of Ann’s parents.  The 1881 Census confirmed that Ann Darley was 21 and that she had been born at Bowling Green in Dudley.  She and her husband Harry, who was four years older at 25, and their son John, were lodging at 37 Waterworks Street in Gainsborough with John and Mariah Collitt.  No occupation was given for Harry Darley.

 

 

 

 

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Thomas Collett was born at Newtown, Dudley in 1866 but was baptised many years later at Gainsborough in Lincolnshire on 21st April 1877 in a joint ceremony with other members of the Collett family, including his three siblings (below).  On that same day the three eldest children of

 

 

 

 

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David Collett was born at Newtown, Dudley in 1868 and was baptised nine years later at Gainsborough on 21st April 1877 in a joint ceremony with other members of the Collett family, including three of his siblings.  In 1871 when he was two years old he was his family were still residing in the Dudley area, but by 1881 the family home was at 37 Waterworks Street in Gainsborough.  Although absent from the family home at Gainsborough in 1891.  David was in his mid-twenties when he married Rose who was also born in Dudley, and with whom he had two children by the time of the census in 1901.  David Collett from Dudley was 29 (sic) and a chain-maker (like his father John) residing at Mouse Street in Dudley with his young family.  His wife Rose E Collett was 25, daughter Florence Collett was two years old and John W Collett was only a few months old, all three confirmed as having been born at Dudley.

 

 

 

Ten years later the family was living at 40 Garratts Lane in Old Hill near Rowley Regis, just south of Dudley.  By then Rose had presented David with six children but only four were still alive in April 1911.  The census that year confirmed David Collett from Newtown was working as a chain-striker at the age of 42 and had been married to Rose for fourteen years.  She was described as Rose Esther Collett from Cradley Heath who was 35 and a chain-maker working at home.  Their four surviving children were listed as Florence Collett who was 12, Tom Collett who was eight, Mary Ann Collett who was six and Beatrice May Collett who was three.  Tom and Beatrice had been born at Old Hill, while Mary Ann’s place of birth was stated as being Round Oak in Dudley.

 

 

 

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Florence Collett

Born in 1898 at Dudley

 

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John W Collett

Born in 1900 at Dudley; infant death

 

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Thomas (Tom) Collett

Born in 1902 at Old Hill, near Rowley Regis

 

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Mary Ann Collett

Born in 1904 at Round Oak, Dudley

 

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Beatrice May Collett

Born in 1907 at Old Hill, near Rowley Regis

 

 

 

 

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Elizabeth Collett was born at Newtown, Dudley in 1870 and was baptised seven years later at Gainsborough on 21st April 1877 in a joint ceremony with other members of the Collett family, including three of her siblings.

 

 

 

 

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Ellen Collett was born at Gainsborough in 1874 but it was there three years later that she was baptised on 21st April 1877 in a joint ceremony with other members of the Collett family, including three of her siblings (above).

 

 

 

 

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Florence Collett was born at Gainsborough in 1876and was baptised there on 23rd March 1877, the daughter of John and Maria Collett.  Why she was christened one month before her four older siblings, most of whom were baptised on the same day in April 1877, is not known.  It may have been that single event which reminded John and Maria that their older children had not been christened, or perhaps it was a suggestion made by the clergyman who conducted the ceremony.

 

 

 

 

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Catherine Collett was born at Bowling Green, within the Netherton area of south Dudley in 1867, the second child of Daniel and Lucy Collett.  She was three years old in the census of 1871 but was missing from her parents’ home in 1881.  By the time of the next census for the Dudley area Kate Collett was married and she and her husband Joseph Mallin, who was 22, were awaiting the birth of their first child.  Kate Mallin was 23 and over the next fifteen years Kate presented Joseph with seven children. 

 

 

 

In 1901 general labourer Joseph Mallin was 32, Kate was 33 and employed as a chain-maker, and their five children by then were Beatrice who was nine, Joseph who was seven, Harriet who was five, Harry who was two and Anne E Mallin who was not yet one-year old.  Two more children were added to their family during the next few years, although two of their seven children were staying with Kate’s widowed elderly mother Lucy Collett on the day of the Netherton census of 1911.

 

 

 

The census that year recorded the Mallin family within the Dudley and Rowley Regis registration area as Joseph who was 42, Kate who was 43, Alice who was 19, Joseph who was 17, Harry who was 12, Annie who was 10 and Wesley who was five years old.  It was their daughter Harriet, who was 15 and a small chain-maker, and their son Arthur who was eight years old who were visitors at the home of 72-year old Lucy Collett at Court 1, No 3 Mouse Sweet Lane, Old Hill in Netherton.

 

 

 

 

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Wilfred Collett was born at Bowling Green, within the Netherton area of south Dudley in 1880, the birth recorded at Dudley (Ref. 6c 97) during the third quarter of that year, the only known son of Daniel and Lucy Collett.  In 1881 he and his family were living at 36 Bowling Green (Road) in Netherton when Wilfred Collett was incorrectly included in the census return as five years of age instead of the likely age of five months.  After a further decade the family was still there when Wilfred was recorded within the St Andrews district of south Dudley as being 10 years old. 

 

 

 

Wilfred’s father died during the 1890s since, in the March census of 1901, Wilfred Collett was 20 when he was living at 27a Bowling Green in St Andrews, Dudley, with his widowed mother Lucy Collett.  Both of them were working at home as chain-makers and both of them had been born in Dudley.  Wilfred was still not married by 1911 when he was 30 and still living with his elderly mother, but at Court 1, No 3 Mouse Sweet Lane, Old Hill in Netherton, where he continued to work as a chain-maker – but ‘working away’.  Two young visitors to the house were Harriet Mallen who was 15 and working alongside Wilfred making small chains, and her brother Arthur who was eight, and they were two of the children of Wilfred’s older sister Catherine.

 

 

 

Sometime after 1911, perhaps following the death of his mother, Wilfred Collett married Laura Beatrice with whom he had three daughters.  The only other record of the family so far found was at the time of the death of Laura Beatrice Collett, when she was residing at 110 Reddall Hill Road, Old Hill in Netherton, very near to Bowling Green where Wilfred had been born.  Laura died there on 18th November 1955, following which her Will was proved in Birmingham on 23rd December 1955 when she was named as the wife of Wilfred Collett.  Wilfred would appear to have passed away by then since it was only the couple’s three daughters who were named as the executors of the Will.  The three daughters were described as Mary Elizabeth Dillard and the wife of Harry Dillard, Annie Garratt and the wife of Harold Garratt, and Beatrice Danks who was the wife of Wesley Danks.

 

 

 

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Mary Elizabeth Collett

Born after 1911, most likely nr Dudley

 

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Annie Collett

Born after 1911, most likely nr Dudley

 

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Beatrice Collett

Born after 1911, most likely nr Dudley

 

 

 

 

 

For the previous edition of this family line, issued in July 2014, the confusion over Wilfred’s stated age in 1881, suggesting that he was born in 1875, resulted in the following being written.  This, now known to be erroneous information, has been retained and expanded upon in the hope that he and his family may be relocated to their rightful family line in due course. 

 

 

 

The alternative Wilfred Collett was born at Birmingham in 1876, where his birth was recorded (Ref. 6d 251) during the first three months of that year, the son of Thomas Collett, a gold refiner, and his wife Jane, both of them born in Birmingham, as were all of their six known children.  Where the family was in 1881 has so far not been discovered, but by the time of the census in 1891 they were recorded in the census that year at 23 Great Hampton Row in the Jewellery Quarter of Birmingham.  Thomas Collett (Ref. 48n/7) was 54, Jane Collett was 49, and their children were James A Collett (Ref. 48o/15) who was 28 and a porter, Harry Collett (Ref. 48o/16) who was 27 and a polisher, Arthur Collett (Ref. 48o/17) who was 23 and a gold ring maker, Wilfred Collett (Ref. 48o/18) who was 16 and a machinist, Gertrude Collett (Ref. 48o/19) who was 12 and still attending school, as was John Collett (Ref. 48o/20) who was seven years old.

 

 

 

Thomas Collett died before the end of the century, so on the day of the census in 1901 Jane Collett was a widow and head of the household at 37 Ventnor Road in the St Saviours parish of Birmingham.  She was 58 and from Nottingham, having no stated occupation.  Still living with her was James A Collett, a cycle packer who was 37 and from Birmingham, Walter Collett, a barman who was 30 and from Bromsgrove, Wilfred Collett, a metal spinner of 25 from Birmingham as was Gertrude Collett who was 21 and a jeweller’s gold polisher, and John Collett who was 16 and working as a warehouseman for the local cycle manufacturer.

 

 

 

Widow Jane Collett from Nottingham was 69 years old in the Birmingham census of 1911, while still living with her were three of her Birmingham born unmarried children.  They were James Collett who was 48, Gertrude Collett who was 32 and John Collett who was 27.  By that time her sons Arthur and Wilfred were both married and both of them and their families were living nearby at Aston Manor in Birmingham. 

 

 

 

Arthur Collett (Ref. 48o/17), who was a gold ring maker at the age of 23 in 1891, was married to Alice from Birmingham within the next couple of years and by the time of the March census in 1901 the couple had given birth to two sons, with a third child added to their family later that same year.  According to the census in 1901 the family was living at Aston Manor in Birmingham, but recorded under the Collet spelling of the surname.  Arthur Collett was 32 and his occupation was still that of a gold ring maker.  His wife Alice was 29 and their two boys were Arthur Wilfred Collett (Ref. 48p/15) who was six and Albert Collett (Ref. 48p/16) who was four years old.  Their final child, like the first two, was born in Birmingham, while the completed family had settled in the Kings Norton registration district sometime prior to April 1911.

 

 

 

The census that year listed the family as Arthur who was 42, Alice who was 39, Arthur Wilfred who was 16, Albert who was 14 and Henry Collett (Ref. 48p/17) who was nine years old.  Arthur’s younger married brother was still living at Aston Manor where Wilfred Collett was 35, his wife Mary Collett was 32, and at that time in their marriage they already had two children, Frank William Collett (Ref. 48p/18) who was three and Edna Mary Collett (Ref. 48p/19) who was one-year old.  Every member of the household had been born in Birmingham.

 

 

 

 

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Elizabeth Collett was born at Old Hill, near Rowley Regis in 1873, the eldest child of Uriah Collett and Joanna Ashman.  She and her two eldest brothers (below) were baptised at Gainsborough on 21st April 1877 in a joint ceremony with four Collett child who were the younger siblings of Elizabeth’s father Uriah Collett.  Elizabeth Collitt was seven years old in 1881 when she and her family were living at 39 Waterworks Street in Gainsborough.  Ten years later it was at 10 Hawksworth Street in the town that her family was recorded, although by then Elizabeth was no longer living there with them.  It was three and a half years later when Elizabeth Collitt, recorded in error as being 22 years of age, that she married Thomas Holmes, the son of Thomas Holmes, when Elizabeth’s father was confirmed as Uriah Collett, the event recorded at Gainsborough (Ref. 7a 1440) during the last three months of 1894.

 

 

 

 

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John Henry Collett was born at Gainsborough in 1875, his birth recorded there (Ref. 7a 693) during the third quarter of that year, the eldest son of Uriah and Joanna Collett.  It was there also that he was baptised on 21st April 1877 with his sister Elizabeth (above) and brother Richard (below), and four other members of his extended Collett family.  John Collitt was five years old in the census of 1881 when living at the family home at 39 Waterworks Street in Gainsborough, while it was as John Hy Collitt aged 15 that he was still living with his family but at 10 Hawksworth Street in Gainsborough by 1891.  Although absent from the family home in 1901, John Henry Collett was once again living with his parents in 1911 two years prior to the death of his father.

 

 

 

 

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Richard Collett was born at Gainsborough in 1877 where he was also buried that same year.  His birth was recorded there (Ref. 7a 759) during the second quarter of the year, and was buried there on 5th October 1877, having been baptised with his two older siblings on 21st April 1877, making him around six months when he passed away.

 

 

 

 

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Eliza Collett was born at Gainsborough in 1883 where her birth was recorded (Ref. 7a 767) during the first three months of 1883, the daughter of Uriah and Joanna Collett.  She was eight years old in the census of 1891 when Eliza Collitt and the family were recorded at 10 Hawksworth Street in Gainsborough.  Ten years Liza Collitt was 18 and working as a domestic servant while still living with her family at 28 Heckman Street in Gainsborough.

 

 

 

 

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Maria Collett was born at Gainsborough in 1885 and her birth was recorded there (Ref. 7a 776) during the first quarter of that year, which may mean she was born towards the end of the previous year.  She was the seventh of the eleven known children of Uriah and Johanna Collett and the entry of her birth used the Collitt spelling of the surname.  It was later that same year, when she may have been nearly one year of age, that she was baptised at Gainsborough on 12th December 1885, when once again she was named as the daughter of Uriah and Joanna Collitt.  Maria Collitt was six years of age in the census of 1891 and was her parents at 10 Hawksworth Street in Gainsborough.  During the next decade the family moved to w8 Heckman Street in Gainsborough where 16-year old Maria was living in 1901, by which time she was employed as a domestic servant. 

 

 

 

The marriage of Maria Collitt and George Leachman took place at Gainsborough on 27th December 1902, when George was described as being 20 and the son of John Leachman, while Maria was confirmed as the daughter of Uriah Collitt, although her age was incorrectly recorded as being 18 when she was only 17.  The death of Maria Leachman was also recorded at Gainsborough (Ref. 7a 774) during the last three months of 1928 when she was 43.  It may be of interest that on 4th December 1928 an Ann Maria Leachman was buried in Gainsborough, who was most likely the former Maria Collett.