PART FIVE

 

The Tewkesbury Line - 1630 to 2000

(includes Bredon, Broadwell & Kineton)

 

This is the second of two sections of the fifth part of the Collett family

 

Updated August 2018

 

 

This section of the Collett family of Tewkesbury contains information gathered during my travels, but which I have had no need to progress or develop since it apparently did not contribute towards my own lines of investigation.  However, a chance meeting with Neil Collett of Kenilworth in Warwickshire on 8th June 1996 during the Collett Reunion at Shepton Mallet resulted in more work being done to provide the details set out in this section.  Other contributors around that same time were Margaret Chadd and Kate Birkett of Buckinghamshire, and more recently Jeni Rice of Australia.

 

The link to an earlier line is through Henry Collett (Ref. 1H11) of Charlton Kings who was referred to as ‘Gentleman of Tewkesbury’ in his Will of 1712.  It was originally thought that members of the Collett family included in this section set sail for South Africa to form the basis for the Colletts that reside there today.  However, this theory has now been discounted, since those pioneering Colletts came from Stroud.

 

The aforementioned Neil Collett, whose own family line is the subject of Part Fifteen – The Kenilworth Line, provided the detailed information taken from the tombstones within St Catherine’s Chapel in Tewkesbury Abbey.  These confirm the accuracy of much of the data provided in this section, and transcripts from the tombstones are provided on this website under Headstone Epitaphs.

 

In December 2011 it was felt that the time might be right to publish on the Collett website the first draft of Section One of The Tewkesbury Line covering the previous one hundred years from 1530 to 1630.  That was compiled many years earlier and was based solely on the records available from the Church of Latter Day Saints.  Therefore, further work is needed to be carried out to validate the information contained herein.

 

It was also during December 2011 that new information was received from Darcey Slaughter in Columbia, Missouri which resulted in a major review of this family line.  The details received from Darcey resulted in the removal of the line of descendants from Pendock in Worcestershire to a new line, that being Part 61 – The Worcestershire to Utah Line.  The effect of this major change to this section of Part 5 means it has been re-titled 1630 to 1900.

 

 

5I6

William Collett was born around 1631 at Tewkesbury where he married Eleanor around 1652.  All of their children were born and baptised at Tewkesbury.  However, so far, no connection has been made to confirm that William was a close relative of Henry Collett (below)

 

 

 

5J3

Esther Collett

Born in 1653 at Tewkesbury

 

5J4

Richard Collett

Born in 1660 at Tewkesbury

 

5J5

Ann Collett

Born in 1665 at Tewkesbury

 

5J6

Eleanor Collett

Born in 1668 at Tewkesbury

 

5J7

Henry Collett

Born in 1670 at Tewkesbury

 

5J8

Sarah Collett

Born in 1672 at Tewkesbury

 

5J9

William Collett

Born in 1675 at Tewkesbury

 

 

 

 

5I7

Henry Collett (Ref. 1H11) was born in 1639 and baptised on 6th November 1643 at Charlton Kings, near Cheltenham, which is about ten miles from Tewkesbury.  It was also at Charlton Kings that he married Elizabeth on 20th March 1669.  Elizabeth was considerably younger than Henry having born in 1651 and she died on 17th August 1724 at the age of 73.

 

 

 

Henry Collett died on 29th September 1712, aged 73, and was buried in St Catherine's Chapel in Tewkesbury Abbey.  His Will (see Will in Legal Documents) dated 14th January 1712 was drawn up in the tenth year of the reign of Our Sovereign Lady Anne Queen of Great Britain, France and Ireland.  It was proved over four years later on 26th May 1716 and makes no reference to any sons, only his wife and their three daughters, all of whom were born and baptised at Charlton Kings.

 

 

 

In the Will, Henry bequeathed all of his free lands lying in the parish of Charlton Kings to his wife as long as she lives, and thereafter to Edmund Goodrich and his wife Sarah, the youngest of Henry’s three named daughters.  Of his other daughters, Joyce received £60 and Elizabeth received £70.  In addition to that his grandchildren each received ten shillings which, he stated, they be given within two years of his death.  All household goods were to remain the property of his wife until her death, when they were to be equally shared between the three daughters.

 

 

 

However, despite the lack of any mention of sons, the family tombstone in St Catherine’s Chapel in Tewkesbury Abbey includes the name of his son Henry Collett who died in 1722 aged 55.  It is therefore that information which indicates he was base-born in 1667, two years before his parents were married, and perhaps that was in some way connected to his exclusion from his father’s Will. 

 

 

 

On the same family tombstone are the details of Henry’s son Benjamin Collett (Ref. 5J14) and his family, who died on 2nd February 1738 aged 63.  That equates to a year of birth of 1675, the same year that his sister Sarah Collett (Ref. 5J13) was baptised, but again there is no mention of Benjamin in Henry’s Will.  (See Headstone Epitaphs)

 

 

 

There appears to be another unresolved mystery between Henry’s Will and the family tombstone.  Within the Will his daughter Sarah is referred to by her married name of Goodrich, she having married Edmund Goodrich in 1708.  However, the family tombstone refers to her as beloved wife of Edmund Bradbury, which may indicate that she was twice married.  (See Headstone Epitaphs)

 

 

 

Whilst it is confirmed that the couple’s first four children were born and baptised at Charlton Kings, it is likely that the family moved to live in Ashchurch near Tewkesbury where the remaining children may have been born.  Certainly it is confirmed that the two youngest children were married at Ashchurch, whilst the children of Henry’s son Benjamin were all born and baptised at Tewkesbury and his daughter Eleanor was married there.  When Henry Collett was in his thirties, he was recorded in the 1672 Hearth Tax as having three hearths.

 

 

 

5J10

Henry Collett

Born in 1667 at Charlton Kings

 

5J11

Joyce Collett

Born in 1670 at Charlton Kings

 

5J12

Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1672 at Charlton Kings

 

5J13

Sarah Collett

Born in 1674 at Charlton Kings

 

5J14

Benjamin Collett

Born circa 1676 at Ashchurch

 

5J15

Eleanor Collett

Born circa 1681 at Ashchurch

 

5J16

William Collett

Born circa 1683 at Ashchurch

 

5J17

Mary Collett

Born circa 1685 at Ashchurch

 

 

 

 

5J1

William Collett was baptised at Alstone three miles east of Ashchurch on 16th November 1669, the son of William and Joan Collett.  It would appear that his mother died either during or just after the birth, since his father married Elizabeth in the June of the following year.  William Collett later married Sara Spilman at Tewkesbury on 6th June 1696 and three months after that their son was born.

 

 

 

5K1

William Collett

Baptised on 14.09.1696 at Tewkesbury

 

 

 

 

5J3

Esther Collett was baptised at Tewkesbury on 3rd March 1653 where, as ‘Hester’, she was married to William Young on 9th June 1684.

 

 

 

 

5J4

Richard Collett was born in 1660 and he married Ann Sparks at Tewkesbury on 6th June 1683, where all of their children were also born and baptised.

 

 

 

5K2

Ann Collett

Baptised on 01.04.1684 at Tewkesbury

 

5K3

Elizabeth Collett

Baptised on 04.01.1685 at Tewkesbury

 

5K4

Mary Collett

Baptised on 15.04.1689 at Tewkesbury

 

5K5

Richard Collett

Born in January 1690 at Tewkesbury

 

5K6

William Collett

Born in April 1693 at Tewkesbury

 

5K7

Susannah Collett

Baptised on 08.12.1695 at Tewkesbury

 

5K8

Sarah Collett

Baptised on 27.01.1698 at Tewkesbury

 

 

 

 

5J5

Ann Collett was baptised at Tewkesbury on 4th February 1665, the daughter of William and Eleanor Collett.

 

 

 

 

5J6

Eleanor Collett was born at Tewkesbury in 1668 and she married John Kendrick on 11th August 1689 at Deerhurst, which is less than two miles south of Tewkesbury.  John’s brother Richard Kendrick married Eleanor’s sister Sarah Collett (below) five years later.

 

 


 

 

5J7

Henry Collett was born at Tewkesbury in 1670 the son of William and Eleanor Collett, who later married Ann around 1691.  Their only known son Benjamin was also born and baptised at Tewkesbury.

 

 

 

5K9

Benjamin Collett – see 5K9 (above)

Baptised on 30.05.1692 at Tewkesbury

 

 

 

 

5J8

Sarah Collett was born at Tewkesbury in 1672.  She married Richard Kendrick in September 1694, the brother of John Kendrick who married Sarah’s sister Eleanor Collett (above).

 

 

 

 

5J9

William Collett was born at Tewkesbury around 1675 and he married Ann Porter on 14th April 1696 at Ashchurch, which is one mile east of Tewkesbury.  All four children were baptised at Ashchurch where the baptism records confirmed the parents as William and Ann.

 

 

 

5K10

Ann Collett

Baptised on 04.04.1697 at Ashchurch

 

5K11

John Collett

Baptised on 02.03.1699 at Ashchurch

 

5K12

John Collett

Baptised on 22.12.1700 at Ashchurch

 

5K13

Elizabeth Collett

Baptised on 08.02.1702 at Ashchurch

 

 

 

 

5J10

Henry Collett from Charlton Kings was the base-born son of Henry Collett and was born in 1667, two years before his father married his mother.  Henry junior married Elizabeth in 1688 with whom he had two children who were both born and baptised at Tewkesbury.  Whether Elizabeth died during or just after the birth is not known, nor can it be confirmed that Henry then married Ann.  It is however, possible that the Henry who married Ann and fathered a son Benjamin in 1692 was actually Henry Collett (Ref. 5J7) above.

 

 

 

Henry was one of His Majesty’s (King George I) Justices of the Peace for the County of Gloucester.  He was also a Bencher of the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn.  Henry died on 26th July 1722 aged 55 and was buried in the family tomb in St Catherine’s Chapel in Tewkesbury Abbey.  (See Headstone Epitaphs)  Henry, just like his older brother Benjamin (above) was not mentioned in his father’s Will of 1712, perhaps because both were already financially set up and successful.

 

 

 

5K14

Henry Collett

Baptised on 07.11.1689 at Tewkesbury

 

5K15

Sarah Collett

Born in 1690 at Tewkesbury

 

The following is the only known child of Henry Collett by his wife Ann:

 

5K16

Benjamin Collett – see 5K9 (above)

Baptised on 30.05.1692 at Tewkesbury

 

 

 

 

5J11

Joyce Collett was baptised at Charlton Kings on 29th September 1670, the eldest daughter of Henry and Elizabeth Collett.  Judging by the reference in the Will of her father Henry Collett, she never married or at least was not married by 1712 when she was 42 years old.  Only youngest sister Sarah (below) was referred to as being married in the 1712 Will.

 

 

 

 

5J12

Elizabeth Collett was baptised at Charlton Kings on 15th February 1672, the daughter of Henry and Elizabeth Collett.  Just like her sister Joyce (above), Elizabeth was still single in 1712 when she was 40, judging by the reference to her in the Will of her father Henry Collett.

 

 

 

 

5J13

Sarah Collett was very likely born at Charlton Kings in 1674, where she was baptised on 13th August 1675, another daughter of Henry and Elizabeth Collett.  She married Edmund Goodrich on 24th April 1708 at the Church of St Mary de Lode in Gloucester, and just over four years later her father Henry Collett died.  Sarah Collett died at Tewkesbury on 9th September 1728 and was buried in St Catherine’s Chapel in Tewkesbury Abbey, where she was listed as the wife of Edmund Bradbury.  That is curious since Sarah and her husband Edmund Goodrich were both named in the Will of her father as inheriting his land upon the death of Sarah’s mother Elizabeth Collett.  (See Headstone Epitaphs).  That might mean she married Edmund Bradbury after she was had been married to Edmund Goodrich.

 

 

 

 

5J14

Benjamin Collett was born at Ashchurch in 1676, the son of Henry and Elizabeth Collett.  He was married twice, the first time to (1) Elizabeth and after to (2) Jemima Waterworth, whom he wed in the Spring of 1726.  All of the children came from the second marriage and were born and baptised at Tewkesbury.  Elizabeth, who was also born in 1675, died on 25th November 1725, at the age of 50.  Within a few months of her death Benjamin, who was then 51 years old, married twenty-five years old Jemima who was born in 1701, and who died on 22nd November 1753 at the age of 52.

 

 

 

Benjamin and his older brother Henry (above) were the only members of his father’s family not to be mentioned in his Will of 1712, although there was reference to each of the grandchildren, who each received ten shillings.  One of the possible reasons for that may be because Benjamin Collett of Gloucestershire and the son of Henry Collett received the Freedom of the City of London from his master Thomas Bowell in 1705.  Benjamin Collett died on 2nd April 1738, aged 63, and he and his two wives are listed on the family tombstone in St Catherine’s Chapel in Tewkesbury Abbey.  (See Headstone Epitaphs)

 

 

 

5K17

Henry Collett

Baptised on 04.03.1726 at Tewkesbury

 

5K18

Benjamin Collett

Baptised on 09.10.1728 at Tewkesbury

 

5K19

Joseph Collett

Baptised on 16.12.1729 at Tewkesbury

 

5K20

Waterworth Collett

Born in September 1731 at Tewkesbury

 

5K21

Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1735 at Tewkesbury

 

 

 

 

5J15

Eleanor Collett was born at Ashchurch around 1681, the daughter of Henry and Elizabeth Collett.  She later married Richard Clark at Tewkesbury on 15th June 1704.

 

 

 

 

5J16

William Collett was born at Ashchurch around 1683, the youngest son of Henry and Elizabeth Collett.  He was 23 years old when he married Ann Elizabeth Lovett at Ashchurch on 26th November 1706, where their son was born and baptised.

 

 

 

5K22

William Collett

Baptised on 19.04.1708 at Ashchurch

 

 

 

 

5J17

Mary Collett was born at Ashchurch around 1685, the youngest and last child of Henry and Elizabeth Collett.  It was twenty-three years later that she married Samuel Savage at Ashchurch on 10th March 1708.

 

 

 

 

5K1

William Collett was baptised at Tewkesbury on 14th September 1696, the only known son of William Collett and Sara Spilman.  He was around twenty years of age when he married Ann Parker at Tewkesbury on 27th December 1716, where all of their children were born and baptised.

 

 

 

5L1

Elizabeth Collett

Baptised on 30.08.1722; infant death

 

5L2

William Collett

Born circa 1725 at Tewkesbury

 

5L3

John Collett

Born circa 1730 at Tewkesbury

 

5L4

Henry Collett

Baptised on 12.12.1732 at Tewkesbury

 

5L5

Elizabeth Collett

Baptised on 28.01.1734 at Tewkesbury

 

5L6

Benjamin Collett

Baptised on 03.12.1736; infant death

 

5L7

Joseph Collett

Baptised on 28.05.1739 at Tewkesbury

 

5L8

Joseph Collett

Baptised on 03.05.1740 at Tewkesbury

 

5L9

Benjamin Collett

Born on 29.12.1741 at Tewkesbury

 

 

 

 

5K4

Mary Collett was baptised at Tewkesbury on 15th April 1689, the daughter of Richard Collett and his wife Ann Sparks.  It was also at Tewkesbury nearly twenty-four years later that she married William Turfoot on 29th January 1713.

 

 

 

 

5K8

Sarah Collett was baptised at Tewkesbury on 27th January 1698, another daughter of Richard Collett and Ann Sparks.  She married Fernando Wilks on 19th September 1726 at Kemerton, just north of Tewkesbury.

 

 

 

 

5K10

Ann Collett was baptised at Ashchurch on 4th April 1697, the eldest child of William Collett and his wife Ann Porter who were married there on 14th April 1696.

 

 

 

 

5K11

John Collett was baptised at Ashchurch on 2nd February 1699, the son of William and Ann Collett, but would appear to have suffered an infant death with the couple’s next child having the same name.

 

 

 

 

5K12

John Collett was baptised at Ashchurch on 22nd December 1700, the son of William and Ann Collett.  It would appear that upon reaching full age John left the Tewkesbury area, when he moved ten miles to the north-east, where he eventually married Elizabeth Wyatt at Badsey, just to the east of Evesham.

 

 

 

The continuation of the family line of John Collett of Ashchurch can be found in Part 57 – The Bakers of Abbots Morton in Worcestershire Line, which also incorporates the Colletts of Badsey, both in the introduction and in a separate appendix at the end of that file.

 

 

 

 

5K13

Elizabeth Collett was baptised at Ashchurch on 8th February 1702, the last known child of William Collett and his wife Ann Porter.

 

 

 

 

5K14

Henry Collett was baptised at Tewkesbury on 7th November 1689, where he married Elizabeth Webb on 20th May 1712, and where all of their children were born and baptised.  Henry died sometime after the birth of their third child, following which Mrs Elizabeth Collett married John Humphreys on 29th September 1719.

 

 

 

5L10

Ann Collett

Baptised on 16.07.1712 at Tewkesbury

 

5L11

Henry Collett

Born in 1714 at Tewkesbury

 

5L12

Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1715 at Tewkesbury

 

 

 

 

5K15

Sarah Collett was born at Tewkesbury in 1690, the daughter of Henry Collett and his first wife Elizabeth who sadly died just after Sarah was born.  It was also at Tewkesbury where Sarah Collett married Thomas Brown on 2nd October 1711.

 

 

 

 

5K17

Henry Collett was baptised at Tewkesbury on 4th March 1726, the eldest child of Benjamin Collett and his second wife Jemima Waterworth.  He later married Bridget who was born in 1728.  Henry was a Barrister at Law and all of the couple’s children were born and baptised at Tewkesbury.  Bridget died on 9th May 1763, at the relatively young age of 35, and that happened around the time of the birth of their last child.  Henry passed away just over eleven years later on 21st August 1774, when he was 47.  Both of them were buried in the family tomb at St Catherine’s Chapel in Tewkesbury Abbey, where they were later joined by three of their children, John Waterworth Collett, Jemima Collett and Frances Collett.

 

 

 

Not very far away from the family’s tomb, is tomb number 67, the tomb of the couple’s eldest and married daughter Ann Cliffe nee Collett, on which there is a Latin inscription that refers to her brother the Reverend Henry Collett.  The Collett tomb is listed as number 72 in the Abbey records and is described as ‘adjoining No 70 on the south side, in line with western part of St Catherine’s Chapel’.  The wording on the actual tomb is barely legible, but the verger at the Abbey kindly provided Sue James with a copy of the record, which confirms the words displayed in the website file Headstone Epitaphs 1 – Tewkesbury.

 

 

 

5L13

Ann Collett

Born in 1751 at Tewkesbury

 

5L14

Jemima Collett

Born in 1752 at Tewkesbury

 

5L15

Bridget Collett

Born in 1753 at Tewkesbury

 

5L16

Bridget Collett

Baptised on 02.09.1754 at Tewkesbury

 

5L17

Henry Collett

Born in 1754 at Tewkesbury

 

5L18

John Waterworth Collett

Born in 1757 at Tewkesbury

 

5L19

Frances Collett

Born in 1759 at Tewkesbury

 

5L20

Benjamin Collett

Born in 1763 at Tewkesbury

 

 

 

 

5K18

Benjamin Collett was baptised at Tewkesbury on 9th October 1728.  He was a surgeon but died when he was only 28 on 3rd May 1757, following which he was buried in the family tomb in St Catherine’s Chapel in Tewkesbury Abbey.  (See Headstone Epitaphs)

 

 

 

 

5K19

Joseph Collett was baptised at Tewkesbury on 16th December 1729 where he married Elizabeth Martin on 5th February 1752.  And it was there also where all of their children were born and baptised.  Joseph Collett died on 4th June 1771, aged 41, and was buried in the family tomb in St Catherine’s Chapel in Tewkesbury Abbey.  (See Headstone Epitaphs)

 

 

 

5L21

Elizabeth Collett

Baptised on 04.11.1753 at Tewkesbury

 

5L22

John Collett

Baptised on 30.12.1756 at Tewkesbury

 

5L23

John Collett

Born in December 1757 at Tewkesbury

 

5L24

Benjamin Collett

Baptised on 23.03.1759 at Tewkesbury

 

5L25

Elizabeth Collett

Baptised on 22.02.1761 at Tewkesbury

 

5L26

Susannah Collett

Baptised on 31.05.1762 at Tewkesbury

 

 

 

 

5K20

Waterworth Collett was born at Tewkesbury in September 1731, the son of Benjamin Collett and his second wife Jemima Waterworth.  In 1753 the name of Waterworth Collett was included in the book “Freemen of the City of Gloucester 1641-1838” as someone associated with Mayor James Herbert esquire, mayor 1752-53, when he was described as the son of Benjamin Collett esquire, late of Tewkesbury.  Twelve years later he was recorded as the master of apprentice William Cliffe to whom payment was made at Tewkesbury on 10th December 1765.  He was a gentleman and an Attorney at Law and he died at Tewkesbury on 18th November 1791, aged 60, following which he was buried in the family tomb at St Catherine’s Chapel in Tewkesbury Abbey.  (See Headstone Epitaphs).  On one occasion during his working life in 1766 Waterworth Collett provided surety of £500 for Prudence Oakey following the death of her husband William Oakey.  It is very interesting that their son was named Waterworth Oakey and he died in Tewkesbury, while the family of William Thomas Collett (Ref. 61N2) 1781-1863, of Charlton Abbots near Tewkesbury, had a close association with the Oakey family. 

 

 

 

His Will was made on 24th December 1789 when he signed his surname with a single letter T.  The Will read as follows: “This is the Last Will and Testament of me Waterworth Collet of Tewkesbury in the County of Gloucester gentleman for the disposition of that estate in my world wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me – In the first place I direct that all my just debts, funeral expenses and legacies herein after bequeathed shall be paid by my executor herein after named and I charge the whole of my real and personal estates with the payment thereof

 

 

 

Item I give and bequeath to my nephew and niece Allan Cliffe and Anna Cliffe the sum of Fifty Pounds each to be paid to them upon them attaining their respective ages of twenty-one years, but in case of the death of either of them before attaining such age, in such case my Will and Meaning is that the legacy or legacies of him, her or them so dying shall link into and become a part of the residium of my personal estate and go to my executor herein after named.  Item I give and bequeath to my servants Hannah Powell the sum of Thirty Pounds and to her sister Martha Powell the sum of Ten Pounds and I direct the same to be paid to them respectively within three months next after my decease

 

 

 

Item I give devise and bequeath into my nephew The Reverend Henry Collet [Ref. 5L17] of Tewkesbury aforesaid clerk who is my presumptive heir at law all my freehold messuages lands tenements and hereditaments situates lying and being in the County of Gloucester or elsewhere and all my estate right title and interest therein to hold unto and to the use of the said Henry Collet his heirs and assigns forever.  Item I give devise and bequeath unto the said Henry Collet all my copyhold and leasehold estates situates and lying and being in the County of Gloucester aforesaid or elsewhere and all my estate right title and interest therein respectively to hold unto the said Henry Collett his executors administrators or assigns for and during all such estate for life or lives, term or number of years which shall be to come therein respectively at the time of my decease and all the rent and residue of my money and securities for money, book debt, plate, china, linen, household goods and all other my personal estate of what nature sort or kind so ever which I am possessed of, interested in or entitled unto and have power to dispose of by this my Will I give and bequeath the same and every part thereof unto my nephew the said Henry Collet his executors administrators and assigns

 

 

 

Lastly I request that my body may be interred in the vault in which the bodies my later honoured father and mother lie and that not more than Fifteen Pounds shall be expended by my executor in my funeral; I appoint my said nephew Henry Collet sole executor of this my Will hereby revoking all former Wills by me at any time heretofore made.  In witness whereof I have hereto set my hand and seal this Twenty-Fourth Day of December in the year of our Lord One Thousand Seven Hundred and Eighty Nine.”  It was over two years after his death that his Will was proved at the Consistory Court of Gloucester during 1794.

 

 

 

 

5K21

Elizabeth Collett was born at Tewkesbury in 1735 and she died there on 27th March 1740 at the age of only four years.  She was buried in the family tomb in St Catherine’s Chapel in Tewkesbury Abbey.  (See Headstone Epitaphs)

 

 

 

 

5K22

William Collett was baptised at Ashchurch on 19th April 1708.  It would appear that he married Elizabeth, possibly at Tewkesbury, but NOT Elizabeth Johnson.  The William Collett who married her on 19th August 1731 was born at Upper Swell in 1701 where he was baptised at St Mary’s Church on 4th November 1701, the son of Richard and Mary Collett of Upper Swell.  The only child credited to William of Ashchurch and his wife Elizabeth in Henry who was baptised at Tewkesbury, whereas the children of William Collett (Ref. 64K1) and Elizabeth Johnson were all baptised at Upper Swell near Stow on the Wold.

 

 

 

5L27

Henry Collett

Baptised on 16.08.1733 at Tewkesbury

 

 

 

 

5L2

William Collett was born at Tewkesbury around 1725, the eldest son of William Collett and Ann Parker.  He later married Rebecca Godsell on 8th July 1746 at Tewkesbury, although to date, no record has been found to suggest that they ever had any children.  Within the Tewkesbury church records there is a further reference to William and Rebecca Collett for 25th May 1783 when they were the witnesses at the marriage of Richard Prew and Mary Hughes.  The record also indicates that William made the mark of a cross.

 

 

 

It is possible that William was in some way attached to the church as there were other occasions when a W B Collett was referred to as being a witness at other marriages.  With two brothers having the name Benjamin, it is likely that William B Collett was William Benjamin Collett.  It is not known when William died except that he was survived by his wife who died in 1812 and was buried at Tewkesbury on 25th November 1812.  The burial record referred to her as Rebecca Collett, the widow of William Collett.

 

 

 

 

5L3

John Collett was born at Tewkesbury around 1730, where he later married Elizabeth Stephens on 20th December 1751.

 

 

 

 

5L4

Henry Collett was baptised Tewkesbury on 12th December 1732, the son of William and Ann Collett.  It was also at Tewkesbury where he married Ann Price on 1st July 1760, and where all of their children were born and baptised.  The Tewkesbury burial records include the name of Henry Collett who was buried there on 22nd October 1811 but, with no age given at the time of death, it cannot be determined if it was this particular Henry Collett.  There is a possibility it may have been his son, listed with his children below, or alternatively it might have even been either of the Henry Colletts Ref. 5L27 or Ref. 5M18.

 

 

 

5M1

Hannah Collett

Baptised on 06.08.1761 at Tewkesbury

 

5M2

Henry Collett

Baptised on 05.12.1763 at Tewkesbury

 

5M3

John Collett

Baptised on 08.02.1768 at Tewkesbury

 

5M4

Nancy Collett

Baptised on 04.06.1770 at Tewkesbury

 

5M5

Sarah Collett

Baptised on 08.06.1772 at Tewkesbury

 

5M6

Catherine Smith Collett

Baptised on 31.07.1774 at Tewkesbury

 

 

 

 

5L5

Elizabeth Collett was baptised at Tewkesbury on 28th November 1734 as Elis Collett, the daughter of William and Ann Collett.  It was there also, on 29th May 1763 that she married John Rice who was born in 1732.  However, it is thought that Elizabeth Rice nee Collett died shortly after the birth of the couple’s first and only child, John Rice, who was born in 1770.  He later married Elizabeth Preece on 4th December 1792 at Tewkesbury in the presence of his father John Rice and Ann Blanch.  John and Elizabeth had thirteen children before John Rice died in 1844.

 

 

 

This is the family line of Jenni Rice of Australia

and Andy Rice in Worcestershire

 

 

 

It now seems very likely that John Rice senior and his wife Elizabeth Collett had more than just the one son John, since new information discovered by Jennie Cordner in March 2014 reveals that John Rice junior had a sister and in her Will she was curious referred to as Elizabeth Collett, otherwise Rice, a spinster.  Her Will, made on 18th August 1833, was proved on 1st March 1834 following her death on 20th September 1833.  That document listed the following beneficiaries:  Her brother John Rice, a fisherman of Tewkesbury, and his wife Elizabeth (Preece), her sister Mary Craddock, the wife of shoe-mender Thomas Craddock of Tewkesbury, and her brother James Rice, a porter of Tewkesbury.  For all of this to be logically correct, Elizabeth was very likely the base-born daughter of Elizabeth Collett, who took the Rice name after she married John Rice in 1763, placing her birth around 1762.  It would also indicate that Elizabeth Collett and John Rice had more than just their son John Rice, with Mary and James Rice being further offspring.

 

 

 

5Mx

Elizabeth Collett (otherwise Rice)

Born circa 1762 at Tewkesbury

 

 

 

 

5L7

Joseph Collett was baptised at Tewkesbury on 28th May 1739.  He was the son of William and Ann Collett, but sadly appears to have died shortly after he was born, since the next child born to William and Ann was also named Joseph (below).

 

 

 

 

5L8

Joseph Collett was born at Tewkesbury on 3rd May 1740, the son of William and Ann Collett.  It was also at Tewkesbury that he married Jane Lysom on 27th October 1760, and where all of their children were born and baptised.

 

 

 

5M7

William Collett

Baptised on 13.08.1761; infant death

 

5M8

John Collett

Born on 09.03.1763 at Tewkesbury

 

5M9

Joseph Collett

Baptised on 22.12.1764; infant death

 

5M10

Joseph Collett

Born on 29.12.1765 at Tewkesbury

 

5M11

William Collett

Baptised on 13.03.1768 at Tewkesbury

 

 

 

 

5L11

Henry Collett was born at Tewkesbury in 1714.  He married Theodosia Williams on 2nd November 1734 at Tewkesbury and was baptised there as an adult on 19th May 1735, prior to the christening of his first child three months later.  All of the couple’s children were born and baptised at Tewkesbury.

 

 

 

5M12

Ann Collett

Baptised on 21.08.1735 at Tewkesbury

 

5M13

Jane Collett

Baptised on 07.07.1737 at Tewkesbury

 

5M14

Mary Collett

Baptised on 13.09.1739 at Tewkesbury

 

 

 

 

5L12

Elizabeth Collett was born at Tewkesbury in 1715.  There is a possibility that she was the Elizabeth Collett who married Samuel Hawkins at Tewkesbury on 6th November 1753.  It needs to be determined whether she married as a spinster or a widow, so further work is required to resolve this matter.

 

 

 

 

5L13

Ann Collett was born at Tewkesbury in 1751, the eldest child of Henry and Bridget Collett.  It was in 1771 that she married William Cliffe, with whom she had a daughter.  Ann Cliffe nee Collett died on 16th October 1777 at the young age of 26.

 

 

 

Following her passing, her body was laid to rest in the family tomb in St Catherine’s Chapel in Tewkesbury Abbey.  According to the Abbey records the tomb is listed as being number 67, and is described as ‘adjoining number 66, and on the north of it’.  The Abbey record also includes the following words in Latin, which appear on the tomb.  ‘Hic inter cineres paternos quod, mortale fuit sui deponi voluit, Revdus Henricus Colleth A. In quod immortale non nisi per, Salvatoris merita deo occipiendurro, et cum plurimo honorum ominium, xx humillime efflavit ix die Julie anno domini MDCCCIII, Etatis suae XLVIII’.

 

 

 

That is then followed by an epitaph, in English, for her daughter Anna Cliffe, even though she was buried at Dawlish in Devon.  The Latin section above is a reference to the brother of Ann Collett, he being the Reverend Henry Collett (below).  The website file Headstone Epitaphs 1 – Tewkesbury, contains the words written on the tomb for both Ann Cliffe nee Collett and her daughter Anna Cliffe.

 

 

 

5M15

Anna Cliffe

Born in 1771 at Tewkesbury

 

 

 

 

5L14

Jemima Collett was baptised at Tewkesbury on 13th April 1752.  She never married and died on 10th April 1783, aged 31.  She was buried in the family tomb in St Catherine’s Chapel in Tewkesbury Abbey.  (See Headstone Epitaphs)

 

 

 

 

5L15

Bridget Collett was baptised at Tewkesbury on 25th July 1753 and she died on 30th August 1754 aged just 14 months.  She was buried in the family tomb in St Catherine’s Chapel in Tewkesbury Abbey.  (See Headstone Epitaphs)

 

 

 

 

5L17

Henry Collett was baptised at Tewkesbury on 16th October 1754.  He was educated at Pembroke College in Oxford, from where he matriculated on 27th May 1772 aged 18.  The college record confirmed that he was the son of Henry Collett of Tewkesbury.  Henry went on to obtain his BA on 19th April 1776.  The next major event in his life was his marriage to Sarah Woodford.  That took place at Tewkesbury on 1st January 1778.  The marriage register stated that the wedding was performed by banns in the presence of James and Elizabeth Lane, and it was also at Tewkesbury that all of Henry’s and Sarah’s children were born and baptised.

 

 

 

Henry continued to attend Pembroke College after he was married, where he received his MA on 15th July 1783, following which he became the Reverend Henry Collett.  For both his ordination as deacon at Christ Church in Oxford on 15th June 1777, and priest at Hereford Cathedral on 30th May 1779, he was given special dispensation by the Bishop, through letters dimissory, granting him permission to depart to another diocese.  As a deacon, permission was given by the Bishop of Gloucester and when priested, it was given by the Bishop of Coventry & Lichfield.  That was very unusual, but it is not known why it applied to Henry.

 

 

 

It is also known that, at some time in his life, Henry was the curate at the church of St Martin de Tour in Woolstone near Bishop’s Cleeve, to the east of Tewkesbury. 

The church boasts a famous leaning tower, the result of the underlying geologic structure on Crane Hill.  In 1471 the opposing armies of Lancaster and York fought the bloody Battle of Tewkesbury, following which the defeated Lancastrians sought sanctuary in the church.  However, the Yorkists cared nothing for convention and entered the church, where they discovered and slaughtered their prey, causing the church to be re-consecrated.

 

 

 

It is interesting that St Martin de Tour was the patron saint of soldiers.  In addition to the Woolstone connection, there are also parish records at Tewkesbury in which Henry Collett was listed as a witness at some events.  The first of them was on 26th September 1775 at the marriage of Walter Powell of Bourton-on-the-Hill and Hannah Hammond of Tewkesbury.  The next was on 9th April 1793 for the marriage of the Reverend Robert Knight and Harriet Mercy Humphreys.  At some time in their lives Henry and Sarah resided at 82 Church Street in Tewkesbury, just a short distance from Tewkesbury Abbey.

 

 

 

Henry Collett died on 9th July 1803 at the age of 48, following which he was buried in St Catherine’s Chapel in the south side of the Ambulatory.  His tombstone, number 67, unlike other members of the Collett family, is the only one with the epitaph written in Latin, the rough translation of which is included below, although there are still two sections that have not been fully understood.  ‘It was here, between the ruins and the ashes, that our father's mortal body was laid to rest ........ Rev. Henry Collett, MA ........ and with the greatest humility and honour, he passed away 9th day of July, in the year of 1803, at the age of 48’.  The same tomb also contains the body of his eldest sister, Anne Cliffe nee Collett, and the tombstone itself includes a mention of her daughter Anna Cliffe who was buried at Dawlish in Devon.

 

 

 

5M16

Elizabeth Collett

Baptised on 30.12.1778; infant death

 

5M17

Elizabeth Collett

Born in December 1779 at Tewkesbury

 

5M18

Henry Collett

Baptised on 20.04.1781 at Tewkesbury

 

5M19

Samuel Collett

Baptised on 15.02.1784 at Tewkesbury

 

5M20

William Collett

Baptised on 26.03.1786 at Tewkesbury

 

5M21

Rebecca Collett

Born in January 1789 at Tewkesbury

 

5M22

Waterworth Henry Collett

Baptised on 29.01.1792 at Tewkesbury

 

5M23

James Collett

Baptised on 04.06.1797 at Tewkesbury

 

 

 

 

5L18

John Waterworth Collett was baptised at Tewkesbury on 21st October 1757.  He was a gentleman and member of Brasenose College in Oxford in 1774.  He died on 13th July 1778 aged 21 and was buried in the family tomb in St Catherine’s Chapel in Tewkesbury Abbey.  (See Headstone Epitaphs)

 

 

 

 

5L19

Frances Collett was born at Tewkesbury in 1759 and was baptised there on 13th February 1760 and died on 22nd December 1786, aged 27.  No record has been found to suggest that she ever married.  She was buried in the family tomb in St Catherine’s Chapel in Tewkesbury Abbey.  (See Headstone Epitaphs)

 

 

 

 

5L20

Benjamin Collett was born at Tewkesbury on 6th April 1763 and he died three days later on 9th April 1763.  He was buried in the family tomb in St Catherine’s Chapel in Tewkesbury Abbey.  (See Headstone Epitaphs)

 

 

 

 

5L21

Elizabeth Collett was baptised at Tewkesbury on 4th November 1753 and she died on 23rd June 1760 at the age of just six years.  She was buried in the family tomb in St Catherine’s Chapel in Tewkesbury Abbey.  (See Headstone Epitaphs)

 

 

 

 

5L22

John Collett was baptised at Tewkesbury on 30th December 1756.  Together with his cousin John Waterworth Collett (above), he was educated at Brasenose College in Oxford where he matriculated on 8th December 1774 at the age of 18 and where the college record confirms that he was the son of Joseph Collett of Tewkesbury.

 

 

 

 

5L24

Benjamin Collett was baptised at Tewkesbury on 23rd March 1759 and he died on 31st October 1773, aged 14.  He was buried in the family tomb in St Catherine’s Chapel in Tewkesbury Abbey.  (See Headstone Epitaphs)

 

 

 

 

5L26

Susannah Collett was baptised at Tewkesbury on 31st May 1762 and her father Joseph died in June 1771 when she was nine years old.  Just over twelve years later she married George Woolley by licence at Tewkesbury on 11th December 1783.  The Tewkesbury register confirmed that Susannah Collett was of this parish, while her husband was from the parish of St Catherine in the City of Gloucester.  The witnesses to the marriage were Susannah’s widowed mother Eliza (Elizabeth) Collett and W B Collett.  W B Collett may have been attached to the church as his name appears on more than one occasion within the church records.  It is therefore possible that he was William Collett (Ref. 5L2) and the cousin of Susannah.

 

 

 

 

5L27

Henry Collett was baptised at Tewkesbury on 16th August 1733, the son of William and Elis Collett.  He later married Hannah around 1762 and all of their children were born and baptised at Tewkesbury.  In his Will he was described as Henry Collett of Tewkesbury, a seedsman.  However, it was only his four daughters who were named in the Will as being beneficiaries, and they were Hannah, the wife of George Matthews, and spinster Mary Collett, each of whom received one hundred pounds, and spinsters Ann and Charlotte Collett who shared the residue of his estate.

 

 

 

5M24

William Collett

Baptised on 09.10.1763 at Tewkesbury

 

5M25

Hannah Collett

Baptised on 19.03.1765 at Tewkesbury

 

5M26

Ann Collett

Baptised on 25.08.1767 at Tewkesbury

 

5M27

Mary Collett

Baptised on 29.06.1769 at Tewkesbury

 

5M28

John Collett

Baptised on 16.06.1771 at Tewkesbury

 

5M29

Charlotte Collett

Baptised on 03.07.1774 at Tewkesbury

 

 

 

 

5M5

Sarah Collett was baptised at Tewkesbury on 8th June 1772.  She was twice married at Tewkesbury within five years of each other.  In the first occasion she married (1) Joseph Morris on 15th August 1802.  Joseph was a widower of the parish of Tewkesbury, while Sarah was a spinster.  The couple were married by banns in the presence of James Cooper and Elizabeth Collett who both made their mark with a cross.  Elizabeth Collett may have been Sarah’s aunt and sister-in-law to Sarah’s father Henry Collett.

 

 

 

Some tragedy befell Sarah and Joseph when shortly after they were married Sarah was made a widow by the death of her husband.  It is not known whether the short marriage produced any children.  Within the next few years Sarah married (2) James Hill on 14th April 1807.  James was a widower of Tewkesbury as Sarah was a widow and they were married by banns in the presence of William Tompkins and Ruth Martin.  Both Sarah and James signed the register with the mark of a cross.

 

 

 

 

5M8

John Collett was born at Tewkesbury on 9th March 1763.  Two of his brothers died as infants but there is no similar record for John.  For some reason his parents, Joseph Collett and Jane Lysom, seem not to have arranged his baptism until he was over six years old, when the records show he was baptised at Tewkesbury on 10th December 1769.  It is possible, having regard to his age, that he may have been married prior to the turn of the century.  There was a number of John Colletts born in Tewkesbury in the 1760s that married there and had children, and this John may have been one of them. 

 

 

 

However, at some time in his adult life, perhaps for work reasons, John seems to have moved west from Tewkesbury towards Hereford where he appears to have settled to the south-east of the town in the village of Frownhope.  The fact that he was ‘free to move’ may indicate that he was not married, nor had he any children.

 

 

 

For the continuation of this family line see

Part 40 – The Hereford Line

 

 

 

 

5M10

Joseph Collett was baptised at Tewkesbury on 29th December 1765.  He later married Margaret Weaver on 13th October 1796 at St Mary de Lode Church in Gloucester, although there is an earlier date for their wedding at the same church on 27th May 1796.  Four of their five known children were baptised at Tewkesbury, with the exception being their second son Cornelius who was baptised at St Michael’s Church in Gloucester.

 

 

 

5N1

Joseph Collett

Born in 1797 at Tewkesbury

 

5N2

Cornelius Collett

Baptised on 24.03.1799 at Gloucester

 

5N3

Frederick Collett

Baptised on 20.06.1802 at Tewkesbury

 

5N4

Jane Collett

Baptised on 10.01.1806 at Tewkesbury

 

5N5

Eliza Collett

Baptised on 02.04.1815 at Tewkesbury

 

 

 

 

5M11

William Collett was baptised at Tewkesbury on 13th March 1768, the son of Joseph Collett and his wife Jane Lysom.  It was twenty-nine years later that he married Mary Crosswell on 5th March 1797 at St Mary de Lode Church in Gloucester.  Once married the couple settled initially in Tewkesbury, where their first three children were baptised.  It would very much appear, following the birth of their third known son, that the couple moved to Bredon, approximately three miles north-east of Tewkesbury, since it was there that their two daughters were born and baptised. 

 

 

 

It was also at Malthouse Row in Bredon that the couple was still living in 1841, when William Collett had a rounded age of 75, while his wife Mary was 65.  Also living in Bredon, not far from her elderly parents, was their daughter-in-law Catherine Collett, the widow of their late son William, with her three children.  No further record of William and Mary has been found after that time, which very likely indicates that they both died during the 1840s.  The family’s connection with the village of Bredon was also confirmed by their son John Crosswell Collett who, twenty years later in the census of 1861 said he was born there, having moved there from Tewkesbury with his family when he was a very young child.

 

 

 

In addition to all of the above, there is an unresolved issue surrounding possibly another William and Mary Collett or even the same couple, who had a son William who was baptised at Bredon on 12th January 1800, the child having been born there on 20th December 1799.  If they were the same William and Mary it might indicate that the couple’s first-born son William died while an infant, and that their next son was given the same name.  Mary Crosswell was born in 1777 and died after 1841, as did William.

 

 

 

5N6

William Collett

Born in 1798 at Tewkesbury

 

5N7

John Crosswell Collett

Born in 1800 at Tewkesbury

 

5N8

Joseph Collett

Born in 1802 at Tewkesbury

 

5N9

Ann Collett

Born in 1806 at Bredon, Worcs.

 

5N10

Sarah Collett

Born in 1807 at Bredon, Worcs.

 

 

 

Another Joseph Collett (Ref. 13N2) born on 15.02.1803 in Stroud was the brother of James Lyford Collett (Ref. 13N1) who was born at Stroudwater on 14.02.1800.  They were the sons of William and Martha Collett.  James emigrated to South Africa in 1821, while Joseph went to America.

See Part 13 – The Stroud to South Africa and New Zealand Line

 

 

 

 

5M15

Anna Cliffe was the daughter of Ann Collett and William Cliffe and was born at Tewkesbury in 1771.  When Anna was only five years old her mother died and was buried at Tewkesbury.  A church record at Tewkesbury reveals that Anna was still living at Tewkesbury in 1793 when she was listed as one of the witnesses to the marriage of the Reverend Robert Knight and Harriet Mercy Humphreys on the ninth of April that year.  Also listed as a witness was clerk Henry Collett, who may have been Anna’s uncle the Reverend Henry Collett (Ref. 5L17).  Anna Cliffe never married and died in 1803 at the age of 33.  She was buried at Dawlish in Devon, although there is an epitaph to her in St Catherine’s Chapel of Tewkesbury Abbey.  That is on the tomb which contains the body of her mother Ann Cliffe nee Collett and her uncle the Reverend Henry Collett, her mother’s younger brother.  (See Headstone Epitaphs)

 

 

 

 

5M18

Henry Collett was born at Tewkesbury on 1st April 1781, where he was baptised on 20th April 1781, the eldest son of Henry Collett and his wife Sarah Woodford.  Henry left Tewkesbury and made his way to London where it is believed he married Sarah (possibly Chapman) at Christ Church in Newgate on 25th January 1801.  The marriage produced two known sons for the couple, both of whom were born at Finsbury in London, and both boys were baptised at St Luke’s Church in Old Street in Finsbury.  It is understood, but from an unverified source, that three further children were added to the family and they were Elizabeth, Hester Mary and Charles.  What is interesting is that their sons Henry and George have featured in a DNA Study undertaken in the USA by Barry Collett in 2008, and it is through that exercise they have been identified as the sons of Henry and Sarah. 

 

 

 

However, another source gives the second name of son Henry as Stafford although, according to that same source, he was born on 24th November 1805 – no birth place specified.

 

 

 

5N11

Henry Collett

Born on 24.11.1803 at St Luke’s, Finsbury

 

5N12

Elizabeth Collett

Born on 30.09.1804 at St Luke’s, Finsbury

 

5N13

Hester Mary Collett

Born on 07.05.1806 at St Luke’s, Finsbury

 

5N14

Charles Collett

Born on 24.07.1809 at St Giles’, Cripplegate

 

5N15

George Collett

Born on 09.02.1811 at St Luke’s, Finsbury

 

 

 

 

5M19

Samuel Collett was baptised at Tewkesbury on 15th February 1784.  And it was there that he married Mary Shepherd on 1st July 1804.  Samuel and Mary both signed the register with the mark of a cross and both were confirmed as being of the parish of Tewkesbury, he a bachelor and she a spinster.  They were married by banns in the presence of William Hampton and Mary’s mother Elizabeth Shepherd, and over the following eight years they had four children who were all born and baptised at Tewkesbury.  Earlier research into this family is believed to have uncovered information that they eventually emigrated to South Africa.  However, the story may have applied to one or more of their children, since new information has been found that places Samuel and Mary Collett from Tewkesbury as living in Cheltenham in 1851.  Samuel Collett was 69 and his wife Mary was 68.

 

 

 

5N16

Mary Ann Collett

Baptised on 21.04.1805 at Tewkesbury

 

5N17

William Collett

Baptised on 19.10.1806 at Tewkesbury

 

5N18

Thomas Shepherd Collett

Baptised on 03.12.1807 at Tewkesbury

 

5N19

Harriett Collett

Baptised on 06.12.1812 at Tewkesbury

 

 

 

 

5M20

William Collett was baptised at Tewkesbury on 26th March 1786, the son of Henry Collett and his wife Sarah Woodford. 

 

 

 

 

5M22

Waterworth Henry Collett was born at Tewkesbury in 1791 where he was baptised on 29th January 1792, the son of Henry and Sarah Collett.  Waterworth, who was named after his great grandmother Jemima Waterworth, married Sally Fowler at Kempsey, just south of Worcester on 11th August 1824.  She was born at Ripple near Naunton, just south-east of Upton-on-Severn, although it was at Naunton where she was baptised as Sally Fowler on 12th April 1795.  She was also recorded as Sally on the occasion of her marriage, when her husband was mistakenly recorded as Walterworth Collett.  At other times in his life he was named simply as Walter Collett, perhaps of his own choosing.

 

 

 

The marriage produced three children for Waterworth and Sally, and all of them were born and baptised at Tewkesbury, although the baptism record for the couple’s first child has not been located as yet.  In addition to that, their third child and only son died before reaching ten years of age.  By the time of the first British census in June 1841, the family was living at Hanley Castle, one mile north of Upton-on-Severn and within the parish of Great Malvern.  ‘Walter Collett’ was 50, his wife ‘Sarah Collett’ was 47, and their two surviving children were Mary who was 18, and Charlotte who was 16.  Walter was described as working as an agricultural labourer, which seems at odds with the fact that his father was educated at Oxford and held the title of Reverend Henry Collett of Tewkesbury.  That therefore raises the question as to whether Waterworth had some sort of falling-out with his parents.

 

 

 

Ten years later in 1851 Waterworth Collett was 59 and his place of birth was confirmed as Tewkesbury.  By that time in his life he was working as a hose frame knitter and, living with him in the village of North Malvern within the Hanley Castle registration district, was his wife Sally Collett who was 56 and a laundress from Ripple in Worcestershire, together with their daughter Charlotte Collett who was 24 and a laundress from Tewkesbury.  The couple’s eldest daughter Mary Ann was married with a family of her own by then, and on her marriage certificate her father was named as ‘Walter Collett’ and his occupation as that of a weaver.

 

 

 

Just over three years later Waterworth Collett became a widower when his wife Sarah Collett died at Hanley Castle on 20th May 1854.  Her death was reported to the registrar in Great Malvern by her son-in-law John Banner, the husband of Mary Ann Collett, and the death certificate named her husband as Walterworth Collett, a. stocking weaver.  Waterworth and his daughter Charlotte remained living at Hanley Castle where they were still recorded as living at the time of the census in 1861, when it was once again listed as North Malvern.  Walterworth H Collett was 69 and a labourer, while his unmarried daughter was 34 and a laundress.

 

 

 

Over the following years Charlotte became a married lady but continued to live at Hanley Castle and near to where her elderly father was living.  On 3rd May 1870 the death of ‘Walter Collett’ aged 78 was reported to the registrar in Great Malvern by John Nott, the husband of Charlotte Collett, the death certificate confirming that he had been a stocking weaver.  The Will of Walter Collett, late of the parish of Great Malvern, valued at under £20, was proved at Worcester on the 5th August 1870 by the oath of William Henry Mason, a grocer, one of the executors.

 

 

 

5N20

Mary Ann Collett

Born in 1824 at Tewkesbury

 

5N21

Charlotte Collett

Born in 1826 at Tewkesbury

 

5N22

Timothy Collett

Born in 1828 at Tewkesbury

 

 

 

 

5M23

James Collett was born at Tewkesbury and was baptised there on 4th June 1797, the youngest child of Henry Collett and Sarah Woodford.  New information has come to light during 2011, which raises the question as to whether or not he had a son by the name of Henry Vine Collett.  The child, for whom no baptism record has been found, was added to this file sometime between 2002 and 2008, but sadly no record can now be found to confirm the source of the information.  Furthermore, it is now established that a Henry Vine Collett was born in Cornwall during 1832, and it seems unlikely that there were two people with that same name, who were born in the same year. 

 

 

 

For the time being Henry Vine Collett will remain here as the son of James Collett, but at the same time a new file has been opened for Henry Vine Collett, the son of Henry and Ann Collett, who was born at Truro in 1832. 

 

For further details go to Part 58 – The Line of Henry Vine Collett [Cornwall to New Zealand].

 

 

 

What is known for sure about James Collett of Tewkesbury is that he was a soldier and was married to Eliza who was born in Liverpool in 1808.  The IGI includes the marriage of James Collett and Eliza Matilda Sweny as taking place at the Church of St Mary the Virgin at Deane in Lancashire on 3rd April 1827.  Once married James’ occupation may have taken him to many places, but it is certainly known that in 1841 the two of them were living in Cheltenham when their daughter was born.

 

 

 

By the time of the census in 1851 the family was living within the parish of St Michael in Chester.  James Collett, age 52 and from Tewkesbury, was a servant and a Chelsea Pensioner living and working at the Grosvenor Street home of Charles Hervey, age 36, who was a half pay captain in the army, who had been born in Mauritius and who was described as a British Subject.  James’ wife was Eliza Collett, age 42 and from Liverpool, who was the cook, while their daughter Jemima Collett from Cheltenham was a ten years old school girl.  It seems likely that Eliza died during the 1850s, since James Collett, age 64, was a widow by 1861 when he was living at Market Street in Manchester with just his daughter Jemima, age 19, for company.

 

 

 

No record of James or his daughter have been found in the next census of 1871, so by then James had very likely passed away and Jemima was probably married by then. 

 

 

 

5N23

Henry Vine Collett

Born in 1832

 

5N24

Jemima Collett

Born in 1841 at Cheltenham

 

 

 

 

5M24

William Collett was baptised at Tewkesbury on 9th October 1763, the eldest child of Henry and Hannah Collett.  It would appear that he was not alive at the time his father made out his Will, as it was only his four sisters who were named as beneficiaries.

 

 

 

 

5M25

Hannah Collett was baptised at Tewkesbury on 19th March1765, the eldest daughter of Henry and Hannah Collett.  According to her father’s Will, in which she was left one hundred pounds, Hannah was the wife of George Matthews.

 

 

 

 

5M26

Ann Collett was baptised at Tewkesbury on 25th August 1767, the daughter of Henry and Hannah Collett.  Previously written here it stated that she later married William Pitman on 4th October 1795.  However, that appears not to be correct because in 1827 when Ann made her Will she was still a spinster.  The confirming statement in the Will referred to her younger sister and spinster Charlotte Collett who was the only member of the family named therein, as reproduced below.  In addition to that, it was as spinster Ann Collett that she inherited part of her father’s estate jointly with her unmarried sister Charlotte Collett (below).

 

 

 

“I Ann Collett spinster of the Borough of Tewkesbury Gloucestershire August 29th 1827 do make my last Will revoking all former Wills being through God’s mercy in my sound memory and understanding I give to Charlotte Collett my youngest sister and spinster my part of the house we live in No. 9 High Street Tewkesbury to her and to whom she shall appoint her heir or heirs after my decease.  Also linen, money, whatever it may be debts, clothes, plate silver, I mean all my little ornaments rings etc, found in my house.  Also my house situated in Church Street in Pittaways Entry to her Charlotte Collett to her and whom she may make her heir or heirs and God Almighty bless her with it was as she is deserving.  I also give to my said Charlotte Collett all and every of my effects whatsoever not withstanding they are not mentioned in this Will to which I sign my name”.  The signing of the Will was witnessed by Sarah Pennell, Harriet Dudfield and William Ricketts.  The Will was eventually proved in 1837.

 

 

 

 

5M27

Mary Collett was baptised at Tewkesbury on 29th June 1769, the daughter of Henry and Hannah Collett.  According to the terms of the Will of her father, spinster Mary Collett received one hundred pounds, as did her eldest married sister Hannah Matthews (above), while it was her unmarried sisters Ann and Charlotte who shared the residual of his estate.

 

 

 

 

5M28

John Collett was baptised at Tewkesbury on 16th June 1771.  He married Jane in 1790 and all of their children were born and baptised at Tewkesbury, although no birth or baptism records for the two youngest children have been found albeit known that they were certainly siblings.  The record for the baptism of surviving son William listed his parents John and Jane Collett as protestant dissenters.  Upon the occasion of the marriage of their son Richard in 1843 his father was named as John Collett whose trade was that of a stocking maker, the same as Richard and his sister Elizabeth.  With the father of Richard’s bride being simply described as ‘dead’, it is assumed that John Collett, the stocking maker, was still alive in 1843.  What is of interest is that the marriage took place in Cheltenham where two years earlier John Collet (sic) aged 70 years was recorded as living in the census of 1841.

 

 

 

5N25

Jane Collett

Baptised on 16.08.1790 at Tewkesbury

 

5N26

Anne Collett

Baptised on 24.01.1792 at Tewkesbury

 

5N27

John Collett

Baptised on 24.02.1795 at Tewkesbury

 

5N28

William Collett

Baptised on 04.06.1797; infant death

 

5N29

William Collett

Baptised on 07.01.1799 at Tewkesbury

 

5N30

Elizabeth Collett

Born circa 1800 at Tewkesbury

 

5N31

Richard Collett

Born circa 1805 at Tewkesbury

 

 

 

 

5M29

Charlotte Collett was baptised at Tewkesbury on 3rd July 1774, the last child of Henry and Hannah Collett.  All that is known about her is that she was still a spinster at the time her father made out his Will in favour of her and her three sisters, Hannah, Ann and Mary (above).

 

 

 

 

5N1

Joseph Collett was born at Tewkesbury in 1797, the eldest son of Joseph Collett and his wife Margaret Weaver.  It was also at Tewkesbury that Joseph junior married Hester Beale on 2nd February 1817.  However, the Tewkesbury baptism record for their son Henry gave the name of the boy’s mother as Elizabeth, rather than Hester or Esther, but with no later record of him it is possible that he did not survived beyond infancy or childhood.

 

 

 

5O1

Henry Collett

Baptised on 19.10.1817 at Tewkesbury

 

 

 

 

5N2

Cornelius Collett was baptised at St Michael’s Church in Gloucester on 24th March 1799, the son of Joseph and Margaret Collett.  He married (1) Hester Wither Bale on 31st May 1822 at Tewkesbury.  Both of the couple’s known sons were born and baptised at Tewkesbury and the individual baptism records stated that the father was Cornelius, while the mother’s name was given as Hester and Esther respectively.  It was previously stated here that Cornelius married (2) Amelia Harrison on 13th May 1833 at Churcham, just to the west of Gloucester, and that it only happened following the assumed death of his first wife.  However, it has been revealed in the 1841 census records for Tewkesbury that Cornelius Collett was still married to Esther.

 

 

 

That first national census in Great Britain specified adult ages to the nearest five years, so Cornelius and Esther were both recorded as being forty, while their son William Collett was 15.  No record for the couple’s eldest son Joseph has been found in 1841 or 1851, so it is possible that he suffered a childhood death.

 

 

 

Ten years later in 1851 the census that year recorded the couple’s ages more accurately.  Cornelius Collett was 51 and his wife Esther was 53.  Also by that time, their son William Collett was listed as being 23 years old.  All three of them were confirmed as being born at Tewkesbury where they were living at Gravel Walk.  All three members of the household were described as having the occupation of a stock (stocking) frame work knitter.  After a further ten years they were still living in Tewkesbury in 1861, when Cornelius was 61 and Esther was 63.  It was also just prior to the census in 1861 that their son William had died at Tewkesbury, leaving his widow Charlotte with four young children.

 

 

 

Following the death of his own wife sometime after 1861, Cornelius went to live at the home of his daughter–in-law, where he was recorded in both of the census returns for 1871 and 1881.  By 1871 Cornelius was 71 when he was living with Charlotte Collett and her two youngest children.  Also living with the family in Tewkesbury was Charlotte’s father Charles Scott who was 75.

 

 

 

According to the next census in 1881 Cornelius Collett, age 81 and a stocking weaver, was living at 20 Spring Gardens in Tewkesbury, where head of the household was widow Charlotte Collett, age 55, a cord winder from Tewkesbury.  All of her children had left the family home by then, but still living with her was her father Charles Scott, age 83, who was a cord winder from Painswick.  Cornelius Collett was 84 when he died just over three years later, his death recorded at Tewkesbury (Ref. 6a 300) during the last three months of 1884.

 

 

 

5O2

Joseph Collett

Baptised on 16.12.1824 at Tewkesbury

 

5O3

William Collett

Baptised on 21.12.1828 at Tewkesbury

 

 

 

 

5N3

Frederick Collett was baptised at Tewkesbury on 20th June 1802, the son of Joseph and Margaret Collett.  When he was 26 years of age he married Ann Tarling in Cheltenham during April 1828.  Two different dates for the event are indicated on the IGI, the first being 13th April, and the second being 28th April.  Once married the couple settled in Charlton Kings, to the south and east of Cheltenham, and it was there that their three known children were born and baptised when, on each occasion, the parents were recorded as Frederick and Ann Collett.  It was also at Charlton Kings that the family was living at the time of the census in 1841.  The census return listed the family as Frederick Collett and his wife Ann, both with a rounded age of 35, while their three daughters were Eliza Collett, who was eleven, Emma Collett, who was eight, and Elizabeth Collett who was six years old.

 

 

 

The family was still living in Charlton Kings at the end of the decade, but by the time of the census in 1851 only the couple’s youngest daughter was still living at the family home in Charlton Kings.  The family’s surname on that occasion was spelt with just one t, so Frederick Collet from Tewkesbury was 49, his wife Ann was 51, and daughter Elizabeth Collet was 16.  Living and working nearby in Charlton Kings, and under the correct spelling of her name, was the couple’s eldest daughter Eliza Collett, who was 22, and whose place of birth was confirmed as Charlton Kings, while the other absent daughter Emma was living and working in Cheltenham at the age of 19, although her place of birth was noted by her employer as Cheltenham, rather than Charlton Kings.

 

 

 

In 1861 Frederick and Ann were living alone in Charlton Kings, where Frederick Collett from Tewkesbury was 59, and his wife Ann Collett was 61.  With no trace of any of their three daughters, it may be assumed that they were all married by that time.  The couple was also recorded as still residing in Charlton Kings ten years later in 1871, when Frederick was 69 and Ann was 70.  Towards the end of the next decade both of them passed away at Charlton Kings within a few months of each other.  First Ann Collett nee Tarling died during the fourth quarter of 1879, her death at 78 years recorded at Cheltenham (Ref. 6a 276), while it was there also that the death of Frederick Collett, at the age of 77, was recorded (Ref. 6a 307) during the first three months of 1880.

 

 

 

5O4

Eliza Collett

Baptised on 05.07.1829 at Charlton Kings

 

5O5

Emma Collett

Baptised on 05.07.1832 at Charlton Kings

 

5O6

Elizabeth Collett

Baptised on 03.05.1835 at Charlton Kings

 

 

 

 

5N6

William Collett was baptised at Tewkesbury on 1st April 1798, the eldest child of William Collett and his wife Mary Crosswell.  It is also worth noting that a later William Collett, born to William and Mary was baptised at Bredon on 12th January 1800.  It was around the time that he was five years of age that his parents moved to the hamlet of Bredon’s Hardwick in Worcestershire, about than three miles north-east of Tewkesbury.  When he was approaching thirty years of age William married Catherine Sutton, following which the couple continued to live in Bredon’s Hardwick where their three children were born.  However, it was at nearby village of Bredon that the children were baptised at St Giles’ Church, when the children’s parents were confirmed as William and Catherine Collett.

 

 

 

Tragically it was around the time of the birth of the couple’s third child when William Collett died during 1839 or 1840, leaving Catherine as a widow with three young children.  That sad event for the family was confirmed in the census of 1841 when Catherine Collett, with a rounded age of 30, was still living in Bredon, with her three children, but at the home of Catherine’s older married brother William Sutton and his wife Mary.  Her three children that day were John Collett who was ten, William Collett who was six, and Mary Collett who was two years old.

 

 

 

Ten years later and, following the deaths of her parents-in-law, Catherine Collett appears to have left Bredon, when she moved into the town of Tewkesbury, where she was living in 1851.  The only one of her children still living with her at that time was her youngest child Mary.  Catherine Collett was 48 (sic), while Mary Collett was 12 years of age.  Catherine’s age of 48 is known to be an error since she was actually 42, having been born around 1808.

 

 

 

Catherine’s son John had remained living and working in Bredon and was the only Collett still living in the village in 1851, where he was recorded in the census that year as John Collett, aged 19 years.  However, Catherine and Mary returned to Bredon during the 1850s, since it was there that they were both living together in the census of 1861.  Catherine Collett was 51, her daughter Mary Ann Collett was 21, by which time she had a base-born child George Henry Collett who was just one year old.

 

 

 

Catherine Collett appears to have remained in Bredon for the rest of her life, since she was still residing there in 1871 at the age of 61 and, on that occasion, she was still living with her unmarried daughter Mary A Collett and her grandson George.  Ten years later Catherine was living at 8 Alms House in the village of Bredon in 1881, when she was described as Catherine Collett, an annuitant and from West Stanley in Gloucester who was 72 years of age.

 

 

 

5O7

John Collett

Born in 1831 at Bredon’s Hardwick, Worcs.

 

5O8

William Henry Collett

Born in 1834 at Bredon’s Hardwick, Worcs.

 

5O9

Mary Ann Collett

Born in 1839 at Bredon’s Hardwick, Worcs.

 

 

 

 

5N7

John Crosswell Collett was born at Tewkesbury where he was baptised on 1st June 1800, the son of William Collett and his wife Mary Crosswell.  When he was only around three years old his parents took the family from Tewkesbury to the nearby village of Bredon, where John’s two sisters were born.  Whilst the rest of his family appear to have settled in Bredon, by the time of the census in 1841 John Collett was a married man with a family living at Broadwell within the Stow-on-the-Wold registration district and, although no record of him has been found in 1851, it was at Broadwell that he was living in 1861 when he was recorded as John Callett (sic) from Bredon who was 62.

 

 

 

John was twenty-nine when he married Mary Benfield, the daughter of James and Mary Benfield, who was baptised at Bledington on 28th August 1808.  It was also at Bledington, four miles east of Stow-on-the-Wold, that John and Mary were married on 1st October 1829.  The couple initially settled in nearby Condicote, where their first child was born, before the young family moved a few miles east, to Broadwell just north of Stow-on-the-Wold.  According to the Broadwell census in 1841 the family by then comprised John Collett who was 40, Mary who was 32, Joseph who was nine, Arthur who was six, Hannah who was three and Eliza who was one year old. 

 

 

 

Whilst no record of any member of the family has so far been identified in 1851, it is established that Mary Collett nee Benfield died during the mid-1840s.  Three deaths for Mary Collett were recorded at Stow-on-the-Wold in 1843, 1844 and 1846, although it has yet to be determined which of them was the wife of John Collett.  It is possible she died during childbirth, since no further children were added to her original four offspring.  The loss of his wife, and with a young family to look after, may be the reason for the family’s absence in 1851, while the remaining five members of the family were still recorded at Broadwell on the day of the census in 1861.

 

 

 

John Collett from Bredon Hardwick was a widower and head of the household, when he was 62 and working as an agricultural labourer.  His two unmarried sons Joseph Collett aged 29 and Arthur Collett aged 27 were both agricultural labourers, possibly working alongside their father.  Of John’s two daughters, Hannah was 22 and married to labourer William Hooper, also 22, while Eliza Collett was 20 years old and was very likely looking after the home of her father.  The last member of the household was John’s base-born grandson William Collett who was under one year old.  Later on, William was revealed to be the son of unmarried Hannah Collett, although no registration of birth or baptism has been unearthed.  All four of John’s children were recorded as having been born at Broadwell, as was his grandson.

 

 

 

During the next decade John’s second son Arthur became a married man, and it was with him and his wife and young family that John was living in 1871.  At that stage in his life John Collett was described as a widower who was 72 and a disabled labourer, the father of head of the household Arthur Collett.  Almost one year later the death of John Collett was recorded at Stow-on-the-Wold (Ref. 6a 259) during the first three months of 1872 when his age was thought to have been 74.

 

 

 

5O10

Joseph Collett

Born in 1832 at Condicote

 

5O11

Arthur Collett

Born in 1834 at Broadwell

 

5O12

Hannah Collett

Born in 1838 at Broadwell

 

5O13

Eliza Collett

Born in 1839 at Broadwell

 

 

 

 

5N8

Joseph Collett was born at Tewkesbury towards the end of 1802 and was baptised there on 27th February 1803, the third son of William Collett and his wife Mary Crosswell.  He was only a couple of years old when his parents took the family to live in the nearby village of Bredon where his two sisters (below) were born.  It was on 27th May 1827 when Joseph Collett married Mary Louisa Tuson at the parish chapel in St Pancras in London.  Their first known child was born at Whitechapel around seven years after they were married, while there may have been earlier children who did not survive.  Mary Louisa Tuson was also born at Whitechapel, and it was there also that her son and second known child was born in 1840.  According to the census the following year, the family of four, under the surname of Collet, was residing at Goodmans Field in Whitechapel when Joseph Collet was given a rounded age of 35, Louisa Collet was 30, Harriett Collet was seven years of age and Richard Collet was just one year old.

 

 

 

During the next few years the family moved to nearby St George-in-the-East where their next two children were born and where they were living at 1 North Street in 1851.  By that time in his life Joseph Collett from Tewkesbury was 48 and working as a gun finisher.  His wife Louisa was 42, daughter Harriett was 16, son Joseph R Collett was 10, son Henry was six and daughter Mary Louisa Collett was four years of age.

 

 

 

The family was still living at 1 North Street ten years later when the census in 1861 listed the family as Joseph Collett who was 59 and a gun finisher from Gloucestershire, Louisa Collett who was 51, Harriett Collett who was 25 and working as a servant, Joseph Richard Collett who was 20 and a labourer in a gun factory, Henry Collett who was 15 and an apprenticed gun maker, and Louisa Collett who was 13 and still attending school.  Every member of the family, excluding Joseph was noted as having been born in Middlesex.

 

 

 

During the next decade Joseph Collett died leaving his widow residing at 21 Nelson Street in 1871.  On that occasion she was described as Mary L Collett from Spitalfields who was 62 and a householder.  The only person living there with her was her grandson Richard Collett, aged seven years, from Bethnal Green, who was the eldest child of her son Joseph Richard Collett.  He was staying with his grandmother for the simple reason that his own mother had only just given birth to her third child.

 

 

 

5O14

Harriett Collett

Born in 1834 at Whitechapel, London

 

5O15

Joseph Richard Collett

Born in 1840 at Whitechapel, London

 

5O16

Henry Edward Collett

Born in 1845 at St George-in-the-East

 

5O17

Louisa Mary Collett

Born in 1847 at St George-in-the-East

 

 

 

 

5N9

Ann Collett was born at Bredon during May 1806 and was baptised there at the Church of St Giles on 6th July 1806, the daughter of William and Mary Collett.  Sadly, she was only seven months old when she died at Bredon on 21st January 1807.  However, Ann may have had a younger sister with the same name, since in 1826 an Ann Collett of Bredon had a son Charles Collett who was baptised at Bredon on 27th July 1826.  The name of the child’s father was not entered in the parish register.

 

 

 

5O18

Charles Collett

Born during 1826 at Bredon, near Tewkesbury

 

 

 

 

5N10

Sarah Collett was born at Bredon during the early days of October 1807 and it was there also that she was baptised on 25th October 1807, the daughter of William and Mary Collett from Tewkesbury.  It would appear that when Sarah was around twenty-two years old she gave birth to a base-born son who was born and baptised at Bredon.  The parish records for the Church of St Giles confirmed that Sarah Collett was the mother, while no name was given for the father.

 

 

 

Charles Collett was baptised at Bredon on 26th December 1829 and by the time of the census in 1841 his mother Sarah may well have been married, since no record of a Sarah Collett of the right age has been found anywhere in Great Britain.  However, a child of the same name as her son has been identified in the Bredon census of 1841, although that slightly older Charles Collett was 13 years old and the son of Sarah’s sister Ann Collett (above).

 

 

 

5O19

Charles Collett

Born during 1829 at Bredon, near Tewkesbury

 

 

 

 

5N11

Henry Collett was born at Finsbury on 24th November 1803 and was baptised there at St Luke’s Church in Old Street on 5th March 1804.

 

 

 

 

5N15

George Collett was born at Finsbury on 9th February 1811 and was baptised there at St Luke’s Church in Old Street on 9th June 1811.  Old Street runs eastwards and just one mile from St Lukes it becomes Hackney Road in Bethnal Green, and it was in that area that George was living by June 1841.  From the census information that month it would appear that George had only been married for a short time, since he was living there with his wife and baby son. George was 29, his wife Elizabeth was 28, and their son George Collett was not yet one year old, although he may have been six years old judging by the next census in 1851.

 

 

 

The family was still living in the same area of London in 1851, when the census for Hackney Road in Bethnal Green recorded the three members of the family as George Collett, age 38, his wife Elizabeth, also 38, while their son George Collett was listed as being 17 years old.  During the next three years George’s became the father of a son of his own and in 1861 the couple’s grandson was the only other person living with them. 

 

 

 

By that time George and Elizabeth had moved to the parish of St Mary Islington in the London Borough on Finsbury, where they were residing at 12 Richard Street, and from where both of them were making uniforms for the British Army.  George Collett was 49 and an army tailor from St George’s in Middlesex, his wife Elizabeth was 48 and an army tailoress from Bloomsbury, and living with the couple was their grandson George Collett, aged six years and a scholar from Shoreditch.

 

 

 

Could the reason for their grandson to be living with them due to the death of his father, since nothing further appears to be known about George Collett his father, who also appears to be the only known son of George and Elizabeth Collett.  Or were his parents overseas at that time, and were they later joined by George and Elizabeth and their grandson sometime after 1861, since no record of any of them has been found in Great Britain after that time.

 

 

 

5O20

George Collett

Born circa 1833-40 in London

 

 

 

 

5N16

Mary Ann Collett was baptised at Tewkesbury on 21st April 1805 where she later married Charles Heaven on 14th September 1846.

 

 

 

 

5N17

William Collett was baptised at Tewkesbury on 19th October 1806.  Tragically he died in 1818 at the age of 11, while he was living with his family at Church Street in Tewkesbury.  William was buried in the churchyard of St Mary’s Church in Tewkesbury on 15th February 1818.

 

 

 

 

5N20

Mary Ann Collett was born at Tewkesbury in 1824, the eldest daughter of Waterworth Collett and Sally (Sarah) Fowler.  Although no baptism record for her has been found to date, she was living with her parents at Hanley Castle in Worcestershire in 1841, when she was 18 years old.  Although it is known that adult ages were not accurately recorded in that first British census, Mary appears to have been given an age that was two years older than her actual age, judging by her recorded age in the subsequent census returns.

 

 

 

It was on 28th August 1843 that Mary Ann Collett married John Banner at Malvern, when her father was confirmed as ‘Walter Collett’, a weaver.  John Banner was the son of Richard and Mary Banner and he was baptised at Leigh with Bransford on 27th October 1819.  Over the following two decades Mary Ann presented John Banner with eight children.  The first two children were born prior to the census in 1851 when the Banner family was recorded as living at the village of Leigh to the west of Worcester.  John Banner was 30, Mary Banner was 26, and their children at that time were Mary who was six, and Amelia who was under one year old.

 

 

 

A further four children were added to the family during the 1850s, so by 1861 the family living at Leigh comprised John 41, and Mary 36, and their children Mary Matilda Banner 16, Amelia Banner 10, George Walter Banner 7, Sarah Selina Banner 4, Harry Banner 2, and Alice Banner who was not yet one year old.  In 1865 the couple’s eldest daughter Mary Matilda married John Allen.  Two more children were born into the family during the next ten years and by the time of the Leigh census in 1871 the family was listed as John Banner 51, Mary A Banner 46, George W Banner 17, Harry T Banner 11, Alice Banner 10, Francis A Banner 5, and Arthur J Banner who was two years old.  Sadly, during the following years, Mary Ann Banner passed away.

 

 

 

The next census in 1881 gave the family’s address as 2 Crooks Cottages, on the Main Road through the village of Leigh in Worcestershire, from where sixty-one years old widower John Banner worked as a coach-builder.  Living there with him was four of his children, these being Sarah 24, coach-builder Harry 21, laundress Alice 20, and errand boy Arthur who was eleven.  Also living with the family was John Banner’s grandson, William Banner who was seven years old.  William Banner was baptised at Leigh with Bransford on 14th June 1874, the son of William and Harriet Banner.  That is curious since at no time was John Banner credited with a son by the name of William, unless he was from an earlier marriage.

 

 

 

By the time of the 1881 Census, John Banner’s eldest daughter Mary Matilda and her family were living at Crooks Cottage on Pump Street in Great Malvern with her aunt Charlotte Nott, her mother’s younger sister.  Mary Matilda Banner had married John Allen on 23rd July 1865 at St. Matthias Church in Malvern Link.  Over the years between 1865 and 1881 Mary had presented her husband with seven children, and all of them born while the family was living in Malvern.  The census in 1881 confirmed that John was a plasterer from Gloucester and that he was 41, while his wife Mary M Allen was 37 and a nurse from Malvern.  Their seven children were listed as labourer Alfred C Allen age 15, apprentice plumber Frederick G Allen who was 14, Laura L Allen, who was nine, Albert E Allen, who was eight, Elizabeth E Allen, who was five, Fanny M Allen who was three, and Walter J Allen who was just one year old.

 

 

 

John’s and Mary’s daughter Laura Louisa Allen was born at Malvern on 25th June 1870 and she married William Henry Hooper Booth on 1st December 1889 with whom she had five children.  William was a professional golfer from Twyning in Gloucestershire and travelled extensively across southern England.  The couple’s first child was born at Minehead in Somerset, and the next two at South Norwood in London, but by the end of the century the family had settled in South Wales.

 

 

 

By the time of the April census in 1911 the family living in the Gower area of Wales was made up of William Henry Hooper Booth 42, Laura Louisa Booth 41, Florence May Booth 18, Violet Dorothy Booth 16, Daisy Blanche Booth 14, Lilian Rose Booth who was eight, and Edgar Walter Booth who was seven years old.  It was their son Edgar who was born on 7th July 1903 who had a son of his own, William Henry Booth who was born on 6th November 1931, and he was the father of Sue James nee Booth who kindly provided all of the information regarding her family back to Waterworth Collett.

 

 

 

 

5N21

Charlotte Collett was born in 1826 at Tewkesbury where she was baptised on 21st May 1826, the daughter of Waterworth and Sarah Collett.  She was still living in the Tewkesbury area in 1828 when her baby brother Timothy (below) was born, but sadly he did not survive.  It may have been that family tragedy that prompted the family to leave Tewkesbury and move to the neighbouring county of Worcestershire where Charlotte’s mother had been born.  By the time of the census in 1841 Charlotte and her sister Mary (above) were living at Hanley Castle with their parents.

 

 

 

Charlotte was incorrectly listed as being sixteen years of age, rather than fifteen which she actually was in June 1841.  Ten years later in the census of 1851 her age was more accurately given as twenty-four, when she was working as a laundress while still living with her parents at Hanley Castle near Upton-on-Severn.  Just over three years after that Charlotte’s mother died in May 1854, leaving her to look after her aging father.  By 1861 Charlotte was still unmarried at thirty-four years of age and was living with her father at Hanley Castle.

 

 

 

There were two major events in Charlotte’s life during the next decade, the first being her marriage to bricklayer John Nott, and the second being the death of her father in May 1870 for which his son-in-law John Nott was the informant.  Just less than a year later in April 1871, Charlotte and John Nott were still living in Hanley Castle.  The census revealed that Charlotte was 44, while her husband John was thirteen years old at 57.

 

 

 

Charlotte’s marriage was short lived, when sometime during the 1870s John Nott died leaving Charlotte alone and a widow by the time of the census in 1881.  At that time in her life she was living at Bedford Cottage in Pump Street in Great Malvern.  She was described as being formerly a laundress who was aged 54 and from Tewkesbury.  Living at the same address, and listed separately but on the same census return, was the family of John Allen and his wife Mary Matilda Allen who was the eldest daughter of Charlotte’s sister Mary Ann Banner nee Collett.  It would appear from the absence of Charlotte Nott in the next census in 1891 that she had died at Great Malvern during the 1880s.

 

 

 

 

5N22

Timothy Collett was born at Tewkesbury and it was there that he was baptised on 30th March 1828, the son of Walterworth and Sarah Collett.  It would appear from the census in 1841 that Timothy had died some years earlier since he was not listed with the rest of his family which was living at Hanley Castle in Worcestershire by that time.

 

 

 

 

5N27

John Collett was baptised at Tewkesbury on 24th February 1795 where he married (1) Judith Poole on 22nd June 1815.  John’s occupation as a lace maker may have been the reason for the family moving between Tewkesbury and Nottingham.  An indication of this is given by the birth place of the first, fourth and fifth child being Tewkesbury, with the second and third child being born at St Mary in Nottingham.  The sixth and last child was not of the marriage of John and Judith and was born at Mansfield in Nottinghamshire.  She was the base-born issue of a relationship between John Collett and (2) Julia Snape formerly Julia Gabbitas.

 

 

 

In the census return for June 1841 John, with a rounded age of 40, was confirmed as living in the Mansfield area of Nottinghamshire with Julia who was 28, and four of John’s children from his first marriage, together with the child born out of wedlock.  They were Mary, age 15, Eliza, age 14, Joseph, who was nine, Ellen, who was seven, and baby Harriet who was just one year old.  However, although Julia was named in that census as Julia Collett, she was not married to John for another six years.  The wedding of John Collett and Julia Snape was recorded at Nottingham (Ref. 15 784) during the third quarter of 1847. 

 

 

 

During the next three years John took his family to Hull in Yorkshire where they were living in 1851, by which time all but two of the children had left home.  The reduced family was recorded in the census that year in the parish of Sutton within the Sculcoates registration district of Kingston-upon-Hull.  John Collett from Tewkesbury was 57, Julia Collett was 46, Mary A Collett was 30 and Harriet Collett was 14, when in fact she would have been only 11.  Four other people were with the family on that day and they were Margaret Pickham who was 40, George Pennington who was 36, Mary Pennington who was 42 and Sarah Pennington who was 10.

 

 

 

The death of John Collett was recorded at Sculcoates (Ref. 9d 4) during the first three months of 1858, following which his widow Julia returned to Nottingham where she married John Warner in the third quarter of 1859.

 

 

 

This is the family line of Kate Birkett of 28 The Spinney, Beaconsfield in Buckinghamshire.

 

 

 

5O21

William Haynes Collett

Baptised on 08.03.1816 at Tewkesbury

 

5O22

Mary Ann Collett

Baptised on 08.12.1822 at Nottingham

 

5O23

Richard Collett

Baptised on 08.05.1825 at Nottingham

 

5O24

Eliza Collett

Born in 1827 at Tewkesbury

 

5O25

Joseph Collett

Born in 1831 at Tewkesbury

 

5O26

Ellen Collett

Born in 1834 at Tewkesbury

 

5O27

Harriet Snape Collett

Born in 1839 at Mansfield

 

 

 

 

5N29

William Collett was baptised at Tewkesbury on 7th January 1799, one of the sons of John and Jane Collett.  The baptism record indicated that his parents were protestant dissenters.

 

 

 

 

5N30

Elizabeth Collett was born at Tewkesbury just after the start of the new century, although no record of her being the daughter of John and Jane Collett has been found.  What places her with this family is her brother Richard (below) whose father is known to have been John Collett.  In fact, in the census returns for 1841 and 1851 Elizabeth was living with her brother Richard Collett, and later in 1861 she was staying with Richard’s widow.  Elizabeth never married and, in the census conducted in June 1841, she was living at Davies Alley off Barton Street in Tewkesbury.  Today Barton Street in the main road A438.  That year Elizabeth Collett had a rounded age of 35 and was sharing the dwelling with her was Richard Collett whose rounded age was 30.  Richard was a stocking maker, while Elizabeth, with no stated occupation, was presumably keeping house for her brother.

 

 

 

During the following decade Richard became a married man and, in the census of 1851, he was head of the household at Barton Street in Tewkesbury, where he was living with his wife Silvia and their daughter.  Also living with the family were four other people, the first of whom was unmarried Elizabeth Collett, age 49, who was a stocking maker from Tewkesbury.  On that occasion she was simply described as a relation of Richard Collett, while the other three were described as lodgers.

 

 

 

Ten years later unmarried Elizabeth Collett from Tewkesbury was 60 and her occupation was that of a cotton dealer.  She was still living at Barton Street in Tewkesbury, although by then she was living at the home of Silvia Collett (Richard’s widow), who was head of the household and also a cotton dealer.  On that occasion Elizabeth Collett was recorded as being the sister-in-law of Silvia Collett.  Ten years after that the census in 1871 placed Elizabeth Collett aged 76 (sic) as still living at the home of her sister-in-law Silvia Collett at 26 Barton Street in Tewkesbury.  She was not credited with an occupation on that day and was simply described as a boarder.  It seems likely that the enumerator incorrectly recorded her age, since she would have been nearer to 70 than 76, while it was shortly after 1871 that Elizabeth Collett passed away.

 

 

 

 

5N31

Richard Collett was born at Tewkesbury around 1805, his father confirmed as John Collett, a stocking maker, on the day that he married.  It is that fact which places him here as the son of John and Jane Collett.  Richard too was a stocking maker like his father and sister Elizabeth (above).  By the time of the census in 1841 Richard Collett and with his sister Elizabeth Collett were living at Davies Alley off Barton Street in Tewkesbury.  The census that year gave Richard a rounded age of 30, while his occupation was that of a stocking maker.  His sister Elizabeth had a rounded aged of 35 and both of them were recorded as having been born within the county of Gloucestershire. 

 

 

 

It was just over two years later that Richard Collett, a bachelor of full age and a hosier who signed his name, was married by banns to Silvia Collett, a spinster of full age who made her mark, the wedding taking place at St Mary’s Church in Cheltenham on 27th August 1843.  Richard’s father was named as John Collett, a stocking maker, who in 1841 had been living in Cheltenham.  While Silvia’s father was described as John Collett, dead.  So far though it has not been determined who she was, nor has it yet been established who was her father and to which branch of the family he belonged.  The address given for both the bridge and the groom was Hartley House, which may have been the residence of Richard’s father.

 

 

 

It was nearly four years later when the birth of their daughter was registered at Tewkesbury, during the second quarter of 1847.  It is therefore possible that there may have been other children born to the couple during those years whose birth and baptism records have still to be discovered.  According to the census in 1851 Richard Collett, age 44 and from Tewkesbury, was again working as a stocking maker, while he was still living in a dwelling on Barton Street in Tewkesbury with his family. 

 

 

 

His wife Silvia Collett from Tewkesbury was 40 and was also working as a stocking maker, while their daughter Elizabeth Collett was three years old.  Living with the family was Elizabeth Collett, Richard’s older sister, who was another stocking maker from Tewkesbury who was described as an unmarried relation to head of the household Richard.  Also living with the family on that day in 1851 were three lodgers and they were, Samuel Wearing an annuitant of 78 from Fairford, Frederick Martin age 40 and a pauper from Tewkesbury, and Maria Golding from Pendock in Worcestershire who was 20 and a dressmaker.  Although no record of his death has found, his absence from any later census would appear to indicate that Richard Collett died at Tewkesbury sometime during the 1850s.

 

 

 

According to the census in 1861 the family’s home was still on Barton Street in Tewkesbury, but by then Silvia Collett was head of the household and was a cotton dealer at the age of 50.  Living there with her was her daughter Elizabeth Collett who was 13, together with her unmarried sister-in-law Elizabeth Collett from Tewkesbury who was 60 and also a cotton dealer.  Lodging with the family on that occasion was Hannah Brooking, a widow of 56 from Warwickshire.

 

 

 

Curiously in the Tewkesbury census of 1871 Silvia Collett was recorded as being 58 years old when she was residing at 26 Barton Street in Tewkesbury from where she was working as a hosier.  Still living there with her was her unmarried daughter Elizabeth Collett who was 23, and the older Elizabeth Collett – her sister-in-law, who was simply described as a boarder, with all three of them confirmed as having been born at Tewkesbury. 

 

 

 

By the time of the census in 1881 the widow Silvia Collett was 64.  That conflicts with her stated age in the previous census return when she was more than likely nearer 70 years of age.  By that time in her life she was living at Woods Court in Tewkesbury, where she was the keeper of the Independent Chapel.  Living there with her was her unmarried daughter Elizabeth Collett who was 33 and also born in Tewkesbury, like her mother.  It was just over five years later that the death of Silvia Collett was recorded at Tewkesbury (Ref. 6a 263) during the second quarter of 1886 when it was noted that she was 75 years old.

 

 

 

5O28

Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1847 at Tewkesbury

 

 

 

 

5O1

Henry Collett was baptised at Tewkesbury on 19th October 1817, the only known child of Joseph Collett and his wife Hester Beale, although on the baptism record his mother was named as Elizabeth.  No further details regarding Henry or his parents are known after that time.

 

 

 

 

5O3

William Collett was possibly born around 1827 and was baptised at Tewkesbury on 21st December 1828, the second son of Cornelius and Esther Collett.  By 1841 he was living with his parents in Tewkesbury at the age of 15 and was still there ten years later in 1851 when he was 23.  Three years later William married Charlotte Scott at Tewkesbury on 14th May 1854; he was 27 and she was 29.  The marriage record also confirmed the groom’s father was Cornelius Collett.  Charlotte was born in 1825 at Tewkesbury and was the daughter of Charles Scott of Painswick, near Gloucester.  Judging by the fact that couple’s eldest daughter was born later that same year or very early in the following year, Charlotte may have been with-child on the occasion of their wedding. 

 

 

 

Over the next few years Charlotte presented her husband with a total of four children, but tragically around the time of the birth of the last child William Collett died.  By the time of the census in 1861, Charlotte was a widow and had just four children living with her at a dwelling on the High Street in Tewkesbury.  Charlotte Collett, age 34, was earning a living as a seamstress to support her young family, who were recorded as Emma Collett, who was six, Charles Collett, who was five, Eliza Collett, who was three, and Sarah Collett who was one year old.  All occupants of the house were confirmed as having been born at Tewkesbury, while the census return also confirmed that the three older children were all attending the local school.

 

 

 

Ten years later, in 1871, Charlotte Collett was 46 when she was still living in Tewkesbury.  By that time her two eldest children had left home, but still living with Charlotte were her daughters Eliza Collett who was 13, and Sarah A Collett who was 11.  Following the death of her mother-in-law Esther Collett sometime after 1861, Charlotte took into her home her widowed father-in-law Cornelius Collett.  In addition, she also had her own widowed father Charles Scott living with her in 1871.

 

 

 

It was a similar situation in 1881, except by then all of Charlotte’s children had left the family home.  According to that year’s census return Charlotte Collett, age 55, was working as a cord winder, while living with her at 20 Spring Gardens in Tewkesbury was her father Charles Scott who was 83 and also listed as a cord winder, together with her father-in-law Cornelius Collett who was 81, and a stocking weaver.  Living next door to them, at 18 Springs Gardens in Tewkesbury, was Charlotte’s married son Charles Collett with his family.  Also, on that occasion, Charlotte’s youngest daughter Sarah was 21 and was living and working in Wolverhampton where she was joined by Charlotte a few years later, presumably after the deaths of her two elderly relatives.

 

 

 

With no corresponding records having been found for her two other daughters Emma and Eliza, it may be assumed that they were both married before 1881.  As mentioned above, Charlotte left Tewkesbury during the 1880s and in 1891 she was living in Wolverhampton at the age of 65, and by which time her daughter Sarah was married.  Her place of birth was confirmed as Tewkesbury, as it was in March 1901 when she was still living in Wolverhampton at 75.  With no record of Charlotte Collett of Tewkesbury in the census in April 1911, it is highly likely that she died sometime between 1901 and 1911, and probably at Wolverhampton.

 

 

 

5P1

Emma Collett

Born in 1854 at Tewkesbury

 

5P2

Charles Collett

Born in 1855 at Tewkesbury

 

5P3

Eliza Collett

Born in 1857 at Tewkesbury

 

5P4

Sarah Ann Collett

Born in 1859 at Tewkesbury

 

 

 

 

5O7

John Collett was born during 1831 in the hamlet of Bredon’s Hardwick in Worcestershire, just north of Tewkesbury.  It was at St Giles’ Church in the nearby village of Bredon that he was baptised on 5th June 1831, the eldest known child of William Collett and Catherine Sutton.  With the death of his father just before 1840, John was 10 years old and was living with his widowed mother at Bredon in 1841 and his two younger siblings at the home of his mother’s older brother William Sutton.  Curiously no obvious record of John has been found from that time until 1881, by which time he had married Phoebe Whittall and had two children.  Prior to their wedding day Phoebe had already given birth to a base-born a son James Whittall, who was born in 1854, father unknown, and he was still very young when he married Ann Cooper in 1871.

 

 

 

On the occasion of the census in 1881 John was 49 and he and his wife and their two young children were living at Wyche in Great Malvern, from where John Collett of Bredon was employed as a labourer.  His wife Phoebe Collett was 50 and from Collington in Herefordshire, while their two children were Alice Collett who was eight and Fred J Collett who was six years old.  Both of them were attending the local school, and both of them had been born at Colwall, midway between Ledbury and Great Malvern.  It now seems highly likely that the couple had a third child Richard Collett who was born in 1876, but where he was in 1881 and 1891 is a mystery.

 

 

 

Ten years later the family was still living at Upper Wyche in Great Malvern at a four-roomed dwelling listed as Mine Pits.  The census in 1891 recorded John Collett as being 60 and a gardener from Bredon when his wife Phoebe from Collington was 62.  Still living with the couple was their son Fredk Collett who was 16 and a bricklayer’s labourer from Colwall.  One other person was recorded at their home and that was John’s granddaughter Nellie Collett who was one year old and born in Malvern.

 

 

 

During the next decade Frederick left the family home and in 1901 John and Phoebe were still living in Great Malvern and still had their granddaughter living there with them.  John Collett from Bredon was 69 and was working as a jobbing gardener, while his wife was confirmed as Phoebe Collett but from Colwall who was 70.  On that occasion their granddaughter was named as Nellie L Collett who was ten years old.  At that time the family was still occupying the property referred to as Mine Pits in Malvern.  Three dwellings from their home was a certain Alice Collett who was six years old and the stepdaughter of George Handy and she was the daughter of his wife Alice Handy who was John’s eldest child Alice Collett.  With no other children, it seems logically that Nellie was the first base-born child of John’s only daughter Alice.

 

 

 

It is established that Phoebe Collett nee Whittall was 72 when she passed away six years later and that her death was recorded at Upton-on-Severn register office (Ref. 6c 213) during the first three months of 1907.  John survived his wife by around thirty months when he died in 1909 at the age of 78, with his death also recorded at Upton-on-Severn register office (Ref. 6c 136) during the third quarter of that year.

 

 

 

5P5

Alice Collett

Born in 1872 at Colwall, Worcestershire

 

5P6

Frederick John Collett

Born in 1874 at Colwall, Worcestershire

 

5P7

Richard Collett

Born in 1876 in Worcestershire

 

 

 

 

5O8

William Henry Collett was born in the hamlet of Bredon’s Hardwick in Worcestershire during 1834, following which he was baptised at St Giles’ Church in Bredon on 24th August 1834, the son of William and Catherine Collett.  He was around four years old when his father died, and at the age of six he was living at Bredon with his mother and two siblings John (above) and Mary (below) at the home of William and Mary Sutton.  Ten years later he had left the family home in Bredon and instead was working as a farm labourer within the parish of Twyning, one mile to the west of Bredon.  William Collett from Hardwick was 15 was described as the servant of widow Maria Preater, who had living with her two children from her previous marriage Lucy Hale aged 15 and William Hale aged 12, plus seven-years old son Thomas Pleater from her second marriage.

 

 

 

It is unclear what happened in his life immediately after that, since it was just his sister Mary who continued to live with William’s widowed mother, with no record of William identified in the census returns for 1861, and 1871.  However, it was during the second quarter of 1874, when William Henry Collett married Theresa Emily Maria Marshall, the event recorded at Worcester (Ref. 6c 419).  It was at the Church of St Paul in Worcester that the couple was married on 12th May 1874, where the church register stated that William was 37 and the son of William Collett and Emily (as she was known) was 25 and the daughter of Thomas Marshall.  Both the bride and groom were single, even though Emily had already given birth to a base-born son, seven years earlier.  John Marshall was baptised, across the county boundary in Worcestershire, at Tibberton on 31st March 1867, when the only parent named was Theresa Emily Maria Marshall.  Her own birth was recorded at Winchcombe (Ref. x1 509) during the last three months of 1851 using her full name as written above.

 

 

 

Emily presented William with a total of three known children, the first two of which were recorded with them on the day of the census in 1881.  Their daughter was born while the couple was living in Worcester, with their son born after they had settled in (Great) Malvern, not far from where William’s older brother John was living.  In 1881 William Collett from Bredons Hardwick was a general domestic gardener at the age of 45, when he and his family was residing at 15 Lansdowne Terrace, Great Malvern, within the Upton-on-Severn registration district.  His wife Emily Collett from Winchcombe was 31 and her son John Marshall was 14 and not in employment.  The couple’s two children were recorded as Sarah A Collett from Worcester who was six years old and Henry Collett from Malvern who was two years of age.  His birth had been recorded at Upton-on-Severn under the name of William Henry Collett.  Living with the family at 15 Lansdowne Terrace in Great Malvern in 1881 was lodger and widower John D Thomas who was 61 and from Llanastadwell in Pembrokeshire, who was a general labourer.

 

 

 

The couple’s final child was added to their family two years later while they were still living in Malvern, her birth also recorded at Upton-on-Severn.  Sometime after she was born the family left (Great) Malvern and was recorded at Cradley, West Malvern in Herefordshire on the day of the next census in 1891, but without their eldest daughter.  This raises the question, did the family move after Sarah Ann Collett had suffered a premature death? - since no record of her has been found in 1891 or at any time thereafter.  The census return that year listed the family as William H Collett who was 55 and a gardener, his wife Emily who was 40, their son William H Collett who was 12, and their daughter Helen Collett, who was seven years old, while her birth name was Rose Ellen.  During the next decade the couple’s son left the family home to make his own way in the world in South Wales and, at the same time, William and Emily returned the area of Great Malvern with their surviving daughter.

 

 

 

According to the census of 1901 William H Collett, aged 65 and from Bredons Hardwick, was a non-domestic gardener living and working at Cowleigh Road in Malvern Link, with Link Common separating it from Great Malvern.  Living there with him was his wife Emily Collett, aged 50 and from Winchcombe in Gloucestershire, together with their daughter Rose E Collett who was 17 and a general domestic servant who had been born at Malvern.  William and Emily were still living in Malvern area in April 1911, but at Kemmerton Cottage in Upperton, North Malvern, when William Henry Collett from Bredon was 76 and an old age pensioner, and his wife Emily was 61.  None of their children were living with them by that time and, it was the following year that, the death of William Collett aged 77 was recorded at Upton-on-Severn register office (Ref. 6c 294) during the final quarter of 1912.

 

 

 

5P8

Sarah Ann Collett

Born in 1875 at Worcester

 

5P9

William Henry Collett

Born in 1879 at Malvern

 

5P10

Rose Ellen Collett

Born in 1883 at Malvern

 

 

 

 

5O9

Mary Ann Collett was born at Bredon in 1839 where she was baptised on 23rd June 1839, the last child born to William Collett and Catherine Sutton following the death of her father around that same time.  She was two years old and was living at Bredon with her widowed mother and her two older brothers in June 1841, when the family was living with the family of William and Mary Sutton, Mary Ann’s mother’s older brother.  Over the following years, Mary Ann and her mother moved into nearby Tewkesbury, where the two of them were living in 1851 when Mary Collett was 12.  A little while later the Mary and her mother made a return to Bredon and the reason for that may have been because Mary Ann was with-child.  According to the next census in 1861 Mary Ann Collett, age 21, was living at Bredon with her base-born son George Henry Collett, who was one year old, at the home of her mother Catherine Collett.

 

 

 

Mary Ann’s son was born at Bredon, where he was baptised on 17th July 1859, while it was just Mary Ann Collett who was named as the child’s lone parent.  Mary Ann was still not married ten years later in 1871, when she and her son were still sharing accommodation with her mother.  Mary A Collett was 31, while her son George Collett was 11.  By the time of the next census in 1881 her son was a married man and had already started of a family of his own at Bredon.  The census in 1881 is particularly interesting with regard to Mary Ann Collett since, like her brother William (above), she too gave her place of birth as Bredons Hardwick.  At that time in her life she was living alone in Bredon village, where she was recorded as Mary Ann Collett, age 39, who was employed as a gloveress.

 

 

 

5P11

George Henry Collett

Baptised on 17.07.1859 at Bredon

 

 

 

 

5O10

Joseph Collett was born at Condicote in 1832 prior to his parents John Collett and Mary Benfield settling in nearby Broadwell.  He was named as Jos Collett in the Broadwell census of 1841 when he was nine years old, indicating that he was born during the summer of 1832.  Also listed with the family was David Jarvis who was around 20 years old and he may well have been the older brother of William Jarvis who eventually married Sarah Boulter, the sister of Joseph’s future wife.  He was around thirteen years of age when his mother suffered a premature death, following which no record of any member of his family has been identified in the census on 1851.

 

 

 

Ten years later unmarried Joseph Collett was 29 and an agricultural labourer who was still living with his widowed father at Broadwell.  It was just over three years after that when Joseph married the much younger Emma Boulter of Longborough, who was born there in 1846.  Their marriage very likely took place in Broadwell, where their first three children were born, and was recorded at Stow-on-the-Wold (Ref. 6a 747) during the last three months of 1863.  Emma was the fifth child of William and Mary Boulter.  The birth of the couple’s first three children were all recorded at Stow-on-the-Wold, while the last four children were born at Kineton, their births recorded at Stratford-on-Avon.

 

 

 

According to the census return completed in 1871 the couple’s second child John Collett, aged three years from Broadwell, was a visitor at the Kineton home of his aunt Sarah Jarvis from Longborough, Sarah being the wife of William Jarvis and formerly Sarah Boulter, Emma’s younger sister.  The Broadwell family that day therefore comprised Joseph Collett from Condicote who was 38 and a labourer, his wife Emma from Longborough who was 22, and their two Broadwell born children William G Collett who was five and Agnes A Collett who was one year old.  Within twelve months, the family had left Gloucestershire when they moved north into Warwickshire, where they initially settled in the village of Tredington, close to Fosse Way [Roman Road], to the north of Shipston-on-Stour.  It was at Tredington that the couple’s fourth child was baptised, before their family set up home in the village of Kineton, ten miles from Stratford-on-Avon, where a further four children completed their family.

 

 

 

These facts were confirmed in the next census conducted in 1881 when the family was recorded residing in a property on Banbury Street in Kineton.  Joseph was still working as a labourer at the age of 48 when his place of birth was confirmed as Condicote.  Emma Collett from Longborough was 34 and their seven children were recorded as William who was 15, John who was 13, Agnes who was 11 (all born at Broadwell), Arthur who was eight and born at Tredington, Frank who was six, Sarah A who was three and Jacob who was two (the three of them born at Kineton).  It was around twelve months after that day when Emma presented Joseph with their last child.

 

 

 

The family continued to live in Kineton although there was a change of address sometime during the 1880s because they were living at Market Place in 1891 from where Joseph, aged 58, was employed as an agricultural labourer.  His wife Emma was 44 and, on that census day, only five of their eight children were still living there with them.  They were Arthur George Collett who was 18, Frank Thomas Collett who was 15, Sarah Ann Collett who was 13, Jacob Collett who was 12 and Albert Percy Collet who was eight years old.

 

 

 

Curiously the family’s address ten years later was once again Banbury Street in Kineton, by which time it was just their son Frank who was the only child still living with Joseph and Emma, most likely in poor health because he died a few months later.  Even at the age of 69, Joseph Collett from Condicote was working as a roadman, while Emma from Longborough was 54, and Frank from Kineton was 26 just prior to his premature death.  However, after a further ten years, it was just the elderly couple who were living alone in Kineton in April 1911.  Joseph was described as a non-working old age pensioner who was 77, while his wife Emma was 67, to whom he had been married for forty-seven years.

 

 

 

Just over one year later the death of Joseph Collett at Kineton was recorded at Stratford-on-Avon register office (Ref. 6d 666) during the second quarter of 1912 when he was 80 years old.  His widow survived for nearly seven years, when the death of Emma Collett nee Boulter was recorded at Stratford (Ref. 6d 1296) during the first three months of 1919.  It is likely that the couple was buried in the graveyard of the Church of St Peter in Kineton.

 

 

 

5P12

William George Collett

Born in 1865 at Broadwell

 

5P13

John Collett

Born in 1867 at Broadwell

 

5P14

Agnes (Eliza or Mary) Collett

Born in 1869 at Broadwell

 

5P15

Arthur George Collett

Born in 1872 at Tredington

 

5P16

Frank Thomas Collett

Born in 1875 at Kineton

 

5P17

Sarah Ann Collett

Born in 1877 at Kineton

 

5P18

Jacob Collett

Born in 1879 at Kineton

 

5P19

Albert Percy Collett

Born in 1882 at Kineton

 

 

 

 

5O11

Arthur Collett was born at Broadwell in 1834, the second of the four known children of John and Mary Collett.  He was six years old in the Broadwell census of 1841, following which his mother died when Arthur was around ten years of age.  With no record of him, or any member of his family in 1851, Arthur Collett was 27 and an agricultural in the Broadwell census of 1861 when he was still living there with his family.  Four years later the marriage of Arthur Collett and the much younger Elizabeth Newman was recorded at Stow-on-the-Wold (Ref. 6a 667) during the second quarter of 1865.  Elizabeth was the third child and eldest daughter of Frederick and Ann Newman and was born at Broadwell, her birth recorded at Stow-on-the-Wold (Ref. 11 380) during the second quarter of 1847.

 

 

 

During the remainder of that decade Elizabeth presented Arthur with two children, both born at Broadwell where the family was still living in 1871.  Arthur Collett was 35 and a labourer, Elizabeth was 24, and their two children were Sarah A Collett who was five and Frederick W Collett who was one year old.  Completing the household was Arthur’s elderly father John Collett, who died there within the next twelve months.  However, before that, and just a few months after that census day, the death of Arthur’s son was recorded at Stow-on-the-Wold (Ref. 6a 235) during the third quarter of 1871 when Frederick William Collett was only one year old and when Elizabeth was expecting the birth of her third child.

 

 

 

By the end of 1871 the loss of their son was offset by the birth of another daughter who, four years later, was following by the birth of a son.  Further tragedy struck the family, either late in 1879 or early in 1880, when Elizabeth gave birth to another son, but neither of them survived the ordeal.  The death of Elizabeth Collett nee Newman, aged 32, and her son Henry Collett, of no age, were recorded at Stow-on-the-Wold (Ref. 6a 295 and 6a 296) during the first quarter of 1880.  All of this was confirmed in the Broadwell census of 1881 when Arthur Collett from Broadwell was a widower and a general labourer at the age of 45.  Living there with him were his three surviving children, Sarah who was 15, Henrietta who was nine and Albert who was five.

 

 

 

Two and a half years later, widower Arthur Collett married spinster Elizabeth Cross, the event recorded at Stow-on-the-Wold (Ref. 6a 791) during the last quarter of 1883.  Elizabeth was the daughter of Robert and Hannah Cross of Clapton Row in Bourton-on-the-Water who birth was recorded at Stow-on-the-Wold (Ref. 6a 342) during the second quarter of 1854.  That second marriage for Arthur produced at least one child for the couple who was living with them on the day of the Broadwell census of 1891.  That year the family was residing at Broadwell Hill from where Arthur Collett was 57 and a shepherd, his wife Elizabeth was 38, and their daughter Gertrude M Collett was under one year old.  Only Arthur’s son Albert Collett, aged 15 and born at Broadwell, from his first marriage was still living with his father.

 

 

 

Ten years later, the census in 1901, Arthur was 65 and a general farm labourer who was still living at Broadwell with Elizabeth, who was 48, and their daughter Gertrude who was 10 years of age.  Gertrude eventually left the home of her parents and it may have been around that time when Arthur and Elizabeth moved to the nearby village of Donnington, immediately north of Broadwell, where the pair of them were living alone in 1911.  However, three years early, Arthur Collett, a shepherd, was named as the father of widow Henrietta England, when his daughter was married for the second time, in London.  In 1911 Arthur was 75 and Elizabeth was 58 on the that census day and it was during the following year that the death of Arthur Collett was recorded at Stow-on-the-Wold (Ref. 6a 465) during the fourth quarter of 1912 when he was said to be 75.  He was survived by his wife for a further sixteen years, when the death of Elizabeth Collett nee Cross was also recorded at Stow register office (Ref. 6a 722) during the first quarter of 1929 when she was 74.

 

 

 

5P20

Sarah A Collett

Born in 1866 at Broadwell

 

5P21

Frederick William Collett

Born in 1869 at Broadwell; died 1871

 

5P22

Henrietta Collett

Born in 1871 at Broadwell

 

5P23

Albert Edward Collett

Born in 1875 at Broadwell

 

5P24

Henry Collett

Born in 1880 at Broadwell; died 1880

 

The following is the daughter of Arthur Collett by his second wife Elizabeth Cross:

 

5P25

Gertrude Mary Collett

Born in 1890 at Broadwell

 

 

 

 

5O12

Hannah Collett was born at Broadwell in 1838, the eldest of the two daughters of John Collett and Mary Benfield, while it was at Stow-on-the-Wold where her birth was recorded (Ref. 11 353) during the fourth quarter of that year.  She was three years of age in the Broadwell census of 1841 when living there with her family.  Around the middle of the 1840s her mother died and no record of the young family has been found within the census of 1851.  After a further ten years the whole of her family was still residing in Broadwell, by which time Hannah had given birth to a base-born son and had subsequently become a married woman.  The marriage of Hannah Collett and William Hooper had only just taken place, the event recorded at Stow-on-the-Wold (Ref. 6a 473) during the first quarter of 1861. 

 

 

 

The census return that year described Hannah Hooper from Broadwell as being 22, a labourer’s wife, and a visitor at the Broadwell home of her widowed father John Collett.  Living there with her was her labourer husband William who was also 22 and from Moreton-in-Marsh and her son William Collett, born out of wedlock.  Whether he was the son of her husband has still to be determined.  William Hooper was the son of John and Mary Hooper and was baptised at Moreton on 1st November 1840.  Over the following decade Hannah presented her husband with four children, all of them born in Broadwell, where the family was again recorded in the census of 1871.

 

 

 

William Hooper was 33 and a labourer, Hannah was also 33, and their four children were Tom Hooper who was nine, Mary Ann Hooper who was six, George Hooper who was three and Alice Hooper who was one year old, all of them born at Broadwell.  Completing the family was William Hooper of Broadwell who was 11 years old who, ten years earlier, was recorded as William Collett.  Another three children were added to their family during the 1870s and by the time of the next census the older children had left the family home in Broadwell.  According to the Broadwell census in 1881, general labourer William was 44, Hannah was 43, and living with the couple were their six youngest children.  Mary was 16, George was 13, Alice was 11, Edna (Anna) was seven, Fanny was five and Norah Hooper was two years of age.

 

 

 

Just less than five years later the death of Hannah Hooper nee Collett was recorded at Stow-on-the-Wold (Ref. 6a 296) during the first three months of 1886, when she was 48 years old.  It would have been at Broadwell where Hannah died and where her family continued to live after her passing.  Just after the start of the new century William Hooper was 61 and employed as a carter on a farm when he was still residing in Broadwell.  On the census day in 1901 only two of his daughters were living with him, the elder of the two being married Edna Anna who had her two children with her.  She was described in error as Ada Annie from Broadwell who was 26, her two children named as Norman F W Walker, aged three years, and Doris Elfreda Walker who was two, both born in Oxfordshire, the children of Henry Walker from Shutford near Banbury.  William’s youngest daughter Norah Hooper was 22.

 

 

 

During the next decade, and with all his children having left the family home in Broadwell, elderly William Hooper moved in with his eldest married daughter Mary Brooks at her home in Stow-on-the-Wold.  That situation was confirmed in the Stow census of 1911, when widower William was 72 and a boarder with Arthur and Mary Brooks from Broadwell who was 46 and their two children, Spencer Lionel Brooks aged 16 and Hector Cecil Brooks who was 10. 

 

 

 

5P26

Henry William Collett

Born in 1859 at Broadwell

 

 

 

 

5O13

Eliza Collett was born at Broadwell in 1839, the last child of John Collett and Mary Benfield who died when Eliza was around five years old.  The birth of Eliza Collett was recorded at Stow-on-the-Wold (Ref. 11 357) during the last three months of 1839 and was one year old in the Broadwell census of 1841.  The next record of Eliza from Broadwell, was twenty years after that, when she was most likely acting as the housekeeper at the Broadwell home of her widowed father and her two older brothers in census of 1861.  She was described as unmarried and a farm servant, when her older married sister, her husband and son William, were also staying with the family.

 

 

 

 

5O15

Joseph Richard Collett was born at Whitechapel in London during 1840 and, as Richard Collet (sic), was one year old in the census of 1841.  He was the second child and eldest son of Joseph and Mary Louisa Collett and by that time in their lives the family was living at Goodmans Field in Whitechapel.  Within a couple of years, the family moved to 1 North Street in the St George-in-the-East area of Tower Hamlets, where they were residing in 1851 when Joseph Collett from Whitechapel was 10 years of age.  His father was a gun finisher so, on leaving school, Joseph went to work with his father and in 1861 he was a labourer in the gun factory at the age of 20, while still living with his family at 1 North Street.  On that occasion he was listed in the census return as Joseph Richard Collett.

 

 

 

During the following year Joseph Richard Collett, aged 22, married (1) Elizabeth Mary Alice Holdsworth, from Bethnal Green who was 21, at St Peter’s Church in Stepney on 23rd September 1862.  Joseph was confirmed as the son of Joseph Collett and Elizabeth’s father was named as Godfrey Holdsworth, a painter.  Elizabeth was the daughter of Godfrey and Elizabeth Holdsworth and her birth had been recorded at Stepney in 1846, under the same name as on her wedding day.  In 1861 the Holdsworth family was living at Coventry Street in Bethnal Green, when Elizabeth was 15 and a shoe binder and the only sibling living there were her and her parents was her younger sister Esther Holdsworth who had only just been born.  Initially the couple settled in Bethnal Green, where their first child was born, before moving to St George-in-the-East, where their subsequent children were born.  Curiously, no record of the family has yet been identified within the census of 1871.  Two years prior to that census day Elizabeth gave birth to their third child who died just over one year later and then, on the day of the census in 1871, she was nearly full-term with the couple’s fourth children, given the same name.  That difficult time for Joseph and Elizabeth resulted in the couple’s eldest child, their son Richard aged seven years and from Bethnal Green, being placed with his widowed grandmother Mary Louisa Collett at 21 Nelson Street in Mile End Old Town.

 

 

 

According to the next census in 1881, the family was recorded at 14 Fairclough Street in St George-in-the-East, from where Joseph R Collett aged 40 and from Whitechapel was a gun barrel browner.  His wife Elizabeth M A Collett was 34 and from Stepney, and their five children were Richard J Collett from Bethnal Green who was 17 and a gun barrel browner (presumably working with his father), Elizabeth Collett who was 15 and a domestic servant, James A Collett who was 10, Louisa H Collett who was seven and Joseph H Collett who was four years old.

 

 

 

Five other people were boarding with the family, plus two visitors.  Two of the boarders were members of Elizabeth’s family, her sister Esther A Holdsworth who was 21 and a tailoress and her brother Godfrey J Holdsworth who was 18 and a gun barrel browner (presumably working with father and son Joseph and Richard Collett), both of them born at Bethnal Green.  It is therefore likely that Elizabeth was running a boarding house, helped by her daughter Elizabeth.  Another boarder was John Evans aged eleven who was still living with the family in 1891 and 1901.  Sadly, it was on 30th May 1882, that Joseph’s wife died at 14 Fairclough Street.  With a large family to carry for, Joseph married his live-in sister-in-law, the marriage of Joseph Richard Collett and (2) Esther Alice Holdsworth was recorded at Whitechapel (Ref. 1c 794) during the last quarter of 1882.

 

 

 

Not long after they were married, Esther provided Joseph with the first of their three children, two of whom were recorded with the family in 1891.  Joseph R Collett was 50 and Esther A Collett was 31, when they were residing at Philpot Street in Mile End Old Town.  The five children living with the couple that year at Philpot Street in Mile End Old Town were James A Collett who was 19, Louisa H Collett who was 16, Joseph H Collett who was 13, William Collett who was seven and Florence Collett who was four years of age.  By that time the couples’ eldest son Richard was a married man, with son James leaving the family home during the next few years to be married.  Once again in 1891 John Evans aged 20 and from London was staying with the family, while under occupation was recorded the words ‘foulder tea packer’.

 

 

 

One more child was added to the family during the next decade and by the time of the March census in 1901, the family was living at 55 Philpot Street, within the Stepney registration district, where employer Joseph R Collett was 60 and a gun barrel browner from Whitechapel.  His wife Esther A Collett was 41 and from Bethnal Green, and the four children still living with the couple were Joseph H Collett who was 23 a gun barrel browner working at home, William Collett who was 17 and a pianoforte tuner with his own account, Florence Collett who was 14 and Mabel R Collett from Stepney who was just three years of age.  Boarding with the family, as he had been in 1881 and 1891, was John Evans a tea packer grocer aged 30, together with his brother James Evans who was 25 and also a tea packer, both of them born at St George-in-the-East.

 

 

 

Two weeks after that census day, Joseph Richard Collett died at 55 Philpot Street in Mile End Old Town on 14th April 1901.  It is perhaps surprising that no trace of his widow or other members of family has been found in the April census of 1911, by which time the two brothers Richard John Collett and Joseph Henry Collett were both married and living in London with their own families. 

 

 

 

5P27

Richard John Collett

Born in 1863 at Bethnal Green

 

5P28

Elizabeth A Collett

Born in 1865 at St George-in-the-East

 

5P29

James Augustine Collett

Born in 1869 at St George-in-the-East

 

5P30

James Augustine Collett

Born in 1871 at St George-in-the-East

 

5P31

Louisa Harriet Collett

Born in 1874 at St George-in-the-East

 

5P32

Joseph Henry Collett

Born in 1877 at St George-in-the-East

 

The following are the child of Joseph Collett by his second wife Esther Alice Holdsworth:

 

5P33

William Collett

Born in 1883 at St George-in-the-East

 

5P34

Florence Collett

Born in 1886 at St George-in-the-East

 

5P35

Mabel Ruby Collett

Born in 1897 at St George-in-the-East

 

 

 

 

5O16

Henry Edward Collett was born at St George-in-the-East with the Tower Hamlets area of London during 1845, the third child of Joseph and Mary Louisa Collett.  He was simply named as Henry Collett aged six years in the census of 1851 when he and his family were living at 1 North Street.  It was at that same address that Henry was living with his family in 1861 when he was 15 and an apprenticed gun maker, presumably working with his father and older brother Joseph (above).  It was on 19th March 1867 when Henry Edward Collett married (1) Sarah Ann Greenhough at Stepney in the Church of St Dunstan & All Saints.  Both the bride and the groom said they were 21, Henry confirmed as the son of Joseph Collett and Sarah being the daughter of Wyatt Greenhough.

 

 

 

By 1871 Sarah had presented Henry with two children.  The census that year located the family of four at Mile End Old Town in London, where Henry Edward Collett was 25, Sarah Ann Collett was also 25, and their two children were Henry Herbert Collett who was three and Alice Cecilia Collett who was not yet one year old.  It was the same situation in 1881 when the family was recorded at 70 Myrdle Street in Mile End Old Town.  Henry E Collett was 35 and a master plumber employing one man and one youth, Sarah A Collett was 35, Henry H Collett was 13 and Alice C Collett was 10, all of them described as having been born in London, Middlesex.

 

 

 

Six years later, the death of Sarah Ann Collett, aged 41, was recorded at Mile End Old Town (Ref. 1c 343) during the first three months of 1887.  Within the next twelve months Henry Edward Collett married (2) Rosina Smith, their wedding recorded at Islington (Ref. 1b 485) during the first quarter of 1888.  That second marriage produced another son for Henry, with his family again recorded at Myrdle Street in Mile End Old Town in 1891.  The census return that year listed the family as Henry Edward Collett who was 44 and a plumber and decorator from London, Rosina Collett who was 35, Henry H Collett who was 23, Alice C Collett who was 20 and Edward P Collett was one year old.

 

 

 

During the following years the family left London and settled in the Croydon suburb of Beddington, to the west of the town.  It was there, at Stafford Road in Wallington, that they were living in 1901, by which time Henry’s eldest son was already married.  The household therefore comprised Henry from London who was 54 and a plumber and house repairer, Rosina who was 45, Alice who was 30 and Percy who was 11, all three of them were said to have been born at Stepney.

 

 

 

Just less than two years after that, the death of Henry Collett was recorded at Croydon register office (Ref. 2a 229) during the first three months of 1903, when he was 57.  Probate of the personal effects of Henry Edward Collett of 1 Croham-Hurst Villas, Stafford Road in Wallington, valued at £1,382 13 Shillings 8d, was granted to his son Henry Herbert Collett, a sanitary engineer, in London on 20th March following his passing on 26th February 1903.  Rosina Collett was again living in Wallington in 1911 when she was described as being 55 years of age, a widow who was living there by private means, with her son Edward Percy Collett from Stepney who was 21 and an electrical engineer with an undertaking to the tramway.  Completing the family group was Rosina’s unmarried stepdaughter Alice Cecilia Collett who was 40 and employed as a clerk.

 

 

 

5P36

Henry Herbert Collett

Born in 1867 at Mile End Old Town

 

5P37

Alice Cecilia Collett

Born in 1870 at Mile End Old Town

 

The following is the only child of Henry Edward Collett by his second wife Rosina Smith:

 

5P38

Edward Percy Collett

Born in 1889 at Mile End Old Town

 

 

 

 

5O17

Charles Collett was born at Bredon during 1826 and was baptised there on 7th July 1826, when his mother was named as Ann Collett, father unknown.  At the time of the Bredon census in 1841 a certain Charles Collett was 13 years old, although it is not clear which of the two Charles Colletts born at Bredon in 1826 and 1829 (below) it relates to.

 

 

 

 

5O19

Charles Collett was born at Bredon during 1829 where he was baptised on 26th December 1829, the son of Sarah Collett and an unnamed father.  Curiously no record of him or his mother has been found in 1841 or in 1851.  However, according to the census in 1841 a Charles Collett was living and working on Mitton Farm in the hamlet of Bredon’s Hardwick within the parish of Bredon.  At 13 years of age Charles was the youngest of six agricultural servants and the only one born within the county.

 

 

 

No record of him has been found within the census of 1851, while it was probably around three or four years later that, at St Giles’ Church in Bredon, he married Mary Hemming of Bredon, the daughter of Ann Hemming by her first husband.  Three children were subsequently born and baptised at Bredon prior to the next census in 1861.  That year Charles Collett was 30 and an agricultural labourer who gave his place of birth as Norton (see later census returns below).  On that occasion he and his wife and their young family were staying with Mary’s widowed mother at Bredon who had re-married by then.  Head of the household was George Bartlett who was 36 and a waterman from Bredon.  His wife was Ann Bartlett who was 47 and from Overbury.  Charles Collett was described as son-in-law, while his wife Mary who was 26 and from Bredon was listed as Ann’s daughter.  The three children of Charles and Mary Collett on that occasion were Charles Collett who was five, Ann Collett who was three and Jane Collett who was one year old, all three of them born at Bredon.  The dwelling in which the Bartlett and Collett families were living was next door to the village shop, and next to that was the railway station.

 

 

 

Four more children were added to their family during the next decade and, although they were baptised at Bredon, it seems they were born in the hamlet of Hardwick with the parish of Bredon.  By the time of the census in 1871 the two oldest children, Charles and Ann, were no longer living with the family.  The family was certainly living at Bredon Hardwick in 1871 when Charles Collett was 40 and born at Bredons Norton, his wife Mary was 36 and from Bredon, while their five children that day were Jane Collett, age 10, Mary Collett who was eight, George Collett who was six, Emma Collett who was two and Martha Collett who was four months old.  Seven years after that census day, the death of Mary Collett was recorded at Tewkesbury (Ref. 6a 286) during the second quarter of 1878, when she was 44 years old.

 

 

 

It is rather puzzling that, following the loss of their mother, no record of any member of the family has been located in the next census conducted in 1881.  However, during the 1880s, daughter Emma gave birth to two base-born children and that embarrassing situation may have been why the family had broken up by 1891.  At that time, Charles Collett, aged 60 and from Bredon, was still living in the hamlet of Hardwick near Bredon, where he was described as a widower and an agricultural labourer.  The only children still living with Charles were his two youngest offspring.  William Collett was 17 and an agricultural labourer who had been born at Hardwick, while Caroline Collett, also born at Hardwick, was 14 with no occupation, so was very likely acting at housekeeper for her father.  By that time his daughter Emma Collett of Bredon was 21 and was living and working at the Union Workhouse within the Tewkesbury registration district.

 

 

 

Ten years later it was only his daughter Caroline Collett, aged 25 and from Bredons Norton, who was living with her father as his housekeeper.  By that time the pair of them had left Hardwick and had moved into the village of Deerhurst, two miles from Tewkesbury.  Charles Collett from Bredons Norton was 71 and even at that age he was a cattleman on a farm, most likely Wallow Hill Farm next door to Wallow Hill cottage where Charles and Caroline were the sole occupants.  His age on that occasion, unlike in the earlier census returns, was more in keeping with his birth in 1829, thus validating him as the son of Sarah Collett. 

 

 

 

During the following years Charles’ daughter left her father, probably to be married, so by 1911 Charles Collett was 81 when he was living within the town of Tewkesbury.  And it was there that he died three years later.  His death was recorded at Tewkesbury register office (Ref. 6a 555) during the last three months of that year.  The same recorded stated that he was 85 years of age.

 

 

 

5P39

Charles Hemming Collett

Baptised on 06.01.1856 at Bredon

 

5P40

Ann Hemming Collett

Baptised on 27.12.1857 at Bredon

 

5P41

Jane Hemming Collett

Baptised on 24.06.1860 at Bredon

 

5P42

Mary Hemming Collett

Baptised on 06.07.1862 at Bredon

 

5P43

George Collett

Born circa 1864 at Bredon

 

5P44

Emma Collett

Baptised on 28.03.1869 at Bredon

 

5P45

Martha Collett

Baptised on 11.12.1870 at Bredon

 

5P46

William Collett

Baptised on 23.02.1873 at Bredon

 

5P47

Caroline Collett

Born in 1876 at Hardwick

 

 

 

 

5O20

George Collett was born in London between 1833 and 1840, the only known child of George and Elizabeth Collett.  Whether in error or not, George junior was recorded as being under one year old in the Bethnal Green & Hackney Road census of 1841, when he was living there with his parents.  However, ten years later he was listed as being 17 years old while still living there with his parents.  No further record of him has been found after then, but it must be assumed that he fathered a son around the mid-1850s because in 1861 his parents had living with them a grandson named George Collett.  No record of any member of the family has been found after 1861, so it might be possible that they were reunited overseas somewhere.

 

 

 

5P48

George Collett

Born in 1854 at Shoreditch

 

 

 

 

5O21

William Haines Collett was born at Tewkesbury on 19th November 1815, the son of John and Judith Collett.  His parents had been Presbyterians, but at the time of his baptism in Tewkesbury they were Protestant Dissenters, and it was as William Haynes that he was name on 8th March 1816.

 

 

 

 

5O23

Richard Collett was born at Nottingham and was baptised at St Mary’s Church on 8th May 1825.  Sadly, he survived for only four months, when he died and was buried at Nottingham on 4th September 1825.

 

 

 

 

5O27

Harriet Snape Collett was born at Mansfield in Nottinghamshire on 20th November 1839 at a time when her parents were not married.  Her father was John Collett from Tewkesbury and her mother was Julia Snape and they were not married until 1847.  Six years earlier Harriet Collett was just one year old when she and her family were still living in Mansfield.  By 1851 she and her parents, together with an older half-sister were living at Sculcoates in Kingston-upon-Hull where Harriet Collett was incorrectly recorded as being 14 rather than 11.  Her father died there at the start of 1858 and it was later that same year when the marriage of Harriet Snape Collett and William Holderness was recorded at Sculcoates during the last three months of 1858.  About nine months after that her mother re-married. 

 

 

 

According to the census in 1881 Harriet S Holderness from Mansfield was 41 when she and her family were recorded at 31 Clement Street within the St Mary Bishopshill district of the City of York.  Living there with her was her husband William who was 44 and a carriage fitter with the Northern & Eastern Region Railway from Hull, and their four children.  They were William Holderness junior who was 21 and also from Hull who was a carriage fitter like his father, John Holderness who was 12, Joseph Holderness who was 10, and Annie Holderness who was four, all three of them born at York.  Two more children were added to the family over the next ten years and they were Ernest and Ethel.

 

 

 

By the time of the census in 1901 William Holderness was 64, Harriet was 61, and the only child still living with them at Holgate St Paul in York was Ethel Holderness who was 11.  William Holderness passed away during the next decade, so in 1911 it was just Harriet, age 71, and Ethel age 21, who were still living in York.

 

 

 

 

5O28

Elizabeth Collett was born at Tewkesbury in 1847, where her birth was registered during the second quarter of the year.  She was the only known child of Richard Collett by his wife Silvia Collett (of a so far unidentified Collett family).  In 1851 she was living with her parents at Barton Street in Tewkesbury, when she was three years old.  It is likely her father died during the 1850s since, ten years later in 1861, when Elizabeth was 13, it was her mother, a cotton dealer, who was the head of the household, even though she was described as still being married.  The two of them were still living at Barton Street in Tewkesbury, where her maiden aunt Elizabeth Collett, another cotton dealer, her father’s older sister, was also living with them.

 

 

 

By the time of the census in 1871 unmarried Elizabeth Collett, age 23 and with no stated occupation, was still living with her widowed mother at 26 Barton Street in Tewkesbury, together with her maiden aunt Elizabeth Collett who was 76 and no longer working as a stocking maker.  After a further ten years it was a similar situation in 1881, except by then it was just Elizabeth, aged 33, and her mother who were living at Woods Court in Tewkesbury where, as in the previous census returns, Elizabeth was not credited with having an occupation.

 

 

 

The lack of an acknowledgement that she was able to work may have been due to an inability, such as an illness or other affliction.  What is known is that, following the death of her mother five years later in 1886, Elizabeth was taken into an institution within the Gloucester Kingsholm registration district, where she was recorded in 1891 as Elizabeth Collett from Tewkesbury, when she was 43.  No record of her as Elizabeth Collett has been found after that time.

 

 

 

 

5P2

Charles Collett was born at Tewkesbury in 1855, the only son of William and Charlotte Collett. Following the death of his father when he was around five years old, Charles was still living at Tewkesbury with his mother and three sisters in 1861.  Ten years later in 1871, Charles was listed as living with his mother and sister in Tewkesbury when he would have been only fifteen years old.  However, it was at Tewkesbury around four years later that he married Sarah and by 1881 the marriage had produced the couple’s first three children.  According to the census that year, Charles was a general labourer aged 25, living at 18 Spring Gardens in Tewkesbury right next door to his widowed mother.  Living with him was his wife Sarah aged 23 and of Tewkesbury, together with their first three children Annie aged four years, William aged two years, and Ada who was just two months old, all of whom were also born at Tewkesbury.

 

 

 

During the next ten years the family was increased by the addition of a further three children, all born while the family continued to live in Tewkesbury.  The Tewkesbury census of 1891 listed the family as Charles aged 35, his wife Sarah A Collett aged 33, and four of their six children.  They were William who was 12, Ernest who was eight, Charles junior who was two, and Lizzie who was one year old.  The only one of Charles’ children missing from the census return on that occasion was Annie who would have been fourteen.  With no record of her found anywhere in the census that year, it perhaps can be safely assumed that she had suffered a childhood death sometime during the 1880s.

 

 

 

A further three children were added to the family during the next decade, so by March 1901 the family living at Tewkesbury was made up of Charles 45, Sarah A Collett 43, Ernest 18, Charles 12, Lizzie 11, Elsie who was nine, Cornelius who was seven and Doris who was two years old.  Charles was working as a general labourer, while Sarah Ann was supplementing his income was by working as a machinist.  On that occasion it was the two oldest surviving children who were missing from the family home.  William would have been twenty-two, while his sister Ada would have been twenty.  William’s brother Ernest was a private in the army, so as the older brother William may have also been a military man and out of the country at that time.  It is also possible that Ada was married by then.

 

 

 

In April 1911 the Collett family was still living in Tewkesbury when Charles was 55 and Sarah Ann was 53.  Still living with the couple was four of their children, they being Charles 22, Lizzie 21, Cornelius 17, and Doris who was twelve years old.  Also living with them was three-year-old Gladys Collett who was the granddaughter of Charles and Sarah Ann, being the base-born child of their unmarried daughter Lizzie.

 

 

 

5Q1

Annie Collett

Born in 1876 at Tewkesbury

 

5Q2

William Collett

Born in 1878 at Tewkesbury

 

5Q3

Ada Collett

Born in 1881 at Tewkesbury

 

5Q4

Ernest Collett

Born in 1882 at Tewkesbury

 

5Q5

Charles Collett

Born in 1888 at Tewkesbury

 

5Q6

Lizzie Collett

Born in 1890 at Tewkesbury

 

5Q7

Elsie Collett

Born in 1891 at Tewkesbury

 

5Q8

Cornelius Collett

Born in 1894 at Tewkesbury

 

5Q9

Doris Collett

Born in 1898 at Tewkesbury

 

 

 

 

5P4

Sarah Ann Collett was born at Tewkesbury in 1859, the youngest child of William and Charlotte Collett.  Sadly, just after she was born her father died, so by 1861, when Sarah was one year old, she was living at Tewkesbury with her mother and her three siblings.  By 1871 she was recorded as Sarah A Collett aged 11 years, when she was still living in Tewkesbury with her mother and her sister Eliza.  Upon leaving school in Tewkesbury, she moved north to Wolverhampton to secure work, and it was there she was recorded in 1881 at the age of 21 as Sarah A Collett.  It was also there that she met and married Samuel Henry Tilsley of Ettingshall.

 

 

 

Once married the couple settled in the Ettingshall area of Bilston where their first four children were born.  Around 1890 the family moved into Bilston where their next two children were born.  And it was within the Wolverhampton & Bilston registration district that the family was recorded as living in 1891.  Samuel Henry Tilsley was 37, Sarah Ann Tilsley was 35, and their children at that time were Samuel age 10, Sarah Jane who was nine, Mary Ann who was seven, Sarah Ann who was five, Esther who was four and Florence who was one year old.  The age Sarah gave for that census and the next two censuses was inflated by four years, perhaps out of embarrassment because she was six years younger than her husband.  Ten years later Samuel and five of his six children were living in Wolverhampton, where he was working as an iron strip roller at the age of 44.  His wife Sarah was 44 and from Tewkesbury, and their children were Samuel who was 20 and a furnace helper at the iron works where his father was employed, Mary age 17, Sarah age 15, Esther age 12 and Florence who was 11.

 

 

 

After another ten years had passed a reduced Tilsley family was living in the Dudley area of Wolverhampton in 1911.  The family comprised Samuel Henry who was 57, Sarah Ann age 54, Esther age 23, and Florence who was 21, together with the latest addition of daughter Sarah Jane who was eight years old.  That perhaps confirms Sarah Ann was inflating her age which, had she given her correct age of 51, she would have given birth to Sarah Jane when she was around forty-three, rather than forty-six as indicated by the difference in their ages in April 1911.

 

 

 

 

5P5

Alice Collett was born at Colwall in Worcestershire during 1872, the eldest of the three possible children of John Collett of Bredon and his wife Phoebe Whittall.  Alice Collett was eight years old in the census of 1881 when she was living at Wyche in Great Malvern with her family.  Where she was in 1891 is not currently known, although it is established that she had left home by then and had already given birth to the first of her two base-born daughters, the first child living with her parents in 1891 at the age of one year.  Around three years later she gave birth to a second base-born daughter, the child being born in Malvern of an unknown father like the first, whose birth was recorded at Upton-on-Severn (Ref. 6c 318) during the second quarter of 1890.

 

 

 

It was after the birth of her second daughter that Alice Collett from Colwall married George Handy from Hanby Castle, and it was with him that she and her youngest daughter were living at Wyche Tree Cottage in Malvern in 1901, her older daughter still living with her parents.  George Handy was 30 and was a gardener with his own account working from home, Alice Handy from Colwall was also 30 and a laundress also have her own account and working from home.  The only child living with the couple was Alice Collett aged six years who had been born at Malvern, who was described as the stepdaughter of George Handy.

 

 

 

Alice eventually had two children by George Handy although he was not with the family on the day of the census in 1911.  By that time the young Handy family was residing within the Upton-on-Severn district of Worcestershire and was listed as follows.  Mrs Alice Handy from Colwall was 40, her daughter Dorothy Handy was five and her son Wilfred was one year old.  Still living with her mother was Alice Collett who was 15.

 

 

 

5Q10

Nellie Louisa Collett

Born in 1890 at Malvern

 

5Q11

Alice Collett

Born in 1894 at Malvern

 

 

 

 

5P6

Frederick John Collett was born at Colwall during 1874, the eldest son of John Collett and Phoebe Whittall.  In 1881 at the age of six he was named as Fred J Collett when he and his family were living in Wyche in Great Malvern.  Ten years later Fredk Collett was 16 when he was the only child still living with his parents who, by that time were residing in Hanley Castle near Upton-on-Severn.  It was around 1895 that Frederick married Ellen from Worcestershire, although where she was in 1901 has not yet been determined.  By that time she had presented Frederick with a son of the same name who was with his uncle on the day of the census that year.  The only possible record of his father in 1901 was married corporation navvy Frederick Collett, age 26, whose place of birth was recorded as Calwell in Worcestershire, which was probably meant to be Colwall.  On that occasion he was a boarder at the Harborne home of John Round and his family at 85 Northfield Road.  In lodgings nearby at 137 Side Street off Northfield Road in Harborne was unmarried Richard Collett from Worcestershire who was 24 and a labourer working on the sewers who had with him his nephew Frederick Collett from Worcestershire who was age five years, who appears to be the son of Frederick John Collett, with Richard being his younger brother (below).

 

 

 

Ten years later the two Fredericks were actually living together at 14 Tennal Road in Harborne in the Kings Norton area of Birmingham with Ellen Collett who has still not been located anywhere within the census of 1901.  Whilst the head of the household was recorded as Frederick John Collett, a general labourer from Worcestershire who was 36 who had been married to Ellen for fifteen years, the census return was curiously signed in the name of Frederick George Collett.  That raises the question, was it his son Frederick George Collett, age 14 and an apprenticed gas fitter who completed the census return, because his father was unable to fill in the details, since all entries on the form were in the same handwriting.  The boy’s mother was described at Ellen Collett from Worcestershire who was 37.  To supplement the family income Ellen had taken in two boarders Arthur George age 19 and Samuel John Hill who was 16, both of them carpenters.  Nothing further is currently known about the family, while the only death recorded for a Frederick Collett was that of Frederick James Collett, detailed below, who may not be the same Frederick despite the Worcestershire connection.

 

 

 

Frederick James Collett died on 27th July 1955 in Worcestershire, while his Will was proved in London on 27th October that same year.  His personal effects valued at of £3,948 5 Shillings 7d were placed in the hands of the Midland Bank Executor and Trustee Ltd.  From this it would seem that he was a widower by the time of his death and, with his only known child having died during the Great War of the injuries he sustain in Belgium, there was no living relative to whom his estate could be left.

 

 

 

5Q12

Frederick George Collett

Born in 1896 in Worcestershire

 

 

 

 

5P7

Richard Collett was born in Worcestershire during 1876 and may have been the third child of John Collett and Phoebe Whittall.  He has not been identified within the two census returns for 1881 and 1891, but by 1901 his older brother Frederick (above) was married and had already produced a son by then.  It is therefore curious why Richard Collett age 24 and a labourer working on sewers was a lodger at 137 Side Street off Northfield Road in Harborne, where he had with him his nephew Frederick Collett who was five years old.

 

 

 

 

5P8

Sarah Ann Collett was born at Worcester in 1875, where her birth was recorded (Ref. 6c 315) during the first quarter of 1875, the eldest of the three known children of William Henry Collett and Theresa Emily Maria Marshall.  By the time of the census in 1881 Sarah A Collett from Worcester was six years old and living with her family at 15 Lansdowne Terrace in Malvern.  No further record of her has been found after that time, when she was absent from the family thereafter.

 

 

 

 

5P9

William Henry Collett was born at Malvern in 1879, the only known son of William Henry Collett and his wife Emily.  His birth was recorded at Upton-on-Severn (Ref. 6c 355) during the first three months of the year.  At the time of the census in 1881 William was recorded as Henry Collett aged two years who was living with his family at 15 Lansdowne Terrace in Great Malvern.  Ten years later in 1891 he was listed as William H Collett, aged 12 and working as an errand boy, when he was living with his family at Ebenezer Terrace within the parish of Cradley, West Malvern across the county boundary in Herefordshire.

 

 

 

Just after the start of the new century William H Collett from Malvern was 23 and was living at Danygraig Terrace in Ystradyfodwg, Glamorganshire, where he was working as a coal hewer, while being a boarder at the family home of Frederick Foxwell.  Also living there at Ystradyfodwg, but at East Road, on that census day, was another Collett family, that of shoemaker William Collett (Ref. 29n5) from Turkdean and his wife and two of their children who were both born at Charlton Kings, near Cheltenham, where his wife had also been born.  Their two sons Christopher Henry and Frederick Ernest Collett were both working as coal hewers.

That family is featured in the appendix to Part 29 – The Cirencester to Australia Line

 

 

 

By 1911, the family of William Collett, shoemaker, had moved to Tylorstown Rhondda, and it was there too that unmarried William Collett, a coal hewer from Worcester Terrace, was living at Aberrhondda Rhondda.  According to the census return William Collett from Worcestershire was 31 and boarder at the home of Fred and Caroline Keeling from Bath. 

 

There was only one William Henry Collett living in South Wales that year and he was a married man residing in Pwllgwaun Pontypridd in 1911.  He was another coal hewer who said he was only 29, perhaps because he was some years older than his wife.  His place of birth was recorded as ‘Weeden Sheffield’ (no place of that name exists), which may be a mistaken error for Bredon, where his father had been born.  His wife was Matilda Kate Collett nee Truman from Binstead Road, Ryde on the Isle of Wight, who was 27.  Living there, with the couple, was Matilda’s younger brother Henry Charles Truman from Ryde.

 

 

 

The marriage of William Henry Collett and Matilda Kate Truman had taken place on the Isle of Wight (Ref. 2b 937) during the first quarter of 1908.  She was the daughter of Charles Henry and Elizabeth Truman and was baptised at the Wesleyan Church in Ryde on 2nd January 1884, having been born there on 13th October 1883.  On the census day in 1911, Matilda was expecting the birth of the first of the couple’s two children, who was born just over six months later.  Both of their children were born at Pwllgwaun Pontypridd and, on the birth of their daughter, it was at Morgan Street in Pwllgwaun that the family was living, the child named after William’s grandmother Catherine Sutton.

 

 

 

In 1914 William Henry Collett, aged 34, enlisted for military service and was allocated the service number 16483 with the Royal Horse & Field Artillery, 5th Depot Battalion of the 125th Battery.  At that time in his life he was described as having been born in Worcestershire, while currently residing in South Wales.  He survived the war and, although no death of his wife has been identified, it was in 1924 that William H Collett married Mary Conniff, the event recorded at Pontypridd (Ref. 11a 1521) during the third quarter of that year.

 

 

 

5Q13

Henry Clifford Collett

Born in 1911 in Pontypridd

 

5Q14

Catherine Hilda Collett

Born in 1913 in Pontypridd

 

 

 

 

5P10

Rose Ellen Collett was born at Malvern in 1883, her birth recorded at Upton-on-Severn (Ref. 6c 331) during the second quarter of the year, the last of the three children of William Henry Collett and Theresa Emily Maria Marshall.  It was as Helen Collett, aged seven years, that she was living with her family at Cradley, West Malvern in Herefordshire in 1891.  Upon leaving school Rose entered into domestic service and, in 1901, she was 17 and a general domestic servant, the only child still living with her parents at Cowleigh Road in Malvern Link.   Seven years after that census day, Rose Ellen Collett married William Thomas Harris, their wedding recorded at the Worcestershire register office in Kings Norton (Ref. 6c 862) during the third quarter of 1908.  William was the son of John and Harriet Harris, born at All Saints in Worcester. 

 

 

 

Less than three years later, the couple was residing at Worcester with their first child.  William Harris was 32 and a brewer’s labourer, his wife Rose Harris was 27 and their son William John Harris was only a few days old and both her and his mother’s place of birth was recorded as Ter Worcester.  It has not been determined whether further children were added to their family, while the death of William T Harris was recorded at Kings Norton register office (Ref. 6d 201) during the first three months of 1923 when he was 45.

 

 

 

 

5P11

George Henry Collett was born at Bredon in 1859, the base-born son of Mary Ann Collett, and was baptised there on 17th July 1859 with just his mother’s name included in the parish records.  He was living with his unmarried mother at the Bredon home of his grandmother in 1861 when he was two years old and was still living there ten years later in 1871 when he was 11.  By the time of the next census in 1881, George was a married man living in the village of Bredon with his slightly older wife and their son.  George Collett, age 21 and from Bredon, was a general labourer, his wife Sarah Collett from nearby Westmancote was 22, and their son Albert was just ten months old and had also been born at Bredon.  Sarah Collett was the former Sarah Susannah Deakins who was born at Westmancote Hill, Bredon in 1858, the eldest child of Joseph Deakins and Eliza Trenfield whose birth was recorded at Tewkesbury (Ref. 6a 361) during the third quarter of that year.  The marriage of George Henry Collett and Sarah Susannah Deakins most likely took place at parish church in Bredon, although the event was recorded at Tewkesbury (Ref. 6a 754) during the second quarter of 1879.

 

 

 

During the following ten years a daughter and three more sons were added to their family, and all of them born at Bredon, where the family was still living in 1891.  On that occasion the family comprised George H Collett aged 31 who was working as a hay trusser, Sarah S Collett aged 32, Albert H Collett who was 10, Kate Collett who was eight, Frank G Collett who was five, Ernest J Collett who was two, and Raymond Collett who was under one year old.  A second daughter was born into the family four years later.

 

 

 

However, sometime after the census day, the couple’s eldest daughter may have died since she was the only member of the family missing from the Bredon census in 1901, nor has she been located elsewhere.  The family on that occasion was recorded as George Collett aged 41 and a gardener, Sarah Collett who was 42, Albert Collett aged 20 who was working as a navvy, Frank Collett who was 15 and a gardener’s apprentice – presumably working with his father, Ernest Collett who was 12, Raymond Collett who was 10, and Alice Collett who was six years old.  All of the male members of the family were confirmed as having been born at Bredon, as was daughter Alice.

 

 

 

Ten years after that there were only three of the six children still living at Bredon with George and Sarah.  Frank was living and working in Cheltenham, while no record of Raymond or Kate have been found anywhere in Great Britain at that time.  George Henry Collett was 51 and employed as a labourer at a local market garden, Sarah Susannah Collett was 52, Albert Henry Collett was 30, Ernest Joseph Collett was 22, and Alice Collett was 16.  It was during the summer of 1917 that George and Sarah received the tragic news that their son Private Albert Henry Collett had been killed in action with the Worcestershire Regiment.

 

 

 

The death of George Henry Collett was recorded at the Worcestershire Pershore register office (Ref. 6c 540) during the first three months of 1941 when he was 81 years of age.  It was also at Pershore, nearly six years earlier, that the death of Sarah Susannah Collett nee Deakins was recorded during the third quarter of 1935.

 

 

 

5Q15

Albert Henry Collett

Born in 1880 at Bredon

 

5Q16

Kate Collett

Born in 1883 at Bredon

 

5Q17

Frank George Collett

Born in 1886 at Bredon

 

5Q18

Ernest Joseph Collett

Born in 1888 at Bredon

 

5Q19

Raymond John Collett

Born in 1891 at Bredon

 

5Q20

Alice Collett

Born in 1895 at Bredon

 

 

 

 

5P12

William George Collett was born at Broadwell in 1865, the first child of Joseph Collett and Emma Boulter, whose birth was recorded at Stow-on-the-Wold (Ref. 6a 344) during the third quarter of that year.  William G Collett was five years old in the Broadwell census of 1871, when living there with his family, and it was a similar situation in 1881 when William was 15 and living at Banbury Street in Kineton.  As the oldest member of the family, William was the first to leave the family home, when he went to Nuneaton in North Warwickshire, where he secured work as a labourer at a brickyard.  That was confirmed in the next census of 1891, when unmarried William was 25 and a boarder with the Garnett family at Arbury Road in Nuneaton. 

 

 

 

Four years later William Collett married Mary Ann Blythe at Nuneaton, where the event was recorded (Ref. 6d 730) during the second quarter of 1895.  She was the eldest of the five children of Edward and Charlotte Blythe of Coton Road in Chilvers Coton, Nuneaton, and was baptised on 19th May 1872 and was a wool comber in the census of 1891 when she was 19.  After being married for around nine months, Mary gave birth to her first child, very likely a honeymoon baby.  A second child followed just prior to the next census day.

 

 

 

According to that census in 1901, William Collett from Broadwell was 34 and still working as labourer at the nearby brickyard, while living at Dugdale Street in Chilvers Coton, within the Borough of Nuneaton.  Recorded there with him was his wife Mary A Collett of Nuneaton, aged 28, their two Nuneaton born children Albert E Collett who was five and Ernest Collett, not yet one year old, together with boarder Jacob Collett aged 22, also a brickyard labourer, from Kineton who was William’s younger brother (below).  Another Collett family was also recorded at Dugdale Street in the census that day, and that was the young family of Arthur George Collett, another brickyard labourer, William’s younger brother (below).

 

 

 

William’s occupation in 1911 was once again that of a labourer at the brickworks, when he was 44 and still settled in Chilvers Coton.  No more children had been added to his family, or if they had, they did not survive, because it was again just his wife Mary Ann who was 39, and sons Albert Edward who was 15 and Ernest who was 10 years old, all three of them born at Nuneaton.  Two years after that, the death of William Collett was recorded at Nuneaton register office (Ref. 6d 785) during the first quarter of 1913, when he was 47.  His wife survived him by nearly forty years, when the death of Mary A Collett was also recorded at Nuneaton (Ref. 9c 713) during the second quarter of 1952, when she was 80 years old.

 

 

 

5Q21

Albert Edward Collett

Born in 1896 at Nuneaton

 

5Q22

Ernest Collett

Born in 1901 at Nuneaton

 

 

 

 

5P13

John Collett was born at Broadwell on 28th August 1867, the second son of Joseph Collett and Emma Boulter, his birth recorded at Stow-on-the-Wold (Ref. 6a 345) during the fourth quarter of that year.  In 1871 John was not living with his family, instead he was a visitor at the Kineton home of his married aunt Sarah Jarvis nee Boulter, his mother’s younger sister.  He was three years of age and his place of birth confirmed as Broadwell.  Ten years after that the Collett family had swapped Broadwell for Kineton, where John aged 13 was then living with his parents on Banbury Street. 

 

 

 

Nine years later the marriage of John Collett and Mary Ann Pratt was recorded at Stratford-on-Avon (Ref. 6d 1095) during the last three months of 1889, the wedding taking place at St Peter’s Church in Kineton on 19th December 1889, when John’s father was confirmed as Joseph Collett and Mary Ann’s father was named as William Pratt.  Mary Ann was born at Brailes, near Shipston-on-Stour, on 8th July 1866, where she was baptised on 29th July 1866, the youngest daughter of agricultural labourer William Pratt and his wife Angelina Pratt, both of Brailes.  Upon completing her education, Mary Ann entered into domestic service and in 1881, at the age of 14, she was working as a servant at the Cherington (on Stour) home of farmer Charles Holtom and his wife Emilia. 

 

 

 

At an earlier time, it would appear that, unmarried Mary Ann Pratt gave birth to a base-born daughter, the father of which is not known, nor has a record of the birth or baptism been found.  What is known, is that child was recorded in the census of 1891 as Margaret E Pratt aged four years, a scholar and an inmate at Shipston-on-Stour.  It seems that she was subsequently adopted by John Collett, as confirmed in a later census return.  The birth of that child at Brailes may well have been the reason why Mary Ann was not married within her own parish.

 

 

 

The couple’s first legitimate child was born shortly after they were married, with the three members of the family recorded in the Kineton census of 1891 as residing at Southam Street in the village.  John was 23 and working as a carter for a coal merchant, Mary Ann was 24 and their son George Henry Collett was one year old.  Four more children were added to their family at Southam Street during the next decade, and it was there that the enlarged family was still living in 1901.  By then John from Broadwell was 33 and a foreman for a corn and coal agent.  Mary Ann was 34 and had been reunited with her first child, who was described as Margaret E Collett aged 13 and born at Brailes, like her mother.

 

 

 

The five children of John and Mary Ann Collett were listed in the census return in 1901 as George H Collett who was 11, Catherine A Collett who was nine, John E W Collett who was six, Albert E Collett who was five, and Florence D Collett who was one year old, and all of them born at Kineton.  Over the following years John Collett became the coal agent and with that secure business he and Mary Ann extended their family by a further four children.

 

 

 

Coal agent John was 43 in the Kineton census of 1911 and Mary Ann was 44, when the couple’s six youngest children were recorded with them.  Albert Edward Collett was 15, Florence Daisy was 11, Ethel May Collett was nine, Frank Thomas Collett was eight, Beatrice Hannah Collett was six, and Frederick Charles Collett was four.  It is interesting to note that John’s seventh child was named in honour of his late brother Frank Thomas Collett who had suffered a premature death less than two years prior to the birth.  The 1939 Register includes the name of John Collett who, by that time, was a retired coal merchant’s agent living on the Market Square in Kineton with his wife Mary A Collett and their two sons Frank and Frederick.

 

 

 

It was five years after that when the death of John Collett was recorded at Stratford-on-Avon register office (Ref. 9c 1071) during the first three months of 1944 when he was 76.  His wife outlived him by nearly eleven years, when the death of Mary Ann Collett nee Pratt was recorded at Stratford (Ref. 9c 922) during the second quarter of 1955 when she was 88 years of age.

 

 

 

5Q23

Margaret E Pratt - later Collett

Born in 1887 at Brailes

 

5Q24

George Henry Collett

Born in 1890 at Kineton

 

5Q25

Catherine Ann Collett

Born in 1892 at Kineton

 

5Q26

John Ernest William Collett

Born in 1895 at Kineton

 

5Q27

Albert Edward Collett

Born in 1896 at Kineton

 

5Q28

Florence Daisy Collett

Born in 1900 at Kineton

 

5Q29

Ethel May Collett

Born in 1901 at Kineton

 

5Q30

Frank Thomas Collett

Born in 1902 at Kineton

 

5Q31

Beatrice Hannah Collett

Born in 1904 at Kineton

 

5Q32

Frederick Charles Collett

Born in 1906 at Kineton

 

 

 

 

5P14

Agnes (Eliza or Mary) Collett was born at Broadwell, possibly at the end of 1869 or early in 1870.  She was a daughter of Joseph and Emma Collett and was included in the 1871 census as Agnes A Collett aged three years.  No baptism for her has been found, as well as no birth record for Agnes A Collett, the A perhaps being a census error.  However, there are two births for Agnes Collett recorded at Stow-on-the-Wold, both in 1870, the first for Agnes Mary (Ref. 6a 400) during the first quarter, and the second for Agnes Eliza (Ref. 6a 376) during the second quarter.  Her family moved to Kineton during 1873 and it was there at Banbury Street that Agnes Collett from Broadwell was 11 years of age.

 

 

 

 

5P15

Arthur George Collett was born at Tredington in 1872, where he was baptised on 25th August 1872, the son of Joseph and Emma Collett.  Not long after he was born his father’s work took the family to the Warwickshire village of Kineton where they were living in 1881 at Banbury Street, where Arthur Collett from Tredington was eight years old.  By the time he was 18 he was an agricultural labourer, most likely working with his father and his younger brother Frank (below).  Seven years later, Arthur George Collett married Jane Elizabeth Sansome at Hinckley (Ref. 7a 154) during the second quarter of 1898.  Jane was born at Hinckley (Ref. 7a 63) during the first three months of 1876, the fourth child of the ten children of painter Thomas Sansome and his wife Charlotte of Ten Acre in Hinckley, where Jane was 15 in 1891.

 

 

 

Shortly after their wedding day, Jane presented Arthur with their first child, while the couple was still living in Hinckley although, by the time of the birth of their second child, the family was residing in the Chilvers Coton area of Nuneaton.  On the day of the next census in 1901 three members of the same Collett family were residing in Dugdale Street in Chilvers Coton and they were the families of brothers, and their wives, Arthur & Jane and William & Mary, plus unmarried brother Jacob, who was staying with the latter family.  Arthur G Collett from Tredington was 28 and a labourer employed at the local brickyard, who was working there with his two brothers.  His wife Jane E Collett from Hinckley was 25, Agnes May Collett was two and Thomas S Collett was one year old.

 

 

 

One more known child was added to their family nine years later, while there were a number of other children born at Nuneaton during the first decade of the new century whose parents have yet to be confirmed.  This is an ongoing project.  That additional child was recorded with the family at Chilvers Coton in 1911, when Arthur was a brick maker at 38, Jane Elizabeth was 35, Agnes May was 12, Thomas Sansome was 11 and Arthur George Collett junior was under one year old.

 

 

 

The death of Arthur G Collett was recorded at Stow-on-the-Wold (Ref. 6a 640) during the first quarter of 1933 when his age was estimated to be 58.

 

 

 

5Q33

Agnes May Collett

Born in 1898 at Hinckley

 

5Q34

Thomas Sansome Collett

Born in 1900 at Nuneaton

 

5Q35

Arthur George Collett

Born in 1910 at Chilvers Coton

 

 

 

 

5P16

Frank Thomas Collett was born at Kineton in 1875, the fifth child of Joseph and Emma Collett, whose birth was recorded at Stratford-on-Avon (Ref. 6d 586) during the first quarter of that year.  It was later that same year when Frank Thomas Collett was baptised at St Peter’s Church in Kineton on 10th October 1875, the child of Joseph and Emma Collett.  He was possibly born at Banbury Street in Kineton, where six-year-old Frank was living with his parents in 1881.  Ten years later he had left school and, at the age of 16, was working as an agricultural labourer, most likely alongside his father.  By 1901 he was unable to work and was the only child still living with his parents at Kineton, when he was 26.  Whatever had happened to him prior to that census day, whether it was an illness or the result of an accident at work, or perhaps even during military service, the death of unmarried Frank Thomas Collett was recorded at Nuneaton register office (Ref. 6d 333) during the third quarter of 1901 when he was 26.

 

 

 

 

5P17

Sarah Ann Collett was born at Kineton in 1877, her birth recorded at Stratford (Ref. 6d 646) during the second quarter of 1877, another daughter of Joseph and Emma Collett.  As Sarah A Collett, she was three years old in the Kineton census of 1881 when she and her family were still living in Kineton on Banbury Street in the village.  After a further ten years Sarah Ann Collett was 13 and still with her family in Kineton.  No trace of Sarah, aged 23 in 1901 and 33 in 1901, has been found but, in nearby Stratford-on-Avon, the marriage of Sarah A Collett and Charles Clifford was recorded towards the end of 1936 (Ref. 6d 2239) when she would have been nearly sixty, so perhaps this was not Sarah of Kineton.

 

 

 

 

5P18

Jacob Collett was born at Kineton in 1879 and it was at Stratford-on-Avon (Ref. 6d 652) during the first three months of the year.  He was baptised at St Peter’s Church in Kineton on 22nd March 1879, the son of Joseph and Emma Collett.  It was at Banbury Street in Kineton that he and his family were living in 1881, when Jacob was two years old.  The family’s home address in the census of 1891 was said to be Market Place in Kineton, very likely part of Banbury Street, where Jacob was 12 years of age.  Upon leaving school, Jacob eventually secured through his older married brother, resulting in a move north to Nuneaton.

 

 

 

In March 1901, when Jacob Collett from Kineton was 22, he was unmarried and living at the Chilvers Coton home of his eldest brother William Collett (above), with whom he was working as a labourer at a nearby brickyard in Nuneaton.  Ten years later he was still a bachelor when he was boarder with the Bull family at their home in Attleborough, just south-east of Nuneaton, by which time he was 32 and was a clay-miner.  It therefore seems highly likely that he never married and remained living in the Nuneaton area, where his death was recorded (Ref. 9c 790) during the last three months of 1953, when he was 74

 

 

 

 

5P19

Albert Percy Collett was born at Banbury Street in Kineton in 1882, the last child of Joseph Collett and Emma Boulter.  His birth was recorded at Stratford-on-Avon (Ref. 6d 629) during the second quarter of that year, while he was nearly one year old when Albert Percy Collett was baptised at the Church of St Peter in Kineton on 9th February 1883.  Albert Percy Collett of Kineton was eight years of age in the Kineton census of 1891 when living there, with his family, at Market Place on Banbury Street.  Like his sister Sarah Ann (above) no record of him has so far been found after 1891, although the death of Albert P Collett was recorded at Warwick register office (Ref. 9c 885) during the second quarter of 1947 when he was 65 years old.

 

 

 

 

5P20

Sarah A Collett was born at Broadwell in 1866, the first child of Arthur Collett and Elizabeth Newman, her birth recorded at Stow-on-the-Wold (Ref. 6a 373) during the first three months of the year.  Again, as Sarah A Collett, she was five years old in the Broadwell census of 1871.  Her mother died in 1880 and in the Broadwell census of 1881 Sarah was 15 and the oldest of the three children living with their widowed father, Sarah very likely as the housekeeper.  Curiously no record, of any sort, has been found for Sarah and her sister Henrietta (below) in 1891 or thereafter in the case of Sarah.

 

 

 

 

5P22

Henrietta Collett was born at Broadwell in 1871 while it was at Stow-on-the-Wold (Ref. 6a 376) where her birth was recorded during the last three months of that year, the daughter of Arthur and Elizabeth Collett.  She was nine years of age in the Broadwell census of 1881 but, tragically during previous year, her mother had passed away during childbirth.  Where Henrietta and her older sister Sarah (above) were in 1891, has still not been resolved.  It was six years later, on 4th October 1897, that the marriage of Henrietta Collett, the daughter of Arthur Collett, took place at the Church of St Peter Ad Vincula in Ratley village in Warwickshire, near Kineton and midway between Stratford-on-Avon and Banbury in Oxfordshire, when the groom was named as Martin England, the son of William England, who was a blacksmith.

 

 

 

Martin had been born at Ratley, his birth recorded at Banbury (Ref. 3a 694) during the last three months of 1870, and was baptised at Ratley on 22nd January 1871, his parents William and Sarah England.  Sadly for Henrietta, the marriage last for just over two years, when the death of Martin England was recorded at Banbury register office (Ref. 3a 553) during the second quarter of 1900 when he was 29.  According to the census in 1901 Henrietta England was working as a cook at a house on Bayham Street in the St Pancras area of London, when she was 29 and born at Broadwell, Gloucestershire.  A few years later she remarried, the marriage of Henrietta England, a widow of 36 years, and George Wright was recorded at St Pancras (Ref. 1b 8) during the last quarter of 1907.  The wedding ceremony was conducted at All Saints Church in Camden Town on 8th December 1907 when, again, the bride’s father was confirmed as Arthur Collett, a shepherd.  During the following year, at Forest Hill in Kent, Henrietta gave birth to a son, as confirmed by the census in 1911.  By that time the family of three was residing at Lewisham, where George Wright from Somersham near Huntingdon was 35, Henrietta Wright from Broadwell was 39 and John William Wright was two years of age.

 

 

 

 

5P23

Albert Edward Collett was born at Broadwell on 1st December 1875, his birth recorded at Stow-on-the-Wold (Ref. 6a 431) during the first quarter of the year.  He was only still very young when his mother died and in 1881 Albert was five years old when he was one of three children living with their widowed father at Broadwell.  Following the remarriage of his father in 1883, Albert was 15 in 1891 when he was the only child from his father’s first marriage still living with him, his new wife and their daughter, Albert’s half-sister Gertrude.  At the age of 23, in 1900, he enlisted with the R H & R S A Field Regiment of the British Army service number 5660 and, according to the census in 1901, Albert E Collett from Broadwell was 24 years of age when he was an artillery driver based at Nether Hallam in Sheffield, Yorkshire.  During the following decade, Albert returned to the army barracks at Aldershot and also married Annie Maria in 1904, with whom he had a son who was born there.

 

 

 

The completed Aldershot census return for 1911 listed the family of three living at Foleys, Cargate Terrace, as follows.  Albert Edward Collett from Broadwell was 34 and a driver with the Royal Horse Artillery, his wife Annie Maria Collett, from High Barnet in Hertfordshire, was 29 and their son Charles Frederick Collett was one month old.  The document also confirmed that the couple had been married for six years but, that sadly, the first of their two children had not survived.  By the time of the 1939 Register the same three were residing in Birmingham, where Arthur E Collett was 64 and a power press operator, while still living with him was Annie M Collett and Charles F Collett who was 28 and a mathematical instrument maker (steel rules).  A fourth member of the household was Jane Cook.

 

 

 

5Q36

Collett child who died

Born in 1906 at Aldershot

 

5Q37

Charles Frederick Collett

Born in 1911 at Aldershot

 

 

 

 

5P25

Gertrude Mary Collett was born at Broadwell on 22nd July 1890, the only child of Arthur Collett by his second wife Elizabeth Cross.  The birth of Gertrude Mary Collett was recorded at Stow-on-the-Wold (Ref. 6a 379) during the third quarter of that year and was under one year old in the Broadwell census conducted during the following year.  That census return stated that she had been born in Oxfordshire but was residing with her parents at Broadwell Hill.  Just after Gertrude was ten years old, in the census of 1901, her parents left Broadwell and settled in nearby Donnington, but Gertrude was not living with them in 1911.  Instead, she was employed as a domestic housemaid at Bexhill in Sussex.  Simply as Gertrude Collett from Broadwell in Gloucestershire she 20 years of age, a single lady, who was described as a patient.  So, was she a patient in hospital on that day?  It seems that she never married and died when living in Kent, her death recorded at Canterbury register office (Ref. 16 0336) during the early part of 1978 when she was 86.

 

 

 

 

5P26

Henry William Collett was the base-born son of Hannah Collett and was born at Broadwell with his birth recorded at Stow-on-the-Wold (Ref. 6a 320) during the third quarter of 1859.  However, it would appear that he was known as William Collett up until sometime after his mother married William Hooper early in 1861.  Perhaps to avoid any embarrassment on the census day in 1861, William Collett was said to be under one year old when he was living at the Broadwell home of his elderly grandfather, widower John Collett from Bredon.  Also living there, in addition to three of John’s grown-up children, was William’s mother Hannah Hooper and her husband William Hopper.  Ten years later he was he was the eldest of the five children of Hannah Hooper, when he was recorded as William Hooper aged 11 years.

 

 

 

Neither as Henry or William has he been positively identified in the census of 1881, by which time he was no longer living with his mother’s Hooper family.  However, just over four years later, the married of Henry William Collett and Helen Haynes was recorded at Stow-on-the-Wold (Ref. 6a 771) during the last three months of 1885.  Helen was born at Adlestrop near Broadwell, the daughter of Thomas and Maria Haynes, her birth recorded at Stow-on-the-Wold (Ref. 6a 364) during the first quarter of 1862.  It is possible that Helen died during the birth of the couple’s second child, when the death of ‘Ellen’ Collett was recorded at Stow (Ref. 6a 257) during the fourth quarter of 1890, together with the birth of a daughter Helen Hope Collett (Ref. 6a 343), having given birth to a son just over twelve months earlier.

 

 

 

A few months after her death, William Collett was described as a widower and a baker from Broadwell who was 30 and a lodger staying with Joseph (age 50) and Mary Collett (47) and their daughter Edith May Collett (10) at their home on Park Street in Stow-on-the-Wold, as detailed in Part 33 – The Bourton-on-the-Water Line.  On that same census day in 1891 the two children of William and his late wife were living with the Haynes family.  Son Harry Collett was one year old and was being looked after by his maternal grandparents Thomas and Maria Haynes at their home in Adlestrop, while daughter Helen Hope Collett was in the care of the Haynes’ married daughter Maria Jeffries and her husband Harry Jeffries at Cross Street in Winchester, where she was described as their niece and just a few months old.

 

 

 

Just over six months after the census day in 1891, widower Henry William Collett married Annie Brooks, the event recorded at Stow-on-the-Wold (Ref. 6a 842) during the last three months of that year.  Thereafter Annie gave birth to three children who were all born at Stow-on-the-Wold, where the family was living at Well Lane Farm, Oddfellows Row, in March 1901.  Henry W Collett from Broadwell was 41 and a baker, his wife Annie, also from Broadwell, was 37, Harry Collett was 11, and his three half-siblings were Emily S Collett who was eight, Daisy E Collett who was four and William C Collett who was one year old.  All four children had been born at Stow-on-the-Wold.

 

 

 

During the next decade Henry’s occupation made a slight change from baker to journeyman baker, as confirmed in the Stow census of 1911 when Henry William Collett from Broadwell was 51.  On that day the only three persons listed there with him were his wife Annie who was 47, and their two youngest children William Charles Collett who was 11 and Kathleen Mabel Collett who was six years of age.

 

 

 

5Q38

Harry Collett

Born in 1889 at Stow-on-the-Wold

 

5Q39

Helen Hope Collett

Born in 1890 at Stow-on-the-Wold

 

The following are the children of Henry William Collett by his second wife Annie Brooks:

 

5Q40

Emily Sarah Collett

Born in 1892 at Stow-on-the-Wold

 

5Q41

Daisy Eliza Collett

Born in 1896 at Stow-on-the-Wold

 

5Q42

William Charles Collett

Born in 1899 at Stow-on-the-Wold

 

5Q43

Kathleen Mabel Collett

Born in 1905 at Stow-on-the-Wold

 

 

 

 

5P27

Richard John Collett was born at Bethnal Green on 21st May 1863, the eldest child of Joseph Richard Collett and his first wife Elizabeth Mary Anne Alice Holdsworth.  His birth was recorded at Bethnal Green (Ref. 1c 289) during the second quarter of 1863.  He was seven years old when his parents were expecting the arrival of their fourth child, so Richard stayed with his paternal grandmother, the widow Mary Louisa Collett at 21 Nelson Street in Mile End Old Town.  Upon leaving school he joined his father as a gun barrel browner and was back living with his family at 14 Fairclough Street in St George-in-the-East in 1881.  That was confirmed in the census that year when Richard J Collett from Bethnal Green was 17 and employed as a gun barrel browner.  It was within the next two years that Richard John Collett married Mary Eliza Chandler at Christ Church in Spitalfields on 25th December 1882, with whom he had a total of nine children.  The witnesses were his stepmother Esther Alice Collett and James Chandler, Mary’s father.  On the occasion of the census in 1891 the family was residing at Blakesley Street within the parish of Christ Church in St George-in-the-East.  Richard J Collett who was 27 was still working as a gun barrel browner, his wife Mary E Collett was also 27, while their three children were Mary L Collett who was seven, Amy M Collett who was four and Richard G Collett who was three years old.  Staying with the family on that census day was Mary’s younger sister, Emily L Chandler who was 22.

 

 

 

At the time of the next census in 1901 the enlarged family was recorded at 37 Rutland Street, Mile End Old Town in Stepney where Richard John Collett, age 37 and from Bethnal Green, was continuing his work as a gun barrel browner. His wife Mary Eliza was 37 and their children were Mary Louisa Collett who was 17 with no stated occupation, presumably helping her mother with the large family, Amy Maud Collett who was 14 and working as an envelope folder, Richard George Collett who was 12, Esther Emily Collett who was eight, Hannah Elizabeth Collett who was six and Winifred Elsie Collett who was two years of age.  Only the two youngest children had been born after the family had moved to Stepney, all the others at St George-in-the-East including their mother.  The last two children were added to the family while they were still living in Stepney but, by the time of the census in 1911, the completed family was residing in the Wanstead area of West Ham and within the parish of Low Leyton in Essex, at the seven roomed dwelling that was 385 High Street in Leytonstone.

 

 

 

According to the census that year, Richard John Collett and Mary Eliza Collett were both 47 and had been married for 28 years, during which time they had given birth to nine children, eight of whom were still living.  Richard, from Bethnal Green, was still a gun barrel browner and an employer working at home.  The only other absentee from the family home that day was their daughter Amy Maud, who was very likely married by then.  The remainder of the children were recorded as Mary Louisa Collett who was 27, Richard George Collett who was 23, Esther Emily Collet who was 18, Hannah Elizabeth Collett who was 16, Winifred Elsie Collett who was 12, John Henry James Collett who was nine and Sydney George Collett who was seven years old.  The place of birth of the three eldest children was confirmed as St George-in-the-East, with the four youngest children confirmed as born at Stepney.

 

 

 

Some years later Richard left the Leytonstone area of London, when he returned to Stepney.  And it was while he was still living at 385 High Street in Leytonstone that Richard J Collett died on 4th February 1927, his passing recorded at Stepney register office (Ref. 1c 271) during the first quarter of that year, when he was 63.  After twelve years as a widow, Mary Eliza Collett nee Chandler passed away on 4th February 1939, when she was still residing at the family home at 385 High Street in Leytonstone.

 

 

 

5Q44

Mary Louisa Collett

Born in 1883 at St George-in-the-East

 

5Q45

Amy Maud Collett

Born in 1886 at St George-in-the-East

 

5Q46

Richard George Collett

Born in 1888 at St George-in-the-East

 

5Q47

Joseph Richard Collett

Born in 1891; died 1892 at St George

 

5Q48

Esther Emily Collett

Born in 1892 at St George-in-the-East

 

5Q49

Hannah Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1895 at Stepney, London

 

5Q50

Winifred Elsie Collett

Born in 1899 at Stepney, London

 

5Q51

John Henry James Collett

Born in 1901 at Stepney, London

 

5Q52

Sydney Charles George Collett

Born in 1904 at Stepney, London

 

 

 

 

5P28

Elizabeth A Collett was born at St George-in-the-East in London on 15th December 1865, where her birth was recorded (Ref. 1c 428) during the first quarter of 1866.  She was the second child of Joseph and Elizabeth Collett.  Curiously no record of Elizabeth or any member of her family except her older brother Richard (above) has been identified within the census of 1871, when Richard was living with his paternal grandmother.  Sometime during the 1870s the reunited family settled in 14 Fairclough Street in St George-in-the-East, where they were recorded in the census of 1881 when Elizabeth was 15 years of age and already working as a domestic servant.  During the mid-1880s her mother died, perhaps giving birth to her younger brother William (below), following which her father married his sister-in-law Esther A Holdsworth, all as confirmed in the Mile End old Town census in 1891.  However, on that occasion, Elizabeth was no longer living with her father and stepmother (also her aunt), when she was very likely married by then.

 

 

 

 

5P29

James Augustine Collett was born at St George-in-the-East on 20th January 1869, the birth recorded there (Ref. 1c 401) during the first three months of that year.  It was during the second quarter of 1870 that the death of James Augustine Collett was recorded at St George-in-the-East (Ref. 1c 276), when he was one year old.

 

 

 

 

5P30

James Augustine Collett was named after his late brother (above) and was born at St George-in-the-East where his birth was recorded (Ref. 1c 367) during the second quarter of 1871.  It was at 14 Fairclough Street in St George-in-the-East that James A Collett was 10 years old in the London census of 1881, although during the next decade the family moved to Philpot Street in Mile End Old Town, Stepney, where James A Collett was 19 and working as a moulder picture frame maker.  Within six months of the census day in 1891 the marriage of James Augustus Collett and Phoebe Elizabeth Neal was recorded at Mile End Old Town (Ref. 1c 820) during the third quarter of 1891.  It is unclear whether there were any children both to the couple, who were living alone together 1901 at Ratcliff within the Stepney registration district of London.  James Augustus Collett from St George-in-the-East was 29 and a window cleaner, while his wife Phoebe E Collett from nearby Mile End Old Town was 32.  Tragically both of them died during the next ten years, when first, the death of Phoebe Collett was recorded at Mile End Old Town (Ref. 1c 226) during the third quarter of 1907 at the age of 38.  Three years later the death of James Collett was also recorded at Mile End Old Town (Ref. 1c 218) during the third quarter of 1910, when he was also 38.

 

 

 

 

5P31

Louisa Harriet Collett was born at St George-in-the-East, her birth recorded there during the second quarter of 1874 (Ref. 1c 398), another child of Joseph and Elizabeth Collett.   Louisa H Collett aged seven years was living with her family was 14 Fairclough Street in St George-in-the-East on the day of the census in 1881, but ten years later it was at Philpot Street in Mile End Old Town that Louisa H Collett was 16.  Five years later Louisa Harriet Collett married William Edward Harrison at Stepney (Ref. 1c 656) during the second quarter of 1896.  However, by 1901 Louisa Harriet Harrison was a widow at the age of 27, when she was living on her own means at Atalanta Street in Fulham with her three-year-old son Frank H Harrison who had been at Twickenham.  Sometime later she was married for a second time, when she became Louisa Harriet Hollis, the name with which her death was recorded at on 20th October 1960, after which she was buried at Wandsworth.

 

 

 

 

5P32

Joseph Henry Collett was born at St George-in-the-East on 30th May 1877 and was another son of Joseph Richard Collett by his first wife Elizabeth M A Holdsworth, his birth recorded there (Ref. 1c 387) during the second quarter of 1877.  He may have been born at Fairclough Street in St George-in-the-East, where he and his family were living in 1881 when Joseph H Collett was four years old.  Ten years after that Joseph H Collett was 13 and still attending the local school when he was living with his family which was recorded in the 1891 Census at Philpot Street in Mile End Old Town, Stepney.

 

 

 

In March 1901 Joseph H Collett was 23 and a gun barrel browner working at home with his father which by then was at 55 Philpot Street in Stepney.  It was around two years later that he married Elizabeth Margaret Markham, although on the day of the census in 1911 it was just Joseph who was recorded with their first two children living at Cann Hall, which was the name of the workhouse in West Ham.  Joseph Henry Collett was 33, his daughter Elizabeth Louisa Collett was six and his son Henry Richard Collett was one year old.  On that day Joseph’s wife Elizabeth was a patient at the Isolation Hospital in Low Leyton in Essex.  During the following year Elizabeth presented Joseph with their third child and second son, but tragically neither of the sons survived beyond ten years.

 

 

 

The birth of couple’s second son was recorded at West Ham register office (Ref. 4a 646) during the third quarter of 1912 when the mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Markham, while no registration of the birth of their first son has yet been unearthed.  However, the death of Henry R Collett aged 10 years was recorded at West Ham register office (Ref. 4a 23) during the second quarter of 1920, the death of his younger brother Sidney W Collett having been recorded at Halstead (Ref. 4a 644) during the third quarter of 1919, aged seven years.  It seems highly likely that both sons suffered premature deaths as a result of the flue pandemic which swept across the country after the Great War.

 

 

 

5Q53

Elizabeth Louisa Collett

Born in 1905 in London

 

5Q54

Henry Richard Collett

Born in 1910 in London; died 1920

 

5Q55

Sidney William Collett

Born in 1912 in London; died 1919

 

 

 

 

5P33

William Collett was born at St George-in-the-East on 22nd June 1883, with his birth recorded there during the third quarter of 1883 (Ref. 1c 351) and it may have been at 14 Fairclough Street that he was born, where his family was residing in 1881.  He was the first child born to Joseph Richard Collett by his second wife Esther A Holdsworth, following the death of his first wife and the older sister of Esther Holdsworth.at the end of 1882.  His father’s sister-in-law Esther had been living with the Collett family for some years prior to William’s birth.  By 1891 William, aged seven years, was living with his father and his mother at Philpot Street in Mile End Old Town in Stepney.  After a further ten years William Collett was 17 and a self-employed piano tuner, with his own account, who was still living with his family at 55 Philpot Street in Stepney.

 

 

 

 

5P34

Florence Collett was born at St George-in-the-East on 10th November 1886, the second of the three children born to Joseph Richard Collett by his second wife Esther A Holdsworth, her father’s former sister-in-law.  The birth of Florence Collet was recorded at St George-in-the-East (Ref. 1c 356) during the last three months of 1886.  She was four years old in the Mile End Old Town census of 1891 when living at Philpot Street.  It was also at 55 Philpot Street that 14 years old Florence was living in 1901, although by 1911 it is most likely that she was married.

 

 

 

 

5P35

Mabel Ruby Collett was born at St George-in-the-East on 26th April 1897, where her birth was recorded (Ref. 1c 470) during the second quarter of 1897, the last child of Joseph and Esther Collett.  Mabel R Collett was three years old in the census of 1901 when she was living with her parents at 55 Philpot Street in Stepney.

 

 

 

 

5P36

Henry Herbert Collett was born at Mile End Old Town at the end of 1867, the eldest of the two known children of Henry Edward and Sarah Ann Collett.  His birth was recorded at St George in the East (Ref. 1c 441) during the first months of 1868.  The Mile End census in 1871 included him under his full name at the age of three years.  By the time he was 13 in 1881 Henry H Collett and his family were residing at 70 Myrdle Street in Mile End old Town.  Following the death of his mother in 1887 and the subsequent remarriage of his father a year later, Henry H Collett, aged 23 and a plumber and decorator working with his father, was still living with him and his stepmother at Myrdle Street in 1891.  Four years after that he married Fanny Cutting, the event recorded at Southampton (Ref. 2c 42) during the second quarter of 1895.  Fanny was born in the Hampshire village of Penton Mewsey near Andover and after their wedding the couple settled in Snaresbrook within the London Borough of Redbridge, where their two known children were born, their births recorded at West Ham register office.

 

 

 

It was also in Wanstead, at Chaucer Road, within the London Borough of Redbridge, that the family was living in 1901 when Henry Herbert Collett, aged 33, was a sanitary engineer, while his place of birth was given as St George-in-the-East.  His wife Fanny from Penton, Andover was 35 and their two children were Sidney Herbert Collett who was five and Edith Lillian Collett who was one year old, both said to have been born at Wansford.  Ten years later the same four were living at Low Leyton in Leytonstone, within the West Ham registration district, where Henry Herbert Collett was 43 and a master builder, Fanny was 44, Sidney Herbert was 15 and Edith Lillian was 11, both of whom were said to have been born at Snaresbrook in Essex.

 

 

 

Upon the earlier death of his father in 1903, probate of his personal effects, valued at £1,382 13 Shillings 8d, was granted to Henry Herbert Collett, a sanitary engineer.  In the electoral roll of 1908, Henry Herbert Collett office was at 50 Chaucer Road in Wansford, when his residential address was 68 Myrdle Street in Stepney.  From 1909, certainly through to 1912, the office was at Testwood on Woodford Road in Snaresbrook, when Henry’s home address was still 68 Myrdle Street.

 

 

 

5Q56

Sidney Herbert Collett

Born in 1896 at Snaresbrook, Essex

 

5Q57

Edith Lillian Collett

Born in 1899 at Snaresbrook, Essex

 

 

 

 

5P37

Alice Cecilia Collett was born at Mile End Old Town in 1870, where her birth was recorded (Ref. 1c 541) during the second quarter of the year, and where she was living with her family in 1871 when Alice was just under one year old.  It was a 70 Myrdle Street in Mile End Old Town that 10-year old Alice and her parents were living in 1881.  Six years later her mother died and the following year her father was remarried.  The new family was still living at Myrdle Street in 1891 when Alice C Collett was 20 but having no stated occupation.  Before the end of the century, the family left London when they moved to Wallington to the west of Croydon and it was at Stafford Road that they were recorded in 1901, where Alice Collett from Stepney was 30 when she was still living with her father, her stepmother and her half-brother (below).  Alice was still not credited with a paid job of work so, maybe, she was supporting her plumber and decorator father with some clerical duties.

 

 

 

Two years later, her father passed away, with Alice continuing to live with her widowed stepmother at Wallington after that sad event.  According to the following census in 1911, Alice Cecilia Collett from Stepney was 40 years of age and working as a clerk, while her stepmother Rosina Collett was living on her own means and her half-brother was an electrical engineer.  Within the next three months the marriage of Alice C Collett and Maximilian Armbruster was recorded at St Pancras register office (Ref. 1b 306) during the third quarter of 1911.  Nine months later the couple’s first child was born, the birth of Eric M Armbruster recorded at Islington (Ref. 1b 280) during the second quarter of 1912.  Eighteen months after that, their second son was born, with the birth of John R Armbruster recorded at Islington (Ref. 1b 284) during the last three months of 1913.  In both cases the mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Collett.

 

 

 

 

5P38

Edward Percy Collett was born at Myrdle Street in Mile End Old Town in 1889, his birth recorded there (Ref. 1c 467) during the fourth quarter of 1889.  As Edward P Collett, he was one-year-old in the census of 1891 when he and his parents were still living at Myrdle Street.  Over the following years, the family moved to Stafford Road in Wallington near Croydon, where Percy Collett from Stepney was 11 in 1901.  His father died in 1903 and by 1911 he and his widowed mother were still living at Wallington with his half-sister Alice (above), where Edward Percy Collett from Stepney was 21, whose occupation was that of an electrical engineer with an undertaking to the tramway.  The marriage of Edward Collett and Mary A Charters was recorded at Croydon register office (Ref. 2a 762) during the third quarter of 1914.

 

 

 

 

5P39

Charles Hemming Collett was born at Bredon and it was there that he was baptised on 6th January 1856, the eldest child of Charles Collett and his wife Mary Hemming.  As Charles Collett, he was five years old in the Bredon census of 1861, but by 1871 he had left the family home but was recorded in the census that year as still living and working in Bredon.  Whether or not the census enumerator made an error, or the error was the fault of his employer, but Charles was incorrectly listed at the home of magistrate Nathan Dyer, as Charles C Hemming aged 15 and born at Bredon, the only male domestic servant of the four at the Dyer household.  He eventually worked on the railway and this took him north to Carlisle, where Charles Hemming Collett married Maxwell Robison, the event recorded at Carlisle (Ref. 10b 652) during the second quarter of 1877.  Maxwell was born in Scotland during 1854, so was twenty-three years of age when she married Charles on 21st June 1877, he being twenty-one.

 

 

 

Once married, the couple settled in Carlisle where, it appears they had no children.  This assumption has been made on the contents of the census returns completed by Charles and Maxwell in 1881 and 1891.  It was at 89 London Road in the Carlisle parish of Botchergate that the pair of them when Charles Hemming (sic) from Bredon in Worcestershire was 25 and a fireman on the railway.  His wife was described as Maxwell Hemming from Scotland who was 28.  It was in the same area of Carlisle that the couple was residing in 1891, but at 38 Fusehill Street which runs parallel to London Road, between Rydal Street and Brook Street.  The pair of them were still using the Hemming surname, despite being married as Collett.  Charles Hemming was 35, a railway engine driver, and Maxwell Hemming was 37.  What happened during the following decade is not known.

 

 

 

However, by March 1901 Charles had taken up a relationship with recently widowed Jane Simpson, who gave birth to her third child five months later – see Note 1 below.  The pair of them were residing at 21 Midland Cottages in the parish of Carlisle St Cuthbert Without, when Charles Hemming from Bredon in Worcestershire was 45, single and a railway engine driver.  Jane Simpson was head of the household following the death of her husband Charles Simpson, a railway engine fitter, within the previous six months, when he was 49.  The mainline railway in Carlisle was just a short distance from where they were living, in a railway cottage.

 

 

 

On the day of the earlier census in 1891, the Simpson family was recorded at Lindisfarne Street in Carlisle, where Charles was 39 and a steam engine fitter, his wife Jane was 30, their daughter Kate Simpson was six and their son Frederick W Simpson was three.  On her birth record Kate was named as Katie Simpson (Ref. 10b 482) born during the last quarter of 1884.  The birth of Frederick William Simpson was also recorded at Carlisle (Ref. 10b 488) during the third quarter of 1887.

 

 

 

It is possible that the property at Lindisfarne Street, with its close proximity to the railway line, was a railway cottage which, upon the later death of her husband, was taken back, resulting in a short move for Jane and her two children to nearby 21 Midland Cottages on Petteril Terrace in Carlisle St Cuthbert Without, where in 1901 widow Jane was 40 years of age with no occupation, Katie Simpson was 16 and a shop assistant, and Frederick Simpson was 13 and also with no occupation.  Around two years later Katie Simpson from Carlisle gave birth to a son, seemingly out of wedlock since no father was named.  Charles may have arranged for Katie to be taken to Worcester, where her base-born child was born.  What is very interesting though, it was as Katie Hemming that she was named as the mother of William Hemming who was born on 23rd March 1903 at Suttons Yard, off New Street in Worcester, adjacent to the Pheasant Inn on New Street.  This raises the question, was Charles Hemming Collett the father of William Hemming, which seems highly likely – see Note 2 below

 

 

 

While in Worcester the child would appear to have been adopted, with the address for Katie Hemming stated to be Petteril Terrace in Carlisle, Cumberland, where her mother and Charles were living in 1911.  This is very likely good enough evidence to make the assumption that Katie Hemming was indeed Katie Simpson.  According to the census in 1911, William Hemming aged eight years from Worcester was described as a visitor at the Bilston home of widower George Johnson, aged 47 and a locomotive fitter’s labourer, and his two unmarried daughters Lily and Maud who was 21 and 20 respectively.  William Hemming was the grandfather of Janice Thomas of Wombourne in Staffordshire, who requested help tracing her family in 2017.

 

 

 

On that same day in April 1911, the census for Carlisle St Cuthbert Without recorded the family still living at Petteril Terrace, with Charles established as head of the household following his marriage to Jane Simpson in 1906.  It is very interesting to see that the original census return has been corrected with Charles surname, beginning with a H, being erased and replaced by Collett.  His place of birth was again confirmed as Bredon in Worcestershire, when he was 55 and still working on the railway as an engine driver.  His wife of four years, Jane Collett from Brampton was 50, the census record confirming she had no children with Charles, but not mentioning her three Simpson children who were all still alive, two of them living with the couple.  Katie Simpson was 25 and a shop assistant for a milliner, and Charles Simpson was nine years old and attending school.  Frederick W Simpson had left home and joined the Canadian army by then, and it was in Canada that he was a plumber, married and had a family.  It was also there that he died during 1962.

 

 

 

That was also the same year that Frederick’s half-brother Charles Hemming Simpson died on 18th January 1962, his home address being 14 Newlands Road in Carlisle.  Administration of his personal estate, valued at £1,789 9 Shilling 6 Pence, was granted at Carlisle on 29th March 1962 to his widow Dorothy Simpson.  His father died on 15th February 1926 when Charles Hemming Collett was living at 3 Petteril Terrace in Carlisle.  However, it was in London, on 15th March 1926, that probate was granted to his widow Jane Collett for £637 17 Shillings 7 Pence.  Nine years later his wife, Jane died on 17th September 1935 in her home at 3 Petteril Terrace on Harraby Street, in Carlisle, where probate was granted on 5th October 1935 in favour of her daughter Katie Simpson, a spinster, in the sum of £848 10 Shillings.

 

 

 

NOTE 1:  Jane Simpson gave birth to a second son on 4th September 1901 at 21 Midland Cottages, the birth possibly within nine months of the death of her first husband.  This seems more likely than the father being Charles Hemming Collett, her second husband, unless the child was conceived while Jane’s husband was still alive, or perhaps it was in the arms of Charles Collett that she sought solace after her loss.  Certainly the birth of the child was recorded at Carlisle register office (Ref. 10b 531) within the month of October 1901, under the name of Charles Hemming Simpson.  That was also the name used three years later when the child was baptised at Upperby Methodist Church in Carlisle on 28th August 1904, when the parents were named as Charles Hemming Collett and Jane Simpson.  It was two years later, during the third quarter of 1906, that the marriage of Charles Hemming Collett and Jane Simpson was recorded at Carlisle (Ref. 10b 949).  If the father of her son was Charles Collett, why then was he not using the Collett name on the day of the census in 1911, when surely Jane’s entry would have confirmed she had one child with her second husband.  This makes you wonder whether they were embarrassed that their son was nine, when they had only been married for only four years. 

 

 

 

NOTE 2:  In addition to all of this, the recent DNA screening of Debbie Simpson in Canadian, a direct descendant of Frederick William Simpson and Janice Thomas – the granddaughter of William Hemming, the adopted former base-born child of Katie Simpson, has confirmed that they share the same DNA.  Janice’s screening also highlighted a connection with the DNA for the Worcestershire and Gloucestershire Collett DNA, most likely through Charles Hemming Collett being the father of William Hemming, Katie’s child.  Katie Simpson, born in 1884, died in 1990, when she was living at 6 Henderson Gardens in Carlisle, where she was found dead by her nephew Raymond Hemming Simpson.

 

 

 

 

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Ann Hemming Collett was baptised at Bredon on 27th December 1857, her birth recorded at Tewkesbury (Ref. 6a 405) during the first quarter of 1858.  As simply Ann Collett aged three years, she was living at Bredon with her family in 1861 but was no longer living with them ten years later.  It was however just over five after the census day in 1871 that the marriage of Ann Hemming Collett and Charles Alfred Smart was recorded at Cheltenham (Ref. 6a 897) during the final quarter of 1876.  Charles’ birth was recorded at Cheltenham (Ref. 6a 377) during the first three months of 1858.  He may have been orphaned early on his life because in 1871 he and his two younger siblings were living at the home of their elderly maternal grandparents Thomas and Sarah Jones.

 

 

 

Just over three years after their wedding day, Ann Hemming Smart and her husband Charles were the witness at the Tewkesbury marriage of Ann’s younger sister Jan (below) who was only 19, perhaps marrying without the consent of her parents.  One year later, the census in 1881, identified Charles A Smart and Annie H Smart residing at New Street in the Aston area of Birmingham.  They were both 23 years of age and already had two children, Birmingham born Edith M J Smart who was three and Cheltenham born Florence E Smart who was one year old.  Completing the family was Charles’ maternal grandmother Sarah Jones, a widow, and Annie’s sister Emma Collett (below) from Bredon who was 12 and incorrectly named as Emily Collett.

 

 

 

Sometime during the early to mid-1880s, Charles’ work resulted in the family living in India for at least the best part of a decade, since it was there that the couple’s next three children were born.  Upon returning to England the family settled at Fairview Street in Cheltenham, where their last child was born, and where Annie’s brother-in-law George Thatcher (below) was living when he married Jane Hemming Collett.  According to the next census in 1901 the family was still residing at Fairview Street, where Charles Smart was 43 and a commercial clerk and his wife Annie from Bredon was 43.  The couple’s two eldest children (Edith and Florence, who would have been 23 and 21 respectively) were no longer living at the family home, perhaps married by then.  However, of the seven young people living with Charles and Annie, only three of them were theirs, and they were Charles aged 13, William aged 10 and Mabel who was five, all born in India, plus Reginald from Cheltenham who was three.  Two of the other three residents were the nephews of Annie H Smart, being the two sons of her married sister Mary Hemming Daffern (below).  William Daffern was 18 and his brother Henry Daffern was 14, both born at Bredon.  The last occupant was boarder William Dunn aged 23 from Birmingham.

 

 

 

It was the Cheltenham census in 1911 which revealed that Charles Alfred Smart had served with the British Army, hence the reason for their time in India.  By that time, he was 53 and described as an army pensioner, as well as being a commercial clerk as he had been ten years earlier.  Annie Hemming Smart from Bredon was also 53, when only two of her children were still living with her and her husband.  They were Mabel Dorcas Smart aged 15 and Reginald Sydney Smart who was 13.   Twenty-one years later the death of Charles A Smart was recorded at Cheltenham (Ref. 6a 516) during the second quarter of 1932, when he was 74.  .

 

 

 

 

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Jane Hemming Collett was baptised at Bredon on 24th June 1860 and was one year old in the Bredon census of 1861, although by 1871 her family had moved the short distance to the nearby hamlet of Hardwick, where Jane was 10 years old.  It was nine years after that, when Jane Hemming Collett married George Thatcher at St Mary’s Church in Cheltenham on 28th March 1880.  Jane was only 19 years of age and her father was confirmed as Charles Collett, a labourer.  George was 22 and a carter residing at 33 Fairview Street.  There was no groom’s father named on the marriage certificate, while the two witnesses were Jane’s married sister and her husband, Jane Hemming Smart and Charles Alfred Smart.  The bride and the groom both signed the certificate in their own hand.

 

 

 

One year after they were married, Jane and George Thatcher were living in the village of Overbury, just east of Bredon.  On the day of the census in 1881, the only person living with the childless couple was elderly George Parker, when George was 23 and Jane was 20.  However, during the next decade Jane gave birth to three children while the family was still residing in Overbury, where the family was recorded in 1891.  George Thatcher was 33, Jane H Thatcher was 30, and their three children were Alice who was nine, Charles who was six, and Frederick who was one year old.

 

 

 

Three more children were added to the family at Overbury during the following decade and, by the time of the Overbury census in 1911, George was 53 and a farm labourer and Jane was 50 – who had been married for 31 years, during which time she had given birth to eight children, seven still living.  Their two eldest children had left home by then, leaving Frederick who was 21, Lewis who was 19, Eunice who was 15, Arthur who was 13, and Amy who was nine.

 

 

 

 

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Mary Hemming Collett was born at Bredon, where she was baptised on 6th July 1862, a daughter of Charles Collett and Mary Hemming.  Simply as Mary Collett, she was eight years old in the Hardwick village near Bredon census of 1871 and only just over eight years later she married George Daffern from Bredon, who was born there in 1850, being many years older than Mary.  It was at Tewkesbury (Ref. 6a 856) that they were married during the final three months of 1879.  George had been in the navy for some years prior to that and, upon becoming a married man, his occupation was that of a carpenter, both details confirmed in the subsequent census records.  One year later their first child was born at Bredon and in 1881 the family of three had settled in Hardwick village where George Daffern was 30 and a Chelsea pensioner and a carpenter, Mary Daffern was 19 and Thomas George Daffern was only a few months old.

 

 

 

Severn more children were added to the family, the first three of them born at Bredons Hardwick, as confirmed by the next census in 1891.  By then the enlarged family was residing at Bredon where carpenter George was 40, Mary was 28, Thomas was 10, William was seven, Henry was four and Albert was two.  It was a similar situation in 1901 when George was 50, Mary was 38, Thomas was 20, Albert was 12, Frank was nine and Arthur was five.  The couple’s two absent son William P Daffern aged 18 and Henry Daffern aged 14, and both from Bredon, were staying with Mary eldest sister Annie Hemming Smart and her family at Fairview Street in Cheltenham.  However, around three or four years after that the family left Bredon and moved into the nearby town of Cheltenham, where their last child was born and were the family was recorded in 1911.

 

 

 

The census that year described George Daffern as being 61 and a naval pensioner and a carpenter from Bredon.  His wife Mary Daffern from Bredon was 48 and living with the couple were their three youngest children.  Arthur Daffern was 15, Mary Daffern was nine and Walter Daffern was four.  Thirteen years later the death of George Daffern was recorded at Cheltenham (Ref. 6a 591) during the first three months of 1925 when he was 74.  Mary lived the next five years as a widow, with her death also recorded at Cheltenham register office (Ref. 6a 417) during the third quarter of 1930, when she was 68.

 

 

 

 

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George Collett was born at Bredon during 1864, where he was baptised on 11th December 1864, the fifth child and second son of Charles Collett and his wife Mary Hemming.  He was also the first of their children not to be baptised using Hemming as a second forename.  George was six years old at the time of the Bredon census in 1871, but tragically it was exactly one year later that he died there on 29th March 1872.

 

 

 

 

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Emma Collett was born at Bredon in 1869 and was also baptised there on 28th March 1869, the daughter of Charles Collett and Mary Hemming.  She was two years old in the Bredon census of 1871 but, just seven years later, her mother died.  Then, rather strangely, no record of Emma’s family has been found within the census of 1881 when Emily Collett (sic) from Bredons Hardwick, aged 12 years, was living with her eldest married sister Annie Hemming Smart at New Street in the Aston district of Birmingham.  Where her father and her younger siblings were that day is still very much a mystery, although in 1891 Emma’s two youngest siblings were still living with her father at Bredon.

 

 

 

Perhaps Emma had disgraced herself by having two children out of wedlock during the 1880s and, as a result, been banished from the family’s home by that time since, in 1891, she was a resident at the Tewkesbury Union Workhouse and with her, her two children, all them of them described as inmates.  The census return confirmed that she was Emma Collett from Bredon who was 21, William Collett from Bredons Hardwick was five and Louisa Collett from Tewkesbury was three years of age. Nine years later the marriage of Emma Collett and William Henry Payne was recorded at Tewkesbury (Ref. 6a 983) during the third quarter of 1900.  Six months after her wedding day, Emma Payne from Bredon was 30 when she and her husband, William Hy Payne, aged 25 and a railway porter from Overbury, north-east of Tewkesbury, at Stoughton Street in Leicester.  Also listed with the couple, was Emma’s daughter Louisa Collett from Tewkesbury, who was 12 and described as a visitor.