PART FIFTY

 

The London to New Zealand Line

1670 to 2000

 

Updated November 2017

 

This is the family line of Pauline MacKenzie nee Collett (Ref. 50S1) of Queensland

in Australia and her brother Bryan Collett (Ref. 50S3) in New Zealand

 

Some of the new details now included in this family line have been extracted from the appendix in Part 65 – The London Shoreditch to Canada Line, the sub-references identifying those individual entries.  The remainder of the Colletts from that, now obsolete appendix, are contained in a revamped Appendix Two for other unrelated Colletts with a Shoreditch connection, which can now be found at the end of this file.

 

 

 

50I1

EDMUND COLLETT may have been born between 1665 and 1675, although no trace of such a person has so far been found within the London area.  What is known about Edmund is that he married Anne Durrant at St Dunstan’s Church in Stepney on 21st May 1696 with whom he has a son who was baptised at the same church during the following year.  The marriage register confirmed that Edmund Collet (with one t) was born in Stepney.

 

 

 

50J1

JOHN COLLETT

Born circa 1697

 

 

 

 

50J1

JOHN COLLETT was born at Stepney and possibly in 1697 and was baptised at St Dunstan’s Church in Stepney on 20th May 1697 where his parents had been married during the previous May.  They were confirmed as being Edmund and Anne Collett, although the surname was recorded as Collitt which was a common error in translation.  John later married Elizabeth Ward on 6th January 1719, also at St Dunstan’s Church in Stepney, with whom he had a son.  The child’s baptism took place at St Mary’s Church in Whitechapel (also within the Stepney area of London) and recorded that John Collett was baptised in July 1724 and that his parents were John and Elizabeth Collett.

 

 

 

50K1

JOHN COLLETT

Born circa 1724

 

 

 

 

50K1

JOHN COLLETT was born around 1724 and was baptised on 5th July 1724 at St Marys Church in Whitechapel when his parents were named as John and Elizabeth Collett.  He later married Mary and together they were named as the parents of William Collett who was born in late 1749.  The St Giles Cripplegate baptism register for their son recorded their surname as Collott, another error in translation. John Collett was a renowned painter and engraver and his paintings of London and life in the city were very much in vogue, both during his life time and afterwards.  From 1766 to 1773 John and his family lived at Cheyne House in Upper Cheyne Row in Chelsea, which was built for the Duchess of Hamilton in 1715, and from whom it was tenanted.  Upper Cheyne Row is still there today, close to the River Thames, near Albert Bridge.

 

 

 

In 1773 John and Mary left Cheyne House, when they moved back to just north of where John was born.  The last seven years of his life were spent at Paradise Row in Bethnal Green, one mile north of Whitechapel.  And it was at Paradise Row, that John Collett died in 1780 at the age of 55.  Paradise Row runs parallel to the A107 Cambridge Heath Road, not far from Bethnal Green Station.  It is also interesting to note that, after John’s departure from Cheyne House, the property became a school from the end of the 18th century through to the first half of the 19th century, and is marked on the 1836 map of Chelsea published by Frederick Philip Thompson as "Cheyne House Academy”.

 

 

 

50L1

WILLIAM COLLETT

Born circa 1749

 

 

 

 

50L1

WILLIAM COLLETT was born around the end of 1749 and was baptised on 3rd January 1750 at St Giles Church in Cripplegate, the baptism record confirming his parents as John and Mary Collett.  William later married Martha Caulet on 16th July 1768 at St Stephen Walbrook.  Rather interestingly a Martha Collet (with one t) was born on 5th January 1748 and baptised at St Leonards Shoreditch on 29th January 1748 and she was the daughter of Jonathan and Mary Collet, although no earlier record of Jonathan or this family has been found at this time.  Elizabeth, the daughter of William and Martha Collett, was born on 28th December 1770 and was baptised at St Stephen Walbrook on 18th January 1771, following which their son William was baptised there eighteen months later.

 

 

 

It is also interesting to note that St Giles Cripplegate lies just to the north of both St Stephen Walbrook and St Martin Vintry referred to below, and all of them not far from St Leonards Shoreditch.  Of further interest was an article published in Country Life Magazine on 18th February 2015 concerning the chandeliers in the Bath Assembly Rooms.  They were commissioned in 1771 and eight of them are credited to William Parker of Fleet Street, while the ninth and by far the largest, with 48 branches, was designed and built by Jonathan Collett.  Could this be the same Jonathan Collett, the father of Martha Collett (above).

 

 

 

Within Appendix Two at the end of this file are a number of other unrelated Collett from Shoreditch, and it is possible, although not yet proved, that Richard, John, Charles and James could be brothers and a further four children of William and Martha Collett.

 

 

 

50M1

Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1770 in the City of London

 

50M2

WILLIAM COLLETT

Born in 1772 in the City of London

 

 

 

 

50M2

WILLIAM COLLETT, who was born on 25th June 1772, was baptised at the Church of St Stephen in Walbrook on 23rd July 1772, the son of William and Martha Collett.  St Stephen Walbrook is just a short distance east of St Martin Vintry (see below).  William later married Sarah Wittle (Whittle) at St Bride’s Church in Fleet on 31st March 1795 and, during the following year, the couple was recorded as the parents of William Collett who was baptised at St Leonard’s Shoreditch in the June of that year.  He was the first of their twelve known children, although not all of them survived to reach adulthood.

 

 

 

50N1

WILLIAM COLLETT

Born in 1796 at Shoreditch

 

50N2

James Collett

Born in 1797 at Shoreditch

 

50N3

James Collett

Born in 1798 at Shoreditch

 

50N4

Walter Collett

Born in 1800 at Shoreditch

 

50N5

Sarah Collett

Born in 1802 at Shoreditch

 

50N6

Henry Lawrence Collett

Born in 1803 at Shoreditch

 

50N7

Sarah Collett

Born in 1805 at Shoreditch

 

50N8

William Collett

Born in 1807 at Shoreditch

 

50N9

Mary Collett

Born in 1809 at Shoreditch

 

50N10

Rachel Collett

Born in 1811 at Shoreditch

 

50N11

Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1813 at Shoreditch

 

50N12

Jemima Collett

Born in 1815 at Shoreditch

 

 

 

 

50N1

WILLIAM COLLETT was born on 14th March 1796 almost exactly one year after his parents William Collett and Sarah Whittle were married, thus making him the oldest child of the family.  Exactly three months later he was baptised at St Leonard’s Church in Shoreditch on 14th June 1796.  When he was twenty-five years old, William married Elizabeth Loader, the wedding taking place within the London parish of St Martin Vintry on 8th October 1821.  The actual church of St Martin Vintry, on the north bank of the River Thames, was destroyed in the Fire of London in 1666 and was never rebuilt.  The parish of St Martin Vintry lies just south of the Shoreditch area of London, where William was born.

 

 

 

William was recorded as being forty in the first national census in the United Kingdom held on sixth June 1841.  Living with him was his wife Elizabeth Collett who was also forty.  It should be noted that in that particular census the age for adults was rounded to the nearest five years, so Henry and his wife were very likely older than stated.  The couple was listed as living in Acton within the Brentford & Kensington census registration district.  Only one other Collett was living in Acton at that time and that was Sarah Collett who was 30 and William’s younger sister (below).

 

 

 

50O1

HENRY COLLETT

Born in 1823 at Acton

 

 

 

 

50N2

James Collett (previously Ref. 65n5) was born at Shoreditch on 1st July 1797 and was baptised at St Leonard’s Church in Shoreditch on 30th July 1797.  He was the second son of William Collett and Sarah Wittle, and was just over six months old when he died at Shoreditch on 16th January 1798.

 

 

 

 

50N3

James Collett (previously Ref. 65n6) was born at Shoreditch on 15th November 1798, ten months after his parents suffered the loss of their son, also named James.  It was also at St Leonards Church where he too was baptised on 30th December 1798.  See Appendix One for a possible extension of this branch of the family which still needs to be validated.

 

 

 

 

50N4

Walter Collett (previously Ref. 65n7) was born at Shoreditch on 2nd September 1800, where he was baptised on 28th September that same year, another son of William and Sarah Collett.  He was 32 years old when he married Ann Hedges of Spitalfields at Christ Church in Spitalfields on 23rd January 1833.  Over the next eight years Ann presented Walter with a number of children some of which did not survive.  By June 1841 the family was recorded in the census as living at Old Kent Road within the St George the Martyr Southwark in Surrey.  Walter Collett was 40 and his wife Ann was 30, neither of them born within the county of Surrey.  The only children living with them at that time were Ann Collett who was two and Frederick Collett who was one-year old, in addition to which there were four other adults recorded at the same address, George Cann, Elizabeth Butt, Thomas Foen and Ann Clegg.  Already missing from the family group was the couple’s first two children, both of which presumably suffered an infant death.  They were Walter Collett who was baptised at St George the Martyr on 7th September 1834, and Charles Collett who was baptised there on 15th November 1835.

 

 

 

More children were added to the family during the next decade so, according to the next census in 1851, Walter from Middlesex was 50 and was working as a cheesemonger while living with his family at 4 Windsor Place in St George the Martyr Southwark on the south bank of the River Thames in London.  His wife Ann was aged 40 years who was also born in Middlesex, while their seven children were Ann who was 12, Walter who was 11, Eleanor who was nine, Eliza who was seven, Jane who was five, William who was three and Caroline who was only three months old.  Living in with the family were two male servants, one of which, Henery Dall, was 29 and a shop man who may have been assisting Walter in the cheese shop.

 

 

 

Only a few weeks later Walter and Ann suffered the loss of their youngest child and, within the following two years, a final child was added to the family which, sadly, also was the subject of another infant death when she was one-year old.  Also, during the intervening years between that latter death and the next census in 1861, the family left Windsor Place when they moved to nearby Borough Road in Southwark.  On the day the census was conducted that year Walter Collett was no longer a cheesemonger, instead he was described as a messenger from Shoreditch who was 60.  Ann Collett was 53 and from Spitalfields and their children were listed as Ann who was 22, Jane who was 16 and William H Collett who was 13 and already working as a lasier’s shop assistant.

 

 

 

Ten years later it was just their unmarried daughter Ann who was the only child still living with Walter and Ann.  Walter was 70 and still a messenger, Ann was 64, both of them from Shoreditch, with daughter Ann Collett aged 32 and from Southwark, where the three of them was still living in 1871.  Walter Collett died during the next decade, leaving his widow Ann Collett, from Spitalfields and aged 73, earning a living by being an office cleaner in 1881 when she was living at Southwark Bridge Road with just her eldest daughter, the still unmarried Ann Collett who was 43 and a dressmaker.  The census of 1891 recorded the two of them residing at Lancaster Street in Southwark where Ann senior was 83 and daughter Ann was 53.

 

 

 

50O2

Walter Collett

Born in 1834 at St George Southwark

 

50O3

Charles Collett

Born in 1835 at St George Southwark

 

50O4

Ann Collett

Born in 1838 at St George Southwark

 

50O5

Frederick Walter Collett

Born in 1840 at St George Southwark

 

50O6

Eleanor Collett

Born in 1841 at St George Southwark

 

50O7

Elizabeth Sarah Collett

Born in 1843 at St George Southwark

 

50O8

Jane Eliza Collett

Born in 1845 at St George Southwark

 

50O9

William Henry Collett

Born in 1847 at St George Southwark

 

50O10

Caroline Maria Collett

Born in 1850 at St George Southwark

 

50O11

Emily Collett

Born in 1853 at St George Southwark

 

 

 

 

50N5

Sarah Collett (previously Ref. 65n8) was born at Shoreditch on 11th May 1802, the eldest daughter of William and Sarah Collett.  She was baptised at St Leonards Church on 6th June 1802 and died nine months later on 2nd March 1803.

 

 

 

 

50N6

Henry Lawrence Collett (previously Ref. 65n9) was born on 21st December 1803 and he was baptised a month later on 29th January 1804 at St Leonards Church in Shoreditch.  The baptism record confirmed that he was the son of William and Sarah Collett.  Another Henry Collett, born in London in 1807, was the son of Henry and Sarah Collett and he later married Harriet Ford on 1st April 1831 at the Church of St Michael Bassishaw, just immediately south of Shoreditch, before emigrating to Canada in 1849.  The original church was destroyed by the Fire of London and rebuilt by the office of Christopher Wren.  In 1900 the church on Basinghall Street was demolished and the land on which it stood is now the site of the Barbican Centre.  The details of the family of this second Henry Collett (Ref. 65N1) can be found in Part 65 – The London Shoreditch Line to Canada.

 

 

 

At the time when Henry Collett (Ref. 65N1) was marrying Harriet Ford in 1831 Henry Lawrence Collett had been married to another Harriet for many years, during which time the couple had already given birth to at least two children.  It would appear that he married Harriet when he was around twenty-one years of age, with all of their known children baptised at St Leonards Shoreditch, although they may have been born at nearby Hoxton where the family was living on the High Street in 1841.  At that time in his life Henry Collett, who was born in that same registration district like all of the members of his family, was 37 and a clerk, his wife Harriet was 36, and their five children were Harriet who was ten, Walter who was nine, Henry who was seven, Ann who was five and William who was two.  The only birth and baptism records found to date are for the first six children.  On that census day the other Henry and Harriet Collett were living at Dorchester Street in St Leonards Shoreditch with their only surviving child, their son Henry Collett (Ref. 65O1) who was eight.

 

 

 

Apart from being a clerk in 1841, later records suggest that Henry was also a grocer, the same as his son and name sake Henry Lawrence Collett junior. Less than five years later the death of Henry Lawrence Collett at the age of 42 was recorded in the City of London (Ref. 2 107) during the first two weeks of 1846, following which he was buried at All Hallows Church on Byward Street, near the Tower of London, on 18th January 1846.  His address at that time in his life was stated as being Old Swan Lane.  What happened to his family after that is not known for sure, since no record of his widow Harriet or four of her six children has been found within the census of 1851.  What is known though is that Henry’s eldest son and his youngest daughter had both left the family home before 1851.  Walter Collett from Shoreditch was 19 and was employed as a servant at the Lambeth home of John Cooper who was 42, while Ann Collett, age 15 and also from Shoreditch, was a servant at the Bermondsey home of the large Bulmer family.  Ann was still unmarried ten years later at the age of 25 when she was still employed as a servant, but at the home of the Powell family in Kensington, London.

 

 

 

50O12

Helen Collett

Born in 1825 at Shoreditch, London

 

50O13

Harriet Collett

Born in 1830 at Shoreditch, London

 

50O14

Walter Richard Collett

Born in 1832 at Shoreditch, London

 

50O15

Henry Lawrence Collett

Born in 1834 at Shoreditch, London

 

50O16

Ann Collett

Born in 1836 at Shoreditch, London

 

50O17

William Collett

Born in 1839 at Shoreditch, London

 

 

 

 

50N7

Sarah Collett (previously Ref. 65n10) was born at Shoreditch on 31st August 1805 and was baptised one month after at St Leonards Church on 29th September.  She was named after her mother and her older sister (above) who had suffered an infant death.  On the day of the census in 1841 Sarah Collett, with a rounded age of 30, was living at the High Street in Acton close to where her brother William (above) and his wife were living. She later secured work in Cambridgeshire, as confirmed by the census return completed in 1851.  Unmarried Sarah Collett from Shoreditch was 45 and an employee of Edward and Grace Hicks at their home in Great Wilbraham, where she was a nurse maid and a domestic servant.  The death of Sarah Collett aged 71 was recorded at Poplar (Ref. 1c 383) during the last quarter of 1876.

 

 

 

 

50N8

William Collett (previously Ref. 65n11) was born at Shoreditch on 19th May 1807 where he was baptised on 14th June that year.  He married Ann and in 1851 the family recorded at Chapel Street in Islington comprised William Collett from Shoreditch, who was 43 and an omnibus driver, his wife Ann, and their six children, William, Sarah, Elizabeth, George, Jane and Susan.  Ten years later it was at Bath Place in Islington where William was 53 and a cheesemonger, the occupation his older brother Walter Collett (above) also had in 1851, but at Southwark.  William’s wife Ann was 56, while the four children living with them that year were William who was 28 and a printer compositor, Sarah who was 23, George who was 17 and Susan who was 12.  Staying with the family was William’s nephew, Alexander G Collett (Ref. 50N18) from Lambeth who was 13 years of age.  It is unclear at this time who his father was, albeit one of William’s brothers.  Curiously the place of birth of son William in 1861 was recorded as Lambeth.

 

 

 

50O18

William Collett

Born in 1834 at Shoreditch, London

 

50O19

Mary Ann Collett

Born in 1836 at Shoreditch, London

 

50O20

Sarah Collett

Born in 1838 at Shoreditch, London

 

50O21

Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1840 at Shoreditch, London

 

50O22

George Collett

Born in 1843 at Lambeth, London

 

50O23

Jane Collett

Born in 1845 at Islington, London

 

50O24

Susan Collett

Born in 1848 at Islington, London

 

 

 

 

50N9

Mary Collett (previously Ref. 65n12) was born at Shoreditch on 20th March 1809 and baptised on 16th April 1809, another daughter of William and Sarah Collett.

 

 

 

 

50N10

Rachel Collett (previously Ref. 65n13) was born at Shoreditch on 10th February 1811, where she was baptised on 17th March that same year.

 

 

 

 

50N11

Elizabeth Collett (previously Ref. 65n14) was born at Shoreditch on 2nd April 1813 and was baptised there eight weeks later on 30th May.

 

 

 

 

50N12

Jemima Collett (previously Ref. 65n15) was born at Shoreditch on 11th April 1815, the last child of William Collett and Sarah Wittle, her baptism recorded at the Church of St Leonard in Shoreditch on 21st May 1815.

 

 

 

 

50O1

HENRY COLLETT was born at Acton in 1823, Acton being adjacent to Kensington and Hammersmith where Henry was living later in his life with his wife Sophia who was born in Somerset around 1823.  The couple was married in the Kensington area of London and it was at Kensington that the event was registered during the third quarter of 1847.  During their life together it has been established that Sophia presented Henry with nine known children.  By the end of March in 1851 the family living at Chepstow Mews in the Kensington area of London was made up of Henry aged 28 from Acton who was a carman, his wife Sophia 27, and their two children Susan who was three and Henry who was not quite one-year old.  One other person was staying with the family and she was Jane Collett who was 13 and described as the niece of Henry and Sophia Collett.  See Appendix One at the end of this file for some brief details regarding Jane Collett which, so far, have not provided any clues as to how she was related to Henry Collett.

 

 

 

During the next ten years a further four children were added to the family which was recorded at Salem Gardens in Paddington in 1861.  Henry was 39 and a builder’s labourer, Sophia E Collett was 38, Henry junior was 11, Matilda was eight, Mary A Collett was five, Joseph E Collett was three and born at Paddington, and the latest addition to the family was Harriet who was one-year old and born at Kensington, like older siblings Henry, Matilda and Mary.  The missing child, eldest daughter Susan Collett, was recorded in the census as being at Islington, where she was twelve years old.  Over the next six years three more children were added to the family while they were living in Kensington.

 

 

 

However, sometime around 1866/1867 Henry and Sophia moved west from the Kensington and Paddington area of the city and settled in Hammersmith, where the family was living in 1871.  On the census day that year the family was made up of labourer Henry Collett from Acton and his wife Sophia, a laundress, both aged 47, who had with them seven of their nine children, although curiously all of them were recorded on the census return as having been born in Kensington.  They were Henry Collett who was 21 who had no stated occupation, Mary A Collett who was 17, Joseph Collett who was 15, Harriet Collett who was 13, Elizabeth Collett who was nine, Louisa Collett who was seven and Sophia Collett who was three-years old.

 

 

 

Sophia died during the next decade, her death recorded in London (Ref. 1c 26) during the last three months of 1878, with Henry being described in the census of 1881 as a widower aged 58, with no stated occupation, who had been born at Acton.  One that occasion he was a lodger at 19 Rendle Street in Kensington, the home of bricklayer George Kidd and his family.  No record of Rendle Street exists today.  By that time, all of his children had gone their separate ways, although four of them were living in Herries Street in Chelsea in 1881.  The death of Henry Collett aged 59 was recorded at Kensington (Ref. 1a 72) during the last quarter of 1883.

 

 

 

50P1

Susan Margaret Collett

Born in 1848 at Kensington, London

 

50P2

Henry Collett

Born in 1849 at Kensington, London

 

50P3

Matilda Collett

Born in 1852 at Kensington, London

 

50P4

Mary Ann Collett

Born in 1854 at Kensington, London

 

50P5

JOSEPH ERNEST COLLETT

Born in 1857 at Paddington, London

 

50P6

Harriet Collett

Born in 1859 at Paddington, London

 

50P7

Sarah Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1862 at Kensington, London

 

50P8

Louisa Collett

Born in 1865 at Kensington, London

 

50P9

Sophia Collett

Born in 1868 at Kensington, London

 

 

 

 

50O4

Ann Collett was born at Southwark in 1838, her birth recorded at St George Southwark (Ref. 4 130) during the second quarter of that year, the eldest surviving child of Walter Collett and Ann Hedges.  She was two years old in the Southwark census of 1841 and was 12 years of age in the census of 1851 when living with her family at 4 Windsor Place in Southwark.  Over the following decades Ann remained living with her parents and never married.  It was at Southwark Bridge Road where she was still living with her widowed mother in 1881, when her occupation was that of a dressmaker at the ae of 43, and at Lancaster Street in 1891 when she was 53.  Mother and daughter both died within the same decade, with the death of Ann Collett, a spinster of 57, recorded at Southwark (Ref. 1d 35) during the last three months of 1895.

 

 

 

 

50O5

Frederick Walter Collett was born at Southwark in 1840 but, unlike his sister Ann (above), no birth or baptism record for him has been found either as Frederick – the name used in the 1841 Census when he was one-year old, or Walter, the name used in the 1851 Census when he was 11 years of age and living at 4 Windsor Place in Southwark.  By the time of the census in 1861 he had left the family home at Borough Road in Southwark, while later in his life he married Esther with whom he had at least two children.  It was as Frederick Walter Collett and his wife Esther that the baptism of their daughter Kate Emily Collett was conducted in Southwark at St Paul’s Church on Westminster Bridge Road on 18th January 1872.  Tragically her death was recorded at Southwark (Ref. 1d 53) during that first quarter of 1872.  And it was during the following year that their son Frederick Arthur Collett was baptised on 20th July 1873 at the same location, the child having been born on 22nd June 1873 (Ref. 1d 80).  It is possible, although not yet proved, that their son may have been the Frederick A Collett whose death was recorded at Whitechapel register office (Ref. 1c 269) during the second quarter of 1916, when he was 42.

 

 

 

50P10

Kate Emily Collett

Born in 1871 at St Saviour Southwark

 

50P11

Frederick Arthur Collett

Born in 1873 at St George Southwark

 

 

 

 

50O6

Eleanor Collett was born at Southwark in 1841, her birth recorded at St George Southwark (Ref. 4 386) during the last quarter of 1841, another daughter of Walter and Ann Collett.  She was nine years old in 1851 when living at 4 Windsor Place in Southwark with her family.  On leaving school Eleanor entered into domestic service and in 1861, at the age of 19, she was a servant at a property in Upper Hyde Park Gardens, Paddington.  It was nine years later when Eleanor Collett married William Thomas at the Church of St Jude in Southwark on 20th November 1870.  No record of the family has been identified in 1871 but, according to the census in 1881, William Thomas and his wife Eleanor were residing at Collison Street in Southwark.  William from Herefordshire was 40 and a messenger employed at Vestry Hall on Borough Road in Southwark, Eleanor was 39 and their son Walter, named after her father, was nine years of age.  He may have been the only child since it was the same situation in 1891 when the three of them were living at Union Road in Southwark, by which time William Thomas, aged 50, was an assistant sanitary inspector.  Eleanor Thomas was 49 and Walter Thomas was 19.  Their son had left home by 1901 when the couple was still living on Union Road, where William was continuing to work as an assistant sanitary inspector.

 

 

 

 

50O7

Elizabeth Sarah Collett was born at Southwark on 6th September 1843 and was baptised at St George Southwark on 4th October that same year, yet another daughter of Walter and Ann Collett.

 

 

 

 

50O8

Jane Eliza Collett was born at Southwark towards the end of 1845, her birth recorded there (Ref. 49 498) during the first quarter of 1846.  She was five years of age in 1851 at 4 Windsor Place in Southwark, and was 16 in 1861, by which time she was employed as a net maker while still living at the family home which was by then at Borough Road in Southwark.  The marriage of Jane Eliza Collett took place at Southwark (Ref. 1d 149) during the third quarter of 1867 when the groom was either Henry Hall or William John Tiller.

 

 

 

 

50O9

William Henry Collett was born during 1847 at 4 Windsor Place in St George Southwark, Surrey, where he was living with his family in 1851 at the age of three years.  Simply as William Collett, he was the sixth of the seven children of Walter and Ann Collett that census day.  In 1861, as William H Collett he was 13 and working as a shop assistant, by which time he and his family were living at Borough Road in Southwark.  On reaching adult age he married Jane from Middlesex with whom he was living in 1871.  The childless couple was residing at St Andrew in Holborn where William and Jane were both incorrectly recorded as being 21.  That year William was working as a book binder but just two years later Jane gave birth to a son and during the same quarter of 1873 she lost her husband, who may never have lived to see his son.  The death of William Collett was recorded at St Pancras (Ref. 1b 117) during the third quarter of 1873 when he was only 24, the birth of his son recorded at Holborn (Ref. 1b 624) during that same three-months of the year

 

 

 

Following the death of her husband, and with a very young baby to look after, widow Jane Collett married another book binder, Samuel Pingree, who may well have been a work colleague of her late husband, with whom she had two further children.  The census return completed in 1881 recorded the couple and their two children living together at 1 Baynes Court in Clerkenwell.  S Pingree was 31 and a book binder, his wife J Pingree was 29 and the children were W S Pingree (William Samuel) who was two years of age and R Pingree (Rosetta) who was just four months old, both of them born at Clerkenwell.  Also living at that address, and described as the stepson of Samuel Pingree, was J Collett (Joseph) who was seven years old and from Holborn like his mother and her second husband.  What is interesting from this early chapter in his life is that when Joseph Henry Collett was later married he named his daughter Rosetta and his son was Joseph Samuel, both apparently a throw-back to his time with the Pingree family.

 

 

 

The birth of Samuel Pingree was recorded at Holborn (Ref. 2 137) during the last three months of 1849, while the births of his two children by Jane Collett were also recorded at Holborn (1b 732) for his son during the last quarter of 1878 and (Ref. 1b 749) for his daughter during the first quarter of 1881.  Ten years later the same family group was still living in Clerkenwell at Eyre Street Hill, within the parish of St Andrews Holborn, when Samuel Pingree was 41, Jane Pingree was 39, William Pingree was 12, Rosetta Pingree was 10 and stepson Joseph Collett was 17.  However, Joseph’s surname was incorrectly record as Cattell, although it was his occupation as a glass beveller which confirmed him as Joseph Collett, the same occupation he had over the next two decades.

 

 

 

Only the couple’s eldest son William, aged 22 and a glass beveller like his stepbrother, was still living with them at Clerkenwell within the Holborn registration district in 1901.  Book binder Samuel Pingree was 51, Jane Pingree was 49, and by then her son Joseph Collett was a married man with children of his own.  Her daughter Rosetta was in Eastbourne that March census day where she was described as a patient and a book folder who was 20 and from London.  It was also at Clerkenwell in April 1911 that Samuel from Holborn was 61 and Jane from Snowhill was 60, although at the time of her death just a few months later her age was more accurately recorded as 58 at Islington register office (Ref. 1b 244) during the last quarter of 1911.  Less than six years after losing his wife, the death of Samuel Pingree was recorded at Marylebone register office (Ref. 1a 652) during the second quarter of 1917

 

 

 

50P12

Joseph Henry Collett

Born in 1873 at Holborn, London

 

50P13

William Samuel Pingree

Born in 1878 at Holborn, London

 

50P14

Rosetta Jane Pingree

Born in 1880 at Holborn, London

 

 

 

 

50O10

Caroline Maria Collett was born at Southwark on 1st November 1850, was baptised there on 18th December 1850 and was inaccurately described as being three months old in the census of 1851 when living with her family at 4 Windsor Place in Southwark, where she was very likely born.  Tragically within the next quarter of 1851 the death of Caroline Maria Collett was recorded at Southwark (Ref. 4 317).

 

 

 

 

50O11

Emily Collett was born at Southwark on 22nd April 1853, the youngest child of Walter Collett and Ann Hedges.  She was baptised at St George Southwark on 18th May that same year.  It was just one year later that the death of Emily Collett was recorded at Southwark (Ref. 1d 95) during the second quarter of 1854.

 

 

 

 

50O12

Helen Collett (previously Ref. 65o3) was born at Shoreditch on 31st December 1825 and was baptised at St Leonards Shoreditch on 27th January 1826, the eldest child of Henry Lawrence Collett and his wife Harriet.  However, she was not living with her family at the time of the census in 1841.

 

 

 

 

50O13

Harriet Collett (previously Ref. 65o5) was born at Shoreditch on 8th July 1830 and was baptised at St Leonards Shoreditch on 8th August 1830, the second child of Henry and Harriet Collett who was 10 years old in the census of 1841.  Ten years later Harriet Collett, the daughter of Henry Lawrence Collett, married Samuel Trutch Sherman, the son of Francis Henry Sherman, at St Philip’s Church in Clerkenwell on 22nd September 1851. 

 

 

 

 

50O14

Walter Richard Collett (previously Ref. 65o6) was born at Shoreditch on 18th February 1832 and was baptised at St Leonards Shoreditch on 19th March 1832, the eldest son of Henry and Harriet Collett who was nine years old in the census of 1841.  On leaving school Walter entered into domestic service and in 1851 he was a servant at the age of 19 in the Lambeth home of John Cooper.  Apart from his sister Ann (below) no other member of his family has been identified within the census returns for that year.  It was six years later that Walter Richard Collett, a pork butcher, married Sarah Sanders at St Mary’s Church in Lambeth on 12th August 1857.  The marriage register confirmed that Walter’s father was Henry Lawrence Collett deceased, a grocer, and that Sarah’s father was William Sanders. 

 

 

 

During the next three and a half years Sarah presented Walter with two sons, Walter and James, when the family was residing at Westmorland in Newington, where Walter was a baker.  According to the Newington St Peter Walworth census in 1861, Walter Richard Collett was absent from the family home, leaving just Sarah Collett aged 23 with her two boys, Walter Collett who was two years old and James Collett who was two months old.  However, Walter and Sarah had only been married for just four years when, in September 1861 at the age of 29, Walter Richard Collett died in London and was buried at Victoria Park Cemetery in Hackney on 30th September that year.

 

 

 

Following the death of her husband Sarah married widower George Wood, a corn chandler, and by the time of the census in 1871 Sarah Wood from Honiton in Devon was 43, her husband George was 46.  Living with the couple at 79 Paul Street in Shoreditch was Sarah’s eldest son Walter Collett who was 22 and a grocer’s assistant, together with George Wood’s daughter Alice Wood who was 11, and Anne Wood who was only four years old who was most likely his daughter by his second wife Sarah.  Sarah’s younger son James Collett was recorded at a property at 210 High Street in Deptford where he was also a grocer’s assistant.

 

 

 

50P15

Walter Collett

Born in 1858 at Walworth

 

50P16

James Collett

Born in 1861 at Walworth

 

 

 

 

50O15

Henry Lawrence Collett (previously Ref. 65o7) was born at Shoreditch on 2nd March 1834 and was baptised at St Leonards Shoreditch on 7th April 1834, the son of Henry and Harriet Collett.  Henry was seven years old in the census of 1841 when he was living with his family at the High Street in the Hoxton area of Shoreditch.  Where he was in 1851 and 1861, following the death of his father in 1846 is not currently known, but it was on 8th September 1868 that Henry Lawrence Collett married Maria Frances Dovenor at St Pauls Church in Deptford, Kent, the marriage register confirming that his father was Henry Collett.  Maria’s sister Sanetta Sanctia Dovenor was married to James La Feuillade and he was named as one of the witnesses at the later wedding of Henry’s son Henry James Collett, the second witness being the groom’s sister Florence Collett.

 

 

 

Just the two children were born to Henry and Maria at Deptford, where they settled after they were married.  By the time of the census in 1881 the family of four was living at Florence Villa on Queens Road in Deptford when Henry Collett from Hoxton was 47 and simply described as a gentleman.  His wife Maria was 37 and from Lambeth, while their two children were Henry J Collett who was nine and Florence M Collett who was eight years of age.  Boarding with the family that day was Sarah Davison who was 32 and from Deptford, and employed by Henry and Maria was Maria Willis aged 18, their general domestic servant.  It was only just over three years later that Henry Lawrence Collett died at the family home at 210 High Street in Deptford on 13th October 1884.  Administration of his personal effects of £18 was granted to his widow Maria Frances Collett on 25th November 1884, when Henry was described as a tea dealer and a grocer.

 

 

 

50P17

Henry James Collett

Born in 1871 at Deptford

 

50P18

Florence M Collett

Born in 1873 at Deptford

 

 

 

 

50O16

Ann Collett (previously Ref. 65o8) was born at Shoreditch on 24th November 1835 and was baptised at St Leonards Shoreditch on 13th January 1836, the daughter of Henry and Harriet Collett who was five years old in the census of 1841.  At the age of 15, Ann Collett from Shoreditch was a servant employed by the Bulmer family in Bermondsey, while ten years later when she was 25, unmarried Ann Collett from Shoreditch was a servant with the Powell family in the Kensington area of London.

 

 

 

 

50O18

William Collett was born at Shoreditch on 14th December 1834, where he was baptised on 11th January 1835, the eldest child of William and Ann Collett.  In 1851 he and his family were located in the census at Chapel Street in Islington, while by 1861 unmarried William (from Lambeth?) was 28 and a printer compositor when he was still living with his family at Bath Place in Islington.  During the next decade he married Lydia, but his son Charles Frederick was born three years prior to the 1861 census at Shoreditch, where his birth and baptism was recorded.  By 1871 the three of them were residing in Shoreditch where William from Shoreditch was 37 and a cabman, Lydia was 34 and from Bethnal Green and Charles F Collett was 13, also born at Shoreditch.  Nothing has been found of William and Lydia after that time, except in 1901 Lydia Collett was a widow of 65 living at Albert Street in Clerkenwell, the home of her son Charles Frederick Collett and his second wife Mary.  Just over seven years later the death of Lydia Collett at the age of 60 was recorded at Islington register office (Ref. 1b 684) during the fourth quarter of 1918.

 

 

 

50P19

Charles Frederick Collett

Born in 1857 at Shoreditch

 

 

 

 

50O19

Mary Ann Collett (previously Ref. 65o11) was born at Shoreditch on 15th January 1836 and was baptised there on 24th February that year, the eldest daughter of William and Ann Collett.  She may have suffered an infant death because she was not living with her family at Chapel Street in Islington on the day of the census in 1851 when she would have been fifteen years of age.

 

 

 

 

50O20

Sarah Collett (previously Ref. 65o12) was born at Shoreditch on 3rd May 1837 where she was baptised on 24th May 1837, another daughter of William and Ann Collett.  She was living with her family at Chapel Street in Islington in 1851 and during the next few years the family moved to Bath Place in Islington where Sarah aged 23 was still living with her family in 1861.

 

 

 

 

50P1

Susan Margaret Collett was born at Kensington where the birth was registered during the third quarter of 1848.  She later married Reuben Tennant Simmons who was also born at Kensington in 1839 and baptised at Old Church in St Pancras on 8th December 1839, the son of Reuben and Margaret Simmons.   The marriage of Reuben Simmons and Susan Margaret Collett was recorded at Kensington (Ref. 1a 123) during the second quarter of 1870.  On the day they were married, Susan was already expecting the couple’s first child, Henry William Simmons, who was born shortly thereafter on 22nd June 1870 – the birth recorded at Kensington (Ref. 1a 32), and was baptised at Old Church, St Pancras on 18th July, when he was confirmed at the son of Reuben and Susan Margaret Simmons.  Rather curiously, their son was not listed with them on the day of the census in 1871.  Instead Reuben Simmons aged 31 was a prison warden and his wife Susan M Simmons was 23, when they were living in Clerkenwell St James.

 

 

 

However, their first-born child was with the family ten years later, by which time the marriage had produced a further five children for Reuben and Susan, as confirmed within the census return for 1881.  so, by the time of the census of 1881, the family was as listed below.  Unlike in 1871, when Reuben and Susan were recorded as born in Camden Towns and Bayswater respectively, in 1881 their place of birth was Kensington.  Reuben was 40 and working as a cellarman, Susan was 31 and a laundress, and on that day, they were living at Ferndale House on Herries Road in Chelsea with their six children.  Their surname was incorrectly recorded as Sommins, rather than Simmons, which may have been an error in transcription.

 

 

 

Their six children were listed as Harry W who was ten (said to have been born at Clerkenwell), Adela L who was eight, Edward R who was six years, Nellie M who was four years, Edith H who was three years and Reuben F who was six months old.  In addition to the family, two of Susan’s siblings were also living with them.  They were her brother Joseph Collett, aged 23 and her sister Sophia Collett, aged 13 (both below), who were described as brother-in-law and sister-in-law to head of the household Reuben Sommins (sic).  Ferndale House must have been a sizeable property because, in addition to the aforementioned ten people, the family also had a female lodger M Sharp who was twenty-four and from Hammersmith. 

 

 

 

Just over eight years later the death of Susan Margaret Simmons was recorded at Kensington (Ref. 1a 81) during the third quarter of 1889, when she was only 41 years old.  After that tragic event, the census in 1891 only revealed the whereabouts of just two of her children, and they were son Henry William who was 22 and a drummer with the Coldstream Guards at Chelsea Barracks, and daughter Nellie who was 14 and living at Birley Street in Battersea with Susan’s married younger sister Harriet Ellis nee Collett (below) and her family.  Although not discovered anyway in Britain in 1891, the death of Reuben Simmons was recorded at Kensington (Ref. 1a 58) during the third quarter of 1898 when he was 59.

 

 

 

Three years later his eldest son Henry William Simmons was still a drummer in the census of 1901, by which time he was 31 and serving with the Leicestershire Regiment based at Glen Parva, to the south of the city of Leicester.  Where he was in 1911 has not been determined, but two years later, the marriage of Henry W Simmons and Emma M Barnes was recorded at St Marylebone in London (Ref. 1a 1369) during the last three months of 1913.  At the time of the death of Henry W Simmons in 1946 he was residing in Staines, where his passing was recorded (Ref. 5f 227) during the third quarter of that year, when he was 75.

 

 

 

The birth of Susan’s third child, Edward Reuben Simmons, was recorded at Kensington (Ref. 1a 157) during the third quarter of 1874, while the birth of her youngest child, Reuben Frank Simmons was also recorded there (Ref. 1a 87) during the fourth quarter of 1880.  He later married Edna D Paynter, the event recorded at Kensington (Ref. 1a 629) during the final three months of 1939, when he would have been 59, so perhaps it was a second marriage.

 

 

 

50Q1

Henry William Simmons

Born in 1870 at Kensington

 

50Q2

Adela L Simmons

Born in 1872 at Kensington

 

50Q3

Edward Reuben Simmons

Born in 1874 at Kensington

 

50Q4

Nellie M Simmons

Born in 1876 at Hammersmith

 

50Q5

Edith H Simmons

Born in 1877 at Hammersmith

 

50Q6

Reuben Frank Simmons

Born in 1880 at Kensington

 

 

 

 

50P2

Henry Collett was born within the Kensington area of London towards the end of 1849 or early in 1850, although no record of his birth has so far been found.  However, it is the baptism record for Henry Collett that confirms his parents were Henry and Sophia Collett, the baptism taking place at Holy Trinity Church in Paddington on 2nd June 1850.  In March 1851 he was one year old, while, according to the census of 1861, Henry was 11 when he and his family were residing at Salem Gardens in Paddington.  Ten years later, when he was 21, he and his family were recorded in the Hammersmith area of London and in all three census returns his place of birth was recorded as Kensington.  What happened to Henry after 1871 is still a mystery, although it is possible that he died in 1885 because the burial of Henry Collett of Kensington and Chelsea was recorded there on 7th March 1885.  However, his age at the time of his passing was not recorded.

 

 

 

Earlier information suggested Henry was Henry Richard Collett, but that was incorrect since he was born on 28th June 1849 and was baptised at St Mary’s Church in Battersea, the son of Robert Collett and his wife Mary Hannah, his birth recorded at Wandsworth (Ref. 4 523), just after he was baptised, during the third quarter of 1849.  The census conducted at Battersea in 1851 revealed that his father Robert was 33 and a British Subject who had been born on the Rock of Gibraltar, whose occupation was that of an assistant licenced victualler.  His wife Mary Hannah Collett was 39, and their three children were listed as John Robert Collett who was nine, Mary Hannah Elizabeth Collett who was six, and Henry Richard Collett was one year old.  Four years later the death of Robert Collett was recorded at Shoreditch (Ref. 1c 128) during the third quarter of 1855.  So, by the time of the Battersea census in 1861, Mary Hannah Collett from Pimlico, a fund holder of houses and land, was confirmed as a widow aged 47 living at Europa Place with her three children.  They were John R Collett who was 19 and an architect, Mary H E Collett who was 17 and Henry R Collett who was 11.  The two older children had been born in Chelsea, with Henry’s place of birth confirmed as Battersea.

 

 

 

It would appear that Mary was not a widow for too long since, her marriage to Augustus Brothers Walsh was recorded at Chelsea (Ref. 1a 284) during the first three months of 1864.  Furthermore, upon the births of Emily Mary Elizabeth Walsh on 6th June 1866 and Augustus Henry Walsh on 9th May 1868, and their subsequent baptisms at St Mary’s Church in Battersea on 17th August 1866 and 18th September 1868 respectively, their parents were named as Augustus Brothers Walsh and Mary Hannah Elizabeth Walsh.  However, the next census in 1871 is confusing, in that Mary Hannah Collett (?) from Pimlico, and 58 years of age, was staying at the Ramsgate, Kent, home of her architect and surveyor son John R Collett who 29 and a bachelor from Chelsea.  Accompanying Mary were her husband Augustus Walsh, age 29, and their two children Emily Walsh aged four years and Henry Walsh who was two.  Completing the Ramsgate household was servant Sarah Kemble of Ramsgate who was 18.

 

 

 

The children of Robert Collett from Gibraltar and his Pimlico born wife Mary Hannah Elizabeth were:

 

50Qa1 - John Robert Collett, born Chelsea (Ref. 3 61) 4Qtr 1841, baptised 08.05.1842 at Chelsea

 

50Qa2 - Mary Hannah Elizabeth Collett, born Chelsea where she was baptised 09.03.1845

 

50Qa3 - Henry Richard Collett, born Battersea on 28.06.1849 and baptised there on 29.07.1849

 

 

 

 

50P3

Matilda Collett was very likely born at Paddington in 1852 although a later census return gave her place of birth as Teddington, which is thought to be an error in transcription or translation.  In the census of 1861 she was eight years old and still living with her family, but with no record of her found in 1871.  However, following the death of her mother in the latter part of the 1878, Matilda and all of her siblings, and the children’s widowed father, left the family home and went their separate ways.  Matilda linked up with her sister Harriet (below) and went into domestic service.

 

 

 

By April 1881 Matilda and Harriet were working for wine maker Frederick Campbell of Scotland and his family who lived at 17 Dorset Square in the St Marylebone area of London.  Matilda was still a single lady of twenty-seven and was employed by the Campbell family as their cook, her place of birth confirmed as Paddington.  The marriage of Matilda Collett was recorded at St Pancras (Ref. 1b 192) during the third quarter of 1882, the groom being either James Coston or Richard Moriarty.

 

 

 

 

50P4

Mary Ann Collett was born at Paddington in 1854 and the birth was registered at Kensington during the second quarter of 1854.  She was listed as being five years of age and 17 years old in the following two census returns for 1861 and 1871, while no record of Mary has been found in 1881, by which time she was very likely married.

 

 

 

 

50P5

JOSEPH ERNEST COLLETT was born at Paddington in 1856 and the birth was registered at Kensington during the second quarter of 1856.  That record simply gave his name as Joseph E Collett.  Curiously Joseph E Collett was listed as being two years old in the census of 1861, although he was more accurately listed as being fifteen years of age a decade later.  Joseph’s mother died prior to 1881, by which time Joseph was working as a painter while living with his eldest sister Susan and her husband Reuben Simmons at Ferndale House on Herries Road in Chelsea, London.  Joseph was described as Reuben’s brother-in-law and was 23 and born at Paddington.  Almost living at the house was Joseph’s and Susan’s youngest sister Sophia Collett of Hammersmith.

 

 

 

Within two years of the 1881 Census Joseph married Amelia Rogers of London.  Judging by the date of birth of the couple’s first child it seems very likely that the marriage took place in 1883.  By the time of the census in 1891, which took place on fifth April, the family was living at Swinbrook Road in Kensington where Joseph was a 34 years-old painter, Amelia was 29, and their three children were William who was six, James who was four and Ellen who was two years of age.  On the day of the census Amelia was with-child, and so it was that just over four months later she presented her husband with their fourth child and third son George.

 

 

 

The child’s birth certificate confirmed once again that Joseph’s occupation was that of a painter, as it had been just over ten years earlier in the April census of 1881.  The certificate also confirmed that the family was living at 25 Swinbrook Road in Kensington, where baby George was very likely born.  What happened to the family after August 1891 has not been determined, although no trace of any member of the family has been found within the census of 1901, nor is it known whether any further children were born into the family.  Joseph Collett died in Kensington during the month of April in 1909, where he was then buried.

 

 

 

More recently, in 2013, it has been revealed through past conversations between Joseph’s youngest son George and his own son Dene, that the reason the family of George Albert Collett has not been located in either England or New Zealand, where George settled in 1911, is because they had emigrated to Canada prior to 1901.

 

 

 

50Q7

William Collett

Born in 1884

 

50Q8

James Collett

Born in 1886

 

50Q9

Ellen Harriet Collett

Born in 1888

 

50Q10

GEORGE ALBERT COLLETT

Born in 1891

 

 

 

 

50P6

Harriet Collett was born at Paddington in 1859 and the birth was registered at Kensington (Ref. 1a 86) during the last three months of 1859.  She was listed as being one-year old in the census of 1861 when she and her family were recorded at Salem Gardens in Paddington.  During the following years, her parents took the family to Hammersmith, where Harriet was 13 in the census of 1871.  With the death of her mother in 1878, Harriet joined forces with her older sister Matilda (above) and entered into domestic service.  The census of 1881 recorded both girls working for wine maker Frederick Campbell at his home in Dorset Square in the St Marylebone area of London.  The census return described Harriet Collett as being aged 22 and born at Paddington, her occupation that of a parlour-maid while living and working at 17 Dorset Square.  Frederick Campbell and his wife Emilie, from Java, had seven children between the ages of one and eleven.  In addition to them, and the two Collett girls, the household was supported by four other female servants including an elder nurse, an elder ‘monthly nurse’, a young ‘under nurse’, and a housemaid.

 

 

 

Following the marriage of her sister Matilda during the summer of 1882, the marriage of Harriet Collett was recorded at Kensington (Ref. 1a 85) during the third quarter of 1883.  The groom was either Thomas Cole or John Parkin.  An alternative, an unverified source, indicates that Harriet actually married James Frederick Ellis, whose birth was recorded at Bury St Edmunds (Ref. 4a 448) during the second quarter of 1852, the son of George and Hannah Ellis.  Once married the couple moved into a property on Birley Street in Battersea, where some of their children were born, and where the family was living in 1891 and 1901.  However, the couple’s second child was born at Wandsworth Road in Clapham.  On the day of the census in 1891 James was recorded under his second forename, so Frederick Ellis from Suffolk was 38, Harriet was 31, and their three children were Frederick who was six, Harriet who was five and Alfred who was three.  Visiting the family were two of James’ nieces, Lottie Ellis from Suffolk who was 20 – who was still with the family ten years later, and Nellie Simmons from London who was 14 and the daughter of Harriet’s eldest sister Susan Margaret Simmons nee Collett (above) who had died three years earlier.

 

 

 

In the following census of 1901 the family was still residing in Birley Street and on that occasion James F Ellis from Bury St Edmunds was 49 and working as an upholsterer, his wife Harriet from Paddington was 42, and living with them were four children.  They were Frederick G H Ellis who was 17, Harriet M Ellis who was 15, Alfred E Ellis who was 13 and Arthur E Ellis who was only six years of age.  Staying with the family that census day was James’ niece Charlotte M Ellis from Bury St Edmunds who was 27.

 

 

 

Seven years after that day, the death of Harriet Ellis, nee Collett, was recorded at Wandsworth register office (Ref. 1d 304) during the first three months of 1908, when she was only 48.  James’ status as a widower was confirmed in the census of 1911, when he and his family were once again living in Battersea.  James Frederick Ellis was 58 and a coach trimmer, presumably using his upholstery skill fitting seats, etc, in the coaches.  His place of birth was confirmed as Bury St Edmunds, while living with him were his daughter Harriet Matilda Ellis aged 25 and his son Alfred Ernest Ellis who was 16, both recorded as having been born at Battersea.  The only person staying with the three of them was James’ niece Minnie Hannah King from Bury St Edmunds who was 41.

 

 

 

 

50P7

Sarah Elizabeth Collett was born at Kensington where the birth was registered as taking place during the second quarter of 1862.  By the time of the census of 1871 she and her family were living in Hammersmith where she was recorded as being Elizabeth Collett aged nine. 

 

 

 

 

50P8

Louisa Collett was born at Kensington during the first three months of 1865.  Not long after she was born the family left Kensington and moved the short distance west to Hammersmith, where they were living in 1871 and where Louisa was curiously recorded as being seven years old.  Ten years later in April 1881 Louisa had left the family home following the death of her mother.  At that time she was working as a domestic servant at the home of builder William H Rudkin at 34 Herries Street.  Today there is a Herries Street in West Kilburn.  Louisa was listed in the census return as being aged sixteen and born at Kensington.  It should be noted that also living in Herries Street at that same time were three of Louisa’s siblings.  They were her eldest sister Susan Sommins nee Collett (above), her brother Joseph (above), and her younger sister Sophia (below).

 

 

 

 

50P9

Sophia Collett was born at Hammersmith in 1868 and was named after her mother, the birth being registered at Kensington during the first three months of that year.  She was confirmed as being three years old in the census of 1871 when she was living with her parents in the Kensington St Paul & Hammersmith registration area.  Following the death of her mother during 1878 the family appears to have ‘broken up’, with Sophia going to live with her older married sister Susan.  This was confirmed by the census of 1881 when she was thirteen and living at Ferndale House in Herries Street, the home of Reuben and Susan Sommins.  No record of Sophia or Sophie has been found in 1891 when she would have been twenty-three and possibly married.

 

 

 

 

50P12

Joseph Henry Collett was born at Holborn in 1873, the only known child of William Collett and his wife Jane, whose birth was recorded at Holborn (Ref. 1b 624) during the third quarter of that year.  Joseph would never have known his father, since he died during the same three-month period that Joseph was born.  His mother then married a possible workmate of his late father and by 1881 Joseph was seven years old and living at 1 Baynes Court in Clerkenwell with his stepfather Samuel Pingree, his mother Jane, and two half-siblings William and Rosetta Pingree.  The family home in Clerkenwell in 1891 was at Eyre Street Hill (which is still there in 2016, off the Clerkenwell Road A5201) when Joseph Cattell (sic) was 17 and a glass beveller.

 

 

 

Just over three years later Joseph Collett married Alice Emily Fulgoni, the event recorded at Holborn register office (Ref. 1b 1013) during the second quarter of 1894.  No record of Alice Fulgoni or any member of her Italian family has been found in England prior to the date of her marriage to Joseph.  Their marriage provided the couple with at least eight children, but tragically only four survived.  According to the next census in 1901 the family was residing in Curtain Road in Shoreditch where Joseph H Collett was 27 and a glass beveller from London, his wife Alice E Collett from Clerkenwell was 25, their son Joseph S Collett from St Lukes in London was six and their daughter Rosetta J Collett from Hoxton was one-year old.

 

 

 

It was the next census return, completed in April 1911, which revealed that Joseph and Alice had been married for seventeen years, during which time they had given birth to eight children, with just four still alive and living at 83 Pritchards Road (off Hackney Road A1208) in Bethnal Green.  That year the head of the household was Joseph Henry Collett, a glass beveller from Clerkenwell who was 37 and an employee at a local company of glass bevellers and silverers.  His wife Alice Emily Collett was 35 and also from Clerkenwell, and their four surviving children were Joseph Samuel Collett who was 16 and employed as a bag maker, Rosetta Jane Collett who was 12, William Alfred Collett who was eight and Albert John Collett who was six years of age.

 

 

 

With the outbreak of the First World War three years later Joseph Henry Collett aged 40 and from Old Ford in Middlesex (just east of Bethnal Green) enlisted at Finsbury to the west of Shoreditch in 1914.  It was within his military enrolment papers that Old Ford was mentioned as the place of his birth.  He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion of the Duke of Cambridge's Own Middlesex Regiment as Private Joseph Collett service number SR/584.  He saw frontline action in France and sadly was one of the many fatalities on the first day of the Battle of the Somme, where he was killed on 1st July 1916, with his name being included on the Thievpal Memorial.  What happened to the family after the tragic loss of their father is not known at this time

 

 

 

50Q11

Joseph Samuel Collett

Born in 1895 at St Lukes (Shoreditch)

 

50Q12

Rosetta Jane Collett

Born in 1899 at Hoxton (Shoreditch)

 

50Q13

William Alfred Collett

Born in 1903 at Shoreditch, London

 

50Q14

Albert John Collett

Born in 1904 at Bethnal Green, London

 

 

 

 

50P14

Rosetta Jane Pingree was born at 1 Baynes Court in Clerkenwell, London in late December 1880 or early in January 1881, her birth recorded at Holborn (Ref. 1b 749) during the first three months of 1881.  She was the only daughter of Samuel Pingree and Jane Collett and was four months old on 3rd April 1881, the day of the census that year, when living with her family at 1 Baynes Court.  The family later moved to Eyre Street Hill in Clerkenwell where Rosetta was 10 years old in 1891.  Ten years later Rosetta was a patient in Eastbourne where she was described as being 20 and from London, with the occupation of a book folder.  Just over five years later the marriage of Rosetta Jane Pingree and Alfred Valens was recorded at Southwark register office (Ref. 1d 150) during the second quarter of 1906.  Alfred was born in London in mid-1879, the son of Alfred Valens and Elizabeth Daniels.  By 1911 Rosetta had presented Alfred with two children, the first born at Bermondsey, the second at West Ham, where the family of four was living on the day of the census.  Alfred Valens was 31, Rosetta Jane Valens was 30, Rosetta Jane Elizabeth Valens was three and Alfred Samuel Valens was under one-year old.  The death of Rosetta Jane Valens was recorded at the Essex South Western register office (Ref. 4a 263) during the third quarter of 1944 when she was 64

 

 

 

 

50P15

Walter Collett (previously 65p1) was born at Walworth in either 1858 or 1859, the eldest of the two sons of Walter Richard Collett and Sarah Sanders.  In the census of 1861 Walter was two years old when he and his brother James (below) were living in the Newington St Peter parish of south London with their mother, their father possibly away on business.  Sadly, it was within the next five months that Walter’s father died, sometime after which his mother remarried, so what happened to the family of three after that tragic event is not clear.  What is known is that Walter’s mother eventually remarried and in 1881 Walter was living with her and her husband George Wood at 79 Paul Street in Shoreditch.  Walter Collett was described as the stepson of George Wood, who was 22 and from Camberwell, who was working as a grocer’s assistant – the same occupation as his younger brother James.

 

 

 

During the mid-1880s Walter married Harriet and by 1891 their marriage had produced two children.  The census that year placed the family of four living in Shoreditch, where Walter Collett was 32, Harriet Collett was 31, Ernest Collett was two and Ada A Collett was not yet one year old.  Living nearby within the same registration district was Walter’s recently married brother James with his young family.  One more child is known to have been added to the family over the next ten years, so by 1901 the family comprised Walter who was 42 and born at Walworth who was a stable cab proprietor, Harriet from Shoreditch who was 41, Ernest Collett who was 12 and born at Hoxton, Ada A Collett who was 11 and born at Shoreditch and Albert who was three years of age and also born at Shoreditch.  It would appear that Walter may have died during the first decade of the new century, because by the time of the census in 1911 it was just Harriet Collett, aged 51, who was still living in Shoreditch but with just her son Albert living there with her.

 

 

 

50Q15

Ernest Collett

Born in 1888 at Shoreditch

 

50Q16

Ada A Collett

Born in 1890 at Shoreditch

 

50Q17

Albert Collett

Born in 1897 at Shoreditch

 

 

 

 

50P16

James Collett (previously 65p2) was born at Walworth but was baptised at St Mary’s Church in Lambeth on 24th February 1861 where his parents had been married during the summer of 1857.  At the time of his birth the family was living at Westmorland in Newington, where his father was a baker.  James was under one-year old on the day of the census in 1861 for the Newington St Peter registration district and would have hardly known his father who died later that year before James was one-year old.  His widowed mother later married corn chandler George Wood and in 1881 when James’ brother Walter was still living with his mother and her new husband at 79 Paul Street in Shoreditch, James Collett aged 22 and from Camberwell was a grocer’s assistant residing at 210 High Street in Deptford.

 

 

 

James later married Catherine and by the time of the Shoreditch census of 1891 they had two children.  James Collett was 30, Catherine E Collet was 27, James W Collett was one-year old and Arthur S Collett was under one-year old.  It was the same situation ten years later when the same family of four was still residing in Shoreditch.  James Collett from Walworth was 40 and a corn dealer’s shop-keeper, perhaps an arrangement through his mother’s second husband George Wood.  Catherine E Collett from the City of London was 38 and their two sons were James H Collett who was 11 and Arthur L Collett who was 10.  By April 1911 James Collett was 51 and was living alone in Shoreditch, his wife presumably having passed away during the previous few years, while his eldest son James was married by then, but with no trace at all having been found for his youngest son Arthur.

 

 

 

50Q18

James W or H Collett

Born in 1889 at Finsbury, London

 

50Q19

Arthur S or L Collett

Born in 1890 at Finsbury, London

 

 

 

 

50P17

Henry James Collett (previously 65p3) was born at Deptford in 1871, the son of Henry Lawrence Collett (junior) and Maria Frances Dovenor.  As Henry J Collett he was nine years old in the census of 1881 when he and his family were residing at Florence Villa, Queens Road in Deptford.  Henry James Collett was a bachelor of 27 and a silk salesman of 10 Mardeloes Road in Deptford, the son of Henry Lawrence Collett deceased, when he married Ada Victoria Terry who was also 27, with no occupation, of 24 St. Donnat's Road in New Cross, the daughter of Thomas Terry, an upholsterer.  The two witnesses were Henry’s sister Florence Collett and his mother’s brother-in-law James La Feuillade, the address given for the bride being the home of Henry’s mother Maria.

 

 

 

The wedding took place at St James’ Church, Hatcham, in the London Borough of Lewisham on 1st January 1898.  Later that same year, or during the first few months of the following year, the first of the couple’s two children was born at 24 Donnat’s Road in New Cross, where mother and baby were cared for by Henry’s mother.  According to the next census in 1901 the Collett family was still living at 10 Mardeloes Road in Deptford St Paul, from where Henry J Collett age 29 and from Deptford was still working as a silk merchant.  His wife Ada V Collett from Kennington was 31 and their daughter Ethel M Collett was two years old.  Supporting the family was general servant Mary Foster who was 17 and from Chelsea.  The couple’s second daughter was born at Deptford two years later, but by the time of the census in April 1911 the completed family had left Deptford and was settled within the Lewisham area of London.  Henry James Collett from Deptford was 39, Ada Victoria Collett was 41, Ethel Maud Collett was 12 and Doris Gertrude Collett was seven years of age.  On that occasion both daughters were recorded as having been born at Deptford.

 

 

 

50Q20

Ethel Maud Collett

Born in 1898 at Deptford, London

 

50Q21

Doris Gertrude Collett

Born in 1903 at Deptford, London

 

 

 

 

50P19

Charles Frederick Collett was born at Shoreditch in 1857, where his birth was recorded (1c 185) during the fourth quarter of 1857.  No record of him has been found in 1861, although he was 13 years old in 1871 when living in Shoreditch with his parents William and Lydia Collett.  It was eight years later when Charles married Louisa and by 1881 their first child was one-year old.  That year the three of them were recorded at 115 Shaftesbury Street in Shoreditch where Charles Fredk Collett was 24 and a gold chain maker, Louisa Collett was also 24 but from Chelsea, and daughter Florence L Collett was one-year old and born in Shoreditch.  Where the family was in 1891 is not known, and it would appear that his wife died sometime during the late 1880s, around the time of the birth of his son who was born at Clerkenwell.  By March 1901 Charles F Collett was 43 and was residing at Albert Street in Clerkenwell when his wife was named as Mary E Collett who was 46.  Three children were living with the couple and they were Frederick C Collett who was 13, and twins May and Rose Collett, both six years old, the two daughters by his second wife Mary.  Living with the family was Charles’ widowed mother Lydia Collett who was 65.

 

 

 

50Q22

Florence Lydia Collett

Born in 1880 at Shoreditch

 

50Q23

Frederick Charles Collett

Born in 1887 at Clerkenwell

 

50Q24

May Collett

Born in 1904 at Clerkenwell

 

50Q25

Rose Collett

Born in 1904 at Clerkenwell

 

 

 

 

50Q9

Ellen Harriet Collett was born at 25 Swinbrook Road in Kensington during 1888, the third child of Joseph Ernest Collett and his wife Amelia Rogers.  Her birth was recorded at Kensington register office (Ref. 1a 117) during the last three months of that year.  By the time of the census in 1891, when Ellen Collett was two years old, she and her family were still living at 25 Swinbrook Road.  Her brother George (below) was also born there later that same year, but sometime after that the family emigrated to Canada.

 

 

 

 

50Q10

GEORGE ALBERT COLLETT was born in London on 14th August 1891.  At the time of his birth his parents, Joseph and Amelia, were living at 25 Swinbrook Road in Kensington, midway between Kensal Town and Notting Hill.  During the next few years George’s family emigrated to Canada.  George later became an able seaman and around 1911 he left Canada to make a new life for himself in New Zealand, where he worked as a fireman in Auckland from around 1914.

 

And it was in Auckland in New Zealand that he married Edna Tamar Finey on 21st December 1922, the daughter of Solomon Finey from England, although Edna was born in Auckland.  The marriage later produced three sons for the couple, but prior to that, in 1926, George and Edna adopted a three-year-old girl by the name of Lesly Iris Tozer who took the Collett name to become Lesly Iris Collett.

 

 

 

The photograph of George Albert Collett (above) was taken on the occasion of Lesly Iris Collett’s wedding day.  It was in 1934, twelve years after they had been married, that Edna presented George with the first of their three children, the second child being born three years later, and the third child born three years after that.  During his life George worked as a fireman and tragically was thrown off the back of a fire engine when on an emergency call and lost his left eye as a result of the accident.  That did not deter George, who enrolled with the New Zealand Air Force on 13th December 1940 to add his support to the war effort.  He entered the service as a leading aircraftsman and he had been promoted to Mess Sergeant by the time he was discharged from his duties on 26th October 1947.  George Albert Collett died while he was living in Auckland and was buried there at the Waikumete Cemetery.

 

 

 

50R1

Lesly Iris Collett (formerly Tozer)

Born on 26.07.1923

 

50R2

George Bernard Collett

Born on 11.08.1934

 

50R3

DENE COLLETT

Born on 09.07.1937

 

50R4

Glen Collett

Born on 18.04.1940

 

 

 

 

50Q11

Joseph Samuel Collett was born at St Lukes Shoreditch in 1895, his birth as the first child of Joseph Henry Collett and Alice Emily Fulgoni, was recorded at Holborn register office (Ref. 1b 742) during the second quarter of 1895.  At the age of six years Joseph S Collett and his family were residing in a property on Curtain Road in Shoreditch, while ten years later the family was recorded at 83 Pritchards Road in Bethnal Green when Joseph Samuel Collett was 16 and working as a bag maker.

 

 

 

 

50Q12

Rosetta Jane Collett was born at Hoxton Shoreditch in 1899, the second surviving child of Joseph and Alice Collett.  Her birth was recorded at Shoreditch register office (Ref. 1c 40) during the third quarter of 1899.  She was one-year old in the Shoreditch census of 1901 when she was living in the family home on Curtain Road.  After a further ten years, 12 years-old Rosetta Jane and the family were recorded at 83 Pritchards Road in Bethnal Green.  The later marriage of Rosetta Jane Collett and George Bates was recorded at Bethnal Green register office (Ref. 1c 303) during the third quarter of 1919.

 

 

 

 

50Q13

William Alfred Collett was born at Shoreditch in 1903, another surviving child of Joseph and Alice Collett, whose birth was recorded at Hackney register office (Ref. 1b 552) during the last three months of that year under the name of Alfred William Collett.  Within a year of his birth the family settled in Bethnal Green and in 1911 their address there was 83 Pritchards Road where William Alfred Collett was eight years old.

 

 

 

 

50Q14

Albert John Collett was born at Bethnal Green in 1905 and it was at Bethnal Green register office (Ref. 1c 196) that his birth was recorded during the first quarter of 1905.  It is possible that the family moved to Bethnal Green and 83 Pritchards Road just before he was born, since it was there at that address where the family was living in 1911 when Albert John Collett was six years old.  He was 22 when he married Annie Hilliard, the daughter of Harry and Annie Hilliard, who had been born at Bethnal Green in the summer of 1906.  Her birth was recorded there (Ref. 1c 161) during the third quarter of that year, while their marriage was also recorded there (Ref. 1c 280) during the second quarter of 1927.  The only other known fact about Albert is that he was 59 when he died at Bethnal Green, where his death was recorded (Ref. 5c 214) during the first three months of 1964.

 

 

 

 

50Q15

Ernest Collett (previously Ref. 65q1) was born at Shoreditch during 1888 and was the eldest child of Walter and Harriet Collett.  He was two years of age in the Shoreditch census of 1891 and was 12 years old in 1901 when his place of birth was recorded as Hoxton.  He was around twenty years of age when he married Ethel and the birth of their first child followed shortly after.  According to the Shoreditch census in 1911 Ernest Collett was 22, Ethel Collett was 24, and their daughter Doris Collett was one-year old.  It seems highly likely that other children were added to their family after that day.

 

 

 

50R5

Doris Collett

Born in 1910

 

 

 

 

50Q16

Ada A Collett (previously Ref. 65q2) was born at Shoreditch during the latter part of 1890 and was under one-year old in the Shoreditch census of 1891.  She was once again listed as Ada A Collett in the Shoreditch census of 1901 when she was 11 years old.  However, it was presumably her work which meant she was living away from her family in 1911, when Ada Collett from Shoreditch was 21 and living and working in the Hackney area of London.

 

 

 

 

50Q17

Albert Collett (previously Ref. 65q3) was born at Shoreditch in 1897 and was three years old in 1901 when he was living with his family at Shoreditch.  With no record of his father in 1911, it was just Albert Collett, aged 13, who was the only child living with his mother Harriet that year, both of them recorded under the Collet spelling of the surname.

 

 

 

 

50Q18

James W or H Collett (previously Ref. 65q3) was born at Finsbury in London, but by 1891 he and his family were recorded as living in Shoreditch where James W Collett was one-year old.  In the next census for Shoreditch James H Collett was 11, and just before the census in 1911 James became a married man.  He and his wife were still living in Shoreditch when James Collett from Finsbury was 23 and his wife Kate Collett was 24.  It was most likely after that day that Kate presented James with issue.

 

 

 

 

50R2

George Bernard Collett was born in New Zealand on 11th August 1934.  He never married and died at Auckland on 9th March 1994 and was buried with his father George Albert Collett at Waikumete Cemetery in Auckland.

 

 

 

 

50R3

DENE COLLETT was the son of George Albert Collett and Edna Tamar Finey and was born in New Zealand on 9th July 1937.

 

He married Grace (Gracy) Takurangi Campbell on 29th November 1957.  Gracy was a New Zealand Maori and it was through their marriage that Maori names were introduced to the Collett family.

 

The photograph on the right shows Dene and Gracy on their wedding day, flanked by Dene’s mother Edna to the left, and Gracy’s mother Leah on the far right.  Over the following years Gracy presented Dene with two sons and five daughters.

 

Gracy Takurangi Collett nee Campbell passed away on 23rd April 2011.

 

 

 

50S1

PAULINE MARINO COLLETT

Born on 29.04.1958

 

50S2

Graham Dene Collett

Born on 21.12.1959

 

50S3

Bryan Wayne Collett

Born on 24.01.1961

 

50S4

Jennifer Grace Collett

Born on 15.03.1962

 

50S5

Patricia Gayle Collett

Born on 22.06.1967

 

50S6

Lesly Anne Collett

Born on 28.03.1969

 

50S7

Robyn Kirioho Collett

Born on 08.07.1971

 

 

 

 

50R4

Glen Collett was born in New Zealand on 18th April 1940.  He has never married and is currently living in Auckland.

 

 

 

 

50S1

PAULINE MARINO COLLETT is the daughter of Dene Collett and Gracy Campbell and was born in New Zealand on 29th April 1958.

 

She is married to Allan MacKenzie and the couple were initially living at MacKay in Queensland in 2009.

 

This is a photograph of the happy couple taken on their wedding day in 2004.

 

By 2012 Pauline and Allan were settled in Cairns in North Queensland.  It is thanks to information gratefully received from Pauline at an earlier time and relating to her great grandfather George Albert Collett, that enabled this family line to be developed.

 

 

 

 

50S4

Jennifer Grace Collett was born in New Zealand on 15th March 1962 and she married to become Jennifer Grace Beachen.

 

 

 

 

50S5

Patricia Gayle Collett was born in New Zealand on 22nd June 1967 and she married to become Patricia Gayle Hutchinson.

 

 

 

 

50S6

Lesly Anne Collett was born in New Zealand on 28th March 1969 and she married to become Lesly Ann Tito.

 

 

 

 

50S7

Robyn Kirioho Collett was born in New Zealand on 8th July 1971 and upon being married she became Robyn Kirioho Tereappii.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

APPENDIX ONE

 

 

 

By the end of March in 1851 the family of Henry Collett (Ref. 50O1) was living at Chepstow Mews in the Kensington area of London.  Henry from Acton was 28 and a carman, his wife Sophia was 27, and their two children were Susan who was three and Henry who was not quite one-year old.  One other person was staying with the family and she was Jane Collett who was 13 and described as the niece of Henry and Sophia Collett.  As far as the research so far reveals, Henry Collett from Acton was the only known child of William Collett and Elizabeth Loader, therefore there is no obvious relationship for Jane to be his niece.  However, William Collett did have a younger brother, James Collett (Ref. 50N3), about whom very little is known.  This may be significant, as can be seen below.

 

 

 

The baptism record of Jane Collett at St James’ Church in Paddington on 1st October 1837 confirmed that her parents were James and Elizabeth Collett, following her birth on 8th July 1837.  In total, James and Elizabeth appear to have had three children, Jane’s older sister Elizabeth and a younger brother George, although other siblings cannot be discount.  So here is that family’s mini family tree.

 

 

50nA1

James Collett, whose origins have yet to be established, but may have been born at Shoreditch on 15th November 1798 (Ref. 50N3), was married to Elizabeth and died after the couple had given birth to three known children.  Sadly, no record of any member of the family has been identified anywhere in the census of 1841, but when James’ daughter Jane was living with the Collett family at Chepstow Mews in 1851, her two siblings were living with their widowed mother Elizabeth Collett from Tottenham, who was 54, at Chapel Side in Paddington from she was working as a nurse.  Jane’s sister Elizabeth Collett from Acton was 21 with no stated occupation, and her brother George Collett from Paddington was 11.  Described as a lodger aged 25 and a painter from Rickmansworth, was William Bunker who may have already been engaged to be married to James’ daughter Elizabeth, whom he married not long after that census day.

 

 

 

With no record found of widow Elizabeth Collett from Tottenham after that day in 1851, it is likely she died during that decade.  According to the next census in 1861, unmarried Jane and her bachelor brother George were living with their married sister Elizabeth Bunker nee Collett at Victoria Place in Paddington.  Elizabeth’s marriage to William Bunker, had produced four children born at Paddington since 1851, although on the day of the census in 1861 her husband was absent from the family home in Paddington.  Eliza Bunker from Acton was 30, and her two younger siblings were confirmed as Jane Collett, aged 24, and George J Collett, aged 22 and a milkman, both of them born at Paddington.  Jane had no stated occupation, so was most likely helping her older sister look after her four children.  They were Mary Bunker who was nine, Eliza Bunker who was eight, Emily Bunker who was three and William Bunker who had only just been born.  Lodging with the Bunker family was William Rice from London who curious was still living with them in 1871 and 1881, on each occasion he was described as brother.

 

 

 

In 1871 William and Elizabeth Bunker were still residing in Paddington, most likely at Victoria Place, where they were certainly living in both 1861 and 1881.  William from Bucks Hill in Hertfordshire was 45 and a bricklayer, Elizabeth from Acton was 40, and their children, minus the three eldest daughters, were William who was eleven, Alfred who was nine, Walter who was five, Charles who was four, and Albert who was not yet one year old.  The aforementioned lodger William Rice, brother, was 45 and a coachmaker.  Ten years later the family recorded at Victoria Place in Paddington comprised William Bunker 55, Elizabeth 50, Alfred 25 (sic), Walter 17, Charles 15 and Albert who was nine.  Still living with them was lodger William Rice who was 58 and a road mender.

 

 

 

Elizabeth’s sister Jane must have married sometime during the 1860s, as there is no record of Jane Collett in 1871 or beyond.  Easier to trace is their brother George whose birth was recorded at Kensington (Ref. 3 258) during the last three months of 1839, his baptism taking place St James’ Church in Paddington on 5th January 1840.  Having been a milkman in 1861, by 1871 bachelor George Collett was a bricklayer’s labourer when, at the age of 33 (sic), he was a lodger at the Kensington home of the large Griffin family.   Ten years after that, labourer George was a married man living at St Ervans Road in Kensington with his wife Sarah Collett, from Sevenoaks in Kent, who was one year older than her husband at 43.  The pair of them were still living at 23 St Ervans Road in 1891, also as confirmed in the electoral roll of 1890.  Their ages were incorrectly recorded in the 1891 census, with labourer George being 46 and Sarah being 60.

 

 

 

During the next decade George was taken on by the Great Western Railway, causing the couple to move to Paddington, where they were recorded in March 1901 at Barnsdale Road when George was a railway nightwatchman.  Interestingly, the census return stated that his place of birth was Moscow Road in Paddington and that he was 58, rather than 61, while his wife Sarah was 61.  It was three years later that the death of George John Collett was recorded at Paddington register office (Ref. 1a 11) during the second quarter of 1904, when his age was once again recorded in error as 59 instead of 64.

 

 

 

50oA1

Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1829 at Acton

 

50oA2

Jane Collett

Born on 08.07.1837 at Paddington

 

50oA3

George John Collett

Born on 05.12.1839 at Paddington

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

APPENDIX TWO

 

 

OTHER COLLETTS WITH A SHOREDITCH CONNECTION

 

 

This appendix was originally located within Part 65 – The London Shoreditch to Canada Line.  As a result of a transfer of many of the entries into the main body of Part 50 – The London to New Zealand Line in August 2016, only a small number of apparently unrelated Collett remain.  This revamped appendix therefore has retained the brief details of those other members of the wider Collett family, in the hope that one day they will be attached to an already established family line.

 

 

 

 

Church of St Leonard, Shoreditch

 

 

 

 

50m1

Richard Collett may have been born in London around 1771 and may have been the older brother of Walter, John, Charles and James (below).  He married Elizabeth and their children were born and baptised at Shoreditch.

 

 

 

50n1

Richard Collett

Born on 05.06.1794, bap on 29.06.1794 at Shoreditch

 

50n2

Sarah Collett

Born on 08.01.1797, bap on 05.02.1797 at Shoreditch

 

 

 

 

50m2

Walter Collett may have been born in London around 1772 and may have been the brother of Richard, John, Charles and James.  He married Jane and their only known child was born and baptised at Shoreditch.

 

 

 

50n3

James Collett

Born on 04.03.1796, bap on 10.04.1796 at Shoreditch

 

 

 

 

50m3

John Collett may have been born in London around 1774 and may have been the brother of Richard, Walter, Charles and James.  He married Mary and their children were baptised at Shoreditch.  There were also three baptisms at St Leonards Church in Shoreditch that were credited to John and Elizabeth, who may have been his second wife who may have been Elizabeth Bailey or Elizabeth Parker if her surname was used in one of their children’s names.

 

 

 

50n4

Mary Elizabeth Collett

Born on 12.09.1798, bap on 04.11.1798 at Shoreditch

 

50n5

Jane Elizabeth Collett

Born on 28.10.1800, bap on 24.05.1801 at Shoreditch

 

50n6

Eliza Collett

Born on 19.10.1805, bap on 14.11.1805 at Shoreditch

 

The children of John and Elizabeth Collett were:

 

50n7

Sarah Ann Collett

Born on 07.08.1803, bap on 22.06.1806 at Shoreditch

 

50n8

Jane Bailey Collett

Born on 10.03.1806 in London

 

50n9

George Parker Collett

Born on 07.11.1812 in London

 

 

 

 

50m4

Charles Collett may have been born in London around 1775 and may have been the brother of Richard, Walter, John and James.  He married Elizabeth and their children were all baptised at Shoreditch, with their last child possibly being given the forename Hearn after his mother.

 

 

 

50n10

Louisa Collett

Born on 28.09.1800, bap on 25.11.1805 at Shoreditch

 

50n11

Ralph Collett

Born on 22.01.1803; bap on 28.08.1803 at Shoreditch

 

50n12

Ralph Collett

Born on 06.06.1805, bap on 22.10.1805 at Shoreditch

 

50n13

Ann Collett

Born on 21.09.1807 at Shoreditch, London

 

50n14

James Collett

Born in 1812 at Shoreditch, London

 

50n15

Thomas Collett

Born in 1814 at Shoreditch, London

 

50n16

Charles William Collett

Born on 11.04.1817, bap on 23.07.1817 at Shoreditch

 

50n17

Jane Elizabeth Collett

Born on 03.01.1818, bap on 01.03.1818 at Shoreditch

 

50n18

Frances Hearn Collett

Born on 10.12.1819, bap on 17.09.1820 at Shoreditch

 

 

 

 

50m5

James Collett may have been born in London around 1776 and may have been the brother of Richard, Walter, John and Charles.  He married Clementia and their only known child was baptised at Shoreditch.  It is possible that he later married Elizabeth who presented him with a son.

 

 

 

50n19

Ann Collett

Born on 23.01.1806, bap on 20.04.1806 at Shoreditch

 

50n20

James Collett

Born on 27.12.1813, bap on 23.01.1814 at Shoreditch

 

 

 

 

50n1

Richard Collett was born in London on 5th June 1794 and was baptised at Shoreditch on 29th June 1794, the son of Richard and Elizabeth Collett.  However, he should not be confused with Richard William Dalby Collett, the son of Stephen Collett and Mary Taylor, who was born at nearby Bishopsgate in 1790.  His family are featured in the Appendix at the end of Part 19 – The Oxfordshire International Line. 

 

 

 

 

50n8

Jane Bailey Collett was born in London on 10th march 1806 and it was at St Leonard’s Church in Shoreditch where she was baptised on 22nd June 1806, the daughter of John and Elizabeth Collett.  Just over twenty-seven years later she married John Whitney on 27th August 1833 in the village of Ombersley to the north of the City of Worcester. 

 

 

 

 

50n9

George Parker Collett was born in London on 7th November 1812 and was baptised at St Leonards Church in Shoreditch on 2nd June 1816, the son of John and Elizabeth Collett.  It was on 15th April 1838 at the parish church of St John in Hackney (Page 97 Entry 193) that bachelor George Parker Collett, a greengrocer of Church Street in Hackney, married the widow Sarah Woodman from Clerkenwell.  George’s father was confirmed as John Collett, a grocer, while Sarah’s father was named as Thomas Varney, a farrier.  Whilst George signed the register in his own hand, Sarah made the mark of a cross, with the two witnesses being Sarah’s father, who also made the made of a cross, and John Ruff.  Once married the couple appear to have settled in Clerkenwell where their first child was baptised.  Nine months after they were married their first child was born and the child’s baptism record at the Church of St James in Clerkenwell (Page 6 Entry 44) confirmed that George Parker Collett was a greengrocer residing at 24 Ray Street in Clerkenwell in January 1839.

 

 

 

50o3

Maria Mary Collett

Baptised on 27.01.1839 at St James, Clerkenwell

 

 

 

 

50n11

Ralph Collett was born in London on 22nd January 1803 and was baptised at St Leonards Shoreditch on 22nd August 1803, the son of Charles and Elizabeth Collett.  It was just over a month later that Ralph Collett died on 28th September 1803.

 

 

 

 

50n13

Ann Collett was born in London on 21st September 1807 and was baptised at St Leonards Shoreditch on 7th October 1807, the daughter of Charles and Elizabeth Collett.  It was thirteen months later that Ann Collett died on 6th November 1808.

 

 

 

 

50n14

James Collett was born in London on 25th October 1812 and was baptised at St Leonards Shoreditch on 6th December 1812, the son of Charles and Elizabeth Collett.  He was three and a half years old when he died on 28th April 1816.

 

 

 

 

50n15

Thomas Collett was born in London on 3rd August 1814 and was baptised at St Leonards Shoreditch on 3rd January 1815, the son of Charles and Elizabeth Collett.  It was just two years later that he died on 19th January 1817.