PART FIFTY-TWO

 

England to Baltimore Ohio Missouri Line – 1450 to 1830

 

This is the first of two sections of this Collett family line

 

Updated October 2022

 

This family line provides the details for two families that eventually ended up in the United States of America, and in particular, the states of Maryland, Ohio, and Missouri.  The first of these is the line of Stephen Wallace Collett (Ref. 52R24) who now lives in Norway and who attended the Collett Reunion in Oslo in 2009, and the second is the line of Margaret Drody Thompson of Pinopolis in South Carolina who coincidentally made contact almost immediately after the reunion in Oslo.

 

Stephen’s line is depicted by the names in capital letters, while Margaret’s line is included in Appendix One since it has not yet been positively linked to this early London family.

 

What is of particular interest in this branch of the Collett family is that the coat of arms of Peter Collett (Ref. 52E10) of Chelsfield in Kent and Thomas Collett of (Ref. 52H2) is the same coat of arms that was granted to Sir Henry Colet (1435-1505) who was the Lord Mayor of London in 1486 and again in 1495 who features in Part 18 – The Suffolk Line (Ref. 18C5).  It would therefore be logical that this line has its origins within Part 18 although, to date, the link to that family has not yet been found.

 

During the file update in March 2015, Appendix Five was extensively revised and includes more details about the Collett families of North Carolina and Missouri, with the latter also being updated again during October 2022.

 

 

52C1

Very little is known about the COLLETT who starts this family line, even down to his christian name.  It would appear that he lived in the Southwark district of London where he probably raised his family.  During his life he was credited with the reform of The Poor Clares, the nuns of the sisterhood of the Order of St Clare which was founded by Saint Clare and Saint Francis of Assisi on Palm Sunday in the year 1212.  (The sisterhood is still in existence today in over seventy-six countries across the world.)

 

 

 

It was while he was at Southwark that he died, following which he was buried in the churchyard of All Hallows Church in Barking.  It is understood that he was married to Miss Bulley around 1480 and that the marriage produced at least six children for the couple, they being Humphrey, Thomas, Roger, John, and two daughters.  However, the order of the birth of the children has not yet been determined.  Sadly, at this time, it is only the son Humphrey of whom anything further is known.  Depending on whether Humphrey was the oldest child or the youngest child, it is likely that his unnamed father was born around 1460.

 

 

 

52D1

HUMPHREY COLLETT

Date of birth unknown; circa 1490

 

52D2

Thomas Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

52D3

Roger Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

52D4

John Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

52D5

a Collett daughter

Date of birth unknown

 

52D6

a Collett daughter

Date of birth unknown

 

 

 

 

52D1

HUMPHREY COLLETT was very likely born in the Southwark district of London and around 1490.  He was later referred to as ‘Humphrey Collett of Southwark, and Banstead in Surrey’ and it is known that he married Joan Hunt around 1512-1514, the daughter of Thomas Hunt of Wallington, Surrey, while his son Thomas was believed to have been born during the following year.  Humphrey died in 1558 and Joan twenty years later in 1579.  Humphrey was a Member of Parliament for Southwark and a citizen and a bowyer of London, a maker of bows.  The records show he served for two terms, the first from 1511 to 1512, and the second around 1553, just five years before he died.  Up until the end of 2020, the children of Humphrey and Joan numbered eleven.  However, thanks to Nina Green it is now established that there was a son, William Collett, missing from the list below.  It is not clear when he was born, but towards the end of his life, his Will made it clear that his mother was Joan Collett (Hunt) and four of his siblings.  They were brothers Peter, John and Stephen, and married sister Agnes Curtis.  

 

 

 

The age difference between his eldest son Thomas and his youngest child is forty years which probably indicates that Humphrey was married twice with the first and possibly second son coming from the first marriage, and the remainder of his children coming from a second marriage in the early 1530s.  The actual order of the birth of the four middle children is not known – see further information on this subject below.

 

 

 

Humphrey Collett died in 1558 and his Will, which was made on 4th October 1555, was proved at Canterbury on 4th December 1558.  In the Will he specifically requested that he be buried in the new churchyard at St Saviours Church alongside the body of his uncle Thomas Bulley, the brother of his mother and that his coffin be carried by four honest port men who are to be paid each half-a-crown.  To each of his unmarried children he bequeathed £100 and only £6 13 Shillings and 4 Pence to any that were already married.  The dwelling house of Humphrey Collett or the house adjoining the mansion and The George Inn was bequeathed to his wife Joan, who still had her eldest son still living with her, provided she did not re-marry.  Other beneficiaries included his brother Roger Collett and two sisters, the wife of his brother Thomas, and his wife’s sister Margaret Shawcross, nee Hunt, and her husband John Shawcross.

 

 

 

Humphrey’s eldest son Thomas Collett inherited all the lands, tenement and hereditaments at Southwark being on the east side of the High Street and way leading from London Bridge to Croydon, plus all the lands, tenement and hereditaments at Newington currently occupied by John Philpott of Southwark.  Humphrey’s son Robert Collett inherited all the residue of lands, tenement and hereditaments in Southwark lying on the west side of the High Street, together with all the lands, tenement and hereditaments at St George’s Field in London, plus those in Tooting, Carshalton and Banstead.  All the lands, tenement and hereditaments within the parish of Streatham passed to Humphrey’s youngest son Nicholas Collett.  The executors of his Will were his wife Joan and son Thomas, with the overseers being Humphrey’s brother Thomas, and son-in-law William Slywright.

 

 

 

In addition to all of the above listed property, Humphrey also owned two well-known taverns in the White Hart Court and Gracious Street district of Southwark.  The two taverns were The George Inn and The White Hart Inn which Humphrey certainly owned in 1555 three years prior to his death, according to the City of London Record: Court Leet Minutes 1539-64).  It is also recorded that the White Hart Inn was still in the possession of the Collett family in 1669 three years after the Great Fire of London, when “a serious fire damaged part of the property”.  White Hart Court and Gracious Street (formerly Grace’s Street) backed onto one another.  It is also worth noting here, that Anne Carter (formerly Mrs Collett) who died in 1647 mentioned The Barrel & Oyster Inn on Gracious (Gration) Street in her Will.  This was passed to her daughter Hannah Lanier nee Collett and, although seventy years later, it is possible that the two families were connected.  See Appendix One.

 

 

 

From a reference made in the 1589 publication by Stow, ‘The George Inn in Southwark was owned by Humfrey Collett, the Member of Parliament for Southwark in 1553’, up until settlement of his estate in 1558.  Prior to 1554 the coaching inn was known as St George and the sign outside showed the saint sitting on his horse, having slain the dragon, and dates back to medieval times.  Of the two taverns owned by Humphrey Collett during the reign of King Edward VI, it was The George Inn that had a sitting tenant by the name of Nicholas Marten.  He was the current hosteller at the time of Humphrey’s passing who continued to run the establishment for many years later, after ownership had passed to Humphrey’s eldest son Thomas.

 

 

 

His wife Joan Collett, nee Hunt, of the parish of Holy Trinity in Trinity Lane in London, survived him by around twenty years and her Will, made on 1st August 1576, was also proved at Canterbury in 1579.  Eight of her children were named in her Will, while the order in which they are listed does certainly not correspond to the order in which they were born.  Missing from the Will, was her son William who had died just prior to the making of her Will.  Her living children were Nicholas Collett who received £20, Robert Collett who received one silver pot, John Collett who received a dozen silver apostle spoons, married daughter Margery Pigion (Pigeon) who received a silver and gilt nut set, Stephen Collett who received furniture, married daughter Joan Slywright who received a gold hoop ring, married daughter Mercy Brend who received another gold hoop ring, and married daughter Agnes Curtis who received Twenty Shillings.  Joan’s son Peter Collett was named as the sole executor of her Will, with sons Robert and John Collett named as joint overseers of the Will.  Joan’s previously unnamed son Stephen Collett inherited two messuages or tenements within the Parish of St Saviour in Southwark, while the aforementioned Peter Collett inherited his mother’s dwelling in Trinity Lane.

 

 

 

52E1

THOMAS COLLETT (eldest son in Will)

Born circa 1515

 

52E2

Robert Collett

Possible date of birth around 1518

 

52E3

William Collett

Born in 1520 to 1530

 

52E4

Humphrey Collett

Born in 1535

 

52E5

John Collett

Date of birth likely to be in 1535 - 1548

 

52E6

Stephen Collett

Date of birth likely to be in 1535 - 1548

 

52E7

Margery Collett

Date of birth likely to be in 1535 - 1548

 

52E8

Agnes Collett

Born circa 1548

 

52E9

Joan Collett

Born circa 1551

 

52E10

Peter Collett

Born circa 1553

 

52E11

Nicholas Collett (youngest son in Will)

Born circa 1554

 

52E12

Mercy Collett

Born circa 1555

 

 

 

 

52D4

John Collett, whose date of birth is not known, was the brother of Humphrey Collett, the Member of Parliament for Southwark.  The only other known fact about him is that he married Susan.

 

 

 

 

52E1

THOMAS COLLETT was the eldest child of Humphrey Collett and Joan Hunt, as confirmed in his father’s Will of 1558.  He married Agnes Heath, the daughter of John and Helen Heath of London and Kings Lynn.  Agnes was born at Limpsfield in Surrey around 1515, which may also be around the time when Thomas was born.  Thomas Collett was a citizen and merchant tailor of London and Kings Lynn and he died around 1570, his Will being proved at Canterbury in 1571.

 

 

 

52F1

Thomas Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

52F2

JOHN COLLETT

Date of birth unknown; circa 1540 (?)

 

52F3

Joan Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

52F4

Jane Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

52F5

Mercy Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

 

 

 

52E2

Robert Collett was another son of Humphrey Collett and Joan Hunt and he was married to Rhoda Cox.  Robert was a citizen and a bowyer of London and Bourn in Cambridgeshire.  Robert died before the end of the sixteenth century and his estate was administered by his widow with effect from February 1599.  Rhoda only survived her husband by a few short years, as her own Will was proved at Canterbury in 1604.

 

 

 

 

52E3

William Collett was another son of Humphrey Collett and Joan Hunt who was previously unknown, but confirmed as Joan’s son in his Will of 1573, in which he also named four of his siblings.  He was also the testator for the Will of his brother Humphrey Collett, who died in 1567.  It is possible that William was one of the earlier children of Humphrey and Joan, so perhaps was born around 1520 to 1530.  Within his own Will there was no mention of a wife or children, so it seems highly likely that he never married. 

 

 

 

The Will of William Collett was made on 7th March 1567, in the sixteenth year of the reign of our Sovereign Lady Elizabeth by the grace of God, Queen of England, France and Ireland, and Defender of the Faith.  It was later proved before Master William Drury, Doctor of the Laws, Commissary of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury, at London, on 25th January 1575, and reads as follows.

 

 

 

“I William Collett, citizen and bowyer of the City of London, being whole and sound of mind and body, thanks be to God therefore, and intending to sail to Danske in Spruceland [Prussia], do make and ordain this my present Testament and Last Will in manner and form following.  I bequeath my soul to Almighty God, my only Saviour and Redeemer, by whose death and merits I hope assuredly to be saved, and my body to be bestowed as it shall please God to dispose it;

 

 

 

Item, I will that all such debts and duties which of right and conscience I do owe to any person or persons shall be within convenient time after my decease truly paid by my executor hereafter named, or else that due order be taken for the payment of the same;  Item, I bequeath unto my mother, Joan Collett, one ring of gold of the value of twenty shillings if at the time of my death she be naturally living;  Item, I give and bequeath unto my brother, Peter Collett, twenty pounds sterling to be paid him by my executor hereunder named within six weeks next after certain knowledge had within the City of London of my decease if then the said Peter be naturally living;  Item, I give and bequeath to my sister Agnes Curtis six pounds thirteen shillings and four pence of good and lawful money of England if at the time of my decease she be naturally living;

 

 

 

And the rest of my goods and chattels movable and immovable of what kind or property soever they be, my debts being paid and my said legacies performed, I wholly give and bequeath to my well-beloved brother, John Collett, citizen and merchant tailor whom I do make and ordain my full and whole executor of this my present Testament and Last Will;  And I do nominate and appoint my brother, Stephen Collett, my supervisor or overseer of this my present testament, and I do give him for his pains herein to be taken one ring of gold of the value of twenty shillings of lawful money of England, in witness whereof to this my present Testament and Last Will”

 

 

 

 

52E4

Humphrey Collett was born in London in 1535 and was a son of Humphrey Collett and Joan Hunt.  He obtained a Bachelor of Arts at Oxford University and was a bowyer of Southwark.  He was married and his daughter was born in 1558.  The child was only a few years old when Humphrey Collett died and his Will was proved at Canterbury in 1566, in which was a request that he be buried at St Mary Overies in Southwark.

 

 

 

 

52E5

John Collett was another son of Humphrey Collett and Joan Hunt.  He married Hester and the marriage produced three children for the couple.  He was a merchant tailor in London and had a connection with the Church of St James Garlickhythe on Garlick Hill in the City of London.  Where previously it was written here that John Collett’s Will was proved at Canterbury in 1607, that is now in doubt because, near the end of the following year an indenture was produced for the transfer of property between John Collett and nephew John Bodley (later Sir John) one of the sons of Mercy Collett (below) and her husband Francs Bodley.  The indenture is reproduced in part here:

 

 

 

“This indenture made the eleventh day of November Anno Domini 1608 and in the year of the reign of our Sovereign Lord James by the grace of God King of England, France and Ireland, Defender of the Faith, the sixth of Scotland the two and fortieth between John Collett, Citizen and Merchant Tailor of London, on the one party, and John Bodley of Streatham in the county of Surrey, esquire, on the other party; witnesseth that the said John Collett, as well for and in consideration of a certain sum of lawful money of England to him in hand paid at and before the ensealing hereof by the said John Bodley, whereof he acknowledgeth the receipt by these presents, and for and in consideration of the trust and confidence reposed in him by the said John Bodley, as also for and upon delivers other good and lawful causes and reasonable considerations him, the said John Collett, hereunto specially moving, hath granted, aliened, bargained and sold and by these presents doth fully, clearly and absolutely grant, alien, bargain and sell unto the said John Bodley, his heirs and assigns, forever all that messuage or inn with the appurtenances whatsoever commonly called or known by the name or sign of The Star situate, lying or being in or near Bread Street in the parish of All Hallows in Bread Street within the City of London”

 

 

 

Further on, within the indenture was written: 

“….. as part or parcel of the said messuage or inn or as thereunto appertaining or belonging, and also all and singular warehouses, rooms, yards, void grounds and hereditaments whatsoever of him, the said John Collett, in the said parish of All Hallows in Bread Street aforesaid late in the tenure or occupation of one Joan Dunscombe, widow, the late wife of the said John Dunscombe, deceased, or of her assigns, and also all those two messuages or tenements with their appurtenances situate, lying and being together in Bread Street aforesaid in the said parish of All Hallows in Bread Street, London, on the south side of the gate-room or way leading out of Bread Street aforesaid into the said messuage or inn called The Star, and all other the lands, tenements and hereditaments whatsoever of the said John Collett in the parish of All Hallows in Bread Street aforesaid being late the inheritance of Nicholas Brend, esquire, deceased;”

 

 

 

52F6

John Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

52F7

Agnes Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

52F8

Anthony Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

 

 

 

52E6

Stephen Collett was another son of Humphrey Collett and Joan Hunt.  He was awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree at Oxford and was a fishmonger of London and a merchant adventurer.  His marriage to Joan apparently produced one known children for the couple who died in 1626.  It was also in 1626 that the Will of Stephen Collett was proved at Canterbury.  His widow Joan survived him by around five years and her Will was proved at Canterbury in 1631.

 

 

 

52F9

a Collett child

Date of birth unknown; died in 1626

 

 

 

 

52E7

Margery Collett was possibly the eldest daughter of Humphrey Collett and Joan Hunt.  She later married John Pigeon, with whom she had issue.

 

 

 

 

52E8

Agnes Collett was possibly the eldest daughter of Humphrey Collett and Joan Hunt, and she married Mr Curtis (Curtys).  It seems very likely that she was the Agnes Collett who was baptised at St Michael’s Church in Cornhill in the City of London on 7th August 1548, where her sister Joan was also baptised three years later.  Cornhill is also not far from Garlick Hill where there was a connection to her older brother John Collett (above).  It is also interesting that Cornhill was the address given by Henry Collett in his letter to John P Collett in America in 1931, as reproduced in Appendix Two at the end of this file.

 

 

 

 

52E9

Joan Collett was another daughter of Humphrey Collett and Joan Hunt, and she was baptised at St Michael’s Church in Cornhill in the City of London on 25th December 1551.  She later married William Slywright by whom she had issue.  One of her known daughters was Eleanor Slywright and she married Thomas Ryther, citizen and grocer, after her father had died, with Richard Ryther (father) and John Collett (guardian) agreeing to the marriage.  John Collett was Joan’s brother.  Prior to that event, the Will of William Slywright, a lawyer of Gray’s Inn, London, was made on 7th October 1578 and was proved on 31st October 1578.  Joan’s other children included: Thomas Slywright, Edward Slywright, Mary Slywright, Mercy Slywright, Katherine Slywright, and Dorothy Slywright, all of whom were unmarried when their father made his Will, who was buried at Teddington in Middlesex.  The four daughters were each bequeathed Four Hundred Pounds, to be given to them when they married or on reaching the age of eighteen years.

 

 

 

 

52E10

Peter Collett was not the youngest son of Humphrey Collett and Joan Hunt, although it would appear that he was baptised in London in 1553.  It was around 1584, when he was in his mid-thirties that he married Joan Nethercliffe with whom he had two daughters.  Peter was a citizen, a merchant, and an alderman of London, and was later of Chelsfield in Kent.  He died in 1607 and his Will was proved at Canterbury in 1608.  At some time in his life, he had a connection with the village of Sellindge which lies in Kent midway between Ashford and Folkestone.

 

 

 

As stated at the start of this family line, Peter Collett of Chelsfield used the same coat of arms as that granted to Sir Henry Colet of Wendover and London (Ref. 18C5).  It was also used by the eldest son of John Collett (1578-1659) of Little Gidding (below) and can be found on a brass plate within St John’s Church at Little Gidding in Huntingdonshire.

 

 

 

52F10

Hester Collett

Born after 1585

 

52F11

Sarah Collett

Born after 1585

 

 

 

 

52E11

Nicholas Collett was the youngest son of Humphrey Collett and Joan Hunt, as described in his father’s Will of 1558.  He attended Oxford University, where he obtained a Master of Arts degree and was later a barrister of the Inner Temple of Great Hadham in Hertfordshire which, today, is known as Much Hadham and is to the west of Bishop’s Stortford.  Nicholas married Elizabeth and their marriage produced six known children.  Nicholas died around the early 1620s and his Will was proved at Canterbury in 1623.

 

 

 

52F12

Nicholas Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

52F13

Thomas Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

52F14

John Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

52F15

Peter Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

52F16

Mary Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

52F17

Petronella Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

 

 

 

52E12

Mercy Collett was the youngest of the twelve children of Humphrey Collett and Joan Hunt, and she married (1) Francis Bodley who was a citizen of London and a fishmonger of St Botolphs Billingsgate and Streatham in Surrey.  Francis was born at Streatham, the son of William Bodley and Beatrix (Beatrice) Sadler.  The only known children of Mercy Collett and Francis Bodley were Sir John Bodley of Streatham, and William Bodley.  John was married to Jane Evelin, the daughter of Thomas Evelin of Thames Ditton in Surrey, who died around 1623.  Following the premature death of her first husband in 1566, Mercy married (2) Thomas Brend with whom she had a further eight children, four sons and four daughters. 

 

Mercy Brend nee Collett died on 13th December 1597, just ten months before her second husband.

 

 

 

Thomas Brend’s first wife was Margery who presented him with four sons and six daughters and who died in June 1564.  The Will of Thomas Brend of West Moseley was made on 15th June 1597 and it was on 21st September 1598 that he passed away.  Named in his Will, as overseer, was stepson John Bodley of Streatham (described as son-in-law) the son of citizen and fishmonger of London, Francis Bodley and his wife Mercy (Collett).  At the time of his death the only children alive were three children from his first marriage, Nicholas Brend who died in 1601, Mary the wife of Rowland Maylard and Katherine Sayres, while the only survivors from his second marriage were Judith Brend who died in 1599, Mercy Brend who married Mr Frobisher, and Anne Brend. 

 

 

 

The marriage of Mercy Brend and Peter Frobisher took place between 1602 and 1608.  That stems from two lease assignments made by Peter, the first on 12th January 1602, as follows.  “Peter Frobisher to John Collet and John Bodley. The demesne lands of the Manor of Warmfield and the three grist mills and fulling mills of Castleford for part of the jointure of Mercy Brend whom Peter Frobisher intends to marry.”  The second on 26th April 1608 as follows.  “Peter Frobisher and Mercy his wife, John Collett and John Bodley to Sir Thomas Blande. All estates and interests in the Manor of Altofts.”

 

 

 

 

52F2

JOHN COLLETT was very likely born at Southwark and around 1540, the son of Thomas Collett and Agnes Heath.  As with his father, very little is so far known about him except that he was married to Susan Cheney and together they had a son who was also named John and who was born at Little Gidding.  John Collett, citizen and merchant tailor of London, was the executrix and overseer of the 1597 Will of Judith Brend, the daughter of Mercy Brend nee Collett (above), the Will also including the name of John’s sister Mercy Patterson (below), together with that of John’s son and namesake.

 

 

 

52G1

JOHN COLLETT

Born in 1578 at Little Gidding

 

 

 

 

52F3

Joan Collett, whose date of birth is not known, was the daughter of Thomas Collett and Agnes Heath, and she married Christopher Haward.

 

 

 

 

52F5

Mercy Collett, whose date of birth is not known, was the daughter of Thomas Collett and Agnes Heath, and she married Mr Patterson.

 

 

 

 

52F6

John Collett, whose date of birth is not known, was the son of John Collett and he married Mary Hamer.  John was a citizen and a salter of London and his wife died without issue and her Will was proved at Canterbury in 1615.  John Collett died around twenty years later and his Will was proved at Canterbury in 1636.  As with his father.

 

 

 

 

52F7

Agnes Collett, whose date of birth is not known, was the daughter of John Collett and she married Peter Cole.

 

 

 

 

52F8

Anthony Collett, whose date of birth is not known, was the son of Sir John Collett, merchant of London and his wife Hester.  The only information so far discovered regarding Anthony, is that he married Hester, was known as Sir Anthony Collett of London, and that he and his wife both died in 1637.

 

 

 

 

52F10

Hester Collett was born after her parents Peter Collett and Joan Nethercliffe were married in 1584.  It was on was 18th June 1605 that Hester married Sir Anthony Aucher (1586-1637) of Bishopsbourne (just south of Canterbury) in Kent, who held the office of Sheriff of Kent for twelve years during the reign of James I, the King of Scotland & England from 1603 to 1625.  Sir Anthony was a merchant tailor of Loughton in Essex and London, who was knighted on 4th July 1604.  Their marriage produced two children for Hester and Anthony; a son Anthony Aucher who was born in 1614, and a daughter Collett Aucher who was born on 17th October 1618.  Hester Aucher, nee Collett, died towards the end of 1637, and was buried on 4th December 1637, with Sir Anthony having already passed away by then, on 3rd July that same year.  He was the son of Anthony Aucher, of Bishopsbourne, and his wife Margaret Sandys, of York.

 

 

 

Four years after they had died, their son Anthony was knighted at Whitehall on 4th July 1641.  He was a politician and a cavalier in the English Civil War.  Two years after receiving his knighthood he was imprisoned in Winchester House for nine months following his involvement in the anti-parliamentarian Petition of Kent.  In 1660 and 1661, he was the Member of Parliament for Canterbury, and on 4th July 1664 he was made Baronet of Bishopsbourne.

 

 

 

Anthony Aucher (the younger) was married twice, the first time in 1635 to Elizabeth Hatton, the daughter of Sir Robert Hatton, who died in 1648, and the second time to Elizabeth Hewytt, the daughter of Robert Hewytt, whom he wed on 13th October 1681 at St Bride’s Church in Fleet Street in London.

 

 

 

By his first wife he had six sons and one daughter who all died during his life, and a further two sons and two daughters by his second wife.  Sir Anthony Aucher, First Baronet, died on 31st May 1692 and was buried at Bishopsbourne in Kent.  His widow Elizabeth then married Thomas Hart.  He was succeeded by his eldest surviving son Anthony Aucher (the third) who took over the baronetcy to become the Second Baronet.  He was born in 1685 and was baptised in march 1694.  It was his younger brother, who was born in 1687, who later became Sir Hewett Aucher the Third Baronet.

 

 

 

 

52F11

Sarah Collett was born after her parents Peter Collett and Joan Nethercliffe were married in 1584.  She later married Sir Peter Heyman of Summerfield in Kent in 1625, Peter being a Member of Parliament at that time.  On 5th July 1639 Sir Peter Heyman of Canterbury transferred property to his brother Robert Heyman of London under the terms of a ten-year lease.  The property is question was referred to as West Hall, alias Stonehouse, and lands in West Thurrock.  Interestingly at that time, Peter’s wife was named as Mary Heyman, which may indicate that she was his second wife, Sarah having already died by then.  The son of Sarah Collett and Sir Peter Heyman, Sir Henry Hayman, married Mary Helford in 1658.

 

 

 

 

52F14

John Collett, whose date of birth is not known, was the son of John and Elizabeth Collett is known to have married Ann.

 

 

 

 

52F16

Mary Collett, whose date of birth is not known, was the daughter of John and Elizabeth Collett and she died around 1617 when her Will was proved at Canterbury in 1617.

 

 

 

 

52G1

JOHN COLLETT was born in 1578 (see below) in the village of Little Gidding in Huntingdonshire, just inside the county boundary from Northamptonshire.  The book published in 1929 and entitled ‘Genealogy of the Descendants of John Collett of Little Gidding’ by John Dunlap Collett, states that he was a French Huguenot of Bourn in Cambridgeshire, and of London, where he was a merchant.  In 1600 he married Susanna Ferrar who was born at Bourn in 1580, the daughter of Nicholas Ferrar and Mary Woodnoth. 

 

 

 

Susanna Ferrar was baptised on 20th May 1582 at St Gabriel Fen near St Pauls in London, and it seems very likely that her marriage to John Collett also took place in London since the Ferrars were a well-established family in London at that time.  Susanna’s father was a London merchant who was an early member of the Virginia Company, the group which established the American colony in 1607.  In 1622 Susanna’s brother the deacon Nicholas Ferrar who was born on 22nd February 1592 and who had attended Clare College in Cambridge, succeeded his elder brother John as the company’s Deputy, becoming responsible for its day-to-day administration.

 

 

 

By 1624 the company was dissolved and this, coupled with the fact that during the following year there was an outbreak of the plague in London, prompted Nicholas and the Ferrar family that they should renounce worldliness by leaving London and devoting themselves to a life of godliness in the heart of England.

 

 

 

Susanna’s and Nicholas’ widowed mother Mary Ferrar (nee Woodnoth) purchased the manor at Little Gidding in Huntingdonshire which had been uninhabited for sixty years.  Upon arrival in the village Mary discovered that the church was being used as a barn and immediately set about organising it to be cleaned and restored, and this before turning her attention to carrying out much needed work on the manor house.

 

 

 

At the start of their married life together John Collett and his young wife Susanna Ferrar lived in London where their first ten children were born.  It was around 1614 that the family left London when John purchased Bourn Manor near Caldecote to the west of Cambridge to become a farmer.  It was at Bourn Manor that the couple’s last five children were born.  The family was still living there in 1625 when they received the call for help from Susanna’s her elderly mother Mary Ferrar to move the twenty miles north to Little Gidding to assist with the restoration work. 

 

 

 

As a result of this, the manor house at Little Gidding was home to around forty people ranging from babies to Mary Ferrar who was in her seventies.  The Ferrar/Collett family then set up a school for their children and their friend’s children, although not for the local village children who were offered prayer book from which to learn the psalms.  One wing of the manor house became an almshouse for four elderly and infirm women, while a dispensary was also set up in the house to provide broth and medicines to the local people.  Nicholas Ferrar was responsible for the formation of the first Anglican community in Little Gidding following the religious changes of the English Reformation.  He was a man of property and was much travelled in Italy.  It seems very likely that it was his money that was used to purchase the manor at Little Gidding.

 

 

 

Nicholas Ferrar died on 2nd December 1637 on the day after Advent Sunday at one o’clock in the morning, the hour at which he had always risen to begin his prayers.  He was buried in the table tomb outside the front door of the church, leaving space for his brother John Ferrar to be buried closer to the church door. The anniversary of the Feast of Nicholas Ferrar is commemorated every year on 4th December.

 

 

 

In 1642 King Charles I visited the Ferrar family at Little Gidding and returned two years later to seek refuge during the English Civil War.  Since Huntingdonshire was largely a parliamentarian county, the Ferrars and the Colletts, being Royalists, left Little Gidding for the safety of Holland later that same year, from where they returned two years later in 1646.  It was also on 2nd May 1646 that King Charles sought refuge with John Ferrar during his secret journey north to Scotland.  However, fearing that the King would not be safe at the manor house in Little Gidding, John took him to a safer bolt hole at nearby Coppingford Lodge.

 

 

 

It was eventually the influenza epidemic in 1657 that killed John Ferrar and his sister Susanna Collett.  It would appear from some IGI records that most of the couple’s fifteen children were born in London, although the later ones were born at Bourn Manor, where they were also baptised.  Susanna Collett nee Ferrar died at Little Gidding on 9th October 1657 and was survived by her husband John Collett who died there on 29th March 1659.  Both of them were buried in the churchyard of St John’s Church at Little Gidding.  The original version of this family line had the year of John passing as 1650, which may have been a simple error in transcription.

 

 

 

The manor house remained in the family until the mid-eighteenth century when it was sold, there being no male heir to take on the property.  Sadly, during the early nineteenth century the building was completely demolished.

 

 

 

Historical note:  At Little Gidding Church there is a silver flagon on which are written the words ‘Elizabeth Kestian, given to me by my dear cousin John Collett.  I desire it to be given to my dear cousin Dr John Mapletoft’.  Hester Collett (52H12) married Francis Kestian, and Susanna Collett (52H8) married the Reverend Joshua Mapletoft who was the son of (Dr) John Mapletoft.

 

 

 

New information added in 2014 suggests that John Collett was a citizen and merchant tailor of London, of Bourn in Cambridgeshire, and of Little Gidding in Huntingdonshire where he was born.  He died in 1650 at the age of 78, placing his year of birth closer to 1572 than 1578, making his wife ten years his junior.  His wife was Susanna, the daughter of Nicholas Ferrar and Mary Woodnoth, and she died during 1657 at the age of 76.  They had 15 children, all as listed below, who all used the Collett spelling of the surname where previously it had only one T.  It would appear that it was only the two sons of John Collett and Susanna Ferrar, Richard and John, who emigrated to America.  This differs from what was previously written here, insofar as the couple’s youngest son James Collett also settled in Virginia Colony in North America.

 

 

 

The same source of this additional information also reveals that at the Wabash College in Crawfordsville in Indiana there are the names a number of members of the Collett family who graduated there.  They are E T Collett in 1841, John Collett in 1847, Stephen Stevenson Collett in 1850, Joseph Collett in 1857, John Dunlap Collett in 1886, Fred Collett in 1902 and John Parrett Collett who was the Trustee in 1924.  Who E T Collett was has not been determined, whereas all of the remainder feature within this family line.  The brothers John, Stephen and Joseph being Ref. 52O35, Ref. 52O36 and Ref. 52O37, John Dunlap and Fred being brothers Ref. 52P45 and Ref. 52P49, while the son of John Dunlap Collett was John Parrett Collett Ref. 52Q24.

 

 

 

52H1

Mary Collett

Born in 1600

 

52H2

Thomas Collett

Born in 1601

 

52H3

Richard Collett

Born in 1602

 

52H4

Hannah Rebecca Collett

Born in 1603

 

52H5

JOHN COLLETT

Born in 1604

 

52H6

Ferrar Collett

Born in 1606

 

52H7

Nicholas Collett

Born in 1607

 

52H8

Susanna Collett

Date of birth unknown, possibly 1609

 

52H9

Elizabeth Collett

Date of birth unknown, possibly 1611

 

52H10

Edward Collett

Born in 1613

 

52H11

Joyce Collett

Born in 1614 at Bourn Manor

 

52H12

Hester Collett

Born in 1616 at Bourn Manor

 

52H13

Margaret Collett

Born in 1618 at Bourn Manor

 

52H14

James Collett

Born in 1620 at Bourn Manor

 

52H15

Judith Collett

Born in 1622 at Bourn Manor

 

 

 

 

52H1

Mary Collett was born in London in 1600, the first child of John Collett and Susanna Ferrar.  Although not proved, it is likely that Mary Collett, the daughter of John Collett, was baptised at St Botolph’s Church in Bishopsgate in London on 26th August 1601.  The first thirteen years of her life were spent in London and around 1614 her father purchased Bourn Manor near Cambridge.  Just over ten years later the Collett family moved to the village of Little Gidding, where Mary’s father had been born.

 

 

 

It would appear that Mary remained unmarried all her life, and that shortly after moving to Little Gidding she set up a religious book bindery with her sister Hannah Rebecca (below).  Mary was still living in Little Gidding when she died in 1680.  One of the books that she bound and embroidered has since been identified as being put together in 1669.  Such was the acknowledged quality of the work of the two Collett sisters that, during a visit to the manor house in Little Gidding by King Charles I in 1642, he was presented with a beautiful work-case complete with drawers, as a memento of his visit.  The King also desired to be given a handbook of Scripture Harmonies produced by the sisters, together with a second copy for his son Princes Charles.  It is reputed that the King studied the scriptures contained therein for an hour every day.

 

 

 

Mary’s great grandmother had previously purchased land and dilapidated buildings at Little Gidding where her son Nicholas Ferrar (Mary’s grandfather) later established a devotional community.  This happened in 1624 when Mary Collett was 24, and was around the time that Mary and her sister became book binders.  The proceeds from the sales of their books helped to support the devotional community founded by her grandfather.  It was therefore this work that established Mary Collett as a prominent figure in the world of the Anglican faith, and hence the reason why she is commemorated in one of the windows in the Chapel of St John at the church of St Mary the Virgin in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, which is part of the Diocese of Peterborough that also includes Little Gidding.

 

 

 

Of Mary Collett, the poet Richard Crawshaw wrote that she was “The gentlest, kindest, most tender-hearted and liberal handed-soul, I think this day alive”.  T S Eliot later wrote about the Little Gidding community by saying “That you are not here to verify, instruct yourself, or inform curiosity or carry report.  You are here to kneel where prayer has been valid”.

 

 

 

 

52H2

Thomas Collett was born in London in 1601 the eldest son of John Collett and Susanna Ferrar.  When he was in his early teenage years his family left London when they moved to Bourn Manor near Cambridge, before moving to Little Gidding in 1625.  While his family was living at Bourn Manor, Thomas entered Clare College in Cambridge at Easter in 1616.  The records show that he matriculated as a pensioner which meant he became of member of the university as a commoner.  That is a student who was not a scholar, and as such his parents would have paid for the tuition and the commons (this being his food). 

 

 

 

It was in the academic year 1619 to 1620 that Thomas received his Bachelor of Arts degree.  Five years later Thomas’ family made the permanent move to Little Gidding, and three years after that Thomas Collett of Highgate married Martha Sherington in July 1628.  She was the daughter of John Sherington.

 

 

 

He was a barrister of the Middle Temple and during his life Thomas owned property at Highgate in London.  He died in 1675 and his Will was proved in London that same year.  Ten years earlier in 1665, barrister Thomas Collett was granted coat of arms in the Herald’s Visitation of Middlesex, the same coat of arms granted to Sir Henry Colet (Ref. 18C5).  At the time of his death in 1675, there was recorded in London a Thomas Collett who was Lord Chief Justice, and it seems more than likely that this was Thomas Collett of London and Little Gidding.

 

 

 

52I1

Martha Collett

Born in 1631

 

52I2

John Collett

Born in 1633

 

 

 

 

52H3

Richard Collett was born in London in 1602 but he and his family later moved first to Bourn Manor in Caldecote, before settling in Little Gidding.  Richard married Elizabeth but the marriage produced no children for the couple.  Like his brother Thomas Collett (above), Richard Collett was also a barrister of the Middle Temple.  He married (1) Ann Haines but it is not clear if this took place in England or America.

 

 

 

It is understood that Richard was the first member of the family to leave England for Virginia in America, which he did in 1646, when he was followed in 1650 by his brother John (below).  After about ten years in Virginia, during which time Richard married (2) Elizabeth, he moved to Baltimore in Maryland around the mid-1660s to be nearer to his brother John.

 

 

 

The secretary to Governor Stone of Maryland at that time was Nathaniel Utie [Utye] who married the widow of Lawrence Ward.  Mrs Mary Ward was formerly Mary Mapletoft the daughter of Richard’s sister Susanna Collett (below) and her husband Joshua Mapletoft.  Tragically Mary Utie was murdered in 1663, when she was stabbed by one of her negro slaves at her home on Spesutio Island in Baltimore.

 

 

 

It was a few years after Richard moved to Baltimore where he was prominent lawyer until his death in 1668.  In July 1654, and following the creation of Calvert County in Maryland, Richard Collett was appointed High Sheriff of that county.  It was there that on 8th August 1665 a deed of land, was drawn up between the brothers Richard and John Collett (below) and John Hawkins.  And it was also in Baltimore less than three years later that Richard Collett died on 28th April 1668.

 

 

 

 

52H4

Hannah Rebecca Collett was born in London in 1603, the daughter of John Collett and Susanna Ferrar.  In her later life it would appear that she was referred to as Anna.  It was as Anna that she and her sister Mary (above) established a religious book bindery in the village of Little Gidding where her father had been born and to where the family moved after living for around ten years at Bourn Manor near Cambridge.  It initially seemed likely that Anna never married, and that she possibly lived all of her adult life at Little Gidding, with her unmarried sister Mary Collett.

 

 

 

However, one earlier conclusion was that, in March 1628 at St Margaret’s Church in Lee in Kent, Hannah Collett married the court musician Clement Lanier (1591-1661) although this has been disproved by the Will of her mother Anne Carter, the widow of John Collett of London.  That John and Anne had a least three children, including Hannah and brothers Thomas and Richard Collett, as did Hannah Rebecca.  The Will of Anne Carter was signed on 31st March 1647 and was proved at Greenwich on 27th September 1647 by Clement Lanier and his wife Hannah, ‘the daughter of the deceased’, on the same day that she died.  The deciding factors for justifying that John and Anne were not the parents of Hannah Rebecca Collett are the life spans of Susanna (Ferrar) Collett [1582-1657], and John Collett [1578-1659].

 

 

 

During the month of May, in 2020, a great deal of new information was generously supplied by Marshall E Moss of Tucson, Arizona, formerly of Clemson College, the Class of 1963.  He is the 9x grandson of Hannah Collett and Clement Lanier.  For further information on Hannah Collett and Clement Lanier, go to Appendix One.

 

 

 

 

52H5

JOHN COLLETT was born in London in 1604 and when he was around ten years old his family left London to live at Bourn Manor near Cambridge where his father John Collett was a farmer.  It is reputed that, like his brother Thomas (above), John Collett junior was a Fellow of Clare College in Cambridge.  However, although the University records confirm that only one John Collett did attend Clare College, the date of his attendance does not sit comfortably with this John in that it was around 1649 by which time this John was married with children.  It is there more likely that he was John Collett who was baptised in 1633, the son of the aforesaid Thomas Collett (above) who was married in 1628.

 

 

 

In 1625 John’s parents left Bourn Manor and settled in the village of Little Gidding where his father John had been born.  Many years later in 1639 when he was in his early thirties, John married the much younger Ann Goldsmith who was born in 1614, the daughter of George and Elizabeth Goldsmith, who was most likely related to John Goldsmith who married John’s sister Elizabeth Collett (below).  In fact, it was John Goldsmith, brother-in-law, who was a witness when John Collett made his Will, the second witness being George Goldsmith.  It is likely that the first three children of John Collett and Ann Goldsmith were all born at Little Gidding. 

 

 

 

Eleven years later, during the English Civil War, John and Ann and their three children at that time, left England when they sailed to America in 1650, together with Ann’s parents.  The family initially settled for a few years in Virginia before finally ending up at Baltimore in Maryland where the couple’s fourth child was born.  John Collett served for four years as the High Sheriff of Baltimore, commencing on 9th April 1662 until 1666, following which he was elected to the office of County Clerk which he held until his death three years later.

 

 

 

John Collett died at Baltimore on 29th November 1669, where he was also buried, when his youngest son was only fourteen years old.  The witnesses to the signing of his Will were his brother-in-law John Goldsmith, and son-in-law George Goldsmith the husband of John’s daughter Mary Collett.

 

 

 

In his Will of 1669, which was proved on 29th October 1670, John Collett named his sons Samuel Collett, John Collett, and George Collett, the two older brothers being named as his executors, and in which he bequeathed many acres of land to members of his family.  Also included was an estate of land near Gun Powder River, together with houses, orchards, a feather bed, furniture, and one thousand pounds of tobacco.  Another beneficiary, under the terms of the Will, was his brother-in-law John Goldsmith.

 

 

 

In the years between 1658 and 1668 deed records show a great many tracts of land deeded to John Collett in Maryland at Colingham, Black Island, Collett’s point, and Beaver Neck.  In addition to these there were other transfers, such as joining his brother Richard (above) in a deed to John Hawkins in August 1665.  In may be significant that a tract of land noted on a map dated 1673 for the Chesapeake Bay area, to the west of Baltimore, was referred to as Collett’s Neck.

 

 

 

52I3

SAMUEL COLLETT

Born in 1640 in England

 

52I4

John Collett

Born in 1642 in England

 

52I5

Mary Collett

Born in 1645 in England

 

52I6

George Collett

Born in 1655 in Baltimore

 

 

 

 

52H6

Ferrar Collett was probably born in 1606, although one unlikely record has been found that suggests he was born in 1596 when his mother Susanna Ferrar would have only been fifteen.  There is a chance that through a transcribing error the year of his birth could have been 1599, but this would indicate that Susanna was seventeen when she conceived the child.

 

 

 

Ferrar attended Peterhouse College in Cambridge from 16th May 1636, where his college records confirm that he was the son of John Collett of Little Gidding, and that his mother was Susanna Ferrar.  He matriculated in 1636 and it was during the year 1639-1640 that he received his Bachelor of Arts degree, which was followed in 1643 by his Master’s Degree.  He became a Fellow of the university from 1643 to 1646, but was then ejected for some reason. 

 

 

 

During 1661 he became incorporated at Oxford, although it was at Lincoln that same year that he was ordained a priest on 25th April 1661, when he became the Reverend Ferrar Collett, Rector of Little Gidding.  He left Little Gidding two years later when he settled in Hamerton, one mile south of Little Gidding, where he lived until his death in 1679.

 

 

 

 

52H7

Nicholas Collett was born in London in 1607.  When he was around eight years old his family left London and took up residence at Bourn Manor in Caldecote near Cambridge.  Ten years later the family moved again, this time to Little Gidding.  Nicholas married Jane Smith in 1636 and the marriage produced a total of nine children for the couple, all of whom were baptised at the Church of St Mary Woolnoth in the City of London.  Nicholas Collett, who was a merchant and a goldsmith in London, died in 1684.

 

 

 

52I7

Suzanna Collett

Baptised on 12.11.1637; infant death

 

52I8

Mary Collett

Baptised on 16.01.1639; died in 1680

 

52I9

John Collett

Baptised on 10.06.1641

 

52I10

Susanna Collett

Baptised on 12.06.1642

 

52I11

Martha Collett

Baptised on 19.07.1646; infant death

 

52I12

Nicholas Collett

Baptised on 03.07.1648

 

52I13

Susan Collett

Baptised on 09.08.1649

 

52I14

Martha Collett

Baptised on 12.10.1654

 

52I15

Thomas Collett

Baptised on 15.03.1656

 

 

 

 

52H8

Susanna Collett, whose actual date of birth is not known, was possibly born in London around 1609.  What is known is that upon leaving London when Susanna was around five years old, her family initially lived at Bourn Manor until she was sixteen, before finally settling in Little Gidding.  In 1630 Susanna married (1) the Reverend Joshua Mapletoft, the son of the Reverend John Mapletoft who was also the brother of Solomon Mapletoft who married Susanna’s youngest sister Judith Collett (below).  Joshua was born at Margaretting near Chelmsford in Essex in 1605, and died in 1635.

 

 

 

The marriage produced a son, John Mapletoft, who was born at Margaretting on 15th July 1631 and who died at Westminster on 10th November 1685, and a daughter Mary Mapletoft who was born in August 1629, who went on to marry (1) Lawrence Ward, the couple settling in Nansemond County, Virginia in 1655.  Sometime later Mary married (2) Nathaniel Utie of Spesutia Island, who was the secretary to the State Governor of Maryland.  Tragically in 1663 Mary Utie was murdered by one of her negro slaves.

 

 

 

It therefore seems highly likely that Mary Mapletoft, perhaps as Mary Ward (or Lawrence) travelled to North America to be reunited with her two uncles Richard and John Collet (above) and her aunt Elizabeth Collett (below) who had sailed thee in 1650.

 

 

 

Susanna Collett and Joshua Mapletoft also had three other child, Anna, Peter, and Samuel who was born in 1632 who died that same year.  Following the death of her first husband Joshua Mapletoft in 1635, Susanna Collett then married (2) Jonas [James] Chedley.  Susanna Chedley nee Collett died at Little Gidding on 31st October 1657, just twenty-two days after her mother Susanna Collett nee Ferrar passed away.

 

 

 

While she was still married to Joshua Mapletoft, Susanna asked her husband to say prayers at Little Gidding for her brother Edward Collett (below) when he sailed from Gravesend to the East Indies.  Susanna and Joshua also had two other children in addition to John and Mary, and these were Anne Mapletoft and Peter Mapletoft.

 

 

 

Susanna’s son John Mapletoft was educated at Westminster during the English Civil War, after which he attended Trinity College in Cambridge.  Although destined to following his father into the church, the unrest of the war resulted in him taking up medicine and becoming a successful physician, often travelling to Italy.  From 1676 to 1679 he held the office of Physics Professor at Gresham College.  Following that, John Mapletoft retired to Hemel Hempstead where he received Holy Orders and, in 1682, he was made Curate of Braybrooke in Northamptonshire, where he became a devoted and successful parish priest.  Three years later he was appointed to the charge of St Lawrence Jewry in London which he held until 1710.  He died in 1721 aged ninety, and was buried in the churchyard of St Lawrence.

 

 

 

 

52H9

Elizabeth Collett, whose actual date of birth is not known, was very likely born in London around 1611.  She was possibly around three or four years old when her parents moved out of London and made their home at Bourn Manor where the family lived until 1625, after which they moved to Little Gidding.  Elizabeth Collett married (1) Benjamin Woodnoth who was a relative of her maternal grandmother, with whom she had a son Arthur Woodnoth.  Following the death of her first husband Elizabeth married (2) John Goldsmith who was very likely her brother-in-law, his sister Ann Goldsmith having married Elizabeth’s brother John Collett (above).

 

 

 

That second marriage may indicate that Elizabeth and John Goldsmith lived in Baltimore close to Elizabeth’s brother John Collett and his family, since John Goldsmith and his brother George were witnesses to the signing of the Will of John Collett of Baltimore.  Elizabeth and John Goldsmith had a daughter Mary Goldsmith who was the beneficiary under the terms of the 1673 Will of Elizabeth’s nephew John Collett (Ref. 52I4).  The document confirmed that John’s cousin Mary Goldsmith was the daughter of John Goldsmith of Baltimore.  All of this happened twenty-two years after Elizabeth Goldsmith nee Collett had died in 1651.

 

 

 

 

52H10

Edward Collett was born in 1613 and was possibly the last child of John Collett and Susanna Ferrar to be born in London.  Either at the end of 1613, or very early in 1614, Edward’s family moved away from London when they lived the next ten years at Bourn Manor near Cambridge.  He would have been twelve years old when his family swapped Bourn Manor with the manor house in Little Gidding.  Later in his life he became a goldsmith in London and went into partnership with his nephew Arthur Woodnoth, a member of his grandmother’s family on his mother’s side.

 

 

 

Even later in his life, Edward sailed from Gravesend to the East Indies at which time his sister Susanna asked her husband the Reverend Joshua Mapletoft, to say prayers for him and for deliverance from calamity by fire.  Some records indicate that Edward may have been married twice, the first time to Joanna (Johanna) Thomas.

 

 

 

 

52H11

Joyce Collett may or may not have been born in London, but was baptised on 16th March 1614 at Bourn, after her father had taken over Bourn Manor.  After ten years at Bourn Manor Joyce’s family moved the twenty miles north to settle in Little Gidding in Huntingdonshire.  It was also in Huntingdonshire that Joyce Collett married the Reverend Edward Wallis of Sawtry, to the east of Little Gidding, with whom she had four children Catherine, Virginia, Thomas, and Benjamin.  Edward was born in 1610 and died in 1687 and was followed by Joyce who died five years later in 1692.

 

 

 

 

52H12

Hester Collett was born at Bourn Manor in 1616, the daughter of John Collett and Susanna Ferrar.  The only other known information about Hester is that around 1635 she married Francis Kestian and presented him with three children before he died in 1646.  They were Elizabeth Kestian (1637-1716), Francis Kestian (1638-1666) and Thomas Kestian.

 

 

 

 

52H13

Margaret Collett was born at Bourn Manor in 1618, the daughter of John Collett and Susanna Ferrar.  The only other known facts relating to Margaret are that she married (1) John Ramsey around 1636, and that was followed by a second marriage to (2) Thomas Posthumus Leggett who died in 1666.

 

 

 

 

52H14

James Collett was born at Bourn Manor in 1620, the son of John Collett and Susanna Ferrar, and he followed in his brothers’ footsteps, Thomas and Richard (above), by becoming a barrister at the Middle Temple.  It is likely that the gentleman known as Sir James Collett was not this James Collett who would have been 89 in 1709, when he was listed as one of the worthies helping nearly 8,000 men, women and children refuges come to England from Palantine where thousands of villages, towns and cities had been burnt to the ground.  The operation was generally referred to as ‘The German Exodus to England in 1709’.

 

 

 

 

52H15

Judith Collett was born at Bourn Manor in 1622 and was baptised on 2nd March 1623, the youngest child of John Collett and Susanna Ferrar.  At the age of two years her family left Bourn Manor and moved to Little Gidding.  Judith Collett eventually married the Reverend Solomon Mapletoft who was her brother-in-law, he being the brother of Joshua Mapletoft who had married Judith’s older sister Susanna Collett (above).  The marriage produced two daughters for the couple, Margaret and Mary, and both Mary and her mother Judith are understood to have died around 1659.  This happened two years after Judith was made a widow by the death of her husband in 1657.

 

 

 

 

52I2

John Collett was born before 1633 and was the son of Thomas Collett and Martha Sherington who were married in the summer of 1628.  It was in 1633 that John was baptised at the church of All Hallows-on-the-Wall (just south of Liverpool Street Station) in London.  With his father being a wealthy barrister of the Middle Temple who owned property in London, it was not unexpected that John followed in his father’s footsteps by attending Clare College in Cambridge.  The University records show that he was accepted as a Fellow Commoner on 5th June 1649.

 

 

 

This description of John Collett indicated that he was a rich undergraduate, often a nobleman, who dined at High Table with the Fellows, that is, that he took his Commons (meals) with the Fellows.  Around 1680, when John was in his late forties, he married Elizabeth Glover with whom he had three children.  John Collett was eighty years old when he died in 1713.

 

 

 

52J1

Thomas Collett

Born after 1680; died 1685

 

52J2

John Collett

Born after 1680; died 1687

 

52J3

William Collett

Born after 1680; died 1690

 

 

 

 

52I3

SAMUEL COLLETT was born in England in 1640.  He was the eldest son of John Collett and Ann Goldsmith who, when he was ten years old, left England and sailed to North America to settle at Baltimore in Maryland.  On 12th February 1667 Samuel Collett received the power of attorney from Thomas Powell.  He was mentioned in two Wills, the first that of his father John, which was proved on 29th October 1670, and then again in that of his brother-in-law Goldsmith, the husband of his sister Mary Collett (below).  The only other known details relating to Samuel are that he was married to Catherine in 1672, that the marriage produced a son, and that Samuel Collett died in 1706, and very likely in Maryland.  His wife Catherine was many years younger than Samuel, having been born in 1653. 

 

 

 

52J4

DANIEL COLLETT

Born in 1673 at Baltimore

 

 

 

 

52I4

John Collett was born in England in 1642, the son of John Collett and Ann Goldsmith.  In 1650 John’s family sailed to America and made their home in Baltimore.  John never married and when he died on 21st June 1673 his property was bequeathed to his cousin Mary Goldsmith, the daughter of John Goldsmith of Baltimore and his wife Elizabeth Collett (Ref. 52H9).  The making of the Will of John Collett was witnessed by George Goldsmith.

 

 

 

 

52I5

Mary Collett was born in England in 1645, the daughter of John Collett and Ann Goldsmith.  Mary was just five years of age when she sailed across the Atlantic with her parents to a new life in Baltimore.  It also seems highly likely that members of the Goldsmith family also made the crossing to America, since Mary Collett later married George Goldsmith.  And it was George Goldsmith who was the witness at the signing of the Wills of both his wife Mary Collett, and his brother-in-law John Collett (above).  The marriage of Mary and George Goldsmith produced no children, and in fact Mary may have died during childbirth when she was just twenty-one years of age, since her Will was proved on 20th July 1666.

 

 

 

 

52I6

George Collett was born at Baltimore in 1655 and took place five years after his parents John Collett and Ann Goldsmith had sailed to Maryland from England.  There is a reference to George Collett in the 1669 Will of his father, in which he was listed as being a minor.  One later document, dated 13th March 1685, was a deed for the purchase of 500 acres from John Holland.

 

 

 

 

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Martha Collett was born on 1st October 1654 and was baptised eleven days later at the Church of St Mary Woolnoth in London on 12th October 1654, when her parents were confirmed as Nicholas and Jane Collett.  When she was around twenty-five years old, she married John Mawhood.  The marriage produced five children, these being sons Nicholas Mawhood, Collet Mawhood, and daughters Agnes, Jane and Susanna.  Twelve years after Martha was baptised there, the Church of St Mary Woolnoth, on the corner of Lombard Street and King William Street (near the Bank of England), was partially destroyed by the Great Fire of London in 1666 but was repaired by Sir Christopher Wren.

 

 

 

 

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DANIEL COLLETT was born at Baltimore in 1673 shortly after his father Samuel Collett had married Catherine during the previous year.  Daniel later married Ruth and, although the birth of their first child was recorded by one source as 3rd July 1701, another source believes the year may have been 1696.  That seems reasonable, as Daniel would have been around twenty-one years old when he married to Ruth.  An alternative suggestion might be the 1696 may have been the year that there were married.  From a lease agreement signed by Daniel in 1723 (below), it had been assumed that Daniel and Ruth had three children who were born in Baltimore.  This was also recorded within the Collett family history, as produced by John Dunlap Collett many years later, but has since been questioned, as being untrue.  However, until some positive validation is provided, they remain here as their three offspring. 

 

 

 

Three years before Daniel senior died, his son Daniel Collett, of Baltimore County, leased land from Thomas Bladen of London, through Benjamin Traskers in Baltimore, the lease dated 13th August 1723.   The document described the land as ‘Lynes and Tents’, comprising One Hundred and Fifty acres, for and during the full term of the three lives of Daniel Collett, Ruth Collett and Moses Collett.  Ruth Collett died on 13th February 1725, after which her husband Daniel Collett senior passed away during the following year, with his estate being settled in 1728.

 

 

 

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DANIEL COLLETT

Born in 1701 at Baltimore

 

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Ruth Collett

Born in 1703 at Baltimore

 

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Moses Collett

Born in 1705 at Baltimore

 

 

 

 

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DANIEL COLLETT was born at Baltimore on 3rd July 1701 and was the eldest son of Daniel and Ruth Collett.  It is possible that he may have been born prior to that date by a couple of years, because he became a married man around 1717-1718.  Furthermore, there may be some confusion with his father, with one source suggesting that his wife was also a Ruth.  The marriage produced an undefined number of children, although the order in which they were born has not yet been established.

 

 

 

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MOSES COLLETT

Born in 1718

 

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Daniel Collett

Born in 1725

 

52L3

Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1727

 

52L4

Sampson Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

52L5

Jemima Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

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Mary Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

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Rachel Collett

Born in 1743 at Wilmington, Delaware

 

 

 

 

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MOSES COLLETT was born at Baltimore on 17th November 1718, the first-born child of Daniel Collett and his first wife Ruth.  Moses was nearly twenty years old on 12th January 1745 when he married (1) Elizabeth Wyle who was born on 18th August 1725.  That marriage lasted less than five years, during which time Elizabeth presented Moses with two children.  Elizabeth died either during the birth of the second child or a little after that time, following which Moses married (2) Elizabeth Armstrong in 1750 with whom he had a further seven children.  One source also states that Moses Collett died just over thirty years later during June in 1783, possibly at Madison County in Virginia, when his date of birth was recorded as 17th November 1718 in Baltimore.

 

 

 

However, other alternative records found, reveal that the mother of all of the children of Moses Collett was Elizabeth Wyle, so indicating that he was only married once.  Those alternative records also give the children’s place of birth as Kentucky, with Daniel and Sarah both being born at Clinton in Ohio.  Therefore, this section may require further amendment at a later date when more positive information is unearthed.  In addition to which, another source suggests that Moses Collett died in 1802 and that date corresponds to the fact that ten years earlier he entered into a deed of land with Adam Burney which was signed on 19th May 1792.  From other documents, it is known that he was the brother-in-law to John Stevenson, whose wife was Esther Wyle, the sister of his own wife.

 

 

 

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Stephen Collett

Born in 1746

 

52M2

Rachel Collett

Born in 1748

 

The following are possibly the children of Moses Collett by his second wife Elizabeth Armstrong:

 

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Moses Collett

Born in 1750

 

52M4

DANIEL COLLETT

Born in 1752

 

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Abraham Collett

Born in 1753

 

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Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1754

 

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John Collett

Born in 1760

 

52M8

Isaac Collett

Born in 1762

 

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Aaron Collett

Born in 1763

 

52M10

Sarah Collett

Born in 1765

 

 

 

 

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Daniel Collett was the second son of Daniel Collett and was born at Baltimore on 13th February 1725.  Twenty-four years later, he married Susanna McKenley on either 14th May or 1st August in 1749.  Daniel Collett died on 15th June 1784 in Baltimore, and was followed by Susanna who died in 1801.  Her Will was proved on 11th November 1801, in which she bequeathed 307 acres of land in Maryland to her two sons William and Stephen.  By that time in their lives, William and Stephen, and their descendants, are believed to have remain living in Baltimore, while the descendants of Daniel’s brother Moses (above) moved west, settling in Virginia and Ohio.

 

 

 

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William Collett

Born after 1750 at Baltimore

 

52M12

Stephen Collett

Born after 1750 at Baltimore

 

52M13

Rachel Collett

Born after 1750 at Baltimore

 

 

 

 

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Elizabeth Collett was born at Baltimore in 1727, another child of Daniel Collett who, on 15th December 1754, married Martin Murphy.

 

 

 

 

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Rachel Collett was probably the last child of Daniel Collett, whilst it is known that her older siblings were born in Baltimore, there is a chance that Rachel was born in 1743 at Wilmington, Newcastle in Delaware, to the north east of Baltimore.  Certainly, it is known that this Rachel Collett married John Dutton at Wilmington on 16th November 1764.  John Dutton was born in Delaware in 1735 and the couple’s daughter Prudence Dutton was born in 1765, and she died on 13th June 1827.

 

 

 

 

52M1

Stephen Collett was born at Baltimore on 4th May 1746, the eldest son of Moses Collett and Elizabeth Wyle.  However, the place of birth may have been Kentucky and not Baltimore.  One source of information regarding Stephen states that he was killed by Indians while in Kentucky in November 1820, while another suggests he died in Maryland.

 

 

 

 

52M2

Rachel Collett was born at Baltimore on 15th December 1748, the eldest daughter of Moses Collett and Elizabeth Wyle.  Rachel may have been married to (1) John Kilpatrick at Baltimore before she married (2) Josiah Sparks at Baltimore on 19th January 1773, and with whom she had nine children.  Josiah Sparks was born at Baltimore in 1752 and was the son of Josiah Sparks and Penelope Brown.  He lived a very long life and died on 19th January 1846 at the age of ninety-six while he was living at Monkton in Baltimore where he was buried.  His wife Rachel had died twenty-eight years earlier when she passed away on 28th September 1818, and she too was buried at Monkton.

 

 

 

Their nine children were all born at Baltimore and, in most cases, they were buried at Monkton.  They were Elizabeth Sparks (1774 to 25.04.1860), Sarah Sparks (1780 to 14.05.1851), Ruth Sparks (1782 to 25.03.1858), Aaron Sparks (17.05.1787 to 31.05.1856), to Thomas Sparks (1790 -), Francis Sparks (11.05.1792 to 26.11.1867), Daniel Sparks (1793 to 1863), Matthew Sparks (1795 -), and Rachel Sparks (1797 -)

 

 

 

 

52M3

Moses Collett was born at Baltimore in 1750, the son of Moses Collett and Elizabeth Armstrong or Elizabeth Wyle.  The Maryland census of 1790 includes Moses Collett with a large family, about which nothing is currently available.  The only other known fact about Moses junior is that he died in Maryland in 1836.

 

 

 

 

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DANIEL COLLETT was born at Baltimore on 10th February 1752, the son of Moses Collett and Elizabeth Armstrong, although another record shows he was the son of Moses Collett and Elizabeth Wyle (Wiley) born on the same day but at Clinton County in Ohio.  Daniel Collett married Mary Haines at Jefferson or Berkeley in West Virginia on 28th February 1781 and he died at Chester Township in Clinton, Ohio on 28th June 1835, and was buried at Caesar Creek Quaker Meeting Cemetery.  Mary Haines was a Quaker and the daughter of Joshua Haines and Mercy Lupton and was born at Frederick in Virginia on 8th October 1753.  Mary Collett nee Haines died at Clinton, Ohio on 18th September 1826, while her rest place has still not been discovered.  The marriage of Daniel and Mary produced an undefined number of children, with only three named and listed below, while it is known that Daniel had six daughters-in-law, all of whom were Quakers, hence the reason why he was buried in a Quaker Cemetery.  Unfortunately, only three of the six sons of Daniel have been positively identified, and are as listed below.

 

 

 

Daniel Collett was a devout Episcopalian who entered the Revolutionary Army under Captain Wright of Martinsburg, Virginia.  He served at Valley Forge, White plains, and at the defeat of General Gates.  He also served when the Virginia volunteers were encamped in Pennsylvania, and also fought at the Battle of Monmouth.  Daniel was also known as ‘Revolutionary Dan’ for his service in the Virginia militia during the American War of Independence (1775-1783).  The land to the west of the Appalachian Mountains won by the colonists, together with their colonial territories, was surveyed and portions of the land were used as late payment for militia services.

 

 

 

In that way, Daniel Collett, then of Harper’s Ferry in Virginia, received land in the Ohio segment of the Virginia militia land, just north of Cincinnati, to which he added four thousand acres of forest land in Clinton County which he purchased in 1813.  And it was during the following year that Daniel moved the family from a farm in Virginia to a log cabin in the woods of Chester Township known as ‘Hole in the Woods’.  A portion of that same land, on a farm in Clinton County, Ohio, was still in the ownership of the family in 2009, that being Mckay Collett, the cousin of Stephen Wallace Collett (Ref. 52R24) of Norway.  Back in 1990s, Wallace Collett, Stephen’s father, made a gift to the county of a tract of some sixty acres of woodland on that farm, to be a county park.  This was the original maple sugar woods from which they cooked maple syrup in the early spring each year.  It is the largest contiguous stand of woods in the county, containing species of animals and plants that are red-listed.  There is a small parking lot for visitors to the Collett Woods and signs leading onto the trails, originally paths of which were used to collect maple sap.

 

 

 

Daniel resided in Virginia for forty years and, for many years, was a Justice of the Peace.  He held court each month and, it was said, there was more dignity attending the justices’ court in those days than is seen today in the higher courts of Ohio.  On one occasion, the judge of the court of Jefferson assessed a fine upon each of the justices of that county for neglect to provide suitable steps to the jail at Charleston.  Daniel Collett paid his fine and then took the contract for erecting the stone steps which still, to this day, grace the front of that historic edifice.  Following his death in 1835, at the age of 83, his tombstone, in the Caesar Creek Quaker cemetery, just a mile east of where Howard Doster lives (see below), it says “Daniel Collett, PVT (private) in the Revolutionary War”.  The additional information there, says he received a gift of 4,000 acres for his war service while, as a private, he was eligible for 100 acres, but no record has been found to confirm that it happened.  and I haven’t found it.  Thanks to your Part 52 information, I may try to find it north of Cincinnati.

 

 

 

In 2019, Howard Doster (born 1923), his wife Barbara (born 1924), and their daughter Susan, live near Waynesville, in South-West Ohio, in a house built in 1818 by Moses and Abigail Shinn McKay (northern Virginia Quakers) which is now on the National Register of Historic Places because it was a stationhouse on the Underground Railroad for runaway slaves.  They also own 80 acres of the 2,356 acres previously owned farmed by Daniel and Mary.  What is interesting is the fact that four of the children of Moses and Abigail McKay, from that same house, married four members of Revolutionary Dan Collett’s extended family, comprising his offspring and his grandchildren.  Certainly, it is established that it was his son Jonathan Collett who married Sarah McKay, and that it was his grandson Daniel Haines Collett, the only known child of son Moses Collett, who was married to Maria McKay, and it was their son who was Moses McKay Collett.

 

 

 

After the Civil War, the Collett and McKay families gathered together for a celebration picnic, with a view of finding out who had survived to war.  At least three Collett grandsons did not return from the Union Army, with the McKay family also having lost grandsons with the Confederate Army.  That initial get together, is still celebrated to this day, with the 154th Annual Picnic held in 2019 on land that was purchased by Moses McKay family in 1810.  For the event, four years early, there were around 300 cousins from 20 different states attending. 

 

 

 

Some of the land that Daniel and Mary acquired in 1813, was used by their children to build and established the Jonah’s Run Baptist Church, so named after the nearby Jonah’s Run waterway.  It was located on the Waynesville to Wilmington State Road which, today, is where the East State Route 73 meets the West State Route 73, near the junction with Collett Road.  The church was completed in 1838, three years after Daniel passed away.

 

 

 

The new research undertaken in September 2022 revealed that Daniel’s youngest grandson Azel Waters Collett, the youngest son of Jonathan Collett, was living with his uncle Daniel M Collett at Chester Township in 1880.  This therefore proves that Daniel M Collett was a member of the family, and now established as a son of Daniel Collett, one of the previously unknown sons of Daniel Collett and Mary Haines, and a younger brother of Moses, Isaac, and Jonathan.  Also discovered is a fifth of their six son, he being Benjamin born in 1793.  The early census for Chester Township in 1850, in fact had four families living immediately adjacent to each other, and they were #103 Nathan Collett aged 39, #104 Daniel Collett aged 41, #105 Jonathan Collett aged 63, and #106 Daniel Collett aged 54.  It is very likely that Nathan and Daniel were brothers, (as was the case with Jonathan and Daniel – above), with Daniel and Nathan being the two eldest sons of Jonathan, from his first marriage.

 

 

 

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Moses Collett

Born in 1784 at Jefferson County, VA.

 

52N2

Isaac Collett

Born in 1786 at Jefferson County, VA.

 

52N3

JONATHAN COLLETT

Born in 1787 at Jefferson County, VA.

 

52N4

Benjamin Collett

Born in 1793 at Jefferson County, VA.

 

52N5

Daniel Collett

Born in 1795 at Jefferson County, VA.

 

 

 

 

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Abraham Collett may have been born during the last few weeks of 1752 or sometime during 1753.  With one record stating that the year was 1752, there is another chance that he may have been the twin brother of Daniel Collett (above).  Curiously though, it is the name of Daniel Collett which does not appear listed as a family member in the 1929 publication ‘Genealogy of the Descendants of John Collett’.  Within that document Abraham Collett is credited with having five children at the time of the Maryland census in 1790, the same year that Abraham Collett also died.

 

 

 

 

52M6

Elizabeth Collett was born on 18th December 1754 at Baltimore.  She was the daughter of Moses Collett and Elizabeth Wyle.  She married John Teague at Baltimore and died at Fountain County in Indiana on 27th February 1816, although another source states she died at Warren County in Indiana.

 

 

 

 

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John Collett was born at Baltimore on 8th November 1757, the son of Moses and Elizabeth Collett.  Another record indicates that John, the son of Moses and Elizabeth Wyle, was born in 1760.  That raises two options, was he baptised in 1760, or was he the second child in the family to be named John, the first presumably having died shortly after he was born.  In 1782 John married Elizabeth Stevenson, the daughter of Robert and Anna Stevenson of Baltimore who was born at Newport around 1765.  A later record has also been found of the marriage of John Collett and Elizabeth McDaniels that took place on 30th August 1790, but it is unclear as to who he was.

 

 

 

Once married the couple initially settled in Baltimore, where their first two children were born, after which there were living at Huntingdon in Pennsylvania where their next four children were born, but where sadly the three of couple’s first four children died.  By the time of the death of their fourth child, their daughter Elizabeth, the depleted family was living in Chillicothe in Ohio, where the last three children were born.  The couple’s ninth and last child also died at Chillicothe, meaning only four of them survived.

 

 

 

By the time the family moved to Huntingdon in 1786, the Collett family had bought land in Ohio and Terre Haute in Indiana, and it was at the latter that many of them were buried.  A set of silver spoons engraved with the words ‘John Collett 1786’ are still held by his descendants.  Land deeds drawn up on 15th May 1786 confirm that John Collett purchased land at Huntingdon from John Foley.  Other documents after that time show that John Collett was a supervisor at Springfield Township in 1796, and that it was during the following year that he removed his family from Huntingdon to Ross County in Northwest Territory, settling at Chillicothe on the banks of the Scioto River, where a township had only just been established in 1796.  It was there in 1797 that he was appointed Land Surveyor for the Government.

 

 

 

It was a year after the family had arrived at Chillicothe that John Collett purchased property there on 30th June 1798 from Nathaniel Massie.  Later that same year, on 13th October, John and his wife Elizabeth paid $100 to Michael Blair for half of the lot on the north side of Main Street, plus half of the adjoining lot.  Less than two years later they sold to John Hubbard a lot on Water Street in Chillcothe which they had purchased on 17th June 1798.  The amount paid was $700 and the date of the transaction was 4th January 1800. 

 

 

 

During 1801 and 1802 John Collett was Township Trustee for Scioto Township and at the start of 1803, on 13th January, John and Elizabeth sold a lot in Chillicothe to Adam Holler for $600.  It was in the autumn of that year that Elizabeth, the wife of John Collett, died at Chillicothe and was buried in the old cemetery south of Main Street.  It was also around that time that the couple’s youngest child Jessie died.  The cemetery was later abandoned and the bodies were taken to a new site at Green Lawn Cemetery in Chillicothe.  It was also during 1803 that the State of Ohio was accepted into the Union.

 

 

 

All of the subsequent land deals made by John after the death of his wife, and there were a great many, were set out in the names of John Collett and his heirs.  One very interesting one was dated 4th November 1811 and referred to the sale of 100 acres land in Scioto Township to Robert Dunlap for $1,500.  The Dunlap name would again be linked to the Collett family in 1847 when Oscar Wilks Collett (see Appendix Four) married Agnes R Dunlap at St. Louis Cathedral in Missouri, and again in 1861 when Stephen Stevenson Collett (Ref. 52O36) married Sarah Jane Dunlap.

 

 

 

Shortly after selling the land to Robert Dunlap, John Collett left Chillicothe and Scioto when he moved to Franklinton in Franklin County, Ohio, although his son Josephus Collett remained at Chillicothe for a while and was made Sheriff of Ross County in Chillicothe during 1817, which he held until 1819.  The business opportunities for a dealer in land were far greater in Franklinton, since that had been the headquarters for the army in the war of 1812, and hence was a much busier place than Chillicothe or Scioto.

 

 

 

Also in 1812, John Collett and others were the first to purchase land across the Scioto River from Franklinton on the site of the newly formed town of Columbus, Ohio, to where John moved in 1813.  One of the lots of land purchased by John on the west side of the High Street, between State Street and Chapel Street, was where John erected the first brick-built house in Columbus which, when completed, was conducted as a tavern [hotel] until 8th September 1818 when it was sold to Robert Russell.  It was then that John returned to Terre Haute, where he took up the post of Government Land Surveyor for Indiana.

 

 

 

Six years later, in 1824, and upon the formation of Vermillion County, John left Terre Haute with his son Josephus and moved to Newport, Indiana, where he built the first tavern [hotel] in that town, which he managed with the help of his daughter Mary, who was known as Polly Collett.

 

 

 

So far as has been determined to date, only John’s sons Josephus and Stephen, together with his daughter Mary, survived into adulthood.  John Collett later went to live with his son Stephen at Eugene Township in Vermillion County where he died on 22nd January 1834 and was buried at Terre Haute, south of Eugene and to the west of Indianapolis.  Once again there is a conflict of information here, since one source states he died on 22nd June 1834.

 

 

 

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Anna Collett

Born in 1783 at Baltimore

 

52N7

William Collett

Born in 1785 at Baltimore

 

52N8

Josephus Collett

Born in 1787 at Baltimore

 

52N9

David Collett

Born in 1789 at Baltimore

 

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Stephen Stevenson Collett

Born in 1791 at Huntingdon, Penn.

 

52N11

Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1794 at Huntingdon, Penn.

 

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Mary Collett

Born in 1797 at Chillicothe, Ohio

 

52N13

Emily Collett

Born in 1799 at Chillicothe, Ohio

 

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Jessie Collett

Born in 1802 at Chillicothe, Ohio

 

 

 

 

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Isaac Collett was born at Baltimore on 14th June 1762, a son of Moses Collett and Elizabeth Wyle.  Like his brother Abraham, Isaac is believed to have died after the Maryland census in 1790 when he was listed as having five children.  However, yet again there is other information which gives the date he died as being during September in 1773 when he was only eleven years old.  So, the question that arises is, was the date 1773 actually a misinterpretation of 1793.

 

 

 

 

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Aaron Collett was born at Baltimore on 11th May 1763 and was the youngest son of Moses Collett and Elizabeth Wyle.  Once they were old enough, Aaron and his sister Sarah (below) packed their belongings on the back of their horses and travelled to a new life in Kentucky.  One source indicates that Aaron Collett was wounded during an attack by Indians and later died of his injuries on 16th August 1785 in Kentucky.  However, on 10th December 1813, an Aaron Collett from Baltimore purchased land in Maryland from John Rose and it was twenty-two years later when that Aaron Collett died there on 16th August 1835.

 

 

 

 

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Sarah Collett was born at Baltimore on 30th September 1765, the last child of Moses Collett and Elizabeth Wyle.  On completing her education, Sarah and her brother Aaron (above) left the family home and rode on horses over the mountains to a new life in Kentucky.  At the fort founded by Daniel Boone she met her future husband, a white-haired young man that was Silas Ashby.  He was also from Maryland and was also seeking a new home in Kentucky.  He was six feet two inches tall and could outrun and out jump any Indian.  Sarah Collett married Silas Ashby on 21st April 1789 at Stanford in Lincoln County in Kentucky and she died at Springfield near Wilmington 26th June 1824 and was buried in Friends Cemetery in Springfield.  Silas Ashby was born at Stafford in Virginia on 17th June 1765, the son of Thomas Ashby and Mary Ann McCullough.  The couple were only married for seventeen years when Silas died on 24th September 1806 – see comment below.  When that happened, Sarah’s brother Daniel was responsible for Sarah and her children moving to Ohio where he was living.

 

 

 

The marriage produced a son and two daughters for Sarah, although the year of birth of the third child appears to be almost three years after the death of Silas Ashby.  That therefore brings into question the date of birth of the second child, since records seems to confirm Silas’ death as the more accurate.  The couple’s two daughters were Anna Ashby who was born on 10th October 1792, and Sarah Ashby whose date of birth is thought to be 19th March 1809, whereas 1806 would correspondence more closely with the death of her father.  Anna, who later married Henry Pollard during 1810 in Kentucky, was born at Lincoln County in Kentucky, while Sarah was born at Greene County in Ohio and she died in October 1871.  The son of Sarah and Silas was Hankinson Ashby who was born on 11th April 1791and he married Edith Pollard in 1810, perhaps a double wedding with his sister and Edith’s brother.

 

 

 

 

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William Collett, whose date of birth is not known, was born in Baltimore after 1750 and one of the children of Daniel Collett and his wife Susanna McKenley.  When his mother died in 1801, William and his younger brother Stephen (below) were named as the beneficiaries, inheriting 305 acres of land in Maryland.

 

 

 

 

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Stephen Collett, whose date of birth is not known, was born in Baltimore after 1750 and was another child of Daniel Collett and Susanna McKenley.  Together with his brother William (above), Stephen inherited 305 acres of land in Maryland under the terms of the Will of his mother who died in 1801.

 

 

 

 

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Moses Collett was born at Jefferson County in Virginia on 6th March 1784, the eldest of the six sons of Daniel Collett and Mary Haines, with only Moses and his four younger brothers being identified here.  Moses was around twenty or twenty-one when he married Rebecca Haines, from his mother’s family.  Their first child was born at Lebanon in Warren County, Ohio, with the remainder born after moving to Sugar Creek Township in Greene County.  This new information, unearthed in 2022, now makes sense of two of Moses’ daughters living with their first cousin Catherine Collett (Ref. 52O9) at #189 Clarks Avenue in Massie Township in 1880.  The only other detail known about Moses is that he was listed in the 1820 Census for Sugar Creek Township, with a number of young unnamed children, where some of those children were living later on as adults.  His youngest child was one year old when Moses Collett died on 1st July 1823.

 

 

 

52O1

Daniel Haines Collett

Born in 1806 at Lebanon, Ohio

 

52O2

Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1813 in Greene County, Ohio

 

52O3

Mercy Collett

Born in 1817 in Greene County, Ohio

 

52O4

Isaac M Collett

Born in 1819 in Greene County, Ohio

 

52O5

Mary Collett

Born in 1822 in Greene County, Ohio

 

 

 

 

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Isaac Collett was born at Jefferson County on 28th August 1785, and was another son of Daniel Collett and Mary Haines.  He later married Julia, who may well have been Julia Goodrich and settled in Chester Township, where they were recorded in 1830, by which time they had eight children, the most recent arrival being a son born between 1825 and 1830, he being M Collett born in 1827, with one of the two born between 1820 and 1825 being Fred C Collett.  Only the head of the household was named so, with Isaac aged 40 to 50, were six sons, two who were 15 to 20, one who was 10 to 15, two who was 5 to 10, and one between 0 and 5 years.  His wife was in the 30 to 40 age range, although another female with the family that day was 50 to 60, her mother perhaps.  The couple’s two daughters were 15 to 20 and 10 to 15.

 

 

 

By 1840 there were two adults named Isaac Collett, the younger one being the son of Moses Collett and Rebecca Haines (above).  The older Isaac was 50 to 60, who had with him and his wife in the 40 to 50 range, plus two older females.  The children listed with them that day were one son 20 to 30, two sons 15 to 20, one son 10 to 15, and one son aged 5 to 10, and he would have been Jacob Collett.  At that time there were three daughters, two of them aged 20 to 30 and another aged 5 to 10, who would have been Catherine Collett.

 

 

 

According to the more detailed census in 1850, the older Isaac Collett was from Virginia, was 64 and a farmer, whose real estate had a value of $9,000.  His wife Julia A Collett, also from Virginia, was 52, while only four of their numerous children were still living with them at Chester Township.  They were described as Fred C Collett who was 25 and a farmer, as were both sons M Collett who was 23, and Jacob Collett who was 17, and Catherine Collett who was 15, all of them born in the state of Ohio.  Living with the family that day was Thomas Goodrich who was 77 and born in Virginia, who may have been Julia’s father, since he was also born in Virginia.  After another four years, Isaac Collett was still living in Chester Township when he died on 27th October 1854, at the age of 69, after which he was buried at Jonah’s Run Cemetery.

 

 

 

It is possible, but not proved, that the aforementioned son M Collett who was born in 1827, may well have been another Daniel M Collett.  This reason for saying this, is that there are two recorded deaths in Ohio for two different gentlemen with the name Daniel M Collett.  Curiously though, their separate death records both given the same year of birth, being 1827.  The first of them died on 30th May 1864 at the age of 37, and was buried at Jonah’s Run Cemetery, while the second died in 1900, aged 73, and was buried at the Miami Cemetery, Corwin Avenue in Waynesville, Warren County, Ohio.  The latter Daniel was the only known son of Daniel Collett senior and his first wife Virginia McKay.  This is why there is a chance that the other Daniel M Collett, may well be the son of Isaac Collett and Julia Goodrich, about whom very little is known.

 

 

 

52O6

Frederick C Collett

Born in 1825 at Chester Township, Ohio

 

52O7

Daniel (?) M Collett

Born in 1827 at Chester Township, Ohio

 

52O8

Jacob Haines Collett

Born in 1832 at Chester Township, Ohio

 

52O9

Catherine Collett

Born in 1835 at Chester Township, Ohio

 

 

 

 

52N3

JONATHAN COLLETT was born at Jefferson County on 25th April 1787, the third of the five known sons (among a family of six sons) of Daniel Collett and Mary Haines.  The family home was on land purchased by his father Daniel Collett in 1813, and was known as ‘Hole in the Woods’.  It is established that Jonathan Collett married Sarah McKay at Lebanon in Warren County, Ohio on 30th April 1823, with whom he had ten children.  However, because he would have been 36 years old on their wedding day, it is possible that Sarah, aged 23, was his second wife.  If so, then his first marriage probably resulted in the birth of Daniel Collett in 1808 and Nathan H Collett in 1810, who have been identified as living adjacent to Jonathan and Sarah in 1850.  So, for the time being, those two sons have been credited to Jonathan and his first unknown wife, based on the details in later census returns, which identified both Daniel and Nathan living on farms immediately adjacent to the farm of Jonathan Collett.

 

 

 

In the county historical society, there is reference to the Colletts leaving Virginia because it was a slave state.  It was with the money obtained from working on the United States arsenal at Harper’s Ferry in Virginia, that Jonathan Collett was able to buy a large tract of land in Ohio and it was there, at Chester Township, that all of children were born.  Sarah McKay had been born at Fredericksburg in Virginia on 11th November 1799, the daughter of Moses McKay and Abigail Shinn who had moved to Clinton County from Virginia in 1814. 

 

 

 

All twelve members of the family attended the local baptist church, the Jonah’s Run Baptist Church, which was originally built in the 1820s on Collett land by Jonathan and his brothers as a Quaker Meeting House, being influenced by their wives, who were all Quakers.  Stephen Wallace Collett (Ref. 52R24) has an oil painting from 1825 of the original Quaker Meeting House on the farm.  It has two doors, one for the men and one for the women, who sat on opposite sides of the room back in those days, and it had no steeple.  Many old meeting houses in the district still have the two doors today, though the seating is voluntary. It was sometime in the 1830s that one of the Collett sisters-in-law was persuaded and eventually convinced, by a travelling Baptist evangelist, to convert the Quaker Meeting House into a Baptist church, with one door and a belfry.

 

 

 

The Chester Township census in 1830 included Jonathan Collett as head of the household and in the age range 40 to 50 years, who had living with him his wife 30 to 40 years, two sons 0 to 5 fives, one son 5 to 10 years, and a daughter also 5 to 10 years.  His wife Sarah would have been 33, the eldest child was Ann, followed by Moses, the two younger boys being Benjamin and Francis.  Ten years after that the couple had seven children living with them, when Jonathan Collett was 50 to 60 years, his wife was 40 to 50, one son was 20 to 30, two were 10 to 15, one was 5 to 10, and two were under 5 years old.  The two daughters were 15 to 20 and 5 to 10 respectively.

 

 

 

The family was residing at Chester Township (#105) for the census of 1850, where three other Collett families were living on the adjoining farmland.  They were: (#103) farmer Nathan Collett (Ref. 52O11 and his wife and family; Nathan’s brother and farmer Daniel Collett (Ref. 52O10) with his family at (#104), and at (#106) farmer Daniel Collett (Ref. 52N5) and his second wife Charity and their family.

 

 

 

Head of the homestead was Jonathan Collett from Virginia who was 63, and had his two sons Moses Collett 24, and Benjamin Collett 23, working on the land valued at $26,000.  His younger wife Sarah Collett was 53, daughter Martha Collett was 19, when only four of the five youngest sons made up the rest of the family.  They were Aaron Collett who was 17, William Collett who was 17, Robert Collett who was eight, and Azel W Collett who was seven years of age.  The two absent sons were Francis and George who had both suffered an infant death, with eldest child Ann having married during the previous year.  Completing the family group was ten-year-old nice Emily McKay, while every member of the household, excluding Jonathan, had been born in Ohio.

 

 

 

Just two years after that day, Jonathan became a widower, following the death of Sarah Collett, nee McKay, at Chester Township on 22nd October 1852.  That situation was confirmed in the next census of 1860, when Jonathan Collett from Virginia was, a widower and a farmer at the age of 73, when his farm at #988 Chester Township had a valuation of $33,000, with $3,000 being his personal money.  On that day he had living with him four of his children, and they were Martha Collett who was 29, William Collett who was 21, Robert Collett who was 19, and Azel Collett who was 17.  Also living with the family was his niece Emily McKay aged 20, and Thomas D Smith who was 22.  Living in the adjacent property #989 was Jonathan’s brother Daniel Collett (below) and his farming family.

 

 

 

It was five years later that Jonathan Collett died on 10th October 1855.  It is interesting that, at the time of the death of his son Robert in 1911, the record of the death included a reference to his father as Jonathan Collett from Fredericksburg in Virginia, rather than Jefferson, VA, as stated above. 

 

 

 

The following are believed to be the sons of Jonathan Collett by his first wife:

 

52O10

Daniel M Collett

Born in 1808 at Chester Township, Ohio

 

52O11

Nathan Haines Collett

Born in 1810 at Roxanna, Greene County

 

The following are confirmed as the children of Jonathan Collett and Sarah McKay:

 

52O12

Ann Collett

Born in 1824 at Chester Township, Ohio

 

52O13

Moses N Collett

Born in 1825 at Chester Township, Ohio

 

52O14

Benjamin Collett

Born in 1826 at Chester Township, Ohio

 

52O15

Francis Collett

Born in 1829 at Chester Township, Ohio

 

52O16

Martha Collett

Born in 1831 at Chester Township, Ohio

 

52O17

Aaron Collett

Born in 1832 at Chester Township, Ohio

 

52O18

George Collett

Born in 1834 at Chester Township, Ohio

 

52O19

William J Collett

Born in 1838 at Chester Township, Ohio

 

52O20

ROBERT COLLETT

Born in 1840 at Chester Township, Ohio

 

52O21

Azel Waters Collett

Born in 1842 at Chester Township, Ohio

 

 

 

 

52N4

Benjamin Collett was born at Jefferson County on 11th June 1793, another son of Daniel and Mary Collett.  He never married and died on 24th June 1831, when his parents were confirmed as Daniel and Mary.  Prior to that, the name of Benjamin Collett was amongst those tax payers in the Tax Assessments for 1817 and 1828.

 

 

 

 

52N5

Daniel Collett was born at Jefferson County in Virginia and, according to the record of his death, he was born on 1st October 1795.  He may have been the fifth or the youngest son of the six sons of Daniel Collett and Mary Haines, and was thirty years old when he married (1) Virginia McKay on 13th March 1826, as recorded at Warren County, another link between those two families.  Their son, and only known child, Daniel M Collett was born either at the end of 1826, or just after the start of 1827.  In the Ohio census of 1830, head of the household Daniel Collett was 30 to 40 years of age, as was his wife, while their son was under 5 years old.  Staying with the family was an elderly male aged between 70 and 80, who was very likely Daniel’s father, Daniel Collett.  Also listed with them was a younger female who was 20 to 30, who may have been a servant.  Two years later, and following the death of his first wife, widower Daniel Collett married (2) Charity S V Hackney on 2nd August 1832, their wedding recorded in Warren County.  Charity had been born on 1st September 1803.

 

 

 

Over the next decade, the family increased in size, the Chester Township census of 1840 providing the following details.  Daniel Collett as head of the household was 40 to 50, his wife was 30 to 40, Daniel’s eldest son was 10 to 15, with the new children born to Daniel and Charity being one daughter who was 5 to 10, and two daughters were 0 to 5 years.  Also at the same address were two men aged 20 to 30, and another woman aged 30 to 40. 

 

 

 

According to the Chester Township census of 1850, four Collett families were residing in adjacent properties; Nathan Collett at #103, another Daniel Collett at #104, Jonathan Collett at #105, and this Daniel and his family at #106.  By that time in his life, Daniel from Virginia was 54 and a farmer, Charity Collett, also from Virginia, was 47, and their five children were Mary Collett who was 17, Virginia Collett who was 13, Harriet Collett who was 11, James Collett who was eight, Mercy Collett who was five, and Lewis Collett who was three years old.  Also living with the family was Daniel’s son Daniel M Collett from his first marriage who was 23, and a Cath Collett from Kentucky who was 35.  Completing the household was Daniel Jackson aged 23, another farmer.

 

 

 

After a further ten years, the family still living in Chester Township #989 in 1860, in the Oakland Post Office area comprised: Daniel who was 64 and a farmer whose property was valued at $22,000, whose personal estate was said to be $2,700, Charity who was 57, Daniel M Collett who was 33 and a farmer, Virginia Collett who was 24, Harriet Collett who was 20, James Collett who was 18 and a farmer, Mercy A Collett who was 14 (but was recorded as son Moses), and Lewis Collett who was 12.  Living at #988 was the family of Jonathan Collett (above), Daniel’s older brother, and at #991 was the younger family of Benjamin Collett, one of the sons of Jonathan Collett (above).

 

 

 

Two years after that census day, when Daniel Collett was 66, he died and was buried at Jonah’s Run Cemetery in Chester Township on 20th September 1862, when his date of birth was recorded as 1st October 1795.  Eight years after being made a widow, Charity Collett from Virginia was 66 and keeping house for her family at #228 in the Wilmington Post Office area of Chester Township, next door to her late husband’s nephew Azel Waters Collett at #289.  The family that day was made up of her stepson Daniel M Collett aged 43 and a farmer, daughter Harriet Collett who was 31 and helping mother, as was Mercy A Collett who was 26, and Lewis Collett aged 24 and another farmer.  Returning to the family was Charity’s married and widowed daughter Virginia Smith, nee Collett, aged 33, with her four-year-old daughter Mary W Smith.  Staying with the family on that occasion was Jacob Haines Collett (Ref. 52O8), the nephew of the late Daniel Collett, the son of Isaac Collett (above).

 

 

 

After a further decade, the stepson of Charity S V Collett, a retired widow aged 76, had taken over the role of head of the household by 1880.  Daniel M Collett aged 53 was a bachelor and a farmer.  Living with him, in addition to his stepmother, was his widowed half-sister Virginia Smith aged 42, and another half-sister, unmarried Harriet Collett aged 40 who was keeping house.  Staying with the family that day, and just prior to his wedding day, was Daniel’s nephew Azel Waters Collett (Ref. 52O21) who was another farmer, who was 31 years old and the youngest son of Jonathan Collett and Sarah McKay.  That relationship, uncle Daniel and nephew Azel, confirms that Daniel was Jonathan’s younger brother.  It was during the following year that Charity S Hackney Collett died of ‘old age’ on 17th September 1881, when she was 78, who was laid to rest at Jonah’s Run Cemetery.

 

 

 

52O22

Daniel M Collett

Born in 1827 at Chester Township, Ohio

 

The following are the children of Daniel Collett by his second wife Charity S V Hackney:

 

52O23

Mary Collett

Born in 1833 at Chester Township, Ohio

 

52O24

Virginia Collett

Born in 1837 at Chester Township, Ohio

 

52O25

Harriet Collett

Born in 1839 at Chester Township, Ohio

 

52O26

James Collett

Born in 1842 at Chester Township, Ohio

 

52O27

Mercy Collett

Born in 1846 at Chester Township, Ohio

 

52O28

Lewis Collett

Born in 1848 at Chester Township, Ohio

 

 

 

 

52N6

Anna Collett was born at Baltimore on 2nd April 1783, the first child of John Collett and Elizabeth Stevenson.  Sadly, she was barely ten years old when she died at Huntington in Pennsylvania on 23rd June 1794, just five days before her brother William (below) also passed away.  This would indicate that her family was suffering with a serious epidemic or illness at that time.

 

 

 

 

52N7

William Collett was born at Baltimore on 24th January 1785, the eldest son of John Collett and Elizabeth Stevenson, although an alternative source lists the month as June.  Tragically he died at Huntington in Pennsylvania on 28th June 1794 when he was just nine years old, the third child in the family to die during that month, following the death of his sister Anna (above) and his brother David (below) who had died five months earlier that year.

 

 

 

 

52N8

Josephus Collett was born at Baltimore on 24th February 1787, one of only three children of John and Elizabeth Collett to survive beyond childhood.  From 1797 to 1812 he and his family lived at Chillicothe where his mother died in 1803.  However, when his widowed father left Chillicothe in 1812 Josephus remained living there, and in 1817 he was made Sheriff of Ross County in Chillicothe, Ohio during 1817, a position he held until 1819.

 

 

 

During the remainder of his life, he was a master mason and he moved from Terre Haute to Eugene in 1824.  It was previous believed that he was twice married, whereas it is now established that he had four wives.  Josephus Collett married (1) Elizabeth Tiffen (1800-1879) on 15th December 1818 at Chillicothe, but from whom he was divorced in 1821.  He then married (2) Elizabeth Greathouse at Vermillion County in Indiana on 28th July 1828, while five years later he married (3) Eleanor Groenendyke (1811-1833) on 7th July 1833 at Vermillion who tragically died at Eugene in Indiana just over four months later, where she was buried on 22nd September 1833, aged 22.  Eleanor was younger sister of Sarah Groenendyke who married Josephus’ brother Stephen Collett (below), and was born on 14th February 1811.  During 1834 Josephus Collett took a common law wife (4) Frances Malone (1810 – who died before 1870) at Vermillion.

 

 

 

However, it is known that he was living at Eugene when he died on 21st February 1872, where he was also buried.  The following notice was published in the Newport Hoosier State newspaper on Wednesday 29th February 1872.  “Died at his residence in Eugene on Wednesday 21st February at 10 o’clock a.m. of dropsy, Mr Josephus Collett senior.  If he had endured the long sickness until Saturday last, the 24th he would have reached the advanced age of 85 years.  The deceased was a native of Huntingdon County, PA.  He became a resident of Chillicothe, Ohio, in 1799, where he resided, except for a short time, when he lived in Columbus in that State, until 1820.  He was commissioned Sheriff of Ross County Ohio in 1818 and 2 years after that time he moved to Terre Haute where he was engaged as Deputy Surveyor of the United States, in surveying the district of land now composing parts of the counties of Hendricks, Putnam, Montgomery and Parke.

 

 

 

In the year 1825 he removed to this county where he has remained up to the time of his death.  Mr Collett possessed strong and marked traits of character, was kind and true to his friends, many of whom will date their friendship a quarter of a century ago.  He accumulated a large property by his prudence and sagacity and was the largest landholder in the county, being worth near $150,000.  He was especially kind and liberal to his tenants, and those in his employ.  One by one the pioneers are going, soon they will all have passed away.  The family, kindred and many friends will long remember him and sincerely respect his memory.”

 

 

 

The Will of Josephus Collett was written on 8th September 1866 in which his immediate heirs were named as his son William Collett, the child of Fanny Malone, his daughter Eliza Collett, the child of Fanny Malone, and his son Edward Collett.  The Will also included the names of three nephews, John Collett, Stephen S Collett and Josephus Collett.  His daughter Martha Collett was also named therein but died just three days after her father.

 

 

 

52O29

Edward Tiffen Collett

Born in 1820 at Chillicothe, Ohio

 

The following are the children of Josephus Collett by his common law wife Fanny Malone:

 

52O30

Martha Jane Collett

Born in 1835 at Eugene, Indiana

 

52O31

William Collett

Born circa 1840 at Eugene, Indiana

 

52O32

Eliza Collett

Born in 1845 at Indiana

 

 

 

 

52N9

David Collett was born at Baltimore on 29th April 1789 and only survived for less than five years when he died at Huntingdon in Pennsylvania on 28th January 1794, the same year that his sister Anna (above) and his brother William (above) both passed away.

 

 

 

 

52N10

Stephen Stevenson Collett was born at Huntingdon in Pennsylvania on 26th December 1791, the youngest surviving son of John Collett and Elizabeth Stevenson.  He was six years old when his parents left Pennsylvania and moved the family to Ohio.  Under the terms of the 1803 Will of Peter Stevens, Stephen Collett the son of John Collett inherited land situated on Hill Street in Huntingdon, together with the silver watch of the said Peter Stevens.  In his early working life Stephen Collett was a clerk.  By 1818 Stephen was living at Vigo County in Indiana, where he remained until 1827 when he settled in Vermillion.  During 1819 and 1820 he followed in his father’s footsteps by becoming a Government Land Surveyor.  It was in February 1821 that he discovered Whitlock Springs which became the location for Crawfordsville.  On 21st May that same year he was elected as the County Surveyor for Parke County, Indiana.

 

 

 

He was thirty years old when he married Sarah Groenendyke at Terre Haute in Indiana on 8th November 1821.  Sarah was twelve years younger than Stephen, having been born at Farmer, Seneca County in New York State on 6th July 1804, the daughter of John Groenendyke and Lucretia Rappleye.  Following their marriage in Terre Haute, it was there that the couple remained for a few years and there where their first two children were born.  From 1822 to 1826 Stephen was a merchant in Terre Haute with William C Linton, and then with Chauncey Rose.  Sometime later in his life he was the manager of a mercantile establishment at Circleville, Ohio. 

 

 

 

Between 1825 and 1827 the family moved to Eugene in Vermillion County where Stephen’s and Sarah’s remaining seven children were born.  The move was perhaps the result of a need for the family to be living near to Stephen’s father, who died there in 1834.  The records show that in 1826 it was Stephen Collett who helped to establish the town of Eugene, and that during the following year he entered into the merchandising business with his brother Josephus Collett.  From 1833 to 1835 Stephen was a member of the House of Representatives for Vermillion County, after which he was the senator for Vermillion, Parke and Warren Counties from 1835 to 1836, and the senator for Vermillion and Parke Counties in 1843.

 

 

 

Stephen and Josephus sold off their business in 1837 and retired to live on their respective estates in Eugene, where they lived until the end of their lives.  During the life of their partnership the two brothers managed a general store and two large packing plants for hogs and cattle, shipping their produce to New Orleans via the Wabash, Ohio and Mississippi Rivers on boats that their owned.

 

 

 

Stephen and Sarah were only married for twenty-two years when Stephen S Collett died at Browning’s Hotel in Indianapolis on 28th December 1843, while the Senate was in session.  Shortly after, he was buried on the family’s farm at Eugene, from where his body was later taken to be buried at Terre Haute, where his father had been buried nine years earlier.  Just over eight years later Stephen’s widow Sarah Collett on 2nd March 1852 at the home farm in Eugene, but was buried with her husband at Terre Haute.  Records indicate that a certain Mrs Collett built the first brick house at Columbus in 1842, and she may have been Sarah Collett, the wife of Stephen Stevenson Collett.

 

 

 

52O33

Emily Collett

Born in 1822 at Vigo, Indiana

 

52O34

Mary Collett

Born in 1824 at Vigo, Indiana

 

52O35

John Collett

Born in 1828 at Eugene, Indiana

 

52O36

Stephen Stevenson Collett

Born in 1829 at Eugene, Indiana

 

52O37

Josephus Collett

Born in 1831 at Eugene, Indiana

 

52O38

Ellen Collett

Born in 1833 at Eugene, Indiana

 

52O39

Sarah Collett

Born in 1835 at Eugene, Indiana

 

52O40

Jane Collett

Born in 1837 at Eugene, Indiana

 

52O41

Clara Collett

Born in 1840 at Eugene, Indiana

 

 

 

 

52N11

Elizabeth Collett was born at Huntingdon in Pennsylvania on either 2nd or 22nd July 1794, where three of her siblings had recently died.  However, further tragedy struck the family when thirty-two months after she was born, Elizabeth Collett died at Chillicothe in Ohio on 14th March 1797.

 

 

 

 

52N12

Mary Collett was born at Chillicothe in Ohio on 18th February 1797, one month before her sister Elizabeth (above) died there.  She was more commonly known as Polly Collett.  Mary was one of just two children of John Collett and Elizabeth Stevenson to be married.  Mary married (1) Joseph Dillow in 1813 at Columbus, Ohio when she was just sixteen years old, the marriage resulting in the birth of a son Jack Dillow.  However, the marriage was not a success and the couple were later separated or estranged. 

 

 

 

What is known is that in 1824 Mary moved to Newport in Indiana where her father had built the first tavern [hotel] in the town, which she then helped him to operate until his death ten years later.  The records show that Mary was divorced from Joseph Dillow on 6th September 1832, and that just over five years later she married (2) Thomas Huff on 18th October 1837 at Columbus.  The only other detail known about Mary is that she died when she was living in Newport.

 

 

 

 

52N13

Emily Collett was born at Chillicothe on 13th August 1799.  The fact that she died at Terre Haute, where her father and her brother Stephen were buried, very likely indicates that she reached adulthood unlike many of her siblings.

 

 

 

 

52N14

Jessie Collett was born at Chillicothe on 2nd January 1802, the last of the children born to John Collett and Elizabeth Stevenson.  Her mother died when she was just one year old, and it was a little while later that Jessie also died at Chillicothe, from where her widowed father moved in 1812.

 

 

 

 

52O1

Daniel Haines Collett was born at Lebanon, Warren County in Ohio, on 11th March 1806, the first child of Moses Collett and Rebecca Haines.  It seems highly likely that Daniel was married twice in his life, on the first occasion to (1) Virginia McKay to whom he was married on 16th March 1826, the event recorded at Warren County, with the written consent of her parents Moses McKay and Abigale McKay signed three days earlier.  With no surviving children arising from that marriage, and with Daniel H Collett marrying Virginia’s sister (2) Maria Ann McKay on 1st November 1830, it is possible that Virginia died during the birth of son Benjamin or shortly thereafter.  It was as a widower, with a baby son, that Daniel married Maria, who cared for the child, until he died seven months later.

 

 

 

According to the death record for their eldest child, Temson Collett, she was born at New Burlington, ten miles north-east of Lebanon, where her father was born, and just a few miles north of Chester Township where all of their remaining children were born and where the family was still living in 1840 and again in 1850.  For the first of them, Daniel H Collett as head of the household, was30 to 40 years old, his wife was 20 to 30, and their children were a son and a daughter who were aged 5 to 10 (Temson and Moses), and two younger children 0 to 5 years (Abagail and Elizabeth).  Completing the family was a 20-to-30-year-old male, and a 15-to-20-year-old female.

 

 

 

By 1850, farmer Daniel H Collett was 44, whose farmland was valued at $11,000.  His wife Maria was 39 and from Virginia, and with them on that day were their five eldest children.  The three daughters were listed as Temson Collett who was 18, A Collett who was 12, E Collett who was 10, and S A Collett who was eight years of age, while their son was described as Moses Collett who was 17.  Not long after the day of the census in 1850, Maria presented Daniel with a sixth child, with their last child born two years later.

 

 

 

Those two extra children were recorded with the Chester Township family in 1860, when farmer Daniel H Collett was 54 and the value of his real estate had increased to $17,800, and the value of his personal was $1,800.  Maria was 49, Temson was 28 (recorded as Thomasin), Moses was 26, Abigail was 24, Elizabeth was 20, Sarah was 18, Francis was 10 and Horace Collett was eight years old.  Staying with the family was Daniel’s cousin Jacob H Collett (below) who was 28 and from Ohio, the son of Isaac and Julia A Collett from Virginia, Isaac being the brother of Daniel’s father Moses.

 

 

 

After a further ten years, the census in 1870 confirmed that the family’s real estate had doubled in value, being $35,840, with the personal estate reported as $2,443.  By that time the family was living in the Wilmington Post Office district of Chester Township, where Daniel H Collett was a farmer aged 64, Maria Collett was 59, Frank Collett was 20, and Horace Collett was 18.  Living with the family that day was the sister of Jacob Haines Collett, from ten years earlier, Catherine Collett who was 34, together with Sarah Collett who was 22, whose position in this family line has yet to be determined.  At the start of the following year, Daniel Haines Collett died at Chester Township on 11th January 1871 when he was 64 years and 10 months old, his place of birth confirmed as Lebanon in Warren County.  The death record immediately before that of Daniel’s, was for Mary Collett (Ref. 52P33) of Chester Township aged eight years and eight months, who died on 6th November 1870, the daughter of Benjamin Collett (Ref. 52O14). 

 

 

 

52P1

Benjamin Collett

Born in 1830 at New Burlington, Clinton Cy

 

The following are the children of Daniel Haines Collett and his second wife Maria Ann McKay:

 

52P2

Temson S Collett

Born in 1832 at New Burlington, Clinton Cy

 

52P3

Moses McKay Collett

Born in 1833 at Chester Township, Ohio

 

52P4

Abigail Collett

Born in 1838 at Chester Township, Ohio

 

52P5

Elizabeth A Collett

Born in 1840 at Chester Township, Ohio

 

52P6

Sarah Ann Collett

Born in 1842 at Chester Township, Ohio

 

52P7

Oliver Francis Collett

Born in 1851 at Chester Township, Ohio

 

52P8

Horace Waters Collett

Born in 1852 at Chester Township, Ohio

 

 

 

 

52O2

Elizabeth Collett was born around 1813, a daughter of Moses and Rebecca Collett, and may have been born at Sugar Creek Township in Greene County, Ohio.  By 1850, Elizabeth was 37 when she was living with her brother Isaac M Collett and her sister Mercy Collett, who was named in error as Mercy Campton, the fourth member of the household being Mary Campton – who may have been Mary Collett (below).  On that occasion, the siblings were residing at Sugar Creek Township, where Isaac was a farmer.  Elizabeth, aged 57, and her sister Mercy never married and were still living together in 1870 at #100 in Waynesville Post Office district of Massie Township, Harveysburg in Warren County, their married brother Isaac living nearby at #104.

 

 

 

They were a close-knit family and, when Isaac moved to Massie Township, where he was farming in 1880 at #181 Clarks Avenue, Elizabeth 67 and Mercy 63 were in lodgings at #189 Clarks Avenue.  On that census day, they had their first cousin Catherine (Ref. 52O9) lodging there with them.  Nine years after that census day, Elizabeth Collett was 76 when she died at Corwin, Warren County on 29th April 1889, and was buried at Miami Cemetery in Waynesville.

 

 

 

 

52O3

Mercy Collett was born during 1817 at Sugar Creek Township and was another daughter of Moses and Rebecca Collett.  For the census in 1850, Mercy was 33 and living at Sugar Creek Township with her older sister Elizabeth (above), her younger sister Mary (below) at the home of their brother Isaac M Collett, a farmer.  After a gap of twenty years, Mercy Collett aged 53, was still living with her unmarried older sister Elizabeth Collett but at #104 Waynesville Massie Township, close to their brother Isaac at #100, who was married by then.

 

 

 

There was a very good family relationship between the older siblings of the family because, in 1880 after her brother Isaac moved to a farm at #181 Clarks Avenue in Massie Township, the same two sisters followed him there.  So that year, when Mercy Collett was 63 and lodging with a family at #189 Clarks Avenue, together with her sister Elizabeth, plus their cousin Catherine Collett (below).

 

 

 

 

52O4

Isaac M Collett was born at Sugar Creek Township on 3rd June 1819, the younger of the two known son of Moses Collett and Rebecca Haines.  The census conducted there in 1830, identified Isaac (not named) as being in the age range of 10 to 15 years while, in the next census of 1840 he was named as Isaac Collett who was aged 20 to 30, as was a female who was listed with, who was very likely one of his sisters.  At the end of the next decade, the small family group of unmarried siblings was living in Sugar Creek Township, where farmer Isaac M Collett was 31 and his real estate was valued at $10,000.  The three females living there with him, were his sisters, with the eldest being Elizabeth Collett who was 37.  The other two were named as Mercy Campton who was 33, and Mary Campton who was 28, an enumerator error presumably, since they were later referred to as Collett. 

 

 

 

The earlier Tax Assessment Forms including members of the family, for example in 1846 there were Isaac M Collett, Sarah R Collett, Mercy Collett, Elizabeth Collett, and Rebecca Collett.  In 1847 there were just two names Isaac M Collett and sister Mercy Collett and by 1848, it was just Isaac M Collett.

 

 

 

A later move saw the siblings leaving Sugar Creek who, in 1860 were recorded at Spring Valley in Greene County.  That year Isaac was 44 and a farmer, whose real estate was worth $13,560, and his personal estate was $700.  His eldest sister Elizabeth was 47, and Mercy Collett was 43, neither having an occupation, while helping Isaac run the farm was 26-year-old John Pratt from Delaware.

 

 

 

Three years later, on 16th April 1863, Isaac M Collett married Clara (Clarissa) Ross, with their wedding recorded at Warren County.  She was the daughter of Thomas R Ross and Harriet Van Horn.  Seven years later, the childless couple was residing within the same Waynesville Post Office district of Massie Township, Harveysburg in Warren County in 1870.  Isaac M Collett was 51 and working on a farm, when wife Clarissa R Collett was 47 and keeping house at #104.  Living close by was Elizabeth Collett aged 57 and keeping house at #100, who had living there with her, Mercy Collett who was 53 and described as ‘helping her sister keep house’.

 

 

 

It was again at Massie Township that Isaac M Collett, a farmer, was 61 in 1880, when his wife Clarissa R Collett was 57.  The census that year was entitled “Inhabitants in Harveysburg incorporated village Massie Township”, with the couple’s address being #181 Clarks Avenue.  Lodging at #189 Clarks Avenue were again his sisters Elizabeth Collett and Mercy Collett, aged 67 and 63, together with Catherine Collett (below) who was 45 and correctly described as ‘first cousin’ to the two sisters.

 

 

 

Isaac M Collett died on 26th October 1895 at the age of 76, when he was living at Massie Township, Harveysburg in Warren County Ohio, on the east side of Caesar Creek Lake.  The record of his passing confirmed that he had been born in Greene County, that he was a married, but retired, the cause of death being heart disease.  On being buried at Miami Cemetery in Waynesville on the day he died, his date of birth was confirmed as 3rd June 1819.  By 1900 widow Clara R Collett was 77 and with her sister Sarah C Ross, aged 79, at the Montgomery Township, Franklin County, Ohio home of their unmarried nephew Finton Ross aged 37 and an office clerk.  Three years after, at the age of 80, Clara R Collett died at Columbus, Franklin County on 24th July 1903, after being ill for only seven days, and was buried on 26th July at Lebanon, where she was born during the month of May in 1823.

 

 

 

 

52O5

Mary Collett was born in 1822 at Sugar Creek Township, the last child of Moses Collett, who died when she was one year old, and his wife Rebecca Haines.  In the census of 1850, four siblings from the family were residing at Sugar Creek Township, when Mary Collett aged 28 was mistakenly recorded as Mary Campton.  She was the youngest of the four siblings, the others being farmer Isaac M Collett and head of the household, Elizabeth Collett who was the eldest sibling, and Mercy Collett, also recorded in error with the surname Campton.  It is possible that Mary was married after that day.

 

 

 

 

52O6

Frederick C Collett was born at Chester Township during 1825, the first child of Isaac Collett and Julia Goodrich.  He was 25 years old in the Chester Township census of 1850, when he was living there with his family as Fred C Collett, a farmer.  Five years later, the marriage of Frederick C Collett and Almira Tibbals took place in Clinton County, Ohio, on 8th February 1855.  That was the first connection between the Collett and Tibbals families.  Their son was born during the following year but, in the next census of 1860, for the Oakland Post Office area of Chester Township, it was only mother and son who were recorded at #1001.  They were Almira Collett who was 34, and Frederick C Collett who was four years of age.  Living in the adjacent property, next door at #1002, was farmer Moses N Collett (Ref. 52O13) aged 35 and his family, Moses being the cousin of Almira’s absent or deceased husband.  No recorded of the family has been found after 1860.

 

 

 

52P9

Frederick C Collett

Born in 1856 at Chester Township, Ohio

 

 

 

 

52O8

Jacob Haines Collett was born at Chester Township in 1832, the son of Isaac and Julia Collett.  And it was there that he and his family were living in 1850 when Jacob was 17.  Ten year later, Jacob H Collett aged 28 was staying with his cousin Daniel Haines Collett (above) at Chester Township.  By 1870, Jacob H Collett said he was 36, instead of 38, when he was lodging with another Collett family at Chester Township (#106), in the Wilmington Post Office area of the township.  That family was headed by widow Charity Collett from Virginia who was 66 and keeping house who, had with her, her stepson Daniel M Collett (Ref. 52O22) aged 43, and four of her own children by her deceased husband Daniel Collett (Ref. 52N5).  They were Harriet Collett 31, Mercy A Collett 26, Lewis Collett 24, Virginia Smith, nee Collett, widow at 33, and her four-year-old daughter Mary W Smith.  It was just under three years later that unmarried farmer Jacob H Collett died at Chester Township on 12th January 1873 at the age of 40.  Two days later he was buried at Jonah’s Run Cemetery.

 

 

 

 

52O9

Catherine Collett was born at Chester Township on 17th March 1835, the youngest child and only known daughter of Isaac Collett and Julia Goodrich.  In the census of 1851, she was 15 and still living with her family at Chester Township.  She had left home by 1860, when Catherine Collett was 25 and staying at the Xenia Township in Greene County, Ohio, the home of her cousin Daniel M Collett (below), an attorney at law, and his wife Sarah Kyle Collett, and their six children.  After a further ten years, Catherine was 34 in 1870 and, on that day, she was back at Chester Township in the Wilmington Post Office district of the township.  The family that she was with then was that of her eldest cousin and farmer Daniel Haines Collett (Ref. 52O1), his wife Maria, and their three young unmarried children.  It was with Daniel’s unmarried and elderly sisters, Elizabeth and Mercy Collett, that Catherine Collett was 45 in 1880, when the three of them were lodging at #189 Clarks Avenue in Massie Township.  She never married and, bizarrely, it was on her birthday that she died at Harveysburg in Warren County on 17th March 1892, at the age of 57, when she was buried at Miami Cemetery in Waynesville.

 

 

 

 

52O10

Daniel M Collett was born at Chester Township in 1808, the eldest son of Jonathan Collett by his first wife (named unknown).  It was later when he married Sarah Kyle on 11th November 1830, their wedding recorded at Greene County, Ohio.  It is possible that their early years together were spent at Jamestown, Greene County where, certainly, the couple’s fourth child was born, before returning to Chester Township.  According to the Chester Township census of 1840, the family comprised, head of the household Daniel Collett who was 30 to 40, his wife of the same age, and their five sons.  The two older boys were 5 to 10 years, with the other three being under 5 years of age.  By 1950, the family was still residing at Chester Township, #104, where farmer Daniel Collett was 41, Sarah Collett was 42, their eldest son Isaac Collett was 18, Samuel Collett was 16, John Collett was 14, William Collett was 12, Seth Collett was 10, Daniel Collett was eight, Francis Collett who was six, and daughters M A Collett who was four, and J A Collett who was two. 

 

 

 

Living at that same location in Chester Township were three other Collett families.  Next door at #103 was Nathan Collett (below) with his family - Daniel’s younger brother, at #105 was another Daniel Collett (Ref. 52N5) who was 54 and the younger brother of Jonathan Collett (Ref. 52N3) who was 63 and living at #106, all of them farmers.

 

 

 

By 1860, the family as living at Xenia Township in Greene County, Ohio.  Also, by then, one of his sons was a farmer, while Daniel was working as an attorney at law at the age of 51.  His wife Sarah K Collett was 52, and it was their eldest son William Collett who was the farmer aged 22.  The other children were Seth Collett 21, Daniel Collett 19, Mildred Collett 14, Julia Collett 12, Ella Collett who was nine.  Completing the family group was Daniel’s cousin Catherine Collett (above) who was 25 and the daughter of Isaac and Julia Collett.

 

 

 

At the end of the decade, the family was recorded in the 1870 Census at Cedarville Township in Greene County, but on that census day head of the family was absent.  Sarah was 63, son William R Collett was 33, Seth A Collett was 31, Mildred A Collett was 23, and Ella M Collett was 19.  It is unfortunate, that the completed census return is nearly impossible to unreadable.

 

 

 

Daniel Collett was a lieutenant with B Company of 40th Regiment of the Ohio Infantry, and a Union Veteran, when died on 15th June 1875 and was buried at Jonah’s Run Cemetery, to the south of Chester Township.  The next census in 1880, placed Sarah K Collett, a widow aged 72, residing at 25 Franklin Street in Van Wert, in the home of her married son William R Collett and his family.  Twenty years after being made a widow, the death of Sarah Kyle Collett was recorded at Van Wert, Ohio, in 1895 and was buried at the Woodland Union Cemetery in Van Wert.

 

 

 

52P10

James Isaac Collett

Born in 1832 at Jamestown, Ohio

 

52P11

Samuel Byrel Collett

Born in 1833 at Jamestown, Ohio

 

52P12

John Collett

Born in 1836 at Jamestown, Ohio

 

52P13

William Robert Collett

Born in 1837 at Jamestown, Ohio

 

52P14

Seth S Kyle Collett

Born in 1839 at Chester Township, Ohio

 

52P15

Daniel Collett

Born in 1841 at Chester Township, Ohio

 

52P16

Francis Collett

Born in 1844 at Chester Township, Ohio

 

52P17

Mildred A Collett

Born in 1846 at Chester Township, Ohio

 

52P18

Julia A Collett

Born in 1848 at Chester Township, Ohio

 

52P19

Ella M Collett

Born in 1851 at Chester Township, Ohio

 

 

 

 

52O11

Nathan Haines Collett was born at Roxanna in Greene County on 26th November 1810, and was another son of Jonathan Collett by his first wife.  He was 27 years old when Nathan H Collett and Mary S Hackney were married at Chester Township on 13th October 1836, their wedding recorded at Clinton County.  Four years prior to that, the second marriage of Daniel Collett (Ref. 52N5) and Charity S V Hackney took place on 2nd August 1832, and was recorded in Warren County.  It is possible that Charity, born in 1803, was an older sister of Mary, being nine years younger, as their respective families were virtually living together in 1850 – see below.  Their first two children were born in Greene County, before the family settled in Chester Township.

 

 

 

The family was residing at Chester Township (#103) for the census of 1850 when farmer Nathan Collett was 39, and his wife Mary Collett was 37 and expecting the birth of the couple’s last child.  Their four children were Eleanor Collett who was 12, Hannah Collett who was eight, Rebecca Collett who was six, and Louisa Collett who was four years of age.  The next three adjacent homesteads were the homes of three other Collett families.  They were: (#104) farmer Daniel Collett (above) and his family, who was Nathan’s older brother; next at (#105) was farmer Jonathan Collett (Ref. 52N3) and his family; and at (#106) Jonathan’s brother and another farmer, Daniel Collett (Ref. 52N5) and his second wife Charity (Hackney) Collett and their five children, plus Daniel’s son Daniel M Collet from his first marriage.

 

 

 

During the next decade the family moved into the Oakland Post Office district of Chester Township, where they were recorded in the census of 1860.  By that time the family living at #1006 comprised Nathan H Colett who was 49 and a farmer, whose real estate was estimate to be worth $8,000, plus his personal estate of $1,000.  His wife Mary S Collett was 48 and from Virginia, Eleanor Collett was 22, Hannah Collett was 18 and a school teacher, Rebecca Collett was 16, Louisa Collett was 14, and son Hugh Collett was 10 years old.  As was the case ten years earlier, there were two other Collett families nearby, and they were Almira Collett (Ref. 52O6) who was 34 with just her four-year-old son Frederic C Collett living at #1001, next door to farmer Moses N Collett (Ref. 52O13) aged 35 at #1002.  His farm was valued at $13,500, with his personal estate said to be $2,200.  Living there with him was his wife Mary Collett aged 31, and their daughter Sally M Collett who was four years old.

 

 

 

It was within the Wilmington Post Office area of Chester Township that the family was recorded in the census of 1870.  Nathan H Collett was 59 and his farmland was valued at $9,900 down in value from ten years earlier, so it may have been a smaller acreage with his advancing years.  Mary was 58, Eleanor was 33, Hannah was 28, Rebecca was 26, Louisa was 23, and Hugh was 20.  All four daughters were ‘helping their mother’, while Hugh was working on his father’s farm.

 

 

 

On just one page of the 1880 Census for Chester Township, there were twenty members of the Collett family, all residing adjacent to one another.  At #42 was the family of Nathan and Mary who, by then only had their three unmarried daughters still living with them.  Nathan H Collett was still a farmer at 69, Mary S Collett was 68, Eleanor was 42, Hannah was 38, and Louisa was 32 (sic).  Assisting Nathan on the farm was John Dorn a farm servant aged 16.  Their son Hugh was married by then and living next door at #41 with his wife and first child. 

 

 

 

Living at #40 was Bernard Yeo Collett (Ref. 52P32) with his wife and baby daughter, at #39 was Bernard’s father Benjamin Collett (Ref. 52O14) with his wife and daughter, while at #38 were the six members of the family of Moses N Collett (Ref. 52013).

 

 

 

No record of any member of the family has been identified within the next census in 1890, and the reason might be that Nathan Haines Collett died during the previous year on 27th September 1889, and was buried at Miami Cemetery in Waynesville.  Then, less than seventeen months after being widowed, Mary S Hackney Collett died on 18th February 1891 and was buried with her husband at Miami Cemetery.  Her date of birth was recorded as 2nd March 1812.  It was some between those two dates, or later in 1891, that their three unmarried daughters, Eleanor, Hannah, and Louisa took over ownership of the farm.

 

 

 

52P20

Eleanor Collett

Born in 1837 at Greene County, Ohio

 

52P21

Hannah Collett

Born in 1841 at Greene County, Ohio

 

52P22

Rebecca Collett

Born in 1844 at Lebanon, Warren County

 

52P23

Louisa Collett

Born in 1846 at Chester Township, Ohio

 

52P24

Hugh Sidwell Collett

Born in 1850 at Chester Township, Ohio

 

 

 

 

52O12

Ann Collett was born at Chester Township in Clinton County, Ohio on 14th March 1824, the first-born child of Jonathan Collett by his second wife Sarah McKay of Hole in the Woods in Ohio.  Ann married William McCune on 30th October 1849 and the marriage produced nine children for the couple.  William was born at Wilmington on 1st November 1824.  Their nine children were: Oscar born in 1851; twins Howard and Horace born in 1852; William born in 1856; twins Sally and Rachel born in 1858; Martha born in 1860; Mary born in 1862; and George who was born in 1864.

 

 

 

On 17th June 1870 Ann was made a widow when her husband William either died or was killed.  So, by the time of the census in January 1880 Ann McCune was a widow of fifty-six.  She was ‘keeping house’ while her three sons Howard 27, William 24, and George 16, managed the farm at Adams in Clinton County, Ohio.  Also still living with Ann were two of her daughters, Martha aged 20 and Mary who was 18.  Ann McCune nee Collett was still living in Ohio when she died on 5th March 1913.

 

 

 

 

52O13

Moses N Collett was born at Chester Township on 7th June 1825, the eldest son of Jonathan Collett and Sarah McKay.  By 1850, Moses’ father was 63 and had already handed management of the farm over to Moses aged 24 and his brother Benjamin aged 23 (below), both of them described as farmers.  Five years later, when Moses was around twenty-nine years old, he married Mary Jane Smith at Clinton County on 29th November 1854.  They were subsequently married for twenty-seven years, during which time Mary presented Moses with six children, and all of them born while the couple were living at Chester Township.

 

 

 

At the time of the census in 1880, Moses N Collett was recorded as being fifty-four and a farmer from Ohio.  His wife Mary J Collett, also of Ohio, was fifty-two and was ‘keeping house’.  Four of the six children were still living with them at Chester Township on that occasion, and they were Sally M Cooke, the couple’s widowed married daughter who was twenty-four, sons Edwin and Benjamin who were seventeen and thirteen respectively, and their daughter Bertha V Collett who was eight years old.  The two boys were described as ‘working at home’, so probably on the farm.

 

 

 

The family was living at Chester Township #38, while the next four adjacent farms were also the homes of other members of the Collett family.  At #39 was the family of Benjamin Collett (Ref. 52O14), at #40 was Benjamin’s son Bernard Y Collett (Ref. 52P32), at #41 was farmer Hugh S Collett (Ref. 52P24) aged 25, his wife Mary M Collett 28, and their son Ewing N Collett who was one year old, and at #42 was Moses’ older half-brother (above) Nathan H Collett (above) aged 69, with his wife and three unmarried daughters, his youngest child being the aforementioned Hugh S Collett.

 

 

 

It is known that Moses’ eldest son James had died before reaching his first birthday and, with no trace of the couple’s youngest daughter who would have been nearly three years old, it seems highly likely that Allie Maria Collett also suffered a childhood death.  It was just less than two years after the census day, when Moses N Collett was 56, that he died on 27th December 1881 from a heart-attack, his passing recorded at Clinton County.  Many years later, his widow Mary Jane Collett nee Smith passed away on 1st January 1903.

 

 

 

52P25

Sally M Collett

Born in 1856 at Chester Township

 

52P26

James Collett

Born in 1860 at Chester Township

 

52P27

Edwin S Collett

Born in 1862 at Chester Township

 

52P28

Benjamin Collett

Born in 1866 at Chester Township

 

52P29

Bertha Virginia Collett

Born in 1871 at Chester Township

 

52P30

Allie Maria Collett

Born in 1877 at Chester Township

 

 

 

 

52O14

Benjamin Collett was born at Chester Township on 18th December 1826, and was the son of Jonathan Collett and Sarah McKay.  He was educated at the commons school in Chester Township and began his life as a farmer in Warren County, but after a few years he returned to Chester Township, where he remained until 1867, when he moved back to Warren County and Harveysburg.  That was confirmed in the Chester Township census in 1850, when Benjamin Collett was 23 and jointly running the family farm with his brother Moses (above), their father having retired by then.  Later that same year, he married Sarah Yeo on 3rd October 1850, Sarah having been born at Chester Township on 26th August 1829, the daughter of Joshua Yeo and Allie Duffy.  The marriage produced four known children of which, sadly, only two survived beyond childhood.

 

 

 

Benjamin was a Republican and both he and Sarah were members of the Baptist Church.  During the Civil War he served as a captain of the home militia and was later promoted to colonel and, at one time, he was the paymaster of the local militia.  Benjamin was also a diarist and documented the day-to-day events in the life of a farming family in south-western Ohio in the years following the end of the Civil War.  A family diary was completed in 1868 and that is now in the possession of Benjamin’s great nephew Stephen Wallace Collett (Ref. 52R4) of Norway.

 

 

 

The diary has inscribed on it, the words ‘Ben Collett of Harveysburg, Ohio’ and was written when he was forty-one.  Harveysburg was established in 1831 and was named after the Quakers Jesse and Elizabeth Harvey who founded the first free school for African-American children in Ohio.  The diary also acted as a family bible, insofar as it contains details of the children of Benjamin and Sarah, together with details of Benjamin’s parents and his brothers and sisters.  At the time of writing, Benjamin and his family were living just of the Wilmington to Harveysburg Road (which today is Route 73).

 

 

 

The Collett farmstead comprised 152 acres and was part of the original four thousand acres purchased by Daniel Collett (Ref. 52M4) in 1813.  From the records so far found, all four children of Benjamin Collett and Sarah Yeo were born at Chester Township, despite the diary suggesting the family had moved to Harveysburg prior to the birth of their last child.  Certainly, the census in 1860 (and 1870) placed the family at Chester Township #991, in the Oakland Post Office area of the township, where Benjamin was 33 and a farmer, the property assessed for tax purpose at $9,000, with Benjamin’s personal estate worth 1,300.  His wife Sarah was 31, and the couple’s surviving son Bernard being seven years old.  Their first child had already suffered an infant death.  Living close by, at #989, was the large family of farmer Daniel Collett (Ref. 52N5), Benjamin’s uncle, while at #988 was Daniel’s older brother, farmer Jonathan Collett (Ref. 52N3).

 

 

 

The situation in 1870 was similar to 1860 except, that by then, it was within the Wilmington Post Office district of Chester Township that the family was recorded in that year’s census.  Benjamin was 43 and the value of the farm was $12,000 and his personal assets had risen to $2,000.  Sarah was 40 and keeping house, son Bernard was 16 and working on the farm, when daughter Mary Collett was eight years old and attending school – who tragically died not long after.  The note, on the census immediately after Mary’s name, stated “End of Chester Township”.

 

 

 

According the next census in 1880, Benjamin Collett of Ohio was a farmer of fifty-three and was living at Chester Township #39 in Clinton County.  The only members of his family still living with him at that time were his wife Sarah Collett who was fifty and also from Ohio who was keeping house, and their youngest child Anna M Collett who was seven years old.  The farm and house in which Benjamin and his family lived, was situated adjacent to the home of his brother Moses (above) and his family at #38.  The other members of the Collett family living there were his son Bernard Yeo Collett at #40, while at #41 was Hugh S Collett (Ref. 52P24), and at #42 was Hugh’s father Nathan H Collett (Ref. 52O11).  To the east of Ben’s homestead was the one-roomed school house in a locust grove.

 

 

 

Farmer Benjamin Collett, a married man aged 66 who was born at Chester Township, died there on 12th October 1892 from blood poisoning, and it was fifteen years later that his wife Sarah died in 1907.  Following the deaths of their parents, the house at Chester Township was later occupied by son Bernard and daughter Anna until the mid-1920s.  Sometime in the 1930s or 1940s the timber farmhouse was destroyed by fire and was rebuilt in brick.  However, the original timber barn was still standing as recently as 1985.

 

 

 

52P31

Allen Collett

Born in 1851 at Chester Township, Ohio

 

52P32

Bernard Yeo Collett

Born in 1853 at Chester Township, Ohio

 

52P33

Mary Collett

Born in 1862 at Chester Township, Ohio

 

52P34

Anna Mary Collett

Born in 1872 at Chester Township, Ohio

 

 

 

 

52O15

Francis Collett was born at Chester Township on 17th May 1829 and sadly died while still an infant.

 

 

 

 

52O16

Martha Collett was born at Chester Township on 1st February 1831.  She was 19 years old in the census of 1850, when she was still living with her family.  Nearly twelve years after that, on 29th January 1862, she married John P Denny who was born near Lebanon in Warren County on 4th July 1823.  The marriage produced two children for the couple, they being Anna Collett Denny (1865-1943), and George McKay Denny (1871-1950).  The Denny family was living at Chester Township in Clinton County at the time of the census of 1880.  John Denny was a farmer aged 56, his wife Martha C Denny was 48 and keeping house, while their two children were Anna C Denny who was fourteen, and George M Denny who was eleven.  Martha’s husband died at Clinton County just twenty months later on 10th August 1881, while Martha Denny nee Collett was still living at Chester Township when she died on 21st January 1911.

 

 

 

 

52O17

Aaron Collett was born at Chester Township on 19th October 1832, and he was nearly twenty-two when he died on 11th September 1854.  Four years earlier, he was recorded with his family in the Chester Township census conducted in 1850.  On that occasion, he had no job of work at the age of 18, when his brothers were working on the family farm, perhaps indicating that he did not enjoy good health.  In the Chester Township census of 1840, there was another Aaron Collett.  He was head of the household and described as being 40 to 50.  His wife was 30-to-40, their son was 10-to-15, and their daughter was within the age range 15-to-20 years.  Who they were has still to be determined.

 

 

 

 

52O18

George Collett was born at Chester Township on 21st December 1834, and just like his brother Francis (above) before him, he too died in his infancy.

 

 

 

 

52O19

William Jonathan Collett was born at Chester Township on 30th June 1838.  He was recorded as simply William Collett aged eleven years in the census of 1850, when he was still living on the family farm at Chester Township.  Just over fourteen year later, he married Elizabeth D Macy at Clinton County on 7th December 1864.  Elizabeth was born on 4th September 1840, the daughter of Nathan Macy and Mary Scroggy.  Tragically, none of the three children from the marriage survived beyond their infant years.  Therefore, the census for Massie Township in Warren County in 1880 listed just William Collett, a farmer of forty-one, and his wife Elizabeth Collett who was also forty-one.  The couple were supported by bachelor Hiram Pore who was twenty-three and listed as a servant.  William J Collett was nearly seventy years old when he died on 28th January 1908.

 

 

 

52P35

Nathan Jonathan Collett

Born in 1865 at Clinton County, Ohio

 

52P36

George T Collett

Born in 1866 at Warren County, Ohio

 

52P37

Mary S Collett

Born in 1877 at Warren County, Ohio

 

 

 

 

52O20

ROBERT COLLETT was born at Chester Township on 27th December 1840, the son of Jonathan Collett and Sarah McKay, who was eight years old (sic) in the 1850 census for Chester Township.  He was 19 in the next census in 1860, by which time his mother had passed away and he and four of his unmarried siblings were still living with their widowed father.  It was nine years later when he married Henrietta Wilgus Sabin at Harveysburg in Massie Township on 18th November 1869.  Henrietta’s parents were Arnold Truesdell Sabin and Harriet Wilgus, and she was born at Harveysburg on 4th July 1850.  The marriage produced seven children for Robert and Henrietta and, with the exception of their first child, all of them were born at Chester Township.  That first child was born when Robert and Henrietta were living at Paola in Miami County in Kansas.

 

 

 

It was at Chester in Clinton County that the family was living in 1880.  The census that year recorded them as Robert Collett a farmer of 39, his wife Henrietta who was 30 and keeping house, and both of them from Ohio, while with them were the first four of their eventual seven children.  They were Harry Ewing Collett of Kansas who was nine, Arnold Collett who was seven, Howard Collett who was four and Harriet Collett who was one year old.  Living with the family, and helping Henrietta with her young children was widow Mary Singleton aged 50, and helping Robert on the farm was Isaac Patten who was 20.

 

 

 

Twenty years after that the Chester census in 1900 listed the family as Robert Collett who was 60, Henrietta Collett who was 50, their three sons Howard Collett who was 24, Maurice Collett who was 15 and Robert Collett junior who was eight years of age.  Ten years later the Chester census of 1911 recorded the family group as Robert Collett aged 69, Etta Collett aged 59, their son Arnold S Collett who was 36 and his wife Cassie Collett who was also 36, and the youngest son Robert Collett junior who was 17.

 

 

 

Robert Collett, a farmer of 70 years, died at Chester on 28th September 1911, following which he was buried at the Miami Cemetery in Waynesville on 2nd October 1911.  His death certificate confirmed that he was the son of Jonathan Collett and Sarah McKay, both of them from Fredericksburg in Virginia.  Henrietta Wilgus Collett nee Sabin was a widow for six years, when she died at Wilmington in Clinton County, Ohio on 4th September 1917.

 

 

 

52P38

Harry Ewing Collett

Born in 1870 at Paola, Miami City, Kans.

 

52P39

Arnold Sabin Collett

Born in 1873 at Chester Township, Ohio

 

52P40

HOWARD COLLETT

Born in 1876 at Chester Township, Ohio

 

52P41

Harriet Sabin Collett

Born in 1878 at Chester Township, Ohio

 

52P42

Horace Clinton Collett

Born in 1880 at Chester Township, Ohio

 

52P43

Maurice Collett

Born in 1885 at Chester Township, Ohio

 

52P44

Robert McGilvrey Collett

Born in 1892 at Chester Township, Ohio

 

 

 

 

52O21

Azel Waters Collett was the youngest child of Jonathan Collett and Sarah McKay and was born in Ohio on 17th September 1842, although there are differing records as to the actual place of birth, be it at Chester Township in Clinton County or Jefferson.  Azel was seven years of age in the Chester Township {#105) census of 1850, when his family was living immediately adjacent to the family of Daniel and Charity Collett.  Listed with his family that day was Emily McKay aged ten years, with whom he was still living at Chester Township in 1860.  By that time Azel W Collett was 17 and working on the family farm, while his cousin Emily McKay was 20 years of age.  At that time in their lives, as in 1850, they were still living with Azel’s parents, Jonathan and Sarah Collett.  

 

 

 

Ten years after that day, 27-year-old Azel W Collett was a farmer and single, living in the Wilmington Post Office area of Chester Township.  The census return stated that his farmland had a value of $16,240, while his personal estate was estimated to be $4,810.  Living with him, at #229, was employee and farm labourer Adam Stoops aged 25, his wife Charlotta Stoops, who was employed as Azel’s housekeeper, together with the couple’s one year old son James Stoop.  Residing next door at #228, was the aforementioned Charity Collett and her family, a widow and second wife of Daniel Collett (Ref. 52N5).  Maybe to help his aging aunt manage her farm, during the 1870s, Azel moved in with Charity, where he was recorded in the census of 1880.

 

 

 

Head of the household that year was 76-year-old retired farmer Charity Collett, together with her stepson Daniel M Collett 53, her widowed daughter Virginia C Smith 42, her unmarried daughter Harriet Collett 40, and her nephew, farmer Azel W Collett who was 37.  It was eight years later, that Azel Waters Collett married Isabel Morris on 29th February 1888, their wedding recorded at Warren County (Vol. 4 page 408).  The marriage licence was issued on 23rd February by the Judge of the Probate Court for Warren County, when W J Collett duly sworn that Azel W Collett was more than twenty-one years of age and has no lawful wife living, and that Isabel Morris is more than eighteen years of age and has no lawful husband.

 

 

 

No record of the married couple has been found within the US census of 1890 but, ten years later, Azel and Isabel were living at New Burlington #296 in Chester Township, next door at #295 was Azel’s widowed uncle, the aforementioned Daniel M Collett, with two of his sisters.  Farmer Azel W Collett was 58, and his wife was 52, who had been married for twelve years but with no children.  It was during the following year that Azel Collett died on 9th September 1901 and was buried at the Miami Cemetery in Waynesville.

 

 

 

Isabel Morris was born on 11th September 1847, the daughter of John Morris and Mary Stanley.  Nine years after the death of her husband, Isabelle Morris Collett was 61 when she was living at Xenia in Greene County, Ohio, where she was confirmed as a widow who had been born in Ohio, her parents both born in Virginia.  It was again as Isabelle Morris Collett that she died on 2nd October 1918 at Waynesville, where she was buried on 4th October at the age of 71, most likely with her late husband.

 

 

 

 

52O22

Daniel M Collett was born at Chester Township in 1827, the only son of Daniel Collett and his first wife Virginia McKay, who died either giving birth to Daniel, or shortly thereafter.  In the 1830 he was recorded as the only son of widower Daniel Collett, aged between 0 and 5 years, while in 1840, he was the eldest child living with his father and his stepmother in the age range 10 to 15, all as detailed within the census returns for Chester Township.  For the new census forms in 1850, every member of the household was named, when Daniel M Collett was 23 and a farmer, most likely working with his father who, had married Charity S V Hackney in 1832.

 

 

 

Daniel himself never married and remained a bachelor all his life, who continued to live with his stepmother even after his father passed away, when he took over management and ownership of his father’s estate.  Prior to his father’s death in 1862, the census return in 1860 for the Oakland Post Office district of Chester Township, recorded his father’s farm as having a value of $22,000, while the land being farmed nearby by Daniel M Collett, aged 33, was said to be worth $18,000, and his personal estate being $1,500.  So, it may be correct to assume that after 1862, the combined land value was around $40,000.

 

 

 

It was within the Wilmington Post Office district of Chester Township that farmer Daniel M Collett was 43 in 1870, and was 53 in 1880, on both occasions he was still with his stepmother and farming their land.  She died at the end of the summer in 1881 and, so far, no record of Daniel has been found within the US Census of 1890.  Interestingly, there were two Daniel M Colletts born in Ohio around 1827 and one died in 1864 and was buried at Jonah’s Run Cemetery on 30th May 1864.  This therefore validates that Daniel M Collett who was 53 in 1880 was the unmarried man who died in 1900, who was then buried at the Miami Cemetery in Waynesville.

 

 

 

 

52O23

Mary Collett was born at Chester Township in 1833, the eldest of the six known children of Daniel Collett by his second wife Charity S V Hackney.  She was the unnamed daughter aged 5 to 10 years living with her parents in 1840, and was 17 years of age in the Chester Township census of 1850. 

 

 

 

 

52O24

Virginia Collett was born at Chester Township in 1837, another daughter of Daniel and Charity Collett.  She was another unnamed daughter aged 0 to 5 years living with her parents in 1840, and was 13 years of age in the Chester Township census of 1850.  By 1860, Virginia and her family were residing in the Oakland Post Office area of the township, when she was 24 years old.  Two years later, her father died, sometime after which Virginia was married and became Virginia Smith.  In 1866 she gave birth to a daughter, her only child, as she was widowed shortly after.  On her own, and with a small baby, it was inevitable that Virginia returned to live with her mother in Chester Township, where Virginia Smith, a widow, was 33 in 1870, and her daughter Mary W Smith was four years of age.

 

 

 

 

52O25

Harriet Collett was born at Chester Township on 31st July 1839, the third daughter of Daniel and Charity Collett, who was under five years old in the census of 1840.  Harriet was 11 years old in 1850 and by 1860, she and her family were living in the Oakland Post Office region of Chester Township when Harriet was 20 years of age.  She never married and died on 5th May 1923 while still living at Chester Township, at the age of 83.  Her death record confirmed that she was the daughter of Daniel Collett from Virginia, and Charity Hackney, also from Virginia, with the informant named as A S Collett.  He was Arnold Sabin Collett (Ref. 52P39) and was Harriet’s nephew, being a son of her cousin Robert Collett (above) and his wife Henrietta Sabin.  The same record stated that she was buried on 8th May 1923 at the Miami Cemetery in Waynesville.

 

 

 

 

52O26

James Collett was born at Chester Township in 1842, the fourth child and eldest son of Daniel and Charity Collett.  In the census of 1850, he was recorded as Jess Collett, aged eight years, which may have been a misinterpretation of Jms.  That was corrected in the next census in 1860, when James Collett was 18 and living with his family in the Oakland Post Office area of Chester Township, where he was working on his father’s farm.  No further record of James has been found.

 

 

 

 

52O27

Mercy Collett was born at Chester Township in 1846, the youngest daughter of Daniel and Charity Collett and was five years of age in 1850.  Whether or not it was an enumerator error but, rather curiously, in the census of 1860, she was recorded with her family at Oakland Post Office district of Chester Township, as 14-year-old son Moses Collett.

 

 

 

 

52O28

Lewis Collett was born at Chester Township in 1848, the sixth and last known children of Daniel Collett by his second wife Charity S V Hackney.  In the next two census returns, Lewis was three years of age and 12 years old, and was only 14 when his father died in 1862.

 

 

 

 

52O29

Edward Tiffen Collett was born in 1820, the only child of Josephus Collett by his first wife Elizabeth Tiffen from whom he was divorced when Edward was around one year old.  On completing his education Edward entered the medical profession and it was as Doctor Edward Tiffen Collett that his death at McCune in Crawford County, Kansas on 16th October 1878, was reported in the Newport Hoosier State newspaper.  “From The Banner, McCune: Dr E T Collett, who has been living for the past two months with Mrs Sherfic near McCune, becoming tired of life, took opium last Sunday morning.  It was several hours after he took the medicine, before his condition was known.  Dr A W Doan was then sent for, but it was too late to save him, and he died at 7 o’clock Monday morning.  Deceased was about 58 years old, a graduate of the Louisville, Kentucky Medical College, and has relatives living in Vermillion County, Indiana.

 

 

 

 

52O30

Martha Jane Collett was born during 1835, the daughter of Josephus and Fanny Collett.  Although she was named in her father’s Will of 1866, it was just three days after he had died that the death of Martha Jane Collett was recorded on 24th February 1872 at Eugene in Vermillion County, Indiana.

 

 

 

 

52O32

Eliza Collett was born in 1845, the last known child of Josephus Collett by his common law wife Frances (Fanny) Malone.  She was named within her father’s will of 1866 and it known to have later married to become Eliza O’Boyle, which was the name her death was recorded on 10th November 1900. 

 

 

 

 

52O33

Emily Collett was born at Terre Haute, Vigo in Indiana on 12th December 1822, the eldest child of Stephen Stevenson Collett and Sarah Groenendyke.  She was married twice in her life, the first time to (1) Doctor W C Montgomery, and the second time to (2) Oliver P Davis.  She gave birth to two daughters, Mellie and Florence Montgomery who both married judges; Mellie to Joshua Jump, and Florence to Charles W Ward.  From her second married Emily presented her husband with a son Josephus Collett Davis, who later married Linda Hendrich.  Emily Davis nee Collett died on 5th August 1886 at Newport in Indiana, where she was also buried.

 

 

 

 

52O34

Mary Collett was born at Terre Haute, Vigo in Indiana on 20th October 1824.  She married J Paxton Campbell on 3rd July 1844 and they had a son Henry Campbell who later married Allie Huston, another son Stephen Collett Campbell who married Lizzie Powell, and a daughter Minnie Collett Campbell who married Colonel Willis T May.  None of the marriages produced any grandchildren for Mary and her husband.  Mary Campbell nee Collett died on 28th February 1882 at Crawfordsville in Indiana, where she was also buried.

 

 

 

 

52O35

John Collett was born at Eugene, Vermillion County in Indiana on 6th January 1828.  He graduated from Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Indiana in 1847 and was elected State Senator for Vermillion and Parke Counties in 1870.  From 1878 to 1879 he was State Commissioner, and from 1879 to 1884 he was State Geologist for Indiana, when he wrote many works of reference.  In addition to this, he also prepared and published the first geological map of Indiana, plus twenty-seven geological maps of various counties. Together with his brother Josephus Collett (below), he established and fully endowed Collett’s Home for Orphans located in Vermillion and built on land owned by his father Stephen S Collett senior.  He remained a bachelor all his life and died at Terre Haute in Indiana on 15th March 1899, where he was buried.  According to the census of 1880, John Collett from Indiana was fifty-two and unmarried, while living at the home of the farming Randolph family in Eugene.

 

 

 

 

52O36

Stephen Stevenson Collett was born at Eugene in Vermillion County on 13th December 1829, the son of Stephen Stevenson Collett and Sarah Groenendyke.  Like his brothers John (above) and Josephus (below), he attended Wabash College in Crawfordsville, where he was recorded as Steven S Collett in 1850.  Afterwards became a clerk at the general store of Campbell, Galey and Harter in Crawfordsville, which he did from 1855 to 1856.  In 1857 he and his uncle, Sam Groenendyke, purchased William Naylor General Store in Eugene, although the partnership only last for less than three years when Sam Groenendyke died in New Orleans in 1860.  When that happened, his half of the business was taken over by Stephen’s brother Josephus Collett.  The company of Collett Brothers then moved their business to Newport, Indiana, where they purchased a large pork packing plant.

 

 

 

Both concerns were successfully managed by Stephen and Josephus until 1867, when Josephus sold his share in the combined businesses to his cousin William Collett.  The two cousins continued with their partnership until 1869 when they sold the store and the packing plant to John Stakley and E Young Jackson.  Stephen was then reunited in business with his brother Josephus, and together they built the first railroad in Vermillion County from Terre Haute to Danville in Illinois, the Evansville, Terre Haute & Chicago Railroad.  Josephus became the president of the company, with Stephen taking the roles of secretary and treasurer.  They successfully operated the railroad until 1881, when it was leased to the Chicago & Eastern Illinois Railroad.

 

 

 

Twenty years earlier, Stephen Collett had married Sarah Jane Dunlap at Newport in Indiana on 29th May 1861, the ceremony having been conducted by the Reverend John W Parrett.  The married produced five children for the couple, the eldest of whom later married the daughter of the Reverend Parrett.  Sarah Jane Dunlap was the eldest child of Alexander E Dunlap and Margaret Fosselman, and was born in Illinois on 15th August 1841, making her just twenty years old when she married Stephen.  Stephen S Collett junior established the First National Bank at Newport, at a time when he was the landowner of some ten thousand acres, which included some coal mines, and in 1880 he set up the Collett & Company Bank, also in Newport, which he operated until his health failed, causing him to retire.

 

 

 

The whole family were listed together for the census in 1880 when they were living at Vermillion.  Stephen S Collett was described as being 50 and a banker from Indiana, his wife Jane was nine years younger at 41, and was keeping house, and with them were their five children.  They were confirmed as John D Collett who was 18 and who was farming, Eva Collett who was 16 and still attending school, together with Sam D Collett who was 11, Ben D Collett who was seven, and Fred D Collett who was five, both of whom were described as being at home, rather than at school.

 

 

 

It is highly likely that shortly after the census day in 1880 the family moved to Newport for Stephen’s banking work, since it was there that he died on 8th November 1902.  Stephen had been an invalid for the two years prior to his death, and had used a wheeled-chair to get around.  His widow Sarah Collett nee Dunlap survived him by nearly eighteen years, when she passed away on 17th July 1920 and was buried in Newport.

 

 

 

52P45

John Dunlap Collett

Born in 1862 in Indiana

 

52P46

Eva Collett

Born in 1864 in Indiana

 

52P47

Samuel Dunlap Collett

Born in 1868 in Indiana

 

52P48

Benjamin Dunlap Collett

Born in 1873 in Indiana

 

52P49

Frederick Dunlap Collett

Born in 1875 in Indiana

 

 

 

 

52O37

Josephus Collett was born at Eugene in Vermillion County on 17th August 1831.  He too attended Wabash College, as Joseph Collett, and graduated in 1857, following which he was a merchant with his brother Stephen (above) at Eugene and at Newport.  At the time of the census in 1880, he was recorded as Joseph Collett, aged 50 and from Indiana.  His occupation at that time was ‘railroad superintendent’ and on that occasion he was living with the McCutchin family at Terre Haute.

 

 

 

In fact, between 1869 and 1881 he and his brother Stephn had built the first railway in Vermilion County, the Evansville, Terre Haute & Chicago Railroad, of which Josephus was the president and his brother the secretary and treasurer.  During those years he also built an owned the Austin & North-Western Railway in Texas, the Otter Creek Valley Railway in Indiana, the Genesee Valley Railway in New York, and the Nevada Central Railway.  He also assisted his brother Stephen in 1880 to establish Collett & Company Bank in Newport, where Josephus was the cashier.  Just like his brother John (above), Josephus also stayed unmarried all his life and died on 13th February 1893 at Terre Haute, where he also was buried.  It was also to Terre Haute that he and his brother Stephen presented the town with the land that became Collett Park.

 

 

 

Nearly twenty years prior to his death, on 24th July 1873, and as a conditional gift, he deeded to North-Western Christian University twenty-five acres of land in Irvington, a suburb of Indianapolis, for the location of the college.  Four years later, the name of the school was changed to Butler University.  With a gentleman by the name of Babcock, Josephus built and owned Coronado Beach Hotel in San Diego, California.  He was also the President of the Board of Trustee for Rose Polytechnic in Terre Haute at the time of his death, and to which he gave $75.000 in his Will.  He was also instrumental, with his brother John Collett (above) in founding the Collett Home for Orphans in Vermillion, which was built on land given to them by Stephen Stevenson Collett senior, their father.

 

 

 

 

52O38

Ellen Collett was born at Eugene in Vermillion County on 9th February 1833.  She later married lawyer D Milt Jones, with whom she had four children.  Their eldest child was Rita Jones who died at Washington on 28th April 1928 where she was buried, having previously been married to (1) Craig Hunter and (2) Doctor A B Coolridge.  Daughter Nellie C Jones died at Terre Haute and was buried at Newport, and their son Doctor Frank C Jones married Mabel Barnard, while Martha Ellen Jones married Stephen Hewitt.  Ellen Jones nee Collett lived a long life and died at Washington on 31st January 1924, but was later buried at Newport, Indiana.

 

 

 

 

52O39

Sarah Collett was born at Eugene in Vermillion County on 12th January 1835.  However, she only survived for four short years when she died on 11th September 1839 and was buried in the Collett family grave at Terre Haute.

 

 

 

 

52O40

Jane Collett was born at Eugene in Vermillion County on 10th December 1837 and she married James H Turner.  The couple was living at Terre Haute when Jane died there on 23rd June 1915, and it was there that she was also buried.

 

 

 

 

52O41

Clara Collett was born at Eugene in Vermillion County on 14th August 1840, the youngest child of Stephen Stevenson Collett and Sarah Groenendyke.  She married Crawford Fairbanks and had two daughters.  Sarah Fairbanks married Bruce F Fairley, while Alive Fairbanks married his brother Crawford Fairley. Clara Fairbanks nee Collett died on 9th February 1911, following which she was buried with the majority of her siblings at Terre Haute.