PART FIFTY-FIVE

 

The Wakefield & Leeds Line - 1710 to 2010

 

Updated June 2016

 

 

This is the family line of Peter Collett Turnbull (Ref. 55S1) of Keighley, who was

instrumental in putting it together, the line being denoted by the names in capitals.

 

It is also the family line of Michael Richard Collett (Ref. 55S2) of Wiltshire

which is denoted by the names that are underlined

 

 

 

It may be significant that during 2011 the baptism record for a member of the Collett family was found in Wakefield.It recorded that Ann Collitt was baptised at All Saints Church in the town on 25th January 1665.She was the daughter of Edward Collitt, but tragically died eighteen months later on 26th August 1666.Where this family might fit into the Wakefield family has still to be determined.

 

 

 

It is confirmed that Richard Collett (Ref. 36L10), who starts this family line, was the second son and sixth child of William Collett of Barwick-in-Elmet and his wife Margaret Berry of Featherstone Moor, whose complete family can be found in Part 36 Ė The Barwick-in-Elmet (Leeds) Line, and whose line of descendents goes back to 1610.

 

 

 

 

55L2

Richard Collett (Ref. 36L10) was born at Barwick-in-Elmet in 1710, where he was baptised on 1st May 1710.He married Mary Healey of Wakefield on 3rd June 1734 at All Saints Church in Wakefield, where the couple settled and where all of their children were born and baptised.It is worth noting here, that all of the children of Richard and Mary were baptised with the name Collit, whereas for the following generations, the more traditional spelling of the name was used, and it is this which is used throughout this family line.

 

 

 

Richardís father died in 1748 and his Will proved in 1749 included his son Richard Collett as a beneficiary.However, rather curiously having regarding to the fact that all of Richardís children were baptised at Wakefield, he was described as ďmy son Richard Collett of Nottingham, a framework knitterĒ for which he received Five Pounds.Later in the same Will, Richard Collett and his older brother Thomas Collett each received a further Three Pounds, over and above the Five Pounds bequeathed to them earlier in the Will.

 

 

 

55M1

Mary Collett

Baptised on 26.03.1735 at Wakefield

 

55M2

Hannah Collett

Baptised on 04.01.1737 at Wakefield

 

55M3

Catherine Collett

Baptised on 08.10.1738 at Wakefield

 

55M4

John Collett

Baptised on 06.10.1740 at Wakefield

 

55M5

Fanny Collett

Baptised on 01.11.1742 at Wakefield

 

55M6

Ann Collett

Baptised on 27.09.1744 at Wakefield

 

55M7

Richard Collett

Baptised on 30.01.1748 at Wakefield

 

55M8

Robert Collett

Baptised on 11.12.1750 at Wakefield

 

55M9

William Collett

Baptised on 09.10.1752 at Wakefield

 

 

 

 

55M1

Mary Collett was born at Wakefield where she was baptised at All Saints Church on 26th March 1735, the eldest child of Richard Collett and Mary Healey.It was also at All Saints that Mary married Joseph Smirthwaite on 30th November 1757

 

 

 

 

55M2

Hannah Collett was born at Wakefield where she was baptised at All Saints Church on 4th January 1737.Hannah was around twenty-two years of age when she married John Scholey at All Saints on 27th February 1759.The marriage resulted in the birth of eight children and they were:Agnes (1763-); John (1764-); Sarah (1767-1768); Fanny (1769-); Henry (1770-); Thomas (1772-); Sarah (1773-); and Ann (1778-).

 

 

 

 

55M4

John Collett was born at Wakefield where he was baptised at All Saints Church on 6th October 1740, the eldest son of Richard and Mary Collett.When in his mid-twenties John married Mary Punton at the parish church of St Peterís in Leeds on 13th January 1766.Once married the couple settled in Leeds where all of their children were born, and all bar one of them was baptised at St Peterís Church.It was their fourth child who was baptised at All Saints Church in Wakefield.

 

 

 

55N1

Richard Collett

Born in 1766 at Leeds

 

55N2

Mary Collett

Born in 1769 at Leeds

 

55N3

Fanny Collett

Baptised on 14.03.1772 at St Peterís Leeds

 

55N4

Richard Collett

Born in 1774 at Leeds

 

55N5

Mary Collett

Born in 1779 at Leeds

 

55N6

John Collett

Born in 1781 at Leeds

 

 

 

 

55M6

Ann Collett was born at Wakefield where she was baptised at All Saints Church on 27th September 1744.She later married Andrew Silcock on 17th November 1768, and that also took place at All Saints in Wakefield.

 

 

 

 

55M7

Richard Collett was born at Wakefield where he was baptised at All Saints Church on 30th January 1748, and it was there also that he married Betty Newton on 9th January 1780.Richard and Betty continued to live in Wakefield after they were married, where their children were born and baptised.

 

 

 

55N7

John Collett

Born in 1782

 

55N8

Richard Collett

Born in 1784

 

55N9

Mary Collett

Baptised on 25.05.1786 at Wakefield

 

55N10

Elizabeth Collett

Baptised on 17.08.1789 at Wakefield

 

 

 

 

55M8

Robert Collett was born at Wakefield where he was baptised at All Saints Church on 11th December 1750.It is not exactly clear what happened to Robert, but it is believed that he was married and that his marriage produced a son for Robert who was born at Wakefield around 1785.

 

 

 

55N11

Robert Collett

Born circa 1785 at Wakefield

 

 

 

 

55N1

Richard Collett was born at Leeds in 1766 and was the eldest child of John Collett and Mary Punton.He was baptised at St Peterís Church in Leeds on 12th January 1767, although it seems highly likely that he died while he was still in his infancy.

 

 

 

 

55N2

Mary Collett was born at Leeds in 1769 and was baptised at St Peterís Church on 24th June 1769 but, like her brother Richard (above), she too did not survive beyond infancy.

 

 

 

 

55N4

Richard Collett was born at Leeds in 1774 and, unlike all of his siblings, he was baptised at All Saints Church in Wakefield on 3rd December 1774.It was however, at St Peterís Church in Leeds where he married Mary Bulmer on 26th May 1800.Mary was more than four years older than Richard, having been born at Leeds on 4th January 1770, where she was baptised on 11th February 1770, the daughter of Richard Bulmer.Richard and Mary continued to live in Leeds after they were married, and it was there that all of their children were born and baptised at St Peterís Church.At the time of the birth of their son Alfred, Richard was referred to as Ďof Briggateí which was a street running through the heart of central Leeds.

 

 

 

55O1

Charles Edwin Collett

Born in 1802 at Leeds

 

55O2

Newton Collett

Born in 1804 at Leeds

 

55O3

Alfred Collett

Born in 1806 at Leeds

 

55O4

John Collett

Born in 1808 at Leeds

 

55O5

Elizabeth Mary Collett

Born in 1810 at Leeds

 

 

 

 

55N5

Mary Collett was thought to have been born at Leeds in 1779, while it was certainly there, at St Peterís Church, that she was baptised on 6th April 1779.However, with her marriage to John Williams at St Peterís Church on 18th January 1796, when she would have been sixteen, there is a strong possibility that she may have been baptised when she was anything up to three years old.

 

 

 

 

55N6

John Collett was born at Leeds in 1781 and was baptised at St Peterís Church on 8th December 1781, the youngest child of John Collett and Mary Punton.He married Maria Laycock at St Peterís Church on 14th August 1809 and at the end of the following year the coupleís only child was born.When their son was four years old, John Collett died at Leeds during 1815.

 

 

 

55O6

William Collett

Born in 1810 at Leeds

 

 

 

 

55N7

John Collett was born at Wakefield in 1782, where he was baptised at All Saints Church on 22nd April 1783, the eldest son of Richard Collett and Betty Newton.John Collett was only 15 years old when his death was recorded at Wakefield on 6th February 1798, when he was confirmed as the son of Richard and Collet (sic).

 

 

 

 

55N8

Richard Collett was born at Wakefield in 1784 and was baptised there at All Saints Church on 6th December 1784, the second son of Richard Collett and Betty Newton.Just prior to his twentieth birthday, Richard married Sarah Shepherd at All Saints on 12th April 1803.Sarah was about seven years older than Richard, having been born in Leeds around 1777.Six of the coupleís children were born at Leeds, where they were baptised at the Church of St Peterís.However, their youngest daughter was baptised at Wakefield on 3rd March 1819, when the childís parents were confirmed as Richard and Sarah Collitt.

 

 

 

Richard Collett died in 1838 three years after his eldest son Charles became a married man in London.Following the death of her husband, Sarah travelled to London to live with son Charles and his wife.And it was there, at 12 Upper Brunswick Terrace in Islington that she was living with them in 1851 at the age of 73, when she was described as an annuitant.It was just three years after that when Sarah Collett nee Shepherd died in London during 1854.

 

 

 

55O7

Charles Collett

Born on 08.11.1806 at Leeds

 

55O8

John Shepherd Collett

Born on 10.03.1808 at Leeds

 

55O9

Henry Collett

Born on 22.03.1810 at Leeds

 

55O10

Sarah Collett

Born in 1813 at Leeds

 

55O11

Sarah Collett

Born in 1815 at Leeds

 

55O12

Maria Collett

Born in 1819 at Thornes in Wakefield

 

55O13

William Collett

Born in 1825 at Leeds

 

 

 

 

55N11

Robert Collett was born at Wakefield around 1785, the only son of Robert Collett.All that is known about him is that he married Elizabeth and that the marriage produced five children for the couple, and that all of them were born at Wakefield and baptised at All Saints Church.From the registration of the births of his children it is known he was a joiner.

 

 

 

55O14

John Collett

Born in 1814 at Wakefield

 

55O15

Ann Collett

Baptised on 11.12.1816 at Wakefield

 

55O16

Charles Collett

Baptised on 16.06.1819 at Wakefield

 

55O17

Robert Collett

Baptised on 19.02.1825 at Wakefield

 

55O18

Thomas Collett

Baptised on 12.01.1827 at Wakefield

 

 

 

 

55O1

Charles Edwin Collett was born at Leeds in 1802 but was baptised at All Saints Church in Wakefield on 1st May 1802, the eldest child of Richard Collett and Mary Bulmer.Around the age of twenty-one Charles married Elizabeth Wainwright at Kirkheaton on 24th February 1823, with whom he had three children.It is likely that all three children were born while the couple were living in Leeds, as it was there at St Peterís Church that they were baptised.By the time of the first national census in 1841 Charles may well have died, since his son Richard was a visitor at the North Leeds home of his brother Alfred (below).In addition to not locating Charles, no record of his wife Elizabeth has also been identified.However, their eldest daughter Eliza Collet (sic), age 15, was living and working in the West Leeds area.

 

 

 

55P1

Richard Henry Collett

Born in 1822 at Leeds

 

55P2

Eliza Mary Collett

Born in 1825 at Leeds

 

55P3

Juliana Collett

Born in 1828 at Leeds

 

 

 

 

55O2

Newton Collett was born at Leeds in 1804 and was baptised at St Peterís Church on 5th March 1804, the son of Richard and Mary Collett.Sadly, it is believed, that he died while he was still in his infancy.

 

 

 

 

55O3

Alfred Collett was born at Leeds on 14th November 1806, and it was there he was baptised at St Peterís Church on 19th April 1807, the son of Richard and Mary Collett.He was twenty-one when he married Elizabeth Liversedge at St Peterís Church on 10th July 1826 and together they had three children who were all born while the family was living in Leeds.All three children were baptised at the same parish church of St Peter in Leeds, with the coupleís two sons being christened in a joint ceremony on the same day in March 1831.On that occasion the family was recorded in the parish register as living at Meadow Lane in Leeds, from where the boysí father, Alfred Collett, was working as a grocer.

 

 

 

The complete family of five was recorded in the June census of 1841 as residing at Blezard Fold, off Meadow Lane, in Leeds.The census return on that occasion listed the family under the incorrect spelling of the surname with just one t.So Alfred Collet was 30, his wife Eliz Collett was 35, and their three children were Ricd Collet, age 12, Alfred Collet who was 10, and Mary Collet who was eight years old.Staying with the family at that time was visitor Richard Henry Collett, also listed as Ricd Collet, who had a rounded age of 15, when he was actually nearer 18 years of age.Although no relationships were included in that early census, if they had he would surely have been described as the nephew of Alfred Collett, he being the only known son of his older brother Charles Edwin Collett (above).

 

 

 

At the time of the census in 1851, Alfred and Elizabeth were living in Queen Square in the Little London district of Leeds with their three children.Alfred Collett was 44 and his occupation was that of a book-keeper, while Elizabeth Collett was 47.Their son Richard Collett was 21 and a clerk and book-keeper at a woollen warehouse, son Alfred Collett was 20 and was working as a printer, while daughter Mary Collett was 17.Ten years later in 1861 it was only their son Richard who was still living in Leeds with Alfred and Elizabeth, who were recorded under the name of Collitt.By that time they were residing at 6 Marlborough Street in Leeds, where Alfred Collitt, age 54, was working as an insurance agent, Elizabeth Collitt was 57, and their son Richard Collitt was 31.All three of them were confirmed as having been born at Leeds.

 

 

 

The coupleís last appearance in any census was in 1871 when Alfred Collet (sic) was 64, and his wife Elizabeth was 67, when they were recorded in the West Leeds registration district, while their unmarried son Richard Collet (sic), age 40, was listed in the Wortley & Bramley district of Leeds.

 

 

 

55P5

Richard Collett

Born in 1829 at Leeds

 

55P6

Alfred Collett

Born in 1831 at Leeds

 

55P7

Mary Emily Collett

Born in 1833 at Leeds

 

 

 

 

55O4

John Collett was born at Leeds in 1808, and he was baptised at St Peterís Church on 24th June 1809, the youngest son of Richard Collett and Mary Bulmer.

 

 

 

 

55O5

Elizabeth Mary Collett was born at Leeds on 5th December 1810 and was baptised at St Peterís Church on 28th April 1811, the youngest child of Richard Collett and Mary Bulmer.New information received from Julie Couchman in 2013 has confirmed that she was the actress Eliza Mary Collett who took up with the comedian William McCarthy although it is understood they never married.Their relationship produced a daughter Agnes McCarthy, who was born at Bishops Auckland near Durham, who also later became an actress.Agnes was baptised at St Andrews Church on 25th February 1838, the daughter of William McCarthey (sic).

 

 

 

By the time of the census in 1841 the three on them were recorded within the Birmingham parish of St Martin where Eliza McCarthy was 29, William McCarthy was 28, and their daughter Agnes McCarthy was three years old.Living in the property next door was the East family of William East, age 45, and his wife Sarah who was also 45, and their daughter Ann East who was 10. It may be of interest that in 1861 unmarried mother of two children Mary Ann Collett (Ref. 41o7) from Ickenham was living with Thomas East and his wife Ellen at their Hillingdon home, while within a few years Mary Ann married William Weatherley the brother of John Weatherley who is mentioned below.

 

 

 

No record of the family had been found in 1851 until it was noticed by Julie Couchman that the family was incorrectly recorded under the surname Macontley.The family of three on that occasion were visitors at the home of William and Hannah Nash in Birmingham Road in West Bromwich.William McCarthy (Macontley) was 39 and a comedian from Leeds, his Ďwifeí Eliza also from Leeds was 40, and their daughter Agnes from Durham was described as a comedienne at the age of 13.By 1871 Eliza was living with her daughter Agnes who by then was married to George Edenden.

 

 

 

The marriage of Agnes McCarthy and George W Edenden was recorded at Whitstable in Kent during 1870 when Agnes was stated as being 29 and from Bishops Auckland and the daughter of Elizabeth MacCarthy.Rather oddly the married record named Nottinghamshire as the county for Bishops Auckland.The daughter of Agnes and George Edenden was Grace Edenden and she married John Weatherley whose Weatherley & Collett families are featured in Part 41 Ė The Middlesex Ickenham & Ruislip Line.Both in 1891, when she was 49, and again in 1901 when she was 60, Agnes Edenden was still living in Whitstable with her husband, while it was in 1891 when she said she was born at Bishops Auckland, but in 1901 she gave her county of birth as Nottinghamshire.So it would appear that it was Agnes who was confused about her place of birth.

 

 

 

New information was received in February 2014 from Gemma Dales of the Collett & Weatherley families in Part 41 reveal that Eliza had given birth to a son prior to the birth of her daughter Agnes who did not survive.Owen McCarty (sic) was born in 1834, when Eliza was 24, and was buried at Liverpool on 2nd March 1834.The burial record confirmed that he was the son of Elizabeth and William McCarty, with the fatherís profession as that of a musician.

 

 

 

 

55O6

William Collett was born at Leeds in 1810 where he was baptised on 25th December 1810, the only son of John Collett and Maria Laycock.When William was around the age of five years his father died in 1815.Seventeen years later he married Sarah Dufton who was also born in Leeds around 1810.The marriage took place at St Peterís Church in Leeds on 15th February 1832, and over the following years the couple were blessed with the birth of five daughters.All of them were born while William and Sarah were living in Leeds, with the first two girls having been baptised at St Peterís Church in Leeds.Sadly, the coupleís third child did not survive beyond her infant years as see was listed with her family in 1841, but was not there in 1851.

 

 

 

In June 1841 the family was living within the Leeds & North Leeds registration district, when William and his wife Sarah both had a rounded age of 30, while their four daughters on that occasion were Maria Collett, who was eight, Sarah Collett, who was five, Emma Collett, who was one year old, and Ellen Collett who was only a few months old. Ten years later the family was recorded in the 1851 census for Leeds & West Leeds as William Collett and Sarah Collett, both 41, with their four surviving daughter being Maria Collett, age 18, Sarah Collett, age 15, Ellen Collett, who was 10, and Mary Collett who was under one year old.No record of any member of the family has been found after 1851.

 

 

 

55P8

Maria Collett

Born in 1832 at Leeds

 

55P9

Sara Ann Collett

Born in 1835 at Leeds

 

55P10

Emma Collett

Born in 1838 at Leeds; infant death

 

55P11

Ellen Collett

Born in 1840 at Leeds

 

55P12

Mary Collett

Born in 1850 at Leeds

 

 

 

 

55O7

Charles Collett was born at Leeds on 8th November 1806 and was baptised there on 3rd December 1806, the eldest son of Richard Collett and Sarah Shepherd.Charles married (1) Charlotte Machin at St Jamesí Church in Westminster, London on 5th April 1835.Charlotte was born at Swynnerton in Staffordshire around 1794 and was about twelve years older than Charles.It would appear that Charles and Charlotte continued to live in London after they were married, since it was there during the fourth quarter of 1853 that Charlotte died.Two years earlier, the census in 1851 placed Charles and Charlotte living at 12 Upper Brunswick Terrace in the Islington district of the city.Charles, at 44 and from Leeds, was a London City Missionary.His wife Charlotte from ĎSwinnertoní was 56, and living with the couple at that time was Charlesí widowed mother Sarah Collett who was 73 and an annuitant from Leeds.The three of them were supported by a general servant, Mary A Brown who was 18 and from the Bramley area of Leeds.

 

 

 

Eight years after the death of Charlotte, Charles married (2) Mary Lomas at the Church of St John the Evangelist in Notting Hill on 29th October 1861.That second marriage lasted for a similar number of years for Charles as his first had, when Mary died at Brentford in Middlesex during the third quarter of 1888.According to the 1881 Census, Mary was born at Littlebury near Saffron Walden in Essex around 1810 and was a well to do lady with her income coming from house property.By that time Charles was 74 and a retired missionary, and he and Mary 71 were living at 7 Windsor Terrace in Ealing, where they employed a general servant, 17 years old Anne Slackwood who was also from Littlebury.

 

 

 

 

55O8

John Shepherd Collett was born at Leeds on 10th March 1808 and it was at St Peterís Church that he was baptised on 16th January 1809.Just before his twentieth birthday John married (1) Mary Robinson at St Peterís Church in Leeds on 27th January 1828, with whom he had three children who were all born in Leeds.It is not known when Mary died, but John was in his fifties when he married (2) Jane Flanders at Kensington in London during the second quarter of 1863.Sadly Jane, who was born at Eaton Bray near Dunstable in Bedfordshire in 1810, died eight years later in 1871 when the couple was living in the Lambeth area of London.Following the death of his second wife, John left London and was living on Portsea Island in Hampshire near to where his son John William Collett was living, when he died in 1874.

 

 

 

55P13

Henry Collett

Born in 1828 at Leeds

 

55P14

Richard Isaac Collett

Born in 1830 at Leeds

 

55P15

John William Collett

Born in 1836 at Leeds

 

 

 

 

55O9

Henry Collett was born at Leeds on 22nd March 1810 and one month later he was baptised at St Peterís Church on 18th April 1810.It would appear that he married the older Elizabeth before he was nineteen years old, since the first of their three children was born at Leeds in 1829.All three children were baptised at St Peterís Church in Leeds.Whilst no record of Henry Collett has been found in any census return, in 1829 he was living at Nile Street in Leeds where his occupation was that of a labourer, all as confirmed on the St Peterís Parish Register for the birth of his son.In 1841 his wife Elizabeth, with a rounded age of 40, featured in the North Leeds census that year, when she was living there with just her two daughters Mary, who was 10, and Elizabeth who was seven.Where her son and husband were on that occasion is not known, nor have they been identified at anytime thereafter, so it may be safe to assume that both of them had passed away before 1841.

 

 

 

Previously placed in error in this family was their assumed son William Fenton Collett, while the son of Henry and Elizabeth Collett was simply William Collett who was born at Leeds on 12th April 1829 and baptised at St Peterís Church in the city on 10th May 1829.William Fenton Collett on the other hand was born on 13th July 1824 and was baptised at St Peterís Church on 30th August 1824, the son of matting weaver George Collett of York Street in Leeds and his wife Elizabeth.Further details of this Ďunplacedí member of another Collett family from Leeds can be found in Appendix Two.

 

 

 

55P16

William Collett

Born in 1829 at Leeds

 

55P17

Mary Ann Collett

Born in 1831 at Leeds

 

55P18

Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1833 at Leeds

 

 

 

 

55O10

Sarah Collett was born at Leeds in 1813, where she was baptised on 11th June 1813 at St Peterís Church, the daughter of Richard and Sarah Collett.It has been assumed that she died within the next year, since the third child born into the family was also given the name Sarah.

 

 

 

 

55O11

Sarah Collett was born at Leeds where she was baptised on 15th May 1815 at St Peterís Church, the daughter of Richard Collett and his wife Sarah Shepherd.Sarah was in her twenty-first year when she married James Barnett at St Peterís Church in Leeds on 1st September 1835.

 

 

 

 

55O12

Maria Collett was baptised Thornes near Wakefield on 3rd March 1819, the daughter of Richard and Sarah Collett, although in the parish register the surname was recorded as Collet.It seems rather curious that Sarah was baptised at Thornes, while all of her siblings were born and baptised in Leeds.Perhaps it was her fatherís work that took him and his family the few miles south to the Wakefield area for just a short while, before returning to Leeds where his last child was born.

 

 

 

 

55O13

William Collett was born at Leeds where he was baptised at St Peterís Church on 16th August 1825, the youngest child of Richard and Sarah Collett.Not much is known about him except that he later married Emma Petty at Leeds on 17th August 1847 when they were both 21 years of age.No record of the couple has been positively identified within any census return, but in 1871 an Emma Collett, age 46, was living within the Leeds registration district.

 

 

 

 

55O14

John Collett was born at Wakefield in 1814 and was the eldest son of Robert and Elizabeth Collett.He was baptised at All Saints Church in Wakefield on 10th September 1814 and he later married Mary Gardam who was born at North Newbold near Market Weighton during 1817.The wedding took place at St Peterís Church in Leeds on 21st June 1840 and the marriage register contained the following information.John was a joiner, like his father, who was residing at York Street in Leeds, and was of full age and the son of Robert Collett. His bride Mary was the daughter of William Gardam, a labourer, and was residing at Little Bridge Street in Leeds.It was also at Leeds that the coupleís five children were born between 1840 and 1854.

 

 

 

On the occasion of the first national census in 1841 John was away from the family home in Leeds, so it was only his wife and their first child who were recorded in the North Leeds census in June that year.Mary Collett was given a rounded age of 20, when she was actually nearer 23, and her son Joseph was one year old, although in all probability he was well under one year old since his parents had only married exactly one year earlier.Three more children were added to the family during the next decade, as confirmed by the next census in 1851.John Collett was 36, his wife Mary was 33, and their four children were Joseph, who was 10, Maria who was six, Hannah who was four, and Jane who was two years old.

 

 

 

According to the census in 1861, the family was still living in the North Leeds registration district but by then the coupleís only son was married and was living in the same vicinity.Head of the household John was 46, his wife Mary was 43, and their four daughters were Maria Collett, age 16, Hannah Collett, age 14, Jane E Collett, age 12, and Margaret A Collett who was six years old.It was just over two years later when John Collett died at Leeds during the second quarter of 1863.

 

 

 

In 1871 his widow Mary was 53, and the only member of her family still living with her in Leeds was her youngest daughter Margaret A Collett who was 16.After a further ten years Mary Collett, age 63 and from Newbold near Chesterfield, was living with her eldest married daughter Mary M Lee and her family at 26 Grant Place in Leeds in 1881.Ten years later the census in 1891 included Mary Collett living in the North Leeds area at the age of 73.Mary survived for another four years, when her death was recorded at Leeds during the first quarter of 1895.

 

 

 

55P19

Joseph Collett

Born in 1841 at Leeds

 

55P20

Mary Maria Collett

Born in 1844 at Leeds

 

55P21

Hannah Gardam Collett

Born in 1847 at Leeds

 

55P22

Jane E Collett

Born in 1849 at Leeds

 

55P23

Margaret A Collett

Born in 1854 at Leeds

 

 

 

 

55O15

Ann Collett was born at Wakefield where she was baptised on 11th December 1816, the second child and eldest daughter of Robert and Elizabeth Collett.With the speculation that her older brother John (above) may have been married at Leeds sometime before 1840, it is also considered possible that the entry within the parish records for St Peterís Church in Leeds of the marriage of Ann Collett in 1836 relates to Ann from nearby Wakefield.If so, then Ann Collett married Thomas Tomkinson on 16th July 1836.

 

 

 

 

55P1

Richard Henry Collett was born at Leeds on 22nd November 1822, the eldest son of Charles Edwin Collett and Elizabeth Wainwright.He was baptised at St Peterís Church on 26th May 1824 when he was eighteen months old.On the occasion of the North Leeds census in 1841 Ricd Collet, with a rounded age of 15, was a visitor at the home of his uncle Alfred Collett at Blezard Fold in Leeds.It was also in Leeds on 25th December 1847 that Richard married Ann Wood who was born on 23rd May 1824 in the village of Chapel Allerton, three miles north of Leeds Township.Entry no. 52 in the Baptism Register for 1824 at St. Mathews Church in Chapel Allerton confirms that Ann, the daughter of labourer John Wood and his wife Margaret, was baptised there on 18th July 1824.

 

 

 

However, new information received from Peter Collett Turnbull in 2011 has verified that Richard and Ann already had two children by the time they were married.The births of those two children were never registered, nor did their parents have them baptised, although it is established that Margaret Mary Collett arranged her own baptism when she was nearly 17 and living apart from her family.By the time of the Leeds North census in 1851 Ann had presented Richard with four children, but sadly their first son, born after they were married, had not survived beyond a few weeks.Furthermore their eldest child and base-born daughter Elizabeth would appear to have never lived with her parents, instead she was living with her maternal grandparents in 1851.

 

 

 

So the family in 1851 comprised Richard Collett, age 28, and his wife Ann, who was also 28, and two of their three surviving children, who were Margaret who was three years old, and Charles who was still under one year old.Their eldest daughter Elizabeth, age four years, was described as a visitor at the Leeds North home of John and Margaret Wood rather than a grandchild.All of the coupleís eight children were born while Richard and Ann were living in Leeds, although tragically only four of them lived long enough to be married.In 1858 their eighth and last child was born, but by then two of the earlier children had already passed away.

 

 

 

All of that was confirmed in the North Leeds census of 1861 when Richard H Collett was 38, Ann Collett was 37, Charles E Collett was 10, Eva A Collett was eight, Richard H Collett was five, and Eliza Collett was three years old.Also by that time the coupleís eldest daughter Elizabeth Collett, age 16, was no longer living with her grandparents, but was living and working not far away in the West Leeds registration district.So far though, no record of her younger missing sister Margaret has been found in 1861.Tragically later that same year Richardís son and namesake died and three years after that Richard and Ann had their two youngest daughters baptised at Quarry Hill in Leeds when they were ten and six years old.

 

 

 

Six years after that event it was just the two youngest daughters who were still living with Richard and Ann in Leeds.According to the census in 1871 the reduced family was made up of Richard Hy Collett, who was 47, Ann Collett, who was 46, Eva A Collett, who was 17, and Eliza Collett who was 13.By that time their son Charles was living and working within the Walmgate district of the City of York, while both of the coupleís two eldest daughters were married.

 

 

 

Seven years later, in 1878 the coupleís youngest daughter Eliza died at home in Leeds at the age of 20, and it is curious that neither Richard nor his wife Ann have been located three years later in the census of 1881.What is known is that it was at Leeds that Richard Henry Collett died on 13th July 1889, following which he was buried at Beckett Street Cemetery in Leeds, grave reference 7121.However, less than two years later the widow Ann Collett, age 66, was residing in the North Leeds area with her unmarried daughter Eva A Collett the only person living with her.Ann Collett nee Wood died at Leeds five and a half years later, when she passed away on 9th October 1896, following which she was reunited with her late husband in the same grave at Beckett Street Cemetery.

 

 

 

The headstone marking the grave bears the inscription ďIn Memory of ELIZA COLLETT daughter of Richard Henry and Ann Collett who died October 6th 1878 aged 20 years.Also the above named RICHARD HENRY COLLETT who died July 13th 1889 aged 65 years.Also ANN wife of the above who died October 9th 1896 aged 72 years.Beneath these are the names of members of the Jakeman family, the eldest daughter of Elizabeth Nowland nee Collett, Ann Eliza Jakeman nee Nowland and three of her five children.See full details under reference 55Q1.

 

 

 

55Q1

Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1846 at Leeds

 

55Q2

Margaret Mary Collett

Born in 1847 at Leeds

 

55Q3

Richard Henry Collett

Born in 1849 at Leeds

 

55Q4

Charles Edwin Collett

Born in 1851 at Leeds

 

55Q5

Ann Eliza Collett

Born in 1852 at Leeds

 

55Q6

Eva Ann Collett

Born in 1854 at Leeds

 

55Q7

Richard Henry Collett

Born in 1856 at Leeds

 

55Q8

Eliza Collett

Born in 1858 at Leeds

 

 

 

 

55P2

Eliza Mary Collett was born in Leeds where she was baptised at St Peterís Church on 23rd November 1825, the eldest daughter of Charles Edwin Collett and his wife Elizabeth Wainwright.By June 1841 Eliza Collet (sic) was 15 and was living and working within the West Leeds registration district, while her brother Richard (above) was staying with their uncles.Those two facts may indicate that their parents had passed away by then.With no later record of Eliza Mary Collett found in 1851, it may be safe to assume that she was married by then.

 

 

 

 

55P3

Juliana Collett was born in Leeds and was baptised there on 7th April 1828 at the parish Church of St Peter, the daughter of Charles and Elizabeth Collett.No record of her has been found in the census of 1841 when she would have been nearly 13, nor at any time thereafter.

 

 

 

 

55P5

Richard Collett was born at Leeds in 1829 at Leeds, the eldest son of Alfred Collett and Elizabeth Liversedge.It was two years later that he was baptised at St Peterís Church in Leeds, the same service on 17th March 1831 also including the baptism of his younger brother Alfred (below).In the June census of 1841 Alfred and Elizabeth Collett and their family were living at Blezard Fold, off Meadow Lane, in Leeds.The census return listed the family under the name Collet, when ĎRicd Colletí was12 years of age.Also living with the family was another Ricd Collet who had a rounded age of 15, the two boys being first cousins.

 

 

 

Ten years later in 1851 Richard, age 21, was working as a clerk and book-keeper at a local woollen warehouse while he was still living at the family home with his parents at Queen Square, Little London in Leeds.After a further ten years Richard was the only sibling still living in Leeds with his parents, and by that time they were residing at 6 Marlborough Street in Leeds, where Richard Collitt (sic) was 31 and employed as a press setter.He was recorded living alone within the Bramley & Wortley area of Leeds in 1871 when he was 40, and it was seven years after that when unmarried Richard Collett died during the last quarter of 1878, when he was 49, his death being recorded at the register office in Leeds (Ref. 9b 425).

 

 

 

 

55P6

Alfred Collett was born at Leeds on 1st January 1831.He was ten weeks old when he was baptised in a joint ceremony with his older brother Richard (above) at the Leeds parish Church of St Peter on 17th March 1831, when their parents were confirmed as grocer Alfred Collett and his wife Elizabeth who were residing at Meadow Lane in Leeds.By June 1841 Alfred and his family were living at Blezard Fold just off Meadow Lane, when he was 10 years old. In 1851 Alfred was 20 and was still living at the home of his parents at Queen Square in Little London, Leeds when his occupation was stated as being that of a printer.

 

 

 

Alfred was twenty-four years old when he married (1) Maria Vevers at the parish church in Wakefield on Monday 23rd April 1855.During the next fifteen years Maria presented Alfred with three sons, the first two born while the couple were living in Leeds, and the last after the family had moved to Broadbent Street in Horton, Bradford.By the time of the census in 1861 the marriage had produced two sons for Alfred and Maria.The census for West Leeds recorded the family as Alfred Collett, age 30, Maria Collett, age 26, and their two sons Henry P Collett, who was three, and Charles Collett who was two years old, both of them having been born at Leeds.

 

 

 

In 1871 the family was living within the North Leeds registration district where Alfred Collett was 40, his wife Maria Collett was 36, and their three sons were Henry Prince Collett, who was 12, Charles Collett, who was 11, and Arthur Edward Collett who was two years of age, who had been born in the Horton area of Bradford.The family was still living in Leeds ten years later in 1881.The census that year recorded them residing at 10 Blundell Street in Leeds where Alfred Collett, age 50 and from Leeds, was described as a plumber and a painter.Blundell Street is still there today and lies between the A58(M) Inner Ring Road and the General Infirmary.

 

 

 

His wife Maria, also from Leeds, was 47 and still living with the couple were two of their three sons Charles Collett, age 21, and Arthur Collett from Bradford who was 12 and still attending school.The coupleís eldest son Henry was married by then.Also by that time, Alfredís two oldest sons had taken up similar occupations to their father and perhaps even worked together.

 

 

 

Just over seventeen years after the birth of their third and last child, Maria died on 27th December 1886 at the age of 52, she having been born on 29th April 1834 and baptised at Leeds on 25th December 1834.Two years later in 1888 Alfred was in Leeds where he married (2) Jane Hennries during the second quarter of that year.Three years on from their wedding day, Alfred and Jane were recorded together in the next census in 1891 living in Hunslet.On that occasion they were listed under the name of Collet, when Alf Collet was 60 and his wife Jane Collet was 58.It was just over six years after that, and having only enjoyed nine years together, when Alfred Collett died on 3rd August 1897.

 

 

 

55Q9

Henry Prince Collett

Born in 1857 at Leeds

 

55Q10

Charles Collett

Born in 1859 at Leeds

 

55Q11

Arthur Edward Collett

Born in 1869 at Horton, Bradford

 

 

 

 

55P7

Mary Emily Collett was born at Leeds in 1833, the youngest of the three children of Alfred Collett and Elizabeth Liversedge.She was around four years of age when she was baptised at St Peterís Church in Leeds on 27th February 1837, and was eight years old at living at Blezard Fold in Leeds with her family in June 1841.She was listed simply as Mary Collett again in 1851 when she was still living at the family home at Queens Queen Square in Little London, Leeds when she was 17.It was just over six years after that when she was married by banns to widower Joseph Lynch Crowther at St Peterís Church in Leeds on 13th May 1857.Mary Emily Collett of Park Square in Leeds was 24 and the daughter of Alfred Collett, a gentleman, while Joseph was 28 and a woollen merchant, the son of Joseph Crowther.

 

 

 

 

55P8

Maria Collett was born at Leeds in 1832, the eldest child of William Collett and Sarah Dufton.Maria was baptised at the Leeds parish Church of St Peterís on 12th August 1832.She was eight years old in the Leeds census of 1841, and was 18 years of age by the time of the Leeds census in 1851 when she was still living there with her family.

 

 

 

 

55P9

Sara Ann Collett was born at Leeds in 1835 and it was there at St Peterís Church that she was baptised on 28th February 1836, the second child of William and Sarah Collett.It was simply as Sarah that she was recorded living with her parents at Leeds in 1841, when she was five, and again in 1851 when she was 15.

 

 

 

 

55P13

Henry Collett was born at Leeds in late 1828, the eldest child of John Shepherd Collett and Mary Robinson who were married during January that same year.He was baptised at St Peterís Church on 26th December 1830 in a joint ceremony with his younger brother Richard Isaac Collett (below).What happened to him over the next few decades has still to be discovered, while in 1891 Henry Collett aged 65 was living on the south coast of England at Portsea, at the home of his younger brother John William Collett (below). Just over five years later Henry Collett of Kent Road in Southsea, a gentleman, died on 12th April 1896, his death recorded at Portsea Island register office (Ref. 2b 285) when he was 70 years of age.The executor of his estate was his brother John William Collett, a gold beater, his personal effects valued at £2,077 Ė the equivalent of £209, 000 in 2014.

 

 

 

 

55P14

Richard Isaac Collett was born at Leeds in 1830 and was baptised with his brother Henry Collett (above) on 26th December 1830 at St Peterís Church.He was twenty years of age when he married Mary Few at Bath in Somerset during the fourth quarter of 1850.Mary was also born in 1830, but at Potterne near Devizes in Wiltshire.Mary was very likely with-child on their wedding day since, several months later, according to the Devizes census at the end of March in 1851, Richard Collett was 21, his wife Mary was 20 and their son John Collett was just a few weeks old.

 

 

 

Ten years later, the next census in 1861 recorded Richard Collett, age 31 and from Leeds, and Mary Ann as still living at Devizes with their first three children.They were John Collett, who was 10, Mary Collett, who was eight, and Richard J Collett who was three years old, and all born at Devizes.Sadly Richard only survived until the summer of 1870 when he died at the age of 12, so the couple named their next son Richard, as confirmed by the census in 1881.

 

 

 

All of the coupleís first seven children were born while the family was living at Devizes, but by 1871 they had moved to Winchester in Hampshire.At that time in early April 1871, Mary was expecting the birth of the coupleís eighth child which was born at Winchester later that year.Pregnant Mary was 40 and her husband Richard was 41.Their six children on that occasion were John Collett who was 20, Mary Collett 18, Charles Collett, who was seven, Annie Collett, who was five, Alfred Collett, who was four, and Emily Collett who was two years old.

 

 

 

In the spring of 1881 Richard and Mary and their family were living at 13 North Walls in the St Bartholomew Hyde area of Winchester.Richard was a wool sorter aged 51, Mary A Collett was 50, and just the coupleís three youngest children were still living there with them.They were Alfred who was 14 and an apprentice to a wool sorter Ė perhaps working with his father, Emily who was 12 and still at school, and Richard J Collett who was nine years old.

 

 

 

The youngest of those children was just twelve years old when Richard Isaac Collett died in Winchester during the last quarter of 1883 and was survived by his widow Mary for nearly a further twenty years.By the time of the census in 1891, Mary A Collett was 60 and was still living in Winchester.The only member of her family still living there with her was her daughter Emily who, by then, had given birth to a base-born daughter just prior to the census day.Mary Ann was still living in the Hyde area of Winchester in March 1901 when she was 70 years of age and described as living on her own means.It was almost exactly one year after that when she passed away at Winchester during the first three months of 1902.

 

 

 

55Q12

John Collett

Born in 1851 at Devizes

 

55Q13

Mary Collett

Born in 1852 at Devizes

 

55Q14

Richard J Collett

Born in 1857 at Devizes; died in 1870

 

55Q15

Charles Collett

Born in 1863 at Devizes

 

55Q16

Annie Collett

Born in 1865 at Devizes

 

55Q17

Alfred Collett

Born in 1866 at Devizes

 

55Q18

Emily Collett

Born in 1868 at Devizes

 

55Q19

Richard James Collett

Born in 1871 at Winchester

 

 

 

 

55P15

John William Collett was born at Leeds in 1836 and he was the youngest of the three sons of John Shepherd Collett and Mary Robinson.He was baptised on 1st January 1837 at the parish Church of St Peterís in Leeds.He later married Fanny Fletcher at the Church of St John the Baptist in Shoreditch, London on 20th February 1860, Fanny having been born at Eaton Socon near St Neots in Bedfordshire in 1835.The coupleís first three children were born while they were living in London, the first and third at St Lukes and the second at St Pancras, although all three sons were baptised at Eaton Socon.Around 1865 the family moved to Hampshire and it was at Southsea that their remaining children were born.

 

 

 

By 1871 John aged 34 and Fanny also 34 had four of their five children living with them in Southsea.They were John Collett, who was 10, Newton Collett, who was nine, Mary Collett, who was five, and Harry Collett who was two years old.It is not known where their son Joseph was at that time, even though he would have been around seven years of age and was recorded with the family in 1881.It is interesting that another child was also absent from the family home, but in 1881, and that was their son Ernest who would have been eight years of age and who was recorded with the family in 1891.

 

 

 

By 1881 both John and his brother Richard were living in Hampshire, John and his family living at 9 Castle Place in Portsea, from where 45 year-old John W Collett from Leeds was employed as a gold beater.His wife Fanny from Eaton Socon in Bedford was also 45 years old.All nine of their children, including Joseph who was absent ten years earlier, were still living with the couple at that time, and they were sons John, age 21, and Joseph, age 17, both of whom had been born at St Lukes in London, Newton who was 19 and born at St Pancras, and Mary, who was 15, Harry who was 12, Archie who was 10, Daisy who was eight, Willie who was four, and May who was ten months old, and all of them born at Southsea.

 

 

 

According to the next census in 1891 Jno Wm Collett was 56 when he and his family were recorded in the census return for the Portsea area of Portsmouth which included Southsea.His wife Fanny was 52 and their six children were named as Harry who was 22, Archie who was 20, Ernest who was 18, Daisy who was 17, William who was 14 and May Collett who was 10.The coupleís widowed married daughter Mary Davis and her three children were also recorded at Kent Road in Southsea, as was Johnís eldest sibling Henry Collett who was 65.

 

 

 

In 1901 John W Collett from Leeds was 64, a gold beater and an employer who was residing at 14 Cottage Grove in Portsmouth his wife Fanny who was 63 and his unmarried son Ernest who was working for his father.The family was supported by a housemaid Lizzie Fleet who was 15.Just five months after the March 31st census day John William Collett of Southsea died at Cherry Tree Cottage in the village of Headley, north-east of Winchester, on 3rd September 1901.Probate for his considerable estate of £23,386 4 Shillings (today over £2M) was granted in London on 17th January 1902 jointly to his widow Fanny Collett, his sons John William Collett, a wine and Spirit merchant, and Ernest Collett, a gold beater, and William Stride, a gentleman.His death was recorded at Alton register office during the third quarter of 1901.It was around eighteen months after his passing that Fanny Collett nee Fletcher died when she was still living in Southsea, with her death recorded at Portsmouth register office (Ref. 2b 345) during the first three months of 1903 when she was 64.

 

 

 

55Q20

John William Collett

Born in 1859 at London St Lukeís

 

55Q21

Newton Collett

Born in 1861 at London St Pancras

 

55Q22

Joseph Henry Collett

Born in 1863 at London

 

55Q23

Mary Collett

Born in 1865 at Southsea

 

55Q24

Harry Collett

Born in 1868 at Southsea

 

55Q25

Archie Collett

Born in 1870 at Southsea

 

55Q26

Ernest Collett

Born in 1872 at Southsea

 

55Q27

Daisy Collett

Born in 1874 at Southsea

 

55Q28

Willie Collett

Born in 1876 at Southsea

 

55Q29

May Collett

Born in June 1880 at Southsea

 

 

 

 

55P16

William Collett was born at Nile Street in Leeds on 12th April 1829 and was baptised at St Peterís Church in the city on 10th May 1829, the first child of labourer Henry Collett and his wife Elizabeth.By the time of the first national census in 1841 both William and his father were missing from the family home in Leeds, leaving just Williamís mother and his two sisters Mary Ann and Elizabeth (below).With no record of either of them in any later census it has been assumed that both had suffered a premature death.

 

 

 

 

55P17

Mary Ann Collett was born at Leeds in 1831 and was baptised there at St Peterís Church on 10th July 1831, the eldest of the two daughters of Henry and Elizabeth Collett.It was simply as Mary Collett, age 10, that she was recorded in the Leeds North census of 1841, when she was living there with just her mother and her sister (below).Sometime during the 1840s the three of them left Leeds and moved to Hunslet, where they were living in 1851 when Mary was 19.

 

 

 

 

55P18

Elizabeth Collett was born at Leeds in 1833 where she was baptised on 27th January 1834 at the parish church of St Peter, the daughter of Henry and Elizabeth Collett.She was seven years old in the Leeds census on 1841, by which time her father may have died because she was living with just her mother and her older sister (above).Ten years later, when she was 17, it was once again just the three of them living together, but by then they were residing within the Hunslet registration area.

 

 

 

 

55P19

Joseph Collett was born at Leeds in early 1841 following his parentsí marriage in June the previous year. He was one year old in the Leeds census of 1841 when he was the only child living with his mother Mary Collett nee Gardam, while it is not yet known where his father John was on that occasion.At the age of ten in 1851 he was residing in the family home in Leeds with his parents and his first three sisters.By the time of the next Leeds census in 1861 Joseph was married to Elizabeth, although the childless couple was recorded under the Callett spelling on their surname.Joseph was 20 and Elizabeth was 19.Neither of them was listed in the next census of 1871 or in any census thereafter.

 

 

 

 

55P20

Mary Maria Collett was born at Leeds in 1844, the eldest of the four daughters of John and Mary Collett.It was as Maria that she was recorded with her family in 1851 when she was six years old, and again in 1861 when she was 16.Eight years later, around the age of twenty-five, she married Alan Lee who was born at Leeds in 1841.The marriage took place at Leeds during the second quarter of 1869 and resulted in the birth of one daughter and three sons.

 

 

 

All four children were born at Leeds, and they were Jane E Lee (1869-); Joseph R Lee (1872-); William Lee (1876-); and Christopher Lee (1878-).According to the census in 1881, Allan Lee from Leeds was 38 and his occupation was that of a glue boiler, while his wife Mary M Lee, age 36, was a tailoress.Living with the family of six at 26 Grant Place in Leeds on the day of the census that year was Maryís widowed mother Mary Collett, age 63, who had been born at Newbold near Chesterfield.

 

 

 

By the turn of the century the family was living at Potternewton in Yorkshire and comprised Alan, age 59, who was by then working as a shopkeeper in a greengrocers, Mary (Maria) was 56, and their children were Joseph, age 28, who was a restaurant waiter, William, age 26, who was a general smith and millwright, and Christopher, age 22, who was working as a tailorís cutter.

 

 

 

 

55P21

Hannah Gardam Collett was the third child of joiner John Collett and Mary Gardam and was born at Leeds on 14th February 1847 where her birth was recorded (Ref. 23 435) during the first three months of that year.It was also as Hannah Gardam Collett that she was baptised at St Peterís Church in Leeds on 26th December 1847, but in the following two census returns she was simply recorded as Hannah Collett aged four years and 14 years of age in 1861.She was twenty-one years old when she married Joseph Darnley in Leeds during the second quarter of 1868 (Ref. 9b 583).

 

 

 

Hannah lived a long life and was 84 when she passed away in Leeds on 28th July 1931 and her death was recorded at the Leeds North register office (Ref. 9b 261) in the third quarter of that year.At that time in her life she was a widow residing at 24 Bayswater Grove in Leeds, while her Will was proved in London on 19th August 1931.Probate of her personal effects valued at £468 14 Shillings 1d was granted to Margaret Hannah Lee, a spinster.

 

 

 

 

55Q1

Elizabeth Collett was born at Leeds in 1846, around eighteen months before her parents Richard Henry Collett and Ann Wood were married on Christmas Day in 1847.Like her sister Margaret (below) Elizabeth was not baptised by her parents, nor was she living with them in 1851, when she was a visitor at the Leeds North home of her grandparents John and Margaret Wood.How long she lived with her grandparents is not known, but after a further ten years Elizabeth Collett was recorded in the West Leeds census of 1861 as being 16 years of age and a woollen weaver, while her family and her grandparents were still living in the North Leeds registration district.

 

 

 

It was six years later that Elizabeth married Charles Nowland at Leeds during the first quarter of 1867.Charles was a stationary engine driver who had been born at Leeds around 1842, and over the following years he and Elizabeth had a son and four daughters.In 1871 Elizabeth Knowland (sic) was living in the same area of Leeds as her parents, when she was 25 and her husband Charles was 28.By that time their marriage had produced the first of their five children, with Charles E Knowland being one year old.

 

 

 

The family was almost complete by 1881 when they were living at 24 Haymount Street in Leeds.Chas Nowland was 38 and an engine driver from Hunslet, his wife Elizh Nowland was 35, a cloth woollen weaver from Leeds, and their four children were Chas Edwin Nowland, age 10, Ann Eliza Nowland who was eight, Hilda Nowland who was four, and Ann Elizh Nowland who was only one year old.It was during the next year that their final child was added to the family.

 

 

 

According to the North Leeds census of 1891 Charles Nowland was 49, Elizabeth Nowland was 45, Charles E Nowland was 21, Ann E Nowland was 18, Hilda Nowland was 14, and Amy Nowland was eight years old.It is curious that the missing younger daughter named Ann E Nowland was recorded in the Boston Spa, near Wetherby, registration district, where with Elizabethís brother Charles Edwin Collett (below) and his wife were also residing at that time.So it is possible that Ann Elizth Nowland, age 11 and from Leeds, was visiting her uncle.

 

 

 

It may have been Charles Nowlandís work which resulted in the family leaving Leeds and moving the short distance south to the town of Morley near Dewsbury, which is where they were living in March 1901.Charles, age 58, was a stoker on a stationary engine, his wife Elizabeth was 52 (sic), and it was just their three youngest daughters who were still living with the couple.It is assumed that their son Charles and their eldest daughter Ann had left home to be married, as they would have been 31 and 28 respectively.The three daughters still living with Charles and Elizabeth were Hilda, who was 24 and a woollen weaver, Anne, who was 21 and also a woollen weaver, and Amy who was 19 with no stated occupation.

 

 

 

It was exactly the same situation in 1909, with the same five members of the family still living together at Morley within the Dewsbury registration district.Sadly during the third quarter of that year Charles Nowland passed away, so by April 1911 his widow was still recorded as living at Morley with her three unmarried daughters.Elizabeth Nowland from Leeds was 65, Hilda Nowland of Leeds was 34, Ann Elizabeth Nowland from Leeds was 31, and Amy Nowland from Leeds was age 29.It was after a further fourteen years, when Elizabeth Nowland nee Collett was nearly 80 that she died in 1925, her death being recorded by the Dewsbury district registrar.

 

 

 

Her eldest daughter Ann Eliza Nowland had married boot-maker Fred Jakeman during the first quarter of 1891, which was confirmed by the census that year, which listed Fred Jakeman as 21 and his wife Annie as 19.The marriage produced five children for the couple before the end of the century, and all of them born in Leeds.They were Fred Jakeman, who was born in 1893, Lawrence Jakeman, who was born in 1894, Richard Henry Jakeman, who was born in 1895, Charles Jakeman, who was born in 1896, and Elizabeth Jakeman who was born in 1897.The reason there were no more child after that was because Ann Elizaís husband died not long after the start of the new century.

 

 

 

What is interesting is the headstone on the grave of Ann Elizaís grandparents Richard Henry Collett and his wife Ann Wood at Beckett Street Cemetery in Leeds also bears the details of the passing of Ann Eliza Jakeman, a shopkeeper of Leeds, who died on 17th March 1926 aged 52, and three of her children.Charles Jakeman, who was killed in France on 4th October 1917, Richard Henry Jakeman (no dates provided), and Ann Eliza Jakeman who died on 18th January 1955 aged 58.

 

 

 

 

55Q2

Margaret Mary Collett was born at Leeds on 14th August 1847, the second daughter of Richard Henry Collett and Ann Wood who were only married when Margaret was four months old.The Leeds North census in 1851 recorded the only occasion when Margaret, aged three years, was living with her parents.It is possible that Margaret, like her older sister Elizabeth (above), was also placed in the care of another family when further children were added to the family.Certainly by the time of the census in 1861 Margaret was not living with her parents, nor has she been identified living elsewhere.

 

 

 

However, it was just over three years later that Margaret, at the age of 17, arranged her own baptism which took place on 11th May 1864 at St Stephenís Church in Burmantofts, Leeds.She was twenty-two years old when she married iron moulder William Dodgson at St. Peterís Church in Leeds on 11th July 1869.The marriage produced three sons and two daughters for William and Margaret, who often used her second christian in the subsequent census returns.

 

 

 

By the time of the North Leeds census of 1871 the couple had no children living with them, when they were recorded as William Dodgson, age 25, and Margaret Dodgson who was 23.During the 1870 Margaret presented William with their first two children, as confirmed by the census in 1881 when the family of four was living at 4 Primrose Row in Leeds.Wm Dodgson from Leeds was 35 and was still working as an iron moulder, his wife Mary Dodgson was 33 and a char woman from Leeds, while their two children were Hetty who was four and already attending school, and Arthur who was two years old.

 

 

 

The next three children were born during the next six years, so by 1891 the complete family was listed as William Dodgson, age 45, Margaret M Dodgson, age 43, Hetty Dodgson, age 14, Arthur Dodgson, age 12, Richard H Dodgson who was nine, John Dodgson who was six, and Maria Dodgson who was four.

 

 

 

It was sometime between 1881 and 1901 that William ceased to be an iron moulder, when he took up work as a labourer for a chocolate manufacturer in Leeds, as confirmed in the March census of 1901.All five of his children were still living in Leeds with him and Margaret on that occasion.William Dodgson was 55, Margaret M Dodgson was 53, Hettie Dodgson was 24 and a dressmaker, Arthur Dodgson was 22 and a book knitter, Richard H Dodgson was 19 and an iron turner, John Dodgson was 16 and a French polisher, and Maria Dodgson was 14.

 

 

 

Over the following decade all bar one of their children left the family home in Leeds, and in April 1911 William age 65, and Mary, age 63, only had their unmarried son Arthur, age 32, living with them.Their son Richard Henry Dodgson, age 29, was also still living in Leeds, and had with him his wife Jane Ann, who was 27, and their first two children Bernard Dodgson, who was four, and William Dodgson who was one year old.William and Margaretís youngest son John was unmarried at 26 and was also living nearby in Leeds.

 

 

 

 

55Q3

Richard Henry Collett was born at Leeds in 1849, the first son born to Richard and Ann Collett.Tragically he died later that same year, possibly when he was only a few weeks old.He had not been baptised and was buried in grave number15756 in Beckett Street Cemetery which, almost certainly, was a common grave populated by unrelated persons.

 

 

 

 

55Q4

Charles Edwin Collett was born at Leeds on 1st May 1851 and was baptised St Peterís Church in Leeds on 17th July 1853 in a joint ceremony with his sister Ann (below).He was the eldest surviving son of Richard Henry and Ann Collett.And it was at Leeds where he lived with his family during his early years.In 1851 he was under one year old, in 1861 he was 10 years old, and by 1871 at the age of 20 he was living and working within the Walmgate district of the city of York.

 

 

 

Ten years later, at the age of 30 Charles was an unmarried school teacher living in Greasbrough near Rotherham.In the census of 1881 he was a boarder at the home of blacksmith George P Whittington at Carlton House, 2 Greenside in Greasbrough, but it was one year after that when he eventually became a married man.

 

 

 

He was around thirty-two years of age when he married twenty-six years old Sarah Bennett on 17th August 1882.The wedding took place at Bramley in Leeds, where Sarah had been born in 1856.Once married the couple settled with the Wetherby & Boston registration district of Yorkshire where they were living in 1891 when Charles E Collett was 40 and his wife Sarah was 34.Also listed within that same census area was the niece of Charles Collett, Ann Elizabeth Nowland, age 11 and from Leeds, the daughter of Charlesí older sister Elizabeth Nowland nee Collett.

 

 

 

Judging by that census, and the next one in March 1901, Charles and Sarah never had any children, and by 1901 they were living at Hunslet, where 50 years old Charles was a grocer and a shopkeeper from Leeds, while his wife Sarah from Bramley was 44.No record of either of them has been found in the census of 1911.

 

 

 

 

55Q5

Ann Eliza Collett was born at Leeds on 12th October 1852, and was baptised with her older brother Charles (above) at St Peterís Church on 17th July 1853.Sadly she was one of the four children of Richard and Ann Collett who did not survive, when she died during the first quarter of 1854.So far no details of her burial in Leeds have been found.

 

 

 

 

55Q6

Eva Ann Collett was born at Leeds on 2nd April 1854, the daughter of Richard and Ann Collett.She was ten years old when she was baptised at the Church of St Mary the Virgin in Quarry Hill, Leeds on 26th June 1864, the same day that her sister Eliza (below) was also baptised there.Eva Ann Collett was eight years old in the census of 1861, and was 17 in 1871 when she was still living in Leeds with her family where she was employed as a woollen weaver.However, no record of the family has been found in 1881

 

 

 

Following the death of her father in 1889, Eva A Collett, age 37, was once again living with her widowed mother at 3A Nippet Place in North-East Leeds at the time of the census in 1891.Her mother then passed away just over five years later, following which, on 2nd June 1900 Eva Ann Collett married Sam Schofield, an engine fitter who was born around 1856.Because of their advanced years, the marriage did not produced any children for Eva and Sam.

 

 

 

 

55Q7

Richard Henry Collett was born at Leeds in 1856 and was five years old in the Leeds census of 1861.Tragically it was later that same year that he died, when he was still only five years of age.He was buried at Beckett Street Cemetery in Leeds, grave number 7121, where his parents were later buried.However, unlike his younger sister Eliza (below) who was also buried in the same grave, there is no mention of Richard on the familyís headstone.

 

 

 

 

55Q8

Eliza Collett was born at Leeds on 10th February 1858, the youngest child of Richard Henry Collett and his wife Ann Wood.She was baptised at the Church of St Mary the Virgin in the Quarry Hill area of Leeds on 26th June 1864 when she was six years old.It was also that same day that her older sister Eva Ann Collett was also baptised there.Sadly she died at home in Leeds, where her death was recorded (Ref. 9b 342) during the last three months of 1878, when she was 20 and unmarried.

 

 

 

 

55Q9

Henry Prince Collett was born at Leeds during the month of May in 1857, and was the eldest child of Alfred Collett and Maria Vevers.It was in 1880 at Leeds that he married Ellen Boyce who was born at Wookey in Somerset in November 1850.It was also at Wookey Parish Church that she was baptised on 8th January 1851, and she was recorded as being four months old at the time of the census in 1851.

 

 

 

Shortly after they were married Henry and Ellen were living at 2 Tramway Street in Leeds where Henry worked as a plumber and painter, and possibly with his father Alfred who had the same occupation.It is known that the second of their three children was born while the family was living at 2 Tramway Street in Leeds, so it is likely that all three were born there.It is also very likely that it was at that same Leeds address where they all died, with none of them surviving beyond a few months.

 

 

 

It was at 34 Chapeltown Road in Leeds where Henry Prince Collett was living when he died on 10th April 1890.Administration, with Will, was granted at Wakefield on 12th May 1890 to Arthur Edward Collett (Henryís youngest brother, below), who by then was residing at the same address where Henry had died, that being 34 Chapeltown Road.The brothers were both described as being painters, while Henryís personal estate was valued at £330 13 Shillings 3d.†† Where his widow was exactly a year later has not been discovered, but by March 1901 she was running a boarding house at 59 Well Close Terrace in Leeds, and in the census that year she was described in error as Ellen Collitt, age 49 from Wookey in Somerset, who was a widow.Five separate and unrelated individuals were staying at the boarding house, and they were spinster Jane Anne Hislop, age 39 and a milliner from Scotland, spinster Agnes Maud Grey, age 38, a draperís assistant from Bristol, bachelor George Oliver Castle, age 30, a wine and spirit merchant from York, Wallace Gorton from Blackburn who was 18 and a grocerís assistant, and Sidney Clarke age 12 from Leeds.

 

 

 

Ten years later in April 1911 Ellen Collett from Wookey in Somerset was 59, when she was living alone in the Salford area of Manchester.Ellen Collett nee Boyce survived her husband by nearly forty-two years, when she died on 20th December 1932.

 

 

 

55R1

William Henry Collett

Born in Oct 1882; died Nov 1882

 

55R2

Florence Emily Collett

Born on 23.04.1884; died Oct 1884

 

55R3

Edith Collett

Born in July 1885; died Aug 1885

 

 

 

 

55Q10

Charles Collett was born at Leeds in 1859, the son of Alfred Collett and Maria Vevers.It was alsothere that Charles married Annie Armenia Wilson on 30th July 1884 at Leeds Parish Church.Annie was born at Durham in 1860 and during the first six years of their marriage she presented Charles with two children.Three years earlier, according to the census in 1881, 21 years old Charles was a paper hanger living at the home of his plumber and painter father Alfred Collett at 10 Blundell Street in Leeds with whom he probably worked.

 

 

 

Charlesí and Annieís first child, Sidney Vevers Collett, was named in honour of Charlesí mother who had died during the preceding twelve months.He, together with his brother Walter Eldred Collett, was born while the couple were living in Leeds.By the time of the census in 1891 Charles was still living in Leeds where he was working as plumber at the age of 31.Living there with him was his wife Annie who was 30, and sons Sidney, who was three, and Walter who was not yet one year old.

 

 

 

Ten years later plumber Charles was 42, Annie was 41, and their two boys were 13 and 10 and were still attending school in Leeds.By April 1911 it was just Walter who was still living with his parents in Leeds, as Sidney had joined the army and was recorded as Ďoverseas militaryí at the age of 24.At that time Charles Collett was 51, his wife Annie was 50, and their son Walter was 20.

 

 

 

Charles Collett died while at the West Riding Lunatic Asylum in Wakefield on 16th October 1915, and his wife Annie lived on for a further fourteen years, until she passed away on 19th February 1929.At that time in her life Annie Amenia Collett was residing at 62 Springfield place in Leeds but died in St Maryís Hospital in Leeds.Her Will was proved at Wakefield on 7th June that same year, when her son Walter Eldred Collett, a painter, was named as executor of her personal estate of £336 14 Shillings 7d.

 

 

 

55R4

Sidney Vevers Collett

Born in 4th Quarter of 1887 at Leeds

 

55R5

Walter Eldred Collett

Born in May 1890 at Leeds

 

 

 

 

55Q11

Arthur Edward Collett was born at 2 Broadbent Street in the Horton area of Bradford on 6th February 1869.He was the youngest child of Alfred Collett and Maria Vevers, and on 11th January 1893 he married (1) Ethel Haigh Wade at Leeds.Three years earlier Arthur was working as a painter with his brother Henry Prince Collett (above) with whom he was living at 34 Chapeltown Road in Leeds, when he was named as the Residuary Legatee at the granting of administration of his brotherís estate following his death in April 1890.It was also a tragic start to married life for Arthur when, only a year after they were wed, the couple had the joy of Ethel giving birth to a daughter.However, the joy was short lived when, just a fortnight after the birth, Ethel died on 12th February 1894 and that sad event was followed three weeks later by the death of their daughter, who died on 3rd March 1894.

 

 

 

Following four years as a widower, Arthur eventually married for a second time when he married (2) Hannah Eliza ĎAnnieí Ackroyd.The wedding ceremony took place at the Brunswick Chapel in Leeds on 7th April 1898.Annie was born at 55 Glover Street in Leeds on 28th July 1870.From that marriage Arthur had four children who were born at Leeds, and all of them, including Arthur and Annie lived long lives.The only exception to that was their daughter Kathleen who died just after the First World War as a result of the flu pandemic.

 

 

 

At the time of the census in 1901, Arthur E Collett and his family were living at 34 Chapeltown Road in Leeds.At the age of 32 his occupation was that of a master plumber and painter.His wife Hannah E Collett was 30 years old and was expecting the imminent birth of the coupleís next child, who was born twelve days later, while their daughter was Florence E Collett who was two years old.

 

 

 

With the addition of the three new children over the following years, by April 1911 the family still living in Leeds was recorded as Arthur Edward Collett from Bradford who was 42, Hannah Eliza Collett from Leeds who was 40, Florence Emily Collett, who was 12, Kathleen Collett, who was 10, Henry Reginald Collett, who was seven, Winifred Lily Collett who was five years old.And it was at 239 Chapeltown Road in Leeds that Arthur was living when he died on 15th January 1947.Just over six years later his wife Hannah Eliza ĎAnnieí Collett nee Ackroyd died in St Jamesí Hospital in Leeds on 16th July 1953.

 

 

 

55R6

Florence Ethel Collett

Born on 28.01.1894 at Leeds

 

The following are the children of Arthur Edward Collett by his second wife Hannah Eliza Ackroyd:

 

55R7

Florence Emily Collett

Born on 28.03.1899 at Leeds

 

55R8

Kathleen Collett

Born on 11.04.1901 at Leeds

 

55R9

Henry Reginald Collett

Born on 27.06.1903 at Leeds

 

55R10

Winifred Lily Collett

Born on 29.03.1906 at Leeds

 

 

 

 

55Q12

John Collett was born at Devizes during the weeks just prior to the census day on the thirtieth of March in 1851.He was the first child of Richard Isaac Collett from Leeds and Mary Ann Few from Potterne near Devizes who were only marriage in the last quarter of the previous year.In 1861 John and his family were still living in Devizes, when he was ten years old, but in 1870 the whole family moved to Winchester where they were living in 1871 when John was twenty.At that time his mother was expecting her eighth child, so perhaps because of the cramped living conditions John left home just after that.

 

 

 

In 1861 John and his family were still living in Devizes, when he was ten years old, but in 1870 the whole family moved to Winchester where they were living in 1871 when John was twenty.At that time his mother was expecting her eighth child, so perhaps because of the cramped living conditions John left home just after that.It was during that period in his life when he made the journey north to Yorkshire, the county of his fatherís birth.According to the census in 1881, John Collett from Devizes was an unmarried lodger at the home of widow Betsy Ramsden at Arundel Street in Wakefield.His occupation at that time was a book seller and manager at Smiths Bookstall.

 

 

 

 

55Q16

Annie Collett was born at Devizes in 1865 and was nearly five years old when her parents left Devizes and moved to Winchester in 1870.The census in the following year recorded Annie as being aged 5 years, when she was living in Winchester with her parents and the rest of her family.Ten years later in 1881, Annie had left school and had started work as a general servant.The census return recorded that she was fifteen years of age, had been born in Devizes, and was employed at the home of milliner and ladies outfitter Mary E Webb at 121 High Street in Winchester.Unmarried Mary Webb, aged 36 and from Winchester, had a live-in partner Rosa Chapman who was 28 and from Alresford in Hampshire, who was also a milliner and ladies outfitter.Completing the household was Mary Webbís elderly mother, the widow Mary Webb from Blackheath in Kent who was the housekeeper at the age of 68.

 

 

 

 

55Q17

Alfred Collett was born at Devizes in 1866, the fourth child of Richard Isaac Collett of Leeds and Mary Ann Few from Devizes.He was four years old in 1871, by which time his family had left Devizes and had settled in Winchester.The census ten years later recorded the family living at 13 North Walls in the St Bartholomew district of the city near Hyde Abbey, when Alfred was 14 and an apprentice wool sorter working with his father.It was originally thought that Alfred had died at Highworth near Swindon between July and September 1866, but the details in the 1881 Census prove this to be incorrect.However, with no record of him in any later census, it is possible the year of his death was 1886 or 1896.

 

 

 

 

55Q18

Emily Collett was born at Devizes in 1869, the youngest daughter of Richard Isaac Collett of Leeds and Mary Ann Few of Devizes.Not long after she was born her family moved to Winchester where in 1871 they were living when Emily was two years of age.The census of 1881 provided the familyís address as 13 North Walls in the St Bartholomew Hyde area of Winchester.Following the death of her father during the next few years, Emily was the only child still living with her mother in Winchester in April 1891.By that time she had just given birth to a base-born daughter, the second forename of which may indicate the surname of the father.Perhaps out of embarrassment, Emily had given birth to the child at Stow-on-the-Wold in Gloucestershire where the birth was registered.However, mother and child returned to Winchester shortly after that when the child was also immediately taken into the care of another family in Winchester, where she was recorded in 1891.To date, no record of Emily Collett has been found within the census of 1901, so it is assumed that she was married sometime during the 1890s, never to be reunited with her daughter.

 

 

 

55R11

Helen Hope Collett

Born in 1890 at Stow-on-the-Wold

 

 

 

 

55Q19

Richard James Collett was born at Winchester on 4th August 1871, the youngest son of Richard Isaac Collett and Mary Ann Few.

 

It was very likely his work that took him to the south-east of England, and it was at Eastry in Kent that he met and married Esther Shrewsbury Wratten during the last three months of 1894.Esther had been born at Deal in Kent on 30th August 1872 and was the daughter of bricklayer John Henry Wratten and his wife Ann Thompson, the family living at 7 West Street in Deal, Kent in 1881.

 

It was also while the couple were living at Deal that all of the children of Richard and Esther were born.

Richard Collett Mike's granddad

 

 

 

Curiously no record of Richard and his family has been found amongst the census records for 1901.However, around 1908 he was the owner of a butchers shop in Deal.That was confirmed three years later in the April census of 1911.The family living in Deal was listed as Richard James Collett 39, Esther Shrewsbury Collett 38, Mary Estella Collett 14, Elsie Florence Collett 13, Doris Grace Collett 11, and Richard James Collett who was eight years old.At some other time during his life he was the manager of the Adelphi Theatre in Birmingham, although Richard was still living in Deal when he died on 31st July 1939.His wife Esther also died there, but seventeen years later on 22nd August 1956.

 

 

 

55R12

Mary Estella Collett

Born in 1896 at Deal in Kent

 

55R13

Elsie Florence Collett

Born in 1897 at Deal in Kent

 

55R14

Doris Grace Collett

Born in 1899 at Deal in Kent

 

55R15

Richard James Collett

Born in 1902 at Deal in Kent

 

55R16

Charles Collett

Born in 1912 at Deal in Kent

 

 

 

 

36Q20

John William Collett was born at St Lukes in London on 21st June 1859.Three years later on 29th June 1863 he was baptised at Eaton Socon, the Bedfordshire village where of his mother Fanny Fletcher was born and where she married Johnís father John William Collett senior.When he was at the age of six years his parents left London and travelled to Hampshire and settled in the town of Portsea where they were living in 1871 when he was 11 years old. By 1881, and at the age of 21, his occupation was that of a gold beater like his father, with whom he was very likely working, and at that time he was living at 9 Castle Place in Portsea with his family.By the time of the census in 1891 John W Collett was 31 and was married to Jessie Helen Collett who was 27, when they were living in Portsmouth first their first child Hugh G Collett who was two years old.Jessie may well have been pregnant on the day of the census since she had given birth to the coupleís second child by the end of that year.

 

 

 

One more child appears to have been added to their family after that when, according to the next census in 1901, the family comprised John W Collett from St Luke in London aged 41 who was a wine and spirits merchant, Jessie H Collett who was 34 and born in Portsmouth, as was her three children Gordon Collett who was 12, Percy Collett who was nine and Vera Collett who was four years of age.Once again Jessie may have been with-child on the day of the census as she gave birth to the coupleís last child towards the end of that year.

 

 

 

During the following decade the family left Portsmouth and by 1911 they were settled within the Fareham district of Hampshire.Curiously, apart from the two youngest children, each member of the family was listed in the census return with just the initial letter of the first name.So W Collett was 51, J Collett was 46, P Collett was 17 (sic) rather than 19, Vera Collett was 13 and Audrey Collett was nine.Over the following years John and Jessie made a return to the south coast and it was at Dorney Court in Cosham, north of Portsmouth, that John William Collett died on 31st August 1926.His Will was first proved in London on 23rd April 1927, when his estate was valued at £19,748 7 Shillings 11d when the executors were named as his widow Jessie Ellen Collett and his eldest son Hugh Gordon Collett, an estate agent .

 

 

 

However, it would appear that the Will must have been contested since it was nearly thirteen years later that his Will was finally proved in London on 24th January 1940, by which time his estate was re-valued at £10,693 1 Shilling 4d, and by which time his widow had also passed away.On that occasion the executor of his Will was named as his younger son Percival Lester Stanley Collett, who was also an estate agent like his older brother.Jessie Ellen Collett of Dorney Court in Cosham died on 11th December 1938 at 51 Magdela Road in Cosham, when administration was granted to her son Percy Lester Stanley Collett, an estate agent and auctioneer. Her personal effects were estimated to be worth just £50, which would appear to suggest that she did not gain any benefit from her husbandís considerable estate, which was still to be resolved when she passed away.Even up to 26th September 1961 the case of Jessie Ellen Collett was still being considered by the Probate Court in London.

 

 

 

55R17

Hugh Gordon Collett

Born in 1888 at Portsmouth

 

55R18

Percival Lester Stanley Collett

Born in 1891 at Portsmouth

 

55R19

Vera Collett

Born in 1896 at Portsmouth

 

55R20

Audrey Collett

Born in 1901 at Portsmouth

 

 

 

 

55Q21

Newton Collett was born at St Pancras in London on 6th September 1861, but was baptised in his motherís home village of Eaton Socon in Bedfordshire (now in Cambridgeshire).That took place when he was two years old on 27th December 1863, when he was confirmed as the son of John William Collett and Fanny Fletcher.When he was around four years old he and his parents left London when they moved to Hampshire.In the census for Portsea & Landport in 1871 he was nine years old and by 1881 he was 19 when he was working as a gilder while living with his family at 9 Castle Place in Portsea.

 

 

 

Just after his twenty-first birthday Newton Collett married Elizabeth Mary Doran on 27th October 1883 at Portsea.Elizabeth was born at Portsmouth in 1866, and was the daughter of marine engine driver Charles William Doran and Elizabeth Mary Tong.It was also during the last quarter of 1883 that the coupleís first child was born at Portsmouth.Over the next ten years the marriage produced a further four children for the couple and all of them were born at Portsmouth.The first of them was named after his father Newton, the second after his grandfather John William Collett, and the third named after her grandmother Fanny Fletcher.

 

 

 

By March 1901 the census for Portsmouth recorded the family as follows.Head of the household Newton was 39 and had been born in London, and was working again as a gilder, having previously been a picture-framer. His wife Elizabeth was 34 and their five children were Daisy, who was 19 and a schoolteacher, Newton who was 15, John who was 14, Harry who was 13 and Fanny who was 11 years of age.Tragically Newton Collett died when he was only 49 years old.That happened at Southsea on 19th September 1910 and his passing was confirmed in the census of 1911 when Elizabeth Mary Collett was a widow at 44, while she was still living in the Portsmouth area.With her also were her three children Newton Henry Collett 25, John William Collett 24, and Fanny (Franny) Collett who was 21. Tragically Newton Collett died when he was only 49 years old.That happened at Southsea on 19th September 1910 and his passing was confirmed in the census of 1911 when Elizabeth Mary Collett was a widow at 44, while she was still living in the Portsmouth area.With her also were her three children Newton Henry Collett 25, John William Collett 24, and Fanny (Franny) Collett who was 21.

 

 

 

55R21

Daisy Collett

Born in 1883 at Portsmouth

 

55R22

Newton Henry Collett

Born in 1885 at Portsmouth

 

55R23

John William Collett

Born in 1886 at Portsmouth

 

55R24

Harry Collett

Born in 1887 at Portsmouth

 

55R25

Fanny Collett

Born in 1889 at Portsmouth

 

 

 

 

55Q22

Joseph Henry Collett was born at St Lukes in London on 6th August 1863 and was baptised at the Bedfordshire village of Eaton Socon on 27th December 1863, the third child of John William Collett and Fanny Fletcher.He was about one year old when his family left London and moved to Hampshire.Just like his father and older brother (both John William Collett), his occupation was that of a gold beater.In the Portsea Island & Landport census of 1891 he was aged 27 and was still a bachelor.The only other information known about Joseph is that he later married Elizabeth who was born in Portsmouth during 1865.

 

 

 

 

55Q23

Mary Elizabeth Collett was born at Southsea in 1866, and was 15 years old in the census of 1881 when she was living with her family at 9 Castle Place in Portsea.It was four years later that Mary Elizabeth married John Henry Davis at Portsea in 1885.Over the following years she presented John with three daughters, the second two being twins.Tragically though, by the time of the census in 1891 Mary Davis, aged 25, was a widow.At that time in her life she was once again living at the home of her parents, who by then were living in Portsea.Staying there with her were her three girls,Lillian Davis who was four and the twins Olivia Davis and Mabel Davis who were three years of age.

 

 

 

 

55Q24

Harry Collett was born at Southsea in Hampshire in 1869 and was 20 years old in the census of 1891, although at that time he was listed as Henry Collett.Three years later in 1894 Harry married Annie Caroline Challis at Portsea.Annie was born at Portsmouth in 1871 and all of the coupleís sons were born at Southsea, although in 1901 the family was living in Portsmouth.The census that year confirmed that Harry was 32, his wife Annie was 29, and their children were Harry R Collett who was six, John W Collett who was four, and Joseph F Collett who was under one year old.Harryís occupation at that time was a picture-framer and gilder.

 

 

 

By April 1911 the family was still living in Portsmouth when Harry was 42 and Annie was 40, and their three sons on that occasion were recorded as Harry Collett 15, John William Collett 14, Joseph Frederick Collett who was 11 and Frank Edward who was nine.Around the time of the death of their son John William during World War One, Harry and Annie were living at 23 Kent Road in Southsea.

 

 

 

55R26

Harry R Collett

Born in 1894 at Southsea

 

55R27

John William Collett

Born in 1896 at Southsea

 

55R28

Joseph Frederick Collett

Born in 1900 at Southsea

 

55R29

Frank Edward Collett

Born in 1902 at Southsea

 

 

 

 

55Q25

Archibald Collett, who was known as Archie, was born at Southsea in 1871, and just prior to the census day that year.By 1881 ten years old Archie was living with his family at 9 Castle place in Portsea.Rather oddly, no record of any member of his family has been located in the census in 1891, but just a few years after that Archie was married.

 

 

 

Unfortunately the entry in the census of 1901 only gave the initials of his family members.Archie Collett was 30 and an architectís assistant living at 11 High Street in the Alverstoke district of Gosport.His place of birth on that occasion was given as Portsmouth.Listed with him was his wife A N Collett who was 24 and from Portsmouth, their sons A B T Collett who was six, and C G L Collett who was five, both born at Portsmouth, and their daughter I H R Collett who was two years old and born at Gosport.

 

 

 

During the next few years two more children were added to the family, but tragically around the time of the birth of the last child Archieís wife must have died.By April 1911 Archie was a widower still living in the Portsmouth area with his five children.Archie Collett from Southsea was 39 and the children were simply recorded as Archie Collett who was 16, Cyril Collett who was 15, Iris Collett who was 12, Harold Collett who was eight and Audrey Collett who was six years old.Also living with Archie at that time, and presumably helping him look after his family, was his sister-in-law Louisa Palmer who was 47 and with her, her two children Sydney Palmer who was 15 and Eileen Palmer who was two years age.With no obvious connection to the Collett family, it is likely that Louisa was related to Archieís wife.

 

 

 

Archibald Collett was still residing in the Portsmouth area when he died at the age of 55, his death recorded at Portsmouth register office (Ref. 2b 628) during the last three months of 1925.

 

 

 

55R30

Archie Bertram T Collett

Born in 1894 at Portsmouth

 

55R31

Cyril G L Collett

Born in 1895 at Portsmouth

 

55R32

Iris H R Collett

Born in 1898 at Gosport

 

55R33

Harold Collett

Born in 1902 at Gosport

 

55R34

Audrey Collett

Born in 1904 at Gosport

 

 

 

 

55Q26

Ernest Collett was born at Southsea in 1872 but when he was eight years old he was absent from the family home in the town.However, it was as Ernest Collett aged 18 that he was living at Southsea in 1891 when he was once again back with his family.Ernest became a gold beater like his father John William Collett, and it seems likely that it was Ernest who took over his fatherís business upon his death in September 1901.The earlier census placed gold beater Ernest Collett, aged 28, living with his parents at 14 Cottage Grove in Portsmouth, when Ernest was working for his father who was described as a gold beater and an employer.Following the death of both of his parents within the next two years Ernest was joined by his youngest sibling May Collett, who was still living with him in 1911.Ernest from Southsea was 38 and was living in Southsea with just May Collett who was 30.

 

 

 

 

55Q27

Daisy Collett was born at Southsea in 1873 and was baptised there on 9th April 1874, the second youngest daughter of John William Collett and Fanny Fletcher.In 1881 she was eight years old and was living with her family at 9 Castle place in Portsea.

 

 

 

 

55Q28

William Collett was born at Southsea in 1877 and was four years old at the time of the census in 1881 when he was living with his family at 9 Castle Place in Portsea.No record of William or any member of his family has been found in the census of 1891, but in the mid-1890s he married Bessie.The census in March 1901 described William Collett as being 23 and born at Portsmouth, where he was living at 52 Central Street in the town, and where he was a grocer and a shopkeeper Ďwith his own account at homeí.Living there with him was his wife Bessie who was 22 and from Portsmouth, and their daughter May Bessie Collett who was four years old and also born at Portsmouth.

 

 

 

Whether some tragedy befell the family during the next ten years has not been confirmed, but William was absent at the time of the April census in 1911.Bessie Collett was 33, while her daughter May Bessie Collett aged 14 was the only person living with her.

 

 

 

55R35

May Bessie Collett

Born in 1896 at Portsmouth

 

 

 

 

55R5

Walter Eldred Collett was born in May 1890 at Leeds and was one of the two sons of Charles Collett and Armenia Wilson.Sometime during the period from April to June in 1913, Walter married Evelyn L Cox at Leeds, Evelyn having been born at Rugby in Warwickshire around 1889.Walterís occupation was that of a painter and decorator and he was described simply as a painter in 1929 when he was the sole executor of his widowed motherís Will.

 

 

 

 

55R6

Florence Ethel Collett was born at Leeds on 28th January 1894, the only child of Arthur Edward Collett by his first wife Ethel Haigh Wade, with her birth recorded at Leeds register office (Ref. 9b 469) during the first quarter of 1894.Tragically Florence was only two weeks old when her mother died, and it was just three weeks after that loss that her widowed father Arthur suffered the trauma of the death of his daughter Florence Ethel Collett who died on 3rd March 1894.

 

 

 

 

55R7

Florence Emily Collett was born at Leeds on 28th March 1899, the eldest child of Arthur Edward Collett and his second wife Hannah Eliza Ackroyd who was known as Annie.According to the census in March 1901 Florence Emily Collett was two years old when she was living with her parents at 34 Chapeltown Road in Leeds.Her three siblings were born during the first decade of the new century, and by April 1911, at the age of 12, she was named as the eldest of the family still living in Chapeltown Road.

 

 

 

Just over three years after the end of The First World War Florence married Reginald George Burn at the Newton Park Union Church in Leeds on 4th January 1922, Reginald having been born at Bradford on 14th June 1893.After nearly forty years together, Reginald died at Bolton-le-Sands, Carnforth in Lancashire on 29th May 1961.It was just over thirty years later that Florence Emily Burn nee Collett died at St Wilfridís Nursing Home in Halton, Lancashire on 6th March 1992.

 

 

 

 

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Kathleen Collett was born at Leeds on 11th April 1901, the second of the four children of Arthur and Annie Collett.In the Leeds census of 1911 Kathleen Collett was 10 years of age, while living at Chapeltown Road with her family.Having survived through the Great War, Kathleen was just two days passed her eighteenth birthday when she died on 13th April 1919, a victim of flu pandemic, after suffering with the symptoms for less than one week.

 

 

 

The pandemic lasted from June 1918 to December 1920, spreading even to the Arctic and remote Pacific islands.Between 50 and 100 million people died, making it one of the deadliest natural disasters in human history.Even using the lower estimate of 50 million people means that three percentage of the world's population of 1.86 billion, at the time, died of the disease, while some 500 million were infected.

 

 

 

 

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Henry Reginald Collett was born at Leeds on 27th June 1903, the only son of Arthur Edward Collett and his second wife Annie Ackroyd.He was seven years old at the time of the census in 1911 when he was living with his family at Chapeltown Road in Leeds.He was just a few months short of his sixtieth birthday when he died at the Royal Earleswood Hospital at Redhill in Surrey on 12th January 1963.

 

 

 

 

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Winifred Lily Collett was born at Leeds on 29th March 1906, the youngest child of Arthur Edward Collett and his second wife Hannah Eliza Ackroyd.It was also during that same year when Winifred was baptised at the Brunswick Chapel in Leeds.She was five years old in the census of 1911 when she and her family were residing at Chapeltown Road in Leeds.In 1930 Winifred married Donald Hagyard Turnbull who was born at Bowling in Bradford on 13th September 1903.The ceremony took place at the Newton Park Union Church in Leeds on 30th July 1930, and during the following year their son was born at Leeds.

 

 

 

At sometime during their life, the family moved to Warwickshire, and it was on 5th June 1991 at the General Hospital in Stratford-upon-Avon that Winifred Lily Turnbull nee Collett died at the age of 85.Her husband remained in Warwickshire for the next few years, and it was at Kineton Manor Nursing Home in the county that Donald died on 3rd January 1995

 

 

 

This family history has been developed by her son, using the details previously put together by Winifred Lily Collett. Our thanks therefore go to Peter for his generosity and kindness in providing all of the information that has enabled the story of his family to be told.Peterís involvement has also helped to clarify and correct the earlier errors that existed in Part 36 Ė The Barwick-in-Elmet Line, and for this we are eternally grateful.Peter has also managed to trace his Yorkshire family roots back to Featherstone in 1565, going back in time from the current starting point in the aforementioned Part 36.

 

 

 

55S1

Peter Collett Turnbull

Born in 1931 at Leeds

 

 

 

 

55R11

Helen Hope Collett was born at Stow-on-the-Wold in Gloucestershire during October 1890 and was the base-born daughter of Emily Collett who was still living with her widowed mother on the day of the census in 1891 in Winchester where Emily and her parents had also been living in 1881.The birth was recorded at Stow (Ref. 6a 343) during the fourth quarter of 1890.On that same day in 1891 when her mother was living in Winchester with her grandmother, Helen Hope Collett, who was five months old, was living with the Jeffries family at 17 Cross Street in Winchester.Harry Jeffries from Wantage in Berkshire was 38 and a lock fitter, his wife Marie Jeffries was 32 and from Adlestrop in Gloucestershire, and their two children were Margaret Jeffries who was three and William Jeffries who was two, both born at Wantage, while Helen was described as their niece.

 

 

 

No record of Helen has so far been located ten years later in 1901, but after a further ten years Helen Hope Collett from Stow-on-the-Wold was 20 when she was living at Adlestrop near Chipping Norton.On that occasion she was staying with Thomas Haynes, who was 78 and an old age pensioner from Adlestrop, and his unmarried daughter Ada Haynes who was 43, a dressmaker with her own account and also from Adlestrop.Helen was described as the granddaughter of Thomas Haynes whose late wife Marie Haynes Ė see below.

 

 

 

What is very interesting is that in 1891, when Helen Hope Collett was living with the Jeffries family in Winchester, living with the Haynes family at Adlestrop Lodge was one-year old Harry Collett who had been born at Stow-on-the-Wold.He was described as the grandson of Thomas Haynes of Adlestrop who was 58 and his wife was Maria Haynes who was 54 and from Charlbury in Oxfordshire.The Haynes household at Adlestrop was completed by the coupleís two Adlestrop born children, son Charles Haynes who was 25 and daughter Ada Haynes who was 23.Therefore, were Harry Collett and Helen Hope Collett related in some way, both having been born at Stow-on-the-Wold within a short while of each other.

 

 

 

 

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Mary Estella Collett was born at Deal around 1896.She married (1) Charles Thomas Collins on 26th February 1918 and the marriage produced two daughters Joyce Marie Collins born on 17th January 1919 and Phyllis Cecily Collins who was born on 29th February 1924.Upon the death of her husband Charles, Mary married (2) Mr Harding before she died in 1978.

 

 

 

 

55R13

Elsie Florence Collett was born at Deal around 1897.On 7th April 1920 she married George Hugh Woodhams who was born on 25th May 1892.For the most part of their married life together it is believed that the couple lived in London.However, when Elsie died in 1991 she was living at Dover.

 

 

 

 

55R14

Doris Grace Collett was born at Deal around 1899.She married Andrew Rudolf Fraser on 6th September 1916 and they had two children, Yvonne Betty Fraser born on 23rd December 1917 and Ronald Andrew Fraser who was born on 5th April 1921.Tragically Andrew died in his twenties on 23rd January 1922.It seems likely that Doris never re-married, but it is known that she died in 1976.

 

 

 

 

55R15

Richard James Collett was born at Deal in Kent in 1902, the youngest child of Richard James Collett and Esther Shrewsbury Wratten.

 

It was on 5th November 1927 at Brentford in Middlesex that he married Laura G Turner.

 

At sometime during his life he lived in France and Ireland and that may have been before he was married.

 

He was an engineer by trade and while living in London he was involved in aircraft assembly with Handley Page.

 

 

 

At the outbreak of war and following the death of his father and the birth of their son, Richard and Laura moved out of London in 1939 because of the threat to their safety from air-raids and the bombing of the city.On leaving London the family initially settled in Swindon where engineer Richard worked as a foreman for Vickers Armstrong.At that time in 1939, and following their arrival in Swindon, the family was taken in by a family with whom they lodge for a few months while they sought a home of their own, which they did, resulting in a further move to Highworth.Twenty-four years later, and two years prior to the wedding of their son in 1963, Richard and Laura returned to live in Deal.

 

 

 

Once back in Deal, Richard and Laura became the landlord and landlady of the Ship Inn in Middle Street where they lived and worked until Richardís death in 1971.Richard James Collett died on 23rd June 1971, while his wife Laura G Collett nee Turner died nineteen years later on 3rd October 1990.

 

 

 

55S2

Michael Richard Collett

Born on 25.03.1939 in London

 

 

 

 

55R16

Charles Collett was born at Deal around 1912 and he married Doreen Daphne Butler on 15th March 1930.It is understood that the marriage produced no children and that Charles died in 1980.

 

 

 

 

55R18

Percival Lester Stanley Collett was born at Portsmouth towards the end of 1891 and was nine years of age in the Portsmouth census of 1901 when he was simply recorded with his family as Percy Collett.No long after that his family moved in land and in April 1911 they were listed in the census that year within the Fareham registration district, when P Collett was recorded in error as 17.He later married Victoria Elizabeth Jane Pascoe who was born during 1895 and with whom he had a son.Percival Lester Stanley Collett was 89 when he died in 1980.

 

 

 

55S3

Roger Gordon Collett

Born in 1921; died in 2004

 

 

 

 

55R22

Newton Henry Collett was born at Portsmouth in 1885 and followed in his fatherís footsteps by becoming a gilder.In 1901 Newton was a general gilder aged 15 and was living and working with his father Newton Collett at Portsmouth.Following the death of his father in September 1910, Newton Henry Collett was still living with his widowed mother Elizabeth Mary Collett at the time of the Portsmouth census of 1911 when he was unmarried at the age of 25.The only other detail known about him is that his death, as Newton H Collett, was recorded at Portsmouth register office (Ref. 2b 949) during the first three months of 1933 at the age of 47.

 

 

 

 

55R23

John William Collett was born at Portsmouth during 1886, the second child son of Newton Collett and Elizabeth Mary Doran.In the Portsmouth census returns for 1901 and 1911 John Collett was 14, and John William Collett was unmarried at 24 when he was still living at the family home with his parents.That is all we know for sure at this time, although there is a much later record at Exeter concerning the administration of the estate of John William Collett in 1948, when John William from Portsmouth would have been 62.The information contained therein refers to John William Collett of 25 Courtenay Park in Newton Abbot who died there on 24th October 1948.His personal effects valued at £421 11 Shillings 9d were left in the hands of Jessie Elizabeth McFee, a married woman.

 

 

 

 

55R27

John William Collett was born at Southsea in 1896 and was four years old in the 1901 Census when he was living with his parents and two brothers in Portsmouth.He and his family were still living in Portsmouth ten years later as confirmed by the 1911 Census in which John William Collett was fourteen years old.His close association with the sea resulted in him enlisting in the Royal Navy at the outbreak of the First World War.He was Ordinary Seaman SS16825 attached to the cruiser HMS Hampshire.Tragically he died aged 19 years on 5th June 1916 when the Hampshire hit a German mine off the Orkney Islands and sank with only twelve survivors.The total shipís compliment at that time comprised 655 officers and crew, plus seven civilians one of which was Lord Kitchener.The name of John William Collett appears on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial reference 14.

 

 

 

 

55R29

Archie Bertram T Collett was born at Portsmouth in 1894, his birth recorded at Portsea Island register office (Ref. 2b 513) during the last quarter of that year.He was the eldest child of Archibald Collett, who unnamed wife died during the first decade of the new century.In the census of 1901 the family was living at 11 High Street in the Alverstoke district of Gosport, when Archie was listed in the census as A B T Collett, aged six years, while his mother was simply recorded as A N Collett.Ten years later he was still living with his widowed father in the Portsmouth census of 1911, when he was named as Archie Collett aged 16.The death of Archie B T Collett was recorded at Portsmouth register office (Ref. 2b 697) during the fourth quarter of 1931 when he was 31 years old.

 

 

 

 

55S2

Michael Richard Collett was born in London on 25th March 1939 and when he was a few months old his parents decided to leave London because of the bombing, and they all headed for Swindon.Mikeís father was an engineer and was able to secure work at the Vickers Armstrong factory in Swindon.On arrival in Swindon Mike and his parents were taken in by a family where they lived for a few months before moving to Highworth.Mike followed in his fatherís footstep and took an apprenticeship in engineering at Vickers Armstrong and afterwards worked for Pressed Steel Fisher.A little while later he decided to join the Merchant Navy as a junior engineer, and sailed from Glasgow on the Clan Line to South Africa.

 

 

 

Unfortunately he became ill with dysentery and after spending time in a hospital at Dar-es-Salaam he returned home.On his return to Highworth he went back to Vickers Armstrong, working on the TSR2 Fighter Plane Project, later scrapped by the British Government, where he worked for a number of years.It was after that when Mike went back to work at Pressed Steel Fisher which eventually became renamed Rover and later bought out by BMW.On the 27th March 1965 Michael Richard Collett married Joan Mumford who was born in 1945 and who was also living in Highworth at that time, from where she was working as a bank cashier.Nine years later, on 25th May 1974, their only child Mark Richard Collett.Having enjoyed just over fifty years together Mike passed away on Sunday 12th July 2015, following a twelve-month battle with cancer.

 

 

 

55T1

Mark Richard Collett

Born on 25.05.1974

 

 

 

 

55T1

Mark Richard Collett was born on 25th May 1974, possibly at Highworth, the only child of Michael Richard Collett married Joan Mumford.Mark married Alison Claire Smith on the 16th July 1994, while their son Liam Richard Collett was born on 18th May 1993 and their daughter Amy Claire Collett was born on 21st July 1999.

 

 

 

55U1

Liam Richard Collett

Born in 1993

 

55U2

Amy Claire Collett

Born in 1999

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

APPENDIX ONE Ė OTHER WAKEFIELD COLLETTS

 

 

 

During the compilation of this family line other Collett children born at Wakefield have been found, although it is not clear where they might fit in.Therefore they have been included here in this appendix in the hope that one day their place within the Wakefield Collett families will be established.

 

 

 

Mary Collitt, the daughter of Ralph Collitt, was baptised at All Saints Church in Wakefield on 14th February 1698.She later married Oswald Hanson at the same church on 5th April 1722.Oswald was a blacksmith from Sandall and he died in Wakefield after 1742, but not before he had fathered eight children with Mary who were all baptised at All Saints, Wakefield.They were Martha Hanson (bap 30.09.1723), Hannah Hanson (bap 13.03.1727), Betty Hanson (bap 06.01.1729, died 06.01.1730), Ann Hanson (bap 07.12.1730), Catherine Hanson (bap 15.01.1733, died 15.03.1817), William Hanson (bap 10.07.1736), Mary Hanson (bap 14.07.1739) and Ralph Hanson (bap 23.01.1742).

 

 

 

Another was Thomas Collit who was married to Ann, whose two children were baptised at All Saints Church in Wakefield in a joint ceremony on 25th April 1812.Sarah Collit was born on 20th August 1805, and her sister Mary Collit was born on 26th September 1807.

 

 

 

And finally, Mary Collett died at Wakefield on 30th March 1718.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

APPENDIX TWO Ė WILLIAM FENTON COLLETT FROM LEEDS

 

 

 

In a previous version of this family line it had been assumed in error that William Collett (Ref. 55P16) born at Leeds in 1829 was William Fenton Collett.Thanks to new information gratefully received from Jennie Cordner we now know that the parents of William Fenton Collett were in fact George and Elizabeth Collett, and not Henry and Elizabeth Collett.

 

 

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George Collett may have been born around 1800 and on 12th October 1823 at Rothwell, just south-east of Leeds, he married Elizabeth Fenton by banns.George Collett of Rothwell signed the register, while Elizabeth Fenton, also of Rothwell, made the mark of a cross.Exactly nine months later, when the couple was residing at York Street in Leeds, Elizabeth presented George with their first child.At that time in his life George was employed as a matting weaver.Although their son was baptised at St Peterís Church simple as William Collett, it was many years later when he referred to himself as William Fenton Collett, most likely as a tribute to his late mother.It also seems likely that Elizabeth Fenton was baptised at St Peterís Church in Leeds on 10th January 1803, and was the daughter of George Fenton.

 

 

 

Not long after their daughter Elizabeth was born George and his young family left Yorkshire, most likely for work reasons, since the coupleís next child was born in the village of Little Coxwell near Faringdon in Berkshire, now Oxfordshire.By the time of the first national census in 1841 George Collett may have died since he was not living with his family in the Faringdon area.Elizabeth Collett had a rounded age of 35 and was named in the census return as Elizth Collett, while her two daughters were listed as Elizath Collett aged nine years and Anne Collett who was six.Her son William was 15 and had already started work and was living nearby.

 

 

 

55p1

William Fenton Collett

Born in 1824 at Leeds

 

55p2

Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1830 at Leeds

 

55p3

Anne Collett

Born in 1832 at Little Coxwell

 

 

55p1

William Fenton Collett was born at York Street in Leeds on 13th July 1824 and was baptised as William Collett at St Peterís Church on 30th August 1824, the son of George Collett and his wife Elizabeth Fenton.Around 1831 Williamís parents took the family to Berkshire and in 1832 were settled in Little Coxwell near Faringdon, where his sister Anne (below) was born. It was appear that his father died during the latter half of the 1830s because his mother and two sisters were living alone in 1841, William having already left home by then and was recorded in the Faringdon census as being aged 15. Toward the end of the 1840s William Collett married Ann Stanton who was born at Clanfield, to the north of Faringdon in Berkshire, during 1830 and was the daughter of Matthew Stanton and his wife Ann Dodd.By the time of the census in 1851 agricultural labourer William Collett from Leeds was 26, his wife Ann Collett from Clanfield was 21, when they were living at Little Coxwell less than a mile from Faringdon.Visiting the couple on the day of the census was Eliza Mills, who was 17 and a dressmaker from Clanfield, and shopman James Godwin from Oxford who was 18 and a grocerís assistant.

 

 

 

It is possible that Ann presented William with children during the 1850s who did not survive.It was also at Little Coxwell that their only known child Frank was born ten years after they were married.And it was at Little Coxwell that the family of three was still living in 1861 when William Collett from Leeds was 36 and an agricultural labourer, Ann was 31, and their son Frank was only seven months old.On that occasion Anne Collett from Clanfield was working in a grocerís shop.Sometime after the birth of their son the family moved north of the River Thames to the nearby village of Kelmscott in Oxfordshire, which lies to the east of Lechlade.That move was confirmed by the 1871 Census in which the couple were recorded as William Collett from Yorkshire who was 46 and again employed as an agricultural labourer, and his wife Ann from Oxfordshire who was 41 and a school mistress.Living at Kelmscott with them was their son Frank who was 11.

 

 

 

During the next decade William and Ann moved again, so by 1881 they were living in Stanton St Quinton in Wiltshire where William, age 53 and from Leeds, was a farm bailiff.The only person living at the same address was his wife Ann who was 51 and from Clanfield in Berkshire.Stanton St Quinton lies midway between Malmesbury and. Chippenham.At that same time their son was working as a schoolmaster in Oxford and was a boarder at the home of John Irons, age 65, at 52 James Street in the St Clements district of the city.

 

 

 

It would appear that it was Williamís work that then took the couple to Devon during the 1880s, since in 1891 William Fenton Collett, age 62 and from Leeds, was a poultry manager living in a cottage in the village of Huish south of Great Torrington with his wife Ann who was 60 and also described as a poultry manager.Sometime after that William Fenton Collett died and by March 1901 his widow Ann was living with her unmarried son Frank at Sherington near Olney within the Newport Pagnell registration district of Buckinghamshire.Ann Collett from Clanfield in Oxfordshire was 71 and a retired school mistress, while her son Frank Collett was 40.With no record of Ann in 1911 it must be assumed that she died during the first decade of the new century.

 

 

 

55q1

Frank Collett

Born in 1860 at Little Coxwell, Faringdon

 

 

 

 

55p2

Elizabeth Collett was born in Leeds on 6th January 1830 although the records show she was not baptised there until 30th January 1831, when she was confirmed as the daughter of George and Elizabeth Collett.Shortly after she was born her parents left Leeds and travelled south to Berkshire where they settled in the village of Little Coxwell near Faringdon.However, it would seem from the census in 1841 that Elizabethís father had passed away by then.According to the census that year Elizabeth and her sister Anne (below) were the only ones living with her mother in the Faringdon area.Elizath Collett was nine years old at that time.Either her mother died during the 1840s or she re-married, since by 1851 Elizabeth Collett from Leeds was 18 and a pauper who was a servant working in the Faringdon Union Workhouse.Also working there as a servant was her sister Anne Collett (below).

 

 

 

 

55p3

Anne Collett was born at Little Coxwell in 1832 and was baptised there on 6th January 1833, the daughter of George and Elizabeth Collett from Leeds.It is likely her father died not long after she was born as it was just her mother and her older sister who were living in the Faringdon area in 1841, when Anne Collett was six years old.Living nearby in the same registration district was her brother William (above) who, in 1851 and named as William Collett from Leeds, was living in Little Coxwell with his wife Ann.That same year both Anne and her sister Elizabeth, also from Leeds, were paupers working as servants in the Faringdon Union Workhouse where Anne was recorded as Ann Collett from Little Coxwell who was 17.

 

 

 

 

55q1

Frank Collett was born in 1860 at Little Coxwell close to Faringdon in Berkshire (today in Oxfordshire), the only son of William Fenton Collett and his wife Ann Dodd.It was there that he and his parents were living in April 1861, but ten years later they had moved the few miles north to Kelmscott where Frank was listed at the age of 11.

 

Frank followed the same profession as his mother and in 1881, at the age of 20, he was working as a schoolmaster in Oxford, where he was a boarder at the home of John Irons, age 65, at 52 James Street in the St Clements district of the city.It was in 1882 that he married Emily Matilda Herbert, the event being registered in the Headington district of Oxford during the second quarter of that year.

 

 

 

Once married the couple left Oxford and moved to South Kirkby in Yorkshire, where their first three children were born.[see also Part 56 for other Colletts born there at that same time].By 1887 the family was residing in the Northamptonshire village of Clipston, just south of Market Harborough, where the coupleís fourth child was born.However, not long after the birth, the family moved again and in 1891 Frank Collett, age 30 and from Faringdon, and his family were living at Waltham St Lawrence within the Cookham registration district of Berkshire.Frank was a schoolmaster, very likely at Waltham St Lawrence Primary School, where his wife Emily, age 28, was a school mistress.Living there with them, and possibly attending the same school were their two eldest children William F H Collett, who was seven, and Percival Ch Collett who was six, both son listed as having been born at Kirby (sic) in Yorkshire.The coupleís two youngest children were Mary G Collett, who was five and also from Kirby, and Frances E Collett from Clipstone (sic) in Northamptonshire, who was three.

 

 

 

At that same time in 1891 Frankís cousin on his motherís side of the family, Elizabeth Harriet Stanton, was 19 and was living at Waltham St Lawrence with her father who was a coachman at the Manor House in the village.It was sometime shortly after the census in 1891 that Frank and his cousin Elizabeth Ďran awayí together, and in 1892 Frank Collett was appointed as the first headmaster at Saint Lauds School in Sherington near Olney in Buckinghamshire.In 1895 the first meeting of the newly formed parish council took place in the school house, and it was during the following year that Frank, as head teacher, was elected to the post of Chairman of the Sherington Parish Council.Three years later the 1899 Edition of Kellyís Directory confirmed once again that Frank Collett was the master at Sherington School.

 

 

 

By the time of the next census in 1901 Frank, who was also the census enumerator for Sherington, had chosen to say that he was no longer a married man, when he was named as the head of the household at St Lauds School in Sherington.Frank Collett, age 40 and from Faringdon, had living with him his widowed mother Ann Collett nee Stanton who was 71.She was described as a retired schoolmistress, while Frank was listed as being a certified schoolmaster.Also staying with Frank and his mother was his cousin Elizabeth H Stanton, age 28, who was born at Waltham St Lawrence, the daughter of George and Mary A Stanton.That was the positive confirmation that Frank and his wife had separated and that Frank had entered into a loving relationship with his cousin.

 

 

 

As a result of the breakdown of their marriage, no more children were added to the family of Frank and Emily Collett although, following their separation, Emily did give birth to at least one more child, for which Frank was very obviously not the father.After Frank left Emily at Waltham St Lawrence, Emily took her children to live on the south coast of England at Brighton, where they were recorded in 1901.

 

 

 

According to the Brighton census that year married Emily Matilda Collett from Oxford was 38 and had living there with her three of her four children.They were Yorkshire born William F H Collett age 18, and May (sic) G Collett age 15, while Frances E Collett who was 13 had been born at Clipston.Her missing son Percy C Collett, age 17 and from Yorkshire, had already left the family home by then and was living and working in the St Peter-le-Bailey district of Oxford City, where he was a tailorís apprentice.However, he had been replaced by a much younger base-born son for Emily, since living with her at Brighton was one year old Cecil T Collett, the son of an unknown father.

 

 

 

After his term of office as Chairman of the Parish Council, Frank continued to be a councillor from May 1900 until her retired from the council in January 1902.Perhaps it was the discovery of his affair with Elizabeth Harriet Stanton that resulted in Frank having to give up his occupation as a schoolmaster at St Lauds School, since it was in September 1902 that he resigned from the post.However, during his nine years as head of the school he proved to be a most diligent hard working character, and changed the school from an inefficient country school, to a highly regarded leader in local education. The Council was fulsome in their praise of him, recording at the time of his departure that "He had given valuable services in the nine years.The school was in a deplorable state when he first came to the village but got to earn the highest possible grants through his able teaching, one of his scholars in 1898 gaining the County Scholarship".

 

 

 

On leaving Sherington, Frank and Elizabeth moved east to Ipswich.According to the Ipswich census in April 1911 Frank Collett lied when he stated that had been married to Ďhis wifeí Elizabeth Collett for one year, when in fact he was still married to Emily.By that time in his life Frank was an antique dealer and was the father of another son who was born after the couple had arrived in Ipswich.The Ipswich census of 1911 listed the three of them residing at 112 Clarence Villa on Lacey Street, where Frank Collett from Faringdon was 50, his Ďso calledí wife Elizabeth Collett was 39 and from Waltham St Lawrence, and their son Eustace, who was recorded in error as Enstance Collett, was just one month old.

 

 

 

At that same time the mother of Frankís first four children was living at 16 Norman Avenue West in Wood Green within the Edmonton area of London.Emily Matilda Collett from Oxford was 48 and recorded as being married for twenty-nine years, while her two daughters were Mary Gertrude Collett from South Kirkby was 25, and Frances Emily Collett from Clipstone (sic) was 23.Also Living with the three of them was Cyril Royston Collett who was three years old and born in London, who was described as the son of Emily Matilda Collett, although it is possible he was the base-born son of her eldest daughter Mary.Where Emilyís son Cecil was remains a mystery, possibly he had suffered an infant death.The only other detail known about her is that Emily Matilda Collett died four years later at Christchurch in Dorset during the second quarter of 1915.

 

 

 

Meanwhile her husband Frank and his cousin Elizabeth continued to live together as man and wife, and it was eight months after the wedding of their son Eustace that they became a legally married couple.It was on the Isle of Wight on 23rd September 1939 that widower Frank Collett, age 79, married spinster Elizabeth Harriet Stanton who was 68, while one of the witnesses at the ceremony was their son Eustace.The coupleís address at that time was given at 148 High Street in Ventor which was the boarding house that was owned by Frank.Also on their marriage certificate Frankís occupation was stated as being a retired estate agent.

 

 

 

Having already spent over forty years of their life together, Frank and Elizabeth were married for eight and a half years when Frank Collett died on 17th April 1948 at 1 Mall Field Terrace in Brading on the Isle of Wight at the age of 87.It was Elizabeth who reported his death.Frankís estate amounted to £239 15s 11d, probate for which was granted in London on 7th June 1948 to his widow.Elizabeth Harriett Collett nee Stanton died on 24th November 1952 at 3 Hornsey Rise in Brading, when her son Eustace reported her passing.Following her death Elizabeth was buried with Frank at St Maryís Church in Brading, plot G13.3.

 

 

 

55r1

William Frank Herbert Collett

Born in 1882 at South Kirkby, York.

 

55r2

Percival Charles W Collett

Born in 1884 at South Kirkby, York.

 

55r3

Mary Gertrude Collett

Born in 1886 at South Kirkby, York.

 

55r4

Frances Emily Collett

Born in 1888 at Clipston, Northants.

 

The following is the son of Emily Matilda Collett by an unknown father:

 

55r5

Cecil Thomas Collett

Born in 1900 at Brighton

 

The following is the only known child of Frank Collett by his second wife Elizabeth:

 

55r6

Eustace Collett

Born on 8th February 1911 at Ipswich

 

 

 

 

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William Frank Herbert Collett was born at South Kirkby near Barnsley in Yorkshire, where he was baptised on 28th December 1882.He was the eldest child of schoolmaster Frank Collett and his first wife Emily Matilda Herbert who were married at Oxford earlier in that same year.Around 1887 the family left Yorkshire and spent a short while at Clipston near Market Harborough, before arriving at Waltham St Lawrence where William F H Collett, age seven, attended the primary school where both of his parents worked as teachers in 1891.

 

 

 

Not long after 1891 the family was broken up when Williamís father ran off with his much younger cousin and in 1895 was the schoolmaster at Sherington in Buckinghamshire.In 1901 his father was residing at Sherington where he was looking after his elderly and recently widowed mother, while living there with them was his fatherís cousin Elizabeth H Stanton.At that same time in his life William and two of his three younger siblings were living at Brighton with their mother, when William F H Collett was 17.Also living with the family at Brighton was Williamís half-brother Cecil T Collett, the base-born son of his separated mother.What happened to William after that time is not known, as he is the only member of his family not to be located anywhere in Great Britain within the next census of 1911.

 

 

 

 

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Percival Charles W Collett was born at South Kirkby on 17th July 1884, the second child of Frank and Emily Collett.By 1887 the family was at Clipston in Northamptonshire, where Percivalís youngest sister was born, before another move to Waltham St Lawrence in Berkshire, where schoolboy Percival Ch Collett, age six, was living with his parents and his three siblings in 1891.After his father walked out on the family, and upon leaving school, Percy also left his mother and his three siblings, who were living in Brighton, to take up work as a tailorís apprentice.By March 1901 he had moved to Oxford where he was residing within the St Peter-le-Bailey area of the city, where he was recorded in error in the census that years as Percy C Collet, age 17 and from Yorkshire, an apprentice tailor.

 

 

 

Percival was a married man by 1911, when he and his wife were living in the St Pancras district of London.Percival Collett from South Kirby (sic) was 26, as was his wife Edith Collett.They may have only recently been married as there were no children listed with the couple.

 

 

 

 

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Mary Gertrude Collett was born at South Kirkby during 1886, the daughter of Frank and Emily Collett.After a temporary stop at Clipston in Northamptonshire and 1887-1889, Mary and her family were recorded in the census of 1891 as living at Waltham St Lawrence in Berkshire, where Mary G Collett was five years old.Her father had deserted the family shortly after 1891, and by 1901 Mary and her two of her three siblings, together with their mother, were living in Brighton, where Mary was recorded as May G Collett, age 15 from Yorkshire.Since the departure of her father some years earlier, her mother had been in a relationship with another man, which had resulted in the birth of a half-brother for Mary and he, Cecil T Collett age one year, completed the family in 1901.

 

 

 

A little while later, possibly following the death of Cecil, Mary and her sister and her mother travelled to London, where they were living together in April 1911 when Mary Gertrude Collett from South Kirkby was 25.The child Cyril Royston Collett, who was living there with them at the age of three, may have been the base-born child of Mary or her sister Frances (below), or could even had been a late child for the sistersí mother, who would have been 45 at the time of the birth, which possibly discounts that option.

 

 

 

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Cyril Royston Collett

Born during 1907 in London

 

 

 

 

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Frances Emily Collett was born at Clipston in North Northamptonshire in 1888, the last child born to Frank Collett by his first wife Emily Matilda Herbert.By 1891, when Frances E Collett was three years old, she and her family were living at Waltham St Lawrence in Berkshire.By the time she was 13 in March 1901 she was living in the Brighton area with just her mother, two of three siblings, and her half-brother Cecil.On that occasion her place of birth was named as Clipston, whereas in 1891 and again in 1911 the village was named in error as Clipstone.In April 1911 Frances Emily Collett was 23 and was residing at an address in the Wood Green area of London with her mother and sister.Also living there with them was three year-old Cyril Royston Collett of London who may have been the base-born son of either Frances or her older sister Mary (above), or may even have been Francesí half brother.

 

 

 

 

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Cecil Thomas Collett was born at Brighton in 1900, the son of Emily Matilda Collett, the estranged wife of Frank Collett.He was one year old on the day of the Brighton census in 1901 when he was living there with his mother and three of her four children by Frank Collett.Tragically within a few weeks he had died, his death recorded at Steyning register office Ref. 2b 175) during the second quarter of 1901.

 

 

 

 

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Eustace Collett was born at Ipswich during February 1911, the only son of Frank Collett and Elizabeth Harriet Stanton, although they were not actually married for another twenty-eight years.†† He was one year old in the Ipswich census of 1911 and twenty-eight years later Eustace was living at 7 Bridge Avenue in Maidenhead when he was married on 12th January 1939.His occupation at that time in his life was that of a radio engineer.The marriage produced one child for Eustace and his wife and the family resided a three different addresses on the Isle of Wight prior to his death on 17th February 1981.Eustace was one of the witnesses at the wedding of his father and mother in September 1939 at Ventnor on the Isle of Wight where his parents owned and managed a boarding house.

 

 

 

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a living Collett daughter

Born circa 1940 at Maidenhead?