PART FIFTY-SEVEN

 

The Collett Family of Bakers from Abbots Morton in Worcestershire

(incorporating the Colletts of Badsey)

 

Updated November 2020

 

The early generations of this family had their name recorded as Collet

and the earliest record at Badsey was the marriage of Joan Collet and Thomas Pegyn on 1st February 1561.

Two appendices at the end of this file includes details of other Colletts who made their home at Badsey.

 

 

 

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John Collett was born around 1700 and he married Elizabeth Wyatt at Badsey, east of Evesham, on 5th October 1741, and it is their eldest child who starts this introductory section of this family line.Further research is required to determine who John Collett was, and the location where he was born.One option is that he was the John Collett baptised at Ashchurch near Tewkesbury on 22nd December 1700, the son of William and Ann Collett.If that proves to be correct then William and Ann Collett, the parents of John Collett, can be found in Part 5 Ė The Tewkesbury Line under Ref. 5J9.What is known for sure is that their son William was baptised at Badsey on Tuesday 18th January 1742, and that he was followed by the birth of two sisters.John Collett died at the age of 62 on 16th January 1763, and was buried at Badsey on Sunday 18th January 1763, leaving his widow with their three children.However, it was just a few months later, on 15th October 1763, that Mrs Elizabeth Collett, widow, married Henry Smith.The second marriage for Elizabeth appears not to have produced any children, and her husband Henry Smith died during December 1789, with Elizabeth following ten years later, when she was buried at Badsey on 16th August 1799.

 

 

 

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William Collett

Born in 1741 at Badsey

 

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Ann Collett

Born in 1747 at Badsey

 

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Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1757 at Badsey

 

 

 

 

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William Collett was baptised at Badsey on 18th January 1742, the son of farmer John Collett and his wife Elizabeth Wyatt.Following the death of his father in 1763 it would appear that William took on farming the land that had been previously worked by his late father.It was six years later that he married (1) Nancy Bird at Badsey on 5th October 1769, the witness to the marriage being Williamís sister Ann (below).Nancy Bird was a minor, since she was baptised at Badsey on 7th April 1751, and needed the consent of her parents Henry and Elizabeth Bird to wed the much older William Collett.In addition to being the witness at the wedding of his sister Ann three weeks after he became a married man, William was also named as a witness at two marriages in 1767.The first of them took place on 9th February 1767, and the second on 9th June 1767.Later records suggest that William may be been attached to the Badsey Church in some way, as a further seven entries in the parish records indicate that he was a witness in 1770, 1772, 1781, 1785, 1786, and 1795.

 

 

 

Nine months after they were married, nineteen-year-old Nancy Collett presented her husband William with a son William, who was born at Badsey and baptised there on 8th July 1770.However, young Nancy did not survive the ordeal, and the parish records at Badsey show that Nancy Collett, the mother of William Collett junior, and the wife of William Collett senior, died on 8th August 1770 and was buried in the churchyard of St Jamesí Church on Friday 10th August 1770.

 

 

 

Almost two years after the death of his wife William married (2) Mary White on Saturday 6th June 1772 at Wickhamford parish church.Mary was the daughter of William and Elisabeth White of Wickhamford, who was baptised there on 10th February 1731.Although Mary was nearly ten years older than William, she presented him with a son, John Collett, who was born and baptised at Badsey in 1775.It is established that father and son were referred to in the Badsey Societyís ĎBadsey & Adlington Enclosure Map Projectí where it specifically relates to the land at Badsey known as Stockey.The land was owned by the Williams family long before 1747, and in 1787 it belonged to the Reverend Thomas Williams of Bere Regis in Dorset.He was christened at Chasleton, near Morton in Marsh, on 1st May 1748, the son of the Reverend Edward Williams, Rector of Chastleton and wife Margaret Walker of Evesham.

 

 

 

It was also in 1787 that William Collett [the elder] paid rent to the Rev. Williams, as verified in the 1787 Land Tax which stated that the Reverend Thomas Williams was the owner of Stockey, and that it was rented out to tenant farmer William Collett.Since that is the earliest Land Tax document unearthed, it is assumed that William Collett farmed the Stockey land prior to 1787, that it was possibly farmed by his father John Collett prior to his death in 1763.It is very interesting to note that the annual tax for Stockey paid by William Collett in 1787 was Nine Pounds Six Shillings Ten Pence, exactly the same sum that was charged to his son William in 1818, and again thirteen years later in 1831.

 

 

 

Also, at that same time in 1787, William Collett was farming other land under a tenancy agreement with [a] the Reverend Drummond and [b] Christopher Whiting, as well as another plot owned by John Millard and John Benton, which William farmed in partnership with his brother-in-law James Bird.There was also a plot of land that William farmed which was jointly owned by him and a Mary Roberts.William Collett, farmer of Badsey, died there and was buried there on Friday 29th July 1814, at the age of 72.His eldest son William was then solely responsible for the farm, and although his father appears not to have made a Will, provision seems to have been made his widow Mary to remain living in the old farmhouse.Mary Collett nee White died when she was 95, following which she was buried at Badsey on Tuesday 20th May 1825.

 

 

 

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William Collett

Born in 1770 at Badsey

 

The following is the only known child of William Collett by his second wife Mary White:

 

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John Collett

Born in 1775 at Badsey

 

 

 

 

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Ann Collett was baptised at St Jamesí Church in Badsey on 17th April 1747, the eldest of the two daughters of John Collett and his wife Elizabeth Wyatt.Ann was the witness at the wedding of her brother William (above) during the first week of October in 1769, and three weeks later he was witness at her wedding, when she married Benjamin Gould at Badsey on 25th October 1769.

 

 

 

 

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Elizabeth Collett was born at Badsey, where she was baptised on 25th June 1757.Her father John Collett died in 1763 when she was only six years old, and ten years later Elizabeth died on 5th November 1773 and was buried in the family grave at Badsey with her father on 7th November 1773.The headstone that marks the grave also includes the name of her brotherís wife Nancy Collett (above) who had died three years earlier in 1770.

 

 

 

 

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William Collett was born at Badsey and was baptised there on 8th July 1770, the son of farmer William Collett and his wife Nancy Bird.Following the death of his mother within days of his birth, his father married for a second time in 1772 and William continued to live with his father and his stepmother in the first decade of the new century, while working on his fatherís farm holding in Badsey.It was not until he was nearly thirty-five that he married Mary Yardington at Badsey on Wednesday 1st May 1805, although sadly the marriage apparently did not produce any children for the couple.Mary Yardington was baptised at Bishampton on 3rd November 1776, the daughter of John Yardington and his wife Elisabeth Fletcher.William and Mary continued to live with Williamís father after they were married, and it seems very likely that the younger man eventually took over his fatherís farming operations, allowing the older man to retire.

 

 

 

During 1811, the last year before the act of enclosing the lands in Badsey was due, the two William Colletts held leases under the Reverend Thomas Williams, and upon the death of his father three years later in 1814, William continued to farm the land leased from the agents for the Reverend Thomas Williams, as confirmed by the 1818 Land Tax Records, when he was paying Nine Pounds Six Shillings Ten Pence in tax.Also at that time, and in addition to the land he farmed at Badsey, William Collett had land at Aldington, just north of Badsey, which he leased from Thomas Williams, and he still owned the house near the church, the tenant for which was Thomas Smith.Eight years later the 1826 Tax Return once again showed that William Collett was still farming the land at Badsey belonging to Thomas Williams, and that Thomas Smith was still the occupant of the house belonging to William Collett.

 

 

 

Five years after that the 1831 Badsey Land Tax returns show that the land referred to as Stockey was owned by the estate of the late Reverend Thomas Williams, and that the occupier of the land at that time was William Collett, who paid Nine Pounds Six Shillings Ten Pence, the usual amount, to the exchequer on that property, and strangely the same amount paid by his father in 1787.In January 1837 the widow of Williamís half-brother John Collett (below) passed away, having four years earlier purchased a seven-acre-field to the west of Badsey Brook known as Jarrettís Ground.Upon her death that land was transferred into the ownership of William Collett.Four years later the Badsey census of 1841 recorded William and Mary still living there, where their needs were being attended to by servant girl Ann Mayo who was 19.William Collett was 70, while his wife Mary Collett was 63.By that time in their lives they were living in the house near the church, previously occupied by Thomas Smith.

 

 

 

It was nearly nine years later that William Collett, aged 80, died on 5th April 1850, following which he was buried at Badsey, although no Will has ever been found.After his death the land to the west of Badsey Brook passed, at his bequest, to Edward Appelbee.In 1877, Edwardís widow, Elizabeth Appelbee and her son Thomas, sold the land to John Pickup Lord when it became part of what was known as the Wickhamford Estate.During the year following the death of her husband, the widow Mary Collett nee Yardington was recorded in the Badsey census of 1851, when she was described as Mary Collett from Bishampton, a landed proprietor aged 73, who was living at ĎThe Firsí where she employed two domestic servants, Matilda Watson aged 43, and Anne Ewins who was 37.According to the next census in 1861, Matilda Pyne Watson was by then the companion of Mary Collett, when both of them were still living at The Firs in Badsey.Mary Collett of Bishampton, aged 83, was again described as a land proprietor, while Matilda Pyne Watson, who was 53, was described as companion and housekeeper.Helping Matilda manage the house was sixteen-year-old domestic servant Harriet Warner.

 

 

 

Two years later elderly Mary Collett decided it was time to draw up a Will and, on 9th October 1863 in the presence of Evesham solicitor Henry New, she signed the document.The two witnesses were two clerks employed by Henry New.Just over fifteen months later, at the age of 87, Mary Collett died on 24th January 1865 and was buried in the churchyard at Badsey, with her husband, on Tuesday 31st January 1865, where a cross and a foot stone were erected to their memory.The death of Mary Collett was recorded at Evesham (Ref. 6c 24).Within her Will, proved at Worcester on 6th March 1865, was a bequest of £100 for her companion Matilda Payne Watson, together with money to provide blankets for the poor people of Badsey.The bulk of her estate was passed onto the Tovey family, her nephews Thomas Yardington Tovey and William Tovey inheriting Bowers Hill Farm.Her house, of The Firs, the garden and orchard, was divided equally between the same two nephews.Another dwelling and garden occupied by Joseph Jones was also bequeathed to the two Tovey brothers, as well as several parcels of land referred to as Badsey grounds, comprising 22 acres being worked by Mrs Ingles Ė another connection to the Collett family, with the wedding of James Collett (Ref. 57A/M1) and Mary Ingles taking place at Willersey in 1837.Also, under the terms of the same Will, another Tovey, Joseph, received four acres of land known as Abraham's Well.

 

 

 

Bowers Hill Farm was still the home of the Tovey family in 1881, when the census that year recorded the aforementioned William Toveyís widow Elizabeth still living there.Elizabeth, aged 60 and from South Littleton, was a farmer of 99 acres employing three men and two boys.Her eldest son William Collett Tovey, who was 31, was the farm manager, his brother Edgar Tovey, aged 19, was also working on the farm, while Elizabethís youngest son Albert Tovey was 18 and an apprentice chemist.Elizabethís two daughters were Ellen Tovey aged 31, and Mary Tovey who was 13.Serving the family was Catherine Archer aged 42 and the housekeeper.Apart from Elizabeth, all of the other members of the householder were born at Church Lench.Elizabeth Toveyís brother-in-law Thomas Yardington Tovey was still living and working his own farm at Church Lench, which he had owned prior to inheriting his share of his auntís estate in 1865.What is of interest is that in 1871, and six years after the death of his aunt Mary Collett, her companion Matilda Paine Watson was a visitor at his farm in Church Lench.

 

 

 

 

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John Collett was baptised at Badsey on 4th February 1775, the only child of William Collett by his second wife Mary White.With his father being an established farmer in Badsey, it was logical that John was also farming by the time he was thirty-three.The Badsey Land Tax Records for 1808 show that John Collett paid Five Pounds for land that was owned by his father William.In addition to that, John was also paying land tax on property that he farmed and which he rented from Charles Whiting and the Reverend Philott.Six years earlier John Collett married Ann Wheeler at Badsey on 13th May 1802, at a time when his older stepbrother William Collett (above) was still a bachelor.Less than six months after they were married Ann presented John with a daughter who was baptised on 12th November 1802.Sadly, the child was only three years old when she died and was buried at Badsey on 19th November 1805.

 

 

 

Over twenty years later the 1826 Badsey Land Tax Records confirm that John Collett was still living at Badsey in the house that he owned, and that he was still farming land that was also in his ownership.It was five years after that when John Collett died at Badsey, where he was buried on 30th September 1831 at the age of 56.It seems highly likely that John was in some way attached to the church, since the name John Collett is a witness at two wedding ceremonies in Badsey, the first on 29th September 1813, and the second on 8th November 1814.

 

 

 

Two years after the death of her husband, Ann Collett nee Wheeler purchased a field to the west of Badsey Brook in 1833 from her uncle John Jones.John was the brother of Annís mother and had originally bought the seven acres of land known as Jarrettís Ground in 1803 for £1,128.Ann Collett nee Wheeler survived her husband by less than six years when she died during the first month of 1837 at Badsey where she was buried on 24th January 1837.Following her death, the land known as Jarrettís Ground, also earlier referred to in error as Gerardís Piece, was passed to her husbandís half-brother William Collett (above).

 

 

 

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Ann Collett

Born in 1802 at Badsey; infant death

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

APPENDIX ONE

 

 

 

However, in addition to what is written above about the Badsey Land Tax Records, they also included details of another Collett, unconnected to the family above.He was William Collett (Ref. 57L7) who farmed land within the parish, and who is believed to be from nearby Broadway.This therefore, is the story of his family line.

 

 

 

 

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Richard Collett was born at Stow-on-the-Wold around 1717 and it was there also that he married Elizabeth Keen on 3rd October 1741.Elizabeth was the daughter of Samuel Keen and Elizabeth Beal and was baptised at Stow on 31st January 1721.Their marriage produced seven children born at Broadway, although the first of them was born ten years after they were married, which perhaps indicates that Richard was absent from the family home in the early days of their relationship, or that any earlier children did not survive.

 

 

 

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Ann Collett

Born in 1750 at Broadway

 

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William Collett

Born in 1751 at Broadway

 

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Richard Collett

Born in 1753 at Broadway

 

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John Collett

Born in 1754 at Broadway

 

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Richard Collett

Born in 1754 at Broadway

 

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John Collett

Born in 1755 at Broadway

 

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William Collett

Born in 1757 at Broadway

 

 

 

 

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Ann Collett was born at Broadway in 1750, where she was baptised on 20th May 1750, the eldest known child of Richard and Elizabeth Collett of Stow-on-the-Wold.

 

 

 

 

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William Collett was born at Broadway in 1751, the eldest son of Richard and Elizabeth Collett, and was baptised there on 17th July 1751, but sadly he died there while still very young.

 

 

 

 

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Richard Collett was born at Broadway during the first half of 1753 and it was there also that he was baptised on 7th October 1753, but like his brother William (above), he too did not survive.

 

 

 

 

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John Collett was born at Broadway most likely during last month of 1753 or the first month of 1754.He was baptised there in May that year but as with his two brothers before him, he did not survive beyond infancy.

 

 

 

 

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Richard Collett was born at Broadway around September 1754, and was baptised there on 7th October 1754, the son of Richard and Elizabeth Collett.

 

 

 

 

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John Collett was born at Broadway in the second quarter of 1755, and it was there that he was baptised on 18th May 1755, the son of Richard and Elizabeth Collett.

 

 

 

 

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William Collett was born at Broadway in 1757 where he was baptised on 21st December 1757, the youngest child of Richard Collett from Stow-on-the-Wold and his wife Elizabeth Keen from Worcestershire.It was when William was 32 that he married Mary Salter at Badsey on 19th July 1790, with whom he had three children, all of them baptised at Badsey.William was a tenant farmer in Badsey, as confirmed by the Badsey Land Tax records.Sometime during the 1830s William Collett died, following which his wife left the village of Badsey.The census in June 1841 identified his widow Mary Collett living at Abbots Morton with the family of her married son William Collett, where she was recorded with a rounded age of 75 and living on independent means.

 

 

 

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John Collett

Born in 1791 at Badsey

 

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Maria Collett

Born in 1794 at Badsey

 

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William Collett

Born in 1804 at Badsey

 

 

 

 

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John Collett was born at Badsey where he was baptised on 20th August 1791, the first child of William Collett and his wife Mary Salter.It was also at Badsey that John Collet married Jane Hitch on 25th December 1817. As far as can be determined John and Jane certainly had a daughter Mary, who was born around 1832, likely to be their last child, leaving the previous thirteen years for earlier children.The three of them were listed in the Church Lench census of 1841, when they were residing in the village of Atch Lench, just south-east of Church Lench.John and Jane Collett were both 45, a rounded age, while their daughter Mary Collett was nine years old.Two other family were also recorded at the property, and they were mother and daughter Mary and Elizabeth Hichings, and Charles and Phoebe Hacker, with their daughter Maria. Ten years later it was just John and Jane who were living alone Evesham Road in Church Lench, where John of Badsey was 59 and an agricultural labourer and Jane from Atch Lench was 55. Nine years later, the death of John Collett was recorded at Evesham (Ref. 6c 1) during the second quarter of 1860.By that time, John was already widowed, the death of Jane Collett was recorded at Evesham (Ref. 6c 36) during the third quarter of 1857.

 

 

 

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Mary Collett

Born in 1832 at Atch Lench

 

 

 

 

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Maria Collett was born at Badsey during 1794, where she was baptised at Maria Collett on 30th November 1794, the daughter of William and Mary Collett.Within the Badsey baptism records is the name of John Collet, the son of Maria Collet, who was baptised on 29th November 1812.There is a possibility that he was the base-born child of Maria Collett.Two years later Maria Collet married Charles Hartwell at Badsey on 8th November 1814.Their children were baptised at Badsey, the first being William Hartwell baptised on 29th October 1815, followed by Mary Harwell, baptised on 25th January 1818, and Charles Hartwell on 26th December 1825.They were followed by George Hartwell and Joseph Hartwell, who were baptised on 23rd December 1827 and 23rd January 1833, respectively.In 1841 the family living at Badsey comprised Charles who was 50, Maria who was 48, Charles junior who was 19, Elizabeth Hartwell who was 16, George who was 13, and David Hartwell who was 10 years of age.Only one of their seven known children was still living with the couple in 1851, when Charles Hartwell was 62, a pauper and a farm labourer, Maria Hartwell was 57, and George Hartwell was 22 and a labourer working on a farm.All three on them was recorded as having been born at Badsey.Six years later, the death of Maria Hartwell, nee Collett, was recorded at Evesham (Ref. 6c 32) during the second quarter of 1857.

 

 

 

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John Collett

Baptised on 29.11.1812 at Badsey

 

 

 

 

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William Collett was born at Badsey in 1804 according to the census in 1851, and was baptised there on 6th January 1805, the third child of tenant farmer William Collett and his wife Mary Salter.William was in his early twenties when he married Ann Hulbert at Abberton in Worcestershire on 3rd April 1826.Over the following year the couple settled in nearby Abbots Morton, to the west of Alcester, and it was there that all of their children were born.At the time of the census in 1841 William and Ann were still living in the village of Abbots Morton, where they were also still living three years later for the birth of their last known child.The census return recorded William Collett with a rounded age of 35, when he was working as an agricultural labourer and when his wife Ann had a rounded age of 40.Living with them on that occasion were just four of their five known children and they were William who was 12, Thomas who was seven, Richard who was four and Mary who was two years old.The coupleís missing child was their son John Collett who was 10 years old and appears to have been the youngest of five male pupils at a boysí school in Abbots Morton managed by William and Mary Ann Cowley.Living with the family at Abbots Morton was Williamís widowed mother Mary Collett who had a rounded age of 75.

 

 

 

Ten years later in 1851 William Collett, aged 47 and from Badsey, was an agricultural labourer still living in Abbots Morton with his family.His wife Ann, who was 48, had been born at Flyford Flavel, just one mile from Abberton, where the couple were married.The only children still living with them at that time were their daughter Mary Maria Collett who was 12 and still at school, and their son Anthony Collett who was six years old and also attending the local school.All of the coupleís five other children were living in West Bromwich that day, with four of them together in lodgings at Spon Lane in West Bromwich, with just son Thomas on his own in the town.Those four children were William Collett who was 22, John Collett who was 20, Richard Collett who was 14, all of them working as labourers, plus their youngest sister Elizabeth Collett who was eight years of age and attending school.During the following decade, three members of the family died.The first of them was daughter Elizabeth Collett, whose death was recorded at Evesham (Ref. 6c 28) during the third quarter of 1855, while five years after the death of William Collett was recorded at Evesham (Ref. 6c 18) during the fourth quarter of 1860. By that time, his wife had already passed away, when the death of Ann Collett was recorded as Evesham (Ref. 6c 23) during the first three months of 1857.

 

 

 

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William Collett

Born in 1828 at Abbots Morton

 

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John Collett

Born in 1830 at Abbots Morton

 

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Thomas Collett

Born in 1832 at Abbots Morton

 

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Richard Collett

Born in 1836 at Abbots Morton

 

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Mary Maria Collett

Born in 1838 at Abbots Morton

 

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Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1842; died 1855

 

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Anthony Collett

Born in 1844 at Abbots Morton

 

 

 

 

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William Collett was born at Abbots Morton in Worcestershire in 1828, where he was baptised on 6th May 1828, the eldest child of William and Ann Collett.He was 12 years old in the census of 1841 when he was still living with his family in Abbots Morton but, upon leaving the village school, he left the family home to seek his own way in the world when he travelled to West Bromwich.According to the census in 1851 William Collett from Abbots Morton was 22 and working as a labourer when he and three of his younger siblings were lodgers at Spon Lane in West Bromwich.Possibly working with him were his brothers John and Richard, while the fourth member of the group was their sister Elizabeth who was still attending school.Why there were there, when their parents were still residing in Abbots Morton, is not known.It was in the middle of the following decade when the marriage of William Collett and Mary Downing was recorded at Kings Norton (Ref. 6c 19) during the third quarter of 1856.Once married, they settled in Smethwick with the first of their six children born there in the next year.

 

 

 

By 1861 they had two daughters when William Collett from Abbots Morton was 32 and, was living at Smethwick in the Kings Norton & Harborne registration district with his wife Mary, who was also 32, and their two daughters Ann Collett who was three and Alice Collett who was one year old.Both girls had been born at Smethwick, where their mother had also been born and, living not far away at Handsworth at that time was Williamís younger sister Mary Collett (below) and his brother John Collett (below).Further children were added to the family over the next decade and all of them were born while the family was still living at Smethwick.So by 1871, the family comprised William Collett from Abbots Morton who was 42 and a labourer at the local glassworks, his wife Mary who was also 42, and their five children Ann Collett who was 13, Alice Collett who 11, Thomas Collett who was seven, John Collett who was five and Arthur Collett who was three years old.On that census day it seems very likely that Mary and William were expecting the arrival of their next child, since later that same year a further son was born into the family.Sometime after the birth of that child the family left Smethwick and settled in nearby Harborne, just south of Smethwick, where William took up a new occupation.

 

 

 

According to the census of 1881 William Collett and his family were living at The Bakerís Shop at 178 Oldbury Road in Harborne, where William worked as the baker at the age of 52.Only his eldest daughter Ann had left the family home by then and, it must be assumed that at the age of 23, she was married by that time in her life.The remaining family members were Williamís wife Mary, who was also 52, their daughter Alice who was 21 with no stated occupation and their sons Thomas H Collett who was 17, John Collett who was 15, Arthur Collett who was 13 and Frank Collett who was nine.Both of the younger boys were still attending school and all of them were confirmed as having been born locally at Smethwick.William Collett died in 1888 at the age of 60, when his death was recorded at Kings Norton (Ref. 6c 154) during the second quarter of the year.

 

 

 

Three years later his widow had taken over her husband role as a baker, when the 1891 census recorded her living at Oldbury Road, but where the road was in Smethwick rather than Harborne.At the age of 62, Mary Collett only had her youngest child Frank living there with her, whose occupation was also that of a baker. After a further ten years, and on the day of the census in 1901, widow Mary was living with her married daughter Alice Field at 121 St Pauls Road in Smethwick.Mary Collett from Smethwick was 72 and described as the mother-in-law of head of the household Thomas Henry Field.Just over six years after that day, Mary passed away, perhaps was still was still living with her daughter, when the death of Mary Collett was recorded at Kings Norton register office (Ref. 6c 143) during the third quarter of 1907 at the age of 78.

 

 

 

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Ann Collett

Born in 1857 at Smethwick

 

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Alice Collett

Born in 1859 at Smethwick

 

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Thomas Henry Collett

Born in 1864 at Smethwick

 

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John Collett

Born in 1866 at Smethwick

 

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Arthur Collett

Born in 1868 at Smethwick

 

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Frank Collett

Born in 1871 at Smethwick

 

 

 

 

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John Collett was born at Abbots Morton in 1830, where he was baptised on 26th December 1830, the son of William and Ann Collett.Curiously he was not living with his family at Abbots Morton on the day of the census in 1841 instead, at the age of 10 years, John Collett was the youngest of five schoolboys at an all boysí school in Abbots Morton managed by William and Mary Ann Cowley.It is possible that he never returned to live with his parents in Abbots Morton since, by the time of the next census in 1851, John Collett from Abbots Morton was with his eldest brother William (above) and two other younger siblings in lodgings at Spon Lane in West Bromwich, where John was 20 and employed as a labourer.The head of the household was very interesting, as she was unmarried householder Sarah Smith, aged 23, the later wife of John Collett, who was already carrying his child. Six months later the marriage of John Collett and Sarah Smith took place on 13th October 1851 at St Martinís Church in Birmingham, two months after the birth of their daughter.On the day of the census in 1851, Johnís parents were still residing in Abbots Morton with Johnís two youngest siblings.The next census in 1861 identified John and Sarah living at George Street in Harborne. John Collett from Abbots Morton was 30 and a glasshouse labourer, his wife Sarah Collett was 33 and born at Smethwick, while their daughter Mary Ann Collett was 11 years of age and had been born at Spon Lane in West Bromwich.Visiting the family was Rosina White, also from West Bromwich, who was nine years old.

 

 

 

Ten years later it was a similar situation, when the family of three was still recorded as residing at George Street in Harborne. John Collett from Abbots Morton was 40 and a labourer in a local glass works, Sarah Collett from Smethwick was 43 and their daughter Mary Ann Collett from West Bromwich was 21 and was due to be married later that same year.Living with the family that day was Henry Bull who was seven years old and from Brierley Hill near Dudley who was described as son (adopted).He was again living with John and Sarah ten years later in 1881.By that time John and Sarah were living at Lottie Road in Northfield, just south of Selly Oak, when John Collett from Abbots Morton was 50 and was working as a bricklayerís labourer.Lodging with him and his wife Sarah, who was 53 and from West Bromwich, was their adopted son Henry Bull from Brierley Hill who was 17 and a chocolate maker.

 

 

 

General labourer John, and Sarah, were both listed in the Northfield census return for 1891 as being 60 when they were still living on Lottie Road. Again living with them was Henry Bull aged 27 who was continuing his employment as a chocolate maker.In addition to their adopted son, John and Sarah had living with them their grandson William Geddes who was 18 and the eldest child of the coupleís daughter.†† He was still with them in 1901 when they were living at 246 High Street in Northfield.At the age of 70, John Collett from Abbots Morton was back to working as a bricklayerís labourer, Sarah Collett from Smethwick was 73 and their Smethwick born grandson William Geddes was 29 who, by then, was employed as a letter carrier by the General Post Office.Less than six years after that census day, the death of John Collett was recorded at Kings Norton (Ref. 6c 140) during the first quarter of 1907, at the age of 76.It is interesting that, on the occasion of marriage of his only known child, the father of the bride was named as John Roberts Collett, his daughter said to be Mary Ann Roberts Collett.A year after being made a widow, the death of Sarah Collett was also recorded at Kings Norton register office (Ref. 6c 180) during the first three months of 1908, at the age of 78.

 

 

 

57O7

Mary Ann Collett

Born in 1850 at West Bromwich

 

 

 

 

57N5

Thomas Collett was born at Abbots Morton in 1832, and was baptised there on 3rd February 1832, the son of William and Ann Collett.The census in 1841 recorded him as Thomas Collett who was seven years of age and living with his family at Abbots Morton. By the time he was 19, he was living in the West Bromwich area, where four of his siblings were together in lodgings at a house in Spon Lane.Thomas was 24 when he married Sarah Ann Simcox who was born at West Bromwich in 1832, their marriage recorded at West Bromwich (Ref. 6b 794) during the second quarter of 1856.Sarah Ann was the sister of Emma Simcox (below) who married Thomasí brother Richard, they being the daughters of Edwin and Rebecca Simcox, Sarah Ann having been baptised at All Saints Church in West Bromwich on 15th July 1832.

 

 

 

It was also at West Bromwich that Thomas and Sarah Ann seem to have spent their whole life together, and it was there that all of their children were born.During the first fifteen years of their marriage Sarah Ann presented Thomas with seven children, the first two of them recorded with the couple at 77 Spon Lane in west Bromwich in the census of 1861.Thomas Collett from Abbots Morton was 28 and a baker employing one man, who was his brother Anthony Collett from Abbots Morton who was 16 and an apprentice.Thomasí wife was Sarah Ann Collett who was 25, and their two children were William Collett who was two and Elizabeth Collett who was five months old.Also staying with the family was Sarahís sister Jane Simcox who was 12 and employed by the family as a domestic servant.

 

 

 

Ten years later in 1871 the family was made up of Thomas and Sarah Ann both aged 38, and their children Elizabeth Collett who was 10, Frederick Thomas Collett who was seven, Sarah Ann Collett who was five, Thomas Collett who was four, Mary Collett who was two, and baby Arthur Collett who was not yet one year old.Their son William would have been 12, who presumably did not survive beyond childhood.No further children were born to the couple after that time and by 1881 Thomas Collett of Abbots Morton was 48 and his occupation was that of a master baker, like his eldest brother William (above).At that time, he and his wife Sarah, who was also 48, were living at 213 Spon Lane in West Bromwich with their six children.Elizabeth Collett was 20, Frederick T Collett was 17, Sarah A Collett was 15, Thomas Collett was 14, Mary Collett was 12, and Arthur Collett who was 10.

 

 

 

Only the three youngest children were still at school, while curiously the older children were not credited with having any occupation. In fact, Thomas and his family were supported by a servant, Henry Sutton, aged 22 from Worcester, who was also employed as a baker.Most of the family were still together ten years later.Only the coupleís eldest daughter Elizabeth was missing from the family home in 1891, since she was already married by that time, when every member of the household, excluding Thomasí wife and eldest daughter, were employed by him as bakerís assistants.According to the census in 1891, baker Thomas Collett was 58, Sarah Ann Collett was 57, Frederick T Collett was 27, Sarah Ann Collett was 25, Thomas Collett was 24, Mary Collett was 22, and Arthur Collett who was 20.Staying with the family, was Thomasí nephew Arthur Collett, aged 23 and from Smethwick, who was working with him as a bakerís assistant.At that time in his life, Thomas was affluent enough to employ two male bakerís assistants James Griffin and Henry Price.In addition to the Collett family of Thomas and Sarah Ann, there was also living in that same area at that same time, Emma Collett (Ref. 15N28) who was 16 and whose family feature in Part 15 Ė The Kenilworth & Coventry Line.

 

 

 

Thomas Collett, aged 68, and a retired baker from Abbots Morton was still living in the Smethwick area of Handsworth in March 1901.Living there with him at 168 Saint Pauls Road was his wife Sarah A Collett, aged 65 and from West Bromwich, together with three of their unmarried children.The eldest of them was their son Thomas Collett, aged 34 and a baker, who had taken over the family business from his father and who was employing his younger brother Arthur Collett, aged 30, as a journeyman baker, who presumably was the delivery man.It would also appear that the family was supported by daughters Sarah Collett who was 35 and Mary Collett who was 32 who, with no stated occupation, were very likely keeping house for their elderly parents and their two brothers.Also living with the family at that time, was Marion Stevens who was 11 and born in Walsall, who was the granddaughter of Thomas and Sarah Collett, the first child from the marriage of their eldest daughter Elizabeth Stevens nee Collett.By that time Elizabeth had three younger children living with her and her husband nearby in Smethwick.

 

 

 

Both Thomas and Sarah enjoyed a long life together and, by the time of the census in 1911, both of them were 78 years of age and recorded as living at 168 St Pauls Road a seven-roomed accommodation in Smethwick.Still living there with them, were their two unmarried daughters, and their youngest son Arthur, who was also unmarried.Sarah Ann Collett was 46, Mary Collett was 42, and Arthur Collett was 40, all three of them born at West Bromwich like their mother.The census return also confirmed that Sarah had given birth to a total of eight children, six of whom were still alive, they being the only ones listed below.Apart from Arthur, all of the other members of the household were described as having no occupation.It was exactly two years later that Sarah Ann Collett nee Simcox passed away at the age of 80, her death recorded at Kings Norton register office (Ref. 6d 100) during the second quarter of 1913.Thomas Collett outlived his wife by eight years and was residing at Glencoe in St Pauls Road in West Smethwick when he died on 21st August 1921.His estate was valued at £9,366 4 Shillings 11d and probate was granted at Lichfield on 27th October jointly to three of his children.They were named as Frederick Thomas Collett, a baker, Thomas Collett, a baker, and Mary Collett, a spinster.

 

 

 

57O8

William Collett

Born in 1858 at West Bromwich

 

57O9

Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1860 at West Bromwich

 

57O10

Frederick Thomas Collett

Born in 1863 at West Bromwich

 

57O11

Sarah Ann Collett

Born in 1865 at West Bromwich

 

57O12

Thomas Collett

Born in 1867 at West Bromwich

 

57O13

Mary Collett

Born in 1868 at West Bromwich

 

57O14

Arthur Collett

Born in 1870 at West Bromwich

 

 

 

 

57N6

Richard Collett was born at Abbots Morton in 1836, where he was also baptised on 16th October 1836, the son of William and Ann Collett.Richard was four years old in the Abbots Morton census of 1841, but ten years after that he had finished his education, when Richard Collett from Abbots Morton was 14 and had already started working as a labourer when he was in lodgings on Spon Lane in West Bromwich with three of his siblings, his two older brothers both being labourers.No record of Richard has been found within the census of 1861 when he would have still been at bachelor at 25.However, it was two years later when Richard Collett married Emma Simcox from West Bromwich, where their wedding was recorded (Ref. 6b 13) during the third quarter of 1863. It was there also that their four known children were born and where the family was living in 1871 at Trinity Road, just one dwelling from the Cricketerís Arms.The inn was still there in 2015, although Trinity Road and Lower Trinity Street (see below) has been replaced by a new road named Trinity Way.Emma Simcox was born on 16th February 1841, the daughter of Edwin and Rebecca Simcox, and the sister of Sarah Ann Simcox (above) who married Richardís brother Thomas Collett.

 

 

 

The coupleís first two children were living with them in 1871 when Richard Collett from Abbots Morton was 34 years old and a labourer at an iron foundry.His wife Emma Collett was 29 and their two daughters were Ann Collett who was four and Sarah Collett who was one year old.Two further children were born into the family during the next four years, but then tragedy struck the family when the death of Richard Collett was recorded at West Bromwich (Ref. 6b 178) during the first three months of 1877, at the age of 42.That fact was confirmed in the 1881 Census when Emma Collett was listed as a widow at the age of 39.At that time she was living with her four children at 13 Lower Trinity Street in West Bromwich.She was described as head of the household but with no stated occupation nor any reference to her late husbandís profession.Emmaís children were confirmed as Annie Collett who was 14, Sarah Collett who was 11, Mary Jane Collett who was eight and John Collett who was five years old, all having been born at West Bromwich.To make ends meet Emma was letting a room in the house which was occupied by spinster Sarah Essen from Long Buckby in Northamptonshire who was sixty-four.

 

 

 

Just least than two years later widow Emma Collett married John Jones, a widower from Bedfordshire, the event recorded at Birmingham (Ref. 6d 108) during the first quarter of 1883. The marriage took place at the Church of St Martin in Birmingham on 23rd February 1883, when Emma was 41 and John was 49.John was recorded at the son of Samuel Jones, while Emmaís father was curiously named as Edwin Hopkiss.By census in 1891 Emma Jones from West Bromwich was 49 when she and her husband John, aged 57 and a storekeeper at an iron works, were living at 83 George Street in Harborne near Smethwick within the Kings Norton area of Birmingham.Living there with the couple, but described as boarders, were three of Emmaís four children and they were Sarah Collett who was 21, Mary Jane Collett who was 18 and John Collett who was 15.All three of them were confirmed as having been born at West Bromwich and were working as bedstead painters.Also living at Harborne at that same time was Richard Greenland Collett (Ref. 9O7) and his family from the West Bromwich.See Part 9 Ė The Aldsworth Line.

 

 

 

John Jones from Leighton Buzzard in Bedfordshire was 68 and a labourer at an iron works in Smethwick on the day of the census in March 1901.His wife Emma Jones from West Bromwich was 59 and still living with the couple was Emmaís daughter Sarah Collett aged 32 and a warehouse worker.Also living with the three of them was Emmaís son John together with his wife Elizabeth.Over the next decade John Jones passed away, following which Emma Jones from West Bromwich was 70 when she was recorded within the Hitchin area of Hertfordshire on the day of the census in 1911.

 

 

 

57O15

Ann Collett

Born in 1866 at West Bromwich

 

57O16

Sarah Collett

Born in 1869 at West Bromwich

 

57O17

Mary Jane Collett

Born in 1872 at West Bromwich

 

57O18

John Richard Collett

Born in 1875 at West Bromwich

 

 

 

The following four paragraphs were inserted here in error when it was originally believed they related to Richard Collett of Abbots Morton.Further research conducted in 2015 actually revealed that it relates to a completely different Richard Collett who was born at Hook Norton in Oxfordshire.It is now hoped that the family can be eventually relocated in its rightful place.But firstly, we now know that Richard was the fourth child of Samuel and Elizabeth Collett, the family living within the Shottery area to the west of the centre of Stratford-on-Avon in 1841. The census that year listed the family as Samuel Collett aged 35, his wife Elizabeth aged 30, Thomas Collett aged 13, Ann Collett aged 11, Henry Collett who was nine, Richard Collett who was six, and Mary Collett who was four years old.Mary was the only member of the household who was born in Warwickshire, her birth recorded at Stratford-on-Avon (Ref. xvi 8) during the first quarter of 1838.

 

 

 

The census in 1851 confirmed that Samuel was a labourer from Hook Norton, where his first four children were also born, the last two children born when the family was residing in Stratford-on-Avon, after which the family moved to Pope Street in Birmingham, where they were residing in 1851. By that time the coupleís eldest child had left the family home, leaving labourer Samuel who was 46, Elizabeth from Barton in Oxfordshire was 44, Ann was 21, Henry was 19, Richard was 15, Mary was 13, and George Collett was three years of age.

 

 

 

It would have been around 1856 that Richard was first married and during the following year their only child was born.Tragically, his first wife did not survive, while no record of Richard or his daughter Amy have been found within the census of 1861. Five years later, Richard Collett, a widower of 31, residing at Aston Manor and the son of Samuel Collett, married Mary Ann Sophia Bowler, a spinster of 23 from Duddeston and the daughter of Thomas Bowler, at Aston, Birmingham, on 9th December 1866.In 1871 they were living within the St George area of Birmingham at No 1 House, 13 Court Tower Street.Richard Collett was 35 and a glass cutter from Hook Norton in Oxfordshire.His wife Mary Ann Collett was 32 and from the Aston district of Birmingham, while Richardís daughter Amy Collett was 13 and a steel toy worker who had been born in Birmingham.Living with the family was Bridget Mae who was 22 and another steel toy worker from Birmingham who was described as the cousin of Richard Collett.

 

 

 

By the time of the next census in 1881 Richard Collett from Hook Norton in Oxfordshire was working as a glass cutter at the age of 45.His place of residence was 18 New John Street in Birmingham and living there with him was his wife Mary Ann Sophia Collett, aged 40 and from Birmingham, and their daughter Amy Collett, aged 22, who was the unmarried mother of baby Lilian Collett who was four months old, although the child was recorded as the daughter-in-law of head of the household Richard Collett.

 

 

 

Also living at the same address was schoolgirl Kate Mernaugh from Ireland who was 14, who was described as Richardís niece, most likely through his wife.With only having the one child, Richard and Mary had, by 1881, adopted Arthur Johnson who had been born in Birmingham during the previous year.The family also had a lodger staying with them on that occasion and he was George Bliss who was 22 and from Birmingham who was a pearl piece maker.Ten years later the couple was still living in Birmingham St George, at Great King Street, from where Richard Collett, aged 55, was employed as a glass flint cutter, when his wife Mary S Collett was 54.Two others were living at the property with them, and they were adopted son Arthur Johnson who was 11, and granddaughter Minnie Collett who was two years old.Richard died during the next decade leaving Mary A Collett from Birmingham was still living there aged 65, when she was described as a wood farmery shopkeeper.

 

 

 

57O19

Amy Collett

Born in 1858 at Birmingham

 

57O19a

Arthur Johnson - adopted

Born in 1879 at Birmingham

 

 

 

 

57N7

Mary Maria Collett was born at Abbots Morton in 1838, although unlike her brothers, no baptism record for her has been found to date.Over the following years it would appear that she and her siblings moved north to the Midlands.By 1861 she was recorded as living and working within the West Bromwich & Handsworth registration district of the West Midlands at the age of 22.Her married brothers William and John were also living in that same area on the occasion.No trace of her as Mary Collett has been found thereafter, so it can probably be assumed that she was married sometime during the 1860s.

 

 

 

 

57N9

Anthony Collett was born at Abbots Morton in 1844.So far no obvious records for him have been found in 1841 and 1851.However, by 1861, Anthony Collett from Abbots Morton was 16 and an apprentice baker when he was living with and employed by his older brother Thomas Collett at 77 Spon Lane in West Bromwich.By 1871 he was still living in West Bromwich when he was 26, while just a few years later he married Eliza who was born at nearby Oldbury in 1849 with whom he had four children before 1881.According to that yearís census Anthony and Eliza were living at 127 Bilston Road in Wolverhampton and just like his older brothers, Anthony was also a master baker who employed one man to assist him.Eliza was 31 and their four children were Anthony who was five, Adelaide who was three, Emily who was two, and one-year-old Lizzie.The family was supported by 15 years old Prudence Westwood of Sedgley.The first three children had been born while the family was living at West Bromwich, while Lizzie had been born after the move to Wolverhampton.

 

 

 

A further four more children were born into the family over the next ten years which by 1891 was living at 267 Bilston Road in Wolverhampton.The family listed in the census was Anthony Collett from Abbots Morton who was 46 and a baker, his Eliza Collett from Oldbury was 42, and with them were their sons Anthony Albert who was 15 and a baker, and Enoch who was four, plus their daughters Gertrude who was 13, Emily who was 12, Lizzie who was 11, Annie who was nine, Mary who was eight, and Fanny aged six years.Both Anthony Collett senior and junior were listed in error as Aubrey.

 

 

 

By the turn of the century most members of the family were still living in Wolverhampton.Anthony of Abbots Morton was still working as a master baker aged 56, and with him was his wife Eliza aged 52 and their seven children.The full list, excluding Anthony who was married by then, was made up of Adelaide who was 23 with no occupation, Emily who was 22 and a dress mantle maker, Lizzie who was 21 and a school teacher, as was Mary who was 18, Fanny who was 16 and a tailoress and Ernest who was 14 and a clerk at an iron works.For some reason Annie who was 19 was another daughter who was not listed with an occupation, so she may have been helping her mother to support the family.

 

 

 

57O20

Anthony Albert Collett

Born in 1875 at West Bromwich

 

57O21

Adelaide Gertrude Collett

Born in 1877 at West Bromwich

 

57O22

Emily Collett

Born in 1878 at West Bromwich

 

57O23

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Collett

Born in 1879 at Wolverhampton

 

57O24

Anne (Annie) Collett

Born in 1881 at Wolverhampton

 

57O25

Mary Collett

Born in 1882 at Wolverhampton

 

57O26

Fanny Collett

Born in 1884 at Wolverhampton

 

57O27

Enoch Ernest Collett

Born in 1886 at Wolverhampton

 

57O28

Alice Collett

Born in 1887 at Wolverhampton

 

57O29

Edna Collett

Born in 1889 at Wolverhampton

 

 

 

 

57O1

Ann Collett was born at Spon Lane in Smethwick in 1857, the first of the six children of William Collett and Mary Downing, her birth recorded at Kings Norton (Ref. 6c 28) during the second quarter of the year.Ann was three and 13 years old in 1861 and 1871 when still living with her family in Smethwick.Eight years later the marriage of Ann Collett and John Robert Worthing was recorded at Kings Norton (Ref. 6c 20) during the second quarter of 1879, the wedding conducted at Smethwick. John was born at Oldbury where he was baptised on 16th July 1854, the son of John and Charlotte Worthing.It was at Wollaston that the couple initially settled and by 1881 they and their first child were living at Cobden Street where J Robert Working from Oldbury was 26 and a general clerk working in a solicitorís office, Ann Worthing from West Smethwick was 24, and their daughter Lilian M Worthing was no yet one year old.

 

 

 

Their time at Cobden Street was very short-lived and, by the time of the birth of the coupleís second child, they living at Sycamore Road in Smethwick, where they were still living in 1891.John was still a solicitorís clerk, although he appears to have been known by his second forename, since the census that year, as ten years previously, was recorded as Robert Working aged 36.On that occasion his wife was described as Ann Worthing from Spon Lane in Smethwick who was 33, when their three children were listed as Lilian M Worthing who was ten, Robert C Worthing who was nine, and son Leslie Worthing who was three years old.

 

 

 

One more child was added to the family, which was again residing in Smethwick at the time of the birth and later in 1901, when John Robert Worthing from Oldbury was 45 and a law clerk, and Ann Worthing was 43.All four of their children were still living with them, and were Lilian who was 20, Robert who was 19, Leslie who was 13 and Claude Worthing who was five years old.After a further ten years, it was only the youngest child Claude Arthur Worthing, aged 15, who was living at Smethwick with law clerk Robert, aged 55, and Ann who was 53, who was said to have no occupation.The couple continued to live in Smethwick where, just over thirty-three years later, the death of John R Worthing was recorded at Smethwick register office (Ref. 6b 110) during the last quarter of 1944, at the age of 90.

 

 

 

 

57O2

Alice Collett was born at Smethwick in 1859, the second child of William and Mary Collett.In the next two Smethwick censuses Alice was one year and 11 years of age, but by 1881 the family had left Smethwick and was running The Bakerís Shop at 178 Oldbury Road in Harborne, when Alice Collett was 21.Just over four years later Alice Collett married Thomas Henry Field of Smethwick at Harborne in Staffordshire on 13th September 1885.He was 27 and was a fitter and gas engineer and their first child was born at Smethwick in 1887, with a second born two years later.The Smethwick census of 1891 recorded the family of four as Thomas Field who was 32, Alice Field who was 31, Horace Field who was three and Elsie M Field who was one year old.

 

 

 

It would appear that daughter Elsie did not survive, while a second son was added to the family in 1893 and it was at 121 St Pauls Road in Smethwick that the family was residing in 1901.Thomas H Field was 42, Alice Field was 41, Horace Field was 13 and Laurence Field was seven.Staying with the family at that time was Aliceís widowed elderly mother Mary Collett who was described as the mother-in-law of Aliceís husband.On the day of the census in 1901 Alice may well have been close to presenting Thomas with their last child, who was born shortly thereafter.By April 1911 Thomas Henry Field was 52, Alice Field was 51, Laurence Field was 17 and Beatrice Alice Field was nine years old.

 

 

 

The census return completed at the start of that month, revealed that Alice and Thomas had been married for twenty-five years and that during those years Alice had given birth to five children, although only three were still alive.Both Thomas and his son Laurence were working together as railway wagon builders, when the family was still living at 121 St Pauls Road in Smethwick, a seven-roomed accommodation.

 

 

 

 

57O3

Thomas Henry Collett was born at Smethwick, perhaps at the end of 1863 or early in 1864, since his birth was recorded there during the first three months of the latter.He and his family were still living in Smethwick in 1871, aged seven years, after which, around 1880, the family moved to Harborne where they were living at 178 Oldbury Road in 1881.As the eldest son of baker William Collett, he did not follow in his fatherís footsteps like his younger brothers, but instead Thomas Collett became a schoolteacher.The 1881 Census listed his occupation as that of a pupil teacher at the relatively young age of just 17.It was therefore very likely that his work eventually took him away from the West Midlands, since it was at Reading (Ref. 2c 312), during the first three months of 1890, that Thomas Henry Collett married Beatrice Maria Trask, from Woolwich in London. Later that same year their first child was born at Reading. By the time of the census in the following year, Thomas H Collett, aged 27 and from Smethwick, was an assistant teacher at an elementary school, living at Erleigh Road in Reading, near to the Royal Berkshire Hospital. His wife Beatrice M Collett was also 27, when the first of their four known children was listed with them, with son Thomas A Collett being only a few months old.

 

 

 

Before the end of that decade Beatrice presented Thomas with three more children, the first of which was also born at Reading like their first child, but around the middle of the 1890s the family moved to Lewisham, where their last two children were born.However, just one year later the family was recorded in the census of 1901 as living within the City of London, in the parish of St Paul Deptford, within the London Borough of Lewisham.Thomas H Collett from Smethwick was 37, as was his wife Beatrice M Collett who was born at Woolwich in London, and by that time Thomas was an Assistant Elementary Teacher at the London School of Business.Living with the couple were their sons Thomas A Collett who was ten and Frank A Collett who was eight, both of whom had been born at Reading, their daughter Dorothy M Collett who was two and baby Robert C Collett who was one year old and had been born at Lewisham las had his sister Dorothy.

 

 

 

Within the next ten years Thomasí eldest son left the family home, so by 1911 the family comprised Thomas Henry Collett who was 47 and an assistant teacher with the London County Council, his wife Beatrice Maria Collett was also 47, and their three youngest children Frank Ambrose Collett who was 18, Dorothy Mary Collett who was 12, and Robert Cecil Collett who was 11 years old.At that time the family was living in Brockley with the parish of St Paul Deptford in the South London Borough of Lewisham.Thomasí place of birth was again confirmed as Smethwick, while the three children were confirmed as having been born at Reading and Lewisham.The death of Thomas H Collett was recorded at Lambeth register office (Ref. 5c 67) during the first quarter of 1958, when he was 94 years old.

 

 

 

57P1

Thomas Arthur Collett

Born in 1890 at Reading

 

57P2

Frank Ambrose Collett

Born in 1893 at Reading

 

57P3

Dorothy Mary Collett

Born in 1898 at Lewisham

 

57P4

Robert Cecil Collett

Born in 1899 at Lewisham

 

 

 

 

57O4

John Collett was born at Smethwick either very near the end of 1865 or early in 1886, since his birth was recorded at Smethwick (Ref. 6c 119) during the first three months of 1866. He was five years old in 1871 and was 15 in 1881, by which time the family had moved from Smethwick to Harborne where they were living at the Bakerís Shop at 178 Oldbury Road.Johnís occupation at that time was that of a glass cutter.Towards the end of that decade, the marriage of John Collett and Nellie Ward was recorded at Kings Norton (Ref. 6c 230) during the third quarter of 1889. Their marriage was blessed with the birth of their first child by the time of the census in 1891, when the family was recorded at Oldbury Road in Smethwick where John Collett aged 25 and from Smethwick was a baker, his wife Nellie Collett from Smethwick as 22, and their daughter Minnie, also from Smethwick, was under one year old.

 

 

 

Over the next ten years three more children were added to the family, so in the census for 1901 the Smethwick family comprised John Collett, aged 35, who was working as a general labourer, his wife Nellie who was 32, Minnie Collett who was 10, Mabel E Collett who was seven, Ida N Collett who was two, and Florrie M Collett who was not yet one year old.Every member of the household was confirmed as having been born at Smethwick.Just two further children were born into the family during the following years and, by 1911 the family still living in Smethwick was recorded as John Collett who was 45 and a baker, Nellie Collett who was 42, Minnie Collett aged 20, Mabel Collett aged 17, Nellie Collett aged 12, Florrie Collett who was 10, Harry Collett who was four, and Barbara Collett who was one year old.

 

 

 

The birth of all of the coupleís six children was recorded at Kings Norton, Minnieís during the third quarter of 1890 (Ref. 6c 332, and Mabelís during the second quarter of 1893 Ref. 6c 273), whose marriage to John H Gandy was also recorded there during the second quarter of 1920 (Ref. 6d 82).The birth of Ida was recorded there (Ref. 6c 185) during the first three months of 1899, as was the birth of Florence (Ref. 6c 276) during the third quarter of 1900, and the birth of Barbara Kathleen G Collett during the first three months of 1910 (Ref. 6c 25).

 

 

 

57P5

Minnie Collett

Born in 1890 at Smethwick

 

57P6

Mabel Eileen Collett

Born in 1893 at Smethwick

 

57P7

Ida Nellie Collett

Born in 1899 at Smethwick

 

57P8

Florence Mary Collett

Born in 1900 at Smethwick

 

57P9

Harry Eric Collett

Born in 1906 at Smethwick

 

57P10

Barbara Kathleen G Collett

Born in 1910 at Smethwick

 

 

 

 

57O5

Arthur Collett was born at Smethwick in 1868, his birth recorded there (Ref. 6c 259) during the second quarter of that year.He was three years old and 13 years of age in the two census returns for 1871 and 1881.For the latter, he was living with his family at 178 Oldbury Road in Harborne, which was also the villageís Baker Shop.On leaving school Arthur commenced a career in baking and by 1891 he was a bakerís assistant aged 23, who was living and working at the Spon Lane, West Bromwich, home of his uncle Thomas Collett (Ref. 57N5), a baker. Five years after that census day, the marriage of Arthur Collett and Sarah Young was recorded at Kings Norton (Ref. 6c 324) during the final three months of 1896.Sarah from Handsworth gave birth to three children who were born at Smethwick, two of whom were recorded with the couple in 1901, when Arthur Collett was 33 and described as a baker and a corn and flour dealer.His wife Sarah Collett was 32, while their daughters were Alice G Collett who was two and Edith M Collett who was only a few weeks old. In addition to the familyís general domestic servant, 17-year-old Elizabeth Cull, also recorded at the dwelling was Arthurís younger brother Frank Collett (below), a baker Ďworking with his brotherí.

 

 

 

It was during the summer months in the following year that Sarah gave birth to the last child, who was only nine years of age when the death of Sarah Collett was recorded at Kings Norton register office (Ref. 6c 48).Sarah died at Smethwick when she was 42 years old just days before the census in 1901. On that day Arthur Collett was a widower aged 43 and a baker and flour dealer, his daughters were Alice Gwendoline who was 12 and Edith Mary who was 10, and his son Arthur Frederick who was eight.Undertaking domestic duties was Dorothy Long who was only 15.Every member of the household had been born at Smethwick.Thirty-two years later, when Arthur was 75, he died at Smethwick, with his death recorded at West Bromwich register office (Ref. 6b 38) during the third quarter of 1943.

 

 

 

57P11

Alice Gwendoline Collett

Born in 1898 at Smethwick

 

57P12

Edith Mary Collett

Born in 1901 at Smethwick

 

57P13

Arthur Frederick Collett

Born in 1902 at Smethwick

 

 

 

 

57O6

Frank Collett was born at Smethwick in 1871, his birth recorded at Kings Norton (Ref. 6c 204) during the fourth quarter of the year. Sometime between 1871 and 1881 Frank and his family left Smethwick and moved the short distance to 178 Oldbury Road in Harborne.According to the Harborne census in 1881, Frank was nine years old and from Smethwick.By 1891 Frank Collett aged 19 years was the only member of his family still living with his widowed mother Mary at Oldbury Road, but in Smethwick, where both mother and son were working as bakers.Ten years later he was a baker working for his older brother Arthur (above), following the death of their father, the baker William Collett.That was confirmed in the census of 1901 which listed Frank Collett from Smethwick as being aged 29 and staying at the Smethwick home of Arthur and Sarah Collett and their young family.Although not positively identified within the next census of 1911, it was six years after that when the marriage of Frank Collett and Jane H Hayward was recorded at Wolverhampton register office (Ref. 6b 113) during the last quarter of 1917.

 

 

 

 

57O7

Mary Ann Collett was born at West Bromwich, her birth recorded at Dudley (Ref. 6c 29) during the third quarter of 1852, although she may have been born over a year earlier when her parents John Collett from Abbots Morton and Sarah Smith from Smethwick were not married on the census day in 1851, in fact they married during the last three months of that year.The conflict was highlighted in the subsequent census returns when Mary Ann was 11 years old in 1861 and 21 in 1871, on both occasions she and her parents were recorded at George Street in Harborne.It was within six months of the latter, when the marriage of Mary Ann R Collett and Thomas Geddes was recorded at Bromsgrove (Ref. 6c 125) during the third quarter of 1871. The wedding ceremony was conducted at Redditch on 21st August 1871, when the bride was recorded in the parish register as Mary Ann Roberts Collett, the daughter of John Roberts Collett, and the groom Thomas Geddes being the son of William Geddes.Six children were born to the couple during the first ten years of their life together.

 

 

 

The coupleís first two children were born while they were still living in West Bromwich, but were living at Northfield near Selly Oak for the birth of their remaining children.In 1881 the family was recorded as living at the High street in Northfield when Thomas Geddes was 30 and a metal worker, Mary Ann Geddes was 31, William Geddes was nine, Mary Ann Geddes was seven, Elizabeth Geddes was five, Sarah Geddes was three, John Thomas Geddes was two and Ada Geddes was under one year old.

 

 

 

Four more children were added to the family during the following decade and by 1891, the family at Northfield comprised Thomas Geddes 40, Mary Ann 41, Elizabeth 15, Sarah 13, John Thomas 12, Ada 10, Isabella Geddes who was eight, Harriet Geddes who was five, Bertie Geddes who was three and Lilian Geddes who was two.Their eldest child William had already left home by then, possibly because of the shortage of space at home, and was living nearby with his Collett grandparents at Northfield, where he was 18 in 1891 and 29 in 1901, by which time he was working for the General Post Office as a letter carrier.

 

 

 

According to the next census in 1911, the family was still living at Northfield, where Thomas was 60 and an out-of-work brass carter, Mary Ann was 61, Ada was 32, John Thomas was 30 and a tube drawer a a steel tube works, and Lily was 22.

 

 

 

 

57O9

Elizabeth Collett was born at West Bromwich towards the end of 1860, the eldest daughter of Thomas Collett and Sarah Ann Simcox and the eldest of their children to survive, after her older brother suffered a premature death.She was very much a new-born baby when she was baptised at Holy Trinity Church in West Bromwich on 14th December 1860, with her birth not recorded until early in 1861 (Ref. 6b 137). She was five months old in the census of 1861 when she was living with her family at 77 Spon Lane in West Bromwich. In the next census of 1871 Elizabeth was 10 years old, by which time her older brother William was no longer alive, and she was 20 when she was still living with her family at 213 Spon Lane in West Bromwich in 1881.It was on 18th November 1888 that Elizabeth Collett, aged 28, and John Stevens, aged 29, were married at St Johnís Church in West Bromwich.The bride was confirmed as the daughter of Thomas Collett of 213 Spon Lane, with Johnís father named as Thomas Stevens.They initially lived at Walsall, where their first child was born, although the family was living Ladywood district of Birmingham by the time of the next census in 1891.Elizabeth Stevens from West Bromwich was 30, her husband John Stevens was 31, and their daughter Marion Stevens was one year old.It is very likely Elizabeth was pregnant with the coupleís second child on the day of the census since he was born later that same year at Ladywood.

 

 

 

Three further children were born to Elizabeth and John over the following years, and in March 1901 the family was living in the Smethwick area of Handsworth.According to that monthís census John Stevens was 41 and an iron puddler from Bilston, his wife Elizabeth from West Bromwich was 40, and living with them were just three of their four children, while Elizabeth was already expecting the coupleís fifth and final child.Perhaps because of the impending arrival of their last baby, Elizabethís eldest child, her daughter Marion Stevens aged 11 years, was staying nearby with the childís grandparents Thomas and Sarah Collett at 168 Saint Pauls Road in Smethwick.

 

 

 

The three children living with Elizabeth and John were recorded as Thomas Stevens who was 10 and born at Ladywood, Gertrude Stevens who was eight and born at Smethwick, and John Stevens who was six years old and also born after the family had settled in Smethwick.Living just a few dwellings along Saint Pauls Road in Smethwick from where the coupleís eldest daughter was staying, at number 174, were the parents of John Stevens.They were William Stevens, aged 75 from Norwich who was a retired licenced victualler, and his wife Mary A Stevens who was 74 and from Oldbury, near Smethwick.

 

 

 

Sadly for Elizabeth and her family, it would appear that John Stevens died while only in his forties.According to the Smethwick census in April 1911, Elizabeth Stevens from West Bromwich was a widow at 51, and living with her by then were just her four youngest children.Marion Stevens would have been around 21 and was very probably married by then.The other four children were listed as Thomas Stevens who was 19, Gertrude Stevens who was 18, John Stevens who was 16, and Ruth Stevens who was nine years old.

 

 

 

 

57O10

Frederick Thomas Collett was born at West Bromwich in 1863, his birth recorded there (Ref. 6b 142) during the second quarter of the year. He was a few weeks old when Frederick Thomas Collett, the eldest surviving son of Thomas Collett and Sarah Ann Simcox was baptised at Holy Trinity Church in West Bromwich on 26th July 1863.He was seven years old in the census of 1871 and was 17 in 1881, while living at 213 Spon Lane in West Bromwich with his family.On leaving school, Frederick followed his father into the family bakery business.By 1891 Frederick was 27 and a bakerís assistant, still living with and working with his father at Spon Lane.Nearly four years later, the marriage of Frederick Thomas Collett and Ada Wickes was recorded at Solihull (Ref. 6d 343) during the first three months of 1895.The marriage produced the eight children listed below and, although in subsequent census returns they were all said to have been born in West Bromwich, the majority of them were baptised at Harborne where they may have also been born.Ada was born at Birmingham in 1873 and was the daughter of master pork butcher Joseph Wickes of Lutterworth and his wife Ann from Leicester.At the time of the 1881 Census, the Wickes family was living at 13 Digbeth in Birmingham, where it is possible that Ada was born.

 

 

 

By 1901 Frederick had progressed in his profession to become a master baker, as his father had been twenty years earlier.He was still living within the parish of West Bromwich at that time in his life and, on that occasion, he had living there with him his wife and two of their first three children.The census that year confirmed Frederick T Collett was 37 and that he had been born in West Bromwich, where his two children Bernard, who was four years old, and Sydney, who was not yet one year old, had also been born.His wife Ada Collett was 27 and the census return also confirmed that she had been born in Birmingham.It would appear that their eldest son Ronald, who was five, was staying with Adaís parents in Kings Norton, just south of Birmingham at that time, perhaps to allow Ada to spend more time with the latest addition to her family.During the next decade a further five children were added to the family, although one of them died just after being born, and the last child was born within the six months following completion of the census return in 1911.

 

 

 

By that time Frederick Thomas Collett from West Bromwich was 47 and was simply described as a baker.His wife Ada Collett from Birmingham was 37, and the census return that year recorded that she and Frederick had been married for sixteen years.Their six children were listed as, Ronald Frederick Collett aged 15, Bernard Collett aged 14, Sydney Thomas Collett aged 10, Phyllis Collett who was eight, Kathleen Collett who was seven, and Norman Wickes Collett who was two years old, and all of them born at West Bromwich.It is not known if any further children were born into the family during the following years.It is interesting that Frederick and his family were still living at 213 Spon Lane in West Bromwich in April 1911, where Frederick had been living with his parents thirty years earlier.It is therefore possible that, upon his fatherís retirement from being a baker, Frederick took over the responsibility of continuing to manage the family bakery business which was obviously based at Spon Lane.Six years later Frederick and Ada Collett were living at 177 Heathfield Road in the Handsworth area of West Bromwich, when they received the tragic news of the death of their eldest son Ronald who was killed at Ypres during September 1917.

 

 

 

Four years earlier Frederickís mother passed away at the age of 80, while his father was 88 when he died at St Pauls Road in West Smethwick in 1921.The probate process was finalised at Lichfield on 27th October when Frederick Thomas Collett, a baker, was named as one of the three executors of his fatherís estate of over £9,000, together with his brother Thomas Collett and sister Mary Collett (both below).Eleven years later, Frederick Thomas Collett was the main beneficiary under the terms of his youngest brother Arthur Collettís (below) Will which was proved in 1932.By the time Queen Elizabeth II ascended to the throne Frederick Thomas Collett had died, while that year his widow was living at 65 College Road in New Oscott to the south of Sutton Coldfield.And it was there that Ada Collett nee Wickes died on 10th June 1952, following which her Will was proved five months later at Birmingham on 11th November 1952.The executors to her Will were her sons Bernard Collett and Norman Wickes Collett, when her estate was valued at £7,318 12 Shillings 4d.

 

 

 

57P14

Ronald Frederick Collett

Born in 1895 at Harborne

 

57P15

Bernard Collett

Born in 1897 at Harborne

 

57P16

Sydney Thomas Collett

Born in 1900 at Harborne

 

57P17

Phyllis Collett

Born in 1902 at Harborne

 

57P18

Kathleen Collett

Born in 1904 at Harborne

 

57P19

Wilfred Collett

Born in 1906 at West Bromwich

 

57P20

Norman Wickes Collett

Born in 1908 at West Bromwich

 

57P21

Dorothy M Collett

Born in 1911 at West Bromwich

 

 

 

 

57O11

Sarah Ann Collett was born at West Bromwich in 1865 and it would appear that she never married during her life.When she was 25, she was still living with her family at Spon Lane in West Bromwich, from where she was working as a domestic housemaid.Certainly, by April 1901, Sarah Ann was 35 when she was still living with her widowed mother Sarah Ann Collett at Smethwick, together with other of her unmarried siblings.Ten years later, and following the death of her mother, spinster Sarah Ann Collett of West Bromwich, at the age of 46, was living with her sister Mary (below) and brother Arthur (below) at Kings Norton.

 

 

 

 

57O12

Thomas Collett was born in 1867 at West Bromwich, where his birth was recorded (Ref. 6b 207) during the first three months of that year.He was another son of Thomas and Sarah Ann Collett and was four years old in 1871, and was 14 and still attending school in 1881, when he was living at the family home at 213 Spon Lane in West Bromwich.Ten years later he was 24 and again still living at Spon Lane with his family, when he was another son who was a bakerís assistant working in the family business. By March 1901 he was still a bachelor at the age of 34, while still living with his parents at 168 Saint Pauls Road in the Smethwick area of Handsworth.His place of birth was again confirmed as West Bromwich, and his occupation at that time was that of a baker, like his older brother Frederick Thomas Collett (above) and his father who had retired from the business.Just over four years later, Thomas Collett married Emma Wilkins at Bridgnorth in Shropshire on 26th July 1905, when Thomas was 38 and the son of Thomas Collett, while Emma was 40 and the daughter of Frederick Wilkins.Their special day was also recorded at Bridgnorth register office (Ref. 6a 149).

 

 

 

That situation was confirmed by the census in 1911, which indicated that the couple had been married for five years.At that, time the childless couple was living on the outskirts of Redditch, following Thomasí retirement from the bakery business.Thomas Collett from West Bromwich was 45 and a retired baker living at Rose Cottage in Mappleborough Green, to the north of Studley, with his wife Emma Collett from Birmingham who was 46.Ten years later Thomas Collett, a baker, was named as one of the three executors of his father estate at Lichfield in October 1921.Twenty-two years later, the death of Thomas Collett was recorded at West Bromwich register office (Ref. 6b 105) during the last quarter of 1943, when he was said to be 75 years old.

 

 

 

 

57O13

Mary Collett was born at West Bromwich in 1868 and was two years of age in 1871 and 12 years old in 1881 when living at 213 Spon Lane in West Bromwich with her family.By 1891 she was 22 and working in the family business with her father, three of her brothers and a cousin, as a bakerís assistant. By 1901 she was 32 and was living with her widowed mother and other unmarried siblings.Following the death of her mother, Mary continued to live with her sister Sarah Ann (above) and brother Arthur (below) and by 1911 the three of them were living in Kings Norton where Mary was recorded as being 42 and from West Bromwich.Mary never married and was described as the spinster Mary Collett when she was named as one of the three executors of her father estate following his death in 1921.

 

 

 

 

57O14

Arthur Collett was born at West Bromwich, where his birth was recorded (Ref. 6b 42) during the third quarter of 1870, the last child of Thomas Collett and Sarah Ann Simcox. He was around six months old in 1871 and was ten years of age in 1881.At that time, he was living with his master baker father and his family and later took up the same occupation, he and two brothers, a sister and a cousin, all working with her father at Spon Lan in West Bromwich in 1891.According to the census of 1901 Arthur was aged 30 and of West Bromwich and was living in Smethwick where he was described as a journeyman baker.By April 1911, he was still a bachelor at the age of 40, when he was living at 168 St Paul Road in Smethwick, the home of his parents where his two older unmarried sisters Sarah Ann Collett and Mary Collett (above) were also living.The place of birth for all three was confirmed as West Bromwich, while Arthurís occupation was that of a baker.Twenty-one years later, Arthur Collett died in Birmingham on 9th July 1932, where his Will was proved on 26th August 1932, the main beneficiary being his older brother Frederick Thomas Collett (above), most likely confirming that he never married or had any children of his own.

 

 

 

 

57O16

Sarah Collett was born at West Bromwich in 1869, the second child of Richard Collett from Abbots Morton and his wife Emma of West Bromwich.She was just one year old in the census of 1871 when living at Trinity Road in West Bromwich and was eleven years of age by April 1881 when she was living with her widowed mother Emma at 13 Lower Trinity Street in West Bromwich.When her mother married John Jones, the family moved to Harborne where Sarah and her two younger siblings were living in 1891.That year Sarah Collett from West Bromwich was 21 and a bedstead painter, as were her two siblings, when they were described as boarders at 83 George Street.Ten years later Sarah Collett was 32 and working as warehouse worker in nearby Smethwick, but her absence from the census in 1911 may indicate that she was married by then.

 

 

 

 

57O17

Mary Jane Collett was born at Trinity Road in West Bromwich during 1872.She was eight years old in the West Bromwich census of 1881 when she was living at 13 Lower Trinity Street.By that time, her father had already died so she was listed with her mother, the widow Emma Collett, and her three siblings.In the following years her mother married John Jones who took the family to live in Harborne where, in 1891, they were living at 83 George Street when Mary Jane Collett was 18 and a bedstead painter.It has to be assumed that she was married before 1901 since no record of her as Mary Collett or Mary Jane Collett has been found after 1891.

 

 

 

 

57O18

John Richard Collett was born at West Bromwich either at the end of 1875 or very early in 1876, the only son and the youngest of the four known children of Richard Collett and Emma Simcox, his birth recorded there (Ref. 6b 230) during the first three months of the latter.Shortly after he was born his father died so by April 1881 at the age of five years John Collett was living with his widowed mother and his three older sisters at 13 Lower Trinity Street in West Bromwich.Over the following years Johnís mother re-married and her new husband John Jones took the family to live in Harborne.By the time John Collett from West Bromwich was 15 when he was a boarder at 83 George Street in Harborne, the home of John and Emma Jones, from where he was employed as a bedstead painter working with his two older sisters Sarah and Mary Jane.

 

 

 

In the March census of 1901, unmarried John Collett was 25, a steam engine maker, and the stepson of John Jones, and the son of Emma Jones, formerly Collett nee Simcox, when he and his older sister Sarah (above) were living at Smethwick.Just under six years later, the marriage of John Richard Collett and Elizabeth Gill was recorded at Kings Norton register office (Ref. 6c 114) during the first three months of 1907.Once married, the couple settled in West Bromwich where they were living in 1911, when John R Collett from West Bromwich was 35 and still earning a living on the railway but as a steam gauge maker. His wife Elizabeth Collett was 34 and from Netherton near Evesham, and their two sons were Joseph R Collett who was three and Norman J Collett who was three months old, both of them born when the family was living in West Bromwich.The death of John R Collett was recorded at West Bromwich register office (Ref. 6b 49) during the third quarter of 1936 at 60 years of age.

 

 

 

57P22

Joseph Richard Collett

Born in 1908 at West Bromwich

 

57P23

Norman John T Collett

Born in 1911 at West Bromwich

 

 

 

 

57O19

Amy Collett was born at Birmingham in 1858, the only child of Richard and Mary Ann Sophia Collett.Although no record of her or her parents has been positively identified within the census of 1861, in the Birmingham St George census of 1871 Amy Collett was 13.She was still living with her parents ten years later at 18 New John Street in Birmingham, from where 22-year-old Amy was employed as a fancy nail maker.Also listed as living with the family, was four-month-old Lillian Collett of Birmingham, who was described in error as Ďdaughter-in-lawí to head of household Richard Collett, even though the child was more than likely the base-born daughter of unmarried Amy Collett.It is possible that Amy was married some time during the following years, and that may have resulted in her daughter also taking up the surname of her husband, since neither Amy or Lillian have been discovered in any subsequent census with the Collett name.

 

 

 

57P22

Lillian Collett

Born during December 1880

 

 

 

 

57O20

Anthony Albert Collett was born at West Bromwich in 1876, the eldest child of baker Anthony and his wife Eliza.His birth was recorded at West Bromwich (Ref. 6b 215) during the first three months of the year and he was baptised there over a year later on 17th June 1877 at the Church of Holy Trinity. When he was around three years of age his family left West Bromwich and moved to Wolverhampton, where they were living in 1881 at 127 Bilston Road, when Anthony was five years old.Ten years later Anthony had left school and at the age of 15 was a baker working with his father when the family was residing at 267 Bilston Road in Wolverhampton.On that occasion both Anthony and his father were incorrectly recorded in the census return as Aubrey Collett. It was nine years after that when he married Amy Louisa Harriman from Wolverhampton at Wolverhampton (Ref. 6b 977) during the third quarter of 1900.Amy Collett was 27 in 1901 when she was living with baker Anthony Collett, who was 25, at 29 Placwell Road in Wolverhampton.

 

 

 

Amy presented Anthony with two children during the first decade of the new century and by April 1911 the family of four was recorded at 14 Holloway Street in Wolverhampton.Anthony Albert Collett from West Bromwich was 35 and a baker who had been married to Amy Louisa Collett from Wolverhampton for ten years, during which time they had given birth to just the two children living with them.They were Elsie Collett who was eight and Albert Collett who was six years old.Anthony Albert Collett was 57 when he died in 1933, his death recorded at Wolverhampton register office (Ref. 6b 515) during the last three months of that year.The birth of both of their children was recorded at Wolverhampton register office, Elsie (Ref. 6b 84) during the second quarter of 1902 and Albert (Ref. 6b 302) during the first quarter of 1905.

 

 

 

57P23

Elsie Collett

Born in 1902 at Wolverhampton

 

57P24

Albert Collett

Born in 1904 at Wolverhampton

 

 

 

 

57P1

Thomas Arthur Collett was born at Erleigh Road in Reading, where his birth was recorded (Ref. 2c 337) during the third quarter of 1890, the first of the four known children of Thomas Henry Collett and his wife Beatrice Maria Trask.The census conducted during the following year listed the family of three residing at Erleigh Road when Thomas A Collett was still under one year old.Around the middle of the 1890s the family moved to Lewisham, where Thomasí two youngest sibling were born and where the family was living in 1901 when Thomas was ten years old.It was also at St Paul Deptford, in the London Borough of Lewisham, that his family was recorded in 1911.On completing his education during that same decade, Thomas entered the world of electrical engineering which eventually took him to working in the Rugby area of Warwickshire where, Thomas Arthur Collett from Reading was 20, unmarried, an electrical machine tester and a boarder at the Rugby home of Frederick and Louie Hopkins.He later returned to Reading where the marriage of Thomas A Collett and Eleanor F Wright was recorded (Ref. 2c 53) during the third quarter of 1920.Eleanor was born at Henham in Essex, the daughter of Robert and Margaret Wright.It was back in London where Eleanor Frances Collett died on 1st March 1930 and, following a period of four months, her Will was proved on 7th July 1930, with the sole beneficiary being Mary Collett.It was eight years after being widowed that Thomas Arthur Collett died at Reading on 9th February 1938, his Will proved there on 22nd March 1938, which named the two main beneficiaries as John Roy Hunt and Rosina Elizabeth Wells.

 

 

 

While three children from a Collett - Wright marriage have been located at Bishops Stortford between 1921 and 1925, it is rather odd that those three Collett offspring were not beneficiaries under the terms of the above Wills of Thomas and Eleanor.Just for interest, the three children were: (a) Edna M Collett born 1921, Qrt 4, Ref. 3a 61; (b) Eleanor J Collett, born 1923, Qrt 4, Ref. 3a 73; Gordon A Collett, born 1925, Qrt 4, Ref. 3a 44.

 

 

 

 

57P2

Frank Ambrose Collett was born at Reading on 18th March 1893, the second son of Thomas and Beatrice Collett, where his birth was later recorded (Ref. 2c 262) during the second quarter of that year.His fatherís work as a school teacher eventually took the family to St Paul Deptford in London where they were living within the London Borough of Lewisham in 1901, when Frank A Collett from Reading was eight years old and attending school.Ten years later, when Frank Ambrose Collett was 18, he and his family were still residing within the Lewisham St Paul Deptford area of South London.At that time in his life, Frank was an engraverís apprentice and general engraver.The only fact currently known about Frank Ambrose Collett is that he was 79 when died when his death was recorded at Croydon register office (Ref. 5a 171) during the third quarter of 1972.

 

 

 

 

57P3

Dorothy Mary Collett was born in 1898, the third of the four children of Thomas and Beatrice Collett, her birth recorded at Lewisham register office (Ref. 1d 220) during the second quarter of the year.She was two years of age in 1901, when the family was recorded in the City of London parish of St Paul Deptford.Dorothy Mary Collett from Lewisham was 12 and attending school in Brockley where she and her family were living in 1911, within the London Borough of Lewisham, in the parish of St Paul Deptford.That area of South London, is not far from Greenwich, and it was at Greenwich register office (Ref. 1d 89) that the marriage of Dorothy M Collett and Arthur W Rush was recorded during the first three months of 1924.Their daughter Gillian M Rush was born two years later, her birth also recorded at Greenwich (Ref. 1d 114) during the second quarter of 1926, when the motherís maiden name was confirmed as Collett.

 

 

 

 

57P4

Robert Cecil Collett was born at Lewisham near to the end of 1899, his birth recorded there (Ref. 1d 28) during the last three months of the year. His father was school teacher Thomas Henry Collett from Smethwick and his mother was Beatrice Maria Trask from Woolwich.In 1901 Robert C Collett was one year old when he was living with his family living in the St Paul Deptford parish in the London Borough of Lewisham, where the family was still living in 1911, when Robert Cecil Collett was 11 years of age.It was previously thought that he may have been Robert William Cecil Collett who later became a doctor and was sometime based at Loddon Hall Road in Twyford near Reading, where his two older siblings were born.However, this was disproved in 2020 when the following details were discovered.Two Roberts have been found, the first of them being Robert W C Collett whose birth was recorded at the Gloucestershire Stroud register office (Ref. 6a 120) during the second quarter of 1931, whose motherís maiden name was Swinford and whose older sister was Doreen L Collett born Q4 in 1928.The later marriage of Robert W C Collett and Margaret A Gardner was also recorded at Stroud (Ref. 7b 106) during the second quarter of 1949.The birth of the second Robert W C Collett was recorded at Bath register office (Ref. 5c 143) during the last three months of 1940, when his motherís maiden name was Jones.Thereafter, two marriages were recorded in quick succession, the first for Robert W C Collett and Jennifer A Plummer at Bexley in Kent (Ref. 5a 185) during the second quarter of 1965, the second for Robert W C Collett and Freda M Pearson at the London Camberwell register office (Ref. 5a 1) during the second quarter of 1966.Only one other related record has been unearthed and that was the marriage of Robert W C Collett and Janet C Condliffe which was recorded at Weston-Super-Mare register office during the summer of 1993.

 

 

 

 

57P9

Harry Eric Collett was born at Smethwick on 28th June 1906 who, as Harry Collett, was four years old in the Smethwick census of 1911.His birth, like those of his siblings, was recorded at Kings Norton (Ref. 6c 286).It was as Harry Eric Collett that he was baptised at Smethwick on 19th July 1906 the son of John and Nellie Collett.He later married Rose E Denton, their wedding recorded at West Bromwich register office (Ref. 6b 136) during the last three months of 1928. Harry Eric Collett was 85 when he died, his death recorded at Sandwell in the west Midlands (Ref. 33 1067) during February 1992.

 

 

 

 

57P11

Alice Gwendoline Collett was born at Smethwick in 1898 with her birth recorded at Kings Norton (Ref. 6c 304) during the third quarter of the year, the eldest of the three children of Arthur Collett and Sarah Young.

 

 

 

 

57P12

Edith Mary Collett was born at Smethwick in 1901, the second daughter of Arthur and Sarah Collett whose birth was recorded at Kings Norton register office (Ref. 6c 128) during the first three months of that year.

 

 

 

 

57P13

Arthur Frederick Collett was born at Smethwick in 1902 and was the last child born to Arthur Collett and Sarah Young, his birth also recorded at Kings Norton register office (Ref. 6c 350) during the third quarter of the year. ††He was around thirty-one years old when the marriage of Arthur F Collett and Nellie C Povey was recorded at West Bromwich register office (Ref. 6b 96) during the third quarter of 1933.Thirty months into their marriage, Nellie present Arthur with a son, their only known child, when the birth of John Collett was also recorded at West Bromwich (Ref. 6b 45) during the first three months of 1936, the motherís maiden name confirmed as Povey.

 

 

 

57Q1

John Collett

Born in 1936 at West Bromwich

 

 

 

 

57P14

Ronald Frederick Collett was born either towards the of 1895, his parents having married near the start of that year, or early in 1896.Furthermore, he may have been born at West Bromwich, where his birth was recorded, or at Harborne where he was baptised.He was the eldest child of Frederick Thomas Collett and Ada Wickes, with his birth recorded at West Bromwich (Ref. 6b 195) during the first two months of 1896 and his baptism at Harborne conducted on 1st March 1896.At the time of the West Bromwich census of 1901, Ronaldís mother had just given birth to her third child, and that may have been the reason why, five-year-old Ronald was staying with his grandparents at Harborne.Ten years later the whole family, comprising Ronaldís parents and his five siblings were recorded as still living within the West Bromwich registration district when Ronald was 15 and a bakerís son working at home.With the outbreak of war three years later, eighteen years old Ronald joined the 2nd/6th Battalion South Staffordshire Regiment as Private Collett 24228 and during 1917 he was fighting on the frontline in the Battle of Polygon Wood which formed part of the Third Battle of Ypres.

 

 

 

Sadly, he was killed in action on 29th September 1917 and was buried at Bridge House Cemetery near Ieper in Belgium.The cemetery contains just forty-five graves of which four are unidentified and was named after a farmhouse and was established by 59th North Midland Division at the end of September 1917.At the time of his death, at the age of 22, he was still a bachelor, and by which time his parents as his next-of-kin were living in the Handsworth area between West Bromwich and Birmingham.

 

 

 

 

57P15

Bernard Collett was born in 1897 and possibly at Harborne or West Bromwich where his birth recorded (Ref. 6b 181) during the first quarter of that year, the eldest surviving son of Frederick Thomas and Ada Collett.His siblings were baptised at Harborne, to the south of West Bromwich, but no such baptism record has been found for Bernard.He was four years old and 14 years of age in the two West Bromwich census returns in 1901 and 1911, when he was living at 213 Spon Lane with his family and recorded as having been born at West Bromwich.Around the time of the First World War his parents left West Bromwich, and during the war they were recorded as residing at 177 Heathfield Road in Handsworth.His father died prior to 1950 and around that time his mother was recorded at 65 College Street in New Oscott, just south of Sutton Coldfield.Upon the death of his mother in June 1952, Bernard was named as one of the two executors in her Will, with his brother Norman Wickes Collett (below), which was proved at Birmingham in November that same year, the value of her estate being just over £7,318.

 

 

 

 

57P16

Sydney Thomas Collett was born in 1900 either at Harborne or at West Bromwich where his birth recorded (Ref. 6b 289) during the third quarter of the year, although it was at Harborne that he was baptised on 25th November 1900, another son of Frederick and Ada Collett.He was only a few months old in the West Bromwich census of 1901 and was 10 years of age in 1911, when he was still attending school in West Bromwich while living there with his family.

 

 

 

 

57P17

Phyllis Collett was born in 1902 and, as with all of her siblings, her birth was recorded at West Bromwich register office (Ref.6b 102) during the second quarter of that year and where she was living with her family in 1911 at the age of eight years.Also like her siblings, Phyllis Collett, the daughter of Frederick and Ada Collett was baptised at Harborne, on 21st September 1902.

 

 

 

 

57P18

Kathleen Collett was born early in 1904, another daughter of Frederick and Ada Collett.Like the majority of her siblings, her birth was recorded at West Bromwich (Ref. 6b 166), as also stated in the 1911 census return when she was seven years of age, while it was at Harborne that she was baptised on 1st May 1904.

 

 

 

 

57P19

Wilfred Collett was born in 1906 and died shortly after his birth, both events recorded at West Bromwich register office, and both during the third quarter of the year (Ref. 6b 301 & Ref. 6b 228).

 

 

 

 

57P20

Norman Wickes Collett was born at West Bromwich either near the end of 1908 or soon after the start of 1909, with his birth recorded at West Bromwich register office (Ref. 6b 283) during the first quarter of 1909, the youngest son of Frederick and Ada Collett, and was two years old at the time of the census in 1911 when he and his family were living at 213 Spon Lane in West Bromwich.Just a few years later he and his parents moved to 177 Heathfield Road in Handsworth.Sometime after the First World War and perhaps up to around the time of the Second World War, Normanís father passed away and in 1952 his widowed mother was living at 65 College Street in New Oscott, Sutton Coldfield where she died on 10th June 1952.Norman Wickes Collett, a draughtsman, was named as one of the two executors in his motherís Will, which was proved at Birmingham on 11th November 1952, his eldest brother Bernard (above) being the other.

 

 

 

 

57P21

Dorothy M Collett was born in 1911 at West Bromwich, where her parents were living on the day of the census that year, and where her birth was recorded (Ref. 6b 103) during the third quarter of the year, when her motherís maiden name was confirmed as Wickes.She was the last child born to Frederick Thomas Collett and Ada Wickes.It is possible, but not proved, that she may have married Thomas W Palmer at West Bromwich (Ref. 6b 41) during the first three months of 1930.

 

 

 

 

57P22

Joseph Richard Collett was born at West Bromwich in 1908, the older of the two sons of John Richard Collett and Elizabeth Gill.It was also at West Bromwich register office where his birth was recorded (Ref. 6b 21) during the first quarter of the year and where he was three years old in the census of 1911. During the summer of 1933, Joseph R Collett and Ethel Victoria W Culwick were married, the wedding recorded at West Bromwich (Ref. 6b 113) in the third quarter of that year.Ethel was the youngest child of Thomas and Mary Jane Culwick and was also born at West Bromwich, which was where the births of the coupleís two children were registered.

 

 

 

57Q1

Geoffrey S Collett

Born in 1935 at West Bromwich

 

57Q2

Michael W Collett

Born in 1937 at West Bromwich

 

 

 

 

57P23

Norman John T Collett born at West Bromwich in 1911 where he was living with his family on the day of the census, being only a few months old.It was there also that his birth recorded (Ref. 6b 111) during the first three months of 1911. He was 29 years old when the marriage of Norman J T Collett and Vera G Hackett was recorded at West Bromwich register office (Ref. 6c 137) during the first quarter of 1940. Seven years later the coupleís only known child was born at West Bromwich.

 

 

 

57Q3

Judith A Collett

Born in 1947 at West Bromwich

 

 

 

 

57Q1

Geoffrey S Collett was born at West Bromwich in 1935, the eldest son of Joseph Richard Collett and Ethel Victoria Culwick.His birth was recorded at West Bromwich in the third quarter of 1935 (Ref. 6b 61) when his motherís maiden name was confirmed as Culwick.He was twenty years of age when the marriage of Geoffrey S Collett and Jeanette E Pearson was recorded at West Bromwich register office (Ref. 9b 127) during the last quarter of 1955.As far as can be determined, no record of any children has been found.

 

 

 

 

57Q2

Michael W Collett was born at West Bromwich in 1937, where his birth was recorded during the first quarter of that year (Ref. 6b 132), his motherís maiden name confirmed as Culwick.Seven years after attending his older brotherís wedding, the marriage of Michael W Collett and Pamela M Seedhouse was recorded at Lichfield register office (Ref. 9b 37) during the second quarter of 1963.It was also at Lichfield where the births of the coupleís two children were recorded, their daughter (Ref. 9b 87) during the second quarter of 1966 and their son (Ref. 9b 1) during the third quarter of 1967, with Seedhouse confirmed as their motherís maiden name.

 

 

 

57R1

Wendy Alexandra Collett

Born in 1966 at Lichfield

 

57R2

Neil Anthony Collett

Born in 1967 at Lichfield

 

 

 

 

57Q3

Judith A Collett was born at West Bromwich in 1947 and was the only known child of Norman John Collett and Vera G Hackett.It was also at West Bromwich where her birth was recorded (Ref. 9b 106) during the second quarter of the year, when hre motherís maiden name was confirmed as Hackett.The later marriage of Judith A Collett and Peter R Taylor was recorded at nearby Wolverhampton register office (Ref. 9b 72) during the second quarter of 1972, with whom she had two sons at Wolverhampton. The birth of Mark David Taylor was recorded there (Ref. 9b 20) towards the end of 1973, and followed by Simon Paul Taylor in 1976 whose birth was registered there (Ref. 34 72) in the spring of that year.In both cases, the motherís maiden name was confirmed as Collett.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

APPENDIX TWO

 

 

 

Unplaced Colletts recorded on the Badsey History website include, Edward Collett who was a witness at a wedding on 31st August 1788, and William Collett, born circa 1760, who was buried there on 23rd June 1823 at the age of 63.Another was the family of William Collett (Ref. 57A/N4) who was born at Willersey but who moved to Badsey after leaving school and prior to 1861 where he married a Badsey lass with whom he created a whole new branch of family from 1864 onwards.There may be a link still to be established between the Collett family in Appendix Two through the Ingles family of James Collett (below) and William Collett of Badsey (Ref. 57m1) in the main body of this file, where there is a Will reference to a Mrs Ingles.

 

 

 

 

57A/L1

William Collett was married to Nelly and they had a son James who was born and baptised at Willersey in 1815.It is likely that other children were also born to the couple, in particular another son Robert, who was living with his older married brother by 1851.William Collett died at Willersey in 1839, with his death recorded at Evesham (Ref. xviii 21) during the second quarter of that year.On the day of the census in 1841, his widow Nelly Collett had a rounded age of 50, when she was living with the large Hopkins family in Willersey, the only member of the household not born in Gloucestershire.After well over five years as a widow, Nelly Collett marriage Joseph Clark, their wedding recorded at Evesham (Ref. xviii 81) during the last three months of 1844.That situation was confirmed in the next census conducted in 1851, when Joseph Clark from Bourton-on-the-Water was 73 and his wife Nelly Clark from Bishampton in Worcestershire was 63.Visiting the couple that day, at their home in Chipping Campden, was Nellyís eldest son James Collett, aged 28 and from Willersey, who was described as the son-in-law of Joseph Clark.Following the death of her second husband, Nelly Clark returned to live on the High Street in Willersey, where she was residing in 1861 at the age of 73.The only person living there with her, was her granddaughter Mary A Collett from Willersey who was eight years of age, the youngest child of her son James.

 

 

 

57A/M1

James Collett

Born in 1815 at Willersey

 

57A/M2

Robert Collett

Born in 1822 at Willersey

 

 

 

 

57A/M1

James Collett was born at Willersey around 1815 and was baptised there on 7th August 1815, the son of William and Nelly Collett.And it was also at Willersey that James Collett married Mary Ingles on 13th September 1837, as recorded at Evesham (Ref. xviii 139).Mary was baptised at Willersey on 26th January 1817, the daughter of Richard Ingles and Mary Knight, and it was at Willersey that their children were born and where the family was living in 1841.According to the census that year, James Collett was 25, his wife Mary Collett was 20, and their two sons were Charles Collett who was three and William Collett who was one year old.Visiting the family that day was Maryís future brother-in-law Peter Bandey who, just over a year later, married Maryís younger sister Elizabeth Ingles in Birmingham and together, raised their family in Willersey.Sadly, only the older of those two sons survived, with the younger one suffering a childhood death at the age of three years and, following the birth of the coupleís third son prior to their loss, it was the coupleís fourth son who was given the name of his deceased older brother.By 1850 Mary had given birth to a total of six children, all male, five of whom were recorded in the Willersey census of 1851.On that day, head of the Willersey household James Collett was absent from the family home, because he was visiting Joseph and Nelly Clark, at their home in Chipping Campden, where James Collett from Willersey was 36, married, and an agricultural labourer.James was referred to as the son-in-law of Joseph Clark, his wife being Jamesí re-married mother.The remainder of his family at Willersey was recorded as Mary Collett who was 36 and an agricultural labourer, Charles Collett who was 13, James Collett who was seven, William Collett who was five, Hubert Collett who was three, and Robert Collett who was not yet one year old.On that census day, Jamesí younger brother Robert Collett (below), aged 29, was staying with the family at Willersey.Not long after that day, Mary gave birth to a daughter who, rather curiously, was not listed with the family in the subsequent census returns.

 

 

 

By 1861 only two sons, James and Hubert, were still living with their parents, so the census that year listed the family still living in Willersey on Broadway Road as James Collett who was 45 and an agricultural labourer, his wife Mary Collett who was 44, James Collett who was 18, and Hubert Collett who was 13, all four of them born at Willersey.What is interesting is that their son William Collett, aged 15, was a servant at the Badsey home of the Ingles family of Maryís older brother Richard.During the next few years James moved out of the family home, leaving just Hubert aged 23, the only one living with ag lab James 55, and Mary 54, in the Willersey census of 1871.According to the next census in 1881, it was only James and Mary that were still living on the main village street in Willersey.James Collett, aged 65 and born in the village, was a market gardener, while his wife Mary, who was 64 and also from Willersey, was employed as an agricultural labourer.

 

 

 

Nearly seven years later the death of James Collett of Willersey was recorded at Evesham (Ref. 6c 81) early in 1888, when he was 72.Maryís loss was confirmed in the Willersey census of 1891, when Mary Collett of Willersey was still living there, but as a widow of 74, who was still described as an agricultural labourer.Staying with Mary was her widowed younger sister Elizabeth Bandey, wife of the late Peter Thomas Bandey from Bedford.By 1901, 84-year-old Mary Collett was living with the family of her married daughter Mary A Taylor at Winchcombe, when she was described as the mother-in-law of Alfred Taylor, both mother and daughterís place of birth being Willersey.Just over two years after that day, Mary Collett, nee Ingles, passed away at the age of 86, her death recorded at Winchcombe register office (Ref. 6a 65) during the third quarter of 1903.

 

 

 

57A/N1

Charles Ingles Collett

Born in 1838 at Willersey

 

57A/N2

William Ingles Collett

Born in 1840 at Willersey

 

57A/N3

James Collett

Born in 1842 at Willersey

 

57A/N4

William Collett

Born in 1845 at Willersey

 

57A/N5

Hubert Collett

Born in 1847 at Willersey

 

57A/N6

Robert Collett

Born in 1850 at Willersey

 

57A/N7

Mary A Collett

Born in 1852 at Willersey

 

 

 

 

57A/M2

Robert Collett was born at Willersey around 1822 and the son of William and Nelly Collett, and the brother of James (above).Although no positive record of him has been located within the census returns for 1841, Robert Collett from Willersey was 29 and an unmarried agricultural labourer in 1851 when he was still living and working in the village, but at the home of the family of his brother James.He was also absent from the census in 1861, while it was six years later that the married of Robert Collett and Betsey Castle was recorded at Evesham (Ref. 6c 191) during the first three months of 1867.Betsey was born at Willersey during the summer of 1840, a daughter of William and Elizabeth Castle.Betsey was 26 and Robert was nearly twenty years older and, during the first five years of their life together, Betsey presented Robert with three children, the first being named after his father and another being named after his older brother (above).

 

 

 

The Willersey census in 1871 recorded the family as Robert Collett aged 48, an agricultural labourer, Betsey Collett aged 30, William Collett who was three, Robert Collett who was one, and Jane Collett who was only nine weeks old.Every member of the family had been born at Willersey.Just one more child was added to their family around four years later so, by 1881, Robert and Betsey had all four of their children living with them at village street in Willersey.Robert, an agricultural labour from Willersey, was 59, his wife was 40, while the ages recorded for their children were not correct taking account of the registration of their births at Evesham.William was said to be 12 and not 14, Robert was said to be 10 instead of 12, Jane was said to be eight and not 10, with James more accurately recorded as being five years of age.

 

 

 

The whole family was still together and residing at Willersey in 1891, when every member of the household was described as working as an agricultural labourer.Robert was 67, Betsey was 51, William was 23, Robert was 21, Jane was 20, and James was 15.After a further five years, the death of Robert Collett was recorded at Evesham (Ref. 6c 93) during the fourth quarter of 1895, when he was 73 years old.Just over five years after her loss, Betsey Collett was still living in Willersey with no stated occupation on the day of the next census in 1901 when she was 62.However, by then, and possibly earlier after the death of her husband, she was earning an income by taking in lodgers, three listed living there with her in 1901, one of them being William Hands who later married Betseyís daughter.Also still living with Betsey were two of her unmarried children, her son Robert who was 31 and her daughter Jane who was 30.Living nearby, in Willersey was her eldest son William who was married by then with a family of his own.By that time in his life, her youngest son James had found work in Birmingham, where he was married by 1911, when he and his wife were living within the Aston area of the city.After Betseyís daughter Jane was married in 1908, mother-in-law and old age pensioner Betsey Collett, aged 70 and from Willersey, was living with William and Jane Hands at their home Willersey in 1911.The death of Betsey Collett was later recorded at Evesham register office (Ref. 6c 96) during the first quarter of 1926 when she was 85.

 

 

 

57A/N8

William Collett

Born in 1867 at Willersey

 

57A/N9

Robert Collett

Born in 1869 at Willersey

 

57A/N10

Jane Collett

Born in 1871 at Willersey

 

57A/N11

James Collett

Born in 1875 at Willersey

 

 

 

 

57A/N1

Charles Ingles Collett was born at Willersey in 1838, his birth recorded at Evesham (Ref. xviii 23) during the second quarter of that year. He was three years old and 13 years old in the Willersey census returns for 1841 and 1851, when he was living there with his parents James Collett and Mary Ingles.Seven years later Charles was married to (1) Victoria Dones during the third quarter of 1858, the event recorded at Winchcombe (Ref. 6a 27), Victoria being a daughter of William and Mary Dones.Within the next two to three years they had two sons, both of them being baptised at Cleeve Prior.That was confirmed by the census in 1861, by which time the family was living at Bretforton Road in Badsey, within the Evesham & Broadway registration district.Charles Collett from Willersey was 23, and his occupation was that of a blacksmith.His wife Victoria was also 23 and was born at Laverton, to the south of Broadway, while the coupleís two Cleeve Prior born sons were James Collett who was two, and John Collett who was under one year old.

 

 

 

Over the following decade five more children were added to their family.The first of them was born while the family was still living at Badsey near Evesham in 1862, and it was there also that Charles Collett was named as a witness at a wedding in Badsey church on 27th February 1864.However, shortly after that Charles took his family to live in the hamlet of Bickmarsh to the south of Bidford-on-Avon, where his next four children were born.With no church at Bickmarsh, the children were baptised at Bidford, with the enlarged family still living at Bickmarsh by 1871.Charles I Collett from Willersey was 33 and a blacksmith, his wife Victoria from Laverton was also 33 when, with the couple were their seven children.They were James who was 12, John who was 10, Catherine who was seven, Ellen who was five, Charles who was three, William who was one year of age, and Mary V Collett who was only a few months old.

 

 

 

Tragically, the premature death of Victoria Collett, aged only 34, was recorded at Stratford-on-Avon (Ref. 6d 244) during the second quarter of 1872, perhaps even during the birth of a further child who also did not survive.It was later that same year, when the marriage of widower Charles Collett and (2) Elizabeth Harris was conducted at the Church of St Matthias on Farm Street in Birmingham in 19th October 1872.Charles was 34 and confirmed as the son of James Collett, with Elizabeth was 40 years old and a widow, whose father was named as William Dones, making Elizabeth the older sister of his late wife Victoria, who had also been born at Laverton.At some point, after Charles and Elizabeth were married, the family made a return to Cleeve Prior, where they were recorded in the census conducted in 1881.

 

 

 

Once again Charles Collett, aged 43, was a blacksmith from Willersey.His new wife Elizabeth Collett was 49 and a laundress from Laverton and, by that time, only four of Charlesí children were still living with him and his second wife.They were Ellen Collett who 15 and a domestic servant, Charles Collett who was 13 and an agricultural labourer, William Collett who was 11 and Mary V Collett who was 10, both of them still attending school.All four children were confirmed as having been born at Bickmarsh. Charles and Elizabeth were still living at Cleeve Prior in 1891, but with just the two youngest children.Charles I Collett was 53, Elizabeth Collett was 59, William Collett was 21 and assisting his father with his blacksmith work, and Mary V Collett was 20 and an assistant school teacher.With her advancing years, Elizabeth died before the end of the century, the death of Elizabeth Collett, aged 66, was recorded at Evesham (Ref. 6c 125) during the fourth quarter of 1898, leaving Charles free to marry for a third time.

 

 

 

The parish records at Cleeve Prior included the entry that Charles Collett of Cleeve Prior married (3) Ann Fairfax in the village on 1st June 1899.Their wedding was recorded at Evesham register office (Ref. 6c 271), when the bride was named as Annie Fairfax.Ann had been baptised at Cleeve Prior on 8th May 1842 and was the daughter of Samuel and Anne Fairfax.Two years later, it was just Charles and Ann who were still living in Cleeve Prior, by which time Charles from Willersey was 63 and had given up being a blacksmith for a lighter job as a fruiterer.Ann from Cleeve Prior was 54.It was the same situation in 1911, with Charles Collett, aged 73 and a dealer in fruit from Willersey, who was still living and working in Cleeve Prior with his wife Annie Collett who was 64.Four years after the death of his son and namesake Charles Ingles Collett junior, the death of Charles Ingles Collett senior was recorded at Winchcombe register office (Ref. 6a 59) during the last three months in 1923, when he was 85 years old.

 

 

 

Other Collett families of Cleeve Prior can be found in

Part 56 Ė The Alcester & Bidford-on-Avon District Line

 

 

 

57A/O1

James Harry Collett

Born in 1858 at Cleeve Prior

 

57A/O2

John Collett

Born in 1860 at Cleeve Prior

 

57A/O3

Catherine Collett

Born in 1862 at Badsey, nr Evesham

 

57A/O4

Ellen Collett

Born in 1865 at Bickmarsh, nr Bidford

 

57A/O5

Charles Ingles Collett

Born in 1867 at Bickmarsh, nr Bidford

 

57A/O6

William Collett

Born in 1869 at Bickmarsh, nr Bidford

 

57A/O7

Mary Victoria Collett

Born in 1870 at Bickmarsh, nr Bidford

 

 

 

 

57A/N2

William Ingles Collett was born at Willersey early in 1840, his birth recorded at Evesham (Ref. xviii 1) during the first quarter of the year.He was one year old in June 1841 when he was living at Willersey with his parents and older brother Charles (above).Tragically he did not survive, with the death of William Ingles Collett was also recorded at Evesham (Ref. xviii 73) during the second quarter of 1843.The next child born to James and Mary Collett after 1843 was also given the William, but without the second forename Ingles.

 

 

 

 

57A/N3

James Collett was born at Willersey in 1842, with his birth also recorded at Evesham (Ref. xviii 15) during the second quarter of that year.He was baptised at Willersey on 26th May 1842, the son of James and Mary Collett, and was just over one year old when his brother William (above) died.He was seven years old in the Willersey census of 1851, and was 18 years of age ten years later, when he was still living there with his parents, from where he was working as an agricultural labourer.Three years later, the marriage of James Collett and Elizabeth was recorded at Stratford-on-Avon (Ref. 6d 147) during the third quarter of 1864.Elizabeth was born at Bidford-on-Avon and, when once married, the couple settled in the Gloucestershire village of Aston Subedge, two miles north-east of Willersey.By the time of the next census in 1871, the couple already had three children who had been born there.Agricultural labourer James Collett from Willersey was 28, his wife Elizabeth Collett from Bidford was 26, and their three Aston Subedge born children were Mary A Collett who was five, James who was three and Harry who was one year old.On that day, the Collett family was staying at the home of Ann Ainge, the grandmother-in-law of James Collett.Ann was a widowed aged 86 and from Didbrook in Gloucestershire, who was the tollgate keeper.

 

 

 

In 1822 a new Act of Parliament extended the Bretforton Turnpike to Weston-sub-Edge, left to Aston Subedge and onto nearby Chipping Campden. As a result, a new tollgate was constructed at a place called Paulís Pike, halfway up the hill to Chipping Campden, with the cottage and name sign still there to this day.

 

 

 

Four more children were added to the family during the next decade, three of them while they were still living at Aston Subedge.Around 1878 the family left Aston Subedge when they moved two miles to Mickleton, where the seventh child was born.In 1881 the census that year recorded the family living at Pauls House in Mickleton, from where James Collett, aged 38 and from Willersey, was again working as an agricultural labourer.His wife Elizabeth was 36, and their seven children were Mary A Collett aged 15, who was helping her mother at home, scholars James aged 13, Harry aged 11, Kate who was nine, Fanny who was seven, and Hubert who was five.The latest arrival, William Collett, was two years old, with all of his older siblings confirmed as having been born at Aston Subedge.Sadly for the family that same year, the death of Elizabeth Collett was recorded at Shipton-on-Stour (Ref. 6d 161) during the third quarter of 1881, when she was still 36 years old.

 

 

 

Elizabeth Collett died during the 1880s and by 1891 widower James Collett of Willersey was 48 and employed as a shepherd who was still living in Mickleton with his eldest daughter Mary A Collett aged 25, who was acting as his housekeeper, and his two sons James aged 23, and William who was 12.Living nearby in the same census registration district of Shipton-on-Stour & Blockley were two more of Jamesí children, they being Harry and Fanny.It was just under two years after that census day, when the death of James Collett was recorded at Shipton-on-Stour (Ref. 6d 333) during the first quarter of 1893, when he was 50 years old.It should be noted that more than one of his children gave their place of birth as Campden or Chipping Campden in the later census records, rather than Aston Subedge.

 

 

 

57A/O8

Mary A Collett

Born in 1865 at Aston Subedge

 

57A/O9

James Collett

Born in 1867 at Aston Subedge

 

57A/O10

Harry Collett

Born in 1869 at Aston Subedge

 

57A/O11

Kate Collett

Born in 1871 at Aston Subedge

 

57A/O12

Fanny Collett

Born in 1873 at Aston Subedge

 

57A/O13

Hubert Collett

Born in 1875 at Aston Subedge

 

57A/O14

William Collett

Born in 1878 at Mickleton

 

 

 

 

57A/N4

William Collett was born at Willersey in 1845, the son of James Collett and his wife Mary Ingles.On leaving school William entered domestic service and, at the age of 15, he had left Willersey and was working at the Badsey home of Richard Ingles from Chipping Campden and his wife Sarah on Bretforton Road, as confirmed by the census in 1861 when he was described as one of two servants employed at the house, who had been born at Willersey.Richard Ingles was Williamís uncle, being the older brother of Williamís mother.It was three years later, on 27th February 1864, that William Collett married Charlotte Robins at Badsey, where their first child was baptised four months after their wedding day.William and his wife stayed in Badsey following the birth of their daughter Mary Anne, since it was there that all of their later children were born and baptised, and where William and Charlotte eventually established a thriving market gardening business.During the first six years of their life together the couple was blessed with the birth of three children prior to 1870, although sadly in the second month of that year the couple suffered the death of their first son when he was still under one year old.According to the Badsey census that year William Collett aged 25 was an agricultural labourer, and his wife Charlotte was 27.Living with them were just two of their first three children, Mary A Collett who was six and Lydia E Collett who was three.The three females were all confirmed as having been born at Badsey, where Charlotte was working at home as a glover.

 

 

 

After a further ten years another four children had been added to the family, so the census in 1881 recorded the family at Badsey as William Collett aged 35 and a market gardener, Charlotte Collett who was 37, Mary A Collett who was 16, Lydia E Collett who was 13, while their three sons were attending the village school, and they were John Collett who was nine, Thomas W Collett who was seven and Charles J Collett who was five.The coupleís youngest child was Kate Collett who was two years old. On the day of the census Charlotte was already pregnant with the coupleís eighth child and it was in August that their son Alfred was baptised at Badsey.However, he only lived for a short while, and was buried there on 24th September 1881.Nearly one year later William and Charlotteís eldest daughter Mary Ann was married, when William was named as one of the witnesses, and two years after that the coupleís second eldest daughter Lydia Ellen was also married during 1884.

 

 

 

By 1891, the family still living at Badsey comprised market gardener William who was 45, Charlotte, aged 47, John who was 19, William (aka Thomas) who was 17, Charles who was 15, Kate who was 12, Ernest who was eight, George who was three, and Rose Collett who was one year old.Just after the start of the new century the majority of the family was still living together at Badsey.By then William Collett, aged 55 and from Willersey, was a market gardener, his wife Charlotte was 57, and with them were five of their children.They were market gardeners Thomas W Collett aged 27, and Charles I Collett aged 24, Ernest H Collett aged 18 who was a labourer at the familyís market garden, George Collett who was 13, and Rosa A Collett who was 11, both of them possibly still at school.

 

 

 

Over the next few years most of the children left the familyís home in Badsey, and by the time of the census in 1911 it was only the coupleís youngest son who was still living at Badsey with them.By that time William was 65, Charlotte was 67, and their son George was 23.The Kellyís Directory in 1912 once again confirmed that William Collett was a market gardener, although that could equally apply to father and son Thomas William Collett.With the knowledge that Williamís son William Collett junior had died while still very young, it is most likely that it was William senior who was included in the Electoral Register for Badsey in 1924, when he was living at Belle Vue which was also the home of his youngest son George.He would have been 78 years old and was very likely a widower by then, his wife Charlotte being around two years old than William.

 

 

 

57A/O15

Mary Anne Collett

Born in 1864 at Badsey

 

57A/O16

Lydia Ellen Collett

Born in 1867 at Badsey

 

57A/O17

William Collett

Born in 1869 at Badsey

 

57A/O18

John Collett

Born in 1871 at Badsey

 

57A/O19

Thomas William Collett

Born in 1873 at Badsey

 

57A/O20

Charles Ingles Collett

Born in 1876 at Badsey

 

57A/O21

Kate Collett

Born in 1878 at Badsey

 

57A/O22

Alfred Collett

Born in 1881 at Badsey

 

57A/O23

Ernest Hubert Collett

Born in 1883 at Badsey

 

57A/O24

George Collett

Born in 1887 at Badsey

 

57A/O25

Rosa Annie Collett

Born in 1889 at Badsey

 

 

 

 

57A/N7

Mary A Collett is a mysterious member of the Collett family of James Collett and Mary Ingles, simply because she was never recorded living with her parents, that is, until after her father had passed away, when her widowed mother joined her in 1901, by which time she had been married for twenty years.Mary A Collett was born at Willersey in 1852, the seventh and last child in the family and the only daughter.Curiously, at the age of eight years, Mary A Collett of Willersey was living there at the High Street home of widow Nelly Clark from Bishampton in Worcestershire who was 72, Mary described as her granddaughter, Nelly being the former Nelly Collett, her fatherís mother who had re-married.On that same day her parents and two of her brothers were living in Willersey, not far away, at Broadway Road.Her grandmother died one year before the next census, so in the census of 1871, Mary Collett from Willersey was 18 and employed by the Holtom family as a housemaid at their home in Cleeve Prior.

 

 

 

Although the record of her wedding day has not yet been discovered, it was likely to have taken place towards the end of the 1870s, when Mary A Collett married Alfred Taylor, who was baptised at Stokesley, to the south of Middlesbrough, in Yorkshire on 25th September 1852, the son of William Taylor and his wife Mary Agnes.The coupleís only child was born at Stokesley just days before the census was conducted in 1881, when the three of them were living at Back Street in Stokesley.Mary Taylor from Willersey was 28, when Alfred Taylor was also 28 and a currier working in the leather processing business, while the birth of daughter had still yet to be recorded.It was shortly after that census day, when the birth of Lina Mary Taylor was recorded at Stokesley (Ref. 9d 115) during the second quarter of 1881.

 

 

 

During the following decade, the three of them left the north-east of England, when they travelled south to Gloucestershire and Winchcombe, where they were recorded in the census of 1891.The family home was then on Hailes Street, when Alfred was a county court bailiff aged 38, his wife Mary Ann was also 38, and their daughter Lina Mary was ten years old.After a further ten years, and following the death of her father, Maryís elderly widow mother was staying with the family, when the four of them were listed in the Winchcombe census of 1901 as county court bailiff Alfred Taylor, who was 48, as was Mary A Taylor, Lina M Taylor was 20, and Mary Collett was 84 and the mother-in-law of head of the household Alfred.By the time of the census in 1911, it was just Alfred and Mary who were living alone in Winchcombe, both at the age of 58, when Alfred was still working as a bailiff for the county court.

 

 

 

On that day, their daughter was an elementary school teacher employed by Hertfordshire County Council Education Department.Lina Mary Taylor, aged 30 and from Stokesley in Yorkshire, was staying at a boarding house in Stevenage in 1911.

 

 

 

 

57A/N8

William Collett was born at Willersey in 1867, the eldest son of Robert Collett and Betsey Castle, his birth recorded at Evesham (Ref. 6c 312) during the third quarter of the year.The census in 1871 placed him and his family living at a dwelling on the main street in Willersey when William was three years old.They were still there ten years later when William was incorrectly recorded as being 12 years of age, by which time he had left school and was already working as an agricultural labourer.William was 23 in 1891 and on that occasion he and his three siblings were still living at the family home in Willersey.

 

 

 

It was in the middle of the next decade that William married Ellen who was born at Campden in Gloucestershire.By the time of the census in March 1901 Ellen had given birth to the first two of the coupleís ultimate five children.The family of four was living in Willersey although only a short time prior to that time Ellen had given birth to her second child while presumably staying with her parents in Campden.The census that year recorded the family as William, who was 33 and an agricultural labourer of Willersey, Ellen from Campden who was 35, Elsie Collett who was one year old and born at Willersey, and William R Collett from Campden who was just a few months old.

 

 

 

The next three children were born while the family was still living in Willersey, but during the three months before the next census in April 1911 William took his family to the village of Wormington, three miles to the west of Broadway, most likely for work reasons.According to the census that month William Collett, aged 44 and from Willersey, was employed as a farm labourer while living in a three-room dwelling in Wormington.His wife of fifteen years, Ellen aged 46 and from Campden, had given birth to five children, all of whom were listed with them even though the census return stated that one of them had died, with four still alive.The five children were named as Elsie who was 11, William Robert who was 10, Betsey who was seven, James who was five, and Jane who was four months old.

 

 

 

57A/O26

Elsie Collett

Born in 1899 at Willersey

 

57A/O27

William Robert Collett

Born in 1901 at Campden

 

57A/O28

Betsey Collett

Born in 1903 at Willersey

 

57A/O29

James Collett

Born in 1905 at Willersey

 

57A/O30

Jane Collett

Born in 1910 at Willersey

 

 

 

 

57A/N9

Robert Collett was born at Willersey in 1869, the second of the four known children of Robert and Betsey Collett, whose birth was recorded at Evesham (Ref. 6c 93) during the last quarter of that year.He was one year old in 1871 and 10 years of age in 1881 when, on both occasions, he was living with his family at Willersey, and for the latter census he was still attending the village school.Robert was 21 in the Willersey census of 1891 and was still living with his parents.Not long after that his father passed away so in 1901 it was just Robert, aged 31 and an agricultural labourer, and his sister Jane (below) who were the only children still living at Willersey with their widowed mother.It is possible that Robert never married since he was still single and living in Willersey as a lodger with the large Proctor family in 1911 when, at the age of 41 he was a labourer employed at the local market garden.The later death of Robert Collett was recorded at the North Cotswold register office (Ref. 6a 102) during the last quarter of 1943, when he was 73.

 

 

 

 

57A/N10

Jane Collett was born at Willersey early in 1871, her birth recorded during the first three months of the year at Evesham (Ref. 6c 17).She was the only known daughter of Robert and Betsey Collett and was nine weeks old in the Willersey census that year.In the next census of 1881 Jane was incorrectly described as being only being seven years when she would have been 10 years of age.Jane Collett was 20 in 1891 when she and her three brothers were still living at Willersey with their parents while four years later her father passed away.With neither Jane nor her mother having any means of income, and Janeís brother Robert (above) being the only working member of the family, her mother started to take in boarders, as confirmed in the Willersey census of 1901.By then, Jane and Robert were the only children still living there with her widowed mother, when unmarried Jane was 30.On that day her mother had three gentlemen staying at the family home as boarders, one of whom was thirty-one-year-old William Hands, an agricultural labourer from Chipping Campden.It is very interesting that just over eight years later Jane and William were married, their wedding recorded at Evesham register office (Ref. 6c 27) during the last three months of 1909.William was the son of William and Ellen Hands of Watery Lane in Chipping Campden, born there in 1870, with his birth recorded at Shipston-n-Stour.After being married for less than two years, builderís labourer William Hands was 41, his wife Jane Hands was 40, and living with the couple was Janeís mother Betsey Collett.It is possible that Jane may have given birth to their only child within a few weeks of the census day in 1911, with the birth of Ellen M Hands recorded at Evesham (Ref. 6c 18) during the second quarter of that same year.

 

 

 

 

57A/N11

James Collett was born at Willersey in 1875, with his birth recorded at Evesham (Ref. 6c 178) during the third quarter of the year.He was the last child born to Robert Collett and Betsey Castle and was five of age in the Willersey census of 1881 and was 15 in the Willersey census of 1891.Prior to that latter census day, and on leaving school, James initially took up work on the land, as an agricultural labourer, but later on secured a position on the railway, which ultimately resulted in a move to Birmingham.Unfortunately, he was not recorded very accurately in the census of 1901 when James Collett, a railway porter, was described as having been born in Gloucestershire, who was 29 and a boarder at the Aston (Birmingham) home of Harry and Esther Haynes.Although no later marriage of James and his wife has been located, the childless couple was living in the Aston area in 1911.On that occasion he was more accurately recorded as James Collett aged 35 and from Willersey, who was again employed as a railway porter, while his wife was described as Catherine Ellen Collett from Birmingham who was 32.They were both young enough to have children but, without knowing Catherineís maiden name it is not easy to identify them.

 

 

 

 

57A/O1

James Harry Collett was born at Cleeve Prior, and was baptised there on 30th January 1859, the eldest child of Charles Collett and his first wife Victoria Dones.He was two years old in the census of 1861, when he and his family were residing at Bretforton Road in Badsey, and was 12 when he was living with his large family at Bickmarsh in 1871, where many of his siblings were born.Upon leaving school, James became a blacksmith, like his father, and he eventually left the family home to pursue his career.The census in 1881 placed him as a lodger with blacksmith George Taylor at his home at 8 Greenhill Street in Stratford-on-Avon.George Taylor from Newbold-on-Stour was 40, his wife Ellen from Little Wolford near Shipston-on-Stour was 42, and their two children were Ellen H Taylor aged 11 and George A Taylor who was nine.Living with the family was Georgeís father, blacksmith John Taylor who was 80, and blacksmith James Collett from Cleeve Prior, who was 23 and unmarried.

 

 

 

Later that same year (1881) James Harry Collett married Sarah Anne Clack, the daughter of agricultural labourer Henry Clack and Sarah Lidsey Clack, who had been born at Banbury Road in Stratford-on-Avon where her birth was recorded (Ref. 6d 480) during the second quarter of 1857.Sarah was still living with her family at Banbury Road in 1881, just prior to being marriage, when her occupation was that of a dressmaker at the age of 22.James and Sarah were blessed with two sons, Charles Harry Collett and James Alfred Collett, when they were residing in Leamington.It was also at St Paulís Church in Leamington that they were baptised, although their births were recorded at nearby Warwick.However, not long after the birth of their sons James was admitted to Hatton Asylum near Warwick, where he died of a brain haemorrhage in 1888 and, following which, he was buried in the Hatton Cemetery (Grave #1019).His death was recorded at Warwick (Ref. 6d 326) during the last quarter of 1888 when he was 29.

 

 

 

One year after losing her young husband, Sarah Anne Collett and her two sons immigrated to the United States, to the town of Ogden in Weber County, Utah, where one of her older sisters (Eliza or Mary Ann) was already living.It was around two years after arriving in America when Sarah was remarried to Thomas White during 1891.The couple then moved to south-western Wyoming where the two boys were raised on a ranch there.Sarah Anne White, formerly Collett, nee Clack died in 1941.It was between the summer of 2016 and the spring of the following year that contact was made by Sarah Marie Taylor nee Collett in the USA, the daughter of Charles James Collett, who was the eldest son of Charles Harry Collett (listed below) and the grandson of James Harry Collett of Cleeve Prior.During that time Sarah generously provided all the details from James Harry Collett (1859-1888), her great grandfather, to the present day where there was nothing previously.

 

 

 

57A/P1

Charles Harry Collett

Born in 1882 at Leamington

 

57A/P2

James Alfred Collett

Born in 1884 at Leamington

 

 

 

 

57A/O2

John Collett was born at Cleeve Prior, where he was baptised on 10th March 1861, the son of Charles and Victoria Collett.He was under one year old at the time of the Cleeve Prior census in 1861, and after a temporary move to Badsey near Evesham, his family lived at Bickmarsh, south of Bidford, before they moved to Old Stratford where the family was living in 1871 when John was 10 years old.By the time of the next census in 1881 John Collett was a married man.Also by that time, the marriage had produced the first of his eight known children.John Collett, an agricultural labourer from Cleeve Prior, was 20, as was his wife Ellen, who was from North Littleton, one mile south of Cleeve Prior.On that occasion John and Ellen were living at Tower Hill in Bidford-on-Avon with their son Albert C Collett who was one year old.

 

 

 

Five more children were added to their family during the 1880s while the couple was still living at Bidford.So by 1891 the family comprised John, who was 30, his wife Ellen, who was 31, and their son Charles (previously Albert) who was 11, plus the five new arrivals.They were twins Harriet and Elizabeth, who was nine, James who was six, Mary who was three, and Catherine who was one year old.In March 1901 the family was still living at Bidford, although by then the coupleís two eldest children had left the family home, but also by then a seventh child had been added to their family.However, the new child, Albert, was given the same name as his eldest brother.That might indicate that Albert (the elder) may have possibly died or been killed while serving his country.Albert Charles Collett would have been 21, so that is a possibility.

 

 

 

According to the census that month, John Collett, who was 41 and from Cleeve Prior, was working as a labourer on main roads.His wife Ellen from North Littleton was 42, and their six children were Elizabeth who was a domestic cook aged 19, James who was a railway porter, aged 18 rather than 16, Catherine who was 11, and Albert Collett who was seven.Their daughter Mary Victoria Collett had already left home and was working nearby in Bidford where, at the age of 13, she was a general domestic servant.

 

 

 

Just shortly after the census day, Ellen presented John with the coupleís last child and, by the time of the next census in April 1911, the family was living at 3 Coronation Row, Icknield Street in Bidford-on-Avon.Curiously both John and Ellen said they had been born at North Littleton and both of them were 51.John was a farm labourer, and only three of their eight children were still living there with them.They were unmarried James Collett who was 26 and a bricklayerís labourer, Albert Collett who was 17 and a farm labourer working with his father, and Hilda Ellen Collett who was nine years old and still attending school. It was as Jack and Ellen Collett that the couple was recorded in the army records of their son Albert Collett who was killed in action in 1916.

 

 

 

57A/P3

Albert Charles Collett

Born in 1880 at South Littleton, nr Evesham

 

57A/P4

Harriet Collett††††††††††††††††† twin

Born in 1882 at Bidford-on-Avon

 

57A/P5

Elizabeth Collett††††††††††††† twin

Born in 1882 at Bidford-on-Avon

 

57A/P6

James Collett

Born in 1884 at Bidford-on-Avon

 

57A/P7

Mary Victoria Collett

Born in 1887 at Bidford-on-Avon

 

57A/P8

Catherine Collett

Born in 1889 at Bidford-on-Avon

 

57A/P9

Albert Collett

Born in 1893 at Bidford-on-Avon

 

57A/P10

Hilda Ellen Collett

Born in 1901 at Bidford-on-Avon

 

 

 

 

57A/O3

Catherine Collett was born at Badsey near Evesham in 1862, and it was there also that she was baptised on 19th July 1863, the eldest daughter of Charles and Victoria Collett.Not long after she was born her family left Badsey and settled in Bickmarsh, just south of Bidford-on-Avon, where they were again living in 1871, where Catherine was seven years old.Ten years later she was working at The Three Tuns Royal Hotel in Pershore where, as Catherine Collett, aged 19 and from Badsey, she was described as a servant at the inn.

 

 

 

 

57A/O4

Ellen Collett was born in the hamlet of Bickmarsh, to the south of Bidford-on-Avon, in 1865 and was baptised at Bidford on 16th July 1865, the fourth child of Charles and Victoria Collett.On the day of the census in 1871, when Ellen was five years old, she and her family were still living at Bickmarsh.Following the death of her mother during the 1870s, her widowed father eventually returned to Cleeve Prior where he was married for a second time.The Cleeve Prior census in 1881 recorded that Ellen Collett, aged 15 and from Bickmarsh, had already left school and was employed in domestic service while she was still living at the family home with her father and her stepmother.

 

 

 

 

57A/O5

Charles Ingles Collett was born at Bickmarsh during 1867 and was baptised at Bidford-on-Avon on 28th July 1867, the son of Charles and Victoria Collett.His birth was recorded at Stratford-on-Avon (Ref. 6d 287).He was three years old in the Bickmarsh census of 1871, but sometime after that, possibly following the death of his mother, his father took the family to live at Cleeve Prior, where they were living in 1881 when Charles, aged 13, was working as an agricultural labourer.It would appear that Charles and his younger brother William (below) both sought work in the area of Shipston-on-Stour, since it was there, just three miles north of the town, within the registration district of Halford, that Charles was living with his wife Sarah in 1891.The marriage of Charles Ingles Collett and Sarah Jane Turner was recorded at Evesham (Ref. 6c 319) during the fourth quarter of 1889, with the name Turner given to the coupleís second child.The 1891 census included the couple, together with their first child, as Charles I Collett of Bickmarsh and Sarah J Collett of Childswickham, who were both 24, and their son Charles I Collett, who was one year old and born at Newbold-on-Stour.

 

 

 

It was very likely at Newbold-on-Stour, just one mile from Halford, that Charles and Sarah settled just after their wedding day since, not only was their first child born there, it was also while the family was still living there that their next three children were born.According to the next census in 1901, Charles and his enlarged family were still living in the village of Newbold-on-Stour within the Tredington registration district.The occupation of Charles Collett, aged 33 from Bickmarsh, was that of a blacksmith, like his father and his eldest brother James (above).Charlesí wife Sarah was 34, their two sons were Charles who was 11, and William who was seven, and their daughters were Agnes who was three, and Amy who was not yet one year old.Amy was later referred to as Eva Collett, so she may have been so young on the day of the census that her name was changed at the time of her baptism.

 

 

 

Sometime after 1901 the family left Newbold and, during the next seven years, two more children were added to the family.When their move from Newbold took place is not known for sure, but by April 1911 the family was living in the Alcester area, by which time the two eldest sons had left home, to make they own way in the world.Therefore, the census that year recorded the family as Charles Collett who was 43, Sarah Collett who was 44, Agnes Collett who was 13, Eva Collett (rather than Amy Collett) who was 10, Ethel Collett who was five, and Alfred Collett who was two years old.Of the coupleís two missing children, Charles Collett from Newbold-on-Stour was 21 and was living and working in the area of Stratford-on-Avon, while William Collett from Newbold-on-Stour was 17 and was living and working in the Kings Norton area, south of Birmingham.The death of Charles Ingles Collett was recorded at Evesham register office (Ref. 6c 11) during the last three months of 1919, exactly four years before the death of his father, of the same name, being recorded there.

 

 

 

57A/P11

Charles Ingles Collett

Born in 1890 at Newbold-on-Stour

 

57A/P12

William Turner Collett

Born in 1894 at Newbold-on-Stour

 

57A/P13

Agnes Helen Collett

Born in 1898 at Newbold-on-Stour

 

57A/P14

Eva (Amy) Collett

Born in 1901 at Newbold-on-Stour

 

57A/P15

Ethel Collett

Born in 1905

 

57A/P16

Alfred Collett

Born in 1908

 

 

 

 

57A/O6

William Collett was born at Bickmarsh but was baptised in the parish church at Bidford on 8th August 1869, the youngest son of Charles Ingles Collett and Victoria Dones.He was one year old in the Bickmarsh census of 1871 and during the following decade his mother died and his father re-married.By 1881, when William was 11, he was still attending school when he and his family were living at Cleeve Prior.It was also at Bridge Street in Cleeve Prior that twenty-one-year-old William was still living in 1891, when he was working with his father as a blacksmithís assistant, while it was four years later that William Collett married Mary Ann Abbots at Newbold-upon-Stour on 16th January 1895.Mary Ann was born at Armscote, near Shipston-on-Stour in Warwickshire, where the coupleís first two children were born, before the family settled in Cleeve Prior, where the next two children were born before the end of the century.

 

 

 

By the time of the census in March 1901 the young family was living in Cleeve Prior, where William Collett aged 31 and from Bickmarsh was working as a labourer at a market garden.His wife Mary A Collett was 30, and their four children were Albert H Collett who was five, Charles E Collett who was four, Ollie M Collett who was two, and Percy W Collett who was one year old.Mary and the two older children were confirmed as having been born at Armscote, with the other two born at Cleeve Prior.It was during the first few years of the new century that it would appear Williamís work took the family to Stratford-on-Avon, where a further four children were added to the family.By April 1911, the family was still living there, and was made up of William Collett 41, Mary A Collett 39, Albert Collett 15, Charles Collett 14, May Collett 12, Percy Collett 11, plus Ida Collett who was six, Doris Collett who was four, Gladys Collett who was two, and Ralph Collett who was just nine months old.Just over five years later William and Mary Ann received the sad news that their eldest son Albert Henry Collett had been killed in frontline action at Thievpal.

 

 

 

57A/P17

Albert Henry Collett

Born in 1896 at Armscote

 

57A/P18

Charles E Collett

Born in 1897 at Armscote

 

57A/P19

Ollie May Collett

Born in 1898 at Cleeve Prior

 

57A/P20

Percy William Collett

Born in 1899 at Cleeve Prior

 

57A/P21

Ida Collett

Born in 1904 at Stratford-on-Avon

 

57A/P22

Doris Collett

Born in 1906 at Stratford-on-Avon

 

57A/P23

Gladys Collett

Born in 1908 at Stratford-on-Avon

 

57A/P24

Ralph Collett

Born in July 1910 at Stratford-on-Avon

 

 

 

 

57A/O7

Mary Victoria Collett was born at Bickmarsh in 1870 and was baptised at Bidford-on-Avon on 4th December 1870, the last child of James and Victoria Collett.Not long after she was baptised her family left Bickmarsh and moved to Old Stratford in Stratford-on-Avon where they were living in 1871 when Mary V Collett was just a few months old.Sometime after 1871 Maryís mother died, perhaps during the birth of a subsequent child who also did not survive.Following his loss, her father then married the older Elizabeth presumably to look after his young family.By 1881 Mary V Collett was 10 and was living with her family at Cleeve Prior, and ten years later she was one of just two children still living at Cleeve Prior with her father and her stepmother.Mary V Collett was 20 at that time in 1891.It is very likely that Mary Victoria Collett was married during the next decade as no record of her as an unmarried lady has been found in the next census of 1901, by which time her father had married for a third time and was still living at Cleeve Prior.

 

 

 

 

57A/O8

Mary Ann Collett was born during 1865 at Aston Subedge, two miles north-east of Willersey, the eldest child of James Collett of Willersey and his wife Elizabeth from Bidford-on-Avon.In the Aston Subedge census of 1871, Mary A Collett was five years old, but by 1881 she and her family were living at Pauls House in Mickleton where Mary A Collett was 15 and had left school and was presumably helping her mother look after the rest of her family.With the death of her mother sometime during the 1880s, Mary A Collett, aged 25, was keeping house for her widowed father at the time of the Mickleton census of 1891.It was also in November 1891 that Mary Ann Collett was the witness at the wedding of her brother Harry (below) at Badsey near Evesham.Following the death of her father before the end of the century it is assumed that Mary was eventually marriage, since no record of her as a single lady has been found in the next census in 1901.

 

 

 

 

57A/O9

James Collett was born at Aston Subedge in 1867 the second child and eldest son of James and Elizabeth Collett.He was three years old in 1871 when living at Aston Subedge with his family, and by 1881, at the age of 13, he was attending school in Mickleton while living with his family at Pauls House in Mickleton.And it was also there that he was living ten years later in 1891 when he was 23.Before the end of the century James married Rose Ellen from Broad Campden, although no record of their wedding day has so far been found. However, they were living together on the day of the census in 1901, when the childless couple was living in Chipping Campden.James Collett from Aston Subedge was 33 and a farm labourer, while his wife Rose E Collett, also aged 33, was from Broad Campden.Ten years later, in April census of 1911, they were again recorded in the census return for Chipping Campden, where James was 43 and a labourer working on a farm, and his wife Rose Ellen Collett was also 43 years old.

 

 

 

 

57A/O10

Harry Collett was born at Aston Subedge in 1869, the son of James and Elizabeth Collett.It was as Harry Collett that he was recorded with his family at Aston Subedge in 1871, when he was one year old, and again in 1881, by which time he and his family were living at Pauls House in Mickleton.On that occasion he was 11 years old and was attending school there.It was the same situation in 1891, when Harry Collett was 21, although by that time he had moved out of the family home and was living separately within the same registration district.

 

 

 

However, later that same year it was as Henry Collett that he married Julia Dyer at Badsey on 9th November 1891, the witness at the ceremony in St James Church being his older sister Mary Ann Collett.It would appear from the birth of the coupleís first child that the first year or so of their married life was spent in living Chipping Campden, but that they later returned for a while to live in Badsey where the next three children were born.Tragically, the birth of their first son was tinged with sadness, when he died and was buried at Badsey just one month after he was baptised there.According to the Badsey census conducted at the end of March in 1901 Harry Collett from Campden was 31 and his occupation was that of a journeyman baker.His wife was Julia, also aged 31, who was from Kidderminster.Their two children at that time were Elsie Collett from Campden, who was eight, and Lilian Collett of Badsey, who was six years old.

 

 

 

Within a few months of the census day in 1901 Julia fell pregnant with the coupleís four child, and just after the start of the following year Julia presented Harry with their second son while the family was still living at Badsey.Over the following years Harryís bakery business took the family back to Chipping Campden, where they were living and working from premises in the High Street in April 1911.Harry Collett, aged 42 and from Chipping Campden, was a baker dealer, his wife of nineteen years Julia Collett from Kidderminster was also 42, was Ďassisting with the family businessí, while their three surviving children were their daughters Elsie Collett who was 18 and from Chipping Campden, and Lily Collett who was 16 and from Badsey, who were both shop assistants, and their son Francis Collett who was nine years old and also from Badsey who was attending the local school.

 

 

 

57A/P25

Elsie Collett

Born in 1892 at Chipping Campden

 

57A/P26

Lilian Kate Collett

Born in 1894 at Badsey

 

57A/P27

Herbert James Collett

Born in 1897 at Badsey

 

57A/P28

Francis Harry Collett

Born in 1902 at Badsey

 

 

 

 

57A/O11

Kate Collett was born at Aston Subedge in 1871, and around her parents took the family to live in the next village of Mickleton where Kate was living at Pauls House at the age of nine years in 1881.Following the death of her mother during the 1880s, and upon leaving school, Kate secured work in domestic service and at the time of the next census in 1891 Kate Collett from Chipping Campden was 19 and was living and working in the Lambeth & Kennington district of London.With no later record of her as a single lady, it is assumed that she was married by the time of the census in 1901.

 

 

 

 

57A/O12

Fanny Collett was born in 1873 at Aston Subedge and was three years old when her family moved the short distance to Mickleton, where they were living in 1881 when Fanny was seven years old.Not long after that, FannyĎs mother died and by 1891 Fanny Collett, aged 17 and from Chipping Campden, was living separately from her family in the Shipston-on-Stour registration district where her older brother Harry was also living and working.By the end of the century the absence from the census in 1901 of Fanny Collett very likely suggests that she was married by then.

 

 

 

 

57A/O13

Hubert Collett was born at Aston Subedge in 1875 just prior to his family moving two miles north to Mickleton where they were recorded in the census of 1881 residing at Pauls House in the village, where Hubert was five years old.No record of him has been found in either 1891 or 1901, but by the time of the census in 1911 a Hubert Collett, aged 35 and from Gloucestershire, was living in the Lambeth area of London where his sister Kate Collett (above) had been living a few years earlier.By that time in his life he was married with three children.His wife was Minnie Elizabeth Collett who was 29, and their three children were Hubert C P Collett who was eight, Minnie Elizabeth Collett, who was five and Charlie Henry Collett who was just one month old.On the occasion of the baptism of his first child the occupation of Hubert Collett was that of a baker residing at 26 Hartfield Crescent in Wimbledon, not far from Wimbledon Railway Station.

 

 

 

57A/P29

Hubert Christopher Percy Collett

Born in 1903 at Wimbledon

 

57A/P30

Minnie Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1905 at Wimbledon

 

57A/P31

Charlie Henry Collett

Born in March 1911 at Lambeth

 

 

 

 

57A/O14

William Collett was born at Mickleton in 1878, the youngest child of James and Elizabeth Collett.He was born just after his parents arrived in the village from the neighbouring village of Aston Subedge.In the Mickleton census of 1881 William Collett was two years old when he was living with his family at Pauls House.During the following decade Williamís mother passed away, and that sad event seems to have been a reason for the break-up of the family.So by 1891 it was just William, aged 12, and his two older siblings James and Mary (above) who were the only children still living with their father at Mickleton.No further record of William has so far been found.

 

 

 

 

57A/O15

 

Mary Anne Collett was born at Badsey in 1864 where she was baptised on 28th June 1864, the eldest child of William Collett and his wife Charlotte Robins who were only married four months earlier.The Badsey census in 1871 described her as Mary A Collett aged six years, while in 1881 she was 16.It was just eighteen months later that she married Charles Knight at Badsey on 19th September 1882 when Maryís father William Collett was one of the witnesses.Charles may well have been related to her grandmotherís side of the family, since her grandmother Mary Collett nee Ingles was the daughter of Richard Ingles and Mary Knight.

 

 

 

 

57A/O16

 

Lydia Ellen Collett was born at Badsey in 1867 and was baptised there on 13th March 1867, the second child of William and Charlotte Collett.In the two consecutive census returns for Badsey in 1871 and 1881 she was listed as Lydia E Collett, when she was three years old and 13 respectively.Like her sister Mary Anne (above) Lydia was also not of full age when she married Thomas Crane at Badsey on 21st October 1884

 

 

 

 

57A/O17

William Collett was born at Badsey in 1869, where he was baptised on 28th March 1869, the first son born to William and Charlotte Collett.Tragically he did not survive to see his first birthday, since he was buried at Badsey on 12th February 1870.

 

 

 

 

57A/O18

John Collett was born at Badsey in 1871 and it was there also that he was baptised on 26th November 1871, the eldest surviving son of William and Charlotte Collett.He was nine years old by the time of the Badsey census in 1881, when he was still attending the village school.He was still living with his family at Badsey in 1891 when he was 19 and described as a market gardenerís son.However, it was later that same year he became a married man.John Collett of Badsey married Emma Knight of Badsey at St James Church in the village on 12th October 1891.Emma was baptised at Badsey on 28th July 1872, the daughter of market gardener Richard Knight of Badsey and his wife Jane.It is also likely that she was related to Charles Knight who married Johnís eldest sister Mary Anne Collett (above) in 1882.

 

 

 

It was a few years after they were married that Emma presented John with a son while the couple were still living in Badsey where they were helping to run the family business of market gardeners.So, at the time of the census in March 1901 the family of three was recorded at Badsey as John Collett aged 29, Emma Collett aged 28, both market gardeners, and their son Samuel J Collett who was five years old.Just over one year later Samuel Collett commenced his education at Badsey School, the date being 2nd April 1902, although he was registered using his second name of John, born in 1895.Three years after that John and Emma added to their family with the birth of a daughter.It seems unlikely that further children were added to the family after that time, since by 1911 the family still living at Badsey was made up of John 39, Emma 38, Samuel John Collett who was 15, and Blanche Maria Collett who was four.

 

 

 

57A/P32

Samuel John Collett

Born in 1895 at Badsey

 

57A/P33

Blanche Maria Collett

Born in 1906 at Badsey

 

 

 

 

57A/O19

Thomas William Collett was born at Badsey in 1873 and was baptised there on 7th February 1874, the son of William and Charlotte Collett.He was seven years old at the time of the Badsey census in 1881 when he was named as Thomas W Collett, and was 17 years of age ten years later in 1891 when he was simply named as William Collett, a market gardenerís son.In the March census of 1901 unmarried Thomas W Collett was 27, by which time he was still living at Badsey with his family, where his occupation was that of a market gardener working with his father in the family business.Also, immediately after the census day that year Thomas married Felicia Ellen who was slightly older than Thomas.

 

 

 

Their marriage resulted in the birth of two children before the next census in 1911 when they and their young family were still living in Badsey.Thomas William Collett was 37, Felicia Ellen Collett was 40, and their two children were Eva Helen Collett, who was nine, and Reginald William Collett who was four, both of them having been born at Badsey.Three years earlier their daughter Eva was recorded as being admitted into Badsey School on 4th August 1908, while in Kellyís Director in 1912 he fatherís name was reversed when the entry read that William Thomas Collett of Badsey was a market gardener.Twelve years after that the Electoral Roll for Badsey in 1924 placed Thomas William Collett and Felicia Ellen Collett as residing in a house on Chapel Street in the village.

 

 

 

57A/P34

Eva Helen Collett

Baptised on 19.01.1902 at Badsey

 

57A/P35

Reginald William Collett

Born during 1906 at Badsey

 

 

 

 

57A/O20

Charles Ingles Collett was born at Badsey, his birth recorded at Evesham (Ref. 6c 36) during the second quarter of 1876, after which he was baptised at Badsey on 25th May 1876, the son of William and Charlotte Collett.In 1881 the Badsey census that year listed him with his family as Charles I Collett aged five years.Ten years later it was simply as Charles Collett aged 15 and a market gardenerís son, and after a further decade he was recorded in 1901 as Charles I Collett aged 24 from Badsey, who was still living there with his family when his occupation was that of a market gardener in the family business.Just over three years prior to that Charles Ingles Collett was the witness at the marriage of his sister Kate Collett (below) at Badsey on 21st December 1897.

 

 

 

Charles himself was married four years into the new century, with the marriage of Charles Ingles Collett and Annie Saunders recorded at Pershore register office (Ref. 6c 348) during the second quarter of 1904. Seven years later, the childless couple was residing in the Badsey-with-Aldington area, where Charles Collett aged 35 and of Badsey, was a market gardener, and his wife Annie Collett was 31.It is possible that their marriage was blessed with offspring after that day.The Kellyís Directory for 1912 confirmed that Charles Collett of Badsey was a market gardener.By the time the Electoral Register for Badsey was drawn up in 1924, Charles Ingles Collett and his wife Annie Collett were the residents at a property in Brewerís Road in the village.And it was when he was still living at Brewerís Lane in Badsey that Charles Ingles Collett died on 26th March 1937, following which administration of his estate, amounting to £356 16 Shillings 4 Pence, was granted at Worcester on 17th April 1937 to his widow Annie Collett.The death of Charles Collett was recorded at Evesham (Ref. 6c 108), when he was 60 years old.

 

 

 

It is possible that Charles and Annieís marriage did produce some children prior to 1911, which would be revealed in the completed census return that year.One of them may have been Daisy Georgina Collett.Her birth was recorded at Evesham one year after their wedding day, while it was just before the census day that she died at the age of six years, her death also recorded at Evesham during the first quarter of 1911.Eighteen months after her passing, Annie presented Charles with a son

 

 

 

57A/P36

Daisy Georgina Collett

Born in 1905 at Badsey; died 1911

 

57A/P37

Alfred Cecil Collett

Born in 1912 at Badsey

 

 

 

 

57A/O21

Kate Collett was born at Badsey in 1878 where she was baptised on 19th February 1879, the daughter of William and Charlotte Collett.In the two following census returns Kate was noted as being two years of age and 12 years old while living at Badsey with her family.Nearly seven years later Kate Collett married William Douglas Sparrow at Badsey on 21st December 1897, her brother Charles (above) being a witness at the ceremony.

 

 

 

 

57A/O22

Alfred Collett was born at Badsey after the census day in 1881, and was baptised there on 14th August 1881, the son of William and Charlotte Collett.Tragically he died shortly after and was buried at Badsey on 24th September 1881.

 

 

 

 

57A/O23

Ernest Hubert Collett was born at Badsey in 1883, and it was there also that he was baptised on 15th April 1883, the son of William and Charlotte Collett.As Ernest Collett he was listed in the 1891 census for Badsey as being eight years old and attending the village school, the school records confirming his start date as 30th January 1890.Eleven years after that, at the age of 18, he was recorded as Ernest H Collett in the Badsey census of 1901, who was working as a labourer in the familyís market gardening business.Four years later Ernest Hubert Collett was 22 when he was married by banns to Elsie Emmie Aldington who was 20 at Salford Priors on 16th July 1905.Ernestís father was confirmed as William Collett, while Elsieís father was named as George Adlington.By April 1911 the childless couple was living in Badsey where Ernest Hubert Collett was 28, and his wife Elsie Emme Collett was 26.In the following year the Kellyís Directory was again confirmed that Ernest Hubert Collett was a market gardener.Whether the couple had any children after 1911 is not known, but it is established from the 1924 Electoral Roll that Ernest Hubert Collett and his wife Elsie Emme Collett was still living in Badsey at Grosvenor House in the village.

 

 

 

 

57A/O24

George Collett was born at Badsey in 1887 and was baptised later that year on 2nd October 1887, the youngest son of William and Charlotte Collett.He was four years old when he was admitted into the Badsey School, the date being recorded as 11th August 1891.Four months earlier, the census included George Collett aged four years living at Badsey with his family.In the following two census returns George was again recorded with his parents at Badsey at the ages 13 and 23.For the latter he was the sole remaining child still living there with his parents in 1911.Very little else is known about George at this time, except that by 1924 he was the owner of land at Aldington, one mile from Badsey, but that his home residence at that time was Belle Vue in Badsey, where his father William was also living.He was also married to Winifred, and both of them are buried in the churchyard of St James Church in Badsey, where a headstone marks the grave, with the following inscription:

 

 

In Loving Memory of

GEORGE COLLETT

Died November 1ST 1947

Aged 60 Years

Memory is a Golden Chain That binds us till we meet again

AND

WINIFRED His Wife

Died January 19TH 1953, Aged 60

 

 

 

George Collett did not leave a Will but his personal effects to the value of £3,842 14 Shillings 1d were subject to administration in Birmingham on 10th February 1948.The record confirmed that George Collett of Belle Vue, Badsey in Worcestershire died on 1st November 1947 and that the administrators of his estate were his widow Winifred Collett and Douglas Jelfs, council clerk.

 

 

 

 

57A/O25

Rosa Annie Collett was born at Badsey during the first six months of 1889, where she was baptised on 21st July 1889, the last child born to William Collett and his wife Charlotte Robins.She was one year old Rose Collett in the Badsey census of 1891, and it was on 18th September 1893 that she was admitted into Badsey School to start her education under the name of Rose Annie Collett.Rose A Collett was 11 years old by the time of the Badsey census in March 1901 when she was still attending school, while still living there with her parents.

 

 

 

 

57A/P1

Charles Harry Collett was born at Leamington, near Warwick, on 27th March 1882 the eldest of the two sons of James Harry Collett and Sarah Anne Clack.It was in Warwick that his birth was recorded (Ref. 6d 610) during the second quarter of 1882, while he was baptised at St Paulís Church on Leicester Street, north of the River Leam, in Leamington on 30th August 1882, when he was confirmed as the son of James and Sarah Ann Collett.Following his fatherís admission into the Hatton Asylum near Warwick, it would appear that the family left the Leamington parish of St Pauls a short distance to the south side of Leamington and the parish of All Saints, where Charlesí younger brother was baptised just a few months before their father suffered a premature death towards the end of 1888.

 

 

 

During 1889 Charlesí widowed mother took him and his brother to America, and initially to Ogden in Weber County, Utah, where Sarah Anneís sister was already living.His mother remarried in 1891 and the new family settled on a ranch in Wyoming.Charles Harry Collett was 23 years old when he married Sarah Eleanor Robbins in Wyoming during 1905, when Sarah was only 16 years old.By the time of the census in 1910 Sarah had presented Charles with two sons, both born in Wyoming, where the family of four was living at Aspen in Uinta County.The census that year recorded the family as Charles H Collett from England who was 28, Sarah E Collett from Utah who was 21, Charles James Collett who was four and Henry Harry Collett who was two.

 

 

 

No more children were added to their family, as confirmed by the subsequent census returns.The next census in 1920 placed the family residing at Robertson in Uinta County, when England born Harry C Collett was 37, Sarah E Collett was 31, Charles J Collett was 13 and Henry H Collett was 11.After a further ten years the family was again living at Robertson, although by then the coupleís eldest son was married with children of his own and was living in Colorado.The census that year (in 1930) also confirmed that Charles had entered America in 1889 and that both of his parents had been born in England.Sometime during the following decade, Charles and Sarah moved first to Rural in Uinta County and then to Evanston in Uinta County, where they were still living in 1940, the census return stating their previous resident was in Rural.That year only the coupleís eldest son was living with them again, when Harry was 58, Sarah was 51 and Charles was 33, the later having already been married twice, and divorced and then widowed.

 

 

 

Charles senior spent his life working on ranches in Wyoming, both for others and on his own property.He was diagnosed with diabetes and spent his later life in ill-health.He passed away at Fort Bridger on 16th August 1956 and was buried at Fort Bridger Cemetery in Uinta County, Wyoming, where he was reunited with his wife twenty-two years later.The death of Sarah Eleanor Collett nee Robbins was also recorded at Fort Bridger in 1978, when she was 89 years of age.

 

 

 

57A/Q1

Charles James Collett

Born in 1906 at Wyoming; died 1961

 

57A/Q2

Henry Harry Collett

Born in 1908 at Wyoming; died 1931

 

 

 

 

57A/P2

James Alfred Collett was born at Leamington, near Warwick, his birth recorded at Warwick (Ref. 6d 589) during the third quarter of 1884.However, perhaps because his father was taken ill not long after he was born, he was nearly four years old when he was baptised at All Saints Church on Priory Terrace, south of the River Leam, in Leamington on 14th April 1888.By that time, his father was a patient at the Hatton Asylum to the west of Warwick, where he died a few months after the baptism.It was during 1889 that James and his brother Charles (above) were taken across the Atlantic Ocean to America, to be reunited with Jamesí motherís sister in Utah.

 

 

 

When his widowed mother married for a second time in 1891, the new family group of four settled in Wyoming.In his later teenage years he married (1) Ida Louise Tydeman from Georgia, with whom he had ten children between 1903 and 1921, although four of them did not survive beyond infancy.Sometime after the birth of their last child, James and Ida were divorced and in 1931 James Alfred Collett married (2) Norma Blanche Smith.Norma was born in 1895 and died in 1956, three years after the death of her husband.They had no children and James and Norma are both buried at Evanston City Cemetery in Wyoming.

 

 

 

On the day of the census in 1910 the family was recorded at Cold Springs in Elmore County, Idaho.James A Collett from England was 26, his wife Ida was 24, and their three children that day were listed as Frank who was seven, Nicholas who was six and Catherine who was three years of age, all three children having been born in Wyoming.Living with the family, on their ranch that day, were three middle-aged male hired hands.On that census day James and Ida were awaiting the arrival of their next child, who was born shortly after April 1910.All of the other children added to the family over the following years were born in Idaho, and in 1915 it was at Blackfoot in Bingham County that they were living for the birth and death of their daughter Dorothy.

 

 

 

According to the census in 1920 James and his son Nicholas were both absent from the family home which, by then, was at Idaho Falls in Bonneville County.The head of the household that day was Ida Collett aged 34, and with her were her seven surviving children.They were Frank Collett aged 17, John Collett aged 15, Catherine Collett aged 12, Ida Collett aged 10, Velma Collett aged 8, Mary Collett who was three and Eveline Collett who was under one year old.One more child was added to the family during the following year, but sadly he died shortly after being born.

 

 

 

No record of any member of the family has been identified within the census of 1930, by which time James and Ida had been divorced, with James remarrying Norma during the following year.Nine years later, the census in 1940, revealed James A Collett from England was 66 and living with his wife Norma B Collett, who was 45 and from Wyoming, residing at Evanston in Uinta County, Wyoming.The census return indicated that it was there also that the couple had been living previously.

 

 

 

57A/Q3

Frank Collett

Born in 1903 at Wyoming

 

57A/Q4

Nicholas Collett

Born in 1904 at Wyoming; died by 1920

 

57A/Q5

John Collett

Born in 1906 at Wyoming

 

57A/Q6

Catherine Collett

Born in 1908 at Wyoming

 

57A/Q7

Ida Ann (or Alberta) Collett

Born in 1910 at Idaho

 

57A/Q8

Velma N Collett

Born in 1911 at Idaho; died 1974

 

57A/Q9

Dorothy Thelma Collett

Born in 1915 at Idaho

 

57A/Q10

Mary Louise Collett

Born in 1916 at Idaho; died 1978

 

57A/Q11

Eveline Florence Collett

Born in 1919 at Idaho

 

57A/Q12

James H Collett

Born in 1921 at Idaho

 

 

 

 

57A/P9

Albert Collett was born at Bidford-on-Avon during 1893 and was the youngest son of John Collett or Cleeve Prior and his wife Ellen from North Littleton.At the time of the Great War Albert was a private [service no. 16326] serving with 1st Battalion South Midland Division Royal Warwickshire Regiment when he was killed in action on 5th September 1916 at the age of 22.That tragic event took place during the Battle of Guillemont on the Somme, following which he was buried at La Neuville British Cemetery in Corbie.His name is also one of the many listed on the Bidford-on-Avon War Memorial.Albert Collett was married just prior to the war, and it was his wife Marie Collett of 122 Golden Hillock Road, Small Heath in Birmingham, who was named as his next-of-kin, in addition to him being described as the son of Jack and Ellen Collett.

 

 

 

 

57A/P11

Charles Ingles Collett was born on 22nd February 1890 at Newbold-on-Stour, with his birth recorded at Shipston-on-Stour (Ref. 6d 156) during the first three months of 1890, the eldest son of Charles Ingles Collett and his wife Sarah.He was one year old in April 1891 and was 11 years of age in March 1901 when on both occasions he was living with his family at Newbold-on-Stour.By April 1911 he had left his overcrowded family home, and was living and working within the Stratford-on-Avon area of Warwickshire.By that time in his life he was already a bombardier with the Royal Horse Artillery, with whom he had enlisted on 5th April 1909.He continued his life with the army until the outbreak of war on 28th July 1914, when he left the RHA on 2nd October, to join the newly form Royal Flying Corps at Farnborough on 3rd October 1912 with the service number 413.It is worth noting that Stephen Stanley Collett (Ref. 45Q5) also enlisted with the RFC on 4th October that same year, with the service number 415, and just two months earlier on 12th August 1914 Stephenís brother Albert Victor Collett (Ref. 45Q6) had also joined the RFC.All three are referred to in the book ĎA Contemptible Little Flying Corpsí, the following being the details written about C I Collett.

 

 

 

He was issued with the usual RFC Ďwalking-out dressí which comprised half Wellington boots, tight dark blue overalls down which there was a broad red stripe, a light blue buttoned-up-to-the-neck tunic with crossed silver cords, and a dark blue peaked cap with a red band carrying the RFC crest.In August 1914 he based at 1AM with No. 5 Squadron and served overseas from 3rd April 1915 earning the 1914/1915 trio.On 1st September 1916 he was promoted to temporary Sergeant Major and four weeks later secured the rank of Sergeant Major Gunner/Observer.On 27th December that year he was shown in his origin NCO Flight Sergeant rank, when he was awarded the Military Medal for recovering a crashed aeroplane under fire when serving with No. 12 Squadron.By the time of the Royal Air Force Muster Roll in 1918 Charles was named as the Chief Master Mechanic [Technical].In addition to the Military Medal, he also received the 1914-15 Star, the British War Medal, and the Victory Medal.

 

 

 

Returning to 1911, and the census conducted that year, Charles Collett from Newbold was 21 years of age, was unmarried, and working as a plumber, when he was a lodger at the home of elderly David and Fanny Harris family in parish of Old Stratford Within in Stratford-on-Avon. Four years later, he was still in the Stratford area, with the marriage of Charles I Collett and Lucy E Coley recorded at Stratford register office (Ref. 6d 78) during the third quarter of 1915.Lucy Eleanor Coley was born at Stratford-on-Avon in 1888, the daughter of Frederick and Elizabeth Coley, who was a dressmaker in 1911, when she was 22 years of age.With Charles then being involved in the First World War, it was during the third quarter of 1918 that the birth of the coupleís only known child was recorded at Stratford-on-Avon register office (Ref. 6d 31).Towards of his life, Charles appears to have retired to the Kent area of the country, with the death of Charles Ingles Collett recorded at Folkestone register office (Ref. 5f 10) towards the end of 1971.Just over twenty years earlier, Charles was widowed, when the death of Lucy E Collett, aged 61, was recorded at Stratford-on-Avon (Ref. 9c 20) during the first three months of 1950.

 

 

 

57A/Q13

Charles Ingles R Collett

Born in 1918 at Stratford-on-Avon

 

 

 

 

57A/P12

William Turner Collett was born at Newbold-on-Stour on 29th January 1894 while his birth was recorded at nearby Shipston-on-Stour register office (Ref. 6d 679) during the first quarter of that year.He was still living with his family at Newbold-on-Stour in 1901 when he was seven, but by 1911 they were residing at Alcester where William was 17.It was nine years later when the marriage of William T Collett and Janet Maud Cluney was recorded at Evesham register office (Ref. 6c 481) during the third quarter of 1920.Three years later the coupleís only known child was born, the birth also recorded at Evesham register office (Ref. 6c 263) during the third quarter of 1923.William Turner Collett was 80 years of age when he died in 1974, his death recorded at Evesham (Ref. 29 0632) during the second quarter of that year.

 

 

 

57A/Q14

Percival William Collett

Born in 1923 at Evesham

 

 

 

 

57A/P13

Agnes Helen Collett was born at Newbold-on-Stour in 1898 and her birth was recorded at Shipston-on-Stour (Ref. 6d 749) during the first quarter of the year.It was simply as Agnes Collett that she was still living at Newbold-on-Stour with her family in 1901 at the age of three years.She was 13 in 1911 by which time her family was settled in Alcester where she was again listed as Agnes Collett.

 

 

 

 

57A/P17

Albert Henry Collett was born at Armscote in Warwickshire during 1896, the eldest child of William and Mary Ann Collett.Albert H Collett was five years old in 1901 when he was living with his family at Cleeve Prior, and within the next ten years the family moved to Stratford-on-Avon where Albert was 15 in 1911.With the outbreak of way in 1914 Albert joined the Royal Warwickshire Regiment as a private [service no. 265814].Tragically he was killed in action at Thievpal on 25th July 1916 at the age of 20.His name appears on the Thievpal Memorial.

 

 

 

 

57A/P25

Elsie Collett was born at Chipping Campden in 1892, the eldest child of Harry Collett from Aston Subedge and his wife Julia Dyer from Kidderminster.Not long after she was born her parents settled in Badsey where Elsie was admitted into the villageís infant school there on 25th June 1895 and nearly four years later she entered Badsey School for her later education on 10th April 1899.By the time of the Badsey census in 1901 Elsie Collett was eight years old.Sometime after that she and her family left Badsey when they returned to premises in the High Street in Chipping Campden in Gloucestershire, within the Shipston-on-Stour registration district, where they were living in 1911 when Elsie Collett of Chipping Campden was 18 and was working with her father as a shop assistant.

 

 

 

 

57A/P26

Lilian Kate Collett was born at Badsey in 1894, where she was baptised on 21st October 1894, the daughter of Henry (aka Harry) Collett and Julia Dyer.On the day of the census in 1901, which was Sunday 31st March, Lilian Collett was living at Badsey with her family at the age of six years.She would have been quite excited at the prospect of starting school, since it was the very next day, Monday 1st April 1901, that as Lillie Kate Collett she was admitted into the Badsey School.Upon leaving school it would appear her fatherís business took the family back to Chipping Campden where the whole family was living in the High Street in April 1911.Lily Collett aged 16, was confirmed as having been born at Badsey, and on that occasion she was working with her sister Elsie (above) in her fatherís bakers shop as a shop assistant.

 

 

 

 

57A/P27

Herbert James Collett was born at Badsey during the first few months of 1897, and was baptised at St James Church in the village on 22nd May 1897, the third child of Harry and Julia Collett.Tragically around one month later he died and was buried at Badsey on 19th June 1897.

 

 

 

 

57A/P28

Francis Harry Collett was born at Badsey during the first six weeks of 1902, where he was baptised 16th February 1902, the only surviving son of Harry Collett and his wife Julia Dyer.Shortly after he was born his parents took the family from Badsey back to Chipping Campden where Francisí eldest sister had been born.And it was at a bakers shop in the High Street of Chipping Campden that the family was living in 1911, when Francis Collett of Badsey was nine years old and still attending school.

 

 

 

 

57A/P29

Hubert Christopher Percy Collett was born at Wimbledon on 5th September 1903, the eldest child of Hubert and Minnie Elizabeth Collett, whose birth was recorded at Lambeth register office (Ref. 1d 482) during the third quarter of that year.However, it was at the Church of Holy Trinity and St Peter in South Wimbledon that he was baptised on 25th October 1903 when the familyís home address was written in the parish register as 26 Hartfield Crescent in Wimbledon.He and his family were recorded within the Lambeth area of London in 1911, when Hubert C P Collett was eight years old.Fourteen years later the name of Hubert Christopher Collett appeared in the 1925 Electoral Roll for Lambeth when he would have been twenty-one or twenty-two years of age.

 

 

 

It was during the third quarter of 1934 that Hubert married Olive Hann, the event recorded at Wandsworth register office (Ref. 1d 1303).Hubert Christopher Percy Collett was 55 when died on 12th June 1959 at the West Middlesex in Isleworth when he and Olive were residing at 10 Arlington Gardens in Chiswick, London, while his death was recorded at Ealing register office (Ref. 5e 185) during the second quarter of that year.Administration of his estate of £1,151 19 Shillings 7d was granted to his widow Olive Collett at the London Probate Office on 22nd July that same year.

 

 

 

 

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Samuel John Collett was born at Badsey in 1895, the eldest child of John Collett and his wife Emma Knight.It was as Samuel J Collett aged five years that he was the only child listed with his parents in 1901, and as Samuel John Collett aged 15, that he was recorded at Badsey with his parents and younger sister Blanche ten years later in April 1911.Five years later when Samuel was 20 and working as a market gardener he enlisted with the Somerset Light Infantry when he was still residing in Badsey and when his mother was confirmed as Emma Collett.Sometime after the Great war Samuel John Collett married Florence Jones who was born at Abergavenny in 1907 and together they had four children.The only other known details of Samuel at this time have been taken from his headstone in the churchyard of St James Church in Badsey.That indicates he was later married to Florence, who died on 24th February 1959 at the age of 52, while Samuel John Collett died on 20th March 1976 at the age of 80.

 

 

 

57A/Q15

Mona Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

57A/Q16

Emma Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

57A/Q17

Doris Blanche Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

57A/Q18

Peter Collett

Born in 1944 at Badsey

 

 

 

 

57A/P35

Reginald William Collett was born at Badsey during 1906, the only known son of Thomas William Collett and his wife Felicia Ellen who was four years of age in the Badsey census of 1911.On leaving school Reginald entered the world of market gardening in which his father and his grandfather both worked, which therefore may have been the family business.During the late 1920s Reginald married Doris Mabel Drinkwater and their son was born at Evesham in 1931 and their daughter two years later.

 

 

 

57A/Q19

Norman William Collett

Born in 1931 at Evesham

 

57A/Q20

Jean Diane Collett

Born in 1933 at Evesham

 

 

 

 

57A/P37

Alfred Cecil Collett was born at Badsey in 1912, the only known son of Charles Ingles Collett and Annie Saunders, and possibly their only child.The birth of Alfred C Collett was recorded at Evesham register office (Ref. 6c 38) during the final quarter of that year. He was twenty-four years old when the marriage of Alfred C Collett and Helen Attwood was recorded at Evesham register office (Ref. 6c 116) during the first three months of 1937.It was only when he passed away that his full name was revealed, with the death of Alfred Cecil Collett recorded at Evesham during the spring of 1975 (Ref. 29 65) at the age of 63.

 

 

 

 

57A/Q1

Charles James Collett was born at Robertson in Wyoming on 17th May 1906, the eldest of the two sons of Charles Harry Collett and Sarah Eleanor Robbins.In 1910, at the age of four years, Charles J Collett was living at Aspen in Uinta County, Wyoming with his family.Ten years later it was at Robertson in Uinta County that Charles was still living at the family ranch when he was 13.Five years later Charles James Collett married (1) Clara G Walsh at Steamboat Springs in Colorado on 16th June 1925.Clara was born in Colorado during 1909, the daughter of Robert and Etta Walsh, and said she was 17, while Charles gave his age as being 21, both being slightly older than their actual ages.

 

 

 

That was the first of three marriages for Charles, which produced two daughters, Jessie Mae Collett and Cecile Clara Collett, before Charles and Clara were divorced.Both daughters were born in Colorado, possibly at Oak Creek in Routt County, where the family of four was recorded in the census of 1930.On the day of the census Charles J Collett from Wyoming was 27 (sic), Clara Collett was 22, Jessie M Collett was four and Cecile C Collett was one year old.

 

 

 

It must have been just after 1930 that Charles and Clara parted company, leaving Charles to marry (2) Agnes Coleman of Heber City in Utah.Tragically, she died during 1938 of a heart ailment, without issue, following which Charles returned to the home of his parents at Evanston in Uinta County, where he was recorded in the census of 1940 at the age of 33 (sic).He served in the United States Army during World War Two, both in France and Germany.When the war was over he returned to Wyoming and married (3) Blanch Amelia Bartlett in 1947.They had one daughter, Sarah Marie Collett.

 

 

 

Charles James Collett died on 7th March 1961 and was buried at Fort Bridger Cemetery with his second wife Agnes, and where his brother Henry had been buried in 1931, his father had been buried in 1956 and where his mother was buried in 1978.

 

 

 

57A/R1

Jessie May Collett

Born in 1926 in Colorado; died 2012

 

57A/R2

Cecile Clara Collett

Born in 1929 in Colorado

 

The following is the daughter of Charles James Collett and his third wife Blanch Bartlett:

 

57A/R3

Sarah Marie Collett

Born in 1948 in Colorado

 

 

 

 

57A/Q2

Henry Harry Collett was born in Wyoming in 1908, the second son of Charles Harry Collett and Sarah Eleanor Robbins.He was two years old in the Aspen (Uinta) census of 1910, was 11 years old in the Robertson (Uinta) census of 1920.He was diagnosed with diabetes as a young man and he never married.Tragically, he died when he was 22 years old after falling into a diabetic coma.Insulin was new at that time and he was unable to receive it in time to save his life.He passed away at the family ranch during 1931 and was the first of the four members of his family to be buried at Fort Bridger Cemetery in Uinta County, Wyoming.

 

 

 

 

57A/Q3

Frank Collett was born at Wyoming on 24th December 1903, the eldest child of James Alfred Collett and Ida Louise Tydeman.It was at Cold Springs in Elmore County, Idaho, where he was seven years old in 1910 and was 17 in 1920 when he and his family were residing at Idaho Falls in Bonneville County.The death of Frank Collett, whose motherís maiden name was Tydeman, took place at San Francisco in California on 13th January 1949.

 

 

 

 

57A/Q5

John Collett was born at Wyoming in 1906, another son of James and Ida Collett.In the census of 1910 John Collett was four years of age when he and his family was living at Cold Springs in Elmore County, Idaho.Ten years later he was still living in the family home which, by then was at Idaho Falls in Bonneville County, where John Collett from Wyoming was 15.It would appear that it was only two years later that John Collett married Blanche H Jensen on 4th February 1922 at Blackfoot, when his family had been living in 1915.

 

 

 

 

57A/Q7

Ida Ann (or Alberta) Collett was born at Cold Springs in Elmore County, Idaho, in 1910 after the census day in April that year, a daughter of James and Ida Collett.She was 10 year of age in the census of 1920 when living with her family at Idaho Falls in Bonneville County.Around 1929 she married Francis H Hansen and their son James Ward Hansen was born at Burley in Idaho on 10th May 1930.He was 74 when he died in Idaho on 2nd February 2005, when his late parents were confirmed as Francis H Hansen and Ida Alberta Collett Hansen.The death of Ida A Hansen nee Collett was recorded in 2001.

 

 

 

 

57A/Q9

Dorothy Thelma Collett was born in Idaho on 14th May 1915, a daughter of James and Ida Collett.She survived for only twenty-eight weeks when she died at Blackfoot in Bingham County, Idaho on 1st December 1915 and was buried the following day in the G C Cemetery in Blackfoot.The burial record confirmed that her father was James A Collett from England and Ida Tydeman from Georgia.

 

 

 

 

57A/Q11

Eveline Florence Collett was born on 29th April 1919, most likely born at Idaho Falls in Bonneville, where her family was recorded in the census of 1920, and where Evelyn Collett was not yet one year old.She later married, and it was as Evelyn Florence Solon that she died at Nevada in California on 14th October 1982.The death certificate confirmed that her fatherís surname was Collett.

 

 

 

 

57A/Q12

James H Collett was born in Idaho on 25th May 1921, the last child of James Alfred Collett and Ida Louise Tydeman.During the previous year Ida Collett and her children were residing at Idaho Falls in Bonneville County.Sadly, James was just over three weeks old when he died on 19th June and was buried at Idaho Falls on 20th June 1921.Once again the burial record confirmed that his father was James A Collett from England and Ida Tydeman from Georgia.

 

 

 

 

57A/Q13

Charles Ingles R Collett was born on 4th July 1918, the only child of Charles Ingles Collett and Lucy Eleanor Coley, his birth recorded at Stratford-on-Avon register office (Ref. 6d 31), when his motherís maiden name was confirmed as Coley.The later marriage of Charles I R Collett and Alice M Boswell was also recorded at Stratford register office (Ref. 6d 9) during the third quarter of 1940.Over the following years Alice presented Charles with a daughter and twin sons, all of their birth recorded at Shipston-on-Stour register office, where their motherís maiden name was confirmed as Boswell.It would appear that Charles lived his whole life in Warwickshire, since it was there, at the South Warwickshire register office (Vol. 31) that the death of Charles Ingles R Collett was recorded in the spring of 1989.

 

 

 

57A/R4

Sandra E Collett

Born in 1944 at Shipston-on-Stour

 

57A/R5

John Collett

Born in 1947 at Shipston-on-Stour

 

57A/R6

Michael Collett

Born in 1947 at Shipston-on-Stour

 

 

 

 

57A/Q14

Percival William Collett was born during 1923, the only known child of William Turner Collett and Janet Maud Cluney.His birth was recorded at Evesham register office (Ref. 6c 263) during the third quarter of 1923 when his motherís maiden name was confirmed as Cluney.At the age of 21 he was Private 5125386 with the Second Airborne Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment, when he was killed in action on 19th September 1944.His military record confirmed that he was the son of William Turner Collett and Janet Maud Collett and the husband of Edna May Collett of Wadborough in Worcestershire.He was buried at Arnheim Oosterbeek War Cemetery and his name is included amongst those listed on the Stoulton War Memorial near Wadborough.

 

 

 

 

57A/Q18

Peter Collett was born at Badsey on 14th July 1944, the only son and fourth child of Samuel John Collett and Florence Jones, whose birth was recorded at Evesham register office (Ref. 6c 389) during the third quarter of the year.He was 56 when he died, the death of Peter Collett being recorded at the north Cotswold register office (Ref. 20a 4851) during March 2001.

 

 

 

 

57A/Q19

Norman William Collett was born at Evesham on 14th August 1931, the son of Thomas William Collett and Doris Mabel Drinkwater.It was during 1951 that Norman moved from Evesham to Maidstone in Kent for the purposes of work.Three years later he married Jean Mary Andrews on 30th October 1954 at Boxley, two miles from Maidstone.Jean Mary Andrews was born in 1929 and she presented Norman with a son in 1957.At the start of their life together, they purchased a house at Bearsted, just to the east of Maidstone, where Norman William Collett passed away on 8th June 2012.He was survived by his wife for almost four years when, on 18th February 2016, Jean Mary Collett, nee Andrews, passed away at the age of 87.In 2017 their son Chris, erected a memorial bench in honour of his parents on The Green in Bearsted, which is overlooked by the house in which they lived from 1954 until the end of their lives.

 

 

 

 

57A/R4

Christopher William Collett

Born in 1957 at Maidstone

 

 

 

 

57A/Q20

Jean Diane Collett was born at Evesham on 3rd June 1933, the younger of the two children of Thomas and Doris Collett.Upon being married she became Jean Diane Lewis and in 2016, at the age of 83, she was still living in Badsey.

 

 

 

 

57A/R1

Jessie May Collett was born in Colorado during 1926, the eldest of the two daughters of Charles James Collett and his first wife Clara G Walsh.It is likely her younger sister Cecile did not survive beyond childhood, since she was not included in the family history provided by Sarah Marie Taylor nee Collett, Jessieís half-sister (below).She later married Elwin C Dickson who was born in 1918, and who died in 2006.They were the parents of two girls, Ila (ILA) Mae Dickson and Jean Dickson.Ila Mae went on to marry Bob Gaydos and they had one daughter, Patience Gaydos.Ila Mae passed away in 2004 after suffering from a brain tumor.Jean Dickson is the mother of two daughters, Melody Joy and Linda Loraine.Jessie May Dickson died during 2012.

 

 

 

 

57A/R3

Sarah Marie Collett was born in Wyoming during 1948, the only daughter of Charles James Collett by his third wife Blanch Bartlett.She married Lester Taylor in 1964 and they are the parents of seven children, Clinton Taylor, Jennice Taylor, Clayton Taylor, Charles Taylor, Calob Taylor, Christopher Taylor and Cameron Taylor.And it was Sarah Marie Taylor nee Collett who kindly provided all of the new details for her family back to her great grandfather James Harry Collett (1859-1888).

 

 

 

 

57A/R4

Christopher William Collett, who is known as Chris, was born at Maidstone on 5th December 1957, the only child of Norman William Collett and Jean Mary Andrews.

 

Chris left the United Kingdom during 1979 when he moved to Vancouver in Canada, where he attended university and has lived ever since.Two years later he married Barbara Gail Horsburgh in Vancouver on 30th May 1981 with whom he had a son who was born in the Vancouver suburb of Burnaby.It was during the summer of 2015 that Chris made contact and kindly provided his familyís information which enabled this family line to be updated.

 

 

 

Christopher Collett & Associates Limited is an indoor air quality research and consulting company located in Vancouver.The company was founded in 1995 and Company Principal, Chris Collett, is one of the most experienced indoor air quality practitioners in Canada, having worked as an IAQ researcher and consultant for more than 30 years.

 

 

 

57A/S1

Nicholas Edward Norman Collett

Born in 1996 at Vancouver

 

 

 

 

57A/R4

Sandra E Collett was born in 1944 and her birth was recorded at Shipston-on-Stour register office (Ref. 6d 138) during the second quarter of that year, the first of the three children of Charles Ingles R Collett and Alice M Boswell.It was near the end of 1963, with Sandra approaching her twentieth birthday, that her marriage to Raymond G Elvin was recorded at Stratford-on-Avon (Ref. 9c 179) during the last three months of the year.Two years later Sandra gave birth to their only child, with the birth of Roy A Elvin recorded at Stratford register office (Ref. 9c 80) during the final quarter of 1965.

 

 

 

 

57A/R5

John Collett was born in 1947, the twin brother of Michael (below), the sons of Charles and Alice Collett.As with their sister (above), the twinsí birth was also recorded at Shipston-on-Stour during the last three months of the year (Ref. 6d 105), when their motherís maiden name was confirmed as Boswell.The marriage of John Collett and Margaret Davis was recorded at Stratford-on-Avon register office (Ref. 9c 71) during the spring of the 1972, where the births of their three children were also recorded.Their births also confirmed that the childrenís motherís maiden name was Davis.

 

 

 

57A/S2

Rebecca Collett

Born in 1975 at Stratford-on-Avon

 

57A/S3

Victoria Collett

Born in 1978 at Stratford-on-Avon

 

57A/S4

David John Collett

Born in 1983 at Stratford-on-Avon

 

 

 

 

57A/R6

Michael Collett was born in 1947 the slightly younger twin brother of John (above) whose birth was registered second at Shipston-on-Stour (Ref. 6d 109).He was the third and last child born to Charles Ingles R Collett and Alice M Boswell.At twenty-two years of age, the marriage of Michael Collett and Sylvia Roberts was recorded at Stratford-on-Avon (Ref. 9c 15) during the last months of 1969.Over the next six years the couple gave birth to two children, with both births recorded at Stratford, when the motherís maiden name in each case, was confirmed as Roberts.

 

 

 

57A/S6

Joanna Marie Collett

Born in 1972 at Stratford-on-Avon

 

57A/S7

Stuart Daniel Collett

Born in 1975 at Stratford-on-Avon

 

 

 

 

57A/S1

Nicholas Edward Norman Collett was born at Burnaby in Vancouver on 4th September 1996, the son of Chris and Barbara Collett.At the end of 2016 Nick is an undergraduate at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, where he plays rugby for the UBC Varsity team, and has represented British Columbia and Canada on the rugby field.