PART FIFTY-SEVEN

 

The Collett Family of Bakers from Abbots Morton in Worcestershire,

(incorporating the Colletts of Badsey)

 

Updated June 2017

 

The original details for this family were first included in error in Part 14.

Since no link has yet been found to connect it to any of the other family lines,

it has been decided to provide the information in a separate file,

until such time as further details are found and verified

 

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

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

An appendix 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 this proves to be correct then William and Ann Collett, the parents of John Collett, can be found in Part 5 – 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

Baptised on 18.01.1742 at Badsey

 

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Ann Collett

Baptised on 17.04.1747 at Badsey

 

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Elizabeth Collett

Baptised on 25.06.1757 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 William’s 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 years 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 James’ 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 Society’s ‘Badsey & Adlington Enclosure Map Project’ 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 this 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

Baptised on 08.07.1770 at Badsey

 

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

 

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John Collett

Baptised on 04.02.1775 at Badsey

 

 

 

 

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Ann Collett was baptised at St James’ 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 brother’s 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 father’s 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 William’s father after they were married, and it seems very likely that the younger man eventually took over his father’s 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 William’s half-brother John Collett (below) passed away, having four years earlier purchased a seven acre field to the west of Badsey Brook known as Jarrett’s 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 Collete was 70, while his wife Mary Collete 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, age 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, Edward’s 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 ‘The Firs’ where she was supported by two domestic servants, Matilda Watson, age 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, the couple of them still both living at The Firs in Badsey.  Mary Collett of Bishampton, age 83, was again described as a land proprietor, while Matilda Myne (sic) Watson, who was 53, was described as companion and housekeeper.  Helping Matilda manage the house was sixteen years 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.

 

 

 

Within her Will 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.  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 Tovey’s widow Elizabeth still living there.  Elizabeth, age 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, age 19, was also working on the farm, while Elizabeth’s youngest son Albert was 18 and an apprentice chemist.  Elizabeth’s two daughters were Ellen Tovey, age 31, and Mary Tovey who was 13.  Supporting the family Catherine Archer, age 42, the housekeeper.  Apart from Elizabeth, all of the other members of the householder were born at Church Lench.

 

 

 

Elizabeth Tovey’s 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 aunt’s 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 this 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 Ann’s mother and had originally bought the seven acres of land known as Jarrett’s 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 Jarrett’s Ground, also earlier referred to in error as Gerard’s Piece, was passed to her husband’s half-brother William Collett (above).

 

 

 

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Ann Collett

Born in 1802 at Badsey; infant death

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NEW LINE

 

 

 

However, the Badsey Land Tax Records referred to above also include details of another, so far unconnected Collett who farmed land within the parish, and he was another William Collett Ref. 57L7), believed to be from nearby Broadway.  This therefore, from now on, 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 within the Alcester & Feckenham registration district, which includes Abbots Morton, with just her grandson John Collett for company.  Mary was listed in the census return with a rounded age of 75, while her grandson was 10 years old.

 

 

 

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John Collett

Born during 1791 at Badsey

 

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Mary (Maria) Collett

Born during 1794 at Badsey

 

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William Collett

Born during 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.

 

 

 

 

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Mary 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 Mary Collett.  Two years later Maria Collet married Charles Hartwell at Badsey on 8th November 1814.

 

 

 

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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 son of tenant farmer William Collett and his wife Mary.  As in the previous generations, the surname of the family was recorded with just one T, the same spelling of the name being used again by the family at the time of the census in 1851, but thereafter it was spelt with two Ts.  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 1841 Census listed 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.  Also living with the family at Abbots Morton was William’s widowed mother Mary Collett who had a rounded age of 75 and who was of independent means.  Living nearby was William’s missing son John Collett who was 10.

 

 

 

Ten years later in 1851 William Collet, age 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 couple’s 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.  No record of daughter Elizabeth has been found after that time, nor has any evidence been found in the later census returns to confirm that her parents William and Ann were alive in 1861, or if they were, where they may have been.

 

 

 

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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 at Abbots Morton

 

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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 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 around the mid-1850s that he married Mary when he was in his late twenties and by 1861 William Collett, age 32 and from Abbots Morton, 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 William’s 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 and Mary who were both 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.

 

 

 

According to the census of 1881 William Collett and his family were living at The Baker’s 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 William’s 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 272) during the second quarter of the year.  No record of his widow Mary has so far been found in the following census record for 1891.  However, after a further ten years widow Mary was living with her married daughter Alice Field at 121 St Pauls Road in Smethwick on the day of the census in 1901.  Mary Collett from Smethwick was 72 and described as the mother-in-law of head of the household Thomas Henry Field but was not living with her daughter’s family ten years later.

 

 

 

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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 1863 at Smethwick

 

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John Collett

Born in 1865 at Smethwick

 

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Arthur Collett

Born in 1867 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, he living not far away within the same Alcester & Feckenham registration area, which included Abbots Morton.  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.  On that day his parents were still residing in Abbots Morton with John’s two youngest siblings.

 

 

 

It was around that time when John married the slightly older Sarah who was born at West Bromwich in 1827 and with whom he is known to have had a daughter shortly before or after they were married.  That was revealed by the 1861 Census for Kings Norton & Harborne in which John Collett was 30, his wife Sarah Collett was 33 and their daughter Mary Ann Collett was 11 years of age.

 

 

 

Ten years later it was the same situation when the family of three was still recorded within the Kings Norton & Harborne census of 1871 when they were 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 near Lottie Road at Northfield, just south of Selly Oak, when John Collett from Abbots Morton was 50 and was working as a bricklayer’s 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.

 

 

 

John and Sarah were both listed in the Northfield census return in 1891 when they were both 60, and again in 1901 when the couple was living at 246 High Street in Northfield.  At the age of 70 John Collett from Abbots Morton was still working as a bricklayer’s labourer and on that occasion his wife Sarah was 73 and her place of birth was recorded as Smethwick, rather than West Bromwich as stated in previous census returns.  Living with the couple that day was their grandson William Geddes, the eldest child of their daughter Mary Ann.

 

 

 

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Mary Ann Collett

Born in 1850 at West Bromwich

 

 

 

 

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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, age seven years, living with his family at Abbots Morton but 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.  And it was at West Bromwich that the couple seem to have spent their whole life together, and it was also 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.  Thomas’ 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 Sarah’s 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, age 22 from Worcester, who was also employed as a baker.  Most of the family were still together ten years later.  Only the couple’s eldest daughter Elizabeth was missing from the family home in 1891, since she was already married by that time. 

 

 

 

According to the census in 1891, 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, age 20, who was recorded in error as Albert Collett.  In addition to the Collett family of Thomas and Sarah Ann, there was also living in that same area at that same time an Emma Collett (Ref. 15N28) who was 16 and whose family feature in Part 15 – The Kenilworth & Coventry Line.

 

 

 

Thomas Collett, age 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, age 65 and from West Bromwich, together with three of their unmarried children.  The eldest of these was their son Thomas Collett, age 34 and a baker, who had taken over the family business from his father and who was employing his younger brother Arthur Collett, age 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 daughter, 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.

 

 

 

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William Collett

Born in 1858 at West Bromwich

 

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Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1860 at West Bromwich

 

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Frederick Thomas Collett

Born in 1863 at West Bromwich

 

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Sarah Ann Collett

Born in 1865 at West Bromwich

 

57O12

Thomas Collett

Born in 1866 at West Bromwich

 

57O13

Mary Collett

Born in 1868 at West Bromwich

 

57O14

Arthur Collett

Born in 1870 at West Bromwich

 

 

 

 

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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.  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 married Emma from West Bromwich in West Bromwich during 1863, where their four known children were born and where the family was living in 1871 at Trinity Road, just one dwelling from the Cricketer’s Arms.  The inn is still there today in 2015, although Trinity Road and Lower Trinity Street (see below) has been replaced by a new road named trinity Way.

 

 

 

The couple’s 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 seems to have struck the family when the children’s father died during the middle to late 1870s.

 

 

 

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 husband’s profession.  Emma’s 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 and it was occupied by spinster Sarah Essen from Long Buckby in Northamptonshire who was sixty-four.

 

 

 

Sometime during the 1880s Emma married John Jones from Bedfordshire and on the day of the next 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 Emma’s 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 – 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 Emma’s daughter Sarah Collett aged 32 and a warehouse worker.  Also living with the three of them was Emma’s 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.

 

 

 

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Ann Collett

Born in 1866 at West Bromwich

 

57O16

Sarah Collett

Born in 1869 at West Bromwich

 

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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.

 

 

 

It would have been around 1856 that he married Mary and during the following year their only child was born.  No record of the family of three has yet been discovered within the census of 1861, but 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 their 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 H Morton (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, age 40 and from Birmingham, and their daughter Amy Collett, age 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 Richard’s 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 when Richard Collett was 55 and Mary S Collett was 54.  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.

 

 

 

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Amy Collett

Born in 1858 at Birmingham

 

57O19a

Arthur Johnson - adopted

Born in 1879 at Birmingham

 

 

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

 

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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 year’s 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

 

 

 

 

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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 Baker’s 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.  So 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 Alice’s widowed elderly mother Mary Collett who was described as the mother-in-law of Alice’s 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 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.

 

 

 

 

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Thomas Henry Collett was born at Smethwick in 1863 where he was living with his parents in 1871 aged seven.  Around 1880 he and his family moved to Harborne where they were living at 178 Oldbury Road in April 1881.  As the eldest son of baker William Collett he did not follow in his father’s footsteps like his younger brothers, but instead Thomas Collett became a teacher.

 

 

 

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 he married Beatrice from Woolwich, London towards the end of the 1880s.  By the time of the next census in 1891 Thomas H Collett, age 27 and from Smethwick, was living in Reading his wife Beatrice M Collett who was also 27.  At that time in their life, their marriage had been blessed with the first of their four known children as living with them was Thomas A Collett who was under one year 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 in the Deptford area of London.

 

 

 

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, age 10, 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 like his sister Dorothy. 

 

 

 

Within the next ten years Thomas’ eldest son left the family home, so by April 1911 the family comprised Thomas Henry Collett who was 47, as was his wife Beatrice Maria Collett, 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 the Greenwich area of London.  Thomas’ place of birth was again confirmed as Smethwick, while the three children were confirmed as having been born at Reading and Lewisham.

 

 

 

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Thomas Arthur Collett

Born in 1891 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

 

 

 

 

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John Collett was born at Smethwick in 1865 and 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 Baker’s Shop at 178 Oldbury Road.  John’s occupation at that time was that of a glass cutter.  Towards the end of that decade John married Nellie, and their marriage had been blessed with the birth of their first child by the time of the census in 1891. 

 

 

 

The Smethwick census that year recorded the family as John Collett, age 25, his wife Nellie Collett as 22, and their daughter Minnie who was still 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, age 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 April 1911 the family still living in Smethwick was recorded as John Collett who was 45, Nellie Collett who was 42, Minnie Collett, age 20, Mabel Collett, age 17, Nellie Collett, age 12, Florrie Collett who was 10, Harry Collett who was four, and Barbara Collett who was one year old.

 

 

 

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Minnie Collett

Born in 1890 at Smethwick

 

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Mabel E Collett

Born in 1893 at Smethwick

 

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Ida Nellie Collett

Born in 1898 at Smethwick

 

57P8

Florrie M Collett

Born in 1901 at Smethwick

 

57P9

Harry Eric Collett

Born in 1906 at Smethwick

 

57P10

Barbara Collett

Born in 1909 at Smethwick

 

 

 

 

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Arthur Collett was born at Smethwick in 1867 and was listed as being aged three years and 13 years in the two census records of 1871 and 1881.  For the latter he was living with his family at 178 Oldbury Road in Harborne, which was also the village’s Baker Shop.  By 1891 he was living and working in Birmingham when he was twenty-three, but shortly after this he married Alice with whom he had three sons.  Before the end of the century Arthur and his family had returned to Smethwick and his place of birth, within the Kings Norton registration district.

 

 

 

Arthur Collett was a baker and corn flour dealer and in April 1911 he and his family were recorded in the Smethwick census return for the Kings Norton area as Arthur Collett, age 43 and from Smethwick, his wife Alice who was 39, and their three sons Arthur Wilfred Collett who was 16, Albert Collett who was 14, and Henry Collett who was nine years old.

 

 

 

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Arthur Wilfred Collett

Born in 1894

 

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Albert Collett

Born in 1896

 

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Henry Collett

Born in 1901

 

 

 

 

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Frank Collett was born at Smethwick in 1871 but after the second of April that 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.  Twenty years later he was working as a baker for his older brother Arthur (above) in Smethwick, following the death of their father, the baker William Collett.  This was confirmed in the census of 1901, which listed Frank Collett as being age 29 and from Smethwick.

 

 

 

 

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Mary Ann Collett was born at West Bromwich in 1850, the only known child of John Collett from Abbots Morton and his wife Sarah.  Because Mary Ann was 11 years old in 1861 it is possible that she was born before the census in 1851 when her father was unmarried and only 20 years old when he was living with three of his siblings in West Bromwich.  So she may have been born prior to her parents’ wedding day in the second half of 1851.  By the time of the census in 1871 Mary Ann Collett was 21 when she was still living with her parents within the kings Norton & Harborne registration district.  However, she was married to Thomas Geddes just after that day and within the following ten years she gave birth to six children.

 

 

 

The couple’s 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 T 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 Highfield comprised Thomas Geddes 40, Mary Ann 41, Elizabeth 15, Sarah 13, John Thomas 12, Ada 10, Isabella who was eight, Harriet who was five, Bertie who was three and Lilian 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 and working in West Bromwich.  After a further ten years he was working at the post Office at the age of 29, when he was described as grandson at the home of his grandparents John and Sarah Collett at 246 High Street in Northfield.

 

 

 

 

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Elizabeth Collett was born at West Bromwich in December 1860, the son child of Thomas and Sarah Ann Collett and the eldest of their children to survive.  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 may have been towards the end of the 1890s that she married John Stevens and 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 couple’s 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 month’s 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 couple’s fifth and final child.  Perhaps because of the impending arrival of their last baby, Elizabeth’s eldest child, her daughter Marion Stevens aged 11 years, was staying nearby with the child’s 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 couple’s eldest daughter was staying, at number 174, were the parents of John Stevens.  They were William Stevens, age 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, age 19, Gertrude Stevens, age 18, John Stevens, 16, and Ruth Stevens who was nine years old.

 

 

 

 

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Frederick Thomas Collett was born at West Bromwich in 1863 and followed his father into the family bakery business.  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.  Ten years later he was 27 and about three years after the census day in 1891, when he was around thirty years old, Frederick Thomas Collett married twenty years old Ada Wickes, with whom he had at least six children. 

 

 

 

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 in 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 Ada’s 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 three children were added to the family as confirmed by the census of 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, age 15, Bernard Collett, age 14, Sydney Thomas Collett, age 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 father’s 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 Frederick’s 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 father’s estate of over £9,000, together with his brother Thomas Collett and sister Mary Collett (both below).

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

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Ronald Frederick Collett

Born in 1895 at West Bromwich

 

57P15

Bernard Collett

Born in 1897 at West Bromwich

 

57P16

Sydney Thomas Collett

Born in 1900 at West Bromwich

 

57P17

Phyllis Collett

Born in 1902 at West Bromwich

 

57P18

Kathleen Collett

Born in 1904 at West Bromwich

 

57P19

Norman Wickes Collett

Born in 1908 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.  Certainly by April 1901 Sarah Ann was 35 and 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 at West Bromwich in 1866, the son of Thomas and Sarah Ann Collett.  He was four years old in 1871, and was 14 in 1881 when he was living at the family home at 213 Spon Lane in West Bromwich.  Ten years later he was 24, and 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.

 

 

 

Around the middle of the first decade of the new century Thomas married Emma from Birmingham.  This was confirmed by the census in 1911, which indicated that the couple had been married for five years.  At that time the childless couple were living on the outskirts of Redditch, following Thomas’ 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 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.

 

 

 

 

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 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 in 1870 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.  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.  It is not known if he ever married but 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 Arthur’s occupation was that of a baker.

 

 

 

 

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 he 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 in 1875, the only son and the youngest of the four known children of Richard and Emma Collett.  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 John’s 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.  Just after the end of the century John married Elizabeth from Birmingham and in March 1901 John Collett was 25 and a steam gate maker, while his wife was Elizabeth Collett who was 24.

 

 

 

During the first decade of the new century Elizabeth presented John with children, while there may have been others born after 1911.  The census in April that year identified the young family living in West Bromwich when John R Collett from West Bromwich was 35, his wife Elizabeth Collett was 34, 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.

 

 

 

57P20

Joseph Richard Collett

Born in 1907 at West Bromwich

 

57P21

Norman John Collett

Born in January 1911 at West Bromwich

 

 

 

 

57O19

Amy Collett was born at Birmingham in 1858, the only birth 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 months old Lillian Collett of Birmingham, who was described in error as ‘daughter-in-law’ 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 1875, the eldest child of baker Anthony and his wife Eliza.  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.

 

 

 

57P23

Elsie Collett

Born in 1902 at Wolverhampton

 

57P24

Albert Collett

Born in 1904 at Wolverhampton

 

 

 

 

57P1

Thomas Arthur Collett was born at Reading prior to the census in 1891 which took place on 5th April that year, the first of the four known children of Thomas Henry Collett and his wife Beatrice Maria.  The census return for 1891 listed the family of three residing at Reading when Thomas A Collett was still under one year old.  By March 1901 Thomas was ten years old and was living at Deptford with his father, his stepmother, and his three half-siblings.  Ten years later when Thomas’ father and his new family were living in Greenwich in London, bachelor Thomas Arthur Collett from Reading who was twenty, was living and working in the Rugby area of Warwickshire.

 

 

 

 

57P2

Frank Ambrose Collett was born at Reading on 19th March 1893 the son of Thomas and Beatrice Collett.  His father’s work as a school teacher eventually took the family to Deptford in London where they were living in 1901 when frank A Collett from reading was eight years old.  Ten years later when Frank Ambrose Collett was 18 he and his family were recorded in the Greenwich registration district in 1911.  The only fact currently known about frank 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.

 

 

 

 

57P4

Robert Cecil Collett was born at Lewisham during 1899 and was very likely 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.  His father was school teacher Thomas Henry Collett from Smethwick and his mother was Beatrice Maria Collett from Woolwich.  In 1901 Robert C Collett was one year old when he was living with his family living in the Deptford area of London.  Ten years after that the family was recorded living in Greenwich where Robert Cecil Collett was 11 years of age.

 

 

 

 

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.  It was as Harry Eric Collett that he was baptised at Smethwick on 19th July 1906 the son of John and Nellie Collett.  Harry Eric Collett was 85 when he died, his death recorded at Sandwell in the west Midlands (Ref. 33 1067) during February 1992.

 

 

 

 

57P14

Ronald Frederick Collett was born at West Bromwich in 1895.  At the time of the West Bromwich census of 1901 Ronald’s mother had just given birth to her third child, and this may have been the reason that five years old Ronald was staying with his grandparents in Kings Norton.  Ten years later the whole parents comprising Ronald’s parents and his five siblings were recorded as still living within the West Bromwich registration district when Ronald was 15.

 

 

 

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 at West Bromwich in 1897, the eldest surviving son of Frederick Thomas Collett and his wife Ada Wickes.  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.  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.

 

 

 

 

57P19

Norman Wickes Collett was born at West Bromwich in 1908, the last child born to Frederick Thomas Collett and Ada Wickes, 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, Norman’s 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 mother’s Will, which was proved at Birmingham on 11th November 1952, his eldest brother Bernard (above) being the other.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

APPENDIX

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

57A/M1

James Collett

Born circa 1815 at Willersey

 

57A/M2

Robert Collett

Born circa 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 married Mary Ingles on 13th September 1837.  Mary was baptised at Willersey on 26th January 1817, the daughter of Richard Ingles and Mary Knight.  There is confusion in the later census records regarding the couple’s eldest son, who was listed on different occasions as Charles Collett, Charles J Collett, Charles I Collett.  It seems highly likely that he was in fact Charles Ingles Collett, like two of the couple’s grandchildren.

 

 

 

By the time of the census in 1841 James, age 25, and Mary, age 20, had their first two children, Charles who was three and William who was one.  Sadly only the older son survived, with the younger one suffering a childhood death before he was a few years old.  Ten years later their family had grown to be five sons.  Although James was absent from the family home in Willersey in 1851, the remainder of his family was recorded as Mary, age 36, Charles, age 13, James who was seven, William who was five, Hubert who was three, and Robert who was not yet one year old.

 

 

 

By 1861 only sons James and Hubert were still living with their parents, so the census that year listed the family still living at Willersey as James Collett 45, his wife Mary Collett 44, James Collett 18, and Herbert (sic) Collett who was 13.  Ten years after that it was only Hubert who was still living at the family home.  The Willersey census return for 1871 recorded the family as James, age 55, Mary, age 54, and their son Hubert Collett who was 23.

 

 

 

According to the census in 1881 it was only James and Mary that were still living on the main village street in Willersey.  James Collett, age 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.  James Collett died during the 1880s, since Mary Collett of Willersey was still living there in 1891 when she was a widow of 74.

 

 

 

57A/N1

Charles [Ingles] Collett

Born circa 1838 at Willersey

 

57A/N2

William Collett

Born circa 1840 at Willersey

 

57A/N3

James Collett

Born circa 1842 at Willersey

 

57A/N4

William Collett

Born circa 1845 at Willersey

 

57A/N5

Hubert Collett

Born circa 1847 at Willersey

 

57A/N6

Robert Collett

Born circa 1850 at Willersey

 

 

 

 

57A/M2

Robert Collett was born at Willersey around 1822 and the son of William 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 in 1851 when he was still living and working in the village.  He was also absent from the census in 1861 and it was during the next decade that he married Betsey who was also born at Willersey.  Betsey would have been in her mid-twenties, while Robert was in his mid-forties and during the first five years of their life together Betsey presented Robert with three children, the first being named after his father.  A subsequent son was named after his brother, therefore his daughter may have been named after Robert’s mother.

 

 

 

The Willersey census in 1871 recorded the family as Robert Collett, age 48, Betsey Collett, age 30, William Collett, who was three, Robert Collett, who was one, and Jane Collett who was only a few months old.  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 at Willersey with them.  Robert, an agricultural labour from Willersey, was 59, his wife was 40, and their children were William, age 12, Robert, age 10, Jane, age eight, and James who was five.  Daughter Jane must have been ten years of age due to her listing in the previous census, therefore her older brothers were very likely given an inaccurate age by their parents.

 

 

 

The whole family was still together and residing at Willersey in 1891 where Robert was 67, Betsey was 51, William was 23, Robert was 21, Jane was 20 and James was 15.  It was sometime later, during the last ten years of the old century that Robert Collett died at Willersey, while his widow Betsey was still living in Willersey with no stated occupation on the day of the next census in 1901 when she was 62.  Still living with her was her son Robert and daughter Jane.  No record of her youngest son James has been found after 1891, while living nearby was her eldest son William who was married by then with a family of his own.  Following the marriage of her daughter during the first decade of the new century by April 1911 Betsey Collett, age 70 and from Willersey, was living with the childless couple at Willersey.

 

 

 

57A/N7

William Collett

Born circa 1867 at Willersey

 

57A/N8

Robert Collett

Born circa 1869 at Willersey

 

57A/N9

Jane Collett

Born circa 1871 at Willersey

 

57A/N10

James Collett

Born circa 1875 at Willersey

 

 

 

 

57A/N1

Charles [Ingles] Collett was born at Willersey in 1838 and 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 and Mary Collett.  Seven years later Charles was married to (1) Victoria Dones during 1858 and, within the next two or 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 Badsey within the Evesham & Broadway registration district.  Charles Collett, age 23, said he was born at Willersey, 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 couple’s 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, before another family move saw them arrived at Old Stratford, where they were living by 1871. 

 

 

 

Charles J Collett was 33, as was his wife Victoria, James was 12, John was 10, Catherine was seven, Ellen was five, Charles was three, William was one year old, and Mary V Collett was just a few months.  Sadly, Victoria died sometime during 1872, perhaps even during the birth of a further child who also did not survive.  Following that tragic event, Charles and his young family returned to Cleeve Prior, where Charles later married (2) Elizabeth of Laverton, all of which was confirmed in the census of 1881.

 

 

 

Once again Charles Collett, age 43, who was a blacksmith, gave his place of birth as Willersey.  His wife Elizabeth Collett was 49 and a laundress from Laverton, and by that time only four of Charles’ children were still living with him and his second wife.  They were Ellen Collett, age 15 and a domestic servant, Charles Collett, age 13 and an agricultural labourer, William Collett who was 11, and Mary V Collett who was 10, and 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 their two youngest children.  Charles I Collett was 53, Elizabeth was 59, William Collett was 21, and Mary V Collett was 20.  With her advancing years, Elizabeth died during the 1890s, 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.  Ann had been baptised at Cleeve Prior on 8th May 1842 and was the daughter of Samuel and Anne Fairfax.

 

 

 

According to the Cleeve Prior census in March 1901, Charles Collett from Willersey and his wife Anne Collett were 63 and 54 respectively, and by that time in his life Charles was a fruiterer.  Ten years later, in the census of 1911, Charles Collett, age 73 and from Willersey, was living at Cleeve Prior, where Annie Collett, age 64 of Cleeve Prior, was also living at that time.

 

 

 

Other Collett families of Cleeve Prior can be found in

Part 56 – 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 Collett was born at Willersey during the first half of 1840 and 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, and with a later child being given the same name, it is assumed that William died before 1844.

 

 

 

 

57A/N3

James Collett was born at Willersey around 1842, where he was baptised on 26th May 1842, the son of James and Mary Collett.  He may have only been one year old when his brother William (above) died.  He was seven years old in the Willersey census of 1851, and was 18 ten years later when he was still living there with his parents.

 

 

 

Around the middle of the 1860s he married Elizabeth from Bidford-on-Avon, after which 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.  James from Willersey was 28, his wife Elizabeth was 26, and their three children were Mary A Collett who was five, James who was three and Harry who was one year old.

 

 

 

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 fourth child was born.  In 1881 the census that year recorded the family living at Pauls House in Mickleton from where James Collett, age 38 and from Willersey, was working as an agricultural labourer.  His wife Elizabeth was 36, and their seven children were Mary A Collett, age 15 who was helping her mother at home, scholars James 13, Harry 11, Kate 9, Fanny 7, and Hubert 5, plus latest arrival William who was two years old.  All of the children, except William of Mickleton, had been born at Aston Subedge.

 

 

 

Elizabeth Collett died during the 1880s and by 1891 widower James Collett of Willersey, age 48, was still living in Mickleton with his eldest daughter Mary A Collett, age 25, acting as his housekeeper, and his two sons James, age 23, and William who was 12.  Living nearby in the same census registration district of Shipton-on-Stour & Blockley was two more of James’ children they being Harry and Fanny.  It is also assumed that James died before the end of the century, since there is no apparent record of him in any later census.

 

 

 

It should be noted that more than one of their 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.  It was nineteen years later on 27th February 1864 that he married Charlotte Robins at Badsey, where their first child was baptised four months after.  It would appear that William had already settled in Badsey by the time of the census in 1861, in which he was described as a servant at the age of 15.  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, age 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 age 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 couple’s youngest child was Kate Collett who was two years old.

 

 

 

On the day of the census Charlotte was already pregnant with the couple’s 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 Charlotte’s eldest daughter Mary Ann was married, when William was named as one of the witnesses, and two years after that the couple’s second eldest daughter Lydia Ellen was also married during 1884.

 

 

 

So by 1891 the family still living at Badsey comprised market gardener William who was 45, Charlotte, age 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, age 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, age 27, and Charles I Collett, age 24, Ernest H Collett, age 18 who was a labourer at the family’s 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 family’s home in Badsey, and by the time of the census in 1911 it was only the couple’s 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 Kelly’s Directory in 1912 once again confirmed that William Collett was a market gardener, although this could equally apply to father and son Thomas William Collett.

 

 

 

With the knowledge that William’s 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

 

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John Collett

Born in 1871 at Badsey

 

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Thomas William Collett

Born in 1873 at Badsey

 

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Charles Ingles Collett

Born in 1875 at Badsey

 

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Kate Collett

Born in 1878 at Badsey

 

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Alfred Collett

Born in 1881 at Badsey

 

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Ernest Hubert Collett

Born in 1883 at Badsey

 

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George Collett

Born in 1887 at Badsey

 

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Rosa Annie Collett

Born in 1889 at Badsey

 

 

 

 

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William Collett was born at Willersey during 1867, the eldest son of Robert Collett and the grandson of William Collett.  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 couple’s 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, age 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 age 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.

 

 

 

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Elsie Collett

Born in 1899 at Willersey

 

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William Robert Collett

Born in 1901 at Campden

 

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Betsey Collett

Born in 1903 at Willersey

 

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James Collett

Born in 1905 at Willersey

 

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Jane Collett

Born in December 1910 at Willersey

 

 

 

 

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Robert Collett was born at Willersey in 1869 the second of the four known children of Robert and Betsey Collett.  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 with their widowed mother.  It is possible that Robert never married, since by 1911 he was still living in Willersey at the age of 41, the only Collett at that address.

 

 

 

 

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Jane Collett was born at Willersey early in 1871, the only known daughter of Robert and Betsey Collett.  She was just a few weeks old in 1871 but curiously in 1881 her age was recorded in error as being seven years when she would have been 10.  Jane Collett was 20 in 1891 when she and her three brothers were still living at Willersey with their parents, and she was still living there with her widowed mother in 1901 when she was 30 following the earlier death of her father.  Jane was therefore in her mid-thirties when she married William Hands at Willersey.  As a result of her late marriage Jane, who was 40 in 1911, and her husband William who was 41, had no children by that time.  Instead the couple had living with them at Willersey Jane’s elderly mother Betsey Collett.

 

 

 

 

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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 still living with his large family at Old Stratford in 1871.

 

 

 

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 George’s 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 Paul’s 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.

 

 

 

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Charles Harry Collett

Born in 1882 at Leamington

 

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James Alfred Collett

Born in 1884 at Leamington

 

 

 

 

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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 couple’s 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.  This 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 age 19, James who was a railway porter, age 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 couple’s 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 bricklayer’s 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.

 

 

 

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Albert Charles Collett

Born in 1880 at South Littleton, nr Evesham

 

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Harriet Collett                  twin

Born in 1882 at Bidford-on-Avon

 

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Elizabeth Collett              twin

Born in 1882 at Bidford-on-Avon

 

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James Collett

Born in 1884 at Bidford-on-Avon

 

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Mary Victoria Collett

Born in 1887 at Bidford-on-Avon

 

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Catherine Collett

Born in 1889 at Bidford-on-Avon

 

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Albert Collett

Born in 1893 at Bidford-on-Avon

 

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Hilda Ellen Collett

Born in 1901 at Bidford-on-Avon

 

 

 

 

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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, but by 1871 they had moved again and were then living at Old Stratford, where Catherine was seven years old.  Ten years later she was working at The Three Tuns Royal Hotel in Pershore where, as Catherine Collett, age 19 and from Badsey, she was described as a servant at the inn.

 

 

 

 

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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.  By the time of the census in 1871, when Ellen was five years old, she and her family were living in Old Stratford.  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, age 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 stepmother.

 

 

 

 

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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.  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, age 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.  Sarah may have been Sarah Turner, the name given to the couple’s second child.  The census that year included the couple, together with their first child, as Charles J Collett of Bickmarsh and Sarah J Collett of Childswickham, who were both 24, and their son Charles J 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, age 33 from Bickmarsh, was that of a blacksmith, like his father and his eldest brother James (above).  Charles’ 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, 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 couple’s 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, to the south of Birmingham.

 

 

 

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Charles Ingles Collett

Born in 1889 at Newbold-on-Stour

 

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William Turner Collett

Born in 1894 at Newbold-on-Stour

 

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Agnes Helen Collett

Born in 1898 at Newbold-on-Stour

 

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Eva (Amy) Collett

Born in 1901 at Newbold-on-Stour

 

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Ethel Collett

Born in 1905 

 

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Alfred Collett

Born in 1908 

 

 

 

 

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William Collett was born at Bickmarsh but was baptised in the parish church at Bidford on 8th August 1869, the youngest son of Charles and Victoria Collett.  Not long after he was born his family left Bickmarsh when they moved to Old Stratford, and it was there that he was living with his family in 1871, when he was one year old.  During the next decade his mother died and his father re-married and by 1881, when William was 11, he was still attending school, and he and his family were living at Cleeve Prior by then. 

 

 

 

It is not clear where he was in 1891, but it was during the years immediately following the census that year when William married Mary Ann from Armscote, near Shipston-on-Stour in Warwickshire, where their 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 age 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.

 

 

 

It was during the first few years of the new century that it would appear William’s 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.

 

 

 

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Albert Henry Collett

Born in 1896 at Armscote

 

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Charles E Collett

Born in 1897 at Armscote

 

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Ollie May Collett

Born in 1898 at Cleeve Prior

 

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Percy William Collett

Born in 1899 at Cleeve Prior

 

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Ida Collett

Born in 1904 at Stratford-on-Avon

 

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Doris Collett

Born in 1906 at Stratford-on-Avon

 

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Gladys Collett

Born in 1908 at Stratford-on-Avon

 

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Ralph Collett

Born in July 1910 at Stratford-on-Avon

 

 

 

 

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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 Mary’s 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 child 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.

 

 

 

 

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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, age 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.

 

 

 

 

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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, and in March 1901 the childless couple were living in Chipping Campden.  James Collett from Aston Subedge was 33 and a farm labourer, while his wife Rose E Collett, also age 33, was from Broad Campden.  Ten years later in April 1911 they were recorded within the census for the Shipston-on-Stour registration district, as James and Rose Ellen Collett, both being 33 years of age.

 

 

 

 

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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 couple’s 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 couple’s 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 Harry’s 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, age 42 and from Campden (sic), was a baker dealer, his wife of nineteen years Julia Collett from Kidderminster was also 42, was ‘assisting with the family business’, while their three surviving children were their daughters Elsie Collett, age 18 and from Chipping Campden, and Lily Collett, age 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.

 

 

 

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Elsie Collett

Born in 1892 at Chipping Campden

 

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Lilian Kate Collett

Born in 1894 at Badsey

 

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Herbert James Collett

Born in 1897 at Badsey

 

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Francis Harry Collett

Born in 1902 at Badsey

 

 

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

 

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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 Fanny‘s mother died and by 1891 Fanny Collett, age 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.

 

 

 

 

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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, age 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, age 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.

 

 

 

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Hubert Christopher Percy Collett

Born in 1903 at Wimbledon

 

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Minnie Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1905 at Wimbledon

 

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Charlie Henry Collett

Born in March 1911 at Lambeth

 

 

 

 

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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 William’s 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, age 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.

 

 

 

 

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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 Mary’s father William Collett was one of the witnesses.  Charles may well have been related to her grandmother’s side of the family, since her grandmother Mary Collett nee Ingles was the daughter of Richard Ingles and Mary Knight.

 

 

 

 

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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

 

 

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

 

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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 gardener’s 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 John’s 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, age 29, Emma Collett, age 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.

 

 

 

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Samuel John Collett

Born in 1895 at Badsey

 

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Blanche Maria Collett

Born in 1906 at Badsey

 

 

 

 

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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 gardener’s 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 Kelly’s Director in 1912 he father’s 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 in 1875 but was baptised there on 25th May 1876, the son of William and Charlotte Collett.  Over the years his name was recorded in a number of ways; Charles Collett, Charles I Collett, Charles S Collett, and Charles J Collett.  In 1881 the Badsey census listed him with his family as Charles J Collett aged five years.  Ten years later it was simply Charles Collett, age 15 and a market gardener’s son, and after a further decade he was correctly recorded in 1901 as Charles S Collett, age 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 did not marry until well into the new century, and by April 1911 he and his wife were recorded without any child while still living in Badsey where he continued to work as a market gardener.  The census that year listed the couple as Charles Collett 35, and his wife Annie Collett who was 31.  It is possible that their marriage was blessed with offspring after that day.  The Kelly’s 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 Brewer’s Road in the village.  And it was when he was still living at Brewer’s Lane in Badsey that Charles ingles Collett died on 26th March 1937, following which administration of his estate of £356 16 Shillings 4d was granted at Birmingham on 17th April 1937 to his widow Annie Collett.

 

 

 

 

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 family’s 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.  Ernest’s father was confirmed as William Collett, while Elsie’s 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 Kelly’s 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 Paul’s 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 father’s 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 Charles’ younger brother was baptised just a few months before their father suffered a premature death towards the end of 1888.

 

 

 

During 1889 Charles’ widowed mother took him and his brother to America, and initially to Ogden in Weber County, Utah, where Sarah Anne’s 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 couple’s 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 couple’s eldest son was living with them again, when Harry was 58, Sara (sic) 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 James’ mother’s 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 incorrectly recorded under the surname Cowlett at Cold Springs in Elmore County, Idaho.  James A Cowlett 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 Evelyn Collett (sic) 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 at Newbold-on-Stour during 1889, 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, with the service number 415, and just two months earlier on 12th August 1914 Stephen’s brother Albert Victor Collett (Ref. 45Q6) had also joined the RFC.  All three are referred to in the book ‘A Contemptible Little Flying Corps’, the following being the details written about C I Collett.

 

 

 

He was issued with the usual RFC ‘walking-out dress’ 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 crash 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.

 

 

 

 

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 couple’s 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/Q13

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 village’s 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 father’s business took the family back to Chipping Campden where the whole family was living in the High Street in April 1911.  Lily Collett, age 16, was confirmed as having been born at Badsey, and on that occasion she was working with her sister Elsie (above) in her father’s 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 Francis’ 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 family’s 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.

 

 

 

 

57A/P32

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, age 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.  This indicates that 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/Q14

Mona Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

57A/Q15

Emma Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

57A/Q16

Doris Blanche Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

57A/Q17

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/Q18

Norman William Collett

Born in 1931 at Evesham

 

57A/Q19

Jean Diane Collett

Born in 1933 at Evesham

 

 

 

 

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 mother’s 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 father’s 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

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 mother’s 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/Q17

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/Q18

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/Q19

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, Jessie’s 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 family’s 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/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.