PART FIFTY-NINE

 

The Colletts of Kingham in Oxfordshire to the USS Collett

 

Updated September 2021

 

The destroyer USS Collett (DD-730) was named in honour

of Lieutenant Commander John Austin Collett (Ref. 59Q25)

and, rather fittingly, the vesselís first captain was

Commander James Dahlman Collett, his brother

 

And this is the story of their family from the Oxfordshire village of Kingham

 

At the moment, and in the absence of more accurate information, the first three generations of this family line are very much an early estimate based on very little evidence.The real, and confirmed story, starts in the village of Kingham, close to the Oxfordshire county boundary with Gloucestershire.

 

 

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Richard Collett was born at Notgrove around 1748, and on 29th May 1773 he married Elizabeth Cook at Notgrove.Eight years later Richard and Elizabeth were living in Churchill in Oxfordshire, one mile from Kingham, when their son William was born.

 

 

 

New information received in 2013 from Stuart Miles, an honorary member of the Bledington Local History Society, provides the detail that Sarah Collett, a spinster, married bachelor William Brooks of Kingham on 26th October 1790 at Bledington, the nearest village to Kingham.The witnesses at the wedding ceremony were Samuel Collett, who may have been Sarahís father or brother, and Eliza Hailes.This might place Sarahís date of birth around 1765 to 1770 and therefore not the child of Richard and Elizabeth.In addition to this, another Elizabeth Collett, perhaps the wife of William (below), was one of the witnesses to the marriage of George Sims of Shipston-on-Stour and Sarah Hathaway at Bledington in 1828.

 

 

 

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William Collett

Born in 1780 at Churchill

 

 

 

 

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William Collett was baptised at Churchill on 4th November 1781 and by the time of the census in 1851 he had been married and raised a family, and at the age of 72, he was a widower living in Kingham, when his place of birth was confirmed as nearby Churchill, and his occupation was that of a sawyer.Living in the same dwelling in the village with him was his youngest daughter Elizabeth Partloe who was a widow at the age of 31.In addition to Elizabethís three Partloe children, Daniel, James and Mary Ann, also living there was Sarah Collett, Williamís eight-year-old granddaughter, the child of one of his sons.Elizabeth and her three children, and Sarah Collett, were all recorded as having been born at Kingham.With no other alternative found at this time, it has been assumed that the three brothers Joseph, William, and John, must be the sons of William Collett and the older siblings of Elizabeth Partloe nee Collett, and that his granddaughter Sarah Collett was the eldest child of his youngest son John.

 

 

 

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Joseph Collett

Born circa 1805 at Kingham

 

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William Collett

Born circa 1808 at Kingham

 

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John Collett

Born circa 1816 at Kingham

 

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Elizabeth Collett

Born circa 1820 at Kingham

 

 

 

 

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Joseph Collett was born at Kingham around 1805, the eldest son of William Collett.He later married (1) Jane towards the end of the 1830s, following which he remained living in Kingham where his children were born and where he and his family was living in June 1841.His rounded age in that yearís census was curiously 30, rather than 35, while his wife Jane was 32.Joseph was a labourer at that time in his life and the census return confirmed that he had been born within the county of Oxfordshire, while his wife had not.Living with the couple in Kingham were the first two of their children, Henry Collett who was two years old, and Austin Collett who was only four months old.

 

 

 

Supporting the young family on that occasion was Sarah Butler who was 13 and not from Oxfordshire who was described as an f s Ė family servant perhaps.Living just eight dwellings from Joseph and his family, was the family of his brother William Collett (below). On 22nd July 1844 Joseph and Jane Collett from Kingham were the witnesses at the wedding in Bledington of Thomas Keen, a mason of Kingham, and Ann Huckin of Bledington, the daughter of George Huckin, farmer.This is of interest Josephís brother William (below) married Catherine Keen in 1837, and the eldest son of Joseph and Jane Collett married Louisa Keen in 1866.

 

 

 

During the next decade Jane presented Joseph with at least another two children, although there may have been others who did not survive.By the time of the census in 1851 the family living at Kingham comprised Joseph Collett, aged 45 and from Kingham, who was a farmer of 38 acres, employing two men, his wife Jane, aged 42 and from Longborough in Gloucestershire, and their four children.They were Henry Collett aged 11, Austin Collett who was ten and attending school, as was his sister Jane who was seven, and completing the family on that occasion was Ann Collett who was three years old.

 

 

 

Eighteen months after the census in 1851, Josephís wife died, the death of Jane Collett was recorded at Chipping Norton (Ref. 3a 25) during the last three months of 1852.Sometime after that sad event, Joseph married (2) Elizabeth, as confirmed by the census in 1861.On that occasion Joseph Collett aged 56 and from Kingham, was still a farmer living in the village, although his holding by then had reduced to only 21 acres.Listed with him was his second wife Elizabeth who was 47 and from Shipston-n-Stour, and just two of his four known children.Henry Collett was 21, and Ann Collett was 13.

 

 

 

The only other person staying with the family was described as a visitor, and she was Hanna Sheppard, aged 47 from Great Coxwell, who was married but with no occupation.Who she was, and how she came to be staying with the family, is not known.What is known is that in the census for 1851 Hannah Sheppard, aged 35 and from Great Coxwell, was the wife of inn keeper Robert Watson Sheppard, aged 39 and from Witney, who were managing an inn at Charlbury, with four servants, but no children of their own.

 

 

 

Over the next ten years Josephís last two children left the family home in Kingham, so by 1871 it was just Joseph Collett, aged 65, and his wife Elizabeth, aged 56, who were living there alone.Also, during the past decade, Joseph had given up working on the land and had taken over the inn at Kingham, because in the census of 1871 he was described as a retired victualler.It was nearly the same situation ten years later when the census return for 1881 recorded the couple still living in Kingham, but living with them at that time was their niece Emily Piracy who was 11 and from Cheapside in London.Joseph, aged 75 and from Kingham was a retired publican, and his wife Elizabeth was 66 and born at Shipston-on-Stour.The death of Joseph Collett, aged 76, was recorded at Chipping Norton (Ref. 3a 288) during the second quarter of 1882.

 

 

 

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Henry Collett

Born in 1838 at Kingham

 

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Austin M Collett

Born in 1841 at Kingham

 

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Jane Collett

Born in 1843 at Kingham

 

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Ann Collett

Born in 1847 at Kingham

 

 

 

 

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William Collett was born at Kingham around 1808 and was the son of William Collett.It was during the last three months of 1837 that the marriage of William Collett and Catherine Keen took place at Kingham, where Catherine had been born, and was recorded at Chipping Norton (Ref. xvi 101). 1836 he married Catherine from Kingham and in the census of 1841 the couple already had two children.William Collett, aged 30 from Kingham, was a sawyer, as had William Collett from Churchill, his most likely father.Catherine was 25, and their two children were Elizabeth Collett who was two, and Charles Collett who was three months old.During the 1840s three more children were added to the family.According the census in 1851 the family living at Kingham was made up of William who was 43, Catherine, who was 39, and their five children, Eliza who was 12, Charles who was 10, Alice who was six, George who was three, and Jane who was one year old.

 

 

 

By the time of the following census in the family had been extended by a further two children.All the members of the family had been born at Kingham and, with her absence from the 1861 census it seems likely that the coupleís eldest daughter was married by then.The remaining members of the family were William 52, Catherine 49, Charles 19, Alice 16, George 13, Jane aged 11, Thomas who was nine, and Henry who was seven years old. After a further ten years it was only three sons who were still living with William and Catherine within the Chipping Norton & Charlbury registration district.William Collett was 64, Catherine was 60, their eldest son Charles Collett was 30, and the two youngest ones were Thomas Collett who was 19, and Henry Collett who was 17.

 

 

 

From the census return in 1881 it is evident that one of the coupleís three daughters married into the Beecham family, since living with the family that year was their grandson Henry John Beecham who was five years old and attending school in Kingham where he was born.Tragically though by that time, Catherine Collett of Kingham was a widow at the age of 68, and was being kept by her two unmarried sons Charles and Henry

 

 

 

Further investigation has revealed that Henry John Beecham was the son of Henry Beecham of Kingham, who was 31 and a domestic steward living at Broadwell, Gloucestershire in 1881.Listed there with him was his wife Annie Beecham, aged 24 from Oddington, and their children Daisy Beecham, aged five years and born at Kingham, Richard who was two and Jessica who was one year old, and both of them born at Broadwell.This might indicate that Henry John was the twin brother of Daisy, or the child from a previous marriage of Henry Beecham, his first wife having died during the birth.Therefore, the mother of the child may well have been Catherineís youngest daughter Jane, who would have been the same age as Henry Beecham.

 

 

 

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Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1838 at Kingham

 

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Charles Collett

Born in 1841 at Kingham

 

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Alice Collett

Born in 1844 at Kingham

 

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William George Collett

Born in 1847 at Kingham

 

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Jane Keen Collett

Born in 1849 at Kingham

 

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Thomas Collett

Born in 1851 at Kingham

 

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Henry Collett

Born in 1853 at Kingham

 

 

 

 

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John Collett was born at Kingham around 1816.It would appear that around 1840 he married Jane and the two of them, plus two of their first three children, were recorded at Kingham in the census of 1851.On the day of the census Jane may well have been expecting the coupleís fourth child, and so their eldest daughter Sarah, who was eight, was staying with Johnís father William nearby in Kingham.The census confirmed that the four members of the family had been born at Kingham, as had missing daughter Sarah, and they were John who was 33, Jane who was 29, their son Thomas who was six, and their youngest daughter Emma who was one year old.

 

 

 

Over the next decade a further five children were added to their family which was still living at Kingham in 1861.John Collett was 46, Jane was 41, and the seven children living there with them were Thomas aged 16, Emma aged 12, Ellen who was nine, Dinah who was seven, Lucy who was four, Elizabeth who was two years old, and Fanny Collett who was still under one year of age.No record has been found in 1861 of Johnís daughter Sarah Collett, who would have been 18.

 

 

 

There was further confirmation of the family living in Kingham in 1871, but by that time four of their children had already left the family home in the village.John was 54, Jane was 50, and the four remaining children were Thomas 25, Elizabeth who was 12, and Fanny who was 10 years of age.Eldest daughter Emma, who would have been 22, may have been married by then, while sisters Ellen aged 20, Dinah aged 17 and Elizth Jane Collett aged 16 (?), were all living and working within the Stow-on-the-Wold registration district in 1871.Of the coupleís younger daughter, Lucy was still living within the Chipping Norton & Charlbury registration area where she was working at the age of 14.

 

 

 

In 1881 John and Jane were still living in Kingham, but with just two of their children.John Collett was 64 and was still working as a farm labourer, while his wife Jane was 61.Curiously their son Thomas was recorded as being 28, when in fact he was around 36, and he too was a farm labourer probably working with his father.Their daughter Elizabeth was correctly listed as being 22, and she was described as a domestic servant who was out of employment.All four members of the family were verified as having been born at Kingham.No record of either John or Jane has been found after 1881, so it may be safe to assume that they both died at Kingham during the 1880s.

 

 

 

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Sarah Collett

Born in 1842 at Kingham

 

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Thomas John Collett

Born in 1844 at Kingham

 

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Emma Collett

Born in 1849 at Kingham

 

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Ellen Collett

Born in 1851 at Kingham

 

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Dinah Collett

Born in 1853 at Kingham

 

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Lucy Collett

Born in 1856 at Kingham

 

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Elizabeth Jane Collett

Born in 1858 at Kingham

 

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Fanny Collett

Born in 1860 at Kingham

 

 

 

 

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Elizabeth Collett was born at Kingham around 1820, possibly the youngest child of William Collett from the neighbouring village of Churchill, and his so far undiscovered wife.Elizabeth was married around the time she was twenty years of age, when she became Elizabeth Partloe.And it was under that name that she was recorded in the census of 1851, although there was no one with that name listed in the earlier census of 1841.

 

 

 

By 1851 Elizabeth was a widow at the age of 31 and was working as a laundress, while she was living at the home of her father William Collett in Kingham, when it was confirmed that she was born there.Living there with her were her three Kingham born children, Daniel Partloe aged nine years, James Partloe who was seven, and Mary Ann Partloe who was four years old.From the names of her sons, it may be safe to assume that one of them was named after her late husband.

 

 

 

No record of Elizabeth Partloe has been found after that time, which might suggest that she was married for a second time during the 1850s.There is also some unresolved business involving her son Daniel of Kingham.As her eldest child, for which she would have been under age when she fell pregnant, there is a possibility that he was a base-born child who later took her husbandís name.However, with no further record of a Daniel Partloe, but a record of a Daniel Collett born at Kingham in 1842, it has been assumed here that he continued his life using his motherís maiden name.

 

 

 

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Daniel Collett

Born in 1842 at Kingham

 

 

 

 

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Henry Collett was born at Kingham in 1838, the eldest child of Joseph and Jane Collett.He was two years old in the June census of 1841, and was 11 and 21 respectively in the next two census returns, when, on both occasions, he was still living at Kingham with his family.At the time of the later census in 1861 Henry was working as a carter, and may have even been working for his father who was farming 21 acres of land in the village, having previously had 38 acres. From the later census records it is evident that Henry left Kingham during the 1860s, when he moved to the Stretton-on-Fosse area where he met and later married Louisa Keen on 22nd February 1866.The parish record at Stretton confirmed that the father of Henry Collett was Joseph Collett, while Louisaís father was Joseph Keen.Both the bride and the groom were recorded as being 22 years of age, which was incorrect, since Henry would have been 27, and Louisa would have been around 21.

 

 

 

Initially the newly married couple resided in Stretton-on-Fosse for a few years, where their first three children were born, and before they settled in Aston Magna two miles north of Moreton-in-Marsh.And it was there that the family was living when the 1871 census took place, although yet again they gave incorrect ages.Henry said he was 30 and Louisa said she was 28, when they would have been 31 and 25 respectively, as confirmed ten years later.Their three children on that occasion were William, who was five, Joseph, who was three, and Austin who was under one year old.Five more children were added to the family while they were living at Aston Magna, but then another move for the family took place.

 

 

 

In 1881 the family was living at a dwelling referred to as Number 15 in the village of Blockley, two miles west of Aston Magna.By that time in his life Henry was working on the railway as a platelayer, and coincidentally his brother Austin (below) was in America at that same time, and was also working on the railway there.Henry Collett from Kingham was 41, and his wife Louise was 35 and from Stretton.At that time in their lives, their marriage had produced seven children, and they were Joseph Collett aged 13, Austin Collett aged 10, John Henry Collett who was nine, Thomas Collett who was seven, Alice Collett who was five, Annie Collett who was three, and James Collett who was one year old.The coupleís missing son William was already working on a farm at Quinton by then.

 

 

 

Henry Collett of Kingham was 51 at the time of the Blockley census in 1891, and by then he only had his wife and three of their ten children still living with him.Louise Collett was 45, Annie Collett was 13, Albert Collett was eight, and Jane Collett was four years old.The coupleís two older sons Austin and John were both living and working together at Duffield, to the south of Belper in Derbyshire.

 

 

 

Curiously in the census of 1901, when Henry was living within the Blockley registration district and still working as a labourer on the railway at the age of 61, he gave his place of birth as Aston Magna.Living there with him was his wife Louisa Collett, aged 55 and from Stretton, and his youngest child Jane Collett who was 14 and from Aston Magna.It was the same situation ten years later when, according to the census in 1911, Henry Collett from Kingham was 72 when he was living within the Aston Magna and Blockley area with his wife Louisa who was 67, and their daughter Jane Collett who was 23.

 

 

 

Also living in Aston Magna in 1911 was the family of Frederick Collett, aged 40, and his wife Eliza Collett who was 36.Their four children were Frederick Collett aged 15, Florence Collett aged 12, Ethel Collett who was eight, and Annie Collett aged six years.Who they were and where they were from, is not known at this time.

 

 

 

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William Collett

Born in 1866 at Stretton-on-Fosse

 

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Joseph Collett

Born in 1868 at Stretton-on-Fosse

 

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Austin Collett

Born in 1870 at Stretton-on-Fosse

 

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John Henry Collett

Born in 1871 at Aston Magna

 

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Thomas Collett

Born in 1874 at Aston Magna

 

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Alice Collett

Born in 1876 at Aston Magna

 

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Annie Collett

Born in 1878 at Aston Magna

 

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James Collett

Born in 1880 at Aston Magna

 

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Albert Collett

Born in 1882 at Aston Magna

 

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Jane Collett

Born in 1886 at Aston Magna

 

 

 

 

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Austin M Collett was born at Kingham during March in 1841, the second son of Joseph and Jane Collett, and was recorded as being four months old on the fourth June, the census day in 1841. He was simply listed as Austin Collett, when his family was living in Kingham, where his father was a labourer.During the next few years his father became a farmer of 38 acres in Kingham, for which he employed two men, all as recorded in the census of 1851, when Austin Collett was 10 years old.

 

 

 

It would appear that as he approached his twentieth birthday Austin left England and emigrated to America, since there is no record of him anywhere in Great Britain at the time of the census in 1861.What is known is that on 20th July 1867 Austin M Collett married Mary Ann Kriebs at Omaha, Douglas in Nebraska.Mary Ann was a similar age to Austin, having been born in 1842 in Germany.For some reason the records in America gave his place of birth as Moreton-in-Marsh, which is five miles north of Kingham, and his year of birth was stated as being 1839.

 

 

 

Austin and Mary Ann were still living in Omaha when the US Census of 1880 was conducted.By that time the couple had three children living with them.The census return listed the family of five as A M Collett from England, who was 37 rather than 39, his wife Mary A Collett from Prussia, who was 36 instead of 38, their two daughters Minnie Collett aged 12, and Pauline Collett who was nine, and their son Austin Collett who was two years old.The childrenís father was described as a foreman working on a car department for the U P Rail Road (Union Pacific Railroad).

 

 

 

And it was at Omaha that Austin and Mary Ann were still living on 27th April 1906 when Austin M Collett died, just two years before the birth of his grandson John Austin Collett.He was buried at Prospect Hill Cemetery in Omaha, and it was there also, over twenty-six years later that his widow Mary Ann Collett nee Kriebs was buried, following her death at Omaha on 28th July 1932.

 

 

 

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Minnie Collett

Born in 1868 at Omaha, Nebraska

 

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Pauline Collett

Born in 1871 at Omaha, Nebraska

 

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Austin John Collett

Born in 1877 at Omaha, Nebraska

 

 

 

 

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Charles Collett was born at Kingham during February 1841, since he was three months old at the time June census in 1841.It would appear that Charles never married and was recorded in subsequent Kingham censuses in 1851 as 10 years old, in 1861 at the age of 19, and 30 in 1871.His father William, whose occupation was that of a sawyer, died during the 1870s, so by 1881 Charles and his unmarried brother Henry (below) were caring for and supporting their mother Catherine. The Kingham census that year listed the three of them as the widow Catherine Collett, aged 68, who was being kept by her general labourer sons Charles, aged 42 - as opposed to being 39, and Henry who was 34, when he was actually 27.All three of them had been born at Kingham, as was Catherineís grandson Henry John Beecham, aged five years, who was the son of one of Charlesí sisters.

 

 

 

It was a similar situation ten years later, when Charles and his brother were still living with their elderly mother.The Kingham census in 1891 listed them as Catherine Collett, aged 79, Charles Collett, aged 49, with his brother Henry referred to as Harry Collett aged 36.In the March census of 1901 once again the age of Charles Collett from Kingham was incorrectly stated as it had been twenty years earlier when, on this occasion he said he was 56, and at that time in his life when he was 59 and was still working as a general labourer in Kingham.

 

 

 

 

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William George Collett was born at Kingham in 1847, one of the seven children of William and Catherine Collett.However, at the time his birth was recorded at Chipping Norton (Ref. xvi 16) it was registered as George William Collett.It was therefore why he was named as George Collett, aged three years, in the Kingham census of 1851, and again as George Collett in the next census of 1861, when he was still living there with his family at the age of 13.Where George was in 1871 has not been determined, perhaps serving with the military, but it may have followed the death of his father that George took up the name William George Collett.It was thirty months after the census in 1871 that the marriage of William George Collett and Caroline Pearce was recorded at Chipping Norton (Ref. 3a 203) during the last three months of 1873. Caroline was also born at Kingham in 1848, where the coupleís four children were also born.According to the Kingham census of 1881, William George Collett of Kingham was 33 and a platelayer working on the railway, as was his eldest brother Henry (above), as were his two youngest sons over twenty years later.

 

 

 

His wife Caroline was 32, and their four children were Eliza Collett, who was six and attending the local school, William Collett, who was four, James Collett, who was two, and John Collett who was just four months old.Every member of the household was confirmed as having been born in Kingham.It was four years later that the death of ĎGeorge Collettí was recorded at Chipping Norton (Ref. 3a 322) during the second quarter of 1885, at the age of only 38. The Kingham census in 1891 included his widow and his four children.Caroline Collett was 40 (sic), William G Collett was 14, James Collett was 12, and John Collett was 10.Carolineís daughter Eliza was not living with her family because, by then, she had started work in domestic service.

 

 

 

Also, in 1891, the census that year revealed that Caroline and her three sons were living at Kingham in a dwelling that was almost next door to her brother-in-law Thomas Collett (below) and his family, with just the Andrews family separating the two groups.Caroline Collett of Kingham was still living there in 1901 when she was 52 and a widow with no stated occupation.And still living there with her were her three sons.William was 24, James was 22, and John was 20.Carolineís daughter by then was living at working in the Great Faringdon area where she was described as Eliza A Collett, aged 25 and from Kingham, who was a housemaid and a domestic servant.Ten years later it was the same situation.By the time of the April census in 1911 Caroline was 62 and still living at Kingham with her three sons, William, James and John.

 

 

 

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Eliza A Collett

Born in 1874 at Kingham

 

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William George Collett

Born in 1876 at Kingham

 

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James Collett

Born in 1878 at Kingham

 

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John Collett

Born in 1880 at Kingham

 

 

 

 

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Jane Keen Collett was born at Kingham at the end of 1849, the youngest of three daughters of William Collett and Catherine Keen, her birth recorded at Chipping Norton (Ref. xvi 7) during the early months of 1850.In 1851 she was one year old, and was 11 years of age in 1861, when she was still living with her family at Kingham.However, by the time of the next census she may well have been married to Henry Beecham from Kingham, since no record of her as Jane Collett has been found in 1871.It is very likely that upon the birth of her son Henry John Beecham around 1875, Jane did not survive resulting in the child being looked after by her parents.The only evidence for suggesting this is that in 1881 Henry John Beecham, aged five years and from Kingham, was living there with his widowed grandmother Catherine Collett.

 

 

 

 

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Thomas Collett was born at Kingham in 1851, the son of William and Catherine Collett.He was nine years old in 1861 and 19 years of age in 1871 when he was still living with his family at Kingham on both occasions.Shortly after that he married local girl Mary Ann from Kingham who was about five years older than Thomas.The couple continued to live in Kingham after they were married, and it was there that their children were born.Thomasí elder brother Henry married Louisa Keen in 1866, and by the time of the census in 1881 Thomas was referring to himself as Thomas Keen Collett.Whether this was anything to do with his brotherís in-laws is not known at this time.As with other members of his family, the Kingham census in 1881 recorded an error in Thomasís age by reducing it by two years, which is slightly odd being in mind his wife was the older partner.

 

 

 

According the census return general labourer Thomas Keen Collett was 27, instead of 29, his wife Mary Ann was 34, eldest daughter Alice was seven, sons James and Thomas were five and three, and the coupleís youngest daughter Mary Ann was only three weeks old, and all of them born at Kingham.Two more daughters were added to Thomasí family after 1881, the first possibly being born towards the end of that same year.So, at the time of the census in 1891 the family was still living at Kingham, but with some changes.Firstly, the coupleís eldest daughter Alice, who would have been 17, was no longer living with them, and secondly son James and daughter Mary Ann were using other names, although their ages were consistent with ten years earlier.

 

 

 

The Chipping Norton & Charlbury census in 1891 therefore recorded the family as Thomas Collett, aged 39, Mary A Collett, aged 45, and their children Louis Collett, aged 14 Ė instead of James, Thomas Collett, aged 12, Emily Collett, aged 10 Ė previously Mary Ann, plus the two new daughters Elizabeth Collett who was eight, and Rose Collett who was five years old.Living just two doors away from Thomas and his family in 1891 was his sister-in-law Caroline, the widow of his late brother William George Collett (above).Either on that occasion or shortly thereafter, Mary Ann was pregnant with the last of her children, resulting in the birth of Albert later that same year or very early in the following year.

 

 

 

Just after the start of the new century, Thomas and Mary were still living in Kingham at a dwelling in Duck End with just their sons Thomas and Albert for company.Thomas Collett senior was 46, his wife Mary A Collett was 54, while their sons were Thomas Collett, who was 22, and Albert Collett who was only nine years old, all four of them born at Kingham.By that time their daughter Emily Collett from Kingham was employed as a general domestic servant in a house at Neithrop in Banbury, where she was also listed as being 22, while daughter Rose was away working in London at 16 years of age.By April 1911 Thomas Collett gave himself a more accurate account of his age when he said he was 60.His wife Mary Ann Collett stated she was 68, rather than 64 which would have been more consistent with the age given in the previous census returns.Living with the couple at Kingham at that time was just their youngest son Albert, who was 19, plus their daughter Rose Collett, aged 25, who had returned from a period working in London.

 

 

 

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Alice Collett

Born in 1874 at Kingham

 

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James [Louis] Collett

Born in 1876 at Kingham

 

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Thomas Collett

Born in 1878 at Kingham

 

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Mary Ann [Emily] Collett

Born in 1881 at Kingham

 

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Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1883 at Kingham

 

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Rose Collett

Born in 1885 at Kingham

 

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Albert Collett

Born in 1891 at Kingham

 

 

 

 

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Henry Collett was born at Kingham in 1853 and was seven years old in 1861, when he was living there with his family.Ten years later Henry was still living at his parentsí home in Kingham when he was 17.Not long after that Henryís father William passed away, so by the 1881 it was just Henry and his brother Charles (above) who were looking after their widowed mother.This was another of the family who had trouble remembering their correct age, since in the census return for Kingham in 1881 general labourer Henry was recorded as being 34, rather than 37.

 

 

 

 

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Thomas John Collett was born at Kingham in 1844, the eldest child of John and Jane Collett.He was six years old in 1851, 16 years old in 1861, and 25 years old in 1871 when, on each occasion of the census he was living with his family in Kingham.By the time of the next census in 1881 he was no longer living with his parents, instead rather mysteriously no record of him at all his been found away in Great Britain on that occasion.However, it is established that he was a married man by the time of the census in 1891.What the actual date of his wedding was it still to be found, but sometime prior to the start of April in 1891 Thomas Collett married Julia who was born in the village of Salford, near Chipping Norton.And it was also at Salford in Oxfordshire that the childless couple was living, according to the census that year, when Thomas Collett from Kingham was 47, and his wife Julia was 32.

 

 

 

Just after the start of the new century Thomas, aged 56 and from Kingham, was a carter on a farm at Oddington in Gloucestershire, where he was living with his wife Julia who was 42 and from Salford.The only other Collett living in Oddington at that time was Emma Collett of Oaksey in Wiltshire who was 50 and a domestic housekeeper.Ten years later, the census in April 1911 again confirmed that Thomas and his wife were still living in Oddington.He was recorded as Thomas John Collett, aged 66 and from Kingham, while Julie Collett from Salford was 52.Also, by that time, the aforementioned Emma Collett from Oaksey was 62 and she was living within the Northleach area of Gloucestershire.

 

 

 

 

59O16

Dinah Collett was born at Kingham in 1853 and in 1861, when she was seven years old, she was living at Kingham with her parents John and Jane Collett.Upon leaving school Dinah entered into domestic service and, although she has not been located in the census of 1871, by 1881 she was a domestic cook living and working with the Spooner family at 7 Clapham Cross in the Wandsworth & Clapham area of London.Sidney Spooner, aged 61, from Streatham in Surrey was a retired eating house chef, and he and his wife Dinah Spooner, aged 66, from Kingham had their one-year-old granddaughter Mary A Spooner of Clapham living with them.Whether an error in transcription Dinah Collett from Kingham was said to be 23 rather than 27 or 28.

 

 

 

Following the retirement, or the possible death of her employ, Dinah was later employed by the son of Sidney Spooner at his coffee shop and restaurant at 4 Southside, Clapham Common where she was working as his domestic housekeeper in 1891.Possibly out of respective, and following the death of Dinah Spooner, Dinah Collett was henceforth known as Alice Collett.And it was as Alice Collett, aged 34 and born at Kingham, that she was a Ďboarderí with Sidney and Emily Spooner and their four children, where she was managing three domestic housemaids, two of them from Kingham.Completing the census return were three female waitresses, who were employed in the restaurant.

 

 

 

It may be of interest that the two girls from Kingham were Ada Keen, aged 18 and the kitchen maid, and Kate Peattey who was 22 and a housemaid.It is possible that Ada Keen was in some way related to Louisa Keen who married Henry Collett (Ref. 59O1) in 1866.It would appear that Aliceís work with the Spooner family must have been well rewarded, because in March 1901 the census for the Clapham area of London provided the following description of her.Alice Collett from Kingham was 45, at a time in her life when she was living on her own means.During the next few years Alice finally ceased to be employed by the Spooner family, when she retired to Warwickshire.By April 1911 she was living in the Rugby area of the county, and by then she had reverted to her real name of Dinah Collett.The census confirmed that she was born at Kingham in Oxfordshire, and that she was unmarried at the age of 56.

 

 

 

 

59O20

Daniel Collett was born at Kingham in 1842, the base-born son of Elizabeth Collett, later to become Elizabeth Partloe.Danielís birth was recorded at Chipping Norton (Ref. xvi 7) during the second quarter of 1842.In the census of 1851 his mother, as Elizabeth Partloe, was a widow at 31 and she and her three children were living with Danielís grandfather William Collett in Kingham.On that occasion Daniel was listed as being Daniel Partloe aged nine years.With no record of his mother ten years later it seems highly likely that she remarried and, upon her change of name, Daniel chose to be known as Daniel Collett.He was twenty-one years of age when he married Elizabeth Corbett, their wedding recorded at Chipping Norton (Ref. 3a 28) during the last three months of 1863, by which time his occupation was that of a labourer.The two of them were living at Enstone to the east of Chipping Norton at the time of the baptism of their first child ĎCharley Collettí and, just over a year later, they were living in the nearby hamlet of Lidstone, on the occasion of the baptism of their daughter Annie at Enstone.

 

 

 

At the time of the census in 1871, the family was still living in Lidstone, at Lidstone Hill, where Daniel Collett, aged 29 and from Kingham, was still working as a labourer.His wife Elizabeth from nearby Taston was 30, and their two children were described as scholar Charlie Collett who was six, and Annie Collett who was four years old, both of them born at Lidstone.According to the next census in 1881, the family was still residing in Lidstone, when Daniel was listed as being 39 and of Kingham, at a time in his life when his occupation was that of a corn millerís labourer.His wife Elizabeth was 40 and born at Taston, the hamlet next to Spelsbury, and their two children were listed as Charles Collett who was 16 and a gardenerís labourer from Lidstone, and Annie Collett who was 14 and also born at Lidstone

 

 

 

After a further ten years had passed, Daniel had progressed to being a master baker, at a time when his son Charles had left the family home to make his own way in the world.That left the family of three recorded at Goddards Lane in Chipping Norton, a short street linking Middle Row with Horse Fair, the main thoroughfare through the town.The census in 1891 identified them as Daniel Collett who was 49, Elizabeth Collett who was 50, and daughter Annie Collett who was 24.A further change of career took place before the end of the century, with Daniel described as a farmer aged 59 in 1901, living and working in Lidstone within the parish of Enstone.The only person living there with him was his wife Elizabeth from Spelsbury who was 60.The couple was still living at Enstone ten years later, when Daniel Collett from Kingham was 69, and his wife Elizabeth Collett from Spelsbury was 70.Staying with them on that occasion was their granddaughter Dorothy Collett from Enstone, who was ten years old and the daughter of their son Charles who was living nearby with his second wife.

 

 

 

Daniel lived a long and full life and died at the grand age of 82.His death was recorded at Chipping Norton register office (Ref. 3a 81) during the third quarter of 1924.His Will was proved at Oxford on 8th October 1924 just a month and a week after he died on 1st September 1924.The sole beneficiary was named as his son Charlie Collett.It is therefore likely that Elizabeth predeceased her husband, as she was very slightly older than him, her birth also recorded at Chipping Norton (Ref. xvi 35) during the first three months of 1841, the second child of George and Ann Corbett of Taston, a hamlet within the parish of Spelsbury.

 

 

 

59P25

Charles Collett

Born in 1864 at Lidstone

 

59P26

Annie Collett

Born in 1866 at Lidstone

 

 

 

 

59P1

William Collett was born at Stretton-on-Fosse towards the end of 1866, following the Stretton wedding of his parents in February that year.It must have been around the time he was four years old that his family moved south to Aston Magna, near Moreton-in-Marsh, where they were living in 1871 when William was five years old.Ten years later, and after William had finished his schooling, he was taken on by farmer Thomas M Fisher at Lower Meon Farm, near Meon Hill at Quinton.William was 15, and was described as an indoor farm servant, although his employer stated he was born at Aston Magna, rather than Stretton-on-Fosse, since that was where his parents were living.Where he went or what he did after that is not known, since no positive trace of him has been found within the census returns for 1891, 1901, or 1911.

 

 

 

 

59P2

Joseph Collett was born at Stretton-on-Fosse in 1868, the son of Henry and Louisa Collett, whose birth was recorded at Shipston-on-Stour (Ref. 6d 276) during the second quarter of that year.It was at Streeton-on-Fosse that he was baptised on 3rd April 1868.By 1871 he and his family were living in Aston Magna when he was three years old.In 1881 he was 13 and was already working as a farm labourer while still living with his family which, by then, was living in nearby Blockley.According to the next census in 1891, Joseph Collett was 22 and was living and working at Alcester Heath in Warwickshire, when he was employed as a groom at the home of the Parker family, one of four servants.Very shortly after that census day Joseph became a married man.It was during the second quarter of 1891 that the marriage of Joseph Collett and Beatrice Charlotte Stokes was recorded at Alcester (Ref. 6d 176).Beatrice was born at Inkberrow, just west of Alcester, where she was baptised on 26th November 1871, the daughter of Frederick and Charlotte Stokes.

 

 

 

The marriage of Joseph and Beatrice produced thirteen known children before the census in 1911.Initially the couple lived for a short while at Temple Grafton, five miles west of Stratford-upon-Avon, where their first two children were born and baptised.The coupleís third child was born and baptised at Snitterfield, four miles north of Stratford-upon-Avon, with the fourth child born and baptised in Stratford itself.The next five years for the family was spent at Alveston, where they were recorded in the census of 1901, by which time they had suffered the loss of three young daughters.On the day Joseph Collett, aged 32 and from Stretton-on-Fosse, was employed as a domestic coachman, when he and his family were residing at Tiddington Road which runs between Alveston and Stratford-upon-Avon.Living there with him was his wife Beatrice C Collett aged 29 and from Inkberrow, and the coupleís surviving four children.They were Elsie B Collett who was eight, Hilary V Collett who was three, Wilfred H Collett who was one year old, and baby Gertrude M Collett who had only just been born.Curiously, of their three Alveston child born before that census day, only one of them was baptised there, with Wilfred and Gertrude both baptised at Stratford-upon-Avon.

 

 

 

It would appear that the family was still living in Alveston when the coupleís next two children were born, but shortly after that that family moved away and headed for Redditch in Worcestershire, where their four remaining children were born.So, by the time of the census in April 1911 the family comprised Joseph, who was 42, Beatrice from Inkberrow who was 39, and their nine children. Within the census return the four children born while they were living at Alveston were recorded as having been born at Stratford.Eldest daughter Elsie Beatrice Collett, from Temple Grafton was 18, Hilary Violet Collett was 13, Wilfred Henry Collett was 11, Gertrude Mahalah Collett was 10, and Alice Louise Collett was eight years old.The four later children were Bernice Mary Collett aged five, Victor Frederick aged four, Reginald Clarence who was two, and Phyllis Norah Collett who was three months old.

 

 

 

Joseph Collett was 79 when he died, his death recorded at Alcester register office (Ref. 9c 134) during the second quarter of second of 1947.Just less than two years after his passing, Beatrice Charlotte Collett died at Alcester where her death was recorded during the first three months of 1949, when she was 77 years of age (Ref. 9c 63).

 

 

 

59Q1

Elsie Beatrice Collett

Born in 1892 at Temple Grafton

 

59Q2

Gladys Winifred Collett

Born in 1894 at Temple Grafton

 

59Q3

Dorothy Evelyn Collett

Born in 1896 at Snitterfield

 

59Q4

Hilary Violet Collett

Born in 1897 at Stratford-upon-Avon

 

59Q5

Miriam Irene Collett

Born in 1898 at Alveston

 

59Q6

Wilfred Henry Collett

Born in 1900 at Alveston

 

59Q7

Gertrude Mahalah Collett

Born in 1901 at Alveston

 

59Q8

Alice Louise Collett

Born in 1903 at Alveston

 

59Q9

Albert Joseph Collett

Born in 1904 at Alveston

 

59Q10

Bernice Mary Collett

Born in 1905 at Redditch

 

59Q11

Victor Frederick Collett

Born in 1907 at Redditch

 

59Q12

Reginald Clarence Collett

Born in 1908 at Redditch

 

59Q13

Phyllis Norah Collett

Born in 1911 at Redditch

 

 

 

 

59P3

Austin Collett was born at Stretton-on-Fosse in 1870, the third child of Henry Collett from Kingham and his wife Louisa Keen from Stretton.His birth was recorded at Shipston-on-Stour (Ref. 6d 43) during the third quarter of 1870 and, on 4th September 1870 the was baptised at Streeton-on-Fosse.Almost immediately after that, his parents moved the two miles south to the village of Aston Magna, where they were living in 1871, when Austin was recorded in the census that year as being under one year old.Ten years later he and his family were living at dwelling 15 in Blockley to the west of Moreton-in-Marsh, where Austin Collett was 10 years old and still attending the village school.Upon leaving school Austin and his brother John (below) bid farewell to their family when they set off together for a new life in Derbyshire, where they were both recorded as living and working in 1891.The census that year listed them as the only two people with the Collett surname residing at Mackworth within the Duffield registration district of Belper.Austin Collett from Aston Magna was 20 and one of three servants and a farm labourer at the property where he was employed, while his brother John was 19.

 

 

 

It was over five years later, while Austin was still living in the Duffield area of Derbyshire, he met and married Adelaide and by the end of the century they had two children.It was on 26th December 1896 at Duffield when Austin Collett, aged 26 and the son of Henry Collett, married Adelaide Garton, aged 21 and the daughter of Alfred Garton, their wedding recorded at Belper register office (Ref. 7b 325).The family of four was still living in Duffield, at Mill Green, where Austin Collett was 28 (sic), his wife Adelaide Collett was 23, and their two sons were Albert A Collett, who was two, and Harry Collett who was one year old.It would appear that Austin, who was a labourer working on the railway, had reduced his age out of embarrassment for the near ten-year-age difference between himself and his wife.The family celebrated the birth of a daughter during the following year but tragically, eight years later Austinís wife suffered a premature death.

 

 

 

By the time of the next census in 1911 it was just Austin and his three children living at Duffield, together with two members of his late wifeís family.Widower Austin Collett from Evesham was 40 and a labourer in the carriage department of a railway company, his sons Albert Collett and Harry Collett were 13 and 11 respectively, and his daughter Nellie Collett was eight years old, all three children confirmed as having been born at Duffield.Completing the family group was Martha Garton aged 85 and a widow of Duffield, who was described as the mother-in-law of Austin Collett, and her unmarried son Alfred Garton who was 56 and a labourer at a colour-works in Duffield.Austin Collett lived a long life and was 82 when his death was recorded at Shardlow register office (Ref. 3a 32) during the last quarter of 1952. By contrast, Adelaide Collett was only 33 years of age when her death was recorded at Belper (Ref. 7b 111) during the first three months of 1910.

 

 

 

59Q14

Albert Austin Collett

Born in 1898 at Duffield

 

59Q15

Harry Collett

Born in 1899 at Duffield

 

59Q16

Nellie Collett

Born in 1903 at Duffield

 

 

 

 

59P4

John Henry Collett was born at Aston Magna at the end of 1871, his birth recorded at Shipston-on-Stour (Ref. 6d 212) during the fourth quarter of the year.It was at Aston Magna that he was baptised on 24th December 1871, another son of Henry and Louisa Collett. He was nine years old in 1881, by which time his family was living at number 15 in Blockley, not far from Aston Magna.On leaving school, together with his brother Austin (above), John travelled north to the county of Derbyshire, most likely for work reasons, and it was at Duffield near Belper that the two brothers were living in 1891 when John Collett from Aston Magna was 19.

 

 

 

While he was living there, he met and married Fanny Elizabeth who was born in Belper in 1872.It was at St Peterís Church in Belper, where John Henry Collett married Fanny Elizabeth Riley on 26th December 1893.John was 21 and the son of Henry Collett and Fanny was 23 and the daughter of Samuel Riley and their wedding day was recorded at Belper register office (Ref. 7b 61). Once they were married, the couple settled in the Derbyshire village of Mackworth on the north-western outskirts of Derby.And it was there that the childless couple was living in March 1901 when John Henry Collett, aged 29 and from Aston Magna, was a waggoner on a local farm. His wife Fanny Elizabeth Collett from Belper was also 29.

 

 

 

Whether the couple had any earlier children who did not survive, is not known, but in February 1911, when Fanny was 40 years old, she presented John with a daughter, and two months later the family living at Leabrooks midway between Swanwick and Somercotes, to the south of Alfreton, Derbyshire.The census return that year recorded the family as John Henry Collett from Aston Magna who was 39 and a colliery labourer, his wife Fanny Elizabeth Collett from Belper who was 40, and their daughter Kathleen Janet Collett, born at Lea Brooks, who was two months old.Two weeks prior to that census day, Kathleen Janet Collett was baptised on 19th March 1911 at the parish church of St James in Riddings, less than two miles east of Leabrooks, when her father Johnís occupation was that of a plate layer. The birth of Kathleen J Collett was recorded at Belper register office (Ref. 7b 108).

 

 

 

59Q17

Kathleen Janet Collett

Born in 1911 at Leabrooks, Riddings

 

 

 

 

59P5

Thomas Collett was born at Aston Magna in 1874 but was living with his family in the adjacent village of Blockley in 1881 when he was seven years old.No record of Thomas has been so far found in the census of 1891 when he would have been 17.However, it would appear that, like his two older brothers, Austin and John (above), Thomas also moved north to Derbyshire where he met and married his wife.However, their marriage and the birth of their first child, both happened during the same three months of 1897. It was during the fourth quarter of 1897 that Thomas Collett married the very pregnant Emily Annie Downing, their wedding recorded at Derby register office (Ref. 7b 161).Emily was born at Quarndon in 1874 and baptised there on 3rd January 1875, the daughter of Edward and Jane Downing. At the age of 16, Emily A Downing was one of three domestic servants employed at the Quarndon home of the McGrath-Compton family in 1891.

 

 

 

By the end of 1897, Thomas and Emily were living at Quarndon with their son, the first of their seven children, who had been born at Allestree, just south of Quarndon, where all of the other six children were born.Quarndon, just south of Duffield in Derbyshire, was where Thomasí brothers had been living in 1891 and where Austin Collett (above) was living at that same time in 1901.The census that year confirmed the family living at Quarndon village was made up of Thomas Collett from Aston Magna who was 26 and a general labourer, his wife Emily A Collett aged 26 and from Quarndon, and their two children George T Collett who was three, and Frank Collett who was one-year-old.Boarding with the family that day in 1901 was Joseph Taylor who was a cab driver from Long Eaton in Derbyshire, who was 18 years of age.Nine months later, Emily gave birth to her third son, who was followed by another three children before the end of the decade.

 

 

 

On the occasion of the Quarndon census of 1911, six of the coupleís children were still living with Thomas and Emily.Thomas Collett of Aston Magna was 38 and employed as a farm labourer, Emily Collett of Quarndon was 37, George Collett from Allestree was 13, Frank Collett was 11, Arthur Collett was nine, Annie Collett was six, Joseph Collett who was three years of age, and Mary Collett who was only eleven months old, all of them born at Quarndon.Towards the end of the following year, Emily gave birth to her last child, the birth recorded at Belper register office, when the motherís maiden name was confirmed as Downing.Many years later, the death of Thomas Collett was recorded at Shardlow register office (Ref. 3a 26) during the second quarter of 1949, when he was 75.His widow survived him by a further seventeen years, by which time Emily Annie Collett was residing in Derby where her death was recorded (Ref. 3a 94) during the first three months of 1966, at the age of 91.

 

 

 

59Q18

George Thomas Collett

Born in 1897 at Allestree

 

59Q19

Frank Collett

Born in 1899 at Quarndon

 

59Q20

Arthur Ernest Collett

Born in 1902 at Quarndon

 

59Q21

Annie Collett

Born in 1904 at Quarndon

 

59Q22

Joseph Collett

Born in 1907 at Quarndon

 

59Q23

Mary Collett

Born in 1910 at Quarndon

 

59Q24

Margaret Collett

Born in 1912 at Quarndon

 

 

 

 

59P13

Austin John Collett was born at Omaha, Douglas in Nebraska on 5th September 1877, the only known son of Austin M Collett from England and his Prussian born wife Mary Ann Kriebs.He attended the University of Nebraska and in 1906 he was hired as an engineer with the Union Pacific Railroad in Omaha, Nebraska. It was during 1907 that he married Ruth Dahlman, and the following year their first child was born at Omaha.Their two sons were referred to as Jim and Jack.In 1912 he became the Director-General of Public Works for the Dominican Republic, and by 1922 he was working for the Texas Oil Company in Havana, Cuba.He died on 2nd May 1934 and was buried at Prospect Hill Cemetery in Omaha with his parents.

 

The father of Ruth Dahlman was Jim Dahlman who was the Mayor of Omaha in Nebraska for twenty years.He was a very colourful person and was a cowboy and a frontier sheriff.Ruth's mother, Harriet Abbott, came from a very old New England family who have managed to trace their family back to 1634, which is a tremendous achievement.Harriet Dahlman was later divorced from Jim Dahlman and inherited the house of her father, Doctor Charles Abbott.

 

 

 

59Q25

John Austin Collett

Born in 1908 at Omaha, Nebraska

 

59Q26

James Dahlman Collett

Born in 1909 at Omaha, Nebraska

 

 

 

 

59P14

Eliza Alice Collett was born at Kingham in 1874, the eldest of the four known children of William George and Caroline Collett.It was at Chipping Norton that her birth was recorded (Ref. 3a 165) during the fourth quarter of that year.In 1881 she was six years old when she was living with her family but, by 1891 she had left school when she was living at the home of the Rose family in nearby Church, where she was employed as a general domestic servant at the age of 16.It was her work that eventual took Eliza to Great Faringdon, where she was working in 1901.The census that year confirmed that she was Eliza A Collett, aged 25 and from Kingham, who was living and working at a house on London Road as a domestic housemaid.Shortly after that day, Eliza returned to Kingham where she married Frank Wiggins, the event recorded at Chipping Norton register office (Ref. 3a 148) during the second quarter of 1903. Frank was from Moreton-in-Marsh and, after he married Eliza, his work took the couple to Stourbridge in Worcestershire where their daughter was born and where the three of them was living in 1911.

 

 

 

The census that year recorded them as Frank Wiggins, aged 35 who was an engine driver, Eliza Wiggins from Kingham who was 36, and Dorothy Wiggins aged five and born at Stourbridge.Eliza Alice Wiggins remained residing in Stourbridge where she died on 30th August 1956, and was buried at the Stourbridge Cemetery and Crematorium.She had been a widow for the last four years of her life following the death of Frank Wiggins on 25th September 1952, with whom she was buried.Their daughter Dorothy Alice Wiggins married William J Speake At Stourbridge in 1930.

 

 

 

 

59P15

William George Collett was born at Kingham in 1876, the second child but eldest son of William and Caroline Collett, his birth recorded at Chipping Norton (Ref. 3a 29) during the last three months of the year.By 1881, as William Collett, he was attending the village school at the age of four years, and it was there in Kingham that he appears to have lived as a bachelor for much, if not all, of his life.Not long after that his father, who worked on the railway, passed away and it may have been as a result of that sadly event which resulted in his allegiance to his mother, with whom he lived until her death. In the census of 1891, as William G Collett he was 14 when he was still living in Kingham with his mother and two younger brothers.Ten years later it was exactly the same situation, except that by then William Collett, aged 24 and of Kingham, was a carter with a horse working on a nearby farm.

 

 

 

After a further ten years the census in 1911 recorded unmarried William Collett of Kingham as still living there with his mother and his two brothers at the age of 34, when he was a farm labourer.A much later record of William G Collett was at Chipping Norton register (Ref. 3a 116), during the second quarter of 1929, when he would have been 53, for his marriage to Minnie V Rawlings.It would appear that he lived out his life at Kingham, where he was buried on 25th November 1954 at the age of 78, his death recorded at Chipping Norton register office (Ref. 6b 72).His wife was also 78 years old when she died at Kingham, when the death of Minnie V Collett was also recorded at Chipping Norton (Ref. 6b 28) during the second quarter of 1958.Minnie Violet Rawlings had also been born at Kingham, during 1880, as was the daughter of Robert and Theresa Rawlings.

 

 

 

 

59P16

James Collett was born at Kingham at the end of 1878, his birth recorded at Chipping Norton (Ref. 3a 243) during the first months of 1879.He was another son of William and Caroline Collett, who was two years old in the Kingham census of 1881.His father died during the following years, so by 1891 James Collett, aged 12, was still living at Kingham with his widowed mother, and his two brother William (above) and John (below).He was still living there with his mother and two brothers in 1901 when, at the age of 22, he was employed as a platelayer on the railway, as his father had been before his unexpected death.And it was just the same ten years after that with James Collett, aged 32 and from Kingham, still living there at the home of his mother, together with his two brothers, when James was employed as a plate layer with the railway.

 

 

 

 

59P17

John Collett was born at Kingham in December 1880, the youngest of the four children of William George Collett and his wife Caroline, his birth recorded at Chipping Norton (Ref. 3a 237) during the first quarter of 1881.The Kingham census held on the third of April 1881 recorded his age as being four months.He was only a few years old when his father suffered a premature death, perhaps even as the result of an accident at work, since he was a platelayer with the railway.So, in the next census in 1891 John Collett, aged 10, was living at Kingham with his mother and two older brothers.The two subsequent census returns recorded the same situation.In 1901 John Collett, aged 20 and from Kingham, was still living there with his brothers and their mother at Kingham, by which time he was employed as a general labourer. During the next decade John secured a job as a plate layer on the railway working with his brother James (above) as confirmed in the Kingham census of 1911, when they were still living there with their widowed mother and older brother William, when John was 30 years of age.

 

 

 

 

59P19

James [Louis] Collett was born at Kingham in 1876, the eldest son of Thomas and Mary Ann Collett.He has been identified living at Kingham with his family in two consecutive census returns, although his parents entered different names on both occasions.For the first, in 1881, he was James Collett aged five years, and in the second he was Louis Collett who was 14.Whether because of the confusion over his name or not, no record of him has been found in any later census.

 

 

 

 

59P20

Thomas Collett was born at Kingham in 1878, the third child of Thomas and Mary Ann Collett.He was three years of age in the Kingham census of 1881, and was 12 years old ten years after that.He was still living at Kingham with his parents in March 1901, by which time he was working as a general labourer aged 22.Over the following years, Thomas travelled to London, most likely in the hope of finding better job opportunities, and it was there that he met his future wife.It was on 6th August 1905, that Thomas Collett of Kingham, residing at 100 Cleveland Road near Regents Park, a labourer aged 25 and the son of Thomas Collett, was married by the reading of banns at the Church of St John at Fitzroy Square, just off Euston Road in Bloomsbury, when the bride was Annie Charlotte Hayes who was 21 and the daughter of Stonemason Henry Hayes of 34 London Street.The couple signed the register in their own hand, when the two witnesses were William Hayes, Annieís older brother, and Kate Noonan.

 

 

 

Annie Charlotte Hayes was born at George Street in St Pancras on 9th February 1884, the daughter of Henry and Phoebe Hayes, with her birth recorded at St Pancras (Ref. 1b 50) during the first three months of 1884.Once married, the couple set up home at 55 Warren Street, between Euston Road and Fitzroy Square, where they were living in 1911.By that time their marriage had produced two daughters Annie Collett who was four and Rosie Collett who was two years old.On that census day, Thomas Collett from Kingham was 33 and again working as a labourer in the building trade, while his wife Annie Collett who was 29 and born in London was expecting the birth of their third child, who was born during the summer that same year.

 

 

 

One further child was added to the family two years later, but appears not to have survived.The birth of Dorothy Collett, whose motherís maiden name was confirmed as Hayes, was recorded at St Pancras register office (Ref. 1b 86) during the last three months of 1913.She was four years of age when she died, either at the end of 1917 or earlier in 1918, her death recorded during the first months of the latter (Ref. 1a 7).The pre-war Register compiled in 1939, included the family living at number 66 in St Pancras, when Thomas Collett was 67, and Annie Collett was 55.Living with the couple was their married daughter Rose Phoebe Tierney and her son Alfred W Tierney.The later death of Thomas Collett was recorded at St Pancras register office (Ref. 5d 68) during the fourth quarter of 1957, when he was 79 years old.Seven years after being widowed, the death of Annie Charlotte Collett was also recorded at St Pancras (Ref. 5d 32) during the third quarter of 1964 at the age of 80.

 

 

 

59Q27

Annie Emily Collett

Born in 1907 at Paddington, London

 

59Q28

Rose Phoebe E Collett

Born in 1909 at Marylebone, London

 

59Q29

Thomas W Collett

Born in 1911 at St Pancras, London

 

59Q30

Dorothy Collett

Born in 1913 at St Pancras, London

 

 

 

 

59P21

Mary Ann [Emily] Collett was born at Kingham during the first week of March in 1881, since she was only three weeks old on the third April that year, when she was recorded as Mary Ann Collett.Ten years later she was still living at Kingham with her family when she was named as Emily Collett, aged 10.Upon leaving school Mary Ann/Emily Collett entered domestic service, and her work eventually took her to work for a family at Neithrop in Banbury.Curiously in the census of 1901 she was once again recorded as Emily Collett from Kingham, although her age was incorrectly stated as being 22.With no later record of Mary Ann or Emily Collett it is perhaps safe to assume that she was married by the time of the census in 1911.

 

 

 

 

59P22

Elizabeth Collett was born at Kingham around 1883, and was living with her parents Thomas and Mary Ann at Kingham in 1891 when she was eight years old.However, she was not living at the familyís home in 1901, but instead it is very likely, although not proved, that she was employed as a domestic servant working at a house in the Clapham area of London.That person was simply recorded in the census as L Collett, aged 19, and from Kingham in Oxfordshire.

 

 

 

 

59P23

Rose Collett was born at Kingham in 1885, the youngest child of Thomas and Mary Ann Collett.She was five years old in the Kingham census of 1891, but upon leaving school in Kingham, Rose secured work as a general domestic servant with a family at Streatham in Surrey, where she was working at 16 years of age in 1901.Perhaps because of the advancing years of her elderly parents, Rose returned to Kingham during the next decade and was living with them in the old age in 1911, when she was listed as Rose Collett, aged 25 and from Kingham.It is not known at this time if she was married in the following years.

 

 

 

 

59P25

Charles Collett was born at Lidstone near the end of 1864, and was baptised at the parish church in Spelsbury on 21st May 1865, the only son of Daniel Collett and Elizabeth Corbett.It was as Charlie Collett that he was living at Lidstone Hill, in the hamlet of Lidstone, with his family in 1871 when he was six years old.Ten years later, according to the 1881 Census, Charles Collett aged 16 and of Lidstone, was a non-domestic gardenerís labourer who was still living at the home of his parents in Lidstone.Charlie Collett of Lidstone was still a bachelor in 1891 at the age of 25, while it was seven years later, during the first quarter of 1898, that the marriage of Charles Collett and (1) Susan Ellen Grime was recorded at Chipping Norton register office (Ref. 3a 161).

 

 

 

By 1901, Charles Collett aged 36 and from Lidstone was living in Enstone and working as a miller and a baker, having taken over the family business from his father who, by then was a farmer in Lidstone.Living with Charles was his wife Susan E Collett aged 37 and from Lancaster, and their daughter Dorothy M E Collett who was not yet one year old, who had been born at Enstone.Tragically, just over four years after that census day, the death of Susan Ellen Collett was recorded at Chipping Norton register office (Ref. 3a 75, during the fourth quarter of 1905, when she was 42 years old. That happened a few months after the birth of their son Eric Charles, who did survive.Needing to carry on working, but with a young daughter and a baby son to look after, it was inevitable that Charlesí daughter Dorothy went to live with her paternal grandparents.

 

 

 

After living the next three years as a widower, it was during the final three months of 1908 that the marriage of Charles Collett and (2) Alma Ellen Tompkins was recorded at Chipping Norton register office (Ref. 3a 245), with whom he had another son prior to the census in 1911.It is extremely interesting to note that Alma was a daughter of Henry Tompkins and Sarah Ann Collett (Ref. 64O49), whose family details can be found in Part 64 Ė The Upper Swell Oddington (Gloucestershire Line). The census return for 1911 confirmed that Charlie Collett, aged 44 and from Enstone, was a master baker who was still living there with his new wife and their son, plus his youngest child from his first marriage.Charlesí daughter Dorothy, also from his first marriage, then aged ten years, was still living nearby at Enstone with his parents.Charlesí wife Alma Ellen Collett was only 34, and the two children were recorded as Eric Charlie Collett who was five and born about six months prior to the death of his mother, and Frederick Charles Henry Collett who was just two months old.Both boys were born at Enstone.

 

 

 

Three more children were added to their family between 1911 and 1916, as follows, all three births recorded at Chipping Norton register office, when the motherís maiden name was confirmed as Tompkins.The first of them was Robert H Collett whose birth was recorded there during the last three months of 1912.The second was daughter Barbara who must have been with her parents when they left Enstone and moved to the Bicester area of Oxfordshire, where she was later married and raised her own family.The last child of Charles and Alma was William J Collett, his birth recorded during the third quarter of 1916 (Ref. 3a 100).

 

 

 

Twelve years later, Almaís widowed mother Sarah Ann Tompkins, nee Collett, passed away in 1923 and, when her Will was proved on 13th July 1923, it was her son-in-law Charlie Collett who was named as the main beneficiary.Curiously, just over one month later, her late husbandís Will was passed through a further probate process, even though it was originally proved in favour of Sarah Ann Tompkins in Oxford on 2nd September 1909.The process concluded on 25th August 1923 when the first beneficiary was his daughter Alma Ellen Collett, with the second being her husband, Charles Collett. The later death of Alma Ellen Collett was recorded at the Bicester Ploughley register office (Ref. 6b 21) during the final quarter of 1959, when she was 85 years old.For the last thirteen years of her life, Alma was a widow living in the Bicester area, following the death of Charles Collett aged 81, which was also recorded at Ploughley register office (Ref. 3a 38) during the second quarter of 1946.

 

 

 

59Q31

Dorothy Mary E Collett

Born in 1900 at Enstone

 

59Q32

Eric Charlie Collett

Born in 1905 at Enstone

 

The following are the children of Charles Collett by his second wife Alma Ellen Tompkins:

 

59Q33

Frederick Charles Henry Collett

Born in 1911 at Enstone

 

59Q34

Robert H Collett

Born in 1912 at Enstone

 

59Q35

Barbara Susan E Collett

Born in 1914 at Enstone

 

59Q36

William J Collett

Born in 1916 at Enstone

 

 

 

 

59P26

Annie Collett was born at Lidstone, but was baptised at Spelsbury on 23rd September 1866, the daughter of Daniel and Elizabeth Collett.At the time of the Lidstone census in 1871 Annie was four years old and as living at Lidstone Hill with her family.And it was there that she was still living with her family in 1881 when she was recorded as Annie Collett, aged 14, and born at Lidstone, and again ten years later in 1891 when she was 24.

 

 

 

Towards the end of the old century Annie appears to have married farmer Leonard Titcomb and by 1901 their marriage had been blessed with the birth of the first of their three children who was born at Chipping Norton.The census that year listed the family as Leonard Titcomb 34, his wife Annie L Titcomb 35 and from Lidstone, and their daughter Emily Corbett Titcomb who was one year old.Two further children were added to the family during the next four years, but by 1911 Annie Titcomb was a widow living at Lidstone with her three children.Annie from Lidstone was 45, Emily Corbett Titcomb was 11, Ivy Melinda Titcomb was nine, and Henry Norman Titcomb was six years old.

 

 

 

 

59Q1

Elsie Beatrice Collett was born at Temple Grafton in Warwickshire on 31st December 1892, the first-born child of the thirteen children of Joseph Collett Beatrice Charlotte Stokes.Her birth was recorded at Stratford-upon-Avon (Ref. 6d 122) during the first month of that year.On the occasion of the baptism of Elsie Beatrice Collett at Temple Grafton on 5th February 1893, her parents were recorded at Joseph and Charlotte Beatrice Collett, whereas it was Beatrice Charlotte for all of their other children.It was at Tiddington Road in Alveston that Elsie B Collett from Temple Grafton was eight years of age in 1901, one of only four children living there with her parents, when three of her younger sisters had died by then.During the next decade, the family moved to Redditch where Elsie Beatrice Collett from Temple Grafton was 18 and a pin sticker, working in the pin trade, in the census of 1911.Four years after that census day, Elsie Beatrice Collett married Thomas Joseph Grubb on 14th April 1916, after which they settled in Alcester where their three children were born.Leslie T Grubb was born in early 1917, Albert J Grubb was born at the start of 1920, and Kenneth W Grubb who was born towards the end of 1921. In each case the motherís maiden name was confirmed as Collett.The death of Elsie Beatrice Grubb was recorded at Bromsgrove register office (Ref. 9d 57) during the first quarter of 1970 when she was 77 years old.

 

 

 

 

59Q2

Gladys Winifred Collett was born at Temple Grafton near the end of 1894, where she was hurriedly baptised on 30th December 1894, the second child of Joseph and Beatrice Charlotte Collett.It was after that event that her birth was recorded at Stratford-upon-Avon (Ref. 6d 108) during the first quarter of 1895.Tragically, she did not survive, with her death also recorded at Stratford (Ref. 6d 207) during the third quarter of the same year, after which she was buried at Temple Grafton on 18th September 1895, at the age of just ten months.

 

 

 

 

59Q3

Dorothy Evelyn Collett was born at Snitterfield, just north of Stratford-upon Avon, and was another child of Joseph and Beatrice Collett whose birth was recorded at Stratford-upon-Avon after she was quickly baptised after she was born at the start of 1896.She was baptised at Snitterfield on 12th January 1896, after which her birth was recorded at Stratford (Ref. 6d 175) during the first quarter of the year.Just as had happened the previous year, the death of Dorothy Evelyn Collett was recorded at Stratford (Ref. 6d 264) during the third quarter of 1896, following which she was buried at Snitterfield on 14th September 1896.She was nine months old and died just four days from the first anniversary of the death of her older sister Gladys Winifred Collett (above).

 

 

 

 

59Q4

Hilary Violet Collett was born on 6th November 1897 at Stratford-upon-Avon, where her birth was recorded (Ref. 6d 260) during the final quarter of the year.It was also at Stratford that she was baptised on 28th November 1897, another daughter of Joseph and Beatrice Charlotte Collett.No long after she was born her family moved to Alveston where, at Tiddington Road she was living with her family in 1901 at the age of three years.After a further ten years Hilary Violet Collett from Stratford-upon-Avon and her family were living at Redditch, when she was 13.Nine years later, the marriage of Hilary V Collett and David R Biddle was recorded at Alveston register office (Ref. 6d 78) during the second quarter of 1920.Three years after their wedding day, Hilary presented David with a son, the birth of Terence R Biddle recorded at Bromsgrove register office (Ref. 6c 89) during the second quarter of 1923.Hilary Violet Biddle was 80 years of age when her death was recorded at Bromsgrove register office (Ref. 29 112) during the third quarter of 1978.

 

 

 

 

59Q5

Miriam Irene Collett was born at Alveston during the last three months of 1898, with her birth recorded at Stratford-upon-Avon register office (Ref. 6d 97).It was at Alveston where she was baptised on 25th December 1898, another daughter of Joseph and Beatrice Charlotte Collett.Her absence from the family home at Tiddington Road in Alveston may suggest that Miriam also suffered an infant death like her two older sisters Gladys and Dorothy (above).However, unlike her two deceased sisters, no record of the death of Miriam Irene Collett has been found within the Stratford area of Warwickshire.

 

 

 

 

59Q6

Wilfred Henry Collett was born at Alveston in 1900, the sixth child and eldest son of Joseph Collett and Beatrice Charlotte Stokes, his birth recorded at Stratford-upon-Avon (Ref.6d 118) during the first two months of 1900.He was only the second of their six children to be baptised at Stratford-upon-Avon, when he was baptised there on 7th March 1900.A year later, one-year-old Wilfred H Collett from Alveston was living with his family at Tiddington Road in Alveston.Just over four years after that, his family left Alveston and made their new home at Redditch in Worcestershire, where schoolboy Wilfred Henry Collett was 11 years of age and his place of birth was recorded at Stratford-upon-Avon.He was twenty-three years old when the marriage of Wilfred H Collett and Christine E Dolphin was recorded at Alcester register office (Ref. 6d 59) during the last three months of 1923, Alcester being midway between Redditch and Stratford-upon-Avon.

 

 

 

Once married it seems very likely the couple returned to Worcestershire, with it being at Bromsgrove register office that the death of Wilfred H Collett was recorded (Ref. 9d 15) during the first quarter of 1948, when he was 48 years old. Twenty-five years after that, the death of Christine Elizabeth Collett was recorded at Birmingham register office (Ref. 9c 52) during the spring of 1973 when she was 76.The certificate also stated that she had been born on 31st October 1896, making her just over three years older than Wilfred. No record of any children has been found, nor has the birth of Christine Elizabeth Dolphin, which may indicate that she was a widow when she married Wilfred.

 

 

 

 

59Q7

Gertrude Mahalah Collett was born at Tiddington Road in Alveston early in 1901, her birth recorded at Stratford-upon-Avon register office (Ref. 6d 135) during the first three months of the year.It was also at Stratford-upon-Avon that she was baptised on 27th March 1901, another daughter of Joseph and Beatrice Charlotte Collett.The baptism record stated that her father was residing at Stratford when, four days later, the family was recorded in the census at Tiddington Road, which connects Alveston with Stratford, where Gertrude was only two months old. Around the middle of the following decade, the family left Alveston and travelled to Redditch, where Gertrudeís four youngest siblings were born, and where Gertrude Mahalah Collett was 10 years of age.On that occasion, her birthplace was recorded as Stratford-on-Avon, as it was for three of her four other surviving siblings.

 

 

 

She was twenty-three years old when the marriage of Gertrude M Collett and Reginald F Strain was recorded at Alveston register office (Ref. 6d 43) during the third quarter of 1924.Just under four years later their only known child was born, with the birth of Doreen M Strain recorded at Alcester register office (Ref. 9d 90) during the second quarter of 1928.It was also at Alcester that Gertrudeís eldest sister Elsie and older brother Wilfred were also living during the 1920s, together with her younger sister Alice (below). Reginald F Strain was 70 years of age when his death was recorded at Evesham register office (Ref. 9d 86) during the first quarter of 1969. Where and when his wife passed away has still to be determined.

 

 

 

 

59Q8

Alice Louise Collett was born at Alveston on 28th April 1903, her birth recorded at Stratford-upon-Avon register office (Ref. 6d 297) during the second quarter of that year.At the time she was around two years old her family moved to Redditch, where Alice Louise Collett was eight years of age in the census of 1911.In the 1920s three of her older siblings were married and living in Alcester, and it was there also that the marriage of Alice Louise Collett and Albert V Willmore was recorded (Ref. 6d 48) during the second quarter of 1926.Apparently, there was no issue for the couple, with the later death of Alice Louise Willmore recorded at Solihull register office (Ref. 9c 123) during the last three months of 1972.

 

 

 

 

59Q9

Albert Joseph Collett was the last child of Joseph Collett and Beatrice Charlotte Stokes to be born at Alveston, prior to the family moving to Redditch.He was born in 1904, when his birth was recorded at Stratford-upon-Avon register (Ref. 6d 36) during the third quarter of the year.His baptism on 16th July 1904 took place in Stratford, when his parents were confirmed as Joseph and Beatrice Charlotte Collett.Later that same year, and only a short while after the family move to Redditch, the death of baby Albert Joseph Collett was recorded at Bromsgrove register office (Ref. 6c 101) during the last three months of 1904.

 

 

 

 

59Q10

Bernice Mary Collett was born on 26th June 1905 just after her parents, Joseph and Beatrice had moved to Redditch from Alveston in Warwickshire.Her birth was recorded at Bromsgrove register office (Ref. 6c 342) during the third quarter of the year.It was also at Redditch that Bernice Mary Collett was five years old and living there with her family in 1911.What happened after that census day for Bernice is not known.However, it is apparent that she never married, and that her death as Bernice Mary Collett was recorded at Bromsgrove register office (Ref. 9d 131) during 1969, when she was 64.

 

 

 

 

59Q11

Victor Frederick Collett was born at Redditch in 1907, whose birth was recorded at Bromsgrove register office (Ref. 6c 260) during the second quarter of the year, another child of Joseph and Beatrice Collett. He and his family were still residing in Redditch in 1911, when Victor Frederick Collett was four years of age.After a further twenty years, it was at Bromsgrove register office where the marriage of Victor F Collett and Phyllis M Bryan was recorded (Ref. 6c 78) during the third quarter of 1931.Their marriage produced one child, who was born ten years after the coupleís wedding day and was recorded at Worcester register office (Ref. 6c 2) during the second quarter of 1942, when her motherís maiden name was confirmed as Bryan.Patricia A Collett was twenty years old when her marriage to David G Turner was recorded at Bromsgrove register office (Ref. 9d 51) in the spring of 1972.Tragically, Victor never saw his daughter married, since it was six years earlier that the death of Victor Frederick Collett was recorded at Alcester register office (Ref. 9c 54) during the last three months of 1966, when he was 59 years old.††

 

 

 

59R1

Patricia A Collett

Born in 1942 at Worcester

 

 

 

 

59Q12

Reginald Clarence Collett was born at Redditch on 12th November 1908, the last son of Joseph Collett and Beatrice Charlotte Stokes.His birth was recorded at Bromsgrove register office (Ref. 6c 223) during the fourth quarter of the year, and he was two years old in the Redditch census of 1911.Just over two years earlier, Reginal Clarence Collett was baptised at St Stephenís Church in Redditch on 23rd December 1908.It was also at Bromsgrove register office that the marriage of Reginald C Collett and Edith E Widdus was recorded (Ref. 6c 19) during the first three months of 1934.The coupleís only known child was born after they had been married for fifteen years, his birth recorded at Bromsgrove register office (Ref. 9d 58) during the first quarter of 1949, when the motherís maiden name was confirmed as Widdus.The later death of Reginald Clarence Collett was recorded at Bromsgrove (Ref. 9d 57) during the spring of 1972, at the age of 63.

 

 

 

59R2

David J Collett

Born in 1949 at Bromsgrove

 

 

 

 

59Q13

Phyllis Norah Collett was born at Redditch in 1911, just three months prior to the census day that year, with her birth also recorded at Bromsgrove register office (Ref. 6c 114) during the first month of the year, the last of the thirteen children of Joseph Collett and Beatrice Charlotte Stokes.

 

 

 

 

59Q14

Albert Austin Collett was born at Mill Green, Duffield, in Derbyshire, on 5th May 1898 the first-born child of Austin Collett and Adelaide Garton. His birth was recorded at Belper register office (Ref. 7b 214) and it was at Duffield that he was baptised on 26th June 1898.The Mill Green, Duffield census in 1901 included two-year-old Albert A Collett living there with his parents and younger brother Harry (below).Nine years later his mother died and by 1911, his widowed father had his mother-in-law living with the young family at Duffield when Albert was 13.Albert Austin Collett, the son of Austin Collett, was 22 years old when he married Edith Ella Malpas, who was 20 and the daughter of Samuel Malpas, in Derby on 23rd October 1920. The marriage produced two daughters, whose births were recorded at Derby register office, where their motherís maiden name was confirmed as Malpas.The birth of Joan was recorded there during the second quarter of 1921 (Ref. 7b 58) and was baptised on 25th May 1921, while Mavisí birth was recorded during the fourth quarter of 1928 (Ref. 7b 96) and was baptised on 14th October 1928.Joan later married Roy Hirst at Shardlow in 1945, where Mavis married Aubrey Thomas Sexey on 8th January 1950.The death of Albert Austin Collett was also recorded at Derby register office (Ref. 3a 84) during the second quarter of 1967, when he was 69.

 

 

 

59R3

Joan Evelyn Collett

Born in 1921 at Derby

 

59R4

Mavis Ella Collett

Born in 1928 at Derby

 

 

 

 

59Q15

Harry Collett was born at Mill Green in Duffield on 25th September 1899, his birth recorded at Belper register office (Ref. 7b 21) during the last quarter of the year.He was one-year-old in the Duffield census of 1901 when he was living with his family at Mill Green and was 11 years of age in 1911, by which time his mother had died during the previous year.Harry was almost four years old when he was baptised at Duffield on 30th August 1903, the son of Austin and Adelaide Collett. That delayed event may have been because he was a poorly child and tragically, his very premature death was recorded at Belper (Ref. 7b 3) during the third quarter of 1916.

 

 

 

 

59Q16

Nellie Collett was born at Mill Green in Duffield on 8th January 1903, with her birth recorded at Belper register office (Ref. 7b 18). She was the third and last child of Austin Collett and Adelaide Garton, and was around eight years old when her mother died.A few months later, in 1911, Nellie was living at Duffield with her father and two older brothers, and her maternal grandmother Martha Garton.It was also at Duffield that she was baptised on 30th August 1903 while it was in Derby, when she was 25, that the marriage of Nellie Collett and Harold Ellison, aged 22, took place on 3rd November 1928.He was the son of Walter Ellison, and Nellie was confirmed as the daughter of Austin Collett. ††Just over two years after that day, Nellie presented Harold with their only child, Anne P Ellison, whose birth was recorded at Shardlow register office (Ref. 7b 137) during the second quarter of 1931, when her motherís maiden name was confirmed at Collett.The death of Nellie Ellison was recorded at Derby register office (Ref. 3a 45) at the start of 1972, when she was 69.

 

 

 

 

59Q18

George Thomas Collett was born at Allestree near Quarndon on 31st December 1897, the first child of Thomas Collett and Emily Annie Downing who recorded the birth at Belper register office (Ref. 7b 349) during the first quarter of 1898, only a few months after they were married in Derby.He was living with his family at Quarndon in 1901 when he was listed in the census at George T Collett from Quarndon aged three years, and again in 1911 when, as George Collett, he was 13 and still attending school. On that latter occasion his place of birth was more accurately recorded as Allestree, just one mile south of Quarndon.He was twenty-six when the marriage of George Thomas Collett and Hilda Kate Hammonds took place on 14th December 1924, the event recorded at Derby register office (Ref. 7b 59).Just over two years after their wedding day, Hilda presented George with a daughter, who appears to have been their only child.Towards the end of his life, he was living within the Derby area, when the death of George Thomas Collett was recorded there in January 1990 at the age of 92.

 

 

 

59R5

Dorothy F Collett

Born in 1927 at Shardlow, Derbyshire

 

 

 

 

59Q19

Frank Collett was born at Quarndon on 28th August 1899, with his birth recorded at Belper register office (Ref. 7b 16) during the last quarter of that year.It was at Quarndon that he was baptised on 3rd December 1899, another son of Thomas and Emily Annie Collett. Frank was one year old and 11 years of age in the Quarndon census returns of 1901 and 1911, when he was living there with his family.He was 28 years old when his marriage to Annie Garbett took place at St Michaelís Church in Sutton-on-the-Hill, eight miles west of Derby, on 5th January 1929.The parish record confirmed that Frankís father was Thomas Collett, and that Annie was the daughter of George Garbett. Another record gives the date of their wedding day one week earlier on 30th December 1928.They had two daughters, with the birth of Margaret recorded at Derby register office (Ref. 7b 116) during the second quarter of 1931, who later married Samuel Heath (aged 26) at Mugginton on 6th June 1953.The birth of her younger Jean was recorded at Belper register office (Ref. 7b 41) during the third quarter of 1934, and was baptised at St Maryís Church in Chaddesden, a suburb of Derby, on 15th July 1934.It was also at Mugginton that Jean married her brother-in-law Donald Heath (aged 27) on 30th March 1959, he and Samuel being the sons of John Heath.Frank Collett was 89 when his death was recorded at Derby register office at the start of 1989, after which he was buried at All Saints Church in Mugginton on 31st January 1989, where his sister Annie (below) was buried three years later.

 

 

 

59R6

Margaret Joyce Collett

Born in 1931 at Derby

 

59R7

Jean Mary Collett

Born in 1934 at Belper

 

 

 

 

59Q20

Arthur Ernest Collett was born at Quarndon on 28th January 1902 when his birth was recorded at Belper register office (Ref. 7b 214).However, it was a Derby where he was baptised on 15th July 1902, the third child of Thomas and Emily Annie Collett, and was nine years old in the Quarndon census of 1911.On the occasion of his later marriage, he was simply recorded as Arthur Collett when his wedding to Ida Burton was recorded at Derby register office (Ref. 7b 24) during the third quarter of 1935.As far as can be determined, Arthur and Ida had no issue and eventually settled in Leicestershire, the death of Arthur Ernest Collett was recorded at the Central Leicester register office in July 1990 when he was 88 years old.

 

 

 

 

59Q21

Annie Collett was born at Quarndon on 6th June 1904, the first of three daughters of Thomas and Emily Collett, her birth recorded at Belper register office (Ref. 7b 38).She was six years of age in the census of 1911, when she was living with her family at Quarndon.Annie never married and lived at Quarndon and later at Mugginton, where her married brother Frank (above) lived and where he was buried in 1989.The death of Annie Collett was also recorded at Belper in mid-March in 1992, following which she was buried with her brother Frank at Mugginton on 19th March 1992, at the age of 87.

 

 

 

 

59Q22

Joseph Collett was born at Quarndon on 19th June 1907 and his birth was recorded at Belper register office (Ref. 7b 296).In the Quarndon census in 1911 Joseph was three years old.Like his older brother Arthur (above), Joseph was also in his thirties when he became a married man, with his marriage to Jessie Henrietta Wheeldon recorded at the Ashbourne Derbyshire register office (Ref. 7b 1) during the first three months of 1942. Jessie was born at Idridgehay, between Ashbourne and Belper, on 6th January 1908 and was the eldest daughter and second child of John Henry Wheeldon and his wife Jessie.The marriage of Joseph and Jessie produced a son and a daughter, all be they born nine years apart at Derby, where their motherís maiden name was confirmed as Wheeldon.Joseph Collett was 81 years old when his death was recorded at Derby register office in July 1988.Twelve years after losing her husband, the death of Jessie Henrietta Collett was recorded at the South Derbyshire register office in September 2000, when she was 92 years of age.

 

 

 

59R8

Geoffrey Thomas Collett

Born in 1943 at Derby

 

59R9

Mary Emily Collett

Born in 1954 at Derby

 

 

 

 

59Q23

Mary Collett was born at Quarndon on 11th April 1910 and was almost one year old on the day of the census the following year.Her birth was recorded at Belper register office (Ref. 7b 102) during the second quarter of the year, another daughter of Thomas and Emily Collett.She was another member of her family who married later in life, her marriage to Harold C Moorcroft recorded at Shardlow register office (Ref. 3a 99) during the first quarter of 1949.A year later the first of their two daughters Carole Moorcroft was born, her birth recorded at Derby register office (Ref. 3a 88) during the first three months of 1950, when her motherís maiden name was confirmed as Collett.The family was again residing in the Derby area for the birth of their second and last child, whose birth as Sylvia Moorcroft was recorded there during the second quarter of 1956 (Ref. 3a 64).At the age of 90, the death of Mary Moorcroft was recorded at Derby register office near the end of 2000.Harold Campion Moorcroft was a few years younger than Mary, having been born at Derby on 17th April 1917, as confirmed at the time of his death there in 1985 at the age of 69.

 

 

 

 

59Q24

Margaret Collett was born at Quarndon at the end of 1912, the last child of Thomas Collett and Emily Annie Downing.Her birth was recorded at Belper register office (Ref. 7b 62) during the last quarter of that year, when her motherís maiden name was confirmed as Downing.Margaret was 34 years old when she married Jesse J Bricknell, their wedding day recorded at Shardlow register office (Ref. 3a 139) during the second quarter of 1947.†† Their only known child, Ann Bricknell, was born at Derby, where her birth was recorded (Ref. 3a 138) during the third quarter of 1952, when her motherís maiden name was confirmed as Collett.

 

 

 

 

59Q25

John Austin Collett was born at Omaha, Nebraska on 31st March 1908, and was the eldest of the two sons of Austin John Collett and his wife Ruth Dahlman.He was only 17 when he first enlisted with the US Navy and, after four years, he graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1929.Jack, as he was known, went into Naval Aviation and it was as Lieutenant Commander John Austin Collett that he was killed in action during the fierce Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands (aka Battle of the South Pacific) on 26th October 1942.At the time his aircraft crashed into the sea he was in command of Aircraft Torpedo Squadron 10.This photograph of Jack has been kindly provided by his nephew Jim Dahlman Collett (Ref. 59R2).

 

 

 

On that fateful day, Jack was flying the leading Avenger aircraft when he and the squadron were hit by a surprise attack from eight Japanese Zero fighter planes.With his Grumman Avenger torpedo bomber being the first plane to be hit, presumably killing the engine, it began to glide down towards the sea.The last sighting of the stricken aircraft, by the pilot of a following Avenger, was of Jack Collett climbing out of the cockpit onto the wing, from where he jumped before the plane crashed into the sea.His body was never recovered from its watery grave.

 

 

 

In 1944, two years after his death, the destroyer USS Collett (DD-730) was named in his honour, and the first captain of the ship was Commander James Dahlman Collett, his brother (below).The vessel was launched on 5th March 1944 by Bath Iron Works Corporation at Bath in Maine, and was sponsored by Mrs C C Baughman as proxy for Mrs James Dahlman Collett (below).The vessel was commissioned just over one month later at the Boston Navy Yard on 16th May 1944.

 

 

 

Assigned to the Pacific Fleet, the USS Collett reached Pearl Harbour on 16th October 1944.In February 1945 it sailed daringly close to the Japanese coastline to strike at targets on Honshū, before giving air cover to the invasion of Iwo Jima from 20th to 22nd February.On 18th April the destroyer joined with four other destroyers and an aircraft carrier, to sink the Japanese submarine I-56.After patrol duty off Japan, and guarding the carriers as they flew air cover for the landing of occupation troops, the USS Collett entered Tokyo Bay on 14th September 1945 and, four days later, sailed for a west coast overhaul.

 

 

 

 

59Q26

James Dahlman Collett was born at Omaha, Nebraska in 1909, the second child of Austin John Collett and his wife Ruth Dahlman.Like his older brother Jack (above), Jim, as he was known, also entered the Naval Academy in Nebraska in the Class of 1932.By the time he married Margaret Peyton Calvert of Annopolis, Maryland at St. John's Episcopal Church in Washington D.C in 1936 he was Captain James Dahlman Collett of the US Navy.Margaret was born in 1913 and her father was a lawyer in Washington where she grew up.The marriage presented the couple with two sons, George and James.Jim was the captain of the destroyer USS Davison, which was participating in the invasion of Sicily, when he heard the news that a new destroyer was to be named after his late brother.

 

 

 

On hearing the announcement, he immediately put in a request to be the first captain of the vessel, which was approved by the navy.So it was, that as Commander James Dahlman Collett, he later took command of the destroyer USS Collett.Jim served with the navy for a total of thirty years and eventually retired in 1962.During that time, he was a Naval Attachť to Spain in the 1950's and his last assignment was as Base Commander in Newport Rhode Island.John F Kennedy's son was born in the Naval Hospital under Jimís command at Newport and the family has an autographed photograph of JFK thanking Jim Collett.

 

 

 

In 1954 Jim was in command of the US Navy Military Assistance Group in Indochina, at a time when the French were still running the country.He never mentioned anything of this to his family, except to say that he considered Ho Che Minh to be a national hero in his efforts to get the French out, and his wife reflected how depressed he was while he was there.A few years ago, his son James, met with a retired CIA official who covered Vietnam in the late 1950s.He told Jim that some Navy guy had filed a report strongly recommending that the Americans should not replace the French when they left Southeast Asia.That report could only have come from one man, James Dahlman Collett.Being a dedicated Naval Officer, the subject was never raised, but in retrospect, it was a great shame that his report did not get more attention.His son James is therefore convinced that his fatherís depression was caused by what he saw as a huge mistake by his government.

 

 

 

Jimís wife, Margaret Peyton Calvert, was the daughter of George Henry Calvert from the Lord Baltimore line in Maryland and Cornelia Peyton Russell Calvert from a very old Virginia family.Her son James has been to both Kiplin Hall in Yorkshire, the house of Lord Baltimore, and to Isleham near Cambridge, where the Peyton family originated.In the world of brass rubbings, The Lace Lady, Margaret Peyton, is a member of this family line.

 

 

 

James Dahlman Collett died in 1998 and had survived his wife by two years, when Margaret Peyton Collett nee Calvert died during 1996.The details regarding James Dahlman Collett have been kindly provided by Alan Freer.Since the family file was first created and displayed on the Collett Family History website in 2011, the two sons of James Dahlman Collett have kindly provided further details and photographs of their family.The photograph of their father (above) was taken sometime during the latter years of the Second World War.

 

 

 

59R10

George Calvert Collett

Born in 1940 at Washington

 

59R11

James Dahlman Collett

Born in 1947 at Washington

 

 

 

 

59Q27

Annie Emily Collett was born in London on 22nd December in 1906, her birth recorded at Paddington register office (Ref. 1a 320) early in 1907, the eldest of the three surviving children of Thomas Collett and Annie Charlotte Hayes.As Annie Collett, she was four years of age in the census of 1911, when she and her family were living at 55 Warren Street in Bloomsbury.Eighteen year later, the marriage of Annie E Collett and William E G Speed was recorded at St Pancras register office (Ref. 1b 94) during the second quarter of 1929.After another fourteen years, William died during the Second World War, his death age the age of 40, recorded at Islington register office (Ref. 1b 141) during the first three months of 1943.Annie was living within the Camden area of London, where her death as Annie Emily Speed was recorded in the summer of 1986, at the age of 79.

 

 

 

 

59Q28

Rose Phoebe E Collett was born in London towards the end of 1908, when her birth was recorded at Marylebone register office (Ref. 1a 225), the second daughter of Thomas and Annie Collett.In the Bloomsbury census of 1911, Rosie Collett aged two years of 55 Warren Street was living there with her family.Like her older sister Annie (above), who married when she was twenty-three, Rose P E Collett was around the same age when her marriage to James A Tierney was recorded at St Pancras register office (Ref. 1b 77) during the third quarter of 1931.James Alfred Tierney was born on 31st December 1903 in the St Pancras area of London, with whom Rose gave birth to a son, Alfred W Tierney whose birth was recorded at St Pancras (Ref. 1b 67) during the quarter of 1934. Whether her husband had already enlisted with the pending war in Europe just days away, Rose and her son were staying with her parents at St Pancras when the 1939 Register was compiled. Rose P Tierney was 31 and Alfred W Tierney was four years old.

 

 

 

 

59Q29

Thomas W Collett was born in London, his birth recorded at St Pancras register office (Ref. 1b 130) during the third quarter of 1911 when his motherís maiden name was confirmed as Hayes.He was the third of the four children of Thomas Collett and Annie Charlotte Hayes and their only son.Thomas was twenty-five when his marriage to Gladys Isobel Franklin was also recorded at St Pancras register office (Ref. 1b 135) during the third quarter of 1936.Gladysí birth was also recorded at St Pancras (Ref. 1b 38) following her being born on 11th January 1914.The marriage produced three children, but with a big gap covering the war years, suggesting that Thomas was away serving King & Country.Tragically, Thomas died just six months before the birth of his son, the death of Thomas W Collett recorded at Holborn register office (Ref. 5c 126) during the second quarter of 1952.Thirty years later, the death of Gladys Isobel Collett was recorded, north-east of Wood Green, at Epping Forest register office in Essex (Ref. 9 139) in the spring of 1982.

 

 

 

59R12

Gladys A Collett

Born in 1938 at St Pancras, London

 

59R13

Janet M Collett

Born in 1946 at Islington, London

 

59R14

Richard Thomas Collett

Born in 1952 at Wood Green, London

 

 

 

 

59Q31

Dorothy Mary E Collett was born at Enstone in Oxfordshire on 21st October 1900, the eldest child of Charles Collett and Susan Ellen Grime, his first wife.The E in her name may was been for Ellen, her motherís second forename, or Elizabeth, her paternal grandmotherís christian named.Her birth, as just Dorothy Mary E Collett, was recorded at Chipping Norton register office (Ref. 3a 276) during the third quarter of 1900.A few months later, the three members of the family were recorded in the March census of 1901 in the hamlet of Lidstone within the parish of Enstone, when Dorothy M E Collett was between three and six months old.Four years later, Dorothyís brother Eric was born, but that same year her mother died.Three years later, her father was married for second, and that may have been when Dorothy went to live with her Collett grandparents at Enstone.It was there, with them, that she was recorded in 1911 as granddaughter Dorothy Collett aged ten and born at Enstone, when Daniel Collett was 69 and Elizabeth Collett was 70.

 

 

 

Thirteen years after that day, the marriage of Dorothy M E Collett and Cyril Adkins was recorded at Chipping Norton register office (Ref. 3a 54) during the fourth quarter of 1924.Cyril was also born at Broadstone Hill in Enstone, his birth also recorded at Chipping Norton register office (Ref. 3a 242) during the second quarter of 1899, the sixth child of Alfred and Mary Adkins.At the time of his death at Oxford in 1981, his date of birth was recorded as 27th May 1899.Eight years earlier, the death of Dorothy Mary E Adkins died, with her death recorded at Wantage register office (Ref. 6a 4) during the first months of 1973.As far as can be determined, it would appear that Dorothy gave birth to a son, Stanley R Adkins, who born was recorded at Chipping Norton register office (Ref. 3a 112) during the third quarter of 1926.

 

 

 

 

59Q32

Eric Charlie Collett was born at Enstone on 4th April 1905, the second and last child born to Charles Collett by his first wife.His birth was recorded at Chipping Norton register office (Ref. 3a 67) during the second quarter of the year.He hardly knew his mother Susan Ellen Collett, nee Grime, who had died by the end of that same year.His widowed father Charles was remarried in 1908 and by 1911, when Eric Charlie Collett was five years of age, he was living at Enstone with his father Charles and his stepmother Alma Ellen Collett, and his younger half-brother Frederick (below).Eric Charles Collett was 28 years old when his marriage to Evelyn M Hawtin was recorded at Chipping Norton register office (Ref. 3a 14) during the second quarter of 1933.The birth of their daughter, and only known child, was also recorded at Chipping Norton (Ref. 3a 37) during the second quarter of 1935, when the motherís maiden name was confirmed as Hawtin.

 

 

 

59R15

Margaret R Collett

Born in 1935 at Chipping Norton

 

 

 

 

59Q33

Frederick Charles Henry Collett was born at Enstone in the month of January 1911, the first of the four children of Charles Collett and his second wife Alma Ellen Tompkins, whose mother was Sarah Ann Collett (Ref. 64O49) from Great Rollright, near Chipping Norton. The birth of Frederick C H Collett was recorded at Chipping Norton register office (Ref. 3a 99) during the first quarter of 1911, and he was two months old in the Enstone census for 1911.Nothing further is currently known about his long life, except that it was at Cromer, in Norfolk, where Frederick Charles Henry Collett died on 3rd December 2009. At the age of 98.

 

 

 

 

59Q35

Barbara Susan E Collett was born at Enstone in 1914, her birth recorded at Chipping Norton register office (Ref. 3a 111) during the third quarter of the year, when her motherís maiden name was confirmed.She was the third of the four children of Charles Collett and Alma Tompkins. When her parents later moved to Bicester, Barbara probably moved with them, since it was there at the Bicester Ploughley register office that her marriage to George F B Sumner was recorded during the second quarter of 1936 (Ref. 3a 138).Their four children were all baptised at Ploughley, when their motherís maiden name was confirmed as Collett.They were Pamela M Sumner in 1937, Kathleen A Sumner in 1943, Derek C F Sumner in 1952, and Angela J Sumner in 1953.

 

 

 

 

59R5

Dorothy F Collett was born near Castle Donington, her birth recorded at Shardlow register office (Ref. 7b 107) during the second quarter of 1927, when her motherís maiden name was conformed as Hammonds.She was the only child of George Thomas Collett and Hilda Kate Hammonds.She was 27 years of age when her marriage to Raymond Compton was recorded at the Nottingham Basford register office (Ref. 3c 122) in the summer of 1954.Their two sons were later born at Wolverhampton, where their births were recorded and where their motherís maiden name was confirmed as Collett.The first son, David Compton was born in 1958, and the second son, Mark Compton was born in 1960.

 

 

 

 

59R4

Geoffrey Thomas Collett was born in 1943 and was the eldest child of Joseph Collett and Jessie Henrietta Wheeldon.His birth was recorded at Derby register office (Ref. 7b 109) during the first three months of the year.He was 22 when the marriage of Geoffrey T Collett and Elizabeth A Woodall was recorded at Shardlow register office (Ref. 3a 36) during the third quarter of 1965.Over the next nine years Elizabeth presented Geoffrey with three daughters the birth of each of them recorded at Derby, their motherís maiden name confirmed as Woodall.Helen Louise Collett later married Geraint L Bowcott, as recorded at the South Derbyshire register office in the summer of 1998, with whom she had two children.Harry Thomas Bowcott was born at Derby in 2000, as was Grace Emily Bowcott during the summer of 2001.Both birth registrations confirmed the motherís maiden name as Collett.No record of a marriage for the two younger daughters has been found so far.

 

 

 

59S1

Helen Louise Collett

Born in 1970 at Derby

 

59S2

Julie Ann Collett

Born in 1971 at Derby

 

59S3

Nicola Jane Collett

Born in 1974 at Derby

 

 

 

 

59R9

Mary Emily Collett was born in 1954 at Derby, where her birth was recorded (Ref. 3a 66) during the second quarter of that year.It was as Mary E Collett that she married Daniel J I Joseph in 1972, the event recorded at Shardlow register office (Ref. 3a 98) during the third quarter of the year.The births of their two children were recorded at Derby register office, Nicholas Daniel Joseph in 1982 and Rachel Frances Joseph in 1986.Both entries confirmed the motherís maiden name was Collett.

 

 

 

 

59R10

George Calvert Collett was born at Washington D C during 1940, the eldest of the two sons of James and Margaret Collett.He attended Duke University and achieved a Master's Degree in Business from the University of Virginia.He later went on to work in real estate in Washington D.C.He married Patricia Lindley who had two sons from a previous marriage.George and Pat moved to Hilton Head Island in South Carolina during 2005 to be near Georgeís brother Jim (below).By the summer of 2018, George and Pat were residing at Asheville in North Carolina.

 

 

 

 

59R11

James Dahlman Collett, who is known as Jim, was born at Washington in 1947, the second son of James Dahlman Collett and his wife Margaret Peyton Calvert.He attended Denison University and was commissioned as an officer in the Air Force and was promoted to Captain before he left in 1973 to go to graduate school at the University of Florida. After obtaining his Masterís Degree, he started work in what was the Bell System and spent the rest of his working life in telecommunications, ending with Verizon. It was during 1977 at Birmingham in Alabama that he later married Marcia McGuire, who was born in 1943.

 

 

 

Jim and Marcia moved to Hilton Head Island in South Carolina during November 2000, where they currently live.Jim made an unsuccessful run for Mayor of Hilton Head Island in 2010, but despite that he has stayed very active in volunteer activities on the Island.During September in 2018, Jim and Marcia flew to Omaha in Nebraska, his first visit to the place where his father was born, to attend a re-union for his fatherís ship, USS Collett. Also born there was his fatherís older brother John Austin Collett, the destroyer USS Collett named in his honour.More recently, Jim has been researching some of the action that his father saw as the captain of the USS Collett in the Second World War.One story he has unearthed relates to an aerial attack on the ship by four Japanese bombers.Two were shot down, one was damaged and the fourth decided to break off the attack.The whole episode probably lasted only a few minutes and, at the end of the war, Jimís father was awarded the Silver Star, which was quite an honour.

 

 

 

 

59R12

Gladys A Collett was born in 1938 at St Pancras in London, where her birth was recorded (Ref. 1b 42) during the third quarter of the year, the first-born child of Thomas W Collett and Gladys Isobel A Franklin.

 

 

 

 

59R13

Janet M Collett was born at Islington in London in 1946, her birth recorded there (Ref. 1b 135) during the second quarter of the year, when her motherís maiden name was confirmed as Franklin.

 

 

 

 

59R14

Richard Thomas Collett was born at Wood Green in London in 1952, where his birth was recorded (Ref. 5f 120) during the last quarter of the year, when his motherís maiden name was confirmed as Franklin. It was at Hatfield, north of Wood Green, where the marriage of Richard T Collett and Janet M Richardson was recorded (Ref. 4b 100) during the first quarter of 1974.Having been married at Hatfield, it was there also that the coupleís two daughters were both.The first of them was born during the second quarter of 1980, and the second during the last three months of 1884, both records confirming their motherís maiden name as Richardson.

 

 

 

59S4

Claire Joanne Collett

Born in 1980 at Hatfield, Hertfordshire

 

59S5

Kathryn Janet Collett

Born in 1984 at Hatfield, Hertfordshire

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

APPENDIX

 

 

 

During other investigations, an additional member of this family has very likely been discovered and he was Richard Collett who was baptised at Kingham on 11th January 1833.It is therefore possible that he was the eldest child of Joseph Collett (Ref. 59N1).Further work needs to be done to resolve this.