PART FIFTY-NINE

 

The Colletts of Kingham in Oxfordshire to the USS Collett

 

Updated September 2022

 

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, when 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 Meadows 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.

 

 

 

Helping with the young family on that occasion was family servant Sarah Butler who was 13 and not from outside the County of Oxfordshire.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 because Josephís brother William (below) married Catherine Keen in 1837, and the eldest son of Joseph and Jane Collett, Henry Meadows 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-on-Stour, and just two of his four known children.Henry Collett was 21, and Ann Collett was 13, both of them born at Kingham.

 

 

 

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 previous 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.The inn at Kingham had a new licensed victualler in 1871, he being the older husband of the former Eliza Collett, the eldest child of Josephís brother William (below).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.Twelve months later, 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 Meadows Collett

Born in 1839 at Kingham

 

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Austin Meadows Collett

Born in 1841 at Kingham

 

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Jane Meadows Collett

Born in 1844 at Kingham

 

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Ann Meadows 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). By the time of the census in 1841, the couple already had two children.William Collett, aged 30 from Kingham, was a sawyer, as had been 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 at Kingham, when William Collett was 64 and a railway labourer, Catherine was 60, their eldest son Charles Collett was 30, and the two youngest sons were Thomas Collett who was 19, and Henry Collett who was 17.All three sons were working as farm labourers, and every member of the household had been born at Kingham.

 

 

 

From the census return in 1881 it is evident that one of the coupleís three daughters had 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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Eliza 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 Keen Collett

Born in 1852 at Kingham

 

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Henry John Collett

Born in 1854 at Kingham

 

 

 

 

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John Collett was born at Kingham around 1816, a son of William Collett.After his younger sister Elizabeth (below) married a member of the Partloe family, it would appear that John then met and later married Jane Partloe. The wedding was recorded at Chipping Norton (Ref. xvi 83) during the second quarter of 1844.However, by then, Jane may have already given birth to a daughter, but had only two of their three children living with them at Kingham in the census of 1851.On that census day Jane was expecting the birth of coupleís fourth child, when their absent eldest daughter Sarah Collett, aged eight years, was staying with Johnís father William Collett, close by in Kingham.The census confirmed that the four members of the family had been born at Kingham, as had absent daughter Sarah, and they were John Collett who was 33 and an agricultural labourer, Jane Collett who was 29, their son Thomas Collett 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 and an agricultural labourer, Jane was 41, and the seven children living there with them were Thomas aged 16 another agricultural labourer, 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 John and Janeís daughter Sarah Collett, who would have been 18.

 

 

 

There was further confirmation that the family continued to live in Kingham through the census in 1871, although by that time, four of their children had already left the family home in the village.John was 54 and still working as an agricultural labourer, Jane was 50, and the four remaining children were Thomas who was 25 with no stated job of work, Elizabeth who was 12 and still at school, as was Fanny who was 10 years of age.Eldest daughter Emma, was married by then, while sisters Ellen aged 20, and Dinah aged 17, 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 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 22 and described as a domestic servant who was out of employment.All four members of the family were verified as having been born at Kingham.Just over seven years later, Jane Collett died at Kingham, following which her passing was recorded at Chipping Norton (Ref. 3a 423) during the third quarter of 1888, at the age of 68.After fifteen months as a widower, the death of John Collett was also recorded at Chipping Norton register office (Ref. 3a 498) during the last three months of 1889, when he was 73 years old.

 

 

 

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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 1852 at Kingham

 

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Dinah Collett

Born in 1854 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.It is interesting that in 1844, Elizabethís older brother John Collett (above) married Jane Partloe, who was very likely his sister-in-law, Jane being the sister of Elizabethís deceased husband.

 

 

 

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 Meadows Collett was born at Kingham in 1839, the eldest child of Joseph Collett and Jane Meadows.His birth using his full name, was registered at Chipping Norton (Ref. xvi 39) during the third quarter of the year. He was two years old in the June census of 1841 and was 11 in the Kingham census of 1851. He was one of only two children still living in Kingham village with his parents in 1861, by which time Henry Collett of Kingham was 21 and was working as a carter, who 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 eventually married Louisa Keen on 22nd February 1866.Around two months later, their son was born.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 22.The birth of Louisa Keen was registered at Shipston-on-Stour (Ref. xi 371) during the third quarter of 1844, after which she was baptised at Stretton-on-Fosse on 13th October 1844, a daughter of labourer Joseph Keen and his wife Sophia.

 

 

 

Initially, the newly married couple resided in Stretton-on-Fosse for a few years, where their first three children were born, before they settled in Aston Magna, two miles north of Moreton-in-Marsh.Through the move there, Henry hoped to obtain work with the Midland Railway Company, the main-line railway running north-south through the hamlet.It was also at Aston Magna that the family was living in 1871, where the coupleís remaining seven children were born. Despite that change of location, the births of all ten children were registered at Shipston-on-Stour. Once again, ages were not accurately recorded in the census return, when Henry from Kingham was working as a labourer and said he was 30, and that Louisa was 28, when they would have been 31 and 25 respectively, as confirmed ten years later.Their three children on that occasion were William Collett who was five, Joseph Collett who was three, and Austin who was under one year old, all of them born at Stretton-on-Fosse, like their mother.

 

 

 

In 1881 the family was living at a dwelling referred to as Number 15 in the hamlet 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, where he too was also working on the railway there.Henry Collett from Kingham was 41, and his wife Louisa 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.

 

 

 

The family next suffered the sad loss of two of their children, the first being Alice in 1883 aged seven, and then James in 1886 at the age of six.Five years later, railway platelayer Henry Collett of Kingham was 51 at the time of the Aston Magna census in 1891 and, by then, he only had his wife and three of their ten children still living with him.Louisa Collett from Stretton-on-Fosse was 45, Annie Collett was 13, Albert Collett was eight, and Jane Collett was four years old.All three children were incorrectly recorded as having been born at Blockley, unless it was a simple reference to the said parish in which Aston Magna was located.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 a similar situation ten years later when, according to the census in 1911, Henry Collett from Kingham was 72, a former platelayer receiving a railway pension, when he was living at Blockley within the Shipston-on-Stour registration area with his wife Louisa who was 67 and of Stretton-on-Fosse, and their daughter Jane Collett of Aston Magna who was 23, but with no stated occupation, most likely acting as the housekeeper for her parents.

 

 

 

Not long after that census day, first Louisa passed away, closely followed by Henry, when they were both still residing in Aston Magna.It was during the second quarter of 1911 that the death of Louisa Collett, aged 67, was recorded at Shipston-on-Stour register office (Ref. 6d 374).A few weeks after being widowed, the death of Henry Collett, aged 72, was also recorded at Shipston-on-Stour register office (Ref. 6d 876) during the third quarter of 1911.

 

 

 

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William Henry 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 1873 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 Meadows Collett was born at Kingham near the start of 1841, the second son of labourer Joseph Collett and his wife Jane.His birth registered at Chipping Norton (Ref. xvi 46) during the first three months of that year.He was recorded as simply Austin Collett aged four months on the fourth June, the census day in 1841, as he was in the Kingham census on 1851, when he was 10 years old.By that time in his life, his father was a farmer of 38 acres in Kingham, for which he employed two men.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 for sure 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.The US Census in 1870 included Austin Meadows Collett aged 28 (sic) from England, employed at a car shop and living at Omaha, Douglas County in Nebraska, with his wife Mary Collett from Germany who was 28, and their two-year-old daughter Minnie Collett from Nebraska.Staying with the family was mother and daughter, both Mary Geisler, one aged 44 and a variety store proprietor, the other 22 years old, both of them from Germany.

 

 

 

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 Austin Meadows Collett from England who was 37 (rather than 39), his wife Mary A Collett from Germany 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, all three children born in Nebraska.The childrenís father was described as a foreman working in a car department for the UPRR (Union Pacific Rail Road).

 

 

 

Five years after that day, Austinís occupation was that of a carpenter, according to the Omaha census of 1885.In both of the Omaha City Directory in 1888 and 1890, the incomplete family was listed as Austin M Collett, a general foreman in the car department of UPRR, Miss Minnie A Collett, and Miss Lena Collett first and then as Paulina K Collett in the second, with his wife and son not listed at the family home, at 2024 Locust Street, in both publications.In 1891, it was just Austin and daughter Minnie whose address was still 2024 Locust Street.

 

 

 

And it was at Omaha that Austin and Mary Ann were still living on 27th April 1906 when Austin Meadows 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.Ten years after the death of her husband, but as Mrs A M Collett, her home address was the same as it had been in 1888, 2024 Locust Street in Omaha, when she was named as the Ďnearest relativeí of her married son Austin John Collett on his military registration card of 30th September 1918.It was also at that address, that Mary Ann was living with her unmarried daughter Minnie, when she died in 1932.

 

 

 

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Minnie A Collett

Born in 1868 at Omaha, Nebraska

 

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Pauline K Collett

Born in 1872 at Omaha, Nebraska

 

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Austin John Collett

Born in 1877 at Omaha, Nebraska

 

 

 

 

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Jane Meadows Collett was born at Kingham in 1844 and was the third child and eldest daughter of Joseph and Jane Collett.It was also as Jane Meadows that her marriage to John Robert Slatter took place at Stretton-on-Fosse on 11th June 1868, when Jane was 24 and the daughter of Joseph Collett, and John was 31 and the son of Emmanuel Slatter. John was an inn keeper in Chipping Campden, where the couple was living in 1871, by which time Jane had given birth to daughter.The completed census return described the family as John R Slatter from Bledington who was 33 and an inn keeper, Jane M Slatter was 25 and from Kingham, and daughter Alice Slatter was two years of age and born at Moreton-in-Marsh. Helping John in the inn, or assisting Jane in the home, was 14-year-old servant Sarah Hopkins from Bourton-on-the-Water.Alice Slatter was baptised at Moreton-in-Marsh on 2nd May 1869, the daughter of John Robert and Jane Meadows Slatter.

 

 

 

Johnís role as inn keeper was short-lived, when the family left Chipping Campden and returned to Moreton-in-Marsh, where Johnís occupation in 1881 was that of an accountant, at the age of 43, and when wife Jane was 35.On that day, their daughter Alice was recorded nearby in the Bourton-on-the-Hill census, just west of Moreton, as a visitor at the home of master baker Peter Harper from Draycott in Worcestershire and his wife Eliza, where Alice Slatter was 12 and still attending school.Within weeks of that census day, the death of John Robert Slatter aged 44, was recorded at Shipston-on-Stour (Ref. 6d 361) during the second quarter of 1881.What happened to his widow is a mystery because, in the Bourton-on-the-Hill census of 1891, Alice Harper aged 22 and from Moreton-in-Marsh was the adopted daughter of 59-year-old widow Eliza Harper, a baker, at her home on Main Street.

 

 

 

 

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Ann Meadows Collett was born at Kingham in 1847, the last known child of Joseph Collett and Jane Meadows.Her birth was registered at Chipping Norton (Ref. xvi 45) during the fourth quarter of the year. Ann was three years old in the Kingham census of 1851, shortly after which her mother died and her father was later married for a second time.That situation was confirmed in the Kingham census of 1861, when 13-year-old Ann Collett was one of two children living with her father, and stepmother Elizabeth Collett.

 

 

 

 

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Eliza Collett was born at Kingham in 1838 and was the first of the seven known children born to William Collett and Catherine Keen.Her birth was registered at Chipping Norton (Ref. xvi 34) during the last three months of that year. In the subsequent census returns for the village of Kingham, Eliza Collett was two years of age in 1841, and was 12 years old in 1851.On completing her education, Eliza took up work as a domestic servant and was a parlourmaid aged 22 from Kingham in Oxfordshire, one of four female servants at a boysí boarding school on Oriel Walk in Cheltenham.It was six years later, and back at Kingham, where Eliza Collett married the much older Richard Harwood, the event recorded at Chipping Norton (Ref. 3a 997) during the second quarter of 1867.Richard was also born at Kingham in 1828 who, in 1871, was 43 and a licensed victualler living in Kingham with his wife Eliza from Kingham who was 32.It seems likely that Richard managed the inn at Kingham, where he employed one servant, 12-year-old Jane Brooks from Broadwell. Prior to 1871, the licensed victualler at the inn in Kingham was Elizaís fatherís eldest brother Joseph Collett, who was a retired licensed victualler in 1871.

 

 

 

Eliza and Richard were married for just six years, when Richard Harwood aged 47 died at Kingham in the spring of 1874, his death recorded at Chipping Norton (Ref. 3a 423).With no children, Eliza (as Elizabeth) was forced back into domestic service and by 1881 she was 42 and the housekeeper for widower and elderly Kingham born George Groves, a farmer of 50 acres, employing one man and one boy on his farm in Kingham. It was the same situation in 1891, by which time Eliza Harwood from Kingham was 50 (sic) and still the housekeeper for George Groves, aged 76, of Back Street in Kingham.After a further decade, Eliza was 62 and residing at The Green in Kingham, where she had living there with her, her unmarried brother Charles Collett (below).They were again living together at Kingham in 1911, when Charles was 69, and Eliza was 72.Thirteen years following that census day, Eliza Harwood died, possibly at Kingham, with her death recorded at Oxfordshire register office (Ref. 3a 925) in 1924, when she was 86.

 

 

 

 

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Charles Collett was born at Kingham, just prior to Sunday 6th June 1841, the census day that year, in which his age was recorded as null.His birth was later registered at Chipping Norton (Ref. xvi 40) during the third quarter of 1841. It was during that same time, that Charles Collett was baptised at Kingham on 18th September 1841, the son of William and Catherine Collett.He never married and was recorded in subsequent Kingham census returns as 10 years old in 1851, as 19 in 1861, and as 30 in 1871 when he was a farm labourer.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 the former Catherine Keen. 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 only 27.All three of them had been born at Kingham, as was Catherineís grandson Henry John Beecham, aged five years, who was living with them, and was the son of Charlesí recently deceased sister Jane (below).

 

 

 

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 at The Green as Catherine Collett, aged 79, Charles Collett, aged 49, with his brother Henry referred to as Harry Collett aged 36, when they were both general labourers.At the time of the March census of 1901, Charles Collett from Kingham was 58 and was still working as a general labourer in Kingham.However, by that time in his life, he was reunited with his married, but widowed, older sister Eliza Harwood (above), who was head of the household at The Green in Kingham. The pair on them were again sharing the same accommodation at Kingham in 1911, when Charles was 69, and a general labourer, and Eliza was 72. The later death of Charles Collett, aged 86, was recorded at Oxfordshire register office (Ref. 3a 1259) in 1926, two years after his sister Elizaís passing was also recorded there, most likely when he was still living in Kingham.

 

 

 

Interesting Note: The birth of another Charles Collett was also recorded at Chipping Norton (Ref. xvi 51) during the second quarter of 1844.He would appear to have been born at nearby Dean, but perhaps orphaned shortly after since, in 1851, at the age of six years, he was described as nephew at the St Johnís Road, St Giles Oxford home of Edward Wells, 26, and his wife Emma Wells from Chipping Norton, whose maiden-name was Kearsey.Other than that, nothing further is known about him, except that it was many years later that the death of Charles Collett was recorded at Chipping Norton register office (Ref. 3a 1340) during the first three months of 1918, when he was reported to be 75.

 

 

 

 

59O8

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 registered at Chipping Norton (Ref. xvi 43) it was recorded 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 identified his widow living at The Green in Kingham, just two dwellings from Williamís younger brother Thomas Collett and his family (below). 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.

 

 

 

59P14

Eliza A Collett

Born in 1874 at Kingham

 

59P15

William George Collett

Born in 1876 at Kingham

 

59P16

James Collett

Born in 1878 at Kingham

 

59P17

John Collett

Born in 1880 at Kingham

 

 

 

 

59O9

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 was 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 Janeís 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.

 

 

 

 

59O10

Thomas Collett was born at Kingham in 1852, the son of William Collett and Catherine Keen.His birth was registered at Chipping Norton (Ref. 3a 583) during the second quarter of the year.He was nine years old in 1861, and was 19 years of age and a farm labourer in 1871, when he was living with his family at Kingham on both occasions.Two years later, as Thomas Keen Collett he married local girl Mary Ann Eden from Kingham, their wedding recorded at Chipping Norton (Ref. 3a 1312) during the last quarter of 1873. Mary Ann was five years older than Thomas, her birth registered at Chipping Norton (Ref. xvi 48) during the final three months of 1846, the third daughter of William and Elizabeth Eden of Kingham.When Mary Ann was four years old, living with her family at Kingham was Charles Keen of Kingham who was 16.Thomasí eldest cousin Henry Meadows Collett [59O1] married Louisa Keen in 1866 and, by the time of the census in 1881, Thomas was again referring to himself as Thomas Keen Collett.

 

 

 

Thomas and Mary Ann continued to live in Kingham after they were married, and it was there that all of their seven children were born, with their births all registered at Chipping Norton.As with other members of his family, the Kingham census in 1881 recorded Thomasí age as two years younger than his actually age, which is slightly odd, bearing in mind that his wife was the older partner anyway.The census return recorded the family as general labourer Thomas Keen Collett aged 27 (instead of 29), his wife Mary Ann was 34, their eldest daughter Alice was seven, sons Louis and Thomas were five and three respectively, and the coupleís youngest daughter Mary Ann was only three weeks old, with every member of the householder confirmed as having been 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, with their seventh and last child added in 1891.

 

 

 

The family was living at The Green in Kingham in 1891, but with some changes.Firstly, the coupleís eldest daughter Alice, who would have been 17, was no longer living with them, and son James and daughter Mary Ann were recorded with different names to those used ten years earlier, although their ages were consistent with those reported in 1881.Thomas Collett of Kingham was 39 and general labourer, Mary A Collett was 45, and their children were Louis Collett who was 14, Thomas Collett who was 12, Emily Collett (previously Mary Ann) who was 10, plus the two new daughters, Elizabeth Collett who was eight, and Rose Collett who was five years old.Just after the census day, Mary Ann discovered that she was with-child, their son Albert born before the end of that same year.Living just two doors away from Thomas and his family in 1891, was his sister-in-law Caroline Collett, the widow of his late brother William George Collett (above).Ten years later, it was Thomasí older siblings Eliza and Charles (above) who were living on The Green at Kingham in 1901, and again in 1911.

 

 

 

Just after the start of the new century, Thomas and Mary were still living in Kingham, but at a dwelling in Duck End, with just their sons Thomas and Albert.Thomas Collett senior was 46 and a general labourer, 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 a more accurate account of his age when he said he was 60 and was working in the building industry as a masonís labourer.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, were just two of their children, their youngest son Albert who was 19, a domestic groom, and their daughter Rose Collett, aged 25, who had returned from a period working in London.

 

 

 

59P18

Alice Collett

Born in 1874 at Kingham

 

59P19

Louis William Collett

Born in 1876 at Kingham

 

59P20

Thomas Collett

Born in 1878 at Kingham

 

59P21

Emily Collett

Born in 1881 at Kingham

 

59P22

Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1883 at Kingham

 

59P23

Rose Collett

Born in 1886 at Kingham

 

59P24

Albert Collett

Born in 1891 at Kingham

 

 

 

 

59O11

Henry John Collett was born at Kingham in 1854 and was the youngest child of William Collett and Catherine Keen.His birth, using his full name, was registered at Chipping Norton (Ref. 3a 526) during the fourth quarter of the year. As simply Henry Collett, he was seven years old in 1861, when he was living at Kingham with his family, where his father was the publican and a sawyer.Ten years later Henry was still living at his parentsí home in Kingham when he was 17 and a farm labourer.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.They were another branch the family who had trouble reporting their correct ages since, the Kingham census return in 1881 recorded, general labourer Henry Collett as being 34, rather than 27.

 

 

 

Henry and brother Charles remained bachelors all their life, and were again living with their mother in 1891 at The Green in Kingham, where ĎHarryí Collett was 36 and still working as a general labourer with his older brother.What happened to him after 1891 and unto 1911 is still not known, while it is established that Henry John Collett was 74 years old when he died, after which his death was recorded at Oxfordshire register office (Ref. 3a 991) during 1928.

 

 

 

 

59O12

Sarah Collett was born at Kingham in 1842 and, in 1851, when Sarah was eight years of age, she was staying with her widowed grandfather William Collett at his home in Kingham.William was 72 and had been born at Churchill in Oxfordshire and was sawyer, who also had living with him in 1851, his married and already widowed daughter Elizabeth Partloe and her three children Daniel, James, and Mary Ann Partloe.It was by a system of elimination that it was determined that Sarah may have been the daughter of Williamís son John Collett who married Jane Partloe in 1844.No record of her birth, baptism, or death has been discovered.

 

 

 

 

59O13

Thomas John Collett was born at Kingham in 1844, the eldest son of John Collett and Jane Partloe.His birth, simply as Thomas Collett was registered at Chipping Norton (Ref. xvi 44) during the fourth quarter of that year.It was much late in his life when he was recorded as Thomas John Collett.He was six years old in 1851, 16 years old in 1861, and 25 years old with no occupation 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 has been found anywhere 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 and place of his wedding were, has still to be found, but what is established that Thomas Collett from Kingham married Julia Giles, the daughter of Thomas Giles, 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 a domestic servant and gardener working on the Cornwell Estate, just one mile west of Salford.His much younger wife Julia was 32, and completing the household was unmarried Elizabeth Collett from Warwickshire who was 83.

 

 

 

Just after the start of the new century Thomas Collett, aged 56 and from Kingham, was a carter on a farm at Lower 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, who was 62 in 1911, by which time she was living in Northleach.The Lower Oddington census in 1911 again confirmed that Thomas and his wife were still living there.For the first time in his life, he was recorded as Thomas John Collett from Kingham who was 66 and a farm labourer, while Julie Collett from Salford was 52.Living with the couple that day was Julieís elderly widowed father Thomas Giles aged 76 and an old age pensioner from Salford.

 

 

 

 

59O14

Emma Collett was born at Kingham in 1849, with her birth registered at Chipping Norton (Ref. xvi 42) during the third quarter of the year.Emma was one year old in the Kingham census of 1851, when she was the younger of the two children living there with her parents. By the time of the next census in 1861, Emma Collett was 12 years old and attending school when she was still living with her family at Kingham.†† Eight years later, the marriage of Emma Collett and John Brunsdon was recorded at Chipping Norton (Ref. 3a 845) during the second quarter of 1869.Once married, the couple settled in the village of Chastleton, four miles north-east of Stow-on-the-Wold, where they were living in 1871.The census that year described them as John Brunsdon from Milton-under-Wychwood who was 25 and a groom, and Emma Brunsdon from Kingham who was 22.It must have been just after that census day, when the couple moved to Milton-under-Wychwood, to the south of Kingham, where their first five children were born.

 

 

 

Head of the household John, aged 35 and an agricultural labourer, was absent from the family home in 1881, when he was a patient that day at the Radcliffe Infirmary in Oxford. Emma Brunsdon and her children were residing at a premises on the High Street, where Emma was 32 and a slopmaker.That was the name given to an untrained person in the drapery trade who made cheap, readymade clothes, rather than the more expensive made-to-measure garments produced by a tailor.Her five children were Thomas Brunsdon who was nine, Stephen Brunsdon who was seven, Henry Blunsdon who was six, Florence Brunsdon who was three, and Jane Brunsdon who was two years of age.

 

 

 

The family was together for the census in 1891 when they were residing at Heath in Milton, where John was 45, Emma was 42, Stephen John Brunsdon was 17, George Henry Brunsdon was 16, Rosetta Jane Brunsdon was 12, and Alfred Harvey Brunsdon was four years old.Two years later, Emma presented John with another son, their seventh and last child.It was during the last three months of 1899, that the death of John Brunsdon was recorded at Chipping Norton register office (Ref. 3a 594) when he was 54 years old.The earlier birth of John Brunsdon (sometimes spelt Brunsden or incorrectly Blunsdon) was also registered at Chipping Norton (Ref. xvi 39) during the third quarter of 1845, the last child of Sarah Blunsdon who, by 1851, was a widow who then married schoolmaster James Gardner, with whom John aged 16, and two older siblings were living at Milton-under-Wychwood in 1861.

 

 

 

What happened to husband John is not known but, between 1893 and 1901, Emma was made a widow, as confirmed in the Milton-under-Wychwood census in 1901, when she was still living on the High Street. She was 52 and from Kingham, with no stated job of work.Still living with her, were unmarried son Henry Brunsdon aged 26 and a farm labourer, 14-year-old Alfred Brunsdon a farm labourer, and Frederick Brunsdon who was seven years of age and at school. It was a similar situation at Milton in 1911, by which time Emma was 62 and the three sons still living with her were farm labourer George Henry Brunsdon 36, Alfred Harvey Brunsdon 24 and a horse man on a farm, and Frederick Harold Brunsdon 17 and another farm labourer.Emma was 77 when she died in 1927, with her death recorded at Oxford register office (Ref. 3a 1774).

 

 

 

 

59O15

Ellen Collett was born in 1852 at Kingham and her birth, like those of her siblings, was registered at Chipping Norton (Ref. 3a 580) during the second quarter of the year.She was nine years old in the Kingham census of 1861, when Ellen was living there with her parents John and Jane Collett.On completing her education, Ellen entered the world of domestic service and at the age of 20 she was the only servant at the Oddington, Gloucestershire, home of widow Louisa Bould who was 70 years old and a farmer.It is possible that Ellen Collett of Kingham married the younger Thomas Pittaway of Taynton (Oxon) with their wedding recorded at Chipping Norton (Ref. 3a 1039) during the second quarter of 1880.Twelve months later, they were living at Taynton where Thomas was 22 and a carpenter, and Ellen was 28, where they were still living in 1891 when Thomas Pittaway was 32 and Ellen Pittaway was 39.

 

 

 

No record of any children has been found and in 1901 the couple was leaving at Bonner Road in Bethnal Green, London.Carpenter Thomas from Taynton was 42 and Ellen from Kingham was 48 and according to the next census in 1911, their work resulted in Ellen Pittaway, aged 58 and of Kingham, being employed as a cook at the Kensington home of Barrister-at-Law, and Kings Counsel, Arthur Charles Jonathan Powell aged 57.On that same day, Thomas Pittaway was 52, a house carpenter, lodging in the Fulham area of London.

 

 

 

 

59O16

Dinah Collett was born at Kingham in 1854 and was the fifth child of John and Jane Collett.As with all of her siblings, her birth was also registered at Chipping Norton (Ref. 3a 532) during the third quarter of 1854. In 1861, when she was seven years old, she was living with her family at Kingham.Upon leaving school Dinah entered into domestic service as confirmed in the census of 1871, when 17-year-old Dinah Collett from Kingham was employed as a servant at the Aldestrop home of farmer Francis Beacham and his large family.By 1881 she was a domestic cook living and working with the Spooner family at 7 Clapham Cross in the Clapham & Wandsworth area of South 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.

 

 

 

Following the retirement, or the possible death of her employer, Dinah was later employed by his son Sidney W Spooner aged 43 at his coffee shop and restaurant at 4 Southside, Clapham Common, where she was working as his domestic housekeeper in 1891.Following the earlier death of Dinah Spooner, Dinah Collett from Kingham was recorded in that census return as Alice Collett from Kingham aged 34 (sic), when she was a boarder with Sidney and Emily Spooner and their four children.Her role within the family was managing the six domestic servants, three of them from Kingham.They were Emma Lane aged 24, a waitress and the sister-in-law of Dinahís married sister Fanny Lane (below), Kate Prattey aged 22, a housemaid, and 18-year-old Ada Keen a kitchen maid, who may have been related to Louisa Keen who married Henry Collett (Ref. 59O1) in 1866.

 

 

 

It would appear that Dinahís work with the Spooner family must have been well rewarded because, according to the Clapham census in 1901, she was described (again) as Alice Collett from Kingham who was 45 and living on her own means, a visitor at the Manor Street, Clapham, home of George E Hunter from Scotland who was 39 and a clerk to an ironmonger, and his wife Emily Hunter from Kingham who was 38. During the next few years Dinah retired to Warwickshire where, in 1911, unmarried Dinah Collett from Kingham in Oxfordshire, was 56 and a visitor at the Rugby home of her younger married sister Fanny Lane (below) and her five children.It is possible that Dinah continued to live with her sister Fanny, since the later death of Dinah Collett aged 75 was recorded at Warwickshire register office (Ref. 6d 861) in 1930.

 

 

 

 

59O17

Lucy Collett was born at Kingham in 1856, another daughter of John and Jane Collett whose birth was registered at Chipping Norton (Ref. 3a 567) during the last three months of that year. She was four years old in the Kingham census of 1861, and was 14 years of age in 1871, by which time she had finished school and was already working as a domestic servant at the Chadlington home of farmer Frederick Fletcher, aged 33, and his much older wife Mary.Lucyís place of birth was confirmed as Kingham.Six and a half years after that day, the marriage of Lucy Collett and John Strange was recorded at Chipping Norton (Ref. 3a 1274) during the last quarter of 1877.Her husbandís occupation as a domestic groom meant they travelled around the country, with the pair of them residing at the Main Street in Castle Eaton, Wiltshire, in 1881.John Strange from Poulton, near Fairford in Gloucestershire was 23, when Lucy Strange from Kingham was 24.Their daughter Hilda E Strange was just one year old and had been born at Bruerne Abbey near Burford in Oxfordshire.

 

 

 

The family was still living in Castle Eaton when a further three children were added to the family which, by 1891 was back living in Oxfordshire, at Cornwell, where Lucyís married brother Thomas John Collett (above) was living and working on that census day. John was no long a groom, instead his occupation was that of a cowman on a farm who was 33, Lucy was also 33, Hilda was eleven, Sidney Strange was eight, Ethel Strange was six, and John Strange junior was four years old. Boarding with the family was domestic groom Harry Dyer who was 25 and from Warwickshire.Shortly after that day, the family moved south to Cromhall in South Gloucestershire, where the coupleís last two sons were born.

 

 

 

On the census in 1901, it was just the coupleís three youngest sons who were living with John and Lucy, when the family home was in the village of Falfield, just north of Cromhall and midway between Thornbury and North Nibley.By that time in his life, John Strange from Poulton was 44 and a game-keeper, Lucy Strange from Kingham was 44, Johnnie Strange from Castle Eaton was 14 and a page boy, while his two younger brothers were Albert Strange who was five, and William Strange who was three years of age. The family was again recorded at Falfield in 1911, when John was still a game-keeper on a private estate aged 53, Lucy was 54, Albert was 15 with no job of work, and William was 13 and still at school.Just less than three years later, the death of Lucy Strange, nee Collett, was recorded at Thornbury register office (Ref. 6a 350) during the first three months of 1914, at the age of 56.

 

 

 

 

59O18

Elizabeth Collett was born at Kingham at the end of 1858, when her birth was registered at Chipping Norton (Ref. 3a 638) during the first quarter of 1859 as simply Elizabeth Collett. It was again as Elizabeth Collett that she was two years of age in 1861, 12 years old in 1871, and 22 in 1881, on all three occasions living with her family at Kingham.On the latter day, she was a domestic servant, who was currently unemployed.On that census day in 1881, Elizabeth was preparing for her wedding with Thomas Jackson to whom she was married later that same year, the event recorded at Chipping Norton (Ref. 3a 1339) during the final three months of that year.During their first ten years together, Elizabeth presented Thomas with five children, with all seven members of the family recorded in the 1891 census return at West Street in Great Tew, North Oxfordshire.

 

 

 

Thomas was 32 and a carter and an agricultural labourer, Elizabeth was also 32, Margaretta Annie Jackson was eight, Elsie Gertrude Jackson was six, Fanny Ruth Jackson was five, Sylvia Alice Jackson was three, and Lily Louisa C Jackson was under one year old.Three more children were added to the family during the next decade, at the end of which the enlarged family was residing at Radford, south-east of Enstone, where Thomas Jackson from Milton-under-Wychwood was 41 and a carter on a farm, and his wife Elizabeth Jackson from Kingham was 41.Slightly curious was the fact that the coupleís first four children were not living with them at Radford in 1901, just the four youngest children.They were Lily Louisa C Jackson who was ten, Florence Ellen M Jackson who was nine, Harold Jack Jackson who was seven, and Winifred May Jackson who was one year old.

 

 

 

The last Ďsurpriseí child was born into the family four years later when Elizabeth was 45, who was one of only three children living with Thomas and Elizabeth in 1911.They were both 52 years old when they were living at Whichford to the north of Great Rollright, where Thomas was again employed as a carter on a farm.Working alongside his father was son Jack Jackson aged 17 who was an under-carter on a farm, while May Jackson was eleven, and Ivy Gladys Jackson was six years of age.

 

 

 

The later death of Elizabeth Jackson, nee Collett, was recorded at Oxfordshire register office (Ref. 3a 1613) in 1938 at the age of 79.The births of all eight children were recorded at Chipping Norton register office, and certainly the first seven children were born at Great Tew, with Winifred born after the family moved to Radford, and with Ivy born at Heythrop to the east of Chipping Norton and south of Whichford.

 

 

 

 

59O19

Fanny Collett was born at Kingham towards the end of 1860 and was the last child of John Collett and Jane Partloe.Her birth was registered at Chipping Norton (Ref. 3a 598) during the first quarter of 1861, and she was around three months old in the Kingham census of that year.Fanny was ten years of age in 1871 when she was again living with her family in Kingham. Where Fanny was in 1881 has not be discovered, while seven years after, her marriage to William Lane was recorded at Chipping Norton (Ref. 3a 1168) during the second quarter of 1888. After three years together, William and Fanny had the first two of their five known children living with them in the Northamptonshire village of Watford on Station Road, where the two children had been born.William Lane was 32 and a waggoner at a timber yard, Fanny Lane was 30, Arthur William Lane was two, and Frank Collett Lane who was under one year old.Staying with the family was Williamís younger brother Harry Lane who was 30 and a labourer at a steam sawmill.

 

 

 

With three more children added to the family at Watford, it was there at Home Lane, off Welton Street, that the completed family was living in 1901.William Lane from Kingham was 43 and a timber waggoner, wife Fanny also from Kingham was 40, Arthur W Lane was 12, Frank C Lane was 10, Bertram Charles Lane was eight, Dorothy Daisy Lane was six, and Elsie Dorcas Lane was two years of age.All five children were confirmed as having been born at Watford (Watford Gap) in Northamptonshire, with their births recorded at nearby Daventry register office, where the premature death of their father William Lane was recorded (Ref. 3b 75) during the last quarter of 1902, at the age of 44.

 

 

 

Sometime before 1911, Fanny suffered the loss of her husband and so was recorded as a widow in the Rugby census that year.Fanny Lane from Kingham was 50 and the housekeeper for her family, which comprised Arthur Lane aged 22 and an electrician employed by the local railway company, Frank Lane who was 20 and a coach cleaner with the same railway company, Bertram Lane who was 18 and a clerk with an electrical company, Dorothy Lane who was 16 and a general domestic servant, and Elsie Lane who was 12 and helping her mother look after the family home.Visiting the family that day, was Fannyís older sister Dinah Collett (above) from Kingham who was 56.Two other people were living there, and they were Fannyís nephew William Akers from Bledington (Glos) aged 20 and a labourer with the electrical company, and Alice Parrott 25 from Tewkesbury, who was an assistant school teacher with the local council boarding with the family.Fanny Lane, nee Collett, was recorded in error as being 75 when her death was recorded at Oxfordshire register office (Ref. 3a 1328) in 1937.She was in fact 77.

 

 

 

 

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 Henry Collett was born at Stretton-on-Fosse, with his birth as the first-born child of Henry Collett and Louisa Keen registered at Shipston-on-Stour (Ref. 6d 581) during the second quarter of 1866, just a short while after they were married at Stretton in February that year.It was also at Stretton where William Henry Collett was baptised on 6th May 1866, the son of Henry and Louisa.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 Collett from Stretton was five years old, the oldest of the three children oh Henry and Louisa.Ten years later, 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 Collett was 15, and was described as an indoor farm servant, although his employer stated he had been born at Aston Magna, rather than Stretton-on-Fosse, where his parents lived after moving there from Stretton.

 

 

 

What happened to William Henry Collett after 1881 remains a mystery, with no obvious record of him identified within the census returns for 1891, 1901, or 1911.Two years later, as simply William Collett aged 47, his death was recorded at Nuneaton register office (Ref. 6d 785) during the first three months of 1913, making his year of birth as being 1866.

 

 

 

 

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 Stretton-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 at Aston Magna within the Parish of 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 Collett from Stretton who was 42 and a domestic groom employed by the Brown Company of Brewers, his Beatrice Collett from Inkberrow who was 39, and their nine children. Within the census return, four of the children who had been born when the family was living at Alveston, were recorded as having been born at Stratford.Eldest daughter Elsie Beatrice Collett from Temple Grafton was 18 and a pin sticker working in the pin trade, whilst it was the birthplace of her next four siblings that was said to be Stratford-upon-Avon, and all of them attending the local school.They were Hilary Violet Collett who was 13, Wilfred Henry Collett who was 11, Gertrude Mahalah Collett who was 10, and Alice Louise Collett was eight years old.The other four children that day had been born at Redditch, and they 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 he was baptised at Stretton-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 No. 15 in Aston Magna within the Parish of 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 (1) 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.Adelaide Collett nee Garton was only 33 years of age when she died, her death recorded at Belper register office (Ref. 7b 111) during the first three months of 1910.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

Twelve months after that census day, Austin Collett married (2) Emma Cholerton on 8th April 1912 at St Alkmundís Church on Kedleston Road in Derby. Austin was 42 and a widower, the son of Henry Collett, while Emma was 30, single, and the daughter of Robert Cholerton.Emma was born at Cowley Street in Derby St Alkmunds, with her birth registered at Derby (Ref. 7b 541) during the first quarter of 1882, the youngest daughter of brush-maker Robert and Emma Cholerton.That second marriage for Austin produced a further two children, the first of them born nine months after their wedding day, with both births were recorded in Derby, when their motherís maiden-name was confirmed as Cholerton. Austin Collett lived a long life and was 82 when his death was recorded at Shardlow (Derby) register office (Ref. 3a 32) during the last quarter of 1952.

 

 

 

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

 

The following are the children of Austin Collett by his second wife Emma Cholerton:

 

59Q17

Edith W Collett

Born in 1913 at Shardlow 7b 983 Q1

 

59Q18

George S Collett

Born in 1916 at Duffield 7b 1011 Q3 Derb

 

 

 

 

59P4

John Henry Collett was born at Aston Magna at the end of 1871, with his birth registered 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 Janet Collett was recorded at Belper register office (Ref. 7b 108) at the beginning of 1911.

 

 

 

59Q19

Kathleen Janet Collett

Born in 1911 at Leabrooks, Riddings

 

 

 

 

59P5

Thomas Collett was born at Aston Magna in 1873, with his birth registered at Shipston-on-Stour (Ref. 6d 619) during the last three months of that year, another son of Henry and Louisa Collett.He was seven years old and living at Aston Magna in 1881.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, and it was her brother Ernest Edward Downing who married Thomasí sister Annie Collett (below) less than two years later in 1899.

 

 

 

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 was residing in Quarndon village where Thomas Collett from Aston Magna was 26 and a general labourer, and his wife Emily A Collett was also 26 and from Quarndon. Their two children that day were George T Collett who was three, and Frank Collett who was one-year-old, both said to have been born at Quarndon.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.

 

 

 

59Q20

George Thomas Collett

Born in 1897 at Allestree

 

59Q21

Frank Collett

Born in 1899 at Quarndon

 

59Q22

Arthur Ernest Collett

Born in 1902 at Quarndon

 

59Q23

Annie Collett

Born in 1904 at Quarndon

 

59Q24

Joseph Collett

Born in 1907 at Quarndon

 

59Q25

Mary Collett

Born in 1910 at Quarndon

 

59Q26

Margaret Collett

Born in 1912 at Quarndon

 

 

 

 

59P6

Alice Collett was born at Aston Magna in 1876, the eldest daughter of Henry and Louisa Collett, her birth registered at Shipston-on-Stour (Ref. 6d 672) during the second quarter of 1876. Alice was five years of age in the Aston Magna census of 1881, when she and her family were still living there.Tragically, two years later, the death of seven-year-old Alice Collett at Aston Magna was recorded at Shipston-on-Stour (Ref. 6d 386) during the last three months of 1883.

 

 

 

 

59P7

Annie Collett was born at Aston Magna in 1878, the seventh of the ten children of Henry and Louisa Collett.Her birth was also registered at Shipston-on-Stour (Ref. 6d 692) during the first quarter of that year. It was also as Annie Collett that she was recorded in the Aston Magna census of 1881, when she was three years old.It was the same situation ten years later, when Annie was 13 and the eldest of the three children still living at Aston Magna with their parents. By the time of the next census, Annie was twenty-three and a married woman, having married her brother-in-law.The marriage of Annie Collett and Ernest Edward Downing was recorded at Derby register office (Ref. 7b 1065) during the summer of 1899, less than two years after Annieís brother Thomas Collett (above) married Emily Annie Downing.They were two of the children of Edward and Jane Downing of Quarndon, Ernest having been baptised there on 4th February 1877, following his birth being registered at Belper (Ref. 7b 569) at the start of that year.

 

 

 

Nearly two years after their wedding day, the census in 1901, recorded 23-year-old Annie Downing from Aston Magna and husband Ernest residing at Reeves Road in Derby.Ernest Edward Downing was 24 and a carriage spring maker from Quarndon in Derbyshire.Staying with the couple was William Peachey from Shipston-on-Stour who was 21 and a railway engine shunter.The first of the coupleís two children was born at Reeves Street in Derby, before the family settled in the Spondon district of the city, where their son was born.

 

 

 

In 1911 the four members of the family were recorded as following.Ernest from Quarndon was 34 and employed by the Midland Rail Company as a spring makerís assistant, Annie from Aston Magna was 33, Gladys L Downing was eight years old, and Albert Downing was four years of age.One more child was born into the family, when the birth of Annie Meadows Collett Downing was recorded at Shardlow (Derby) register office (Ref. 7b 1088) during the last quarter of 1912, when the motherís maiden-name was confirmed as Collett.It was also at Shardlow register where the birth of Albert Henry Meadows Downing was recorded (Ref. 7b 587) during the second quarter of 1907.The earlier birth of Gladys Louisa Meadows Downing was recorded at Derby register office (Ref. 7b 636) during the last three months of 1902. Under her full name, Gladys was baptised at St Thomasí Church in Derby on 29th December 1902, and confirmed as the daughter of Ernest Edward Collett and his wife Annie.

 

 

 

The coupleís youngest child was only sixteen years old when her mother passed away at the age of 50, and then was orphaned two years after that sad event, when her father died in 1930.The death of Annie Downing was recorded at Derby register office (Ref. 7b 552) in 1928, where the death of Ernest Edward Downing was also recorded (Ref. 7b 572) during 1930, at the age of 53.

 

 

 

 

59P8

James Collett was born at Aston Magna in 1880, another son of Henry and Louisa Collett.His birth was registered at Shipston-on-Stour (Ref. 6d 683) during the first three months of 1880. Just over a year later, one-year-old James was living with his family at Aston Magna, where his father was employed on the railway passing through that area.Tragically, just five years after that census day, the death of six-year-old James Collett of Aston Magna was recorded at Shipston-on-Stour (Ref. 6d 371) during the fourth quarter of 1886.

 

 

 

 

59P9

Albert Collett was born at Aston Magna in 1882, with his birth registered at Shipston-on-Stour (Ref. 6d 653) during the last three months of the year.He was the youngest son of Henry and Louisa Collett and was eight years of age in the Aston Magna census of 1891. It is possible, although not yet proved that, on leaving school, Albert joined the army and in 1901, at the age of 18, he was a private with the army based at Horfield Common in Bristol.His place of birth was simply recorded as Gloucestershire. With his sister Annie already married and living in Derby, it would appear that Albert also travelled north, when the marriage of Albert Collett and Ethel Talbot was recorded at Shardlow (Derby) register office (Ref. 7b 1058) during the third quarter of 1910.Their wedding ceremony was conducted on 31st July 1910 at St Werburghís Church within the Spondon district of Derby where his sister Annie was also living at that time.

 

 

 

The church record confirmed that Albert was 27 and the son of Henry Collett, while Ethel was only 18 and the daughter of George Talbot.Six months later, the childless couple was living at Alfreton in Derbyshire, when Albert Collett from Gloucestershire was still 27, who was a colliery banksman, and Ethel from Birmingham was 19.Over the following decade, with the First World War interrupting everyoneís lives, Ethel presented Albert with two sons, their births recorded at Shardlow register office (Ref. 7b 1118) during second quarter of 1912, and (Ref. 7b 1060) during the first quarter of 1921.On both occasions, the motherís maiden-name was confirmed as Talbot.

 

 

 

59Q27

Albert Henry Collett

Born in 1912 at Shardlow, Derbyshire

 

59Q28

Raymond Collett

Born in 1921 at Shardlow, Derbyshire

 

 

 

 

59P10

Jane Collett was born at Aston Magna in 1886, the last child of railway employee Henry Collett of Kingham and his wife Louisa Keen from Stretton-on-Fosse, her birth registered at Shipston-on-Stour (Ref. 6d 666) during the second quarter of that year.She was four-years-old on the day of the Aston Magna census in 1891, the youngest of the three children still living there with her parents.Aston Magna St John is a hamlet and chapelry within the Parish of Blockley, close to the Worcestershire-Gloucestershire County Boundary with Warwickshire. By the time she was fourteen, Jane had left school, with the Aston Magna census of 1901 confirming that she was only child living with her parents, where she was 23 in 1911, at which time her father was a railway pensioner.Jane lost both of her parents during the new few weeks and month, while no obvious record of a marriage or that of her death has been found.

 

 

 

 

59P11

Minnie A Collett was born at Omaha City, Douglas County, Nebraska in 1868, the eldest of the three children of Austin Meadows Collett from England and his Prussian born wife Mary Ann Kriebs.Up to the census in 1885, when Minnie was 17 years old, she and her family were living at 1423 North 18th Avenue in Omaha City - Ward 5, where her father A M Collett was 44 and a carpenter, and her mother Mary was 40.Completing the family was Minnieís two younger siblings, Lena (aka Paulina) who was 14, and Austin who was seven. From 1886 onwards, until after the First World War, the familyís home was at 2024 Locust Street in Omaha City, where Minnie A Collett was recorded within the Omaha City Directory with her father from 1886, through to 1894.

 

 

 

Following the death of Minnieís father in 1906, she was recorded with her widowed mother in the Omaha census of 1910, when Minnie was 42 and her mother 65.Twenty years later, it was Minnie who was the head of the household, at the age of 62, with her mother Mary being 87, when they were again residing at 2024 Locust Street in Omaha.Two years after the 1930 census day, Minnieís mother passed away during the summer of 1932, and eight years later Minnie A Collett was 72 and still living at 2024 Locust Street.Following the death Minnie A Collett in 1953, she was buried with other members of the Collett family at Prospect Hill Cemetery in Omaha.

 

 

 

 

59P12

Pauline K Collett was born at Omaha in Nebraska on 10th February 1872, the second daughter of Austin and Mary Ann Collett.In the early recordings for her she was named as Pauline, but later on as Paulina K Collett and, on some occasions, as Lena.It was simply as Pauline Collett, aged nine years, that she was living with her family at 1423 North 18th Avenue in Omaha City on the day of the census in 1880, and it was as Pauline that she was listed in the Omaha City Directory on 1889, but at 2024 Locust Street in the city.It was during the previous year that she was referred to as Lena Collett who, by 1890, was recorded as Paulina K Collett. Although the actual record of her marriage to Henry Copley has not been located, it is established from the subsequent census returns that it happened early in 1892.That was also the same year in which their only child was born, during the month of September.

 

 

 

According to the census in 1900, the couple had been married for eight years, when the family of three was residing in Omaha at 1835 Clark Street (later renamed, where they were living in 1910).Henry Copley from England was 36 and a merchant, Pauline Collett Copley was 29, and Harriet Copley was seven years old, and would be celebrating her eighth birthday three months after that census day.The next census in 1910, revealed the couple living at 1835 North 18th Street in Omaha City Ė Ward 5, by which time they had been married for eighteen years.Henry Copley was 46, a retail jeweller from England, his wife Pauline Collett Copley was 39, who had given birth to just one child, their daughter Harriet Copley who was 17.Harriet was 24 when she married Earl Burket so, by 1920, Henry and Pauline were living alone in another part of Omaha, with Henry being 56 and the owner and employer with a jewellery retail store, and Pauline being 48.

 

 

 

Three years later, Paulina had presumably been visiting her brother (below) in Cuba, when she and Henry sailed out of the Port of Habana onboard the SS Parismina on 21st February 1923, bound for New Orleans, where they disembarked on 24th February.On the passenger list, Henry Copley was 59 of 431 North 38th Avenue in Omaha, and described as ďan American citizen through his fatherís paperĒ.His wife Pauline Copley was 51, with her date and place of birth confirmed as 10th February 1872 at Omaha, Nebraska.It was on 28th March 1925 that Henry Copley died and was buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Omaha at the age of 61.Shortly after being made a widow, Pauline invited her married daughter to move to 431 North 38th Avenue to live there with her.

 

 

 

That situation was confirmed in the Omaha census of 1930, when head of the household Earl H Burket was 41 and a funeral director with his own company.His wife Harriet Copley Burket was 37, and their son Copley Burket was six years old.Pauline Copley was described as Earlís mother-in-law, a widow aged 59.The only other at the address was Sylvia Hultquist aged 27 and a domestic servant. Every member of the household had been born in the State of Nebraska.Fifteen years later, Pauline Collett Copley died on 17th July 1945 and was buried with her husband at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Omaha, rather than in the Collett family grave at Prospect Hill Cemetery.

 

 

 

 

59P13

Austin John Collett was born at Omaha, Douglas County in Nebraska on 5th September 1877, the third child and only son of Austin Meadows Collett and Mary Ann Kriebs.For the first half of the 1880s, the family was living at 1423 North 18th Avenue in Omaha City but, from 1886, their long-term residence was 2024 Locust Street in the city.Austin attended the University of Nebraska and, in 1906, the same year that his father died, 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 and, where later, his sister Minnie (above) was also buried.

 

 

 

On the occasion of the Nebraska census of 1910, when the family was residing at Omaha City Ward 7, in Douglas County, they were recorded as Austin J Collett from Nebraska who was 32, the child of an English father and a German wife, who was an electrical engineer on the steam railway, and his wife of three years, Ruth Collett who was 23 and from Maine, the child of a Texan father and a mother also born in Maine.Their two sons were Austin J Collett junior who was two years of age, and James D Collett who was eleven months old.The next census in 1920 was very interesting as the Collett family was living at the same dwelling as the Dahlman family, but in Ward 8 of Omaha City, and listed as follows:

 

 

 

James Dahlman was 59 and working for the Secret Service of the United States Government, his wife Harriet A Dahlman who was 58, and their 20-year-old daughter Dorothy Dahlman; Austin J Collett was 39 (sic) and a civil engineer at Santo Domingo, Ruth D Collett was 33, John A Collett was eleven, and James D Collett was 10.Two years prior to that census day, on 30th September 1918, Austin John Collett was 41 when he completed his military registration card.That revealed his home address as 2901 Hickory Street in Omaha, Douglas County, and that he held the position of Director General of Public Works at Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

59Q29

John Austin Collett

Born in 1908 at Omaha, Nebraska

 

59Q30

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, with his birth registered 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, when his birth was registered 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 registered 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.

 

 

 

 

59P18

Alice Collett was born at Kingham in 1874, the first-born child of Thomas Keen Collett and Mary Ann Eden.Her birth, like those of her younger siblings, was registered at Chipping Norton (Ref. 3a 712) during the second quarter of that year.She was seven years of age in the Kingham census of 1881, when she was attending the village school.Ten years later, it is possible that Alice from Kingham, aged 16, was the general domestic servant to widow Hannah Barrett from Cambridge who was 60 and living on her own means, with her unmarried daughter Caroline at Southmoor Road in St Giles Oxford.After a further seven years, the marriage of Alice Collett and William Edward Carter took place at Kingham, and was recorded at Chipping Norton register office (Ref. 3a 1833) during the final quarter of 1898.He was born in 1872, the son of William and Elizabeth Carter.Three years after their wedding day, the childless couple was described as William E Carter from Iffley in Oxford who was 28, and Alice Carter from Kingham who was 26, when they were residing at Salisbury Street in Swindon, from where William was a coach finisher in wood, working for the Great Western Railway.

 

 

 

During the first decade of the new century, Alice gave birth to three children, with the family of five living at Swindon in 1911.William Carter from Iffley was 38 and still employed by the Great Western Railway Company, within the carriage workshop department as a coach finisher.Alice Carter from Kingham was 36, William Albert T Carter was six, Cecil John Carter was three, both already attending school, and Gladys Elizabeth Carter was two years of age. Two years later, Alec R Carter was born in Swindon, to complete the family, where his birth was recorded (Ref. 3a 76) during the second quarter of 1913, when his motherís maiden-name was confirmed as Collett. Alice Carter, nee Collett, died in 1955 with her death recorded at Swindon register office (Ref. 7c 505) during the last three months of the year, when she was 81.Her husbandís death was also recorded there (Ref. 7c 716) during 1961 when he was 85.

 

 

 

 

59P19

Louis William Collett was born at Kingham in 1876, the eldest son of Thomas and Mary Ann Collett, whose birth was registered at Chipping Norton (Ref. 3a 722) during the third quarter of the year. It may have been a handwriting problem, caused by the census enumerator for the census in 1881, when Louis was written in such a way that it looked like James, when Louis Collett of Kingham was five years old, and living there with his family.Ten years later, in the Kingham census for 1891, he was correctly recorded as Louis Collett, a cowman on a farm who was 14 years of age, who was living there with his family at The Green.Sometime during the following years, he travelled to London where there was a big demand for bricklayers, and it was as bricklayer Louis W Collett from Kingham, aged 24, that he was lodging with the large Martin family at Norwood Green in Middlesex.Also lodging at the same address was 25-year-old Albert G Keen, who was also a bricklayer from Kingham, the two men having grown up together there.He was the son of stonemason George Keen of Kingham and his wife Elizabeth, yet another connection between the Collett and Keen families of Kingham.Nothing has been found regarding Louis William Collett after 1901.

 

 

 

 

59P20

Thomas Collett was born at Kingham in 1878, the third child of Thomas and Mary Ann Collett.His birth was registered at Chipping Norton (Ref. 3a 751) during the fourth quarter of the year.He was three years of age in the Kingham census of 1881, and was 12 years old ten years after that, by which time he was working as a plough boy on a farm, perhaps even with his older brother Louis (above).He was still living at Kingham with his parents in March 1901, by which time he was working as a general labourer at the age of 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 registered 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.

 

 

 

59Q31

Annie Emily Collett

Born in 1907 at Paddington, London

 

59Q32

Rose Phoebe E Collett

Born in 1909 at Marylebone, London

 

59Q33

Thomas W Collett

Born in 1911 at St Pancras, London

 

59Q34

Dorothy Collett

Born in 1913 at St Pancras, London

 

 

 

 

59P21

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.However, that may have been a temporary name while her parents Thomas Collett and Mary Ann Eden decided upon her name.In the end, her birth was recorded at Chipping Norton (Ref. 3a 812) during the second quarter of the year. Ten years later, Emily and her family were living at The Green in Kingham, when she was ten years of age. Upon leaving school, she entered into domestic service, and that work eventually took her to work for a family at Neithrop in Banbury, where her future husband was living in 1891 at Warwick Road in Neithrop, where he had also been born.Curiously in the census of 1901, Emily Collett from Kingham, was incorrectly recorded by her employer as being 22, instead of 20.Five years later the marriage of Emily Collett and Frank Claridge took place at Kingham and was recorded at Chipping Norton register office (Ref. 3a 1253) during the first three months of 1906.

 

 

 

Frank was born at Warwick Road in Neithrop, Banbury, near the end of 1880 and was a house painter who, in 1911 was 30 and working on a private estate in Banbury.His wife Emily Claridge from Kingham was also 30 and had already given birth to a son, with Albert Louis Frank Claridge being three years old and born after the couple had settled in Banbury.Three years later a daughter was added to their family with the birth of Dorothy Emily Claridge recorded at Banbury register office (Ref. 3a 2324) during the third quarter of 1914.

 

 

 

 

59P22

Elizabeth Collett was born at Kingham during the summer of 1883, with her birth registered at Chipping Norton (Ref. 3a 797) in the third quarter of the year. She was living with her parents, Thomas and Mary Ann, at The Green in Kingham in 1891, when she was eight years old.However, she was not living at the family home in 1901, but instead was employed as a general domestic servant at the Reading, Mansfield Road home of the Kimber family.Her details provided by her employer simply confirmed that Elizabeth Collett from Oxfordshire was 18 years of age.Three years later, the marriage of Elizabeth Collett and William Charles Allen took place in 1904 and, in 1911, the couple and their four children, were living at Balham within the London Borough of Wandsworth.

 

 

 

The census that year confirmed the following details for the family.William Charles was 29, a slater and a tiler from Gunnersbury, Elizabeth Allen from Kingham was 28, and their children were William Thomas Allen who was six, Stanley Douglas Allen who was four, Hilda Lily Allen who was nearly two years old, and baby Doris Grace Allen.All four child had been born at Balham, with the two sons already attending school in Balham.Staying with the family that day was Williamís unmarried sister Maud Louisa Allen from Battersea who was 26 and a general domestic servant.

 

 

 

Six more children were added to the family over the following years, and they were Reginald H Allen in 1913, Percy J Allen in 1917, Henry F Allen in 1918, Cyril G Allen in 1919, Joan E Allen in 1923, and Joyce M Allen in 1924.In every case, the birth was recorded at Wandsworth register office, with the motherís maiden-name confirmed as Collett.Elizabeth Allen, nee Collett, died in 1955 at the age of 72, when her death was recorded at Surrey register office (Ref. 5g 734).

 

 

 

 

59P23

Rose Collett was born at Kingham in 1886, the youngest daughter of Thomas and Mary Ann Collett, whose birth was registered at Chipping Norton (Ref. 3a 897) during the second quarter of the year.She was five years old in the Kingham census of 1891, when living there at The Green.Upon leaving school in Kingham, Rose secured work as a general domestic servant with the very large Huskisson family at Foulser Street in Streatham, Surrey, where she was working at 16 years of age in 1901, when her place of birth was confirmed as Kingham.Perhaps, because of the advancing years of her elderly parents, Rose returned to Kingham during the next decade and was living with them in their old age in 1911, when she was listed as Rose Collett, aged 25 and from Kingham.Her younger brother Albert was the only other child living there, together with Roseís future husband, visitor Frederick Hill from Stourbridge in Worcestershire who was 26 and a platelayer with the Great Western Railway.

 

 

 

Just weeks later, it was at Kingham that the wedding of Rose Collett and Frederick Hill took place, with the event recorded at Chipping Norton register office (Ref. 3a 2199) during the second quarter of 1911.Around nine months after, Rose gave birth to a daughter at Kingham, either at the end of 1911 or early in 1912, with the birth of Olive E R Hill recorded at Chipping Norton register office (Ref. 3a 2206) during the first three months of 1912. She was later joined by her brother Frederick C Hill, with his birth also recorded at Chipping Norton (Ref. 3a 2069) near the end of 1913.On both occasions, the motherís maiden-name was confirmed as Collett.The much later death of Rose Hill nee Collett, aged 78, was recorded at Oxfordshire register office (Ref. 6b 886) in 1964.She was widowed nineteen years earlier, following the death of Frederick Hill, which was recorded at the same register office (Ref. 3a 2131), when he was 60 years of age in 1945.

 

 

 

 

59P24

Albert Collett was born at Kingham on 10th September 1891 and was the last child of Thomas Collett and Mary Ann Eden.His birth was recorded at nearby Chipping Norton register office (Ref. 3a 233) during the last three months of that year.It is likely that he was born when his parents were living at The Green in Kingham, where the family was certainly residing at the end of March that year.They later moved to Duck End in Kingham where they were recorded in 1901, when Albert Collett of Kingham was nine years old.On leaving school, Albert was employed as a domestic groom and was still living with his family in 1911, when he was 19 years old.Eight years after that census day, the marriage of Albert Collett and Florence M Watson may have taken place at Kingham, but was definitely recorded at Chipping Norton register office (Ref. 3a 3169) during the third quarter of 1919. Florence was also born at Kingham in 1891, and was the daughter of Austin Watson of Back Street in Kingham and his wife Jane.

 

 

 

Just under four years later, the birth of their son and only known child was recorded at Chipping Norton register office (Ref. 3a 1793) during the second quarter of 1924, when the motherís maiden-name was confirmed as Watson.Albert Collett was 78 when he died, his death recorded at Chipping Norton register office (Ref. 6b 2535) in 1970.

 

 

 

59Q35

Desmond Albert George Collett

Born in 1924 at Kingham

 

 

 

 

59P25

Charles Collett was born at Lidstone near the end of 1864 or early in 1865.His birth would have been recorded at Chipping Norton so, it is rather curious, that no such record has been found in either of those two year, although his younger sisterís birth was certainly registered there.Charles 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 garden 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 there, when he was 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 Lidstone.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 were 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, whose birth was 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.

 

 

 

59Q36

Dorothy Mary E Collett

Born in 1900 at Lidstone

 

59Q37

Eric Charlie Collett

Born in 1905 at Enstone

 

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

 

59Q38

Frederick Charles Henry Collett

Born in 1911 at Enstone

 

59Q39

Robert H Collett

Born in 1912 at Enstone

 

59Q40

Barbara Susan E Collett

Born in 1914 at Enstone

 

59Q41

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.Her birth was registered at Chipping Norton (Ref. 3a 655) during the last three months of that year.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 register office (Ref. 6d 666) during the first quarter of 1895.Tragically, she did not survive, with her death also recorded at Stratford (Ref. 6d 374) 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 668) 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 register (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, with 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, with 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 701) 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 205) 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, with 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, when his birth was 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 by his first wife 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.

 

 

 

 

59Q17

Edith W Collett was born at Derby in 1913, nine months after the wedding of Austin Collett and his second wife Emma Cholerton.Her birth was recorded at Shardlow (Derby) register office (Ref. 7b 983) during the first quarter of the year, when her motherís maiden-name was confirmed as Cholerton.It was also at Shardlow register office that the marriage of Edith W Collett and Duncan W Ogilvie was recorded (Ref. 7b 1193) during the third quarter of 1944.

 

 

 

 

59Q18

George S Collett was born at Derby in 1916, with his birth recorded at Derby register office (Ref. 7b 1011) during the third quarter of that year.He was the youngest child of Austin and Emma Collett, his motherís maiden-name confirmed as Cholerton.George S Collett died at Stockport in Cheshire on 1st March 2001.

 

 

 

 

59Q20

George Thomas Collett was born at Allestree near Quarndon on 31st December 1897.He was 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

 

 

 

 

59Q21

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

 

 

 

 

59Q22

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.

 

 

 

 

59Q23

Annie Collett was born at Quarndon on 6th June 1904, the first of three daughters of Thomas and Emily Collett, when her birth was 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.

 

 

 

 

59Q24

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

 

 

 

 

59Q25

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.

 

 

 

 

59Q26

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.

 

 

 

 

59Q29

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.It was as Austin J Collett aged two years that he was recorded with his family at Omaha City, Ward 7 in 1910.It was a similar situation in 1920, when John A Collett was eleven years old in the Ward 8 census district of Omaha City.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.The above 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.

 

 

 

Just prior to the start of the Second World War, John Austin Collett became a married man, as confirmed in the US census in 1940.John Austin Collett from Nebraska was 32 and an aviator with the US Navy, while his wife Jane Collett from Idaho was 23, when John was serving with the US Navy at Honolulu of the island of Oahu, Hawaii.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

59Q30

James Dahlman Collett was born at Omaha, Nebraska in 1909, the second child of Austin John Collett and his wife Ruth Dahlman.In the Omaha City census in 1910, James D Collett was eleven months old, when living with his family in the Ward 7 area of the city.Ten years later, his Collett family was sharing a dwelling in Ward 8 of the city with his motherís Dahlman family, when James was ten years old. By 1930, and following the example of his older brother Jack (above), Jim, as he was known, was a midshipman with the US Naval Academy at Annapolis City, Maryland in Anne Arundel County, when he was 20 years old.He later entered the Nebraska Class of 1932.

 

 

 

By the time he married Margaret Peyton Calvert of Annapolis, 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.Four years later, the census in 1940 identified the couple residing at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, although on that day naval officer James D Collett was 30 and Ďat seaí, while Margaret C Collett was 27, who had been born at Washington, the coupleís previous address.Later that same year Margaret gave birth to the first of the coupleís two sons.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-two years, and eventually retired in 1962.During that time, he was a Naval Attachť to Spain in the 1950's, at the end of which he flew out of Madrid on the Trans World Airline flight bound for New York on 4th March 1955.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

 

 

 

 

59Q31

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.

 

 

 

 

59Q32

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.

 

 

 

 

59Q33

Thomas W Collett was born in London, with 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

 

 

 

 

59Q35

Desmond Albert George Collett was born in 1924 at Kingham, the only child of Albert Collett and Florence M Watson.His birth was recorded at Chipping Norton register office (Ref. 3a 1793) during the second quarter of 1924, when his motherís maiden-name was confirmed as Watson.He was very close to his twenty-sixth birthday when the wedding of Desmond A G Collett and Betty K Prew was recorded at Chipping Norton register office (Ref. 6b 1659) during the second quarter of 1950.No children for the couple have been found, nor has the passing of Desmond and Betty been discovered with the UK.

 

 

 

 

59Q36

Dorothy Mary E Collett was born at Lidstone 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 time, 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.

 

 

 

 

59Q37

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

 

 

 

 

59Q38

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.

 

 

 

 

59Q40

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, when her birth was 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, when her birth was 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