PART SIXTY

 

The Cambridgeshire Line from Tamworth in Staffordshire to Australia

 

Updated March 2016

 

 

 

In February 2016 Cathy Young noticed that the family of Josiah Collett (Ref. 60K1) was also included in an appendix at the end of Part 43 – the Staffordshire Line to Kentucky and Michigan.  Cathy had been searching for Josiah parents for some time and could hardly believe that they had already been listed on the Collett website for quite a few years.  So this new version of this family line goes back a further two generations that to Cathy’s eagle-eye.  In the previous version of this family line Cathy had provided details of likely parents of Josiah which turned out not to be so, the details now included in Appendix One at the end of this file.

 

 

 

 

 

The earliest records for this family spelt Collett with a single t and in one case the name was written as Collit, while in another it was Collott.  Today there are still members of the Collett family living in Toft near Cambridge, one of them being Koran Collett (Ref. 60R14) and his wife Gill, whose family line is denoted by the names in capital letters.  New details added during April 2013 were kindly provided by Debbie Hipgrave of Gamlingay in Cambridgeshire, a good friend of Maxine Collett (Ref. 60S9).

 

 

 

 

 

This is also the family line of Wendy Powell of New South Wales in Australia which was previously set out in the Appendix in Part 43 before it was incorporated into this family line in March 2016.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

60I1

James Collit [previously Ref. 43j1] of Staffordshire may have been born around 1650 and, as a married man in 1672, he fathered a son of the same name who was baptised in the village of Edingale, midway between Tamworth and Burton-on-Trent.  The second of those two towns is the starting location for the Collett family described in the aforementioned Part 43 – The Staffordshire Line to Kentucky and Michigan.  Although no other baptism record has been found to date, a certain George Collett and his wife Sarah were living in Tamworth at the same time as James’ son James.  So the question might be, were they brothers?  In case they were George has been included here for completeness.

 

 

 

60J1

James Collit

Born in 1672 at Edingale

 

60J2

George Collit – not confirmed

Date of birth unknown

 

 

 

 

60J1

James Collit [previously Ref. 43k1] was baptised at Edingale on 9th August 1672, the son of James Collit.  It was as James Collet that he married Rebecca Blith (Blithe) at Tamworth on 31st March 1695.  The marriage is known to have produced at least five children, the first born prior to the couple’s wedding day.  Their son James was born at Tamworth and baptised there, while his older sister Rebecca was also baptised at Tamworth over three years earlier under the name of Rebeckah Collet.  In fact the first five children were baptised with the name Collet, while for the sixth and seventh child the surname was recorded as Collitt.

 

 

 

In addition to seven of the children listed below, it is possible that Rebecca gave birth to a Joseph for whom no baptism record has so far been found.  The logic behind this assumption is that from 1727 to 1734 a Joseph Collet of Tamworth produced four children, the second child being named Rebecca possibly after Joseph’s mother.  His first child was named Ann, which may have been his wife’s name.  It therefore seems likely that if Joseph was the child of James and Rebecca he was born between Josiah and Ann, where he has been temporarily placed in the hope that his position in the family can be verified at a later date.

 

 

 

60K1

Rebecca Collett

Baptised on 19.01.1695 at Tamworth

 

60K2

James Collett

Born in 1698 at Tamworth

 

60K3

Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1701 at Tamworth

 

60K4

Josiah Collett

Born in 1703 at Tamworth

 

60K5

Joseph Collett – not confirmed

Born circa 1705 at Tamworth

 

60K6

Ann Collett

Baptised on 15.09.1706 at Tamworth

 

60K7

George Collett – infant death

Baptised on 05.03.1709 at Tamworth

 

60K8

George Collett

Born in 1711 at Tamworth

 

 

 

 

60J2

George Collett [previously Ref. 43k1], whose date of birth is not known, may have been the brother of James (above), and therefore the son of James.  What is known is that like James junior, George was also living in Tamworth during the first decade of the 1700s.  He was married to Sarah and their eldest son was James Collett, another likely link to George being the son of James.  In most of the baptism records the surname was written as Collit or Collitt.

 

 

 

60K9

James Collett

Baptised during Feb 1703 at Tamworth

 

60K10

Mary Collett

Baptised on 14.11.1706 at Tamworth

 

60K11

Anne Collett

Baptised on 15.06.1709 at Tamworth

 

60K12

Elinor Collett

Baptised on 11.02.1711 at Tamworth

 

60K13

Susanna Collett

Born in 1714 at Tamworth

 

 

 

 

60K2

James Collett [previously Ref. 43l3] was baptised at Tamworth on 3rd June 1698, the eldest son of James and Rebecca Collett.  At the time of the baptism of his first three children the surname was recorded as Collit, whereas for the later children it was Collet.  Sadly there was no mention of the mother’s name on any occasion.

 

 

 

60L1

Joseph Collett

Born in 1722 at Tamworth

 

60L2

George Collett – died in 1728

Baptised on 30.12.1727 at Tamworth

 

60L3

Catherine Collett

Baptised on 13.09.1728 at Tamworth

 

60L4

George Collett

Baptised on 14.10.1729 at Tamworth

 

60L5

James Collett

Born in 1730 at Tamworth

 

60L6

William Collett – infant death

Baptised on 01.11.1734 at Tamworth

 

60L7

John Collett

Born in 1738 at Tamworth

 

60L8

William Collett

Baptised on 26.07.1741 at Tamworth

 

 

 

 

60K3

Elizabeth Collett [previously Ref. 43l3] was baptised at Tamworth on 25th March 1701, the daughter of James and Rebecca Collett.  She later married Thomas Brisco at Tamworth on 9th October 1726, when her name was recorded as Collit, like her brother Josiah (below).

 

 

 

 

60K4

JOSIAH COLLETT [previously Ref. 60K1] was baptised at Tamworth on 29th December 1703, the son of James Collett and Rebecca Blithe.  It is therefore very interesting that, as Josiah Collit, he later married (1) Mary Blithe at Tamworth on 29th December 1726.  Mary Collett nee Blithe died in 1841 and it is not known whether she gave birth to any children.  Three years later Josiah married (2) the much younger Martha Blooden at the Cathedral in Lichfield on 7th September 1744.  The only children so far found for the couple were born and baptised at Tamworth, the cathedral records confirming their father was Josiah Collet.

 

 

 

60L9

John Collett

Born in 1749 at Tamworth

 

60L10

Sarah Collett

Born in 1751 at Tamworth

 

60L11

JAMES COLLETT

Born in 1753 at Tamworth

 

 

 

 

60K5

Joseph Collett [previously Ref. 43l5], whose birth, nor his baptism has been confirmed, was very likely born at Tamworth around 1705 and may have been the son of James and Rebecca Collett.  It would appear that he was married around 1726 and over the next two decades the married produced at least seven children.  The first two children were baptised as Collit, with the following children baptised using the name Collet.

 

 

 

60L12

Ann Collett – infant death

Baptised on 16.10.1727 at Tamworth

 

60L13

Rebecca Collett

Baptised on 17.10.1729 at Tamworth

 

60L14

Ann Collett

Born in 1731 at Tamworth

 

60L15

William Collett

Born in 1734 at Tamworth

 

60L16

Mary Collett

Baptised on 06.01.1742 at Tamworth

 

60L17

Joseph Collett

Baptised on 12.09.1744 at Tamworth

 

60L18

George Collett

Baptised on 17.03.1745 at Tamworth

 

 

 

 

60K8

George Collett [previously Ref. 43l8] was baptised at Tamworth on 2nd July 1711, the youngest child of James Collett and his wife Rebecca Blythe.  By 1730 he was married, and it was also while he and he wife were living in Tamworth that their two known children were born.  Both daughters were baptised with the name Collet, although neither record included the name of the mother.

 

 

 

60L19

Elizabeth Collett

Baptised on 08.03.1730 at Tamworth

 

60L20

Sarah Collett

Born in 1732 at Tamworth

 

 

 

 

60K13

Susanna Collett [previously Ref. 43l13] was baptised at Tamworth on 14th September 1714, the youngest daughter of George and Sarah Collett.  She would have been in her thirties when she married Henry Awcoat at Tamworth on 2nd June 1751.

 

 

 

 

60L1

Joseph Collett [previously Ref. 43m1] was baptised at Tamworth on 24th October 1722, the son of James Collit.  The baptism records for his three known children did not include the name of his wife.

 

 

 

60M1

Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1747 at Tamworth

 

60M2

Thomas Collett

Born in 1756 at Tamworth

 

60M3

Charles Collett

Baptised on 15.07.1759 at Tamworth

 

 

 

 

60L5

James Collett [previously Ref. 43m5] was baptised at Tamworth on 2nd February 1730, the son of James Collit.  He later married Elizabeth Kent at Tamworth on 13th September 1750, where all of their children were born and baptised.

 

 

 

60M4

Hannah Collett

Born in 1759 at Tamworth

 

60M5

Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1761 at Tamworth

 

60M6

Sarah Collett

Born in 1764 at Tamworth

 

60M7

Isaac Collettnot confirmed

Date of birth unknown

 

 

 

 

 

In addition to James Collett, the son of James Collit, there was another James living in Tamworth at the same time that the above three children were born to James and his wife Elizabeth.  That James Collett (Ref. 60L5/A) was married to Mary and their children were baptised at Tamworth in 1759, 1761, and 1763, as detailed below.

 

 

 

60M8

Nanny (Nanny Collet) Collett

Baptised on 08.06.1759 at Tamworth

 

60M9

Ettie (Etty Collet) Collett

Baptised on 07.09.1761 at Tamworth

 

60M10

Bessie (Bessy Collitt) Collett

Baptised on 30.12.1763 at Tamworth

 

 

 

 

60L7

John Collett [previously Ref. 43m7] was baptised at Tamworth on 13th May 1738, the son of James Collit.  He married Elizabeth Waters at Tamworth on 13th April 1762.

 

 

 

 

60L9

John Collett was born at Tamworth in early 1749 and was baptised there on 15th May 1749, the eldest child of Josiah Collett and his second wife Martha Blooden.

 

 

 

 

60L10

Sarah Collett was born at Tamworth in 1751 and was baptised on 8th April when her father was confirmed as Josiah Collett.  Sarah later married Thomas Rawby (Rawbey) at Tamworth on 5th December 1774 when she was 23.

 

 

 

 

60L11

JAMES COLLETT was born at Tamworth in 1753, the son of Josiah Collett and Martha Blooden, who was baptised there on 30th September 1753 as James Collet.  Tamworth is just over the county boundary from Leicestershire, and it was at Asfordby, near Melton Mowbray that James Collit married Elizabeth Marriott of 20th August 1781.  Elizabeth was born in 1753, the daughter of Henry Marriott and Mary Parker, and was in an advanced state of pregnancy on their wedding day.  Two months later the couple’s first child, their daughter Elizabeth, was born.  Sadly she only survived for around five months when she died and was buried at Asfordby.

 

 

 

James and Elizabeth were still living in Asfordby three and a half years later when their son Henry was born there, but after a further six years the family was living in the adjacent village of Kirby Bellars, just one mile south of Asfordby when their daughter Elizabeth was born, and again five years after that when their son James was born.  It is quite likely that other children, so far undiscovered, were born into the family during the years between their four known children.  James Collett died in 1817.

 

 

 

60M11

Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1781 at Asfordby

 

60M12

HENRY COLLETT

Born in 1785 at Asfordby

 

60M13

James Collett

Born in 1791 at Kirby Bellars

 

60M14

Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1796 at Kirby Bellars

 

 

 

 

60L14

Ann Collett [previously Ref. 43m14] was baptised at Tamworth on 30th December 1731, the daughter of Joseph Collit.  It was also at Tamworth on 11th November 1757 that she married Samuel Wilkins.

 

 

 

 

60L15

William Collett [previously Ref. 43m15] was baptised at Tamworth on 11th August 1734, the son of Joseph Collit.  He married Martha Newbold at Tamworth on 23rd March 1761, where all of their children were born and baptised.

 

 

 

60M15

Sarah Collett

Baptised on 24.05.1762 at Tamworth

 

60M16

Mary Collett

Baptised on 11.09.1763 at Tamworth

 

60M17

Martha Collett

Born in 1769 at Tamworth

 

60M18

Lydia Collett

Baptised on 09.06.1771 at Tamworth

 

 

 

 

60L20

Sarah Collett [previously Ref. 43m20] was baptised at Tamworth on 23rd December 1732, the daughter of George Collett.  Sarah appears to have married fairly later in her life, when he married Thomas Rowley on 5th December 1774 at Tamworth.

 

 

 

 

60M1

Elizabeth Collett [previously Ref. 43n1] was baptised at Tamworth on 25th May 1747, the eldest known child of Joseph Collit.  In 1770 the parish records in Tamworth included the baptism of two Collett children who were baptised on the same day.  However, no name of the father was entered in the records, nor was there the full name of the mother, just that her surname was Collett.  So it is very much an estimate that she may have been unmarried Elizabeth Collett, who appears to be the only suitable lady of the correct age.

 

 

 

60N1

Sarah Collett     twin

Baptised on 07.01.1770 at Tamworth

 

60N2

James Collett    twin

Baptised on 07.01.1770 at Tamworth

 

 

 

 

60M2

Thomas Collett [previously Ref. 43n2] was baptised at Tamworth on 10th March 1756, the son of Joseph Collit.  It was also at Tamworth where he married Mary Sketchley on 8th February 1780, and it was also while they were living in the Tamworth area that their children were born and baptised in Tamworth.  It is possible that Mary died during the birth of her last child, since there is the marriage at Tamworth of a Thomas Collett and Charlotte Spar which took place on 13th October 1800.  There is also the possibility that Thomas died six years later because at Tamworth on 30th March 1807 Charlotte Collett married John Hutton (or Hatton).

 

 

 

There is every chance that Thomas and Mary had other children between 1783 and 1799, and records have been found under the surname Collott, but at Stafford.  They relate to Thomas Collott who was born during 1788 and his sister Ann Collott who was born in 1793.  It may be of interest also, that upon the marriage of Thomas’ daughter Elizabeth in 1815, she was recorded as Elizabeth Collitt.

 

 

 

60N3

Thomas Collett  died 31.12.1780

Baptised on 31.12.1780 at Tamworth

 

60N4

John Collett      died 14.09.1783

Baptised on 04.05.1783 at Tamworth

 

60N5

Thomas Collott – not confirmed

Born in 1788 at Stafford

 

60N6

Ann Collott – not confirmed

Baptised on 29.12.1793 at Stafford

 

60N7

Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1799 at Tamworth

 

The following are the children of Thomas Collett and his wife Charlotte:

 

60N8

Charlotte Collett

Baptised on 11.09.1803 at Tamworth

 

60N9

Thomas Collett

Baptised on 02.06.1805 at Tamworth

 

 

 

 

60M4

Hannah Collett [previously Ref. 43n4] was baptised at Tamworth on 1st July 1759, the daughter of James Collett and Elizabeth Kent.  It was on 21st June 1779 that she married Francis Dankes in Tamworth.

 

 

 

 

60M5

Elizabeth Collett [previously Ref. 43n5] was baptised at Tamworth on 9th August 1761, the daughter of James and Elizabeth Collett, and it was at Tamworth that she married George Platts on 26th October 1789.

 

 

 

 

60M6

Sarah Collett [previously Ref. 43n6] was baptised at Tamworth on 10th April 1764, the daughter of James and Elizabeth Collett.  It was also at Tamworth where she married Richard Sketchley on 4th December 1795, fifteen years after Thomas Collett (above) married Mary Sketchley at Tamworth.

 

 

 

 

60M7

Isaac Collett [previously Ref. 43n7], whose date of birth is not known, may have been the son of James Collett and Elizabeth Kent although no baptism record has been found to confirm this.  What is known is that an Isaac Collett of Tamworth was married there to Martha Moore on 31st December 1783, and their three known children were baptised there.

 

 

 

60N10

Elizabeth Collett

Baptised on 28.03.1785 at Tamworth

 

60N11

Ann Collett

Baptised on 06.11.1790 at Tamworth

 

60N12

John Collett

Baptised on 07.09.1794 at Tamworth

 

 

 

 

60M11

Elizabeth Collett was born at Asfordby in 1781, just after her parents were married there on 20th August.  It was also there that she was baptised on 16th October 1781, the first child of James Collett and Elizabeth Marriott, and there that she died on 13th March 1782.

 

 

 

 

60M12

HENRY COLLETT was born at Asfordby in 1785, where he was baptised on 30th October 1785, the son of James and Elizabeth Collett.  Sometime during the first decade of the new century it would appear that Henry travelled the fifty miles south-east of Melton Mowbray to settle in the village of Toft, six miles west of the city of Cambridge.  It was there on 18th October 1815 that Henry Collet (sic) married Susan Beaumont who was already five months pregnant with their first child.  Susan was one of the ten children of John Beaumont and Lydia Pauley and was baptised as Susannah Beaumont on 15th July 1798 at Comberton, just one mile east of Toft.

 

 

 

Henry and Susan are known to have had nine children, eight of whom were born at Toft, with just their first child baptised at nearby Comberton only four months after they were married.  However, the first national census in June 1841 did include a number of anomalies.  The family was still living at Toft on that occasion where Henry was an agricultural labourer with a rounded age of 50, rather than 55, while his wife was named as Lucy Collett instead of Susan and she was 40.  By that time the couple’s eldest son had left the family home to be married, and their second daughter Ann was already working and living separately from her family but still in Toft.  Therefore the children listed with Henry and Susan (Lucy) were Elizabeth Collett, age 20, John Collett, age 18, Stephen Collett, age 13, Susan Collett, age 11, Mary Collett who was eight, Lydia (Siddia) Collett who was five, Gifford Collett who was two years old and another Siddia Collett who was only four months old who never survived.

 

 

 

It is established that it was during the following year that Henry Collett, aged 57, died on 21st July 1842, his death at Toft being recorded during the third quarter of that year, leaving his wife Susan to raise their three young children.  It is also possible that whatever caused his death may have also taken the life of his youngest daughter.  By the time of the next census in 1851 Susan Collett, age 55 and from Comberton was a widow who was still residing in a tenement on Main Road in Toft with just her youngest surviving child for company, Gifford Collett being 11 years old who even at that age had already started work.  At that time in her life Susan was recorded as undertaking general work to provide for herself and her son, when they were living in the dwelling next door to her so Stephen who was married with a child of his own by then.  No record of her has been found in Great Britain after that time, the reason being that the entire family, excluding her eldest son Henry who died in 1853, eventually emigrated to South Australia, some of them between 1852 and 1854.

 

 

 

It was in 1857 that Susan Collett sailed to South Australia on board the ship Carnatic to be reunited with her family, and travelling with her was her married daughter Lydia and her husband, Susan’s youngest son Gifford and his wife, and her grandson Young Collett, the eldest son of the late Henry Collett who had died four years earlier.  Once settled in her new surroundings Susan Collett, who was 61 by then, worked as a midwife.  Later on she was living at the home of her son-in-law Stephen Hindes at Finniss on the Fleurieu Peninsular of South Australia.  Twenty-six years after arriving in Australia Susan Collett nee Beaumont died there in 1883 at the age of 85 and was buried at Strathalbyn, sixty kilometres south-east of Adelaide.

 

 

 

60N13

HENRY COLLETT

Born in 1816 at Comberton

 

60N14

Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1818 at Toft

 

60N15

John Collett

Born in 1822 at Toft

 

60N16

Ann Collett

Born in 1824 at Toft

 

60N17

Stephen Collett

Born in 1827 at Toft

 

60N18

Susan Collett

Born in 1830 at Toft

 

60N19

Mary Collett

Born in 1833 at Toft

 

60N20

Lydia Collett

Born in 1836 at Toft

 

60N21

Gifford Collett

Born in 1839 at Toft

 

60N22

Siddia Collett

Born in February 1841 at Toft

 

 

 

 

60M13

James Collett was born at Kirby Bellars in 1791, and was baptised there on 30th July 1791, the son of James and Elizabeth Collett.  It is possible that James married Mary Starkey at Sheepy Magna near Atherstone in Leicestershire on 6th June 1816.  It is also possible, but not proved, that James and Mary may have followed James’ brother Henry (above) to the village of Toft, since it was there in 1817 that a John Collett was born.  Although no baptism record for John has been found, it was around 1845 that John Collett took up with Mary Ann Rutter at Toft.  Mary was the daughter of Henry and Mary Rutter, and was baptised at Toft on 24th May 1818.

 

 

 

It was also at Toft that Mary gave birth to John’s twin children John Collett Rutter and Harriet Collett Rutter, who were baptised at Toft on 25th January 1846.  Sadly John died on 13th March 1846, and was buried at Toft.  As regards John and Mary, and their daughter Harriet, it would appear that they emigrated to Australia, where they settled at Round Swamp, Capertree Valley in New South Wales, about seventy miles north-west of Sydney.

 

 

 

It was there that Harriet Collett married George Dowling who was born in Sydney on 29th September 1843.  The couple appear to have married in late 1864, or early in 1865, since their first child, Eliza Jane Dowling was born on 9th September 1865, and she was followed two years later by a son John Robert Dowling who was born at Round Swamp in 1867.  Tragically it was at Round Swamp that Harriet Dowling nee Collett died on 10th May 1886, and she was survived by her mother Mary Ann Collett nee Rutter who died at Round Swamp on 26th February 1905.

 

 

 

Harriet’s husband survived her by twenty-eight years, when George Dowling died at Granville in New South Wales on 23th November 1914, while his son John Robert Dowling died at Lithgow, NSW on 14th October 1931, and his daughter Eliza Jane Dowling died at Casino, NSW on 1st January 1946.

 

 

 

 

60M14

Elizabeth Collett was born at Kirby Bellars in 1796 and was the second child of that name born to parents James Collett and Elizabeth Marriott.  It was also at Kirby Bellars that she was baptised on 10th July 1796.

 

 

 

 

60M17

Martha Collett [previously Ref. 43n13] was baptised at Tamworth on 6th December 1769, the daughter of William Collett and Martha Newbold.  She later married John Miring at Tamworth on 31st October 1802.

 

 

 

 

60N5

Thomas Collott [previously Ref. 43o5] was born during 1788 and was baptised at Stafford on 7th December 1788.  However, it has not yet been proved that he was the son of Thomas Collett and Mary Sketchley, whose first born son Thomas died in 1780 on the day he was born.  He has been included here simple because he had an interesting life and may have been the child of Thomas and Mary.  In 1821 he was arrested for burglary when he was 33 and was sentenced to life imprisonment.  He was transported to the convict hulk Justitia on 9th November 1821 when his convict number was 481.  The records at the National Archive Office indicate that he left the hulk on 15th March 1822 and sailed to Van Diemen’s Land on 1st April, arriving there on 23rd July 1822.  He retained the convict number 481 and the records at VDL described him as being 5 feet 2½ inches tall, light brown hair, grey eyes, occupation canal cutter, sentenced in Stafford on 1st September 1821, and transported for life on board the ship the Prince of Orange. 

 

 

 

His prison record, kindly sent in by Sue Collett (Ref. 21T16) in Tasmania, reveals that Thomas Collott was incapable of keeping out of trouble.  On 20th November 1824 he was caught stealing and was punished by being given just bread and water.  On 7th June 1826 he refused to carry out duties order by a constable and was given 24 lashes.  On 31st December 1829 he was charged for being absence without leave and on 8th January 1833 he was charged with being drunk and absent from his duty, as a result his ticket of leave, granted on the Queen’s birthday, was reduced.  He was charged on 11th March 1833 with being drunk in a public house and was confined for ten days, and on 12th April 1833 he was discovered drunk in the catholic burial ground.  He was confined for another six days on 22nd November 1833, again for being drunk.  Despite two more offences in 1835 and 1836 it was on 14th July 1841 that he was granted a conditional pardon, which was extended on 3rd October 1847, by which time he was around 59 years of age.

 

 

 

Appendix Two at the end of this family line also includes details of other Colletts who were on the wrong side of the law, and this is a continuation of Appendix Two in Part 43 – The Staffordshire Line to Kentucky and Michigan which includes more stories of Collett bad boys.

 

 

 

 

60N7

Elizabeth Collett [previously Ref. 43o7] was born at Lichfield and may have been born around three years old when she was baptised at Tamworth on 4th August 1799, the daughter of Thomas Collett and Mary Sketchley.  It was as Elisabeth Collit that she married John Carter at the Church of St Editha in Tamworth on 31st October 1815, when the witnesses were James Pipe and Margaret Hollier and Elizabeth signed the register in her own hand.

 

 

 

The marriage produced the following children who were born at Tamworth, although they were all baptised in St Chads Church in Lichfield.  Thomas Carter (born in 1816), Frances Carter (born in 1820), Isaac Carter (born in 1823), James Carter (born in 1826), Jabez Carter (born in 1828), William Carter (born in 1829), George Carter (born in 1832), Mary Carter (born in 1834, who died in 1835), Miriam Carter (born in 1836), and Arthur Carter (born in 1838, who died in 1895).

 

 

 

By 1841 the Carter family was living in West Leicester where they were recorded as Jno Carter 45, Elizabeth Carter 40, James 15, Jabez 14, William 12, George, who was nine, Mary, who was five, and Arthur who was three.  It is worth noting that Miriam was called Mary on that occasion after her late sister.  However, ten years later she was one of just two children still living with her parents, by which time she was using her baptised name.  John Carter was 59, Elizabeth Carter was 54, Miriam Carter was 15, and Arthur Carter was 13.

 

 

 

In the East Leicester census of 1861 Elizabeth Carter from Tamworth was 62, while her husband John, who died during the following decade, was 68.  That was confirmed in the subsequent census of 1871 when Elizabeth Carter from Tamworth was a widow still living within the East Leicester district at the age of 75.  According to the next census in 1881 Elizabeth, age 83, was a visitor at 10 Ratcliffe Street in the Leicester suburb of Belgrave the home of cabinet maker Samuel Elliott age 29.  The only other person living at on that occasion was Ada Elliott, who was three, the daughter of Samuel Elliott and his absent wife who was Elizabeth’s granddaughter Eliza Ann (see below).

 

 

 

Elizabeth Carter nee Collett was the 3 x great grandmother of Wendy Powell of New South Wales.  She was 90 years old when she died on 3rd November 1886 of old age while she was staying at 9 Ratcliffe Street in the Leicester suburb of Belgrave, where she had been a visitor for at least the last six or more years.  That was the home of her granddaughter Eliza Ann Elliott nee Barratt, the informant of her passing, who was the daughter of Elizabeth’s youngest daughter Miriam Barratt nee Carter, the wife of Abraham Barratt from Olney in Buckinghamshire.  It was nine years earlier that Miriam and Abraham Barratt had emigrated to Australia in 1877.  Curiously the death of the widow Elizabeth Carter was recorded on fifth of November 1886 at the sub-district of Rothley within the Barrow-on-Soar registration district of Leicestershire, to the north of the City of Leicester.

 

 

 

 

60N13

HENRY COLLETT was born at Comberton in 1816, where he was baptised as Henry Collet (sic) on 18th February 1816, the eldest child of Henry Collett and his wife Susan Beaumont.  Not long after he was born his parents moved the one mile to the village of Toft where all of his siblings were born.  He was around 18 years old when he married Elizabeth Newman at Hardwick, two miles north of Toft, on 23rd October 1834.  Elizabeth, who had been born at Hardwick on 21st June 1819 and the daughter of Thomas Newman and Sarah Longstaff, was with-child on the day of their wedding and within five months their daughter was born and baptised at Toft.  Over the following five years Elizabeth presented Henry with the two more children, both of them also being born while the family was living in Toft.

 

 

 

That was confirmed by the Toft census of 1841 when Henry Collett and his wife Elizabeth were both 25, and their three children were Ann Collett, who was six, Young Collett, who was four, and Eliza Collett who was two years old.  Later that same year Elizabeth gave birth to the couple’s fourth child, and during the next ten years their family was completed with the birth at Toft of a further four children.

 

 

 

All eight children were still living at Toft with Henry and Elizabeth in 1851, their dwelling described as a tenement on the main road in the village.  Henry Collett, age 35 and from Toft, was an agricultural labourer, his wife Elizabeth from Hardwick in Cambridgeshire was 36, and all of their children were confirmed as having been born at Toft.  They were Ann Collett, age 16, Young Collett, age 14 and an agricultural labourer working with his father, Eliza Collett who was 12, John who was another agricultural labourer at the age of just nine years, Henry Collett, who was seven, William Collett, who was four, Elizabeth, who was three, and latest arrival Frederick who was only three months old.

 

 

 

It was only two years later that Henry Collett suffered a premature death when he died during the month of October in 1853 at the age of only 37.  After just over five years as a widow Elizabeth Collett, formerly Newman, married William Caten at Toft on 25th November 1858 when her father was named as Thomas Newman and his father was John Caten.  By the time of the census in 1861 the pair of them was residing at a dwelling on the High Street in Toft when their surname was recorded as Cato.  William Cato from Great Creaton was 36, while his wife Elizabeth Cato from Hardwick said she was 40 when she was actually nearer ten years older than her husband.  Living with the couple on that occasion were the five youngest children from Elizabeth’s previous marriage.  They were John Collet who was 20, Henery Collett who was 17, William Collet who was 14, Elizabeth Collet who was 11 and Fredrick Collet who was 10, all born at Toft.

 

 

 

During the following years two of Elizabeth’s children, William and Elizabeth, left the family group to be married, and by 1871 her sons Henry and Frederick were still living and working together in Toft in 1871.  It may been the spelling of her surname and her inability to give her correct age when she was living with her much younger husband that is the reason no obvious record for Elizabeth Caten or Cato has been found in 1871.  However, by the time of the next census in 1881 Elizabeth Cato from Hardwick was more accurately recorded as being 67 when she was living alone in the High Street in Toft.  No record of her has been located in 1891 but again in 1901 she was recorded as Elizabeth Cato from Hardwick and not loving in Toft, when she was 88 and the only person of that surname living within the Caxton registration district of Cambridgeshire.

 

 

 

Previously, in error, it was stated here that Elizabeth may have died in Gloucestershire during the first three months of 1895 or that she passed away in Cambridgeshire during 1884.  However, both of these dates are incorrect, since the death of Elizabeth Cato, formerly Collett nee Newman, was recorded at the Caxton register office (Ref. 3b 212) during the third quarter of 1907 when she was 94.

 

 

 

Although never listed with the family in any census, Henry is also understood to have had a son by the name of George Collett, but it is not clear if he was born prior to Henry’s marriage to Elizabeth.  The details relating to George are that he eventually lived in Australia where he was married and had a daughter Jane, who was later married to become Jane Grimes and who had a son George Grimes.

 

 

 

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Ann Collett

Born in 1835 at Toft

 

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Young Henry Collett

Born in 1836 at Toft

 

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Eliza Collett

Born in 1838 at Toft

 

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JOHN COLLETT

Born in 1841 at Toft

 

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Henry Collett

Born in 1844 at Toft

 

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William Collett

Born in 1846 at Toft

 

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Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1848 at Toft

 

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Frederick Collett

Born in 1850 at Toft

 

 

 

 

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Elizabeth Collett was born at Toft in 1818 and was the eldest daughter of Henry Collett and his wife Susan Beaumont.  It was also at Toft that she was the first member of the Collett family to be baptised there, at the Church of St Andrew (on the right) on 23rd June 1818, when her parents were confirmed as Henry and Susan.

 

When Elizabeth was approaching her middle twenties she married Benjamin Hart at Toft on 7th December 1841.  He had been born there in 1817, and over the next two years the marriage produced two children for him and Elizabeth.  Lydia Hart was born not long after they were married and was baptised in Cambridge on 5th March 1842.  Their son Henry Hart was born

 

just over a year later and he was baptised at nearby Comberton on 5th March 1843.  The widow Elizabeth Hart nee Collett died in 1884 at the age of 66.

 

 

 

 

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John Collett was born at Toft in 1822, and was baptised there on 28th July 1822, the son of Henry and Susan Collett.  In the census of 1841 John was still living with his family in Toft when he was 18 and was working with his father and brother Stephen (below) as an agricultural labourer.  No further record of him has been found in England after that time and that was because he sailed out of Plymouth on 1st May 1852 bound for Adelaide in South Australia on board the ship Gloucester.  Making the journey with him were his brothers Stephen and Gifford (below).  The only other thing known about John was that he died in 1900 at the age of 78.  Some sources believe that he eventually returned to England and that he was living at Toft in 1891 when he was 69, although no actual census return for him at Toft has been found.

 

 

 

 

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Ann Collett was born at Toft in 1824, where she was baptised on 8th May 1824, the daughter of Henry and Susan Collett.  At the age of 16 Ann was still living in the village of Toft, but by that time she was working and living separately from her parents.  Just over six years later Ann married William Hindes at nearby Comberton on 16th October 1847 and seven years later they are their family emigrated to Australia where their family was raised in South Australia.  Ann and William and their two children, Susan age six and Elizabeth who was two, sailed to Adelaide on board the ship Ostrich with her sister Mary (below), arriving there in July 1854.  Ann was two months into her third pregnancy when they sailed from Southampton on 20th April 1854.  Her brothers John (above) and Stephen and Gifford (below) had made the same journey in 1852, and her married sister Susan and her husband had travelled out there from England in 1853. 

 

 

 

Ann’s family survived the three-month journey to Australia and four months later her son William Henry Hindes was born on 10th November 1854.  The family’s move to Australia was completed in 1857 when Ann’s mother, her sister Lydia and her brother Gifford and their spouses, and her nephew Young Collett joined then in South Australia.  Four years prior to the death of Ann Hindes her brother Stephen was also living in South Australia when he passed away.  William Hindes was born in 1823 and died on 23rd July 1893 at Glen Osmond in South Australia where, less than eight years after, his widow Ann Hindes nee Collett died on 9th February 1901 at the age of 76.  Their daughter Elizabeth Hindes was born in England on 24th February 1852 and she married Patrick Corcoran at Gambierton who was born during February 1847. 

 

 

 

 

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Stephen Collett was born at Toft in 1827, and was baptised there on 4th November 1827, the son of Henry and Susan Collett.  He was 13 years old and an agricultural labourer at the time of the first Toft census in 1841 when he was still living there with his family.  It was just over eight years later on 21st July 1849 that Richard married Elizabeth Baldock at Toft, where she was born, and with whom he had nine children.  The first child was born while they were still living at Toft, as confirmed by the Toft census of 1851.  By that time Stephen Collett was 22 and an agricultural labourer living in a tenement on Main Road in Toft with his wife Elizabeth who was also 22, and their son Richard from was one year old.  Living in the tenement right next door was Stephen’s widowed mother and his youngest brother Gifford Collett.

 

 

 

On 1st May 1852 Stephen, Elizabeth and their son Richard sailed on the ship Gloucester from Plymouth to Adelaide, where they settled in South Australia where their remaining children were born.  However, during the long voyage there was an outbreak of measles on the Gloucester, which was followed by scarlet fever, which resulted in the death of 23 passengers, mostly children.  Another such fatality was Richard Collett who was under three years old when he died eight days after arriving in Adelaide.  It is also rumoured within the family that Elizabeth actually gave birth to the couple’s second child during the voyage, but that it too did not survive.

 

 

 

Once in Australia the family initially settled at Glen Osmond, where their second (or third) child was born, before moving to the Strathalbyn and Finnis area of South Australia where their later children were born.  It was also at Finnis, just south of Strathalbyn, not far from Adelaide that Stephen Collett died on 4th March 1897, when he was 70 years old.

 

 

 

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Richard Collett

Born during 1849 at Toft

 

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William Collett

Born on 14.05.1854 at Glen Osmond, S A

 

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Thomas Collett

Born on 13.11.1856 at Strathalbyn, S A

 

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Sally Collett

Born on 16.03.1859 at Rankins Creek, S A

 

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Elizabeth Collett

Born on 20.05.1861 at Strathalbyn, S A

 

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Richard Henry Collett

Born on 02.09.1863 at Finnis, S A

 

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Mary Ann Collett

Born on 24.03.1866 at Finnis, S A

 

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Stephen Collett

Born on 17.12.1868 at Finnis, S A

 

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Susan Collett

Born on 14.11.1871 at Finnis, S A

 

 

 

 

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Susan Collett was born at Toft in 1830, where she was baptised on 18th April 1830, the daughter of Henry and Susan Collett.  It was also at Toft on 4th November 1850 that she married Thomas Baldock, who was in all probability the brother of Elizabeth Baldock who married Susan’s brother Stephen Collett (above) during the previous year.  In the census of 1851 Susan Baldock was 19, while her husband Thomas was 22, when they were still living in the village of Toft.

 

 

 

It is known that the couple emigrated to Australia during 1853 on board the ship Calabar where they were presumably reunited with three of Susan’s brothers John, Stephen and Gifford who had made the same journey in the previous year.  All the couple’s children were born in South Australia, the first of them being Sally Baldock who was baptised at the Church of St Michael in Mitcham, South Australia on 9th April 1854, when her parents were confirmed as Thomas and Susan Baldock.  The next four children were born after the family had settled in Nairne in South Australia, and they were James Baldock, who was born on 20th November 1861, but who died on 18th September 1865; the next two were the twins Ann and John Baldock who were born on 26th April 1864, and both of them died that same day; and Thomas Baldock, who was born on 23rd May 1865 and died the very next day.

 

 

 

Perhaps it was due to the tragedy of losing all four children at Nairne that prompted the move to a new start at Glen Osmond, as it was there that their next child was born.  Thomas Frederick Baldock was born on 10th April 1867, but three years later the family was living in Adelaide.  It was there on 17th June 1870 that another son was born, but once again he did not survive long enough even to be named, and died that same day.  The couple’s last child was Henry Thomas Baldock, and he was born at Parkside in South Australia on 12th April 1874.  Thomas Baldock died in Australia on 4th September 1890, and his widow Susan Baldock nee Collett survived him by eleven years when she died in 1911.

 

 

 

 

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Mary Collett was born at Toft in 1833 and was baptised there on 21st July 1833, the daughter of Henry and Susan Collett.  She was eight years old in the census of 1841 when she was living at Toft with her family.  Ten years later she was still living in Toft, but separately from her family on that occasion, at the age of 17.  In 1854 she accompanied her married sister Ann on the sea voyage to Australia on board the ship Ostrich which sailed from England to Adelaide.

 

 

 

It was following her arrival in South Australia that Mary married Carl August Christian Schunke who was born in 1826 and died in 1894, and with whom she had seven children.  Their first child Heinrich W J Schunke died shortly he was born in 1858, Hannah Augusta Schunke was born during the following year, Wilhelm Schunke was born in 1860, Charlotte Schunke was born in 1861, Elizabeth Schunke in 1862, George Schunke in 1864 who died the following year, and Bertha Schunke who was born in 1866.  Mary Schunke nee Collett died in 1904.

 

 

 

Her daughter Elizabeth Schunke later married to become Elizabeth Hart.  During 1933, fourteen years before she died, Elizabeth was living on a farm at Yalangor, north of Toowoomba where she made a quilted bedcover measuring 2019mm x 1144mm.  Today that same quilt is recorded with the National Quilt Register (Ref. 424AM) and is the property of Alys Mercer nee Hart of South-West Queensland the maker’s granddaughter.  The quilt is made of white linen with a green border and is divided into blocks, each block containing an Australian bird.

 

 

 

Alys saying of the work “The quilt was entirely handmade.  My grandparents had settled at Darling Downs in 1902, previously having living in South Australia.  They still had the Adelaide Chronicle sent to them weekly and this is where my grandmother obtained the wild flower designs, getting a different one each week as they were published.  There was no electricity on the farm so this would have been worked with the aid of a kerosene lamp.  Daylight hours were not used for such frivolities as fancy work, and not a stitch would have been sewn on any Sunday.”

 

 

 

 

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Lydia Collett was born at Toft in 1836, the youngest daughter and penultimate child of Henry and Susan Collett.  She was baptised at Toft on 31st July 1836 and in 1851 she was 14 and living in the village of Great Shelford, just south of Cambridge.  She later married John Constable at Haslingfield, not far from Great Shelford, on 24th November 1855, John having been born in 1836.  Haslingfield lies just four miles south-east of Toft and four miles west of Great Shelford.  However, during 1857 the couple emigrated to Australia when they sailed to Adelaide on board the ship Carnatic accompanied by Lydia’s widowed mother Susan, her younger brother Gifford (below) and his wife, and her nephew Young Collett (below), and the remainder of John’s Constable family. 

 

 

 

It was in South Australia that all of the seven children of Lydia and John Constable were born.  They were Harriet Constable who was born at Nairne on 31st March 1858 but who died at Lower Finnis in 1864, William Henry Constable who was born there on 2nd February 1863 who died in 1937 having married Nora Day around 1891 with whom he had seven children, Susan Constable who was born at Goolwa on 6th September 1865 and who married Gavin Wilson died in 1952 having had eleven children, Ellen Constable who was born at Lower Finnis on 5th November 1868 and married George Galpin 1862-1936 and they had six children before her premature death in 1911 probably during the birth of her seventh child, Harry Constable who was born in 1869, Stephen Constable who was born at Lower Finnis in South Australia on 7th July 1872, and Elizabeth Ann Constable who was born at Strathalbyn in South Australia on 20th November 1875 who married Walter T Heath with whom she had two children.  It was also at Strathalbyn that Lydia Constable nee Collett died in 1924 at the age of 87.

 

 

 

 

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Gifford Collett was born at Toft in 1839, the last child of Henry Collett and his wife Susan Beaumont who was baptised at Toft on 19th May 1839.  He was recorded in the June census of 1841 as being two years old, so he was only three years old when his father died during the following year.  By the time of the next census in 1851 Gifford was the only child still living with his widowed mother in a tenement on Main Road in Toft, while in the adjacent tenement lived his married brother Stephen (above).  At the age of 11 Gifford had already finished his school by then and was employed as an agricultural labourer like other members of his family.

 

 

 

Just less than six years later he married Charlotte Thompson at Toft on 4th January 1857 when he was 18 years old.  Charlotte was baptised at Croxton, near St Neots on 2nd September 1838, the daughter of Samuel and Betsey Thompson.  It was also later that same year that Gifford and Charlotte joined Gifford’s widowed mother Susan, his married sister Lydia and her husband, and his nephew Young Collett (below) on board the ship Carnatic bound for a new life in Australia.

 

 

 

Where four children were previously listed below, it now seems highly likely that the previously named William Henry Collett, whose date and place of birth was not known, was actually the couple’s second child previously listed simply as Henry Collett.  All three children were born after the family settled in Finnis near Strathalbyn in South Australia.  Charlotte Collett nee Thompson died in Australia in 1916, and was followed two years later by her husband, when Gifford Collett died at Coolgardie in Western Australia during 1918 at the age of 79.

 

 

 

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Eliza Ann Collett

Born in 1869 at Finnis, South Australia

 

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William Henry Collett

Born in 1872 at Lower Finnis, S A

 

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Susan Mary Collett

Born in 1875 at Yarrowie, S A

 

 

 

 

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Ann Collett was born at Toft in early 1835 and within five months of her parents being married there.  She was baptised at Toft on 29th March 1835, when her parents were confirmed as Henry and Elizabeth Collett.  She was six years old in the Toft census of 1841, and was 16 in the Toft census of 1851 when on both occasions she was living there with her family.

 

 

 

Four major events in her life took place over the next two years.  Firstly, at the age of 17, she married John Saunders on 9th August 1852 at Bourn, just two miles west of Toft.  Six months later the couple sailed to a new life in Australia, arriving there on 15th May 1853.  And it was while the couple were in Sydney in 1853 that Ann Saunders nee Collett died, the same year that her father also died back in England.  John Saunders was the son of John and Mary Saunders, and was baptised at Bourn on 24th May 1832.  He survived his young wife by fifty-eight years, when he died in Australia in 1911.

 

 

 

 

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Young Henry Collett was born at Toft in later 1836, where he was baptised on 29th January 1837, the eldest son of Henry Collett and his wife Elizabeth Newman.  In the census of 1851 Young Collett from Toft was 14 and was employed as an agricultural labourer working with his father and his younger brother John (below), while living at the family home in a tenement on the main road in Toft.  Just over two years after that his father died and in 1857 he left England on board the ship Carnatic with his aunt Lydia Collett (above) to join other members of Lydia’s Collett family from Toft in South Australia. 

 

 

 

A little while later he sailed to America where, on 12th April 1862, he married Martha Matilda Josephine Marshall at Osmond, Pierce County in Nebraska.  Matilda was born in 1841, the daughter of John Marshall.  Over the next twenty years their marriage produced eleven children for Young and Martha.  It is unclear where the couple’s first child was born, although it may have been in Nebraska, before the couple left America for a return to Australia, since it is known that all of their subsequent children were born at Glen Osmond, after they had settled in South Australia.  Young Collett died at Glen Osmond in South Australia on 11th June 1888 when his youngest child was only three years old, while his widow passed away in 1920.

 

 

 

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Jack Collett

Born in 1862

 

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William Henry Collett

Born in 1863 at Glen Osmond, S A

 

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Frederick Young Collett

Born in 1864 at Glen Osmond, S A

 

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Ellen Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1865 at Glen Osmond, S A

 

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Annie Collett

Born in 1868 at Glen Osmond, S A

 

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Sarah Peggy Collett

Born in 1870 at Glen Osmond, S A

 

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Thomas Collett

Born in 1871 at Glen Osmond, S A

 

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Elsie Collett                 twin

Born in 1878 at Glen Osmond, S A

 

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Samuel Collett             twin

Born in 1878 at Glen Osmond, S A

 

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Eva Collett

Born in 1879 at Glen Osmond, S A

 

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George Alfred Collett

Born in 1885 at Glen Osmond, S A

 

 

 

 

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Eliza Collett was born at Toft in 1838, the third child and second daughter of Henry Collett and his wife Elizabeth Newman, and it was as Eliza Collett that she was baptised at Toft on 5th May 1839.  Eliza was two years old and 12 years of age in the next two census returns for the village of Toft and was still only 14 when her father died, following which her mother remarried in 1858.  However, just a few months before the next census in 1861, when Eliza was 22, she married Joseph Wing at St Paul’s Church in Cambridge on 8th January 1861. Joseph was also 22 and his father was named as William Wing, while Eliza’s father was recorded as Henry Collett, although by that time he had died and did not see his daughter married.

 

 

 

Their marriage produced a total of five children for the couple over the next seventeen years, and all of them born in the parish of St Andrew-the-Less in Cambridge.  By 1871 both Eliza and Joseph were 32, and on that occasion they had three children, Florence who was seven, Arthur who was six, and Sarah who was three.  At the time of the next census in 1881 the family had increased in size with the addition of two children, but had sadly seen the death of their father, Eliza’s husband Joseph.

 

 

 

The Cambridge census return listed the family as living at 5 New Court in the Holy Trinity district of the city, where Eliza Wing from Toft was a widow at 43.  To make ends meet for her young family Eliza was working as a servant in one of the colleges of the university.  Her children living with her were Florence A Wing, age 17, who was employed at home (while her mother worked), Sarah Ann Wing, age 13, Kate Mabel Wing, who was seven, Henry W Wing, who was five, and Harriet E Wing who was three years old.

 

 

 

By that time in his life, Eliza’s eldest son Arthur J Wing, age 16, was a boarder at 34 Bridge Street in Cambridge St Clements, from where he was working as a chemist’s apprentice.  After a further ten years, the census in 1891 placed Eliza living within the parish of St Andrew-the-Great in Cambridge.  She was 52, and still living with her were her four youngest children.  Sarah was 23, Kate was 17, Henry was 15, and Harriet was 13.

 

 

 

Elisa (sic) Wing from Toft was still employed by one of the colleges in March 1901, when she was 62.  Still living with their mother in Cambridge were three of her daughters.  Sarah Anne Wing who was 33 had no occupation, so was probably at home as the housekeeper, Kate Mabel Wing, age 27, was a school mistress, and Harriet Elisa (sic) Wing was 23 and working as a draper’s assistant.  Six years later Eliza’s youngest daughter married Philip Edward Morse during 1907.  Eliza’s two missing son were both married before March 1901 and were living in the Woolwich district of London where they were both working alongside one another.  Arthur J Wing, age 36, was a chemist and a druggist, while his brother Henry W Wing, age 25, was a chemist’s assistant.

 

 

 

According to the census in 1911 Eliza Wing, age 72 and from Toft, was still living in Cambridge, with just two of her unmarried daughters for company.  Sarah Anne Wing was 43, and Kate Mabel Wing was 37.  Her married daughter Harriet Morse, age 33, was living in the Edmonton area of London with her husband who was also 33.  Also by 1911 Eliza was a grandmother to the seven children of her two sons.  Both families were still residing in Woolwich, where Arthur Joseph Wing, age 46, was living there with his wife Elizabeth Jane, who was 49, and their four daughters Doris Kate, 18, Muriel Florence, 16, Evelyn Maud, 15, and Olive May Wing who was 11.  The family of Henry William Wing, age 36, comprised his wife Elizabeth Mary, age 33, son William Henry, who was nine, daughter Ethel Maud, who was seven, and Bernard Arthur Wing who was six.

 

 

 

 

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JOHN COLLETT was born at Toft in 1841 and it was there that he was baptised on 7th November 1841, the son of Henry and Elizabeth Collett.  He was nine years old in 1851, by which time he was already working with his father and older brother Young Collett as an agricultural labourer.  Two years later his father passed away when he was only 37 and his mother remarried five years after that sad event.  At the time of the next census in 1861 John Collet (sic) was 20 and was the oldest of the five siblings still living with their stepfather William Cato and their mother Elizabeth at their home on the High Street in Toft.  Also at that time living nearby in Toft with her family was Ellen Rogers, age 21, who had been born at Toft in 1840 and she would be the future wife of John Collett.

 

 

 

It was eighteen months later at Toft on 25th September 1862 that John married Ellen Rogers, the daughter of William and Mary A Rogers, and over the remaining part of the decade their marriage produced five children, all of them born at Toft.  So by the time of the next census in 1871 the family were recorded in error under the surname of Collitt.  And they were parents John and Ellen Collitt, both 30, Gifford Collitt, who was eight, William Collitt, who was six, Elizabeth Collitt, who was four, Sarah Collitt, who was two, and Selina Collitt who was not yet one year old.

 

 

 

Two more children were added to the family during the next four years, although the extra children were offset by the departure of the couple’s eldest son who was no longer living in the family home by 1881.  The census that year recorded the family still living at Brook Lane in Toft, which comprised John Collett, an agricultural labourer of 40 years, his wife Ellen, age 41, and their six remaining children.  The eldest was William, age 16, who was working as an agricultural labourer with his father, while his five younger siblings were all attending the village school, and they were Elizabeth, age 14, Sarah, age 12, Selina, age 10, Eliza, who was seven, and Alfred who was five years old.  Every member of the household was confirmed as having been born at Toft, and living just five dwelling away in Brook Lane was John’s younger brother Frederick (below) with his wife.

 

 

 

John Collett died in March 1891 at the age of 50, just a few weeks before the census that year, which recorded his widow Ellen Collett, age 50, as still living at Toft but at Brook End, with just her two sons William and Alfred.  Also still living at the family home was Ellen’s unmarried daughter Sarah who had with her her base-born daughter Alice Maud Collett.  One more person completed the household and he was agricultural labourer George Brown, age 36 and from nearby Comberton, who was described as a visitor.  Ellen Collett nee Rogers died nine years later during 1900.

 

 

 

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Gifford Collett

Born in 1862 at Toft

 

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WILLIAM HENRY COLLETT

Born in 1864 at Toft

 

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Elizabeth Ann Collett

Born in 1866 at Toft

 

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Sarah Collett

Born in 1868 at Toft

 

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Selina Collett

Born in 1871 at Toft

 

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Eliza Collett

Born in 1873 at Toft

 

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Alfred Collett

Born in 1875 at Toft

 

 

 

 

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Henry Collett was born at Toft in 1844, and was baptised there on 24th March 1844, as Henry Collet the son of Henry and Elizabeth Collet.  He was seven years old in the census for Toft in 1851, and would have been only nine years old when his father died at Toft in 1853.  Five years later his mother remarried to become Elizabeth Cato, and it was with her and her new husband William at their home in the High Street in Toft that Henry was living in 1861.  He was recorded as Henery Collet, age 17, when with him were four of his Collett siblings.

 

 

 

Henry was still in the village of Toft within the Caxton registration district in 1871 when he was 27 and a labourer.  Still living with him at that time was his younger brother Fred Collett (below), while living nearby was their married brother William.  However, more importantly, also living there at that time was Elizabeth Rogers who was two years old, the base-born daughter of Henry Collett and Elizabeth Rogers, who was living with her grandmother Mary Rogers.

 

 

 

It was at Toft during the following year, on 7th July 1872, that Henry Collett married Elizabeth Rogers, the event being recorded at Caxton register office Ref. 3b 789).  Elizabeth, who was born at Toft on 7th June 1844 and baptised there on 1st June 1845, was the daughter of Joseph Rogers and Mary Nupschurch of Cambridge.  It seems likely that the family may well have been related to Ellen Rogers of Toft who married Henry’s brother John Collett (above).  Once they were married their base-born daughter took the name Elizabeth Collett.  Early in the following year Henry and his wife and their daughter emigrated to Australia.  The family of three sailed into Brisbane, the Port of Maryborough harbour, on board the ship ‘Glamorganshire’ on 3rd May 1874, the ship’s passenger list confirming that Henry Collett was 30, his wife Elizabeth was 29, and their daughter Elizabeth Collett was five years old.

 

 

 

The family settled in the Maryborough area of Queensland, just inland from Brisbane, where Henry was employed by George Walker at Brookfield Farm.  The farm lay on the banks of the Mary River and it was in the river that Henry Collett drowned on 3rd November 1874, after just six months in the country.  Brief details of his suspicious death were reported in the Maryborough Chronicle on Thursday 5th November 1874, as follows:

 

 

 

‘Henry Colliard (sic), a labourer, was drowned in the river at Walker’s Point on Tuesday last.  He had undressed and entered the river for the purpose of bathing.  The body was recovered by the police yesterday and the inquiry will be held by the Police Magistrate this morning.’  Two day later the newspaper recorded the result of the police inquiry, as follows:

 

 

 

‘The Police Magistrate held an inquiry on the cause of death of Henry Collitt (sic), whose body was found in the Mary River.  The wife of the deceased said “I and my husband were employed by J G Walker at Brookfield on the Mary River.  On Tuesday last I saw my husband leave the kitchen with a fork to go to this work in the garden.  About 7 o’clock that evening, my husband not coming home, I went in search of him on the river bank.  When I saw his clothes laying there I called for help and some men came.  The bank of the river at this place is very steep.  A messenger was sent to the police and, assisted by some men, I searched for my husband until 11 o’clock.  Yesterday the police found his body in the river.  He was 31 years of age, a native of Toft in Cambridgeshire, England and came out to this colony in the ship Glamorganshire.  He could not swim and I never knew him go into the river before, more than to wash his feet.

 

 

 

George Walker identified the body as that of his later employee Henry Collitt.  The bank near where the clothes were found is very steep and the water deepens suddenly and is very deep.  Believed the deceased must have been affected by sunstroke, or a shark, or some large fish, attacked and dragged him in.  Constable Pickering proved the finding of the body about 300 yards from the bank.  The body was much eaten by fish.  Both hands and feet were missing, it presented a mere skeleton, with the exception of the head and face which could enable a person to identify the body.  Doctor Power had examined the body at the morgue.  The flesh is completely eaten off the bones.  Also the internal viscera gone, a portion of the face only having flesh on it.  The body showed marks of fish, evidently a large kind, probably sharks.  The hands and feet were also entirely gone, as if eaten off my some voracious fish.  The body being a mere skeleton, it is impossible for me to say the cause of death or whether the supposed mutilation by fish occurred before or after death.”

 

 

 

It was twenty months after that tragic event that his widow married Christian Rasmussen at the Office of the District Registrar in Maryborough on 12th July 1876.  Christian had arrived in Maryborough from Hadersleben in Germany when he was 17 and on the day they were married Christian was 23 years old compared to Elizabeth who was 32.  From that second marriage Elizabeth had further children, including another daughter Anna Maria and three sons, Henry Andreas, John Charles and Ernest Augusta who was born with club feet who suffered an infant death at seven months caused by convulsions when he had whooping-cough.  She also had an adopted son.  Forty-eight years after the death of her first husband Elizabeth Rasmussen, formerly Collett nee Rogers, died at Brookfield Farm, Walker’s Point, Granville on 9th March 1922 and was buried the following day at Maryborough Cemetery.  The death notice was published in the Maryborough Chronicle on the day that she was buried.  It confirmed “Elizabeth Rasmussen, beloved wife of Christian Rasmussen, age 77 years and 9 months died at Brookfield Farm on 9th March 1922.”

 

 

 

Her obituary read as follows:  An old identity of Maryborough, in the person of Mrs Elizabeth Rasmussen, who had been an invalid for several years, passed away peacefully yesterday morning at her residence at Brookfield Farm, Walker’s point.  The deceased, who was in her 78th year, was a native of Toft in Cambridgeshire, England and came to Maryborough in 1874 with her first husband the late Mr Henry Collett in the ship ‘Glamorganshire’, and settled at Walker’s Point for some years.  She afterwards removed to the Island plantation where she resided for a period of 28 years, but returned to Walker’s Point, where she had since resided.  She is survived by her husband and a family of two daughters and three sons, in addition to one adopted son, 23 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.

 

 

 

It is now known, thanks to information received via Cathy Young from Leanne Wroe, an historian and researcher in Maryborough, that Elizabeth was bedridden for seven years prior to her death due to a broken hip and during those years she never left her bedroom.  Her daughter Anna (Annie) Maria continued to live at the farm to look after her mother, even after she was married.  At Elizabeth’s funeral Annie had a fall when she was pregnant with her son Kenneth who was later born with a slight deformity which was blamed on that fall.  Annie later had another child, Frank, whose father was a kanaka – a person of Polynesian descent.  Leanne Wroe is a direct descendent of Henry Collett.

 

 

 

Following the death of her mother, Annie Maria Steinhardt and her husband Edward remained at the family’s Brookfield Farm in Walker’s Point, and it was there that Annie passed away during 1928.  Annie died from cancer at the age of 48, just two months before the death of her son Kenneth who was only six when he died from an appendicitis which turned into peritonitis. Edward Steinhardt continued to reside at Brookfield Farm with his father-in-law, up until he remarried.  Christian Rasmussen was still living at Brookfield Farm when he died on 30th January 1931, at the age of 78, from the injuries he received when he was gored by a bull.

 

 

 

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Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1868

 

 

 

 

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William Collett was born at Toft in 1846, where he was also baptised on 30th August 1846, the son of Henry and Elizabeth Collett.  He was four years old in the Toft census of 1851 and was just six years old when his father died.  After five more years his mother remarried and it was with her and her new husband that William and four of his siblings were living at toft in 1861 when he was 14.  Seven years later William married Jane Eliza Townsend at St Ives during the last quarter of 1868 and they had eight children.  Sadly their first born son, who may have been born at St Ives or at Toft, did not survive beyond a few months. It may have been that sad event, or a job opportunity, that prompted the couple to move into the city of Cambridge where all of their remaining children were born.

 

 

 

But it was at Toft that the childless couple was living at the time of the census in 1871 when they were awaiting the birth of their first child who was born in the weeks and months after the census day.  Irrespective of where the child was born, it was baptised at Toft during July that same year but died shortly thereafter.  On the census day in 1871 William Collett was 24 and his wife Jane was 23.  Jane was the daughter of Joseph and Susan Townsend and was born in 1848.

 

 

 

According to the next census in 1881 William and his young family were living at 4 Cavendish Terrace in Cambridge, within the parish of St Andrew-the-Less.  William, age 34 and from Toft, was employed on the railway, his wife Jane was 33 and from Pidley near St Ives in Huntingdonshire, and their four surviving Cambridge born children at that time were William H Collett, who was eight years old and attending the local school, Florence A Collett, aged five years, Albert H Collett who was three, and Sidney H Collett who was one year old.  Three years later, at the time of the birth of their next child, William and Jane had left Cambridge and had travelled thirty miles north to Wisbech in Cambridgeshire, where their final three children were all born.

 

 

 

The census in 1891 recorded the family living within the Walsoken district of Wisbech, where William was 44 and Jane was 43.  Still living with them were five of their seven children, their eldest son William having left home by then, who was living and working in Leicester at that time.  Florence Collett was 15, Sidney Collett was 11, Eliza Collett was seven, Lily Collett was four years old, and Daisy Collett was still only a few months old.  Living not far away from his family within the same Walsoken area was the couple’s other absent son Albert, who was incorrectly recorded by his employer as Alfred K Collett from Cambridge who was 14.

 

 

 

By March 1901 William Collett, age 54 and from Toft, was a tram conductor living with his family in the village of Emneth, just south-east of Wisbech.  Listed in the census return with him was his wife Jane, age 53, who on that occasion said she had been born in Fenton, the village right next to Pidley, her previously stated place of birth.  The children still living with them were Florence, age 26 a dressmaker from Cambridge, Eliza 17 and a milliner from Wisbech, and Daisy who was ten and also from Wisbech.

 

 

 

After a further ten years it was just Eliza and Daisy who were the only children still living with William and Jane at Emneth.  William Collett was 64 while his wife Jane Collett, from Fenton, was 63.  The couple’s two daughters were described as Eliza Jane Collett from Wisbech who was 27, and Daisy Evline (sic) Collett, who was 20 and also from Wisbech.  Jane Eliza Collett nee Townsend died at Ely during the June quarter of 1921 at the age of 73.  Nearly five years later her husband William Collett died in 1926 when he was 79, his death being recorded at Cambridge register office when he was living within the Chesterton area of the city.  The aforementioned Cathy Young is a direct descendent of William Collett.

 

 

 

60P20

William Henry Collett

Born in 1871 at St Ives/Toft

 

60P21

William Henry Collett

Born in 1872 at Cambridge

 

60P22

Florence Ann Collett

Born in 1876 at Cambridge

 

60P23

Albert Henry Collett

Born in 1878 at Cambridge

 

60P24

Sidney Herbert Collett

Born in 1880 at Cambridge

 

60P25

Eliza Jane Collett

Born in 1884 at Wisbech

 

60P26

Lily Collett

Born in 1886 at Wisbech

 

60P27

Daisy Evaline Collett

Born in 1891 at Wisbech

 

 

 

 

60O7

Elizabeth Collett was born at Toft in 1848, where she was baptised on 11th March 1849, the daughter of Henry and Elizabeth Collett.  She was three years old in the census in 1851 and following the death of her father two years later her mother remarried when Elizabeth was 10 years old.  In the Toft census of 1861 Elizabeth Collet (sic) was 12 years old when she was living there with four of her siblings at the High Street home of William and Elizabeth Cato.  Although no record of her has been found in 1871 it is known that she was married by then.  The next census in 1881 placed Elizabeth Bond from Toft aged 32 living at 53 South Street in Cambridge with her husband William Bond. Age 33 and a police constable from Comberton near Toft.  By that time in their lives the couple had five children.  Louisa who was 12 and born at Toft, Elizabeth who was nine, Emily who was six, William who was three, and Frederick who was one year old, and all of them born after the family settled in Cambridge.

 

 

 

 

60O8

Frederick Collett was born at Toft during December 1850 and was just three months old at the time of the Toft census on 30th March 1851 when he and his family were living in a tenement on the main road through the village. He was baptised at St Andrew’s Church in Toft on 31st August 1851, the youngest child of Henry Collett and his wife Elizabeth Newman.  He was two years old when his father was tragically taken from the family in 1853, after which his mother was married for a second time in 1858.  Three years later Fredrick Collet (sic) was 10 years old when he and four of his older siblings were living with their mother Elizabeth Cato and her husband at a property in the High Street in Toft.

 

 

 

By 1871 it was as Fred Collett aged 20 that he was living with his older brother Henry (above) when they were very likely working together as general labourers. Living close by in Toft was their married brother William with his new wife.  Frederick eventually married Elizabeth from Ramsey in Huntingdonshire as confirmed in the Toft census of 1881 when the childless couple was recorded as Frederick Collett, age 30, a farmer of 20 acres from Toft, and his wife Elizabeth E Collett from Ramsey who was 35.  At that time they were living in the first dwelling on Brook Lane in the village, the same lane where Frederick’s older brother John Collett (above) and his wife Ellen and their family were also living in on that occasion, just five doors away.

 

 

 

Ten years later in 1891 Frederick Collett was 40, and his wife Elizabeth was 45, and they were still living at Toft.  However, over the following year they left the village when they moved to Wimblington, midway between Chatteris in the south and March in the north.  And it was there that they were living in 1901, when Frederick from Toft, was an ordinary farm labourer at 46, while his wife Elizabeth from Ramsey was 48.  Why they gave reduced ages is a mystery, when in fact they were 50 and 55 respectively.

 

 

 

By April 1911 Frederick Collett, age 60 and from Toft was living at North Witchford near Ely, with his wife Elizabeth, who was 63 and from Ramsey.  Frederick Collett died during 1936 when he was 85.  At some time in his life Fred Collett is reputed to have had a liaison with a Mrs Lindsay, which resulted in the birth of a daughter, who may have been named Elizabeth Collett.  It is possible, although not proved, that Mrs Lindsay may well have been the wife of Peter Lindsay of Toft, whose wife was the former Sarah Collett of Toft (Ref. 60P15).  If so, she was the daughter of Fred’s older brother John (above) and was born in 1868, Sarah therefore being his niece and eighteen younger than Fred.

 

 

 

 

60O9

Richard Collett was born at Toft during the second half of 1849, and within four months of his parents wedding.  He was baptised around a year later on 11th November 1850, the eldest child of Stephen Collett and his wife Elizabeth Baldock.  It was less than two years later when he and his parents sailed out of Plymouth on board the ship Gloucester bound for a new life in Australia.  Tragically during the long sea voyage there were outbreaks of measles and scarlet fever which took the lives of 23 of the passengers.  Sadly Richard, who had survived the journey, died eight after the family arrived in Adelaide when he was still under three years old.

 

 

 

 

60O10

William Collett was born at Glen Osmond in South Australia on 14th May 1854 two years after his parents Stephen and Elizabeth arrived there from England.  Nothing more is known about him at this time except that he died in 1941.

 

 

 

 

60O11

Thomas Collett may have been born at Glen Osmond like his brother William (above), although the birth was registered at Strathalbyn in South Australia on 13th November 1856, when his parents were confirmed as Stephen and Elizabeth Collett.  It was on 2nd March 1887, when he was 31 that Thomas married Jessie Williamson in South Australia, their union providing them with two children who were both born at Strathalbyn.  Jessie was born on 26th May 1858 at New Hambourg in South Australia, the daughter of Alexander Russell Williamson and his wife Margaret Belfour Reid.  Thomas Collett was 75 years of age when he died at Strathalbyn on 7th January1931.

 

 

 

60P28

Margaret Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1889 at Strathalbyn, S A

 

60P29

John Williamson Collett

Born in 1890 at Strathalbyn, S A

 

 

 

 

60O12

Sally Collett was born at Rankins Creek in South Australia on 16th March 1859, the eldest daughter of Stephen Collett and his wife Elizabeth Baldock.  She later married George Werrey/Werry.

 

 

 

 

60O13

Elizabeth Collett was born at Strathalbyn in South Australia on 20th May 1861, the daughter of Stephen and Elizabeth Collett, and she later married John Dawson.

 

 

 

 

60O14

Richard Henry Collett was born at Finnis near Strathalbyn on 2nd September 1863, the son of Stephen and Elizabeth Collett.  He married Emily Lenard Fidock who was born in 1861 and who died in 1937.  Richard Henry Collett had died some thirty-four years earlier, when he passed away during 1903 at the age of 40.  There is no record of any children born to the couple, which might indicate that they were married shortly before Richard’s death.

 

 

 

 

60O15

Mary Ann Collett was born at Finnis on 24th March 1866, the daughter of Stephen and Elizabeth Collett.  She married Albert Edward Henley on 26th March 1891 at Finnis when she was 25, and they had six children.  Albert was born in 1865 and died in 1957, sixteen years after his wife.  Mary Ann Henley nee Collett died at Wyalong in New South Wales on 24th May 1941, at the age of 75.  Their six children were Ethel May Henley (1891-1966), Albert Lewis Henley (1893-1972), Iva Maud Henley (1896-1988), Percival Collett Henley (1898-2002), Herbert Edward Henley (1900-1969), and Jean Elizabeth Henley (1908-1989).

 

 

 

 

60O16

Stephen Collett was born at Finnis on 17th December 1868, the youngest son of Stephen and Elizabeth Collett.  He was nineteen when he married Ethel May Jackson at Milang in South Australia on 2nd March 1898, with whom he had a daughter.  Stephen Collett died seven months before his eightieth birthday, when he passed away on 27th May 1948.  Ethel May Collett nee Jackson, who was born in 1874, survived him by eighteen years, when she died in 1966.

 

 

 

60P30

Gwendoline Victoria Pearl Collett

Born in 1898 at Finnis, S A

 

 

 

 

60O17

Susan Collett was born at Finnis in South Australia on 14th November 1871, the last child born to Stephen Collett and his wife Elizabeth Baldock.  It is unclear at this time what happened to her after that.

 

 

 

 

60O18

Eliza Ann Collett was born at Finnis in South Australia on 1st May 1869, the eldest of the three known children of Gifford Collett and Charlotte Thompson.  She married James Collett before 1893, but it is not apparent at this time who he was or from which branch of the Collett he came.  Eliza and James had three children, the last of whom only survived for a short while and died within a year.  Eliza Ann Collett died at St Peters in South Australia on 27th October 1939 aged 70.

 

 

 

60P31

Ethel May Collett

Born in 1893 at Adelaide, S A

 

60P32

Christopher Collett

Born in 1897 at Port Pirie, S A

 

60P33

Henry Percival Collett

Born in 1904 at Adelaide, S A

 

 

 

 

60O19

William Henry Collett was born at Lower Finnis during 1872, and was the son of Gifford and Charlotte Collett.  All that is known is that he married Adelaide Eliza Woodruffe, although it has not yet been established whether they had any children or not.

 

 

 

 

60O20

Susan Mary Collett was born at Yarrowie in South Australia on 7th August 1875, the last child of Gifford Collett and his wife Charlotte Thompson.  She was nearly 21 when she married William Morgan on 15th April 1896 at Melrose in South Australia, and over the following years they had seven children.  William Morgan was born in 1869 and died in 1935, after which his wife Susan Mary Morgan nee Collett was a widow for eighteen years until her death at Mount Margaret in Western Australia during 1953 at the age of 78.

 

 

 

They seven children of Susan and William were Daisy Ellen [Ella] Morgan (1897-1976 who married Walter H Gribble 1889-1966 with whom she had a son Walter Gribble 1920-2004), Frederick Gifford Morgan (1898-1899), Dorothy Pretoria Morgan (1900-1980 William C Ticehurst 1895-1958), Olive Una Morgan (1902-), John H Morgan (1906-1971), Clarice Mabel Morgan (born 1910 who married Donald A Sullivan), and William J G Morgan (1912-1912).

 

 

 

 

60P1

Jack Collett was born in 1862, the eldest child of Young Collett and Martha Marshall who were married in Nebraska in the April of that year.  At sometime after his parents were married they left America and sailed to Australia, where they set up home at Glen Osmond in South Australia.  It is not known at this time, whether Jack was born in America or Australia, or somewhere in between.

 

 

 

 

60P2

William Henry Collett was born at Glen Osmond in 1863, the son of Young and Martha Collett. He married Sarah Jane Anderson and they had six children before the end of the century.  William Henry Collett died in 1945 at the age of 82.

 

 

 

60Q1

William Darsey Anderson Collett

Born in 1886 at Eastwood

 

60Q2

David Arnold Young Collett

Born in 1889 at Eastwood

 

60Q3

Kenneth Collett

Born in 1891 at Eastwood

 

60Q4

Malcolm Ross Collett

Born in 1893 at Eastwood

 

60Q5

Edwin Lancelot Collett

Born in 1896 at Glen Osmond

 

60Q6

Bernard Young Collett

Born in 1898 at Glen Osmond

 

 

 

 

60P3

Frederick Young Collett was born at Glen Osmond in 1864, the third son of Young and Martha Collett.  He later married Elizabeth Ann Smith and was only 37 when he died in 1901.

 

 

 

 

60P4

Ellen Elizabeth Collett was born at Glen Osmond in 1865, the fourth child and eldest daughter of Young and Martha Collett.  She married Alfred Badcock and died at Kalgoorie in Western Australia on 12th July 1932 aged 67.

 

 

 

 

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Annie Collett was born at Glen Osmond in 1868 and she later married George Phillips, with whom she had a daughter Florence Violet Phillips who was born in 1888 and who died in 1961.  George was born in 1865 and died in 1941, having spent the last three years of his life as a widower, following the death of Annie in 1938.

 

 

 

 

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Sarah Peggy Collett was born at Glen Osmond in 1870 and she later married William Hart with whom she had a son John William Hart who was born in 1893.  Sarah Peggy Hart nee Collett was 74 when she died in 1944.

 

 

 

 

60P7

Thomas Collett was born at Glen Osmond in 1871, one of the sons of Young and Martha Collett, and all that is known about him is that he died during 1908 at the age of 37.

 

 

 

 

60P8

Elsie Collett was born at Glen Osmond in 1878 and was the twin sister of Samuel (below).  She was married to Fraser, although it is not clear if that was her husband’s surname or his christian name.  Presumably she died as Elsie Fraser nee Collett in 1919 when she was only 41.

 

 

 

 

60P9

Samuel Collett was born at Glen Osmond in 1878 and was the twin brother of Elsie (above).  Nothing more is known about him, except that he too died during 1919, like his twin sister.

 

 

 

 

60P10

Eva Collett was born at Glen Osmond in 1879, the youngest daughter of Young and Martha Collett.     She married Frank Adolph Grimes and it was as Eva Grimes nee Collett that she died in 1952 at the age of 73.

 

 

 

 

60P11

George Alfred Collett was born at Glen Osmond in 1885, the last child of Young Collett and his wife Martha Marshall.  He later married Mary Emma Evelyn Gore and the marriage produced three daughters for the couple.  George Alfred Collett died on 21st March 1967.

 

 

 

60Q7

Ella Martha Collett

Born in 1906 at Magill, S A

 

60Q8

Annie Evelyn Collett

Born on 02.10.1907

 

60Q9

Nancy May Collett

Born in 1912 at Summertown, S A

 

 

 

 

60P12

Gifford Collett was born at Toft in 1862, the eldest child of Henry Collett and Ellen Rogers.  He was eight years old when he was living with his family at Toft in 1871, but by 1881 he had left the family home at Brook Lane in the village.  At that time in his life Gifford Collett from Toft was 17 and a lodger at the St Marys Street, Ely home of widow Sarah Watson and her two sons.  His occupation was recorded as being that of a (c miller) Militia Recruiting, similar to another lodger at the house, Tom Thorpe who was 20 and a (farm labourer) Militia Recruiting.  Presumably the two young men were awaiting a call to join the army or the police force.

 

 

 

By 1891 Gifford (Giffard) Collett was 27 and was living and working in the Fulham & Hammersmith district of London, where interestingly other Colletts were living at that time, although none of them appear to have been related to Gifford or his family.  Where he was ten years later has not been determined, and it may be that he was out of the country at the time of the census in 1901.

 

 

 

A year or two later he was back in London and became a married man.  Not long after that his wife presented him with two sons and a daughter, and by 1911 he and his family were living in the St Pancras registration district of London.  Gifford from Toft was 47, his wife Annie Collett was 43, and their three children were Alfred Collett, who was six, William Collett, who was four, and Evelyn Collett who was just five months old.  Gifford Collett died in 1927.

 

 

 

60Q10

Alfred Collett

Born in 1904 in London

 

60Q11

William Collett

Born in 1906 in London

 

60Q12

Evelyn Collett

Born in October 1910 in London

 

 

 

 

60P13

WILLIAM HENRY COLLETT was born at Toft in 1864 where he was baptised on 20th November 1864, the second child of John and Ellen Collett.  He was six years old in the Toft census of 1871, and by 1881 he and his family were living at Brook Lane in Toft, where he was working with his father as an agricultural labourer at the age of 16.  In both of the census returns he was simply listed as William Collett.

 

 

 

William’s father died during the 1880s, so by 1891 William, age 26 and an agricultural labourer from Toft, and his youngest brother Alfred, and their sister Sarah (below) were the only siblings living at Brook End in Toft with their widowed mother.  Also living with them was Alice Maud Collett, who was six months old and the base-born daughter of William’s unmarried sister Sarah, together with visitor and agricultural labourer George Brown age 36 from Comberton.  Nine months after the census that year William married (1) Eliza Adams at Toft on 25th December 1891.  Eliza was 25 and over the next nine years she presented William with five children, although tragically one of the children died before reaching his first birthday.

 

 

 

According to the next census in 1901 William and Eliza had their four surviving children living with them at Brook Lane in Toft.  Every member of the household had been born at Toft, with the exception being William’s wife.  William Collett was 35 and an ordinary farm labourer, while his Eliza Collett was also 35 but from Chesterton in Cambridge.  Their four children were recorded as Albert Collett, who was eight, Nellie Collett, who was six, Wilfred Collett, who was three, and Alfred Collett who was one year old.  Living in the house next door was William’s married sister Sarah Lindsay nee Collett (below) with her husband Peter and their two daughters, plus Sarah’s older base-born daughter Maud Collett.

 

 

 

Tragedy struck the family during the following year when William’s wife Eliza passed away.  With four children to look after it was not long before William married (2) Margaret Ellen York at Toft on 26th November 1903.  Margaret was born on 6th November 1873 at Raunds in Northamptonshire, and that marriage resulted in the birth of a further three children during the remainder of first decade of the new century.  The new Collett family was still living in Toft by the time of the next census in 1911, and still living with them were the three sons from William’s first marriage.

 

 

 

The household was listed as William Collett, age 45, Margaret Collett, age 37, Albert Collett, age 18, Wilfred Collett, age 13, Alfred Collett, age 11, Gladys Collett who was six, Oliver Collett who was two years old, and Ralph Collett who was only six months old.  Everyone in the household had been born at Toft, with the exception of Margaret.  William Henry Collett died in 1941 at the age of 77, while his much young second wife was 99 when she died in 1972.

 

 

 

60Q13

Albert Collett

Born in 1892 at Toft

 

60Q14

Nellie Collett

Born in 1894 at Toft

 

60Q15

Wilfred Henry Collett

Born in 1896 at Toft

 

60Q16

Wilfred Henry Collett

Born in 1898 at Toft

 

60Q17

Alfred Collett

Born in 1900 at Toft

 

The following are the children of William Henry Collett and his second wife Margaret.

 

60Q18

Gladys Collett

Born in 1904 at Toft

 

60Q19

Oliver Raymond Collett

Born in 1908 at Toft

 

60Q20

Ralph Collett

Born in 1910 at Toft

 

60Q21

CHRISTOPHER ERNOLD COLLETT

Born in 1912 at Toft

 

60Q22

Kenneth H Collett

Born in 1914 at Toft

 

60Q23

Royston Collett

Born in 1915 at Toft

 

60Q24

Sybil N Collett

Born in 1916 at Toft

 

 

 

 

60P14

Elizabeth Ann Collett was born at Toft in 1866, and it was there that she was baptised as Elizabeth Annie Collett on 7th October 1866, the eldest daughter of John and Ellen Collett.  It was as four years old Elizabeth Collett that she was recorded in the Toft census of 1871 when she was living there with her parents, as she was ten years later in 1881.  On that occasion the family was living in a cottage in Brook Lane, in the village, from where Elizabeth was attending the local school at the age of 14.  Elizabeth Annie Collett died in 1888 when she was only 22.

 

 

 

 

60P15

Sarah Collett was born at Toft in 1868, the daughter of John Collett and his wife Ellen Rogers.  She was two years old and 12 years of age in the two census returns following her birth when, on each occasion she was living with her family at Brook Lane in Toft.  Around nine years later she gave birth to a base-born child and in the Toft census of 1891 Sarah was still living with her widowed mother and her two brothers William (above) and Alfred (below) at Brook End.  Unmarried Sarah Collett, age 22 and from Toft, had living with her her daughter Alice Maud Collett who was 10 months old, who was described as the granddaughter of head of the household Ellen Collett.

 

 

 

Not long after the census day in 1891 Sarah Collett married Peter Lindsay of Toft with whom she had two further children while the couple was living at Brook Lane in Toft.  Peter Lindsay was clearly not the father of Sarah’s base-born daughter, since the next census of 1901 recorded her still under her Collett surname.  According to the Toft census in March that year Peter Lindsay was 30 and an ordinary agricultural labourer, his wife Sarah Lindsay was also 30, and their three children were described as Maud Collett, age 10, who was a boarder, Constance Lindsay who was nine, and Dora Lindsay who was seven.

 

 

 

All five occupants of the dwelling in Brook Lane had been born in Toft while in the adjacent dwelling was Sarah’s brother William Collett and his family.  By the time of the census in 1911 only Peter and Sarah Lindsay were still living in Toft, when they were both 40 and, by which time, their daughter Constance Lindsay, from Toft, was living and working in Cambridge at the age of 18.  Sometime later Constance Lindsay, who was known within the family as Connie, emigrated to Canada where she married Jack Saunders at Windsor in Ontario.

 

 

 

It is rumoured that a Mrs Lindsay had a relationship with Fred Collett (Ref. 60O8), although nothing has been found to verify or disprove this.  However, there is a possibility that the liaison was with Sarah Collett, Fred’s niece, before she became Sarah Lindsay and that he was the father of her base-born daughter, even though the rumour suggests the child’s name was Elizabeth Collett.

 

 

 

60Q25

Alice Maud Collett

Born during May 1890 at Toft

 

 

 

 

60P17

Eliza Collett was born at Toft during 1873 and was the youngest daughter of John and Ellen Collett.  Very little is known about her except that it is understand she was banned from attending the village school in Toft for being a ‘disruptive influence’.

 

 

 

 

60P18

Alfred Collett was born at Toft in 1875, the last child born to John Collett and his wife Ellen Rogers.  It would appear that he spent most of his early life in Toft, where he was five years old in 1881, when he was living with his family at Brook Lane.  With the death of his father during the next decade Alfred Collett, age 15, was living with his widowed mother in 1891, and his two unmarried siblings William and Sarah (above), plus Sarah’s six month old illegitimate baby. 

 

 

 

Just before the next census in 1901 Alfred became a married man, when he married the much older Louisa.  So by the time of that `census Alfred Collett, age 25 and an ordinary farm labourer from Toft, was still living in the village, but with his wife Louisa Collett who was 42 and from Bourn.  Within the year following the census Louisa presented Alfred with a son, but because of her advancing years they were no further additions to the family after that.  The family of three was still residing in Toft at the time of the April census in 1911.  Alfred Collett from Toft was 35, his wife Louisa Collett from Bourn was 52, and their son Arthur Collett was eight years old and had been born at Toft.  What happened to them after 1911 is not known at this time.

 

 

 

60Q26

Arthur Collett

Born in 1902 at Toft

 

 

 

 

60P19

Elizabeth Collett was born at Toft in 1868, the base-born daughter and only child of Henry Collett and Elizabeth Rogers who were later married at Toft during July 1872.  It was as Elizabeth Rogers, age two years that she was recorded in the census of 1871, when she was living with her grandmother Mary Rogers.  When she was just five years old her parents emigrated to Australia and arrived in Brisbane on 3rd May 1874 on board the ship ‘Glamorganshire’.  The early years of her life were spent at Brookfield Farm, Walker’s Point, a farmstead on the banks of the Mary River.  Tragically, after living there for less than six months, her father drowned in the river and his body was badly eaten by sharks.

 

 

 

In July 1876 her mother married Christian Rasmussen following which Elizabeth then had a half sister and three half brothers.  Nine months later Elizabeth Collett was admitted into Glanville State School on 16th April 1877.  Just over ten years after that, when Elizabeth was around eighteen years old, she married Christian Peter Jensen at the Church of St Paul in Maryborough on 7th June 1887.  Christian Peter Jensen was born in Demark during 1859 and he sailed Australia during 1878 on board the ship Herschel.  He landed arrived in Maryborough that same year and initially stayed at the immigration barracks for a short while before moving to other accommodation. 

 

 

 

Once married the couple settled at Central Farm, Island Plantation aka Raingauge Road in Maryborough.  On moving to Central Farm the pair of them first lived in a shed that was elevated off the ground while they built a house on the property which sadly got washed away in the flood of 1890.  The Great Flood of 1890 was a major flood with only the tops of houses and the roof of the Island Plantation Mill visible above the water.  The devastation of cane, hay, corn and Lucerne was fearful and small crop farmers like Christian Jensen and his stepfather-in-law Christian Rasmussen lost everything. The children are listed on the St Helens School Registers all except the oldest three

 

 

 

Over the twenty-three years the marriage produced twelve children for Elizabeth and Christian, and all of them survived to old age.  The class registers at St Helens School curiously included the names of only nine of their children, missing just the three eldest children.  The couple’s last child was born in 1910, the same year that Christian Peter Jensen died on 10th August from pneumonia and influenza.  With the death of her husband Elizabeth found it difficult to keep her family together because of the lack of money.  However, her mother’s Rasmussen family came to her aid.  Three years later Elizabeth joined the religious group United Christians Convention (aka Two by Two) in 1913.

 

 

 

Elizabeth Jensen, nee Collett formerly Rogers, appears to have suffered a fall in her old age and was perhaps admitted to hospital where she died at Maryborough on 1st August 1948 aged 82 and 6 months, the cause of death being uraemia an illness associated with kidney failure.  The death certificate also confirmed she had a fractured right leg.  Following her death Elizabeth was buried at Maryborough Cemetery on Tuesday 3rd August 1948.  Eighteen years prior to that, the Electoral Roll for Maryborough included Elizabeth Jensen residing at 95 Saltwater Creek Road in the town, from where she was undertaking domestic duties on 10th April 1930. 

 

 

 

The twelve children of Elizabeth Collett and Christian Jensen were Annie E Jensen (1887-1988 who married George A Baumgart 1889-1962), Henry C Jensen (1889-1950 who married Auguste J L Sakrzewski 1888-1965), Florence M Jensen (1891-1971 who married Ernest E Schwarzrock 1883-1966), Charles W Jensen (1893-1992), Martha L Jensen (1894-1957 who married Wilhelm A Bandholz), Ernest R Jensen (1897-1967 who married Isabel Lesilea Muller 1901-1988), Ethel Mary Jensen (1898-1994), Walter Percy Jensen (1900-1982 who married Jessie I Ditchmen 1906), Rose Alice Jensen (1903-1903), Minnie M Jensen (1904-1988 who married Fredrick W Bandholz), Arthur E Jensen (1906-1999 who married Beatrice A Abell 1910-2002), and Stanley H Jensen (1910-1992 who married Gladys Flora Backer 1914-1992).

 

 

 

 

60P20

William Henry Collett was born at St Ives, just after the census day in 1871, but it was at Toft that he was baptised on 16th July 1871, the first child born to William Collett and his wife Jane Eliza Townsend.  Sadly he did not survive and died shortly after, since the next son born into the family was given the same name.

 

 

 

 

60P21

William Henry Collett was born at Cambridge in the last quarter of 1872, the eldest surviving child of William and Jane Collett.  Before he was born his parents had spent their first years together at Toft and may have moved to Cambridge for work purposes.  And it was at Cambridge that William Henry Collet was baptised at St Paul’s Church on 6th December 1873, the child of William and Jane.  By the time of the census in 1881 William H Collett was a scholar who was eight years old, living with his family at 4 Cavendish Terrace in Cambridge.  The next census in 1891 recorded William H Collett from Cambridge living and working within the Leicester East registration district, although his age was recorded in error as being 20 instead of 18.

 

 

 

Around the middle of the following decade William Henry Collett married Maud who was born in Leicester in 1874, and not long after she presented him with a son.  The census return in March 1901 placed the family of three living within the area of Leicester that was formerly known as St Margarets.  William H Collett, age 28 and from Cambridge, was a letterpress printer, his wife Maud S Collett was 26, and their son Cecil W B Collett was two years old, having been born in Leicester.  Staying with the family at that time was William’s sister Lily Collett (below) from Wisbech, who was only 14.

 

 

 

During the following year Maud gave birth to the second of William’s sons, after which the family of four left Leicester and settled in Barrow-Upon-Soar, where they were living in 1911.  William Henry Collett from Cambridge was 38, his wife was Maude Tryphena Collett, who was 36, and their two sons were recorded as Cecil William Bunting Collett, age 11, and Douglas Willis Collett, who was eight years old.  William’s wife died at Birstall in Leicester on 9th March 1924.  Her Will which was proved at Leicester on 23rd April 1924 contained £22 12 Shillings 6d, which was passed to her husband William Henry Collett, whose occupation was that of a metal salesman.

 

 

 

60Q27

Cecil William Bunting Collett

Born in 1899 at Leicester

 

60Q28

Douglas Willis Collett

Born in 1902 at Leicester

 

 

 

 

60P22

Florence Ann Collett was born at Cambridge in 1876 and was baptised at the Primitive Methodist Chapel there on 20th February 1876, the daughter of William and Jane Collett.

 

 

 

 

60P23

Albert Henry Collett was born at Cambridge during the third quarter of 1878, and was three years old in the Cambridge census of 1881 when he was living at 4 Cavendish Terrace with his family.  During the next few years he and his family moved out of Cambridge and settled in Wisbech.  By the time he was 14, his stated age in the census of 1891, his employer gave his name in error as Alfred K Collett when he was living separately from his family but not far away from them within the Wisbech area.  Towards the end of the following decade Albert married Mary and by March 1901 the childless couple was residing at 18 Annesley Terrace in the Gorton district of Manchester.  Albert Hy Colleth (sic) from Cambridge was a railway porter aged 23, while his wife Mary A Colleth was 28 and from Cavendish Bridge in North Leicestershire, right on the county boundary with Derbyshire, and her occupation was that of a day school teacher.  Staying with the couple that day was unmarried Sarah E Topliss from Long Eaton near Cavendish Bridge who was 26 and described as living on her own means.

 

 

 

Ten years later Albert’s wife was living at the home of the Foster family and one of the sons had the name Bernard Topliss Foster, which raises the question was Mary’s maiden name Topliss.  The reason she was staying with the family was because less than four weeks before the census day in 1911 Albert had sailed to America on the White Star Line ship Dominion which left Liverpool on 9th March 1911 bound for Portland, Maine.  The vessel’s passenger listed included Albert H Collett, age 33, whose occupation was lecturer.  So one month later his wife was still living at 22 Woodland Grove in the Colwick area of Nottingham, when Mary Collett from Cavendish Bridge was 38.

 

 

 

Curiously three years prior to that there is a record of an A H Collett, his wife and his child Edrea, sailing on board the very same ship, the Dominion, instead it was making the return journey, have left Portland in Maine and arriving in Liverpool on 3rd March 1908.  Could this have been the same couple, and if so what happened to their child.

 

 

 

Sometime after Albert Henry Collett arrived at Portland in 1911 he eventually chose Canada rather than America in which to live, presumably with his wife who very likely joined him later in North America.  What is known for sure is that it was during June 1919 when he was 41 that he arrived in Niagara Falls where he spent the next few years.  However, it was on 30th November 1923 that Albert H Collett, age 46, sailed into Southampton Harbour on board the ship the Minnedosa of the Canadian Pacific Line from Montreal in Canada.  The ship’s manifest stated that the address where he would be staying was 93 High Street, Old Chesterton in Cambridge, and that his occupation was that of an auctioneer.

 

 

 

 

60P24

Sidney Herbert Collett was born at Cambridge during the June quarter in 1880, the son of William and Jane Collett, and was one year old at the time of the census in 1881 when he was living with his family at 4 Cavendish Terrace in Cambridge..  During the next few years his father’s work took the family to Walsoken in Wisbech where they were living in 1891 when Sidney Collett from Cambridge was 11.

 

 

 

By March 1901 Sidney Herbert Collett from Cambridge was 21, when he was a leather salesman living and working in the Bromley area of Kent in London.  During the following few years he married Louisa, who was born on 1st May 1880, and they had a daughter around 1907, the first of only two children.  According to the April census in 1911 the family of three was living in Leicester where Sidney Herbert Collett from Cambridge was 31, his wife was Louisa Maud Collett, age 30, and their daughter was Phyllis Mary Collett who was three years old.  On the day of the census Louisa was most likely expecting the couple’s second child who was born later that same year.

 

 

 

His brother Albert Henry Collett (above) and his twice-married sister Daisy Evaline Tustin (below) both emigrated to Canada with their respective families in 1911 or shortly thereafter.  Sadly Daisy died while she and her family were living at Niagara Falls, where Albert also lived.  It is uncertain whether her two children, one from each of her two marriages, were minors or adults when she died, but it is known that after she died her husband Frank Tustin returned to England and stayed at the home of Sidney Herbert Collett and his wife Louisa Maud.  During the Second World War the couple’s youngest daughter was married and her children were eventually born after the war in Australia.  It therefore seems highly likely that the eldest daughter of Sidney and Louisa was still unmarried and was still living with her parents when Frank Tustin arrived from Canada.  Despite their twenty-year age difference Frank married his niece-in-law Phyllis Mary Collett and they lived out their lives at Hastings in Kent.

 

 

 

Coincidentally it was also at Hastings that Sidney Herbert Collett died on 1st September 1959.  His Will was proved in London on 23rd October 1959 when it was stated that Sidney Herbert Collett lived at 101 Lower Park Road in Hastings where he died on 1st September 1959.  Probate also named the joint executors of his Will as Louisa Maud Collett, his widow, and Hugh Roberts Wade, a solicitor, when his personal estate was valued at £16,471 12 Shillings 9d.  It was twenty-one years after that when Louisa Maud Collett passed away, her death being recorded at Hastings & Rother register office (Ref. 18 0933) during March 1980 when she was 101 years old.

 

 

 

60Q29

Phyllis Mary Collett

Born in 1907

 

60Q30

Sybil Collett

Born in 1911 at Leicester

 

 

 

 

60P25

Eliza Jane Collett was born at Wisbech during the second quarter of 1884, the daughter of William and Jane Collett.  As Eliza Collett, aged seven years, she was living with her family at Walsoken within the St Peter parish of Wisbech.  Not long after that her family moved the short distant to Emneth where they settled prior to the census in 1901, when Eliza was 17 and working as a milliner.  It was as Eliza Jane Collett, age 27, that she was recorded living with her parents in 1911.

 

 

 

It was during the second quarter of the following year that Eliza J Collett married Arthur G Hayward at Wisbech, when the event was recorded at the Wisbech register office (Ref. 3b 1373).  The witnesses at the wedding were Robert W Elvin and Eliza E Plumb.  It is not known if Eliza and Arthur ever had any children.  Arthur G Hayward died at Cambridge during March 1947 when he was 61, while Eliza Jane Hayward nee Collett survived him by just over twenty years when her death was recorded at Cambridge register office (Ref. 4a 215) during June 1967 at the age of 83.

 

 

 

 

60P26

Lily Collett was born at Wisbech during the June quarter of 1886, the daughter of William Collett and his wife Jane Eliza Townsend.  She was four years old in the Wisbech census of 1891 when she was living with her family in the Walsoken district of the town.  Ten years later she was staying with her eldest brother William, at his home in Leicester, when she was recorded as Lily Collett, age 14, from Cambridge.

 

 

 

It was towards the end of the first decade of the new century that she married Walter William Ward and, by the time of the census in 1911 their marriage had produced the first of their three children while they were living at Wisbech.  Walter Ward was 28, his wife Lily Ward was 24, and their daughter was Eileen Lilian, who was seven months old and born at Wisbech.  It was also at Wisbech that the couple’s next child was born six months later that same year before the family moved to Chesterton in Cambridgeshire where their last child was born.  Walter William Ward died in Suffolk during 1956.  Lily Ward nee Collett died whilst in Wembley Hospital on 23rd march 1965.

 

 

 

60Q31

Eileen Lilian Ward

Born in September 1910 at Wisbech

 

60Q32

Jack Ward

Born in 1911 at Wisbech

 

60Q33

Stanley Ward

Born in 1914 at Chesterton

 

 

 

 

60P27

Daisy Evaline Collett was born at Walsoken in Wisbech, the birth being registered in Wisbech during the second quarter of 1891, the last child born to William Collett and his wife Jane Eliza Townsend.  The fact that she was listed as Daisy Collett in the census of 1891 means that she was born before the fifth of April that year, so was very likely only a few days old on the day of the Walsoken census.  During the next few years her parents took the family from Walsoken to live in the village of Emneth, just south-east of Wisbech, and it was there that she was living with her family in 1901 when she was again recorded as Daisy Collett, aged 10 years. 

 

 

 

Curiously in the next census for Emneth in 1911 she was listed as Daisy Evline Collett, age 20, when she was still living there with her parents.  After that time she was more commonly known within the family as Eva, and it was as Eva Collett that she married (1) Philip Campbell during 1912 with whom she had a son Alan Campbell who was born in 1913.  It was very likely the First World War which robbed her of her husband since she later married (2) Frank Tustin and they had a son Norton.  The new family, together with Eva’s son Alan Campbell eventually settled at Niagara Falls in Canada, to where Eva’s older brother Albert Henry Collett (above) had moved in 1919.  It was also at Niagara that Alan Campbell took his mother’s new married name to become Alan Tustin although later in his life, after a failed marriage, he reverted once again to be Alan Campbell.

 

 

 

Upon the premature death of Daisy Evaline Tustin nee Collett her widowed husband Frank Tustin returned to England, where he was reunited his brother-in-law Sidney Herbert Collett (above), his late wife’s older brother.  And it was Sidney’s eldest daughter Phyllis Mary Collett who became the second wife of Frank Tustin, following which the couple then settled in Hastings, Kent.

 

 

 

 

60P28

Margaret Elizabeth Collett was born at Strathalbyn in South Australia on 2nd March 1889, the eldest child and only daughter of Thomas Collett and his wife Jessie Williamson.  On 18th September 1912 she married Joseph Rupert Verner at Strathalbyn and they had four children.  Joseph was born on 15th February 1890 at Wirrabara in South Australia, the son of Robert Verner and Janet Adair.

 

 

 

Doris Irene Verner was born in 1913 and died in 2000, Rupert Lindsay Verner was born in 1916 and died in 1974, Jessie Madge Verner who was born in 1918 and she died in 2001, and Robert Thomas Verner who was born in 1925 and died that same year.  Joseph Rupert Verner died on 10th June 1964 at Mount Barker in South Australia, while his wife survived him by just over eleven years when Margaret Elizabeth Verner nee Collett died on 21st October 1975.

 

 

 

 

60P29

John Williamson Collett was born on 29th May 1890 at Strathalbyn, the only son of and second child of Thomas Collett and Jessie Williamson.  John married Myrtle Dodd in South Australia during 1913, and their marriage produced six children for John and Myrtle, although apart from one of them, their dates of birth are not known at this time.  Therefore the order of the names listed below may not be correct.

 

 

 

Myrtle Dodd was born at Lake Plains in South Australia on 12th May 1891, the daughter of Frederick Robert Dodd and Emily Sarah Putland.  The only other known fact about John Collett is that he died in South Australia during 1957, and was followed seven years after by his wife who died in 1964.

 

 

 

60Q34

Thomas (Tom) Gifford Collett

Born circa 1914 at Strathalbyn; died 2001

 

60Q35

Stephen (Steve) John Collett

Born circa 1916 at Strathalbyn; died 1997

 

60Q36

Clarence James Collett

Born during 1919 at Strathalbyn

 

60Q37

Margaret Collett

Born circa 1921 at Strathalbyn

 

60Q38

Lawrence Roy Collett

Born circa 1923 at Strathalbyn; died 2014

 

60Q39

James (Jim) Vincent Collett

Born circa 1925 at Strathalbyn; died 1996

 

 

 

 

60P30

Gwendoline Victoria Pearl Collett was born at Finnis in South Australia during 1898, the only child of Stephen Collett and his wife Ethel May Jackson.  On 14th August 1920 she married Frank Turner Sellick at Adelaide who was born in 1892 and who died in 1964.  Their marriage produced two children and they were Fay Olive Sellick who was born in 1922 and Bruce Collett Sellick who was born in 1924 and who died in 2005, having served as a pilot during the Second World War.  Gwendoline Victoria Pearl Sellick nee Collett died at Adelaide in 1991.  Gwendoline was an accomplished singer and her talent was acknowledged in Australia where she received a national award for her singing career.  Most of the time during her concerts she was accompanied on the piano by her sister-in-law.

 

 

 

After the war Bruce Collett Sellick continued flying when he became a pilot for a commercial airline company.  It was through his work that he met and married Marie Membrey who was an air hostess.  Their marriage gave them three children, Lynette Sellick (1954-1971), Susan P Sellick, born in 1956, and Kym E Sellick who was born in 1961 who later married Rick Stucke.

 

 

 

As regards the eldest child of Gwendoline Collett and Frank Sellick, Fay Olive Sellick married John Graham Bolton and they had: (a) Alan Graham Bolton, born in 1949 who Elizabeth Home with whom he had Thomas Bolton (born 1976) and Julie Bolton (born 1979); (b) Abigail Bolton, born in 1950 who married Nigel Streeter with whom she had Jethro Streeter (born 1975) and Nicholas Streeter (born 1977); (c) Yvonne Bolton in 1956; and (d) Bruce Bolton who was born in 1961.

 

 

 

 

60P31

Ethel May Collett was born at Adelaide on 1st October 1893, the eldest child of Eliza Ann Collett and her husband James Collett from another branch of the Collett so far undetermined.  She married Edward Stanley Burgess at Norwood in South Australia on 30th October 1913.  Edward was born at Cygnet River in South Australia on 22nd July 1890.  Very shortly after they were married Ethel gave birth to a daughter, Gwendoline Phyllis Burgess, who was born before the end of that year.  Gwendoline later married William John Lawton who was born in 1905 and who died in 1987.  By then he had outlived his wife by forty years, as Gwendoline Phyllis Lawton nee Burgess died during 1947.

 

 

 

 

60P32

Christopher Collett was born at Port Pirie on 16th August 1897, the eldest son of Eliza Ann and James Collett.  Just after the start of the First World War Christopher enlisted with the 12th Infantry Battalion at Adelaide.  He was given the rank of Private and the service number 3702 and he sailed out of Adelaide Harbour on board the RMS Malwa on 2nd December 1915.  While still in Europe, and following his safe return from the fighting there, he married (1) Nellie Patterson McVake at Glasgow in Scotland during 1919.

 

 

 

What happened after that is not clear because Christopher must have married (2) Dorothy Louisa Jackson in the first half of the 1920s since she presented him with a son in 1925.  Eleven years later the family was living at Marrickville in the Dalley area of New South Wales in 1936, and it was there that they were still living in 1943.  Dorothy Louisa Jackson had been born at Carlton in Victoria in 1902, and she died at Auburn in New South Wales during 1962.  Eight years after that Christopher Collett died at Cabramatta in New South Wales on 17th March 1970.

 

 

 

60Q40

Gordon William Collett

Born in 1926

 

 

 

 

60P33

Henry Percival Collett was born at Adelaide on 1st August 1904, the youngest child of Eliza Ann Collett and her husband James Collett.  Nothing more is known about him at this time, except that Henry Percival Collett died at Burnside in South Australia on 6th May 1905.

 

 

 

 

60Q1

William Darsey Anderson Collett was born at Eastwood in South Australia during 1886, the first born child of William Henry Collett and his wife Sarah Jane Anderson.  All that is known about his life is that he was around sixty-eight when he died in 1954.

 

 

 

 

60Q2

David Arnold Young Collett was born at Eastwood in South Australia during 1889, the son of William and Sarah Collett.  He served with the Australian Imperial Forces during the First World War, and had the service number 12603.  Very little else is known about him, except that he may have been married to Amy Findon, while it is established that David Arnold Young Collett died during 1976.

 

 

 

 

60Q4

Malcolm Ross Collett was born at Eastwood in South Australia during 1893, the son of William Henry and Sarah Jane Collett.  He was relatively young when Malcolm Ross Collett died in 1932.  Malcolm enlisted with the army at Keswick, S A, and was Private 2333 with the 48th Battalion Australian Imperial Forces at the time of the First World War, when he mother Sarah Jane Collett was named as his next-of-kin.  However on 10th October 1917 he was the subject of a Court Martial.

 

 

 

 

60Q5

Edwin Lancelot Collett was born at Glen Osmond in 1896, the son of William Henry and Sarah Jane Collett, and he died in 1959.  Nothing further is known about him at this time.

 

 

 

 

60Q6

Bernard Young Collett was born at Glen Osmond in Australia during 1898, the last child born to William Henry Collett and his wife Sarah Jane Anderson, and he died during 1952.  His military service record confirmed that he was born at Glen Osmond in South Australia, that his service number was 57507, and that he enlisted for service in the First World War at Adelaide.  However, it is the name of his next-of-kin which is rather curious, because it stated that it was his father August John Collett.

 

 

 

 

60Q7

Ella Martha Collett was born at Magill in South Australia during 1906, the eldest of the three daughters of George Alfred Collett and his wife Mary Emma Evelyn Gore.  Ella later married Sidney Albert Curtis.

 

 

 

 

60Q9

Nancy May Collett was born at Summertown in South Australia on 29.01.1912, the youngest of the three children of George Alfred and Mary Emma Evelyn Collett.  All that is known about Nancy at this time is that she died at Kelmscott in Western Australia on 21st June 1990.

 

 

 

 

60Q13

Albert Collett was born at Toft in 1892, the eldest of the four children of William Henry Collett and his first wife Eliza Adams.  Albert was eight years old in 1901 when he was living with his family at Toft, and was 18 by the time of the census in 1911 when he was living with his father who had remarried following the death of Albert’s mother not long after 1901.  It was in 1924 that he married Grace Craft in Cambridgeshire with whom he had two children; the first born in Cambridge before the family moved to Hertfordshire, where the second child was born.  All that is currently known about Albert apart from this, is that he died during 1975.

 

 

 

60R1

Conway Collett

Born in 1927 at Chesterton, Cambridge

 

60R2

Cecil Collett

Born in 1933 at Royston, Herts.

 

 

 

 

60Q14

Nellie Collett was born at Toft in 1894, the daughter of William and Eliza Collett.  She was living with her family at Toft in 1901, when she was six years old, but shortly after that her mother died and her father married for a second time.  Upon leaving school Nellie entered into domestic service and by 1911 she was living and working at Chesterton in Cambridge, where her mother had been born.  On that occasion she was recorded in the census as Nelly Collett from Toft who was 16.  She eventually married John Hooks at Chesterton during 1931, John having been born in Cambridge in 1897.

 

 

 

 

60Q15

Wilfred Henry Collett was born at Toft in 1896, the son of William and Eliza Collett, and sadly it was also there that he died during the following year.

 

 

 

 

60Q16

Wilfred Henry Collett was born at Toft in 1898, and was named after his brother who had died during the previous year.  By 1901 Wilfred was three years old when he was still living at Toft with his mother and father and his three surviving siblings.  Following the death of his mother during the next few months, and his father marrying again, Wilfred Collett, age 13, was living at Toft in 1911 with his father and his stepmother and their young family.  It was in 1928 that Wilfred married Ada Webber in the village of Caxton midway between Cambridge and St Neots.  The marriage is known to have produced two children for the couple, following which Wilfred Collett died during 1981.

 

 

 

60R3

Kenneth W Collett

Born in 1929 at Cambridge

 

60R4

Michael Collett

Born in 1939 at Cambridge

 

 

 

 

60Q17

Alfred Collett was born at Toft in 1900, the last child of William Henry Collett by his first wife Eliza Adams.  The family was altogether for the Toft census in March 1901, when Alfred was one year old, but sadly just after that his mother passed away.  Alfred was 11 in 1911 when he was still living at Toft with his father and his stepmother.  The only other fact known about Alfred is that he died in 1978.

 

 

 

 

60Q18

Gladys Collett was born at Toft during 1904, the first child of William Henry Collett by his second wife Margaret Ellen York. All that we know about her is that she was six years old in the Toft census of 1911, when she was living there with her parents and two younger siblings, and that she died in 1989.

 

 

 

 

60Q19

Oliver Raymond Collett was born at Toft in 1908, the second child of William and Margaret Collett.  He was two years old in 1911 when he was living with his family at Toft.  He later married Lily Day during 1937 and they had four children.  It was in 1995 that Oliver Raymond Collett passed away at the age of 87.

 

 

 

60R5

Raymond Collett

Born in 1938 at Cambridge

 

60R6

David Collett

Born in 1945 at Cambridge

 

60R7

Averil Collett

Born in 1949 at Cambridge

 

60R8

Mavis Collett

Born in 1956 at Cambridge

 

 

 

 

60Q20

Ralph Collett was born at Toft in September 1910, the son of William and Margaret Collett, and was just six months old on the second of April 1911, the day of the national census.  He married Ellen Duncan, who was born at St Olave in Bermondsey during 1917, the wedding taking place in the Cambridge area in 1947 where the couple settled.  Ellen already had a son prior to her marriage to Ralph, and he was Terence Osborne who had been born at Hailsham in Sussex during 1939.  In addition to her son Terence, Ellen presented Ralph with four children over the next twelve years.  It was during 1995 that Ralph Collett died.

 

 

 

60R9

Barry Collett

Born in 1948 at Cambridge

 

60R10

Anthony Collett

Born in 1949 at Cambridge

 

60R11

Rosemary Collett

Born in 1953 at Cambridge

 

60R12

Jacqueline Collett

Born in 1959 at Cambridge

 

 

 

 

60Q21

CHRISTOPHER ERNOLD COLLETT was born at Toft in 1912, the son of William and Margaret Collett.  The spelling of his second forename may simply be a genuine error, in so far as his name may have been Arnold rather than the otherwise unheard of Ernold.  It was in 1936 that farm worker Christopher married Violet May Burgoyne, with whom he had six children.  The family’s home was a thatched cottage at Brookside in Toft, Provenance Cottage, which is still there in 2013.  The only other detail so far known about Christopher is that he died on 18th February 2001 when he was 89.  His wife Violet survived him by four years, when she passed away in 2005.

 

 

 

60R13

Christopher Keith Collett

Born in 1938 at Cambridge

 

60R14

KORAN COLLETT

Born in 1940 at Cambridge

 

60R15

Margaret Ann Collett

Born in 1942 at Cambridge

 

60R16

Gerald Paul Collett

Born in 1947 at Toft

 

60R17

Marilyn Collett

Born in 1949 at Toft

 

60R18

Linda Collett

Born in 1954 at Toft

 

 

 

 

60Q22

Kenneth H Collett was born at Toft in 1914, another son of William and Margaret Collett, although tragically he died that same year.

 

 

 

 

60Q23

Royston Collett was born at Toft in 1915, and like his brother Kenneth (above), he too died during the same year that he was born.

 

 

 

 

60Q24

Sybil N Collett was born at Toft in 1916, the final child of William Henry Collett and his second wife Margaret Ellen York.  Sadly Sybil did not survive beyond infancy and died at Toft in 1917.

 

 

 

 

60Q27

Cecil William Bunting Collett was born at Leicester in 1899, the eldest of the two sons of William Henry and Maud Collett.  It was as Cecil W B Collett aged two years that he was living in Leicester with his parents in 1901.  Sometime after the birth of his brother Douglas (below) the family of four moved to Barrow-upon-Sour where they were living in 1911 when Cecil was recorded under his full name of Cecil William Bunting Collett at the age of 11.  Whether with his family or alone, it is apparent that Cecil later sailed to Canada and it was there that he later married Muriel Sparling.  It is also known they the couple adopted a son William, who became Collett and he eventually married Mary Mesita.

 

 

 

60R19

William Collett [adopted]

Date of birth unknown

 

 

 

 

60Q28

Douglas Willis Collett was born at Leicester in 1902, the younger of the two sons of William Henry Collett from Cambridge and his wife Maud Tryphena Collett from Leicester.  Shortly after he was born his family left Leicester when they moved to Barrow-Upon-Sour.  And it was there they were living in 1911 when Douglas Willis Collett from Leicester was eight years old.  All that is known about Douglas after that time is that he later married Rene, lived for sometime in Singapore, and died in 1957.

 

 

 

 

60Q29

Phyllis Mary Collett was born in 1907, the eldest of the two daughters of Sidney Herbert Collett and his wife Louisa Maud Collett who were living in Leicester in April 1911 where Phyllis Mary Collett was three years old.  All that is current known about Phyllis is that she was unmarried when her father’s brother-in-law visited the family after the death of his wife Daisy Evaline Tustin nee Collett, possibly during the years leading up to the Second World War.  Even though Frank Tustin was around twenty years older than Phyllis they were later married and lived together at Hastings on the Kent coast.  It was also at Hastings that Phyllis’ father Sidney died in 1959, while she passed away during 1995.

 

 

 

 

60Q30

Sybil Collett was born at Leicester during the later part of 1911, the youngest daughter of Sidney and Louisa Collett.  It seems highly likely that it was around the time of the Second World War that Sybil married David McKay, although it has not been determined whether the wedding took place in England or Australia.  However, it is known that she and her family were living in Brisbane, where her family still lives in 2013.  Sybil presented David with three children after the war, and they were Sheila McKay who was born in 1946, Jean McKay who was born in 1949, and Alistair McKay who was born in 1951. 

 

 

 

Sheila McKay married Gilbert Forward and they had Cameron Forward who was born in 1985 and Bradley Forward who was born in 1989, Jean McKay has a daughter Lynette McKay, while Alistair McKay is married to Karen and they have three children, Jason (born 1972),Debbie (born 1976, who is married to Jason Shugg with two sons), and Tamara (born 1982).

 

 

 

 

60Q32

Jack Ward was born at Wisbech 24th September 1911.  He was the second child and eldest of the two sons of Walter William Ward and his wife Lily Collett.  He married Gladys Olive Jessie Harris, who was known as Olive, around the time of the start of World War Two, and the marriage produced three children, the first born during the war years and the other two a few years after it was all over.

 

 

 

Carole Brenda Ward was born at Southend-on-Sea in 1942, whereas Gillian Ward was born there in 1950, and David Ward was born in Harrow during 1956.  David was only twenty years old when his father died at South Harrow in Middlesex during 1976.  Jack’s eldest daughter Carole, who was born at Southend-on-Sea, first married Colin Thompson, and later she married Russell Accorsini.  It was with Colin that she had two daughters Jacqueline and Catherine.

 

 

 

Catherine, who was born in 1964 at Bushey in Hertfordshire, married Nicholas Young with whom she had five children.  Today, in 2011, Cathy Young lives in Spalding in Lincolnshire, and it has been with her help and support that this family line has been constructed.  Jack Ward, a merchant seaman during the Second World War, died at home at 7 Brooks Avenue in South Harrow on 10th April 1976.

 

 

 

 

60Q33

Stanley Ward was born at Chesterton in Cambridgeshire during 1914, the son of Walter and Lily Ward.  He later married Amy Halliday and they had a daughter Christine who was born in 1944.  She in turn married Ronald Kibble with whom she had two daughters before Ronald died in 2007.  Their eldest daughter, Debbie, was married and is now divorced but not before she gave birth to Jessica and Oliver.  Christine’s and Ronald’s second daughter was Linda and she is married to Will Dodge and they have a son Ryan Dodge.

 

 

 

 

60Q36

Clarence James Collett, known as Jim, was born at Strathalbyn in South Australia during 1919 and was one of the six children of John Williamson Collett and his wife Myrtle Dodd.  His second name came from his grandmother’s maiden name.  During the Second World War Clarence was a member of the Australian Infantry in which he was Private Clarence James Collett, service number SX11962.  Tragically he was captured by the Japanese forces and very likely died in captivity on 27th October 1943 at the age of 24, and was buried at the Kanchanaburi Cemetery in Thailand (then Siam).  His next of kin were named as John Williamson Collett and Myrtle Collett of Strathalbyn.

 

 

 

During the previous year in 1942, Kanchanaburi came under Japanese control.  It was there that Asian forced labourers and Allied prisoners of war built the infamous Burma Railway, and constructed a bridge, as immortalised in the film Bridge on the River Kwai.  Almost half of the prisoners working on the project died from disease, maltreatment and accidents.  At Kanchanaburi, there is a memorial and two museums to commemorate the dead.  In March 2003, the Thailand-Burma Railway Museum opened and the JEATH War Museum is dedicated to the bridge and the Death Railway, the construction of which is modelled on the huts used to house the prisoners.  JEATH stands for Japanese, English, Australian, Thai, and Holland, the nationalities involved in the tragedy.

 

 

 

 

60Q40

Gordon William Collett was born at Sydney in New South Wales on 8th March 1926, the only child of Christopher Collett and his wife Dorothy Louisa Jackson.  Apparently it must have been just after the Second World War that he married Sybilla Eileen Croll at Queensland, when he would have been around twenty or twenty-one.  There is a question-mark over this since it is alleged that she had married Lionel Kent in 1940 (see below), so why was she not Sybilla Kent.  By 1949 Gordon and Sybilla were living at Glenmore in East Sydney, when he was 23 and she was 34.  There is no record of any children, and Gordon William Collett died while in Sydney on 1st August 1983. 

 

 

 

His wife Sybilla, who was born at Sydney on 25th November 1915, the daughter of Allan Watson Croll and his wife Sybilla Margaret Bluett, survived him by twenty-three years when she died during 2006 at Murwillumbah in New South Wales.  A record on the Ancestry website states that Sybilla married Lionel Ernest Kent in 1940 and that the wedding took place at Rockdale in New South Wales, the same record also indicating that Lionel Kent later died in 1979.  Therefore Sybilla must have been divorced from him after the war, to enable her to marry Gordon William Collett prior to 1949.

 

 

 

 

60R1

Conway Collett was born at Chesterton in Cambridgeshire in 1927, the eldest of the two children of Alfred Collett and Grace Craft.  He married Marjorie Hookham, who was born at St Ives in Huntingdonshire during 1929, their wedding taking place at St Ives in 1950. It was around two years later that their son was born when they were living at St Neots.  Conway Collett died in 1975.

 

 

 

60S1

David Collett

Born in 1952 at St Neots

 

 

 

 

60R2

Cecil Collett was born at Royston in Hertfordshire in 1933, the younger of the two sons of Alfred and Grace Collett.  Cecil married Jane Cooper at St Ives in Huntingdonshire during 1958 and had a son who was born at St Ives four year later.

 

 

 

60S2

Steven Collett

Born in 1962 at St Ives

 

 

 

 

60R3

Kenneth W Collett was born at Cambridge in 1929, the eldest of the two sons of Wilfred Collett and Ada Webber.  He was still living in the Cambridge area when he married Phyliss Sutcliffe in 1953, the marriage producing two children for the couple.  It seems likely that Kenneth passed away in 1964.

 

 

 

60S3

Denise Collett

Born in 1954 at St Neots

 

60S4

David Collett

Born in 1955 in the Cambridge area

 

 

 

 

60R5

Raymond Collett was born at Cambridge in 1938, the eldest of the four children of Oliver Raymond Collett and Lily Day.  It was also at Cambridge that Raymond married Wendy Scott in 1967, and where their two children were also born. Cambridge and had 2 children. Deborah Maria born 1968 Cambridge and Kathryn Louise born 1971 Cambridge

 

 

 

60S5

Deborah Maria Collett

Born in 1968 at Cambridge

 

60S6

Kathryn Louise Collett

Born in 1971 at Cambridge

 

 

 

 

60R6

David Collett was born at Cambridge in 1945, the son of Oliver and Lily Collett.  He later married Sandra Barnard at Cambridge in 1968, Sandra having been born in Cambridge during 1948.  It was during the following year that their son was born while they were still living in Cambridge.

 

 

 

60S7

Bryan Richard Collett

Born in 1969 at Cambridge

 

 

 

 

60R8

Mavis Collett was born at Cambridge in 1956, the last of the four children of Oliver Raymond Collett and his wife Lily Day.  It was during 1978 that Mavis married Roger J Tovell in Cambridge.

 

 

 

 

60R9

Barry Collett was born within the Cambridge area during 1948, the first child born to Ralph Collett by his wife Ellen Duncan.  Barry was still living within the Cambridge area when he married Elizabeth Dimock in 1971, Elizabeth having been born at Cambridge during in 1951.

 

 

 

 

60R10

Anthony Collett was born in the Cambridge area during 1949, the son of Ralph and Ellen Collett.  He was married twice, the first time to (1) Renee Gifford in 1969 at Cambridge.  Renee was born at Gamlingay in 1952 and presented Anthony with two daughters, both of whom were born in Cambridge.  His youngest daughter was around four years old when Anthony married (2) Moira Turner at Cambridge in 1977 Cambridge.  Tragically Anthony Collett died on a day trip to France in November 2005.

 

 

 

60S8

Donna Marie Collett

Born in 1970 at Cambridge

 

60S9

Maxine Claire Collett

Born in 1973 at Cambridge

 

 

 

 

60R11

Rosemary Collett was born in the Cambridge area during 1953, the third child of Ralph and Ellen Collett.  Rosemary was around twenty-two when she gave birth to a daughter.

 

 

 

60S10

Rachel Collett

Born during 1975

 

 

 

 

60R12

Jacqueline Collett was born within the Cambridge area during 1959, the last of the four children of Ralph Collett and his wife Ellen Duncan.  It was at Cambridge in 1981 that Jacqueline married Cephas Thorpe with whom she had three children who were all born in Cambridge.  Rebecca Thorpe was born there later that same year, Dominic Thorpe was born in 1988, and Oliver Thorpe was born in 1990.

 

 

 

 

60R13

Christopher Keith Collett, who is known as Keith, was born in Cambridge on 15th January 1938, the eldest of the six children of Christopher Ernold Collett and his wife Violet Mae Burgoyne.  Keith married Jennifer Ann Lawson with whom he had three daughters before they were divorced in 1980.  The three daughters were Joanne Collett who was born on 2nd March 1963, Lucy Collett, and Helen Collett.  Keith was still living in the High Street in the village of Toft in 2013.

 

 

 

60S11

Joanne Collett

Born at Toft in 1963

 

60S12

Lucy Collett

Born at Toft, date unknown

 

60S13

Helen Collett

Born at Toft, date unknown

 

 

 

 

60R14

KORAN COLLETT was born at Toft around 1940, one of the six children of Christopher Ernold Collett and his wife Violet Mae Burgoyne.  It was during 1968 that he married Gillian Turner in Cambridge, with whom he had two children who were both born at the hospital in Cambridge.  Koran, whose occupation was that of a haulier, returned to the village of his birth with his young family during 1971 when they purchased a property in Mill Lane, where he and Gill are still living in 2013.

 

 

 

60S14

Mathew Andrew Collett

Born in 1971 at Cambridge

 

60S15

Steven Luke Collett

Born in 1973 at Cambridge

 

 

 

 

60R15

Margaret Ann Collett was born in Cambridge in 1942, the only daughter of Christopher and Violet Collett.  Later in her life she married an American serviceman, Richard Parrish, and had a large family in America.  Tragically the family did not enjoy the best of health, and lost two sons to cancer while still in their childhood.  Margaret Ann Parrish nee Collett also died with cancer when she was living at Warner Robins in Georgia in 1985, and was followed shortly after by one of her adult sons with the same illness.

 

 

 

 

60R16

Gerald Paul Collett, who was known as Paul, was born at Toft on 26th June 1947, the son of Christopher and Violet Collett.  In 1967 Paul emigrated to Australia where he later married Sue, with whom he had two children – a boy and a girl.

 

 

 

60S16

Shannon Collett

Born in Australia, date unknown

 

60S17

Nicole Collett

Born in Australia, date unknown

 

 

 

 

60R17

Marilyn Collett was born at Toft in 1949, the daughter of Christopher and Violet Collett.  She married Malcolm Skoulding and they had three children who were all born at Great Yarmouth.  Aimee Skoulding was born in 1976, Hannah Skoulding was born in 1978, and Lee Skoulding was born during 1982.

 

 

 

 

60R18

Linda Collett was born at Toft in 1954, the last of the six children of Christopher Ernold Collett and Violet Mae Burgoyne.  Linda never married and in 2013 she was still living in Toft, where she was a retired nurse.  At sometime during her working life she was the nurse looking after cosmologist and author Stephen Hawking.

 

 

 

 

60R19

William Collett was the adopted son of Cecil William Bunting Collett and his wife Muriel Sparling of Canada.  No date of birth is known, but it is established that William married Mary Mesita, with whom he had three children. 

 

 

 

60S18

Roseanne Collett

Born in 1969 in Canada

 

60S19

Debra Lynn Collett

Born in 1973 in Canada

 

60S20

Jeffrey (Jeff) Collett

Born in 1978 in Canada

 

 

 

 

60S1

David Collett was born at St Neots during 1952, the only child of Conway Collett and his wife Marjorie Hookham.  It was in March 1977 that he married Jane Richardson in Cambridgeshire with whom he had two children while they were living in Cambridge.

 

 

 

60T1

Louisa Jane Collett

Born in 1980 at Cambridge

 

60T2

Graeme David Collett

Born in 1982 at Cambridge

 

 

 

 

60S2

Steven Collett was born at St Ives in 1962, the only child of Cecil Collett and Jane Cooper.  He was around thirty-eight when he married Anita hart in Huntingdon during 1990, and they had two children.

 

 

 

60T3

George Edward Collett

Born in 1994 at Huntingdon

 

60T4

Emily Collett

Born in 1997 at Huntingdon

 

 

 

 

60S14

Mathew Andrew Collett was born in hospital at Cambridge in 1971, the eldest of the two sons of Koran Collett and Gill Turner who were living in Mill lane in Toft that same year.  Mathew’s partner of twelve years (in 2015) is Sarah Numan nee Jackson who has two children from her former marriage.

 

 

 

 

60S15

Steven Luke Collett was born in hospital at Cambridge in 1973, the youngest son of Koran and Gill Collett who were living at Mill Lane in Toft at that time.  On Valentine’s Day in 2012 Steven and his partner Sheena Catherine Cotter were living in Belfast when their daughter was born.  Just over a year later the family of three was still living in Belfast when the family was enlarged by the birth of twins.  By the summer of 2015 the family had returned to England and was living in Lincolnshire.

 

 

 

60T5

Edie Catherine Collett

Born on 14.02.2012 at Belfast

 

60T6

Evan William Collett

Born on 07.11.2013 at Belfast

 

60T7

Molly Gill Collett

Born on 07.11.2013 at Belfast

 

 

 

 

60S17

Nicole Collett was born in Australia to Gerald Paul Collett and his wife Sue.  She married Mike and they have two sons Luke and Jake.

 

 

 

 

60S19

Debra Lynn Collett was born in Canada during 1973, the daughter of William Collett and Mary Mesita, and she later married Paul Sadowsky at Niagara Falls.  Once married the couple settled in Niagara Falls and it was there that their two daughters were born.

 

 

 

 

60T2

Graeme David Collett was born at Cambridge in 1982, the youngest of the two children of David Collett and Jane Richardson.  Graeme later married Jacqueline Mastin at Peterborough in 2003.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

APPENDIX ONE

 

 

 

The following details were kindly provided by Cathy Young in England and Leanne Wroe in Australia, but unfortunately they do not relate to the Collett family of Toft in Cambridgeshire

 

 

 

 

 

60h1

Tobias Collett

Born in 1585 at Great Chalfield

 

 

 

 

60h1

Tobias Collett was born at Great Chalfield near Bradford-on-Avon in Wiltshire in 1585.  It was on 8th February 1609 that he married Catherine Stile.

 

 

 

60i1

Thomas Collett

Born on 16.01.1611 at Great Chalfield

 

60i2

Anthony Collett

Born in 1620 at Great Chalfield

 

 

 

 

60i2

Anthony Collett was born at Great Chalfield in Wiltshire during 1620, the son of Tobias Collett and Catherine Stile.  He married (1) Sarah and their two known children were baptised at Great Chalfield.  He later married (2) Elizabeth Bond and their children were born with the St Dunstan area of London.  Anthony Collett died in 1659 and prior to the birth of his last child.

 

 

 

60j1

John Collett

Bapt on 08.01.1649 at Great Chalfield

 

60j2

Mary Collett

Bapt on 19.04.1652 at Great Chalfield

 

60l3

Benjamin Collett

Born in 1656; died 1656 in London

 

60j4

Tobias Collett

Born in 1658 in London

 

60j5

James Collett

Born in 1660; died 1662 in London

 

 

 

 

60j4

Tobias Collett was born in London and baptised at St Dunstan’s Church in Stepney on 25th March 1658, the son of Anthony Collett and his second wife Elizabeth Bond.  He married (1) Elizabeth Adams, who was buried in London on 4th October 1685 following the birth of their daughter who was also buried with her mother on that same day.  He then married (2) Mary Hull who was born in 1655 and by whom his known children were born.  It would also appear that he married again, for the third time, that marriage taking place at Reading on 26th March 1711, when his father was confirmed as Anthony Collett.  Tobias Collett died fourteen years later at Cumberwell in Wiltshire in 1725.

 

 

 

60k1

Elizabeth Collett

Buried on 04.10.1685 in London

 

The following are the children of Tobias Collett and by second wife Mary Hull:

 

60k2

Josiah Collett

Born on 29.03.1686 in London

 

60k3

Joseph Collett

Born on 02.05.1688 in London

 

60k4

Elizabeth Collett

Born on 19.11.1689 in London

 

60k5

Ann Collett

Born during 1694 in London

 

60k6

Tobias Collett

Buried on 04.11.1694 in London

 

60k7

Rebecca Collett

Born on 30.07.1699 in London

 

60k8

Benjamin Collett

Born on 06.02.1700 in London

 

 

 

 

60l2

Josiah Collett was born at All Hallows in London on 29th March 1686, the son of Tobias Collett and his second wife Mary Hull.  It was at Lavington, south of Devizes in Wiltshire on 20th August 1718, where he married Rachel Pinnell and when his father was confirmed as Tobias Collett.  Rachel was born during 1693 and died in 1771.

 

 

 

60l1

Jeffrey Collett

Born on 14.09.1719 at Reading

 

60l2

Josiah Collett

Born on 14.02.1721 at Reading

 

60l3

Mary Collett

Born on 11.01.1722 at Reading

 

60l4

Tobias Collett

Born on 04.06.1725 at Reading

 

60l5

Josiah Collett

Born on 22.06.1729 at Reading

 

 

 

 

60l4

Elizabeth Collett was born in London on 19th November 1689, a daughter of Tobias and Mary Collett.  Elizabeth, the daughter of Tobias, was married at Lavington in Wiltshire on 16th March 1723.

 

 

 

 

60l5

Ann Collett was born during in London 1694, another daughter of Tobias and Mary Collett.  She married (1) Thomas Barney or Barny during 1756 in Oxfordshire and later married (2) Thomas Whitehead at Kingsbury in Warwickshire in 1783.

 

 

 

 

60k1

Jeffrey Collett was born at Reading on 14th September 1719, one of the sons of Josiah Collett and Rachel Pinnell.  Jeffrey later married Mary Leckonby at St Anne’s Church in Soho, Westminster on 8th April 1763 but was only married for a short while before he was buried at Reading on 17th December 1769

 

 

 

 

60k2

Josiah Collett was born at Reading on 14th February 1721, another of Josiah and Rachel, who was only six months old when he died at Reading on 21st August 1721

 

 

 

 

60k5

Josiah Collett was born at Reading on 22nd June 1729, the second of the two sons of the same name for Josiah and Rachel Collett.  Sadly, like his brother and namesake, he too did not survive and was five weeks old when he died at Reading on 4th August 1729.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

APPENDIX TWO

FIVE MORE COLLETT BAD BOYS – Cases 3 to 7

(go to Part 43 for Cases 1 and 2)

 

 

 

 

Case 3

In addition to bad boy Thomas Collott (Ref. 60N5 - previously Ref. 43o5), who was arrested for burglary in 1821 and subsequently transported to Tasmania, there were other members of the Collett family who suffered the same fate.  The following story relates to Thomas Collett, a soldier of the 3rd Regiment of Guards, who was tried at the Old Bailey in London on 1st July 1801.  The abridged court report read as follows:

 

 

 

“On the evening of Thursday 30th April 1801, John Fawkner was at the Bell Inn at Red Lion Market and White Cross Street when he was asked to accompany the publican’s wife Mrs Hayes to the tavern’s back room as she had something to show him.  Joining them was Thomas Collett of the Regiment of Guards, to whom John was introduced, upon which John was shown a bag of jewellery and was asked if he could melt down he gold and silver.  He agreed and they left for his workshop.  The jewellery was stolen, owned by John Weppler, a planter from Jamaica who had arrived in London the previous evening, when he had discovered his trunk with its contents of jewellery valued at over £1,200 missing.  He immediately reported this to the Bow Street Police.  It was subsequently proved that it was Thomas Collett who had stolen the trunk.  John Fawkner, aged 29, was found guilty of receiving stolen goods and was sentenced to 14 years transportation, while Thomas Collett received seven years transportation.”  It transpires that it was the young barmaid working at the Bell Inn who had overheard the backroom conversation who had informed the Police, and it was she who claimed the reward.

 

 

 

 

Case 4

This one is very brief and relates to Nathaniel Collett, one of 300 convicts transported on the ship Isabella on 11th July 1833.  No further details are known at this time and, while there is one Nathaniel Collett born in London who could be of the right age, he was Nathaniel Samuel George Collett (Ref. 19n6) who was born during 1797 at Peckham, who was still residing in London with his family in 1841 and 1851.

 

 

 

 

Case 5

Also in 1833, but at Gloucester on 28th April, Stephen Collett was sentenced and subsequently transported to Van Diemen’s Land to serve a term of fourteen years.  So far it is not known who he was or what crime he had committed.

 

 

 

 

Case 6

This fourth case relates to a very young George Collett, the son of John Collett of Stoke Newington in London, both as yet unidentified.  The prisoner George Collett was 13 years of age when he was committed for trial at Worship Street Magistrates Court in Middlesex in August 1833 for robbing a garden of 13 pears from an uninhabited house.  The initial sentence passed down was one month imprisonment in the Middlesex House of Correction.  However, remission was prepared on 29th August 1833, when the petitioner John Collett, the prisoner's father, entered a plea on the grounds of clemency, his son being a youth of a prisoner in the company of older boys who paid fines imposed by court, for which the petitioner was unable to pay any fine.  A letter from Samuel Twyford at the Police Office in Worship Street raised no objection to remission of the sentence, while it was at father's request that prisoner was not originally discharged.

 

 

 

 

Case 7

The fifth case focuses on Edward Baldwin and his accomplice Pearce Collett, born 1770.  It was on 9th July 1800 in London that they were indicted, the first named for feloniously stealing, on 29th June, twelve yards of mode, twelve yards of muslin, eighteen yards of lace, and two pieces of handkerchiefs, each containing seven handkerchiefs, the property of John Read, Robert Read and James Read and valued around eighty shillings.  The other accused, for receiving the same, knowing them to have been stolen.  Thomas Sapwell was sworn in and made the following statement.  “On 29th June, on the Sunday morning, I took the prisoners into custody, about six o'clock.  I went to the prisoner Collett's house at 7 Two Swan Yard in Bishopsgate Street, and on a copper, close by where the prisoner stood, I found this piece of cambric muslin.  I asked him where he bought those things and he said, damn me, I would buy anything.  I then took Collett to the Compter, following which I then returned and searched the house.  In his box I found a piece of black silk mode.  I also found a piece of lace while I was searching the house.  I took the key out of Collett's pocket with which I unlocked the box.  I then went to a house at 17 Old Bethlem Court, where there lived one Elizabeth Day.  I took her into custody and took her to Collett's house where I searched her and found two pieces of silk handkerchief in her right-hand pocket.  I later apprehended Baldwin at the prosecutor's house.”

 

 

 

When Edward Baldwin was cross-examined, he admitted to having robbed the Reads on previous occasions and when asked why he said that Collett was continually after him, telling him to do it.  In the end both men were found guilty with Edward Baldwin being sentenced to seven years transportation and Pearce Collett, aged 30, being transported for fourteen years.  Pearce (or Pierce) Collett was married at that time, his wife being Mary Collett.