PART SIXTY-ONE

 

The Gloucestershire and Worcestershire to Utah Line

 

Updated May 2016

 

 

Whilst this is a relatively new line to the Collett Family History website, the vast majority of the details were previously contained in error in Part 5 – The Tewkesbury Line.  It was only the discovery of the adult baptism record for William Collett (Ref. 5M20), which was kindly provided by Darcey Slaughter from Columbia in Missouri, that has enabled this error to be corrected.  This vital information, received in December 2011, revealed that he was the son of Thomas Collett by his wife Mary Vellender, rather than the son of Henry Collett and his wife Sarah Woodford.  In addition to this, Darcey has also supplied other details which have helped to build a more accurate picture of William Collett (Ref. 61N2) and his family.

 

Over the preceding six years there have been many other contributors of information for this family line and they are Mark R Collett of Utah, Lu Rae Mortensen nee Collett (Ref 61S5), Clive Long, Janice Evans, and David Young Thomas, (Ref. 61R31) of Utah, whose great great grandfather was Reuben Collett (Ref. 61P4) of Pendock in Worcestershire and Smithfield of Cache County in Utah.

 

The new information added in October 2014 was kindly provided by Lee Ward Collett (Ref. 61Q113) of Hagerman in Idaho, Tom Rogers from Bountiful in Utah – the son of Lucille Rogers nee Collett (Ref. 61R4), while the new photographs were supplied by Sharron Collier nee Collett (Ref. 61S1) of Provo in Utah. 

 

Furthermore, new details received from Mark R Collett in Utah would appear to provide a line of descendents leading back to Thomas Collett (Ref. 1D1) 1485-1538 at the start of Part 1 – The Main Gloucestershire Line.  However, clarification is being sought on a section of the family line relating to William (Ref. 61I1) the son of Henry (Ref. 6H1), who in turn was the son of another William (Ref. 61G1) who was born around 1590.  The main problem seems to be that William (Ref. 61I1) married Mary Komm who was born around 1632, so was William a similar age to his wife, and therefore only around forty years younger than his grandfather.  A reply to these questions will hopefully be received from Mark in due course.

 

 

 

61F1

Thomas Collett was born around 1577 and if so he would have only been 13 years old when his son was born in 1590, which seems highly unlikely.  Thomas was married to Ann Moulton who, it is suggested, was also born in 1577, thus also making her only 13 at the birth of her son.  The death of Thomas seems to have taken place during 1612.  The family tree provided by Mark R Collett indicates that Thomas was the son of Robert Collett and Katherine Sanders who were both born in 1552.  However, Katherine Sanders who was born in 1555, was the second wife of John Collett (Ref. 1E8) of Broadwell in Gloucestershire (1525 to 1605), the youngest son of the aforementioned Thomas Collett (Ref. 1D1).

 

 

 

61G1

William Collett

Date of birth to be confirmed

 

 

 

 

61G1

William Collett is reputed to have been born around 1590, although a further record also shows that he died in 1603 which, if true means that he was never married, nor was he able to have a son.  It therefore seems more likely that he died in 1630, the earlier date simply being an error in transcription, and this would enable his son to have been born in 1632 by his wife Elizabeth.

 

 

 

61H1

Henry Collett

Date of birth to be confirmed

 

 

 

 

61H1

Henry Collett was originally thought to have been born in 1625, although this would appear to be unrealistic bearing in mind his son married a lady born in 1632.  However, it appears that Henry’s wife Elizabeth was born in 1628 and that he died in 1674, just fourteen years after his son William.  Further research work is required in this area to resolve these anomalies.

 

 

 

61I1

William Collett

Date of birth to be confirmed

 

 

 

 

61I1

William Collett was married to Mary Komm, the daughter of Robert Komm, who was born around 1632, although no reasonable date of birth has yet been found for William.  It would therefore make more sense if William was a similar age to his wife Mary, and therefore also born around 1632.  What is known is that William Collett died in 1660, when his son was barely one year old.

 

 

 

61J1

John Collett

Born circa 1659

 

 

 

 

61J1

John Collett was born around 1659 and it would appear that he married later in his life as he would have been around forty years of age when his son was born.  The boy’s mother was Ann Collett who was born in 1663.  Details regarding where father and son were the born are not known at this time.

 

 

 

61K1

Richard Collett

Born circa 1700

 

 

 

 

61K1

Richard Collett may have been born in Gloucestershire around 1700.  Certainly in 1725 he was living in Lower Slaughter when his son William was born.  There is a possibility that Richard’s wife was Ann Harper who was also born around 1700 to 1705.  Ann Collett nee Harper died during 1770, while her husband Richard Collett passed away five years later when he died in 1775.

 

 

 

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William Collett

Born in 1725 at Lower Slaughter

 

 

 

 

61L1

William Collett was born at Lower Slaughter in 1725 and all that is known about him at this time is that he married Elizabeth Skerrett, with whom he had a son Thomas who was born at Charlton Abbots.

 

 

 

61M1

Thomas Collett

Born in 1752 at Charlton Abbots

 

 

 

 

61M1

Thomas Collett was born at Charlton Abbots in October 1752, the son of William and Elizabeth Collett.  He was very likely an agricultural labourer and he married Mary Vellender at Charlton Abbots on 3rd November 1778.  Mary was born in 1749 and was baptised as Mary Verinder at Winchcombe on 12th October 1749, the eldest child of James Verinder and his wife Mary Balinger.  It is also interesting that Mary would have already been carrying Thomas’ child on their wedding day, the child eventually being named after Mary’s youngest sister Naomi who was baptised at Cutsdean on 19th September 1762 as Naomi Felinder, daughter of James and Mary Felinder.  This shows some of the variations of the Vellender name, as kindly provided by Zoe Cleal nee Vellender whose 5x great aunt was Mary Collett nee Vellender.  Some years before they were married Mary Villender had been committed to Gloucester Gaol from Winchcombe bridewell from where she absconded in 1771 and, according to the ‘Verrinder Views’ Special Edition 2002, she was the later wife of Thomas Collett.

 

 

 

The notice of banns and the date of their wedding day were noted in the parish register at Charlton Abbots as follows “Banns of marriage between Thomas Collett bachelor and Mary Vellender spinster both of this parish were published in this church on 11th & 18th days of October and the 1st day of November 1778.  The said Thomas Collett & Mary Vellender were married in this church this third day of November 1778 by me J W Bedwell, Curate.  The marriage was solemnised between us [the marks of Thomas and Mary] in the presence of Thomas Crook and Thomas Redes”.

 

 

 

The parish records also show that they had at least four children at Charlton Abbots, with their first child born within six months of the date of their marriage.  It almost seems likely that other children may have been born to the couple in the seven years between their third and fourth child listed below.  Thomas Collett died during November 1820 and was buried at Charlton Abbots on 15th November 1820, when it is believed his age was incorrectly recorded as 87 instead of 68, either that or he was not the Thomas Collett born to William and Elizabeth in October 1752 – see below.

 

 

 

Mary Collett nee Vellender died at Charlton Abbots on 14th December 1837.  The death was registered at Winchcomb Registration District in the sub-district of Guiting on 21st December 1837 with the following details.  Mary Collett of Charlton Abbotts, female, age 85, labourer.  Reason for death, general break-up of constitution.  The informant was Eleanor Smith [who made her mark], an inmate present at her death at Charlton Abbotts.  It therefore seems likely that she was also an inmate living at the Charlton Abbots Union Workhouse, and that her age was given in ignorance of her actual age which would have been nearer to 88.

 

 

 

If the age of Thomas Collett who died in 1820 was correct at 87, then one possible option is that he was Thomas Collett who was baptised at Temple Guiting on 8th April 1744 when he would have been around ten or eleven years of age, although no parents were named.  The reason for including this is that Temple Guiting is only one and a half miles from Cutsdean where Mary's family settled and where her sister Naomi Felinder was baptised, as referred to above.  However, it is the Charlton Abbots connection which is the most compelling.

 

 

 

61N1

Naomi Collett

Born in 1779 at Charlton Abbots

 

61N2

William Thomas Collett

Born in 1781 at Charlton Abbots

 

61N3

Thomas Collett

Born in 1783 at Charlton Abbots

 

61N4

Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1790 at Charlton Abbots

 

 

 

 

61N1

Naomi Collett was born at Charlton Abbots in 1779, where she was baptised on 25th April 1779, the eldest child of Thomas Collett and Mary Vellender.  It was at Charlton Abbots on 12th May 1804 when Naomi was twenty-five that she married John Cummins who was born in 1776.  Their marriage produced three children Hannah Cummins (1807-1809), John Cummyns/Cummings (c1808-1891) who was baptised in 1810, and Amy Cummin(g)s (c1818-1893). 

 

 

 

John Cummings’ wife was Hannah and they had nine children, seven sons and two daughters between 1830 -1848.  The eldest child, John Cummin(g)s (1830-1906) was born at Didbrook and was baptised at Temple Guiting during 1830.  The youngest daughter was named after his mother Naomi Collett and Naomi Cummin(g)s (c1844-1921) later married Thomas Dolphin in 1867 within the Pershore registration district.  Naomi’s and John’s youngest daughter Amy Cummin(g)s (c1818-1893) married William Perry (c1825-1862) at Temple Guiting in 1845, and they only had one child, their daughter Ann Perry (c1847-1925) who married John Greening in 1870 at Winchcombe.

 

 

 

 

61N2

William Thomas Collett [previously Ref. 5M20] was born at Charlton Abbots, to the east of Cheltenham, on 30th January 1781, the son of Thomas Collett and his wife Mary Vellender.  Within the parish register for Charlton Abbots the first baptism recorded in 1781 was that of William Collett, which was notated as follows “1781 Feb 18th Wm son of Thos & Mary Collett”.

 

 

 

William was 24 when he married Elizabeth Bromage on 7th October 1805 at Tirley, five miles south-west of Tewkesbury.  However, Elizabeth was ten years older than William, having been baptised on 1st December 1770, and was shortly to give birth to their first child.  She was the daughter of John Bromage and Elizabeth Jackman and had been baptised at the Church of St John the Baptist in Eldersfield on the border between Gloucestershire and Worcestershire, which is only two miles from Tirley and seven miles from Tewkesbury.

 

 

 

The baptism of the couple’s first child was recorded at Tirley in Gloucestershire when the parents were named as William and Betty Collett.  It would appear that the family then moved to Corse, just south of Eldersfield, where their second child was born, before settling in Pendock, just north of Eldersfield, where their later two daughters were born.  The baptisms for both son Daniel and daughter Ann have been found amongst the records for the parish of Eldersfield.

 

 

 

It was at Haws Croft (Hawcross) near Redmarley in Worcestershire on Thursday 9th April 1840 that Elizabeth Collett was baptised into the Mormon Church by Church Elder Wilford Woodruff, the same day as her married daughter Elizabeth Ruck and her husband Robert Ruck.  Earlier that same week Elizabeth’s son Daniel, together with his wife, and Elizabeth’s daughter Ann Oakey and her husband Thomas were also baptised by Wilford Woodruff on 5th April.  It was just over one year later when Elizabeth Collett nee Bromage was around seventy years old that she died at Frogsmarsh near Eldersfield on 24th May 1841, after which she was buried at the Church of St John the Baptist in Eldersfield on 27th May 1841.  Her husband survived her by over twenty years.  The record of her death was registered on 29th May under the name of Betty Collett, aged 72, the wife of a labourer, when the informant was a Philip Hughes and the cause of death was noted as the starvation of blood to the brain.

 

 

 

Regardless of whether or not William was baptised when he was only three weeks old in February 1781, his actual baptism certificate, which validates his place and date of birth as Charlton Abbots and 30th January 1781, also shows that he was the subject of an adult baptism and confirmation service  nearly sixty years later.  That was carried out by his son-in-law Thomas Oakey, the husband of his daughter Ann, at Eldersfield on 25th May 1840, who had converted to the Church of Latter Day Saints only seven weeks earlier, as detailed above.  It was a year after that when his wife died, following which the census conducted on 6th June 1841 placed widower and agricultural labourer William Collett, age 60, living at Frogsmarsh within the parish of Eldersfield.  Living in the same dwelling with him was his daughter Ann Oakey with her husband Thomas and their four young children, all confirmed as having been born within the county of Gloucestershire.

 

 

 

Ten years later in 1851 William Collett, age 70, was still working as a farm labourer.  On that occasion he was a lodger at the home of Joseph and Fanny Poole, in the house right next door to his daughter Ann Oakey, whose family had been increased by three more children, that very likely being the reason why William had moved out.  However, new information has come to hand which suggests that William was abandoned by his own grown up children, and that was that reason why he was later found living in the workhouse.

 

 

 

After a further ten years the census in 1861 revealed that William was a patient living in the Upton-upon-Severn Union Workhouse, where he was described as having been born as Charlton Abbots, formerly an agricultural labourer, although his age was recorded in error as 83, rather than his actual age of 80.

 

 

 

It was just over two years later that William Collett died in the same Union Workhouse in Upton-upon-Severn on 8th May 1863, aged 77, following which he was buried with his wife at Eldersfield two days later when his age was recorded as 87, both dates being incorrect, since he was around 82 years of age.  The death certificate confirmed that he was a farm labourer, that he had died of natural decay, and that the informant was C G Rolls, who was Charles George Rolls, the Master of the Workhouse.  By the time of his death, two of William’s children, Daniel and Ann, were well on their way to establishing themselves in Mormon and American Pioneer folk law.

 

 

 

61O1

Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1805 at Tirley

 

61O2

Daniel Collett

Born in 1807 at Corse

 

61O3

Amy Collett

Born in 1810 at Pendock

 

61O4

Ann Collett

Born in 1812 at Pendock

 

 

 

 

61N3

Thomas Collett was born at Charlton Abbots in 1783, and was baptised there on 1st June 1783, the son of Thomas and Mary Collett.  At the moment that is all that is known about him.

 

 

 

 

61N4

Elizabeth Collett was born at Charlton Abbots in 1790 and baptised there on 17th October 1790, the last known child of Thomas Collett and his wife Mary Vellender.

 

 

 

 

61O1

Elizabeth Collett was born at Tirley in Gloucestershire on 10th December, shortly after her parents William Collett and Elizabeth Bromage were married there on 7th October 1805.  It was also at Tirley that she was baptised on 22nd December 1805 when her parents were named as William and Betty Collett.  It was just less than twenty years later that she married Robert Ruck at the parish church in Redmarley D’Abitot near Ledbury in Worcestershire on 2nd April 1825.  He was the son of John and Hannah Ruck and was baptised at Whittington in Gloucestershire on 15th July 1804.

 

 

 

By the time of the first national census in June 1841 Robert and Elizabeth Ruck were living at Redmarley within the Newent & Redmarley registration district of Worcestershire, by which time Elizabeth had presented Robert with seven children although only four of them were recorded with the couple on that occasion.  Robert and Elizabeth were both 35, while their children that day were John Ruck who was eight, Charles Ruck who was six, Thomas Ruck who was four and George Ruck who was not yet one year old.  The missing children were Judith Ruck (born 1826), Robert Ruck (born 1827) and Ann Ruck who was born during 1829 at Redmarley, where all of her siblings were born/baptised, except John Ruck who was born at Corse in 1832.

 

 

 

Prior to the census that year the Ruck family had become members of the Church of Latter Day Saints.  It was on Thursday 9th April 1840 at the home of William Simons at Haws Croft (Hawcross) in Redmarley near Ledbury that Robert Ruck, age 36, and Elizabeth Ruck, age 34, as residents of Redmarley, were baptised by Church Elder Wilford Woodruff in a pond on the farm.  It was also recorded that Wilford Woodruff was hit by a stone thrown at him by a hostile mob during the service. 

 

 

 

According to the Journal of Wilford Woodruff, in addition to Robert and Elizabeth Rook (sic), others from this family line were also baptised by him, including Robert’s mother-in-law, Elizabeth Collett, who was baptised with her daughter and son-in-law on 9th April.  Four days earlier, on Sunday 5th April, Robert Ruck’s sister-in-law, Ann Oakey nee Collett, and her husband Thomas Oakey (below) and their three young children were baptised by him, while on the 6th April at Eldersfield the brother of Ann and Elizabeth Collett, church clerk Daniel Collett (below), was baptised into the Mormon Church, just a few of the six hundred baptisms conducted around that time.

 

 

 

Around five years later it was Robert himself who blessed and baptised his own children and in 1851 he and his family were still living in Redmarley when Robert Ruck was 46 and described as an occasional preacher, since by then he was an elder with the LDS.  However on the census form those words were crossed out, on top of which was written agricultural labourer.  His wife Elizabeth Ruck was 45 years of age and three more children had been added to her family by then, so the family comprised John who was 19, Charles who was 16, Thomas who was 13, and George who was 10, plus the new arrivals Michael Ruck who was eight, Wilford Ruck who was five – recorded in error as Wilfred, and daughter Sarah Ann Ruck who was two years old, all three of them born at Redmarley. 

 

 

 

The family was still living at Redmarley in 1861 where Elizabeth and Robert were both recorded as being 54, and the only children still living there with them were Richard Ruck, age 19, Wilfred Ruck, age 15, and Sarah Ann Ruck who was 13.  Just after that time the family must have been discussing the prospect of emigrating to America, and the opportunity arose for that to happen three years later in 1864.  The big question remains, why did Elizabeth make the crossing alone, and ahead of her family.

 

 

 

It was as a member of the Church of Latter Day Saints that Elizabeth sailed out of London on board the ship Hudson on 3rd June 1864, bound for New York.  That journey was the vessel’s maiden voyage, and on board were 863 Mormon Saints from the British Isles, Switzerland, Germany, and Holland, all presided over by Church Elder John M. Kay.  The crossing was unusually slow, taking forty-six days, but the kindness of the Captain Isaiah Pratt did much to alleviate the fatigue of the travellers.  However, during the long sea journey there was an outbreak of measles among the children, resulting in the death of nine of them who were buried at sea.  The journey also witnessed the birth of three children on the way to New York, where the ship arrived on 19th July 1864.

 

 

 

From New York the large group of Mormons were then taken overland by railroad to the small township of Wyoming near Nebraska City in Nebraska where they join the William Hyde Company church train on 9th August.  Just over one month later the train of 62 ox-drawn wagons had advanced to Julesburg in Wyoming, where they arrived on 12th September.  From Julesberg and then through the Laramie Mountains, the route took them onto Fort Hadek and Rattlesnake Pass.  It camped on the North Platte, following which the train then crossed the Plate River on Saturday 1st October and camped at Sage Creek.  The following day, Sunday 2nd October, it was cold and snowing, so that night they camped at Pine Grove.

 

 

 

On Monday 3rd October they crossed Bridgers Pass, and by Friday 7th they had reached the head of Bitter Creek, where the Stage Coach bound for Salt Lake City passed them.  On Sunday 9th the wagon train arrived at Blacks Fork where they set up camp for the night, during which there was a storm.  However, by that time, Elizabeth Ruck nee Collett must have been suffering after the long hard trek, since it was on Monday 10th October 1864 at Point of Rocks that she died, just a few miles short of the state boundary between Wyoming and Utah.  She was one of just 47 people who died during the terrible conditions they must have endured on that fateful overland journey.

 

 

 

Eventually the sad news of her passing was reported back to her family back in England, although it was not until 1870 that her husband and her daughter set sail from Liverpool bound for New York, where they arrived on 22nd September 1870 on board the two-masted, single-funnelled, ship Idaho.  By that time Sarah Ann Ruck was married to Stephen Cannon, so the ship’s passenger list recorded the three of them as Robert Ruck from Great Britain, age 59, Stephen Cannon, age 35, and his wife Sarah Cannon who was 22.  Once they had crossed the Atlantic the three of them travelled luxury class on the newly opened Union Pacific Railroad to Wyoming where Sarah Ann is believed to have formally recorded the death of her mother.  It is also understood that it was Stephen Cannon who financed they journey from England.

 

 

 

Within the General Voyage Notes for the ship the Idaho, Robert Ruck was mentioned as being a member of the Church of Latter Day Saints for thirty years and that that he had been baptised by Wilford Woodruff.  It was around thirteen years after he arrived in America that he died at there, at Smithfield in Cache County, Utah on 1st January 1883.  There is a mystery surrounding his daughter Sarah Ann Ruck since, for the sea voyage she was recorded as the wife of Stephen Cannon, but she was later married Austin Merrill, when Stephen was married to another lady.

 

 

 

Little is known about the children of Robert and Elizabeth Ruck, except that two of them are known to have settled in America, where they died but without producing any children of their own.  However, the vast majority of the information relating to the Ruck family has been generously provided by Robert John Brown from Dunstable in England.  He is descended from Thomas Ruck [1837-1895] the son of Robert and Elizabeth Collett who was born at Redmarley D’Abitot and who died at Little Marcle near Ledbury.  He had married Sarah Davies and their son, John Ruck [1874-1927] of Herefordshire, was married to Priscilla Harriet Gibbons, whose daughter was Blanche Mary Ruck [1915-1978], the mother of Robert John Brown by her husband Kenneth Samuel Brown [1913-1995].

 

 

 

 

 

 

Above is the headstone erected at Smithfield Cemetery in 2012 by Robert John Brown, which commemorates the passing of both Robert Ruck and his wife Elizabeth Collett.  To the right of that is another photograph illustrating the beautiful setting that is the last resting place of Robert Ruck.  The amazing diary of Robert John Brown, covering the months leading up to his visit to America and the days spent there, were serialised in the Collett Newsletter during the first four months of 2013, copies of which are available upon request (Nos. 79 to 82).

 

 

 

 

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Daniel Collett was born at Corse on 12th December 1807 and was baptised at Eldersfield on 10th January 1808, the only son of William and Elizabeth Collett.  The Eldersfield Parish Record included the surname as Collot, as they had for Daniel’s sister Ann (below).  At some time in his life he lived at Tirley, where his mother had been born and, as a young man, he was trained in the skills of a wheelwright and a blacksmith, possibly at Pendock where his two younger sisters were born.  During those days he was also known to give boxing demonstrations, and it was his physical presence that was also later used to protect his family against those who were opposed to his religious beliefs.

 

 

 

It was at a meeting of the United Brethren where Daniel met his future wife, who apparently was attending the meeting with her intended husband Charles Capper.  When that liaison failed Daniel was married by banns at Corse to (1) Esther Jones on 23rd April 1833.  Esther was born at Bullingham in Herefordshire on 10th October 1814 and was baptised at St Martin’s Church in Bullingham in Hereford.  Shortly after they were married Daniel and Esther were living at Pendock in Worcestershire where their first child and fourth child were born.  In between times the family was living at Wellington in Herefordshire and at Beckerton in Worcestershire, where the couple’s second child and their third child were born, and where Daniel was a Church Clerk working within the Church of England by then.  Also at some time in their life, the couple lived at Charlton Abbotts in the Cotswolds, ten kilometres east of Cheltenham.

 

 

 

However, Daniel and Esther were both baptised into the Church of Latter Day Saints by Wilford Woodruff at Tirley Hall – the home of Benjamin Hill - in Eldersfield, Worcestershire on Monday 6th April 1840, the day after Daniel’s married sister Ann Oakey and her husband Thomas Oakey (below) had been baptised at nearby Leigh.  It was just over one year after their baptism into the Mormon Church that Daniel and Esther and their young family comprising Sylvanus, Rhoda and Reuben,  sailed out of Bristol on board the ship Harmony on 10th May 1841, bound for Quebec in Canada.  From Quebec the family travelled south to Nauvoo in Hancock County, Illinois, where they settled for the next four years.  Not long after their arrival there, Daniel and Esther received their Patriarchal Blessings from Hyrum Smith on 3rd December 1841 and five years later the couple received their endowments into the Church at the Temple in Nauvoo which took place on 2nd February 1846. 

 

 

 

It was also at Nauvoo where the couple’s next two children were born, although both of them also died there not long after they were born.  In the end, it was during 1846, when the Latter Day Saints were driven out of Nauvoo that the Collett family went to Winter Quarters in Nebraska where wheelwright Daniel was asked by the church authorities to stay and build wagons, carts and other conveyances for the Saints crossing the plains.  Esther also helped by making quilts, while he son Reuben assisted her with threading the needles. On the way to Winter Quarters in September that year their daughter Mary Ann was born in a wagon box at the camp on Sugar Creek in Lee County, Iowa.  Sugar Creek was seven miles from Nauvoo, it being the first major campsite for the Mormons in Iowa.  In 1846 there was an estimated 2,000 people there, including Brigham Young and most of the church leadership.  The couple’s second Iowa born daughter Elizabeth was born at Council Bluffs (aka Kanesville) which is known as the historic starting point for the Mormon Trail to Utah.

 

 

 

Following the birth of Elizabeth Matilda in 1849, the Collett family set out on that trail bound for the Great Salt Lake in Utah.  They travelled with the Ezra Taft Benson Company which entered Salt Lake City on 27th October.  The census conducted the following year in 1850 recorded the family as Daniel Collett who was 42 and a carpenter, Esther Collett who was 36, Sylvanus Collett who was 16, Rhoda S Collett who was 14 and Reuben Collett who was 11, and all of them born in England.  The two youngest children, who had been born in America, were Mary A Collett who was four and Elizabeth Collett who was two years of age.  It may have been around that same time when Daniel Collett was commissioned to build a carriage for Brigham Young’s personal use.

 

 

 

By the time of the birth of their daughter Julia just over one year later the family was living at Mill Creek, near Salt Lake City, then shortly after that they moved again to Lehi in Utah, where their last two children were born.  On settling in Lehi the first family home were scattered across the valley, but troubles with the native Indians resulted in them gathering together and to build a fort on the higher ground. The houses were built side by side in a square around a court, with first Bishop Evans and other, including Daniel Collett, living on the north side of the enclosure.  A survey of the town was directed by Bishop Evans, with Daniel assisting, following which a schoolhouse was constructed. One of the first pupils was Daniel’s son Sylvanus Collett.

 

 

 

It was also there at Lehi that ceremony of sealing Daniel Collett to Esther Jones took place on 30th May 1854.  Six months earlier Esther had given birth to son Charles Albert Capper Collett, who was named after Esther’s first possible husband before she married Daniel, and two year later she presented Daniel with the couple’s last child James.  Esther Collett nee Jones was 43 at the time of her death one year later on 4th June 1857, following which she was buried two days later at Lehi.  She was a natural nurse and also a singer of some quality.  Later that same year at Lehi, Daniel married (2) Mary Empey, a widow with three young children, who was born Mary Foulks at Totternhoe in Bedfordshire, England on 9th July 1826 and with whom he had a daughter who was born during the following year.  Mary was the daughter of William and Elizabeth Turner Foulk and the former wife of Jesse Empey.

 

 

 

Just after the birth of their daughter during September 1858, an exploring party, which included Daniel Collett, left Lehi in search of a new home.  Upon arrival at Ogden the group consulted with President Lorin Farr, who said he knew of an ideal site for a new settlement.  Lying around ten miles northwest of Ogden and just one mile from the Weber River, it was a rich plain with a fertile soil.  Having checked out the location, the group returned to Lehi where they spent the winter preparing for the move to Weber County in the following spring.  And so it was on 10th March 1859 a company of some one hundred people, among them Daniel and his family, left Lehi and travelled north with teams of oxen, horses and mules.  On arrival the men set to work planning and surveying their township and farming land, with each family being given a city lot and twenty acres of land. Daniel drove the oxen and his son Reuben guided the plough when the first irrigation ditch was made in this vicinity.  The first houses were initially only dugouts, but not long after settlers began to construct log cabins.  The new settlement was two months old when it was organised into a branch of the Church of Latter Day Saints, with William Raymond as President, and Daniel Collett and Jeppe Folkman as Counsellors.  At the inaugural meeting the City of the Plains was chosen as the name of the township, which was later changed to Plain City.

 

 

 

When Mary Collett nee Foulks died at Plain City in Weber County, Utah on 31st August 1859 and was buried at Smithfield in Cache County, Daniel married (3) Elizabeth Gordon on 23rd October 1859 at Plain City.  Elizabeth was born on 3rd May 1823 at Bridge of Weir in Renfrewshire in Scotland, the daughter of Joseph and Jane Stewart Gordon.  It was during the following year when Elizabeth gave birth to a son at Smithfield, to where Daniel and Elizabeth had moved in 1860.  However, prior to the birth of that child Daniel was still recorded at Weber County in the census of 1860, although his new wife was not with him on the day of the census, perhaps because she was already settled in Smithfield.  Instead, the census return listed Daniel as Danl Collett, age 52, with just his four children, and they were Mary A Collett who was 13 and from Iowa, Chas Collett who was seven and from Utah, Jas Collett who was four and from Utah, and Eliza A Collett who was also from Utah who was just one year old.

 

 

 

Four years later, when Daniel was 56 and still married to Elizabeth Gordon, who later died on 17th October 1869, he married (4) Elizabeth Miles, aged 34 and the widow of Thomas Miles, at Salt Lake City on 6th February 1864.  Elizabeth Ward was born at Walton-le-Dale near Preston in Lancashire England on 15th November 1830, the daughter of Thomas Ward and Elizabeth Powell or Elizabeth Lock.  Elizabeth arrived at New York on 1st May 1860 and was married to William Pidcock later that same year.  Her third marriage to Daniel Collett produced another two sons, both of them being born at Smithfield.  Previously her marriage to Thomas Miles, who had died in 1863, had produced a daughter Elizabeth Anne Miles who became Elizabeth Anne Miles Ward Collett following Elizabeth’s marriage to Daniel Collett.

 

 

 

The census conducted in 1880 placed farmer Daniel Collet (sic), at the age of 71, as a widower - when he was still married to Elizabeth, living at the Smithfield home of John and Rebecca Pitcher from England, who had only settled in Utah around 1871.  It was apparently later that same year when Daniel married for the last time.

 

 

 

That fifth marriage took place on 4th October 1880 at Smithfield, when already married Daniel wed widow (5) Martha Drury who was born at Wyberton in Lincolnshire England on 23rd September 1811, the daughter of John Noble and Ann Wilson.  And it was at Smithfield that Martha Collett nee Noble died eight years later on 30th June 1888.  Sometime later Daniel and Elizabeth went to live at the Smithfield home of Daniel’s married daughter Julia Ann Cantwell where they spent the remainder of their life.  It was there at Smithfield that Daniel Collett died on 8th June 1894, where he was buried there two days later on 10th June 1894.  Sixteen years later his widow Elizabeth Collett nee Ward died at Raymond in Alberta Canada on 25th December 1910.

 

 

 

During his life Daniel Collett was a farmer, a wheelwright ad a carpenter.  He was a member of the Nauvoo 3rd Ward of the Church of Latter Day Saints and in 1860 Daniel lived in a household of seven, with a real wealth of $300 and a personal wealth of $100.  Ten years earlier it is established that Daniel Collett was a pioneer who settled in Smithfield during 1850.  He was a very active member of his local community and at a meeting held on 1st March 1866, Daniel Collett was appointed water master of the district, a position he held for many years, during which time a canal was built to bring water from nearby canyons.

 

 

 

61P1

Sylvester Collett

Born in 1833 at Pendock, England

 

61P2

Sylvanus Collett

Born in 1835 at Wellington, England

 

61P3

Rhoda Sylvia Collett

Born in 1837 at Beckerton, England

 

61P4

Reuben Collett

Born in 1839 at Pendock, England

 

61P5

Fanny Marie Collett

Born in 1841 at Nauvoo, Illinois

 

61P6

Daniel Collett

Born in 1843 at Nauvoo, Illinois

 

61P7

Mary Ann Collett

Born in 1846 at Sugar Creek, Iowa

 

61P8

Elizabeth Matilda Collett

Born in 1849 at Council Bluffs, Iowa

 

61P9

Julia Ann Collett

Born in 1851 at Millcreek

 

61P10

Charles Albert Capper Collett

Born in 1853 at Lehi, Utah

 

61P11

James Jones Collett

Born in 1856 at Lehi, Utah

 

The following is the child of Daniel Collett by his second wife Mary Foulks:

 

61P12

Eliza Ann Collett

Born in 1858 at Lehi, Utah

 

The following is the child of Daniel Collett by his third wife Elizabeth Gordon:

 

61P13

William Gordon Collett

Born in 1860 at Smithfield, Utah

 

The following are the children of Daniel Collett’s fourth wife Elizabeth Miles nee Ward:

 

61P14

Elizabeth Anne Miles Ward Collett

Born in 1862 at Smithfield, Utah

 

61P15

Thomas Ward Collett

Born in 1865 at Smithfield, Utah

 

61P16

Daniel Ward Collett

Born in 1866 at Smithfield, Utah

 

 

 

 

61O3

Amy Collett was born at Pendock in 1810, where she was baptised as Amey Collot on 6th January 1811, the daughter of William Collot and his wife Elizabeth.  Tragically Amy only survived for a few years, when she died in 1815 and was buried in an unmarked grave in the churchyard of the parish church in Tirley.

 

 

 

 

61O4

Ann Collett was born at Pendock on 12th January 1812, but was baptised at Eldersfield on the 23rd January 1812, when her parents were recorded in the parish register as Wm and Elizabeth Collot.  She married Thomas Oakey at St Nicholas’ Church in Gloucester on 30th September 1836, although by three years earlier Ann had already given birth to a base-born daughter in Gloucester the father of whom is not known.  It is also possible that Ann was already pregnant with her second child on her wedding day, with her son being born less than eight months later at Frogsmarsh in the parish of Eldersfield.  The boy’s father Thomas Oakey was born at Eldersfield on 21st September 1813, the son of Thomas Oakey and his wife Sarah Pritchard.  He was a member of the recently formed United Brethren of England, founded by Thomas Knighton in the mid 1830s, which built the chapel at Gadfield Elm near Eldersfield in 1836.  Today (2014) the chapel is the older surviving LDS church in the world.

 

 

 

Thomas Oakey did not enjoy the best of health and three years after they were married his inability to work resulted in him being branded a pauper.  Therefore it may have been the desperate time that the family was having to endure, which prompted Thomas and Ann to change their religious beliefs.  It was during the following year that Thomas and Ann Oakey were both baptised into the Church of Latter Day Saints by Wilford Woodruff on Sunday 5th April 1840 at Leigh in Worcestershire.  According to the journal of W Woodruff, it was the following day that Ann’s brother Daniel and his wife Esther (above) were baptised by Church Elder Woodruff at Eldersfield.  As a result of his baptism into the Mormon Church, Thomas Oakey became a lay-preacher and, on 25th May 1840 at Eldersfield, it was son-in-law Thomas Oakey who conducted the adult baptism and confirmation ceremony for Ann’s father William Collett, her mother Elizabeth Collett having been baptised by Wilford Woodruff on 9th April 1840.

 

 

 

One year later Ann’s mother died, at which time Ann and her family moved into the home of widowed William Collett, presumably to look after him.  This was confirmed by the Frogsmarsh in Eldersfield census carried out on 6th June 1841, when head of the household William Collett had living with him his son-in-law Thomas Oakey and his wife Ann.  By that time in her life Ann had presented her husband with four children.  Both Thomas and Ann had a rounded age of 25, while their children were Ann Oakey, who was five, Charles Oakey, who was four, Jane Oakey, who was two, and baby Heber Thomas Oakey who was only four months old. 

 

 

 

Ten years later in 1851 the family was still living at Frogsmarsh within the parish of Eldersfield,  when Thomas Oakey was 37, his wife Ann was 39, and their children were recorded as Jane Oakey, age 11, Heber Oakey, age 10, Moroni Oakey who was seven, Rhoda Oakey who was five, and Reuben Oakey who was three years old.

 

 

 

Two more children were added to the family over the next three years, but shortly after 1854 Ann Oakey and her family emigrated to America, either with her brother Daniel (above), or after he was settled there.  Prior to leaving England Thomas and Ann had suffered the loss of two of their young children, with James dying on the day he was born, and Walter surviving for just one month in 1854.

 

 

 

Thomas and Ann Oakey and their family were travelling across America with the famous James G Willies Handcart Company when they were caught up in the notorious Snow Storms of 1856 near Rock Springs, Wyoming, due to which they lost their daughter Rhoda Rebecca Oakey at the age of eleven years.  Despite their loss, the family eventually arrived at Salt Lake City on 9th November 1856.

 

The later American census of 1880 identified Thomas Oakey, age 66, a farmer from England, living at Paris in Bear Lake County with his wife Ann, also 66 and from England, who was described as keeping house.  Living not far away in Paris was their eldest son Charles Oakey, also a farmer, with his large family.

 

This photograph of Thomas and Ann was most likely taken during the 1880s.

 

 

 

And it was there in America, at Paris in Bear Lake, Idaho, that first Thomas Oakey died on 15th April 1890, and was followed two years later by his wife Ann Oakey nee Collett who also died there on 14th April 1892, where she was buried with her husband three days later.  Sadly the name Oakey is almost illegible on the damaged headstone, as can be seen here in the photograph on the right.

 

The intriguing story of the couple’s conversion from the United Brethren of England to the Church of Latter Day Saints, and their struggle to cross the American Wild West, written by Connie Lyn Harris Hansen of Spanish Fork in Utah, has been kindly provided by Robert John Brown and has been serialised in the Monthly Collett Newsletter during the spring and summer of 2012.

 

 

 

61P17

Ann Collett Oakey

Born in 1833 at Gloucester

 

61P18

Charles Oakey

Born in 1837 at Frogsmarsh

 

61P19

Jane Oakey

Born in 1839 at Frogsmarsh

 

61P20

Heber Thomas Oakey

Born in 1841 at Frogsmarsh

 

61P21

Joseph Lorenzo (Moroni) Oakey

Born in 1843 at Frogsmarsh

 

61P22

Rhoda Rebecca Oakey

Born in 1845 at Frogsmarsh

 

61P23

Reuben Hyrum Oakey

Born in 1847 at Frogsmarsh

 

61P24

James William Oakey

Born in 1849 at Frogsmarsh

 

61P25

Sarah Ann Oakey

Born in 1852 at Frogsmarsh

 

61P26

Walter John Oakey

Born in 1854 at Frogsmarsh

 

 

 

 

61P1

Sylvester Collett was born at Pendock in Worcestershire on 31st December 1833, the first child born to Daniel Collett and his first wife Esther Jones, but tragically he died that very same day.

 

 

 

 

61P2

Sylvanus Collett was born at Wellington in Herefordshire on 3rd March 1835, the eldest surviving son of Daniel and Esther Collett, following which he was baptised at the Weslyan Church of St Nicholas in Hereford on 24th May 1835.  When he was five years old his family sailed from Bristol bound for the New World aboard the ship Harmony on 10th May 1841, while ten years after arriving at Quebec Sylvanus and his family were living at Great Salt Lake in Utah in 1850.  By that time in his life Sylvanus Collett was 16 years of age and was the eldest of the five surviving children still living there with his parents.  The three missing children were Sylvester, Fanny and Daniel, who had all died not long after they were born.

 

 

 

In 1851 the family moved to Lehi and two years later when he was 18, Sylvanus Collett of Lehi married (1) Lydia Karren also of Lehi, the marriage taking place at the Salt Lake City endowment house on 19th February 1853.  Lydia was born at Liverpool on 29th December 1838, the daughter of Thomas Karren and Ann Radcliffe.  The marriage produced five children for the couple, the first two having been born at Lehi, the next two at Smithfield and the last at Logan in Cache County in Utah.  Sadly Lydia died at Logan on 15th November 1865, just one month after the birth of their last child.   The Salmon River Mission was established at the 1855 General Conference in April that year, following which twenty-seven men were selected to form the first group who set up Fort Limhi, the first white settlement in Idaho.  Sylvanus was called up in March 1856 and returned eighteen months later in October 1857.  Fort Limhi was finally abandoned on 28th March 1858 due to continued problem with the Indian tribes.  On leaving Fort Limhi, Sylvanus and the missionaries and their families returned to Lehi, where he was a constable.

 

 

 

Sylvanus Collett played a prominent role in the early days of Lehi and, when there were Indians to subdue, he was always one of the first to respond to the call of arms.  He was a tall man with broad shoulders and an athletic physic.  He was entirely without fear and if discussions with the hostile Indians were needed, then it was usually Sylvanus who was chosen, as he spoke their language.

 

 

 

Sylvanus was a vigilante and colonel in the Utah based Nauvoo Legion and in 1857 he was called with three other Lehi men (including Orin Porter Rockwell who, with Sylvanus’ father Daniel, had been a bodyguard to Joseph Smith in Nauvoo) to escort four gentiles, who had accompanied the Saints returning to Geneseo in Carson Valley, Nevada, during the Utah War, back to California by the ‘southern route’.  In the early 1860s Sylvanus moved to Cache Valley where he acquired a huge ranch.  It was at Logan where he was a Colonel of Militia in the Nauvoo Legion and took part in the Indian War at Smithfield in 1863.  Following the killing of one or two men the Indian Chief was captured and held under guard by Colonel Collett, E R Miles and Thomas Winn.  It was during the winter of 1863 that the famous battle with the Indians took place on Battle Creek, in southern Idaho, when General Connor of Fort Douglas wiped out a combination of Bannocks, Snakes and Shoshones, but with a loss to many of his own men, who were buried in the military cemetery at Salt Lake City.  Prior to battle Colonel Collett and Thomas E Ricks were sent as special envoys from the Cache Valley settlers to secure the return of some animals which the Indians at Battle Creek had stolen.

 

 

 

After leaving Cache Valley, Sylvanus Collett lived for a while at Norman Valley in Bear Lake County, Idaho, where he grazed large herds of horses, cattle and sheep.  From there he moved to Cokeville in Wyoming in 1878 and was the first white man to settle in that area, where he lived for the remainder of his life and where he was engaged in mining and rearing livestock.  It was also at Cokeville that he was the Justice of the Peace and was the sole defendant in a notorious trial in Provo (the Aiken Affair), charged with dispatching John Aiken, one of the four gentiles, none of whom were ever heard from again.  “First Trump”, a play by Tom Rogers (see Ref. 61R4) focuses on the trial of his grandfather Sylvanus Collett and is based on microfilm transcripts of reportage from The Salt Lake Tribune.  The play is also embedded in a quasi-novel entitled The Book of Lehi.

 

 

 

It would appear that Sylvanus Collett was also married to (2) Phoebe Lodina (Lodema) Merrill in 1864 and prior to the death of his first wife, with that second marriage producing a further four children for Sylvanus.  The first child was born at Logan, while the others were born at Smithfield.  Phoebe Lodina (Lodema) Merrill was born at Elba in Genesee County in New York state on 5th August 1832, the daughter of Samuel Merrill and Phoebe Odell.  Thirteen years earlier Phoebe had married Parmenio Adams Jackman at Salt Lake City on 16th October 1851, who was killed by Indians in 1860.  She was also the first of three members of the Merrill family who were married to members of the Collett family, the other two being her older brother Philemon Christopher Merrill, who married Sylvanus’ sister Rhoda Sylvia Collett (below), and Elthurah Roseltha Merrill who married Sylvanus’ brother Reuben Collett (below). 

 

 

 

What happened at Smithfield around the time of the birth of his third child by Phoebe in 1870, their daughter Mary Merrill Collett, is not clear, since Sylvanus was also credited with being the father of a son, Reuben Collett, that same year, who was very likely the son of (3) Sarah Jane Lawrence.  What is known though is that two years later, on 2nd December 1872, Sylvanus Collett married (4) Elizabeth Frances Praetor, while Phoebe was still alive, but whether she was the mother of Reuben is not known.  It was also in 1872 that Fanny Collett, the child of Sylvanus and Elizabeth, was born perhaps even before they were married.  However, it seems highly likely that Elizabeth did not survive the ordeal.

 

 

 

It is also understood that Sylvanus took three further wives, although the date of each of the marriage is not known.  Shortly after the death of Elizabeth, his fourth wife, Sylvanus married the much younger (5) Sarah Ellen Gee who was known as Nellie, to whom he was married right up until the time he died.  That then raises a query over whether he was married to two more wives Jane Lawrence and Phoebe Jackson, one of which may have been his third wife and the mother of his son Reuben Collett who was born in 1870.  Being a Mormon, he very likely had multiple wives during his life.

 

 

 

However, by the time of the US Census of 1880 Sylvanus Collett, age 45 and a farmer from England, was the husband of Nellie Collett, age 27, who was also born in England.  By that time in his life Sylvanus and his family were living at Cokeville, Uinta in Wyoming, his children being Sylvanus, who was 16, Thomas, who was 14, Reuben, who was 10, Fanny who was eight, Nellie who was seven, Robert W Collett who was four, and Rose Collett who was one year old.

 

 

 

It is also interesting to note that within the Smithfield census of 1880, three of Sylvanus’ children were still living there at the home of William A Thompson, from England, and his wife Phoebe L Thompson, who was the former Phoebe Lodina (Lodema) Collett nee Merrill.  They were his sons Samuel Collett who was 15 and Daniel Francello Collett who was 13, and his daughter Mary Merrill Collett who was 10 years of age.  No record has been found of Marion Merrill Collett, who would also have been ten years of age, who was possibly the twin brother of Mary Merrill Collett as they had the same date of birth.

 

 

 

Sylvanus was still residing at Cokeville at the time of the census in 1900.  Sylvanus Collett was 65 and by then had been married for 32, placing his wedding day in 1868.  His wife Nellie Collett was 47, and the only children living with the couple on that occasion had all been born at Cokeville in Wyoming, two of them after the census of 1880.  Robert W Collett was 23, Burt Collett was 20, and Roy Collett was 19.  It was in the following year that Sylvanus Collett of Cokeville died during a visit to Salt Lake City on 10th April 1901, after which his body was returned to Cokeville where he was laid to rest.  His former wife Phoebe Lodema Collett died on 18th January 1909 at Parker, Fremont County in Idaho, and was buried in the Rexburg Idaho Cemetery with William Thompson.

 

 

 

Information received from Alaric DeArment during the summer of 2012 indicated that Marion Merrill Collett, the son of Sylvanus Collett and Phoebe Lodina (Lodema) Merrill may have been adopted since it was originally believed that he had born at sea.  That now has been disproved, with new information unearthed in 2015 suggesting that he had been born at Smithfield in 1871.  In addition to this Marion Merrill Collett does not bear any resemblance at all to either the Colletts or Merrills, judging by the photographs of both families held by Alaric.  He was also illiterate, whereas the two families were not, with Sylvanus being a highly prominent member of the Mormon community.  It may also be significant that it was fairly common for the Mormons to adopt child from the minority communities, but how then did he have the same date of birth as Mary Merrill Collett, unless they were twins.

 

 

 

61Q1

Sylvanus Collett

Born in 1856 at Lehi, Utah

 

61Q2

Esther Ann Collett

Born in 1858 at Lehi, Utah

 

61Q3

Lydia Isabel Collett

Born in 1861 at Smithfield

 

61Q4

Sylvester Collett

Born in 1863 at Smithfield

 

61Q5

Thomas Karren Collett

Born in 1865 at Logan

 

The following are the children of Sylvanus Collett by his second wife Phoebe Lodema Merrill:

 

61Q6

Samuel Merrill Collett

Born in 1865 at Logan

 

61Q7

Daniel Francello Collett

Born in 1867 at Smithfield

 

61Q8

Marion Merrill Collett   twin?

Born in 1870 at Smithfield

 

61Q9

Mary Merrill Collett       twin?

Born in 1870 at Smithfield

 

The following is possibly the only child of Sylvanus Collett and his third wife Sarah Jane Lawrence:

 

61Q10

Reuben Collett

Born in 1870 at Smithfield

 

The following is possibly the only child of Sylvanus Collett and his fourth wife Elizabeth F Praetor:

 

61Q11

Fanny Collett

Born in 1872 at Smithfield

 

The following are the children of Sylvanus Collett by his fifth wife Sarah Ellen (Nellie) Gee:

 

61Q12

Nellie Collett

Born in 1873 in Idaho

 

61Q13

Robert William Collett

Born in 1876 at Cokeville, Wyom.

 

61Q14

Rose Collett

Born in 1878 at Cokeville, Wyom.

 

61Q15

Burt Collett

Born in 1880 at Cokeville, Wyom.

 

61Q16

Roy Collett

Born in 1881 at Cokeville, Wyom.

 

 

 

 

61P3

Rhoda Sylvia Collett was born at Beckerton in Worcestershire on 20th April 1837 and emigrated to America with her parents Daniel and Esther Collett in 1840.  It would appear that Rhoda was a child bride when, at the age of fifteen years and ten weeks, she married (1) John Sunderland Eldredge on 4th July 1852.  John Eldredge was 29 at that time, having been born at Sennett in Cayuga County in New York on 30th April 1821.  However, their first child was not born until she was seventeen and half years of age.  That event may have taken place at American Fork in Utah, where the last two of their four children were also born.  The children of John and Rhoda were Ira Eldredge who was born on 3rd October 1854, Esther Ann Eldredge who was born on 3rd May 1860 Daniel Eldredge who was born on 1st March 1862 and Horace Eldredge who was born on 5th February 1865.

 

 

 

John Sunderland Eldredge was fifty years old when he died in 1871 and two years later his widow Rhoda married the much older (2) Philemon Christopher Merrill on 9th October 1873 at Salt Lake City.  Philemon was born at Byron in Genesee County in New York on 12th November 1820 and was the older brother of Phoebe Lodina (Lodema) Merrill, who married Rhoda’s brother Sylvanus Collett (above).

 

 

 

That second marriage for Rhoda produced another son who was born at Bennington in Bear Lake County, who initially carried the Collett surname, but was later identified in the Arizona census of 1880 as Adrian Merrill from Idaho who was four years old.  However, by that time his father Philemon C Merrill, aged 60, was married to Serina Merrill who was 63.  So where Rhoda was on that occasion, or where she was living up until her death, is still a mystery.  Rhoda Sylvia Merrill nee Collett died on 28th November 1929 at St David in Cochise County in Arizona, while her former husband Philemon Christopher Merrill had predeceased her by twenty-five years, when his passed away during 1904.  The body of Rhoda Sylvia Merrill nee Collett was laid to rest in Safford City Cemetery, Graham County in Arizona.

 

 

 

61Q17

Adrian Collett

Born in 1876 at Bennington

 

 

 

 

61P4

Reuben Collett was born at Pendock in Worcestershire on 19th July 1839, the son of Daniel and Esther Collett.  He travelled to America with his parents when he was around one year old and was baptised there when he was eleven years old on 1st May 1850.  Fifteen years later Reuben married Elthurah Roseltha Merrill on 17th January 1861 at Smithfield, the very first marriage in Cache County’s newest township.  Elthurah was born at Nauvoo, Hancock County in Illinois on 13th September 1842 and was baptised on 25th December 1853.  It also seems likely that she was related to siblings Philemon Christopher Merrill and Phoebe Lodina (Lodema) Merrill who married Reuben’s brother Sylvanus Collett (above) and his sister Rhoda Sylvia Collett (above).

 

The photos of Reuben, and Sylvanus (above), and the family of his son Marion Merrill Collett (below) were kindly provided by Alaric DeArment

 

 

 

Over the next twenty-seven years Elthurah presented Reuben with twelve children, the first six of which were born at Smithfield in Cache County in Utah.  The family then seem to have moved to Idaho, where their next child was born, before returning to Utah and Escalante where the following child was born.  At some time in his life Reuben lost an arm but still managed to be an active frontiersman, having served as one of the two scouts who explored the Colorado River and recommended the route taken by the Saints during the Holy-in-the-Rock expedition.

 

 

 

And it was at Escalante in Iron County, Utah that the family was recorded in the census of 1880.  Reuben Collett from England was 39 and a farmer, his wife Elthurah R Collett was 35 and from Michigan, and listed with the couple were seven of their eight children, with just their eldest daughter Phoebe being the only missing one.  Reuben S Collett was 16, Sylvester D Collett was 13 as was his twin brother Sylvanus Collett, Julia A Collett was 10, Adelbert T Collett was seven years old, Charles Collett was four, and Princetta was named in error as Princety Collett, who was two years of age.  Staying with the family on that day was William F Flack from Mississippi who was 41.

 

 

 

Two years later, and during 1882, the family was living in Arizona and it was at Leti in Maricopa County that the next three children were born.  Around 1887 Reuben and Elthurah returned once more to Utah and their last child was born at Vernal in Uintah County.  By the time of the census in 1900 the family was living at Riverdale in Naples Precinct, Uintah County, where the census record incorrectly included Reuben as Ruth Collett, age 61 and from England, his wife as Elthroch (sic) E Collett, age 58 from Michigan, who had living with them four of their children.  They were Julia Ann Collett, age 28 from Utah, Rosevelle (sic) Collett, age 16, Clarence J Collett, age 14, both from Arizona, and Geo Collett, age 12 from Utah.  After a further ten years Reuben and his wife were living alone at Myton in Wasatch County, Utah.  Reuben Collett from England was 70 and his wife Elizabeth (sic) was 66.

 

 

 

Just over five years later Elthurah Collett nee Merrill died on 13th July 1915 at Smithfield in Cache County in Utah where she was buried two days later.  Following the death of his wife, Reuben went to live with his married daughter Julia Postma nee Collett, and it was at her residence in Cache County that he was recorded in the census of 1920 as Reuben C Collett from England who was 80 years old.  Tragically it was just a few days later that Reuben Collett died at Smithfield on 21st January 1920 and where he was buried on 25th January 1920, and it was also there that his father had died and was buried twenty-six years earlier.

 

 

 

61Q18

Phoebe Theresa Collett

Born on 24.07.1862 at Smithfield

 

61Q19

Reuben Samuel Collett

Born on 26.05.1864 at Smithfield

 

61Q20

Sylvester Daniel Collett            (twin)

Born on 15.12.1866 at Smithfield

 

61Q21

Sylvanus Collett                       (twin)

Born on 15.12.1866 at Smithfield

 

61Q22

Julia Ann Collett

Born on 20.02.1869 at Smithfield

 

61Q23

Adelbert Teancum Collett

Born on 03.11.1872 at Smithfield

 

61Q24

Charles Merrill Collett

Born on 06.06.1875 at Bennington

 

61Q25

Princetta Collett

Born on 11.01.1878 at Escalante

 

61Q26

Orrin Collett

Born on 16.07.1882 at Leti, Arizona

 

61Q27

Roseltha M Collett

Born on 29.04.1884 at Leti, Arizona

 

61Q28

Clarence James Collett

Born on 05.05.1886 at Leti, Arizona

 

61Q29

George Collett

Born on 15.09.1888 at Vernal, Utah

 

 

 

 

61P5

Fanny (Fannie) Marie Collett was the daughter of Daniel and Esther Collett who was born at Nauvoo in Hancock County in Illinois on 22nd November 1841.  Sadly she died shortly after she was born in late 1841 or during the early months of 1842.

 

 

 

 

61P6

Daniel Collett was the son of Daniel and Esther Collett and was born at Nauvoo in Hancock County on 22nd October 1843, but died there within the next few months.

 

 

 

 

61P7

Mary Ann Collett was born at Sugar Creek in County Lee in Iowa on 3rd September 1846 and was baptised as an adult on 26th May 1878.  She was the daughter of Daniel and Esther Collett and had not reached her eighteenth birthday when she married (1) William Wamsley on 1st May 1864 at Vernal.  William was thirteen years older than Mary Ann having been born at Preston in Lancashire in England on 13th April 1834.

 

 

 

The marriage of Mary Ann and William resulted in the birth of eleven children and the many different places of birth suggested that they were a travelling family.  Esther Ann Walmsley was the first born on 4th September 1865 at Bear Lake, then came Lydia Theresa Walmsley at Bloomington on 3rd June 1867, and the next three were born at Smithfield.  They were Marinda Walmsley, who was born on 30th January 1870, Francis Walmsley, who was born on 11th April 1872, and William Thomas Walmsley, who was born on 6th April 1873.

 

 

 

During the next couple of years the family returned to Bloomington where the next three children were born, Jane Vilate Walmsley on 14th October 1876, Daniel Heber Walmsley on 14th February 1878, and Albert Walmsley who was born on 8th April 1880.  The last three children, Myrtle Walmsley, who was born on 23rd June 1882, Maude Walmsley, who was born on 20th August 1884, and Mary Eliza Walmsley who was born on 2nd December 1887, were born at Preston, St David Cochise, and Vernal respectively.

 

 

 

Sometime during her life, possibly following the death of her husband, Mary Ann married for a second time when she wed (2) Ralph Merrill who was very likely related to Phoebe and Philemon Merrill (above) who also married members of the Collett family.  It is even possible that Ralph Merrill was in fact Ralph Teancum Merrill who earlier had married Mary Ann’s sister Elizabeth Matilda Collett (below).  What is known is that Mary Ann Merrill nee Collett died at Price in Carbon County in Utah on 15th November 1929 and was buried at Maeser Fairview Cemetery in Vernal.

 

 

 

 

61P8

Elizabeth Matilda Collett was born at Council Bluffs in Pottawattamie County in Iowa on 27th February 1849, the daughter of Daniel and Esther Collett.  She was twenty years old when she married Ralph Teancum Merrill at Salt Lake City on 24th May 1869.  Ralph was also born at Council Bluffs on 13th June 1849.  The marriage produce five children for Elizabeth and Ralph and all of them were born at Smithfield.  They were Nora Matilda Merrill, who was born on 23rd April 1870, Ralph Teancum Merrill, who was born on 22nd June 1872, Lydia Merrill, who was born on 27th December 1875, Julia Merrill, who was born on 29th December 1877, and Alice Olive Merrill who was born on 31st December 1882.

 

 

 

Although Elizabeth lived to a grand age, it is possible that Ralph later married Elizabeth’s older sister Mary Ann (above), following the likely death of her own husband.  Elizabeth was living at Smithfield in Cache County at the age of 95 when she died on 30th May 1944, and was buried there two days later.

 

 

 

 

61P9

Julia Ann Collett was born at Millcreek in Salt Lake on 27th September 1851 and was baptised in June 1862, the daughter of Daniel and Esther Collett.  Ten years later she married James Cantwell at Salt Lake City on 15th January 1872 with whom she had nine children, all of which were born at Smithfield.

 

 

 

James was from England, having been born in Liverpool on 28th February 1843 and his and Julia’s children were Daniel James Cantwell, born on 12th October 1872, William Hamer Cantwell, born on 17th March 1874, Elthura Cantwell, born on born 1st January 1875, Francis Reuben Cantwell, born on 6th December 1878, Stephen Cantwell, born on 21st January 1882, Julia Cantwell, born on 3rd February 1885, Leonora Cantwell, born on 24th August 1886, Esther Cantwell, born on 20th August 1888, and Milo Cantwell, who was born on 15th July 1890.  From around 1888, until his death in 1894, Julia’s father Daniel Collett lived with her and her family at Smithfield.

 

 

 

Like her sister Elizabeth (above), Julia Ann Cantwell nee Collett was also living at Smithfield when she died on 21st April 1934, although an alternative source gives the date of her death as 15th November 1929.  There is also a conflict regarding the date of birth of her daughter Esther.  Esther Cantwell Littledyke Partington, the daughter of James Cantwell and Julia Collett died at Salt Lake City on 30th January 1947 at the age of 56.  At the time of her death her date of birth was stated as being 20th August 1890, but with the day being correct it is perhaps just a simple error on the part of the informer, who did not realise that she was two years older and therefore 58 rather than 56.

 

 

 

 

61P10

Charles Albert Capper Collett was born at Lehi in Utah on 28th December 1853, the son of Daniel and Esther Collett, his name taken from Charles Capper who was his mother’s betrothed before she married Daniel Collett.  Charles was nearly twenty-three years of age when he married (1) Hannah Ann Merrill at Salt Lake City on 28th October 1876, which corresponds with the date of birth of their first child.  Hannah on the other hand was only 17, she having born at Farmington in Davis County in Utah on 24th January 1860, yet another link between the Collett and Merrill families, as detailed earlier in this family line. 

 

 

 

An alternative source of information on the internet suggests that they were only married at Logan, Utah on 19th April 1893, when Charles was 40 and Hannah was 33.  However, it is the census in 1900 which validates their marriage in 1876, by stating that they had been married for twenty-four years, thus proving that Hannah, who was sometime known as Annie, was definitely the first wife of Charles Albert Capper Collett. 

 

 

 

It was in the census of 1880 that Charles’ wife was named as Annie Collett, and according to the census record that year, Chas Collett, age 24, was living with his young family at Soda Springs in Caribou County (previously Oneida County), Idaho, where his occupation was that of a freighter.  His wife Annie Collett was 20, and their two daughters were Mary J Collett, who was two years old, and Melissa Collett who was just one year old, all four members of the household had been born in Utah.

 

 

 

Over the next twenty-years Hannah Ann Collett nee Merrill presented her husband with a further nine children who were born at various locations across Utah and Idaho, suggesting a wandering life-style.  It was just before the end of the century that Charles and Hannah finally left Utah and briefly stopped in Idaho, where their penultimate child was born, while on their way north to a new life Canada.  And it was there, at Magrath in Alberta, that the couple’s last child was born in 1904.

 

 

 

When the US Census of 1900 was conducted Charles and his family, together with his brother James Jones Collett (below) and his family, were residing at Bennington in Bear Lake County, Idaho, on their way north to Canada.  With Charles Collett, age 47, was his wife and eight of their eleven children.  Hannah A Collett was 40, Melissa Collett was 21, Charles Collett was 18, Maud Collett was 16, son Phileman (sic) Collett was 14, Nora M Collett was 12, Harriet A Collett was eight, Reuben D Collett was six, and Ralph D Collett, was four years old.  It is of further interest that also listed in the census of 1900, but for Cokeville Town in Wyoming, was Charles C Collett age 47 and from Utah, who was born there in December 1853 of English parents, and a married man of 23 years, who was recorded as staying there with his son Charles C Collett who was 18.

 

 

 

Sometime before 1915 Charles was made a widower by the death of his wife, as confirmed by the Canada Census of 1916.  By that time he was living within the Lethbridge district of Alberta when he was described as Chas Capper Collett, age 62 and from Utah, who had immigrated to Canada in 1902.  Still living with him were four of his children, and they were Reuben Daniel Collett who was 21, Ralph Demar Collett who was 19, Lola Collett who was 16 and son Morgan Collett who was 12 and born at Alberta whereas the other three children had been born in Utah. 

 

 

 

Once his children had grown-up and left the family home it seems that Charles sought the company of an older women and may have met her after he had returned to Bear Lake County.  It was at Montpelier in Bear Lake County on 18th December 1921 that Charles Capper Collett, age 67 and from Lehi, (2) married Christianna Werner who was 72 and from Ogden in Utah.  After they were married the couple returned to Alberta, although that second marriage only endured for precisely one year, when Charles Albert Capper died at Taber in Alberta on 17th December 1922, where he was buried three days after.

 

 

 

61Q30

Mary Jane Collett

Born on 12.09.1877 at Smithfield, Utah

 

61Q31

Melissa Collett

Born on 24.10.1879 at Smithfield, Utah

 

61Q32

Charles Capper Collett

Born on 06.06.1882 at Bennington, Idaho

 

61Q33

Maude Collett

Born on 27.11.1884 at Bennington, Idaho

 

61Q34

Philemon Merrill Collett

Born on 03.05.1886 at Bennington, Idaho

 

61Q35

Lenora Collett

Born on 08.10.1889 at Bennington, Idaho

 

61Q36

Harriet Amelia Collett

Born on 16.03.1892 at Smithfield, Utah

 

61Q37

Reuben Daniel Collett

Born on 08.10.1894 at Meadowville, Utah

 

61Q38

Ralph Demar Collett

Born on 10.04.1897 at Meadowville, Utah

 

61Q39

Lola Collett

Born in 1900 at Bennington, Idaho

 

61Q40

Morgan Collett

Born on 23.06.1904 at Magrath, Alberta

 

 

 

 

61P11

James Jones Collett was born at Lehi on 24th April 1856, the son of Daniel and Esther Collett, and was just over one year old when his mother died.  He later married (1) Marietta Tidwell on 28th December 1877, the same day that his younger sister Eliza (below) was also married.  Mariett was born at Ogden in Weber County, Utah on 23rd August 1858 and was later baptised on 16th May 1867.  The couple’s first four children were born while James and Mariett were living at Smithfield in Cache County, while their last child Julia was born after the family had moved to Bennington in Bear Park County in Idaho. 

 

 

 

In the census of 1880 the family was stated as living at Richmond in Cache County, where James Collett was 29, Marsett (sic) Collett was 22, and their two children were James Collett who was one year old and Saphrona (sic) Collett who was just one month old.  After nearly ten years of married life together Marietta Collett nee Tidwell died at Smithfield on 25th February 1887 and it was there that she was buried.

 

 

 

Nine years after the death of his wife James married (2) Jane Wardrop on 25th July 1896 at Bennington and their first child born at Bennington during the following year was named after his first wife.  Jane was born at Salt Lake City on 7th April 1859 and was baptised there on 15th April 1859.  Of James’ and Jane’s two other children, the second of these was born at Logan in Cache County, whereas it has not been determined yet where their daughter Alice Blanche Collett was born, or when that event took place.

 

 

 

According to the census of 1900, James and his second wife and all eight of his children, were recorded at Bennington in Bear Lake, Idaho, while they were making their way north to Canada with James’ brother Charles Albert Capper Collett and his family (above).  At that time in their life James J Collett from Utah was 44 and had been married to Jane Collett, age 41 and also from Utah, for four years.  James’ six children previous first marriage were James 21, Elmer 18, Sidney 18, Minnie 15, Clarence 12, and Robert who was 10.  His two children with Jane were Merette (sic) Collett, who was three, and Blanche Collett who was two.  The first five children had been born in Utah, the sixth in Wyoming, and the two youngest after the family had moved to Idaho.

 

 

 

By 1916 only the couple’s youngest son was still living with James and Jane, when the census that year recorded the family as residing at Raymond Township within the Lethbridge district of Alberta, where it appears the couple remained for the rest of their lives.  James Collett was 60, Jane was 57, and Ralph W Collett was 14.  Visiting the family at that time was Richard Leishman from Scotland who was 80.  The census return for 1916 also confirmed that the family had immigrated to Canada in 1906, which was four years after James’ brother Charles had settled there.

 

 

 

And it was at Raymond, at Lethbridge in Alberta that James Jones Collett died on 12th May 1924, and where he was buried four days later.  Jane Collett nee Wardrop survived for another twenty-seven years and also died at Raymond on 6th June 1951, where she was buried with her husband.

 

 

 

61Q41

James Tidwell Collett

Born in 1878 at Smithfield

 

61Q42

Sadie Sophronia Collett

Born in 1880 at Smithfield

 

61Q43

Elmer T Collett

Born in 1881 at Smithfield, Utah

 

61Q44

Sidney Collett               twin

Born on 04.11.1882 at Smithfield

 

61Q45

Elsie Collett                 twin

Born on 04.11.1882 at Smithfield

 

61Q46

Julia (Minnie) Collett

Born on 02.10.1884 at Bennington

 

61Q47

Clarence Collett

Born in 1888 at Bennington

 

61Q48

Robert Collett

Born in 1890 at Bennington

 

The following are the children of James Jones Collett and his second wife Jane Wardrop:

 

61Q49

Marriette Collett

Born on 22.04.1897 at Bennington

 

61Q50

Alice Blanche Collett

Born in 1898 at Bennington, Idaho

 

61Q51

Ralph Wardrop Collett              twin

Born on 21.05.1902 at Logan, Utah

 

61Q52

Riley Wardrop Collett               twin

Born on 21.05.1902 at Logan, Utah

 

 

 

 

61P12

Eliza Ann Collett was born at Lehi in Utah on 3rd September 1858 and was baptised on 29th December 1867 was the only child of Daniel Collett and his second wife Mary Foulks.  Ten years after she was baptised Eliza married Robert John Jones at Smithfield on 17th December 1877, with whom she had nine children.  Robert was born at Kaysville in Davis County in Utah on 31st July 1854.  Their first six children were both while the couple were living at Smithfield but around 1888 the family moved to Dayton in Franklin County in Idaho where the last three children were born.

 

 

 

And they were Mary Ann Jones, born on 7th September 1878, Charles Jones, born on 22nd August 1880, Robert Roy Jones, born on 25th November 1881, Sylvester Jones, born on 20th September 1883, Daniel Reuben Jones, born on 29th January 1886, Lenora Lillian Jones, born on 4th November 1887, George Leslie Jones, born on 10th November 1889, Delila Jane Jones, born on 6th February 1892, and Vessa Maud Jones, who was born on 1st December 1900.  Eliza Jones nee Collett died at American Falls in Power County in Idaho on 11th June 1929, but was buried at Dayton in Franklin County on 14th June 1929.

 

 

 

 

61P13

William Gordon Collett was born at Smithfield on 11th November 1860, the only known child from the third marriage of Daniel Collett to Elizabeth Gordon.  By the time of the Smithfield census of 1880 he had left the family home and was simply recorded as William Collett, age 19 and from Utah, when he was working as a farmhand, lodging with the Richardson family from England.  Just over four years later he undertook an adult baptism on 19th August 1884 and less than four years after that he married Ada Rich on 23rd May 1888, but tragically died later that same year.

 

 

 

 

61P14

Elizabeth Anne Miles Ward Collett was born at Farmington, Davis County, Utah on 7th October 1862, the daughter of Elizabeth Miles nee Ward and her husband Thomas Miles.  Upon the death of her father when she was one year old, and the subsequent marriage of her mother to Daniel Collett in 1864, Elizabeth took up the Collett surname.  She was only fifteen years of age when she married Allen Spencer Burk at the Endowment House in Salt Lake City (the Temple there not yet having been completed) on 14th March 1878, and their son Allen Spencer Burke was born in 1883 who later died in 1968.  Elizabeth’s husband died during 1902, while she survived for a further thirty-seven years, when she passed away on 4th August 1939 at Phoenix, Maricopa County, in Arizona.  Her son married Mary Elizabeth Ross (1895-1973), the daughter of Carl Mert Ross - a Methodist Episcopal Minister, and their son Spencer L Burke was born in 1918.  It was during May 1944 that Spencer married Virginia Lane (1924-2012) and they were the parents of Richard Spencer Burke (born during June 1946 in Phoenix) who kindly provided the new information on his great grandmother.

 

 

 

Richard, or Rick as he is known, was living in Richmond, Virginia, at the start of 2014 with his wife Pamela Borneman and their three daughters Amy Burke, Heather Burke and Kelley Burke.  The story handed down through the family suggests that when Elizabeth Anne Miles Ward Collett was much younger her Collett family was massacred by native American Indians, at which time she was taken in by the Burk (Burke) family, into which she was later married.

 

 

 

 

61P15

Thomas Ward Collett was born at Smithfield in Cache County on 8th May 1865 and was baptised ten years later on 18th July 1875, the eldest son of Daniel Collett by his fourth wife Elizabeth Miles nee Ward.  In 1880 Thomas Collett was 15 and was employed at Smithfield as a farmhand like his brother William (above), while he was lodging with Benjamin Aiken from Massachusetts.  After a further eleven years he married Ida Amelia Anderson, the daughter of Neils Anderson, on 11th November 1886 at Soda Springs in Caribou County, Idaho with whom he had at least nine children who, bar one, were all born in Idaho, which was where Ida had been born during September 1867.

 

 

 

It was at Club Springs, Salt River Precincts in Bannock County, Idaho, that the family was living in 1900.  The census that year listed the family as Thomas Collett from Utah, who was 35, his wife Ida Collett, who was 33, their two daughters Ada Collett, who was 13, and Blanche Collett, who was 11, and their two sons Loren Collett, who was six, and David Collett who was three years old.  Boarding with the family was William Fowler, age 20, and Koseltha Fowler who was 17, both from Utah.

 

 

 

Around the end of the first decade of the new century Thomas and Ida must have been temporarily living for a few years at Alberta in Canada, which was where their daughter Alberta was born during 1910, and that would account for why there is no census return for the family that year.  By 1914 the family was once again living back in Idaho, where all of the remaining children were born.

 

 

 

The Cassia County, Idaho census in 1920 recorded the family living at Burley where Thomas Collett was 54, Ida was 51, and their children were Blanch (sic) Collett age 30, David D Collett, age 23, Thomas W Collett, age 19, George W Collett, age 16, Alberta Collett, who was 10, Elizabeth Collett, who was six, and Nancy Collett who was four years old.

 

 

 

Thomas Ward Collett died at Burley just two years later, when he passed away on 18th May 1922 at the age of 57, following which his body was returned to Soda Springs for burial.  His death certificate confirmed that during his life he had been a farmer, that his parents were both from England, his father being Daniel Collett and his mother Elizabeth Ward, and that he had been born at Smithfield on 8th May, although the year was incorrectly stated as 1866, that being the year his younger brother Daniel Ward Collett (below) was born.  At the time of his death his obituary confirmed that he was survived by his wife, four sons and four daughters, and several brothers and sisters.  Thirty-two years after the death of her husband Ida Amelia Collett nee Anderson died during 1954.

 

 

 

61Q53

Ada Mary Collett

Born in 1887 at Idaho

 

61Q54

Blanche Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1889 at Idaho

 

61Q55

Elmer Thomas Collett

Born in 1892 at Idaho

 

61Q56

Loren A Collett

Born in 1894 at Idaho

 

61Q57

David Daniel Collett

Born in 1897 at Soda Springs, Idaho

 

61Q58

Thomas Ward Collett

Born in 1901 at Idaho

 

61Q59

George Ward Collett

Born in 1904 at Idaho

 

61Q60

Alberta Collett

Born in 1910 at Alberta, Canada

 

61Q61

Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1914 at Idaho

 

61Q62

Nancy Collett

Born in 1916 at Idaho

 

 

 

 

61P16

Daniel Ward Collett was born at Smithfield on 4th July 1866 and was baptised there just eight days later on 12th July 1866.  He was the last known children of Daniel Collett by his fourth wife Elizabeth Miles nee Ward.  He later married Sarah Lottie Phillips on 7th March 1891 at Preston in Franklin County in Idaho.  She was born at Brigham City in Box Elder County, Utah on 25th November 1872.

 

 

 

During their married life Sarah, who was better known as Lottie, presented Daniel with thirteen children, although it would appear that two of them did not survive beyond infancy.  What is known for sure is that in the US Census of 1900 the family was living at Presto, Grays, Taylor Precincts, Bingham in Idaho.  On that occasion the family comprised Daniel W Collett, age 34 from Utah, whose parents had been born in England, and who had been married for nine years to Sarah L Collett, age 28 and also from Utah. Their four Idaho born children that day were Edna Collett, who was eight, Lottie L Collett, who was six, Sarah Collett, who was four, and Daniel P Collett who was two years old.  Also living with the family was Daniel’s mother Elizabeth Collett, who was 70, and his nephew James Collett who was 18 and born at Utah during February 1882.  Who James was has still to be determined – see Appendix Two.

 

 

 

During the next decade a further four children were added to their family, as confirmed by the next census in 1910 when the family was recorded at Dayton, Oneida in Idaho.  Daniel W Collett was 43, his wife was by then listed as Lottie Collett, age 38, and with them were their eight children.  Edna was 18, Lewella was 16, Sarah was 12 – and not 14, Daniel was 10 – and not 12, Elizabeth was seven, William was five, Mabel was three, and Ralph was under one year old.

 

 

 

The next census in 1920 raises a number of issues, the main one being that only two additional children were recorded with the family, by which time they were living at Cassia in Idaho.  The two new children were Elverta and Barbara, thus indicating the both of the daughters named Berniece had not survived.  The family at Cassia was made up of Daniel Collett, who was 53, Lottie Collett, was 47, Daniel, who was 21, Elizabeth who was 17, William, who was 15, Mabel, who was 12, Ralph who was nine, Elverta who was seven, and Barbara who was five. 

 

 

 

After the death of the couple’s two daughters prior to 1920, Lottie finally presented Daniel with his thirteenth and last child during the following year.  This was confirmed in the census of 1930 when the family had finally settled at Hagerman in Gooding County in Idaho.  Dan W Collatt (sic) from Utah was 63, Lottie Collatt was 55, Ralph Collatt was 20, Verta Collatt was 18, Barbara Collatt was 16, and Elton Collatt was nine years of age.

 

 

 

Daniel Ward Collett was still living at Hagerman two years later when he died on 28th September 1932 at the age of 66 and was buried at Dayton in Franklin County, Idaho on 30th October 1932.  An alternative website on the internet states that Daniel Collett was born at Smithfield on 20th July 1867, rather than one year earlier, the earlier date corresponding better with his age at the time of death.

 

 

 

Following the death of her husband, Sarah Lottie Collett was still living in Hagerman with her son Alton in 1935, but shortly after she went to live with her eldest married son Daniel, and was recorded at Glenns Ferry, in Elmore County, Idaho in 1940 when she was described as the widow Sarah L Collett from Utah who was 67.

 

 

 

61Q63

Edna Collett

Born in 1892 at Dayton, Idaho

 

61Q64

Lottie Lewella Collett

Born in 1894 near Henry, Idaho

 

61Q65

Sarah Collett

Born in 1897 at Soda Springs, Idaho

 

61Q66

Daniel Phillips Collett

Born in 1898 at Presto, Idaho

 

61Q67

Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1902 at Basalt, Idaho

 

61Q68

William Phillips Collett

Born in 1904 at Basalt, Idaho

 

61Q69

Mabel Collett

Born in 1907 at Dayton, Idaho

 

61Q70

Ralph Thomas Collett

Born in 1910 at Dayton, Idaho

 

61Q71

Elverta Collett

Born in 1912 at Dayton, Idaho

 

61Q72

Barbara Opal Collett

Born in 1914 at Dayton, Idaho

 

61Q73

Berniece Collett

Born in 1916 at Weston, Idaho

 

61Q74

Alton Ward Collett

Born in 1920 at Burley, Idaho

 

 

 

 

61P17

Ann Collett was born at Gloucester on 9th November 1833, the base-born daughter of Ann Collett.  There is a record in Gloucester which may indicate that her father was Benjamin Price.  However, it was nearly three years after she was born that her mother married her married Thomas Oakey at Gloucester, on 30th September 1836, at which time she became Ann Collett Oakey.  By the time her brother Charles (below) was born in 1837 the Oakey family was living within the parish of Eldersfield at the hamlet of Frogsmarsh.  And it was there that Ann Oakey was recorded with her family in the census of 1841, when she was curiously listed as being only five years old, perhaps a cover for the embarrassing fact that she was born before her parents were married.

 

 

 

Sometime during the later part of the 1840s, Ann and her brother Charles sailed to America, where their family joined them a few years later.  It was when Ann Oakey was around eighteen years of age and living with her family at Nauvoo in Hancock County, Illinois that she married Charles Price on 6th October 1851.  The couple had only been married for fourteen years when Ann Collett Price nee Oakey died at Marriott-Slaterville in Weber County, Utah during February 1865.

 

 

 

Was it a pure coincidence that her husband’s surname was Price, the same as her most probable father, or was there some older family relationship that brought the couple together?

 

 

 

 

61P18

Charles Oakey was born at Frogsmarsh on 25th May 1837, the eldest son of Thomas and Ann Oakey.  Charles was four years old in the Frogsmarsh census of 1841, but was absent from his family which was still living there in 1851.  It seems likely that Charles and his sister Ann (above) travelled to America in advance of the rest of their family, and that this was the reason for both their absence from the family in 1851.  The surviving members of the family eventually sailed across the Atlantic Ocean during the mid-1850s to be reunited with Charles and Ann, who may well been living with their uncle Daniel Collett (Ref. 61O2) who settled there around 1840.

 

 

 

According to the 1880 census Charles Oakey, from England, was 43 and a farmer living near to his parents at Paris in Bear Lake County, Idaho.  Living there with him was his wife Mary Ann Oakey, age 36 and also from England, and their six children.  They were Charles L Oakey, age 17, Elthura R Oakey, age 15, William T Oakey, age 13, Reuben H Oakey, who was six, Joseph H Oakey, who was four, and Mary Ann Oakey who was one year old.  The two eldest children had been born in Utah, while the four younger children had all been born after the family’s arrival in Idaho.

 

 

 

Not much else in currently known about Charles Oakey except that he died on 16th May 1903 at Paris in Bear Lake County, Idaho, and was buried in the City Cemetery there three days later.

 

 

 

 

61P19

Jane Oakey was born at Frogsmarsh on 8th April 1839, the daughter of Thomas and Ann Oakey.  In the census of 1841 Jane Oakey was two years old, and in the next census of Frogsmarsh in 1851 she was still living there with her family at the age of 11.  Four year later her parents took the family to America, where Jane Oakey died on 1st July 1863 at Draper in Salt Lake County, where she was also buried three days after.  It may be of interest that a Jane Oakey Ennis died on 24th June 1863.

 

 

 

 

61P20

Heber Thomas Oakey was born at Frogsmarsh on 30th January 1841, the son of Thomas and Ann Oakey.  He was four months old in the June census at Frogsmarsh later that same year, where he was still living with his family in 1851 when he was 10.  Following his family’s emigration to America in the mid-1850s, Heber married Jane from England who was four years old.

 

 

 

Their marriage produced a number of children which, by the time of the 1880 census, numbered six living with the couple at Bennington in Bear Lake County, Idaho, where Heber T Oakey was a farmer from England at the age of 37 (sic).  His wife Jane, also from England, was 41, while their children were Ida Jane Oakey, age 16, Edward T Oakey, age 12, George L Oakey, age 10, Sophia M Oakey, who was seven, Reuben H Oakey, who was three, and Ernest C Oakey who was six months old.  Only the eldest of their children had been born in Utah, with all the later children born in Idaho.

 

 

 

It was at Paris in Bear Lake County, Idaho, that Heber Thomas Oakey died on 10th May 1920, following which he was buried at Bennington in Bear Lake.

 

 

 

 

61P21

Joseph Lorenzo (Moroni) Oakey was born at Frogsmarsh on 9th August 1843, the son of Thomas and Ann Oakey.  There is some confusion over his name which may have been Joseph or Lorenzo, or both.  In the Frogsmarsh census of 1851 he was simply listed living there with his family as Moroni Collett aged seven years.  Four year after that he and his family sailed to America to start a new life.

 

 

 

Once living in Idaho in America Joseph married a local girl towards the end of the 1860s.  That was confirmed by the 1880 census for Liberty, Richardson in Nebraska, where they and their family were living at that time.  Joseph O’Kee (Joseph Lorenzo Oakey) was 36 and a farmer from England, while his wife Mary Okee was 26 and from Iowa.  Their eldest child was Annie Okee had been also been born in Iowa, and she was 10 years old, meaning that her mother had been a young teenage bride when she married Joseph.

 

 

 

Of their other two children at that time, Ellen Okee was eight and had been born in Iowa, while the last child, John Okee, was only eight months old and had been born after the family had settled in Nebraska.  There were two single men living with the family, who were labourers, perhaps helping Joseph on the farmstead, and they were the brothers Daniel and Albert Stewart from Iowa, whose parents were from Kentucky. 

 

 

 

It can now be revealed why Joseph changed his name.  On his family’s overland trek to Salt Lake City in the winter of 1856 Joseph had gone separated from his family and ended up being taken in by a family who took pity on the young lad and brought him up as one of their own.  Despite his parents never giving up looking for him, it was through an advertisement in a newspaper that he was reunited with his family after an absence of twenty years.  During that time he had married and raised his own family, as detailed above.  The full story is told in a serialisation in the Monthly Collett Newsletter.  The only other known fact about Joseph Lorenzo Oakey is that he died on 31st July 1931.

 

 

 

 

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Rhoda Rebecca Oakey was born at Frogsmarsh on 28th October 1845, the daughter of Thomas and Ann Oakey.  She was five years old in the Grogsmarsh census of 1851, and around the time that Rhoda was ten years old her parents took the family to America.  It was during the family’s overland trek with the Willies Handcart Company that Rhoda Rebecca Collett died on 10th November 1856 at the age of 11, near Rock Springs in Wyoming, during the snow storms that battered the state that month.

 

 

 

 

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Reuben Hyrum Oakey was born at Frogsmarsh on 20th August 1847, the son of Thomas and Ann Oakey and was three years old in the census of 1851.  He was nearly seven old when his family left England for America, where he died on 28th December 1876 at the age of 29.  However, prior to his death he had married Sarah Jane Nate.

 

 

 

 

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James William Oakey was born at Frogsmarsh on 27th May 1849, the son of Thomas and Ann Oakey.  One internet record indicates that he died on the same day that he was born.  However, knowing that his farming family emigrated to America around the time that James was six years old, it is possible that he did survive and travelled with them.

 

 

 

The reasoning behind this assumption is that a James Oakey from England was recorded in the US Census of 1880 with his English wife and their four children.  They and their family were living at Second Ward, Ogden in Weber County, Utah, where James Oakey was 32 and a teamster on a farm, his wife Sarah E Oakey was 30, their daughter Ada R Oakey and Daisy E Oakey were seven and five, while their sons were K Oakey, who was two, and Walter M Oakey who was eight months.  All four children had been born in Utah.

 

 

 

Other members of the Collett and Oakey families had connections with Ogden and Weber County, so this also perhaps confirms that James did not suffer an infant death.

 

 

 

 

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Sarah Ann Oakey was born at Frogsmarsh on 9th May 1852, the youngest daughter of Thomas and Ann Oakey.  When she was only a few years old her parents emigrated to America, where in her later life Sarah was married three times.

 

 

 

She first married (1) William Sterrett at Salt Lake City on 16th June 1867, then (2) Albert Humburg at Montpelier in Bear Lake County on 16th August 1879, and finally (3) Stephen Bedford Ludlum at Paris in Bear Lake on 24th December 1887.  The first marriage produced four Sterret children, the second produced four Humburg children, and the third marriage produced two Ludlum children.  In addition to those ten children, Sarah also had two Oakey children born in 1875 and 1879, possibly after the death of her first husband and before she married the second.

 

 

 

Sarah Ann Ludlum lived a long life and died just five years short of a century on 2nd July 1947 at Liberty in Bear Lake County, Idaho.  She was buried three days later at Paris in Bear Lake.

 

 

 

 

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Walter John Oakey was born at Frogsmarsh on 27th June 1854, the last child of Thomas Oakey and his wife Ann Collett.  He was only one month old when he died there on 25th July 1854.

 

 

 

 

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Sylvanus Collett was born at Lehi in Utah on 23rd January 1856, the eldest child of Sylvanus Collett and his first wife Lydia Karren.  It was also at Lehi that Sylvanus junior died two years later in 1858 when he drowned in a creek near Lehi.

 

 

 

 

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Esther Ann Collett was born at Lehi on 3rd February 1858 and was there baptised on 26th June 1867, the eldest daughter of Sylvanus and Lydia Collett.  It would appear that she died at Kirtland, San Juan in New Mexico on 14th March 1946 although she was buried four days after at Mesa in Maricopa County in Arizona.

 

 

 

 

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Lydia Isabel Collett was born at Smithfield in Cache County, Utah on 25th April 1861, the daughter of Sylvanus and Lydia Collett.  She ten years old when she was baptised on 18th September 1871.  It was while she was living at Salt Lake City that she died on 9th March 1937, and was buried at Smithfield three days later.

 

 

 

 

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Sylvester Collett was born at Smithfield on 23rd July 1863, the eldest surviving son of Sylvanus and Lydia Collett.  By the time he was 16 he and his family were living at Cokeville in Uinta County, Wyoming, although his father’s wife on that occasion was Nellie who was only 27 and Sylvester’s stepmother.  It was around eight years after that when Sylvester married Elnora Tanner from Utah at Cokeville, and there also that their two children were born, and where the family was living in 1900.  The census that year recorded the family as Sylvester Collett, age 37, Lanora L Collett, age 35, and their son Reuben T Collett who was eight years old.

 

 

 

By the time of the next Cokeville census in 1910 Nora had presented Sylvester with a daughter.  So the family was listed as Sylvester, who was 46, Nora, who was 45, Reuben, who was 17, and Elsie who was five years old.  Within a couple of years the family moved to the town of Burley in Cassia County in Idaho where a great tragedy hit the family in 1915 with the death of their son.  And it was at Burley that the reduced family was living in 1920.  The census that year recorded the couple’s names in error as Sylvesta Collett, age 56, Nara Collett, age 52, while their daughter was named in error as Elsie R Collett and she was 15.

 

 

 

It was also at Burley that the family was still living in 1930, when Sylvester Collett was 66, his wife Nora Collett was 65, and by which time their daughter was using her second name and was listed with them as Jean Collett who was 25.  Sylvester Collett died on 24th November 1938.

 

 

 

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Reuben Tanner Collett

Born in 1892 at Cokeville, Wyoming

 

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Elsie Jean Collett

Born in 1905 at Cokeville, Wyoming

 

 

 

 

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Thomas Karren Collett was born at Logan in Cache County, Utah on 19th October 1865, the last son of Lydia Collett nee Karren, who died three weeks after he was born.  During the previous year his father Sylvanus Collett had taken another much younger wife, who presumably took over looking after her husband’s children, but not Thomas.  According to the account of the story as told to the family much later by his wife, it was at his mother’s death-bed request that Thomas be given up into the care of her close and wealthy non-Mormon friend, a Mrs Rogers, who raised him for several years and later resided at Montpelier in Idaho.  Mrs Rogers nevertheless remained a close surrogate mother both to Thomas and, still later, to his children, who remember her with great fondness.

 

 

 

In 1880, when Thomas was 14 years old, he was living at Cokeville in Wyoming and it was around ten or eleven years later that Thomas married Catherine Elizabeth Sims from Bear Lake in Idaho who had been born at Centerville in Utah and they initially settled in Idaho where their first two children were born.  Before the end of the century the family left Idaho and moved back to Cokeville, where the family of four was living in 1900.  Curiously the census return stated that the couple had been married for seven years, despite their eldest child being eight years old which was very likely an error (see 1910 census below).  Thomas K Collett was 35, Kate E Collett was 30, Imogene Collett was eight, and Lucille Collett was five years of age.

 

 

 

The parents of Catherine Elizabeth Sims were handcart pioneer converts from South Africa, where her father, Alexander, a Scotsman born in Aberdeen, was an apprentice miller, and her mother, Elizabeth McDermott, whose father was Irish, was descended from a two centuries long line of largely Dutch South African Boers, with smatterings of German (her mother’s father), Austrian, and political exile ancestry from Indonesia, including Indonesian, East Indian and Chinese, as well as, possibly, Portuguese.  Alexander Sims was one of the first pioneer burr millers at Sugar House, Liberty Park, Centerville, and, finally, Bear Lake, where for seven years he and his seven sons blasted through thirty feet of rock to construct the St Charles Canal, affording the local farmers water rights that would have otherwise gone to sugar beet farmers in Utah.  Tragically he died after falling into his mill race on the day of the canal’s opening.

 

 

 

In 1905 Thomas and Catherine and their two daughters were residing in Cokeville where the couple’s only son was born.  By 1910 the family was still in Cokeville where Thomas H Collett (sic) was 44, Catherine E Collett was 39, Imogene Collett was 16, Lucille Collett was 14, and son Thiel Collett was five years old.  No more children were added to the family and by 1920 they were living in Salt Lake City in Utah.  Eldest daughter Imogene had left home by then, presumably to be married, so the family was made up of Thomas K Collett, age 54, Katherine E Collett, who was 49, Lucille Collett, who was 25, and Thiel D Collett who was 15.

 

 

 

After another ten years the family was still residing in Salt Lake City, but by then the couple’s son had departed to make his own way in the world.  On that occasion the family was therefore recorded as Thomas K Collett who was 64, Katherine Collett, age 58, and unmarried Lucille Collett who was 32.  Thomas was a farmer and appeared to be employing four unrelated individuals who were living with the family and described as ‘roomers’

 

 

 

It was just under two year later that Thomas Karren Collett died at Salt Lake City on 23rd December 1931 at the age of 66.  His death certificate confirmed that he was a farmer and that he was buried on 27th December 1931, that his wife was Catherine Collett, that his father was Sylvanus Collett, and that his mother was Lydia Karren, both of them from England.  Whether an error here in this family history, or an error made by his wife when completing the death information, his date of birth was stated at Logan as 25th October 1865 rather than 19th as stated above.

 

 

 

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Imogene Collett

Born in 1894 at Idaho

 

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Lucille Collett

Born in 1896 at Idaho

 

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Thiel D Collett

Born in 1905 at Cokeville, Wyoming

 

 

 

 

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Samuel Merrill Collett was born at Logan, Cache County, Utah on 16th December 1865, and was the eldest child of Sylvanus Collett from England by his second wife Phoebe Lodina (Lodema) Merrill who was from New York state.  Around the mid 1870s his parents split up, each of them marrying someone new.  This was proved in the census of 1880 when Samuel C Collett, age 13 (sic) was still living at Smithfield, but with his brother Marion Collett and his sister Mary Collett (both below), at the home of their mother Phoebe L Thompson and her new husband William A Thompson. 

 

 

 

Twenty years later in 1900 Samuel M Collett, age 34 and from Utah, was a married man living at Rexburg Town in Fremont County, Idaho.  He had been married to Alice from Utah for ten years, and she was only 29.  During those ten years Alice had presented Samuel with four children after they had settled in Idaho, and they were Samuel E Collett, who was ten, twins Iva and Ivan Collett, who was seven, and Dora L Collett who was three years old.

 

 

 

With no record of the family in 1910, by 1920 they were residing at Teton in Idaho.  All of the couple’s earlier children had grown up and left home, while listed with Samuel M Collett, age 56, and his wife Alice B Collett, age 49, were Luella Collett, who was 13, Stella E Collett, who was 10, and Madge Collett who was eight years old, together with the couple’s adopted son Lloyd L Collett who was 11.  Very little else is known about Samuel Merrill Collett except that it was nine year later that he died at Idaho Falls, Bonneville in Idaho on 8th February 1929.

 

 

 

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Samuel E Collett

Born in 1890 in Idaho

 

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Iva Collett                     twin

Born in 1893 in Idaho

 

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Ivan Collett                    twin

Born in 1893 in Idaho

 

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Dora L Collett

Born in 1897 in Idaho

 

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Luella Collett

Born in 1907 in Idaho

 

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Lloyd L Collett               adopted

Born in 1909 in Idaho

 

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Stella E Collett

Born in 1910 in Idaho

 

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Madge Collett

Born in 1912 in Idaho

 

 

 

 

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Daniel Francello Collett was born at Smithfield on 20th July 1867, one of the four known children of Sylvanus and Phoebe Collett.  By the time of the census in 1880 Daniel’s father had remarried and was living with his new family at Cokeville in Uinta County, Wyoming.  Where Daniel was at that time, when he would have been 13, has not yet been discovered.  However, ten years later in 1890 he married Mary, who had also been born in Utah, with whom he had at least three children.

 

 

 

In 1900 Daniel and his young family was living at Precinct 47 within Ward 5 of Salt Lake City.  Listed in that year’s census return was Daniel Collett, age 33, his wife Mary A Collett, also 33, and their three Utah born children, Mary P Collett, who was nine, Hazel Collett, who was six, and Dean Collett who was not yet one year old.  The census confirmed that the couple had been married for ten years, and that Daniel’s father was from England and his mother from New York.

 

 

 

It was as Daniel F Collett that he was recorded in the next census of 1910, although on that occasion his father’s place of birth was noted as Illinois, while his mother’s was Missouri.  By 1910 the family was living at Emerson in Salt Lake, where Danial (sic) F Collett was 43 and from Utah, Mary A Collett, was 43 and from Utah, and with them just their two youngest children.  Hazel Collett was 15, and Dean Collett was 10.

 

 

 

During the next decade the family left Utah, when they moved to Los Angeles, where they were living at Precinct 218 in 1920.  Danial (sic) F Collett was 52, as was his wife Mary A Collett, and by that time their daughter Hazel had been married and widowed, and was back living with her parents.  So again it was the same two children living with Daniel and Mary, they being Hazel Melbie, age 25, and Dean L Collett, who was 19.  Also staying with the family on the day of the census was Harry Burdick who was 36 and from California.

 

 

 

Whilst there was no place of birth stated in 1920 for Daniel’s parents, they were once again confirmed as having been born in England and New York in the census on 1930.  Daniel and Mary were then residing at Long Beach in Los Angeles, with just their widowed daughter for company.  Both Daniel F Collette (sic) and his wife Mary A Collette were noted as being 62 and from Utah, while their daughter Hazel Milber was 35.  It is not known at this time whether Hazel’s name was Melbie or Milber.  However, it is now established that Daniel Francello Collett died later that same year in 1930.

 

 

 

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Mary Phoebe Collett

Born in 1891 at Salt Lake City

 

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Hazel Collett

Born in 1895 at Salt Lake City

 

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Dean L Collett

Born in 1900 at Salt Lake City

 

 

 

 

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Marion Merrill Collett was previously believed to have been born at sea on 21st April 1875, although this has always been in doubt bearing in mind the age of his eldest child and his age in later census records.  However, it is now known that he was born on 21st April, but in 1870 and at Smithfield in Cache County, with his birth was registered in Utah, where he was raised by Sylvanus Collett and his second wife Phoebe Lodina (Lodema) Merrill.  There is every possibility that he was of Mediterranean descent and was adopted by the Collett family prior to his adopted parents separating and each remarrying prior to 1880.  In the census that year he was recorded as the stepchild of William A Thompson at his home in Smithfield, William’s wife being Phoebe L Thompson, formerly Collett, nee Merrill.  It was simply as Marion Collett age ten years that he was listed with his mother and two of her natural Collett children, Samuel Collett and Mary Collett.

 

 

 

It was his death certificate, detailed below, which provided his date of birth and the fact that he was born at sea and not at Smithfield like the other members of the family, as previously stated here.  The census in 1900 indicated that he was first married to Annie, who was no longer with him and his family in 1910.  However, Annie may well have been Anna Laura Horn who was born at Richmond in Cache County, Utah on 10th March 1871 – see below.

 

 

 

 Anna Laura Horn was the daughter of Thomas Horn and Sarah Spears from Alabama and Mississippi and she presented Marion with six children. 

 

It is also known that at least two of his children, his only son Leslie and his daughter Myrtle, later converted to Catholicism and, on leaving school, his son Leslie was a smoker like his father (see below), and was also a cigar maker. 

 

 

 

The images above are extracts from the same photograph, the top one being Marion himself, while the second one has his wife Anna Laura standing between two of her daughters, although it has not been determined which of her five daughters they are.  The records of the life of Marion Collett appear to show that he had been of Jewish ancestry and, despite him being taken in by the Mormons, he was a pipe a smoker as shown in another family photograph.

 

 

 

By the time the census was conducted in 1900 the family was living at Portneuf in Bannock County, Idaho.  However, there appear to be a number of queries on the census return.  Firstly Marion’s name was not clearly written, secondly his age was stated as being 29, and his wife’s name was Annie L Collett who was 28.  With them were their five children, while every member of the household had been born in Utah.  The children were listed as Leslie Collett who was 11, Lillie Collett who was 11, Waneta Collett who was eight, Pearl Collett who was six and Sucresha (sic) Collett who was one year old. 

 

 

 

One more child was added to the family around four years later, and she was born after the family had settled in Butte in Silver Bow County, Montana.  The family was residing at Butte in 1910, although Marion’s wife was not listed with the family.  Once again there are question marks over the contents of the census return, since Marion Collett said he was 47 instead of 40, his son Leslie was 23 instead of 21 and his three daughters were named as May who was 20 and might have been either Lillie or Wauneta in 1900, Cretia (sic) who was 12 and Myrtle who was six years old.

 

 

 

Over the following decade all bar Marion’s youngest child left the family home in Butte, where they were living in 1920, and by which time Marion was married to Laura.  Marion Collett from Utah was 51, confirming once again that he had been born around 1870 rather than 1875.  His wife Laura Collett, also from Utah, was 49 and his daughter Myrtle Collett from Montana was 14 instead of 16.  After a further ten years Marion, age 59, and Laura, age 58, were recorded at the Seattle home of Marion’s married son Leslie and his family in 1930.

 

 

 

It was just over five years later that Marion Merrill Collett died at Butte in Silver Bow County, Montana on 15th March 1935, the cause of death being a heart attack, following which he was buried at Mount Moriah Cemetery in Butte – lot 347 grave 4.  At the time of his passing he was working as a quartz miner.  Coincidentally on the same day that he was buried, his daughter Pearl Sylvester nee Collett was buried alongside him in a double funeral service.  Four days later a report of the event was published in the Butte Standard newspaper on Tuesday 19th March, as follows:  “Double funeral services for father and daughter Marion Collett and Mrs Pearl Sylvester were conducted at 2 o’clock at Duggan’s Merrill mortuary.  The services were under the auspices of the Church of Latter Day Saints.  Burial was side by side in Mount Moriah Cemetery.  Marion Collett died late on Friday at his home, 238 New Street, following a long illness.  His daughter had died at a local hospital a few hours later after she became suddenly ill shortly after completing funeral arrangements for her father.  Her home was at 713 Placer Street.”  Fourteen years after the death of Marion Merrill Collett his widow Anna Laura Collett nee Horn passed away on 11th April 1948 while in Seattle, presumably where she had been living with her married daughter Myrtle Murray nee Collett. 

 

 

 

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Leslie Marion Collett

Born in 1889 at Utah

 

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Lillie Collett

Born in 1889 at Utah

 

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Wauneta Collett

Born in 1892 at Smithfield, Utah

 

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Pearl Collett

Born in 1894 at Smithfield, Utah

 

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Lucretia Laura Collett

Born in 1899 at Smithfield, Utah

 

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Myrtle Katherine Collett

Born in 1905 at Butte, Montana

 

 

 

 

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Mary Merrill Collett was born at Smithfield on 21st April 1870 and was the last child of Sylvanus Collett and Phoebe Lodina (Lodema) Merrill.  It is worth pointing out that Mary’s brother Marion Merrill Collett (above) was also born on the same day.  Before Mary was two years old her father and mother were no longer together when, in 1872, her father remarried, as did her mother perhaps a little later on.  By the time of the census in 1880 her father, and yet another wife, had moved to Wyoming, while Mary Collett, age 10 and from Utah, was still living at Smithfield at the home of her stepfather William A Thompson and his wife Phoebe L Thompson, formerly Collett, nee Merrill.  Also living there were Mary’s two older brothers Samuel Collett and twin (?) Marion Collett.

 

 

 

Mary Merrill Collett never married and was a nurse.  By the time of the census in 1900 she was living with her widowed mother Phoebe L Thompson at Lyman Rudy, Independence Precincts in Rexburg Town, Fremont County in Idaho, when she was recorded as Mary Collett from Utah who was 30 whose father had been born in England and her mother born in New York.  Her birth was also confirmed as April 1870.  Following the death of her mother in 1909, no record of Mary has been found in 1910 or 1920, but in 1930 she was described as Mary Collett, age 58, from Utah, the daughter of an English father and a New York mother, the aunt of Benjamin L Rich with whom she was living at Salt Lake City.  Benjamin was 52 and from Utah and his wife was Anna C Rich who was 50 and also from Utah.  Living with them was their son Benjamin L Rich who was 15. 

 

 

 

Mary was still living with the Rich family ten years later, by which time they were residing with Ward 4 of Salt Lake City Precinct.  The census in 1940 also recorded that they had been living at the same address in 1935.  Mary Collett was 69, while Ben L Rich was 61 and his wife Anna C Rich was 59.  It was ten years later that Mary Merrill Collett died at Salt Lake City on 11th February 1950.  The certificate of her death recorded all of the following details.  On the day she died she was a patient at the Salt Lake City Hospital at 4678 Highland Drive, where she had been for three weeks, while her home address was 74 Virginia Street in Salt Lake City.  The cause of death was cardiac failure at the age of 79, while it is apparent that she was originally attending the hospital for injuries to her neck and femur, presumably following a fall.  The certificate gave the correct details for her date of birth and the name of her mother.  However, with regard to her father, the certificate stated that he had been born at Wellington but, instead of England, it said Willington in New York.

 

 

 

 

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Robert William Collett was born at Cokeville in Wyoming on 14th June 1876, the son of Sylvanus Collett by his fifth wife Sarah Ellen (Nellie) Gee.  And it was at Cokeville he was listed with his parents in 1880 when he was four years old, and again in 1900 when he was 23.  On both census returns he was named simply as Robert W Collett.  Shortly after 1900 Robert married (1) Nettie from Kansas and in 1910 the childless couple was living at Austin in Lander County, Nevada.  Robert was recorded as R W Collett, age 33 and from Wyoming, whose parents had been born in England, while his wife was Nettie M Collett who was 26.  Ten years later the census in 1920 placed the couple living at Lincoln in Wyoming, where Robert W Collett was 43 and Nettie M Collett was 34.  Staying with the couple was Irene Jackson from Wyoming who was 20.

 

 

 

Sometime during the following years Nettie M Collett died leaving Robert a widower.  However, a little while after, he married (2) the much younger Marjorie and in 1940 they were living at Cokeville, when the census return that year confirmed that they had also been living at the same residence five years earlier in 1935.  By that time in 1940, Robert Collett was 62, Marjorie Collett from Ohio was 42, and living with them was Robert’s elderly mother Nellie Collett from England who was 87.

 

 

 

It was sixteen years later that the death certificate for Robert William Collett revealed more about him and his life.  At the time of his passing he was residing at 2921 West Palm Lane, Phoenix in Maricopa County, Arizona, although it was from there that he was taken to the Good Samaritan Hospital in Phoenix where he died on 15th July 1956.  The death certificate confirmed that he had lived within the city limits for the past six years and had also been a resident of Arizona for the same period of time.  He was 80 years of age, having been born in the City of Cokeville on 14th June 1876, and was married to Marjorie L Collett who was also the informant of his death.  Under occupation, Robert was described as a retired marshall, while his parents were named as Sylvanus Collett and Nellie Gee. 

 

 

 

It had been twelve days earlier when he had been admitted to hospital with a bowel obstruction and two days after had been operated on, when it was discovered that it was adhesions that were causing the obstruction.  The cause of death was recorded as congestive heart failure, while the certificate also confirmed that he had been suffering with pulmonary heart disease for the past ten years and with pulmonary emphysema for the past twelve years.

 

 

 

 

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Rose Collett was born at Cokeville in Wyoming on 1st November 1878, the daughter of Sylvanus and Nellie Collett and was one year old in the census of 1880.  Sadly she died ten years later on 12th January 1890.

 

 

 

 

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Burt Collett was born at Cokeville in Wyoming on 1st August 1880, the son of Sylvanus and Nellie Collett.  He was still living at Cokeville with his parents in 1900 at the age of 20.  It was later in that same decade that he married Eva from Ohio with whom he is known to have had at least two children.  By the time of the census in 1920 Burt, age 40, and Eva, age 39, were living with their family at Oak Park Township in Cook County, Illinois.  Curious on that occasion, as well as twenty years later, Burt gave his place of birth as Indiana.

 

 

 

Their two children were recorded as Bertran Collett, age 11 from Indiana, and Robert Collett, who was five and from Illinois.  Within the next two years Eva gave birth to another son who was still living with the couple at the time of the census in 1940.  The family of three was once again recorded as residing at Oak Park in Cook County, where Burt Collett was 60, Eva Collett was 59, and Richard Collett was 18.  Sometime later in his life Burt Collett left Illinois when he returned to finally settle in Wyoming, and it was there at Rock Springs in Sweetwater that he died during the month of August in 1967 at the age of 87.

 

 

 

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Bertram Collett

Born in 1909 in Indiana

 

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Robert Collett

Born in 1915 in Illinois

 

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Richard Collett

Born in 1922 in Oak Park, Illinois

 

 

 

 

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Roy Collett was born at Cokeville in Wyoming during November 1881 and was still living there with his family in 1900.  He married Sarah Amelia (Millie) Svenson at Bear Lake in Idaho on 19th June 1906 and by 1920 they had five children and were living at Cokeville in Lincoln County, Wyoming.  Millie was born at Logan on 6th September 1883, the daughter of Frederick Svenson and Wilhelmina Fosberg from Sweden.  The census that years listed the family as Roy, who was 38 and from Wyoming, Millie, who was 33 and from Utah, as was their eldest daughter Thelma who was 13, Leroy, who was 11 and from Wyoming, Grant, who was eight and from Utah, Robert, who was six, and Lois who was three, both of them born in Wyoming.

 

 

 

Three years prior to the next census in 1930 the family received the dreadful news that their son Leroy had died, possibly the result of an accident at work, as he was a labourer.  He was working away from home at Twin Falls in Idaho when he died on 13th November 1927 at the age of 18.  The record of his death confirmed that he was buried at Cokeville, where he had been born on 12th February 1909, and that his parents were Roy Collett from Wyoming and Millie Svenson from Logan in Utah.

 

 

 

By the time of the census in 1930 the couple’s eldest daughter had already left the family home, perhaps to be married, so it was just Roy’s and Millie’s three youngest children who were still living with them at Cokeville.  On that occasion the family’s surname was recorded as Collette.  Roy was 46, Millie was 41 and both of her parents had been born in Sweden, Grant was 18, Robert was 16, and daughter Lois was 13.  The family home was still at Cokeville twelve years later when Roy Collett died there during 1942.  Millie survived him by ten years, when Sarah Amelia Collett nee Svenson died at Ogden in Weber County, Utah, on 24th April 1952 at the age of 68, wife of the late Roy Collett.

 

 

 

Their daughter Thelma was married by then as was Thelma Nieghbor.  At the time of her death on 18th April 1983 she was named as Thelma Collett Neighbor, the daughter of a Collett father and a Svenson mother.  She died at Alameda in California, and her death record gave her date of birth as 11th February 1907 at Utah.

 

 

 

61R26

Thelma Collett

Born in 1907 in Utah

 

61R27

Leroy Collett

Born in 1909 at Cokeville

 

61R28

Grant Collett

Born in 1912 in Utah

 

61R29

Robert Collett

Born in 1914 at Cokeville

 

61R30

Lois Collett

Born in 1917 at Cokeville

 

 

 

 

61Q17

Adrian Collett was born at Bennington in Bear Lake County, Idaho, on 3rd November 1876.  Rather oddly he was the only son of twice married Rhoda Sylvia Collett and her second husband Philomen Christopher Merrill, so why his birth was not registered under the name of Adrian Merrill remains a mystery.  However, by the time of the census in 1880 he was Adrian Merrill, age four years, when he was living at the Mormon Settlement on San Pedro River in Pima County, Arizona, with his father Philemon C Merrill, age 60, and his wife Serina Merrill, age 63, both of them from New York.  Where Adrian’s mother was on that occasion, or at any later time, has not been determined, except that she would have been 43 and she actually died in Arizona during 1929.

 

 

 

 

61Q18

Phoebe Theresa Collett was born at Smithfield in Cache County, Utah on 24th July 1862.  She was the first child of Reuben Collett by his wife Elthurah Roseltha Merrill, but sadly she died on 16th January 1863 when she was less than six months old.

 

 

 

 

61Q19

Reuben Samuel Collett was born on 26th May 1864 at Smithfield and was baptised on 16th May 1875, the eldest son of Reuben and Elthurah Collett.  Just over fifteen years later he married (1) Flora Elsie Colton at Logan on 20th November 1890.  Flora was just passed her eighteenth birthday when she married Reuben who was twenty-six.  Although Flora had been born at Provo in Utah on 7th June 1872, she was baptised just two years prior to her wedding day on 16th December 1888.

 

 

 

All of the couple’s eight children were born at Vernal in Uintah County in Utah.  Although Reuben’s wife survived him by eight years (see details below), it is understood that at some stage in his life he married (2) Gertrude Asolia Pomeroy who was born at Salt Lake on 2nd February 1864.  It is not known at this time whether Reuben had any children with Gertrude, but there is a remote possibility that she may have been the mother of his first child born in 1892 when Gertrude would have been twenty-eight.  However, Gertrude has never been listed with Reuben in any census, nor has she been identified in any census.  Therefore she may have died giving birth to her daughter Gertrude.

 

 

 

According to the census in 1900 the family was residing in Vernal Town, when it was confirmed that Reuben and Flora had been married for ten years.  Reuben S Collett was 36, Flora E Collett was 28, and living with them were the first six of their eight children.  They were Gertrude Collett, who was eight, Elsie Collett, who was six, Reuben S Collett, who was five, Marie Collett, who was four, Karl W Collett, who was two, and Merle Collett who was only one year old.  Tragically in November that same year, the family’s youngest child died, but fifteen months after that sad event Reuben and Flora were blessed with the birth of twin daughters.

 

 

 

By 1910 the family at Vernal comprised Reuben, who was listed as R S Collett age 45, his wife Flora E Collett, age 37, Gertrude Collett, age 17, Elsie Collett, age 16, Reuben S Collett, age 14, Marie Collett, age 13, Karl W Collett, age 12, and the twins Flora and Cora who were eight years of age.  The couple’s eldest daughter and eldest son both left the family home between 1910 and 1920, during which time the reduced family left Vernal and moved to Duchesne County in Utah, where they were living in 1920.

 

 

 

The census for that year recorded the family as Reuben S Collett, who was 55, Flora E Collett, who was 47, Elsie Collett, who was 25, Marie Collett, who was 23, Karl W Collett, who was 21, and Flora and Cora who were 12.  Shortly after that their son Karl travelled to England, possibly on a Mormon Mission, and returned in 1923, following which he became a married man around 1927 and settled in Salt Lake City where he and his young family were living by 1930.

 

 

 

No record of Reuben and Flora has been found in 1930, but by 1935 they too were living in Salt Lake City, and living with them in 1940 was their married but widowed daughter Gertrude Thomas and her four children.  Reuben, as R S Collett, was 75, his wife Flora E Collett was 67, and their daughter was 47.  The census return also confirmed that the family had been living at the same address in 1935.  It was just over six years later that Reuben Samuel Collett died at Salt Lake City on 20th September 1946 and was buried there on 23rd September 1946 at the Wasatch Lawn Cemetery.  His first wife Flora Elsie Collett nee Colton died at San Francisco on 28th January 1954, and was also buried at Wasatch Lawn Cemetery in Salt Lake City.

 

 

 

61R31

Gertrude Collett

Born on 09.07.1892 at Vernal

 

61R32

Elsie Collett

Born on 11.02.1894 at Vernal

 

61R33

Reuben Sterling Collett

Born on 13.05.1895 at Vernal

 

61R34

Marie Collett

Born on 04.10.1896 at Vernal

 

61R35

Karl Warren Collett

Born on 29.05.1898 at Vernal

 

61R36

Merle Collett

Born on 21.06.1899 at Vernal

 

61R37

Flora Collett     twin

Born on 19.02.1902 at Vernal

 

61R38

Cora Collett      twin

Born on 19.02.1902 at Vernal

 

 

 

 

61Q20

Sylvester Daniel Collett was one half of a set of twins who were born at Smithfield on 15th December 1866, the son of Reuben and Elthurah Collett.  He was baptised in a joint ceremony with his brother Sylvanus (below) on 4th August 1878, but died in Mexico eleven years later on 5th May 1889.

 

 

 

 

61Q21

Sylvanus Collett was one half of a set of twins who born at Smithfield on 15th December 1866, the son of Reuben and Elthurah Collett.  He was also baptised on 4th August 1878 with his brother Sylvester (above).  On 2nd June 1886 he married (1) Sarah Elizabeth Simkins at Leti in Maricopa County in Arizona.  Sarah was born at Beaver City in Utah on 12th October 1865 but was not baptised until after she was married.  That event took place on 1st October 1889 between the birth of the couple’s first and second child.

 

 

 

According to the US Census of 1900, Sylvanus and Sarah had been married for fourteen years and were living at Maybell, Browns Park Precincts in Routt County, Colorado, with just their three surviving children, following the death of daughter Annie not long after she was born.  Sylvanus was 34, Sarah was 35, Wiley Collett was 12, Orin Collett was five, and Alice Collett was three years of age.

 

 

 

Sarah presented her husband with a total of five children prior to her death on 27th February 1902, when her youngest child was just one month old.  Sarah Elizabeth Collett nee Simkins died at Vernal (Naples) and was buried at the Memorial Park Cemetery in Vernal.  Two years later Sylvanus married (2) Ethelwynne Stringham at Salt Lake City on 20th January 1904 with whom he had a further five children, all of whom were born at Vernal, as were all by one of the children from Sylvanus’ first marriage.  Ethelwynne was ten years younger than her husband, having been born at Salt Lake City on 25th July 1876.

 

 

 

Sylvanus and his new wife then moved to North Ashley just north of Vernal, where the family was living at the time of the next census in 1910.  Sylvanus was 45, Ethelwynne was 35, son Orin Collett was 16, Alice Collett was 12, and Byron S Collett was eight years old.  Twenty years later Sylvanus and Ethelwynne were once again living in North Ashley, their address in the census of 1920 being simply Vernal.

 

 

 

In the January of 1920 the family of Sylvanus Collett living at Vernal was listed as follows.  Sylvanus, age 53, his wife Ethelwynne, who was 43, Byron S Collett, age 18, Howard S Collett, who was five, Edna Collett, who was three years and eleven months, and Edith Collett who was one year and eight months.  Staying with the family on that day was Francis A Cole, age 24, his wife Margaret Cole, who was 22, and their daughter Orpha Cole who was one years and nine months.

 

 

 

Ten years later the family was recorded again as residing in North Ashley, where Sylvanus Collett was 63, Ethelwynne Collett was 53, Howard S Collett was 15, Edna Collett was 13, Edith Collett was 11, and Carl S Collett was seven years old.  It was just over two years later that Sylvanus Collett died at Maeser (Vernal) on 29th April 1932, where he was buried at Vernal City Cemetery three days later.  His death certificate specified his age as being 65 years 6 months and 14 days, and that his wife was Ethelmore (sic) Stringham Collett, while his parents were named in error as Reuben Collett and Ethinah R Merrill.  Ethelwynne Collett nee Stringham survived her husband by forty years, when she passed away at Vernal on 12th July 1962.

 

 

 

61R39

Wiley Sylvanus Collett

Born in 1888 at Maeser, Utah

 

61R40

Annie Elthora Collett

Born in 1891 at Leti

 

61R41

Orin Collett

Born in 1893 at Vernal, Utah

 

61R42

Alice Collett

Born in 1897 at Vernal, Utah

 

61R43

Byron Sylvester Collett

Born in 1902 at Vernal, Utal

 

The following are the children of Sylvanus Collett by his second wife Ethelwynne Stringham:

 

61R44

Claude Stringham Collett

Born in 1911 at Vernal, Utah

 

61R45

Howard Samuel Collett

Born in 1914 at Vernal, Utah

 

61R46

Edna Collett

Born in 1916 at Vernal, Utah

 

61R47

Edith Collett

Born in 1918 at Vernal, Utah

 

61R48

Carl Stringham Collett

Born in 1922 at Vernal, Utah

 

 

 

 

61Q22

Julia Ann Collett was born at Smithfield on 20th February 1869 and was baptised on 4th August 1878, the daughter of Reuben and Elthurah Collett.  After a period of living in Arizona, where three of his younger siblings were born, the family returned to Utah, and in 1900 Julia Ann Collett, age 28, was stilling living with her family at Riverdale in Uintah County.  It was eight years later, when she was 36, that she married Beense William Postma at Vernal on 13th May 1905.  William, as he was known was born at Warrega, in Freisland in the Netherlands on 7th September 1875.  Their marriage produced three children for the couple Elthura Grace Postma, William Andrew Postma who was born on 14th November 1910 at Ogden in Weber County in Utah, and Sylvanus Julius Postma.

 

 

 

At the time of the census in 1920, William Postma from Holland was 46, while his older wife Julia A Postma from Utah said she was 49 rather than 51.  Living with them at Cache County in Utah were two of their three children, their daughter El Arah (sic) Postma, who was 12, and their son Sylvania (sic) Postma who was seven.  Also living with the family on that occasion was Julia’s widowed father Reuben C Collett from England who was 80 and who sadly passed away within days of the census.  It would appear that Julia lived all of her life in Utah since it was at Logan in Cache County that she died on 17th September 1961 aged 92, following which she was buried at Smithfield three days after.

 

 

 

 

61Q23

Adelbert Teancum Collett was born at Smithfield on 3rd November 1872, the son of Reuben and Elthurah Collett.  He was first baptised at Smithfield three months later on 16th February 1873, an act curiously repeated after a further ten years on 7th June 1883.  It was then ten years later that Adelbert Collett married Harriet Penelope Goodrich at Vernal on 25th December 1893.  Harriet was born at Richville in Morgan County in Utah on 4th April 1872 and she presented Adelbert with seven children, and all of them born at Vernal.

 

 

 

According to the census in 1910 the family of Adelbert Collett was at Dragon in Uintah County, Utah.  Adelbert from Utah was 37 and his wife was referred to as Nellie, who was 38 and also from Utah, where all of their children had been born.  Only five of their seven children were living with them, and they were their two daughters Veda Collett, age 15, Mabel Collett, age 13, and their three sons Ralph Collett, who was eight, Wells Collett, who was six, and Rulon Collett who was four years old.  The missing child was Mamie or Marnie who must have died while she was still very young, with the couple’s last child due to be born after the census day in 1910.

 

 

 

The reason that no previous record of the family in 1920 had been reproduced here before now is that the family was recorded under the name of Colbert.  Adelbert and Harriet were both 47 in 1920, while still living with them at Cache County in Utah were five of their seven children.  They were Mabel, who was 22, Ralph, who was 18, Wells, who was 16, Ruland (sic) who was 14, and Owen who was nine.  Only the couple’s youngest son was still living with them in 1930, by which time the family was residing at Logan in Cache County.  Adelbert T Collett was 57, Harriet G Collett was 58, and their son Owen M Collett was 19. 

 

 

 

Six years later the couple left Logan when they settled in Kaysville.  The fifty-first wedding anniversary of their marriage was recorded in the Salt lake Tribune newspaper on 24th December 1944 in the following way:  “Christmas Day will mark the 51st wedding anniversary of Mr & Mrs Adelbert T Collett of Kaysville.  The couple was married on 25th December 1893 in Vernal where Mr Collett was engaged in farming and in the freight transportation business between Vernal and Price.  They moved to Salt Lake City in 1923 and came to Kaysville in 1936.  He was born in Smithfield Nov 3 1872, while his wife Harriet Goodrich Collett was born April 4 1872 in Richville.  Sons and daughters of the couple are Mrs Jesse T Brimhall and Ralph A Collett, Kaysville; Mrs Paul A Harwood, Berkeley, Cal.; Lt Col Wells Collett overseas with the USA army air forces; Rulon S Collett and Owen M Collett, Salt Lake City.  They have 17 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.”

 

 

 

By the time of the death of Adelbert Teancum Collett on 23rd March 1959 he was living at Salt Lake City where he was also buried three days later.  The Vernal Express newspaper issued on 26th March 1959 printed the following article:  “Funeral services will be held today (Thursday) at 1 pm in the Union Mortuary in Bountiful for Adelbert T Collett, 86, of Kaysville, who died Monday at 9.40 pm in a Salt Lake City hospital of natural causes.  Mr Collett is a brother-in-law of Byron Goodrich of Vernal.  He was born Nov 3 1872 in Smithfield to Reuben and Elthura Merrill Collett.  He married Harriet Goodrich, Dec 25 1893 in Vernal.  The marriage was later solemnised in the Salt Lake LDS Temple.  Surviving are his widow, daughters and sons, Mrs Jesse (Veda) Brimhall and Ralph A Collett, both of Farmington, New Mexico; Mrs Paul (Jacqueline) Harwood, Santa Ana, Cal.; Col Wells F Collett, Kaysville; Rulon S Collett and Owen M Collett, both of Salt Lake City; 22 grandchildren, 52 great grandchildren, two great great grandchildren, three brothers and two sisters.”

 

 

 

Adelbert’s widow Harriet Penelope Collett nee Goodrich survived him by three years when she passed away during 1962 at the age of 90.

 

 

 

61R49

Veda Collett

Born in 1895 at Vernal

 

61R50

Mabel Jacqueline Collett

Born in 1897 at Vernal

 

61R51

Mamie (or Marnie)Collett

Born on 11.04.1899; died in 1903

 

61R52

Ralph Adelbert Collett

Born in 1901 at Vernal

 

61R53

Wells Frank Collett

Born in 1903 at Vernal

 

61R54

Rulon Samuel Collett

Born in 1906 at Vernal

 

61R55

Owen Milton Collett

Born in 1911 at Vernal

 

 

 

 

61Q24

Charles Merrill Collett was born at Bennington in Bear Lake County in Idaho on 6th June 1875 and was baptised on 17th July 1883, the son of Reuben and Elthurah Collett.  In between those two events Charles Collett was four years old when he and his family were living at Escalante in Iron County, in Utah.  He later married (1) Mary Elnora Munk at Salt Lake City on 9th March 1898, Mary having been born at Mantua in Box Elder, Utah on 30th August 1877.

 

 

 

Once married the couple initially settled in Bennington, where the expectant couple was living in 1900, when Charles Collett was 25, and Mary E Collett was 23, who was anticipating the birth of their first child within the next few months.  The marriage produced a total of six children for Charles and Mary, one of which their son Charles, was born at Bennington, but tragically he did not survive to reach his second birthday, when he died on 17th February 1906.

 

 

 

According to the following census in 1910 Charles and his family had left Bennington and instead were living at Smithfield in Utah.  Charles M Collett from Idaho was 34, Mary E Collett from Utah was 32, and the children living there with them were Viola Collett, who was 11, Marcella Collett, who was eight, and Farrell Collett who was two years and six months old, all three children had been born in Idaho, most likely at Bennington.

 

 

 

The family was still residing in Cache County in 1920, by which time the family had increased in size.  Charles M Collett was 44, Mary E Collett was 42, Phoebe V Collett was 21, Lois M Collett was 18, Reuben F Collett was 12, Ruth Collett was nine, and son Roco (sic) Collett was six years old.  Two other males were staying with the family and they were Alva Lundsvall from Sweden who was 26, and James Lawsen who was 22 and from Utah.

 

 

 

By 1930 the family had returned to Bennington in Bear Lake County, Idaho, although by the time of the census that year only three of the couple’s children were still living at the family’s home.  Chas M Collett was 54, his wife was described as M Elnora, who was 52, Farrell R Collett was 22, Ruth Collett was 19, and Raeo Collett was 16.  Boarding with the family was Edna Sawyer who was 23 and from Idaho.

 

 

 

It was also at Bennington that the couple was living in 1935, and they were the only members of their family still living at the same address in Bennington five years later in 1940.  By that time Charles was 65 and Mary was 62.  Mary Elnora Collett nee Munk died sometime during 1957 and later that same year Charles Merrill Collett married (2) Fannie Bell Weeks Winn who was thought to have been a similar age to Charles.  That married endured for around eleven years, when Charles Merrill Collett died at Salt Lake City on 27th February 1969 at the grand age of 94.

 

 

 

61R56

Phoebe Viola Collett

Born in 1899 at Bennington, Idaho

 

61R57

Lois Marcella Collett

Born in 1901 at Bennington, Idaho

 

61R58

Charles Lester Collett

Born on 06.08.1904; died in 1906

 

61R59

Farrell Reuben Collett

Born in 1907 at Bennington, Idaho

 

61R60

Ruth Collett

Born in 1910 at Smithfield, Utah

 

61R61

Raeo Collett

Born in 1913 at Smithfield, Utah

 

 

 

 

61Q25

Princetta Collett was born at Escalante in Garfied County in Utah on 11th January 1878 and was baptised in January 1886, the daughter of Reuben and Elthurah Collett.  She married James Albert Bills at Vernal on 12th August 1897.  James was aged 21 years at that time, having been born at Colver Valley in Lincoln Nevada on 19th April 1876.  The marriage did not produce any children for Princetta and James and late on in their lives they were living at Meeker in Rio Blanco in Colorado where first James died on 15th June 1931 followed by his wife who died eight years after on 7th April 1939.  Both of them were buried at Meeker.

 

 

 

 

61Q26

Orrin Collett was born at Leti in Maricopa County in Arizona on 16th July 1882, the son of Reuben and Elthurah Collett.  He was just approaching the age of one and half years when he died at Leti on 22nd December 1883.

 

 

 

 

61Q27

Roseltha M Collett was born at Leti on 29th April 1884, the daughter of Reuben Collett and Elthurah Roseltha Merrill.  She was three years old when her parents returned to live in Utah, where Roseeltha was baptised on 5th May 1894 when she was ten years old.  In 1900 she was recorded in error in the census that year as Rosevella Collett, age 16 from Arizona, when she and her family were residing in Riverdale in Naples, Uintah County.  It was just over two years later when she married Albert Wellington Nielsen at Naples on 28th August 1902.

 

 

 

Albert Nielsen was born at Payson in Utah on 22nd December 1876 and he and Roseltha had seven children, one of which, Kenneth Reuben Nielsen, is known to have been born at Smithfield where he also died.  The full list of children is: Roseltha Mae Nielsen; Sarah Veda Nielsen; Albert Peter Nielsen; Kenneth Reuben Nielsen (13.07.1912 – 04.11.1912); Chloris Nielsen; and Donna Lois Nielsen.  By the time of her death on 18th October 1969 Roseltha was living at Sandy in Salt Lake although she was buried at Vernal.

 

 

 

 

61Q28

Clarence James Collett was born at Leti on 5th May 1886, the son of Reuben and Elthurah Collett, and was baptised in Utah on 2nd February 1894 at the age of eight years after his parents had returned there when he was around one year old.  At the time of the census in 1900 Clarence J Collett was 14 and was living with his family at Riverdale within the Naples Precinct of Uintah County, Utah.  It was seven years later that he married (1) Margaret Watkins on 5th February 1907 at Vernal, with whom he had nine children.  Margaret was born at Midway in Wasatch County in Utah on 18th August 1884 and was baptised on 6th September 1893.

 

 

 

Once married the couple settled in Utah where all of their children were born.  Seven of their nine children had already been born by the time of the census in 1920 and they were all recorded with the couple on that day, when Clarence J Collett was 35 and his wife Margaret was 36.  The seven children were Genevieve M Collett age 12, Opal Collett age 10, Clarence L Collett who was eight, Earl M Collett who was six, Elthose (sic) Collett who was five, Edward R Collett who was three years and eight months, and A Jay Collett who was two years and six months.

 

 

 

According to the next census in 1930 the family was residing in Salt Lake City where Clarence J Collett was 43, Margaret Collett was 45, and still living with them were all nine of their children, including the couple’s eldest daughter who was married by then and had her husband living at the family home.  Margaret G Davies was 22 and her husband Albert H Davies was 23.  Opal Collett was 21, Leon C Collett was 19, Earl M Collett was 17, Elthura Collett was 15, Edward R Collett was 13, A Jay Collett was 12, Luella Collett was three years old, and Milo J Collett was two.  Also staying with the family was Byron Sylvester Collett (ref. 61R43), and his wife Clela H Collett from Oklahoma, who was incorrectly described as the cousin of Clarence James Collett, when in fact he was his nephew.

 

 

 

By 1940 the dramatically reduced household was living at Murray City in Salt Lake, where Clarence J Collett was 53, Margaret Collett was 54, Ajay Collett was 22, Luella Collett was 14, and Milo Collett was 12.  Fifteen years after that Margaret Collett nee Watkins died at Salt Lake City on 21st June 1955 and was buried at the Memorial Garden in Sandy on 24th June 1955, following which her widowed husband married (2) Amanda Peterson Spencer, although neither the date, nor the location are known.  What is known is that Clarence James Collett died at Bluffdale in Utah on 27th June 1973 and was buried at Salt Lake City.

 

 

 

61R62

Genevieve Margaret Collett

Born in 1907 at Uintah County

 

61R63

Opal Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

61R64

Leon Clarence Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

61R65

Earl Murray Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

61R66

Elthura Collett

Born in 1914 at Uintah County

 

61R67

Edward Reuben Collett

Born in 1916 at Richmond, Utah

 

61R68

A Jay Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

61R69

Luella Collett

Born in 1926 at Uintah County

 

61R70

Milo James Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

 

 

 

61Q29

George Collett was born at Vernal on 15th September 1888, the last child born to Reuben Collett and Elthurah Roseltha Merrill.  He was nine years old when he was baptised on 15th July 1897, and less than three years later he was 12 years of age in the 1900 Census when he and his family were living at Riverdale in Naples, Uintah County.  He later married (1) Leon May Larsen Raleigh, but she may have died without their being any children born to the couple.

 

 

 

George later married (2) Melvina Duke on 15th October 1914 at Vernal and the couple initially settled in Logan where their first two children of seven were born.  Melvina was born at Vernal on 10th December 1891 and baptised on 2nd October 1900.  The last two children were born while the family was living at Thatcher in Bannock County in Idaho and Salt Lake City.  Although nothing is known about three of the children the other four died shortly after they were born.

 

 

 

Ivan died after fifteen days on 26th August 1915, Iona died the same day that she was born, as did June, and Clifford survived for almost two months when he died on 9th March 1925.  And it was at Salt Lake City that Melvina died on 1st July 1955 and was buried in the Memorial Gardens there four days later.  George Collett survived his wife by twenty-seven, before he too died whilst at Salt Lake City on 6th November 1982, where he was also buried three days after.

 

 

 

61R71

Ivan Collett        twin

Born on 11.08.1915 at Logan

 

61R72

Iona Collett       twin

Born on 11.08.1915 at Logan

 

61R73

Darwin Clyde Collett

Date/place of birth unknown

 

61R74

Roberta Collett

Date/place of birth unknown

 

61R75

Marva Collett

Date/place of birth unknown

 

61R76

Clifford Lewis Collett

Born on 10.01.1924 at Thatcher

 

61R77

June Collett

Born on 08.03.1928 at Salt Lake

 

 

 

 

61Q31

Melissa Collett was born at Smithfield in Cache County, Utah on 24th October 1879, the second child of Charles Albert Capper Collett and his wife Hannah Ann Merrill.  She was still an infant when her parents took the family to Soda Springs in Caribou County, Idaho where they were living in 1880 when Melissa Collett was one year old.  By the end of the century Melissa was 21 when she was still living with her family which by then had settled in Bennington, Bear Lake County, Idaho.  It would appear that she was twice married as she was later referred to as Melissa Burbank and Melissa Van Orman.  The only other detail known about her is that she died in 1962.

 

 

 

 

61Q32

Charles Capper Collett was born at Bennington in Bear Lake County, Idaho on 6th June 1882, the son of Charles and Hannah Collett.  It was also at Bennington that he was still living with his large family in 1900 when he was 18.  Two years after that his parents moved to Lethbridge in Alberta, Canada, taking their children with them.  Around 1910 Charles married Effie Rebecca Seeley who was born in 1881 and from Duchesne County in Utah, with whom he had at least eight children.

 

 

 

It was at Lethbridge that the couple lived their early life together, and there also that their first five children were born.  This was confirmed in the census of 1916 when Chas Capper Collett was 34, as was his wife Effa Seeley Collett, and their three Lethbridge born children were Lloyd Sully Collett, who was five, Thelma Cecilia Collett, who was three, and Merrill Dean Collett who was two years old.

 

 

 

Following the birth of the couple’s fifth child the family left Canada and returned to America, where they settled at Roosevelt in Duchesne County, Utah, possibly to be nearer Effie’s family.  The Duchesne census in 1920 listed the family in error under the name Colett, when Charles C Colett from Idaho, who was 37, his wife Effie Colett who was 38, and their children were Lloyde Colett, who was nine, Thelma Colett, who was seven, Merrill Colett, who was five, William W W Colett, who was three, and Brye Colett who was one year and seven months old.

 

 

 

Three more children were added to the family during the next decade while they were still living in Roosevelt, which was where the family was still residing at the time of the census in 1930.  By that time the couple’s eldest son was a married man, he and his very young wife still living with his parents.  On that occasion Charles C Collett was 47, Effie S Collett was 48, when all of their eight children, plus their daughter-in-law, were all still living at Roosevelt with them.  Lloyde S Collett was 19 and his wife Utahana Collett was 17, Thelma Collett was also 17, Merrill Collett was 15, Woodrow Collett was 13, Brie A Collett was 11, daughter Veva A Collett was nine, Joseph R Collett was six, and Glenn Collett was three.

 

 

 

In 1940 the Collett family was residing within Ward 5 of Salt Lake City, when Charles C Collett was 57, Effa S Collett was 58, Merrill D Collett was 25, Brie A Collett was 21, Veva A Collett was 19, Ralph J Collett was 16, and Glenn C Collett was 12 years of age.  Charles Capper Collett died at Salt Lake City on 3rd April 1961, by which time he was already a widower, having lost his wife Effie in 1959.

 

 

 

61R78

Lloyd Seely Collett

Born in 1910 at Lethbridge

 

61R79

Thelma Cecilia Collett

Born in 1912 at Lethbridge

 

61R80

Merrill Dean Collett

Born in 1914 at Lethbridge

 

61R81

William Woodrow Collett

Born in 1916 at Lethbridge

 

61R82

Brie A Collett

Born in 1918 at Lethbridge

 

61R83

Veva A Collett

Born in 1921 at Roosevelt, Utah

 

61R84

Joseph Ralph Collett

Born in 1923 at Roosevelt, Utah

 

61R85

Glenn Collett

Born in 1927 at Roosevelt, Utah

 

 

 

 

61Q33

Maude Collett was born at Bennington in Bear Lake County, Idaho on 27th November 1884 and was another daughter of Charles and Hannah Collett.  She was 16 years old in the Bennington census of 1900 when she was living there with her family.  It was later that same year when Maude Collett died.

 

 

 

 

61Q34

Philemon Merrill Collett was born at Bennington on 3rd May 1886, a son of Charles and Hannah Collett.  Nothing further is known him or his life after 1900, when he was 14, except that he died in 1943.

 

 

 

 

61Q38

Ralph Demar Collett was born at Meadowville in Utah on 10th April 1897, another son of Charles and Hannah Collett.  On the day of the census in 1900 Ralph D Collett was four years of age and was with his family at Bennington in Idaho.  By the time he was 19 his mother had died and he and his father and younger brother Morgan (below) were living at Lethbridge in Alberta, Canada.  The census for Lethbridge in 1916 recorded him under his full name of Ralph Demar Collett.  It was during 1948 that Ralph Demar Collett passed away.

 

 

 

 

61Q39

Lola Collett was born at Bennington during 1900 but after the census day that year, the youngest daughter of Charles and Hannah Collett.  What happen to Lola after the premature death of her mother is not known, as she was not with her father in 1916 when he and two of Lola’s brother were recorded at Lethbridge in Alberta.  What is known is that when Lola married she became Lola Saunders who died in 1995.

 

 

 

 

61Q40

Morgan Collett was born at Magrath in Alberta on 23rd June 1904 the last child born to Charles Capper Collett and Hannah Ann Merrill.  Following the death of his mother, Morgan and his older brother Ralph (above) were the only children living with their father at Lethbridge in Alberta.  At the moment nothing further is known about Morgan, except that it was during 1975 that he died.

 

 

 

 

61Q41

James Tidwell Collett was born at Smithfield in Cache on 30th September 1878, the eldest child of James Jones Collett and his first wife Mariett Tidwell.  He was aged eleven years by the time he was baptised on 5th September 1889.  Sadly he died when he was working as a labourer, so perhaps it was an accident at work that was the cause of death, when he died at Cache on 6th July 1903.  The death certificate gave his age as 23, whereas he was nearly 25.

 

 

 

 

61Q42

Sadie Sophronia Collett was born at Smithfield on 15th April 1880, the daughter of James and Mariett Collett.  At the time of the census in 1880 Sadie was recorded as Saphrona Collett, aged one month, living with her family at Richmond in Cache County.  Twenty years later Sadie, as Sada Collett was 20 and was the niece of Julia A Lewis nee Collett, age 37 and from Utah, and her husband Walter W Lewis, who was 40, when she was living with the Lewis family at Bennington in Bear Lake County in Idaho.  No further record of Sadie Collett has been found, therefore it is very likely that she was married sometime after 1900.  She lived a long life and died on 16th May 1957. 

 

 

 

 

61Q43

Elmer T Collett was born at Smithfield in late 1880 or early 1881 and was 18 years old in 1900 when he was living with his family at Bennington in Bear Lake, Idaho.  No further record of him has been found to date, except that he is referred to twice within the Historical Registers of National Homes for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers 1866 to 1938.  Both give his age as 48, while making a reference to 1928, and for both entries he was named as Elmer Collette.  The first entry referred to military service at Sawtelle in California, while the second entry mentioned military service at Leavenworth in Kansas and that he was born at Smithfield in 1880.

 

 

 

 

61Q45

Elsie Collett was one half of a set of twins born on 4th November 1882 at Smithfield to proud parents James and Mariett Collett.  Sadly she only survived for three months and died on 3rd February 1883.

 

 

 

 

61Q46

Julia Collett was born at Bennington in Bear Park County in Idaho on 2nd October 1884, the last child of James Jones Collett by his first wife Mariett Tidwell.  Julia’s mother died when she was three years old, and it was six years after that when she was baptised on 7th September 1893, at the age of nine years.  It seems likely that she never married and that she died in December 1975 aged 91 years.

 

 

 

 

61Q49

Marriette Collett was born at Bennington on 22nd April 1897, the first child by the second wife of James Jones Collett, Jane Wardrop.  Her existence in this family line has been determined through the DNA Study currently being carried out by Barry Collett in the USA, the details of which were kindly provided by Marion O’Shea of Australia whose family feature in Part 12 – The Chipping Norton Line.  Marriette was ten years of age when she was baptised on 30th June 1907 and was named after her father’s first wife who had died before she was born.  Marriette died at the age of 84 at Lethbridge in Alberta on 10th November 1981, and was buried three days after her passing at Raymond in southern Alberta.

 

 

 

 

61Q51

Ralph Wardrop Collett was born at Logan in Cache County in Utah on 21st May 1902, one half of a set of twins, the last two children born to James Jones Collett and his second wife Jane Wardrop.  Sadly his twin brother did not survive, while Ralph was eight years old when he was baptised on 18th September 1910.  When Ralph was four years old his family left Utah and made their home at Alberta in Canada.  By 1916 he was the only child from his family who still living with his parents, when the census that year recorded the family as residing at Raymond Township within the Lethbridge district of Alberta, where Ralph W Collett was 14. 

 

 

 

Ralph later returned to America and by 1920 he was recorded in the census that year at West Branch in Bonner County, Idaho when he was staying there in a boarding house at the age of 17.  Ten years later Ralph W Collett was still a bachelor who was living at a boarding house in Denver, Colorado which was run by James and Florence Robison.  That was significant since Florence Robison, the great grandmother of R Scott Hayes who provided these new details, and the mother of Ralph's future wife, Virginia Elizabeth Miller who was born on 24th May 1909 in Joplin, Jasper County in Missouri.  Virginia was not living in her mother's home because she was recently divorced from James Byron Woodward with whom she had a son.  Curiously Ralph and Virginia were married on 9th February 1930, two months before the census was conducted that year.  So, for some reason, Ralph did not declare his married status, nor has it yet been discovered where Virginia was on the day of the census.  The next conundrum focuses on their daughter Florence Jane Collett who was born in Colorado on 8th July 1930, only five months after their wedding day, and three months after the census.  Presumably Ralph’s wife was hiding away, perhaps through the shame of having become pregnant prior to the couple’s wedding date, which may also have been the possible cause of her divorce.

 

 

 

Once their daughter was born the family left Colorado and travelled to California, where they settled in the town of Tulare where their remaining children were born.  it was there also that the family was residing on the day of the census in 1940 when Ralph Wardrop Collett was 37, Virginia Elizabeth Collett was 30, and their six children were James Byron Collett (Woodward) who was 12, Florence Jane Collett who was nine, Beulah Marie Collett who was seven, Robert Wardrop Collett who was six, Joyce Yvonne Collett who was three and Alice Ada Collett who was one year old.  Ralph W Collett died at Tulare in California on 25th January 1981, after which it is possible that his widow re-married, since Virginia Elizabeth Shields nee Miller died in 1989. 

 

 

 

61R86

James Byron Woodward

Born in 1927 at Kansas City, Missouri

 

The above child is the result of the previous marriage of Ralph’s wife to James Byron Woodward.

 

61R87

Florence Jane Collett

Born in 1930 at Denver, Colorado

 

61R88

Beulah Marie Collett

Born in 1932 at Visalia, Tulare County

 

61R89

Robert Wardrop Collett

Born in 1933 at Farmersville, Tulare Cty

 

61R90

Joyce Yvonne Collett

Born in 1936 at Farmersville, Tulare Cty

 

61R91

Alice Nevada Collett

Born in 1938 at Tulare, Tulare County

 

61R92

Ralph Sidney Collett

Born in 1940 at Visalia, Tulare County

 

61R93

Joann Fay Collett

Born in 1942 at Visalia, Tulare County

 

 

 

 

61Q52

Riley Wardrop Collett, who was the twin brother of Ralph Wardrop Collett (above), was born at Logan on 21st May 1902.  Tragically he died at Logan in Cache County, Utah, on 25th September 1902 and was buried at Smithfield in an unmarked grave.

 

 

 

 

61Q53

Ada Mary Collett was born at Idaho in 1887, the eldest child of Thomas Ward Collett and his wife Ida Amelia Anderson.  In 1900 she was living at Club Springs, Salt River Precincts in Bannock County, Idaho, with her family and was 13.  Sometime later she married Earle Miller and their son Thomas was born while the couple was still living in Idaho.  However, by 1920 the family had moved west to San Buena, Ventura in California.  Earle Miller from Colorado was 35, Ada Miller from Idaho was 32, and their son Thomas W Miller was five years old.  Ten years later her son Tommy Miller, age 16, was living at the Unity home in Cassia County of Ada’s youngest brother George Collett (below) who was married to Anne Rose Miller, the sister of Ada’s husband.  Following the death of her husband Ada re-married to become Ada Mary Henderson, the name used at the time of her death in 1953.

 

 

 

 

61Q54

Blanche Elizabeth Collett was born at Idaho during September 1889, the daughter of Thomas Ward Collett and Ida Amelia Anderson.  All that is currently known about her is that in 1900 she was living with her family is Club Springs, Salt River Precincts in Bannock, Idaho, when she was 11, and that twenty years later she was still a spinster at the age of 31 while residing at Burley in Cassia County, Idaho with her parents.  Upon being married she became Blanche Elizabeth Johnson and died in 1957.

 

 

 

 

61Q55

Elmer Thomas Collett was born at Idaho in 1892 and died in 1893.

 

 

 

 

61Q56

Loren A Collett was born in Idaho during December 1894, the third child and eldest son of Thomas and Ida Collett.  In 1900 he and his family were living at Club Springs in Bannock County, when Loren was six years of age.  No record of him or his family has been identified within the census of 1910 simply because, by then, they had been living in Canada for a few years.  It was around 1913 that Loren married Lona from Virginia, and by 1920 when the pair of them was living at Cassia in Idaho their marriage had already given them their first three children.  Loren was 25, Lona was 24, and the three children were Uriel Collett, who was five, Gordon Collett, who was three years and ten months, and Lillian Collett who was two years old.  All three children had been born in Idaho.

 

 

 

The family did not feature in the next census of 1930, but by 1940 it was a completely different situation when Loren and Lona were living at Grand View in Ada County, Idaho.  And it was there, in the same dwelling that the family had been living in 1935.  Loren A Collett was 45, Lona Mcollett from West Virginia was 44, their son Gordon R Collett was 24, and their daughter Norma V Collett was 18.  Loren was hiring two men to assist him, and they were Nicholas Rigapollos, who was 56 and from Greece, and Melvin M Lyon from Idaho who was 23.

 

 

 

61R94

Uriel Collett

Born in 1914 at Idaho

 

61R95

Gordon R Collett

Born in 1916 at Idaho

 

61R96

Lillian Collett

Born in 1918 at Idaho

 

61R97

Norma V Collett

Born in 1922 at Idaho

 

 

 

 

61Q57

David Daniel Collett was born at Soda Springs in Caribou County, Idaho on 22nd April 1897, the son of Thomas and Ida Collett.  He was three years old at the time of the Club Springs census in 1900 when he was living with his family in Bannock County in Idaho.  Ten years later he and his family were in Canada, but had return to Idaho shortly thereafter.  It was as David D Collett, age 23, that he was still living with his family in 1920 when their home was in Cassia County in Idaho.  It was at the city of Burley in Idaho that David married the much younger Gwendoline Moench from Idaho on 19th September 1927, after which the couple set up home at Unity in Cassis County where David’s two brothers Thomas and George (below) were living in 1930.  The census that year included the childless couple living there with Gwendoline’s younger brother staying with them on the day of census.  Dave Collett was 33, Gwendoline Collett was 21, while David’s brother-in-law was named as Frank Moench from Idaho.

 

 

 

During the following decade Gwendoline presented David with two children while they were still living in Unity, and it was there the family was recorded in the census of 1940.  By that time David D Collett was 43, Gwendoline Collett was 31, their son Freddie Collett was eight years old and their daughter Catherine Collett was six.  It was after a further eighteen years when David Daniel Collett died on 1st September 1958 that he was living in Wendell in Gooding County, Idaho while his widow survived him by thirty-one years when Gwendoline Collett nee Moench died during 1989.

 

 

 

61R98

David Frederick Collett

Born in 1931 at Unity, Idaho

 

61R99

Catherine Collett

Born in 1934 at Unity, Idaho

 

 

 

 

61Q58

Thomas Ward Collett was born in Idaho during 1901, the son of Thomas Ward Collett and Ida Amelia Anderson.  At the end of the first decade of the new century Thomas and his family were living in Alberta, Canada, but by 1920 they were back living in Cassia County in Idaho, when Thomas W Collett was 19.  Three of four years later he married Minnie Viola Peterson from Colorado, and over the following few years they had a total of four children.  The first child was born at Burley, with the remainder born after the family had settled at Unity in Cassia County.

 

 

 

By the time of the census in 1930 the couple’s third child had only just been born at Unity, where Thomas’ brothers David (above) and George (below) were also living with their families.  Thomas Collett was 30, Minnie Collett was 26, and their three children at that time were Viola Collett who was five, Thomas Collett who was two, and baby Harold Collett.  Their last child was born there a few years later and by 1935 the family had moved to Grand View in Ada County, Idaho, where Thomas’ older brother Loren (above) was also living at that time.

 

 

 

According to the Grand View census of 1940, Thomas W Collett was 39, his wife Minnie V Collett was 36, Viola M Collett was 15, Thomas A Collett was 12, Harold E Collett was nine, and Ida M Collett was seven.  Also like his brother Loren, Thomas too was employing two hired hands, and they were the brothers Leroy Beaman who was 27, and Sherman C Beaman who was 23, from Colorado.

 

 

 

61R100

Viola Minnie Collett

Born in 1925 at Burley, Idaho

 

61R101

Thomas A Collett

Born in 1928 at Unity, Idaho

 

61R102

Harold E Collett

Born in 1930 at Unity, Idaho

 

61R103

Ida M Collett

Born in 1933 at Unity, Idaho

 

 

 

 

61Q59

George Ward Collett was born in Idaho during 1904, the youngest son of Thomas Ward Collett and his wife Ida.  It was not longer after he was born that his parents temporarily left Idaho and spent a few years in Alberta where his sister Alberta Collett was born in 1910.  However, the family had returned to Idaho by 1914 since it was there that George’s next sister Elizabeth was born.

 

 

 

All of this was confirmed in the census of 1920, when the Collett family was residing in Cassia County in Idaho, where George W Collett was 16.  George was very likely around 24 or 25 when he married Anne Rose Miller from Utah, the sister of Earle Miller who married George’s older sister Ada Mary Collett (above).  George and Anne he had two known children, the first of which was a baby at the time of the census in 1930.  By that time the family of three was living at Unity in Cassia County, close to George’s two older married brothers David and Thomas (above).  George was 26, Anne was 24, their son was named as John G Collett, and staying with the family was nephew Tommy Miller who was 16 and from Idaho, the son of George’s eldest sister Ada Miller nee Collett (above).

 

 

 

Unlike his two brothers, George did not move to Grand View in Ada County, Idaho, before 1935 but was still living in Unity by the time of the census in 1940, which also confirmed that he had been living at the same address in 1935.  George W Collett was 39, Anne M Collett was 32, John Collett was 11, and George Collett was four years of age.  Lodging with the family was hired hand Fred Hansen from Utah who was 38, together with his daughter Myra Hansen, age 19, who was described as the niece of George Collett, and Warren Hansen who was 15, and described as nephew.  This might indicate that George’s wife was Anne M Hansen, the sister of Fred Hansen, since they were both born in Utah.  Five years later George Ward Collett passed away in 1940 and some time thereafter his widow re-married to become Anne Rose Williams, who died in 1976.

 

 

 

61R104

John George Collett

Born in 1929 at Elmore County, Idaho

 

61R105

George Edward Collett

Born in 1935 at Cassia County, Idaho

 

 

 

 

61Q63

Edna Collett was born at Dayton in Idaho on 18th December 1892, the first child of Daniel Ward Collett by his wife Sarah Lottie Phillips.  Nineteen years later she married Leslie Bird Howell on 17th January 1912.

 

 

 

 

61Q64

Lottie Lewella Collett was born on 26th November 1894, the daughter of Daniel Ward Collett and Sarah Lottie Phillips.  She was born in a log cabin on the site of what is now the Blackfoot Reservoir near the town of Henry in Idaho.  The town of Henry only had one general store which was originally built by John Henry Schmidt, the great uncle of Lee Ward Collett who provided this information.  Today in 2014 the store is now closed.  It was one week after her twentieth birthday when she married LeRoy D Manning on 2nd December 1914.

 

 

 

 

61Q65

Sarah Collett was born at Soda Springs in Caribou County, Idaho on 10th January 1897 and was twenty-seven years of age when she married Dimon D Bodily on 11th June 1924.

 

 

 

 

61Q66

Daniel Phillips Collett was known as Dan and was born at Presto in Bingham County, Idaho on 19th July 1898, the son of Daniel and Sarah Collett.  By 1900 Daniel P Collett was two years old when he and his family were living at Presto, Grays, Taylor Precincts, Bingham County in Idaho.  Ten years later the family was at Dayton in Oneida County, Idaho, where Daniel was curiously recorded as being 10 instead of 12.  After another ten years Daniel was still living with his family in 1920 when he was 21 and his family was at Cassia County in Idaho.

 

 

 

Three years later on 3rd October 1923 he married Anna Vernetta Buchanan, probably in a joint ceremony with his sister Elizabeth (below).  During the next seven years Anna presented Daniel with their first three children, as confirmed by the census in 1930.  The family on that occasion was recorded incorrectly under the surname Collatt, by which time they were living at Hagerman in Gooding County, Idaho.  Daniel P Collatt was 31, Vernetta A Collatt was 24, and their three children on that occasion were Bobby D Collatt, who was five, Junior M Collatt, who was three, and Gloria A Collatt who was under one year old.

 

 

 

Two more children were added to the family during the first half of the 1930s, and in between the two births Daniel’s father passed away, as a result of which his widowed lived with him and his family thereafter.  That may have been around the time that the family left Hagerman and moved to Glenns Ferry in Elmore County in Idaho, where they were al living in 1940.

 

 

 

The family at that time was listed as Dan P Collett, age 41, Vernetta A Collett, age 34, Bobby Dan Collett, who was 14, Max Collett, who was 13, Gloria Ann Collett, who was 10, Donetta Collett, who was nine, and Gary B Collett who was six years old.  Daniel’s mother, Sarah L Collett from Utah, was 67, while all of the other members of the household had been born in Idaho..

 

 

 

61R106

Bobby Daniel Collett

Born in 1925 in Idaho

 

61R107

Junior Max Collett

Born in 1927 in Idaho

 

61R108

Gloria A Collett

Born in 1929 at Hagerman, Idaho

 

61R109

Donetta Collett

Born in 1931 at Hagerman, Idaho

 

61R110

Gary B Collett

Born in 1934 in Idaho

 

 

 

 

61Q67

Elizabeth Collett was born at Basalt in Bingham County, Idaho on 11th November 1902.  She was one month short of her twenty-first birthday when she married Martinus Anderson on 3rd October 1923, the same day that her brother Daniel (above) was married, most likely in a double wedding ceremony.

 

 

 

 

61Q68

William Phillips Collett was born at Basalt in Bingham County on 14th September 1904, and was five years old in the census of 1900, when he and his family were living at Dayton in Franklin County, Idaho.  Ten years later in 1910 the family had moved to Cassia County in Idaho, where William was 15.  With no obvious record of him in 1920, it was five years later that he married Roxie Leora Collins on 26th May 1925 and by 1930 they had a baby daughter and were living at Shoshone in Lincoln County, Idaho.

 

 

 

It is likely the couple settled in Shoshone once they were married and there also where their daughter was born, since baby Shirley B Collett was not yet one year old in the census of 1930, when her parents were recorded as William P Collett who was 25 and Roxie L Collett who was 22.  Further children were added to the family during the next decade and in 1935 the enlarged family was living at Challis in Custer County, Idaho, where the couple’s second son had been born.  However, by 1940 the family had moved again, on that occasion to Butte in Silver Bow County in Montana, where they were recorded in the census as Collette.  William Collette was 35, Roxie Collett was 32, Shirley Collette was 10, sons Billie Collette and Jean Collette were seven and five respectively, and daughter Patsy Collette was three years old.  William Phillips Collett was 93 when he died on 12th February 1998.

 

 

 

61R111

Shirley B Collett

Born in 1930 at Shoshone, Idaho

 

61R112

William (Billie) Collett

Born in 1933 at Challis, Idaho

 

61R113

Jean Collett

Born in 1935 at Challis, Idaho

 

61R114

Patricia (Patsy) Collett

Born in 1937 at Butte, Montana

 

 

 

 

61Q69

Mabel Collett was born at Dayton in Franklin County, Idaho on 15th May 1907 and she later married William Robert Owen on 29th December 1925.

 

 

 

 

61Q70

Ralph Thomas Collett was born at Dayton in Franklin County on 15th April 1910, the son of Daniel Collett and Sarah Phillips.  He was twenty-four years of age when he married Irene Mable Eliason at Acequia, Minidoka County in Idaho on 26th February 1935, Irene having been born at Racetrack in Powell County, Montana on 3rd December 1911.  Over the next two decades Irene presented Ralph with a total of seven children.  All of the new details inserted in November 2014 have been kindly provided by Ralph’s son Lee.

 

 

 

61R115

Frank Ralph Collett

Born in 1936

 

61R116

Dorene Mae Collett

Born in 1938

 

61R117

Kenneth Ray Collett

Born in 1939

 

61R118

Delores E Collett

Born in 1942

 

61R119

Lee Ward Collett

Born in 1944

 

61R120

Neal Earl Collett

Born in 1947

 

61R121

Glen Alton Collett

Born in 1955

 

 

 

 

61Q71

Elverta Collett was born at Dayton in Franklin County on 17th March 1912 and she was twenty-one when she married Thomas Roosevelt Pope on 28th September 1933.

 

 

 

 

61Q72

Barbara Opal Collett was born at Dayton in Franklin County on 5th March 1914 and it was on 1st June 1933 that she married Moylan Isaac Eliason, whose sister Irene Mable Eliason married Barbara’s brother Ralph (above) two years later.

 

 

 

 

61Q73

Berniece Collett was born at Weston in Franklin County, Idaho on 5th September 1916.  Tragically she was only nineteen months old when she suffered an infant death on 14th April 1918.

 

 

 

 

61Q74

Alton Ward Collett was born at Burley in Cassia County, Idaho on 17th November 1920, the last child born to parents Daniel Ward Collett and his wife Sarah Lottie Phillips.  While he was still very young his parents moved to Hagerman in Gooding County, Idaho where the family was listed as Collatt in the census of 1930.  At that time Alton was recorded as Elton Collatt who was nine years old.

 

 

 

In 1935 he was still living at Hagerman with his widowed mother, following the death of his father in September 1932.  After 1935 Alton and his mother moved to Glenns Ferry in Elmore County, Idaho, where Alton’s eldest married brother William Phillips Collett was living with his family.  In 1930 Alton’s mother was living with his brother, while Alton Collett, age 20, was a hired hand at the Glenns Ferry home of Duard F Campbell and his wife Una M Campbell.  It was after the Second World War that Alton Ward Collett married (1) Phyllis Jean McMillian on 1st March 1946.  No details of his second wife are currently available.

 

 

 

 

61R1

Reuben Tanner Collett was born at Cokeville in Wyoming on 29th December in 1892, the only known son of Sylvester Collett and his wife Elnora Tanner.  Up until around 1912 he lived with his family at Cokeville, where he was eight years old in 1900, and was 17 in 1910, after which they moved to Burley in Cassia County, Idaho.  On leaving school Reuben became a bookkeeper and it was at Burley that he tragically died at the age of 22 on 13th October 1915, following which he was buried the next day at Pleasant Hill Cemetery.  His death certificate confirmed his date of birth, the names of his parents, and his occupation.

 

 

 

 

61R4

Lucille Collett was born at Idaho during 1896 and was the second of the three children of Thomas Karren Collett and his wife Catherine.  By 1900 her family had settled at Cokeville in Wyoming where Lucille was five years of age, and it was also at Cokeville that the completed family was still living in 1910 when she was 14.

 

Shortly thereafter the family moved to Salt Lake City where unmarried Lucille was 25 when she was still living there with her parents in 1920.  Sometime later she was married and became Lucille Rogers, the result of which was the birth of a son Thomas Franklyn Rogers, known as Tom, who was born in 1932. 

 

 

 

And it was Tom who provided some additional details for this family line during 2014.  Tom has served as a Mormon missionary in Germany after receiving his first Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Utah in 1955.  He still travels to Eastern Europe at least three times a year and is occasionally accompanied by one of his twenty-one grandson.  Tom also has seventeen granddaughters.

 

 

 

In addition to all of this Tom currently lives in Bountiful in Utah and retired from the Brigham Young University faculty at Provo in 2000.  He was a professor of Russian and had served there for thirty-one years.  During that time, as director of the Honours Program, he was the author of nearly thirty plays, including the first literary account of the young German Latter Day Saints martyr, Helmuth Huebener.  He was the first mission president of the Russia St Petersburg Mission from 1993 to 1996 and, with his wife, taught English at the University of Peking for the BYU China Teachers Program.  He also served a mission at the Sweden Stockholm Temple.  Over eight years up to 2014 Tom has served as an itinerant Russian speaking patriarch in the Church’s Europe East Area and has completed twenty-four tours and bestowed there approximately 2,500 blessings.

 

 

 

 

61R5

Thiel D Collett was born at Cokeville in Wyoming in 1905, the only son and third child of Thomas Karren Collett and his wife Catherine.  He was five years old in the Cokeville census of 1910 but by 1920, when he was 15, he and his family were residing in Salt Lake City.  Thiel later married and had a daughter Sharron Collett.

 

On 25th April 1933 the adventures of Thiel Collett and his trip to the Far East were reported in the newspaper, when the Salt Lake City Tribune printed the follow article under the headline “Student Returns From Year Tour of Orient Lands – youth declares cost of trip held to less than $2 per day”

 

 

 

“Darkly tanned, Thiel Collett, prominent former University of Utah athlete, has returned from an economy tour of the Orient and Europe.  Mr Collett was away for a year visiting Hawaii, Japan, Manchuria, China, French Indo-China, Java, Bali, Siam, Burma, India, Iraq, Turkey, Syria, Palestine, Egypt, Greece, Italy, France, Switzerland and England.  The trip cost him less than $2 per day, Mr Collett said Monday, explaining that it was undertaken as a means of rounding out his education.  Within the ensuing year he plans to write a book on his travels.

 

 

 

A son of Mrs T K Collett of 324 East Second South Street, Mr Collett was the captain of the university football team in 1925.  He gained recognition for his ability in the centre and forward positions, and later played basketball for the Arthur team of the Utah Copper League.  The Traveller was in the Sino-Japanese war zone, along the Southern Manchuria railway, for two weeks.  Although he witnessed much suffering from a Cholera epidemic, he saw none of the fighting.

 

 

 

Mr Collett narrowly escaped contacting Cholera.  Two men he met at Bangkok, Siam, an Indian and a United States government official, contracted the dread disease while he was travelling with them to Calcutta over a northern Siam and southern Burma malaria belt.  Both recovered after two weeks treatment in Calcutta.”

 

 

 

It was Thiel’s athleticism that led to him being selected as the model for the ‘larger than life’ size central bronze figure in the Mormon Battalion Monument in the grounds of the Utah State Capitol.  His participation in this venture was jointly due to his athletic physique and the fact that his great grandfather Thomas Karren had been a member of the Battalion.  The Mormon Battalion was recruited by the US Government during the Mexican War in 1857, at the very time members of the LDS Church had been forced from their headquarters in Nauvoo, Illinois, and were undertaking the arduous trek to what is now Utah.  Brigham Young agreed to the separation of those badly needed men, most of them husbands and fathers, so that their army wages could help provision their and other families on the pioneer trail.  The aforementioned Thomas Karren, the future father-in-law of the young Sylvanus Collett, was one of those recruits.  The Battalion, which marched all the way to California and then back to Utah after it disbanded, never saw military action. 

 

 

 

61S1

Sharron Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

 

 

 

61R17

Leslie Marion Collett was born in Cache County, Utah on 12th June 1889, the eldest child of Marion Merrill Collett and his wife Anna Laura Horn.  Leslie was 11 in 1900 when he and his family were living at Portneuf in Bannock County, Idaho.  Around 1904 his mother died and by 1910 Leslie Collett, age 23 (sic), was living with his father and his sisters at Butte in Silver Bow County, Montana.

 

 

 

Where Leslie was in 1920 has not been determined, although by 1930 he was a married man and was living in Seattle with his wife.  Staying with the couple on that occasion were his own parents, plus his mother-in-law.  When and where Leslie M Collett married Gertrude J Miller is not known.  In 1900 Gertrude was four years old and was living at Haddon Heights in Camden County, New Jersey, with her German born parents J Fred Miller and his wife Anna S Miller.  Gertrude was born during the month of May in 1896 and was still unmarried and living with her widowed mother Anna Miller at Queens, New York in 1920 when she was 24.

 

 

 

It seems unlikely that Leslie and Gertrude ever had any children and in the census of 1930 for Seattle they were recorded as Leslie M Collett from Utah, age 41, as was his wife Gertrude J Collett from New York.  His mother-in-law was Anna S Miller, age 66 and from Germany, and his own parents were Marion Collett, who was 59, and Laura Collett who was 58.  Ten years after that the Seattle census of 1940 listed just the two of them as Leslie M Collett and Gertrude Collett who were both 52.  It was sixteen years after that when Leslie Marion Collett died in Seattle on 2nd January 1956, following which he was buried at Holyrood Catholic Cemetery in Shoreline, nine miles north of Downtown Seattle, lot 808.

 

 

 

 

61R19

Wauneta Collett was born at Smithfield in Cache County, Utah, during the month of February in 1892, the daughter of Marion and Anna Collett at Utah.  In the census of 1900 she was listed with her family as Waneta Collett aged eight years at Portneuf in Bannock County, Idaho.  Not long after that her parents moved the family to live at Butte in Montana, where the death of Wauneta Collett was recorded during June in 1909.

 

 

 

 

61R20

Pearl Collett was born at Smithfield in Cache County, Utah during 1894, the daughter of Marion and Anna Collett, who was six years old in the census of 1900 when Pearl and her family was recorded at Portneuf in Bannock County, Idaho.  When her family was recorded at Butte in 1910 and 1920 Pearl was not with them since, by the latter, she was a married woman, Pearl Sylvester.  While nothing is known about her short married life, it was shortly after finalising the funeral arrangement for her father that she became ill and died on 15th March 1935.  Four days both Pearl and her father were buried at Mount Moriah Cemetery when the following report was published in the Butte Standard newspaper.  “Double funeral services for father and daughter Marion Collett and Mrs Pearl Sylvester were conducted at 2 o’clock at Duggan’s Merrill mortuary.  The services were under the auspices of the Church of Latter Day Saints.  Burial was side by side in Mount Moriah Cemetery.  Marion Collett died late on Friday at his home, 238 New Street, following a long illness.  His daughter had died at a local hospital a few hours later after she became suddenly ill shortly after completing funeral arrangements for her father.  Her home was at 713 Placer Street.”

 

 

 

 

61R21

Lucretia Laura Collett was born at Smithfield in Cache County, Utah on 24th December 1899 another daughter of Marion and Anna Collett.  She was one year old in the Portneuf census of 1900 and by 1910, when she was 12 years of age she and her family were settled in Butte, Montana.  At some time in her life she was married and was known as Lucretia Laura Harper when she died in Seattle on 27th July 1928.

 

 

 

 

61R22

Myrtle Katherine Collett was born at Butte in Silver Bow County, Montana on 19th November 1905, the last child of Marion Merrill Collett and Anna Laura Horn.  Myrtle was six years old in 1910 when she and her family were still living at Butte in 1910, where she was the only child still living with her parents in 1920 when she was recorded as being 14.  She later married to become Myrtle Katherine Murray and it was in Seattle on 9th March 1952 that she died.  Myrtle Katherine Murray nee Collett was the great grandmother of Alaric DeArment of New York who kindly provided some of the information relating to this family line.

 

 

 

 

61R27

Leroy Collett was born at Cokeville on 12th February 1909, the son of Roy Collett and Sarah Amelia (Millie) Svenson.  Tragically she was only 18 years old when she died at Cokeville on 13th November 1927, following which she was buried in Cokeville Cemetery in Lincoln County, Wyoming.

 

 

 

 

61R31

Gertrude Collett was born at Maeser (Vernal) on 9th July 1892, but was not baptised until 16th August 1900.  She was the eldest child of Reuben Samuel Collett and his wife Flora Elsie Colton.  Gertrude later married Burke Reese Thomas at Salt Lake City on 22nd October 1919 with whom she had four children.  Burke was born at Pocatello in Idaho on 10th February 1892, the son of David B Thomas and Martha A Reese.  Shortly after they were married the couple was living at Knightsville in Juab County in Utah where their first child was born.  Within a few months the family had moved to Salt Lake City, where their remaining children were born.

 

 

 

The four children were Burke Reuben Thomas (16.08.1920 – 20.12.1976), Donald Collett Thomas (01.06.1922 – 08.04.2008), Nancy Thomas (16.08.1923 – 23.01.1951), and Jean Lamar Thomas who was born on 27.05.1925.  By the time of the census in 1940 Burke had died and Gertrude was a widow living in Salt Lake City at the home of her parents, together with her four children.  Gertrude was 47, and her children were Burke R Thomas, age 19, Donald C Thomas, age 17, Nancy Thomas, age 16, and Jean Thomas who was 14.  Gertrude spent most of her life at Salt Lake City and it was there that she died on 26th March 1976.  She was buried three days later at Wasatch Lawn Cemetery in Salt Lake City.

 

 

 

Gertrude’s son Donald married Beth Young at Salt Lake City on 8th September 1948 and it was their son David Young Thomas who was born at Salt Lake City on 9th March 1954 who kindly provided all of the details relating to his American family.

 

 

 

David married Lori Clark at Oakland in California on 21st May 1977 with whom he has five children - Jared Clark Thomas born at Provo on 22nd March 1978, Justin David Thomas born on 30th November 1980, Amy Beth Thomas born on 5th March 1983, and Sean Michael Thomas who was born on 15th April 1987, all three of them born at Mesa, and Trevor Matthew Thomas who was born at Santa Rosa on 7th December 1990.

 

 

 

 

61R32

Elsie Collett was born at Vernal on 11th February 1894 and was baptised on 2nd August 1902, the second child of Reuben and Flora Collett.  She married (1) Maurice Vernon Richardson  on 7th October 1922 at Salt Lake City and the marriage produced one son for the couple, Maurice Vernon junior who was born at Oakland on 3rd January 1923.  At the age of fifty-five, and presumably following the death of her husband, Elsie married (2) George B Baldwin in San Francisco on 5th August 1949.  She later died on 16th April 1984 at Palo Alta in California where she was also buried.

 

 

 

 

61R33

Reuben Sterling Collett was born at Vernal on 13th May 1895 and was baptised in 1903, the eldest son of Reuben and Flora Collett.  He married (1) Mary Lulu Griffith with whom he had three children.  He later married (2) Willie Maud Thomas nee Binskin at Reno in Washoe County in Nevada on 2nd November 1946.  Willie Maud was born at Banko in Texas on 14th January 1890.

 

 

 

Reuben and Mary were living at Roosevelt in Duchesne County in Utah for the birth of their first and third child, but in between times the family lived at Salt Lake City where the second child was born.  Reuben Stirling Collett died at Waco, McLennan County in Texas on 21st August 1975 and was buried at Vernal on 25th August 1975.

 

 

 

61S2

Sterling Driggs Collett

Born in 1920 at Roosevelt, Utah

 

61S3

Ray Samuel Collett

Born in 1921 at Salt Lake City

 

61S4

Maureen (Maurine) Collett

Born in 1924 at Roosevelt, Utah

 

 

 

 

61R34

Marie Collett was born at Vernal on 4th October 1896 and was baptised on 4th June 1905, the daughter of Reuben and Flora Collett.  Over thirty-four years later at the age of 43 she married Hobert Wesley Wheeler at San Francisco on 22nd November 1939.  Hobert was born on 6th April 1902 at Hamden in New Haven in Connecticut.  Marie was living at Walnut Grove in California when she died on 22nd March 1986 and it was there that she was also buried.

 

 

 

 

61R35

Karl Warren Collett was born at Vernal on 29th May 1898 and was baptised on 2th August 1906, the son of Reuben and Flora Collett.  The Vernal census in 1900 included him with his family as Karl W Collett age two years.  He was still there ten years later in 1910 when he was 12, but after a further ten years he and his family were living in Duchesne County in Utah, where Karl W Collett was 21.  It was very soon after that when Karl sailed to England, most likely on a Mormon Mission, following which he returned in 1923.  His re-entry into America from Liverpool was confirmed in the passenger manifest of the vessel ‘Montcalm’ which docked at Quebec on 14th September 1923, his age being recorded as 25 years and 5 months, his date of birth stated as being 29th May 1898.

 

 

 

Four years later he married Dorcas Leah McBride on 7th June 1927 at Salt Lake City.  Leah, as she was known, was born at Oakley in Cassio County in Idaho on 25th January 1904.  The marriage resulted in the birth of two children for Karl and Leah, who were recorded with them in the census of 1930 as residing at Salt Lake City.  Karl W Collet was 31, his wife Leah Collett was 25, and their daughters were La Rue Collett who was two years old and Jolene Collett who was still under one year old.  Lodging with the family was Fredrick Bosch from Minnesota who was 31.

 

 

 

In 1935 the family of four was living at Boulder in Clark County, Nevada, but five years later they had settled at Judicial Township 4 in Shasta County, California.  By that time Karl was 42, Leah E Collett was 36, La Ray (sic) was 12, and Jolene was 10.

 

 

 

Tragically the family lost their father sixteen years later when in 1956 Karl Warren Collett was killed in an air-crash, from which his body was never recovered.  The accident happened on 9th December 1956 near Hope in Alaska, British Columbia, and the list of passengers included the name of Karl Warren Collett of Calgary in Alberta.  Details of the fatal flight are contained in an appendix at the end of this family line.

 

 

 

61S5

Lu Rae Collett

Born in 1928 at Salt Lake City

 

61S6

Jolene Collett

Born in 1929 at Salt Lake City

 

 

 

 

61R36

Merle Collett was born at Vernal on 21st June 1899, the daughter of Reuben and Flora Collett.  Sadly she only survived for sixteen months before she died at Vernal on 1st November 1900, where she was also buried.

 

 

 

 

61R37

Flora Collett was one half of a set of twins who was born at Vernal on 19th February 1902, the daughter of Reuben and Flora Collett.  She was baptised with her twin sister Cora (below) in a joint ceremony on 2nd April 1910.  She married Lewis Leroy George on 14th June 1928 and together they had two daughters.  The first of these was Coralie George who was born on 27th January 1932 at Great Falls in Montana and the second was Sally Ann George who was born at Sacramento in California on 14th September 1941.

 

 

 

 

61R38

Cora Collett was one half of a set of twins who was born at Vernal on 19th February 1902, the last two children born to Reuben Samuel Collett and his first wife Flora Elsie Colton.  She was baptised with her twin sister Flora (above) in a joint ceremony on 2nd April 1910.  Cora married (1) Clarence Etheridge Johnson at Vernal on 7th March 1923 and the marriage produced three children for the couple.  They were Norma Johnson who was born at Roosevelt on 1st January 1924, Norman Etheridge Johnson who was born on 13th July 1927 at Salt Lake City, and Flora Elsie Johnson who was born on 11th January 1929, after the family had returned to Roosevelt.

 

 

 

Cora’s husband, who was born at Vernal on 10th November 1901 and baptised on 2nd September 1911, sadly died when he was only thirty-one years of age.  That happened at Rialto in San Bernardino CA on 20th January 1932, leaving Cora with their three young children.  After thirteen years as a widow, Cora married (2) Percy Julius Prinz on 29th May 1945 at San Francisco.  Percy had been born at Cincinnati in Hamilton, Ohio on 28th October 1887 and was fifteen years old than Cora.  And it was at San Francisco that Cora Prinz nee Collett died on 17th September 1977 and where she was buried three days later.

 

 

 

 

61R39

Wiley Sylvanus Collett was born at Maeser (Vernal) on 8th May 1888, the eldest child of Sylvanus Collett and his first wife Sarah Elizabeth Simkins.  He was eight years old when he was baptised on 1st July 1896, and was 12 years of age at the time of the census in 1900 when Wiley and his family were living at Browns Park Precincts in Routt County, Colorado.  After that time there is a gap in his life story, perhaps because of his slightly unusual name which may have had different interpretations in the various census records that followed. 

 

 

 

It was previously written here in error that he entered the church and was the Reverend Wylie Sylvanus Collett married to Della Lyttle with whom he had two sons by the time the census was conducted at Harlan, Kentucky in 1930.  The family’s surname was recorded in error as Collette, with Wiley Collette being 25, his wife Dallie Collette being 22 and from Kentucky, as were their two children, Ernest Collette who was five and Joe C Collette who was four, both born at Harlan.  It was at Salt Lake City that Wiley Sylvanus Collett died on 7th May 1962 at the age of 74, following which he was buried four days after at the Memorial Park Cemetery in Vernal.

 

 

 

61S7a

Ernest Collett

Born in 1924 at Harlan, Kentucky

 

61S7b

Joe C Collett

Born in 1925 at Harlan, Kentucky

 

 

 

Thanks to V Brent Collett, the grandson of Wiley Collett from Vernal in Utah, it is now known that Wiley never lived in Kentucky and was certainly not the husband of Della Lyttle or the father of Ernest and Joe, whose details have been retained here for completeness.  Following his endowment and initiation into the Church of Latter Day Saints at Salt Lake City on 3rd April 1912 Wiley Collett married Erma America Billings at Salt Lake Temple on 3rd June 1914.  Erma was born at Jensen in Utah on 11th July 1890, was the daughter of Alfred Nelson Billings and Alice Elvira Orser and was baptised on 2nd July 1898.  Their marriage produced seven children, all as listed below.

 

 

 

On the day of the census in 1920 Wiley S Collett from Utah was a farmer at Riverdale in Uintah County, Utah, working on a farm that he owned through a mortgage.  He was 31, while his wife Erma A Collett was 29 and their two surviving children at that time were son Vena B Collett who was four years and two months and daughter Vella Collett who was three years and two months.  The couple’s third child, Don B Collett - who was born on 1st December 1919, sadly died at Jensen on 12th January 1920 just over two weeks before the day of the census that year.

 

 

 

Although no record of any member of the family has been identified within the census of 1930, it is established from the following census that the family was residing at Robertson in Uinta, Wyoming in 1935 where Wiley was still living in 1940 but not with his wife.  Curiously she was renting property in Mountain View in Uinta, ten kilometres north of Robertson.  Wiley S Collett was 51 and the owner of a ranch valued at $500 where he worked with his son Vena B Collett who was 24.  Completing that part of the divided family was daughter Vella aged 23 and daughter Alice who was 13.  Wiley was described as a rancher who was working for seventy hours each week and whose annual income for 1939 was $800.  On that same day in 1940 Wiley’s wife Erma B Collett was 49 and was employed for sixty hours a week as a local switchboard operator at Mountain View.  With her were her three daughters: Anna who was 19; Beth who was 16; and La Rue who was four years of age.

 

 

 

Wiley Collett died the day before his seventy-fourth, when he passed away at Salt Lake City on 7th May 1962 and was buried on 11th May 1962 in the Memorial Park Cemetery in Vernal.  After three years as a widow Erma was re-married to Joseph Wilford Slade during January 1965.  In the end Wiley’s wife survived him by almost seventeen years when as Erma America Slade she died at Vernal on 7th March 1979 and was laid to rest with or near to her first husband in the Vernal Memorial Park Cemetery.

 

 

 

61S8

Vene Billings Collett

Born in 1915 at Vernal, Utah

 

61S9

Vella Collett

Born in 1916 at Vernal, Utah

 

61S10

Don Billings Collett

Born in 1919 at Jensen, Utah

 

61S11

Anna Collett

Born in 1921 at Vernal, Utah

 

61S12

Beth Collett

Born in 1924 at McKinnon, Wyoming

 

61S13

Alice Collett

Born in 1926 at McKinnon, Wyoming

 

61S14

Lu Rae Collett

Born in 1935 at Robertson, Wyoming

 

 

 

 

61R40

Annie Elthora Collett was born at Leti in Maricopa County in Arizona on 5th June 1891, the first daughter born to Sylvanus and Sarah Collett.  Tragically she died two years later on 27th June 1893.

 

 

 

 

61R41

Orin Collett was born at Vernal on 3rd October 1893 and was baptised on 27th September 1901, the son of Sylvanus and Sarah Collett.  He was strangely recorded as being only five years old in the census of 1900, when he and his parents were residing at Browns Park Precincts in Routt County, Colorado.  Following the death of his mother in 1902, Orin’s father remarried and in 1910 the new family was living at North Ashley, to the north of Vernal, when Orin Collett was 16.  No record of Orin has been found in 1920 but it is established that he married Essie of Utah around 1915, and that by 1930 Essie had presented him with the first five of the six known children.

 

 

 

Orin and Essie, both 37, were still living at North Ashley in 1930, where their children were recorded as son Laveril Collett, who was 14, Bernice Collett, who was 12, William R Collett, who was nine, Clara Dell Collett, who was six, Betty Merle Collett who was two years old.  It was during the following year that the couple’s last child was born, and sometime after 1935 the family left North Ashley and settled at Precinct 14 in Hanna in Duchesne County, Utah, where they were living in 1940.

 

 

 

According to the census that year the family had been living at (North Ashley) in Vernal in 1935, and by 1940 the couple’s eldest daughter Bernice was no longer living with them, and was perhaps married by then.  Orin and Essie were both 47, while their sons Laveril and Bill were 24 and 19 respectively.  Curiously there was a conflict with the ages and names of their first two daughters, with Betty Collett now the older child at 16, with Clara Collett the younger at 12, so it is possible that it was simply an enumerator error.  The youngest daughter was named as Arva Collett who was nine years old.

 

 

 

Later in 1940 Orin and his son William were also working together at Ouray Valley in Uintah County when Orin was 48 and William was 20.  It was just over twenty years after that when Orin Collett was living in Los Angeles where he died on 12th January 1963.  His death certificate confirmed that his mother was Simpkins and that he had been born on 1st October 1893, rather than 3rd October as stated above.

 

 

 

61S15

Laveril Collett

Born in 1916 at North Ashley, Utah

 

61S16

Bernice Collett

Born in 1918 at North Ashley, Utah

 

61S17

William R Collett

Born in 1921 at North Ashley, Utah

 

61S18

Clara Dell Collett

Born in 1924 at North Ashley, Utah

 

61S19

Betty Merle Collett

Born in 1928 at North Ashley, Utah

 

61S20

Arva Collett

Born in 1931 at North Ashley, Utah

 

 

 

 

61R42

Alice Collett was born at Vernal in 1897 and was three years old in the census of 1900 when she was living with her family at Browns Park Precincts in Routt County, Colorado.  Her mother Sarah Elizabeth Simkins died when Alice was only five years old, after which her father Sylvanus married Ethelwynne and the family moved a few miles north to North Ashley, where Alice was 12 in 1910.

 

 

 

 

61R43

Byron Sylvester Collett was born at Vernal on 28th January 1902 and was baptised on 30th April 1910, the last child of Sylvanus and Sarah Collett.  Byron never knew his mother because Sarah Elizabeth Collett nee Simkins died when he was only one month old.  His father then remarried and moved the family to North Ashley near Vernal where they were living in 1910 when Byron S Collett was eight years old.  He was still living with his father and his stepmother in 1920 when he was 18. 

 

 

 

Sometime in the later part of the 1920s Byron married Clela from Oklahoma and in 1930 they were staying with the family of Clarence James Collett (Ref. 61Q28) at Salt Lake City.  Byron S Collett was 28, while his wife Clela H Collett was 26.  It would appear that their marriage produced just one child who was living with them at Hanna in Duchesne County in 1940, although just prior to her birth the childless couple had been living at Ely in St Louis, Minnesota in 1935.  The census in 1940 confirmed that Byron S Collett was 38, his wife Clela was 36, and their daughter was Nita Veloy Collett who was four years old.  Byron Sylvester Collett was living at Roosevelt in Duchesne County in Utah when he died on 5th December 1971, and four days later he was buried at Vernal.

 

 

 

61S21

Nita Veloy Collett

Born in 1936 at Duchesne, Utah

 

 

 

 

61R44

Claude Stringham Collett was born at Vernal on 29th October 1911, the eldest of the five children of Sylvanus Collett by his second wife Ethelwynne Stringham.  Sadly he only survived for just over three months, when he died at Vernal on 7th February 1912.

 

 

 

 

61R45

Howard Samuel Collett was born at Vernal on 11th July 1914, the son of Sylvanus and Ethelwynne Collett.  It was as Howard S Collett that he was recorded in the census of 1930 when he was living with his family at North Ashley in Uintah County in Utah.  Nothing more is known about Howard after that time, except that he was at Vernal on 27th July 1996 when Howard Samuel Collett died at the age of 82.

 

 

 

 

61R46

Edna Collett was born at Maeser (Vernal) on 2nd April 1916, the eldest daughter of Sylvanus and Ethelwynne Collett.  Edna was 13 in the North Ashley census of 1930 and she later married to become Edna Raines and she and her husband had a son Robert J Raines.  He was the father of Miriam Plass who kindly provided the dates of birth and the date of death of the children of Sylvanus Collett and his second wife Ethelwynne.  Edna Raines nee Collett was still alive in later 2004 when her brother Carl (below) passed away.

 

 

 

 

61R47

Edith Collett was born at Maeser (Vernal) on 1st July 1918, the youngest daughter of Sylvanus and Ethelwynne Collett.  Edith was 11 years old in the North Ashley census of 1930, and was four months short of being 72 was she passed away at Vernal on 12th March 1990.

 

 

 

 

61R48

Carl Stringham Collett was born at Maeser (Vernal) on 10th June 1922, the youngest of the five children of Sylvanus Collett and Ethelwynne Stringham.  He was seven years old in the census of 1930, when he and his family were living at North Ashley in Uintah County, Utah. 

 

Carl Stringham Collett was 82 when he died at Salt Lake City on 24th December 2002.  Following his passing he was buried at Vernal Town Cemetery in Uintah County with his wife Donna.

 

 

 

During his early life he served with the Allied Forces in Europe in the Second World War and was married to Donna B Williams, with whom he had seven children.  Donna was born on 9th November 1926, she married Carl on 25th May 1946, and she at Vernal died on 7th July 2009.  The headstone on the couple’s joint grave indicates that their marriage was sealed on 30th April 1962.

 

 

 

The obituary for Carl, published in the Deseret News on Tuesday 28th December 2004, reads as follows: Father & Husband - VERNAL - Carl Stringham Collett, beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather passed away December 24, 2004 at the University of Utah Medical Center in Salt Lake City.  He passed away surrounded by family members from complications due to a stroke.  He will be greatly missed by his wife of 58 years, Donna Williams and sister Edna (Raines) of Vernal and seven sons and daughters.  Craig (and his wife Sandy), Randy Cornaby (and her husband Jay), Carl Ray (and his wife Wanda), Terell (and his wife Sheryl), Donetta Egbert (and her husband Herald), Tracy (and his wife Susan) and Guy (and his wife Dee).  Also 34 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren.  Funeral services will be held Thursday, Dec. 30, 2004 at 11:00 at the Maeser Stake Center (2475 West 1000 North) in Vernal, Utah. Burial will be at the Vernal Memorial Park with military honors by American Legion Post 124 and 11.”

 

 

 

61S22

Craig Collett (wife Sandy)

Date of birth unknown

 

61S23

Randy Collett (husband Jay Cornaby)

Date of birth unknown

 

61S24

Carl Ray Collett (wife Wanda)

Date of birth unknown

 

61S25

Terrell Collett (wife Sheryl)

Date of birth unknown

 

61S26

Donetta Collett (husband Herald Egbert)

Date of birth unknown

 

61S27

Tracy Collett (wife Susan)

Date of birth unknown

 

61S28

Guy Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

 

 

 

61R49

Veda Collett was born at Vernal in 1895 the eldest of the seven children of Adelbert Teancum Collett and Harriet Penelope Goodrich.  At the age of 15, Veda Collett and her family were living at Dragon in Uintah County, Utah when the census was conducted in 1910.  Later in her life she married Jesse T Brimhall and it was as Mrs Jesse T Brimhall of Kaysville that she was mentioned in a newspaper article relating to her parent’s fifty-first wedding anniversary in 1944.  By the time of the death of her father in 1959 she was still Mrs Jesse Brimhall although by that time in her life she was residing at Farmington in New Mexico, according to his obituary.  It was during 1983 that Veda Brimhall passed away.

 

 

 

 

61R50

Mabel Jacqueline Collett was born at Vernal on 16th April.1897, another daughter of Adelbert and Harriet Collett.  On the occasion of the census in 1910 Mabel, aged 13, was living with her family which, by that time, had settled at Dragon in Uintah County, Utah.  After a further ten years Mabel Collett was 22 when she was still living with her family but within Cache County, Utah.  Sometime thereafter Mabel married Paul Harwood and in 1944, when her parents’ fifty-first wedding anniversary was reported in the press, Mabel was described as Mrs Paul A Harwood of Berkeley in California.  Fifteen years later, upon the death of her father, Mabel was named in his obituary as Mrs Paul (Jacqueline) Harwood of Santa Ana in California.  Upon her death in 1977 Mabel was referred to as Jacqueline Collett Harwood.

 

 

 

 

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Ralph Adelbert Collett was born at Vernal on 19th July 1901, a son of Adelbert and Harriet Collett.  The family was living at Dragon, Uintah County in Utah in 1910, when Ralph Collett was eight years old.  After a further ten year Ralph was still living with his family in Cache County, when he was listed in error as Ralph A Colbert age 18.  In the next census of 1930 Ralph A Collett, age 28 and from Utah, was boarding at an all male establishment at Tunnell in Lincoln County, Nevada.  What happened to him after 1930 is not yet known, although it is confirmed that he died at Placer in California on 28th November 1976, when the date of his birth was confirmed as 19th July 1901.  In 1944 Ralph A Collett was a resident of Kaysville, while at the time of the death of his father in 1959 Ralph A Collett was living at Farmington in New Mexico.

 

 

 

 

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Wells Frank Collett was born at Vernal on 18th July 1903, the son of Adelbert and Harriet Collett.  He was six years old in 1910 when he and his family were living at Dragon, Uintah County, and he was still living with his parents at Cache County in 1920 when he was 16, albeit under the surname of Colbert.  It was at the time of his marriage to Carol Ivins that he was recorded under his full name of Wells Frank Collett.  The couple was married at Salt Lake City on 8th June 1927, when Wells Frank Collett was 23, and his bride was also 23, Carol having been born at Lund in Nevada on 5th September 1903 the daughter of W H Ivins and Della Redd.  The marriage certificate confirmed that Wells had been born on 18th July 1903 and that he was the son of A T Collett and Harriet Goodrich.

 

 

 

The couple’s first child was born in Utah exactly one year later.  However, by 1930 the family was living at Ogden in Weber County, Utah, when the name recorded in the census return for both father and son was William Collett, rather than Wells Collett.  William F Collett was 26 and from Utah, his wife Carol I Collett was 25 and from Nevada, and their son was William I Collett, who was two years old.  The initial I for both mother and son was very likely Ivins.  Lodging with the family was Bliss I Jones, age 30 and from Nevada, with her son William N Jones age four and from Utah.

 

 

 

It was at Kaysville in Davis County in Utah that the family was recorded at the time of the next census in 1940, and where they had been living in 1935.  On that occasion Wells F Collett and Carol I Collett, both 36, had three children with them, and they were Wells Ivins Collett, who was 11, Carma Lynee Collett, who was seven, and Carol Luana Collett who was five.  Four years after that, when Well’s parents were celebrating their fifty-first wedding anniversary, he was described in a newspaper article as Lieutenant Colonel Wells F Collett who was serving overseas with the United States Army Air Forces.  Later, upon the death of his father in 1959, he was listed in the obituary as Colonel Wells F Collett of Kaysville.  Wells Frank Collett died during 1982, while it may be of interest that an alternative and unverified source suggested that his name was actually Wells Frost Collett.

 

 

 

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Wells Ivins Collett

Born in 1928 at Salt Lake City

 

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Carma Lynee Collett

Born in 1933 at Kaysville, Utah

 

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Carol Luana Collett

Born in 1935 at Kaysville, Utah

 

 

 

 

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Rulon Samuel Collett was born at Vernal on 12th December 1905, another son of Adelbert and Harriet Collett, and it was as Rulen Collett, aged four years, that he was living with his family at Dragon in Uintah County in Utah in 1910.  Ten years later, as Ruland S Collett, age 14, he and his family were recorded in Cache County, Utah.  It could only have been four or five years after that when he married Lousha Thompson, with whom he had four children, the first two born in Idaho.  It was at Salt Lake City that the young family was living in 1930, where Rulon S Collett was 24, Lousha Collett was 23, Jacqueline Collett was five, Donald C Collett was four, and Shirley K Collett was two years old.  Staying with the family at that time was Lousha’s brother Lafoy H Thompson, who was 20, and her sister Romania Thompson who was 15.

 

 

 

By 1935 the family had increased by one extra child who was also born in Salt Lake City, but after a further five years the family was settled at Midvale in Salt Lake County, all as confirmed in the census of 1940.  Rulon S Collett was 34, Lousha Collett was 32, Jacqueline was 15, Donald was 14, Shirley was 12, and Rulon Terris Collett was six years of age.  In 1944 an article was published in the press relating to the celebration of the 51st Wedding Anniversary of Rulon’s parents when it was confirmed that he and his family were still residing in Salt lake City, as did his father’s obituary again in 1959.  Sadly it was just over a year later that the death of Rulon Samuel Collett was recorded at salt lake City in 1960.

 

 

 

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Jacqueline Collett

Born in 1925 in Idaho

 

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Donald C Collett

Born in 1926 in Idaho

 

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Shirley K Collett

Born in 1928 at Salt Lake City

 

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Rulon Terris Collett

Born in 1934 at Salt Lake City

 

 

 

 

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Owen Milton Collett was born at Vernal during 1911, the last child born to Adelbert Collett and his wife Harriet Goodrich, and he was nine years old in the Cache County census of 1920.  He was the only child still living with his parents in 1930 who, by then were residing at Logan in Cache County, when Owen M Collett was 19.  During the next five years Owen married Calma, so in the census of 1940 the childless couple was living at Ward 1 in Salt Lake City, where Owen Collett was 29, and his wife Calma Collett, also from Utah, was 25.  The same census return also indicated that they had been living at that same address in 1935.  It is also known that Owen M Collett was still living in Salt Lake City in both 1944, on the occasion of the 51st Wedding Anniversary of his parents, and again in 1959 following the death of his father.  The death of Owen Milton Collett was recorded there during 2007.

 

 

 

 

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Phoebe Viola Collett was born at Bennington in Bear Lake County, Idaho in 1899, the eldest child of Charles Merrill Collett and Mary Elnora Munk.  Around the time she was nine years old the family moved to Smithfield in Cache County where they were living in 1910 when Viola Collett was 11 years old.  The family was still at Smithfield in 1920 when Phoebe V Collett was 21.  When Phoebe became a married woman she was recorded as Viola Phoebe Tippetts, and it was with that name that she died in 1987.

 

 

 

 

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Lois Marcella Collett was born at Bennington in 1901, the second child of Charles and Mary Collett.  A few years later the family left Bennington when they moved to Smithfield where, as Marcella Collett, she was eight years of age in 1910 and as Lois M Collett in 1920, she was 18.  Her parents eventually returned to Bennington, where they were living in 1930, by which time Lois was married and was Marcella Steiner, the number under which her death was recorded in 1992.

 

 

 

 

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Farrell Reuben Collett was born at Bennington on 13th November 1907, the son of Charles Merrill Collett and Mary Elnora Munk.  Not long after he was born the family moved to Smithfield in Cache County, Utah, where they were living in 1910 when Farrell Collett was two and a half years old.  They were still there at Smithfield in 1920 when, as Reuben F Collett, he was 12 years of age.  After a further ten years Farrell was still living with his family which by then had moved back to Bennington, where Farrell R Collett was 22.  At the time of his death on Tuesday 14th March 2000 Farrell Reuben Collett was a resident of Saint George in Washington County, Utah.

 

 

 

His obituary, published in the Deseret News on Tuesday 21st March 2000, read as follows:  “The funeral service held Monday in Ogden for Farrell R Collett, 92, a well-known artist and educator, who died March 14 2000 in St George.  Mr Collett has resided there since about 1987.  He founded the art department and taught for 37 years at what is now Weber State University, where the art building was named in his honour.  His art was displayed at the 1939 New York World’s Fair.  The service was held at Lindquist’s Ogden Mortuary and burial was at Lindquist’s Washington Heights Memorial Park, Ogden.  Born in Bennington, Bear Lake County, Mr Collett was perhaps best known for his wildlife and landscape paintings in oil and watercolour.  He received a bachelor and a master of arts degree from Brigham Young University, where he was editor of the yearbook and student body president and where he helped work his way through school by painting cougars on the jackets of students.  He joined the Weber College art faculty in 1939, was chairman of the art department until 1971, and continued as professor of art until 1976.

 

 

 

He studied extensively in California, Illinois, New York and Europe.  He won acclaim for such paintings as ‘The killing of Old Ephraim’, a giant grizzly bear, and ‘The White Horse’, a moody study of a horse on the summer day.  He was the recipient of numerous awards and honours, including the Henry Aldous Dixon Memorial Award, an Honorary Doctor of Humanities and the Associated Students Teaching Award at Weber State University.  In 1983 he was presented with the Outstanding Alumnus Award at BYU.  He served in the US Navy during World War II, was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and had been a priesthood quorum instructor.”

 

 

 

 

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Ruth Collett was born at Smithfield in cache County, Utah during the second half of 1910 the youngest daughter of Charles and Mary Collett.  In the Smithfield census of 1920 Ruth was nine years old, suggesting that she was born after the census day in 1910 which was 15th April.  By 1930 the census that year revealed that Ruth Collett, aged 19, and her family were residing at Bennington in Bear Lake County, Idaho.  Upon being married, Ruth Collett became Ruth Westergard and as such she died in 1993.

 

 

 

 

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Raeo Collett was born at Smithfield on 4th June 1913 where he and his parents, Charles and Mary Collett, were living in 1920 when he was listed in error as Roco Collett aged six years.  Over the next decade the family returned to Bennington in Bear Lake County, Idaho, where they had been living before Raeo was born.  The Bennington census of 1930 recorded Raeo Collett who was still living with his family at the age of 16.  He later married Dorothy Irene Barnard who was born in 1917 who was 60 years old when she died in 1977.  Raeo Collett survived his wife by twelve years when he passed away on 22nd May 1989.

 

 

 

 

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Genevieve Margaret Collett was born in Uintah County, Utah during 1907, the eldest of the nine children of Clarence James Collett and his first wife Margaret Watkins.  In 1920 Genevieve M Collett was 12 years old, while during the next ten years she and her family moved into Salt Lake City by which time Genevieve was married and was Genevieve Davies.  And it was as Genevieve Davies that she died in 1975.

 

 

 

 

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Opal Collett, whose date of birth is not known, was a daughter of Clarence and Margaret Collett who later married to become Opal Hatt, as confirmed in the 2000 obituary of her brother Edward Reuben Collett (below).

 

 

 

 

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Leon Clarence Collett, whose date of birth is not known, was a son of Clarence and Margaret Collett.  All that is currently known about him is that he died in California on Sunday 17th September, just three days before the death of his brother Edward Reuben Collett (below).

 

 

 

 

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Elthura Collett was born in Uintah County in 1914, another daughter of Clarence and Margaret Collett.  She was five years old in the census of 1920 and by 1930, when she was 15, Elthura Collett and her family was residing in Salt Lake City.  Upon being marriage she became Elthura MacKay, the name that was used to record her death in 1994.

 

 

 

 

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Edward Reuben Collett was born at Richmond in Cache County, Utah on 3rd July 1916, a son of Clarence and Margaret Collett, who was three years and eight months on the day of the Utah census conducted in January 1920.  Ten years later Edward R Collett was 13 and in the census of 1930 he and his family were living in Salt Lake City.  Nothing more is known about Edward after that time, except that the death of Edward Reuben Collett was recorded at taking place on 20th September 2000 at Murray City, following which he was buried at Larkin Sunset Gardens.  The notice of his passing was published in the Salt Lake Tribune newspaper on 22nd September and revealed more details about his life, as follows:

 

 

 

“Edward R Collett, 84, passed away from a brief illness at his home surrounded by his family Wednesday 20th September 2000.  He was born July 3 1916 in Richmond, Cache County, Utah to Clarence James Collett and Margaret Watkins.  Growing up in Utah he lived in numerous places including Vernal and draper.  He graduated from Murray High School and lived in Murray city the rest of his life.  Edward was a mechanic by trade and worked 35 years at Clark Tank Lines.  Many friends and family benefited from his knowledge of engines.  He was active in the Boy Scouts and the Lions Club for many years.  His other interests included fishing and visits to Powell Lake, working in the community, and mostly just being with his family.  He belonged to the Little Cottonwood 18th LSD Ward.  He married Ellen Mildred Page on 22 April 1940 at Riverton, Utah.

 

 

 

He is survived by his wife of 60 years; four sons, William Jay Collett (Josefina Mendoza), Donald Edward Collett, David Morris Collett (Lynn Hillis), Glenn Page Collett (Judith Crane); and one daughter Cheryl Collett Ferrin (Mark Ferrin).  He was devoted to 19 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents, and five brothers and sisters.  His elder brother Leon passed away earlier this week on Sunday 17th September in California.  Edward is survived by his sisters Opal Hatt and Luella Smith and one brother Milo James Collett.

 

 

 

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William Jay Collett

Born at Murray City, Utah

 

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Donald Edward Collett

Born at Murray City, Utah

 

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David Morris Collett

Born at Murray City, Utah

 

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Glenn Page Collett

Born at Murray City, Utah

 

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Cheryl Collett

Born at Murray City, Utah

 

 

 

 

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Luella Collett was born in Uintah County in 1926 who was three years of age in the Salt Lake City census of 1930 when she was living there with her parents.  Later in her life she was married and became Luella Smith, the name recorded on her death in 2013.

 

 

 

 

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Milo James Collett, whose date of birth is not known, was the last child born to Clarence James Collett and his first wife Margaret Watkins.  All that is currently known about him is that he was still alive in September 2000, since he was described as the surviving brother of Edward Reuben Collett in his obituary.

 

 

 

 

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Joseph Ralph Collett was born at Roosevelt in Duchesne County, Utah on 23rd October 1923 and in the Roosevelt census of 1930 he was six years old when his family entered his name on the census return as Joseph R Collett, while ten years later he was named as Ralph J Collett, aged 16, when he and his family were residing in Salt Lake City.  He later married Beverley Ann Patterson who was born in 1926 and who died in 1999, while it was on 8th July 2004 at Murray in Salt Lake County when Ralph J Collett passed away.

 

 

 

 

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James Byron Woodward was born at Kansas City in Missouri on 24th June 1927, the only child of James Byron Woodward and Virginia Elizabeth Miller from whom she was divorced to enable her to marry Ralph Wardrop Collett.  In 1940 James and his Collett family was living at Tulare in California when James Byron Collett (sic) was 12 years old.  He was known as Jim Woodward and never used the Collett surname and his death was recorded at Ukiah in Mendocino County, California, on 22nd September 1989.

 

 

 

 

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Florence Jane Collett was born at Denver in Colorado on 8th July 1930 and was nine years of age by the time of the Tulare census of California in 1940.  Upon being married she became Florence Jane Hays and died on 16th April 1992 at Visalia in Tulare County, California.

 

 

 

 

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Beulah Marie Collett was born at Visalia in Tulare County, California on 4th April 1932 and was seven years old in the Tulare census of 1940.  It was as Beulah Marie Schwarm that she died on 5th July 1963 at Ukiah in Mendocino County, California.

 

 

 

 

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Robert Wardrop Collett was born at Farmersville in Tulare County on 30th December 1933, a son of Ralph and Virginia Collett, who was six years of age in the Tulare census of 1940.  At the time of his death on 24th November 2011 he was living at Ukiah in Mendocino County in California when his obituary was printed in the Ukiah Daily Journal on 30th November.  “Robert (Bob) Wardrop Collett was born on Dec 30 1933 in Farmersville, California and would be 78 next month.  Bob passed away on Nov 24 2011 at the Ukiah Valley Medical Centre from pneumonia, following a lengthy illness.  Bob is survived by his wife Mary, three children Robert jnr, Tom and Debra, 10 grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren and great great grandchildren.  Also he is survived by his two brothers Ralph and Bartley, and sister Joann.  Bob is predeceased by his mother Virginia, father Ralph, as well as his brother James and sisters Florence, Beulah, Joyce and Alice.  He served with the united States Navy from 1951 until 1954 during the Korean conflict.