PART SIXTY-FOUR

 

The Gloucestershire Upper Swell Line – circa 1600 onwards

 

Updated April 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

During the autumn of 2012 new information was gratefully received from Ben Collett (previously Ref. 28T1) of Yan Yean in Victoria, Australia, whose research work had also been supported by Gillian Collett (previously Ref. 28S16).  Whilst the details for the most part have been validated by various birth, death and marriage certificates, there were members of the family who appeared in three of the then sixty-three lines that make up the Collett families on the website www.collettfamilyhistory.net.  In addition to this, some of the details curiously overlapped with the information contained within the Collett Family Bible held by Paul Woodhead which refers to members of the family detailed within the appendix to Part 12 – The Chipping Norton Line.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Upon further investigation it has now been determined that the different sections of the family previously listed in the aforementioned Part 12, in Part 28 – The Faringdon Line, and in Part 44 – The New Malmesbury Line, are in fact all members of the same family.  As a result of this, they have now been removed from Parts 12, 28 and 44 and placed together here in this new family line.  Undoubtedly all of this will have the effect of changing the ancestry line for some of the present day descendents from these three family lines.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This family line commences in the Gloucestershire village of Upper Swell to the west of Stow-on-the-Wold, passing through the village of Oddington to the east of Stow-on-the-Wold, onto Abingdon-on-Thames in what was Berkshire before 1974, then into Wiltshire and the villages of Norton-Coleparle and Hullavington near Malmesbury.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is the family line of Maureen Iliffe nee Collett of Cardiff (previously Ref. 44R15), whose line is denoted by the names in capital letters, which starts out as the same line for Ben Collett in Australia (now Ref. 64T1), whose line is denoted by the names underlined.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

64I1

JOHN COLLETT was born in Gloucestershire in the mid-1600s, and apart from the two children fathered by him at Upper Swell near Stow-on-the-Wold, nothing further is currently known about him at this time.

 

 

 

 

 

64J1

RICHARD COLLETT

Born in 1669 at Upper Swell

 

 

64J2

Thomas Collett

Born in 1673 at Upper Swell

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

64J1

RICHARD COLLETT was born around 1669 and was baptised at Upper Swell on 20th March 1670, the son of John Collett.  He later married Mary (Maria) and they continued to live at Upper Swell where their children were born and baptised.  Sons Benjamin and Samuel may have been twins as they were baptised on the same day.  The widow Mary Collett died at Upper Swell during 1755, with Richard Collett having passed away prior to that time.

 

 

 

 

 

64K1

Richard Collett

Born in 1689 at Upper Swell

 

 

64K2

Martha Collett

Born in 1691 at Upper Swell

 

 

64K3

Rachel Collett

Born in 1699 at Upper Swell

 

 

64K4

WILLIAM COLLETT

Born in 1701 at Upper Swell

 

 

64K5

Benjamin Collett           twin

Born in 1703 at Upper Swell

 

 

64K6

Samuel Collett              twin

Born in 1703 at Upper Swell

 

 

64K7

Ann Collett

Born in 1705 at Upper Swell

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

64J2

Thomas Collett was born at Upper Swell during 1673, the son of John Collett.  It was on 3rd October 1701 that he married Martha Tombs at Bourton-on-the-Water, Martha having been born at Clapton in Gloucestershire.  Their five known children were at baptised at Upper Swell, when they were confirmed as the children of Thomas and Martha Collett.

 

 

 

 

 

64K8

John Collett

Baptised on 27.10.1704 at Upper Swell

 

 

64K9

Ann Collett

Baptised on 11.11.1705 at Upper Swell

 

 

64K10

Mary Collett

Baptised on 31.10.1708 at Upper Swell

 

 

64K11

Martha Collett

Baptised on 12.10.1712 at Upper Swell

 

 

64K12

John Collett

Baptised on 04.06.1717 at Upper Swell

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

64K1

Richard Collett was born at Upper Swell in 1689 the eldest of the six known children of Richard and Mary Collett.  It was also at Upper Swell that he was baptised on 1st September 1689.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

64K2

Martha Collett was born at Upper Swell in 1691 where she was baptised on 13th January 1692, the daughter of Richard and Mary Collett.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

64K3

Rachel Collett was born at Upper Swell during 1699 and was baptised there on 2nd August 1699, another daughter of Richard and Mary Collett.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

64K4

WILLIAM COLLETT [previously Ref. 12A/J/2] was born at Upper Swell in 1701 where he was baptised at St Mary’s Church on 4th November 1701, the son of Richard and Mary Collett of Upper Swell.  The baptism entry read as follows: “Gulielmus Collet baptised 09 Nov 1701 at Upper Swell, Gloucester, the son of Ricardi Collet and Mariae”.  He was thirty-one when he married Elizabeth Johnson at Tewkesbury on 19th August 1731, following which they had eight children who were all born and baptised at Upper Swell, although only one of them William had been previously identified in Part 12.

 

 

 

 

 

64L1

Ann Collett

Born in 1735 at Upper Swell

 

 

64L2

Richard Collett

Born in 1736 at Upper Swell

 

 

64L3

Thomas Collett

Born in 1738 at Upper Swell

 

 

64L4

William Collett

Born in 1740 at Upper Swell

 

 

64L5

Samuel Collett

Born in 1743 at Upper Swell

 

 

64L6

Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1745 at Upper Swell

 

 

64L7

Samuel Collett

Born in 1747 at Upper Swell

 

 

64L8

WILLIAM COLLETT

Born in 1750 at Upper Swell

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

64K5

Benjamin Collett may have been the twin brother of Samuel Collett (below) since they were baptised at Upper Swell in a joint ceremony on 28th August 1703, the sons of Richard and Mary Collett.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

64K6

Samuel Collett was very likely the twin brother of Benjamin Collett (above) with whom he was baptised at Upper Swell on 28th August 1703, the sons of Richard and Mary Collett.  Samuel was a yeoman and lived at Upper Swell where, upon the death of his mother, he applied to the courts to inherit all of her possessions in the absence of a Will.  In this, he was supported by John Hale of Broadwell, another yeoman, who had links with the Collett family.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

64K7

Ann Collett was born at Upper Swell in 1705 and was baptised there on 6th January 1706, the daughter and possibly youngest child of Richard and Mary Collett.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

64L1

Ann Collett was born at Upper Swell in 1735 where she was baptised on 17th May 1735, the eldest child of William Collett and his wife Elizabeth Johnson.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

64L2

Richard Collett was born at Upper Swell in 1736 and was baptised there on 17th October 1736, the son of William and Elizabeth Collett.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

64L3

Thomas Collett was born at Upper Swell in 1738 and it was there also that he was baptised on 24th December 1738, the son of William and Elizabeth Collett.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

64L4

William Collett was born at Upper Swell in 1740 where he was baptised on 19th April 1740, the son of William Collett and Elizabeth Johnson.  He was twenty-one when he married Ann Johnson on 29th March 1761 at Alderton, midway between Upper Swell and Tewkesbury.  It seems highly likely that Ann was in some way related to William’s mother, so they may have been cousins.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

64L5

Samuel Collett was born at Upper Swell in 1743 and where he was baptised on 11th March 1743, the son of William and Elizabeth Collett.  It was just over a year later that he died on 15th June 1744 and was buried at St Mary’s Church in Upper Swell.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

64L6

Elizabeth Collett was born at Upper Swell during 1745 where she was baptised on 14th July 1745, the second daughter and sixth child of William and Elizabeth Collett.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

64L7

Samuel Collett was born at Upper Swell in 1747 and was baptised at St Mary’s Church in the village on 28th December 1747, another son of William and Elizabeth Collett.  He was the second son to bear the name Samuel, following the premature death of his brother three years earlier.  Samuel Collett was twenty-one when he later married Anne Carter at Adlestrop near Stow-on-the-Wold on 9th April 1768.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

64L8

WILLIAM COLLETT [previously Ref. 12A/K/2] was born around in 1750 and was baptised at St Mary’s Church in Upper Swell on 14th March 1750, the youngest child of William Collett and Elizabeth Johnson.  He married Mary Day on 16th December 1776 at the Church of St Nicholas in Oddington, near Stow-on-the-Wold, where all of the children were born and baptised.  Mary Day was born in 1751 and was baptised at Oddington on 27th February 1752, the daughter of William and Ann Day.  The Collett Family Bible, which contains details of this family, is held by Paul Woodhead, who kindly provided scanned copies of the relevant pages during November 2012.

 

 

 

 

 

It may be of interest that another Mary Day was the daughter of Robert Day and Joanna Collett who were married at Upper Swell on 24th December 1742, Joanna Collett being the daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth Collett who was baptised at Upper Swell in September 1718.

 

 

 

 

 

64M1

Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1778 at Oddington, Glos

 

 

64M2

Thomas Collett

Born in 1780 at Oddington, Glos

 

 

64M3

THOMAS COLLETT

Born in 1781 at Oddington, Glos

 

 

64M4

Susanna Collett

Born in 1784 at Oddington, Glos

 

 

64M5

Joseph Collett

Born in 1785 at Oddington, Glos

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

64M1

Elizabeth Collett [previously Ref. 12A/L/1] was born at Oddington near Stow-on-the-Wold in Gloucestershire on 6th September 1778 where she was baptised nearly two weeks later on 18th September 1778, the eldest known child of William Collett and Mary Day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

64M2

Thomas Collett [previously Ref. 12A/L/2] was born at Oddington on 1st March 1780 and it was there that he was baptised on 12th April 1780, the eldest son of William and Mary Collett.  Sadly his entry in the Family Bible has been crossed out, with the note that he “died in the year of Our Lord 1781”, hence the reason why the next son born to William and Mary was given the name of Thomas.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

64M3

THOMAS COLLETT [previously Ref. 12A/L/3] was born shortly after the death of his brother after whom he was named.  He was born at Oddington on 13th September 1781 and was baptised there on 9th November 1781, the son of William Collett of Upper Swell and Mary Day of Oddington.  He married Elizabeth (Betty) Taylor on 17th October 1803 at the Church of St James the Great in Radley near Abingdon-on-Thames, with whom he had at least seven children.  From Elizabeth’s burial record it is established that, like her husband, she was also born around 1780 or 1781.  At the time of the birth of Thomas’ only daughter Lucy his wife was referred to in the baptism record as Betty Collett, whereas she had been Elizabeth in the baptism record for their sons.

 

 

 

 

 

The couple’s first child was born at Radley near Abingdon-on-Thames, the next three after the family had settled in Abingdon, and the last three after the family had moved to Norton-Coleparle near Malmesbury in Wiltshire.  It was there, within the Cirencester, Chippenham, Malmesbury & Tetbury registration district, that the couple was still living at the time of the first national census in June 1841.  Living with them on Mailford Farm that day was their son Joseph, who was recorded as being 20 years of age, while listed next on the census form was their daughter Lucy, who was 22.  However, the details in the later census records confirm that their two ages had been transposed in the census of 1841, when it should have been Joseph who was 22 and not Lucy.  Perhaps an error on the part of the enumerator.

 

 

 

 

 

Thomas Collett had a rounded age of 60, while his wife Elizabeth was said to be 55.  It may have been an enumerator error, but Thomas’ place of birth was said to be within the county of Wiltshire.  Six years later Elizabeth Collett nee Taylor of Norton-Coleparle was buried at Hullavington on 12th December 1847, when her age was stated as being 67.  That might mean she was actually nearer 60 years of age in 1841.  The record of her death confirmed that she was the wife of labourer Thomas Collett, and that the informant of her passing was her son Joseph, who had also been present at the time of her death.  It was almost exactly three years after the death of his wife that Thomas Collett, labourer, died on 5th December 1850 at Hill Hayes in Hullavington.  Present at his death was his son-in-law Caleb Salter, husband of Lucy Collett, who also notified the register office in Malmesbury, when he signed the death certificate by making a cross.  The cause of death was stated as being age and debility.

 

 

 

 

 

In addition to the confirmed members of the Collett family included in this family line, they are others with the Collett name listed in the Hullavington Parish Register for the Church of St Mary Magdalene who, so far, have not been directly linked to this family.  So for completeness the details of these individuals are contained in an appendix at the end of this file.

 

 

 

 

 

64N1

William Day Collett

Born in 1804 at Radley, near Abingdon

 

 

64N2

Thomas Collett

Born in 1806 at Abingdon-on-Thames

 

 

64N3

Lawrence Collett

Born in 1809 at Abingdon-on-Thames

 

 

64N4

James Collett

Born in 1811 at Abingdon-on-Thames

 

 

64N5

HENRY COLLETT

Born in 1814 at Norton-Coleparle

 

 

64N6

Joseph Collett

Born in 1817 at Norton-Coleparle

 

 

64N7

Lucy Collett

Born in 1819 at Norton-Coleparle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

64M4

Susanna Collett [previously Ref. 12A/L/4] was born at Oddington in Gloucestershire on 22nd January 1784 and was baptised on 15th February 1784, the daughter of William and Mary Collett.  She was very nearly thirty-two when she married Thomas Lardner at Bledington on 1st January 1816.  It may be of interest that John William Collett (Ref. 12N2) from Dean in Oxfordshire married Anne Lardner at Charlbury in 1850 and that in 1851 William George Collett (Ref. 12A/M/6) was employed as a servant at the Little Compton home of Henry Lardner, Little Compton being approximately two and a half miles from Oddington.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

64M5

Joseph Collett [previously Ref. 12A/L/5] was born at Oddington on 14th August 1785 where he was baptised one month later on 11th September 1785, the last known child of William Collett and his wife Mary Day.  The baptism record at Oddington named his parents as William and Mary Collett.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

64N1

William Day Collett was born at Radley, near Abingdon in Berkshire in 1804, where he was also baptised on 15th April 1804, the eldest child of Thomas Collett and Elizabeth Taylor.  He would have been nearly ten years old when his family left Abingdon and moved to Norton-Coleparle in Wiltshire.  Tragically it was at Norton-Coleparle that he died in 1825 when he was only 21 years of age.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

64N2

Thomas Collett [previously Ref. 28N14] was born at Abingdon-on-Thames in 1806 and was baptised at St Helen’s Church in the town, the second son of Thomas and Betty Collett.  When he was around six or seven years old he and his family travelled from Berkshire to Wiltshire where they settled in the village of Norton-Coleparle near Malmesbury.

 

 

 

 

 

It was at Foxley, just north of Norton-Coleparle, during 1838, that Thomas married Esther (Hester) Vizor, the daughter of tailor Aaron Vizor and his wife Mary.  Initially the couple lived at Fosse Cottage in Norton-Coleparle before moving to St Mary Westport, in Malmesbury where they remained for the rest of their lives.  Over the following years the ages given by Thomas and Esther on the various census days conflicted greatly with each other, the earliest placing Thomas’s year of birth around 1804, the latest being ten years after in 1814.  Most curious was the eighteen years difference between the census in 1871 and 1881.

 

 

 

 

 

By the time of the first national census in 1841 the marriage had produced a son for the couple who was born after they had settled in St Mary Westport, which no longer exists as a village, but is now part of the enlarged town of Malmesbury.  Thomas was recorded as Thos Collett, an agricultural labourer with a rounded age of 30, while his wife was named as Esther Collett who had a rounded age of 25.  Living there with them at Clay Huts (Clyatts) was their son Aaron Collett who was two years old.  In many documents the z in the name Vizor was written with a tail giving it the appearance of a g, hence the name was often misinterpreted in error as Vigor.

 

 

 

 

 

In addition to Esther, who was baptised at Foxley as Hester Vizor on 25th December 1814, her older brother Joseph was also baptised there on 23rd August 1812, as was her younger sister Mary Vizor who was baptised there on 13th July 1817.  Before the spring of 1820 her parents had moved to Easton Grey where her younger brother Arthur Vizor was baptised on 14th May 1820, where her own son, Aaron Vizor Collett, and his family were living during the second half of the 1870s.  A likely cousin was Daniel Walter Vizor (Vigor) who was baptised at Foxley on 24th May 1812, the son of Jane Vizor (Vigor).  Three members of the family of John and Elizabeth Vizor were baptised at Easton Grey around that same time and they were Jane Vizor on 1st September 1816, Joel Vizor on 18th January 1818, and Aaron Vizor who was baptised there on 16th April 1820.

 

 

 

 

 

Esther may well have been carrying Thomas’ second child on the day of the census, since later that same year the couple’s second son and last known child was born.  At the time of the next Malmesbury census in 1851 Thomas’ age was curiously recorded as 41 and his place of birth as Abingdon in Berkshire, while his wife Hester from Foxley was 32, which was also where their eldest son had been born according to the census that year.  He was listed in error as Avonbizer Collett, who was 12, while his younger brother Joseph Collett was nine years of age.  The village of Foxley lies two miles west of Malmesbury.

 

 

 

 

 

According to the St Mary Westport census for Malmesbury in 1861 Thomas’s age was more realistically noted as being 46, when his wife Esther Collett was fairly consistent at 41.  Their son Aaron Collett was 21, whilst no record of the couple’s other son has been found after 1851, although it is now established that he later married.  Within the next ten years Aaron left home to be married, leaving Thomas, age 58 and from Abingdon, and Hester, age 52 from Foxley, living alone at Westport in Malmesbury in 1871, not far from where their married son had set up home.  On both occasions in 1861 and 1871 Thomas gave his place of birth as Abingdon in Berkshire, perhaps because the town had more prominence than nearby Faringdon.  Abingdon-on-Thames was once the county town of Berkshire, but following the boundary changes in 1974 it became part of Oxfordshire.

 

 

 

 

 

In April 1881 Thomas Collett and was still listed as a labourer, even at the age of 76.  Living with him at Clyatts (Clay Huts) in St Mary Westport in Malmesbury was his wife Hester from Foxley who was 66.  Thomas’ place of birth was once again confirmed as Abingdon.  Labourer Thomas Collett died at Clay Hut on 11th December 1885 at the age of 79, when was buried at Foxley parish church.  His widow Esther Collett nee Vizor passed away less than two years later aged 73, when she died at Clay Huts on 29th October 1887, following which she was reunited with her husband in the churchyard of the Foxley parish church.  Their son Aaron, of Burton Hill in Malmesbury, was with them both at the time of their passing and it was he who informed the registrar of their deaths.

 

 

 

 

 

64O1

Aaron Vizor Collett

Born in 1838 at St Mary Westport

 

 

64O2

Joseph Collett

Born in 1842 at St Mary Westport

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

64N3

Lawrence Collett [previously Ref. 28N11] was born at Abingdon-on-Thames in 1809 where he was baptised at the Church of St Helen, the son of Thomas and Betty Collett.  Following his family’s move to Norton-Coleparle, when he was nearly three years old, it was there also that he later married Sarah Salter on 23rd May 1836.  Sarah was baptised at Norton-Coleparle on 26th February 1815m the daughter of George and Rebecca Salter.  Just seven months earlier in October 1835 Lawrence Collett and Sarah Salter had been the witnesses at the marriage in Norton-Coleparle of Lawrence’s younger brother Henry Collett (below) and Hannah Tanner.

 

 

 

 

 

Once they were married Lawrence and Sarah set up home in the nearby village of Hullavington just south of Norton-Coleparle.  Shortly after they were married Lawrence and Sarah moved two miles south of Norton-Coleparle to live in the village of Hullavington where all of their children were born.  By the time of the census of 1841 Lawrence’s rounded aged was 30, while his wife Sarah was 27.  During the following year, that was 1842, Lawrence’s sister Lucy Collett (below) married Sarah’s brother Caleb Salter at Norton-Coleparle.

 

 

 

 

 

The couple was still living at Hullavington at that time with their two daughters Elizabeth, who was three, and Ann who was one year old.  Ten years later the family had increased in size with the addition of two more daughters.  The family living at Hullavington in 1851 comprised Lawrence 41, Sarah 37, and their daughters, Elizabeth who was 12, Ann, who was 10, Jane, who was seven, and Mary who was two years old.  The family was still residing in Hullavington in 1861 when ‘Laurence Collet from Heddington’ (sic) was 53, Sarah was 45, Mary was 12, Harriot was 10, Margaret was seven and William was four years old.  Seven years later in 1868 the name of Lawrence Collett was recorded as a resident of Newtown in Hullavington in the United Kingdom Poll and Electoral Registers 1538-1893 for the Cricklade district of Wiltshire.

 

 

 

 

 

It was also around that time, and certainly during the 1860s, that his wife Sarah Collett nee Salter passed away, leaving Lawrence a widower of 60 years in the census of 1871, when he had living with him at Newtown, Hullavington, his youngest daughter Mary who was 22.  The next census in 1881 confirmed that widower Lawrence Collett was 72 and that he had been born at Abingdon.  He was described as a pauper while still living at Newtown in Hullavington with his unmarried daughter Mary.  She was 31 and was also referred to as a pauper, who had been born at Hullavington.

 

 

 

 

 

64O3

Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1838 at Hullavington

 

 

64O4

Ann Collett

Born in 1840 at Hullavington

 

 

64O5

Jane Collett

Born in 1843 at Hullavington

 

 

64O6

Mary Collett

Born in 1849 at Hullavington

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

64N4

James Collett [previously Ref. 44N1] was born at Abingdon-on-Thames around 1811 and was baptised at St Helen’s Church in the town, the fourth child of Thomas Collett and Elizabeth (Betty) Taylor.  Not long after he was born his family left Berkshire when they moved to the Wiltshire village of Norton-Coleparle.  It is certainly known that James married Jane Hope on 28th November 1835 at Bremilham, where Jane had been born, not far from Norton-Coleparle and Foxley, and all within the Deanery of Malmesbury.

 

 

 

 

 

Bremilham, also known as Cowage or Cowich, was a small settlement and former civil parish in Wiltshire.  The place-name Bremilham was first mentioned in 1065 as Bremelham, which means 'village where brambles or blackberries grew'.  The Church of England parish church at Bremilham claims to be the smallest in England, measuring only ten feet by eleven feet.  It still holds one service a year, although its dedication is not known.  The parish registers go back only to 1813, and in 1831 the population of the parish was 33.  Apart from the church, on some present-day maps, only Cowage Farm marks the village location.

 

 

 

 

 

It was also in the tiny church that the children of James and Jane was baptised, apart that is for their last known child who was baptised at nearby Foxley.  By the time of the June census in 1841 Jane had presented James with their first two children.  James Collett had a rounded age of 25, while Jane’s age was rounded to 20.  The two children living with them at Bremilham that day were Margaret Collett, who was three years old, and Ann Collett who had still to reach her first birthday.  Curiously it was only the three females who were recorded as having been born within the county of Wiltshire.

 

 

 

 

 

No birth or baptism records have so far been found for the couple’s first four children, two more daughters being born into the family during the first half of the 1840s.  The baptism records for the couple’s next four children have been located, by which time Bremilham was being referred to as Cowage.  James’ fifth child and his first son Arthur Collett was baptised at Cowage on 4th April 1847, and he was followed by James Thomas Collett who was baptised there on 19th August 1849.

 

 

 

 

 

By the time of the Bremilham census of 1851 the couple’s eldest daughter Margaret Collett, age 13 and born at Cowage, was living and working in Malmesbury Town.  The rest of the family still residing at Bremilham comprised James Collett, a labourer of 39, his wife Jane, who was 33, Ann Collett, who was 10, Harriet Collett, who was eight, Mary Collett, who was five, Arthur Collett, who was four, and James Collett who was one year old.  Jane was halfway through another pregnancy on the day of the census in 1851, and gave birth to a fifth daughter less than four month later.

 

 

 

 

 

In total, two further children were added to the family, the first of them while the family was still living in Bremilham, but short after they moved to nearby Foxley where their eighth and last child was baptised.  Caroline Collett was baptised at Bremilham on 20th July 1851, while it was on 4th June 1854 that John Collett was baptised at Foxley.  In every case the baptism records confirmed the names of the children’s parents as James and Jane Collett.  It was almost exactly two years after the birth of their last child, when the family was still living at Foxley, that James Collett died and was buried on 29th May 1856.

 

 

 

 

 

Following the death of her husband, Jane and some members of her family were living in St Mary Westport in Malmesbury by the time of the next census in 1861.  The place of birth for Jane Collett, age 43, on that occasion was stated as being Cowage [aka Bremilham], while her Cowage born children were listed as Mary Collett, age 15, Arthur Collett, age 13, James Collett, age 11, Caroline Collett who was nine, with her youngest child being John Collett of Foxley who was six years old.  Of her three eldest daughters, only unmarried Ann has been identified in 1861, and she was described as a visitor at an address in Crudwell where she was recorded as Ann Collett, age 19 and from Cowage.

 

 

 

 

 

No record of widow Jane Collett has been found within the census of 1871, by which time she may have died, although it is equally likely that she may have married for a second time during the 1860s.  So far the only members of her family found in the later census records are her three sons, since it is highly likely that all of her five daughters were eventually married.

 

 

 

 

 

64O7

Margaret Collett

Born in 1837 at Bremilham

 

 

64O8

Ann Collett

Born in 1840 at Bremilham

 

 

64O9

Harriet Collett

Born in 1842 at Bremilham

 

 

64O10

Mary Collett

Born in 1845 at Bremilham

 

 

64O11

Arthur Collett

Born in 1847 at Bremilham

 

 

64O12

James Thomas Collett

Born in 1849 at Bremilham

 

 

64O13

Caroline Collett

Born in 1851 at Bremilham

 

 

64O14

John Collett

Born in 1854 at Foxley

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

64N5

HENRY COLLETT [previously Ref. 44N2] was born at Norton-Coleparle where he was baptised on 27th February 1814, another son of Thomas and Elizabeth Collett.  Today the village is simply known as Norton.  It was also there that he married Hannah Tanner on 18th October 1835.  Hannah was the daughter of William Tanner and Ellenar Hilliar and was baptised on 2nd March 1817 at Grittenham near Brinksworth, midway between Chippenham and Swindon.  Her father was described as a labourer of Grittenham at the baptism.  The two witnesses at the wedding ceremony were Henry’s brother Lawrence Collett (above), and Sarah Salter who seven month later married Lawrence Collett.

 

 

 

 

 

Within the appendix at the end of this file there is listed the Hullavington marriage of Mary Collett to William Tanner of Grittleton (Grittenham?) and, although no date for this event has been found, it would seem that this took place around or just after 1809.  Mary Tanner nee Collett may have died within the next few years leaving William to marry (2) Ellenar Hilliar with whom he had the daughter Hannah who married Henry Collett.  Therefore Henry may have been the nephew of Mary Collett.

 

 

 

 

 

By the time of the 1841 Census the marriage had been blessed with two children.  The parents on that occasion were Henry and Hannah, both with rounded ages of 20 when in reality they would have been 26 and 24 respectively.  Their two children were William who was four and Mary who was one year old, both of them having been born at Norton, where the family was living at that time.  During the next ten years at least one more child was added to the family, although there may have been others.  So the census of 1851 recorded the family living within the Malmesbury Eastern registration district comprising Henry, age 36, Hannah 34, and their children William 14, Mary 10 and Charles who was six years old. 

 

 

 

 

 

It would appear that their daughter Mary was married by 1861 since she was missing from the family and was not listed in the census as Mary Collett anywhere in the UK that year.  The remainder of the family were recorded at Norton-Coleparle in the Deanery of Malmesbury as Henry 46, Hannah 44, and sons William 25 and Charles 16.  Ten years later and both sons had married and had left the family home leaving Henry Collott (sic) from Norton, who was 56, and his wife Hannah Collott (sic), who was 54 and from Brinkworth, still living at Norton-Coleparle within the Malmesbury Western registration district.

 

 

 

 

 

According to the 1881 Census, Henry was an agricultural labourer who had been born at Norton  Rather strangely, neither Henry’s nor his wife’s age corresponded with previous census records in that they were given as 63 and 62 respectively, although Hannah’s place of birth was confirmed as Grittenham, instead of Brinkworth as in the previous census.  At that time they were living at an unspecified address in Norton-Coleparle.  Living with Henry and Hannah was their 20 year-old grandson William Punter who, as an agricultural labourer, was probably working with his grandfather.

 

 

 

 

 

William was the oldest of the eight children of Henry’s daughter Mary and it was very likely the lack of living space that had prompted Henry to take in his grandson, that and the fact that Mary had only one month previously given birth to the family’s eighth child.

 

 

 

 

 

It should be noted that William Punter’s family was living only three doors along the road from his grandparent’s house.  In addition to which, the family of Henry’s son eldest William Collett was also living in the same road just four doors in the opposite direction.  It is also worth noting that there was a total of only twenty-three dwellings in Norton-Coleparle at that time in April 1881, including the Royal Oak Inn.  Also in the village were just two farms, Maidford Farm of 200 acres employing four men and two boys, and the 304 acres Manor Farm which employed three men, one women and one boy.  It is possibly at one of those farms that Henry and his grandson were gainfully employed.

 

 

 

 

 

Hannah Collett nee Tanner died at Norton-Coleparle aged 70 and it was there that she was buried on 17th February 1887.  Four years later Henry was 76 and in April 1891 he was living with his married daughter Mary Ann Punter and her family at Norton-Coleparle.  Henry survived for just over four years beyond that date before he died and was buried at Norton-Coleparle on 19th November 1895 at the age of 79.

 

 

 

 

 

64O15

William Collett

Born in 1836 at Norton-Coleparle

 

 

64O16

Mary Ann Collett

Born in 1840 at Norton-Coleparle

 

 

64O17

CHARLES COLLETT

Born in 1844 at Norton-Coleparle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

64N6

Joseph Collett [previously Ref. 44N3] was born at Norton-Coleparle in either 1817 or 1818, the son of Thomas and Elizabeth Collett with whom he was still living in 1841 when he was given the rounded age of 20 rather than his actual.  Just over six years later it was Joseph who was with his mother when she died at the end of 1847, and it was he also who informed the register office, when signed the death certificate by making the mark of a cross.  Three years later in the spring of 1851 Joseph Collett, age 33 and from Norton, had no stated occupation or marital status when he was living at Hullavington with his married sister Lucy Salter nee Collett (below). 

 

 

 

 

 

It was during the following year at Norton-Coleparle that Joseph married Ann Brewer, the event being recorded at Malmesbury during the second quarter of 1852, when Ann was already pregnant with their first child.  Ann was previously described as the daughter of Henry and Mary Brewer and was born at Hullavington in 1831.  During his life Henry Brewer had been an agricultural labourer and the proprietor of the beer house in Norton-Coleparle.

 

 

 

 

 

Curiously at the time the couple were married on 3rd May 1852 the father of Anne Brewer was named as Richard Pike, while Joseph’s father was correctly named as Thomas Collett.  Once they were married the couple initially settled in Hullavington where their first child was born just fifteen weeks after they were wed.  During 1855 the family moved to Norton-Coleparle where the next three children were born.  Then around 1860 they made their final move to Westerleigh, which lies midway between Mangotsfield and Chipping Sodbury, where their last two children were born.

 

 

 

 

 

That was confirmed in the 1861 Census which included the Collett family residing at Westerleigh in the Chipping Sodbury registration district.  Joseph may have been embarrassed by the fact that he was around thirteen or fourteen years older than his wife since he gave his age as being 40 instead of 43, while his wife Ann was 30.  Their children at that time were Thomas, who was eight, John, who was six, Henry, who was four, William, who was two, and the latest edition addition to the family, who on the day of the census was simply referred to as ‘infant Collett’.

 

 

 

 

 

The family living at Westerleigh in 1871 had increased by one, the new arrival having been born there.  The family comprised Joseph Collett from Norton, who was 50, Ann Collett from Summerford rather than Hullavington, who was 40, and their sons Thomas, age 18 from Hullavington, John, who was 16, Henry, who was 13, and William, who was 12, who were all from Norton, and their Westerleigh born daughters Elizabeth, age 10, and Mary Jane who was five years old.  Thanks to the information found by Jonathon Collett of Bristol in a Family Bible and submitted in May 2012 we now know the dates of birth of all six children of Joseph and Ann, which also gave their years of birth as 1816 for Joseph and 1830 for Ann.  Who completed these family details is not known and, at the moment, it is not clear where Jonathon’s Collett family connect with this family line, if indeed they do.

 

 

 

 

 

According to the 1881 Census for Westerleigh, Joseph at the age of 60 was employed as a farm labourer.  His wife Ann was 50 and living with the couple were sons Thomas, a 27 years old coal miner who by then was a widower, and John, a 26 years old railway fireman, together with their 15 years old daughter Mary who was a general domestic servant. 

 

 

 

 

 

Joseph and Ann’s son William and daughter Elizabeth had both left the family home and were working in nearby Bristol, while there appears to be no record of son Henry in 1881 perhaps indicating a premature death or that fact that he had emigrated.  With the death of her husband Joseph at Westerleigh in 1888, Ann was recorded as being a widow living at Westerleigh in the Chipping Sodbury registration area in early April 1891.  It was also there that she was working as a domestic charwoman and was 60 and her place of birth was confirmed as Summerford.

 

 

 

 

 

64O18

Thomas James Collett

Born in 1852 at Hullavington

 

 

64O19

John Collett

Born in 1854 at Norton-Coleparle

 

 

64O20

Henry Collett

Born in 1856 at Norton-Coleparle

 

 

64O21

William Collett

Born in 1857 at Norton-Coleparle

 

 

64O22

Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1861 at Westerleigh

 

 

64O23

Mary Jane Collett

Born in 1865 at Westerleigh

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

64N7

Lucy Collett [previously Ref. 44N4] was born at Norton-Coleparle in 1819 and was baptised there at the parish Church of All Saints on 14th November 1819, when the parish record confirmed that her parents were Tom and Betty Collett.  However, the IGI for Wiltshire listed the baptism of Lucy Collet (sic), the daughter of Thomas and Betty Collet (sic), as taking place at Norton-Coleparle on 4th November 1820.  Lucy was still living with her parents at the time of the June census in 1841 when she was incorrectly given the age of 22. 

 

 

 

 

 

It was the following year that Lucy Collett married Caleb Salter at Norton-Coleparle on 21st November 1842, the marriage being registered at nearby Malmesbury. Caleb was baptised at Norton-Coleparle on 29th December 1822, the son of George and Rebecca Salter, and was the younger brother Sarah Salter who had married Lucy’s brother Lawrence (above) in 1836.

 

 

 

 

 

After they were married Lucy and Caleb continued to live at Norton-Coleparle for a few years, and it was there that their first two children were born.  In the late 1840s the family moved south, less than two miles, and settled in the village of Hullavington where their remaining five children were born.  Also living in Hullavington at that time were Lucy’s parents, and it was there during November 1850 that her father died with Lucy’s husband Caleb by his bedside.  The informant of the death of her father was also Caleb, who signed the death certificate by making the mark of a cross.

 

 

 

 

 

Four months later the Hullavington census in 1851 placed the family still living there, just one dwelling from another Salter family, that of Mary Salter, age 29, the wife of an agricultural labourer, and her two children Charles Salter who was five, and Harriet Salter who was two, both of them born at Hullavington.  The family of Lucy Salter comprised her husband Caleb, age 28 and another agricultural labourer, Lucy who was 31, Emma who was seven, Caroline who was five, and Elizabeth who was one year old and born at Hullavington, with all the other members of the household born at Norton.  Also living with the family was Lucy’s older brother Joseph Collett who was 33, and described as brother-in-law to her husband Caleb Salter.

 

 

 

 

 

By 1861 the family at Hullavington comprised ‘Calip’ age 37, ‘Lucey’ age 41, Emma who was 17 and Caroline who was 15, all four of them confirmed as having been born at Norton.  The other four children were all born at Hullavington and they were Henry, who was nine, Emily, who was six, William, who was three, and Mary Ann who was not yet one year old.  The absence of their daughter Elizabeth Salter, who would have been eleven years of age, most probably indicates that she did not survive beyond infancy.

 

 

 

 

 

Twenty years later the address at which they were living was given as Newtown Hullavington where ‘Calib’ was working as a carter aged 60 (sic), his wife Lucy was 60, and still living with them was their unmarried son Henry, age 28, who was employed as an agricultural labourer.  Also listed as living with Caleb and Lucy was their grand-daughter three years old Fanny Jones born at Malmesbury and the child of their eldest daughter Emma.  Their daughter Emily Jane Salter, age 26, was working as a cook for Augustus Strong, the Rector of St Paul’s in Langley Burrell on the outskirts of Chippenham.

 

 

 

 

 

The couple’s youngest daughter Mary Ann Salter, age 20, was working as a cook and domestic servant for 63 years old spinster Margaret A Goldney at her home in the High Street in Chippenham.  Their son Henry married Caroline who was born at Great Elm near Frome in Somerset in 1857.  By 1901 Henry was 49 and was still living at Hullavington, where he was working as a carter.  Caroline was 43 and their five children were all born at Hullavington.  They were William, age 13, Helen, age 11, Elsie, who was nine, Marjorie, who was six, and Winifred who was two years old.

 

 

 

 

 

Lucy Salter nee Collett died at Hullavington during 1892 aged 72 and by the end of March 1901 Caleb Salter was 78 and a general labourer who was living with his unmarried dressmaker daughter Mary Ann Salter who was 39.  Caleb lived for another six years before he died at Hullavington in 1907.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

64O1

Aaron Vizor Collett [previously Ref. 28O30] was born at Norton-Coleparle in 1838, within the parish of St Mary Westport in Malmesbury, and was baptised at the parish church in Foxley near Malmesbury on 7th February 1839, the eldest of the two sons of Thomas Collett of Abingdon and his wife Hester Vizor of Foxley.  He was included in the Westport St Mary, Malmesbury, census returns for 1841, 1851 and 1861 when, on each occasion, he was still living with his parents.  He was recorded as Aaron Collett age two years in 1841, in error as Aron Viser Collett age 12 and born at Foxley in 1851 – when he had his younger brother Joseph with him – and in 1861 when he was 21 and his place of birth was given as Westport, where his brother had been born.  It was only the census in 1851 when Aaron’s younger brother Joseph Collett was recorded with the family, at the age of nine, after which he appears to have died.

 

 

 

 

 

It was on 24th December 1867 at Westport St Mary, when Aaron was twenty-nine, that he married Ellen Curtis who came from Somerford near Malmesbury.  Bachelor and labourer Aaron, of full age, was a resident of Westport, the son of labourer Thomas Collett, while Ellen, also of full age, was a spinster of Westport, the daughter of labourer George Curtis.  The witnesses at the parish church in Westport were James Jones and Martha Allsop.  By the time of the next census in 1871 Ellen had already presented Aaron with the first of his five children.  At that time the family was living at Cowage Lane, Westport in Malmesbury, where labourer Aaron Collett from Westport was 32, Ellen Collett from Somerford Parva was 28, and their daughter Jane Collett was one year old and had been born at Westport.  Lodging with the family was Aaron’s cousin James Collett, age 21, who was from Bremilham near Foxley, who was James Thomas Collett (below) the son of James and Jane Collett (Ref. 64N4).

 

 

 

 

 

Over the next seven years a further four children were added to the family, the first of them while the family was still living at Westport and the next three after the family had moved to live at Easton Grey two miles to the west of Malmesbury.  It is interesting to note that Easton Grey was where Aaron Vizor was born in 1820, the brother of Aaron Vizor Collett’s mother.  Sometime between the birth of the last child and the census in 1881 the family moved again, on that occasion south to Hullavington.  And it was at Queen’s Head Inn at Hullavington that they were living at the time of the census in April that year.

 

 

 

 

 

Aaron was named in error as Arson Collett, age 42, the landlord and inn keeper, his wife Ellen was 38, and their children were Jane Collett, who was 11, Mary Collett, who was nine, Hannah Collett, who was six, Aron (sic) Collett, who was four, and Walter Collett who was three.  The first two children were confirmed as born at Westport, while the other three had been born at Easton Grey.  There were two lodgers staying at the inn and they were James Matthews, age 33 and a herdsman from Bath, and Mark Austin, age 40 and a herdsman from Chippenham.  Around the time of the death of his mother in 1887 it was her son Aaron who was in attendance when she passed away, and it was he also who informed the registrar, when his address was Burton Hill in Malmesbury.

 

 

 

 

 

However, less than three years later according to the census in 1891, Aaron and his family were once again living in Hullavington, when they were residing at 1 Seager’s Lane in the village, the dwelling being adjacent to the Baptist Chapel.  Head of the household Aaron Collett, age 51 and from Westport was a farmer, his wife Ellen from Somerford was 48, and still living there with them were four of their six known children, the youngest having been born just after the previous census in 1881.  Mary A Collett from Westport was 19, Aaron Collett from Easton Grey was 14 and was working on the land with his father, as was Walter Collett, also from Easton Grey, who was 12, plus Albert Collett who was eight years old and had been born at Hullavington, who was still attending the village school.

 

 

 

 

 

The two missing daughters had already left the family home by then.  The couple’s eldest daughter Jane was 21 and was living and working in the Malmesbury Eastern registration district, while their youngest daughter Hannah, age 18 and from Easton Grey, was living and working within the Edmonton, Middlesex, registration district of London.  Sometime after the census day in 1891 the family left Hullavington and settled in the village of Corston, south of Malmesbury, at Firs Farm.  Tragically in the early days of 1896 there was an outbreak of typhoid at Firs Farm which resulted in the death of both Ellen and Aaron and their son Walter.  Ellen Collett nee Curtis, who was born at Westport St Mary on 24th December 1867, died at Firs Farm on 23rd February 1896 at the age of 54.  The informant of her passing on the following day was her son Aaron who was also present at the death.  One month later Aaron Vizor Collett died there on 20th March 1896, aged 57.  The administration of his estate was resolved in London on 21st April 1896 in favour of his son, farmer Aaron Vizor Collett, amounting to £255 3 Shillings 3d.  It is believed that the typhoid came from the polluted water of an indoor well, and after their deaths the farmhouse remained unoccupied for many years.

 

 

 

 

 

The sickness at Firs Farm resulted in the couple’s eldest son Aaron Vizor Collett seeking a place of safety at the local inn, the Radnor Arms in Corston, where he met his future wife, the landlord’s daughter, whom he married three months later.  Thus it was that Aaron was the only member of the family identified in the later census returns, albeit that he was recorded with an incorrect age on each occasion, most likely out of embarrassment that his wife was about five years older.  For example, having been four and fourteen in 1881 and 1891, he said he was thirty in 1901, initially creating a potential point of conflict from a family history viewpoint.

 

 

 

 

 

64P1

Jane Collett

Born in 1869 at Westport

 

 

64P2

Mary A Collett

Born in 1871 at Westport

 

 

64P3

Hannah Collett

Born in 1873 at Easton Grey

 

 

64P4

Aaron Vizor Collett

Born in 1876 at Easton Grey

 

 

64P5

Walter Vizor Collett

Born in 1877 at Easton Grey

 

 

64P6

Albert Thomas Collett

Born in 1882 at Hullavington

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

64O2

Joseph Collett [previously Ref. 28O31] was born at St Mary Westport in Malmesbury during 1842, the youngest of the two sons of Thomas and Hester Collett.  The only time he was recorded with his family was in 1851 when he was nine years of age.  His absence was due to his work taking him to live in Bristol, even though it is known that he later returned to Foxley where he married Elizabeth Boucher in 1866.  By the time of the census in 1871 Elizabeth had presented Joseph with two sons, who were both born in Bristol where the family of four was living at that time.  The family recorded in error as Collitt at 21 Morley Street in the Russell Town area of Bristol in the Clifton registration district comprised Joseph Collitt, age 28, Elizabeth Collitt, also 28, Arthur Collitt, who was three years of age, and William Collitt who was just four months old.

 

 

 

 

 

Tragically Joseph Collett died sometime during the first three months of 1881, his death being registered at the Clifton register office when he was 39.  It may eventually appear that his widow remarried during the next few months as she was not living with either of her two sons in 1881.  By that time the eldest son was attending a boarding school, while the younger boy appears to have been taken into care by a non-relative of the family.

 

 

 

 

 

64P7

Arthur Francis Vizor Collett

Born in 1867 at Clifton, Bristol

 

 

64P8

William Vizor Collett

Born in 1870 at Clifton, Bristol

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

64O3

Elizabeth Collett [previously Ref. 28O26] was born at Hullavington in 1838 and she married Henry Hiscocks who was born at Calne in 1935.  Shortly after they were married the couple settled in Bath where all of their six children were born.  By 1881 the family was living at 10 Hetling Court in Bath St Peter and St Paul from where Henry aged 35 was working as a farm labourer.  With him was his wife Elizabeth, age 42 and of Hullavington, and their children Fred, who was 16 and working as a porter, Ada who was 11, Albert who was nine, Sydney who was seven, Frank who was five, and Henry Hiscocks junior who was two years old.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

64O4

Ann Collett [previously Ref. 28O27] was born at Hullavington in 1840.  It seems likely that she followed her sister Jane (below) and left Hullavington after April 1861 to secure work at Oldbury-on-the-Hill, with Jane living and working at Didmarton which was only a quarter of a mile from Oldbury.  It was while at Oldbury that Ann met and married William Teagle around 1863 William was a farm labourer who had been born at Oldbury in 1836.  And it was at Oldbury that they lived and it was there that all of their children were born.

 

 

 

 

 

According to the 1881 Census the family was living at ‘Creep Hole’ in Oldbury and was made up of William Teagle, age 44, Ann Teagle, age 39, George Teagle who was 16 and a farm labourer like his father, Ellen Teagle who was 14 and a domestic servant, Clara H Teagle who was nine, Elizabeth Teagle who was eight, Frederick Teagle who was six, Kate Teagle who was two, and Albert E Teagle who was just three months old.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

64O5

Jane Collett [previously Ref. 28O28] was born at Hullavington in Wiltshire in 1843.  At the age of 18 in 1861 Jane was working away from home at nearby Didmarton, close to where he older sister Ann was working at Oldbury-on-the-Hill a little while later.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

64O6

Mary Collett [previously Ref. 28O29] was born at Hullavington in 1849.  It would appear that she might never have married as by 1881 at the age of 31 she was a spinster living with her 72 years old widowed father Lawrence Collett at Newtown in Hullavington

 

 

 

 

 

 

64O7

Margaret Collett [previously Ref. 44O1] was born at Bremilham in the parish of Norton-Coleparle within the Deanery of Malmesbury during 1837, the eldest child of James Collett and his wife Jane Hope of Bremilham.  It was also in that same village that Margaret was living with her family in 1841 when she was three years old.  Upon leaving school Margaret left the family home in Bremilham, very likely to take up work as a domestic servant and, at the age of 13, she was still living in Bremilham not far from her family.  On that occasion in 1851 her employer gave her place of birth as Cowage [aka Bremilham].  It was just over six years after that when Margaret married Francis Peart, the event being recorded at the Malmesbury register office (Ref. 5a 75) during the third quarter of 1857.

 

 

 

 

 

Less than three years later Margaret and Francis were residing at Oldbury-on-the-Hill in Gloucestershire where their son had been born.  The census in 1861 listed the family as Francis Peart, who was 25 and an agricultural labourer from Sopworth, near Sherston to the west of Malmesbury, his wife Margaret who was 23 while her place of birth was given as Malmesbury, and their son George Peart who was just one year old.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

64O8

Ann Collett [previously Ref. 44O2] was born at Bremilham in 1840 as she was under one year old by the time of the Bremilham census in June 1841.  She was still living there with her family in 1851 when she was 10 years of age.  Five years later her father died and by 1861 Ann Collett from Cowage was 19 and a visitor in the Wiltshire village of Crudwell.  It is assumed that she was married during the 1860s since no record of Ann Collett has been found after that time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

64O9

Harriet Collett [previously Ref. 44O3] was born at Bremilham near Malmesbury during 1842 and was eight years old in the Bremilham census of 1851 when she was still living there with her family.  No obvious record of Harriet Collett has been found in the next census of 1861, although it is believed that she died during the following year.  The death of Harriet Collett was recorded at the Malmesbury register office (Ref. 5a 26) during the last three months of 1862.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

64O10

Mary Collett [previously Ref. 44O4] was born at Bremilham in 1845, the fourth daughter of James and Jane Collett.  She was five years old and was living with her family at Bremilham in 1851, but around two years later the family left Bremilham, when they moved the short distance to Foxley.  It was there where Mary’s father died in 1856, following which Mary’s mother then took the family to St Mary Westport to live, where they were recorded in the Malmesbury census of 1861.  At that time Mary Collett was 15, although no subsequent record of her has been found, suggesting that she was married by 1871.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

64O11

Arthur Collett [previously Ref. 44O5] was born at Bremilham in 1847 and was baptised there on 4th April 1847, the fifth child and eldest of the three sons of James Collett and his wife Jane Hope.  It was at Bremilham that he was living with his family in 1851 when he was four.  Around 1853 it may have been his father’s work that took the family to nearby Foxley where, tragically, Arthur’s father died in 1856.  By 1861, when he was 13, he was living in St Mary Westport in Malmesbury with his widowed mother and five of his seven siblings.

 

 

 

 

 

Within the next ten years Arthur left Wiltshire and moved north to Yorkshire where in 1871 he was recorded as a lodger at the home of widow Martha Patchett in Idle, within the parish of Eccleshill, to the north of Bradford.  On that occasion he was described in error as Arther Collett, age 24 from Foxley in Wiltshire. It was while he was working in Yorkshire that he met and married Margaret who was born at Bradford in 1852.  From the date of birth of their first child, the wedding must have taken place shortly after the census day in 1871.

 

 

 

 

 

Over the next twenty years the couple was blessed with the arrival of seven known children and all of them were born at Idle, although they were baptised at Eccleshill.  Sadly however, not all of them survived, and it was their son Edward who was absent from the family in 1881 and 1891.  It was at 16 Wellington Street in Idle that the family was living in 1881.  Arthur was recorded as Arthur Collitt (sic), age 34 and from Malmesbury, and his occupation was that of a domestic coachman.  His wife Margaret Collitt from Bradford was 28 and their four children were Annie Collitt, who was eight, Emily Collitt, who was seven, Minnie Collitt, who was five, and John Collitt who was two years of age, while Edward would have been under one year old.

 

 

 

 

 

According to the next census in 1891 the family was once again residing at 16 Wellington Street in Idle, Eccleshill, albeit under the surname of Collet.  Arthur Collet from Malmesbury was 42 and was working as a warehouseman.  Margaret was 38, and still living with the couple were five of their children.  They were Anne, who was 18 and employed as a worsted spinner, as was her sisters Emily, age 17, and Minnie, who was 15, while John was 11 and still attending school, and baby Maud was only six months old.

 

 

 

 

 

By March 1901 the much reduced family was still living at 16 Wellington Street, following the departure from the family home of the older surviving members of the family.  Arthur Collett, age 53 and from Malmesbury, was a carpet planner employed at a local draper’s shop, Margaret Collett from Bradford was 48, and their daughter Maud Collett was 10 years old.

 

 

 

 

 

During the next ten years Arthur, Margaret and Maud left Eccleshill and moved to the south side of Bradford where, at the time of the April census in 1911, they were living at North Bierley.  Arthur Collett was 63, Margaret Collett was 59, and their daughter Maud Collett was 20.  Also living with the family on the day of the census was the couple’s grandchild Magie (sic) Collett who was nine years old and born at Bradford.  With only one surviving son, it has been assumed for completeness that Maggie was the daughter of John Collett who is known to have been married by just prior to the start of the new century.

 

 

 

 

 

It is also worth noting that Henry Collett (Ref. 64P23) and his family were also living at North Bierley in 1911, Henry previously having been a lodger with Arthur’s brother James (below) in 1891.

 

 

 

 

 

Not all of the baptism records for the children of Arthur and Margaret Collett have been found, but those that have are as follows: Minnie Collett was baptised at Eccleshill on 7th February 1876; Edward Collett was baptised at Eccleshill on 17th November 1880; Agnes Collett was baptised at Eccleshill on 1st January 1886; Maud Collett was baptised at Eccleshill on 12th May 1890; and John Collett was baptised at Eccleshill on 19th November 1890.  In each case, except the baptism of Edward, the parents were named as Arthur and Margaret Collett, while for Edward his mother was named as Margaret Ellen.  Armed with the census details from 1891 it would appear that, for some reason or other, their son John was baptised when he was around ten years of age, unlike the other children who were baptised when they were very young.

 

 

 

 

 

64P9

Annie Collett

Born in 1872 at Idle, Eccleshill, Bradford

 

 

64P10

Emily Collett

Born in 1873 at Idle, Eccleshill, Bradford

 

 

64P11

Minnie Collett

Born in 1875 at Idle, Eccleshill, Bradford

 

 

64P12

John Collett

Born in 1878 at Idle, Eccleshill, Bradford

 

 

64P13

Edward Collett

Born in 1880 at Idle, Eccleshill, Bradford

 

 

64P14

Agnes Collett

Born in 1885 at Idle, Eccleshill, Bradford

 

 

64P15

Maud Collett

Born in 1890 at Idle, Eccleshill, Bradford

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

64O12

James Thomas Collett [previously Ref. 44O6] was born at Bremilham near Malmesbury in 1849 where he was baptised on 19th August 1849, the son of James and Jane Collett.  His second name, not used in any census, appears to have come from his paternal grandfather.  His birth, under his full name, was recorded at Malmesbury (Ref. 8 349) during the third quarter of 1849.  James was one year old in the Bremilham census of 1851, but just five years later his father died at nearby Foxley, following which his widowed mother took the family to St Mary Westport in Malmesbury, where they were living in 1861 when James was 11.  By 1871 he had left the family home in St Mary Westport, where he was still living, albeit with a related Collett family.

 

 

 

 

 

James Collett, age 21 and born at Bremilham, incorrectly recorded as Bremhillham, Wiltshire, was a lodger at the Westport home of his older cousin Aaron Vizor Collett (above), from Foxley, and his wife Ellen and their daughter Jane.  Whether it was just a coincidence that he was lodging with another Collett family, or that they were related in some way is not yet known.  It was sometime after when James became a married man, and was most likely married at Malmesbury during 1874, before he and his wife and their child followed his brother Arthur (above) to Yorkshire.

 

 

 

 

 

And so it was that according to the census in 1881 James and his wife Elizabeth, who was born at Norton (Coleparle) in Wiltshire during 1850, were living at 45 Sedgwick Street in Bradford.  The census return that year included a number of very odd references.  Firstly James from Wiltshire was recorded as Squire Collett, age 31 of Forbey – a misinterpretation for Foxley, and at that time he was a carter and parcel delivery man.  His wife Elizabeth was 30, and her place of birth was incorrectly recorded as Newton rather than Norton, and living with the couple was their daughter, also born at Newton (sic) in Wiltshire, around whose name there is a real mystery, now resolved – see below.  In April 1881 she was recorded as Ada A Collett aged four years, although no record of her birth has yet been unearthed.  However, rather curiously, the birth of couple’s other known daughter Harriet, the only surviving child, was recorded at Malmesbury (Ref. 5a 58) during the first three months of 1877.  So where was she in 1881, unless she and Ada A Collett were one and the same. 

 

 

 

 

 

Ten years later on the day of the next census in 1891, the family was still living at Bradford in the parish of St Judes, but at Grace Church Street, when James was 41 and working as a draper’s parcel deliverer, and Elizabeth was 39, while their daughter was named as Harriet A Collett who was 14 and employed as a dressmaker’s apprentice, most likely working for the same business as her father.  It is therefore this census entry that raises the question as to whether Ada A Collett was actually Harriet A Collett, they being of a similar age.  Living with the family as a boarder at that time was Henry Collett (Ref. 64P23), who was 27 and from Norton (Coleparle) in Wiltshire.  He was the eldest son of James’ cousin William Collett and his first wife Emma Garland (below).

 

 

 

 

 

Sometime during the following decade the family of three left Yorkshire and returned to the south-west, where they settled at Colwall in Herefordshire, midway between Ledbury and Great Malvern.  James Collett of Malmesbury was 51 and was working as a general workman.  His wife Elizabeth was 50, and their daughter Harriet was a dressmaker at the age of 24 – a comparable age to the previous two census returns.  Both ladies were listed as having been born at Malmesbury, while described as a visitor at their home was Frederick Collett from Lichfield who was 53.  The three of them were still living at Colwall in April 1911, their address being Laburnum Villa Cottage at Colwall Green, Colwall near Malvern within the Ledbury sub-registration district of Herefordshire.  James Collett of Foxley was a general workman who was 61 who had been married for thirty-six years to Elizabeth Collett of Norton who was 60.  Their unmarried daughter Harriet Collett, also from Norton, was curiously described as being 30 years of age rather than 34 which would have corresponded with her age in the previous census returns.

 

 

 

 

 

In addition to all of this, the same census return also recorded that James and Elizabeth had had a total of five children with only one of them still alive in 1911.  Therefore, despite everything written above, it seems safe to assume that Ada and Harriet were indeed separate and individual daughters of the couple, with three further children not yet having been identified at this time.  Based on this information it would appear that Ada A Collett must have died at Bradford during the 1880s.

 

 

 

 

 

A further mystery with this family in 1911 is the fact that staying with them on the day of the census were two children who were simply described as visitors.  They were Nellie Palfrey who was 11 and Nora Palfrey who was 10, born of them born at Ross-on-Wye.  Ten years earlier the Ross census of 1901 recorded the pair of them living with their parents William Palfry, age 46, a plasterer from Shrewsbury, and his wife Mary Palfry from Gloucester who was 35 and their five older siblings.  So what connection the two young girls had with the Collett family is not known at this time.

 

 

 

 

 

64P16

Ada A Collett

Born in 1876 at Norton-Coleparle

 

 

64P17

Harriet Ann Collett

Born in 1877 at Norton-Coleparle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

64O13

Caroline Collett [previously Ref. 44O7] was born at Bremilham in 1851, but after the census that year which was conducted on 30th March.  She was baptised at Bremilham on 20th July 1851, the seventh child and fifth daughter of James and Jane Collett.  During the couple of years after she was born her parents moved the family the few short miles to the village of Foxley where her brother John (Below) was born.  It was also at Foxley in 1856 that Caroline’s father died when she was five years old, which resulted in her mother taking the family from Foxley to live in nearby Malmesbury.  By the time of the census in 1861 Caroline Collett was nine years old when she was living with her widowed mother at Westport St Mary in Malmesbury.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

64O14

John Collett [previously Ref. 44O8] was born at Foxley in 1854, the youngest of the eight children of James Collett and his wife Jane Hope, and it was also at Foxley that he was baptised on 4th June 1854.  John was only two years old when his father died at Foxley, after which the family left Foxley and moved the few miles to Westport in Malmesbury.  It was there at St Mary Westport that John was six years old in 1861 when he was living there with his widowed mother and five of his seven siblings.  With no record of his mother after that time, it is possible that she was married for a second time.  Where John was in 1871, when he would have been 16, still has not been discovered.

 

 

 

 

 

Around the time that John was 21 he married Margaret Louisa Goodfield who was a local girl who had also been born at Foxley.  Their marriage was recorded at Malmesbury register office (Ref. 5a 59) during the second quarter of 1875, following which the couple moved to Bristol where their first three children were born before the family finally settled in the Worcester area of the country, where they were living when their fourth child was born.  It is interesting to note that the names given to the children at the time of their birth was sometimes reversed when they were recorded in the various census returns.

 

 

 

 

 

According to the 1881 Census, John Collett from Haxley (sic) in Wiltshire was 26 when he was employed as a carman with the Midland Railway Company.  His wife was Margaret, age 27 and also of Haxley (sic), while their Bristol born children were John H A Collett, who was four, Mary E M Collett, who was three, and Ernest P W Collett, who was two, while baby Francis C L Collett of Worcester was just three weeks old on the third of April 1881.  At that time the family was living at 21 Bowling Green Terrace in the Blockhouse area of Worcester.  Just over six years later the family’s youngest son in 1881, Francis Lewis George Collett, suffered a childhood death resulting in John’s next son being named George Lewis Collett, while son James was given the additional christian name of Francis.

 

 

 

 

 

It is thanks to Jennie Cordner in May 2013 that John and his family were finally identified within the census details of 1891 where previously no record of them had been found.  That was because they were recorded in error under the surname Vollett.  At that time in their life the family was residing at South Claines, two miles north of Worcester, where John was 36 and a railway carman from Foxley.  His wife was incorrectly listed as Mayard L Vollett [aka Margaret L Collett] who was 37 and also from Foxley.  Their six surviving children were recorded as John H A who was 14, Mary E L who was 13, Ernest E who was 12, Arthur R who was five, James F W who was two, and George L who was eight months old.  Living with the family was Margaret’s widowed mother Caroline Goodfield who was 67.

 

 

 

 

 

Just after the start of the new century the family was still living in the Worcester area when, according to the census in 1901, John Collett was 46 and was still working as a railway carman.  By that time his wife Margaret was 47, and both of them were confirmed as having been born at Hoxley [aka Foxley].  Living with the couple at Worcester was John Collett, age 24, who was a tailor’s cutter, Maud Collett, age 23, who was a dressmaker, and Ernest Collett, age 22, who was a telegraph labourer, and all of them born at Bristol.  Their other children on that occasion were named as Arthur Collett, who was 14 and an errand boy, James Collett, who was 12, George Collett, who was 10, and Stanley Collett who was nine years old, and all of them had been born at Worcester. 

 

 

 

 

 

Ten years later the majority of the family was still living in Worcester.  John of Foxley was 57 and Margaret was 58.  Of their eight children, six have been identified in the 1911 Census, and all bar two of them were still residing in Worcester.  Their son Arthur was the exception, in that he had moved to Aston in Birmingham, where he was 25 and from Worcester.  However, no trace has been found of their son George.

 

 

 

 

 

Of the remainder of the family who were still living with the couple was their eldest daughter Maud Collett, age 34 and unmarried, and their unmarried sons, James Collett who was 23, and Stanley Collett who was 19.  The couple’s other two sons John H A Collett and Ernest Percy William Collett were both married with families of their own by then.  Five years later in October 1916 John and Margaret were informed that their son Arthur had been killed in action in the Great War during the Battle of the Somme.

 

 

 

 

 

The death of Margaret L Collett was recorded at Worcester register office (Ref. 6c 125) during the second quarter of 1926 when she was 73, while her husband John Collett aged 77 died at Worcester on 5th January 1932 where his death was also recorded (Ref. 6c 160).  His Will was proved in Birmingham just one month later on 5th February 1832 which confirmed that he was living at 69 Lansdowne Road in Worcester at the time of death.  Administration of his estate of £711 3 Shillings 9d was handled by his eldest son John Henry Albert Collett, a clothing manufacturer’s foreman.

 

 

 

 

 

64P18

John Henry Albert Collett

Born in 1876 at Bristol

 

 

64P19

Mary Elizabeth Maud Collett

Born in 1877 at Bristol

 

 

64P20

Ernest Percy William Collett

Born in 1878 at Bristol

 

 

64P21

Francis Lewis George Collett

Born in 1881 at Worcester

 

 

64P22

Arthur R Collett

Born in 1885 at Worcester

 

 

64P23

James Francis Walter Collett

Born in 1888 at Worcester

 

 

64P24

George Lewis Collett

Born in 1890 at Worcester

 

 

64P25

Victor Stanley Collett

Born in 1892 at Worcester

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

64O15

William Collett [previously Ref. 44O9] was born at Norton-Coleparle where he was baptised on 23rd September 1836, the son of Henry Collett and Hannah Tanner, who was four years old in the 1841 Census for the village of Norton.  The next two censuses his age was recorded as 14 and 25, although it was at the age of twenty-five in 1862 that he married (1) Emma Garland at Norton-Coleparle, the marriage being registered at Malmesbury in the second quarter of that year.  Emma was born during 1834 at Hankerton to the east of Malmesbury and was the daughter of Job and Charlotte Garland of Hankerton.  It may be of interest to note that Job Garland was born at Easton Grey.

 

 

 

 

 

The marriage produced a total of six children for William and Emma and it would appear that the couple lived for the majority of their married life together at Norton, as it was there where their first five were born.  Their last child was not born at Norton, where the family was once again living after the birth, which took place at Easton Grey, the next village north of Norton-Coleparle and the birth place of Emma’s father.  Rather bizarrely Easton Grey was also the village where William’s second wife was born – see later notes.

 

 

 

 

 

By the time of the 1871 Census for Norton-Coleparle the family was recorded in error under the surname of Collott, when William from Norton was 34, Emma from Hankerton was 35, and their three Norton born children were Henry, who was eight, Elizabeth who was four, and Cathline (sic) who was two years old.  Ten years later in the census for Norton-Coleparle in 1881, the larger family comprised agricultural labourer William Collett, who was 44 and of Norton, his wife Emma Collett, age 47 and of Hankerton, and five of their six children.

 

 

 

 

 

They were Henry, who was 18, who was also an agricultural labourer presumably working with his father, Catherine who was 12, William who was 10, Philip who was six and Frederick who was one year old and born at Easton Grey, when all of the other children were confirmed as having been born at Norton.  Missing daughter Elizabeth had left the family home and was living and working in Tetbury.

 

 

 

 

 

Five years later Emma died in 1886 at Malmesbury aged 52, leaving William with sole responsibility for raising his young family.  Three years later in the third quarter of 1889 he married (2) Fanny Beak, the event being registered at Malmesbury.  Fanny was born in 1846 and was just one of the many children of agricultural labourer Charles Beak, all of whom were born at Easton Grey.  As a spinster at the age of 37, while working on a farm at Easton Grey, Fanny was the only member of the Beak family still living at Easton Grey in 1881, when everyone else from her family had moved to Thornbury near Bristol.

 

 

 

 

 

In census of 1891 William’s wife was confirmed as being Fanny and living with the couple at Westport in Malmesbury were William’s two youngest sons Philip and Frederick.  Rather oddly though, all of the ages they gave did not correspond with their dates of birth.  Only Fanny at the age of 45 accurately reflected the year she was born.  William was 58 although that may have been a misinterpretation of 53, while Philip was 18 instead of 16, and Frederick was 15 instead of 11.  What was correct was that the place of birth recorded for both William and Philip was Norton.

 

 

 

 

 

Sadly for William and Fanny their marriage only lasted for eighteen months and ended shortly after the census day when Fanny passed away.  Following the death of his wife William eventually left Norton-Coleparle and moved to Woodchester in Gloucestershire where he lived with his married daughter Catherine.  The 1901 Census placed William Collett of Norton, then aged 66, as living with his daughter’s family and employed as a carter on a farm at Woodchester.  It is very likely that he worked on the same farm where his son-in-law Sidney King was employed as a shepherd.  And it was while at Woodchester that William died, although the actual date is not known at this time.

 

 

 

 

 

64P26

Henry Collett

Born in 1862 at Norton-Coleparle

 

 

64P27

Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1866 at Norton-Coleparle

 

 

64P28

Catherine Collett

Born in 1868 at Norton-Coleparle

 

 

64P29

William Collett

Born in 1871 at Norton-Coleparle

 

 

64P30

Philip Collett

Born in 1874 at Norton-Coleparle

 

 

64P31

Frederick Collett

Born in 1879 at Easton Grey

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

64O16

Mary Ann Collett [previously Ref. 44O10] was born at Norton-Coleparle in 1840 and it was in that village that she lived and died.  She married William Punter in 1860 with whom she had ten children, all of whom were born at Norton-Coleparle.  William was born at Westport in Malmesbury in 1837 although in 1901 he gave his place of birth as Corston where his first and eldest son was born.

 

 

 

 

 

According to the 1881 Census for Norton-Coleparle, William was an agricultural labourer aged 42 and his wife Mary Ann was 40.  At that time the couple’s two oldest children were living and working away from the family home in Norton-Coleparle.  Also missing was son Thomas who later reappeared in 1891 so he was not subject to an infant death as first thought, although his actual whereabouts has not been determined.  The seven remaining children were Richard 14 and Arthur 13, who were both working as an agricultural labourers, Alfred who was nine, Francis who was eight, Harriet who was five, Rose who was one year old, and Maud who was just one month old.

 

 

 

 

 

Some of the ages in 1881 varied greatly from those given in 1891 and 1901, which also differed from the individual’s actual year of birth.  In 1891 William was 54 and Mary 50, with their children Arthur 28 (?), Frederick 25, Thomas 17, Harriet 15, Rose 11, and Maud who was 10.  Also in 1891 Mary Ann and William had Mary Ann’s widowed father Henry Collett staying with them, which he did until he passed away in 1895.  The final member of the Punter household at that time was one year old grand-daughter Lillian Punter who was born at Birmingham.

 

 

 

 

 

Just after the turn of the century Mary Ann Punter aged 65 was living with her husband William aged 67.  And living with the couple at Norton-Coleparle were their two bachelor sons Arthur, age 30, and Frederick, age 26, both of whom were working as ordinary agricultural labourers like their father.  The couple’s youngest daughter Maud, age 20, was still living with her parents, although her place of birth was then listed as Birmingham rather than Norton, the same as for their twelve-year old grand-daughter Lillian who was also still living with the family at Norton-Coleparle.

 

 

 

 

 

Ten years later the census in 1911 recorded increased ages for Mary and William, but only by five years and seven years respectively which, however, were more accurate than their ages quoted in the earlier census of 1901 when in fact they had been 60 and 64.  Still living at Honey Lane in Norton-Coleparle with the couple was their unmarried son Arthur Henry Punter who was 43 years of age, with Mary Ann Punter being 70 and her husband William Punter being 74.  The census return that year revealed the couple had been married for forty-nine years, during which time they had given birth to a total of eleven children, of which nine were still alive.  Therefore one child is missing from the list below.

 

 

 

 

 

Staying with the Punter family on that day in 1911 was Worthy Chappell, 53, with his wife Cetha Chappell, also 53, and their five children ranging in age from 12 to 20 years.  It was around three years later that Mary Ann Punter nee Collett died aged 73, her death being recorded at Malmesbury register office (Ref. 5a 76) during the first three months of 1914.  Almost exactly one year after her passing, the death of William Punter was also recorded at Malmesbury register office (Ref. 5a 74) during the first quarter of 1915 when he was 77.

 

 

 

 

 

64P32

William Punter

Born in 1861 at Norton-Coleparle

 

 

64P33

Louisa Ann Punter

Born in 1863 at Norton-Coleparle

 

 

64P34

Richard Punter

Born in 1866 at Norton-Coleparle

 

 

64P35

Arthur Henry Punter

Born in 1868 at Norton-Coleparle

 

 

64P36

Alfred Punter

Born in 1st quarter 1871 at Norton

 

 

64P37

Frederick (Francis) Punter

Born in 1873 at Norton-Coleparle

 

 

64P38

Thomas Punter

Born in 1874 at Norton-Coleparle

 

 

64P39

Harriet Punter

Born in 2nd quarter 1876 at Norton

 

 

64P40

Rose Punter

Born in 1879 at Norton-Coleparle

 

 

64P41

Maud Punter

Born in March 1881 at Norton

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

64O17

CHARLES COLLETT [previously Ref. 44O11] was born at Norton-Coleparle in 1844 and it was there that he was baptised on 20th October 1844.  He was an agricultural labourer and he married (1) Matilda Webb on 2nd April 1866 at the parish church in Norton.  The marriage produced just one child for the couple before Matilda’s untimely death around 1871.  Curiously neither Charles nor his wife have been located in the 1871 Census, while it is now established that the birth of their son James was registered at Alderbury near Salisbury during the third quarter of that year.  It therefore seems more than likely that his birth may have coincided with the death of his mother, the two events being inextricably linked.

 

 

 

 

 

Charles later married (2) Sarah Deborah Wicks at Hullavington parish church on 8th November 1873.  However, it would appear that shortly after they were married Sarah gave birth to the first of their twelve children, the birth being registered at Hullavington during the first quarter of the following year.

 

 

 

 

 

Sarah was the daughter of John Wicks and Elizabeth Goulding and was baptised at Hullavington on 4th June 1848.  In 1871 Sarah was still living with her parents at the age of 22, when she was referred to as Sarah Debra Wicks.  It seems likely that she entered into the marriage with Charles Collett with a base-born son John William Wicks, who would have been three years old at the time of the wedding.  Sarah also had a sister Sylvia Wicks who was born at Hullavington in 1839, and she married Henry Charles Smith who was born at Walcot in 1866, the great grandson of Elizabeth Collett (Ref. 35M19), who was the daughter of John Collett and Mary White of Broughton Gifford.

 

 

 

 

 

By 1881 the family was living at Gibbs Lane in Hullavington where Charles was 36 and was employed as an agricultural labourer.  His wife Sarah was 33 and the children listed with them were John Wicks 12, Helena Collett, who was six, Hannah Collett, who was five, Charles Collett, who was three, and Jane Collett who was just ten months old.  All of the children had been born at Hullavington except Hannah, who was born at Foxley near Malmesbury.

 

 

 

 

 

Charles and Sarah’s daughter Jane was one half of a pair of twins, the missing child being Frances Ellen Collett who had died at Hullavington in June 1880 when she was only one month old.  Sadly Jane followed her twin sister, when she died five days after the census day in 1881.  At that same time in April 1881 Sarah was expecting her sixth child by Charles.  That child was born three months later in July and was named after the dead twins.  However, it would appear that she too did not survive, since no further record of her has been found.

 

 

 

 

 

Over the next couple of years the family moved closer to Bristol, perhaps to be reunited with Charles’ uncle Joseph who had been living at Westerleigh since 1860.  It was while Charles and Sarah were living at Westerleigh that two of their last five children were born, and in between one of their sons was born at Downend near Mangotsfield, less than three miles from Westerleigh.

 

 

 

 

 

The last but one child was born at Stoke Gifford before the family moved again, that time to Latteridge.  The move seems to have taken place just after the death of uncle Joseph in 1888.  Latteridge, where they settled, lies within the Iron Acton & Chipping Sodbury area which was where they were living in 1891.  Also in the mid 1880s the family suffered the loss of their son Henry, resulting in the same name being given to a subsequent child born into the family.

 

 

 

 

 

The census for that year included many errors regarding the ages of some family members.  Charles was listed as 42 and his wife Sarah D Collett as 40, while the children with them at that time were Elena E Collett 18, Charles Collett 13, William Collett, who was seven, Henry Collett, who was five, Tom Collett, who was three, and Alden Collett who was two years old.

 

 

 

 

 

Sarah was pregnant with the couple’s twelfth child on the day of the census, and twenty days later she gave birth to her ninth son and her last child.  Apart from Jane, who died shortly after the census in 1881, another daughter was not listed with the family in 1891, that being Hannah who had died ten months earlier, when she was 14.

 

 

 

 

 

In March 1901 Charles Collett was recorded as being 56 and a farm labourer who had been born at Norton, and his wife was confirmed as Sarah aged 48 and from Hullavington.  At that time the couple was residing at Westerleigh Hill in Westerleigh with their sons William, age 16, Tom, age 13, Alden, who was 10, and Arthur who was nine years old.  Missing son Henry was living and working in Bristol on that occasion.  Nine years later Charles and Sarah were living was at Winterbourne Road in Hambrook near Mangotsfield, where Sarah died on 13th January 1910. 

 

 

 

 

 

The death was registered by her son William Collett of Winterbourne, who was at her bedside when she died.  The death certificate recorded that she was Sarah Deborah Collett, wife of Charles Collett an agricultural labourer.  The cause of death was given as cerebral haemorrhage.  Just over a year later, according to the census of 1911, widower Charles was 68 and was living with his son Henry (referred to as Harry) and his new wife Florence at their home in Station Avenue in the Fishponds district of Bristol.

 

 

 

 

 

Sometime later, possible when Henry’s and Florence’s children were born, Charles moved out of their Bristol home and moved to Chipping Sodbury, where he died on 7th February 1919.  At that time he was living in the Chipping Sodbury Union Workhouse in Yate Road.  The death certificate recorded that he was 75, a farm labourer of Winterbourne Road.  The informant was A Pethrick, the Master of the Union Workhouse, and the cause of death was bronchitis and syncope.

 

 

 

 

 

64P42

John William Wicks (not Charles’ son)

Born in 1870

 

 

64P43

James Collett

Born in 1871 at Charlton, near Salisbury

 

 

The following are the children of Charles Collett by his second wife Sarah Deborah Wicks:

 

 

64P44

Elena Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1873 at Hullavington

 

 

64P45

Hannah Matilda Collett

Born in 1876 at Foxley, nr Malmesbury

 

 

64P46

Charles Collett

Born in 1878 at Hullavington

 

 

64P47

Jane Collett

Born in May 1880 at Hullavington

 

 

64P48

Frances Ellen Collett

Born in May 1880 at Hullavington

 

 

64P49

Ellen Jane Collett

Born in July 1881 at Hullavington

 

 

64P50

Henry Collett

Born circa 1883 at Hullavington

 

 

64P51

William Collett

Born in 1884 at Westerleigh, nr Bristol

 

 

64P52

Henry Collett

Born in 1886 at Downend, nr Bristol

 

 

64P53

Thomas Collett

Born in 1887 at Westerleigh, nr Bristol

 

 

64P54

Alden Collett

Born in 1888 at Stoke Gifford, nr Bristol

 

 

64P55

ARTHUR COLLETT

Born in 1891 at Latteridge, nr Bristol

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

64O18

Thomas James Collett [previously Ref. 44O12] was born at Hullavington on 27th August 1852, the eldest child of Joseph Collett and Ann Brewer who were married just over three months earlier.  It was also at Hullavington that he was baptised on 24th October 1852, when his parents were confirmed as Joseph and Ann.  Shortly after he was baptised he and his parents moved to Norton-Coleparle where three of his brothers were born before the family moved again in 1860 to Westerleigh in Gloucestershire.  In the 1861 Census for Westerleigh, Thomas Collett was eight years old, when, curiously, his place of birth was stated as being Tytherington in Wiltshire.  However, ten years later in the Westerleigh census of 1871 he was described as being 18 and born at Hullavington, while he was still living there with his parents.

 

 

 

 

 

It was at Norton-Coleparle that Thomas James Collett marriage Elizabeth Salter on 21st August 1875, when Elizabeth was named as the daughter of Shadrach Salter.  Curiously Thomas was described as the son of James Collett.  However, the marriage was short-lived since it would appear that Elizabeth died giving birth to their first child, who also did not survive.  So by the time of the census in 1881 Thomas had returned to live with his parents at Westerleigh.  Thomas was recorded in the census return as Thomas Collett, age 27 from Hullavington, who was a widower who was working as a coal miner. 

 

 

 

 

 

Perhaps it was the aftershock of losing his wife, or possibly even an accident as work, but it was within the next six months that Thomas Collett died at Westerleigh.  His death was recorded at the register office in Chipping Sodbury (Ref. 6a 107) during the third quarter of 1881 when he was only 28 years of age.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

64O19

John Collett [previously Ref. 44O13] was born at Norton-Coleparle on 28th November 1854, the son of Joseph and Ann Collett.  By 1861 he was six years of age and was 16 in 1871 when, on both occasions, he was living with his family at Westerleigh just north-east of Bristol.  In 1881, at the age of 26, John was still a bachelor when he was still residing in the family home in Westerleigh, where his occupation was that of a railway fireman.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

64O20

Henry Collett [previously Ref. 44O14] was born at Norton-Coleparle on 29th January 1856, the son of Joseph and Ann Collett.  He was four years old at the time of Westerleigh census of 1861 and was 13 by 1871, although he was actually nearer fifteen years of age when he was still living with his family at Westerleigh.  Henry, who would have been 25 in 1881, has so far not been located anywhere in the UK at that time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

64O21

William Collett [previously Ref. 44O15] was born at Norton-Coleparle on 2nd October 1857, another son of Joseph and Ann Collett, whose date of birth was taken from the Family Bible.  There may have been an error with the year of his birth, which may have been 1859, because his parents gave his age as just two years in 1861 and 12 years in 1871 when they were living at Westerleigh.  Once he was old enough William left Westerleigh and made the short journey to Bristol to find work.  And it was in the parish of St Philip & Jacob Without in Bristol that he was living alone in 1881. 

 

 

 

 

 

The census that year recorded him as 21 years of age and from Westerleigh, when he was living at 11 Hemmings Parade from where he was working as a porter.  Although he was listed as the head of the household, he was also noted as a lodger, so perhaps the property came with the job.  Ten years after that he was recorded in the Leicestershire census of 1891.  William Collett, age 31 and from Westerleigh, was residing at Wigston on the outskirts of Leicester.  His stated place of birth is reasonable since it was to Westerfield that his family moved while he was still an infant.

 

 

 

 

 

It was while he was living and working in the Leicester area that he met his future wife who was nearly ten years old than William.  It may have been his work on the railway that took William from the Bristol area north to the Midlands, because in 1901 he was a railway guard.  The census that year listed the childless couple as William Collett from Wiltshire, who was 41, and his wife Ann who was 50 and from Birmingham.  After a further ten years they were still living in Wigston when William Collett from Westerleigh was 51 and his wife Ann was 60.

 

 

 

 

 

William Collett of 29 St Albion Street in South Wigston near Leicester died on 29th June 1937, and it was Leicester that his Will was proved on 22nd July 1937.  It is assumed that his older wife had already passed away by that time since the executor to his estate of £3243 17 Shillings 11d was named as Edward Potter, a costing clerk.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

64O22

Elizabeth Collett [previously Ref. 44O16] was born at Westerleigh on 22nd March 1861 and was baptised at the church of St James the Great in Westerleigh on 23rd November 1862, the eldest of the two daughters of Joseph and Ann Collett.  She was born just two weeks immediately prior to the day of the census in 1861, by which time her parents had not even decided on a name for her, so she was simply registered as ‘infant Collett.  In 1871 she was 10 years old when she was listed with her family as Elizabeth Collett.  By 1881 she too had left the family home in Westerleigh and, at the age of 20, was working as a domestic servant at the lodging house run by George Wildbore and his wife at 7 Sion Hill in the Clifton area of Bristol. 

 

 

 

 

 

The youngest son of George and Susannah Wildbore was Thomas James Wildbore who in 1881 was a school teacher who was also 20 years of age like Elizabeth Collett.  Two years later Elizabeth married Thomas at Bristol where their union was recorded (Ref. 6a 114) during the first three months of 1883.  The witnesses at the wedding were Florence Eliza Fussell and Frederick Marley.  The marriage produced three children for the couple, but sadly by 1891 Elizabeth was a widow with her three younger children living within the Barton Regis & Ashley district of Bristol.  Elizabeth Wildbore was 30, her daughter Francis M Wildbore was five, and her two sons were George, age three, and Albert who was one year old. 

 

 

 

 

 

It was the same situation in 1901 when the four of them were residing at Bristol where Elizabeth, age 40 and from Westerleigh, was providing for her children by working as an office cleaner.  Her two eldest Bristol born children had also started work by then, with Frances age 15 employed as a hand at the local cocoa factory, as was George who was 13.  Albert Wildbore who was 11 was still attending school.  Ten years later Elizabeth Wildbore was 49, daughter Francis Wildbore was 25, George Wildbore was 23 and Albert Wildbore was 21.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

64O23

Mary Jane Collett [previously Ref. 44O17] was born at Westerleigh on 19th September 1865 and was baptised on 3rd December 1865 at St James the Great Church in Westerleigh, the last child born to Joseph Collett and Ann Brewer.  It was at Westerleigh that she was living with her family in 1871 at the age of five.  Ten years later Mary, age 15, was working as a general domestic servant while still living with her parent’s at their home in Westerleigh.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

64P1

Jane Collett [previously Ref. 28P30] was born at St Mary Westport in Malmesbury during 1869, the eldest of the six children of Aaron Vizor Collett and his wife Ellen.  She was one year old in the Westport census of 1871, although by 1873 the family had moved to Easton Grey where three of Jane’s siblings were born.  However, by 1881 the family had moved again, on that occasion her father was the landlord and inn keeper at the Queens Head Inn at Hullavington.  Upon leaving school Jane appears to have entered into domestic service, like her sister Hannah (below), so by 1891 and at the age of 21, she was living and working within the Malmesbury Eastern registration district and not at Hullavington where her family was still living at 1 Seager’s Lane.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

64P2

Mary A Collett [previously Ref. 28P31] was born at St Mary Westport in Malmesbury during 1871, the second child of Aaron and Ellen Collett.  Mary was nine years old in 1881 when she and her family were living at the Queens Head Inn at Hullavington, where her father was the landlord and the inn keeper.  She was still living with her family in 1891 when, as Mary A Collet, age 19, she had no stated occupation, so was very likely helping her mother manage the housework at 1 Seager’s Lane, where her father was a farmer and her two older brothers were working with her father on the land.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

64P3

Hannah Collett [previously Ref. 28P32] was born at Easton Grey, three miles west of Malmesbury, in 1873, the third daughter born to Aaron and Ellen Collett.  Just after the birth of her first two brothers at Easton Grey the family moved to Hullavington where Hannah’s father took over as the landlord and inn keeper of the Queens Head Inn, as confirmed in the census of 1881 when Hannah was six years old and was attending the village school in Hullavington.  The last child was born in her family at Hullavington, after which her father became a farmer at and the family settled into a new life at 1 Seager’s Lane.  By 1891 Hannah from Easton Grey had secured work in London where, at Edmonton and at the age of 18, she was living and working.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

64P4

Aaron Vizor Collett [previously Ref. 28P33] was born on 3rd May 1876 at Easton Grey, near Malmesbury, the eldest son of labourer Aaron Vizor Collett and his wife Ellen Curtis, and was later baptised at Foxley Parish Church.  In April 1881, as Aron (sic) Collett, he was four years old when he was living with his parents at the family home which was the Queens Head Inn in Hullavington.  His father later gave up being the landlord and the inn keeper at the Queens Head Inn, and in 1891 the completed family was residing at 1 Seager’s Lane in Hullavington where Aaron’s father was a farmer, assisted by Aaron junior who was 14.  Shortly after that his father took over Firs Farm in Corston near Malmesbury.  It was at Corston on 30th May 1896, when Aaron was just twenty years old, that he married Rosina Kane, who was born at Dauntsey in Wiltshire during 1871.  The event was recorded at Malmesbury register office (Ref. 5a 83) during the second quarter of 1896.  Rosina was the daughter of Francis Kane, the landlord of the Radnor Arms in Corston, and his wife Sarah Minchin. 

 

 

 

 

 

It is understood that Aaron first met Rosina when he was staying at the Radnor Arms in Corston during February in 1896, when there was an outbreak of typhoid at his family’s home which took the lives of his parents and younger brother Walter Vizor Collett (below).  It was therefore after only three months that they were married.  The couple’s marriage certificate curiously stated that Aaron Vizor Collett was a labourer and a bachelor of 24 (sic), the son of Aaron Vizor Collett a farmer.  Similarly the same certificate suggested that spinster Rosina of Corston was 23 and the daughter of Frank Kane a publican.  The two witnesses were named as George Kane and Minnie Kane. 

 

 

 

 

 

The confusion over their ages continued into the next two census returns and, by the time of the first of them in 1901, their marriage had produced the couple’s first two children.  At that time the family of four was living at Badbury within the parish of Chiseldon, to the south of Swindon, where Aaron was employed as an inn keeper and a shopkeeper.  Although he would have been around 24 years of age he then said he was 30 years old.  Was the reason for that untruth to cover his embarrassment that he was up to five years younger than his Rosina, who gave her age as 29.  In addition, Aaron gave his place of birth as Hullavington, where he was brought up, rather than Easton Grey where he had only lived for a short while. 

 

 

 

 

 

The places of birth of the couple’s two children, Albert Collett, who was three years old, and Clarence Collett, who was one year old, was Swindon and Chiseldon respectively.  Shortly after the census day in 1901 a third son was born into the family while they were still residing at Badbury, after which the family moved to the village of Longcot, to the south of Faringdon, where they lived at Knutford Lodge Farm.

 

 

 

 

 

It was at Knutford Lodge in Longcot that the family was living in April 1911.  Aaron Vigor (sic) Collett of Hullavington gave his age as 38, instead of 34, while his wife Rosina Collett stated she was 36, rather than 39.  Their three sons were confirmed as Albert A V Collett, age 14 and from Swindon, Clarence G Collett, age 12 and from Chiseldon, and Cecil F K Collett who was 10 and had been born at Badbury.  It seems highly likely from the information received from the family in August 2012 that a further child, Edwina, was added to the family after 1911.

 

 

 

 

 

Sometime later in their life Aaron and Rosina resided at a farm property by the name of The Firs at Grove near Wantage.  It was also at that address where Rosina Collett, age 66 and the wife of Aaron Collett a retired farmer, died of heart failure on 26th February 1939.  During the probate process at Oxford on 25th April 1939 it was Lloyds Bank Limited and Alan Lindsey Fullalove solicitor who were involved in finalising her estate of £1,654 7 Shillings 6d, which was later re-sworn as £2,054 7 Shillings 6d. 

 

 

 

 

 

Aaron Vizor Collett died not long after his wife, when he passed away on 19th February 1940 at the age of 63.  He was a retired farmer still living at The Firs in Grove on that occasion, following which he was buried in the churchyard of St Mary the Virgin in Longcot, presumably with his late wife.  The Will of Aaron Vizor Collett of The Firs, Grove near Wantage was proved at Oxford on 13th April 1940 when the executors of his estate of £113 17 Shillings 3d were named as Alan Lindsey Fullalove solicitor, and Clarence George Collett, a farmer.

 

 

 

 

 

64Q1

Albert Aaron Vizor Collett

Born in 1897 at Swindon

 

 

64Q2

Clarence George Collett

Born in 1899 at Chiseldon, Wiltshire

 

 

64Q3

Cecil Francis Kane Collett

Born in 1901 at Badbury, near Chiseldon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

64P5

Walter Vizor Collett [previously Ref. 28P34] was born at Easton Grey during 1877, the son of Aaron and Ellen Collett.  By 1881 he and his family were living at the Queen’s Head Inn in Hullavington, where Walter Collett was three years of age.  During the 1880s the family left the Queen’s Head and by 1891 were still living in Hullavington, but at 1 Seager’s Lane in the village, when Walter was 12.  It was just five years later, after another family move that Walter Thomas Collett, aged 18, died on 16th February 1896 at Firs Farm in Corston during an outbreak of typhoid which also took the lives of his parents.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

64P6

Albert Thomas Collett [previously Ref. 28P35] was born at The Queen’s Head Inn at Hullavington on 5th December 1882, the youngest of the five known children of Aaron Vizor Collett and his wife Ellen Curtis.  It was also at Hullavington where he was baptised shortly after on 28th January 1883 when once again he was confirmed as the son of Aaron Vizor and Ellen Collett.  In the census of 1891 eight-year old Albert Collett from Hullavington was living at 1 Seager’s Lane in the village, but not long after that he and his family moved to Firs Farm in the village of Corston.  Following the deaths of his parents and his brother Walter Vizor Collett (above) in 1896 Albert has not been located within any of the subsequent British Census Returns.  It is understood, although not yet confirmed, that he eventually emigrated to America.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

64P7

Arthur Francis Vizor Collett was born at Clifton in Bristol during the last quarter of 1867.  He was baptised at Bristol on 16th February 1868, the eldest son of Joseph and Elizabeth Collett, who was three years old in the census of 1871.  At that time in his life he was living with his family at 21 Morley Street in Russell Town in Bristol.  It is known that his father died when Arthur was 13 and a boarder at the Colston School in Stapleton, an established run by headmaster the Reverend John Handcock from London, age 48, who received his Bachelor of Arts Degree at Trinity College in Dublin.  It is worth noting here that Arthur’s brother William (below) married Annie Estelle Handcock who may have been related to the Rev John Handcock.  On completing his education Arthur was reunited with his brother William in 1891 when the pair of them were residing in the Barton Regis area of Bristol.  Arthur F Collett from Bristol was 23, and two years later he became a married man, as did his brother William.

 

 

 

 

 

Arthur married Elizabeth Mary Richardson in 1893, the event being registered at Barton Regis, Bristol during the September quarter of that year.  In the census of 1901 Arthur for some reason gave his place of birth as being Malmesbury, as he did again ten years later.  The census return in March 1901 included Arthur F V Collett, age 34 and a merchant clerk, living in Bristol with his wife Elizabeth Mary, age 37 and from Bristol, and their two Bristol born children Francis (sic) Vizor Collett who was six, and Edward R V Collett who was four.

 

 

 

 

 

In April 1911 each member of the family was recorded under their full names.  So Arthur Francis Vizor Collett was 43, Elizabeth Mary Collett was 40, Frances Mary Vizor Collett was 16, and Edward Reginald Vizor Collett was 14.  On that occasion they were living at 5 The Quadrant in the Redland area of Bristol, from where Arthur was working as a cashier for Chocolate & Cocoa Manufacturer J S Fry & Son, where his brother William was also employed.  The census confirmed that Arthur and Elizabeth had been married for 18 years and only ever had the two children listed with them.  It was also noted that their home had ten rooms.

 

 

 

 

 

Arthur Francis Vizor Collett died on the 25th June 1918 at the age of 50, his death being registered in Bristol.  The Will of Arthur Francis Vizor Collett, mercantile cashier, of 5 The Quadrant, Redland, Bristol, was proved at Bristol on 10th August 1918 when his widow Elizabeth Mary Collett was named as the executor to his personal effects amounting to £1,007 6 Shillings 7d.

 

 

 

 

 

64Q4

Frances Mary Vizor Collett

Born in 1894 at Bristol

 

 

64Q5

Edward Reginald Vizor Collett

Born in 1896 at Bristol

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

64P8

William Vizor Collett was born at Clifton in Bristol during the fourth quarter of 1870, most likely in late November or early December, following which he was baptised at Bristol on 19th December 1870, the youngest known son of Joseph and Elizabeth Collett.  It was as simply William Collitt (sic) aged just four months that he was living at 21 Morley Street in Russell Town within the Clifton & Bristol registration district in 1871.  He was only nine years old when his father died and, whatever the cause of death, it may have been a contributing factor for the absence for his mother in the census of 1881.  No record of her as Elizabeth Collett has been found in any later census return, perhaps indicating that she re-married.

 

 

 

 

 

According to the census in 1881 William had been separated from his older brother Arthur (above) who was a boarder attending Colston School in Stapleton just north-east of Bristol.  William on the other hand was 10 years old and was described as a lodger at the home of tailoress Julia Burford, age 50, who was a spinster from Owlpen near Uley in Gloucestershire.  There were no other occupants at the house, the address for which was 2 Frederick Street within the Bristol parish of Saints Philip and Jacob.

 

 

 

 

 

Ten years later, when William was 20 he was living with his brother Arthur at Ashley Down within the Barton Regis district of Bristol, the census in 1891 recording him as Willie Collett from Bristol.  It was during the summer of 1893 when William Vizor Collett married Annie Estelle Handcock from Liverpool.  The wedding was recorded at the Barton Regis register office in Bristol (Ref. 6a 281) during the third quarter of that year when the witnesses were named as John William Fowke and Mary Morris.  Once married the couple set up home in Bristol where their two known children were born.  That was confirmed by the census in March 1901 when William V Collett, age 30 and from Bristol, was a commercial clerk, his wife Annie E Collett from Liverpool was also 30, and their two children were Kenneth V Collett who was five and Margaret V V Collett who was four.

 

 

 

 

 

At the end of the next decade the family was residing at the eleven roomed property known as Valken at Downs Park West in the Westbury Park (Westbury-on-Trym) area of Bristol.  By that time in his life William was a clerk employed by the Chocolate & Cocoa Manufacturer J S Fry & Son.  The household was listed in the census of 1911 as William Collett, age 40, as was his wife Annie Estelle Collett, Kenneth Vizor Collett who was 15, and Margaret Valentine Collett who was 14.  The family was quite affluent since they employed a general domestic servant, Clara Reed, age 18 and from Taunton in Somerset.

 

 

 

 

 

William Vizor Collett died at Bristol on 12th June 1916 at the age of 45, following which his death was recorded there under the name of William V Collett (Ref. 6a 256) during the second quarter of that year.  At the proving of his Will in Bristol on 1st August 1916 the address of William Vizor Collett was confirmed as ‘Valken’ at 52 Downs Park West in Bristol, while his occupation was that of a commercial clerk.  It was his widow Annie Estelle Collett who was named as the executor of his estate of £1,619 19 Shillings.

 

 

 

 

 

On the last day of 2015 a gentleman by the name of Robert Orme made contact to say he has in his possession a signed drawing by William Vizor Collett dated 1902.  The picture, catalogued by the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington and entitled ‘The Bathers’, is of the nude figure of a young man sitting in a small rowing boat.  For some reason one source on the internet speculates that the picture was drawn at Capri in Italy or at Taormina in Sicily.

 

 

 

 

 

64Q6

Kenneth Vizor Collett

Born in 1895 at Bristol

 

 

64Q7

Margaret Valentine Vizor Collett

Born in 1896 at Bristol

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

64P11

Minnie Collett [previously Ref. 44P3] was born at Idle within the parish of Eccleshill in Bradford, Yorkshire during 1875, and was baptised at Eccleshill on 7th February 1876.  From around the time she was born her parents we living at 16 Wellington Street in Idle, where Minnie was five years old in 1881, and was 15 in 1891, by which time she was already working as a worsted spinner with her two older sisters Anne and Emily.

 

 

 

 

 

It was on 11th August 1900 at Eccleshill Parish Church in Bradford that Minnie married Thomas Starkey and by 1911 she had given birth to three children.  The census that year recorded the family living at North Bierley where Minnie’s parents and her youngest sister Maud were also living at that same time.  Thomas Starkey was 35, as was his wife who was from Eccleshill, and their three children were Herbert Starkey, who was nine, Emily Starkey, who was six, and Thomas Starkey who was four years old.

 

 

 

 

 

Minnie was already pregnant with another son, William Starkey, on the day of the census in April 1911, the child being born on 27th October 1911 who was 81 when he passed away at Bradford during August 1993.  Minnie Starkey nee Collett was 74 when she died during the last three months of 1949, her death recorded at Bradford (Ref. 2b 265) when she was living at 39 Wellington Road in the Undercliffe area of Bradford.  Probate for Minnie Starkey the wife of Thomas Starkey was granted to William and Herbert Starkey.  Thomas Starkey served his country during the Great War but was discharged due to bronchitis at the age of 40.  His military record shows they had a total of five children, Herbert who was born in 1902, Emily who was born in 1905, Thomas who was born in 1906, William born in 1911 and Minnie who was born on 22nd December 1913, all of them born at Eccleshill.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

64P12

John Collett [previously Ref. 44P4] was born at Idle during 1878, the only surviving son of Arthur Collett from Bremilham near Malmesbury and his wife Margaret Ellen Collett from Bradford in Yorkshire.  By the time of the census in 1881 John was two years old and he and his family were living at 16 Wellington Street in Idle.  It was at that same address that he and the family were residing ten years later in 1891 when, as John Collet (sic) he was 11.  It should be noted that it was only just over four months prior to the census that year that John Collett, the son of Arthur and Margaret Collett was baptised at Eccleshill on 19th November 1890.

 

 

 

 

 

Before the end of the century John married (1) Lucy and at the time of the March census in 1901 they were living at Idle in Eccleshill with their baby son, where they were recorded in error under the surname of Callet.  John Callet of Bradford was 22, Lucy Callet from Rawmarsh in Yorkshire was 20, and their son Arthur Callet was still under one year old and had been born at Eccleshill.  It seems highly likely that Lucy died shortly after while giving birth to a daughter Margaret, who was named after John’s mother, like his son Arthur who was named after his father. 

 

 

 

 

 

The reasoning behind this assumption is that by April 1911 John Collett, age 32 and from Bradford, was married to (2) Millicent Amos Collett who was also 32.  John’s son Arthur Collett, age 10 and from Bradford, was just one of the two children living at Bradford with the couple.  The other child was Hilda Collett who was seven.  However, at the same time in nearby North Bierley, just south of Bradford, John’s possible eldest daughter Margaret Collett was staying with her grandparents Arthur and Margaret Collett.  The grandchild was named as Maggie Collett from Bradford, who was nine years of age.

 

 

 

 

 

John Collett died at Bradford on 23rd April 1947 while he was living at 205 Otley Road in the city.  Probate of his personal effects valued at £956 18 Shillings was granted jointly at Wakefield on 16th May 1947 to his son Arthur Collett, a builder’s labourer, and to Ernest Burgin, a master grocer, who was John’s son-in-law and the husband of his daughter Hilda.

 

 

 

 

 

64Q8

Arthur Collett

Born in 1900 at Eccleshill, Bradford

 

 

64Q9

Margaret Collett

Born in 1902 at Bradford

 

 

64Q10

Hilda Collett

Born in 1904 at Bradford

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

64P18

John Henry Albert Collett [previously Ref. 44P9] was born at Bristol in 1876, the eldest child of John Collett of Foxley and his wife Margaret Louisa Goodfield, also from Foxley.  When he was around four years of age, his parents left Bristol when the family settled in Worcester.  It was as John H A Collett, aged four years, that he was recorded in the census of 1881 when he was living with his family at 21 Bowling Green Terrace in the Blockhouse area of the city.  Sometime during the next decade the family moved to South Claines immediately to the north of Worcester where they were living in 1891, but under the surname Vollett when John H A Vollett was 14.

 

 

 

 

 

Ten years later the Worcester census conducted in March 1901 placed John Collett from Bristol as living there, where he was working as a tailor’s cutter at the age of 24.  Shortly after the census day in 1901 John married Edith with whom he had four children during the following decade.

 

 

 

 

 

John H A Collett, age 34, and his wife Edith, age 32, were still living in Worcester in April 1911.  Listed with them on that occasion were their four children, Sydney J Collett who was nine, James H Collett who was six, Edith M Collett who was four, and Thomas A Collett who was one year old.  It is possible that further children were added to the family after that time.

 

 

 

 

 

It was only in 1932, and following the death of his father, that John’s full name was recorded, when he was named as John Henry Albert Collett, a clothing manufacturer’s foreman, the sole executor of his late father’s estate.  His full name was used again during the probate process for his Will in 1944.  As John H A Collett his death was recorded at Worcester register office (Ref. 6c 172) during the first quarter of that year following his death on 5th March at the age of 67.  His Will was proved at Birmingham on 17th April 1944 when his second son James Henry Collett, a tailor’s cutter, was named as the sole executor of his estate of £150 19 Shillings 8d.

 

 

 

 

 

64Q11

Sydney J Collett

Born in 1902 at Worcester

 

 

64Q12

James Henry Collett

Born in 1904 at Worcester

 

 

64Q13

Edith M Collett

Born in 1906 at Worcester

 

 

64Q14

Thomas A Collett

Born in 1909 at Worcester

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

64P19

Mary Elizabeth Maud Collett [previously Ref. 44P10] was born at Bristol in 1877 and it was there that she was baptised on 21st October 1877 the daughter of John and Margaret Collett.  She was around three years old when her parents took the family from Bristol to Worcester where they were living in 1881, when Mary E M Collett was three years old.  Their address on that occasion was 21 Bowling Green Terrace in Blockhouse, Worcester.  It was as Mary E L Vollett (sic) that she was living with her family at South Claines near Worcester in 1891 when she was 13.  She was recorded simply as Maud Collett from Bristol, age 23, who was a dressmaker in the March census of 1901 when she was still living in Worcester with her family.  An unmarried Maud Collett was 34 in the next census of 1911 when she was the eldest of only three children still living with her parents in Worcester.

 

 

 

 

 

Mary was into her late forties when she became a married lady.  The marriage of Mary E M Collett and George W Millwater was recorded at Worcester register office (Ref. 6c 297) during the third quarter of 1925.  They were together for less than seven years when George William Millwater passed away on 17th January 1932.  His Will was proved at Birmingham on 1st July 1932 when during the probate process his wife was described as Mary Elizabeth Maud Millwater, a widow, who was jointly charged with looking after his personal effects with Alice Gladys Millwater, the wife of Walter Millwater, who was most likely his brother or his son from an earlier marriage.  His widow, Mary Elizabeth Maud Millwater nee Collett died on 28th February 1956 and her Will was proved at Gloucester on 24th April that year, when the executors of her estate were named as Lena Florence Collett and Elsie Carpenter a married woman.  Although her identity has still to be discovered, it seems highly likely that Lena Florence Collett was Mary’s niece, the daughter or daughter-in-law of one of her married brothers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

64P20

Ernest Percy William Collett [previously Ref. 44P11] was born at Bristol in 1878, the son of John and Margaret Collett.  Shortly after he was born his family moved to Worcester where his further siblings were born.  Ernest P W Collett was two years old in the Worcester census of 1881, when he and his family were living at 21 Bowling Green Terrace in the Blockhouse area of Worcester.  He was still with his family at South Claines near Worcester in 1891 when he was named in error as Ernest E Vollett who was 12 years old.  By the time of the census in 1901 Ernest Collett, age 22 and from Bristol, was a telegraph labourer, indicating that he was employed by the General Post Office.  He was still unmarried and was still living at the family home in Worcester.

 

 

 

 

 

It was just after the census in 1901 that Ernest married Sarah Bertha and over the following seven years the marriage produced three children for the couple, although it is not known whether further children were added to the family after April 1911.  The census that year placed the family living at 20 Wolverton Road in Worcester, where Ernest Percy William Collett was 32, his wife Sarah Bertha Collett was 31, their daughter Elsie Collett was six, son Ernest W Collett was two, and baby Violet S Collett was just five months old.

 

 

 

 

 

64Q15

Elsie Collett

Born in 1904 at Worcester

 

 

64Q16

Ernest William Collett

Born in 1908 at Worcester

 

 

64Q17

Violet Sarah Collett

Born in November 1910 at Worcester

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

64P21

Francis Lewis George Collett was born at Worcester during the early days of March 1881, the son of John and Margaret Collett.  His birth was recorded at Worcester register office (Ref. 6c 311) under the name of Francis Lewis G Collett during the second quarter of 1881 and he was just three weeks old in the census that year when he was named as Francis G L Collett.  Tragically he was only six years of age when he died at Worcester where the death of Francis Collett was recorded during the third quarter of 1887 (Ref. 6c 147).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

64P22

Arthur R Collett [previously Ref. 44P13] was born at Worcester in 1885 and was five years old in 1891 when he was living in South Claines, Worcester, even though he was recorded as Arthur R Vollett.  By 1901 he was working as an errand boy at the age of 14.  A little while into the new century Arthur left his family in Worcester and move to Birmingham to seek work, and it was there in the Aston district of the city that he was listed in 1911 as being Arthur Collett from Worcester who was 25.

 

 

 

 

 

Probably at the outbreak of the Great War he enlisted with the army and eventually became Private Collett 23212 with the 10th Battalion Worcestershire Regiment.  Sadly on 23rd October 1916 at the age of thirty, he was killed in action during the Battle of the Somme which lasted from early July to early November that year.  His name, simply as Arthur Collett, is just one of the 72,000 listed on the Thievpal Memorial for men who died with no known grave.  It is not known whether he was married or not, since no next-of-kin was listed in his military records.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

64P23

James Francis Walter Collett was born at Worcester on 20th October 1888, one year after the death of his older brother Francis whose name he was given.  He was recorded as James Francis W Collett on the occasion of the registration of his birth at Worcester (Ref. 6c 289) during the last three months of 1888.  It is possible that he was born when the family was living in the South Claines district to the north of Worcester, where they were living at the time of the census in 1891 where he was recorded as James F W Vollett aged two years.  He was still attending school in 1901 when he was 12 years old and still living with his parents in Worcester.  On that occasion he was simply recorded as James Collett, as he was again in 1911 when he was still living with his parents in Worcester at the age of 23.  It is not known at this time whether or not he ever married, but it is known that he died at Worcester during June 1978.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

64P24

George Lewis Collett was born at Worcester in July 1890, the seventh of the eight children of John and Margaret Collett.  His birth was recorded at Worcester register office (Ref. 6c 297) during the third quarter of that year and he was eight months old and described as George L Vollett (sic) in the census of 1891 when he and his family was living at South Claines near Worcester.  Tragically George Lewis Collett was only 12 years old when he died in 1903, his death being recorded at Worcester register office (Ref. 6c 133) during the second quarter of the year.  It is therefore odd that he was not listed with his family in the Worcester census return for 1901.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

64P25

Victor Stanley Collett was born at Worcester during the first half of 1892 and was recorded at Worcester register office (Ref. 6c 289) during the second quarter of that year.  However, his parents John Collett and Margaret Louisa Goodfield only gave their son’s name as Stanley Collett in both of the Worcester census returns for 1901 and 1911, when he was nine years of age, and 19 years old respectively.  It was during the following years that he married Annie Mabel with whom he had three children.  It is understood the two unnamed child were still alive in 2013.

 

 

 

 

 

Victor Stanley Collett was still a resident of Worcester when he died on 18th May 1966 at 13 Cecilia Avenue in Worcester.  The details included within the probate process for his Will, proved at Gloucester on 18th August 1966, described him at Stanley Victor Collett of 268 Wylds Lane in Worcester, while it was his widow Annie Mabel Collett who was the executor of his estate.

 

 

 

 

 

64Q18

a Collett child

Date of birth unknown at Worcester

 

 

64Q19

Stanley John Collett

Born in 1921 at Worcester

 

 

64Q20

a Collett child

Date of birth unknown at Worcester

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

64P26

Henry Collett [previously Ref. 44P17] was born at Norton-Coleparle in 1862 and was eight years old in early April 1871.  He was still living at the family home in Norton-Coleparle ten years later when he was 18, where he was employed as an agricultural labourer, probably alongside his father William.  As with other members of this family line, Henry was drawn to the north of England, probably through working on the railways, since by 1891 he was lodging with one of the Collett families that had already moved to Bradford in Yorkshire.

 

 

 

 

 

According to the census of 1891, Henry Collett was 27 and was still a bachelor.  At that time he was working as a railway signalman and was living as a boarder with James and Elizabeth Collett at their home in the St Judes parish of the Bradford West End registration district.  James Thomas Collett (Ref. 64O12) from Bremilham near Malmesbury was the cousin of Henry’s father William Collett.

 

 

 

 

 

Shortly after the census date in 1891 Henry met and married Louisa who was born at Pangbourne in Berkshire in 1866.  The couple lived for a time in Bradford where their daughter was born, before moving to Keighley where their son was born.  Just after the turn of the century the family was living at Skipton from where Henry was continuing his occupation as a railway signalman.  He was aged 36, Louisa was 34, and their two children were eight years and three years respectively. 

 

 

 

 

 

Sometime during the next decade the family left Skipton and by the time of the next census in 1911 the family of four was residing at 3 Oswald Street, off Carr Lane, in Shipley just north of Bradford, Yorkshire.  The census return on that occasion confirmed that Henry and Louisa had been married for nineteen years and that they had given birth to two children.  Henry Collett from Norton in Wiltshire was 48 and still a railway signalman, his wife Louisa Collett from Pangbourne was 44, and their two children were Flossie Collett who was 18 and working as a laundress, and Clement Collett who was 13 and still a school boy.  Upon the premature death of her son Clement in 1930 it was Louisa Collett who was granted administration of his personal effects, perhaps indicating that Henry Collett had already passed away by then.

 

 

 

 

 

64Q21

Florence Collett

Born in 1892 at Bradford

 

 

64Q22

Clement Henry Collett

Born in 1898 at Keighley

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

64P27

Elizabeth Collett [previously Ref. 44P18] was born at Norton-Coleparle in 1866 where she was living with her family in 1871 when she was four.  Ten years later she had left the family home in Norton-Coleparle and was 14 and was working as a general domestic servant for 59 years old maltster and brewer Isaac Witchell in his home at Church Street in Tetbury.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

64P28

Catherine Collett [previously Ref. 44P19] was born at Norton-Coleparle in 1868 and was two years old and 12 years respectively in the 1871 and 1881 censuses for Norton.  Sometime during the next eight years she met Sidney King whom she married at Malmesbury in 1889 between April and June.  Sidney was born at Beverston near Tetbury in 1864.  At the time of their wedding, away from her home village of Norton, Catherine was referred to as Kate.  The reason for those two rather odd aspects to her marriage may have been because she was with child. 

 

 

 

 

 

Immediately following the wedding the couple left Wiltshire and settled at Woodchester in Gloucestershire where their first child was born later that same year. Two years later Catherine and Sidney were confirmed as living at Woodchester with their son Frederick aged 2 and over the next ten years the couple had a further four children all of whom were born at Woodchester.

 

 

 

 

 

It was also at Woodchester that they were still living in 1901.  Sidney was 38 and his occupation was that of a shepherd on a farm and living with him and Catherine aged 37 and their five children was Kate’s widowed father William Collett.  Catherine’s place of birth was confirmed as Norton.  The children at that time were Frederick age 12, Florence, age 10, George, who was eight, Adeline, who was four, and Philip who was two years old.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

64P29

William Collett [previously Ref. 44P20] was born at Norton-Coleparle in 1871 but after 2nd April as he did not feature in that year’s census.  By the time of the 1881 Census he was aged 10 and was living at Norton with his family.  At the age of 29 William was living at house number 89 in the main street through Hullavington, while right next door to him at number 88 lived his brother Fred (below).  William was working as a general labourer on the construction of a line of the Great Western Railway.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

64P30

Philip Collett [previously Ref. 44P21] was born at Norton-Coleparle, his birth recorded at Malmesbury (Ref. 5a 53) during the last three months of 1874.  Whilst his age was listed as being six years in the Norton census of 1881, ten years later he was listed as being 18 years old, but this may have simply been an error in transcribing, as 16 years would have been more accurate.  However, according to the 1901 Census, bachelor Philip Collett, age 25 and from Norton, was a lodger at the home of George and Ann Cordy in Mangotsfield from where he was working as a railway porter.  Around four and a half years later he married Rhoda Bailey who was born on 22nd March 1884 at Frampton Cotterell near Mangotsfield in Gloucestershire.  The marriage took place at Keynsham in Gloucestershire during the September quarter of 1905 and resulted in the birth of a son and a daughter.

 

 

 

 

 

Tragically the couple was only married for just over three years when Philip Collett died on 21st February 1909 and was buried at Mangotsfield.  By that time in his life Philip was a railway porter living with his wife at St James Place in Mangotsfield.  The administration of his personal effects took place at Bristol on 29th March 1909, when it was his wife Rhoda Collett, widow, who inherited £88 6 Shillings 2d.

 

 

 

 

 

It is possible that by the time of the census in 1911 that Rhoda Collett nee Bailey had remarried and taken her daughter with her.  On the day of the census that year, her son George Collett was staying with Rhoda’s parents in Mangotsfield.  Head of the household George Bailey was 53, his wife Elizabeth was 50, and their daughter Bessie was 18.  School boy George Collett was five years old and his place of birth was confirmed as Mangotsfield.

 

 

 

 

 

64Q23

Philip George Collett

Born in 1906 at Mangotsfield

 

 

64Q24

Nora Emily Bessie Collett

Born in 1907 at Mangotsfield

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

64P31

Frederick Collett [previously Ref. 44P22] was the odd one of the family as he was born at Easton Grey in 1879, rather than at Norton-Coleparle.  Like his brother Philip there were discrepancies in his age in the 1881 and 1891 census records.  The first of them placed him living with his family at Norton and he was one year old.  Ten years later his age was recorded as 15 when he was still living at Norton-Coleparle.  Just after the turn of the century Fred was working as a wagon tipper on the construction of a line of the Great Western railway while living at house number 88 in the main street in Hullavington.  It seems very likely that he was working with his brother William (above) who also lived next door at number 89.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

64P32

William Punter [previously Ref. 44P23] was born in 1861 at Corston just south of Malmesbury.  Shortly after he was born he and his parents move to Norton-Coleparle where his mother had been born and where her parents still lived.  Just before the census day in 1881 William’s mother gave birth to her eighth child so overcrowding in the Punter house in Norton-Coleparle may have been a problem.  Therefore it seems likely that William, as the oldest child of the family, was offered accommodation with his grandparents Henry and Hannah Collett to ease the situation.  The census recorded that William was aged 20 and of Corston, and that he was working as an agricultural labourer, probably alongside his grandfather.

 

 

 

 

 

During the year following the census date William married Matilda Evans who was born in the next village of Sherston in 1859.  Shortly after they were married the couple were living at Easton Grey where their four children were born, of which only Lilian, the second child, survived to adulthood.  William who was born in 1883 died that same year, Elsie Blanche born in 1886 died in 1889, as did Ada Gertrude who was born in 1888.  The births and deaths of all three children were recorded in Malmesbury.  Just after the turn of the century the family of three were living at Swindon where forty years old William Punter was employed as a striker with the Great Western Railway, while his wife Matilda was forty-two, and their daughter Lillian was sixteen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

64P33

Louisa Ann Punter [previously Ref. 44P24], who was known as Louise Annie and Annie Louise, was born at Norton-Coleparle in the third quarter of 1863.  The closeness in the age of Louisa and Elizabeth Collett (above), both of whom were brought up in Norton, might indicate that they were good friends as well as being first cousins.  This may therefore be the reason why both girls were living in Church Street in Tetbury at the time of the 1881 Census.  Louisa was seventeen and a general domestic servant as was Elizabeth, living and working at the home of retired brewer Mary Warn who was eighty years of age.  Even the occupation of her employer was similar to that of Elizabeth’s employer Isaac Witchell, who was a maltster and a brewer, so there were many parallels in the two girl’s lives.

 

 

 

 

 

It is in the third quarter of 1891 that Louisa married Albert Baker at the Chippenham Registry Office.   The marriage produced one son for the couple, Frederick Henry George Baker, who was born at Chippenham on 5th July 1897.  Over forty years later, and under the name George H Baker, he married Annie Ayres, the daughter of Alfred William Ayres and Rhoda Harris, at Chippenham during the second quarter of 1939.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

64P34

Richard Punter [previously Ref. 44P25] was born at Norton-Coleparle during the second quarter of 1866.  He was 14 in 1881 and was living at the family home in Norton from where he worked as an agricultural labourer.  Just after he passed his twentieth birthday at Sherston Magna on 25th December 1888 Richard married Dora Kate Neal who was known as Kate.  She was born at Sherston in 1864 and it was at Sherston where they lived and had five children before the end of the century.

 

 

 

 

 

Herbert James Punter was born circa 1889, Arthur William Punter circa 1891, Ethel Punter circa 1893, Jesse Punter circa 1897, and Gertrude Punter circa 1900.  According to the 1901 Census for Sherston, Richard was aged 36 and was employed as a railway navvy.  His wife Kate was 37 and their children Herbert 12, William 10, Ethel 8, son Jesse 4, and baby Gertrude who was not yet one year old.

 

 

 

 

 

In the years immediately following the start of the new century two further children were added to the family while they continued to live at Sherston Magna.  They were Alfred Punter (1903-1976) who married Kathleen Edith Jane Carter on 21st December 1935 at Malmesbury, and Alice Punter who was born on 22nd July 1905 and who died in 1993, who married Gilbert Smith.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

64P35

Arthur Henry Punter [previously Ref. 44P26] was born at Norton-Coleparle in 1868 and was 13 in 1881 and was employed as an agricultural labourer, probably working with his older brother Richard (above).  By 1901 Arthur had not married and was 30 years old and was working as an ordinary agricultural labourer while still living with his parents at the family’s home in Norton.  Living with them was Arthur’s younger brother Frederick (below) with whom Arthur was probably working.  It was at Honey Lane in Norton-Coleparle that bachelor Arthur Henry Collett, age 43, was still living with his elderly parents in 1911.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

64P37

Frederick Punter [previously Ref. 44P28] was born during the last quarter of 1873.  In 1881 he was referred to as Francis when he was eight years old and living with his family in Norton-Coleparle.  However, this seems to be an isolated incident since he was referred to as Frederick in the census of 1901.  At that time he was 26, was unmarried, and was an ordinary agricultural labourer living and working with his brother Arthur (above) at their parent’s house in Norton.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

64P42

John William Wicks [previously Ref. 44P34] was born at Hullavington in 1870 and was the base born child of Sarah Deborah Wicks.  In November 1873 John’s mother married widower Charles Collett whose first wife had died around 1871.  According to the 1881 Census John was 12 years old and was listed as ‘son’ and eldest child in the family of Charles and Sarah Collett.  However, this was presumably said for propriety sake only, as he was certainly not the birth son of Charles Collett.  Nine years later in the first quarter of 1890 John married Minnie Curtis.  She was the daughter of Henry and Ruth Curtis and had been at Stoke Gifford in 1871 where she and her family were living in 1881.

 

 

 

 

 

Once they were marriage John and Minnie lived all of their life together in Stoke Gifford where all nine of the children were born.  At the time of the 1901 Census John was confirmed as living with his family at Stoke Gifford where he was working as a general labourer.  His place of birth was confirmed as Hullavington.  According to the census John was 30, Minnie was 29, and their first three children were sons Jesse A Wicks, age 10, and George F Wicks, age 5, and daughter Ruth E Wicks who was three years old.  When John died he was living at Westerleigh not far from Stoke Gifford.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

64P43

James Collett [previously Ref. 44P33] was believed to have been born in 1871 at Charlton, which may have been the village south-east of Salisbury, rather than Charlton near Malmesbury as first thought.  This is because his birth was registered at Alderbury near Salisbury during the third quarter of 1871, when his parents were confirmed as Charles Collett and Matilda Webb.  It seems highly likely that his mother died during, or shortly after the birth.  Where his parents were living in April 1871 has not been determined, nor has any record of James been identified within the next census of 1881, by which time his father Charles had been remarried for eight years.  However, by 1891 James Collett from Charlton was 19 when he was living in the Highworth registration district of Swindon.

 

 

 

 

 

Four years later, in 1895 when James was twenty-five, he married Mary Jane Eyles with the marriage being registered at Barton Regis in Bristol.  Barton Regis does not exist today and was renamed Clifton in 1904.  It is also interesting to note that James’ half-sister Elena Elizabeth Collett (below) was living within Barton Regis area during 1894 and it was there that she too was later married.

 

 

 

 

 

The marriage of James and Mary Jane produced two children for the couple before the end of the century.  According to the 1901 Census James was 30 and was living at Dursley in Gloucestershire with his wife Mary Jane who was 32 and their two children who was aged four years and two years respectively.  James’ occupation was that of an assistant overseer and his place of birth was Charlton in Wilshire.  Mary Jane had been born at Wotton-under-Edge not far from Dursley where both of their children had been born.  And it was at Dursley that the family of four was living in April 1911.  James was 39, Mary Jane was 43, and their two children were 14 and 12 respectively.  Some years after the family appear to have moved to Painswick.

 

 

 

 

 

James’ niece Nora Millicent Collett (Ref. 64Q32) who was born in 1913 remembers visiting him when he lived at Painswick some eleven miles north of Dursley.  She also recalls that there was a rift between James and his half-brothers and sister, which resulted from a disagreement over the funeral expenses for their father who died at Chipping Sodbury in 1919, with James not waiting to contribute.  It also seems that James and Mary Jane and their family were later living in the Bristol area since that was where their daughter Amy was married in 1921.

 

 

 

 

 

64Q25

Amy Louise Collett

Born in 1896 at Dursley

 

 

64Q26

Francis James Collett

Born in 1898 at Dursley

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

64P44

Elena Elizabeth Collett [previously Ref. 44P35] was at Hullavington in 1873, her birth being registered during the first quarter of 1874 under the name of Alena Elizabeth Collett.  In addition, the Bishop’s transcript of her baptism gave her first Christian name as Helena as it was in the 1881 Census.  By that time she was six years old and was living with her family at Gibbs Lane in Hullavington, and again it was as Helena that she was recorded in 1891 when she was 18 and was living at Iron Acton.  In between those times she and her family had lived at Westerfield.

 

 

 

 

 

Around the time of her twenty-first birthday she married Arthur Stone while living in the Barton Regis area of Bristol where the marriage was registered during the second quarter of 1894.  Arthur was born in 1870 at Fishponds where it appears that the couple lived all of their life and where all of their nine children were born.

 

 

 

 

 

By 1901 Alena E Stone of Hullavington was aged 28 and her husband Arthur of Fishponds was 30.  The couple were living in Bristol where Arthur was working as a cycle mechanic.  And it was at Fishponds that Elena and Arthur both died.  At the time of her marriage and for much of her life thereafter she was referred to as Bessie and auntie Bessie.

 

 

 

 

 

The children of this marriage were Lillian born in 1895, Ethel born in 1897, Rose born in 1898, Hilda born in 1900, Grantly born in 1906, and Arthur born in 1910.  There were three other children for whom the dates of birth are not known, and they were Cissy, Harold and Ronald.  Elena’s son Arthur Stone married Vera Sophie England at Downend on 6th April 1939 with whom he had two daughters.  His wife Vera, who was born in 1914, died in 1999 in South Gloucestershire.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

64P45

Hannah Matilda Collett [previously Ref. 44P36] was born at Foxley on 18th January 1876, the daughter of Charles Collett and his second wife Sarah Deborah Wicks, with her birth being recorded at Malmesbury (Ref. 5a 52) during the during the first quarter of 1876.  She was five years old and was living with her family at Gibbs Lane in Hullavington by the time of the census in 1881.  Sadly she was only 14 years old when she died from typhoid fever, with her mother Sarah by her bedside when she passed away at Gaunts Earthcott in Almondsbury on 17th June 1890.  The death was registered at Thornbury in Gloucestershire and the certificate noted correctly that she was 16, and at that time in her life she had already started working as a general domestic servant.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

64P46

Charles Collett [previously Ref. 44P37] was born at Hullavington in early 1878 and was baptised there on 28th April 1878, the son of Charles and Sarah Collett.  He was three years old and was living with his family at Gibbs Lane in Hullavington in 1881.  Ten years later, in the next census in 1891 for Latteridge, Charles was still living with his parents and was confirmed as their son, although he was recorded as Eli C Collett, age 13, similar to the name he used on his wedding day.

 

 

 

 

 

Where Charles was in 1901 is not currently known, but it was just over five years later that he married Sarah Milsom at St Werburgh’s Church in Bristol on 5th August 1906.  On the marriage certificate his name was given as Charles Eli Collett, although for his birth and his baptism he was simply Charles Collett.  The witnesses to the marriage were James and Maud White.

 

 

 

 

 

Sometime between the birth of their son at Bristol in 1908 and the census inn April 1911 Charles and his family left Bristol, when they moved to South Wales.  By the time of the census the family was residing at 48 Vaughan street in Pwllgwaun, Pontypridd.  According to the census return Charles and Sarah had been married for five years, and during that Sarah had presented Charles with two children, of which son Arthur was the only survivor.

 

 

 

 

 

On the day of the census Sarah was once again with-child and the couple’s third off-spring was born later that same year.  Tragedy was to strike the family again when their third child died before the end of 1911.  Charles’ occupation in 1911 was that of an underground horse driver, indicating that he was working in a coal mine.  Living with the family at that time was Sarah’s brother George Milsom who was 19.  Nothing more is known of Charles and his family after that time.

 

 

 

 

 

64Q27

Phyllis Edna May Collett

Born in 1907 at Bristol

 

 

64Q28

Arthur Collett

Born in 1908 at Bristol

 

 

64Q29

George William Collett

Born in 1911 at Bristol

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

64P47

Jane Collett [previously Ref. 44P38] was one half of a set of twins born at Hullavington in May 1880.  She was privately baptised at Hullavington on 25th May 1880 in a joint ceremony with her twin sister Frances (below).  Privately baptised means that the two sisters were baptised at home due to their poor health.  Jane was ten months old by the time of the census of 1881 and was living with her family at Gibbs Lane in Hullavington.  Her twin sister Frances had died within three weeks of their private baptism and Jane passed away five days after the census day aged eleven months.  She died at Hullavington on 8th April 1881 and was ‘received into the church’ on 17th April 1881.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

64P48

Frances Ellen Collett [previously Ref. 44P39] was one half of a set of twins born at Hullavington in May 1880.  She was privately baptised at Hullavington on 25th May 1880 in a joint ceremony with her twin sister Jane (above).  Tragically she only survived for one month and was buried at Hullavington on 14th June 1880

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

64P49

Ellen Jane Collett [previously Ref. 44P40] was born at Hullavington in July 1881 and was named in honour of her late twin sisters Jane and Ellen (above).  She was baptised at Hullavington on 24th July 1881.  Unlike her twin sisters, Ellen did survive long enough to celebrate her fourth birthday, but then tragically died during the fourth quarter of 1885, together with her baby brother Henry (below), both deaths being registered at Keynsham in Gloucestershire.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

64P50

Henry Collett [previously Ref. 44P41] may have been born at Hullavington around 1883 before the family moved to Westerleigh.  Alternatively he might have been born after the move to Westerleigh and it was certainly there that the family was living when he was baptised on 3rd June 1884.  Henry was two years old when he died during the last quarter of 1885, his death being registered at Keynsham around the same time as his sister Ellen Jane Collett (above) lost her life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

64P51

William Collett [previously Ref. 44P42] was born at Westerleigh on 7th October 1884 and was seven years old in the census of 1891 when living with his family at Latteridge.  Ten years later, at the age of sixteen, William was working as a general labourer while still living with his family at Westerleigh Hill in Westerleigh.  Just over five years later William married Dorothy Pullin on 22nd December 1906 at the White Hill Chapel in Winterbourne in South Gloucestershire.  Dorothy was born in 1883 at Winterbourne and was the daughter of Arthur and Nellie Pullin who were witnesses at her wedding.

 

 

 

 

 

It was William who was the informant of the death of his mother Sarah Collett in January 1910 at Hambrook.  Her death certificate confirmed that William was present at her passing and that he lived at nearby Winterbourne.  Fifteen months later William and Dorothy were still living at Winterbourne with their first two children who were born there. The census in 1911 recorded William Collett at the age of 27, his wife Dorothy as 28, and their two children as Alden Collett, who was three, and Leslie Collett who was two years old.

 

 

 

 

 

It would appear that William and Dorothy remained living at Winterbourne for the rest of their life together, since it was there that all of their remaining children were born, and where they both died, with William Collett passing away on 23rd March 1962.  In addition to the ten children listed below, it is understood that Dorothy gave birth to s stillborn child between 1913 and 1919.

 

 

 

 

 

64Q30

Alden George Charles Collett

Born in 1907 at Winterbourne

 

 

64Q31

Leslie Collett

Born in 1909 at Winterbourne

 

 

64Q32

Wilfred Graham Collett

Born in 1911 at Winterbourne

 

 

64Q33

Nora Millicent Collett

Born in 1913 at Winterbourne

 

 

64Q34

Wilfred Collett

Born in 1919 at Winterbourne

 

 

64Q35

Jesse Collett

Born in 1920 at Winterbourne

 

 

64Q36

Henry John Collett

Born in 1922 at Winterbourne

 

 

64Q37

Ellen Edna Collett

Born in 1923 at Winterbourne

 

 

64Q38

Reginald Collett

Born in 1925 at Winterbourne

 

 

64Q39

Thomas Collett

Born in 1927 at Winterbourne

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

64P52

Henry Collett [previously Ref. 44P43], who was known by the family as Harry, was born at Downend near Mangotsfield in Bristol in 1886.  It was as Henry that he was listed in the 1891 Census living with his family at Latteridge within the Iron Acton & Chipping Sodbury registration district.  He was five years old at that time and additional information in the census record referred to the fact that he was a cripple.  This coincided with the family story that he was either born with only half a leg, or that he had suffer the loss due to an accident and used a wooden stump to get around.

 

 

 

 

 

In the census return for 1901 he was referred to as Harry Collett who was born at Downend in Bristol.  His age was given as being fourteen and his occupation was that of a shoemaker.  By that time he had left the family home in Westerleigh Hill and was living with a family in Bristol.

 

 

 

 

 

At some later time during the third quarter of 1910 Harry married Florence E Tovey at Bristol.  And it was at Station Avenue in the Fishponds area of Bristol that the couple was living in April 1911, when Florence was most likely pregnant with the couple’s first child.  Henry was 25 and Florence was 24, and with them was Harry’s father Charles Collett who had gone to live with them following the death of his wife at the start of 1910.  The marriage of Harry and Florence was previously thought to have produced two children for the couple, although it now appears that there were at least three.

 

 

 

 

 

64Q40

Christine Collett

Born in 1911 at Bristol

 

 

64Q41

Gilbert Henry Collett

Born in 1914 at Bristol

 

 

64Q42

Gladys Collett

Date of birth not revealed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

64P53

Thomas Collett [previously Ref. 44P44] was born at Westerleigh in 1887 and was three years old in the Latteridge census of 1891 in which he was referred to as Tom Collett.  He was the tenth child of Charles Collett and his second wife Sarah Deborah Wicks, and his birth was registered during the second quarter of 1887.

 

 

 

 

 

By 1901 his family was living at Westerleigh Hill in Westerleigh where Thomas was recorded as Tom Collett of Westerleigh, age 13, who was still attending school.  According to the next census in April 1911, Thomas was 23 and had moved to Brentford in Middlesex where it is known that he was married six years later.

 

 

 

 

 

In 1917 he married Emma at St Faith’s Church in Windmill Road at Brentford.  It would also appear that the couple lived all of their marriage life together in Middlesex where their eight children were born.  Only the dates of birth of the couple’s first three children are known at this time, so the order in which the remaining children were born may be subject to change once their birth dates are established.

 

 

 

 

 

64Q43

Thomas Charles Collett

Born in 1915 at Ealing, Middlesex

 

 

64Q44

Bessie M Collett

Born in 1917 at Brentford, Middlesex

 

 

64Q45

Doris May Collett

Born in 1919 at Brentford, Middlesex

 

 

64Q46

Ronald William Collett

Born in 1921 at Brentford, Middlesex

 

 

64Q47

Stanley Clifford Collett

Born in 1923 at Brentford, Middlesex

 

 

64Q48

Peggy Collett

Born in 1927 at Brentford, Middlesex

 

 

64Q49

Lawrence F Collett

Born in 1931 at Brentford, Middlesex

 

 

64Q50

Sheila B Collett

Born in 1933 at Brentford, Middlesex

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

64P54

Alden Collett [previously Ref. 44P45] was born at Stoke Gifford in 1888 and the birth was registered during the third quarter of that year at Stoke Gifford in the Barton Regis District of Gloucestershire.  According to the 1891 Census, Alden was two years old and was living with his family within the Iron Acton and Chipping Sodbury census registration district.

 

 

 

 

 

Curiously in the census of 1901 his age was recorded as being ten years, although his place of birth was confirm simply as Stoke.  At that time he was living with his parents at Westerleigh Hill in Westerleigh.  By April 1911 Alden would have been around twenty-two years old but was not recorded as living anywhere in Great Britain.  It is therefore very likely that he was aboard in 1911 and possibly serving with a branch of the army, since it is established that he later served with the Gloucestershire Regiment.

 

 

 

 

 

However, the only records found to date indicate that he joined the 7th Battalion Gloucestershire Regiment on 13th August 1914 with whom he reached the rank of Corporal.  And it was as bachelor Corporal Alden Collett 8103 that he was killed in action in the Middle East on 11th April 1917 at the age of twenty-nine.  He was buried in Basra and his name is included on panel 17 of the Basra War Memorial in Iraq.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

64P55

ARTHUR COLLETT [previously Ref. 44P46] was born at Latteridge, just north of Iron Acton, on 25th April 1891 and just twenty days after the census day that year.  Ten years later in March 1901, Arthur Collett of Latteridge was nine years old and was living at Westerleigh Hill in Westerleigh with his parents and three older brothers.  By the time of the next census in April 1911 Arthur had joined the army and was living in the Maindy Barracks at Whitchurch Road in Cardiff.  It was during that period in his life when he became friendly with another soldier, his future brother-in-law Benjamin Osborne, and it was through Benjamin that he met and married Benjamin’s sister Dorothy Osborne.

 

 

 

 

 

And so it was that Arthur Collett subsequently married Dorothy Osborne at St Mary’s Church in Whitchurch, where the couple lived for the rest of their lives and where all of their five children were born.  Dorothy was the daughter of Francis Osborne and Sarah Thomas and was born on 24th March 1895 at Broad Street in Merriott near Crewkerne in Somerset.

 

 

 

 

 

Arthur saw active service with the British Army in the Great War and sustained a non-fatal injury during the First Battle of Ypres in late 1914.  It was this event that prompted the special naming of his eldest child.  And it was at Whitchurch that Arthur Collett died on 6th May 1942 and was buried there three days later.  The death certificate recorded that the cause of death was cardiac failure, coronary thrombosis and pulmonary tuberculosis.  His wife Dorothy Collett nee Osborne survived for a further forty-two years before she passed away at Whitchurch on 24th June 1984.

 

 

 

 

 

64Q51

Hyacinth Ypres Sarah Collett

Born in 1915 at Cardiff

 

 

64Q52

Arthur Collett

Born in 1918 at Cardiff

 

 

64Q53

THOMAS COLLETT

Born in 1920 at Cardiff

 

 

64Q54

Benjamin Cyril Collett

Born in 1922 at Cardiff

 

 

64Q55

Alexander Collett

Born in 1927 at Cardiff

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

64Q1

Albert Aaron Vizor Collett [previously Ref. 28Q19] was born at Swindon during August 1897, the eldest son of Aaron Vizor Collett and his wife Rosina Kane.  By the time of the census in March 1901 Albert Collett, aged three years from Swindon, was living with his family at Chiseldon, just south of Swindon.  Another family moved found the family living at Knutford Lodge Farm in Longcot, near Faringdon in 1911, where Albert A V Collett was 14.  Tragically Albert was only 20 years of age when he died at Longcot on 27th March 1918 and was buried in the churchyard of St Mary the Virgin where his parents were buried just over twenty years later.  The death certificate confirmed that he had no occupation and that the cause of death was lateral sclerosis and bronco-pneumonia.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

64Q2

Clarence George Collett [previously Ref. 28Q20] was born at Chiseldon in Wiltshire on 14th September 1899, the second of three sons of Aaron Vizor Collett and Rosina Kane.  In 1901 the family was living at Chiseldon where Clarence’s father was an inn keeper and a shopkeeper.  Shortly after the census day the family moved to Longcot, where he and his family were living in April 1911, when Clarence G Collett from Chiseldon was 12 years old.

 

 

 

 

 

It was at Uffington on 30th December 1919 that Clarence George Collett married Evelyn May Jenkins who was born on 11th November 1897, the daughter of Uffington haulier John Jenkins and his wife Sarah Jane Chivers.  Clarence and Evelyn initially lived at Grove near Wantage, where their three children were born.  The family then moved to Wootton Bassett near Swindon, and eventually to Uffington near the famous White Horse Hill which, at that time was in Berkshire but is now in Oxfordshire, after the county boundaries in England were changed in 1974. 

 

 

 

 

 

Following the death of his father in 1940 his son Clarence was named as one of the executors of his personal effects, when he was described as a farmer.  Clarence George Collett was just four months short of his eightieth birthday when he died on 21st May 1979.  Five years later Evelyn May Collett nee Jenkins died on 19th September 1984, following which she was buried with her husband at St Mary’s Church in Uffington.

 

 

 

 

 

64R1

Clarence John Collett

Born in 1920 at Grove, near Wantage

 

 

64R2

Bryan George Collett

Born in 1924 at Grove, near Wantage

 

 

64R3

Michael Alan Collett

Born in 1927 at Grove, near Wantage

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

64Q3

Cecil Francis Kane Collett [previously Ref. 28Q21] was born at Badbury near Chiseldon in 1901 but after 2nd April that year, the third child of Aaron Vizor Collett and Rosina Kane.  Not long after he was born his parents took the family to live in the village of Longcot near Faringdon and to Knutford Lodge Farm, where Cecil F K Collett was 10 years old in April 1911.  Just over fourteen years later Cecil Francis Kane Collett, bachelor and farmer age 23, married Annie Florence Burson, spinster age 19, at the Swindon Register Office by licence on 12th October 1925.  It was not a church wedding as Annie was already with-child.  Cecil’s address was 28 Prospect Place in Swindon and his father, farmer Aaron Vizor Collett, was the first witness.  Annie’s address was Monks Farm at Grove near Wantage and her father, farmer Albert Mortimer Burson, was the second witness.  The marriage produced four children, the first of which was born shortly after the wedding day.  At the time of the birth of their third child in 1933, the family was living at Coppice Leaze Farm in West Challow, just west of Wantage.

 

 

 

 

 

Cecil’s parents later resided at a property called The Firs at Grove near Wantage where they both died prior to the spring of 1940.  Upon their deaths it would appear that Cecil took over The Firs Farm at Grove, where he was a managed the dairy.  He was still living at The Firs when he was taken into The Churchill Hospital in Headington, Oxford where he died on 21st December 1951.  His death certificate stated that he was 49 and that the cause of death was renal failure.  Following his death he was buried in the churchyard of the parish church in Grove.  The same solicitor who had represented his mother in 1939, Alan Lindsey Fullalove, also handled the probate for Cecil.  The Will was proved at Oxford on 7th March 1952, the sum of his estate being £1,775.

 

 

 

 

 

In addition to all of this, the death certificate of Cecil Francis Kane Collett has provided the highly significant information that it was his son F M V Collett of 5 Dixons Row in Grove, Wantage who was present in the hospital at the time of his passing.  The same Francis Mortimer Vizor Collett, an agricultural worker, was the only member of the family named during the proving of his father’s Will.  The widow of Cecil Francis Kane Collett was more than twice his age when she passed away on 13th August 2008 at the age of 102 when she was still residing in Grove.  The death of Anne Collett nee Burson was reported in the Oxford Mail newspaper on 20th August that year, as follows:

 

 

 

 

 

“Anne Collett, Grove's oldest resident, has died, aged 102.  Anne, also known as Nancy, was the daughter of local farmer Albert Burson and was born at Steptoe Farm, Grove, where she lived briefly before moving with her family to neighbouring Monk's Farm.  She met her husband, Cecil Collett, a farmer's son from Grove Bridge Farm, in the village, and together they had four children - Cecila, Francis, Douglas and Edwina.  The pair lived first at Coppice Leaze Farm in West Challow and, after the war, moved to The Firs in Main Street, Grove - which was to become their family home, and where they kept a smallholding.  Cecil died after a long illness in 1951, aged 49, leaving Mrs Collett to bring up their children alone.  A compulsory purchase order meant she was forced to sell nearly all the land for the Millbrook Square development.  Before she was married, she worked on the family farm and also behind the counter at Penney's Menswear in Market Place, Wantage.  A regular churchgoer, she had her own Women's Institute stall at Wantage Market, which she ran until she was 80, selling her own vegetables and cakes.

 

 

 

 

 

64R4

Cecilia Collett

Born in 1925 after October 12th

 

 

64R5

Francis Mortimer Vizor Collett

Born in 1928 at Oxford

 

 

64R6

Douglas Albert Aaron Collett

Born on 15.11.1933 at West Challow

 

 

64R7

Edwina Collett

Born in 1936

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

64Q4

Frances Mary Vizor Collett was born at Bristol on 2nd June 1894, the eldest of the two children of Arthur Francis Vizor Collett and his wife Elizabeth Mary Richardson.  As Francis (sic) V Collett age six years she was living in Bristol with her family in 1901, and was listed in the next census in 1911 under her full name when she was 16 and still living with her family at 5 The Quadrant in the Redland area of Bristol.  Four years later she married Harry Stanley in Bristol during 1915.  It seems highly likely that their son Peter T V Stanley was born at Bristol in 1920, when the mother’s maiden name was given as Collett.  Frances Mary Vizor Stanley nee Collett died towards the end of 1972, when her death was registered at the Surrey South-Eastern Register Office during the final quarter of that year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

64Q5

Edward Reginald Vizor Collett was born at Bristol on 24th June 1896, the only son of Arthur and Elizabeth Collett, the birth being registered at Barton Regis during the third quarter of the year.  He was Edward R V Collett aged four years in the Bristol census of 1901 and was listed under his full name in 1911 when he was 14 and still living with his family at 5 The Quadrant in the Redland area of Bristol.  He later married Hilda Audrey Empson Ridler at Hendon in Middlesex in 1929.  Hilda was born on 2nd December 1905, possibly in Sussex, the daughter of Annie Sarah Ridler of London who in 1911 was living at Romford in Essex with her daughter Hilda Audrey Ridler, age five, and her son Herbert Leonard Empson Ridler who was five months old.  Hilda’s father may have been William Charles Ridler who was a train conductor.

 

 

 

 

 

Although the only known child was born ten years after Edward and Hilda were married it seems unlikely that he was the couple’s first and only child.  The one uncertainty concerning the child revolves around the second forename with an initial letter R.  There is strong chance that he was given the same name as his father, the R being for Reginald, while a separate record indicates that his second name was Robin (see below).

 

 

 

 

 

Tragically Edward Robin Vizor Collett of 1 South Cottages, Windmill Lane (off the A411) in Arkley, within the London Borough of Barnet died at Highgate in London on 29th January 1959.  He was only nineteen years of age and administration of his personal effects amounting to £255 was granted in London on 2nd September 1959 to his father Edward Reginald Vizor Collett, a retired advertising inspector.  It is assumed that, while Edward may have been working in London, he was still living with his parents whose home was at 1 South Cottages in Arkley.

 

 

 

 

 

Edward Reginald Vizor Collett died twelve years later during 1971 when he and his wife were living in the Chichester district of Sussex.  Twenty-three years later Hilda Audrey Empson Collett nee Ridler passed away at Alton in Hampshire during August 1994.

 

 

 

 

 

64R8

Edward Reginald Vizor Collett

Born circa 1940

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

64Q6

Kenneth Vizor Collett was born at Bristol on 27th November 1895, the eldest child of William Vizor Collett and his wife Annie Estelle Handcock, who was baptised at St James’ Church in Bristol on 21st September 1898.  As Kenneth V Collett aged five years he was living in Bristol with his family in 1901, while in 1911 he and his family were residing at Valken, a dwelling at Downs Park West in Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol when Kenneth Vizor Collett was 15.  It was eleven years later that he married Joyce Eileen Dunsford at Long Ashton in Somerset where it was registered during the third quarter of 1922 (Ref. 5c 1333).  Joyce was born on 6th March 1896.  Thanks to Ben N Collett of Yan Yean in Victoria it is now established that Joyce presented Kenneth with at least one child, their son Neil Francis Vizor Collett who was born in 1929 when they were living in Oxfordshire.

 

 

 

 

 

Two years later, on 24th September 1931, Kenneth Vizor Collett, aged 35 and a manager, sailed into the Port of Southampton as a passenger on the vessel Indrapoera of the Royal Rotterdam Lloyd Line, having sailed from Surabaya in Indonesia.  In addition to this the Kelly’s Directory published in 1931 for the county of Buckinghamshire listed Kenneth Vizor Collett as a forester.  The death of widower Kenneth Vizor Collett at the age of 74 was recorded at the Poole register office (Ref. 7c 79) during the final three months of 1969, where around six months earlier his wife Joyce Eileen Collett nee Dunsford passed away, her death also recorded at Poole (Ref. 7c 54) during the second quarter of 1969 at the age of 73.

 

 

 

 

 

64R9

Neil Francis Vizor Collett

Born in 1929

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

64Q7

Margaret Valentine Vizor Collett was born at Bristol during 1896, the daughter of William and Annie Collett.  It was as Margaret V V Collett that she was recorded in the Bristol census of 1901, while ten years later she and her family were residing in a property named Valken at Downs Park West in the Westbury Park (Westbury-on-Trym) area of Bristol when Margaret Valentine Collett was 14.  She later married Richard Douglas Gerald Pearce with whom she had two children.  Later in their lives, perhaps upon retirement, Margaret and Richard were living in Cornwall and it was at St Austell register office (Ref. 7a 181) that the death of Margaret V V Pearce was recorded during the first three months of 1967, the same year that her husband also passed away.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

64Q8

Arthur Collett was born at Eccleshill near Bradford during in 1900, the first child of John Collett by his first wife Lucy.  Arthur was under one year old by the end of March in 1901 when he was living with his parents at Idle in Eccleshill.  His mother died during the next decade, following which his father married Millicent Amos, and it was with them that Arthur, age 10 years, and his sister Hilda (below), were living in Bradford on the day of the census in April 1911.  At the time of the death of his father in April 1947, Arthur Collett was working as a builder’s labourer when he was named as one of the joint executors of his estate with his brother-in-law Ernest Burgin (below).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

64Q10

Hilda Collett was born at Bradford on 4th March 1904 and was the third child of John Collett, although it is unclear whether Hilda’s mother was John’s first wife Lucy or his second wife Millicent, with whom she was living in Bradford the age of seven in 1911.  Over twelve years later Hilda Collett married Ernest Burgin in the parish of Bowling St John on 12th December 1923, when her father was named as John Collett, a co-operative sub-manager, and his father was named as William Irwin Burgin.  The wedding was recorded at Bradford register office (Ref. 9b 199) during the last two weeks of 1923.  Ernest Burgin was a master grocer just after the Second World War, and was described as such during the probate of his father-in-laws Will in the spring of 1947.  Hilda Burgin nee Collett died at Bradford in 1978 where her death was recorded (Ref. 4 0739) at the age of 74 during the first three months of that year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

64Q11

Sydney J Collett was born at Worcester in 1902, the first born child of John Henry Albert Collett and his wife Edith who were married after the end of March in 1901.  Sydney later married Gertrude Mary Lampitt in 1929, the wedding recorded at Worcester register office (Ref. 6c 287) during the third quarter of that year.  Sydney J Collett was 63 when he died at Worcester, where his passing was recorded (Ref. 9d 335) during the first three months of 1965.  Administration of his personal effects valued at £25,888 was granted to his widow Gertrude Mary Collett.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

64Q22

Clement Henry Collett was born at Keighley on 10th March 1898, the second of the two known children of Henry and Louisa Collett, who was baptised at St Mary’s Church in Keighley on 26th June 1898.  Shortly after he was born his family settled in Skipton where Clement was three years old in the census of 1901.  A further move took place sometime during the next decade since by 1911 the family was residing at 3 Oswald Street, off Carr Lane, in Shipley just north of Bradford in Yorkshire where Clement was still attending school at the age of 13.  Upon the premature death of Clement H Collett on 23rd September 1930, recorded at Bradford register office (Ref. 9b 154), it was his mother Louisa Collett who was granted administration of his personal effects valued at £793 14 Shillings 5d, perhaps indicating that his father had already passed away by then.  His address at the time of his death, of 311 Kings Road in Bradford, may also have been where his mother was living at that time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

64Q23

Philip George Collett was born at Mangotsfield in 1906 following the wedding of his parents Philip Collett and Rhoda Bailey during the previous autumn, his birth recorded at Keynsham register office (Ref. 5c 513) during the first quarter of that year.  He was baptised at Mangotsfield on 4th March 1906, the record confirmed he was the son of Philip and Rhoda Collett.  Tragically his father died when he was only three years old.  At the age of five years George Collett, grandson and school boy was staying with George and Elizabeth Bailey at their home in Mangotsfield, while it is speculated that his widowed mother had already remarried by then.

 

 

 

 

 

Philip was later married to Kate Collett and during the Second World War their family home was at 74 Badminton Road in Downend near Bristol.  He was a sapper with the Royal Engineers, service number 2145232, and appears to have been badly wounded in action with the result that he was shipped back to England since, following his death on 19th July 1944 at the age of 38, he was buried at the Downend Mangotsfield Cemetery – Grave 1486, Sector D.  The Will of Philip George Collett of 74 Badminton Road in Downend was proved at Bristol on 15th November 1944, the executors of his estate of £1,034 10 Shillings being Kate Collett and Kate Moore, both widows, and George Henry Young, a surveyor.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

64Q24

Nora Emily Bessie Collett was born at Mangotsfield on 29th December 1907, the second child of Philip Collett and Rhoda Bailey.  She was just fourteen months old when her father died in February 1909, following which no positive record of Nora or her mother has been located in the census of 1911.  It was on 24th September 1932 at St Katherine’s Church in the Redland district of Bristol that Nora married Richard Harold Taylor, who was born at Bristol on 31st March 1907.  Nora Taylor nee Collett died in Bristol on 25th September 2003, and was followed two years later by her husband, who also passed away while he was still living in Bristol.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

64Q25

Amy Louise Collett [previously Ref. 44Q13] was born at Dursley in 1896, the daughter of James Collett and his wife Mary Jane Eyles.  During her younger years she lived with her parents at Dursley and was there in 1901 when she was four and again in 1911 when she was 14.  When Amy was twenty-five years of age she married Percy R Jenkins and the marriage was registered in Bristol, presumably where she was living at that time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

64Q26

Francis James Collett [previously Ref. 44Q14] was born at Dursley on 12th December 1898, the son of James and Mary Collett.  Francis was two years old at the time of the Dursley census in 1901, and was 12 in 1911 when he was still living there with his parents and his sister Amy (above).  It was during 1932 that Francis James Collett married Lucy Olive Burdock at Stroud in Gloucestershire.  Lucy Collett nee Burdock died at Stroud in 1987, having lived the last six years of her life as a widow following the death of her husband Francis James Collett in 1981, also at Stroud.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

64Q27

Phyllis Edna May Collett was born at Bristol, either in later 1906 or earlier in 1907, since her birth was recorded at Bristol during the first three months of 1907.  It was at Eastville St Thomas in Gloucestershire that she was baptised on 31st March 1907, the eldest child of Charles Collett and Sarah Milsom.  Sadly the premature death of Phyllis Edna May Collett, aged three years, was recorded at Pontypridd register officer during the first quarter of 1910.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

64Q30

Alden George Charles Collett [previously Ref. 44Q18] was born at Winterbourne on 12th October 1907 ten years before the uncle he was named after was killed during the Great war.  He was the eldest child of William Collett and Dorothy Pullin and was recorded in the census of 1911 as being three years old.  He later married Elsie Close with whom he had one son who was born at Winterbourne, where Alden George Charles Collett died during May 1995.

 

 

 

 

 

64R10

the son of Alden George Charles Collett

Date of birth not revealed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

64Q31

Leslie Collett [previously Ref. 44Q19] was born at Winterbourne on 10th February 1909 and was two years old in the census of 1911.  He later married Rosina Tremlin who was born in 1915.  The couple had two children, a daughter who is still living in 2008 and a son Anthony who died in 2001.  No further details of the two children have been revealed at this time, but it is known that Leslie died on 17th October 1985, followed by Rosina in 1998.

 

 

 

 

 

64R11

a Collett daughter

Date of birth not revealed

 

 

64R12

Anthony Collett

Born in 1947; died in 2001

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

64Q32

Wilfred Graham Collett [previously Ref. 44Q22] was born at Winterbourne on 2nd December 1911, the son of William Collett and his wife Dorothy Pullin.  Tragically he died eleven months later on 9th November 1912, following which the next son born to the couple was given his name.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

64Q33

Nora Millicent Collett [previously Ref. 44Q20] was born at Winterbourne on 13th February 1913.  She married Frederick Brown.  The marriage produced three children for Nora and Fred, a daughter and two sons.  One of the sons was Alan Brown who was born in 1936 and he married Marion Lambert.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

64Q34

Wilfred Collett [previously Ref. 44Q23] was born at Winterbourne on 5th July 1919 and he later married Alice Evelyn Jones.  Wilfred never liked either of his wife’s Christian names so always called her Betty.  During the Second World War he was Royal Marine Wilfred Collett PLY/X120162 serving on board HMS Nile.  On 30th April 1945 Adolf Hitler killed himself and two days later on 2nd May the German forces in Italy surrendered, signally the end of the war.  On that same day the news was greeted by the British forces, which began celebrating a momentous victory.

 

 

 

 

 

Part of the celebration for Wilfred and his comrades involved diving into a swimming pool.  In doing so he accidentally hit his head on the diving board and was knocked unconscious, as a result of which he was tragically drowned.  His death was recorded as taking place on 2nd May 1945 at the age of 25 years.  Having survived through the war years, Wilfred would have been feeling elated that he would soon be returning home to his wife Betty who he knew was with child.  Sadly his death preceded the birth of his son by eleven days.

 

 

 

 

 

Wilfred’s name is listed on the Chatby Military War Memorial at Alexandria in Egypt perhaps indicating that he died in the Mediterranean Sea.  At the time of his death his wife Betty was living at Newport in Monmouthshire.  The War Office record of his death made reference to Wilfred’s wife by her correct name of Alice Evelyn Collett, while his parents were correctly confirmed as William and Dorothy Collett.

 

 

 

 

 

Following the death of her husband, Betty married John Lewis with whom she had twins, a son and a daughter, before John passed away.  Betty was still living in South Wales in the summer of 2008.

 

 

 

 

 

64R13

a Collett son

Born around 13.05.1945.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

64Q35

Jesse Collett [previously Ref. 44Q21] was born at Winterbourne on 25th October 1920.  He married June Gifford but the marriage did not produce any children for the couple.  Jesse Collett died at Winterbourne in South Gloucestershire during 1994, where his death was registered

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

64Q36

Henry John Collett [previously Ref. 44Q24] was born at Winterbourne on 6th February 1922.  He married Jean McCutheon and the marriage produced one daughter for the couple.  It would appear that Henry lived all his life at Winterbourne since it was there that he died in 1996.  His wife Jean was still alive in the summer of 2008 and was a great great grandmother to three children.

 

 

 

 

 

64R14

a Collett daughter

Date of birth not revealed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

64Q37

Ellen Edna Collett [previously Ref. 44Q25] was born at Winterbourne on 27th April 1923, and she later married Clifford Jones.  Clifford was the brother of Betty Jones who married Ellen’s brother Wilfred (above).  As with other members of her family, it would appear that she lived all her life at Winterbourne where she was living in the spring of 2013 at the age of 90.  However, two years later, and just three days short of her ninety-second birthday, Ellen Edna Jones nee Collett passed away in Bristol Southmead Hospital on 24th April 2015.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

64Q38

Reginald Collett [previously Ref. 44Q26] was born at Winterbourne on 25th February 1925.  Sadly he suffered with a kidney disease and died in 1937 aged just twelve years.  The cause of his kidney disease was diagnosed as tuberculosis.