PART SIXTY-SEVEN

 

The Collett Family of Cleobury Mortimer in Shropshire

 

Updated December 2015

 

 

The details in this family line have been kindly gather by Jennie Cordner in England and arose from an enquiry by Les Durham in Italy regarding Ronald W Collett and his parents William E Collett and Olive Maud Bilboe, Olive being related to Les..

 

Prior to the first named in this family line the village of Claverley near Bridgnorth in Shropshire had George Collett living there and his daughter Mary was baptised there on 15th March 1700.  Thirty years later another George Collett was baptised there on 30th August 1730 and he was the son of George and Mary Collett.  Sadly their son George died three months later at Claverley on 6th December 1730.  Eight years after that Mary Collett was baptised at Claverley on 10th July 1738 and she was the daughter of George and Elizabeth Collett.

 

 

 

 

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Richard Collett was born around 1792 and he may have been the older brother of William Collett (below).  He later married Mary Ann, who was born around 1804, with whom he had a total of eight children, the first two born at Cleobury Mortimer, with the remainder born at Neen Savage.  The Neen Savage census in June 1841, within the Cleobury Mortimer registration district, recorded the family as Richard Collett who was 48, Mary Collett who was 38, Samuel Collett who was 18, Mary Collett who was 15, Hester Collett who was 13, Joseph Collett who was eight, Elizabeth Collett who was five and Susan Collett who was three years of age.  Just a few months later Mary gave birth to the couple’s last child, at the baptism of which Richard’s occupation was stated as being that of a waggoner.

 

 

 

Tragically that last child died when he was only thirteen weeks old and two months after that Richard was made a widower, when Mary Collett of Stonehouse died and was buried at Neen Savage on 9th February 1842.  What happened to Richard and his young family after that is not known at this time.  Mary was named as Mary Ann Collett on the occasion of the baptism of her son Joseph, while no record of any member of her family has been identified from 1851 onwards apart from her son Samuel and her daughter Esther.

 

 

 

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Samuel Collett

Born in 1823 at Cleobury Mortimer

 

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Mary Anne Collett

Born in 1825 at Cleobury Mortimer

 

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Esther Collett

Born in 1827 at Neen Savage

 

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Joseph Collett

Born in 1832 at Neen Savage

 

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Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1835 at Neen Savage

 

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Susan Collett – no birth/baptism found

Born in 1837 at Neen Savage

 

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Louisa Collett

Born in 1838 at Neen Savage

 

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Abraham Collett

Born in 1841 at Neen Savage

 

 

 

 

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William Collett was born around 1815 and he may have been the younger brother of Richard Collett (above).  He married Sara Deuce at Neen Savage on 2nd July 1837 and it was only then and on the birth of her first child that her name was recorded as Sara.  In the Neen Savage census of 1841 William Collett had a rounded age of 25, Sarah Collett had a rounded age of 30, and their daughter Ann Collett was one year old, their son having presumably died by then.  Tragically Sarah gave birth to her third child later in 1841 and it seems he too suffered an infant death.  During the next decade two more children were added to their family and by the time of the Neen Savage census in 1851 the family was listed as William Collett age 36, Sarah Collett age 35, Ann Collett age 11, Eliza Collett who was nine and Alice Collett who was five.

 

 

 

During the next two decades William Collett passed away, after which Sarah married for a second time to become Sarah Taft or Toft.  Although no record of William or Sarah has been found in 1861, by 1871 Sarah Taft, aged 61 and from Cleobury Mortimer was a widow living at 63 Bromsgrove Street in Kidderminster.  Living there with her was her married daughter Alice Oakley, who was 24 and also from Cleobury Mortimer, together with her husband Samuel Oakley a carpenter from Upton-on-Severn who was 30.  The couple’s only child at that time was their daughter Agnes Oakley who was five months old and born at Kidderminster.  Also living at the same address was Sarah’s unmarried Eliza Collett who was 28 and a domestic servant from Cleobury Mortimer.

 

 

 

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John Collett

Born in 1837 at Neen Savage

 

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Ann Collett

Born in 1839 at Neen Savage

 

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a male Collett

Born in 1841 at Neen Savage

 

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Eliza Collett

Born in 1842 at Neen Savage

 

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Alice Collett

Born in 1845 at Neen Savage

 

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Sarah Jane Collett

Born in 1853 at Neen Savage

 

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Harriet Collett

Born in 1857 at Neen Savage

 

 

 

 

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Samuel Collett was born at Cleobury Mortimer on 4th July 1823, the eldest child of Richard and Mary Collett who was baptised there on 20th July 1823.  He was 18 in 1841 when he was still living at Cleobury Mortimer with his family.  Less than three years later Samuel was convicted of the crime of larceny during a Shropshire trial held on 1st January 1844 when his age was recorded as 20 years, as a result of which he was imprisoned for one month.

 

 

 

According to the census in 1851 he was married and was living in the village of Stottesdon which is midway between Cleobury Mortimer and Ditton Priors.  It was at Ditton Priors, ten miles north of Cleobury Mortimer, that Samuel married Elizabeth Garbett on 9th June 1850.  In the Stottesdon census of 1851 Samuel was recorded as Samuel Collet, age 27, while his wife Elizabeth was recorded as being 38.  It is highly likely that they never had any children, because by 1861 the childless couple had moved north to Much Wenlock between Bridgnorth and Shrewsbury where Samuel Collet from Ditton Priors was 37 and an agricultural labourer from Cleobury Mortimer, while his wife Elizabeth Collett from Ditton Priors was 48.  Living with them, and described as a house servant, was Elizabeth’s niece Eliza Garbett who was 14 and also from Ditton Priors.

 

 

 

Towards the end of the following year Samuel was again brought before the judge, on that occasion the charge was one of horse stealing.  At the court case held in Shropshire on 13th October 1862 Samuel Collett was sentenced to four years imprisonment for horse stealing and being previously convicted for felony.  No record of him has been found in any subsequent census, which might indicate he was subject to transportation.

 

 

 

 

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Mary Anne Collett was born at Cleobury Mortimer on 21st August 1825, the daughter of Richard and Mary Collett who was baptised there on 4th September 1825.

 

 

 

 

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Esther Collett was born around 1827 at Neen Savage, one mile north of Cleobury Mortimer although, unlike her siblings, no record of her birth or baptism has been located at this time.  In the Neen Savage census of 1841 she was named as Hester Collett and was 13 years old.  When Esther was nineteen she gave birth to the first of her four base-born children by an unknown father, as confirmed in the Cleobury Mortimer census of 1851 where unmarried Esther Collett was 24 and her daughter Mira Collett was five years of age when they were living at the home of the family of Nathaniel and Hannah Patchet.  On the day of the census Esther was heavy with her second child who was born within the next few weeks, while two more children were added to her family in the mid 1850s, with all of them born at Cleobury Mortimer.

 

 

 

In 1861 when Esther was a spinster at the age of 33 she was a house servant at the Cleobury Mortimer home of confectioner and baker James Price, age 49, and his wife Mary Price, age 52, who was also born at Neen Savage.  Staying with Esther at the Price’s home and baker’s shop in the High Street, next door to the grocer’s shop, were three of her four children.  They were George Collett who was nine, Sarah Ann Collett who was six and Charles Collett who was four.  Interestingly the completed census return included the words son and daughter after the children’s name, perhaps indicating that they had been fathered by James Price – see additional note below.  Living nearby in 1861, having already left school and started work, was Esther’s eldest child Mirah Collett who was 14.

 

 

 

Esther Collett died in 1868 at the age of 40, when her death was recorded at Cleobury Mortimer (Ref. 6a 367) during the second quarter of that year.  Curiously so far, only Esther’s youngest son Charles has been identified within the next census of 1871, so the whereabouts of Esther’s three older children has still to be discovered.  What is also surprising is that upon the marriage of Charles Collett in 1881 he gave his father’s name as James Collett, a confectioner, which may have been a reference to James Price, confectioner and baker, who might therefore have been his father and that of his three siblings, particularly since James and his wife Mary appear not to have had any children of their own.

 

 

 

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Myra Collett

Born in 1846 at Cleobury Mortimer

 

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George Henry Collett

Born in 1851 at Cleobury Mortimer

 

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Sarah Anne Collett

Born in 1854 at Cleobury Mortimer

 

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Charles Collett

Born in 1857 at Cleobury Mortimer

 

 

 

 

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Joseph Collett was born at Neen Savage during 1831 and was baptised there on 1st December 1831, the son of Richard and Mary Ann Collett.  He was eight years old in the census for Neen Savage in 1841 but tragically died two years later when he was buried there on 23rd July 1843.

 

 

 

 

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Elizabeth Collett was born at Neen Savage during 1835 and it was there also that she was baptised on 7th October 1835, the daughter of Richard and Mary Collett.

 

 

 

 

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Louisa Collett was born at Neen Savage in 1838, her birth recorded at Cleobury Mortimer (Ref. 18 37) during the second quarter of the year.  It was at Neen savage that she was baptised on 20th May 1838, the daughter of Richard and Mary Collett.  However, so was not living with her family at the time of the census in 1841, so it must be assumed that she had suffered an infant death at Neen Savage.

 

 

 

 

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Abraham Collett was born at Neen Savage in 1841 and was baptised there on 9th October 1841, the last known child of Richard Collett and his wife Mary Ann.  There may well have been an illness in the family home because Abraham Collett, of Stonehouse in Neen savage, was only thirteen weeks old when he was buried on 1st December 1841, and two months later his mother Mary Collett, also of Stonehouse, was buried in the churchyard at Neen Savage at the end of the first week of February 1842.

 

 

 

 

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John Collett was born at Neen Savage in 1837, his birth recorded at Cleobury Mortimer (Ref. 18 27) during the third quarter of the year.  It was at Neen Savage where he was baptised on 7th August 1837, the eldest child of William Collett and Sara Deuce who were only married during the previous month.  It seems highly likely that John suffered an infant death because he was not listed with his family at Neen Savage in 1841 or 1851.

 

 

 

 

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Ann Collett was born at Neen Savage in 1839, the first of five daughters of William and Sarah Collett, who was baptised at Neen Savage on 16th June 1839 as Ann Collet.  Her birth was recorded at Cleobury Mortimer (Ref. 18 33) during the third quarter of 1839.  She was one year old in the Neen Savage census in June 1841 and was 11 in 1851 when she was the eldest of the three children living with her family at Cleobury Mortimer.  Where she was in 1861 has still to be revealed, but during the next decade she gave birth to four base-born children and by 1871 Ann and the four children were inmates at the Union Workhouse in Cleobury Mortimer.  Ann Collett from Neen Savage was 31, Harriet Collett was nine and born at Cleobury Mortimer, Sarah Collett was seven and born at Farlow four miles north of Cleobury Mortimer, and John Collett was four and from Farlow.  The fourth child was Mary A Collett who was one year old whose place of birth was dittoed as Farlow but was later revealed to be Cleobury Mortimer.

 

 

 

It was during mid-November in 1872 that Ann took her children north to the village of Quatt Malvern to the south of Bridgnorth, although the move happened just after her youngest child Mary Ann was baptised at Cleobury Mortimer on 7th November 1872, when she was confirmed as the daughter of Ann Collett.  After the family’s arrival at Quatt Malvern Ann arranged for her three older children to be baptised on the same day at the Church of Andrew, that day being 26th November 1872.  In each case it was just the children’s mother who was named in the parish register as Anne Collett. 

 

 

 

It was nearly five years later that Ann Collett, the daughter of William Collett, married John Bridgewater the son of James Bridgewater.  The wedding took place at Cleobury Mortimer on 18th October 1877 when Ann was 40 and John was 46 and was recorded there (Ref. 6a 1249).  On the occasion of the next census in 1881 Ann Bridgewater from Neen Savage was 42 and had given birth to a daughter Fanny Bridgewater who was three years old who had been born at Burford in Shropshire.  The census return confirmed that Ann was married and that she was had been a former field worker and agricultural labourer who was then an inmate with her daughter at the Cleobury Mortimer union Workhouse.  Her husband John Bridgewater, a farm labourer from Cleobury Mortimer who was 48, was employed by farmer Thomas Turner at 48 Harwood Street in West Bromwich.

 

 

 

It is not known what happened to Ann’s eldest child Harriet, while her three younger children were all recorded at three separate locations, although daughter Sarah had also returned to Cleobury Mortimer, presumably with her mother, and was also an inmate at the Union Workhouse there.  Ann’s only son John was working on a farm at Rock in Worcestershire, while Ann’s youngest Collett daughter Mary Ann was an inmate at the school for the children of paupers in Quatt Malvern.

 

 

 

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Harriet Collett

Born in 1862 at Cleobury Mortimer

 

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Sarah Collett

Born in 1863 at Farlow

 

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John Collett

Born in 1867 at Farlow

 

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Mary Ann Collett

Born in 1869 at Cleobury Mortimer

 

 

 

 

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A Collett son was born to William and Sarah at Neen Savage after the census in 1841, the birth being recorded at Cleobury Mortimer (Ref. 18 37) during the third quarter of that year.  It would appear that he died shortly after.

 

 

 

 

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Eliza Collett was born at Neen Savage in 1842 and was baptised there on 6th November 1842 the daughter of William and Sarah Collett.  By the time of the census in 1851 Eliza was nine years old and she and her family were still living in Neen Savage.  Following the death of her father, Eliza’s mother re-married and by 1871 she had been made a widow for the second time, leaving unmarried Eliza Collett aged 28 and from Cleobury Mortimer were with her elderly mother at 63 Bromsgrove Street in Kidderminster when she was described as a domestic servant.  Also living with them was Eliza’s younger married sister Alice (below) with her husband and their first child.  Ten years later Eliza Collett from Neen Savage was 39 and still a spinster when she was an inmate at the Kidderminster Union Workhouse.  Also listed as inmates at the same workhouse was Stephen Collett (Ref. 45O1) and his family, who were all born in Walsall.  See Part 45 – The Worcestershire connection

 

 

 

 

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Alice Collett was born at Neen Savage in 1845, while it was as Alice Collet that she was baptised at Neen Savage on 6th July 1845 the daughter of William and Sarah Collet.  She and her family were recorded in the 1851 census for Neen Savage when Alice Collett was five years old, but sometime thereafter her father died and her mother re-married, although no record of them has been found in 1861.  By 1871 Alice Collett was married to Samuel Oakley and had just given birth to their first child by the time of the census that year, at which time the young family was residing at 63 Bromsgrove Street in Kidderminster, the home of Alice’s twice married and twice widowed mother Sarah Taft.

 

 

 

The census on that occasion recorded the family as Eliza Oakley who was 24 and from Cleobury Mortimer, her husband Samuel Oakley, a carpenter from Upton-on-Severn who was 30, and their daughter Agnes Oakley who was five months old and born at Kidderminster.  Also living at the same address was Alice’s older unmarried sister Eliza Collett (above) a domestic servant from Cleobury Mortimer.  Five more children were added to the Oakley family at Kidderminster during the 1870s which, by the time of the next census in 1881, was living at 78 Bromsgrove Street in Kidderminster.  Alice Oakley from Cleobury Mortimer was 39, Samuel Oakley was 43, Agnes Oakley was 10, Mary Jane Oakley was eight, Charles Henry Oakley was five, William Oakley was four, Thomas Samuel Oakley was two and Kate Ellen Oakley was one year old.

 

 

 

 

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Sarah Jane Collett was born at Neen Savage in 1853 and baptised there on 15th May 1853 the daughter of William and Sarah Collett.  It was simply as Jane Collett from Neen Savage that she was recorded in the census of 1871 at the age of 18 when she was an inmate at the Cleobury Mortimer Union Workhouse.  Three years later she gave birth to a base-born son while she was still at Cleobury Mortimer where the child’s birth was recorded (Ref. 6a 582) during the last quarter of that year. 

 

 

 

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Clement Collett

Born in 1874 at Cleobury Mortimer

 

 

 

 

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Harriet Collett was born at Neen Savage in 1857 and it was there also that she was baptised on 31st May 1857, the last of the six children of William Collett and Sarah Deuce.  Her birth was recorded at Cleobury Mortimer (Ref. 6a 512) during the second quarter of 1857.

 

 

 

 

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Myra Collett was born at Cleobury Mortimer on 20th December 1846, the first of the four base-born children of Esther Collett from nearby Neen Savage.  Her birth was recorded at Cleobury Mortimer (Ref. 18 37) as Mira Collett during the last few days of that year.  It was as Mira Collett aged five years that she was living with her mother at Cleobury Mortimer in 1851.  Ten years later Myra had left school and her family and had started work in Cleobury Mortimer, not far away from her family, where she was recorded as Mirah Collett aged 14 in the census of 1861 when she was a servant to widow Maria Hare, a proprietor of houses.  By 1871 unmarried Myra Collett from Cleobury Mortimer was recorded in Hertfordshire where, at the age of 24, was employed as a servant at the Rickmansworth home of John and Sophia Taylor and their family.

 

 

 

 

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George Collett was born at Cleobury Mortimer in 1851 where he was baptised on 20th May 1851 the son of Esther Collett.  His birth was recorded at Cleobury Mortimer (Ref. 18 43) during the second quarter of that year.  According to the census in 1861 George, at the age of nine, was living with his family at the baker’s shop in the High Street in Cleobury Mortimer where his mother was a house servant for the Price family of confectioners and bakers.

 

 

 

 

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Sarah Anne Collett was born at Cleobury Mortimer in 1854, where her birth was recorded (Ref. 6a 490) during the third quarter of that year.  And it was also there that she was baptised on 27th August 1854, the daughter of Esther Collett.  As Sarah Ann Collett she was six years old in the census of 1861 when her mother was a live-in domestic servant for baker James Price at his High Street premises in Cleobury Mortimer.

 

 

 

 

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Charles Collett was born at Cleobury Mortimer in 1857, the birth recorded there (Ref. 6a 532) during the first quarter of that year.  He was the fourth child of unmarried mother Esther Collett, and was baptised there on 26th April 1857.  He was four years old in 1861 and was with his family at the High Street in Cleobury Mortimer.  By 1871 he had left school and, at the age of 14, he was an apprentice tailor working and living with tailor Joseph Hopkins and his family at Westbury-on-Severn.  It was at Pensax parish church on 7th February 1881 that he married Alice Morris from Tenbury Wells to the west of Cleobury Mortimer, although she was born in the hamlet of Menithwood within the Worcestershire parish of Pensax.  The register of the marriage confirmed that bachelor Charles was 24 and a tailor at Pensax.  However, rather curiously it also stated that his father was James Collett, a confectioner, when in fact his mother used to live with James Price who was a confectioner and a baker.  Alice Morris was described as a spinster of 24, the daughter of James Morris, a labourer.  

 

 

 

It was at New Road in Cleobury Mortimer that the couple settled once they were married, and it was there that the majority of their fourteen children were born, of which three did not survive and with one of them is missing from the list below.  The first child was born one month before the census in 1881 but she was not the only child listed with Charles and Alice in the census return.  Charles and Alice Collett were 24 and, in addition to baby Alice M Collett, completing the family was scholar Elizabeth Morris who was seven and also from Menithwood, so she may have been the younger sister of Charles’ wife.  The couple’s first three children had a delayed baptism, when they were all baptised on the same day in 1885, not long before the birth of the couple’s fourth child.

 

 

 

By the time of the census in 1891 tailor Charles and his young family were living in the High Street in Cleobury Mortimer.  Charles and his wife Alice from Pensax were both 34, Alice M Collett was 10, Hetty J Collett was eight, Beatrice M Collett was seven, George H Collett was five, Elizabeth M Collett was three and Charles J Collett was two years of age.  After the birth of a further three children and round 1898 the family left Cleobury Mortimer and moved approximately four miles south to settle in the village of Rock south-west of Bewdley.

 

 

 

According to the census in 1901 the family was recorded at a dwelling on Clows Top Road in the village of Rock, where Charles was a tailor having his own account working at home at the age of 44, his wife Alice from Tenbury Wells (?) was also 44, and their children were George Collett who was 15 and a tailor like his father, Elizabeth M Collett who was 13, Charles J Collett who was 12, Edith W Collett who was seven, William E Collett who was five and Sarah A Collett who was three.  All of the children and their father had been born at Cleobury Mortimer.  However, shortly after the census day the family moved to nearby Pensax less than two miles south of Rock, and it was there that the couple’s last two children were born.

 

 

 

In April 1911 the reduced family was residing at 31 Leswell Street in Kidderminster which was a six-roomed property.  Charles Collett was 54 like his wife of thirty-one years Alice.  During those years together the census return confirmed that the couple had given birth to fourteen children, with only eleven of them still alive in 1911.  Working at home with tailor maker Charles were three members of his family.  His wife Alice was a sewing machinist and his sons Charles James aged 22 and William Ernest aged 15 were described as tailor’s sons assisting in the family business, while undertaking domestic duties was his daughter Edith Winifred who was 17.  Attending school were the three youngest children Sarah Ann who was 13, Albert Edward who was nine and Elsie who was six.  The census return also confirmed that Charles senior, Charles junior, Edith, William and Sarah were all born at Cleobury Mortimer, while Alice and her two youngest children had been born at Pensax.

 

 

 

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Alice Mary Collett

Born in 1881 at Cleobury Mortimer

 

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Hetty Jane Collett

Born in 1882 at Cleobury Mortimer

 

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Beatrice Myra Collett

Born in 1883 at Cleobury Mortimer

 

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George Henry Collett

Born in 1885 at Cleobury Mortimer

 

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Elizabeth May Collett

Born in 1887 at Cleobury Mortimer

 

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Charles James Collett

Born in 1889 at Cleobury Mortimer

 

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Percy Albert Collett

Born in 1890 at Cleobury Mortimer

 

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Jessie Adelaide Collett

Born in 1891 at Cleobury Mortimer

 

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Edith Winifred Collett

Born in 1893 at Cleobury Mortimer

 

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William Ernest Collett

Born in 1895 at Cleobury Mortimer

 

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Sarah Ann Amelia Collett

Born in 1897 at Cleobury Mortimer

 

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Albert Edward Collett

Born in 1901 at Pensax

 

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Elsie Collett

Born in 1904 at Pensax

 

 

 

 

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Harriet Collett was born at Cleobury Mortimer in 1862, her birth recorded there (Ref. 6a 550) during the last three months of the year when her mother was confirmed as Ann Collett.  Harriet was the oldest of the four base-born children of Ann Collett and was nine years old in 1871 when the young family were all inmates at the Cleobury Mortimer Union Workhouse.  The baby of the family, Mary Ann (below) was baptised at Cleobury Mortimer at the end of the first week of November in 1872 and within the next few days Harriet’s mother took the four children to the village of Quatt Malvern near Bridgnorth where Harriet was baptised in a joint ceremony with her two other siblings on 26th November, the service taking place at St Andrew’s Church.  Harriet’s mother eventually married at the age of forty, but unlike her three younger siblings, no record of Harriet has been discovered within the census of 1881.

 

 

 

 

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Sarah Collett was born at Farlow four miles to the north of Cleobury Mortimer in 1863, her birth recorded at Cleobury Mortimer (Ref. 6a 555) during the second quarter of that year.  Sarah was seven in 1871 when she and her mother Ann and her three siblings were inmates at the Union Workhouse in Cleobury Mortimer.  They were still living there in early November the following year for the baptism of Sarah’s youngest sister but during the fourth week of that month Sarah Collett, the daughter of Anne Collett was baptised at the Church of St Andrew in Quatt Malvern just south of Bridgnorth.  It was on 26th November 1872 that Sarah, her older sister Harriet (above) and her brother john (below) were baptised in a joint naming ceremony.

 

 

 

By 1877 Sarah and her mother (and perhaps her brother John Collett below) had returned to Cleobury Mortimer where her mother married John Bridgewater that year.  Shortly thereafter Sarah’s mother gave birth to a half-sister for Sarah and by 1881 all three of them were recorded as inmates at the Cleobury Union Workhouse.  At that time in her life Sarah Collett was 17 and described as formerly being a general servant who had been born at Farlow in Shropshire.  This would appear to indicate that she had previously been in employment, most likely at a private house, but had been dismissed from the job, as a result of which she had therefore been made homeless.

 

 

 

 

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John Collett was born at Farlow in 1867 although his birth was registered at Cleobury Mortimer (Ref. 6a 577) during the third quarter of the year.  He was the base-born son of Ann Collett with whom he was living at the Cleobury Mortimer Union Workhouse in 1871 at the age of four years.  Twenty months later John Collett, the son of Anne Collett, was baptised at St Andrew’s Church in Quatt Malvern near Bridgnorth on 26th November, the same day that his two older sisters Harriet and Sarah were baptised there.  By 1881 John Collett from Farlow was 14 when he was employed as an indoor farm servant at the home of farmer George Hingley and his family at their 150 acre farm at Lane End in the Worcestershire village of Rock.  Ten years later, the census in 1891, identified John Collett from Cleobury Mortimer as being 23 and living and working within the town of Pershore.

 

 

 

It has yet to be determined where John was in March 1901, since no record of him has been found in the census that year.  However, during his absence he became a married man and in April 1911 he and his wife were recorded within the census for Ipswich.  John Collett from Cleobury Mortimer was 42, the same age as his wife Jessie Collett, to whom he had been married for fifteen years, during which time they had not given birth to any children.

 

 

 

 

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Mary Ann Collett was born at Cleobury Mortimer either at the end of 1869 or at the beginning of 1870, since her birth was registered there (Ref. 6a 613) during the first quarter of 1870.  In the census of 1871, when Mary A Collett was one year old, she was listed with her mother and her three siblings were inmates at the Cleobury Mortimer Union Workhouse.  She and her family were still in Cleobury Mortimer on 7th November 1872 for the baptism of Mary Ann Collett, the daughter of Ann Collett.  However, not long after that day the family moved north to Quatt Malvern near Bridgnorth where Mary Ann’s three older siblings were baptised on 26th November 1872.  Just over eight years later, on the day of the census in 1881 Mary Ann Collett aged 11 and from Cleobury Mortimer was attending the Southeast Shropshire District School for the children of paupers at Quatt Malvern, where she was one of the 170 inmates.  Her cousin Clement Collett (below) was also an inmate there.  The large house that was the school up to early 1900s is still there, but as a private residence.

 

 

 

 

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Clement Collett was born at Cleobury Mortimer in 1874 and was baptised there on 25th August 1874, the only known child of unmarried Jane (Sarah Jane) Collett from Neen Savage.  By the time he was seven years old he was an inmate at the paupers’ school, which was the Southeast Shropshire District School at Quatt Malvern near Bridgnorth.  Another inmate at the school in 1881 was his cousin Mary Ann Collett (above).  By 1891 Clement Collett from Cleobury Mortimer was 15 and the only Collett recorded within the Kidderminster & Wolverley registration district.  Ten years later he had returned to the village of his birth when the 1901 Census described him as being unmarried at the age of 27 and employed as a carter on a farm in Cleobury Mortimer. 

 

 

 

After a further ten years he was still a bachelor, although by then he was listed in the Stottesdon census of 1911 as Clement Collett who was 36.  Nothing more is known about his life after that time, except that the death of Clement Collett was recorded at Kidderminster register office (Ref. 9d 95) during the third quarter of 1947 when he was 74.

 

 

 

 

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Alice Mary Collett was born at Cleobury Mortimer during March 1881 and her birth was registered there (Ref. 6a 609) during the second quarter of that year.  She was one month old in the census that year when she was living with her parents at New Road in Cleobury Mortimer.  However, she was four years old when she was baptised in a joint ceremony with her two sisters Hetty and Beatrice (below) at Cleobury Mortimer on 5th April 1885.  The three sisters were confirmed as the daughters of Charles and Alice Collett.  At the time of the census in 1891 Alice M Collett was 10 and living at Cleobury Mortimer with her large family, while by 1901 she and her two sisters Hetty and Beatrice were in domestic service in the City of Worcester.  Alice M Collett from Cleobury Mortimer was 20 and was employed as a general domestic servant.

 

 

 

It was while she was in Worcester that she met her future husband whom she married during the first decade of the new century.  Alice Mary Collett and her husband Edward White, the son of Gloucestershire farm labourer Herbert White and Lucy White, were living in Pershore in 1911 where Alice Mary White from Cleobury Mortimer was 30 and Edward White was 28.

 

 

 

 

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Hetty Jane Collett was born at Cleobury Mortimer in 1882 where her birth was recorded (Ref. 6a 587) during the last three months of that year.  She was also baptised there in a joint ceremony with her two sisters Alice (above) and Beatrice (below) on 5th April 1885, the daughters of Charles and Alice Collett.  Hetty J Collett was eight years old in 1891 but left Cleobury Mortimer on leaving school to join her sisters in Worcester where in 1901 she was recorded in error as Hellen Collett aged 18 from Cleobury Mortimer who was a general servant.   

 

 

 

 

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Beatrice Myra Collett was born at Cleobury Mortimer in 1883 her birth registered there (Ref. 6a 612) during second quarter of the year.  It was there also where she was baptised with her two older sisters on 5th April 1885, the daughter of Charles and Alice Collett.  As Beatrice M Collett she was seven years old in 1891, while by march 1901 she was reunited with her two older sisters who were in domestic service in Worcester when Beatrice Collett from Cleobury Mortimer was 17 and a general domestic servant.  It was nearly ten years later that Beatrice married the younger James Albert Falconer and by April 1911 the childless couple was living in Birmingham where Beatrice Myra was 26 and her husband was just 21.  James was born at Birmingham in 1890 and was the son of James Falconer, a silversmith from Scotland and his Sheffield born wife Sarah.

 

 

 

 

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George Henry Collett was born at Cleobury Mortimer on 5th August 1885, the son of tailor Charles Collett and Alice Morris, and his birth was registered there (Ref. 6a 595) during the third quarter of 1885.  It was also there that he was baptised on 6th June 1886 when his parents were confirmed as Charles and Alice Collett.  As George H Collett he was five years old in the Cleobury Mortimer census of 1891 and sometime after the birth of his youngest sibling George’s parents took the family to the village of Rock near Bewdley in Worcestershire.  The census in 1901 confirmed the family was residing at a dwelling on Clows Top Road in Rock where George Collett from Cleobury Mortimer was 15 and a tailor like his father Charles.

 

 

 

It was on 3rd August 1908 at Christ Church in Battersea, London that George Henry Collett married Olive Huggins of Kensington in London and their first child was born at Battersea during the following year.  The couple’s marriage certificate confirmed that bachelor George was 22 and a tailor, the son of Charles Collett, and that spinster Olive was 19 and the daughter of Thomas Higgins, a cabman.  Both of them signed the register while the witnesses were Olive’s father and her brother Thomas.  According to the next census in 1911 the young family was residing at 89 Kingston Road in New Malden, Surrey.  Living at the six-roomed property was employer and tailor George Collett aged 25 and from Cleobury Mortimer, his wife of two years Olive Collett who was 23, and their daughter Alice Collett who was one year old.  Staying with the family was Olive’s brother James Huggins who was 17 and a boot repairer from Fulham. 

 

 

 

Whether they had any further children is not known at this time, but it appears that he spent the remainder of his life in Surrey with the death of Olive Collett, the wife of George Collett, recorded at Croydon register office (Ref. 2a 482) during the third quarter of 1934 when she was 45.  It was two years after losing his wife that George Henry Collett, a widower and a tailor of 51, the son of Charles Collett deceased, married 45 year-old Gertrude Gladys Condon, the daughter of Ambrose Edward Kendall Condon.  The wedding took place at the Church of All Saints and St Margaret in Upper Norwood.  George and Gertrude had been married for thirty-five years when George was made a widower for the second time.  Gertrude Gladys Collett nee Condon was born on 24th June 1892 and her death was recorded at Croydon register office (Ref. 5a 1717) during the third quarter of 1969 when she was 77.  It was just less than five years later that the death of George Henry Collett was also recorded at Croydon (Ref. 11 1954) during the first three months of 1975 at the age of 89.

 

 

 

In an earlier version of this family tree it was listed that during the second quarter of 1919 at Kidderminster a George Collett married Eva M Churchett, although it is now known this gentleman was not George Henry Collett.

 

 

 

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Alice Collett

Born in 1909 at Battersea

 

 

 

 

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Elizabeth May Collett was born at Cleobury Mortimer in 1887, her birth recorded there (Ref. 6a 590) during the second quarter of the year, while it was on 2nd October 1887 that she was baptised there, the daughter of Charles and Alice Collett.  In the census of 1891 for the village Elizabeth M Collett was three years old when she was still living there with her large family.  Before the end of the century Elizabeth’s family moved to Rock near Bewdley and in 1901 they were living at Clows Top Road in that village where Elizabeth M Collett was 13.  When Elizabeth was twenty-one she married John Bunce at Kidderminster where the event was recorded (Ref. 6c 382) during the second quarter of 1908, in front of witnesses William Henry Davies and Ethel May Harradine.  By 1911 Elizabeth had presented John with two children.  The family that year living at the two-roomed premises that was 3 Foundry Street in Stourport-on-Severn, within the Lower Mitton sub-district of Kidderminster, comprised John Bunce who was 25 and an electric tramcar conductor from Astley near Stourport, Elizabeth May Bunce from Cleobury Mortimer who was 23 and a tailoress, and their children were Olive Barbara Beatrice Bunce who was two and Wallace Eric Charles Bunce who was four months old.  Both children had been born at Stourport-on-Severn.

 

 

 

Tragically Elizabeth May Bunce nee Collett was only 31 when she died in 1918, her death being recorded at Kidderminster register office (Ref. 6c 69) during the second quarter of that year.  Following the premature death of his wife John Bunce was married to Ida and upon his death in 1955 probate was granted to his son Wallace Eric Charles Bunce.  He died in Worcestershire on 11th October 1955 and his Will was proved in Birmingham on 6th December 1955.

 

 

 

 

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Charles James Collett was born at Cleobury Mortimer very early in 1889, since it was during the first three months of 1889 that the birth was recorded there (Ref. 6a 568).  He was also baptised there on 5th May 1889 when his parents were confirmed as Charles and Alice Collett.  By the time of the census in 1891 Charles J Collett, aged two years, was the youngest member of his family, meaning his baby brother Percy had already passed away by then. Just before the start of the new century Charles’ family settled in the village of Rock where they were living in March 1901 at Clows Top Road where Charles J Collett was 12.  It was only a short few years they were at Rock, because just after the census the family moved again, the two miles to nearby Pensax, although one again they were not there long before settling in 31 Leswell Street in Kidderminster.  It was at that address that Charles James Collett, age 22, was still living with his family in 1911, when he was described as the son of a tailor, assisting with the family tailoring business.

 

 

 

 

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Percy Albert Collett was born at Cleobury Mortimer in October 1890 whose birth was registered there (Ref. 6a 516) during the last three months of the year.  He was still a baby when he was baptised there on 20th October 1890 when he and his parents were recorded as Percy Albert Collette the son of Charles and Alice Collette.  However, he died not long after he was baptised.

 

 

 

 

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Jessie Adelaide Collett was born at Cleobury Mortimer and may have been born at the end of 1891 or during the first few weeks of 1892.  Her birth was registered there (Ref. 6a 551) during the first quarter of 1892 and she was baptised there on 6th March 1892, the daughter of Charles and Alice Collett.  Sadly she was one of the three children of Charles and Alice Collett who did not survived, with her death recorded at Cleobury Mortimer (Ref. 6a 448) during the first quarter of 1984 when she was just two years old.

 

 

 

 

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Edith Winifred Collett was born at Cleobury Mortimer in 1893 and her birth was recorded there (Ref. 6a 651) during the final quarter of 1893.  Her baptism took place almost two years later when she was baptised there in a double christening with her baby brother William (below) on 17th November 1895, the daughter of Charles and Alice Collett.  By the time of the census in 1901 the family was living in Rock near Bewdley at Clows Top Road when Edith W Collett was seven years old, while in 1911 as Edith Winifred Collett aged 17, she was still living with her family, who by then were living at 31 Leswell Street in Kidderminster.  With her family heavily involved in the family tailoring business it was Edith who was undertaking domestic duties.

 

 

 

 

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William Ernest Collett was born at Cleobury Mortimer in 1895 and was baptised there with his sister Edith (above) on 17th November 1895.  His birth was also recorded there (Ref. 6a 578) during the third quarter of that year.  After the birth of his sister Sarah (below) the family left Cleobury Mortimer and moved to the village of Rock where William E Collett was five in 1901.  It was as William Ernest Collett aged 15, a tailor’s son assisting with the family business, that he was still living with his family in 1911 but, at that time, they were residing at 31 Leswell Street in Kidderminster.

 

 

 

It was during 1918 that William Ernest Collett married Olive Maud Bilboe, the wedding recorded at Kidderminster register office (Ref. 6c 133) during the last three months of that year.  Olive was born at Kidderminster on 14th February 1896 (Ref. 6c 242) and died there in 1971 when she was 75, her passing recorded at the Kidderminster register office (Ref. 9d 303) during the first quarter of that year.  The death of a William E Collett, who was born around 1895, was recorded many years earlier during the first quarter of 1948 at Wednesbury in Staffordshire, although it has not been confirmed that he was the husband of Olive Maud Collett.

 

 

 

Further information regarding the family of Olive Maud Bilboe can be found on the Les Durham website at http://digidownload.libero.it/DURHAM_FAMILY/DURHAM-MARTIN-BILBOE-1.htm, Les already being connected to the Collett family depicted in Part 1 – The Main Gloucestershire Line 1480 to 1800.

 

 

 

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Ronald William Collett

Born in 1924 at Kidderminster

 

 

 

 

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Sarah Ann Amelia Collett was born at Cleobury Mortimer at the end of 1897 with her birth being registered there (Ref. 6a 555) during the first three months of 1898.  It was also there that she was baptised on 1st May 1898, the daughter of Charles and Alice Collett.  Not long after she was born the family spent a short period in their life in the village of Rock, where Sarah A Collett was three in 1901, before they moved to nearby Pensax where Sarah two younger siblings were born.  From Pensax the family then settled in Kidderminster and in 1911 Sarah Ann Collett was 13 when with her family at 31 Leswell Street.  

 

 

 

It was during the final quarter of 1928 that the marriage of Sarah Ann Amelia Collett and Albert Ernest Price was recorded at Kidderminster register office (Ref. 6c 203).  What is particularly interesting is that Sarah’s father Charles Collett, on the day he was married, stated that his father was James Price, which begs the question, was Albert Ernest a member of that family.  What is known is that Albert Ernest Price died at Kidderminster of 18th September 1965 following which his Will was proved in London on 9th December 1965.  At that time in his life it would appear that he was already a widower residing at 17 Lyndhold Road in Kidderminster, when probate of his personal effects of £6,261 was granted to Jeffrey James Harold, credit draper.

 

 

 

 

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Albert Edward Collett at Pensax and, according to his death certificate his date of birth was 31st December 1900.  However, he was not included in the March census of 1901 as living with his parents at Clows Top Road in Rock, so it is possible the informant of his passing gave an incorrect date of birth, which may have been 31st December 1901.  He was the youngest son of Charles Collett and Alice Morris and was nine years old in the Kidderminster census of 1911 which confirmed he was born at Pensax.  The death of Albert Edward Collett was recorded at Evesham register office (Ref. 29 237) during the month of May in 1986, when he was 85.

 

 

 

 

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Ronald William Collett was born at Kidderminster on 20th August 1924 and his birth was recorded there (Ref. 6c 147) during the third quarter of 1924, the son of William Ernest Collett and Olive Maud Bilboe.  During the first three months of 1962 a Ronald W Collett married Jean Hodges, the event recorded at Kidderminster register office (Ref. 9d 382).  It was also at Kidderminster that his death was recorded (Ref. 29d 5171) during the month of September 1996, possibly on the third day of the month, at the age of 72.  On the website ancestry.com the name of Ronald William Collett of Kidderminster is linked to the Adcock family.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

APPENDIX

 

 

 

During the investigation into this family a further birth and death has been revealed at Cleobury Mortimer, but at this time it has not been determined who the parents of the child may have been.  It was in 1908 that Richard John Collett was born, his birth record there (Ref. 6a 501) during the last three months of that year, while his death was also recorded there (Ref. 6a 351) during the same quarter of the year.