PART SIXTY-NINE

 

Other Cambridgeshire Families

 

Updated September 2016

 

 

 

The villages of [#1] Over & Willingham, and [#2] Longstanton and Haddenham are situated

between St Ives and Ely, while the villages of [#3] Little Wilbraham and Stow-cum-Quy lie

between Cambridge and Newmarket.

 

So far the research undertaken has not yet uncovered any links between these three families,

except that William Collett (Ref. 69n[2]2), born at Longstanton in 1809, was living in Over in 1871.

 

Prior to the release of this family group, the line of John Collett (born in Ireland in 1432)

to John Collett (born at Over in 1777) had been displayed in Appendix One of

Part 46 Ė The Charlton-on-Otmoor Line because it had a distant connection with Martha Collett (Ref. 46N1).

It was her grandson who married one of the descendents of the Collett family from Over.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

[#1] Over & Willingham

 

 

 

 

69B11

John Collett (previously 46CmA1) was born in Ireland during 1432 and it was around 1452 that he married Elizabeth Maguire who was also born around 1432.It is likely that they were married in Ireland before sailing to England, since it was at Over near St Ives in Cambridgeshire that their son was born.

 

 

 

69C[1]1

William Collett

Born in 1454 at Over

 

 

 

 

69C11

William Collett (previously 46CmB1) was born in the village of Over near St Ives in Cambridgeshire in 1454, the son of John and Elizabeth Collett.It is assumed that the family continued to have ties with Ireland, where his parents were born, as it was Sadie OíMalley from Ireland whom he married during the latter half of the 1470s.Their son Thomas was born while the couple were living at Over, where William died in 1509.

 

 

 

69D[1]1

Thomas Collett

Born in 1480 at Over

 

 

 

 

69D11

Thomas Collett (previously 46CmC1) was born at Over 1480, the son of William and Sadie Collett.It was originally thought that it was during 1517 that he married Alice who was born at Over in 1485.However, that Thomas Collett was from Over Slaughter in Gloucestershire and his family line is featured in Part 1 Ė The Main Gloucestershire Line.The son of Thomas and Alice Collett from Over was William who was born in 1506, so this might indicate that they were married in 1505 or earlier.Thomas Collett was 76 when he died at Over in 1556.

 

 

 

69E[1]1

William Collett

Born in 1506 at Over

 

 

 

 

69E11

William Collett (previously 46CmD1) was born at Over in 1506, the son of Thomas and Alice Collett.William later married Alice and the couple continued to live in Over where their son was born and where William Collett died in 1559, just a few years after his own parents had died there.One unconfirmed source states that Williamís wife Alice was in fact Alice Collett, the daughter of Cospatric Collett and his wife Elizabeth Curwen, but this still needs to be confirmed.

 

 

 

69F[1]1

Thomas Collett

Born in 1533 at Over

 

 

 

 

69F11

Thomas Collett (previously 46CmE1) was born at Over in 1533, the son of William and Alice Collett.It is established that he was married and that he had a son by the same name who was born at Over in 1579.Tragically the child was just nine years old when his father Thomas Collett died in 1588.

 

 

 

69G[1]1

Thomas Collett

Born in 1579 at Over

 

 

 

 

6G11

Thomas Collett (previously 46CmF1) was born at Over in 1579, the son of Thomas Collett by an unknown wife.Sadly he was only nine years old when his father died, while it was around the start of the next century that Thomas married Mercy Bond, with whom he had a son live the couple was living at Over.

 

 

 

69H[1]1

Henry Collett

Born in 1604 at Over

 

 

 

 

69H11

Henry Collett (previously 46CmG1) was born at Over in 1604, the son of Thomas and Mercy Collett.Henry married Deborah Cheney in the latter half of the 1620s and she presented him with a son while they were still living at Over.And it was also at Over that Henry Collett was living when he died in 1650.

 

 

 

69I[1]1

Henry Collett

Born in 1631 at Over

 

 

 

 

69I11

Henry Collett (previously 46CmH1) was born at Over in 1631, the son of Henry and Deborah Collett.Henry was twenty-eight when he married Sarah Bond of Cambridgeshire, who may well have been a relative from Henryís grandmotherís family.The marriage of Henry and Sarah took place at Over in 1659.Their known son, listed below, appears to have been born after the couple had been married for over twenty years, possibly indicating that he was the youngest one of many children.Sarah Collett nee Bond died in Cambridgeshire during 1721, although no date for the death of her husband is known at this time.

 

 

 

69J[1]1

Stephen Collett

Born in 1682 at Over

 

 

 

 

69J11

Stephen Collett (previously 46CmI1) was born at Over in 1682, the son of Henry and Sarah Collett.The year in which he married Martha Foreman is not known, except that he was forty years old when his son was born at Over.It is however, stated by one unconfirmed source, that the marriage of Stephen Collett and Martha Forman produced ten children, with their son Minett being one of the younger children.And it was also at Over where Stephen Collett died in 1749.

 

 

 

69K[1]1

Thomas Collett Ė not proved

Born circa 1713 at Over

 

69K[1]2

Minett Collett

Born in 1722 at Over

 

 

 

 

69K11

Thomas Collett was born at Over, possibly around 1713 although no birth or baptism record has been found to date, but it was there on 26th March 1734 that he married Elizabeth Watts.

 

 

 

 

69K12

Minett Collett (previously 46CmJ1) was born at Over in 1722, the son of Stephen and Martha Collett.He was married twice, the first time to (1) Elizabeth Kimpton and the second time to (2) Mary See who was born in 1727 at Thorney Abbey near Whittlesey in the neighbouring County of Huntingdonshire.The actual years in which those marriages took place is not currently known.Furthermore, an alternative record states that Minettís second wife was Mary Gilbert.In addition to all of this, the date of birth of their known son John indicates that he was very likely a younger member of a larger family.Sadly the boy was only nine years old when his father Minett Collett died at Over in 1780, where his body was laid to rest.

 

 

 

69L[1]1

John Collett

Born in 1771 at Over

 

69L[1]2

Thomas Collett Ė not proved

Born circa 1785 at Over

 

 

 

 

69L11

John Collett (previously 46CmK1) was born at Over during 1771, the son of Minett and Mary Collett. He was 22 years old when he married Elizabeth Bowman at Over on 2nd July 1793.Like John, Elizabeth was also born at Over, but in 1772.John Collett was in his late thirties when died at Over in 1810.

 

 

 

69M[1]1

Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1794 at Over

 

69M[1]2

Stephen Collett

Born in 1798 at Over

 

 

 

 

69L12

Thomas Collett was born at Over, possibly around 1785, although no birth or baptism record has been found to date, while it was also at Over where he married Elizabeth Bicheno on 25th October 1809.

 

 

 

 

69L13

John Collett was married to Mary, most likely around 1800, which may place his year of birth between 1775 and 1780.However, it is not clear where he fits into this family line or who his parents might have been.The first of the four known children of John and Mary was born at Over, while the others were born after the family had settled in Willingham.Also at Willingham is a record of the marriage of John Collett and Mary Raven which took place on 9th December 1809 although, similarly it has not yet been determined who that couple was, or whether Mary Raven was the second wife of John Collett.

 

 

 

69M[1]3

George Collett

Born in 1801 at Over

 

69M[1]4

Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1806 at Willingham

 

69M[1]5

Anne Collett

Born in 1808 at Willingham

 

69M[1]6

John Collett

Born in 1810 at Willingham

 

 

 

 

69M11

Elizabeth Collett (previously 46CmL1) was born in the village of Over near St Ives in 1794.She was sixteen years old when her father died, and five years later she married Robert Steadman at Over on 24th October 1815.Robert was born at Soham in Cambridgeshire in 1791.Their daughter Mary Steadman was born at Sutton near Ely in Cambridgeshire, and it was at Chatteris in the same county that Elizabeth Steadman nee Collett died in 1837.Soham, Sutton, and Chatteris, all lie within a few miles of each other.Her daughter Mary was born in 1819 and she married James Allen who was born in 1814 at Somersham in Huntingdon, midway between St Ives and Chatteris.Their daughter was born while the family was living at Benwick Fen just north-west of Chatteris.And it was Elizabeth Allen (born in 1848) who married Alfred Charles Turner (1854-1941), whose daughter Maud Turner (born on 21st March 1886) was the second wife of Edward Currell, the son of Rebecca Orchard and Henry Currell (Ref. 46N1) in Part 46 Ė The Charlton-on-Otmoor (Oxon) Area Line.

 

 

 

 

69M12

Stephen Collett was born at Over in 1798 and may have been the son of John and Mary.He was around twenty-six and a bachelor when he married Edith Anderson from Chatteris in Cambridge on 6th June 1824. Immediately after they were married the couple settled in the Poplar area of London where all of their children were born.The large family was recorded living at 7 Duff Street in Poplar in the census of 1841 when labourer Stephen Collett was 43 and his wife Edith was 40.The baptism of the coupleís four eldest children had been conducted at the non-conformist Sion Chapel on Union Street in Mile End Old Town just north of Poplar. In the census return the eight children were listed as Mary Ann who was 15, Emma who was 13, Elizabeth who was 12, Joseph who was 10, Sarah who was eight, Stephen who was five, John who was three and Chas who was seven months old.

 

 

 

Eldest daughter Mary Ann was very likely married within the next decade since she was not recorded with her family in 1851.Nor was the coupleís second daughter Emma, who was 23 in the census and living and working in the Lambeth & Kennington district of London, while no record at all has been found for the coupleís eldest son Joseph.The rest of the family was residing at 1 Jerk Street in Poplar and comprised Stephen Collett from Over who was 53 and a labourer, Edith Collett from Chatteris who was 50. Elizabeth who was 21 and a dressmaker, Sarah who was 18 with no stated occupation, Stephen who was 14 and an errand boy, John who was 12 and still at school, as was Charles who was 10.

 

 

 

Ten years later Stephen Collett was 62 and Edith was 60 and the only children still living at Poplar with them in 1861 were the two youngest son John, age 22, and Charles who was 20.The only other child from the family was Elizabeth, who was recorded as Elizabeth R Collett from Poplar who was 29 and living and working in the nearby Stepney & Limehouse district of London.By 1871 the couple was living alone in Poplar when Stephen was 72 and Edith was 70.Stephen Collett died four years later and his death was recorded at Poplar (Ref. 1c 471) during the third quarter of 1875 when he was 77.Edith was a widow for just two years when she passed away, her death also recorded at Poplar (Ref. 1c 448) during the third quarter of 1877 when she too was 77.

 

 

 

69N[1]1

Mary Ann Collett

Born in 1826 at Poplar

 

69N[1]2

Emma Collett

Born in 1827 at Poplar

 

69N[1]3

Elizabeth R Collett

Born in 1829 at Poplar

 

69N[1]4

Joseph Collett

Born in 1830 at Poplar

 

69N[1]5

Sarah Collett

Born in 1832 at Poplar

 

69N[1]6

Stephen Collett

Born in 1835 at Poplar

 

69N[1]7

John Collett

Born in 1837 at Poplar

 

69N[1]8

Charles Collett

Born in 1840 at Poplar

 

 

 

 

69M13

George Collett, the son of John and Mary Collett, was born at Over in 1801, was married to Mary Gadsby, and in 1841 the childless couple were living at Over when they both had a rounded age of 40.it is known that the marriage did produce at least one child, their daughter Catherine.She was born at Over just prior to the census in 1851, which perhaps suggests that they had other children who did not survive.The census that year identified the family at Over as George Collett, age 50, Mary Collett, age 43, and Jane Collett who was one year old.It was the same situation at Over in 1861 except that by then George was 60, Mary was 53 and Jane was 11.

 

 

 

Ten years later in 1871 George Collett from Over was 70, his wife Mary from Willingham was 63, and their daughter Catherine J Collett was 21.Living with the family at Over was Georgeís mother-in-law Mary Gadsby who was 87.The family in the adjacent dwelling was the Thoday family of Henry and Elizabeth Thoday whose son Henry married Catherine Jane Collett later that same year.

 

 

 

By 1881 George had died when his wife Mary Collett was a widow from Willingham who was 75 and the head of the household and an inn keeper of a public house at Fen End in Over.Living there with her was married but widowed daughter Catherine Thoday who was 31 and from Over, the wife of Henry Thoday a farmer of 19 acres who was 28 and also born at Over.Catherineís three children had all been born at Over, and they were George Thoday who was nine, Catherine J Thoday who was eight and Henry Thoday who was one year old.

 

 

 

69N[1]9

Catherine Jane Collett

Born in 1849 at Over

 

 

 

 

69M14

Elizabeth Collett was born at Willingham in 1806 and was baptised there on 4th May 1806, the daughter of John and Mary Collett.

 

 

 

 

69M15

Anne Collett was born at Willingham in 1808 where she was baptised on 9th October 1808, the daughter of John and Mary Collett

 

 

 

 

69M16

John Collett was born at Willingham in 1810 and was baptised there on 30th December 1810, the son of John and Mary Collett.It was also at Willingham that he married Ann Royston on 12th October 1834, where Ann had also been born during 1813.By June 1841 their marriage had produced their first three children, so the census that month recorded the family as John and Ann who were credited with rounded ages of 30 years, Mary Collett was six, John Collett was four and William Collett was one year old.After a few more years had passed Ann presented John with two further children who were included with the family at Willingham in 1851.

 

 

 

The census return that year contained the names of John and Ann, who were both 39, Mary who was 16, John who was 13, William who was 10, Harriet who was three and Jacob who was one month old.One more child was added to the family around six years later, so in 1861 the almost complete family, minus eldest child Mary, was made up of John and Ann Collett, who were both 52, son John was 24, William was 21, Harriet was 14, Jacob was 10 and Sarah Ann Collett was only four years of age.

 

 

 

Only the two youngest children were still living with John and Ann at Willingham in 1871.John was 61, Ann was 60, Jacob was 20 and Sarah A Collett was 14.Whether elderly John and Ann passed away during the 1870s has not been confirmed, but in 1881 their son Jacob was staying with his married older brother John and his family at Berry Croft in Willingham when he was curiously 26 years of age instead of 30.

 

 

 

69N[1]10

Mary Collett

Born in 1835 at Willingham

 

69N[1]11

John Collett

Born in 1837 at Willingham

 

69N[1]12

William Collett

Born in 1839 at Willingham

 

69N[1]13

Harriet Collett

Born in 1848 at Willingham

 

69N[1]14

Jacob Collett

Born in 1851 at Willingham

 

69N[1]15

Sarah Ann Collett

Born in 1856 at Willingham

 

 

 

 

69N11

Mary Ann Collett was born at Poplar on 31st July 1826 and was baptised at Lady Huntingdonís non-conformist Union Street Sion Chapel in Mile End Old Town on 8th April 1832 in a joint ceremony with her three younger siblings (below) when they were confirmed as the children of Stephen and Edith Collett.As Mary Collett, age 15, she was living with her family at 7 Duff Street in Poplar in 1841, whilst it is known that her absence from the family home in 1851 was not due to being married by then.It was six years later that Mary Ann Collett, a spinster of full age, was married by banns to Alfred Job Aungier, a bachelor of full age, at St Maryís Church in Stepney within the St George in the East region of Middlesex, on 16th March 1857.Alfred was a cooper from Old Ford, the son of Thomas Aungier who was a copper plate printer.Mary had no stated occupation and was living at Penny Fields, the daughter of Stephen Collett, a cdr keeper (?).

 

 

 

According to the census of 1871 cooper Alfred Aungier was 41 when he and Mary Ann, aged 44 and from Poplar, were living at 7 Taylorís Place with their son Rowland who was 13 and born at Bow.

 

 

 

 

69N12

Emma Collett was born at Poplar on 25th November 1827 and was one of four children of Stephen and Edith Collett who were baptised together on 8th April 1832 at the Sion Chapel on Union Street in Mile end Old Town.She was 13 years of age in the Poplar census of 1841 when living at 7 Duff Street in Poplar, but on leaving school Emma also left the family home, perhaps to ease the overcrowded living conditions and in 1851 Emma from Poplar was 23 and was living and working within the Lambeth & Kennington registration district of London.Around four years later Emma married Joseph D Watts from Croydon and the marriage produced three children before the next census day, although two of the were no longer alive ten years later.

 

 

 

In 1861 Joseph D Watts was 28, Emma Watts was 32 when they were living at St George the Martyr in Holborn with their first three children, Charles W Watts aged four years, Emma Watts who was one and Harry Watts was under twelve months old.Of the three, only Emma, age 11, was still living with Joseph, age 38, and Emma, age 41, in the Chelsea area of London 1871.Four more children had been added to their family by then and they were Rose who was six, Joseph who was four, Ruth who was three and Mary who was one year old.A further two children were born into the family over the next two years while they were still residing in Chelsea.

 

 

 

By the time of the next census in 1881 the family was living at 255 Fulham Road in Chelsea where Joseph D Watts was 48 and a fishmonger.Emma Watts from Poplar was 51 and her six children were Alice 18, Rose 16, Ruth 13, Mary 11, Arthur who was nine and Flora who was seven.Staying with the family and described simply as a visitor was unmarried chemist Charles Collett from Poplar who was 40, the brother of Emma Watts nee Collett.

 

 

 

 

69N13

Elizabeth R Collett was born at Poplar on 2nd August 1829, the third child of Stephen and Edith Collett.It was as Elizabeth Collett that she was baptised at Sion Chapel in Mile End Old Town on 8th April 1832, the same day her three siblings were also baptised there.Elizabeth was 12 years old in 1841 and living with her family at 7 Duff Street in Poplar and was 21 in 1851 when she was still living with them, but at 1 Jerk Street in Poplar.By 1861 Elizabeth R Collett from Poplar was 29 when she was living and working in the Stepney & Limehouse district of London.††

 

 

 

 

69N14

Joseph Collett was born at Poplar on 3rd October 1830 and was baptised in a joint ceremony with his three older sisters on 8th April 1832 at the Lady Huntingdon Non-Conformist Union Street Sion Chapel in Mile End Old Town.He was 10 years of age in Poplar census of 1841 when recorded at 7 Duff Street in Poplar, although by 1851 he had left the family home which, by then was 1Jerk Street in Poplar.

 

 

 

 

69N17

John Collett was born at Poplar during 1837 and was three years of age and 12 years old in the Poplar census returns in 1841 and 1851.For the former the family was living at 7 Duff Street in Poplar and for the latter at 1 Jerk Street in Poplar.He and his brother Charles (below) were the only children still living with their parents at Poplar in 1861 when he was 22.However, 1871 he was again recorded in the Poplar registration district of London at the age of 32, but not with his parents or his brother John.Ten years later John Collett from Poplar was 42 and still a bachelor who was living at Knotts Green in Leyton, Essex, where he was the shop manager and a cheesemonger.

 

 

 

Like his brother Charles, John also married a much young woman late in his life, probably during or just after 1881.She was Margaret Smallshaw Hansford who was born at St Pancras in 1856, the daughter of Richard Hansford and Caroline Smallshaw.Over the following years Margaret presented John with five children prior to the next census in 1891.The couple initially settled in Stoke Newington, where the first child was born, with the next born at Old Ford in the East End of London.Other family moves took place over the remainder of the decade, resulting in the next three children being born at Plaistow, West Ham and Bow.Another move ensured the family was residing at 187 Well Street in South Hackney in 1891, just a short distance from Old Ford.

 

 

 

John Collett from Poplar was 52 and on that occasion he was working as a cheesemongerís assistant.His wife was Margaret S Collett who was 35 and their five children at that time were John C Collett who was seven, Ruth E Collett who was six, Margaret A Collett who was 4, David L Collett who was two and Christopher C Collett who was only five months old.It was exactly the same situation ten years later in March 1901, except by then the family was residing in Wandsworth.John Collett was 63 and a grocerís assistant, Margaret Collett was 45, John C Collett was 19 and a pastry cookís assistant, Ruth E Collett was 16 and a bread maker, Margaret A Collett was 14, David L Collett was 12, Christopher C Collett was 10 and baby William J Collett was just one year old.The stated place of birth for all of the children was the same as those recorded in the previous census except for William, who had been born after the family had settled in Wandsworth.Also listed with the family was Mary Whelan who was two years of age, who may have been Johnís granddaughter.

 

 

 

What happened to the family after that time is not known for sure, except that John Collett certainly died sometime during the following few years.Following that sad event the family was reduced to just three in April 1911 when they were living in three rooms at 191 Replingham Road in the Southfields area of Wandsworth.Johnís widow Margaret Collett was 55, her daughter Margaret A Collett was 23 and a confectioner and shop assistant, while her son David L Collett was 21 and a clay pigeon maker.What was more revealing was the census return note that Margaret and John had given birth to ten children, of which the five known children listed below were the only survivors.In addition to this, no trace of Margaretís two eldest children, John and Ruth, has been identified with the census of 1911.

 

 

 

In the Electoral Roll for 1915 Margaret Smallshaw Collett was residing at 2A Trentham Street in the Southfield Ward of Putney within the London Borough of Wandsworth, where she was still living in 1937.And it was the following year, at the Wandsworth register office (Ref. 1d 454), that her death was recorded during the third quarter of 1938 when she was 82.Fourteen years after the death of his mother, Margaretís eldest child, John passed away and his death was recorded at Battersea register office (Ref. 5c 41) during the second quarter of 1952 when he John C Collett was 67.Where he was after 1901 and up to that time has still not been determined.

 

 

 

69O[1]1

John C Collett

Born in 1883 at Stoke Newington

 

69O[1]2

Ruth E Collett

Born in 1884 at Old Ford, London

 

69O[1]3

Margaret A Collett

Born in 1886 at Plaistow, Essex

 

69O[1]4

David L Collett

Born in 1888 at West Ham, Essex

 

69O[1]5

Christopher Charles Collett

Born in 1890 at Bow, London

 

69O[1]6

William J Collett

Born in 1899 at Walthamstow

 

 

 

 

69N18

Charles Collett was born at Poplar in November 1840 and was seven months old and living at 7 Duff Street in Poplar for the census of 1841. He was 10 years of age in 1851 when he and his family were residing at 1 Jerk Street in Poplar.By 1861 it was just Charles and his older brother John (above) who were still living with their parents at the family home in Poplar.According to the next census in 1871 Charles Collett from Poplar was 29 and living and working within the Paddington area of London.After a further ten years Charles was 40 years old and still a bachelor, working as a chemist, while he was staying at the home of his married sister Emma Watts (above) at 255 Fulham Road in Chelsea in 1881.

 

 

 

Charles was married late in his life when he wed the much younger Ada Jane Elizabeth Lewis from London, by the reading of banns, at Holy Trinity Church in Islington on 12th October 1884.The marriage certificate confirmed that bachelor Charles Collett was 43 and a chemist, the son of gentleman Stephen Collett.His address was stated to be 1 Theberton Street in Islington, the address also for his bride.Ada was a spinster of 26, the daughter of George Lewis who was a wine merchant, and both she and Charles signed the register, while the witnesses were Alfred Ernest Wright and Clara Gulliford.

 

 

 

The marriage presented Charles with two children who were born at Islington, where the family was living in 1891.The four of them were residing at 225 Seven Sisters Road where Charles Collett was 50 and a retired chemist, Ada J E Collett was 32, Ada C Collett was five and George Edward Collett was four.After a further ten years Charles and Ada were living in the Chiswick area of London.Curiously Charles Collett from Poplar, then aged 50 in 1901, was described as a refreshment housekeeper, perhaps a reference to him managing a tea room.His wife was recorded as Ada Jane Elizabeth Collett, while it was just their daughter Ada Clara Collett aged 15 who was still living with them.Their son George was 14 and was still attending school back in Islington.

 

 

 

The family was reunited after George completed his education, but their togetherness was shattered with the death of Charles Collett during the first decade of the new century.So by the day of the census in 1911 Ada Collett was a widow at 51, her daughter Ada was 25 and her son George was 24 when the three of them were recorded in the Brentford area of North London.

 

 

 

69O[1]7

Ada Clara Collett

Born in 1885 at Islington

 

69O[1]8

George Edward Collett

Born in 1886 at Islington

 

 

 

 

69N19

Catherine Jane Collett was born at Over in 1849, the only known child of George Collett and Mary Gadsby.In 1871 Catherine and her parents were living next door to the family of Henry Thoday to whom Catherine was married later that year when she was 21.It is highly likely that she was with-child on their wedding day, as their first child was born shortly thereafter.Also, during the next few years Catherineís father died and by 1881 Catherine and her young family were living with her widowed mother Mary at her public house in Fen End in Over.Catherine Thoday was 31, her husband Henry Thoday was 28 and a farmer with nineteen acres of land, and their three children were George Thoday who was nine, Catherine Jane Thoday who was eight and Henry Thoday who was one year old.

 

 

 

Thirty years later Catherine Thoday was 61 and Henry was 59 and was still working as a farmer, while the couple was residing at Walmet House on Swavesey Road in Over.The census return confirmed they had been married for thirty-nine years and that they had given birth to eight children, although only five of them were still alive on that day in April 1911.Still living with them was their eldest daughter, unmarried Catherine Jane Thoday who was 38, and their younger daughter Elizabeth Lilian Mabel Thoday who was 18.

 

 

 

Elizabeth later married Ernest Webb and at the proving of her motherís Will in London on 12th June 1933 it was Elizabeth Lilian Mabel Webb and her brother George William Thoday, a baker, who were named as joint executors of her personal estate valued at £107 10 Shillings.Catherine Jane Thoday nee Collett was 83 and a widow when she died in Cambridgeshire on 14th April 1933, her death recorded at St Ives register office (Ref. 3b 258), in Cambridgeshire, during the second quarter of 1933.

 

 

 

 

69N110

Mary Collett was born at Willingham in 1835 where she was baptised on 12th April 1835, the daughter and eldest child of John Collett and Ann Royston.She was 20 years old when she married Benjamin Ingle at Willingham during 1855 when her father was confirmed as John Collett, while Benjaminís father was named as Joseph Ingle.

 

 

 

 

69N111

John Collett was born at Willingham in 1837 and was baptised there on 19th January 1838, the son of John Collett and Ann Royston.Curiously it would appear, he was baptised again when he was eighteen years old when he was baptised at Willingham on 2nd November 1845 in a joint ceremony with his brother William (below), when they were both confirmed as the sons of John and Ann Collett.It was also at Willingham where John married Elizabeth Asplin Covill on 9th March 1862.Their son was born at Willingham shortly after they were married and in 1871 the family was living at Willingham where John was 32 and an ag lab, Elizabeth was 28 and son Walter Collett was eight years of age.

 

 

 

The family of farm labourer John Collett, age 43 and from Willingham, was living at a private house on Berry Croft, in Willingham in the spring of 1881 and comprised his wife Elizabeth from the Isle of Ely who was 40 and their son John P Collett who was seven and also born at Willingham.Staying with the family was Johnís brother, Jacob Collett from Willingham, who was 26 and an agricultural labourer, while also living at Berry Croft just four dwelling away was the family of Johnís married brother William Collett (below).

 

 

 

At that same time in 1881 the coupleís eldest son Walter was 18 and a grocerís assistant living and working at Brinkley near Newmarket with Henry F Beales, a grocer and a draper employing six men.However, it was just over eight years later that the death of Walter Collett from Willingham was recorded at Chesterton in Cambridge (Ref. 3b 258) during the second quarter of 1889 when he was only 26.†† Two years after that John Collett was 53, Elizabeth was 47, and their son John P Collett was 17 in the Willingham census of 1891.

 

 

 

In 1901 John was 63 and an ordinary agricultural labourer, his wife Lizzie from Ely was 58 and their son John was recorded under the name of Papworth Collett who was 27 and was working as a fruit growerís labourer.Elizabeth passed away during the next decade and, according to the next census in 1911, John Collett aged 72 was still residing at Berry Croft in Willingham but the only person living with him was his unmarried son Papworth Collett who was 36 and a market gardener with his own account.The same census return stated that John had been married for forty-two years, during which time he had given birth to two children of which only one, John, was still alive.The death of John Collett was recorded just over two years later at Chesterton register office (Ref. 3b 411) during the third quarter of 1913 when he was 74.

 

 

 

69O[1]9

Walter Collett

Born in 1863 at Willingham

 

69O[1]10

John Papworth Collett

Born in 1873 at Willingham

 

 

 

 

69N112

William Collett was born at Willingham in 1839, the son of John Collett and Ann Royston.He was one year old and 10 years of age in the next two census returns and it was later that he was baptised at Willingham in a joint ceremony with his brother John (above) on 2nd November 1845.William Collett was 21 in the next census for Willingham in 1861, while it was during early 1863 that William married Sarah Everett from Over.The marriage was recorded at Chesterton in Cambridge (Ref. 3b 686) during the first quarter of that year.

 

 

 

In 1871 William was 30, his wife Sarah was 28 and their first two children were Robert Collett who was seven and Elizabeth Collett who was only six months old, although the absence from the family later on may suggest that Robert suffered an infant death.By 1881 William Collett and his family were living at a private house on Berry Croft in Willingham where the family of his brother John Collett (above) was also living just four properties further down the road.William from Willingham was 41 and a general labourer, his wife Sarah from Over in Cambridgeshire was 39, and their three Willingham born children were Emma J Collett who was seven, George W Collett who was four and John H Collett who was two years of age.Their absent daughter Elizabeth was in London at the home of her aunt, her motherís sister Hannah Oubridge from Over.

 

 

 

Three more sons were added to the family of William and Sarah at Willingham during the 1880s as confirmed in the next census in 1891, but by then their daughter Emma was already working in the Hackney & Stoke Newington district of London.William Collett was 50, his wife Sarah was 48, George was 14, John was 12, Jacob was nine, Fred was seven and Jethro was five years old.In 1901 the family, less their daughter who still working in London, had been further reduced by the exit of two sons, George who was married by then and Jacob, who were both living close by In Willingham.The remainder of the family was still altogether in Willingham and they were William Collett who was 59 and an agricultural labourer, Sarah Collett from Over who was 57, John H Collett who was 22 and an agricultural labourer like his brother Fred Collett who was 17, while Jethro Collett who was 15 was employed as a florist.

 

 

 

William Collett died nine years later at 70 years of age and his death was recorded at Chesterton register office (Ref. 3b 246) during the last quarter of 1910.His widow Sarah was 67 according to the census return in 1911, which also confirmed that she was from Over, had given birth to eight children of which seven were still alive, and that she was residing at 1 Lordship Terrace in Willingham.Still living there with her was her youngest known child Jethro Skinner Collett who was 25, his second forename perhaps being Sarahís maiden name.Also staying with the two of them was Rose Garner who was 32, who had with her, her one month old son John Edward Garner.The details within the census return means that there are two children missing from the list below.

 

 

 

69O[1]11

Robert Collett

Born in 1863 at Willingham

 

69O[1]12

Elizabeth Ann Collett

Born in 1870 at Willingham

 

69O[1]13

Emma Jane Collett

Born in 1874 at Willingham

 

69O[1]14

George William Collett

Born in 1877 at Willingham

 

69O[1]15

John Henry Collett

Born in 1879 at Willingham

 

69O[1]16

Jacob Collett

Born in 1881 at Willingham

 

69O[1]17

Frederick Collett

Born in 1883 at Willingham

 

69O[1]18

Jethro Skinner Collett

Born in 1885 at Willingham

 

 

 

 

69N113

Harriet Collett was born at Willingham on 14th June 1848 and was baptised there on 10th September 1848, the daughter of John and Ann Collett.Harriet was 20 years old when she married George Jeaps at Willingham in 1868, when the brideís father was confirmed as John Collett and the groomís father was named as John Jeaps.The marriage record stated that George Jeaps was 23.

 

 

 

 

69N115

Sarah Ann Collett was born at Willingham during 1856 but was not baptised there until 31st May 1863, the same day her nephew Walter Collett (below) was also baptised at Willingham.The baptism record confirmed that she was the daughter of John and Ann Collett.

 

 

 

 

69N114

Jacob Collett was born at Willingham in February 1851, his birth recorded at Chesterton in Cambridge (Ref. 14 60).He was one month old in the census that year and it was towards the end of the following year that he was baptised at Willingham on 17th October 1852, the son of John and Ann Collett.Jacob was 10 years old in the Census of 1861 when he was still living at Willingham with his family, as he was in 1871 when he was 20 and an agricultural labourer.It seems likely that his parents John and Ann both passed away during the 1870s since Jacob was lodging with his older brother John and his family at Berry Croft in Willingham in 1881.During the last three month of the next year Jacob married Jane Garner and in the following year their daughter was born at Willingham.That was confirmed in the Willingham census of 1891 when Jacob was 39, Jane was 30 and Evelyn A Collett was seven.Whilst there may have been more children born to the couple, the only other confirmed child was born just less than three years later with the birth of a son during the first three weeks of 1894 who was named using his motherís maiden name.

 

 

 

Jacob was a market gardener at Willingham in March 1901 when he was 48 and had living there with him his wife Jane who was 39, his daughter Evelyn Ann Collett who was 17 and working as a dressmaker, and his son Rupert Garner Collett who was seven years old and attending school.All four members of the family had been born at Willingham and it was the same four who were still residing at Station Road in Willingham in 1911.By then Jacob was 59 and his occupation was still that of a market gardener, Jane was 48, Evelyn Ann was still unmarried at 27, and Rupert Garner Collett was 17.The census return also confirmed that the couple had only given birth to two children during the twenty-eight years they had been married.

 

 

 

Jacob lived at Willingham for another twenty years and was 79 when the death of Jacob Collett was recorded at Chesterton register office in Cambridge (Ref. 3b 439) during the second quarter of 1931.Probate of the personal estate of Jacob Collett who died on 6th May 1931 was granted to Jane Collett his widow, when his estate was worth £484 17 Shillings 6d.

 

 

 

69O[1]19

Evelyn Ann Collett

Born in 1883 at Willingham

 

69O[1]20

Rupert Garner Collett

Born in 1894 at Willingham

 

 

 

 

69O15

Christopher Charles Collett was born at Bow in London during October 1890, the youngest known son of John Collett and Margaret.He was five months old in the census of 1891 by which time Christopherís family was residing at 187 Well Street in Hackney.During the next decade the family moved again and by 1901 they were living in the Wandsworth area of London where Christopher C Collett was 10 years of age.After a further ten years unmarried Christopher Collett, aged 20 and from London, was working as a hospital porter in The Royal London Hospital for Incurable Diseases at West Hill in Putney.

 

 

 

No further record of him has been found, except for the details revealed at the time of his death.Christopher Charles Collett, age 50, was Rifleman D/8536 with the 14th Battalion of the Kingís Royal Rifles Corps when he died on 23rd April 1941.His military record gives his place of birth as Poplar which was where his father was born.Following his death his body was laid to rest at Aylesbury Cemetery, and perhaps it was at Aylesbury that he had been living when he was wounded during his war service.

 

 

 

 

69O19

Walter Collett was born at Willingham in 1863, where he was baptised on 31st May 1863, the son of John and Elizabeth Collett, on the same day as his aunt Sarah Ann Collett (above).He was eight years old at the time of the Willingham census of 1871 and ten years later Walter Collett from Willingham was 18 years of age when he was working as a grocerís assistant at Brinkley near Newmarket with Henry F Beales, a grocer and a draper employing six men.Tragically it was eight years later that the death of Walter Collett from Willingham was recorded at Chesterton in Cambridge (Ref. 3b 258) during the second quarter of 1889 when he was only 26

 

 

 

 

69O110

John Papworth Collett was born at Willingham in 1873, the only surviving son of John Collett and Elizabeth Asplin Covill.He was recorded as John P Collett in the Willingham census of 1881 when he was seven years old and living at Berry Croft.It was again as John P Collett, aged 17, that he was still living with his parents at Willingham in 1891, two years after the death of his only sibling, his older brother Walter Collett.In the census of 1901 John was living with his parents when he was described for the first time using his second forename.As Papworth Collett he was 27 years of age and a fruit growerís labourer from Willingham.His mother died during the next few years, so in 1911 unmarried Papworth Collett was still residing at Berry Croft in Willingham with his father when he was 36 and a market gardener with his own account.The passing of John Papworth Collett at the age of 84 was recorded at Cambridge register office (Ref. 4a 343), following his death on 2nd January 1959 at his home at 13 Mill Road in Willingham.He had never married and administration of his personal effects of £2,822 6 Shillings was handled by Lloyds Bank.

 

 

 

 

69O112

Elizabeth Ann Collett was born at Willingham during September 1870 and was six months old in 1871.It seems she may have been the eldest surviving child of William and Sarah Collett, although curiously she was not living with them in 1881, perhaps for reasons of overcrowding at the family home in Willingham.Instead she was recorded with her married aunt Hannah Oubridge, aged 29 from Over, and her husband florist Henry Robert Oubridge at their London home at Colonade Buildings in Islington, where Elizabeth A Collett from Willingham was 10.

 

 

 

She later married the much younger Otto Max Boy de la Tour from Switzerland with whom she had a daughter who was born in London in 1904.By 1911 the family of three was recorded at 3 Hereford Garden Mews near Hanover Square, where Elizabeth Ann was 40 and her husband was 32.Living with, and working for, the family as housekeeper was Elizabethís sister Emma Jane Collett (below) from Willingham.When Elizabeth Ann died, possibly in London during the first year of the Second World War, Otto married a lady by the name of Hawes, the marriage recorded at Chelsea register office (Ref. 1a 864) during the third quarter of 1941.

 

 

 

 

69O113

Emma Jane Collett was born at Willingham in 1873, the third child of William Collett and his wife Sarah who may have been Sarah Skinner.As Emma J Collett she was seven in the Willingham census of 1881 when she and her family were living at Berry Croft.On leaving school Emma secured work in London and in 1891 age the age of 17 she was living and working within the Hackney & Stoke Newington district of London.By 1901 Emma J Collett was incorrectly recorded as being 25 when she was working as a ladyís companion at Stoke Newington.After a further ten years unmarried Emma Jane Collett was still living and working in London at the home of her older married sister Elizabeth (above).

 

 

 

The census in 1911 named the head of the household at 3 Hereford Garden Mews near Hanover Square as Otto Max Boy de la Tour who was 32 and from Switzerland.His wife was Elizabeth Ann Boy de la Tour who was 40 and their six year old daughter was Ethel Clarissa Boy de la Tour.Staying with the family, and the sister-in-law of Otto, was Emma Jane Collett who was 37 and from Willingham who was his live-in domestic housekeeper.

 

 

 

 

69O114

George William Collett was born at Willingham in 1876, the eldest surviving son of William and Sarah Collett.George W Collett was four years old in the census of 1881 at Berry Croft in Willingham and was 14 years of age ten years later.It was around eight years after that when George married Frances and, not long after the start of the new century, their daughter and only child was born.The Willingham census in 1901 listed the family as George W Collett who was 24 and agricultural labourer, his wife Frances Beatrice Collett from Grantchester near Cambridge who was 21 and their daughter Winifred Jane Collett who was two months old.It was the same story in 1911 when George William Collett was 34, Frances Beatrice Collett was 31 and Winifred Jane Collett was 10 years old.The family was living at Fen Road in Willingham where George and Frances had been married for eleven years, the census return confirming was George was an agricultural labourer employed on a nearby farm and that he and Frances had only had the one child.

 

 

 

69P[1]1

Winifred Jane Collett

Born in January 1910 at Willingham

 

 

 

 

69O115

John Henry Collett was born at Willingham in 1878 and was two years old and living at Berry Croft in Willingham in 1881, where he was living with his family again in 1891 at the age of 12 and ten years later when he was 22 and an agricultural labourer working with his father William and his brother Fred (below).Three years later John married Mabel Jeeps, the daughter of Peter Jeeps, who was under the age of maturity, the event recorded at Chesterton in Cambridge (Ref. 3b 615) during the first quarter of 1904.It was then during the third quarter of that same year Mabel presented John with the first of their three children, although there may have been others born into the family after April 1911, one of whom has been confirmed.That month in 1911 John Henry Collett, age 31 and a labourer, was living at Berry Croft in Willingham with his wife of seven years Mabel who was 24, and their three children.They were Elsie May Collett who was six, Fred Collett who was two and John William Collett who was just one month old.Staying with the young family on that day was niece Annie May Smith.

 

 

 

The death of John Henry Collett aged 84 was recorded at Cambridge register office (Ref. 4a 224) during the third quarter of 1963.At that time in his life he was living at 63 Station Road in Willingham and probate of his estate of £2,500 14 Shillings revealed he passed away on 22nd July 1963.Executors of his estate were his son John William Collett, a salesman, and Percy Haig Collett, a licenced victualler.

 

 

 

69P[1]2

Elsie May Collett

Born in 1904 at Willingham

 

69P[1]3

Fred Collett

Born in 1908 at Willingham

 

69P[1]4

John William Collett

Born in 1911 at Willingham

 

69P[1]5

Percy Haig Collett

Born at Willingham after 1911

 

 

 

 

69O116

Jacob Collett was born at Willingham in 1881 but after the census which was conducted on 3rd April that year.He was nine years old in the next census of 1891 and on leaving school he secured work in London, as confirmed by the census in March 1901 in which Jacob Collett from Willingham was working as a market gardener at the age of 19 in the Edmonton area of the city.It was very likely during a return visit to Willingham that he married Eveline Dodd who was born there in 1880 who was still living there in 1901 where she was 20 and working as a domestic servant.Once married they settled at Brentford in Middlesex where the childless couple was residing in 1911.Jacob Collett was 29 and a police constable and his wife Eveline was 30, both born at Willingham.

 

 

 

Eventually, later in their life perhaps when they were threatened by the bombing of London during the First or the Second World War, Jacob and Eveline moved out of Middlesex when they returned to Jacobís home village of Willingham.Certainly it was at the Cambridge register office that the death of Eveline Collett was recorded (Ref. 4a 197) during the third quarter of 1955 when she was 74.When Jacob Collett died less than nine years later on 20th January 1964 he was living at Willingham House in Willingham.His Will was proved in London on 16th March 1964 when the executors of his personal effects valued at £1,131 were named as William Howlett a building inspector, and Ronald George Smith, a market gardener.

 

 

 

 

69O117

Frederick Collett was born at Willingham in 1883 and was better known as Fred.It was as Fred Collett aged seven years that he was with his family at Willingham in 1891 and again in 1901 when he was 17 and working as an agricultural labourer like his father William and his brothers George and John (above).Where he was at the time of the census in 1911 has not yet been discovered, while it is established that Fred Collett married Fanny Kate Bailey during the summer of 1928.The wedding was recorded at the Chesterton register office in Cambridge (Ref. 3b 1249) during the third quarter of the year.They had been married for twenty-five years when Fred Collett died at their home at 38 Millfield in Willingham on 13th October 1953.Administration of the estate of Fred Collett, valued at £1,928 1 Shilling, was granted to his widow Fanny Kate Collett.

 

 

 

 

69O118

Jethro Skinner Collett was born at Willingham in 1885 and was five years old and 15 years of age in the Willingham censuses conducted in 1891 and 1901 when he was already working as a florist.His father William died towards the end of 1910, leaving Jethro Skinner Collett aged 25 still living with his widowed mother Sarah at 1 Lordship Terrace in Willingham in April 1911.Tragically the death of Jethro S Collett was recorded at Chesterton register office in Cambridge (Ref. 3b 540) during the second quarter of 1915 when he was 29.No record of his passing is included in the details published by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, so his death seems not to be associated with the Great War.

 

 

 

 

69O119

Evelyn Ann Collett was born at Willingham in 1883, the daughter of Jacob Collett and Jane Garner.She was seven in 1891 and was 17 in 1901 by which time she was a dressmaker living with her family at Willingham.She was still unmarried in 1911 when she was once again at the family home in Willingham.Sometime later she was married, when she became Evelyn Ann Maskell.In 1965 she was living at 14 Station Road in Willingham when she died on 25th June.Probate of her estate of £4,570 was settled at Peterborough when her brother Rupert Garner Collett, a retired smallholder, was named as the sole executor.

 

 

 

 

69O120

Rupert Garner Collett was born at Willingham on 18th January 1894, the son of Jacob Collett and his wife Jane Garner, his birth registered at Chesterton in Cambridge (Ref. 3b 451).He was seven years old in the Willingham census of 1901 and 17 in 1911 when he was still living there with his entire family.The only two further facts concerning him that are known at this time are (a) that his death was recorded at Cambridge register office (Ref. 4a 595) during June 1971 when he was 77, and (b) that he was a retired smallholder at the time of the death of his sister Evelyn Ann Maskell (above) in 1965, when he was named as the sole executor of her estate valued at £4,570.

 

 

 

 

69P12

Elsie May Collett was born at Willingham on 17th July 1904, within six months of the marriage of her parents John Henry Collett and Mabel Jeeps.She and her parents and two brothers (below) were living at Berry Croft in Willingham in April 1911 when Elsie May was six years of age.It was during the third quarter of 1930 at Chesterton in Cambridge that her marriage to Reginald C J Kilborn was recorded (Ref. 3b 1210).She was ninety-nine years old when she died during September 2003, the death of Elsie May Kilborn recorded at Cambridge register office (Ref. 331/1c 180).

 

 

 

 

69P13

Fred Collett was born at Willingham during 1908 and was two years old in the census of 1911 when he and his family were living at Berry Croft in Willingham.What happened to Fred over the next forty years is not currently known, while the death of Fred Collett was recorded at Cambridge register office (Ref. 4a 207) during the last quarter of 1953 when he was 45.

 

 

 

 

69P14

John William Collett was born at Willingham on 1st March 1911 and was one month old in the census that year when living at Berry Croft in Willingham.Like his brother Fred (above) nothing is currently known about him after that time, except that he was a salesman and an executor of his fatherís Will in 1963, and that he died during August 1991 when his death was recorded at Bury St Edmunds register office (Ref. 10 2237) at the age of 80.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

[#2] Longstanton & Haddenham (to California, USA)

 

 

 

 

69L21

William Collett was possibly born around 1745, while it is established that he was married to Hannah.Their daughters Sarah and Rebecca may have been twins, since they were both baptised at Longstanton on 14th February 1776.It also seems very likely that the coupleís second known child, Mary, died not long after she was baptised at Longstanton on 6th February 1772, with their next child also being given the same name.

 

 

 

69M[2]1

Dinah Collett

Born in 1767 at Longstanton

 

69M[2]2

Mary Collett

Born in 1771 at Longstanton

 

69M[2]3

Mary Collett

Born in 1773 at Longstanton

 

69M[2]4

Sarah Collett

Born in 1775 at Longstanton

 

69M[2]5

Rebecca Collett

Born in 1775 at Longstanton

 

69M[2]6

Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1778 at Longstanton

 

69M[2]7

William Collett

Born in 1781 at Longstanton

 

 

 

 

69M21

Dinah Collett was born at Longstanton in 1767, where she was baptised on 25th March 1767, the eldest known child of William and Hannah Collett.

 

 

 

 

69M23

Mary Collett was born at Longstanton in 1773 and it was there also that she was baptised on 13th January 1774, the daughter of William and Hannah Collett.

 

 

 

 

69M26

Elizabeth Collett was born at Longstanton in 1778 and was baptised there on 27th January 1779, the daughter of William and Hannah Collett.

 

 

 

 

69M27

William Collett was born at Longstanton in 1781, where he was baptised on 10th January 1782, the son of William and Hannah Collett.He married Mary Sadler at All Saints Church in Longstanton in 1806 who was around the same age at William, but born in the next village of Oakington.By the time of the first national census in 1841 William and Mary were both 59 years old when they and their family were living at Longstanton.Living there with the couple were three of their children, although their rounded ages that year did not correspond to their actual ages provided at the time of the next census in 1851.Their unmarried daughter Mary Collett was 30, their son Thomas Collett was 15 and their daughter Catherine was 12.The latter child was in fact Williamís granddaughter, the base-born daughter of his eldest child Dinah, which he and Mary raised as their own.

 

 

 

Ten years later, in the census of 1851, William Collett was 69 and an inn keeper employing one man residing in a property on the Huntingdon Road in Longstanton.With him was his wife Mary, also 69 and from nearby Oakington, their daughter Mary Ann Collett who was 33, their son Thomas Collett who was 30 and their daughter (granddaughter) Catherine Sarah Collett who was 21.Three other members of the coupleís extended family were also staying at the inn that day, and they were William and Maryís granddaughter Eliza Collett who was 17, the coupleís eldest married son William Collett aged 43, and his son John who was 10.With the exception of Williamís wife, all the other members of the family had been born at Longstanton, while it is has been established that Eliza was the eldest child of their son William.

 

 

 

William Collett of Longstanton died sometime after 1851 and, upon the death of her husband, Mary went to live with her eldest daughter Dinah and her husband at Bourn, just south of Cambourne and to the west of Cambridge, taking with her, her youngest unmarried daughter Mary.The Bourn census of 1861 recorded the family group at Caxton End as head of the household Mary Collett, a widow of 77 who was a retired farmer from Oakington, her daughter Mary Ann Collett, a spinster of 40 from Longstanton, and Dinah Phypers, also from Longstanton, who was a widow at the age of 55.†† Mary Collett nee Sadler passed away during the next decade, leaving her daughter Mary Ann still living with Dinah Phypers in 1871.

 

 

 

69N[2]1

Dinah Collett

Born in 1807 at Longstanton

 

69N[2]2

William Collett

Born in 1809 at Longstanton

 

69N[2]3

Mary Ann Collett

Born in 1811 at Longstanton

 

69N[2]4

John Collett

Born in 1813 at Longstanton

 

69N[2]5

Frederick Collett

Born in 1814 at Longstanton

 

69N[2]6

Thomas Collett

Born in 1815 at Longstanton

 

69N[2]7

Joshua Collett

Born in 1819 at Longstanton

 

69N[2]8

Mary Ann Collett

Born in 1821 at Longstanton

 

 

 

 

69N21

Dinah Collett was born at Longstanton in 1807, where she was baptised on 16th August 1807, the daughter and eldest child of William and Mary Collett.When she was around adult age she gave birth to a base-born daughter Catherine, who was raised as the youngest child of her parents.Some years later during the 1840s Dinah Collett married William Phypers and in 1851 they were living in Dry Drayton where both of them were 44 years old.By marrying late in their life it is assumed that they had no children.It is of particular interest that, after they had been married for a few years, Dinahís base-born daughter married another William Phypers at Bourn in 1855.It was also at Bourn in 1861 that Dinah Phypers, age 55 and from Longstanton, was a widow living there with her widowed mother Mary Collett, together with Dinahís youngest sister Mary Ann Collett.The next census in 1871 has provided confirmation of some further details about the Collett-Phypers families.

 

 

 

By that time Dinahís mother Mary Collett had died, when she and her unmarried youngest sister Mary Ann Collett were living at the home of Dinahís widowed son-in-law William Phypers (the former husband of Dinahís base-born daughter Catherine Sarah Collett).On that occasion the widow Dinah Phypers from Longstanton was 64 and acting as the housekeeper at her son-in-lawís home in Caldecote, between Bourn and Toft.William Phypers from Dry Drayton was 42 and a farmer of 400 acres who had with him his son William C Phypers who was 14 and his daughter Catherine Phypers who was 13, both of them in education and both born at Dry Drayton.The household was completed by unmarried Mary Ann Collett from Longstanton who was 50 and described as a visitor, together with the familyís general domestic servant Eliza King from Dry Drayton who was 18.

 

 

 

Dinah Phypers nee Collett was still living with her son-in-law in 1881, when once again he was described as a farmer of 400 acres employing 10 men and 5 boys.The only other person living there with them was spinster Elizabeth Tingey, an annuitant of 55 from Longstanton.

 

 

 

69O[2]1

Catherine Sarah Collett

Born in 1829 at Longstanton

 

 

 

 

69N22

William Collett was born at Longstanton in 1809, the eldest son of William and Mary, and he was baptised there on 30th April 1809.Around 1833, when he was 26, William married the much younger (1) Mary Mills who had been born around 1817.Their marriage, which took place at Longstanton on 28th October 1833, produced four children for William and Mary.All of them were born at Longstanton, with the first of them born within six months of them being married, where the family was residing in June 1841.William was 33, Mary was 23, daughters Eliza, Dinah and Esther were seven, five and three, respectively, and their son John was under one-year old.During the middle of the following decade Mary died, perhaps giving birth to a further child, and in 1847 William married (2) Mahala Badcock, their wedding recorded at Chesterton in Cambridge Ref. 14 75) during the third quarter of that year.It would appear that Mahala was already carrying Williamís child on their wedding day, as their son Joshua was born later that same year.

 

 

 

Mahala gave birth to the first of their children at Longstanton and he was followed by another son born at Haddenham, where her first son was baptised. According to the census in 1851 Williamís eldest daughter Eliza, age 17, was staying with her grandparents in Longstanton, possibly even since the death of her mother, while on the actual day the census was conducted William and his eldest son John were visitors to his parents at their inn on Huntingdon Road in Long Stanton.William Collett was 43 years old and a carpenter from Longstanton and his son John was 10 years of age.

 

 

 

On that same day Williamís wife Mahala, from Caxton near Bourn, was at home in Haddenham with her two children and her stepdaughter Esther, while Williamís other daughter Dinah had already left the family home and was living and working in Cambridge St Giles.Mahala Collett was 26, Esther Collett was 14, Joshua Collett was three and David Collett was just under one-year old.The family was enlarged over the next decade when a further four children were added to the family.So by the time of the census in 1861 William was still working as a carpenter at the age of 53 when he and his much larger family were then living back in Longstanton at Green End.Mahala Collett from Bourn was 37, Joshua Collett from Longstanton was 13 and a carter as was his brother David Collett who was 10 and from Haddenham.Mahala Collett was seven and Hephzibah Collett was five, both of girls having been born at Willingham, and Thomas Collett who was four and Rachel Collett who was one-year old were both born after the family had returned to Longstanton.

 

 

 

It may have been Williamís work as a carpenter that resulted in the family leaving Longstanton during the following decade and by 1871 they were residing in the village of Over.William was 64 and was still working as a carpenter from the family home in Mill Road.In error, his wife was recorded in the census return as Martha Collett from Bourn who was 47, the same named used in the entry for their eldest daughter.Still living with the couple were six of their seven children together, and they were Joshua who was 23, Martha (Mahala) who was 18 and Hephzibah who was 15 Ė both of them working as general domestic servants, Thomas who was 13 and an ordinary farm servant, Rachel who was 11 and Leah who was nine years old.One change from the previous census was the stated place of birth for daughter Mahala, which in 1871 was recorded as Haddenham and not Willingham as in 1861.

 

 

 

It was exactly three years after that when William Collett died at the age of 66, his death recorded at Chesterton in Cambridge (Ref. 3b 298) during the first three months of 1874.Over three and a half years later, during the final three months of 1877, the widow Mahala Collett married and William Few, the event recorded at Chesterton in Cambridge (Ref. 3b 1043).According to the next census in 1881 Mahala Few was 57, as was her husband William, who was a farm labourer from Longstanton, when they were living in a dwelling on the high street in Longstanton.What is very interesting is that John Collett (below), Mahalaís brother-in-law, married Harriet Few at Willingham in 1840.

 

 

 

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Eliza Collett

Born in 1834 at Longstanton

 

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Dinah Collett

Born in 1836 at Longstanton

 

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Esther Collett

Born in 1838 at Longstanton

 

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John Collett

Born in 1840 at Longstanton

 

The following are the children of William Collett by his second wife Mahala:

 

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Joshua Collett

Born in 1847 at Longstanton

 

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David Bishop Collett

Born in 1850 at Haddenham

 

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Mahala Collett

Born in 1853 at Willingham/Haddenham

 

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Hephzibah Collett

Born in 1855 at Willingham

 

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Thomas Collett

Born in 1857 at Longstanton

 

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Rachel Collett

Born in 1859 at Longstanton

 

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Leah Collett

Born in 1862 at Longstanton

 

 

 

 

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Mary Ann Collett was born at Longstanton in 1811, where she was baptised on 1st September 1811, the daughter of William and Mary Collett.Mary married John Male (Mael) around 1831 and by 1841 they had three daughters when the family was living at Dry Drayton.John Male was 25, Mary Male was 30, Jane Male was eight, Ann Male was seven and Sarah Male was two years old.Over the next decade two sons were added to their family which, following the birth of their last child around 1848, emigrated to America to join Maryís brother John (below).In the census in 1850 John and Mary Mael were staying with the Collett family of John Collett at Lockport, Niagara in New York State.John Mael was 39, Mary Mael was 42, Ann Mael was 16, Sarah Mael was 11, John Mael was six and James Mael was two years old.

 

 

 

 

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John Collett was born at Longstanton in 1813 and was baptised there on 26th February 1815, the son of William and Mary Collett.He married Harriet Few, the daughter of James Few, at Willingham in 1840 and their son was born there not long after they were married.See Johnís brother William (above) whose widow Mahala Collett married William Few in 1877.In the census of 1841 John Collett was 27, his wife Harriet was 24, and their son George was nine months old having been born in the previous September.One more child was added to the family two years later when they were possibly still living in Willingham, but once their daughter had been born the family sailed to America, where they were recorded in the census of 1850.

 

 

 

In 1850 the family of four was residing at Lockport, Niagara County, New York.John Collett was 36, Harriet Collett was 33, George Collett was 11 and Harriet Collett was seven years of age, all of them confirmed as having been born in England.Living at the same address was the Mael family of John and Mary Mael nee Collett, Johnís eldest sister.By 1860 John Collett was 47, Harriet was 44, their son George was 19 and their daughter Harriet was 17 when they were still living in Lockport.Staying with the family that day was Samuel Farley aged 45 and from New York.

 

 

 

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George H Collett

Born in 1840 at Willingham

 

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Harriet Collett

Born in 1843 at Willingham

 

 

 

 

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Frederick Collett was born at Longstanton in 1814 and around 1842 he married Sarah Brown from Ancaster in Lincolnshire.By the time of the census in 1851 Sarah had given birth to four children, the first of them born at Gransden and the remainder after the couple had settled in Haddenham.It was at Hillrow in Haddenham that the family was living in 1851 where Frederick Collett from Longstanton was 36 and a farmer of 100 acres.His wife Sarah was also 36 and living with the family was her widowed mother Sarah Brown who was 68 a former farmerís wife from Sibsey in Lincolnshire.Frederickís four children were Sarah M Collett who was seven, Thomas Collett who was five, Elizabeth Collett who was four and Ellen Collett who was one year old.Employed by the family as a domestic servant was Ann Newman who was 18 and from Gransden.

 

 

 

Whether it was the result of a farming accident or not, it is now established that Frederick Collett died not long after the birth of his last child and certainly prior to the next census in 1861.The Haddenham census that year placed his family living at Hilrow where his widow Sarah Collett was the head of the household.She was 46 and her place of birth was stated as being Willoughby in Lincolnshire, while her occupation was that of a grocer and a draper.Living with her, and presumably helping with the children while Sarah served her customers, was her unmarried sister Martha Browne who was 35 and also from Lincolnshire.Completing the family were Sarahís five children who had all been born at Haddenham, and they were Thomas who was 16, Elizabeth who was 14, Ellen who was 11, Mary who was nine and Martha Fiddia Collett who was six years old.

 

 

 

By 1871 the widow Sarah Collett was 56 when she was still living at Hilrow in Haddenham where she was managing a grocer shop.Working there with her as a shop assistant was her daughter Martha F Collett from Haddenham who was 16.Ten years later the two of them were still together and still running the grocer shop when Sarah Collett from Ancaster was 66 and Martha from Haddenham was 26.Staying with them and also working in the shop was Sarahís unmarried sister Martha Brown who was 56.The census that year in 1881 said that Hillrow was the name of the shop.

 

 

 

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Sarah Margaret Collett

Born in 1843 at Gransden

 

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Thomas Collett

Born in 1846 at Haddenham

 

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Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1847 at Haddenham

 

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Ellen Collett

Born in 1850 at Haddenham

 

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Martha Fiddia Collett

Born in 1854 at Haddenham

 

 

 

 

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Thomas Collett was born at Longstanton on 27th July 1815 but was not baptised until he was nearly fifteen years old when he was baptised at Longstanton in a joint ceremony with his younger two siblings Joshua and Katherine Sarah (below) on 21st March 1830.The three siblings were then confirmed as the children of William and Mary Collett.

 

 

 

 

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Joshua Collett was born at Longstanton on 11th January 1820, the youngest son of William and Mary Collett.He was ten years old when he was baptised at Longstanton on 21st March 1830 in a joint ceremony with his brother Thomas (above) and sister Katherine (below).

 

 

 

 

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Catherine Sarah Collett was born at Longstanton on 17th August 1829, the base-born daughter of Dinah Collett, the eldest child of William and Mary Collett who then raised her as their own child.It was as Katherine Sarah Collett that she was baptised at Longstanton with her two brothers Thomas and Joshua (above) on 21st March 1830.However, for the remainder of her life her name was recorded as Catherine Sarah, as it was on 2nd October 1855 when, at the age of 26, she married William Phypers, who was 27.The wedding took place at Bourn, to the south of Cambourn, when Catherineís father was named as William Collett (her grandfather) and her husbandís father was named as Richard Phypers.It is therefore of great interest that Catherineís mother, Dinah Collett married another William Phypers during the 1840s and in 1851 the childless couple was living at Dry Drayton, where Catherineís two children were born in 1856 and 1858.So it would appear that Catherine was introduced to her husband through her own motherís association with the Phypers family.

 

 

 

After giving birth to the two children at Dry Drayton the family was still living there in 1861 where William Phypers was 32, Catherine Phypers was 31, William junior was four and Catherine junior was three.By that time Catherineís father (her grandfather) had died and her widowed grandmother Mary was living at Bourn with Catherineís mother Dinah Phypers, who was also a widow by then.Living there with them was Catherineís maiden aunt Mary Ann Collett.It was during the next few years that Catherine Sarah Phypers nee Collett died, possibly while giving birth to her third child which also did not survive the ordeal.So it was inevitable that following the death of his wife, William Phypers sought help from his mother-in-law who, by 1871, was living with him and his two children at nearby Caldecote.

 

 

 

At that time in his life William Phypers from Dry Drayton was 42 and a farmer of 400 acres who had with him his son William C Phypers who was 14 and his daughter Catherine Phypers who was 13, both scholars and also born at Dry Drayton.His housekeeper was his mother-in-law Dinah Phypers (nee Collett) and the household was completed by his mother-in-lawís youngest sister Mary Ann Collett, a spinster from Longstanton, and servant Eliza King from Dry Drayton.After a further ten years William Phypers was 52 and still residing at the High Street in Caldecote.He was then described as a farmer and a farm bailiff who had 400 acres, employing 10 men and 5 boys.Listed at the farm with him was still his mother-in-law Dinah Phypers who was 74 and annuitant Elizabeth Tingey, a spinster of 55 from Longstanton.

 

 

 

 

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Eliza Collett was born at Longstanton on 5th May 1834, just over five months after her parents William Collett and Mary Mills were married there.It was also at Longstanton that Eliza was baptised on 16th December 1838 with her two sisters Dinah and Esther (below), and where they and their family were living in 1841.Eliza was seven years old on that occasion but just a few years later her mother died and her father remarried in 1847.It was possibly on the death of her mother that Eliza went to live with her Collett grandparents in Longstanton, as it was with them that she was staying at the time of the next census in 1851 when she was 17, but with no stated occupation.On the day of the census her father William and her brother John were visitors at the house of Elizaís grandparents.

 

 

 

It was during 1860 that Eliza married George Breens with whom she had nine children during their life together.George was a carpenter from Ilford in Essex and once they were married the couple settled in that area where all of their children were born.By the time of the census in 1881 the large family was living close by in the Romford area of Essex, at Barking Lane South Cottages.Living with the family on that day was Georgeís elderly widowed mother Sophia Breens who was 76 and also from Ilford.Carpenter George Breens was 46, as was his wife Eliza, while their children were John who was 19, Alfred who was 17 Ė both of them carpenters, James who was 15 and a pupil teacher, Emily who was 13, Henry who was 11, Agnes who was six and Kate who was four years old.

 

 

 

Thirty years later George and Eliza were living at the home of their very recently married daughter Agnes Sophia Crisp age 36 and her husband Albert Ernest Crisp who was 34 and a farmer who had been born at Longstanton.The census return confirmed that the couple had been married under one year earlier, and that their home was at Park View in Longstanton, Cambridgeshire.Eliza Breens, aged 76 and from Longstanton was described as the mother-in-law of Albert Crisp, while her husband of 51 years was also 76 and a retired carpenter.Of their nine children, only six were still alive by then.

 

 

 

 

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Dinah Collett was born at Longstanton on 3rd December 1836 and was the second child of William Collett by his first wife Mary Mills and one of three children baptised there on 16th December 1838.She was five years old in the Longstanton census of 1841 when she was recorded with her family.Tragically, just a few years later, Dinahís mother died and in 1847 her father re-married.By the time of the next census in 1851 Dinah Collett from Longstanton was 14 and had left the family home there and instead was already living and working within the St Giles district of Cambridge City.Where she was in 1861 has not yet been discovered, by in 1871 she had returned to Longstanton where Dinah Collett was 32 and still not married.However, with no record of her thereafter it is possible she was married during the 1870s.

 

 

 

 

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Esther Collett was born at Longstanton on 23rd September 1838 and was baptised there on 16th December 1838 in a joint ceremony with her two older sisters Eliza who was four and Dinah who was two, all three confirmed as the daughters of William and Mary Collett.She was three years old in the census of 1841 when she was living with her family at Longstanton but, following the death of her mother and the remarriage of her father in 1847, Eliza Collett aged 14 years was the only child of Mary Mills still living with her father and stepmother Mahala Collett at Longstanton in 1851.

 

 

 

 

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John Collett was born at Longstanton in 1840 and was a few months old by the time the June census was conducted in 1841.He was only a few years old when his mother passed away and, with a young family to care for, his father was married for a second time in 1847.However, before that happened it would appear that Johnís eldest sister Eliza went to live with their paternal grandparents nearby in Longstanton.Eliza was still living with them in 1851 and on the day of the census that year John, aged 10 years, and his father William were visiting Eliza at the home of his grandparents.On leaving school John became a gardener, probably working with his maternal grandfather William Mills, with whom he was living in 1861.William Mills was 76 and a widower residing at a dwelling in Coales Lane in Longstanton.Living there with him were his three unmarried daughters Lucy, Ann and Lydia, together with his grandson John Collett who was 19 and a gardener.

 

 

 

Before the end of the next decade John married Emily from Tollesbury in Essex, possibly in the Barking area of East London around 1868, with whom he had at least two children when the couple was living in Barking.It was also in the hamlet of Ripple, within the parish of Barking, that the family of four was living in 1881 at 1 Manor Cottages.By then John Collett from Longstanton was 40 and was still employed as a gardener.His wife Emily was 36, and their two children were Annie E Collett who was 11 and John E Collett who was two years of age.Emily was probably with-child on the day of the census, with her second daughter born later that same year, and she was followed by the coupleís final child three years after.The coupleís absent only other daughter Annie was married by then and had already started a large family of her own.

 

 

 

John and Emily were still residing in the four-roomed accommodation that was Manor Cottage in 1891.Johnís recorded age and occupation had changed; he was then 50 years old and employed as a stockman.Emily was 46, while only three of their four known children were still living with the couple.John E Collett was 12 and still attending school, as was Emily E Collett who was nine and Albert H Collett who was six years of age.Sadly, it would appear that John died some time during the following years since his widow Emily and his two youngest children were the only ones living in Ilford in March 1901.Having lost her husband Emily was then working as a washer woman at the age of 55.Her daughter Emily was 19 and her son Albert, who was 16, was working as a carpenter.Emilyís other son John was a serving member of the Royal Navy at that time.

 

 

 

Emily and her son Albert were still together in April 1911 when they were still residing in the same area of Essex.Emily Collett from Tollesbury was 66 and Albert Henry Collett from Barking was 26.

 

 

 

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Annie E Collett

Born in 1869 at Barking

 

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John Edmund Collett

Born in 1878 at Barking

 

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Emily E Collett

Born in 1881 at Barking

 

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Albert Henry Collett

Born in 1884 at Barking

 

 

 

 

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Joshua Collett was born at Longstanton in 1847 just a few months after the marriage of his parents William Collett and his second wife Mahala Badcock.Not long after he was born his family moved the short distance to nearby Haddenham where Joshua Collett was baptised during 1849.He was three years old in the Haddenham census of 1851 and, after living at Willingham for just a short while, the family had returned to Longstanton by 1861 when they were living at Green End, where Joshua Collett from Longstanton was 13 and a carter, as was his brother David (below).During the next decade Joshua was taken on by his father as a carpenterís apprentice, as confirmed in the next census of 1871.By that the family was living in the Huntington village of Over, to the west of Willingham, where Joshua Collett was an unmarried man of 23.However, it was three years later that his father died and, after a further five years, Joshua married Ann Hargrave Boor, the event recorded at Wisbech in Cambridgeshire (Ref. 3b 948) during the second quarter of 1879.Ann was born at Wisbech in 1843, the daughter of cordwainer William Boor and his wife Emma of Deadmanís Lane and Little Church Street in Wisbech.

 

 

 

Once married, Joshua and Ann took up residence at Queens Street in Wisbech where their first child was born.That situation was confirmed in the Wisbech census of 1881 when Joshua Collett from Longstanton was 36 and a carpenter, his wife Ann H Collett from Wisbech was 38 and their daughter Martha A Collett was under one year old.After a further five years Joshuaís work resulted in the family of three moving north to Lincolnshire, where their son was born.As a consequence, the family was recorded in the next census of 1891 as living at Marlborough Street in Gainsborough, midway between the City of Lincoln and the town of Doncaster.

 

 

 

The census return completed that year listed the family under the surname of Collitt as Joshua (Josway) aged 40 (sic) who was a joiner from Cambridgeshire, Ann H who was 47 and from Wisbech, Martha A who was 11 and from Cambridgeshire and Frank who was five and born in Lincolnshire.The following census in 1901 contained more accurate information about the family living at Drake Street in Gainsborough with joiner Joshua Collett being 51 and from Longstanton, Ann Collett being 55 from Wisbech, Annie Collett from Wisbech was 20 and Frank Collett from Grantham was 14.Their son was married eight years later although their daughter was still living with her parents in Gainsborough in 1911.At that time Joshua Collett was 64, Ann Hargraves Collett was 67 and Martha Annie Collett was 30.

 

 

 

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Martha Ann Collett

Born in 1880 at Wisbech

 

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Frank Collett

Born in 1886 at Grantham

 

 

 

 

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David Bishop Collett was born at Haddenham during the early months of 1850, the son of William Collett and his second wife Mahala Badcock.He was baptised at All Saints Church in Haddenham using his full name on 9th June 1850.However, in the following census returns he was simply named as David Collett, aged just under one year in 1851, and 10 years old in 1861, by which time he was recorded in that yearís census at David Collett from Haddenham who was already employed as a carter, possibly alongside his older brother Joshua (above), at Green End in Longstanton.

 

 

 

David Collett from Haddenham was working as a labourer at Swaffham Prior in Cambridgeshire, five miles to the west of Newmarket, by the time of the next census in 1871 when he was 20 and a lodger at the home of Mark Scott and his family.In some later records David Bishop Collett was described as being of Swaffham, not to be confused with Swaffham in Norfolk.It was as David Collett, bachelor and labourer of 22, the son of carpenter William Collett, that he married Susan Gillson aged 18 and the daughter of labourer John Gillson on 25th December 1872 at St Maryís Church in Swaffham Prior.The witnesses at the wedding were James Gillson, who was most likely Susanís brother, and Amelia Benstead. However, it was earlier that year when Susan Gillson gave birth to a base-born son William John Collett Gillson.The boyís father is understood to have been David Bishop Collett.

 

 

 

Once married the couple remained in Cambridgeshire where their next three children were born before the family moved to London where they were residing in 1881.The family home that year was at 81 Derby Buildings in St Pancras where David Collett was incorrectly recorded as 28 and his wife Susan as 24, when they would have been 30 and 26.Their four children were William J Collett who was eight, Frederick J Collett who was six, Maud Collett who was four and Beatrice L Collett who was one year old.Their daughter Maud was no longer living with the family by 1891, so whether she had left home by then or suffered some childhood illness is not known.

 

 

 

According to the census return for 1891 the reduced family was recorded within the Holborn and Pentonville of London as David Collett, age 40, Susan Collett, age 35, William J Collett, age 18, Frederick J Collett, age 16, and Beatrice L Collett who was 11.The birthplace of Susan and all three children was given as Swaffham.It was almost the same situation in the Holborn and Clerkenwell area census of 1901 when general labourer David was 50, Susan was 45, son Frederick was 26 and a railway carman and daughter Beatrice was 21 and an agent for fancy goods.The coupleís eldest son William was married with a child of his own by then, and was living nearby.Each member of the family, including William, was simply noted as having been born in Cambridge.

 

 

 

The lack of any further details for David Bishop Collett leads one to assume he died during the first decade of the new century.By April 1911 both of Susan Collettís son were married and it was with Frederick and his wife that she was living in the Holborn registration district that year when she was 55.

 

 

 

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William John Collett

Born in 1872 at Swaffham Prior, Cambs.

 

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Frederick James Collett

Born in 1874 at Swaffham Prior, Cambs.

 

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Maud Collett

Born in 1876 at Swaffham Prior, Cambs.

 

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Beatrice L Collett

Born in 1879 at Swaffham Prior, Cambs.

 

 

 

 

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Mahala Collett was born at Willingham on 23rd April 1853, the third child and eldest daughter of William and Mahala Collett, who was baptised there on 12th June 1853.She was seven years old in the census of 1861 when Mahala and her family were living at Green End in Longstanton.Ten years later Mahala had left the family home in Longstanton and instead was working as a domestic servant for the sisters Thirza, age 49, and Sophia Kent , age 44, at their home in Little Wilbraham.What was odd was that Mahalaís place of birth was given as Longstanton, while her age was said to be 20, rather than 17.Those errors were likely made by the sisters helping the enumerator to complete the census return who knew she was from Longstanton so assumed she was born there, while providing an approximate age.

 

 

 

 

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Hephzibah Collett was born at Willingham in 1855, but was baptised at nearby Dry Drayton on 21st October 1855, the daughter of William and Mahala Collett, and was five years of age in the Longstanton census of 1861 when she and her family were residing at Green End.

 

Additional Note:The marriage of Thomas Collett and Elizabeth Juett (or Ivett) was recorded at Dry Drayton on 13th May 1735.

 

 

 

 

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Thomas Collett was born at Longstanton in 1857 and was four years old in the census of 1861.It was a fortnight after the census day that Thomas Collett was baptised at Longstanton on 21st April 1861 in a joint ceremony with his youngest sister Rachel (below).

 

 

 

 

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Rachel Collett was born at Longstanton in 1859 and was baptised there on 21st April 1861 in a joint ceremony with her older brother Thomas (above), the children of William and Mahala Collett.She was one-year old in the Longstanton census in 1861.

 

 

 

 

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Leah Collett was born at Longstanton in 1862 or 1863, the last child born to William Collett by his second wife Mahala Badcock.Tragically it would appear that she suffered an infant death not long after she was baptised at Longstanton on 26th July 1863.

 

 

 

 

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George H Collett was born at Willingham on 19th September 1840 and was baptised there on 17th April 1842, the only known son of John Collett and Harriet Few.He was nine months old in the June census of 1841 when he and his parents were still living in Willingham.However, after his sister was born at Willingham, around a year after he was baptised, the family emigrated to America and were living in New York State in 1850.The census that year recorded the English born family living at Lockport in Niagara County when George Collett was 11 years of age.The family was still at Lockport ten years later when George was 19, but it was possibly around six years later that he became a married man upon his marriage to Sarah Ada Phillips.

 

 

 

According to the census in 1880 George Collett from England was 39, his wife Sarah Ada Collett from Indiana was 34, their daughter Edith Collett was 13 and their son George was eight years of age, both children born in Michigan.Staying with the family that day at Hartford in Van Buren County, Michigan, was 45-year old Susan Byres from New York.

 

 

 

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Edith Collett

Born in 1867 at Michigan

 

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George Richard Collett

Born in 1872 at Michigan

 

 

 

 

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Sarah Margaret Collett was born at Gransden in 1843, the eldest child of Frederick and Sarah Brown, who was baptised at Little Gransden on 17th March 1844.In 1851 when Sarah M Collett was seven years old she and her family were living at Hillrow in Haddenham.For some reason no record of the family has been found in 1861, while by 1871 her father had already died and her widowed mother and youngest sister Martha were running the grocer shop in Haddenham.It was also during the previous year that Sarah Margaret Collett, the daughter of Frederick Collett, married Mark Gumbrell at Haddenham on 29th March 1870 when the bride was 26 and the groom was 25.

 

 

 

 

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Thomas Collett was born at Haddenham in 1846 and was five years old in the Haddenham census of 1851.It is known that he later became a married man but where he was in both 1861 and 1871 is not known, although by the latter his mother was a widow still living in Haddenham with just Thomasí youngest sister living there with her.Sometime during the next decade Thomas was given a prison sentence and on the day of the census in 1881 he was a prisoner in Her Majestyís Prison Wandsworth Common at Wandsworth in Surrey.Thomas Collett from Haddenham was 33 (sic) and his occupation prior to imprisonment was that of a draperís assistant.

 

 

 

 

69P21

Annie E Collett was born at Barking in 1869, the eldest child of John and Emily Collett.Annie was 11 years old by the time of the census in 1881 when she and her family were recorded at 1 Manor Cottages in Ripple, Barking.By 1891 she had married Alfred H Marshall from Ilford and their marriage produced at least eight children, most of them born at Chadwell Heath near Romford.By the time the census was conducted in 1901 Annie and her growing family were living in Ilford.Her husband Alfred was working as a carman at the age of 38, while Annie E Marshall was 32.Their five children that day were listed at Alfred H Marshall who was 10, Rosie M Marshall who was nine, Thomas J Marshall who was seven, Phoebe R Marshall who was four and William J Marshall who was one year old.

 

 

 

Annie could have been pregnant again on that day, since she gave birth to another child later that same year.That daughter was followed by two more sons born into the family during the next five years.So by 1911 the family comprised Alfred aged 47, Annie aged 42, Alfred aged 20, Rosie aged 19, Thomas aged 17, Phoebe aged 14, William aged 11, Elizabeth who was nine, Arthur who was five and John who was four.

 

 

 

 

69P22

John Edmund Collett was born at Barking during 1878, the eldest son of John and Emily Collett, who was two years of age and living at 1 Manor Cottages in Ripple, Barking in 1881.He and his family were still occupying Manor Cottage in 1891 when John was attending the local school at the age of 12.Upon completing his education, he joined the Royal Navy, where he was in 1901 following the earlier death of his father, his widowed mother and two younger siblings living in Ilford by that time.The naval record on the day of the census confirmed that John E Collett from Barking was unmarried and an able seaman aged 22.The entry indicated that he was a member of the crew of the Slaney Tender to HMS Pembroke.

 

 

 

It was not long after that when John completed his service in the navy, after which he became a house painter working in the building industry.However, it was around 1905 that he became a married man, perhaps even while he was still base at Portsmouth with the Royal Navy, because it was there that the coupleís first child was born.In fact, his marriage to Elizabeth from Ilford produced two daughters prior to the next census in 1911, the second of which was born at Ilford.By that time in his life he had set up home at Clydes Cottages on Ilford Lane in Ilford and the census return confirmed that he had been married to Elizabeth for five years and that the marriage had provided them with their two current children.John Edmund Collett was 32, Elizabeth Collett was 28, Doris Maud Collett was four and Ida Constance Collett was two years of age.It is highly likely that further children were added to the family over the following years.

 

 

 

John Edmund Collett was residing at 33 Dudley Road in Ilford where he died on 5th February 1936 when administration of his personal effects amounting to £811 4 Shillings 3d was granted to Elizabeth Collett, his widow at London on 24th March 1936.

 

 

 

69Q[2]1

Doris Maud Collett

Born in 1906 at Portsmouth

 

69Q[2]2

Ida Constance Collett

Born in 1908 at Ilford, Essex

 

 

 

 

69P26

Frank Collett was born at Grantham in Lincolnshire during 1886 and was baptised at Somerby near Grantham on 10th October 1866, the only known son of joiner Joshua Collett and Ann Hargraves Boor.He was five years of age in the census of 1891 when he and his family were residing at Marlborough Street in Gainsborough.After a further ten years he had left school and was working as a general labourer at the age of 15 when living at Drake Street in Gainsborough with his family.Eight years later Frank Collett married Mary Elizabeth Witty at Gainsborough, the event recorded at Gainsborough register office (Ref. 7a 1563) during the fourth quarter of 1909.

 

 

 

The couple only known child was born shortly after they were married, while the family of three was living in Gainsborough in 1911 where Frank Collett from Grantham was 24, his wife Mary Elizabeth Collett also from Grantham was 23 and their son Frank William Collett was still under one-year old.Mary Elizabeth Witty was born at Grantham during the first three months of 1888, one of the daughters of labourer John and Elizabeth Witty.

 

 

 

69Q[2]3

Frank William Collett

Born in 1910 at Gainsborough

 

 

 

 

69P27

William John Collett was born at Swaffham Prior near Newmarket in 1872, the base-born son of Susan Gillson who later married David Bishop Collett at the Church of Mary in Swaffham Prior on Christmas day that same year.In the absence of any better information it is therefore assumed that David was the childís natural father.Sometime before 1881 his completed family moved to London and was living at 81 derby Buildings in St Pancras on the day of census when William J Collett from Cambridge was eight years old.After a further ten years he was 18 and still living with his family in the Holborn & Pentonville district of London.

 

 

 

On leaving school William was employed on the railway and in 1901 he was an engine stoker, by which time he had already married Louisa Isabelle Emery a few years earlier.The census return confirmed that the two of them were residing in Clerkenwell, not far from Williamís parents, with their first child.William Collett from Cambridge was 28, Louisa Collett from Clerkenwell was 26 and baby Maud Collett was not yet one-year old.Louisa was probably with-child on the day of the census, since later that same year she gave birth to the coupleís second child, who was followed by the third of their third child two years later.

 

 

 

And the larger family was subsequently recorded in the next census in 1911.William John Collett was 38, his wife Louisa Isabella Collett was 36, Maud Beatrice Collett was 11, Edith Elizabeth Collett was nine and Frederick William Collett was seven.Less than six years later William John Collett died on 30th December 1916.On the proving of his Will at London on 9th February 1917 it was his widow Louisa Collett.

 

 

 

69Q[2]4

Maud Beatrice Collett

Born in 1899 at Clerkenwell

 

69Q[2]5

Edith Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1901 at Clerkenwell

 

69Q[2]6

Frederick William Collett

Born in 1903 at Clerkenwell

 

 

 

 

69P28

Frederick James Collett was born at Swaffham Prior in 1874, the second child of David Bishop Collett and Susan Gillson.After the birth of his youngest sister at Swaffham Prior in 1879 Frederickís set out for London and initially settled in St Pancras where in 1881 they were living at 81 Derby Buildings when Frederick was six years of age.It was in the Holborn & Pentonville area the family was recorded in 1891 when Frederick J Collett from Swaffham was 16.In March 1901 he was still living with his parents at Clerkenwell where Frederick of Cambridge was 26 and a railway carman.During the next few years his father died and Frederick became a married man.So by April 1911 Frederick James Collett was 36, his wife Alice Sarah Collett was 35, and living with them was Frederickís widow mother Susan Collett who was 55.

 

 

 

 

69P212

George Richard Collett was born at Hartford in Michigan on 6th January 1872, the son of George H Collett (referred to some times as George Few Collett, Few being his motherís maiden name) and Sarah Ada Phillips.He was eight years old in the census of 1880 when he and his family were still living at Harford in Van Buren County, Michigan.After attending public schools in Hartford he was a student at Kent College of Law in Chicago.In 1901 he married (1) Florence Marsden Herideen from Canada with whom he had a daughter Florence prior to her premature death in 1908, possibly during the birth of their second who also did not survive.

 

 

 

According to the 1910 Census for St Louis in Missouri, George R Collett, a widower from Michigan, was 38 and the son of a father from England and a mother from Virginia.Living there with him was his daughter Nellie H Collett, who was four years of age, plus two servants, Molly Switzler who was 29 and Lydia Zimmerman who was 39.Lodging with the family was Edward B Clare Airus from England who was 35.Absent on the day of the census was Georgeís youngest daughter Florence who would have been four, unless of course was Florence had been recorded in the census as Nellie.Five years after during 1915, George married (2) Molly E Switzer of St Louis in Missouri, his former servant, and that marriage produced a son who was born four years later.

 

 

 

However, the only person living with George in 1920 was his daughter Florence who was 13 and born in Wisconsin, so his wife and one-year old son were elsewhere on the day of the census, yet to be discovered.At that time George R Collett, age 48, and his daughter were residing in the Cook district of Chicago.Towards the end of the next decade Georgeís daughter was married and had left the family home by the time of the census in 1930.The census return that year recorded George R Collett, aged 58, as living at Kansas City in Jackson County, Missouri, with his wife Molly Collett from Missouri who was 49, and their son George R Collett junior who was 11 and from California.After a further ten years George and Molly were still together and living in Kansas City, where George R Collett was 68, Molly G Collett was 59, and their son George R Collett junior was 21.At that time in their lives the family employed two servants, maid Helen Ridder who was 24 and house man Quenton T Burgess who was 23.

 

 

 

Two years later the death of George Richard Collett from Michigan was recorded at San Antonio, Bexar in Texas on 4th July 1942, when his parents were confirmed as George H Collett and Sarah Phillips.At the time of his death he was staying with his married daughter Florence Ayres and was taken to the local hospital where he passed away.An article in the San Antonio newspaper listed his family as his widow Mollie Switzler Collett, his daughter Mrs Robert Moss Ayres, his son George Collett Junior, and grandchildren Robert Moss Ayres Junior, George Collett Ayres, Ann Ayres and Florence Ayres.The same item also stated that his body was sent to Chicago for burial.

 

 

 

It is now established that he began his working life as a railroader and after six years turned to the cattle industry, being associated with Armour & Company and the stockyards in Milwaukee, St Louis and Kansas City.George was hired by the Kansas City Stock Yards Company as general manager, and entered the company with ambitious plans to modernise the facilities, as a result of which he rebuilt entire complex between 1913 and 1919.However, one of the worst disasters to hit the West Bottoms came during that phase in 1917, when a fire raged through the stockyards.But before the flames had died down, George was making plans to rebuild what was lost.Under his leadership, the livestock market was unaffected by the chaos of the fire and remained open for business

 

 

 

The later named American Royal livestock show began as a cattle show in a tent at West Bottoms prior to being held at the Kansas City Stock Yards, with the opening of the American Royal Building in the autumn of 1922 being attributed to the improvements made by George R Collett.Just prior to that George left Kansas City when he was made Vice President of Morris & Company of Chicago, a position he held from 1918 to 1921, after which he was offered the job of president of the Kansas City Stock Yards Company and remained in the post until shortly before his death in 1942.

 

 

 

69Q[2]7

Nellie H Collett

Born in 1906 at Missouri

 

69Q[2]8

Florence Collett

Born in 1906 at Milwaukee, Wisconsin

 

The following is the child of George Collett by his second wife Molly Switzler:

 

69Q[2]9

George Richard Collett junior

Born in 1919 at California

 

 

 

 

69Q28

Florence Collett was born at Milwaukee in Wisconsin on 3rd May 1906, the daughter of George Richard Collett and Florence Herindeen from Canada who died while Florence was still an infant.In the 1910 Census for St Louis, the daughter of George R Collett was recorded with her father as Nellie H Collett from Missouri, while it is possible she was actually Florence aged four years.She was however listed as Florence Collett age 13 and from Wisconsin in 1920 when she was the only child living with her father in Chicago.Five years later the name of Florence Collett was included on the passenger list of the ship Mauretania which docked at New York in 1925.

 

 

 

At some time in her life she married Robert Moss Ayres and during the summer of 1942 she and her family were living in San Antonio. Living with the family was Florenceís seventy-year old father who was taken to the local hospital where he died.The brief obituary published in the San Antonio press referred to Florence as Mrs Robert M Ayres, her stepmother Molly Switzler Collett, her half-brother George Collett junior, plus Florenceís four children.They were named as Robert M Ayres junior, George C Ayres, Ann Ayres and Florence Ayres.

 

 

 

 

69Q29

George Richard Collett junior was born in California during 1919 and was the son of George Richard Collett by his second wife Molly Switzler.Where he and his mother were at the time of the census in 1920 has yet to be discovered, while in 1930 George R Collett junior aged 11 was living with both of his parents at Kansas City.He was still living there with them in 1940 when he was 21, but two years later his father passed away.Apart from a reference to him in his fatherís obituary in 1942, the only later records found for him after that time were an address at 539 Callan Avenue in San Leandro, California, in February 1991, and another at 123 Castro Street in San Leandro up to 1996.His relatives at that time could have been Donna Luann Collett, George Raymond Collett, and Marilyn P Collett.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

[#3] Little Wilbraham & Stow-cum-Quy

 

 

 

 

69L31

John Collett was possibly born around 1750 or earlier and he was married to Elizabeth Wyatt.All of their children were baptised at Cambridge, where Elizabeth Collett nee Wyatt died and was buried on 2nd January 1806, when she was described as the wife of John Collett.

 

 

 

69M[3]1

Sarah Collett

Baptised on 01.12.1771 at Cambridge

 

69M[3]2

Mary Collett

Baptised on 03.03.1775 at Cambridge

 

69M[3]3

John Collett

Born in 1777 at Cambridge

 

69M[3]4

Jane Collett

Born in 1779 at Cambridge

 

69M[3]5

Elizabeth Wyatt Collett

Baptised on 04.05.1781 at Cambridge

 

69M[3]6

Mary Collett

Baptised on 16.11.1783 at Cambridge

 

69M[3]7

Ann Collett

Baptised on 25.12.1785 at Cambridge

 

 

 

 

69M33

John Collett was born in Cambridge around the end of 1777 or during the first half of 1776 and was baptised at Cambridge on 29th June 1777, the only known son of John and Elizabeth Collett.He married Lucy Kent at Little Wilbraham on 26th September 1805, Lucy having been born around 1785.It would be logical to assume that their marriage produced more than just the five children listed below, who were all born and baptised at Little Wilbraham a few miles east of Cambridge.The Poll Records of 1832 included the name of John Collett of Little Wilbraham within the Staine Hundred in north-eastern Cambridgeshire.Only five members of the family were listed in the 1841 Census when John Collett, aged 64, was a farmer at Teversham Hall, his wife Lucy was 55, and living with them at Little Wilbraham within the Chesterton district of Cambridge were their two unmarried daughters Mary, who was 30, and Lucy who was 21.By then the familyís eldest son William was married and was living at nearby Stow-cum-Quy.

 

 

 

John Collett died at Little Wilbraham within the next few years and his Will was proved on 16th January 1845.It therefore seems very likely that the record of the death of John Collett during the third quarter of 1844 within the Chesterton burial records for Cambridge is a reference to this John Collett.

 

 

 

The Will of John Collett, a miller of Little Wilbraham, contained the following details.His son William Collett was charged with arranging within one month of his demise a valuation by two independent persons of his freehold, leasehold and copyhold of his land and messuages, but excluding that part of his estate at Little Wilbraham.A second son John Collett is then mentioned although the exact wording in the Will is not written well enough to be deciphered, but it looks very much like it was just the two sons who were the beneficiaries.With the final page missing it is not known whether or not there was any reference to his wife and daughters.

 

 

 

Lucy survived her husband by over four years, when the death of Lucy Collett nee Kent was recorded at Chesterton in Cambridge (Ref. 14 31) during the final three months of 1849.It is very interesting that twenty years later, in the census of 1871, Mahalah Collett from Longstanton, aged 20 years and the daughter of William Collett and Mahalah Badcock, was a servant at the Little Wilbraham home of the sisters Thirza Kent, age 49, and Sophia Kent who was 44.So far this is the only possible link between the Collett family of Little Wilbraham and the Collett family of Longstanton.

 

 

 

69N[3]1

Mary Collett

Born in 1806 at Little Wilbraham

 

69N[3]2

Jane Collett

Born in 1807 at Little Wilbraham

 

69N[3]3

William Kent Collett

Born in 1809 at Little Wilbraham

 

69N[3]4

John Collett

Born in 1811 at Little Wilbraham

 

69N[3]5

Richard Collett

Born in 1813 at Little Wilbraham

 

69N[3]6

Lucy Kent Collett

Born in 1815 at Little Wilbraham

 

 

 

 

69M34

Jane Collett was born at Cambridge in 1779, where she was baptised on 22nd April 1781, the daughter of John and Elizabeth Collett.Curiously her sister Elizabeth Wyatt Collett was also baptised there but only two weeks later.

 

 

 

 

69N31

Mary Collett was born at Little Wilbraham in 1806 and was baptised there on 13th February 1806, the daughter of John Collett and Lucy Kent.She appeared in a succession of national census records from which it can be deduced that she never married.She had a rounded age of 30 in the Chesterton census of 1841 when she was still living with her parents.By 1851 unmarried Mary Collett from Stow-cum-Quy was 44 and was residing at nearby Teversham within the Willingham and Chesterton registration district of Cambridge and had living with her Richard Collett her nephew, the eldest son of Maryís brother William Kent Collett (below).At the same dwelling were two domestic servants Thomas Bitton age 20 and Susan Richmond age 19.Ten years later she was 54 years old when she was residing in the St Mary the Less district of Cambridge, a visitor at the home of Ann Tunwell aged 63.Her final appearance was in the census of 1871, by which time Mary Collett from Little Wilbraham had reached the age of 64 and was once again living with her nephew Richard Collett at Hill Farm in Teversham.It is therefore assumed that she died sometime during the 1870s.

 

 

 

 

69N32

Jane Collett was born at Little Wilbraham on 28th October 1807 where she was also baptised on 12th January 1808, the daughter of John and Lucy Collett.

 

 

 

 

69N33

William Kent Collett was born at Little Wilbraham on 21st December 1809 and it was there also that he was baptised on 9th February 1810, the son of John Collett and Lucy Kent.He married Elizabeth around 1830 and the couple settled in nearby Stow-cum-Quy where all of their children were born.Elizabeth was also born at Little Wilbraham in 1811.In the first national census of 1841 William was 30 and Elizabeth was 29 when they were living at Stow-cum-Quy, on the outskirts of Cambridge, with their first four children.The census return that year listed the children as Richard Collett aged nine years, Charles Collett who was seven, Emma Collett who was five and William Collett who was two years old.Four years after that William was named as the son of John Collett of Little Wilbraham in his Will written around 1845.

 

 

 

After a further six years William and his family were still living at Stow-cum-Quy in the parish of Fulbourn and the family had grown in size with the addition of three more children and that may have been the reason for the coupleís eldest child Richard to be staying with his aunt Mary Collett at nearby Teversham.The family was listed as William aged 40, Elizabeth aged 38, Richard who was 19, Charles who was 18, Emma who was 15, Harry who was seven, Henry who was four and baby Frances who was six months of age.Employed as domestic servants at the Collett farm were Sophia Butter and Ann Taylor.Williamís and Elizabethís son William was 12 years of age and was attending a boarding school in nearby Ely and was reunited with the family on the occasion of the next census.On the occasion of the baptism of their daughter Frances in 1854 the childís parents were named as William Kent Collett and his wife Elizabeth.

 

 

 

During the following few years Elizabeth gave birth to the coupleís last child which, just like the ones before, was born at Stow-cum-Quy.The census return in 1861 listed the family at that time as still living at Quy when William was 50 and a farmer and a miller from Little Wilbraham, Elizabeth was 48, Charles was 26, William was 22, Harry [Henry] was 14, Frances was 10 although she was named as Fanny, and Alice Collett was seven years of age.The two domestic servants that year were Joanna Hart and Hannah Adams.Over the next ten years the family was reduced in size with the children leaving the family home in Quy to be married.So by the spring of 1871 William Kent Collett, aged 60, and Elizabeth Collett, aged 59, had just three of their children still there with them.They were sons Charles Collett who was 36 and Harry [Henry] Collett who was 23, and daughter Alice Collett who was 17.

 

 

 

According to the 1881 Census the family was still living at Stow-cum-Quy where William was 73 and a farmer and a miller, while his wife Elizabeth was 69.Their widowed son Charles, aged 47, was listed as a farmer and his younger unmarried brother Harry [Henry] was 33 and was simply described as a farmerís son.Unmarried daughter Alice was 26 and was described as a farmerís daughter and the whole household was supported by domestic servant Alice Dean who was 16 and from nearby Fen Ditton.William and his wife Elizabeth both died during the next few years, first William and then Elizabeth.

 

 

 

The death of William Kent Collett was recorded at Chesterton in Cambridge two years later during the last quarter of 1883 (Ref. 3b 273) when he was 75.The Will of William Kent Collett, late of Stow-cum-Quy, a farmer and a miller, who died on 17th September 1883 at Stow-cum-Quy was proved by Richard Collett of Teversham, two miles from Little Wilbraham, a farmer and the son of the deceased, and two other sons Charles Collett and Harry [Henry] Collett, both of Stow-cum-Quy and also farmers, the executors of their fatherís personal estate valued at £8,306 2 Shillings 11d.The equivalent value in 2014 would be approximately £706,100.Following his passing, the body of William Kent Collett was buried at the Church of St Mary the Virgin in Stow-cum-Quy.

 

 

 

Elizabeth, the widow of William Kent Collett, died during her seventy-fourth year when she passed away on 12th December 1885, following which she was buried with her husband at St Mary the Virgin Church.It is interesting that today, the 51 bedroom Best Western Quy Mill Hotel on Church Road in Stow-cum-Quy, was the former watermill dating back to 1830, once owned by Victorian capitalist William Kent Collett.In 1851 he employed nineteen men and had 600 acres of local farm land in his possession and was a product of Post-Industrial Revolution Britain

 

 

 

69O[3]1

Richard Kent Collett

Born in 1832 at Stow-cum-Quy

 

69O[3]2

Charles John Collett

Born in 1833 at Stow-cum-Quy

 

69O[3]3

Emma Collett

Born in 1835 at Stow-cum-Quy

 

69O[3]4

William Collett

Born in 1839 at Stow-cum-Quy

 

69O[3]5

Harry Collett

Born in 1843 at Stow-cum-Quy

 

69O[3]6

Henry Collett

Born in 1846 at Stow-cum-Quy

 

69O[3]7

Frances Anne Collett

Born in 1850 at Stow-cum-Quy

 

69O[3]8

Alice Mary Collett

Born in 1854 at Stow-cum-Quy

 

 

 

 

69N34

John Collett was born at Little Wilbraham on 3rd December 1811 and was baptised there on 5th February 1812, the son of John and Lucy Collett.

 

 

 

 

69N35

Richard Collett was born at Little Wilbraham around 1813 and it was there that he was baptised on 27th March 1814, the son of John and Lucy Collett.

 

 

 

 

69N36

Lucy Kent Collett was born at Little Wilbraham between 1815 and 1817 and was baptised there on 26th October 1817, the last known child of John Collett and Lucy Kent.She was later married to John Wright, the event recorded at Chesterton in Cambridge (Ref. 14 109) during the last three months of 1842.The marriage produced five children for the couple, but by 1881 Lucy Kent Wright aged 65 and born at Little Wilbraham was a widow and an annuitant living at The Causeway in Burwell near Newmarket.That was the home of her married daughter Ellen Mason nee Wright who was 37 and from Little Wilbraham and her corn merchant husband Michael Mason and their six children.

 

 

 

 

69O31

Richard Kent Collett was born at Stow-cum-Quy during the early months of 1832 and was baptised there with his full name on 12th July 1832, the eldest son of William and Elizabeth Collett.He was nine years old in the census return for Stow-cum-Quy in 1841, but by 1851 he had left the family home, perhaps for reasons of overcrowding, and was living at nearby Teversham with his maiden aunt Mary Collett.Apparently Richard never married and in 1861 he was recorded simply as Richard Collett, age 28 and farmer, still living.Staying with him at that time was his younger sister Emma Collett (below), the pair of them being supported by domestic servant Elizabeth Stanford.

 

 

 

Ten years later in 1871 bachelor Richard Collett from Stow-cum-Quy, then aged 38, was a farmer of 500 acres living and working at Hill Farm in Teversham where he employed twelve men and five boys.Also still living there with him was his maiden aunt Mary Collett, an annuitant from Little Wilbraham, and domestic servant Sarah Aves from Swaffham.According to the 1881 Census, Richard was 49 and was living at Green House on the Newmarket Road in Fen Ditton on the eastern side of Cambridge.By that time his farm comprised 225 acres on which Richard employed six men and three boys.The census return also confirmed that he had been born at Stow-cum-Quy, was unmarried, and that he was the sole occupant of Green House.

 

 

 

Richard retired from farming during the 1880s and on the occasion of the next census in 1891 he had left Fen Ditton and was a lodger at the Fulbourn home of the widow Harriet Hardwick and her family when he was 58.Richard Kent Collett died on 5th May 1899 in his sixty-eight year and was buried in the churchyard of St Mary the Virgin in Stow-cum-Quy where his parents and his sisters Emma and Frances were also buried.

 

 

 

 

69O32

Charles John Collett was born at Stow-cum-Quy in 1833 and was baptised there on 5th June 1833, the son of William and Elizabeth Collett.He was seven years of age at the time of the census in 1841 and was 18 in 1851 and 26 in 1861.On all three occasions, and also those of the later censuses, he was living and working on his fatherís farm at Stow-cum-Quy.At some time in his life he was married but this must have been short lived, since at no time in any census was he living with his wife indicating that he married between census dates and that his wife during the same ten year period.In the census of 1871 Charles Collett was 36.

 

 

 

It is likely that he married later in that decade but was made a widower not long after.Certainly by the time of the following census in 1881 farmer Charles Collett was a widower aged 47 when he was still living and working at his fatherís farm in Stow-cum-Quy.His father died two years later when Charles probably took over the management of the familyís farm and it was at Stow-cum-Quy that Charles was 55 in 1891, by which time he was described as a retired farmer.Living with him on that occasion was his unmarried younger sister Alice M Collett (below) who was 36, together with domestic servant Esther Chapman who was 16.Ten years later on the 1901 Census for Stow-cum-Quy included Charles, aged 68, and Alice who was 47, both recorded as living on their own means.

 

 

 

The death of Charles John Collett was recorded at Chesterton register office in Cambridge (Ref. 3b 220) during the third quarter of 1907 when he was 74.It was actually on 5th September 1907 that he died, following which he was buried at the Church on St Mary the Virgin in Stow-cum-Quy where his father was also buried.

 

 

 

 

69O33

Emma Collett was born at Stow-cum-Quy in 1835 and was baptised there on 19th May 1836.She was five years of age at the time of the census in 1841.She was still living with her family at Stow-cum-Quy in 1851 when she was 15, but was no longer with them ten years later, perhaps because she was married by then.It is possible, although not proved, that she may have married William Meare and by 1861 the couple was living in the Saint Andrew the Great district of Cambridge where both of them were 26 years old.Emma Collett, the daughter of William Kent Collett, died on 5th January 1865 in her thirty-first year, following which she was buried at St Mary the Virgin in Stow-cum-Quy where her sister Frances was buried three years later and where her parents were also buried sixteen years after that.

 

 

 

 

69O34

William Collett was born at Stow-cum-Quy in 1839 as confirmed by the 1841 Census for Stow-cum-Quy in which he was aged two years.Ten years later in 1851, and at the age of 12, William from Stow-cum-Quy was a boarder attending a school at nearby Ely.During the next few years he completed his education and by the time of the next census in 1861 William Collett was 22 and was back living with his farming family at Stow-cum-Quy.However, no record of him or his brother Harry (below) has yet been identified in any census after 1861 and up to 1891.However, during those intervening decades it is established from the census returns completed in 1891 and 1901 that William became a married man around 1865 when he married Sarah Elizabeth Lyles.Their first three or four children were born during the following years, the first three at Thorley in Hertfordshire, before the family sailed to America where a further five or six children were added to their family.

 

 

 

In between those times William Collett from England was recorded with his family in the American census of 1880 as residing at Columbia in Hamilton County, Ohio.William was 40 years of age and a farmer, his wife Sarah E Collett from England was 40, while with them were four of their children.They were Sarah who was 13 and Richard who was eight, both born in England, George who was four and Ellen M Collett who was one year old, who were both born in Kentucky.Tragically six years later the family suffered the loss of their eldest son, who was just one of five children not to survive.Not long after the death of Richard Kent Collett the family left America and returned to England and were recorded in Cambridgeshire in the census of 1891.

 

 

 

The age of William Collett from Quy varied in the following census returns, the most obvious being in 1891 when he was recorded as being 57 and a farmer at Church Farm in Weston Colville, midway between Newmarket and Haverhill.At that time he would have been 51.Similarly his wife Sarah from Littlebury in Essex, who was the same age, was also recorded as 57 instead of 51.With the couple on that day were three of their children, they being Sarah E Collett who was 24 and born at Thorley, near Bishopís Stortford in Hertfordshire, Helen M Collett (previously Ellen) who was 12 and born at Covington in Miami County, Ohio, and Edith A Collett who was eight years old and born at Batavia in America.The two youngest girls were still attending school, while the older unmarried daughter was not credited with an occupation, so was presumably helping her mother, who was supported by a domestic servant Mary Matthews who was 16 and from Little Wilbraham.

 

 

 

According to the next census in 1901 William Collett from Quy was 60 rather than 62, when he was a foreman at Lodge Farm in Old Weston near the county boundary between Northamptonshire and Huntingdonshire.Living there with him was his wife Sarah E Collett who was also 60 and from Littlebury, together with their daughter Edith A Collett who was 18 and a British subject who had been born at Batavia in the USA.

 

 

 

Ten years later William and Sarah had moved again and by the time of the census in 1911 they were recorded as residing within the village of Marholm, just north-west of Peterborough.On that occasion William Collett from Quy was a farm bailiff at the age of 71 and his wife of forty-six years was listed as S E Collett from Littlebury who was also 71.The census return also confirmed that during those forty-six years Sarah had given birth to nine children, of which only four were still alive.Living with them in their five-roomed dwelling was unmarried Alice Mary Collett aged 58 and from Quy in Cambridgeshire.Whilst the census return had originally described her relationship as sister, this had been crossed through and replaced with visitor.However, Alice Mary Collett was certainly the sister of William Collett.

 

 

 

It was just over six years later that the death of Sarah Elizabeth Collett nee Lyles was recorded at St Neots register office (Ref. 3b 316) during the second quarter of 1917 when she was 77.Her husband survived her by two years, when William Collett died on 12th August 1919 at Upwood near Ramsey in Huntingdonshire.He was 80 years of age and his death was also recorded at St Neots (Ref. 3b 295) during the third quarter of 1919.Probate for the Will of William Collett, a farmer at Upwood, was granted at Peterborough on 24th November 1919 in favour of John Collett and Ernest Collett, both farmers, and Gerald Hunnybun, a solicitor, when his personal effects were valued at £19,139 15 Shillings 9d.It has been assumed, though not confirmed, that Ernest was another of his sons and, if true, then there are still two childrenís names missing from the list below.

 

 

 

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Sarah Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1867 at Thorley, Herts.

 

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William John Collett

Born in 1870 at Thorley, Herts.

 

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Richard Kent Collett

Born in 1871 at Thorley, Herts.

 

69P[3]4

Ernest Collett Ė not confirmed

Born circa 1873 place unknown

 

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George Collett

Born in 1876 in Covington, Kentucky

 

69P[3]6

Ellen (Helen) M Collett

Born in 1879 at Covington, Kentucky

 

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Edith Alice Collett

Born in 1882 at Batavia, Ohio

 

 

 

 

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Harry Collett was born at Stow-cum-Quy in 1843 and was seven years old in Stow census of 1851, the only one to feature both Harry and his younger brother Henry (below) who was four.There is speculation that Harry might have died during the next few years and it may have been that sad event which resulted in his brother Henry being referred to as Harry on every occasion after 1851.However, it is also possible that Harry married Selina Ford from Bottisham near Newmarket in 1867, the daughter of Robert and Sophia Ford.Their non-appearance in any subsequent census could be an indication that Harry emigrated to one of the colonies, perhaps with his brother William (above) who is known to have been in America during the 1870s and 1880s.

 

 

 

 

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Henry Collett was born at Stow-cum-Quy in 1846 and was four years of age in the census of 1851.However, for every record of Henry found after 1851 he was named as Harry Collett, causing some confusion with his older brother of that name.So in 1861, at the age of 14, Harry Collett was still living with his family in Stow.He was still there in 1871 when Harry was 23, and again in 1881 when Harry was 33 and described as a farmerís son.Thirty months later his father died, following which Harry, together with his two older brothers Richard and Charles Collett, was named as one of the three executors of his personal estate as Harry Collett, a farmer of Stow-cum-Quy.

 

 

 

It was three years after the death of his father that Harry Collett married Ellen Agnes from Cambridge and by the time of the census in 1891 the couple was residing in Great Wilbraham with their daughter.Harry Collett from Stow-cum-Quy was 44 and a farmer, Ellen A Collett was 40 and their daughter Eleanor F Collett was three years old.Helping Ellen was domestic servant Esther South who was 17.However, during the 1890s the family moved south to Bishopís Stortford in Hertfordshire when Harry changed his career, replacing farming with the job of an inn keeper.And it was there that the three of them were recorded in March 1901 at the Coach & Horses at 1 London Road in Bishopís Stortford.

 

 

 

Curiously it was only their daughterís age that had increased by ten years since the previous census.Harry Collett from Stow in Cambridge was incorrectly recorded as being 50 years old (instead of 54) and Ellen A Collett from Cambridge was 45 (instead of 50), while Eleanor F Collett from Great Wilbraham, rather than Stow-cum-Quy, was 13. Another change of profession took place during the first decade of the new century although the family was still living in Bishopís Stortford but at 4 Grange Road in April 1911.Harry Collett was 64 and had been married for twenty-four years, during which time he and his wife had given birth to just the one child.His occupation on the occasion was that of an agent for coal and artificial manure.While Harryís age was correctly recorded as 64, that was also the age recorded for his wife, rather than 60.By that time their daughter Eleanor Florence Collett, age 23, was a school teacher.

 

 

 

Ellen Agnes Collett, the wife of Harry Collett of 13 Dunmow Road in Bishopís Stortford died on 12th November 1928 while at the hospital in Bishopís Stortford.Probate of her personal effects amounting to £586 9 Shillings 10d was granted in London on 19th December 1928 to her daughter Eleanor Florence Moore, a widow.Just over four years later when widower Harry Collett was 86 he died at Bishopís Stortford where his death was recorded (Ref. 3a 1210) during the first three months of 1933.

 

 

 

69P[3]8

Eleanor Florence Collett

Born in 1887 at Stow-cum-Quy

 

 

 

 

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Frances Anne Collett was born at Stow-cum-Quy in 1850 and was recorded as being under one year old in the 1851 Census.However, she was four years old when she was baptised as Fanny Anne Collett at Stow-cum-Quy on 30th April 1854 in a joint ceremony with her baby sister Alice Mary (below), when their parents were confirmed as William Kent Collett and Elizabeth Collett.In 1861 she was recorded in the Stow census as Fanny Collett aged 10 years.Tragically it was only seven years later when Frances Ann Collett died at Stow-cum-Quy on 31st October 1868, just three years after her sister Emma (above) with whom she buried in the churchyard of St Mary the Virgin.

 

 

 

 

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Alice Mary Collett was born at Stow-cum-Quy in 1854 and was baptised there on 30th April 1854 with her sister Frances Anne (above).She was seven years of age in 1861 when she was living with her family at Stow-cum-Quy.It would appear that she never married and spent her life living with her parents on their farm at Stow-cum-Quy where she was 17 in 1871 and 26 in 1881.Her father died two years later and it may be that her mother not long after.By 1891 Alice M Collett was 36 when she was still living on the family farm in Stow, which her older brother Charles Collett (above) had taken over, although by then he was described as a retired farmer.

 

 

 

After the start of the new century Alice continued to live at Stow-cum-Quy with her brother Charles and in 1901 she was recorded Alice Collett who was 47 and living on her own means, the same as her brother.Sadly her brother died in 1907, so Alice joined her married brother William (above) and his wife at Marholm near Peterborough where Alice Mary Collett, age 58, was living in 1911.Twenty-six years later Alice Mary Collett passed away, her death recorded at Cambridge register office (Ref. 3b 702) during the first quarter of 1937 when she was 83.

 

 

 

 

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Sarah Elizabeth Collett was born at Thorley near Bishopís Stortford in Hertfordshire during 1867, the eldest child of farmer William Collett and his wife Sarah Elizabeth Lyle.Within a few years of being born her parents took the family to America where her younger siblings were born in Kentucky and Ohio.It was at Columbia in Hamilton County, Ohio that the family was residing in 1880 when Sarah Collett from England was 13.Six years later her brother Richard (below) at Batavia, where Sarahís youngest sister was born, after which the family returned to England and settled in Cambridgeshire.According to the census of 1891 the family was living and working at Church Farm in Weston Colville to the south of Newmarket where Sarah was 24.

 

 

 

Shortly after the census day in 1891 Sarah married John Henry Turner from Bishopís Stortford and by the time of the next census Sarah had presented John with two children, both of them born at Saffron Walden, where they were living in 1901.John H Turner, aged 33, was a domestic coachman, his wife Sarah E Turner from Thorley was 32 and their two children were Phyllis A Turner who was nine and Charles E Turner who was eight years of age.One more children appears to have been born to the couple much later in their lives since in the Saffron Walden census of 1911 the family comprised John Henry Turner aged 44, Sarah Ellen (?) Turner aged 43, Phyllis Agnes Turner aged 18, Charles Ernest Turner aged 17 and one year old Cyril William Turner.

 

 

 

 

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William John Collett was born at Thorley in Hertfordshire in 1869 and was baptised there on 10th July 1870, the son of William and Sarah Elizabeth Collett.His family later emigrated to America although they returned to England after suffering the death of his brother Richard (below) in 1886.However, no record of William who appears to have used only his second forename.It was many years later in 1919 that John Collett, a farmer, was next mentioned as one of the three executors of his fatherís Will following the death of William Collett at Upwood near Ramsey in Huntingdonshire.The other executors were named as Ernest Collett, another farmer, and Gerald Hunnybun, a solicitor.

 

 

 

 

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Richard Kent Collett was born at Thorley in Hertfordshire in 1871, where he was baptised on 26th November 1871, the son of William and Sarah Elizabeth Collett.It was at Bishopís Stortford (Ref. 3a 259) that his birth was recorded during the last quarter of that year.Not long after he was born his family sailed to America and was recorded there in 1880 at Columbia in Hamilton County, where his father was a farmer.The death of Richard K Collett six years later at the age of 14 may have been the reason why, within the next few years, the family returned to England.Richard Kent Collett died at Batavia Township in Clermont County, Ohio, on 5th March 1886.

 

 

 

 

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Edith Alice Collett was born at Batavia in Clermont County, Ohio during 1882 but returned to England with her family after 1886 and before 1891.She was the youngest of the nine children of William Collett and Sarah Elizabeth Lyle and one of only four to survive.In 1891 Edith was eight years of age when she and her family were residing at Church Farm in Weston Colville.Ten years later she was the only child still living with her parents at Lodge Farm, Old Weston in Huntingdonshire close to the Northamptonshire county boundary, Edith A Collett was 18 and described as a British subject born at Batavia in the USA.She later married Percy James Bolton and by April 1911 they had two children.By then the young family was living in the St Neots area where Percy was 32, Edith Alice from Ohio was 28, Percy George William Bolton was two and the coupleís second son had only just been born and had not yet been named, so was simply listed at Baby Collett.

 

 

 

 

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Eleanor Florence Collett was born at Stow-cum-Quy either during the last few days of 1887 or the first few weeks of 1888.Her birth, as the only child of Harry (Henry) and Ellen Agnes Collett, was recorded at Chesterton in Cambridge (Ref. 3b 466) during the first quarter of 1888.It was at Great Wilbraham near Stow-cum-Quy that three year old Eleanor F Collett was living with her parents in 1891, although not long after that the family moved to Bishopís Stortford.It is perhaps understandable that her place of birth was named as Great Wilbraham in the Bishopís Stortford census of 1901 when she was 13, as she would have been very young when the move there from Stow took place.

 

 

 

Her father had been a farmer in 1891, but by 1901 he was an inn keeper at the Coach & Horses Inn at 1 London Road in Bishopís Stortford.Eleanor Florence Collett was 23 in 1911 when she was still living with her parents at 4 Grange Road in Bishopís Stortford.At that time in her life Eleanor was a school teacher.Just over six years later Eleanor F Collett married Henry M Moore at Bishopís Stortford where the event was recorded (Ref. 3a 1507) during the third quarter of 1917.