PART SIXTY-NINE

 

Other Cambridgeshire Families

 

Updated March 2024

 

 

 

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

between St Ives and Ely, while the villages of [#3] Little Wilbraham & 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. 69N22) born at Long Stanton in 1809 was living at Over in 1871.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

[#1] Over & Willingham

 

 

 

 

69B11

John Collett 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 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 was born at Over 1480, the son of William and Sadie Collett.It was originally thought that it was during 1517 when 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 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.The second child named below has been added without any validation and has been included after the discovery of the Will of Henry Collett of Over was made in 1581.One unconfirmed source states 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

 

69F[1]2

Henry Collett Ė not proved

Born circa 1540 at Over

 

 

 

 

69F11

Thomas Collett was born at Over in 1533, the son of William and Alice Collett.It is established that he was married, with his wife possibly being Elizabeth Steven or Stevens, 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.The discovery of the name of his wife, certainly makes it possible that they may have given birth to a daughter of the same name, as included below.

 

 

 

69G[1]1

Alice Collett Ė not proved

Born circa 1563 at Over

 

69G[1]2

Elizabeth Collett Ė not proved

Born circa 1565 at Over

 

69G[1]3

Thomas Collett

Born in 1579 at Over

 

 

 

 

69F12

Henry Collett was most likely the second child of William and Alice Collett, being born at Over around 1540.Henry was a married man and he and his wife Maryan had two sons George and Thomas Collett.His Will was made in February 1581 and named his wife and children, which may indicate that he died shortly thereafter.He may have been younger than his estimated year of birth and his wife even younger since, in 1585, she remarried and had a further two children with her second husband.What is known is that there followed a lengthy court battle between the two pairs of siblings regarding the Will of Henry Collett of Over.

 

 

 

69G[2]1

George Collett

Born circa 1570 at Over

 

69G[2]2

Thomas Collett

Born circa 1575 at Over

 

 

 

 

69G11

Alice Collett was born around 1563 at Over and it was there also that Alice Collett married William Dowsen on 18th October 1585.

 

 

 

 

69G12

Elizabeth Collett was born at Over around 1565 and the marriage of Elizabeth Collett and Robert Hutchinson took place at Over on 11th July 1586.

 

 

 

 

6G13

Thomas Collett was born at Over in 1579, the son of Thomas Collett and Elizabeth Stevens, and was only nine years old when his father died.Around the age of 21, Thomas married (1) Mercy Bonsham (or Botsham) at Over on 4th May 1600, with whom he had two sons when the couple was living at Over.Mercy may have died at Over giving birth to a later child because, on 3rd June 1622, widower Thomas Collett married (2) Elizabeth Bond.Five years later, Thomas Collett died at Over during 1627.

 

 

 

69H[1]1

William Claude Collett

Born in 1601 at Over

 

69H[1]2

Henry Collett

Born in 1604 at Over

 

 

 

 

69G22

Thomas Collett was born at Over around 1575, one of the two sons of Henry and Maryan Collett of Over.His father died after 1581 and his mother was remarried in 1585.It was also at Over where Thomas Collett married Gillian Cowell on 4th April 1597.

 

 

 

 

69H11

William Claude Collett was born at Over on 8th June 1601, the eldest of the two known sons of Thomas Collett and Mercy Botsham (or Bonsham). That was also the year in which his future wife Anne Genine Autriche was born with whom he had two sons. William Claude Collet died at Over during 1650.

 

 

 

69I[1]1

Nicholas Collett

Born in 1620 at Over

 

69I[1]2

Henry Collett

Born in 1625 at Over

 

 

 

 

69H12

Henry Collett was born at Over in 1604, another son of Thomas and Mercy Collett.The later marriage of Henry Collett and Deborah Cheney was conducted at Over on 11th July 1631, and shortly after their son was born.And it was also at Over that Henry Collett was living when he died in 1650.

 

 

 

69I[1]3

Henry Collett

Born in 1631 at Over

 

 

 

 

69I11

Nicholas Collett was born at Over in 1620, the older of the two sons of William Claude Collett and Anne Genine Autriche.All that is currently known about him, is that he died in 1668.

 

 

 

 

69I12

Henry Collett was born at Over in 1625 another son of William and Anne Collett.A marriage record at Over has a Henry Collett married to Ann Pearson on 20th August 1673 which, if it was this Henry, then he married late in his life.

 

 

 

 

69I13

Henry Collett 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 Collett and Sarah Bond took place at Over on 27th October 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

Deborah Collett

Born in 1680 at Over

 

69J[1]2

Stephen Collett

Born in 1682 at Over

 

 

 

 

69J11

Deborah Collett was born at Over around 1680 and later married Thomas Foreman, the brother of Martha Foreman who married Deborahís brother Stephen (below). The wedding of Deborah and Thomas took place at Over on 19th January 1705.

 

 

 

 

69J12

Stephen Collett was born at Over in 1682, the son of Henry and Sarah Collett.It was at Over on 29th September 1716 when Stephen (Steven) Collett married Martha Foreman, his sister-in-law. One unconfirmed source states that the marriage of Stephen Collett and Martha Foreman produced ten children, which seems unlikely because, when son Minett was born Stephen was already forty years of age. It may therefore be a reference to the children of Deborah Collett and Thomas Foreman, about whom nothing is currently know.It was also at Over where Stephen Collett died in 1749.

 

 

 

69K[1]1

Thomas Collett

Born in 1717 at Over

 

69K[1]2

Minett Collett

Born in 1722 at Over

 

 

 

 

69K11

Thomas Collett was born at Over, possibly after his parents were married in 1716, although no birth or baptism record has been found to date.That would mean that he was around eighteen when he married Elizabeth Watts at Over on 26th March 1734.Five years later the parish records confirm the marriage of Thomas Collett and Elizabeth Lolly taking place at Over on 8th May 1739, which may have this same Thomas Collett being married for a second time.

 

 

 

 

69K12

Minett Collett 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 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.After a further forty years, the Over census conducted in 1851 recorded his widow Elizabeth Collett as being 80 years old, an agricultural labourer, and a pauper, living there alone.It was at the end of that same year when Elizabeth Collett died at Over on 8th December 1851.

 

 

 

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 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 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 52 and a dockyard 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 the daughter of Mary Gadsby of Waterbeach. It is possible that at the time Mary was born her mother was Mary Allen, because it was on 9th November 1823 that George Collett married Mary Allen at Over.In 1841 the childless couple was 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 from Over who was 50 and an agricultural labourer, Mary Collett from Willingham who was 43, and Jane Collett who was one year old.The same three members of the family were residing at Fen Road in St Ives in 1861, where George Collett from Over was 60 and a publican, his wife Mary was 53, and daughter Jane was 11.

 

 

 

Ten years later in 1871, George Collett from Over was a farmer at the age 70, when his wife Mary from Willingham was 63, and their daughter Catherine Jane Collett was 21 and a dressmaker.Living with the family within the Swavesey registration district, south-west of Over, was Georgeís mother-in-law Mary Gadsby who was 87 and born at Waterbeach.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 the young family of her married daughter Catherine Thoday who was 31 and from Over, a farmerís wife.Her husband Henry Thoday of Over was 28 and a farmer, who was described as son-in-law.The coupleís 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, all referred to as the grandchildren of Mary Collett.

 

 

 

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 at Main Street in Willingham 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 and born at Willingham, as were their children.They were 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.One year after that census day the death of John Collett, aged 63, was recorded at Chesterton (Ref. 3b 284) during the second quarter of 1872.Eight years after being made a widow, the death of Ann Collett was also recorded at Chesterton (Ref. 3b 335) early in 1880 when she was 69. The following year their son Jacob was staying with his married older brother John and his family at Berry Croft in Willingham when he was curiously recorded as 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 1840 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 Aungier 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, aged 11, was still living with Joseph aged 38, and Emma aged 41, in the Chelsea area of London 1871.Four more children had been added to their family by then and they were Rose Watts who was six, Joseph Watts who was four, Ruth Watts who was three, and Mary Watts 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 Watts aged 18 Ė absent in 1871, Rose Watts aged 16, Ruth Watts aged 13, Mary Watts aged 11, and new arrivals Arthur Watts who was nine, and Flora Watts 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, with the marriage of John Collett and Margaret Smallshaw Hansford recorded at Islington (Ref. 1b 537) during the first quarter of 1883. So, while John was around 45, Margaret was only 27, having been born at St Pancras in 1856, the daughter of Richard Hansford and Caroline Smallshaw.The census in 1911, recorded that John and Margaret gave birth to a total of ten children.However, the first five births happened up to and including 1890, five in seven years, with the sixth and last one discovered nearly ten years later.Therefore, it is very likely the Ďmissing four childrení from the list below were born during the 1890s.

 

 

 

It might have been that John and Margaret were married in Stoke Newington where, before the end of the same, their first child was born, whose birth, like their wedding, was recorded at Islington.The recording of the birth of that first child would appear to misinterpreted his second forename, with and s being mistaken for an a, it being John Chalmera Collett, rather than John Chalmers Collett. The next child was 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 the same situation ten years later in March 1901, except by then the family was residing at Merton Road in Wandsworth.John Collett was 63 and a grocerís assistant, Margaret Collett was 45, John C Collett was 19, Ruth E Collett was 16, 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 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 related John through his wifeís family.

 

 

 

Two tragic events took place after that census day, with first the infant death of the coupleí last child, at the age of two years, followed by the death of 65-year-old John Collett, whose death was also recorded at Wandsworth register office (Ref. 1d 314) during the second quarter of 1904.Those sad events seem to have badly affect the family, which was greatly reduced by the time of the next census in April 1911. By then the remaining members of the family 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 from West Ham was 21.What was more revealing was the census return note stating that Margaret and John had given birth to a total of ten children, while only six are named in the list below, when only five of them were still alive in 1911.In addition to this, no trace of Margaretís two eldest children, John, and Ruth, have been identified anywhere within 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.

 

 

 

69O[1]1

John Chalmers Collett

Born in 1883 at Stoke Newington

 

69O[1]2

Ruth Emma Collett

Born in 1884 at Old Ford, London

 

69O[1]3

Margaret Anderson Collett

Born in 1887 at Plaistow, Essex

 

69O[1]4

David Lewis Collett

Born in 1888 at West Ham, Essex

 

69O[1]5

Christopher Charles Collett

Born in 1890 at Bow, London

 

69O[1]6

William James M Collett

Born in 1899 at Wandsworth

 

 

 

 

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 Lewis 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.It was as Jane Collett at one year of age, that she was living in Over with her middle-aged parents on the day of the census in 1851.She was again Jane Collett, aged 11, in 1861, by which time her elderly father was an inn keeper.Now into her teenage-years, it was very likely, that if she wished to be married in the parish church, that she should be baptised there before too long.As so it was, that on 2nd August 1868 she was baptised in Over and recorded under her full name.

 

 

 

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 J 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.

 

 

 

Her daughter 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.It was at Main Street in Willingham that Mary was six years old in the census of 1841, and was 16 years of age in 1851 when she was still living there with her family.Four years later, Mary was 20 years old when she married Benjamin Ingle at Willingham on 14th October 1855 when her father was confirmed as John Collett, while Benjaminís father was named as Joseph Ingle.Over the following years, Mary gave birth to at least three children in Willingham, and they were son William Collett Ingle in 1856,Lizzie Ann Ingle in 1858 and baptised there on 5th December 1858, and Harry Collett Ingle who was born in 1861.On the day of the census in 1881 all five members of the family were still living in Willingham, when the coupleís granddaughter was one-year-old Lizzie Ann Ingle.The coupleís two eldest child were recorded as having marital status, most likely to cover the embarrassment of daughter Lizzie having given birth to her daughter out of wedlock.

 

 

 

 

69N111

John Collett was born at Willingham in 1837 when his birth was registered at Chesterton (Ref. xiv 37) during the third quarter of the year. He was later baptised at Willingham on 19th January 1838 and confirmed at 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.At the age of 13 he was already working as a farm labourer, when he was the eldest son and second child of John and Ann Collett living with the family at Willingham.No record of John has been found in 1861, although a year later her was back in Willingham for his wedding day.

 

 

 

The marriage of John Collett and Elizabeth Asplin Covill was conducted at Willingham on 9th March 1862 and was recorded at Chesterton (Ref. 3b 699).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 agricultural labourer, 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 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, near 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 1840, the son of John Collett and Ann Royston, whose birth was registered at Chesterton (Ref. xiv 45) during the second quarter of 1840.He was one year old and living with his family at Main Street in Willingham in 1841 and, over four years later he was baptised at Willingham in a joint ceremony with his brother John (above) on 2nd November 1845. He was 10 years of age and a farm labourer in the census of 1851, and was William Collett aged 21 in the next census for Willingham in 1861Just less than two years later, the marriage of William Collett and Sarah Everett from Over was recorded at Chesterton (Ref. 3b 686) during the first quarter of 1863, which provided the couple with eight children.

 

 

 

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 may suggest Robert had 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, by which their eldest two children were absent.The coupleís three younger 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.Absent daughter Elizabeth was in London at the home of her aunt, her motherís sister Hannah Oubridge from Over, with no record found in Britain for their first-born child Robert who is known to have connections with America.

 

 

 

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, as listed below, of which seven were still alive, son Fred having died two years before his late father.Living with Sarah Collett at 1 Lordship Terrace in Willingham was her youngest child Jethro Skinner Collett who was 25, his second forename perhaps carried forward from Sarahís own Everett family.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.Four years later Sarah suffered the loss of son Jethro, when he died in 1915.

 

 

 

69O[1]11

Robert Skinner Collett

Born in 1864 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

Fred Collett

Born in 1884 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, and was three years old in the Willingham census of 1851.Harriet was 20 years old when she married George Jeaps at Willingham on 14th June 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.All their children were born and baptised at Willingham, with their births registered at nearby Chesterton.They were Florence Jeaps 1871-1886, Minnie Jeaps born in 1872, Sarah Jeaps in 1875, Kate Jeaps in 1877, Lily Jeaps in 1879, Arthur Jeaps in 1881, and John Jeaps who was born in 1884.

 

 

 

 

69N114

Jacob Collett was born at Willingham in February 1851, his birth recorded at Chesterton (Ref. xiv 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 (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 and 6 Pence.

 

 

 

69O[1]19

Evelyn Ann Collett

Born in 1883 at Willingham

 

69O[1]20

Rupert Garner Collett

Born in 1894 at Willingham

 

 

 

 

69N115

Sarah Ann Collett was born at Willingham in 1857, with her birth registered at Chesterton (Ref. 3b 454) during the second quarter of that year.She was the last child born to John Collett and Ann Roston, and was not baptised at Willingham until 31st May 1863, the same day her nephew Walter Collett (below) was also baptised there.The baptism record confirmed that she was the daughter of John and Ann Collett.At the age of 14 she was living with her family at Willingham in 1871.Thereafter, it would appear she never married and died at Willingham in 1941.

 

 

 

 

69O11

John Chalmers Collett was born at Stoke Newington and was very likely a honeymoon baby, after his parentsí wedding was recorded at Islington at the start of 1883.He was eldest of the six known children of the ten born to John Collett and Margaret Smallshaw Hansford.His birth was registered using his full name at Islington (Ref. 1b 436) during the last three months of that year.He was seven years old in the Hackney census of 1891 when the family home was at 187 Well Street in South Hackney.Again, as John C Collett he was 17 in 1901, by which time the family home was at Merton Road in Wandsworth. Thereafter, he does not reappear until the end of his life.John C Collett passed away in South London with his death recorded at Battersea register office (Ref. 5c 41) during the second quarter of 1952 when he was 67.

 

 

 

 

69O12

Ruth Emma Collett was born at Old Ford in London on 29th March 1885, the second known child and possibly the eldest daughter of John and Margaret Collett.Her birth was registered at Poplar (Ref. 1c 544) in the second quarter of the year. She was six years old in the Hackney census of 1891 and living with her family at 187 Well Street in South Hackney.Ruth E Collett was 16 in 1901 and still living with her family at Merton Road in Wandsworth, when she was a bread maker working for her father. Where she was in 1911 remains a mystery.She never married and lived a long life, being nearly ninety-one when she died in London, where the death of Ruth Emma Collett was recorded in 1975 (Vol. 15 1471).

 

 

 

 

69O13

Margaret Anderson Collett was born at Plaistow, London in 1887, with her birth registered at West Ham, Essex (Ref. 4a 59) during the second quarter of the year.She was another daughter of John and Margaret Collett, who was four years of age at living at 187 Well Street in South Hackney on the day of the census in 1891.At the age of 14 in 1901, Margaret A Collett and her family were living in Wandsworth at Merton Road.Three years after that, her father died, leaving unmarried Margaret A Collett aged 23 and a confectioner and shop assistant the old of two children still living with their mother at 191 Replingham Road in the Southfields area of Wandsworth. Margaret never married and was only 43 years old when she died in London, when her premature death was recorded (Ref. 1d 683) in 1931.

 

 

 

 

69O14

David Lewis Collett was born within the West Ham area of London in 1888, with his birth registered at West Ham, Essex (Ref. 4a 58) during the last three months of the year.He was one of the ten children of John and Margaret Collett of whom only five were living by 1911.The research has so far only managed to identify six of the ten children.By 1891 he and his family were living at 187 Well Street in South Hackney, where David L Collett was two years old.The family later moved to Merton Road Wandsworth where David from West Ham was 12 in 1901.On leaving school he worked as a clay pigeon maker and was 21 in the Wandsworth census of 1911 when he and his older unmarried sister Margaret were the only children still living with their widowed mother.

 

 

 

Three and a half years after that census day, the wedding of David L Collett and Rose Turney was recorded at Wandsworth register office (Ref. 1d 1415) during the third quarter of 1914.Rose was living at 49 Burr Road in Wandsworth when her husband John Turney died in St Georges Hospital at the age of 25, and was buried at Wandsworth on 1st January 1912.By that time, she had already given birth to a son William Turney for was born at Wandsworth in 1910.The Wandsworth census in 1911 recorded the Turney family as John who was 24 and a carman at a laundry, his wife Rose was 24 and born at Kilburn in London, and their son William was one year old.

 

Not knowing the maiden-name of Rose Turney, has made it difficult to identify it she gave birth to any children of David Collett, whose later death, as David Lewis Collett, happened at Wandsworth on 24th February 1944 and was recorded at London register office (Ref. 1d 593) when he was 52 years of age, after which he was buried at Wandsworth Cemetery.

 

 

 

 

69O15

Christopher Charles Collett was born at Bow in London on 4th November 1890, the penultimate child of John and Margaret Collett.His birth was recorded at Poplar register office (Ref. 1c 526) during the last three months of 1890.He was five months old in the census of 1891 by which time Christopherís family was residing at 187 Well Street in South 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.

 

 

 

Four years later, at the age of 24, Christopher Charles Collett married Sarah Jane Martyr, with their wedding day recorded at St Georges Hanover Square, London, register office (Ref. 1a 1406) during the spring of 1915.Sarah was the daughter of William and Sarah Jane Martyr and was born at Tooting in South London, with her birth recorded at Wandsworth register office (Ref. 1d 778) during the third quarter of 1892 when her surname was recorded phonetically as Marta.All five of their children were born south of the River Thames, the first of them in the South London area of Lambeth, after which the family moved to the Wandsworth and Battersea area of London.

 

 

 

The births of the five children were spread out over twenty years from 1916 to 1936, as detailed below, and on every occasion the motherís maiden-name was confirmed as Martyr.No further record of their father has been found, apart from the details revealed at the time of his death.Christopher Charles Collett, aged 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 confirmed that he was born in Poplar and, it is possible he may have been a wounded soldier who had been hospitalised in Aylesbury, where he died.Following his death, his body was laid to rest at Aylesbury Cemetery on Tring Road, with his passing recorded at Buckinghamshire register office (Ref. 3a 2346).

 

 

 

69P[1]1

Christine Sarah Collett

Born in 1916 at Lambeth

 

69P[1]2

Leslie Charles Collett

Born in 1921 at Wandsworth

 

69P[1]3

Gladys M Collett

Born in 1926 at Wandsworth

 

69P[1]4

Maurice A Collett

Born in 1932 at Battersea

 

69P[1]5

Roy A Collett

Born in 1936 at Wandsworth

 

 

 

 

69O16

William James M Collett was born at Merton Road in Wandsworth during the summer of 1899, the last child of John Collett and Margaret Smallshaw Hansford.His birth was recorded at Wandsworth register office (Ref. 1d 703) during the quarter of that year.It was at Merton Road that he was around eighteen months old on the day of the census in 1901 when recorded in the census return as one year of age.Tragically, it was towards the end of that year when two-year-old William James M Collett suffered an infant death, which was recorded at Wandsworth register office (Ref. 1d 460) during the last three months of 1901.

 

 

 

 

69O18

George Edward Lewis Collett was born at Islington during the summer of 1886, where his birth was recorded (Ref. 1b 307) during the third quarter of the year,the younger of the two children of Charles Collett and his much younger wife Ada Lewis. As George E L Collett he was four years old in the Islington census of 1891, as George Edward Collett he was 14 in 1901 when living with his family in Chiswick, where he was simply George Collett aged 24 in 1911 and employed by a general merchant in the export and import trade as a clerk.During the war years he served with the Queenís Royal West Surrey Regiment in 1916 aged 29, service number G/26440, and afterwards, in 1919, he was attached to the Labour Corps 126959 at the age of 32.On both occasions he was recorded under his full name.

 

 

 

It was at the start of 1920, when the marriage of George Edward Lewis Collett and Lucy Elizabeth Soper was recorded at Brentford register office (Ref. 3a 200) during the first three months of the year.Lucy was the daughter of William and Julia Soper of Chiswick.On their wedding day, Lucy may already have been with-child, since the birth of the first of the coupleís three children was registered during the second quarter of 1920.It is therefore possible that the marriage ceremony took place during the last month of the previous year.The births of all three children were recorded at Hammersmith register office, when their motherís maiden-name was confirmed as Soper.

 

 

 

The later death of George Edward Lewis Collett was recorded at London register office (Ref. 5e 251) in 1949 when he was 62.His Will was proved in the City of London on 19th March 1949 when the main beneficiaries were named as Lucy Elizabeth Collett and her married daughter Barbara Lucy Jones.The probate documentation also stated that he had died on 2nd February 1949.His widow left London for Suffolk sometime after, and it was at Suffolk register office that the passing of Lucy Elizabeth Collett was recorded (Ref. 4b 932) during 1964 when she was 77.

 

 

 

69P[1]6

Barbara Lucy Collett

Born in 1920 at Hammersmith

 

69P[1]7

Stella Georgina Collett

Born in 1921 at Hammersmith

 

69P[1]8

Rowland Herbert Collett

Born in 1926 at Hammersmith

 

 

 

 

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 (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.

 

 

 

 

69O111

Robert Skinner Collett was born at Willingham on 19th April 1864, the eldest of the eight children of William Collett and Sarah Everett.The Skinner name may have come from Sarahís family, and was also given to William and Sarahís youngest child. The birth of Robert Skinner Collett was registered at St Ives (Ref. 3b 273) during the second quarter of 1864.St Ives lies to the west of Willingham and it was at Chesterton that the births of all his younger siblings were recorded following them being born at Willington.Only on one occasion was Robert recorded living with his family at Willingham, and that was on the day of the census in 1871 when he was seven years of age.His absence from the family home in Willingham in 1881 may have coincided with the fact that he might have been in America, where he certainly lived on and off from 1891 onwards, and where his two youngest children were born.

 

 

 

In 1887 he was back at Willingham for his wedding day, when the marriage of Robert Skinner Collett and Charlotte, known as Lottie, was recorded at Chesterton (Ref. 3b 578) during the first quarter of that year.Within a year Lottie had given birth to the first of four children, although only three survived. In 1889, when Lottie Collett was 29 (sic), she and her one-year-old daughter Flora Collett sailed from Liverpool on the S S Aurania bound for New York.By 1892 the Collett family of Robert, Lottie, Flora, and George, was living at Albany in Abany County New York.Robert Collett from England was 27 and an engineer, Lottie from England was 27, Flora from England was five years old, and George was two years old and born in America.

 

 

 

Less than two year later, six-year-old Flora Collett, born in England, died on 24th February 1894 at Brooklyn, Kings, New York, and was buried the following day at Evergreen Cemetery in Brooklyn.Another daughter was added to the family in 1896 and given the name Flora in memory of the coupleís first child.The new family of four then travelled back to England and in 1901 they were recorded at Westwood Grange in Peterborough where head of the household Robert Skinner Collett from Willingham was 36 and an insurance agent.His wife Charlotte Collett was 36 and from Terrington to the west of Kingís Lynn in Norfolk, and their two children were George William Collett who was ten years of age and born in the USA, as was Flora M Collett who was four years old.Lodging with the family that census day was 71-year-old widow Sally Pepper of Peterborough who was living on independent means.

 

 

 

Around eighteen months after that census day, Lottie gave birth to another son, whose was named after his father.However, between that happy event and the end of the decade the family appears to have broken up, with Robert Skinner Collett from Over (sic) being 46 and a tramway inspector employed by the East Ham Tramway Company, who was in lodgings in East Ham, London in 1911.According to later records in America, it was during the remaining part of that census year that Robert Skinner Collett returned to the country, certainly before the end of 1911.He probably travelled alone, and was followed a few months later by his future second wife Sarah, to whom he was married shortly after she arrived from England in 1912, as confirmed in subsequent US Census records.

 

 

 

The first appeared in the Boston census of 1920, when Robert Skinner Collett from England was 53 (sic) and a motor man working on street cars.His wife Sarah Collett was 48, with the childless couple residing at 54 Lonsdale Street, Uphamís Corner, Dorchester, Boston.It was at that rented accommodation that the couple continued to live into the early 1940s.It looks Robert was embarrassed to give his correct age being some eight years old than Sarah, which he continued to do.

 

 

 

For the Boston census of 1930, Robert Skinner Collett was 65 and a salesman in smallwares, when Sarah E Collett was 58.The census return that year confirmed that Robert entered America in 1911, and that he was marriage for the first time at the age of 22.For Sarah, she had entered the country in 1912 and the only time she was married she was 40 years old, which she was in 1912.The couple was still residing at 54 Lonsdale Street in 1940 when Robert was 75 and a salesman for a coal company, and Sarah was 68.Three years after that day, Sarah E Collett died in Boston on 14th March 1943, her passing reported in the Boston Herald and the Boston Traveller issued on 15th March 1943.

 

 

 

Back in England in 1911, the original family of Robert Skinner Collett was still residing in Peterborough, where they had been ten years earlier.Not described as head of the household was Lottie Collett from Kingís Lynn who was 45 and a married housewife, perhaps not yet realising her husband was never coming home. Living with her were two of three surviving children; Flora M Collett from Brooklyn was 14 and a dressmakerís apprentice and a British subject by parentage, and school boy Robert S Collett who was eight years old and born in Peterborough.Lottieís eldest son was living and working in Cambridge that day.

 

 

 

69P[1]9

Flora Collett

Born in 1888 at Willingham; died 1894

 

69P[1]10

George William Collett

Born in 1890 at Saratoga, New York

 

69P[1]11

Flora M Collett

Born in 1896 at Brooklyn, New York

 

69P[1]12

Robert Skinner Collett

Born in 1902 at Peterborough

 

 

 

 

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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, her husband was 32, and their six-year-old daughter was Ethel Clarissa Boy de la Tour.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 Everett.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 but at the home of her older married sister Elizabeth (above) at 3 Hereford Garden Mews near Hanover Square.Emma Jane Collett from Willingham was 37 and was the live-in domestic housekeeper for sister and her husband.

 

 

 

 

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, when he was still at school.It was either at the end of 1899 or early in 1900 when the marriage of George William Collett and Frances Beatrice Watts was recorded at the Cambridgeshire Caxton register office (Ref. 3b 627) during the first quarter of the latter.The birth of his bride was registered at Chesterton (Ref. 3b 489) early in 1880, following which she was baptised at Grantchester on 14th March 1880, the youngest child of Frederick and Caroline Eliza Watts.One year after their wedding day their daughter and only child was born at Willingham.

 

 

 

The census in 1901 listed the three members of the family at British Terrace in Willingham, where George W Collett was 24 and agricultural labourer, his wife Frances Beatrice Collett from Grantchester near Cambridge was 21 and their daughter Winifred Jane Collett 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.

 

 

 

The death of Frances Beatrice Collett was recorded at Cambridgeshire register office (Ref. 3b 391) in 1925 at the age of 44. It is possible, but not verified, that George and daughter Winifred may have left England when he became widowed, because no record of either of them has been found in the UK after that time.

 

 

 

69P[1]13

Winifred Jane Collett

Born in 1901 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 register office (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 born before the next census, with three more born after that day, only two surviving.The census in 1911 listed John Henry Collett aged 31 as a labourer on a farm who was living with his family at Berry Croft in Willingham.His wife of seven years Mabel Collett who was 24, and their three children 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]14

Elsie May Collett

Born in 1904 at Willingham

 

69P[1]15

Fred Collett

Born in 1908 at Willingham

 

69P[1]16

John William Collett

Born in 1911 at Willingham

 

69P[1]17

Percy Collett

Born in 1913 at Willingham

 

69P[1]18

Percy Haig Collett

Born in 1915 at Willingham

 

69P[1]19

Phyllis V Collett

Born in 1918 at Willingham

 

 

 

 

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 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

Fred Collett was born at Willingham in 1884 when his birth was registered as such at Chesterton (Ref. 3b 495) during the second quarter of the year, another son of William and Sarah Collett. 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).The reason he was not still living with his family in 1911, is because his death as Fred Collett aged 24, was recorded at Chesterton register office (Ref. 3b 241) during the last three months of 1908.

 

 

 

 

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 (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 (below), 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 (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.

 

 

 

 

69P11

Christine Sarah Collett was the first of the five children born to Christopher Charles Collett and Sarah Jane Martyr.She was born on 25th February 1916 within the Lambeth area of South London where her birth was recorded during the first three months of 1916 (Ref. 1d 11), when her motherís maiden-name was confirmed as Martyr.There was a ten-year age gap between Christine and her sister Gladys (below), as there was when there married into the same Warner family.Christine Sarah Collett married Ernest L Warner during the first three months of 1938, with their wedding recorded at Wandsworth register office (Ref. 1d 686).Ten years later, sister Gladys married Albert G Warner, which gives rises to caution when trying to identify the children from two Collett-Warner marriages.

 

 

 

Certainly, Christine and Ernestís first two children were both prior to Gladys being married, possibly even the third.They were Christine M Warner, whose birth was recorded at Chelsea register office (1a 54) only a short few months after they were married, in 1938.The birth of Faith Warner took place during 1942 and was recorded at Wandsworth register office (Ref. 1d 471), with perhaps their third and last child being Ann M Warner whose birth was recorded in London during 1948 (Ref. 5d 1159). Sometime later, most likely after her brother Leslie had emigrated to Australia, the young Warner family appear to have followed him there, with Christine Sarah Warner passing away on 5th May 1990 at the age of 74, at Ararat in Victoria, and being laid to rest in Ararat General Cemetery.

 

 

 

 

69P12

Leslie Charles Collett was born in Wandsworth, London on 12th May 1921, where his birth was recorded (Ref. 1d 1136), the second child and eldest son of Christopher Charles Collett and Sarah J Martyr.He would appear to be the first member of the family who eventually emigrated to Australia, followed later by his married older sister Christine (above) with her family.Both ended up living in the State of Victoria, with Leslie Collett being only 53 when he died at Kew, Victoria, on 13th December 1974.

 

 

 

 

69P13

Gladys M Collett was born at Wandsworth in 1926 where her birth was recorded (Ref. 1d 986) during the last three months of that year, when her motherís maiden-name was confirmed as Martyr.It was in London that Gladys M Collett married Albert G Warner by licence at the end of 1948 (Ref. 5d 1492), who was very likely her brother-in-law, Albert possibly being the younger brother of Ernest L Warner who married Gladys older sister ten years earlier.It seems Albert and Gladys had three sons whose births were recorded at Wandsworth register office, the latter two being twins.They were Brian K Warner born in 1952 (Ref. 5d 1045), and ten years after Christopher J Warner (Ref. 1235/123), and David R Warner (Ref. 1235/131), during the second quarter of 1962.In all three cases the motherís maiden-name was confirmed as Collett.

 

 

 

 

69P14

Maurice A Collett was born at Battersea where his birth was recorded (Ref. 1d 671) during the spring of 1932.No further record of him has been found in Great Britain, so he too may have followed, or go with his older brother Leslie, when he emigrated to Australia.

 

 

 

 

69P15

Roy A Collett was the fifth and last child of Christopher Charles Collett and Sarah Jane Martyr.He was born in South London and his birth was recorded at Wandsworth register office (Ref. 1d 705) during the third quarter of 1936. Roy is believed to have been married twice in his life, when both weddings were recorded at Hendon register office.The first of them was the marriage of Roy A Collett and Jacqueline D Curtis which was recorded in the spring of 1980 (Vol. 13 0550).By then he was 44, with his wife being only 21 having been born on 20th July 1959.Three years later Jacqueline gave birth to a son, the coupleís only known child, the birth of Daniel Andrew Collett recorded at London register office (Vol. 14 1085) towards the end of 1983, when themotherís maiden-name was confirmed as Curtis.

 

 

 

Daniel was only nine years old when his mother died; the death of Jacqueline Debra Collett recorded at the London register office (Vol. 14 1524) in 1992.Four years after being widowed, and during the summer of 1996 Roy A Collett married (2) Alison J Lavender, when their wedding was recorded at Hendon register office (Vol. 235 1051)

 

 

 

69Q[1]1

Daniel Andrew Collett

Born in 1983 at London

 

 

 

 

69P16

Barbara Lucy Collett was born at Hammersmith in London on 5th May 1920, where her birth was recorded (Ref. 1a 435) during the second quarter of the year.She was the eldest of the three children of George Edward Lewis Collett and Lucy Elizabeth Soper.She was twenty-six when she married Cyril Jones, with their wedding recorded at Middlesex register office (Ref. 5e 140) during the first three months of 1947.It was also at Middlesex that the birth of their first child, Wendy I Jones, was recorded (Ref. 5f 529) in 1948 when the motherís maiden-name was confirmed at Collett.The following year, Barbaraís father died and upon the proving of his Will, it was the name of Barbara Lucy Jones who followed her motherís name, as the two main beneficiaries.Barbara Lucy Jones was in Hampshire when she died, where her death was recorded in 1994 aged 74, with her brother Rowland (below) passing away at Basingstoke in Hampshire five years later, on 1st June 1999.

 

 

 

 

69P17

Stella Georgina Collett was born at Hammersmith on 18th June 1921 with her birth register at the Hammersmith register office (Ref. 1a 3234) during the third quarter of the year.She was another daughter of George Edward Lewis Collett and Lucy Elizabeth Soper.The marriage of Stella G Collett and Ronald C Hall was recorded at Middlesex register office (Ref. 3a 863) during the summer of 1945.As Stella Georgina Hall she died in 1996, with her death recorded at Surrey register office (Vol. 7571b).

 

 

 

 

69P18

Rowland Herbert Collett was born at Hammersmith on 9th November 1926, the third child and only son of George Edward Lewis Collett and Lucy Elizabeth Soper. His birth, like his two older sisters, was recorded at Hammersmith register office (Ref. 1a 247) during the last two months of that year, when his motherís maiden-name was confirmed at Soper.No record has been found to indicate that he was married and, towards the end of his life he was living in Hampshire, where his eldest sister Barbara died in 1994.When Rowland died on 1st June 1999, his name was recorded at Basingstoke register office as Roland Herbert Collett, when his date of birth was confirmed as stated above.

 

 

 

 

69P110

George William Collett was born in Saratoga, New York, on 16th July 1890 the eldest surviving child and only son of English parents Robert Skinner Collett and his wife Charlotte who was known as Lottie. It was at Albany in New York that the family was living in 1892, and at Brooklyn, New York in 1894 and 1896, before they returned to England.That was confirmed in the census of 1901, when George William Collett from the USA was ten years old and living with his parents at Westwood Grange in Peterborough. Ten years later his father was lodging and working in London and, later that same year he returned at America without his wife and two children.

 

 

 

That census day in 1911, George William Collett from Saratoga was 20 years of age and working as an engine cleaner as an employee of the Midland Railway Company, when he was lodging with the Bruce family in the City of Cambridge.George as also recorded as a residing in Cambridge during the First World War not far from where his parents had been born.In 1915, at the age of 25, George was reported in his military records as serving with two different regiments of the British Army; the Yorkshire Regiment service number 6106 possibly under training, and then the Northamptonshire Regiment service number 5390.It was during 1916 that George William Collett of Cambridge was transferred from the Northamptonshire Regiment to the Royal Engineers service number WR/208197, as confirmed in his military record for that year.

 

 

 

That was the same year that George became a married man, when the marriage of George William Collett and Lilian Gertrude Ellum was recorded at Cambridge register office (Ref. 3b 950) during the first quarter of 1916.She was born in 1892 and was the last child of John and Ellen Ellum of Cambridge.After the war, Lilian presented George with a daughter, their only know child, who birth was recorded at Cambridge register office (Ref. 3b 831) in the spring of 1921, when her motherís maiden-name was confirmed as Ellum.

 

 

 

Upon the death of George William Collett on 9th January 1949 his Will was proved at Peterborough on 6th March 1949.The Will named his wife Lilian Gertrude Collett and the main beneficiary, and his daughter Edith May Collett as the second beneficiary.The family may have been residing in Peterborough at that time in their life, since it was at Eastfield Cemetery in Peterborough that George William Collett was buried at the age of 58.

 

 

 

69Q[1]2

Edith May Collett

Born in 1921 at Cambridge

 

 

 

 

69P111

Flora M Collett was born at Brooklyn, New York in 1896 and was the surviving daughter of Robert Skinner Collett and his wife Charlotte (Lottie).Not long after she was born her parents return to England and were living at Westwood Grange in Peterborough during 1901 when she was four years old.Between 1902 and 1911 her father ended up working away from home in London and eventually abandoned his family when he returned to live in America.The Peterborough census in 1911 included Flora still living with her mother and her younger brother (below), when she was 14 and a dressmakerís apprentice. Five years later, the marriage of Flora M Collett and George F Allen was recorded at Peterborough register office (Ref. 36 543) during the second quarter of 1916.

 

 

 

Their marriage produced two children, the first born after peace was announced in Europe, the second following fifteen years later when Flora was around thirty-eight years of age.Both births were recorded at Peterborough register office, when the motherís maiden-name was confirmed as Collett.The first was Kenneth G Allen (Ref. 3b 245) who was born on 18th April 1919 and who was 85 when he died in Peterborough on 16th August 2004. The later child was Pamela U R Allen and her birth was recorded there (Ref. 3b 246) during the summer of 1934.

 

 

 

 

69P112

Robert Skinner Collett was born during the summer of 1902 and possibly at Westwood Grange in Peterborough where his family had been living in 1901.The birth of Robert Skinner Collett junior was recorded at Peterborough register office (Ref. 3b 241), the last child born to Robert Skinner Collett and Charlotte (Lottie) Collett, whose maiden-name has still to be discovered.With his father living and working at East Ham in London in 1911, and then leaving his family that same year to go to Boston in America, Robert junior was eight years old in the Peterborough census of 1911.It was also at Peterborough register office that the marriage of Robert S Collett and Dorothy Dixon was recorded (Ref. 3b 447) at the start of 1932 when he was 29 years old.

 

 

 

The birth of Dorothy Dixon was recorded at Peterborough (Ref. 3b 257) in the summer of 1901.Six years after their wedding day the coupleís only child was born at Peterborough in 1938.Very tragically, he was their only child, because Dale was only one-year-old when his fatherís life was cut short at the age of 37, with the death of Robert S Collett recorded at Northamptonshire register office (Ref. 3b 495) in 1939.Four years after being made a widow, the marriage of Dorothy Collett and Harold J Connons was recorded at Northamptonshire register office (Ref. 3b 472) in 1943, and three years later as Dorothy Connons, she and her son sailed to America onboard the S S Santa Paula, arriving in New York on 16th February 1946.

 

 

 

69Q[1]3

Dale Robert Collett

Born in 1938 at Peterborough

 

 

 

 

69P113

Winifred Jane Collett was born at British Terrace in Willingham either at the end of 1900 or at start of 1901, with her birth recorded at Chesterton register office (Ref. 3b 447) during the first three months of 1901.She was the only known child of George William Collett and Frances Beatrice Watts and was two months old in 1901.At the age of ten years, Winifred Jane and her parents were still living in Willingham in 1911.No later recorded of her, neither marriage or death, has been found in the United Kingdom.

 

 

 

 

69P114

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.Her birth, like those of all her younger siblings, was recorded at the Cambridgeshire Chesterton register office (Ref. 3b 426) during the third quarter of the year.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 that her marriage to Reginald C J Kilborn was recorded at Chesterton register office (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 (Vol. 331/1c 180).

 

 

 

 

69P115

Fred Collett was born at Willingham during the spring of 1908, with his birth recorded at Chesterton register office (Ref. 3b 419), the eldest son of John and Mabel Collett. He was two years old in the census of 1911 when he and his family were living at Berry Croft in Willingham.He was twenty years old when the marriage of Fred Collett and Fanny K Bailey was recorded at Chesterton register office (Ref. 3b 1249) during the summer of 1928.Fanny Kate Bailey was born at Burrough Green near Newmarket in 1905 and in 1911, she and her two older surviving brothers had been placed in the care of their 72-year-old grandmother Mary Ann Webb, a widow from the USA.She was a British subject by parentage residing in Burrough Green with Alexander Llewellyn Bailey aged eleven, William James Bailey aged eight, and Fanny Kate Bailey who was five.Their parents were Albert and Caroline Bailey who had suffered the loss of son Kenneth Bailey by 1911.

 

 

 

The marriage of Fred and Fanny produced three children, the first of them likely born at Burrough Green, when the birth of likely honeymoon baby June was recorded at Newmarket.She was followed by two brothers who were born at Willingham with their births recorded at Chesterton register office.The youngest child was only nineteen years old when the death of Fred Collett was recorded at Cambridge register office (Ref. 4a 207) during the last quarter of 1953 when he was 45.He died at their home at 38 Millfield in Willingham on 13th October 1953 after which, administration of the estate of Fred Collett, valued at £1,928 1 Shilling, was granted to his widow Fanny Kate Collett.

 

 

 

69Q[1]4

June E Collett

Born in 1929 at Burrough Green

 

69Q[1]5

Bruce Collett

Born in 1933 at Willingham

 

69Q[1]6

Claude P Collett

Born in 1934 at Willingham

 

 

 

 

69P116

John William Collett was born at Willingham on 1st March 1911 and his birth was recorded at Chesterton register office (Ref. 3b 394) during the second quarter of that year.He was one month old in the census that year when living at Berry Croft in Willingham with his parents John and Mabel Collett.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 (Vol. 10 2237) at the age of 80.

 

 

 

 

69P117

Percy Collett was born at Willingham in 1913 when his birth was recorded at Chesterton register office (Ref. 3b 762) during the third quarter of the year, when his motherís maiden-name was confirmed as Jeeps.Tragically, he died shortly after being born, with his death recorded at Chesterton during the same three-month period in 1913 (Ref. 3b 417).

 

 

 

 

69P118

Percy Haig Collett was born at Willingham on 28th December 1915 when his birth was recorded at the Chesterton register office (Ref. 3b 704) during the first weeks of 1916, another son of John and Mabel Collett.The record of his birth confirmed his motherís maiden-name was Jeeps. Just after the Second World War Percy Haig Collett was married by licence to Olive M Setchell Darby, when their wedding was recorded at Cambridgeshire register office (Ref. 4a 620) at the start of 1948.No record of any children has been found.Percy was 87 years of age when he died, with his death as Percy Hague (Haig) recorded at Cambridge register office (Vol. 3311a a592) in 2003.

 

 

 

 

69P119

Phyllis V Collett was born at Willingham in 1918, the sixth and last child of John Henry Collett and Mabel Jeeps. Her birth was recorded at Chesterton register office (Ref. 3b 578) during the third quarter of the year when her motherís maiden-name was confirmed as Jeeps.

 

 

 

 

69Q13

Dale Robert Collett was born at Peterborough on 20th March of 1938, the only child of Robert Skinner Collett junior and Dorothy Dixon.His birth was recorded at Peterborough register (Ref. 3b 266) during the second quarter of the year, with his motherís maiden-name confirmed as Dixon.Tragically, his father shortly he was born and at the age of seven years, Dale R Collett emigrated to America on 6th February 1946 as an outgoing passenger on the S S Santa Paula, arriving at New York on 16th February 1946.Travelling with him was his remarried mother Dorothy Connons, but without her husband Harold J Connons.

 

 

 

Dale Robert Collett was 21 years of age when he became a nationalised America citizen in 1959 who, at that time was residing in Providence, Rhode Island. The registration details recorded that day were as follows:

Dale Robert Collett of 37 Sabin Street, Warwick, Rhode Island, born at Peterborough, Northants, England, on 20th March 1938, date of arrival in the USA 16th February 1946 at New York, with the date of nationalisation being 28th September 1959.

 

 

 

The Public Records in America report that Dale R Collett was residing at Treasure Island in Florida, then at Warwick, Rhode Island, and from 2005 to 2009 at Bradenton, Manatee, in Florida.By the time he passed away at the age of 75 on 27th May 2013, he was again living at Rhoda Island.No record has been found to suggest he was ever married.

 

 

 

 

69Q14

June E Collett was born in the village of Burrough Green near Newmarket just after the start of 1929.Her birth recorded at Newmarket register office (Ref. 3a 626) during the first three months of that year, when her motherís maiden-name was confirmed as Bailey.June was born around nine months after her parents Fred Collett and Fanny Kate Bailey were married in the autumn of 1928, and therefore was possibly a honeymoon baby.The later marriage of June E Collett and Roy F Allen was recorded at Cambridgeshire register office (Ref. 4a 687) during the summer of 1946.They may have had four sons who could have been Michael R Allen in 1947 at Cambridge, Malcolm P Allen in 1948 at Cambridgeshire, Kenneth F Allen in 1952 at Ely, and Steven Allen in 1960 at Cambridge.For all four births the motherís maiden-name was confirmed as Collett.

 

 

 

 

69Q15

Bruce Collett was born at Willingham on 13th June 1933, the second of the three children of Fred and Fanny Collett, whose birth was recorded at Chesterton register office (Ref. 3b 522) during the third quarter of the year, with his motherís maiden-name confirmed as Bailey.It was also at Cambridge register office that the marriage of Bruce Collett and Silvia M Skinner was recorded (Ref. 4a 519) during the second quarter of 1956 when he was 22 years old. Their marriage produced three sons for the couple, all three births also recorded at Cambridge register office, with their motherís maiden-name confirmed as Skinner.Bruce appears to have lived most of his life in the Cambridge area of the country, which was where he was still residing when he died in January 1999 (Vol. 3311b b43c) at the age of 65.

 

 

 

69R[1]1

Stephen Bruce Collett

Born in 1957 at Cambridge

 

69R[1]2

David A Collett

Born in 1959 at Cambridge

 

69R[1]3

Andrew J Collett

Born in 1963 at Cambridge

 

 

 

 

69Q16

Claude P Collett was born at Willingham in 1934 and was the last child of Fred Collett and Fanny Kate Bailey.His birth was recorded at Chesterton register office (Ref. 3b 534) during the third quarter of the year, when his motherís maiden-name was confirmed as Bailey, and was only nineteen years of age when his father died.Four years later, when Claude was approaching his twenty-third birthday, his marriage to Janet A Shanks was recorded at Cambridge register office (Ref. 4a 525) in the spring of 1957.Twelve months after their wedding day, Janet gave birth to a son whose birth was also recorded at Cambridge (Ref. 4a 394) during the second quarter of 1958, when the motherís maiden-name was confirmed as Shanks.

 

 

 

69R[1]4

Paul F Collett

Born in 1958 at Cambridge

 

 

 

 

69R11

Stephen Bruce Collett was born at Cambridge in 1957, the eldest of the three sons of Bruce Collett and Silvia M Skinner.His birth was recorded at Cambridge register office (Ref. 4a 382) during the third quarter of the year, when his motherís maiden-name was confirmed as Skinner.Although not proved to be this Stephen Collett, but just a few months after he was born the death of a Stephen Collett was recorded at Cambridge (Ref. 4a 312) during the first three months of 1958, but with no age given.

 

 

 

 

69R12

David A Collett was born at Cambridge in 1959 and his birth was recorded there (Ref. 4a 318) during the last quarter of the year, when his motherís maiden-name was confirmed as Skinner.He was 24 when his marriage to Julie M Wardley was recorded at Cambridge (Vol. 9 1077) during the summer of 1984.Within three years their family was complete, following the birth a daughter and a son, with both births recorded at Cambridge during the last three months of 1986 (Vol. 9 1024) and 1987 (Vol. 9 1276) where their motherís maiden-name was confirmed as Wardley.His sonís second forename was a tribute to his father and his deceased older brother.

 

 

 

69S[1]1

Harriet Haley Collett

Born in 1986 at Cambridge

 

69S[1]2

Thomas Bruce Collett

Born in 1987 at Cambridge

 

 

 

 

69R13

Andrew J Collett was born at Cambridge in 1963, the youngest child of Bruce and Silvia Collett.His birth was also recorded at Cambridge register office (Ref. 4a 559) during the spring of that year, when his motherís maiden-name was confirmed as Skinner.At the age of twenty-one, the marriage of Andrew J Collett and Margaret J Latimer was recorded at Cambridge (Vol. 9 529) at the start of 1985.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The following details have been unearthed during compilation of the family line for Over in Cambridgeshire, but so far, have not been placed within the body of this file.

 

 

 

Marriages:

Elizabeth Collett and Thomas Brasiour on 4th August 1633; Thomas Collett and Ann Steven on 8th July 1647; Thomas Collett and Ann Moulton on 28th March 1649; Elizabeth Collett and Thomas Heard on 5th October 1691; and John Collett and Mary Crispe on 20th April 1693

 

Burials:

Anne Collett born in 1788 who died on 9th January 1833; Mary Collett born in 1802 who died on 19th March 1846; and Frances Collett born in 1832 who died on 13th March 1832 aged ten months

 

1851 Census:

John Collett aged 43 an agricultural labourer and his wife Sarah Collett aged 42, both born at Over

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Longstanton was created in 1953, previously recorded as Long Stanton

 

 

 

 

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 Long Stanton on 14th February 1776.It also seems very likely that the coupleís second known child, Mary, died not long after she was baptised at Long Stanton on 6th February 1772, with their next child also being given the same name.

 

 

 

69M[2]1

Dinah Collett

Born in 1767 at Long Stanton

 

69M[2]2

Mary Collett

Born in 1771 at Long Stanton

 

69M[2]3

Mary Collett

Born in 1773 at Long Stanton

 

69M[2]4

Sarah Collett

Born in 1775 at Long Stanton

 

69M[2]5

Rebecca Collett

Born in 1775 at Long Stanton

 

69M[2]6

Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1778 at Long Stanton

 

69M[2]7

William Collett

Born in 1781 at Long Stanton

 

 

 

 

69M21

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

 

 

 

 

69M27

William Collett was born at Long Stanton 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 Long Stanton 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 Long Stanton.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 Long Stanton.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.Apart from Williamís wife, all the other members of the family had been born at Long Stanton, while it has been established that Eliza was the eldest child of their son William.

 

 

 

William Collett of Long Stanton was 73 when died on 12th November 1855 and was buried in the grounds of All Saints Church.The actual burial record stated that Williamís last abode was at Bourn, most likely at the home of his married daughter (see below), with his death recorded at Caxton (Ref. 3b 295).Upon the death of her husband, Mary lived 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 years from Long Stanton, and Dinah Phypers, also from Long Stanton, who was a widow at the age of 55.Within three weeks of that census day, Mary Collett nee Sadler died at Bourn on 25th April 1861 and was buried with her late husband at All Saints Church in Long Stanton.Her passing was also recorded at Caxton (Ref. 3b 278) during the second quarter of that year.By 1871, Maryís daughter Mary Ann Collett again living with her widowed sister Dinah Phypers in Bourn.

 

 

 

69N[2]1

Dinah Collett

Born in 1807 at Long Stanton

 

69N[2]2

William Collett

Born in 1809 at Long Stanton

 

69N[2]3

Mary Ann Collett

Born in 1811 at Long Stanton

 

69N[2]4

John Collett

Born in 1813 at Long Stanton

 

69N[2]5

Frederick Collett

Born in 1814 at Long Stanton

 

69N[2]6

Thomas Collett

Born in 1815 at Long Stanton

 

69N[2]7

Joshua Collett

Born in 1819 at Long Stanton

 

69N[2]8

Mary Ann Collett

Born in 1821 at Long Stanton

 

 

 

 

69N21

Dinah Collett was born at Long Stanton 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 when they were both 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 Long Stanton, 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 Long Stanton 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 born at Dry Drayton and continuing their education.The household was completed by unmarried Mary Ann Collett from Long Stanton 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 Long Stanton.

 

 

 

69O[2]1

Catherine Sarah Collett

Born in 1829 at Long Stanton

 

 

 

 

69N22

William Collett was born at Long Stanton in 1809, the eldest son of William and Mary, and he was baptised there on 30th April 1809.When he was 26 years of age William married (1) Mary Mills who was 21 having been born at Oakington, south-east of Long Stanton, on 29th August 1812.Their marriage, which took place at All Saints Church in Long Stanton on 28th October 1833, and produced four children for William and Mary.All of them were born at Long Stanton, with the first of them born within six months of them being married, where the family was residing in June 1841 at Brook End.William was 33, Mary was 28, daughters Eliza, Dinah and Esther were seven, five and three, respectively, and their son John was six months old.Just under three years later, the death of Mary Collett was recorded at Chesterton (Ref. xiv 49) at the start of 1844, after which she was buried at Long Stanton on 7th March 1844, when her age was reported to be 32. It is possible Mary died during the birth of another child, who also did not survive.After a further three years, William married (2) Mahala Badcock, their wedding recorded at Chesterton (Ref. xiv 75) during the third quarter of 1847.Mahala was already carrying Williamís child on their wedding day, with their son Joshua born that same year.

 

 

 

Mahala gave birth to the first of their children at Long Stanton 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, aged 17, was staying with her grandparents in Long Stanton, 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 at his parentsí inn on Huntingdon Road in Long Stanton.William Collett was 43 years old and a carpenter from Long Stanton 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 Long Stanton at Green End.Mahala Collett from Bourn was 37, Joshua Collett from Long Stanton was 13 and a carter, as was his brother David Collett who was 10 and from Haddenham, on the Isle of Ely.Their daughters Mahala Collett was seven, and Hephzibah Collett was five, both of born at Willingham, and Thomas Collett who was four, and baby Rachel Collett who was one-year-old, were both born after the family had returned to Long Stanton.

 

 

 

It may have been Williamís work as a carpenter that resulted in the family leaving Long Stanton 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, and they were Joshua who was 23, Martha (Mahala) who was 18, and Hephzibah who was 15 Ė both working as general domestic servants, Thomas who was 13 and an ordinary farm servant, Rachel who was eleven, 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 (Ref. 3b 298) during the first three months of 1874.His body was laid to rest in the churchyard of All Saints Church in Long Stanton on 5th February 1874, when he was confirmed as the son of William and Mary Collett.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 (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 Long Stanton, when they were living in a dwelling on the high street in Long Stanton.What is very interesting is that John Collett (below), Mahalaís brother-in-law, married Harriet Few at Willingham in 1840.

 

 

 

69O[2]2

Eliza Collett

Born in 1834 at Long Stanton

 

69O[2]3

Dinah Collett

Born in 1836 at Long Stanton

 

69O[2]4

Esther Collett

Born in 1838 at Long Stanton

 

69O[2]5

John Collett

Born in 1840 at Long Stanton

 

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

 

69O[2]6

Joshua Collett

Born in 1847 at Long Stanton

 

69O[2]7

David Bishop Collett

Born in 1850 at Haddenham

 

69O[2]8

Mahala Collett

Born in 1853 at Haddení/Willingham

 

69O[2]9

Hephzibah Collett

Born in 1855 at Willingham

 

69O[2]10

Thomas Collett

Born in 1857 at Long Stanton

 

69O[2]11

Rachel Collett

Born in 1859 at Long Stanton

 

69O[2]12

Leah Collett

Born in 1862 at Long Stanton

 

 

 

 

69N23

Mary Ann Collett was born at Long Stanton 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.

 

 

 

 

69N24

John Collett was born at Long Stanton 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.Five years later John was 40 years old and a labourer, Harriet was 36, George was 14, and Harriet junior was 12, all born in England. That day they were living in a stone-built dwelling valued at $600.By 1860 John Collett from England was 47 and a tavern keeper, Harriet was 44, their son George was 19 and working with his father, 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.

 

 

 

Both of their children were married during the next decade, leaving John and Harriet residing at Michiana, New Buffalo Township, Berrien County in Michigan by 1870.John was 59 and working in a bedstead shop, while Harriet was 57 and keeping the home in order.Where they were in 1880 has still to be discovered, while it was on 11th September 1887 at Hartford, Van Buren, Michigan that John Collett from England died aged 73, when his occupation was recorded as a butcher.

 

 

 

When that happened, it seems reasonable to assume that Harriet went to live with her son George and his family, even though no record of them has been found in 1891. However, by 1900 Harriet Collett from England, who was 83 and born in July 1817, was a widow living with her married son George and his wife Sarah at their home in Watervliet, Berrien County, Michigan.The census returned that year also stated that Harriet had arrived in America during 1860 despite being named in both the census returns for 1850 and 1855.Twelve months later she was still living with her son when she died on 12th June 1901 at the age of 83, when her last occupation was reported to be a matron.

 

 

 

69O[2]13

George Few Collett

Born in 1840 at Willingham

 

69O[2]14

Harriet Collett

Born in 1843 at Willingham

 

 

 

 

69N25

Frederick Collett was born at Long Stanton in 1815 and was the fifth child of William Collett and Mary Sadler.On 17th October 1842 Frederick sought a bond of marriage for his forthcoming wedding with Sarah Brown from Ancaster in Lincolnshire.That enable the marriage of Frederick Collett and Sarah Brown to take place at Ancaster on 20th October 1842, but with something not correct with the recorded details.Firstly, both the bride and groom stated they were 21, which conflicts their dates of birth and their aged seven years later in the census of 1851.And while Sarahís father was named as Thomas Brown, Frederickís father was recorded at Thomas Collett.

 

 

 

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 Long Stanton was 36 and a farmer of 160 acres employing six labourers.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, Boston 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 was not at home when he died just prior to the birth of his last child, with the death of Frederick Collett recorded at Ely (Ref. 3b 329) during the fourth quarter of 1853.He was then buried in the churchyard of All Saints Church, Harford, near Huntingdon.The Haddenham census in 1861 placed his family living at Hillrow 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 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 F Collett who was six years old.

 

 

 

Having lost her husband in 1853, in 1866 their daughter Ellen was 16 when she died, leaving Sarah Collett, a widow of 56, still living at Hillrow in Haddenham where she was managing a grocer shop in 1871.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 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.

 

 

 

69O[2]15

Sarah Margaret Collett

Born in 1843 at Gransden

 

69O[2]16

Thomas Collett

Born in 1846 at Haddenham

 

69O[2]17

Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1847 at Haddenham

 

69O[2]18

Ellen Collett

Born in 1850 at Haddenham

 

69O[2]19

Mary Collett

Born in 1852 at Haddenham

 

69O[2]20

Martha Frederica Collett

Born in 1854 at Haddenham

 

 

 

 

69N26

Thomas Collett was born at Long Stanton on 27th July 1815 but was not baptised until he was nearly fifteen years old when he was baptised at Long Stanton 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.

 

 

 

 

69N27

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

 

 

 

 

69O21

Catherine Sarah Collett was born at Long Stanton 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 Long Stanton 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 Cambourne, 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 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 Phypers junior was four, and Catherine Phypers 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.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, scholars 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 Long Stanton, 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 Long Stanton.

 

 

 

 

69O22

Eliza Collett was born at Long Stanton on 5th May 1834, just over five months after her parents William Collett and Mary Mills were married there.It was also at Long Stanton 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 Long Stanton, 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 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 from Ilford.Carpenter George Breens was 46, as was his wife Eliza, while their children were John Breens who was 19, Alfred Breens who was 17 Ė both carpenters, James Breens who was 15 and a pupil teacher, Emily Breens who was 13, Henry Breens who was 11, Agnes Sophia Breens who was six, and Kate Breens 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 Long Stanton.The census return confirmed that the couple had been married under one year earlier, and that their home was at Park View in Long Stanton, Cambridgeshire.Eliza Breens, aged 76 and from Long Stanton 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.

 

 

 

 

69O23

Dinah Collett was born at Long Stanton 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 Long Stanton 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 Long Stanton 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, and by 1871 she had returned to Long Stanton 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.

 

 

 

 

69O24

Esther Collett was born at Long Stanton on 23rd September 1838, when her birth was registered at Chesterton (Ref. xiv 47). She was baptised at Long Stanton 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 Long Stanton 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 Long Stanton in 1851.

 

 

 

 

69O25

John Collett was born at Long Stanton near the end of 1840, with his birth registered at Chesterton (Ref. xiv 45) during the final quarter of the year. He was only 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 Johnís eldest sister Eliza went to live with their paternal grandparents nearby in Long Stanton.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 Long Stanton.Living there with him were his three unmarried daughters Lucy Mills, Ann Mills, and Lydia Mills, together with his grandson John Collett who was 19 and a gardener.

 

 

 

Before the end of the next decade the marriage of John Collett and Emily Cobb from Tollesbury in Essex, took place in London towards the end of 1868, with their wedding recorded at Poplar (Ref. 1c 944) during the first three months of 1869.Emily may have been with-child on that day, with the couple initially settling in Ilford, with their first child born at Great Ilford at the end of the first week in May 1869.After the possible embarrassment of that earlier than expected birth, the family moved to Faircross in Barking before the end of 1871, where the next three children were born. The births of all the children were registered at Romford in Essex.

 

 

 

In the census return for Ilford in 1871 the three members of the young family was recorded as John Collett from Long Stanton who was 30 years old and employed as a gardener, his wife Emily Collett who was 26, and their daughter Annie Collett who was one year of age, but approaching her second birthday.By the autumn of 1871, the family was residing at Faircross in Barking where son William was born in mid-November that year.Despite being the second child, William was the first to be baptised, when he was three years old, when his parents were living at Faircross in Barking, from where his father was working as a gardener.Tragically, son William he died at Faircross before reaching his fourth birthday, and six months later his family mourned the loss of another child, daughter Florence.It was three weeks after William died that Florence and her older sister were baptised together in a joint ceremony at St Margaretís Church at the end of October 1875, when the family was again confirmed as residing at Faircross.

 

 

 

Perhaps it was the loss of those two children that resulted in the family moving again, which they did between 1876 and 1880, to 1 Manor Cottages in Barking.And it was there that the family was recorded in the Barking census of 1881. By then the first of the coupleís last three children had already been born and added to their one surviving child.That day John Collett from Long Stanton was 40 and was still employed as a gardener.His wife Emily Collett from Tollesbury 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 with-child on the day of the census, with her third daughter born around six months after, and she was followed by the coupleís sixth and final child three years later. Less than two months after the birth of that child, three of their children John, Emily, and Albert, were baptised together at St Margaretís Church on 20th May 1885, when the familyís home address was Manor Cottage, Longbridge Road, Barking, from where their father was a gardener.

 

 

 

John and Emily were still residing in the four-roomed accommodation that was Manor Gate Cottage on Longbridge Road in 1891.Johnís recorded age and occupation had changed by then, with him being 50 years of age 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 was six years old.The couples absent eldest daughter Annie, was married by then and had already started a large family of her own.Nine years later the death of John Collett aged 59 was recorded at West Ham register office (Ref. 4a 133) during the first three months of 1900.††Having lost her husband, Emily was then working as a washer woman at the age of 55 in the 1901 census the Ilford area of East London when she was living at Ilford High Road.The only child still living with her was her son Albert Collett who was 16.It was the same situation in 1911, with 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.Four and a half years after that census day the death of Emily Collett was recorded at Romford register office (Ref. 4a 528) during the final quarter of 1915 when she was 51.

 

 

 

69P[2]1

Annie Eleanor Collett

Born in 1869 at Great Ilford, Essex

 

69P[2]2

William Edward Collett

Born in 1871 at Barking, Essex

 

69P[2]3

Florence Mary Collett

Born in 1874 at Barking, Essex

 

69P[2]4

John Edmund Collett

Born in 1878 at Barking, Essex

 

69P[2]5

Emily Edith Collett

Born in 1881 at Barking, Essex

 

69P[2]6

Albert Henry Collett

Born in 1885 at Barking, Essex

 

 

 

 

69O26

Joshua Collett was born at Long Stanton during the summer of 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 on 7th September 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 Long Stanton by 1861 when they were living at Green End, where Joshua Collett from Long Stanton 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 Long Stanton 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.Consequently, 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 Long Stanton, 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.

 

 

 

69P[2]7

Martha Ann Collett

Born in 1880 at Wisbech

 

69P[2]8

Frank Collett

Born in 1886 at Grantham

 

 

 

 

69O27

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 Long Stanton.

 

 

 

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 from Swaffham, not to be confused with Swaffham in Norfolk.It was as David Collett, a 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, aged 40, Susan Collett, aged 35, William J Collett, age 18, Frederick J Collett, aged 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.

 

 

 

69P[2]9

William John Collett

Born in 1872 at Swaffham Prior, Cambs.

 

69P[2]10

Frederick James Collett

Born in 1874 at Swaffham Prior, Cambs.

 

69P[2]11

Maud Collett

Born in 1876 at Swaffham Prior, Cambs.

 

69P[2]12

Beatrice L Collett

Born in 1879 at Swaffham Prior, Cambs.

 

 

 

 

69O28

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 Long Stanton.Ten years later Mahala had left the family home in Long Stanton 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 Long Stanton, 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 Long Stanton so assumed she was born there, while providing an approximate age.

 

 

 

 

69O29

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.She was five years of age in the Long Stanton 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.

 

 

 

 

69O210

Thomas Collett was born at Long Stanton 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 Long Stanton on 21st April 1861 in a joint ceremony with his youngest sister Rachel (below).

 

 

 

 

69O211

Rachel Collett was born at Long Stanton 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 Long Stanton census in 1861.

 

 

 

 

69O212

Leah Collett was born at Long Stanton 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 Long Stanton on 26th July 1863.

 

 

 

 

69O213

George Few Collett was born at Willingham on 19th September 1840 and his birth was registered at Chesterton (Ref. xiv 44). He was baptised at Willingham 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 and a bar keeper when his father John was the tavern keeper.It was six years later that the marriage of George F Collett and Adaline Sarah Phillips, who was known as Addie, was recorded at Berrien County in Michigan on 25th November 1866.

 

 

 

On the day of the census in 1870, the young family was recorded at Michiana, New Buffalo Township in Berrien County, where George F Collett from England was 29 and a foreman with the railroad, Ada Phillips Collett of Michigan was 25, and their daughter Eda (Edith) was two years of age.Two years later, and at the time of the birth of their son George, his father was again recorded as employed on the railroad, with his mother Addie S Collett was a station agent.

 

 

 

Just prior to the census in 1880, Addie gave birth to a son, not named, who was still-born.The birth at Hartford was recorded there on 20th February 1879, where his parents were George F Collett, an agent for the railroad, and his wife A S Collett.According to the census the following year, 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.During 1881 George F Collett from Cambridgeshire in England of Hartford, was serving with the 15th Michigan Infantry on 31st May who by the end of September that year, had the rank of sergeant major, and again recorded as SM at the end of the same year.

 

 

 

Twenty years after that day, George F Collett from England was 60 years of age, having been born during September 1840, and had been married for 34 years.He was head of the household at Watervliet in Berrien County, Michigan, and still had his wife Sarah A Collett from Michigan aged 56 and born in December 1844 living with him.The only other person staying at the address was George elderly widowed mother Harriet Collett from England who was 83 and born in July 1817.She was recorded as arriving in America during 1860.

 

 

 

69P[2]13

Edith Catherine Collett

Born in 1868 at New Buffalo Township

 

69P[2]14

George Richard Collett

Born in 1872 at Hartford, Michigan

 

69P[2]15

a Collett son - stillborn

Born in 1879 at Hartford, Michigan

 

 

 

 

69O215

Sarah Margaret Collett was born at Little Gransden on 16th February 1843, the eldest child of Frederick Collett, a farmer, and Sarah Brown, who was baptised at Little Gransden on 17th March 1844.Shortly thereafter the family moved to Hillrow in Haddenham, where Sarah later stated she had been born.That was move was confirmed by the baptism of Sarahís eldest brother Thomas (below) in 1845, and it was at Hillrow that the family resided beyond 1881.In 1851 when Sarah M Collett was seven years old she and her family were living at Hillrow, when just over two and a half years later Sarahís father died near the end of 1853.By the time of the next census in 1861 she had left the family home at Hillrow in Haddenham when she was 17, although where she was that year remains a mystery.It was just before the next census in 1870 that Sarah Margaret Collett, the daughter of Frederick Collett, married Mark Gumbrell at Haddenham on 29th March 1876 when the bride was 26 and the groom was 25 and the son of Luke Gumbrell.

 

 

 

It was at Camberwell in South London that the family of Mark and Sarah Gumbrell was recorded in the census of 1881.By that time Sarah had given birth to five children.Mark Gumbrell from Brixton was 35 and a canvasser / commercial clerk, Sarah M Gumbrell from Haddenham was 36, and their four eldest children had been born at Crawley in Surrey.They were: Archibald F C Gumbrell aged ten; Mabel A Gumbrell who was seven; Edith M Gumbrell who was five; and Percy C Gumbrell who was three years old. The fifth child, John Harold Gumbrell was two years old and born at Leatherhead, prior to the move to Camberwell.

 

 

 

According to the census of 1891, the later children of Sarah and Mark was Hedley Gumbrell from London who was born there in 1885, who was six years old and staying with his spinster aunt Mary Collett in Huntingdon.Mary was Sarahís younger sister (below).On that same day, Sarah Gumbrell was a visitor at the Huntingdon home of elderly Margaret Holmes aged 76 and from Lincolnshire who was a widow living on her own means and employing a 16-year-old general domestic servant.Sarah was recorded as being from Cambridgeshire, aged 46, married, and referred to as the niece of Margaret Holmes.

 

 

 

Sarahís husband Mark, on that day, was 46 and a traveller in dry goods who gave his place of birth as Hampshire, rather than Brixton.Living with him on that occasion at Camberwell were four of the couples six children.They were Mabel aged 18 and Edith aged 16, both employed as a (gas) mantle maker, Percy 14 and a draperís assistant, and Harold 13 and at school.Missing was Hedley, as mentioned above, and the familyís eldest child Archibald.

 

 

 

Ten years later, the census conducted in 1901 revealed that Sarah Gumbrell from Hillrow in Cambridgeshire was 57 and a widow, and head of the household, living at Kingsland Road in Hackney.Still living with her were two sons Percy Gumbrell from Crawley in Surrey who was 25 and a meter prover, and Hedley Gumbrell from Dulwich in Surrey who was 15 and a warehouse boy.Hedley was absent from the family in 1911, and was replaced by his elder brother Harold Gumbrell from Leatherhead in Surrey who was 33, unmarried, and working as a carman.Percy Gumbrell, then aged 34 was a furniture dealer, while their mother Sarah Gumbrell from Hillrow was 66 and head of the household but at Tottenham by then.

 

 

 

Four years after that census day, Sarah Margaret Gumbrell was still living in London when she died in the latter months of 1915, when she was 72 years old.Her death was recorded at Hackney register office (Ref. 1b 521) during the final quarter of that year. The record of her burial at the South Metropolitan Cemetery in Lambeth on 6th December 1915 stated that she was 73 when she died and that she had been residing at 56 Castlewood Road, Stamford Hill in Hackney

 

 

 

 

69O216

Thomas Collett was born at Haddenham in 1845 when his birth was registered at birth registered at Ely (Ref. xiv 62) during the second quarter of the year.He was subsequently baptised at Haddenham on 4th May 1845, the son of Frederick and Sarah Collett 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.

 

 

 

 

69O217

Elizabeth Collett was born at Haddenham in 1847, with her birth registered at Ely (Ref. xiv 65) during the second quarter of the year. It was at Haddenham that she was baptised on 18th April 1847, a daughter of Frederick Collett and Sarah Brown.She was four years of age in the Haddenham census of 1851 when the family was residing at Hillrow in Haddenham, where her father was a farmer of 160 acres, employing six labourers.It was the same situation in 1861 when Elizabeth Collett was 14 and again with her family at Hillrow, Haddenham.Nine years later, on 12th October 1870, Elizabeth Collett married John Alexander Archibold at Haddenham, with the event recorded at Ely (Ref. 3b 1179).John was the son of George Archibold and Elizabeth was confirmed as the daughter of Frederick Collett.

 

 

 

Six months after their wedding day the childless couple was still living in Haddenham where John A Archibold from Berwick-on-Tweed was 26 and an officer with the inland revenue, and Elizabeth Archibold from Haddenham was 24.Within three years Elizabeth had given birth to two children and, while no later record of her or her husband had been found after 1871, the two children were living with Johnís widowed mother at Berwick-on-Tweed.Ella Milburne Archibold was born on 18th October 1872 at Haddenham where she was baptised on 15th November 1872.George Harold Brown Archibold was baptised at Haddenham on 22nd April 1874.They were eight and seven years of age, respectively in 1881, and in the care of 61-year-old Jane Archibold.With her passing during the following decade, the two children were placed in the care of their fatherís unmarried sister Barbara Archibold at Berwick-on-Tweed by 1891.

 

 

 

 

69O218

Ellen Collett was born at Hillrow Haddenham possibly at the end of 1849, or early in 1850, with her birth registered at Ely (Ref. xiv 71), following which she was baptised at Haddenham on 10th February 1850, another daughter of Frederick and Sarah Collett. Ellen was one year old in the Haddenham census of 1851 and, within two years her father had died.Sadly, Ellen was only sixteen years of age when her death was recorded at Ely (Ref. 3b 354) during the second quarter of 1866.

 

 

 

 

69O219

Mary Collett was born at Hillrow in Haddenham during 1852, with her birth registered at Ely (Ref. 3b 543) during the first quarter of the year.She was another child of Frederick and Sarah Collett who, at the age of 29 in 1881, was unmarried and living within the parish of Ely Holy Trinity, when she was a draperís assistant from Hill Row in Haddenham. It seems most likely that Mary and her unmarried sister Martha (below) were living together in Huntingdon prior to Marthaís death in 1890, since in 1891, Mary Collett was 39 and a fancy draper and milliner carrying on her business in that location.Staying there with her was her nephew Hedley Gumbrell from London who was six years old and one of the children of Maryís eldest sister Sarah Margaret Gumbrell, nee Collett (above) and her husband Mark Gumbrell. Perhaps that London connection was the reason for Maryís death in 1909 being recorded at Kingston-on-Thames register office (Ref. 2a 317) at the start of that year when she was 57.

 

 

 

 

69O220

Martha Frederica Collett was born at Hillrow Haddenham in 1854 and was the last child of Frederick Collett and Sarah Brown who was a widow by the time Martha was born, who did not survive to see his youngest child.The birth of Martha Frederica, thus named in his honour, was registered at Ely (Ref. 3b 538) during the second quarter of that year.On leaving school, Martha worked as a shop assistant in her motherís grocerís shop in Haddenham, where she was 16 in 1871.Ten years later, unmarried Martha F Collett was living at home in Haddenham and was keeping the house in order while her mother continued to manage the village grocery store.At that time in 1881, it was Marthaís aunt Martha Brown, her motherís younger unmarried sister, who was working in the shop with Sarah.Martha never married and, upon dying on 8th August 1890, her body was laid to rest with her father at All Saints Church in Hartford, just east of Huntingdon.The death of Martha Frederica Collett aged 35 was recorded at Huntingdon register office (Ref. 3b 136) during the third quarter of 1890.A record of the passing of Martha Frederica Collett was published in the Lincoln, Rutland & Stamford Mercury on 22nd August 1890.

 

 

 

 

69P21

Annie Eleanor Collett was born at Great Ilford in Essex on 9th May 1869, the eldest child of John Collett and Emily Cobb, whose birth was registered at Romford (Ref. 4a 124).As simply Annie Collett, she was one-year-old in the Ilford census of 1871 who, five weeks later, celebrated her second birthday.Towards the end of 1871, Annie and her parents were living at Faircross in Barking, and it was from there, over four years later, when Annie was 6Ĺ years of age, that she was baptised in a joint ceremony with her one-year-old sister Florence (below) on 31st October 1875 at Barkingís Church of St Margaret.After a further couple of years, the family moved again to 1 Manor Gate Cottages at Ripple Road in Barking, and it was there that she was 11 years old on the day of the next census in 1881. After a further nine years, the marriage of Annie Eleanor Collett and John Thomas Poulter was conducted at Barking on 4th August 1890, when Annie was confirmed as the daughter of John Collett of Manor Gate Cottages, Longbridge Road, Barking, and her husbandís father was Charles Poulter of 10 Fisher Street in Barking.Their wedding was recorded at Romford register office (Ref. 4a 428) during the third quarter of 1890.Eight months after their wedding, the childless couple was living in Ilford on the day of the census in 1891, when John Poulter was 24 and a dairyman, and his wife Annie Poulter was 21.

 

 

 

Their first child was born later that year and, by the end of the century, their family was completed with the birth of three more children at Ilford.Constance Poulter was born on 29th August 1891, Arthur Sydney Poulter was born on 8th September 1893, Gertrude Edith Poulter was born on 13th June 1895, and Marjorie Helen Poulter was born on 1st September 1897.It was at Ilford High Street that the family was residing in 1901 when John T Poulter from Stapleford Abbott in Essex was 34 and a cow keeper and dairyman, Annie Poulter from Ilford was 31, Constance was nine, Arthur was seven, Gertrude was five, and Marjorie was three years of age.Staying with the family, both then and again in 1911, was Johnís sister-in-law Emily Collett from Barking who was 19, mostly likely helping her sister Annie in caring for the children.

 

 

 

According to the next Ilford census in 1911, John Poulter was 44 and again described as a cow keeper and dairyman, Annie Poulter was 41 and had been married to John for twenty years.By that time their son Arthur would have been 17 and had already left the family home.Just their three daughters and Annieís sister were the other members of the family.Constance was 19 and a student in agriculture, Gertrude was 15, and Marjorie was 13, both still at school, and Emily Collett was 29 and again had no stated occupation.

 

 

 

The later death of Annie Eleanor Poulter was recorded at Essex register office (Ref. 4a 365) during the summer of 1925.Her Will was proved at Essex on 5th September 1925 and named the two main beneficiaries as Arthur Sidney Poulter and Francis John Hunt.The probate process confirmed that Annie had died on 12th July 1925, at the age of 56, and was buried in Ilford on 15th July 1925.

 

 

 

 

69P22

William Edward Collett was born at Faircross, Barking in Essex on 14th November 1871, the second child and eldest son of gardener John Collett and his wife Emily.His birth was registered at Romford (Ref. 4a 136) during the last three months of the year. The children of John and Emily had their baptisms delayed, perhaps because of health reason, and for William he was three years old when he baptised at St Margaretís Church in Barking on 9th January 1875It was just three months prior to his fourth birthday that William Edward Collett of Faircross died at Barking and was buried at St Margaretís Church on 10th October 1875.His premature death was recorded at Romford (Ref. 4a 99).

 

 

 

 

69P23

Florence Mary Collett was born at Faircross in Barking on 7th December 1874, another daughter of John and Emily Collett.Her birth was registered at Romford (Ref. 4a 173) early in 1875 and, when she was baptised at St Margaretís Church in Barking on 31st October 1875, she recorded in error as Florence May Collett, the daughter of John Collett a gardener of Faircross and his wife Emily.That same day her much older sister Annie was also baptised there, in a joint ceremony with eleven-month-old Florence. Three weeks earlier Florenceís brother William (above) had died and, whatever had been the cause of his premature death, may also have been the same reason that took the life of Florence Mary Collett six months after she was baptised, when she was only sixteen months old.She was buried at Barking on 23rd April 1876, with her death recorded at Romford (Ref. 4a 85) during the second quarter of the year.

 

 

 

 

69P24

John Edmund Collett was born at Barking on 24th November 1878, the eldest surviving son of John and Emily Collett.His birth was registered at Romford (Ref. 4a 223) and he was two years of age in 1881 when he and his family were living at 1 Manor Cottages in Barking, where he may have been born after his family moved there from Faircross.Four years after that census day John Edmund Collett was baptised at St Margaretís Church in Barking on 20th May 1885 in a triple baptism involving his two younger siblings Emily and baby Albert (below).The church record for the event confirmed they were the three children of gardener John Collett and his wife Emily of Manor Cottages, Longbridge Road in Barking.It was there also that he and his family were the occupants of Manor Gate 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 during the summer of 1905 that John Edmund Collett married Elizabeth Keenes, when their wedding day was recorded at Romford register office (Ref. 4a1184) during the third quarter of the year.The birth of Elizabeth Keenes was registered at Romford (Ref. 4a 272) during the third quarter of 1882, the daughter of Henry and Annie Keenes.When John and Elizabethís first child was born at Portsmouth the following year it indicates he was still a serving seaman with the Royal Navy, as he was again at the baptism of their second child. However, not long after that John completed his time in the navy and became a house painter working in the building industry.

 

 

 

By the time of the census in 1911, he had set up home at Clive Cottages on Ilford Lane in Ilford, where the couple was living when their younger daughter was born. The census return confirmed that they had been married for five years and that the marriage had provided them with two children.John Edmund Collett from Barking was 32 and a house painter , Elizabeth Collett from Ilford was 28, Doris Maud Collett from Portsmouth was four, and Ida Constance Collett from Ilford was two years of age.On that day Elizabeth had only five weeks to go to the birth of the coupleís third daughter, who was followed four years after by the birth of a son, the coupleís last child.

 

 

 

Having suffered the loss of his only son before celebrating his first birthday, the three daughters were married when John Edmund Collett, a grandfather, was residing at 33 Dudley Road in Ilford when he died there on 5th February 1936.Administration of his personal effects amounting to £811 4 Shillings and 3 Pence was granted at London on 24th March 1936 to Elizabeth Collett, his widow.The death of John E Collett was recorded at Essex register office (Ref. 4a 640) at the age of 57.

 

 

 

69Q[2]1

Doris Maud Collett

Born in 1906 at Portsmouth

 

69Q[2]2

Ida Constance Collett

Born in 1909 at Ilford, Essex

 

69Q[2]3

Hilda Mary Collett

Born in 1911 at Ilford, Essex

 

69Q[2]4

Arthur Edmund Collett

Born in 1915 at Ilford, Essex

 

 

 

 

69P25

Emily Edith Collett was born at 1 Manor Cottages in Barking on 19th June 1881, the youngest daughter and fifth child of John and Emily Collett.Her birth was registered at Romford (Ref. 4a 259) during the third quarter of the year.Nearly four years later she was baptised at the Church of St Margaret in Barking with her older brother John (above) and younger brother Albert (below) on 20th May 1885.The parish register reported that the family was living at Manor Cottage, Longbridge Road in Barking, and that her fatherís occupation was that of a gardener.It was at Manor Cottage that the family was residing in 1891, when Emily E Collett was nine years old, by which time her family was a stockman

 

 

 

During the previous year Emily much older sister Annie was married and during the last decade of the century Annie gave birth to four children.It therefore appears that on leaving school, Emily went to live with Annie to help her look and her young family and their home in Ilford.Even after her father died early in 1900, Emily continued to living with Annie, as confirmed in both 1901, when she was 19, and again 1911 when she was 29 and still not married and not credited with a job of work.

 

 

 

 

69P26

Albert Henry Collett was born at Manor Cottage on Longbridge Road in Barking on 27th March 1885, the last child of John Collett and Emily Cobb.His birth was registered at Romford (Ref. 4a 304) during the second quarter of the year and it was at St Margaretís Church in Barking that he was baptised on 20th May 1885 with his older siblings John and Emily (above).It was also at Manor Cottage that he was six years of age and attending school in the Barking census of 1891.On leaving school he took up carpentry and by 1901 he and his widowed mother were living at Ilford in Essex, where Albert was 16 and working as a carpenter.His mother Emily was again head of the household at Ilford in 1911, by which time Albert Henry Collett from Barking was single, aged 26, and employed as a milk carrier.

 

 

 

Within six months of the day of the census in 1911, the marriage of Albert Henry Collett and Susan Shepherd was recorded at Romford register office (Ref. 4a 1044) during the third quarter of 1911.He continued to reside in the County of Essex, where his death was recorded (Ref. 5a 393) in 1953 at the age of 68.

 

 

 

 

69P28

Frank Collett was born at Grantham in Lincolnshire on 26th August 1886 and was baptised at Somerby near Grantham on 10th October 1886, 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.Mary was also born at Grantham, on 24th February 1888, and was one of the daughters of labourer John Witty and his wife Elizabeth.

 

 

 

The coupleís only known child was born shortly after they were married, with the family of three living at Gainsborough in 1911 where Frank Collett from Grantham was 24, whose occupation was a driller and a machinist with an agricultural implement maker. His wife Mary Elizabeth Collett also from Grantham was 23, and their son Frank William Collett was just six months old.Some years later the family appear to have moved to the south of England, with the death of Frank Collett, who was born at Gainsborough in 1886, recorded at Surrey register office (Ref. 5a 1724) during 1969.Around fourteen years after being made a widow, Mary Elizabeth Collett, born in 1888, was in Suffolk when her passing was recorded at Bury-St-Edmunds (Vol. 10 2565) at the start of 1984.

 

 

 

69Q[2]5

Frank William Collett

Born in 1910 at Gainsborough

 

 

 

 

69P29

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.The birth of William John Collett Gillson was registered at Newmarket (Ref. 3b 569) during the last three months of the year, which very likely means 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 employed as a railway engine cleaner when he was still living with his family in Clerkenwell, within the Holborn district of London.

 

 

 

On leaving school William was employed on the railway and at the age 27 the marriage of William John Collett and Louisa Isabella Emery was recorded at Holborn register office (Ref. 1b 830) in 1899.Louisa was born at Clerkenwell on 4th January 1874 with were birth registered at Holborn (Ref. 1b 755). The 1901 census return confirmed that the two of them were residing at Kingís Cross Road 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 last of their three children two years later.

 

 

 

The enlarged family was subsequently residing within the Holborn, Clerkenwell area of Middlesex in 1911.William John Collett was 38 and still working on the railway, 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 who was named as the main beneficiary. Many years later the death of Louisa Isabella Collett was recorded at Middlesex register office (Ref. 5e 332) in 1950.

 

 

 

69Q[2]6

Maud Beatrice Collett

Born in 1900 at Clerkenwell

 

69Q[2]7

Edith Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1902 at Clerkenwell

 

69Q[2]8

Frederick William Collett

Born in 1904 at Clerkenwell

 

 

 

 

69P210

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 parents 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.

 

 

 

 

69P213

Edith Catherine Collett was born at New Buffalo Township, Berrien County in Michigan on 25th May 1868 was the first-born child of George Few Collett from England and his wife Adaline Sarah Phillips from Michigan.Her birth was registered simply as Edith Collett, with the middle C added on her wedding day, later revealed to be Edith Catherine Collett.On the day of the New Buffalo census in 1871 she was recorded as Eda Collett aged two years.She was 13 years of age in the census of 1880, when living with her family at Harford in Van Buren County.It was on 10th May 1893 at Hartford that the wedding of Edith C Collett, aged 24 and daughter of G F Collett, and Adolphus S Miles, aged 23 and son of William Miles and Sarah Schmidt. It was as Edith Catherine Miles aged 68 that she died at Benton Harbour in Berrien County on 18th May 1937 just a week short of her sixty-nineth birthday.

 

 

 

 

69P214

George Richard Collett was born at Hartford in Michigan on 6th January 1872, the son of George F Collett (referred to some times as George Few Collett - Few being his motherís maiden-name) and Addie S 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 the 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]9

Nellie H Collett

Born in 1906 at Missouri

 

69Q[2]10

Florence Collett

Born in 1906 at Milwaukee, Wisconsin

 

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

 

69Q[2]11

George Richard Collett junior

Born in 1919 at California

 

 

 

 

69Q21

Doris Maud Collett was born at 51 Widley Road in North End, Portsmouth on 19th June 1906 and was the first of the four known children of John Edmund Collett, a sailor with the Royal Navy, and Elizabeth Keenes.Her birth was recorded at Portsmouth register office (Ref. 2b 405) during the third quarter of the year and was baptised at Portsea on 17th July 1906.Doris was around two years of age when her fatherís term of service with the navy ceased and the young family returned to East London where her mother and father had been born.The Ilford census in 1911 included the Collett family, when Doris Maud was four years old. She was still living in that area of East London when the marriage Doris Maud Collett and Albert D Shaw was recorded at Romford register office (Ref. 4a 749) during the first quarter of 1932.

 

 

 

Their daughter, and only known child, was born locally, when the birth of Margaret E Shaw was recorded at Essex South-Western register office (Ref. 4a 352) during the summer of 1936, when her motherís maiden-name was confirmed as Collett.The much later death of Doris Maud Shaw, aged 71, was recorded at Essex register office (Vol. 9 2798) in 1978.Four years after she passed away, the death of Albert Shaw was also recorded there (Vol. 15 1710) in 1982, when his date of birth was reported to be 12th June 1903.

 

 

 

 

69Q22

Ida Constance Collett was born at 15 Clive Cottages in Ilford, Essex, shortly after her family moved back to East London from Portsmouth.She was born on 6th March 1909, another daughter of John and Elizabeth Collett, with her birth recorded at Romford register office (Ref. 4a 570).It was at St Margaretís Church in nearby Barking that she was baptised on 25th April 1909, when the baptism record gave her fatherís occupation as a seaman.He had been a member of the Royal Navy up until then, after which he took up work as a house painter in the building industry.Two years later, the Ilford census in 1911 recorded Ida Constance Collett living there with her family at the age of two.

 

 

 

One year after her older sister Doris (above) was married, the marriage of Ida Constance Collett and Frank N Turner was recorded at Romford register office (Ref. 4a 1460) during the summer of 1933. And again, as with her sister, Ida gave birth to a daughter four years after her wedding day, with the birth of Elizabeth A Turner recorded at Romford (Ref. 4a 784) during the third quarter of 1937, when her motherís maiden-name was confirmed as Collett.The death of Ida Constance Turner, who was born on 6th March 1909, was recorded at Hampshire register office (Vol. 4942 24b) in 1994.The much earlierdeath of her husband was recorded in Essex.

 

 

 

 

69Q23

Hilda Mary Collett was born 15 Clive Cottages in Ilford on 11th May 1911, just over a month after the census that year.She was baptised at the Church of St Margaret in Barking on 31st May 1911 and was the third daughter of house painter John Collett and his wife Elizabeth.As the youngest of the three Collett sisters, it is interesting that Hilda was the first to be married, when her wedding with William H Buckley was recorded at Romford register office (Ref. 4a 1415) during the third quarter of 1932.

 

 

 

Unlike her two sisters, whose marriages gave them each one child, Hildaís presented William with two children, both births recorded at Romford, where the motherís maiden-name was confirmed as Collett.They were Mary E Buckley who was born either at the end of 1933 or early in 1934 (Ref. 4a 679), and John W Buckley born near the end of 1936 or just after the start of 1937 (Ref.4a 732).Their son was only twenty-one years old when the death of Hilda Mary Buckley was recorded at Essex in 1958 (Ref. 4a 723) at the age of only 47.

 

 

 

 

69Q24

Arthur Edmund Collett was born at Ilford on 2nd April 1915, with his birth recorded at Romford register office (Ref. 4a 1068) when his motherís maiden-name was confirmed as Keenes.It was at St Margaretís Church in Barking that when was baptised on 5th May 1915.Tragically, he did not survive with his infant death also recorded at Romford (Ref. 4a 564) during the last threemonth of 1915.

 

 

 

 

69Q25

Frank William Collett was born at Gainsborough on 3rd October 1910 and was six months old on the day of the Gainsborough census in 1911. He was the only known child of Frank Collett and Mary Elizabeth Witty, whose birth was recorded at Gainsborough register office (Ref. 7a 671) during the fourth quarter of the year.His father was a machinist working on production of agricultural equipment, a trade and a career path that young Frank may have followed.The reason for highlighting that, is that on 17th November 1950, a Frank W Collett aged 40 years and a machinist, travelled to Melbourne in Australia. No record of a marriage for Frank has been found, nor evidence of a return from Australia.However, one unconfirmed source believes that he was living in Suffolk when he died at Bury-St-Edmunds (Vol. 10 2802) at the end of 1989, at the age of 79.What is interesting, is it was at Bury-St-Edmunds that his mother had died five years earlier.

 

 

 

 

69Q26

Maud Beatrice Collett was born at Kingís Cross Road in Clerkenwell on 24th April 1900 and her birth, as the eldest of the three children of William John Collett and Louia Isabella Emery, was recorded at Holborn register office (Ref. 1b 679) during the second quarter of the year.It was at Kingís Cross Road that the family was living in 1901 when Maud was under one year old and was 11 years of age in the Clerkenwell census of 1911.She never married and lived a long life, at the end of which the death of Maud Beatrice Collett was recorded at Sussex register office (Vo. 18 1340) in 1981.

 

 

 

 

69Q27

Edith Elizabeth Collett was born at Kingís Cross Road in Clerkenwell on 28th February 1902, with her birth recorded at Holborn register office (Ref. 1b 657) during the second quarter of that year.Edith Elizabeth Collett was nine years old in the Clerkenwell census of 1911. Edith was thirty years old when the marriage of Edith Elizabeth Collett and Alfred G Bennett was recorded at the City of London register office (Ref. 1c 36) during the last quarter of 1934.Alfred was born at 34 Brad Street in Lambeth in the spring of 1899 and was the son of Frederick and Elizabeth Bennett.

 

 

 

After their wedding day two children were born to a Bennett and Collett couple, with their births recorded at Edmonton register office; Iris E Bennett in 1935 (Ref. 3a 1188) during the third quarter of the year, and Wendy Y Bennett in 1936 (Ref. 3a 1005) during the last quarter of the year.In both cases the motherís maiden-name was confirmed as Collett. The death of Edith Elizabeth Bennett was recorded at Middlesex register office (Vol. 12 0391) in 1975.

 

 

 

 

69Q28

Frederick William Collett was born at Clerkenwell in London on 29th February 1904, a Leap Year, and was the third child of William John Collett and Louisa Isabella Emery.His birth was recorded at Holborn register office (Ref. 1b 649) during the second quarter of the year and he was seven years of age in the 1911 Census for the Holborn-Clerkenwell area of London.No record has been found to suggest that he was ever married, so all that is known about him is that the Frederick William Collett who was born on 29th February 1904, died in Yorkshire where his death was recorded in 1978 (Vol. 7 0338).

 

 

 

 

69Q210

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 four-year-old daughter of George R Collett was recorded as Nellie H Collett from Missouri.She was however listed as Florence Collett aged 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.

 

 

 

 

69Q211

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

 

This is the family line of James Collett-White, whose ancestors came from Cambridge,

first appearing in the marriage by licence of Edward Collett and Mary Souster in 1694,

through to John Collett (below) who married Elizabeth Whyatt

 

 

 

 

69L31

John Collett was baptised in 1746, the grandson of Edward Collett and Mary Souster.John was 25 years of age when he was married by licence to Elizabeth Whyatt on 11th August 1771 at the Church of St Botolph in the centre of Cambridge, to the east of the River Cam.Within the next four months the coupleís first child was born and baptised at St Botolphís, where all their subsequent children were born and baptised.The youngest child was twenty years old when Elizabeth died at the age of 58, and was buried at St Botolphís on 2nd January 1806 where she was described as Elizabeth Whyatt Collett, the wife of John Collett.Although he would be approaching eighty-years-old age, the records indicate that John Collett, a miller at Stow-cum-Quy died there on 21st January 1829, when it has been confirmed his only known son, and namesake, was still living at Little Abraham in 1932 and again in 1841.

 

 

 

69M[3]1

Sarah Collett

Born in 1771 at Cambridge

 

69M[3]2

Susannah Collett

Born in 1773 at Cambridge

 

69M[3]3

Mary Collett

Born in 1775 at Cambridge

 

69M[3]4

John Collett

Born in 1777 at Cambridge

 

69M[3]5

Jane Collett

Born in 1779 at Cambridge

 

69M[3]6

Elizabeth Wyatt Collett

Born in 1781 at Cambridge

 

69M[3]7

Mary Collett

Born in 1783 at Cambridge

 

69M[3]8

Ann Collett

Born in 1785 at Cambridge

 

 

 

 

69M31

Sarah Collett was born in Cambridge during November 1771, following her parents wedding on 11th August that year.She was baptised at the Church of St Botolph in Cambridge on 1st December 1771, the first-born child of John Collett and Elizabeth Whyatt.

 

 

 

 

69M32

Susannah Collett was born in Cambridge in 1773 and was baptised at St Botolphís Church on 24th April 1774, the second child of John and Elizabeth Collett.She was twenty-one and of full-age when she married William Graves-Swann at Cambridge on 17th April 1795.The couple had a least two children, their daughters, for whom the baptism records at St Botolphís Church confirm the first of them was Elizabeth Ann Collett Swann, daughter of William Graves-Swann and Susannah Collett, who was baptised on 1st July 1810.She later married John Turner, and shortly after, their daughter Elizabeth Susannah Turner was born on 4th April 1832.Less than four years after Elizabeth was born, daughter Jane Harriet Swann was born and baptised at St Botolphís on 10th February 1814, when William Graves-Swannís occupation was that of a servant, and she died and was buried at St Ives on 19th November 1867.

 

 

 

When Susannah died, she was recorded simply as Susannah Swann.Under that named, she died in at the start of 1827 and was buried in the churchyard of St Botolphís Church in Cambridge on 17th January 1827 at the age of 53.The burial record confirmed that she was living within the parish when she passed away, with another report of her death confirming that Susannah Swann, nee Collett, was the daughter of Mr Collett of (Stow-cum-) Quy Mill.

 

 

 

Her daughter Jane Harriett Swan later married Robert White, a grocer of St Ives, and their son Robert Collett White was born at St Ives on 6th October 1841 and died at Brugge in Belgium on 17th March 1890.It was Robert Collett White and his son Robert who were instrumental in creating the name surname Collett-White, the younger Robert being the grandfather of James Collett-White, who generously provided the new details for this family line in 2000 and published in 2024.

 

 

 

 

69M33

Mary Collett was born in Cambridge in 1775, and was baptised at the Church of St Botolph on 3rd March 1775, another daughter of John and Elizabeth Collett.

 

 

 

 

69M34

John Collett was born in Cambridge around the end of 1777 or during the first half of 1776 and was baptised at St Botolphís Church in Cambridge on 29th June 1777, the only known son of John Collett and Elizabeth Whyatt.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.One record of that time refers to the death of John Collett, a miller at Stow-cum-Quy who died on 21st January 1829, which seems more likely to be Johnís father, in view of the documents mentioned below.

 

 

 

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 there was any reference to his wife and daughters.

 

 

 

Lucy survived her husband by over four years when she died at Teversham on 26th December 1849, when she was described as the widow of John Collett of Stow-cum-Quy.The death of Lucy Collett nee Kent recorded at Chesterton (Ref. xiv 31) during the final week of 1849.It is very interesting that twenty years later, in the census of 1871, Mahalah Collett from Long Stanton, 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, aged 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 Long Stanton.

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

69M35

Jane Collett was born at Cambridge in 1779, where she was baptised on 22nd April 1781 at St Botolphís Church.She was another daughter of John and Elizabeth Collett.Whilst her baptism was delay for nearly two years, it was only two weeks later that her just-born younger sister Elizabeth (below) was baptised, which so easily could have been a joint ceremony for the two siblings.So, there may have been a good reason why that happened.

 

 

 

 

69M36

Elizabeth Wyatt Collett was named after her mother Elizabeth Whyatt and was born in Cambridge and baptised on 4th May 1781 in the Church of St Botolph.

 

 

 

 

69M37

Mary Collett was born during 1783 in Cambridge and was baptised there at St Botolphís Church on 16th November 1783.

 

 

 

 

69M38

Ann Collett was the last children of John Collett and Elizabeth Whyatt and was born in 1785.Just as with all her older siblings, Ann was also baptised at the Church of St Botolph in the centre of Cambridge on 25th December 1785.

 

 

 

 

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.It is interesting that, when he became a married man, he forged another link with his motherís family, with the wedding of William Kent Collett and Elizabeth Kent conducted at Stow-cum-Quy on 29th June 1831. It was there also that the couple settled, and where all their children were born.From the Bishopís Transcripts for the birth of the children from 1834 to the last in 1854, the occupation of their father was confirmed as farmer and miller.Their mother Elizabeth Kent had also been born at Little Wilbraham, but during 1811.In the first national census of 1841, William was 30 and Elizabeth was 29, when they were living at *Quy Mill in 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.

 

 

 

*Quy Mill

Two years later the Quy Mill operated by William Collett, a farmer and miller, suffered storm damage on 16th August 1843, as reported in Cambridge.The Quy Mill records also confirm that Williamís father John Collett, or his grandfather John Collett, was the occupier of the Mill when it was offered for sale on 14th September 1803, two years prior to John junior becoming a married man. Following the purchase of the Mill by John Collett it was seven years later that John sold the watermill at Little Abraham on 17th February 1810.

 

 

 

Upon the death of Williamís father, his Will was proved on 16th January 1845, in which William was named as the son of John Collett of Little Wilbraham.After a further six years, William and his family were still living at Stow-cum-Quy in the parish of Fulbourn.By then the family had grown 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 and a farmer who was employing nineteen labourers, Elizabeth was 38, Charles was 18, absent daughter Emma was at boarding school, Henry was four, and baby Fanny was six months of age.Employed as domestic servants at the Collett farm were Sophia Butter and Ann Taylor.William and Elizabethís son William was 12 years of age and was attending a boarding school in nearby Ely and was reunited with the family for the next census.Three years after that census day, Elizabeth gave birth to the coupleís last child which, just like the ones before, was born and baptised at Stow-cum-Quy, when her parents were confirmed as William Kent Collett, farmer and miller, and his wife Elizabeth Collett.

 

 

 

The subsequent census return, completed in 1861, recorded the family still living at Stow-cum-Quy at Stow End, where William was 50 and a farmer and a miller from Little Wilbraham, Elizabeth was 48, Charles was 26, William was 22, Harry was 14, Fanny was 10, 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 to be married.By the spring of 1871 farmer and miller William Kent Collett was 61, Elizabeth Collett was 59, both born at Little Wilbraham, when just three of their children were still living at Stow-cum-Quy with them.They were sons Charles Collett, who was 36 and a widower, and unmarried Harry Collett, who was 23, both of whom were working alongside their father, and daughter Alice Collett who was 17.On that day the family had just one domestic servant, and that was Eliza Cornwell aged 20.

 

 

 

According to the 1881 Census, the family was continuing to reside in 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 had working for them 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 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 son of the deceased, and two other farmer sons Charles Collett and Harry Collett, both of Stow-cum-Quy, the executors of their fatherís personal estate valued at £8,306 2 Shillings and 11 Pence.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.

 

 

 

Footnote for the family:It was previously believed that the family comprised eight children, with the extra son (Henry or Harry) born between 1838 and 1842.No record of such a child for William Kent Collett and Elizabeth Kent of Stow-cum-Quy has been discovered during the 2024 update of this family line.Therefore, that child has been deleted from the list below.

 

 

 

69O[3]1

Richard Kent Collett

Born in 1832 at Stow-cum-Quy

 

69O[3]2

Charles John Collett

Born in 1834 at Stow-cum-Quy

 

69O[3]3

Emma Collett

Born in 1836 at Stow-cum-Quy

 

69O[3]4

William Collett

Born in 1838 at Stow-cum-Quy

 

69O[3]5

Harry Collett

Born in 1846 at Stow-cum-Quy

 

69O[3]6

Fanny Ann Collett

Born in 1851 at Stow-cum-Quy

 

69O[3]7

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 (Ref. xiv 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 formerly Ellen 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 Kent Collett and Elizabeth Kent.He was nine years old in the census return for Stow-cum-Quy in 1841, but by 1851 he had left the family home and was making his own way in the world when unmarried Richard Collett from Stow-cum-Quy was 19 and head of the household at nearby Teversham.On that census day, it with his maiden aunt Mary Collett, aged 44 from Wilbraham, who was his housekeeper, while 19-year-old Susan Richmond from Fulbourn was a domestic servant.Apparently, Richard never married and in 1861 he was recorded simply as Richard Collett, aged 28 and farmer of 346 acres employing ten men and six boys, he was still living at Teversham but at the High Street.Visiting him that day was his younger sister Emma Collett (below) who was 24 and from Stow-cum-Quy, and completing the household was local girl and domestic servant Elizabeth Stanford aged 18.

 

 

 

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 back living with him was his maiden aunt Mary Collett, an annuitant from Little Wilbraham, plus 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 by the time of the next census in 1891 he had left Fen Ditton and was a lodger at the Fulbourn village home of the widow Harriet Hardwick and her family when he was 58.Richard Kent Collett died on 5th May 1899 in his sixty-eighth year and was buried in the churchyard of St Mary the Virgin in Stow-cum-Quy, where his parents and his sisters Emma and Fanny were also buried.

 

 

 

 

69O32

Charles John Collett was born at Stow-cum-Quy in 1834 and was baptised there on 5th June 1834, 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 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 it was short-lived since, at no time in any census return was he recorded with his wife, indicating that he married between census dates and that his wife died 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 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 (Ref. 3b 220) during the third quarter of 1907 when he was 74.It was 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 1836 and was baptised there on 19th May 1836.She was five years of age at the time of the census in 1841 when the family was living at Quy Mill.By the time of the next census in 1851, Emma from Stow-cum-Quy was 15 and a pupil at an all-girls school in St Andrew-the-Less Cambridge, where the governess was Miss Mary Ann Mason. After a further decade, 24-year-old Emma Collett, with no stated occupation, was a visitor at the High Street in Teversham village at the farm of her eldest brother Richard Kent Collett (above).Four years after that census day, Emma Collett, the daughter of farmer and miller William Kent Collett, died on 5th January 1865, following which she was buried at St Mary the Virgin in Stow-cum-Quy where her sister Fanny 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 1838 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 and 9 Pence.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.

 

 

 

69P[3]1

Sarah Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1867 at Thorley, Herts.

 

69P[3]2

William John Collett

Born in 1870 at Thorley, Herts.

 

69P[3]3

Richard Kent Collett

Born in 1871 at Thorley, Herts.

 

69P[3]4

Ernest Collett Ė not confirmed

Born circa 1873 place unknown

 

69P[3]5

George Collett

Born in 1876 in Covington, Kentucky

 

69P[3]6

Ellen (Helen) M Collett

Born in 1879 at Covington, Kentucky

 

69P[3]7

Edith Alice Collett

Born in 1882 at Batavia, Ohio

 

 

 

 

69O35

Harry Collett was born at Stow-cum-Quy towards the end of 1846, with his birth registered at Chesterton (Ref. xiv 36) during the first three months of 1847.He was four years of age in the census of 1851, when he was recorded as Harry Collett, as he was for the remainder of his life, and was never known as Henry, as previously thought.In 1861, at the age of 14, Harry Collett was still living with his family in Stow and 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, were named as the three joint executors of his personal estate when, again, Harry Collett was a farmer of Stow-cum-Quy.

 

 

 

It was three years after the death of his father that Harry Collett married Ellen Agnes Hart from Cambridge, when their wedding day was recorded at Chesterton (Ref. 3b 969) during the last three months of 1886. Ellen was born in Cambridge where she was baptised on 7th May 1851, the daughter of Dudley and Louisa Hart.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 and 10 Pence 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

 

 

 

 

69O36

Fanny Ann Collett was born at Stow-cum-Quy either at the end of 1850, or early in 1851, since it was during the first quarter of 1851 that her birth was registered at Chesterton (Ref. xiv 44). She was one of the younger children of William and Elizabeth Collett and was only a few months old in the 1851 Census.However, she was four years old when she was baptised as Fanny Ann 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 Fanny Ann Collett was 17 years of age that she 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 on 6th November 1868.The death of Fanny Ann Collett was recorded at Chesterton (Ref. 3b 280).

 

 

 

 

69O37

Alice Mary Collett was born in Stow-cum-Quy at Stow End on 30th April 1854 and was baptised there at the Church of St Mary the Virgin that same day, in a joint ceremony with her four-year-old sister Fanny Ann (above).Alice was the last child of William Kent Collett and Elizabeth Kent.She was seven years of age in 1861 when she was living with her family at Stow-cum-Quy.It seems 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, a farmerís daughter.Her father died two years later and it may be that her mother passed not long after.By 1891 Alice M Collett was 36 and living on her owns means, 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 their home was a Stow End in the village, where she was recorded as 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, aged 58, was living in 1911.Twenty-six years later Alice Mary Collett passed away, when her death was recorded at Cambridge register office (Ref. 3b 702) during the first quarter of 1937 when she was 83.

 

 

 

 

69P31

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 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 child 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.

 

 

 

 

69P32

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.

 

 

 

 

69P33

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.

 

 

 

 

69P37

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 county boundary with Northamptonshire, when Edith A Collett was 18 and 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 as Baby Bolton

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69P38

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 Collett and Ellen Agnes Hart, was recorded at Chesterton (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.

 

 

 

Eleanor Florence Moore was 57 when she died in Dorset on 3rd October 1945, with her death recorded at Dorset register officer (Ref. 5a 264).Her Will was proved at Dorset on 2nd April 1946.