PART SEVENTY

 

The Colletts of Shudy Camps in Cambridgeshire

 

Updated May 2016

 

The village of Shudy Camps in Cambridgeshire, which includes the hamlet of Mill Green, is situated two miles west of Haverhill in Suffolk.  The parish church is the Church of St Mary, while the nearby village of Withersfield lies just to the north of Haverhill. 

 

This is the family line of Kate McIvers who supplied some of the details in 2009 which were only developed further during the spring of 2015.

 

 

 

 

 

It is hoped that what appears to be two pairs of brothers (70N1 & 70N2 and 70N3 & 70N4) were in fact the four children of the same parents.  In fact it very much looks like the parents of brothers Samuel and John were John and Hannah Collett, with Samuel baptised at Ashdown in Essex which lies in the middle of area of bounded by Withersfield and Haverhill to the east and Chesterford and Saffron Walden to the west, which also included Shudy Camps.

 

 

 

 

70L1

John Collett was married to Mary and their two sons were baptised at Horseheath in Cambridgeshire, not far from Haverhill and the village just west of Withersfield.

 

 

 

70M1

William Collett

Baptised on 27.08.1749 at Horseheath

 

70M2

John Collett

Baptised on 10.11.1751 at Horseheath

 

 

 

 

70M1

William Collett was baptised at Horseheath near Withersfield on 27th August 1749, the son of John and Mary Collett.  Nothing is currently known about him excepted that he was twenty-two years of age when he married Hannah Mills at Heveningham in Suffolk on 3rd December 1771.  He may also have been the William Collett who died in early 1839 at Linton just a few miles west of Horseheath, the death recorded at Linton during the first three months of that year.

 

 

 

 

70M2

John Collett was baptised at Horseheath near Withersfield on 10th November 1751, the son of John and Mary Collett.  He later married Hannah and the first two sons listed below are certainly their children, while the later two children may be the sons from a second marriage for John.

 

 

 

70N1

Samuel Collett

Born in 1794 at Chesterford, east of Haverhill

 

70N2

John Collett

Born in 1795 at Chesterford, east of Haverhill

 

70N3

William Collett

Born in 1810 at Withersfield, north of Haverhill

 

70N4

Joseph Collett

Born in 1812 at Withersfield, north of Haverhill

 

 

 

 

70N1

Samuel Collett was, according to later census records, was born at Chesterford in 1794, and was baptised at Ashdon in Essex on 9th November 1794 when he was named as the son of John and Hannah Collett.  It would appear that he first married (1) during the late 1810s and that relationship produced at least three children before Samuel’s wife passed away, perhaps during the birth of a subsequent child.  It seems Samuel lived the life of a widower with his three children for the next ten years, until that is, Samuel married (2) Rebecca Watson at Saffron Walden on 23rd September 1834 with whom he had a further three children. 

 

 

 

Their first child was baptised at Great Bradley, just north of Withersfield, on 18th February 1836 when the parents of Samuel Collett junior were listed as Samuel and Rebecca Collett.  That child would appear to have suffered an infant death, since the Samuel who was living with the family in 1841 was only eleven months old.  At the baptism of their second son named Samuel Collett, who was baptised at Sturmer on 17th July 1840, the boy’s parents were named in error as Daniel and Rebecca Collett, while at the baptism of their fourth child, Thomas Watson Collett at Sturmer on 14th May 1844, the parents were again recorded as Samuel and Rebecca Collett.

 

 

 

By the time of the first national census in June 1841 Samuel Collett was living at Couples Farm within the Parish of Sturmer in Essex, just south of Haverhill, where his occupation was that of a farm bailiff.  He was 45 and had not been born in Essex, while his wife Rebecca Collett, aged 35, had been.  The four children living with them were Mary Ann and Hannah, both of whom had a rounded age of 20, Moses Collett who was 15 and Samuel Collett who was only 11 months old.  Two more children were was added to the family over the next three years, although it is possible that Rebecca and her last child did not survive the ordeal of the birth, as neither of them featured in the next census. 

 

 

 

Samuel Collett was 58 in the census of 1851 when he was visiting Charles Watson at Leahouse Lane in Saffron Walden, who was most likely the brother of his later wife Rebecca.  Samuel was described as a yeoman from Little Chesterford, while Charles Watson was a master baker and a widower of 50 years.  Living at the same address was his married son Charles Watson who was 25 and a journeyman baker, and unmarried Ruth Watson who was 23 and a housekeeper.  At that same time in 1851 Samuel’s son Moses Collett from Great Bradley, north of Withersfield, was 27 and a farm bailiff, as his father had been, and was employed by bachelor James Osborne, aged 43, a farmer of 350 acres employing 15 men, at Burton End in Haverhill. 

 

 

 

For the next census in 1861 Samuel Collett from Great Chesterford was residing in Great Bradley, where two of his sons had been born many years earlier.  At that time in his life he was 69 and a farmer of two acres with a grocers shop and home, where he was living with his third wife (3) Mary who was 47 and born in Kidderminster.  The only other person living with them was Mary’s mother Elizabeth Lurcott who was 72 and also from Kidderminster in Worcestershire.  Nine years later, the death of a Samuel Collett aged 78 was recorded at Lambeth in London (Ref. 1d 274) during the final three months of 1870.  By a sheer coincidence, his son and namesake Samuel Collett had already died during the previous year when Samuel passed away in 1870.

 

 

 

70O1

Mary Ann Collett

Born in 1819 but not in Essex

 

70O2

Hannah Collett

Born in 1821 but not in Essex

 

70O3

Moses Collett

Born in 1823 at Great Bradley, nr Withersfield

 

The following are the children of John Collett and Rebecca Watson:

 

70O4

Samuel Collett

Born in 1836 at Great Bradley, nr Withersfield

 

70O5

Samuel Collett

Born in 1840 at Sturmer

 

70O6

Charles Watson Collett

Born in 1843 at Sturmer

 

70O7

Thomas Watson Collett

Born in 1844 at Sturmer

 

 

 

 

70N2

John Collett was, according to later census records, born around 1795 at Chesterford to the east of Haverhill and near Duxford.  He may have been the older brother of William and Joseph Collett (below) from Withersfield and, following his marriage to Mary Ann, who was born at Helions Bumpstead just south of Haverhill, all of his children were born at Withersfield.  In the census of 1841 they and their family were living at Button Green in Withersfield where John Collett was 45 and an agricultural labourer, his wife Mary Collett was 30, and their three children were Aaron Collett who was 12, Mary who was seven and Sarah who was five.

 

 

 

At least three more children were added to the family during the 1840s and according to the next Withersfield census in 1851 they were still living at Button Green.  John Collett from Chesterford was 55 and was still working as an agricultural labourer.  His wife Mary Ann Collett was 43 and the children with them that day were Aaron who was 21, Hannah who was eight, Mary Ann who was four and Martha who was just two months old.

 

 

 

Ten years later John Collett was 67 and Mary Ann Collett was 54, while still living there with them were their three daughters.  Hannah S Collett was 18, Mary Ann H Collett was 12 and Martha Ann Collett was 10 years of age, all three of them confirmed as having been born at Withersfield, where the family was still living.  Although no record of their son Aaron has been found in Britain after 1851, the couple’s daughter Mary Ann Collett was a spinster of 68 years who was still residing in the Withersfield area on the day the census was conducted in April 1911.

 

 

 

70O8

Aaron Collett

Born in 1828 at Withersfield

 

70O9

Mary Collett

Born in 1833 at Withersfield; died after 1841

 

70O10

Sarah Collett

Born in 1835 at Withersfield

 

70O11

Hannah S Collett

Baptised on 4th June 1843 at Withersfield

 

70O12

Mary Ann H Collett

Born in 1846 at Withersfield

 

70O13

Martha Ann Collett

Born in 1851 at Withersfield

 

 

 

 

70N3

William Collett was born at Withersfield in 1810, the older brother of Joseph Collett.  In the census of 1851 William was 40 years old and an agricultural labourer and a drillman living at Button Green in Withersfield with his wife Elizabeth Collett who was 38 and also born in Withersfield.  The only other occupants of the dwelling were William Potter, a servant of 16, and widower Joseph Fobersham who was 35 who was a lodger and another agricultural labourer.  They were both still there in 1861 when William was 47 and Elizabeth was 45.  However, William died during the next decade, leaving widow Elizabeth Collett aged 57 from Withersfield still living in the village but at a time in her life when she was in lodgings at the home of James and Sarah Jacobs.

 

 

 

 

70N4

Joseph Collett was born at Withersfield in Suffolk, near Haverhill, on 3rd March 1812, the son of John Collett.  He married Ann Webb at Haverhill on 26th February 1839, Ann having been born there on 10th May 1820, the daughter of Nathaniel Webb and Mary Wiseman.  It was also in Haverhill that the couple first lived, where their first seven children were born, though only six of them survived.  It was at Haverhill that the young family was residing for the census in 1841 when Joseph was curiously named as John Collett, who had a round age of 25, his wife Ann was 20 and their daughter Emma was two years old.

 

 

 

By the time the census of 1851 was conducted the family was residing in the hamlet of Mill Green within the parish of Shudy Camps.  Joseph Collett was a servant at Stubbing Farm and was described as being 36 and born at Withersfield in Suffolk.  It may have been out of embarrassment for the eight years difference in age between himself and his wife that he said he was younger than he actually was.  His wife Ann Collett was accurately described as being 30 years of age and born at Haverhill.  Their five Haverhill born children on that occasion were recorded as Hannah Collett who was eight, Harriet Collett who was seven, Kitty Collett who was six, John Collett who was two years of age and William Collett who was ten months old.

 

 

 

Perhaps because of overcrowding in the family home, and more children to be later added to the family, Joseph’s and Ann’s first born child Emma Collett was staying with her maternal grandparents at Braintree in Essex.  Nathaniel Webb was 56, his wife Mary was 51, and their granddaughter Emma Collett from Haverhill was 10 years of age.  None of the children of Joseph Collett was baptised in Haverhill, instead they were all baptised at St Mary’s Church in Shudy Camps when the family was living at Mill Green.

 

 

 

A year after the census in 1851 the family may have still been living at Mill Green, although it was in the nearby village of Linton where the birth of their son Harry was recorded (Ref. 3b 487) during the second quarter of 1852.  However, it was still within the parish of Shudy Camps that the enlarged family was recorded in the next census of 1861.  By that time Joseph was acknowledging his correct age of 48, Ann was 41, and living with them were seven of their twelve surviving children.  They were Kitty Collett who was 15, William Collett who was 10, Harry Collett who was nine, Ambrose Collett who was seven, Alfred Collett who was five, Dick Collett who was two years of age and Ellen Collett who was seven months old.

 

 

 

Sometime during the following ten years Joseph and Ann left Shudy Camps when they moved to Essex and Stansted Mountfitchet.  That was confirmed in the census of 1871 when Joseph Collett was 59 and working as a gardener at The Willows in the Bentfield End area of Stansted.  Included in the census return with Joseph was his wife and five of their children.  Ann was 51, daughter Catherine was 25 and from Haverhill, son Alfred was 15 and an agricultural labourer from Shudy Camps, as was son Dick who was 13.  The two youngest children Ellen who was 10 and Sarah Ann who was eight were both attending the local school, while their place of birth was also confirmed as Shudy Camps.

 

 

 

In the next census of 1881 Joseph Collett was still living at Stansted Mountfitchet in a cottage.  He was 68 and had been born at Withersfield in Suffolk and, while his status was said to be married, the only person living there with him was his daughter Ellen who was 20 and a general domestic servant, presumably acting as housekeeper for her father.  In fact his wife, Anna Collett from Suffolk who was 61, was then boarding with their married daughter Catherine (Kate Marsh) at 14 Weddington Road near Camden Town.

 

 

 

It was also at Stansted where Joseph Collett died on 4th April 1891, one day before the census was conducted that year.  The census return completed that day listed head of the household as the widow Ann Collett from Haverhill who was 70, who still had living with her on that sad day, her daughter Ellen Collett from Shudy Camps who was 30.  The pair of them was still in Stansted ten years later when Ann Collett aged 80 and from Haverhill was living on her own means, supported by her unmarried daughter Ellen Collett from Shudy Camps who was 40.

 

 

 

70O14

Emma Collett

Born on 19.04.1839 at Haverhill

 

70O15

Hannah Collett

Born on 30.09.1840 at Haverhill; died 26.04.1841

 

70O16

Hannah Collett

Born on 20.11.1842 at Haverhill

 

70O17

Harriet Collett

Born on 19.03.1843 at Haverhill

 

70O18

Catherine (Kitty) Collett

Born on 27.01.1846 at Haverhill

 

70O19

John Collett

Born on 17.07.1848 at Haverhill

 

70O20

William Collett

Born on 18.05.1850 at Haverhill

 

70O21

Harry Collett

Born on 18.03.1852 at Mill Green, Shudy Camps

 

70O22

Ambrose Collett

Born on 01.04.1854 at Mill Green, Shudy Camps

 

70O23

Alfred Collett

Born in 1856 at Mill Green, Shudy Camps

 

70O24

Richard Collett

Born on 27.05.1858 at Mill Green, Shudy Camps

 

70O25

Ellen Collett

Born on 18.08.1860 at Mill Green, Shudy Camps

 

70O26

Sarah Ann Collett

Born on 02.03.1863 at Mill Green, Shudy Camps

 

 

 

 

70O4

Samuel Collett was born at Great Bradley near Withersfield in 1836, the son of Samuel Collett by his second wife Rebecca Watson.  He was baptised there at Great Bradley on 18th February 1836, but sadly died not long after that.

 

 

 

 

70O5

Samuel Collett was born at Sturmer, just south of Haverhill, in late June or early July 1840 and was named in honour of his older brother who had died before he was born.  It was also at Sturmer that he was baptised on 17th July 1840.  Samuel was eleven months old on the day of the census in June 1841 when he and his family were still residing in Sturmer.  However, by the time of the next census in 1851 Samuel’s mother, Rebecca Collett nee Watson, had already passed away. 

 

 

 

At the age of 10 years Samuel Collett and his brother Charles (below) were staying with relatives at Button Green in Withersfield.  Both of them were described as being from Sturmer, the nephews of Ambrose Jefferies 53 and his wife Mahalah Jefferies 49 from Withersfield.  It is therefore possible that Mahalah was the sister of Rebecca, the boys’ late mother.  According to the census in 1861 Samuel Collett from Bradley was 20 years old when he was an apprentice living with the large Whitmore family at Gazeley in Suffolk to the east of Newmarket.  It was eight and a half years after that when Samuel Collett died in Suffolk on 26th October 1869, with probate resolved at Bury St Edmunds on 4th March 1870.  His death preceded that of his father who death was recorded in London at the end of 1870.

 

 

 

 

70O6

Charles Watson Collett was born at Sturmer in 1843, although his birth was recorded at nearby Risbridge (Ref. 12 395) during the second quarter of that year.  Charles W Collett was eight years of age in census of 1851 when he and his brother Samuel (above) were staying with Ambrose and Mahalah Jeffries at Button Green in Withersfield, their aunt and uncle, following the premature death of the boys’ mother.  Ten years later, in the census of 1861, Charles W Collett from Sturmer in Essex was an apprentice at the age of 17 when he was living within the Parish of St Peter in Sudbury, Suffolk.  He was the only Collett living within that registration district and, by that time, Charles’ father had also passed away.

 

 

 

 

70O7

Thomas Watson Collett was born at Sturmer in 1844, where he was baptised on 14th May 1844, the last child born to Samuel Collett and Rebecca Collett.  Either at the time of his birth or shortly thereafter his mother died.  With no record of Thomas in any later census, it is possible that he too did not survive.

 

 

 

 

70O14

Emma Collett was born at Haverhill on 19th April 1839, the eldest of the thirteen children of Joseph Collett and Ann Webb.  She was two years old in the Haverhill census of 1841 and it was in 1850 that the family left Haverhill when they settled at Mill Green in Shudy Camps.  By that time Emma was the eldest of the six children and, perhaps for reasons of overcrowding in the family home, she was staying with her mother’s parents at Braintree in Essex on the day the census was conducted in 1851.  Emma Collett from Haverhill was 10 years old when she was with Nathaniel Webb, aged 56, Mary Webb, aged 51, and their three children Sarah who was 20, Joseph who was 18 and Hannah who was 16.  After a further ten years Emma Collett was 21 when she was the only Collett living within the Hedingham and Halstead area to the north-east of Braintree in Essex.

 

 

 

 

70O16

Hannah Collett was born at Haverhill on 20th November 1842, the third daughter of Joseph Collett and Ann Webb and the second child of that name for the couple, following the death of her sister during the previous year.  It was ten years later, after her family had settled in nearby Shudy Camps, that she was baptised at St Mary’s Church on 4th July 1852 in a joint ceremony with her sisters Harriet and Catherine (Kitty) Collett and her brothers John, William and Harry Collett.  The census conducted during the preceding year included Hannah Collett aged eight years living at Mill Green in Shudy Camps with her family.  What happened to Hannah after 1851 is not clear because no record of her has been found in the next two census returns in 1861 or 1871.

 

 

 

It was then around two years later that she married James Allsworth and by 1881 they and their children were living at St Leonards Square in St Pancras, London.  Her husband was James was a general labourer from Cambridgeshire who was 36.  Their five St Pancras born children were listed as twins Robert and Herbert Allsworth who were six, George Allsworth who was four, Frederick Allsworth who was three and Ellen Allsworth who was under one year old.  Visiting the family were two of Hannah’s brothers, Ambrose and Richard Collett (below).

 

 

 

 

70O17

Harriet Collett was born at Haverhill on 19th March 1843, another daughter of Joseph and Ann Collett.  She was eight years of age when she was baptised with five of her sibling at Shudy Camps on 4th July 1852, while one year earlier she was seven years old in the Mill Green, Shudy Camps census of 1851.  Like her sister Hannah (above) Harriet too has not been identified in the census returns for 1861 and 1871, but by 1881 she was still unmarried at the age of 37.  The census that year recorded her as having been born at Haverhill, when she was employed as the cook at the home of retired solicitor Richard Fisher and his wife Mary at Hill Top, a private house, in West Lavington, Sussex.  It would appear that Harriet never married and, following the death of her widowed mother during the first few years of the new century, Harriet Collett aged 67 moved to Stansted Mountfitchet in Essex to live with her younger unmarried sister Ellen Collett (below). 

 

 

 

 

70O18

Catherine (Kitty) Collett was born at Haverhill on 27th January 1846, another daughter of Joseph and Ann Collett.  She was six years old when she was baptised with five other members of her family on 4th July 1852.  Although in later life she was known as Kate, it was as Kitty that she was included in the census returns for 1851 and 1861 when she was living with her family at Mill Green in Shudy Camps at the ages of six and 15 respectively.  It was in London on 29th May 1870 that Catherine married George Marsh who had been born at Ashdon in Essex on 12th October 1845, the son of Richard Marsh and Mary Jepps.  The couple’s first four children were born in England before the family emigrated to Huron County in Ontario, Canada.

 

 

 

In 1881 the young family was recorded at 14 Weddington Road to the north of Camden Town in London.  George Marsh was a general labourer at the age of 35, as was his wife Kate Marsh from Suffolk.  Their four children were Anne Marsh who was eight, Henry Marsh who was six, Arthur who was three and Minnie Marsh who was one year old.  Also living with the family was Kate’s mother Ann (Anna) Collett who was 61 and described as a married boarder.

 

 

 

The details for their six children are as follows:  Annie Marsh was born in London during the third quarter of 1872 and died on 12th April 1949 at Pickford in Michigan, USA.  Harry S Marsh was born on 4th March 1875 at Ashdon in Essex and died on 21st March 1955 at Royal Oak in Oakland County, Michigan.  Arthur Marsh was born on 10th July 1877 at Kentish Town and died on 22nd July 1962 at Manitoba in Canada.  Minnie Marsh was born on 21st January 1880 at Ashdon and died on 11th December 1977 at Dungannon in Ontario.  Willey Marsh was born on 9th May 1885 at Hullett Township in Huron County, Ontario and died on 26th November 1983 at Goderich in Ontario.  And lastly Bertie Marsh was born on 18th March 1890 at Hullett Township and died on 28th November 1979 at Auburn in Ontario and was buried at Ball's Cemetery in , Huron County.  Catherine Marsh nee Collett died on 24th July 1930 at Auburn in Ontario and was buried at Ball's Cemetery in Huron County.  George Marsh died seven years later on 26th June 1937 at West Wawanosh in Ontario and was buried with his wife on 29th June 1937.

 

 

 

 

70O20

William Collett was born at Haverhill on 18th May 1850 and shortly after he was born his family moved to Mill Green in Shudy Camps where he was baptised on 4th July 1852 in a joint ceremony at St Mary’s Church which included five of his siblings.  He was ten months old in the census of 1852 and was 10 years old in the census of 1761.  During the next decade his family left Shudy Camps when they moved to Stansted Mountfitchet, although William did not move there with them, nor has he been identified within the following census in 1881.  The reason for that might be that he was serving with the British Army.

 

 

 

However, not long after that he married the much younger Margaret from Portsmouth, following which the couple was living in the Aden area of Essex when their first child was born.  After that the family settled in Warley within the Romford & Hornchurch registration district of Essex, where they were recorded in 1891, living at the army barracks.  By that time William Collett was 39 and a colour sergeant with the infantry, Margaret was 25, Edith Annie was six, John William was four, Sydney was two and Joseph Henry was one year old.  Curiously both Margaret and her eldest child were recorded as having been born in India, while it was at Warley in Essex where the three youngest children were born.

 

 

 

Four more children were added to the family during the 1890s, all of them born at Warley, before the large family moved east to Orsett to the west of Corringham in Essex.  The Orsett & Corringham census in 1901 confirmed that William Collett from Haverhill was 49 and was employed at a local explosive work where he was a patrol/security guard.  His wife Margaret was 36 and seven of her eight children were living there with them.  Edith was 16 and was also working at the explosive work where she was a cordite packer, Sydney was 13, Joseph was 11, Margaret was nine, Jessie was seven, Harry was five and William was three years old.  Margaret may well have been expecting the birth of the couple’s ninth child on the day of the census, since later that same year their last child was born.

 

 

 

It may have been during the birth of that last child that Margaret passed away because she was no longer living with her husband in April 1911.  On that occasion the family was still living at Orsett where William was 60, and with him were his daughter Jessie Collett who was 17, and his three sons Harry Ernest Collett who was 15, William Collett who was 13 and Samuel Collett who was 10 years of age.  William’s son Sydney Collett aged 24 was serving overseas with the military on that occasion.

 

 

 

70P1

Edith Annie Collett

Born in 1884 at Aden, Essex

 

70P2

John William Collett

Born in 1886 at Warley, Essex

 

70P3

Sydney Collett

Born in 1888 at Warley, Essex

 

70P4

Joseph Henry Collett

Born in 1889 at Warley, Essex

 

70P5

Margaret Collett

Born in 1891 at Warley, Essex

 

70P6

Jessie Collett

Born in 1893 at Warley, Essex

 

70P7

Harry Ernest Collett

Born in 1895 at Warley, Essex

 

70P8

William Collett

Born in 1897 at Warley, Essex

 

70P9

Samuel Collett

Born in 1901 at Orsett, Essex

 

 

 

 

70O21

Harry Collett was born at Mill Green in Shudy Camps on 18th March 1852, one of the sons of Joseph Collett and Ann Webb, who was baptised at St Mary’s Church on 4th July 1852.  He was nine years old in the Shudy camps census of 1861, while ten years later he had left the family home and was a ledger at Oadby near Leicester when he was recorded as Harry Collett from Shudy Camps who was 18.  On that occasion he was working as a groom and was staying with John and Mary Swanson who were 36 and 31 respectively.  It was not long after that when he married Ellen Staples from Leicester, the wedding taking place around 1872 or 1873, with their first child born in 1873.  According to the census in 1881 the family of Harry and Ellen Collett was living at 27 Thomas Street within the Leicester parish of St Margaret.

 

 

 

Harry was 29 and a coachman from Cambridge, Ellen was also 29 and their first four children were Alice Collett who was seven, George Collett who was five, Ellen Collett who was two and Ambrose Collett who was six months old.  All four children had been born in Leicester.  Over the next decade a further four children were added to the family, three of them when they were still living in Leicester and the fourth at Wigston Magna near Oadby to the south of Leicester, where the family was recorded in the census of 1891.  Harry was once again described as a groom, at the age of 38, as was Ellen who was expecting the birth of the couple’s ninth child.  All eight children were still living there with the couple, and they were Alice 17, George 15, Ellen 12, Ambrose 10, together with Ethel Collett who was eight, Gertrude who was six, Harry who was three and Emily Collett who was one year old.

 

 

 

Six years after the birth of Alfred in 1891 Ellen gave birth to her tenth child when she was around forty-six years of age.  The census return for Wigston Magna in March 1901 listed the family as Harry Collett aged 49 and a coachman and beer house keeper from Cambridge, Ellen Collett who was 49, George H Collett who was 25 and a hosier over-looker, Ellen Collett who was 22 and a hosier framework knitter, Ethel Collett who was 18 and a hosier linker, Gertrude Collett who was 16 and may have been helping her mother, Harry Collett who was 13 and a shoe polisher, Emily Collett who was 11, Alfred B Collett who was nine and Frank E Collet who was three years of age.

 

 

 

It was at 12 Kirkdale Road in South Wigston within the parish of Wigston Magna that Harry, aged 59 and a domestic coachman, was living with his wife Ellen, who was also 59, together with six of their children, in April 1911.  Ethel was 28, Gertrude was 26, Harry was 23, Emily was 21, Basil was 19 and Frank Edward Collett was 13.  Harry spent the remainder of his life at 12 Kirkdale Road in South Wigston, since it was at that address where he died on 22nd November 1926 when administration was granted to George Henry Collett, a hosiery manufacturer foreman and Frank Edward Collett, a grocer’s assistant.  The estate of Harry Collett was valued at £1,001 8 Shillings 10d and his death was recorded at Blaby register office (Ref. 7a 58) during the last three months of 1926 when he was 73.

 

 

 

70P10

Alice Collett - married name Reynolds

Born in 1873 at Leicester

 

70P11

George Henry Collett

Born in 1875 at Leicester

 

70P12

Ellen Collett - married Arthur Ford

Born in 1878 at Leicester

 

70P13

Ambrose Collett

Born in 1880 at Leicester

 

70P14

Ethel Collett - married name Gotliffe

Born in 1882 at Leicester

 

70P15

Gertrude Collett - married name Lofthouse

Born in 1884 at Leicester

 

70P16

Harry Collett

Born in 1887 at Leicester

 

70P17

Emily Collett - married name Lamb

Born in 1889 at Wigston

 

70P18

Alfred Basil Collett

Born in 1891 at Wigston

 

70P19

Frank Edward Collett

Born in 1897 at Wigston

 

 

 

 

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Ambrose Collett was born at Mill Green in Shudy Camps on 1st April 1854, a son of Joseph and Ann Collett.  It was just one month later when he was baptised in the parish Church of St Mary in Shudy Camps on 7th May 1854, the son of Joseph and Ann.  He was six years old in the census of 1861, the only time he was recorded with his family in Mill Green.  By the time he was 15 Ambrose was the only Collett recorded within the Cold Newton & Billesdon census of 1871 for Leicestershire.  However, after a further ten years it was Ambrose and his younger brother Richard who were staying with their older married sister Hannah Allsworth at St Leonards Square in St Pancras, London.

 

 

 

Ambrose Collett was 27 and a coachman who, with his brother Richard Collett aged 22, was visiting the Allsworth family, both of them born in Cambridgeshire.  During the next couple of years Ambrose married the much younger Elizabeth whose children who were all born at Hackney, but curiously within the census of 1891 no children were listed with the couple, nor have any searches revealed their whereabouts.  On that occasion Ambrose Collett, an undertaker’s coachman and groom was 36 when he and his wife Elizabeth from Islington, who was 27, were residing at 23 Smith Street in Mile End Old Town.

 

 

 

The full family was recorded in the next census of 1901 as living at 4 St Thomas Square in Hackney where Ambrose from Cambridgeshire was 46 and a vans driver.  Elizabeth was 37 and their four children were named as Annie Collett who was 16, Harriet Collett who was 14, Ernest Collett who was eight and Elsie Collett who was three years of age.  It may have been Ambrose’s occupation that resulted in another move for his family since they were recorded in the April 1911 census for the Edmonton area of London.  Ambrose was 57, Elizabeth was 47, Ethel was 27, Harriet was 24 and Alfred was eight years old.  Their son Ernest Ambrose Collett was 18 and was serving with the army at Woolwich at that time.

 

 

 

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Annie Ethel Collett

Born in 1884 at Hackney

 

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Harriet Collett

Born in 1886 at Hackney

 

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Ernest Ambrose Collett

Born in 1892 at Hackney

 

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Elsie Collett

Born in 1897 at Hackney

 

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Alfred Collett

Born in 1902 at Hackney

 

 

 

 

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Alfred Collett was born at Mill Green in Shudy Camps during the first three months of 1856, a son of Joseph Collett and Ann Webb.  It was also at the parish church in Shudy Camps that he was baptised on 6th April 1856 when his parents were confirmed as Joseph and Ann.  He was five years old and 15 years of age in the next two census returns, on each occasion when he was living with his family at Mill Green.  By the time he was 25 Alfred Collett from Shudy Camps was employed as a domestic servant and a groom for Justice of the Peace and farmer of 148 acres William Trolter at Horton Manor House in Epsom, Surrey.

 

 

 

It may have been later that same year, or during the following year, that Alfred Collett married Amelia Ann Hicks and by 1891 their marriage had resulted in the birth of four children.  The family of six was recorded in the census for the St Pancras and Kentish Town district of London as Alfred who was 35 and from Shudy Camps, Amelia who was 34, Alfred E Collett who was seven, Amelia M Collett who was six, Mary E Collett who was four and Annie Collett who was two years old.  The next St Pancras census in 1901 revealed that Alfred Collett from Shudy Camps was 45 and still working as a stableman and a groom.  His wife Amelia A Collett from Hillingdon was 44 and their two eldest children were named as Alfred E Collett who was 17 and a compositor’s apprentice from Kentish Town and Amelia M Collett also from Kentish Town was 16 and a cook stamper.  The three younger children were still attending school and they were Mary E Collett who was 14, Annie E Collett who was 12 and latest arrival Ellen M Collett who was only seven years old, all three of them also born at Kentish Town.

 

 

 

The family was still living within the St Pancras area of London in April 1911 when Alfred Collett from Shudy Camps was 55, Amelia Ann Collett was 54, Alfred Ernest was 27, Amelia Margaret who was 26, Mary Emily Collett was 24 and Ellen May was 17.  Tragically their son Alfred Ernest Collett was 33 years old when he was killed in action during the First World War.  He was Private 26826 with the Royal Fusiliers and died on Flanders Field on 13th November 1916.  His name is one of many on the Thievpal Memorial in the Somme department of the Picardy region of northern France, while his name also appears on a tablet in St Silas the Martyr Church in Kentish Town.  On receiving the sad news from the War Department Alfred and Amelia were residing at 15 Christchurch Avenue in Wembley.

 

 

 

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Alfred Ernest Collett

Born in 1883 at Kentish Town; died 13.11.1916

 

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Amelia Margaret Collett

Born in 1884 at Kentish Town

 

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Mary Emily Collett

Born in 1886 at Kentish Town

 

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Annie E Collett

Born in 1888 at Kentish Town

 

70P29

Ellen May Collett

Born in 1893 at Kentish Town

 

 

 

 

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Richard Collett was born at Mill Green in Shudy Camps on 27th May 1858, another son of Joseph and Ann Collett.  He was baptised at St Mary’s Church in Shudy Camps when he was fourteen months old on 24th July 1859 and he and his family were still living in Mill Green for the census of 1861 when, as Dick Collett, he was two years old.  During the 1860s the family moved to Essex and by 1871 Dick Collett, aged 13 and an agricultural labourer from Shudy Camps, was still with the family at The Willows, at cottage in Bentfield End in Stansted Mountfitchet.  At the time of the next census in 1881 Richard Collett, aged 22 and a labourer, was accompanying his brother Ambrose (above) when they were visitors at the St Leonards Square in St Pancras, London, the home of their married sister Hannah Allsworth nee Collett.  Although no record of Richard or Dick has been found in England after 1881, it is reputed that he later married and had two children, Joyce and John, about whom nothing is known.

 

 

 

70P30

Joyce Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

70P31

John Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

 

 

 

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Ellen Collett was born at Mill Green in Shudy Camps on 18th August 1860, the twelfth child of Joseph Collett and Ann Webb.  She was baptised at St Mary’s Church in Shudy Camps on 25th November 1860, when she was confirmed as the daughter of Joseph and Anne Collett.  On the day of the census the following year Ellen Collett was seven months old, but sometime after that the family left Shudy Camps and by 1871 they were residing at The Willows, a cottage at Bentfield End in Stansted Mountfitchet when Ellen Collett was 10 years of age.  Part of the family was still living at Stansted in 1881 when Ellen was 20 and a general domestic servant looking after her father in the absence of her mother who was away visiting Ellen’s married sister Kate Marsh in London.

 

 

 

Almost exactly ten years later Ellen’s father passed away and in the 1891 census for Stansted conducted the following day Ellen Collett from Shudy Camps who was 30, the only person living with her widowed mother Ann.  It was the same situation in march 1901 when Ellen Collett from Shudy Camps was 40 and was looking after her 80-year old mother from Haverhill who was living on her own means.  After her mother died during the next few years Ellen continued to live in the family home at Stansted Mountfitchet where she subsequently joined by her older unmarried sister Harriet Collett.  That was confirmed by the next census in 1911 when Ellen Collett, aged 49, was living with Harriet Collett who was 67.

 

 

 

 

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Sarah Ann Collett was born at Mill Green in Shudy Camps on 2nd March 1863, and was baptised there on 24th May 1863 the last child born to Joseph Collett and his wife Ann Webb.  Saran Ann was eight years old in the census of 1871, by which time she and her family had moved to The Willows in the Bentfield End area of Stansted Mountfitchet where her father was a gardener.  On leaving school Sarah entered domestic service and in 1881 she was recorded in that year’s census as Sarah Collett from Cambridgeshire who was 18 and a housemaid at the 17 Parkhurst Road in London, the home of Doctor of Science Oliver Joseph Lodge, an assistant professor of physics at London College.

 

 

 

 

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George Henry Collett was born at Leicester in 1875, the second child and eldest son of Harry and Ellen Collett.  As simply George aged five years he was living with his family in Leicester at 27 Thomas Street in 1881.  During the following years his parents took the family to live at nearby Wigston Magna where, in 1891 George Collett was 15.  And it was at Wigston Magna, again with his family, that George H Collett was 25 in the census of 1901 when he was employed as a hosier over-looker, an inspector.  Within the next few years George became a married man and, while his first child was born at South Wigston, it was at Nottingham that George senior and George junior were living in 1911.  On that day George Henry Collett was 35 and a manager for a hosiery manufacturer living at Factory Lane in Nottingham with his son George Harold who was five years old and confirmed as born at South Wigston.  Curiously though, George was described as a married man, but the whereabouts of his wife is not currently known.  Also the census record did not say how long he had been married, nor did it give any indication as to the number of children that had been born to George and his absent wife.

 

 

 

The birth of his son was recorded at Blaby register office (Ref. 7a 25) during the second quarter of 1906.  It would be very likely that further children were added to George’s family over the following years.  Upon the death of his father in 1926 George Henry Collett and his brother Frank were named as joint administrators, when George was described as a foreman with a hosiery manufacturer.

 

 

 

70Q1

George Harold Collett

Born in 1906 at South Wigston, Leicester

 

 

 

 

70P13

Ambrose Collett was born at 27 Thomas Street in Leicester on 8th August 1880, another son of Harry and Ellen Collett with whom he was living at that same address in Leicester in 1881 when he was six months old.  By the time of the census in 1891, when Ambrose was 10 years old, he and his family were residing in Wigston Magna to the south-east of Leicester.  Six years later on 2nd October 1897, Ambrose joined the Royal Artillery.  He was 18 years and two months old on enlistment and his trade by then was that of a moulder.  His place of birth was simply stated as within the Parish of St Margaret’s in Leicester and he was described as being five feet five and a half inches tall, having blue eyes and fair hair, whose religion was Church of England.  His last permanent address was named as Brighton House, Fairfield Road, South Wigston, Leicester, the home of his parents, while his siblings were listed as George, Harry, Basil, Frank, Alice, Ellen, Gertrude and Emily.  Curiously there was no mention of his sister Ethel.

 

 

 

Upon entry he was considered fit for service on 25th September 1897 and was allocated the regimental service number 22785.  He saw action during the Boer War in South Africa before returning to England after the census in 1911 in which he was described as being 32 and serving overseas with the military.    The records seem to suggest that Ambrose left the army for a while after his time in Africa, since it was at Kirkee in India on 21st July 1909 that he was re-engaged, when he signed on for another seven years, plus a further five years as a reserve.  By that time in his life he had already completed service of eleven years and three hundred days.  He was still in India over four years later, when he became a father and was subsequently married.

 

 

 

It was on 1st October 1913 when Ambrose was 32 that he married Kathleen Gladys Kiddle who was 21 and born at Kamptee in India, with whom he had two daughters before the First World War.  The first of those daughters was born one year before they were married.  It would also appear very likely that Ambrose was still serving with the British Army in India when he married Kathleen, who was known as Gladys, and that may have been while he was stationed at Bellary (later renamed Ballari), where their first child was born.  It was also in India, at Kamptee or Kirkee, that their second child was born, which raises a query with the number of days stated in his records (below) for his total time in that country.  A few years after the Great War was over, and while the family was back living in Leicestershire, Gladys presented Ambrose with a third daughter.

 

 

 

The military records for Ambrose Collett also include the following extra details.  Firstly that his address on 23rd June 1919 was given as 1 Bassett Street in South Wigston, Leicester, and that a month later on 26th July 1919 he acknowledged receiving his DCM medal.  It was after his initial service, that his military service was extended by a further 8 years and then later by 12 years.  It was on 20th May 1915 that he was promoted to Sergeant Major for the duration of the Great War.  He served in South Africa for 274 days, in India for 21 days and in France for 294 days.  As a result of his time in Africa he was awarded the Kings Medal and clasp.  His next of kin was stated as being Harry Collett of Brighton House in Wigston, Leicester, while his mother was confirmed as Ellen Collett.  His siblings were recorded as George, Harry, Basil, Frank, Alice, Ellen, Ethel, Gertrude and Emily.

 

 

 

The same military records indicate that Gladys Collett was residing at 12 Station Street in South Wigston while Ambrose was serving overseas, and that she received a warrant for Ambrose when she was living at 21 Kirkdale Road in South Wigston where his family had been living in 1911.  For the latter, Gladys was advised that her husband was in Rangoon, Burma, and gave her instructions for her to reply to him there.  For his service to King and Country, Ambrose Collett T/SM with the Royal Artillery, Royal Horse Artillery and Royal Field Artillery, was awarded the British War Medal, the Victory Medal and the 1914-1915 Star.  On 21st June 1919 Ambrose left Boulogne in France and returned to his family in England after the end of the war.  The reason for his late return, after peace was declared on 11th November 1918 was due to him being wounded in action during the previous September. 

 

 

 

It was less than four months after returning to Leicester that, on 5th October 1919, Ambrose wrote a letter to the India Office at Whitehall in London from his home address at 1 Bassett Street in South Wigston.  The letter was a plea for assisted passage to Rangoon in Burma, and read as follows:  “Sir, as I am desirous of residing abroad, could you kindly grant me passage for myself, wife and two children to Rangoon Burma.  I have completed 21 years 300 days in the RFA and was discharged to pension on 21st July 1919.  I have served a number of years abroad and had every intention of settling there.  We were sent to ? at the outbreak of war but the climate has been very trying to my wife who is unfortunately suffering from pleurisy.  A doctor’s certificate can be provided if necessary.  The children’s ages are 7 and 6 years respectively.  I trust you will favour my application for passage and will you kindly advise me who to write to for permission to reside abroad.  Your obedient servant, Ambrose Collett – late 22785 RSM RFA.”  The reply written by the Officer in Charge at Woolwich Barracks on 20th October stated that the finance for assisted passage could not be provided.

 

 

 

Two years later the family was still residing in South Wigston when Gladys presented Ambrose with their third children.  Over the following years Ambrose saved up sufficient money to pay for the family’s passage to India  It was on 12th February 1929 that Ambrose and his entire family boarded the Anchor Steamship Liner Tuscania at the port of Liverpool which was bound for Bombay.  The passenger list included the family as Ambrose Collett aged 48, Gladys Collett who was 37, Iris Collett who was 16, Vera Collett who was 15 and Freda Collett who was seven years of age.  The family’s address was once again stated as being 1 Bassett Street in South Wigston, while Ambrose’s occupation, not being clearly written, appears to have been that of a ring maker.  It is understood from his grandson John Carroll, the son of Vera Patricia Carroll, that Ambrose Collett died in Burma during 1932, with his widow Kathleen Gladys Collett nee Kiddle passing away twenty-six years later in 1958.  In addition to this, it is now known that Iris Winifred Collett was later married, to become Iris Winifred Baines, and it was her son Philip who made contact in October 2015, as did Vera Bergersen, the daughter of Freda Joan Collett.

 

 

 

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Vera Patricia Collett

Born on 25.09.1912 at Bellary, India

 

70Q3

Iris Winifred Collett

Born on 21.01.1914 at Kirkee, India

 

70Q4

Freda Joan Collett

Born on 05.05.1921 at South Wigston

 

 

 

 

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Harry Collett was born at Leicester during 1887 and probably at 27 Thomas Street in Leicester.  He was the son of Harry and Ellen Collett with whom he and his siblings were living at 27 Thomas Street in 1891 when Harry was three years old.  After completing his schooling Harry became a shoe polisher, as confirmed in the next census of 1901 when he was 13 and by which time he and his family were living in Wigston Magna.  He was still living at the family home in April 1911, following another move to 12 Kirkdale Road in South Wigston where Harry Collett was 23.

 

 

 

Harry was a mechanical engineer living in Nuneaton at the outbreak of war when he enlisted with the British Army.  That happened on 29th August 1914 when he was 26 and allocated the service number 034558 with the Supply Column of the North Midland Division.  However, less than three months later he was discharged on 14th November 1914, following which he enlisted with the Regular ATC.  His short military record confirmed that his next-of-kin was Harry Collett of Kirkdale Road in South Wigston.  Just over two years later Harry Collett married Mary Jane Soars at Christchurch in Leicester on 7th January 1917, when Mary was living at 50 Clifford Street in South Wigston.  The marriage was recorded at Leicester register office (Ref. 7a 289).

 

 

 

Whatever the reason why he was discharged so early on in the war, it must have been later in the campaign that his services were eventually called upon.  Because at the end of the Great War he was awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal, as a result of him seeing active service in France.  Harry Collett married Mary Jane, although it is not known whether or not they had any children.  What is known is that Harry Collett of 50 Clifford Street in South Wigston died in Leicester Royal Infirmary on 25th April 1956 when he was 59.  Administration of his person effects valued at £244 19 Shillings 3d was resolved at Leicester on 22nd June 1956 in favour of his widow Mary Jane Collett. 

 

 

 

Although not confirmed, it is likely that the marriage of Harry Collett and Mary Jane Soars produced a son, also named Harry Collett.  The reason for including this assumption is a statement made in 2015 by John Carroll (Ref. 70Q2) who relayed the fact that his mother, residing in Australia, visited her cousin Harry Collett in England during the latter years of her life.  She was born in 1912 and died in Australia during 1996 and therefore would have been just slightly older than her cousin.

 

 

 

70Q5

Harry Collett

Born circa 1917 in England

 

 

 

 

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Alfred Basil Collett was born at Wigston in 1891, a son of Harry and Ellen Collett.  It was within the Wigston Magna census of 1901 that Alfred B Collett was nine years old, while after a further ten years it was as Basil Collett aged 19 that he was still living with his family, but at 12 Kirkdale Road in South Wigston in 1911.  The only other information currently known about Alfred is that acquired from the records available at the time of his death.  Alfred B Collett died on 19th August 1952 while a patient in Leicester General Hospital.  He was 61 years old and his home address was 52 Healey Street in South Wigston, with his death recorded at Leicester register office (Ref. 3a 424) during the third quarter of 1952.  Administration of his personal effects valued at £104 was granted to his widow Florence Collett at Leicester on 9th September 1952.

 

 

 

New information discovered in 2015 also confirms that Alfred Basil Collett held the rank of corporal with the Leicestershire Regiment, service number 23170, and that he married Florence Peutney at South Wigston, the event recorded at Blaby register office (Ref. 7a 62) during the first quarter of 1916.

 

 

 

 

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Frank Edward Collett was born at Wigston on 7th May 1897, the youngest child of Harry and Ellen Collett.  He was Frank E Collett aged three years in the Wigston Magna census of 1901 and was Frank Edward Collett who was 13 in 1911 when he and his family were residing at 12 Kirkdale Road in South Wigston.  All that is currently known about him is that he appears to have lived out his life in the Leicester area, since it was at Leicester register office (Ref. 6 1762) that his death was recorded in September 1980 at the age of 83.

 

 

 

 

70Q1

George Harold Collett was born at South Wigston near Leicester on 14th March 1906, the eldest known child of George Henry Collett and his wife.  Just after he was born his parents moved to Nottingham and in 1911, when George Harold was five years old, it was just him and his father living at Factory Lane in the town.  Nothing is known about his life except that it was in Knighton Park Nursing Home at 25 Knighton Park Road in Leicester that retired dispensing chemist died on 24th July 1996.  He was 90 years of age and his death was recorded at Leicester register office (Ref. 6001F 239) during July 1996.  It was stated that, in the event of his death, the persons to be contacted were named as Evan Barlow Son & Poyner, Solicitors of 1 Berridge Street in Leicester, and in particular Francis John Poyner, Gwendolen Olive Cherry and Alan Charles Cherry.  This raises the question, was Gwendolen Olive the married daughter of George Harold Collett.

 

 

 

 

70Q2

Vera Patricia Collett was born at Bellary in India on 25th September 1912 and was the eldest of the three daughters of Ambrose Collett and Kathleen Gladys Kiddle.  She married William Charles Frederick Carroll with whom she had two children; Colleen Mary Carroll was born at Taunggyi in Burma during 1936; and Derrick John Carroll who was also born there in 1938.  Vera and her two young children were fortunate to leave the country on 10th February 1942 when the Japanese bombed Burma, destroying homes and killing many in Taunggyi.  Vera Patricia Carroll nee Collett was staying at the home of her son John Carroll in Australia when she passed away in 1996.  John was still residing in Australia in 2015 when he provided this information.  John also confirmed that his mother visited her cousin Harry Collett in England during the latter years of her life.

 

 

 

 

70Q3

Iris Winifred Collett was born at Kirkee in India on 21st January 1914, the second daughter of Ambrose and Kathleen Collett.  Upon being married Iris became Iris Winifred Baines who gave birth to a son Philip Baines.  And it was Philip who provided some of the details in this family line.

 

 

 

 

70Q4

Freda Joan Collett was born at South Wigston in Leicestershire, England, on 5th May 1921, the youngest child of Ambrose and Kathleen Collett.  Freda later became Freda Joan Grey and she and her husband had two children two children, Walter Grey and Vera Grey.