Part 72 - The Buckinghamshire High Wycombe Line

PART SEVENTY-TWO

 

The Buckingham High Wycombe Line - 1560 to 2000

 

Issued November 2018

 

This family line starts in Part 18 – The Suffolk Line and then continued in an appendix within Part 19.  However, new details received from Oscar Richard Kelly [see Ref. 72R20] in Aberdeen during 2018 has resulted in the establishment of this brand-new Part 72 and the removal of the aforementioned appendix in Part 19.  This is also the family of Sheila Bates [see Ref. 72N3] who generously provided a great deal of information in 2016 when it was an appendix in Part 19.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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JOHN COLLETT (Ref. 18G5) was born at Grundisburgh in 1554, the eldest son of Thomas Collett (Ref. 18F1), possibly by his wife Joan, although it is thought that he may have been base-born.  Upon the death of his father when he was only four years of age, John received a substantial inheritance through his father’s Will.  Tragically, within one year, his father’s widow passed away with John, the only child of Thomas Collett not mentioned in her Will of 1559, giving rise to the possibility he was not her son.  John and his three young siblings were then taken into the family of his uncle William Collett (Ref. 18F3) who, it is believed, took control of John’s inheritance.  As a result of his uncle’s action, John Collett was understood to be penniless when he married Joan Dameron at Westerfield, near Ipswich, in November 1577.  Joan was the daughter of Lord of the Manor of Westerfield John Dameron and his wife Margaret Felton and was baptised there on 25th April 1557.  It was also at Westerfield that John and Joan settled and where all of their eight children were born and baptised.  John Collett died on 24th March 1600 and was buried that same day, while Joan died nearly twelve years later and was buried on 18th February 1612 with her husband at Westerfield.  Their son John Collett (included below) was the seventh of their eight children.  Further details of this family and their seven other children can be found in Part 18 – The Suffolk Line 1365 to 1745.

 

 

 

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JOHN COLLETT

Born on 23.04.1588 at Westerfield

 

 

 

 

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JOHN COLLETT was born at Westerfield on 23rd April 1588, where he was baptised on 28th April 1588.  He was only twelve years old when his father died in March 1600 and he was only one of three of the eight children to be mentioned in the Will - see Will in Legal Documents.  He later married Elizabeth Rivers of Chattisham around 1618 and the marriage produced six children for John and Elizabeth, with all of them born and baptised at Westerfield.  John Collett of Tuddenham, south of Mildenhall, was named in the Ship Money Return of 1640 and was also referred to in the 1646 Will of his older brother Philologus Collett (Ref. 18H13).

 

 

 

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John Collett

Born around 1619 at Westerfield

 

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WILLIAM COLLETT

Baptised on 10.10.1620 at Westerfield

 

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Hazadiah Collett

Baptised on 13.05.1623 at Westerfield

 

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Obadiah Collett

Born during 1627 at Westerfield

 

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Samuel Collett

Baptised on 26.05.1629 at Westerfield

 

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Elizabeth Collett

Baptised on 22.05.1632

 

 

 

 

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WILLIAM COLLETT was born at Westerfield in 1620 and was baptised there on 10th October 1620, the son of John Collett and Elizabeth Rivers.  His early schooling was undertaken at Ipswich and later at Gonville College in Cambridge under Messrs How, Steffe and Clarke for five years.  On 17th October 1643 he was admitted to Caius College in Cambridge under a sizar arrangement.  That was a scholarship, offered according to need, during which time the student worked his passage, the surety for which was set up by a Mr Moore.  During the year 1647/1648 William acquired his Bachelor of Arts degree, achieving Master of Arts status in 1652.  He later became a Clerk in Holy Orders.

 

 

 

William was the second son of John Collett, gentleman of Westerfield, to enter holy order, the first being his older brother John Collett about whom nothing is currently written here.  William is believed to have died in 1682.  It therefore seems very unlikely that this was the same William Collett who fought in Cromwell’s Army at the Battle of Edgehill in 1642. 

 

 

 

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NATHANIEL COLLETT

Born circa 1655 at Ipswich

 

 

 

 

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Hazadiah Collett was born at Westerfield where he was baptised on 13th May 1623, another son of John and Elizabeth Collett.  He later married Joan and their daughter Elizabeth Collett was baptised at St Marys Church in Woodbridge on 3rd March 1664.

 

 

 

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Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1664 at Woodbridge

 

 

 

 

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Elizabeth Collett was born at Westerfield, where she was baptised on 22nd May 1632, the youngest known child of John Collett and his wife Elizabeth Rivers.  Sadly, it was one month later, that she died and was buried at Westerfield on 24th June 1632, when she was recorded as Elizabeth, the daughter of John Collet.

 

 

 

 

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NATHANIEL COLLETT is thought to have been born around 1655 and his baptism took place at St Mary Elms in Ipswich on 17th January 1657, when his father was named as William Collett.  He married Elizabeth Godden at St Mary Stoke in Ipswich in 1682 and they were the parents of John Collett who was baptised at St Mary Stoke four years later. 

 

 

 

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Nathaniel Collett

Baptised in 1683 at Ipswich

 

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Nathaniel Collett

Baptised in 1684 at Ipswich

 

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JOHN COLLETT

Baptised in 1686 at Ipswich

 

 

 

 

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Nathaniel Collett was born at Ipswich and was baptised at St Mary Stoke on 27th May 1683, the eldest son of Nathaniel Collett and Elizabeth Godden, who did not survive.

 

 

 

 

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Nathaniel Collett was born at Ipswich and was baptised at St Mary Stoke on 28th December 1684, another son of the same name of Nathaniel Collett and Elizabeth Godden.

 

 

 

 

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JOHN COLLETT was born at Ipswich, where he was baptised at St Mary Stoke on 26th September 1686, the son of Nathaniel Collett and his wife Elizabeth Godden who were married at St Mary Stoke during 1682.  With his two brothers, both named Nathaniel, baptised before John, it would seem inconceivable that John was older than his brothers, unless he had been the son of an earlier marriage for his father.  This uncertainty, surrounding John Collett from Ipswich, stems from the fact that his marriage to the widow Hannah (Ann) Cooper, nee Hungerford, took place at Aston Rowant on 2nd July 1700.  Aston Rowant lies between Thame and High Wycombe, while the marriage register described John Collett as a carpenter from Ipswich, with his bride named as the daughter of George Hungerford. 

 

 

 

Prior to the day of their wedding a special licence was prepared and recorded at nearby Thame, amongst the details of which, the licence stated that John Collett was from Tuddenham in Suffolk.  It is therefore very interesting that John’s great grandfather was also referred to as John Collett of Tuddenham.  A further complication, discovered during 2016, only adds to the confusion, in that within Boyd’s Register there is the record of a marriage between John Collett and Hannah Moors at Lewknor.

 

 

 

At the time of the baptism of all of the children listed below, each of them was simply described as the son or daughter of John and Hannah Collett.  The first of those children was born at Aston Rowant, with the couple’s next three children born at nearby Kingston Blount.  There is therefore the possibility that John’s older wife Hannah died at Kingston Blount, after which John could have married Hannah Moors at Lewknor, where his last five children were born.  All three villages of Aston Rowant, Kingston Blount and Lewknor lie within two miles of each other.  The family’s youngest child was around nine years old when the death of John Collett was recorded at Lewknor on 3rd October 1730.

 

 

 

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Anna Collett

Born on 12.07.1702 at Aston Rowant

 

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John Collett

Born on 09.07.1704 at Kingston Blount

 

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Mary Collett

Born on 20.03.1705 at Kingston Blount

 

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George Collett

Born on 14.03.1707 at Kingston Blount

 

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Hannah Collett

Born on 14.01.1710 at Lewknor

 

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Nathaniel Collett

Born on 04.10.1713 at Lewknor

 

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Stephen Collett

Born on 03.06.1716 at Lewknor

 

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RICHARD COLLETT

Born in 1719 at Lewknor

 

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Martha Collett

Born in 1721 at Lewknor

 

 

 

 

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RICHARD COLLETT – prior to 2016, very little was known about Richard Collett, except that he was named as the father of William Collett of Haddenham and Dinton in the Buckinghamshire Quarter Sessions held at Easter in 1822.  Now, thanks to Shelia Bates, we know he was born at Lewknor on 21st June 1719, the son of John Collett and Hannah Cooper.  The details of his marriage are established from the parish records at Haddenham, just north-east of Thame.  They confirm that Richard Collett, bachelor of this parish, of Church End in Haddenham, a shoemaker, was married by banns at Haddenham to Colleberry Abbott, spinster of said parish, on 10th November 1745.  Colleberry was the daughter of Samuel Abbott and was baptised at Haddenham on 31st December 1720.

 

 

 

Furthermore, it was the Bishops’ Transcripts that provided the baptism details relating to the first four children of Richard and Colleberry Collett, listed below.  They were daughter Eliza Collett who was baptised on 15th September 1746, son William Collett who was born on 5th March and baptised on 19th March 1749, daughter Colleberry Collett who was baptised on 10th March 1751, and daughter Mary Collett who was born on 10th January and baptised four days later on 14th January 1753.  Previously Sheila Bates speculated that another Richard Collett was most likely related to Richard of Haddenham, together with a John Collett who may have been the father or the brother of that other Richard Collett – see additional note below.

 

 

 

The Colletts of Haddenham Baptist Church - Haddenham is one of the oldest Baptist Churches in Buckinghamshire, dating at least from 1653.  In 1690 a letter was sent to a Baptist gathering when John Collett and Richard Collett were among the signatories.  In 1702 the church burnt down and was rebuilt with the aid of Joseph Collett, a Baptist minister of Coate.  He returned to Haddenham in 1711 to bury Edward Hoare and encouraged the church members to have their own board of trustees (article in Baptist magazine), but by the mid-1750’s the Baptist Church in Haddenham was in decline and the meeting house in ruins by 1773.

 

 

 

One year after the birth of their fourth child, Richard and Colleberry left Haddenham, when they travelled the short distance to settle in nearby Thame.  It may have been the death of the couple’s fourth child that was the reason for that move.  However, within the next year, the family returned to Haddenham where another three children were added to the family.  They were a replacement daughter Mary Collett who was born on 18th April and baptised on 27th June 1755, Richard Collett who was baptised on 27th June 1757 (both of them recorded in the Bishops’ Transcripts); and Susannah Collett who was born and baptised on 18th January 1761 (recorded in the parish records).  Richard Collett died at Haddenham during 1763 and was survived by his widow for another twenty years, when Colleberry Collett nee Abbott passed away in 1783

 

 

 

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Eliza Collett

Born in 1746 at Haddenham

 

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WILLIAM COLLETT

Born in 1749 at Haddenham

 

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Colleberry Collett

Born in 1751 at Haddenham

 

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Mary Collett

Born in 1753 at Haddenham

 

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Mary Collett

Born in 1755 at Haddenham

 

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Richard Collett

Born in 1757 at Haddenham

 

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Susannah Collett

Born in 1760 at Haddenham

 

 

 

 

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Eliza Collett was baptised at Haddenham on 15th September 1746, the first-born child of Richard Collett and Colleberry Abbott.  She may have been Elizabeth Collett who, at the age of twenty-four, married Richard Oliver, the son of Richard Oliver, at Haddenham in 1770.

 

 

 

 

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WILLIAM COLLETT – the elder, was born at Haddenham on 5th March 1749 and was baptised there on 19th March, the eldest son of Richard Colleberry Collett.  During his early years, he and his family lived in Haddenham up to 1754, when the whole family went to live in Thame.  It was on 5th May 1771 that shoemaker William Collett married (1) Mary Simmonds at Wooburn Town in Buckinghamshire, the sister of the Reverend John Simmonds who later married William’s sister Mary Collett (below).  Their daughter Sarah was born four years later in Haddenham and she was followed three years later by the birth of a son for William and Mary, who was also born at Haddenham.  Perhaps during the birth of a third child, Mary Collett nee Simmonds passed away, sometime after 1778. 

 

 

 

The Dinton, Risborough and Waddesdon Baptists first met at Dinton, south-west of Aylesbury, in 1785 and then, in 1786 they assembled in the house of William Collett at Haddenham (source: Strict Baptist Historical Society).  Waddesdon Hill Particular Baptist Church was opened in 1792 and William Collett was admitted in 1794, having been dismissed from New Land Baptist Church in High Wycombe.  He was approved for the ministry in 1802 and was ordained in 1809 as Pastor of Swanbourne at Winslow Baptist Church.  As the Reverend William Collett of Dinton, he was employed by the Particular Baptist Church at Waddesdon Hill as a village preacher and, among other places, he visited Swanbourne and preached there occasionally over a two-year period.

 

 

 

The Reverend William Collett must have been held in high regard, because a stone tablet was erected inside the Swanbourne Baptist Chapel after his death.  Today there is only photographic evidence of its existence since, sadly, the chapel was later converted into a private residence and the tablet very likely destroyed.  Unfortunately, the wording on the tablet is not known, although it certainly began ‘In Memory of William Collett’ followed by a further five lines of writing.  However, an article written by Thomas Matthews of Melbourne in 1872 was published in the Buckingham Advertiser on 27th April 1895 as part of a series of articles about the Swanbourne Baptists.  This mentions the tablet and is reproduced in full below.

 

 

 

From Part Two - Reminiscences of the Old Baptist Meeting House in Winslow, Buckinghamshire

 

“After this a Mr William Collett, who was first pastor of the Swanbourne Church, gave Winslow friends his help, and preached about once a month on the Sabbath evening, and more frequently on a week day evening.  He was a dear old Saint, full of grace and truth.  To show the state of feeling of the inhabitants of Winslow then towards those who attended this little sanctuary (especially those who called themselves true church people).  I have seen this good old man, as he was leaving the place to return home, pelted with mud and stones in the public streets by people who prided themselves upon their respectability. Indeed, in my childhood, I have myself been assailed by adults, calling themselves respectable, who have jeeringly called me a long-eared meetinger, because my parents were dissenters.  In fact, at that time the state of Winslow was such that to prevent outbreaks of disturbance in the service at the Meeting house, my father has been obliged to read the Act of Parliament which protects dissenters from molestation in their worship.  This generally had the desired effect in quieting the disturbance.  The dear old Mr Collett continued to preach occasionally at Winslow, until near his death.  When I grew up to manhood, I had the pleasure to erect, and write, a tablet to his memory in the little Chapel at Swanbourne.”

 

 

 

In addition to all of this, it is now known that William was married twice in his life, his son being the offspring from the first of those two marriages, who was eight years old when his father married (2) Mary Hammon at Haddenham during 1786.  Once again, on that occasion, William was described as a shoemaker and Mary was described as a spinster.  It was seven years later that their daughter was born at Dinton, just north-east of Haddenham.

 

 

 

According to the Militia Ballot List of 1796 William Collett of Dinton was named therein and was described as a cordwainer (a shoemaker), a reference to William Collett the elder.  In addition to that, and eight years later in 1804, William Collett was still living in Dinton, the tenant of a property owned by John Goss, for which he paid a rent of 5 Shillings 1 Penny.  It was two years after that when his son William was married in Dinton, so he was very likely still living with his father in the family home at Dinton in 1804.  From Dinton, William moved the short distance back to Haddenham during the second decade of the new century and certainly prior to 1820.

 

 

 

Following the premature death of his son William in 1820, William Collett the elder appeared at the Easter Buckinghamshire Quarter Sessions at Chesham in 1822 on behalf of his recently widowed daughter-in-law.  William Collett stated that he was 73, that his father’s name was Richard, and that he had a son William, who was the late husband of the pauper Mary Collett (nee Cane).  It was recorded that he had received poor relief for a year, or a year and a half, when he had contracted smallpox while he was living in Haddenham.  He then moved, with his son, to Dinton where he had lived for 15 or 16 years before moving back to Haddenham after his son had built a house at Haddenham.  William Collett – the elder, died four years later at Swanbourne, on 25th April 1826, where he was also buried.

 

 

 

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Sarah Collett

Born in 1775 at Haddenham

 

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WILLIAM COLLETT

Born in 1778 at Haddenham

 

The following is the child of William Collett and his second wife Mary Hammon:

 

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Susannah Collett

Born in 1793 at Dinton

 

 

 

 

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Colleberry Collett was baptised at Haddenham on 10th March 1751, the third child of Richard Collett and Colleberry Abbott.  It was also at Haddenham where she married Robert Cane of Watlington in Oxfordshire during 1781, following which William Cane was baptised at Watlington on 2nd July 1786 and confirmed as the son of Robert and Colleberry Cane.

 

 

 

 

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Mary Collett was born at Haddenham on 10th January 1753 and was baptised there on 14th January 1753.  During the next two years she suffered an infant death, with the next daughter born to Richard and Colleberry Collett given the same name in her honour.

 

 

 

 

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Mary Collett was born at Haddenham on 18th April 1755, where she was baptised on 27th June 1755, another daughter of Richard and Colleberry Collett.  Mary eventually married her brother-in-law, Baptist minister the Reverend John Simmonds in 1781, whose sister Mary Simmonds had already married Mary’s older brother William (above) ten years earlier.

 

 

 

 

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Richard Collett was born at Haddenham and it was there that he was baptised on 27th June 1757, the youngest son of Richard and Colleberry Collett.

 

 

 

 

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Susannah Collett was born at Haddenham, where she was baptised on 18th January 1761.  Tragically she did not survive, but it was as Sarah Collett that she was buried at Haddenham that same year.

 

 

 

 

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Sarah Collett was born at Haddenham on 25th July 1775 and was baptised there on 6th August 1775, the daughter of William Collett and his first wife Mary Simmons.  Sadly, she was only seven years of aged when she died at Haddenham in 1782.

 

 

 

 

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WILLIAM COLLETT – the younger, was born at Haddenham on 5th April 1778, the son of William Collett of Haddenham, by his first wife Mary Simmonds.  He was also baptised there one month later on 3rd May 1778.  Like his father, William also became a shoemaker upon leaving school.  He was married twice, the first time at Dinton during 1799 to (1) Ann Dolley, although no record of any offspring has been found.  He later married (2) Mary Cane, also at Dinton, on 23rd July 1806, when she was already carrying their first child, who was born six months later.  Mary Cane was born at Watlington, the daughter of William Cane and Mary Reed, where she was baptised on 12th April 1789, already a few years old.  Twenty-five years before William Collett married Mary Cane his aunt, Colleberry Collett, had married Robert Cane from Watlington, presumably a member of the same Watlington family.

 

 

 

The first three children of William were born in the Buckinghamshire village of Dinton, with their last four children added to the family after they had left Dinton and had settled in nearby Haddenham.  What is of particular interest is the Posse Comitatus of 1798 for the Dinton & Haddenham area of Buckinghamshire, which includes both William Collett senior and William Collett junior, who were recorded as cordwainers.  David Collett, the eldest son of William the younger also took up the occupation of a shoemaker.  David and his sister Mary Ann both gave their place of birth as Dinton in the later census returns, while their younger brother Ephraim, on one occasion, stated he was born at Haddenham.  Furthermore, William’s granddaughter, the daughter of his eldest child Ruth Collett, was born at Haddenham.  Curiously though, the Baptist Church records at Haddenham do not include the names of William Collett the younger and his wife Mary Collett, as being members of that church.

 

 

 

Not long after the birth of his last child William Collett passed away during 1820, leaving his widow Mary as a pauper.  The Easter Buckinghamshire Quarter Sessions at Chesham in 1822 recorded that Mary Collett of Haddenham was a widow and a pauper and that her father-in-law was William Collett.  It is that document which confirms William’s father was William Collett and NOT Robert Collett and his wife Ann Penn, as previously thought, whose family can be found in Part 63 – The Collett-Stratfold-Collet Line.

 

 

 

Mary Collett stated that she was a widow and had been married nearly sixteen years earlier and that her late husband’s name was William, who had died two years previously.  The record also included that she had five children (a further two having not survived) and that she had lived in Dinton for about five years after she was married, where her husband’s father William Collett also lived, both of them having moved there from Haddenham.  Nearly thirty years later, Mary Collett, aged 68, was still a widow and pauper, according to the census in 1851, when she was still residing at Haddenham with just her unmarried son Ephraim Collett living there with her.  Less than three years later Mary Collett nee Cane died at Haddenham on 21st January 1854 at the age of 71 and was buried in the churchyard of Haddenham Baptist Church.

 

 

 

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Ruth Collett

Born in 1807 at Dinton, nr Aylesbury

 

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DAVID COLLETT

Born in 1808 at Dinton, nr Aylesbury

 

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Mary Ann Collett

Born in 1810 at Dinton, nr Aylesbury

 

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Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1813 at Haddenham

 

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Ephraim Collett

Born in 1816 at Haddenham

 

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Emma Collett

Born in 1818 at Haddenham

 

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Emma Collett

Born in 1819 at Haddenham

 

 

 

 

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Susannah Collett was born at Dinton in 1793, according to her stated age in a later census record, and was the daughter of William Collett and his second wife Mary Hammond.  Her father was a strict Baptist and was a Baptist minister in Dinton by the time she was one year old.  It was at Waddesdon Hill Particular Baptist Church that Susannah Collett was proposed and admitted on 21st October 1810, where she was baptised on 11th November 1810 and received into the church on 2nd December that same year.  Her father had left Waddesdon by 1809 to become the first Pastor of Swanbourne, and it was to Swanbourne Particular and Strict Baptist Church that his daughter Susannah was dismissed two years after she was married.

 

 

 

Susannah Collett married Thomas Phillips at Swanbourne on 27th October 1816, following which, on 22nd March 1818, Swanbourne sent a request to Waddesdon to dismiss ‘our sister Phillips’ so that she could join the church at Swanbourne, which she did on Sunday 3rd May 1818.  Susannah was already pregnant with the couple’s first child by then and, three months later, she gave with to a daughter Rebecca Phillips, who was born on 25th July 1818 but who was later baptised at Waddesdon on 16th May 1819, when her parents were recorded as Thomas and Anne Phillips.  Susannah also presented Thomas with a son, Ebenezer Thomas Phillips, who was born on 22nd November 1821 who lived all his life at Waddesdon.

 

 

 

By the time of the first national census in June 1841, the family was still living at Swanbourne and comprised Thomas Phillips, whose rounded age was 50, Susanna Phillips who was 45 (rounded age), and daughter Rebecca Phillips who was 20 (rounded age).  In the Winslow census of 1851, agricultural labourer Thomas Phillips was 64, his wife Susanna Phillips from Dinton was 58, and their daughter Rebecca Phillips was 32 and a lace-maker, when the three of them were residing at Clack Lane in Swanbourne.  Susannah Phillips, nee Collett, died four years later on 4th May 1855 and was the great great great grandmother of Sheila Bates who has supplied the new details regarding Susannah Collett and her father the Reverend William Collett of Wycombe, Waddesdon and Dinton, and other Colletts of Buckinghamshire.

 

 

 

Her daughter Rebecca Phillips, who was married during the 1850s, was admitted to the church and was baptised again in 1859, her husband being the widower John Dumbleton, who was a Pastor.  Susannah’s son Ebenezer Thomas Phillips was a member of the Swanbourne Particular and Strict Baptist Church in 1830 and was admitted to the church in 1842, while it was during the next year when he married (1) Mary Powell, with whom he had a son.  Five years later in 1851, Ebenezer became a trustee of the church and on 23rd May 1852 his wife died, after which he married (2) Jane Morris at Swanbourne during the following year.  It was then that he was appointed to the post of deacon in 1863.  Ebenezer Thomas Phillips died in 1900 while, from his first marriage to Mary Powell, he had a son Thomas Phillips who was born at Oakley in 1846, who later married Rachel Alderman in 1870.  Ebenezer’s second marriage to Jane Morris produced another three sons, William Phillips (born in 1856), John Phillips (born in 1858), and Edward G Phillips (born in 1860).

 

 

 

FOOTNOTE: In a letter dated 1794, when Susannah was a mere infant, another Susannah Collett of Haddenham was described as one of those who had not joined any church, following which she became a member of Waddesdon Hill and was recorded as being from Monks Risborough.  She was ‘dismissed’ back to Risborough in 1798, and six years later she married Henry Austin at Monks Risborough on 22nd March 1804.  Also married there that same day, was Mary Collett of Risborough and Isaac Bowler, who was most likely the sister of this Susannah Collett, and therefore a double-wedding for the family

 

 

 

 

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Ruth Collett was born at Dinton, near Aylesbury, on 27th January 1807, just six months after her parents William Collett and Mary Cane were married there.  Ruth was twenty-two when she gave birth to a base-born daughter who was born at Haddenham on 6th August 1829.  She was named as Emma Hebbare, Hebborn being a local surname for the area.  It was later that same year when Ruth married Louis (Lewis) Wheeler, after which her daughter Emma took the Wheeler surname.  Over the next thirteen years, Ruth presented Lewis with five children, all born at Haddenham.  They were Mary Wheeler (born 14th June 1836), Thomas Wheeler (born 1838; buried 28th April 1843), William Wheeler (born 1839; buried 8th March 1842), Josiah Wheeler (born 1841; died after two days and buried 10th November 1841), and Susan(nah) Collett Wheeler (1842-1925) who was baptised in 1861, who married (1) Charles Horton in 1864 and then (2) John Woodbridge in 1869.

 

 

 

 

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DAVID COLLETT was born at Dinton on 30th November 1808, the son of William Collett and Mary Cane.  David was a shoemaker like his father and he married Mary Ann Whitney of Kensington on 23rd December 1830 at Adwell in Oxfordshire, midway between Stoke Talmage and Lewknor.  The marriage produced six known children for David and Mary Ann between 1831 and 1847 and all of them were born at Watlington, apart from the first child who was born at Lewknor and baptised at nearby Adwell.  In 1841 the family was living at Conchin Street in Watlington and comprised David and Mary, who were both given the rounded age of 30, and their first four children.  William Collett was nine, George Collett was six, Thomas Collett was four and Ephraim Collett was two years old.  Also living at the same address was the Manners family of John and Maria Manners with their four young children.

 

 

 

Ten years later the family was complete, when it was recorded residing at Church Meadow in the village of Watlington, within the Henley-on-Thames registration district.  The census of 1851 listed the family as David Collett, who was 42 and a journeyman shoemaker from Dinton, his wife Mary A Collett who was 41 and from Kensington in London, and their six children.  The two eldest sons were both journeymen shoemakers like their father, William from Lewknor was 19, and George of Watlington was 16.  The other four children were Thomas who was 14, Ephraim who was 11, Richard who was nine and Alice who was four years old.

 

 

 

Only sons Ephraim and Richard were still living with their parents in 1861 and that was after the family had left Watlington and had moved to Wooburn Green, between High Wycombe and Beaconsfield.  On that occasion the couple’s youngest child, Alice, was living with her married brother George and helping him with his young family, also nearby in the High Wycombe area.  The reduced family was therefore David Collett who was 52 and a shoemaker, Mary Collett who was 51, Ephraim Collett who was 23 and Richard Collett who was 18, both of them working as shoemakers.  Also, by then, the couple’s eldest son William was married with a family of his own and, he too, was living within the High Wycombe area.  Staying with David and his family at that time was his unmarried younger brother Ephraim Collett who was 43 and another shoemaker.

 

 

 

Mary Ann Collett nee Whitney was born around 1809, the daughter of Lawrence and Alice Whitney and she died at Watlington during 1868.  That was confirmed by the census in 1871, when David Collett, aged 62, was a widower and a shoemaker living in the Wycombe District Union workhouse at Whitley Cross in Saunderton, within the Princes Risborough registration district of Buckinghamshire.  It was just less than four years after that when David Collett died at Wooburn Town on 22nd January 1875, his passing recorded at Wycombe register office (Ref. 3a 419), when he was 67.

 

 

 

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William Lawrence Collett

Born on 18.10.1831 at Watlington

 

72P2

GEORGE COLLETT

Born on 31.01.1835 at Watlington

 

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Thomas Collett

Born on 20.10.1836 at Watlington

 

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Ephraim Collett

Born on 18.05.1839 at Watlington

 

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Richard Collett

Born on 12.04.1842 at Watlington

 

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Alice Collett

Born in 1847 at Watlington

 

 

 

 

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Mary Ann Collett was born at Dinton on 29th September 1810, the daughter of William and Mary Collett.  In 1829 Mary Ann Collett from Dinton married David Small, both of whom were baptised at Haddenham on 29th March 1835.  The marriage produced six children, five of which were born at Haddenham and they were Ellen Small (born 1831), a male child (born 1832; buried on 23rd July 1834), George Small (born 1st May 1834; died 1926), Eliza Small (born 1840 at Hayes, Middlesex), Ebenezer Henry Small (born 1843), and Caleb Small (born 1845).

 

 

 

 

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Elizabeth Collett was born at Haddenham on 17th November 1813, the daughter of William and Mary Collett.

 

 

 

 

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Ephraim Collett was born at Haddenham on 7th February 1816, the son of William and Mary Collett.  At the time of the census in 1851 Ephraim was still a bachelor at 34 when he was living with his widowed mother Mary at Haddenham.  Three years later Ephraim’s mother passed away, at which time he went to live with his older married brother David (above) in Wooburn Town, where he was recorded at the age of 43, when his occupation was that of a shoemaker like his older brother.  It was during the following year at Thame that Ephraim married Hannah Halley of Watlington in 1862 and, in the census of 1871, the childless couple was aged 55 and 45 respectively, when they were living at Wooburn Green, to the north-east of Wooburn Town.  It was also at Wooburn Green that they were recorded again in the census of 1881.  Ephraim Collett from Watlington (sic) was 65 and a gardener, Hannah Collett from Watlington was 52, and living with them was their niece Isabella Collett who was eight years old and born at Wooburn around 1872.

 

 

 

Isabella Collett was very likely the child of one of Ephraim’s nephew’s, either William Collett or George Collett (below), since there is a suitable gap for the child’s birth in 1872 in both of their families.  Hannah Collett, nee Halley, died during the following ten years, so by the time of the Wooburn census in 1891 Ephraim Collett was a widower, living there alone at the age of 75.  During the next decade, Ephraim returned to the village of his birth and it was at Haddenham that he was residing with a farming family in March 1901 at the age of 84.  He survived for a further six years, when he died at Haddenham during 1907 and was buried in the new cemetery at the Haddenham Baptist Church.

 

 

 

 

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Emma Collett was born at Haddenham on 16th May 1818, the daughter of William and Mary Collett.  Tragically she died less than two months later, when she passed away on 10th July 1818.

 

 

 

 

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Emma Collett was born at Haddenham on 14th November 1819, the last child of shoemaker William Collett and his wife Mary Cane.

 

 

 

 

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William Lawrence Collett was born at Lewknor on 18th October 1831, but was baptised at Adwell on 20th November 1831, the eldest son of David and Mary Ann Collett.  Not long after he was baptised his parents left Lewknor when they moved the two miles to Watlington.  By 1851 William Collett was 19 years of age and was working as a journeyman shoemaker, like his brother George (below), who had both taken on that profession from their father.  At that time in his life William and his family were living at Church Meadow in Watlington.  Over the next year or so he took up with the young lady who would become his wife.  It was at Wooburn Town, on 8th August 1853, that unmarried William Collett married spinster Fanny Hollis from Brize Norton in Oxfordshire.  The groom’s father was confirmed as David Collett, while Fanny’s father was named as John Hollis.  Once married, the couple settled in Wooburn Green where all of their children were born.

 

 

 

According to the census in 1861, shoemaker William was 29 and Fanny was 28.  By that time the marriage had produced four children for the couple, although only three of them had survived and were living with them at Wycombe Lane in Wooburn Green.  They were Emily Collett who was four, Thomas Collett who was three and Richard Collett who was one year old.  It was their youngest child, son George, who had died just before the census day that year.  Over the next decade four more children were added.  As a result, the family living at Wycombe Lane in Wooburn Green in 1871 was made up of William, aged 39 and a shoemaker, his wife Fanny who was 38, and their seven children.  Emily was 15 and Thomas was 13 (both working in a paper mill), Richard was 12 and working with his father as a shoe closer, Alice was seven, Mercy was five, Clara was two, and William who was under one year old.

 

 

 

The next census in 1881 confirmed that the family was living at Wycombe Lane in Wooburn Green.  Head of the house William was 49 and a cordwainer, a shoemaker like his father, and his wife Fanny Collett was 48 and a boot closer from Brize Norton in Oxfordshire.  All of the six children still living with William and Fanny were confirmed as having been born at Wooburn.  They were Thomas Collett who was 22, unmarried, and also a cordwainer like his father, Alice Collett who was 17 and Mercy Collett who was 15, both of whom were working at the nearby paper-mill, plus Clara Collett who was 12, William Collett who was 10 and Alfred Collett who was four years old.  The family was still at Wycombe Road in Wooburn Green at the time of the census in 1891 when, on that occasion, only the couple’s youngest child was still living with them.  Shoemaker William was 59 and his place of birth was recorded in error as Wooburn, Fanny was 58, and their son Alfred was 14 who, by then, was employed as a labourer.

 

 

 

Six years after that census day, the death of William Lawrence Collett, aged 61, was recorded at Wycombe register office (Ref. 3a 362) during the second quarter of 1897, following his passing away at Wooburn, where he was buried on 17th May 1897.  At that time in her life, his widow went to live with her married daughter Mercy Gasson, whose family was living on Eglington Road in Swanscombe, Kent.  It was at that address that she was recorded in 1901 when she was described as Fanny Collett from Witney who was 68 and living on her own means.  Sometime during the next decade, she moved to Dartford and in 1911 was living there with her married daughter Alice Woolley and her family.  The widow Fanny Collett from Brize Norton was 77 and was described as a visitor, boarding with her daughter’s family.  It is possible she remained living there for the rest of her life, since the death of Fanny Collett, nee Hollis, was recorded at Dartford register office (Ref. 2a 998) during the first three months of 1924, when she was 92 years old.

 

 

 

72Q1

Emily Collett

Born in 1856 at Wooburn Green

 

72Q2

Thomas Charles Collett

Born in 1857 at Wooburn Green

 

72Q3

George Francis Collett

Born in 1859 at Wooburn Green

 

72Q4

Richard Collett

Born in 1860 at Wooburn Green

 

72Q5

George Henry Collett

Born in 1861 at Wooburn Green

 

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Alice Mary Collett

Born in 1863 at Wooburn Green

 

72Q7

Mercy Eliza Collett

Born in 1866 at Wooburn Green

 

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Clara Minnie Collett

Born in 1868 at Wooburn Green

 

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William Collett

Born in 1870 at Wooburn Green

 

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Alfred Ernest Collett

Born in 1876 at Wooburn Green

 

 

 

 

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GEORGE COLLETT was born at Watlington on 31st January 1835, the son of David and Mary Ann Collett.  He was 16 years old in the Watlington census of 1851, when he was a journeyman shoemaker with his brother William (above), while still living with his parents at Church Meadow.  George appears to have moved to Wooburn, possibly with or after his brother William was married there in 1853 since, it was also there that George Collett married Ann Wood on 25th July 1857.  The event was recorded at Wycombe (Ref. 3a 545) during the third quarter of that year, when George’s father was confirmed as David Collett and Ann’s father was named as William Wood.  The witnesses at the wedding were George Bass and Eleanor Cox.  The couple’s first child was born in 1859 and, on the day of the census in 1861, George Collett from Watlington was 25 and a shoemaker, his wife Ann Collett from Haddenham was also 25 and their daughter Ruth Collett was one year old.  Living with the family at Wycombe Lane in Wooburn Green, was George’s younger sister Alice Collett (below) who was 14 and also from Watlington.  George and his brother William (above) were most likely still working together in the family shoe business, with them both residing on Wycombe Lane in Wooburn Green by then.

 

 

 

During the following decade four more children were added to the family while they were still living at Wooburn Green.  By 1871 the family comprised George who was 36 and a cordwainer, Ann who was 36, Ruth who was 12, Annie who was 10, George who was seven, Mary who was three and Charles who was only a few weeks old, his birth not even registered until sometime after that census day.  Just two more children were added to the family after that and, according to the next census in 1881, the family was residing at Wooburn Moor, just outside High Wycombe.  George was a boot maker at 46 and had been born at Watlington.  His wife Ann was 47 and from Haddenham, who was employed as a woollen cloth maker.  Just four of their children were still living with them and they were George who was 16, Mary who was 12, Minnie who was six and Florence who was one year old, all of them born at Wooburn, although the family later settled in Wooburn Moor.

 

 

 

That move was confirmed in the census of 1891, when both George and Ann were both 57 but not recorded at the same dwelling.  Shoemaker George had living with him his two youngest daughters, Minnie who was 16 and a dressmaker and Florence who was 12 years old and still at school.  Staying with the family that day was George’s granddaughter May Saunders who was three years old and the child of Ruth Collett, George’s eldest child.  Not far away in Wooburn Moor was Ann Collett from Haddenham who was a visitor at the home of widow Elizabeth Watts from Kent, who was a beer retailer.  In March 1901 the family was again recorded at Wooburn Moor, when the family was recorded as follows.  George Collett was 66 and a shoemaker with his own account working at home, Ann was 66, Minnie was 25 and Florence was 21, both of them dressmakers with their own account and working at home.  Two other people were staying with the family that day and they were unmarried labourer George Wood who was 62 and from Haddenham, Ann’s brother, and granddaughter May Saunders who was 14 and from nearby Loudwater, who was employed at a mill, carrying out office duties.

 

 

 

After a further ten years, the census in April 1911 listed George and Ann Collett still living at Wooburn Moor, where they were both recorded as being 76 years of age.  Also still living with the couple, was Ann’s brother George Wood who was 71 and an army pensioner.  The census return gave the birth place of the Wood siblings as Haddenham, but the birth place of boot repairer George Collett was stated as being Postcombe, rather than Watlington.  It also confirmed that he had been married to Ann for fifty-four years, during which time they had given birth to ten children with only five of them still alive in 1911.  However, only seven of the ten are listed below.

 

 

 

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Ruth Collett

Born in 1859 at Wooburn Green

 

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Anne Eliza Collett

Born in 1861 at Wooburn Green

 

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GEORGE COLLETT

Born in 1863 at Wooburn Green

 

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Mary Collett

Born in 1867 at Wooburn Green

 

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Charles Collett

Born in 1871 at Wooburn Green

 

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Minnie Collett

Born in 1874 at Wooburn Green

 

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Florence Collett

Born in 1879 at Wooburn Green

 

 

 

 

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Ephraim Collett was born at Watlington on 18th May 1839, the son of David and Mary Ann Collett and was 11 years old in 1852 when he and his family was living at Church Meadow in Watlington.  After living in Watlington, his family moved to Henley and by 1861, when Ephraim was 23, he and his family had settled at Wooburn.  It was with the next twelve months that Ephraim Collett married Jane Allen from Wooburn, the recorded at Wycombe (Ref. 3a 447) during the first three months of 1862.  Their wedding at Wooburn took place on 22nd March 1862 when Ephraim Collett was 22, the son of David Collett, and Jane Allen was 20, the daughter of William Allen.  All of their children were born at Wooburn Green, again with their births recorded at Wycombe.  By the time of the next census in 1871, the family comprised Ephraim from Watlington who was 32 and a labourer at the paper-mill, Jane who was 31, and their three daughters, Eliza who was six, Polly who was three, and Maud who was one year old.  All of the female members of the household had been born at Wooburn.

 

 

 

It was at Wooburn Green where the family was living in 1881.  Ephraim from Watlington was 42 and a paper maker, Jane was 41, and listed with them was Maud who was 11, Ben who was nine, Daisy who was seven, Lily E Collett who was five, Eva who was three, Naomi who was one year old and Ella who was two months old.  Further children followed and, by the time of the census in 1891, Ephraim and Jane were still living in Wooburn Green with their seven youngest children.  Ephraim was 51 and described as a straw boiler, Jane was 50, Ben was 19, Eva was 14, Naomi was 12, Ella was nine, as was Allen J Collett, Dennis was seven and Lily A Collett was two years old

 

 

 

After a further decade, the census conducted at Wooburn Green in March 1901, listed the family as Ephraim Collett from Watlington, who was 61 and a bleacher of wood pulp, his wife Jane who was 60 and from Wooburn, together with just three of their children, Dennis who was 16 and a coal carter, Ella Collett who was 20 was a domestic cook and Lily who was 12 and still at school.  Just less than eight years later Jane Collett, nee Allen, died at Wooburn on 20th February 1909, her death recorded at Wycombe register office (Ref. 3a 604) during the first quarter of that year, aged 68.  The only members of Ephraim’s family still living with him at Wooburn in 1911 were his married daughter Lily House and his son Dennis Collett.  Ephraim Collett was a widower aged 72, who was still employed at the local paper-mill, but as a size maker.  Lily House from Wooburn was a widow at 36, who was acting as the housekeeper for her father and brother, while Dennis Collett from Wooburn was 26 and working as a general labourer.

 

 

 

Ephraim Collett from Watlington died in 1921 at the age of 81, when his death was recorded at Wycombe register office (Ref. 3a 1030) during the last three months of that year.  Probate for Ephraim Collett, of The Meadows in Wooburn Green, stated that he was a retired paper-maker who died on 25th December 1921, with probate granted to Henry George Hersee, a builder’s labourer, for his personal effects amounting to £281 11 Shilling 9d.  Henry was the husband of Ephraim’s daughter Ella Collett

 

 

 

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Lizzie Collett

Born in 1864 at Wooburn Green

 

72Q19

Polly Collett

Born in 1867 at Wooburn Green

 

72Q20

Maud Collett

Born in 1869 at Wooburn Green

 

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Ben Collett

Born in 1871 at Wooburn Green

 

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Daisy Collett

Born in 1873 at Wooburn Green

 

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Lily Eliza Collett

Born in 1875 at Wooburn Green

 

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Eva Collett

Born in 1877 at Wooburn Green

 

72Q25

Naomi Collett

Born in 1879 at Wooburn Green

 

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Ella Collett

Born in 1881 at Wooburn Green

 

72Q27

Allen John Collett

Born in 1882 at Wooburn Green

 

72Q28

Dennis Collett

Born in 1884 at Wooburn Green

 

72Q29

Lily A Collett

Born in 1888 at Wooburn Green

 

 

 

 

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Richard Collett was born at Watlington on 12th April 1842, the youngest son of David Collett and Mary Ann Whitney.  Richard was nine years old in the Watlington census of 1852 and, by the time he was 18 in 1861, he was one of only two siblings still living with his parents who, by then, were living in Wooburn.  Within the twelve months he married (1) Mary Hancock with whom he had a son who was born in England, prior to the family emigrating to America in 1863.  The wedding of Richard and Mary was recorded at Wycombe (Ref. 3a 448) during the first three months of 1862 and actually took place at Wooburn on 29th March 1862, when Richard was 19 and confirmed as the son of David Collett, and Mary was 20 and the daughter of Henry Hancock.  Richard was just one of many from England who became a member of the Mormon Church and sailed to the new world for a fresh start in life.  And it was as a member of that church that Richard eventually took himself a second wife (2) Sarah, while he was still married to Mary.  That was confirmed by the US Census in 1880 for Salt Lake City.

 

 

 

By that time in his life Richard Collett from England was 38 and his occupation was still that of a shoemaker.  His two English born wives were Mary Collett, age 38, and Sarah Collett, who was 36.  Recorded with the three of them were their eight children.  George Collett from England was 17, while the other seven children had all been born after the family had settled in Utah.  Alice Collett was 14, Frank Collett was 12, Ralph Collett was 10, William Collett was six, Mary Collett was five, Rachel N Collett was two, and Fannie Collett was six months old.  Shortly after 1880 two more children were added to the family.

 

 

 

During the next twenty years Richard’s younger wife Sarah died, perhaps during childbirth, so by the time of the census in 1900 Richard Collett, age 58, was living at Precinct 30, Ward 3, in Salt Lake City with his wife Mary who was also 58.  The census return confirmed that the couple had been married for thirty-nine years and that they had entered America in 1863.  Just five of their ten children were still living with them and they were, Alice who was 32, William who was 27, Rachel who was 21, Millie who was 19 and Nellie who was 17.

 

 

 

It was four years later that Richard Collett died at Salt Lake City on 13th July 1904, where he was buried on 16th July 1904.  His death certificate confirmed that he was 62 and the son of David Collett and Mary Whitney of England (stated in error as Hitney) and that his occupation had been that of a merchant.

 

 

 

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George Collett

Born in 1863 in England

 

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Alice Collett

Born in 1867 at Salt Lake City, Utah

 

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Frank Collett

Born in 1868 at Salt Lake City, Utah

 

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Ralph Collett

Born in 1870 at Salt Lake City, Utah

 

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William Collett

Born in 1873 at Salt Lake City, Utah

 

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Mary Collett

Born in 1875 at Salt Lake City, Utah

 

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Rachel N Collett

Born in 1878 at Salt Lake City, Utah

 

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Fannie Collett

Born in 1879 at Salt Lake City, Utah

 

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Millie Collett

Born in 1881 at Salt Lake City, Utah

 

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Nellie Collett

Born in 1883 at Salt Lake City, Utah

 

 

 

 

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Emily Collett was born at Wooburn Green in 1856, the first child of William Collett and Fanny Hollis, whose birth was recorded at Wycombe (Ref. 3a 340) during the third quarter of that year.  In 1861 Emily and her family were residing on Wycombe Lane in Wooburn Green, while ten years later she had left school and was working at a local paper-mill at the age of 15 years.  When she was 22 she married Frank Searle at Wooburn on 4th May 1878, the event recorded at Wycombe (Ref. 3a 687) where Emily’s father was confirmed as William Collett and Frank was described as the son of John Searle.  For whatever reason, no record of the new family has been identified within the following census of 1881, by which time Emily had already presented Frank with their first two children, the first of them born at Cookham in Berkshire in Q1 1879, the second born at Alderbury, Salisbury in Wiltshire, in Q2 1880.

 

 

 

Four more children were added to the family during the 1880s, with the full family listed in the census of 1891 at Fisherton Street in the parish of Fisherton Anger, Salisbury.  Frank Searle was 34 and a fishmonger, Emily Searle was 35, Frank Henry Searle was 13, Daisy E Searle was 11, Albert E Searle was eight, George W Searle was seven, Frederick W Searle was four and Wallis W Searle was two years of age.  Visiting the family was Richard K Collett from Buckinghamshire who was recorded in error as 29, when he was nearer 31, the younger brother of Emily Searle.  The Searle family was affluent enough to employ a domestic servant, sixteen-year-old Martha Hacker. 

 

 

 

After a further ten years the family was residing in a dwelling on the High Street in the Salisbury parish of St Thomas, from where Frank was continuing his work as a fishmonger.  However, during the first decade of the new century Frank and Emily took over the management and running of a boarding house within the New Sarum district of Salisbury, where they were living in 1911.  Emily and Frank were both 54, with Frank described as the boarding house keeper, Emily from Wooburn and Frank from Salisbury.  The only two children still living with them were George Searle who was 27 and born at Wingrave in Buckinghamshire and Ronald Victor Searle who was 13 and born in Salisbury.

 

 

 

Just over two years later, the death of Frank Searle was recorded at Salisbury register office (Ref. 5a 182) during the third quarter of 1913, when he was 56.

 

 

 

 

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Thomas Charles Collett was born at Wooburn Green in 1857, his birth recorded at Wycombe (Ref. 3a 356) during the third quarter of the year.  He was the eldest son of William and Fanny Collett and was three years old in the census of 1861.  He had left school by the time he was 13 in 1871, when he was working with his sister Emily (above) at the nearby paper-mill in Wooburn Green when they were still living at the family home in Wycombe Lane.  Over the following years he joined his father when he became a boot and shoemaker, as he was in 1881 when he was 22 and still living with his family at Wycombe Lane in Wooburn Green, when he was described as a cordwainer in the census that year.

 

 

 

Six months after the census day in 1881 the marriage of Thomas Collett and Rosetta Crockett took place at Wooburn on 17th September 1881, when Thomas was 24 and the son of William Collett, and Rosetta was 23 and the daughter of William Crockett.  The wedding was recorded at Wycombe (Ref. 3a 769), when the witnesses were Alice Ody and Thomas George Thomas.  Rosetta, or Rose/Rosa as she was known, was born at Wooburn Moor and her birth was registered at Wycombe on 30th December 1857.  Her mother Lucy Crockett, nee Smith, signed the birth certificate with the mark of a cross.

 

 

 

In 1891 the family living at Elizabeth Cottages on Wycombe Lane in Wooburn Green was made up of William aged 33 and a boot maker, Rosa who was also 33 and their first four children.  William was nine, Walter was seven, Fanny was five and Arthur was one year old.  Ten years later in March 1901 Thomas Collett was 43 and a boot maker with his own account working at home and his wife Rose Collett was 43, when they were still living in Wycombe Lane.  Their son William Collett was 19 and was employed as a railway packer, while Arthur was 11, Lucy was nine, Jack was seven years old and Tom was one year old.

 

 

 

By April 1911, Thomas Collett was 54, the same age as his wife Rose, when they were still living at Wooburn Green with William T Collett aged 29 who was a plate-layer on the railway, Jack Collett who was 16 and Tom Collett who was 12.  All five members of the household were confirmed as having been born at Wooburn.  Three years later Thomas Collett was no longer a boot maker, instead he was a postman, as seen in the photograph here taken in 1914, after his two eldest sons William and Walter had enlisted to join in the Great War. The full picture included the two boys in their army uniform, together with his wife Rose.

 

 

 

Thomas Collett died eight years later when his death was recorded at Wycombe (Ref. 3a 1324) during the first quarter of 1922 at the age of 65.  His widow survived him by many years when Rosetta Collett nee Crockett died in 1949.

 

 

 

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William Thomas Collett

Born in 1882 at Wooburn Green

 

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Walter George Collett

Born in 1885 at Wooburn Green

 

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Maud Louisa Fanny Collett

Born in 1887 at Wooburn Green

 

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Arthur Collett

Born in 1889 at Wooburn Green

 

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Lucy Maud Collett

Born in 1891 at Wooburn Green

 

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Jack Collett

Born in 1895 at Wooburn Green

 

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Tom Collett

Born in 1899 at Wooburn Green

 

 

 

 

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George Francis Collett was born at Wycombe Lane in Wooburn Green in 1859, his birth recorded at Wycombe (Ref. 3a 394) during the first two months of the year.  It was also at Wooburn that he was baptised on 12th March 1859, a son of William and Fanny Collett.  Tragically, seven days later George Francis Collett died at Wooburn Green on 19th March, with the details of his death recorded at Wycombe (Ref. 3a 260).

 

 

 

 

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Richard Collett was born at Wycombe Lane in Wooburn Green with his birth recorded at Wycombe (Ref. 3a 391) during the first quarter of 1860.  He was one year old in the census of 1861 when the family was still living on Wycombe Lane and by the time he was 12 in 1871 he had already finished his schooling and was working as a shoe closer alongside his shoemaker father William Collett.  No record of him has been found within the census of 1881 but in 1891 he was a visitor at the Wiltshire home of his married sister Emily Searle (above) at Fisherton Street in the village of Fisherton Anger near Alderbury, Salisbury.  On that occasion, the last mention of him anyway in Great British, he was curiously described as Richard K Collett from Buckinghamshire who was 29 (sic), a bachelor and a student in theology.

 

 

 

 

72Q5

George Henry Collett was born at Wycombe Lane in Wooburn Green, but after the census day in 1861, with his birth recorded at Wycombe (Ref. 3a 368) during the third quarter of that year.  As the son of William and Fanny Collett, he was baptised at Wooburn on 9th November 1861 but died there just over four months later, on 22nd February 1862.

 

 

 

 

72Q6

Alice Mary Collett was born at Wycombe Lane in Wooburn Green with her birth recorded at Wycombe (Ref. 3a 390) during the last three months of 1863, another daughter of William and Fanny Collett.  It was simply as Alice Collett aged seven years that she was listed with her family at Wycombe Lane in 1871, and was still living there with them in 1881, by which time, 17-year-old Alice and her sister Mercy (below), were described as labourers in the glazing room at the local paper-mill.  Two years later, the marriage of Alice Collett and Albert Woolley was recorded at Wycombe (Ref. 3a 638) during the first quarter of 1883.  Their first child was born when they were still living in Wooburn Green but, just like other members of her family, Alice eventually left Wooburn when she and Albert, and their daughter Fanny, moved to Kent.  It seems highly likely that Alice met Albert through her work at the paper-mill and that it was his work there that result in the family’s move south. 

 

 

 

By 1891 the young family was residing at Unity Street in Milton-next-Sittingbourne, Kent, from where Albert Woolley was 29 and a papermaker from Snodland in Kent.  His wife Alice from Wooburn Green was 27 and their daughter Fanny Woolley was six years of age.  Three more children were born at Sittingbourne, before the family moved to New Colney Road in Dartford, where they were recorded in the census of 1901.  Albert A Woolley was again working as a papermaker at the age of 39, his wife Alice M Woolley was 36, daughter Fanny S Woolley was 16 – both of them born at Wooburn Green, while the three Sittingbourne children were Elsie Woolley who was 10, Edith A Woolley who was seven and Cornelius W Woolley who was five.

 

 

 

The same six members of the family were still living in Dartford in 1911 and all of them listed under their full names.  Papermaker machinist Albert Arthur Woolley was 49, Alice Mary Woolley was 47, Fanny Sarah Woolley was 29, Elsie Woolley was 19, Edith Alice Woolley was 17 and Cornelius William Woolley was 15.  Completing the family was Alice’s widowed mother Fanny Collett, aged 77 from Brize Norton, who may have still been living with the family at Dartford when she passed away there in 1924.  Fifteen years after the death of his mother-in-law, the death of Alfred A Woolley was recorded at Dartford register office (Ref. 2a 1245) during the first quarter of 1939.  Alice continued to live in Dartford after losing her husband and it was there also that the death of Alice M Woolley was recorded (Ref. 5b 335) during the third quarter of 1953 when she was 89 years of age.

 

 

 

 

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Mercy Eliza Collett was born at Wycombe Lane in Wooburn Green, her birth recorded at Wycombe (Ref. 3a 433) during the first three months of 1866.  Mercy was five years of age in 1871, when she and her family were still residing on Wycombe Lane and where she they were still living in 1881 when Mercy was 15 and a glazing room labourer at the paper-mill.  The marriage of Mercy Eliza Collett and William Edward Gasson was recorded at Wycombe (Ref. 3a 937), the wedding having taken place at Wooburn on 26th December 1888 when Mercy was 22 and confirmed as the daughter of William Lawrence Collett and William was 24, the son of William Edward Gasson senior.  Shortly after they were married William’s work at the Wooburn paper-mill result in a move to Kent, the county of his birth, where he continued to work in the paper-making business.  It was at Eglington Road in Swanscombe that they settled, where their three children were born.

 

 

 

That was their address on the day the next census was conducted in 1891 and where Wm E Gasson was 26 and working as a paper maker and calendar man.  His wife Mercy E Gasson from Buckinghamshire was also 26, while their daughter Margaret A Gasson was still under one year old, having been born there.  Their son was born there a couple of years later so, by 1901, the family of four was again residing at Eglington Road in Swanscombe.  William from Rochester in Kent was 37 and still working at the paper-mill, but as a ruler-man.  Mercy from Wooburn was 35 and the two children were confirmed as Margaret who was 10 and Norman who was seven, both born at Swanscombe.  On that day, Mercy’s recently widowed mother Fanny Collett, aged 68, was staying with the family.

 

 

 

During the next few years Fanny Collett left the Gasson household, when she went to live with Mercy’s older married sister Alice Woolley in Dartford.  Also, just after the census in 1901, Mercy presented William with their fourth and last child, the enlarged family still living in Swanscombe in 1911.  By then William Edward Gasson was 46 and still working as a paper maker.  Mercy Eliza Gasson was 44, Margaret Annie Gasson was 20, Norman William Gasson was 17 and Harold Aubrey Gasson was nine.  

 

 

 

 

72Q8

Clara Minnie Collett was born at Wooburn Green during the summer of 1868, the daughter of William Collett and Fanny Hollis, whose birth was recorded at Wycombe (Ref. 3a 453) in the third quarter of the year.  She was two years old at Wycombe Lane in Wooburn Green in 1871 and was 12 years of age in 1881.  It was at Wooburn on Christmas Eve in 1887 when Clara Minnie Collett married Charles Frederick Norris from Loudwater, adjacent to Wooburn Green.  Charles was 23 and the son of William Norris and Clara was 19, the daughter of William Collett, as recorded at Wycombe (Ref. 3a 956).  The birth of Charles Frederick Norris was recorded at Wycombe (Ref. 3a 343) during the first quarter of 1865.  Once married the couple initially settled at Swanscombe in Kent to where Clara’s sister Mercy (above) moved after she was married in the following year.

 

 

 

In 1891 the young family was recorded at 4 Belle Vue Cottage, Swanscombe Lane in the village of Swanscombe near Dartford in Kent, as Chas F Norris who was 26 and a paper maker, Clara Norris was 22, and their daughter Lucy was six months old.  Staying with the family that day was Clara’s younger brother William (below).  After the birth of their son the family moved to Maidstone and in 1901 they were residing at 83 Milton Street when Chas F Norris was 36 and a paper maker at the local paper mill.  Clara M Norris was 32 and the two children were Lucy who was 10 and Chas L Norris who was six.  Staying with the family that day was Clara’s niece Fanny Collett from Wooburn Green who was 14 and the daughter of Clara’s older brother Thomas Collett (above), aka Maud Louisa Fanny Collett. 

 

 

 

62 Church Road, within the parish of Tovil, to the south-west of Maidstone town centre, was where the family was residing by the time of the census in 1911.  Paper maker Charles F Norris, from Wycombe, was 45, Clara Norris from Wooburn was 42, Lucy Norris was 20 and a paper sorter, and Charles L Norris was 16 and a paper layer.  Both children were confirmed as having been born at Swanscombe.  The death of Charles Frederick Norris was recorded at Maidstone on 31st January 1931 and his Will was proved in London on 18th March 1931, when his personal effects were left to his daughter Lucy Gertrude Larkin, the wife of Richard Larkin who she had married at Maidstone in the summer of 1926.  Sadly, it was only a few months prior to her daughter’s wedding day, that the death of Clara M Norris was recorded at Maidstone (Ref. 2a 997) during the second quarter of 1926 when she was 57 years of age.

 

 

 

 

72Q9

William Lawrence Collett was born at Wycombe Lane in Wooburn Green at the end of 1870, his birth recorded at Wycombe (Ref. 3a 490) during the first quarter of 1871.  He was recorded simply as William Collett in the following census returns whilst, on the two occasions that he was married, he used his full name.  He was around three months old on the day of the Wooburn census of 1871 and was ten years old in 1881 when he and his family were still residing at Wycombe Lane.  In 1891 William from Wooburn was 20 and a general labourer when he was lodging with his older married sister Clara Norris nee Collett (above) at 4 Belle Vue Cottage, Swanscombe Lane in the village of Swanscombe near Dartford in Kent.  It was during the following year that William’s work had possibly taken him to Wiltshire, where met and married (1) Elizabeth Pike.  She was born at Wilsford in 1869 with her birth recorded at nearby Amesbury in the second quarter of that year.  She and her parents, Joseph and Ann Pike, were living at Great Durnford, just south of Wilsford in 1871 and had moved to Bishops Down Farm Cottages in Milford, Alderbury, near Salisbury by 1881.

 

 

 

It was also at Alderbury where William Lawrence Collett married (1) Elizabeth Pike and where the event was recorded (Ref. 5a 355) during the second quarter of 1892.  Their wedding day had been arranged as a matter of some urgency since, only days after they were married, Elizabeth gave birth to the first of her two children at nearby Odstock.  By the time of the birth of the couple’s second child, the family was living in Henley-on-Thames, after which they settled a few miles away in Maidenhead.

 

 

 

According to the census in 1901 William Collett from Wooburn was 30 and a fishmonger living at 19 Risborough Road in Maidenhead with his family.  His wife Elizabeth Collett from Wilsford in Wiltshire was 31, his son William Collett was eight years of age and had been born at Odstock in Wiltshire and his daughter Winifred Collett was five years old and had been born in Henley.  Just under five years later, the death of Elizabeth Collett, nee Pike, was recorded at Maidenhead register office (Ref. 2c 268) during the first three months of 1906, when she was only 36.  It was around fifteen months after being widowed when William Lawrence Collett married the much young (2) Eva Jane Bell from Wargrave to the west of Maidenhead, where the wedding was recorded (Ref. 2c 885) during the second quarter of 1907.  Eva was born at School Lane in Wargrave, the youngest child of James and Jane Bell, and was baptised at Wargrave on 7th April 1889.  In 1901 Eva J Bell, aged 12 years and from Wargrave, was the only child still living with her parents at Moffatt Street in Maidenhead.

 

 

 

On the occasion of the next census in 1911 and, at the age of 40, William Collett was still a fishmonger living in Maidenhead at 20 College Rise with his new wife Eva Collett who was only 22.  Living with the couple was William’s daughter Winifred Collett who was 15 and described as assisting at home.  The census return also confirmed that he and Eva had only been married for four years and had no children.  No record of the death of William Lawrence Collett has been found to date but, it seems highly likely that his widow, Eva Collett died on 17th October 1946 when she was staying at The Lamb Inn at Chalgrove in Oxfordshire.  Probate of her Will was granted at Oxford on 5th March 1947.

 

 

 

72R8

William Lawrence Collett

Born in 1892 at Odstock, Wiltshire

 

72R9

Winifred Maud Collett

Born in 1896 at Henley-on-Thames

 

 

 

 

72Q10

Alfred Ernest Collett was born at Wooburn Green, the last child of William Collett and Fanny Hollis.  His birth was recorded at Wycombe (Ref. 3a 495) during the third quarter of 1876.  He was four years of age and 14 years old in consecutive census returns in 1881 and 1891 when Alfred was living with his family on Wycombe Road in Wooburn Green.  For the latter of these, he had already left school and was employed as a labourer.  Just before the end of the old century Alfred married Mary Edith Drain, the event taking place at Westminster on 26th August 1899, with their first child born around fifteen months after.  Alfred was 23 and the son of William Lawrence Collett, a shoemaker, and Mary was 32, the daughter of James Drain, a farmer.  The census in 1901 revealed the family living at 23 Crab Tree Lane in Fulham, London.  At the age of 24 married Alfred E Collett from Wooburn was a painter and paper hanger.  His wife Mary E Collett was 35 and from Southminster in Essex, while their son was Alfred L Collett was four months old and born at Fulham.

 

 

 

Ten years later, in April 1911, the family was living at 52 Foord Street in Rochester, Kent, where Alfred Collett was 34 and still working as a house painter.  On that occasion his wife was described as Edith Collett from Southminster who was 44 and, also by then, the couple had three children living there with them.  They were Alfred Collett who was 10, Irene Collett who was eight and Olive Collett who was five and born at Southend, whereas the two older children had been born in Fulham.  Although no record of the passing of Alfred or Mary has been found, it was Malden in Essex that the birth of Mary Edith Drain was recorded (Ref. 4a 191) during the last three months of 1865.

 

 

 

72R10

Alfred Lawrence Collett

Born in 1900 at Fulham

 

72R11

Edith Irene F Collett

Born in 1902 at Fulham

 

72R12

Olive Mercy Collett

Born in 1905 at Southend

 

 

 

 

72Q11

Ruth Collett was born at Wycombe Lane in Wooburn Green in 1859 and was the eldest child of George Collett and Ann Wood.  Her birth was recorded at Wycombe (Ref. 3a 384) during the second quarter of the year.  In the Wooburn census of 1861 Ruth was one year old, coming up two years of age, and was still there with her family in 1871, when she was 12 and still attending the village school.  On completing her education, Ruth entered domestic service and secured a position at the boarding house of Esther Ann Kimber, from Emberton in Buckinghamshire, at Ocklynge Villas in Eastbourne in 1881, where she was described as Ruth Collett from Wooburn who was 22.  Interestingly, her sister Annie (below) was also living and working in Eastbourne, Sussex, by 1891.

 

 

 

In 1887 Ruth gave birth to daughter, although no record of a marriage has been discovered prior to that date.  It is therefore possible that the child was base-born, but given the father’s name.  May Saunders was born at Loudwater near High Wycombe, her birth recorded at Wycombe (Ref. 3a 642) during the third quarter of 1887.  Her daughter was then raised by Ruth’s parents at Wooburn where she was three years old in 1891 and 14 in 1901 when she was carrying out office duties at the nearby papermill.  However, it was ten years earlier that the marriage of Ruth Collett and William Humphrey was recorded at Wycombe (Ref. 3a 893) during the second quarter of 1891.  William was born at Wingrave near Aylesbury and was the son of Joseph and Ann Humphrey.  Their son Reginald Humphrey was born shortly after they were married, confirmed by the census in 1901.

 

 

 

By that time the family of three was residing at Wycombe Lane in Wooburn Green, where William Humphrey was 37 and a dresser in a tarpaulin factory, Ruth Humphrey was 39 and their son was nine years of age.  During the following years Ruth first-born child returned to live with her.  According to the Wooburn census of 1911 the family comprised William Humphrey a tarpaulin maker aged 47, his wife Ruth who was 49, their son Reginald who was 19, plus May Saunders aged 23 and an assistant dressmaker who was described as the niece of William Humphrey.  The status of niece, if correct, might indicate that May Saunders was in fact the base-born daughter of Ruth’s unmarried sister Annie Eliza Collett (below).

 

 

 

The death of William J Humphrey was recorded at Amersham register office (Ref. 3a 2063) during the second quarter of 1940 when he was 76.  His widow survived him by just less than four years when the death of Ruth Humphrey was recorded at Aylesbury register office (Ref. 3a 1904) during the first three months of 1944 at the age of 84.

 

 

 

 

72Q12

Anne Eliza Collett was born at Wycombe Lane in Wooburn Green either at the end of 1861 or early in 1862 and was baptised there on 23rd November 1862, the second child of George and Ann Collett.  Her birth as Anne Eliza Collett was recorded at Wycombe (Ref. 3a 377) during the first quarter of 1862.  As Annie Collett, she was 10 ten years old in the Wooburn census of 1871 and was 19 in 1881, by which time she was one of two domestic servants at the Wooburn home of elderly William Williams.  After a further ten years Annie Collett was still employed in domestic service, when she was 28 and a parlourmaid at Upperton Road in Eastbourne, the home of Frederick and Elizabeth Fellows, a retired couple living on their own means.  During the next six years Annie returned to Wooburn where, during the first three months of 1897 she died, her death recorded at Wycombe (Ref. 3a 422) when Annie Eliza Collett was 35.  It was at Wooburn that she was buried on 6th February 1897.

 

 

 

Footnote:  It is possible that it was Annie Eliza Collett who gave birth to May Saunders at Wooburn in 1887, the child passed into the care of Annie’s parents – as in the 1891 and 1901 census returns, who was then living with Annie’s married sister Ruth Humphrey nee Collett (above) in 1911, when she was described as her niece.

 

 

 

 

72Q13

GEORGE COLLETT was born at Wooburn Green in 1863 and was seven years old in 1871, a son of George Collett and Ann Wood.  On leaving school he took up the occupation of boot maker, the same as his father, with whom he was still living at Wooburn Moor at the age of 16 in 1881.  George Collett later married (1) Charlotte Howard, the event recorded at Wycombe (Ref. 3a 883) during the second quarter of 1889.  Two years later George Collett was 27 and was living at Wooburn Green with his wife Charlotte who was 24.  With them was their first child Alice May Collett who was not yet one year old in the census in 1891.  Tragically Charlotte died shortly thereafter, at the age of 28, probably giving birth to a second child who also did not survive.  The death of Charlotte Collett was recorded at Wycombe (Ref. 3a 443) during the last three months of 1893.  After over two years as a widower, George Collett married (2) Alice Ann Elizabeth Francis at Exeter in Devon on 31st January 1896.  The birth of Alice Ann Elizabeth Francis, the daughter of W Francis, was recorded at Wycombe (Ref. 3a 435) during the first three months of 1864, when her place of birth was confirmed as the hamlet of Loudwater, immediately north of Wooburn Green.

 

 

 

According to the census in 1901, George and Alice were living at Berghers Hill, a hamlet in the parish Wooburn, by which time there were four children living with the couple.  George was described as George Collett junior, who was 36 and a postman of Wooburn and Alice Ann Collett was 37 and from Loudwater.  George’s daughter Alice May Collett was 10 years old, while the new children were George W Collett who was three, Annie Eliza F Collett who was two and Frank Collett who was only five months old.  Six years later, the couple’s youngest daughter on that census day, Annie Eliza Frances Collett, died in 1907.

 

 

 

The Wooburn Green census in 1911 recorded the family residing at Bonnymede in the village and stated that the couple had been married for fifteen years and had given birth to seven children, of which only six were still alive.  George was still a postman at the age of 47 and Alice A E Collett was also 47.  The seven children with them were Alice May Collett aged 20, George William Francis Collett aged 13, Frank Collett who was 10, Robin Stanley Collett who was eight, Ephraim Richard Collett who was five, Benjamin James Francis Collett who was three and Annie Eliza Frances Collett who was one year old and named in honour of her sister of the same name who had died just prior to her birth.  The child who had already died may well have been one of the couple’s first children born before 1901, unless George was mistakenly referring to a child who had died around the time of the death of his first wife.

 

 

 

Alice Ann Elizabeth Collett, nee Francis, lived a long and full life and died at the great age of 101 in 1965.  Her passing was recorded at High Wycombe register office (Ref. 6a 569) during the first three months of that year.

 

 

 

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Alice May Collett

Born in 1890 at Wooburn

 

The following are the children of George Collett by his second wife Alice Ann Elizabeth Francis:

 

72R14

George William Francis Collett

Born in 1897 at Wooburn

 

72R15

Annie Eliza Francis Collett

Born in 1899 at Wooburn

 

72R16

Frank Collett

Born in 1900 at Wooburn

 

72R17

Robin Stanley Collett

Born in 1902 at Wooburn

 

72R18

Ephraim Richard Collett

Born in 1905 at Wooburn

 

72R19

Benjamin James Francis Collett

Born in 1907 at Wooburn

 

72R20

ANNIE ELIZA FRANCIS COLLETT

Born in 1909 at Wooburn

 

 

 

 

72Q15

Charles Collett was born at Wooburn Green during the first three months of 1871, his birth registered at Wycombe (Ref. 3a 466) in the second quarter of that year.  On the census day in 1871, baby Charles Collett had only just been born and was already living in Wooburn with his family.  Tragically for the family, Charles Collett died at Wooburn on 21st February 1872 when he was still under one year old, his death recorded at Wycombe (Ref. 3a 321).

 

 

 

 

72Q16

Minnie Collett was born at Wooburn Green in 1874, her birth recorded at Wycombe (Ref. 3a 481) during the second quarter of that year, a daughter of George and Ann Collett.  She was six years of age in 1881 and was 16 and a dressmaker in 1891, by which time she was living at the family home in Wooburn Moor with her father and younger sister Florence, her mother on a visit elsewhere that year. 

 

 

 

 

72Q18

Lizzie Collett was born at Wooburn Green in 1864 whose birth, as Lizzie, was recorded at Wycombe (Ref. 3a 399) during the third quarter of that year, the first child of Ephraim Collett and Jane Allen.  Despite that, her parents gave her name as Eliza Collett, aged six years of age, on the day of the Wooburn census in 1871.  By 1881, Lizzie Collett from Wooburn was said to be 17 years old when she was the only servant working at the Cookham, Berkshire, home of elderly widow Ann Smith, when she was described as the servant of all works.  Where she was in early 1891 has not been discovered, but it was on 26th December 1891 that Lizzie Collett married William Wood at Wooburn.  William was 28 and the son of Walter Wood, while Lizzie was 27 and the daughter of Ephraim Collett.

 

 

 

Their marriage produced at least five children for the couple, even though all five were never recorded with the family which was residing at Kew in Surrey, where William Wood had been born and where he was employed as a park keeper in both 1901 and 1911.  He was 38 in 1901, when his wife Lizzie from Wooburn was also 38 and their eldest child was Jane Williams aged eight years and born at Kew, where all of their children were born.  Ten years later, it was at Watcombe Cottages in Kew that William was 48 and Lizzie was 47.  By then their eldest daughter was no longer living with them, instead her four siblings were named as Maud Wood who was 16, William John Wood who was 13, Leonard Maurier Wood who was nine and Ida Edith Wood who was four. 

 

 

 

 

72Q19

Polly Collett was born at Wooburn Green in 1867 and her birth was recorded at Wycombe (Ref. 3a 447) during the third quarter of that year.  She was three years of age in the census of 1871 and, on leaving school, she secured work as a general domestic servant at the home of the Smith family at Dalston Road in Hackney, London, where she was on the day of the census in 1881.  In error, she was recorded by her employers as being 15 years old and from Wooburn.  The marriage of Polly Collett and Joseph Stevens took place at Wooburn on 20th October 1887, when Polly was 21 and confirmed as the daughter of Ephraim Collett and Joseph was described as being 27 and the son of Thomas Stevens.  The event was recorded at Wycombe (Ref. 3a 955).

 

 

 

According to the census in 1901 Joseph Stevens from High Wycombe was 41 and a French polisher, his wife Mary was 34 and their five children were William who was 12, Harriet who was 10, Annie who was eight, Eva who was four and Daisy Stevens who was two years of ager, all of them born at High Wycombe where the family was living at Pennington Row in the town.  Although, no record of the family has been found within the next census of 1911, it was at Wycombe register office (Ref. 6a 427) that the death of Polly Stevens was recorded during the second quarter 1958 when she was 90.

 

 

 

 

72Q20

Maud Collett was born at Wooburn Green during the final weeks of 1869, with her birth recorded at Wycombe (Ref. 3a 500) during the first three months of 1870.  She was one year old in the census of 1871 and 11 years of age in the next Wooburn Green census of 1881, but was not living with her family in 1891.  Two years later Maud Collett married (1) Charles Cole at Wooburn on 26th December 1893, the event recorded at Wycombe register office (Ref. 3a 1026).  Maud was 24 and confirmed as the daughter of Ephraim Collett, with Charles being 29 and the son of Daniel Cole.  Charles was a carman working on the railway and fathered a son and a daughter before his premature death.  However, before being widowed, Maud and Charles were residing at Egham Hill in Egham, Surrey, in 1901.  Charles from Upper Basildon was 37, Maud was 30 and their two London born children were George Cole who was six and born at Hornsey and Alice M Cole who was four and born at Islington.

 

 

 

Charles’ work with the railway ultimately took him and his family to Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire and it was at the register office in the town that his death was recorded (Ref. 3a 628) during the first three months of 1909 when he was 44 years old.  His passing meant that Maud had to seek work to support her family and in 1911 she was described as a boarding house keeper when she was still living in Aylesbury with just her daughter Alice who was 14 and from Finsbury Park.  Maud Cole from Wooburn Green was 41 and a widow.  Five years later Maud Cole married (2) Harry J Gills in Aylesbury, where the event was recorded (Ref. 3a 1976) during the second quarter of 1916.

 

 

 

 

72Q21

Ben Collett was born at Wooburn Green, possibly during the first few weeks of 1872, the son of Ephraim and Jane Collett, whose birth was recorded at High Wycombe (Ref. 3a 502) during the first quarter of 1872.  He was aged nine years and 19 years in the next two census returns for Wooburn in 1881 and 1891, when he was living at Wooburn Green with his family and, in the latter, he was employed as a general labourer.  No record of him has been found in the census of 1901, although the military record of Ben Collett born in Buckinghamshire in 1872 only includes the years of service from 1908 to 1915.  It was during the second quarter of 1910 that his marriage to (1) Jessie Cowley was recorded at Wycombe register office (Ref. 3a 1474) when the witnesses were Elizabeth Biggs and William Albert Saunders.  By the time of the census in April 1911 the childless couple was living at Wooburn Lane in Wooburn Green, the home of Ben’s younger married sister Ella Hersee (below).  The census return confirmed that the couple had only been married for one year and that Ben Collett of Wooburn was 40 and a domestic gardener and his wife Jessie was 28 and a housewife who had been born at West Handley in Derbyshire.

 

 

 

On that day, Ben and Jessie were preparing for the arrival of their son, who was born a few months later.  That child may have been their only child, while he was fifteen years of age when the death of Jessie Collett was recorded at Wycombe register office (Ref. 3a 1137) during the first quarter of 1925 when she was only 45.  After a year as a widower, Ben Collett married (2) Clara Stallwood, the event recorded at Wycombe register office (Ref. 3a 2222) during the second quarter of that year.  The death of Ben Collett was recorded at Wycombe register office (Ref. 6a 474) during the first quarter of 1952, when his age was recorded as being 79.

 

 

 

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Alan Ben Collett

Born in 1911 at Wooburn Green

 

 

 

 

72Q22

Daisy Collett was born at Wooburn Green either late in 1873 or early in 1874, the daughter of Ephraim and Jane Collett, whose birth was recorded at Wycombe (Ref. 3a 494) during the first three months of 1874.  In 1881 she and her family were living at Wooburn Green, when Daisy Collett was seven years old.  Ten years later, at the time of the census in 1891 Daisy Collett was still living in Wooburn Town but as a lodger with the family of carter Charles Lewis from Gloucestershire.  She was named as Daisy Collett from Wooburn who was 17 and working at the local paper mill.  It was seven years later, on 12th October 1898 and at Wooburn, that Daisy Collett married William Marshall Read, the event recorded at Wycombe (Ref. 3a 1347) when Daisy was 24 and the daughter of Ephraim Collett and William was 23, the son of Japheth William Marshall Read.  The witnesses were Albert Edward King and Fanny Louisa Howard.  By March 1901 the couple was living in Taplow with two children.  William Read was 24 and a bricklayer’s labourer from Drinkstone in Suffolk, Daisy Read from Wooburn was 26, Esme M (Marshall?) Read was one year old and also born at Wooburn and Cecil B Read had been born after the family had moved to Taplow and he was only a few months old.

 

 

 

 

72Q23

Lily Eliza Collett was born at Wooburn Green in 1875 and was listed as Lily E Collett aged five years, in the Wooburn Green census of 1881.  For some reason, she was absent from the family home in 1891.  Lily Collett, the daughter of Ephraim Collett, was 26 when she married Thomas Edward House at Wooburn on 6th March 1901, Thomas being 32 and the son of Thomas Edward House senior.  One year later the childless couple was residing at Heath Road on Queens Square in Twickenham, where Thomas E House was a barman working in a nearby inn.  He was 33 and his wife Lily House was 26, both of them simply confirmed as having been born in Buckinghamshire.  Just over seven years later, Thomas and Lily were in Wooburn, where Thomas Edward House died on 2nd May 1908 when he was only 39 years of age.

 

 

 

Curiously, two years prior to the death of her husband, Lily Lizzie Collett, the daughter of Ephraim and Jane Collett was baptised at Wooburn on 30th March 1906, her married sister Naomi (below) also having been baptised only three years earlier.  By 1911 Lily had returned home to look after her elderly widowed father Ephraim at his house in Wooburn, when she was described in the census return as Lily House, a widow aged 36 from Wooburn, who was the housekeeper.  Ten years later, and just prior to the death of her father, Lily House married (2) John Fryer, the event recorded at Wycombe register office (Ref. 3a 1824) during the first three months of 1921.  They were married for nearly twenty years, when the death of Lily Fryer was recorded at Wycombe (Ref. 3a 2950) during the first quarter of 1940, when she was said to be 63 years of age.

 

 

 

 

72Q24

Eva Collett was born at Wooburn Green during the last three months of 1877, her birth recorded at Wycombe (Ref. 3a 524), following which she was baptised Wooburn on 28th August 1878, a daughter of Ephraim and Jane Collett.  She was three years old in the Woburn Green census of 1881, and was still living there with her family in 1891 at the age of 14, from where she was already working as a general domestic servant.  It was around her twentieth birthday that Eva Collett married Thomas George Feasey, the event recorded at Wycombe register office (Ref. 3a 1329) during the fourth quarter of 1897.  Thomas’ sister Ruth Feasey was one of the witnesses.  Although no record of the couple has been identified in Great Britain censuses of 1901 and 1911, it was at Wycombe register office (Ref. 3a 2527) that Thomas George Feasey married Emily Goodger during the third quarter of 1921.  Likewise, no record of the death of Eva Feasey has been found, so it is possible Thomas who married Emily may have been her son rather than her husband.

 

 

 

 

72Q25

Naomi Collett was born at Wooburn Green in 1879 with her birth recorded at Wycombe (Ref. 3a 647) during the second quarter of the year.  She was one year old and 12 years of age in the 1881 and 1891 Censuses, while living at Wooburn Green with her family.  When she was 21 she was living in the Hammersmith area of London, where she was working as a general domestic servant in March 1901 at the Goldhawk Road home of the Hinds family of London.  It was during the third quarter of the following year that she married George Howard on 27th August 1902, when Naomi was 23 and the daughter of Ephraim Collett and George was 25 and the son of Richard Howard.  Their wedding was recorded at Wycombe register office (Ref. 3a 1565), where the witnesses were Fanny Gertrude Wood and Michael Ludgate.  Seven years later Naomi’s niece Maud Louisa Fanny Collett (Ref. 72R3) married Jessie Ludgate in 1909.

 

 

 

Unlike other members of her Collett family, no baptism as a child has been located at Wooburn for Naomi so, it was not surprising to discover that ten months prior to the birth of her first child, Naomi Collett Howard was baptised as an adult at Wooburn on 2nd April 1903, the daughter of Ephraim and Jane Collett.  According to the next census in 1911 Naomi and her family were living in Wooburn Green, when she had been married for eight years.  George Howard was 34 and a mill hand at the nearby paper-mill, Naomi was 32, and their children were Alice Ivy Margaret Howard who was eight and baptised at Wooburn on 2nd February 1904, Clare Naomi Winifred Howard who six (born Q4 1905) and Annie May Howard who was five (born Q1 1907).  Every member of the Howard family had been born at Wooburn Green.  Staying with the family on that day were James Howard, age 28, and Albert Wells who was 25.

 

 

 

George Howard was residing at Normans Cottages in Wooburn when he died on 9th January 1950 when his personal estate of £692 7 Shillings was passed to his widow Naomi Howard.  Just over eleven years after his passing, eighty-one-year-old Naomi Howard of 5 Normans Cottages in Wooburn Green died on 8th February 1961 at the Canadian Red Cross Memorial Hospital in Taplow when administration of her estate valued at £453 19 Shillings was granted to her married daughter Alice Ivy Margaret Gosling.

 

 

 

 

72Q26

Ella Collett was born at Wooburn Green on 10th January 1881, another daughter of Ephraim and Jane Collett, who was living there with her family on the census day that year, when Ella was just two months old.  Her birth was recorded at Wycombe (Ref. 3a 606) during the first quarter of that year.  She was still living there with her family in 1891 when she was ten years of age, and again in 1901 when Ella was 20 and a domestic cook.  It was four months after that census day, on 5th August 1901 when Ella Collett married Henry George Hersee, the event recorded at Wycombe register office (Ref. 3a 1510) during the third quarter of 1901.  Henry was 28 and the son of Charles Hersee, while Eva was only 20 and confirmed as the daughter of Ephraim Collett.  The witnesses were Thomas John Bass and Mary Ann Price. 

 

 

 

The couple’s first children may have been a honeymoon baby, since the baptism of Elizabeth Maud Hersee took place at Wooburn on 6th July 1902.  Their third daughter Lilian Louisa Alice was baptised at Wooburn on 21st October 1908.  By the time of the next census in 1911 insurance agent Henry George Hersee was 38, Ella Hersee of Wooburn Green was 30, and their three children were Elizabeth Maud Hersee who was eight, Lilian Louisa Alice Hersee who was two and Dorothy Pearl Hersee who was six months old.  Staying with the family that day, as lodgers, at Wooburn Lane in Wooburn Green was Ella’s married brother Ben Collett and his wife Jessie, who were expecting the couple’s first child. 

 

 

 

Two more children were added to the Hersee family, one each side of the Great War.  The birth of Winifred V Hersee was recorded at Wycombe register office (Ref. 3a 1730) during the third quarter of 1915 and likewise Edward H W Hersee, whose birth was recorded there (Ref. 3a 2139) during the second quarter of 1920.  In each case, the mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Collett.  Henry George Hersee died during the summer in 1950 when he was 77 and living at Newport Pagnell, his wife Ella Hersee nee Collett having passed away during the previous year when administration was granted to Henry George Hersee, a retired fishmonger.

 

 

 

Their eldest daughter Elizabeth M Hersee married Cyril Fletcher, the event recorded at Wycombe register office (Ref. 3a 2264) during the last quarter of 1927 and it was also at Wycombe register office that the wedding of Dorothy P Hersee and Charles E Wing was recorded (Ref. 3a 3071) during the last three months of 1944.

 

 

 

 

72Q27

Allen John Collett was born at Wooburn Green, his birth recorded at Wycombe (Ref. 3a 596) during the second quarter of 1882.  As Allen J Collett of nine years his was living with his family at Wooburn Green in 1891 and was listed Allen John Collett, aged 19 and from Wooburn Green, when he was serving with the army as a private in the infantry at Reading Barracks on the day of the next census in March 1901.  At the time of the census in 1911, he was simply listed in the census return as John Collett from Wooburn who was 29 and a male nurse, while living in the Maidenhead area of Berkshire with his wife Annie Collett who was 33 and born in Beaconsfield.  No record of their marriage has been found and later that same year Annie possibly gave birth to a daughter, whose birth was recorded at Maidenhead register office (Ref. during the second quarter of 1911.  Whether Frances L M Collett was their first child has not been proved.

 

 

 

 

72Q28

Dennis Collett was born at Wooburn Green in 1884 and was the youngest son of Ephraim and Jane Collett.  His birth was recorded at Wycombe (Ref. 3a 633) during the third quarter of the year.  He was seven years old in 1891 when he and his family were still residing in Wooburn Green, as they were in 1901, by which time Dennis was a coal carter aged 16.  At the age of 27, unmarried Dennis Collett from Wooburn was still living there in 1911 with his widowed father and married sister Lily House, recently widowed, when he was described as general labourer.  It is likely Dennis remained a bachelor all his life and continued to live in the Wooburn area of Buckinghamshire.  Since it was at Wycombe register office (Ref. 6a 547) that the death of Dennis Collett, aged 83, was recorded during the last three months of 1967.

 

 

 

 

72Q29

Lily A Collett was born at Wooburn Green in 1888, the last child of Ephraim Collett and Jane Allen.  It was as Lily A Collett aged two years that she was recorded with her family at Wooburn Green in 1891 and again 1901 when Lily Collett was 12.  Nine years later, at Wooburn on 21st February 1910, Lily Collett married Frederick Charles Wheeler, the son of James and Alice Wheeler of Wooburn Town.  Lily was 21 and confirmed as the daughter of Ephraim Collett and Frederick was 23 and confirmed as the son of James Henry Wheeler, their wedding recorded at Wycombe register office (Ref. 3a 1307).  The marriage produced a son and a daughter, both named after two of Lily’s older siblings.  On the day of the Wooburn census in 1911, Frederick Wheeler was 24 and a dryer-man working in the paper trade, Lily Wheeler was 22 and their son Dennis Wheeler was not yet one year old.  Their daughter Naomi A Wheeler was born a year later, her birth recorded at Wycombe (Ref. 3a 1912) during the first three months of 1912, when the mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Collett.

 

 

 

 

72Q32

Frank Collett was born at Salt Lake City in the State of Utah during 1868, where he was living with his parents Richard Collett and Mary Hancock in 1880 when he was 12.  During the 1890s he married Lillian May Perry by whom he had a daughter who was born in 1896 and a son for was born in 1899.  Lillian was the daughter of Henry Perry from Canada.  In 1880 Lillie Perry was eight years old when he was living with her widowed father and her family at Henry’s Fork in Sweetwater, Idaho.

 

 

 

In 1900 Frank and Lillian were residing at Precinct 47 in Salt Lake City, where Frank Collett from Utah was 32, and his mother Lilian M Collett, also from Utah, was 28, while the couple’s two children were Marion Collett who was four years old and James P Collett who was one year old.  During the next decade a further four children were added to their family, as confirmed in the next census in 1910.  Frank was 42, his wife May was 37, and their six children were Marion Collett, age 13, James Perry Collett, age 10, Frank F Collett, was eight, Maude Collett, was five, Ruth Collett, was three, and Bruce Collett was one year and three months old.  Their address was simply stated as Ward 5 in Salt Lake City.

 

 

 

Two more children were born into the family at Salt Lake City during the next ten years, and in 1919 and 1918 respectively the couple’s two eldest children were married there.  Following the two weddings their son James and his young wife and their first child were still living with Frank and Lillian May at Salt Lake City in 1920.  Frank was 51, May was 47, Perry was 20 and his wife Eunice was 19, Frank junior was 18, Maude was 15, Ruth was 13, Bruce was 10, while the latest arrivals were Edna, who was eight, and Florence who was four.  The couple’s grandchild was Beth Collett who was only three months old.

 

 

 

It is strange that both the marriage record and the death record for the couple’s eldest child Marion Collett Platts gave her mother’s name as May Freeze, while her father was correctly named as Frank Collett.  After a further twenty years Frank Collett was 72 and his wife May Collett was 66 when they were living alone at Ward 5 in Salt Lake City Precinct on the occasion of the census in 1940.  The census return that year also confirmed that the couple had been residing at the same address in 1935.  It was just three years later that Frank Collett passed away during 1943.

 

 

 

72R22

Marion Collett

Born in 1897 at Utah

 

72R23

James Perry Collett

Born in 1899 at Utah

 

72R24

Frank Collett

Born in 1901 at Utah

 

72R25

Maude Collett

Born in 1904 at Utah

 

72R26

Ruth Collett

Born in 1906 at Utah

 

72R27

Bruce Collett

Born in 1908 at Utah

 

72R28

Edna Collett

Born in 1912 at Utah

 

72R29

Florence Collett

Born in 1916 at Utah

 

 

 

 

72R1

William Thomas Collett was born at Wycombe Lane in Wooburn Green on 17th February 1882, the eldest child of Thomas Collett and Rosetta Crockett, his birth recorded at Wycombe (Ref. 3a 696) during the second quarter of that year.  In the census of 1891 William was nine years old and was still living with his family at Elizabeth Cottages on Wycombe Lane.  When he was 19 in 1901 he was a packer with the railway, again living at the family home in Wycombe Lane.  He was still a bachelor living at home in 1911 when he was 29 and a plate-layer on the railway.

 

 

 

On 19th May 1913 he was still employed as a plate-layer by the Great Western Railway at Wooburn Green Station when he was injured in an accident that damaged his finger.  It may have been that incident that resulted in him returning to work as a packer, rather than a plate-layer. 

 

At the outbreak of war during the following year he joined the 1st Battalion of the Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Regiment as a corporal, service number 202997, with whom he served on the Western Front.      This photo was taken in 1914 at enlistment.

 

 

 

He first landed in France on 9th December 1916, just after the end of the first Battle of the Somme.  Later in the war William joined the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry and was appointed as an officer with the rank of 2nd Lieutenant, an appointment that was rare for someone passing from the rank and file to the position of officer.  Later still, he was promoted to Lieutenant and after the war, in August 1921, he was awarded the Victory Medal and other British medals.

 

 

 

After the war in 1919 William bought Garth Cottage on Wycombe Lane in Wooburn Green for £500 from a Mister Milner who had been letting the property to William's parents, but then wished to sell the property.  William conducted this purchase while still in France awaiting demobilisation.  It was at Garth Cottage that William Thomas Collett was still living when died in his own bed at eight o’clock on the evening of 21st April 1961.

 

 

 

 

72R2

Walter George Collett was born at Wycombe Lane in Wooburn Green during the third quarter of 1884, the second child of Thomas and Rosetta Collett, his birth recorded at Wycombe (Ref. 3a 629).  He was one year old when he was baptised at Wooburn on 23rd September 1885.  He was seven years old in 1891 when he was with his family at Elizabeth Cottages in Wycombe Lane, but curiously was absence from the home in 1901 and again in 1911.  Where he was on those occasions has not been discovered, while he was back how at Wycombe Lane in 1914 when he and his older brother both joined the British Army at the start of the Great War.  A photograph was taken around that time with the brothers in their uniforms and with their parents.  During the fourth quarter of 1921 the marriage of Walter G Collett and Doris (Dolly) Rackstraw was recorded at Wycombe register office (Ref. 3a 2187).  The marriage produced two children, both births recorded at Wycombe; Doris during the third quarter of 1923 (Ref. 3a 1610) and Edward during the third quarter of 1926 (Ref. 3a 1489).  On both occasions the mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Rackstraw.  The death of Walter G Collett was recorded at Wycombe register office (Ref. 6a 453) during the last three months of 1958, when he was 74.

 

 

 

72S1

Doris J Collett

Born in 1923 at Wooburn/Wycombe

 

72S2

Edward George Collett

Born in 1926 at Wooburn/Wycombe

 

 

 

 

72R3

Maud Louisa Fanny Collett, who was known within the family as Fanny, was born at Wooburn Green on 24th April 1887, the eldest daughter of Thomas and Rose Collett.  Her birth, using her full name, was recorded at Wycombe (Ref. 3a 658) during the second quarter of 1887.  She was incorrectly entered on the census return in 1891 as being Fanny Collett who was five years old, unless that was a misinterpretation of three.  By the time she was 14 she was absent from the family home in Wycombe Lane and was staying with her aunt Clara Norris nee Collett at 83 Willow Street in Maidstone, Kent, Clara being Fanny’s father’s younger sister.  Clara's husband Charles Norris was a paper-mill worker, while their two children were Lucy and Charles. 

 

 

 

Maud Louisa Fanny Collett later married Jessie Ludgate and in April 1911 the couple had been married for two years and had two children of which only one was still alive.  The couple was living at Wooburn with their surviving daughter Rosa Maud Ludgate who was one year.  Staying with the family was Fanny’s brother Arthur Collett who was 21.  Maud Louisa Fanny Ludgate died at Stepney in 1950.  It may be of interest that Maud’s aunt, Naomi Collett (Ref. 19q24), had a Michael Ludgate as a witness at her wedding in 1902.

 

 

 

 

72R4

Arthur Collett was born at Elizabeth Cottages in Wycombe Lane in Wooburn Green on 3rd June 1889 and was the fourth child of Thomas and Rose Collett.  He was one year old and 11 years old in the two census returns for 1891 and 1901 when, on both occasions he and his family were living at Wooburn.  By the time he was 21, according to the census in 1911, Arthur Collett from Wooburn was still living there, albeit with the family of his sister Maud Louisa Fanny Ludgate nee Collett (above).  Arthur was still a bachelor and was working as a shop assistant.  It was three years later when Arthur Collett married Eva Louisa Phyllis Robinson at West Ham where the event was recorded (Ref. 4a 47) during the fourth quarter of 1914.  The first of their two children was born nine months later.  Eva was born at Finningham in Norfolk in1888 and she died on 6th October 1939 at East Ham in Essex.  Arthur Collett died many years later at Barking in Essex on 10th November 1971.

 

 

 

72S3

Rosa F Collett

Born in 1915 at West Ham

 

72S4

Vera M Collett

Born in 1918 at West Ham

 

 

 

 

72R5

Lucy Maud Collett was born at Elizabeth Cottages on Wycombe Lane in Wooburn Green on 7th January 1891, the youngest daughter of Thomas and Rose Collett.  Curiously she would have been nearly three months old for the census in 1891 when she was absent from the family.  In March 1901, when Lucy was nine years old she and her family were still living at Wooburn.  On leaving school she entered into domestic service, and by the time she was 19 in 1911 she was still living and working in Wooburn, but not at the home of her own family.  Six years after that she married Frank Peasley at Wycombe during 1918 and they had two children.  Lucy Maud Peasley nee Collett died during the last quarter of 1974 when her death was recorded at Wycombe register office.

 

 

 

 

72R6

Jack Collett was born at Wooburn Green on 10th July 1895, the son of Thomas and Rose Collett, his birth recorded at Wycombe (Ref. 3a 735).  He was seven years old in 1901 when he and his family were living on Wycombe Lane in Wooburn Green.  By the day of the next census Jack had left school and, at the age of 16, was working as a mill hand at the local paper-mill, while he still living with his family at Wooburn.  Ten years later the marriage of Jack Collett and Florence E Maskell was recorded at Wycombe register office (Ref. 3a 2511) during the third quarter of 1921.  Florence (aka Florrie) was born at Hoxton in London    in 1898, the second child of Frederick B Maskell and his wife Emma L Maskell.  The marriage of Jack and Florrie is understood to have produced two children for the couple, although only the birth of Jack’s son and namesake has been unearthed.  His birth was recorded at Mile End Old Town (Ref. 1a 480) during the third quarter of 1922, when the mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Maskell.

 

 

 

72S5

Jack Collett

Born in 1922

 

72S6

a Collett child

Born circa 1925

 

 

 

 

72R7

Tom Collett was born at Wooburn Green on 9th September 1899, the last child of Thomas Collett and Rosetta Crockett.  He was one years old in 1901 and was 12 in the Wooburn Green census of 1911 when he was still attending the local school.  Two years later Tom started work as a lay boy in the cutting room at Glory Mill, a Wiggins Teape paper-mill in Wooburn Green.  It was much later, during the third quarter of 1925, that Tom Collett married (1) Elizabeth Gertrude Cam, the event recorded at Wycombe register office (Ref. 3a 2558).  Elizabeth was the daughter of George and Mary Cam and was born at Waterstock in Oxfordshire in 1898.  At the age of three years, she and her family were living at Hinton Road in Hurst, midway between Twyford and Wokingham.  Tragically Elizabeth Gertrude Collett nee Cam died in Windsor Hospital when she was 38, possibly from stomach cancer, although earlier she had contracted rheumatic fever, as a result of which she suffered from a heart condition.  Her death was recorded at Windsor register office (Ref. 2c 433) during the third quarter of 1936.  Three years after the death of his wife Tom married (2) married Beatrice Clara White at Wooburn, where Beatrice was working as a secretary in the Administration Department of Glory Mill.  Their wedding was recorded at Wycombe register office (Ref. 3a 6268) during the third quarter of 1939.

 

 

 

During the following year, Tom caught his hand in the rolls of paper in Glory Mill, crushing the hand and losing some fingers and by the time he retired he only had one finger on his left hand.  The damage to his hand also meant he was unfit for serve during the Second World War.  In 1960 Tom has appointed to the position of Assistant Mill Manager for Production at Glory Mill in Wooburn.  It was then four years after that when he retired after over fifty years at Glory Mill during which time he had been awarded the British Empire Medal for services to papermaking.  In 1975 he suffered the loss of his second wife, when the death of Beatrice Clara Collett nee White was recorded at Wycombe register office on 12th December 1975.  She had been born on 19th December 1903 and was buried at the Chilterns Cemetery in Amersham.  It was ten years later when Tom Collett died at Wooburn Green on 4th February 1985, following with he was buried with Beatrice at Amersham, his death recorded at Wycombe register office.

 

 

 

 

72R8

William Lawrence Collett was born at Odstock, Wiltshire, on 5th May 1892 and was the eldest of the two known children of William Lawrence Collett and Elizabeth Collett, the birth recorded at Alderbury (Ref. 5a 180) where his parents were only married a few days earlier.  The family of four was living at Risborough Road in Maidenhead in 1901 where William Collett from Odstock was eight years old.  Just five years later his mother suffered a premature death at the age of 35, following which his father remarried.  No record of William Lawrence Collett junior has been found in 1901.  However, it is established that William L Collett married Louisa, the event recorded at Rochford register office in Essex (Ref. 4a 1389) during the last quarter of 1914.  Earlier that same year, the birth of William L Collett was also recorded at Rochford, during the first three months (Ref. 4a 1402) when the mother’s name was confirmed as Louisa Johnson.  Curiously, two years later, the birth of Dorothy E Collett was also recorded at Rochford register office but, on that occasion, the mother’s name was stated as being Louisa Dent.  At the end of his life William was still residing in Essex and it was at the Rochford register office (Ref. 4a 1934) that his death was recorded during the third quarter of 1970 when he was 78 years of age.

 

 

 

72S7

William Lawrence Collett

Born in 1914 at Rochford

 

72S8

Dorothy E Collett

Born in 1916 at Rochford

 

 

 

 

72R9

Winifred Maud Collett was born at Henley-on-Thames in 1896 the second child of fishmonger William Collett and his first wife Elizabeth.  Her birth was recorded at Henley (Ref. 3a 794) during the first three months of that year.  In the census of 1901 Winifred was five years old when living with her family at 19 Risborough Road in Maidenhead.  Her mother died shortly after that, so she was still living with her father and his second wife at Maidenhead in 1911, but at 20 College Rise, when 15-year-old Winifred Collett was assisting in the home.

 

 

 

 

72R10

Alfred Lawrence Collett was born on 17th November 1900 at 23 Crab Tree Lane in Fulham and was the first-born child of Alfred Ernest Collett and Mary Edith Drain.  It was also at that address where Alfred L Collett was five months old and living with his parents in 1901.  The birth of Alfred Lawrence Collett was recorded at Fulham register office (Ref. 1a 312) during the last two months of 1900.  From Fulham, the family moved to Southend, where Alfred’s youngest sister was born, before the completed family settle in Rochester, Kent.  On the day of the next census in 1911, the five of family was residing at 52 Foord Street in Rochester, where Alfred Collett was 10 years old.  It has not yet been determined whether Alfred was ever married, while the death of Alfred Lawrence Collett was recorded at Chatham register office in Kent (Ref. 16 0542) during the spring on 1980, when he was 79.

 

 

 

 

72R11

Edith Irene F Collett was born at 23 Crab Tree Lane, Fulham, where her birth was recorded (Ref. 1a 218) during the fourth quarter of 1902.  Simply named as Irene Collett from Fulham, she was eight years of age in the census of 1911, by which time she and her family were living at 52 Foord Street in Rochester, Kent. 

 

 

 

 

72R12

Olive Mercy Collett was born at Southend on 15th December 1905, the last of the three children of Alfred Ernest Collett and Mary Edith Drain.  Her birth was recorded at the Essex Rochford register office (Ref. 4a 714) during the first three months of 1906.  Shortly after being born, the family moved south of the Thames Estuary and was recorded at 52 Foord Street in Rochester, Kent, in 1911 when Olive was five years old.  She never married remained living with her father at Chatham in Kent, where the death of Olive Mercy Collett was recorded (Ref. 16 0579) during the early months of 1976, four years before her father passed away.

 

 

 

 

72R13

Alice May Collett was born at Wooburn in 1890, her birth recorded at Wycombe (Ref. 3a 657) during the second quarter of 1890.  She was just under one year old in the Wooburn Green census of 1891, while ten years after Alice May Collett was 10 when living with her family at Berghers Hill, a hamlet near Wooburn Town.  After a further decade Alice May Collett was 20 and her place of birth was said to be Wooburn Moor, when under occupation she was described as ‘helping in the home’ which, by then was at Bonnymede in Wooburn Green.  She never married and was only 39 years old when her death was recorded at Wycombe register office (Ref. 3a 997) during the second quarter of 1930.

 

 

 

 

72R14

George William Francis Collett was born at Wooburn in 1897, the first-born child of George Collett by his second wife Alice Ann Elizabeth Francis.  His birth was recorded at Wycombe (Ref. 3a 759) during the last three months of that year.  It was simply as George W Collett that he was living with his family at Berghers Hill in 1901, when he was three years of age.  After leaving school, George William Francis Collett was 13 and a part-time newspaper boy who was living with his family at Bonnymede in Wooburn Green.  The death of William G Collett was recorded at Wycombe register office (Ref. 3a 908) during the second quarter of 1924 when he was only 26.

 

 

 

 

72R15

Annie Eliza Francis Collett was born at Wooburn Green in 1899, her birth recorded at Wycombe (Ref. 3a 804) during the first quarter of that year.  She was the eldest daughter and second child of George Collett and Alice Ann Elizabeth Francis.  It was at Berghers Hill, a hamlet midway between Wooburn and Wooburn Green, that two-year-old Annie Eliza Collett was living with her family in 1901.  Tragically, she did not survive and died at Wooburn on 27th June 1907 aged eight years, where her full name was recorded in the parish records.  In addition to that, the death of Annie Eliza F Collett was recorded at Wycombe register office (Ref. 3a 450) during the second quarter of 1907.  The next daughter born to George and Alice was given exactly the same name.

 

 

 

 

72R16

Frank Collett was born at Wooburn in 1900 with his birth was recorded at Wycombe (Ref. 3a 757) during the final three months of the year.  He was five months old in the Berghers Hill census of 1901 when living there with his family, while ten years later, when Frank was 10 years old, he and his family were residing at Bonnymede in Wooburn Green.  Sadly, he was yet another member of his to suffer a premature death, when his passing, at the age of 21, was recorded at Wycombe register office (Ref. 3a 1029) during the fourth quarter of 1921.

 

 

 

 

72R17

Robin Stanley Collett was born at Wooburn Green in 1902, one of the sons of George and Alice Collett, whose birth was recorded at Wycombe register office (Ref. 3a 909) during the third quarter of that year.  In 1911 he was eight years old when he was living with his family at a property named Bonnymede in Wooburn Green.  It was during the first quarter of 1929 that the marriage of Robin S Collett and Ada E Ives was recorded at Wycombe register office (Ref. 3a 1624).  Their short marriage produced just one child before, tragically, Robin S Collett suffered another premature death in early 1935, when his passing was recorded at Wycombe register office (Ref. 3a 1331) during the first three months of the year, when he was only 32 years of age.  The earlier birth of his daughter was recorded at Wycombe (Ref. 3a 1679) during the second quarter of 1930.

 

 

 

72S9

Daphne R Collett

Born in 1930 at Wooburn Green

 

 

 

 

72R18

Ephraim Richard Collett was born at Wooburn Green on 16th July 1905 with his birth recorded at Wycombe register office (Ref. 3a 950) during the third quarter of that year, and was five years old in the Wooburn Green census of 1911 when he and his family were living at Bonnymede.  Just as with his younger brother Benjamin (below), no record of Ephraim having been married has been found, while his death, as Richard Ephraim Collett, was recorded at Eton register office (Ref. 6a 967) during the summer of 1971, when he was 66 and around six months before his brother Benjamin passed away.

 

 

 

 

72R19

Benjamin James Francis Collett was born at Wooburn on 10th August 1907 and his birth, like all of those of his siblings, was recorded at Wycombe (Ref. 3a 979) during the third quarter of the year.  He was three years old in 1911 when he was recorded under his full name in the census for Wooburn Green at Bonnymede.  No record has been found to suggest that he was ever married but, unlike many of his siblings, he did enjoy a long life in the Wooburn area, when the death of Benjamin James F Collett was recorded at Wycombe register office (Ref. 3a 1268) during the spring of 1972 when he was 64.

 

 

 

 

72R20

ANNIE ELIZA FRANCIS COLLETT was born at Wooburn Green, with her birth recorded at Wycombe register office (Ref. 3a 965) during the third quarter of 1909.  The male spelling of her third forename comes from her mother’s maiden name, also used in three of her older siblings, one of which was also Annie Eliza Francis Collett, who sadly died two years before Annie was born, after whom she was named.  Annie was two years old in the Wooburn Green census of 1911 and it was nineteen years later when the marriage of Annie E F Collett and William H Halson was recorded at Wycombe (Ref. 3a 3329) during the third quarter of 1930.  Sadly, they had only been married for twelve years, when the death of Annie E F Halson, nee Collett, was recorded at Wycombe register office (Ref. 3a 1216) during the third quarter of 1942, when she was only 32 years old.  As a result, her daughters were raised by Annie’s parents, George and Alice Collett.  Annie Eliza Francis Collett was the great grandmother of Oscar Richard Kelly.

 

 

 

 

72R21

Alan Ben Collett was born at Wooburn Lane in Wooburn Green on 31st May 1911, the son of Ben Collett and Jessie Cowley.  His birth was recorded at Wycombe register office (Ref. 3a 1931), where his mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Cowley.  His future wife was ten years younger than Alan, having been born at Amersham (Ref. 3a 1742) during the second quarter of 1921.  Alan was 38 when he married Joan L White, aged 28, at Amersham (Ref. 6a 692) during the third quarter of 1949.  It was also at Amersham that their two known children were born.  Their daughter’s birth was recorded at Amersham (Ref. 6a 388) during the first quarter of 1955, while no record of a marriage for her has been found so far.

 

 

 

72S10

David Collett

Born in 1952 at Amersham

 

72S11

Valerie Collett

Born in 1955 at Amersham

 

 

 

 

72R22

Marion Collett was born at Salt Lake City in Utah on 4th June 1897, the eldest child of Frank Collett and Lilian May Perry.  She was four years old in 1900 when she and her family were living at Precinct 47 in Salt Lake City, and by 1910 the family was living at Ward 5 in Salt Lake City, where Marion was 13.  She later married David John Platts in Salt Lake City on 27th September 1919.  David was the son of Charles Platts and Sarah Hilton, and had been born at Salt Lake City on 23rd June 1891.  At the time of their wedding Marion’s father was named as Frank Collett, while it is curious that her mother was listed as May Freeze.  It was the same situation at the time of the death of Marion Collett Platts, when her husband was recorded as David John Platts, her father as Frank Collett, and her mother as May Freeze.  Marion Platts nee Collett died at Salt Lake City on 26th July 1954 at the age of 57, when her date of birth was again recorded as 4th June 1897.

 

 

 

 

72R23

James Perry Collett was born at Salt Lake City during September 1899, the son of Frank Collett and Lilian M Perry.  As James P Collett he was one year old in 1900 when he and his parents were residing at Precinct 47 in Salt Lake City.  Ten years later in 1910 he was listed under his full name of James Perry Collett, when he was 10 and was again living with his family at Ward 5 in Salt Lake City.  By that time, in addition to his older sister Marion, the family had increased with the birth of four more children, Frank F Collett, Maude Collett, Ruth Collett, and Bruce Collett.

 

 

 

He was only 19 when he married Eunice Adeline Tollitt at Salt Lake City on 23rd November 1918.  Eunice was 18, having been born in Utah on 18th June 1901, the daughter of Matthew Harrison Tollitt and his wife who was formerly Carver.  Matthew was the base-born son of Mary Harrison by an unknown father and when he was in his teenage years his mother married Mr Tollitt who subsequently adopted her son.  According to the census in 1920 James Perry Collett and his wife had been blessed with their first child, and all three of them were still living with James’ parents at Salt Lake City.  On that occasion James was recorded as Perry J Collett, age 20, Eunice Collett was 19, and their daughter Beth Collett was three months old, having been born at Salt Lake City during October 1919.

 

 

 

Two children are known to have been born into the family at Salt Lake City after 1920, both of whom did not survive.  The first of them was Marjorie Collett, the couple’s second child, who was born during January 1922, who sadly died prematurely at Salt Lake City on 26th April 1937 at the age of 15 years 3 months and 2 days.  The couple’s sixth child was Beverley Collett who was born at Salt Lake City during April 1928 who tragically died when she was only one month and nineteen days, her death recorded as 19th June 1928.  The death certificates for both girls gave their parents as James Perry Collett and his wife Eunice Tollitt.

 

 

 

A total of ten children were both to James and Eunice, as listed below, and in 1940 the expanded family was residing within Ward 1 of Salt Lake City Precinct.  James P Collett was 40, Eunice was 39, and their seven children were Virginia Collett, who was 16, June Collett, who was 14, James Collett, who was 13, Donna Collett, who was 10, Douglas Collett, who was nine, Gerald Collett, who was six, and George Collett who was two years old.  By that time it is possible the eldest child Beth was married.  No record of the death of James Perry Collett has so far been found, but his wife Eunice Adeline Collett ne Tollitt died at Alameda in California on 6th February 1983.

 

 

 

James Perry Collett was the grandfather of Kathy Ringwood of Washington, USA, her mother being Virginia Collett (1923-1999).

 

 

 

72S12

Beth Collett

Born in 1919 at Salt Lake City

 

72S13

Marjorie Collett

Born in 1921 at Salt Lake City

 

72S14

Virginia Collett

Born in 1923 at Salt Lake City; died 1999

 

72S15

June Collett

Born in 1925 at Salt Lake City

 

72S16

James Collett

Born in 1927 at Salt Lake City

 

72S17

Beverley Collett

Born in 1928 at Salt Lake City

 

72S18

Donna Collett

Born in 1930 at Salt Lake City

 

72S19

Douglas Collett

Born in 1931 at Salt Lake City

 

72Q20

Gerald Collett

Born in 1934 at Salt Lake City

 

72Q21

George Collett

Born in 1938 at Salt Lake City

 

 

 

 

72S1

Doris J Collett was born in 1923, her birth recorded at Wycombe register office (Ref. 3a 1610) during the third quarter of that year, the elder of the two children of Walter George Collett and Doris Rackstraw.  The birth record also confirmed that the mother’s maiden was Rackstraw.  It was also at Wycombe that her marriage to Henry J Pilgrim was recorded (Ref. 6a 963) during the last three months of 1960.

 

 

 

 

72S2

Edward George Collett was born in 1926, the son of Walter George Collett and Doris Rackstraw.  His birth was recorded at Wycombe (Ref. 3a 1489) during the third quarter of 1that year, when his mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Rackstraw.  He was twenty-six when he married Wendy P Harris in 1952, the event recorded at Wycombe register office (Ref. 6a 1211) during the third quarter of the year.

 

 

 

72T1

Michael George Collett

Born in 1953 at Wooburn/Wycombe

 

72T2

Pamela J Collett

Born in 1955 at Wooburn/Wycombe

 

72T3

Jayne S Collett

Born in 1959 at Wooburn/Wycombe

 

 

 

 

72S3

Rosa F Collett was born at West Ham where her birth was recorded (Ref. 4a 464) during the second quarter of 1915, the eldest of the two daughters of Arthur Collett and Eva Louisa Phyllis Robinson.  The record of her birth confirmed her mother’s maiden was Robinson.  Rosa and her sister Vera (below) were married on the same day in a joint wedding, as confirmed by the consecutive records at East Ham register office.  Rosa F Collett married Arthur Henry J W Warner (Ref. 4a 690) during the third quarter of 1939.  Arthur was born at Green on 5th May 1914 and he died at Havering in Essex during the month of November 1995.

 

 

 

 

72S4

Vera M Collett was born in 1918 and her birth like that of her sister Rosa (above) was recorded West Ham register office (Ref. 4a 354) during the second quarter of that year, when her mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Robinson.  It was at East Ham in Essex that the marriage of Vera M Collett and Arthur G W Brown was recorded (Ref. 4a 700) during the third quarter of 1939.  Arthur was born at West Ham in the third quarter of 1912 (Ref. 4a 266) and his passing was recorded at Redbridge in Essex (Ref. 5d 584) during the second quarter of 1966.

 

 

 

 

72S8

Dorothy E Collett was born in Essex and her birth was recorded at Rochford register office (Ref. 4a 1327) during the first quarter of 1916, the daughter of William Lawrence Collett and Louisa Dent.  The marriage of Dorothy E Collett and William C Stalley was recorded at Southend-on-Sea in Essex (Ref. 4a 1869) during the second quarter of 1949.  It was during the following year that Dorothy presented William with their only known child, with the birth of Julie E Stalley recorded at Rochford register office (Ref. 4a 774) during the last three months of 1950.

 

 

 

 

72S10

David Collett was born in 1952, his birth recorded at Amersham register office (Ref. 6a 381) during the second quarter of 1952, when his mother’s maiden name was confirmed as White.  He was the eldest of the two children of Alan Ben Collett and Joan L White.  He was 21 years old when his marriage to Jean Patterson was recorded as Amersham (Ref. 6a 906) during the second quarter of 1973.  So far, the research has not identified any children.

 

 

 

 

72T1

Michael George Collett was born in 1953, his birth recorded at Wycombe register office (Ref. 6a 609) during the second quarter of that year, when his mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Harris, the wife of Edward George Collett.  In 1982 Michael G Collett married Toni Fenton, the wedding recorded at Wycombe (Ref. 19 1685) during the second quarter of the year.  Nine months later Toni presented Michael with the first of their two children.  Both births were recorded at Wycombe register office, the first during the fourth quarter of 1982 (Ref. 19 1957), the second during the third quarter of 1984 (Ref. 19 2250.  On both occasions the mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Fenton.

 

 

 

72U1

Daniel George Collett

Born in 1982 at Wooburn/Wycombe

 

72U2

Jason Frank Collett

Born in 1984 at Wooburn/Wycombe

 

 

 

 

72T2

Pamela J Collett was born in 1955, the second child and eldest daughter of Edward and Wendy Collett.  Her birth, like those of her two siblings, was recorded at Wycombe (Ref. 6a 559) during the final three months of the year.  Pamela was twenty-two when she married John M Waite, the event recorded at Wycombe register office (Ref. 19 1852) during the third quarter of 1978.

 

 

 

 

72T3

Jayne S Collett was born in 1959, the third and last child of Edward George Collett and Wendy Pamela Harris.  It was at Wycombe that her birth was recorded (Ref. 6a 837) during the second quarter of 1959.  Jayne was nearly twenty-two when she was married to Eoin Donnelly, as recorded at Wycombe (Ref. 19 1088) during the first three months of 1981.