PART SEVENTY-FOUR

 

The Suffolk to South Africa Line

 

Issued June 2019

 

 

 

This family line starts in 1360 in Part 18 – The Suffolk Line and continues from there into Part 30 – The Suffolk & Norfolk Line.  The latter includes William Collett, the son of William Collett by his second wife Hannah Blogg.  Upon his death, in South Africa in 1925, his death record referred to him as William Collett from Saxmundham.  He was therefore the second of four generations of men named William, and was followed by his eldest surviving son – who was born in England before the family emigrated to South Africa, where he was ‘renamed’ William Henry Collett.  The next one was the eldest son of William Henry Collett, William Hendry Ellis Collett who never married or had any children to be able to continue the family tradition.

 

 

 

This is the family line of Andrew Trevor Collett (Ref. 74S7) and his son Sean Andrew Collett (Ref. 74T12), both of whom have been instrumental in supplying the vital information to enable the story of their family in South Africa to be told, and where they both live today.  However, Sean would like to acknowledge that a large part of the work was due to his grandfather, Trevor Barnes Collett (Ref. 74R10) who, up until his death in 2011, had been attempting to trace his lineage back in time for many years.  Sean now believes that he would have been very pleased with what we have accomplished, particularly tracing our family history back to the middle of the 14th century, and that we have honoured his memory by endeavouring to complete this family line.

 

 

 

The following is therefore a tribute to his grandfather, in Sean’s own words.

 

 

 

If I had to describe him in one sentence, it would be that he was a selfless gentlemanly, a prim and proper Englishman, and that he spoke English well, with clear enunciation of words whenever he spoke — you could identify him as being English just by his accent.  He used to drop off and collect my sister, and I at school every day in a 1990 Mercedes-Benz 180 E model from when he stayed with us in 2001 for many years, until he could longer do so.  He drank a cup of Rooibos tea in china tea cup and saucer every day, served with two teaspoons full of sugar, with no milk added.  I distinctly remember his favourite food being succulent lamb chops, along with bread and butter smeared onto the bread.  His favourite alcoholic beverage was South African brandy infused in Coca Cola.  My grandfather was a passionate trout fisherman and, in my father’s personal recounts of a fishing expedition with his brother Dennis, my grandfather would frequently catch more trout, much to the envy, disappointment and admiration of his sons.  He served in the Second World War during 1941/42 in Kenya in the Tank Regiment of the Special Service Battalion of the South African Army, although he contracted malaria, resulting in him being sent home.  I remember him recounting to me that he saved an Italian prisoner-of-war’s life by preventing him from drowning when the Italian had attempted to evade custody.  My grandfather loved his dogs!  He fed them quietly from the table.  He enjoyed teasing and had excellent fine sense of humour.  He was also was passionate about hunting.  Lastly, he was a good sportsman, playing soccer in the army, golf and started to play bowls in his seventies.

 

 

 

 

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William Collett (Ref. 30O17) was born at Saxmundham on 25th December 1830.  It was there also that he was baptised just two months later on 20th February 1831, the son of William Collett and Hannah Blogg, who were married at Saxmundham during 1824, following the death of his first wife.  He was 10 years old at the time of the census in 1841 when he was living with his family in Saxmundham.  William was 21 years of age on the occasion of the Saxmundham census in 1851, by which time he was unmarried and was working as a labourer, while living at Park Side Thoroughfare in the family home.  For some reason, he was listed as the last child, strangely below all his younger siblings, which very likely indicated that he was only visiting his family, perhaps even discussing with them his forthcoming marriage.  Very shortly after that census day, William Collett married Eliza Knight at Saxmundham, as confirmed by later family records, although no actual record of the event has so far been located.  What is known, is that the early years of their life together included the birth and death of their first three children, as indicated within the details written in the Family Bible by William himself.

 

 

 

Fortunately, the couple’s following two children did survive and were both born at Islington in London.  By the time the Islington census was conducted in 1861, the family of four was residing at Edward Cottages.  William Collett from Saxmundham was a shoemaker who said he was 29 instead of 32, because his wife Eliza was only 25.  Where Eliza meant, when she said she was born at Balon, is not known, as there is no such place in Suffolk.  Their two children were William Collett aged two years and Ellen Collett who was one year old.  While Eliza Knight would have been born around 1835, no record of her birth has been found, and that would mean she was around sixteen or seventeen years of age when she married William Collett.

 

 

 

It was during that same year when the family emigrated to South Africa, arriving at Port Elizabeth during the earlier weeks of 1862.  Surprisingly, the passenger list for the ship Coldstream II, which sailed from England in September 1861, only included the names of William Collett, aged 29 and a shoemaker from Suffolk, his wife Eliza Collett who was 25, and just their daughter, who was described as Sarah Anne Ellen Collett  The log also confirmed that their intended destination was Mr Shepperson at Grahamstown, midway between Port Elizabeth and Buffalo City.  It seems likely that, upon completing his contractual obligations with Mr Shepperson, that William went on and opened his own business in Alexandria, Eastern Cape Province.  There is a mystery around where son William was when the family sailed to South Africa, when it is known that he later raised his own family there.  It was also during the sea voyage to South Africa that Eliza gave birth to another daughter, Georgina Collett, who was born about one month into the journey.

 

 

 

Elizabeth Eliza Collett nee Knight was born on 8th April 1834 and died at the home of her married daughter Rose Nicholas at Bolo Reserve in Stutterheim on 27th August 1918 at the age of 84.  Eliza left a Joint Will (with her husband) which was not proved until 27th October 1925 at Grahamstown, nearly six months after the death of her husband and nearly three months after his Will had been proved.  Her death notice in the Cape Town Archive (Ref. 8590; Source MOOC 6/9/2828) was filed on 25th November 1925 and revealed the names of the couple’s ten surviving children, with no mention of the three who had suffered infant deaths in London, prior to leaving England for South Africa.

 

 

 

William Collett died at Stutterheim, Amatole in Eastern Cape, on 13th March 1925, having been widowed seven years earlier.  William and Eliza were both buried in the Bolo district of Stutterheim in Eastern Cape, where William’s headstone says in error, that he died on 12th April 1925, likewise the headstone indicated his wife had died on 1919 instead of 1918.  Curiously, the death notice for William Collett, from Saxmundham, carries the same Cape Town Archive reference number as that of his deceased wife, but with very different information.  His death notice, filed on 3rd November 1925, confirmed his mother’s name as Hannah Collett, nee Blogg, and his late wife as Elizabeth Eliza Collett, nee Knight, to whom he was married at Saxmundham.  It also confirms the date of his passing at Bolo as 13th March 1925, while his age at death was simply recorded as ‘not sure’.  The death notice also gave his occupation as a boiler-smith.

 

 

 

The ten children of William Collett were recorded on the death notice as:  William Henry Collett; Sarah Ann Ellen married to Henry Wade Bowman, both deceased – Sarah having died in June 1911; Georgina married to Edward Wainman Bird; Arthur Charles Collett; Edward James Collett; Walter John Collett; Richard Ellis Collett; Rose Ann Ellen married to Colin Tom Nicholas; Mabel Elizabeth Eliza Collett – spinster; and Muda Jane married to Benjamin Booth Walker.  A footnote on the death notice stated that all of the husbands of his daughter were deceased.  The notice finished by stating that William did not own any property and that his Will, signed at Bolo, was proved on 8th July 1925 in the presence of his daughter Rose A E Nicholas, who was with her father when he died.

 

 

 

The children of William and Eliza did end up in a family split, thought to have been caused by who they took to be their wives and husbands.  The family seemed to settle around Alexandria, from where the siblings went their separate ways, some settling ever eastwards towards Natal, some remaining in the general area, and others going north, directly inland.  The Eastern Cape settlers hugged the Drakensburg mountain range and finally settled in Natal.  One of the brothers, William Henry, married an English girl, with the other four surviving brothers, Arthur, Edward, Walter and Richard, marrying the dreaded Boer women, not very pleasant come the wars between the British and the Boers.  All of the girls married Englishmen.  Walter John Collett did initially have an English wife, who sadly died giving birth to the couple’s eleventh child, who also did not survive.  Following that tragedy, Walter ran away and married a Boer woman, with whom he had two more children.

 

 

 

Whilst some members of the family may have been involved in the Boer War and First World War, Trevor Barnes Collett served with the South African Forces in Greece during the Second World War, with other members of the following generation involved with the bush wars in Angola, South West Africa and Zimbabwe.

 

 

 

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Annar Collett

Born in 1852 at Islington, London

 

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William Collett

Born in 1855 at Islington, London

 

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Anna Collett

Born in 1857 at Islington, London

 

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William Henry Collett

Born in 1858 at Islington, London

 

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Sarah Anne Ellen Collett

Born in 1859 at Islington, London

 

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Georgina Collett

Born in 1861 on the journey to S. Africa

 

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Walter Charles Collett

Born in 1863 in South Africa

 

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Arthur Charles Collett

Born in 1865 in South Africa

 

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Edward James Collett

Born in 1866 in South Africa

 

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Walter John Collett

Born in 1869 in South Africa

 

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Richard Ellis (Ellice) Collett

Born in 1871 in South Africa

 

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Rose Ann Ellen Collett

Born in 1875 in South Africa

 

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Mabel Elizabeth Eliza Collett

Born in 1863 in South Africa

 

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Muda Jane Collett

Born in 1863 in South Africa

 

 

 

 

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Annar Collett was born on 4th February 1852, most likely at Islington in London where the birth of two her younger siblings were recorded and where her family was living in 1861.  She was the first-born child of William Collett and Eliza Knight, but sadly died only days after she was born, on 20th February 1852.  Her date of birth and the date of her death have been recovered from handwritten notes in the Collett Family Bible held by the family in South Africa.  This appears to have been initially written by Annar’s father William Collett on 9th July 1867.

 

 

 

 

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William Collett was born on 5th May 1855, possibly at Islington, the son of William and Eliza Collett, and it was less than two years later that he died on 5th January 1857.  Confirmation of his death was recorded at Islington (Ref. 1b 114) during the first quarter of 1857.

 

 

 

 

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Anna Collett was apparently born on 19th June 1857 at Islington and is believed to have died on 19th January 1858.  However, it is very interesting that the death of Anna Collett was recorded at Islington (Ref. 1b 120) during the same quarter as her brother William (above) and only six entries after his death.  This raises the obvious question, did William die on 5th January, with his sister dying fourteen days after, in the same year.

 

 

 

 

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William Henry Collett, was born at Islington in London on 19th November 1858, the fourth child of William Collett and Elizabeth Knight.  Named simply as William Collett, aged two years, he was living with his family at Edward Cottages in Islington on the day of the census in 1861.  Six months later, rather oddly, when his family sailed to South Africa, William did not travel with them, so must have made the journey some time thereafter.  It was the Collett Family Bible in which his father recorded the names of his children on 9th July 1867.  In this, William born in 1858, was initially recorded with just the one forename, but at a later time the letter H was inserted.

 

 

 

It was in 1881 at Bathurst in Eastern Cape Province, just inland from Port Alfred, when William Henry Collett married Sarah Jane Wilmot who had been born on 21st July 1855, her parents having settled in South Africa in 1820.  Her mother was Salina Haywood who married (1) William Bartlett, with whom she had eleven children, before she married (2) William George Wilmot, Sarah Jane being one of their two daughters.  It was in Johannesburg that William Henry Collett died on 18th November 1947, his death notice (Ref. 6406/47), signed on 7th December 1947, contained the following valuable family information.

 

 

 

William Henry Collett, of 7 Stockton Road in East London, was 88 years and 11 months old when he died, a widow and a former blacksmith and mason from London, England.  His late wife was named as Sarah Jane Collett who died on 26th December 1940.  The five children of William and Sarah were listed as:  Rhoda Collett married (Ekron); John Wesley Collett; Myrtle Collett married (Laudee); Blanch Collett married (Classen); and Ruby Collett married (Hoare).  The death notice also stated that the estate of William Henry Collet did not exceed £300, that he did not own any property, nor did he leave a Will, the document signed by his son-in-law J W Classen, who was present at the death.  

 

 

 

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William Hendry Ellis Collett

Born in 1881 at Bolo, Eastern Cape

 

74Q2

George Wainman Wilmot Collett

Born in 1884 at Bolo, Eastern Cape

 

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Rhoda Selina Ella Collett

Born in 1887 at Bolo, Eastern Cape

 

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Richard Ellis Carey Collett

Born in 1890 at Bolo, Eastern Cape

 

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Arthur John Wesley Collett

Born in 1892 at Bolo, Eastern Cape

 

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Elizabeth Angelina Myrtle Collett

Born in 1894 at Bolo, Eastern Cape

 

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Margaret Violet Blanch Collett

Born in 1897 at Bolo, Eastern Cape

 

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Flourna Ruby May Collett

Born in 1901 at Bolo, Eastern Cape

 

 

 

 

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Sarah Anne Ellen Collett was born at Islington in London on 22nd October 1860, the daughter of William and Elizabeth Collett.  She was inaccurately described as Ellen Collett, who was one-year-old in the Islington census of 1861, when she was living with her family at Edward Cottages.  Six months after that census day, the family left England for a new life in South Africa.  She married Henry Wade Bowman but died in June 1911 and, by the time of the death of her father in 1925, her husband had also passed away.  Henry Wade Bowman was born on 12th January 1859, and their daughter Mary Elizabeth Bowman was born on 15th September 1888.

 

 

 

 

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Georgina Collett was born on 13th October 1861 after her parents had sailed from England during September that year, on board the sailing ship Coldstream II bound for South Africa, arriving in Cape Town early in 1862.  She later married William Charles Bird on 11th May 1884 and it was as Georgina Bird, nee Collett, that she was described in the death notice for her mother, and as Georgina married to Edward Wainman Bird in her father’s death notice in 1925.  By that time, she was a widow.  The couple’s eldest daughter Georgina Vina Bird never married, while daughter Amuda Bird married Alexander Cumming.  This raises the question, was Edward Wainman Bird the brother of William Charles Bird, and was Georgina married twice.

 

 

 

 

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Walter Charles Collett was born on 26th November 1863 in South Africa and survived for only three months, when he died there on 26th February 1864.

 

 

 

 

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Arthur Charles Collett was born on 23rd November 1865 at Alexandria in Eastern Cape, another son of William Collett and Eliza Knight.  It was on 17th October 1892 at Vicksburg in Orange Free State when Arthur married the very young Martha Aletta Leimecke who was born on 24th June 1874, their first child born on the first day of February in 1889.  In total, Martha gave birth to eight children, while it is possible there was a ninth child, as indicated below.   Their father, Arthur Charles Collett was still alive when his father died in 1925.  It was at Dealesville in South Africa that he died on 11th September 1952.  Six years later Martha Aletta Collett passed away on 8th August 1958.  It was also at Dealesville Cemetery, that Francis Elizabeth Collett was buried following her infant death on 4th August 1949.  She was born on 8th February 1948 and was the grandchild of Arthur Charles and Martha Aletta Collett, being the youngest child of their eldest son.

 

 

 

The Orange Free State death notice for Arthur Charles Collett provided the following information.  Firstly, that he died on 11th September 1951 when he was 85.  That he died at Goedehoop and was born at Kaap Kolonie, the son of William Collett and Elizabeth Knight Collett.  His wife was confirmed as Martha Aletta Leimecke and their children were listed as Arthur Charles Collett, Oliver Fred Collett, Clifford Collett, Denise Martha Collett McKey, Lilly Emily Collett Nel, Sidney James, Herbert Benjamin Collett and Amuda Anne Collett Marwic.  His children-in-law were named as David McKey, Louis Nel and Clem Marwic.  There was no mention of a son called Gabriel or Robert.

 

 

 

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William Albert Collet

Born in 1893 in South Africa; died 1893

 

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Arthur Charles Collett

Born in 1896 in South Africa

 

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Lilly Emily Collett

Born in 1898 in South Africa

 

74Q12

Herbert Benjamin Collett

Born in 1900 in South Africa

 

74Q13

Gabriel Robert Collett

Born in 1903 in South Africa

 

74Q14

Oliver Frederick Collett

Born in 1906 in South Africa

 

74Q15

Sidney James Collett

Born in 1908 in South Africa

 

74Q16

Denise Martha Collett

Born in 1911 in South Africa

 

74Q17

Amuda Anne Collett

Born in 1914 in South Africa

 

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Clifford Kenneth Collett

Born in 1917 in South Africa

 

 

 

 

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Edward James Collett was born on 26th May 1867 at Alexandria, another son of William and Eliza Collett.  He married Annie Letitia Sophia Ventre and was still alive when his father died in 1925.  It was eleven years later that he died on 25th January 1936, following which he was buried at Oliphants Hoek.  The first of their children was born in Rhodesia, before settling in Mooiplaats by the time their son was baptised there during the following year.

 

 

 

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Louis Richard Collett

Born on 18.07.1895 at Kwekwe, Rhod.

 

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James Edward Collett

Born circa 1896 at Mooiplaats

 

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Violet Collett – marr. Frank Bradley

Born circa 1898 at Mooiplaats

 

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Ivy Collett – marr. Walter Trent

Born circa 1900 at Mooiplaats

 

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Dudley Ventre Collett

Born on 27.05.1901 at Mooiplaats

 

74Q24

Lettie Tisher Collett

Born on 02.05.1903 at Mooiplaats

 

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Emily Daisy Collett

Born on 10.05.1904 at Mooiplaats

 

74Q26

Joseph William Collett

Born on 16.09.1906 at Komgha

 

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Harry Wade Collett

Born on 06.09.1908 at Mooiplaats

 

 

 

 

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Walter John Collett was born on 8th May 1869 at Alexandria, another son of William and Eliza Collett, who was still alive in 1925, when his father passed away.  He was initially married to (1) Selina Georgina Usher who was born at Port Alfred around 1865, the daughter of Henry and Annie Usher.  They had eleven children, although it was during the birth of their last child that Selina died at Bashee Bridge on 10th March 1912 at the age of 46 years and 6 months, the child also not surviving the ordeal.  Troubled and upset by the death of his wife, he apparently run away and six months later, at the of 45, Walter John Collett, a widower and a resident of MuJolo, married (2) Hester Johanna Magdalena Henning, a spinster of 36 years from Esenqumain Martsort, on 9th September 1912 at Ugie, Maclear in Cape Province.  Once married, Walter and his new Boer wife, initially settled on the other side of the country, with Hester presenting Walter with a further two children.

 

 

 

It was the death notice (NASA Cape Town MOOC 6/9/718 Ref. 1804) for Selina Georgina Collett, who was from good English stock, which named the couple’s ten children.  Sadly, when their father re-married, he abandoned his ten children.  It seems likely that his two eldest daughters were themselves married by then, so it fell on the shoulders of Walter’s unmarried daughter Winifred, to take charge of looking after some of her siblings.  It was other members of Walter’s family who took in the children, with the younger ones being looked after by Walter’s older married brother William Henry Collett, a lay-preacher, whose own children had grown-up by then, while the older children were cared for by Winifred Ashington at Melmoth and nearby Eshowe.

 

 

 

On 8th February 1930, Walter John Collett and Johanna Magdalena Collett, born Henning, residing in Bethel, Transvaal, made their Will.  Two of their children, Magdalena and James, were the two sole heirs of their estate.  It was two weeks later that Walter John Collett passed away on 22nd February, at the age of 60, after which his widow signed the following legal undertaking: “I Johanna Magdalene Collett, born Henning, widow of the late Walter John Collett, hereby undertake to remain liable for all the debts of the estate of the late Walter John Collett of Bethel, up to the value of the assets taken over by me.”  The document was sign by J M Collett on 27th March 1930.

 

 

 

The death notice for Walter John Collett, sign by his widow on 10th March 1930, listed all of the children named below, including the last of them by his first wife, Milton Frederick Collett, who may not have survived, since nothing seems to be known about him.

 

 

 

74Q28

Alice Annie Collett

Born on 24.08.1886 at Mooiplaats

 

74Q29

Martha Eliza Ann Collett

Born on 03.08.1890 at Mooiplaats

 

74Q30

Winifred Lydia Jane Collett

Born on 26.06.1892 at Mooiplaats

 

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Charlotte Rose Collett

Born during 1894 at Mooiplaats

 

74Q32

Violet Amelia Collett

Born on 12.07.1896 at Mooiplaats

 

74Q33

Walter John William Collett

Born on 05.04.1898 at Mooiplaats

 

74Q34

Clifford Ellis Collett

Born during 1900 at Mooiplaats

 

74Q35

Ivy Rachael Collett

Born on 18.01.1903 at Mooiplaats

 

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Gladys Selina Collett

Born during 1905 at Mooiplaats

 

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Edwin George Collett

Born on 11.09.1907 at Mooiplaats

 

74Q38

Milton Frederick Collett

Born in 1912; infant death

 

The following are the two children of Walter John Collett by his second wife H J M Henning:

 

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Magdalena Johanna Collett

Born on 17.08.1913

 

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Albert James Collett

Born on 23.04.1918 at Surbiton, SA

 

 

 

 

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Richard Ellis (Ellice) Collett was born on 20th October 1871 at Alexandria, yet a further son of William and Eliza Collett.  He was nearly five months old when he was baptised at Alexandria on 17th March 1872.  He later married Johanna Jacoba Els and was still alive in 1925 when his father died at Bolo.  Their second child, Edith Letitia, was baptised at the Wesleyan Methodist Chapel in East London, Cape of Good Hope on 13th September 1902 when her parents were confirmed as Richard Ellis Collett and Johanna Jacoba Collett.  The baptism record (Ref. 165) stated that Edith had been born on 2nd September 1900 and that her parents were residing at Mooiplaats, where their first six children were born, before settling in Fort Jackson, where their last two children were born.  

 

 

 

Richard Ellis Collett died in 1948 and six years later his wife Johanna Jacoba Collett, nee Els, passed away in 1954.

 

 

 

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Gladys Johanna Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1899 at Mooiplaats, SA

 

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Edith Letitia Collett

Born on 02.09.1900 at Mooiplaats, SA

 

74Q43

John Richard Collett

Born on 04.08.1902 at Mooiplaats, SA

 

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Lettie Elizabeth Collett

Born on 09.11.1903 at Mooiplaats, SA

 

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Johanna Jacoba Collett

Born on 24.02.1906 at Mooiplaats, SA

 

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Letisha Collett

Born in 1907 at Mooiplaats, SA

 

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William Richard Collett

Born on 09.09.1908 at Fort Jackson

 

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Florence Susan Anne Collett

Born on 26.11.1916 at Fort Jackson

 

 

 

 

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Rose Ann Ellen Collett was born on 13th November 1875 at Alexandria, another daughter of William and Eliza Collett.  She later married Colin Tom Nicholas, who was born on 26th August 1871 and, in 1918, when her mother was visiting or staying with Rose at her home at Bolo, Stutterheim, her mother passed away.  Rose was also with her father in 1925 when he died and was present when his Will was proved on 8th July 1925.  By that time in her life, Rose was a widow.

 

 

 

 

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Mabel Elizabeth Eliza Collett was born at Alexandria on 13th April 1879, but was never married and was described as a spinster on her father’s death notice in 1925.

 

 

 

 

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Muda Jane Collett was born at Alexandria in Eastern Cape on 16th September 1880, the last child of William Collett and Eliza Knight.  Her father had intended her name to be Maud, but wrote it in error as Muda when registering her birth.  She later married Benjamin Booth Walker and was still alive when her father died in 1925, although both her mother and her husband had died by then.  Their son was Joe Walker.

 

 

 

 

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William Hendry Ellis Collett was born at Standerwick in Eastern Cape Province on 6th November 1881.  He was the first child of William Henry Collett and Sarah Jane Wilmot, but tragically was disabled.  He never married and it was at East London, near Buffalo City in South Africa where he died on 6th April 1929.

 

 

 

 

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George Wainman Wilmot Collett was born at Standerwick in Eastern Cape, on 25th June 1884 and he married Maude Egling.  It was on 9th August 1946 that George Wainman Wilmot Collett passed away at the age of 62 years, with his Will passed through the probate service at Grahamstown in Albany.  His death notice (Ref. 4074/46) recorded the following information.  His father was William Henry Collett of 7 Stockton Street in East London, his birthplace was Bolo and nationality was Union National, and he was 62 years and one month old when he died.  The place where he was married was Ingcobo, where he also died.  His children were recorded as Elvira Hatfield born Collett, Pearl Wakeford born Collett, Alesia Collett, Hazel Collett, Donald Collett and Ruby Collett.  George had no fixed property or a Will and his estate was estimated to be less than £300.

 

 

 

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Elvira Collett

Born in 1922 at East London

 

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Mavis Pearl Collett

Born in 1924 at East London

 

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Alesia Thora Collett

Born in 1926 at East London

 

74R4

William George Francis Collett

Born in 1928 at East London

 

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Dorothy Hazel Shirley Collett

Born in 1930 at East London

 

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Donald Collett

Born in 1933 at East London

 

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Ruby Collett

Born in 1935 at East London

 

 

 

 

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Rhoda Selina Ella Collett was born at Standerwick in Eastern Cape on 1st September 1887 and was baptised at the Wesleyan Methodist Chapel in Bathurst on 23rd October 1887, the daughter of William Henry Collett and Sarah Jane Collett.  Rhoda was still unmarried on 26th March 1913, when, as R S E Collett, she was a witness to the marriage by special licence of her younger cousin Charlotte Rose Collett (Ref. 74Q25).  Rhoda Selina Collett later married Arthur J T Ekron and, in 1982, at the age of 95, Rhoda Ekron was residing in East London, not far from her two younger sisters Blanch Classen and Ruby Hoar (below).

 

 

 

 

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Richard Ellis Carey Collett was born and died on 18th April 1890.

 

 

 

 

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Arthur John Wesley Collett was born at Bolo in Eastern Cape on 3rd January 1892, another son of William Henry Collett and Sarah Jane Wilmot.  During 1917, Arthur married Kathleen Ruth Barnes, from Cathcart, who was born on 27th March 1892.  Their marriage produced three children, before Arthur died in Pretoria on 18th February 1952.  Kathleen Ruth Collett passed away on 31st October 1974.  Arthur was a keen fly-fisherman, in particular trout-fishing, a past-time with a long tradition within the family, passed down through the generations from Arthur to his great-grandson Sean Andrew Collett.

 

 

 

The death notice for Arthur John Wesley Collett, stated that he was also known as John Wesley Collett, and also confirmed the following details.  He was born at Port Alfred in Cape Province and was European, the son of William Henry Collett (deceased) and Sarah Jane Collett (deceased) and was 60 years and one and a half months old.  His occupation was that of a traveller and his last place of residence was The Royal Hotel in Potchefstroom.  His wife was descried as Kathleen Ruth Collett, born Barnes, married out of community property.  He died on 18th February 1952 at the hospital in Pretoria after being involved in a car accident, leaving three adult children, all as listed below.  The informant of his death was his younger sister Ruby Hoare (below).

 

 

 

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Vivian Daphne Collett

Born in 1917 at Eastern Cape

 

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Cecil Graham Collett

Born in 1919 at Eastern Cape

 

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Trevor Barnes Collett

Born in 1921 at Eastern Cape

 

 

 

 

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Elizabeth Angelina Myrtle Collett was born at Bolo in Eastern Cape on 24th February 1894 and she married Jack Naudee.

 

 

 

 

74Q7

Margaret Violet Blanch Collett, who was known as Blanch, was born at Bolo in Eastern Cape on 10th August 1897 and she married John William Classen who was born on 8th January 1896.  In November 1947, Blanch and her husband were staying with her father at 7 Stockton Road in East London, when he passed away, John William Classen signed his death notice, as present on the day he died.  Later in their life, Blanch and John Classen were living at East London and it was there also where she was living in 1982.  John William Classen was also the God father of Dorothy Hazel Shirley Collett, her uncle.

 

 

 

 

74Q8

Flourna Ruby May Collett, who was known as Ruby, was born at Bolo in Eastern Cape on 21st February 1901 married Seymor Hoare.  Later in her life, Ruby Hoare lived at East London, where she was still living in 1982.

 

 

 

 

74Q10

Arthur Charles Collett was born in South Africa on 1st February 1896, first-born child of Arthur Charles Collett and Martha Aletta Leimecke.  He married (1) Getraide Susanna Senekaal and later (2) Magdalene Cornelia Francina Wolff, known as Lulu who was born on 20th February 1907.  Curiously his second wife’s death notice stated that her husband was Norman Arthur Collett, while it was at Bloemfontein on 3rd January 1969 that Arthur Charles Collett died.  His Orange Free State death notice revealed the following details.  His parents were Arthur Charles Collett and Martha Aletta Collett, his wife’s name was Magdalena Cornelia Francina Wolff Collett, with his additional wife having been Susannah Senekaal Collett.  His children were recorded as Leslie Collett, Charles Collett, Neville Collett, Myrtle Grobler, Eric Collett, Norman Collett, Sylvia Schoeman, Daphne Booysen, Susan Britz and Edith Cochrane.  These children are listed below in the order provided by the death notice not by their date of birth which, in many cases, are not known.  Curiously, the date of birth of Arthur Charles Collett was recorded in the death notice as 1st February 1896, which ties in neatly with his sister Lilly (below) being born in 1898.

 

 

 

It is now believed that, the aforementioned Norman Arthur Collett was the fifth child of Arthur Charles Collett who was born in 1928.  The children listed below were a mix of the children by Arthur’s first wife (1) and his second wife (2).  The last child on the list, Frances Elizabeth Collett, was not mentioned in the death notice of Arthur Charles Collett in 1969 because she did not survive and was buried at Dealesville Cemetery, when the family was living at Dealesville Farm in Orange Free State.  All of the children from his first marriage were born at Wynburg, Orange Free State.

 

 

 

74R11

Leslie George Collett

Born in 1919 (1)

 

74R12

Charles Robert Collett

Born circa 1932 at Wynburg (1)

 

74R13

Neville Gabriel Collett

Born in 1938 (2)

 

74R14

Myrtle Doris Collett

Born in 1926 at Wynburg (1)

 

74R15

Eric Cecil Collett

Born in 1922 at Wynburg (1)

 

74R16

Norman Arthur Collett

Born in 1928 at Wynburg (1)

 

74R17

Sylvia Collett – Mrs Schoeman

Born circa 1940 (2)

 

74R18

Daphne Martha Collett – Mrs Booysen

Born circa 1944 (2)

 

74R19

Susan Collett – Mrs Britz

Born circa 1924 at Wynburg (1)

 

74R20

Edith Collett – Mrs Cochrane

Born circa 1930 at Wynburg (1)

 

74R21

Frances Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1948 (2)

 

 

 

 

74Q11

Lilly Emily Collett was born at Mooiplaats in South Africa on 14th July 1898 and was baptised at Cape of Good Hope on 9th August 1898, the eldest daughter of builder Arthur Charles and Martha Lettie Collett of Mooiplaats.  Lilly later married Louis Nel, both of them listed in the death notice for Lilly’s father in 1951.  Their children were Juliette Nel and Louie Nel who was an engine driver.

 

 

 

 

74Q12

Herbert Benjamin Collett was born at Mooiplaats in South Africa on 20th December 1900, another son of builder Arthur C Collett and Martha D Collett, who was baptised on 2nd May 1901 at St Pauls in the District of Komgha.  All that is known about him, is that he married a schoolteacher and they had no children.

 

 

 

 

74Q13

Gabriel Robert Collett, who has not positively identified as the child of Arthur Charles Collett and Martha Aletta Leimecke, but was born in South Africa.  Curiously, within the information received from the Collett family in South Africa, he could have been the child of Arthur and Martha’s eldest son Arthur Charles Collett (above) by his second wife.  Whoever his parents were, Gabriel Robert Collett married Anna Magdalena Brummer who died in 1935.

 

 

 

 

74Q14

Oliver Frederick Collett, who was known as Freddie, was born at Gonubie in South Africa on 14th May 1906.  Judging by the photograph show here, it would appear that Freddie served with the armed forces at some time during his life, perhaps in the Second World War, by which time he was a married man.

 

It was during 1929 that Oliver Freddie Collett married Catarina Wilhelmina Levina Roodt, with whom he had two daughters, as listed below.

 

The death of Oliver Frederick Collett was recorded at Johannesburg during 1981

 

 

 

74R22

Phyllis Thelma Collett

Born on 16.11.1932 at Wynberg, OFS

 

74R23

Joan Helen Collett

Born on 27.02.1938 at Johannesburg

 

 

 

 

74Q15

Sidney James Collett was born in South Africa on 17th October 1908 and he married Cathleen Johanna Brown who was born on 26th September 1914.  Their marriage produced a daughter Sheila Collett who, on being married, became Sheila Pietersen.  Sidney James Collett died at Tweespruit on 10th July 1980, the husband of Cathleen Johanna Brown Collett and the father of Sheila Collett Pietersen.

 

 

 

74R24

Sheila Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

 

 

 

74Q16

Denise Martha Collett was born in South Africa on 30th August 1911, another daughter of Arthur and Martha Collett.  She may have been married twice in her life, the first time after the reading of banns to (1) Stephanus Johannus van Schalkwijt on 11th August 1931 at Wynburg, Orange Free State in South Africa.  He was 27 and a boxer who was residing in Philippolis, Denise being 19 and a resident of Wynburg.  That first marriage gave Denise two daughters Phyllis and Madge.  It was later on when she married (2) David McKey, being referred to with that surname in her father’s death notice of 1951.  Denise was 87 years old when she died on 17th December 1998 in Johannesburg, at the City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality, Gauteng in South Africa, the cause of death being myocardial infarction.

 

 

 

 

74Q17

Amuda Anne Collett was born in South Africa on 26th September 1914, the youngest daughter of Arthur and Martha Collett.  The story behind her rather odd first name, is that her father intended naming her as Maude Anne Collett but made a spelling mistake on the certificate.  She later married Clementor Marwic, from Yugoslavia, and they had Victoria and Clem Junior.  It was at Alberton, Gauteng in South Africa where Amuda Anne Marwic died on 12th July 2003, the cause of death being bronchial pneumonia.

 

 

 

 

74Q18

Clifford Kenneth Collett was born at Wynburg in South Africa on 17th December 1917, the last child of Arthur Charles Collett and Martha Aletta Leimecke.  He was married twice during his life, the first time to (1) Kitt Collett and the second time to (2) Johanna Fransina Magdalena, who was known as Joey.  Who Kitt Collett was is still to be determined.  Clifford Kenneth Collett died at Vanderbijlpark in Transvaal on 23rd September 1989, when he was confirmed as the son of Arthur Charles and Martha Collett.  His Orange Free State death notice listed his was wife as Johanna Fransina Magdalena and an additional wife as Kitt Collett.  His six children were named as Clifford Kenneth C, Floris Albert C, Cyril Stephen Campbell C, William Albert Collett, Patricia Ann Niekerk and Arthur Charles Collett.

 

 

 

Another, unconfirmed source, lists amongst their children the name of Douglas (Dougy) Denham Collett who was married to Edith Mary.  However, it would be impossible for him to be the son of Clifford Kenneth Collett because he was born sixteen years before the said Clifford K Collett, having been born on 8th January 1901, according to the unconfirmed source.  Another source claims that Clifford and his wife Joey had two sons and a daughter, which may be a reference to William and Arthur and their sister Patricia.  If correct, the other four children resulted from his first marriage to Kitt Collett.

 

 

 

74R25

Clifford Kenneth Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

74R26

Kenneth Arthur Collett

Born in 1934

 

74R27

Floris Albert Collett

Born in 1939

 

74R28

Cyril Stephen Campbell Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

74R29

William Albert Collett

Born in 1948

 

74R30

Patricia Ann Collett – Mrs Niekerk

Date of birth unknown

 

74R31

Arthur Charles Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

 

 

 

74Q19

Louis Richard Collett was born at Kwekwe in Rhodesia on 18th July 1895, the first-born child of Edward James Collett and Annie Letitia Sophia Ventre, who was baptised at the Wesleyan Methodist Chapel in East London on 8th January 1896, by which time the family was residing at Mooiplaats, East London.  He later married Albertina Henrietta Deacon, their marriage providing the couple with three children, although the second of them was only seven years old when she died.

 

 

 

74R32

Delphine Annie Collett – marr. Henry Sutton

Born on 10.08.1928

 

74R33

Ainsley Deacon Collett

Born on 18.03.1929

 

74R34

Louis Benjamin Collett

Born on 10.05.1930

 

74R35

Martin Winston Collett – never married

Born in 1937; died in 1987

 

 

 

 

74Q20

James Edward Collett was born at Mooiplaats around 1896 and, although no record or his birth or baptism has been found and, after he died, he was buried at Lydenburg where his brother Dudley (below) was also laid to rest.

 

 

 

 

74Q23

Dudley Ventre Collett was born at Mooiplaats on 27th May 1901 and was baptised at the Wesleyan Methodist Chapel in East London on 23rd February 1902, the third son of Edward and Annie Collett, his second forename being his mother’s maiden name.  Tragically, Dudley died young and was buried at Lydenburg.

 

 

 

 

74Q24

Lettie Tisher Collett was born at Mooiplaats on 2nd May 1903 and was baptised there at the Wesleyan Methodist Chapel on 27th July 1903.  She was the sixth child of Edward James Collett and his wife Annie Letitia Sophia Collett, the family living at Mooiplaats on the baptism day.  Lettie was 21 when she was married by special licence to William Jacobus Lombaard at Lydenburg, Transvaal, on 1st September 1924.  William was 44 years of age, a bachelor and a farmer.  Prior to her wedding day, Lettie, from Komgha, had been performing household duties at Lydenburg.  The wedding certificate also stated that the couple were married without an ante-nuptial contract.  William Lombaard was the first of her five husbands, with no children at all being born to Lettie by those husbands.

 

 

 

 

74Q25

Emily Daisy Collett was born at Mooiplaats on 10th May 1904, the youngest daughter of Edward James Collett and Annie Letitia Sophia Ventre.  It was at East London that she was baptised on 1st August 1904, when the family was still residing in Mooiplaats.  She later married Willem Lubbe.

 

 

 

 

74Q26

Joseph William Collett was born at Komgha on 16th September 1906 and was baptised at the Wesleyan Methodist Church in East London on 19th December 1907, a son of Edward J Collett and Annie L Collett.  He was later married by special licence to Mary Pattinson at Germiston, Transvaal, on 3rd February 1930. Joseph was 23, a bachelor and a bricklayer from Cape Province, while Mary was only 16 years of age and a tailoress, whose mother had given her consent for Mary to be married.  Within the family, Joseph’s wife was known as Pearl, their third child also given that name, despite being not being female.

 

 

 

74R36

Alex Collett

Born in 1931

 

74R37

Ann Collett – Mrs Tom Watson

Born in 1934

 

74R38

Pearl Collett – marr. Polly Patterson

Born in 1939

 

 

 

 

74Q27

Harry Wade Collett was born at Mooiplaats on 6th September 1908, the last child of Edward James Collett and Annie Letitia Sophia Ventre.  He was baptised at East London on 30th July 1909, when he and his family was still residing at Mooiplaats.  He was a miner and was involved in two mine accidents.  He was married twice, his second wife Sarah left Harry and took the children with her who, possibly, had a later change of surname.

 

 

 

74R39

Harry Collett – marr. Anita

Date of birth unknown

 

74R40

Clair Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

 

 

 

74Q28

Alice Annie Collett was born at Mooiplaats on 24th August 1886 and was three years old when she baptised at the East London Wesleyan Methodist Chapel on 11th November 1889, the eldest of the ten children of Walter John Collett and Selina Georgina Usher.

 

 

 

 

74Q30

Winifred Lydia Jane Collett was born at Mooiplaats on 26th June 1892, the third child of Walter and Selina Collett.  It was at the Wesleyan Methodist Chapel in East London that she was baptised on 27th September 1893.  At the age of just twenty, following the death of her mother in 1912 and on being abandoned by her father that same year, it was Winifred who keep the family home going, where she looked after some of her older siblings.  By that time, it seems very likely that her two older sisters were already married.  She subsequently married Frederick James Ashington, who was born on 23rd July 1888, with whom she had eleven children.  She was almost 45 years old, when Winifred Lydia Jane Ashington, nee Collett, died on 24th May 1937.  He husband survived for a further thirty-three years, when Frederick James Ashington died on 28th July 1970, at the age of 92.

 

 

 

 

74Q31

Charlotte Rose Collett was born at Mooiplaats during 1894, although no birth or baptism record for her has so far been found.  There was speculation within the family that she may have married to become Charlotte Rose Doner.  However, that might have been through a second marriage, because Charlotte was only 18 and a spinster when she was married by special licence to William Richard Gower, who was 24, a widower and a farmer residing at Caverno Umga within the Maclear District.  The wedding took place at Maclear on 26th March 1913, when one of the witnesses was R S E Collett.  She was Charlotte’s older cousin Rhoda Selina Ella Collett (Ref. 74Q3).  

 

 

 

 

74Q32

Violet Amelia Collett was born at Mooiplaats on 12th July 1896, another daughter of Walter and Selina Collett.  Two months later she was baptised at the Wesleyan Methodist Chapel in East London on 13th September 1896, when her father was confirmed as Walter John Collett, a road overseer.  It is understood that she may have married to become Violet Amelia Henderson.

 

 

 

 

74Q33

Walter John William Collett was born at Mooiplaats on 5th April 1898, the first of the three sons of Walter and Selina Collett.  Like his older sisters, he too was baptised at the Wesleyan Methodist Chapel in East London on 7th May 1898, when his father’s occupation was again that of a road overseer.  

 

 

 

 

74Q34

Clifford Ellis Collett was born at Mooiplaats during 1900, although no date of birth or baptism is currently known.  What is known is that the marriage of Clifford Ellis Collett and Winifred Gertrude took place in, or prior to, 1928, as their daughter was baptised at the Wesleyan Methodist Church on 22nd May 1929, when the couple was residing at 77 Tutton Terrace in East London.

 

 

 

74R41

Joan Winifred Collett

Born on 19.02.1929 at East London

 

 

 

 

74Q35

Ivy Rachael Collett was born at Mooiplaats on 18th January 1903 and she married Thomas Charles Webster and died in Rhodesia in 1977.

 

 

 

 

74Q36

Gladys Selina Collett was born at Mooiplaats during 1905 and, as with her brother Clifford (above), no record or her birth or baptism has been found.  She was twenty-eight years old when the marriage of Gladys Selina Collett and Bernard Daniel Swart was recorded at Komgha in Cape Province on 7th October 1933, following the reading of banns on 13th September 1933.  Bernard was only twenty years of age and was a mason who had been a resident of Komgha for the previous thirteen years.  Gladys had only moved to Komgha ten months earlier, where she was employed in house duties.

 

 

 

 

74Q37

Edwin George Collett was born at Mooiplaats on 11th September 1907, the tenth and last child of Walter John Collett and his first wife Selina Georgina Usher.  Edwin was nearly four years old when his mother died, after which his father was quickly married and, together, the newly-wed couple ran off to the other side of the country, abandoning the child of his first marriage.  Edwin’s unmarried older sister, Winifred, tried to keep the family together but, in the end, it was the older siblings who stayed with Winifred, while the youngest members of the family, including Edwin, were taken into the care of other members of the extended Collett family.  It was at East London on 23rd December 1931 that Edwin George Collett was married by special licence to Irene Mathilda Augustina Meyer, who had been born on 4th December 1910.  Edwin was 24 and a tractor operator living at Komgha, where Irene was also living at the age of 21.  All of their children were born at Komgha and, on the occasion of the birth of their last child, the family was residing at Creamery Road in Komgha.

 

 

 

74R42

Hillary (Jack) Collett

Born during 1933 at Komgha

 

74R43

Inez Selina Johanna Collett

Born during 1935 at Komgha

 

74R44

Eldred Baden Collett

Born on 29.01.1938 at Komgha

 

74R45

Trevor Ernest Collett

Born during 1940 at Komgha

 

74R46

Ivan George Collett

Born on 08.11.1943 at Komgha

 

 

 

 

74Q39

Magdalena Johanna Collett was born in South Africa on 17th August 1913, the first of the two children of Walter John Collett and his second wife Hester Johanna Magdalena Henning.  She was married twice in her life and, on the first occasion, she became Magdalena Johanna Landman.  Upon the death of her first husband, Magdalena Johanna Landman (nee Collett) from Cape Province was 38 when she married Dirk Jacobus Pretorius, from Cape Province, who was 62, at Aliwal Noord on 12th July 1951.  The marriage certificate stated that they were both residing at Rouxville, ten miles to the north of Aliwal Noord.  

 

 

 

 

74Q40

Albert James Collett was born at Surbiton in South Africa on 23rd April 1918 and was baptised at the Wesleyan Methodist Church, Cathcart in Eastern Cape, on 19th May 1918, the second and last child of Walter John Collett and his second wife Hester Johanna Magdalena Henning.  All that is known about him, is that he married Annie.

 

 

 

 

74Q41

Gladys Johanna Elizabeth Collett was born in the Mooiplaats district of Komgha during 1899, the first-born child of Richard Ellis Collett and Johanna Jacoba Els.  Although no baptism record for her has been found, upon being married she became Gladys Johanna Elizabeth Tetmann.

 

 

 

 

74Q42

Edith Letitia Collett was born at Mooiplaats on 2nd September 1900, the second child of Richard and Johanna Collett.  She was baptised at the Wesleyan Methodist Chapel in East London on 13th September 1902, the same day that her younger brother Richard (below) was also baptised there.  All that is known, is that Edith Letitia Collett never married and died during 1989.

 

 

 

 

74Q43

John Richard Collett was born at Mooiplaats on 4th August 1902 and was baptised with his older sister Edith (above) on 13th September 1902 at the Wesleyan Methodist Chapel in East London, the eldest two children of Richard and Johanna Collett

 

 

 

 

74Q44

Lettie Elizabeth Collett was born at Mooiplaats on 9th November 1903, the third child of Richard Ellis Collett and Johanna Jacoba Collett, who was baptised at the Wesleyan Methodist Chapel in East London.  It was the baptism record of 3rd February 1904 that confirmed the family was residing at Mooiplaats.  At some time in her life, she married Robert Alexander Pietschke, who was born in 1887, who died in 1965.  Lettie survived her husband by fourteen years, when she died in.   Their marriage produced two daughters and a son, Muriel, Thelma and Robert.

 

 

 

 

74Q45

Johanna Jacoba Collett was born at Mooiplaats on 24th February 1906 and was baptised on 7th April 1906 at the Wesleyan Methodist Chapel in East London, another daughter of Richard E and Johanna J Collett.  She later married Theodore Albert Bode who was born in 1899 and who died in 1963.  Johanna Bode, nee Bode, passed away in 2003.  During their life together Johanna gave birth to two sons, Errol and Trevor.  It is interesting that her younger sister Florence, also married a member of the Bode family, who may have been Theodore’s brother.

 

 

 

 

74Q46

Letisha Collett was born at Mooiplaats during 1907 and, on being married, she became Letisha Pletske.

 

 

 

 

74Q47

William Richard Collett was born at Fort Jackson in Eastern Cape Province on 9th September 1908 and was baptised at the Wesleyan Methodist Church on 3rd October 1908, the youngest son of Richard Ellis Collett and Johanna Jacoba Els.  Later on, in his life, William Richard Collett married Maria Sophia Dorothea Kumm, who was born on 3rd October 1914.  William Richard Collett died in 1993.

 

 

 

74R47

Douglas Richard Edward Collett

Born on 01.02.1938

 

74R48

Georgina Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

74R49

Esme Collett

Born on 13.10.1950

 

 

 

 

74Q48

Florence Susan Anne Collett was born, possibly at Fort Jackson, on 26th November 1916, the last child of Richard Ellis Collett and Johanna Jacoba Els.  All that is known about her is that she married Gustav Bode, with whom she had two children, Ivan Gustav and Sydney Melvin.  Florence’s husband was born in 1901 and died in 1970, whereas Florence passed away much later in 2011.

 

 

 

 

74R1

Elvira Collett was born at East London around 1922, the eldest child of George Wainman Wilmot Collett and Maude Egling.  By the time of the death of her father in 1946, Elvira had already married Fred Hatfield.

 

 

 

 

74R2

Mavis Pearl Collett was born at 28 Goldsmidt Street in East London on 4th October 1924.  She was baptised at the Wesleyan Methodist Church in East London on 9th November 1924, the daughter of George Wainman Wilmot Collett and Maude Collett.  She later married Ashton Nakeford.

 

 

 

 

74R3

Alesia Thora Collett was born at 9 Hallett Street, West Bank in East London on 28th December 1926.  She was baptised on 20th February 1927, the daughter of George Wainman Wilmot Collett and Maude Collett.  She later married Hendry Erasmus.

 

 

 

 

74R4

William George Francis Collett was born at 25 Signal Street in East London on 10th September 1928, the eldest son of George and Maude Collett.  He was baptised at the Wesleyan Methodist Church on 25th February 1929.

 

 

 

 

74R5

Dorothy Hazel Shirley Collett was born at 25 Signal Street in East London on 10th September 1930, another daughter of George Wainman Wilmot Collett and Maude Egling.  She was baptised on 18th October 1930 at the Wesleyan Methodist Church in East London, when her God parents were named as Matilda Barrow and John William Classen.  She was known as Hazel and was still a minor when her father died in 1946.  Sometime after then, she married Hannes Oosthuizen.

 

 

 

 

74R6

Donald Collett was born at East London on 3rd January 1933 and he later married Aletta Wilhelmina Greyling, with whom he had three children.  

 

 

 

74S1

Kenneth Wayne Collett

Born in 1960 at Pietermaritzburg

 

74S2

Desray Collett

Born in 1963 at Pietermaritzburg

 

74S3

Roderick Donald Collett

Born in 1971 at Pietermaritzburg

 

 

 

 

74R7

Ruby Collett was born at East London around 1935, the last child of George Wainman Wilmot Collett and Maude Egling.  She was only eleven years old when her father died, so it was sometime later when she married Hendrik Kruger.

 

 

 

 

74R8

Vivian Daphne Collett was born during 1917 at Eastern Cape, the eldest of the three children of Arthur John Wesley and Kathleen Ruth Barnes who were married earlier that same year.  She married Albert Clarke and died in 1986.

 

 

 

 

74R9

Cecil Graham Collett was born on 3rd March 1919 at Eastern Cape, the older of the two sons of Arthur and Kathleen Collett.  He married Dorothy May Smith, who gave him a son, and died during January 1997.

 

 

 

74S4

John Anthony (Tony) Collett

Born in 1946

 

 

 

 

74R10

Trevor Barnes Collett was born at Engo in Bloemfontein on 2nd August 1921.  He served with the Tank Regiment of the Special Service Battalion of the South African Army during the Second World War, but contracted malaria at some time during the campaign at Eretria in Greece, resulting in a premature return home to South Africa.  After the war he married Georgina Daphne Dagg who was born on 22nd June 1923, the daughter of George Dagg (who had run away from home in Ireland) and Hilda Mattig (of German descent).  Trevor was nearly ninety years old when he died at Dundee in South Africa on 15th April 2011, after which his ashes were scattered at the ‘look-out’ at Olifants Kruger National Park, near Pretoria.

 

 

 

George Cecil Caldwell Dagg was born at Delvin, County Mayo in Ireland on 5th March 1884.  He joined 1st Battalion Irish Guards and was 17 years old at the time of joining although, according to his military attestation form completed on 8th August 1901, he claimed he was 18 years and 5 months old.  He was a detective with Criminal Investigation Department of the police force in Johannesburg from 1915.  It was also in Johannesburg that he married Hilda Christine Mattig on 11th September 1911.

 

 

 

74S5

Dennis Allen Collett

Born in 1952 at Potgietersrust

 

74S6

Maureen Jane Collett

Born in 1955 at Potgietersrust

 

74S7

Andrew Trevor Collett

Born in 1958 at Durban

 

 

 

 

74R11

Leslie George Collett was born on 11th October 1919, the eldest child of Arthur Charles Collett and his first wife Getraide Susanna Senekaal.  By 1943 he was married to Anna Catharina Lategars, the daughter of Hendrik William Lategars who died on 29th July 1943 at the age of 62.  It was on his death notice that Anna Catharina Collett was named as his eighth child and the husband of Leslie Collett.  It is interesting that later in his life that the wife of Leslie George Collett was Elizabeth Cecilia Aletta Collett who may have been his second wife.

 

 

 

 

74R12

Charles Robert Collett, whose date of birth is not known, but may have been around 1932, was a child of Arthur and Getraide Collett, the first of his two wives.  It is understood that Charles later married Malinda, with whom he had a daughter Joie Collett.

 

 

 

74S8

Joie Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

 

 

 

74R13

Neville Gabriel Collett was born on 30th October 1938, the first child born to Arthur Charles Collett by his second wife Magdalena Cornelia Francina Wolff.

 

 

 

 

74R14

Myrtle Doris Collett was born at Wynburg during 1926, another child of was a child of Arthur and Getraide Collett.  She was 20 years of age on 10th November 1945 when she married Andries Grobler Hendrik at Johannesburg.  Andries was 25 and both the bride and the groom were described as being residents at Nancefield Poskantoor Kliptown.

 

 

 

 

74R15

Eric Cecil Collett was likely to have been born on 13th June 1922 at Wynburg, the second son of Arthur and Getraide Collett.  He was 26 years old when he married Johanna Cornelia Hall, aged 28, at Alberton, Transvaal, on 4th September 1948.  Eric was residing at Nancefield Poskantoor Kliptown, where his sister Myrtle (above) was living when she was married three years earlier.  On her wedding day, Johanna was residing at Tweedelaan 53a, Alberton, her date of birth being 14th May 1920.

 

 

 

74S9

Susan Collett

Born circa 1950

 

74S10

Arthur Charles Collett

Born on 28.12.1953

 

74S11

Getruida Johanna Collett

Born on 18.04.1955

 

74S12

Piet Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

74S13

Eric Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

 

 

 

74R16

Norman Arthur Collett was born at Wynburg on 24th July 1928, another child of Arthur Charles Collett by his second wife Getraide Susanna Senekaal.  Norman was 21 years of age and living at Boksburg Nord when he married the much older Margaretha Johanna Homan, who was born on 20th August 1919, their wedding taking place at Boksburg Transvaal on 24th December 1949.  Another record claims that Norman also married Magriet, his second wife, by whom he had three children, although, tragically their daughter committed suicide.  The name of Norman Arthur Collett (or maybe Arthur Norman Collett his son) is also linked to Johannes Petrus, who was born on 3rd May 1952.

 

 

 

74S14

Arthur Norman Collett

Born on 26.12.1969

 

74S15

Frances Magdalena Collett

Born on 26.12.1969

 

74S16

Eric Cecil Collett

Born on 20.08.1958

 

 

 

 

74R21

Frances Elizabeth Collett was the last child of Arthur Charles Collett and his much younger second wife Magdalena Cornelia Francina Wolff.  She was born on 8th February 1948 and died on 4th August 1949, and was buried at Dealesville Cemetery where her grandfather Arthur Charles was also buried.

 

 

 

 

74R22

Phyllis Thelma Collett was born at Wynberg in Orange Free State on 16th November 1932, the eldest of the two daughters of Oliver Frederick Collett and Catarina Wilhelmina Levina Roodt.  Phyllis later married Frank Marchant Butler with who she had three children and it was the eldest one, Robyne Little, who kind provided the details regarding her grandparents, parents and siblings.  Frank was born on 4th July 1932 and died on 31st June 2015.  The couple’s three children are, Robyne Carol Butler born on 16th October 1959, Gail Jennifer Butler born on 16th November 1961 and Bruce Stuart Butler who was born on 2nd February 1963.

 

 

 

 

74R23

Joan Helen Collett was born in Johannesburg on 27th February 1938, the second daughter of Oliver and Catarina Collett.  Joan married Robin Carmichael and they adopted a daughter and a son.

 

 

 

 

74R24

Sheila Collett was the only known child of Sidney James Collett and his wife Cathleen Johanna Brown.  Sheila was born on 10th July 1936 and was very nearly nineteen when she married Hendrik Petrus ‘Hennie’ Pietersen on 6th July 1957.  As far as is known, they had no children, with the death of Sheila Pietersen taking place at Reitz, Free State on 31st May 2015, after which she was buried at Bloemfontein, Free State, South Africa.

 

 

 

 

74R25

Clifford Kenneth Collett, whose date of birth is not known, was most likely the eldest child of Clifford Kenneth Collett and Johanna Fransina Magdalena Collett, his name at the top of the list of their children on his father’s death notice.  He later married (1) Aletta Johanna Coetzee, with whom he had three children.  Aletta possibly died during the birth of the last child since, on 25th February 1974, Clifford Kenneth Collett married (2) Zelda Hellinrika.

 

 

 

74S17

Roux Jean Collett

Born on 26.12.1969

 

74S18

Shevaun Collett

Born on 26.12.1969

 

74S19

Shemoni Collett

Born on 08.09.1973

 

 

 

 

74R26

Kenneth Arthur Collett was born on 15th January 1934, a son of Clifford and Johanna Collett, and his wife was Anna Elizabeth Collett.

 

 

 

 

74R27

Floris Albert Collett was born on 8th October 1939, another son of Clifford Kenneth Collett and Johanna Fransina Magdalena Collett.  He later married Magdalena Magrieta.

 

 

 

 

74R29

William Albert Collett was born on 18th December 1948 at Mafeking, another son of Clifford and Johanna Collett.  After being married William fathered four children.  William Albert Collett was 65 years old when he died on 26th January 2014.

 

 

 

74S20

Errol Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

74S21

Michael John Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

74S22

Pauline Joan Collett – marr Grobler

Date of birth unknown

 

74S23

David Leonard Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

 

 

 

74R33

Ainsley Deacon Collett was born on 18th March 1929, the second of the four children of Louis Richard Collett and Albertina Henrietta Deacon.  He married Mabel Sutton who presented Ainsley with three children, Ainsley, Jennifer and Terrance.  However, another source suggests that the couple had three other children, Keith, Sharon and Winston who, in fact, were the three children of Ainsley’s brother Louis (below).  In 2019, when this family line was first published, Ainsley was still alive and living in South Africa.

 

 

 

74S24

Ainsley Richard Collett

Born on 24.02.1955

 

74S25

Jennifer Elisabeth Collett

Born on 09.01.1957; died 05.07.1964

 

74S26

Terrance Gerald Collett

Born in 1959

 

 

 

 

74R34

Louis Benjamin Collett was born on 10th May 1930, the third child of Louis and Albertina Collett.  He married Olive van Jaarsveld and they had three children.

 

 

 

74S27

Keith Louis Collett

Born on 02.09.1953

 

74S28

Sharon Collett

Born during 1955

 

74S29

Winston Benjamin Collett

Born on 05.12.1956

 

 

 

 

74R42

Hillary (Jack) Collett was the first of the five children of Edwin George Collett and Irene Mathilda Augustine Meyer who were married at the end of 1931.  Although no birth or baptism for him has been found, he was very likely born at Komgha during either 1932 or 1933.  He never married and tragically was killed in a motor car accident.

 

 

 

 

74R43

Inez Selina Johanna Collett was born around 1935 at Komgha, the second child of Edwin and Irene Collett, for whom no birth or baptism record has been found.  However, it was at Komgha on 26th June 1954 that Inez Selina Johanna Collett, aged 19, was married by special licence to Graham Alexandra David Fitchat who was a bachelor and a farmer at 27.  Graham was from Grahamstown and Inez from Komgha had no occupation, but did have her parent’s permission to be married.

 

 

 

 

74R44

Eldred Baden Collett was born at Komgha on 29th January 1938, another son of Edwin and Irene Collett.  He was around twenty-one years old when he married Helen Bezuidenhout with whom he had four children.  Eldred Baden Collett died during 1997, prior to his sixtieth birthday.

 

 

 

74S30

Baden Trevor Collett

Born circa 1959

 

74S31

Charmaine Collett

Born circa 1961

 

74S32

Llewellyn Collett

Born on 10.12.1963

 

74S33

Jacqueline Collett

Born circa 1967

 

 

 

 

74R45

Trevor Ernest Collett was born at Komgha during 1940 and he married Margaret when he was around twenty-one years of age.  According to family sources, Trevor never had any children.  However, on 19th November 1962, the son of Trevor and Margaret Collett was born at Cathcart, where the child was baptised on 17th March 1963.  Also baptised on that same day, at the same church, was Charles Hugh Collett (Ref. 74S30a), the son of Edgar Hedley Collett (ref. 74R43a) and Shirley Dorothy Collett of Cathcart, who had been born on 14th November 1962.  Where they fit into this family has still to be determined.

 

 

 

74S34

Graham George Collett

Born on 19.11.1962

 

 

 

 

74R46

Ivan George Collett was born at Komgha on 8th November 1943, the last child of Edwin George Collett and Irene Mathilda Augustine Meyer, and was baptised at Trinity Church in East London on 26th December 1943.  He later married Liz Burry who presented Ivan with four daughters.  In 2019 Ivan was still residing in Komgha.

 

 

 

74S35

Bronwyn Leigh Collett

Born on 18.12.1969

 

74S36

July Ann Collett

Born on 18.01.1971

 

74S37

Lesa Jane Collett

Born on 08.09.1973

 

74S38

Hayley Dianne Collett

Born on 13.02.1975

 

 

 

 

74R47

Douglas Richard Edward Collett was born on 1st February 1938, the son of William Richard Collett and Maria Sophia Dorothea Kumm.  He later married Mary Joy Thompson, with whom he had two children.

 

 

 

74S39

Beverly Ann Collett – Mrs Muller

Born in 1961

 

74S40

Jacquline Collett – Mrs Bahlmann

Born in 1965

 

 

 

 

74R48

Georgina Collett, whose date of birth is not known, was the eldest of the two daughters of William and Maria Collett, who later married to become Georgina Bessenger.

 

 

 

 

74R49

Esme Collett was born on 13th October 1950, the last of the three children of William Richard Collett and Maria Sophia Dorothea Kumm.  Upon being married, she became Esmay Meir.

 

 

 

 

74S1

Kenneth Wayne Collett was born at Pietermaritzburg on 2nd July 1960, the eldest of the three children of Donald Collett and Alletta Wilhelmina Greyling.  He married Zofia Kordonski from Poland, with whom he had a son and a daughter.

 

 

 

74T1

Wayne Collett

Born on 13.10.1991

 

74T2

Stephania Collett

Born on 19.05.1996

 

 

 

 

74S2

Desray Collett was born at Pietermaritzburg on 23rd January 1963.  She married Collin van Rooyen, after which they adopted Werner Collett van Rooyen.

 

 

 

 

74S3

Roderick Donald Collett was born at Pietermaritzburg on 20th October 1971, third child of Donald and Alletta Collett.  He married Jeanine Sonia van der Colf who was born on 14th March 1971.  Their marriage produced two sons.

 

 

 

74T3

James Donald Peter Collett

Born on 19.04.2000

 

74T4

Cameron Roderick Collett

Born on 05.12.2003

 

 

 

 

74S4

John Anthony Collett who was known as Tony, was born on 13th July 1946, the only child of Cecil Graham Collet and Dorothy May Smith.  He married Lorraine Ann Bradshaw and, after the birth of their three children, the family emigrated to Canada during October 1980.

 

 

 

74T5

Graham Anthony Collett

Born during 1971 in South Africa

 

74T6

Leonard Alan Collett

Born on 29.10.1972 in South Africa

 

74T7

Judy Alice Collett

Born on 31.07.1974 in South Africa

 

 

 

 

74S5

Dennis Allen Collett was born at Potgietersrust on 15th February 1952, the eldest child of Trevor Barnes Collett and Georgina Daphne Dagg.  He married Linda Worthington who was born on 14th September 1956 at Dundee.

 

 

 

74T8

Catherine Collett

Born on 16.09.1982 at Dundee

 

74T9

Graham Collett

Born on 11.01.1985 at Pietermaritzburg

 

 

 

 

74S6

Maureen Joan Collett was born at Potgietersrust on 9th March 1955, only daughter of Trevor and Georgina Collett.  She later married Clive McCann.

 

 

 

 

74S7

Andrew Trevor Collett was born at Durban on 28th September 1958, the third child of Trevor and Georgina Collett.  In 2019 Andrew was residing in Dundee, Kwa-Zulu-Natal in South Africa, where he is the current holder of the Collett Family Bible.  Dundee has relatively high altitude and lies right in the middle of the battle fields of the Boer Wars, and therefore has a particular significance in the history of South Africa.  It is also Andrew, together with son Sean, who kindly provided the vast majority of his family’s details which has enabled this new family line to be displayed on the Collett website.  He married Erika Smit who presented him with a son and a daughter, Erika having been born on 21st June 1964.  Prior to that, Andrew had an earlier son, the mother being J Spurrier.  Sometime during the latter part of the Angola Bush War [1977-1981] Andrew served with the foot patrol border security regiment.

 

 

 

74T10

Neville Trevor Collett

Born on 23.06.1984 at Middelburg

 

74T11

Natalee Erika Collett

Born on 13.07.1991 at Westville

 

74T12

Sean Andrew Collett

Born on 17.08.1995 at Westville

 

 

 

 

74S10

Arthur Charles Collett was born on 28th December 1953, the eldest son of Eric Cecil Collett and Johanna Cornelia Hall.  He later married Christina Alida de Lange.

 

 

 

 

74S11

Getruida Johanna Collett was born on 18th April 1955, the third of the five children of Eric and Johanna Collett.  She later married Arthur Charles Landsberg.

 

 

 

 

74S16

Eric Cecil Collett was born on 20th August 1958, the youngest of the two surviving children of Norman Arthur Collett and his second wife Magriet.  He later married Francis Hendrina Smit who was born on 30th August 1961.

 

 

 

 

74S24

Ainsley Richard Collett was born on 24th February 1955, the first-born child of Ainsley Deacon Collett and Mabel Sutton.  It is understood was Ainsley married Charmaine Kupritz, with whom he emigrated to Canada, after the birth of their two children.

 

 

 

74T13

David Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

74T14

Nicole Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

 

 

 

74S27

Keith Louis Collett was born on 2nd September 1953, the first of three children born to Louis Benjamin Collett and Olive van Jaarsveld.  When he was around twenty-one years old her married and Anita Marea Lusconbe, with whom he had four children.

 

 

 

74T15

Trixie Collett – marr. Ricardo Machardo Dekruise

Born on 02.07.1975

 

74T16

Justin Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

74T17

Jason William Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

74T18

Crystal Dawn Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

 

 

 

74S29

Winston Benjamin Collett was born on 5th December 1956 and was the last child of Louis Benjamin Collett and Olive van Jaarsveld.  Around the age of 23 Winston married Cheryl Barker and, together, they had two daughters.  Knowing that some members of the Collett left South Africa for Canada, it might not be a surprise that Winston and Olive’s youngest daughter married a Canadian from Alberta.

 

 

 

74T19

Michelle Collett – marr. Martus Potgieter

Born on 08.07.1980

 

74T20

Jacqueline Collett – marr. Justin Walter

Born on 08.01.1982

 

 

 

 

74S30

Baden Trevor Collett was born around 1959, the eldest of the four children of Eldred Baden Collett and Helen Bezuidenhout, who later married Sally.  That marriage produced five children.

 

 

 

74T13

Dean Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

74T14

Grant Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

74T15

Lain Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

74T16

Reece Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

74T17

Chase Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

 

 

 

74S32

Llewellyn Collett was born on 10th December 1963, the third of the four children of Eldred and Helen Collett.  He married Beverly Ann Styles, who was born on 21st June 1967, resulting in the birth of two children.  Sometime later, in the twenty-first century, Llewellyn and his family were living in England.

 

 

 

74T18

Candice Collett

Born on 28.08.1991

 

74T19

Adrian Collett

Born on 07.01.1997

 

 

 

 

74T5

Graham Anthony Collett was born on 16th August 1971 when his family was still living in South Africa.  At the age of nine years, Graham and his family emigrated to Canada.  While there, he married Jody Darrah, who was born in 1971.  Their son born in Alberta, from where Justin Walker came, the husband of Jacqueline Collett (above).

 

 

 

74U1

Justin Collett

Born on 30.08.2001 at Alberta, Canada

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

APPENDIX

 

 

 

One of many unanswered questions relates to Linda Meryl Collett, who was crowned Miss South Africa in 1969 and attended the Miss World beauty competition in London that same year.  Where she might fit into this family line has still to be determined.  During a recent conversation with Elaine Davey, the grand-daughter of Winifred Lydia Jane Collett (Ref. 74Q29), the discussion she had with her parents and or her grandmother around that time in 1969 was that “Miss South Africa, Linda Collett, is one of us”.  All we do know is that Linda was the daughter of William and Doris Collett, attended a girls’ school in Durban and, upon being married to Dennis Fletcher, became Linda Fletcher.  They have a son Timothy Fletcher.