London - Kansas Connection 1770 to 2010
Issued March 2020
Way back in time, around 2010, the two of the first three generations of this family were included in Part 62 – The Trowbridge to New Zealand Line. Now thanks to receipt from Stephen Carpenter in 2019 of the transcribed Wiltshire parish registers of births, deaths and marriages, and a query from Don Cameron in 2020 relating to Henry Collett from Kington St Michael, born there in 1841. Both the parish register, and the information received from Don in Australia, confirmed that Henry died in 1870 and therefore could not have been the Henry who emigrated to Kansas in America, where he farmed and raised a family. This therefore, is the family line of that Henry Collett, who was born in London in 1841.
No birth or baptism records have been discovered for Nathaniel Samuel and George Collett who start this family line, so whether they were the children of the same parents has not been resolved.
75L1 – Nathaniel Samuel Collett was born in 1797, but not in Middlesex
75L2 – George Collett was born in Middlesex, London, in 1811
Nathaniel Samuel Collett [75L1] was born in 1797, but not in Middlesex, London. He may have been the older brother of George Collett who sailed to America in 1846, although that still needs to be confirmed. At the same time that George Collett and his young family were living at Cavendish Street in Hoxton on the day of the census in 1841, Nathaniel Collett and his large family were residing at nearby Kings Head Street on Hoxton Square in Shoreditch. In June that year, Nathaniel Collett was 45 and his wife Hannah Collett was 49. Their nine children were Hannah Collett and Sarah Collett, both of whom had a rounded age of 20, Nathaniel Collett, Charlotte Collett and Clara Collett, all of them with a rounded age of 15, John Collett 14, Henry Collett 11, Mary Collett who was nine and George Collett who was seven years of age. Every member of the family, except Nathaniel senior, had been born within the county of Middlesex. Staying with the family that day, were three members of the Wells family, Alfred Wells 26, his wife Mercy Collett 30, and their daughter Emma Wells, not yet one year old, and all born in Middlesex. In America, two members of the family of George Collett (below) each had a young member of a Wells family living with them at Diamond Creek in 1875 and 1880. It is very much a long-shot, that it was George Wells and his brother Thomas Wells who had a connection with the Collett family through Nathaniel.
Whilst the births and baptisms for the majority of the children have been found, very few details of the members of the family have been unearthed after 1841, which also applies to the three members of the Wells family. What is known, is that Nathaniel Samuel Collett married Hannah Howard at St Botolph’s Church in Bishopsgate, London, on 18th July 1818. Hannah was slightly older than her husband, having been born at Holborn on 4th May 1792 and baptised there on 10th May 1792, the daughter of Richard and Eleanor Howard. Eight years after the first census day, the death of Hannah Collett, nee Howard, was recorded at Shoreditch (Ref. ii 621) during the third quarter of 1849, when she was 57 years of age. Upon being buried at St Leonard’s Church on 29th July 1849, her address was reported as Rose Street in Shoreditch. Three years later, the family home was at Pleasant Row in Shoreditch, from where the death of Nathaniel Samuel Collett was recorded at Whitechapel (Ref. 1c 231) during the second quarter of 1852, when he was 55. He was then laid to rest with his wife at the Church of St Leonard in Shoreditch on 18th April 1852. Members of the broader Collett family were also living at Pleasant Row in Shoreditch in 1871, when Andrew William Collett (Ref. 31N35) from Wiltshire was living at 5 Pleasant Row while, in 1881, it was Shoreditch born Frederick William Collett (Ref. 62M43) who was living at 11 Pleasant Row, the son of William Collett from Wiltshire
75M1 – Sarah Jane Collett was born in Middlesex during 1819 and baptised at St Giles Camberwell on 11th July 1819
75M2 – Hannah Collett was born in Middlesex during 1821
75M3 – Nathaniel Samuel Collett was born in Middlesex during 1823
75M4 – Charlotte Agnes Collett was born in Middlesex 1824 and baptised at St Giles Camberwell on 9th January 1825
75M5 – Clarissa (Clara) Elizabeth Collett was born on 25th November 1825 and baptised at St Leonards Shoreditch on 19th September 1831
75M6 – John Collett was born on 21st March 1828 and baptised at St Leonards Shoreditch in 19th September 1831
75M7 – Henry Collett was born on 13th October 1831 and baptised at St Leonards Shoreditch on 19th September 1831
75M8 – Mary Ann Collett was born on 15th February 1833 and was baptised at St Leonards Shoreditch on 11th March 1833
75M9 – George Collett was born on 22nd June 1834 and baptised at Holy Mount Independent Church Shoreditch on 2nd October 1834
George Collett [75L2] was born in Middlesex in 1811, the same year that his future wife was born in England. It was on 25th November 1833, when George Collett married (1) Rosina Barnaschine at St Michael’s Church, Bassishaw in London. The original 12th Century St Michael’s Church, on Basinghall Street, was destroyed in the fire of London in 1666, but was rebuilt by the office of Sir Christopher Wren. In 1900, it was demolished, with the land today occupied by the Barbican Centre complex. Following their wedding day, Rosina presented George with five children while they were still living in London, although the third of them died aged only two years. The Shoreditch St Leonard, Middlesex census of 1841, identified the family living at Cavendish Street near Shoreditch Park in Hoxton. The completed census return that year recorded George and Rosina with a rounded age of 30, with their three children being Rosina Collett who was four and Henry Collett who was two years old. On that day, Rosina was already with-child, with another son was born immediately after death of their couple’s son Henry, the baby given the same name as a tribute to his deceased brother
One more child was added to the family while they were still in London, following which, it would appear that George travelled to America in 1846, ahead of his family. It was two years later, that his family sailed out of the Port of London on the ship Switzerton, bound for America, arriving at the Port of New York on 20th October 1848. The passenger list included the names of Rosa Collett, aged 36, George Collett aged 11, Rosa Collett aged nine, Henry Collett aged six and Charles Collett who was three years of age. The records show that George had visited Illinois in those early days, before moving to a more permanent home at Diamond Creek Township in Chase County, Kansas. It was there, that the family was living in 1860, where George and Rosina from England were both 49, with George described as a type founder (?). Their three English-born sons, that day, were confirmed as George Collett who was 25, Henry Collett who was 18 and Charles who was 15, none of whom were credited with an occupation on the census return. Staying with the family on that occasion were two members of their extended family. They were the couple’s daughter-in-law Emily Collett from New York who was 19 and the wife of George Collett junior, together with their son Charles Collett from Iowa, who was two years of age. George and Rosina were again recorded at Diamond Creek in the census of 1865, when George Collett, a farmer, was 55, the age also recorded for his wife Rosina, when the only two children still living there with them were sons Henry Collett and Charles Collett, who were working on the farm
Sometime during the next five years, Rosina Collett passed away, leaving her widowed husband living at Diamond Creek in 1870. The census that year, confirmed that George Collett senior was a widower at the age of 59, when he was still a farmer. By then only his son Charles Collett was living with him, and working alongside his father. Two years later, on 25th June 1872, George Collett aged 61 married (2) Catherine Page, who was 55, at Chase City, Rice County, Kansas. The licence was granted at nearby Cottonwood Falls on 20th June 1872, the ceremony performed by Pastor N F Tipton at the residence of R Cuthbert, a farmer who was born in England during 1822, who was living at No. 115 Cottonwood Falls. Eight years later George and Catherine were living at No. 113 in 1880. However, five years earlier, Catherine was not living with George in 1875, at No. 76 Diamond Creek Township. Instead, George Collett senior from England was 65 and a farmer, living next door to the family of his married son George junior. The only other person living with George senior that day was George Wells from England who was 16 and working on the farm with him
Back in England, in 1841, the young Wells family was living at Shoreditch with the family of Nathaniel and Hannah Collett. Therefore, it is likely that Alfred and Mercy Wells of Middlesex were grandparents of English brothers George and Thomas Wells, the latter being 11 years old and living with farmer George Collett junior (below), on whose farm he was working at Diamond Creek Township in 1880. No record of the death of Rosina Collett has been found, which most likely took place at Diamond Creek and, unfortunately, the same can be said of her husband, some years later. Living at 113 Cottonwood Falls in 1880, was George Collett from England, who was 71 and a farmer, together with his wife Catherine Collett, also from England, who was 64. No record of either of them has been discovered after that year
75M10 – George W Collett was born at Hoxton, London, in 1834
75M11 – Rosina Sarah Collett was at Hoxton in 1837
75M12 – Henry Collett was at Hoxton in 1839
75M13 – Henry Collett was at Hoxton in 1841
75M14 – Charles Collett was at Hoxton in 1844
Nathaniel Samuel Collett [75M3] was born in Middlesex during 1823, the eldest son of Nathaniel Samuel and Hannah Collett, who had a rounded age of 15 in 1841 when with his family at Kings Head Street on Hoxton Square in Shoreditch. Curious, no record of his birth or baptism has been unearthed, but the marriage of Nathaniel Samuel Collett and Sophia Kienlen was recorded at Hackney (Ref. iii 147) during the second quarter of 1850. In the census, the following year, Nathaniel Samuel Collett from Shoreditch and his wife Sophia from Hackney, were living at Grove Terrace in Hackney, where Nathaniel was 28 and working as a cooper, while Sophia was also 28 but with no occupation. Seven years later, the pair of them died within a few months of each other. First was Nathaniel, whose death was recorded at Hackney (Ref. 1b 248) during the first quarter of 1858, and it was during the third quarter of that year that the death of Sophia Collett was recorded at Hackney (Ref. 1b 195)
Charlotte Agnes Collett [75M4] was born in Middlesex 1824 and baptised at St Giles Camberwell on 9th January 1825, the third child of Nathaniel Samuel Collett and Hannah Howard. As simply Charlotte Collett, she had a rounded age of 20 in the Shoreditch census of 1841, while she was more accurately recorded in the Shoreditch census of 1851 as being 27 years of age, when she was living at New Inn Street where she was unmarried and working as a laundress. It was the same situation in 1862, except that by then laundress Charlotte Collett from Shoreditch was 37 and residing at Clerkenwell Green in the Clerkenwell area of London. As she was ten years earlier, she was once again described as head of the household. During the next two decades, Charlotte returned to Shoreditch, where she was living at the Hill Street home of bachelor Henry Stokes from Cambridge who was 48 and a baker. That year, Charlotte Collett was 57 and was no longer working as a laundress. It seems likely, that the death of Charlotte Collett at Brentford (Ref. 3a 52) during the first three months of 1885, at the age of 62, was Charlotte Agnes Collett from Shoreditch
Clarissa Elizabeth Collett [75M5], who was also known as Clara, was born at Finsbury on 25th November 1825 and baptised at St Leonards Shoreditch on 19th September 1831, another daughter of Nathaniel and Hannah Collett. As Clara Collett, she had a rounded age of 15 in the Shoreditch census of 1841, when she and her large family was living at Kings Head Street on Hoxton Square in Shoreditch. Ten years later, Clarissa E Collett, aged 25, was unmarried and a servant to Emily W Smith at Stainsby Road in Poplar, London.
George W Collett [75M10] was born at Hoxton in London on 2nd October 1834, after which he was baptised at the Church of St Leonard in Shoreditch on 26th January 1835, the eldest child of George Collett and Rosina Barnaschina. It was at Cavendish Street in Hoxton where he and his family were living in 1841, when George Collett was six years old. He was 11 years of age, when he and his three younger siblings accompanied their mother across the Atlantic Ocean, on board the Switzerton, to be reunited with their father who had made the same journey two years earlier. After a short period of time in Illinois, the family made their home at Diamond Creek Township, Chase County in Kansas. George married Emily Balch around 1858 and, by 1860, they had a son, when the three of them were still living with George’s family at Diamond Creek. George Collett junior was 25 and from England, Emily Collett from New York was 19, and Charles Collett was two years old and had been born in Iowa
Two more children were added to the family which, in 1865, was residing at Diamond Creek. George Collett junior was 30, his wife Emily was 24, and Charles A Collett was seven, A E Collett was four and W E Collett was not yet one year old. What is very interesting about the census that year, is the fact that the large Balch family was also living close by to the Collett family. After a further five years, the Collett family was living at No. 25 Diamond Creek Township. George W Collett junior was 35 and a farmer, Emily Collett was 29 and keeping house, Charles Collett was 12 and at home, Alice E Collett was eight and Walter E Collett was five years old. The census form indicated that George and Emily could not read or write
The family was still residing at Diamond Creek, at No. 75 in the township in 1875. George Collett was 40 and a farmer, who had been living in Iowa before settling in Kansas. His wife Emily Collett was 34, and their three children were Charles Collett who was 17 and working with his father on their farmstead, as was daughter A E Collett who was 14 and born at Diamond Creek. Completing the family was W E Collett who was 10 years of age, while visiting the family was Beatrice Guidett from England who was 19 in 1875. Living in the adjacent property, No 76 Diamond Creek, was George’s father George Collett senior from England, another farmer. The Diamond Creek Agricultural Register of Farmland (Schedule of Productions of Agriculture) in 1875, described the farm of George Collett as being 160 acres of fenced-off land. George was again farming at Diamond Creek in 1880, when his address was recorded as No. 66 Diamond Creek. He was 47, Emily (C E Collett) was 39, their son Charles was 22 and a farm hand, daughter Alice was 18 and, completing the household was, Thomas Wells, aged 11 from Middlesex in England, the younger brother of George Wells who was living with George’s father in 1875. It is very interesting to note that, in 1880, the census enumerator for the area of Diamond Creek where his brother Henry Collett (below) was farming, was George Collett
With nothing of George W Collett having been found after 1880, it has to be assumed that he passed away before the end of the century. When that sad event happened, his widow left Kansas and in 1900 was living next door to her older brother Albert E Balch as Fourth Judicial Township with the California County of Fresno. Emily Collett from New York was 59, with no occupation, was a boarder with the Calder family. In the adjacent dwelling was her brother from New York, who was 77 and a fruit farmer, his wife Almira Balch who was 57, and their three children. They were Albert E Balch, 26 and a schoolteacher, Laura E Balch 19 and Grace E Balch 15. The census enumerator that year was also Emily’s nephew, Albert E Balch junior. Emily’s time away from Kansas was short-lived and, perhaps it was the death of her brother that resulted in her returning there within a few years, since she was residing at Anderson Township in Smith County, Kansas, in 1905. Emily Collett from New York was a widow aged 64, who had her son W E Collett, aged 40 living with her
The last record of Emily Collett, nee Balch, was at Westphalia in Anderson County, Kansas, where she was recorded in 1905, living on her own. Emily was 69, had been born in New York, and was living off her own income. It was also at Westphalia, in 1914, where she died, after which she was buried there at the Cherry Mound Cemetery
75N1 - Charles A Collett was born in Iowa during 1858
75N2 - Alice E Collett was born at Chase City, Kansas in 1861
75N3 - Walter E Collett was born at Diamond Creek Township in 1865
Rosina Sarah Collett [75M11] was born at Hoxton, London, during 1837 and was baptised on 29th January 1838 at St Leonard’s Church in Shoreditch, the only daughter of George and Rosina Collett. She was four years of age when living with her family at Cavendish Street in Hoxton in 1841, where she may have been born. On the passenger list of the ship Switzerton, which dock at the Port of New York on 20th October 1848, Rosa Collett was recorded as being nine years old. The family settled in Kansas, but by 1860 Rosina, aged 25, had been married to wheelwright Cyrus Labore from Vermont who was 35, long enough to have given birth to five children, all born in Wisconsin. In that year the family was living at Sun Prairie in Dane County, Wisconsin. Twenty years later, the family was living at Lincoln in Smith County, Kansas, when Rosina and Cyrus had seven Wisconsin-born children with them, by which time Cyrus Labore was a farmer. By 1895 farmer Cyrus Labore was 75, Rosina Labore was 57, and the only child living with them was Flosie Labore who was 18. After a further fifteen years, Flosie was recorded in the 1910 Cawker, Mitchell County, Kansas census, as Florence M McCoy aged 33, the wife of Todd C McCoy aged 37, who was described as the son-in-law of Cyrus and Rosina Labore, aged 85 and 74 respectively, with whom they were living. During the next five years Cyrus passed away, leaving widow Rosina Labore, 80 years of age and from London, in the Mitchell census of 1915, when she was living at the home of Todd and Florence McCoy.
Henry Collett [75M12] was born at Hoxton in 1839, possibly at Cavendish, where his family was living in 1841 and where Henry was two years old. His birth was recorded at St Leonards Shoreditch (Ref. ii 371) during the second quarter of 1839. Sadly, for the family, Henry died within the next six months, his death also recorded at Shoreditch (Ref. ii 269) during the third quarter of 1841. It was on 16th September 1841 that Henry Collett was buried at Shoreditch. He was two years of age and had been residing at Cavendish Street in Hoxton
Henry Collett [75M13] was born at Cavendish Street in Hoxton during August 1841, where his family had been living six months earlier. The birth of Henry Collett was recorded at Shoreditch (Ref. ii 374) during the same quarter of 1841 that the death of his brother and namesake was recorded there. He was the fourth child of George and Rosina Elizabeth Collett from England. He was listed as being six years old on board the ship Switzerton when his family emigrated to North America in October 1848. After initially settling in Illinois, the family eventually made their home at Diamond Creek Township in Chase County, Kansas, where Henry Collett from England was 18 in 1860. Five years later, unmarried Henry Collett was 23, when he was working on the family farm at Diamond Creek with his father and younger brother Charles (below). Shortly thereafter, it was there also, during 1866, that he married Caroline (Carrie) Eliza Houston who had been born on 1st May 1846 at Knoxville in Tennessee, the daughter of America parents George Blackburn Houston and Lamenda Owen Munday. Over the next fifteen years the marriage produced six children for Henry and Carrie, and all of them were born with at Diamond Creek
By 1870, Henry and Caroline had three children living with them at Diamond Creek, the family being listed as farmer Henry Collett who was 28 and not able to read or write, Caroline who was 24 and also unable to read or write, son Franklin who was three, Fred who was one and Caroline who was just one month old. The next census in 1875 confirmed the Collett farm holding at No. 120 Diamond Creek Township was 86 acres, when Henry Collett was 32 and described as being in Illinois before arriving in Kansas. Caroline Collett was 29 and their five children on that occasion were G F Collett who was eight, F H Collett who was six, C R Collett who was five, E E Collett who was one year old. With the family that day, was married man Osman M Bayliss from Ohio who was 32 and a labourer who, later had his own farm there. According to the US Census of 1880 for Diamond Creek Township 19, Range 6, the census enumerator was George Collett, Henry’s eldest brother (above). The Collett family living there was made up of Henry Collett from England who was 38, his wife Carrie E Collett who was 34, and their five surviving children Franklin Collett 13, Fred H Collett 11, Rosina C Collett 10, Elizabeth Collett who was six and Grace Collett who was two years old, son Charles having died prior to that day. Once again, at that time, Henry’s occupation was that of a farmer, like his father and brother George
Although no census return for the family has been identified in 1885 and 1890, they were residing at Diamond Creek in 1895. The family was listed in that year’s census as Henry Collett who was 53 and a farmer, Carrie E Collett who was 49 and a housewife, G Franklin Collett who was 28, F H Collett who was 27, Elizabeth E Collett who was 21 and Grace V Collett who was 16. All four children had been born at Diamond Creek. Five years later, the Diamond Creek census in 1900, identified Henry Collett from England as being 59 and a farmer, having arrived in America in 1848 who had been married for 34 years. His wife Caroline Collett from Tennessee was 54 and had been born in May 1846, the mother of seven children, of which five were still alive. The only child living with the couple that day, 2nd June 1900, was their son Frank G Collett who was 33 and a merchant, born in Kansas during March 1867. Four and a half years later, on 15th December 1904, the following item was printed in the Chase Township newspaper “Another of Chase County's oldest and most respected citizens has passed away. Henry Collett for more than 40 years has been an active participant in the affairs of Chase County”.
In the Kansas census of 1905, widow Carrie E Collett from Tennessee, and the former wife of Henry Collett from England, was 56 and the only child still living with her, was her unmarried Lizzie E Collett who was 30. Completing the household was Mary Cline, a servant. It is very curious that Carrie’s married son George Franklin Collett also said that she was staying with him and his family when, as Carrie Collett from Tennessee, he said she was 58. years old. After another fifteen years, the census in 1920 for La Animas City in Bent County, Colorado, continued to include Carrie E Collett, aged 73, who still had living with her, her daughter Lizzie E Collett. Just less than four years later, and after nearly twenty years as a widow, Caroline Eliza Collett, nee Houston, died at nearby Cottonwood Falls on 5th January 1924, where she was buried at Prairie Grove Cemetery, where George her eldest son was buried twenty-three years later.
75N4 – George Franklin Collett was born at Diamond Creek during March 1867
75N5 – Alfred Henry Collett was born at Diamond Creek during 1869
75N6 – Caroline Rosina Collett was born at Diamond Creek during 1870
75N7 – another child of Henry and Rosina Collett born in 1872; infant death
75N8 – Elizabeth E Collett was born at Diamond Creek in 1874
75N9 – Charles O Collett was born at Diamond Creek in 1876; infant death
75N10 – Grace Collett was born at Diamond Creek in 1878
Charles Collett [75M14] was born at Hoxton in 1844, the last child of George Collett and Rosina Barnaschina, his birth recorded at Shoreditch (Ref. ii 380) during the third quarter of 1844. After arriving at the Port of New York, on board the sailing ship Switzerton on 20th October 1848, with his mother and three older siblings, the family settled in the Diamond Creek Township, Chase County in Kansas where he was still living with his family in the census of 1860, at the age of 15. On completing his schooling, Charles joined his father and older brother Henry (above) working on the family’s farm at Diamond Creek, where he was recorded in the census of 1865, at the age of 20. By 1870, it was just Charles Collett from England, who was 25, and his widowed father George, who were recorded still living and working together at Diamond Creek in the census that year. Nothing thereafter, has been found of Charles Collett, with his father taking a second wife in 1872
Charles A Collett [75N1] was born in Iowa during 1858, the eldest of the three children of George Collett from London and Emily Balch from New York. By the time he was two years old, he and his parents were residing at Diamond Creek Township in Chase County, Kansas, as confirmed in the census of 1860. It was as Charles A Collett that he was seven years old in 1865 and 12 years of age in 1870 at No. 25 Diamond Creek. Five years later, Charles Collett was 17 and working with his father on their 160-acre farmstead at No. 75 Diamond Creek, while it was at No. 66 Diamond Creek that Charles was 22 and still working on the farm with his father in 1880. Not long after that census day, Charles Collett became a married man for the first time, his marriage to (1) Jennie E Wilson producing a son and a daughter, both of whom were born in Kansas. However, for some reason the marriage (or relationship) did not endure, with Jennie being remarried in 1892, as Wilson was her new married surname in the census of 1900. Jennie and her two children were listed in the Brookside Town, South Canyon City in Colorado, just across the state boundary from Kansas. Jennie E Wilson from Missouri was 32 and a dressmaker, Sylvia F Collett was 16 and Roy J Collett was 13, born of them born in Kansas. The fourth member of the household was roomer Berth Hicks from Illinois who was 25. The same census return confirmed that Jennie had given birth to two children, both of whom were still alive, but it also stated that she had been married for only eight years. That suggests that her first marriage to Charles Collett ended around 1890, if indeed they were married in the first place.
Where Charles was between 1885 and 1905 is currently not known, while by 1910, Charles A Collett from Iowa was 53 and living at No. 218 Monrovia City, where he was an employer and a carpenter working in the house building industry. He had been married to his second wife for three years, and she was Eva Collett, who was 41 and also from Iowa. With her, was her daughter from a previous marriage, Helen Simpson who was 14 and from Arizona. In 1920, house carpenter Charles A Collett from Iowa, was 62 and living at Salt Lake City with his married daughter Sylvia F Poff, who was 35 and from Kansas. Her husband was Claude A Poff, from Wisconsin, who was 40 and a clerk in the office of a telephone company. The census return that year, also confirmed that Charles’ father had been born in England and his mother in New York. On that same day, his wife Eva Collett was 49 and a lodger at Los Angeles Township, where she was a helper at a candy factory. Charles A Collett died during the years between 1920 and 1930, as confirmed within the census for the latter year, which recorded his widow Eva K Collett, aged 60, living with her married daughter Helen S Winter from Arizona who was 32, her husband William Winter and their two children Dolores and William junior.
75O1 – Sylvia F Collett was born in Kansas in October 1884
75O2 – Roy James Collett was born in Kansas in May 1887
Alice E Collett [75N2] was born at Chase City in Rice County, Kansas on 21st March 1861, where she and her parents George and Emily were living in 1865. Alice was recorded in the census that year as A E Collett who was four years old. After a further five years, the family was living at No. 25 Diamond Creek Township, where Alice E Collett was eight years of age. It was there also that the family was still living in 1875, when A E Collett was 14 and said to have been born at Diamond Creek. Eight years later, when Alice was 21, she married William E Mitchell (a farmer) aged 25, their wedding conducted at Anderson County in Kansas on 14th March 1883. Over the following years, Alice presented William with six children, all of them born in Anderson County, where the family was living at Westphalia Township in 1900. Still there together in 1930, were William (from Pennsylvania) aged 73 and Alice who was 69. Upon the death of widow Alice Mitchell, nee Collett, on 22nd April 1960, at the age of 99, her mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Balch
Walter E Collett [75N3] was born at Diamond Creek Township in 1865 and was only a few months in the census that year. He was the third and last child of George Collett from London and Emily Balch from New York, with whom he was living at No. 25 Diamond Creek Township in 1870, when he was five years old. His entry in the next census of 1875, as W E Collett aged 10 years, was incorrectly recorded as being the daughter of George and Emily Collett. His father died before 1900 and in 1905, W E Collett aged 40, was the only child living with his widowed mother Emily at Anderson Township in Smith County, Kansas. No trace of Walter has been found in the following census returns, that is until 1930, when W E Collett was 65 from Kansas was a lodger at Atlanta, Georgia.
George Franklin Collett [75N4] was born at Diamond Creek during March 1867, the eldest child of Henry Collett and Caroline Eliza Houston, who was three years old in 1870, when recorded with his family as Franklin Collett. According to the census return completed in 1875, he was again living with his family at No. 120 Diamond Creek Township, being an 86-acre farmstead, as G F Collett aged eight while, five years after that, in 1880, as Franklin Collett aged 13 years, he and his family were still living in Diamond Creek. The next two five-year censuses seem to be missed by the Collett family, and no trace of them has been found for 1885 and 1890. However, according to the next census in 1895, unmarried G F Collett was 28 and a merchant, who was still living with his parents at Diamond Creek, where he was also a single man in 1900, at the age of 33, when Frank G Collett was the only child still living with his parents at Diamond Creek Township in Chase County
Three years later, in 1903, George Franklin Collett married Blanche Pierce, who was born in Illinois during 1867, as confirmed in the Kansas Wyandotte census of 1910, when George F Collett from Kansas and Blanche P Collett were both 43 and had been married for seven years. George was an employer as a farmer, running a truck farm. Five years prior to that, George and Blanche had George’s widowed mother Carrie Collett living with them. It was at Fairmount in Leavenworth County, Kansas, where the couple was living in 1920, when they were both 52 and George F Collett was a salesman in retail hardware. Eight years after that day, Blanche Pierce Collett died at Berwick, Warren County in Illinois, on 3rd November 1928, following which she was buried in the Pierce Cemetery. He never married for a second time and had his unmarried sister living with him at Fairmount in 1930 and again 1940. The census in 1930 described him as George F Collett, a widower who was 63 and a retail merchant in hardware, the son of an English father and a mother born in Tennessee. His living companion was unmarried Elizabeth E Collett (below) who was 56. Ten years on, George Frank Collett was 73 and a hardware dealer, living at Basehor in Fairmount Township, Leavenworth County in Kansas, while his sister was 66. George Frank Collett, who was born during March 1867, died in 1947 and was buried at Prairie Grove Cemetery, Cottonwood Falls in Chase County, Kansas
Alfred Henry Collett [75N5], who was often known as Fred, was born at Diamond Creek during October 1869 and, as Fred Collett, he was one years old in the census of 1870. He was F H Collett aged six years in 1875, and five years later, Fred H Collett was 11 years of age. On completing his education, he followed his older brother George (above) by taking up work as a merchant, as confirmed in the Diamond Creek census of 1895, when A H Collett was 27 and still living there with his family. Two years later, Alfred Henry Collett married Edith Phillips who was born on 4th July 1871, the daughter of Washington Phillips and his wife Jeanette. Once married, the couple made their home at Grant Township in Marion County, Kansas, as revealed in the census of 1900 when blacksmith Alfred H Collett was 33 and Edith P Collett was 29, to whom he had been married for three years
Five years later, the Grant Township census confirmed Edith had given birth to a son, the three of them listed as H F Collett who was 36 and the owner of their home, his wife E P Collett who was 33 and the first of their two known children being H L Collett, who was one year old, all three of them born in Kansas. A daughter was added to the family in the following year, with the family of four recorded together at Grant Town in 1910, by which time Alfred H Collett was 41 and a farmer, Edith P Collett was 38, Henry L Collett was six and Dorothy Collett was four years of age. The census return also stated that Edith had given birth to two children, both living
After a further five years, 1915, the family was once again residing in Grant Town, where Fred Collett was 46, Edith Collett was 43, Henry Collett was 12, and Dorothy Collett was nine years old. It was the same situation in 1920, by which time farmer A H Collett was 51, Edith was 48, Henry was 16 and already working as a labourer on his father’s farm, and Dorothy was 13. Their son was married towards the end of the next decade, so it was just Alfred H Collett and Edith P Collett who were living alone at Grant Town in 1930, where Alfred was stilling farming at the age of 61, when Edith was 58. Alfred Henry Collett died during the 1930s, with his widow then going to living with her married son. The Grant Town census in 1940 placed widow Edith Collett aged 68, at the home of son Henry Collett, his wife Ethel, and their seven children. Edith P Collett was 95 years old, when she died at Elmdale in Chase County, Kansas on 12th July 1966, after which, she was buried at Elk Cemetery in Elmdale
75O3 – Henry L Collett was born at Grant Township in 1904
75O4 – Dorothy Collett was born at Grant Township in 1906
Caroline Rosina Collett [75N6], who was known as Carrie, was born at Diamond Creek Township on 5th April 1870, the third child and eldest daughter of Henry and Caroline Collett. As Caroline Collett she was one month old in 1870 and as C R Collett who was five years of age in 1875, while she was Rosina C Collett, aged 10 years, when she was living with her family at Diamond Creek in the Kansas census of 1880. She later married Lewis C Umberger with whom she had six children. Caroline Rosina Umberger nee Collett passed away at Halstead in Harvey County, Kansas on 17th September 1936
Elizabeth E Collett [75N8] was born in Diamond Creek, Chase County, during February 1874, another daughter of Henry and Caroline Collett. As L E Collett, she was one year old in 1875 and was six years old in the Diamond Creek census of 1880. By 1895, she was still living with her family at Diamond Creek where, at the age of 21, Elizabeth E Collett was working as a clerk. She never married and in 1900, Elizabeth and her younger sister Grace (below) were working as dressmakers when they were at a boarding house in Emporia Township, Lyon County in Kansas, when Elizabeth E Collett was 26 and Grace H Collett was 22. Upon the death of her father in 1905, Elizabeth returned to Diamond Creek to be with her widowed mother, the pair of them recorded together in the census of 1905
Lizzie E Collett was 30 and her mother Carrie E Collett was 56. Sometime during the subsequent fifteen years, mother and daughter moved to La Animas City in Colorado, where they were recorded in the census of 1920. That day, Lizzie E Collett was 45 and employed at a hardware store as a book-keeper, while her mother Carrie Collett was 73. That census return also confirmed that Lizzie’s father was born in England, and her mother in Tennessee. Her mother passed away in early 1924, and following her older married brother George (above) being widowed in 1928, Elizabeth went to live with him at Fairmount in Leavenworth County, Kansas, where she was recorded in 1930 and again in 1940, as 56 and 66 respectively. For the latter census, the pair of them was living at Basehor, Fairmount Township in Leavenworth County, Kansas. It was during 1955 that Lizzie E Collett died at Cottonwood Falls in Chase County, Kansas, where she was buried at the Prairie Grove Cemetery
Charles O Collett [75N9] was born at Diamond Creek on 23rd March 1876, one of the six children of Henry Collett from Shoreditch in London and his American born wife Carrie E Collett. Tragically, he was almost one year when he died there on 20th March 1877
Grace Collett [75N10] was born at Diamond Creek during May 1878 and was two years old in 1880, the last child of Henry Collett and Caroline Eliza Houston. It was as Grace V Collett aged 16 that she was still attending school at Diamond Creek in 1895 and, on leaving school, she and her sister Elizabeth left the family home in Diamond Creek. That movement was confirmed in the 1900 census, which identified the sisters boarding in Emporia Township, where Grace H Collett was 22 and a dressmaker. It is assumed that she was married during the following years, as no record of Grace Collett has been found after 1900
Sylvia F Collett [75O1] was born in Kansas during October 1884, the first of the two children of Charles A Collett, a carpenter, and his wife Jennie E Wilson. Her parents’ marriage ended around 1890, although record of any member of the family has been found in the census that year. However, by 1900, Sylvia and her brother, together with their mother, were listed in the census for Brookside Town, South Canyon City in Colorado, just across the state boundary from Kansas. Jennie E Wilson from Missouri was 32 and a dressmaker, Sylvia F Collett was 16 and Roy J Collett was 13, born of them born in Kansas. It was in 1907 that Sylvia F Collett married Claude A Poff and, by 1910, the childless couple was living at Denver, Colorado, where Claude was 30 and a clerk with a general telephone company, and Sylvia was 25. Ten years after that, the pair of them was living at Salt Lake City, when Claude A Poff, from Wisconsin, was 40 and a clerk in the office of a telephone company and Sylvia F Poff was 35 and from Kansas. Living with them was Sylvia’s widowed father Charles, who was 62. After Claude suffered a premature death during the 1920s, Sylvia left Colorado and in 1930 was a boarder at the Los Angeles Township home of the elderly McGinnis family where, at the age of 45, she had no occupation. By 1940, Sylvia was 55 and a saleslady at a departmental store, who had been reunited with her married brother Roy Collett (below), with whom she was living at North 46th Street, Seattle in King County, Washington
Roy James Collett [75O2] was born in Kansas in May 1887, the son of Charles Collett and Jennie Wilson. Not long after he was born, his parents separated, and it was with his mother that Roy and his sister (above) were living in 1900, when Roy J Collett was 13. At that time in his life, home was Brookside Town in Colorado. Just a few years later, Roy James Collett married Anna Carlson around 1908/1909, with whom he had three children. His military draft papers during the First World War, stated that he was born at Wichita, Kansas, on 17th May 1887, and was a resident of Seattle during the war years. His address was given as 3728 Dunsmore Avenue in Seattle, where he was an electrician with the Skinner & Eddy Corporation. It also provided the additional information that he was married with three children (as listed below). Two years after the war, the Seattle census in 1920 recorded the five members of the family at Howe West as Roy J Collett senior who was 33 and an electrician at a shipyard, Anna Collett from Hawaii who was 34, Virginia Collett who was ten, Rhea Ann Collett who was eight and Roy J Collett junior who was four years of age. Staying with the family that day was Anna’s brother William Carlson from Hawaii.
It was also in Seattle that he and his wife Anna were living in 1930, at 2303 North 46th Street, their home for many years to come. Kansas born Roy J Collett was 42 and still working as an electrician at an electric ship, Anna Collett was 44 and born in Hawaii, while the two of their three children still living with them were Rhea A Collett who was 19, born in Washington, and employed as a comptometer operator at a mail order house, with their son Roy J Collett being 14 with no job of work.
The family’s home address in 1940 was again 2302 North 46th Street in Seattle, where Roy Collett was 52 and a sound operator with a submarine company and his wife Anna Collett was 54 and from Hawaii. By then, none of their children were living with the couple, instead it was Roy’s older widowed sister Sylvia F Poff, who had joined them after losing her husband Claude Poff. His later registration card provided further details. Roy James Collett was 54 and residing at 2303 North 46th Street, Seattle, where he was employed by the Submarine Signal Company of 69 Marion Street. Rather curiously, the name and address of the person who “will always know your address”, was given as Ruth Petridge of 1612 North 38th Street in Seattle. It may be worth noting that Ruth M Petridge, aged 58, died in Seattle on 9th March 1953, the daughter of Theodore Carlson and Caroline Christiansen. Therefore, she was the sister-in-law of Roy James Collett, the sister of his wife Anna
75P1 – Virginia Collett was born at Seattle in 1910
75P2 – Rhea Ann Collett was born at Seattle in 1912
75P3 – Roy James Collett was born at Seattle in 1916
Henry L Collett [75O3] was born at Grant Township in 1904, the eldest of the two children of Alfred Henry Collett and Edith Phillips. He was living with his parents are Grant Town up to 1920, when he was a labourer working on his father’s farm aged 16. Towards the end of the 1920s, Henry married Ethel who, by 1940, had presented Henry with the couple’s first six children. Henry Collett was 36 and a farmer, Ethel Collett was 30, Howard Collett was eleven, Shirley Collett was nine, Margery Collett was six, Anita Collett was five, Clarice Collett was three and Roma Collett was just three months old. Following the death of Henry’s father during the previous ten years, his widowed mother Edith Collett was living with the family in 1940.
75P4 – Howard L Collett was born at Grant Township in 1929
75P5 – Shirley Collett was born at Grant Township in 1931
75P6 – Margery Collett was born at Grant Township in 1934
75P7 – Anita Collett was born at Grant Township in 1935
75P8 – Clarice Collett was born at Grant Township in 1937
75P9 – Roma Collett was born at Grant Township in 1940
Roy James Collett [75P3] was born at Seattle in 1916, the third and last child of Roy James Collett senior from Kansas and Anna Carlson from Hawaii. He was four years of age in the Seattle census of 1920 and was 16 in the Seattle census of 1930. Around eight or nine years later that, Roy James Collett married Marion L Lail, the daughter of Verne and Ethel Lail. Not long after, Marion presented him with a son, who was Roy James Collett III. It is likely the child was born at Glendale Township in California, where the three of them were residing in 1940. Roy J Collett junior was 24, Marion L Collett was 22, both born in Seattle, and Roy J Collett III was one year old. Staying with the family was Marion’s younger sister Bernice G Lail, who was 21 and also from Seattle. The family’s home was at 1802 East Glenoaks Boulevard, from where Roy was employed as a magazine salesman, while his sister-in-law was a waitress at a cafe
75Q1 – Roy James Collett III was born at Glendale Township in 1939
Howard L Collett [75P4] was born at Grant Township 21st January 1929, the first-born child of Henry L Collett and his wife Ethel. He was fifteen months old in the Grant Town census of 1930 and was eleven in 1940, where his father was a farmer on both occasions. The US Public records reveal that from 1994 to 2009, he had been living at Grant Town in Marion County and El Dorado City in Butler County, when his possible relatives were named as Beth Collett, Marjorie L Collett and Mary E Collett. Upon his later death, he was buried with his grandmother Edith Phillips Collett at Elk Cemetery in Elmdale.