PART NINE

 

The Aldsworth Line - 1760 to 2000

(incorporating the West Bromwich & Wednesbury

coach-building Collett families)

 

Updated December 2015

 

A major revision of this file in 2015 resulted in coachsmith John Collett (Ref. 9o2)

being removed from the main body of the file and placed in a new Appendix Two

 

A fundamental error was discovered in this family line during the spring of 2011.

In correcting this, the family line of Wayne Collett from Brisbane, Australia has had to be

removed, and can now be located within Part 14 – The John Kyte Collett line,

commencing with George Bryan Collett of Bourton-on-the-Water (Ref. 14M16)

 

Most of the original information in this family line was kindly supplied by Stephen

Collett (Ref. 9Q9) of Solihull in England whose line is denoted by the names in capital letters

 

To date no actual connection has been made to any other of the Collett family lines,

although it is beginning to look hopeful there might be connections

with Part Two (see below) and with Part 48 (see Refs. 9N9 and 9O25)

 

Some of the early Colletts in this family line lived in the village of Sherborne near Aldsworth in Gloucestershire, so it is possible that there could be a link to Thomas Collett (Ref. 2I12) who was born at Upper Slaughter.  He was referred to as Thomas of Sherborne where he and his wife lived and were buried.  Further details of Thomas and his family can be found in Part 2 – The Second Gloucestershire Line

 

The addition of the family line to the British Columbia sunshine coast in Canada

is thanks to Pat Brearley nee Collett (Ref. 9Q5) and her brother Dennis Collett (Ref. 9Q6)

and their line is denoted by the names that are underlined

 

 

9K1

HENRY COLLETT - it is not known at this time whence he came.  What is known is that he married Elizabeth Pincot on 25th July 1759 at St Bartholomew’s Church in Aldsworth.  Both signed the register in their own name and both were listed as being of this parish, although no earlier family has been found for either of them.  Henry’s occupation was given as blacksmith and over the following two decades he was twice named as the witness at the marriage of two members of his wife’s Pincot family.  The first of them was on 6th May 1765 for the Aldsworth wedding of Frances Pincot to Richard Cockbill of Bailes in Warwickshire, and the second was on 6th January 1774 when Martha Pincot was married to John Hitchman of Coln St Aldwyns.  It seems likely that Frances and Martha were the younger sisters of Elizabeth Collett nee Pincot.

 

 

 

During his working life it would appear from the Church Warden & Parish Council Accounts that Henry Collett was employed to carry out repairs to the Aldsworth church bells.  The entry reads that from May 1779 to May 1781 Henry Colat (sic) was paid 3 Shillings and 6 Pence for mending bells.  A second entry refers to ‘repairing the church house’ which was undertaken by Richard Collett from May 1793 to May 1795, for which he was paid 16 Shillings.  Who Richard was has still to be determined, but there is a chance that he was related to Henry, perhaps even a missing son.

 

 

 

Elizabeth Collett nee Pincot was buried in the churchyard of St Bartholomew’s Church and was born in 1737, as indicated by her age of 88 at the time of her death on 25th March 1825.  It is not known in which year Henry was born as no age was given at the time of his death on 11th December 1808, when he too was buried at Aldsworth.  What may be of interest is an earlier entry in the Aldsworth Parish Records.  The entry, dated 11th June 1758, relates to the baptism of Hannah Pincot, the daughter of Elizabeth Pincot – no father named, the event taking place just one year before Elizabeth married Henry Collett.  In addition to that the baptism of the couple’s first child within the first few days of 1760 means that the birth took place less than five months after they were married.

 

 

 

During his later life Henry Collett was the tenant of two plots of land owned by Lord James Sherborne, according to the 1799 enclosure map.  One of the plots was referred to as Collett’s Close and was a pasture in the centre of the village, while the other was known as Homestead and contained two buildings, possible a house and blacksmith’s forge.  Together the two plots made up an area of just under one acre.

 

 

 

Even today in 2006 in Aldsworth there is a property known as the Old Forge which is believed to date from 1780.  It is very likely therefore that this was built during the time when Henry Collett was the blacksmith in the village.

 

 

 

9L1

Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1759 at Aldsworth

 

9L2

Anne Collett

Born in 1761 at Aldsworth

 

9L3

Robert Collett

Born in 1763 at Aldsworth

 

9L4

Thomas Collett

Born in 1765 at Aldsworth

 

9L5

Mary Collett

Born in 1766 at Aldsworth

 

9L6

WILLIAM COLLETT

Born in 1768 at Aldsworth

 

9L7

Margaret Collett

Born in 1770 at Aldsworth

 

9L8

Sarah Collett

Born in 1774 at Aldsworth

 

9L9

Jane Collett

Born in 1777 at Aldsworth

 

 

 

 

9L1

Elizabeth Collett was born at Aldsworth within five months of the date that her parents were married there in July 1759, and it was there also that she was baptised on 5th January 1760, the eldest child of Eliza and Henry Collet (sic) – which it is assumed is a reference to Henry Collett and Elizabeth Pincot.  She later married Richard Hyde during 1784.

 

 

 

 

9L2

Anne Collett was born at Aldsworth in 1761 and she later married Thomas Maycock during 1782.

 

 

 

 

9L3

Robert Collett was born at Aldsworth and baptised there in 1764.  Robert was a blacksmith like his father and was married three times and out-lived all three of his wives.  It was the baptism record for his son John Collett, who was born in 1813, that first confirmed Robert was a blacksmith.  Robert’s first wife was (1) Ann, whom he married prior to 1787, although it was that year when she died at Aldsworth, having just given birth to Robert’s first child who was born there.

 

 

 

Not long after the death of his first wife Robert married (2) Hannah Hall by licence at Maisey (Meysey) Hampton on 6th August 1787, when Robert was confirmed as being from Aldsworth.  Hannah provided Robert with his next three children, and all of them born at Sherborne where she was buried in early 1799 at the age of 34 years.

 

 

 

Following her death, and still living in Sherborne, widower Robert married (3) Amy Fowler by licence at Sherborne on 19th October 1799, and just two months after the wedding she gave birth to Robert’s first born son William.  On the day of her wedding Amy’s age was recorded as 20 years and 18 days, compared to Robert who was 35.  As a result of their marriage Robert fathered a further thirteen children with Amy, all of whom were born and baptised at Sherborne, although not all of them survived.

 

 

 

Amy Fowler was baptised at Sherborne on 8th November 1779 and it was there also that she died during 1837, following which she was buried in the churchyard of St Mary Magdalene Church in Sherborne on 12th February 1837 at the age of 58.  The first national census of 1841 recorded Robert Collett living at Sherborne at the age of 75.  Also still living there with him were his sons Henry Collett and Robert Collett, and unmarried daughter Jane Collett.  It was five and a half years later that Robert Collett died at Sherborne on 4th January 1847

 

 

 

The Will of Robert Collett, blacksmith of Sherborne, was made on 1st September 1846 and was drawn up by Wilkins and Kendall, solicitors of Bourton-on-the-Water.  The Will was proved within four months of his passing at Gloucester on 26th April 1847, when it was revealed the document included the names of fifteen of his seventeen children, but not his wife Amy who had passed away nine years before the Will was made (see Will in Legal Documents)

 

 

 

9M1

Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1787 at Aldsworth

 

The following were the children of Robert and his second wife Hannah:

 

9M2

Mary Collett

Born in 1789 at Windrush, near Sherborne

 

9M3

Sarah Collett

Baptised on 20.10.1795 at Sherborne

 

9M4

Ann Collett

Baptised on 21.02.1798 at Sherborne

 

The following children came from Robert’s third marriage to Amy Fowler:

 

9M5

William Collett

Baptised on 24.12.1799 at Sherborne

 

9M6

Henry Collett

Baptised on 27.12.1801 at Sherborne

 

9M7

Jane Collett

Born in 1802 at Sherborne

 

9M8

Jane Collett

Baptised on 26.08.1803 at Sherborne

 

9M9

Charles Collett

Baptised on 10.02.1805 at Sherborne

 

9M10

Charles Collett

Baptised on 23.02.1806 at Sherborne

 

9M11

Richard Collett

Baptised on 09.05.1808 at Sherborne

 

9M12

George Collett

Baptised on 15.09.1811 at Sherborne

 

9M13

John Collett

Born in 1813 at Sherborne

 

9M14

Hannah Collett

Born in 1815 at Sherborne

 

9M15

Lucy Collett

Baptised on 18.10.1817 at Sherborne

 

9M16

Robert Collett

Born in 1819 at Sherborne

 

9M17

Amy Collett

Born in 1822 at Sherborne

 

 

 

 

9L4

Thomas Collett was born around 1765 and his inclusion in this family is based purely on the fact he was living at Aldsworth in 1841 with a rounded age of 75.  In addition to which, five years later, a Thomas Collett died at Aldsworth in 1846 and was buried there on 5th November 1846 at the age of 84.  There is also a record of a Thomas Collett who married Amy Naish (or Nash) at Aldsworth on 2nd March 1812.

 

 

 

There is a possibility that Thomas Collett, born around 1762, was the brother of Richard Collett of Aldsworth, rather than the son of Henry Collett, as indicated here.  Richard was most likely related to Henry, but all that is known of him at this time is that he was a farmer at Hall Farm in Aldsworth, was married to Eliza with whom he had a son William Collett who was baptised at Aldsworth on 15th April 1790, and was a witness at a wedding in Aldsworth during 1791.  It may also have been that particular Richard who repaired the church house at Aldsworth in 1794.

 

 

 

 

9L5

Mary Collett was born at Aldsworth in 1766.  She was still living there thirty-two years later and was one of the witnesses at the marriage of her brother William (below) to Ann Sparrow in 1798 which may indicate that she herself was never married

 

 

 

 

9L6

WILLIAM COLLETT was born at Aldsworth where he was baptised in 1768.  He later married (1) Ann Sparrow at Aldsworth on 11th October 1798 and William’s sister Mary Collett (above) was a witness at the wedding.  The marriage is known to have produced at least two children for the couple before Ann died, possibly during or after the birth of the second child.  Some years after the death of his first wife William married (2) Elizabeth Howes on 1st April 1807 at Aldsworth with whom he is known to have had at least a further five children, although there may have been others.

 

 

 

At the time of the Aldsworth census of June 1841 William had a rounded age of 70, while his wife Elizabeth was 60.  Living with them was their unmarried son Charles whose rounded age was 30.  According to the next Aldsworth census in 1851 William Collett was 83 years of age and was still listed as working as a blacksmith, like his father before him.  Still listed as living with him was his wife Elizabeth and their bachelor son Charles who was 41 and another blacksmith.

 

 

 

William survived for another three years and was buried at Aldsworth in 1854 at the age of 86.  His widow Elizabeth, who had been born around 1779, continued to live at Aldsworth where she died two years after her late husband during 1856, and was buried there at the age of 77. 

 

 

 

9M18

Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1798 at Aldsworth

 

9M19

Jane Collett

Born in 1800 at Aldsworth

 

The following were the children from William’s second marriage to Elizabeth Howes:

 

9M20

Charles Collett

Born in 1807 at Aldsworth

 

9M21

HENRY COLLETT

Born in 1810 at Aldsworth

 

9M22

Mary Collett

Born in 1811 at Aldsworth

 

9M23

Jane Collett

Born in 1813 at Aldsworth

 

9M24

William Collett

Born in 1817 at Aldsworth

 

 

 

 

9L7

Margaret Collett was born at Aldsworth in either later 1770 or early 1771 and was baptised there on 25th April 1771, the daughter of Henry and Elizabeth Collet (sic).

 

 

 

 

9L8

Sarah Collett was born at Aldsworth during either 1773 or 1774 and was baptised there on 18th October 1774, the daughter of Henry and Elizabeth Collett.  It was also at Aldsworth where Sarah Collett married George Pocock (or Peck) from Melksham in Wiltshire on 3rd March 1794 when the witness was William Collett who was very likely Sarah’s older brother (above).

 

 

 

 

9M1

Elizabeth Collett, who was also referred to as Betty, was born at Aldsworth and was baptised there on 2nd October 1787, the only known child of Robert Collett and his first wife Ann.  Elizabeth never married and was named as Elizabeth Collett the eldest daughter of blacksmith Robert in his Will made in 1846.  By the time of the 1861 Census for nearby Windrush she was referred to as Eliza Collett, the sister to William Collett (below), a cordwainer of Sherborne and in whose house she was living at that time.  Living with William Collett, age 61, and Eliza age 73, was their sister Mary Collett (below) of Sherborne who was 71, which was also stated to be the place of birth for Eliza, albeit incorrect.  Mary was listed as housekeeper.

 

 

 

Ten years later in 1871 she was still living at Windrush with her brother William, age 71, and was then listed as Betty Collett, age 83, who had taken over the role of housekeeper from her sister Mary.  On that occasion however, she correctly gave her place of birth as Aldsworth.  Betty must have passed away during the next ten years, as she was not listed in the census of 1881.

 

 

 

 

9M2

Mary Collett was born in 1789 at Windrush, the village next to Sherborne where her parents eventually settled just after she was born.  It was also at Windrush that she was baptised on 11th October 1789, the eldest child of Robert Collett and his second wife Hannah.  Like her half-sister Betty (above), she too never married and was named as Mary Collett the second daughter of Robert in his Will of 1846.  In the 1851 and 1861 Censuses for Windrush she was listed as being aged 60 and 71 respectively, when she was acting as housekeeper at the home of her widowed brother William Collett (below). 

 

 

 

It was just six weeks after the census day in 1861 that Mary Collett died following which her role as housekeeper to her brother William was taken over by her older half-sister Betty Collett (above).  Mary was buried in the graveyard of the Church of St Mary Magdalene in Sherborne on 23rd May 1861 where a headstone marks the grave, with the following inscription.  “To the Memory of Mary daughter of Robert and Hannah Collett departed this life May 23rd 1861 aged 72 years”.

 

 

 

 

9M3

Sarah Collett was born at Sherborne where she was baptised on 20th October 1795, the daughter of Robert and Hannah Collett.  She was later married to become Sarah Walker, as confirmed by her father’s Will in 1846.

 

 

 

 

9M4

Ann Collett was born at Sherborne and was baptised there on 21st February 1798, the daughter of Robert and Hannah Collett.  The baptism record gave her name as Anne Collett.  It was her father’s Will of 1846 that confirmed she had married by then and that she was Ann Ireland.

 

 

 

 

9M5

William Collett was born at Sherborne where he was baptised on 24th December 1799, the eldest son of Robert Collett and his third wife Amy Fowler.  He was a cordwainer (shoemaker) and was married but was widowed by the time of the 1851 Census when he was living at nearby Windrush.  His father’s Will, which was proved in 1847, bequeathed ten pounds to William, as it did to thirteen of his fourteen surviving siblings.  As the eldest son of blacksmith Robert it is curious why he was not named as an executor for his father’s estate.  This role was given to Henry Collett (below).

 

 

 

William’s older sister Mary Collett (above) was listed as living with him as his housekeeper in 1851 and again in 1861 when he was 61 years of age.  Mary died between 1861 and 1871 following which his eldest sister Betty Collett (above) took over the housekeeper role for him.  In 1871 William was listed as being aged 71 and of Sherborne.

 

 

 

William Collett, age 81 and a widower from Sherborne, was a retired shoemaker living at nearby Windrush at the time of the next census in 1881.  However, it has to be assumed that he died shortly after that time.  However, no record after 1854 has so far been found for his possible son, Charles Collett, who married Mary Andrews that year.

 

 

Note:

It seems highly likely that William Collett of Sherborne had a son Charles who would have been born during the early 1820s.  The reason for including mention of this here, without any positive confirmation, is that Charles Collett of the parish of Sherborne was named as the son of William Collett when he married Mary Andrews at Aldsworth on 7th February 1854.

 

 

 

9N0

Charles Collett – not proved

Born circa 1822 at Sherborne

 

 

 

 

9M6

Henry Collett was born at Sherborne in 1801, and it was there also that he was baptised on 27th December 1801, the son of Robert and Amy Collett.  Following the death of his mother Amy in 1837, Henry continued to live with his widowed father Robert Collett at Sherborne.  Also still living with them at the family home in Sherborne were Henry’s siblings, unmarried Jane (below) and brother Robert (below).  It was eight years later, and two years after Henry’s father had died, that he married Jane Hewer who was born at High Holborn in London on 22nd May 1808 to parents William and Sarah Hewer of Southampton Buildings.  Jane’s mother was Sarah Kibblewhite of Preston in the County of Gloucestershire and she was married to farmer William Hewer by licence on the 26th March 1808 at St Andrew Holborn, just two months before Jane was born.

 

 

 

Upon the death of his father in 1847 it was Henry Collett who was named as the sole executor of his Will, while each of his siblings received ten pounds.  Henry’s name was excluded from that list but all other residual money, plus furniture, trade and personal effects, were bequeathed to Henry to carry on with the family blacksmith business.

 

 

 

The marriage certificate for Henry and Jane included the following information.  The wedding took place at Meysey Hampton on 12th April 1849 when the witnesses were Thomas Hewer and Anne Hewer.  Henry Collett of Sherborne was a bachelor and a blacksmith, while Jane Hewer of Meysey Hampton was a spinster and a servant.  Jane’s father was named as William Hewer who was a farmer, while the father of Henry Collett was not completed, and curiously his occupation was given as being a farmer rather than a blacksmith.  Both the bride and the groom were stated as being of full age.

 

 

 

The couple’s advanced years, with Henry and Jane both being in their forties, there was little chance of them raising any children, and certainly none have been identified to date.  According to the census two years later in 1851, the couple had settled in Sherborne where Henry Collett, age 49, was a smith (blacksmith) married to Jane, who was 43, and who had been born at St Andrews in London.  Living with them, and again following the death of their father, was Henry’s younger brother Robert Collett (below), who was also a smith from Sherborne.

 

 

 

Sometime during the next decade Henry and Jane left Sherborne and moved to Ampney St Peter, near Cirencester, where they were living in April 1861 when Henry was 59.  Living there with him was his wife Jane who was 52, and at that time the couple were being supported by two servants.  The census ten years later in 1871 also confirmed the couple were still living in the village of Ampney St Peters, where Henry was listed as being 69 and a retired farmer from Sherborne, while his wife Jane was 63 and from Holborn in London.

 

 

 

Henry Collett was 73 when he died on 24th May 1873 at Ampney St Peter, where he was also buried.  Eight years later his widow Jane was still living at Ampney St Peter.  According to the census in 1881, widow Jane Collett, age 73 and from London, was listed as being a visitor at the Kempsford home of gentleman farmer Thomas Arkell of Kempsford who was 35.  His wife Jane Elizabeth Arkell, age 36 and from Kempsford, was the former Jane Elizabeth Hewer, so was very likely a distant relative of Jane Collett.

 

 

 

At the age of 83, Jane Collett was still living at Kempsford ten years later in 1891, but on that occasion she was staying with the Knipe family.  Jane survived for almost another two years, before she died at Kempsford on 5th January 1893 at the age of 85, following which she was buried with her husband Henry Collett at Ampney St Peter.

 

 

 

Jane Collett nee Hewer had a younger sister Elizabeth, who was baptised in Wootton Bassett on 23rd November 1810, and it was her descendent Marilyn Griffiths who kindly provided much of the detail for the March 2012 update of this family line.  It is interesting that Elizabeth Hewer was very young when she married William Part Bowne (Bown) from Down Ampney on 3rd May 1824.  The story becomes further involved when Ann Collett Ref. 1L3) married Robert Hewer around 1790, and her brother William Collett (Ref. 1L6) married Susannah Bowne in 1792.  Today the Bowne family are represented by Pete Bown, who is the nephew of the aforementioned Marilyn Griffiths.

 

 

 

 

9M7

Jane Collett was born in 1802 at Sherborne and was baptised there on 18th February 1803.  The parish record indicated that her parents were Robert Collett, and his wife Hannah who had died a few years earlier, he being married to Amy at that time.  However, sadly their daughter was not well, and she died less than a week after being baptised, when she died at Sherborne on 23rd February 1803.

 

 

 

 

9M8

Jane Collett was born at Sherborne after February 1803, when she was named in memory of her late sister above.  It was also at Sherborne that she was baptised on 26th August 1803, the daughter of Robert and Amy Collett.  It is understood that she was never married although, when in her very early twenties, she gave birth to a base-born son William.  He was born at Sherborne but then, perhaps because of the shame to the family, he was taken in by another family at nearby Fairford, where he was also baptised.

 

 

 

By June 1841 William Collett was 15 and was living and working with tailor Thomas Lea at his home in Fairford.  This was very likely the reason why he gave Fairford as his place of birth in later census records, rather than Sherborne.  Also in 1841 unmarried Jane Collett was 35 was still living in Sherborne with her father Robert Collett and her brothers Henry (above) and Robert (below).  By the time her father made his Will in 1846 Jane was still a spinster and, as Jane Collett, she received ten pounds from her father’s estate.

 

 

 

By the end of March in 1851 Jane had been reunited with her son William and both of them were then living with tailor and draper Thomas Lea at his home in Fairford.  Jane’s occupation was that of an apprentice tailor at the age of 45 and she was described as being a visitor from Sherborne.  Her son William Collett was 24 and of Sherborne, and his occupation was also that of a tailor’s apprentice.

 

 

 

Ten years later in 1861 Jane Collett was 57 and was a servant at the Fairford home of 77 years old landed proprietor Mary Ann Rose of Chilton in Wiltshire.  After a further ten years, Jane Collett, age 67, was recorded in the 1871 Census as being an independent of Sherborne, while she was still living in lodgings at Fairford. 

 

 

 

The census of 1881 confirmed that Jane Collett, age 75, was an annuitant from Sherborne, living at Ampney St Peter with her granddaughter Amy Jane Collett.  Amy, who was 10 and who had been born at Fairford, was the daughter of Jane’s only son William.

 

 

 

Four years later Jane’s son William died as a result of an accident at work.  That happened on 22nd March 1885 and exactly one year later on 22nd March 1886 Jane Collett died while living at the home of her late son at 40 Princes Street in Swindon, the death being recorded at Highworth.  The death certificate for Jane reveals that she was 84 and a domestic servant, and that the cause of death was bronchitis.  Present at the death was Jane’s younger brother John Collett (below) from West Bromwich.

 

 

 

9N1

William Collett

Born in 1826 at Sherborne

 

 

 

 

9M9

Charles Collett was very likely born at Sherborne in 1804, where he was baptised on 10th February 1805, the son of Robert and Amy Collett.  Tragically he only survived for four days after his christening when he died on 14th February 1805.

 

 

 

 

9M10

Charles Collett was born at Sherborne in 1805, and was named in memory of his late brother above.  It was early in the following year that he was baptised at Sherborne on 23rd February 1806, when he was confirmed as the son of Robert and Amy Collett.  Charles was around 20 years old when he married Sarah, with whom he is known to have had a daughter.  By the time of the census in June 1841 Charles and Sarah were living in the Hanover Square district of London with their daughter.  The census return recorded the three of them living at Grosvenor Mews as farrier Charles Collett, age 35, Sarah Collett, also aged 35, and Amy Collett who was 15.  All three of them were listed as not being born within the same county area.  Charles Collett was named in his father’s Will, which was proved in 1947, and from which he received ten pounds, as did all his other siblings except his older brother Henry who inherited the family’s blacksmith business.

 

 

 

Ten years later in 1851, Charles and Sarah were still living within the parish of St Georges Hanover Square, but by that time their daughter had left the family home, perhaps to be married.  The census on that occasion confirmed that Charles Collet (sic) from Sherborne was 45 and a farrier, and that his wife Sarah Collet was 47 and from Netswell Cross in Essex.  They must have been well placed at that time, when they were residing at 30 Grosvenor Mews Rooms, where they had taken in three lodgers who listed as three domestic servants.  They were Isabella Calvert, age 29, a married nursemaid from Knightsbridge, unmarried Sarah A Robinson, age 37, a cook from Kings Lynn, and unmarried Mary Maddocks from Benfield in Berkshire who was a cook at the age of 40.

 

 

 

Charles Collett died sometime during the next decade, and his wife Sarah was listed as a widow still living within the Hanover Square district of London in both 1861 and 1871.  According to the census in 1861, Sarah Collett was 57, and was 67 in 1871, but with no record of her in the census of 1881, it would be logical to assume that she died during the 1870s.

 

 

 

9N2

Amy Collett

Born in 1825

 

 

 

 

9M11

Richard Collett was born at Sherborne and was baptised there on 9th May 1808, the son of Robert and Amy Collett.  It would appear that Richard married Elizabeth just after 1831 and that they made their home in West Bromwich, where the marriage had produced three children for the couple by June 1841.  The census at that time listed the family as Richard Collett, with a rounded age of 30, Elizabeth who was 25, and their three children, John Collett who was three, Henry Collett who was two and Fanny Collett who was under one year old.  Richard Collett was another of the children of Robert Collett to be named as a beneficiary under the terms of his Will of 1846, when he received ten pounds.

 

 

 

Ten years later the next census in 1851 still recorded the family living in West Bromwich, although by then Richard’s family had increased in size with the addition of three more children.  Richard Collett from Sherborne was 42, his wife Elizabeth was 40, and their children were John Collett who was 14, Henry Collett who was 12, Fanny Collett who was 10, Lucy Collett who was eight, Robert Collett who was six and William Collett who was four years old.

 

 

 

By the time of the next census in 1861 the family was recorded with a misspelling of the surname, with the absence of the second t.  Richard Collet, age 52 and from Sherborne, was residing at 11 Hallam Street in West Bromwich with his wife and family, where he was a blacksmith employing three men.  Elizabeth Collet from Trysull near Wolverhampton was 50 and their four unmarried sons on that occasion were John Collet who was 24, Henry Collet who was 22, Robert Collet who was 16 and William Collet who was 12 and still attending the local school.  All four sons were confirmed as having been born at West Bromwich.

 

 

 

Living with the family, and described as boarders, were Richard and Elizabeth’s married daughter Lucy with her baby daughter Harriet, plus Richard’s and Elizabeth’s granddaughter Lydia Harrison aged three years, the daughter of the couple’s older married daughter Fanny.  Completed the household was lodger William Tickel who was 22 and a smither presumably one of the men employed by Richard.  All of the four visitors had been born at West Bromwich.

 

 

 

According to the census of 1871 the family was still together and living at Hallam Street in West Bromwich, by which time Richard of Sherborne was 62, his wife Elizabeth was 60 and from Wolverhampton, and still living there with them were their three sons.  John Collett was 33, Henry Collett was 31 and William Collett was 23, and while William was unmarried, his two older brothers were both described as being widowed.  Also living with the family was Richard’s and Elizabeth’s grandson Richard Collett who was nine years old and also born at West Bromwich, who was the son of either John Collett or Henry Collett.

 

 

 

It seems very likely that Richard and Elizabeth both died during the next ten years because their grandson Richard was living and working with his uncle Robert Collett (Ref. 9N7) in 1881, following the death of his own father around 1875.

 

 

 

9N3

John Collett

Born in 1836 at West Bromwich

 

9N4

Henry Collett

Born in 1838 at West Bromwich

 

9N5

Fanny Collett

Born in 1840 at West Bromwich

 

9N6

Lucy Collett

Born in 1842 at West Bromwich

 

9N7

Robert Collett

Born in 1844 at West Bromwich

 

9N8

William Frederick Collett

Born in 1848 at West Bromwich

 

 

 

 

9M12

George Collett was baptised at Sherborne on 15th September 1811, the son of Robert Collett and his wife Amy Fowler.  In an earlier version of this family line George had been mistakenly recorded as being married to Elizabeth Emms from Hazelton, when in fact that was George Bryan Collett of Bourton-on-the-Water, whose details can be found in Part 14 – The John Kyte Collett Line under reference 14M16.  All that is known about George is that he was still alive when his father made his Will in 1846.

 

 

 

 

9M13

John Collett was born at Sherborne and was baptised there on 10th October 1813, the son of blacksmith Robert Collett and his wife Amy Fowler.  Just like his brother Richard (above), John eventually left Sherborne and initially headed for south to Hertfordshire.  It was while there that he met and married Sarah who came from Little Gaddesden just north of Hemel Hempstead in Hertfordshire.  It is possible, although not proved, that Sarah was very likely Sarah Wood the sister of Jane Wood who, before she was married, spent time with John’s sister Amy Collett (below).  The name of John Collett appears in his father’s Will of 1846 when he was bequeathed ten pounds.

 

 

 

Shortly after they were married Sarah gave birth to the couple’s first child while they were still living at Little Gaddesden.  However, soon after that the family moved to West Bromwich to be reunited with John’s older brother Richard who had moved there some ten years earlier.  It was also at West Bromwich that the couple’s second and subsequent children were born and where John was located at the time of the census of 1851.  He listed as being aged 37 and of Sherborne.

 

 

 

Ten years later in 1861, with three new children, the family of John and Sarah was recorded as living at West Bromwich.  It comprised blacksmith John aged 47, his wife Sarah 43, and their five children, Harvey, age 13, Sarah, age 11, William, who was nine, Martha, who was six, and Charles who was four years old.   No further children were added to the family after that, so by 1871 the West Bromwich family was listed as only Sarah aged 53 together with two of her sons William 19 and Charles 14.  Where her husband John was at that time has still to be revealed, although it is possible he was visiting his sister Lucy Collett (below) who lived in Wandsworth & Clapham as John Collett aged 58.

 

 

 

Despite his absence in 1871, John was back with Sarah for the next census in April 1881.  The couple were living at 46 Thyme Street in West Bromwich, where John was listed as a retired shoeing smith aged 67 years.  Sarah was listed as being 63 years old and her place of birth was confirmed as Little Gaddesden in Hertfordshire.  It seems likely that Sarah died during the next decade as John aged 77 was living alone at West Bromwich in 1891 and he too is assumed to have died shortly thereafter.  It was also five years earlier, in 1886, that John travelled to Swindon to be with his sister Jane when she was dying.  Jane’s only son William had been killed the previous year in an industrial accident and both John Collett and his sister Jane were staying with her widowed daughter-in-law Sarah Ann Collett at her home in Princes Street.

 

 

 

9N9

Harvey Collett

Born in 1848 at West Bromwich

 

9N10

Sarah Collett

Born in 1849 at West Bromwich

 

9N11

William Collett

Born in 1852 at West Bromwich

 

9N12

Martha A Collett

Born in 1854 at West Bromwich

 

9N13

Charles Collett

Born in 1856 at West Bromwich

 

 

 

 

9M14

Hannah Collett was born at Sherborne in 1815, the daughter of Robert and Amy Collett, although to date no baptism record has been found.  It was during the earlier 1840s that she married James Hardcastle, the marriage producing at least three children who were with Hannah on the day of the census in 1851.  It was also confirmed that she was Hannah Hardcastle in her father’s Will made in 1846.  By the time of that census in 1851 Hannah Hardcastle from Sherborne in Gloucestershire was a lodger at the Wootton St Lawrence home of David and Elizabeth Steel just west of Basingstoke in Hampshire.  Hannah was 35 and only had her three children with her, and they were Hannah who was six, Lucy who was four and James Hardcastle who was two years old.  James Hardcastle was back with his family in 1861 when the census that year revealed they were living within the parish of St Edmunds in Salisbury, Wiltshire, where James was 42, his wife Hannah was 46, and the only child still living there with them was their son James Hardcastle who was 13. 

 

 

 

Ten years later the widow Hannah Hardcastle from Sherborne was 52 when she was a servant at a house in Lambeth and Brixton registration district of London.  Where she was in 1881 has not been discovered, but after a further decade had passed Hannah Hardcastle was staying with her married daughter Lucy and described as mother-in-law of head of the household George Tookey, age 41, a joiner from St Pancras.  Lucy Tookey was 43 and her mother Hannah was 73.  George Tookey was unmarried at the time of the previous census in 1881 when he was a lodger at 37 Hanover Gardens in Lambeth, so Lucy Hardcastle was in her thirties when she married him.  It was less than four years later that Hannah Hardcastle nee Collett from Sherborne passed away, her death recorded at Lambeth (Ref. 1d 422) during the first three months of 1895 when it was said that she was 79.

 

 

 

 

9M15

Lucy Collett was born at Sherborne where she was baptised on 18th October 1817, the daughter of Robert and Amy Collett.  At the time of the first national census in 1841, Lucy Collett, age 23, was living and working in the Hanover Square area of London, not far from where her older brother Charles (above) was living with his wife and daughter.  Like some of her older sisters, it would appear that she never married.  Certainly she was still Lucy Collett when her father made his Will in 1846.  By 1871 Lucy Collett aged 53 and from Sherborne was residing within the Wandsworth & Clapham district of London.  Listed with her was John Collett aged 58 who may have been her brother from West Bromwich (above).

 

 

 

 

9M16

Robert Collett was born at Sherborne and baptised there on 21st December 1819, the son of Robert and Amy Collett.  Following the death of his mother in 1837 Robert continued to live at the family home in Sherborne.  At the time of the first national census in June 1841 he was 20 and was still living there with his widowed father Robert Collett the blacksmith, with whom Robert was also working as a blacksmith with his older brother Henry (above).

 

 

 

His father died in 1847 when Robert received ten pounds under the terms of his Will proved in Gloucester at the end of April that year.  By 1851 he was once again confirmed as living and working in Sherborne where he was still a ‘smith’.  On that occasion though he was lodging with his brother Henry who was then married to Jane.  However, it was during the next decade that Robert married Ann of Little Compton in Oxfordshire, who was born there in 1817.

 

 

 

The Sherborne census of 1861 confirmed that Robert Collett was 41 and that he was married to Ann Collett, age 43.  Staying with the couple on the day of the census was journeyman blacksmith Daniel Cook of Barnsley in Gloucestershire.  Just four years later Robert died at Sherborne aged 45 and was buried there on 30th May 1865.  According to the 1871 Census, Ann Collett aged 55 of Little Compton had returned to Oxfordshire and was living within the Chipping Norton registration district which included Little Compton. 

 

 

 

 

9M17

Amy Collett was born at Sherborne in 1822 and was baptised there on 5th April 1822, the last child of Robert Collett and his third wife Amy Fowler.  Sadly her mother died in 1837 at the age of 58 when Amy was only 15, leaving the teenager to be looked after by her elderly father Robert Collett who was 72 at that time.  Perhaps that was more than the old man could cope with, for not long after Amy was forced into domestic service.  Amy Collett appeared in the first national census in June 1841 as living at Westminster in the St George area of London, where she was given a rounded age of 15 (rather than her true age of 18).  At that time in her life she was working as a domestic servant at the home of Charles and Sarah Collett in Hanover Square.

 

 

 

During the late 1840s she became friends with Jane Wood who was very likely the sister of Sarah Wood who married Amy’s brother John Collett (above), both girls having been born at Little Gaddesden near Hemel Hempstead.  By 1851 Amy Collett, age 27, and Jane Wood, age 24, were recorded together as lodging at the home of Ann Hiron within the Luton & Dunstable registration district of Bedfordshire.  Four years earlier the name of Amy Collett, the daughter of blacksmith Robert Collett, was the last in a list of fourteen of his children for each received ten pounds in his Will which was proved on 26th April 1847.

 

 

 

It was during 1860 that Amy’s close friend Jane Wood married Reuben Horn of Ivinghoe Aston in Buckinghamshire and, according to the census conducted in the following year, Amy Collett from Sherborne was lodging with the couple, who were living within the Luton & Dunstable registration district.  The full household on that occasion comprised Reuben Horn 25, his wife Jane who was 30, their baby daughter Amy Jane Horn who was not yet one year old, sixteen years old nurse maid Eliza Brinklow, and lodger Amy Collett who was 34, rather than 37.

 

 

 

Amy continued to live with the Horn family and by 1871 the census that year revealed that also living at the home of Reuben and Jane Horn in Dunstable was Jane’s mother Mary A Wood who was 61.  It would appear that ‘baby’ Amy Jane Horn must have died while still a child, as the only children living with Reuben and Jane was their son William Horn, who was seven, and their daughter Sarah Horn who was five years old.

 

 

 

By April 1881 Amy was still living at the home of Reuben and Jane Horn.  Reuben was 43 and a plait merchant and he and his family were living at 1 Princess Street in Dunstable.  Their son William, age 17, was working as a pupil teacher, while daughter Sarah was 15 and an apprentice dressmaker.  Amy Collett on that occasion was described as being an unmarried dressmaker and a visitor, who had been born at Sherborne in Gloucestershire.  As with all of the previous census records, she gave an incorrect age when she said she was 52, instead of her true age of 57.

 

 

 

Two points are of interest.  The first that the daughter of the Horn household was an apprentice dressmaker which, presumably meant that she was being taught the trade by Amy Collett, and secondly that Reuben’s wife Jane Horn nee Wood who was 48 was born at Little Gaddesden in Hertfordshire.

 

 

 

And as previously mentioned, it was at Little Gaddesden that Sarah, the wife of Amy’s brother John Collett (above) was born, so such a long time together for Amy and Jane is perhaps a very good indication Jane and Sarah were indeed sisters.  That certainly would make it all the more reasonable for the strong long-term friendship relationship between Amy and Jane.  Amy Collett died at Luton nine years later in 1890, when she was 68 years of age.

 

 

 

 

9M18

Elizabeth Collett was born at Aldsworth around 1797, the first known child of William Collett and his first wife Ann Sparrow.  The only other record found for her so far is a listing in the 1851 Census when she was 64 and was living at Stow-on-the-Wold, when her place of birth was confirmed as having been Aldsworth.

 

 

 

 

9M19

Jane Collett was born at Aldsworth in 1800 to parents William and Ann Collett, but with within a couple of years she died and was buried there in 1802.  Her mother also died around the same time.

 

 

 

 

9M20

Charles Collett was born at Aldsworth around 1807, the first child of the second marriage of William Collett to Elizabeth Howes.  He never married and was a blacksmith all his life.  In 1841 and 1851 he was the only member of the family still living with his parents William and Elizabeth Collett at Aldsworth.  In the census of 1841 he was listed with a rounded age of 30 and in 1851 he was 41.  Both of his parents died in the 1850s so by 1861 he was living on his own at Aldsworth when he was 53.  The Aldsworth 1871 Census confirmed that Charles was 63 and that his occupation was still that of a blacksmith.  On that occasion he had living with him his nephew Francis Collett (Ref. 9N29) who was 13 and from Coln St Aldwyns, the son of Charles’ brother William Collett (below).

 

 

 

Sometime during the 1870s, and probably because of his advancing years, Charles took into his home another nephew who could help with the family blacksmith business.  That was William Henry Collett and his family, the son of Charles’ brother younger Henry Collett (below).  So by April 1881 Charles, at the age of 73, had living and working with him his nephew and blacksmith William Collett (Ref. 9N16), age 38 and from Aldsworth, his wife Augusta Collett (Ref. 9N27), age 29 and from Quenington, and their daughter Ada Collett who was eight years old.

 

 

 

Ten years later, on the day of the Aldsworth census in 1891 Charles was 82 and a retired blacksmith when he still had living with him his nephew William and his wife Augusta who, by then had two children Ada and Cecil.  Living in the dwelling next door to Charles was his brother Henry Collett (below) and his wife Mary, who was the father of Charles’ nephew William Henry Collett.  It was later that same year that Charles Collett died and was buried in the Aldsworth churchyard where a tombstone bears his name.

 

 

 

 

9M21

HENRY COLLETT was born at Aldsworth in 1810, the son of William and Elizabeth Collett, and it was at Aldsworth that he married Mary Carter at St Bartholomew’s Church on 3rd March 1837.  The witnesses were his father William Collett and sister Jane Collett (below).  All four of them signed their name in the church register in which the couple gave their ages as 27 and 19 years respectively.

 

 

 

Mary was the daughter of Richard Palmer Carter and Jane Fowler who were married at Aldsworth on 16th October 1817.  The Carter family are well represented in the churchyard at Aldsworth, with grave stones for Richard, dated 11th November 1872, Mary, dated 29th June 1858, and Richard’s father James 1793.  By June 1841 the marriage of Henry and Mary had produced their first child and that was confirmed in the census return which listed Henry with a rounded age of 30, Mary as 20, and baby Ann who was still under one year old.

 

 

 

During the next ten years Mary presented her husband with a further four children so at the time of the 1851 Census for Aldsworth Henry Collett was aged 40 and was a blacksmith living with wife Mary 32, and their five children.  They were Ann, age 10, William Henry, who eight, Richard, who was six, Charles, who was four, and Elizabeth who was one year old.  Their next child Robert, who was born in 1851, must have been born after 30th March, which was the census day that year.

 

 

 

Henry Collett was the enumerator for the Aldsworth censuses of 1861 and 1871 having taken over the role from his brother-in-law Joseph Waine who married Henry’s sister Jane (below).  In 1861 the family comprised Henry, who was 51, Mary, who was 42, Ann, who was 20 and a teacher, William, age 18, who was a blacksmith working with his father, Richard, age 16, and Charlie, age 13, both of them working as agricultural labourers, Elizabeth, who was 11, Robert, who was nine, Lucy, who was six, and Mary Ann who was three, and all of them born at Aldsworth.

 

 

 

Moving on ten years and blacksmith Henry was 61 years old when he was living with his large family at the Lodge in Aldsworth.  His wife Mary was 53 and still living with them were eight of their ten children.  William H Collett, age 28, was a blacksmith, Richard Collett, age 26, was employed on a farm, Charles Collett, age 24, was a blacksmith’s assistant, Elizabeth M Collett was 21, Robert Collett, age 19, was another blacksmith’s assistant, while the three youngest children were daughters Lucy Collett, who was 16, and Mary Ann Collett, who was 13, and their youngest son Henry Collett who was nine years old.

 

 

 

According to the Aldsworth Census of 1881 only unmarried siblings Charles Collett and Mary Anne Collett were living at home with their parents at that time.  The census record also confirms that the children were born at Aldsworth and that Henry, age 71, and Charles were both blacksmiths.  Mary Anne who was 23 years of age married Thomas Bennett during the following years.

 

 

 

The later census of 1891 for Aldsworth listed Henry collett, age 81, as a retired blacksmith living with his wife Mary who was 73, while living next door was his son William Henry Collett and Henry’s older brother Charles Collett (above).  Henry Collett died in 1892 and was buried at Aldsworth on 2nd April 1892.  Later that same year Mary died on Christmas Day and was buried on 30th December 1892.  Just outside the entrance to the church there is a well preserved gravestone for Mary, next to which there is a broken stone which is very possibly that of Henry.

 

 

 

9N14

Ann Collett

Born in 1840 at Aldsworth

 

9N15

William Henry Collett

Born in 1842 at Aldsworth

 

9N16

RICHARD COLLETT

Born in 1844 at Aldsworth

 

9N17

Charles Collett

Born in 1846 at Aldsworth

 

9N18

Elizabeth M Collett

Born in 1849 at Aldsworth

 

9N19

Robert Collett

Born in 1851 at Aldsworth

 

9N20

Lucy Collett

Born in 1854 at Aldsworth

 

9N21

Mary Collett

Born in 1856 at Aldsworth

 

9N22

Mary Anne Collett

Born in 1857 at Aldsworth

 

9N23

Henry Collett

Born in 1861 at Aldsworth

 

 

 

 

9M22

Mary Collett was born at Aldsworth in the latter part of 1811 to parents William and Elizabeth Collett.  However, she only survived for a short while when she died and was buried there in April 1814 and the age of just two years.

 

 

 

 

9M23

Jane Collett was born at Aldsworth and it was there that she was baptised on 21st November 1813, the daughter of William and Elizabeth Collett.  She later married baker Joseph Waine on 2nd April 1840, and it was Joseph Waine who was the enumerator for the Aldsworth census in 1851.  It is also interesting to note that Joseph’s mother was Susanna Waine nee Fletcher, the sister of Mary Fletcher who married Thomas Collett (Ref. 2M11) and the sister of Ann Fletcher who married Henry Collett (Ref. 2M16).  This then provides another link back to the one of the main line of Collett ancestors.

 

 

 

By 1881 Jane was a widow carrying on the family business as a baker and grocer in Aldsworth, Joseph having died in 1854.  Still living with her was her unmarried son John Waine, age 27, grandsons Ernest Charles Waine, age 12, and Harry Edgar John Waine, who was seven, and granddaughter Lucy Ann Howard, age 14, all of them born at Aldsworth.  The household was completed by two servants.  Jane died in 1899.

 

 

 

 

9M24

William Collett was born at Aldsworth during late 1816 or early 1817 and was baptised there on 4th February 1817, the youngest child of William Collett by his second wife Elizabeth Howes.  He was a blacksmith just like two of his brothers.  He married Jane of Coln St Aldwyns in the parish church at Coln St Aldwyns, where William was living and working as a blacksmith in 1841.  The couple married sometime after 1841 and before 1844 when their first child was baptised in Coln St Aldwyns, at which time they may have also been living there or at nearby Quenington.

 

 

 

All of their later children are believed to have been born at Quenington, although they were all baptised at the parish church in Coln St Aldwyns.  However, there seems to be some conflicting information regarding whether their second child was born at Quenington or at Coln St Aldwyns.  Sadly it would appear that the couple’s first child died shortly after he was born and was buried at Coln St Aldwyns.

 

 

 

By 1851 William was 34, Jane was 30, and their daughter Georgiana was four, when they were confirmed as residing at Quenington just south of Aldsworth.  The census for that year confirmed that William was a blacksmith who had been born at Aldsworth, while Jane and her daughter Georgiana were both said to have been born at Coln St Aldwyns.  Jane was most likely with-child on the census day since she presented William with a second daughter later that same year.

 

 

 

Ten years later in 1861 the family was again living in Quenington when the census return revealed the family as William 44, Jane 41, and their children Georgiana, age 14, Augusta who was nine, Anne Priscilla who was five and Francis who was three years old, the three younger children reported as having been born at Quenington.  William and Jane only had their two youngest children living with them in the next census in 1871.  The census recorded the family as William 53, his wife Jane 50, their daughter Anne 15 and their son Francis who was 13.

 

 

 

In 1881 William, age 64, and Jane, age 61, were still living at Quenington.  It is likely that the couple lived virtually all of their married life together at Quenington, since their daughter Anne was certainly born there, as was their daughter Augusta who married her cousin William Henry Collett (Ref. 9N16).  In addition to these, their son Francis was also born at Quenington, although he had left the family home by 1881 and was living and working in Bristol.

 

 

 

There is further confirmation of this in the census of 1901 when the couple was still living in Quenington and were listed as William, a retired blacksmith aged 84 who had been born at Aldsworth, with 80-year old Jane who was born at Coln St Aldwyns.  Still living with them was their daughter Annie, a spinster of 45 years.  William Collett died on 28th October 1906 at the age of 90, while his wife Jane passed away three years later on 11th August 1909, aged 89, and both of them were buried at Quenington. 

 

 

 

9N24

Francis Collett

Born in 1844 at Coln St Aldwyns

 

9N25

Georgiana Collett

Born in 1846 at Coln St Aldwyns

 

9N26

Augusta Collett

Born in 1851 at Quenington

 

9N27

Anne Priscilla Collett

Born in 1855 at Quenington

 

9N28

Francis Collett

Born in 1858 at Quenington

 

 

 

 

9N1

William Collett was the base-born son of spinster Jane Collett of Sherborne.  He was born at Sherborne in 1826 but was quickly removed to live with a family in Fairford where he was baptised on 13th August 1826.  That very uncertain start to his life was very likely the reason why, in the later census records, he was unsure about his date and place of birth.  His age had the biggest variations, whereas the place of his birth alternated between Sherborne and Fairford.

 

 

 

By the time William was 15 he had left school and was living and working with Thomas Lea and his wife Betty and their two daughters Patience and Mary at their family home in Fairford.  Thomas Lea was a tailor and he was teaching William how to become a tailor himself.  Although not confirmed, it is possible that it may have been with the Lea family that William had been placed fifteen years earlier.

 

 

 

Ten years later, according to the census of 1851, William was 24 and was a tailor’s apprentice still living at the Fairford home of tailor and draper Thomas Lea.  Also lodging at the house at that time was William’s mother Jane Collett, who was 45 and described as a tailor of Sherborne.  Over the next ten years William continued to live in Fairford, but by 1861 he was living on his own and in the census that year he was recorded as being a carrier aged 35 and from Sherborne.

 

 

 

It was at nearby Cirencester in 1865 that William married Sarah Ann Cockbill who is pictured here at the age of sixty-one at the wedding of her youngest son Albert in September 1901, by which time she had been a widow for sixteen years.

 

Sarah Ann Cockbill was born at Filkins north of Lechlade in Wiltshire around 1840. 

 

A note on the couple’s marriage certificate indicated that William Collett’s unnamed father had died when he was a child.

 

 

 

William’s and Sarah’s first five children were all born while the couple was living at Fairford and prior to the family’s move to Swindon, where the sixth and youngest child was born.  According to the 1871 Census for Fairford William, age 42, was a carrier and inn keeper living with his wife Sarah, age 36 and of Filkins.  On that occasion William gave his place of birth as Fairford.  Living with the couple were their first three children Harry, who was five, Charles, who was two, and Amy who was one year old.  Rather strangely the family also had living with them at that time a young child by the name of Charles Constable who was seven years of age and from Lechlade.

 

 

 

Between 1875 and 1879 the family moved from Fairford to Swindon where William had secured the job of labourer with the Great Western Railway.  By April 1881 he and his family were living at 40 Princes Street in Swindon.  William was described as being 47 and from Fairford.  The census record also confirmed that he was a labourer employed by the Great Western Railway in the E & M workshop. 

 

 

 

His wife was confirmed as Sarah A Collett, age 40 of Filkins, and their children at that time were Henry R Collett age 14, Charles Collett age 12, Frederick Collett who was nine, Hedley Collett who was six, and Albert Collett who was only ten months old.  Living with the family on that occasion was boarder William Strong, a workmate of William’s at the GWR.  For whatever reason, probably one of overcrowding in the male orientated family home, William’s and Sarah’s only daughter Amy, age 10 and born at Fairford, was living at Ampney St Peter near Cirencester with her grandmother Jane Collett (Ref. 9M8).

 

 

 

Tragically William Collett died in hospital on 22nd March 1885 as a result of an accident at work during the previous day.  It transpires that William was a labourer and a track leveller and that on the afternoon of Saturday 21st March he fell through a hole into a fire while working on the tracks near Rodbourne Lane Cottages.  His age at that time was recorded as being 49, and the death certificate indicated that his mother Jane Collett was still alive at the age of 82.  Ironically she died exactly one year later on 22nd March 1886.

 

 

 

An inquest into the incident that killed William took place at The Cricketer’s Arms Inn in New Town Swindon on Wednesday 25th March 1885 at which it was said that his son Henry Robert Collett identified the badly burned body.  As a result of the findings of the inquest, a verdict of accidental death was announced.  The surviving family of William Collett of 40 Princes Street in Swindon was recorded as his a widow, his six children, and his mother who was 82.

 

 

 

William’s widow Sarah Ann Collett was offered compensation for her husband’s death by the Great Western Railway, which she declined, saying that she would prefer each of her sons to be offered employment and an apprenticeship with the company, where her eldest son was already working at that time.  And judging by the trades taken up by her sons, it seems more than likely that her demand was accepted.

 

 

 

According to the next Swindon census in 1891, Sarah Ann Collett was 49 and was a widow, while still living at 40 Princes Street with four of her six children.  They were Henry 24, Frederick 19, Hedley 14, and Albert who was 10.  Her son Charles Collett had died in 1888 and no trace of Amy Jane Collett has been found in 1891.  Just after the turn of the century Sarah A Collett of Filkins was 61 and was still living in Swindon.  Also living in Swindon at that time were her sons Henry 32, Frederick 29, Hedley 26, and Albert who was 20.  Sarah Ann Collett nee Cockbill died at Swindon on 10th March 1910 at the age of 70.

 

 

 

9O1

Henry Robert Collett

Born in 1866 at Fairford

 

9O2

Charles Ernest Collett

Born in 1868 at Fairford

 

9O3

Amy Jane Collett

Born in 1870 at Fairford

 

9O4

Frederick William Collett

Born in 1872 at Fairford

 

9O5

Hedley John Collett

Born in 1874 at Fairford

 

9O6

Albert Joseph Collett

Born in 1880 at Swindon

 

 

 

 

9N3

John Collett was born at West Bromwich in 1836, the eldest child of blacksmith Richard Collett of Sherborne in Gloucestershire and his wife Elizabeth from Trysull near Wolverhampton.  According to the West Bromwich census of 1841 John was three years old and living with his parents in West Bromwich, while it was the same situation ten years later when he was 14.  By 1861 John Collett from West Bromwich was 24 and a married man who was still living with his parents at 11 Hallam Street in West Bromwich.  His occupation was that of a blacksmith, like his father, and whether it was an error made by the census enumerator, but his place of birth was given as Trysull, which was where his mother had been born. 

 

 

 

Curiously so far, no record of his wife has been identified, while it seems likely that it was very shortly after the census day in 1861 when their son and only child was born.  So perhaps John’s wife was at the home of her parents to have the baby, which often happened.   However, tragically, his wife did not survive the ordeal as was confirmed by the next census in 1871 when once again John was still living with his parents at Hallam Street in West Bromwich.  According to the census details that year John Collett from West Bromwich was 33 and a widower, whose occupation was that of a blacksmith.  Also living with him at that address was his son Richard Collett who was nine years of age and also born in West Bromwich who was still attending school.

 

 

 

With no apparent record found after 1871 for John Collet, a blacksmith from West Bromwich, coupled with the fact that his son Richard Collett at the age of 19 was living with his uncle Robert Collett in 1881, John’s younger brother (below), it may that John Collett during the 1870s.

 

 

 

9O7

Richard Collett

Born in 1861 at West Bromwich

 

 

 

 

9N4

Henry Collett was born at West Bromwich in 1838 and was aged two years in June 1841 and was 12 years of age in the census of 1851.  He was still living with his family at 11 Hallam Street in West Bromwich in 1861 when he was 22 and working as a carpenter.  During the next decade he became a married man but tragically lost his wife, most likely during childbirth, since in the next census of 1871 he again living at Hallam Street with his parents when he was described as a widower of 31 who was still working as a carpenter.

 

 

 

That situation was confirmed by the next census in 1881.  The census return for April that year included Henry Collett as being 39 while living at Taylors Lane in West Bromwich, where his occupation was again confirmed as being that of a carpenter.  The same census also confirmed that he was a widower and that his live-in housekeeper was Annie Ince who was 40 and a dressmaker.  With her were her three children Arthur Ince who was seven, Dora Ince who was five and Wilbert Ince who was one year old.  Each child was described as the son or the daughter of the housekeeper.

 

 

 

By 1891 Henry Collett was 50 and was still living in West Bromwich, but sometime during the next decade he was taken into the West Bromwich Union Workhouse where he was recorded in March 1901 as being 62 years old, a pauper and a retired carpenter, who was also said to be an imbecile.  Sadly he died just a few months later, his death recorded at West Bromwich register office (Ref. 6b 517) during the third quarter of 1901 when his age was 61.

 

 

 

 

9N5

Fanny Collett was born at West Bromwich in 1840 and was under one year old in June 1841.  Ten years later she was still living with her parents in West Bromwich and was 10 years old.  During the latter half of the 1850s, when she was around sixteen or seventeen, Fanny married blacksmith Charles Harrison from Great Bowden near Market Harborough.  In fact it is possible that she may have met him through her father who was a blacksmith who employed such men. By the time of the census in 1861 Fanny had already given to her first two children, by which time she and Charles were living in the Aston & Duddeston registration of Birmingham.

 

 

 

Being nearly ten years younger than Charles, Fanny Harrison was recorded in the census return that year at the same age as her husband, when clearly she was not.  Charles Harrison was 28, and living with the couple was just their youngest child Elizabeth Harrison who was one year old.  However, on that same day the couple’s eldest daughter Lydia Harrison, who was three years old and born at West Bromwich, was living with Fanny’s parents at 11 Hallam Street in West Bromwich where she was described as the granddaughter of Richard and Elizabeth Collett.

 

 

 

Four year later Fanny presented Charles with their only son, Charles S Harrison who was also born at West Bromwich, while by 1871 the enlarged family was residing within the Birmingham parish of St Thomas.  Charles Harrison was 37, Fanny Harrison was 30, Lydia Harrison was 13, Elizabeth Harrison was 11 and Charles S Harrison was six years of age.  Two more children were added to the family during the 1870s, the first of them born in Birmingham, with their last child born after the family had moved to Smethwick.

 

 

 

By the time of the next census in 1881 Charles and Fanny were recorded living at 64 Rabone Lane in Harborne, near Kings Norton, where Fanny’s nephew Richard Collett (Ref. 9O7) was living in 1891.  The 1881 census confirmed that Charles Harrison was 49 and a blacksmith from Great Bowden in Leicestershire, his wife Fanny from West Bromwich was 40, their son Charles S Harrison was 16 and already employed in the chandelier trade, while the couple’s two youngest children were Louisa Harrison who was five and Gertrude F Harrison who was not yet one year old.

 

 

 

The family, although reduced in size, was still living at Harborne in 1891, when Charles Harrison was 61, Fanny Harrison was 49, Louisa Harrison was 15 and Gertrude Harrison was 10 years old.  Charles Harrison passed away during the last decade of the century, so in the census conducted in March 1901 it was just Fanny Harrison from West Bromwich who was 59 and then living in Smethwick who was managing a huckster shop assisted by her youngest daughter Gertie Harrison who was 20.

 

 

 

 

9N6

Lucy Collett was born at West Bromwich in 1843, the fourth child and youngest of the two daughters of Richard Collett from Sherborne and his wife Elizabeth from Trysull near Wolverhampton.  In the West Bromwich census of 1851 Lucy Collett was eight years of age.  She was still in her teenage years when she was married to become Lucy Sonedley (or Sanedley) as confirmed in the census of 1861 when she and her first child were living with her parents at 11 Hallam Street in West Bromwich.  Lucy Sonedley from West Bromwich was only 18 years old and had with her, her daughter Harriet Sonedley who was eight months old.  Her unusual surname has made it virtually impossible to trace Lucy and her family in the later census records.

 

 

 

 

9N7

Robert Collett was born at West Bromwich in 1844 and was six years old in 1851 and was still living in West Bromwich with his parents at 11 Hallam Street in 1861 when he was 16 and a blacksmith working with his father and his older brother John (above).  Sometime around 1865 he married Mary Ann who was the same age as Robert and was also born in West Bromwich.  During the first five years of their marriage Mary Ann presented Robert with the first three of their thirteen children, so by 1871 the family residing at Hallam Street in West Bromwich was made up of Robert Collett, a coachsmith, and Mary Ann Collett, both aged 26, and their three daughters Martha Elizabeth Collett aged four years, Mary Ann Collett aged two years, with the youngest one Amy Collett just five months old.

 

 

 

According to the next census of 1881 the family was living at 56 Hallam Street in West Bromwich from where Robert, at the age of 36, was described as a shoeing and coaching smith who was employing two men.  Mary, also 36 and of West Bromwich, was confirmed as his wife, while the couple’s first three daughters were then referred to as Mary Elizabeth Collett who was 14, Margaret Ann Collett who was 12 and Amy C Collett who was 10.  Mary (Martha in 1871) had left school by then, whereas the next four children were still receiving their education.

 

 

 

In addition to the couple’s three eldest children the other younger members of the family that day were recorded as Lucy Collett who was eight, Elizabeth Collett who was six, Robert Collett who was four, Henry (who was referred to as Harry) who was two years of age and baby Frank who was just seven months old.  All of the children were confirmed as having been born at West Bromwich.  Also living with the family in April 1881 was Robert’s nephew Richard Collett aged 19 who had been living with Robert’s parents ten years early with his widowed father John – Robert’s eldest brother.

 

 

 

Over the next ten years a further five children were added to the family.  So by the time of the 1891 Census there were ten children living with Robert and Mary Ann at West Bromwich, with two of the five oldest daughters having already left the family home.  Robert and Mary Ann were both 46 and with them were Mary 22, Amy 20, Lucy 18, Robert 14, Henry 12, Thomas 11 (who was Frank in 1881), Hannah, who was eight, Richard, who was seven, James, who was five, Joseph, who was three, and Minnie who was two years old.

 

 

 

Just after the turn of the century eight of the children of Robert and Mary Ann were still living at home in West Bromwich with their parents.  The total 1901 family comprised general blacksmith Robert aged 56 and his wife Mary Ann, sons Robert 24, Henry 22, Thomas 20, Richard 17, Arthur 15, and Joseph aged 13, together with the two youngest daughters Hannah 18, and Minnie aged 10.

 

 

 

It was just over three years later that Robert Collett passed away on 11th November 1904 when he was living at 56 Hallam Street in West Bromwich.  His death at the age of 59 was recorded at West Bromwich register office (Ref. 6b 599) during the last two months of the year.  Following his passing, it was his widow Mary Ann Collett who was named as the sole executor of his estate of £445 4 Shillings 11d.

 

 

 

The next census in 1911 included Mary Ann Collett of West Bromwich, a widow at 66, who was still living at Hallam Street with four of her children for company.  They were Henry, James, Joseph and Minnie.  Mary Ann Collett was still living at 56 Hallam Street in West Bromwich when she died on 15th February 1923.  Probate of her estate of £481 4 Shillings was resolved at Lichfield on 2nd May 1923 in favour of Henry Collett, a moulder, and Edgar Stokes, a hame maker.  They were her son and the husband of her daughter Hannah.

 

 

 

9O8

Martha Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1866 at West Bromwich

 

9O9

Mary Ann Collett

Born in 1868 at West Bromwich

 

9O10

Amy C Collett

Born in 1870 at West Bromwich

 

9O11

Lucy Collett

Born in 1872 at West Bromwich

 

9O12

Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1874 at West Bromwich

 

9O13

Robert Collett

Born in 1876 at West Bromwich

 

9O14

Henry Collett

Born in 1878 at West Bromwich

 

9O15

Frank Thomas Collett

Born in 1880 at West Bromwich

 

9O16

Hannah Jane Collett

Born in 1882 at West Bromwich

 

9O17

Richard Collett

Born in 1883 at West Bromwich

 

9O18

James Arthur Collett

Born in 1885 at West Bromwich

 

9O19

Joseph Edward Collett

Born in 1887 at West Bromwich

 

9O20

Minnie Collett

Born in 1890 at West Bromwich

 

 

 

 

9N8

William Frederick Collett was born at West Bromwich in 1848 and was four (sic) years old in the West Bromwich census of 1851.  After a further ten years his age was 12 when in the West Bromwich census of 1861 he was still at school and living with his family at 11 Hallam Street.  It was also at Hallam Street that he was still living with his family in 1871 when he was 23, unmarried and with the occupation of a coachsmith.  Around seven years after that he married the much younger Amelia Fanny Fellows at West Bromwich (Ref. 6b 935) during the third quarter of 1878.  The birth of Amelia Fanny Fellows was recorded at Kings Norton Ref. 6c 619) during the third quarter of 1858, thus making her around twenty years of age when she married William who would have been ten years old. 

 

 

 

Shortly after they were married Amelia presented William with the first of their seven children and one year later their second child had arrived.  By the time of the West Bromwich census of 1881 William said he was 28, while his wife Fanny from Smethwick was 23.  Perhaps it was from the embarrassment of having a much younger wife that William did not give his actually age of around 32.  At that time in April 1881 William and Amelia were living at 8 Cottrell Street in West Bromwich with their two children Amelia, referred to as Fanny aged one, and William who was three months old, both of them having been born at West Bromwich.  William’s occupation at that time in his life was that of a farrier.  Three years later Amelia presented her husband with their third child, but tragically he was born deaf and dumb.

 

 

 

By 1891 the family had moved away from Cottrell Street and instead were living at 38 Victoria Street in West Bromwich.  Head of the house William Collett was 43 and a farrier and general smith, while his wife Amelia was 32, and living there with them were their three children, Amelia F Collett who was 11, William F Collett who was 10 and Albert A Collett who was six years of age.

 

 

 

The family was still living in West Bromwich in 1901 when William F Collett of West Bromwich was confirmed as being a farrier and shoeing smith aged 53 and his wife was Amelia aged 44 and from Smethwick.  Their son, also listed as William F Collett, was living with them aged 20 and was working with his father, his occupation being that of a shoeing smith.  Completing the family was their son Arthur A Collett who was 16 and their daughter Adelaide Collett who was five years old.  Their daughter Amelia F Collett had left the family home by then and was working away at nearby Tipton at the age of 21.

 

 

 

The West Bromwich census of 1911 provided the full name of William Frederick Collett from West Bromwich who was sixty-three and a shoeing smith with his own account working at home, which was a six-roomed property at 38 Victoria Street.  His wife of thirty-four years was confirmed as Amelia Fanny Collett, also from West Bromwich, who was 54.  During those years the marriage had produced a total of eight children for the couple, of which only five were still alive.  Still living with them on that occasion was their handicapped son Albert Arthur Collett, who was 27 and described as totally deaf and dumb from birth.  Of the two younger children Adelaide Lucy Collett was 15 and was already working as a paper counter at a local printing works, while Dorothy May Collett was still attending school at the age of eight years.  Lodging with the family was boarder Thomas Albert Young who was 30 and a fitter, electrical breaker foreman from Leeds.

 

 

 

All of the couple’s five children who were still living in 1911 are as listed below.  Therefore the three who had already died were sons Richard and Harry, plus one other not listed below, who may have been born in the 1890s.  It was just over seven years later that William Frederick Collett, a farrier, died on 18th November 1918 when he was still residing at 38 Victoria Street in West Bromwich.  Probate of his personal effects amounting to a value of £1,395 1 Shilling 5d was grant to his widow Amelia Fanny Collett.  He was 69 when he died, his death being recorded at West Bromwich register office (Ref. 6b 1771) during the last quarter of the 1918.

 

 

 

Amelia had been a widow for almost eighteen year when she passed away on 28th May 1937, at which time she was still living at the family home at 38 Victoria Street.  Her Will was proved at Birmingham on 21st July 1927, by which time her estate had increased in value to £1,431 6 Shillings 2d while it was her unmarried daughter Adelaide Lucy Collett who was made as the sole executor of her Will.

 

 

 

9O21

Amelia Fanny Collett

Born in 1879 at West Bromwich

 

9O22

William Frederick Collett

Born in 1881 at West Bromwich

 

9O23

Richard John Thomas Collett

Born in 1882 at West Bromwich

 

9O24

Albert Arthur Collett

Born in 1884 at West Bromwich

 

9O25

Harry Harvey Collett

Born in 1887 at West Bromwich

 

9O26

Adelaide Lucy Collett

Born in 1895 at West Bromwich

 

9O27

Dorothy May Collett

Born in 1902 at West Bromwich

 

 

 

 

 

 

9N9

Harvey Collett was born at Little Gaddesden during the June quarter of 1848, the birth being registered in the Berkhamsted district of Hertfordshire.  It was also at Little Gaddesden where he was baptised on 30th April 1848, the son of John and Sarah Collett.  Shortly after he and his parents moved north to West Bromwich to join his father’s older brother Richard who had moved there ten years earlier.  And it was at West Bromwich where all of Henry’s other brothers and sisters were born.  It should be noted that he was referred to as Harvey, Henry and Harry in some of the census records, but the one constant time, apart from 1871, was his place of birth as Little Gaddesden.

 

 

 

By 1861 the West Bromwich family was complete with Harvey as the oldest child at the age of 13.  Upon leaving school it would appear that he had a love of animals, probably through the contact he had with the horses that came to his father for shoeing, and went to London to qualify as a veterinary surgeon.  And it was at Camden Town that 23 years old Harvey was situated at the time of the census of 1871.  Perhaps out of ignorance bearing in mind the short amount time spent there, he gave his place of birth as West Bromwich rather than Little Gaddesden. 

 

 

 

During the following year he married Ann of Stourport in Worcestershire and returned to West Bromwich where he set up his veterinary business alongside his father’s blacksmith business.  Over the next ten years Ann presented Harvey with six children, all born at West Bromwich.  By April 1881 Harvey of Little Gaddesden was aged 33 and was living at 41 Carters Green in West Bromwich.  His occupation was recorded as ‘veterinary surgeon employing three smiths’ and these were most likely members of his Collett blacksmith family.  His family in 1881 comprised his wife Ann, age 30, and their children Frances, who was seven, William, who was six, Amy, who was four, Margaret, who was two, Ethel who was one year old, and baby Emily who was ten months old.  In addition to all of these the family was supported by Eliza Jones aged 17 from Dudley who was employed as a general servant.

 

 

 

 

 

Four more children were added to the family over the next decade, so by 1891 Harvey’s and Ann’s children still living at home in West Bromwich with them were Frances age 17, William age 16, Amy age 14, Margaret age 12, Ethel age 11, Elsie who was nine, Norman who was six, Sidney who was four and two year old Eliza.  The only missing member of the family was their daughter Emily, who would have been ten years old, and her absence may suggest that there had been a death in the family – see census return for 1911.

 

 

 

During the next ten years some of the older members of the family left home.  According to the West Bromwich census of 1901 Harvey Collett from Little Gaddesden was 53 and his occupation was still that of a veterinary surgeon when he and his reduced family were living within the parish of St Andrew.  Still living with him and his wife Ann, who was 51, on that occasion were his unmarried daughters.  They were Frances H Collett age 27, Amy S Collett age 24, Margaret Collett age 22, Ethel M Collett age 21, Elsie G Collett age 19 and Olive Collett who was 12.  Completing the family were his two youngest sons Norman T Collett who was 16 and Sidney H collett who was 15.  None of them was credited with having an occupation, so presumably they were supporting their father and mother.  It is interesting to note, that the couple’s youngest child, Eliza in 1891, was now known as Olive.

 

 

 

By April 1911 the family of Harvey Collett (recorded in the census as Collet) was residing at 11 Dudley Street in West Bromwich, although by then it was just four of his children who were still living with him and Ann.  Harvey was 63, Ann was 61, and the four children were their eldest daughter Frances Helen Collett who was 37, Ethel Mary Collett who was 31 and working as a school mistress, Sidney Howell Collett who was 25 and Olive Collett who was 22.  The census return that year indicated that Harvey and Ann had given birth to ten children, of whom nine were still alive.  This therefore very likely confirms that it was indeed their daughter Emily who had not survived beyond infancy.

 

 

 

Just over four years after that Harvey Collett of 11 Dudley Street in West Bromwich died on 25th July 1915, when administration of his personal effects of £1,219 11 Shillings 2d was granted to his widow Ann Collett.  He was 67 and his death was recorded at West Bromwich register office (Ref. 6b 920).

 

 

 

9O28

Frances Helen Collett

Born in 1873 at West Bromwich

 

9O29

William Harry Collett

Born in 1874 at West Bromwich

 

9O30

Amy Sarah Collett

Born in 1876 at West Bromwich

 

9O31

Margaret Collett

Born in 1878 at West Bromwich

 

9O32

Ethel Mary Collett

Born in 1879 at West Bromwich

 

9O33

Emily Collett – infant death

Born in June 1880 at West Bromwich

 

9O34

Elsie Gertrude Collett

Born in 1882 at West Bromwich

 

9O35

Norman Trustrum Collett

Born in 1884 at West Bromwich

 

9O36

Sidney Howell Collett

Born in 1886 at West Bromwich

 

9O37

Elizabeth Jane (Olive) Collett

Born in 1888 at West Bromwich

 

 

 

 

9N11

William Collett was born at West Bromwich in 1852 and was nine years old in April 1861.  He was still living at West Bromwich with his parents ten years later in 1871 when he was 19.  Curiously no obvious record of him has been located in the next census of 1881 and it was just a few months later when he married the much younger Emily Wood from Macclesfield in Cheshire on 3rd August 1881.  Over the next decade the marriage produced the couple’s first three children, as confirmed in the census of 1891, by which time the family, recorded as Collitt, was residing at Thirland House on Thirland Lane in Attercliffe cum Darnell in Sheffield.  William Collitt from West Bromwich was 39 and a Wesleyan Methodist Minister, while his wife Emily was 32.  The three children on that occasion were named as Harold H Collitt who was eight, Maurice J Collitt who was four and Henry Wm M Collitt who was only eight months of age.

 

 

 

It was very likely William’s work which had taken him to various locations, as his three sons were all born in different places, the first at Altrincham in Cheshire, the second at Lancaster in Lancashire, and the third after the family had settled in Sheffield.  He and his family were still in Sheffield three years later when the couple’s last son was born there.  Sometime after the birth the family moved again, on that occasion to 25 Greek Street in Stockport, Cheshire, where they were recorded in the census of 1901.  That year the complete family was listed as William Collett, who was 49 years old and a Wesleyan Minister, Emily Collett 42, Harold H Collett 18, Maurice J Collett 14, Henry W H Collett 10 and Charles E Collett who was four.  Supporting the family was domestic servant Annie S Webster.

 

 

 

During the next decade the two eldest sons left the family and by April 1911 the reduced family of four was residing at 58 Alderley Road in Hoylake-cum-West Kirby on the Wirral, between the River Dee and the River Mersey.  Wesleyan Minister William Collett from West Bromwich was 59, Emily Collett was 52, Henry William Howell Collett was 20 and Charles Edward Collett was 14.  On that day the family’s domestic servant was Kate Jones who was 18.  The census return also confirmed that William and Emily had been married for twenty-nine years, during which time they had given birth to four children who were all still alive.

 

This photograph of William Collett was taken in 1908 at a conference in Nottingham.

 

 

 

On the occasion of receiving the tragic news of the death of their son Henry, who was away in France fighting for King and Country, William and Emily were living at Ferney, Queen’s Park in Chester.  That was in the autumn of 1916, although not long after that William and Emily, together with sons Maurice and Charles moved to 8 Shelton Road in Wallasey.  Sometime later William and Emily returned to William’s roots in the West Midlands, and it was at 16 Waterloo Road in Wolverhampton that William Collett died on 18th August 1925.  The probate process referred to him as the Reverend William Collett, a clerk, when administration of his personal effects, valued at £752 1 Shilling 10d, was granted to his youngest son Charles Collett, a manufacturer.  However, there may have been some complication with his estate as it was over seven years after his death that his Will was finally proved in London on 24th November 1932.

 

 

 

The widow Emily Collett nee Wood died ten years later when she was living at Colington Flats on Gronant Road in Prestatyn, Flintshire, where she passed away on 22nd February 1942.  Her Will was proved at Liverpool on 15th May that same year, when her two eldest sons Harold Harvey Collett and Maurice John Collett were named as the joint executors of her personal effects valued at £1,856 14 Shillings 10d.

 

 

 

9O38

Harold Harvey Collett

Born in 1882 at Altrincham, Cheshire

 

9O39

Maurice John Collett

Born in 1886 at Lancaster, Lancs.

 

9O40

Henry William Howell Collett

Born in 1890 at Sheffield, Yorks.

 

9O41

Charles Edward Collett

Born in 1896 at Sheffield, Yorks.

 

 

 

 

9N13

Charles Collett was born at West Bromwich in 1856 and was just four years old by 1861.  He was still living with his West Bromwich family in 1871 and was aged 14, but after leaving school he left the West Midland and moved south to Bedfordshire.  By 1881 he was listed in the census that year as Charles Collett aged 24 from West Bromwich and was working as a clerk for the widow Maria Taylor who ran a draper’s business from premises at 12 and 14 George Street in Luton where Charles was also living as a boarder at that time.  No trace of Charles has so far been found in either the 1891 or 1901 census.

 

 

 

 

9N14

Ann Collett was born at Aldsworth and was baptised there on 30th September 1840, the eldest child of Henry Collett and his wife Mary Carter.  She was a school teacher in 1861 and later married Samuel Archer.  By 1881 she and her family were living at Turkdean, by which time she had had eight children.

 

 

 

 

9N15

William Henry Collett was born at Aldsworth during 1842 where he was baptised on 25th December 1842, the son of Henry and Mary Collett.  He too was a blacksmith like his father and was 18 in 1861.  At the time of the Aldsworth census in 1871 William H Collett was an unmarried blacksmith at the age of 28 who was still living with his parents at the Lodge in Aldsworth when he was working with his father and supported by his two younger brothers Charles and Robert (below).  Not long after the census that year William married his cousin Augusta Collett (Ref. 9N27), the daughter of his father’s brother William Collett (Ref. 9M24). 

 

 

 

From the 1881 Census William Collett, age 38 of Aldsworth, his wife Augusta, age 29 of Quenington, and their eldest daughter Ada, who was eight years old and of Aldsworth, were living at the home of William’s elderly old uncle Charles Collett (Ref. 9M20).  Ten years later in 1891 the family was living next door to William’s father, retired blacksmith Henry Collett, who was 81, with William having now taken over the family business.  The census listed the family as William Collett, age 48, his wife Augusta, age 39, and their two children Ada Collett, who was 18, and Cecil Collett who was four years old.  Living with them was William’s uncle Charles Collett, who was 82 and another retired blacksmith of Aldsworth.

 

 

 

According to the next census in 1901, William Collett, age 58, was a blacksmith and a shoeing smith.  Listed with him was his wife Augusta, age 49 and from Quenington, together with their son Cecil W H Collett who was 14 and born at Aldsworth.  Ten years later William was 68, Augusta was 59, and still living with then at Aldsworth was their blacksmith son Cecil who was 24.  William Henry Collett died at Aldsworth four years later at the age of 72 and was buried there on 15th February 1915, while his wife Augusta survived for almost another two years when she died at the age of 65 died in 1917 at Aldsworth where she was buried on 27th January 1917.

 

 

 

9O42

Ada Collett

Born in 1872

 

9O43

Rosa Georgiana Collett

Born in 1875

 

9O44

Cecil William Henry Collett

Born in 1886

 

 

 

 

9N16

RICHARD COLLETT was born at Aldsworth in 1844, where he baptised on 31st March 1845, the son of Henry Collett and Mary Carter.  In 1861 he was 16 and was working as an agricultural labourer while still living at Aldsworth with his family.  According to the next census in 1871 Richard Collett, age 26, was employed on a farm when he was still living at home with his parents at the Lodge in Aldsworth.  He married Jane Porter on 31st May 1873 at St Bartholomew’s Church when he was 28 and Jane was 23.  The marriage was witnessed by Richard’s brother Robert Collett (below) and Jane’s sister Eliza.  Early on in their marriage Richard and Jane lived with Richard’s uncle James Carter at 17 Aldsworth.  James Carter was the brother Richard’s mother Mary Carter. 

 

 

 

According to the 1881 Census Jane was 31 years old and had been born at Winson, just north of Bibury, although in the census of 1891 for Aldsworth her age was given as 43.  The 1881 record also showed that at that time Richard and Jane, together with their children Rose Georgiana, who was three years old, and Joseph Sydney, who was only eleven months, were living at the home of their uncle James Carter an unmarried agricultural labourer of 60 years.  Apart from Jane, all were listed as being born at Aldsworth.

 

 

 

The only change between that and the 1891 Census was that James Carter was no longer living with the family but that Jane’s six years old niece Sybilla Porter, who was born at Aldsworth in 1884, was living with them as their foster daughter.  The other details listed Richard 45 an agricultural labourer, Jane 43, Rosa 13 and Joseph 11.  By 1901 Richard was aged 56 and an ordinary agricultural labourer living at Aldsworth with his wife Jane aged 53.  By that time their foster daughter had adopted the Collett name and was listed as living with the couple as Sybilla Collett aged 16.

 

 

 

Ten years later Richard and Jane were still living in Aldsworth and the census in April that years confirmed that Richard of Aldsworth was 66, while Jane was 63.  At that time their foster daughter was living and working in the Brentford area of London.  Jane died just over a year later in June 1912 at the age of 65 and was buried in the Aldsworth churchyard on 23rd June 1912.  Richard died nine years later in 1921 although there is no record in the parish register at Aldsworth, again perhaps suggesting that the Plymouth Brethren buried him elsewhere.  Daughter Rosa Georgiana, who was working in Leamington at the time of her mother’s death, recalled returning home to find her father coming out of the house in a flood of tears.

 

 

 

9O45

Hilda Mary Collett

Born in 1874

 

9O46

Rosa Georgiana Collett

Born in 1877

 

9O47

JOSEPH SYDNEY COLLETT

Born in 1880

 

9O48

Sybilla Collett - formerly Porter

Born in 1884

 

 

 

 

9N17

Charles Collett was born at Aldsworth during 1846 and baptised there on 4th February 1847, the son of Henry and Mary Collett.  He was initially an agricultural labourer and was 14 in 1861, but by 1871 when he was a bachelor of 24 he was a blacksmith’s assistant working alongside his younger brother Robert (below) with his father and older brother William (above).  He was still unmarried at the time of the census in 1881, when Charles Collett, age 33, and his unmarried sister Mary Ann Collett (below) were the only two children still living at the family home in Aldsworth.  However, it was three years later that on 14th April 1884 Charles married Elizabeth Keylock who was also born in 1847 at Eastington near Aldsworth, although sadly there were no children resulting from the marriage. 

 

 

 

Three years earlier, Elizabeth Keylock was 34, and in the census of 1881 her place of birth was given as Farmington near Northleach.  She was not married at that time and was living with her widowed farm shepherd father George Keylock at Ablington near Bibury, where she was the housekeeper for her father and her two younger brothers.

 

 

 

Sometime after Elizabeth and Charles were married Charles added to his occupation of being the village blacksmith by becoming the inn keeper at the Sherborne Arms, as indicated in the 1891 Census, when Charles Collett was recorded as being age 44, as was his wife.  The previous publican at the inn was his father-in-law George Keylock, the Sherborne Arms being a tied house of Taylor & Co. (Cotswold Brewery) of Northleach.  However, by the time of the Sherborne census of 1901, Charles was 54 and once again he was listed as a blacksmith.  Virtually four months later Charles died at the age of 54 and was buried in the churchyard at Sherborne on 1st August 1901.  Elizabeth was also 54 in April 1901 and survived her husband.

 

 

 

 

9N18

Elizabeth M Collett was born at Aldsworth in 1849 where she was baptised on 27th May 1849.  At the time of the Aldsworth census of 1871, which took place on 2nd April that year, she was recorded as Elizabeth M Collett, age 21, who was unmarried and still living at the home of her parents at the Lodge.  It seems highly likely that her second name was Mary after her mother.  However, eight months later Elizabeth married Peter Mason, a stonemason of Aldsworth on 5th December 1871.  They had three daughters and a son and lived at Charlton Kings.  In the census of April 1911 Elizabeth Mason of Aldsworth was living alone in the Cheltenham area of Gloucestershire where she was a widow aged 62.

 

 

 

 

9N19

Robert Collett was born at Aldsworth in 1851 and there baptised on 24th September 1851.  At the age of 19 he was working with his father and his eldest brother William (above) as a blacksmith’s assistant like his older brother Charles (above).  However, by the time he became a married man his occupation had changed to that of an agricultural labourer.  He married Mary Anne Fleetwood on 3rd June 1876, Mary Anne having been born at Moreton-in-Marsh around 1858. 

 

 

 

In 1881 Robert’s occupation had changed again, and by that time he was a gardener at the age of 29.  His wife Mary Anne was aged 23 and living with them at Aldsworth were their first three children.  Henry Edwin Collett, who was four years but who died shortly after, Alfred William Collett, who was two years, and Fanny Collett who was one year old, all three children having been born at Aldsworth.

 

 

 

By 1891 the family at Aldsworth had been extended by a further four children and was recorded as Robert, age 39, Mary, age 33, Alfred, who was 12 and an agricultural labourer, Fanny, who was 11, Mary, who was nine, Lizzie, who was seven, Robert, who was four, and Edwin who was only eleven months old.  Three of the children, Mary, Lizzie and Robert had been born at Lyneham in Oxfordshire.

 

 

 

In the 1901 Census for Aldsworth Robert was aged 47 and in addition to his occupation as an agricultural labourer he had now added butcher.  Listed with him was his wife Mary aged 43, sons Robert 14 and Edwin who was 10, while their two daughters Mary aged 20 and Lizzie aged 18 were in domestic service at nearby Bibury.

 

 

 

Nearly eight years later, at the end of 1908, Mary Anne Collett nee Fleetwood died at the age of 49, and was buried at Aldsworth on 1st January 1909.  So by the time of the next census in April 1911 her husband Robert Collett was a widower at the age of 59 and he was still living at Aldsworth, although by then all of his children had left the family home.  Robert had survived his wife by twenty years when he died in 1929 at the age of 78.

 

 

 

9O49

Henry Edwin Collett

Born in 1876 at Aldsworth

 

9O50

Alfred William Collett

Born in 1878 at Aldsworth

 

9O51

Fanny Collett

Born in 1880 at Aldsworth

 

9O52

Mary Viola Collett

Born in 1882 at Lyneham

 

9O53

Lizzie Rose Collett

Born in 1884 at Lyneham

 

9O54

Robert E Collett

Born in 1886 at Lyneham

 

9O55

Edwin H Collett

Born in 1890 at Aldsworth

 

 

 

 

9N20

Lucy Collett was born at Aldsworth in 1854 and was baptised there in November that year.  By 1861 she was six years old and in 1871 she had left school and, at the age of 16, was very likely helping her mother look after her large family at the Lodge in Aldsworth, since she was recorded in the census that year as having no stated occupation.

 

 

 

 

9N21

Mary Collett was born during 1856 at Aldsworth where she was baptised on 11th January 1857.  It was also at Aldsworth that she died two months later and was buried there on 10th March 1857.

 

 

 

 

9N22

Mary Anne Collett was born at Aldsworth during the latter half of 1857 following the death of her sister Mary (above), and it was there also that she was baptised on 17th January 1858.  By the time of the Aldsworth census of 1871 she was recorded living there with her family, when she was still attending the village school at the age of 13.  She married Thomas Bennett at Aldsworth on 13th September 1886.

 

 

 

 

9N23

Henry Collett was born at Aldsworth in 1861, where he was baptised on 22nd September 1861, the youngest child of Henry Collett and his wife Mary Carter.  He was nine years old at the time of the Aldsworth census of 1871 when he was living with his large family at the Lodge.  In 1881 he was in service as a footman at 92 Harley Street, Marylebone in London, the home of Henry Thomas a retired Royal Artillery Colonel.  He later married Ada Earl and they had one daughter Maud who was born at Harlow in Essex.

 

 

 

By 1901 the family of three was living and working at Parndon Hall in Essex the home of Loftus Arkwright and his American wife Julia.  Two interesting historical facts are (i) that Loftus was a descendent of Richard Arkwright who invented the Spinning Jenny and (ii) Parndon Hall was the house in which Florence Nightingale’s mother was raised.  According to the census return for 1901 Henry Collett, age 39, was employed at the hall as a butler, while his wife Ada, who was 38 and had been born at Folkestone, was employed as a laundry maid.  With them was their six-year old daughter Maud.  Ten years later the census in 1911 identified the family of three living within the Epping registration district of Essex where Henry Collett of Aldsworth was 49, his wife Ada Collett was 48, and their daughter Maude Collett was 16.

 

 

 

9O56

Maude Collett

Born in 1894 at Harlow

 

 

 

 

9N24

Francis Collett was born in the hamlet of Quenington in 1844 and was baptised at the parish church in Coln St Aldwyns on 2nd April 1844, the first child of William and Jane Collett.  It would appear that he died during the following few years since he was not listed with his family in the Coln St Aldwyns census of 1851.

 

 

 

 

9N25

Georgiana Collett was born at Quenington in 1846 and was baptised at the nearby parish church in Coln St Aldwyns on 13th September 1846.  By the time of the 1851 Census she was four years old and the only child living with her parents William and Jane Collett at Coln St Aldwyns.

 

 

 

 

9N26

Augusta Collett was born at Quenington in 1851 but after the thirtieth of March that year since she was not listed with her family on the census day.  What is known is that she was baptised at Coln St Aldwyns on 1st June 1851.  By the time she was 19 the census in 1871 confirmed that she had been born at Quenington and was a servant at 3 Woodfield Road in Westbury-on-Trym, the home of Customs Officer Charles Lemon from the Scilly Isles and his family.  She later married her cousin William Henry Collett.  See Ref. 9N16 for the continuation of this line.

 

 

 

 

9N27

Anne Priscilla Collett was born at Quenington in 1855 and was sometimes referred to as Annie.  She featured in every census from 1861 to 1901 and on each occasion she was living with her parents who both died in the early 1900s.  From the 1901 Census for Quenington the conclusion may be drawn that she never marriage as she was recorded as being a 45 years old spinster.  Curiously in the 1871 and 1891 Census she was recorded as Anne D Collett but it must be assumed that it was a simple transcription error.

 

 

 

 

9N28

Francis Collett was born in 1858 at Quenington and was baptised at Coln St Aldwyns on 20th April 1858 when he was named in the memory of his late brother and first born child of William and Jane Collett.  By the time of the census in 1871, Francis was 13 and was living with his uncle Charles Collett (Ref. 9M20) and his place of birth was given as Coln St Aldwyns which was the birthplace of his mother.

 

 

 

On leaving school he became an engineering draughtsman and pattern maker and was working in Bristol in April 1881 where his employed was named as E & M.  In the census that year Francis Collett was listed as being a lodger, aged 23, unmarried and born at Quenington, residing at 14 Langton Street, Bedminster in Bristol the home of the Emms family.  It was later that same year that Francis Collett married Jessie Latham although, curiously, the couple were not recorded together until 1911.  The first listing for Jessie was in the Windsor area in 1901 when she was recorded as being 41 and from Bristol, but where Francis was on that occasion, and previously in 1891, is still a mystery. 

 

 

 

However, the next census in 1911 revealed more about the elusive couple who were the only occupants of the dwelling that was 47 Sunny Hill Road in Bournemouth.  Francis Collett, age 53 and from Quenington, was an engineer’s pattern worker who had been married to Jessie Latham Collett, age 51 and from Bristol, for thirty years, the couple having had no children.  Twenty-eight years later, at the time of the death of Francis Collett, the couple was living at 23 Eldon Terrace, Windmill Hill in Bedminster.  Francis Collett died on 7th May 1939 and was buried at Quenington at the age of 81, when he was referred to as Francis the son of William Collett.  Probate was confirmed at Bristol on 9th June that same year in favour of his widow Jessie Latham Collett, when his estate was valued at £1,758 10 Shillings 7d.

 

 

 

 

9O1

Henry Robert Collett, who was referred to as Harry, was born at Fairford in 1866 and was 4 at the time of the 1871 census for Fairford.  At the age of 14 years he was an errand boy living with his family, who by that time, had moved to Swindon and were living at 40 Princes Street in the town.  His father died in a tragic accident while working for the GWR in March 1885, and two year later his younger brother Charles Ernest Collett (below) died in 1887.

 

 

 

Following the premature death of his brother, Henry Robert Collett, a carpenter of New Swindon, was named as the next-of-kin and brother of Charles Ernest Collett at the granting of the administration of his personal estate of £104 1 Shilling 8d at Salisbury in January 1888.  Three years later Henry and his three surviving brothers were still living with their widowed mother Sarah Ann Collett at Swindon in 1891.  Henry R Collett was recorded as being 24 and of Fairford.  Seven years later in 1898 he married Blanche Phillips Mitchell who was born at Carnbrea near Camborne in Cornwall.  Blanche was eight years younger than Harry, having been born in 1874.

 

 

 

The wedding took place at Redruth in Cornwall and within two years of being married, Blanche presented Harry with a son Henry who was also born at Carnbrea near Camborne in April 1900.  The census in March of the following year revealed that Harry and his young family had returned to Swindon.

 

 

 

Henry R Collett of Fairford gave his age as 32 rather than 34, perhaps because of the difference in age between himself and his young wife Blanch who was listed as 26.  The couple’s son Henry was recorded as being eleven months old.  Harry’s occupation at that time was that of a carpenter and it is understood that he was employed by the Great Western Railway where his father had worked, and where he had tragically died in March 1885.  In fact it was Henry Robert Collett, son of the deceased, who identified the badly burned body of his father William Collett.

 

 

 

Over the following decade a further four children were born into the family, although only three survived.  So by April 1911 the family comprised Henry who was 40 (rather than 44), Blanche who was 35, and their four children Henry who was 10, Hedley who was eight, Elizabeth who was five and two-year old Ernest, the last three having been born in Swindon.  At that time the family was living at 6 Dryden Street in Swindon, from where Harry continued to work as a carpenter, while the census return confirmed that Blanche had given birth to five children, with only four still living.

 

 

 

9P1

Henry Robert Collett

Born in 1900 at Carnbrea, Cornwall

 

9P2

Hedley Charles Collett

Born in 1902 at Swindon

 

9P3

Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1905 at Swindon

 

9P4

Ernest Collett

Born in 1907 at Swindon

 

 

 

 

9O2

Charles Ernest Collett was born at Fairford in 1868 and was two years old and was living with his parents at Fairford in April 1871.  Sometime around four or five years later the family left Fairford and moved to Swindon where they settled at 40 Princes Street and where Charles was 12 in 1881.  He was 17 years old when his father died while at work in 1885, and tragically two years later Charles also died at Swindon on 9th May 1887 before reaching his twentieth birthday.  His death was registered with the Swindon & Highworth registrar, although the cause of death is not known at this time.

 

 

 

The administration of the personal estate of Charles Ernest Collett, coachbuilder and bachelor, late of New Swindon in Wiltshire was granted at Salisbury to his brother and next-of-kin Henry Robert Collett, a carpenter of New Swindon, the amount being £104 1 Shilling 8d.

 

 

 

 

9O3

Amy Jane Collett was born at Fairford in 1870.  Towards the latter end of the 1870s Amy’s family left Fairford and moved to Swindon where her father was working for the Great Western Railway.

 

However, as the only daughter amongst the six children of the family, and perhaps because of the lack of space in their new family home in Swindon, it would appear that Amy went to live with her grandmother at nearby Ampney St Peters.

 

This picture of Amy was taken in the September 1901 at the wedding of her

younger brother Albert when she was thirty-one and still a single lady.

 

 

 

The fact that she lived with her grandmother was confirmed by the census of 1881 when Amy Jane Collett was ten years old and of Fairford and was recorded as living with Jane Collett at Ampney St Peters.  Jane who was 75 and from Sherborne, was described as being unmarried and an annuitant, while Amy was described as her granddaughter.

 

 

 

On the day of the census in 1891 Amy J Collett, aged 20 and from Fairford, was employed as a general domestic servant at Shetland Road in Westbury-on-Trym near Bristol, the home of hatter and hosier Thomas W Bott and his wife and their two young children.  No positive trace of Amy from Fairford has been found in the next census of 1901 when she would have been thirty, although an Amy Collett from Swindon was 29 and was a boarder at 316 Lynton Road in Bermondsey, London, where she was a jam trade finisher.  In addition to this, the photograph above is Amy Jane Collett taken from a large family photograph which was taken at Swindon in September 1901.  However, it is established that it was three years later when Amy married Charles Archer in 1904 and by April 1911 the couple was living at Tamworth in Staffordshire, where Amy Jane Archer was 39 and Charles Archer was 48.

 

 

 

 

9O4

Frederick William Collett was born at Fairford in 1872.  By the time of the census of 1881 Frederick who was nine and the rest of his family were living at 40 Princes Street in Swindon.  Ten years later at the age of 19, and following the death of his father five years earlier and the death of his older brother Charles (above), Frederick W Collett was still living in Swindon with his widowed mother and his three brothers Henry, Hedley and Albert in early April 1891.

 

 

 

Around two years after in 1893 he married Mary Ann Harrison who was born in the St Giles area of the City of Oxford and within four years their marriage was blessed with their only two known child.  By March 1901 Frederick W Collett of Fairford was 29 and was working as a coach trimmer with the Great Western Railway, while living in Swindon with his wife Mary Ann 28 and their two children who were six years old Evelyn M Collett, and Frederick W H Collett who was three years of age.  Living with the family in Swindon was Mary Ann’s widowed father Henry Harrison, a retired bricklayer of Bicester north of Oxford.

 

 

 

Ten years later in April 1911 Frederick’s daughter Evelyn had left the family home in Swindon and was working in domestic service in Leighton Buzzard in Bedfordshire.  So the family at that time comprised Frederick W Collett of Swindon who was 39 and a coach trimmer, his wife of seventeen years Mary Ann of Oxford who was 38, and their son William who was 13 and was still attending school.  The census also confirmed that the family was living at 47 Rosebery Street in Swindon and that living with them was Frederick’s younger brother Hedley J Collett.  Just over eighteen years later the death of Frederick W Collett was recorded at Swindon register office (Ref. 5a 21) during the second quarter of 1929 when he was 57.

 

 

 

9P5

Evelyn Minnie Collett

Born in 1895 at Swindon

 

9P6

Frederick William H Collett

Born in 1897 at Swindon

 

 

 

 

9O5

Hedley John Collett was born at Fairford in 1874.  Not longer after he was born, Hedley’s family left Fairford and moved into Swindon where they were living in April 1881 at 40 Princes Street, where Hedley was listed as being six years old.  The young Hedley suffered two family tragedies during the next decade.  First, in 1885 when he was 10, his father died as a result of an accident at work, and that was followed by the death of his older brother Charles in 1888.  So by 1891 Hedley was living at Swindon with just his mother and his three brothers.  By March 1901 Hedley was still living with his mother and younger brother Albert at their family home in Swindon.  Hedley J Collett was described as 26 and born at Fairford, and his occupation was that of a foreman and engine fitter, presumably with the Great Western Railway where his father had worked and died.

 

 

 

It seems likely that Hedley may have never been married, or that he married much later in his life.  Either way, according to the Swindon census of 1911 he was still a bachelor at the age of 35.  At that time he was living with his married brother Frederick (above) and his family at 47 Rosebery Street in Swindon, the same street in which their younger brother Albert (below) was also living on that occasion.  Hedley was confirmed as having been born at Fairford and his occupation at the time was simply described as a fitter.

 

 

 

 

9O6

Albert Joseph Collett was born at Swindon in June 1880, following his family’s move there from Fairford.  In April 1881 at the age of ten months Albert was recorded as being with his family at 40 Princes Street in Swindon.

 

By 1891 his family had been struck by the double tragedy of the loss of Albert’s father through an industrial accident and the death of his older brother Charles.  So the census that year recorded Albert as being age 10 and living with his widowed mother and his three surviving brothers.

 

This photograph of Albert was taken at his wedding in September 1901.

 

 

 

According to the census of 1901, Albert J Collett of Swindon was 20 and was a coach builder, most likely with the Great Western Railway, while still living in the family home with his mother in Swindon.  It was later that same year, when Albert was just past his twenty-first birthday, that he married Clarissa Ellen Sheppard at Swindon in September 1901.  Clarissa was the daughter of Charles and Sarah Jane Sheppard and she was three years older than Albert, having been born at nearby Liddington in 1877. 

 

 

 

The splendid picture below shows the happy event on that September day

 

 

 

The small boy on the left of the picture (in the sailor’s hat) is very likely Frederick William Collett aged 4, the son of Albert’s brother Frederick William Collett and his wife Mary Ann Harrison who are believed to be the lady standing immediately behind the boy, and in front of her husband (far back left).  Their daughter Evelyn Minnie Collett who was seven years old is one of the four young ladies (bridesmaids) sitting at the front, possibly the one second from the left.

 

 

 

Of his other two brothers, it is likely that Albert’s best man was his eldest brother Henry R Collett who is seated to the right of the bride with his wife Blanche Phillips Mitchell.  If that is true then his brother Hedley J Collett was very likely one of the two men standing in the middle on the back row immediately behind sister Amy Jane Collett who is standing next to her widowed mother Sarah Ann Collett.  All of the bride’s Sheppard family are grouped on the right hand side of the picture, including Clarissa’s four brothers who are standing at the back.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Over the next eighteen years following their wedding day Clarissa presented Albert with six children, the first four being born at Swindon prior to April 1911.  The census that year confirmed the family was living at 25 Rosebery Street in Swindon from where Albert, who was 30 and of Swindon, was a coach builder.  His wife of ten years was Clarissa of Liddington who was 33.  Their four children at that time were William who was nine, Walter who was seven, Clarice who was five, and Dorothy who was four years of age.  Two further children were added to the family, one either side of the Great War, which may indicate that Albert was away on active service during the intervening years.

 

 

 

Albert was happy to help around the home with the domestic chores, while his wife ‘Clara’ enjoyed a game of whist, visits to the cinema, and holidays in Blackpool.  Albert Joseph Collett died around 1944 and was followed three years later by Clarissa who died in November 1947 at the home of her eldest son William Albert Collett.  It would appear that the family lived at Rosebery Street for many years after that, according to family recollections.  Rosebery Street is still there today in 2009 and runs parallel to County Road on which is situated the County Ground, the home of Swindon Town Football Club.

 

 

 

9P7

William Albert Collett

Born in 1902

 

9P8

Walter Charles Collett

Born in 1904

 

9P9

Clarice Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1906

 

9P10

Dorothy May Collett

Born in 1907

 

9P11

Frank James Collett

Born in 1912

 

9P12

Evelyn Collett

Born in 1919

 

 

 

 

9O7

Richard Greenland Collett was born at West Bromwich in 1861, his birth recorded there in early 1862. It was simply as Richard Collett aged nine years, that he was living with his widowed father John at the home of his grandparents at Hallam Street in West Bromwich on the census day in 1871.  Ten years earlier the census in 1861 recorded his married father, but not his mother, living at 11 Hallam Street with Richard’s grandparents.  So, unfortunately at this time, the name of Richard’s late mother is not known.  After a further ten years, and presumably following the death of his grandfather Richard Collett (Ref. 9M11), Richard Collett from West Bromwich was 19 years old when he was living with his uncle Robert Collett (Ref. 9N5).  Robert Collett was a shoeing and coaching smith employing two men, one of which was Richard who was simply listed in the 1881 Census as a shoeing smith.  At that time he was living with his uncle’s family at 56 Hallam Street in West Bromwich.

 

 

 

Four years after that Richard became a married man, although the record of the event at West Bromwich (Ref. 6b 943) included a curious second name which does not appear in any other of his records.  The marriage took place during the third quarter of 1885 when Richard Greenland Collett married (1) Phoebe Elizabeth Butler, the witnesses being Eliza Ann Harris and William Powell.

 

 

 

That was confirmed by the next census in 1891, by which time Richard and his young family were living within the parish of Harborne near Smethwick.  Richard Collett from West Bromwich was 29 while his wife Phoebe Elizabeth Collett was 27.  Living there with them were their two West Bromwich born children, Agnes Grinder Collett who was five and Richard John Collett who was just one year old and named after his grandfather who had died around 1875.  Tragically on 25th June 1900 Phoebe Elizabeth Collett nee Butler died at the age of 37 with her death recorded at West Bromwich (Ref. 6b 568).  Three weeks later her personal effects of just £50 were proved in London on 16th July 1900 which stated she died at the family home at 18 Boulton Road in West Bromwich and that she was the wife of Richard Collett, a blacksmith.

 

 

 

That was confirmed by the census in 1901 when Richard Collett was described as a widower at the age of 39.  He and his children were still living at 18 Boulton Road in West Bromwich, where his occupation was that of a shoeing and coaching smith.  His two children on that occasion were recorded as Agnes Collett who was 13 and John Collett who was 11.  Two years later the marriage of Richard Collett and the much younger (2) Ann Maria was recorded at West Bromwich register office in 1903.  That second marriage produced at least a further three children for Richard prior to the next census in 1911, although it is possible that other children may have been added to the family after that time. 

 

 

 

On the occasion of the census in April 1911 Richard Collett was 49 and still living with him was his son John Collett who was 21, while his daughter Agnes Collett, who was 23, was still living nearby within the West Bromwich registration district.  Richard’s new family comprised his wife Ann Maria Collett who was 35, his daughter Ada Collett who was six, and two sons Ralph Collett who was four and Cyril Collett who was two years old.  Twenty-eight years after that day Richard (Greenland) Collett was still living in West Bromwich in 1939, since it was there where his death was recorded during that year.

 

 

 

9P13

Agnes Grinder Collett

Born in 1887 at West Bromwich

 

9P14

Richard John Collett

Born in 1889 at West Bromwich

 

The following are the children of Richard Collett by his second wife Ann:

 

9P15

Ada Collett

Born in 1904 at West Bromwich

 

9P16

Ralph Collett

Born in 1906 at West Bromwich

 

9P17

Cyril Collett

Born in 1908 at West Bromwich

 

 

 

 

9O8

Martha Elizabeth Collett was born at West Bromwich in 1866, the eldest child of Robert and Mary Ann Collett.  It was in the census of 1871 that she was named as Martha Elizabeth Collett who was four years of age, while ten years later she was recorded as Mary Elizabeth Collett who had left school and was 14.  At that time Martha and her family were residing at 56 Hallam Street in West Bromwich.  Seven years later, when Martha was 21 she married Joseph Clemson, the event recorded at West Bromwich (Ref. 6b 825) during the first three months of 1888.

 

 

 

By the time of the next census in 1891 Joseph Clemson was 25 and a beer retailer at The Railway Inn at 21 St Michael Street in West Bromwich.  His wife Martha E Clemson was 24, while living and working with the couple was Emma Collett who was 16 who was a general domestic servant.  It is now known that she was Emma Elizabeth Collett who was born at Kenilworth in 1874, the eldest daughter of Henry Collett and Harriet Field who were living at 2 St John’s Street in Kenilworth in 1881 when Emma was six years of age, but who had moved to Henry Street in Kenilworth by 1891.  Whether there was a family connection for the arrangement or a pure coincidence has not been determined.  See Part 15 – The Kenilworth and Coventry Line (Ref. 15N28) for further details of the family of Emma Elizabeth Collett.

 

 

 

Tragically Martha passed away eight years later, perhaps during childbirth, with the death of Martha Elizabeth Clemson recorded at West Bromwich (Ref. 6b 509) during the last three months of 1899 when she was 32.  Following her death there is a recorded of a Joseph Clemson from West Bromwich living and working at Birmingham in March 1901 who was a publican manager.

 

 

 

 

9O13

Robert Collett was born at West Bromwich in 1876 where he was living in 1881 at 56 Hallam Street with his family, at the age of four years.  He was still living with his parents in 1891, aged 14, and again in 1901 when he was 24 and was working as a general blacksmith with his father Robert Collett who was also listed as a general blacksmith.  No record of Robert Collett aged 34 of West Bromwich has been located in the census of 1911.

 

 

 

 

9O14

Henry Collett was born at West Bromwich in 1878 and was aged 2 in April 1881 when living with his family at 56 Hallam Street in West Bromwich.  He was also there in 1891 aged 12 and later in 1901.  At that time he was still living with his parents at the age of 22 and his occupation was that of an iron moulder, perhaps working with his father and older brother Robert (above).  Following the death of his father during the first decade of the new century, Henry continued to live with his widowed mother Mary Ann at West Bromwich, and by April 1911 he was still a bachelor at the age of 32.  It was Henry Collett, a moulder, who was named during the probate process for his mother’s estate in 1923.

 

 

 

 

9O15

Frank Thomas Collett was born in September 1880 and was just seven months old at the time of the 1881 Census and was listed as Frank.  He was born at 56 Hallam Street in West Bromwich and was referred to as Thomas in 1891 when aged 11 and again in 1901 when he was 20 years old.  It would appear that his work at that time was allied to that of his father and older brothers with whom he was living at West Bromwich, as his occupation was stated as being a hollowware moulder.  It was also as Thomas Collett from West Bromwich that he was recorded in the census of 1911.  He was 30 and was still living in West Bromwich, but by then was married to Sarah Ann Collett who was 25.  Living the couple was Martha Collett who was 20, but is unclear who she was at this time.

 

 

 

 

9O16

Hannah Jane Collett was born at West Bromwich during 1882, the daughter of Robert and Mary Ann Collett, whose birth was recorded at West Bromwich (Ref. 6b 860) during the second quarter of that year.  She was 23 years of age when she married Edgar Stokes, the marriage recorded at West Bromwich (Ref. 6b 1376) during the third quarter of 1905, by which time her father had died.  They are known to have had two children, a son Edgar John Collett Stokes who was four years old in the census of 1911, and a daughter Lucy Mary Adelaide Stokes who was three.  At that time in their lives the family was residing at 191 Bentley Lane in Walsall from where Edgar was a manufacturer - cart hame maker.  Upon the death of Hannah’s widowed mother in 1923, it was Edgar Stokes, a hame maker, who was named as a joint executor of her estate together with Hannah’s older brother Henry Collett (above).

 

 

 

 

9O17

Richard Collett was born at West Bromwich in 1883 and was seven years old by 1891.  He was still living at the family home in West Bromwich in 1901 but, instead of following in the family blacksmith business, Richard was an apprentice bricklayer at that time aged 17.  Bachelor Richard Collett from West Bromwich was 27 and was living and working in the village of Martley just six miles north-west of the City of Worcester in 1911.

 

 

 

 

9O18

James Arthur Collett was born at West Bromwich in 1885 and was referred to as James aged 5 in the West Bromwich census of 1891.  Ten years later at the age of 15 he was listed in 1901 as Arthur Collett.  At that time he was still living with his parents and was already employed as an embosser.  Shortly after 1901 James’ father passed away and by April 1911 he was still living at west Bromwich with his mother and three of his siblings when, as James Arthur Collett, he was 25 years old.

 

 

 

 

9O19

Joseph Edward Collett was born at West Bromwich in 1887 and at the age of three years he was living with his family in West Bromwich.  Ten years later he was still there when he was 13 years old and still attending the local school.  In the years following the census in 1901 Joseph’s father died, after which Joseph Edward Collett aged 23 was still living at the family home in West Bromwich with his mother and three siblings in 1911.

 

 

 

 

9O20

Minnie Collett was born at West Bromwich in 1890, the youngest of the thirteen children of Robert and Mary Ann Collett.  At the time of the census in 1891 Minnie was recorded as being two years of age when she would have been nearer two months old.  However, in the next two census returns her age was more accurately stated.  In both 1901 and 1911, Minnie Collett was living in West Bromwich.  On the first of these she was 10 and when she was living there with her parents, but during the next few years her father passed away, so at the age of 20 she was still living there but with just her widowed mother and three of her siblings.

 

 

 

Four years later, during 1915, Minnie married George William Philpott who had been born in 1889.  Their marriage produce a total of three children, and they were Lilian Philpott, who was born in 1916 – who died around 2008, Ralph Collett Philpott, who was born in 1921, and Jeffery William Collett Philpott who was born in 1927.  George W Philpott died in 1967 and was survived by Minnie, who passed away ten years later in 1977.  Jeffrey William Collett Philpott, who died during 2006, was the father of Jayne Ray nee Philpott who kindly provided the new details for the family of Minnie Collett. 

 

 

 

It was as leading aircraftsman Ralph Collett Philpott with the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, service number 153508, that he was killed in action in India on 18th November 1944, following which he was buried at the Madras War Cemetery in Chennai (India).  His military record at the time of his death confirmed that he was the son of George William and Minnie Philpott of West Bromwich in Staffordshire.

 

 

 

 

9O21

Amelia Fanny Collett was born at West Bromwich on 23rd July 1879 when the registration of her birth named her parents as William and Fanny Collett.  It was one month later when she was baptised there on 22nd August 1879.  In 1881 she was simply referred to as Fanny Collett aged one year when she was living with her family at 8 Cottrell Street in West Bromwich, and was 11 in 1891, after they had moved to 38 Victoria Street in West Bromwich.  However, by 1901 she had left the family home in West Bromwich and was living nearby at Tipton and was 21 years of age. 

 

 

 

What is very interesting is that there were two Collett families living in Tipton at that time, and they were the brothers William and Thomas, the sons of Richard and Hannah Collett of Dudley.  That therefore begs the question, was Amelia related in some way to that branch of the family.

 

 

 

The details of this family can be found in

Part 48 – The Dudley West Midland Line (Ref. 48M7)

 

 

 

It was during the three months following the census in 1901 when Amelia Fanny Collett, aged 21, married William Foster Rhodes, aged 22, at West Bromwich.  Ten years later the childless couple was still residing in West Bromwich when William Foster Rhodes was 32 and his wife Amelia Fanny Rhodes was 30.  After just thirty-one years of married life Amelia Fanny Rhodes nee Collett, age 53, died at her home at 117 Paradise Street in West Bromwich on 22nd December 1932.  Administration of her personal effects, valued at £968 8 Shillings 7d, was granted at Birmingham on 24th February 1933 to her husband William Foster Rhodes, a newsagent.  William passed away four years later, when he died on 1st November 1936 while he was still living at 117 Paradise Street. In his case, probate was granted to Joseph Arthur Moreton, a solicitor’s clerk and to Joseph Taylor, a wholesale newspaper agent, by which time his estate was worth £1,972 4 Shillings 2d.

 

 

 

 

9O22

William Frederick Collett was born at West Bromwich on 11th January 1881 and was baptised there on 4th February 1881, the eldest son and second child of William Frederick Collett and Amelia Fanny Fellows.  He was three months old by the time of the April census in 1881 when, at that time, he and his family were living at 8 Cottrell Street in West Bromwich.  The family later moved to 38 Victoria Street in West Bromwich, and it was there where they were living in 1891 when William was 10 years old.  After a further ten years, William F Collett was 20 and was still living with his parents in West Bromwich in 1901.  His occupation was that of a shoeing smith and he was working with his father William F Collett who was a farrier and shoeing smith. 

 

 

 

The West Bromwich census of 1911 provided his full name, it being William Frederick Collett, when he was 32 and his place of birth was confirmed as West Bromwich.  Although no details are currently known, it seems likely that he later became a married man, and that he had a son Arthur.  At the time of his death on 18th December 1958, when he was 77, it was Arthur Collett, a draughtsman, who was named as the executor of his considerable estate of £5,389 16 Shillings 6d, his Will proved in Birmingham on 9th March 1959.  By that time in his life William Frederick Collett was living at 73 Bromford Lane in West Bromwich and it was at West Bromwich register office (Ref. 9b 811) that the death of William F Collett was recorded.

 

 

 

9P18

Arthur Collett – not confirmed

Born at West Bromwich, date unknown

 

 

 

 

9O23

Richard John Thomas Collett was born within the Christ Church area of West Bromwich on 25th December 1882, where he was baptised on 19th January 1883, the son of William Frederick and Amelia Fanny Collett.  Tragically he was approaching his second birthday when he died, his death recorded at West Bromwich (Ref. 6b 491) during the last three months of 1884.

 

 

 

 

9O24

Albert Arthur Collett was born within the Christ Church area of West Bromwich on 29th August 1884, following which he was baptised there on 10th October 1884, the son of William Frederick and Amelia Fanny Collett.  Sadly he was born deaf and dumb, as described in the West Bromwich census of 1891 when he was six and living with his family at 38 Victoria Street.  Just after the turn of the century, in the census of 1901, Albert was listed as being a juvenile aged 16, living with his parents in West Bromwich.  The West Bromwich census of 1911 provided his full name as Albert Arthur Collett, when he was 27 and was still living with his family at 38 Victoria Street in West Bromwich.  He was listed as having no occupation and was described as being totally deaf and dumb from birth.

 

 

 

 

9O25

Harry Harvey Collett was born at West Bromwich on 3rd November 1887 and was baptised there on 4th January 1888, another son of William and Amelia Collett.  However, the death of Harry Harvey Collett was also recorded at West Bromwich (Ref. 6b 506) during the first quarter of 1888 when he was only a few months old.

 

 

 

 

9O26

Adelaide Lucy Collett was born at West Bromwich during 1895 who by 1901 was five years old when she and her parents were living at 38 Victoria Street in West Bromwich.  After a further ten years Adelaide Lucy Collett was 15 and was already working as a paper counter at a local printing works.

 

 

 

 

9O27

Dorothy May Collett was born at 38 Victoria Street in West Bromwich during 1902.  And it was there also that Dorothy May Collett was still living with her family in 1911 when she was attending the local school at the age of eight years. They were still living there in November 1918 when her father passed away at the age of 69.

 

 

 

 

9O28

Frances Helen Collett was born at West Bromwich in 1873 and was confirmed as living there in ever census from 1881 to 1911.  Her mother died prior to 1901 at which time she took over the role of housekeeper for her father and his large family most of whom were still living at his West Bromwich home in March 1901 when unmarried France H Collett was 27.  Ten years later in April 1911, Frances Helen was 37 and was one of only two siblings who were still living with their elderly father Harvey Collett.  The other sibling was her youngest brother Sidney (below).

 

 

 

 

9O34

Elsie Gertrude Collett was born at West Bromwich where her birth was recorded (Ref. 6b 861) during the second quarter of 1882.

 

 

 

 

9O35

Norman Trustrum Collett was born at West Bromwich where his birth was recorded (Ref. 6b 850) during the last three months of 1884.

 

 

 

 

9O36

Sidney Howell Collett was born at West Bromwich in 1886.  He was four years old in 1891 and was listed as 15 in the West Bromwich census of 1901 when he was living with his widowed father and the majority of his siblings.  By the time of the census of 1911 all but one of his older siblings had left their father’s home in West Bromwich, leaving just Sidney Howell Collett 25, and his eldest sister Frances (above) who was performing the role of housekeeper in the absence of their late mother. 

 

 

 

Four years later, when he was 29, Sidney Howell Collett married Ethel Bird, also 29, at St James Church in Handsworth, Staffordshire, on 12th June 1915.  The father of the groom was confirmed as Harvey Collett, while the father of the bride was named as Alfred Bird.  That marriage produced at least two children, the second child born after the war and named after his paternal grandfather, perhaps indicating that Sidney had been involved in the campaign.  The birth of their daughter was recorded at West Bromwich register office (Ref. 6b 1172) during the third quarter of 1917, where their son’s birth was recorded (Ref. 6b 1579) during the third quarter of 1920.

 

 

 

At some later time in their life the family travelled south to East Sussex and it was in his home at South Lodge, Eastgate in Lewes, where Sidney Howell Collett died on 15th October 1963.  Probate of his estate valued at £6,911 was granted jointly at Bristol on 15th January 1964 to Albert Almor Millard, a chartered accountant, and his son Harvey Collett, a publican.

 

 

 

9P19

Joan Collett

Born in 1917 at West Bromwich

 

9P20

Harvey Collett

Born in 1920 at West Bromwich

 

 

 

 

9O37

Elizabeth Jane Collett was born at West Bromwich in 1888, the youngest child of Harvey and Ann Collett.  Her birth under that name was recorded at the Kings Norton register office (Ref. 6c 446) during the final three months of 1888.  However, it was as Eliza Collett that she was listed with her family in the census return for West Bromwich in 1891 when she was two years of age, while thereafter she appears to have been known by the name of Olive Collett.  Certainly it was as Olive Collett aged 12 years that she was living with her family in 1901, and again ten years later Olive Collett, who was 22, was living at 11Dudley Road in West Bromwich with her parents Harvey and Ann Collett, plus three of her older siblings.

 

 

 

 

9O38

Harold Harvey Collett was born at Altrincham in Cheshire on 16th July 1882.  He was the eldest of the four sons of William Collett and Emily Wood who recorded his birth at Altrincham (Ref. 8a 170) during the third quarter of that year.  It was his father’s calling as a Wesleyan Minister that was the reason for the family constantly moving around the north of England when Harold was a child.  At the time of the census in 1891 Harold H Collitt (sic) was eight years old when he and his family was recorded at Thirland House on Thirland Lane in Attercliffe cum Darnell in Sheffield.  By 1901 the family was living in the Stockport area of Cheshire where Harold H Collett was 18.

 

 

 

Towards the end of the next decade Harold married Amy Maude Ridley and their daughter was born after the couple had settled in Sunderland, where the family of three was living at the time of the census in 1911.  On that occasion Harold Harvey Collett from Altrincham was 28 and a tool-maker and fitter, his wife Amy was 29, and their daughter Aileen Yvonne Collett was two years of age.  It seems likely that their family was added to over the following years with the birth of Josephine and Ruth, the two of them pictured with Aileen Collett in a family photograph taken before 1925.  After the Great War Harold and his family are known to have been living in Leeds, and perhaps it was there that his two youngest daughters were born.

 

 

 

Upon the death of his mother, Emily Collett nee Wood, at Prestatyn in 1942 it was Harold and his brother Maurice who were named as the joint executors of her estate of just under £2,000.  At the age of nearly sixty years Harold Harvey Collett was still working as a gas engineer.

 

 

 

9P21

Aileen Yvonne Collett

Born in 1908 at Sunderland

 

9P22

Josephine Collett – not confirmed

Date of birth unknown

 

9P23

Ruth Collett – not confirmed

Date of birth unknown

 

 

 

 

9O39

Maurice John Collett, who was later known as Jack Collett, was born at Lancaster in Lancashire during the summer of 1886, his birth being registered there (Ref. 8e 754) during the third quarter of that year.  In 1891 when Maurice J Collitt (sic) was four years old he and his family were residing at Thirland House on Thirland Lane in Attercliffe cum Darnell in Sheffield, where his father William was a Wesleyan Minister.  By March 1901 the completed family was living within the Stockport area to the south of Manchester when Maurice J Collett was 14.  During the next few years he left the family home which, by 1911, was at Hoylake-cum-West Kirby in Cheshire, while Maurice John Collett from Lancaster was 24 and was living and working in Sculcoates, a district of Kingston-upon-Hull. 

 

 

 

However, just after the death of his brother Henry (below) in 1916, Maurice was once again living with his parents who had subsequently moved to at 8 Shelton Road in Wallasey where they had staying with them Maurice and his brother Charles.  It was a few years later that Maurice John Collett married Elizabeth Constance Banks, the event recorded at Chester register office (Ref. 8a 1119) during the third quarter of 1919.

 

 

 

Maurice’s mother died at Prestatyn in 1942 following which he and his older brother Harold (above) were named as the joint executors of her estate. At that time in his life the occupation of Maurice John Collett was that of a secretary.  Eight years later, the death of Elizabeth Constance Collett, the wife of Maurice John Collett, was recorded as taking place at Aston Lodge, Peachfield Road in Malvern Wells in Worcestershire on 1st October 1950.  Probate of her considerable fortune of £101,205 11 Shillings 1d was granted at Oxford on 14th November to her husband Maurice John Collett, a company director, Lillias Elsie Downes, a single woman, and Walter Laurence Curtler, a solicitor.

 

 

 

 

9O40

Henry William Howell Collett was born at Sheffield in Yorkshire during the month of August 1890, the third son of William and Emily Collett.  It was also in Sheffield that his birth was recorded (Ref. 9c 502) during the third quarter of the year.  At the time of the census in 1891 he was only eight months old when, as Henry Wm H Collitt (sic), he and his family were residing at Thirland House on Thirland Lane in Attercliffe-cum-Darnell in Sheffield.  It was his father’s work as a Wesleyan minister that was the reason why the family was living at various places over the next few years, although the family was still living in the Sheffield area five years later when Henry’s youngest brother Charles (below) was born.  However, not long after that the family moved again, on that occasion to 25 Greek Street in Stockport, where Henry W H Collett was 10 years old in the census of 1901.  He was still living in the family home by the time of the census April 1911 which, by then, was at 58 Alderley Road in Hoylake-cum-West Kirby in Cheshire, when he was recorded under his full name of Henry William Howell Collett who was 20 years old.

 

 

 

By 1914 Henry was working as a solicitor for Watson & Atkinson in Liverpool when he enlisted with the 1st Liverpool Battalion of Pals and later joined the 17th Battalion of the King’s Liverpool Regiment on 2nd September 1914.  At that time in his life he was 5 feet 8½ inches tall, weighing 163 pounds.  He was later promoted to acting unpaid lance corporal on 29th December 1914 but was once again a private on 23rd February 1915 and from 29th April through to 4th September 1915 he was based at Belton Camp near Grantham in Lincolnshire for basic training.  It was on 5th September that he left Belton for Lark Hill Camp on Salisbury Plain, where he remained until 7th November 1915 when he was sent to France.  This photograph of Henry in his army uniform was taken sometime around the start of the war, when he was Private Henry W H Collett, service number 16019, with 17th Bn. of the King’s Liverpool Regiment.

 

 

 

After initially serving the first year and sixty-six days of his military career in England, Henry eventually spent the following 266 days in action in France, making a total military service of 697 days.  Henry and his comrades were part of 89th Brigade, 30th Division, which served in France for the duration of the war, during which “The Liverpool Pals” were amongst the most successful battalions who attacked the German defences at the Somme on 1st July 1916.  Henry was involved in that battle and thankfully survived without injury.  However, he was not so lucky at the end of that month when he  and the 17th battalion were required to support the 18th and 20th Battalions of King’s Liverpool Regiments when they were attacking the heavily fortified village of Guillemont on 30th July. 

 

 

 

The assault started at 4.45 a.m. despite the dark night and foggy conditions, while the German Army were aware the British were coming and bombarded their positions with gas shells.  Tragically Henry and his unit were cut down by machinegun fire as the fog cleared away, with Henry being badly wounded.  It transpires that after he was attended to by a doctor, and was being carried on a stretcher to the safety of the field ambulance, that the rescue party was hit by an enemy shell killing them all.  So it was that Henry William Howell Collett was killed in action at the Battle of Guillemont during Sunday 30th July 1916, with his name being one of those on the Thievpal Memorial.  His name can also be found at the Wesleyan Church in Chester

 

 

 

 

9O41

Charles Edward Collett was born at Sheffield in 1896, and shortly he was born his family left Sheffield when they moved to Stockport in Cheshire, where Charles E collett was four years of age in the census on 1901.  His father’s work as a Wesleyan Minister saw the family move once again before the next census in 1911, by which time Charles’ two eldest brothers had left the family home.  The census that year recorded Charles Edward Collett, age 14 and from Sheffield, living with his parents and older brother Henry at Hoylake-cum-West Kirby on the Wirral in Cheshire.  The inscription on the sailor’s hat in this photograph suggests that Charles was a member of the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve.  It was five years after the war, on 4th September 1923, that Charles Edward Collett married Victoria Lucie Powell.

 

 

 

Two years later his father died in August 1925, while it was a further seven years before his father’s Will was finally passed through probate in London in 1932, when Charles Collett, a manufacturer, was named as the sole administrator of his estate.

 

 

 

 

9O42

Ada Collett was born in 1872 at Aldsworth but was not baptised until 3rd November 1874.  In the Aldsworth census of 1881 she was eight years old, and then years later in 1891 she was still living with her parents at Aldsworth when 18 years of age.  Curiously she was not still living with her parents in 1901, nor has she been located in any of the census returns for that year.  It is known that she never married and that she later to Aldsworth where she died in 1916 as was buried in the churchyard there on 2nd December 1916.

 

 

 

 

9O43

Rosa Georgiana Collett was born at Aldsworth where she was baptised on 4th January 1875.  Tragically she died a year later and was buried at Aldsworth on 7th January 1876.

 

 

 

 

9O44

Cecil William Henry Collett was born at Aldsworth in 1886.  In March 1901 Cecil was still attending school at 14 and was still living at the family home in Aldsworth with his parents.  On leaving school Cecil then followed his father by becoming a blacksmith and was in fact the last in a line of five generations of blacksmiths in Aldsworth.  According to the census of 1911, blacksmith Cecil Collett of Aldsworth was 24 and was still a bachelor living with his parents at Aldsworth.  During the following few years Cecil married Hannah and their marriage produced three sons for the couple. 

 

 

 

Cecil and Hannah were both buried in Quenington Cemetery, he in 1970 aged 83 and she in 1963 aged 76.  A single headstone marks the grave with the inscription ‘Cecil Collett 1887 – 1970 and his wife Hannah Collett 1887 – 1963’.  The couple’s three sons were all still living in 2002.

 

 

 

9P24

Frank William Collett

Born in 1917

 

9P25

John Collett

Born in 1918

 

9P26

Donald Collett

Date unknown

 

 

 

 

9O45

Hilda Mary Collett was born at Aldsworth in 1874, the eldest child of Richard Collett and Jane Porter.  Sadly she was just four years old when she died at Aldsworth, following which her death was recorded at Northleach (Ref. 6n 270) during the fourth quarter of 1878.

 

 

 

 

9O46

Rosa Georgiana Collett was born at Aldsworth in 1877 and it would appear that she was named after her cousin (above) who died in infancy in 1876.  So far no record of her baptism has been found at St Bartholomew’s Church.  This perhaps suggests that her parents were worshipping with the Plymouth Brethren who had just recently starting meeting in Aldsworth at around that time.  By April 1911 she was recorded as Rosa Georgina Collett, a spinster of Aldsworth who was still living there at the age of 33.  Rosa never married but she and her brother Joseph Sydney Collett were committed to the Plymouth Brethren for all their lives.  Rosa died in 1961 and was buried at Quenington by the Plymouth Brethren.

 

 

 

 

9O47

JOSEPH SYDNEY COLLETT was born at Aldsworth on 26th April 1880.  He was eleven months old in the Aldsworth census during the following year, and was 11 by the time of the Aldsworth census in 1891.  According to the next census in 1901 Joseph was 20 and was working as a groom domestic while living at Bibury.  At the time of his marriage to Edith Elizabeth Eden at Shipston-on-Stour in 1908, he was recorded as being an agricultural labourer.  Edith was three years older than Joseph, having been born in 1877.

 

 

 

By the time of the census of 1911 the marriage had produced the couple’s first child and the family was then living at Aldsworth.  The census return on that occasion revealed that Joseph Collett of Aldsworth was 30, his wife Edith Elizabeth was 33, and their daughter Ethel Rosa Collett was just one month old.  Sometime during the next year the family left Aldsworth and moved to Bibury, where their next child was born.  Joseph Sydney Collett died at Bristol during 1966, and it was there that he was buried.

 

 

 

9P27

Ethel Rosa Collett

Born in 1911

 

9P28

SYDNEY COLLETT

Born in 1912

 

9P29

Donald Collett              twin

Born in 1914

 

9P30

Jessie Collett               twin

Born in 1914

 

 

 

 

9O48

Sybil Collett was born at Aldsworth in 1885 as Sybilla Porter.  She was the niece of Jane Collett nee Porter who was married to Richard Collett of Aldsworth, and it was Jane and Richard that took over the care of Sybilla prior to 1891.  By 1891 she was a foster child living in the Collett’s Aldsworth home.

 

 

 

During the next decade Sybilla had adopted the Collett name and was recorded in the census of 1901 as Sybilla Collett aged 16 who was living at Aldsworth with her foster parents Richard and Jane Collett.  Ten years later Richard and Jane were still living in Aldsworth, but by that time Sybilla had moved to London where she was listed as Sybil Collett 26 of Aldsworth, living and working within the Brentford registration district.

 

 

 

 

9O49

Henry Edwin Collett was born at Aldsworth and was baptised there on 1st April 1877.  Tragically he died when he was only five years old and was buried in St Bartholomew’s Churchyard at Aldsworth on 2nd August 1882.

 

 

 

 

9O50

Alfred William Collett was born in 1878 at Aldsworth, where he was baptised on 22nd August 1878.  He was an agricultural labourer in 1891 and, by 1901 when he was 22, he had moved north to Staffordshire where he was a railway shunter at Horninglow near Burton on Trent.  Around 1905 Alfred married the much younger Emily and their first child was born at Burton on Trent the following year.  By April 1911 Alfred William Collett of Aldsworth was still living in Horninglow where he was 32 and married to Emily who was only 23.  With them was their four years old daughter Emily.

 

 

 

Other children may have followed in the years after 1911, but the only additional confirmed child was their son Alfred who was born in the middle of The Great War.  Prior to the discovery of this new information regarding their son, it was originally believed that it was Alfred William Collett who died during the First World War in Japan, but this now seems to have been confused with the later war and his son.

 

 

 

Certainly it was Alfred’s and Emily’s son Alfred who died during the Second World War, while he was serving his King and Country in the Far East.  The Commonwealth War Graves Commission confirmed that the parents of Alfred Edwin Collett were Alfred William and Emily Collett of Burton-on-Trent.

 

 

 

9P31

Viola Emily Collett

Born in 1906 at Burton-on-Trent

 

9P32

Alfred Edwin Collett

Born in 1916

 

 

 

 

9O51

Fanny Collett was born at Aldsworth where she was baptised on 1st February 1880.  She was a domestic cook at Hampstead in 1901 and she married George F J Hall at Aldsworth on 19th October 1902.  In 1909 George took over his father’s forge at Great Barrington just west of Burford.  That was confirmed by the census of 1911 when George was recorded as being 37, his wife Fanny was 31 and from Aldsworth, and their children were E F G Hall aged six years, Lizzie Hall who was three, and twins Walter Hall and William Hall who were only one month old.

 

 

 

Fanny Hall nee Collett died in September 1925, in 2006 Brian Hall, a grandson of Fanny and George was living in Windrush and was a lifelong friend of Gordon John Collett of Lincolnshire (Ref. 3Q5).  Brian’s sister, Brenda Hall married Malcolm Margetts and was living somewhere on the south coast at the turn of the century.  Brian and Brenda were the children of Fanny’s and George’s son William Hall who was known as Bill.

 

 

 

The Margetts name also appears in Part Two – The Secondary Line (Ref. 2M23 and 2M24) and continues from that reference as the starting point for Part Three – The Chedworth Line.  There are also further references under 2N36 and 3N8.

 

 

 

9P33

Edward Frederick George Hall

Born in 1904

 

9P34

Lizzie Hall

Born in 1907

 

9P35

Walter Hall        twin

Born in March 1911

 

9P36

William Hall       twin

Born in March 1911

 

9P37

Hilda Hall

Born after 1911

 

 

 

 

9O52

Mary Viola Collett was born either at the end of 1881 or early in 1882 at Lyneham, just north of Milton-under-Wychwood.  Her birth was recorded at Chipping Norton in 1882, while within the 1939 Register her year of birth was given as 1881.  Before she was ten years of age her family left Lyneham and returned to Aldsworth where they had been living just prior to her birth.  In the Aldsworth census of 1891 Mary Collett from Lyneham in Oxfordshire was nine years old, whereas ten years later, at the age of 20, she was working as a cook domestic at a house in Bibury when her family was still at Aldsworth.  Once again the census return in 1901 stated that she had been born at Lyneham in Oxfordshire.  Where she was living at the time of the next census in April 1911 has not yet been determined, although it is known that she was married four year later.

 

 

 

Her marriage to Frederick Gardiner was recorded at Tetbury in Gloucestershire during 1915.  Frederick was a policeman with the Gloucestershire constabulary and had been born at Carhampton in Somerset, the son of agricultural labourer Richard Gardiner and his wife Harriet.  His birth was recorded at nearby Williton (Ref. 5c 291) during the last three months of 1884 and he was six years old in the census of 1891 when living at Eastbury in Carhampton with his family.  Ten years later, as Fred Gardiner aged 16, he was still living at Carhampton with his parents and his two siblings Gilbert who was 18 and Alice who was 12, by which time he was employed as a labourer working on a farm.  By 1911 he was a police constable in Gloucestershire.

 

 

 

Once they were married Mary and Frederick settled in Stroud, although it may have been the Great War that delayed the birth of their two children, both of whom were born in Stroud.  Mary was in her early forties when she gave birth to their daughter Alice Mary Gardiner, who was born in 1922, but sadly their son Gilbert Gardiner was just one year old when he died in 1926.  Frederick retired from the police force around 1934 when he was 50 and he and Mary were still residing in Stroud when he passed away during 1956. Upon the death of her husband Mary moved to live in London, where she died in 1965.  Their son Gilbert was named after Frederick’s older brother who died at Carhampton in 1918.

 

 

 

 

9O53

Lizzie Rose Collett was born around 1884 at Lyneham.  She married her sister’s brother-in-law William Hall on 4th December 1909.  Lizzie’s sister Fanny Collett (above) had earlier married William’s brother George Hall.  It is understood that William died shortly after they were married and that Lizzie later married for a second time.  The census of 1901 listed Lizzie as being aged 18 and born at Lyneham in Oxfordshire and just like her sister Mary, she too was in service and also at Bibury where she was a housemaid domestic.

 

 

 

 

9O54

Robert E Collett was born in 1886 at Lyneham, the son of Robert Collett and Mary Anne Fleetwood.  He was four years old in the Aldsworth census of 1891.  In the next census in 1901 Robert’s place of birth was given as Milton-under-Wychwood, which is the next village to the south of Lyneham.  At the age of 14 he was listed as being an ordinary agricultural labourer, while he was still living at home with his parents at Aldsworth.

 

 

 

His mother died in December 1908, and just over two years after that Robert’s father was still living in Aldsworth, although by that time Robert was 24 and was living and working nearby with the same Northleach area.  Robert married Florence Ethel and was a plumbing engineer and worked for Godwins of Quenington before setting up his own business in Aldsworth.  He was instrumental in bringing piped water to Aldsworth in the 1920s.  His wife Florence died at the age of 58 and was buried on 10th January 1946, while Robert lived on until 1976, when he passed away.

 

 

 

9P38

Rosalind Enid Collett

Born in 1922

 

9P39

Charles William Collett

Date unknown

 

9P40

Frederick Robert Collett

Date unknown

 

 

 

 

9O55

Edwin H Collett was born at Aldsworth in April 1890, and was the youngest son of Robert Collett and Mary Anne Fleetwood.  He was eleven months old in the census the following year, and was 10 years old in the Aldsworth census of 1901.  By the time Edwin was 20 in April 1911 he may have been living somewhere other than England, since his whereabouts has not been determined from the census returns for that year. 

 

 

 

However, an Edward Collett of Aldsworth who was 20 was living and working in the Tetbury registration district of Gloucestershire at that time.  He later became a married man, but the marriage produced no children for Edwin and his wife.  However, it is established that the couple lived at Bibury, where Edwin Collett was a blacksmith.

 

 

 

 

9P1

Henry Robert Collett was born at Carnbrea in Cornwall on 17th April 1900, the eldest of the four children of carpenter Henry Robert Collett from Fairford near Swindon and Blanche Phillips Mitchell from Carnbrea near Camborne.  The birth of Henry Robert Collett was recorded at Redruth register office (Ref. 5c 187) during the second quarter of 1900.  By the March census in 1901 his father had taken the family of three back to Swindon where Henry was eleven months old and ten years later In April 1911 Henry Collett was 10 years old when he and his family were residing at 6 Dryden Street in Swindon.

 

 

 

Just three years later Henry left school and joined his father as an employee with the Great Western Railway.  The railway record dated 21st April 1914 confirmed that he was taken on as an apprentice at the age of 14 and that he was born on 17th April 1900.  At the time of his death Henry Robert Collett was 78, the event recorded at Weymouth register office (Ref. 23 0807) during September 1978.

 

 

 

 

9P2

Hedley Charles Collett was born at Swindon on 7th July 1902, the second child of Henry Robert Collett and Blanche Phillips Mitchell.  His birth under his full name of Hedley Charles Collett was recorded at Swindon register office (Ref. 5a 30) during the third quarter of 1902.  In April 1911 the census included Hedley Collett who was eight years old and living with his family at 6 Dryden Street in Swindon.  Just over five years later, when Hedley was 14, he was taken on by the Great Western Railway for a position at Swindon Station, his name one of those on the alphabetical listings for office boys and messengers.

 

 

 

Sometime later Hedley married Edith Mabel to whom he was still married when he died at 98 Harvest Road in Smethwick on 22nd October 1941.  Administration of his personal effects of £293 7 Shillings 1d was granted at Birmingham on 10th December 1941 to his widow Edith Mabel Collett.  Hedley was 39 and his death was recorded at Smethwick register office (Ref. 6b 1282) during the last quarter of 1941.

 

 

 

 

9P5

Evelyn Minnie Collett was born at Swindon in 1895, her birth recorded there (Ref. 5a 35) during the first three months of that year.  She was recorded in the 1901 as being aged six years when she was living with her family at Swindon.  Ten years later at the age of 17 Evelyn Minnie Collett from Swindon was employed as a general domestic servant at the Leighton Buzzard home of Bernard Robert Parkinson and his family of Ristholme on Albany Road in the town.  Bernard was 38 and a consulting gas engineer from Holloway in Middlesex.  Living with him at Ristholme was his wife Annie Louisa of St Pancras who was also 38, and their nine years old son David Bernard who had been born at Harborne in Birmingham.

 

 

 

Five years later in 1916 Evelyn, who was more often referred to as Min or Minnie, married Sidney Love with whom she had a daughter Phyllis who was born in 1920.  During the couple’s later life they were known to have lived in the Shrivenham Road in Swindon which is fairly close to Rosebery Street where Minnie’s cousins (listed below) lived with her uncle Albert Joseph Collett and his wife Clara.

 

 

 

Pat Brearley nee Collett of Canada recalls that during a visit to England in 1973 she met her Aunt Min who was still alive at that time.  Her only other recollection of that time was that Aunt Min, who was still hoarding sugar, commented on how lucky Pat’s son Paul was to have been adopted.  The only other known fact about Evelyn’s family, is that her daughter Phyllis was eventually married and had a son David.

 

 

 

 

9P6

Frederick William H Collett was born at Swindon in 1897, the son of William Frederick Collett and Mary Ann Harrison.  In March 1901 he was recorded with his family in Swindon as Frederick W H Collett aged three years.  Ten years later he was described simply as William Collett who was 13 and still attending school, when he was living with his parents at 47 Rosebery Street in Swindon, his older sister Evelyn having left home by then.  What happened to Frederick after 1911 is not known, except that his death was recorded at Swindon register office (Ref. 7c 520) during the second quarter of 1950 when he was 52.

 

 

 

 

9P7

William Albert Collett was born at Swindon in 1902.  His parents lived at 25 Rosebery Street in Swindon and it was there that the family was recorded in April 1911 when William was nine years old.  William later married Gladys Davis a few years before the Second World War, with whom he had three children.  Only two children survived and, although both were later married, there were no children resulting from either of the marriages.  Following the death of William’s father in 1944, it would appear that his widowed mother Clarissa went to stay with William and his family, and it was while living with them in November 1947 that she passed away.

 

 

 

9Q1

Michael Collett

Born circa 1935

 

9Q2

Claire Collett

Born in 1938

 

9Q3

David Collett

Born in 1941

 

 

 

 

9P8

Walter Charles Collett was born at Swindon in 1904 and he and his family were living at 25 Rosebery Street in 1911 where Walter was listed as being aged seven.  During the early 1930s Walter married Irene Perry and the couple were blessed with a son over the next couple of years.

 

 

 

9Q4

Kenneth Collett

Born circa 1933 or 1934

 

 

 

 

9P9

Clarice Elizabeth Collett was born at Swindon in 1906.  At the age of five years Clarice was living at 25 Rosebery Street in Swindon with her family.  It is also possible that Clarice was born at that same address.  Clarice later married a Mr Baddeley and the marriage produced six children for the couple.  These were Victor, Mavis, Brian, Tony, Betty and Christine.  Eldest son Victor was the only child of Clarice Baddeley who did not go on to be married.  All of the other children did, and had children of their own.

 

 

 

 

9P10

Dorothy May Collett was born at Swindon in 1907 and most likely at 25 Rosebery Street where they were living in 1911 when Dorothy was four years old.  In 1924 when Dorothy was only 17 years old she married Robert Davies with whom she had just one daughter who was born during the following year.  Around twenty years later, her daughter Doreen Davis married a German prisoner of war Gerhard Kailus.  Their marriage produced three children, these being Karen Kailus, Martin Kailus, and Andrew Kailus.  All are now married with children of their own.  Doreen Kailus nee Davis died in 1999 at the age of 74.

 

 

 

 

9P11

Frank James Collett was born at 25 Rosebery Street in Swindon in 1912 where his family was living in April 1911 and where they are known to have lived for many years thereafter.  Just prior to the outbreak of the Second World War, Frank married Mary Edith on 15th August 1939.  Mary Edith, who was born in 1917 and who was referred to as Molly by members of the family, presented Frank with two children during the war years.  Tragically Molly died when the younger of her two children was only ten years old.  That happened on 5th January 1955 when she was only 38.  Although her husband remarried, it seems ironical that virtually exactly twenty-four years after Molly had passed, Frank James Collett died on 6th January 1979 aged 67.

 

 

 

9Q5

Patricia Mary Collett

Born on 16.04.1942

 

9Q6

Dennis James Collett

Born on 20.02.1945

 

 

 

 

9P12

Evelyn Collett was born at 25 Rosebery Street in Swindon in 1919.  When she was around twenty years old she married Joseph (Joe) Rixon.  That took place in either 1939 or 1940, following which Evelyn presented her husband with two children, Peter Rixon born in 1941 and John Rixon born in 1944.  Sadly Evelyn died tragically in 1954 when she was only 35 leaving her two sons aged 13 and 10, the younger of the two having died in more recent years.

 

 

 

 

9P24

Frank William Collett was born in 1917.  When he was 27 years of age he married ‘Cindy’ Pinchin at Aldsworth on 24th June 1944 at a time when Frank was in the Army.  Cindy was born in 1920.  At the turn of the century the couple were living at Bourton-on-the-Water where first Cindy died on 2nd February 2007 aged 87, followed by Frank six months later on 3rd August 2007 aged 90.  Both were buried at Bourton where a single gravestone marks the spot on which Cindy is referred to as Cicely Margaret Collett. (see Headstone Epitaphs)

 

 

 

 

9P25

John Collett, who was known as Jack, was born in 1918.  He later married Joan Jeffrey who was the daughter of a blacksmith like John’s own father.  At the turn of the century the couple were living at Southrop and it was there that John died in late November 2008 at the age of ninety.

 

 

 

 

9P26

Donald Collett, whose date of birth is not known, married Freda possibly in the 1960s prior to the birth of their known son.  At the end of the twentieth century Donald and Freda were still living at Quenington.

 

 

 

9Q7

Charles Collett

Born in 1967

 

 

 

 

9P27

Ethel Rosa Collett was born in March 1911 and was just one month old at the time of the April 1911 Census for Aldsworth where her father was born.  She later married George Turner and she died in 1991.

 

 

 

 

9P28

SYDNEY COLLETT was born in 1912 in Bibury.  He was a paper merchant and he married Jeanie Thomson in 1941 at Trowbridge in Wiltshire.  He died in Birmingham where he was buried in 2001.

 

 

 

9Q8

Ian Collett

Born in 1943

 

9Q9

STEPHEN COLLETT

Born in 1954

 

 

 

 

9P29

Donald Collett was born in 1914 and was the twin brother of Jessie (below).  He married Jean Richardson and they had one son.  Following Jean’s death, Donald lived alone for many years and in 2005 he entered a residential home aged 92.  Sadly Donald passed away in August 2008 at the age of 94 and was buried at Belton in Lincolnshire.

 

 

 

9Q10

Richard Collett

Born in 1948

 

 

 

 

9P30

Jessie Collett was born in 1914 and was a twin with her brother Donald (above).  She later married Theodore Tapp.

 

 

 

 

9P32

Alfred Edwin Collett was born at Burton-on-Trent in 1916.  Five years prior to his birth his parents were living in Horninglow just north of Burton-on-Trent.

 

 

 

With the outbreak of war in 1939 Alfred enlisted with the 5th Battalion Suffolk Regiment as Private Collett 4805315.  By that time it would appear from his army records that he was not married since, on the event of his death on 27th September 1943, his next-of-kin was given as his parents Alfred William and Emily Collett of Burton-on-Trent.  The army record states that he was 27 when he died and that he was buried in the Kranji War Cemetery where his name is one of the 24,000 listed on the Singapore War Memorial.

 

 

 

 

9P38

Rosalind Enid Collett was born at Aldsworth in 1922 and was referred to as Rose.  She married Reginald Crewe on 31st October 1942 and the couple lived at Elm Tree Cottage, now known as The Mullions in Aldsworth.  Rose took over running the Post Office and village shop in 1961 which she was still doing at the turn of the century but from a newer house in the heart of Aldsworth opposite Smith’s Corner.

 

 

 

The couple only had one son and he married Shirley Lock with whom he had one son Edward Crewe who was born in 1993.  By 2002 at the age of 80 Rose was the only surviving member of the Collett family still living in Aldsworth, and in November 2008 she eventually retired when the Post Office was closed.

 

 

 

9Q11

Nigel Crewe

Date unknown

 

 

 

 

9P39

Charles William Collett was married but had no children.  He lived in Cirencester and died in 2000.

 

 

 

 

9P40

Frederick Robert Collett, who was known as Fred, was born at Aldsworth on 6th January 1924.  He continued to live at Aldsworth until around the age of nineteen when he joined the army during the Second World War.  Fred was married to Doreen Nancy (Nan) Hodson but had no children.  In November 2008 Fred and Nan were living in Northampton.

 

 

 

 

9Q1

Michael Collett was born around 1935, but tragically died when he was only 3 years old.

 

 

 

 

9Q2

Claire Collett was born in 1938, the second child of three children of William Albert Collett of Swindon and his wife Gladys Davis.  Claire was 21 when she married Maurice Grant in 1959.

 

 

 

 

9Q4

Kenneth Collett was born around 1933 or 1934.  He later married Patricia, who was known as Pat, with whom he had a son.  Kenneth’s son Andrew Collett is married and he has a son of his own.

 

 

 

9R1

Andrew Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

 

 

 

9Q5

Patricia Mary Collett, who is referred to as Pat, was born on 16th April 1942.  When Pat was 22 she married Anthony David Brearley on 6th June 1964.  The following year the couple emigrated to Canada during March 1965.  They initially settled in Montreal, and later moved on to Vancouver where their daughter Sara Brearley was born in 1969.  Sara suffered with cystic fibrosis and eventually had a double lung transplant.  However, she was only twenty-five years old when she passed away in 1994.

 

 

 

Sara was exceptionally gifted, and excelled at mathematics and the arts.  Despite her obvious health problems in 1987 Sara attended the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver on a very prestigious scholarship.  In 1971 Pat and Tony Brearley adopted a son Paul.  It was on a visit to England in 1973 that Pat’s Aunt Min commented that he was lucky to be adopted, upon which Pat replied that she and Tony were lucky to have him as their son.

 

 

 

Paul Brearley later married Corina Bouman on 27th March 1999 and together they have two children, the first being a ‘honeymoon baby’.  Kianna Brearley was born on 8th February 2000, and Joshua Brearley was born two years later on 18th June 2002.

 

 

 

It is thanks to Pat Brearley, supported by her brother Dennis (below), that the fascinating story of her branch of the Collett has been added to this family line.  It is also a massive coincidence that when Pat Collett was still at primary school in Swindon around 1951/52 she was friends with Glynis Ann Jinks of York Road in Swindon who later married David Norris Collett (Ref. 1R10) whose family details are provided in Part 1 – the Main Line.

 

 

 

 

9Q6

Dennis James Collett was born on 20th February 1945.  He later married and that produced a son for Dennis and his wife.

 

 

 

9R2

a Collett son

Date of birth not revealed

 

 

 

 

9Q8

Ian Collett was born at Ilford in Essex in 1943 and he was an engineer.  He married Mary in 1965 and their marriage produced four daughters for the couple.

 

 

 

9R3

Ruth Collett

Born in 1966

 

9R4

Rachel Collett

Born in 1967

 

9R5

Alison Collett

Born in 1970

 

9R6

Deborah Collett

Born in 1975

 

 

 

 

9Q9

STEPHEN COLLETT was born in Birmingham in 1954.  Like his brother Ian he too was an engineer.  Stephen married Margaret Trim at Croydon in 1982 before moving to Solihull in the West Midlands, where their three sons were born.

 

 

 

9R7

James Collett

Born in 1986 at Solihull

 

9R8

Adam Collett

Born in 1988 at Solihull

 

9R9

David Collett

Born in 1993 at Solihull

 

 

 

 

9Q10

Richard Collett was born in 1948 and he was married and had a son and a daughter.

 

 

 

 

9R1

Andrew Collett, whose date of birth is not known, is the son of Kenneth Collett and his wife Pat.  Andrew in now married and has a son of his own, about whom no details are available at this time.

 

 

 

9S1

a Collett son

Date of birth unknown

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

APPENDIX ONE

 

 

 

This appendix contains details for other Colletts who had associations with

Aldsworth and Sherborne but who, so far, have not be identified as part of this family line

 

 

 

 

 

William Collett was baptised at Lechlade on 27th October 1758 and was the son of Leonard and Mary Collett.  William was listed in the 1841 Census at the age of 83.

 

 

 

 

 

Elizabeth Collett married Ralph Guyse at Sherborne on 14th October 1630 (IGI)

 

 

 

 

 

Thomas Collett married Mary Garn at Sherborne on 26th December 1787 (IGI) – see burial record for Mary below

 

 

 

 

 

Mary wife of Thomas Collett was buried at Sherborne on 21st January 1798 (Parish Records)

 

 

 

 

 

Emma Collett was buried at Aldsworth in 1813 aged 51 (Parish Records)

 

 

 

 

 

Elizabeth Collett aged 74, a widow born at Aldsworth and resident of Naunton, was living with nieces Elizabeth Rowland aged 38 and Elizabeth Pudwinker aged eight years (1861 Census)

 

 

 

 

 

John Collett aged 57 born at Sherborne living on own means at Scarborough (1901 Census).  He was married to Mary who was born at Scarborough in 1845.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

APPENDIX TWO

 

The Coachsmith Colletts

 

 

 

This appendix contains details of the family of coachsmith John Collett who was born at West Bromwich in 1853.  Previously it had been wrongly assumed that he was the son of coachsmith Richard Collett (Ref. 9M11) and later the son of his brother blacksmith John Collett (Ref. 9M13), until the register for his marriage revealed that his father was John Collett, a coachsmith.

 

 

 

As a result of further research it has been determined and confirmed that his grandfather was William Collett a locksmith who was residing at Church Hill in Wednesbury in 1841, whose eldest son was the John Collett, the coachsmith and father of John Collett of West Bromwich who was born there in 1853.  It may be of interest that Richard Collett (Ref. 48M15) was baptised at Wednesbury in 1802, the son of Abraham Collett and Ann Addich.  So further work needs to be carried out to see if locksmith William was the brother of Richard and therefore the son of Abraham and Ann.

 

 

 

 

9m1

William Collett was born within the County of Staffordshire around 1802 and he was very likely twenty-two when he married Sarah.  The marriage may have taken place at Wednesbury where William and Sarah were living with their family for the census in 1841.  William Collett was a locksmith living at Church Hill in Wednesbury and was given a rounded age of 35, while Sarah had a rounded age of 30.  The couple’s five children were recorded as John Collett who was 12, Samuel Collett who was 11, Josiah Collett who was eight, Letitia (Lettisha) was three years of age and Sarah Collett was just sixteen days old.

 

 

 

Two more children were born into the family over the following years, but it seems likely that William’s wife may have lost her life during the birth of the second of those two children.  By the time of the Wednesbury census in 1851 William Collett, incorrectly record as William Colles, was a widower at 48, when living with him were six of his children, with just eldest son John absent from the family home.  Samuel was 21, Josiah was 18, Letitia was 14, Sarah was 10, William was seven and George was four years old.  After a further ten years, only four sons John, Samuel, William and George were recorded in the census on 1861, so where were the other members of their family, and had their father died during the 1850s.

 

 

 

9n1

John Collett

Born in 1828 at Wednesbury

 

9n2

Samuel Collett

Born in 1830 at Wednesbury

 

9n3

Josiah Collett

Born in 1832 at Wednesbury

 

9n4

Letitia Collett

Born in 1837 at Wednesbury

 

9n5

Sarah Collett

Born in 1841 at Wednesbury

 

9n6

William Collett

Born in 1843 at Wednesbury

 

9n7

George Collett

Born in 1846 at Wednesbury

 

 

 

 

9n1

John Collett was born at Wednesbury in 1828, the eldest child of William and Sarah Collett.  He was 12 years old in the Wednesbury census of 1841 when he and his family was living at Church Hill.  Sadly it would appear that his mother died, perhaps during the birth of his youngest sibling George (below) which seems to have resulted in the break-up of the family after 1851.  By then John Collett was 22 and living and working in West Bromwich, while the remainder of his family was still living with his widowed father at Wednesbury.  What happened to them after 1851 is not known.

 

 

 

It was later that same year when John married Ann from West Bromwich who was four years younger than John, so was still a teenager on their wedding day.  During their first ten years together Ann may have presented John with more than just the two children who were with them at the time of the next census in 1861.  John Collett was 32, Ann Collett was 28, and their sons Arthur and John were nine and seven respectively, although the surname recorded in the West Bromwich census was Coller, and misrepresentation of Collet.

 

 

 

The couple’s next two children were named after John’s parents, while again there may have been other children who did not survive.  On the occasion of the census in 1871 the family of six was residing at Holloway Bank midway between Wednesbury and West Bromwich.  John Collett from Wednesbury was 42 and a coachsmith, his wife Ann Collett from West Bromwich was 38, and their two eldest sons were working alongside their father.  Arthur Collett from Wednesbury was 19 and a clerk at the coachworks and John Collett from West Bromwich was 17 and employed as a labourer at coachworks.  Youngest son William Collett was five years of age and was attending the local school and their daughter Sarah was two years old, both of them also born at West Bromwich.

 

 

 

According to the census in 1881 coachsmith John Collett was 52 and his place of birth was curiously recorded as Willenhall.  His wife Ann Collett was 49 and the only child still living with them at 89 Albert Street in Wednesbury was their son William Collett who was 14 and a pupil teacher whose place of birth was recorded as Hill Top in West Bromwich.  It is possible that their missing daughter Sarah had already suffered a childhood death.  In the following census for Wednesbury in 1891, John Collett was 62 and his wife Ann Collett was 59, by which time all of their children had gone their own way in the world.  It is also possible that the absence of the couple from the census in 1901 indicates they may have died during the last decade of the century.

 

 

 

9o1

Arthur Collett

Born in 1851 at Wednesbury

 

9o2

John Collett

Born in 1853 at West Bromwich

 

9o3

William Collett

Born in 1866 at West Bromwich

 

9o4

Sarah Collett

Born in 1869 at West Bromwich

 

 

 

 

9n2

Samuel Collett was born at Wednesbury in 1830, the second son of William and Sarah Collett.  In 1841 Samuel was 11 when the family home was recorded in the census that year at Church Hill in Wednesbury.  He was 21 years of age in the following Wednesbury census in 1851, but has not been identified within the census of 1861 although it was around that year when he married Catherine at Wednesbury.  During the next ten years their marriage produced the couple’s first four children and in 1871 Samuel was 41 and Catherine was 32, while their children were George Collett who was 10, Martha E Collett who was four, Samuel Collett who was three and Elizabeth Collett who was only a few months old.

 

 

 

One more child was added to the family two years later and according to the census in 1881 the family was residing at 23 Piercy Street in Wednesbury.  The census return confirmed that Samuel, aged 49, had followed his father by being a coachsmith and an axle builder.  His wife Catherine was 42, and their children were George 20 with no occupation, Martha who was 14, Samuel who was 13, Lizzie who was nine and William James Collett who was seven, all of them attending school and every member of the household born at Wednesbury.  It is interesting to note that Samuel’s nephew John Collett (Ref. 9o2), another coachsmith, was recorded as living at 20-21 Piercy Street in Wednesbury when he died in October 1900.

 

 

 

Samuel Collett died sometime during the next decade leaving Catherine a widow in the census of 1891 living at 11 Piercy Street.  She was 52 and was described as being kept by her family which comprised her daughter Elizabeth who was 19 and a domestic servant, William who was 17 and a groom, and married son Samuel, aged 23 and a labourer, together with his wife Leah, aged 21 and from Walsall, plus their son Samuel Collett who was just three months old.  Not long after that Catherine and son William travelled to Lancashire and in 1901 they were recorded in the North Manchester registration district where Catherine Collett from Wednesbury was 62 and William, also from Wednesbury, was 25 and a labourer at a local brewery.

 

 

 

9o5

George Collett

Born in 1861 at Wednesbury

 

9o6

Martha Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1866 at Wednesbury

 

9o7

Samuel Collett

Born in 1867 at Wednesbury

 

9o8

Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1871 at Wednesbury

 

9o9

William James Collett

Born in 1873 at Wednesbury

 

 

 

 

9n6

William Collett was born at Wednesbury in 1843, a son of William and Sarah Collett, who was seven years old in the Wednesbury census of 1851 but had left the family home by the time of the next census in 1861.  Where he was on the day of the census in 1861 has still not been discovered, but around three or four years later William married Harriet and by 1871 they had given birth to three children, all of them born in Wednesbury where the family was still residing in 1871.  William Collett was 26, as was his wife Harriet, son Josiah G Collett was four years old, daughter Sarah J Collett was two and George A Collett was still under one year old.

 

 

 

By 1881 the family had increased to eight children when, on the day of the census, they were living at 6 Bridge Street off Palmers Terrace in Wednesbury.  William Collett from Wednesbury was 37 and a coachsmith like his older brother John (above) and his wife Harriet was also 37.  Working with William was his eldest son Josiah Collett who was also a coachsmith at the age of 14.  The next six children were all attending school, and they were Sarah Jane who was 11, Arthur (George A) who was 10, Phoebe who was seven, Lizzie who was six, William who was four and Ernest who was three.  Completing the family was Alfred Collett who was one year old.

 

 

 

The couple’s ninth child was born during the following year and two years after that she presented William with their tenth and last child, although seven of their ten children were still living with them at Wednesbury in 1891.  William Collett was 48, Harriet Collett was 47, George Arthur Collett was 20, Elizabeth Annie Collett was 16, William Collett was 15, Samuel E Collett was 13, Alfred John Collett was 11, Florrie Alice Collett was nine and Dennis Sidney was seven.

 

 

 

By March 1901 only the six youngest children were still living at Wednesbury, at 60 Sparrows Forge Road, with William and Harriet, with the three older sons working with their father who was an axletree forger at the age of 56, the same age as his wife who had been born in West Bromwich.  Their unmarried daughter Lizzie was 27 and a mineral water manufacturer, son William was 23 and an axletree forger, as was son Samuel who was 22, whereas son John was 21 and described as an axletree striker.  Def: axletree - a bar, fixed crosswise under an animal-drawn vehicle, with a rounded spindle at each end upon which a wheel rotates.  The remainder of the family was made up of Florrie Collett who was 18 and with no stated occupation, presumably helping her mother at home, and Dennis Collett who was 16 and a hairdresser with his own account.  However, completing the family was John Collett who was eight years of age.  Harriet would have been 48 when she gave birth to John, so it is possible that he was the base-born child of one of her daughters.

 

 

 

It is rather strange that no record of any member of the family has been found anywhere within the next census conducted in early April 1911.  So it may be that the family emigrated to one of the countries of the Commonwealth.

 

 

 

9o10

Josiah George Collett

Born in 1866 at Wednesbury

 

9o11

Sarah Jane Collett

Born in 1868 at Wednesbury

 

9o12

George Arthur Collett

Born in 1870 at Wednesbury

 

9o13

Phoebe Collett

Born in 1873 at Wednesbury

 

9o14

Elizabeth Anne Collett

Born in 1874 at Wednesbury

 

9o15

William Collett

Born in 1876 at Wednesbury

 

9o16

Samuel Ernest Collett

Born in 1877 at Wednesbury

 

9o17

Alfred John Collett

Born in 1879 at Wednesbury

 

9o18

Florence Alice Collett

Born in 1882 at Wednesbury

 

9o19

Dennis Sidney Collett

Born in 1884 at Wednesbury

 

9o20

John Collett – possible grandchild?

Born in 1892 at Wednesbury

 

 

 

 

9n7

George Collett was born at Wednesbury in 1846, the youngest child of William and Sarah Collett.  He was four years old in the Wednesbury census of 1851 when he was one of six children still living with his widowed father, his mother possibly having not survived his birth.  No record of his father and most of his older siblings has been found within the next census, when George Collett from Wednesbury was 13 and recorded at nearby Willenhall, the only Collett in the census for that area.  It was while he was there that he met his future wife.

 

 

 

Nearly ten years later George Collett was a butcher when he married Sarah from Willenhall, where the settled once they were married and where all of their children were born.  In the Willenhall census of 1871 George was 24, Sarah was 23 and their first child William was still under one year old.  It was at 15 Union Street in Willenhall where the enlarged family was residing in 1881.  The census return that year listed the family as George Collett was 34 and a butcher from Wednesbury, his wife Sarah was 32, William was 10, George three and Lettie Collett was not yet one year old.

 

 

 

No more children were added to the family after that, which was still settled in Willenhall for the census in 1891.  George was 43, Sarah was 41, William was 20, George was 13 and Letitia was 10.  By March 1901 the two sons had left home, which by then was in the Heath Town district of Wolverhampton where George Collett from Wednesbury was 53 and butcher.  His wife Sarah Collett was 52 and still living the couple was their daughter Letitia Collett who was 20 with no stated occupation.

 

 

 

Letitia was married during the second half of the first decade of the new century and was living within the Fylde area of Lancashire with her much older husband and baby daughter.  Letitia Middleton from Willenhall was 30, Olando Middleton was 42 and Elsie Middleton was thirteen months old.  At that same George and Sarah’s son George had returned home which was then in the Aston area of Birmingham.   George was 62, Sarah was 62 and George Frederick Collett was 32, he and his mother both born at Willenhall.

 

 

 

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William Collett

Born in 1870 at Willenhall

 

9o22

George Frederick Collett

Born in 1877 at Willenhall

 

9o23

Letitia (Lettie) Collett

Born in 1880 at Willenhall

 

 

 

 

9o1

Arthur Collett was born at Wednesbury in 1851, the eldest child of John and Ann Collett.  Not long after he was born his parents moved to nearby West Bromwich where Arthur Collett was seven years old in 1861.  Ten years after that Arthur’s family was recorded at Holloway Bank near West Bromwich, when he was included in the census of 1871 as Arthur Collett from Wednesbury who was 19 and a clerk at the coachworks where his father and younger John (below) also worked.  During the second half of the 1870s Arthur married Sarah Jane, also of Wednesday where they were likely married, before settling in Nuneaton where their only known child was born.  However, it was within the parish of Chilvers Coton to the south of Nuneaton that the family of three was recorded in the census of 1881.  Chilvers Coton was absorbed into the Borough of Nuneaton in 1920.

 

 

 

The census in 1881 listed the family living at Coton Road in Chilvers Coton where Arthur Collett was 28 and a commercial clerk working for a coal and iron trader.  His wife Sarah J Collett was 27 and their son Arthur H Collett was two years old.  It was the same situation after a further ten years when the Chilvers Coton census of 1891 identified the family as Arthur Collett who was 39, Sarah J Collett was 38 and their son Arthur H Collett was 11.  The census in March 1901 told the same story, except by then the family was living at 61 Dugdale Street in Chilvers Coton.  Arthur Collett from Wednesbury was 49 and was employed as a clerk at a colliery, Sarah J Collett was 48 and Arthur H Collett from Nuneaton was 21 and an ironmonger’s assistant. 

 

 

 

No record of Sarah has been located within the census of 1911, so Arthur may have been widowed during the first decade of the new century.  Certainly within the census of 1911 Arthur Collett from Wednesbury was 59 and living in Nuneaton, close to where his married son and his family was living.

 

 

 

9p1

Arthur Horace Collett

Born in 1879 at Nuneaton

 

 

 

 

9o2

John Collett was born at West Bromwich in 1853, the second child of John and Ann Collett.  He was seven years old and 17 years of age in the two census returns of 1861 and 1871 when, in the latter, he was working as a labourer at a local coachworks with his father and his older brother Arthur.  Just over four years later John Collett, a bachelor and a coachsmith of full age residing in Birmingham, was married by licence at the Parish Church in Sutton Coldfield on 5th July 1875 to spinster Rebecca Ball, aged 20 years and of Sutton Coldfield, the daughter of Charles Ball, an engineer, deceased.  The father of John Collett was confirmed as John Collett, a coachsmith, who was also one of the two witnesses, with Mary Anne Halford.  All four participants signed the parish register in their own hand.

 

 

 

During the next six years Rebecca presented John with four children while they were living in Wednesbury, where the family was recorded in the next census in 1881.  It was at 43 Oxford Street in Wednesbury that John Collett from West Bromwich was living when he was 27 and his occupation was that of a coachsmith and grocer.  His wife Rebecca was 26 and from Wednesbury and later census records would indicate that it was she who managed the grocery shop.  Their children on that occasion were Alfred who was five, John who was three, Edith who was two and Charles who was only two months old, all of them having been born at Wednesbury.

 

 

 

Their business must have been flourishing as they could afford to employ a general servant in the form of 14-year old Ann Maria Gwilt of Darlaston.  During the following couple of years Rebecca presented John with a further two children and by 1891 the family comprised John, age 37, Rebecca, age 36, Alfred who was 15, John who was 13, Edith who was 12, Ernest who was 10, Arthur who was eight, Harold who was seven, Florence who was five and Beatrice who was four years of age.  Sadly Florence was only fourteen when her father died at Wednesbury; the death of John Collett at the age of 46 being recorded at West Bromwich register office (Ref. 6b 556) during the third quarter of 1900.  The Will of John Collett of 20-21 Piercy Street in Wednesbury was proved at Lichfield on 22nd October 1900 when his personal effects were valued at £551 16 Shillings 6d and the executor of his estate was his widow Rebecca Collett.  Nineteen years earlier, according to the census in 1881, John’s uncle Samuel Collett, a coachsmith, was living at 23 Piercy Street in Wednesbury.

 

 

 

Five months later, according to the Wednesbury census of 1901, widow Rebecca Collett was still living in Wednesbury, but at 21-22 Piercy Street, with just six of her seven children.  Where her son John was at that time has not been determined, nor has he been identified in the census of 1911.  Rebecca was 46 and was listed as a beer retailer having her own account, presumably running an outdoor beer house, the colloquial name for such shops.  Still living with her on that occasion were her sons Alfred 25, Charles 20, Arthur 18 and Harold 17, and daughters Edith 22, Florence 15 and Beatrice who was 14.  Following the death of her husband, it would appear that Rebecca, together with her youngest child Florence, moved to North Devon sometime after 1901.  By 1911 the two of them were living in the Bideford area of Devon where Rebecca of Wednesbury was 56, and her daughter was 25.  That may have been a temporary arrangement, since the remainder of the unmarried members of the family were still residing in Wednesbury.

 

 

 

9p2

Alfred Collett

Born in 1875 at Wednesbury

 

9p3

John Brittain Collett

Born in 1877 at Wednesbury

 

9p4

Edith M Collett

Born in 1878 at Wednesbury

 

9p5

Charles Ernest Collett

Born in 1881 at Wednesbury

 

9p6

Arthur Collett

Born in 1882 at Wednesbury

 

9p7

Harold Collett

Born in 1883 at Wednesbury

 

9p8

Florence Amy Collett

Born in 1885 at Wednesbury

 

9p9

Beatrice Mary Collett

Born in 1887 at Wednesbury

 

 

 

 

9o3

William Collett was born at West Bromwich in 1866, a son of John and Ann Collett.  It was at Holloway Bank near West Bromwich that William’s family was living in 1871 when he was five years of age and attending school.  Ten years later it was just William who was the only child still living with his parents who by then were living at 89 Albert Street in Wednesbury when William Collett was 14 and a pupil teacher whose place of birth was recorded as Hill Top in West Bromwich.  According to the next census in 1891 William Collett from West Bromwich was 25 when he was one of two people of that surname recorded within the Cannock registration district of Staffordshire, the other being his eighteen-year old cousin Phoebe Collett (Ref. 9o13), the daughter of William and Harriet Collett.

 

 

 

At that time in his life William was a clergyman within the Church of England and around 1891 he married Florence who was born at Wednesbury.  Once married William was appointed to a post at Walsall where their daughter was born and where he and Florence were living in March 1901.  The census that month confirmed that William Collett from West Bromwich was 35 and a priest of the Church of England, while his wife was described as Mary Florence Collett from Wednesbury who was 40.  Their daughter Florence Collett from Walsall was eight years old.  Another move to Wolverhampton took place within the first decade of the new century and by April 1911 William Collett from West Bromwich was 45 was a Clerk in Holy Orders residing at St Mary’s Vicarage in Wolverhampton with his wife of eighteen years Florence from Wednesbury who was 50.  Supporting the couple were two domestic servants, Maud Badger aged 21 and Alice Crowshaw who was 16.

 

 

 

9p10

Florence Collett

Born in 1892 at Walsall

 

 

 

 

9o5

George Collett was born at Wednesbury in 1861, the first of the five known children of Samuel and Catherine Collett.  He was 10 years old in the Wednesbury census of 1871 and was 20 but with no stated occupation in 1881 when he and his family was living at 23 Piercy Street in Wednesday.  Within one year George was a married man and in 1883 his wife gave birth to a son, but tragically she did not survive the ordeal.  Therefore in 1891 George Collett was a widower at 29, when he and his son were lodging at 32 Alma Street in the Darlaston area of Wednesbury, the home of Richard and Marion Steadman.  George and his son Samuel, who was seven years of age, were both born at Wednesbury.

 

 

 

Sometime around the middle of the 1890s George married (2) Jane who presented him with a second son in 1897, although she was named as Mary J Collett, aged 39 from Wednesbury in March census of 1901.  The census that month confirmed George Collett was 40 and a labourer at an iron works in Wednesbury.  His eldest son Samuel Collett was 17 and also a labourer at the iron works, while his younger son was George E Collett who was three years old and born at Wednesbury.  During the next decade George took his family to Wolverhampton where they were located in the census of 1911.  George Collett was 50, Jane Collett was 45 and from Wednesbury and their son George was 13, while George’s other son was living with George’s brother Samuel (below) in West Bromwich on that day.

 

 

 

9p11

Samuel Collett

Born in 1883 at Wednesbury

 

9p12

George E Collett

Born in 1897 at Wednesbury

 

 

 

 

9o7

Samuel Collett was born in 1867 at Wednesbury, the third child of Samuel and Catherine Collett.  He was three years old in the Wednesday census of 1871 and was 13 and still at school in 1881.  At that time in his life he was still living with his family which was recorded at 23 Piercy Street in Wednesbury.  By 1891 Samuel was married and his wife had just given birth to their first child.  Head of the family residing at 11 Piercy Street was Samuel’s widowed mother Catherine, while labourer Samuel Collett was 23 and his wife Leah Collett from Walsall was 21.  Their son Samuel Collett was only three months old and his absence from the subsequent census returns suggests that he did not survive.

 

 

 

Two more children were born into the family over the next five years and after the birth of the second of them the family of four moved to Leah’s home town of Walsall, where they were recorded in March 1901.  According to the census that month Samuel was 33 and an iron worker, Leah was 31, daughter Lily Collett was seven and son David Collett was five, both of them born at Wednesbury.  The family’s time at Walsall was short-lived since by 1911 they were once again living in Wednesbury.  Samuel was 43, Leah was 42, Lilian was 18 and David was 16.  Staying with the family on the day of the census was Samuel’s nephew Samuel Collett, the twenty-eight-year old son of Samuel’s brother George (above).

 

 

 

9p13

Samuel Collett

Born in 1891 at Wednesbury

 

9p14

Lilian (Lily) Collett

Born in 1893 at Wednesbury

 

9p15

David Collett

Born in 1895 at Wednesbury

 

 

 

 

9o8

Elizabeth Collett was born at Wednesbury in 1871, one of the daughters of Samuel and Catherine Collett.  She was often referred to as Lizzie, as she was in 1881 when she was nine years old and living with her family at 23 Piercy Street in Wednesbury.  It was there, at 11 Piercy Street, that she was described as Elizabeth Collett, aged 19 and a domestic servant in 1891.  Ten years later she had left the family home, and in the Birmingham census of 1901 she was listed as Lizzie Collett from Wednesbury who was 29 and still employed as a domestic servant.

 

 

 

 

9o9

William James Collett was born at Wednesbury in 1873, the youngest known child of Samuel and Catherine Collett.  It was at 23 Piercy Street in Wednesbury that the family was living in 1881 when William James Collett was seven years old.  His father died during the next decade, so William was one of three children still living with their widowed mother in 1891 at 11 Piercy Street in Wednesbury.  By that time William Collett was 17 and working as a groom. 

 

 

 

A change of employment may have been the reason why William was recorded living and working in the North Manchester area in 1901.  Also accompanying him on his move north was his mother who had no occupation and who, in 1891, was described as being kept by her family.  William Collett from Wednesbury, as was his mother Catherine, was 25 and a labourer at a local brewery.  William James Collett from Wednesbury was 37 in 1911 when he was married with a son, the three of them living at Prestwich in Lancashire.  His wife Sarah was also 37, while their son Harry Collett was four years of age.

 

 

 

9p16

Harry Collett

Born in 1906 in Lancashire

 

 

 

 

9o10

Josiah George Collett was born at Wednesbury in 1866, the eldest of the eleven children of William and Harriet Collett.  As Josiah G Collett he was four years old in 1871 and was 14 and already a coachsmith by 1881 when he was living and working with his father at 6 Bridge Street, Palmers Terrace in Wednesbury.  Ten years later Josiah George Collett from Wednesbury was 23 and the only Collett living in the Longton district of Stoke-on-Trent.  Three years later Josiah married Alice and by the time the next census was conducted in 1901 they had two children.  Josiah George Collett from Wednesbury was 31 (sic), his wife Alice Maud Mary Collett from Hanley near Stoke-on-Trent was 29 and their sons were George Ernest Collett who was six and William Edward Collett who was four, both born in Longton.

 

 

 

What happened to Josiah and Alice after 1901 is not know, the same applies to Josiah’s brother Alfred (below).  All three of them were absent from the census in 1911 and on that occasion Josiah’s two sons were staying with Josiah’s married sister Florence (below) at 115 Mill Street in Kings Hill, Wednesbury.  The two brothers were described as the nephews of Florence’s husband David Butler and were listed as George Collett aged 16, a wooden box maker at a candle works, who had been born at Fenton in Stoke-on-Trent, and William Collett aged 14, a driller and an engineering worker from New Street in Longton.

 

 

 

9p17

George Ernest Collett

Born in 1894 at Longton, Stoke-on-Trent

 

9p18

William Edward Collett

Born in 1896 at Longton, Stoke-on-Trent

 

 

 

 

9o12

George Arthur Collett was born at Wednesbury in 1870, a son of William and Harriet Collett.   As simply Arthur Collett he was 10 years old in 1881 when living at 6 Bridge Street (Palmers Terrace) in Wednesbury and was George Arthur Collett aged 20 in 1891 when he was still living with his family.  Perhaps for reasons of over-crowding, by 1901 George Collett aged 28 and an axle smith had moved out of his parents house but was living and working nearby.  George was still a bachelor in 1911 when simply as George Collett aged 40 years he was continuing to living in Wednesbury, but with no other member of his family.

 

 

 

 

9o13

Phoebe Collett was born at Wednesbury in 1873 and was living at 6 Bridge Street off Palmers Terrace in Wednesbury with her parents William and Harriet in 1881 when Phoebe was seven years old.  With a large family of brothers and sisters it seems highly likely that Phoebe left home on completing her education, because by the time of the next census in 1891 Phoebe Collett from Wednesbury was living and working in the Cannock area of Staffordshire when she was 18.  The only other Collett recorded in that registration district was Phoebe’s cousin William Collett (Ref. 9o3).

 

 

 

 

9o17

Alfred John Collett was born at Wednesbury in 1879 a son of William and Harriet Collett.  He was one year old on the day of the census in 1881 when Alfred Collett was living at 6 Bridge Street in Wednesbury.  In 1891 it was as Alfred John Collett, aged 11 years, that he and his family were living at 60 Sparrows Forge Road in Wednesbury.  On leaving school he joined his father and older brother working in coach building when John Collett was an axletree striker at the age of 21.  It has been assumed that he married Sarah around 1906 and within the next two years she presented Alfred with a daughter.  But where he was in 1911 has not been determined.

 

 

 

Instead his wife and child were visiting the home of Alfred’s married sister Florence Butler nee Collett (below) at 115 Mill Street in Kings Hill, Wednesbury.  The census return confirmed that Sarah Collett from Palfrey, Walsall, had been married for five years and was 29 years old, while her daughter Nellie Collett was two years of age and had been born at Prince Street in the Pleck area of Walsall.  Further children may have been added to the family after 1911.

 

 

 

9p19

Nellie Collett

Born in 1908 at Pleck, Walsall

 

 

 

 

9o18

Florence Alice Collett was born at Wednesbury in 1882, one of the eleven children of William and Harriet Collett.  It was at 6 Bridge Street in Wednesbury that she was born after the census day that year.  She was named as Florrie Alice Collett who was nine years old in 1891 and by 1901 Florrie was 18 with no occupation when she was living with her family at 60 Sparrows Forge Road in Wednesbury.  It was in 1904 that she married David Butler and during 1908 she gave birth to their son and first child.

 

 

 

According to the census return in 1911 the family was living at 115 Mill Street in Kings Hill, Wednesbury.   David Butler, a machinist at a tube works, was 27 and from Wednesbury, while his slightly older wife of six years Florence Butler claimed she was also 27.  Their son was Bernard Butler who was born at Forge Lane in Wednesbury who was two years of age.  Living with the family on that day were four members of the Collett family.  Nephews George and William, the teenage sons of Florence’s eldest brother Josiah, were actual staying there in the absence of their parents who have not been discovered anywhere in Britain in 1911.  The other two were Sarah Collett from Palfrey, Walsall, aged 29 and married for five years, presumably another of Florence’s brothers, who was a visitor with her daughter Nellie Collett who was two years old and born at Princes Street in Pleck.

 

 

 

 

9o19

Dennis Sidney Collett was born at Wednesbury in 1884, the youngest child of William and Harriet Collett.  It may have been at 6 Bridge Street in Wednesbury that he was born, where his family was living in 1881.  The Wednesbury census in 1891 included Dennis Sidney Collett who was seven years old and after a further ten years, and on leaving school Dennis Collett aged 16 was a hairdresser with his own account who was still living with his family.  Sometime later he joined one of the armed forces and in the census of 1911 Dennis Collett from Wednesbury was 26 when he was described as overseas with the military.

 

 

 

 

9p1

Arthur Horace Collett was born at Nuneaton in 1879, the only child of Arthur and Sarah Jane Collett.  He may have been born at Chilvers Coton to the south of Nuneaton where he was living with his parents at Coton Road in 1881 when he was two years old.  They were still there in 1891 when Arthur H Collett was 11, but in 1901 the family of three was residing at 61 Dugdale Street in Chilvers Coton by which time Arthur H Collett was working as an ironmonger’s assistant at the age of 21.

 

 

 

It was in 1905 that Arthur Horace Collett married Appalina Stokes, the event recorded at Nuneaton register office (Ref. 6d 828) during the third quarter of that year.  Appalina was born at Tatenhill, south-west of Burton-on-Trent, the daughter of John and Elizabeth Stokes.  By the time the next census was conducted in 1911 his wife had presented Arthur with their first child, although others may have been born to the couple after that year.  Arthur Horace Collett was 31 and said he had been born in Chilvers Coton while his wife Appalina (Appalura) Collett was 33 and their son Ronald Arthur Collett was two years of age.  At that time in their lives the family was still living in Nuneaton, not far away from where Arthur’s father was living, following the death of Arthur’s mother.

 

 

 

Arthur Horace Collett died sometime prior to the end of the Second World War and presumably while he was still a resident of Nuneaton, since his widow Appalina Collett nee Stokes died at 7 St Nicholas Road in Nuneaton on 7th November 1947.  However, it was nearly four years later that her considerable estate, valued at £19,160 13 Shillings 5d, was settled through probate in favour of her son Ronald Arthur Collett, an Ironmonger.

 

 

 

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Ronald Arthur Collett

Born in 1908 at Nuneaton

 

 

 

 

9p2

Alfred Collett was born at Wednesbury in 1875 and was five years old at the time of the 1881 when he was living with his family at 43 Oxford Street in Wednesbury.  He was 15 in 1891 and was 25 in 1901 when he was still living with his mother in Wednesbury.  His occupation at that time was stated as being a commercial clerk.  During the next few years Alfred changed from being a commercial clerk and took up the occupation of constructional engineer. Then in 1910 he married Minnie who was born at Walsall in 1876.  The following year the April census of 1911 revealed that Alfred of Wednesbury was 35 and that his wife Minnie of Walsall was 34, and at that time they were living at 20 Richmond Park in Olton just north of Solihull.  Whether the marriage produced any children for the couple is not known at this time.

 

 

 

 

9p3

John Brittain Collett was born at Wednesbury in 1877, his birth being recorded at West Bromwich (Ref. 6b 829) during the third quarter of that year.  He was three years old in the census of 1881 when he was recorded as John Briton Collett while he was living with his parents at 43 Oxford Street in Wednesbury.  In the later census of 1891 he was simply named as John Collett who was 13.  No record of him after that date has so far been found, until that is, his death was recorded at Birmingham register office (Ref. 9c 292) during the third quarter of 1951 at the age of 74.  Therefore it is unclear why his whereabouts has not been discovered in Great Britain at the time censuses were conducted in 1901 and 1911.  Perhaps he was not residing in the country on those occasions, but returned at some later time.

 

 

 

 

9p4

Edith M Collett was born at Wednesbury in 1878 and was aged two years in 1881.  At that time she was living with her family at 43 Oxford Street in Wednesbury and was 12 and 22 in the next two censuses.  For the latter in 1901 she was still living with her widowed mother at 21-22 Piercy Street in Wednesbury, together with four of her brothers and two of her sisters.  She was not described as having any particular occupation but was probably helping her mother to look after the family and possibly assisting her in the shop.  With no record of her as Edith Collett in the census of 1911, it may be safe to assume that she was married by then.

 

 

 

 

9p5

Charles Ernest Collett was born at Wednesbury in January 1881 since he was described as being two months old in the April census that year.  By the time he was 20 he was still living with his widowed mother Rebecca at 21-22 Piercy Street in Wednesbury where he was working as an apprentice coachsmith.  His late father John was also a coaching smith.  The Wednesbury census of 1911 revealed that Charles Ernest Collett aged 30 had living with him his two brothers Arthur and Harold (below), together with their youngest sister Beatrice Mary Collett.

 

 

 

 

9p6

Arthur Collett was born at Wednesbury in 1882 and, just like his father and his older brother Charles, he too was listed as a coachsmith in the census of 1901 when he was 18 years old and was still living with his mother at Wednesbury.  Ten years later Arthur was still living with two of his brothers Charles and Harold at Wednesbury when he was 29, while their youngest sister Beatrice Mary (below) was managing the home for them in the absence of their mother who was in Devon for the 1911 Census.

 

 

 

 

9p7

Harold Collett was born at Wednesbury in 1883 and just after the end of the century he was working as a railway clerk.  He was still living in the family home in Wednesbury in 1901 when he was 17 years of age.  According to the census in April 1911 Harold was still living in Wednesbury when he was 27.  Living at the same address with him were his two brothers Charles Ernest and Arthur Collett (above) and his youngest sister Beatrice Mary Collett (below).

 

 

 

 

9p8

Florence Amy Collett was born at Wednesbury in 1885 and was 15 in 1901 when living with her widowed mother Rebecca at West Bromwich.  During the next decade Florence left Staffordshire and, together with her mother, moved down to the West Country where, in April 1911, she was recorded as Florence Amy Collett aged 25 from Wednesbury who was living within the Bideford area of North Devon.  Her widowed mother Rebecca Collett was 56.  That may have been a temporary moved, since four of her youngest siblings were still living in Wednesbury in 1911.

 

 

 

 

9p9

Beatrice Mary Collett was born at Wednesbury in 1887, the last child born to John and Rebecca Collett.  She was four year old in the Wednesbury census of 1891 and was 14 years of age ten years later when she was one of seven children still living with her widowed mother at 21-22 Piercy Street in the town in March 1901.  When her mother and sister Florence were recorded in Devon in April 1911 Beatrice Mary Collett was still living at Wednesbury at the age of 24, when she was living with, and perhaps housekeeper to her three brothers Charles, Arthur and Harold (above).

 

 

 

 

9q1

Ronald Arthur Collett was born at Nuneaton in 1908 and was two years old in the census of 1911 when he was living in Nuneaton with his parents Arthur Horace Collett and Appalina Stokes.  By the time of the death of his widowed mother at Nuneaton in November 1947 Ronald was described as an ironmonger when he was named as the sole executor of her estate of over £19,000.  For some reason it may appear that the Will was contested, since it was nearly four years after her passing that probate was finalised in favour of Ronald Arthur Collett.