The Will of Thomas Collett of Lower Slaughter

 was made on 28th March 1746

and proved on 4th June 1755




In the name of God Amen, I Thomas Collett of Lower Slaughter in the County of Gloucester, yeoman, being of sound disposition, mind and memory, do make this my last Will and Testament in the manner following


First I commit my soul into the hands of Almighty God who gave it and my body to be devoutly buried at the discretion of my executors hereinafter named


And as for my worldly estate I give and dispose of the same as followeth


Item, I give and devise all my messuage or tenements at Lower Slaughter aforesaid and the appurtenances and also all my inclosed grounds and estate lying and being in Lower Slaughter aforesaid with all the appurtenances thereto belonging to my wife Jane Collett to hold to her and her assigns during the term of her natural life


She my said wife paying yearly during the said term of her natural life the interest of the money now due and owing upon the aforesaid messuages or tenements and inclosed grounds


I give and devise my said messuages or tenements with the appurtenances and also all the aforesaid inclosed grounds and estate with all the appurtenances thereunto to my kinsman Thomas Collett, eldest son of my brother John Collett, to hold to the said Thomas Collett, his heirs and assigns for ever, but my will is that my said kinsman Thomas Collett shall pay (immediately after the decease of my said wife) out of the estate herein before mentioned the two legacies herein after expressed, that is to say


Item, I give and bequeath to Jane Collett, sister to him the said Thomas Collett the sum of five pounds of lawful money


Item, I give and bequeath to Ann Collett, daughter of my late brother William Collett, the sum of five pounds of like lawful money


Also I give and bequeath to my said wife the use of my clock and case during the term of her natural life and from and after her decease I give my said clock and case to my kinsman William Collett, son of my said brother William


Also I order and give my table form and joint bedstead and tester (?) thereto belonging to be standards for ever to my said messuages or tenements herein before devised


Also all the rest and residual of my goods, chattels and personal estate consisting of what nature or kind so ever I give and bequeath to my said wife whom I make and appoint sole executor of this my Last Will and Testament hereby revoking all former Wills by me made in writing whereof I have herein to set my hand and seal the twenty-eighth day of March 1746

The mark of Thomas Collett    X

Witnesses:        Anna Payn

                        Elizabeth Tombs

                        Ia Payn



The above named Jane Collett, sole executor, was duly sworn before us on 4th day of June 1755.




Whilst identification of Thomas Collett has not yet been made from amongst over 13,000 of the birth Colletts on the website  it is clear from his Will that his immediate family looked like the diagram below.



The three brothers of unknown parents


Thomas Collett

died 1755

John Collett

died after 1755

William Collett

died after 1755




married to Jane

who died after 1755


wife unknown


wife unknown




no issue

Thomas Collett (son

Ann Collett (dau)


Jane Collett (dau)

William (son)