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James Hamilton Collett
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Birth: Jan. 13, 1825
Caldwell County
North Carolina, USA
Death: Jun. 28, 1916
Austin
Travis County
Texas, USA

James Hamilton Collett was the son of Abraham/Abram Collett (6 Dec 1798 Burke Co. NC. d. 29 Mar 1883 Valleytown, Cherokee Co., NC.) and Mary (Stewart) Collett (b. 15 Nov 1804 Wilkes Co., NC, d. 11 Nov 1894 Cherokee Co., NC)

His siblings were:
Hugh McDowell Collett (1826-1909) md. Mary Amanda Stalcup
Elizabeth Permelia Collett (1830-1915) md. 1) Andrew Jackson Conley, 2) Samuel C. Holland
Charles A.G. Collett (1848-1915) md. Louise McLaughlin

J. H. Collett's first wife was:
Eudorah Smith (1833-1855) md. 1 Jan. 1852 Freestone County, Texas. No issue to this marriage.

J. H. Collett's second wife was:
Margaret Ann Daviss (1836-1859) md. 2 Oct 1856 Freestone County, Texas. Two children by this marriage, Mary (Collett) Munger and Maggie (Collett) Morris.

J. H. Collett's third wife was:
Rhoann Eliza Daviss (1838-1921) md. 29 Aug 1865 Freestone County, Texas. (Eliza was the sister of his second wife and raised his two children by her sister)
J. H. & Eliza Collett's children were:
James Daviss 1869-1942 md. Marie Anderson
(he died in Tarrent Co., TX was removed to San Antonio and Marie was Cremated at Restland in Dallas, TX per d. cert.)
Guy Abraham 1870-1932 md. Ellen Holt
Edward Kelly b. 1873 md. Leila Hunter LaBatt
Rosa md. George Norwood Dilworth
Benjamin Paxtion 1881-1883

Death Cert. says day of birth Jan 12, 1825
Tombstone says date of birth Jan 13, 1825
Family Bible says date of birth Jan 13, 1825
Newspaper says date of birth Jan 13, 1825

Newspaper Item
Ausin American Statesman

J. H. Collett Celebrates Ninety-First Birthday

J. H. Collett, 1400 Colorado Street, yesterday celebrated his ninety-first birthday. Those of his children who live in Austin were present at a dinner given in his honor and congratulated him.
Though persons would regard Mr. Collett as an old man, friends say he is well preserved. He still personally takes charge of a large amount of business.
Mr. Collett enlisted in the Confederate army during the war between the States and remained therein until its close. Some time before in 1849 he has moved to Texas, settling first in Springfield, in Limestone County, and later to Fairfield in Freestone County. He was born in North Carolina.
Mrs. Collett who is more than 80 years old has been his wife about fifty years. Seven children were born to the couple-Mrs. R. S. Munger of Birmingham, Ala; Mrs. F. G. Morris of El Paso, Mrs. Rosa C. Dilworth and Miss Eugenia Collett of Austin, Ed K. Collett and J. E. Collett of Austin. Sixteen grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren are living.

Austin American Statesman

Captain Collett was born in Caldwell County, N. C. Jan 13, 1825 and hence was above 91 years of age at the time of his death. He came to Texas from his native state in 1849. At the outbreak of the Civil War he volunteered from Limestone County and servied the Confederacy with distinction throughout the war, rising to the rank of Captain. He was wounded twice and made a prisoner three times, making two daring escapes. At the close of the war he settled in Galveston,, and on Aug 29, 1856, married Miss Eliza Daviss.
Captain Collett accumulated a confortable fortune at Galveston, most of which was swept away by fire in 1877 while he was on a visit to Austin. He moved to Austin the same year and went energetically about recouping his fortunes.
He endeared himself to a great many Austin People, who admired his sturdy straightforwardness of character. Furing the last fifteen years of his life he was not active in a business way, but up to the time of his last illness he was energetic in looking after his personal affairs and took a lively interest in affairs in general.
He is survived by his wife and by four daughters and three sons, as follows; Mrs. R. S. Munger, Birmingham, Ala.; Mrs. F. G. Morris, El Paso; J. D. Collett and Ed K. Collett of Fort Worth, and Mrs. Rosa C. Dilworth, Miss Eugenia Collett and Guy A. Collett of Austin. All the children will be here for the funeral, except Mrs. Morris, who is too ill to come.
The funeral will be held Tuesady morning at 10 o'clock from the residence, Dr. V. A. Bodbey, president of Coronal Institute of San Marcos, officiating. Interment will be made in Oakwood Cemetery.
Following will be the pallbearers: O. M. Millican, C. M. Bartholomew,, S. B. Roberdeau, W. H. Folts, Charles H. Cocks, R. C. Lomax.


Austin American Statesman
June 29, 1916
Pioneer Resident of Austin Buried Today

Funeral of Pioneer Citizen of Austin To Be Held Today

Funeral services for Capt. J. H. Collett, who died early Wednesday morning will be held from the late residence, 1400 Colorado Street, Thursady morning at 10 o'clock. The services will be conducted by Rev. V. A. Godbey, president of Coronal Institute.
Captain Collett has been a resident of Austin since 1877, when he moved to this city from Galveston. He was born in Caldwell County, N. C., Jan 13, 1825, and moved to Texas in 1845. At the outbreak of the Civil war he volunteered from Limestone County, and during the progress of the war rose to the rank of Captain. He was twice wounded in battle, taken captive three times and twice made daring escapes from northern prisons. Immediately after the close of the war he went to Galveston, and in 1865 married Miss Eliza Davis.
Captain Collett is survived by his wife, four daughters anad three sons. The surviving daughters are Mrs. R. S. Munger, Birmingham, Ala.; Mrs. F. G. Morris, El Paso; Mrs. Rosa C. Dilworth and Miss Eugenia Collett of Austin. The surviving sons are J. D. Collett and Ed K. Collett of Fort Worth and Guy A. Collett.
The following will act as pallbearers at the funeral: O. H. Millican, C. N. Bartholomew, S. B. Roberdeau, W. H. Folts, Charles H. Cocks and R. C. Lomax.

Also of interest: newspaper item from The Galveston Daily News, Sunday, January 31, 1915, entitled CAME TO TEXAS WHEN INDIANS ROAMED PRAIRIES and Austin American, Sunday, April 30, 1916 entitled CIVIL WAR VETERAN REGAINS GUN GIVEN U. S. OFFICER IN 1862.

Infomation on his Confederate service:

Captain James Hamilton Collett enlisted as 1st Lieutenant, "The Freestone Freemen", later Company G, 7th Texas Infantry, in Freestone County,TX on July 25, 1861. He was captured at Fort Donelson, Tennessee, on February 16, 1862, and sent to Camp Chase, Ohio. Upon his exchange at Vicksburg, he was promoted to Captain, and command of his company. Captain Collett was wounded at the battle of Raymond, Mississippi, on May 12, 1863. Upon his return to the regiment, he commanded the 7th Texas from November, 1863, to April, 1864. Captain Collett was wounded at Franklin, Tennessee, on November 30, 1864, and was captured at Columbia, Tennessee, on December 21, 1864. he was released from Fort Delaware Prison on June 17, 1865. 
 
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 Parents:
  Abraham Collett (1798 - 1883)
  Mary Polly Stewart Collett (1804 - 1894)
 
 Spouses:
  Eudora Collett (1833 - 1855)
  Margaret Ann Daviss Collett (1836 - 1859)*
  Rhoann Eliza Daviss Collett (1838 - 1921)*
 
 Children:
  Mary Collett Munger (1857 - 1924)*
  Maggie Collett Morris (1859 - 1923)*
  Eugenia Collett (1866 - 1951)*
  James Daviss Collett (1869 - 1942)*
  Guy Abraham Collett (1870 - 1932)*
  Edward Kelly Collett (1873 - 1948)*
  Rosa Collett Dilworth (1875 - 1961)*
  Benjamin Paxton Collett (1881 - 1883)*
 
 Siblings:
  James Hamilton Collett (1825 - 1916)
  Hugh Mack Collett (1826 - 1909)*
  Permelia Elizabeth Collett Holland (1830 - 1915)*
  Charles A. Collett (1849 - 1915)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Oakwood Cemetery
Austin
Travis County
Texas, USA
Plot: Section 2., Plot 469
 
Maintained by: Billie Bournias
Originally Created by: David Hahn
Record added: Sep 07, 2009
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James Hamilton Collett
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James Hamilton Collett
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Thank you for your Confederate service. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.
- Martha Reid 19 UDC
 Added: Nov. 27, 2010

- Billie Bournias
 Added: Jun. 6, 2010
For Capt. Collett
- Millicent McLeod
 Added: Jun. 4, 2010
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