James was born 24 April 1856, in Lehi, Utah, the youngest of 11 in the family of Daniel and Esther Jones Collett. His mother died when he was 13 months old and his older brother, Syd, nurtured and taught him pioneering ways and horsemanship. James witnessed many early skirmishes between the Indians and the United States Militia. He became a horse wrangler and freighter, and pioneered many areas. His first marriage was to Mariett Tidwell. She died in 1886. Their children were James, Sadie (Eli Beckstead), twins Elmer (Eva) and Elsie, Julia (Nephi Tarbet).
Jane was born in Salt Lake City 7 April 1859, to Robert Campbell Wardrop and Margaret Evans Owens. There were 17 children in the Wardrop family. At the age of 16, Jane married Moroni Duncan. This couple pioneered various Utah and Idaho communities, settling in Rock Springs, Wyoming. It was there that Moroni Duncan met an untimely death, getting caught in a spring blizzard and freezing to death.
Jane and her young family moved to Bennington, Idaho, where she met James Collett and they were married 25 July 1896. They lived in Logan, Utah until 1907, when they moved to Taber to homestead. In 1914 they moved to Raymond. Jane was very skillful with a needle - she sewed, quilted and did expert embroidery work. She also excelled in growing vegetable and flower gardens. James was a meticulous man in all he did. He died 12 May 1924, in an auto accident. Jane died 6 June 1951, at 92.
Their children are Marriette (Bert Nilsson), Blanche (Harold Jackson), twins Ralph (Virginia Miller, then Opal Flannigan), and Riley.
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