Sunday, January 4, 2009

Wilhelm and Theresa (Rohde) Collett Headstone and Obits

Wilhelm and Theresa are buried and the Zion Lutheran Cemetery in Hampton, Hamilton, Nebraska. The following are their obituaries.


Well Known Resident of Community Dies at York

William Collett, an old and respected resident of Hamilton county, died last Tuesday [July 3, 1917] at the Lutheran hospital in York after a few weeks’ illness from cancer of the stomach. His death came as a great shock; those about him did not suspect the end was so near, as he had been ill only a short time.

Funeral services were held Friday at 8 p. m. at the German Lutheran church north of town, of which Mr. Collett was a faithful member. Rev. Brommer, the pastor, officiated. A large number of relatives and friends were present. The body was laid to rest in the cemetery adjoining the church.

William Collett was born in Pomern, Germany, in 1848 and was 69 years of age at the time of his death. He came to Nebraska in 1872 and was married to Theresa Rhode [Rohde] November 20, 1875*. To this union were born five children, two of whom are still living, Herman and William, both of this county. Besides the sorrowing wife and two sons he leaves two brothers, John, a retired farmer of this place, and Herman, a teacher in Germany. The bereaved ones have the heartfelt sympathy of their friends in their hour of affliction.

Card of Thanks
We wish to thank our friends for their help and sympathy during our recent bereavement and for the many beautiful flowers. Mrs. Wilhelm Collett, Mr. and Mrs. William Collett, Herman H. A. Collett

*Marriage date is incorrect and should have read December 6, 1874.

Newspaper and date of publication is unknown.



Therese Rohde Collett was born at Nikolai, West Prussia, German, September 29, 1856 and died at her home in Hampton, Nebraska, December 10, 1926, at the age of 70 years, 2 months and 11 days. She was baptized in Germany and early childhood came with her parents to America settling at Geneseo, Illinois. Here she attended school and was confirmed in the Lutheran church. Her parents died soon after her confirmation. She then with her brothers and sisters came to Nebraska and settled in Hamilton county. When a young woman she was united in marriage to Mr. William Collett, December 6, 1874. To this union five children were born, four sons and one daughter. About nine years ago Mr. Collett died. Two sons and one daughter have also preceded her in death. In the fall of 1921 she moved from her farm northeast of Hampton and has been a resident of our village until her death occurred at her home early Friday morning after a brief illness of pneumonia. Mrs. Collett has been a woman that has gained many friends in this community and will be greatly missed by her relatives and friends.

She is survived by two sons, William and Herman Collett, both residing northeast of Hampton, and also eight grandchildren and a number of other relatives and a host of friends.

Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at the St. Peter’s Lutheran church. Rev. O.A. Graebner officiating. Interment was in the Zion Lutheran cemetery four miles northeast of Hampton beside her husband. Sympathy is extended to the sorrowing relatives and friends.

Newspaper and date of publication is unknown.

Wilhelm and Theresa (Rohde) Collett Family

Wilhelm John Frederick COLLETT was born on 8 December 1848 in Swinemunde, Pommern, Prussia. He died on 3 July 1917 in York, York, Nebraska. He immigrated in 1871 to Hamilton County, Nebraska and established a homestead in Bradshaw, York, Nebraska. Wilhelm married Therese Julia Anna ROHDE, daughter of Michael ROHDE and Catherine MASTHKE on 6 Dec 1874 in Hamilton, Nebraska. Therese was born on 29 September 1856 in Schneidemuhl, Nikolai, Prussia. She died on 10 December 1926 in Hampton, Hamilton, Nebraska. They had the five children:

1) Franz C. COLLETT was born on 11 October 1875 in Bradshaw, and died a week later on 18 October 1875.
2) Louise M. COLLETT was born on 17 December 1876 in Bradshaw and died on 19 Apr 1882.
3) William John Frederick COLLETT was born on 25 November 1878 in York, York, Nebraska and was christened on 15 Dec 1878. He died on 8 October 1964 in York, York, Nebraska. William married Ida Louise VAN HOUSEN, daughter of Henry VAN HOUSEN Jr and Wilhelmine NEWMAN on 11 February 1903 in Hampton, Hamilton, Nebraska.
4) Richard COLLETT was born in September 1879 in Bradshaw, York, Nebraska and died in 1905. Richard married Bertha Sophia Maria DOSE, daughter of Johann Joachim Theodor DOSE and Anna Caroline Elisabeth SPIEGEL on 24 February 1903 in Hampton, Hamilton, Nebraska.
5) Herman Hugo Alfred COLLETT was born on 5 December 1894 in Bradshaw, York, Nebraska and died on 8 December 1955 in Santa Ana, Orange, California. Herman married Helena Ida Bertha HOPP, daughter of John C HOPP and Louise Sophia Wilhemnia KARK on 4 Feb 1920 in Hampton, Hamilton, Nebraska.

Hopp Farm Aerial View

This aerial view was taken in the 1950s or early 1960s. After Selma Hopp died in 1982, this property was sold to the Dose family and the buildings were removed.