Thomas Brent 1775 – 1855

Brent appears as the middle name for three Collis children in the bigger tree.

Louisa Brent and Alfred Brent (misspelt as Brint on his birth certificate) children of Henry and Hannah

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Francis Brent Collis born 1857 son of George Collis and Mary Soundy – Francis being Henry’s nephew.

Located in Fred Collis’ family Bible the name Thomas Brent appears and answers the question where the name Brent originated.


The 1841 Census Broad Hinton Hurst, Wiltshire has the following all residing in the same house

at Wards Croft

Geo Collis 45

Geo Collis 15

Henry Collis 15

John Collis 10

Elizabeth Collis 8

Edmund Collis 5

Thomas Brent 65

Elizabeth Hawkins 60

Elizabeth Collis, mother to the above children died in March 1838 when her youngest Edmund was 5 years old

Thomas Brent was witness to Henry’s parents George Collis and Elizabeth Mary Chaplin 1823.

The Will of Thomas Brent who died in 1855 aged 80 years  and left his property to George Collis……Brent a tribute from the family members who benefited from their inheritance from Thomas Brent.

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Thomas’ last will and testament  translated as best as can be read […….represents unidentifiable words]

‘This is the last Will and Testament of me Thomas Brent Hurst in the County of Berks Blacksmith. in the first place I give and bequeath unto George Brent of ?Shinfield in county of Berks’

Then he leaves to the following

Sister Anne wife of John Brown 10 pounds

Sister Elizabeth…… sum of 15 pounds

Sister Fanny…. sum of 10 pounds

Henry Brown son of John Brown sum of 10 pounds

“I bequeath unto Henry Collis, Alfred Collis, John Collis, Elizabeth Mary Collis and Edmund Richard Collis five of the children of my friend George Collis of Hurst aforesaid Blacksmith a legacy sum of 10 pounds …to be paid to them respectively as soon as …. may be after my….my real estates for their respective absolute use and benefit.”

The remainder of his estate and residue is left to his “friend’ George Thomas Collis” brother to the five above names. George Thomas Collis also named as executor.

10 pounds would be worth a lot in 1855 I should imagine.

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