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You might want to ask them if the land in that part of BStE was linked to any Manors, in which case the Manorial Books are useful, but I would focus on those with indexes.  The Church may also have held some of these lands?

Good luck with your search, and, if you come across any mill data, I'd appreciate any references so I can search them out my self.


Hi Thera,

I know the map will, its in the stairwell at the records office.  All the properties are numbered and these numbers would have been linked to a book with the owners and tenants names along with the areas of each property.  Unfortunately I have never been able to locate the associated book or index.

Very frustrating!

The house is probably Woodroff's, but the book would prove it.  I suspect that there were multiple copies of both the map and book; so may be there are other copies still around?

Windy Miller

Hi Glenmount,

Glad I could help.

Nope, I'm in the old smoke (London), but visit Suffolk on a regular basis.


Hi Glenmount,

Ignore my PM to you, I seem to be repeating myself.

The info I have is as follows (with source):-

Edwd Woodruff, dec'd (1732), miller @ Horringer Windmill, BStE - Will - Ref unknown

John Woodroffe, 1787, miller of 2 windmills, BStE, Insurance, REFI

John Woodroffe, 1791, miller, creditor to bankrupt, Ipswich Journal

John Woodroffe, dec'd, 1800, miller, Ipswich Journal

Mr. Woodroffe, 1805, miller, apprentice wanted, Bury & Norwich Post

Jas. Woodroffe, 1807, miller @ Horningheath Windmill, BStE, Sale of mill, Ipswich Journal (Jas. became brandy merchant in London)

Mrs. Woodroffe, dec'd, 1806, Southgate Mill, BStE, B&NP

S. Woodroffe, miller, 1806, B&NP

Widow Woodroffe, dec'd, 1818, Ipswich Journal

Jas. Woodroffe, brandy merchant, 1807, London, robbed, B&NP

Mr. Woodroffe, miller, 1810, marriage to Miss Maderson, Suffolk Chronicle

Stephen Woodroffe, miller, 1815, ????, B&NP

Stephen Woodroffe, miller, 1819, Baker wanted, B&NP

Stephen Woodroffe, miller, 1824 Southgate Windmill, BStE, Miller wanted, B&NP

Stephen Woodroffe, dec'd, miller, 1832, Southgate Windmill, BStE, B&NP, (he died in the Melton Asylum)

John Woodroffe, miller, 1884, Horningheath Mill, BStE, crime, B&NP

I hope this helps your search for Woodroffes (or Woodruffs).  Anything you might have that might fill gaps I have would be great, espically at the early end.

Cheers for now,
Wind Miller

Suffolk / Re: COLLETT family, Halesworth - 1785 to 1813
« on: Tuesday 03 July 18 00:11 BST (UK)  »
Hi Lizzie,

Glad to help with the Colletts.  I'll continue with my search of millers and if any thing turns up re: the family I'll pass it on to you.


Suffolk / Re: COLLETT family, Halesworth - 1785 to 1813
« on: Wednesday 27 June 18 19:45 BST (UK)  »

I looked at the Suffolk pages (about 3 and they did look comprehensive) and did an F3 search on "miller" and "mill".  No joy.  Anyway, I hope Brian finds my data useful.


Suffolk / Re: COLLETT family, Halesworth - 1785 to 1813
« on: Wednesday 27 June 18 19:27 BST (UK)  »
Hi Lizzie & Maddy,

Maddy, your right; I have most of the paper stuff already.

Lizzie, my interest in the Collett's limited to their being millers, rather than genealogy.  I looked at the site but it does not refer to Collett employment.  This is what I have.  Please feel free to forward it on.  And if any Colletts know of early mill-links in Suffolk (esp. Halesworth!) I'd like to add them to my database.

From various sources and all in Halesworth ...
Chas. Collett milling with a Mathew Swan                                     1791/01/01
Chas. Collett as a miller                                                              1793/12/07
Chas. Collett, baker, took apprentice                                            1807/09/04
Chas. Collett selling his windmill on Mill Hill, Halesworth                 1813/11/13
Robt. & Mary Collet (miller) had son, Chas. Thos. Collett                1815/06/02
Outside of my area of general interest I have ...
John Collet, miller, occ. of farm in Quy, for sale                       1803/09/14
John Collett selling s watermill in Little Wilbraham, Cambs             1810/02/17
Death of Susannah Swarm (nee Collett) (d. of Mr. Collett, Quy)     1827/01/17
Death of John Collett, miller, at Stow-cum-Quy, Cambridgeshire    1829/01/21
Marriage of Wm. Kent Collett to Elizabeth Kent in Quy                   1831/06/29
Storm damage of Mr. Collett's mill, in Quy                                    1843/08/16
Death of Widow of John Collett (Quy) at Taversham                      1849/12/26

Cheers for now,

PS.  Mrs. Windy is on the mend  :)

Suffolk / Re: COLLETT family, Halesworth - 1785 to 1813
« on: Wednesday 27 June 18 00:33 BST (UK)  »
Hi Maddy & Lizzie,

I'll look into this shortly.

Mrs. Windy Miller had a fall and I'm putting research to one side as I tend to her.  I have lots of newspaper stuff, but will need to check things over.

In the meantime a BIG thank you.


PS I'll look at the Collett link tomorrow, thanks.

Suffolk / COLLETT family, Halesworth - 1785 to 1813
« on: Friday 22 June 18 00:37 BST (UK)  »
Hello fellow Rooters,

I trying to track down info on Robert Collett, Charles Collett and Mary Collett who were bakers and millers in Halesworth between 1785 and 1813, though maybe a bit either side of this range is probable.

BMD info would be good, but anything relating to their mill would be brilliant!

The mill may have been on Mill Hill, Halesworth; William may have been married to Mary Collett, and Charles may have been their son.

I also suspect there may have been a John Collett pre-dateing all these people, and he may have een alive until about 1788.


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