File GUN 84 - Screw bound cover entitled Family Records, C.F. Neville Rolfe.

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Screw bound cover entitled Family Records, C.F. Neville Rolfe.


  • 1669-1935 (Creation)

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Dawson Turner (1775-1858), banker, botanist, and antiquary, was born in Great Yarmouth, the son of James Turner, merchant and banker, and his wife, Elizabeth Cotman. He was educated at North Walsham Grammar School and Pembroke College, Cambridge, but left before taking his degree to join Gurney and Turner's Bank in Yarmouth. In 1794, he married Mary Palgrave of Yarmouth and Coltishall, Norfolk, with whom he had eleven children, of whom six daughters and two sons survived infancy. The key elements in his subsequent life were banking, family, and a studious disposition. His main passions were for botany and, later, for painting and antiquarian studies. He became an avid collector of literary and scientific books and manuscripts, as well as being an author of many works on antiquities and botany, especially cryptogamic plants. Throughout his life, he corresponded with many of the great botanists, antiquaries and artists of the day.

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Map of Heacham with the property of Edmund Rolfe numbered, early 19th century
Copies of the 'General Evening Post' (London), 17-19 Nov. 1785, and 'John Bull', 22 May 1841 with announcements of family marriages; copy of ,The Times', 22 June 1815, including news of the battle of Waterloo; print of Dawson Turner, 1816; drawing of the Kempster Pippin or Blenheim Orange (apple), 1822.
Judges' opinion of statutes in force against conventicles, 1669; directions for convicting persons taken in conventicles (printed), 1682; proclamation for calling a Parliament (printed) and address of the Norfolk Grand Jury to the King, 1688; the 'London Gazette', 27-31 Dec. 1688; 'the King's Reasons (with some Reflections upon them') printed, [1689 or later].
Writ to sheriff to discover what damage William Randall has suffered in an action of debt against Richard Chambers. Parties possibly of Bawburgh, 1706.
Bond to perform covenants. Mary Smith of Littleport, Ely, spinster, and James Marsingill of Wisbech, Ely, merchant, to James Flierden of King's Lynn, merchant, in £2,300, 1720. Signed by Edmund Rolfe, sen. and jun.
Contemporary Rolfe family memoranda starting with the marriage of Francis son of Henry Rolfe, 1639-1741 (MS 1)
Inscription on the grave stone of Thomasanne wife of William Rolfe and Anne their daughter who died in 1694. Written by William Rolfe. (MS 2)
Draft articles of agreement between Francis Boteler of St Andrew's Holborne, Middx., esq., Thomas Boteler of King's Lynn, gent., his brother, Mary Johnson of St Andrew's Holborne, widow, their mother, and Edmund Rolfe of King's Lynn, gent. Concerning the manor of Branches alias Tilney Steads with 376 acres in Wiggenhall St Mary Magdalen and St Peter and Watlington, the manor of Newhall with 407 acres in Tilney and Islington and the manor of Tittleshall alias Titteshall otherwise Trusbutts with the manor house and property in Runcton Holme and Thorpland, which property Francis, Thomas and Edmund hold as joint tenants or tenants in common and in which Mary Johnson is entitled to dower. 1718. With promissory note from Edmund Rolfe to Francis Boteler, 1718. (MS 5)
Transcripts of Walpole letters, 1711-1756.
Numbers of descendents of Edmund Rolfe and list of Francis and Sarah Boteler's eleven children. (MSS 14-16)
Contemporary list of the children of Edmund Rolfe and Elizabeth Scott married 1675 to 1691 with later note of daughters' married names. (MS 17)
Rolfe family trees, 18th cent.; family epitaphs.
Rolfe family tree covering 1560-1908; notes by F.J. Carus-Wilson, 1892, and about the Carus-Wilson, 1919. /24-26
Birth certificate of William Chapman at Woodford, Essex, 1792.
Edmund Rolfe in account with Messrs. Croft, 1773.
Lease for a year. Edmund Rolfe of Heacham, esq., to Hutton Perkins and Edward Smith. Of all his property in King's Lynn, Gaywood, Grimston, Gaytonthorpe, West Walton, Wiggenhall St Peter, West Winch, Tottenhill, Watlington, West Dereham, Wereham, Snettisham, Heacham, Holme next the Sea and Ringstead. To take a release upon trusts. 23 June 1742. /29
Part of bargain and sale by the executors of John Blagrave to Elisha Biscoe of residue of term of 101 years 3 months, granted by Elisha to John. Re coach houses and stable, 1771; assignment by Edward Hall Johnson to Catherine Johnson, both of North Shields, Northumberland, of his share of a legacy of £400 bequeathed on trust by Edward Hall of Whitley, Northumberland. As security for a loan of £30. 1813.
Memor: Various. Recipes for medicine for men and livestock, shoe blacking, whitewash etc., late 18th cent. (MS 25)
Cash book of Edmund Rolfe, senior, 1764-1766.
Photocopy of letter from Lord Nelson to Revd Mr Priestly, 8 March 1801 (on microfilm MF/RO 653/5).
Photocopy of entry in the policy register of the Sun Insurance Office re Edmund Rolfe and his Heacham property, dated 24 April 1736; with letter, 1935.
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Missing. Noted 2000 stocktaking: General Evening Post, 17 & 19 Nov 1785, Times Official Bulletin re battle of waterloo, 1815, John Bull, 1841, London Gazette, 1688.

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