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Collection Number: 11042

Collection Title: Dana P. Ripley Collection, 1506-1886

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Size 63 items
Abstract The collection is chiefly legal documents relating to rents, freeholds, copyholds, and other tenancy issues at Kilsby, Parish of Liddington, County of Rutland, England. Many of the documents relate to Thomas Colledge of Kilsby, and other Colledge family members, including J. R. Colledge, who was an ophthalmologist in Macao and China in the 1820s. Thomas Colledge was also involved with John and Elizabeth Gardner and others in a land shares scheme at Kibworth, County of Leicester. Some of the documents relate to actions taken to satisfy the requirements of the act for dividing and inclosing open and common fields passed by Parliament in the mid- 1770s. Also included are documents relating to members of the Richardson, Ridgely, Boyes, and Gibbons families, some of whom appear to have been related to the Colledges. The earliest item is an indenture dated 1506, which bears Thomas Shakespeare's signature on the back; the latest is an 1886 inventory of a public house at Kilsby. There is also a short travel diary of a journey to the Channel Islands in 1836.
Creator Ripley, Dana P., collector.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Dana P. Ripley Collection #11042, Rare Book Literary and Historical Papers, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Dana P. Ripley of Durham, N.C., in December 1990 (Acc. 91007).
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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The collection is chiefly legal documents relating to rents, freeholds, copyholds, and other tenancy issues at Kilsby, Parish of Liddington, County of Rutland, England. Many of the documents relate to Thomas Colledge of Kilsby, and other Colledge family members, including J. R. Colledge, who was an ophthalmologist in Macao and China in the 1820s. Thomas Colledge was also involved with John and Elizabeth Gardner and others in a land shares scheme at Kibworth, County of Leicester. Some of the documents relate to actions taken to satisfy the requirements of the act for dividing and inclosing open and common fields passed by Parliament in the mid-1770s. Also included are documents relating to members of the Richardson, Ridgely, Boyes, and Gibbons families, some of whom appear to have been related to the Colledges. The earliest item is an indenture dated 1506, which bears Thomas Shakespeare's signature on the back; the latest is an 1886 inventory of a public house at Kilsby. There is also a short travel diary of a journal to the Channel Islands in 1836.

Note that documents were arranged into lots by the donor, and that these numbered lots have been maintained. These "R" numbers may reflect the way in which materials were collected. There is no R-9, R-16, or R-33.

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Contents list

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Folder 1

R-1:Notebook containing handwritten copies of letters about family matters from J. R. College in Canton, China, to his uncles William and John Richardson, 1828, and miscellaneous accounts (see also R-38). #11042, Series: "Dana P. Ripley Collection, 1506-1886." Folder 1

Folder 2

R-2:Volume showing how fields were inclosed at Kilsby and listing values of allotments, 1778 (S-11042/1). #11042, Series: "Dana P. Ripley Collection, 1506-1886." Folder 2

Folder 3

R-3:Kilsby churchwardens' book, 1806-1830 (S-11042/2). #11042, Series: "Dana P. Ripley Collection, 1506-1886." Folder 3

Folder 4

R-4:Plan for pewing the church at Kilsby, Thomas Colledge and John Cowley, churchwardens, 1816. #11042, Series: "Dana P. Ripley Collection, 1506-1886." Folder 4

Folder 5

R-5:Abstract of title to Kilworth, 1834. #11042, Series: "Dana P. Ripley Collection, 1506-1886." Folder 5

Folder 6

R-6:Document entitled "Annual value of the allotments in the new inclosure of Killesby, 1778." #11042, Series: "Dana P. Ripley Collection, 1506-1886." Folder 6

Folder 7

R-7:Indenture, John Gardner, Elizabeth Gardner, and Thomas Colledge, 4 March 1802. #11042, Series: "Dana P. Ripley Collection, 1506-1886." Folder 7

Folder 8

R-8:Indenture, settlement of Kibworth between John and Elizabeth Gardner and Thomas Colledge, 14 May 1819. #11042, Series: "Dana P. Ripley Collection, 1506-1886." Folder 8

Folder 9

R-10:Indenture, John Gardner, Elizabeth Gardner, and Thomas Colledge, 9 January 1815. #11042, Series: "Dana P. Ripley Collection, 1506-1886." Folder 9

Folder 10

R-11:Indenture, October 1506, with Thomas Shakespeare's signature. #11042, Series: "Dana P. Ripley Collection, 1506-1886." Folder 10

Folder 11

R-12:Document entitled "Release of principal and interest monies secured upon mortgage" from William Prime and Robert Seal to Thomas Colledge. #11042, Series: "Dana P. Ripley Collection, 1506-1886." Folder 11

Folder 12

R-13:List of Rutland County rents, 10 November 1744. #11042, Series: "Dana P. Ripley Collection, 1506-1886." Folder 12

Folder 13

R-14:Miscellaneous receipts and recipes, 1747-1852 (11 items). #11042, Series: "Dana P. Ripley Collection, 1506-1886." Folder 13

Folder 14

R-15:Letter to Miss Ridgley from her sister, asking for money, 1756. #11042, Series: "Dana P. Ripley Collection, 1506-1886." Folder 14

Folder 15

R-17:Anthony Ridgley's will, 9 August 1752. #11042, Series: "Dana P. Ripley Collection, 1506-1886." Folder 15

Folder 16

R-18:Document entitled "Rules of law" ("When arrested and held to bail ..."), undated. #11042, Series: "Dana P. Ripley Collection, 1506-1886." Folder 16

Folder 17

R-19:John Ridgley's will (copy), 17 September 1727. #11042, Series: "Dana P. Ripley Collection, 1506-1886." Folder 17

Folder 18

R-20:Document relating to land transaction of John Ridgley and Abraham Cant, 1717. #11042, Series: "Dana P. Ripley Collection, 1506-1886." Folder 18

Folder 19

R-21:Hall field inclosure order, 10 November 1826. #11042, Series: "Dana P. Ripley Collection, 1506-1886." Folder 19

Folder 20

R-22:Document relating to Anthony and John Ridgley property, 1747. #11042, Series: "Dana P. Ripley Collection, 1506-1886." Folder 20

Folder 21

R-23:Document relating to Ann Gibbons's tenancy at Kilsby, 11 November 1813. #11042, Series: "Dana P. Ripley Collection, 1506-1886." Folder 21

Folder 22

R-24:Document relating to William Gibbons's tenancy at Kilsby, 11 November 1813. #11042, Series: "Dana P. Ripley Collection, 1506-1886." Folder 22

Folder 23

R-25:Document relating to Thomas Colledge's tenancy at Kilsby, 6 July 1813. #11042, Series: "Dana P. Ripley Collection, 1506-1886." Folder 23

Folder 24

R-26:Travel diary of journey from Weymouth to Jersey and other Channel Islands, July 1836. #11042, Series: "Dana P. Ripley Collection, 1506-1886." Folder 24

Folder 25

R-27:Document relating to Thomas King's tenancy at Kilsby, 31 October 1799. #11042, Series: "Dana P. Ripley Collection, 1506-1886." Folder 25

Folder 26

R-28:Document relating to the London and Birmingham Railway's right of way through the property of Thomas Colledge and others, 13 August 1836. #11042, Series: "Dana P. Ripley Collection, 1506-1886." Folder 26

Folder 27

R-29:Extract from order to inclose land of Thomas Boyes and others, undated. #11042, Series: "Dana P. Ripley Collection, 1506-1886." Folder 27

Folder 28

R-30:Document relating to Thomas Colledge and Kilsby ("to the use of his will"), 27 October 1812. #11042, Series: "Dana P. Ripley Collection, 1506-1886." Folder 28

Folder 29

R-31:Devon Ox, public house at Kilsby, 21 May 1886. #11042, Series: "Dana P. Ripley Collection, 1506-1886." Folder 29

Folder 30

R-32:Joseph Russell's agreement with John Colledge about renting a house at Kilsby, 29 March 1852. #11042, Series: "Dana P. Ripley Collection, 1506-1886." Folder 30

Folder 31

R-34:Bill presenting to John Gardner for services relating to real property transactions, 1812. #11042, Series: "Dana P. Ripley Collection, 1506-1886." Folder 31

Folder 32

R-35:copy of petition to Parliament about the inclosing of common fields, undated. #11042, Series: "Dana P. Ripley Collection, 1506-1886." Folder 32

Folder 33

R-36:Letter from J. M. Wardle to Colledge about the Gardner land transaction (Kilworth), 13 March 1833. #11042, Series: "Dana P. Ripley Collection, 1506-1886." Folder 33

Folder 34

R-37:Thomas Richardson's will (copy), 13 February 1823. #11042, Series: "Dana P. Ripley Collection, 1506-1886." Folder 34

Folder 35

R-38:Descriptions of portraits of cataract patients of J. R. Colledge, on view at the Ophthalmic Hospital at Macao, undated (see also R-1). #11042, Series: "Dana P. Ripley Collection, 1506-1886." Folder 35

Folder 36

R-39:Document relating to Thomas Colledge and Kilsby ("surrender to the use of his will"), 11 November 1813. #11042, Series: "Dana P. Ripley Collection, 1506-1886." Folder 36

Folder 37

R-40:Miscellaneous legal documents relating to Kilsby, 1802-1812 (5 items). #11042, Series: "Dana P. Ripley Collection, 1506-1886." Folder 37

Folder 38

R-41:Documents relating to the Gibbonses, Thomas Colledge, and Kilsby, 1809-1813 (3 items). #11042, Series: "Dana P. Ripley Collection, 1506-1886." Folder 38

Folder 39

R-42:Miscellaneous legal and financial documents of Thomas Colledge and others, and a letter from John Gardner to Colledge about a land deal, 1810-1828 (7 items). #11042, Series: "Dana P. Ripley Collection, 1506-1886." Folder 39

Folder 40

R-43:Printed copy of an act for repairing and widening the turnpike in Banbury, County of Leicester, 1765. #11042, Series: "Dana P. Ripley Collection, 1506-1886." Folder 40

Folder 41

R-44:Document relating to John Colledge's tenancy at Kilsby, 4 February 1840. #11042, Series: "Dana P. Ripley Collection, 1506-1886." Folder 41

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