The papers of Thomas Marten and Caroline Harriet Marten (nee Ellison) arrived in the Brynmor Jones Library in 1974 as part of the larger deposit of solicitors papers from Crust Todd and Mills of Beverley. They comprise mainly family accounts and wills with a large number of papers relating to the military career of Thomas Marten in the Royal Dragoons.
Accounts and financial papers include early nineteenth century records of the Ellison family, a bank book for Thomas Marten 1866-68, accounts for his funeral in 1868 and a household account book for Caroline Marten 1882.
Correspondence in the collection to Thomas Marten is from members of the Royal Dragoons and the Dublin United Services Club and topics include troop organisation in Ireland and Waterloo. Letters to Caroline Harriet Marten are about her property and local families. There is also a little correspondence between Sir George D'Aguiler and Lord Raglan and between the solicitor Thomas Crust and the legatees of the will of Caroline Marten. The collection also contains the marriage settlement of Thomas Marten and Caroline Harriet Ellison (1825) and the wills of Henry Ellison (1831), Thomas Marten (1869) and Caroline Harriet Marten (1880; codicils of 1881 and 1882).
This collection is rich in press cuttings about military affairs, especially the Crimean War. It also contains various documents such as orders, billeting details and mess rules for the Royal Dragoons and a historical record of the 1st Dragoons. Miscellaneous items include a general order for the funeral of the duke of Wellington and a letter to Thomas Marten as bannerol in the funeral about the necessary mourning apparel, as well as invitations to dinner with the duke of Wellington and the earl of Lichfield. There is a bundle of papers concerning the Chartist riots in Sheffield 1839-1840 as well as the colonel's epaulettes and two pairs of shoe buckles.