Household Account Book of Jane Conyers (Mrs Knipe, Nee Thornton) of Helmsley

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Scope and Content

This single item was deposited with the solicitors' papers of Crust Todd and Mills of Beverley in 1974. It comprises the very complete household account book of Jane Conyers of Helmsley. It records all household expenses, such as food, linen, the cost of servants and so on, as well as some personal information.

Administrative / Biographical History

Jane Conyers was born Jane Thornton, to a London merchant family. In 1737 she married another merchant, Mr Knipe (settlement on 10,000 property at DDCV/205/6), and her account book records the names of her two children by this first marriage. Presumably her first husband died, as in 1765 she was living in Clapham with her brother, John Thornton. In that year she married Richard Conyers (1724-1786; marriage settlement at DDCV/205/7), third son of John and Elizabeth Conyers of Helmsley. Richard Conyers was educated at Jesus College, Cambridge, being ordained deacon in 1747 and priest in 1755. He lived with his grandmother in Helmsley through much of his adult life and was presented with the living of Helmsley by the Duncombe family after he had waited seven years for the death of the incumbent vicar. Jane and Richard Conyers had no children. She died in 1774 and is buried in Helmsley church. Her household account book appears to have been continued by someone else (DDCV/212/55).

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Originally published by Access to Archives - A2A. The data in this finding aid is in the copyright of the place of deposit.

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Related Material

DDCV/205/6-7; DDCV/212; DRA/1079-1081; DDDU/11/75