The papers of the Dunnington-Jefferson family were deposited in the Brynmor Jones Library by Sir John Dunnington-Jefferson and were catalogued as DDJ in 1973. This is a collection entirely composed of estate papers, especially for Hook, Howden, Thorganby and West Cottingwith, all in the East Riding, though there is also a small amount of related estate correspondence 1855-1869.
Estate papers are as follows: Asselby (1613, 1718-1723); Aughton (1626-1659); Barlby (1728, 1866-1867); Bubwith (1587-1841) including the marriage settlements of Richard Aske and Susanna Blanshard (1661), Charles Bosvile and Anne Southaby (1697) and Thomas Swan and Margaret Horsley (1714), the will of Thomas Swan (1753) and the enclosure act of 1832; Cliffe (1701-1763); Eastrington (1765-1844) including an original bundle of plans and agreements made for and with the Hull and Selby Railway Company and the 1844 prospectus for Eastrington School; Ellerton (1846-1850) including papers about the rebuilding of the church; Elvington (1597); Gilberdyke (1707, 1867-1880) including two 19th century school appointments; Goole (1748-1770); Hambleton (1700-1819); Harlthorpe (1699-1876) including the wills of Thomas Eland (1816), George Eland (1845) and Peter Wilson (1763); Hillam and Monk Fryston (1679-1759); Hook (1568-1839) including the 1771 account for the repair of Hook Mill, a pedigree of the Lightfoot family 1759-1813 and a copy of the will of John Leach (1824); Howden (1582-1866) including the 1582 letters patent granting tithes and prebends, the marriage settlement of John Lewton and Sarah Marsh (1710), 17th century leases of the bishop's manor house and a 19th century copy of a 1561 survey of the bishop's manor house; North Duffield (1744-1841) including the marriage settlements of William Middleton and Frances Errington (1759), William Fermor and Frances Middleton (1760) and William Middleton and Clara Louise Grace (1782) and the will of Charles Allanson (1766); Kellington (1597-1647); Leeds (1754); Lumby (1747) including the marriage settlement of George Spinke and Dorothy Waude (1747); Naburn (1766) being the enclosure act; North Newbald (1713-1859) including some papers of the Clough family, copies of the wills of Robert Hornsey (1819), Richard Mountain (1787), Frances Hopper (1822), William Ombler (1830) and Thomas Bainton (1839) and the 1858 sale plans and particulars of the Newbald Hall estate; Reedness (1673); Selby (1707-1710); Skipwith (1626-1743) including the will of John Herbert (1722); Swinefleet (1634); Thorpe Willoughby (1673-1828) including the marriage settlement of John Fawcett and Sarah Hodgson (1676), the will of William Nutt (1691) and pedigrees of the Barber family of Sherburn 1737-1804 and Thompson family 1769-1821; Whitgift (1693); York (1738-1854) including 16 election squibs 1780-1790, a mortgage for a house in the Shambles, a paper about the government of Sunday Schools and the 91st annual report of York County Hospital of 1832.
Papers for Thorganby and West Cottingwith (1612-1867) are extensive and include the marriage settlements of William Grave and Isabella Machell (1612), Thomas Grave and Elizabeth Hesselwood (1625), William Swailes and Dorothy Raynes (1655), Thomas Hasselwood and Mary Cooper (1686), Edward Swailes and Mary Overend (1691), John Yeoman and Anne Walker (1704), George Blanshard and Margaret Wilkinson (1706), Alice Hardy and William Noble (1716), William Swailes and Jane Williamson (1717), and Sarah Robinson and Henry Waite (1752), the wills of William Graves (1688), Thames Cooper (1694), John Cooper (1695), Robert Hardy (1700), Hugh Blyth (1717), William Noble (1722), Ann Hardy (1723), Joshua Cooper (1732), Sarah Tyler (1734), William Cooper (1743), Thomas Cooper (1748), Bernard Ackroyd (1761), William Caister (1790), William Clarkson (1802), Sarah North (1803), Elizabeth Clarkson (1805), Jerman Pegg (1808), Herbert Soule (1819), William Tuke (1820), John Preston (1821), John North (1827), Thomas Preston (1827), James Atkinson (1829), John Webster (1832), George Webster (1833), John Brown (1841), John Archbell (1844) and Luke Gowthorpe (1854), an inventory of the goods of Ellen Dunnington (1758), and abstract of the title of Thomas Bradford 1708-1801, the enclosure act of 1810, the enclosure awards and plans of 1817 and enclosure taxes, the foundation papers of the Thorganby and West Cottingwith Association for the Prosecution of Felons dated 1829 and the minute book of the foundation 1829-1843, some 19th century surveys of farms, some 19th century notes and extracts relating to the history of Thickett Priory, a mandate of the Archdeacon of Cleveland for declaration of absolution of Ann Smithson from excommunication dated 1765 and the 1839 licence granted by the Archbishop of York for Joseph Dunnington to reside at Thickett Priory; Wheldrake (1659-1850) including the marriage settlement of William Tate and Ellen Blanshard (1667).
Material catalogued as `various townships' (1590-1843) includes the marriage settlements of John Vavasour and Katherine Ackroyd (1655), Robert Jefferson and Elizabeth Battell (1698) and John Dunnington and Dorothy Tomlinson (1759) and copies of the marriage settlements of Francis Annesley and Anne Gayer (1729), Arthur Annesley and Catherine Hardy (1785) and Isaac and Ann Broadley (1758), some 18th century leases in Hook, Howden and West Cottingwith and the will of Dorothy Dunnington (1767). There are a few papers for County Westmorland (1820-1832) and County Wicklow (1808-1852) and the latter includes some correspondence about the Granaby estate and an 1839 survey of the estate of Lady Vavasour.
In addition to the above estate papers DDJ also contains a bundle of papers related to the Drax Enclosure Act of 1773 including a survey of new allotments and a section of acts of parliament (1732-1857) which includes the Ouse Navigation Act of 1832, enclosure acts for Naburn, Hook, Wallingfen, Market Weighton, Askwith, Monk Fryston, South Milforth and Lumby, Hambleton, Hillam, Selby, North Duffield, West Cottingwith and Thorganby, Eastrington and Bubwith and the Pocklington Canal Bill of 1814.
DDJ/34 is a large section of miscellaneous material (1674-1871) and it includes bonds and a number of papers in legal cases, the account book of John Dunnington 1753-1758 largely relating to corn sales and other miscellaneous family accounts, six pamphlets of the Church Institution dated 1863, an original bundle of papers relating to the election of 1868 including some correspondence and canvassing papers, a few letters and papers of Joseph Dunnington-Jefferson about local government such as the building of a reformatory and affairs in the local magistrates' courts, an original bundle of papers relating to the enclosure of East Cottingwith, an original bundle of papers relating to Market Weighton and Wallingfen drainage and canal proposals including a surveyor's notebook of 1773 and estimates of costs, 19th century printed material which includes poll books, pamphlets on reformatories and the rules of the Beverley house of correction in 1866, the account book of Robert Jefferson in the 1770s, the arithmetic exercise book of Joseph Dunnington in 1819, the journal of a continental tour in 1830, a prescription for and article on cholera and a bulletin on the fall of Sebastopol in 1855.
The collection also contains the following wills: Robert Baillie (1648); William Cowper (1658); Tristram Rooth (1676); William Swailes (1682); William Graves (1688); William Hutt (1700); William Battell (1711); John Bromley (1725); Elias Garton (1729); Barbara Lowther (1731); Edward Swailes (1733); Thomas Dunnington (1733); Emanuel Jefferson (1761); Elizabeth Broadley (1787); Anthony Godfrey Ficker (1809); James Craven (1805); John North (1827).
DDJ also contains Bryant's map of the East Riding dated 1829 and Joseph Dunnington-Jefferson's estate letter books 1855-1869.