Papers of the Clubley family of Beverley

Scope and Content

The papers are not estate papers and mostly relate to the local military careers of Thomas Clubley of Beverley and the affairs of his grandson Charles Witty Clubley of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. However, there is an 1839 survey of the estate of Charles Witty Clubley as well as the 1838 probate copy of the will of Thomas Clubley. The remainder of the papers comprise commissions and appointments, letters from the War Office and the Horse Guards, a letter from Lord Fitzroy Somerset of 1846 and an army list for this year.

Administrative / Biographical History

It is possible to piece together a small amount of information about the Clubley family from documents in DDCV/211 and in other parts of the Crust Todd and Mills deposit. The family had property in Beverley and Beeford. The will of John Clubley of Beeford dated 1771 left money to his wife Jane, his brothers, William and Thomas, and his sisters, Christiana, Mary and Jane. Mary Clubley died in Beverley in 1823 (Poulson, Beverlac, ii, p.757).

The papers in DDCV/211 relate to one Thomas Clubley, who was either the brother of John Clubley, or, most probably, the son of the brother. Thomas Clubley was a Chamber Clerk in Beverley in 1788 and was captain and paymaster of the East Riding Militia in 1798. The commissions that survive indicate that he rose to the rank of major in 1803. He was wealthy. In 1802 his daughter's marriage settlement (DDCV/205/23) gave her a portion of £3000 and an annuity of £100 and in 1840 his estate was valued at £14,500. Her name was Caroline Witty Clubley and she married William Stewart, though their son was called Charles Witty Clubley and, on his grandfather's death in 1838, he seems to have inherited the estate. Other military papers in the archive include the purchase by Charles Witty Clubley of an ensigncy in the 30th Foot in 1846 for his son (Poulson, Beverlac, i, p.407) .

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Related Material

Hull University Archives:

U DDCV/10/7; U DDCV/205/23; U DDCV(2)/86/13


Poulson, George, Beverlac: or the antiquities and history of Beverley in the county of York (1829)