The papers of John Stephenson and his family arrived in the Brynmor Jones Library in 1974 as part of the second large deposit of solicitors' papers from Crust Todd and Mills of Beverley. They comprise business and personal financial papers such as title deeds, banks books 1876-1904 and the bank book and related papers of John Stephenson's executors 1904-1956. His personal finance records include those for grocers and greengrocers as well as provisioners of milk, fish, poultry, game, meat and tea. A few letters relate to his seed crushing business at Hull Bridge and there are some family letters such as those from his son, James, while at school. Business papers also include the articles of partnership between John Stephenson and his son James and an insurance policy for the seed crushing mill.
Other papers include some Stephenson family parish certificates, an inventory from `The Chestnuts', New Walk Beverley, the costs of building `The Chestnuts' and a few Broadley family papers relating to lands in Lund.
Marriage settlements in the collection are those of Henry Broadley and Betty Ann Jarratt (1774) and Samuel Best Denton and Ann Elizabeth Elliott (1822). Wills are those of Robert Parker (1771), James Percy (1784), Elizabeth Parker (1785), Jane Gray (1804), Betty Ann Broadley (1806), Thomas Broadley (1814), Anna Maria Elliott (1820), Ann Elizabeth Denton (1822), William Richardson (1838), John Robinson (1850), Susan Stephenson (1853) and John Stephenson (1886).