Series GLP/2 - George Leeman Legal and Financial Papers

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George Leeman Legal and Financial Papers


  • 1777-1883 (Creation)

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George Leeman was born in 1809, the son of a greengrocer. He married twice - in 1835 and 1863, and had at least six children.
His son Joseph Leeman became a lawyer and MP for York like his father. Leeman died in Scarborough in 1882.

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William Gray (1) was born in 1751, the son of a Hull packer. He married Faith Hopwood in 1777. They had three children - Jonathan (b. 1779), Margaret (b. 1782), and William (2) (b.1785). William Gray (1) died in 1845.
His son, Jonathan Gray and his wife Mary had two children, Margaret (2) (b.1808) and William (2). Jonathan died in 1837. His son, William Gray (3) had a son, Edwin, born in 1847. Edwin died in 1929.
See Also - Gray; William (1751-1845); Solicitor
See Also - Grays solicitors

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Members of the Aitken family lived in York from 1576. Henry Martin Aitken b. c1815. Married Elizabeth Atkinson in 1843. Died 1874.
Elizabeth Aitken was born c. 1823 and died c.1896.
Their children included: Lydia (1844-1879), Rose (b. 1849), Henry Horatio (b. 1853), Violet (1857-1888), Edith (1861-1941), Elizabeth Mary (c. 1864-1870), Robert (1866-1876), and Charles (b. 1869-1936).

The family lived in the Bishophill area of York during the period covered by this collection. Henry Martin Aitken was a surgical instrument maker.
Henry Horatio Aitken was a glass manufacturer with a business at 29 Micklegate.
Charles Aitken was Director of the Whitechapel Art Gallery from 1901 - 1911. In 1911, he became Keeper of the Tate Gallery, and was it's first Director from 1917 - 1930.
Harry Aitken (Henry's son) became a dentist in Newcastle. The Aitken family travelled around England and Europe, and many of the letters in this collection refer especially to their travels to Neuwied, Germany, and Rotterdam.

Henry Horatio Aitken married Annie Amelia Brown. They had a son, Henry George Aitken (b. 1877) who was known as 'Harry' in the family.

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Letters, legal documents, notices, policies etc regarding various legal matters not connected to property and land. Includes:
-Copy of last will and testament of George Earle 28.11.1777
-Letter re payment of compensation of ten guineas to Jonathan Hopwood to Viscount Irwin for trespasses and damages to Foss Island 09.01.1779
-Extracts from will of Henry Waite, deceased, free 30.05.1781
-Probate of last will and testament of Jonathan Hopwood 20.05.1784
-Copy of letters of administration to the effects of Margaret Hopwood granted to her daughters 08.10.1787
-Copy of extract from will of John Atkinson, deceased, 08.04.1807
-Minute regarding grounds of exemption of the close outside Peasholme Green Postern from the payment of tithes resulting from the demand of tithes made on William Gray 18.06.1809
-Extract from will of James Whitwell March 1816
-Acknowledgement by William and George Lawton to William Gray re windows and potential trespass on his property adjoining theirs in Postern Close 03.02.1825
-Copy of last will and testament of George Earle 15.02.1825
-Extract from General Meeting Book of the Market Committee re meeting of the trustees of Harle and Barley 26.08.1833
-Probate of the will of John Johnson, deceased, 02.11.1833
-Certificate of payment to the court by Harle and Barley 17.05.1834
-Copy of affidavit orders to Harle and Barley 05.08.1834
-Administration of the effects of Richard Waite 22.02.1836
-Fire and Life Insurance Policy for three dwellings in Powell Place 26.02.1836
-Extract from General Meeting Book of the Market Committee - order for sales involving Lockwood and trustees and also Waite and Hard 30.01.1837.
-Fire and Life Insurance Policies for dwelling houses in Patrick Pool, Church Street and Carmelite Street, taken out by John Powell and George Chlomley 28.11.1837
-Loan agreement for loan of £3,182/10/6 from John Powell to George Leeman in connection with planned erection of a bridge over the River Wharf 20.04.1838
-Fire and Life Insurance Policies on properties on Parliament Street and Church Street (includes Albion Hotel), taken out by John Powell and George Chlomley 28.10.1839
-Fire and Life Insurance Policies on properties on Parliament Street and Church Street (includes Albion Hotel), taken out by John Powell and George Chlomley 29.09.1840
-Certificate to show that Elizabeth Aitken was of full age and competent understanding in relation to a mortgage agreement 03.04.1844
-Account with Richard Powell from George Leeman 24.11.1844
-Extract from the Registry of the Prerogative Court of York - administration of the goods of Rachel Wilson, deceased, 09.01.1845
-Legacy receipt of stamps and taxes for the estate of George Earle 14.08.1847
-Release relating to trust legacy of £200 bequeathed by the late Ann Elin to George Leeman 19.12.1874
-Copy of will of John Johnson 07.09.1875
-Copy of last will and testament of George Leeman 26.07.1882


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