fonds MY - Myers Records

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Myers Records


  • 1778-1920 (Creation)

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Extent and medium

0.04 cubic metres

2 boxes

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Name of creator

(fl 1778-1920)

Biographical history

The Myers family were a family of carpenters, joiners and builders based in and around the village of Wheldrake, Yorkshire. In 1778-1779 John Myers was employed in the rebuilding of Wheldrake parish church. John was probably the father or brother of William Myers who in 1786 married Alice Burton at Wheldrake and had at least three sons; Richard baptised in 1795, Mark baptised in 1800, and Benjamin baptised in 1803.

In 1822 Mark Myers married Mary Pottage and his profession was recorded as ‘carpenter’ at the baptism of their son William in 1830 and in the 1841 census of England and Wales. The 1851 census records Mark Myers, then aged 51, as a carpenter, along with two of his sons, William, born c.1830, and Edward, born c.1834. By 1861 Mark was a Master Carpenter employing two men and his son William was a carpenter Journeyman, rising to become a Master Carpenter by 1881. In 1892 William Myers, carpenter, was listed in Bulmers Directory of professions and trades for Wheldrake.

The 1891 census shows William and his wife Esther occupying a ‘Joiner’s shop and house’ in Wheldrake with their daughters Alice and Florence and their son George, age 21, also a carpenter. It is almost certainly this George Myers who is listed in the 1905 Kelly’s Directory for Wheldrake as a joiner and wheelwright.

The last available census in 1911 shows George, a self-employed joiner, still living in the village with his wife Hetty and their two children.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

The archive was deposited at the Borthwick Institute on permanent loan by William Myers in 1971. A further addition was made to the archive by Mr Myers in 1972.

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Scope and content

Accounts of work done, 1778-1799, c.1825, 1836-1877, 1886-1920 with index of persons, 1904-1920; exercise book containing arithmetic and writing of Benjamin and Richard Myers, 1825; William Myers’ household book including cost of goods received and lists of bills, 1878-1895; papers relating to George Myers including cost of materials received, 1900-1901, and copies of contracts, 1904-1906.


Further accruals are not expected.

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Conditions governing access

Records are open to the public, subject to the overriding provisions of relevant legislation, including data protection laws.

Conditions governing reproduction

A reprographics service is available to researchers subject to the access restrictions outlined above. Copying will not be undertaken if there is any risk of damage to the document. Copies are supplied in accordance with the Borthwick Institute for Archives' terms and conditions for the supply of copies, and under provisions of any relevant copyright legislation. Permission to reproduce images of documents in the custody of the Borthwick Institute must be sought.

Language of material

  • English

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Finding aids

A typescript finding aid, to file level, is available for consultation in the searchroom of the Borthwick Institute.

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GB 193

Rules and/or conventions used

ISAD (G): General International Standard Archival Description, International Council on Archives (2nd edition, 2000); Rules for the construction of personal, place and corporate names, National Council on Archives (1997).

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Dates of creation revision deletion

Created by S. A. Shearn, 29.04.15.




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