Messervy records in La Société Jersiaise Library

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Messervy records in

La Société Jersiaise Library



This is an index from the library catalogue of La Société Jersiaise regarding records relating to the Messervy family. The records themselves are not available online, but can be viewed at the library. However, there is much which will be of interest and value to Messervy researchers in the index on this page.


There were three generations of Daniel Messervy. Their dates are as follows:

  • Daniel (son of Jean) 1657 - 1708 Married De la Rivière de Carteret, daughter of Francis de Carteret. Became Attorney-General of Jersey. Died 1708.
  • Daniel (son of Daniel) 1688 - 1729 who married Ann Pipon.
  • Daniel (son of Daniel) 1721 - 1775 Diarist. Eldest son of Daniel Messervy of Mont au Prêtre. Sworn in as Jurat in 1754. His father died when he was 9 years old. He married Jeanne, only daughter of Daniel Valpy dit Janvrin of St Brelade’s, and, by so doing, became involved in a long, vexatious law-suit, over the division of her great-grandfather’s property.

After the original litigants died, their children inherited the quarrel. Messervy’s wife represented one side, and Mrs Mary Melvill the other. A number of the documents relate to this lawsuit. The case lasted 48 years, and ultimately ruled in Mrs Melvill’s favour. He had five children, and his eldest son was also called Daniel.

Records

These records are not in strict chronological sequence, but are listed according to the storage boxes in which they appear, in the sequence shown in the library catalogue

Catalogue number: PEO/F/MES/2/1

  • 1752: Details of wife’s journey to St Martin in Guernsey for her health from J G Godfroy to Daniel Messervy and his reply
  • 1755: Doctor’s account
  • 1755: Letter from David Messervy
  • 1768: Messervy’s account with Vaumorel for medication
  • 1768: Letter from David Messervy visiting Dinan to take the waters. * * 1769: Parchment copies of extracts from the Registre Publique X folio 245
  • Parchment and seal of Jean Messervy
  • List of articles brought from London by Francis Messervy for the Attorney-General
  • Act of tenure of inheritance of Maximillian Messervy
  • 1645: Document signed by W Mallet
  • 1649: Statement by the Trustees, Worcester House
  • 1653: Order signed by William Roberts and Henry Pytt
  • 1655: Bill in Chancery – Francis Messervy and Thomas Freebody * * * 1656: Francis Messervy and Thomas Freebody v Christopher Abdy re: will of Daniel Norman Messervy
  • 1667: Notification from Philippe Messervy to Clement Perchard Lys * * 1668: Inventory of furniture, etc, of Jean Messervy
  • 1680: Inventory of furniture, etc, and estate debts Philippe Messervy * 1694: Request of Daniel Messervy for payment from La Cloche * * * * 1696: Parchment – extract of book on inspection of parish roads * * 1699: Agreement between Daniel Messervy and Maximillian Messervy
  • 1702: Deed of Messervy heritage
  • 1709: Letter to Captain James D’Auvergne
  • 1692-1709: Record of rentes, etc
  • 1714: Appeal by Daniel Messervy
  • 1722: Account of sale by trustees
  • 1716-1723: Account from Charles Journeaux guardian of Francis Messervy
  • 1740: Court proceedings, accounts, etc., to Daniel Messervy from Jean Pipon, Greffe
  • 1742: Court proceedings
  • 1742 Receipts and payments, Daniel Messervy
  • 1742: Record of agreement between Daniel Messervy and Francis Messervy
  • 1740-49: Payment of accounts to Richard Dumaresq by Daniel Messervy’s solicitor
  • Letter to Edouard Messervy from A de Carteret
  • 1752: Attestation of Daniel Messervy’s will
  • 1753: Letter from Henry Brock to Daniel Messervy, from Guernsey
  • 1753: Letter from Richard de Jersey, Guernsey, to Daniel Messervy
  • 1754: Letter from Mr Hubert to Daniel Messervy, congratulating him on his election as Jurat
  • 1754: Letter to Daniel Messervy from Elie de Freano
  • 1756: Journal / rent book
  • 1757: Explanation of delay in the appeal of Mary Melvil against Dan Messervy over Valpy inheritance
  • 1759: Daniel Messervy’s account with J Durell and George Bandinel * 1759: Court action with seals. Daniel Messervy, signed Philippe de Carteret, greffe
  • 1752-1765: Jean de la Taste’s account to Daniel Messervy
  • 1764: Agreement of payment to Mary Melvil
  • 1768: Letter to his father from Daniel Messervy, relating to the fishing
  • 1769: Copy of Daniel Messervy’s letter to Captain James D’Auvergne
  • 1769: Daniel Messervy, in London, appoints Pierre Mauger and Thomas Pipon his procureurs in Jersey
  • Complaint of Francis Messervy – undated with part missing
  • 1770: Letter to his father by Daniel Messervy from Virgin Rocks
  • 1771: Application for a vacancy for Edouard Remon by Daniel Messervy
  • 1771: Letter to Daniel Messervy about the arrival of wine and brandy in St Malo
  • 1771: Letter from Daniel Messervy to his son Daniel, mentioning his services to the authorities
  • 1774 Declaration re: ownership of land by Daniel Messervy
  • Undated petition by Daniel Messervy
  • Funeral expenses of Mrs Messervy – undated
  • Invitation from Captain D’Auvergne to Daniel Messervy – undated.

Catalogue number: PEO/F/MES/2/2

  • 19 March 1711: Sara Le Sueur leaves her grandson Daniel Messervy property
  • 1711: Lease of house and grounds to Daniel Messervy
  • 1734: Business letter to Daniel Messervy from Philippe Mauger concerning Clement Le Breton, a farmer
  • 1740: Petition of Daniel Messervy concerning the partition of property unlawfully withheld, after decision of the Royal Court
  • 1741: Note to Daniel Messervy from his cousin S T Pipon
  • 1741: Partage des héritages (Messervy senior)
  • 1741: Letter to Daniel Messervy from Peregrine Court commercial matters
  • 1742: Daniel Messervy’s wife Jane Janvrin v John Melvil
  • 1742: Letter from Daniel Messervy about presents he is sending
  • 1742: Letter of Daniel Messervy to Mr Esco Jacobson concerning a painting and other matters
  • 1742: Letter from Daniel Messervy to Mr Esco Jacobson on various matters
  • 1744: Note to Daniel Messervy from his cousin Joshua Pipon
  • 1743: Letter to Daniel Messervy from Joshua Pipon from the Naze
  • 1744: Letter to Daniel Messervy from Charles Venner acquainting him of the death of his cousin Joshua Pipon
  • 1745: Letter of Daniel Messervy to Mr Esco Jacobson on commercial matters
  • 1745 Letter of Daniel Messervy to Mr Esco Jacobson – mentions the death of his cousin Joshua Pipon on board the Eltham
  • 1745 Letter to Daniel Messervy from Esco Jacobson regarding prisoners, etc
  • Letter from Daniel Messervy giving some history of the island
  • 1749: Lease of land to Daniel Messervy
  • 1751: Copy of will of Daniel Messervy – of HMS Marlborough (1708-1751)
  • 1751: Lease of land etc, to Jules Du Chemin by Daniel Messervy
  • 1752: Copy of the power of attorney to receive wages of cousin Daniel Messervy, granted by Sarah Messervy to John Le Gros
  • 1751: Copies of letters from Daniel Messervy to John Le Gros, and to Sarah Messervy concerning wages due to her late brother, Daniel Messervy
  • 1751: Letter to Daniel Messervy from John Le Gros concerning orders executed and information of death and wages due to Daniel Messervy (cousin)
  • 1751: Request to Daniel Messervy to advise concerning repairs to St. Aubin’s Chapel rom Gideon Villeneuve
  • 1752: Letter of Daniel Messervy to his ‘cousin Messervy’ on general topics
  • 1752: Two shipmates of cousin Daniel Messervy on HMS Pye Has witness that he was unmarried and regarded his sister Sarah as his heir.
  • 1753: Letter from Richard Delersey reporting that the directors of the Guernsey hospital decline the legacy left them by Sara Messervy
  • 1754: Letter from Daniel Messervy to Mr Dobrée, Guernsey merchant, concerning the sale of Newfoundland oil
  • 1755: Letter to Daniel Messervy from Noah Le Cras concerning a sweepstake ticket
  • 1756: Letter to Daniel Messervy on current events in Jersey
  • 1756: Valpy v Messervy (suit) includes small bundle dated 1749 – 1756
  • 1757: Daniel Messervy applies for a commission
  • 1757: Letter of Daniel Messervy to Mrs Chesnel concerning the lawsuit with Mrs Melvil
  • 1757: Letter (copy) to Philippe Lemprière concerning affairs with Mrs Melvil
  • 1758: Letter of Daniel Messervy from Bath where he is undergoing treatment
  • 1758: Departure of Daniel Messervy in lobster-boat from England for Guernsey
  • 1758: Letter of Daniel Messervy to Mrs John Vibert from Bath
  • 1758: Letter (copy) of Daniel Messervy to Mr Mauger – mentions the burning at sea of the Prince George, a man o’war
  • 1758: Letter (copy) to Lt Bailly from Oxford
  • 1758: Letter from Charles Lemprière, acquainting Daniel Messervy of landing of the King’s troops in the Bay of Cancale
  • 1758: Letter from Daniel Messervy to the Bailiff, acknowledging receipt of his letter (copy).
  • 1759: Letter from Charles Lemprière, refusing his application for a vacancy in Jersey
  • 1759: Letter to Charles Lemprière re: hogshead of Perry
  • 1759: Letter from Daniel Messervy to Charles Lemprière on various matters
  • 1760: Letter from Mr Le Cras on business matters and mentions lottery tickets
  • 1764: Letter to Daniel Messervy from J Le Cras of Dominica. His ideas of a good business education
  • 1765: Lawsuit between Daniel Messervy and Mary Melvil
  • 1768: Letter of Daniel Messervy relating to fishing.
  • 1768: Letter to Daniel Messervy from his father.

Catalogue number: PEO/F/MES/2/3

  • Description of Ireland (16th century? undated)
  • Papers relating to bastards and bastardy (undated)
  • 24 December 1659: Paper relating to the appeal of Philippe de Carteret against a sentence
  • Reign of Elizabeth I Copy of Royal Charter concerning rights and privileges of the Channel Islands
  • 15th century copy of letters patent concerning rights and privileges of Jersey
  • 26 February 1700: Summons to Charles Dumaresq and James Corbett to answer an appeal from Daniel Messervy
  • 8 January 1700: Copy of a Bail à fin d’héritage by Sara Le Sueur and others to Jean Laurens
  • 1706-1710: Letter book
  • 1709-1710: Account of François Messervy, Aaron Messervy and Jean Cabot
  • 1708: Account of the funeral of Daniel Messervy with Amice d’Auvergne
  • 1714: Account of George Bandinel with Martin de Gruchy
  • (a) 1716: paper relating to petition of Elias Dumaresq vs Bandinel re his removal as Viscount. (b) 1716 Further papers on the above subject
  • Post 1716: letter from Mary Melvill to Earl of Granville concerning petition of John Melvill
  • 6 February 1717: letter from M de Gruchy to Daniel Messervy
  • 11 March 1717: paper relating to the appeal of Daniel Messervy against Elias Dumaresq
  • 13 September 1717: Letter from M de Gruchy to Daniel Messervy
  • 23 December 1717: Draft letters to Martin de Gruchy and John Brown on family matters
  • 25 March 1718: Statement of Michael Lemprière concerning the appeal
  • 24 June 1715: Printed copy of the case of George Bandinel Seigneur of Meleches v Charles de Carteret Seigneur of Trinity concerning precedence
  • 1 July 1717: Letter from D de Carteret to Daniel Messervy
  • 4 October 1721: Certificate of Thomas Bisson for sale of boat called L’Advanture
  • 29 September 1720: Summons from Whitehall to James Corbet, Mrs de la Rivière de Carteret and George Bandinell to answer Michael Lemprière, appellant
  • 17 April 1723: Letter from a sister to a brother
  • 9 October 1750: Letter from J Purry to Daniel Messervy
  • 4 September 1751: Appointment of Attorneys by Sara Messervy

Catalogue number: PEO/F/MES/2/4

  • 12 Martch 1764: Letter from father to Daniel Messervy
  • 28 October 1763 Letter to Daniel Messervy
  • 27 September 1766: Note relating to lease of land in St John by Philippe Gruchy to Pierre Dallain
  • 1768–1782: Paper relating to a lease of Le Parq Blampied by the Procureur of Philippe de Carteret to Francis Gruchy and others
  • 10 April 1770: Letter from Charles William Le Geyt to Daniel Messervy.
  • 1799: Account of Elizabeth Gosset with the successors of Matthieu Gosset
  • 28 May 1808: Vente de rente by Daniel Messervy to Jean Poingdestre
  • 1816-1825: Account of the succession of Philippe Hocquard with Elizabeth Pirouet
  • 22 January 1835: Vente de rente by Thomas Le Breton to Jean Poingdestre
  • 1764: Printed case of Gabourel and others v Le Maistre and wife. 60
  • 1763: Printed case papers between Mary Valpy and Daniel Messervy
  • 1718: Printed case papers Daniel Messervy v Elias Dumaresq and wife.
  • January 1718: Philippe Journeaux v Messervy relating to inheritance.
  • 1670-1688: Various items relating to Sara Le Sueur, wife of Daniel Messervy
  • 1684 Sheet of accounting figures possibly concerning rentes
  • 1818: Relates to rentes, mentions deceased Sara Le Sueur, and Clos de Rauvet
  • 22 January 1718: Plaids d’héritage Daniel Messervy v Jean Cabot
  • 1698: Appeal of Thomas Le Brun v Daniel Messervy also mentions Charles le Hardy
  • 1787 - 1788: Décret of deceased Abraham Dumaresq relating to creditors Daniel Messervy and others

Catalogue number: PEO/F/MES/2/5

  • 1574 – 1696: Register of purchases by Godfray Le Sueur, Benjamin Le Sueur (son of Geffray), Thomas Gruchy mentor of the children of François Le Sueur, son of Benjamin, heritages Geffray Le Sueur and of Collette Bisson his wife. Partage des héritages Benjamin Le Sueur and Sara Gruchie his wife. Partage des héritages of François Le Sueur 2.
  • 1692–1738: Several sheets relating to rentes and accounts
  • 1739–1740: Letter from cousin Thomas Pipon to Daniel Messervy
  • 1749: Dispute between Elie Nicolle and Daniel Messervy
  • 1749–1751: Six small sheets relating to rentes due to Daniel Messervy
  • 1750: Note from Prevost of St Brelade
  • 1751: Will of Daniel Messervy appointing aunt Marie Mauger as executrix
  • 1752: relates to Mary Journeaux and Edouard Le Bosquet mariner confirming that Daniel Messervy set his hand and seal to the Power of Attorney dated 1 March
  • Daniel Messervy appoints John Le Cras and Noah Le Cras both London merchants as Attorneys on his behalf to sell, assign and transfer to any person or persons consolidated £3 per cent annuities
  • Account for Mrs Norman (two sheets, one dated 1666 on back, but probably not for this document)
  • February 1656: Memorandum signed by Peter Knight, William Lancaster and Howard Roberts
  • 1677: Daniel Norman of the town and port of New Romney. Two affidavits made
  • 1752: François Le Maistre to pay rente to Daniel Messervy
  • 1758: Received from Jean Vibert the sum of £34 for rente
  • 1762: Prevost of St Helier re: Chefs Plaids d’héritage
  • 1762: Relates to rente and deceased Elie Dumaresq
  • 1762: Chef plaids as above
  • 1763: Rente as above
  • 26 March 1758: Correspondence from Daniel Messervy to Noah Le Cras, mentions D’Auvergne; mentions his state of ill-health.
  • 1767: Letter from Daniel Messervy to his father re sailing to Boston. Mentions bad weather and Captain Du Heaume has lost two of his boats. Relates to movement of fish. Sent from Harbour Grace Newfoundland 18 September 1768
  • 1759-1761: Balance of account of Daniel Messervy for lottery tickets
  • 31 December 1760: Account regarding share of lottery tickets, mentions Henry and John Budd
  • 27 October 1774: In the case of Clement Hilgrove, Southampton in Cox’ Museum Lottery. Letter to Daniel Messervy from Noah Le Cras
  • May 1742: Copy of the accord relating to the personal estate of De La Rivière De Carteret, Daniel Messervy’s grandmother and others.
  • 1750: Account of payments by Richard Dumaresq on behalf of Daniel Messervy
  • Undated letter from Abraham De Carteret to Daniel Messervy, mentions his highness Prince Maurice (1600s)
  • 26 May 1753: Letter from Henry Brock in Guernsey to Daniel Messervy regarding the debts of the late Mrs Messervy in Guernsey
  • 20 June 1753: Letter from Richard De Jersey in Guernsey to Daniel Messervy also relating to debts of the late Mrs Messervy in Guernsey, also some connection with funds for the hospital
  • 13 June 1754: Letter from Advocate J Hubert in Guernsey congratulating Daniel Messervy on having been elected Jurat in February or March that year
  • 15 July 1754: Letter from Elie Dufresne in Guernsey to Daniel Messervy congratulating Daniel Messervy and also mentioning the prayers for having children.
  • 22 October 1757: Lords of the Committee in Council for the affairs of Jersey and Guernsey regarding complaint of John Melvil and of Mary his wife. Arbitration under way, signed by ten locals
  • 1756: Small journal – accounts book
  • 20 March 1798: Daniel Messervy’s account with J Durell and George Bandinell for Corsaire Barnett
  • 13 November 1759: In the Royal Court of Jersey. Cause of Jeanne Valpy dit Janvrin wife of Daniel Messervy regarding succession mobilaire of Daniel Valpy dit Janvrin, sum involved £9,201. Two copies of this document.
  • 1752, 1753, 1759 and 1765: Two copies of accounts of purchases by Daniel Messervy. Agreement re proceedings between Mrs Mary Valpy dit Janvrin, now the widow of John Melvil, daughter of Elias Valpy dit Janvrin on the one part and Daniel Messervy in right of his wife, only daughter of Daniel Valpy dit Janvrin son of Daniel Valpy dit Janvrin who was the eldest son and principal heir of Daniel Valpy dit Janvrin jnr and principal heir of Daniel Valpy dit Janvrin snr concerning the division of the personal estate of the said Daniel senior. Mary Melvill made to pay by court decision. Also Daniel Messervy has paid the sum of £200, one shilling and 5 pence.
  • 18 June 1767: Written by George Schutz a Notary Public in London signed by Ben Bonnet and Abraham Ogier, Notaries Public, regarding vessels
  • October 14 1770: Letter from Daniel Messervy to his father mentions sending his father fish. Mentions loss of four men on a shallop, one named as Richard Le Gallais. Sent from Bay Roberts in Newfoundland, Virgin Rocks
  • 23 May 1771: Letter to Daniel Messervy from Surcouf in St Malo regarding purchase of wine
  • 22 April 1771: Daniel Messervy request to Charles Lemprière (Lieut-Bailiff) should a vacancy arise for Edouard Remon
  • 1 June 1771: Letter relating to trade on the high seas. Mentions Mr Richardson’s estate in Jamaica, Captain Burnett and Mr La Cloche also have connections with Jamaica. From Daniel Messervy to his son. Also note of 1 June answer to Daniel Messervy’s letter from Cadiz of 9 April mentions telling Major Corbet to mention Daniel Messervy to Lord Albermarle and that Mr Patriarche said he would be going to Bilbao or Cadiz with his fish, and his brother Francis is going to Jamaica
  • 8 December 1744: Daniel Messervy acting for his wife Jeanne Valpy dit Janvrin, regarding two properties St Aubin, Fief du Roi, St Brelade, also to Nicolas Patriarche on behalf of Elizabeth Patriarche his wife, sole heir of Philippe Patriarche her brother for rente
  • Undated. Relates to the division of estate of Sarah De Carteret (Messervy) , bankruptcy of Maximillian Messervy. Humble petitions of Daniel Messervy, eldest son and principal heir of Daniel Messervy , deceased who was eldest son and principal heir of John Messervy, who was third son of John Messervy and Mrs Sarah De Carteret, his wife, deceased.
  • Undated: To Daniel Messervy from James D’Auvergne relating to Prorogation of the Parliament, and invites Daniel Messervy and his family to dinner after the event of seeing His Majesty robe
  • Undated: Account of funeral costs for Mrs Messervy
  • 21 June 1764: To Daniel Messervy from James D’Auvergne Old Bond Street, London. Mentions the kind loan of a book, Lord Granville, being obliged to attend in Hyde Park every day, and aims to return the book via Captain Lys. Also page of notes by Humphrey Marett Godfray on this subject.
  • 28 May 1782: Note regarding court case between Daniel Messervy, principal heir of De La Rivière De Carteret, his grandmother, versus Jeanne Dumaresq daughter and principal heir of Jean Dumaresq, deceased, son of Elie, principal heir of Françoise De Carteret. Signed Cyrus Boyle Brohier.

Catalogue number: PEO/F/MES/2/6

  • 1500 – 1600: Relates to debts of Maximillian Messervy
  • 26 November 1619: Assignation de rente between Daniel Dumaresq and Francois De Carteret
  • 6 July 1696: Visite des Chemins extracts from the parish of St Helier
  • 15 February 1745: Will of Daniel Messervy, Mariner, of his majesty’s ship Marlborough
  • 25 July 1751: Partage between Daniel, Elizabeth and Anne Messervy
  • 26 October 1751: Sale of rente by Edouard Elie Le Montais on behalf of his wife, and Daniel Messervy and the tuteur of the son of Henry Nicolle
  • 12 May 1752: Daniel Messervy on behalf of his wife, and Philippe Deslandes on behalf of his wife
  • 14 Septmeber 1852: Accord de partage between Charles Lemprière, on behalf of his wife, and Charles Le Geyt, on behalf of his mother, acting for the tenants of Maximillian and Daniel Messervy
  • 9 April 1755: Assignation de rente - Elizabeth Corbet, wife of Charles Lemprière, and Daniel Messervy
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