Solemn Declaration of Charles Paul Berkeley esq. identifying the property contracted to be sold to W.U.Cheney.
7 nov 1846.
I Charles Paul Berkeley of Oundle in the County of Northampton Esquire Do solemnly and sincerely declare that I am of the Age of forty seven years or thereabouts That my late Grandfather Miles Berkeley of Biggen in the Parish of Oundle aforesaid was Receiver of the Desborough Estate in the said County devised by the Will of Peter Joy Esquire to Mary Joy Cotton Wife of Robert Salisbury Cotton for her life and after her decease to his the Testators two sisters Elizabeth Joy and Jane Joye and the survivor of them and the heirs of such survivor That the said Miles Berkeley was such Received from about the year One thousand seven hundred and fifty to the year One thousand seven hundred and eighty six when my father Charles Berkeley succeeded to such Receivership and continued to Act as such Receiver assisted latterly by myself until the year One thousand eight hundred and twenty two when I succeeded to such Receivership and have continued to Act as such Receiver ever since That the first Extract under written is correctly taken from a Terrier or Field Book dated One thousand seven hundred and seventy six entituled "References to the Plan of Desborough in the County of Northampton including each Proprietors Estate in quality and value as settled by the Commissioners appointed for that purpose 1776" and that the words and figures so extracted as aforesaid as appearing in such Terrier or Field Book are entirely in the handwriting of my said Grandfather That the second Extract under written is correctly taken from a Terrier or valuation dated fourteenth September One thousand seven hundred and ninety nine entitled "A valuation of the Estate of Mrs. Mary Cotton in Desborough in the County of Northampton 14 Sept 1790" and that the words and figures so extracted and appearing in such Terrier or Valuation are entirely in the hand writing of my said Father Charles Berkeley And that the third Extract under written is correctly taken from a Terrier or Valuation dated One thousand eight hundred and eight entitled "Valuation of the Estate of R. J. Cotton Esq. in Desborough CO. Northton 1808" and that the words and figures so extracted as aforesaid and appearing in such Terrier or Valuation are in the hand writing of my said father and of his Clerk Samuel Deacon And I further declare that I received the said three Terriers or Valuations from my said Father on succeeding to the said Receivership and that they have been ever since in my possession or power and have always been regarded by me and my said father as containing ?? authentic and accurate particulars of the said Estate the First of such Terriers being made as I have always understood and believe at the time it bears date when the said Peter Joye was in possession of the said Estate and the Second and Third being also made at the times at which they respectively bear date when the said Mary Joye Cotton was in possession of the said Estate and from the year One thousand eight hundred and eight the date of the last of the said Terriers I can recollect the Estate from my own knowledge having been about that time and thenceforward frequently employed in assisting my said father in his said Receivership until it devolved upon myself as before mentioned And I further declare that the Close called Moot or Moat Row Ground in the said three Terriers and therein stated to contain sixteen Acres one rood and eighteen perches and to be in the Occupation of John ?ursey is the same Close as that now called "The Close above the Farm House" contracted to be sold to William Cheney containing sixteen acres one rood and twelve perches including the site of the said Farm House containing one rood and thirty four perches and now or late respectively in the Occupation of Robert ?ursey And that the Close in the said three Terriers called Brook furlong Meadow and therein stated to contain twenty one acres and twenty two perches has been divided into two closes and is now better known as the Upper Browns Acre containing fifteen acres one rood and seventeen perches and the little Meadow containing seven Acres two roods and twenty nine perches And I further declare that from about the said year One thousand eight hundred and eight I recollect the said several Closes described in the said Extracts from the said Terriers under written the property of the said Mary Joy Cotton down to the time of her death in One thousand eight hundred and thirty three and the Estate of Emma Maria Anderson her daughter from that period to the present time as tenant for life under the Will of the said Ann Joye who survived her said sister Elizabeth Joye and died in the year One thousand eight hundred and eleven and the whole of such property was part of the enclosure Allotments to the said Peter Joye under the Award of the Commissioners bearing date on or about the twelfth of April One thousand seven hundred and seventy seven. And I make this solemn declaration conscientiously believing the same to be true and by virtue of the provisions of an Act of Parliament made and passed in the 6th year of the Reign of his late Majesty King William the 4th intituled An Act to repeal an Act of the present session of Parliament intituled "An Act for the more effectual abolition of Oaths and Affirmations taken and made in various departments of the State and to substitute declarations in lieu thereof and for the more entire suppression of voluntary and extra- judicial Oaths and Affidavits and to make other provisions for the abolition of unnecessary Oaths".
First Extract above referred to.
"The Particulars of each Proprietors Estate Collected. "Peter Joye Esq.""
|2||Moot Row Ground||John ?ursey||16-1-18||7-11-2 3/4|
|3||Meet Hill||"||27-2-27||13-13- /2|
|5||Upper Brown's Acre||"||9-2-20||4-16-5|
|6||Short Brown's Acre||"||12-0-19||7-15-11 1/4|
|7||Brook Furlong Meadow||"||21-0-22||16-1-8|
|8||Long Brown's Acre||"||26-0-0||14-12-10|
|9||Wollen Hill||"||11-2-4||6-9-9 3/4|
Second Extract above referred to
"In the Occupation of John ?ursey."
Third Extract above referred to.