John Ley

Male 1739 - Abt 1800  (61 years)


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  • Name John Ley 
    Born 1739  Northam, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Baptism 20 Sep 1739  Northam St. Margaret, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Occupation Main-à-Dieu, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    sea captain, magistrate for Louisbourg district 
    _UID E6ABEAE2596C2A4CA968C5669FC2A68D6822 
    Died Abt 1800  on or near Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I667  Victoria Boutilier's Genealogy Pages
    Last Modified 11 Feb 2017 

    Father Alexander Ley,   b. 1708, Monkleigh, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 1777 and 1779, Main-à-Dieu, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years) 
    Mother Patience Whitefield,   b. 1706, Bideford?, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1777, Main-à-Dieu, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age < 70 years) 
    Married 17 Mar 1734  Monkleigh, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Bride was a resident of Northam at time of marriage, notes the marriage entry. Married on March 17, 1734 (1735 by our reckoning)
    Family ID F109  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Jane Unknown,   b. Abt 1740,   d. Aft 1800  (Age ~ 61 years) 
    Married Abt 1760 
    Children 
     1. John Ley,   b. Abt 1760, Louisbourg, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 1800 and 1805, on or near Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 40 years)
     2. Agnes Ley,   b. Abt 1770, Main-à-Dieu (or Louisbourg), Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1828, Main-à-Dieu, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 59 years)
    Last Modified 23 May 2017 
    Family ID F108  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • FHL Film # 808,746
      Cape Breton County deed bk A 236
      registered 10 August 1787
      dated 9 August 1787
      "...unto John Ley Esqr. of Main A Dieu and to his Heirs and Assigns for ever...Land situate ....in the Harbour of Main a Dieu...[being] Lots No. 19, 20, 21, 22, & 23 in Block A and are bounded on the S. East by Lot No 18 Assigned to William Russel Esqr. on the South West by the Harbour Northward by Ley Street Northeast by Vacant Lands being five Chains in front & Rear & five Chains in Length on each side also a Tract of Land on the Hill on the North West side of Ley Street bounded on the S. West by Crown Street in Length Eight Chains ten links on the North West by Carleton Street five Chains on the North east by Vacant Lands Eight Chains Ten Links on the S. East by Ley Street five Chains & contains four acres and eight poles also another Tract on the N. West side of Carleton Street bounded on the S.W. by Crown Street on the N. West by Richmond Street on the N. East by Vacant Land on the S. East by Carleton Street being five chains in length on each side & Contains Two and a half Acres...."

      The following estate file is believed to refer to John Ley the immigrant rather than his son, also named John, because of the participation of John Ley (the adult son) in the proceedings, and because the goods associated with the estate suggest a man of more than around 30 years old. If so, then both John Leys had very similar occupations, local administrative positions, married women named Jane, and died within a few years of each other.

      FHL Film #814,174
      Cape Breton County Estate File A-8
      Bond given on taking letters of administration on the Estate of John Lee, deceased dated 27 March 1800
      "...we Jane Ley Widow and John Ley, Jun'r of Maina Dieu John Payne of Cow Bay, John Spensor of Miry and David Burk Jun'r Maina Dieu aforesaid in the Island of Cape Breton, are held and firmly bound to the Rev'd Ranna Cossit Surrogate General of said Island and its dependencies in the sum of one hundred pounds of good and lawfull Money of of the Currency of Nova Scotia to be paid to the said Ranna Cossit or to his certain Attorney his Executors or Administrators or Assigns; for which payment to be well and truly to be made we bind our hiers executors, and Administrators and each of us firmly by this presents, sealed with our seals-Dated the 27th day of March and in the fortieth year of the Reign of The Sovereign Lord George the third...-and in the Year of Our Lord Christ 1800- The condition of this obligation is such that if the above bound Jane Ley Widow of Cap't John Ley late Deceased John Ley son of the said Deceased both of Maina Dieu and John Payne of Cow Bay in said Island of Cape Breton shall well and truly administer upon the Goods & Chattles of the said John Ley deceased (if no will should be found) According to the law without fraud or cosin, then this obligation is to be void or else to remain in full force and effect-Signed sealed and delivered in presents of David Burke, Walter Burke (they sign)
      Jane Ley (makes mark)
      John Ley Jr. (makes mark)
      John Payne signs
      John Freeman signs
      David Burke Jr. (makes mark)

      Personally appeared before me one of his Majesty's Justices of the Peace Mrs Jane Ley Widow of the Late John Ley Esq'r deceased and made Solumn Oath upon the holy Evangelist of Almighty God that she would true and faithfully Administer according to Law according to the best of her knowledge upon the Estate of the said John Ley Esq. Deceased- Before me Charles Martell, J.P., Manidieu the 6th of May 1800

      An Inventory of the Goods and Chattels of John Lee, deceased. Dated 26 March 1800
      --clothing--
      none
      --books--
      1 prayer book
      --beading--
      2 sheets 2 blankis
      3 piller cases
      1 table cloath
      1 looking glass
      --old puter-- [pottery]
      4 putter platers
      13 putter plates
      5 iron spoons
      4 silver spoons
      1 old copper coffee pot
      2 old brass candlesticks
      1 delph boal
      1lb old putter
      2 earthen plats small teapot and boal
      1 old porter mug
      4 old case knives (OED says case knife = a table knife)
      3 old forks
      6 iron pots
      1 duch oven
      1 iron tea kettle
      1 old copper saucepan
      1 frying pan
      2 old flat irons 6 ox iron and 3 heter
      1 pair old tongs
      1 trammel
      2 old chairs
      3 old stools
      4 kags 1 sive (kag = cask or keg; sive prob. = sieve, a type of strainer or basket)
      1 old churn and 5 noggins
      1 old sean (prob. a seine, a fishing net which hangs vertically in water)
      1 old mackerel net
      1 narrow ax
      1 old whipsaw
      1 old handsaw
      2 peases cast iron
      1 old vice
      1 old anvill
      a number of old locks and hinges
      some old iron
      1 small grindstone
      2 old hammers
      1 large old copper kittle
      1 stove
      1 old grate
      4 iron wrenches
      2 good shovels
      2 old shovels
      2 old hows
      1 old iron kittle
      1 old rond table
      1 old large square table
      3 small squar tables
      30 old blocks
      1 old hossen (hossen prob. variant of hose, "the bag at the lower end of a fishing net")
      some old riggen
      old junk (ruined rope)
      9 yards Rusha Duck (Russia Duck, a cloth used for sails)
      9 yards canvas no. 1
      4 yards damaged canvas
      1 old saddle
      3 cows
      1 bullock
      5 fishing lots of land with their buildings in Maina Dieu
      2 calvs
      3 sheep
      total pounds 146.6.10
      We have carfully examined the Books of Auth. and find them not correct but many accounts unsettled as witness our hands and seals in presents of David Burk (signs) John Freman (signs) Charles Martell Sr. (signs) Charles Martell

      Personaly Appeard before me Charles Martell Esq. David Burk and John Spencer the Above Signers and Sealers being Duly Sworn upon the Holy Evangelists of Almighty God that the Above And afforesaid Appraisement was According to their best of thair Judgment dated at Maina Dieu the 26th of March 1800 Charles Martell J.P. (signs)

      Personaly Appeard before me Charles Martell Esq. Jane Ley wife of the late John Ley Esq. Deceased being duly sworn upon the Holy Evangelists of almighty God, that the Articles contained in the afforesaid Bill of Apprisement being the whole of the Personal and Real Estate of John Ley Esq. to the best of her knowledge dated at Maina Dieu the 6th of March 1800 Charles Martell J.P. (signs)


      Reference: HO 47/41/30
      Description:
      Report of ------- Harrison [George Harrison], of the Treasury Chambers on behalf of the Commissioners of the Treasury, on 1 individual petition/memorial (prisoner) on behalf of Thomas Stevens Bursey, 'late Surveyor + Searcher + acting Collector of His Majesty's Customs at Cape Breton' [Canada], convicted at Cape Breton on 4 November 1797, for the misappropriation of a letter belonging to the Honourable A C Dodd, acting collector of HM Customs. Evidences supplied by the prisoner, Mark Crowdice, John Ley, Captain of the Sydney; John Hill and Daniel Murphy. The petition includes an account of the events and 'trial' including details of other inhabitants of Cape Breton. The prisoner had found illicit cargo on board the 'Sydney' and the prosecution had arisen out of a dispute about the cargo. Grounds for clemency: the whole of the proceedings 'are totally contrary both to Law + all judicial forms', the act for which the prisoner was tried on was not an offence, the place of confinement was condemned as 'unfit for any human being to be confined in' (the prisoner was confined in a room without a fireplace in temperatures where he was expected to die of exposure) and the entire jury was connected to the prosecutor. Initial sentence: 3 months imprisonment and a fine of 5/-. Recommendation: 'pardon for the purpose of removing the disability arising from the Effect of the Conviction'. Folios 249-258.
      Date: 1809 Apr 24
      Held by: The National Archives, Kew
      Legal status: Public Record(s)
      Language: English
      Closure status: Open Document, Open Description