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Joseph Key - Excise Minute Books &c.

This is an earlier Joseph Key who started work in the Excise at Lincoln before beimg
moved to Stains and Chertsey, and then to Barnsley in the 1730s.
I cannot find any connection with the later entries to 'our' Joseph Key (link here),
although there is a remote possibility that there is a family connection,
also as yet unproven.

224  -  page 81
date ? 9th May 1735
225  -  page 82
As  part of a wide-ranging reorganisation covering several Collections, Jos. Kay (c'd be Key) was ordered from Lincoln 2nd OR to Lincoln 1st OR. The marginal name is clearly Kay, but the text could be interpreted as either, the 'e' being probably overwritten by an 'a'.

[It would seem that this should be Joseph Key]

226  -  page 106
Saturday 10th May 1735
Notwithstanding the Minute of yesterday (ie Friday 9th May 1735?) for the Collection to place a proper
Officer in Stains Division Surry Collection, it is now Ordered that Joseph Key Officer of Lincoln 2nd OR be Officer of Stains on Mr Wyldes mocon (sic) and that Thomas Brook dropt Assistant at Yarmouth be Officer of Lincoln 2nd OR.
227  -  page 106
[copy of previous page]
229  -  page 164
Monday 16th June 1735


228  -  page 165
... Thomas  Crooke Officer of Chertsea being ordered Officer of Colnbrook 1st Division and Robert Davison there to Stains; Ordered that Thomas Key [at Stains] who was ordered into that Collection when Thomas Hurd Officer of Stains was made made an Examiner and has since been there, be at the end of the Arrear (?Round) Officer of Chertsea. Vide Mr Fletchers letter of the 14th instant.
[Thomas Key is subsequently changed to Joseph Key in the margin - the Clerk being confused with too many Thomasses].


223  -  page 95
221  -  page 99

Not withstanding the Order of last ... ...
222  -  page 100
... ... Friday, it is now ordered that Jos Kay Officer of Chertsea Division Surrey Collection be at his own request Officer of Barnsley 1st OR Sheffield Collection (see the said Kay's letter of 22nd Post) that Jno. Maxwell Officer of Linton Division Cambridge Collection be Officer of Chertsea Division on Mr Polhill's motion ... etc
215  -  pages 53 and 54

[same handwriting as previous picture, but no useful text]



At this point nothing further has been found in the intervening years
relating to this Joseph Key, leaving one to suppose that what follows
is for a different person of the same name.

What is set out below relates to 'our' Joseph Key [of Nuneaton].

Ref: CUST/47/235 page 55, 56. Page 54 confirms the date.

214  -  page [54]
Friday 26 Feb 1762
This is a long minute, and includes pages 55 and 56.
216  -  page [55]
DATE 26 Feb 1762
.... Aked and Co: at Bradford in Leeds Collection being distilling Spirits for Exportation, as by Mr Coates Supervisor his letter of the 22nd inst., and the General Inspector of the District his report thereon Ordered that Joseph Key on Mr Bowyers motion, Peter Head on Mr Scotts motion, and Richard Shaw on Mr Orlebans motion be Assistants at ....
217  -  page 56
.... Bradford on account of the Spirits made for exportation; that they attend the said Distill house in the manner proposed by the General Inspector; and that the Officers who instructed them do give them notice.

[This appears to be the first appointment for three new Assistants, including Joseph Key.]

pictures 218, 219, 220 do not exist.

Ref: CUST/47/236 page 31; page 30 confirms date
209   page 30
Monday 24 May 1762
[This page gives the date for the Minute on the following page]
210   page 31
James Halhead Officer at Kirkham Division Lancaster Collection having been 25 years employ'd in the Service of the revenue & being by age & infirmities render incapable of performing the business of an Officer, and by Mr Tomlinson's Supervisor his letter of the 19th inst, Ordered that the said Halhead Relinquish & have leave to qualify for the Charity & that George Key late Assistant at Bradford Leeds Collection be Officer of the Kirkham Division or such otheer as he shall be fit for.

CUST/47/236 page 118.  Page 113 confirms the date.
Pages 114-117
contain details of a
reorganisation of several Districts
211 - page 113
Friday 16th July 1762
[This page gives the date for the Minutes on the following pages. There has apparently been a reorganisation taking place, all of which is minuted under this date]


  212   page 118 
Not withstanding a Minute in Remove Book (Lancaster Collection) it is now Ordered that Joseph Key Officer of Kirkham Division be Officer of Wigan 3 OR.

[there then follows a complete reorganisation of Warrington, Kirkham and Wigan Divisions, etc.]
212 - also page 118

(another copy)

Ref. not required:
208 - page 76
Saturday 1stJune 1765
Jane Key Office Keeper at the Sign of the Cock at Redbourne beeing dead ... 
This is Josiah Key's Widow at Redbourne, not Joseph Key

Ref: CUST/47/267 page 99, 100
Ref: CUST/47/268 page 75
206 - page 99
... June 1769 [date on previous page, but also see next entry on page 100 of this Volume of Minutes - say Friday 16th June 1769]
Mr Crofts Collector and Supervisor having by Letter of the 29th past set forth to the Board that Leeds 5th and 6th Divisions and 9 OR Leeds Collection are become too weighty for the Officers therein in the manner it ought to be done, and proposing that a New Division be made to be called Leeds 7th Division, Ordered that there be a New Division made as proposed; that Leeds %th and 6th Divisions & 9 OR together with the New Division be laid out according to the schemes sent up with the said Letter & the General Examiners Report thereon; that the Officer of the New Division, a Foot Walk,  have a salary of £50 per annum payable from Excise; that Joseph Key Officer of Wigan 3 OR Manchester ...
207 - page 100
... Manchester Collection be Officer of the said New Division [Leeds 7th Division] on Mr Quarme's motion; that the Superintendent or proper Officer supply the Vacancy; andthat Thomas Huthwaite be Superintendent on Mr Stonhewer's motion.

The immediately following entry is dated Saturday 17th June 1769

  205 - page 75
Wednesday 9th August 1769
Joseph Key Officer of Leeds 7th Division, Leeds Collection, and Thomas Stott officer of Leeds Glass Division are given consent to exchange by mutual request, and confirmation by Mr Cross, a Collector and Supervisor.

Ref: CUST/47/270 pages 45, 46. Page 44 confirms the date.
202 - page 44
confirms date of Wed 24 Oct 1770
203 - page 45
Joseph Key of Leeds Glass having prayed leave to ...
204 - page 46
... relinquish, as per his letter of 20th inst., ... was replaced by &c

Ref: CUST/47/279 page 100-102 BUT - Need page 103 to confirm the minute itself.
Need page 103
199 - page 100
confirms date of Fri 8 Nov 1771
200 - page 101
continues entry for 8 Nov 1771
201 - page 102
continues entry for 8 Nov 1771

Ref: CUST/47/280 pages 2, 3
Pictures 193, 194,  and 195 - Different versions of pages 2 and 3
Tues 19 Nov 1771
Joseph Key, restored, who had by minute of the 8th inst. been appointed Officer at of Hull 6 Divn. do await another vacancy; that William TroutbeckOfficer of Bishop Aukland OR Durham Colection be Officer of Hull 6 Dvn. in his stead, on Mr Bowyer's motion, ... ... See Key's Letr. of the 15th inst.

Ref: CUST/47/282 pages 95, 96. Earlier pages to confirm date.
Picture 196 - pages 92 and 93
no reference to Joseph Key, but confirms date - Tues 26 May 1772
197 - pages 94 and 95
New Division to be created, viz. Nuneaton 2nd Division in the Coventry Collection ...  [entry before Wed 27 May 1772]
198 - pages 96 and 97
... that the new Officer have a salary of £50 pa, payable from Excise, and that Joseph Key, late Officer of Leeds Glass Divn, who relinquished and has been restored, be the Officer of the said new Division.

Further requirement for confirmation as to what happened after Key's death on 24th September 1784 (burial).
The probable reference to this is in CUST/47/341 covering the period 10 November 1784 to 29 January 1785.
There may also be references in
CUST/47/339 (1st June to 30 August 1784), page 11
CUST/47/340 (31 August to 8 November 1784), page 12