Daniel Parker Coke was born, 17 July 1745, the only son of Thomas Coke, barrister-at-law, a younger member of the Cokes of Trusley, in Derbyshire. He was educated at Queen's College and at All Souls College, Oxford, graduating M.A. in 1772, after which he was called to the bar and practiced on the midland circuit for many years. First elected to the House of Commons in 1776, he served Derby and later Nottingham until 1812. At the close of the American Revolution, he was appointed one of the commissioners for settling the claims of American Loyalists for their losses during the Revolution. He died at his home in Derby, 6 December 1825, aged 80, and was buried in the local church of All Saints.
The Notes, which have been microfilmed, are the original handwritten entry books of evidence presented by the Loyalist claimants before the commissioners and recorded by Daniel Parker Coke. The memorials include details of the claimants' personal backgrounds and activities during the Revolution, location and value of the property lost or confiscated, and supporting documentation from individuals who knew the claimants.