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Agnes Adamthwaite of Hallbank - d.1780 aged 22

NOTES: Agnes was the daughter of Thomas Adamthwaite of Hallbank and his second wife, Agnes Lawrence – she was baptised in Sedbergh on 6 Aug 1758 and buried on 4 dec 1780 age 22 yrs


I Agnas Adamthwaite of Halbank commend my soul to God who gavet and lik wis I give and bequeave unto my mother forscor pound peing my furnel expences this is my will ther unto I have have set my hand this twentet dey of nomber (November) in the year 1780


                                                       Agnes Adamthwaite


                                                       Witenes  Bridget Atkinson

                                                       Witness sariy more

                                                       witenes x Susan Guy hir x mark




This sad little Will was written on the back of part of a piece of paper which had been used by her brother Thomas, I think to practice his handwriting.  Agnes signed it herself, but the Will is written in a different hand – not her brother Thomas, but quite similar to her mother Agnes’s signature which appears on the Admon.


Click to see an image of the Will itself and also the image of the reverse of the parchment on which it was written




Admon Bond dated the 26th day of December 1780


…. Under £100



Agnes Adamthwaite natural and lawful mother of Agnes Adamthwaite late of HallBank in the parish of Sedbergh within the archdeaconry of Richmond, spinster, deceased and minor sole Legatee named in the last Will and Testament of the said Deceased appeared personally and was sworn, pursuant to the directions of the said Will, well and truly to administer the Goods and personal Estate of the said Deceased, and so forth, and that she believes all the personal Effects the said Deceased  … possessions of or entitled to will not in their real value amount to the sum of one hundred pounds.  Before me W Bateman.


 (the top right corner of the following document is torn off)


Know all men by those present that we Agnes ...

Thwaite Widow and Thomas Adamt ...

Yeoman both of Hallbank in the ...

Sedbergh and Archdeaconry of ...

And Edmund Herd of the Sd Pa...


Are holden and firmly bound unto the Right Reverent Father in ...

… by Divine permission Lord Bishop of Chester in two hund ...

Pounds of good and lawful money of Great Britain to be paid un ...


Right Reverend Father or to his certain attorney his Executors Administrators or assigns to which payment well and truly to be made, We bind ourselves and each of us our and each of our Heirs Executors and Administrators firmly by these Presents Sealed with our Seals dated the Twenty sixth day of December in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty.


The Condition of this obligation is such, that if the above bounden Agnes Adamthwaite natural and lawful mother and administratrix (with the Will annexed of the Goods Chattles and Credits of Agnes Adamthwaite late of Hallbank in the parish of Sedbergh aforesaid and within the Archdeaconry of Richmond, spinster, deceased, shall and do well and faithfully administer the said goods and personal estate of the said deceased in paying all the said Deceased’s debts and legacys pursuant to the Directions of the last Will and Testament of the said Deceased, so far as her Goods and personal Estate will extend, and the Law shall bring her if also she do exhibit into Court a true and perfect inventory of the said deceaseds goods and personal estate and give a true and just accompt of her acting in the premises when … she shall be thereunto lawfully called, That then this obligation to be void or else in Force.


Sealed and delivered in the presence of


                                                 W Bateman

                                                 Cath. Bateman


                                                 Agnas Adamthwaite – signed and sealed

                                                 Thomas Adamthwaite – signed and sealed

                                                 Edmund Herd – signed and sealed