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will John Adamthwaite, woollen draper of Maldon, Essex - 1625

John Adamthwaite was buried 12 December 1625 at All Saints, Maldon (age at death not recorded).  Although the Will names the following relatives, to date we have not discovered any further mentions of Adamthwaites in Essex:


Eldest brother: Richard Adamthwaite

Brother: William Adamthwaite

Cousin: Thomas Williamson

Kinsman: Reynold Pearson

Mother: Elizabeth Adamthwaite


We are now fairly confident that Richard, William and John are the sons of Thomas Adamthwaite who were christened in Ravenstonedale in 1578, 1581 and 1584.  Thomas also had a daughter: Margaret christened in 1573 who could be the Margaret Adamthwaite who married Robert Williamson in 1595 in Ravenstonedale, however, we have found no records of any children of this marriage in Ravenstonedale.

Unfortunately, Margaret's christening is the first Adamthwaite to appear in the Ravenstonedale parish registers - the marriage of her parents would probably have taken place just a year or two before the register began.

In the name of Good Amen the eleventh daie of December Anno Dom 1625  I John ADAMTHWAITE of Maldon in the County of Essex woollen draper being sick in my bodie but nonetheless of a good and perfect remembrance I give most humble and harty thanks unto all my ……….. Doe make and ordaine this my last will and Testament in manner and forme following.  


First and principallie I command my soul in to the hands of Almighty God my creator and maker And to his onlie sonne Jesus Christ my Saviour and redeemer by whose bitter death suffered for me and all mankind I trust to be saved and to be accommodated amongst the number of his faithfull and ……………….. at the dreadful daie of Judgement


And my bodie I commit to the Earth from whence it was taken to a decent and Christian burial at the discresion of the executors of this my Last will


And for the outward goods whence … it hath pleased god to endow me ….  I dispose thereof as followeth


First I give unto my two brothers Richard and William the sum of forty shillings a year to be paid unto them yearlie during their natural lives


Item I give and bequeath unto my cossen Thomas Williamson the sum of four pounds thirteen shillings and four pence to be paid to him at the determination of his apprenticeship


Item I give and bequeath unto Reynold Pearson my kinsman the sum of four pounds thirteen shillings and four pence to be likewise paid to him when his Apprentishipp shall be expired


Item I give unto my oldest brother Richard Adamthwaite above mentioned my best sute of apparel and all the rest of my apparel except one cloak I give to my brother William


Item I give to William Walker of Maldon aforesaid my best cloak and I also acquit my said brothers all those debts and bonds due to me from them


And of this my will I make constitute and appoint my loving and dear mother Elizabeth Adamthwaite and my good friend William Walker aforesaid joint executors unto whom I give and bequeath all the …….. of my goods chattels debts and readie money not formalie given by this my will


In witness whereof I the said John Adamthwaite have to this my last will set my hand and seal this daie and year first above written


                                               The mark of John Adamthwaite


Sealed and delivered published and declared

by the said John in the presence of  Ruben Robinson

                                              Edward  Moore and

                                      William Dods


[transcribed by Sue Mastel from the image available on the SEAX website]