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March 2011 Newsletter

This photo of the track running south from Adamthwaite Farm towards Narthwaite, taken two weeks ago, is one of a series of images taken by Paula on her walk around Adamthwaite - see below

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First, I'd like to welcome the several new members of the Adamthwaite Mailing list - our numbers are steadily growing, and we now have over 80 members, all connected to the Adamthwaites in some way.  So if any of you have come across a brick wall in your family history research, please do use either the Adamthwaite Mailing List on Rootsweb or the Adamthwaite Forum on this website to seek help and advice from others who share your Adamthwaite family line.

 

Since the last Newsletter, there have been further updates to the Adamthwaite Birth, Marriage and Death spreadsheets held in the Resource section ... much of this extra information has become available with the recent inclusion of parish records at various online sites, such as Find My Past, Durham Records Online, the North East Inheritance Project and also in the new beta version of Family Search.  

Views from our windows

Inspired by Paula’s stunning view of the Lakeland Fells on her Christmas card which graced the December Newsletter, I have started a page to show the views from other members’ windows – take a look at the ones we have already and if you would like to send me a JPG image of the view from your computer, I’ll add it to the page.

More about the ORANGE line of Adamthwaites

Donna, our family history detective in the USA, has provided even more information about that bad lad with the twinkling eyes, Mark Adamthwaite – you can read about his latest misdemeanors in the Miscellany section article ‘Tragedy, Bigamy and Intrigue’.  

 

And as well as discovering that he served time in the notorious Sing Sing prison, I have obtained copies of his Service Records in WW1, when he managed to conceal his true age for over two years and serve on the battle fields in France before being found out and shipped back home!  It just goes to show what you can discover if you keep digging away.

Adamthwaite ancient history

After following up an item in the Cumberland & Westmorland Antiquarian and Archaeological Society Newsletter, I have been in touch with a researcher who is investigating the 1379 Poll Tax Returns for Kirkby Lonsdale and some very recently discovered Kirkby family papers.  This is the family that appears in the C&W Pipe rolls in relation to the entries for an Adam Thwayt in the 13th century.  He tells me that he believes this individual was in fact  Adam de Thwaites: Thwaites was a small manor across the Duddon estuary from where Alexander de Kirkby lived.  So does mean that this Adam de Thwaites was associated with Adamthwaite farm or not?  I still don't know.   However, he  has kindly promised to keep me informed if he comes across any Adamthwaites amongst the long list of names in the poll tax.

Ravenstonedale to appear on the BBC 'Lambing Live' programme

If you live in England, or have access to BBC TWO TV, make sure you watch this year’s ‘Lambing Live’ series, which is being filmed at a farm in the Eden Valley very close to Ravenstonedale.   I stayed overnight at the Black Swan last autumn when I attended the Ravenstonedale Parish History meeting (see last Newsletter), and I was chatting to two of the researchers for the programme who were also based at the hotel.  They were working and filming alongside the Marston family right through the winter in preparation for this year’s series (at that stage it was ‘tupping’ time) – which promises to show just how hardy our Adamthwaite ancestors would have had to have been to manage their flocks of hill sheep.  The programmes are due to begin in early april and you can read more about the filming on the Lambing Live home page.  As soon as I discover the dates for the broadcasts, I will let you all know.

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Kate Humble will present 'Lambing Live' from Ravenstonedale in April 2011 on BBC Two

Paula's walk around Adamthwaite

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