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Adamthwaite Archive

"The website IS the one-name study!"



Have you been helped by the information on this site?  If you would like to contribute to the cost of our DNA project, just £10 would help towards the cost of DNA kits!

I am still planning on reproducing most of the articles, historical pages, galleries and stories in book form – several people indicated that they would write up their own Adamthwaite families for inclusion in the finished product. So come on everyone – get your stories down in writing and send them to me.  They can be long or short, and if you want me to produce individual charts to illustrate the section of your family tree you are writing about, just let me know.  I can also produce maps tailored to the area where your ancestors lived.  


I hope that ALL of you will try to send me something about your family, and I would particularly welcome articles about members of the following lines, which are currently under-represented on the website:

  • TURQUOISE LINE: descendants of William Adamthwaite and Mary Knewstubb – living closest of any Adamthwaite lines to the old County of Westmorland

  • BLUE LINE: descendants of William Appleby and Hannah Whitesmith, who all ended up on London

  • GREY LINE: descendants of John Adamthwaite and Sarah Steel – in England, Canada and Australia

  • LIGHT GREEN LINE: descendants of the mystery John Adamthwaite and Margaret Hunter


If you need some inspiration before you put pen to paper – take another look at some of the articles already in the Miscellany Section, or see below for information about two publications that have already achieved success in print.

Newsletter July 2011

As part of the on-line course in One-Name Studies that I am currently undertaking with Pharos Tutors, I am writing an assignment about the origins of the surname Adamthwaite and also the very early holders of the surname.  As part of my research for this exercise, I have uncovered a lot of new details about early Adamthwaites, which I will be adding to the website over the coming months.

Scribe image cropped rear book cover front book cover those who left the Dales probate calendar

I have just added an article about John Smith, who took over Rev Joseph’s Academy in Cotherstone (and also Rev Joseph’s wife and daughter!!).  I didn’t like the sound of Mr Smith very much when I was putting the article together, but now I have read some of the recollections of a past pupil of the Cotherstone Academy, I like him even less!  

This issue of the Newsletter is mainly concerned about books and the importance of writing up our Family History for future generations.

John Smith ... a genealogist's nightmare?

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You can also read the chapter about Cotherstone from Edward Stirling, actor, manager and author (1807-1894)’ memoirs,  as dictated to his son and decide what YOU think about Mr Smith’s ‘Advantageous plan of Education’ as it was described in his many advertisements the Times!

Those who left the Dales

Edited by Glenys Marriott


Now back in stock after the original print run was completely sold out!  This excellent book edited by a fellow member of the Guild of One-Name Studies, includes over a hundred articles written by members of the Upper Dales Family History Group about their ancestors who migrated from the Yorkshire Dales – some just to neighbouring counties, but many to new lives in the New World.


Copies available from YPD Books  at £12.50


Click on the image of the book cover to read the excellent review written in The Yorkshire Post, which also includes details of various ways to order a copy of the book

Adamthwaite Archive in print

by Alan Adamthwaite


Following on from his successful publication 'Glory Days' about the exploits of the magical Bishop Auckand football team of the 1950s, Alan has now published the real life story of England's most famous amateur footballer, Bob Hardisty.


Copies are available directly from Alan at a special price for Adamthwaite researchers of £12:00 including postage.


More details about Alan and the book, along with contact details can be found at his website

Never again: the story of Bob Hardisty

I have uploaded the latest versions of the Adamthwaite Births, Marriages and Deaths spreadsheets – these now include more references to Miscellany articles and also the West Yorkshire parish records that recently became available on Find My Past (mostly VIOLET line entries).

Latest updates to the Adamthwaite Archive website

Check this out today!! has FREE access to the Probate Calendar until midnight on 8th July!  


This is a very valuable resource – I have found details of wills and administrations for loads of my own ancestors as well as quite a few Adamthwaites.

I look forward to receiving lots of articles from you all to include in our publication of the Adamthwaite Archive.  


Perhaps you could write about an old family photograph, describing the people shown and adding a few anecdotes about them? (see the article about Alf Adamthwaite for some ideas) What better way of ensuring that your memories of your Adamthwaite ancestors are preserved for future generations.


Or you could make a project of it, and produce a photographic journey around the places where your ancestors lived - see Paula's biography about William McEver Adamthwaite.


Copies of the book will be lodged in permanent collections at The British Library, the Society of Genealogists and the Guild of One-Name Studies - and of course you will be able to buy your own copy to pass on to future generations.  If they are anything like my own children, they may not be interested now, but I'm sure they will be grateful when they get to our age!!

Sue Mastel