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Adamthwaite Archive

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Newsletter September 2011

Firstly I must apologise to anyone who tried and failed to access the website at the beginning of September.  As yet another bit of fallout from my email address being phished last year, I did not receive the notification that the domain was due to expire … so it did!  I got it up and running again eventually, but it was rather a long drawn out process.  There is still a bug on the site, which results in the lower part of some of the pages being ‘greyed out’.  The web design company are working on this problem, but in the meantime if you refresh the page it will correct the display.

Scribe image cropped sue & tricia on London Eye compressed curmbria archives 1568 Adamthwaite and Artelgarth reduced

Adamthwaite Archive website

Cousins Reunited!!

I was very excited to meet my 3rd cousin Tricia for the first time last week – we are both descended from William Adamthwaite, tailor of Brough, and his wife Sarah Mason (OLIVE LINE).  Tricia and her family were on holiday in England from their home in Queensland, Australia and we met up in London on a brilliant sunny day for a trip on the London Eye and on a riverboat to Greenwich.  Here we are with Tricia’s husband Gary, who managed to put up with our non-stop chatter.  

The genealogical research which showed we were related has been confirmed through a Family Finder DNA test with Family Tree DNA, which correctly predicted that we are third cousins.  And now we have actually met, it is uncanny how alike we are!  


As we cannot seem to find any volunteers for our yDNA project for the BLUE, VIOLET and ORANGE lines, it may be worth looking into using these Family Finder tests to discover any links between these lines and those we have already tested (OLIVE, GREY and YELLOW).  This test can detect up to 5th cousins with confidence - and has the advantage that it can be taken by either males or females who have Adamthwaites in their own recent ancestry (i.e. 'in your blood', not linked just by marriage).  If you are interested, please take a look at the information on this page and then contact me.

Cumbria Archives

A couple of months ago, I also met up with Paula (VIOLET line) at the very impressive new Cumbria Archives in Carlisle, where I was hunting down early references to Adamthwaites in Ravenstonedale as part of my assignment for the Pharos Tutors online course I was doing on ‘Advanced One-Name Studies’.  

It now seems pretty certain that back in the mid 1500s there were at least five Adamthwaite households living in Ravenstonedale, all of them at either Adamthwaite itself or Artelgarth (which is located along the track leading back to Ravenstonedale town).  


Living alongside the two Adamthwaite tenants at Adamthwaite farm were two Fothergill tenants.  I had hoped to locate an early map showing the location of the different farmsteads, but was unsuccessful.  However, I am gradually building up a picture of the spread of the Adamthwaites across England.  I will add details of the findings of my course assignment to the website in the very near future, but in the meantime, here is an image of the earliest document I have found which links individual Adamthwaite surname bearers to the Adamthwaite farmstead (click on the image to see a larger image of the document, which dates back to 1568).  


The image is reproduced with kind permission of the Lowther Trust.

Edward Addamtwhate of Uckerbie in the Countie of York

For a long time I have wondered about the handful of Adamthwaites that appear in records for Bolton on Swale in Yorkshire between 1662 and 1699.  So I was intrigued to find a Will proved in 1602 for Edward of Uckerby, which mentions that he wished to be buried at Bolton on Swale … they must be linked, but the only clues are the people mentioned in Edward’s will, who all lived a good fifty years before the Bolton on Swale parish records started in 1656.  You can read Edward’s will and see a tentative family tree for these early Adamthwaites on this page.

Useful websites

There are lots more early records becoming available online, which help us to understand more about our early ancestors and how they lived.  I am putting together a page of links to useful websites which I will add to the Archive when it is a bit tidier (then I can add to it as more sites become available).  I know about quite a few UK websites, but I would be grateful if those of you who live in other parts of the world could send me details of websites that you find helpful when researching in your own country.

our Adamthwaite Book

Finally, I am still hoping to receive some more contributions from you all to be included in our book.  Just a page about an interesting Adamthwaite in your family, preferably with an image that I can use (please make sure these are not copyright) would be wonderful, and of course if you get carried away and write a whole article that would be even better!  This is your chance to have your family history research recorded for posterity!


with best wishes,

Sue Mastel