by Sue Mastel, 2008 - updated 2009, 2010
Some of the most interesting Adamthwaites I have come across are to be found amongst the members of the ORANGE Adamthwaite/Vipond line. Sadly, until recently, we have only been aware of a very small number of direct living descendants of this line – most of whom live in the United States. But we have now made contact with a descendant of John Alexander Adamthwaite who has been able to throw more light on some of the mysteries around this family. (If, dear reader, you are also descended from a member of the ORANGE line and can provide any more letters, documents or photos, please contact me!) Just from the public records, it is clear that this line includes some fascinating characters.
Since discovering the many wills of the Sedbergh Adamthwaites, we have learned that in fact the ORANGE line is linked directly to the VIOLET line (see the family tree for the Sedbergh Adamthwaites).
Read more about some of the individuals in this line, and the things they got up to! And perhaps you can come up with some evidence to prove or disprove some of the theories or answer the many questions set out on the following pages: