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William Adamthwaite of Adamthwaite - Will, Inventory & Bond - (d.1756)

NOTES:  William was chr. 4 aug 1704 at Ravenstonedale, the son of Thomas Adamthwaite of Adamthwaite and Agnes Atkinson.

He married (1) Dorothy ?, who died in 1742 at Ravenstonedale

He married (2) Agnes METCALF on 26 jul 1742 at Ravenstonedale

William was buried on 19 jul 1756 at Ravenstonedale

Known children of William and Dorothy: Elizabeth (who married John FAWCETT) and Mary who seems to have married Jacob SHAW in 1739 - they had four sons, the first of whom was born at Adamthwaite - but Mary died in 1755, hence the bequest to her children

Known children of William and Agnes: Margaret (1743 - ?); William (1744 - ?, who married Jane STEPHENSON); Sibbella/Isabel (1747 - ?)




In the Name of God Amen.  I William Adamthwaite of Adamthwaite in the Parish of Ravenstonedale and County of Westmorland calling to mind the uncertainty of this present life and that it is appointed unto all men once to die do make this my last will and testament in manner and form following first and principally recommending my soul into the Hands of God hoping for the pardon of all my sins alone through the morils and mediation of Jesus Christ and desiring my body may be buried in a decent Christian manner at the discretion of my loveing wife not doubting but I shall receive the same again at the General Resurrection by the Almighty power of God and as touching such worldly estate as it hath pleased God to bestow upon me in this Life I give and bequeath and dispose of the same as followeth:


First I give to my daughter Elizabeth the wife of John Ffawcet Two shillings and sixpence, also I give to my daughter Mary’s children two shillings and sixpence equally amongst them. Also it is my will that my loving wife have the tuition of my three children I have by her, and that she pay all my just debts and funeral expenses and above said legacies out of my personal estate and the remainder of my personal estate I give equally to my wife and her three children, viz William, Margaret and Isabel.


And I hereby appoint and constitute my said loving wife and her three said children joint executors of this my last will and testament to which I set my hand and seal this fifteenth day of july 1756.



Signed sealed and declared this to be my last will and testament – William Adamthwaite (signed and sealed)


In the presence of:  Thos Winder

                                Henry Brunsgill (his mark)

                                Simon Alderson




2 Dec 1756 sworn in Court solemnly affirmed being a Quaker



A true Inventory of the Money Goods and Debts of William Adamthwaite deceased 1756


                                                                                                                              £          s          d                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

  First Purse and apparel                                                                                       1          2          6

  Bedding and bedsteads and other furniture Upon t                                             3          5          -

  One bed and other odd things in the parlour                                                       1          -           -

  Furniture in the fore house amounts to                                                                1          11        -

  Milking vessel and other things in the milkhouse                                                  -           5          -

  Beef, meal, cheeses and other kind of victuals                                                     1          2          6

  Socks and foaks                                                                                                    0          1          6

  Household stuff in the other house near unto Thos Fawcett                                 1          10        -

  Carts and wheels                                                                                                   -           14        -

  Saddles and bridles                                                                                               -           10        -

  Husbandry gear in the peathouse and other Utensils of trade                              -           13        -

  Slates, grindstones and stones upon the common                                                -           15        -

  Peats and other kindling                                                                                       1          10        -

  Milking c… and things of the same kind                                                                -           2          6

  One horse and two cows                                                                                     11        -           -

  Money owing to the deceased by Bill V.                                                              34        -           -

                                                   In the whole                                                        59        2          0

  Money owing by the deceased                                                                            12        2          ½

                                                   Rests Clear                                                        46        18        11 ½




Approved in July 26 1756


By us -   James Bayliss

              William Dixon

              William Clemeson                      – 2 dec 1756 sworn in Court


2 dec 1756 a true copy of the original inventory exhibited in Court this day before  JR official



William Adamthwaite of Adamthwaite, deceased 1756 - Bond


Obligation for Agnes Adamthwaite to fulfil requests of Wm Adamthwaite’s Will – 1756


Know all Men by these presents that we Agnes Adamthwaite of Adamthwaite in the parish of Ravonstonedale in the Co of Westmorland, Thos Winder of Wray Green in the parish of Ravonstonedale lea Yeoman and William Hawcott of Trammoor in the said parish of Ravenstonedale and County of Westmorland Yeoman are hold and firmly bound unto John Robinson Gentleman Official of Catherine Lowther Widow Mother and Guardian to her son Sir James Lowther Bart, a minor within the peculiar of the parish of Ravonstonedale in the said County of Westmorland lawfully deputed in the sum of Two hundred pounds of Good and lawful Money of Great Britain to be paid to the said John Robinson or to his certain attorney in this behalf or to his Executors Admininstrators or lawful successors or those lawfully appointed in his stead to act in the officialship of Ravonstonedale aforesaid to which payment well and faithfully to be made.  We bind ourselves and each of us our and each of our  Heirs Executors and Administrators firmly by these presents sealed with our seals dated the second day of December 1756 and in the 30th year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord George the Second by the Grace of God of Great Britain France and Ireland King Defender of the Faith.


The Condition of this Obligation is such that if the above bounden Agnes Adamthwaite her Heirs Executors Administrators or any of them shall well and truly administer all the goods chattels and credits which did belong unto William Adamthwaite late deceased paying all such debts funerals expences and legacies as by law ought to be paid out of the goods chattels and personal effects belonging to the said William Adamthwaite as specified in his said last Will and Testament as far as the said goods will extend and also well and truly educate and bring up William, Margaret, Isabell Adamthwaite infants children of the said Wm Adamthwaite committed to her charge during their minority and in all things well truly and faithfully perform and fulfil the will of the said Wm Adamthwaite and lastly save defend and keep harmless the above named John Robinson his executors administrators and lawfully successors and others lawfully deputed in his stead to act in the officialty from all such costs trouble and incumbrances as shall or may anyways happen by reason of any of the promises that then this obligation to be void otherwise to be and remain in full force and virtue.


Sealed and delivered upon paper duly stampt in the presence of us – Joseph Robinson, Robert Mounsey



Agnes Adamthwaite (her mark)


Thos Winder


William Fawcett (his mark)