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William Vipond Adamthwaite, gentleman -  d.1872

NOTES: William Vipond ADAMTHWAITE was the elder son of Thomas ADAMTHWAITE, Notary Public and his wife Lucy VIPOND.  He was born 30 Oct 1793 and baptised with his younger brother John Allen on 26 Jul 1795 at St Michael's Cornhill.

He does not seem to have married, but he did have a common law wife named Isabella Rickerby, with whom he was living in 1851, 61 and 71 censuses.

William died on 25 Mar 1872 aged 78 in Euston St, Pancras.  Isabella died at the same address just 12 days earlier, aged 52.

William and Isabella are known to have had the following children:

  • Lucy Adamthwaite, b. abt 1851, d. 1858 age 7

  • Mary Isabella Adamthwaite, b. 1856 Camden Town - not found after 1871 census

  • Kate Ellen Adamthwaite, b. 1861 - in 1881 census was found living with Mary Reeves Keatley, but her surname was given as RICKERBY - not found after this date



WILL - dated 13 Sep 1871


This is the last Will and Testament of me William Vipond Adamthwaite of no 2 Edward St Hampstead Road in the parish of St Pancras in the County of Middlesex. I direct that all my just debts funeral and testamentary expenses may be paid and satisfied by my Executors hereinafter named as soon as conveniently may be after my decease.  I give devise and bequeath unto Isabella Rickerby [see Note 2 below] the sum of five shillings per week as long as the money lasts at the said Isabella Rickerby’s decease the residue if any to be equally divided between her two children Mary Isabella and Kate Ellen Rickerby [see Note 1 below] of 2 Edward Street as above.  All and every my household furniture linen and wearing apparel books plate pictures china horses carts and carriages and also all and every sum and … of money which may be found in my house or about my person or due to me at the time of my decease and also all my stocks funds and securities for money book debts money due or … bills notes or other securities and all and every other my Estate and Effects whatsoever and wheresoever both real and personal whether in possession or (sovereign?) remainder or expectancy to and for own use and benefit absolutely and I nominate constitute and appoint Mary Keatley of 28 Upper Berkeley Street in the Parish of Marylebone the County of Middlesex to be Executrix of this my Will hereby revoking and making void all former or other Wills and Testaments by me at any time heretofore made and I declare this to be my last Will and Testament in Witness whereof I the said William Vipond Adamthwaite have to this my last Will and Testament set my hand the 13th day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and seventy one – William Vipond Adamthwaite – signed by the Testator and acknowledged by .. to be a last Will and Testament in the presence of us present at the same time and subscribed by us in the presence of the said Testator and of each other


John Keatley of 28 Upper Berkeley Street Portman Square W


Elizabeth Waters of 28 Upper Berkeley St Portman Square


[Affidavit of the Execution filed]




Proved at London 27th April 1872 by the oath of Mary Keatley wife of John Reeves Keatley the sole Executrix to whom admon was granted.





On the 27th day of April 1872 the Will of William Vipond Adamthwaite late of no 2 Edward Street Hampstead Road in the County of Middlesex Gentleman deceased who died on the 25th day of Mary 1872 at No 74 Euston Street St Pancras in the said county was proved in the Principal Registry of Her Majesty’s Court of Probate by the Oath of Mary Keatley (wife of John Reeves Keatley cabinet maker) of no 7 Oxford Terrace Hyde Park in the said County the sole Executrix named in the said Will she having first been sworn duly to administer.  Effects under £450 no Leaseholds


Note 1: all of the three children were registered with the surname Adamthwaite (Lucy at her death, the others at their births). But in this Will Isabella and the surviving children are named Rickerby.  We believe that the Executrix Mary Keatley could be Isabella’s sister.  


Note 2: In the event, Isabella Rickerby died 12 days BEFORE William Vipond Adamthwaite.  There was some dispute about the administration of this Will – see Press – we are currently trying to locate the Court papers to establish what this was about.