TONGES of AINSWORTH
Geneological information extracted from the wills of Susan Hardman
Tonge (1729), Thomas Tong (1720) and the Admon. of John Tong (1734).
Susan Hardman of
Ainsworth, left a will dated 1729. In it
she divided all her posessions amongst friends and relatives, even her
fork, pocket watch and some silver studs. The will names several people
states their relationships. They are as follows: George Hardman -
Hardman of Roads - cousin, Samuel Taylor of Moston - cousin, Margaret
of John - sister, Samuel Taylor the younger - cousin, Mary Tongue -
Samuell Tongue - cousin, Mary Sandiforth (who is under 21 at the
writing of the
will) - cousin, George Hardman - 'little' cousin, Elizabeth Kay and her
Robert - cousin and M. Hiles? of Penbury (no relationship stated).
There is also
a donation to the Presbyterian Church, which has recently been built in
Mary Tonge of
Ainsworth, Widow, leaves bequests to
the following people: her two sons Samuell and John, her brother-in-law
Tonge, her brother George Hardman, son-in-law William Sandiforth
husband of her
deceased daughter Catherine, and their daughter Mary Sandiforth.
John Tonge are appointed as executors and the will is witnessed by
Susannah Hardman and Samll. Taylor.
John Tong of
Ainsworth, Husbandman. Only brother and next
of kin, Samuell Tong, Husbandman of Ainsworth is appointed as
together with Samuel Taylor of Mostyn, Yeoman. The document is signed
presence of Alice Dickenson and Adam Banks, and signed and sealed by
[Samuel] Tong and Samll
Thomas Tong of
Ainsworth, Husbandman, leaves everything
to his wife Mary. Inventory of goods dated 20th April 1720, made by
Tongue, George Hardman and Samuel Taylor. Witnessed by William Tong and
Also see the wills of James
Hardman of Ainsworth (1718) and John
Hardman of Ainsworth (1715) and the
tuition bond of Catherine Sandiforth (1735).
There appears to have been a dispute about the will of Mary Tonge, as
the index contains the following reference: Mary Tong of Ainsworth, co.
Lancs. widow Alleg. Dep. etc. 1735.
The allegation would state the case of either the plaintiff
defendant as a series of questions or allegations, while the deposition
would be a sworn statement given in response to the allegations.
Unfortunately LRO can find no evidence that this document has survived
(Feb 2017); the indexes were compiled from the original Act books
rather than the surviving documents, long before the documents were
deposited with LRO.
(Originally drawn up in 2001 - additions in red in 2017)
Notes on Admon & Inventory of Thomas Tonge of
On re-examination of these documents (11th March 2017), I noted the
Mariam Tong nuper de Aynsworth in Com Lancs Viduam, Gulimum Tong
de Hilton in Com prodict yoem[?] [???] [????] Doe
Mary Tonge lately of Ainsworth in County Lancashire, Widow,
William Tong of Hulton, Yeoman[?] [???]
- In Cattel
- In Carts, Wheels, Ploughs, Harrows & Husbandry Wares
- In Oats Thrashed & Corn Sowne
- Household goods from the chamber over the house, the
kitchen, the little kitchen, little parlour and the buttery &
- Goods including Pewter, Linnens, Books and Hustlement
- Money Lent upon Bond £40
- Book Debts £6
- Money Owing at Coldgreave £20
The only reference I can find to Coldgreave is a place in Newhey,
Rochdale (township of Butterworth) about 11 miles east of Ainsworth.
Signature of William Tong on the admon:-
Other References to Samuel Taylor of Moston
references to Samuel Taylor of Moston on Bolton Genealogica
Tonge of Smithfold,
of Zachariah (1662) & Samuel Taylor (1664) of Moston
GMCRO - Egerton Family, Earls of Wilton, of Heaton Hall
E4/57/1 Ainsworth - Rental Ledgers of Tenants 1774-1786
E4/58/1 Ainsworth & Radcliffe c1778 - 1792
E4/4/18c/2 Three Right of Way Agreements - Ainsworth &
Radcliffe - 1718, 1759, 1761
E4/10/1 Right of Way - Taylor Lane, 1702*
NB: Checked all the Ainsworth and Radcliffe rentals in the
E7/19/1 collection at GMCRO (1655 - 1779 incomplete) - no Tonges appear.
* not sure this is the
same Taylor Lane near to Smithfold