TONGES of AINSWORTH : Geneological information extracted from the wills of Susan Hardman (1729), Mary 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 knife and fork, pocket watch and some silver studs. The will names several people and states their relationships. They are as follows: George Hardman - brother, James Hardman of Roads - cousin, Samuel Taylor of Moston - cousin, Margaret Rosco wife of John - sister, Samuel Taylor the younger - cousin, Mary Tongue - sister, Samuell Tongue - cousin, Mary Sandiforth (who is under 21 at the writing of the will) - cousin, George Hardman - 'little' cousin, Elizabeth Kay and her husband 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 Ainsworth.
Mary Tonge of Ainsworth, Widow, leaves bequests to the following people: her two sons Samuell and John, her brother-in-law William Tonge, her brother George Hardman, son-in-law William Sandiforth husband of her deceased daughter Catherine, and their daughter Mary Sandiforth. Samuell and John Tonge are appointed as executors and the will is witnessed by Thomas Wolley, Susannah Hardman and Samll. Taylor.
John Tong of Ainsworth, Husbandman. Only brother and next of kin, Samuell Tong, Husbandman of Ainsworth is appointed as administrator, together with Samuel Taylor of Mostyn, Yeoman. The document is signed in the presence of Alice Dickenson and Adam Banks, and signed and sealed by Semua [Samuel] Tong and Samll Taylor.
Thomas Tong of Ainsworth, Husbandman, leaves everything to his wife Mary. Inventory of goods dated 20th April 1720, made by William Tongue, George Hardman and Samuel Taylor. Witnessed by William Tong and Mary Tong.Also see the wills of James Hardman of Ainsworth (1718) and John Hardman of Ainsworth (1715) and the tuition bond of Catherine Sandiforth (1735).
(Originally drawn up in 2001 - additions in red in 2017)