Adams family

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Adams family

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fl 1856-


The Adams were a Quaker family connected through marriage to William Richardson of Great Ayton and his wife Elizabeth Wilson. William’s son, John (1698-1786), had married Lydia Vasie of Whitby (Lydia’s sister Isobel married John’s brother Isaac). Their son William (1736-1826) married Mary Muskett in 1774 and settled at an estate at Langbaurgh, near Great Ayton, which he had inherited from an uncle.

William’s daughter, Mary (1777-1818), married first Joshua Wilson of Sunderland, and second William Brown of North Shields, a corn miller who was in business with Joseph Procter, the husband of Mary’s second cousin Elizabeth Richardson, as ‘Brown, Unthank and Procter’ of Willington Mill.

Mary and William’s son Charles (1816-1864) married as his second wife Emily Spence and it was their daughter Emily (1858-1920) who in 1884 married Samuel Henry Adams (1856-1951), connecting the two families. In 1885 Samuel and his twin brother Moses established Adams Patent Sewage Lift Company at Peasholme Green, York. The company specialised in the manufacture of apparatus for sewage disposal works. It was renamed Adams Hydraulics in 1903.

Emily and Samuel had three children together: Norman James, Anne and Emily Vasie (1888-1990). In 1911 Emily Vasie married Tyndale Procter at York, uniting the Adams, Procter and Richardson families.


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Procter family (fl 17th century-)

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Richardson family (fl 1684-)

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ISAAR(CPF): International Standard Archival Authority Record for Corporate Bodies, Persons and Families, International Council on Archives (2nd edition, 2003); Rules for the construction of personal, place and corporate names, National Council on Archives (1997).


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Created by S. A. Shearn, 25.04.17.




Anne Ogden Boyce, ‘Records of a Quaker Family: The Richardsons of Cleveland’ (London, 1889).

Charles Pease, ‘The Descendants of Un-named Richardson’ (2016).

Borthwick Institute, 'Records of the Procter, Richardson and Adams families of York.'

'About Adams Hydraulics' (

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