TONGE, Thomas : Of Blindshill, Farnworth, Will, 1672. Abstract
in contained in the William Asheton Tonge papers at Chetham Library.
- In the name of God Amen
- 18th July 1672
- Thomas Tonge of Blindshill in Farnworth
- "Part of the inheritance of my elder brother Henrie Tonge"
- Son James Tonge
- Daughter Ann wife of Edmund Rishton
- Exors: Son James & son-in-law Edmund Rishton
- Wit: Joseph Leigh & Jo. Rishton
- Thomas Tonge, his mark
- Proved 26 Aug: 1672 by Exors.
- Inv. by James Wallworke, John Rishton Senior, Edmund Watson & Wm.
(a) In 1678, fifteen free holders in Farnworth gave permission
for Edmund Rishton to build a house upon the waste land. Four of the free
holders, who "resided on their own land" were called John, James, William and
Thomas Tonge. (see JHP Cht. Lib.)
(b) 1847 map of part of Farnworth, inc. Blindsill, Highfield,
Highfield Hall, Albert Place, Dixon Green, Plodder Lane, New Bury, Black Lane,
Beech Cottage, Bottom O'th Green.
(c) Notes of interest:-
- Various spellings of Blindsill include
Blyndhill (1626), Blindshill
(1655) Blinds Hill (1841) and Blindsill (1847 onwards)
- The Tonge family was numerous in the Blindsill area in 1841. In
the census there are three houses in this area which are inhabited
by the branches of the Tonge family. There are also many more in the
immediate locality; 2 in Black Lane, 5 in New Bury, 9 in Dixon Green and 1
in Buckley Lane.
- Vol. 8, p57; Wheelers Chronicle, abstract: Jane Tong, Innkeeper of
Moses Gate, 13th January 1813, sold land on Halshaw Moor, New Bury Estate
and Blindsele estate
- Tong Street and Tong Square were probably
named after members of the Tonge family who resided in the Blindsill area.