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How long after birth were babies baptised?
« on: Tuesday 06 November 07 13:28 GMT (UK) »
How long after the birth of a baby would the baptism have taken place in the 1700's? 

I thought it would have been quite quickly due to the high mortality rate and the fear of a babe dying without having been baptised.   Although there are always exceptions, does anyone know what the 'norm' was?
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Re: How long after birth were babies baptised?
« Reply #1 on: Tuesday 06 November 07 13:31 GMT (UK) »
i have a book at home, (i am at work now)  what tells me this, i read it before but can't remember it will look tonight and get back to you.


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Re: How long after birth were babies baptised?
« Reply #2 on: Tuesday 06 November 07 13:58 GMT (UK) »
Can be quick but you do see ome exceptions

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Re: How long after birth were babies baptised?
« Reply #3 on: Tuesday 06 November 07 17:35 GMT (UK) »
Hi LC,

if you look up Baptism in the RootsChat Lexicon you will see several topics about it, including discussions on requirements for baptism, half-baptism, adult, multiple and private baptisms.

That should give you a lot to think about, on ages at baptism  :)

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Re: How long after birth were babies baptised?
« Reply #4 on: Tuesday 06 November 07 17:43 GMT (UK) »
Thank you for pointing me in the right direction Bob.  I feel very privileged to get a response from a Global Moderator!

That will give me some bedside reading tonight.

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Re: How long after birth were babies baptised?
« Reply #5 on: Tuesday 06 November 07 18:16 GMT (UK) »
hiya
i am at home now and have looked in my book this is what it tells me:~

Although baptisim was supposed to be on the first Sunday after birth, or on the next Sunday thereafter, in the few instances where dates of birth were given, this rarely happend weeks months or years first might elaspe

always search a broad period so that you can pick up baptisis of siblings as well fo that pf your direct ancestor in case your information about the birth was erronous. The eldest child was often baptised in the mothers home church which was generally where she had married. 
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Re: How long after birth were babies baptised?
« Reply #6 on: Tuesday 06 November 07 18:29 GMT (UK) »
Thanks for that Toni, very kind. 

So I take it the 'norm' was within 2 weeks?  I'm writing a piece that includes baptisms in 1700's and couldn't find anything anywhere about the 'norm'. 

I didn't know Rootschat had a Lexicon, so I've learned something else today.

Have a good evening
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Re: How long after birth were babies baptised?
« Reply #7 on: Tuesday 06 November 07 18:33 GMT (UK) »
longest gap I've seen is 1652 - 1663 (interregnum etc)
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Re: How long after birth were babies baptised?
« Reply #8 on: Tuesday 06 November 07 18:35 GMT (UK) »
the baptisim was supposed to take place on the first Sunday after the birth or the next Sunday thereafter.

so yes within 2 weeks but i am sure people on here will tell you many baptisims where this was not the case.

some baptisim records do have adult baptisim or the like next to them.
Holman & Vinton- Cornwall, Wojciechowskyj & Hussak- Bukowiec & Zahutyn, Bentley & Richards- Leicester, Taylor-Kent/Sussex  Punnett-Sussex,  Bear/e- Monkleigh Gazey-Warwicks

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