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Letters 'PB' in parish baptism records
« on: Thursday 27 May 04 17:45 BST (UK) »
I've been looking through some parish baptism records and for some of my people the letters 'PB' or 'P+B' are in the left hand margin next to the record.

Is this something to do with infants death as I know one of mine died at age 1 close to baptism date.

Does anyone know what it means?

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Re:Letters 'PB' in parish baptism records
« Reply #1 on: Thursday 27 May 04 17:59 BST (UK) »
Hi,

It might stand for 'private baptism'.  I've come across this in my research - if a child was not expected to live long after birth the baptism could be carried out straight away, at home, by the medical attendant at the birth.

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Re:Letters 'PB' in parish baptism records
« Reply #2 on: Thursday 27 May 04 18:12 BST (UK) »
Oh, that makes sense.

One I found was baptised 21 Apr 1875 with 'P+B' plus note saying 'received into church 19 July 1876'.  Don't know it this was date of death, not got that far yet.

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Kent - Jones, Wigley, Rigden, Philpott, Perry, Irwin, Booker, Durling, Saker, Venner, Nutting, Giles, McNalty, Burley, Crowhurst, Ford & Roots,
Sussex - Badcock,  Barden, Barham, Bridger, Carey, Courthope, Crampton, Ford, Wright, Dadswell, Okill, Elliott, Hepden, Jarrett, Foster, Marchant, Selmes and Warnett
Fife/Mayo - McNalty
Bucks - Folley & Spufford


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Re:Letters 'PB' in parish baptism records
« Reply #3 on: Thursday 27 May 04 18:26 BST (UK) »
I'm not entirely sure on this one but I think that after a home baptism the baby was "received" into the church at a later date (if they lived). I'm not sure if this was to be sure that things were done right or just an excuse for a party - no doubt someone out there knows!
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Re:Letters 'PB' in parish baptism records
« Reply #4 on: Friday 28 May 04 00:25 BST (UK) »
Hi there

Yes, PB does mean 'Private Baptism'

After the private baptism at home, if the child survived then it was received into church at a later date.  Baptisms usually took place within the first month of the babies life.

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