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Parish Record Side Notes Sorted Thank you!
« on: Wednesday 23 July 14 09:11 BST (UK) »
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I have been looking through Staffordshire Parish Records and have found a P. in the margin next to the baptisms of some children.
Two of the children I know to have died later in early childhood. Is it connected to this? Can anybody tell me what the P. stands for please?

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Re: Parish Record Side Notes
« Reply #1 on: Wednesday 23 July 14 09:21 BST (UK) »
P stands for Private, as in Private Baptism.  Means that the child was baptised at home rather than in the church itself. 

Often if there's a P, there will also be a note and a date when the child was "received into the congregation", meaning that was the date the child was first brought to church.

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Re: Parish Record Side Notes
« Reply #2 on: Wednesday 23 July 14 09:25 BST (UK) »
Thanks SmallTownGirl :)
As there are no dates next to the children I am interested in I guess it is because they were never received into the church as they died?
What were the reasons for a private baptism at home?

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Re: Parish Record Side Notes
« Reply #3 on: Wednesday 23 July 14 09:28 BST (UK) »
If the child is not expected to live, and is in danger of death, a private baptism may be administered at any time or place.
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« Reply #4 on: Wednesday 23 July 14 09:29 BST (UK) »
Children were mostly baptised at home if they were thought to be unlikely to live.

There isn't always a note about the received into the congregation date, so the absence of such a note doesn't necessarily mean that the child died.  I just thought I'd explain what that meant at the same time as the P, so that you'd know it if you saw it elsewhere in a register.

Sorry if I confused you.
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« Reply #5 on: Wednesday 23 July 14 09:29 BST (UK) »
One reason may have been that the child was not expected to live long enough to be baptized at church.
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« Reply #6 on: Wednesday 23 July 14 09:34 BST (UK) »
Just to add that it has always been recognised in ecclesiastical law that a person who is not  a clergyman, can baptize in an emergency,


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« Reply #7 on: Wednesday 23 July 14 09:36 BST (UK) »
Thanks for that Stan. :)

STG no not at all. It was me just trying to link up what I knew about the children, Your explanation was great. Thanks again. :)

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« Reply #8 on: Wednesday 23 July 14 09:39 BST (UK) »
Thanks Craclyn and indeed everyone. You have been so helpful :)