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Letter A in baptism register
« on: Saturday 13 October 18 18:44 BST (UK) »
I've come across annotations for pauper and private baptisms in registers before, but now I've seen one with an A in the margin of a baptism register for 1817. Does anyone know what this would mean?
Btw, there is the P annotation elsewhere on the page so it isn't that.
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Re: Letter A in baptism register
« Reply #1 on: Saturday 13 October 18 18:56 BST (UK) »
Adult baptism?

P, of course, would stand for Private baptism.
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Re: Letter A in baptism register
« Reply #2 on: Saturday 13 October 18 19:04 BST (UK) »
It says she's the daughter of a couple who only married the previous year. The wife has an unusual,name so I think she is definitely a child. I wonder if it does mean adult and was out next to the wrong name?

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Re: Letter A in baptism register
« Reply #3 on: Saturday 13 October 18 23:33 BST (UK) »
I think it is more likely to be Acceptance into the Church, after a previous private baptism.

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Re: Letter A in baptism register
« Reply #4 on: Sunday 14 October 18 13:42 BST (UK) »
I think it is more likely to be Acceptance into the Church, after a previous private baptism.
Colin

It is usually "Received"
 If a child is baptised privately, they ought to be brought to the Church as soon as possible to be received as members of " the flock of true Christian people". So where a private baptism is employed, there is a further rite (if the child survives) of reception into church.

The wording of the Service, in the Book of Common Prayer, is;
"We receive this Child into the congregation of Christ's flock.........."
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Re: Letter A in baptism register
« Reply #5 on: Sunday 14 October 18 13:50 BST (UK) »
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Re: Letter A in baptism register
« Reply #6 on: Sunday 14 October 18 14:31 BST (UK) »
On a similar topic, I recently came across the letter C in the margin against many of the entries in a burial register, 1877. Have scrolled through hundreds of pages of these and this is the first time I've seen it. Was wondering if it might stand for cremated???

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Re: Letter A in baptism register
« Reply #7 on: Sunday 14 October 18 14:36 BST (UK) »
Cremation became legal in 1884, on 26th March, 1885 the first official cremation at Woking took place. See http://www.srgw.info/CremSoc/History/HistSocy.html

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Re: Letter A in baptism register
« Reply #8 on: Sunday 14 October 18 14:46 BST (UK) »
Ah, given that the first cremation wasn't until 1879 - and that was a horse - that'll be a No, then... I rarely make a record of who conducted the ceremony so can't check now, but maybe it stands for Curate? Although that info should also be in the end column, so there'd be no reason for a marginal entry too...