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NORMAN / BAGSHOT 1780s - twins?
« on: Friday 04 January 19 08:50 GMT (UK) »
I'm not familiar with the Somerset records and am wondering about the children of George NORMAN and Ann BAGSHOT (later known as Bagehot), as found on FreeReg. https://www.freereg.org.uk/search_queries/5c2e99cd33045bea0ba4a52a

Our old family tree, which was "tidied up" in the 1930s, records the births to this couple as:
George [1782]
William [no date]
Charles [1783]
Priscilla [1785]
Maria [1785]
Alfred [1792]
Sarah [no date]

However, from FreeReg, does it appear to you that Ann Bagshot had TWO sets of twins in 1782 and 1783? Quite a start to child-rearing!

Or is there any possibility that children were "saved up" to be baptised later than their birth date? Have you ever come across that? According to FreeReg, the marriage was actually in 1776, with no record of baptisms before 1782.

Thanks very much!

Jo

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Re: NORMAN / BAGSHOT 1780s - twins?
« Reply #1 on: Friday 04 January 19 09:12 GMT (UK) »
Looking at the images for the parish records (Ancestry) :

June 1783 - September 1783 - there are 8 baptisms, only two of them are for single children, the other 6 entries are split between 3 families.  There is no indication on the register that any of them are twins.  Again there is no indication of twins in 1782.

It was not uncommon for children to be baptised in "batches".
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Re: NORMAN / BAGSHOT 1780s - twins?
« Reply #2 on: Friday 04 January 19 09:25 GMT (UK) »
Oh, that's very interesting, thanks so much, and makes much more sense than the twins notion.

According to the tree, Ann BAGEHOT was daughter of Rev Watson BAGEHOT, Rector of Langport, so it looks as though the batch baptisms happened even with close links to the ministry.