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baptism required for work
« on: Thursday 11 April 19 14:38 BST (UK) »
ive got a family where all the children seem to have late baptisms.
this is nothing new, but usually they are done in batches to save money.
but these are all separate and in sequence, so unless there were no live births in the first 13 years of marriage and as the girls were probably put into service and the boys were labourers or apprenticed, im wondering if employers demanded baptism as a condition of employment, as they would have been baptised about the right age.

has anyone heard of this   (excuse typing....causes  pain)

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Re: baptism required for work
« Reply #1 on: Thursday 11 April 19 15:26 BST (UK) »
When and where? How old were they and what denomination?
Would they have been at school at the time? If they were adolescents/pre-adolescent and belonged to C. of E. or Catholic, the baptisms may have been conditional baptisms prior to Confirmation.
If they were older than adolescents, did they marry soon after?
Did the family move around when the children were little?

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Re: baptism required for work
« Reply #2 on: Thursday 11 April 19 17:16 BST (UK) »
Hi, greyingrey:

I'm not an expert in this by any means. I've only heard once of someone having to show proof of baptism for work. You haven't mentioned a country, so this probably doesn't apply to the family you are researching, but I am adding this just in case and also for the sake of sharing info.

I met a woman several years ago while waiting in line at the bank (I live in Canada). The woman told me that she was from Germany originally and she had worked in a bank when she was young. It was during the Nazi era, and before the bank would hire her, she had to run around to various towns to get copies of baptisms for herself, her parents and her grandparents to prove that she was ethnically German.

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Re: baptism required for work
« Reply #3 on: Monday 15 April 19 09:14 BST (UK) »
thanks very much for your help.
the family was on the move...from lincs over to notts.
father was from lincs, mother from notts village towards lincs, so hed probably moved east through lincs before he met her.
family cofe... children all baptised in same notts village
as i have no specific dates of birth, i can only guess from marriage date
first child baptised 16 or 11 years after parents' marriage...there's a note on the transcription that says its hard to tell if the marriage was 1740 or 1745.
so there could be several reasons, i guess

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Re: baptism required for work
« Reply #4 on: Monday 15 April 19 09:16 BST (UK) »
sorry, i meant west through lincs

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Re: baptism required for work
« Reply #5 on: Tuesday 16 April 19 13:39 BST (UK) »
greyingrey,

Just some thoughts:

Do you know for certain that the parents were married prior to the births of their children?

I've got missing and late baptisms for one set of ancestors who, for some unknown reason, married 17 years after their first child was born (and two months after their seventh, and last, child was born).

Fortunately for me, this was just after civil registration started, so I've been able to get birth records where baptismal records are missing.

Are you certain the baptisms are for the children of the couple in question? In my (limited) experience, clerics tended to make notations if they were baptizing children or adults (as opposed to babies).

Do you know if the couple were both Anglican? Sometimes baptisms are missing for infants when there is a difference in religion.

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