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Offline JGSnoopy

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PB Acronym?
« on: Saturday 29 February 20 13:19 GMT (UK) »
Hi,

My Great Grandfather was illegitimate, father unknown,  and on his baptism record it says "illegitimate. PB" Despite googling I am none the wiser as to what PB stands for.  It may be entirely irrelevant, but curious incase it can help in some way.

Does anyone know what the PB may stand for?

Many thanks

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Re: PB Acronym?
« Reply #1 on: Saturday 29 February 20 13:20 GMT (UK) »
PB is Private Baptism
A private baptism was administered if the child was not expected to live, but it does not necessarily mean it died. If the child survived it ought to be brought to the Church as soon as possible to be received as a member of " the flock of true Christian people". A private baptism may be administered at any time or place. Just to add that it has always been recognised in ecclesiastical law that a person who is not  a clergyman, can baptise in an emergency,

There are numerous posts on RootsChat about baptisms and private baptisms.
Stan
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Re: PB Acronym?
« Reply #2 on: Saturday 29 February 20 13:28 GMT (UK) »
Hi Stan,

Thank you very much for your quick and thorough response, much appreciated. Her previous son had died in infancy, so perhaps not taking any chances this time. 

Thanks again.