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Offline SuzyWoo

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Parish Register help Please
« on: Thursday 30 April 20 14:18 BST (UK) »
Hi,  I wonder if anyone could help me with a question on Baptisms recorded in Parish Registers.

I have found 5 children baptised with the fathers name listed as Richard Turner but no mothers name was listed.  The baptisms started in 1695 and went up to 1705.  I then found a marriage of a Richard turner to an Anne Hobbs in 1722.

In the baptisms after 1722 I found 2 more with the parents name of Richard and Anne Turner.

I cannot find any other marriage for Richard.

My question is why there was no mothers name recorded in the first 5 baptisms?  Is this a normal approach, does it mean that Anne was the mother but they were not married, or is there likely to be a different mother for the first 5 children.

Thankyou, Sue

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Re: Parish Register help Please
« Reply #1 on: Thursday 30 April 20 14:42 BST (UK) »
quite common in earlier baptisms to find only the father's name. You'll find marriages with only the first name of the bride as well.

Was one of the earlier baptisms a Richard? The 1722 marriage is more likely one of the children of the older Richard.

Are you looking at a scan of the register or transcriptions? Marriage for older Richard could be in another parish that isn't online, on a page missing from the register, illegible, damaged. Have you checked what registers survive for the parish on Genuki?
Cornwall: Allen, Bevan, Bosisto, Carnpezzack, Donithorn, Huddy, James, Retallack, Russell, Vincent, Yeoman
Cards: Thomas (Llanbadarn Fawr)
Glam: Bowler, Cram, Galloway, James, Thomas, Watkins
Lincs: Coupland, Cram
Mon: Cram, Gwyn, John, Philpot, Smart, Watkins
Pembs: Edwards (St. Dogmael's)
Yorks: Airey, Bowler, Elliott, Hare, Hewitt, Kellett, Kemp, Stephenson, Tebb

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Re: Parish Register help Please
« Reply #2 on: Thursday 30 April 20 15:16 BST (UK) »
One of the main parish registers for the town I was born in had a very helpful parish clerk. Even in the 1800ís he recorded the baptisms as John Smith and wife. no female names listed at all.
Obviously he couldnít foresee the problems this would lead to for future research.
Chapman. Kent/Liverpool 1900+
Linnett.Kent/liverpool 1900+
Button. Kent
Sawyer. Kent
Swain. Kent
Austin/en. Kent
Ellen. Kent
Harman. Kent/ norfolk

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Re: Parish Register help Please
« Reply #3 on: Friday 01 May 20 03:35 BST (UK) »
Hi Sue,
I think you will find this to be very common. I have many ancestors where only a father's name is recorded especially from the 1500s. In some cases in the early days, no parent(s) are listed at all.
It wasn't untill the late 1600/early 1700s that it became quite common for a mother to be listed.
Having said that, I do know that in the early days,  in some parish registers both parents were named and in some enlighten parishes the mother's maiden name was also  listed (ie; late ......)

Browse, Peggs, Revans/Revance/Ribbans, Spall,   in Suffolk/Norfolk
Belcher, Elderfield, Froude, Saunders,  Stimson, Tame,   in Berks
Artis, Gray in Norfolk