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Re: Parish Register comments
« Reply #9 on: Wednesday 05 August 20 22:59 BST (UK) »
I am looking through a parish register and in an otherwise bland document was this comment next to Hannah Humpage who was buried age 54

"This woman without a minutes previous illness, while she was making hay fell down and without uttering a word expired immediately. Whoever thou art who readest this prepare to meet thy God.

So.. I've read it! Now what!

Those hay seeds can be inhaled and block off the airways.

You asked Now What! ' .... ummm ... may I offer:

 :) Make Hay while the Sun Shines. 
 :) Make Every Minute Count.
 :) Don't lie down on the job


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Re: Parish Register comments
« Reply #10 on: Wednesday 05 August 20 23:17 BST (UK) »
I have come across vicars say "chance child" on occasions in PR's, meaning illegitimate. Makes a change from "John son of Mary Smith, single woman", or "baseborn son of".


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Re: Parish Register comments
« Reply #11 on: Thursday 06 August 20 13:02 BST (UK) »
  "Chance child" - I like that!
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Re: Parish Register comments
« Reply #12 on: Sunday 09 August 20 17:03 BST (UK) »
From an 1871 newspaper article about Mawdesley in Lancashire, where one of my  families came from:

"It's been th' awfullest place alive," said an old gentleman whom we had a stray gossip with, "for chance childer;" and when he brought into our presence a great armful of documents, nearly a barrowful, and said that about half of them were bastardy orders, we swooned.

The term never seemed to make it into the registers though.
Looking at ALSTON in south Ribble area, ALSTEAD and DONBAVAND/DUNBABIN etc. everywhere, HOWCROFT and MARSH in Bolton and Westhoughton, PICKERING in the Whitehaven area.

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