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Offline SteveKNS

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"Barchild" on baptism record - see image
« on: Monday 05 October 20 18:56 BST (UK) »
Henry Powell was baptised on 28th May 1820 at St Mary's, Harrow, Middlesex. His baptism record indicates that his father was not known, but there is a "Barchild" reference that I haven't seen before - does anyone know anything about this? I assume it just means Henry was illegitimate.

The image shows another baptism, for William Tillyard, by way of comparison.
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Re: "Barchild" on baptism record - see image
« Reply #1 on: Monday 05 October 20 19:05 BST (UK) »
Do you think it may be Baschild - for Bastard Child? I do agree that it looks more like an 'r' - but it's a bit squiggly so may be an 's'.
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Re: "Barchild" on baptism record - see image
« Reply #2 on: Monday 05 October 20 19:05 BST (UK) »
I think it's base child.

Maureen

EDIT: Or an abbreviation of bastard child/baseborn child....


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Re: "Barchild" on baptism record - see image
« Reply #3 on: Monday 05 October 20 19:13 BST (UK) »
Thanks for that - bastard child or baseborn child do seem the most likely. I think I got a bit hung up on the "r"  :)
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Re: "Barchild" on baptism record - see image
« Reply #4 on: Monday 05 October 20 19:15 BST (UK) »
Or did you just feel like going to the local bar, Steve!
West Yorks; ---- Illingworth, Marshall, Muffit/Muffett/Murfitt, Barber, Sanderson, Townend, Barraclough, Lister -- and lots more. Locations mainly in Birstall parish - Hartshead-- Drighlington --Adwalton --Mirfield - Heckmondwike --Kippax - Sherburn in Elmet.

Ireland ------Cleary, Whelan - Nenagh.
Dowling - Monasterevin
Daly - Westmeath

Lancashire ---- Smith from Alston , Johnson and Fairclough---- Tarleton and loads more from Tarleton and Accrington areas.

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Re: "Barchild" on baptism record - see image
« Reply #5 on: Monday 05 October 20 19:16 BST (UK) »
Yes, I think I need a drink after that  :P
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Re: "Barchild" on baptism record - see image
« Reply #6 on: Monday 05 October 20 20:37 BST (UK) »
I'm wondering whether Barchild could have been the father's surname, the mother not knowing his given name (if perhaps she had been seduced by her employer). That surname is not unknown.
Alternatively could there be a connection with the heraldic bar sinister which I believe was the indication of illegitimacy.
It would be instructive to look elsewhere in the register to see how other illegitimate births are recorded. You don't usually have to look far to find one!

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Re: "Barchild" on baptism record - see image
« Reply #7 on: Monday 05 October 20 20:43 BST (UK) »
Hi     

Compare the "r" from Henry above it, to the letter in "B___.Child."     

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Re: "Barchild" on baptism record - see image
« Reply #8 on: Monday 05 October 20 21:11 BST (UK) »
Having looked at an enlarged negative image, all I can say is it is unusual to start writing an "a" with a straight downward stroke.

Most of the first syllable is a blodge due to too much ink, but I see:-

B i e r child.

I've tried using a wildcard on familysearch of "B*child" but there's too many pages of results to trawl through - but maybe the name is shown on familysearch as:-  "Berechild" or "Bearchild", or, or, or;
Aberdeen: Findlay-Shirras,McCarthy<br />MidLothian: Mason,Telford,Darling,Cruikshanks,Bennett,Sime, Bell<br />Lanarks:Crum, Brown, MacKenzie,Cameron, Glen, Millar
Ross, Urray:Mackenzie<br />Moray: Findlay; Marshall/Marischell<br />Perthshire: Brown Ferguson<br />Wales: McCarthy, Thomas<br />England: Almond, Askin, Dodson, Harrison, Maw, McCarthy, Munford, Pye, Shearing, Smith, Smythe, Speight, Strike, Wallis/Wallace, Ward, Wells<br />Germany: Flamme,Ehlers, Bielstein, Germer, Mohlm, Reupke