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Help with a word in Parish Register c.1760
« on: Tuesday 23 February 21 19:38 GMT (UK) »
Can anyone decipher a word in the attached Parish register entry re the baptism of George Hodges please?

"George son of Mary Hodges a ? ? ? ? baptized November 14th"

In case it's relevant, an entry 2 months previously reads "Henry Hodges was buried September 28th" which might refer to Mary's husband, or could the word that I can't decipher suggest a different Mary with an illegitimate son?
Stokes - London and Essex
Hodges - Somerset
Murden - Notts
Humphries/Humphreys from Montgomeryshire

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Re: Help with a word in Parish Register c.1760
« Reply #1 on: Tuesday 23 February 21 20:00 GMT (UK) »
Think it is Posthum[ou]s and I'm not sure if I spelt it right
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Re: Help with a word in Parish Register c.1760
« Reply #2 on: Tuesday 23 February 21 22:35 GMT (UK) »
I believe you're right! I've only just learnt that one definition of posthumous is "relating to a child born after the death of its father", so that fits. George was baptised about 2 months after his father had died, and lived to the age of 79.

Thank you :)
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Hodges - Somerset
Murden - Notts
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Re: Help with a word in Parish Register c.1760
« Reply #3 on: Wednesday 24 February 21 01:50 GMT (UK) »
I agree. The letter "s" before "t" was written the old style like f.
My ancestor was born in 1738 after his father's death. Never found the father's burial. 
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Re: Help with a word in Parish Register c.1760
« Reply #4 on: Wednesday 24 February 21 10:31 GMT (UK) »
Thank you :) I'm used to the old style "S", the double "ff" for an uppercase "F" etc. The word posthumous never occurred to me as I hadn't been aware of its use in relation to defining the status of a child whose father had previously died.

That's the great thing about a resource like this and extra pairs of eyes and brains ;D

Some new information for me to keep for future reference! 
Stokes - London and Essex
Hodges - Somerset
Murden - Notts
Humphries/Humphreys from Montgomeryshire