I put up a link to a version of the Anglican Book of Common Prayer, 1662 (BCP 1662). Not sure how exact this transcript is but it does have some useful information in it. Explanations about the requirement for godparents in a baptism, for example. Julie, normally the BCP required a week’s notification before the baptism. Usual practice for Anglicans seems to have been the first or second Sunday after the birth, so if the birth fell too close to the first Sunday, then likely would be done on the following one. But to make it clear, that’s the “normal” practice. If a child was very ill as a new born infant, then the baptism could be done at home (if the child appeared to be in danger of dying). Alternatively, it might be delayed until the child was better. Other reasons could alter the normal practice, but a ‘working assumption’ would be that the birth happened a week or two before the date of the baptism. Children baptized over the age of 12 could be labelled as ‘adults’. Have you looked at the original parish register entry itself? Sometimes there are notes added that won’t have been copied out in later transcriptions. Burials would normally be within a short period of time after death (days and not weeks), with exceptions of course. Often, in this early period, the burial date is the only reference to the time of death that you’re going to find (unless the death generated other records or the date of death was noted in the original register entry itself). Anyone else with thoughts on this?
Question of timing of burials and baptisms (Church of England, 17th century)
April 20th, 2011 · 2 Comments
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