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PostPosted: Thu Aug 01, 2013 11:17 am 

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I spent some time yesterday looking at the baptism records for Trawden Wesleyan Methodist Church, and thought certain aspects might be of wider interest.

The records online cover the period from 1816 to 1837. (I have read elsewhere that the chapel was built in 1811.)

In the 21 years from 1816 to 1836, a total of 67 people were baptised,

Then, in 1837, a total of 380 people were baptised, with 369 being baptised in just three days:
74 on Weds 28 June;
111 on Thurs 29 June; and
184 on Fri 30 June).

These June baptisms were performed by:
Henry Wilkinson (101 on 29 June and 153 on 30 June) - total 254
Benjamin Frankland (64 on 28 June and 10 on 29 June) - total 74
John Raby (10 on 28 June and 26 on 30 June) - total 36
and Jonathan Horsfall (5 on 30 June) - total 5

I hope I have got my sums right!

Does anyone know of any similar events locally? Were such mass baptisms common? Did ministers travel around?

I don't have access to local papers of the period but think this mass baptism must surely have merited an article.

Ruth


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 01, 2013 9:33 pm 

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This did happen elsewhere, for instance At Colne Methodists.

Civil registration started for births from July onward. I think there may have been a concern (unfounded ?) that in the light of this baptisms (for those born before July) might not be performed after 30 June, or at least, not recorded.

Rex


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 02, 2013 11:04 am 

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How very interesting. It hadn't occurred to me at all to link the baptisms to the start of civil registration.

Once again, Rex, thanks for your valuable input.

Ruth


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 02, 2013 2:49 pm 
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Thanks rex. I had thought the same when reading Ruths first comment.

A bit of scaremongering among the masses perhaps?

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 02, 2013 7:30 pm 

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That's very interesting Ruth, 3 of my Bannisters (all adults) were in the batch bapt on 30 Jul including my 4x great grandmother Mary Bannister nee Taylor who had been born in 1782, and her parents' names and mother's maiden name are listed on her entry too.


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 11, 2013 4:42 pm 

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Jill, I'm glad you found the Methodist baptism information interesting.

I have just posted a reply to your post on Cicero Bannister. As I wrote there, I have been trying to link my Bannisters to yours - but haven't succeeded. In case you come across mine, they are:

Mary Martha Hall nee Bannister (1886-1910, my maternal grandmother, who died aged 24)
John Bannister (1852-1904), my gt grandfather
Henry Bannister (1826-1890), my 2 x gt grandfather
George Bannister (c. 1792-1851, my 3 x gt grandfather

Mine seem to have stronger links with Great and Little Marsden than Trawden, though John Bannister's wife, Alice, was a Trawden Whitaker.

By the way, I have noticed that the Trawden methodist baptism records give not only the names of the baptised person's mother and father, but also the names of both of the mother's parents. By naming the maternal grandparents, this information has helped me clarify parts of my Hartley family tree. (I remember reading elsewhere on this Forum that trying to research Hartleys in Trawden was a nightmare, as there are so many of them, and often with the same first name. My other main Trawden name is Pickles, which is not much better!)

Ruth


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