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From: Adrian Powell <>
Subject: Re: [ABERDEEN] Church services and baptism
Date: Fri, 08 Apr 2005 19:44:38 -0500
As an addendum to your question of baptisms in nearby parishes, I have
ancestors (SHAW) who all lived in the Runcorn area of Cheshire. Despite the
fact the both brides and grooms came from the same Runcorn region, several
marriages, spread over three generations took place at Prescot, 11 or 12
kilometres away in Lancashire.
I still have no definite reason for this - Prescot isn't even the adjacent
parish - but it does seem to be a family tradition and it must have been
quite a trip in the early 1800s.
At 03:42 PM 4/8/05 -0700, you wrote:
>Thanks to everyone who gave me suggestions as to why my ancestor was
>baptised in the adjacent parish. I have a lot of new ideas to consider.
>Also, some people suggested that the father wanted a particular minister to
>baptise the child and I wonder, did each minister go to a number of churches
>every Sunday (let's say in the time frame of 1750-1850) in the smaller
>parishes. I see references in the OPR to the village school teacher so
>there must have been one of those per village but how many parish churches
>could a particular minister handle? Did he go to a different one each week?