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From: "David Lamb" <>
Subject: Re: Coggeshall area conundrum
Date: Wed, 7 Aug 2002 19:50:27 +0100
It is unusual for births (or deaths) to be recorded in parish registers.
They usually record christenings, marriages and burials. In the absence of
information to the contrary, we tend to make the assumption that children
were christened shortly after birth, but this was not always the case.
Sometimes families waited until they had several children, and had them all
"done" together, which would have been cheaper. But of course parish
registers only record events at the parish church (Church of England). If
the family were Roman Catholics, Baptists, Congregationalists, or whatever,
then they may not feature in the parish registers. I say "may not" because
at a certain stage in history (sorry I cannot remember the dates) it was a
legal requirement for marriages to be performed in the parish church, though
Jews and Quakers were exempt from this ruling. Earls Colne features on the
IGI, so I assume that the LDS must have filmed the registers. The batch
numbers are C043361 for christenings and M043361 for marriages.
I hope this is of some help.
David Lamb (Paignton, Devon, UK)
Interests (Essex): BAXTER, BERRY, EREY, GOLDSTONE, LAMB, MOTT, PARTRIDGE,
SARGENT, TICHBORNE, WEBB, WILLSHER
(Suffolk): BRYNGLOVE, CRISPE, FINCH, PARTRIDGE, PORTER, PRATT
----- Original Message -----
From: "Suzi Phillips" <>
Sent: Wednesday, August 07, 2002 7:06 AM
Subject: Coggeshall area conundrum
> I have a Shepherd/Shepheard 5xggf who gave his place of birth in the 1851
> Census as Coggeshall in Essex, the same as his wife. I've found his
> marriage licence (no help/no origins noted) in London in 1818. BUT I have
> checked the film of the Coggeshall parish records for the 1790s (his
> reported age put his birth around 1795) with no luck. George
> Shepherd/Shepheard's birth is not on the Coggeshall parish registers.
> Can anyone suggest where else I might look. There appear to have been
> Shepherds around Earl's Colne, but the LDS Library catelogue does not
> recognise it as a placename (however I spell it!) so I am not sure if
> is a parish church there or where I would find the parish birth records
> the 1790s. Is it likely that he gave Coggeshall as a general area, and
> born in one of the surrounding hamlets and perhaps christened at a
> church ?
> Any suggestions/advice/inspiration appreciated,
> Regards Suzi