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Bob Davis

Bob Davis
I have a baptism record from 1877 showing that my Great Grandfather, then 25 years old was baptised on March 30th 1877 at Christchurch. By the date are the vicars initials, the only entry on the page like that and above the actual entry is written 'received into the church'. His residence is shown as Hill Street and as the rest of the baptisms lived in Broad Street, Sheepcote Street and Cambridge Street, I assume this church is in the Broad Street area, although in 1871 and 1881 he as shown on the census as living in Grosvenor Street. Can anyone identify the church please?

Bob
 

Ken_R

master brummie
I believe the expression 'received into the church' relates to instances where a child is born, but not expected to survive, and a Baptism ceremony is urgently performed. Such 'Baptisms' might be carried out, not only by a Minister, but also by a Midwife, or even someone representing a Church. Many would get entered into the Church Register but, many were missed. Typically, 'received into the church' entry might be a couple of months after the initial Birth. The Child having survived and grown in strength that the parent are content to present such before a Minister.

You've really got to think back to the days in question. Officials scurrying about on foot, a 'day book' to hand, responding to verbal 'gossip', recording details in an Ad Hoc manner, and then, when the opportunity arose, transcribing that 'day book' into Registers, or not.

A Baptism at 25 years of age could suggest such a case or might be down to the person moving to another area, or that the original Records for a particular Church, had pershied.

I've previously seen a record of someone being Baptised when in their 70's.
 
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devonjim

master brummie
I have a baptism record from 1877 showing that my Great Grandfather, then 25 years old was baptised on March 30th 1877 at Christchurch. By the date are the vicars initials, the only entry on the page like that and above the actual entry is written 'received into the church'. His residence is shown as Hill Street and as the rest of the baptisms lived in Broad Street, Sheepcote Street and Cambridge Street, I assume this church is in the Broad Street area, although in 1871 and 1881 he as shown on the census as living in Grosvenor Street. Can anyone identify the church please?

Bob
Bob I see that you didn't question why your great grand father was baptised when he was 25 years old. It could simply be that he wanted to. Or maybe he was about to be married and that in those days the C of E required someone about to be married to be a member of the C of E.
 

pjmburns

master brummie
I thought "received into the church" refers to people (usually adults) who choose to follow that religion having not previously been baptised in that denomination. Thinking about it I suppose it refers to those who choose for themselves rather than a baby having the choice made for them by parents.
 

Phil

Retired Layabout
It wasn't unusual for an adult to be baptised and accepted into the faith of a religion of someone that they wanted to marry. In fact at one time if persons of different faiths married it would more times than not have to be a civil marriage if one of them didn't convert.
 

Bob Davis

Bob Davis
Thank you all for your information and a lot of things now make sense, the first family records appear under an incorrect name in the 1851 census, Great grandfather was born 1852, no record in FreeBMD or Ancestry or any of the similar Genealogy providers of his Father, Mother or siblings apart from IGI and it is impossible to find out how they found birth years etc, likewise non of his siblings appear in the FReeBMD records as marrying or dying. So it could appear that they had no religious affiliation until he got married at St Martins in 1872 (Again his name is misspelt) and from that date on his records are complete. Incidentally he married a lady of Irish descent so perhaps she was religious and was the reason for his baptism.

Bob
 
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