A tribute to the life and work of Brian Torode

Baptisms (Christenings) at St Mary’s Church, Thornbury, Gloucestershire, 1684-1812

1. Thornbury Baptism Register (1684-1768)

With thanks to Richard Byrd for transcribing the Baptism Registers for the Parish of St Mary, Thornbury.

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2. Thornbury Baptism Register (1768-1812)

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For the Index:

The index contains:  Name of person baptized, Parent/Parents, Year and Page in my transcription.  Illegitimate births are noted by Illegtimate, Base, (B.) and Bastard.  For some of these births there is a middle name which may be the name of the father, but I have used the mother’s name for the index.  The index directs you to a year and page of my transcription where a more exact baptism date can be found along with additional information.

Notes about the Parish Register:

Pages 1-7 are blank, 8  & 9 are indices, and 10 gives yearly counts of baptisms, marriages and burials from 1737 to 1800.

The baptisms begin on the page 1 (image 11) and end on page 232 (image 242).  My page numbers match the register.

Because of the difficulty of reproducing the original arrangement of baptisms, I simplified the entries.  The same information is in the transcription except that I omitted information that was scratched out and that stated below.

I did not include the page headings, “At” that appears on a few pages above the parish column, or Thornbury or Thornbury/Oldbury notations found at the top of some pages in the fold of the register.

Transcription is as read, so if something appears to be incorrect, I would suggest checking the original register.

You will find some information in “red”.  I used red where I supplied information, wanted to point something out, had a question or was unsure.

You will find Bold names that indicate twins, siblings, or individuals grouped together.

Tidbits of information:

Signatures at the bottom of pages:

WHolwell Vicar – pages 8-151 (except 33, 35, & 103)

Wm. Llewellyn Official Minister/Curate – pages 152-176

R. Slade Vicar – pages 177-232

Numbering of individual baptisms began with Wm. Llewellyn in January 1800 and continued with R. Slade to December 1812.

Page 96

            Duty upon Marriages, Baptism’s and Burials Commenced October 2, 1783.

Page 138

Regs. Tax ended Octr. 2. 1794.

Tax shown in parish column:  3d per baptism or P for pauper – exempt from tax.

N.B. – (nota bene) or “note well”

R. Slade initiated the use of M, K or (M), (K) in August of 1809.

N.B. The letters M. K. are meant for the initials of the Tythings of Morton & Kington in order to denote the residence of the parents.

Vid: supra (Vide supra) – see above

Vide p. num. (also v. & vid.) – see page number

We are not sure what the = means. Could it indicate an adoption? There are also some for base children.  Could this be the supposed father’s name?  There are also some with = between what appear to be two first names.  Could this be the child was baptized as Mary but was called Anne?

March 19        William=Morgan,                                                                              Thy.

  base child of Sarah Virgo.

            There publickly receiv’d

  having been privately baptis’d some time before

  born Octr. 23, 1792

   *          9        Mary=Anne Sanigar                                                                                    Oldy.

Born Jany. 15, 1794                                                                                    3d

Dr. of John and Elizabeth Sanigar

For Burials 1768-1812 see:

For Marriages (Weddings) 1767-1812 see:

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