Thursday, November 4, 2010

Elizabeth Whittle's Baptismal Record In Lancashire

In The Children of Alexander and Rachel Whittle - Elizabeth, I noted that I'd found the birth and baptism record of Elizabeth Whittle, born on 1 June 1839, and baptized 14 July 1839, in Bolton-le-Moors, Lancashire, England (English Births and Christenings, 1538-1991,  (Database on, accessible on FHL Microfilms).

While I was in Salt Lake City two weeks ago, I obtained a copy of the Parish Register page with this record:

The source citation for this record is:

Church of England, Parish Church of Bolton-le-Moors, Parish registers for Bolton-le-Moors [Lancashire], 1590-1974, Baptisms 1836-1842 - FHL BRITISH Film [1,966,402], Page 5, No. 39, Elizabeth Morley.

The particulars of this record include:

[Heading] Baptisms solemnized in the Parish of Bolton le Moors in the County of Lancaster in the Year 18 39.

No. 39

When Baptized: July 14
Child's Christian Name: Elizabeth, Dau. of
Parent's Name, Christian - Surname: Rachel Morley
Abode: Little Bolton
Quality, Trade or Profession:  Spinster
By whom the ceremony was performed:  P.R. Robin, Curate.
The baptism record does not include a birth date.  That was likely provided on the Civil Registration form filled out by the parent or the curate.  Elizabeth Morley was born over one year before her mother, Rachel Morley, married Alexander Whittle, so it is unknown whether Alexander was the father or not.  By the time of their emigration to Australia in 1841, she was named Elizabeth Whittle.
This is an Image Copy of an Original Source record, and is Primary Information and Direct Evidence of the Baptism (but not the birth) of Elizabeth Morley, known later as Elizabeth Whittle. 

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