Results 1 to 9 of 9
  1. #1
    Brick wall demolition expert!
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Location
    Lancashire
    Posts
    3,106

    Default Is this the baptism of a foundling?

    This is taken from a parish register from Pembrokeshire dated 1799. Do people think that this was a foundling / abandoned child and was "Poll" the name she was given?


  2. #2
    Famous for offering help & advice
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Location
    Middlesex
    Posts
    1,851

    Default

    That is how I would read it - sad. You think they could have called her Polly, which is a far more feminine name.
    If a picture paints a thousand words, a memory paints a thousand pictures.

  3. #3
    Brick wall demolition expert!
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    England
    Posts
    2,010

    Default

    In what respect would they class a child as "unknown"?

  4. #4
    Famous for offering help & advice
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Location
    Grey County, Ontario, Canada
    Posts
    1,218

    Default

    It is sad.....
    Must have been a workhouse? I see the one above was illegitimate . By abandoned my guess the mother couldn't care for her so left her somewhere. I have seen several when trolling through the CityArk registers and often they indicate where the child was found as well. I wonder whose ancestors they became?

    Sue.

  5. #5
    Famous for offering help & advice
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Location
    Middlesex
    Posts
    1,851

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by susan-y View Post
    I wonder whose ancestors they became? Sue.

    When trawling through the census a while ago I did see an entry for the 'place of birth' as.... found under a bush, glad he was not mine!
    If a picture paints a thousand words, a memory paints a thousand pictures.

  6. #6
    Famous for offering help & advice
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Location
    Grey County, Ontario, Canada
    Posts
    1,218

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by pennydog View Post
    When trawling through the census a while ago I did see an entry for the 'place of birth' as.... found under a bush, glad he was not mine!
    Isn't that often how most trees start? Its the next generation back that would be a problem

    Sue

  7. #7
    Heather
    Guest

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by susan-y View Post
    Isn't that often how most trees start? Its the next generation back that would be a problem

    Sue
    And Sue....you and I both know it happens too often here in Toronto. Remember the baby abandoned in a stairwell and it was one of the coldest nights of the year (minus 20C or worse). If you didn't see the follow-up, the worthless parents moved back to Jamaica with yet another child and the neighbours knew what happened up here and totally shunned them. I believe someone came in and removed the remaining child. Justice is a lot swifter and harsher in Jamaica than it is up here.

  8. #8
    Brick wall demolition expert!
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    Nottingham (UK)
    Posts
    2,193

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by RobinC View Post
    In what respect would they class a child as "unknown"?
    Probably because they didn't know whether it was abandoned by someone who was married or whether it was illegitimate.

  9. #9
    Famous for offering help & advice
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Location
    Grey County, Ontario, Canada
    Posts
    1,218

    Default

    You may find this news article from today interesting. I wonder if they had "baby boxes" in England?
    https://www.
    cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2013/05/06/f-angel-cradle-baby-box-faq.html

    Sue

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
Select a file: