Gerrans Parish Records - Baptisms 1537-1798

St Gerrans Baptisms 1538-1798



This is my transcription of the baptisms from the St Gerrans Parish Records. It has been made by using LDS film 0236537 (courtesy of the Church of Latter Day Saints) to check and update my earlier transcription of the 1930-31 transcription by W. Martin Furze of Falmouth (from LDS film 0916889). Hopefully this means that it is now pretty accurate as it means that I've done 3 passes of the records!

There was the occasional record that I just couldn't decipher and in that case I used the Furze transcription as the source and added a transcriber note to that effect.

Watch out for names having a variety of spellings and some of them may not be obvious! For example, those researching the Sawle family will not be surprised to see the name as Sawel, Sowell, Saul, Sawell, Saule, Sawl, Soull, Sowel, Sowle and Saule. I also assume that Sandry and Zandry could be the same family and perhaps Putland and Butland are too, but how about Woolcock and Ulcock?

One further 'health warning' is on dates. Prior to 1752 the calendar year ran from 25th March through to 24th March so, for example, January 1750 is the month AFTER December 1750. In 1751 the days of September 2nd to 14th were cancelled and from that year onwards 31st December became the end of the calendar year. Hence from January 1752 the calendar year runs as we know it today. Note that in this transcription the dates are as recorded i.e. as they were at the time.

Stamp Duties Act 1783 (Source: Wikipedia)
The Stamp Duties Act of 1783 (23 Geo.III c.67) was passed by the House of Commons in order to raise money to pay for the American War of Independence. Under the provisions of this Act, all baptism, marriage and burial entries in each parish register were subject to a tax of 3d (old pence). Church ministers were empowered to collect the duty, and were allowed to keep 10% of this fee as compensation for their trouble. Refusal to pay carried a fine of five pounds.
This was a deeply unpopular tax, and many clergymen were sympathetic to the plight of their parishioners, and as paupers were exempt from this tax, it is not uncommon for family history researchers and genealogists to find that the number of supposed poor people within a parish has increased many times above normal during these years until the act was finally repealed in 1794. Such entries in a parish register are annotated with either the letter "P." or "Pauper". If a family could not claim exemption then it was not unusual for them simply not to bother, and this would result in a number of adult "late" baptisms during the following decades.

 

There are some 5,000 baptisms in this period so I have split them alphabetically by surname to improve download/display times.

Baptisms Register
Surnames A-E Surnames F-K Surnames L-P Surnames Q-S Surnames T-Z


Bill O'Reilly 2007

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