Post by Cornish Terrier on Dec 12, 2016 21:35:30 GMT -5
Allan - I don't know exactly what happened but I can assure you that there is no register for this period to be microfilmed. The CRO Catalogue along with the registers themselves indicate that any baptisms recorded during the period from 29th December 1867 to 28th August 1870 may have been lost. The two registers either side of these dates are as follows:-
P95/1/8 Baptisms 18th July 1847-29th December 1867 P95/1/9 Baptisms 28th August 1870-14th October 1891
I have been unable to find any notes of explanation regarding these missing years although the CRO Catalogue does include the following dated 1874:-
P95/1/32 Correspondence concerning baptism not recorded in 1868, also photograph of baby
Here is the information from the CRO Catalogue entry:-
Ref No P95/1/32 Title Correspondence concerning baptism not recorded, St Just in Penwith Date Nov 1874 Format Various formats Extent 1 piece Description Correspondence concerning the baptism of Anna Christian McDowell privately baptized at St Just vicarage on 14 April 1868 not recorded in the parish register in 1868, photograph of baby and letter from Frederick Temple, Lord Bishop of Exeter stating that there was no legal means of entering the baptism in the register, 27 October 1874.
Note the last comment regarding 'no legal means of entering the baptism'.
If the birthdate is correct then there are records for the following eight months. It is possible that Rebecca's baptism was delayed for some time but it is equally possible her baptism may have been Non-conformist so it would be worth checking those records as well.
Post by Cornish Terrier on Dec 13, 2016 12:48:06 GMT -5
Allan - although not all NC records survive or have yet been made available for transcription the OPC does have a fairly extensive collection available. From the main OPC search page where you choose Marriages, Baptisms, Burials etc. you will see an option for Non-conformist Baptisms. Try searching that for a start to see if you can find anything you are looking for.
CT, Thank you again. As I've said earlier, the OPC is my first port of call, so I had searched their non-conformist baptisms. In the absence of finding the record, as in this case, I wondered if there were other sites where I could search for non-conformist records. Allan.
Post by Cornish Terrier on Dec 14, 2016 4:16:35 GMT -5
As far as I am aware the OPC site has transcripts of all known available St Just area NC records as it does for Penzance and St Ives areas. Short of visiting the Cornwall Record Office I know of no other source for any of the missing records. Part of the difficulty is being able to find out what chapels there were, where they were situated and how long they operated although the records of many will come under the 'Circuit' registers. (e.g. St Just Wesleyan Circuit) I know that at least some of the Chapels in Zennor and Towednack came under the St Ives Circuit so many of those records would be in the St Ives Circuit books. There may be other registers at the CRO and there may be some already filmed by the LDS but not openly available but the biggest problem is that a number of registers are simply 'lost'. I remember reading a couple of years back about a Non-conformist Minister who apparently was emigrating. As far as I recall the story goes that he did not want his registers to fall into the wrong hands so he simply took them with him!