10,294 baptisms at Hartlepool St. Hilda, from Oct 1839 to the end of 1894. We now have a continuous run of over 300 years of baptisms at St. Hilda’s from the first register in 1566 to the end of 1894. This register includes baptisms at St Andrew’s Chapel of Ease starting on 17 Nov 1887.
Hartlepool St. Hilda’s is not indexed by FamilySearch.org and we have not found it indexed or transcribed elsewhere online, so this should be its first appearance to the wider world. Since a number of births prior to the mid-1870s were not registered in the civil system, we expect there will be a baptism or two in this collection for which there is no other birth record. If you happen to find one of those, please let us know so we can share your celebration!
The really good news is that these baptisms include the mother’s maiden surname in nearly all entries from Oct 1839 to early August 1870. There are also occasional birth dates.
- 6 Oct 1839 George Cuthbertson of Vollum’s Buildings, son of James Cuthbertson (joiner) & Isabella Short
- 18 Feb 1849 John Henry Tinkler of Northgate, son of John Tinkler (blacksmith) & Elizabeth Booth
- 30 Oct 1859 Joanna Bartels of Fisher Row, daughter of Peter Bartels (master mariner) & Jane Bruce
- 16 Nov 1869 Imogene Emily Emmerson of 16 Hermit St., adult, daughter of Joseph Emmerson (weaver) & Mary Bradshaw
- 5 Feb 1879 Annie Wray of 44 High St., born 27 Mar 1877, child of Richard (blacksmith) & Mary Wray
- 19 Jul 1888 Jane Malvern Moor of 3 Croft St., child of John (fisherman) & Christiana Moor, bapt. at St. Andrews, Chapel of Ease.
- 9 Dec 1894 Ethel Burdon of 4 Temperance Terrace, child of Anthony (blacksmith) & Isabella Burdon
The bad news is that the clerk or clerks who maintained these registers had difficult handwriting and were noticeably more error-prone than average. While some errors can be attributed to the parents’ lack of clarity about the spelling of their names, others seem to be copying errors, as if the clerk originally made hasty notes and then later copied those notes into the register. For example, one family alternately used Barnard and Barnett for their surname; this could be their choice, or clerk’s confusion. The clerk recorded some baptisms to the Bedenkapfer family as Kapfer, with Beaden recorded as the father’s middle name. In the class of errors that look like mis-reading and mis-copying to us, he substituted Hathan for Latham, Stone for Storm, Yannop for Yallop, Weir for Wain, Wetherall for Metherall, Hartley for Arkley, Birie for Pirie, Bohun and Boings for Bohills, Hornsby for Horsley, Beckett for Baggett, Smart for Stewart, and Roxby for Hawksby. In what must be a spectacular mis-hearing of a name, he recorded the surname Freeland as Raeeling. In another entry, he recorded a couple who should have been Sedgewick as Hodgson, which was the surname in the previous baptism. He recorded an Ord family as Hall, for reasons we were unable to discern. As you can imagine, all these errors could make it difficult to find your family members, so we have extensively cross-indexed and annotated all the errors we could spot, but there are probably some that were not obvious to us. If you find them, let us know!
There is a neighbourhood declared as the abode, in 82 baptisms between 1843 and 1857, as Jos. Foley, Jos. Fol., Jossy Foley, and Joss’s Foley. We have determined this to be Joshua’s Folly, listed in the 1851 census as an area near Northgate Street, Well’s Street & Tweddle Street. We mention this here because there isn’t much on the Internet about it, so maybe we’ll save a future researcher some time and effort trying to figure out what and where “Jos. Fol.” was.