9,906 baptisms at South Shields St. Hilda spanning 1880-1891, from the Bishop’s Transcript with extensive checking against the parish register.
Like our recent release of baptisms from this church, this register continued to display peculiar errors. Some were recognizably phonetic – Field for Veale, Hervert for Herbert – as if the cleric simply didn’t understand what the parent said for their surname. More often, the clerics continued the unexplained mixing up of the letters “N” and “L” – we found Dougal for Dougan, Mannum for Mallum, Sawkinn for Sawkill, Cartol for Carton, and Gawil for Gawin, among others. There were also substitutions of “t” for “h” – Hust instead of Hush, Marst instead of Marsh.
Here are some sample baptisms:
- 7 Jan 1880 Amy Margaret Sheringham of South Shields, born 6 Dec 1879, child of Cornelious (commercial traveller) & Jennet Sheringham
- 1 Sep 1886 Catherine Mary Fenwick of Cornwallis Street, born 17 Aug, child of Dorothy Fenwick (unmarried woman)
[Note: father’s name Joseph Wawn, of Fowler Street, crossed out.]
- 29 Nov 1891 Andrew John Millett of 85 Adelaide Street, born 3 Nov 1891, child of Charles (tailor) & Annie Millett
We also saw a rise in the number of German and Scandinavian mariners living in or visiting this busy port:
- 11 Sep 1881 Christina Blom of South Shields, born 16 Jul 1881, child of Franz Oscar Blom (sailor) & Eleanor Blom
- 26 Sep 1888 Gustave Emmanuel Hagelburg of 67 Commercial Road, born 22 Jul 1888, child of Gustave Emmanuel Hagelburg (mariner) & Mary Hagelburg