Pontap Hall baptisms 1778-1792 updated; baptisms at Shields 1784-1790 added

Because we had to be in the Pontop Hall and St. Cuthbert’s registers to check the newly released baptisms, we also reviewed and updated our existing baptisms at Pontop Hall for 1778-1792. We added sponsors, some abodes and birth dates, and corrected a few errors. We also added 26 baptisms from 1784 to 1790 inclusive that were performed at North or South Shields (the register just says “Shields”) by the Pontop Hall minister – apparently he traveled there periodically to baptize the local Catholics.

Sample baptism before the update:

  • 18 Jul 1787 Gulielmus Newton, of Coves, son of Gulielmi Newton (Catholic) by his wife Elizabethae (Protestant)

and after the update:

  • 18 Jul 1787 Gulielmus Newton, of Coves near Wolsingham, son of Gulielmi Newton (Catholic) by his wife Elizabethae (Protestant), about 5 weeks old
    Godparents or Sponsors: Johannes Newton of Iveston; Ann Peate

A baptism at Shields, which is particularly useful because it provides the mother’s father and the father’s sister:

  • 12 May 1784 Geo. Wilson, of South Shields, born 6 May, son of Georg Wilson (Protestant) by his wife Susanna Unthank (Catholic), baptized at Shields
    Godparents or Sponsors: Franciscus Unthank, avus [grandfather] ; Eliz. Place, amita [aunt, father’s sister]

If a significant change was made to a record you have purchased from the Pontop Hall set, you will be notified shortly by email.