Sedgefield baptisms 1700-1753 & burials 1700-1749

Working our way backwards at Sedgefield St. Edmund the Bishop in Stockton district:

  • 2,404 baptisms spanning 1700-1753
  • 1,882 burials spanning 1700-1749

This register is in Latin. We have provided (in square brackets) translations for some of the less obvious given names.

Most of these baptisms list the abode, and a few list the father’s occupation. Mothers (other than unmarried mothers) are generally not listed. Here are some examples of baptisms:

  • 11 Feb 1700 Maria Foster, of Butterwycke, daughter of Jacobi Foster
  • 2 Feb 1707 Marcus [Dunmar/Pearson], of Bradbury, spurius [illegitimate] son of Marci [Mark] Dunmar & Hanah Pearson, private baptism 25 Jan
  • 17 May 1722 Margaretta Howgill, of Sedgfield, daughter of Wilmi Howgill (ludi magistri [school teacher])
  • 7 Apr 1734 Johes [John] Ghent, of Horse Shoe House, son of Radulphi [Ralph] Ghent
  • 16 Oct 1743 Thos. [Dickinson/Elder], supposed son of Thomoe Dickinson & Marioe Elder
  • 8 May 1753 Isabella Smurthwait, of Hardwick, daughter of Johis [John] Smurthwait

Burials generally provide the father (or single or widowed mother) of a deceased child, the husband of a married woman, and sometimes the occupation of a deceased man. Examples:

  • 10 Feb 1700 Jana Trotter, of Fishburn, wife of Gilberti Trotter
  • 4 Sep 1714 Ana [Huntley/Lamb], supposed child of Johis [John] Lamb & Dorothea Huntley
  • 17 Apr 1730 Anna Sudwick, of Sedgfield, widow, proseuch
  • 17 May 1732 Jana Burthwick, of Sedgfield, daughter of widow Burthwick
  • 10 Jul 1744 Sampson Finn, of Sedgfield, gen. [gentleman]
  • 19 May 1749 Jocosa Leslie, child of the Rev’d Mr. Jacobi Leslie (Rector of this Parish)

Note the word “proseuch” in the 1730 burial. We came across variations of this word (proseuche, proseucha) in a number of burials, and we have seen it before in 1 or 2 other registers. We are puzzled about its meaning in this context. The Latin translation texts and dictionaries we consulted say it means”prayer” or  “place of prayer” – some translate it as “synagogue”, some say it means “to pray” or “to offer prayers”. Some translate it as “conventicle” which is an illegal religious gathering, perhaps such as a dissenter congregation. We wonder if it means that prayers were offered for the deceased (and perhaps a fee was paid for this service, which is why it is noted in the register), or the deceased was a devout person who prayed a lot, or was a dissenter. If anyone can shed any light on this, we’d be grateful and will share your input in the next newsletter.

Abodes mentioned besides Sedgefield include Beacon, Brack Leeses, Bradbury, Brocks or Brocks House, Butterwick and Butterwick Bridge, Cowburn, Cowley Houses, East Murton, Elmdon or Embledon, Field House, Fishburn, Foxton, Gallilaw, Glor ‘ore ’em, Green Knowles, Hardwick and Hardwick Mill, Harop House, Healey House, Hog House, Horse Shoe House, the Isle, Layton, Lizzards, Mill House, Morden or Mordon or Mourton or Murden, Nieceless (Neesless), Not Close House, Old Acres, Sands and Sands House, Shotton, Swainston, Weeterton, and West Murton.