The Register of Upton In The County of Berks., 1897

BAPTISMS – 1588-1741.

BURIALS – 1588-1741.

MARRIAGES – 1588-1735.

TRANSCRIBED BY

JOSEPH FORREST FRY

EDITED BY

EDWARD ALEXANDER FRY

WITH THE KIND PERMISSION OF THE REV. J. H. MOORE

(Rector of Upton)

PRIVATELY PRINTED FOR THE PARISH REGISTER SOCIETY

1897

PREFACE

The Parishes of Upton and those of Blewbury and Thorpe, have been so intermingled in times gone by, that it is difficult now to separate the entries that belong to one from the other. In former times Upton was a dependency or chapelry of Blewbury, but since 1861, Upton and Aston Upthorpe (or Thorpe, or Throp for short) have been constituted a separate ecclesiastical parish.

Under these circumstances it is not surprising that the Registers of Upton are not very continuous, and that frequent gaps are to be found. It is probable that the Registers of Blewbury contain many entries relating to Upton people, so that it would be desirable, at some future time, to print those of Blewbury in order to supplement the present volume.

The Register of Upton consists of one volume, measuring 13 by 15½ inches, and contains thirty-one parchment leaves and is bound also in parchment, and is in pretty fair condition. On the the outside is UPTON REGISTER fr. A.D. 1688. It commences, however, in 1588 and ends, for Baptisms and Burials in 1741, and for Marriages in 1735. Down to 1621 the handwriting is uniform, it having been copied about that period, no doubt in accordance with the loth Canon, which directed that all the old paper books in use since 1536 should be transcribed into parchment volumes.

Pages 11 and 12, 15 and 16, 17 and 18, 19 and 20, 21 and 22, 23 and 24, 59 and 60, 61 and 62, have been cut off at various points, but it does not seem to have been done maliciously or with a view to destroy any entries, but merely for the sake of the parchment, and for the same reason, apparently, five leaves have been taken out between pages 18 and 19, five leaves between pages 22 and 23, five leaves between pages 46 and 47, and two leaves between pages 48 and 49.

There are also four loose sheets with entries written upon them, which have been lettered A, B, C and D, for sake of reference.

In printing this register the chronological arrangement has been adhered to as far as circumstances will allow, so that the sequence of the pages will be better understood from the following list:-

Pages 1-10. Baptisms, 1588 to 1642.
11. 1673 and 1674.
12. Blank.
13-15. Baptisms, 1663 to 1674.
16 & 17. Blank.
18. Marriages, 1720 and 1721.
19. 1663 to 1729.
20. 1750.
21. Baptisms, 1679.
22. Blank.
23. Burials, 1665 to 1679.
24. Blank.
25-34. Baptisms, 1701 to 1710.
35. 1709 and 1710, Changes for the Bells.
36-47. Baptisms, 1710 to 1715.
48. Blank.
49. Burials, 1720 and 1721.
50-54. 1588 to 1679.
55. Blank.
56-59. Marriages, 1588 to 1639.
60. Blank.
61-62. Memoranda.
Loose Sheet A. Baptisms, 1718 to 1725.
B. 1725 to 1735.
C. Marrages,Baptisms 1717 to 1735. Thorpe.1726 to 1741. “
D. Marriages, 1718 to 1727.

EDW. ALEX. FRY.

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