Burial registers before 1813
In very early registers it was not uncommon to record a wife's burial as simply "The wife of John Smith was buried", without recording her name, but after a while, she would be mentioned by name.
Below: "Margaret the wife of John Neepe buried the 2d of December 1666"
When a husband was buried, there was no reference to his wife, as in the
Above: "Jane Neepe buryed the 25 of February 1667"
Above: we can easily differentiate between the burial of a widow, and that of a wife whose husband is still alive. She will normally be referred to as "widow of ..." or "relict of ..."
"Mary the relict of Will. Butler buried the 3rd of December 1669"
Above: the normal way of recording the death of a child under the age of
Note that Jos is an abbreviation of Joseph.
By this time, it was common to also record the wife's name when a child was buried.
"Frances the daughter of George Gregory & Frances his wife was buried
All of the above examples are from one page of the burial register for the parish of Winkburn in Nottinghamshire.
Some burial registers are little more than a list of names. For example the Southwell, Nottinghamshire burial register for 1723 reads:
Note that some entries are even incomplete, as if it was intended to fill in a name later. "Mr." and "Esq" (Esquire) denotes a person of some standing in the community. A gentleman.
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