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From: Eve McLaughlin <>
Subject: Re: [Lon] Greef
Date: Mon, 20 May 2002 14:53:27 +0100
In message <>, writes
>My great grandmother Emily Ruth GREEF married g grandfather Thomas Samuel
>JONES at St Lukes Church, St Pancras on May 17 1863. Her age is given as
>'full' ie over 21.
>Her father is recorded as Abraham Spinks GREEF (dead).
>The IGI has two recorded baptisms:-
>Emily Ruth GREEF Bap 2nd May 1847 at Christchurch, Hoxton. Father Abraham
>Spinks GREEF. Mother Emma. This hardly accords with her being over 21 in
Why not?This is a baptism, not a birth date, and people were often
baptised well past infancy. She may have upped her age a year or two,
to avoid getting consent, but the most likely think is that she was at
least 5 at baptism.
>Abraham Spinks GREEF Bap 6th Jan 1850 at St Thomas Charterhouse, Finbury.
>Could this have been a baptism into the C.of E. of Emily's father or is it
>perhaps a brother with the same name.?
Could be either - if it doesn't give any parents' names, thje chances
are it is the father.
> Emily's age is given as 41 (b 1840ish)
There you go then - she was 6-7 at baptism.
Author of the McLaughlin Guides for family historians
Secretary Bucks Genealogical Society