Additional Note - Saturday 7th May, 2016 - Admin
The original record has perhaps the longest descriptive text to go along with a baptism that I have yet to come across. In full the record says;
'Cooper - Susanna D. Of Moses and Mary Cooper Travellers, born in Markin(?) and the poor woman being desizous(?) to have it baptized, 'tho she has lain in but a week carried it in her own arms to Markin(?) church to tender it to me to baptize it there on Sunday last being june 30th. But Justice Meetion(?) being informed by the constable of her being in the porch with that intention went out of his seat in time of service to her and took hold of her and led her to the court of this(his?) house, being over against the church
and shut the gate upon her and her husband and let them not out 'till sermon & service were over and I was (or "twas"?) gone home, and made the man, witness to send him to the house of correction if he would not carry his wife and child out of the parish without being baptized and consequently registered there which being forced to comply with, she
brought up her child to me, to my house on this day being Tuesday July of 2nd, complaining of her hard usage and passionately desiring me to baptize it by the name above in the presence of her husband, my wife and (unreadable) pitchford.'