Sexton’s registers

Posted by Liz Jack     Category: Gloucestershire, Parish Registers, Research

I recently found a source of information that I hadn’t come across before – maybe because not many seem to exist for Gloucestershire – sexton books. The duties of the sexton varied; usually he was the grave-digger, possibly the bell-ringer and general odd job man associated with a church. He was employed by the church, often for many years, and therefore his appointment, pay, etc., should be included in the parish chest records. He recorded the burials in the churchyard and usually noted the name, date of burial, age of the deceased and a location for the grave. In some cases, there may even be a map of the churchyard.

So far, I have found 8 sexton registers – for Blockley, Cirencester, Minchinhampton, Newnham & Parkend, Painswick, Rodmarton, St Mary de Crypt in Gloucester and Cheltenham Methodist Church.

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2 Responses to “Sexton’s registers”

  1. We came from (@wecamefrom) Says:

    Interesting post – I will have a look for these in the areas I am researching. Thanks

  2. Rachel Dunkley Says:

    Thanks for the informative post about sexton books. I have been looking for the birth date of one ancestor for a long time as his age isn’t noted in the burial register. I will look to see if there are sexton books in Northamptonshire Record Office for the village my ancestor came from.

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