At Upper Beeding, Sussex, England, my 4x Great Uncle, Henry Juden seems to have been baptised just before his death.
- Henry Juden Baptism - 13th May 1842
- Henry Juden Burial - 22 May 1842
What is strange to me is that the family had a habit of baptising the children in 'batches' together. Two of his older siblings were baptised on the same day:
- Sarah Juden and Mary Juden Baptism - 16 September 1838
Henry is not in the 1841 Census so must have been born after 7th June 1841 as the census was taken on the 6th and before 13th May 1842. Strangely I cannot find his birth record.
Three of his other siblings were baptised on the same day:
- George Juden, Caroline Juden and Walter Juden Baptism - 22 October 1843.
George was born in 25 June 1843 based on his birth certificate. Caroline was born about 1839-1841 based on her census recorded age. Walter was born about 1837 according to his age at death. So he had living siblings that weren't baptised when he was.
Was it common for parents to baptise a baby/child if they knew he was sickly and likely going to die soon?