The main reason for ordering the birth of certificate of William Joseph Henry BATEMAN was to try and establish where his parents were living, and from that where he should have been baptised, but along with the marriage certificate I wrote about a few days ago it has also clarified a few issues about the timing of his mother’s pregnancy.
I already had William’s birth date from his Royal Navy service record and fortunately the two dates matched, he was born on the 19th January 1882. I was more interested in the place of birth, from other sources I knew he was born in Brighton, Sussex but I wanted to try and get a bit more precise.
William was born at 47 Jersey Street, Brighton, the same address as that given for his mother on the marriage certificate of his parents the previous year. This should mean that William was baptised in the same church as his parents were married in, St. Peter’s Church. Of course I want to find his baptism record, but more importantly I am hoping that his two ‘lost’ siblings were also baptised in the same church.
The dates of this certificate and the marriage certificate have clarified one issue for me, William was born on the 19th January 1882, just over two months since his parents had married on the 19th November 1881, so Dorothy was certainly pregnant when she and Henry married. Going back a stage further, Dorothy may well have already been pregnant when she was listed in the 1881 census (taken on the 3rd April) as a cook at Spratton Hall, Spratton, Northamptonshire.
I now know that both both Henry and Dorothy left Spratton between the 3rd April 1881 and 19th November 1881, and I doubt I will be able to get a more precise date range than that, and I very much doubt whether I will ever know for certain whether Dorothy was forced to leave because she became pregnant.