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The Abinger Parish registers are retained in a purpose-built database written by Philip Rawlings.

It includes:
  • Burial register 1559 - 1812
  • Burial register 1813-1876
  • Burial register 1877-2015
  • Baptism register 1559-1812 (in progress)
  • Marriage register (to follow)


Reports from that database are shown below, other sorts/selections are available from the .

Burial Register 1877-2015

With the preface quotation of:
O harmless death; whom still the valiant brave,
The wise expect, the sorrowful invite,
And all the good embrace, who know the grave
A short dark passage to eternal light.
(Sir William Davenant, 17th century)

Burial Register 1813-1876

The original Registers for this period are stored in microfiche in Surrey records. A printed transcript was produced, but is only complete to 1846.

Burial Register 1559-1812

The Abinger Parish burial registers for 1559-1812 were published as The Parish Registers of Abinger, Wotton, and Oakwood Chapel, Co. Surrey (Mitchell Hughes & Clarke, London, 1928), a scan is shown here.

Notes to the Registers

  • Inscriptions from memorials in the churchyard were transcribed by John A Gibbs in "Inscriptions and Graves in Abinger Church and Churchyard with Index" presented to St James' in 1934 Also from "Epitaphs of Surrey", A B Bax, ms. in Surrey Archeological Society Library (1890); these data are included in the current database
  • 'Affidavit': in The Burial in Woolen Acts of 1660-1689 "No corps should be buried in anything other than what is made of sheep's wool only; or put into any coffin lined or faced with any material but sheep's wool, on pain of forfeiture of £5." In addition, an affidavit to that effect was required not later than 8 days after the burial. The act was repealed in 1814 but ignored after 1770.
  • 'Certificate': a certificate brought (presented) affirming burial in 'woolen'.
  • Assumed, except otherwise stated, that a woman takes the surname of the husband (often burial register has only, for example, Joan the wife of John Smith).
  • Assumed, except otherwise stated, that a child takes the surname of the father (often burial register has only, for example, Jane the daughter of John Smith).
  • Spellings of names and places are idiosyncratic in the registers. As far as practicable, original spellings have been retained.
  • Names are often prefixed with Goodman or Goodwife (abbr. Goody) in the earlier registers. Archaic form, known from 13th to mid-18th century. Signifies lower social standing than those addressed as Mr, Mrs, Mistress.

Source Data

You can view the entire data by right-clicking on this link StJamesRegisters.XML and select 'Save target as' (depending on your browser). Then open the XML file in MS Excel as an XML table, or in any XML-friendly application. Data can then be viewed, sorted, filtered, etc. as shown here.

This page was last modified by Philip Rawlings, Wed, 09 Feb 2011 13:28

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