Persistent identifier:
52110739
image: of 194
THE FRENCH CHURCH IN SOUTHAMPTON.
73
her transgression, and has promised to make public acknowledgment of it whenever called upon to do so."
In 1583, July 7th, appears one of many entries relating to the Plague, suggestive, moreover, of its infectious or contagious character. "N.B.—On account of the Plague which was prevalent amongst us, the Public Prayers commenced the day after the July Communion at five o'clock in the evening, outside the Church."
In August of the same year the continuance of the Holy Communion was enjoined "in order to strengthen us in the Faith, praying Him to have Mercy on us."
II.
THE BAPTISMS.
On July 23rd, 1665, occurs the following entry: "God having afflicted our Town with one of the most dreadful of His scourges, which has compelled most people to quit their houses, and Monsr. Bernert, their Pastor, being laid up with illness, and obliged to leave home for change of air in the country, we have, in his absence, baptised in our French Church a little English child, named Nicolas, and this by order of Mr. The Mayor, on the 23rd July; done at the Church of St. John. The said child was presented by his father, John Fawcet, and by the midwife, Margaret Prevost; Couraud, Pastor."
On September 16, 1704, was baptised, " Susanne, daughter of Pierre Pain, skipper, of Jersey, Parish of St. Mary, and of Susanne Du Yal, his wife, both of them living in the Parish of St. Michael. One of the two godfathers was ' Le Sr. Thomas Button,'" a surname well known in the Southampton of to-day.
III.
THE MARRIAGES.
, The first marriage recorded is that of " Gilles Seulin et Cecile Sariette tous deux de Valencienne." The second entry (23 May, 1568) records the marriage of " Emmerj Durant " and " Marie le Febure," both also of Valencienne.
Notwithstanding the ravages of the Plague in 1665 the Ministry of "L'Eglise Wallonne" was continued, though the English Clergy in Southampton had betaken themselves elsewhere.
On December 4th, 1665, appears the following- entry: "Jacob Berger and Sarah Baylie, both of them English, were married by our Pastor at St. Johns Church in this Town, the English Clergy having deserted their Congregations because of the Plague which was then raging in this place.
Facebook Twitter Stumbleupon Delicious Digg RSS