Whilst browsing the parish records on Find My Past recently, I came across some intriguing adult baptisms. They are for the surname EAST, who seem to have come from Wycombe in Buckinghamshire. They appear to be siblings, two sisters and a brother, children of Thomas and Ann EAST, and are all listed as ‘Papermaker’, so they probably came to work at Buckland Paper Mill. They were all baptised at St. Andrew’s church in Buckland on 29th June 1837.
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St Andrew, Dover Buckland, Kent (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Ann was 50 (born 1783), William was 57 (born 1780) and Sarah was 39 (born 1798). Birth dates are given in the margin.
These would almost certainly be outside most people’s research boundaries of date, let alone county!
There are also adult baptisms DAVIS (more Papermakers), JOHNSON and PETMAN.
I’m sure 57 years has been beaten somewhere – what’s the greatest gap you have found?