Richard Rose wrote:
Is it possible that faith had not much to do with her decision to be
baptised? Although her baptism took place long after the abolition of the
Test Acts in 1828 (which related to public offices) it occurs to me that
being a baptised or communicating member of the Church of England might have
been a requirement for some employment she wanted or to qualify her to
benefit from some charity.
Either is possible, esp if the employment was with a clergyman.
Almshouses might have insisted places were only available for "good
Christian men and women" who'd fallen on hard times through no fault
of their own.
OPC for Walton, Greinton and Clutton, SOM
Asst OPC for Ashcott and Shapwick, SOM