There is a chapter in the Podersam book on customs. In that chapter the
author quotes from two letters he has re the christening of children. I quote as
he did. He says these are called the "Godfathers letters" and were prepared
by the local teacher.
"To the most honorable and virtuous bachelor Joseph Ludwig, civic master
furrier in the town of Rudig; as my specially honored and dear godfather:
Honorable and most virtous! Speically dear godfather we are asking most humbly to help
us to transport our recently born little son, may it please God, on Thursday
afternoon at 1 o'clock, to the first and necessary Holy sacrament of
christening. Which Christian attendance would please me and I would remain forever
indebted with respect to my dear godfather -- most obedient Rochus Wild the
childs father. Rudig, 22nd July 1784"
There is a similar letter written to lady Katharina Ludwig(in) as the
godmother from the same gentleman but it is dated March 15, 1794. Another child I
suppose because this letter says the christening will be "this evening."
Then he writes -- "Apart from the actual Godfathers often a number of cousins
were invited; e.g. in the register of christenings for Kriegern (volume II
from 20./1.1699 till 10./3.1740) it is recorded: April 28th 1720 the resident
Cantor Johann Adam Horner with his wife Katharina had their son christened by
the name of Johann Anton. Godfather was Herr Johann Anoni Schwab, captain from
Pomeisl. Other attendants: Johann Christoph Lang, Pomeisl reverend, Franz
Frankh, caplan in Pomeisl, Friedericus Wurfl, priest from Petersburg, Wenzl
Forber, recorder of grains from Petersburg, Martin Quoika, new miller, Johannes
Titlback from Rudig, Adam Polestina Stolz(in), mother of the local priest, and
Anna Rosina Sacher(in) from Kriegern"
Then the Author says "And on page 71 of the same register: September 13th the
resident citizen Joseph Stolz with his wife Katharina had a young daugher
christened with the name Anna Sidonia. Godmother was Sydonia Heuber(in). Other
godparents were Joh. Christoph Lang, priest in Pomeisl, Wenzl Muller, priest
in Flohau, Lorenz Ballisakh, priest in Rudig, Friedrich Wurfl, priest in
Petersburg, Georg Huetz, priest in Widhostitz, Johannes Spitzl, master of rents in
Pomeisl, Wenzl Forber, treasurer in Pomeisl, Katharina Horner(in), wife of the
schoold master, Eva Rosina Halbhuber(in), Sussana halbhuber(in), Sylvin
Muller(in) from Kriegern. - Also Mr and Miss von Stampach are mentioned several
times as godparents."