This collection contains baptism and marriage records from Methodist congregations on the Isle of Wight. Denominations include Wesleyan Methodist, United Methodist, Primitive Methodist, and Bible Christian.
What You Can Find in the Records
Baptism registers may provide the following details:
- date and place
- birth date
- age at baptism
- mother (maiden name)
Marriage registers may provide these details:
- bride and groom: name, marital status, rank of profession, residence, age marriage date and place
- fathers’ names and rank or profession
Henry VIII established himself as head of the Church of England through the Act of Supremacy in 1534. While the Church of England became the state church, the law did not require all citizens of England to be adherents, and in time, members of churches that did not conform with the doctrine of the Church of England were labeled “Non-conformists.” Included among Non-conformists were members of Methodist, Baptist, Society of Friends (Quaker), Presbyterian, Congregationalist, among other congregations.