It seems likely that 2015 is going to be a year of coming up against things in genealogy I haven't encountered before, the other day Decline now today A Chrisome. I was looking for Hannah Skinner who married Edward Harv(e)y in 1744 at Gt Leighs. In FreeReg I found two children buried at Bocking who might be her nephews, they were William and Thomas Skinner both buried 3 Sep 1745 at Bocking Essex, in the notes column it stated "A Chrisome", never come across that term before. For anyone who like me hasn't heard that term here is the Wikipedia (via Google) explanation of the term. "Anciently, a chrisom, or "chrisom-cloth," was the face-cloth, or piece of linen laid over a child's head when he was baptised or christened. Originally, the purpose of the chrisom-cloth was to keep the chrism, a consecrated oil, from accidentally rubbing off. With time, the word's meaning changed, to that of a white mantle thrown over the whole infant at the time of baptism. The term has come to refer to a child who died within a month after its baptism—so called for the chrisom cloth that was used as a shroud for it. Additionally, in London's Bills of Mortality, the term chrisom was used to refer to infants who died within a month after being born." In the case of William and Thomas the last sentence must apply to them because on FreeReg there are no baptisms for them. I did by the way find a couple of Hannah Skinners at Bocking one of whom could fit my bill. Hannah daughter of Thomas Skinner born 2 Mar 1716/17 & baptised 22 Mar 1716/17, buried 26 Mar 1717. Hannah daughter of Thomas Skinner born 1 May 1718 & baptised 13 May 1718. As per usual there's a fly in the ointment, also on Free Reg in Bocking burials Hannah Skinner buried 26 Mar 1729, this burial like 3 other Skinner burials 1723 to 1731 gave no other info. I did notice that baptisms for children of Thomas ceased at 1719, his children ranged from the first child Martha 1703 to Thomas 1719.