I was reading the records of St Benedict RC, Hindley, Lancashire, yesterday, and came across two disapproving baptism records for children "born in adultery". I list them here because they make you wonder about the bigger story, and also in case descendants of either of those children pick up this message as a clue. I stopped reading the baptisms at the end of 1795, so no idea if the story continued. "John Chadwick son of Elizabeth Dennet whose maiden name was Pickerbounce who after living 12 years or thereabouts with her lawful husband Isaac Dennet, left him to live with John Chadwick by whom she had the above child, who was born in adultery and brought to me from Bolton, being a year and quarter old or thereabouts and was baptised by me April 7th 1794. James Grundy and Helen Higham were sponsors. [Signed] A Ryding." "Mary Dennet born in adultery, dr of Betty Dennet. Dennet is the name of her lawful husband (her maiden name is Pickerbanks) whom she left for John Chadwick and has now lived with him in a state of adultery for 1 or 2 years. Was brought hither from Bolton to be baptised much against my will. She was born 6th July and baptised September 28th 1794 being then 12 weeks old. The godfather was John Swift. [Signed] A Ryding. "