Help with abbreviations
Batch #: MSPX-KPW
I am reviewing this batch. After some of the female names is "A ged" or "A wo." Does "A wo" mean a woman? At first I thought "A ged" might be "god" and short for goodwife, but it does appear to be an e, not o.
Is there a tutorial on abbreviations used in these old records?
Another abbreviation is "A ch" which I assume to mean a child but, of course, that does not help in determining sex.
Another abbreviation in this batch is "spentr" with the tr in superscript. Does this mean spinster?0
Ignore my second question. Further down the batch is Mary Bishop, on bottom third of second page. She is listed as "A Pensioner." The P is the same as what I thought was Sp, do not a spinster.0
I think the word might just be "aged" , denoting an old person. I can see it's mostly applied to women, but there is one instance for the 14th January where it says "John Vaughan, aged vagrant from Mr. Rowles Rents, Calile Street" though in this instance the word doesn't have a captial "a" and is more joined up than the other instances.
I think you are right with the "A wo" meaning a woman, and "A Ch" meaning a child.
I hope this helps!
Thank you Hilary. Yes, I see that now. I was reading the "A" as separate from the "ged", as in "A man" and "A wo", etc. The indexer entered the sex as male for those records which stated "A man" and I was hoping to indicate females where possible. "A wo" will work for that.0