UK, England, Cumberland—Parish Registers, 1590–1960 [Part A][MQ3D-ZD8]
The 3rd entry has August crossed out and 7ber entered. Sep, Oct, Nov & Dec end in ber. 7 would be Jul.
Blank or Unreadable?
September follows August and the "7" could also be a "y" followed by clearly written 9-9th. The 4th & 5th entries are also numbers. Judging from the handwriting, I suspect it could be Sept 9, 1746 Also notice the 6th entry written "10ber" where my suspicion would be October.😎
A little further down in the Burials you see 7ber and 8ber then 9ber. I would go with the related months - Jul Aug Sept
If the records are pre-1750s the 7ber would mean September, not July. Without seeing the page itself, I would guess the record could have been for early September, but followed August entries.
I have seen lots of entries actually indexed for the previous month (or year), just because that was the detail the indexer saw at the top of the page of the register.
My comments could be way off the mark here, but I can identify with this type of issue from spending many years examining parish registers where the date has been changed, or transpires not to be as it appeared to me at first glance.
(Sorry for seeming to contradict you, Melissa - especially if you can see a document which clearly indicates 7ber does mean July - but why the "ber" for July in that case?)
Good point, @Paul W and I hadn't thought of it. So, on second look, the records on this page are for 1746-1750. Further investigation made me look at the field help for this project. There are specifics about indexing the previous months:
When the month was written as a number, choose the corresponding month from the drop-down list. For example, after the year 1752 the month 12 would be indexed as Dec. Prior to 1752, December was the 10th month of the year.
I agree with Paul and @maryellenstevensbarnes1 that 7ber is September, 8ber is October, 9ber is November and 10ber would be December.
Good thing we have a village!