Posted By:Kathi Trostad
Subject:Family may be missing this BIBLE
Post Date:October 22, 2010 at 18:11:27
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I am not related just passing this along. Thanks!
News From Terre Haute, Indiana
October 10, 2010
Genealogy: This Bible’s original owners are a mystery
By Tamie Dehler
Special to the Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — A reader recently contacted me about a Bible that doesn’t belong to his family, and he would like to find someone from the family who originally owned it. Unfortunately, there isn’t much to go on. The Bible was part of his mother’s estate. She was an antique collector and dealer. He believes that his mother bought this Bible as part of an estate sale, along with many other items. She obtained the Bible prior to 1946.

The Bible was originally owned by Susan Davis. The front piece of the Bible says, “Presented to Mrs. Susan Davis by William Davis, her son, March 19, 1881.” That’s all. There is no family history or register of births, deaths or marriages inside.

In the middle of the book, someone has left some pressed leaves in onionskin paper. At the end of the book are a few pages to insert family photos. There are three pictures here: Two tintypes — one of a woman and one of a man. There is also a 2-by-4-inch card photo of a younger man standing in a studio, who looks very much like the man in the tintype. Since the tintype is probably older, the young man could be the son of the older man. On the back of the card photo is printed “A.B. Miller, photographist, 43 E. Washington St., Indianapolis, negatives retained.” Also in this section are four locks of hair — three blond and one brown.

The title of the volume is “Peabody’s New National Combination Chronological, Analytical, Historical, and Pictorial Holy Bible,” published by Alvin Peabody, No. 18 E. 4th Street, Dayton, Ohio. There is no publication date on this book, but there is a copy of this particular Bible in the Dayton Metro Library and the catalog gives the publication date as 1870.

If you think this Susan Davis and her son William Davis are a part of your family, please give me a call at (812) 460-1230.