I tried census records for 1880 in Unity and Claremont, Sullivan Co., New Hampshire; Lewiston, Andoscoggin Co., Maine, and Blaine, Aroostook Co., Maine. Looked at the whole of each town. Nothing. The Social Security Death Index verifies George's date-of-birth. The problem is that while he may have been born in Blaine, he could have lived in any of sevral towns in the area. Blaine lies pretty much between Easton and Bridgewater, which suggests, again, either Samuel Ezekiel's family or George S.'s family, and it seems very unlikely to have been Samuel's. Ah well, something may come up.
I'm glad you are taking steps to preserve the Bible and material in it. I think what that it is a generic Bible developed by the American Bible Society based on the Revised Version, the American version of which is the American Standard Version. As you guess, ultimately based on the Kings James' or Authorized Version, but modified and modernized for Baptist, Methodist, Congregationalist, etc. denominations. I amde a few notes which I'll paste below as they might be of interest. Also, should you be interested, I have a sort of primer on the origins of the Flewelling family at:
If you can wade through the section on Thomas and Hannah (Smith) Flewelling, you will find a lot of ancestors. Let me know if you have any questions.
Bible probably American edition of Revised Version, ‘American Standard Version’, a revised version of the King James (Authorized) Version, although this probably did not exist until 1874. It seems it was the American Bible Society that was instituted in MDCCCXVI (11MAY1816.) There are references to editions as early as 1846 and 1854. I still can’t make out it they were Episcopalian or Methodist, but probably used by most denominations. See:
for the 1874 edition. An 1854 edition is described as: “Holy Bible containing the Old and New Testaments, Translated out of the original tongues 1854. New York, NY: American Bible Society 1346 pp. 17 x 25 cm. Bible includes family record for one couple and their children. Names: Hastings and Eaton. Leather with embossed cover. Spine with five ridges, top torn 2 x 4 cm. and bottom 1-2 cm missing. Gilt-edged pages.”
This would appear to be an 1866 edition, therefore probably owned originally by Mertie Kimball’s mother. One thing to do is note the changes in handwriting.
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