States: Pennsylvania: Bucks
Jane, Amen to that. I've got an 1842 family bible that belonged to my 2ggrandfather. I certainly wouldn't want to see it in a collector's hands.
By the way, a while ago you posted having a book of births in Bucks County. I requested a lookup but you couldn't find my 3ggrandfather. I was looking there because my 4ggrandfather fought in, and eventually commanded Company C of the 5th PA Reg of Foot. Supposedly the company was made primarily of Bucks men. My 4ggrandfather, John Barclay married Anne Tate "of New Jersey" and their first son, Francis was born before the war, 1771/3. I figure that Bucks and New Jersey being across the Delaware from each other provides a rationale for believing they settled in Bucks until the war was over and maybe even after the war until the land donation actually happened (ca 1780) I'm getting ready to pony up the $35 fee for a search at the BCHS but right now money is too dear to throw away on as many maybes as I'm seeing. You couldn't find Francis in your book of births back when you offered to do look ups in it. Things can get further confused by the presence of another John Barclay in Bucks about that time. He held public office starting with Justice of the Peace and owned a good bit of land. One document at the DAR library confused him with my ancestor's Rev War record. My ancestor settled in Fannettsburg, Franklin County, PA on a "Land Donation" in lieu of a pension for his war service. John was a Presbyterian. Can you tell me which Presbyterian churches were in existance in 1770 and if they are still active? I'm looking for their marriage record and Francis' birth/baptism records. Thanks, Phil