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Library of Cornelius Sale
Posted by: Barry Wood (ID *****2816) Date: January 22, 2006 at 18:29:45
In Reply to: Re: The family of Wm SAYLE, the immigrant by Deborah Shelton Wood of 1032

Very gracious of you. Now I can only hope that Jeff Williams, whose energy and dedication I greatly admire, will put out the same word. Perhaps there will be a new & improved edition of his book.

The funny thing about this is that in scoping out the Jacob Schell/Scholl prospect, I became rather attached to these people... I appreciate your providing me with some links to pursue the acquaintance.

Most notable in that regard was Michael Scholl/Scheele's explanation as to why he bought that Bible in 1715. Imagine how much better the world would be if everyone had his attitude.

I wouldn't mind claiming them as ancestors, if the facts would only support it.

Actually if you look at the inventory of Cornelius Sale's estate, you'll see that, even though we lack a personal statement in the same vein as Michael Scheele's, Cornelius Sale must have been similarly inclined.

I'll save you the trouble looking it up. This is recorded in Essex County Will Book 7, at p. 515 (from 1746/7). Skipping over the five (!) pages of other personal property, I'll focus on the library:

One Great Bible, The Explanation & New Testament
The Whole Duty of Man
The Christian Dixonary
The Holy Alphabet
Two sermon books
The Practicall Discourses upon Severall Divine Subjects
The Companion to the Alter
The Practise of Piety
The Isle of Man

There may have been more books, but this is as far as I took the titles down in my notes. All the more significant when one considers that books were vastly more expensive then (in relative terms) compared to the present. Most households of the time did not own a single book other than the Bible (if that).

My thoughts along these lines have been triggered by finding some old books (c. 1819) in the house across the street that's about to be bulldozed. I wonder whether by chance any of Cornelius Sale's books have survived to the 21st century. The last time I was in Tappahannock, I did confirm that descendants of Cornelius still live there. E.g., I found that one of the larger stores in town is "Sale Furniture." I had a pleasant interview with Mrs. Sale, the charming and intelligent widow of its former owner. Unfortunately, time was too short to ascertain what ancient documents the family might have preserved.

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