Family History

When I was home over Christmas break, I had a really great evening chatting with my Dad about his life and our family.  I specifically asked him about my Great-Great-Aunt Jennie, for whom I was named.  That led to a long chat about my great-grandfather’s family on my dad’s mom’s side.  My parents told me to go get out the family Bible that belonged to my great-grandfather’s parents, a Bible I didn’t know they had.  I had such a great time looking through that Bible, printed in the 1890’s.  It was a great tool to spark conversation about all of my great-great aunts and uncles and I learned so much through our conversation.  For example, I didn’t realize that my great-great aunt Jennie’s birthday was the day after mine, that my great-grandfather had 8 siblings, what deeds and wills looked like back then, etc.  I hope you enjoy this little glimpse at history.

My great-grandfather's family's Bible from the mid 1890's

The list of my great-grandfather John and his siblings, including my great-great aunt Jennie (born the day after my birthday!)

A Temperance Pledge found in the middle of the Bible- a very interesting read.

Such an important verse

A land deed from 1829

A last will and testament from 1839

The end of a clever letter written to my great-great aunt Nellie in 1904

I'm so thankful for all that I learned about my family from this old Bible!

One response

  1. L

    It’s beautiful. The handwriting should be turned into a font!

    February 21, 2012 at 3:13 am

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