My post is early because I’m going to be away for the weekend, and I really didn’t want to miss this week! The Sepia Saturday group is a lively bunch, and we have a Facebook group to help facilitate our many inspirations. Recently, one member had brought up an old family bible she had. I mentioned that my family also has an old bible and that it has all sorts of family records written in the center. One thing led to another, and we have a Sepia Saturday prompt featuring the bibles!
The one in our family, which my sister has, is quite large, about 4″ thick and 12′ high. It is in good condition, but I think that is because my mother had it rebound. We also have a massive dictionary, and the two books were displayed in a bookcase along with photos and nick-knacks for many years. I believe the bible might have been a wedding present to my great grandparents, who have been featured here in the past, because the first entry for a marriage is for their marriage in 1901.
The record keeping in a family bible is valuable to a genealogist because it is a first hand record of long ago dates. You would think the husband and wife will know their own wedding date, right? So a first hand record can help sort out some of the confusing bits of history that tend to be forgotten as people age. Births and deaths, particularly of children who died young, help to paint a better picture of the family tree for those who come long after the events have passed.
The entries were written for the most part by Edith M (Sheldon) Nunn, who was called Ama.
This was a cabinet style portrait that has been cut to fit into a frame. My parents have a smaller version of this portrait that is framed and sat on the mantle for as long as I could remember. I have featured Ama in other posts, here and here.
Recently my dad was visiting with a cousin who had many family photos, and he took what he could carry. I then scanned the photos and made a catalog (inspired by Cousin L from the other side of the family!) so future generations wouldn’t have to guess who these people were. My sister then preserved the photos in a photo safe album. Even though my dad is 81, he wants these photographs of his family to be available, safe and ready to hand down to others. Apa has been featured in other posts, here and here.
Ama and Apa.
They just don’t make books like this anymore. It really is a work of art on the inside. The center pages are beautifully illuminated, and of course there is the fantastic (and virtually ignored) temperance pledge! Even though the prohibition amendment to the US Constitution wasn’t passed until 1920, the movement was gaining momentum as early as the 1850s, and was in full swing in the first decade of the 1900s. I can’t say if Ama and Apa followed the pledge, but subsequent generations have not. You can see just how many family members signed the pledge, heh.
There are so many treasures I could talk about, but perhaps I will save them for a future Sepia Saturday post. I don’t want to ramble on too long about this!
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