As each one was examined closely, it opened up more and more family ancestor research...and more questions...and remembering that among the other Estate items no one had claimed was The Family Bible. The lawyer handling the estate did not want to release the Bible to outside sources because there was quite a bit of personal information inside. I contacted her and she was greatly relieved that a family member was offering to take it and so now - I have become the Keeper of the Family Bible.
Little did I know what would be revealed upon receiving it...
It is heavy! It is fragile...and the Scripture is set in such a beautiful way -
Presented by my Great-grandfather, to my Great-grandmother, in May of 1885, about 5 months after their marriage.
A report card, dated June, 1900 - for my great-uncle...I smiled to myself when seeing he struggled with arithmetic - as I always have. But then saw his Deportment (a word we never see anymore!) was at 80% which was considered Satisfactory....he eventually attended Seminary and was ordained Reverend John Earl Oliver.
A hand written letter with dozens of names - link after link to research now and find a connection....glimpses into the past of long departed family.
All this saved in a Bible which gives proof of how strong and important their faith was in God and their love for each other.
Blessings to each of you, dear readers...