Saturday, July 27, 2013

Sepia Saturday - Bibles

This week Sepia Saturday's topic is Bibles. I am fortunate to have a Bible that belonged to my second great grandmother, Esther Barbara (Wolf) Gruissy. It was not treated kindly over the years and is in very poor condition.


This Bible was printed in 1856 by the American Bible Company in New York.


Three Generations of Signatures

This Bible does not have a listing of family births and deaths but it has special signatures:

Esther (Wolf) Gruissy's signature,
The signature of her daughter, N. Regina (Gruissy) Mark,
The signature of her daughter, my paternal grandmother, Ivy Regina (Mark) Brown


Despite the poor condition this Bible is precious to me because of those signatures.



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25 comments:

Brett Payne said...

I agree, it's very special having a visual record of something that an ancestor made 170 years ago.

Deb Gould said...

And I'm agreeing, too. Something an ancestor actually signed is close to magical, as far as I'm concerned!

The Silver Fox said...

Something comforting about the books that are in such poor condition. It often means they were loved and read a lot.

Hazel Ceej said...

Spot on for the theme!

Hazel

Kristin said...

It is nice to have the Bible in which they wrote their own names. And such a fancy signature that one is that is pictured.

Titania said...

It looks like the bible was used a lot. It's lovely for you to have this memento of your family.

Gail Perlee said...

As many have mentioned, that bible shows the results of having been held and lovingly read countless times. And how wonderful to have all those signatures! :->

Charlie said...

How precious it is to have such an heirloom with genealogy information included.

Joan said...

History and lives just ooze from this Bible. Fortunate you are.

Alan Burnett said...

Those precious places where people recorded more than just their names, signatures and dates of birth, but a little something of themselves as well.

Bob Scotney said...

The only thing with a signature that I have turned is receipt for carpets - much less impressive than a family bible.

Liz Needle said...

A wonderful old bible.

Wendy said...

Oh yeah, that's the coolest!

Jackie van Bergen said...

What a treasure!

Little Nell said...

And I hope you will treasure it for many years to come; something as special is this is rare indeed.

Colleen G. Brown Pasquale said...

Everyone, thanks for all the kind comments. This Bible will be treated tenderly and handed down to future generations.

barbara and nancy said...

What a wonderful treasure. Those signatures are fantastic. They kind of remind me of antique samplers.
Nancy

TICKLEBEAR said...

Me thinks it should be in a custom made wooden box,
maybe with a glass top to see what's inside,
but to preserve the leather and the paper from its environment.

Nice thing though...
:)~
HUGZ

Jana Last said...

This really is a wonderful family treasure!

Colleen G. Brown Pasquale said...

I like the idea of a special box!

Colleen G. Brown Pasquale said...

Jana, it is not in good shape but it is special!

Karen S. said...

Yes, this is an amazing treasure for you and your family!

ScotSue said...

A wonderful heirloom to treasure and I can understand how much it means to you to touch something your ancestors read.

Anonymous said...

Remember how we used to put our name inside a book because it was quite special? How do you write your name on the inside cover of a Kindle book? What a nice touchstone to your past.

Sharon said...

Fantastic to have. Have you thought about continuing the tradition for future generations?