Thursday, 17 March 2011

Family Bible

While at my sister-in-law's home in Wales at the weekend Brenda had a surprise in store for us.


It was her mother's family's old Holy Bible.  Brenda didn't know of its existence until very recently when her cousin passed it onto her.  Naturally she was thrilled to bits to receive it.  It has to be said that this Bible has seen better days and looks a bit battered around the edges but the pages are free from mildew and considering its nearly 150 years old we're all just amazed and happy that it has survived intact.

As was the custom generations ago births, marriages and deaths are recorded in it.  The first inscription is dated 1866.  Not only are birth dates recorded but the day of the week and the time of day too!  Brenda was particularly thrilled with this information because over the last couple of years she has traced their family tree and was happy to see that what she discovered on her own is confirmed in the Bible.  Well done, Bren!

This wonderful piece of family history is my Simple Pleasure this week.

Linking to Dayle at a Collection of This and That to see what others have found pleasure in this week.



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Canadagirl said...

What a wonderful treasure and how neat that it confirmed the family tree too.


Sandy said...

This is awesome! So glad that you all have this treasure/simple pleasure now!

Debbie said...

Oh Kathleen, that goes beyond simple pleasure to downright TREASURE. How I would love to unearth something like that.

sarah said...

piecing together someone's life and especially how it might relate to you....I agree with Debbie...that's more than simple pleasure...but an amazing treasure.

Anonymous said...

Oh Kathleen...this is a truly wonderful pleasure!

What history and memories it is storing!

Thank you for sharing,


Patty@sewingseeds said...

What a cherished blessing that old bible must be. Not only the family tree but the family legacy of belief. A wonderful simple pleasure.

Evelyn S. said...

How beautiful...and how precious!

Dayle said...

Oh, wow! That is such a treasure, Kathleen. Priceless!

Trish @ Lily-Rose Cottage said...

Kathleen, that is such a blessing!
I love genealogy and to have the family Bible complete with inscriptions is just fabulous!!
Its kinda what you want to find :-)
A lovely simple- but very special- pleasure indeed!

Victoria said...

I can't wait to get my hands on it. Next time Aunty Brenda and Uncle Arthur visit we need to ask them to bring the bible too. xxx

Kay K said...

What a treasure !!!! I love genealogy . Nothing more precious than a family bible

Caroline said...

That's lovely Mum, I can't wait to have a look at it too. xx

Christine said...

Love family heirlooms that have great meaning, like this beautiful Bible.

Anita Johnson said...

Wow! What a find!

elizabeth said...

What a wonderful simple pleasure! Your header is my simple pleasure each time I click over here!