Sunday, March 1, 2015

March Theme Day: Ageing






I have inherited several of my family's Bibles and this one is the oldest and largest (14 x 10 inches and 5 inches thick). John Biglow was my great great grandfather born in 1808 in Weathersfield, Vermont. In between the Old and New Testament are pages where marriages, births and deaths have been recorded through the years. Some have become faded through time, so a few years ago, I transcribed all of them so they would not be lost. Some births date back to the late 1700's. There are numerous newspaper clippings to be found between the pages and also mementos such as the marriage certificate of a couple of my great grandparents dated June 23, 1897.

Note: You might be wondering how my great great grandfather could have been born so long ago. The reason is that his son, my great grandfather, had two families. He married his first wife at a young age and they had several children. His first wife died when he was in his fifties and their children were grown. He then remarried a much younger woman (my great grandmother) and had 3 more children. One of those children was my grandfather, who was born in 1900. So even though I'm an old retired lady now, I'm not that ancient!

The first day of the month is Theme Day in the City Daily Photo Community and this month's theme is Ageing. Please visit this link to see how other CDP bloggers have interpreted this theme.

41 comments:

Tamera said...

FASCINATING, Lois! What a family treasure! And thanks for doing the math for me. I was wondering!

Great theme day post!

Julie said...

Oh, Lois. How wondful to be the custodian of something like this: the accumualted stats of one strand of your ancestors. To be able to see their actual hand would be such a thrill. I do hope you have the next custodian all picked out and ready to take the Bible into the future. Thank you for this superb contribution to our Theme Day.

Bergson said...

you have a treasure

EG CameraGirl said...

You possess a true treasure, Lois! How fabulous to be able to trace your family back with written proof in your possession!

biebkriebels said...

What a treasure to have inherited this. So old and precious.

Christopher Frost said...

I bet there's some really interesting comments, or newspaper clippings inside

Aimeecakes said...

What a precious heirloom!

Birdman said...

Perfect photo for the theme and enjoyable backstory on it too.

José Mendonça said...

Wonderful old book! Great choice, Lois.

Lois Evensen said...

How wonderful! What a priceless heirloom!

Jim said...

A brilliant post for this Ageing theme day.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Absolutely agree with everything Julie said Lois, to be able to see the actual handwriting from do many years ago would be thrilling. Couldn' get more perfect for today.

TexWisGirl said...

really neat one, lois!

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

Lois, what a treasured and storied collection you have. I wonder if future generations will be family historians as well. Certainly your family will carry on with the record keeping, adding to the collection.

Wonderful!

cieldequimper said...

That's lovely!

Annie Bear said...

Aging normally has such negative connotations in this day and age, but this is amazing! What a treasure you have in this bible and all the clippings and mementos in it. I love historical family things like these and enjoy seeing the pictures.

VP said...

A great choice and an impressive collection, sadly me do not have this tradition here...

Sharon Anck said...

What a wonderful choice for today's theme. This is such a wonderful keepsake and family history.

Sylvia K said...

What a treasure it is indeed, Lois!! Thank you so much for sharing it with us!!!

DeniseinVA said...

Hi Lois, this is wonderful, to have such a family treasure. Absolutely priceless!

Gerald (SK14) said...

what a lovely inheritance

Sandra said...

a great treasure you have here. my grandmother on my dads side was born in was born in 1886 and his dad in 1883, daddy in 1913 and me in 1944. Dadddy grandfather faught in the civil war and died at Shiloh, i grew up on civil war stories.

RedPat said...

That really is a treasure, Lois!

Marleen said...

A treasure and such a priceless piece of history.

Dianne said...

A wonderful contribution to the "ageing" Theme Day Lois.

Tahiti Daily Photo said...

Brilliant and fascinating !

LOLfromPasa said...

Fantastic post. How wonderful that you have such a treasure.

Stuart said...

What a treasure. Have you considered scanning part or all of it ? It's a lot of work but I have done it with some of my valued documents.

SRQ said...

Wow -- that's awesome! It's amazing it has been handed down intact through so many generations. I just love that it was used to memorialize significant family milestones. Very cool. I hope your children are interested in safeguarding it down the road.

Randy said...

Perfect for the theme.

magiceye said...

Treasures!!

Lovely takes!!

Jack said...

Lois, this is such a precious family treasure. Thank you for sharing it with us.

William Kendall said...

That is a great choice for the theme, Lois!

Bob Crowe said...

What a privilege to have these. History is an aspect of aging.

Denton Harryman said...

family heirlooms are something to be treasured and you are to be commended of transcribing the notes for future generations. very admirable. I love your explanation about how your great great grandfather could be born so long ago.

Jen Masssey napierdailyphoto.blogspot.co.nz said...

wow so very special :)

Joan Elizabeth said...

How wonderful to have this. I am the keeper of our family treasures but there is nothing of this age among them.

Small City Scenes said...

What a treasure you have. How neat---may we all age so well.
MB

Rob the frog said...

This is such a absolutely priceless treasure!!!

Karl Demetz said...

How interesting, Lois, a real treasure !

Bethany Carson said...

How wonderful that you have the family Bible! What a treasure! We are still trying to figure out who of all our relatives has our family's Bible--I'm afraid it may have sort of gotten lost...

Interesting to hear about your family history. Although I'm only 20, one of my grandfathers (now deceased) was born in 1911. The story is similar to that of your great grandfather: two families. What was unusual though was that 2 of the children in the second family were named after 2 of the children in the first family!