Courtesy of his web site and records of his family history, someone found him in a search. The email they sent read something like this.
My husband picked up an old, old family bible in a batch of misc. from an estate sale. We have no need for it, and I feel that it should stay with family. Let me know if you want it; I’ll ship it to you.
Of course he said yes. The bible came to us, and we carefully, carefully opened the box.
And finally, the inscription: this bible was presented to Elizabeth Dane in 1835, around the time she married Thomas Dane, from her parents, James and Frances Locke. These ancestors lead directly to Chuck’s family. In fact, we spent some time in Lockeport, Nova Scotia a few years ago to dig for more information about the Dane and Locke families.
Based on some investigation, we believe it was a Baptist bible of the time. And as we tenderly turned the pages, we found…. oh, that’s another post in itself.
I had a few old family bibles. I gave them to other relatives.
How old is old?
75-110 years old.
Some were from uncles that were 75 years or so that I gave to their kids. I had lots of WW2 letters which I gave to cousins. Some unfortunately had to be destroyed. A few letters from Denmark.