Posts Tagged ‘Family Bible’

Another Gold Mine, Another Closet, Another Mystery

January 5, 2015

Another Family Bible has popped up.

(All photos are downloaded from correspondence on the internet. I don’t actually have the Bible in hand.)

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This one is reported by my brother to have belonged to our grandfather James Packett.

But his name is not in it.

Yet my mother told my brother that this was her father’s Bible.

There are some names.

Miss Helen Wood

957 Lee Ave.

Knoxville, Tenn.

Helen Wood and

Claude Davis

were married Jan. 12, 1929

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But who are they?

I found Helen Davis, married, on the 1930 census and living with her mother Mabel Philips and her step-father Dewey Philips, but her husband is not in the home.

I also found in a 1930 Knoxville City Directory that Dewey Philips worked for a construction company as a foreman, and he was living at 957 Lee. Claude Davis is in the same directory, and he also works for the same construction company and lives at the same address.

But who are they?

I scrinched my eyes up, all squinty-like, and I imagined that I could see the imprints of a writing utensil coming through the paper from the other side. So I asked, and was told, yes, there is writing, but not like any other writing that’s ever been seen in a Family Bible.

The last names have been erased.

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I imagined that the erased names are both “Woods”. The handwriting is the same as the top part of the previous page.

So I look for James and Susan Woods and I find them in 1920, both in their late sixties, with several children, including Hellen, age 8, and 2 younger children. They are listed as the children of James and Susan, which, on Susan’s part, is physically not possible.

And on a census previous to that, James and Susan have a large family including a daughter named Mabel. Let’s imagine that Mabel was not married to Helen’s father, since everyone has the same last name of Woods.

There’s also written in pencil “Mrs. Mabel Phillips, 957 Lee, Knoxville, Tenn.”.

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I also found death certs for James and Susan Woods.At this moment I have only downloaded the death cert for James Woods, and not just because I’m lazy, but because I’m busy, and just today have two great missing pieces of the Bateson puzzle which will amaze and astound you.

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The informant is son-in-law Dewey Phillips.

There is no known histoy of Woods people marrying my mother’s people,

So whose Bible is this and why did my mother have it?

The Family Bible of Thomas Elisha & Jane Susan Starr Basinger: Revisited in Better Detail

January 28, 2014

(This is the last in a series of 4 posts. You can read the first in the series starting here.)

Well, then, all the marriages, births, and deaths have been re-photographed in greater detail. I haven’t transcribed them all, but you should be able to read them. If you want to enlarge them, left-click on any photo.

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For those of you who are paying attention, you have already noted that the person in the above photo is Mary M. Densler. She is the only person whose surname is not Basinger or Starr. So who is she? I found her on http://www.findagrave.com and I see that she is buried in Laurel Grove Cemetery. Another mystery.

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Whew! What a relief to be done! I worry that something will happen to me before I can get important photos out into the big world, and all the images will be stuck in my camera and/or computer. This Bible will be donated to the Georgia Historical Society who has expressed an interest in it after I contacted them on Sugar’s behalf. In this case, the Bible and/or its contents will be preserved. I like to think that it wouldn’t have happened if I hadn’t started the ball rolling. So, yay me, and yay all you folks who work to preserve our history.