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Antique Family Bible 19th Century Genealogy Record Holy Bible Farmer & MacKay Clan

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This 19th century antique Holy Bible was cherished by generations of the Farmer family. A family record of their births, marriages, and deaths is written inside!

George Reynold Farmer (1855-1902) is the first person listed in the tome. In 1875 he married Mary Elizabeth Lard (1855-1932). They went on to have many children.
The last birth year listed in the record is 1891 (for one George M. Farmer), the last death 1951 (Thomas H. Farmer), the last marriage 1904 (Cora A. Farmer & Chester F. K--).
At one point, all of the birth records stated that so-and-so was "borned" on such-and-such a date. Someone went back later and erased all of the EDs.

In 1899 Alice Pauline Farmer (1879-1960) married William Robert MacKay (1874-1935).
A photocopied pamphlet is included with the family record. It lists the births, marriages, and deaths of the MacKay side of the clan. Alongside the birthdates are written places of birth. You can follow the family from "near Scotstown, County Monahan [sic] Ireland" in 1874, all the way to Athens, Alabama in 1946!

The bible is a copy of the 18th edition of the American Bible Society's bible. Instituted in the year MDCCCXVI (aka 1816), this edition was published in 1884.
"The New Testament of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ: Translated out of the Original Greek and with the Former Translations Diligently Compared and Revised" is written on the New Testament title page.
There's no title page for the Old Testament half of the book. However, there is an index for the entire Bible at the front of the book.

Length: 11 inches (27.9 centimeters)
Width: 8 inches (20.3 centimeters)
Depth: 3 1/4 inches (8.3 centimeters)

The book shows wear befitting its age and frequent use. A few pages are loose, others are heading that way. One page has been taped (see picture #5). Some of the pages are torn. As far as I can tell, only one page (from chapter XVIII of Kings--see picture #5) is missing writing.
There are miscellaneous smudges, stains, and marks. Some of these marks are from flowers that were pressed within the bible's pages. The pages towards the front of the book, and the family record and surrounding pages, show the most wear.
The book has a moderate smoke odor--I believe it's fireplace smoke, not cigarette.

*Note* The book will be stored away from the rest of my merchandise, and I will continue to air it out.

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Antique Family Bible 19th Century Genealogy Record Holy Bible Farmer & MacKay Clan


  • Vintage item from the 1800s
  • Materials: paper, ink, imitation leather
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