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Lard/Farmer/MacKay Bible
Posted by: Betsy Wardner (ID *****2373) Date: January 28, 2012 at 07:55:21
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I stumbled upon a Bible for sale at Etsy.com. The listing # is 85977418. Hope this helps someone. This is the description that the seller posted:

This 19th century (1884) 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!



This is 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.


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