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“Circa 200 years old with one significant flaw. The title page is missing and the book begins after the front flyleaf with the first page of Genesis as pictured above and below. No date but research shows the Massachusetts Bible Society was founded in 1809. It appears this book belonged to Thomas H. Smalley born in 1802, as he signed his name and the words "His Book" twice on the front free endpaper. (St. George is also found written twice on the front free endpaper). FULL DESCRIPTION BELOW”
Religion & Spirituality
1820 Old HOLY BIBLE THOMAS HOPKINS SMALLEY ST. GEORGE MAINE Family GENEALOGY
CONDITION: Circa 200 years old with one significant
flaw. The title page is missing and the book begins after the front
flyleaf with the first page of Genesis as pictured above and below. No
date but research shows the Massachusetts Bible Society was founded in
1809. It appears this book belonged to Thomas H. Smalley born in 1802, as
he signed his name and the words "His Book" twice on the front free
endpaper. (St. George is also found written twice on the front free endpaper).
His death recorded on the front flyleaf and on the rear flyleaf (along with his
brother Addam) is in a different hand, as is the last 4 births recorded on the
first rear flyleaf. (All pictured below). He passed away in 1826.
Somewhere in between 1802 - 1826 he was given this book - hence the circa 1820
Front free endpaper almost loose and endpapers are chipped and torn
as pictured. The main text block appears complete. All pages are tightly
bound and boards are securely attached, some page tips turned over and slips of
paper inserted to mark certain pages. Pencil scribbles on front and rear
endpapers. Moderate foxing throughout.
Full leather with four raised bands on
spine and original spine label intact. Leather chipped off at bottom of
spine and inner bottom corner of front board as pictured. Other wear to
boards as pictured. "Massachusetts Bible Society" stamped seal on
front board The Bible measures 7 1/4" x 4
1/2" and is 3" thick.
(Many photos below the genealogy data).
Here is some information found on the Web about the Thomas Hopkins Smalley family of St. George, ME.
The second son, Levi Smalley, was a lighthouse keeper on Tenant's Harbor, ME.
Smalley of St. George was the first keeper to live in the little red
house (with his wife Lucy and daughter Sarah) and care for the light in
the white tower with its red lantern and ventilator ball. Smalley was
followed in 1867 by a blacksmith from St. George named John A. Farnham.
The Massachusetts Bible Society is a Christian,
ecumenical organization founded on July 6, 1809 at a ceremony in the
Representatives Chamber of the Massachusetts State House. It was
formally incorporated on February 10, 1810 and is the third oldest Bible Society in the United States, following the Philadelphia society, founded December 12, 1808 (now known as the Pennsylvania Bible Society), and the Connecticut society, founded in the Spring of 1809. The offices of the society are located in Newton Centre, Massachusetts on the campus of Andover Newton Theological School.
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