Notes from the past…

Women’s History Month, Day 9: The Turner Family Bible

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This certifies that Isaac Turner and S. S. Vance

were united by me in the

Holy Bonds of Matrimony ??? 29th day of ??? in the year of our Lord 1855

in presence of

Samuel Vance, J. B. Ellerge, S. A. Vance, M. A. Ellerge

Sadly, there are only four pages that remain of the Turner Family Bible. These page remnants were repaired by simple scotch tape and mounted on cardboard. Not the ideal manner of salvaging 160+ year-old documents. But it’s done and this is all that’s left.

By comparing the word “Turner” at the top of this page with Sarah Turner’s signature on Isaac’s Civil War pension documents, it appears that this Bible page was completed by Sarah herself. Most of the writing on the 3 other surviving pages also appears to be that of Sarah Turner.

Even though these documents are in poor condition, they do contain a wealth of information, most of it amassed “in the first person”, as it were.

Thank you, Sarah!

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