Sunday, December 20, 2009

Neal/Neel And Moddy Family Bible Starts In 1810

This family bible was published in 1830 by McCarty & Davis of Philadelphia, PA and is listed as "having a lot of condition issues." There are tears and stains throughout the book, but is stated that it could be considered as priceless to a family researcher attempting to complete their family tree as it contains information going back to 1810. The bible came from an estate sale in West Texas, and contains information about marriages, births and deaths of the Neal or "Neel" family, as well the surname Moddy. The bible has four pages of such family information, and it states that this is "Sarah F. Neel's bible" and that she and David L. Neel were married on January 8th, 1839. The final entry is the record of the death of their only son, John Dupree Neel, "who was killed at the Battle of Chicamauga on the 20th day of September A.D. 1863."

There is an entry for the 1860 Census in Upshur, Texas showing a D.L. Neel, age 47 (born c1813 in Virginia), Sarah Neel, age 50 (born c1810 -- the first entry in the family bible??) as well as a 17-year-old named John Neel. Obviously, more research would be needed to see if this family was the same as the previous owners of the family bible.

The 1880 Census shows this family still in Upshur:
D.L. Neel, age 67, born Va
S.F. Neel, age 70, born WV - born in West Virginia
Their daughter was living with them:
S. J. Faulkner, Dau, age 39 and having been born in Mississippi and widowed
3 Faulkner grandchildren and several laborers also lived with the family.

If you want to take a look at this family bible, the Item Number is 390128156428.

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