When “heirlooms” aren’t identified, and their stories never told, then they often become items that are tossed or sold – as they have no history, no ties to the family. So take the time to identify your family heirlooms history and memories so your treasures aren’t tossed in the trash. They are just as valuable as your family photographs and also need to be documented. Sometimes it’s not even the value of the item in question; it’s the story which holds the value.
Friday Night Family Heirlooms… telling their stories:
Family Bible of Paul & Evelyn Bryan
In growing up, I don’t think I ever saw her bible, but I treasure it now for the priceless information Grandmamma Bryan wrote inside. It was sent to me, by my great uncle, Gordon Bryan, my grandfather’s brother. He settled their estate and decided as I’ve done the family history, that it should reside with me.
It arrived unexpectedly one day and I immediately sat down to look through – as you never know what you’ll find in the family Bible. I didn’t find any handwritten notes until I reached the middle – Grandmamma had written names and dates of their parents and information on my father and his history in the Navy.
Having the name written of her father, Eugene Little, was one of my only confirmations of his actual name. I’ve searched for him on Ancestry in census records, but no luck as of yet; I don’t where he died or is buried, just speculations.
Another interesting written note was ~ Grandmamma wrote both their social security numbers down and the date that social security was first taken out. I guess she took note that the government was now taking some of her money. Knowing her, she would have been concerned about that, as she kept track of all their money.
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© 2015 Jeanne Bryan Insalaco