Lenawee Bibles and Bible Records

Family records from Lenawee County, Michigan

Includes a few marriage records, some with images.

Many Bible records were made before the official recording of births, weddings & deaths occurred at the various County seats. Traveling into a County Court House by horse to see that a birth, death or marriage was recorded was difficult. Bible records are indeed a resource of great importance to family researchers.
Please read the information at the bottom of this blog page carefully.

This blog is replacing the web pages previously stored at geocities.com. Since geocities will be closed down soon I had to come up with a method of keeping these records online that was easy and reasonably fast to upload. The formatting is not special, but, at this time I am only interested in keeping the records available to family researchers.

Good luck in your research, and apologies for the lack of format.

Please use the "Labels" list at the bottom of the blog to search for your names. By clicking on a surname that interests you it will take you to the blog page or pages that contain that name.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Knapp Bible on a Door

Found at the Lenawee County Historical Society was this VERY unusual bible page.

This is a page that is apparently out of an old bible. The page has been glued to a piece of wood. The wood is flat on one side, but has the raised features of a cabinet door on the other side. No one could tell me where this door and its bible page came from. The bible page was glued to the flat side of the door and someone had written letters and numbers in pencil on the other side, but they could not be read because they were so faint.

The bible page had holes and the some of the writing is extremely faint. I had to use a magnifying glass and lots of light to extract the names and dates. There could very well be errors, but I tried my best.

At the top of the page it said Family Record, the next line had the words: Names, Births, Marriages, Deaths with a column for each. I will report the information line, by line, name and then what dates were filled in. Abbreviations, b for birth, m for marriage, d for death:

Abraham Knap b. December 25, 1789 (although this could be either 1784 or 1787. m. Nov. 6, 1803 d. Feb 24, 1865 (this could be 1835 or 1855).

Elizabeth Drake b. December 17, 1788 m. November 5, 1809 d. Oct. 9, 1843

Jacob W. Knap b. January 20, 1811 m. June 9, 1833 d. April 1, 1834.

Jane Knapp b. March 21, 1815 m. April 17, 1832 d. Nov 8 or 18, 1862.

Elizabeth and Mary Knap b. June 9, 1815 (now this part gets a bit confusing, as it is obvious we have twin girls here, and I had to guess as the party recording these dates put both girls on one line) Mary m. May 4, 1834 d. May 15, 1841 Elizabeth d. 1903 (did not see a date of marriage for her)

Charles Knap b. August 8, 1817 m. Sept. 13, 1840 d. Aug 22, 185?

Joel B. Knap b. May 4, 1820 m. 1843 d. Feb. 6, 18??

Abraham Knap Jun b. _____7, 1829 m. April 2, 1851 d. Sept. 2, 1868

John S. Knap b. ______7, 1824 m. April 2, 1851 d. Dec. 28, 1893. (Note the similarity to the bible record titled Knapp Bible, John J. Knapp born Nov. 24, 1825 and married April 24, 1851. Remember the ink on this bible page glued to a door is very, very faint.)

Hiram Knap b. October 25, 1829 m. March 26, 1853 d. Jan 31, 1869.

Harriet N. Knap b. May 9, 1830 d. June 10, 1830.

James R. Knap b. Dec. 29, 18_3 d. May 17, 1910.

Can you imagine someone gluing their bible page to the door of a cabinet to preserve it? This is probably one of the most unusal bible/family records I have seen.

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Lenawee County, Michigan, United States
I am a volunteer in Lenawee County, Michigan. I have posted these records for the use of Family Researchers. Acknowledge and thank many, including Charlie, and several typists. Thanks to Diane & Chuck Oslund who sponsored these records for many years. Recently I added another blog to this series, for Funeral cards and other memorials.

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Please read the following information VERY CAREFULLY! It contains a lot of disclaimers about the Bibles and Bible Records of Lenawee County, Michigan.

First, I am NOT researching these families. I am posting these records on behalf of the Lenawee County Historical Society and other research facilities and groups of Lenawee County Michigan.

You will find records from a few Bibles that were housed at the Adrian Public Library, the records of these Bibles were transcribed by the Lenawee County Family Researchers and have been published in their newsletter. Some of the Bibles once found at the Adrian Public Library have disappeared. It is not known if they are in the repair facility, if they have walked, or simply been misplaced in the Historical Room.

Next, NOT all these records are Bible Records, sometimes they are family records, recorded, but not necessarily from a Bible!

Next, I have made a distinction between Bibles and Bible Records. At the Lenawee County Historical Society Museum Archives there are a number of old Bibles. The actual Bibles are owned by the Society. The records are fading, FAST! I transcribed the records to the best of my ability. It took a long time, and frequently I had to use a bright light and a magnifying glass to read the records. These Bibles are too fragile to photocopy or scan. The inscriptions are too faded to photocopy or scan. The only way to save these records for future researchers was to transcribe them. There may be errors in my transcriptions, and I apologize in advance. I did the best I could with what I was working with.

IF, I have described the entry as a Bible Record, then this record was NOT copied from an actual Bible at the Lenawee County Historical Society. Bible Records refers to a set of records found in the Archives Room in Hollinger boxes (a Hollinger box is an archival safe storage box). We believe that a majority of these hand written transcribed Bible and Family Records were originally copied by Harriet Cole Clark Bowen and the Adrian DAR during the 1930's and 1940's. Other records have been donated to the society.

All possible care was taken in typing the Bible Records, no matter what form they were originally in, actual Bibles, or handwritten copied records. We are sorry for any typing errors, we cannot be responsible for errors in the transcriptions we did not do ourselves.

Comments with parenthesis have usually been added by typist to help researchers in some way, and not part of the original record.

No photocopies or scans of the actual Bibles are available. We fully realize the value of such a record, but at this time we are not allowed to do such copies.