Colorado family reunited with 150-year-old bible found in Valley - KTRE.com | Lufkin and Nacogdoches, Texas

Colorado family reunited with 150-year-old bible found in Valley

Ann Stong Ann Stong
AVONDALE, AZ (CBS5) -

A priceless family heirloom was discovered at an estate sale and is now back in the hands of its rightful owner.

After a journey of more than 150 years and 1,500 miles, a treasured family heirloom and its long-lost owner were reunited Saturday.
 
"It's unbelievable to have this surface," said Ann Stong. "It'll make me cry."
 
Stong said the cover page of the bible is written by her great-great-grandfather and was presented to him in 1868. She came to the Valley on a mission from Denver, CO to get back the family bible.

Someone bought the bible at an estate sale in the Valley, but no one can figure out how it got here. The person who found the bible gave it up for auction to Pot of Gold in Avondale.

Stong said her family was among the original Dutch settlers in New York City. Later, they moved and settled in Fairview, IL.

The bible was located at the auction by a woman named Mary Marsh, who, of all things, was looking through auction items for a bookcase.

"I sent her an email; 'Possibly this could be your family's, this is the information I have,'" Marsh said.

"I emailed her right back and said, 'I think it's my family,'" Stong said.

Stong recognized the handwriting because of family documents she had seen. The bible has pictures, family letters, newspaper clippings and even obituaries.

"So I've straightened out the whole genealogy of the family by doing this," Stong said.

The bible sold at auction for $50.  

"I feel like we're going to be connected forever now," Marsh said.

But these ladies will tell you you can't put a price on family.

"It will be cherished, believe me," Stong said.

Copyright 2012 CBS 5 (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.

  • East Texas NewsMore>>

  • Lufkin man accused of having child porn asks for bench trial

    Lufkin man accused of having child porn asks for bench trial

    Tuesday, March 28 2017 11:32 AM EDT2017-03-28 15:32:07 GMT

    A Lufkin man accused of having nude images of a teenage girl will now be facing a bench trial.

    More >>

    A Lufkin man accused of having nude images of a teenage girl will now be facing a bench trial.

    More >>
  • Angelina County leaders preparing for the 'Big One'

    Angelina County leaders preparing for the 'Big One'

    Monday, March 27 2017 7:33 PM EDT2017-03-27 23:33:05 GMT

    While storms popping up in the Atlantic are the last things on the minds of those that live in East Texas, it is priority number one for the Angelina County Office of Emergency Management as the calendar creeps closer to the start of hurricane season.

    More >>

    While storms popping up in the Atlantic are the last things on the minds of those that live in East Texas, it is priority number one for the Angelina County Office of Emergency Management as the calendar creeps closer to the start of hurricane season.

    More >>
  • NISD names Interim Superintendent Sandra Dowdy lone superintendent finalist

    NISD names Interim Superintendent Sandra Dowdy lone superintendent finalist

    NISD names Interim Superintendent Sandra Dowdy lone superintendent finalist

    Monday, March 27 2017 9:33 PM EDT2017-03-28 01:33:54 GMT
    Source: NISDSource: NISD

    During a Monday night special meeting, Nacogdoches Independent School District named Sandra Dowdy the lone finalist for the superintendent position. Dowdy has served as interim for the last several months. Per a press release from NISD, Dowdy was selected from a field of 45 applicants. A state mandated 21-day period must pass between the board naming her as the lone finalist and formally naming her as the next superintendent of Nacogdoches schools. It also states the selection happ...

    More >>

    During a Monday night special meeting, Nacogdoches Independent School District named Sandra Dowdy the lone finalist for the superintendent position. Dowdy has served as interim for the last several months. Per a press release from NISD, Dowdy was selected from a field of 45 applicants. A state mandated 21-day period must pass between the board naming her as the lone finalist and formally naming her as the next superintendent of Nacogdoches schools. It also states the selection happ...

    More >>
Powered by Frankly