Thursday, September 21, 2017

Treasure Chest Thursday~Mattie's New Testament

Old Testament owned by Mattie Baker

One of the pleasures of seeking out ancestors is finding items they once held dear. Items that then become a treasure to you.
This New Testament was owned by my paternal great -great grandmother, Martha "Mattie" Victoria (Bradford) Baker (1862-1947).
It was discovered by my father in a box of items going to the trashcan after Mattie's daughter, my great aunt Kathryn Louise (Baker) Ryan passed away (1898-1987).

While Mattie used this book for worship, she also used it to keep things to save and remember. 

She signed her name, the date, and her location

Inside Cover

Included newspaper clippings

Poem about America

Pressed flowers                                               
Violet from a friend.

Flower picked at music teacher's house

Inserted obituaries

Obituaries of son George and sister- in- law Mary

Saved a Valentine from her granddaughter Ellen  

Front of Valentine

and the wedding announcement of grandaughter Lola.

Mattie dedicated her New Testament on the last page to her sister Esther who died in 1919. 

Family or personal Bibles are sought out for any information they may contain on vital statistics. They often are the only place where birth, marriage, and deaths are recorded. If you come across one belonging to your ancestor, don't make the mistake of only looking at the family register. Turn each page to uncover any hidden keepsakes. You never know what you may find.

What have you found in a family or personal book of scripture?

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Helping you climb your family tree,


  1. Wow! That is a treasure. I love all the little items tucked in those pages.

    1. It seemed to be a habit of this family. Mattie's daughter Kate did the same thing in her Bible. So glad they were rescued from the trash!

  2. What a beautiful find, Cheri! I hope you will consider sharing this post in this month's Genealogy Blog Party: Lost & Found :-)

  3. Such a treasure you have there! It must have been thrilling to find those additional little treasures tucked inside.

    1. It was so exciting! Thanks so much for reading and leaving a comment!

  4. How fortunate that your father was able to save this from the trash heap. It makes me cringe to think of the many family heirlooms that have been tossed away over the generations.

    1. So true! Sad to think about. Thanks for reading and leav8ng a comment!