2009-12-10 / About Town

JHS needs help reuniting Bible with family

A Bible found in a house on Swinburne Street in Jamestown has been given to the Jamestown Historical Society in the hopes that it could return the Bible to the descendents of Alfred William Clark. Town and census records have not provided any leads. The JHS hopes that some reader might be able to help.

The Bible is dated 1834. On the inside cover are the names of Clark family members born in Nottingham, England: William (1773-1843) and Alfred William (1812-1884). Before his death in Little Compton, Alfred William Clark wrote, “To my nephew Alfred S. Clark. I bequeath this Holy Bible to keep in the Clark family.”

A few pictures were also found with the Bible.

The marriages section has only one entry: Stanton Beber of Little Compton married Abby B. Balch of Boston in Providence on Oct. 13, 1824. The births section lists four children born to that union: Edward Stanton (1825), Harriet Gibbs (1827), Charles Henry (1829) and Joseph Charles Pollen (1843).

Call Sue Maden at 423-2167 or e-mail jhs@jamestownhistoricalsociety. org if you can help reunite the Bible with the Alfred S. Clark family.

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