Tooled leather cover.
A paper stored with the bible reads:
Donated 12/2/1944 to Manchester College Historical Library by Howard H. Helman, great great grandson of Marguit (?) Bowman.
An inscription written in the bible is as follows:
Margretha Bauman, in Elfasus (Elssaus?),
Township B. County. Jan: th. 20th. 1785.
Two papers with what appears to be family history were also found in the bible. They have been scanned and are now in a separate file folder that accompanies the bible.
The Archivist is not a German scholar by any means and the following information needs to be verified. Also, it seems that the writer may not have used standardized spellings, but may have written a word as it sounded. It appears that one of the two papers found inside the bible is a birth registry of the children of Jacsaviar (?) Roltroil (?) and Catarina.
Elivabubf (Elizabeth?) born 16 April 1781.
Salomon (Solomon?) born July (?) 1784.
Valantin born 6 January 1784.
Maria born 24 November 1785.
Susanna (?) born 22 July (?) 1787.
Other birth registries also exist in the bible on the separate pages.
A piece of paper hold the birth date of Ubraham Weber as 10 November 1795. Manchester College professor, Beate Gilliar, translated the text as follows. It is rather touching to the heart:
November 10, 1795 at 8 o'clock in the evening a little son was born into the world and his name is Abraham Weber.
A colleague of Professor Gilliar's assisted her with other passages. Although they think their work is very close, they can not guarantee it is exactly like the original. Professor Gilliar's translation is "super close to the original to mediate the spirit of the language at the time. " It is sad to read that the Mother of little Zacharias died 10 days after his birth.
Wilhelm geboren 22. Dezember 1813 im Zeichen ... Schütz und Steinbock
Wilhelm born on Dec. 22 1813 in the sign of.... sagittarius and capricorn.
geboren den 10. März 1789 zwischen ein und zwei Uhr nachmittags im Zeichen der Jungfrau
born on March 10, 1789 beween one and two o'clock in the afternoon in the sign of virgo
Zacharias geboren den 14. März 1791 im Zeichen ...
Zacharias born on March 14, 1791 in the sign of....
Den 23. März hat es dem Höchsten gefallen, dass er mein Weib aus dieser Zeit nach der Ewigkeit gerufen hat in ihrem Kindbett nach einer 10 tägigen Krankheit.
On March 23rd it pleased the Highest to call my wife from this time into eternity being in her childbed (after giving birth) after a ten-day illness.
This material might be related to the Church of the Brethren.