Sunday, June 14, 2009

Marriage Entry of John Thomas Geary and Sophia Fryer

Marriage entry for John Thomas Geary and Sophia Fryer at St. Saviour Surrey England
Copy (above)of marriage entry for John Thomas Geary and Sophia Fryer married 26 August 1852. The Copy of Marriage Entry was obtained from the General Register Office, Application No. 926307/1, in the Registration District of St. Saviour, Surrey, England, 10th day of February 2009. Copy in possession of Kaye P. Nichols.

Cathedral of St. Saviour, England
Cathedral of St. Saviour's in Surrey, England, where John Thomas Geary and Sophia Fryer were married.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

The Page Family Bible

MARCH 30, 1980

Page Family BibleI am Reta Page Bailey Bartell, daughter of Robert Geary Page and Dora Halterman Page. My father's mother was Sophia Ann Geary Page, my grandmother.

In the early 1920's, when I was about sixteen years old, Grandma Page came to visit us in Pleasant Grove, Utah. She had with her a family bible that had been passed down to the oldest child in each generation for many generations.

The back of the bible had been torn off and the leaves were charred around the edges. Grandma wanted my father to take her to Salt Lake City to have the bible re-bound. He took her to the Deseret Book Company where they made arrangements for this work to be done. Grandma stayed with us in Pleasant Grove until the book was finished.

The bible had been published in 1629. The following is quoted from the fly leaf:

"The Holy Bible, Containing the Old Testament and the New."

"Newly translated out of the original tongues, and with the former translations diligently compared and revised by His Majesty's special command. To be read In the Churches."

"Printed by Thor and John Buck, printers to the University of Cambridge."

Family SealWhen they brought the bible back from Salt Lake City, Grandma gave the bible to my father, because he was her oldest child. With the bible was a family seal depicting a musician's lyre with an olive branch across it, and the words: Harmony and Peace, written around the outer rim. The seal was made of Cornelian Agate in A gold setting. This seal had accompanied the bible from generation to generation. In those days important documents and letters had to be carried and delivered by hand. Sealing wax was used to seal the documents or messages. While the wax was still warm a family seal made the "family stamp" in the warm wax. When the wax hardened, the document or letter could not be opened without disturbing the sealing wax. This insured privacy in correspondence. With the seal and the bible were two blue and white plates resembling "Blue Willow" plates.

On the back of each plate was the name George Jones England.

Booties knitted by Sophia Fryer, along with the Geary family seal