The Young family Bible contained a mystery.
This particular King James Version was published in 1801, which means it’s now 218 years old. It looks it. It’s been through a considerable amount of history and turmoil.
The Bible was passed from my great-great grandfather Franklin Young to his youngest son, Samuel. Samuel, in turn, passed it to his youngest son James, who gave it to his only son, my father. On my father’s death, it went to me as the oldest surviving son.
There was a man listed in the family records who was not a member of the Young family. The man’s name was Jarvis Seale. Years ago, I asked my father who the man might be, and he didn’t know but thought it might be a cousin.
|Samuel and Octavia Young (circa 1880)|
It was while researching family genealogy that I discovered his identity. And the family Bible contained one direct and one indirect clue. The direct clue was the date of Seale’s death – April 1862. The indirect clue was the passing the Bible by Franklin Young to his youngest of three sons, my great-grandfather Samuel. Samuel was the only son to survive the Civil War. One older brother died in Texas, and one died at the Battle of Shiloh in April 1862. I saw the date and it clicked. Further checking confirmed it. Jarvis Seale was Franklin’s son-in-law, married to Samuel’s older sister. Jarvis also died at Shiloh.
I was reminded of this family history this week when I read two stories by Sean Michael Chick at Emerging Civil War. Chick had an ancestor who died at Shiloh, too. More than 110,000 soldiers were engaged in the battle, representing both Union and Confederate armies, and more than 23,000 casualties occurred. It was the bloodiest battle up to that time in American history.
You can read Chick’s stories here: The Rise and Fall of W. Irving Hodgson and Shiloh and Private Samuel Chick.
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Painting: The Reader, oil on canvas (1875-1876) by Pierre Auguste Renoir (1841-1919).