This information is contained in an old Bible in the library of the Athens Christian Church, Athens, Illinois.There is no additional information in any church records.In fact no one seems to know who donated the Bible to the library, or how long it has been there.It is presented here for public information with the permission of the Athens Christian Church Board.
HOLY BIBLE containing the OLD AND NEW TESTAMENTS: Translated out of The Original Tongues; and with The Former Translations Diligently Compared and Revised. -------------------------- New York: American Bible Society Instituted in the Year MDCCCXVI -------------------------- 1887
Inscription inside front cover: (very faint)
Presented to T.A. Davidson by M.H. Davis Clinton, Ind.
Inscription on following page:
Mary Davidson was borne Sept 23 1890 Died Oct 5 1890
Tucked inside the back cover is a newspaper clipping:(The Daily....Clinton, Indiana mentioned in an attached article.Undated.)
Obituary-Mrs. Davidson Mrs. Sue Davidson, daughter of Joseph and Phoebe Sparks, was born west of town, July 11, 1854, and departed this life, December 31, 1921. She was united in marriage to Thomas A. Davidson, June 2, 1889.To this union one daughter, Mary, was born, who died in infancy. She was a member of the Methodist church, Royal Neighbors and the Relief Corps. Besides the husband, she leaves two sisters, Mrs. Belle Hier, of Huntington, Ind., Mrs. Phoebe Jones, of Jonestown; a half sister, Mrs. Ella Martin, of this city; a brother, Joseph Sparks, of west of town, and a host of friends to mourn her loss.
Card of Thanks We wish to thank the friends and neighbors for their kindness, sympathy and floral offerings during the illness and death of our wife and sister. T.A. Davidson Mrs. Belle Hier Mrs. Phoebe Jones Mrs. Ella Martin Joseph Sparks
Tucked into the middle, a postcard:
Addressed to: Mrs. Tom Davidson #128 N. 4th St. Clinton, Ind.
Postmarked April 4, 1916 at Brazil, Ind.
Dear Mrs. Davidson: How are you?Rich and I are getting along fine.You will not know the baby when I come home.He is growing so & plays with a rattle-box.I don’t know just when we will be home, may stay until after Easter.Went to a picture show last night.Mamma kept Richard & he was so good.Tell Mrs. VonCannon “Hello.” Loving by Mrs.Baumunk (unsure of spelling)
There are several other paper scraps throughout the Bible, but they appear to be page markers.