A recent clean-out of my garage made me wonder: how did I managed to accumulate so much "stuff," half of which I don't remember having? I doubt the Channell family were able to bring many possessions with them on the move from Douds, Van Buren County, Iowa, to Centralia, Lewis County, Washington. Thankfully, among the belongings they picked up along the way are those considered treasures by their descendants.
Somehow, their massive Bible, printed as a tutorial, has survived. Whether they carried it with them, shipped it separately, or acquired it later, I don't know. The complete title is lengthy, but starts out, "Hitchcock's New and Complete Analysis of the Holy Bible: or, the whole of the Old and New Testaments Arranged According to Subjects in Twenty-Seven Books..." It was printed by A. J. Johnson & Son of New York & Philadelphia. The copyright date, in Roman numerals, is 1875.
|Edward Channell family Bible, copyright 1875|
I can now visualize this couple as they made the trip across the country by train. Not only were they leaving everything that was familiar behind them, they had to manage the trip with three young daughters, ages 6, 3, and 8 months!
An adventure, indeed...