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Bowen-Miller Bible – 1869 – Sold on eBay

10 Oct

Unless you are totally OCD on Lizzie Borden you wouldn’t spend over $360 on this family bible once owned by the Bowen-Miller family because it gives little information already known from genealogy research.  While it is beautiful and in remarkable condition – no doubt because it was put away early in the 19th century and little used – it does not have much information recorded.   This is usually the case with family bibles that are put aside and not “kept up” in recording births, marriages, and deaths.

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Here’s how it was described on eBay:  (partial extract)

ANTIQUE 1869 BOWEN-MILLER FAMILY BIBLE-Dr.Seabury Bowen

PHYSICIAN TO & WITNESS AT LIZZIE BORDEN TRIAL MURDERS

Ended: Sep 29, 2009 19:00:36 PDT
Bid history: 8 bids
Winning bid: US $361.27
A WONDERFUL PIECE OF HISTORY HERE! THIS BIBLE BELONGED TO THE FAMILY OF DR. SEABURY WARREN BOWEN, FALL RIVER, MA.  DR. BOWEN WAS THE PERSONALPHYSICIAN TO THE BORDEN FAMILY AND MANY OF YOU ARE AWARE OF THE FAMOUS LIZZIE BORDEN MURDER TRIAL. DR. BOWEN LIVED ACROSS THE STREET FROM THE BORDENS.   LIZZIE’S FATHER AND STEPMOTHER WERE BOTH BLUDGEONED TO DEATH WITH AN AXE ON AUG.4, 1892 IN FALL RIVER ,MA.

DR. BOWEN WAS SUMMONED TO THE MORNING OF AUG.4 TO THE BORDEN HOUSE AND ADMINISTED MORPHINE TO LIZZIE TO CALM HER DOWN.  HE TESTIFIED AT HER MURDER TRIAL. FOR THE DEFENSE. A VERY INTERESTING STORY IF YOU HAVE NEVER READ ABOUT IT.  I KNOW THEY DO REANACTMENTS AT THE LIZZIE BORDEN HOUSE IN FALL RIVER. HOPEFULLY YOU CAN SEE THE MARRIAGES, BIRTHS AND DEATHS.  THESE ARE FANCY OLD SCRIPT SO I MAY GET A FEW OF THE INITALS WRONG.

IF YOU ARE A DESCENDANT OF THE MILLER-BOWEN FAMILY, THIS WOULD BE A REAL TREASURE AND ESPECIALLY IF YOUARE INTERESTED IN DR. BOWEN AS PART OF THE LIZZIE BORDEN TRIAL. THIS BEAUTIFUL BIBLE MEASURES A LARGE 12″ TALL X 10″ WIDE.  4″ DEEP.  THIS BIBLE WEIGHS 12 LBS.   JUST EXCELLENT.

THIS CAME FROM THE FABULOUS RAINES ESTATE IN TENNESSEE AND MRS. RAINES PASSED AWAY AT 93. I BELIEVE SHE WAS KIN TO THIS FAMILY THROUGH MARRIAGES.
Another gorgeous family bible being auctioned on eBay is THIS ONE.
It is currently going for $31.00 and is loaded with pages of content-rich information on births, marriages and deaths.
There is also this OTHER ONE – not quite as good in condition but even more rich in content.
I am reminded of our own family bible – commencing with the marriage of my step father’s great great great grandfather, who was a pallbearer at Abraham Lincoln’s funeral.  He was born in 1838.  It ends with the marriage of my stepfather to my mother and is in possession of my stepbrother.  It, too, is in remarkable condition even with many multiple pages of significant family events.
Methinks if the “OCD on Lizzie” buyer had called up finance guru  Suze Orman and explained her current financial situation, Suze would have said:
“No Sale!”   lol
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Posted by on October 10, 2009 in Collectibles

 

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