Monday, August 19, 2013

Family Bible of Ebenezer and Sarah (Dean) Smith; to daughter Sally (Smith) Foster and to her daughter Laurinda (Foster) Smith; Connecticut and Massachusetts


Family Bible of Ebenezer Smith and wife Sarah (Dean) Smith of Connecticut and Massachusetts, passed on to their daughter Sarah (Smith) Foster and husband Ezekiel Foster, and in turn to their daughter Laurinda (Foster) Smith, wife of Henry Smith



The Bible is approximately 11" x 9" x 3" and has suffered water damage.  The Bible is H. & E. Phinney's Stereotype Edition, printed in 1829 at Cooperstown, New York.   A few of the pages are detached but present; there may be some pages that are missing.  



The difference in the photographs results from the use of a scanner for the detached pages and outdoor photographs for the others, which have a gray appearance.

The Bible has four pages of Family Records plus other handwritten entries, including a page of handwriting describing Sally (Smith) Foster's tombstone.



The Bible was presented to Ezekiel Foster by his daughter Laurinda (Foster) Smith, with the provision that it be passed on to her.  The poem describes the worth of the Bible as greater than gold or gems; the worth of a Family Bible to descendants is also priceless.

See more information on Ezekiel Foster and his descendants here.



Researching online for Ebenezer and Sarah (Dean) Smith, I found several online trees that gives different dates of birth and place of birth for Ebenezer.  Many trees give his birthdate as June 22, 1746.  The Bible, however, definitely shows Jan'y 22, 1846, but I can't be sure that the person who wrote that entry in the Bible was correct.


The marriages pages gives the following:
  •  Ebenezer and Sarah (Dean) Smith
  • David Smith and Betsey Marsh
  • Aaron Addams and Betsey Smith
  • Ezekiel Foster and Sally Smith, married February 19, 1795
  • Walter D. Smith and Mary Waterman, married September 27, 1798 
  • Rev. Pitkin Cowles and Fanny Smith, married May 25, 1808
  • Elisha Lewis and Lucy P. Smith, married November 1811
  • Joseph Catlin and Laura Smith, married September 16, 1813
  • Richard P. Stevens and Sally Foster, married March 31, 1818
  • Smith Foster and Darcy Clarke, married September 4, 1825
  • Henry Smith and Laurinda Foster, married January 18, 1821
  • Chauncey Gaylord and Paulina Foster, married November 14, 1827
  • Josiah W. Cannon and Almira Smith, married September 1806
  • David Smith and Catherine Goodrich, married September 1799
  • Walter D. Smith and Hetty Hosford, married September 7, 1806 at Berlin, Connecticut
  • Ichabod P. Stevens and Susan Maria Stevens, married November 8, 1838
  • Chauncey Dean and Adele D. Stevens, married [no date entry]
  • Nelson Haight and Darcy E. Stevens, married [no date entry]
  • Chauncey S. Foster and Laura C. Smith, married December 25, 1849
  • David C. Camp and Laura C. Smith, married December 18, 1850

Births:


  • Ebenezer Smith was born January 22, 1746
  • Sarah Dean was born May 30, 1745
  • David Smith was born December 13, 1767
  • Betsey Smith was born June 6, 1769
  • Sally Smith was born August 20, 1771
  • Walter D. Smith was born October 12, 1773
  • Lucy P. Smith was born February 18, 1779
  • Almira Smith was born September 21, 1781
  • Fanny Smith was born June 2, 1784
  • Laura Smith was born October 26, 1788
  • Ezekiel Foster was born October 24, 1767
  • Smith Foster was born January 29, 1796 on Friday
  • Sally Foster was born September 11, 1797 on Monday
  • Junius Foster was born October 15, 1799 on Tuesday
  • Laurinda Foster was born September 23, 1801 on Wednesday
  • Paulina Foster was born March 22, 1804 on Thursday
  • Junius Foster was born July 7, 1807 on Tuesday
  • Lucia Foster was born February 13, 1810 on Tuesday
  • Smith and Sally Foster was born in Canaan, Connecticut
  • Laurinda, Junius and Lucia Foster was born in New Marlborough, Massachusetts
  • Paulina Foster was born in Norfolk, Connecticut
  • Grandchildren to E. F. [Ezekiel Foster]
  • Sarah Esther Stevens was born July 10, 1819
  • Sarah M. Stevens was born January 2, 1821
  • Adela Dulana Stevens was born October 16, 1822
  • Chauncey Smith Foster was born September 12, 1826 Tuesday
  • Sarah Ann Foster was born June 16, 1828 Tuesday

Births


  • Sally F. Smith was born October 4, 1823 on Thursday
  • James C. Smith was born April 15, 1826 on Saturday
  • Laura C. Smith was born October 13, 1828 on Monday
  • John T. Smith was born March 11, 1831 on Friday
  • Ellen B. Gaylord was born February 1, 1831 on Tuesday
  • Lucia Ann Gaylord was born February 26, 1833 on Tuesday
  • Emily Irena Foster was born May 2, 1836 on Monday
  • George Henry Smith was born January 12, 1837 on Thursday
  • Alfred Ethelbert Gaylord was born November 27, 1838 on Tuesday
  • Edward P. Smith was born May 13, 1844 on Monday 




Deaths

  • Ebenezer Smith Esq. died September 8, 1816
  • Sarah Smith, wife to E. S., died August 5, 1819
  • Betsey, wife to David Smith, died August 11, 1789
  • Mary, wife to W. D. Smith, died September 5, 1805
  • Sally, wife to Ezekiel Foster, died June 15, 1816
  • Junius Foster died October 15, 1799
  • Sally, wife to R. P. Stevens, died December 18, 1822
  • Rev. Pitkin Cowles died February 8, 1833 in the 56th year of his age
  • Laura Catlin, wife to Capt. Joseph Catlin, died May 24, 1835, age 46
  • Ezekiel Foster died December 18, 1835, age 68
  • Alfred E. Gaylord died December 11, 1845, age 7 years
  • John Smith died June 4, 1846, aged 75
  • Susan, wife of John Smith, died September 8, 1846, aged 75
  • Harry Smith died May 1875 (born December 1797
  • Laurinda Smith, born September 23, 1801, died January 15, 1886 [or June]
  • E. P. Smith died Saturday, October 28, 1916 in Bridgeport Hospital


Other handwritten pages




If you have corrections to the information above (in case the person making the entries was recalling in error or I erred in transcribing) or if you can share information on these families, please leave a comment or contact me directly.  

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