I still have the Hall Family Bible in my possession, and I recently gave the Family Bible to one of my cousins who just got married. She took her husband's last name, as did all of the women who have owned this Bible since 1881. By tradition, this type of Bible is handed down to the eldest daughter when she marries. I held onto it for fifteen years (I'm the the bachelor uncle) because it was in danger of being forgotten. I called it the Scinto Bible, because that was the married name of my grandmother, who owned it until her death in 1999.
|Four generations in my family.|
Isabelle, Marcellaine, Susan, and Robert
The Bible stayed in the possession of Isabelle's daughter, Marcellaine, for over 50 years. At this point, it was largely forgotten, but it sat safely on a bookshelf all of that time. In 1995, while visiting my grandma I discovered it, and she was surprised that the family information, which she had looked for, and not found, was not at the end of the Bible, but was between the Old and New Testaments. For a genealogist, there is nothing more precious than a Family Bible. It really should have gone to my mother when she married, but it didn't. If it had, it would have been the Hall Family Bible, as that was her married name.
When Grandma Scinto died in 1999, the family Bible was the only thing that I wanted from her estate. It seemed to puzzle people, since it wasn't the Hall Bible. It had nothing to do with my surname, but it had everything to do with my family. I realized that to keep this Bible in the family I would have to wait patiently for the Scintos girls to grow up and get married. Hopefully this Bible will stay in the family forever.