This Bible was found at a flea market in Smith’s Falls by Charles Dobie. In early August 1998, this website Bible listing was discovered by a friend of a member of the original Foley family and the Bible was re-united with it’s proper family.
From a book collector’s point of view, these volumes are in fair to poor condition, with the covers of volume 1 loose and those of volume 2 barely hanging on. The paper quality is poor — about one grade better than newsprint, and they smell musty. Most pages seem to be intact although a few may be loose. The covers are attractively embossed brown fake leather, and MARY & JOHN FOLEY. is embossed in gold letters on the front cover of each volume. The end papers of each volume are marbled paper of good quality, but all are loose.
Both volumes have flower petals pressed between various pages, and they have stained the paper. Volume 1 contained four photographs and a pew ticket, which are described below, and which may be displayed by clicking on the previously linked text. There is also a lock of red-blond hair tied with a small red ribbon, in volume 2.
Unfortunately, the original source of the Bible is unknown.
The title page of both volumes reads:
THE COTTAGE BIBLE, AND FAMILY EXPOSITOR; CONTAINING THE OLD AND NEW TESTAMENTS, WITH PRACTICAL EXPOSITIONS AND EXPLANATORY NOTES, BY THOMAS WILLIAMS, AUTHOR OF "THE AGE OF INFIDELITY ...." [etc for 2 lines] TO WHICH ARE ADDED THE REFERENCES AND MARGINAL READINGS OF THE POLYGLOTT BIBLE, TOGETHER WITH ORIGINAL NOTES, AND SELECTIONS [etc for 3 lines] THE WHOLE CAREFULLY REVISED, AND ADAPTED TO THE USE OF SUNDAY SCHOOLS, BIBLE CLASSES [etc] EMBELLISHED WITH MAPS AND ENGRAVINGS EDITED BY REV. WILLIAM PATTON. Understandest thou ... [etc. for 2 lines] Complete in Two Volumes. -- Vol. 1 [and 2] Hartford. PRINTED AND PUBLISHED BY CASE, TIFFANY AND COMPANY. 1855. The second blank page, (the second after the first marbled front paper) is signed in pencil: "John L. Foley" -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- // First volume [Four photographs and a church pew ticket were found tucked into Volume 1 at page 337. Click to VIEW THEM.] Photo 1: -- Young man facing 1/4 right, seated in chair & leaning on table. Photo clear. Photo 2: -- Young woman with long flowing hair, seated facing 1/4 right. Mounting at bottom reads: "HARTS WATERTOWN, N.Y. Photo 3: -- Tintype in cardboard mounting. Two women in 30's or 40's facing front. Paper glued to backing reads in ye Olde English type: "J[?] McParland - Gananoque." Photo dark. Photo 4: -- Young woman with braided hair, seated facing 1/4 left. Faded and dirty. Pew Ticket: Cream-coloured paper, 3 inches by 1 3/4 inches, printed in black ink; text within an ornate frame: THE METHODIST CHURCH OF CANADA --- Quarterly Ticket for August, 1877. --- I will be as the dew unto Israel. --Hosea 14. 5. [signed] Mrs J. Foley [initials] L.C. // Second volume [Four pages between the Old and New Testaments are provided for family information. Each has the printed heading "FAMILY RECORD" etc., all within an ornate floral frame. // Page 996 FAMILY RECORD PARENTS' REGISTER Father ----------- Mother [this page has no written entries] // Page 997 FAMILY RECORD MARRIAGES John Foley and Sarah Jane Webster Was married on wensday the 23 Day of march 1864. Father died January 31st 1914 Mother died Feb. 1915 Wesley Foley and Susanna Humphrey was married on wensday the 11 day of January 1899 Wesley Foley died Sunday May the 16 1937 // Page 998 FAMILY RECORD BIRTHS John L Foley was Born on wensday the 14 Day of march 1839 John Campbell Humphrey Foley was born Saturday June the 29 1912. Maggie Elizabeth Foley was born on thursday the third day of January 1907 Wesley Foley was born on Sunday the 1 day of July 1866 George Leonard Foley was born on thursday the second day of January 1902 Edna Jane Foley was born on monday the 4th of may 1903 // Page 999 FAMILY RECORD DEATHS Father died on thursday The 21 of december 1854 Mother died on saturday the 11 day of Febuary 1899 // Page 1000 [on a blank page which is the reverse side of an engraving] George Leonard Foley son of Wesley Foley was married on Wednesday, Aug. 30th 1933 to Ruth Robena McNeil daughter of Robert McNeil. Edna Jane Foley was married on Saturday November 18th.1933 to Archie James Johnston Maggie Elizabeth Foley was married on Saturday June 22nd. 1929 to Geo. Paul Slack.