This Bible is in the Perth Museum archives.
This is a leather-bound medium-format Bible, with the spine damaged and covers nearly separated from the body. The entry on the first page is written in thick black ink, those on the second page are in ink with pencil additions. Those on the third page are entirely in pencil. Many entries have been added to, the addition points marked with ^ marks.
The entries are on “Family Record” pages between the Old and New Testaments. The “First Page” entry is on the blank page preceeding the first “Family Record” page.
Also enclosed in the Bible are two pieces of paper, the first has additional family information, the second has information which was significant to the writer, but it is also included in the transcription. Partial transcript of the title page is:
COTTAGE BIBLE & FAMILY EXPOSITOR etc. .. .. HARTFORD. PRINTED & PUBLISHED BY CASE, TIFFANY AND Co. 1854 -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- // Cover and flyleaf: [Embossed on the cover in gold letters is:] JAMES & M. SPALDING [Inside the cover and on flyleaf is written several times:] James Spalding [and] James Spalding Scotch Line Elmsley Twp. // First page Mister James Spalding and Mifs Melinda Dudgeon was married 13 on the thertenth (sic) day of January one thousand eight hundred and fifty-two // Second page FAMILY RECORD PARENTS' REGISTER Sr. at Perth, Ont. Father James Spalding^ was born^ on the 3rd day of August, 1826 A.D. James Spalding died December 26th 1906. at the home of his daughter Mrs. Catherine McKinley (who later lived in Perth with her brother James Spalding, Perth). ---------------------------------- Mother Melinda Spalding was born November the 29th (1831.) ------------ Melinda Spalding Died on Sunday morning the 23 of November 1884 // Third page FAMILY RECORD BIRTHS. William Spalding was born the 21st of November 1852.-Perth Ontario James Spalding was born the 5th of June, 1855-(Father of Arthena Spalding of Perth) William R. Spalding was born (Father of April the 11th, 1857. Earl Spalding Perth) Annie J. Spalding was born February 22nd 1859 Mrs. C. Walker Isabella Spalding was born the 11th of April 1861. Thomas J. Spalding was born the 15th of July 1863. Mrs. McKinley Catherine Spalding^ was born the 28th of August 1867. -- died at Perth Nursing Home on Apr. 15, 1956, age 88 yrs. // End of Spalding-Dudgeon Bible entries // First loose paper (side one) Great Grandfather William Spalding who emigrated to Canada 1815 Died Jan. 11, 1859 aged 69 yrs. also his wife Elspeth Rutherford died May 23, 1844 aged 57. Natives of Scotland (over) // side two These were Mary Rutherfords and Mrs. Fergusson's (sic) parents Wm. Rutherford died 1874 85 yrs. and wife Janet Simpson died 1880, aged 90. //end of first paper // second piece of paper (side one) page 16 about Perth settlement (last 5 paragraphs) (Dr. Thom) stone bright (sic) near the distillery is mentioned. Great grandfather was one of the stone masons. First land lots 1816--- mentioned is Wm. Rutherford Lot 3 John Ferrier Lot 7 . . . on Burgess side of Scotch Line. P. 17--In Bathurst side Wm. Spalding & John Hay Lot 25 with others mentioned whose names have familliar descendants all in first Concession Bathurst. Read 2nd paragraph Page 17. & middle column " 17 --) Rev. Bell // second side Notice near the bottom of P.17 centre part they speak of a bridge on the Scotch Line across the Tay!!! Page 18--2 columns with a lot about Perth.