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In Memory of Susannah

the front

the front of the bible

the pattern embossed on the leather cover

the embossed pattern on the leather cover

the spine

the spine, complete with more ebossed patterns

the opening pages

the opening pages with writing 😉

a close up of the inscription "Sarah Hannaford, a present from her eldest daughter Mary Eliza, October 3rd 1869"

a close up of the inscription
“Sarah Hannaford, a present from her eldest daughter Mary Eliza, October 3rd 1869”

the next page over had more writing

the next page over had more writing

a close of up this inscription "In memory of Susannah"

a close of up this inscription
“In memory of Susannah Hannaford. Died April 7th 1861. Aged 71 years”
As you are now so once I was
As I am now so you must be
And so prepare to follow me

I found more writing on the back page

I found more writing on the back page

a close of up of the names of Mary Eliza Goods's (nee Hannaford) children

a close of up of the Hannaford names inscribed in this bible

the piece of well used blotting paper that was in this bible

the piece of well used on both sides, blotting paper that was in this bible

DESCRIPTION: a large (almost A4 size), heavy, very well used, leather-bound bible that was given to Sarah Hannaford (nee Stanger) by her daughter Mary Eliza
DATE:
 3 October 1869
CURRENT OWNER OF THE ITEM:
 Alan Phillips
STORY/ABOUT:
While every piece of memorabilia is special, this one is really special because it has a connection to my emigrating Hannaford family.
Widowed in 1838 Susannah Hannaford (nee Elliott) emigrated from Devon, England to South Australia with four of her five sons, and her surviving daughter, and is it this Susannah that this bible is “in memory of”.
The connection is that Sarah Hannaford (nee Stanger) married one of Susannah’s sons. So it belonged to Susannah’s daughter-in-law.
While it’s not in great shape (at least the outside of it), it is over 140 years old, and I’m sure it was very well-used back in it’s day, so it’s a wonder that it has survived.

2 Responses to “In Memory of Susannah”

  1. Ken Stanger says:

    what a lovely surprise. I assume this is Sarah Stanger baptized 3 Oct 1824 daughter of William Stanger and Rebecca Yorke Fleet Lincs.

    any help with Sarah who migrated before her brother William and also lived in Gumeracha would be greatly appreciated.

    regards Ken Stanger Qld born Leics

  2. John Douglas Hannaford says:

    I am a grandson of Walter Hannaford whose name is shown in the Bible.

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